The Top 10 Greatest Video Game Villains of All Time

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Alright! We’re halfway through our greatest villains lists. Movies are done. Books are done. Next up, if you couldn’t read the title, is video games!

In case you missed the other lists, here are the links.

Top 10 Movie Villains

Top 10 Book Villains

And just to recap, there is no overlap between lists, so you won’t find the Wicked Witch of the West on the movie list because she’s originally from a book.

And don’t forget to vote at the end. Remember, the villains with the most votes will move onto the overall greatest villains list at the end of the month!

Boring stuff aside, let’s got onto the list!

10. Giovanni – Pokemon

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Pokemon isn’t exactly a series known for it’s villains. They always tend to be a little boring. Giovanni is certainly the exception. He was the original Pokemon baddy. He’s greedy, power hungry, the leader of Team Rocket, and one of the last foes you face in the game. He also has a thing for cats (what good villain doesn’t?) and has a major superiority complex. Oh, and don’t forget, he’s the father of the player’s rival in the direct sequel. I guess being bad runs in the family.

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9. Shao Kahn – Mortal Kombat

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Also known as the Konqueror, Shao Kahn is the emperor of Outworld and is bent on taking over all of the realms (worlds) and enslaving their inhabitants. He is immensely powerful and has an insatiable bloodlust. He also has an odd sense of humor, laughing almost maniacally at times for little reason and making statements that would be a little less than eloquent for an emperor. After all, who can forget a line like “you suck!”

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8. Dr. Wily – Mega Man

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There’s something about being good with robotics that seems to make a person want to grow a massive mustache and try to conquer the world. Dr. Wily wasn’t always evil, though. He originally worked with his arch-nemesis, Dr. Light, but turned against him after Dr. Light got most of the credit for their work. Seeking recognition for his talent, he builds war machines and powerful humanoid robots to do his dark bidding. Despite all that, you can’t help but feel a little sorry for the guy. I mean, not getting any props for your hard work is kind of rough.

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7. GLaDOS – Portal

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What’s scarier than a corrupted AI bent on killing you. Not much, actually. GLaDOS isn’t like most other evil AI’s, though. She’s witty. She’s narcissistic. She has personality! And that’s what makes her so great. She’s cold, hard silicon, but if it weren’t for her robotic voice, you’d never know.

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6. Albert Wesker – Resident Evil

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This guy is as selfish as they come. Even before he was given superhuman strength, thanks to a special virus, he was trying to gain as much power and influence as he could. After he gained his superhuman abilities, his ultimate goal became to transform the entire human race into superhumans like himself. That actually doesn’t sound so bad, unless, of course, you don’t much like the idea of having to worship Wesker as your god in exchange.

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5. Dr. Robotnik – Sonic the Hedgehog

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If the size of an evil scientist’s mustache is any indication of how diabolical he is, then Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robitnik must be the worst! Like most supervillains, Dr. Robotnik desires nothing more than to rule the world, but his methods are especially ruthless. Sure, building a robot army doesn’t sound too original, but what about powering said robots with adorable little animals? That’s just messed up! And, unlike other evil scientists on this list, he doesn’t mind getting his hands a little dirty. Heck, not only is he the last boss in most Sonic games, he’s also the first (and the second, and the third, and the, well, you get the idea).

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4. Kefka – Final Fantasy VI

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There’s something about clown makeup that just makes some people go crazy. Or, maybe it’s the other way around, and crazy people are just simply attracted to the look. Either way, it’s hard to argue that Kefka is the worst of such, uh, colorful villains (there may be one exception, but he’s not a video game character, so…). What makes him so bad? A lot of villains want to rule the world, but they always fail. Kefka didn’t. Not only did he destroy the world as its inhabitants knew it, but also became, literally, a god in the process. He then proceeded to try to kill everyone that was left on the planet. That’s pretty dang evil!

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3. Bowser – The Super Mario Series

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Also known as King Koopa, Bowser doesn’t ask for much. All he wants is to Marry Princess Peach and rule the Mushroom Kingdom. Is that so much to ask? In fact, if it weren’t for the meddling plumber, Mario, he would have gotten his wish a long time ago. He’s a talented guy, too. He can golf, race go karts, play intricate party games, and a whole host of other things. All that talent isn’t enough to get him what he truly wants, though. Oh well, you can’t fault him for trying.

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2. Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII

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A lot of people would argue that Kefka is a better Final Fantasy villain than Sephiroth. They would be wrong. Sure, Kefka is stronger (slightly), and yeah, he actually succeeded in destroying the world, whereas Sephiroth didn’t. Spephiroth, however, has something that Kefka doesn’t, and most villains for that matter: a really great back story. Sephiroth used to be a good guy. A revered hero, actually. Once he found out the source of his strength came from the corpse of an evil alien, however, he began to go insane with guilt and anger. Ultimately, he decided to finish what the alien had started and destroy the world. Oh yeah, and that’s another thing Sephiroth has over Kefka. His plan is way more twisted. Not only does Sephiroth want to destroy all life on the planet, he wants to, as he put it, “sail through the darkness of the cosmos with this planet as [his] vessel.” Villainous! Oh, and he also has a really badass theme song.

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1. Ganon – The Legend of Zelda Series

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This is an example of a villain that just won’t die. He’s been stabbed through the heart, stabbed through his head, turned to stone, and sealed in alternate dimensions multiple times. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! His survival is really not so surprising when you consider the fact that he is the reincarnation of the source of all evil, the Demon King, Demise. He has conquered Hyrule several times, and, according to the official Legend of Zelda timeline, has even killed Link, the hero of the series, at one point, leaving nothing but the gods themselves to stop him from plunging the world into darkness. If that doesn’t make a villain deserve the top spot, then I don’t know what could!

That’s just my opinion, though. What do you guys think? Vote below!

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