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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1,071 569
Ganon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,023 534
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,007 424
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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537 440
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
jay-d-walters added Pyramid Head

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605 416
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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544 387
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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467 258
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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437 276
Majora is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Majora

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407 345
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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511 358
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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407 317
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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415 324
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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317 326
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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396 315
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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478 413
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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509 344
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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402 266
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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436 305
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Mewtwo

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178 168
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Revolver Ocelot

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215 238
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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305 277
Ares is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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275 252
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Master Hand

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292 344
Wario is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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392 302
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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124 112
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
StaB added Arthas Menethil

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401 327
Goro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

17 Video Games Where You Actually Get To Play As The Villain

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amine-ouni added Vergil

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shaurya-kapoor added Pagan Min

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159 187
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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56 154
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Slainoracle added Vaati

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324 272
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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307 253
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Vaas

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132 241
President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
President John Henry Eden

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193 259
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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shaurya-kapoor added Vladimir Makarov

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168 217
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
kenneth-kirby added Dark Samus

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191 146
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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187 265
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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154 219
Jecht is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Jecht

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111 78
Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Golbez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Golbez

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228 225
Revan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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136 111
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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103 172
SHODAN is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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240 261
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Donkey Kong

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65 26
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
JennaCarter added Diablo

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232 254
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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241 265
Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time