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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931 490
Ganon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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880 459
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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864 362
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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453 363
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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494 351
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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463 332
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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375 194
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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454 302
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Shao Kahn

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335 298
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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360 236
Majora is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Majora

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359 266
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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367 281
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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349 268
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Andrew Ryan 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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382 246
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Mewtwo

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347 225
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Dark Link

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140 124
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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178 202
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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255 245
Ares is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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219 217
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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365 260
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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371 289
Goro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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251 304
Wario is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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amine-ouni added Vergil

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43 114
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Slainoracle added Vaati

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288 236
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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shaurya-kapoor added Pagan Min

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166 220
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King Boo

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124 155
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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109 211
President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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144 188
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
kenneth-kirby added Dark Samus

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167 233
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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shaurya-kapoor added Vladimir Makarov

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135 191
Jecht is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Jecht

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71 87
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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155 122
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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79 121
Golbez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Golbez

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219 220
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Donkey Kong

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225 229
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Vaas

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198 204
Revan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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219 239
Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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49 72
Master Xehanort is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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210 232
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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88 156
Dr. Nefarious is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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74 56
Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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101 90
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time