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Dr Fred Eddison from Maniac Mansion

The 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
The 50 Greatest Videogame Characters | 40. Dr Fred Eddison
First appeared in: Maniac Mansion (1987)

He may have appeared in the original game, Maniac Mansion, but Dr Edison really came into his own in its sequel, Day Of The Tentacle, where we must admit there was plenty of competition in the 'best game character' stakes. There's the geeky Bernard, slacker Hoagie, and quirky (to say the least) Laverne, all independently playable characters, all in different time eras. However, Dr Fred wins out, even above the dastardly Purple Tentacle, superb though he was.

The perfect mad professor, he's a grouchy, grumpy, insane genius who's willing and able to make almost anything out of almost anything - even portable toilets, turning them into time-travellers devices (a.k.a. "Chron-o-Johns").

Where many others have tried to hammer out an insane creative genius such as Fred, no-one has succeeded quite so well. Fred remains the ultimate bodging scientist, hell-bent on buggering everything up and then fixing it again with the same nutty relish he applied while cocking it all up in the first place.

"It's been more fun than a jump-suit full of weasels. Now kindly get your freakish hide out of my home!"

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1 This List
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 15:21 by DarkSamus5
If this list was a video game it would be E.T for the Atari. That is how bad it is. Only four of my favorite video game characters made it on here and they aren't even in the right place Read More

2 This List
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 15:21 by DarkSamus5
If this list was a video game it would be E.T for the Atari. That is how bad it is. Only four of my favorite video game characters made it on here and they aren't even in the right place Read More

3 This List
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 15:21 by DarkSamus5
If this list was a video game it would be E.T for the Atari. That is how bad it is. Only four of my favorite video game characters made it on here and they aren't even in the right place Read More

4 This List
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 15:21 by DarkSamus5
If this list was a video game it would be E.T for the Atari. That is how bad it is. Only four of my favorite video game characters made it on here and they aren't even in the right place Read More

5 This List
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 15:21 by DarkSamus5
If this list was a video game it would be E.T for the Atari. That is how bad it is. Only four of my favorite video game characters made it on here and they aren't even in the right place Read More

6 This List
Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 15:21 by DarkSamus5
If this list was a video game it would be E.T for the Atari. That is how bad it is. Only four of my favorite video game characters made it on here and they aren't even in the right place Read More

7 Where is Shulk?
Posted on Monday January 19, 2015, 23:40 by DarkSamus5
Where is Shulk from Xenoblade chronicles. And how come there are no Fire Emblem Characters. Read More

8 Why is Gordan Freeman No. 1
Posted on Saturday January 17, 2015, 19:04 by DarkSamus5
Why is Gordan Freeman No. 1. I did not know he existed until I saw this terrible list. Honestly if he is the best character then how come I haven't heard of him until now. Mario is more know by people than all of the characters on this list. Link should least be number 3 too. Samus should be number 4. Who made this list? Read More

9 Where is Johnson?
Posted on Wednesday January 7, 2015, 20:54 by l337h4l
I only agree with a quarter of the characters in here in my opinion. I just wished Sergeant Major Avery J. Johnson was in this. He is pretty awesome when you hear his "gung-ho" attitude. His verbal responses are are great, and his back story is as intricate as Master Chief's back story. Like come on, Here is a few of his quotes: “When I joined the Corps, we didn't have any fancy-schmanzy tanks. We had sticks! Two sticks, and a rock for the whole platoon—and we had to share the rock! Buck up, boy, you are one very lucky marine!” — Heroic Metropolis Speech 220;Usually, the good Lord works in mysterious ways. But not today! This here is 66 tons of straight-up, H.E-spewing dee-vine intervention! If God is love, then you can call me 'Cupid'!” — Legendary Metropolis Speech ot;Men, we led those dumb bugs out to the middle of nowhere to keep 'em from gettin' their filthy claws on Earth. But, we stumbled onto somethin' they're so hot for, thatRead More

Posted on Wednesday December 24, 2014, 02:43 by changeofmind2332
You all are out of your minds! Kirby could and would kick all of these losers asses, if they were in a batt le to the death. You retards just can't see it since he is not on the list of over 50 entire "GREATEST GAMING CHARACTERS." I mean, this entire list is mostly made up of humans with guns, or weapons, it's complete bullshit! Read More

Posted on Friday August 1, 2014, 03:37 by PraiseFreeman

Posted on Friday July 4, 2014, 20:10 by Nesano
#1 Gordon Freeman? What a fucking joke. Fanboy detected. Read More

Posted on Thursday July 3, 2014, 05:27 by Dr4gonkiller96
what about Steve from Minecraft, spyro the dragon, crash bandicoot, rayman, princess zelda Read More

Posted on Wednesday May 28, 2014, 14:59 by SilverDerp
There are a few missing from this list. And, despite the poor games (06, you devil) Sonic the Hedgehog should be higher on the list! Okay, the missing ones are: Spyro the Dragon. He was my childhood! Crash Bandicoot! Rayman! Read More

15 Ok but some noticeable absentees
Posted on Friday February 21, 2014, 13:22 by KrOmander
Off the top of my head I have to wonder how Jon Irenicus, Gray Fox and Zeratul failed to make the top 50. Those 3 are certainly some of the best, interesting and most memorable characters from gaming. Pretty good list overall though! Read More

