Gen Z identifies the 5 best characters in the game


Princess Peach, friend of Mario and Luigi, is only recognized 79% of the time.

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HOUSTON (KIAH) – Gaming is the number one choice for Gen Z when it comes to entertainment.

Gen Z is more likely to identify video game characters than cultural icons, according to a poll by They asked 1,800 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 to match video game characters and famous people with the right portraits.

According to the results, Gen Z correctly identified video game characters at an average rate of 80%. When it comes to public figures, Gen Z identified public figures with 56% accuracy.

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Respondents recognized Princess Peach, a friend of Mario and Luigi, only 79% of the time. The most recognized video game character is Pikachu. The least recognized character is Lara Coft, with only 68% being able to recognize her.

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For public figures, Gen Z recognized a wide array of icons featuring two artists, an activist, a politician and a CEO. One historical figure who didn’t make the cut was Thomas Jefferson, with just 43% of those polled correctly identifying him out of five Founding Fathers.

To learn more about this survey, visit this link.

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