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

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

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

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863 567
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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664 590
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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633 400
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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648 459
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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671 490
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Kefka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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619 445
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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490 360
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Majora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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422 416
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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575 482
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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544 394
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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369 332
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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486 385
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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494 401
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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310 297
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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248 236
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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373 340
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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467 379
Goro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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249 224
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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198 168
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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133 60
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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257 333
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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355 415
Wario is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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471 305
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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291 343
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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160 161
Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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221 254
Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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169 137
Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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210 266
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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274 290
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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288 310
Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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229 317
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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438 351
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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103 82
Waluigi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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217 231
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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222 256
King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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379 326
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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90 197
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Master Xehanort is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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King Dedede 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