Posted on Monday February 3, 2014, 10:28 by slergo

Posted on Thursday December 12, 2013, 00:03 by Crazynat1
Ok this is definitaley well some is. There can never be a perfect list of video game characters. But I have 1 question were the hell is Sora!?!? Sora is from Kingdom Hearts if u ppl dnt know Read More

Posted on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:29 by Healoz
For a second, I thought Morgan Freeman has somehow became the best game character. Lol. xD Read More

Posted on Tuesday September 24, 2013, 21:31 by uncleshred
Also: Abe, Rayman, King (from Tekken) and Cyrax(from mortal combat) Read More

20 Crash
Posted on Tuesday September 24, 2013, 21:01 by uncleshred
Where the feck is Crash Bandicoot and his crew?! Read More

21 OMG - The only GTA character to make this list is Brucie?????
Posted on Tuesday August 27, 2013, 08:45 by RockinCrystal
This was a horrible list. Where's CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?? Or Tommy Vercetti from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City? Or Fernando Martinez - the radio DJ in several Grand Theft Auto games? Read More

22 Not Mario
Posted on Sunday July 21, 2013, 05:55 by newbie4312
Mario should not be No. 1 because he is EVIL. Like how he kept Donkey Kong in a cage and whipped him. And on one of the Mario arcade games it shows Mario running away from Donkey Kong with a white whip in his hand. Read More

23 Yes I am
Posted on Tuesday May 7, 2013, 07:40 by gordonfreeman
Thanks you empire maybe number 2 & 3 must my friend & enemies barney and shepard and mario in number 4. And for link you in number 50 because you in medieval game not modern game. Read More

Posted on Thursday March 21, 2013, 07:34 by keithG12345
wth? no minato arisato or even yu narukami? what the heck this list is insane.......... Read More

Posted on Friday March 15, 2013, 19:00 by Ryanjae29

26 Over 50% terrible
Posted on Friday March 8, 2013, 09:12 by spacewolf99
It seems like this list was comprised by a semi-niche gamer from the 70's that forgot to include what is actually recognized by society as some of the greatest characters in gaming. True, there were quite a few great characters chosen (roughly 15-20/50) but so many bad ones. I'm not sure how some of them can even be in the same list. As an avid gamer, there were a few on there I didn't even recognize... On a list of the top 50 characters, even non-gamers should be able to recognize all, if not most of them. Read More

27 Missing some?
Posted on Friday February 15, 2013, 15:34 by Thefifthmusketeer
What about Spyro and Assassin's Creed? And Sonic should definitely be higher, in the top 10!! And I think Pokemon should get a mention....after all it is a long standing franchise. Read More

28 error what?
Posted on Friday February 1, 2013, 20:43 by ReSaGe
sorry that Dante in 38th place but it could be worse like Mario is not to understand or just the developers of this site with Mario more friends as they grew up on this player among all of Dante's many aficionados around the world as opposed to just well, Mario Mario used to be them, I took to compare Mario, I do if you honestly look bowled over the list once more desire than anyone else nismotret Dante! Read More

29 error what?
Posted on Friday February 1, 2013, 20:43 by ReSaGe
sorry that Dante in 38th place but it could be worse like Mario is not to understand or just the developers of this site with Mario more friends as they grew up on this player among all of Dante's many aficionados around the world as opposed to just well, Mario Mario used to be them, I took to compare Mario, I do if you honestly look bowled over the list once more desire than anyone else nismotret Dante! Read More

Posted on Thursday January 24, 2013, 10:58 by thedude247
I see a lot of Nintendo fans complaining about this list, but in my opinion, this list would suck if it was just and only Nintendo characters. Plus, think of this list as not from worst to greatest, but just overall awesome characters. Read More

31 hey re no
Posted on Saturday January 12, 2013, 04:27 by chadtenney
Where did he appear Read More

32 how bout that
Posted on Saturday January 12, 2013, 04:24 by chadtenney
Who's with me Read More

33 crazy
Posted on Saturday January 12, 2013, 04:22 by chadtenney
Naruto#1 bleach#2 dragon ball z#3 leon#4 and assasins creed#5 Read More

34 now im am mad
Posted on Saturday January 12, 2013, 04:20 by chadtenney
No naruto!!!!!!!!!!! You must be crazy if you haven't watched or played naruto Again play it and see your mistake Read More

35 ????
Posted on Saturday January 12, 2013, 04:17 by chadtenney
No chris and sheva (resident evil 5) Come on though leon on number like 44-45 Play resident evil 6 and see your mastake Read More

36 ??????
Posted on Saturday January 12, 2013, 04:13 by chadtenney
No naruto no bleach no dragon ball z no assasins creed Your crazy Read More

Posted on Wednesday January 2, 2013, 18:40 by A235
Atair pleese! Read More

Posted on Tuesday December 18, 2012, 04:59 by RXM
Gordon freeman it's in my opnion the gratest character of all, in fact gordon freeman is you, that's beacause he don't say a few word, half life is one of the most (or even THE MOST) revolucionary games of all time, all the other FPS games are inspired by half life,and its not a repetitive game like mario, in half life we have different chapters with different enemies and bosses, some enemies (like vortigaunts and headcrabs) are basic enemies, thats because they appear in all charpters,that require good skills and strategy and a bit of survival skills. Thats my opnion. Read More

