Best Call of Duty Villains


The Top Ten

1 Vladimir Makarov Vladimir Makarov

It was either Makarov or Menendez. But if people could sympathize for Menendez, then that doesn't make him the most evil. Plus, when we control that Arab undercover dude who was with Menendez, you could get your hands dirty, kill the navy seal main character and live. If it was Makarov, you're dead either way, so is the navy seal dude. With Makarov, no matter who you are, you have a feeling he's gonna kill you. You can't sympathize with him. Menendez may have followers. If Makarov had followers, he'd kill them all. He'd kill every innocent, anyone. He would destroy the world if he had the opportunity. It took 3 modern warefare series (and "in-story" many years) to finally stop him using PRICE (the Chuck Norris of MW who never dies when he's supposed to). Menendez is just more interesting. But not the most evil.

Makarov is the main antagonist of the Modern Warfare series. He's the mastermind behind WW3 and terrorist extraordinaire. He orchestrated No Russian and ordered the detonation of the nuke in Call of Duty 4. Tens of thousands died because of the will of a single man. How many of our playable characters has he killed... just think about it. No one else did as much damage as he did. From his great voice actor to his awesome quotes. He was definitely the best Call of Duty villain. Makarov even went out in a cool fashion. - Mann0802

Vladimir Makarov. A man, a single man who brought the world to the brink of WW3. Killed millions of innocents. Never afraid to get a gallon of fresh blood on his clothes. Perfect example of a cold hearted killer. Has forever loyal men, and a pack of combat experience. He managed to kill Soap and Yuri, hell, he was even at the second to last second at pulling the trigger on Price. Along with this feat, he traumatized General Shepard by nuking everyone single one of his soldiers. Makarov respectively also shows how easily one man could bring living hell upon the world. Anything that has a heart, is in Makarov's objective to kill. Ultimately the best example of a villain in general.

Vladimir Makarov is the man who officially started WWIII. He was Zakhaev's successor. Responsible for the nuke going off in MW1, brilliantly organizing No Russian to start WW3, and surviving for so long up until the end of MW3. This man is always a step ahead of everybody. Every time you have him within your grasp, he knows what your plan, motivation, and what your skills are. He outsmarted the CIA, Joseph Allen, outsmarted our MW protagonists, and the entire world itself. There is no one more cold-hearted and smart as Makarov. Price may have been able to defeat him once but Makarov beat Task Force 141 countless times! - NoobTuber

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2 Raul Menendez

Menendez was the boss. He wasn't a military leader, he wasn't a Russian dictator, he was a guy who had the worlds largest following on 2 billion people. He had enough people under his command to attack the US and China AT THE SAME TIME. Makarov never accomplished anything like that. Not only that, but you can't win against him. Throw him in prison? He releases a second virus in order to escape and kills woods. You killed him? He is now a martyr and cordis die are overthrowing the government. Either way you lose. But, also unlike the other villains, he actually had a reason for what he was doing. He didn't have some bizzaro extremist loyalty to Russia, he just genuinely HATED the U.S. they killed his father, raped his people, crippled his sister, and later killed her, and blew off half of his face. So, in conclusion, Menedez is not only the best villain in Call of Duty history, but he is also one of the best villains I've ever seen, period. The way he speaks in proverbs, the smug half ...more

Killed Hudson. Killed Woods player determined. Killed Mason be tricking Woods into shooting Mason, player determined. Makes Farid kill Harper, player determined, Kills Admiral Briggs, player determined, starts a cold war, destroys or cripples the best carrier in the world, manages to hack into the American and Chinese drone system making them attack each other, befriends Noriega and that causes US forces to attack also to find Menendez there, has 2 billion followers, escapes out of a maximum high security prison, he is able to have an agent in the Navy to tell him all the secrets which is Salazar, Manipulates the Chinese chairman general to turn against us, manipulates Afghanistan leader to turn against us, and also due to his actions destroyed Los Angelos making it a wasteland because of the drone attackers. Who compares to him really come on.

Okay, first, he had this back story; sympathetic or evil, it was one solid plot.
Second, his persona never changed. From beginning to the end we get to see a mature thinking. Cyber attack, going commando or whatever, the guy had guts.
Third, you need evil? Go play the game; from killing, to tormenting and coldness, he displayed pure evil. Also, his origin was something whole new.
Fourth, Thick. White. Rage

The messiah of the 99%

This guy, deserves to be the first...

