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

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

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

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Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
jay-d-walters added Pyramid Head

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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Collin Cantrell added Darth Vader

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Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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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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Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
midnightq2 added Albert Wesker

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

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Majora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Majora

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

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

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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Master Hand

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Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Ridley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Ridley

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

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

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King Boo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King Boo

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Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Wario is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Donkey Kong

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Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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

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Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
kenneth-kirby added Dark Samus

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

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

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

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Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Alduin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King K. Rool

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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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Vaati is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Slainoracle added Vaati

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Waluigi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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shaurya-kapoor added Vladimir Makarov

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President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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