The characters we inexplicably love, understandably hate or somehow love to hate – the antagonists. These are the enemies who command the legions of thugs you battle throughout video games, and they’re often the toughest bosses at the end of titles. They often give narratives meaning, and your characters a reason to fight, run or otherwise rebel against them. So without further ado, here are our writers’ favourite antagonists!
There’s probably going to be a trend with me from days 16-18 as they’re probably all going to be all Metal Gear related. I think that I’d have to go with Revolver Ocelot. He’s a cocky and brash soldier during MGS3 and becomes one evil, scheming man as the series progresses. And have you seen him handle the revolver? It’s something to see. Also, the final fight between him and Solid Snake is definitely one that will go down in gaming history.
Truth be told, everyone loves a hero. Heroes are the guys who riddle everyone full of bullets and wipe out mass tactical squads with the blink of their eye… but what about the little guy? The guy who is always taking the beating from the protagonist; the guy who gets the stuffing kicked out of him just because he is in the way; the guy who may just want a warm meal (even if it is still alive)? Yip, that’s right my favourite antagonist is the all-important, over used and massively abused… wait for it, wait for it… ZOMBIE!
Zombies generally make the best antagonists. This is due to the fact that they don’t fuck around. I mean, you don’t see a Zombie trying to shoot you with the accuracy of the side of a barn do you? No! If they have the chance, they will pin you to the floor faster than Tigger, without the Ritalin, and then turn you into a human Happy Meal. Granted they may be slow, but have 10 of them come your way and you’re likely to be an all you can eat buffet.
GLaDOS has to be the best antagonist of any game in the history of ever. She’s the whole package, witty, sarcastic, intelligent and downright Machiavellian. She’s also the only person you interact with through the entirety of Portal, making for some strong, and bizarre, Stockholm-like bonds.
I really like Doviculus from Brütal Legend as an antagonist, because, quite frankly, he is pure evil. He oppresses humanity, slays the leader of the rebellion, Lars Halford, commands the Tainted Coil faction and plays a guitar with 4 necks to summon demons and other faction-specific bonuses. In addition to this, he is the main target in Brütal Legend’s final boss battle, as he summons a giant monster and army from a cathedral at the Sea of Black Tears and this results in the final, and most Brütal, stage battle in the game.
I hate mentioning the same game in one challenge, but best antagonist? I’m going to have to go with Virgil from the recent reboot of Devil May Cry. He looked like Dante, seemingly followed the same cause and then ended up being that ‘Evil Ash’ character. That mirror reflection of yourself, half demon, half angel that chooses the polar opposite side to you. Ultimately, what other kind of ultimate rival is there?
So what about you, dear reader? Do you desperately despise the Reapers from Mass Effect? Did you for some reason like Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2? Or did you find Vaas a compelling villain? Let us know!