While we continue to spend more time at home, we have all been searching for ways to fight the boredom. For many of us, this has included playing our favourite video games. As we escape reality and get lost in the game, we often find ourselves falling even more in love with the characters, but their sidekicks too.
With that in mind, OnBuy.com wanted to discover the most loved sidekick characters in video games by asking 4,228 gamers worldwide to pick their favourites.*
Top 10 Sidekicks
In first place, and crowned the most loved sidekick character, is Yoshi from Super Mario World who stole a whopping 71% of votes. The Nintendo dinosaur is hard not to love with his distinctive powers and lovable character.
Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog lands in second with 67% of votes. It comes as no secret as he is sweet-natured and humble, who, before meeting Sonic, was picked on for having two tails – perhaps he wins on the sympathy votes!
Third on the list we find none other than fairy Navi (62% of votes) who stars in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. She is an impressive member of the team as the first canonical character in the series to have voice acting.
Super Mario Brothers makes a second appearance on the list with Mario’s much-loved brother Luigi in fourth. Appearing in many games released by Nintendo and picked by 59% of gamers, he’s deserving of his place.
Closing the top five is Diddy Kong who appears in Donkey Kong Country. Known for being a quick thinker and the fastest and most agile member of the Kong Family, he’s a firm favourite among 57% of voters.
Popular games Halo and Fallout also make the top 10 list with characters Cortana (39%) and Dogmeat (36%).
Other Ranking Characters
|Character||Popularity vote %|
|Elizabeth (BioShock Infinite)||24|
|Morgana (Persona 5)||22|
|Dog (Fable 2)||20|
|Daxter (Jak and Daxter)||18|
|Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)||15|
|Atreus (God of War)||12|
|Trico (The Last Guardian)||7|
|Palico (Monster Hunter World)||4|
|Ashley (Resident Evil)||3|
Just missing out on the top 10 is Jackie from Cyberpunk – an interesting entry considering the game has repeatedly featured in the news for its software errors.
Trico (The Last Guardian) and Palico (Monster Hunter World) are both among the least popular gaming sidekick characters, with a measly 7% and 4% of votes.
Resident Evil’s Ashley rounds off the list of popular sidekick video game characters, with just 3% of votes.
Interested in the role that sidekick characters have in video games, OnBuy also asked 4,228 gamers worldwide about the part they have to play in games.
Interestingly a whopping 75% would love to see sidekicks star in their own game (where they haven’t already), while 70% feel they add entertainment and comedy to the gaming experience.
- *com trawled through lists of the most loved sidekick characters. Characters were collated from lists supplied from The Guardian, The Gamer and Red Bull.
- Once the list of popular video game characters was compiled, the team then surveyed 4,228 people worldwide and asked them to pick their favourite characters out of the 23.
- The characters were then ranked from most to least popular based on this information and the top ten were identified. The remaining 13 have been categorised as other ranking characters and the team were then able to identify the least popular characters.
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