Though his true origins are unknown, Dracula made his way to our video game consoles twenty-five years ago in Castlevania. Even after countless video game iterations, Dracula hasn't really changed over the years, which I suppose is fitting for a vampire. Pretty much everything about him is mysterious, but he doesn't have any ill will, ulterior motives, family problems, or delusions of grandeur. He just wants to be Dracula, a vampire without a cause, and you've just got to defeat him. Simple.
Albert Wesker is also a simple villain to understand. He was born out of a genetic experiment, lost what was left of his humanity testing a super-drug, and is now an out-of-control psychopath who is a bigger threat than zombies, Las Plagas, and evil dogs combined. Though he knows about his past, he doesn't carry a chip on his shoulder about it, and is perfectly fine with being the consummate badass. Wesker is definitely a harbinger of chaos, and his influence runs from Raccoon City all the way to Africa. You had better get running if you want to survive a Wesker encounter.
Sephiroth is easily the most memorable character in the Final Fantasy universe, and for good reason. First off, he's got a killer character design (we could write pages about that awesome floor-length jacket), but better yet, he's got some serious issues that turn him into a villain not only hell-bent on destroying his former friends, but with mommy issues and power-hungriness to boot. In a scene that's become iconic by now, Sephiroth turns his back on his former life with no remorse and absolutely no intentions to ever return to it. He'll even kill your healer to prove it to you. Harsh!
GLaDOS, when she made her debut in Portal five years ago, was the best villain many of us had ever seen. She could jump between topics of mass murder, cake, and Bring Your Daughter to Work Day with no problem, and did it with such a sugary-sweet cadence that you kept forgetting you were in the grip of a psycho-killing machine. Personally, I think she was made a little bit too human in Portal 2 with the introduction of some context and back story, which keeps her from continuing to be the ultimate loveable villain in my mind. Even so, she's certainly ingrained in my memory forever, and I have to hold up a glass of milk in her honor every time I take a bite of chocolate cake.
You've got to love a guy with a God complex. Ganon (also known as Ganondorf) is one of those villains that changes aesthetically from game to game, but always has the same problems. He wants to become the most powerful being in the universe and will do pretty much anything to accomplish that goal. Whether this involves transforming himself into a beast or changing the fabric of reality, you can count on good ol' Ganon to always show up to a fight and out-sinister basically everyone else around. Ganon might not be as complex as some of the other characters on this list, but when it comes to pure evil, you can't get much closer to perfection than this guy. And that's why we love him.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: January 16, 2012
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