Top Ten Video Game Characters

I only have a few that really matter to me. The rest are just fill ins. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Mario (from the Mario Series)
Italian, Obsessed with mushrooms, wears a red hat, wears a pre-schooler uniform, saves princesses every time, has a similar, but green partner, who is he? HE IS of course MARIO!


A preschooler uniform? They're called overalls, and plenty of people wear them!


Who doesn't love the Italian plumber that is obsessed with mushrooms.


Snake is not good, vote for Mario, he is the best.

Mario is the best in everything.

He should be number one.

Mario s US is the best, Mario forever.

He is better than Lara Croft.
[Newest]Mario is one of, if not THE, most iconic character in video game history! He's an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, speaks English, looks like a Mexican, jumps and runs like a black man, what else is there to say?! The fact alone that he never fails in the end, always defeating one of the most iconic video game villains, also helps.
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2Link (from the Zelda games)
Well, well, well. This is certainly a surprise. I honestly thought that Link would be top. Aside from the obvious fact that The Legend of Zelda is undoubtedly the greatest game of all time, let me just tell you why. First, Link is portrayed differently through each of the games. Whatever you like, be it the 16-bit Link with his hat bobbing in the wind, the gorgeously stylised Link from The Wind Waker, or the awesome realistic Link from Twilight Princess there is a Link for everybody. Secondly, unlike thug Mario jumping on people's heads, Link is a true Hero. He isn't big or strong, but he is truly courageous, and can think in the direst of situations to solve problems, and fool his enemies. A truly rare personality.

Lastly, the greatest thing about Link is this. He never speaks, but he can do anything. No matter what is thrown at him, he will always rise to the challenge, and will succeed. Link is defined by his actions. Your actions. The reason Link is the greatest gaming character of all time is because, Link, the Hero of Time, is you.
Link is a unique and passionate character. He may not say a single word, but you can still understand his thoughts, emotions and feelings by his facial expressions. He's like a novel; deep, thoughtful and a true hero.
These r all good video game people and have got them self a one way ticket to the video game hall of fame from Mario to Lara Croft this web page has got them all ya Sonic and Master Chief have found a way into r harts but alien lasers and speed is not going to cut in the 3 most honorable characters here r #3 Snake y because unlike some people he can blind in with shadows I mean were not looking at his newer games but if you look at his older games Snake was a work of art! #2 Master Chief through all the halo games 1-4 this one man army has been blowing the face off of alien scum he's got the skills to revenge the earth from floating in the blackness of space to his first mission on Reach Master Chief has kicked alien tail.#1 Link someone who never backs out of a fight he swings his sword like a paint brush painting the micro scopic blood of evil plants pigs bats and more on the ground he has a epic ride a horse name epona and can do almost anything with the mask in his giant pocket face it he's a epic elf human thingy named Link not two pink feet with allergies I mean come on you picked a big noised plumber over Link that's just sad.
[Newest]I do like links powers
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3Master Chief (Halo Series)
1) Is always cool and collected, never lets anything go to his head,
2) Never loud mouths and makes himself look like an ahole
3) Not an emo, like cloud,
Definitely deserves to be #1, Though everybody above him is good to, the good thing is that kratos is below him, I can not stand people talking about how great a guy is that dies in every game.
Enough with past Master Chief is one of the biggest badasses in the gaming world, Although I respect Mario as one the Characters who paved the way, with all due respect he's old news.
Master Chief redefined the term one-man army. Let's see Lara Croft or Mario save the universe single-handedly and revamp an entire video game genre. Oh that's right they can't. Master Chief should be #1
I would give Super Mario Galaxy 4/10 stars, Super Mario Galaxy 2 7/10 stars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga 7/10 stars, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time 9/10 stars, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story 3/10 stars, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 2/10 stars and Super Mario RPG 10/10 stars.

I would give all Halo games (and Master Chief himself) 9/10 stars.
[Newest]Master Chief has survived and beaten hordes of the flood, the sentinels, and killed entire Covenant armadas practically by himself, he has survives multiple falls from space as well. I would like to see anyone else on this list even almost do that.
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4Sonic the Hedgehog
Mario may have saved the video game industry and to that I applaud him, because without him there would be no Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic burst onto the scene in 1991 with Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Genesis and hasn't quite gone yet. In his early years he was popular around the globe for his speedy platforming, something most games couldn't provide at the time. While his venture in 3D hasn't gone as smoothly as he would have liked, his legacy lives on and with the arrival of Sonic Colours and Generations as well as Sonic 4, people are starting to realise that the Blue Blur is finally back!
Truly the greatest. He's so cool and has simple yet awesome abilities. He has nearly unlimited bravery and a strong heart, he's a true hero.
Idiots even with your gaming, huh? You are funny. The greatest speed, the sense of duty he has, his cool grin and the trademark thumbs up! The definition of cool. The definition of hero. Plus he's the first character to have a company carrying his name (Sonic Team) and is a legend. Happy 18th birthday, Sonic! He was voted as the greatest character of all times in the video game festival in England. Learn why. And I don't wanna see that stuff again in lists! Never! And certainly not the omission of Shadow, Amy, Knuckles and Silver. Get out of here.


