- #5: The Ghosts from Pac-Man . They're literally coming back from the grave just to hunt down Pac-Man. And sooner or later...
- #4: Zinyak from Saints Row IV, for representing the mass-murdering psychopath the player is and playing it against you.
- #3: Gla D Os from Portal. For effing with the player every step of the way and dashing through a Heel–Face Revolving Door.
- #2: Dracula from the Castlevania series, for coming back every time, essentially giving the previous player character the middle finger, and daring the new one to try their luck. Also consistency.
- #1: The Merchant from Resident Evil 4, for having the stones to charge a government agent in the middle of a mission to save the president's daughter money to fight off roving hordes of infected, mutating villagers and similar monsters. And depending on how you play, the Merchant gets away with it too.
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- 1. Liquid Snake from Metal Gear Solid
- 2. Vayne Carudas Solidor from Final Fantasy XII.
- 3. Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir from Dragon Age: Origins.
- 4. Vergil from Devil May Cry
- 5. Dr. Wily from Mega Man
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- Kefka Palazzo, Final Fantasy VI - he's literally the yardstick I measure evil against. I even scale evil by millikefkas - with one millikefka being 1/1000th as evil as Kefka. If there's any evil deed he hasn't done, it's on his day planner.
- Bowser, Super Mario Bros. - He has his downs, sure, but when he's on, he's one of the most impressive villains out there. Also, his downs make pretty much anything surprisingly credible. Kidnap the princess? Try to take over the galaxy? Steal your stuff while playing board games? It's all on the table.
- SHODAN, System Shock - I like GLaDOS, yeah, but she's a kitten compared to the ultimate in malicious, taunting AI systems. Here's your dose of Nightmare Fuel, please come again.
- Luca Blight, Suikoden II - Of all the evil rulers I've ever seen, he's probably the one who stands out at just being sheer evil.
- Emperor Mateus, Final Fantasy II - What kind of encore could top using your military might to Take Over the World? Taking over Hell and becoming Like a Badass out of Hell.
- 1: Jon Irenicus from Baldur's Gate 2 for being one of the best Love to Hate Magnificent Bastards ever.
- 2: Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2, because he's easily the most intimidating and genuinely threatening antagonist I've ever seen.
- 3: Heiss from Radiant Historia. Very Tragic Villain.
- 4: Sarevok from Baldur's Gate 1 might not be as great a villain as Irenicus, but he deserves a mention for being a Genius Bruiser, which is a character trope I love simply because it's the opposite of an "Idiot Bruiser", which I hate. Bonus points for being a sympathetic villain.
- 5: Elijah from Fallout: New Vegas' Dead Money DLC.
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A socketful of eyes
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His name was Ballos.
4. Shao Kahn — Mortal Kombat famously has some of the most aggravating bosses in the fighting genre, and none has been responsible for more controller-based property damage than Shao Kahn. And he wins. The beginning of 2011's franchise reboot reveals that Kahn was the ultimate victor in the previous game's battle royale, and it's only by Raiden sending a message back in time that his total dominion over all realms is averted. Brutally snapping Kung Lao's neck after being fairly defeated at his hands simply reinforces him as the ultimate evil in the MK universe.
3. Sephiroth — Sephiroth was (pardon the pun) a game changer. And his reputation is balanced on a single moment. The murder of Aerith may not have been the first time a party member was violently taken away from you in an RPG, but Final Fantasy VII was played by so many people that it rocked the world. Every school yard was abuzz with rumours that there was a way to save her, to bring her back. But it was to no avail. FFVII's lesson to a generation was that sometimes there is just nothing you can do. That you can't save everyone. And no young gamer would ever be the same because of it.
2. Ganondorf — Say what you will about Hijacked by Ganon, there is still something special about walking into a throne room and hearing that distinctive chuckle. The Great King of Evil has returned time and again to menace players across 27 years of gaming, and he has consistently provided some of the most epic final battles in video game history.
1. Revolver Ocelot — Metal Gear is a series known for its complicated plot of political intrigue. And in the centre of this web sits Revolver Ocelot, playing a game only he knows the rules to. There is no one who Ocelot won't stab in the back to further his own goals, and no lie he won't tell to gain the upper hand. And in the end, his goals were ultimately more or less the same as Snake's and his actions were necessary for the destruction of the Patriots. But for his duplicitous nature, the complexity of his machinations, and the countless people who died because of him, Ocelot is the greatest villain in all of gaming.
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- 5. Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear Solid series. Although the credibility of his plans being to spiral into downright omnipotence for him to succeed, you still gotta love that Russian cowboy for the amount of hamminess and style he has all while doing it. With the except of a couple of moments, there isn't a point in the game where he is in control of almost all the chess pieces on the board!
- 4. Kane from the Command & Conquer Tiberian universe. The leader of the Brotherhood of Nod, and downright impossible to kill for good. He even wins in either endings of C&C4!
- 3. General Sheperd from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. While the plot may have had a million holes and played out more like an unrealistic Michael Bay movie, for some reason the guy is the single most memorable villain in the COD series (at least in my opinion - I haven't played BLOPS 2 yet). Probably has to do with the fact that his gripe about the American people having unrealistic expectations in war and losing the will to fight due to a (albeit rather massive) nuclear setback being slightly sympathetic. Slightly. Oh, and that whole knife-fight scene at the end of the game was pretty badass, too.
- 2. Sarah Kerrigan, aka the "Queen of Blades" from StarCraft. Yeah, she kinda got clichéd and stupid in the story of StarCraft II, but her work of backstabbing and treachery in Brood War is the stuff of legends. She ain't the Queen Bitch of the Universe for nothing, fellas.
- 1. Genevieve Artistide from the FEAR series, but especially FEAR 2. When you managed to be more manipulative, heartless, and downright unethical to the point where the homicidal spirit of a teenage girl with immense psychic powers proves to be more sympathetic (and even reasonable!) than you are, you know you've got some MASSIVE morality issues going on. The only true pity here is that she never gets her well-deserved come-uppance in the finale of the trilogy, implying that she may have even gotten away with all of her crimes...
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