Earlier last week, I was watching an episode of Better Call Saul TV series when I came across a face that looked very familiar. The character was Nacho Varga played by Michael Mando, a guy you can’t help but recognize if you’ve ever played Far Cry 3.
The voice and the face reminded me of one video game character I admire. In fact, this particular guy made me love Far cry 3 and he’s the kind of character you would like to see in cut scenes.Videos games have gone beyond what it was like when I started playing Super Mario on my 8-bit Nintendo console twenty years ago as a kid. There was nothing like Havok or Unreal Engine then, it was all simple 2D games.
After seeing this guy in that movie, I remembered some other villains and video game characters I’ve interacted with over the years and came up with this list. Here are 10 of the most interesting video game villains, bad asses and protagonists of all time.
1. Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3)
- 1 1. Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3)
- 2 2. Officer Tenpenny (GTA San Andreas)
- 3 3. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
- 4 4. Kratos (God of War)
- 5 5. Max Payne (Max Payne)
- 6 6. Agent 47 (Hitman)
- 7 7. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)
- 8 8. Kefka (Final Fantasy VI)
- 9 9. Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)
- 10 10. Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
- 11 Conclusion
Wait, who doesn’t love Vaas? Vaas is one of the most intense characters I’ve ever interacted with in a video game, he’s the kind of villain you look forward to see in cut scenes.
Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact same f*cking thing over and over again expecting sh*t to change. That. Is. Crazy. The first time somebody told me that, I dunno, I thought they were bullsh*tting me. So, boom, I shot him. The thing is… he was right.
The guy may be a murderous psychopath, but when you eventually kill him, you’re gonna miss him. You’re definitely going to really miss him and wished he sticked around a while longer.
2. Officer Tenpenny (GTA San Andreas)
This is probably the most corrupt police officer you will ever see in a video game and I bet you already hate him, but the whole video game is nothing without him. Played by Samuel L. Jackson, this extremely corrupt police officer made sure he made Carl Johnson’s life in San Andreas hell.
3. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
Is your favorite Mortal Kombat character Shao Kahn? Shinok? Noob Saibot? I doubt that… there’s one thing about about Scorpion no one can deny: He’s a certified bad guy. A resurrected ninja whose family’s murder was led by Sub-Zero, Scorpion’s vengeful spirit makes him even deadlier. Well, we all know how he made Sub-Zero pay for his sins. Whenever he says I will enjoy watching the flesh burn out of your bones, he probably means it.
4. Kratos (God of War)
The first time I saw this guy on a friend’s Play Station, I thought there was a PC version of the game and was disappointed when I learned it was exclusively for Play Station. That was years ago.
Kratos is haunted by a horrifying past filled with death and human slaughter. Kratos, a demigod often referred to as the Ghost of Sparta isn’t your regular video game hero, he’s more like an antihero and throughout the game series, he killed thousands.. even his own wife and daughter.
5. Max Payne (Max Payne)
There’s nothing more dangerous than a man whose wife and kid got brutally murdered. A former detective who lost his family and his job and is hellbent on killing whoever is connected to the murder has nothing more to lose but his life.
6. Agent 47 (Hitman)
This guy was born in Romanian asylum with a barcode tattooed on the back of his head. Dressed in a black suit and red tie with a shaved head, this cold blooded killer does it without emotion, no feeling. He speaks in a calm, formal tone and he’s the type of guy not in the least interested in romance. He takes the Agency’s most difficult assignment and he’s a master of stealth.
7. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)
Court-martialed and and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for doing what any human would do, Marcus Fenix rose to be the leader of the Delta Sqad , a war hero eventually saving humanity from the Locust invasion.
8. Kefka (Final Fantasy VI)
Flamboyant, witty with a dark sense of humor, this clownish villain looks like Final Fantasy’s version of The Joker and till date, Kefka Palazzo is definitely one of the most insane antagonists in the history of video games. A lot of people would still choose Kefka over Sephiroth and his insane laugh is one thing you can’t forget about him.
9. Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)
Unless you truly understand the whole concept of Pyramid Head, you might think he’s only in the game to inspire fear. He’s more than just a terrifying villain that lingers in your memory, he as well represent the main character’s guilt, his regret over his actions and desire for punishment.
10. Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
This guy is evil personified. He turned himself to a monster and his determined to dominate the whole human race for his own gain. His actions led to the death of many and throughout the series, he’s either appearing as the main protagonist or betraying his closest allies for his own personal gain.
This list is based on my favorite video game characters. The list may not necessarily reflect everyone’s choice but if you think there’s a character that should have been on this list we’ve excluded, let us know through the comment section.