Top Ten Video Game Characters

The Top Ten

1 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, the plumber that started it all. Mario has saved peach millions of times and has even deafeted bowser millions of times. But what makes mario games so fun and enjoyable is the fact there is free roam. Games like sonic and pac-man have like flat screen and there are little places you can go, sure super Mario maker has you running along at the speed of sound, but I'm talking about games such as Mario odyssey.

I like mario cause he jumps up all the time, and the first character of mario. There have been so many games of mario so that's another reason why he is so popular. "It's a me, mario!"

Mario is best
Mario is hero
Mario is 1#
Mario is king
Mario is better than link!
Mario is always best video game characters ever!

Mario deserves a new show called the super Mario show since that he is the best and some of the episodes would be like of Godzilla star wars transformers jurassic park power rangers and lord of the rings and it would be based on super Mario sunshine super Mario galaxy and super Mario odyssey and it would be deep like transformers ninja turtles g.I. Joe and he-man it would so amazing and it would be a weekday show with highly stylized animation and that's what makes Mario so cool

2 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.

Despite all the bad games, sonic is becoming more popular then Mario, speaking of Mario, why is sonic second, Mario should at least be 3rd but come one give them both credit, but sonic has even got his own spot on smash brothers, if only that added tails or shadow. But every time I'm feeling sad sonic always teaches me to be a better person and stand up to bully's.

Mario may have saved the video game industry and to that I applaud him, because without him there would be no Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic burst onto the scene in 1991 with Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Genesis and hasn't quite gone yet. In his early years he was popular around the globe for his speedy platforming, something most games couldn't provide at the time. While his venture in 3D hasn't gone as smoothly as he would have liked, his legacy lives on and with the arrival of Sonic Colours and Generations as well as Sonic 4, people are starting to realise that the Blue Blur is finally back!

This guy is sick. People say Sonic is for babies, but NOPE. I'm like have you played Shadow the Hedgehog before? To them. Sonic is awesome.

Sonic should be at the last place.
He is so dumb and pathetic...
All who give a thumbs down to this comment are only jealousy at Nintendo and Mario.
Nintendo and Mario are god of gods! They are the best.
Sega is much worse than crap. They did nothing. that's not an opinion it's so!
Sonic hasn't done anything. You all can't say he is great because it is pointless.
Mario, Link. Luigi, Bowser, Samus, Kirby, Donkey Kong and the rest of Nintendo. They are the great game gods!
Sega will die. Sonic will die. He will be put out of his pathetic-ness. Sonic and Sega were born as pathetic losers. They lived as the biggest losers. And now they die as the biggest losers.
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3 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.

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.

This vote isn't for Kirby it's for his look-alike Marx, the cosmic jester. He jest sly cunning deceiving and has one of the best bosses designs

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 actually quite decent for a silent protagonist (noises don't count). All he wants is eat food and help people in need. He want so much to help people, that he got fool twice by vilains that manipulated him to do what they want. You see, Kirby is gentle but also kind of dumb, which makes him a better character lacks any redeemable traits or any character that is so perfect in every way that they are boring and don't have any character developpment.

Sorry but I forgot some words in one of my sentences. I meant that Kirby is better than a character with no redeemable traits. Also, I forgot to say that Kirby is one of the cutest creatures ever but I think everyone knows that

4 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.

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

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.

What makes Luigi better than Mario for me is that he has weaknesses that make him shine in his greatest moments, and make you care for him.

5 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.

We are insanely lucky to have this character. Play a game where a Yoshi is relevant. Even Yoshi himself can just cheer up anybody that is upset. YOSHI IS AWESOME!

Yoshi has been abused, punched and beaten by Mario, but this meme is a legend. He is welcome to join team sonic. He is also is a target for the fbi.

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.

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.

6 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.

The original halo games portrayed master chief as an unstoppable tank destroying everything that dares oppose him. In halo 4 it shows chiefs vulnerable side, he is a broken soul, he had no childhood! Cortana was the closest thing he had to a friend. In the final cutscene, when he spoke he sounded dead! For this reason I actually think that 343 industries did a good job on halo 4. Halo is the definition of FPS, and they chose the perfect main character.

