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

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885 462
Ganon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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836 434
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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457 392
GLaDOS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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818 341
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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416 343
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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430 305
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
midnightq2 added Albert Wesker

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359 168
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Collin Cantrell added Darth Vader

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447 328
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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433 281
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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412 355
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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329 221
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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303 281
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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340 253
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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342 268
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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325 258
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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248 272
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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417 284
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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358 234
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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327 215
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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165 195
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Ridley

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146 117
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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121 116
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Revolver Ocelot

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245 289
Wario is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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248 234
Ares is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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206 208
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Master Hand

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355 249
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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158 227
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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200 225
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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361 279
Goro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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38 106
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Slainoracle added Vaati

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121 211
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amine-ouni added Vergil

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87 83
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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272 227
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Alduin

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156 209
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King Boo

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64 107
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shaurya-kapoor added Pagan Min

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82 148
Dr. Nefarious is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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101 200
President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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112 147
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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138 192
King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added King K. Rool

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135 183
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
kenneth-kirby added Dark Samus

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128 183
Jecht is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Jecht

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50 95
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shaurya-kapoor added Vladimir Makarov

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45 98
Great Mighty Poo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Great Mighty Poo

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61 74
Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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209 210
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Donkey Kong

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73 113
Golbez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Sebastian Weber added Golbez

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59 78
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
StaB added Arthas Menethil

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118 197
Lavos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Lavos

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56 85
Andross is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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