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

Tommy Vercetti
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Tommy Vercetti from 'Grand Theft Auto Vice City'46/50

46. Tommy Vercetti

Basing a video game character on someone as iconic as Al Pacino’s Scarface is a true gamble. Yet, as we’ve learned many times over the past two decades, Rockstar is never afraid of rolling snake eyes. Vercetti’s story closely mirrors that of one Mr T. Montana: exiled from his birthplace (Liberty City), his path to power is smeared with blood and cocaine, and his sizable mansion and short fuse match that of cinema’s deadliest blow dealer. But one achievement leaves Vercetti in a crime league of his own: when his former employers inevitably turn green eyes into bullets, Tommy survives to become kingpin of Vice City – and, for many, the GTA series, period.

Iconic Moment: That moment of betrayal by Lance Vance in the mission Keep Your Friends Close... "I sold you out, Tommy," says Lance, seemingly unaware of the bullets about to start flying. "I sold you out." 

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