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Character Battle X was the 10th character battle hosted by video game website GameFAQs, and the first such tournament after 5 years. The main event lasted from 2018 October 19 until December 14.

This edition saw the return of the classic 1 vs 1 single-elimination format with 128 contestants split into eight 16-player divisions. However, eight members of the "Noble Nine" were excluded from this bracket, with Sephiroth being the only one left out. Instead, they will be automatically seeded into the newly-introduced Legends Stage, where they will meet the eight division winners in a special double-elimination bracket to decide, once again, the most popular character on GameFAQs. Link defeated Cloud Strife in their third Grand Finals meeting, earning him a record-fifth championship.

Besides the obvious Link > Cloud final, the tournament was highlighted by Zelda's incredible Legends Stage run resulting from her appearance in Breath of the Wild, as she defeated three Noble Niners in the upper bracket, before losing to the eventual top two finalists in consecutive matches.

Meanwhile, the defending champion Draven was completely blown out of the first round by Okami Amaterasu, suffering the tournament's most lopsided defeat in the process. This is largely a repsonse to his controversial victory in the previous Character Battle where he was carried by rallying voters from /r/leagueoflegends. To add insult to injury, Draven also garnered the fewest votes in the entire tournament, and arguably one of the lowest in the entire history of GameFAQs.


Tournament Bracket[]

Unlike most brackets in this wiki, the seed order in GameFAQs contests is different:
1-8-5-4 3-6-7-2.
Since the site schedules each bracket's matches in that order, this wiki will also display the brackets in that order instead.

Click on the date above each match to see its article page (redirects to Board 8 wiki).

Division A[]

Devil Division
Division R1
(Top 128)
Division R2
(Top 64)
Division Semis
(Top 32)
Division Final
(Sweet 16)
Nov 19 - 26394
1 Dante icon.png Dante 18,896
16 Cuphead icon.png Cuphead 7498 Nov 04 -  28469
Nov 19 - 26403 1 Dante icon.png Dante 18,682
8 Chloe p icon.png Chloe Price 6814 9 Lightning ff icon.png Lightning 9787
9 Lightning ff icon.png Lightning 19,589 Nov 12 - 29646
Nov 19 - 26398 1 Dante icon.png Dante 12,926
5 Spyro icon.png Spyro 11,570 Nov 04 - 28472 4 Ganon icon.png Ganon 16,720
12 Chun li icon.png Chun-Li 14,828 12 Chun li icon.png Chun-Li 11,699
Nov 19 - 26402 4 Ganon icon.png Ganon 16,773
4 Ganon icon.png Ganon 20,753
13 Neku icon.png Neku Sakuraba 5649 Nov 16 - 30811
Oct 20 - 26022 4 Ganon icon.png Ganon 16,008
3 Vivi ff icon.png Vivi Ornitier 19,488 3 Vivi ff icon.png Vivi 14,803
14 Narukami icon.png Yu Narukami 6534 Nov 04 - 28482
Oct 20 - 26039 3 Vivi ff icon.png Vivi 21,489
6 Victor s icon.png Victor Sullivan 10,529 11 Aya brea icon.png Aya 6993 Nov 12 - 29648
11 Aya brea icon.png Aya Brea 15,510 3 Vivi ff icon.png Vivi 16,301
Oct 20 - 26042 10 DK icon.png DK 13,347
7 Tidus icon.png Tidus 11,216 Nov 04 - 28488
10 DK icon.png Donkey Kong 14,826 10 DK icon.png DK 15,859
Oct 20 - 26037 2 Leon re icon.png Leon 12,629
2 Leon re icon.png Leon S. Kennedy 17,881
15 Dragonborn skyrim icon.png Dragonborn 8156

Division B[]

