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 (Mario Series) Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super more.

Mario is clearly the best video game character of all time. He deserves this top position. Everyone knows him, everyone plays his games all the way from Donkey Kong to Super Mario 3D world + Bowser's fury, and the game company that makes his games is amazing; So amazing that it beat Sega in the console wars! And most importantly, if Mario didn't exist, neither would any of the other Mario characters exist either.

Mario is the mascot and the father of all video-games. He's a jolly man who defeats an evil Turtle king (Bowser) and saves a princess (Peach) from the clutches of Bowser. His brother Luigi is just as great.

Super Mario bros vs sonic the hedgehog

Super Mario bros wins!

Super Mario bros 2 vs sonic the hedgehog 2

Mario bros 2 wins!

Super Mario bros 3 vs sonic 3

Smb3 wins!

Super Mario world vs sonic cd

Super Mario world wins!

Super Mario kart vs sonic drift

Super Mario kart wins!

Super Mario 64 vs sonic adventure

Super Mario 64 definitely wins!

Super Mario sunshine vs sonic adventure 2

Super Mario sunshine wins!

Mario party series vs sonic shuffle

Sonic shuffle sucks! Mario party wins!

New super Mario bros series vs sonic 06

NSMB series wins!

Mario galaxy vs sonic and the black knight

Mario galaxy wins!

Mario galaxy 2 vs sonic colors

Even though colors was great, Mario galaxy 2 wins!

Super Mario 3D land vs sonic generations

Super Mario 3D land wins!

Super Mario 3D world vs sonic lost world

Super Mario 3D world ...more

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 games 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, with the "Boring, meaningless plots"... Listen, if that's what you want, go watch a movie. It's having a fun experience with the gameplay that counts. And in every Mario game since '64', I've had that. Mario's 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, it makes you feel like a hero yourself. (I know that sounds absolutely ...more

2 Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog) 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.

LOVE Sonic! I hadn't even heard of him before a saw the trailer for the first movie. When I watched the movie, I literally fell in love with the franchise. Since then, I got to know the Sonic universe, and while I am not a longtime fan, I would love to see what the future brings for him. His blue quills, red shoes, carefree attitude (as well as his compassion for others) makes him a very likable character.

I LOVE Sonic! I hadn't even heard of him before a saw the trailer for the first movie. When I watched the movie, I literally fell in love with the franchise. Since then, I got to know the Sonic universe, and while I am not a longtime fan, I would love to see what the future brings for him. His blue quills, red shoes, carefree attitude (as well as his compassion for others) makes him a very likeabke character.

Appearing in 1990, (Rad Mobile) Sonic's popularity started to grow, and he became a lovable hedgehog. He has cool abilities like speed and spin dashing and stuff. Plus, he has awesome one liners. Finally, he is in a ton of memes. How many memes have you seen Mario in? Not many right. Now compare that to Sonic. Truly, Sonic is objectively the best video game character. Also, he is in one of the most popular video games of all time: Super Smash Bros. The only problem is the bad Sonic games like Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. But even those are better than the bad Mario games like Hotel Mario. Truly a character that defines the video game industry.
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Sonic is probably one of the most iconic characters of all time, not only video game characters. You know EXACTLY who those blue quills and red shoes belong to. Mario is also iconic, but sonic is just... cooler.

3 Kirby (Kirby) 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.

Kirby is the best video game ever! He's very cute, and yet powerful. He can inhale many foes to get copy abilities, and he can even turn into a car! Yup, a car. Many people want to befriend him and love him. He is the best character ever!

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 is a kid. Kirby did some good and bad things in the Kirby series, killed off Nova, defeated guardians of pieces of artifacts that contained the evil entities that Kirby later also destroyed,destroyed countless planets and killed innocent civilians, but he also defeated beings like Dark Nebula, Dark Matter, Nightmare Wizard, Marx, and Magolor. But his motives are... questionable, for pieces of cake and a nap. His motives are 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 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 more of a hero than everyone on this list combined. Heck, who cares if it's an apple he wants? He's gone to great lengths to help a complete stranger (Magolor), and seemingly didn't hold a grudge when he was nearly killed. He isn't afraid to fight abominations like Zero and Zero Two, and his stomach, literally, is a black hole. The guy's adorable, too. Plus his series has pretty much the greatest music of all time, just listen to C.R.O.W.N.E.D. And Dedede's theme, this music's nothing to sneeze at. His games are like, nightmare fuel, and surprisingly gory. Kirby>everything

4 Luigi (Mario Series) Luigi (Mario Series) Luigi is a 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 but taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Mario franchise, more.

