The 10 Most Evil Villains In Video GamesA brief explanation before we begin. There have already been countless lists of the best villains in video games in the past, and chances are there are no two that are alike, but I like to think that my list is different in some aspects because I haven't let things like popularity of the character or the game it's in influence my decisions.
Here are some stipulations I set:
- The character cannot be evil by any sort of outside forces influencing him. If they had a rough childhood, if they're out for revenge, if they're being forced by a more powerful villain, he's disqualified from being on the list.
- The character cannot at some point have assisted the protagonist.
- The character cannot show any sort of remorse, guilt, shame, or otherwise any sort of human traits towards their misdeeds.
- If the character believes they are doing good, they are off the list. I offer some compromise to that rule with any robotic, or computerized characters, who generally don't believe in good or evil, but "necessity."
So as you can see from these guidelines, I wasn't just looking for evil.
I was looking for EVIL.
Originally this was meant to be a top 20, but since I can't post anymore than 10, here're the runners up:
Chances are you aren't gonna agree with EVERYTHING on the list, but isn't that what makes lists like these great anyway?
Anyway, here's the top 10:
The Top Ten
There are no villains who could compare. Everybody who tries to make claims, like Bowser could stomp him or sephiroth could beat his sorry behind, they are just pathetic fans who are blind to the truth. His cold heart has always been a feature people respect him for. In Wind waker, he is willing to kidnap children, and near the end, he is ready to kill the two children who tried to stop him. He is the Hyrulian equivalent of the devil. He is described as a man with super human strength, BEFORE claiming the triforce. Imagine the power of a god in an already super human devil's hands. Despite his godly strength, he doesn't use mindless force to get everything. He cursed the Deku tree, leaving the guardian to die, and leaving the kokiri defenseless. He blocked the gorons' cavern, forcing them to starve, and if not for link, they would die. He made the zoras' deity become ill, and it had devoured their princess. Even when his plans failed, link made them succeed at the same time. After ...more
Ganondorf. What more is there to say? Most other villains pretend to have morals; they have objectives, they have standards, they have "ethics" or "taste".
Ganondorf wants to rule the world because he simply wishes to cause suffering, and doesn't care who gets in the way.
He is most likely, if he was allowed to be more than a Teen rated villain and get a mature or unrated game, the greatest evil and closest depiction to Satan in behavior and methods as we can imagine. He would likely try to eat little children if he thought it'd afford him more power. He makes no distinction between young, old, civilian, soldier, or even those who are his own people, the Gerudo, who time and time again he has led into disaster simply to further the suffering in the world and destroy any who would dare raise a finger to stop him.
The only person capable of defeating him is Link - the person chosen by essentially every deity conceived in the Zelda franchise to be ...more
he want revenge for the gerudo being treated poorly when he was a king in ocarina of time, and revenge for the destruction of the gerudo kingdom and its people in wind waker.
He want revenge for being sealed when he entered the kingdom
If you are the only reason the Mushroom Kingdom fears for its life with Mario around than you must be evil. Plus, even though he backs up the crew in the RPG series, he doesn't help Mario in any of the main games. Also, if you can grow to Godzilla size and even get all of your flesh burned off your body and still come back for round 402 you must be dedicated. Ganondorf owned his world while Bowser owned his entire universe TWICE.
Bowser is pure evil. His goal to repeatedly kidnap Princess Peach is only fueled by the hate and envy he harbors towards Mario. His army is a group of henchmen that he doesn't give a damn about - he doesn't even flinch as he places them near the greatest pits of danger, lava, deep holes and is basically using them as a shield. He doesn't care for any other life other than his own and Princess Peach's. And he is only desperate to keep Princess Peach alive for the sake of seeing the anguish in Mario as he himself saves the ability to feast over her.
Bowser isn't even close to being pure evil to be honest. He could have tried to harm Princess Peach after kidnapping her, but he doesn't. In addition, he has some standards, which can be seen when he teams up with Mario in a few games. Also, if he was evil, he would have been abusive to his children or even try to outright kill him, but he doesn't
He shouldn't be that high, he never killed anybody, but he is above guys who killed hundreds of people. He shall not be even top 50, he just kidnaps princess because he's jealous, that's all
That's true. I love Bowser, but it's far from the most evil character.
