50 Most Iconic Video Game Characters of the 21st Century

From a blocky hero beloved by millions to the most memorable monsters and heroes modern games have to offer

Lich King Arthas
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Lich King Arthas from 'Warcraft 3'21/50

21. Lich King Arthas

Before he was the Lich King, Arthas was a paladin and a prince and Warcraft 3 let us play him before and after. We followed his fall from nobility to depravity as it played out like opera or myth. He was a villain we got to know as a hero, one whose descent made tragic sense each step of the way.

Iconic moment: Approaching his father the king, sword drawn. “What are you doing?” asks King Terenas. "Succeeding you," Arthas replies.

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