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The Most Engaging Villains in Gaming

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Villains are a dime a dozen. Memorable villains are rarer, but engaging villains are the most elusive of all. So what makes a villain engaging and lands them on this list? An engaging villain is more than memorable, terrifying, notorious, or well-known (although several on here are all of those). These antagonists are engaging to the player. They connect to us on some level, and we cannot take our eyes off of them when they appear on screen.

We hate them, and we love to hate them. In some cases, we even feel regret or sorry for them if we defeat them in battle. They represent something about us or something we desire to see, even if we are not aware of it. With that said, let’s see who made the list!

Published May. 7th 2015
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    I would have put Wheatly as well as GLaDOS, they are great for basically the same reasons. They just go about it in a different want. Wheatly is accidently evil, where GLaDOS is actually evil. But they are both great! I honestly can't pick which AI is better (as in I prefer).
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Wheatly is just an idiot who gets in way over his head. GLaDOS ends up being more memorable with her lines and the situations you find yourselves in (she does get stuck in a potato after all).

    GLaDOS just takes the cake for me.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Fair enough. Also she quite literally does take the cake. ;)
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    She does! Diabolical A.I. that she is.

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