Top Ten Video Game Characters

A video game character is an entity acting in a game. It may take the form of a player character controlled by the player, or a non-player character controlled by the game program.
The Top Ten
1 Mario (Mario Series) Mario, originally named Jumpman, is the main character of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario game, including games in spin-off series as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super Luigi U, Luigi's Mansion games, Yoshi's Island games, and similar counterparts. He is the most iconic character in video game history and is Nintendo's unofficial mascot. His franchise has grown to be the most successful video game franchise of all time.

Come on, guys. I know he's an icon, amazing, super popular, etc., but I was never a fan of Mario! I don't know. I just don't find it that fun. Plus, Luigi is better, in my opinion.

It's hilarious to see just how many Mario haters there are out there, but seriously, what is your problem? People complain, "Oh, every Mario game is the same, always saving a princess, boring minigames, no good storyline at all." Well, last I checked, Link went around saving Zelda all the time too. Not to mention all the other countless games out there. As for the minigames, it just goes to show that Mario can do anything. Literally, anything. One day he'll be playing baseball. The next, he's running around with an assault rifle. And finally, regarding the "boring, meaningless plots," if that's what you want, go watch a movie. It's about having a fun experience with the gameplay that counts. And in every Mario game since '64, I've had that. Mario is a simple hero, and that's just how I like him. Don't get me wrong. I like Link, Solid Snake, Kirby, Master Chief, Ezio, Sonic, Cloud, etc., but playing a Mario game makes you feel like a hero yourself. My apologies for the long comment, by ...more

Okay, here's why Sonic is a bit overrated. People say that a faster-paced game is always better, which is incredibly biased. They argue that Super Sonic is better than Super Star because it's overpowered, but that just makes the game too easy.

In Death Battle, Mario is actually more intelligent than Sonic if you think about it, as Mario is older (not by the number of games, but by their actual age). Plus, just because you're fast doesn't mean you're strong. Mario could outsmart Sonic pretty easily. There are way more downsides to Sonic than people admit. Sonic is good and all, but his fans are being way too biased, even more so than Mario's fans.

People don't like him because he's not cool. Those people are dumb. Mario is much more creative than their Master Chief and whatever.

He's an Italian guy with a stylish mustache who breaks blocks with his fist in mid-air, eats mushrooms to grow, but dies when touching a turtle, and saves a princess from a spiky fire-breathing turtle who surrounded his castle with lava even though he dies when he touches lava. Other characters are just buff guys with huge guns and scars with tragic backstories.

2 Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog) Sonic 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 left 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 into 3D hasn't gone as smoothly as he would have liked, his legacy lives on. With the arrival of Sonic Colors and Generations, as well as Sonic 4, people are starting to realize that the Blue Blur is finally back!

Easily one of the most iconic characters in video game history, Sonic the Hedgehog has been the very definition of the happy-go-lucky hero. With his iconic personality, classic design, dedicated fans, media presence, incredible soundtracks, and relevancy, Sonic has been rolling around for almost 30 years of games, comics, TV shows, movies, and more, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Although he undoubtedly has had quite a few bumps along the road (which I'm sure we're all acquainted with), his numerous accomplishments are more prominent. Such as having the longest, consistently running comic series ever, creating the very first fast video game, outselling Mario himself at one point in the 1990s, and now his spot on this list. Although not everyone loves and respects him, a great deal of people do, and in my experience, everyone at least likes Sonic the Hedgehog.

A speedster that has shared many memories with many people. The boundaries this hedgehog broke cannot be ignored. He showed that, at a time when there was no such thing as "saving," you could easily blaze through a stage without any care. The thing with Mario is he's more of a platformer that you would take more time with. Sonic has you trying to go fast, beat your last record, which adds a lot more replay value. Finally, he helped an underdog company that had no chance to compete with the juggernaut that was Nintendo, go up against the arguably "best video game company" of all time.

Yeah, Mario saved the video gaming industry, and he overall was the inspiration for SEGA to create Sonic. Even though Sonic might not be in the best place right now, he's redeeming himself with Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and the new Sonic Project 2017 (it looks pretty exciting). Sonic was the first video game character to appear at the annual Macy's Parade in New York. He was also one of the only video game franchises to have good TV shows (Sonic Satam, Sonic X, Sonic Boom). People fail to see the influence Sonic has had on our lives, and I believe he is truly one of the best.

3 Kirby (Kirby) Kirby is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. His first game was created in 1992, and the pink puffball has made his way into the hearts of fans of all ages.

