While it is the designers that make the games, it is the characters that make the games great. From the earliest days of Mario, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong to the next generations of icons like Lara Croft, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Master Chief from Halo, great video game characters have become the faces of the industry, helping to usher in an era when video games are a
5. Lara Croft
Lara Croft of the Tomb Raider series of games has become iconic not only through video games, but through movie adaptations of the game. An athletic, intelligent, attractive, English woman, Lara engages in a series of dangerous archaeological missions in which she is faced with enemies of both the natural and supernatural. Gaining an incredible level of popularity, Lara’s adventures were even advanced to the big screen where was portrayed by Angelina Jolie.
4. Master Chief
A fairly new, but incredibly well known character is the Master Chief character that is seen in X-Box’s Halo series. While not necessarily specifically known by name by casual gamers, the image of the soldier – the sophisticated green body armor, the unique space-based combat gear, the reflective orange visor – is unmistakable in modern culture. This is thanks to the game’s remarkable popularity, eventually setting the record for net profit on the first day of sales with the third installment in the Halo series. The remarkable part about Halo is that it has garnered all of its fanfare in a relatively short time since its recent 2001 inception.
A yellow circle with a mouth that takes up half of his body, nobody is quite sure what he is, but Pac-Man’s image is known by gamers everywhere. Pac-Man spends his days eating pellets, collecting cherries, and chasing ghosts in his two-dimensional four-cornered apartment. His game has been played since the early days of the Atari and is still found today being played on cell phones and on the Nintendo Wii’s virtual console.
While the well known name is Zelda, the main character of the popular Legend of Zelda adventure series is Link. Draped in his token green tunic and cap with his sword, shield, and access to mystical powers, Link tackles an assortment of supernatural foes to save Hyrule over and over again. The intriguing young hero has been one of the faces of the Nintendo brand for nearly as long as it has existed.
1: Super Mario
With his big bushy mustache, fixation on mushrooms, and distinctively high Italian accent, Super Mario has established himself as one of the most unmistakable video game characters in the world. Anchoring the Nintendo video game franchise since the original NES debuted, Mario’s games have consistently been among the most popular on each of the company’s consoles. Mario is short and portly, yet strangely athletic and high powered, eating mushrooms, throwing fireballs, defeating Bowser, and saving various kidnapped princesses before finding his own.