*cough cough* Mario RPG *cough cough* Bowser's Inside Story *cough cough* Super Paper Mario *cough cough*
Undoubtedly, the most evil villain of all time. Kefka is an insane, narcissistic clown whose only goal is to destroy all things, including the world, ideology, and religion. The funny thing is, while villains like Ganondorf succeed in their plans, but fail to completely execute them, Kefka does! Kefka actually betrays his alliances, unleashes the apocalypse, and becomes the God of Magic! And when the heroes finally confront him, what does he do? Actually... He acknowledges his defeat. Knowing his end is near, Kefka takes his final bow with a brief, powerful speech and amazing final battle. When all is said and done, Kefka's insanity, sadistic nature, failure to comprehend emotions, success in executing his plans, and his finale easily warrant him the title of the most evil villain of all time. (Fanboys eat your hearts out)
Are you confused about just how evil a villain could be considered? Look no further than Kefka, because he is one of the pinnacles, one of the standards to which truly evil villains should be measured by. Among other terrible acts, he poisoned the waters of Doma castle and killed everyone inside of it... for FUN.
He doesn't have a backstory, he isn't out for revenge, he hasn't experienced any childhood trauma. He's just one evil goddamn bastard.
Kefka is a villain that makes you hate him more than any other villain in video game history. He's sadistic psychopath with the most astounding amount of thought put into him. The symbolism is amazing, symbolism from The Divine Comedy (an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century) shown in the final battle, to Lucifer in his God of Magic form with an attack called "fallen one". Definitely should be number 1.
Kefka should be #1. Bowser shouldn't be #1 because all he does is kidnap the princess over and over again... Yeah, some villain. Kefka is a twisted, evil jester that betrayed and killed his own leader, destroyed the world, killed many innocent people and became a god! If that isn't pure evil, then I don't know what is.
"Hee, hee! Nothing can beat the music of hundreds of voices screaming in unison! " -Kefka
What does a mutant who kidknaps some bimbo princess have on a terrorist tyrant who murders millions? None.
He is one of my favorite video game villains since my first time playing' this game.
This guy should be number 1 because he used a nuke chemical gas destroying the world attacking many country killing almost a billion people and starting world war 3.
Definitely the most evil character I would personally say, considering the fact he:
Has done two massacres or more.
Killed thousands of Marines.
Millions dead at his hand.
Vladimir would go has far as slaughtering his right hand man to get what he wants and
Loads more that I can't be bothered to list because there are so many reasons!
The Joker is the best villain. He breaks out of Arkahm Asylum one of the most secured prisons in US like gowning in your house and getting out. He manipulated all the villains to work for him. He took control of the whole prison and stole the titan formula, and this is Arkham Asylum game, know in Arkham City he is sick but in a gang war against The Penguin, and Two Face. He has sent his blood to hospitals so people get sick since he has titan venom in his blood. He kills Talia al Ghul. He also almost kills Catwoman and in the end he dies. In Batman Arkham Origins he shows his true power. He captures Black Mask in his secured Penthouse kills his girlfriend and captures him an also takes control of all his men but first killing a quarter of his man so to make the others follow him. He then puts a 51,000,000 dollar bounty on Batman and hires eight assassins all of them dangerous. He kills one of the assassins for mocking him. He manipulates GCPD to kill Batman for the bounty. He goes in ...more
The joker is not only the most diabolical villain ever, he does it in his own style. He can torture, kill, morally and and physically break a man with both gadgets and his bare hands, and he does it all with a big smile of his face. Call me sick and twisted, but I think it' awesome. He's a well portrayed villain with his "trademark" destructive fantasy.
I personally think that the Joker should be number one. I love this guy so much! I cried when what happened to him in Arkham City. (Not giving out any spoilers. ) Come on guys. We need to get this guy to the main top! Or at least in the top 10 or 5 spot.
Bowser #2? This list is beyond dumb. Joker is so evil. He brutally beats Jason Todd with a crowbar and ENJOYS it, kills many other people, and laughs like a maniac when killing people. What evil things has Bowser done? Oh right, capturing a princess sure, but doesn't do anything to her. Joker all the way!
