Who is the most popular video game character in your state?

Gamers have long debated over which video game character is the greatest of them all. Unfortunately, most of these debates are based entirely on opinion and only lead to more arguments and occasional name-calling.

To settle the debate once and for all, we decided to use cold hard Google search data to find out which character each state loves most. Here’s what we found…

 

Golden oldies Mario and Sonic topped searches in 7 states each. The Italian plumber won in Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington, while Sonic won Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Wyoming.  You really can’t beat the classics!

Tied for 2nd with 6 states each are Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft (Illinois, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin) and a surprise entrant, Freddy Fazbear from the cult horror series Five Nights at Freddy’s. Freddy, the mascot for a fictional pizza chain, is the most searched character in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Other popular characters included Alucard from Castlevania (4 states), Master Chief (3) and Teemo from League of Legends (3). Villains proved to be surprisingly popular too, with Bowser taking 4 states and Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth the most searched character in California and Oregon.

Who is your favorite video game character? Let us know in the comments.

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Here’s the full list of states and the characters they searched for most.

StateCharacter 
AlabamaFreddy Fazbear
Alaska Alucard
ArizonaAlucard
ArkansasSonic
CaliforniaSephiroth
ColoradoMaster Chief
ConnecticutKratos
DelawareTeemo
FloridaTeemo
GeorgiaSonic
HawaiiTeemo
IdahoMario
IllinoisLara Croft
IndianaBowser
IowaMario
KansasMario
KentuckyFreddy Fazbear
LouisianaSonic
MaineMario
MarylandLara Croft
MassachusettsBowser
MichiganMario
MinnesotaNathan Drake
MississippiBayonetta
MissouriFreddy Fazbear
MontanaAlucard
NebraskaBayonetta
NevadaKratos
New HampshireTracer (Overwatch)
New JerseySonic
New MexicoFreddy Fazbear
New YorkLara Croft
North CarolinaSonic
North DakotaAlucard
OhioSonic
OklahomaTracer (Overwatch)
OregonSephiroth
PennsylvaniaBowser
Rhode IslandNathan Drake
South CarolinaLara Croft
South DakotaMario
TennesseeFreddy Fazbear
TexasMaster Chief
UtahMaster Chief
Vermont Bowser
VirginiaLara Croft
WashingtonMario
West VirginiaFreddy Fazbear
WisconsinLara Croft
WyomingSonic