Top 10 Most Lovable Gaming Lead Characters of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Lovable Gaming Lead Characters of all time till 2017. Video games, despite what some may think, are great mediums to tell a story; you can tell stories in video games that you would otherwise be unable to do. Like in games that you can make your own choices and from this creates many different reactions. It helps in any game to have a great main character, even a lovable one. The main character in games has to be the one to save the day. There is usually a princess or a member of the first family to save, and so it is important to have a lovable lead character, especially if there are many sequels featuring that same main character. Here is my list of the top ten most lovable gaming lead characters of all time till 2017.

List of Top 10 Most Lovable Gaming Lead Characters of all time till 2017

10. Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic may look low to some, but the man reason he is only number ten on this list is that the modern games have not been great. It seems Sega did a better job doing games for him when they had their own gaming console. Their decision to take the series from a side scrolling platformer and put him in other genres have not panned out very well. His earlier games are what put him on the list at all.

9. Master Chief (Halo)

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For those who have been under a rock since about 2005, the Halo games are kind of a big deal. The games star Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John-117 or simply Master Chief. He is not just the star of the Halo video games, but graphic novels and books, and other things involved with the Halo universe.

8. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)

Marcus Fenix Gears of War Top Popular Lovable Gaming Lead Characters 2018

This polarizing, not to mention foul mouthed, lead character graced gaming consoles in mid 2000s, and has found his way into some people’s hearts and miknds. For those that do like him, however, there are a lot of people who are not as fond of the curb-stomping and cursing hero saying that he is a very unlikable hero.

7. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)

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Solid Snake is a former Green Beret and someone who is highly skilled at special operations who takes on stealth and espionage missions that see him destroy nuclear weapons called Metal Gear. The series was created by Hideo Kojima.

6. Kratos (God of War)

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The Ghost of Sparta comes in at number six. He is usually tasked to stop some disaster from happening or to try change his fate. He is extremely violent and takes part in activities that blur the moral line. The series was created by David Jaffe. From the popularity of the games, there are comic books and novels that have been written as a result of their popularity.

5. Samus Aran (Metroid Prime)


When people think of Nintendo, they think of nice family friendly games that kids of all ages, or even adults, can enjoy. But, that is not so with Samus Aran, the star of the Metroid Prime series. She is an ex- soldier who later became a bounty hunter. Not only should girls like this character, but she does some pretty cool stuff with all her deadly weapons that her Varia suit has on it.

4. Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot Top 10 Most Lovable Gaming Lead Characters 2017

One of the many Naughty Dog main characters, Crash Bandicoot is an eastern barred bandicoot who was genetically enhanced by the villain of the games, Doctor Neo Cortex. Only Crash can stop Neo Cortex and his plans to take over the world. And to think it was designed solely to give Sony their first mascot to compete with Sonic and Mario.

3. Gordon Freeman (Half-Life)


This crowbar wielding good guy never speaks, everything that happens in the Half-Life games is seen through Gordon’s eyes. The player controls Gordon at all times, giving the player the feeling that they are Gordon. The only time you see Gordon is in images promoting the game, on the menu and the cover. Both Half-Life and Gordon are pretty much one and the same because of all that I just mentioned.

2. Link (Legend of Zelda)


Another important Nintendo character comes in at number two. In different installments in the franchise, Link has been seen as a child, adult, or teen. Link has provided gamers with some great gaming experiences and there are very few games that were bad. The games have appeared on most, if not all of the different Nintendo consoles and hand held devices. He is also one of the twelve original Super Smash Bros. characters.

1. Mario



Since the original Donkey Kong, this little Italian plumber has been going after the people who kidnapped his beloved princess ever since. He has also starred in other games like tennis, racing, baseball, soccer, Olympics (both winter and summer), and of course the popular fighting game Super Smash Bros series. His star power outweighs just about any other gaming character there is, let us not forget that he is one of the oldest. He is the greatest character because no matter what is happening with Nintendo, they still manage to make great entries in the franchise. Not to mention, fans have stuck by him through thick and thin.

This was a fun list of top 10 most lovable gaming lead characters of all time till 2017 to put together. It was great, thinking about all the great main characters in video games. There have been a lot of great ones, so many that stand out in the minds of all. It was great to express my opinion on this subject. Thank you for reading my list.