Top Ten Video Game Villains


The Top Ten

1 Bowser - The Mario Franchise Bowser - The Mario Franchise 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 described in a nutshell, is the Darth Vader of video games. His look, his role in the Mario universe, sure he's always doing the same thing, kidnapping Princess Peach in order to controll the Mushroom Kingdom, but his rivalry with the iconic protagonist only makes him an even better character. If you ever mention video game villains, Bowser is usually the first to come to mind.

Wow, Bowser is number one on the Top Ten Most Iconic Video Game Villains. What a surprise. Wait, this isn't the most iconic villains, it's just best villains? Then why the hell is he number one? - toptenzen

I think Bowser is the number one villain because of his sheer strength and determination which put together make a deadly combination for any villain

He is just so damn badass!

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2 Ganondorf - The Zelda Franchise Ganondorf - The Zelda Franchise 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.

he never dies even with a sword stabbed in his heart or head ude
till "killing" him rocks

aside from the joker, this should be #1

This should be number notice I didn't say he but ganondorf wants to kill every body and rule the earth while bowser just wants peach and ganondorf has been revised som many times

Ganondorf is my favourite Nintendo villain because he's a wizard who is basically a tank with emense strength, manipulation, dark powers etc.

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3 The Joker - Batman: Arkham City The Joker - Batman: Arkham City 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, more.

The thing that makes Joker so difficult to defeat, and so awesome, is his unpredictability. He causes destruction for the sake of destruction. Will he target one guy? Will he target a whole city? You'll never know. If that doesn't make a villain, what does? - DamonRageDevil

The Joker is a villian who has been around since the 1940s. He is one of the most iconic and consistently popular characters in popular culture ever. Mark Hamill has provided the character with the best voice possible for nearly 20 years.

The greatest villain of all time

I'm not sure if the Joker counts as a VIDEO GAME villain

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4 GlaDOS - Portal 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.

Bowser, Ganondorf, etc. are fine, but they're boring. They're just generic "I'm the bad guy who wants to take over the world" villains. GlaDOS is so much more. Out of these villains, she's the most interesting because despite her being a robot, she's the most human. She has motivations for her actions, but they're different than "I want to take over the world". Her character is complex, sometimes she hates the player, other times she is amused by the player, other times you can even catch a bit of sympathy. Her character has a level of depth unmatched by the generic "TAKE OVER THE WORLD! " villains that plague video games today.

Sigh. GLaDOS should be #1. She's funny, psychopathic, and while usually sadistic, she does have a degree of humanity in her, although if you told her that, she'd kill you with a deadly neurotoxin.

Now, this artificial intelligence discovered to like killing people. And so she does with her test subjects. You, the protagonist, have the bad luck to be one of them.

An AI robot created from a woman who didn't want to partake in the experiment. Even more, as Chel is leaving, those adorable little turrets sing a song only a mother would sing to her daughter, implying that GlaDOS may actually be Chel's mother.

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5 Handsome Jack - Borderlands Handsome Jack - Borderlands The main antagonist of the video game Borderlands 2. He is also included in the games: Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, and Stories from the Borderlands.

This guy mocks you every step of the way, hilarious, and everything he does makes you want to kill him. His origin as a Hero turned Villain is excellent. He's hilarious, unpredictable, thinks he's the hero the entire time and mocks you by calling you the "bad guy" (SERIOUSLY! ), and does a lot of terrible things including killing off certain people whom I won't say who they are! He's in my top 5, for sure!

A man who truly believes he is the hero all the while caging and forcing his daughter to help wake a monster to commit mass genocide and when you finally kill him, he still haunting Pandora as an A.I. what a great villain.

Also sticks around with you the whole game and just loves to mock you and threaten you in the end you get sweet sweet revenge.

Terrifyingly enigmatic but also humorous.

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6 Super Dimento - Super Paper Mario

Alright, he might not be the best but he IS BETTER THEN BOWSER! He literally kills of Mario, Peach, Luigi and even Bowser (you play as bowser). He commits universal genocide also. Then even when he dies he has a shadow of his power to continue the destruction of worlds.

7 Eggman - The Sonic Franchise

I shall always remember Death egg robot, metal sonic, and omega

Dude number 4 pleases

He is the E.G.G.M.A.N. before saying that he is now turned into a joke remember the Scrap Brain Zone in 1991. He has the potential to take over the world.

He Blew Up Half OF THE MOON as a warning shot, a demonstration He cracked the EARTH itself into 7 pieces. He Unleashed The GOD OF DESTRUCTION TO THE WORLD..

Yet he is Number 5

8 Andrew Ryan - Bioshock Andrew Ryan - Bioshock

The best kind of villain is one who Is evIl but Is humanIzed and that you can sympathize with and nobody fits that description better than Andrew Ryan.

