There are tons of video games, with a plethora of characters. But for some characters, the games they inhabit aren't enough. They're bigger than that. They're icons, recognizable even by people who don't play games. Some of them are in commercials, or on soft drinks. These are eight of the most iconic characters of all time.
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Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong games)
Originally the villain of Shigeru Miyamoto's take on Radar Scope, Donkey Kong has made the jump from antagonist to protagonist in the intervening years. He even appeared as the objective of Donky Kong Jr. when evil Mario had had captured the gorilla. Since then, he's appeared in a series of Donkey Kong Country games, which even had a tie-in TV show in the late 90s. Without a doubt, he's the most popular monkey in video games.