Best Call of Duty Villains

The Top Ten Best Call of Duty Villains

1 Vladimir Makarov

He had the best death scene I have ever seen in a call of duty game, he is hated, and that's what he needs, the hatred, that makes a good villian

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.

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.

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

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.

I think he is amazing, Menendez should be 1st because, he's not like Makarov who always find's out who the betrayer is on his team, menendez is pure evil, he made nearly 6 characters die in the Story, he was is the best Call of Duty villian I have ever seen,

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.

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.

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

Shepard is cool, but what pisses me off is the fact that they never specify why he betrayed the task force.

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?

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

He's a smug jerk, I wanted to to choke him in the water longer.

5 Imran Zakhaev

He was not Soviet, he was Ultranationalist. But he always carried a deagle.

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

He is one of the danger evil

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.

6 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

7 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?

8 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.

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

He now helps Menendez with selling guns.

9 Friedrich Steiner

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

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

The scientist who brainwashed mason he needs a spot

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

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.

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.

The one who made Nazi Zombies an icon in Call of Duty famous

The Contenders

11 Jonathan Irons

He is like a philosopher with a knack for destruction of any democracy. I agree and disagree with what he says.

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!

12 Gabriel Rorke

Rorke survived falling into the flood with a helicopter falling on top of him when the terrorists shot the dam, survived the initial impact from the LOKI strike, survived the crashing of the train, survived getting shot through the chest, and was left for dead 100 meters underwater, and he still came out on top, brainwashing logan, plus he killed two ghosts and really screwed up the other 2. He was the first to brainwash anyone in the series, survived several events that should have been lethal, killed or incapacitated your team, and I think he is the first villain that hasn't been beaten by the series end.

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

13 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?

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!

Al-asad rocks! Should be top 5

14 Daniel Clarke

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

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

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.

16 Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), 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 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.

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

This guys is Friday days dad

17 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September more.

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

Come on Its Adolf Hitler

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.

He isn't a Call of Duty character because he never made a physical appearance.

18 Corvus

The ultimate devil

He was from black ops 3 and was the ai in the dni that the protagonists and antagonists had


This virus drived taylor and hendricks nad and caused the death of all blops 3 characters

19 Javier Salazar

This guy nothing like a navy seal as what he was supposed to be a guy who pretends to be a navy seal but he fakes it petraeds his team mates.

He betrays his own Seals and is on Menendez's side. He, if you shot Menendez's on the mission Odysseus, will kill Chloe, if you killed De Falco, and is just generally a traitor. He will also injure Admiral Briggs if you don,t shoot him in the head or leg or arm... I don't understand that he is not higher on the list as betrayal is quite a heavy price to pay.

20 Khaled Al-Asad

You said that why dose the top tens to that

The typical Arab lapdog towards a bigger villain :(

21 Joseph "Hades" Chkheidze

Badass leader of the KVA who destroys Seattle and wins match of hand to hand combat against an exo suit. Also the reason Mitchell finds out about Itons.

22 Salen Kotch

This guy launched an attack on Geneva, and waged war on the Earth. Not even Makarov did something that crazy

Nearly destroyed THE EARTH! Not even Makarov could do that. Plus he is a dictator.

23 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.

Only seen for a second. Nah.

24 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

25 Manuel Noriega
26 John Taylor


27 Samantha Maxis
28 Diego Almagro

"leader of the federation"

29 Alejandro Rojas

Call of Duty MW2

30 Alex Mason

He is hero in Black ops then villain and then in Black ops 2 back to hero

Alex Mason stole Hudson's porn magazine.

Because he was Brainwashed.

Most of the time he is a good guy, however he did kill Steiner even though Steiner offered to help America and the C.I.A. wanted him alive

31 Viktor Reznov

Reznov was never a villain

That was just a man named victor. Reznov died 1963 43 year before No Russian

This guy is a good guy!

He's not in no Russian he is reznov

32 Mullah Rahman
33 General Hakim
34 Major Petrov
35 Waraabe

Waraabe pretty much has a lot of similarities with al asad, both characters being interrogatives with berets that lead their country. have a connection with the main villain, and both get killed by captain price, who of course executes them with a pistol

Waraabe doesent know about makrov but he does know about volk

36 Jacob Hendricks
37 Xavier Hirtzel
38 Metz
39 Sarah Hall

She is a traitor

40 Danny "Blackjack" Li
41 Jessica Mason Green
42 Zombies

The zombies are so dumb

Zombies can knock a person down to be bleeding out the genral started all of zombies in black ops 1 and 2

43 Volk

Was Makarovs best friends through Modern Warfare 3 but later died giving status on Makarov to Captain Price

Bomb maker for makorav

Bitch he never died

44 Erik Breighner

He was alive for about 2 minutes in Black Ops 2, but he did work for Menendez, making him a villain, which is what this list is about, so might as well throw him in

He helped the protagonists not a villian

He was the Dr. Daniel Clarke of black ops 2

45 Yared

He was one of the Soviet's who helped Dragovich, Steiner and Kravchenko throw Reznov and his men into the Nova 6 filled room. He can also be seen giving his gun to Kravchenko so he can kill an unnamed man earlier in that mission.

46 Kiril
47 Ludvig Maxis

There is a rivalry between him and richtofen over taking the world and he was the hidden villain after he takes control over zombies nobody will survive he is also the creator of the zombies

48 Goh Xiulan
49 Goh Min
50 Pierre Danois
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