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.

Luigi might play second fiddle in almost every Mario game, but this quirky plumber still manages to differentiate himself from his brother. While Mario is your run-of-the-mill protagonist, Luigi has a ton more personality and character development. Luigi is a little cowardly but that only makes him more likable and relatable to players. He's funny and especially kind and loyal to his friends. He's an underdog that every player ends up rooting for.

Mario's brother is a loveable guy since he is rather cowardly but he does face his fears from the evil King Boo and is in love with a princess just as hot as Mario's.

Luigi may be in Mario's shadow all the time but give the dude some credit, he has saved Mario sometimes and was even brave enough to confront king boo. Luigi has also some better stats then Mario, Luigi is faster, can jump higher, and is more agile, given the fact, that Mario is fat and luigis skinny. But if Mario is defeated one of the only options left is Luigi

5 Yoshi (Mario Series) Yoshi (Mario Series) Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. He is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi and Mario franchises.

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.

No offense Yoshi, but really Luigi should be above you ridding on top of YOU. But other than that my loyalty goes to you thirdly behind Mario and Luigi. You can run so fast that you can fly. With that tongue of yours you can swallow entire Pokeys. You have deserved your spot in fourth place.

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.

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

6 Master Chief (Halo Series) 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.

I don't see how the people ahead of him are seen as better. Mario is in first 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 the shallow characters

Uncompromising, heroic, epic. His flaws are his struggle with his own humanity; you can feel it through a simple nod of this helmeted demi-god 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's 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.

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 shrooms and an elf without pants, they fight foes from turtles to flower pots. Master Chief takes countless stands against infinite waves of ape-like Brutes, hulking Hunters, raptorish Jackals and the zombie-esque parasite known as the Flood. What's more is he doesn't even have backup. If the Chief does, then it's just a couple 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 on at once, there would be a pile of dead goombas, koopas, and Zelda enemies. Mario and Link vs. the flood and the covenant, it will 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 (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.

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 went 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 because personal reasons but pikachu is the most known mascot from
All video games, and when you think of Nintendo one of two characters come to mind. Mario and/or Pikachu. He is also ashes companion in the anime, making him that much more lovable.

He sucks, he's yet another overrated character that tried to be more popular than Mario and Mickey Mouse but failed, Mario and Mickey Mouse are miles better than Pokémon any day.

Pikachu is one of the most recognizable Pokemon. Show someone a silhouette of Pikachu and they might say "Oh, that's Pikachu! " Kids these days have Fortnite and PUBG, but I grew up with Pokemon and I'll stay loyal to Pokemon until the day I pass.

8 Solid Snake (Metal Gear Series) 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 as I was 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 games npc's. I even wished Kojima brought him back for The Phantom Pain.

I was gonna vote 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 LoZ 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 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!

Solid snake. The most badass there is. The only reason people are in front of him is because 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 survied getting shot in his eye, punched repeatedly by a man who can channel electricity. Snake deserves number 1.

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

Why is Link this low on this list? He should be at least #3, if not #2. Obviously, Mario is a more iconic video game character, but Link, this low? Absolutely crazy. He has the strongest video game weapon ever, and looks cool and fights in a super cool way. The Master Sword and the Hylian Shield are easily recognizable anywhere.

:0 but... how could he be tenth! link may be a silent character, but as its said in BOTW, there's a reason behind his silence. he's very observant, and I literally call him my son. The games make it so his personality can be chosen by the person playing the game so you don't end up with one of those games where you hate the main character's personality. the zelda series is so diverse, Link deserves to be higher!

He sucks since he is a dull silent protagonist with no personality. Mario on the other hand is a likeable protagonist who is interesting and fights monsters more creative and tougher than Link's, if you say Link is better than Mario, than your wrong.

