The Top 7... Outrageously Camp Bad Guys

There's nothing like a steamingly camp villain to really set off a game plot with a bang (and a mince and a girly titter). There's just something about a preening effeminate bad guy that instantly undermines a hero, no matter what abilities and attributes said doer of good might have. He's threatening to destroy the world? Pah. He's threatening to destroy the world in lip liner!? Christ, he must be confident.

And that's to say nothing of the countless enemies who are hilariously camp purely through their sheer ludicrous nature. Yes, these guys are more intriguing, entertaining and enjoyable to face off against than a million Grufty McBig-Guns, so here we give you our run-down of the best seven around (and the ones who are almost as good, but not quite).

A camp bad guy list without Vega would be like a cheese sandwich without the cheese or bread. Street Fighter II's bosses may sometimes be known as the Four Divas, but only one of them lived, breathed and minced that title all 24/7, 365. As much as we love the Street Fighter cast like brothers and sisters, in truth every one of them is a big fat stereotype of some kind (insert E. Honda joke here), so the preening, effeminate second boss was only ever going to take the camp to pioneering, hitherto unimagined levels.

He was a showboating matador. He was a gymnastic poser. He was incapable of wiping his nose without letting out a high-pitched squealing yelp, and he was more narcissistic than two clones of Narcissus having sex in a room full of mirrors.

Above: Vega's finest hour, battling Chun-Li in the Street Fighter II anime movie. Almost a girl fight. It all kicks off around 3:40

All of which made Vega one hell of an opponent. After all, it's one thing being beaten up, but being beaten up by a damnably skillful, prancing egotist who follows up the kicking by pointing out how much prettier than you he is? That's just embarrassing.

Notable also-ran

M. Bison? Camp? Yes, of course he is. Cast aside his status as face-crunching final boss for a second and think about him objectively. The spotlessly groomed, pillarbox military garb. The shiny metal kneee pads. The half Nazi, half Village People cap. The pre-fight posing and flamboyant cape throw. If Bison wasn't such a double-hard bastard, he'd be... well to be honest, he'd be Raul Julia in the live-action Street Fighter movie.

Poison midget Ramon Salazar was that most annoying of camp bad guy archetypes; the cowardly weakling. With a creepily shrunken stature, the frilly little git was all too aware of his physical inadequacy when compared to Leon, and so avoided a direct confrontation until absolutely inescapable.

In the grand tradition of camp, bastardly wimps, he sniped Leon with rasping pithy venom at every opportune moment, but only ever risked such a confrontation when safely out of punching distance. His preening aristocratic ego dictated throughout that he was all about the bitchiness but never about backing it up with evidence of his superiority. Why Leon didn't just shoot the sanctimonious little sod in the head is beyond us, but whatever the reason, Salazar was free to spend the entire castle section of Resi 4 pompously flexing his self-aggrandising arrogance from behind the safety of his tricks, traps and foot soldiers.

Above: 5 seconds later, he stopped cackling and began his new life as a reddish brown puddle.

Unable to handle a straight fight, he evaded Leon time and time again, letting Ganados, monsters and spike-bottomed pits do the work for him, all the while revelling in his own foppish, self-assumed superiority. Unfortunately, he eventually made the slight error of forgetting that that it's unwise to leave rocket launchers lying around near a man who survived Raccoon City. Thus his supposed ascension to parasite-powered, tentacle-thrashing demon god was cut rather short - provided you chose to handle the boss fight that way - by way of a ballistic explosive to his cocky little face. After so many hours of chasing the smug sod through the castle, no pay off could have been more satisfying.

Notable also-ran

Gestapo officer Major Toht brings a great big fascism-flavoured slice of cowardly wimp to Lego Indiana Jones. During the climactic battle at Marion's bar, he sends countless sherpas out to fight Indy and Marion, making only the occasional, blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearances before scampering off again to the safety of the back room.

And to make matters worse, the cheap bastard used a gun against a man with a whip and an unarmed woman. The origin of his all-important camp factor? They may have been abhorrent scum in real life, but years of watching Herr Flick in UK sitcom 'Allo 'Allo have rendered us unable to view fictional Gestapo as anything other than, well, this. Small, bumbling, plastic Gestapo doubly so.


Top 7


  • 2cute2Bcruel - September 11, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    Did that guy from No More Heroes have a laser coming out of his crotch?
  • linkganon - March 20, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    by the way, when i entered that kefka link, my pc detected at least one computer threat in it.
  • linkganon - March 20, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    With that kifka laughing link, you could use it on fail topics.
  • crumbdunky - November 3, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    It's all very well going for the obvious cam baddies like this-but there's far more that slip under the , erm, radar. Ones that you might never see the effeminacy over the buff and bravado. F'rinstance Radec in KZ2 is really big old fat Visaris talented gimp boy-hell the preoccupation with Nazi and Gestapo chic make the Helghast ALL a little suspect in that respect. It doesn't stop there. Even the Chimera in Resistance without a hairstyle between them have the camp gene running through their overheating veins!ow do we know this? A big penchant for skin tight leather effect knee length space pants! I put it to you that evil begets camp begets evil. END OF. I could go on and on but won't.
  • noofer7 - November 22, 2008 10:12 p.m.

    the RE4 video was disturbing and cool at the same time.
  • coda_ - November 21, 2008 6:36 p.m.

    panty and boob flashes galore in Street Fighter 2...
  • octagons - November 21, 2008 2:27 a.m.

    where is Adam McIntyre?
  • gatornation1254 - November 19, 2008 12:14 a.m.

    Sander Cohen was great. I didn't know Hitler was killed while prancing around in a giant mechsuit.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - November 18, 2008 6:51 p.m.

    Ravenbom: Fear not, Kefka's marvelous lunacy is timeless, regardless of number of bits.
  • ELpork - November 18, 2008 5:33 p.m.

    Ha, I like Sander, He was a great mad man.
  • Jimmyjammy - November 18, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    As a fan of the original Metal Gear Solid, the stupid flippy crap in the cutscenes from the Twin Snakes makes me want to kill things. What the shit was Snake doing trying to jump at Metal gear rex!?! ARRGH!
  • Sash - November 18, 2008 8:29 a.m.

    I didnt know females could be camp?! I just females were female.
  • DravenX23 - November 18, 2008 7:27 a.m.

    Yes Kefka was my 1st thought too. Kind of surprised none of the Punch-Out guys made it. But I guess most of them were made to be camp.
  • bamit11 - November 18, 2008 2:08 a.m.

    i thought slazar wasgoing to be in it but then i changed my mind and im like well looks like he was
  • Samael - November 17, 2008 11:54 p.m.

    Yay Kefka! I'm also going to go play FFVI again!
  • piccolodevilking - November 17, 2008 11:24 p.m.

  • Corsair89 - November 17, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    As soon as I saw the title, I thought of Kefka. I have never seen a charactor that was so effeminate and freaking awesome at the same time. In fact, I'm off to replay FFVI for the millionth time.
  • ssj4raditz - November 17, 2008 7:11 p.m.

    Gigantic pulsating crotch laser of doom!
  • Hunter2458 - November 17, 2008 6:35 p.m.

    As any good raving fanboy I must correct your Liquid Snake part. Liquid had all the Dominant genes, Solid had all of Liquid's genetics cast-offs. Also, 'Enfants Terrible' If you're translating from the french les'enfants terrible, should just be The Terrible Infants. /end ramble Otherwise, great article as usual :3
  • chrisat928 - November 17, 2008 5:36 p.m.

    How did I know Kefka would be number one? Awesome article.

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