14 Frank West
He’s covered wars, you know. This schlubby photojournalist isn’t exactly your typical videogame hero, but there’s something inexplicably endearing about Frank West. When the chips are down and the dead walk the Earth, he’ll always rise to the occasion, camera in one hand and a baseball bat with a saw blade duct-taped to it in the other. Weirdly, he’s had a storied history not just in his own open-world zombie games, but in fighting games, too, throwing out combos in Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars and the Marvel Vs Capcom series. Notably the latter means he’s the only character on this list who can literally beat Thanos in a fight.