Kerrigan is the ultimate evil, and more than that, I am totally rooting for her. After Arcturus Mengsk left her for dead, most of us thought she was a goner. That only made her reappearance as the Queen of Blades and leader of the Zerg swarm all the more surprising. As a member of the elite Terran Ghost units, Kerrigan was already a force to be reckoned with, but when you add amplified psychic abilities, mutations courtesy of the Zerg Overmind, and a hunger for revenge, she becomes nearly unstoppable.
SHODAN isn't just one of the best enemies of all time, she also had a role in one of the most startling realizations I've ever had in a video game. For the unfamiliar, in System Shock 2 you fight through a monster-infested space ship as you try and make it to a spot deemed safe by a mysterious voice. This voice helps you survive in an incredibly hostile environment and, just when you think you've made it through to the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, SHODAN reveals herself. It wasn't a fellow survivor leading you to safety, it was a rogue A.I. with a god complex that was merely toying with you. As if that isn't enough, SHODAN also has some of the best lines of dialogue you'll ever hear: "Look at you, hacker: a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?"
A list of terrifying video game characters that doesn't include the most recognizable one from Konami's longstanding Silent Hill series is not a very good list at all—leaving him out is almost as bad as excluding Nemesis from Resident Evil. Pyramid Head had one of the more unusual introductions, as we first saw him violating a mannequin in Silent Hill 2. He's often referred to as the "Bogeyman," and the nickname suits him well; he's a physical manifestation of your darkest fears and is literally unstoppable. Everything about him is strange, from his pale skin to his tetrahedron-shaped helmet and huge sword. In Silent Hill's sea of memorable monsters, Pyramid Head is by far one of the best.
I really hope you weren't expecting Nemesis. While he's arguably one of the most widely known monsters from Resident Evil, I don't think he's the most terrifying. Anyone who's played Resident Evil 4 is fully aware of the Regenerators: the creepy bulbous creatures that roam several of the buildings on the island. These guys are particularly memorable to me because they awake within me a primal fear. I'm not sure if it's their abnormally long arms, their shaky, broken breathing, their jittery glowing eyes, or the way they pounce at you from the floor after you've blown their arms and legs off, but something about them still terrifies me, even after I've beaten Resident Evil 4 dozens of times. Nemesis is a brutish, nearly unstoppable creature, but he's never had the same effect on me as the Regenerators—or their spiky cousins, the Iron Maidens.
Date: May 22, 2012
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