Submitted by deanobi 1718d ago | opinion piece

Top 10: Greatest video game characters of all-time

The characters of a video game possess a great importance to the player’s connection to the story and plot that unfolds. The success of many video games is often arguably down to the iconic status of some characters.

Keeping with the top 10 theme following is a countdown of the top 10: greatest video game characters of all-time, taking into account their critical, commercial and revolutionary success. (Culture, Final Fantasy VII, Halo 3, Heavy Rain , Industry, Mario Galaxy 2, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Portal 2, PS3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Wii, Xbox 360)

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PoSTedUP  +   1718d ago
toejam and earl.
lara croft
crash bandicoot
sack boy
earth worm jim
Darkstorn  +   1718d ago
Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, Big Boss, Big Mama, The Boss, etc.
PoSTedUP  +   1718d ago
ah i forgot about snake (funny because i just started playing MGS4 again and i JUST played the peace walker demo) lol.
brazilianbumpincher  +   1718d ago
sackboy and master chief need to be in there
somewhere along with guile or ken
Davoh  +   1718d ago
The Tetris line piece should be in every top list of characters, never in any game does a gamer feel so much joy and relief than when they see a line piece is next. Best inanimate character in the world.

Saying that, the companion cube should also be on that list - every great character is an inanimate character.
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pipster17  +   1717d ago

Inanimate objects are awesome, don't forget the BFG 9000 from Doom and exploding barrels in any game that allows you to destroy them and kill 5+ enemies at once.
Spenok  +   1717d ago
Yea i would have to say Snake is easily one of the best.
Nugundam0079  +   1717d ago
Just the Boss and Big Boss
Commander_TK  +   1717d ago
Snake/Big Boss r the best
U guys remember Alex Kidd? Awesome kid.
Brewski007  +   1718d ago
Ahhhh toejam & earl !! So amazing. (well the first game...dont know where they were going with the second "planet funkatron") Someday i hope that games resurrected properly.
WildArmed  +   1718d ago
It was the first character to be a CHARACTER..
w/o Mario we wouldn't have games with characters in them, we'd still be playing Tetris-like games ^^
I'm not a fan of mario (I'm sure my comment history says so), But I do respect the franchise.. (even though it's out of control!)

And I'd put Link from Zelda.. one of the best characters from the N64 gen and before.

And ofcourse, the MGS cast.. namely the Snakes :D
PoSTedUP  +   1718d ago
DK came before mario and im very much sure he was a character.

glad to see fans of the game brewskii! it was the first game i ever played when i was like 4 yrs old. i loved it it was so much fun and remember most of it till this day. man i need to buy an old used sega for that game.
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WildArmed  +   1717d ago
Actually, DK and Mario were in the same Game.. but Mario was the playable character.
I remember watching a video game docmentary that said just that.
and with a min worth of searching, here some links:

PoSTedUP  +   1717d ago
jumpman was later known as mario, yes. but mario wasn't the first character, not even the first to become popular actually, pac man came out before DK and jumpman and im sure there were other characters invented b4 that that just werent popular. i respect mario though he has done a lot.
otherZinc  +   1717d ago
I know this is a PS3 site.........
no Master Chief is foolish & hilarious at the same time.

Foolish because its obvious the author is trying to avoid him.

& hilarious because The Master Chief is the 2nd most recognizable character on that list to Mario & the only video game character in the Famed Madam Tussuads Wax Museum in Las Vegas, one of only 7 in the world.
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WildArmed  +   1717d ago
Actually, if you look at iconic characters, most of them were developed a few gens ago.
Master Chief, Sackboy, Nathan Drake, imo are too 'fresh' to be Great.
It's when their time passes.. and you STILL remember them..
That's when they become great.

It's not a big deal say.. we are talking about President Obama or Bush.. but it is a big deal to be still talking about Alexander The Great. For he is remembered waay past his time.
Same goes for the characters like toejam & earl.
but this is just my opinion.
It's easy to call Kratos or Eathan Mars (really now?) to be the greatest video game character when the games came out not even 6 months ago.

But say a character from Contra (c'mon! I know most of you know about this game), Terra (Final Fantasy 6 anyone?) or Streets Of Rage (HELL YES) is still in your mind, that makes it great.. IMO.
Something more memorable than console generations.. so what these were 16-bit games and characters. Most of them were more 'alive' than most of the gaming characters this gen.
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Shepherd 214  +   1717d ago
Id say that after nine years of existence, the Master Chief deserves a place on the list.

But i dont like this list save for a few exceptions. I liked how they put a twist in and included the Arbiter instead of Master Chief. Keith David is an amazing voice actor and the Arbiter was a great character.

Solid Snake also deserves a high spot on the list, but where the hell is Gordon Freeman?
deanobi  +   1718d ago
I would like more revolutionary characters with deep stories :]
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wissam  +   1718d ago
My Kratos Deserves to be at 6 IMO. old snake and cloud are also my favorite.
Eazy-Eman  +   1718d ago
Please oh please
Stop putting FFVII characters in whatever top 10 lists you make...seriously though that game is overrated to the max.
Bobbykotickrulesz  +   1718d ago
Any game that's amazing is overrated apparently.

There's always going to be haters a long time down the road. I've heard people say Super Mario 64 was overrated. I've heard people say MGS was overrated. I've heard people say Uncharted 2 was overrated.