39 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2012, 08:31 by lmfaolool
heres the real top 10: #10 Kirby 9# Donkey Kong 8# Devil Jin # 7 Link #6 Pikachu #5 Spyro the dragon #4 Jak Sonic the hedgehog #2 Super Mario #1 Crash Bandicoot Read More

40 Assassino!
Posted on Friday December 7, 2012, 13:48 by Keita
You can't possibly have omitted Altair/Ezio/Desmond! Read More

Posted on Saturday December 1, 2012, 00:44 by atadilo81
You have to change the name from the ''50 greatest...'' to something else. There is no way in this universe that Gordon Freeman is 1, while Mario is 2!! Maybe you should think of ''50 most memorable...'' or ''50 most influential...'' or something, but definitely not ''50 greatest...''. Samus at 26? Kratos at 15? Are you high?!?! You might as well put the Harry Potter, and the Ginger-breadman in the list as well! I've been playing games since the days of Atari ST, Commodore 64, so I've seen my fair share of game characters and this list is definitely going to be very insulting and revolting to respectable gamers everywhere if you keep this ''50 greatest...'' caption. Since you are a Film Magazine website, you are probably excused for your lack of insight, but if you want to keep your credibility as a reliable gaming world magazine then get rid of this list. I do, however, like the little back history you give to each character. Read More

42 RE:
Posted on Thursday November 29, 2012, 13:47 by The One Freeman
I like you, your very intellectually enhanced. I like it Read More

43 RE: In Freeman we trust(Yes, yes we do)
Posted on Wednesday November 28, 2012, 21:37 by The One Freeman
I know why he thinks Freeman is better than Master Chief. Because Freeman fought through a destroyed research facility with a shotgun against electric launching aliens, sonic puppies, fire launching floaty things, the goverment black-ops, ninja's, Aliens who launch deadly bugs out there arm, Zombies, headcrabs(those latch on your head and make you a zombie),Sprinting zombies, poison zombies, fast headcrabs, poison headcrabs, the mother of headcrabs, A huge giant thing that can only be killed by a rocket or electricity which also launched fire, Helicopters, super advanced helicopters, gunships(organic machines that have pulsar weapon on it), Striders(walking version of a gunship, kinda, which has the auto pulsar weapon and a warp cannon), and a universal union who used portals to jump across the dimensional plane and take over countless other dimensions until gordon came along and pushed them off earth with a crowbar in his hand. Read More

44 Snake should be number 1
Posted on Friday November 16, 2012, 06:25 by Solidshaggy
Ok don't give me that shit about everyone has they're own opinions it is fact that snake is the best video game character of all time. If you've ever played the games you would see that. Snake has an elaborate story and when the movie comes out soon ,which they are making it btw, it will be the most successful video game to movie exchange. Halo fanboys are just pissed thier movie never got made. A halo movie would be dumb it's just a stupid shooter with no plot. It would be the same as making a COD movie no point at all. Metal Gear Solid games are masterpieces and have the best story's ever. This is fact not opinion snake is number one and he's miles ahead of all the others. Only Nathan drake comes close behind at number 2. Video game characters come from great stories not stupid mindless shooters. FACT!!!!!! Read More

45 Gordon Freeman = Morgon Freeman
Posted on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 16:42 by The Bounty Hunter
It amazes me that you all cannot agree on the one character that is the best. IT also does not surprise me. People have varying choices, just be happy that your favorites even exist. Read More

Posted on Friday October 19, 2012, 18:15 by bogdanukr
What about Shepard? How could you forget John Marston? Or any of Assassin's (Altair or Ezio)? Cpt. Price or Soap McTawish? Instead of these GREAT charracters we have some strange cartoonish monsters. C'mon guys, you know I'm right. Read More

47 This is so wrong.
Posted on Wednesday October 10, 2012, 19:44 by charlesgwinters
Your missing Master Chief, Mario should be #1 followed by Link or Sonic. Who ever made this list should never do anything like this again. Read More

48 Where's Johnny Gat or Niko Bellic? or Pikachu?
Posted on Sunday September 30, 2012, 12:44 by jimbo619y2j
This list is missing some great characters. Johnny Gat is the ultimate bad-ass. Niko Bellic is the epitomy of one of the greatest video games of all time (even though the game was mediocre in my opinion). And where the hell is Pikachu? Read More

49 RE: max payne?
Posted on Thursday September 20, 2012, 19:25 by Finnymint
L: russpook considering this is a film magazine site i would have thought they'd have max payne? i mean not even at number 50? really? yet they have "dirk the daring"? ouldn't agree with you more on this. Having played max Payne 3, I can't remember playing a game more character driven and having a protagonist with as much personal depth and anguish as max. Although given this list is a little outdated, where Max Payne 3 was not around and perhaps the franchise's reputation being tainted by the awful movie adaptation with mark wahlberg that did the original source no justice, it would maybe be different had it been released after Max Payne 3. Read More

50 RE: No master chief
Posted on Thursday September 20, 2012, 19:16 by Finnymint
Perhaps #1 overrated character, like he is in IGN's list of overrated video game characters. I love halo games but really master chief is an awful character from a personal stand point. Speaking strictly from context of the games (not the nerdy books of the halo franchise I've heard fan boys rave about in regards to his "character depth"), Master chief's persona is hardly explored and he is as his appearance makes him to be, a walking cyborg (really a machine). He rarely talks and his "character" is barely scratched at the surface. Now maybe perhaps this ll be different in halo 4. Not to say master chief isnt one of the most recognizeable characters ever mad, but he certainly isn't one of the best in actual quality. Read More

