ByPeter Moulding, writer at Creators.co
"How the little piglets would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffered."
Peter Moulding

Characters in shooters don't just want to be badass, they actually need to be. These guys and gals have been through the fiery depths of hell and then when they reached the bitter end, killed the boss and took a moment to catch their breath, they had to turn around and do it all over again—that's your fault for replaying the mission over and over by the way. In other words, they are as tough as nails. But why are shooting game characters always SO badass?

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What Makes A Shooting Game Character So Badass?

Well, there are a lot of factors we need to consider when it comes to tough characters in . First is their situation; what sort of game are they in and what did they actually do? Second is attitude; do they just get the mission done with no questions asked? Third is their biography; what have they been through? Fourth is their look; usually the previous three requirements will make any character look like a tough bastard anyway. So, in no particular order...

Zarya From 'Overwatch'

Would not want to mess with her. [Credits: Overwatch/ Blizzard Entertainment]
Would not want to mess with her. [Credits: Overwatch/ Blizzard Entertainment]

's Zarya is more or less a tank. She is heavily shielded and prefers to use the particle cannon when in battle. This weapon not only can fire beams of energy but can also be used to shield herself and allies. She was born in a remote Siberian village surrounded by post-war destruction, which means as she grew older she was influenced to help her people fight. She focused on weightlifting and bodybuilding in her early years but gave it all up to enlist in the local defense forces in Russia. Can't get more badass than that.

Captain John Price From Call of Duty

John Price has literally come to mean 'badass'. [Credits: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
John Price has literally come to mean 'badass'. [Credits: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Captain John Price has pretty much come to represent what badass shooter characters need to aim for (lol). He is a former SAS Lieutenant and SAS captain, he has fought in Pripyat and Somalia, has been shot down in a chopper, captured by ultra-nationalists and imprisoned in a Gulag—you can't really beat that. In addition, he has some badass mutton chops and a great sense of humor.

Zara Ghufran From 'Battlefield 1'

The Bedouin Dagger. [Credits: Battlefield 1/ DICE]
The Bedouin Dagger. [Credits: Battlefield 1/ DICE]

Zara is a Bedouin Warrior, and not just any kind of Bedouin warrior, she's the kind that takes revenge on armored trains. Yeah, that's right, she's not scared of anything. There are not many of the Bedouin rebels in Battlefield 1, so the gang must find alternative ways to take the fight to the enemy. But Zara represents the best of the bunch. She has stealth, the scorched desert and her dagger as her allies. Plus, she can shoot her rifle while riding a horse. No putting her down.

Mattias Nilsson From 'Mercenaries 2'

A wild man. [Credits: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames/ Pandemic Studios]
A wild man. [Credits: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames/ Pandemic Studios]

This guy is all about the attitude. He is a crazed, death-welcoming adrenaline junkie who works as a mercenary in a war-torn Venezuela. He has also served in Kosovo and North Korea as a member of the ExOps. He prefers to work as a mercenary because it means that he can earn money doing the thing he loves: killing with explosives. For even the smallest problems, he'll solve it with a grenade or a rocket launcher. The only way, really.

Marcus Fenix From 'Gears of War'

You see those scars? [Credits: Gears of War 4/ The Coalition]
You see those scars? [Credits: Gears of War 4/ The Coalition]

I feel for this man. He has literally been through it all. Pendulum Wars, tick. Battle of Aspho Fields, tick. Battle of Ephyra, tick. Maximum security prison, tick. He saw his world break apart on Emergence Day as locusts emptied themselves onto the streets of his city. And yet, like Ragnar, death just seems to evade him. My most memorable mission as Marcus was that one where you are up against mammoth-like berserkers while atop an open top train hurtling through some sort of endless storm. Man can get through anything.

Joanna Dark From 'Perfect Dark Zero'

Top agent at the Carrington Institute. [Credits: Perfect Dark Zero/Rare]
Top agent at the Carrington Institute. [Credits: Perfect Dark Zero/Rare]

From seven years of age, Joanna was learning how to shoot weapons. She did briefly go to school, but was kicked out for hospitalizing a student. Standard procedure. Therefore she was home schooled by her bounty hunter dad. After working as a bounty hunter herself, she went on to become a top agent employed by the Carrington Institute. She specialized in combat, espionage and undercover operations. You can forget James Bond.

Jill Valentine From 'Resident Evil 5'

The cold deadly stare. [Credits: Resident Evil 5/Capcom]
The cold deadly stare. [Credits: Resident Evil 5/Capcom]

As an American Special Operations Agent, Jill Valentine's fight is against bioterrorism. She has extensive experience in bomb disposal, lock-picking and head shooting. Thanks to her training in Delta Force, she is one of the most accurate sharp shooters gaming might have ever seen. On top of that, she has immense upper body strength and unrivaled hand-to-hand combat abilities. Living in a world inhabited by zombies, you can probably imagine she has been to hell and back a few times.

Master Chief From 'Halo'

The old guard. [Credits: Halo 4/343 Industries]
The old guard. [Credits: Halo 4/343 Industries]

At a young age, Master Chief was identified as an ideal candidate for the Sparatan II program. He was bigger, stronger and had an aggressive drive. He spent eight years studying to become a Spartan warrior during which he was dropped over a forest and told to find his way back to base (Spartan equivalent of homework). At 14, he went through Spartan augmentation which rendered him pretty much indestructible. After that he soon became the faceless protagonist of the Halo series, in which he endlessly and brutally fought against both the Covenant and the Flood.

Elliot Salem and Tyson Rios From 'Army Of Two'

Those masks. [Credits: Army of Two/EA Montreal]
Those masks. [Credits: Army of Two/EA Montreal]

I know what you're thinking, but I just couldn't choose between these two guys. Technically, these two bump the list up to 11 (I won't say anything if you don't). I bet they were assassinating warlords when they were still in play school. The mercenaries have fought in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Korea against terrorist organization after terrorist organization. The most badass thing about them though is that they come as a fearless, remorseless double team with years of combat experience behind them.

Doomguy From 'Doom'

A whole world of hellfire. [Credits: Doom/id Software]
A whole world of hellfire. [Credits: Doom/id Software]

Although not much is known about his biography, this character epitomizes the badass character. His life is endless war with monsters and demons that want to rip your soul out from your neck and use it as a puppet. The cool thing about this character is that Doomguy, as told by the developer of Doom, is meant to be anyone playing the game. So you too can be a badass!

Who would you add to the list?

I have no doubt that these Space Marines from Space Hulk: Deathwing would get on the list too! Check out the trailer here.

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