Top 50 video game characters of all time – a list

The 50 top video game characters of all time have now been revealed – as determined by Guinness and an online poll that saw more than 13,000 gamers sharing their opinions.

Guinness World Records 2011 - Gamer's Edition

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The top five makes a lot of sense, full of Mario, Link, Master Chief, Solid Snake and Cloud, but after that, things get a little weird.

It could be the relatively small sample group (there are a lot more than 13,000 gamers in the world), but we’re a bit surprised that “Leisure Suit” Larry Laffer was considered more popular than Ryu from Street Fighter.

Maybe we’re showing our age, but surely Duke Nukem should have been more popular than Modern Warfare‘s Captain Price?

…and why did everybody got more votes than Sackboy?!

Here’s the full list, for you to dissect accordingly:

  1. Mario (Donkey Kong, Nintendo, 1981
  2. Link (The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo, 1986
  3. Master Chief (Halo: Combat Evolved, Microsoft, 2001
  4. Solid Snake (Metal Gear, Konami, 1987
  5. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII, Square, 1997
  6. PAC-Man (PAC-Man, Namco, 1980
  7. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider, Eidos 1996
  8. Gordon Freeman (Half-Life, Valve, 1998
  9. Kratos (God of War, Sony, 2005
  10. Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega, 1990
  11. Crash (Crash Bandicoot, Sony, 1996
  12. “Soap” MacTavish (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision, 2007
  13. Nico Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar, 2008
  14. Samus Aran (Metroid, Nintendo, 1986
  15. Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank, Sony, 2002
  16. Nathan Drake (Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Sony, 2007
  17. Captain Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision, 2007
  18. Kirby (Kirby’s Dream Land, Nintendo, 1992
  19. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War, Microsoft, 2006
  20. Pikachu (Pokemon Red/Green, Nintendo 1996
  21. Yoshi (Super Mario World, Nintendo, 1990
  22. “CJ” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar, 2004
  23. Mega Man (Mega Man, Capcom, 1987
  24. Sam Fisher (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Ubisoft, 2002
  25. Shadow (Sonic Adventure 2, Sega, 2001
  26. Jak (Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Sony, 2001
  27. Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem, Apogee, 1991
  28. Dante (Devil May Cry, Bandai, 2003
  29. Naruto (Naruto: Konoha Ninpoch, Bandai, 2003
  30. Altair (Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft, 2007
  31. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo, 1986
  32. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII, Square, 1997
  33. Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong, Nintendo, 1981
  34. The Prince (Prince of Persia, Broderbund, 1989
  35. Ezio (Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft, 2009
  36. Leon S (Biohazard/ Resident Evil, Capcom, 1996
  37. Ash Ketchum (Pokemon Red/Green, Nintendo, 1996
  38. Guybrush Threepwood (The Secret of Monkey Island, LucasArts, 1990
  39. Spyro (Spyro the Dragon, Universal, 1998
  40. “Ghost” Riley (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Activision, 2009
  41. Goku (Dragon Daihikyoe, Epoch, 1987
  42. Max Payne (Max Payne, Rockstar, 2001
  43. Jill Valentine (Biohazard/ Resident Evil, Capcom, 1996
  44. Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 1985
  45. Larry Laffer (Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Sierra, 1987
  46. Augustus Cole (Gears of War, Microsoft, 2006
  47. Bowser (Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 1985
  48. Eddie Riggs (Brutal Legend, EA, 2009
  49. Ryu (Street Fighter, Capcom, 1987
  50. Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet, Sony, 2008

…what do you think? There’s a lot of great inclusions there, but plenty who missed out, too. Where’s Alma? Kerrigan? Anyone representing BioWare‘s RPGs?

And, really, is the Call of Duty series really that good when it came to character development?

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