51 max payne?
Posted on Thursday August 9, 2012, 14:55 by russpook
considering this is a film magazine site i would have thought they'd have max payne? i mean not even at number 50? really? yet they have "dirk the daring"? Read More

Posted on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 09:27 by trevor_hunter
I'm registerd this s*** hole site ony for say this.. this short list totaly bulls*** there is no altair/ ezio ( assassin's creed) commander shepard ( mass effect) Alex mercer ( prototype) Diablo ( diablo/ blizzard) niko bellick or CJ ( GTA) dowakin ( skyrim) ETC... and you guys put pacman on it ? GTFO nuff said ! Read More

53 Way Off
Posted on Tuesday July 31, 2012, 16:59 by videofrieddagamemind
Mario is 1, and Sonic and Link are tied for second (or 2 and 3), after that the debates can start. But if you're including Sephiroth, how not Ganon? Ryu but not Sub-Zero? Metroid - sure enough, where's Mega Man? This list appears to have been made by one or two people who are less the 23 years old. Adjusted by the voters, it would get a lot closer to reality from what I can tell. No one comes before Mario, no one. Read More

Posted on Saturday June 30, 2012, 22:33 by Rdog13
Niko Bellic... Read More

Posted on Friday June 29, 2012, 07:59 by lee triple s fan
Why isn't Shadow the hedgehog in here? He's way much cooler than lots of them. And just why you guys think Mario's greater than Sonic? I know that Mario has got more games than Sonic, but Sonic's games' story plot is much interesting and has cooler bosses. Not like Mario only defeating Bowser, Sonic had at least more than 5 different bosses with different abilities. Not only that, Sonic has cooler transformations( Werehog, Super Sonic, Darkspine Sonic...) Unlike Mario just eating a mushroom/flower and turn big or something like that. Read More

56 Somewhat Dissappointed
Posted on Sunday June 24, 2012, 22:32 by shierrarobin
Several of the characters on this list I've never even heard of. Same with my very avid gamer friends. Several characters who we feel should have made the list did not. These characters at least deserved a spot on the list: Albert Wesker, Megaman, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Liu Kang, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Yoshi, Ezio from Assassin's Creed, Fox, Vincent Valentine, and Red from Pokemon Red, Green, Blue and Yellow.. Also, some of these characters are far higher or far lower on the list than they should be. I don't think I'm alone in thinking that Donkey Kong should be far higher on the list than 48. Also, the number one character shouldn't even be in the top 10 and yet he was placed at the top. This list needs to be reevaluated. Read More

57 RE: In Freeman we trust
Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012, 01:43 by Gr8SaiyanMan216
what in HELL makes you say that Master Cheif is not better than this Freeman guy? i played both, and let me tell you, i had a better time watching paint try than that disgrace for a game!!!! beacuse everyone with at least a half of a brain knows that someone like tingle from "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" is better than this guy. you don't know what you are talking about when it comes to games. Read More

58 Mortal Kombat?
Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012, 01:35 by Gr8SaiyanMan216
what happened to Liu Kang?!?! because we all know that mortal kombat is a WAAYYY better video game series than street fighter. this list is crap in some cases. why do you have mario higher than link? Read More

59 Mortal Kombat?
Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012, 01:35 by Gr8SaiyanMan216
what happened to Liu Kang?!?! because we all know that mortal kombat is a WAAYYY better video game series than street fighter. this list is crap in some cases. why do you have mario higher than link? Read More

60 Vincent Valentine
Posted on Friday June 15, 2012, 12:21 by dgribble
To not have him top of the list is blasphamey; to even include him in the list puts you on my death list. Read More

61 Where is Weatley??
Posted on Sunday June 10, 2012, 20:28 by CambiMan
Wheatley from Portal 2 should be here with Glados. A brilliant character that is always hilarious with Steven Merchant's great voice backing it that should be on this list for the opening scene of Portal 2 alone, not to mention the rest of the game. Read More

Posted on Monday June 4, 2012, 06:09 by Nukes_of_Hazard
People who complain about Gordon Freeman having the number 1 spot never played the Half Life series. And if they did, it was Half Life 1 that they picked up a couple of months ago and stopped playing straight away because "the graphics were bad" Read More

63 In Freeman we trust
Posted on Monday June 4, 2012, 06:04 by Nukes_of_Hazard
Gordon Freeman is the clear choice.. Solid Snake, Master Chief and all these casual gamer noob characters don't belong on that list. Read More

Posted on Saturday May 12, 2012, 19:59 by Master Chief96
Where is Crash Bandicoot? Read More

Posted on Tuesday May 1, 2012, 18:23 by Dragcidoe
Where the f*ck is Shadow the Hedgehog????????????????? Read More

Posted on Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:37 by Noudletown
What a poorly done job on the names.. there where a few good ones. Metal Gear? Star Fox etc... what a load of shit, very useless. Read More

67 ITT: Butthurt kids
Posted on Wednesday March 28, 2012, 05:55 by Hannibal942
The list is perfect. I'm happy to see the Nameless One in the top 5, and any attention to Planescape: Torment is awesome. I would've personally lowered Master Chief but it seems you have a lot if butthurt halo fans here. Gotta love seeing seeing PC characters in the top 5. Shodan, TNO, and Gordon Freeman. Well played Empire. Don't listen to the kiddies. Read More

