Scariest Games’ Villains of All Time
Just in time for Halloween! We rounded up the scariest main guys from your favorite video games.
A scary main villain goes a long way in making a horror/survival game all that much better. A story is only as good as its villain; such has been an age-old adage that holds true for games as well. Many games are made better and elevated as a result of the inclusion of iconic and memorable villains.
The objective of a survival/horror game is to really bring the horror to the game, and they accomplish it using various methods, the most important of all is a scary villain.
Here we look at some of the scariest villains in the history of video games:
1) Nemesis – Resident Evil
“S.T.A.R.S!“ The king of the gaming jump scare. Nemesis from Resident Evil III took MR. X from RE 2 and tuned him up to 100. Nemesis constantly stalks you through the game. You cannot kill him, you cannot stop him. At best you can run away and even that isn’t always effective. Oh, and he can use a rocket launcher too. The 2020 Remake version of Nemesis leans even more into the “he’s everywhere” nature of this beast. Not only does he seemingly pop out of nowhere. He has updated moves that allow him to run, jump and smash through walls.
2) Pyramid Head – Silent Hill 2
Red Pyramid Thing, more colloquially known as Pyramid Head, is the stuff of nightmares in video games, quite literally. Pyramid Head has terrorized game audiences and fans of the Silent Hill franchise for years.
The franchise might be on ice now, which is good news for players traumatized by the game and Pyramid Head. A representation of the broken psyche of the protagonist, Pyramid Head, appears throughout Silent Hill 2, and his sight alone is enough to send shivers down players' spine.
3) Mr. X – Resident Evil
Although Nemesis was also quite the tough contender, Mr. X has a slight edge over its Resident Evil monster brethren. A giant, hulking skyscraper of a man, Mr. X is relentless in pursuit, and sure as heck, he will find you and possibly brutally murder you.
His footsteps alone in the Resident Evil 2 remake is enough for players to shut down the game. The beast is an absolute force of nature, and the Resident Evil games were elevated as a direct result of his presence.
4) The Xenomorph – Alien Isolation
What is scarier than an alien-hunting after you in a space station? An alien with a keen sense and the intelligence to back up its massive physical advantages. The Xenomorph is a terrifying creature to look at in Alien: Isolation, but he is just as intelligent as he is scary.
Alien: Isolation was one of the best horror/survival games of the last decade, and the Xenomorph was simply one of the most advanced A.I.'s ever developed for games. There is no resistance that you can put up against the Xenomorph in the game, and the best you can do is duck and hide in cover, hoping its footsteps to go away.
5) Alma Wade – F.E.A.R
Alma Wade is a testament to the fact that to be scary; you don't need to have a giant, towering stature or tendrils for arms. Alma is terrifying in every sense of the word. She is a crucial figure in the F.E.A.R. games, and her presence is always felt throughout each game.
Every time Alma makes an appearance, it takes a toll on the player. Her presence is marked by paranormal activity in the surroundings, and the ending to F.E.A.R. is enough to keep players awake for days.
6) Slender Man
Having nothing more than a torch to illuminate a narrow path of light, the lack of peripheral vision made you think Slenderman was right behind you. After finding one of the pages, a white noise would make the screen jump and flicker, and Slenderman was never far away. Seeing his white face and elongated features in the distance was spine-chilling, but when he appeared right in front of the screen, he gave many a massive fright. As far as great jump scares go, he’s right up there in gaming history.
7) Jason Voorhees - Friday the 13th
In recent times, Jason Voorhees has made the seamless transition from the big screen to videogames. His role in Friday the 13th is as horrifying as you would expect. There are a multitude of Jason’s to choose from, each having their own perks and specialities. Playing as Jason is loads of fun, but having to run and hide from him is as exhilarating as it is terrifying. The premise of the game is simple, but its execution is sublime. Jason has finally been immortalised in the world of gaming.
8) Vaas - Far Cry
Not all scary and intriguing villains are mutated monsters, paranormal figures, or aliens with 39 arms. Some of them are the most deranged and unpredictable humans pushed past the point of sanity. Vaas might not even be the most physically menacing villain on the list, but his presence is always palpable. The unpredictability of Vaas is what makes him such an interesting character. Vaas will go down in video game history as the character who made villains the major selling point of a franchise like Far Cry.
9) The Gatherers - Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Another enemy type that looks like a Resident Evil reject, the Gatherers haunting the walls of Amnesia: The Dark Descent have a rather deep backstory which informs their horrific design.
More than nameless monsters, each enemy is actually the remains of a former solider who deserted their station and made a run for it to the woods, only to be transformed into these creatures as a punishment.
It's never established whether or not they're actually dead, either, with the implication being that they're doomed to haunt the castle while still somewhat aware of who they used to be.
10) Laura - The Evil Within
The Evil Within is packed with symbolism when it comes to the enemies the player faces off against.
Consequently, the game's secondary antagonist, an amorphic beast of claws and hair known as Laura, is more than just a throwaway monster inspired by classic Japanese horror films. Once again, the reasoning behind the design goes back to Ruvik's childhood, with the villain conjuring a vengeful version of his sister to seek revenge for her unjust killing.
11) Piggsy – Manhunt
is just as much a man as a mythic half-demon creature, haunting the various levels that make up the first Manhunt game with the distant revving of his chainsaw accompanying his chalkboard-squeals and hefty frame. The actual battle between Piggsy and protagonist James Earl Cash is a tense ordeal. It basically consists of both men stalking each other in the dark attic in an attempt to murder one another. At first you don't know exactly where Piggsy is because he doesn't show up on your map. After you search the lair for a bit though, he pops out from behind a wall and begins chasing you, revving up his chainsaw the entire time.
Admit it, you dreaded going into that castle, hearing that ominous music and facing the fire-breathing Bowser.
Bowser thrives as one of the most iconic villains in video games. With a spiked shell, enormous size, fire-like hair, and an endless determination to kidnap Princess Peach and rule the Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser, aka King Koopa, is a tyrant capable of burning down the world.