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.

Ok I always wanted to say this to the world ok, Mario, SONIC, GORDON FREEMAN, and LauRA CROFT are horrible, they have next to no character development and half life every Mario game, sonic game and tomb raider goldeneye 64 DOOM Quake Wolfenstien Tetris Okami and many more games are also not great games most games were revolutionary but there is a difference between a revolutionary game and a great game same goes for the harder I listed above so get you nostalgia blinders off and wake up people great games like HALO and great characters like master chief have character development which in my opinion is better than being around a long time and in my opinion Mario IS MEDIOCRE.

How is Master Chief not number 1? He's epic. He is the only video game character that I absolutely love. I just wish we could finally see his face instead of getting trolled by fake pictures of Master Chief's face. I can't believe Mario is higher than Master Chief, Mario is not cooler than Master Chief. If Mario tried to fight Master Chief, Master Chief could wipe the floor with Mario (even with just his hands) without a second thought. Mario is a complete wimp compared to Master Chief and Master Chief should be number 1

7 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.

I don't know why so many personalitless, uninteresting protagonist are above this guy who is smart, ba, helpful, & can be funny at times.

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.

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.

Who doesn't like the legendary Mercenary Snake. He has saved the world a lot of times, is needed so much that an agency cloned him. He does everything to try make the world a better place by creating his 'nations', even trying to commit suicide.His legend is very inspiring and has some of the greatest sayings, quotes and cutscenes of gaming. He is like Master Chief without the Armour. He deserves to be number 1. I mean all Mario does is save princesses.

8 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!

Bowser is Mario's number one villain. Even though bowser is evil he actually teaches a life lesson, to never give up. Bowsers giga bowser state is far stronger than Mario and is super powerful.

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.

Bowser is a good mixup for a goofy and a impozing. He is very funny in games like the RPGs, but he is also very impozing in games like galaxy and especially odyssey.

I forgot to mention he is my main in smash ultimate for now which is cool.

9 Pikachu (Pokemon) 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.

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)

If you actually play Pokemon, you should know that Pikachu is weak compared to all the other Pokemon.

PIKA PIKA! I was always a Pokemon fan! pikachu should probably be first place! I cannot wait for Pokemon swords and shields! my fave region is alola!

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.

Pikachu is awesome pikachu is cool and he is on my team pikachu is awesome.

Pesonally I think pikachu deserves #1
he is cute, strong, popular, appealing to both boys and girls unlike Mario who is only two of those things popular and strong.

and to all you pikachu haters out there stop hatin on my buddy he never dod anything to offend you or not on purpose at least

10 Samus Aran (Metroid) Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.

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.

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.

Master Chief killed an entire species of parasite, defeated the covenant and gave them their bomb

Since I didn't play Other M yet, my opinion about Samus limit to being a badass, and from what I've seen of Other M she doesn't seem to be that much better, so I don't really care for her to be honest.

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.

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11 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.

Shadow is the good/evil counterpart of sonic. He also got his own game which was a disaster but shadow is still really cool. He uses chaos control and may seem like an evil warlord but at the end of the day shadow still misses Maria and really cares about saving then world.

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

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.

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.

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

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!

Ok, how is link lower than Luigi, Yoshi, Lara Croft, Nathan Drake and (of all people) Princess Peach?!?!? Link is one of the most recognizable video game characters out there, and has helped to make the Legend of Zelda the beloved series that it is today! Come on people! Link needs more love than 19th place! I am so upset with this listing! (At least Shadow barely made the top 10). The chosen hero is certainly MY choice! You rock Link!

This is most likely due to the fact that like most main Nintendo protagonists, doesn't have a clear personality. But Link is still a great character.

Well, he doesn't have any personality. Sure there are games where link shows more personality, like in Wind Waker, but I don't care a lot about him.

