There are a lot of praises as to how gaming companies develop the storylines, from the concepts of treachery, malice, betrayal and much more, but who has the strongest hate of them all?
Yes I would do that and I hate you! I’m sorry, hate is a strong word but what I really meant is “I really hate you!”
~ Richard Martinez to Deborah
Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate
I have thought of putting together 10 great villains that I know and have seen in my whole gaming life. While people have done this multiple times, I haven’t actually done it yet and it seems an interesting one. In the hopes of breaking the struggle to think about newer things, I’ve decided to enumerate my 10 villains (in any order) that I think has the strongest hate, malevolence, filth, and despair in my journal.
Let’s get started!
Kefka Palazzo (Final Fantasy VI)
First off, Kefka!
Kefka Palazzo is the main antagonist in Final Fantasy VI and has also appeared as a boss in Final Fantasy XIV. He is a cruel and destructive madman which he became known as one of the most powerful personalities in Gestahlian Empire. Being a product of a failed experiment of being a Magitek Knight, he gained power in exchange for sanity.
As the story progresses, Kefka has been playing around with the Espers, extracting their powers for himself, and plotting out evil plans by manipulating the Returners to trust the empire and open the gate of the Espers. Emerging victorious, he was able to shift the World of Balance into the World of Ruin, enlisting new monsters and establishing fear to the world via a magical beam of light that can destroy just about anything. Eventually, he has been killed by the Returners and vanished, since he turned into the God of Magic.
Kefka, of course, has an iconic laugh as well, which you can use as a ringtone (be careful not to use it on formal settings)
Dracula is one of my most favourite villains in my life, the only villain who’s very iconic with the statement “What is a man?“. Across most of the Castlevania games, Dracula has been revived so many times already – why don’t people stop disturbing him every 1000 years?
Having an ability to command hordes of demons, and undead creatures and having one of the powerful buddies he has, Death, he is one king of the night that nobody should underestimate. He has also a son known as Alucard (which is an inverted name of Dracula), who sets on a quest to slay his own father. They also share some powers such as transformation into a wolf, bat, and mist, and conjure various spells such as fireballs, and soul spirits.
Dark Falz [Loser] (Phantasy Star Online 2)
Luther is a sinister scientist who seeks for the ultimate goal of being the god, an omniscient being. In order to achieve that, he sets off on a journey to discover various ways to acquire knowledge, such as combining Dragonkins with Darkers, the enemies of ARKS, or even citizens of ARKS with them.
However, upon finding Xion, the world computer (in human form in-game), he seeks to fuse himself with her and obtain omniscience. In order to achieve this, he controlled all of the ARKS to turn against the protagonist and Matoi, but somehow it failed as not everyone is affected by the mind control he did. When his plans have entirely failed and fused instead with a Dark Falz, he turned into a bird overlord known as Dark Falz [Loser]. He commands the bird-type darker and is able to make use of a plethora of powerful magic and moves such as speed manipulation and playing around with swords embedded with elements of wind, lightning and ice.
One of the forms of the Dark Falz [Loser] on a raid quest.
As a villain, he betrays Theodore into luring him to find his own answer until he ended up being one of his cohorts when everyone is against the protagonist. He believes in his own power that anyone cannot surpass his technique power and the ability to control time. Eventually, ARKS defeated his Dark Falz form and was killed. Unfortunately, [Double] ate his body and able to produce clones of Luther – while the real Luther is inside their stomach, alive and kicking! Even if he is alive inside, he is no longer interested to go outside as Xion is gone.
Artorius Collbrande (Tales of Berseria)
Artorius Collbrande (Arthur in short) is the main antagonist of Tales of Berseria, the father of the first female protagonist in the Tales series, Velvet Crowe. He used to be a loving and caring person but due to the death of Celica, his wife and the unborn child, he became a sociopath. To gain power, he sacrifices his own son, Laphicet Crowe, which triggered Velvet into revenge, making sure Arthur is dead.
Artorius uses reason over emotion, which makes Velvet a failure to his teachings and the same concept has actually influenced his goals to acquire better power – fusing himself with Innominat, the nameless Empyrean.
Shizel and Nereid (Tales of Eternia)
When Nereid offered his power to her after the death of Balir, Shizel acquired the Dark Aurora and becomes the main antagonist of the game. Being Meredy’s mother, Shizel performed numerous experiments with Meredy and Hyades in order to know better the power she acquired from Nereid. which caused Hyades’s insanity. Luckily, Meredy was able to escape to Imen with Galenos.
As a powerful enemy, she is known to be able to use the Eternal Finality, which can only be countered by Reid’s Aurora Wall. Nereid, on the other hand, can cast Finality DeadEnd when Reid is in the party, which can be countered as well, ending the final battle.
