Adrian Veidt (aka Ozymandias) from the Watchmen novels.
Is there a villain that's hard for you to hate?
Gus Fringe from Breaking Bad is a awesome villain i wanted to cheer for while making the main character Walter White seem more of a villain himself.
I also wanna add Kai Proctor the Amish mobster from Banshee. Even though he runs a prostitution ring and blackmails people for land rights and labour cost, he's smart enough to avoid any trouble from the law plus he's mean and deadly to anyone who crosses his path. Plus he has a scary goon that wears a bow-tie and a suit.
@d_bones: I honestly don't read books that much so I don't have much to compare too, but I really enjoyed them. The Stolen Throne and The Calling are connected and takes place before Origins while Asunder takes place after DA2 and is about a new set of characters and sets up for the next game.
Solidus Snake. Though he had big problems, he had some noble intentions.
I'd say all the main antagonists from the Metal Gear series are quite likeable in their own way.
Dagoth Ur from Morrowind and Saren Arterius from Mass Effect
I'll steal these also.
Shadowlord from Nier?
Also if he counts, the villain in Witcher 2 whom I honestly cannot name right now (the other witcher).
The Witcher series has tons of likeable bastards, it kind of reminds me of Game of Thrones in that way. (and in a lot of other ways)
I quite liked Ryuji Goda from Yakuza 2 myself.
A lot of the villains in the No More Heroes series fit in here. They'll often be crazy and off-the-wall until finally meeting them reveals their true humanity. You then promptly slice them into a thousand pieces.
And, as others have said, Andrew Ryan. He's definitely flawed but he has many admirable traits. In stark contrast to Comstock, who is absolutely irredeemably horrible.
@kaiserreich: Helps to add the game you're spoiling. Otherwise, no one will click the damn thing. lol.
I dunno. Most villains aren't very interesting or likeable these days. But Portal has two that are pretty charming and likeable and goofy so there's that.
If anything I'd say there are almost no villains I hate in the first place. Almost all games (and movies for that matter) worth remembering for me have villains I like.
- I can't hate a good villain, because they're in a way admirable, they're the spice, the thing that make it a worthwhile struggle, etc. A great villain is often the best thing in a story.
- I can't hate a poor villain, because really if they're badly done then why would you have any strong emotions towards them at all, instead they become simply forgettable.
There are very few outliers to the above two rules. Starchild springs to mind to me personally, by being so terrible that it was enough to affect other parts of the experience, not because it is a villain but because it's so badly done. Yet there are dozens upon dozens of villains that I not only don't hate but like. So for me the question would actually be: what villain can I hate at all?
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