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The Top 7... Outrageously Camp Bad Guys

It's been said before, but we're going to keep saying it. When compared to Kefka, Sephiroth is exactly as interesting as a dead accountant painted brown. Matt brown.

Think of him as Final Fantasy's equivalent of The Joker (Heath Ledger version, not Cesar Romero), only far, far more dangerous. After an abusive orphanage upbringing, Kefka initially enjoyed a successful life as a decorated general of the Gestahl Empire before an experimental infusion of magic drove him completely and utterly mad in the face. But oh, what a glorious madness it was.

Where lesser Final Fantasy villains would brood and glower (*cough*Grey-haired sword guy*cough*), Kefka launched himself into his work with a genuinely child-like glee. Garishly dressed, smeared with make-up, and always accompanied by the shrill, girlish sound of the greatest bad guy laugh in history, he may not have looked like the biggest threat in the world, but good God was he ever exactly that.

Above: A startlingly in-character convention appearance by now-notorious cosplayer and gameing comedy film-maker CJ Collins.

As Kefka's madness grew, so did his hedonistic nihilism and in turn, the scale of his crimes. Seemingly terrified of a straight fight, he would scamper away from battle squealing like a kicked piglet, but the real danger always came from his bigger schemes. He'd poison an entire city's water supply rather than wasting time trying to attack it. He'd think nothing of screwing with cosmic harmony in order to make himself more powerful, even if the unfortunate side-effect was global apocalypse.

And as his homicidal narcissism evolved into a tantrum-led hate-hate-hatred of everything in existence, he took the only logical course of action and turned himself into a god; forming a religion around himself and smiting the crap out of anyone who wouldn't worship him. All while flouncing around, cackling like a drunken eight-year old and throwing out pithy disdain at anyone less worthy than himself. Which, as he saw it, was everyone.

Notable also-ran

While Alfred Ashford, effeminate antagonist of Resident Evil: Code Veronica, could never hope to match Kefka's scope or ambition, he took a similar stylistic approach to evil. He needlessly dressed in theatrical military garb. He asserted his own importance and put down those around him. He cackled like a loon and minced about everywhere he went. And he naturally gets massive bonus camp points for dressing up as his comatose sister.

Not even Kefka did that. But if he'd had a sister, she would have been in a coma. Because he'd have put her in it. For a giggle.



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39 comments

  • 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.

    kefka!
  • 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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