Guinness World Record Announces The Top 50 Video Game Characters Of All Time

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, announce the top 50 videogame characters of all time in the latest edition of their best-selling gaming book; Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition. Over 13,000 readers voted for their favourite character and the end result is a “who’s who” of the top heroes and villains from more than 30 years of video game history.

Unsurprisingly it was Nintendo’s Mario who was crowned the people’s favorite videogame character. The little plumber, who made his debut as “Jumpman” in the 1981 arcade smash Donkey Kong, received over 10% of the vote. Another Nintendo stalwart, Link, from The Legend of Zelda (1986) finished runner up, followed by the mysterious super soldier Master Chief from the Halo videogame series (Microsoft, 2001).

Please find the full top 50 below. Information includes the publisher with the game and year of the character’s first appearance.

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)

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  • arngrim7

    You people are out of you fucking mind, this list is so messed up, you basically made fools of the whole gaming community, naruto over Ryu, Sepeiroth, the fucking Cole train, altair and ezio this list needs to be revised as soon as possible.

  • joyouskagome

    Really? People VOTED for who was the best. Just because you don’t like someone doesn’t mean that EVERYBODY has to. Remember, GUINESS WORLD RECORDS thought this was true. Yeesh, idiots these days!

  • Where’s the adoring fan from Oblivion?

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  • Dawn

    Oh god… Not him!! D:

  • qetc

    where is doom guy tbh

  • Elerian

    They missed Roger Wilco from Space Quest series

  • Greyskowl

    no, no they didn’t

  • Zeromus

    Mega Man, at number 23, while a couple of nobodies from COD rank way higher? Obviously voted in by a bunch of 16 year old hipster dumbfucks who dont know their gaming.

  • Jojobs

    agreed, and sonic is at number 10 i guess he deserve at least 5th


    No Garrett from Thief? Gay retard site is gay retarded.

  • Orion

    is it just me raging about the fact that Ash Ketchum is supossed to be the main character from pokemon? Yes, in the show he is, but in the games i like to call him Red.

  • Drakusa

    Man… Dante(dmc) and Leon S.Kennedy should be at the first 10,they are fucking awesome!

  • dan

    lets not forget about that guy from the starwars games- jar jar binks. Best. character. ever. i loved him*

    * i did not love him

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