In all of history for every good anime game, there’s always a powerful and popular evil villain. It seemed like a must-have requirement to create a great formidable villain to make the story or game that much interesting. Villains in anime or games are like the special ingredient into making a suspenseful and exciting storyline. Surely, protagonist always shines brightly in anime and games, but with a formidable villain, it takes the excitement and tunes it up to 11.
In this article, we will celebrate those villains who have made such an impression towards fans all over the world. So let’s take a moment to appreciate and admire the bad guys for once, in this Top 10 Villains in Anime Games! Let’s go!
10. Dr. Ivo Robotnik from Sonic Adventure
- System/Platform: Dream Cast
- Publisher: Sega, Tec Toy
- Developer: Sonic Team
- Release Date: Sep 9, 1999
Starting off the countdown on the list, we have Dr. Ivo Robotnik in the number 10 spot. Commonly known as ‘Dr. Eggman’, this villain is considered a ‘retro’ or ‘vintage’ as they call it. Ever since the first Sonic the Hedgehog game was released in 1991, the name Dr. Eggman became widely known by many. The appeal might stem from its unique appearance, personality, as well as its intelligence, as it’s been revealed that Dr. Eggman is a mad scientist with the IQ of 300.
The rivalry between Dr. Eggman and Sonic is quite interesting. It seemed that no matter what his plans are to dominate the planet, Sonic and friends are always there to make sure that Earth stays safe but this doesn’t stop Dr. Eggman, as he always seems to avoid imprisonment and manages to slip away from death. Eventually giving him another day to execute his evil plans. Perhaps it’s his amazingly high IQ that made him so elusive.
9. Pyramid Head from Silent Hill: Book of Memories
- System/Platform: PlayStation Vita
- Publisher: Konami, Capcom
- Developer: WayForward
- Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
This next villain will give you nightmares at least once in your life. We have Pyramid Head from Silent Hill sitting in the number 9 spot on the list! It comes as no surprise that Silent Hill has always been quite a very scary and creepy game, with its unique atmosphere setting and not to mention its cast of villains that contributes to the game’s success. Pyramid Head definitely takes the cake as being one of the most well-known antagonists in the Silent Hill series.
Pyramid Head was portrayed in the game as someone who has a fairly tall and muscular human body and having a large pyramid on its head instead of a face. Pyramid Head is also known to wield the Great Knife, an extremely large knife known in Silent Hill series. Pyramid Head’s appearance is also said to be based on executioners described in Silent Hill’s past history.
8. Albert Wesker from Resident Evil: Revelations 2
- System/Platform: PS4, XBO, PC, PS3, X360, VITA
- Publisher: Capcom, SCEE, SCEA
- Developer: Capcom, Frima Stud
- Release Date: Mar 17, 2015
Moving on the list, we have Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil franchise! Albert Wesker became one of the most notorious and elusive villains in this franchise. From its first ever appearance, Wesker is a brilliant researcher and was involved with Umbrella Corporation, which he later turn against.
In terms of appearance, Wesker is almost always seen to be wearing dark sunglasses, which kind of hints players that he is the final boss. There are certain ‘bad guy’ vibes coming out of this character, but nevertheless, it was very exciting to see how the plot twists around this character. Albert Wesker is considered a very formidable villain, as he is known to excel in many different things, be it combat, scientific, sort of a Jack-of-all-trades.
7. Akuma from Street Fighter V
- System/Platform: PS4, PC, LNX
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom
- Release Date: Feb 16, 2016
Taking the number 7 spot on the list we have Akuma from one of Capcom’s most famous fighting video game franchise, Street Fighter. There are a unique design and backstory behind this villain, from its name, ‘Akuma’ if directly translated from Japanese, means ‘Devil’ or ‘Demon’. Akuma is known to wear a sleeveless gi, and have a muscular body.
His most notable ability is that he is extremely focused on mastering the arts of Satsui no Hado, or Dark Hado, a powerful dark energy-based force. For one to acquire and harness the power of Dark Hado, he/she must have a strong desire to win, very much so that is not afraid of killing or be killed. However, it is also known to affect one’s mind, as it causes the user to lose their humanity, which would explain how Akuma became so evil.
6. Orochimaru from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
- System/Platform: PS4, XBO, PC
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
- Developer: CyberConnect2
- Release Date: Feb 9, 2016
‘Rasengan!’ ‘Chidori!’ ‘Raikiri!’ If these 3 words don't sound like complete gibberish to you, then it’s safe to assume that you probably have watched the action packed ninja-themed anime Naruto. Taking the number 6 spot is none other than the villain in Naruto, Orochimaru himself. Although there are other villains besides Orochimaru, this character seemed to stick with fans of the series.
