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Mario voted to the top of Guinness' 50 greatest game characters list

Guinness World Records has released the results of its online poll asking gamers to decide who the all-time greatest game characters are. More than 13,000 people participated in the vote on Guinness's official website and it looks like nostalgia stole the show, with only two post-2000 characters making the top 10. Halo's Master Chief, who originally debuted in 2001, took the number three spot, while Kratos from God of War, first seen in 2005, placed ninth.

Eight of the chosen characters are humans or human-like creatures, one is a hedgehog, and one is a yellow circle with a mouth. Nintendo was the only publisher to have created two of the characters on the list, with Link placing second, just below his Italian plumber colleague, who, of course, took first:

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)

That's not a bad representation of the most important figures in the 30+ year history of the home console game market, but you surely have a few pet favorites (Guybrush? Jill Valentine? Etc.?) which didn't make the list. If it were up to you, what would you change?

You can see the full list at Guinness' site.

Feb 17, 2011 

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52 comments

  • Rivenscry - February 22, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    Hey, what's with all of the Gordon Freeman bashing? Will you give the guy a break for once? Oh, and by the way kingsmikefan, why does every male character that works with a girl need to get together? They don't always have to get together at the end of a game. Games are allowed to have some character emotional depth. Not every story needs to be: Guy meets Girl. Guy Shoots Things. Girl Is Impressed By Explosions. Guy Does Girl After Game Is Finished. See what I mean? P.s. Valve, please release Episode 3.
  • shawksta - February 20, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    I Would Change Nothing, its great Mario ALWAYS Deserves to be Number 1, He's been doing allot,is loved by ALL AGES and made a game for almost every genre.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - February 20, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    Replace Kratos with Dante. Am I missing something? Kratos' personality seems really one-dimensional to me.
  • Averagegamer18 - February 19, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Man Link is second again; just once I would love to see him be first but that won't happen lol if and when Mario is not first it will be a controversy, people will want recounts, etc, etc
  • TRcommander - February 19, 2011 4:14 a.m.

    I would say replace Naruto with Samus. Also, Ash was never a character in the main pokemon series regardless of how many anime fans decided to name themselves that. They should have put Red on the list instead.
  • Manguy17 - February 18, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    Most iconic list yes, best characterised...hmmm, regardless im kicking sonic away and slapping spyro in there instead.
  • TheMadderHatter - February 18, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    Wait. WAIT. WAAAAIT. The paddle from Pong should be number one on this list. And on EVERY list. >_> <_< The Pong paddle is also secretly Custer's....well...ya know...
  • BurntToShreds - February 18, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    I would like to see a list where a game character's rank is measured by their actual personality and, well, character. Gordon Freeman wouldn't even make the list, Mario would rank rather low, Duke Nukem would probably get a spot in the top ten, and Shepard would probably be the highest ranked.
  • TheMadderHatter - February 18, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    "WHERE THE FUCKETY FUCK IS THE FUCKING DUKE? AAAARGH!" At number 27. Which you would know if you had clicked that clickety click link.
  • TheMadderHatter - February 18, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Butthurt people are crying. Them butthurts shoulda done went an' voted for their favorite personality in games if that's what they so desperately need in the Guinness World Records. Well, that or just gotten the hell over it. Whichever is quicker.
  • CAPST3R - February 18, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Drake, Gaz and Captain Price should all be on there. Also, one final, tiny quibble; WHERE THE FUCKETY FUCK IS THE FUCKING DUKE? AAAARGH!
  • gilgamesh310 - February 18, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Where the fuck is Raziel?
  • WTeen8 - February 18, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    @ Celticsfan645 Read the full list on the Guiness website. Crash Bandicoot is #11. reCaptcha: Intrato uii?
  • Pyrovizard - February 18, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    i'd probably put Dante from DMC in Lara crofts spot
  • KidKatana - February 18, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    Yeh Glados should be on here. And one could argue that Alyx should be in Freeman's place...but I won't go there. The rest of the list is more surprising, didn't think Kirby would have made the top 20 but there you go. Also, Altair is FIVE WHOLE PLACES ahead of Ezio...how? Also just noticed that Shadow the Hedgehog is #25, ahead of Duke Nukem (#27), Dante (#28) and Guybrush (#38). Think about that for a minute.
  • mattdark - February 18, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Only 3 notes I had to make on the list. 1st, and 2nd... Naruto and Goku. Im surprised these guys were voted in to this, considering their origins come from anime rather then games, but I guess theyve had enough games at least to make them popular. 3rd... Ash Ketchum. Now, Ive got no problem with pokemon getting on the list, plus Pikachu got on there, so thats fine. But ash himself, is not a videogame character, he's a cartoon character! Aside from being based off the appearence of the original pokemon trailer, Ash has technically been in only 1 game, 'Pokemon Puzzle League', which only used the cartoon characters to help grab attention was what was just another puzzle game...
  • happydude007 - February 18, 2011 5:28 a.m.

    Perfect list.
  • Biocommie - February 18, 2011 5:21 a.m.

    I kind of though Glados might have been on there. Seriously though, less than 14k votes? Guiness really should have hyped it a lot more. Things like this are what the nerdy asshole gamers with internet access like us are made for.
  • metroid2099400 - February 18, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    @celticsfan645 Crash is number 11. I was pleased to see that Samus, Guybrush, and the original Prince of Persia all made the list!
  • CoryM1134 - February 18, 2011 3:27 a.m.

    I can kind of understand the lack of Shepherd, even though I don't like it. He's given to you as a bit of a blank template, and you get to determine his personality as you go. That being said, he's still a lot better than Pac-Man. The lack of Marston is a true crime. I don't care if RDR's almost a year old... Marston's about the most fully fleshed out character I've ever seen in a single game. He was an absolute pleasure to have in your company on all of those long horse rides. Apparently, that's not the point of this list, though.

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