[Newest]Mario I still hate you. sonic is the best in my opinion Mario just saves princesses ( and a little more stuff too) sonic saves THE WHOLE WORLD reference sonic 06 he came back to life in that game too.
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5Solid Snake (Metal Gear Series)
Snake is definitely one of the manliest characters out there. He's saved the world on multiple occasions and almost commits suicide when he realizes his existence could pose a threat to humanity. So please, stop voting for that neanderthal Kratos and vote for a real man.
Snake screams badass! He is just badass in every way! He got that deep raspy voice that just screams rugged and tough, he is charismastic, he has great courage, and he has strong determination and he will do whatever it takes to make sure the world and its inhabitants are in safe hands! He sacrifices so much for the betterment of the world! Truly a noble, brave, and tough-ass character!
"Killing is just one of those things that gets easier the more you do it"- Solid Snake.
[Newest]Mario is certainly influential, Master Chief and Sonic are pretty cool, and Link is... well... Link. But Snake is definitely the best. Influential, awesome, and doesn't just make a bunch of screaming noises like Link.


6Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed 2)
Brilliant character, combined with the odd bit of humour! He needs to be in the top 10. Unfortunately Altair is before him, because Ezio is funnier, epicer, deadlier and downright entertaining!
Ezio's story is more interesting than any of these characters in the top ten. Mario's story is about fighting a giant turtle on steroids, links is about saving a princess (cliché), Sonics is about running or something? Master Chiefs story is really good, but it still can't compare to the depth and emotion of Ezios. I don't even know what a Solid Snake is, and Lara Croft is just known for being the girl on Tomb Raider. The thing that sets Ezio apart from these other characters, is the pain that he feels throughout his journey. His emotions in Florence when he witnesses his father and two brothers are hung are unmatched with the other characters. Then the transformation from cunning teenager to master Assassin is one that I'll personally never forget. Ezio Auditore the Firenze is without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest video game character in video game history.
It's not fair to compare this character with others in this list, Ezio and Altair are more than main game character they are completely alive and sensible...
[Newest]Watch the YouTube video "Ezio Auditore The Story You Never Knew" and that is the best way to describe him as a character besides playing though his trilogy.

7Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Amazing game character ever to play! I have played all the series of Lara Croft games and even completed them and I believe its the best game ever made all this time. Once we play we would never regret!
The guy who says Mario is better than Lara Croft, doesn't know what a real video game character is. Mario is bland, old, and boring. Lara Croft, on the other hand, is AWESOME! She can fight, climb, swim, flip, and do all kinds of things. Top THAT, Mario. She also has an awesome, smart, badass personality. She has the best of the best gear, too. Doe's Mario have guns, a grapple hook, and a motorcycle? I don't think so. Just because Mario is older, doesn't mean he's better.

Let's face it guys, Lara Croft is better than Mario. Like I said, just because he's older, IT DOESN'T MEAN HE'S BETTER. Older and better are two different things. Lara Croft is the best.
Lara Croft is a stereotypical, sexist, bland video game character and Mario is better. I can prove that with what you just said.

'She can fight, climb, swim, flip' Mario can do all of those things. Have you played any of the games?! Mario doesn't have to have a badass personality. He's more cheery and a more likable character, who wants emotionless supposed-to-be-perfect characters? Does Mario have guns, a grapple hook, and a motorcycle? Who the hell cares? He has a funny brother, a water nozzle, a beautiful mustache, and he can hit blocks with his head.

Face it, just because Lara is badass or sexy doesn't mean Mario is better, and then again, who the hell cares in Mario is older?! Plus, Lara seems more like a character created by somebody for sex appeal - oh wait, she is. Mario is more creative too. I mean, a guy with overalls, a mustache, a red shirt, white gloves, brown pants, and a red cap is way cooler than a woman with brown shorts, a light blue tank top, a backpack, brown shoes, and little to no personality is kind of boring. I can't face your pointless opinions. Do research before you shoot Mario down with Lara.
Person who says Mario is old, you are wrong. Mario CAN fight, climb, swim, and flip! Can Lara Croft stomp? I'm actually not really sure. Mario can also hop, ride Yoshi, throw fire balls, freeze stuff, kick Baby Yoshi, ride a Mario Kart, and much more! Mario is so much more BETTER.


[Newest]Most overrated video game character ever. Enough said.

Master chief is by far my favorite character, but Kirby simply needs to be higher on this list. Don't let his looks fool you, Kirby is a stone cold murderer who will not let anyone get in the way of his quest. Look at Kirby Squeak Squad. He takes out countless innocent victims, defeats Meta Knight, and even Dark Nebula (AKA Satan), all for a slice of cake. Wow. What a hard-butt. Imagine when the fate of the universe is at stake. Kirby is a hero like no other.
By far the best character ever invented. Kirby games are like mario games, but actually make sense. And that loser Ash Ketchum isn't even in any video games. If you are talking Kanto, he's RED, not "Ash".
[Newest]Kirby is THE most cutest character ever. He may look like you can keep him as a pet but when he attacks you seriously don't wanna be near him.
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9Kratos (God Of War)
Kratos is by far the coolest most awesome homicidal maniac of all time I mean how can Mario or Lara Croft compare, he killed a whole pantheon of Greek gods, doesn't get more badass
All hail kratos, the most badass character in gaming history!
[Newest]He is the best character in all game and he is better than all other characters