I absolutely adore Kirby. With his cute looks and unique powers, this puffball is one of the most powerful and cute video game characters of all time. Although he is stubborn, you can't blame him. He's a kid. Kirby did both good and bad things in the Kirby series: he killed off Nova, defeated guardians of pieces of artifacts containing evil entities that he later also destroyed, destroyed countless planets, and killed innocent civilians. However, he also defeated beings like Dark Nebula, Dark Matter, Nightmare Wizard, Marx, and Magolor. But his motives are... questionable. He does it all for pieces of cake and a nap. That's the only reason Kirby is not my favorite video game character.

He's a pink puffball. He eats everything in his way, even living beings. Let's take 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 panics, and then he throws himself into SPACE to kill the entity. Cool, isn't it? Also, there is Zero, aka the ruler of evil. He 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 a massive icon in kid-friendly games. Come on, he's a cute little puffball! They also contain some of my favorite games. Examples are Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the robot one, the name of which I've forgotten.

Kirby is underrated and needs more attention. Mario is a jerk who abused Donkey Kong, killed Yoshi over and over, and is an absolute jerk to Luigi. Oh, and he's a communist as well. WATCH GAME THEORY!

4 Luigi (Mario Series) Luigi, originally a palette swap of Mario named Green Mario, is a major character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger, taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's unofficial mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Super Mario franchise, often as a sidekick to his brother.

Luigi is and always was better than Mario. He can even jump higher. He's just a better character to play as. Also, I think green is way better than red. Luigi all day. Plus, he got Daisy, who is a way better character than Peach.

Luigi is always put as "Player 2" or "Green Mario," but in my opinion, he is superior. Luigi is always the more "sensitive" type, but I like him like that.

I like Mario a lot, but I have to say, Luigi barely beats him. He's the more clumsy one out of the two and he feels so relatable. He was my last pick for the list and he barely beat Mario to it. Really funny, portrayed well, and surprisingly very helpful as a partner!

Best character to live. He's such a good brother. He has a heart of gold and is lovable to the very end. Heck, he's even the best ghost wrangler out there. His kindness is unmeasurable. Daisy found the right man. He deserved the Year of Luigi (I was so happy that year). Luigi is not in Mario's shadow. He is so generous as well (Mario could use more kindness. Luigi gets a hot-air balloon for Mario and Peach and how does Mario thank him? He gets in and leaves Luigi by himself. So mean!). This guy should be number 1 by far.

5 Yoshi (Mario Series) Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. Often appearing as a sidekick and helper to Mario, Yoshi is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi's Island and the Super Mario franchises.

What do I have to say? Easy S Tier. He's my favorite character in gaming ever! He's so cute, and you'll expect to see me using him in Super Smash Bros! He's adorable and an amazing sidekick to Mario (and technically Luigi as well), and really, no one can hate him!

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 saves crying babies and islands every day. He also is relatable because he likes 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. Yoshis are really cute, and they can fly and eat stuff to help you. Baby Yoshis can do a bunch of awesome stuff too. My cousins and I 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.

Yoshi is a cute but fearless dinosaur who saved Mario and Luigi at the beginning of their lives. If it wasn't for him, Mario and Luigi wouldn't have grown up to be what they are today. Yoshi is a great inspiration that everyone should follow.

6 Master Chief (Halo Series) Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, more commonly known as the Master Chief, is a SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command. He is the protagonist and main character in both the Halo trilogy and Reclaimer Saga.

Uncompromising, heroic, epic. His flaws are his struggle with his own humanity. You can feel it through a simple nod of this helmeted demigod of a man. He is the true definition of a hero.

Some might call him the closest thing to Hercules that has ever taken the body of a man. Others might call him Jesus with a gun. Mario and Sonic are laughable next to this guy. And Link has no real character of his own, no personality, no "that's so Link" moments.

So play with your fairies, eat mushrooms, wear catsuits, hang out with two-tailed creatures while spinning to battle against cheesy bosses. The Chief is going to be saving the universe from genocidal aliens, parasitic zombies, ancient transcendent beings, and he'll do it all himself if necessary. So yeah, hail to the Chief.

I don't see how the people ahead of him are seen as better. Mario is in first place despite having no personality at all, along with other Mario characters such as Luigi and Yoshi, who have even less of a personality.

How can a character be good if there isn't anything other than what is seen on the outside? Master Chief actually has a personality, while Mario does nothing except jump on mushrooms and try to save the same person from the same fire-breathing lizard over and over again. Mario has no purpose. He just does the same thing in every game. Master Chief is the best by far, and I don't see why people prefer shallow characters.

The main character of the Halo series is a true badass. Master Chief saved the entire universe from extinction.

