The scariest villains EVER

There's been a lot of talk over the past few years about how videogames need to provoke more of an emotional response from gamers, and of how the technology is gradually allowing developers the freedom to evoke those responses. But really, videogames have been expertly tapping into one of our most basic emotions for decades: Fear.

Sometimes, all of that fear is inspired by a single character or creature, and when those characters are realized particularly well, throwing down with them can leave players traumatized - but in a good way. In the following pages, we'll recognize the baddies that scared us the most - and present video evidence to prove that they're just as creepy as we remember.

From: Friday the 13th (NES, 1989)

Seeing as this article's going up on Friday, June 13th, it just wouldn't be right to lock Jason out of the running. Yes, his appearance on the NES was stupid. Casting you as one of six doomed counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, it tasked you with roaming around in circles, throwing rocks at hippie zombies and trying to figure out just what you were supposed to do before Jason showed up and killed you and all your friends. It was also so awful that the mere act of playing it should count as a bold-faced insult to the idea of good game design.

But even with his cartoonish look and the silly little dance he does when he's onscreen, there's a reason that Jason's on this list, and it's that, after 19 years, the bastard can still give us a start. One second, you'll be slowly walking through a house, and then you'll turn 90 degrees and… BAM! There he is! Aggh!

The terror usually wears off the second you get a good look at Jason's purple-and-teal outfit, but the fact remains that - for a split-second - that lame, poorly animated sprite made you jump. No, it's not sophisticated, and yes, it's the videogame equivalent of that internet prank with the ghost or whatever that jumps out and screams at you. But hey, were the movies really that much better? Score one for Jason, and try to forget that - should you somehow manage to win the game - your only reward will be a picture of Jason's stupid fat ass passed out drunk:


From: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, GC, Wii , 1998)

ReDeads are pretty much the worst things ever. Most of the time, they're fairly docile creatures that hang around tombs and ruined cities, content to stare into space and moan stupidly. That changes the second you walk within 10 feet of them, at which point they'll emit a paralyzing shriek and slink slowly toward you on their long, shriveled legs. If they can keep you paralyzed long enough to get within striking distance, they'll leap onto your back, wrap their mummy limbs around you and start to bite, strangle or possibly hump you (it's hard to tell with these chunky graphics).

Probably the worst thing about them is their masks, however. Their ugly skull faces would be bad enough, but when you consider that they're staring at you through huge, empty eye-holes in cheap wooden face-coffins, the creep factor ratchets through the roof. How did they get them? Who put them there? And why, for God's sake, is that the only scrap of clothing they wear?


Thankfully, the ReDeads are all talk; they're fairly weak and easy to overcome, and you can usually get past them just by keeping your distance or by playing the right song on the ocarina. But even when armed with that knowledge, there's just something about the sounds they make and the way they move that makes us want to run far away and stay the hell out of the dank tombs they like to hang out in.



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  • desudesu893 - January 8, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    i was BORN on june the 13th... should i be worried??
  • DarthKato - October 16, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    I was too! Nah, you shoudn't be worried.:)
  • googie926 - November 11, 2010 11:06 p.m.

  • poperman - October 29, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    they forgot the regenerator (re4) that rhing is friggen creepy!
  • ritesh - October 29, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    ah,game radar staffs are funny!
  • EAC73 - October 27, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    im surprised piggsy didnt got #5 i thought that was one of the scarriest things i ever saw.
  • Devil93065 - October 12, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    The ReDeads in OoT used to freak me the f&#@ out when I was a kid, the creepy moaning sound they made and the fact that they freeze you and proceed to rape you probably traumatized me.
  • wiitard07 - July 31, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    Was anyone else scared shitless by the hunter in dead space? The first time i saw that bitch and line gunned his legs plasma cut his land and head only to watch the gory bloody stumps pump out blood and guts like a freaking fire hose and grow back almost made me turn the xbox off and hide in the corner like a frightened puppy. It also didnt help that he ALWAYS caught me off gaurd and had me tapping A for my life.
  • richardestes - July 31, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    freaking kusabi. nightmares for weeks. am I the only that has played this game is think it deserves number 1?
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Don't be skurred.
  • randomgirlk23 - April 4, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Dr. salavdor is a lot worst when you can't walk more than two steps in any direction
  • kaittybee - March 18, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    lol, i read this article twice. it was awesome, and totally true. most of those guys are creepy as hell! Nemesis isn't too bad though. i'm sure he's good, way deep down. i bet he even has a teddy bear
  • Kaiju - March 15, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Whence I saw the ReDeads, oman oman. That brought back memories. I played Zelda OoT when I was 7-9 years old. && I havent played it since. Though, I will never forget. That horrible scream. >o< It was awful. It scared the shit out of me. && I played ResiEvil 4 when I was 11 and 12. Seeing it now just makes me want to play it again. And not to mention- How I beat it 15 or 17 times. But seriously, those graphics were terrifying. I played alone in the dark around 2 am in the morning, fn scary as Hell. && Pyramid Head, hot as Hell.
  • iheartmonkeyz - December 28, 2009 11:43 p.m.

    holy fudgenuts the redeads loke terrifying
  • FanofSaiyan - December 26, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Re-deads, creepiest Zelda enemy EVUR!!! ):O
  • Dvdsk - October 27, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    lool, i have resi4 i must agree that dr salvador is pretty scary but for me the scariest one of all time must be regenerator (resi4) he is surely the most scary criature that ever appeared in a videogame (sorry the bad english xD)
  • Chippie17 - October 27, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Pyramid head and scissorman are both on the least scary list lol
  • ryno - December 1, 2008 9:42 p.m.

    you should have put in the maggot shibito from Siren blood curse. that thing made me want to puke.
  • likedamaster - November 4, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    yeah, the Beserker did it for me.
  • hoodfab - November 4, 2008 3:59 a.m.

    ok, there should be a lot more dead rising bosses in here, some of them were REALLY creepy. Also, a few of them were like impossible. It was a great game.