How dare you put link under 10. Mario is a fat plumber who battles turtles while link is a hylian who fights things that will absolutely murder you. Think of 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 which in BOTW is holding back Ganon. Peach is helpless. Mario also normally just jumps on koopa's heads while link actually uses a sword to cut down enemies! I'm not saying he should be number 1, I just think he should be in the top ten!

10 Bowser (Mario Series) 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 more.

I don't like Mario series, but I do think he is awesome villain because how his entire being is basically a two halves of the same coin.
If I'd see 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 a 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 RPG's, 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 and over again, but Bowser is the exception.
He is so charming and loveable. A great design, lots of cool powers and the fact that he survives basically everything. Falling lava? No problem. Have a star explode in his face? Nah.
Love this massive turtle dragon.

He is the greatest video game villain of all time, he kidnaps Peach and sets of castles to prevent Mario from preceding, if you don't think he's a good villain, you must be butthurt.

The Contenders
11 Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise) 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 favourite video game character, he brings darkness and edginess to the table. Something any other sonic character couldn't. As for the game, it's underrated I think people expected too much of 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 only ever 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 (and Shadow's game was almost unanimously hated back then, but I tend to see his game age surprisingly well now these days). If Sega made more games featuring Shadow (like the one in 2005, only with not too much emphasis on replayability or making missions too tedious or outdated graphics, then Shadow's game could be gladly accepted), he could be able to 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 chow blast and he has a completely different personality. He was meant to be a rival so all you haters quit saying he is a rip off. I think it's cool that he is a edgy,badass and all-around cool rival to sonic. He is and always will be my favourite character.

I like his backstory quite a bit, but shadow suffer from what I would call the Zero syndrome. He is more a character that stand out for what happened to him than a character that stand 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.

12 John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) 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, he just wanted to be with his family. That's all that motivates him in the whole game. Family. Alas 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 came around and he suffered for them. I won't spoil the game, but in the end, he finally gets redeemed. Karma finally enacted. He pays for his maldoing and his sins finally absolved, but at a heavy price. After all, redemption always comes at a heavy price. Brings a whole new light to the name "Red Dead Redemption"...blessed are the peacemakers, Mr. Marston

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.

Amazing character, but if you think he's better than Mario, than you must be a butthurt toxic fanboy of the game because it's violent.

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

13 Samus Aran (Metroid) Samus 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.

She sucks and for those of you saying she's hotter than any of the Mario princesses, she's not. She's also your boring protagonist that never talks, Mario is overall has much more personally, character delovelemptent, likeablity, and iconicic, if you think Samus is better than Mario, I'm guessing your a Call of Duty fanboy.

Samus is a really cool and intelligent. She has a super fast gun ship 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 smash brother characters, she is also the best girl character in smash or what Nintendo has to offer.

I think Samus is a wonderful video game character to represent females. I may be no feminist, but if I was 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 outweighs all of her qualities.

14 Princess Peach (Mario series) 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 more.

I'm often a defender of Peach for the hate she receive, but other than in the first three Paper Mario games where she is a very sweet and actually helpful character, and Smash bros where kicking ass 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 show 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, is a REALLY good character in Super Smash Bros, I love using her in MarioKart 8, love using her in Mario Party, and plays a crucial role in Mario. Peach haters can SHOVE IT because Peach is a good character. They all just salty because they friend got to peach in smash before they could then beat they're 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 they can be hero's too. Mario was my childhood and still is so I'm not afraid to say I'm a peach fan and please stop hating for no reason like the voice because you know there's a volume button haha

Princess Peach is the damsel in distress and is likeable and always gives Mario and Luigi awards when she is rescued from Bowser.

15 Meta Knight (Kirby) 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 more.

I like how he trained Kirby to become a better warrior, how determined he is to become the strongest warrior in the galaxy to the point he faced Galacta Knight multiple times, how cool his fights are, and how badass he is. When he fights Kirby, he always give Kirby a sword to make a fair fight, except in Squeak Squad where his respect for Kirby was lowered by the fact he 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 find the citizens to be lazy, and when you take that into account, that would explain why he respects Kirby, it's because Kirby makes so much effort to save the world and is not as lazy as others. I find Meta Knight is 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 chivary even when facing his enemies, always offering them a sword before attacking them. And he is 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 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.

