Memorable characters are always at the core of the best video games. These characters, like those in literature or films, possess certain qualities that are powerfully endearing. They are sometimes memorable for their humor and being light-hearted, while others are remembered for more serious virtues such as fortitude and patience. Whatever the qualities, these characters pull us into their worlds; they make the video games they inhabit more fun to play. The following list consists of a mix of such characters, and each has become a legend that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Sonic The Hedgehog

How many countless hours did we all spend chasing those rings in Sonic the Hedgehog? When gamers think of “Sega”, they likely picture Sonic the Hedgehog. This super-speedster remains the best-selling character that Sega owns.


Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise was huge in the 1990’s. It sold millions of games, was made into a handful of different movies, and even had its own TV show. At the heart of the franchise was Pikachu, the reticent yet lovable pokemon character.


Sephiroth was the main villain in Final Fantasy VII, which is arguably the greatest RPG of all time. Sephiroth was originally a hero with uncanny abilities, but when he found out the truth behind his origins, he went mad and sought to end the world. Even though he was defeated, he left the surviving heroes permanently scarred.

Lara Croft

The first Tomb Raider game, which debuted in 1996, was one of the first to feature a strong female protagonist. Since then, the series has had numerous installments featuring the independent and strong-willed female, as well as two movies. Recently the series had a reboot that explores her origins, and another installment is on the way.

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