Reader's Choice: Best Villains
Did he make GameSpot's list? No.
Most likely to be voted best villain by the Puppeteers Society.
Baldur's Gate's Sarevok is definitely a hero of mythical proportions. With his horns, his aspirations to godhood, and his cold-blooded ability to inspire legions of followers to "take care of business," he was a formidable opponent. And, if that weren't enough, he's practically your evil twin.
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Even so, he didn't make GameSpot's list; in fact, his name was never even brought up in our meetings. "Maybe if he'd made his presence known earlier," says previews editor Elliott Chin, "he would have been a better villain." Here' s what you said:
"He's the baddest of the bad. He tries to become a god incarnate by wreaking massive bloodshed throughout the land with war. He has a detailed past and character development - he didn't used to be the powerful, arrogant and sadistic freak that we see in Baldur's Gate. He also decided to kill off all his other brothers and sisters... and to top it all off, he's got a brain, as he set you up to take the fall for him when he murdered his own father. His own father!?!? What other villain deserves to be hunted down and annihilated as much as this sick pervert? By far, he deserves the award."
"Sarevok is one of the most interesting characters ever to appear in an RPG. First he ambushes you and Gorion (your master), then he turns his name around to Koveras (Sarevok backwards), and finally he tries to kill a pair of dukes that are your last hope. Sarevok will spoil your party plenty of times, so save a lot. He isn't an awfully tough villain to beat, but as the story unfolds in Baldur's Gate you will really have a desire to destroy him because he is what I'd call the devil's brother (not to mention the monster's got horns!). Did I forget to mention he's your starting character's brother?"
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"Come on. This guy has to make your list. Anyone who can orchestrate an iron crisis, murder the leaders of a large mercenary army, nearly be elected the leader of the mightiest city on the Sword Coast deserves to be on this list. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that he is the son of the god of murder?"
"The main badass from Baldur's Gate. But actually, his comments are what matters: 'Killing is our father's work. Embrace it, as I have.' 'Face me! Face the new Lord of Murder!' 'I will be the last, and you... will go first.'"
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"He somehow makes everyone follow his ends. He tricked Tamoko, revealing a side of himself that never truly existed, he attempted murder of the Grand dukes, and he was ready and more than willing to kill everyone who dared to face him."
"I definitely think that Sarevok from Baldur's Gate deserves a place. The whole plot was incredible, devised by Sarevok and carried out by his evil minions. It was amazing when you finally saw him and realized he was the mysterious figure who killed your father!"
"Now come on here people, who else wants to instigate wars with nations just to see people die thinking that he can stir up blood inside of him turning him into a god?"
"Baldur's Gate's villain showed himself to be devious and powerful, influencing the hero's friends and putting many pawns in the way of good. I loved adventuring for weeks (real time) only to be set up for a fall courtesy of the armored assassin. Kudos to Interplay for making Baldur's Gate more than a hackfest."
"Big, bad villain in an awesome set of spiked black armor!"
"I think you should add Sarevok to the villains list, because he worked almost the entire game behind the scenes planing, disguising himself and bending the plot and the people to his will, until he was ready to fight you in some bogus environment."
"He should definitely be in the top ten. After all, he kills your father, sends assassins after you, sabotages your weapons, frames you for murder.... In the end of the game you cannot wait to vaporize him, only to learn that it will take more than six maxed-out characters to take him down. It will take countless reloads...."
"Those dodgy pirate pants are criminal enough"