Top 5 Greatest Video Game Characters


From Pac-Man to Master Chief, there have been countless iconic video game characters over the years! In our Top 5 Greatest Video Game Characters list, we examine five of the most recognizable and memorable characters of all-time!

1) Mario

Mario video game
  • Depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom
  • Has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation
  • His younger brother Luigi is also one of the greatest characters ever
  • Branched into several mediums, including television shows, film, comics and a line of licensed merchandise
  • The Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all-time

2) Link

Link video game
  • Depicted as a child, teenager, or adult of the Hylian race, originating from the fictional land of Hyrule
  • Travels through Hyrule, defeating evil, while attempting to save Princess Zelda
  • Has appeared in 16 Legend of Zelda games (as of 2015)
  • In the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, Link was voted the second best video game character of all-time
  • Has been featured in other media from Nintendo, including its merchandising, comic books, and a cartoon serie

3) Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, as well as many spin-off comics and five animated shows
  • Blue hedgehog who has the ability to run at supersonic speeds and the ability to curl into a ball, primarily to attack enemies
  • In 1993, Sonic became the first video game character to have a balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • In 2005, Sonic was one of the first game character inductees into the Walk of Game, alongside Mario and Link
  • Sonic’s game series has sold more than 80 million copies

4) Pac-Man

  • Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium and an icon of 1980s popular culture
  • Pac-Man succeeded by creating a new video game genre and appealing to both genders
  • Among the most famous arcade games of all-time
  • One of the highest-grossing video games of all time, having generated more than $2.5 billion in quarters by the 1990s
  • Has appeared in more than 30 officially licensed game spin-offs

5) Kirby

  • Famous for his ability to inhale objects and creatures to obtain their attributes, as well as his ability to float with puffed cheeks
  • Has starred in over 20 games, ranging from action platformers to puzzle, racing, and even pinball
  • Ranked second on GameDaily's Top 10 Super Smash Bros. characters list
  • GameSpot chose him as one of the characters to compete in their poll for the title of "All Time Greatest Game Hero"
  • Consistently ranked as one of the most iconic video game characters

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