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The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History

Updated October 13, 2018 2.4k votes 324 voters 3.0k 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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  • 1
    Mario
    114
    58

    Mario

    Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers
  • 2
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    82
    37

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
  • 3
    Spider-Man
    84
    47

    Spider-Man

    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • 4
    Luigi
    88
    54

    Luigi

    Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart
  • 5
    Ezio Auditore da Firenze
    81
    53

    Ezio Auditore da Firenze

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Soulcalibur V
  • 6
    Donkey Kong
    50
    35

    Donkey Kong

    Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers
  • 7
    Batman
    64
    49

    Batman

    Batman, Batman Begins
  • 8
    Lara Croft
    49
    40

    Lara Croft

    Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Underworld
  • 9
    Chun-Li
    41
    35

    Chun-Li

    Street Fighter Alpha 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • 10
    Mega Man
    51
    52

    Mega Man

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10
  • 11
    Master Chief
    50
    48
  • 12
    Samus Aran
    48
    47

    Samus Aran

    Metroid: Other M, Metroid II: Return of Samus
  • 13
    Prince
    37
    45

    Prince

    Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • 14
    Rayman
    18
    13
  • 15
    Kratos
    35
    45

    Kratos

    God of War III, God of War
  • 16
    Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad
    35
    38

    Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad

    Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • 17
    Raziel
    42
    41

    Raziel

    Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2
  • 18
    Nathan Drake
    33
    43

    Nathan Drake

    Uncharted
  • 19
    Alucard
    23
    35

    Alucard

    Castlevania: Symphony of Night
  • 20
    Faith
    11
    12

    Faith

    Mirror's Edge, Mirror's Edge 2
  • 21
    Jak
    16
    32

    Jak

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II
  • 22
    Chell
    22
    36

    Chell

    Portal, Portal 2
  • 23
    Toad
    9
    13

    Toad

    Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii
  • 24
    7
    12

    Issun

  • 25
    Max Payne
    19
    39

    Max Payne

    Max Payne 3