Total Nerd The Best Video Game Villains of All Time  

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

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1,077 941
GLaDOS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,459 700
Joker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,521 923
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,225 654
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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772 485
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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670 451
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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754 664
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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776 547
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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11
743 531
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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708 503
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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606 519
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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667 399
Majora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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515 472
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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544 417
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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631 526
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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621 458
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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568 437
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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438 393
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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371 342
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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542 430
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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301 278
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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419 376
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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203 98
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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