Villians  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Villians  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Dorkly's latest video levels up boss IQs to defeat iconic heroes Wed, 18 Nov 2015 04:26:36 -0500 Gabriella Graham

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!

Why Donald Trump is Basically a Video Game Villain Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:24:57 -0400 Danielle Marie


The Lich King

World of Warcraft

Like a cape flowing ever so elegantly in the stormy, frigid winter winds, Donald Trump's hair piece is a majestic creature wafting through the air.


Besides their breezy accessories, Arthas and Donald have a few other traits in common. Both showed such promise in their respective crafts with potential for greatness, but both turned to the dark side. 


Drunk with power, he took no prisoners and destroyed everything in his path to be the leader of the Scourge, which are mindless undead followers bent on destruction. Oh, you thought I was still talking about the Lich King?


Dr. Neo Cortex

Crash Bandicoot

Although it's getting a bit old, Dr. Neo Cortex is yet another villain who aims for World Domination (seriously, why is this so attractive? What happened to starting small?).


Dr. Neo was bullied throughout his childhood, which shaped him into a supervillain with a lot of time to come up with evil plots, but apparently not enough time to get a sweet hairpiece like Mr. Trump. 


Like Neo, Trump failed early on in his career and received consistent backlash which propelled him into the evil mastermind he is today. 



The Legend of Zelda

In Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series, Ganondorf makes more than a few appearances as a power-hungry addict who's thirst for power is virtually unquenchable. If there hasn't been a perfect match for Mr. Trump thus far, this would be it. 


Ganondorf won't stop until he completes his goal of world domination, which is parallel to Donald Trump's presidential candidacy.


I'm imagining the dialogue being something along the lines of "Well sure I have bed sheets made out of $100 bills which I subsequently throw away at the end of each day because laundry is for peasants, but I'm still bored. What if I ran for president? Who is this Link character? A LOSER, that's who."


Handsome Jack 


Handsome Jack is one of the seasoned villains of the Borderlands series, and is known for his smart mouth and inflated ego. 


Like Mr. Trump himself, Jack holds a position of power by taking a lot of credit for tasks that involved a lot of other people who he's intentionally ignoring.


Another evil dictator, the notable difference between the presidential candidate and the game character is that only one of them has real hair. I'll leave it up to you to decide which.


Gary Oak


You want to be the very best, like no one ever was? Well the one person consistently one-upping you was Gary Oak, who was always around to rub it in your face how much better he was than you. And all while followed by his squad of (probably paid) cheerleaders.


We all knew Gary got a head start though. Being related to Professor Oak, which is some crazy name recognition, is likely why the smug Gary Oak was always able to stay a few steps ahead. Now, I'm not saying that Donald Trump had help while beginning his multi-billion dollar empire, but being born into a rich family sure does have its perks.



Final Fantasy 7

Although we have no evidence that Donald Trump was born from Jenova Cells, there are still many qualities he shares in common with the hellbent Final Fantasy villain, Sephiroth.


Sephiroth believed that it was his duty to take over the planet in his own vengeance against the people that created him to be a weapon, and he didn't care who he had to kill or what he had to destroy to get his way. 


Much like the Trump Empire, Sephiroth is stubborn and set in his ways, although Sephiroth has much nicer hair. 


Dr. Robotnik

Sonic the Hedgehog

Dr. Robotnik's determination for destruction is only matched by the one and only Dr. EggTrump. 


As far as aesthetics, the body shape and conniving body language are spot on. However, the personalities here are more fitting than anything else, especially since Dr. Eggman has been named one of the most persistent, craziest, and diabolical villain in video game history


This maniacal deviant is all about the Chaos Emeralds, just like Mr. EggTrump (Yes, we're making this a thing) is all about his money, and neither plan on backing down anytime soon.





Mario Bros.

Bowser, or King of the Koopa, is the main antagonist in the Mario Bros. franchise developed by Nintendo. 


In perhaps the most recognized game in history, Bowser is known as the giant, lunky villain who's bent on capturing the Princess, taking over the kingdom, and defeating his enemies. Essentially, he's a tyrannical dictator selfishly doing and saying exactly what he wants while blowing a lot 'hot air'... sound familiar?


The United States population was taken aback June of 2015, when TV personality and infamous businessman Donald Trump announced that he was running for President of the United States


Although it may not come as a surprise, Mr. Trump has offended a good portion of the population with his controversial statements on Mexican immigration, which led to many burned bridges and severed ties. 


Intentionally hurting others in pursuit of power and making malicious accusations are both notable qualities of famous video game villains, but the similarities don't stop there. In fact, Donald Trump resembles so many different evil characters, and we couldn't not put together a slideshow to explain.

Defiance's Five Most Wanted Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:11:04 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

The Worst of the Worst

What used to be San Francisco in Trion World's Defiance is a haven for some dangerous lifeforms and even more dangerous intelligent beings; humans and alien Votan alike.

Gangs of Raiders, platoons of Mutants, and swarms of nasty Hellbugs are often just a stone's throw from wherever you're standing. But, this lot here represents the most lethal the Bay Area has to offer.