Maverick Division
Oct 21 - 29219
1 Zero icon.png Zero 21,676
16 Primrose icon.png Primrose Azelhart 7543 Nov 05 - 29939
Oct 21 - 29219 1 Zero icon.png Zero 16,811
8 Zidane ff icon.png Zidane Tribal 12,622 9 Knuckles icon.png Knuckles 13,128
9 Knuckles icon.png Knuckles the Echidna 16,597 Nov 12 - 29656
Oct 21 - 29223 1 Zero icon.png Zero 17,867
5 Noctis icon.png Noctis Lucis Caelum 12,406 Nov 05 - 29943 13 Wario icon.png Wario 11,789
12 M hand icon.png Master Hand 16,817 12 M hand icon.png M. Hand 11,686
Oct 21 - 29229 13 Wario icon.png Wario 18,257
4 Monika icon.png Monika 10,360
13 Wario icon.png Wario 18,869 Nov 16 - 30815
Oct 22 - 29107 1 Zero icon.png Zero 13,387
3 Yoshi icon.png Yoshi 21,617 7 Pikachu icon.png Pika 17,428
14 linkShantae Shantae 7490 Nov 05 - 29944
Oct 22 - 29119 3 Yoshi icon.png Yoshi 21,148
6 Velvet icon.png Velvet Crowe 17,773 6 Velvet icon.png Velvet 8796 Nov 12 - 29654
11 James sh icon.png James Sunderland 11,346 3 Yoshi icon.png Yoshi 13,405
Oct 22 - 29119 7 Pikachu icon.png Pika 16,249
7 Pikachu icon.png Pikachu 19,337 Nov 05 - 29944
10 Scorpion mk icon.png Scorpion 9782 7 Pikachu icon.png Pika 18,987
Oct 22 - 29121 2 Kratos icon.png Kratos 10,957
2 Kratos icon.png Kratos 21,310
15 Marston icon.png John Marston 7811

Division C[]

Keyblade Division
Oct 23 - 29737
1 Sora kh icon.png Sora 20,542
16 Ryo h icon.png Ryo Hazuki 9195 Nov 06 - 30984
Oct 23 - 29744 1 Sora kh icon.png Sora 15,212
8 Neptune icon.png Neptune 7341 9 Red pkmn icon.png Red 15,772
9 Red pkmn icon.png PKMN Trainer Red 22,403 Nov 13 - 30179
Oct 23 - 29744 9 Red pkmn icon.png Red 15,748
5 Crash icon.png Crash Bandicoot 16,115 Nov 06 - 30982 4 Big boss icon.png Big Boss 14,431
12 Cecil ff icon.png Cecil Harvey 13,629 5 Crash icon.png Crash 14,601
Oct 23 - 29745 4 Big boss icon.png Big Boss 16,381
4 Big boss icon.png Big Boss 16,855
13 Ridley icon.png Ridley 12,890 Nov 17 - 28236
Oct 24 - 29284 9 Red pkmn icon.png Red 13,041
3 Alucard cv icon.png Alucard 16,635 3 Alucard cv icon.png Alucard 15,195
14 Peach icon.png Princess Peach 12,649 Nov 06 - 30984
Oct 24 - 29284 3 Alucard cv icon.png Alucard 18,472
6 Yuna icon.png Yuna 21,248 6 Yuna icon.png Yuna 12,512 Nov 13 - 30185
11 Godot icon.png Godot 8036 3 Alucard cv icon.png Alucard 17,943
Oct 24 - 29289 7 Kefka icon.png Kefka 12,242
7 Kefka icon.png Kefka Palazzo 17,628 Nov 06 - 30988
10 L block icon.png L-Block 11,661 7 Kefka icon.png Kefka 18,537
Oct 24 - 29288 15 Bomberman icon.png Bomberman 12,451
2 Kiryu icon.png Kazuma Kiryu 11,459
15 Bomberman icon.png Bomberman 17,829

Division D[]

Automata Division
Oct 25 - 29525
1 2b icon.png YoRHa No. 2 Type B 22,970
16 Cayde 6 icon.png Cayde-6 6555 Nov 07 - 30230
Oct 25 - 29527 1 2b icon.png 2B 16,239
8 Shadow icon.png Shadow the Hedgehog 13,801 9 Ness icon.png Ness 13,991
9 Ness icon.png Ness 15,726 Nov 13 - 30182
Oct 25 - 29526 1 2b icon.png 2B 12,620
5 Terra ff icon.png Terra Branford 13,935 Nov 07 - 30232 4 Bowser icon.png Bowser 17,562
12 Charizard icon.png Charizard 15,591 12 Charizard icon.png Charizard 13,136
Oct 25 - 29532 4 Bowser icon.png Bowser 17,096
4 Bowser icon.png Bowser 22,856
13 Gordon f icon.png Gordon Freeman 6676 Nov 17 - 28244
Oct 26 - 28762 4 Bowser icon.png Bowser 15,211
3 Phoenix icon.png Phoenix Wright 16,375 2 Kirby icon.png Kirby 13,033
14 Chris re icon.png Chris Redfield 12,387 Nov 07 - 30233
Oct 26 - 28758 3 Phoenix icon.png Phoenix 15,320
6 Ike icon.png Ike 17,918 6 Ike icon.png Ike 14,913 Nov 13 - 30187
11 Joel m icon.png Joel Miller 10,840 3 Phoenix icon.png Phoenix 9566
Oct 26 - 28756 2 Kirby icon.png Kirby 20,621
7 Estelle b icon.png Estelle Bright 10,170 Nov 07 - 30231
10 Isaac gs icon.png Isaac 18,586 10 Isaac gs icon.png Isaac 8982
Oct 26 - 28760 2 Kirby icon.png Kirby 21,249
2 Kirby icon.png Kirby 21,439
15 Guile icon.png Guile 7321

