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The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History

Updated October 13, 2018 2.5k votes 330 voters 3.2k views31 items

One of the more delightful aspects of playing video games is jumping. That may seem silly, but really, you're never going to jump from one building to the next in real life, so being able to do that in a video game is pretty darn fun. Over the years there have been many video game characters who jump just a little bit better than the others. So we hopped at the opportunity to create a list of these leaping playable characters. Vote up your favorite jumpers and vote down the ones you think didn't jump as well as the others. 

One of the more obvious choices has to be Batman, particularly in Arkham Knight. Being able to launch yourself from the Batmobile and fly high over the city is thrilling in a way that never gets old. Then there's Alucard, from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of the best jumping video game characters out there. That goes double if you get the double jump upgrade for him. With all of these characters, it's hard to choose the best one!

Lots of characters have hops, but these characters jump best. Take a look at our list of video game characters that jump, vote to determine the best jumper in all of gaming, and if you've played as all these characters, rerank the whole list! If there's a hopping hero who really ought to be on the list, go ahead and add them!
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  • Mario1
    117
    58

    Mario

    Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers
  • Sonic the Hedgehog2
    85
    38

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
  • Spider-Man3
    86
    48

    Spider-Man

    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Luigi4
    89
    55

    Luigi

    Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart
  • Ezio Auditore da Firenze5
    84
    53

    Ezio Auditore da Firenze

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Soulcalibur V
  • Donkey Kong6
    50
    37

    Donkey Kong

    Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers
  • Batman7
    66
    50

    Batman

    Batman, Batman Begins
  • Lara Croft8
    49
    43

    Lara Croft

    Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Underworld
  • Mega Man9
    54
    52

    Mega Man

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10
  • Master Chief10
    52
    49
  • Samus Aran11
    49
    48

    Samus Aran

    Metroid: Other M, Metroid II: Return of Samus
  • Chun-Li12
    41
    38

    Chun-Li

    Street Fighter Alpha 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad13
    38
    38

    Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad

    Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Prince14
    40
    45

    Prince

    Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Rayman15
    20
    15
  • Kratos16
    37
    46

    Kratos

    God of War III, God of War
  • Nathan Drake17
    34
    45

    Nathan Drake

    Uncharted
  • Raziel18
    42
    44

    Raziel

    Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2
  • Alucard19
    24
    36

    Alucard

    Castlevania: Symphony of Night
  • Toad20
    12
    15

    Toad

    Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii
  • Chell21
    22
    39

    Chell

    Portal, Portal 2
  • Faith22
    11
    15

    Faith

    Mirror's Edge, Mirror's Edge 2
  • Jak23
    16
    35

    Jak

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II
  • The Agent24
    20
    41

    The Agent

    Crackdown, Crackdown 2
  • 25
    7
    14

    Issun