10Cloud (Final Fantasy VII)
I am something of a Final Fantasy veteran, myself, but I've never really met another protagonist I've liked as much as Cloud Strife. I really connected with Cloud. I felt and shared his pain. All the time, I see people on the internet calling him "emo" or otherwise undeserving of the mantle of hero. He was never happy in life, sure, but if you went through what he did, you'd know better.
He starts out arrogant and aloof, only really trying to save the world for the sake of a profit. As the game progressed, you really find out just how screwed up this guy is. To wit, this guy is a psych ward that walks on two legs. There's the obvious multiple identity disorder sure, but as I played further into the game, I picked up hints of post-traumatic stress disorder, some slight bipolarity, and (in the follow-up film especially), depression that he's been stewing in since he was sixteen or so years old. And I felt sorry for him. If Square wishes to continue that Compilation of FFVII, I wish this kid the best, even if he did sound like he was getting better in DoC.
EPIC! #1 should be him, Vincent or Sephiroth.


He certainly has a lot more depth and character than some of the other characters on this list (Master Chief, Mario... I'm looking at you)
[Newest]Cloud Is featured in Kingdom Hearts, of corse he is the best

The Contenders

11Samus Aran (Metroid)
She's like Master Chief, except that she extinguished two breeds of dangerous predators, she blew up an entire planet, she was able to sneak into the mother ship of the space pirates only with a paralyzer (without her armor) and she's just so cool. She decided to not give a damn about the Space Federation sending reinforcements and to blow up the whole place she was in because there was a major threat inside. She was about to sacrifice herself.
She kicks serious ass. I mean, seriously, she's better than L ara Croft will ever be. She should be number one! 1#! SAMUS ARAN RULES!
Come on it's samus she defeat a entire planet alone, she made think a entire generation that she was a men nly to show that it is a woman
If you are sexist towards Samus, then you would die. Go Samus! I'm surprised Rosalina is so low on the list though.
[Newest]Why isn't she higher than Master Chief?

12Dante (Devil May Cry Series)
What could be more righteous than a badass half- demon that has fire and lightning
swords which he slays monsters with, and probably listens to Slayer?
I also love Jak(Jak and Daxter) and Prince of Persia (Sands of Time, Warrior within,
Two Thrones)


How the hell is Crash Bandicoot and Mario above Dante? I mean come on, what could be
more righteous than a badass half-demon that slices monsters and bloody puppets in
half with his sword, has fire and lightning swords and probably listens to Slayer?


Hail Dante! Dante could kick these other guy's a$$es!


[Newest]How is Mario number one?

Mario is the father of video games, I really like dante but damn it... Mario for the win!

13Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot Rocks Hes A Great Playable Fun Character


Crash is my all time favourite video game character, pity activison screwed him up.
Crash as such a playful guy and even though he was mute and was kinda of dumb, he always meant well and could clearly express his emotions.


[Newest]Surprised this is so low on the list. He's a classic

14Luigi (from the Mario Series)
Luigi is nice and generous and has a heart and daisy helps him become better than mario. Luigi is very caring I hope he has a kid one day and he saved peach from Peasly! Yes he risked him to help Peach. Superstar saga should give him credit and peach should bake him a cake he saved her!
He walks on water, fights against his fears, slows down time, is able to find a hot-air balloon in the Mushroom Kingdom (seriously, where did he take them from? ) and many other awesome stuff. And he never gets attention. He's like Link from the Faces of Evil! ("I saved you from Ganon! " "You did not...")
[Newest]Why couldn't you play as Luigi in the first Mario game? Sure, you can in Lost Levels and All-Night Nippon, but...

15John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
No doubt he is the best. He sacrificed himself for his family. Everyman must do it he is real hero.


Deep and rich character. Totally a tough guy but some sense on right and wrong. All what matters is safety of those he loves - in any cost. A true hero.
[Newest]They better bring him back in the next red dead. Best game all time

16Altair (Assassin's Creed)
Ezio is a Marty Stu, that's it.
Sure, Altair doesn't have much of a personality in AC1 because at the time Ubisoft didn't know what to do that's why the first game wasn't as good as the other games, not to mention the terrible American voice BUT believe or not he was more human than Ezio, how? Well, he made a lot of mistakes and got punished, Ezio, on the other hand, is worshipped by the other characters, causes a disaster, surprise! You are our mentor!
Also, the codex pages reveal another side of him, his emotions, his thoughts and that he was an artist.
Ubisoft did know that they made terrible mistakes with him, that's why they finally made things right, they gave him a perfect accent and a great leader's personality. I don't care if Ezio was more "charming" and had a sense of humor, Altair rebuilt the Order, spread it, killed Genghis Khan, had the apple for over 60 years without allowing it to currupt him, invented many weapons including the hidden gun, all while raising a family.
Altair should be second on this list. And Ezio should be the first. Assassins Creed isn't like any other game... Its an epic in itself..
Yeah I think He and Ezio should be at the top they are like the most popular assassins out I mean everybody loves dark figures in the hoodie
[Newest]The words can't say anything if play with this character you will see

17Duke Nukem
I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum! And I'm all out of gum...
He is so cool and he kicks asses all the time
Whether you hated DNF or not, Duke is still a bad ass. Hail to the King Baby!


