The EZA community Top 50 Videogame Characters!



  • In my headcanon, Solid wins... Who I'm kidding, Drake wins, there's nothing we can do about that. Huge thanks once more for @Exist-2-Inspire for making this list into reality, and thanks for others for sharing your lists and thoughts.



  • As expected, another Snake made the list, so I will not comment further about a character I have no knowledge of.

    As for Drake, my reasoning for placing him so high is one reason: He. Is. Flawed.

    Drake, for all of his bravado, struggles with a meaningful relationship, the culmination of which in Uncharted 4, is handled realistically and the best it could be. Sure, you have the ludo-narrative dissonance of him being a mass murderer. And that is his biggest flaw.

    Despite the quips, wise-cracks, and one-liners, he is actually a scared individual propelled by glory of being the world's best "archaeologist." I don't believe I've seen the development of a character of his mold handled better in video games.

    Obligatory and resounding internet high-fives to: @Exist-2-Inspire, @CGamor7, @tokeeffe9, @Sentinel-Beach, @robert7lee, @jsackel, @Inustar, @TokyoSlim, @FF7Cloud, @Lotias, @Tearju-Engi, @Brandon_Reister, and @Fridge-man

    To the comments about about him being boring, I resoundingly agree about the differing opinions. But, if I may offer a counter, the number of votes for Drake is surprising, even to me. And I voted him FIFTH!

    Finally, here is my full list, for the criticism and comment for all:

    Auron – Final Fantasy X
    Vincent Valentine – Final Fantasy VII
    Garrus Vakarian – Mass Effect series
    Marcus Fenix – Gears of War series
    Nathan Drake – Uncharted series
    Cloud Strife – Final Fantasy VII
    Elena Fisher – Uncharted series
    Zack Fair – Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII & Final Fantasy VII
    Dominic Santiago – Gears of War series
    Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII
    Ratchet – Ratchet & Clank series
    Clank – Ratchet & Clank series
    Cid Highwind – Final Fantasy VII
    Urdnot Wrex – Mass Effect series
    Augustus Cole – Gears of War series
    Joel – The Last of Us
    Ellie – The Last of Us
    Tali’zorah vas Neema/Normandy – Mass Effect series
    GlaDos – Portal 1 & 2
    Thane Krios – Mass Effect series
    Mordin Solus – Mass Effect series
    Red XIII – Final Fantasy VII
    Captain Price – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    Kratos – God of War series
    Lawrence – Ratchet & Clank series
    Commander/Admiral Anderson – Mass Effect series
    Victor Sullivan – Uncharted series
    Sora – Kingdom Hearts series
    Lara Croft – Tomb Raider series (2013 iteration)
    Sly Cooper – Sly Cooper series



  • Cant believe Samus didn't make it.


  • Banned

    Disappointed to see Drake at nr1, boring and uninteresting character.



  • Can't believe Vaas didn't make it.. Happy Drake and Snake did though! Nice work on this list, @Exist-2-Inspire



  • I just don't think Samus has any real personality and that goes for a lot of the iconic video game characters which is why they never made my list.

    Tiny bit suprised that Drake got top spot over Snake but I love both characters so I'm fine with it anyway.

    Growing up playing the MGS games for all those years and growing with that character is probably the main reason I love Snake so much. And I think I gained an even bigger appreciation for him with how things are portrayed in MGS3 and MGSV



  • Ya I'm a bit surprised Vaas isn't there alright.



  • @tokeeffe9 IMO "personality" is just one of many factors that go into making a great character, but obviously it's not the only one, nor is it always the most important one. Hell, characters like Sephiroth don't necessarily hit it out of the park personality-wise, but make a huge impact anyways. :)



  • Nathan!
    Not entirely sure why people find him boring, but to each their own. Personally I found him hilarious and charming.

    Though, I am surprised he got #1. I really thought it was gonna be Snake.



  • My biggest surprise from this list is the severe lack of Chrono Trigger characters. Granted, I'm not a big fan of the game but even I had to recognize Frog's excellence as a character and include him in my list.