68 No master chief
Posted on Friday March 23, 2012, 04:53 by cole1357
WTF no halo characters at all what is wrong with empire master chief definitely deserves #1 Read More

Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 17:04 by waqarabbas
i love leon s keenedy he is the no .1 hero in the world ... i saw it on youtube Read More

Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 17:02 by waqarabbas
i m a marine i just want to tell with you guys that the style of leon with gun in his hand is really awesome just like a real agent or soldier. Read More

71 i am leon s kennedy
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 17:00 by waqarabbas
hey its impossible i m the real hero and you put me on 44 its really funny and wrong so please give me my original spot no.1. if you dont give me this place i will shoot you guys just like i do in game shoot them in the headhahahahahahha Read More

Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:56 by waqarabbas
i agree with it leon is number 1 , i never play resident evil but i saw the CGi movie re degeneration. in which leon shows his skills and mind. also he is hot and just like a hero Read More

73 whaaatttttt
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:54 by waqarabbas
leon.s.kennedy is on 44, no its universal false. im not agreed with it please place him on number 1 Read More

Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:53 by waqarabbas
leon shoulb be higher on the list Read More

75 leon . leon . leon kennedy
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:52 by waqarabbas
leon is the best and he is the nmbr 1 Read More

76 Leon s kennedy
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:51 by waqarabbas
hey its totally wrong please leon is the best character in the world . he should be at number one. see the voting for him then you will feel sorry Read More

77 Yup.
Posted on Monday March 5, 2012, 23:52 by Dread Sovereign
Gordon Freeman beats all of Nintendo combined. Btw guys, this is a matter of opinion. The list isn't 'wrong'. Read More

78 Yup.
Posted on Monday March 5, 2012, 23:40 by Dread Sovereign
Gordon Freeman beats all of Nintendo combined. Btw guys, this is a matter of opinion. The list isn't 'wrong'. Read More

Posted on Monday March 5, 2012, 14:30 by iamverydissapointed
The list is very wrong. This is how it should have been: #1 Link, #2 Mario (At least they got one correct), #3 Pit, #4 Donkey Kong (Not number F**CKING 48), #5 Yoshi. Read my username and you will know how i feel! Read More

80 where is ezio auditore
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 16:53 by manoj1992
where is ezio auditore da firenze i expected him in top 5 .. iam a very hardcore gamer and the best character ive played in my life is ezio auditore he is the greatest legend of gaming world .. shame on the person who created this list for not adding ezio .. !! Read More

81 Other heroes.
Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2012, 04:16 by iSillyiRabbit
I think Sam Stone of the Serious Sam series should be included.. or B.J. Blazkowicz of the Wolfenstein series. Read More

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012, 19:52 by sedingle111
Why Mario not #1? Why Link not #2 Where is Zelda & Why donkey kong so far from # 5 or 6 ???? D: Read More

Posted on Tuesday January 24, 2012, 17:41 by drachehexe
How can characters with several GREAT games under their belts not make the list? Where are Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell) and Kain and/or Raziel (Legacy of Kain series)? Read More

84 Sweet~
Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2012, 03:22 by Razorflame45
Gordan! He is epic but i have to say The Chief deserves it more then him and Wheatley should be on this list, i mean really you cand get any better than that or atlease Axel from Kingdom Hearts. I didnt even know half of those Video Game characters Read More

85 Red Dead Redemption?
Posted on Monday January 2, 2012, 12:19 by Lily1997
John Marston anyone? he deserves to be up here at least. And Lara Croft definitely deserves to be higher. Read More

Posted on Thursday December 22, 2011, 19:44 by johnmaylives
terrible list. where is Ezio auditore Read More

87 Think About It
Posted on Saturday August 13, 2011, 04:49 by Liquid_Armor
While looking through this article I have found some excellent choices which I am pleased to see make it onto the list. But I am amused as to how many people are actually complaining about how the majority of their suggestions were not selected. First you have to get it through to your mind that Empire is not a video game based publication. They are experts within films, and give informative reviews that many people enjoy reading every time a new movie is released. This article was most likely created by members of staff who thought that it would be a nice change of pace from their usually business. I will not be surprised that they compiled it with their own personal experience of playing video games and did little next to no research because they were confident about their knowledge. I can guarantee that if an average gamer were given the opportunity to create this list then they would embarrass themselves by putting choices such as Solid Snake, Master Chief and the entire ModernRead More

Posted on Sunday August 7, 2011, 02:45 by chuah
oi! where is Kapp'n from animal crossing!? that guy is a legend! Read More

89 ???
Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2011, 03:57 by Memex
Hey many of you have just created an account just because of this list? Think about it, huh? Read More

90 Most badass heroes
Posted on Monday July 11, 2011, 09:42 by evbro
A little different from just the "greatest," here is a list of the most "badass" video game heroes: ass-video-game-heroes-of-all-time Vote up your faves! Read More