Bruh, How? Like how is he less evil than Makarov? He had the most mature thinking skills than any Call Of Duty character. He nearly wiped out all the playable characters. He had 2 billion people following him. He had such power that he could attack the US and China at the same time. And the most important thing? You can't just imprison him. If you do so, he would release viruses and escape. That's how he killed Woods. If you think killing him will just do it, the Cordis Die would cause uproar. There was just no way you could stop him...UNTIL AND UNLESS Call Of Duty provided a way to stop it.

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3 General Shepherd

Now I'm not a huge fan of how he was used in MW2. MW2 needed a little more if they were going to make Shepherd a bad guy and his reasons for betrayal just weren't good enough. That aside, he was still a pretty good villain. His betrayal of Task Force 141 on Estate Takedown is one of my favorite video game moments period. Price told Ghost and Roach not to trust Shepherd even if it was already too late. - Mann0802

General Shepard was real bad if he would stay on the SAS's side for about 15 years and then kill hundreds of people in 3 missions that altogether lasted an hour and a half (average). He is villainous put HIM on dlc in ghosts.

Shepherd was mad cool, and the twist where he kills Ghost and roach is very well written. My only complaint is that they didn't explain his motives very well.

I believe its stated that one of the reasons was because he lost 30,000 of his men and was given a blank check - bman1994

Excellent villain. He shows the reality of American corruption. - NoobTuber

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4 Nikita Dragovich

The main antagonist of Black Ops and for good reason. His first crime was for not sending reinforcements for Reznov at Red Square in WWII. Reznov's men were massacred but he and Dimitri Petrenko survived. Years later Dragovich once again screwed Reznov and Dimitiri Petrenko by testing Project Nova on Reznov's men. Dimitri was one of many that died from this betrayal even after surviving WWII. Then years after that, he brainwashed Alex Mason to kill JFK. Maybe he succeeded? - Mann0802

Dragovich is a very very very evil character he brainwashed Alex mason I think he is the most evil character and he is the devil of Call of Duty

He betrayed his own army for Nova 6 and brainwashed Alex Mason

Not my #1 favorite but he is definitely in the top 5 for me. - NoobTuber

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5 Imran Zakhaev

The man who started it all. Even in death he manages to torment the 141 through his protege.

Makarov took a few notes from this man. Zakheav's ideals of a return to Soviet ways eventually led to WWI even after he had died. He even launched two ballistic missiles at the east coast of the US. The casualties would have been over 41 million. Not to mention he survived an assasination attempt that cost him his left arm. - Mann0802

Stupid guy with friends of makorav and price comes in base and shoots his arm off

He is one of the danger evil

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6 Gabriel Rorke

Rorke can kill anybody with his bare hands. He's been brainwashed and now he's a machine who's only mission is to kill our heroes. He got shot through the chest and was subsequently plunged into the ocean, but he turned up alive and forced Logan, the main character, to join his side--which no other villain has been able to do. He's a guy who uses brute force and could take out any of the ghosts in a one-on-one fight--and for the record he succeeded in killing two ghosts, injuring two, and brainwashing another. Rorke's a boss who doesn't need anyone to help him.

Dude, he was a terrible villain. No sympathetic traits, terrible personality, bad actor (okay the other actors weren't that great either, but still), and is probably the most generic villain we've ever seen in a Call of Duty campaign. Oh, he's an ex ghost who got left behind on a mission and was brainwashed so now he wants revenge against the leader of the... Oh god, just saying that makes me feel like I'm reading a story for a Disney villain.
Overall, Rorke is the most bland villain I've ever seen in Call of Duty, and quite possibly one of the worst villains I've ever seen period.

I was pretty pissed that he didn't die, cause he got shot and and sank 100 feet deep into the lake and still survived he must be a terminator. laugh out loud he is the strongest villain out of all of the bad guys to bad they brainwashed him

Rorke survived a.44 Magnum bullet that shot through him and Hesh and broke a window and was still bleeding afterwards and broke Logan's arm. He survived a plummet into the sea.

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7 DeFalco

Come on, this guys the best, From the start we see him meet with menendez so we all thought this guy was pretty mysterious and cool. Then just a little later we see this guy all of a sudden barge into a party, shoot a hostage in the head, take, Chloe, shoot a guy in the face over the security feed, and if you aren't fast enough to catch him, you watch him fly away into the sunset. And if this wasn't bad enough when you find out that Salazar is a traitor he cuts Chloe's throat with a smile on his face. This guys more evil then makorov, he just didn't have the same resorces. In the end this guys a machine who will do anything to get his missions done

This guy is the ultimate killing machine. Menendez should be his minion. Not he be Menendezs minion.

