Being a hero is no easy task, and it’s doubly hard when you’re the new savior on the block. With every new console generation comes new franchises and returning favorites. Everyone knows characters like Master Chief and Samus are great heroes – some of our favorites, even – but what about the new faces donning a mask for the first time, or those who have found themselves fighting for good against all odds? What about the ones who have simply fallen into a bad situation but have come out better for it? Those heroes are some of the best in recent memory, and with a couple more outings in their future, it’s easy to see how they could become icons like Chief and Samus. Here are our favorite heroes of the generation so far, ranked in chronological order of appearance.