My Top 10 Video Game Villains and Bosses

Video Game Bosses

A video game protagonist is just as good as the antagonist he/she fights against. Whether it’s a power-hungry tyrant who wants dominion over an entire nation or a demented super soldier bent on bringing on calamity and destruction upon the world, villains fascinate us not only because of their cunning wit or overwhelming power, but also because of the motivations that drive them.

We also like them because of the way they made us feel after defeating them (especially if it’s from effing Dark Souls aarrgghh). In any case, in no particular order, here’s my top 10 video game bosses and villains:

Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3)

I’ll be honest: what hooked me into getting Far Cry 3 was its promotional material that starred Michael Mando. His flawless performance of an insane, bloodthirsty pirate made me immediately want to experience the character he plays and, true enough, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

In a nutshell, Vaas was a native Rakyat born in the Rook Islands. He eventually joined a slaver and drug trafficer named Hoyst Volker and, almost immediately, became the latter’s right-hand man. Might’ve been because of Vaas’ potential for murder and other acts of volatile, drug-induced violence.

“Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact… same fucking thing… over and over again, expecting… shit to change.”

Spoiler alert: You get to kill him in the first act as Jason Brody after getting it on with Rakyat Warrior Leader and Princess, Citra (who happens to be Vaas’ sister). After getting through a few upgrades and going through some side quests, you finally get to infiltrate his Pirate headquarters and, in a drug-induced(?) surge of rave-like

Overall, what I loved about Vaas’ story is his fall from grace – he was supposedly going to be the Rakyat’s strongest warrior. Granted, Vaas didn’t like where that was going (clue: Citra and Jason Brody), but what lead to his ultimate downfall was his addiction to drugs and a series of bad choices afterwards (joining Hoyt, killing some of Jason’s friends, etc).

This begs the question though: Is he really dead? You did stab him a couple of times BUT in a bad drug trip. So was it for real?

Bowser (Mario Bros)

Bowser is a notable boss in this list mostly because he’s one of the first bosses I’ve ever encountered as a kid. Given, the Mario games (old platform games in general) are hard and an unresponsive NES controller didn’t help my chances of beating the game, but seeing that dragon-turtle thingy in a lava pit over what seems to be a steel bridge for the first time gave me a sense of fulfillment. Yes, just seeing him!

Beating him, however, was another matter entirely. My dad told me back in the day that he did beat Bowser once and from that day on, I’ve sought to do the same. And while my love for Nintendo and Mario has waned (which also explains why this spot’s so briefly described; I’m not really aware of Bowser’s story also because I’m not really into Wii stuff because #PCMasterRace), Bowser and his Italian Plumber archrival will stay because they’ve played a valuable role in my life.

Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

Long white hair, fair skin, out-of-this world powers, an angelic face and out-of-this world powers makes Sephiroth one of the most popular video game villains of our generation. Who would’ve thought that this “one-winged angel” would seek death and destruction upon all of Midgar? Essentially, Sephiroth was a highly-successful product of Shinra Electric Power Company’s SOLDIER project.

Son to Professor Hojo and Lucrecia Crescent, Sephiroth was injected with Jenova cells, in an attempt to resurrect the “Cetra” (an ancient race that’s able to talk with the planet). Fast forward to his rise to legend and rise to SOLDIER first class, the genesis war and several events that happened that made him question his existence and loyalties, we see Sephiroth, Zack and a young Cloud Strife in the town of Nibelhei for a mission.

In said mission, he sees his creatures in pods alongside his “mother” Jenova. He freaks the eff out after realizing that he was created in the same way that the other creatures in the pods he sees were created.

The rest, as they say, is history and this fall from grace ends up with Sephiroth burning down all of Nibelheim.

It’s never okay to set an entire village, city or nation on fire but considering how Sephiroth found out who his “parents” were and how he was created, you can understand why he felt that way. Having to live a lie your entire life isn’t necessarily cool after all.

But, for me, there’s only one f*cking reason this a*shole f*cker is in this list. And that’s best exemplified here.

Did you know how many hours were spent levelling up Aerith?! Did you know the level of emotional attachment I had with this character you white-haired a*shole?! I swear by all that is holy I will never stop feeling satisfied beating you over and over again!

“Tell me what you cherish most. Give me the pleasure of taking it away.” 

But minus the rage, this is Sephiroth’s appeal to me (and perhaps, to many others): Being one of those villains who made me feel an immense amount of loss over a video game character. You can think of him as that hot man your friend (that girl you really secretly like but don’t have the capacity to court because reasons) likes who gets to date her but end up stabbing her in the process (the rage really doesn’t go away, I noticed).

For the record, his theme is definitely something I’d have if I were some sort of angelic monster being sent to destroy all of humanity. Read more

Time Management: How to Juggle Triathlon Training and D&D Nights

For someone who is passionate about the training that comes with competing in triathlons and rolling dice and min-maxing player characters’ ability scores, TIME MANAGEMENT is crucial.

But considering the amount of time needed for the lifestyle and the game, and the availability of players, it can most definitely prove to be a daunting task.

It is, however, possible if you’re ready and willing. As someone who’s pretty much been there and done that, here are a few time management tips that’s helped me along the way. Read more