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

Marcus Fenix
Marcus Fenix from 'Gears of War' series14/50

14. Marcus Fenix

There are plenty of manly, thick-necked heroes in video games, but Marcus Fenix may be the manliest, and also the thickest of neck. The voice performance elevated him though, with John DiMaggio (also voice of Bender and Jake the Dog) giving Marcus surprising humanity. You could hear it in the enthusiastic swearing, the “Nice!” when things went to plan, the way he lost it when someone he cared about was hurt. Marcus could have been another grunting marine, but DiMaggio made him the best grunting marine.

Iconic moment: Chainsawing an enemy in half, Marcus looks on his work and is pleased. “Nice,” he grunts.

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