10 Black Video Game Protagonists

By Jasmin on Mar 1, 2018

Marvel's Black Panther has been out in cinemas for a couple of weeks now and you can't deny that it is a hit. Its been a long time coming, finally there's an A-list movie with a strong black cast that doesn't play to stereotypes. There is definitely an air of empowerment floating around and we can only hope more movies like these come out. In the meantime, here's a list of strong, black protagonists in video games over the years.

1. Lee Everett (Telltale’s The Walking Dead)

The star of Season 1, Lee is as honourable as he is deadly. If you haven’t played the series yet, I highly recommend it. I’m still heartbroken...

2. Billie Lurk (Dishonored)

Probably my favourite female protagonists of all time (mostly because I love the Outsider Dishonored). She’s one badass chick you don’t want to cross.

3. Jackson Briggs aka Jax (Mortal Kombat)

He has his own storyline so I'm counting him in coz he's one BAMF - that is all.

4. Sheva Alomar (Resident Evil 5)

Although the game itself was really bad, possibly the worst in the series but I can’t deny that Sheva is one heckuva strong black woman.

5. James Heller (Prototype 2)

Image: Youtube
Image: Youtube

Former marine with a quest for vengeance for the death of his family, only to be granted sick Blacklight powers? I’m putting him in… Yes, I know Blacklight killed his family but ITS COOL OKAY?

6. Quico (Papo & Yo)

Anyone who’s brave enough to call a poisonous frog addict of a monster their friend, especially if they’re a kid deserves to be on this list. (And yes, I’m well aware of the hidden meaning of the game)

7. Carl Johnson aka CJ (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

Possibly one of the most iconic characters in the Grand Theft Auto series.

8. Doomfist (Overwatch)

Have you ever been hit by a giant, genetically engineered gorilla? He has.

9. Marcus Holloway (Watch Dogs 2)

Who doesn’t love social justice hackers?

10. Lincoln Clay (Mafia III)

A decorated war veteran, an orphan and great anti-hero.

Phew, 10 is some number, don't you think? Have I missed out any favourites? Do hit us up on our socials and let us know!

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