The vilest enemy races of all time


The Chimera

The Chimera, as found in Insomniac's Resistance series, simply gross me out. They're the closest to "cool" on this list, but there's something just utterly icky about them, and that makes for effectively detestable villainy.

Their stretched mouths and multiple eyes give them an insectoid look, but they're built like humans to create an unquestionably unnerving effect. Like the Locust, it's the fact that they make an ugly appropriation of human features that effectively amplifies their hideousness. They look more like animals than sentient beings, yet they walk on two legs, operate machinery, and even wear pants. It's the pants-wearing that really does it.

Animals in pants are simply creepy.

The Daedra

The Elder Scrolls universe is home to many weird and wonderful races, but among them, the most terrible are surely the Daedra. Although a sketchy designation, since Daedra relates to any otherworldly or "demonic" creature that comes to the realm of Tamriel through whatever mysterious means, those creatures in thrall to the five Daedric Princes are all so awful looking that they deserve a mention.

From the humanoid Dremora to the bizarre crocodilian beast known as the Daedroth, there is not a single creature in Oblivion that could be described as even halfway pleasant to look upon. The closest to attractive that a Daedra gets is a Mazken, otherwise known as a Dark Seducer. Even then, they're dark purple and look more like murderous grapes than anything else.

The Combine

Few enemy races typify "vile" more than the Combine from Half-Life 2. Visually and morally, these parasitic miscreations are awful in every sense of the world. The leaders, and arguably the true Combine, are the Advisors, who are best described as looking like an Alien Queen's egg sac with a worm for a tongue, having been dipped in mucus. In other words -- not something you could take home to show the parents.

Being little more than a quivering, bulbous mass of telekinetic flesh, they are so far removed from humanity as to be truly nightmarish. While other creatures such as the Locust and Chimera derive their horror from how humanoid they are, the Combine Advisors run as far as they can in the opposite direction and come back around looking like something your subconcious would dredge out to haunt you in the middle of the night.

Can you imagine being forced to eat one? I've imagined it, and it's the worst thing I have ever thought of.

Honorable Mention: Anything and everything in Silent Hill

Even in an article full of pus-spewing, razor-toothed horrors, the gore-faced, fleshcrafted abominations that populate the gaming world's most horrifying small town stand head and shoulders (then faceless second head, grafted on mutated arm and topped by a mangled breast that splits open to reveal a melting face) above the rest. Horrifying in that "can't take your eyes off a train wreck" kind of way, these seeping terrors didn't quite make the cut due to the fact that they seems less like an actual "race" and more like random collections of limbs and organs, melted together and shrink-wrapped in discarded skin. However, the debate was kept alive when someone reminded the committee of the single most unsettling cut scene in all of Silent Hill 2, if not the entire history of gaming - the scene in which Pyramid Head forcefully sexes up a pair of "mannequins". We've decided not to classify this as actual procreation, but it was close enough and gross enough to earn the Silent Hill series an special runner-up mention. By the way, the scene is recorded here, in case you forgot. It's quick and it's dark, but also not for the faint of heart.


March 04, 2011

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  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - September 14, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    So im gonna come out and say this even if it makes me look rather pussy, in relation to dead space 2, i really dont like watching kids take the role of victims or enemies in video games. There was a part early on in Prey where a little girl stabbed her brother to death, I found it horrible to watch, its just something I dont like. I guess games cant exactly skirt round the issue and just pretend the characters of the universe they're set in dont have just saying I dont like it
  • Thezombiesarepeople2 - March 10, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    Silent Hill=runner up because of a "rape" scene that I'm not entirely sure was intentional? The design for baddies in Silent Hill was every bit as good as Dead Space, perhaps even more original. Dead Space's most twisted enemy just can't compare to Pyramid Head.
  • BurntToShreds - March 7, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    The Covenant in the Halo series has some monsters in it. The Elites, however, are honorable. They apparently have a warrior culture like samurai. This is why I liked the Arbiter chapters of Halo 2, they gave you a broader look into the structure of the Covenant, and why they fight. The Brutes, however, are vile and they do whatever they can to achieve their goals.
  • faraany3k - March 7, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    EPIC FAIL ARTICLE. Where are the ZERGS tell me. ZERGS due, the ZERGS.
  • super0sonic - March 7, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Strange how you did not point out that the Chimera were humans. The processing plants that convert humans to Chimera were scary. It's too bad that the processing plants were removed in resistance two because infected people just grow pods now, and that's dumb.
  • fairways312 - March 6, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    No flood from halo huh? Cool article anyways haha
  • happydude007 - March 6, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    What about the Elites and Brutes in the Halo series? Grunts too!....wait a minute.....
  • EdDeRs1 - March 6, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    what about the flood from Halo?
  • DarknessWithin - March 6, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    What about the Creeps or Burnouts from Bulletstorm?
  • Grif - March 6, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    I agree with all of these, but I would have added the Flood from Halo. That bit in Halo 3 where you watch a marine get infected really makes me feel awful. Not scared or freaked out, just sort of sad you know. All though the Chimera do this much better than the flood with their conversion process.
  • Miles_Endsly - March 6, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Aliens?! James Cameron is totally going to take this website change it around slightly and make a billion dollar movie out of it just in Spite.
  • chrisantistas2inchpenis - March 6, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    I was sure Boomers from L4D would be on this list
  • Mortis - March 6, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    @Smeggs - well said...i was about to say something to that Effect...ha! see what i did there? and everyone bitching about racism: shut the fuck up. it is a list for entertainment of ENEMIES that are trying to kill you in VIDEOGAMES. racism has no part in this. on that note, nice article, and Necromorphs are the creepiest things ever. they don't even have to be on screen to induce anus-quaking fright.
  • Smeggs - March 6, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    This list is meant to talk about the combo of Genocidal Asshole/Eye-Vomitingly Hideous creatures, not who is the most evil or who you were the most afraid of. That's why nothing from Mass Effect is here. Batarians are just douche-bag pirates who are plain ugly. Reapers are sleek giant genocidal robots. Geth are sleek genocidal robots of varying size, and also the moral gray area during Legion's loyalty mission makes them seem less threatening altogether. Vorchas are idiots who are basically attack dogs that can carry guns, annoying voice not-withstanding. However, I do agree the Darkspawn/Brood Mother should have been here.
  • TeaserTuesday - March 6, 2011 5:33 a.m.

    It's not racist, these are all different species that are trying to kill you. (If anything it's specist?)
  • NightCrawler_358 - March 6, 2011 3:12 a.m.

    I like these entries, but theres alot of shooter enemies on here. I think that the Zerg would fit nicely here.
  • BertTheTurtle - March 6, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    I strongly agree with the necromorph and Silent Hill creatures' entries, and I would like to add my own suggestion: BioShock's splicers. I do not know if they should count as a "race", but everything about them disturbs me to no end.
  • TURbo - March 6, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    Only a person like you would overlook the most vilest race of all time. The White man.
  • FOZ - March 6, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    "Vile." The Reapers aren't vile, they're big talking spaceships. They don't have any tentacles, ugly faces, fleshy tumors or really anything disgusting at all.
  • babyhenchy1 - March 5, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    @JBizFoShiz Not Hades or Hephaestus. Hephaestus was trying to protect Pandora and Hades had a pretty damn good reason for wanting to kill Kratos. And for those saying Scions or Collectors, the Reapers should be on here instead of them since they created the damn things.

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