Same character name, totally different game

While playing a bit of Spirit Tracks I bumped into a tiny old man named Niko, who’s apparently been a part of Link and Zelda’s watery quests since the Wind Waker days. After that revelation shook its way through my bones, I realized, oh hey, his name’s Niko… as in Niko Bellic!

Above: Niko (GTA IV) and Niko (Spirit Tracks)

This of course began a chain reaction and subsequent office email to come up with enough to populate a list worthy of the internet. So without further dicking around, here it is. Oh, one bit of dicking – I’ve left off a lot of common recurring names. If we listed every Chris, Jill, Jack and John we’d be here forever.

Above: Kratos (God of War) and Kratos (Tales of Symphonia)

Above: Shadow Man (Shadow Man) and Shadow Man (Mega Man 3)

Above: Mario (Super Mario Bros) and Mario (Assassin’s Creed II)

Above: Ryu (Ninja Gaiden) and Ryu (Street Fighter II)

Above: The Prince (Prince of Persia) and The Prince (Katamari Damacy)

Above: Dante (Devil May Cry) and Dante (Dante’s Inferno)


  • Embolado - April 9, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    Why is Raiden from Mortal Kombat missing?
  • TheCreamFilling - April 9, 2010 4 p.m.

    There's Shepard from mass Effect and Modern Warfare 2. But, I suppose those aren't too radically different from each other.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 9, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    Tales Kratos>GoW Kratos Anyway, what about Blue (Pokemon) and Blue (SaGa Frontier)? And Red (Pokemon) and Red (SaGa)?
  • ventanger - April 9, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    Reapers (Mass Effect) and Reapers (Just Cause 2)? I mean yea they represent more than one individual each, but it's worth noting? Maybe?
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - April 9, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    FUUUU I even grabbed the art for MK Raiden. Well, he's there in our hearts.
  • VictorRay - April 9, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    ha, then you could include reapers from infamous, also a group
  • KnightDehumidifier - April 9, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    Golem from Pokémon and Golem from the Dragon Quest series. The Overlord from the Overlord series and the Overlord Zerg unit from the Starcraft series. Sean from Street Fighter Third Strike and Sean Devlin of The Saboteur.
  • TURbo - April 9, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    Also there is Adrian Shepard from Half Life opposing force.
  • Hurricrane - April 9, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    lol @ naked Raiden AGAIN... you guys really should make that pic the GR mascot
  • Conman93 - April 9, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Lol, I enjoyed this article! Great Work :)
  • kaiben - April 9, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    I lol'd at the last one :D recaptcha: soon, urethrae. ...of DOOM
  • QWERTYCommander - April 9, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    The Poo on the left is The Great, Mighty Poo, not just Poo. Also, both of those Kratoses have a different pronunciation.
  • RebornKusabi - April 9, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    Shadow Man was awesome, but not as awesome as this article ; ) I hate to be "that guy", but Dante and Virgil from Devil May Cry were named as a reference to the Inferno arc of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Doesn't mean much, but I still think that's awesome! Oh and Bayonetta is a reference to hooker witches who use guns to fight angel's because that gets them off!!!
  • Kouin - April 9, 2010 8 p.m.

    I'm surprised a picture of Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams isn't next to (Mass Effect's) Ashley's picture. Make it happen!
  • nadrewod999 - April 9, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    I think AC2's Mario was just inserted for lulz by the developers (He even freaking says "It's a me, Mario."! Tell me how that does not blatantly point out the fact that his name is Mario just so that we can laugh in the second game.), so maybe he shouldn't count. Also, @Kouin, a third for your "Ash"s (and a better fight for "Ash Williams") would be "Ash Ketchum" (from Pokemon fame, even if you don't actually play him)
  • 2dboy - April 9, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    It's a me, Mario! That scene in AC2 made me laugh out load.
  • cracker33 - April 9, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    Hey, I know you didn't play Assassin's Creed II, but the first time you meet Mario, his opening line is "It's a me, Mario!"
  • wastedspace - April 9, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    Both Ashleys are annoying as fuck
  • WickedSid - April 9, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    Dante would totally kick Dante's... Etc.
  • JizzyB - April 9, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Kain was a Win on both accounts.

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