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?”