Top Ten Video Game Characters

I only have a few that really matter to me. The rest are just fill ins.

The Top TenXW

1Mario (from the Mario Series)Mario is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise, created by Nintendo's Japanese video game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. He serves as the eponymous protagonist of the series and is the mascot of Nintendo. The Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time.

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! - IGN

A preschooler uniform? They're called overalls, and plenty of people wear them! - PeterG99

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

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.

Sonic is just a destroyed Mario ripoff. Mario is so good that even SEGA used him for Sonic. - LemonComputer

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2Link (from the Zelda games)Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.

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 ...more

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 ...more

He probably has a low rating because less people play his games. I've played one of the games, but that's all. - LemonComputer

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3Sonic the HedgehogSonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

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.

Alright, I get it. Sonic as a character is decent, but I refuse to see him as #3. He was designed as a character to rival Mario, and in the '90s, he succeeded. But here's the thing: Sonic the Hedgehog is nothing more than a compilation of '90s tropes to serve as a "personality". His speed originated as a way to show off the blast processing of the Sega Genesis. But what really grinds my gears is that he has, and always will, serve as a rip-off to Mario. It's hard to believe, but just think: When Super Mario 64 was released, Sega countered with Sonic Adventure for their new Dreamcast, and the game itself (along with 2) wasn't half-bad. But then, Nintendo released plans for Super Mario Galaxy, a new game for their upcoming Wii that would supposedly take the traditional standard of Mario's games, give it some new polish and mechanics, as well as create a story unique to the Mario universe. Sega was well aware of this, so (like they always do) they tried to beat Nintendo to the ...more

Inspired (or copied, depending on how you look at it) from the almighty Mario. But still kinda good. - LemonComputer

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4Master Chief (Halo Series)MCPON John-117, or "Master Chief", is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Halo fictional universe created by Bungie.

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.

How the hell is sonic...SONIC better than him? Dude master chief is a badass no matter what. He's awesome when it comes to combat! Hand to hand or ranged, he is amazing with good weapons skill, and should be above link in the list

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5KirbyKirby is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.

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".

He's a pink puffball. He eats everything in his way, even living beings. Let's make an example: in Kirby's Adventure, he defeats the evil king of his land and then restores the dreams of the land, but (plot twist) they are cursed by an entity called "Nightmare"! What does Kirby do? At first he panicks, and then he throws himself in SPACE to kill the entity. Cool, isn't it? Also there is Zero, aka the ruler of the evil. It looks like an eye. When Kirby defeats him, he rips the iris out of the ocular bulb, and there's blood everywhere. Not very fitting for a game where the protagonist is a pink puffball, but who cares, it's awesome

Kirby is so strong that if he trained magikarp it would be gyarados level.100 in 1 hour

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6Solid 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.

Best character of my childhood. - dabiel

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7Ezio 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...

We stuck with this guy since he was born! Best protagonist ever! - Coreylordo

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8Luigi (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...")

#27?! What?! Luigi is my all-time favorite Mario character and that he should be #5 or #4. I know that many of you doesn't know Luigi, but please, make him as popular as Mario

Luigi is the best Character ever

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9Samus Aran (Metroid)Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.

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.

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.

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!

Gives many girls out there a glimpse of power and I love her for it - Peculiar

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10Kratos (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!

Without a moment of doubt, Kratos surpasses all the other options and does it BY FAR! Through the total history of characters in video games, never have I ever seen such a cool, God-killing character! Mario?! Are you SERIOUSLY SERIOUS?!

Kratos is the best character... I wish he was real...

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11Cloud (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 ...more

EPIC! #1 should be him, Vincent or Sephiroth. - CyraxQC

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)

Buster sword and a pineapple instead of hair...

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12Shadow the Hedgehog (from numerous Sonic games)Shadow the Hedgehog is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega. He is an artificially created black and red hedgehog whose hover shoes propel him at extreme speeds that rival those of Sonic.

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 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

I think we should get a game where Shadow is the Main Character, I don't really like Sonic, as he's a show-off, and annoying! But Shadow, is the most badass, and coolest character in Sonic History.

He's one of my favorites and blaze too!

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13Pikachu (Pokemon)Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

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.

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.

Although they're probably the most popular Pokemon imaginable I don't really like them. I get that they're the icon of the games and anime but Pikachu isn't the best

Pikachu is adorable

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14Dante (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) - Crash

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? - Crash

Hail Dante! Dante could kick these other guy's a$$es!
- MegaToolica1

One of the most original gaming characters ever created. Take a look. Almost every punk that comes after is an attempted copy.

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15Nathan 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

Nathan drake should be in first place, compared to mario and sonic and most of the character's before him on the list, nate is more relate able than most of them because unlike most of the other characters, he's just a normal guy who feels pain and has emotions, which is hard to see in many other game characters, drake's character has been built up greatly throughout the games so gamers can actually feel like there are things that they have in common with the character

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)

Playstation's ultimate mascot, funny, smart, tough, fast, and overall a easily recognizable video game character. He is also one of the most realistic characters, just a normal smart-ass with a sense for adventure. I'm so glad he is above Lara Croft

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16Pac-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. - Garythesnail

How is Crash Bandicoot above Pac-Man. I mean, as far as popularity of the game goes, Pac-Man is second only to Mario. Pac-Man and his wife are both badasses

He's fun, and cool but I don't really play PAC man he's pretty cool though

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17Yoshi (Mario Series)

As cute as Kirby, Pikachu, and Sackboy combined. This guy gets to you every time.

Yoshi is not just the best video game character. He is just the best character from anything! He has the likable personality of Mario and Luigi, he is the cutest video game character, and he is the coolest. He save's crying babies and islands everyday. He also is relatable because he like's to eat like everybody. He isn't afraid to have a different body size and he doesn't follow any anorexic fads.

Yoshi is my favorite Nintendo character. Yoshi's are really cute and they can fly and eat stuff to help you. Baby yoshis can do a bunch of awesome stuff too. Me and my cousins used to often fight about who gets the yoshi if there is only one or who gets the pink yoshi. Yoshi is an awesome character and like I said before my favorite character in Nintendo. - Imreallyboredrightnow

My favourite characters in the Mario Series are Yoshi, Daisy and Rosalina. - LemonComputer

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18Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)Lara Croft is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Square Enix video game franchise 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!

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. - VideoGameTiger

All right, she is no where near as good as Mario or Link. Mario saved the industry, and Link introduced saving the game. Stop saying that. She is still a good character though.

Lara Croft has had many death defying performances, she's a girl who doesn't like to play the "damsel in distress" card

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19Crash BandicootCrash Bandicoot is a video game franchise of platform video games. The series, originally exclusive to the Sony PlayStation, was created by Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin during their tenure at Naughty Dog for Sony Computer Entertainment.

Crash Bandicoot Rocks Hes A Great Playable Fun Character - NuMetalRocks

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. - CopycatTheUnknown

I hate Crash Bandicoot REALLY much!

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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!

Come on megaman is like sonic the hedgehog anime series against evil man with robot army's he should at least be number 7 replacing that assassin creed dude or whatever he is

Megaman should be at least number 5

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