Division E[]

Garden Division
Oct 27 - 28693
1 Squall icon.png Squall Leonhart 21,773
16 Hat kid icon.png Hat Kid 6920 Nov 08 - 29994
Oct 27 - 28695 1 Squall icon.png Squall 19,202
8 Garrus icon.png Garrus Vakarian 14,527 8 Garrus icon.png Garrus 10,792
9 Ramza icon.png Ramza Beoulve 14,168 Nov 14 - 31041
Oct 27 - 28701 1 Squall icon.png Squall 11,385
5 M sonic icon.png Metal Sonic 12,480 Nov 08 - 29993 4 Zelda icon.png Zelda 19,656
12 The boss icon.png The Boss 16,221 12 The boss icon.png The Boss 8788
Oct 27 - 28704 4 Zelda icon.png Zelda 21,205
4 Zelda icon.png Princess Zelda 21,623
13 Ezio icon.png Ezio Auditore da Firenze 7081 Nov 18 - 29323
Oct 28 - 28819 4 Zelda icon.png Zelda 18,235
3 Aloy icon.png Aloy 13,563 15 Aerith icon.png Aerith 11,088
14 Dva icon.png D.Va 15,256 Nov 08 - 29994
Oct 28 - 28826 14 Dva icon.png D.Va 8543
6 Jill v icon.png Jill Valentine 13,232 11 Fox sf icon.png Fox 21,451 Nov 14 - 31046
11 Fox sf icon.png Fox McCloud 15,594 11 Fox sf icon.png Fox 14,684
Oct 28 - 28826 15 Aerith icon.png Aerith 16,362
7 Shovel k icon.png Shovel Knight 13,672 Nov 08 - 29995
10 Cpt toad icon.png Captain Toad 15,154 10 Cpt toad icon.png Cpt. Toad 12,000
Oct 28 - 28824 15 Aerith icon.png Aerith 17,995
2 Waluigi icon.png Waluigi 12,271
15 Aerith icon.png Aerith Gainsborough 16,553

Division F[]

Wild Division
Oct 29 - 29949
1 Geralt icon.png Geralt of Rivia 16,779
16 Rosalina icon.png Rosalina 13,170 Nov 09 - 29379
Oct 29 - 29953 1 Geralt icon.png Geralt 15,334
8 Ryu h icon.png Ryu Hayabusa 14,743 9 Simon b icon.png Simon 14,045
9 Simon b icon.png Simon Belmont 15,210 Nov 14 - 31050
Oct 29 - 29951 1 Geralt icon.png Geralt 15,799
5 Sans icon.png Sans 8571 Nov 09 - 29381 4 Bayo icon.png Bayo 15,251
12 Pac man icon.png Pac-Man 21,380 12 Pac man icon.png Pac-Man 14,082
Oct 29 - 29954 4 Bayo icon.png Bayo 15,299
4 Bayo icon.png Bayonetta 19,289
13 Riku kh icon.png Riku 10,665 Nov 18 - 29321
Oct 30 - 30762 1 Geralt icon.png Geralt 13,739
3 Auron icon.png Auron 20,132 3 Auron icon.png Auron 15,582
14 Lucina icon.png Lucina 10,630 Nov 09 - 29385
Oct 30 - 30770 3 Auron icon.png Auron 16,396
6 Magus ct icon.png Magus 14,802 11 Vincent v icon.png Vincent 12,989 Nov 14 - 31049
11 Vincent v icon.png Vincent Valentine 15,968 3 Auron icon.png Auron 17,609
Oct 30 - 30768 10 Sub zero icon.png Sub-Zero 13,440
7 Shulk icon.png Shulk 11,517 Nov 09 - 29386
10 Sub zero icon.png Sub-Zero 19,251 10 Sub zero icon.png Sub-Zero 19,471
Oct 30 - 30758 15 Claire re icon.png Claire 9915
2 Joker p5.png Joker 14,278
15 Claire re icon.png Claire Redfield 16,480

Division G[]