He is an amazing character who is so twisted that he almost convinces you he's right. He's a dominating and charismatic personality, indeed.

9 Sephiroth - Final Fantasy VII Sephiroth - Final Fantasy VII

Nobody is more badass than Sephiroth. Everything he does and says is awesome. He has the coolest sword ever too. Anyone who doesn't think he should be #1 either hasn't played FF7 or is an idiot.

Considering he's got his own movie, killed tons of people,

He's got his own theme, fangirls, and remnants. Better than that Joker ripoff

Are you kidding me? This guy has gitta b the most badas villain calling has ever seen. Check other polls. Full find him to b the toughest villain to find his way into games

10 Kefka Palazzo - Final Fantasy VI Kefka Palazzo - Final Fantasy VI

Actually did what every other villain tried to do

He destroys part of the Earth AND became a god. Much better than others FF villains, especially Exdeath.

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The Contenders

11 Albert Wesker - The Resident Evil Franchise Albert Wesker - The Resident Evil Franchise

How can you not vote for him? Bad ass. Enough said.
He's also a pain in the ass to beat if you don't have
A infinite rocket launcher. I looked at my stats and he got
The most kills off of me. He killed me exactly 52 times. So yeah,
Get infinite rocket launcher.

Not only is Wesker an original villain but also the coolest due to the fact he's in control of the virus in a way and the sunglasses add on to it

Not just my favourite game villain but also my all round favourite game character

He’s only got 7 minutes.

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12 Vaas Montenegro - Far Cry 3 Vaas Montenegro - Far Cry 3

This guy is so awesome! He should be at top 10

This dude taught me the definition of insanity - the_only_sane_person_alive

Vaas was the best villain in any game... the first time I played FarCry 3 the begging was a twist. I thought it was real but it was Vaas showing me a video. If Vaas was real, I think he would be about the same as Hitler in evil.

Have I ever told you the definition of insanity? it's people who think bowser is the best video game villain. - Stardum

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13 Dr. Wily - Mega Man Dr. Wily - Mega Man Doctor Wily, full name Albert W. Wily, is a video game character and the main antagonist of the original Mega Man series.
14 Ridley - Metroid Franchise Ridley - Metroid Franchise 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 more.
15 Vladmir Makarov - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3

Makarov is one hell of a bad guy. He slaughtered dozens of people in an airport, killed 30,000 men with a nuke and killed Soap Mctavish.

You guys are all crazy, Makarov killed more people in one airport massacre then the rest of the villains on this list combined in their lifetime.

A cold blooded killer who isn't above big airport massacres. "Remember, no Russian". - mom4

Which one is more evil a drugged turtle that repeatedly steals a princess or a guy that tortured, killed millions, nuked, raped, brainwashed killed ghost :( killed yuri :( nearly killed price about half a dozen times killed soap and most importantly pised price off a heap...

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16 Fawful - Mario and Luigi Series Fawful - Mario and Luigi Series Fawful, known in Japan as Gerakobits, is a fictional character appearing in the Mario & Luigi series of role-playing video games developed by AlphaDream.

For me fawful was awful.(see what I did there? )

What fink rats put him at 16?! I HAVE FURY!

I have fury that Fawful is eleven!


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17 Bowser Jr. - The Mario Franchise

In Mario Galaxy 2, Bowser Jr. Has these huge machines designed to kill you. I think that the Doomsday Machine is his best one.

Why is Bowser Jr here? He's just a whiny brat with an utterly annoying voice.

Bowser Junior is way better than his dad. his dad should be second. Bowser Junior ahould be number one. Bowser Junior is the one laughing in your face for the entire adventure ever since Super Mario Sunshine, not Bowser! Bowser is just there to steal away the final boss basttle! - HeavyDonkeyKong

The koopalings should take notes on how to be decent villians. They're lousy clones who do the same thing and are defeated in the exact same way. No wonder Bowser Jr outranks them.

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18 Porky - Earthbound

I hate this guy so much, he manipulated ness, killed Lucas's mom and brother and caused wreak havoc on the whole WORLD

At least Giygas has redeeming factors.

He is a great villain... BUT I STILL DESPISE HIM TO NO END!

He was Pretty twisted for a kid with no super natral powers, but he ended up cuasing much havic.

19 Ganon - The Legend of Zelda Franchise

He's on the list twice? Wow. He's that good?

When he's so good he's on the list twice

He is so good he had to be on the list twice. Number 2 and Number 18.

Gannon is the reincarnation of gannondorf aka demise so that means he's on the list 3 times meaning he is most popular.