The characters that "beat" Master Chief are an Italian plumber addicted to mushrooms and an elf without pants. They fight foes ranging from turtles to flower pots. Master Chief takes countless stands against infinite waves of ape-like Brutes, hulking Hunters, raptor-like Jackals, and the zombie-esque parasite known as the Flood. What's more, he doesn't even have backup. If the Chief does, then it's just a couple of marines. Why is the Master of all Chiefs at bronze? Why is he not first?

If Master Chief took on all of Mario and Link's enemies at once, there would be a pile of dead Goombas, Koopas, and Zelda enemies. Mario and Link vs. the Flood and the Covenant would be one short fight, mainly because Mario only jumps on people.

Link at least has a shot, but the sheer amount of Covenant and Flood will eventually get him. Besides, Halo CE put Xbox on the map. Oh yeah, and Halo also revolutionized FPS games. And if you think Master Chief has no personality, just read Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: The Flood, and Halo: First Strike. They go into Master Chief's personality very in-depth. Best video game character and video game series.

7 Pikachu (Pokemon) Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ) 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. A mascot of the Pokemon franchise, it's considered to be the most iconic character of all Pokemon species, as well as a major character in Japanese pop culture, due to its companionship with Ash Ketchum in the anime series. Pikachu has been featured in movies such as Pokemon Detective Pikachu as well as music videos - most notably Katy Perry's "Electric" in 2021.

I really don't know why Pikachu is the main Pokémon. He isn't the cutest, very far from being the most powerful, but for some reason, Nintendo liked him. I really don't understand the Pikachu fame.

He's one of the cutest Pokémon ever! I can't say much about them, but they're one of my favorite Pokémon! It evolves into Raichu, and I love using Raichu! Really enjoyable to watch and use!

I don't understand why you wouldn't choose Pikachu. It is obviously the most known (besides Mario and Luigi) game character on the list. Personally, I hate all the other characters on the list, so I choose this guy. Still, he is very popular and has won so many challenges with Ash Ketchum (spoilers if you don't know) and has gone through so much with him. I thought Pikachu would at least be top 5, but you people had to ruin it and choose someone else (unless you chose Pikachu like I did, lol).

I voted for Yoshi for personal reasons, but Pikachu is the most well-known mascot from all video games. When you think of Nintendo, one of two characters comes to mind: Mario and/or Pikachu. He is also Ash's companion in the anime, making him that much more lovable.

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

Mario and Luigi are literal plumbers that murder mushrooms and turtles. Link is an incarnation of the Hero of Time, wielder of perhaps the most powerful weapon of all time, and the Triforce of Courage. Plus, the games are simply better. Sonic is a hedgehog. He's fast. Cool. And Kirby is a round gumball that can inhale really hard. I really don't see why he's lower than Pikachu, who is an oversized mouse. Nuh-uh. I'll stick to TLoZ lists from now on.

Why is Link this low? That is absolutely outrageous. He's only #9, barely even in the top 10. Come on, he's Link. He should definitely be in the top 3, if not #2. We can compare him to other characters. Mario, an Italian plumber, wears blue overalls and a red hat with a white M on it. Sonic, a literal hedgehog, can only run fast. Kirby, a little pink guy with a high-pitched voice. Come on, seriously? Compared to a brave knight of Hyrule, wielding the Triforce of Courage, who saves Hyrule time and time again from Ganon, he has the legendary Master Sword and Hylian Shield. Meanwhile, Mario jumps on top of his enemies' heads.

How dare you rank Link under 10! Mario is a fat plumber who battles turtles, while Link is a Hylian who fights things that will absolutely murder you. Consider Deadhand vs. Baby Bowser. Deadhand is just creepy, while Baby Bowser is a little kid! Link would best Mario too.

Oh, and also, Link saves Zelda, who in Breath of the Wild is holding back Ganon. Peach is helpless by comparison. Mario normally just jumps on Koopa heads, while Link actually uses a sword to cut down enemies. I'm not saying he should be number one. I just think he should be in the top ten!

Ok, how is Link lower than Luigi, Yoshi, Lara Croft, Nathan Drake, and (of all people) Princess Peach? Link is one of the most recognizable video game characters out there and has helped to make The Legend of Zelda the beloved series that it is today. Come on, people! Link needs more love than 19th place! I am so upset with this listing! (At least Shadow barely made the top 10). The chosen hero is certainly MY choice! You rock, Link!

9 Bowser (Mario Series) Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first appeared in the 1985 popular videogame, Super Mario Bros., in which he was responsible for kidnapping Princess Toadstool (more commonly known as Princess Peach), which was released in Arcades and on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Videogame System.

