the most popular video game characters

Who are the most popular video game characters? Who is the best character?

From Italian plumbers to electric-powered creatures, we all have our favourite video game characters, right? But have you ever thought about which characters would make a top list? Well, now you don’t have to, because we’ve just discovered Guinness World Records’ most popular video game characters.

Who are the most popular video game characters?

Our list contains famous video game characters from the long past to the present. Given that more and more game companies seek to use their iconic characters as representations of their brand, you can find many of these figures on shirts, cards, and even as Easter eggs within other games. And while Nintendo certainly claims the most famous video game characters, you’ll find representatives from most major video game publishers of the last thirty years.

Comparison: Most Popular Video Game Characters

This video shows some of The Most Popular Video Game Characters! Do you like Trevor as a character from GTA V? Or Steve from Minecraft?! Watch this video to find out some Characters you maybe didn’t know about!

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The most popular video game characters

Sam Fisher

Sam Fisher is the reason most gamers can’t walk through a narrow corridor without looking up to check for three green dots. He’s got the sort of career history that makes Solid Snake look like a wheezy recruit in the Territorial Army: a highly decorated Navy SEAL, former CIA clandestine officer, member of a top-secret NSA initiative, and commander of his own covert unit. He’s been performed by chainsaw-voiced veteran actor Michael Ironside in five of the six Splinter Cell games but in the more action-focussed Blacklist, Canadian actor Eric Johnson took over voice and performance capture duties.

Big Daddy and Little Sister

There’s something magnificently weird about your first encounter with Little Sisters and their protective Big Daddies in 2007’s BioShock. There’s a sense that they have a purpose outside your firsthand experience – that you’re an outsider intruding upon something real. And BioShock is brilliant because it doesn’t let you ignore them: if you want to succeed, you have to engage. The fights that follow are the game’s best – desperate, terrifying arm wrestles, which require you to throw all of your dwindling resources at your lumbering, elephantine opponent in an elemental fight for survival. 


Link the other exceptional franchise from Nintendo that is one of the most popular video game characters. 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.

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.

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?

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.

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 a top ten spot!

Princess Peach Toadstool

Princess Peach Toadstool is 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.


Nintendo sure has a long line of iconic characters, doesn’t it? Next on our list from the “Big N” is the pink puffball that makes for the perfect plush doll. Kirby sucks up his enemies, copies their abilities, and overcomes the sorts of enormous baddies you’d think would pound him into a pulp. You can’t help but appreciate Kirby’s insatiable appetite and expansive ability suite.


The mega lizard menace that’s been terrorizing Mario and the other inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom for decades is this guy. Bowser’s the ultimate video game big boss that’s been at the forefront of Nintendo’s biggest franchise right alongside its lovable protagonist. Side note – Bowser’s definitely one of our most popular video game characters!


You know Pikachu is video game/mainstream royalty since most folks can mimic his voice with relative ease. That’s because the most popular Pokémon of all time is still at the forefront of everyone’s memory. The lovable yellow mouse we’ve all come to adore is just so darn cute! The little guy even has his own movie, so you can never doubt Pika Pika’s popularity.

Mega Man

Capcom’s “Blue Bomber” dominated everyone’s attention back on the NES. And even though he’s had a ton of character changes in the years since, everyone still refers to Mega Man’s OG model as the most recognizable. He’s small, but he’s a powerhouse that’s done work in his 0wn games and a bunch of Capcom crossover titles.


Once gamers got introduced to Yoshi back on Super Mario World, a new star was born. Now that the super helpful dinosaur is sporting legs, he’s even more of a superstar within the halls of Nintendo.


Pac-Man was really the first video game character to define an entire brand and become so popular as to be merchandised. So what’s so appealing about a yellow circle that eats up little dots? Well, it turns out that Namco, who owns the rights to Pac-Man, gave him an entire backstory. He’s a family man, married to Mrs. Pac-Man, with two kids. In later games, he has a kind and adventurous personality that really embodies the video game industry as a whole. Heck, even Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, claims that Pac-Man is his favorite videogame character!


Ask anyone to name one of the most popular video game characters—even someone who’s never played one—and they’ll likely say “Mario!” Mario has come to be more than just a famous video character; he represents video games as a whole and even…well…America as a whole. Mario’s not your typical video game hero. He doesn’t wield a sword or have a fancy outfit. He’s just a plumber and dresses the part. He reminds us of the everyman from the Mushroom Kingdom who just wants to find his love.

Who was the first female videogame character?

Samus Aran, the heroine of Metroid (1986) and its successors, is often cited as “the first playable human female character in a mainstream video game”.

Who was Nintendo’s first character?

Sheriff is Nintendo’s first protagonist that appeared in the arcade game with the same name back in 1979, two years before Mario appeared in Donkey Kong and one year before Game & Watch and Mr. Game & Watch was created.

Which is older Pacman or Mario?

Palutena: Yes, that’s PAC-MAN. He was born in 1980, which means he’s one year older than Mario.

Is Bayonetta a guy?

Bayonetta (Japanese: ベヨネッタ, Hepburn: Beyonetta), real name Cereza, is the titular witch and protagonist of the Bayonetta video game series, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Sega and Nintendo.

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