The 10 Most Evil Villains In Video Games

A 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
1 Bowser (Super Mario) Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first ...read more.

Bowser doesn't even deserve to be in the Top 50 in this list. As a villain, he's good, but the key word is "Most Evil". Is Bowser really as evil as he makes himself out to be? Not really. He actually does have signs of genuine positivity, which can be reflected with the relationship with his son Bowser Jr. In addition, Bowser can get sad over some instances and has even teamed up with Mario in case there are standards which Bowser wouldn't dare cross. Lastly, he doesn't seem to harm Princess Peach at all, despite the amount of times he kidnapped her.

Heck, there are villains in the Mario franchise who are even worse than Bowser morally. Dimentio and King Boo anyone?

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.

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.

I have a theory why Bowser survives all those deaths: He's not there. Because the many times you "kill" Bowser, their clones. SM3DL proves it because the first 2 Bowser fights, when he's defeated the clone poofs into a disguised minion. And In SMB if you use fireballs on Bowser he falls off the stage as a minion. What is Bowser doing behind the scenes? We don't know yet.

2 Ganondorf (Legend of Zelda) Ganon (Referred to as Ganondorf in human form) is a fictional character and the central antagonist of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series. He is a power-hungry Gerudo who possesses the Triforce of Power and aims to conquer Hyrule with the remaining Triforce parts.

The King of Evil is a vicious tyrant who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. The best video game villain period. If 100 Albus Dumbledores took him on, none would survive or even lay a scratch on him.

One simply does not defeat Ganondorf. And imagine what would happen if Link didn't exist. Hyrule would be screwed. If Mario didn't exist, Bowser would still be stopped by Luigi, Yoshi, or even Peach herself (In fact I think Bowser should be lower on this list). Also, Nintendo, the company that made both Ganondorf and Bowser, confirmed that Ganondorf is actually stronger than Bowser, so how's Bowser going to stomp Ganon if Ganon is actually stronger? Lastly, in terms of actual villainy, Ganondorf is the video game counterpart of Satan (The Devil) while Bowser (according to theory) is more of a good guy. So take that Mario fanboys. Nothing you can say will make Bowser a better villain than Ganondorf.

First of all, going by the rules of the list as stated at the very top, a villain cannot be on here if they have ever helped the protagonist, or think themselves good, or show any kind of regret or remorse. Bowser has helped Mario, just look at the Mario RPG's. He also showed regret in the end of Super Mario Sunshine when he was talking to his son. Glados, whom in my opinion is an entirely overrated villain who only appears in two whole games, is a robot programmed to do what her company made her to do. She also thinks she's advancing science for the good of mankind. That means she believes what she is doing is good. Going by this evidence, both Bowser and Glados would be disqualified from this list, if one is truly going based on how EVIL one is. Ganondorf, however, has never shown any regret for his actions, and has never teamed up with Link, nor Zelda (not counting Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which isn't canon). He is hatred incarnate. He was born from a demon's undying hate for the ...more

I don't know if Gannondorf is truly the most evil villain in all Video game series, but I can guarantee that Bowser should not be the top. Bowser is the most popular villain, obviously, but he isn't really all that evil. He kidnaps the princess and scares people, but we've never seen him kill a bunch of people or raise undead or anything truly evil, just selfish things. Maybe he's just a lonely dinosaur, does that really make him evil? Gannon actually destroyed Hyrule, killed its citizens and turned them into undead. This question isn't "who is the biggest or most popular villain", it's who is the most EVIL villain, and Bowser shouldn't even been in the top 20.

3 Vladimir Makarov (Call of Duty)

Probably the most evil villain in any non-fantasy game, or games in general.

- Responsible for detonating a nuclear weapon in the Middle East, killing over 30,000 Marines and many more civilians.
- "Doesn't flinch at human trafficking, torture or genocide. He trades blood for money."
- As revenge for Zakhaev's death, he organised and dished out a terrorist attack on a Russian airport, murdering hundreds of civilians, while killing the undercover CIA agent to make Russia believe the US was behind the attack.
- Organised biochemical attacks in Europe, killing thousands of civilians.
- Kidnapped the Russian president and his daughter, threatening to torture her in front of him for launch codes.
- Killed Soap, probably the most beloved protagonist aside from Captain Price.
- Has no shame in mass murder, absolutely no remorse in causing suffering to innocent human lives.

A truly irredeemable villain. Just pure evil.

