The Most Engaging Villains in Gaming

Andrew Ryan - BioShock

"A man has a choice... I chose the impossible."

BioShock was a hugely influential game with great atmosphere, strong writing, and a terrific narrative to boot. While the game technically has two main antagonists, Andrew Ryan commanded the most respect and was the more charismatic of the two. Ryan was a man of unimaginable wealth and power with a dream he was passionate about to bring to fruition. Ryan was the driving force behind the undersea city of Rapture.

What makes Ryan engaging are his misguided beliefs and ideals that Rapture were founded upon. He stringently believes in a hands-off approach to civilization and regulation of any sorts. Even when Rapture devolves from a wonderful utopia into pure murderous anarchy, Ryan prefers to stand back and watch from safety at the world he has created. You can’t say the man is not committed to his ideals. After all, he refuses to resist his death merely to prove a point.

“A man chooses, a slave obeys.”

Published May. 7th 2015

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