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The 5 Greatest Videogame Baddies of All-Time

Videogame villains can be ruthless, frustrating and — maybe more than anything — memorable. Here’s our list of the top five videogame baddies of all time. Don’t forget to sound off with your own list in the comments section below.


Bowser (Mario series)

Bowser may be the most iconic videogame villain ever, and with good reason. This turtle-shelled king of the Koopas has made appearances in just about every Mario game, becoming as beloved and memorable as Mario himself. Plus, who doesn’t still get nervous when his spooky music comes on screen.


Dr. Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog series)

Gigantic IQ? check. Epic mustache? Check. Staying power? Check. This mad scientist has appeared in almost every Sonic game since his debut in 1991. Sure, he may never have successfully created his Eggman Empire utopia, but that doesn’t stop him from being one of the most iconic characters in videogame history.


Pac-Man Ghosts (Pac-Man)

They may be ancient (Pac-Man debuted 1980), but these Pac-Man ghosts’ simplicity and sheer determination makes them some of the most recognizable villains in gaming history. Little known fact, they have names: Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. Just don’t ask us which is which. Bonus: you can still play against them anytime you want by clicking here.


Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong)

This barrel-tossing ape may be old and even predictable, but that shouldn’t take away from his legendary status. Donkey Kong has been frustrating gamers for more than three decades. And thanks to the tireless efforts of the big gorilla, very few gamers have actually made it to the end of the game. Plus, he’s one of the few villains that has his own games, including his latest: the excellent Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Oh, and why is a giant ape called “Donkey” Kong? The Japanese gamemakers thought “Donkey” meant dumb, and “Kong” meant gorilla, hence: Donkey Kong.


King Pig (Angry Birds series)

He may be a newcomer to the gaming world, but King Pig is the lead villain of the most popular mobile game of all-time. The leader of the Bad Piggies spends most of his time taking 14 naps a day, avoiding exercise and feasting on junk food. But when he’s not being lazy, he’s masterminding schemes to steal unhatched eggs from the birds. That makes him Public Enemy No. 1 for Angry Birds aficionados everywhere.

35 Comments on The 5 Greatest Videogame Baddies of All-Time

  1. where is the covedent i know it is 2020 but where are they

  2. starwarsdemic081 // April 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm // Reply

    people keep on putting gannondorf, but the real answer is gannon or gyraham.

  3. DatGreatGamer // April 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm // Reply

    Say,… where is the covenant from the Halo series?!?

  4. Why is King Pig on this list!?? Replace him with Ganon or Master Brain!πŸ˜‘πŸ’’

  5. Dr robotnic reminds me of a meme… I forget

  6. some ‘villains’ that deserves a spot on this list are Whitney and her Miltank, champions Red and blue, Ganondorf, the master hand, king Dedede, Meta Knight, Ect. Also, btw ‘taco’ even though i don’t play minecraft, creeper is not a boss/ villain- just an enemy- like goomba.

  7. I would add: Creeper.

    You know the feeling when you’re minding your own business, punching a tree, and then… Sssssss… BOOM! You’re blown up, dropping all your precious items. This iconic enemy NEEDS to be on this list.

  8. 2 mlg 4 u wolfe // August 17, 2016 at 6:57 am // Reply

    flowy from under tale is missing

  9. No it is I.rex

  10. bowser because he nevers give up

  11. yes bowser is 1st because he never give up

  12. That gaming nerd // January 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm // Reply

    They forgot to mention King Pig eats anything and everything in sight.

  13. CraftyCake game // December 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm // Reply

    What about master hand from super smash bros

  14. GanondorfFTW // December 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    What!?! No Ganondorf!?!?!?!

  15. videogamenerd // November 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    Yeah Herobrine and Giovanni need to be on this list

  16. I like all the games

  17. Watch the pac-man series on netflix. Then you’ll know which ghost is which.

  18. Googlefunk360 // November 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm // Reply

    K Rule from DKC (donkey kong country). Also Blinky is red, Pinky is pink, Inky is blue, and Clyde is orange. Bob is green. Secret ghost. Never appeared.

  19. I think Pinky is the pink one.

  20. Packysaurus // October 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm // Reply

    BOWSER is deffinentualy #1

  21. This better be going from 1st to 5th because if Bowser is 5th and king pig is first you people are not true gamers.

  22. yes

  23. I don’t know why creepers are not here. Too new?

  24. I play pac-man all the time!!!!

  25. Tsunami1445 // October 2, 2015 at 8:11 am // Reply

    Amazing bringing back Pacman.

  26. Gannondorf is missing. Nuff said.

  27. Pretty cool

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