91 Uh...
Posted on Tuesday July 5, 2011, 01:17 by mortnoir
I created an account for only one reason, and that is to say this: MORE THAN HALF OF THE CHARACTERS ON THIS LIST SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ON IT. By my count, only twenty-one of those listed even belong on the list, and most of them should be lower. The Duke should be higher. Link beats nearly all of them. Garrett should be in the top five, as anyone who has ever played the Thief games would undoubtedly agree. "One" from Gothic should be on there near the bottom. And here's a question: WHERE THE FRICK IS MAGUS? He's at least Numero Dos. As a life-long gamer on every format since Atari 2600, I'm absolutely appalled. Read More

92 care to say this was the most disgusting listing ever
Posted on Sunday July 3, 2011, 05:55 by 1s99f0x
i`ve been playing videogames since 1996,and i care to point out that this listing is the more disoriented list i have ever seen,it is unimaginable that an adult would be capable of doing such a sloppy job,maybe a twelve year old without research would do a better list,there are many examples,but to simply turn down titles like tekken,megaman that is just preposterous,how can someone put solid snake the star from a game that simply brought gaming to another level at 19th place, this guy sure got a lot of nerve to make this list without any research, it`s like he wrote videogame on google and copyed the firsts results at a randomic order,because i really tried to understand his standarts but i cant just get them, this guy probably havent even played any videogame or maybe "it" is just a progam, that would bee reasonable,this list can be labeled as a felony or a sin, no matter, this guy will receive the worst kind of punishiment in hell, i hope with all my heart that this guy Read More

Posted on Monday June 13, 2011, 03:47 by Sadliem_Ridel
i was very upset when i found out where marcus fenix was, where Leon kennedy was, and where ryu hayabusa was. :'( i agree with some of them tho! like laura croft and alucard. alucard couldve gone a little closer to #1, but its fine. :P Read More

Posted on Sunday May 22, 2011, 19:18 by xK_Marcus
Ok, I have created an account to point out one specific character that is being seriously over looked, I of course talk about..... Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Now where is he, I was expecting him to be in the top 5, being the epic character that he is, and being very popular. Why is he not in it??? Read More

95 Noble Squad from Halo:Reach--Morrigan from DA:O--Rabbit from Meddle Of Honor
Posted on Wednesday March 2, 2011, 09:04 by Hobokilla
Noble Squad Should Be Up There As A Team! Halo reach had the best campaign i have ever played on a fps. I mean at the end when your all alone... you look up... pick up your DMR and and make your last stand to die as the last human on Reach! And when you finally are taken down its not before you destroy like five elites with the weapons they try to kill you with! Hands down the best ending ever! The other two characters are almost as good but MoH had a horrible multi-player but had a great campaign and Morrigan is a very deep character if you played Dragon Age: Origins and had a romantic relationship with her. P.S i get the feeling most people on this site are ps3 fans but don't let that stop you from finding a great character in one of these games and the only reason i made a profile on this site was to write this. Read More

96 Okay guys...
Posted on Saturday February 19, 2011, 23:30 by Zoerith

97 Gordon Freeman!!!
Posted on Sunday January 23, 2011, 03:50 by nadasurf12
Yea! they totaly got it right there. but i cant believe they didnt include Toni Cipriani from GTA: LCS, Altair from Assassin's Creed, and Ezio (AC2)!!! Read More

98 RE: WTF?! D: Bad positions and missing 2 awesome characters! D:
Posted on Saturday August 7, 2010, 03:22 by murdoch
It baffles me that Mario isn't number one... BUT OH WELL it's a list on the internet, their not fondling your mum Read More

99 RE: fallout 3
Posted on Wednesday July 14, 2010, 02:45 by SumWon
L: dune666 i would love for someone to make fallout 3 into a movie it would be so cool. well because the game is ace so why not make a film out of it. i am sure that alot of gamers would love to see this game made into a movie. ou mean like Book of Eli? Read More

100 RE: WOW....
Posted on Sunday June 13, 2010, 14:55 by LeeSim
Got to laugh at all the people bitching about this list, and escpecially those saying that it's just a movie magazine and what do they know about games etc. So does that mean that people that watch movies don't play games and vice versa?? If so, and you are a hard-core gamer type, then what are you doing on a movie site! :P Anyways, a list like this always comes down to personal choice, and NO-ONE is ever going to be happy with another persons choice of top 50 (insert subject here). IMHO the list is quite good actually! :D Read More

101 RE: Rubbish List
Posted on Saturday June 5, 2010, 07:31 by pitpal86
L: Kase who the hell is going to remember Gordon Freeman, Shoman, The Namelos One is 20 years time?? Mario, Donkey Kong,Sonic etc. all timeless video game classics that we will all remember long after the modern day fads. ou don't play many video games do you? Yeah, those are classic games in the sense that they're really old and their franchises have been nearly bled to death from countless crappy games. This is a list of the best video game characters, not a list of the most recognizable. Mario is a shitty character. He's one dimensional, most of his games are the same storyless dribble, the only exceptions are the Mario RPGs which most people didn't play because it required more thinking than "jump on goomba, don't get hit". They're just simple games created for the simple masses, and that's the only reason they make as much money as they do. Besides, Gordon Freeman is the only character on the list that has had a game come out in the past 10 years. How on earRead More

102 RE: WOW....
Posted on Friday June 4, 2010, 06:07 by Sy Zombie
L: Edgeof666 You know, I've learned something today. British people don't know shit about videogames. I hate to say it, but lists like this ARE popularity contests, and Halflife isn't even one of the top ten franchises of all time, so to give the main character from that game the top spot is sheer folly. You are a moron. You think British people don't know a thing about games based on a list compiled by a FILM magazine. Don't judge an entire nation on a dodgy list made by film buffs. They know all about films and jack shit about games. Read More