[Newest]Couldn't decide between duke and dante HARD CHOICE

18Leon (Resident Evil)
Leon is one of the best game characters ever made, with hi looks and smarts. And anyone who played RE4 is sure to know to.
Thumbs up to capcom for one of the most succesful character
This character is amazing
What is he doing down here this list is all wrong leon is the coolest person iknow and he should be at the top 10 list at least.


[Newest]Should be in top 5

19Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Niko Bellic is my favorite Grand Theft Auto character ever... Niko my cousin lets go to the top


The only character in the series with a real personality that doesn't want to live in the world of Grand Theft Auto it was sucked into, and had a story that doesn't involve pointless murder, but instead doing what he need to finally be free of his past.
My favorite character of all time and my favorite single player experience was from Grand Theft Auto IV. If that game and story had any other main character it would have failed. Niko made that story work and also thrive.
[Newest]Niko, cousin, let us go bowling sometime.

20Albert Wesker (Resident Evil Series)
My favourite video game villain and my favourite Resident Evil character.


A mysterious badass mastermind that controls most of the events of the RE series. He is just and awesome villain and interesting character.
Wesker is by far the best villain in the Resident Evil series. Even though they have killed him off, we're all speculating when he's gonna make his epic return.

21Ellie (The Last Of Us)
Ellie taught me how to be brave. She taught me that no matter how miserable our life's are, there is always something that keeps us going. Something to fight for. Something that's worth for living. For me she is this one character that I care about. Ellie was a girl that never asked for anything. Even though she was the girl that deserved everything.
Not even words can describe how awesome Ellie is. She is probably my favourite fictional character of all time. Ellie is brave beyond everything, determined, funny, sarcastic, and strangely optimistic, even though she basically lives through hell. It is physically impossible to play the whole game and not completely love Ellie with all your heart by the end of it. Every single one of her lines are so quotable. Not to mention, all this and she's only fourteen!
The definition of a teenage badass, and immune to zombies! I'm 14, and if someone wanted to take me over halfway across the country on foot during a zombie apocalypse with a complete stranger, I'd be like "HELL NO! " But Ellie just went with it. That girl deserves everything. Not to mention she had all the funny lines.
[Newest]Now this girl is badass!

22Max Payne (Max Payne Series)
"It's a snowy day, I was looking for my laptop in the reflection of myself, and then I found her, at 30th,...
My heart's broken. Like a fallen angle..."

Sounds pretty awesome, don't you think? A man who has a bloody past, telling his story and shooting guys in bullet-time... Even Neo can't be cooler... And yes, a plumber defeated him...
He should be in the top 5! He is such an epic person! Lara croft is an idiot going around here!
He's just a completely cool badass who is able to speak poetry and kill bastards at the same time

23Captain Price (Modern Warfare 1,2)
Just best of the best. Better then chuck norris anyways.
Before sleeping, chuck is first looking for this man in his closet and under his bed
What I mean character like lara croft who just jumps on the rope like money is in top ten and the noblest captain price us stands on 19th well I salute developers of Call of Duty for this magical character
His voice is so majestic
[Newest]"This is for the record."

24Lili de Rochefort (Tekken Series)
Her fighting moves are very graceful.. She is very attractive... Very rich and very beautiful... She fights for her father... And one of the mortal enemy of JIN KAZAMA.. She is the best among all the female fighting game character.. She may look innocent but she is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
She is the most popular character in tekken... This is unexpected she is in the top 10...
My favorite character in tekken series... She is so BEAUTIFUL!
[Newest]Possibly agressive yet but still tremendous!


25Shadow the Hedgehog (from numerous Sonic games)
Shadow the most badass and the baddest boy in the sonic series he's cool, has guns, can reach up to sonics speed and has powerful chaos powers like chaos spear, chaos rift, chaos blast and chaos control
Come on! Shadow is by far the best sonic character. Even though his own game was not so good but I can overthink that and I think Shadow should be in the top 15. His speed is enough to match sonic. His abilities are epic. He even has an epic theme song! Shadow is awesome! He rules!
Shadow is so amazing I don't see why he is not higher I mean he even has his own gameand it has really good graphics and is very fun
[Newest]I think that this guy is Sonic's Trevor Philips. Shadow just looks better.

He's certainly iconic, he's right up there with Mario, Sonic and Pacman, speaking of which, Is Pacman on here at all?
Come on! Its Megaman, What The HELL!
OK, why is Mega Man all the way down here?! He's the best!

27Carl "CJ" Johnson‎ (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
I can't believe what I am seeing here what? CJ can not be in top 200? In germany we say for this kind of situations:Schade! It means:poor you. Cj and the things you can do with him are really amazing. He is such a great guy that you can never imagine everyone knows that
Dude, he should be number one. Even though literally all of the other Grand Theft Auto SA characters should be at number 1 (yes, even officer tenpenny) CJ would be the best because he seems to be able to deal with all the bull from all of the other characters. Plus he's cool, cares about his family and his hood, and he's actually funny at times.
Best game created by rockstar ever.. Don't get such a feeling playing ne other game.
[Newest]Best Grand Theft Auto main character ever. I can't believe Niko is higher than CJ!

28Jak (Jak, Jak2, Jak3, JakX)
BADAZZ! The most incredibly awesome video game character ever! 12 guns, 8 powers, and a go-tee!
Come on, dark jak! He's a beast! He dominated the metal heads, dark makers, all of them.
Out of the 3 Playstation Heroes, Jak was more badass! And the story... Oh my god the story was good throughout the first 3 games!
[Newest]Jak deserve to be in #1 in the Top 10.

29Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)
Sexy, smart, appealing to both males and females and strong. Why isn't Jill higher on this list! She should be in the top ten along with Leon!

30Trevor Philips (Grand Theft Auto V)
When you start playing as him, you better be ready. He could be asleep on some rails, or be in a strip club with only his boxers on.
Come on people how is he not up there.
Ah how I love trevor, the best in Grand Theft Auto V.


31Yoshi (Mario Series)
As cute as Kirby, Pikachu, and Sackboy combined. This guy gets to you every time.
The best flutter- jumping, tongue shooting little creature in the universe. how come Lara Croft somehow got voted higher than Kirby and Yoshi? One of the best Super Mario characters, period.
Not necessarily a staple of the Mario world, but certainly a character that enhances the quality of whatever game he is in. The most lovable character in gaming history should definitely be higher on this list.
[Newest]I like him way better than anyone on this list

32Sora (Kingdom Hearts I And II)
the best swordsmen in the worlds!
he should be the best! unless Riku is an option, then he should be the best.
Sora can defeat a bunch of enemies with a giant key, knows magic, who knows how but he can speak to animals, and he is only 15
I grew up playing Kingdom Hearts and I'm pretty dissapointed that Sora isn't on the top ten, It would've been rather tear-jerking to see him on the top ten, 91 is no place for a hero
[Newest]How is he #87? He should at least be in the top 5, if not #1!?!?!


33Big Boss aka Naked Snake (Metal Gear Solid 3)
Solid snake is no more than a clone of the "Best soldier of thz 20th century, He was the one that developped the CQC with the boss and the one who had the hardest past, Solid, Liquid or Solidus doesn'tstand a chance against him. He deserve waay better than this rank...

34Mileena (Mortal Kombat)
I love Mileena from Mk she is a very good villain
Cool fighter, ugly under the mask, fantastic, moves, real bitch, hottest body - It's all about Mileena


35Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series)
He is hands down the best character ever... He says everything you think and to have that much humour while your getting shot at 24/7 is legendary... And to top it all off he's a good looking ladies man and a real smart ass... We can all relate to drake and that's the reason I love him
The Uncharted series is awesome. It has everything from those adventure movies: The mentor, the girl, the crazy bad guy (who dies), and the smart-talking adventurer. Oh yeah, and they end up destroying what they were searching for. (Bye-bye, El Dorado)
[Newest]Honest to God. Nathan Drake is one of the most charming, charismatic and awesome characters in video games to date. He's like Indiana Jones only cooler. I think he's underrated because most people only focus on classic game characters. Mario is number one right now. Does he even have a personality? NO!

36Princess Peach (Mario series)
He'll no! She's bossy, ungrateful, overrated supremely annoying, graceless, not elite enough for her tall height, spoiled, stubborn & temperamental. I would put her in my video game franchise, but she is so obsessed with females & unfortunately, she has appeared the most out of any other female video game character in video gaming history, which I moderately deny.
TakePrincess Peach off the list & replace her with Rosalina!

37Pac-Man (Pac-Man)
Pac-Man was so cute & funny in Pac-Man World. Chris Brown wold be a great voice for Pac-Man, especially if Pac-Man has his Pac-Man World/Mario Kart Arcade GP/Super Smash Bros. 4 design. He would be a great partner towards Princess Daisy, NOT the bossy & stupid Princess Peach.
167?!?! WHAT?! Pac-Man is a classic! He should be in the top 10.


Pac-man can eat big yellow thig and eat everyone for being that down on the list

38Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
The two best lines in video games. "Toasty! " and "Get over here! "

39Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII)
Although I think Sephiroth from 8 is probably the coolest character (I mean three barreled gun is cool but Sephiroth had a sword that he could extend at will, and he beat SQUALL), Vincent here definitely has a place in my heart as one of the coolest.
This guy has a three barreled gun, never says a word, and has claws on his hand. He's freaking awesome!
Come on man, He is so much cooler than Lara


40Ryu (Street Fighter)
Sick ass character. awesome dude

41Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)
Why the hell is garrus below Ellie from the last of us?

42Lee Everett (The Walking Dead)
Lee Everett, a man willing to go through hell and back for a little girl that has been with him since the apocalypse began. He's one of those heroes without powers, going from ordinary university teacher to ultimate badass, he's truely an inspiration and should be way higher on this list.
Lee was a great character that still managed to have flaws.
Lee and Clem should be on hear and in a higher position
[Newest]Lee should be higher he is a true video game hero

43Pikachu (Pokemon)
Pikachu is one of the most famous characters. He's the star of more products than sonic will ever be. By the way, pikachu is a he, his tail isn't in the shape of a heart.
What the heck Pikachu is the best video game character by far... He should be number one I tell you.
You choose one Pokemon out of 700, and it's the one from the anime. Not even classified as a character, characters have feelings and personalities.
[Newest]He is a yellow mouse who shoot lightning out of his cheeks.

44Spyro (Spyro Series)
The purple dragon of fun-loving adventure.
Spyro is just awesome. Headstrong attitude and cool looking. Just play his first 3 games. Sad how Insomniac Games gave him up and all these other guys are abusing him.
Spyro is often overlooked. Which is sad. Although he only has two attacks, they provide use of comman sense in his games. Which is to me one of the reasons why spyro is so great.

