Great narratives often involve great villains. In the video game world, it is our job to defeat these champions of evil before they carry out their diabolical plans. From powerful moguls of industry, to robots with a few screws loose, the video game villains' styles and stories are as varied as they are compelling. And if it weren't for the bad guys, the good guys wouldn't be nearly as interesting. With all this considered, I give you my top 5 list of the most memorable, villainous, and inspiring baddies in video game history which arn't Wesker, Sephiroth, Virgil or Liquid Snake. Would you kindly enjoy?
5. Gary from Bully.
Gary is a chimera breed of student; a cross between a hardcore chav and a genius. He also is a sociopath and confesses to having ADD, which isn't really relevant at all unless all ADD sufferers are giant knobs. Gary spends the first few chapters of the game trying to befriend Jimmy, but quickly bores of his kid-like shenanigans. As a result, he ditches Jimmy and starts pitting every school clique against him to try and (one presumes, as this is a game made by Rockstar) kill him. This plan quickly fails because you cant have child murders in a game
4. Kratos from God of War.
Kratos is an angry, homoerotic Spartan as evidenced by his shirtless-ness and greased up muscles. He is happy for about ten minutes in the whole game series but then seeks to destroy the Gods of Greece because apparently they forced him to kill his family for Divine jokes. He is angry and killing God's is what raging lunatics in Ancient Greece did after all. So with the aid of massive swords permanently attached to Kratos's arms – because that's a very practical way of not losing them – he goes around slashing anything that breathes in order to redeem his previous murders… did I mention he's really angry?
3. Miles Edgeworth from Phoenix Wright.
Miles Edgeworth is, apparently, the best prosecutor in America as evidenced by the fact he has never ever lost a trial since he was 18 years old… ever. This totally believable back story makes him a terrifying enemy against first-time Attorney Phoenix. He also goes against prosecution laws by pulling un-seen evidence out of his butt at every opportunity, but no one really seems to care. His butler shirts, well groomed hair, deep voice and general suave demeanour also raises the very important question: Is he gay or just European? We may never know.
2. Lieutenant Blake from Heavy Rain.
A fantastic example of a real douche-bag, Blake's role in the game is to annoy the hell out of Norman Jayden. This raving madcap spends his time mentally abusing unstable religious psycho's, letting FBI agents get beat up for the hell of it, violently torturing fathers who love their sons and generally obstructing any progression to finding the real villain of the game. His goatee, leather gloves and trench coat only add to the douche-bag-look whilst also hinting that he is into BDSM in the bedroom.
1. GLaDOS from Portal.
Sometimes, hiding your true colours and pretending to be the protagonist's best friend can have amazing results if you're the enemy. GLaDOS, unfortunately, blunderingly fails at employing this technique, making her secret desire to kill test subjects at every possibly turn blatantly obvious. Telling you to walk in front of machine guns and turrets may not be the best way to disguise ones evilness, but one has to let it slide because she is just a robot after all.