Who’s The Strongest Video Game Character?

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If all the video game characters ever created got together in a big rumble, who’d come out on top? Kratos, the one who took down the gods of Olympus? What about Asura who fought off a deity the size of a planet? What about the ancients who wore Majora’s Mask and caused so much havoc, it was sealed away? Would that make the Happy Mask Salesmen even more powerful? Can Mario, who crushes enemies with his weight and change into almost any form, fight off the planet killer, Sephiroth? Would any of these characters give Saitama, Mr. One-Punch Man, a challenge? Can I really write a forum article in which every sentence is a question?


In all seriousness, by strongest, I don’t just mean raw physical strength. It could be a special weapon a character wields, a unique ability no other character can match, or just damn good tactics.

So Kotaku, if all the characters in every video game got together for a big battle royale, who would win?

Peter Tieryas is the author of Mecha Samurai Empire & Cyber Shogun Revolution (Penguin RH). He's written for Kotaku, IGN, & Verge. He was an artist at Sony Pictures & Technical Writer for LucasArts.



In no order, just sorted by ‘power’. Plus its mostly theoretical because a lot of the games make people strong on paper but never actually show it.

Cosmic Level:


Ashura (Ashura’s Wrath)

Any Overlord (Disgaea/Makai Kingdom Franchise)

Sarah Kerrigan (Starcraft)

The Catalyst/Starkid (Mass Effect) (Seriously, think about what it’d take to actually execute the Synthesis ending)

Morrigan Aensland (w/ Lillith)/Pyron/Anita (Darkstalkers)

Sessyoin Kiara (Fate/Extra C.C.C.) A total immoral monster. She’s so OP her alternate incarnations turn to her in order to also become OP. One of them got possessed by a demon and basically out-demoned the demon to the point that it had no power.

World Level:

Dante (Devil May Cry)

Sephiroth (FF7) (Maybe Cosmic if Remake Sephiroth is actually a separate entity than the original game’s Sephiroth)

Doom Slayer (Doom)

Kronika (Mortal Kombat) - another crazy powerful character on paper at least.

Player Deity (Black and White)

Just about every threat that needs a raid in World of Warcraft.

Elizabeth - Bioshock Infinite

M. Bison/Akuma/Seth/Oro/Rose/Gill/Juri w/ Feng Shui Engine(Street Fighter)

Pretty much every JRPG protagonist.

Most characters from the Fate franchise.

City Level: 

Alex Mercer (Prototype)

Lo Wang (original Shadow Warrior)

Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat)

BJ Blascowitz (Wolfenstein)

The Boss (Saint’s Row)

Raiden (Metal Gear Solid)

Garcia Hotspur (Shadows of the Damned)

Street Level:

Gene (Godhand)

Rubi Malone (Wet)

Jill Valentine (Resident Evil, though RE5 could push her up a level)

Every GTA Protagonist.