No way could ganon EVER compete with Sephiroth... No WAY. For one ganon doesn't summon a big ass rock to slam into eart. In no way does Ganon intend to kill every living thing including the Earth. Remember Sephiroth desired to have Earth become his transport throughout the universe and destroy the other planets. and if ganon can't take the mastersword how the hell is he going to be able to compete with Masarume?
He is the most calm, cold blooded psychopath ever. Plus probably the prettiest one out there.
Sephiroth is the baddest villian of all time. He's been in two different game franchises and is always hardest to beat. And his sword is longer than any katana in gaming history. I mean the man has his own theme music when the chorus is an orchestra singing his name. Fight sephiroth in kingdom hearts 1 & 2 and tell me he isn't the baddest ever.
A lot of people don't know of the accomplishments sephiroth made as a villian, for some reason and it's quite annoying. I mean, the guy took control of an alien that destroyed planets for eons till her death 2000 years ago. Now that's badass. I understand, kefka deserves to be respected because he became a god.
He should be number one. No one is more psychotic than him. Albert wesker a close second, but still. He dominated a peaceful society, brainwashed everyone, killed Lucas' mother, and mechanized animals, and eventually Lucas' brother Claus.
Really, when you come down to it, Giygas isn't the real villain, it's Porky. Why? Well...
1. Giygas DID brainwash Porky, but even after Giygas died, Porky stayed evil, and nobody else did
2. Giygas did not intend to brainwash him or anybody else, but did it because he was the embodiment of evil
3. He's a self- centered, cruel, psychopathic jackass!
Wants to destroy a world for boredom. Before destroying it, however, he still thought of turning most animals into cyborgs and sending Pigmasks (weird version of Nazis) to do some bad stuff, like setting forests on fire and killing people. And he's also the ONE villain in video-games who is truly immortal.
He's only no.11? Master porky is the ultimate villain. Higher than browser, and everyone else! The only one who's comparable to porky minch is GLaDOS from portal.
He's a sadist and psychopath (much more than the actual psychos), but that's what makes him a great and hilarious villain. His biggest villain moment might be tricking everyone to do his biddings, summoning the Warrior (a powerful vault being), and shooting Roland in the back on your mission. Not only that, but what makes this sadistic man funny is how he handles the situation such as a situation where Jack tells you the story of a random dude charging at Handsome Jack with a spoon. While he laughs, Jack tells you how he grabbed the spoon and scooped out the man's eyes. It's psychotically funny.
What I love about Handsome Jack is how truly insane he is. He genuinely thinks that he's the hero of the game and that everything he's doing is 100% justified and for the good of the planet. He slaughters innocent people in the thousands, and then acts like they should be thankful for it. He's truly unhinged.
If you never played Borderlands 2 you won't understand the hype around this psychopath. But if you have you will always remember this bastard. One of the best villains I had the pleasure to kill after hours of manipulation and smart ass jokes from him. But in all fairness, you couldn't resist to like the guy in a twisted way...
Jack is the most funny character I have ever seen. However when you get through the game, you find jack's real personality. You see something much more sinister
Why Andrew Ryan? Simple.
Andrew Ryan isn't your usual villain. His personality is well delevoped, and it's slowly revealed over the game. He's a man of ideals. He constructed a city in the bottom of the ocean. He's just... just... reactive!
A man chooses, a slave obeys.
Could you please..?
I like Andrew Ryan, but I think Comstock is better as a villain. Andrew is more complex, though.
Come on! He's based on Neo from Matrix! He betrays everyone and he only cares about himself. He tried to destroy the world and almost succeeded. Chris obviously got luckily cause Wesker fell in lava. He brainwashed Jill to fight Chris. Can't get much more evil than that.
He uses stars as lab rats in the first game, and kills all except five of the stars alpha team. He becomes a superhuman after injecting Birkin's G-Virus into his own skin to resurrect himself. He reappears in Code Veronica, and hunts down Chris and Claire in pursuit of Alexia Ashford, and her assets. In later games, he sacrifices whoever he has to, and comes close to his plan of wiping out the human race and making a perfect society of super human beings.
Wesker has betrayed everybody he comes in contact with he should be number one he could kick anybody's pathetic ass on this list. How dare you place him as number thirteen!
He's evil. He betrays everyone he has to in order to follow his plans. And has superhuman strength!