I was going to vote for Joker until I remembered this guy. Let me sum it up for those who don't know:

- He detonated a nuke in the middle-east, killing an unknown number of civilians and 30,000 US troops.
- Assisted Zakhaev in creating another Russian civil war.
- Machine gunned hundreds of people in a Russian airport and made it look like the Americans were responsible for it to start WWIII
- WW3 broke out and many perished
- He killed many fan-favorite characters in the modern warfare series including Soap Mactavish.

Pure evil, most evil villain in Call of Duty series. He is highly deranged, sadistic, ruthless, homicidal, emotionless, and psychotic, willing to slaughter anyone who stands in his way in cold blood. He is an intelligent and cunning leader with a good plan for European and world domination and gets thwarted and killed by Captain Price just as he is about to suceed.

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!

4 Kefka (Final Fantasy 6)

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)

Definitely the most evil villain of all time, and he didn't even have to kidnap a princess.
Lets list the things he did:
- Blew up a kingdom because he didn't like it
- Poisoned a river, killing thousands of people in a city
- Successfully manipulates the emperor for his own good
- Gains the power of many espers and even the 3 goddesses of magic itself, becoming a literal god of magic
- Destroys the entire world successfully
- Launched beams of concentrated magic to wipe out continents, just because he was bored
What else? He is a nihilistic, narcissistic clown who has no regard for life itself, claiming that destruction is what makes life worth living. Furthermore, he is actually one of the few villains who actually achieve their master plan, and successfully becomes a deity. His death only made the world harder to live, without the god of magic, magic would not be able to exist. He erased the existence of magic along with himself. His final battle music, a ...more

I have read most of Shakespeare's plays, and I can tell you that Kefka puts Iago to shame as far as evil goes.
Kefka is nihilistic, and destroys for the sake of destroying. He wants to kill all of humanity and build "A monument to non-existence." Even the evil Emperor Gastahl, who wants to abuse the power of the god statues and rule the world as a god was disgusted by how far Kefka wanted to go, his last line in the game being, "But there will be no one to worship us! " as he is tossed from the floating continent by Kefka. Kefka then moved the magic statues out of place and brought about the World of Ruin for no good reason. Kefka is far more evil than Sephiroth, Bowser, Golbez, Gandolf, or any other being in video game canon.

How is Kefka not #1? He is rated below Bowser! Kefka poisoned an entire town, drained magic power ruthlessly from espers for his own selfish desires, revived the warring triad from their peaceful naps, DESTROYED THE WORLD, became all powerful GOD, and basically committed genocide on the esper race, while laughing about it the whole time! Seriously! We're talking about a man led troops with a military cadence of "Read my lips! Mercy is for wimps! " Kefka is basically a ruthless, maniacal, scheming little child in an adult's body who just runs around destroying lives because he's bored.

All Bowser ever did was kidnap some lady and throw poorly-aimed fireballs at the hero.

5 The Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum) The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

In my opinion Joker should be number 2 on this list. He is the best superhero character to ever be created and my favorite fictional character. The only reason I say Ganondorf should be higher is simply because Ganondorf originally from Video Games, whereas The Joker was originally in comics. The Joker is better, but Ganondorf is game-based.

Listen, the Joker shouldn't be number one for necessarily being evil in the sense that he doesn't want to be evil. Read up on him and you'll discover quickly that he is a psychopath. His being evil is of no concern. He doesn't want money. No attention. He doesn't want a single thing except suffering. He kills women, children; tortures and manipulates. He is among the most evil people I've ever encountered as a villain period, but not by any fault of his own. He does it, not feeling a single thing so he smiles. He murders TAKES LIFE AWAY from people with a Smile on his face. Not only is he a psychopath but he is a partial genius. The man is as strong, smart, and capable as his nemesis, Batman. For Christ's sake he beat Robin like it was nothing leaving him in a pool of his own blood then tied him AND his mom up and left them to rot with their thoughts. Oh, and a time bomb. He uses his own people as bait. Kills anything in his path and the more pain, the funnier it gets. Lastly, the ...more

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

Joker. Joker is an absolutely merciless psychopath. In one of the comics, he was going to kill a crapload of babies. What saved them? Well, Commissioner Gordons wife was there, so he killed her instead. He paralyzed bat girl and took pictures of her naked, which he then showed to the Commissioner, who was tied up naked. What was his reason? To prove a point. He cut off his own face just to prove a point as well. Are you still wondering why I voted for him?

6 Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII) Sephiroth is a fictional character and main antagonist in the role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII developed by Square.

