|#20: Ramirez from Skies of Arcadia|
|#19: M.Bison from Street Fighter|
|#18: Senator Stephen Armstrong from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance|
|#16: The Creeper from The Suffering: Ties That Bind|
|#16: Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|
It all culminates when he sends an army of Bokoblins against you destroy you while he summons Demise. He sends nearly every enemy type in the game to try and kill you and when you do finally reach him, it's a fight to the death. He transforms and can't take any damage unless you hit his one weak point. Even when you do beat he, he actually succeeds in his goals and summons Demise and becomes a sword for him. You can scoff at him and make fun of his demeanor, but there's no denying that while Ghirahim may be a little homoerotic, you should 100% take him seriously.
|#15: Clockwerk from the Sly Cooper|
Since the beginning of the Cooper clan in the Stone Age, Clockwerk existed as an opponent to the Cooper clan. When he became to old to be a credible threat to the Coopers, he turned himself into a robotic owl so that he could live forever and be an eternal threat to the Coopers. He has stalked every Cooper and been a constant threat to them until he founded the Fiendish Five to kill Sly Cooper's father and destroy the Thievius Raccoonus, the book that houses all of the Cooper's thieving knowledge and history. And... he does. He succeeds, tears up the book, distributes it to his gang members, reigns as the master thief for a decade until he is destroyed by Sly by falling into a volcano. However, that doesn't kill him, but only injures him.
Clockwerk is a simple villain, but his deeds and hatred put him in a whole other level. His age puts him as the oldest villain on the list and the only villain that is an animal. While technically he isn't the only robot on this list, he does have a lot of aspects that make him completely unique on this list. N other villain is quite like Clockwerk, and the fact the he appears in a kids game no less makes him even more impactful. Imagine being a little kid and being exposed to something has pure and hateful as Clockwerk. Clockwerk is immortal, and with Sly 5 rumored to take place in the past again, you can bet it's only a matter of time until Clockwerk shows his face again.
|#14: Heihachi Mishima from Tekken|
Heihachi despises weakness above all else and constantly trains himself to become the strongest in the world. He wants complete control and with decimate everyone in his way to achieve his ideals. Heihachi is a very human character through and through. Yes his actions are ludicrous and awesome, but he's primarily defined by his ego, pride, and desire to eliminate weakness. He's appeared in nearly every Tekken game, and each time he's more powerful than before. He even survives being through off a cliff by his own son, only to climb back up, beat him within an inch of his life, then throw him into a volcano out of vengeance. A VOLCANO.
If M. Bison is popular because of his appearance, then Heihachi is popular because of his philosophizing. All of his appearances have him spouting out his ideals to his enemies, and they're always done while beating the crap out of them. He's like Stephen Armstrong in that regard, but much wiser and more human. If you take the charm of Stephen Armstrong and mix it with the power of M. Bison, you'll get a somewhat accurate approximation of Heihachi. And I wouldn't have that any other way.
|#13 Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2|
Handsome Jack is by far the most egotistical villain on the list and probably one of the most demented villains on the list too. He's completely out of his mind, but he's so much fun to watch. When he says stuff like
|#12: Jubileus from Bayonetta|
|#11: Kessler from inFamous|
Yes, Kessler is Cole MacGrath, but from a devastated future. In that future, Cole marries Trish, his girlfriend, and they have themselves two daughters together. His happy life is ruined though when a monster known simply as The Beast appears in Empire City. Cole loses Trish and his daughters and blames his own weakness for their deaths. Because of this, Cole discovers how to travel through time and decides to rectify his mistakes. He'll prepare Cole for his fight with The Beast one way or another. He changes his name to Kessler, and begins to formulate his plan.
Kessler is responsible for creating the Ray Sphere, which gives Cole powers at the cost of dozens of lives, usurping the First Sons to achieve his goals, constantly tests Cole to make Cole stronger, and even kills Trish. Yes, Kessler kills a younger version of his wife in order to deny Cole the same emotional devastation he went though and to give Cole a greater reason to fight Kessler. Kessler though is incredibly powerful and can't be stopped easily, but he is fully aware of the fact that he is going to die in order to save Cole's future, as bizarre as that sounds.
No other villain on this list has as complicated or tragic of a backstory, but what makes Kessler rank so high is the fact that no matter what he does, he thinks that he's saving the world. He's saving the world from The Beast at the cost of Cole's happiness and life. He is the personification of the idea that "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". Kessler would torture his younger self as long as it meant that no one would have to go through the devastation that he had to. THAT is how you write a tragic and effective villain. THAT is Kessler.
With part 1 done, come back next week for the conclusion of this list. Happy hauntings...