    So here's my beauty bois that didn't make it onto the community list.

    4- Ramza Beoulve - Final Fantasy Tactics
    8- Nate/Kei Nanjo - Persona 1 & 2
    10- Billy Lee Black - Xenogears
    11- Frog - Chrono Trigger
    12- Cait Sith/Reeve Tuesti - Final Fantasy VII
    13- Zenyatta - Overwatch
    14- Trevor Phillips - Grand Theft Auto V
    15- Yoshimitsu - Tekken series
    16- Elizabeth - Bioshock Infinite
    17- Tohru Adachi - Persona 4
    19- Papyrus - Undertale
    20- Yoshi - Mario series
    22- Tharja - Fire Emblem: Awakening
    23- Snorlax - Pokemon series
    24- Pyramid Head - Silent Hill 2
    25- Andrew Ryan - Bioshock
    26- Jack van Burace - Wild Arms
    29- Igor - Persona series
    30- Ryotoro Dojima - Persona 4

    Least my top 3 made it in, woop.



  • I can't believe so many people are calling Nathan Drake boring! Either you haven't played the games enough, or you're playing them on mute.

    He's an incredibly varied character that completely subverts expectations of him being bland and run-of-the-mill like so many other white make video game characters.

    Drake is great in spite of his pretty boy looks, and both his humour and character flaws make him so likeable from the outset.

    A very deserving #1



  • I honestly can't understand Drake even being in the list.

    He IS boring. Bland in that he's such a normal character and has nothing exceptional or interesting about him at all. Excuse the fact that he's such a Hollywood, "Jack Colton" character rip-off, he's still just a comic relief at the end of the day.



  • On the topic of Nathan Drake being boring, my big question is this - why wasn't anyone saying this when Link got the 21st spot? He doesn't even talk!

    The Uncharted series isn't really for me but considering Nolan North has won awards for his performance, I feel like boring probably isn't the best way to describe it. A game with its story and performances front and center has its lead take our number 1 spot, I'm okay with that.



  • @SabotageTheTruth said in The EZA Top 50 Videogame Characters ever! (COMPLETE!):

    On the topic of Nathan Drake being boring, my big question is this - why wasn't anyone saying this when Link got the 21st spot? He doesn't even talk!

    The Uncharted series isn't really for me but considering Nolan North has won awards for his performance, I feel like boring probably isn't the best way to describe it. A game with its story and performances front and center has its lead take our number 1 spot, I'm okay with that.

    Because acting performance does not make a character?



  • @SabotageTheTruth

    I find most Chrono Trigger characters are rather vanilla and basic short of Frog and Magus. Lucca is neat, but doesn't really jump out at me



  • @SabotageTheTruth Probably because it wasn't near the top, and Link is at least Iconic

    Though Wind Waker Link is pretty awesome and has lots of expression



  • @SabotageTheTruth your lack of Delitia dissapoints me jk



  • @ACardAttack That was a point I made at the onset of this whole ordeal - being iconic doesn't necessarily make a great character. I remember everyone had a problem with Commander Shepard taking a spot but there were so many ways you could build him/her and everything was voiced with personality. Link is literally just a husk with a green tunic that swings a sword. I will take my protest to the streets if I have to!

    @Sheria You're saying the way a character moves, talks, and overall personality/attitude isn't part of their character? I'd have to say those are pretty defining elements for what makes a character great. Like @TokyoSlim mentioned, personality isn't everything when it comes to impact but even from an outsider's perspective of the Uncharted series, I'd say Drake has some charm. That charm won't work on everyone but it has lead to many awards, many sequels, and most importantly, the coveted number one spot on the EZA Top 50 Videogame Characters ever! list.



  • @Alex840 I don't find him boring per se, I just finding him unlikable, and as mentioned I fail to see anything interesting about him.

    @SabotageTheTruth I'm pretty sure some of us tought of Link as a bad pick for top characters in video games, I certainly think he is.



  • @SabotageTheTruth I don't disagree, though toon link has a lot of personality

    I agree that Shepard shouldn't be on this list, hell I'd take him off before Drake as number 1