This guy is probably a better villain than others. He sometimes teams up with the person stopping him. That's heart. Even if he is defeated, he doesn't go down without a fight, and he's a million times better than Dr. Eggman. He's portrayed well and is one of the few antagonists to feel like a fully fleshed-out character because he's not predictable like Eggman, but still funny and enjoyable. His peak was when he teamed with Mario, 10/10.

I don't like the Mario series, but I do think he is an awesome villain because his entire being is basically two halves of the same coin. If I saw his design without knowing anything about the franchise, I'd say he is a powerful and merciless embodiment of all evil that exists in the world and torments you in the most painful ways possible if you dare to doubt or laugh at him. But for the most part, he is nothing more than a comical villain, isn't much more of a threat than the Team Rocket trio, yet he is also badass enough to not only survive being thrown into lava, but also come back as an awesome skeleturtle. He rocks!

Everybody loves a good villain, and there isn't a more recognizable one in gaming than the Koopa King himself. Nintendo originally created him as the final obstacle to jump over to rescue the princess, but Bowser's character has become much more interesting in the decades since then. In the Mario RPGs, he is often comical. In Super Mario Sunshine, we see him having a heartfelt moment with his son. And in Super Mario Odyssey, he reminds you why he's Nintendo's biggest baddie.

I often tire of having the same villain over and over again, but Bowser is the exception. He is so charming and lovable. With a great design, lots of cool powers, and the fact that he survives basically everything, he stands out. Falling into lava? No problem. Having a star explode in his face? Nah. I love this massive turtle dragon.

10 Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise) 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.

My favorite video game character, he brings darkness and edginess to the table, something no other Sonic character could. As for the game, it's underrated. I think people expected too much from the game. They mostly hated it because it was different from most Sonic games. But if you think about it, it actually shows what anti-heroes are about. Sometimes they pick good, sometimes they pick bad, sometimes they are neutral, but no matter what, they almost always fight for something if it means they get what they want. Shadow the Hedgehog is better than people think. The game was completely underrated. Shadow for life.

Um, Shadow deserves better than an honorable mention. I think the problem is that, like Mario with Luigi, Sonic overshadows Shadow. Shadow's game was almost unanimously hated back then, but I tend to see his game age surprisingly well these days. If Sega made more games featuring Shadow, like the one in 2005 but without too much emphasis on replayability, tedious missions, or outdated graphics, then Shadow's game could be gladly accepted. He could then compete with the top 5.

People say he is a Sonic rip-off and because he has a gun, he is dark and emo. I disagree. He can go super like Sonic and can run at speeds rivaling Sonic, but he can use chaos powers like Chaos Control and Chaos Blast. He also has a completely different personality. He was meant to be a rival, so all you haters should quit saying he is a rip-off. I think it's cool that he is an edgy, badass, and all-around cool rival to Sonic. He is and always will be my favorite character.

I like his backstory quite a bit, but Shadow suffers from what I would call the Zero syndrome. He is more a character that stands out for what happened to him than a character that stands out for his personality or his actions. Not that he didn't do anything, though. I love the sacrifice he made at the end of SA2, especially. Overall, though, he is decent, but I don't like him as much as other people.

The Contenders
11 Solid Snake (Metal Gear Series) Solid Snake is a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of the video game series Metal Gear by Hideo Kojima. He is a legendary soldier cloned from Big Boss's DNA, who is sent to infiltrate and investigate the titular weapons in an effort to stop a potential war.

Solid Snake is the epitome of what all gaming protagonists should be based upon. He's as flawed as he is witty, a soldier who believes in right over wrong. I've never been more engrossed in gaming dialogue than when Otacon rings you up for small talk or just for advice when you get your ass handed to you in a boss fight. Snake has demons too, and it's subtly displayed in those dialogue moments with the game's NPCs. I even wish Kojima had brought him back for The Phantom Pain.

I was going to vote for Cloud, but Solid Snake is one bad SOB. Snake is a total badass. He is tough, courageous, charismatic, and sacrifices so much to save the world.

I don't understand how people are voting for such vague and shallow characters like Master Chief, Mario, and Link. I love Legend of Zelda games more than Metal Gear, but Link is a mute. Solid Snake has a lot of character depth, so he is the definite winner in my eyes.

Snake screams badass! He is just badass in every way! He has that deep, raspy voice that just screams rugged and tough. He is charismatic, he has great courage, and he has strong determination.

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 character!

Solid Snake is the most badass there is. The only reason people are in front of him is that they are more known. Snake has mastered a lot of ways to fight. Even as he rapidly aged, he remained badass at the highest level.