5. Dy'Dekuso

The Raider leader and former partner of Varus Soleptor, he was betrayed over a business deal and ended up trapped in a Gulanite container but he managed to break free. Dy'Dekuso is one of the rarely seen Gulanee, a race of energy beings. He can teleport at will and use energy blasts at his enemies.

Like other Gulanee, he puts himself into a radiation suit to interact with other species.

He and his raider gang have taken up residence in the 101 Keys docks and shipyard. Varus Soleptor wants him OUT.

Players must face him in the Explosions 101 Co-op map. In his sanctum, he frequently teleports to attack and then quickly retreat. Also, as a leader of the Raider he can summon gang members to distract his opposition and he also keeps his lair defended with a set of automated gun turrets.

To take Dy down, focus on the gun batteries first by depriving them of their energy source. Then, be ready for his teleport attacks by watching your radar. When Raiders do appear, stay on the move to take them out before returning to the task at hand.

4. Peter Nadone

He was once an EMC soldier who deserted to become a 99'er and work the mines. But, after moving to Angel Island, Nadone became obsessed with Hellbugs. The island was being used by the Earth Military Coalition to study Hellbugs in order to learn how to control them. But Peter found that he could communicate with them and found solace living among the creatures. He even began calling the Matron Hellbug on Angel Island his mother.

Exploring Angel Island as part of the Co-Op mission: Island of Lost Soldiers, the player will have to confront Peter who has captured Commander Grant's son. Nadone is insisting that the party remain to be his friends, but once the Hellbugs arrive and fight starts Peter sides with the alien creatures that he has affection for.

Peter himself isn't as much a threat as all of the Hellbugs he sends at you, including the Matron. Deal with them the way you would deal with the Bugs at an Arkfall. There just happens to be a lot and you don't have many places to hide.

3. Raider Hulker

I can not say enough BAD things about this guy. He's basically the Hulk dressed up like Sgt. Fury with a metal army helmet. First thing, he's HUGE. Like bigger than a Volge huge. Second, he's just plain mean and relentless. This guy chases, charges and throws bombs at you. And you can pour belts of machine gun ammo into him and barely make a dent in this guy.

This nameless monstrosity thankfully is a random event but they are memorable events.

You wanna' take on of these down? Stay mobile, be ready for anything but stay on the move. Get some distance, pour ammo into him, then run to another safe spot. At some point, after you've exhausted your cache two or three times you will notice a little glow in his chest. Pour on your attacks there.

Once the beast has taken enough damage, he will kneel to heal up. When he does, notice his little helmet. Under it, is an exposed brain. That's how you take him down.

2. Nim Shondu

He is the leader of Dark Matter and the cyborg'ed brother of Ara Shondu, the Castithan mayor of Paradise. During the Pale Wars, he led an elite unit which was responsible for numerous brutal attacks. After being thought dead after the Battle of Defiance, he and his Dark Matter forces set up shop in the terra-formed remains of San Francisco.

Nim is the main boss of Defiance and the Defiance Main Mission, as the player tries to stop him from activating a Terra-spire that will cause a whole new wave of terraforming, which would wipe out humanity.

Nim is VERY dangerous because he also has an EGO implant and can use the same powers as the player. Add to that his vicious sword skills and a pistol. The best advice against Nim is to stay mobile, hit FAST and HARD then move.

Round 1, Nim uses Blur. Detonators work well against him, but beware of blowback against your own shield.

During Round 2, you can find some shelter but he deploys a lot of decoys. But, there is a chokepoint in the middle where you can gather them for mass damage.

Round 3, Nim uses Overcharge, flies and can fire multiple missiles. Just stay alert, move erratically and be ready to fire back fast.

#1. Joe "Jackleg" Teach

The murderous Jackleg was once, like a lot of 99'ers, just regular Joe working for gulanite. But, as he added more and more cyborg enhancements, the less human he was. Finally, he turned on his own friends and killed Rosa Rodriquez's father.

"He's bad news, Vada. Bad news! Anyone that dares to step up to that monster ends up with a drill in the head." - Varus Soleptor

He is the final boss for the Bullet for a Bad Man mission and most players say he is tougher than even Nim Shondu. Partly, this is because you face Jackleg earlier in the game where your EGO powers are not as developed nor is your arsenal. But, he is one tough cyber-SOB. And he has the 99'ers doing his bidding.

You will be under constant attack, while Joe hides behind his all-powerful Arktech shield. The only way to take him out is to damage the Smelters' fuel tank so they catch fire and flee to Joe. The explosions knock his shield down for a short time. 

Just Getting Uglier Out There

The arrival of the Volge has intensified the life of being an Ark Hunter another notch. These aliens average 8' tall and do not go down easy and their cold fusion weapons cut right through you.

And then there's the Infected.

Life in Paradise may not be Paradise, but if you can take down the big boys it can be a little sweeter. If you're an Ark Hunter, let me hear who you HATE coming up against.