There are many video game characters that sit near the top of their world’s hierarchy. For the most part, these characters are a kind of royalty, but there have also been some surprising deviations from that norm. Into the fantasy worlds filled with such people, must also come those charged with protecting these elites from the dangers of their world.

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There have been quite a few famous video game bodyguards over the years, but they tend to come mostly from the RPG genre. Regardless of the dangers of their individual games, some bodyguards are somewhat more successful than others, with some failing outright to protect their clients for one reason or another. Successful or not, there are amazing bodyguards in video games.

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Cloud Strife – Final Fantasy 7

While not quite the greatest bodyguard of all time, Cloud is definitely a fan-favorite character who acted as a bodyguard. Aerith employs Cloud as a bodyguard in exchange for a date with her, and although Cloud manages to get her home, he ultimately fails to protect her.

Sephiroth makes protecting Aerith an incredibly difficult task, especially when he disrupts Cloud’s mind, which almost leads to Cloud taking Aerith’s life himself. Everyone knows the infamous Final Fantasy 7 twist that made Cloud a bodyguard who technically ended up failing his job.

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Jade – Mortal Kombat

Few characters are as talented as Jade from Mortal Kombat. Although she often serves as a violent assassin, she also serves as a devoted protector of her close friend, Kitana. A quick look at what Jade can do should tell everyone that Princess Kitana is in good hands, but Kitana isn’t exactly helpless herself.

Even after being ordered to capture Kitana by her superior, Jade instead joins her friend, proving how loyal she is to the one she is meant to protect. Although the Mortal Kombat timeline is one of the hardest things to follow, Jade has managed to become a fan-favorite character after her humble beginnings.

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Corvo Attano – Dishonored

Luckily for Dishonored’s tale, you don’t spend much time with Corvo while he works as a devoted protector. You can play with him as he slays or downs his various targets, but before his life was turned upside down (and even after), Corvo was a protector of royalty.

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In the first game, Corvo is removed from his position fairly quickly thanks to his murder charge, but he returns to a bit of protection at the start of the second game. Of course, things aren’t any easier in the sequel, and Corvo once again finds himself taking on extra work.

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Sheeva – Mortal Kombat

It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where Sheeva’s alliances fall in the Mortal Kombat universe, but there was a period when she served as Queen Sindel’s personal protector. At this time, Sheeva was more aligned with the side of evil as her role as protector took place during Shao Kahn’s invasion of Earthrealm.

With the story being reworked over the years, Sheeva’s success as a protector is a bit up in the air. Seeing how Sindel continued to appear on the show, it’s safe to say that Sheeva was a successful protector, even if she didn’t always side with Shao Kahn.

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Max Payne – Max Payne

When it comes to personal bodyguards, most people would probably like to have a guy like Max Payne by their side. The bullet-time master fights his way through small armies in each of his in-game appearances, but doesn’t officially do any protection work until the third entry in his series.

Max flexes his heroic muscles more than ever in his third entry and even works as a private security in Brazil. Of course, nothing is ever straight forward if your name is Max Payne, so his time as something of a bodyguard isn’t directly seen by the player.

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Grandpa – Bioshock

It’s probably safe to say that if someone was looking for Bioshock’s little sisters and didn’t know they’d have to go up against a big daddy, most people would probably forget about their mission upon learning of their existence. The terrifying protectors will do whatever they can to keep their Little Sisters safe, which began as a noble pursuit.

One of the most famous representations of a Big Daddy is that of the Bouncer variety. These towering beasts are equipped with a huge industrial drill that is sure to put an end to any potential threats the Little Sisters face.

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Tidus – Final Fantasy 10

To be fair, Tidus isn’t the only protector in Final Fantasy 10. You actually take control of an entire group of Guardians tasked with protecting Yuna as she travels the world. The game has a few memorable characters, but many agree that Tidus is the most memorable for a variety of reasons.

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Tidus gives him everything he has to keep not just Yuna but the whole world safe as he journeys through Final Fantasy 10. His story is a bit more complicated than most, but he and the rest of the Guardians form an incredible group of bodyguards.

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Kuma – Tekken

If most people had to guess what or who a master hand-to-hand combat can employ as personal bodyguards, anyone is unlikely to guess a pair of battle-ready bears. Kuma one and two are just that, two bears tasked with protecting Heihachi Mishima.

While we may have seen the last Heihachi in the mainline Tekken series, it’s likely that at least one version of Kuma will hang around to stay in the fight. When it comes to bodyguards, a giant bear is always a great choice for anyone.

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Pit – Kid Icarus

There are many people who choose Pit in Super Smash Bros. without knowing much about him. He’s not just a random battle-ready angel, he’s actually the captain of a goddess’ personal guard.

Palutena clearly has the utmost trust in Pit given that she gifts him with special weapons to aid him in his efforts to stop the nefarious creatures. In his first appearance on the NES, Pit fights alone to stop Medusa and save Palutena, while collecting a trio of treasures that have become very important to the series.

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Adelbert Steiner – Final Fantasy 9

It must be said that Adelbert Steiner is more of a technical bodyguard than a real bodyguard. He is the leader of a group of knights within Final Fantasy 9 who are appointed to protect Princess Garnet. Rather than acting like a heroic bodyguard, Steiner is a hilarious goof trying to get Garnet home as quickly as possible.

While he starts off as a rather simple character, Steiner slowly turns into a man of honor. Although he changes, he never wavers in his personal mission to keep Garnet safe, but he eventually comes to realize that the world he has known is not as simple as he thought.

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