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Guinness World Records’ “Top 50 Video Game Characters Of All Time” – Gordon Freeman Named Number 8

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Guinness World Records recently held an online poll asking gamers to vote for their favorite video game characters of all time.

We somehow completely missed this poll, but 13,000 other gamers did not.

Well, for good or bad, the results are in.

Guinness World Records’ “Top 50 Video Game Characters Of All Time” – Gordon Freeman Named Number 8

Here is the list, in its entirety:

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)

Yes, that’s Gordon over there, on number 8.

Sadly, he’s the only Valve character to make the list. Chell from Portal isn’t there, neither are any of the TF2 characters or L4D characters.

We know, we know. Master Chief beat him, and yes, the list is pretty awful. But this is no reason to complain, as in the end, we only have ourselves to blame for not voting. Hell, it’s a cool victory nonetheless!


  1. Master Chief before Gordon? wtf is wrong there…

    • He was actually good in the first Halos, then the series went downhill down the drain…
      Pretty solid list tho

      @Site staff:
      this captcha starts to really get on my nerves….can’t you find an easier system? Totally unrelated to the subject but still. On my website I used a custom captcha where you have to click a picture using the word given to you. All this new captcha security just discourages people from posting =(…

      • Recaptcha? What’s wrong with it? Seems fine to me.

      • Were working on a universal login system so you wont have to anymore soon, also re-capatcha seems to hold back the spam the most, we had a different system on the forums for testing like you mentioned which could be cracked by the bots.

        – Alex

        • Yes, we’re working on that as well. It’s part of our big update, which we’ve been talking about for a while. I don’t think recaptcha discourages anyone, though. What’s so daunting about typing in two words?

          • They are sometimes completely impossible to type on a few websites… I gotta admit, here it’s not too bad, but other websites (Google *cough*) it takes me 4-5 times to type it correctly.
            When I said discourages, I meant, sometimes people simply want to go to a site, with a login that stays as a cookie in their browser, and post what ever they want to. Sure, 2 words isn’t a lot, but it creates uneseesary work for the visitor. Good to hear you are coming up with a new system =)

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