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

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1,325 629
Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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929 607
Handsome Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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611 406
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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699 619
Pyramid Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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679 433
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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682 486
Dr. Robotnik is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Dr. Robotnik

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706 510
Albert Wesker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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551 474
Kefka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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646 462
Shao Kahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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603 367
Majora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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508 381
Dark Link is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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438 435
Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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591 498
M. Bison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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568 415
Mewtwo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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388 354
Master Hand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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507 401
Psycho Mantis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Psycho Mantis

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519 415
Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

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331 311
Ridley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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262 252
Revolver Ocelot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
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387 356
Ares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time
Ares

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483 396
Goro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Villains of All Time