45Red (Pokemon)
Ash is ahead of Red? Red saved the world! If Red wasn't there to stop Team Rocket in the first place, Team Rocket would have moved on to all the other
Regions and take over Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova. You should actually consider putting Red above Ash. Ash isn't even in the games. To all those Pokemon fans, Red saved the pokemon world from being a boring place taken over by Team Rocket.
You can honestly forget about any other Pokemon character, as red has a overlevelled pikachu. GG, light orb volt tackle. And to be honest, he was beaten by a kid who had to go through 3x what he did to come close to him in the first place. So yeah.
Ah, yes. Red. He's the guy who helped mold Giovanni into goodness, saving the world, and he's ten. Along the way to saving everything, Red helped countless towns and paved the way for the second-most sold video game franchise in history.

46Commander Shepard (Mass Effect 2)
Commander Shepard is one of the greatest soldier characters devised in gaming. A master chief in his own right. Saving the galaxy and proving himself to be one of the most elite leaders conceivable while still being realistic and relative; no gimmicky super power armor or superhuman implants for this guy, but still an all around hero.
Deserves to be up higher, at least the top ten. He and his squad has saved the world on a galactic scale. Plus the game offers a great story and is a top RPG.
Commander Shepard, three-time savior of the galaxy, all-around badass and hero/antihero, is at the 41st spot? That's insane. And the #1 spot is taken by Mario, a plumber whose claim to fame is jumping on people"s heads and trying to save a single person... Really?

47Vito Scaletta (Mafia II)
Vito got out of jail by beating other prisoners up... That's all I need to say...


An awesome Italian soldier who came to mafia at Empire Bay
His story is amazing! I love rich Italian stories with the Mafia

48Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)
Sephiroth has one of the best themes ever one winged angel. Not only that he has a katana longer than his whole damn body! Also combine the disaster of jenova into the mix and the one who influences sephiroth's actions and add his overpowering strength to the cake of evil. And you got a recipe of disaster.
Burns down villages, has the longest sword ever, his hair look so cool, he rips his mother's body apart, his theme song is one of the best things ever, I prefer Kefka but this guy is SO awesome!
Best theme for an individual character (one winged angel) in games, movies, shows. He definitely should be higher than cloud and a lot of the other overrated characters on this list.

49Soap (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
I feel like soap is the ultimate badass in Call of Duty hope he becomes in the top ten someday
Soap great man he is the legend we will remember him
Soap has got everything... N it should be the first instead of lara croft

50Alex Mason (Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)
Alex Mason, killer of Dragovich. Father of David Mason. Alex mason made sure all the enemies on his list were killed dead. Badass and amazing... Enough said.
What a character but my favorite bops character is victor reznov who even doesn exist
Mason is just a beast

51Darth Revan (KOTOR)
since you control how he acts you've got to love him


YOU become Revan when you play this game!

52Clementine (The Walking Dead)
Almost as good as a charge yet as Lee, this was without doubt my favorite supporting character from the first game, and is doing a great job in the lead role in the second.
Should be way higher. At least in the top 20. She's been in situations that would make grown men wet themselves. Way badass.
She's one of the cutest!

53Agent 47 (Hitman Series)
A cold-blooded original ultimate assassin, agent 47 gets his name from the bar code tattooed on the back of his head.
You know what... Agent 47 got some attitude in him which he preserves deliberately -that cold air around him just sets the vibe for the game.

54Brenda Carlton (Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes)

55The Prince (Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, Warrior Within, Thet Two Thrones)
He is awesome sadly underrated.
Smartest character of all

56Jin (Tekken)

57GLaDOS (Portal)
I was really surprised that GLaDOS wasn't higher on the list. She has a great dark and sarcastic sense of humor that entertains you and keeps you laughing throughout the game. She can make you hate her, being the evil, insane robot she is, or even pity her. I really hope they make another Portal game so that I have the chance to see this amazing character again
GLaDOS is a strange one but in the end is always the person who evil but good at the same time she should be higher on the list.
She survived getting torn apart and having those parts burned just to wake up and attempt to kill and insult Chelle, her "test subject. "
[Newest]I actually dislike GLaDOS as a character, because she is so rude, but she is so well made that I love her all the same!

58Johnny Gat (Saints Row)
How come nobody likes him. Gat is one of the best characters of all time. Gat is also a badass. He got shot by a shotgun in knee. The guy who shot Gat was less then 5 inches away. Gat later in the same game he walkes perfectly. He got stabbed by a katana sword and ripped it out. He lives. He also takes on an entire gang and takes the cops. He was in a chair which was bolted to the ground of plane and his arms were tied. He breaks out of the chair, smashes a guys face in the window, gets stabbed by a knife, rippes it out, and throws and hits a guy right in the head. He will also say some funny stuff. To me Johnny Gat is one of the characters of all time, and one of the most badasses.
He has knives, he is badass, he killed satan in hell. Come on!, at least go to number 12!


Johnny Gat is THE definition of "badass".
[Newest]I thought gat was really awesome. To bad he kicked the bucket

59Steve (Minecraft)
He can punch trees with bare hands, craft tools with bare hands, bake a cake without an oven, walks into lava and still alive (depends), and he's great at building. Enough said.
Dude he's superman, can carry so much heavy stuff, and can break rock hard stuff, he's awesome.


