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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Bowser 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
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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758 479
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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772 541
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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601 512
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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703 496
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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738 527
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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505 465
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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659 396
Majora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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538 415
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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628 523
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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615 453
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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433 389
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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564 435
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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368 338
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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538 426
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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299 272
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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419 372
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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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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