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

Robed Figure
Robed Figure from 'Journey'50/50

50. Robed Figure

Journey's unnamed figure in a red robe might not have a name or a story beyond the one you write in your own head, but that didn't stop them becoming a symbol of indie games for a generation. Their adventure takes them toward a mountainous destination, with a climax that allows for multiple readings. What most agree on is that it’s in the the meandering, uplifting path that the game’s true magic lies. To risk a cliche, the journey is its own reward.

Iconic Moment: As multiplayer concepts go, a game in which player characters can meet but communicate only in sonorous chime sounds at best overly whimsical and at worst irritating, but the first time you connect with a stranger, it feels a thousand times more meaningful than the verbal manslaps uttered into headsets in your typical competitive shooter.