No. 9: Dominic Santiago in Gears of War 3
Gears of War may be known for being a bro-tastic shooter, but that doesn’t mean the franchise doesn’t have its heartfelt moments. After finally discovering the fate of his wife in Gears of War 2, Dom is a shell of his former self by the time Gears 3 rolls around. That said, he still sticks by Delta Squad’s back, making sure to find a way to end the Locust menace. Unfortunately, the team finds their backs against the wall in a fateful battle, and with no other visible option for survival, Dom sacrifices himself so that others may live. At least Dom could finally be reunited with Maria, even if he did have to blow himself up to do it.