Monika (Doki Doki Literature Club)
Monika is the president of the Literature Club, formerly a member of the Debate Club. She is an upbeat and joyful 3rd-year student who seeks members to join her club with the primary objective of creating a place for people who wanted to show their passion in literature and grow their talents as they go along. But as the saying goes, looks are deceiving.
Her villain attitude won’t show up until the player realizes that she is self-aware, manipulative and even powerful enough to mess you up, the game and your psychological well-being! The player realizes that Monika knew from the start that she is inside the game and gets fixated and infatuated with the player. She will gradually and politely leave out her club members in order to keep you interested in her.
If in case you want to find out more about Monika and her treacherous attitude, please be warned that Doki Doki Literature club is not for the faint of heart. If you are strong enough to endure it, just so let you know that Monika has her own Twitter account!
Luca Blight (Suikoden II)
Known as the Mad Prince, Luca Blight is one of the villains in Suikoden 2. What makes him unique is that his bloodlust and cruelty are unrivalled, and him bearing the Beast Rune – one of the runes handed down by the Blight bloodline.
An incident when the escort of Highland Royalty was ambushed, her mother, Sara, pushed him out of the caravan and Sara was sexually abused by those who ambushed them. Realizing this when he met the same group of people in the town of Kyaro, and learning that they were hired by Muse, Luca started to gain resentment towards the Jowston Alliance and hunt down his father, Agares Blight.
During the story, he was able to acquire complete control over the Highland army, meaning he is able to wage war between Highland and Jowston. He was able to conquer numerous towns, slaying the citizens who dare oppose him, which brings him to be the unstoppable creature in the continent. However, with a carefully crafted plan by his opponents, he was ambushed by the strongest warriors of the Allied Forces and faced his death.
Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid)
Psycho Mantis is one of the most unforgettable villains in my list. Way back in my 6th grade, Metal Gear Solid is one of the most iconic late night memories I had with my late brother, and this villain made me gag with his ability to read what’s in my memory card! He comes for me and read me for filth, literally! (Spoiler: Not at all. You think you’re clever don’t ya?)
With him being designed to be able to track you anywhere you run in the boss battle, he can just see you and hit you up until you spoil yourself and place your controller on the second port and resume the battle to prevent Mantis to read your mind. While this battle has numerous ways to deal with, he sure knows his deal.
Trivia: In an interview with Hideo Kojima about Psycho Mantis and the switching of the controller to another port, it was an inspiration from various Japanese animations about masters telling their students that in order for enemies to prevent them from reading their minds, they should clear it off first. (source)
Dark Falz [Double] (Phantasy Star Online 2)
Dark Falz [Double] during the battle between the protagonist, Sukunahime and Matoi.
Dark Falz [Double] is the only one of the four Dark Falzes who still recognize their main purpose – to revive the Profound Darkness (the other three are Elder, Loser, and Apprentice). The duo has an army of toy enemies, from stuffed toys, jack in a box, cartwheels, dollhouses, and so much more, but with their ability to eat up anything, from the ordinary animals from the forest or even its family of Dark Falzes and able to produce multitude amounts of clones of them, surely the players have a lot of trouble in store from them.
In one of its forms, they serve as the gatekeeper (take note, they cloned themselves already in this battle) to protect the resurrection of the Profound Darkness from getting interrupted or even halted, which a group of heroes will slay him in order to proceed with sealing again the Profound Darkness.
The Butcher (Diablo)
“Ahh… Fresh meat!”.
The Butcher is a recurring villain from two Diablo series, the first and the third one. I have played all three Diablo games released by Blizzard and the Butcher has become one of the iconic mini-bosses in the series. Having slain large amounts of humans with his big butcher cleave, he is out there not to snatch your edges but to get yourself chopped!
In my experience, in Diablo I, the Butcher is one of the most difficult opponents as he has a very high damage output and attack speed, so players who aren’t well-prepared will surely meet their doom. Due to this, you would want to trap him first somewhere, abusing his AI, and shoot from afar. There are numerous tricks to deal with him.
In Diablo III, the Butcher is an area boss, which has his own arena and has a new set of skills on his arsenal like the use of chains to pull you out and do melee damage against you, and the use of the scorching flames under the arena.
And here we are, the end of the list! While we all know that the list can change, we can always hope that newer games can blow our minds and see more iconic scenes which can actually show that a new challenger is always around the corner to fight for the title in each gamers’ hearts.
Who are your 10 great villains in your whole gaming life? Let me know in the comments section below! Happy gaming! 🙂