You know what I think? I think your useless opinion is overrated.
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Eazy-Eman  +   1717d ago
You know what,
I think your useless opinion is overrated too. It seems to me that we are at an impasse.
WildArmed  +   1717d ago
I actually don't think Cloud's character was the best out of all in FF7.
But that's just my opinion.

But, MajorJackhoff.. FF7 has a cult-like following.. which overrated the game a lot.
Any game with cult-like following soon become over rated.

Which is why most 'awesome' games become over rated. IMO, when a franchise goes Big.. that's when it gets the 'overrated' treatment.
Batman:Arkaham Asylum.. lovely game.
with a few more great sequels, it'll become 'overrated'..
I honestly don't understand the label system as clearly as I'd like to.
But this is the gist I've gathered over the years about gaming and the overrated label
Darrius Cole  +   1717d ago
If a game that released two generations ago still has a cult-like following, then that is proof that he game is great.
twostep18  +   1717d ago
my fav ff7 character is
idc what yall think lol
dorron  +   1718d ago
Kratos should be in the top 5.

What the hell are doing Ethan Mars,Glados and The Arbiter in that list????
Hellsvacancy  +   1718d ago
I know, Ethan Mars? wtf, Mr 47 should of been on the list
inception123  +   1718d ago
glados is definitely in the top 3 with drake and snake. ethan and the arbiter i can see why they wouldn't be on the list though.
Nike  +   1718d ago
Is [insert favorite character] on the list?

If not, then fail.
George Sears  +   1717d ago
Tripl3seis  +   1718d ago
im going with kratos and sack boy
Dragonshardz  +   1718d ago
Max Payne...

Oh, OH! Gordon Freeman! Wait, wait... G-Man. I meant the G-Man.
Raypture  +   1718d ago
These are all just like your opinions men.
coolbeans  +   1718d ago
To be honest
I don't understand the Ethan Mars and Arbitar choices at all.
Cajun Chicken  +   1718d ago
Another wonderfully generic list.
fatalred alarm  +   1718d ago
Remove Ethan mars and the arbitor please
And i guess adding commander shepard from mass effect is a pretty good idea, just because he has a great personality ( somewhat controlled by yourself...but meh ) and he just saved the entire galaxy, twice.
HurstDarkStar  +   1718d ago
those things have put fear into every gamer since the dawn of time! The way they blow up is just a tradmark of gaming.they have also bring joy for all the treasure hunters among us

when have you seen a create and not thought DAMMIT!/OH JOY!. come tell me
telekineticmantis  +   1718d ago
Mario has like what 2 catch phrases. why is he number one. Must nostalgia rule us all...
GreenMachin3  +   1718d ago
No Mega Man
The list is incomplete without Mega Man...
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Baka-akaB  +   1718d ago
Grahf has to be among them imo .
inception123  +   1718d ago
they're all good except mario and sonic nostalgia is not a good enough reason for me to be considered one of the greatest characters of all time you need a personality.
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BannedForNineYears  +   1718d ago
Absolutely great list.
Besides the absence of Sackboy. :(
Poor lil' things don't get the attention they deserve.
kingjoker34  +   1718d ago
Sackboy, Solid Snake, and Nathan = PS3 mascots
I love them all lol
ChickeyCantor  +   1718d ago
Sackboy has no personality, you have to give him one. I think thats his problem.
kingjoker34  +   1717d ago
i disagree, that is what makes him great, you can make sackboy into anything you like, so you have to lick him regardless
ChickeyCantor  +   1717d ago
And therefor he holds no personality like other game characters.
Therefor lots of people just dont see it.

Btw some in these list are terribly chosen
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OutgoingSquall  +   1718d ago
Mario number one made me not take this list seriously okay he was the first big video game character how the f does Mario beat snake lmao.
pipster17  +   1717d ago
Why should snake beat Mario?
OutgoingSquall  +   1717d ago
Why should Mario beat snake? Ummmmm let's see snake is the hero who was the one to deserve a happy ending with all the hell he went through losing close freinds only to find out the worst thing to possibly happen to a clone and still fought.
Lmao anyone want to have there say plz tell me why Mario should be ranked higher then solid snake lmao.
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SpaceFox  +   1717d ago
Auron from FFX is pretty badass. Not enough to make the top 10 but I could definitely see him in the top 20.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1717d ago
Zack Fair deserves to be on any list with Cloud on it.
George Sears  +   1717d ago
Top [insert number here] is usually about popularity and nothing else.
Da One  +   1717d ago
No Drake
one of the most well done characters ever
pipster17  +   1717d ago
I think that Samus, Mega Man, and Master Chief should be on the list. Get rid of Arbiter, Ethan Mars and one of the FF characters. If it's a GOAT list, then two from the same franchise is slightly contradictory. The rest I like and think Kratos should be higher, simply due to his popularity.
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w00sta  +   1717d ago
2 FF7 characters...no - just no
gumgum99  +   1717d ago
I kinda wish they would switch up the #1 spot for once, so it doesn't get redundant. Yes, Mario has done great things for the industry, and his games are great, but come on! give other characters a chance. k?
Nugundam0079  +   1717d ago
Till other characters have reached the star power that he has had "no pun intended" then no-he deserves his place.
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