Although his only game appearance was a flop, there is no question that this dark being is truly evil. After being freed, he took out his frustrations on Shadow, who later in the game travels back in time to seal Mephiles in the Scepter of Darkness. After teleporting Rouge, Shadow and himself into the dystopian future, Mephiles then tricked Silver and Blaze into thinking that killing Sonic would save their world. Mephiles also planted the seeds of doubt in Omega's head, reminding the robot that it was he who had captured and imprisoned Shadow in the future. Twice Mephiles tried to coerce Shadow into helping him, but Shadow bluntly refused both times. In the end, Mephiles killed Sonic to make Elise cry, thus releasing Iblis from within the princess so that Mephiles could join with Iblis and once again become Solaris.
Eggman: I am the greatest villain of the franchise and it's MY destiny to destroy Sonic the Hedgehog!
Mephiles: *cough* Too late
If someone is speaking of Sonic 06 they never talk about Mephiles and that's sad because I still think that the best one is kefka but damn HE IS A BIG EVIL THAT ALMOST WON! The only reason he lost is because of the bull plot. This guy is the darkness. He haves the devil as a friend. He killed the hero.
He is heartless and will never change. And in the future everyone is because of iblis (the devil) and mephiles dead. This guy should be somewhere at 4, 3 or 2
Why isn't this guy at the top? He's the only villain in the whole franchise who actually managed to kill sonic.
Honestly I was really surprised when I saw he wasn't on here. Giygas is perhaps one of the most nightmarish video game villains ever. Fighting giygas is like fighting the very stuff that nightmares are made of. I think he at least deserves to be in the top 10.
Giygas is pure evil. He/she wants to destroy all of Earth, and brainwashed Pokey who joined a cult, flew a helicopter, imprisoned a girl, took over a city, and all this crazed stuff. Of course, even though Pokey's a total jerk, it's all Giygas' fault.
How is he not higher 1st off he is pretty much a living nightmare every time I fight him I feel like gaining it's like fighting the pure essence of fear he has no form but blood red color that make out well find out yourself honestly Nintendo's villains don't really make me feel anything other then joy because I love to hate them but this guy proves that Nintendo is capable of creating horror filled things
He's literally the embodiment of evil. He emanates despair and hopelessness when you encounter him.
Shao Kahn is complete evil in a nutshell. He is brutal, experienced, deceiving, hard to stop, and has one intimidating look.
His brutality is well known and feared. As game play wise, he has powerful attacks from his sorcery, which makes him totally noob proof. In story wise, he is the devils parasite. As a conqueror, Shao Kahn's power is underestimated because the people of Earthrealm fall for stereotyping that he is limited by the rules of Mortal Kombat and he plans to stay like that. But no, Shao Kahn is intelligent from his back ups in case his plan fails. As winning tournaments is not his profession, invasion is. He is worthy of invasion, he conquered Edenia, a realm that everyone thinks was better than Earthrealm except Shao Kahn. He finds Earthrealm's ability to easily transport to other realms more valuable then what the luscious Edenia had to offer. His thousands of years of knowledge in combat makes him skilled, but the main reason why he is experienced is his ...more
He is disturbing and scary
Shao Kahn IS the villain of the MK series. He is unstoppable, ruthless, cunning, heartless, power hungry, bloodthirsty, and responsible for the most suffering in the series. Fun fact: He was literally unbeatable in MK2 so the game developers had to make him easier to defeat.
Test your might
On thor bootleg
In Sonic 2 (for the master system and game gear) Eggman rescues Sonic from his death and then drops cannonballs to kill his own robot. Now tell me why Eggman should be on this list.
Dr Eggman is the joker of video game villains (and no the batman games as great as they are don't make them count as video game characters) he would blow up 75% of the world conquer the remaining 25% and say (see I now rule the hole world still counts) that is how insane he is heck he unleashed and evil god the destroyed a hole city in one game blew up half the moon in another and finally Blew the hole world up into different pieces all the while just laughing hohoho he is the thing other villains have nightmares of.
In Sonic Adventure 2, he launches Sonic into space and tries to BLOW HIM UP. Point is, he has mistakes, but come on. He has an IQ of 300. He is one heck of a villain.
