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Nearly every game has a protagonist, but which ones are the most badass?
Many games these days have a antoganist, a villain that pushes the protagonist, the hero, to defeat him or her. Some of them are so detailed and believable that you would think they existed in real life, while others just have a goal that they want to achieve, no matter what the consequences are. This top 10 list is dedicated to the most badass antagonists in gaming.
10. The Combine (Half-Life series)
The Combine are the main antagonists in the Half-Life series. Defeating the human race in a seven-hour war and later enslaving them makes them real badasses.
9. The Boss
The Boss is the main antagonist of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. A legendary soldier and the mother of Revolver Ocelot, she particpated in WWII and a variety of operations during the early stages of the Cold War before defecting from the U.S. to the U.S.S.R. Her protege, Naked Snake, was to assassinate her. After defeating her unit, the Cobra Unit, and defeating Colonel Volgin, Naked Snake fights and defeats her, killing her with a shot to her head with her gun, The Patriot. With a unit of elite soldiers under her command and a legendary fighter and being one of the greatest boss fights ever, The Boss is a true badass.
8. Mother Brain (Metroid series)
One of the main antagonists of the Metroid series, Mother Brain is definately a badass. The leader of the Space Pirates and inhabiting the planet Zebes, Samus defeats her on her first visit to the planet. She fights her again when she revisits it, this time rebuilt by the Space Pirates, though is ultimately defeated. With a massive army of Space Pirates under her command (along with the space dragon Ridley), she's definitely badass!
7. Darth Vader (Star Wars series)
Darth Vader is one of the main antagonists in the Star Wars universe and has appeared in a number of games. A master of the Force and a Sith, and the father of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader is one tough badass guy. Having control over almost all of the Empire and commanding an incredible army, all the while being a Sith, Dath Vader is just one seriously bad guy.
6. Doctor Eggman (Sonic the Hedgehog series)
The main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Doctor Eggman is a mad scientist with an IQ of 300 bent on conquering the world and creating his ultimate utopia, Eggmanland, and on obtaining all the Chaos Emeralds. However, Sonic has always beaten the scientist, and yet he still keeps asking for more, always wanting more power! What a badass!
5. Bowser (Mario series)
Ahh Bowser. Always trying to take Princess Peach for himself, and yet always being defeated by Mario. He'll do whatever it takes to take control of Mushroom and kidnap Princess Peach. This badass bad guy just doesn't give up, no matter how many times he has been beaten by Mario.
4. Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda series)
The main villain in the majority of games in The Legend of Zelda series, he just keeps coming back for more. In almost every Zelda game, Ganondorf is the main villain, despite being defeated by Link in every game he appears in. You just can't stop the guy! A Gerudo who excels in magic and in possession of the Triforce of Power, Ganondorf wants control over the land of Hyrule, though he can't quite get there thanks to Link and Princess Zelda. What a badass!
3. Liquid Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid 2 & 4)
One of the main antagonists in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Liquid Ocelot is the result of two bad guys merging into one. After Liquid Snake's death on Shadow Moses Island, Revolver Ocelot took his arm to replace the one he lost by Gray Fox. Eventually, Liquid's "spirit" became part of Ocelot. In 2007, Liquid Ocelot stole Metal Gear RAY and eventually planned on destroying the Patriots, an organization that secretly runs the United States of America. In 2014, Liquid Ocelot resurfaces, and in a complex turn of events, has a final fight with Solid Snake, where it is revealed that he had removed Liquid's arm and had transplanted Liquid's persona onto himself via nanomachines and psychotherapy in order to keep the Patriots from discovering that Snake was going to wipe out GW, the main AI behind the Patriots, as a part of the real way Ocelot intended to have the AIs destroyed. Simply put, badass!
2. Seymour Guado (Final Fantasy X)
One of the main antagonists of Final Fantasy X, Seymour is one badass bad guy. Half human, half Guado, the son of former Maester Jyscal Guado, and with the intention of saving Spira by destroying it, there aren't many like Seymour. Originally believed to be an ally to Yuna and co., Yuna realizes the exact opposite when she learns he killed his own father. Intending on stopping Seymour, she and her guardians fight him, though he survives and plans on marrying Yuna. However, her guardians stop this from happening and stop the wedding ceremony. They later fight Seymour yet again, who is now "unsent" and plans to destroy all living beings on Spira, thus freeing them of their worries. They defeat him yet again, and fight a third time with the same outcome. Later, as their journey is reaching its climax, they meet Seymour for the final time, defeating him this time once and for all, with his last words being, "But even after I am gone, Spira's sorrow will prevail."
1. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)
The main antagonist of Final Fantasy VII, there isn't a more badass villain that Sephiroth. A prototype SOLDIER and the strongest alive, Sephiroth is initially praised for his strength and hailed as a hero, until he learns and misinterprets his origins. Believing himself as the last of the Ancients, Sephiroth plans to eradicate mankind, with the ultimate goal of becoming a god and controlling the planet with his "mother", Jenova. Burning an entire village; killing the last survivor of the Cetra, Aeris Gainsborough; being killed by Cloud and co. and then resurrected, always with the intent on destroying the world and everything in it, there is nobody more villainous than Sephiroth. The guy even has his own theme song, "One Winged Angel"; you can't top that!