The scariest villains EVER

From: System Shock 2 (PC, 1999)

Before GlaDOS broke our hearts in Portal, there was SHODAN, a rogue AI who all but defined System Shock 2, the cult-classic predecessor to Bioshock. And while some of the monsters on this list inspired horrible dread with the suspicion that they were always watching, SHODAN was always watching - not that you necessarily knew it at the time.

In fact, for the first part of the game, you didn't even know SHODAN was involved. Instead, you were guided from afar by Dr. Polito, a voice whom you came to trust… until you found out she'd been dead the whole time. In reality, your actions had been guided and manipulated by SHODAN, who was using you to eliminate the rogue army of horrors that she'd created from the bodies of the ship's crew.


That's... not so bad, right? Well, we may have failed to mention that SHODAN is completely insane, a rogue AI who believes herself to be divine and sees you as nothing more than an insect to be used and then crushed. And she's in complete control of the ship. Once she reveals herself, all bets are off, and the realization that you're alone against her and her creations is a scare that stays with you through the remainder of the game. And SHODAN will constantly remind you of it as she monitors your every move, taunting you mercilessly as her warped creations shamble after you. Creepy.

From: Silent Hill 2 (PS2, Xbox, PC, 2001)

Fan-favorite Pyramid Head is possibly the most horrifying character ever to have a cult following among gamers. A pale-skinned, zombie-like torturer in a leather apron and creepy helmet, Pyramid Head (or Heads, once you find out there's more than one) slowly stalks you throughout Silent Hill 2. Sometimes he'll attack you directly, while other times, you'll narrowly avoid running into him as he torments (many would say "rapes") some of the town's other monsters. Sometimes he'll just stand at the end of a hallway, staring impassively at you from under his impenetrable visor.

Whatever the case, he's an incredibly dangerous creep who carries a huge knife, and he was one of the biggest reasons why Silent Hill 2 remains one of the best horror games ever made. He's so iconic, in fact, that the Silent Hill movie just wouldn't have felt complete without his mute, eight-foot-tall presence.

But there's more to Pyramid Head than just a helmet and a murderous disposition. When SH2's protagonist James Sunderland arrives in Silent Hill, the town creates Pyramid Head - along with a slew of other monsters - as a means of tormenting James for his sins. Weirder still, Pyramid Head is said to be a direct projection of James' own feelings of guilt and self-hatred, meaning that it's entirely likely that the face under that helmet is James' own. We may never know for sure, although Pyramid's brief appearance in a Silent Hill: Homecoming trailer seems to hint that there might be more answers down the road.


All metaphysical eeriness aside, Pyramid Head is arguably the most badass character on this list, mainly because he's indestructible. Not nigh-indestructible, like the Berserker, or constantly regenerating like the Nemesis - we mean your bullets don't actually seem to hurt him. He isn't defeated at the end of boss battles, he gets bored and leaves. And when he's finally killed - at the end of a fight with two of him - he actually commits suicide, indicating that he's so disgusted by your puny efforts that he'd rather just end it all than continue dealing with you.

Or maybe it's supposed to be symbolic of James' final defeat over his own self-loathing or blah, blah, blah. Whatever. Pyramid Head's freaky as hell, all right?





  • 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.

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