Top Most Iconic Video Game Characters

Some You Hate, Some You Love, This List Will Involve Some of Your Favorite Video game Characters, And Why They are Unique, Iconic, And Overall, Popular! For This List, It Will Be Excluding Any Video game Character That Originated By Something Else, Like Comic Books, Or T. V Shows, So No Batman or Any Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
With That Said, Get Your Games Out Because Here Are The Top Ten Most Iconic Video game Characters!

The Top Ten

1 Mario Mario 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.

Since 1981 Mario Has always Been The Best Gaming Character Ever, With A Wide Variety of Gameplay, and Lots Of Unique Power-ups that Make The Game Really Fun and Playable, From The Early Days Of Jumping Over Barrels To The Days Of Defeating Bowser In Space, Mario Has Finally Proved Himself Good For Number One.

He's-a-Mario. Why would he not be number one? He is Nintendo, one of the companies with the most video game franchises's mascot after all.

Mario will always be the king of gaming even if they do discontinue the franchise one day.

Don’t know I single person who doesn’t know who Mario is. They don’t even have to play videogames - Ilikegames

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2 Sonic the Hedgehog 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.

Sonic, The Fast Speedy Blue Hedgehog is The Fastest Game Character Ever, And Has Had More Various Incarnations Then Any Other Video Game Character, Sonic's Popularity Has Lead To Fan Creations and Even Game Mods, Sonic Was 1991's Greatest Mascot and Since Has Become SEGA's Crowning Achievement, He's Even Crossed Over With Mario and Other Video Game Legends In Super Smash Bros Brawl.

Sonic the hedgehog outranked Mario in the 8eight and 16 bit eras. Also he had more game related animations than Mario, most that turn out easier to enjoy, two longer running related game related comic book series that were good to read, better retro games, better online games even if he has one less than Mario, more abilities, a better hero, a genius sidekick, more skills, doesn't usually need weapons, smarter, has more fan fictions and fan art. In fact, the only thing that Sonic couldn't match up Mario to is the 64 bit era. - Infosreatcher

I grew up with sonic and I say I love him! If they hadn't changed the way he looked for 2014 sonic boom, he'd be number one! But sega decided to change him the way NOBODY wanted

Sonic would usually own Mario in super smash bros. - Infosreatcher

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

Link Is One Of The Most Popular Video Game Characters In History And Is Still Famous Today, And Is The Elf Fighter of Hyrule, Link's Variations In Games Have Gone Further From Sprite To CGI, And Also Had His Own Cartoon Series, The Legend of Zelda Is The Most Popular Game Of the 2000s and Link Has Appeared Almost In Every Gaming System Since Atari.

According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Young Link is 9 years old. I think that makes him the youngest Nintendo hero. At 9 years old, he saved Termina and began his journey to save Hyrule.

Not t be rude but... He's not a elf.
He's a hylian. - aarond90

I’m sure people who haven’t played the game thought his name was Zelda. But link is still iconic - Ilikegames

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4 Kratos

As a girl gamer, I feel that Lord Kratos should be number 1

5 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.
6 Master Chief Master Chief MCPON John-117, or "Master Chief", is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Halo fictional universe created by Bungie.

Halo Was The most Poplar Game That Everyone Wanted And It Was Only Matched By The Tech Power of Master Chief, Master Chief Is The Game's Main Antagonist And The Weapons Master That Has More Fighting Experience Then Almost Any Other Gaming Character, In Addition He's Super Strong And Can Flip Over a Tank Without Breaking a Sweat.

He's the main hero not the villian

7 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles.

He is a big jerk

8 Cloud Cloud
9 Pacman Pacman 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.

The First Gaming Character Ever Created Was Pacman Way Back in 1980, Pacman Was The Yellow Ball Eating Pellets and Devouring Ghost, Pacman Was A Legacy That Even Elders Enjoyed Playing And Was The Most Popular Game In The Arcade, He Had Sequels By Atari And a Spin-Off Game, He's Also Appearing In Super Smash Bros Brawl, and Takes A Cool New Form.

This is one of the big 3 - shawnmccaul22

10 Scorpion Scorpion Scorpion is a recurring player character and occasional boss character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. His debut is in the first Mortal Kombat game.

The Contenders

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

How is he not in the top 10? I am 16 and I've known him ever since twinsanity and I love him like family. - EJ0602

Definition of a 90's childhood

12 Megaman Megaman Mega Man, known as Rockman in Japan, is the title character and the protagonist of the Mega Man series by Capcom.

1987's Megaman Was A Great Success And Became A Really Popular Game, With Cool Graphics And Interesting Gameplay, and One Of The Smartest Villains In Video Games, Megaman Has Also Had Many Incarnations From Sprites To Anime And Has Something To Offer For Every Fan Of Gaming, He's Even Returned To Appear In Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

13 Samus Aran Samus Aran Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.
14 Pikachu Pikachu Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

Of All The Pokemon, Pikachu Is The Most Recognizable One Of All, and Is The Main Pokemon Closely Fallowed By Charmander and Jigglypuff, He's The Most Iconic Character Appearing In Every Game and Is One Of The 100 Original Pokemon, Pikachu's Cross Between a Mouse and a Lightning Bolt Is Also Well Known and Is Closely Fallowed By His Owner Red.

