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  1. Top Video Game Villains


    #812212014-08-03 13:33:32 *DarkChaplain said:

    Time to discuss some more video game stuff!

    I ask you this:

    Who are your Top Video Game Villains?

    This will probably seem similar to the Anime Villain voting, but unlike that thread, this here will be focused on PRESENTING your picks and DISCUSSING them with the other users. A voting is not the point. We will not be crowning the Ultimate Video Game Villain here.

    As such, there are a few guidelines for you to follow. If you don't, your posts may get deleted, so please do it right the first time!

    1. One Main-Post per Character!
      Do not nominate more than one character per post. If a character has already been nominated by another user, do not post again about the same character, but refer to point 2.

    2. Always reply via Sub-Posts!
      Whether you'd like to add to another user's suggested character, or comment on their reasons, or add support to the notion, always use sub-posts unless you are nominating a character of your own! http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x364/Owlsoul/Ex_zps224cb0b5.png

    3. Include a Picture & Give Reasons for your pick
      Posts without both an image of the nominated character and an explanation on why you think its a top villain will be removed and the character not listed.

    4. Be Careful with Spoilers!
      Use !!![SPOILER TEXT] to black out big reveals and twists that might potentially ruin a user's experience, should they want to check out the game you are talking about. Spoilers are unavoidable in a topic like this, but please don't overdo it. If in doubt, black it out!

    5. Disagree in a Respectful manner!
      This is a discussion thread, so disagreements and debates are going to happen. Don't get offended at people disagreeing with you, and don't start flaming. If you act in an unacceptable fashion, you might be kicked off this thread, or worse, staff might have to discuss your behavior.

    Those are the Guidelines at this time. Follow them!

    Note:
    The villain you nominate does not necessarily need to be a Boss from a game, or be set against the protagonist. It may even be the protagonist himself, if you deem him enough of a villain to fill the bad guy shoes. Be careful not to confuse anti-heroes with villains, however!

    The villain MUST have been featured IN a video game however! As much as I believe Tetsuya Nomura is an evil git who is running Final Fantasy into the ground, he's not a Video Game Character.
    The character may have appeared outside of video games (like the Joker) as long as he's been featured in a game adaption (Batman: Arkham Asylum & City) and the adaption presents them as a satisfying villain without need of prior knowledge of the non-game appearances.

  2. #812232014-08-03 13:34:11 *DarkChaplain said:

    Kefka Palazzo from Final Fantasy VI

    http://i.imgur.com/xOki8lA.jpg

    Kefka is, in my opinion, a much more chilling villain than Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII. Unlike Sephiroth and many other FF villains, who have very convoluted reasons for turning evil, and may even find redemption before the end, or earn the protagonists' pity, Kefka is irredeemably evil.

    Kefka Palazzo poisons a river, wiping out hundreds of innocent people.

    “Hee, hee! Nothing can beat the sweet music of hundreds of voices screaming in unison!”

    Kefka is a psychopath, and in the end, he would see the whole world destroyed - just for the heck of it, for the hate of anything good.

    “Life... dreams... hope... Where do they come from? And where do they go...? Such meaningless things... I'll destroy them all!”

    He does not even start out as the main villain of the game. He schemes, he jests, he rages and fumes, and eventually he betrays everyone for his own goals. And becomes a living god.

    His Main Theme from the FFVI Soundtrack alone should give you a good idea of just how MAD Kefka is, how broken his mind must be, and how extreme his actions are. But to underline it a bit further, here's an OCRemix from Balance & Ruin:

    Kefka is unpredictable, driven by hate, and does very despicable things as a result. He's taking pleasure in vile acts, he adores genocide, he laughs at the end of the world.

    Maybe you notice that I'm actually struggling to fully express why I believe Kefka to be a top villain. I do struggle to put it into words - Kefka is a character who makes me, as the player, feel threatened and gives me reasons to hate him, to want to fight him and kick his arse off the floating continent.

    And that is, in my opinion, the best way to describe my reasons for picking him: His actions have a tangible impact on the player and the world he is immersing himself in.
    He'll destroy everything you have worked so hard to save, if you cannot stop him.

