And Japan's Favorite Video Game Characters Are...?

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Thrilling non-scientific poll time! Online research site Oricon polled 1000 men and women about their favorite video game character. The results?

10. Squall Final Fantasy VIII 10. Yuna Final Fantasy X 10. Professor Layton Professor Layton series 8. Toad Mario Kart 8. Doraemon Doraemon series 7. Chocobo Final Fantasy series


Huh. I'd think of Doraemon as being more an anime character than a video game character, but whatever. There are Doraemon video games. (Trains, too, it seems.) Hit the jump for the rest!

4. Slime Dragon Quest series 4. Solid Snake MGS series 4. Pikachu Pokémon 3. Yoshi Mario series 2. Cloud Final Fantasy VII 1. Mario Mario series

The top three breakdown for men and women is rather interesting. For men, it was 1). Mario 2). Cloud and 3). Solid Snake. For women, it was 1). Mario, 2). Yoshi and 3). Cloud. Everyone loves Mario and Cloud! 好きなテレビゲームのキャラクター、1位は"マリオ" [Oricon Life via Alafista] [Pic]






As lame as it is when they make the protagonist completely silent and without personality, I have never EVER IN MY WHOLE DAMNED LIFE, wanted to choke the living shit out of a fictional character more than Squall. I could never finish FFVIII because I quite simply couldn't STAND that asshole.

How is he even on that damned list?! And tied with Yuna?! I didn't like HER all that much either, but I can honestly say I never imagined myself strangling her.

[/angry angry rant of hate]