Not to mention he saved the world numerous times. He even survived getting shot in his eye and being punched repeatedly by a man who can channel electricity. Snake deserves to be number one.

12 Samus Aran (Metroid) Samus Aran is the protagonist of the science fiction action-adventure game series Metroid by Nintendo. A galactic bounty hunter, Samus is usually equipped with her Power Suit, giving her access to weapons she uses to battle her enemies.

She's like Master Chief, except that she extinguished two breeds of dangerous predators, she blew up an entire planet, and she was able to sneak into the mothership of the space pirates only with a paralyzer (without her armor). She's just so cool. She decided not to 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.

Samus is really cool and intelligent. She has a super fast gunship and has really good items, such as her suit, which has an arm cannon. Before anyone screams at me saying Samus is a boy, then open your eyes, folks, because Samus is really a girl. She is one of my favorite Super Smash Bros characters. She is also the best female character in Smash or what Nintendo has to offer.

I think Samus is a wonderful video game character to represent females. I may not be a feminist, but if I were a girl, I'd be pretty honored to be represented by this woman! She is strong, independent, and powerful in general! She blasts aliens like a beast! She may be beautiful, but her bravery and heroism outweigh all of her qualities.

I'd imagine the blatant character assassination Samus went through in Metroid: Other M is a viable reason why she isn't in the top 5 of this list. I hope Nintendo will treat her with more respect in the next Metroid game, if they even want to make one after that horrible game.

13 John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) John Marston is a central character and the main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare. He is portrayed by Rob Wiethoff.

He did bad things. He tried to right his wrongs. All that motivates him in the whole game is his family. As John says it himself to Bonnie, "No one gets forgiven, and nothing's ever forgotten." No matter what he did, the consequences of his bad deeds caught up with him, and he suffered for them. I won't spoil the game, but in the end, he finally gets redeemed. Karma is finally enacted. He pays for his wrongdoing, and his sins are finally absolved, but at a heavy price. After all, redemption always comes at a heavy price. This brings a whole new light to the name "Red Dead Redemption." Blessed are the peacemakers, Mr. Marston.

We're talking about a true character to the core. By the end of the game, I started feeling like John was a part of me. I felt like a real Red Dead gunslinger. Rockstar did a great job, as usual, and hit the jackpot for me. He's in my top 5 for sure.

The greatest video game character of all time, no doubt. Unlike many of the characters currently on the top 10, Marston has actual character development, and you can't help but get emotionally attached to him and his story.

What I like about John Marston is that I can relate to him. Not many characters can resonate with you like that. John is human. He's made mistakes and tried his best to change, even though it's hard to fight human nature.

14 Princess Peach (Mario series) Princess Peach is a major character in the Mario Bros. Franchise. She is the lead female of the The Mario franchise. She is usually the character who needs saved in most Mario Games, but also has appeared as a playable character in the Main-Series Mario Games, including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Run, and even starred in her own game, Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS. She has appeared in many spinoff series, too, including Mario and Sonic Olympic Games, the Mario Kart series, the Mario Party series, Mario Sports Games, the Super Smash Bros. Series, and many more.

I'm often a defender of Peach, given the hate she receives. But other than in the first three Paper Mario games, where she is a very sweet and actually helpful character, and in Smash Bros, where kicking butt with her is so funny - especially with the "Atcha!" of her side-B - she is not very good in other games. People say that she sucks because she doesn't know how to defend herself, but I find that the problem is actually the opposite. It has been shown in other games in the series that she can defend herself, but in other games she gets kidnapped in seconds, which makes her an inconsistent character.

Peach is a great character! She has a cute design and is a REALLY good character in Super Smash Bros. I love using her in Mario Kart 8 and in Mario Party. She also plays a crucial role in Mario. Peach haters can shove it, because Peach is a good character. They're all just salty because their friend got to Peach in Smash before they could, and then beat their asses. Boom.

Peach gets way too much hate. She's made to be kidnapped, guys. That's her purpose in the franchise. Also, she's made to show girls that they can be heroes too. Mario was my childhood and still is, so I'm not afraid to say I'm a Peach fan. Please stop hating for no reason, like the voice - because you know there's a volume button. Haha.

I love Princess Peach! She's my second favorite character in the Mario series. She's such a sweetheart, and even when she's kidnapped, she manages to find information and send it to Mario, along with items to help him on his adventure.

15 Meta Knight (Kirby) Meta Knight is a fictional character from the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. He is one of Kirby's rivals, but occasionally teams up with the pink puffball to defeat a common enemy. Meta Knight is known for his powerful slashing attacks and flight in the Super Smash Bros games, and is widely considered to one of the best characters to appear in the series.

