Top 10 Video Game Characters We Want for Christmas

You probably want videogames for Christmas, and why wouldn’t you? All of us do. Is there any better way to spend the holidays than to live out adventures with our favorite characters? Well, having said characters come live our boring, mundane lives with us probably isn’t it, but too bad. We’re going to count down the 10 game characters we want to spend Christmas with.


10. Chibi-Robo from Chibi-Robo!

  • System/Platform: Gamecube
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Skip Ltd.
  • Release Date: JP: June 23, 2005; NA: February 8, 2006; EU: May. 26, 2006

He’s chibi, which means he’s cute, he’s a robot, which means he’s cool and he does chores for people, which means he’s useful, and he’s tiny so he doesn’t take up space. He’s the ultimate choice for convenience, which more than makes up for the fact that he’s probably not going to be much for conversation, what with not having a mouth. But we prefer to think of it as him being a very good listener.

Chibi is also one of the characters here that could probably benefit from being taken in by one of us, since he doesn’t always find himself in the hands of the most appreciative of households, which makes his goal in life of making people as happy as possible all the more difficult. Finding this little chrome-dome in your stocking doubles as a gift for him too.


9. Morgana from Persona 5

  • System/Platform: PS4, PS3
  • Publisher: P-Studio
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Release Date: JP: Sep. 15, 2016; WW: Apr. 4, 2017

Yeah, that’s right. We’re talking about Persona 5 in one of our lists. Sorry Nintendo fans, Joker joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is only the second-best thing to happen to this game this month. What were we talking about again? Oh yeah, Morgana. A cute and cuddly feline we’d all be privileged to have by day and a fierce warrior that monsters should all fear by night. He’s also the game’s exposition fairy, mascot, lancer archetype and one of the most developed characters in the game. Also, he’s absolutely precious. Whether he’s a floofy kitty or a pudgy kitty, Morgana is the pet everyone should want for Christmas.


8. Rush from Mega Man 3/Rockman 3

  • System/Platform: NES
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: Sep. 28, 1990

Okay so robots are cool and pets are cool, but robot pets are the best. We don’t see much characterisation from him in game, but all his official artwork depicts him as a playful, cuddly and fun-loving friend for Mega Man. All the love of a real dog and all the awesomeness of a futuristic robot makes him a companion we should all want.

In game, however, Rush is not only a close pal, but the best mode of transportation you could ask for. Depending on the situation, this good boy can turn himself into a jet-board, a weaponized submarine or a coil. Well, okay, he may not be all that fuel-efficient, but using his various transformations in the right situation has helped many robots, children and speedrunners


7. Terror Mask from Splatterhouse

  • System/Platform: PS3, 360
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 23, 2010; EU: Nov. 26, 2010

The Terror Mask is an ancient and unholy evil that bonds itself to an unsuspecting human, parasitically feeding off of their life force. And it’s fucking awesome. It grants its host unholy powers that enable the duo to threaten the world itself. You guys ever wanted to have Migi from Parasyte for Christmas? Well, the Terror Mask is what you would get if Migi had an absolutely unquenchable thirst for bloodshed, made its host Hulk out, create weapons, portals and got stronger by drinking the blood of its victims by the gallon. Also, like Migi, Terror Mask is a great buddy to have stuck to your body, making conversation about how awesome all the violence you two are causing is, sharing quips at the expense of others, and throwing out some sick one-liners. Remember kids, don’t take steroids, because making pacts with unspeakable evils is way better.


6. Azami from Xenoblade Chronicles

  • System/Platform: Switch
  • Publisher: Monolith Soft
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Date: Dec. 1, 2017

Okay, no more beating around the bush, now we’re going to talk about actual people. Well… sort of.

Azami is a blade, another magical creature that bonds to a human and gives them super powers. Azami has the Terror Mask beat though, mostly because her powers give you a giant gun that kills people with the power of darkness. Still not impressed? Well, yandere fans will see the true greatness of Azami’s personality. She has an extreme devotion (some would say obsession) with her Driver, wishing to spend every moment with them and resenting their separation, should it ever occur. Not a very developed character, sure, but at least it gets you around the risk of losing your Christmas gift.



