Total Nerd The Best Video Game Villains of All Time  

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When it comes down to it, who is the best video game villain of all time? Video games typically a focus on the protagonist - obviously, because you're playing that character - but many games have become classics due to the strength of the villains. Well-written, well-acted villains can elevate games immeasurably. With this list, you can settle once and for just which bad guys are the best video game villains of all time!

When talking about villains in video games, there are a few points to consider. Some antagonists are straight up funny despite the fact that they're trying to kill you, but others are just so charismatic that you can't help but be compelled - you don't feel bad about destroying them, but man, it's a fun ride. Whether they're villains from classic games like SHODAN from System Shock 2 or more recent heavies like the hilarious Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2, there are plenty of video game bad guys to choose from here!

So put on your most fearsome cape, twirl your mustache, and check out our list of video game villains and vote up your favorites. Vote for your favorites and downvote the ones you didn't think were among the top videogame villians. If we missed any classic antagonists, add them, and if you've faced off against all these villains, rerank the list!
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Bowser is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Ganon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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GLaDOS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 399 321
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 780 332
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 413 287
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 424 313
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 403 335
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 419 265
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 280 265
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 309 212
Majora is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 328 156
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 327 257
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 312 243
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 310 205
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 135 101
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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+ - 114 103
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 234 272
Wario is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 154 183
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 240 226
Ares is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Goro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Vergil

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+ - 76 70
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 28 99
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 150 194
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Alduin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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Pagan Min

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+ - 75 139
Dr. Nefarious is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
President John Henry Eden

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+ - 124 170
Jecht is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 131 182
King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 41 87
Great Mighty Poo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Great Mighty Poo

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+ - 127 174
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 56 66
Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 50 76
Andross is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Andross

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+ - 112 189
Lavos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Lavos

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+ - 199 201
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 50 71
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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+ - 185 188
Revan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time