103 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Thursday June 3, 2010, 22:16 by Joeball
Okay, 1 list, 7 pages of comments and not one mention of Riddick ? No one here remembers Escape from Butcher Bay ? Or do everyone here think that Riddicks only claim to fame is Pitch Black and the brilliant Chronicles ? Read More

104 RE: A good list but are you serious?
Posted on Thursday June 3, 2010, 19:30 by demon_jonzey
L: Qwerty Norris L: sophieliz90 Mario for one shouldn't be in there cause he's boring and childish. his is possibly the stupidest comment I've ever had the misfortune to read on this forum... hat is absolutely hilarious ... i'm not here to argue with the list, because it's just a list for fuck sake! what difference does it matter if the entire FF or Resi cast isn't in the list ... grow up you sad bunch of ignorant, infantile losers - can you not let someone else have a different opinion from yours? and for all you outraged mario fans: mario may be the greatest gaming franchise of all time, but it doesn't make him the greatest character. it just means nintendo have done extremely well stretching his perfectly trimmed moustache over the decades (even into the Olympics, tennis, karting, golf etc etc). well done empire! Read More

105 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Tuesday June 1, 2010, 06:17 by Devo__
Pretty damn good list. Some odd choices but overall interesting. Adorable to see the console kiddies squawk and squeal about the results. Seems like a few younguns are getting taken to school here, and they ain't happy about it. A lot of people seem to be objecting to particular characters appearing in the list simply because they haven't heard of them. Unfortunately, this means you've simply been playing the wrong games: Just because never saw Star Wars, doesn't mean Darth Vader isn't a great character. :D I would've liked to have seen a Pyschonauts character make the list though, and as far as Planescape Torment goes, I'd have picked Morte over The Nameless One. Read More

106 RE: A good list but are you serious?
Posted on Monday May 31, 2010, 19:41 by Qwerty Norris
L: sophieliz90 Mario for one shouldn't be in there cause he's boring and childish. his is possibly the stupidest comment I've ever had the misfortune to read on this forum... Read More

107 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Monday May 31, 2010, 16:41 by Metalion
These many replies and no one has thought to mention the fact that Leisure Suit Larry Laffer himself isn't on this list?! About as big an outrage as having Gordon Freeman at no. 1. Sure, I think Half-Life is one of the all time greats and I love HL2 just as much, but Gordon Freeman is not by a long shot the greatest ever video game character. Read More

108 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Sunday May 30, 2010, 19:26 by dreamdragon
I dont understand...Really..I dont..Its a list. Someones list. Everyone is so mad but no-one has put the time and effort into making a better one(With detial, not random).. I had a bit of a bitch and sticth when it first came out but now im over it. Write your own fucking list. If you made a comment, then you logged into Empire. If you logged into Empire then I guess your a fan. Stop being a cunt and just read the free reviews ....They  actually give you something to post about... Read More

109 RE: Lara Croft number 5?!!!
Posted on Saturday May 29, 2010, 20:06 by Deviation

110 RE: Numero Uno should have gone to someone else...
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 15:29 by spamandham
No JC Denton? No Kreia? WTF James Read More

111 RE: Worst list ever
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 13:28 by spamandham
If being wrong on the internet was an olympic sport, empire would get a podium place every time. Half of these entries don't even have a character to rate; and judging by the voting ~3/4 of the voters are pre pubescent idiots without the faintest grasp of gaming knowledge/ history.   Read More

112 RE: Fail list of epic Fail.
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 12:53 by miff666
It was a good list but only one grand theft auto caracter is abit of a joke and how about the dots in football manager, or Mrs Pacman Read More

113 RE: Solve this Georgie...
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 00:12 by Scabby
I wanted Tingle for #1. I'm still not allowed back in Empire Towers... Read More

114 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Thursday May 27, 2010, 20:00 by G MAN
L: Prophet_of_Doom Only people who have: (a) lost their virginity (b) owned a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum (c) broken several joysticks trying to play Daley Thompson's Decathlon (d) their own house (or at least don't still live with mummy and daddy in a room strewn with crusty Kleenex) Should have the right to comment on this thread. ommodore 64? ZX Spectrum? Sorry but (in gaming terms) you're being an old fart, and I'll be 26 soon. Complaining about virgins while being a hardcore computer game player does sound like a contradiction in terms. I'm joking of course, as I'm hoping you are with your "room strewn with crusty Kleenex comment (honestly what an old joke, as if anyone doesn't flush their used tissues down the bog) Read More

115 RE: Nerdiest, List, Ever!
Posted on Thursday May 27, 2010, 03:40 by VincentWire
Also, if you wanted to play up the obscure then where the hell is Orochi or anyone from the most underrated game of all time, Okami? That's more a Miyazaki masterpiece than a game and it has characters that could easily fill half this list. Read More

116 RE:
Posted on Thursday May 27, 2010, 01:48 by Prophet_of_Doom
L: yayga monster a new list shoud be made of good characters or at least recent ones orst. Post. Ever. Read More