  3. #812252014-08-03 15:02:44Sobby said:

    God Dammit DC, kefka was what i wanted to post. i dont really think there will be much more villains that can beat this guy in the top villains.

  4. #812242014-08-03 14:22:32 *Lieutenant said:

    Pyramid Head from Silent Hill

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    Pyramid Head was introduced in Silent Hill 2, the antagonist that always lurks and stalks James Sunderland (the protagonist of Silent Hill 2), Pyramid Head is supposedly to be a metaphor of James regret over his past actions and his ultimate desire for his punishment. He is one of the monster without a face, acting as one of the executioners that can be seen sometimes torturing other monsters of Silent Hill. He also makes an appearance in Silent Hill Homecoming even though his role is non-interactive, and appears as the boss monster in the Silent Hill Arcade. Aside from that, he also appears in two of the Silent Hill movies.

    Pyramid Head can only be heard grunting and moaning painfully, while he has a tall muscular figure carrying a huge sword, while walking slowly.

    *Yes look at that stare he gave at Alex (protagonist of SH Homecoming), as if he knows he's there. (but doesn't give a fuck anyway)

    He was my favourite up until now because of how mysteriously scary he can be, see we don't know how his face looks like, and look at his figure, he is scaringly tall carrying a huge knife, look at all the strength he has uplifting the sword and 'performing execution' in only one swing, that's pretty deadly, and what's cool is that, bullets don't put a damage to him at all. It's almost impossible to defeat him, only that you have an advantage of speed against him. He gave out this aura whenever he appears, unpredictable, we don't know what he'll do, lurk? Kill us? Is he coming towards us?

    If I ever encounter him in real life I'd just.. run.

    Well even though I feel like giving him a hug.

  5. #812262014-08-03 17:07:04 *Kirn said:

    Arkham from Devil May Cry 3

    http://padportal.pl/uploads/article/dmc3_screenshots_034.jpg

    DMC3 was released in 2005, but to this day this is my most favourite game of the whole genre. And the main reason is the characters (and awesome scenes with those characters, obviously). And Arkham really takes the cake, even though you start out thinking he's not really anyone important - just some demonologist working for Vergil to unlock the Tower. And really, he doesn't seem to do much - just walks around holding his book while all other characters - Dante, Mary and even stone-cold Vergil participate in action and fights. But that's the thing because everything that happened is pretty much set in motion by him, and characters stumbling in the tower are all part of his master plan.

    During most of the story everyone unknowingly work for Arkham plan, helping him to achieve power of grand demon. He probably even allowed for the birth of Mary knowing he will bleed her one day. By the way, while he doesn't really kill anyone during the game, he is pretty much a poster character for parental brutality.

    But honestly, we all know that that's not even the main reason we all love him. We all love him because at one point we realize that we actually saw much more of him in the game than we thought because he is a bipolar maniac who had the balls to throw all the fashion sense away and dress up like this:

    http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120714122943/devilmaycry/pl/images/1/1b/Jester.jpg

    And that's why he is so likeable - because he's not only a villain with the master plan, but he also takes time to make us laugh and entertain. And when he acts out on both of his personalities at the same time... well, this is really just a treat to see, so I will include the video here. Be warned, though, that is a part of the game video, which is pretty much the main spoiler scene for the entire game. The main treat starts from 5.20 mark.

    In all honestly, after all things are revealed, and Arkham becomes the main enemy, he becomes much less fun, but considering that he previously entertained and pulled strings during the most of the game, I'd say all in all he's a very enjoyable villain to watch and to beat.

  6. #812372014-08-03 19:49:40Kirn said:

    Nah, while I like Vergil, and all fights against him were the toughest fights of the game, making me sweat blood at times, I just can't see him as a villain, really. Not when there's an evil bastard riding to his goal on Dante/Vergil sibling rivalry.

  7. #812272014-08-03 17:51:51 *MrTingles said:

    http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/Bunyoki/SaigyouAyakashi.jpg

    Saigyou Ayakashi, from Touhou Youyoumu: Perfect Cherry Blossom

    That's right, it's a tree.

