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The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History

Updated October 13, 2018 2.3k votes 320 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Mario

    Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers
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    Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Spider-Man

    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • 4
    Luigi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Luigi

    Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart
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    Ezio Auditore da Firenze is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    49

    Ezio Auditore da Firenze

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Soulcalibur V
  • 6
    Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Donkey Kong

    Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers
  • 7
    Batman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    45

    Batman

    Batman, Batman Begins
  • 8
    Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Lara Croft

    Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Underworld
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    Chun-Li is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Chun-Li

    Street Fighter Alpha 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • 10
    Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Mega Man

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10
  • 11
    Master Chief is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    46
  • 12
    Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    46

    Samus Aran

    Metroid: Other M, Metroid II: Return of Samus
  • 13
    Prince is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Prince

    Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • 14
    Rayman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    12
  • 15
    Kratos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Kratos

    God of War III, God of War
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    Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    36

    Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad

    Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed: Revelations
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    Nathan Drake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Nathan Drake

    Uncharted
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    Alucard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Alucard

    Castlevania: Symphony of Night
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    Jak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Jak

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II
  • 20
    Chell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Chell

    Portal, Portal 2
  • 21
    Faith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Faith

    Mirror's Edge, Mirror's Edge 2
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    Toad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    12

    Toad

    Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii
  • 23
    Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Max Payne

    Max Payne 3
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    Booker DeWitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Booker DeWitt

    BioShock Infinite
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    Gordon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jumping Characters in Gaming History
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    Gordon Freeman

    Half-Life, Half-Life 2: Episode Two
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