How could Bowser even be considered a better villain than deranged serial killer? Doesn't ganandorf keep on repeatedly get beat? So ganandorf can only be defeated by the master sword? That's okay we'll see how he deals with supernova. And does Bowser ever kill anyone? No, he just kidnaps some princess and has a bunch of turtles trying to stop a short Italian man. Sephiroth be like "screw kidnapping, I'll just stop the pink dressed girl and smile while I pull my sword out." That's evil.

Plus if there should be any comparison to the devil, well Sephiroth is a perfect candidate. He's got a damn wing, was the best SOILDER, he can pull any day of the week, like how the devil was supposedly the most beautiful angel. Damn that's similar. And he really doesn't value life hence he wants to use earth as a vessel to find a different planet. Last I checked ganandorf wants to rule the earth. Sephiroths like nah, this place sucks, let me just kill every living thing here and start from ...more

Sephiroth is the baddest villain 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.

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?

A lot of people don't know of the accomplishments sephiroth made as a villain, 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.

7 Porky Minch (Mother 3)

Being abused by his parents, having no friends or even being corrupted by Giygas is not excuse for his atrocities.
He is a literal terrorist! He made the Nowhere Islands' citizens' lives hell, tore a family apart by murdering Hinawa, and turned Claus into a killing robot!

To be honest, when I first played Earthbound, I wanted to beat the hell out of Giygas for what he/she did to Pokey!
It's not really Pokey's fault for everything that happened. Giygas is the one to blame, for brainwashing him to no return!

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.

8 Wesker (Resident Evil 5)

I honestly think he is one of the best video game villains. Yes, he is like Neo but he still has his own moves. Also, you've gotta like his overconfidence. Who the hell takes a phone call when 2 B.S.A.A agents are pointing guns at you? And he is probably the hardest boss fight I've ever done. It took me so many tries to defray him and I even was playing with someone! I've played many games and I've never died so many times trying to fight 1 boss. And I'd like to mention another villain I think deserves to be on this list. The Black Hand of Sauron. Now his boss fight was not really epic asset the end but he is definitely evil. (Spoiler if you haven't played Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor) He killed Talion's wife and son right in front of him. Also he destroyed the entire encampment Lithariel lived in. Just leaving ashes. You can't tell me that isn't evil.

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.

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.

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!

9 Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2) Handsome Jack is the main antagonist of both Borderlands 2 and Tales from the Borderlands and the deuteragonist of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

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.

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...

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.

Jack scooped a mans eyeballs out with a spoon, and imprisoned and tormented his own daughter, and rules the world of Pandora with an iron fist, which in turn causes mass misery to he already tormented planet. Enough said this guy is a plain teriible person, and one of the biggest sociopaths in gaming.

10 Dr. Eggman (Sonic the Hedgehog) Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is a fictional video game character and the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, created by Sega.

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.

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.

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.

This guy is the best video game villain! He's so evil and sinister(ok maybe not but in some games). He's just so cool! Heck, he's better than Cortex and Dr. Wily in my opinion. Nobody can top him,

The Contenders
11 Andrew Ryan (Bioshock) Andrew Ryan is a fictional character in the BioShock video game series developed by Irrational Games. He serves as the primary antagonist of the first half of the first BioShock and a minor character in its sequel, BioShock 2.

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!

I like Andrew Ryan, but I think Comstock is better as a villain. Andrew is more complex, though.

A man chooses, a slave obeys.

Could you please..?

12 Giygas (EarthBound)

Giygas had such immense powers that even his own body couldn't handle them! He became an irrational being that ONLY had the ability to dominate the world, manipulate living beings and objects, and even destroy the ENTIRE UNIVERSE!
He's rightfully referred to as the embodiment of evil!
In my opinion, that's what makes Giygas such a frightening antagonist, NOT necessarily his looks.
Giygas makes most villains, even Ridley, look extremely weak!

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.

Giygas according to Pokey, isn't just the wielder of ultimate evil, he is the embodiment of evil so why isn't he higher.

13 Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog 2006)

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.

Mephiles should be on the top. For one thing, he wants to make others cry. He helped Iblis destroy the planet, too. He craves destruction, is a cold, ruthless villan, he likes killing others, he is highly intelligent (not smart enough to make evil machines like eggman, but still very smart), and he can join with Iblis and be so powerful only Sonic, Shadow, and Silver all together in their super forms can destroy him. Too bad he can't appear in more Sonic games, though.

