50. Commander Shepard


Commander Shepard

This list is bound to include some characters that are there just to throw a nod towards a particular game or franchise. Give this guy some credit though, a human specter? Incredible!

49. Ezio Auditore De Firenze


Ezio Auditore De Firenze

Few characters have names that are as fun to say as Ezio Auditore. Few characters are as fun to parkour with, either.

48. Earthworm Jim


Earthworm Jim

A musclebound worm with a humanoid body and a tiny worm head? Exceptional character design. You knew he’d made the list.

47. Pit of Kid Icarus


Pit of Kid Icarus

While he’s fun in the Super Smash Brothers franchise, we’re this high-five back to 1986 when our little angel first appeared in Kid Icarus on the NES.

46. Fargoth


Morrowind Fargoth

Fargoth is the smarmy wood elf from the early moments in TES: Morrowind. He is too smarmy to not make the list. We wish we could steal his gold all the time.

45. McCree


McCree

We know he’s just in his infancy in the scheme of the world of video games, but we couldn’t resist his rustic charm.

44. Jonathan Irons


Jonathan Irons

Also known as CoD Kevin Spacey. He’s too much fun as a villain not to mention.

43. Handsome Jack


Handsome Jack

Sticking with the fun villain theme started by our friend Mr. Spacey, we have the big baddie from Borderlands 2 coming in hot.

42. Rayman


Rayman

Look at this guy! No neck, no arms, no legs! It’s incredible!

41. Diddy Kong


diddy kong

“He’s back again, and it’s about time too // and this time, he’s in the mood // He can fly real high with his jetpack on // with his pistols out, he’s one tough kong…”

40. Urdnot Wrex


Urdnot Wrex

We’re back in space! At least it isn’t procedurally generated space! That would be boring! If you don’t think thee Krogan Mercenary should make this list, then you have to be the one to break the news to him. Shepard.

39. Ryu Hayabusa


Ryu Hayabusa

Ninja Gaiden on the original Xbox is still one of the greatest action-adventure games ever made. A work of Unlabored Flawlessness.

38. Spyro


Spyro

This iconic purple dragon was always a little too cute for our taste. We still had to give him a nod.

37. Nathan Drake


Nathan Drake

This guy is just a real go getter, and you really have to admire that. It’s just like…think of all that charting he’s done, you know?

36. Deckard Cain


deckard-cain

Ah, Deckard Cain. A character that embraces his archetype with a fervor unmatched in all of Sanctuary. Or at least in all of Tristram.

35. Gordon Freeman


Gordon Freeman

Where would we be without this guy? I’ll tell you where we’d be. We’d be long gone, having succumbed to a headcrab attack.

34. GLaDOS


 GLaDOS

We don’t know how she ever made a cake look so good. Such a dastardly Genetic Lifeform and Disc Operating System.

33. Samus Aran


Samus Aran

Gotta’ rep the ladies on this list too, and Samus is a darn fine place to start.

32. Princess Zelda


Princess Zelda

Zelda, a name all non-gamers can inexplicably recall. She’s a big part in one of the greatest franchises of all time.

31. Agent 47


agent-47

Ah, we have yet another iconic character in this bald-head barcode boy. The man could clean up! In multiple senses of the word.

30. Sam Fisher


Sam Fisher

We never could get over that long-legged split of his, holding himself up above enemies like that. Sam Fisher is a real badass.

29. Jack of Blades


Jack of Blades

Must have been a lot of twisted issues going on behind this bad boy’s mask. He made for an excellent villain for our Hero of Oakvale, though!

28. Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic the Hedgehog

We didn’t really get into Sonic until the released a game on the best system ever made: Dreamcast.

27. Donkey Kong


Donkey Kong

“He’s the leader of the bunch, you know him well // he’s finally back to kick some tail // his coconut gun can fire in spurts // if he shoots ya IT’S GONNA’ HURT”

26. Banjo


banjo-the-honey-bear

Who let all these animals out at once? We don’t mind. We love the honey bear.

25. Pikachu


Pikachu

Do you see what we did here? Does everyone put Pikachu in the 25th slot? Pikachu’s real fame might have come more from the TV show than the game, but he’s earned this spot either way.

