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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1,070 567
Ganon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,021 533
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,005 423
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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536 439
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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605 414
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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543 386
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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466 258
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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436 275
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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405 344
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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509 358
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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415 323
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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406 317
Dracula 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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Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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

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401 266
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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435 305
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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178 167
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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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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304 277
Ares is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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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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Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Wario is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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124 111
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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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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shaurya-kapoor added Pagan Min

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amine-ouni added Vergil

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159 186
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Alduin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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56 153
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Slainoracle added Vaati

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307 252
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Vaas

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132 240
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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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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Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
kenneth-kirby added Dark Samus

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shaurya-kapoor added Vladimir Makarov

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187 264
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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190 146
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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154 218
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 77
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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228 224
Revan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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135 111
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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103 171
SHODAN is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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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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Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Dr. Nefarious is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
pramshu-peri added Dr. Nefarious Ratchet and Clank 3 to present series

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Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time