Guinness Book Names "Top 50 Video Game Characters of All Time"

By Garnett Lee, Feb 16, 2011 4:30pm PST Exactly how much authority the Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer's Edition ought to be given is an open debate. While statistical records make for relatively straightforward accounting, matters of opinion present a far more difficult situation. With that in mind, check out the "Top 50 Video Game Characters of All Time" Guinness announced today from this year's book.

Guinness tabulated the list after collecting votes from more than 13,000 fans on its official site. Not exactly the most scientific method. Having watched countless such video game character deathmatches over the years, they boil down to which fan communities learned about the vote first and got the most people out to stuff the ballot box. But with that in mind, here's the Guinness Book list of the Top 50 Video Game Characters of All time, or at least the top 50 video game characters until next year's book gets printed.

  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)
  11. Crash (Crash Bandicoot, Sony, 1996)
  12. "Soap" MacTavish (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision, 2007)
  13. Nico Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar, 2008)
  14. Samus Aran (Metroid, Nintendo 1986)
  15. Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank, Sony, 2002)
  16. Nathan Drake (Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Sony, 2007)
  17. Captain Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision, 2007)
  18. Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land, Nintendo, 1992)
  19. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War, Microsoft, 2006)
  20. Pikachu (Pokemon Red/Green, Nintendo 1996)
  21. Yoshi (Super Mario World, Nintendo, 1990)
  22. "CJ" Johnson (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar, 2004)
  23. Mega Man (Mega Man, Capcom, 1987)
  24. Sam Fisher (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Ubisoft, 2002)
  25. Shadow (Sonic Adventure 2, Sega, 2001)
  26. Jak (Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Sony, 2001)
  27. Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem, Apogee, 1991)
  28. Dante (Devil May Cry, Bandai, 2003)
  29. Naruto (Naruto: Konoha Ninpoch, Bandai, 2003)
  30. Altair (Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft, 2007)
  31. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo, 1986)
  32. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII, Square, 1997)
  33. Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong, Nintendo, 1981)
  34. The Prince (Prince of Persia, Broderbund, 1989)
  35. Ezio (Assassin's Creed II, Ubisoft, 2009)
  36. Leon S (Biohazard/ Resident Evil, Capcom, 1996)
  37. Ash Ketchum (Pokemon Red/Green, Nintendo, 1996)
  38. Guybrush Threepwood (The Secret of Monkey Island, LucasArts, 1990)
  39. Spyro (Spyro the Dragon, Universal, 1998)
  40. "Ghost" Riley (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Activision, 2009)
  41. Goku (Dragon Daihikyoe, Epoch, 1987)
  42. Max Payne (Max Payne, Rockstar, 2001)
  43. Jill Valentine (Biohazard/ Resident Evil, Capcom, 1996)
  44. Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 1985)
  45. Larry Laffer (Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Sierra, 1987)
  46. Augustus Cole (Gears of War, Microsoft, 2006)
  47. Bowser (Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 1985)
  48. Eddie Riggs (Brutal Legend, EA, 2009)
  49. Ryu (Street Fighter, Capcom, 1987)
  50. Sackboy (LIttleBigPlanet, Sony, 2008)

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  • Agreed with everyone here, honestly, some great choices and some horrendous ones. Some of these are honestly are the nominations of the Xbox N-word yelling crowd, aka, wannabe gamers.

    Barney from HL is a worthier mention than Ghost is or even Marcus Fenix. I really like the Gears series but that's a huge overstatement. Even Nathan Drake deserves a higher spot that Kratos. Dante has more personality than Kratos.

    Here are several other game characters I can think of that are more deserving. Kane from C&C, Jim Raynor, Kyle Katarn, Deckard Kain, Mog from FFVI, Shodan. That's just a scratch on the surface.