From beloved pop culture characters like Mickey Mouse to niche figures like Goku from Dragon Ball, popular franchises thrive on merchandise, box office, and video game profits. The question remains: who's the highest-earning character? UPrinting.com's research team examined financial records to uncover the most lucrative characters and franchises, to see which are the highest-grossing characters ever. Their infographic analyzed top-grossing franchises, spotlighting those driving the financial surge. The leading money-spinner is Pokémon, raking in a staggering $76.4 billion with characters like Pikachu and Bulbasaur. Originating in Japan in 1996, Pokémon spans video games, trading cards, TV shows, movies, and more. Securing second place is Mickey Mouse and pals, generating $52.2 billion since their 1928 debut. These Disney characters shine across media, video games, and theme parks like Disneyland. Star Wars ranks third, amassing $51.8 billion since its 1977 launch. Iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader have driven this colossal franchise, yielding collectibles and memorable items.
Infographic by: uprinting