Greatest Videogame Villains

 Writing a halfway decent hero isn't that difficult. Strong facial features, some angst and/or over-arching motivation, and a few quips and BOOM! You've got a pretty good hero. Villains, on the other hand, are much more difficult to make compelling, let alone motivated or, God help you, realistic. Giving a villain a motivation beyond "I'M EEEEEEEEVIL! THAT'S FUCKING WHY!!" is difficult for a number of reasons, but when it works, oh MAN, when it works, you've got an unforgettable character. Here are some characters I can't seem to forget. The list itself contains no spoilers, but the descriptive text does, so fair warning.
You might notice this list lacks a few great characters like Darth Vader or The Joker. There's a reason for that: the first guy is from a movie and the second is from a comic book.

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Posted by Spacetrucking

I hate everyone on this list!

Posted by Undeadpool

Then they've done their jobs. The worst villains are the ones you feel nothing toward.

Posted by ManiacMaysin

Kefka's laugh is one of the most memorable sound effects in video games, for me. Nice list, though, I haven't played any of the kain games and never finished earthbound. Those are some great villains.