He is in the best game in the world


[Newest]Steve is just the best (Second to Sonic. )

60Beldam (Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door)
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is very overrated & Super Paper Mario is much better. But Beldam? She should be replaced by Vivian! She is not ugly. I think that Beldam's face may be a private part.
She is unimportant & has very soft skin due to old age. Imagine if Sonic the Hedgehog fought her.

He should be top 1, or at least top 5! He'd make a perfect partner to Princess Daisy from the Mario franchise.

62Yoshimitsu (Tekken)
What? Yoshimitsu should be #1! Who else isn't afraid of stabbing himself in the stomach? I almost cried when I saw he was so low. He's my favourite video game character!


Great guy who was probably only there on the Iron Fist tournament just to give money to the poor.
Honsestly, if I could choose to meet any Tekken character, it would be Yoshimitsu, he's just too cool

63Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell)
He's really the best character in the list!
Which is he number 52? He is the best character in mature games
He would kick Snake's ass

64Ghost (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
Ghost should be higher, such a badass costume with skills like that, he sure as heck knows how to handle a gun, as well as not leaving Roach, no man left behind for Ghost, Amazing guy!
Like who doesn't like a guy that gets shot and Is stil ALIVE and has a Call of Duty game named after him
Dude what? Ghoste died and burned from what are you saying that he is alive?! 1

65Zero (MegaMan X)
Agreed! Just look how long his hair is, even for his tall height & male gender. He could even be a teammate towards Princess Rapunzel who is spoiled, whose hair is much longer! Imagine if Zero messed with Princess Peach & Rosalina! He even knows Captain Falcon, who should be in the top fives on the list!
Why is he so low on the list? He's my favorite character ever and he is awesome.
In my opinion while zero dud great things in the x series his best moments come from the zero series in other words the opening of zero 1 and the final boss battles in zero 3 and zero 4 I don't want to spoli it for those who haven't played or seen the zero games but you should do that cause it's a great series with great charecters

66Claire Redfield (Resident Evil)
Ass kicking chick rite here - quote- biggest resident evil fan ever and knows the most bout resident evil

67Joel (The Last of Us)
He should be higher on this list

68Fox McCloud
I can't believe he wasn't up here yet... Or at least any character from his series...
He is awesome in every game he stars in. Why isn't he in the top ten?
I love Fox McCloud! He should be in the top ten. Am I right?

69Robert Ashley (Hidden Mysteries: Titanic)

70Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum / City)
Come on... He's The Joker... Nothing much is needed to speak... He is a guy capable to things no other villains in DC comics can. Even the most powerful ones... After brains are better than brawns...
How is he not HIGHER in this list? HE'S AMAZING!
Different from any other villain! He's Crazy!
He's THE JOKER he could kill Mario to be honest

71Meta Knight (Kirby)
If you are so overpowered that you are banned from tournaments, that says something about you. His sword is LEGENDARY, he has one of the mot iconic Nintendo ships, his cape becomes wings enabling flight, and what not to say? He is just one pure word, Epic.


Unlike most people, I like Meta Knight better than Mario, Snake, even Lara Croft for crying out loud. Y? Because he's awesome and his sword is awesome. Being an antihero is awesome. In Meta Knight standards of course.


He is awesome, with his sword and cape and wings and gigantic Battleship Halberd, and his mask, pretty boss to me.
[Newest]How is Meta Knight so low on this list? He's AWESOME!

72Raziel (Legacy of Kain Series)

73Rouge the Bat (Sonic Series)

74Revolver Ocelot (MGS)

75Arbiter (Halo 2, 3)
Who can forget that great moment in Halo 2 when suddenly you are playing as an elite!

76Zelda (The Legend of Zelda series)
She is nice brave and guards the Triforce which takes mad skills. Princess Zelda is more mature then the other princesses. She actually acts like a princess with mysterious parents. She rules Hyrule like no other princess.
She's a badass, admit it. She's awesome and I believe that she is the most awesome princess ever; awesome magic skills, pirate, ninja, skill with sword (? ), archer... come on!
Should be higher, she would destroy Mario... And some of the other overrated characters that hasn't contributed to video game history as much as she has.

77Ness (EarthBound)
Ness is a awesome badass, he saved the world from mind controlling aliens and fought one of the most creepy looking characters ever, ness should be way higher than this at least top 20 material.
Why does 'TheTopTens' hate Earthbound? It's an amazing game, and the Ness is by far my favorite character from the series. Nobody would have remembered him if Super Smash Bros didn't exist. His choice of weaponry is a baseball bat (The others have guns and that overrated stuff. ) and is plain cool.
A young teenage hero who uses only a baseball bat to save the world, and PSI of course.
[Newest]Yay... Lets go guys...

78The Mom (Heart's Medicine - Season 1)

79Koopa Troopa (Super Mario)

80Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
One of the hottest chicks in the mortal kombat series.

He's hawt. Taio Cruz would be a great voice for him.

82Claude Speed (Grand Theft Auto 2)
Laugh out loud Claude is in Grand theft auto 3. But anyways we is awesome so +1

83Heavy Weapons Guy (Team Fortress 2)
No matter what promotional artwork you look at, the Heavy is there. He is also there to give you a hug (brutally murder you with Sasha) in your dreams (nightmares). Also, he's funny. "What was that, Sandvich? Kill them all? Good idea! " -The Heavy
A giant russian man who carries a gun called 'Sasha'. Who can beat that?

