Top Ten Villains This Generation

By Jordan Douglas on February 14, 2011, 10:11PM EDT
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This console generation has been full of memorable journeys that pit good vs. evil, David vs. Goliath, spaghetti vs. milk, etc... With that in mind, we felt compelled to compile our favourite villains of the last several years, in alphabetical order.

Top Ten Villains This Generation:

Left 4 Dead's AI Director

The AI Director
Left 4 Dead

Anyone who has sunk countless hours eradicating the world of zombies knows of the AI Director's legendary cruelty. Whether it's unfortunately timed hordes, or infrequent health and ammo, The Director doesn't let up.

F.E.A.R.'s Alma

Alma
F.E.A.R.

Ever since The Ring there's been something inherently terrifying about little girls walking slowly towards you - Alma continues that proud tradition.

Red Dead Redemption's Colonel Agustin Allende

Colonel Agustín Allende
Red Dead Redemption

Most agree Mexico was the weakest section of John Marston's story, likely because the plot degenerated into a series of betrayals orchestrated by this dastardly individual.

Super Meat Boy's Dr. Fetus

Dr. Fetus
Super Meat Boy

The guy's name is Dr. Fetus!... What more do you want?

Portal's GLaDOS

GlaDOS
Portal

Portal's automated antagonist is easily one of the most memorable characters of recent memory, villain or not. Simple menacing references to cake and pie are all it takes.

Dead Space's Red Marker

The Marker
Dead Space

While we aren't exactly sure what the Marker is, its ability to manipulate all things toward its sinister goals gives it the nod.

LittleBigPlanet 2's Negativitron

The Negativitron
LittleBigPlanet 2

Sackboy's utopian dreamverse is full of everything good imaginable, save a few fire pits and explosive projectiles. So anything threatening that harmony for no apparent reason must be pretty bad, right?

The Reapers

The Reapers
Mass Effect

A race of super-advanced AIs that periodically awakens from the depths of space to eliminate all life and take the form of the dominant living race? Yeah. If there's a more epic backstory for a villainous race I haven't heard it.

Assassin's Creed's Rodrigo Borgia

Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI)
Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed age old struggle between the Assassins and Templars is littered with shady characters. As the man pulling the strings throughout most of the last two Creed titles, Rodrigo stands above the rest.

Uncharted 2's Zoran Lazarevic

Zoran Lazarevic
Uncharted 2

Lazarevic may not be the most original villain out there, exhibiting many tropes of the action-adventure genre on any medium, but Naughty Dog's strong overall characterization helps make up for it.

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