I like how he trained Kirby to become a better warrior. He's determined to become the strongest warrior in the galaxy, to the point where he faced Galacta Knight multiple times. His fights are cool, and he's badass. When he fights Kirby, he always gives Kirby a sword to make it a fair fight, except in Squeak Squad, where his respect for Kirby was lowered by the fact that Kirby does all this just for a cake. In Revenge of Meta Knight, the only reason he wanted to rule over Dream Land is because he finds the citizens to be lazy. Taking that into account, it explains why he respects Kirby. It's because Kirby puts in so much effort to save the world and is not as lazy as others. I find Meta Knight overall very interesting.

One of the coolest characters Nintendo has ever made. This master of swords is completely mysterious. I just like how he always stands up against evil. He shows chivalry even when facing his enemies, always offering them a sword before attacking them. He is a better swordsman than even Link.

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 most iconic Nintendo ships, his cape becomes wings enabling flight. What's not to say? He's just one pure word: epic.

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

16 Kratos (God Of War) Kratos is a fictional character and the titular primary protagonist and anti-hero of the God of War video game series. He is a demi-god who seeks retribution and vengeance on Ares and later, the Greek Gods after he was betrayed and was forced to kill his family .

Kratos is always angry, basically bad, and practically unstoppable. He rescues oracles, undead Pandora, and those who would rather die, which Mario can't compare to.

He's smart, solving every puzzle and trial in Pandora's, Helios's, and the Fates' temples. Even Aphrodite was eager to take him in, rage, gore, and all. Don't tell me you never wished you were the one being made to swing those flaming blades by another bloodthirsty human who wouldn't ease up on the square button.

Man, Kratos should be on top. Yeah, maybe he slaughtered his own family with his hand, but then he repaid it by killing Ares.

After that, he was the one who got betrayed by the Gods of Olympus! I mean, he should be at the top because he does many badass things like killing hydras and slaughtering gods! You know what I mean, right?

Kratos is a special character, in the sense that the developers successfully reinvented their character, and not many developers can say they have done that.

Kratos went from an angry, blood-thirsty God of War to a calm, collected, and wiser character.

As a Mario fan and Halo fan, Kratos is my favorite of the three main game mascots. Sonic is from Sega, which has stopped making consoles.

Kratos is so powerful that he killed Zeus. Heck, he would even murder almost every video game character that exists.

17 Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog) Miles Prower, more commonly known by his nickname Tails, is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a significant main character after the title character Sonic, who is also his best friend.

Cute sidekick, and his standalone version in Sonic Prime seems interesting. It shows how much can change about him. He was horrendous in Sonic Lost World, a massive backtrack from his times in Sonic Adventure 1 and 2.

Tails is a very helpful sidekick to Sonic and is my second-favorite character in the series. Although he is very helpful, I think he's a little jealous of Sonic's speed abilities and wonders why he doesn't get to speed through zones and beat up robots.

Tails is Sonic's sidekick and should really be higher on this list. For starters, Tails is one of the only characters to catch up to Sonic, unless Sega brings back, I don't know, Mephiles or makes a new character. But Tails really should at least be higher than Luigi. This dude should get his own game where he saves Sonic and at least brings back Super Tails.

Sonic wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Tails. Also, Tails can actually get a girlfriend, unlike Sonic and Mario! Watch Sonic X if you don't know what I am talking about. Tails also has had some of his own games. What do you think of that, Mr. Resetti? Tails for Smash! Okay, I'm done.

18 Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed 2)

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. Link's is about saving a princess, which is cliché. Sonic's is about running or something? Master Chief's story is really good, but it still can't compare to the depth and emotion of Ezio's. I don't even know what Solid Snake is, and Lara Croft is just known for being the girl in 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 being hanged are unmatched by other characters. Then the transformation from a cunning teenager to a master Assassin is one that I'll personally never forget. Ezio Auditore da Firenze is, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest video game character in video game history.

The Assassin's Creed series did such a great job of making the player get attached to Ezio, the ultimate Assassin. Experiencing his birth, initiation, his losses, and his death in the extra animation shows that Ubisoft put a lot of work into making Ezio a likable character. It's a pity that Revelations was a terrible game.

As I see it, none of the other main characters in the Assassin's Creed series can overthrow Ezio. This guy is pure gold. I never cared about a story in a video game as much as I have for his. Without a doubt, Ezio is one of the best, most iconic, interesting, and most lovable video game characters of this decade.

His Italian accent, story, character development, emotions, depth, evolution from a brash teenager to Master Assassin, speech, quotes, personality, combat sense, etc., are all so perfect. Ezio is so iconic and motivational. Requiescat in pace, Maestro Ezio.