Mansion Division
Oct 31 - 28911
1 Luigi icon.png Luigi 22,397
16 Edgeworth icon.png Miles Edgeworth 6514 Nov 10 - 28689
Oct 31 - 28913 1 Luigi icon.png Luigi 17,681
8 Frog ct icon.png Frog 22,084 8 Frog ct icon.png Frog 11,008
9 Monokuma icon.png Monokuma 6829 Nov 15 - 32421
Oct 31 - 28917 1 Luigi icon.png Luigi 22,581
5 Chief icon.png Master Chief 19,954 Nov 10 - 28694 13 Tails icon.png Tails 9840
12 Majima icon.png Goro Majima 8963 5 Chief icon.png Chief 12,771
Oct 31 - 28919 13 Tails icon.png Tails 15,923
4 Nathan d icon.png Nathan Drake 12,514
13 Tails icon.png Miles "Tails" Prower 16,405 Nov 19 - 31146
Nov 01 - 30604 1 Luigi icon.png Luigi 15,149
3 Tifa icon.png Tifa Lockhart 22,399 3 Tifa icon.png Tifa 15,997
14 Geno icon.png Geno 8205 Nov 10 - 28692
Nov 01 - 30607 3 Tifa icon.png Tifa 16,669
6 Glados icon.png GLaDOS 11,484 11 Mewtwo icon.png Mewtwo 12,023 Nov 15 - 32424
11 Mewtwo icon.png Mewtwo 19,123 3 Tifa icon.png Tifa 16,269
Nov 01 - 30614 2 Mega man x icon.png X 16,155
7 Dedede icon.png King Dedede 15,157 Nov 10 - 28683
10 Ocelot icon.png Revolver Ocelot 15,457 10 Ocelot icon.png Ocelot 9062
Nov 01 - 30616 2 Mega man x icon.png X 19,621
2 Mega man x icon.png Mega Man X 24,693
15 Isabelle icon.png Isabelle 5923

Division H[]

Shinra Division
Nov 02 - 29025
1 Sephiroth icon.png Sephiroth 20,400
16 Wesker icon.png Albert Wesker 8625 Nov 11 - 28643
Nov 02 - 29027 1 Sephiroth icon.png Seph 18,597
8 Richter b icon.png Richter Belmont 11,496 9 Cpt falcon icon.png Falcon 10,046
9 Cpt falcon icon.png Captain Falcon 17,531 Nov 15 - 32426
Nov 02 - 29023 1 Sephiroth icon.png Seph 19,901
5 Ammy icon.png Amaterasu 25,584 Nov 11 - 28643 5 Ammy icon.png Ammy 12,525
12 Draven icon.png Draven 3439 5 Ammy icon.png Ammy 15,728
Nov 02 - 29025 4 Lara icon.png Lara 12,915
4 Lara icon.png Lara Croft 19,706
13 Metal man icon.png Metal Man 9319 Nov 19 - 31145
Nov 03 - 28744 1 Sephiroth icon.png Seph 18,769
3 Ryu sf icon.png Ryu 19,671 3 Ryu sf icon.png Ryu 12,376
14 Lloyd i icon.png Lloyd Irving 9073 Nov 11 - 28644
Nov 03 - 28745 3 Ryu sf icon.png Ryu 19,063
6 Shepard icon.png Commander Shepard 14,726 6 Shepard icon.png Shepard 9581 Nov 15 - 32424
11 K rool icon.png King K. Rool 14,019 3 Ryu sf icon.png Ryu 21,099
Nov 03 - 28748 10 Kos mos icon 2.png KOS-MOS 11,325
7 Ellie tlou icon.png Ellie 13,094 Nov 11 - 28647
10 Kos mos icon 2.png KOS-MOS 15,654 10 Kos mos icon 2.png KOS-MOS 16,438
Nov 03 - 28752 2 Aqua kh icon.png Aqua 12,209
2 Aqua kh icon.png Aqua 18,432
15 Quiet mgs icon.png Quiet 10,320


Legends Stage[]

Due to the website's limited horizontal space, the first round will be split into a separate section. Afterwards the rest of the double- elimination bracket will be displayed as usual.

Round 1[]

Legends Stage Round 1
Date Character 1 Score Character 2 Total votes
Nov 27 (1) Link loz icon.png Link 22,974 - 5874 (A) Ganon icon.png Ganon 28,848
Nov 27 (8) Mega man icon.png Mega Man 14,396 - 14,458 (B) Pikachu icon.png Pikachu 28,854
Nov 28 (4) Cloud icon.png Cloud Strife 17,772 - 11,654 (C) Alucard cv icon.png Alucard 29,426
Nov 28 (5) Crono icon.png Crono 16,150 - 13,276 (D) Bowser icon.png Bowser 29,426
Nov 29 (3) Snake icon.png Solid Snake 14,350 - 14,535 (E) Zelda icon.png Princess Zelda 28,885
Nov 29 (6) Sonic icon.png Sonic the Hedgehog 15,688 - 13,194 (F) Auron icon.png Auron 28,882
Nov 30 (2) Samus icon.png Samus Aran 17,343 - 12,085 (G) Tifa icon.png Tifa Lockhart 29,428
Nov 30 (7) Mario icon.png Mario 17,437 - 11,993 (H) Sephiroth icon.png Sephiroth 29,430


