Top 10 most Iconic Game Characters Ever

Games, they are not just something you play and forget, they are a feeling for gamers. Although, game characters are not real beings but sometimes they are more iconic than a real celebrity. So, here are 10 most iconic game Characters to ever exist.

10. Super Mario

Super Mario

Super Mario is an Italian plumber who became the icon for video games. His first game was Donkey Kong and he had the role of a protagonist in that game. Also, he became the most Iconic character in video games as his second game was legendary — Super Mario Odyssey. Mario is one of the most famous creation in the video game industry.

First Appearance: September 13th, 1985

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Designer: Shigeru Miyamoto

9. Lara Croft

lara croft
Lara croft

I wonder how Lara Croft is the only female character in this list, but she is my personal favorite character in the Gaming Industry too. Lara Croft was the first female superstar of the gaming industry. Her first entry in 1996 —Tomb Raider–catapulted her in the center of a male-dominated video game industry.

First Appearance: 1996

Developer: Core Design

Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Designer: Toby Gard

8. Link


Nintendo had produced a number of Iconic characters over the past decades. Link is one of them. He is a mute hero that has been since the dawn of Nintendo‘s march towards the market. He is a character from a game called Zelda. Recently, a new version of the game was launched by Nintendo Switch.

First Appearance: February 21st, 1986

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Creators: Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka

7. Ryu Hayabusa

ryu hayabusa
Ryu Hayabusa

Ryu Hayabusa is a character from Ninja Gaiden Series who actually scared that how hard it can be to play a game! He is the greatest Ninja in the Video Game History. Ryu Hayabusa comes from a dead or alive fighting game franchise. His games are so intense that you literally have to look like a Ninja to beat them on the hardest difficulty.

First appearance: October 1988

Developer: Tecmo

Publisher: Tecmo

Creator: Hideo Yoshizawa

6. Kratos


Kratos, a mean Spartan who made bad deals with God of War since Ares, has been seeking revenge for over ten years. In that time, we’ve seen Kratos slay an ungodly amount of minions and mythical beasts, almost every ancient Greek God you can imagine. The game is all about the intense battle against gods, giants, and beasts.

First Appearance: March 22nd, 2005

Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studios

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Designer: Charlie Wen

5. Geralt of Rivia

Geralt of Rivia

Gerald is a character with a lot of fans. In 2007, a small developer in Poland released the first Witcher game, after purchasing the rights to the character for relatively smaller amount money.

First Appearance: October 26th, 2007

Developer: CD Projekt RED

Publisher: CD Projekt / Atari

Creator: Andrzej Sapkowski

4. Master Chief

Master Chief
Master chief

Halo: Combat Evolved was the launch title for the original Xbox and was a killer. The developer Bungie delivered one of the greatest and the most epic shooters for consoles till the date. They also created a franchise that made a mark in the whole gaming Industry.

First Appearance: November 15th, 2001

Developer: Bungie

Publisher: Microsoft

Designer: John Howard

3. Solid Snake

solid snake
Solid snake

Solid Snake is one of those Iconic Heroes that have served for decades. The first adventure game came in 1989 on the MSX2. Thirty years later, Hideo Kojima -the creator of Metal Gear, leaving the franchise behind after his magnum opus, Metal Gear Solid V.

First Appearance: July 13th, 1987

Developer: Konami

Publisher: Konami

Creator: Hideo Kojima

2. Sonic : The Hedgehog

sonic the hedgehog
Sonic : The Hedgehog

Sonic is the creation of the saga of 90s and brought great success to the company, as well as tons of fun to kids owning a Sega Genesis. However, the series has been fighting from the last decade to become relevant again and deliver a game that can hold its competitive market.

First Appearance: 1991

Developer: Sega

Publisher: Sega

Creators: Yuji Naka, Naoto Oshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara

1. Pac-Man

pac man

And Finally we are at 1st position, it definitely has to be the Pac-Man, the most Iconic and well-recognized video game character in gaming industry. Pac-Man is the most successful arcade game with over 11 Billion Dollar gross revenue up to 2016.

First Appearance: May 22nd, 1980

Developer: Namco

Publisher: Namco / Midway

Creator: Toru Iwatani

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