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

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

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Sephiroth 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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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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483 403
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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581 402
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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622 440
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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510 326
Majora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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384 384
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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536 457
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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499 361
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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445 326
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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468 372
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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451 356
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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323 299
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Ridley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Goro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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222 197
Team Rocket is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Team Rocket

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170 146
Arthas Menethil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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232 306
King Boo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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327 389
Wario is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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206 228
Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Pac-Man ghost is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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141 115
Illusive Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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397 290
Vaas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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190 248
Dark Samus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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269 292
Dr. Wily is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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255 276
Mother Brain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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211 296
Doctor Neo Cortex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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420 332
Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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192 212
Sarah Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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Alduin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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King K. Rool is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Waluigi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Master Xehanort is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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Vaati is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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President John Henry Eden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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