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

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638 539
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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511 366
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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596 357
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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647 458
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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506 423
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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600 423
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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472 341
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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Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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

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524 370
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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484 383
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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467 368
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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293 285
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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237 218
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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363 326
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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457 365
Goro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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238 208
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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189 155
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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249 319
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Wario is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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284 328
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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156 125
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
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202 256
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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282 301
Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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265 284
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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222 307
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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432 341
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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209 222
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Waluigi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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210 249
King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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369 320
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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85 191
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) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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