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The Best Video Game Villains of All Time 

Logan Rapp
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Updated January 15, 2020 93.3k votes 9.5k voters 75.1k views 154 items

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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Bowser 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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Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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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
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M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Shao Kahn 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
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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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Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Ridley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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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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Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Vaas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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