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

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

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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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509 369
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
midnightq2 added Albert Wesker

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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Collin Cantrell added Darth Vader

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Kefka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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408 260
Majora is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Majora

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Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Shao Kahn

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390 296
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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

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Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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385 252
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Dark Link

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163 152
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Ridley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Ridley

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Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Master Hand

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Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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

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

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

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Vaati is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Alduin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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King Boo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King Boo

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Jecht is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Jecht

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Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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Vaas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Vaas

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176 253
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Golbez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Golbez

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Revan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Donkey Kong

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Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Master Xehanort is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Lavos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Lavos

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Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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