Though it is stupid to blow up the world just to build a theme park, Eggman is a good villain. He uses animals to power robots, enslaved a galactic being, and nearly used a space station to destroy the world. Forget the turtle who can be killed by touching an axe.
He makes Bowser look like Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in comparison!
He is the most evil Nintendo villain ever. Unlike Bowser who has some standards and genuinely loves his son and respected by his army and Ganondorf who at least had a tragic past (in Wind Waker), Ridley has no excuse. He kills because he enjoys it, and is a complete psychopath to boot.
Case in point, the Metroid Manga. Ridley kills Samus's mother right in front of her and is responsible for the destruction of her home planet, and later attacking her second home. Furthermore, Ridley loves mocking and insulting Samus about the death of her parents.
There's also the fact that unlike most Space Pirates who want to conquer, Ridley's sole ambition is to simply torture and kill. He's as much of a monster inside as he is outside.
Out of the villains that Nintendo has to offer, Ridley may stand out to be one of the most vile there is, especially when one takes in account of the manga detailing the origin of Samus Aran. He led the attack on Samus's colony and was responsible for the death of her parents. And he enjoys that aspect. He exploited the naivety of young Samus to lure into a false sense of understanding and nearly killed had it not been for Samus's mother pushing her out of the way. Years later, Ridley reveals himself to Samus and his mere presence causes to go into a PTSD due to that incident. And he takes pleasure of that. Ridley mocks her state and proceeded to tell her the gruesome details of how he has eaten the corpses of colonists, especially her mother. He also murdered a good number of the Chozo, Samus's adoptive family, shortly afterwards. At his core, Ridley is a psychopathic monster with no qualms of killings. He has no grand ambition like Mother Brain in taking over the galaxy nor truly ...more
This guy is amazing. He killed Samus's parents, leads the stinking Space Pirates, and has been hunting down Samus for a long time. I don't want him at 1, but let's get him higher.
Crazy in the force unleashed. He sticks a lightsaber right through the apprentice's chest. EVIL.
Dudes dark, evil, careless and awesome. Nothing beets Darth, nothing
I am your father
Good guy turned bad guy, the most complex villain of all time.
Dimentio is probably the most evilest villain Mario ever faced. He tried to destroy all worlds just to replace them with his own worlds. And he does this but getting close to Count Bleck and betrays him at the end. He also used Mario, Luigi, Peach, and even Bowser to help him achieve his goals by having them take care of Count Bleck so he can take control with Chaos Heart and fuse with the mind controlled Luigi to form the giant puppet monster Super Dimentio. The most unique part about this guy is he believes his goals are good while he views the ones that oppose him as evil. No other Mario villain is like that. Plus the similes. Who doesn't love his similes? "Your just like a kid kiting in a storm! "
He thought of everything. He approached the villain, Count Bleck: he found out why he was doing what he did: he worked with him: he trained the heroes to defeat Count Bleck: he sent the four heroes to Hell to make sure they had all of the Pure Hearts to defeat Bleck: he made them use the Pure Hearts on him and defeat him: then, he took over the Chaos Heart and almost destroyed all words: at last, he even foresaw his defeat, and left a shadow of his power to control the Chaos Heart and fulfill his mission, probably giving him another life. He only forgot one thing: love.
Technically he shouldn't be here because of "The character cannot at some point have assisted the protagonist." (though he did this so that they would defeat Bleck, allowing him to betray everybody) but Dimentio is super evil anyways.
Take Kefka. Make it so he was evil, pshycotic, and narcissistic from the start, and have him write an evil book that fortells the apocalypse of the universe. Then make him kill four of the most famous characters in video game history for fun and to fulfill his warped desires. That's Dimentio in a nutshell. The ultimate show is like dancing mad ON STEROIDS! !
I honestly don't think anyone can compare to the MURDEROUS, COLD, UNFEELING, SADISTIC, NARCISSISTIC personality of the feminine AI GLaDOS. She is arguably the best villain in the history of EVER. Let's see...
She starts off as a voice. You are absolutely clueless as to who or what she is. She makes you complete test after test AFTER TEST AFTER TEST. She makes you befriend an INANIMATE OBJECT. And then makes you incinerate it. And you're probably sick of hearing it, but the cake was a BIG LIE (There is also the theory that YOU are the cake). She tries to incinerate you in a big incinerator. You know ya panicked!