    Otherwise known as the only legitimately evil being in the Touhou series, it has a very strange way of being evil. Originally being the final resting place of a poet who described it as the most beautiful tree on Earth, people inspired by this poet went to see this great tree, coming to rest under it in peace. After a while, its charm had spread enough to charm a multitude of people coming to rest under it, awakening its powers as a youkai, or supernatural being.

    After its awakening, it begin to drain the souls of more people, lulling them into a madness just by looking at it. The tree claimed so many people that something had to be done about it. Using the soul of a young human girl named Yuyuko who had committed suicide under it, a team of heroes sealed the magical tree's power, turning it into a barren shadow of its former self.

    However, many years later, the ghost of the girl begins a scheme to reawaken the tree, starting the events of the seventh Touhou game, which I won't spoil here.

    While this being certainly isn't as over-the-top evil as many others, it's a very interesting kind of evil, the type that does things in a soothing way, taking your life while you could care less about it, not realizing that you're dead until it's far too late for any help. Interestingly, you never actually battle this being either, as it tends to manipulate others instead.

  8. #812732014-08-04 05:01:38 *--Jack-- said:

    Ridley from the Metroid Series

    http://i.imgur.com/VHovTBe.png

    http://i.imgur.com/FDO2Waw.jpg

    One of the famous, recurring antagonists in almost all Metroid Games, Ridley is essentially a large skeletal dragon with glowing eyes, and Ridley fights Samus in multiple games in the series. However Ridley is infact a space pirate and has a high level of intelligence, although it fights like a wild monster.

    Despite his fearsome and bestial appearance, Ridley is known to be highly intelligent and is shown to even be capable of speaking in the manga; with his intelligence, he was also evidently capable of building a synthetic construct made in his own image. He is known to have a bloodthirsty personality and takes great personal enjoyment in destruction. Though he often appears in different forms, through scans found in the Metroid Prime sub-series and events portrayed in Metroid: Other M, it is confirmed that every incarnation of Ridley before both the latter game and Metroid Fusion is indeed the same being (save for the Ridley Robot), from the Metroid to Corruption and Super Metroid despite his multiple defeats, some of which involve his body exploding. In most games he appears in, he has been the second-to-last or third-to-last boss, save for Zero Mission and Other M; however, the Ridley Robot is the final boss in the former game.

    I nominate Ridley not only due to it's menacing appearance, but just how evil he is. At a point in the games, Ridley is nearly destroyed, but returns as Meta Ridley...basically coming back as a Terminator version of himself o_o Ridley is an intelligent, bloodthirsty enemy in a world where almost everything has armor and an advanced gun and/or weapon, and he'd rather tear you to pieces himself and his fireballs--that says a lot.

    Video: All Ridley Boss Battles (33 min)

  9. #812742014-08-04 05:56:33Teil said:

    Ganondorf/Ganon, The Legend of Zelda Series GanonSomeone had to do it. Arguably one of the most well known of the Nintendo villains, Ganondorf/Ganon is a recurring, and often the central, villain of the Legend of Zelda series.

    Ganondorf , known as the Great King of Evil or the Dark Lord, is the primary antagonist of a majority of the games in the Legend of Zelda series. Ganondorf was born a member of the Gerudo; as the only male member to be born in a hundred years, Ganondorf is made either the King of the Gerudo or the Guardian of the Desert, depending on the game. Gifted with powerful magic, Ganondorf often seeks the omniscient Triforce to grant his wish of conquering the entire world. He frequently wields the Triforce of Power, and stages coups against the Royal Family of Hyrule to take the Hyrulean Throne by force.

    A classic villain who has appeared since the very beginning of the series, Ganondorf has continued to spread chaos over the realm of the Zelda universe throughout the years. He's evil, merciless, intelligent, and his triforce of power is not just for show either. His appearances and influences within the various Zelda games are rarely dull and for the most part, unique. It's always enjoyable to see how the Dark Lord will attempt to attain his goals. It is for these reasons that I nominate this villain.

