Yesterday was a day for the good guys, the warriors of light, the champions of justice. Today, we’re taking a walk on the wild side and exploring our favorite villainous bad guys. These are the evil emperors, kings, wizards, dragons, and mad scientists that we love to hate (scratch that, reverse it). So then…
“Who is your Favorite Video Game Antagonist?“
The Timely Mage
My favorite antagonist would probably be Gabranth from FFXII. While I typically like antagonists who are driven more by logic than emotion with an understandable, almost sympathetic goal (e.g. Luc from Suikoden III, Caius from FFXIII-2, Big Boss from MGS, Gaius from Tales of Xillia), Noah fon Ronsenburg’s well-written exchanges and amazing character design won me over. He may be more emotional than I tend to gravitate to but I can still sympathize with his plight and I can appreciate some of his qualities like his respect for honor and family.
The Black Humor Mage
I just finished this game recently, and yet my favorite antagonist has to be Shadar from Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. He believes there’s no good in the world, and wants to void everyone’s lives to self-fulfill his own perception of the world. When you learn of his backstory, it’s pretty awful what he went through to make him that way. The White Witch from the same game was a really close second. She has a similar backstory and perception of the world. Her own story was as engrossing as Shadar’s, but the buildup wasn’t quite as impactful as Shadar’s. Although I do like her boss battle and design more than Shadar’s, learning of Shadar’s story has more of a connection to the protagonist and feels like a very personal ending.
The Rage Mage
It’s a tie! Wario and Waluigi. Probably the cheapest evil clones ever. Just throw “wah” before someone’s name in the Mario universe and suddenly they’re pure, flatulent evil? What’s next… Wapeach? Watoad? Wabowser? Warosalina? Wayoshi? Washigeru Wamiyamoto? …Zero Suit Wario?
The Green Screen Mage
This is also a toughy. There are so many villains that you love to hate and hate to love out there. There is one that has always sat near and dear to my heart. Mostly because of a silly voice I gave him when my brother and I played through this game, but also because he was a surprise villain. Who am I talking about? Dimentio from Super Paper Mario.
My first time going through this game, my brother, the Bluebonic Mage, was playing and I was giving voices to all of the characters. It was stupidly hilarious. For Dimentio, he had the voice of Juandissimo from The Fairly Odd Parents. When he fought you, he would take you into his own Dimension D, which I would change into Dimension S. “The S stands for Sexy! Which I am!” … It was funny at the time.
Another reason I have taken to him is because my brother had been making fun of me for always loving the main villains in games and movies and such at the time. He was impressed Dimentio was my favorite and I got to be like “Ha, Ha! I don’t only like main bad guys!” … And then we beat the game. SURPRISE!! He was the main villain all along. I got teased for that.
I love his powers, his way of talking, that ridiculous outfit. He just makes such a good Mario villain. The nostalgic feelings are only a part of why I love him so much. Ciao!
The White Out Mage
King Dedede is just great because he’s cute and he’s clumsy and he’s not all that intimidating. Though he can be hard to defeat at times, he is very lovable. I mean, c’mon, he’s chubby, he’s round, he’s got those big blue eyes and when he runs at you he falls on his face. Super cute! He was just trying to do the right thing in Kirby’s Adventure.
The Well-Red Mage
I considered both Bowser, Sephiroth, and Psycho Mantis for my top choice, but ultimately I had to give it to Kefka Palazzo of Final Fantasy VI. And no, it’s not just because he’s the antagonist of my favorite Final Fantasy game.
That iconic laugh, his ridiculous and quotable dialogue (“Son of a Submariner!”), his flashy apparel, his theme and final battle music “Dancing mad”, his twisted deeds that repulse even his own allies in disgust, his total disregard for all authority and life… Kefka is the perfect villain. He is what would happen if DC Comics and Final Fantasy collided: The Joker gains omnipotence (see Emperor Joker). Kefka also accomplished what barely any other villains ever have. He destroyed the world. Killed millions. Forever changed the face of the planet. He murdered his own boss, the pseudo-antagonist Emperor Gestahl.
Kefka never was a good man. At least no shred of humanity remains in him. He was the first test subject for experiments with magic-technology and the primitive processes warped his mind into a psychopathic general serving under the Emperor. He eventually develops a seriously dangerous god-complex.
His motivations also place him on a pedestal high above other villains. He doesn’t want money or fame or power. He doesn’t even crave chaos. He desires nihilism. He wants non-existence for everything. And he has the power to back it up making him the most capable, the most brutal, and the vilest villain in the Final Fantasy franchise. Further, he isn’t some sissy sympathetic villain. There’s no understanding with him or empathizing with him. Neither is he possessed or being controlled. He’s just an insane and wretched man. He’s pure, twisted, cruel, irredeemable evil. The perfect force to stand against the heroes of FFVI. Besides, who isn’t terrified by evil clowns?