16 Kratos (God Of War) 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, practically unstoppable. He rescues oracles, undead Pandora and those who would rather die, which Mario can suck on. He's smart, beating every puzzle and trial in Pandora's, Helios's, and the Fates' temples, and 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.

Kratos is a special character, in the sense that the developers successfully reinvent their character, and not many devs can say they have done that. Kratos went from an angry, blood-thirsty God of War to a calm, collected and wiser character.

Man, Kratos should be on top, yeah maybe he slaughtered his own family with his hand, but then he repaid it by killing Ares, and after that he was the one who got betrayed by the Gods of Olympus! I mean he should be on the top because he does many badass things like killing hydra and slaughter gods! You know what I mean right?

As a Mario fan and Halo fan, Kratos is my favorite of the 3 main game mascots, (Sonic is from Sega, which has stopped making consoles), like he so powerful that he killed Zeus, heck, he would even murder almost every video game character that exists.

17 Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed 2) 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, 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.

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

As I see that none of the other main characters in the AC series can overthrown Ezio, this guy is pure gold! I never cared about a story in a video game so much expect for his, without a doubt Ezio is the one of the best, iconic, interesting & most lovable video game character in this decade.

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

18 Pac-Man (Pac-Man) 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 that was just a little yellow dot that kept on beating and getting beaten by the ghosts. His design is so simple and yet so amazing and 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.

Whilst 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, and the only way he can get out is by eating. ...more

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.

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

In my opinion he should be number 1. Sure characters like Mario and Sonic are more well known but Pacman was pretty much the first major video game mascot.

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

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 pull off being totally rad?! Cool. Beans!

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

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 deserves a higher rank!This purple dragon was a small package with huge energy all packed inside of him. Following his journey felt like a memory. Thank you Insomniac and thank you Spyro...always cherished in out hearts

20 Steve (Minecraft) Steve (Minecraft)

Sure, Bowser is strong, but who cares about him when Steve is the strongest game character IN THE WORLD? Steve should be in the top ten.

Think about it he has so right

What the hell is wrong with you I'ts thanks to minecraft STEVE that we even have skins at all.

Minecraft fanbase is NOT bad Its mutch better than other games, the songs are beautiful, scary and legendary and Steve are more powerfuller than even Asura, yes the true STEVE with or without Creative mod so is he extremely strong! Can be owerpowerd by creative mode or enchanting Diamond armor and sword! Okey a fight between Mario and Steve. Steve would easily win by even Star-mario by using just a lava bucket AND a fight between Asura NO you have 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 is 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 cut down entire forests with his fists.
3) He can beat a zombie to death using a piece of string...
4) jump of a cliff into a puddle and live...
5) carry lava in a bucket...
6) dig to the bottom of the world...
7) go to hell and come back alive...
8) travel through dimensions...
9) build a fully functional set of armor out of diamonds...
10) and if he wants to, 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 super hero! He punched a tree, mined a rock, built a base, went to 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 a armor, tamed a horse, brewed the potions, and poorer the shulkers.

21 Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV) Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV) Niko Bellic is a fictional character and the playable protagonist of Rockstar North's 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, also featuring as a supporting character in its episodic content The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, all of which are published by Rockstar Games.

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.

Niko is the best Grand Theft Auto character of them all. his voice is perfect and he is probably a more dangerous man than trevor

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

22 Waluigi (Super Mario) 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 more.

If you watched any of my Mario characters remixes you know the song. From what we've seen Wario is the exact same for personality., he didn't make anything interesting for being unique, at least I love his design, and I agree that putting him in a game where he could shine, like what they did for Bowser Jr in Bowser Jr's journey, maybe he could become 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.

Overrated ass filler garbage. He's just overhyped meme trash. I'm glad Waluigi's lame ass didn't get into Smash. He and his obnoxious fandom sucks. Worse Mario character ever.

He's my 3rd favourite 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 found out he was a pretty good assist trophy. He's also an amazing character in Mario Kart as well

So damn underrated, this dude's one of the classiest, funniest and most charismatic ever, he's epic in Strikers Charged, how is he not in Smash yet?

