Top 40 Video Game Characters

Maybe I am dating myself here, but I was one of the proud owners of the original PONG, where you had to practically sit on your opponent’s lap because both dial controllers were mounted on the console. My, how far we have come. In observance of Video Game Day, I asked our 3,000 HPB bibliomaniacs, “What is your favorite video game character?” Here are the characters that scored the highest. 

(1) Link, Legend of Zelda; (2) Mario, Super Mario Brothers; (3) Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong; (4)  Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (5) Pac-Man, Pac-Man (6) Solid Snake, Metal Gear (7) Samus Aran, Metroid Prime (8) Yoshi , Super Mario Brothers (9)  Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (10) Luigi, Super Mario Brothers 

(11)  John Marstan, Red Dead Redemption (12) Master Chief, Halo (13) Commander John Shepard, Mass Effect (14)  Cloud Strife, Final Fantasy 7 (15) Kratos, God of War (16) Dante, Devil May Cry (17) Mrs. Pac-Man, Pac-Man (18) Nathan Drake, Uncharted (19) Ryu, Ninja Gaiden (20) Dr. Edward Richtofen, Black Ops Zombie Kino der Toten

(21) Sora, Kingdom Hearts (22) Lady Sylvanas, World of Warcraft (23) Terra Branford, Final Fantasy (24) Maleficent, Kingdom Hearts (25) Megaman (26) Ramirez, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (27) Q-bert (28) Elhaym Van Houten, Xenogears (29) Ezio Auditore di Firenze, Assassin’s Creed (30) Darc, Arc the Lad: Twilight of Spirits

(31)  Dhalsim, Street Fighter (32) Nina, Tekken (33) Thrall, World of Warcraft (34) Kaim, Lost Odyssey (35) Clair Pedfield, Resident Evil (36) Tank Dempsey, Black Ops Zombie Kino der Toten (37) Striker, Bad Dudes (38) Sinistar, Sinistar (39) Wheatley, Portal 2 (40) Miranda Lawson, Mass Effect 2

Bonus answers: “T” and “L” from Tetris, the Spaceship from Space Invaders, and the Ball in PONG.

Do you remember Atari or Intellivision?  Do you remember any of these characters? What are some of your favorites?

Stop in today and check out the video games, consoles, and other accessories at your local Half Price Books. And remember, HPB will buy your used games too!

— Jim

3 thoughts on “Top 40 Video Game Characters

  1. That's Claire Redfield (#35) – and that's a surprise to me! I'd have imagined Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, or even Leon Kennedy before her – though I love Claire.And no GLaDOS (Portal)? Weird. Just realized Morgan Freeman isn't in there either, when I'd have guessed the Half-Life series to make an appearance.My first gaming system was the original Game Boy, so Mario remains an iconic favorite, but Sonic wins my heart in terms of the classics – my first console system was the Genesis. Of all those who made it to this list, though, Cloud Strife's my favorite given that FF7 continues to be my favorite in the FF world.

  2. D'oh. Gordon Freeman. Good lord, I always seem to misspeak or mistype the name. I still haven't played the HL games but it's such a pervasive 'verse in the circles of videogamers that I tend to interact with.

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