The Daily Grind: Who is the best MMO villain?

Setting up and establishing a memorable villain is tricky business, especially in online games where players barrel through them like dominoes. We’ve fought so many bad guys and gals over the years that the rogue’s gallery would stretch to the horizon.

Yet some of these dastardly bosses rise above the rest in their machinations. Maybe it’s a truly captivating backstory, wickedly funny one-liners, or shocking actions that cement them in our minds as villains for the ages.

Looking back at all of the villains you’ve faced in MMOs in your career, who would you say is the best, the baddest, and the most memorable of them all?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Bannex

My favorite villain in an mmo is and always will be hogger.

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MrEllis

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Duey Bear

Shiro Tagachi from Guild Wars is by far my favourite villain.

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Ghalesh

I had to register just to answer this :) My vote is for Entity from WildStar. I don’t want to get into the details because it would be very spoiler heavy, but the lore and the history of that villain is very interesting. I think that the lore is very creativ for this game.
Special award for Ohmna, who is the final boss of the first raid from WildStar. She is not that interesting, but her voice is very cool throughout the whole raid as she introduces the bosses before her :)

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Bruno Brito

What about the Caretaker’s split personality? It’s really good!

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Bannex

Wildstar is super underrated in a lot of ways, story included.

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Ghalesh

I still cant believe why it crashed. I understand if someone dont like the cartoonish theme, but that much? The servers are almost empty :( The story is very good, the combat system is action-ish and it has the best raid in the genre. The only problem with the game is its lack of content, but it is already a result of the low playerbase…

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Alex Malone

My opinion is that the game died from a 1000 cuts.

Nothing about Wildstar was overwhelmingly wrong, but literally every single part of the game was flawed in some way or another, which when added all together resulted in a game we didn’t want to play.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Crucia in RIFT. JK! I think she had early potential, which was weirdly weakened in SL expansion, but then Air Saga kinda helped it and I wanted to have more of her character, but then she was a stupid joke in NMT expansion onward, and I don’t understand why they allowed that to happen. Then again, they did almost similarly to Regulos (lets kill him in the secondary plot raid of the first expansion, k!).

I haven’t seen her most recent stuff, but all I can see is that she’s again a stupid joke.

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Veldan

Yeah RIFT kinda wrecked its storylines when it couldn’t figure out what to prioritize and when to take itself seriously.

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Zen Dadaist

Quite. Though I do have to say Lord Arak in Mind of Madness (especially the extra dialogue in the Intrepid Adventure version) is pretty good. He plays the moustache twirling cartoon villain with overly elaborate plans and insults, who occasionally throws in a facade-breaking brutal cut to the chase. He’s a completely 4th wall breaking meta character that isn’t really serious, but he’s done pretty well and the VA clearly had fun chewing the scenery.

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Dug From The Earth

MMO’s really often lack in NPC character development, and decent villians. Arthas is one of the “stood out more than most” npc villians for me. Even then, without the lore and story build up from past Warcraft games, he wouldnt be my choice. IE: it required the support of additional non-mmo games to make the character seem like a decent villian.

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TheDonDude

Arthas. Even ignoring WCIII, Wrath did a great job of showing you who this guy was, why he was evil, why he needed to be stopped, and what his motivations were.

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Bruno Brito

True. People normally get triggered when Arthas is said to be a manchild, but it isn’t to trigger anyone. It is what he is. He’s jealous of power, he’s extremely hungry for respect and authority, and isn’t fit for the life of selfless abandon of a Paladin. Arthas was a immature idiot who became a false king, and that’s what makes him a good character. He FEELS that way. He goes fucking everything up because he’s a damn stupid and evil kid.

People say how Arthas was “tragic” because of Stratholme, but honestly, he was a tool before that. Stratholme was him being a desperate tool. The decision he took was never for a Paladin to make, but for a authoritarian King. And that’s what he have chosen.

Fitting he becomes the Lich King.

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hurbster

Is it Oakheart from LOTRO ? Arthas, of course. And Richard Sonnac, for sending me to bastard Egypt.

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Sixuality

I want to say Ghost Widow – terrific character design and I still remember being a little bit awed when I first encountered her during the “Oh, Wretched Man!” story arc.

But I have to go with Westin Phipps, the most evil man in the Rogue Isles. He has no grand plans to conquer the world, or destroy it, he just wants to crush the last hopes of little people who didn’t have much hope to begin with.

What really sticks in my mind with Phipps is that his story arcs were essentially morality missions years before the actual mechanics were introduced to the game. There was no reason to intentionally ‘fail’ his missions, but people did, because of how despicable Phipps was.

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TheDonDude

I recall some folks being upset that the Rogue Isles wasn’t as hardcore evil as they first wanted. Then they did Phipps’s missions and suddenly stopped complaining.

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Daniel Reasor

Hakeev. I had to rescue survivors of his forced medical experiments. I had to take on whole fleets of starships. I had to fight weird space animals in a coliseum while the song from “Amok Time” played. Whole worlds were depopulated just because he had seen a bigger threat coming and had rolled over to save his own ass.

He’s the most satisfying video game villain I’ve ever come across, because it was so clear that his cowardice was his motivation in the end. It wasn’t revenge anymore. He was already broken, I was just stopping him from causing any more harm. I was putting him out of his misery.

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dixa

Just woke up and see lord recluse. Begins to miss ghost widow and all the CoH And CoV villains. Then remembers how no mmorpg has been able to come close to duplicating the gameplay of my masterminds and controllers. Start to cry.

Thanks for ruining my weekend, massively.