23 Rosalina (Mario franchise) 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 more.

When I was a kid, I thought Rosalina was awesome, and I was happy that she got herself in smash 4. However, while I still think putting her in smash was a good idea, she isn't that great. Her personality amounts to be calm and caring since she is the mother of the lumas, but that's it. Sure she has a cool backstory, but when you think about it, her backstory doesn't give a lot to Super Mario Galaxy's story, 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 looks more like it was the lumas entering into the black hole that causes the universe to reset), and even if she had, by seeing her in danger during Super Mario Galaxy 2, I don't think she can do that on demand, and I sincerely doubt she can decide how the universe will reset either, so she is not as powerful as people says.

Honestly, Rosalina is an OKAY character.
I'm not exactly interested in a Space Goddess.
After all, she's number 34 out of HOW MANY characters to ever exist in gaming? She's relatively high actually.

Ok guys why 729!? She is so much better than that! I was expecting her to be like 50 but not 729! She is wise caring, magical and beautiful inside and out. I don't know why she is on the bottom. Vote for her... please.

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

24 Carl "CJ" Johnson‎ (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) Carl

The character is well fleshed character due to the NUMEROUS missions and large storyline. CJ goes from petty gang member to a well developed hero who wants to save his people from the scum of society such as corrupt police, drug Lord's, terrorists etc. Many people who played San Andreas and ended only at the Los Santos storyline mistakenly believe CJ was just a petty gangster throughout the game. He will grow later in the game so massively, that's where CJ truly shines.

This is one of those few characters who gain massive character development as the story progresses. Right before the first missions, his lines are boring and too dirty. When you unlock the second Island, he becomes smarter so does his lines. At Las Vanturas, where he becomes rich ; he totally grows becoming a genius leader. His lines even change as no longer does he insult anyone nor vice versa. Instead he becomes a wise young genius. What character growth.

CJ is definitely a great character. He will always be memorable and in my early days. He's not like other Grand Theft Auto characters. He is not filled with bloodlust. He sometimes spares people, has a heart, gets through many challenges that face him, and is a badass. After returning to San Andreas, he gains respect through fellow gang members. He is not violent like other characters. *SPOILER ALERT* For example: He tried to convince Pulaski that he was being used before killing him hoping to spare him, he also felt bad about killing his fellow friends Big Smoke and Ryder in which he had no choice. He deeply cares about the people who are close to him.

Why is CJ and San Andreas so disliked on this site? He always comes in low on many lists when he is actually considered one of the best video game characters of all time along with his game.

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

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.

The most upvoted comment is: "The only reason people like her is because of her sex appeal. If it wasn't for sex appeal nobody would like her".

And that guy is just douche who wrote that. Though he is partially right, it's mostly wrong. And here is why, yes, not as many would vote for Lara (probably).

And here comes the thing that proves his more wrong than right:

I am a 14 year old guy, that loves everything that has with hot girls, boobs, and ass in it. But I never buy/like/love a game/franchise for just those factors. I love Nathan Drake, and his franchise, I love Indiana Jones. Both of these two are badass adventurers.

But when it comes to Lara, she's even more badass. And yes, she has a nice for example cleavage. But that is not why I and MANY others like her so much. And with the newest installment in the Tomb Raider series, we know more about her Backstory, which make Lara even more interesting.

I am really looking forward for the next ...more

Tomb Raider was an good time classic, the graphics were pretty good for 1996 (not including her boobs). The story is interesting, she's insanely restless for the fact that she can be shot 3 million times and survived being countlessly mauled by animals, and being impaled in the stomach. A lot of people say their inspired by her persistence and strength. While Super Mario Bros is a legend of a game, Lara is an iconic action-adventure shooter protagonist, and I by opinion think the games and Lara are both awesome.

Really? Mario can swim, climb with ropes, and do everything else you said. And who needs guns when you have a ton of power ups and an Italian, hilarious brother? Can motorcycles fly? Can Lara Croft defeat a massive fire breathing beast more times than anyone can remember?
Seriously, Mario is just as intelligent (or even more intelligent) as her. Mario is number 1 for a reason.

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