He help raul menendez with his plots in black ops 2

Hell no - NoobTuber

8 Tian Zhao

I don't think this guy should be in the top ten. But he did get woods to kill mason

He was America's primary strategic rival in the year 2025

He was America's primary strategic rival in the year 2025.

How is he a villain? - NoobTuber

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9 Lev Kravchenko

Sure he was Dragovich's lackey, but he still played a big part in all of the bad acts that Dragovich carried out. - Mann0802

Extremely clever and helps Dragovich and faked his death to get off the list of wanted

10 Edward Richtofen

Some may not see him as a villain but I do. If everything throughout the zombies story line is taken into account, then he's a villain. He tried to kill both Maxis and Sam. All along he wanted to control the zombies and after completion of the Easter egg on Moon, he somewhat accomplished this goal. He's my favorite zombies character to play as because his quotes are just hilarious and he is crazy. - Mann0802

He should be # 2 because he created the zombies and wanted to make more zombies

By the course of black ops 3, he actually became a good guy trying to stop the evil version of himself.

He's cool and evil

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The Contenders

11 Friedrich Steiner

This man was a Nazi scientist who created Nova-6... Enough said. - Mann0802

He's actually a savage. He should be higher up in the list. - NoobTuber

The scientist who brainwashed mason he needs a spot

Steiner, Dragovich, Clarke and Kravchenko are my top 4... THEY ALL MUST DIE

12 Al-Asad

He's definitely the most realistic villain in the entire Call of Duty franchise.

He executed a president on national T.V. with a Deagle. He was the leader of Saudi Arabia after seizing power along with OpFor. His actions were very believable and he's one of the more realistic villains in Call of Duty. Who keeps a nuke in their own palace? - Mann0802

I love how captain price beats the living crap out of him and then shoots him dead! That is my all time favorite call of duty moment!

Didn't this guy have a higher rank than VLADIMIR BLOODY MAKAROV!?!

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13 Jonathan Irons

Was aware of the nuclear attack that killed thousands of people and funded off of their destruction making him the most powerful man in the world which then drove him mad with power and caused a near destruction of the United States so his company could keep the world under his control

To be honest, Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Irons is stunning, coupled with the amazing new motion capture and exo-features makes the advanced warfare campaign an intense and thought provoking experience.

Kevin Spacey, nailed it! After losing his son in the North Korean conflict, he goes totally insane without showing it. Head of a PMC company that dominates the planet, he swears no loyalty to anyone but Atlas, and the world kneels before him!

The trader of everyone he traded you and he's a bitch

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14 Adolf Hitler

Can't believe they aren't already on the list! If he had modern weapons we would have nuked and taken over the world

This guy was real so he should be number one because he was real. And he had gas showers to kill people with. He cooked people in ovens. He also burnt people's skin off.

Come on Its Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler would have made an amazing villain but he never physically appeared in a Call of Duty game. I'd probably vote for him if he did make physical appearances. My hopes are up for that in Call of Duty WW2. - NoobTuber

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15 Victor Zakhaev

He is Imran Zakheav's son, but I have no idea why he wears a jogging suit.

He's a cliche. Irresponsible son of the big bad guy. - NoobTuber

16 Daniel Clarke

I actually liked this guy but he isn't that great of a villain. - NoobTuber

Wish he was in BO 2, a very charismatic villain

Although we don't see him much in Black Ops, he is a big reason why Steiner, Dragovich and Kravchenko recreated Nova 6, without him it may have not happened.

He and Striner are truly the best

17 Alexei Borodin

This is Joseph Allen - a protagonist. Take him off this list

Does anyone Notice he is American.

He works for Makarov, although he is ugly

He sucks - NoobTuber

18 Khaled Al-Asad

You said that why dose the top tens to that

The typical Arab lapdog towards a bigger villain :( - NoobTuber

19 Fidel Castro Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro, was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of more.

We all know who he is in real life. He doesn't have a major role in Black Ops but he's still a villain and cracks this list. - Mann0802

In real life, the invaders of Cuba were the villains. Fidel Castro was a hero. - NoobTuber

20 General Amsel

He might have been only seen for a minute just so he could be assassinated but what he was responsible for is what mattered. He orchestrated the massacre of Russian soldiers and civilians across Stalingrad. A typical Nazi bad guy. - Mann0802

Only seen for a second. Nah. - NoobTuber

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