Top Ten Video Game Characters

I only have a few that really matter to me. The rest are just fill ins.

The Top Ten

1 Mario (from the Mario Series) Mario (from the 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 ...read more.

Italian, Obsessed with mushrooms, wears a red hat, wears a pre-schooler uniform, saves princesses every time, has a similar, but green partner, who is he? HE IS of course MARIO! - IGN

A preschooler uniform? They're called overalls, and plenty of people wear them! - PeterG99

Who doesn't love the Italian plumber that is obsessed with mushrooms. - vidirg

Snake is not good, vote for Mario, he is the best.

Mario is the best in everything.

He should be number one.

Mario s US is the best, Mario forever.

He is better than Lara Croft.

Mario tortures monkeys. - NailgunJesus

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

Well, well, well. This is certainly a surprise. I honestly thought that Link would be top. Aside from the obvious fact that The Legend of Zelda is undoubtedly the greatest game of all time, let me just tell you why. First, Link is portrayed differently through each of the games. Whatever you like, be it the 16-bit Link with his hat bobbing in the wind, the gorgeously stylised Link from The Wind Waker, or the awesome realistic Link from Twilight Princess there is a Link for everybody. Secondly, unlike thug Mario jumping on people's heads, Link is a true Hero. He isn't big or strong, but he is truly courageous, and can think in the direst of situations to solve problems, and fool his enemies. A truly rare personality.

Lastly, the greatest thing about Link is this. He never speaks, but he can do anything. No matter what is thrown at him, he will always rise to the challenge, and will succeed. Link is defined by his actions. Your actions. The reason Link is the greatest gaming ...more

No you're wrong Mario's the best he doesn't just jump on people's heads he fights in Smash - Drawbox

Link is a unique and passionate character. He may not say a single word, but you can still understand his thoughts, emotions and feelings by his facial expressions. He's like a novel; deep, thoughtful and a true hero.

Link is truly the most courageous, most humble, kindest, selfless, most loyal, and skilled video game character ever. He doesn't need to be big, strong, buff and manly like most male video game characters to be a great hero. He is probably the greatest hero there ever was and will be. Hero of Time, young, handsome, and quiet, doesn't need to speak to show his emotions or prove he's a true hero. Actions speak louder than words. I won't even bother comparing Link to stupid Mario as most everyone (who is normal) can see Link is a legend and is way cooler than him. He's not annoying, not a show off, and he's WAY better looking than a big, fat, ugly, big-nosed Italian plumber who just likes to eat spaghetti and get fat (which I can say 'because I'm Italian) Link is truly a beautiful person who devotes his whole young life to selflessly saving his kingdom and his beloved princess whom he adores. He has the best qualities of any great hero and he is so skilled. He never gives up, despite the ...more

Link is a vanilla braindead mute hero. - NailgunJesus

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3 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.

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!

Truly the greatest. He's so cool and has simple yet awesome abilities. He has nearly unlimited bravery and a strong heart, he's a true hero.

Idiots even with your gaming, huh? You are funny. The greatest speed, the sense of duty he has, his cool grin and the trademark thumbs up! The definition of cool. The definition of hero. Plus he's the first character to have a company carrying his name (Sonic Team) and is a legend. Happy 18th birthday, Sonic! He was voted as the greatest character of all times in the video game festival in England. Learn why. And I don't wanna see that stuff again in lists! Never! And certainly not the omission of Shadow, Amy, Knuckles and Silver. Get out of here. - TheNextGreatestRockStar

I’m really happy we’re sonic is on this list sonic is one of my favorites, and my imaginary friend

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4 Master Chief (Halo Series) Master Chief (Halo Series) MCPON John-117, or "Master Chief", is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Halo fictional universe created by Bungie.

1) Is always cool and collected, never lets anything go to his head,
2) Never loud mouths and makes himself look like an ahole
3) Not an emo, like cloud,
Definitely deserves to be #1, Though everybody above him is good to, the good thing is that kratos is below him, I can not stand people talking about how great a guy is that dies in every game.

Enough with past Master Chief is one of the biggest badasses in the gaming world, Although I respect Mario as one the Characters who paved the way, with all due respect he's old news.

How can he be old news if he's been in consistently highly rated and critically acclaimed games for 30 years - ShyGuySwag

Master Chief redefined the term one-man army. Let's see Lara Croft or Mario save the universe single-handedly and revamp an entire video game genre. Oh that's right they can't. Master Chief should be #1

Absorbs bullets but can't take a melee hit. - NailgunJesus

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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.

