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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Ganon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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818 415
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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436 376
GLaDOS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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928 409
Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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401 330
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
jay-d-walters added Pyramid Head

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790 334
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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418 293
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
midnightq2 added Albert Wesker

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427 319
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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425 268
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Shao Kahn

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404 341
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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338 159
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Collin Cantrell added Darth Vader

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287 270
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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315 215
Majora is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Majora

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331 259
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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314 247
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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242 259
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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406 272
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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345 226
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Mewtwo

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314 209
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Dark Link

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326 243
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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138 104
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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116 104
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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234 277
Wario is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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154 186
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Ridley

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242 227
Ares is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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195 200
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Master Hand

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347 242
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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154 219
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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196 215
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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Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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30 101
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Slainoracle added Vaati

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265 218
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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151 199
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King Boo

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shaurya-kapoor added Pagan Min

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78 140
Dr. Nefarious is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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98 194
President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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133 184
King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King K. Rool

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125 175
Jecht is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Jecht

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42 90
Great Mighty Poo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Great Mighty Poo

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128 177
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
kenneth-kirby added Dark Samus

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

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51 78
Andross is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Andross

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113 191
Lavos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Lavos

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53 72
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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200 203
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Donkey Kong

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188 189
Revan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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198 217
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Vaas