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The Scariest Bosses In The 'Resident Evil' Series, Ranked

As one of the most popular video game franchises in history, Capcom's Resident Evil series has been terrifying gamers for more than 20 years. Premiering on the PlayStation in 1996, the first Resident Evil was a game-changer, essentially revolutionizing the survival horror genre and proving that video games, could, in fact, be pretty freaking terrifying.

While each installment features engaging characters (some recurring, some new) and eerie backdrops, the in-game designs—namely, the diabolical monsters—are one of the series' main staples. And now, with the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes upping the ante with improved graphics, gameplay mechanics, and more, these classic Resident Evil villains have never looked scarier.

From imposing enemies like Mr. X to horrifyingly huge creatures like the Draghignazzo, there have been some incredibly scary Resident Evil bosses over the years, but which ones actually gave you nightmares? Vote up all the enemies who terrified you the most, regardless of where they came from or how tragic their backstories are.

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    Jack Baker

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    Appears In: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

    Jack Baker was formally the head of the wealthy Baker family in Louisiana. He and his family may have been responsible for a spree of kidnapping and murders that took place from 2015 to 2017, but unlike some of the other more monstrous bosses in Resident Evil lore, Jack Baker is one of the few zombies that is more man than beast, and that is what makes him so damn terrifying. He's easily one of the best parts of Resident Evil 7, and his resemblance to Jack Torrance only makes him all the more menacing.

    You will first encounter Jack when you're in the main house and he'll be in the "stalking" form. While he's in this phase he can be unaware of your presence if you're sneaky. However, if he becomes aware of your movements, you will need to fight him. You can make him collapse by doing enough damage, but he will rise again after a set amount of time. As a result, it's best to avoid him at this stage.

    You also encounter Jack in a boss fight when you enter the garage. He fights in the same way he does during the stalking phase; however, he will eventually enter the car and try to use it against you. Once you do enough damage he'll end up crashing the car.

    Truly terrifying?
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    Marguerite Baker

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    Appears In: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

    Another eerie boss who's fleeting shadow of humanity makes her all the more nefarious, Marguerite Baker was the wife of Jack Baker, who's equally as chilling. There are two major boss fights against her. In the first encounter, she will stand at the top of a hole and summon insects to attack you. Once you deak enough damage, she will fall into the hole where she will be enveloped by a pool of bugs and slime. 

    The final boss fight takes place in the Greenhouse. You initiate the fight by walking up the stairs to the second floor. She will burst through the window and try to grab you. If she grabs you, you will need to attack her to get you to let you go. Once you injure her enough, she will start to flee. Once she's in hiding, she will position herself on several walls where she will create new hives for her insects to spawn. This is a great opportunity to attack Marguerite if you can find her. Otherwise, you will need to destroy the hives manually. 

    Truly terrifying?
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    Appears In: Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica X

    Nosferatu was responsible for the creation of Alexia and Alfred Ashford. However, after they learned how they were born, the two experimented on their father and turned him into the abomination he is today. Resembling an eerie vampire-like beast, Nosferatu is a terrifying foe whose backstory is as scary as it is tragic.

    When you fight Nosferatu you'll learn that he has two main attacks. He can attack with his large tentacle-like appendage that sprouts from his back. He can also expel deadly poisonous gas. He's also very fast, so it really isn't advisable to try to run away. 

    Nosferatu is blind, which means he can only attack you if he hears you. Therefore, using a sniper rifle is optimal because you can stay still. Aim for the heart as it does the most damage. You'll know you've hit his heart when he recoils and moans. It usually takes two to four shots to end him. 

    Truly terrifying?
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    Appears In: Resident Evil

    Because really, who isn't afraid of giant mutated anacondas? Yawn was an experimental Bio Organic Weapon test subject at the Arklay Laboratory that became incredibly unstable after it was injected with the t-Virus. It was nicknamed "Yawn" in reference to the way its mouth opened before an attack. 

    Yawn has a health value of 3000 in the first encounter and 4000 in the second. Because you have to fight this giant snake in a knife battle, you need to try to avoid being bit because the only way to heal is with the serum. Wait until you dodge its bite attack to make your move. You should have time to get in a few attacks after it misses its bite.

    Truly terrifying?