117 .........
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 22:34 by doenutts
Where was Captian Price from COD MW 1 & 2???? A great Character if ever there was one You cant say Ryu and not have Ken right next to him..........or at a pinch Sagat. And i agree with previous posts, no one from Golden Axe, Final Fight, Alter Beast and where the F$%K WAS TOEJAM AND EARL, SHINOBI AND THAT OTHER NINJA FROM TENCHU??????? Read More

118 RE: correction...
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 22:09 by dreamdragon
What! A film magizine didnt quiet get a games list right? The dam outrage! No Clive from rockstar ate my hampster! No James pond! Not even Rick Dangeroues.......but for me..the complete wrong doing here is an animinate object ...."The Door" from bubble bobble. Nothing ever got two young teenagers more happyier then blowing bubbes from thier blue and green headed monsters then the apperence of the dark door. Then would both forget about thier fruit lust and go for those great diamonds from within...  ow...and  Ryu should have been in thier...not Ken, the copy boy who lusted for the good life. No waterfalls,long walks or broodyness...dindt need a f*cking crow bar either.. Read More

119 RE: Who?
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 21:22 by raheel_88
I agree...I've just gone through the top 10 on my slow computer and was disgusted that Snake wasn't there! Where exactly is he on the list? Read More

120 RE: I Knew It
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 18:49 by Invader_Ace
No Captain Falcon from F-Zero?! Read More

121 RE: Nerdiest, List, Ever!
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 17:47 by James Dyer
Actually Hurdy, you voted for our best games list, which we ran some time ago. The characters here were all chosen by us. And while it's true that Empire is a film magazine, I can tell you now that some of us (myself included) have probably played more games than many of you have heard of. We wear anoraks of many colours here at Empire. Whether you're upset that many entries are obscure (to you!),  raging that the obvious choices aren't high enough or incensed that every entry isn't from ('insert fanboy game franchise here'), we're very happy with the list we've put together. Sure, we had to leave out some legends but we got to include other, more worthy entrants as a result. If you haven't heard of some of the characters on the list - go out and get acquainted with them! Your gaming lives will be all the richer for it. Read More

122 RE: Doesn't anyone remember?
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 17:22 by sowasred2012
Fair play if the writers of this list are all gamers, but I don't see how you justify, of all the Resi Evil characters, MR X having the highest ranking out of a whole TWO from the entire series? Read More

123 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 16:14 by britesparc
It's as good a list as any, in that obviously I disagree with about half of it. But although Gordon would be my No. 2 behind Guybrush, I still can't really complain: it's nice to see him getting some love at the expense of more two dimensional but more famous heroes. However, I am utterly astounded by the lack of Alyx Vance! The single most human, believable, and empathetic videogame character in the history of the medium! I'm currently playing Episode Three for the first time and the big near the beginning, well... I shrieked out loud. Read More

124 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 16:12 by sharkboy
L: James Dyer Honestly, if you own a PC and haven't played titles like System Shock, Freespace 2 and Planescape then you're missing out on some of the greatest games ever devised. They're available for pennies! I shall hear no excuses! Err...incompatibility with Vista/Windows 7?  color="#cc0000"]Nonsense! All three (and BG) work on 7 and Vista. I cleared out Beregost with Minsc, Edwin and the boys just the other night. - James ockin' good news!ave to dig out my old copies of Baldur's Gate and Planescape again soon ucky I played them all back in the day - many an hour was wasted on the Sword Coast  Read More

125 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 16:03 by waltham1979
No Dizzy Egg??? Heathans!!! Read More

126 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 15:36 by Prophet_of_Doom
Only people who have: (a) lost their virginity (b) owned a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum (c) broken several joysticks trying to play Daley Thompson's Decathlon (d) their own house (or at least don't still live with mummy and daddy in a room strewn with crusty Kleenex) Should have the right to comment on this thread. Read More

127 RE: Missed out some beautys!
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 15:28 by Helen OHara
Now the last time I played a game was Heroes of Karn on the Commodore 64 (it came on a cassette. Ask your parents what those are, kids), but it seems to me that there's a certain amount of tribalism going on here. The writers of this list are Empireites who have, through their lives, owned and played extensively on most of the games consoles going (as well, of course, as PCs and arcade games back in the day) and who know their onions. I can assure you from personal unavoidable eavesdropping on the discussions that preceded the creation of this list that no other polls were taken into account, and that the details of this running order were hammered out in house. You may very well accuse my colleagues of being geeky, bloody minded, nostalgic for the entire history of gaming to this point - but those of you accusing them of laziness, lack of knowledge or stupidity are way off base. Read More

128 RE: Perfect
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 15:12 by Prophet_of_Doom
Damn, and I thought Twilight fanwhores were bad. Everyone's coming out of the woodwork today. Read More

129 RE: This may be a frequent question but...
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 14:18 by pete_traynor
L: GuitarGal_China who the FUDGE is Gordon Freeman? sp; Half-Life and Half-Life 2. He’s a cool character for sure but not number one. The combine would actually be higher for me. And Solid Snake would be my number one and he’s not even in the top ten here. Bobbins list… Read More

130 RE: No.
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 11:42 by the sangypange
i agree that was one of the worst lists empire has ever done, no one from Tekken, no only one character from street fighter, no one from Mass effect, no other final fantasy characters...this list just seemed wrong... Read More

131 RE: No.
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 10:59 by The Todge
re gonna do this list some actual proper research might be in order. Ryu Hayabusa did not first appear in Ninja Gaiden (1998) Read More

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