Top 10 Most Iconic Video Game Bosses


The Top Ten

1 Bowser (Mario Series) Bowser (Mario Series) 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 more.

Bowser needs to be number one no other villain in gaming history has been more iconic everybody knows Bowser not everybody knows @$$face jr not much people know number one and number two compared to Bowser!

If you took mushroom kingdom without Bowser it just be a kingdom with a experiment gone totally wrong related to mushrooms

Bowser is strong but Dream Team Bowser.Jr is harder without him Mario would be a 21 year old carpenter who fights DK and Peach would not exist Bowser is the best boss ever I beat him 123 times

Bowser should be number 1. Without Bowser, Mario would just be a single 40 year old plumber.

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2 Pyrimaid Head (Silent Hill 2)

Known for the best soundtrack, the most shocking moment in Silent Hill, and a rather decent boss fight.

This guy can't even die... He just appears in your worst nightmares

I still have nightmares

Never heard of him

3 Giygas (Earthbound) Giygas (Earthbound)

Really epic boss fight.

Remind me of the dueeeaugh fish from SpongeBob.

"Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha...
Don't worry, your pitiful suffering will be over soon."

He's a living fetus for crying out loud!

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4 Jasper "Buttface" Jr (No More Heros 2: Desprette Struggle)

I know what you're thinking "How is this little scumbag iconic?!? " Well, read this sentance and think about it. Jasper Batt Jr. Is the perfect example of how hateful a character can go! He's lately on everyone's most hated characters list! Think about those sentances and you'll understand. - Videogamer2000

5 The Great Mighty Poo (Conker's Bad Fur Day and Live and Reloaded) The Great Mighty Poo (Conker's Bad Fur Day and Live and Reloaded) The Great Mighty Poo is a fictional character appearing in the 2001 video game Conker's Bad Fur Day. He is a giant, opera-singing pile of feces that appears as a boss in the sloprano chapter.

Probably the funniest boss in video game history

Ganon should be number 1, but anyway this is the boss battle (along with the end from mgs3) that I will always remember, and if you don't know the lyrics of the song, then you have no idea what an iconic boss is

It is basically an opera. Ii aamm the great mighty poo and I'm gonna throw my s*** at you. A huge supply of tosh comes drom my chocolate starfish. How about some scat you little t***. Do you really think you'll survive in here. You don't seem to know which creek you're iinn. Sweet corn is the only thing that makes it through my rear. How do you think I keep this lovely grin? Have some more caviar

6 Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid 1) Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid 1)

I'm not a big Metal Gear fan, but this guy is pretty much an example of what I strive to create, on the occasion that I program a game using Scratch or Python. The fourth-wall breaking here is absolutely amazing.

Video? No it's HIDEO.

7 Blinky, Clyde, Inky, and Pinky: The Pac-Man Ghosts
8 GlaDOS (Portal Series) GlaDOS (Portal Series) 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.

Such a lovable/hateable character in an amazing game, my favorite boss.

GLaDOS is pretty much my favorite out of all of these. She's always coming up with sarcastic remarks, in a tone of voice that says "oh, wow, just look how much I care." She's got an interesting design in terms of appearance, a combination of bulky and sleek forms that you really just want to draw, figure it all out. And finally, neurotoxin. Enough said.

9 Ganon (Zelda Series)

Ganon needs to be at least in the Top 5, along with Kefka - Nintendonix

I'm going with Petey, but as a boss, Ganon might even be more iconic than Bowser

Ok you are killing me. I think Ganon should. Be at least in the top 3. He is in one of the most popular video games of all time. - Umara0068

Gannon took over hyrule several times bowser only kidnapped a princess so yeah...

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10 Nemisis (Resident Evil 3: Nemisis)

Nemesis is insanely difficult to kill especially you use a PS1 emulator and fight him in every when Jake the S.T.A.R.S. Officer get killed in the fight that the character you control (Don't wanna tell the spoliers especially the non-Resident Evil fans) scene and especially at Hard Mode! Very iconic, memorable and epic! Should be at Top 5! - JomartheGreat

The Contenders

11 Vladimir Makarov (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3) Vladimir Makarov (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3)

All warefare is based on deception. All it needs to change the course of history is the will of a single man. Makarov believed that and started his reign of Terror by nuking the Middle East and and massacring civilians in a busy airport.

12 Sans (Undertale) Sans (Undertale) Sans or Sans the Skeleton is a character in the 2015 RPG Undertale created by Toby Fox. He is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who is a supporting protagonist in the "pacifist" and "neutral" routes of Undertale, and a heroic antagonist/final boss of the "genocide" route. He is known for his incredibly difficult more.

Why is Mettaton higher than sans?

Iconic for being one of the hardest if not THE hardest boss in the game.