5. Karin from Street Fighter Alpha 3

  • System/Platform: Arcade, PS1
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: June 29, 1998

Let’s face it, a lot of the human characters on this list are mostly going to be around here for sex appeal, and who wouldn’t be happy to have that in their Christmas gift? We want it that way, most of you probably want it that way, and Karin deserves to be recognized for that. In a game series with the likes of Chun-Li and Rainbow Mika, Karin’s allure often gets slept on and that just isn’t fair. Her appearance in Street Fighter V is especially good at playing up this aspect of her, giving her plenty of outfits that play up her allure, including a skimpy, seasonally appropriate red and white cloak.

Karin is no slouch in terms of combat either, with a fast rushdown moveset that lets her keep up with fighters who use fire, ice and lightning powers with only her bare fists. Strong, fun, hot and festive. What more could you want over the holidays?


4. Juan Aguacate from Guacamelee

  • System/Platform: PC, Mac, PS3, 360, XBONE, Vita, WiiU, Linux, Switch
  • Publisher: DrinkBox Studios
  • Developer: DrinkBox Studios
  • Release Date: NA: 9 Apr. 2013; EU: 10 Apr. 2013

Gotta love a family man around the holidays, right? Juan began as a humble farmer, but when his soon-to-be wife was kidnapped and taken to the afterlife, he became a fierce Luchador with nerves of steel and muscles to match in order to rescue her and bring her back to the land of the living. But he never let it get to his head and was happy to settle down and start a family, living a life just as humble as before he got his power. Later, once their family was threatened again, he donned his wrestling mask anew and fought to protect them once again, his years of inexperience not stopping him from traveling to the afterlife to save those he loves. The man’s like a rugged Dante. No, not that one.


3. Dante from Devil May Cry

  • System/Platform: PS2
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2001

Okay fine, here’s Dante. To be fair, this rad motherfucker more than deserves this spot thanks to his inimitable style. Try as hard as you want Nero and Virgil, you’re never going to match this guy’s looks. Despite what the earlier games’ outdated controls may have you believe, his agility and finesse are equally one-of-a-kind and make him the best man for the job of killing demons. Oh yeah, and he wears red, so that’s christmasy or something. Yeah, we know we’ve put a lot of demonic slayers on this list, but Dante’s killed more than the others, so suck on that, Doomguy.


2. Samus Aran from Metroid

  • System/Platform: NES
  • Publisher: Nintendo R&D1
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Date: Aug. 6, 1986

Do we even really need to give an explanation for this choice? Samus has a longer and more interesting history than any other woman in gaming and has saved entire planetary systems, something that can’t be said about most other heroes. She’s a hot bounty hunter with power suits and weapons that are unmatched, even in the futuristic sci-fi world she hails from. Why would anyone not want to hang out with someone like that? Sure, the Metroid games hint at her personality more than they actually explore it (besides that one time that shall not be named) but doesn’t that just make you want to spend time with her more? See what she’s really like behind the varia suit? Plus, she’s been fighting space pirates and alien parasites for 32 years now, so she deserves to get to spend her holidays doing something else.


1. Bayonetta from Bayonetta

  • System/Platform: 360, PS3, PC, WiiU, Switch
  • Publisher: Platinum Games
  • Developer: Sega, Nintendo
  • Release Date: Oct. 29, 2009

Bayonetta moves from one adventure to another with an unbreakable elegance. Not only does she star in the best action games of the modern day, and look sexy doing it, but she does it without practically ever being shaken off her cynically aloof, yet strong and commanding, demeanor. Not impressed? Well, she did all that while leading a one-woman war on the forces of both heaven and hell, and she won. Her incredible strength has lead her to be one of gaming’s biggest powerhouses, even games outside her series like The Wonderful 101 and Smash Bros 4 show her being nothing less than the strongest around. She has the best character, the best achievements, the best powers, the best body and the title of best character we want for Christmas. Plus, let’s be honest, you’d want her to show you how she does all that stuff with her hair.


Final Thoughts

We may have to spend our holidays with our boring extended family members instead of our favorite game characters during the holiday season, but hey, at least we can dream. But what do you want for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below and have yourself a happy holiday season.

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Author: Will Bertazzo Lambert

I’m a 21 year old writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba who does fiction, media critique and everything in between, currently studying English and rhetoric. I have influences ranging all the way from Henry James, to Stephen Greenblatt to Nintendo Power and after years of fanatical devotion to the coverage of anime and video games, I've finally tossed my hat into the ring and decided to give writing a try for myself. Will this be the dawn of a lifelong career or a small footnote on an otherwise unrelated life? Only time will tell, but I would like nothing more than to have you join me on the journey to discovering the answer.

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