In response to IGN's list of the top 25 characters, as reported by God Len
Yeah, IGN sucks. Their methods, while not mentioned, are frankly crap. Likely just a one-off opinion poll with a sample size that doesn't even approach statistical significance, even among the fanish minority.
In the comments I made noises about running our own tournament. Now, I have the math:
An Ultimate Character Tourney should consist of a nomination-and-voting-phase to determine groups and seeds, followed by a modified Swiss System tournament with a special 'three-strikes' rule -- this could accomodate any number of contestants without the need for a binary bracket system and would minimize the number of necessary rounds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_system_tournament http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMahon_system_tournament
(the three-strikes rule is my improvisation, but from the name I think you can guess how it would work)
Problem solved. Now I can stop thinking about it.