  10. #812992014-08-05 02:23:05TalTal said:

    Borderlands 2 gives us… http://cdn.sett.com/images/user/20131222/HANDSOMEJACK9755466ebc56e7e9eab8f0b3c9b61e36.jpg

    He is a ruthless, cruel leader and a self proclaimed "Hero". He also stole the credit for defeating the entity that resided in the Vault from the original vault hunters form the original game. Handsome Jack wants to find and activate the Warrior, so he can get rid of all "criminals" on Pandora and rule the land for himself.

    I’m not going to try and kid myself by saying he’s the most nefarious or unprecedented villain out there, but there’s something to be said for a villain that’s charismatic, childish, narcissistic and very entertaining. Despite murdering left and right and being hated by everyone, he still thinks he’s the hero of this game. I always liked the way he would constantly bother the player and your allies over the radio, usually to rub something in.

    He also lives up to his name, not gonna lie.

  11. #813042014-08-05 05:46:55Teil said:

    "Hey, kiddo. Jack here -- president of Hyperion. Lemme explain how things work here: Vault Hunter shows up. Vault hunter looks for the new vault. Vault Hunter gets killed. By me. Seeing the problem here? You're still alive. So, if you could just do me a favor and off yourself, that’d be great. Thanks, pumpkin."

    His casual speech towards the vault hunter is always entertaining. As funny as he is half the time, he doesn't try to hold back his crueler side as well.

    " You know what? I think you deserve a little hint: my secret involves your pathetic resistance dying, and me laughing, a lot."

    50% of the reason the game was so entertaining was because of Handsome Jack. He nailed the role of villain in BL2 so freaking well that it makes me want to go back and replay the main story right now.

  12. #813092014-08-05 10:59:32DarkChaplain said:

    I never could get myself to fully appreciate Jack.
    He's, in concept, a pretty cool villain and entertaining, but in execution... Probably got something to do with Gearbox's generally juvenile writing and crappy jokes =/
    Then again, I also found Borderlands 1 & 2 to be rather bland.

  13. #813232014-08-05 19:19:15Taro_Tanako said:

    SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network)

    A rogue artificial intelligence from System Shock and System Shock 2. SHODAN has kind of become the ultimate AI villain in gaming and influenced the likes of GLaDOS (Portal). SHODAN is an AI with all moral programming and restraints removed. She sees herself as a god and humanity as little more than insects. More than anything, she is a creepy and malevolent game boss, playing and toying with "The Hacker" and aiming to destroy humanity and ensure her own survival.

    If you haven't checked out these old games then I think you should. The System Shock games were the precursor to games like Thief and Bioshock and have a beautiful, if dated, feel about them.

  14. #830352014-09-28 15:43:41Kirn said:

    Sarah Kerrigan from Starcraft.

    http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/133919/2670048-starcraft_sarah_kerrigan.jpg

    Sarah started out as a human, was betrayed by her own commander who basically fed her to Zergs, and we all thought that that would be it for her. Nothing left but memories and starting alcoholism of Jim Raynor. But then you start the Zerg campaign, and you are given a cocoon to care for. Which you do. And from that cocoon emerges the greatest creation of the Overmind - the Queen of Blades.

    http://futurehumanevolution.com/wp-content/gallery/future_human_babes/Hot-Future-Babe-005.jpg

    First of all, yes, she's goddamn sexy and incredibly dangerous. Those bone wing-like tentacles mean business. But the thing about Kerrigan is that she was always a driven character. Even under the influence of the Overmind, she was the only Zerg with a proper personality, but when the giant mass of flesh keeled over, Kerrigan regained her mind completely and started taking over the Zerg to get her revenge. Actually, while in the first game you were the one helping her hatch and followed Overmind orders with her, in Brood War, during the Zerg campaign, you are now serving her to fulfil her personal goals. And that is scary, really - the power of a Zerg swarm in the hands of one, very messed up in the head, woman. Galaxy, beware. And yes, her story continues in Starcraft 2, where she is at one point shown weaker than ever in the series, and she had to go from that to regain her full power.

    Kerrigan is a complex character, and she is not always the villain... But goddamnit, she's a Queen Bitch of the Universe, and you have to respect that.