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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Alex Malone

I can’t think of any!

I remember mechanics and design, rather than story and names. I hate stories in my games, I feel they’re always really poorly written and so generic that hardly anything is memorable. This has resulted in no “villains” standing out in my mind.

I guess the closest I can think of is Sara Oakheart / Amarthiel from LotRO, but things work out well in the end.

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Rolan Storm

Lucan D’Lere.

Darth Zash.
Darth Malgus.

Also I loved whole bunch if villains from FFXIV original main story, both Empire and that Darkness guy. The punch storytellers did before the Heavensward expansion was classic Japanese turnaround. I was impressed (and sad).

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John Mynard

I’ve always had a soft spot for The Headless Horseman in WoW. Sure he’s just a holiday punching bag, but he’s fun and, in context, ridiculously dangerous.

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Ernost

Even years after playing WotLK, when I watched the latest GoT season finale, my first thought was that it reminds me of WotLK. So I’d have to say, The Lich King, Arthas. Also I had played WCIII & TFT before that, so it was nice to see the conclusion of his story.

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Brown Jenkin

Weirdly I have fond memories of GW2’s Scarlet looking back… that might be one huge case of hindsight though.

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Dobablo

None of the early WoW bosses were good villains. They were just good characters from other games, transplanted into WoW with limited contact with the players. At best we knew what they were doing and that it had to be stopped, but we didn’t know their motivation or ideals.
That is why the only half decent WoW villains are Garrosh and Silvanas. Everyone else is lolevil or anti-heroes trying to save the world via dubious activities that don’t get explained to the player unless they buy a book released 10 years after the boss was defeated.

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zuldar

Xy’zzy, who needs character development when you’re a dog that spits bees.

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MrEllis

He promised me things… so many things!

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Utakata

I would of used Smart or Kern instead of this guy. Just saying. o.O

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Jerry

Fat Bastard from Austin Powers?

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Bruno Brito

“Greetings. I’m the Caretaker. A powerful virtual construct created by the eldan to monitor all scientific experiments on the planet Nexus. *growls* – UGH! Excuse my erratic behavior but it seems i’ve developed certain instabilities since the eldan ABANDONED ME HEEERE! long ago. I am responsible for analyzing the physical and mental Huhuhu! Weaknesses!! of sentient organisms such as yourselves. It is important that i understand the potential of my subjects, in order to best determine how to ANNIHILATE THEM!!!. Oh my! Are you ready? Then please, step forward into this virtual adventure, in order to begin. Don’t be alarmed! The experience will be EXCRUUUCIANTING AND PAINFUL!!!

During your adventure, your group will be subjected to a variety of climates, enviroments and situations. All chosen specifically to END YOUR PATHETIC EXISTENCE!. Success will require more than skill in combat. During your experience, you and your companions will be expected to make critical decisions that require both inteligente, and intuition. Choose well, and be rewarded. Choose poorly…AND BE DESTROYED! Every choice leads to a new eventuality, and every eventuality leads to a new choice! And remember: THIS VIRTUAL WORLD IS MY TWISTED DOMAIN! I MAKE THE RULES AND I DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF YOUR PUNISHMENT!!!!

And the best part? You could experience them over, and over and OVER AND OVER AND OVER ANDOVER ANDOVER ANDOVERANDOVERANDOVERANDOVERANDOVAAAAAAAHHH!!!

Again. Thank you for participating in this experiment. I have learned a great deal! And i’m certain that we’ll meet again…Very sooooooon….

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Ghalesh

I don’t think the others will understand this :) But yes, the schizo caretaker is awesome as well :)

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Nic Hickman

Bael’Zharon from Asheron’s Call. Tragic past, cool powers and look, lots of deep lore links in game with mobs, items, quests. Was the ultimate driver behind the legendary Shard of the Herald Defense. Came into the game world in live events, got the biggest pk guild in game to swear loyalty to him. All round epic.