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  • gta410123 - September 30, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    The helghast from the killzone series. They're home planet was invaded. Of course they're going to fight back.
  • shawn-sudduth - July 2, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    The Boss from MGS3 should be on this list, as well as GlaDos from portal... I mean, come on! She was the very first picture but they made no mention of her!
  • RedHarlow - May 21, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    If you want to get technical, in Half Life, all the aliens in Xen have been ripped from their homeworlds, and the Vortigaunts have been enslaved by the Combine and are being forced to fight.
  • brickman409 - May 6, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    Why isn't Andrew Ryan from Bioshock on this list? You think he's the bad guy and that Atlas is good but then (spoiler alert) it turns out Fontaine was really Atlas and just mind controlled you to kill Ryan to take control of Rapture. Or how about Pyramid from Enslaved Odyssey to the west? It seems like they're enslaving people but really they're just putting them in a VR thing to help people escape from the post apocalyptic world (well its still kind of enslavement, but not as bad as it seems in the beginning of the game)
  • soren7550 - May 21, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    Probably because he killed and imprisoned a bunch of people that he didn't like/agree with him.
  • Kasaix - May 6, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    Shadar and the White Witch from Ni no Kuni. Shadar was beaten and forced to watch innocent people die, so he intended to remake the world. The White Witch's father was killed by his council, while she was made a puppet by said council. She also intended good for the world, but misused a spell and destroyed her kingdom. Like Shadar, she wanted to remake the world by first destroying it.
  • Pruman - March 26, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    How about Magus from Chrono Trigger? He's set up as the Big Bad within ten minutes of getting thrown back into 600 AD. After you foil his plots, destroy his army, and storm his castle, you eventually find out...that he was a weird but innocent little kid named Janus, who got ripped out of his own time thanks to his idiot mother meddling with forces beyond her control. He only committed all of his villainous deeds to get revenge on the planet-sucking monster that ruined his life. Granted, the game doesn't really explain how turning Glen into a frog or starting a war with Guardia plays into that plan, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • ABecerra36 - March 25, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    Colenol Augustus Autumn from fallout 3, he was trying to eradicate all of the mutants with a virus in the water
  • sadowolf - March 7, 2014 7:39 p.m.

    I think Akuma would also be an interesting addition. He's not evil at all; his sole motivation for everything is testing his skills and being the best warrior. He never greatly harms innocents or those who he feels are inferior to him skill-wise, and only engages those who he feels actually have a shot at defeating him. Outside of fighting he really doesn't do anything that would be considered villainous, and yet he's considered one of the more prominent villains in the Street Fighter universe.
  • Nomado - March 8, 2014 1:56 a.m.

    Indeed i main him. And i don't think he is evil at all too.
  • Xer0zen - March 8, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Actually, Akuma (Gouki), murdered his own brother, Gouken, with the Shun Goku Satsu- aka Raging Demon. Akuma's villainous is that he doesn't hold back on his fighting often killing those weaker than him. Besides constantly seeking more power and his murderous intent, he is also trying to constantly corrupt the rest of Ansetsuken school of fighters (aka the so-called Shotokan Karate users: Gouken, Ryu, Ken, and Sakura).
  • sadowolf - March 8, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    Well not holding back or having mercy doesn't necessarily make you villainous; there are plenty of heroes that kill without batting an eyelash as well. And also, Akuma only has one true kill to his credit that we know of. Technically he didn't murder Gouken, just put him in a coma. He did murder his master Goutetsu, who was in a way satisfied that Akuma achieved such power. Moreover, neither one of these guys are necessarily weaker, so I still fail to see an example where he killed someone who was truly overmatched against him. Akuma refused to fight Ken after the Gouken incident because it wouldn't be a fair fight skill-wise, and also refused to continue his fight with Gen when he figured out that Gen was fighting while ill. He didn't do either of these because he's a merciful being, he did it because he follows a strict set of rules. He has a code of honor and he sticks to it. Just because his code of honor centers around challenging worthy fighters, often to the death, it doesn't make him evil. I believe the only Ansatsuken fighters that (canonically) he has tried to turn over to the Satsui no Hado are Gouken and Ryu, the only fighters he felt were strong enough to carry on that code. He puts 100% of his focus into unlocking his full potential as a warrior, and he only tries to "corrupt" Gouken and Ryu by wanting them to do the same. On the flip side, part of his code is that he wants his death to come in the same way he deals it; he wants nothing more than to be killed in battle by someone skillful enough to do so. If his opponent doesn't have the skill to kill him, then he exercises his skill to kill them instead. But none of this even comes into play if you don't fit the criteria for him to engage in the first place. Whereas a true villain like Bison adheres to the trope of a black and white morality, himself falling on the black side, Akuma is much more in line with a blue and orange morality. He follows a code that is foreign to us, and he sees that code as completely normal. Real villains often know that what they're doing is considered evil and why it's thought of that way. Some of the things he does may be considered villainous by some, but he has no villainous intent behind those actions; his sole motivation is personal advancement, and he won't do anything outside of his warrior code to achieve it. This is why I don't consider him a villain. Oni, on the other hand, may be a different story.
  • jrsantore - March 7, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    The Helghast
  • gary-watts - March 7, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    Just about every antagonist in the Metal Gear series... The only Metal Gear villain that was actually pure evil was Volgin
  • sadowolf - March 7, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    Good one, MGS's villains are usually very grey.
  • delow - August 14, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    edea from ff8. she was a good person when she was the main characters matron, but at the point in the game where she was first introduced, she was being controlled by ultemecia.
  • jarmo24 - August 3, 2013 6:19 a.m.

    Dr.Mobius from Fallout: new vegas addon Old world blues? He is told to be evil, but actually just tries to save the mojave wasteland from the other think tanks experiments.
  • xcr00k3dx - July 28, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Would Kain from the Legacy of Kain series count?
  • BipolarTroll - July 20, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    THE RED DRAGON FROM DRAGON"S DOGMA!!!
  • The_Ouroboros - July 19, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    This whole list is spoilers, so I'm not overstepping my bounds. But just in case... *Mass Effect Spoilers* I'm surprised the Geth aren't on this list. Throughout the first Mass Effect they're perceived as villainous. They were synthetics created for slave labor by the Quarians, who after they got too smart for their own good were attempted to be systematically wiped out, along with their sympathizers. Then the Geth fought back, and destroyed the Quarians to such an extent that they were reduced to a travelling Armada of Gypsies. It even states in their Codex that they wreak havoc on the economy whenever they enter a galaxy. After you get Legion in 2, he continuously stresses they didn't want to fight, that they want co-existence with their creators, and only retaliated as would any intelligent life would with capability to defend itself. But all of this is seen from the perspective of the Quarians trying to get their planet back, and it's only if you have enough reputation that you can have both coexist on the 3rd. You can wipe out the Quarians, sure, but that's still not what the Geth were going for. And then even the Reapers could be seen as sympathetic, despite the ones who you come across happening to be dicks. But think about it, they're just universal balancers of the ecosystem, making sure no species holds a dominant stranglehold over other species. They are sentient, and in their eyes you're like a hive of bees trying to sting you to death, but they can communicate with you. They've been doing this dance of several iterations now, and you're just stepping out of line. They are doing what they consider to be the galaxy a service, and it's true! You think the Protheans would have ever let the Asari study their tech? Or the Salarian frogs to evolve? Shepard, despite your feelings to how the ending played out, only really ensured that the existing species will be the main ruling classes for the rest of that galaxy's existence. And who's going to communicate with the Leviathan now? What's to say they don't rise up and take over now that the Reapers aren't maintaining galactic balance via systemic genocide anymore?

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