Guinness World Records has declared the top 50 video game characters of all time, with Nintendo's Mario was rated top. The Legend of Zelda's Link came second, while Microsoft's enigmatic space soldier Master Chief followed in third place.
Nintendo had 11 characters in the Top 50, followed by Sony and Capcom with six and five, respectively. However, there are several widely recognizable characters that were not feature in the top 50, such as Mario's brother Luigi, Mortal Kombat's Scorpion and Bioshock's Big Daddy.
Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records gaming editor, said: "The world has seen so many pivotal characters throughout the history of gaming that asking our readers to narrow it down to just 50 was a challenge in itself."
Mr Deaves added that while some of the inclusions could be disputed by gamers, the list will prompt much debate.