19 Pac-Man (Pac-Man) Pac-Man is the protagonist fictional character of the franchise of the same name by Namco, who was first introduced in the Japanese arcade game Pac-Man on May 22, 1980 in Japan, later released in the United States in October the same year.

Pac-Man is obviously the best video game character of all time. Almost everyone knows about Pac-Man, and many of us grew up with this simple character who was just a little yellow dot that kept on beating and getting beaten by ghosts. His design is so simple and yet so amazing. Although he has grown to wear gloves and some shoes, he is still that simple yellow dot that we loved as a child.

To be honest, I think Mario and Zelda are a bit overrated. They are both about princes saving princesses and being held back by evil villains. Pac-Man was before Mario and Zelda and still has a more original plot than them. He doesn't need a green plumber or a shiny fairy to tell him what to do. Also, he is taking on four villains that can all kill him in one shot.

While Mario has unreal jumping abilities, Sonic can run really fast, and Pikachu can literally shoot lightning, Pac-Man is stuck in a maze with ghosts chasing him. The only way he can get out is by eating. Instead of saving ...more

Pac-Man was so cute and funny in Pac-Man World. Chris Brown would 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 for Princess Daisy, not the bossy and stupid Princess Peach.

Pac-Man was the first-ever video game character to have a legitimate personality. The rectangles in Pong are just rectangles. The aliens in Space Invaders are just aliens. The ball in Breakout is just a ball. But Pac-Man swept them away with his adventure spin-offs.

In my opinion, he should be number one. Sure, characters like Mario and Sonic are more well-known, but Pac-Man was pretty much the first major video game mascot.

20 Spyro (Spyro Series) Spyro is a series of platform games which primarily features the protagonist Spyro the Dragon and his friend, Sparx the Dragonfly.

Great hero, but I don't like him as much as Crash Bandicoot. Luckily, he got a remaster and is good as new! He has nice abilities you can use and has an attitude I totally understand.

Spyro is a classic character and a rare form of hero because he's not an anthropomorphic animal, but an animal nonetheless. He's a super awesome character by himself, and even though you can't really play as many other characters in his games, why would you want to? He's brilliant, witty, and is just way too adorable to handle. And yet he pulls off being totally rad? Cool beans.

Spyro the Dragon is probably one of, if not the greatest, video game characters of his generation. I literally grew up on Spyro, and I believe he is one of the best. The plotlines of most of his games were so well-written, and the games themselves were just amazing. Except for Enter the Dragonfly. Don't talk about Enter the Dragonfly!

Spyro is just awesome. He has a headstrong attitude and looks cool. Just play his first three games. It's sad how Insomniac Games gave him up and all these other guys are abusing him.

21 Steve (Minecraft)

Think about it. He has it so right.

What the hell is wrong with you? It's thanks to Minecraft Steve that we even have skins at all.

The Minecraft fanbase is not bad. It's much better than other games. The songs are beautiful, scary, and legendary. Steve is more powerful than even Asura. Yes, the true Steve, with or without Creative Mode, is extremely strong! He can be overpowered by Creative Mode or by enchanting diamond armor and a sword! Okay, in a fight between Mario and Steve, Steve would easily win, even against Star-Mario, by using just a lava bucket. And in a fight between Asura? No, you have it wrong! The easiest way for Steve to win is to destroy the universe they are in. Did you know that Steve can do that? He's not bad. He's cute, cool, strong, awesome, and Steve is almost a god!

Steve is the most powerful video game character of all time.

1. He can carry 576 solid gold blocks in his hotbar.
2. He can cut down entire forests with his fists.
3. He can beat a zombie to death using a piece of string.
4. He can jump off a cliff into a puddle and live.
5. He can carry lava in a bucket.
6. He can dig to the bottom of the world.
7. He can go to hell and come back alive.
8. He can travel through dimensions.
9. He can build a fully functional set of armor out of diamonds.
10. And if he wants to, he can build a giant bomb and destroy the land all around him.

That's just the tip of the iceberg, ladies and gents.

What? Man, I admit that this guy looks kinda quiet and lifeless, but he is a superhero! He punched a tree, mined a rock, built a base, went to the Nether, and killed the dragon. Dudes, if Minecraft wasn't a sandbox game, he would be at the top! Oh, and also, if you must know, he has crafted armor, tamed a horse, brewed potions, and killed the Shulkers.

This man can do anything but jump a fence. He can carry the weight of two Eiffel Towers in his pockets, and it doesn't affect him in any way. Yet, no matter what, he can't jump a fence.