Pukachu is one reason Pokemon is popular he's also in the Macy's parades and is referereced lots of times in pop culture

15 Rouge the Bat Rouge the Bat
16 Sub Zero Sub Zero Sub-Zero is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat series and one of the original characters in the first Mortal Kombat game in 1992. A mainstay of the series, Sub-Zero is the only character who has appeared in every main Mortal Kombat fighting game.
17 Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopas, or just simply Koopas, known in Japan as Nokonoko, are a fictional race of turtle or tortoise-like creatures from the Mario series, as well as its sister Yoshi series.

Where is the Goomba? - shawnmccaul22

18 Toadette Toadette Toadette is a character in the Mario series. She is a female Toad who first appeared in the Nintendo GameCube video game Mario Kart: Double Dash.
19 Ryu Ryu Ryu is a video game player character created by Capcom, the protagonist of the Street Fighter series.
20 Steve

Alex is the newest default character skin in Minecraft because she is a GIRL! - playstationfan66

Minecraft Is The Open Sandbox World That Has Lots of Different Mascots, But None Are Greater Then The Default Character Skin: Steve, But Is Closely Fallowed By Notch and The Creeper, Steve Has a Wide Variety Of Weapons That Can Be Used and Crafted Easily Just By Mining, Steve's Game Is Creative and Has Gained Commentaries By Gamers Like PewDiePie, Tobuscus, and Markiplier.

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


22 Quote (Cave Story)
23 Magneton Magneton

Underrated pokemon

24 Toad Toad 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, USA exclusive Super Mario Bros. 2 for the NES. Since then he has been a reoccurring more.
25 Bowser Bowser 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.
26 Peach
27 Amy Rose Amy Rose Amy Rose is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is a pink anthropomorphic hedgehog with a cheerful, competitive personality, and is infatuated with the series' main character, Sonic. She serves as the first playable female character in the series.
28 Captain Falcon
29 Shulk Shulk Shulk is a fictional character and the protagonist from Monolith Soft's 2010 role-playing video game Xenoblade Chronicles, part of their overarching Xeno series of video games.
30 Maxwell

Maxwell Is The Main Character In The Game Scribblenauts, He Is a Unique Playable Character, He Is Mostly Known For His Special Notebook With Allows Him To Write Any Word, And It Will Appear, Maxwell Is Nice, Generous, And Loves Adventure This Makes Him The Perfect Hero For The Game, and Has 40 Brothers and 1 Sister Who He Never Gave Up To Save.

31 Leon Kennedy Leon Kennedy

Finishing The List Is The Zombie Hunter And The Second Main Character Of The Resident Evil Series, Leon Is The Most Iconic Character In The Series And Saves Ashley Gram On More Then One Occasion, Leon's Role During The Apocalypse Is Undefeated And So Iconic, But He's Closely Fallowed By The Main Character Chris Redfeild and The Medic Rebecca Chambers.

Merchant is better than Leon?

32 Luigi Luigi Luigi is a fictional 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 more.
33 The Merchant (Resident Evil 4)

Got a selection of good things on sale, stranger!

34 Ness (Earthbound) Ness (Earthbound)

Powerhouse of psi

35 Kefka Palazzo Kefka Palazzo
36 Tracer Tracer Tracer is a playable character appearing in the 2016 video game Overwatch, a first-person shooter video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
37 Lars Umlaut

The kids looking guy from the guitar hero series... enough said

38 Spyro The Dragon Spyro The Dragon
39 Rocket Knight
40 Heavy Weapons Guy
41 Dr. Mario Dr. Mario Dr. Mario is the persona Mario takes in the Dr. Mario series. Under this identity, Mario dons a lab coat, a head mirror, and a stethoscope around his neck. He first appeared in his titular game, Dr. Mario.
42 The Masked Man (Mother 3)
43 Giygas Giygas
44 Ignatius Mortimer Meen (I.M.Meen)
45 Big Daddy (Bioshock)
46 Balrog (Cave Story)
47 Mr. Game And Watch Mr. Game And Watch
48 Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim is the main protagonist of the Earthwork Jim video game series as a worm who's life changed after coming in contact with a cyber suit that granted him special powers to battle the likes of his nemesis like Evil the Cat, Psycrow, Queen Slug for a Butt and Bob the Killer Gold FIsh, in the more.
49 Viewtiful Joe
50 Gordon Freeman Gordon Freeman Dr. Gordon Freeman is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Half-Life video game series, created by Gabe Newell and designed by Newell and Marc Laidlaw of Valve Corporation.
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