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 Top Most Iconic Video Game Characters

1 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.

Listen Mario is the most iconic video game character of all time and that's a fact. - Aidanisawesome

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.

2 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

On the run since 1991, baby! Sonic is the fastest superhero in any universe!

3 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

In my opinion, Link should be up at 1st place. "Why? " you may ask.. Well the very first video game I've ever played was : The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time, followed by Star Fox, then Super Mario World. Well even though Mario is like, the icon of Nintendo, Link has always been my hero in video games. Also, with "LoZ : Breath of the Wild" now out, the game brought me back to when I was little, with beautfil graphics, good story and interesting gameplay, I think the Hero of Nintendo should be up in 1st place.

4 Master Chief 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.

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

Master Chief is my waifu - HaloFanboy

5 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.

I think he should be at 1 or 2. Who hasn't heard of Pacman?

This is one of the big 3 - shawnmccaul22

Actually,he’s supposed to be at number 3

6 Kratos

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

No Kratos will never be more iconic than Mario. I'm sorry but that's just a fact. Deal with it - Aidanisawesome

7 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

PlayStation's answer to Mario

Definition of a 90's childhood

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


9 Solid Snake 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.
10 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.

He adorable and deserves higher than whatever kratos is... it probably does not help that people say his games are "for babies"

He gives good succ

I love me boi


The Contenders

11 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.
12 John Marston John Marston is a central character and the main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare.
13 Samus Aran Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.
14 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

Look up DK Rap, you can thank me later

15 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.

Pokemon is the highest grossing franchise of all time. It's pretty hard to beat that.

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

16 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.

17 Cloud
18 Ryu Ryu is a video game player character created by Capcom, the protagonist of the Street Fighter series.
19 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.

20 Quote (Cave Story)
21 Yoshi 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.

Yo-yo yoshiii



22 Ezio Auditore
23 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.


He is the best! #^^#& -Danteem

24 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.
25 Mr. Game And Watch


26 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, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has more.
27 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.
28 Peach 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.
29 Rouge the Bat

What? Why her? This spot should go to Tails or Knuckles OR ANYONE ELSE! Rouge isn't that iconic to most gamers. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put Rouge in the top 15 is a complete retard - Aidanisawesome

30 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.

Goomba is more iconic - Aidanisawesome

Where is the Goomba? - shawnmccaul22

31 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.
32 Nathan Drake
33 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.

34 Leon Kennedy Leon Scott Kennedy is a fictional character in the Resident Evil horror media franchise by Capcom. He debuted as one of the two playable protagonists of the video game Resident Evil 2.

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?

35 The Merchant (Resident Evil 4)

Got a selection of good things on sale, stranger!

36 Heavy Weapons Guy

I am heavy weapons guy and THIS is my gun.

37 Ness (Earthbound)

Powerhouse of psi

38 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.
39 Magneton Magneton, known in Japan as Rarecoil, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Underrated pokemon

40 Kefka Palazzo Kefka Palazzo is a character in the Final Fantasy series of video games. Originally designed by Yoshitaka Amano, he appears in the 6th installment of the series - Final Fantasy VI.
41 Sans Sans or Sans the Skeleton is a character in the 2015 RPG Undertale created by Toby Fox. He is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who is a supporting protagonist in the "pacifist" and "neutral" routes of Undertale, and a heroic antagonist/final boss of the "genocide" route. He is known for his incredibly difficult more.
42 Bubsy Bubsy is a series of platforming video games created by Michael Berlyn and developed and published by Accolade. The games star an anthropomorphic bobcat named Bubsy, a character that takes inspiration from Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog.
43 Lars Umlaut

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

44 Spyro The Dragon Spyro the Dragon is the titular main character and protagonist of the Spyro video game series, including The Legend of Spyro.
45 Rocket Knight
46 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.

He is a doctor

47 The Masked Man (Mother 3)
48 Giygas
49 Ignatius Mortimer Meen (I.M.Meen)
50 Big Daddy (Bioshock)
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