In terms of personality, you would notice that Orochimaru is very cunning and evil, and talks in a ‘slithery’ way, which is due to his snake-like nature and appearance. If you follow the storyline, Orochimaru betrayed the Village he grew up in, which is why he is truly a ‘snake’. But, although he might be a snake, you’d still respect him for what he is capable of.
5. Ultimecia from Final Fantasy VIII
- System/Platform: PC, PlayStation
- Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Square Enix, Square EA, SquareSoft, SCE Australia
- Developer: SquareSoft
- Release Date: Sep 7, 1999
Entering the top 5 list, we have Ultimecia from the popular RPG Final Fantasy VIII! Some of you might not remember who Ultimecia is, but I’m sure you would remember the protagonist, Squall Leonhart with his unique weapon, the Gunblade. Thanks to its very unique and interesting storyline and villain, Final Fantasy VIII became one of the most popular compared to other versions of Final Fantasy.
In the game, Ultimecia is said to be a very powerful sorceress, and her goal is to become a living god by compressing all time and space. It was predicted that Ultimecia will eventually fall down to SeeD member, a combat specialist mercenary force from Balamb Garden, thus she seeks destruction to try and change her fate, ultimately wreaking havoc wherever she goes.
4. Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- System/Platform: DS
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release Date: Oct 1, 2007
Coming in the number 4 spot on the list, we have the almighty leader of the band of thieves Ganondorf, from the game The Legend of Zelda! This bandit king is set to find the powerful Triforce, hoping to grant him the power to conquer the whole world. It’s up to an elf call Link to save all of Hyrule.
Ganondorf made it into the list due to its recurring role as an antagonist throughout the Zelda series, depending on the game, Ganondorf will appear as a different version of himself. Ganondorf is also known to possess immortality after being granted power from the Triforce, and the only way to defeat him is through the Triforce itself, making Ganondorf a powerful and feared villain in the series.
3. Bowser from Super Mario 3D World
- System/Platform: WiiU
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release Date: Nov 22, 2013
Getting closer with the countdown, we have Bowser the main villain from the prestigious Mario Bros. game! The game itself is very interesting and managed to capture the hearts of many. Although the story and character design aren't as grand as the rest of the previous entries, the character of the villain makes up for it. The entire story is about a plumber who doesn’t have any superpowers sets out to defeat Bowser, a fire-breathing demon with a spiky shell on its back.
You’d have to admit that this villain is much simpler, so to speak, but nonetheless, it became one of the most iconic villains in the history of video games. Besides, if Bowser didn’t exist, who would’ve kidnapped Princess Peach? In a way, Mario kind of exists because of Bowser, because nobody else would have rescued the damsel in distress.
2. Xehanort from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
- System/Platform: PS3
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
This next villain came that close to taking the number 1 spot, we have Xehanort from Kingdom Hearts! If you are not familiar with this awesome game from Square Enix, then you should really try and play the game. The game is about a boy named Sora and his adventures to free the world from Heartless. The most unique thing about it is the Kingdom Hearts world is a giant crossover from many other franchises. You will see characters like Donald and Goofy from Disney, or even Squall Leonhart and Cloud Strife from the Final Fantasy series.
The series built a quite complicated storyline and putting Xehanort, who was a Keyblade Master to become the main antagonist of the series really spiced things up. It’s very interesting to see how the Master himself harbor hidden agendas. But nonetheless, whoever played the game would know how twisted the plot is, yet still fun to play.
1. Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
- System/Platform: PC, PS, PS4, IOS, AND
- Publisher: Square Enix, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, SquareSoft, SCEA, SCEE
- Developer: Square Enix, SquareSoft
- Release Date: Sep 7, 1997
And now it’s time to reveal who is the winner of the Top 10 Villains in Anime Games list, and it’s Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII! If you had read the list, you would’ve known that this is one of the many versions of Final Fantasy from Square Enix, and probably the most sought after version. Why? Of course, the protagonist Cloud Strife has his own appeal, but fans didn’t forget about Sephiroth, Cloud’s rival/nemesis.
What makes Sephiroth such a great villain is the vibe you get from this character is quite overwhelming. His muscular appearance alongside with his cold demeanor towards everyone around him is just so fitting for this character. It’s everything that the fans had hoped for in a villain. The badass, the strength, the power, all into a villain called Sephiroth.
Writers spend a lot of time and effort to be able to think of and design cool and interesting villains to build up the story line. Many might not notice but without a good villain, the protagonist might not appeal as much. So let us all take a moment and appreciate the villains that have existed for our favorite heroes to fight against! 😀
That’s it for the Top 10 Villains in Anime Games! We hope you enjoyed the list! Let us know what your favorite villain in the comments is down below! We would also like to have a few honorable mention for the villains that didn’t make it into the list, such as Giovanni Team Rocket from Pokémon, Rugal Bernstein from King of Fighters, The Boss from Metal Gear Solid, Lavos from Chrono Trigger and much more!