22 Waluigi (Super Mario) Waluigi is a lanky self-centered, brusque young lad as he is considered evil and the main rival of Luigi. Waluigi is shown causing local havoc in most games he appears in alongside his partner Wario. Waluigi is not instinctively evil or the antagonist (not counting DDR), as a matter of fact, he shows great compassion for his fellow peers, typically for characters Daisy and Wario. Waluigi is also described as lonely, rejected, sad, or depressed due to his relationship with the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and people outside of Nintendo continually rejecting him. In recent years, people have come to Waluigi's defense, giving him support and even starting a cult following. In sum, Waluigi is the more.

If you've watched any of my Mario character remixes, you know the song. From what we've seen, Wario's personality is exactly the same. He hasn't done anything interesting to be unique. At least I love his design. I agree that placing him in a game where he could shine, like what they did for Bowser Jr in Bowser Jr's Journey, could make him amazing. Nintendo, please make a new Wario Land with Waluigi as a second player or as an alternate character with different abilities, like in Super Mario 64 DS or The Lost Levels.

He's my third favorite video game character, after Mario and Daisy. I was really upset when I found out he wasn't in SSBU as a playable character, but I later found out he was a pretty good assist trophy. He's also an amazing character in Mario Kart as well.

So underrated! This dude is one of the classiest, funniest, and most charismatic characters ever. He's epic in Strikers Charged. How is he not in Smash yet?

Waluigi is just as hilarious as his brother. His voice is funny and he should've been in Smash instead of Ike.

23 Trevor Philips (Grand Theft Auto V) Trevor Philips is a fictional character in Grand Theft Auto V, a video game in the Grand Theft Auto series made by Rockstar Games.

When you start playing as him, you better be ready. He could be asleep on some rails, or be in a strip club wearing only his boxers.

What? Trevor is so funny! There's not a single cutscene that sucks when he's involved. He easily deserves the #1 spot on this list.

Ah, how I love Trevor. He's the best in Grand Theft Auto V.

Most crazy, hilarious video game character ever!

24 Rosalina (Mario franchise) Rosalina, known as Rosetta in Japan, is a major character in the Mario Franchise created by Nintendo. She first appeared in the 2007 Mario Game, Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii and later returned for the game's sequel in 2010. Since then, she has been featured in many main-series Mario Games and many spinoffs. She has appeared as a playable character in Super Mario 3D World for the Nintendo Wii U in 2013 and is a playable character in the Mario Kart series and Mario Party series. She also has come into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS as a part of the large character roster.

When I was a kid, I thought Rosalina was awesome, and I was happy that she made it into Super Smash Bros. 4. However, while I still think adding her to the game was a good idea, she isn't that great of a character. Her personality amounts to being calm and caring, since she is the mother of the Lumas, but that's about it.

Sure, she has a cool backstory, but when you think about it, her backstory doesn't add much to Super Mario Galaxy's plot. It's just a bonus. Also, people say that her power to reset the universe is cool, but I don't think she actually has this power. It seems more like it was the Lumas entering the black hole that caused the universe to reset. Even if she had that power, judging by her being in danger during Super Mario Galaxy 2, I don't think she can use it on demand. I also sincerely doubt that she can decide how the universe will reset. So, she's not as powerful as people claim.

Okay, guys, why is she ranked 729th? She is so much better than that! I was expecting her to be around 50, not 729. She is wise, caring, magical, and beautiful, inside and out. I don't know why she is at the bottom. Please vote for her.

Rosalina should come in at least the top 2. Why is she ranked 18 times lower than Princess Peach? Rosalina is the best rival for Inky (from Pac-Man).

Rosalina may not be a main character, but she brings so much depth to an otherwise two-dimensional cast of characters. Rosalina is wonderful.

25 Toad (Mario) Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio, is a major character in the Mario Bros. franchise. He assists Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom and will do whatever it takes to help her. He first appeared in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has been a reappearing character in the Mario Bros. series as a playable character in the New Super Mario Bros. series, Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario Run, and many other games. He also appears as playable character in many Mario-spinoff games including the Mario Kart series, Mario Party games, Mario and Sonic Olympic Games, Mario Sports Games, and many more. more.

"Sorry, Mario, but your princess is in another castle." Toad should not get hate just because some Toads said this line in the original Super Mario Bros. Toad is very funny and cute.

I think he's really good, and I think he should've been in SSBU as a playable character. However, his voice is a little weird. He's one of my favorite characters.

He is more like a mushroom. Oh Lord, my beloved Lord, save me from the Nintendo fanbase.

Toad is better than Mario! Go away. Follow me on Twitter! (That's just a joke.)

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