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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1,591 963
Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,512 919
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,507 809
Ganon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,449 697
Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,207 647
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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665 447
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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750 660
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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763 481
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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774 542
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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603 513
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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706 497
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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739 528
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

14
509 466
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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661 397
Majora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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539 416
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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628 524
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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615 456
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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565 436
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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433 391
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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368 339
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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540 427
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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301 274
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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419 373
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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199 97
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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