Link is a great character. He may lack personality, but that is so the player can link with him. This allows them to methaphorically become him. Honestly, I am surprised that Link is only ranked 15 as of when I am writing this, due to the popularity of the character of Link and the Legend of Zelda franchise as a whole.

13 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.

Well thought out and excellent character great fighter, smooth with the ladies and intelligent. One way you know he's good at fighting is because out of all the options they had with assassins in the animus they had chosen Ezio Auditore the Firenze to help Desmond how to fight

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...

14 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.

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

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

Even though Princess Toadstool (Her actual name) gets captured every week in smash ultimate she just dominates and disrespects

Stop hating, if it wasn't for peach there wouldn't be a story for the game, she is a crucial character for the games. Look at it this way she hasn't been kidnapped for like 3 years or more now, she takes a more lead role as a main playable character these days instead of being the main support character which I really love! GOD SAVE THE PRINCESS!

But it's the same story every single time. Spinoffs prove we don't need Peach for a story.

15 John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) John Marston is a central character and the main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare.

The greatest video game character of all time no doubt. Unlike many of the characters currently on the top 10, Marston has actual character development and you can't help but get emotionally attached to him and to his story.

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

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.

He may not be an immortal god. He may not be a superhero. He may not be an Italian Plumber. But he is a great hero who would do anything to protect and save his family. No matter the cost. He has true hero qualities.

16 Kratos (God Of War)

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.

I kinda wanna make the point that the best video game character isn't the character you loved dearly as a child and grew up with. Most characters in this list fall into the nostalgia category, but Kratos, as of recent, has shown to have some legitimate character and heart. He is such an interesting character and has been through and seen many things.

Men Kratos should be on top, yeah maybe he is slaughter his own family with his hand. But then he repay it by killing Ares, but after the he is the one who get betrayed by the god! I mean he should be on the top because he do many badass thing like killing hydra and slaughter god! You'll kno what I mean right?

Behind Luigi!? Are you serious...Luigi is the scaredy cat of mario series who unwantedely gets on adventures while KRATOS invites adventures and killed every famous person in Greek mythology and visited hell 4 TIMES! And killed the most powerful gods of greek mythology

17 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.

18 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

This comment is underrated. Pacman is surely one of the best video game characters of all time and needs to be much higher on this list, maybe in the top 10. Although not my favorite character (which goes to Sonic the Hedgehog), I loved his Pacman World games.

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.

How is Crash Bandicoot above Pac-Man. I mean, as far as popularity of the game goes, Pac-Man is second only to Mario. Pac-Man and his wife are both badasses

19 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 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 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

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 is often overlooked. Which is sad. Although he only has two attacks, they provide use of comman sense in his games. Which is to me one of the reasons why spyro is so great.

20 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.

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?

Why do I feel like I'm the only person that unironically likes Waluigi? Oh wait it's because I am.

I praise him every night and I do a satanic goat ritual and sacrifice 4 baby's with cancer to the great and might weeg!

21 Wario (Wario Warehouse) Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.

If I didn't played any of the Mario RPGs Wario would be my favorite Mario character. He is just so funny and I love how jealous he is to Mario. He is also very cool to watch and play in smash, has a great design that perfectly captures his character, and while normally I don't think main characters contribute to the quality of the game (for example, I don't think the quality of Mario and Zelda would lowered if you played someone else than Mario or Link), Wario has a motivation to get more money that is more interesting than just saving one princess or something like that which makes Wario a character that if Wario Land didn't have, the games would still be good but not as good. That is unless of course you replace him by someone even better but it might be a little hard.

He SHOULD NOT BE THIS LOW. How is Daisy higher than him and Rosalina? Daisy only has one role!

Anyways, Wario is one of the most tragic characters in Mario. In the games, he seems to have been adopted by a stork in Yoshi's Island DS due to his lack of having a home to go back to. ;( I feel like this makes Wario way more relatable compared to Mario. This also makes you sympathize with him, and even though he's a greedy jerk, he's greedy just so he can fill in the gap of emptiness. Money cannot buy you happiness, buddy.

