Video games have been around for a long time and technology has evolved since the emergence of Pong. Unfortunately, that means plenty of beloved characters and game series have been lost to time and have been buried by more recent, polished franchises.
Of the following 10 characters, some of them have a drastically better chance than others to actually make a comeback, but all of them have the potential to draw quite the crowd and remind us why they were so popular in the first place.
1. Geno From Super Mario
Geno is a warrior from Star Road and one of Mario’s partners in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. He is sent by “a higher authority” to restore peace to Mario’s world. During the events of Super Mario RPG, he teams up with Mario’s team, which consists of Mario, Mallow, Princess Toadstool and Bowser and helps them out on their quest to defeat Smithy. In battle, he has high attack, but lower defense.
Geno’s personality is strongly based on his confidence and attitude. Geno has more of a defiant, heroic attitude. His eagerness to confront the villain may be due to his status as an authority figure from Star Road. He also tends to show more enthusiasm than any other party member.
Geno comes off as very powerful from his first appearance as a doll when Gaz attacks using Geno and accidentally hits Mario and knocks him out. However, when Geno tries to fight Bowyer, upon striking Bowyer will say, “Strong you are, but stronger am I!” One of Geno’s magic powers is also potentially the most powerful attack in game, Geno Whirl. If timed just right, it deals 9,999 points of damage; if not timed right, it does average damage at best. The skill works only on regular enemies, as well as Yaridovich, Machine Made, and Exor.
Although powerful, Geno is quite amiable, quick to make friends with Mario and Mallow. He has a strong sense of duty and responsibility, and his role on Star Road may be analogous to Mario’s role in the Mushroom Kingdom. He even worries over the “ownership” of his physical form, and promises to return the body to the home from whence it came.
2. Captain Commando From Captain Commando
Captain Commando is the original mascot of Capcom. He is also a main character in the 1991 arcade beat ’em up game of the same name where he is the hero and leader of the “Commando Team”.
Besides his natural gifts of a powerful mind and strong body, he also uses his “Energy Gloves,” capable of shooting mighty bolts of fire and electricity. His Special Move is the “Captain Corridor”, a sure-killing technique. Striking the ground with his Energy Gloves causes an electric shock flow in the floor, which kills everyone around him.
His Dash Attacks are “Captain Cannon” and “Captain Kick”. Captain Cannon torches the enemy with a blast of flame. Captain Kick can hit several enemies at once. Captain Commando can also grab his opponent and kick their stomach or throw their whole body.
Other things he uses are the “Captain Goggles”, the “Captain Protector”, the “Captain Gauntlet” and the “Captain Boots”. His Captain Goggles can help him identify a criminal’s face at a distance of 2 Km, by comparing with database. His Captain Protector is made of a super-tough material called “Captain Ceramic”, which withstands up to a trillion degrees of heat.
His Captain Gauntlet multiplies his power 48 times, making it easy for him to smash a thick iron plate. The Captain Boots make it possible for him to take a 100-meter fall with no injuries to himself, or any damage to his boots.
3. Ty From Ty The Tasmanian Tiger
Tyrone “Ty” the Tasmanian Tiger, is the main protagonist of the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series. He has appeared in each of the series’ games.
Ty starts out as an orphan in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. However he ends up very well-known and is very popular by the end of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3. In real life, Ty’s species, the Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger and the Tasmanian Wolf, is a meat-eating marsupial now believed to be extinct, despite some current sightings.
Ty carries some of the trademark characteristics of his species, such as the stripes on his back and tail, and of course, a powerful bite. His clothes change in every game.
4. Dirk The Daring From Dragon’s Lair
Dirk the Daring is the main protagonist of the popular arcade game Dragon’s Lair and its subsequent franchise. He is a valiant knight of Ethelred that continuously ventures off to save his lover Princess Daphne. As the main character of the series, Dirk appears in every installment, spin-off and comic in the series.
Dirk has a well-built body, black hair, large nose, black eyes and a handsome face. He wears gray armor with a red and orange over-shirt, a helmet, scabbard and gray boots. He wields a sword.
Dirk is known well for his keen instinct and sense of direction. He can easily find a way to survive from nearly inescapable situations and events. He also uses this instinct to search out valuable treasures and other useful items.
For his body, Dirk is surprisingly strong as he can hold off the biting force of a monster or giant cat and agile enough being able to leap great distances. Despite the many death scenes, Dirk is capable of breaking through stone with his body, easily withstand arrows from angels or even endure getting bitten or swallowed whole (however it varies with whoever he’s up against).
Dirk is also an expert pilot. With little to no experience, he travels around the world in his flying time machine with the use of his sword. In the comics, Dirk also mentions that he can joust blindfolded while riding on a camel.
5. Glover From Glover
Glover is the protagonist of the 1998 Nintendo 64 game Glover. Glover is, basically a magical, conscious glove. Glover must recover all of the castle’s crystals before the world is destroyed.
