Top 10 of Gaming's Most Amicable Video Game Villains
"You are bad guy. This does not mean you are bad guy." - Zangief, Wreck-It Ralph.
The above quotation pretty much describes exactly what I'm going for with this piece. Too often, it seems we forget that villains don't necessarily have to be complete monsters or power-mad maniacs. They can have redeeming features. They can be downright likable, sometimes even more so than the protagonists.
There's a wide array of reasons why one might find a villain to be affable. Perhaps they're laughably incompetent and can't seem to effectively commit a crime no matter how hard they try. Maybe they're simply so charismatic that one can't help but be drawn to them. It's possible that they display a degree of honor, friendliness, or deferral to the heroes (or that they're outright cheerful).
Whatever the reason, all the villains on this list are bad, and that's good: we love them for it.
***Please note that this article may contain spoilers.***
10. Reaver (Fable)
Reaver's honestly a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he's a selfish, narcissistic sociopath who I don't believe even fully understands the concept of morality, much less defer to any moral code. On the other hand, he's also hilariously camp, to the degree that it's actually pretty difficult to take him seriously as an antagonistic force of evil.
Honestly, just look at how he's dressed. Even if he does go to the Shadow Court every once in a while for tea (and to sacrifice the occasional innocent in order to restore his youth), he's a bit of a fop; one of those guys you just love to hate.
9. Bowser (Mario)
Although he's a nine foot tall, heavily armored dragon turtle, Bowser actually isn't all that bad. He's downright pleasant if not presented with any land to conquer or opportunities to seize power, and he's made it clear on several occasions that he respects - and even enjoys the company of - his foe, Mario. Hell, the guy plays sports with him on the weekends. How many villains can say they do that with their archenemy?
Still, Bowser can be a bit of a dick. The whole "massive, mechanised city state just waiting to conquer the rest of the world" kind of puts a damper on everyone's spirits, you know?
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A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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