She's hot. She could have a Russian accent that sounds like Nadia from Muppets Most Wanted's Russian accent. This is why Tina Fey could portray her.

Rouge the Bat's height: 6'2" (188 centimeters).

Rouge the Bat's width: 4'10" (148 centimeters).

Rouge the Bat's weight: Secret.

Rouge the Bat could have an epic rivalry with Axel Chains.

I don't really hate Waluigi, but I think Wario deserves to be higher than him, as it makes sense since Mario is (obviously) higher than Luigi. Most people would think the same as he has more character development and actually did something more than appear in the spin-offs.

22 Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series)

Drake is a badass. He's funny, awesome and has epic parkour strength at the same time. And don't get me started on that upper body strength.
But the most important thing is that Drake has the capability to make the right decisions. In the golden abyss, Dante was offering him the choice to sell gold artifacts to museums, but they were highly radioactive, and it didn't take Drake a second to reject him in his face, even through the pain of having worked so hard for nothing. Drake is a damn hero and should be in the top 10

Uncharted 4 is the only uncharted I have played,and I love this guy.he should be number one compared to the rest,this guy is on the safe side and the danger side at the same time,but uncharted 4’s beginning is a little tragic when his brother dies.He never let that stop him!

With wits of steel, and a snarky, yet humorous and sarcastic attitude that makes him fun to listen to, as well as a character I can relate to (at least a little bit), Nathan Drake is my favorite video game character by far. It also helps that all four of the games he stars in are among my favorite games (that I have played).

Honest to God. Nathan Drake is one of the most charming, charismatic and awesome characters in video games to date. He's like Indiana Jones only cooler. I think he's underrated because most people only focus on classic game characters. Mario is number one right now. Does he even have a personality? NO!

23 Steve (Minecraft)

Sorry guys, but Steve is my least favorite main protagonist in a video game franchise, he completely lacks a personality, even Mario and Link had more personality, I'm not saying Steve is a bad character, but I'm just saying that their are better video game characters out their.
(EDIT: Ok, Bubsy is worst but he is not well known unlike Steve)

He is by far the most entertaining character with (In my opinion) The most development of any other character in video game history.

Minecraft Steve brings nothing to the table and has no character development, an awful protagonist. How he is this high on this list is beyond me. This is insanity, my friend..,m

I'm not sure about that, but I think Steve is just a skin. If that's the case, it's not really a character, and even then he is like most of the boring silent protaginist.

24 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.

Lara Croft is a stereotypical, sexist, bland video game character and Mario is better. I can prove that with what you just said.

'She can fight, climb, swim, flip' Mario can do all of those things. Have you played any of the games?! Mario doesn't have to have a badass personality. He's more cheery and a more likable character, who wants emotionless supposed-to-be-perfect characters? Does Mario have guns, a grapple hook, and a motorcycle? Who the hell cares? He has a funny brother, a water nozzle, a beautiful mustache, and he can hit blocks with his head.

Face it, just because Lara is badass or sexy doesn't mean Mario is better, and then again, who the hell cares in Mario is older?! Plus, Lara seems more like a character created by somebody for sex appeal - oh wait, she is. Mario is more creative too. I mean, a guy with overalls, a mustache, a red shirt, white gloves, brown pants, and a red cap is way cooler than a woman with brown shorts, a light blue tank top, a ...more

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.

25 Scorpion (Mortal Kombat) 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.

A ninja from the Shrai Ryu with his family taken away from him by a doppelganger of one of his rivals. "Hanzo is dead I am Scorpion! " yes he awaits the day for vengeance in tournament itself challenging people and using his most famous quote to kill people "get over here" sorry I can't type everything I'm on my phone in the middle of the night

Let me say that Mortal Kombat started with scorpion! I wonder, did the maker of this game had ever been bitten by a scorpion. If yes, it explains everything. Lol.

Me and my friend are obsessed with mortal Kombat and my favorite. Character is scorpion and he is awesome

Get Over Here one of the best quotes ever good finishing moves

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