Alphys NEO is still harder and has way better music to be honest (no offense to this fight) - xandermartin98

Geeett dunked on!

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13 Cronos (God Of War)
14 Dr Robotnick/Eggman (Sonic Series)

Fat man, has funny nickname. enough said



15 Mettaton (Undertale) Mettaton (Undertale) Mettaton is a character in the popular 2015 RPG game, Undertale. He is a robot with a soul built by Dr. Alphys, and is the sole television star of the underground. Mettaton is a popular character in the fanbase. His notable features include his legs, and his catchphrase "OH YESSSS!"

Mettaton is the most memorable to me. I only cried on his death. So moving... RIP MY BAE - Page_394

He is known from his legs

Ohh yess

16 Ballos (Cave Story) Ballos (Cave Story)
17 Ornstein and Smough (Dark Souls)

Why is he so low?

It’s genuinely surprising to see good old O&S this low on the list. They’re the most iconic boss of one of the most iconic games of all time. So much so they’ve got their own Wikipedia page. I guess people these days just don’t care to git good...

18 Dracula (Castlevania Series)
19 Mother Brain (Metroid Series) Mother Brain (Metroid Series)
20 Sephiroth (Final Fantasy) Sephiroth (Final Fantasy) Sephiroth is a fictional character and main antagonist in the role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII developed by Square.

Ah yes, the fangirls just love him.

21 Dr. Andonuts (Earthbound: Radiation's Halloween Hack)
22 Master Hand and Crazy Hand (Super Smash Bros.)

The face of smash bros...or should I say hands of smash bros

23 Mike Tyson (Punch-Out!)
24 Kefka Palazzo (Final Fantasy) Kefka Palazzo (Final Fantasy) Kefka Palazzo is a character in the Final Fantasy series of video games. Originally designed by Yoshitaka Amano, he appears in the 6th installment of the series - Final Fantasy VI.
25 Porky Minch (Earthbound Series)
26 Dr. Wily (Megaman Series) Dr. Wily (Megaman Series) Doctor Wily, full name Albert W. Wily, is a video game character and the main antagonist of the original Mega Man series.

Wily Is awesome

27 Bob The Killer Goldfish Bob The Killer Goldfish
28 King Dedede (Kirby) King Dedede (Kirby) King Dedede is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.

The final boss of the first Kirby game ever made. Of course this is the best of the iconic video game bosses.

29 The Masked Man (Mother 3)
30 Lavos (Chrono Trigger)
31 Flandre Scarlet (Touhou Series) Flandre Scarlet (Touhou Series)

Maybe not the most iconic boss of all time, but definitely the most well-known character of the Touhou series. She's adorable yet chaotic, with a catchy boss theme that has invaded so many fandoms on YouTube. Plus, who doesn't love a good bullet heck boss? (Except for the one playing it, I guess.) *walks off humming UN Owen was Her*

32 02 (Kirby 64)

This critter's boss theme is amazing, and from what I can tell, is very easy to make a good remix of. There are so many good arrangements of the boss theme I've seen.

33 Shodan (System Shock) Shodan (System Shock)

Haha, I just learned about System Shock a few minutes ago. Sounds to me like SHODAN and GLaDOS would be great friends. Somebody make a crossover! :P

34 Donkey Kong (Mario Series) Donkey Kong (Mario Series) Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles.

Not as iconic as Bowser, but definitely very iconic.

35 Majora (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask)
36 Meta Knight (Kirby) Meta Knight (Kirby) Meta Knight is a fictional character from the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. He is one of Kirby's rivals, but occasionally teams up with the pink puffball to defeat a common enemy. Meta Knight is known for his powerful slashing attacks and flight in the Super Smash more.
37 Big Daddy (Bioshock)
38 Balrog (Cave Story)
39 Master Core (Super Smash Bros. 4)
40 Toroko (Cave Story)
41 Terramorphous The Invincible (Borderlands 2)
42 The Amalgamates (Undertale)

I am not sure if this can be classified as a boss. Can someone check Undertale Wiki and see?

43 Nightmare (Metroid Fusion)
44 The Hydra (God of War)
45 Jenova (Final Fantasy XII)
46 Albert Wesker (Resident Evil Series) Albert Wesker (Resident Evil Series)

And I'm the only fanboy here doesn't recognize Dr. Albert Wesker? He's really iconic in RE4 and RE6! Dr. Wesker should be in the Top 20! - JomartheGreat

47 The Spider (Limbo)
48 Golden Diva (Wario Land 4)
49 Spoiled Rotten (Wario Land 4)
50 Barrier Trio (Mother 3)
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Top Remixes

1. Pyrimaid Head (Silent Hill 2)
2. Giygas (Earthbound)
3. Jasper "Buttface" Jr (No More Heros 2: Desprette Struggle)


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