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Ygdrassil from Tales of Symphonia, a perfect balance of an imposing, poweful character with fleshed out tragedy and sympathetic backstory and a fantastic parallel to Lloyd the main hero.

Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dreamland was really memorable in execution, from both story and gameplay, also the Hyness + Void Termina combo in Star Allies, Hyness just for his insane personality that only gets more tragic the more you uncover of his past and Void Termina marks Kirby's finest moment, for both its origin and entire build up of decades of the series.

Kefka is really good.

Bowser in Odyssey and Dream Team is amazingly satisfying to fight, his character and plans are very well done in these games. Dimentio from Super Paper Mario and Princess Shroob from Partners in Time are great as well.

Vergil in Devil May Cry 3 is absolutely legendary, as a rival in an action title and from the whole story development.



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pokoko said:

Luca Blight is always my go-to answer for this question.  I think part of that is that he went out like a bloody star.  I'll never forget his last stand:

"It took hundreds to kill me but I killed humans by the thousands!!!! Look at me!!!! I am sublime!!!! I am the true face of evil!!!!"

That quote and that battle have always been one of my most memorable villain showdowns. It took a bunch of different teams, and arrows, and in spite of that he was still standing.



Bowser, he’s the posterboy for video game villains after all.



S.Peelman said:
Bowser, he’s the posterboy for video game villains after all.

He even took the NA branch of Nintendo under his "care". Now try to beat that xP



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ARamdomGamer said: 

Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dreamland was really memorable in execution, from both story and gameplay, also the Hyness + Void Termina combo in Star Allies, Hyness just for his insane personality that only gets more tragic the more you uncover of his past and Void Termina marks Kirby's finest moment, for both its origin and entire build up of decades of the series.

Pretty much explain why it's theme is so .... melancholic ?



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S- and Z-blocks in Tetris.



Spoiler! (Sorry, I don't know how to make a spoiler tag)

Wander from Shadow of The Colossus. Pretty rare to play as the villain, and even more rare to not be aware of it until the end.



EA and Activision.


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Not too many villains resonate with me tbh, that said my favorites are probably:

Dickson from Xenoblade Chronicles
Tohru Adachi from Persona 4
Nagito Komaeda from Danganronpa 2



I know a lot of people prefer villains with interesting backstories and multi-dimensional personalities, but to me, the ideal villain is someone I "love to hate." They don't need to be redeemed or have a reason for doing what they're doing, they just need to have an awesome presence and just keep me wanting to see more of them. When a story can make a villain so twisted I want them to die horribly, but also can't help but want to see them even more, that juicy contradiction is just perfection.

Unfortunately, I can't think of many examples of that in video games, but some come pretty close.

Malos (Xenoblade Chronicles 2): Good example of the above. No sad backstory or any real reason for his actions other than his connection with his Driver, was basically just a bored guy with the power to destroy everything. And looked stylish as hell while he does it all. Little things like him winking at his fellow Torna members and laughing at the thought of fighting Mythra again just made me want to see more of this guy.

Ashnard (Fire Emblem Path of Radiance): Didn't get a lot of exposition, but what little we saw of him was really powerful. The sequel gives more motivation to his actions, but still leaves him vague enough to remain an intimidating force that set events in motion to change the entire world. While it breaks my rule above slightly, I find it interesting that he essentially was in the right all along, in his own twisted way.

Ghirahim (Zelda: Skyward Sword): Another stylish villain who I couldn't help but like to see. Creepy as hell but man was he cool to watch, and his true identity was so satisfying given the nature of the game.

Ganondorf (Zelda series): This one is probably a bit hard since his personality and character vary across games, from mindless evil to classic villain to actual tragic character, but overall I can't think of video game villains without thinking of this guy.

Hades (Kid Icarus Uprising): Mostly a joke villain, but still was funny enough that I enjoyed seeing him all the time. His banter with the other gods and the final showdown (PIT! HADES! PIT! HADES!) were hysterical.



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