24. Bonnie MacFarlane


Bonnie MacFarlane

Bonnie MacFarlane is one of those special ingredients that helped make Red Dead Redemption such an exceptional game. Except for when we had to wrangle her cattle (spoiler alert).

23. Rayne


Rayne

Rayne, of Bloodrayne, is one of those tantalizing vampires that scares you so much but you can’t get enough of her.

22. Cortana


Cortana

The intelligent, capable Cortana. We just don’t think the universe would have lasted without her help.

21. Sarah Kerrigan


sarah kerrigan

Whether a ghost or a queen, Sarah Kerrigan is a force to be reckoned with. Shout out to Starcraft, one of the greatest RTS games of all time.

20. Bowser


 Bowser

Talk about iconic villains. He’s a blast in Mario Tennis, and he’s the pits in Mario Party. You just never know with this guy!

19. Marcus Fenix


Marcus Fenix

Talk about a bonafide bad-to-the-bone grub-smoker. Whether he was out of ammo or talking about how nice something was, he was always entertaining.

18. Megaman


Megaman

This iconic hero of a man was the original hand cannon. You gotta respect that.

17. Max Payne


Max Payne

“It’s Payne, whack the sucka’!” Pour some out for a man who always drew the short end of the stick and never knew when to quit.

16. Subzero


 Subzero

The iceman cometh. Run.

15. Kratos


kratos

This god of a man can body-paint like a beast! How you feelin’ about his new beard?

14. Kitana


Kitana

What, you aren’t a fan of Kitana? Get it? Get it?!

13. Scorpion


Scorpion

Get Over Here!

12.Ganondorf


Ganondorf

No one could escape our list with outfits as stylish as Ganondorf’s. Someone go tell Roger Klotz that he’s got it all wrong. OG Ganondorf knows how to really do green skin/orange hair.

11. Pacman


Pacman

Early bird gets the worm, as they say, and few showed up earlier than pacman. We bestow upon this happy hungry circle the honorary 11th slot.

10. Duke Nukem


Duke Nukem

“Go ahead, make my day. It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of gum. Ahh, much better.” Should we go on? We could go on…

9. Cloud Strife


Cloud Strife

Final Fantasy, baby. We’re talking about the best character in what is widely considered the best game in the series, Final Fantasy VII. His sword, his attitude, his troubled past… What’s not to love about this guy?

8. Geralt of Rivia


Geralt of Rivia

In every installment of the franchise, Geralt of Rivia got that much cooler. The Witcher III is an exceptional game, and that’s thanks in large part to our main man Geralt. Few characters have such unshakable confidence. You can’t help but respect the White Wolf.

7. Lara Croft


Lara Croft

The original Tomb Raider for the original PlayStation was one of the first games we ever demoed in a store. She’s come a long way. She’s more than earned this top ten spot!

6. Princess Peach Toadstool


Princess Peach Toadstool

It’s never a dull moment with Princess Peach around. She’s getting captured, she’s getting rescued, she’s saving Mario, she’s lapping her competition in Mario Kart, she’s hitting people with a frying pan… Yeah, she’s something else.

5. Solid Snake


Solid Snake

What’s a character list without Solid Snake coming in hot from Metal Gear Solid? He’s arguably one of the best stealth-driven characters ever created.

4. Mario


 Mario

You knew he was on here somewhere. There will come a day where Mario is unseated from top five characters of all time. Today is not that day. You can’t escape Mario that easily.

3. Link


Link

The other exceptional franchise from Nintendo. We already threw some praise towards Zelda on this list, but you have to respect the main character of the series. With a new Zelda installment coming soon, all the great memories from Ocarina of Time come flooding back.

2. John Marston


John Marston

“My name’s John Marston gentlemen. And you’re dead!” You might’ve forgotten about John. It’s been quite a few characters since we mentioned Bonnie MacFarlane. There’s no reason not to recognize a game as good as Red Dead Redemption twice on the character list. That’s a game that’s good no matter how many times you play it. The story, the characters, the dialogue, it’s all so well done.

1. Master Chief


Master Chief

Yep. The big MC in the house. Not the most original choice, but that speaks to just how great a character Spartan 117 really is. One Spartan, against impossible odds. Part of his greatness is that you never doubt him. If anyone can see us through this, it’s John.