In Glover, you must recover all of the missing crystals by going into each world and guiding them through three levels and a boss. Glover can push, toss, hit, or even run on top of the ball to guide it. Glover can use his magic to change the crystal into many forms: a round rubber ball, a small, metal ball, a bowling ball, or its original crystal form by pressing Z.
Glover also finds various potions throughout the game that make him stronger, bigger, faster, etc. Glover can die in many ways. He can actually physically die, the ball/crystal can get hit three times, or Glover or the ball/crystal can fall off a ledge. Glover can also locate where Garibs (things to collect) and the ball/crystal is.
6. Alex Kidd From Alex Kidd
Alex Kidd is a video game character created by Kotaro Hayashida whose popularity peaked during the late 1980s and who was the protagonist of both a series of video games released by Sega in their fictional universe, as well as in numerous spin-off merchandise. For a time he was an unofficial mascot of Sega, taking the title from Opa-Opa, before becoming overshadowed by the immensely popular Sonic the Hedgehog.
Alex Kidd is a short boy of the Arian race with large ears and ever so slight monkey-like features. He wears a trademark red and yellow jumpsuit, and oversized hands. Sometimes he appeared as a teenager, although the only time his exact age has been stated, he was stated to be 14 years old.
The games state that he lived many hundreds of years previously. At a glance its easy to see that the character of Alex Kidd was inspired chiefly by Bruce Lee (evident in the jump suit) and the character Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.
7. Corporal Joseph Turok From Turok
Joseph Turok, called Turok for short, is the main protagonist of Turok. A former member of Wolf Pack, Turok is also a descendant of the Kiowa Indian tribe. He is voiced by Gregory Norman Cruz.
After leaving Wolf Pack because he did not believe in the orders he was given, Turok joined with Whiskey Company to capture Roland Kane, his former mentor in Wolf Pack. He is one of the final three survivors at the conclusion of the game.
Little is known about Joseph Turok’s early life. Flashbacks of his life before Whiskey Company suggest that he was quite disobedient and disrespectful. At some point in his life he joined the Army and was arrested for an unknown crime, presumably going AWOL.
While being sent to a military prison along with other military criminals, Turok’s vehicle was stopped by Roland Kane, a general and leader of Wolf Pack who offered the group a second chance by joining Wolf Pack. Turok chose to join Wolf Pack. It is unknown if the other prisoners decided to do so as well.
8. Pauline From Donkey Kong
Pauline, also known as Daniella Verducci, is the original damsel-in-distress whom her love interest, Mario must rescue from the eponymous ape in the original Donkey Kong, which marked their debut. In the same way, Mario was originally called “Jumpman,” Pauline was simply referred to as “Lady” in Japan. It was during the game’s distribution in North America that she was given the name Pauline after Polly James, the wife of Nintendo of America’s warehouse manager, Don James.
Following her first appearance in Donkey Kong, Pauline appeared in Family Basic and in Pinball for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Princess Peach, who was introduced in Super Mario Bros., took Pauline’s place as the damsel-in-distress in that game, eventually becoming Mario’s primary romantic interest in most of the subsequent games in the series.
Pauline did not appear in another game until the 1994 Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, where she was once again taken captive by Donkey Kong and his son. Whereas the original arcade game’s cabinet depicts Pauline with blond hair, the Game Boy remake features a redesigned modern Pauline as a brunette, distinguishing her from the blond-haired Peach, wearing a sleeveless red dress with a torn skirt.
9. Viewtiful Joe From Viewtiful Joe
Viewtiful Joe is the red-clad Superhero version of Joe, an average movie lover whose world was turned upside-down when he found himself brought into the World of Movies.
Joe was just an average movie lover, and an especially big fan of Tokusatsu movies starring his icon, Captain Blue. He would always head to an old movie theater, which was run by his father, Jet Black, to watch Captain Blue movies.
One day, he was there on a date with his girlfriend, Silvia, watching a Captain Blue movie, when suddenly, the villain reached out of the movie and kidnapped Silvia! As Joe watched, the hero mecha, Six Majin, was also knocked out of the movie, and brought Joe in with it!
Inside the movie, Joe is given a V-Watch by Captain Blue and sets out to save both Silvia and Movieland!
10. Captain Falcon From F-Zero
Captain Falcon, also known as Douglas Jay Falcon, is a character in Nintendo’s F-Zero series of video games, co-created by Takaya Imamura and Shigeru Miyamoto. Captain Falcon has often been considered as the unofficial main character of the series. He first appeared in the instruction manual of F-Zero, published in 1990.
It was not until F-Zero X that he actually appeared in-game. Though the character’s vehicle can be used in the F-Zero series, Captain Falcon himself was never actually playable until the Super Smash Bros. series. The character’s only appearance outside of Nintendo games was in the anime F-Zero GP Legend. A leading but now defunct F-Zero X website says that Captain Falcon’s real name is Douglas Jay Falcon.
Captain Falcon is a mysterious, futuristic racer from the city of Port Town. In later F-Zero games, he is also portrayed as a legendary bounty hunter whose past is shrouded in mystery. In both guises, he consistently thwarts the plans of Black Shadow and other evil forces, both on and off the Grand Prix circuits.