The Gist - 5 Of The Craziest Bad Guys In Video Games

Jess gives you the rundown on the most twisted, unhinged, and downright insane villains in video games to date. Who will top the list?

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wearelegion5000
wearelegion5000

My recent 'favourite' is Wolfenstein's General Deathshead. The scary thing is, there were actually people like him during WW2 (e.g. Josef Mengele and other charming gentlemen).

Good point about FC3's Vaas. The actor who voiced him should get an Oscar.

madgame23
madgame23

Don't forget Vamp from MGS!  He gutted Otocon's sister, drinks blood, his nano machins wont let him die, and he is getting constantly creeper up until his death in MGS4

madgame23
madgame23

Dr. Ned from Borderlands Exansion, "Zombie Island of Dr. Ned!"

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

The Illusive Man from Mass Effect gets my vote.

habeasdata
habeasdata

i would say Kefka Pallazo, Sephiroth, Joker, Raul Menendez and dath Sion

metallinatus
metallinatus

The doctor from Outlast and the raper guy from its DLC were really insane, you know?

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

"Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?"


Vaas is my all time favorite game villain. Michael Mando did such an awesome job

unikat
unikat

C'mon... RPGs are full of crazy people, there's simply pointlessly mad like Kefka (FF6), or madly insane (with a point lol) like Luca Blight (Suikoden 2), or people driven mad by their goals like Romeo Guildenstern (Vagrant Story), the <avoid spoilers> crazy like Id from Xenosaga, let's not miss crazy scientists who have no moral values at all like Hojo (FF7) or of course driven to insanity by realizations of what they are like Sephiroth (FF7) (tho I never actually considered him crazy, some people do, so w/e) etc.

Then fighting games... too many to list all characters, but I'd just go for one of my favorites... Nightmare/Night Terror from SoulCalibur


And as person below my mentioned... Joker

itruecolors
itruecolors

Wouldn't the joker from Batman Arkham Asylum (my favorite game in the series) be an ideal example of a villain who is "batshit crazy"

ghostpez8
ghostpez8

I just remembered an epic bad guy: Magus!! Solitary, scheming, and powerful... He is the type of villain that makes life a living hell, but without whom the narrative would not be as interesting. And the fact that you could play as him toawards the end was all the more rewarding.

rew0lf
rew0lf

Does anyone know what the intro music used for this show is??


jmsk248
jmsk248

Add my vote to the pile of those suggesting Kefka Palazzo from Final Fantasy VI. That laugh, as he literally twists the world to his whim, is such a macabre amusement.

Glad that game came out during the 16-bit era, otherwise my extreme fear of clowns would've made it impossible to finish.

Jag85
Jag85

This list is missing classic crazy villains, like Kefka (FFVI), Sephiroth (FFVII), Psycho Mantis (MGS), Colonel AI (MGS2), etc.


fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

hitting the club after filming the video?

Zombie97
Zombie97

Sheogorath was really crazy.


''Time for a celebration... Cheese for everyone!'' :D

danger_jim
danger_jim

yeah, no Kefka pretty much invalidates the whole list... (and I love characters like GLaDOS!) Sorry, but you dropped the ball on this one Jess...


;p

D0BR0
D0BR0

whew, sexy lady. time to leave lol

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

before I watched this episode I had already thought of a villain I WAS gonna put in comments but already mentioned, "Have I ever told you the definition of insanity?" and no surprise about GLaDOS...chicks love GLaDOS XD


well, guess it would be Sovereign and the Reapers. *indoctrination commenced* 

eortlieb
eortlieb

Gonna concur with your assessment Evanad.

This list sans Joker isn't much of a list.

I like the video as it was a nice trip down memory lane.

But the picks themselves, ehh.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

I liked Vaas and Handsome Jack as villains but they weren't great villains. They were so over the top they were just funny. Sure they tried to kill you a lot but they didn't depict a complex dark side of the human condition. 


