In every story with a hero, there’s always a villian too, it’s the classic tale of good versus evil. That’s not to say that they are there just to be the opposition to the heros or that they are fundamentally detestable, in reality, these are deep characters with their own motivations, with specific traits that can almost make them “good”.
Sometimes, the baddies are much more memorable than the main character: their appearance and their attitude are sometimes much more charismatic and they have a much more lasting effect on us!
Here are the coolest baddies and villains from the last couple of years:
Andrew Ryan in Bioshock
” My name is Andrew Ryan. Let me ask you a simple question: What does a man get from working hard… does it not give him any rights?” ‘No,’ respond the men in Washington. ‘ That’s up to the poor.’ ‘No’ respond the men of the Vatican ‘ That ‘s up to God’ ‘ No’ say the men of Moscow ‘ That’s up to the people’. For my part I have chosen to ignore these responses. I have chosen a different path. I have chosen the impossible. I have chosen … Rapture. A city were artists don’t have to censor their work. In which, the scientists won’t be inhibited by any ethical code. Were the older people aren’t humiliated by the younger. And with your hard work, the city can also become yours”.
These are the lines of dialogue which welcome you to the world of Bioshock. Andrew Ryan, the creator of Rapture, an underwater society will leave you speechless. Andrew Ryan, along with all of the other antagonists of Bioshock, he encapsulates the portrait of someone who is both genius and crazy. The character of Ryan is met with one of the most memorable ends in the history of video gaming.
Alma in F.E.A.R
This young girl who was the subject of a lab experiment due to his physical strength, which allows her to re-experience negative emotions and give people nightmares. Armacham Technology Corporation are interested in her and she only has three years in which in her physical capacities can be tested ! At age 5 she started to fail the test intentionally so that she would be left alone and the scientists that worked with her started to have terrible nightmares and episodes of delirium. Because of this at age 8, she was trapped in the basement, she was inseminated and had two children at the age of 15, and was then put into a coma. It’s not a surprise that her ghost haunted those in the laboratory!
Pagan Min in Far Cry 4
The son of a Drug Lord in Hong Kong, Pagan decided not to follow in the footsteps of his father: instead he became a warlord of a region at the base of the Himalayas and self proclaimed himself as King of Kyrat (all while wearing a pink suit). And with this achievement, he scatters his mothers ashes over his self proclaimed Kingdom.After meeting this dictator at the start of this game you get an idea of the magic of Pagan Min. When you play, your character is kept captive, but you have the chance to escape if he leaves for a moment. But if you decide to stay, a different type of game starts, a game of scattering ashes and trying to escape through a tomb.
Skull Kid and Majora in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
If any villain is the star of this list, it’s got to be Skull Kid, the little malevolent being who spends his time torturing you. Originally he was just a little shy boy in a forest but by putting on the mask of Majora, he becomes tormented, little by little the mask strips him of his personality. Majora is a little evil and deranged spirit, who takes possession of Skull Kid, who is responsible for lots of monstrous acts throughout the game. His sad destiny all comes to a head when he arrives at Termina. It becomes a fight against the clock, Skull kid only has 72 hours to be able to change back.
The Troubled Man in Mass Effect
This is certainly one video game character that is intimidating, posed with a cigar in his mouth, settled down beside a dying sun. The troubled man is the leader of a racist organisation in the game, which preach the superiority of the human race against the rest of the universe and use heroes to achiever their aims.
What’s more, the character is dubbed by the actor Martin Sheen, who gives an excellent performance in this video game.
Edgar Ross in Red Dead Redemption
The head of the FBI in Red Dead, he is responsible for kidnapping women and the son of the antihero of the game John Marston. After having taken the members of the old gang and taking them apart entirely, John begins to live a normal life with his family on his ranch. This calm doesn’t last for long however even after paying his debt, John is discovered by Ross.
After the end of the game the player can play as this character and you won’t doubt what comes next: he tracks down and finds the useless cops to finish him off.
Ganondorf in The Legend Of Zelda
In the world of this game there are three characters Link, Zelda and Ganondorf who together represent triforce, and they each have their own strengths: Link has courage, Zelda has wisdom, and Ganondorf is strong. It’s Ganondorf strength which lets him shine, his demonstrations of his strength really stand out in the series, and it’s unusual but he is one of the rare baddies that ends up winning. In The Wind Waker all of his power is controlled by Hyrule , and his loses his strength.
Glados in Portal
Glados is the artificial intelligence entity which provides Portal with his craziness and genius: in the name of science, he never hesitates to set up rooms for “tests” which are extremely dangerous and the player has to solve them to advance. It’s the rare dark humor of this sadistic robot which really adds some personality to this game.
The Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2
After witnessing his parents death, Jack goes to live with his grandmother who tortures him physically and psychologically. As a result of this traumatic childhood Jack becomes an evil antihero. With his cynical spirit and humor, he never hesitates to use torture, betrayal massacre and other such nice things to achieve his aims.
Tom Nook in Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing is an excellent game to take a break and disconnect from our fast paced everyday life, or so it seems. In this cute little world, some characters aren’t as cute and innocent as they would have you believe. One of these characters that isn’t so nice is Tom Nook, a character that offers to help build your house. From this offer , you discover a slave operative underway that he has created to build houses. The funniest thing is that the majority of players don’t see this as evil and his plan works perfectly.
Dr Eggman in Sonic
For someone with an incredible IQ this genius is really sadistic and loves destruction. Even if he is the long time enemy of sonic, it’s not just because he is fond of massacre it’s also based on the fact he unleashed a demon that destroyed a village or maybe because he was responsible for exploding a part of the moon and also the earth! He is also the creator of an army of robots to help him achieve his plan of world domination. He can be recognized by his characteristic sunglasses and his trademark arrivals in cars that are each crazier than the next!
Vaas Montenegro in Far Cry 3
” Madness is doing the exact same trick without stopping and hoping that it will change” . Despite having just a cameo role his statement has had an effect on lots of people starting the game. Not being the big baddie of the game, not even being created within the conception of the game, it was the performance of an unknown Canadian actor which pushed the team to include the character of Vaas and give him such importance. The excellent work on this characters script and his particular type of craziness have even managed to eclipse the real boss of the game Hoyt Volker.
Pyramid Head of Silent Hill
One of the most charismatic baddies in the history of horror games, Pyramid Head is the personification of Horror: his head is covered with a pyramid shaped metal cone and he carries a bloody butchered body. The scariest thing about him is that we never hear his approach, but long after he is gone we sense his malevolent presence.
Most of the Characters in Metal Gear Solid
With this game it is difficult to tell who are the heroes and who are the villains, the lines between good and bad are blurred. Everyone in this game is capable of treason and bloodshed in order to get what they want.
The Creepers in Minecraft
Imagine that you are enjoying a nice calm video game, doing what you want, exploring little villages … you decide to take a closer look at something and then “BOOM” all of a sudden it’s game over! If this has happened to you, this was surely your first encounter with one of these little green beings, the creepers are discrete and violent so beware.
Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: Zombies
” Beware of the doctor” this is what was written on the walls of villages in axe during the second world war in the universe of Call of Duty. The crazy sociopath and scientist of the Zombie world of Call of Duty didn’t hesitate to betray his colleague and companion Dr Maxis and also his daughter to carry out experiments in order to create an army of living dead super soldiers.