84Mr. Resetti (Animal Crossing)
He is a very funny character, but quite weird at the same time. He is a video game character that spews insults! He's there to save the animal crossing world from having too many paradoxes... So in a way he is the most heroic character ever! He wins, or he wins. You stop resetting. He wins. You keep resetting. He wins. Especially in City Folk. You cheat and he deletes! Scary, but I don't cheat because of him.
I personnally hate Resetti, please no hard feelings...


85Gordon Freeman (Half-Life series)
Gordon is 'cooler' than Master Chief. Master Chief is boring, he has guns. All Gordon needs is a crowbar.
Silent, smart, resourceful, rebellious, deadly, these are the qualities of Gordan that makes him so lovable. He doesn't need words, he has a crowbar. Whether he uses the crowbar to fight aliens, cops, or ant lions, Gordan is a bad ass and deserving of the greatest video game character ever.


omg! 20th! Has anyone on this site ever played a game that isn't from 2006 onwards?


[Newest]He woke up, smelt the ashes, and then kicked the ashes into the enemies face!

86Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)
Lightning... Beautiful, Gorgeous, Amazing, Strong, Loving, Powerful... Think... Lightning Is Everythung! She Care About The People She Loves! She Fight For Them! She Is The Goddess Of The World! The Girl Who Will Save The World! Our Hero!
She is the most badass character of all time, and the hottest. Enough Said.


Hottest video game character of all time. deserves to be # -99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
[Newest]I can't tell you how badly I want to know her name.

87Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)
Elizabeth is one of the best looking females I've seen in gaming, she is truly a girl who makes a emotional bound between a gamer and herself.
Oh come on! She is PERFECT in every reality! This lady is adorable, tough, brave and kind. She is such a great character from such a great game
The nly reason I picked her was becouse the letuce twins weren't on here but it still is heartbreaking when she dies

88Heather (Silent Hill 3)
She is sane, confident, and even funny at times. Has an deep interesting backstory and great character development.

89James Bond (007)
I know he is from movies first, but come on... HE'S JAMES BOND!
Deserves to be in top 20 at least... Dang people.

90Zurvan, God of Time (Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Vizier)

91Sean Devlin (The Saboteur)
Duke Nukem is just a womanizing old fart who does nothing but take steroids, Kratos is just a member of some gay pride parade waving a pair of kitchen knives around like a lunatic. Sean Devlin on the other hand single handedly pushed the Nazis out of Occupied France.

And if what happened in the game really happened, The British and The Americans wouldn't have had to go to Normandy. Think about that.
Irish, smokes a lot, swears like a trooper, hates the Nazis, has a talent with race car driving and sabotage. Who could he be? It's Sean Devlin


Sean Devlin is much wittier than Yoshi and Sonic. In a video game battle royale Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Link and Sonic among others would get shot down down by Sean Devlin's silenced sten.
[Newest]Pikachu is just a Japanese freak, Sean Devlin is an Irish thug. Sean Devlin is proof if proof was needed that the Irish are good brawlers.

92Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank)
One of the best games ever
He should not be low on the list..
Oh my goodnes, why is Ratchet so low on the list?! The Ratchet and Clank games are the best!
[Newest]Ratchet is awesome and he has a good sense of humor!

93Cammy (Street Fighter)
Second female street fighter character after Chun-Li. One of the most well-known street fighter characters.

94Guybrush Threepwood (from the Monkey Island Series)

95Tommy Vercetti (GTA Vice City)
Hey! What The Fack Tommy Vercetti should be higher. 182 are you kiding me you stupid twat!

96Shy Guy & General Guy (from the Mario Series)
I know Shy Guy, but I don't know General Guy. But I DO know Fly Guy.


97Sgt. Reznov (Call of Duty 5, Call of Duty: Black Ops)
He's done the impossible, even when dead he gotta son to kill Steiner, Dragovich and Kravchenko (Kravchenko survives though he doesn't know that)
He was not a figment of Mason's imagination, he made it out of Vorkuta.
The best charcter I had ever seen reznov influenced entire bops 1 even when he dosn exist

98The Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
Seriously I looked through over 150 characters and nobody else has thought of how much of a boss the dragonborn is... I even saw Sheogarath who is also from the elder scrolls games, he is funny and stuff, but he's not as cool as the dragonborn... I even saw a lot of supporting characters in games.
Really? Dragonborn in the 100s. Lmao, yeah this list is for trolls. Skyrim is a popular game that has made the industry progress more.
This guy can still I'll alduin, even when he has taken an arrow to the knee!

99Silver the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Silver the Hedgehog is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. He is a light-grey anthropomorphic hedgehog who has a variety of telekinetic abilities. He comes from the future. He is an optimist despite his future's ruined state, although he is also somewhat naive and dependent.
Silver is the 100% awesomeness. Please vote for this goofball from the future, :3 Please?
He is the best character ever, he comes from a devastated future, stop giving him GRIEF! It's not fair!
[Newest]Yeah, but he's kinda bossy & needs to spend time with Princess Daisy from the Mario franchise.

100Riku (Kingdom Hearts)

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