We've grown up with video games, but the truth is our favorite characters have grown up along with us.
As kids we used to be grotesque, lanky idiots, and these characters started out as polygonal, pixelated blobs on a screen. No wonder we've got such an emotional investment.
But these blobs took on meaning for us, and like us, they evolved over the years into something resembling real people.
Some changed a lot—you wouldn't even recognize Link anymore if not for the outfit, and Samus dyed her hair and doesn't even wear her armor half the time anymore. Others have stayed largely the same.
How have your favorite game characters evolved over the years? Click through the slideshow to see.