PC Game Villains that we Encounter: The Most Bad and Wicked

Abbey Freehill
5 min readSep 21, 2020

When you talk about what makes a video game good, you don’t just focus on the game’s protagonist or hero. You also need to talk about the game’s villains. This is because a compelling story will require a great hero and an equally great villain. Without great game villains, a story won’t be complete since the villain makes the hero’s journey worthwhile.

A villain is also needed for the hero’s character development since the villain will represent the challenge that the hero would need to overcome. This is why in almost all the games, the villains would be overpowered at the beginning to help the player strive to be stronger. But who are the villains who played these roles perfectly? Let’s check out the best villains you will encounter in PC games.


One of the best villains in PC games would have to be Diablo from the Diablo 1 game. The game itself is already quite creepy and terrifying to play, with all of the dark catacombs, crypts, as well as the monstrous ghouls and creatures you have to deal with. Aside from that, there are different scary and strong boss monsters that you have to deal with as you progress along.

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With such a scary game, you’d think the biggest baddie should be the scariest and meanest one you will encounter, and he sure is. Not only is Diablo diabolical-looking and terrifying-especially when he is chasing you as you try to escape to heal-he is also very strong. All those monstrous creeps and strong bosses were just the game preparing you for the meanest and worst monster in Diablo.

Arthas Menethil

He is one of the major characters in the Warcraft universe and someone who didn’t start as a villain. But due to certain events, he became one of the franchise’s most powerful villains. What’s great about Arthas is that he began as a very promising protagonist for the franchise: a prince who was trained as a paladin. He also had a romantic relationship with a sorceress. Arthas may have killed the evil necromancer Kel’Thuzad, but it came with a price.

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Since he cannot stop the plague, he became desperate and even went to extreme measures like purging an entire city from the infected. Aside from that, he took up the two-handed cursed sword Frostmourne. He went to great lengths to try and save his people, even at the cost of him losing his soul and becoming the death knight of the Scourge. A truly compelling villain who only became a villain because he wanted to save his people.

Vaas Montenegro

If you’re looking for a good and intimidating gangster-type villain, then you need to play Far Cry 3. Vaas is one of the most well-written villains in a video game. He is not a gangster, but the boss of the pirates. He is a very intimidating character, just from his gaze alone. What’s great about him is that he is a bit of an insane character.

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One moment he is soft-spoken and a well-mannered villain trying to make conversation, then next he is like an angry madman swearing and shouting. He also makes you feel like the end is near. He is a great villain that will keep you on your toes every time you encounter him in the game.

Handsome Jack

He is one of the villains in Borderlands 2 and Tales from the Borderlands. What’s interesting about this colorful character is that he doesn’t think he is the villain. He believes it’s the players who are the villain and he is the hero that will save everyone. His method of saving everyone, however, involves killing everyone, which is not a very heroic thing to do.

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Handsome Jack is the head of the Hyperion Corporation and he murdered his way to get to the top. He also declared himself as the dictator of the planet Pandora. Aside from that, he is a very manipulative character, as well as charming at times. He is a villain that you would love to hate, but also a very entertaining character that the game would be boring without him.


When it comes to best PC game villains, the list won’t be complete without GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) from the game Portal. The AI robot is your guide, as well as, tormentor in your journey throughout Aperture Labs. But what makes GLaDOS such a great villain is the many great and witty quotes that he would utter, especially after overcoming a difficult challenge.

It’s common to hear voice lines like, “Frankly, this chamber was a mistake. If we were you, we would quit now,” or “For instance, the floor here will kill you — try to avoid it.” These kinds of quotes can add a bit of dark humor to the game. It also made GLaDOS one of the best villains in PC games.

Originally published at https://playpc.io on September 21, 2020.