The video games we play have various characters that are sometimes created by drawing inspiration from real-life people including actors, actresses, musicians, and sports icons. For the sake of instance, Yvonne Strahovski in Mass Effect 2, and Kristen Bell in Assassin’s Creed, and more.
Game developers fancy drawing inspiration from real-life people rather than featuring a randomly drawn character in the video game. Sometimes these characters are not just based on actors and actress they are also inspired by real-life political or historical figures. So let’s take a look at some of the famous characters in video games inspired by real people.
Kratos: Edward Norton
The American actor Edward Norton has played various roles in many movies but the one role that inspired Kratos, the main protagonist of God of War is the Derek Vinyard, Edward Norton’s character in American History X.
Norton’s bald head and his attitude have made Kratos one of the most favorite characters in the God of War series.
Lara Croft: Neneh Cherry
The video games series, Tomb Rider is best known for its main character Lara Croft who is not just inspired by Angelina Jolie and Alicia Vikander but many more gorgeous models. So you may be surprised to hear that the actual idea came from a famous Swedish singer Neneh Cherry best known for the 1980s hit “Buffalo Stance.”
The badass attitude of Lara Croft is inspired by a comic book character of Tank Girl. Most of the music fans have forgotten Neneh but she left an undeniable mark on gaming.
Sonic: Bill Clinton And Michael Jackson
Some people may also think that we are lying on this, but according to Naoto Ohshima, the designer of Sonic had once said in his interview that Sonic’s attitude is inspired by President Bill Clinton’s sweet and smart attitude. Meanwhile, the trademark boots wore by Sonic are actually the boots that Michael Jackson wore in his “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal” videos.
Mario: Mario Segale
Despite being a 90s video game Mario is still a Nintendo’s icon, the most famous plumber guy who is still the greatest platformer series ever made. Some fans of it must be also thinking that who is the inspiration behind this fun guy and guess that it could be some comic character but no its an American businessman, Mario Segale.
The person who rented a warehouse to the president of Nintendo back in the 1970s and a return favor they decide to name the main character Mario.
Officer Tenpenny: Rafael Perez
Voiced by the legendary actor, Samuel l. Jackson, Frank Tenpenny is the main villain of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Tenpenny is a hard-hearted corrupt police officer who used threat and blackmail people to get CJ through his plans and has no issue raising the guy for shooting a cop Tenpenny actually took out.
Tenpenny’s story was based on Rafael Perez, an LAPD officer who was arrested for a lot of corruption and for being involved in many other crimes. Perez’s story was also showcased by Denzel Washington in Training Day.
Lei Wulong: Jackie Chan
For many years now, not just martial arts fans but also action-movies fans have adored Jackie Chan’s films a lot. Better known for performing his own stunts and adding some comedy into his action movies. Chan has also been an inspiration for Tekken’s master fighter Lei Wulong.
Lei Wulong just not look likes Chan but also has a detective background references Chan’s Police Story films while his standing and walking style is based on Chan’s Drunken Master classics.
Ellie: Ellen Page
The main protagonist Ellie from The Last of Us video games series who is looking for revenge on those responsible for Joel’s death voiced by Ashley Johnson and is inspired by the Canadian actress, Ellen Page who actually criticized the developers for using her likeness without her permission.
Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page started her career from various television shows including ReGenesis and Gaycation, later even made her debut in the film industry with Pit Pony.
Balrog: Mike Tyson
One of the most feared boxers alive, Mike Tyson can easily destroy any opponent with just his two hands. Tyson is also a lot involved in video games such as inspiring the final boss of the original NES Punch-Out. Recently, it was disclosed that the Street Fighter II character Balrog is based on Mike Tyson.
Balrog made his first appearance in Street Fighter II that is a disgraced boxer and works for M. Bison’s Shadaloo organization.
Liu Kang: Bruce Lee
Mortal Kombat is a fighting video game series that has many amazing characters but the one has gained more spotlight than any other character is Liu Kang because it is inspired by the great martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.
Liu Kang comes with the same black pants that the icon of martial arts used to wear and inspired the same loud yells. The resemblance was even stronger in the sequels.
Niko Bellic: Vladimir Mashkov
GTA V might have sidelined Grand Theft Auto IV but it is no secret that fourth installment in the GTA series continues to remain a fantastic experience. The game’s popularity can be attributed to Niko Bellic, the game’s protagonist, who is a Russian immigrant that later joins the crime world.
The game developers have designed the character taking Russian actor Vladamir Mashkov for reference. The actor has appeared in several films including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Behind Enemy Lines. Rockstar Games had requested Mashkov to lend Niko his voice, but the actor turned down.