Most Recognizable Fictional Characters

The Top Ten
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 ...read more.

Honestly he is huge in both the east and west. He is literally the face of Japan. I don't think any character has transcended through various industries and barriors like Mario. And aside from Pokemon, Mario is the highest grossing media franchise out there.

But doesn't Pac-Man surpass Mario? Pac-Man counts as a character, right...?

Mario is actually proven to be more recognizable than Micky Mouse

The hat and mustache are so iconic

2 Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928.

Disney claims Mickey has a 98% awareness rate among children 3-11 yrs old worldwide. He is also by far the most recognizable mascot to every generation alive today, seeing as he is 90 years old. People compare their popularity to him for a reason.

There are third world countries that know about Mickey Mouse due to the sheer amount of liscencing the character has received...even if you’ve never seen any of his films, Mickey’s iconic outline is unavoidable! Mario has countries where his face has never appeared...at least not to the extent or saturation that Mickey’s has...

He's mickey mouse how is he not #1

How is Mario above

3 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 is more recognizable for people than Mickey Mouse.

He's way past cool, come on.

very recognisable

Good movie...

4 Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. ...read more.

The fact that he is on this list as the sole anime character, considering FF characters and Pikachu started as video game characters speaks volumes. The one of the few if not the only one people will throw a table for to argue that we could beat Superman. The Western audience embrace him more than a lot of our own western born characters.

I've always looked up to Goku, he is beyond legendary. Instantly recognizable for me.

Easily number 3, what a legend, like actually who doesn't know goku

This guy was the idol evryone looked up too from kids to adults in my country

5 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.

There is not a single person who doesn't know who this is, even if they don't know where he's from.

Pickachu is definitely more recognizable than Goku, many people just don't know anime characters.

Pikachu has managed to become so popular in such a short period of time

Insert surprise pikachu meme

6 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional character and the titular character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.

He's been a pioneer in cartoons for 2 decades with 3 films and the most quotable lines of any show. I think he makes up about 70% of ALL relevant memes

How can you not know SpongeBob?!? I also think all of the Simpsons deserve to be on here.

Awesome amazing Iconic good nice funny sweet hilarious.

Sort of the symbol of modern children's cartoons

7 Luigi 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, ...read more.

This list is retarded. Not even Santa, Sherlock Holmes or Frankenstein or something, just a bunch of video game characters, half of them that I don't know... This was definitely made by a bunch of kids with no idea about pop culture

I think Luigi should be Number 5 or 3 because he has starred in almost every Mario game and has even had his own games.

It’s green mario

guys if you don't vote him you will get a super jump punch to the groin

8 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.

Wack wack wack wack

I mean its pac-man...

9 Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros.) He is one of the most famous cartoon characters, and he is in the show Looney Tunes. His famous quote is "What's up doc?". He is a gray colored bunny with big teeth and big feet. His ...read more.

37?! Seriously?!
He needs to be in the top ten at least!

He should be number three or top ten at least!

So let's see.
Bugs Bunny, an ICON OF ANIMATION, is at number 35.
Goku, who only has a cult following, is at number 3.
Something is VERY wrong here.

10 Rainbow Dash Rainbow Dash is a female Pegasus pony from the 2010 kid's show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She represents the element of loyalty and is one of the 6 main characters on the show. ...read more.
The Contenders
11 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael ...read more.

Really batman at 14 everyone knows who batman is and is more popular than superman

The best there ever was
The best there ever is
The best there ever will be

Iconic, to say the least.

Batman is the best!

12 Superman Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman. ...read more.

The grandfather of them all basically. If he never existed, everyone else would've been nothing. He has the most recognizable name, symbol and theme. Should totally be the Number 1 most recognizable

The real GOAT of superheroes.

13 Princess 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 ...read more.

she saves mario's live in super princees peach!

14 Snoopy Snoopy is a character in comic strip Peanuts. He first appears in the strip from October 4 1950. He often sleeps on the top of his dog house. He belongs to Charlie Brown. He was created by Charles M. Schulz. He also appears in all the specials and the 2015 Peanuts Movie.
15 Spiderman Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the ...read more.

The fact that there are multiple cinematic universes and alternate mainstream versions of him, its safe to say if there really was a small percentile that didn't know who he was they do now.

Everybody knows who xpiderman is and no anime should be on this

Spiderman is only 20

16 Hello Kitty
17 Harry Potter Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

For our opinion he is the most famous one

I’ve never heard of Goku and he’s top three but HP is #20!?

harry potter is great

18 Darth Vader Darth Vader is a Star Wars character and the main antagonist of the first three original Star Wars films and the main protagonist of the Star Wars prequel trilogy under his original name Anakin Skywalker. He had been trained as a Jedi but defected to the Sith lord and Galactic Chancellor Palpatine. ...read more.

More people can recognize Darth Vader than any Dragon Ball Z or My Little Pony character. Star Wars is older than both shows and is a classic.

No star wars isn't classic it's a overrated piece of crap

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Goku, Rainbow Dash and Princess Peach? Seriously?
Vegeta and Phineas? Really? It is easily Darth Vader or Mickey Mouse.

19 Creeper
20 Homer Simpson Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

A big dumb balding North American ape with no chin and a short temper.

21 Goofy Goofy is a funny-animal cartoon character created in 1932 at Walt Disney Productions. Goofy is a tall, anthropomorphic black dog with a Southern drawl, and typically wears a turtle neck and vest, with pants, shoes, white gloves, and a tall hat originally designed as a rumpled fedora . Goofy is a close ...read more.
22 Phineas Flynn Phineas Flynn is one of the protagonists of the animated television series Phineas and Ferb. Voiced by Vincent Martella and created and designed by Dan Povenmire, Phineas first appeared along with the rest of the series' main characters in the pilot episode "Rollercoaster." Phineas, along with his stepbrother ...read more.

phineas is amazing and I love the show

23 Godzilla Godzilla is a giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.
24 Iron Man Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance ...read more.
25 Wolverine Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly associated with the X-Men. His powers and abilities include a healing factor and his signature adamantium claws and adamantium skeleton.
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