The villains I really hated were those black assassins in Demon Souls that you got in NG. Whenever you saw them you'd say, Oh crap, these guys again.

deckmaster2004
deckmaster2004

What about Psycho Mantis, Vamp, Solidus Snake, Killer Goldfish, The Elder God ((My favorite villain)) Legacy of Kain), Gwyn, Gwyndolin and pretty much everyone in Dark Souls, SHODAN, Andrew Ryan, J.S Steinman, Piggsy, Sander Cohen, Dahlia Gillespie, Dr. Killjoy, Molluck... There are so many great villains.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Why do we have to have highly attractive girls hosting these shows? I'm trying to concentrate on the games! Pleeeease replace Jess with a typical fat nerd!

hystavito
hystavito

A lot of people are mentioning this Kefka, a villain I had never heard of until now :).

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Maybe Yuri too from Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge.  A brilliant, power hungry, mad, and psychic Soviet villain?  Yes, please.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I'm appreciate villains with brilliance and/or power but who very much want their own way more than villains who are outright mad.  But of the few mad ones that I have seen, I nominate the cultists from dragon's Dogma.  There was this particular cutscene at the end in which the head of the cult summoned the dragon (the final boss), then morphed into a powerful spectre-mage-thing to fight your and your party.

To morph into the spectre-mage-thing, he held a magic sword out in front of him and called to two of his subordinates.  They looked at the sword, and without hesitation screamed and sprinted at the blade and impaled themselves on it.

That's madness.

Luskeonkel
Luskeonkel

Alma...................................................................................

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

Albedo from Xenosaga definitely deserved a spot on this list.

alistargangrel
alistargangrel

KEFKA PALAZZO!!!! (FF-III or VI). No more to say, those who know him will agree with me hahaha

Hornet85
Hornet85

Love that dress, Jess. Beautiful.


Pyramid Head was certainly one of the scariest villain I've came across especially during earlier encounters where you have to run from him. Prior to being popularized by Amnesia, I don't think there were many horror gameplay at that time that forces the player to flee from a scary monster. 

I agree with GlaDOS, although I think Cave Johnson was as crazy as GlaDOS if not more.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

Heihachi Mishima (Tekken)-

Threw his son 'Kazuya' off a cliff, twenty years later flys his body halfway round the world to throw his unconscious body down a volcano!


Heihachi trained a grizzly bear karate and made it his pet.


Heihachi beats all this with Tag Tournament 2 ending. Flys into outa space, dumping his son Kazuya and his grandson Jin Kazama into the sun.


Badass.

vubz
vubz

i liked the video. Thumps Up yo

jackvstheworld
jackvstheworld

He may not have been completely crazy from the beginning, although he does become increasingly mad as the series progresses, but I totally loved Martin Sheen as The Illusive Man in Mass Effect.

ahpuck
ahpuck

GlaDOS is one mentally unstable puppy. Very memorable indeed.

Qixote
Qixote

Frankly I wish for a Portal 3 more than I do Half-life 3.

tesfan1999
tesfan1999

@XCyberForceX I don't consider The Ilusive Man to be bad guy.Come on he spent such huge amount of resources just to bring Shepard back to life.

CyrenII
CyrenII

@deckmaster2004 That's a great list. Looking at it now, videogames have trumped the film industry in crafting superb villains

And yes, I'd add every enemy and Boss from Demon's and Dark Souls too lol

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@Hornet85 But Cave Johnson wasn't a crazy villain so much as just crazy.  "The egg heads told me that we couldn't buy $7 worth of moon rocks, let alone $7 million.  Bought 'em anyway!  Turns out they're pure poison.  I am deathly ill! *cough* *cough*"

He could have been a villain to the people he "ruled", but he's just history to the protagonist of Portal, otherwise I would agree :).

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@jackvstheworld But he still seems to have his wits about him.  They are turned in a power-hungry and self-preservation direction, but he's still sane.  Excellent villain though.  

zeca04
zeca04

@pignugget @Qixote Frankly, who are you to determine that he should wish HF 3 than Portal 3? If you wish more hf3, good for you. Just don't force it to anyone else.