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20 Psycho Mantis - Metal Gear Solid Psycho Mantis - Metal Gear Solid
21 The Squeaks - Kirby
22 Flood - Halo

relentless KILL ALL LIVING BEINGS attitude

When it comes to villainy, it's hard to beat the flood. But on another note, Ganondorf and even Eggman are WAY better villains than Bowser!

Very deadly. Way harder to kill than bowser.

Those infection forms will tear you apart!

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23 Cyberdemon - Doom Cyberdemon - Doom The Cyberdemon is a fictional character in the Doom gaming-franchise by id Software, where it was introduced in the first-person shooter game Doom in 1993. Since then, it has appeared in several other id games, including all main-line Doom sequels, Doom RPG, and Wolfenstein RPG as the Harbinger of Doom, more.
24 Nikita Dragovich - Call of Duty Black Ops
25 Petey Pirahna - The Mario Franchise
26 Dormin - Shadow of the Colossus
27 Dr. Nefarious - Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal

Dr. Nefarious is probably the only villain who is so bad that he will make you roll on the floor laughing your head off. And that's a good thing.

One of the funniest villians ever! He is
My favourite character from Ratchet and Clank series



28 Raul Menendez - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Unlike most of the other villains on this list, he had a reason for doing what he did.

29 Nemesis - Resident Evil 3

This guy is the ultamate villan

30 Mike Tyson - Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
31 Big Daddy - Bioshock
32 Kurt Dierker - The Saboteur
33 Team Galactic - Pokemon

This is best from all the villains

Galactic from pokemon is similar to galaxic from final fantasy

34 Carlo Falcone - Mafia II

Carlo Falcone is a ruthless double crossing mobster. Of course he's more villainous than some mutant turtle crybaby.

35 General Shepherd - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

No one can trust him even his own men

36 Mecha Hitler - Wolfenstein 3D
37 Lavos - Chrono Trigger
38 Marx Soul - Kirby Super Star Ultra

One of the most intimidating and awesome bosses

One of the hardest bosses on a nintend game. His face alone can scare small children

Me:yes! I finally defeated him!
Marx soul:(screams loudly)

39 Dracula - Castlevania Franchise
40 Xehanort - Kingdom Hearts Xehanort - Kingdom Hearts Xehanort is a fictional character and the true primary antagonist of the video game crossover series Kingdom Hearts by Tetsuya Nomura.

This guy had manipulated terra, caused him to willingly kill his master and friend, Eraqus, through pure convincing, then single handedly separated the worlds of the universe from eachother and created the pure blood and emblem heartless. He then released his own heart from his own body in order to purposely become a heartless himself as well as a nobody, which both went on to seek kingdom hearts itself in order to gain unlimited knowledge and immortality. Then he finds out his original Organization XIII wasn’t good enough due to some leftover individuality in some of the members, and so he LITERALLY makes his younger self find 12 different incarnations of himself throughout time, and uses the dark half of Ventus, which is Vanitas, to capture Sora and make him the 13th member of the new Organization, which is of course thwarted by Riku and Mickey’s attempts to save Sora from the darkness. Not to mention that he has the oldest known Keyblade, which has the master of master’s eye ...more

41 Tokai - Red Steel
42 Chara - Undertale Chara - Undertale Chara is a character in the game Undertale by Toby "Radiation" Fox who is one of the seven people to fall to the Underground prior to the fall of the player character. Her name can be changed by the player and will be assumed as the player character, until the Pacifist Route when Asriel asks for the more.
43 Brian O'Neill - Mafia II
44 Gruntilda - Banjo-Kazooie Franchise Gruntilda - Banjo-Kazooie Franchise
45 Hades - Kid Icarus Uprising

He has the swag

46 Pagan Min - Far Cry 4
47 Jacqueline Natla - Tomb Raider
48 Sovereign - Mass Effect

This dude/machine set out to destroy all organic life. Big deal, makarov shot up an airport, sovereign ass raped entire fleets and planets

49 Mephiles the Dark - Sonic the Hedgehog Mephiles the Dark - Sonic the Hedgehog

The reason I like Mephiles is that he was an amazing villain in a game full of bland characters.

Why the hell is he so low?! He is the best villain ever (in my opinion)!

He is a demon and he killed sonic.

50 Rudolf Ulbricht Von Sturmgeist - Medal of Honor: Frontline
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Top Remixes (23)

1. Andrew Ryan - Bioshock
2. Ganondorf - The Zelda Franchise
3. Bowser - The Mario Franchise
1. Bowser - The Mario Franchise
2. Ganondorf - The Zelda Franchise
3. Sephiroth - Final Fantasy VII
1. Vaas Montenegro - Far Cry 3
2. Handsome Jack - Borderlands
3. The Joker - Batman: Arkham City

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