At the Buzzer’s Top 25 Characters of All-Time


Last year, we assembled a team to decide the 25 best games of all-time. Then, in March, we selected the 25 best Pokemon of all-time. Now? Now we’re expanding our horizons a bit.

We’ve decided to go through the hundreds of thousands of video game characters ever created and make our picks for the 25 best. This is going to be a two-month endeavor, because we’re going to break it down in a battle of the sexes. First up in August is the males, then the females will take center stage in September, before our final group list comes together in early October.

We’ve put together a panel of ATB stars and guests and friends of the show to narrow down the list. Today is just an introduction. Starting tomorrow, we’ll count down all the way to the best male character of all-time on Aug. 31. And you’ll have a chance to give us your input every step of the way. Agree with our choices? Wish a character was ranked higher/lower? You’ll be able to sound off in both comments and polls.

Here’s how the whole thing will go down…


Two of the main folks from At the Buzzer (Chris and Shaun) have assembled, along with friends of the show Jason, Joseph, Nick, Michelle, Michaela, Cary, Christine, Kevin and Ry. Each person was tasked with putting together a list of his or her top 25 characters ever. Those lists were combined, tossed into a giant spreadsheet with a points system, and the final tally was put together.

I’d put this in table form, but it’s a vertical mess and WordPress doesn’t like spreadsheets for some reason. So the hell with it. The top-ranked game on an individual’s list received 100 points; the No. 25 game received 1 point. It’s weighted toward the top and looks like this: (1 rank/100 points, 2/75, 3/60, 4/50, 5/45, 6/40, 7/37, 8/34, 9/31, 10/28, 11/25, 12/23, 13/21, 14/19, 15/17, 16/15, 17/13, 18/11, 19/9, 20/7, 21/5, 22/4, 23/3, 24/2, 25/1). The two folks who make up ATB got an increase in how many points their votes were worth.

Our list only guarantees the top 25, because that’s what we were shooting for. Ultimately, I ended up compiling the list of the top 100, and we’ll run all the way through them so you can see how it turned out as well. As with the other lists we’ve done, that part is for funsies; the top 25 is for real real.


Coming back to check out all of our choices will be an excellent test of your character? Get it? Ha ha ha ha — OKAY I’M SORRY NECK-SWIVEL CAT I DIDN’T MEAN IT


One thought on “At the Buzzer’s Top 25 Characters of All-Time

  1. Reblogged this on Recollections of Play and commented:
    Just like and good, red-blooded, organizationally-inclined American, I love me a good list. So when the awesome folks behind At The Buzzer invited me to join in making a list of all-time favorite video game characters, of course I said YES! (They’ve enlisted a whole bunch of great folks for the task, including the wonderful @simpleekgrl of Simpleek!) Here I’m reblogging the introductory post to the whole shebang. This month the countdown starts with favorite male characters; female characters follow next month. Click through to head over to ATB where you can follow, comment, and vote on the list as it happens. Who’s cuisine will reign supreme?! Err…uh, I mean, video games! (Though I am a little hungry right now…) Which video game character will rule our hearts forever and ever? You’ve got to follow along to find out!

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