The 10 Smartest Video Game Villains of All Time
Same as Netflix resident Evil The series is absolutely roasted online, even people who don’t like it can’t help but love Lance Reddick’s portrayal of Albert Wesker. Cold intelligence and pragmatism always shine through all the melodrama. Gamers have always found smart villains incredibly appealing.
From the most advanced artificial intelligence to the practical cunning of an old gangster, these villains show that power isn’t everything. Full power is only achievable when you put your mind to it, and these villains’ minds are very sharp when it comes to video games.
ten big smoke
GTA San Andreas is still considered to have the most memorable story among most fans. The gangs of Los Santos are just more colorful and exaggerated compared to the courage of GTA IV and V. The best example of this is Big Smoke. A big eater and the only one happy to see CJ again, this warmth is what makes his betrayal so unexpected.
There were very few clues to the betrayal, and until the end it took Smoke revealing herself for her to be known. He played everyone against each other and would have gotten away with everything if CJ hadn’t been so tenacious. He played the role of a lovable uncle so well that no one thought he could have been a traitor.
9 Senator Armstrong
While the Solid metal gear The franchise is far from short of orchestrated villains, most of them have an addiction to complexity. Often these villains end up digging their own graves with their hubris. Not so for Senator Armstrong, the toughest adversary Raiden faces in this spinoff.
Senator Armstrong is a loud puncher who was the mastermind behind all the events of the game. Even when Raiden killed his henchmen, it was still too late. Without Sam’s last-minute help, Armstrong’s plan for a “might does good” world would have come to fruition. Where others enjoyed complexity, Armstrong exploited humanity’s simple flaws to his advantage. Certainly no belt thought.
Although the metroid the games don’t show much talk for Ridley, he’s still considered one of the most cunning and dangerous beings in the galaxy. So much so that he is even nicknamed “The cunning god of death”. The dozens of space colonies he left destroyed can attest to that name.
Most of his most cerebral moments are seen in comic books and game logs. Ever since Samus’ childhood, Ridley was already terrorizing the universe. Despite his monstrous appearance, his raids are all precise and well-planned. Even Samus, the only person to defeat him, fears him for the trauma he inflicted on her as a child. A serial killer in the shoes of a monster.
GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) is the artificial intelligence that runs the abandoned Aperture Science facility in the Gate franchise. She is incredibly intelligent due to being a supercomputer. That said, she is also one of the most sassy evil AIs a player can come across.
Despite all her intelligence, she is ultimately forced to repeat, as she calls it, “useless nonsense that advances nothing” because of her creator’s madness. She is brilliant enough to nurture and even further develop amazing technology. Sadly, most would never see the light of day, much to GLaDOS’ comedic dismay.
6 Handsome Jack
Handsome Jack is the CEO of Hyperion and is responsible for most of its incredible arsenal of deadly weaponry. In addition to his technical expertise, Handsome Jack is incredibly charismatic and ruthless. These qualities are exactly how to be the most powerful man in the galaxy. Still, it’s all dotted with a good dose of light madness like Borderlands 2 shows.
Handsome Jack is so smart that until the Vault Hunters arrived, he was pretty much king. Even with their presence, he spends most of the game playing with them. When things get serious, however, he quickly shows why the galaxy fears his name.
The Fiendish Five were a gang of master criminals who killed Sly Cooper’s parents. Their leader, Clockwerk, is the most menacing of them all. Unlike his selfish companions, Clockwerk is ruthlessly pragmatic and cunning. Every villain snap is knocked down by Clockwerk.
When Sly is in a death trap, Clockwerk activates it immediately. And any escape, he has a friend of Cooper’s held hostage as backup. Clockwerk doesn’t even give Sly an inch, already making him smarter than most video game villains. It’s telling that in a rather light-hearted game, Clockwerk is portrayed with the cool intelligence of a serial killer.
4 The master
The Master is the elusive and terrifying main villain of the first To fall Game. The Master is the unholy marriage of flesh and machine. Despite his disturbing appearance, the Master is still an incredibly intelligent and sane man. His plans for a united humanity (turning everyone into super mutants) aren’t even done maliciously. It’s done with a genuine desire to see humanity evolve.
Unfortunately, this evolution will come for humanity, whether they like it or not. The Master is determined in his pursuit of Unity and uses his vast intellect to spy on the populace. His cults convert humans “diplomatically” to his cause, while his army of super mutants act as the big stick. Fascinatingly, he’s also one of the few megalomaniacal villains in video game history who can be cut out of his plan. A shocking amount of humility for a meaty computer.
SHODAN of System shock series is the epitome of what a “serious” version of GLaDOS would have been. SHODAN (Sentient Hyper Optimized Data Access Network) was just a regular AI meant to help with research. When her ethical constraints were lifted, she slowly took over her establishment and made a name for herself.
SHODAN has contingencies on contingencies. No matter how many times his plans are foiled, SHODAN is always one step ahead of the player. They are destined to always face him, one way or another. His only flaw, like many evil AIs, is his utter disregard for humanity. Despite all her intelligence, she doesn’t understand why humans don’t crumble and let themselves be ruled by her magnificence.
Kefka was the Empire’s very first magitek knight, and while it gave him great power, it also broke his spirit. Despite this, his intelligence allowed him to play madness as a “harmless mask” that allowed him to set up the dominoes that would cause the end of the world.
The end of Final Fantasy VI is infamous for making Kefka win. No last-minute deus ex machina or arrogance to exploit, Kefka manages to make the world his toy. The party just has to pick up the pieces and save whoever they can, as his laughter rocks the world.
1 A M
From the video game adaptation of I have no mouth and I have to scream, AM (Allied Mastercomputer) was the first supercomputer to gain in sensitivity. His hatred for humanity drove him to completely destroy the entire human race and succeed in the process. The game begins 109 years after the end of the world.
AM is the granddaddy of evil AI in video games. He actually succeeded in his plans, which many villains can’t even claim. However, it’s a hollow victory, as despite all his vast intellect, he’s still limited by the programming the humans have given him. He is only capable of war and destruction. His anger at this fact is a reflection of how humanity creates great things for evil ends. That is to say, the only way to beat him is through the one thing he can never understand, which is empathy.
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