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

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

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1,291 667
Ganon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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1,222 541
Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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822 523
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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641 546
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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520 370
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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601 366
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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632 430
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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509 430
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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649 466
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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604 428
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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473 345
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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552 340
Majora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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407 403
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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558 474
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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526 374
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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354 316
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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473 371
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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484 386
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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295 288
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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240 222
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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364 328
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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460 366
Goro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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240 210
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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126 50
Diablo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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189 157
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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250 321
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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346 403
Wario is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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285 331
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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153 150
Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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215 242
Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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159 126
Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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433 298
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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203 257
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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283 302
Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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265 284
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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434 341
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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223 308
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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211 223
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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212 249
King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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370 321
Alduin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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87 79
Waluigi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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85 191
Vaati is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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88 130
Master Xehanort is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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