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The scariest villains EVER


From: Resident Evil 4 (GC, PS2, PC, Wii, 2005)

Dr. Salvador, hands-down, is the single most terrifying creature we've ever come across in a videogame. Shodan made us paranoid and Pyramid Head kept us glancing over our shoulders, hoping he wouldn't show up, but every time we heard the motor on Sal's chainsaw, we completely lost our shit. Sometimes almost literally.

If you've never played Resident Evil 4, you might wonder exactly what it is that makes Dr. Salvador so horrific. Except for the chainsaw and the bag on his head, he doesn't look so tough, right? But your tune is guaranteed to change when you see what he'll do to you if he gets too close. It's so ridiculously graphic, and so shocking if you're unprepared for it, that we guarantee you'll want to keep him away at all costs (you can see it for yourself in the video below). And that won't be easy, because the guy can soak up bullets like a sponge.

Making matters worse is that, despite his singular name and insane toughness, Sal isn't a boss, and variants of him will pop up when you least want them to. Sometimes, you'll be able to catch him unawares, hanging out of his range and pounding him with sniper bullets, but other times he'll suddenly roar into view dangerously close to you. When that happens, you'll only have a few seconds to empty everything you've got into his face before his steel murder machine rips you apart.

 

So while Pyramid Head, Shodan and all the others on this list inspired the "ohshitohshitgetawaygetaway" reactions that good horror baddies should, only Dr. Salvador kept us consistently terrified every time he showed up, from the game's beginning to its end. We weren't always afraid he was waiting in the wings watching us, but just hearing him was enough to make our pulses pound. And given how quickly most horror games wear out their scares, that's no small accomplishment.

 

Jun 13, 2008

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104 comments

  • 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.

    WHERE THE HELL IS ALMA WADE?
  • 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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