Finals Bracket[]

Upper Bracket & Finals
UB Quarters UB Semis UB Final GRAND FINAL
Dec 03 - 29424 Dec 14 - 27929
1 Link loz icon.png Link 20,129 U Link loz icon.png Link 16,554
B Pikachu icon.png Pikachu 9295 Dec 07 - 29353 L Cloud icon.png Cloud 11,375
Dec 03 - 29425 1 Link loz icon.png Link 17,763
4 Cloud icon.png Cloud Strife 16,694 4 Cloud icon.png Cloud 11,590 Dec 11 - 28946
5 Crono icon.png Crono 12,731 1 Link loz icon.png Link 18,399
Dec 04 - 28717 E Zelda icon.png Zelda 10,547
E Zelda icon.png Zelda 16,210 Dec 08 - 26975
6 Sonic icon.png Sonic 12,507 E Zelda icon.png Zelda 13,733 LB Final
Dec 04 - 28715 7 Mario icon.png Mario 13,242 Dec 13 - 27618
2 Samus icon.png Samus Aran 13,950 >> Zelda icon.png Zelda 13,517
7 Mario icon.png Mario 14,765 /\ Cloud icon.png Cloud 14,101
Lower Bracket
LB Rd 1 LB Rd 2 LB Rd 3 LB Rd 4 LB Semis
Dec 01 - 25238 Dec 05 - 27991
Ganon icon.png Ganon 10,087 >> Pikachu icon.png Pika 13,809
Mega man icon.png MM 15,151 Mega man icon.png MM 14,182 Dec 09 - 26066 Dec 10 - 28663
Dec 01 - 25239 Dec 05 - 27995 Mega man icon.png MM 12,977 >> Cloud icon.png Cloud 16,563
Alucard cv icon.png Alucard 12,307 >> Crono icon.png Crono 15,327 Crono icon.png Crono 13,089 Crono icon.png Crono 12,100
Bowser icon.png Bowser 12,932 Bowser icon.png Bowser 12,668 Dec 12 - 29193
Dec 02 - 25886 Dec 06 - 28256 Cloud icon.png Cloud 14,667
Snake icon.png Snake 15,915 >> Sonic icon.png Sonic 11,999 Mario icon.png Mario 14,526
Auron icon.png Auron 9971 Snake icon.png Snake 16,257 Dec 09 - 26070 Dec 10 - 28667
Dec 02 - 25885 Dec 06 - 28262 Snake icon.png Snake 11,345 >> Mario icon.png Mario 14,343
Tifa icon.png Tifa 13,545 >> Samus icon.png Samus 16,557 Samus icon.png Samus 14,725 Samus icon.png Samus 14,324
Sephiroth icon.png Sephiroth 12,340 Tifa icon.png Tifa 11,705


Navigation[]

GameFAQs contests
2002-???. Organized by Gamefaqs.
Character Battles I (2002)II (2003)III (2004)IV (2005)V (2006)VI (2007)VII (2008)VIII (2010)IX (2013)X (2018)XI (???)
Other Games I (2004)Villains (2005)Series (2006)Games II (2009)GotD I (2010)Rivals (2011)Games III (2015)Years (2017)GotD II (2020)
The Hierarchy
Noble Nine Link loz icon.png Link***** • Cloud icon.png Cloud* • Mario icon.png Mario* • Samus icon.png Samus* • Sephiroth icon.png Sephiroth[1]Snake icon.png SnakeCrono icon.png CronoMega man icon.png Mega ManSonic icon.png Sonic
Other Champions L block icon.png L-Block* • Draven icon.png Draven* • Ganon icon.png Ganon[2]
Notable Players Zelda icon.png ZeldaTifa icon.png TifaAerith icon.png AerithAlucard cv icon.png AlucardSora kh icon.png SoraVivi ff icon.png ViviAuron icon.png AuronSquall icon.png SquallLuigi icon.png LuigiBowser icon.png BowserCharizard icon.png CharizardKirby icon.png KirbyRyu sf icon.png Ryu
[1] Champion of Villains 2005
[2] Co-champion of Rivals 2011 alongside Link.
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