Dorkly's latest video levels up boss IQs to defeat iconic heroes

Dorkly explores the questionable intelligence of classic video game bosses by turning the table on heroes with smarter villains.

Have you ever noticed the truly ridiculous nature of villain logic? Video game bosses leave a generous amount of openings for heroes by following pretty standard tenets of villainous logic. Enemies wait in unlocked castles, leave items lying around that devastate whatever small barriers or obstacles they've bothered erecting, rarely improve upon their techniques in any significant way, and generally set themselves up to fail. 

Dorkly's latest upload sets this tradition in reverse by granting video game bosses an intelligence boost. Watch the link above and witness your favorite heroes foiled with just a touch of forethought.

Plot points

The fan video concentrates on classics, which feature straight-forward hero versus villain dynamics. Dorkly included, in order:

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mega Man
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Space Invaders
  • Sonic the Hedgehog

The face of a truly bummed-out protagonist really drives home the minimal effort it might have taken their sworn enemies to defeat them once and for all. Dorkly's passive aggressive boss-impressions further rub salt in every wound. Link just up and walks away from defeat while a scowling Sonic remains the most defiant of the bunch until the end.

The creators

"Think before you conquer."

Dorkly, a YouTube channel popular among nerds galore, answers hard-hitting and entertaining questions about our favorite video games with their unique brand of weekly fan videos. They'll answer any what-ifs you can think up, mashing up games, or changing their rules. Dorkly's added DLC to classics, thrown Mario into Sonic's territory, switched game developer ownership, explored the intricacies of the Pokemon world, and pointed out the similarities between Super Mario and Call of Duty. This is just a small sample of the imaginative leaps they're willing to make.

Three creative minds drive Dorkly:

  • Andrew Bridgman, the Editor-In-Chief
  • Julia Lepetit, the Head Illustrator
  • Tony Wilson, Illustrator and Video Editor

Dorkly's YouTube channel and website also cover movies, TV shows, and comics.

Did you enjoy the video? Which game would you have liked to see? How do you think the boss' strategy would have changed in Dorkly's alternate reality? Discuss!

Featured Contributor

Literature nerd. RPG addict. Part-time stealer of souls ("ginger"). A girl with big city dreams aimed at writing for the gaming industry and letting her stories blindingly shine. She also wouldn't mind riding a dragon one day.

Published Nov. 18th 2015

New Cache - article_comments_article_30521