Master chief is by far my favorite character, but Kirby simply needs to be higher on this list. Don't let his looks fool you, Kirby is a stone cold murderer who will not let anyone get in the way of his quest. Look at Kirby Squeak Squad. He takes out countless innocent victims, defeats Meta Knight, and even Dark Nebula (AKA Satan), all for a slice of cake. Wow. What a hard-butt. Imagine when the fate of the universe is at stake. Kirby is a hero like no other.

By far the best character ever invented. Kirby games are like Mario games, but actually make sense. And that loser Ash Ketchum isn't even in any video games. If you are talking Kanto, he's RED, not "Ash".

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 just one of those characters that you grow up with and love forever with AMAZING video games and abilities

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6 Solid Snake (Metal Gear Series) 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.

Snake is definitely one of the manliest characters out there. He's saved the world on multiple occasions and almost commits suicide when he realizes his existence could pose a threat to humanity. So please, stop voting for that neanderthal Kratos and vote for a real man.

Snake screams badass! He is just badass in every way! He got that deep raspy voice that just screams rugged and tough, he is charismastic, he has great courage, and he has strong determination and he will do whatever it takes to make sure the world and its inhabitants are in safe hands! He sacrifices so much for the betterment of the world! Truly a noble, brave, and tough-ass character!

"Killing is just one of those things that gets easier the more you do it"- Solid Snake.

Snake is part of a beloved series that has one of the greatest stories ever told

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7 Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed 2)

Brilliant character, combined with the odd bit of humour! He needs to be in the top 10. Unfortunately Altair is before him, because Ezio is funnier, epicer, deadlier and downright entertaining!

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.

It's not fair to compare this character with others in this list, Ezio and Altair are more than main game character they are completely alive and sensible...

He is the number 1 character for me

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8 Luigi (from the Mario Series)

Luigi is nice and generous and has a heart and daisy helps him become better than Mario. Luigi is very caring I hope he has a kid one day and he saved peach from Peasly! Yes he risked him to help Peach. Superstar saga should give him credit and peach should bake him a cake he saved her!

He walks on water, fights against his fears, slows down time, is able to find a hot-air balloon in the Mushroom Kingdom (seriously, where did he take them from? ) and many other awesome stuff. And he never gets attention. He's like Link from the Faces of Evil! ("I saved you from Ganon! " "You did not...")

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.

Memes are great, so is Luigi’s taunt kick

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

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.

Come on it's samus she defeat a entire planet alone, she made think a entire generation that she was a men nly to show that it is a woman

She kicks serious ass. I mean, seriously, she's better than L ara Croft will ever be. She should be number one! 1#! SAMUS ARAN RULES!

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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10 Cloud (Final Fantasy VII) Cloud (Final Fantasy VII)

I am something of a Final Fantasy veteran, myself, but I've never really met another protagonist I've liked as much as Cloud Strife. I really connected with Cloud. I felt and shared his pain. All the time, I see people on the internet calling him "emo" or otherwise undeserving of the mantle of hero. He was never happy in life, sure, but if you went through what he did, you'd know better.
He starts out arrogant and aloof, only really trying to save the world for the sake of a profit. As the game progressed, you really find out just how screwed up this guy is. To wit, this guy is a psych ward that walks on two legs. There's the obvious multiple identity disorder sure, but as I played further into the game, I picked up hints of post-traumatic stress disorder, some slight bipolarity, and (in the follow-up film especially), depression that he's been stewing in since he was sixteen or so years old. And I felt sorry for him. If Square wishes to continue that Compilation of FFVII, I wish ...more

EPIC! #1 should be him, Vincent or Sephiroth. - CyraxQC

He certainly has a lot more depth and character than some of the other characters on this list (Master Chief, Mario... I'm looking at you)

This game is the best game ever thanks for this pick

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The Newcomers

? Big Smoke (GTA)

I'll have two number nines, a number nine large, a number 6 with extra dip, a number 7, two number 45's one with cheese and a large soda. - salvaged123

Just follow the damn train, CJ! - NailgunJesus

OH - ChefSkinner

Yes

? Marie (Splatoon)

The Contenders

11 Pikachu (Pokemon) 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.

You choose one Pokemon out of 700, and it's the one from the anime. Not even classified as a character, characters have feelings and personalities.

Pikachu is one of the most famous characters. He's the star of more products than sonic will ever be. By the way, pikachu is a he, his tail isn't in the shape of a heart.

Although they're probably the most popular Pokemon imaginable I don't really like them. I get that they're the icon of the games and anime but Pikachu isn't the best

Very good competitive pokemon. - NailgunJesus

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12 Shadow the Hedgehog (from numerous Sonic games) Shadow the Hedgehog (from numerous Sonic games) 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.

