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The Best PlayStation 2 Characters

Updated July 13, 2020 3.8k votes 444 voters 5.5k views52 items

List RulesVote up your favorite PlayStation 2 video game characters. Must be on PlayStation 2 only.

The second iteration of the PlayStation console has proven to be one of the more popular consoles in history. As it staved off competition from Microsoft and Sega, it also incorporated online multiplayer -- something that hadn't been done before on a console, which is a very weird thing to say. Yes, at one point, video game consoles did not connect to the Internet. This list is all about those characters from these video games that appeared only on the PlayStation 2 (for consoles; we're not counting PC or Mac). 

Sony had a great number of exclusive titles that went on to great commercial and critical acclaim, and from those titles came a number of video game characters that many consider iconic today. Whether a popular RPG that's since won awards, or a tactical stealth shooter in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, that showed the original in this era of Metal Gear was no fluke, there is many a character that has affected us in impactful ways. 

When you look through this list, get ready to enjoy the trip down memory lane, with game series that were just beginning to become a household name, and series that have since died out and remain on the dustbin to this day. Vote for your favorites and see what games it might be time to revisit after a long absence! 

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  • 1
    Kratos
    110
    54

    Kratos

    God of War III, God of War
  • 2
    Dante
    107
    55

    Dante

    Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
  • 3
    Solid Snake
    116
    67

    Solid Snake

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 4
    Ratchet
    76
    51

    Ratchet

    Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
  • 5
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    59
    41

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
  • 6
    Clank
    64
    49

    Clank

    Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
  • 7
    Daxter
    63
    56

    Daxter

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • 8
    Prince
    55
    47
  • 9
    Miles "Tails" Prower
    43
    34

    Miles "Tails" Prower

    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Sonic Rush
  • 10
    Jak
    53
    47

    Jak

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II
  • 11
    Tidus
    52
    50

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts
  • 12
    Yuna
    58
    58

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2
  • 13
    Sora
    57
    60

    Sora

    Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II
  • 14
    Max Payne
    39
    38

    Max Payne

    Max Payne 3
  • 15
    Balthier
    38
    38
  • 16
    Lulu
    47
    50

    Lulu

  • 17
    Raiden
    49
    53

    Raiden

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 18
    Mega Man
    34
    33

    Mega Man

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10
  • 19
    Otacon
    35
    35

    Otacon

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 20
    Ryu
    48
    54

    Ryu

    Street Fighter EX3
  • 21
    Crow
    21
    27

    Crow

    10, 000 Bullets
  • 22
    Ken Masters
    21
    27

    Ken Masters

    Street Fighter Alpha 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • 23
    Chun-Li
    35
    48

    Chun-Li

    Street Fighter EX3
  • 24
    Jacky Bryant
    22
    30

    Jacky Bryant

    Virtua Fighter 4
  • 25
    Minato Arisato
    23
    32

    Minato Arisato

    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3