50 Most Iconic Video Game Characters of the 21st Century

Steve
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Steve from 'Minecraft'4/50

From a blocky hero beloved by millions to the most memorable monsters and heroes modern games have to offer

From a blocky hero beloved by millions to the most memorable monsters and heroes modern games have to offer

4. Steve

Originally just called "The Player" in early versions of the game, the name Steve (or "Steve?" if you believe the label on some of the merchandise) was apparently suggested by Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson as a joke. It stuck, and he went on to become one of the most recognizable video game characters of all time. More than 100 million people have now downloaded Minecraft across PC, console and mobile, prompting Microsoft to acquire it from Swedish game developer Mojang for a whopping $2.5 billion in 2014.

Iconic Moment: Putting the finishing touch to an elaborate construction after hours of mining and block placement, and then taking a moment to step back and just bask in your own magnificence.

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