Sorry Ganondorf, but even if you're such an awesome demon, Mephiles was manipulative, and tricked everybody into causing the end of the world themselves. Also being part of Solaris, you had to destroy the original flame to stop him.

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

14 Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat) Shao Kahn is a boss, announcer, and recurring playable character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. Introduced in Mortal Kombat II in 1993, he is the primary antagonist of the video game series and extended franchise.

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

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.

15 Ridley (Metroid) Ridley is a villain from the Metroid series and a character from the Super Smash Bros. series. He's Samus Aran's archenemy and has been fighting her since day one with the first Metroid game in 1986. When Samus was three years old, Ridley murdered her parents in front of her. He is a member of the Space ...read more.

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.

He is a dragon from space who killed the parents of samus when she was a little girl. And even if he is defeated he ALWAYS comes back. He is a general and in my opinion, the leader of the space pirates. (Mother brain just seems like a giant super computer the pirates use to control metroids.)

16 Ares (God of War)

It's because of Ares that Kratos's wife and child died.

17 Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Unlike most other villains on this list, Darth Vader is completely innocent for his actions.
He was corrupted by Palpatine's influence on him. He lost his wife, from which he was deceived into joining the Dark Side.

Death star worker: boss I accidently went 499 miles per hour instead of 500. Darth Vader: ok, for that mistake I am gonna choke you to death.

Darth Vader was only used by Palpatine as a puppet.
He is more like a villain trapped in a hero's body.

Thinking of it, he's not even the real villain.
He was only brainwashed and corrupted by Palpatine!

18 Nightmare (Soul Calibur)
19 M. Bison (Street Fighter 2) M. Bison, also known as Dictator, is a video game character created by Capcom. First introduced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, he is a recurring character and villain in the Street Fighter series of fighting games, acting as the primary antagonist of the series.

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.

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!

20 Dimentio (Super Paper Mario) Dimentio is an evil harlequin magician and the main antagonist of the 2007 Nintendo Wii video game known as "Super Paper Mario". One of his notable features is that he has created his own Dimension, known as Dimension D.

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.

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! !

He backstabbed Count Bleck, murdered Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and Bleck's second in command Nastasia. He decieved his colleagues, was a double agent, and wrote the Dark Prognosticus, the book that caused the game's events. He captured Luigi, and an evil item called the Chaos Heart, effectively beginning the apocalypse foe every universe. His final music was epic though.

21 Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3) Vaas Montenegro is the secondary antagonist of Far Cry 3, appearing as the main antagonist for the first half of its storyline.

Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?

Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?

Best character of 2012!

Vaas is Number 1.

22 Luca Blight (Suikoden 2)

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.

Are you kidding me.. ? Luca Blight is supposed to be the number 1 and only!
All the other villains are just either overrated or this character is just too underrated because nobody even plays Suikoden II (majorities.. )
But.. He also had a reason of why he became a psychopath and wants to kill all.. When he was still a child, he and his mother were captured by the opposing kingdom's faction.. And he was forced to witness his mother got brutally raped over and over by lots of men before she was finally killed in front of his eyes.. Imagine.. Rage, fury, vengeance, hatred.. Compiled into one single thought and that is.. kill, Kill.. KILL!

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.

Evil, with a dreadful back story. He turns out into a ruthless, creature that required a whole army to defeat. DIE PIG DIE

23 GLaDOS (Portal) GLaDOS is a fictional artificially intelligent computer system appearing in the video games Portal and Portal 2. The character was created by Erik Wolpaw and Kim Swift and voiced by Ellen McLain.

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.

Imagine there's an AI that has no regard for human life, has control over a laboratory and a test chamber, and lies about things to trick people. All of that, and a bunch of other hilarious AI units attached to her. You have GLaDOS. She's similar to SHODAN, but much better. She may not be as threatening, but she makes up for it in humor. Despite being a machine designed to test human lab-rats, she can and will make you laugh out loud. Seriously, look up GLaDOS quotes, they'll be the best things you'll hear all day. She may not be as all-powerful and/or evil as others, such as Bowser, Kefka, Ganondorf, Porky, Fawful, etc. But she is one of the all-time greatest.

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.

24 Sovereign (Mass Effect)

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.

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.

He and the reapers have extintted civilizations thousands of times.
He also is willing to controll the minds of others to achieve thsi goal.
He uses the most ruthless tactics and will stop at nothing to destoy organic life

Amazing villain! Harbinger was also good, but is much better than many of the villians listed here.

25 Mecha-Hitler (Wolfenstein 3D)
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