The Most Engaging Villains in Gaming

Psycho Mantis - Metal Gear Solid

“From the moment we're thrown into this world, we're fated to bring each other nothing but pain and misery”

All of Metal Gear Solid’s foes were engaging and memorable in their ways, but Psycho Mantis is undoubtedly the most beloved. The psychic warrior’s emaciated appearance belies the nature of his abilities and his true strength in battle.

What makes Mantis so engaging was not only his dialogue but the constant fourth wall breaks during his fight. He reads your mind (memory card) and can even make your controller rumble. To defeat him, players had to move their controller to another port thereby “confusing” the psi-warrior. From the moment he appeared on screen until he leaves, you can’t help but be absorbed in his amazing (for the time) tricks and shenanigans he pulls on Snake. Tricky blighter. 

Published May. 7th 2015

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