The protagonist is known (and recognized) by many, especially those they've never met before (and are not out there to try kill/capture/whatever him/her specifically).
The first video game about Famous protagonist was released on November 15, 2004.
Take-Two Interactive has published all these games
Likely prompts reactions in direction of "Hey it's X! X is here! With X here, our problem is as good as gone!" or similar gushing at them. Possibly beset by overenthusiastic fan(s) at some point.