One of the most crucial elements in a video game is characterization. Characters make video games relatable. Some of them we love, others we don’t. Villains, usually, tend to get a lot of hate. But what about villains that make you say, “OH MY GOD! HOW CRUEL ARE YOU?”
That’s the kind of badass and sadistic villains we are going to discuss today. These villains have a character so deep and threatening that they make more impact on the audience than the heroes or main characters.
Read the list below to know about the 11 best video game villains of all time.
11 Best Video Game Villains of All Time
1. Alduin: The Elder Scrolls
Alduin from The Elder Scrolls is the cruelest and most vicious villain in the world of video games. The heroes of the world unite against him, defeat him, and kick him down the timeline for future generations to deal with him.
The King of Dragons, World Eater, God of Destruction–that’s what Alduin is. If that wasn’t enough, well, he can also command meteors to crash on the earth just with his voice.
2. Kerrigan StarCraft
StarCraft is a popular video game series, and Kerrigan is one of the most popular villains of the current era. Deceived by her people and left to fend on her own, Kerrigan eventually becomes the corrupted leader of Zerg.
With tentacle dreadlocks, sharp-edged wings, and a limitless army, Queen of Blades is on the path of revenge. Sometimes she ends up on the good side, but never without annihilation and destruction on her mind.
3. Joker: Batman’s Arkham Series
Who doesn’t know Joker? He is one of the most loved antagonists of pop culture. Joker was adapted from the movies, so he had to become something else in video games to end up on this list. And he did.
Joker’s violent, psychopathic, and cruel personality poses an unending challenge to the Dark Knight Detective. In short, he is the villain that Gotham (and Batman fans) really deserve.
4. Officer Frank Tenpenny: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
You might be shocked to see just a human with a badge and a gun ending up on this list of best video game villains of all time, but Officer Tenpenny’s talent of being the most manipulative, badass, and corrupt antagonist who made Carl Jackson’s life a living hell.
There are other villains in GTA San Andreas, like Ryder and Big Smoke, but it was all Tenpenny’s doing from start to finish. And his character is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, imagine how cool and savage that would be.
5. Alma Wade: F.E.A.R
Back to superficial villains, Alma Wade is a girl who was too special for her benefit. Born with psychic abilities, Alma from the terrorizing game called F.E.A.R was kidnapped by a bunch of scientists who made a lab rat out of her.
The scientists, to exploit her abilities, sedated her all the time and experimented on her to the point of her death, and that was how we got a vengeful spirit on her hands who became one of the most frightening, fearful villains in the history of video games.
6. Shao Kahn: Mortal Kombat Series
Determined to take over the Earth Realm as the ruler of Outworld, Shao Kahn makes his first appearance in Mortal Kombat 2. He has made appearances in almost every MK game set in the previous or current timeline. After he was killed by Shang Tsung in MK 11, his current fate is unknown, but we can expect him to return with his cruel intentions in any future game.
7. Handsome Jack: Borderlands
He is likable, charming, charismatic, and very cool. And these are his most cruel abilities because he is, in fact, an antagonist. He is so clever that you can seldom escape from his manipulations. He is skilled to the point of craze, and he intends to ruin everyone in Pandora.
Handsome Jack’s backstory in Borderlands highlights how bloodthirsty and vicious his nature is, but how you can still end up sympathizing with him.
8. Gary Smith: Bully
GTA is not the only game Rockstar is known for. Bully is another amazingly written franchise of video games that a lot of people became instant fans of. And it lets us witness one of the most hated villains of all time, Gary Smith.
Jimmy despises Smith from the moment he meets him. We see Jimmy getting everything done, gaining the trust and leadership of the whole school. Gary aids him from the sidelines. However, we see the incredible backstab as it is later revealed that Gary used Jimmy as his scapegoat and puppet.
9. Savathun: The Witch Queen: Destiny 2
Savathun, a Hive God, is raising an army of Hive Guardians after possessing Osiris (an iconic character). She comes back to the world and gains people’s trust. Really, no one knows how they feel about her. And that is just the beginning of her manipulation. She is much worse than you can expect, and it is impossible to throw her.
10. Ryan Andrews: Bioshock Series
Ryan Andrews is a villain you will actually start fearing. The owner of Ryan Industries and the founder and the evil dictator of the underwater world of Rapture, Ryan wants to rule everyone in the city, and he is ready to cross any limits in order to do so.
11. Vaas Montenegro: Far Cry
Far Cry is a hugely popular video game series. And Vaas is the most unpredictable villain of the franchise. He is insane enough to destroy everything he touches. The most dangerous thing about him is that you can never expect what he will do next – kidnapping and murdering North Korean dictators is just an example. And everything he does is as violent as this.
From Handsome Jack and Officer Tenpenny to Kerrigan and Kahn, we see villains getting crueler with every video game franchise, and we are sure there are crueler villains to come. Did we miss any of them? Let us know!