(In this article we will define a child as a person aged 18 or younger)
Clementine (The Walking Dead)
Clementine is the protagonist of TellTale Studio’s episodic interactive video game, at the start of the series she is 8 years old and by the fourth installment in the series is 13. She is known for being mature for her age and also funnily enough despite being just a child is one of the characters that usually gives the advice on how to survive and acts as a mediator. She is a fan favorite and is often in situations where she is about to die but miraculously avoid death, which is TellTale playing at our emotions every time.
Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong 2)
Diddy Kong is a fictional character from the Donkey Kong series developed by Rare studios, Diddy’s role is most prominent in Donkey Kong 2. Diddy Kong is a spider monkey identified by his red cap which has the Nintendo logo on it and Donkey Kong is his uncle with Funky Kong being his alleged dad. He is also present in other Nintendo titles such as Super Smash Bros and also Mario Kart.
Eric Cartman (South Park)
Eric Cartman is the main character in the South Park animation series and also the video game series, Eric Cartman is aged around 10 years old in both. He is known for being one of the unknown characters of the game and is usually one of the initiators in any of the plots of the storylines and events, for example in South Park: The Fractured But Whole released in 2017, Cartman operates a superhero group based in the ‘Coon Cave’ (Cartman’s basement).
Jimmy Hopkins (Bully)
James Jimmy Hopkins is the protagonist of the action adventure game Bully developed by Rockstar Games. Jimmy Hopkins is a 15-year-old pupil who is left by his mum at Bullworth Academy by his mother who has just remarried, and Bullworth Academy is not the great school that seems and the only way to climb up the school ranks is to fight your way up and trick your way out of it.
Link (The Legend Of Zelda Series)
Link is one of the most famous video game characters in the world, his age varies throughout various. For example, he is aged between 9 and 16 in Ocarina of Time and in Link’s Awakening he is aged 17. His fellow companion Princess Zelda is also actually the same or around the same age as Link throughout most of the games in the series.
Alice (Alice: Madness Returns)
Alice is the protagonist of horror action-adventure video game Alice: Madness Returns a rework of the Alice in Wonderland book with a darker side, in the game Alice is again a young girl but her story is based around her suffering trauma following the death of her entire family in a fire and after she is discharged from a psychiatric clinic she decides to go to the Wonderland to find out what happened to her family.
Ayane (Dead Or Alive)
Ayane is a character from fighting video game Dead or Alive, Ayane is the youngest female in the series at the age of 16 in her first appearance in the series and turns 18 in Dead Or Alive 5. She has a dark story, she is the daugher of the wife of clan leader Shiden who was raped by Shiden’s older brother Raidou.
Bowser Jr. (Mario Franchise)
Bowser Jr. is one a character from Nintendo’s Mario franchise and is the son of Bowser the series’ main antagonist, Bowser is generally seen as the sidekick of his dad Bowser. Bowser Jr. is present in Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Strikers Charged and Super Smash Bros to name a few, Bowser Jr. is seen as a very popular character by fans of the game with Bowser Jr. being voted 6th out of 10 on GameDaily’s Top 10 Most Popular
Billy Blaze (Commander Keen)
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Billy Blaze is the protagonist of Commander Keen, a side-scrolling platform video game developed by id Software for the MS-DOS and the Game Boy Colour. The game is based around 8-year-old genius Billy Blaze as he defends planet Earth and the Milky Way galaxy from invading aliens and the only weapons you have to your disposal are a homemade spaceship, rayguns, and a pogo stick.
Ellie (The Last Of Us)
Ellie is one of the protagonists alongside her adult companion Joel in zombie action adventure The Last Of Us, in the first game Ellie is aged 13 and in the expansion pack Left Behind she is 14 with her age reportedly being 19 in The Last Of Us 2. Like Clementine from The Walking Dead Series (another character on this list), she is seen as mature beyond her years. Ellie is an important character in the game as she is immune to the zombie infection which resulted in her nearly dying after the resistance movement known as the Fireflies tried to study her body but Joel had second thoughts and came back to rescue her.
Ash Ketchum (Pokemon video game series)
Ash Ketchum is the protagonist in all the Pokemon video games despite some of them giving you the option to create your own custom characters. In the games, animations and all other Pokemon series Ash is aged 10, in the latest Pokemon video game, Pokemon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon Ash Ketchum is not a playable protagonist but instead you play as an 11-year-old moving to the Melemele island in Alola with his mother and ends up being involved in the Pokemon series after attending trials on the island.