Top 50 video game characters of all time

16:00, Feb 23 2011
Lara Croft
NO CONTEST: Lara Croft of Tomb Raider easily slid into the top 10.

Guinness World Records has announced its top 50 video game characters of all time.

Over 13,000 gaming fans voted to help compile the list, with Guinness proclaiming that "Mario bounced over Solid Snake, Pac-Man chewed up Kratos and Lara Croft barrelled through Donkey Kong".

Nintendo ruled the line-up with an impressive 11 characters featuring on the list, followed by Sony with six and Capcom with five.

The top three are unlikely to be much of a surprise, with Mario, Link and Master Chief on the podium. Other characters in the top 10 include Sonic, Gordon Freeman, Cloud Strife and Pac-Man.

But Guinness thinks that omissions such as Luigi, Mortal Kombat's Scorpion, BioShock's Big Daddy, and "the adorable Lemmings" might be more controversial.

"The world has seen so many pivotal characters throughout the history of gaming that asking our readers to narrow it down to just 50 was a challenge in itself," says Guiness World Records gaming editor Gaz Deaves. "Some of the choices on the list are obvious, some less so, but it's sure to get gamers talking about their faves."


The full list can be found below. Information includes the game the character first appeared in, the publisher and the 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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