Come on! Shadow is by far the best sonic character. Even though his own game was not so good but I can overthink that and I think Shadow should be in the top 15. His speed is enough to match sonic. His abilities are epic. He even has an epic theme song! Shadow is awesome! He rules!

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

Shadow the most badass and the baddest boy in the sonic series he's cool, has guns, can reach up to sonics speed and has powerful chaos powers like chaos spear, chaos rift, chaos blast and chaos control

I liked that game where he used a shotgun, rode a motorbike, and killed robots in a city, assisting the police force. - NailgunJesus

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13 Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series) Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series)

He is hands down the best character ever... He says everything you think and to have that much humour while your getting shot at 24/7 is legendary... And to top it all off he's a good looking ladies man and a real smart ass... We can all relate to drake and that's the reason I love him

Nathan drake should be in first place, compared to mario and sonic and most of the character's before him on the list, nate is more relate able than most of them because unlike most of the other characters, he's just a normal guy who feels pain and has emotions, which is hard to see in many other game characters, drake's character has been built up greatly throughout the games so gamers can actually feel like there are things that they have in common with the character

The Uncharted series is awesome. It has everything from those adventure movies: The mentor, the girl, the crazy bad guy (who dies), and the smart-talking adventurer. Oh yeah, and they end up destroying what they were searching for. (Bye-bye, El Dorado)

I just finished uncharted 4 and I’m already in love with the uncharted series. #Uncharted4Life

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14 Dante (Devil May Cry Series) Dante (Devil May Cry Series)

What could be more righteous than a badass half- demon that has fire and lightning
swords which he slays monsters with, and probably listens to Slayer?
I also love Jak(Jak and Daxter) and Prince of Persia (Sands of Time, Warrior within,
Two Thrones) - Crash

How the hell is Crash Bandicoot and Mario above Dante? I mean come on, what could be
more righteous than a badass half-demon that slices monsters and bloody puppets in
half with his sword, has fire and lightning swords and probably listens to Slayer? - Crash

Hail Dante! Dante could kick these other guy's a$$es!
- MegaToolica1

He is the coolest character I have ever seen in fiction no doubt if you were to give him any super power or weaponry like super sayian powers you will be blown away with what type of stuff he does with it. Dante is the clear prime examples of awesome and badassery and a weapons expert.

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15 Yoshi (Mario Series)

As cute as Kirby, Pikachu, and Sackboy combined. This guy gets to you every time.

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. - Imreallyboredrightnow

Yoshi can easily be my favorite Mario character EVER!

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

Amazing game character ever to play! I have played all the series of Lara Croft games and even completed them and I believe its the best game ever made all this time. Once we play we would never regret!

Person who says Mario is old, you are wrong. Mario CAN fight, climb, swim, and flip! Can Lara Croft stomp? I'm actually not really sure. Mario can also hop, ride Yoshi, throw fire balls, freeze stuff, kick Baby Yoshi, ride a Mario Kart, and much more! Mario is so much more BETTER. - VideoGameTiger

All right, she is no where near as good as Mario or Link. Mario saved the industry, and Link introduced saving the game. Stop saying that. She is still a good character though.

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17 John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)

HE HAS ACTUAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! Enough SAID! - q1q1q1q1q1

No doubt he is the best. He sacrificed himself for his family. Everyman must do it he is real hero.

Deep and rich character. Totally a tough guy but some sense on right and wrong. All what matters is safety of those he loves - in any cost. A true hero.

He was a criminal and deserved what he got coming to him. - NailgunJesus

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18 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.

Crash Bandicoot Rocks Hes A Great Playable Fun Character - NuMetalRocks

Crash is my all time favourite video game character, pity activison screwed him up.

Crash as such a playful guy and even though he was mute and was kinda of dumb, he always meant well and could clearly express his emotions. - CopycatTheUnknown

Mario did it better. - NailgunJesus

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19 Pac-Man (Pac-Man) 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 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.

167?!?! WHAT?! Pac-Man is a classic! He should be in the top 10. - Garythesnail

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

He was the one who caused the video game boom!

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20 Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV) Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Niko Bellic is my favorite Grand Theft Auto character ever... Niko my cousin lets go to the top - OreSama

The only character in the series with a real personality that doesn't want to live in the world of Grand Theft Auto it was sucked into, and had a story that doesn't involve pointless murder, but instead doing what he need to finally be free of his past.

My favorite character of all time and my favorite single player experience was from Grand Theft Auto IV. If that game and story had any other main character it would have failed. Niko made that story work and also thrive.

"Niko, it's Roman! Let's go bowling! "

I'd rather see Roman up here. - mattstat716

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