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

Pudge from 'DOTA 2'16/50

16. Pudge

As everyone who played Scorpion in Mortal Kombat knows, hooks are fun. Pudge became the most popular character in DOTA 2 because his Meat Hook attack is a skill shot that's satisfying to use. Being the signature hero of pro player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin didn't hurt his popularity, either. There's a custom mode called 'Pudge Wars' that's been around since the Warcraft 3 days in which teams of five Pudges face off over a river, hooking each other across like they're fishing. It's so popular it has more players than Evolve.

Iconic moment: Pudge gets first blood in a match, yet again. “Have I got juice on me chins?”

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