Hell, the way she goes out is awesome! She fires rockets at you, which you redirect at her with portals. If that's not bad enough, it's also a timed battle, you only have six minutes, last time I TRIED to check. And after you destroy her personality cores, she flat out explodes.
Her appearance in Portal 2 is also awesome. JUST LISTEN TO THE OPENING LINES. ...more
Somehow, it's all fun and games for both parties. That is, until she tries to kill you. Then it's fun and games for both parties with the threat of death constantly looming above your head... Or below your feet... Or in front of you with a laser pointed at your chest. GLaDOS was the villain that predated Marvel as far as humor and cruelty is concerned. There's so many good quotes of hers that are even applicable in real life. She even takes away your one and only "companion" not once, not twice, but FOUR TIMES, then tries to make you feel better by saying there's so many more. Shame on you, GLaDOS. The "Plenty of Fish" analogy does not apply here.
Real-world consequence for failure: You have to do it again.
GLaDOS's consequence for failure: An unsatisfactory mark on your official testing record, followed by death.
Real-world consequence for success: Results may vary.
GLaDOS's consequence for success: You get dragged into a fire pit and burned alive, instead of the cake that you rightfully deserve and sincerely earned.
Not only does she try to kill you, like all videogame villains, she lies to you about things for which there is no excuse for lying.
She's sarcastic, and perhaps a little narcissistic, and continuously tries to put you down the entire game, saying that your character is adopted or fat, and cleverly insulting you over and over again. She's really funny, for an artificail intelligence robot that is. Her sense of humor is dry, bitter, and just cruel sometimes. The jokes are told to undermine any small sense of self-esteem you may have, or just frighten you without a direct threat. Props, GLaDOS, not just any villain can do that.
Yas! so evil
Just watch M. Bison's ending in Street Fighter 2 or Super Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition.
Then tell me that this guy doesn't deserve to be here!
M. Bison is what most people think of when they think Street Fighter Villain. unlike Akuma, whom is hardly a villain (he sits in a neutral area bwteen good and evil, an anti-hero at best) M. Bison does what he does to further his own plans, which often involve subjugating the planet under a ruthless dictatorship. his own power, Psycho Power is pure negative energy, and only be used once you expel the 'goodness' from your soul. on top of that, he enslaves people, whom he uses for nefarious purposes. all of the characters in street fighter hate him, and to me that signifies a good villain. not the best by any means, but I think he deserves a higher ranking in this list.
Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?
Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?
DO YOU WANT ME TO SLICE YOU LIKE I DID YOUR FRIEND, SHUT UP I AM THE ONE WITH THE DICK HERE
That should make it
Best character of 2012!
You guys need to actually play this game to realize just how evil he was. Luca was a warmonger, intending to start more conflict in the middle of a ceasefire, burning down whole villages while calling humans worms and pigs, heck, he even makes one hapless villager oink like a pig and THEN killing her right there. He was the face of Suikoden II that you really wanted to kill. And to do it, a total of 18 characters, 6 in 3 parties, and then a duel with the main hero of the game, plus a ton of plot-related arrows shot at him, will finally do him in. And his last words show that he left quite a legacy. There's a reason why he's always considered one of the most evil villains in an RPG, and that right there shows why.
This guy is pure evil, He kills thousands and starts a war for no reason other than hate, That and he is tough as well.
having played the game often enough I can say that luca blight definitely deserves rank 1, with no doubt
Evil, with a dreadful back story. He turns out into a ruthless, creature that required a whole army to defeat. DIE PIG DIE
No remorse for any life in the Galaxy. Brought about the destruction of Galactic Civilization every 50,000 years for countless millions of years. Uses deception and any resources without second thought to achieve its goals. It's so evil that it seeks nothing except the destruction of all life, period.
Pure evil, with dire intentions even beyond comprehension...
Pretty much every line Sovereign has says "I am evil", and everything he/she/it/whatever says the same. Sounds shallow, but somehow they pulled it off.
Man what's not evil about this guy he's penis is probably even more evil
The best and The god!
Wester vs glados
It's because of Ares that Kratos's wife and child died.