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Top 5 All Time Villains On Video Games

Jun 29, 2008
Okay, everybody who plays video games has a favorite villain. It's just a rule. If you play games on even a semi-regular basis, you probably have at least one villain that just sticks in your craw. You'd love to be able to jump through the screen and do an omni-slash right to their crotch. Well, I've got a few favorite villains of my own and for your reading pleasure, I just gotta list them here. Since I have a hard time picking favorites, though, these aren't in any particular order.

First up is the one you've seen as King Koopa and Bowser, but he's undeniably one of the first villains to make the video game scene. Always kidnapping the princess of mushroom kingdom, Princess Peach, he never really seems to be able to get away with his plan. You get a little deeper into his character in Super Mario RPG than in any of the other games, to me, but the best thing about this guy is persistence. He just doesn't know when to quit.

Like a lot of RPG players, I cut my teeth on Chrono Trigger. Lavos has to be one of the most memorable villains for me, since you never actually get to speak with the creature itself. You get to fight it, sure, but it doesn't talk to you. Its only motive is to survive and have little lavos babies that look like spiky turtles with an octopus mouth in the front. It's just there, a parasite sucking on the world and growing under the crust of the earth since 65,000,000 BC until finally coming to the surface in 1999 AD and destroying most of the planet's population. It doesn't hate people and it doesn't have a political agenda; it just wants to live and propagate, just like every other life form in the universe.

Ganondorf from the Zelda series has to be one of the most a: evil game villains of all time and b: one of the most picked on because of his name. Surely they could have come up with a better name for this guy (he probably got his head dunked in the toilet at school, poor dude), but I guess game developers have to have a little fun sometimes.

There are also a lot of RPG players that cut their teeth on one of the most famous RPGs in gaming history, Final Fantasy 7. And the focus of their hatred for 50 some odd hours of game play? A quite disgruntled government guinea pig named Sephiroth. The guy's got a sword with a blade that's 6 feet long, long gray hair, glowing green eyes, and likes to impale teenage girls while they're saying a prayer for the planet. What is there not to hate? He also has serious mommy issues and a pretty developed and irreversible god complex, which makes it even better.

Last on the list, but not least is definitely Kefka from Final Fantasy 6. No real reasons for this guy being plain out sadistic and running around dressed like a clown. Not much background on him, either, so nobody really knows if he has mommy or daddy issues that make him evil. He doesn't want revenge on anybody, he just likes hurting people, like the people at Doma Castle that he killed by dumping vats of poison into the river. The whole city's population died just because he wanted to have some fun.
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