Most Recognizable Fictional Characters

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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 ...read more.

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

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.

The is the face of video games

The hat and mustache are so iconic

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2 Mickey Mouse 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...

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E Mickey Mouse, donald duck!

How is Mario #1? 99% plus 1 of the universe knows who Mickey Mouse is, or at least heard his name! You should know who Mickey is by the time you are 30 months old! He’s the definition of childhood! Not to mention, he’s inescapable from in Walt Disney World. He’s at the begging of every Disney film! Mickey Mouse is the MOST recognizable face, even the STARS know who he is! M-I-C-K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E! (that’s him! )

3 Goku 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.

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

Goku won ambassador to the 2020 Olympics - Dvafan2

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

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

4 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 ...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

The God

5 Batman 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.

Batman is the best!

Really batman at 14 everyone knows who batman is and is more popular than superman - Dvafan2

6 Pac Man

I mean its pac-man...

7 Darth Vader Darth Vader Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving ...read more.

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

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

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.

8 Superman 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

9 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 is more recognizable for people than Mickey Mouse.

10 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.

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

The Contenders

11 Rainbow Dash Rainbow Dash Rainbow Dash is a female Pegasus pony from the popular 2010 kid's show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She represents the element of loyalty and is one of 6 mane characters on the show. ...read more.
12 Spiderman 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.

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

Spiderman is only 20 - Dvafan2

13 Princess Peach 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.
14 Goofy 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.
15 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional character and the titular character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.

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

Awesome amazing Iconic good nice funny sweet hilarious.

Sort of the symbol of modern children's cartoons - MoldySock

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17 Phineas Flynn 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.
18 Iron Man 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.
19 Luke Skywalker Luke Skywalker Luke Skywalker is a fictional character appearing as the central protagonist of the original film trilogy, and as a supporting character in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.
20 Harry Potter 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

21 Homer Simpson 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.

22 Kuja Kuja

Who the hell

23 Bugs Bunny 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!

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.

24 Rocko Rocko Rocko is the eponymous fictional character of the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name.
25 Hello Kitty
26 Charizard Charizard Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Charizard first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated ...read more.
27 James Bond James Bond Royal Navy Commander James Bond is a fictional character created by British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. He is the protagonist of the James Bond series of novels, films, comics and video games.
28 Sans 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 ...read more.

Sams undertale baby

29 Tracer Tracer Tracer is a playable character appearing in the 2016 video game Overwatch, a first-person shooter video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
30 Garfield

Garfield is awesome

Garfield is the most syndicated comic and has had 11 books that have been #1 New York Times sellers. It’s really hard to find someone who doesn’t know who Garfield is.

31 Donald Duck Donald Duck Donald Duck is a cartoon character created in 1934 at Walt Disney Productions. Donald is an anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He typically wears a sailor shirt and cap with a bow tie.
32 Yoshi 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.
33 Hulk Hulk Robert Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk or Bruce Banner, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and was portrayed by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
34 Papyrus Papyrus Papyrus is a character from the 2015 game Undertale, made by Toby Fox. He is the Younger brother of Sans the skeleton, royal guard in training, and a sentry in the town of Snowdin. Opposite to his brother, papyrus is active, loud, and full of himself; but in an endearing way. Papyrus means to become ...read more.
35 Squall Leonhart Squall Leonhart Squall Leonhart is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII, a role-playing video game by Square Enix.
36 Zidane Tribal Zidane Tribal Zidane Tribal is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy IX, a role-playing game developed by Square Enix.
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38 Yuna Yuna Yuna is a fictional character from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. She was first introduced as the female protagonist and one of the main playable characters of the 2001 role-playing video game Final Fantasy X, appearing as a summoner embarking on a journey to defeat the world-threatening monster ...read more.
39 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 ...read more.

How is he lower than minor undertale characters? - Maddox121

40 Snoopy 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.
41 Optimus Prime Optimus Prime Optimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. Optimus Prime is consistently depicted as having strong moral character, excellent leadership, and sound decision-making skills, and possesses brilliant military tactics, powerful martial arts, and advanced alien weaponry.
42 Thanos Thanos Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55 and has been portrayed by actors Damion Poitier and Josh Brolin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
43 Olaf Olaf Olaf the Snowman is a character from the 2013 animated film Frozen, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
44 Minnie Mouse Minnie Mouse Minerva "Minnie" Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney. She was first drawn by Iwerks in 1928, as was Mickey Mouse.
45 Vegeta Vegeta Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
46 Shadow the Hedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog 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.
47 Meat Boy
48 Cloud Strife Cloud Strife Cloud Strife is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Square Enix's 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs.
49 Sephiroth Sephiroth Sephiroth is a fictional character and main antagonist in the role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII developed by Square.
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1. Batman
2. Darth Vader
3. Spiderman
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1. Mario
2. Mickey Mouse
3. Creeper
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1. Mickey Mouse
2. Mario
3. Luigi
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