During my time quarantined in lockdown I’ve often thought about both villains and heroes in gaming and who among them would be my favourite. I shared this idea with my colleagues at the site and we decided to compile a list for you guys. So here it is, our favourite video game villains of all time from the B2TG Staff. Hope you enjoy.
Vaas – Far Cry 3
Selected by Kane Oakes
There are many great video game villains. However, none have quite stuck with me as much as Far Cry 3’s Vaas Montenegro. You don’t actually see him many times throughout the game, but it’s the impact he has on the few times you do see him that makes him such a great villain. He is practically the definition of insanity and does an amazing job of making you feel like you are completely alone in the wilderness you find yourself in. None of the Far Cry villains that came after really had that same impact that Vaas had, so I can only hope that Far Cry 6 can bring around a return to form.
Scarecrow – Batman: Arkham Asylum
Selected by Meg Richards
The first time I stepped into the basement of Batman: Arkham Asylum‘s Medical Centre I was scared. Then, very quickly, Commisioner Gordon was (apparently) dead, Barbara wasn’t taking my calls, and the atmosphere felt as though I had walked into an Alien film. I was terrified. Then I arrived at the morgue, a place which sends shivers down my spine today, and I realised something wasn’t right. The Scarecrow’s three interludes in the game were brief but so effective and memorable. They left me dreading turning the next corner in fear of seeing them. When I did hit a Scarecrow sequence, I feared for what grim horror I was about to witness. Special mentions go to events such as the endless corridor, and the fourth wall break.
Vergil – Devil May Cry 3
Selected by Mazen Haggag
Vergil from Devil May Cry 3 is my favourite video game villain because of his fantastic execution in the game. He is the perfect example of ‘antithesis’. Every aspect of his character design, personality and skillset is chosen to oppose Dante. Because of this perfect opposition, he manages to be the perfect challenge for the player in each of his three fights. These occur throughout the game and nicely tie up the story’s acts. What impresses me most about Vergil is the way that you go from hating him to loving him by the end of the game, making the final battle all the more bittersweet.
Pagan Min – Far Cry 4
Selected by Matthew Curtiss
Far Cry is well known for having amazing villains and Far Cry 4 is no exception. Although I did not enjoy Far Cry 4 as much as I enjoyed Far Cry 3, I still love Pagan Min voiced by the incredible Troy Baker. Pagan was so charming and charismatic, but cross him wrongly and he became a crazed knife wielding psychopath. The first time we see him he brutally murders a guard for not following orders and then complains how he got blood on his clothes. He scared the crap out of me, in a good way. Hopefully Ubisoft can keep producing amazing villains in the upcoming Far Cry games.
GlaDOS – Portal
Selected by Gavin Hart
The most dangerous villain is the one that poses as your friend. In that regard, there is no more threatening enemy than Portal’s Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System. That’s GLaDOS, to you and I. The devilish Artificial Intelligence convinces players that she has their best interests at heart, that her goals are in the pursuit of science. But she is always plotting and scheming — or should that be calculating and processing? GLaDOS keeps you on edge through her humor, constantly providing genuine laugh-out-loud moments. And then she reminds you that she isn’t a friend – in fact, she isn’t even human, and that cold robot logic is as hazardous as any evil mastermind.
Pyramid Head – Silent Hill 2
Selected by White Mage
Silent Hill 2 is arguably the best game in the series. James Sunderland received a letter from his late wife to find her in Silent Hill. He ventures to find her and enters his own personal nightmare. It is in this parallel world that we meet Pyramid Head. Pyramid Head is a creature of discomfort and terror. His figure is intimating. He is covered in blood carrying a large blade, and a massive lopsided pyramid for a head. Pyramid Head is an amazing villain, looming over the main character at any given time; but it’s not real, it’s only a facade. The real villain is the main character and there’s no better example of this than Pyramid Head.
The Professor – The Witcher
Selected by Filip Matušek
The Professor is the kind of villain that you don’t see often. Immediately he was carved into my mind and entertained me thanks to his good character development, well written lines, and for being an excellently played character. He was one of my favorites for not only how he mocked witchers to their face without fear, but also for his ability to poke and get under their skin. His sneaky tactics and crossbow weilding only add to his cowardly yet cocky persona. He is a wanted man in many kingdoms, has a big bounty on his head, yet was always left behind by his associate Azar Javed. He always managed to weasel his way out of trouble though.
I would also dare to say that he had way more personality than most of the other bad guys in The Witcher series.
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Matthew is a Writer from the North-East of England. He is a huge fan of the Metal Gear Franchise and enjoys single player story driven games.