A good hero is often loved, but people also like a good villain. Hopefully not because they are relatable, but rather they are memorable. Over the years, there has been a great number of excellent video game villains. I recently took to social media to find out what my followers feel are the best villains. Here are the results.
My Personal Favorite: Vaas from Far Cry 3
The thing is, VAAS was criminally robbed of not being the final boss in Far Cry 3. He was just an amazing villain in the game.
This week's gaming conversation I'd like to have is about Favorite Villains. There are so many strong villains but I honestly feel that even though he wasn't the end boss Vaas from Far Cry 3 was amazing. Who are your favorite villains? @x8Finity @FrappMocha #GamersUnite pic.twitter.com/zyOtLLbT5U— Geek With That (@GeekWithThat) June 12, 2018
One could easily make the argument that VAAS is what made the Far Cry series what it is today. Until that entry in the series, the games just weren’t as beloved. I don’t normally say absolutes like this but I honestly did not pay much attention to the series until I saw the trailer for Far Cry 3 with this amazing opening scene…
I knew then that I had to play it. I was not disappointed. It recently got rereleased for Xbox One and PS4 too so now is a good time if you never started it.
GLadOS from the Portal Series
Ireally liked GLaDOS from portal 2 pic.twitter.com/srJKbPdjiJ— GoldenAgeNerd (@goldenagenerd) June 13, 2018
GLadOS is my all time favourite villain.— CMDR Pauly_C (@CmdrPauly_C) June 12, 2018
Valve may not make a 3rd entry in any game series, let alone that many games to begin with. However, when they do release a game, it is rarely a miss. The Portal series, just on gameplay design alone, is fantastic. It is extremely creative first person physics puzzler However, the icing on the proverbial cake is that you add in a fantastic villain. GLadOS is a very chaotic Artificial Intelligence that you are
I could post videos of all the amazing quotes from GLadOS, but I picked my favorite one…
Nemesis from Resident Evil 3
I thought this through. With all worthy bosses out there, I feel he deserves mention & that is Nemesis from RE3.— FrappMocha 🎮 (@FrappMocha) June 12, 2018
He is the STAR of this game (See what I did there 🤪) U are really never safe the moment U leave that SAVE room.
& that specific music will tell you he's around 😱 pic.twitter.com/NbSyHsXxjX
Resident Evil is a beloved entry in the series. However, out of all the classic versions of this game, the villain that sticks out in my mind till this day is Nemesis. He may not be memorable in the sense of his motivations or catchy dialog, but he is memorable in the sense that at random moments throughout the game, a slasher villain who is about as strong as the Incredible Hulk is chasing you. All you can really do is run for your life.
In the end, there is always one scene that sticks out in my mind. At the time it happened, I’m not ashamed to admit I came close to soiling myself…
Some Honorable Mentions:
These were all excellent choices too.
1. Luca Blight (Suikoden II)
2. The Joker (Batman Arkham)
3. Liquid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
4. Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Kefka from Final Fantasy VI
At the risk of sounding cliche, I have to still go with Kefka Palazzo from Final Fantasy VI. Diabolical, insane, intelligent, and powerful, the guy that brings the appacolypse is still a top bay guy for me. pic.twitter.com/XtzBmUMSZT— Spladam (@SplAdamSage) June 12, 2018
Kefka. Always Kefka. pic.twitter.com/HSZCAStElU— Xkalibre (@X_Kalibre) June 13, 2018
There will always be a strong debate between Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII. They are both fantastic games and a lot of that is owed to their villains. Kefka was a genocidal monster who wants to end the world. He has no tragic backstory like FFVII. He is not sympathetic. He is just pure unadulterated evil. Think of The Joker, but on bath salts. You can’t get any more simple and effective than that.
Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
Gotta love Sephiroth pic.twitter.com/XPhq9dpGHC— Blue Williams (@wrytersview) June 12, 2018
Favorite villian of all time… pic.twitter.com/7mVwzoFuMA— Dru8376 (@Dru8376) June 12, 2018
It was echoed many times but a lot of people expressed their sentiments for Sephiroth from the Final Fantasy VII universe. Many love this game for a lot of reasons, and while some may argue that other Final Fantasies are better, this is the game that introduced the series to a large audience. A lot of that was due to how intriguing Sephiroth was. He was sympathetic and had a great backstory.
Can we get some love for the amazing battle music when you fight the second form of Sephiroth in the final battle?