Dr. Robotnik - Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic is one of those iconic characters who has died off somewhat in recent years despite new titles or re-releases. His biggest rival is not a portly plumber, but will go down in history as one of the cruellest villains ever. Dr. Robotnik captures poor defenceless animals and locks them in a giant metal container with no air holes that Sonic must save after every level.
Team Rocket - Pokémon series
Prepare for trouble, make it double... In the original Pokémon Gameboy games there was no bigger annoyance than Team Rocket. Always appearing when you didn't want them too and sometimes being harder than the trainers themselves. It added a small bit of story to the almost story-less series which is something I do appreciate about them.
Deathwing - Warcraft series
This was a hard one to decide between Lich King, Deathwing and Garrosh but with Deathwing reshaping the World of Warcraft in its entirety, it's hard to put the others in front of him. Causing massive destruction throughout the world and having a few cool moments in the series put this guy in my number eight spot. Jawbone of Terror!
Psycho Mantis - Metal Gear Solid
This misunderstood villain was more of a revolution for PSX owners. When you fought this guy you had to know the hidden secret that wowed many players and the world. The whole deal with him was he could easily read the left side of your brain, which in turn meant the player's controller in port 1. You can still beat him with a hell of a lot of patience or you can plug your controller into port 2, simulating the right side of the brain. The lead up to the fight where you place the controller on the ground was something that I'll never forget. Straight into my heart.
Pyramid Head - Silent Hill
Back in the day of the 90s came a horror game called Silent Hill and with it came someone who gave people nightmares for years. Pyramid Head was a bloke who carried a sword that was far too big and heavy for him and wore a giant locked pyramid-style helmet that covered his whole head. Nothing scared me more than hearing him drag his sword around in the dark, until I discovered Resident Evil...
Nemesis - Resident Evil
After the shock of my time with Silent Hill I discovered a new love for horror games so I decided to give Resident Evil a shot. The nightmares from Pyramid Head finally stopped but the Nemesis soon followed right after. Appearing in seemingly random spots throughout the game, he was always lurking and you knew he was watching you. Nemesis remains one of my top choices to Cosplay as, but almost impossible to pull off for a man of my size.
Nazi Army - Every First Person Shooter ever made
From World War 2 shooters to the modern era, Nazi's have a tendency of showing their faces in our video games. Possibly because it's always the Americans who make the games and they did win the war. Every war game has an enemy and the Nazi's will always fit that role, that is until the Germans make a game about shooting Americans with the goal of losing the war or an alternative reality like Turning Point would be good.
Editors Note: Substitute Soviet Union and/or Zombies to suit.
The Flood - Halo
Who ever saw these guys coming in the original Halo game? These pains in the arse made for a tougher enemy then the Covenant and came as a surprise when they first appeared. We all thought that Halo would be a fight between Humans and an alien race, not a 3-way cluster f**k with little head things that did bugga all damage but came out in millions. Flood - I hate you so very, very much.
Bowser - Super Mario Bros.
There is always one person who "another name for a rooster"- blocks you, turning them into your arch nemesis for the night. Mario has to deal with the biggest "male chicken"- blocker of them all, Bowser. He might as well be called King "third leg"- Block rather than Koopa. I also wonder how many references to the word cock I can make without actually saying it in this article. Oh shit....
Albert Wesker - Resident Evil
Usually I will only include one thing about a game to feature on my Top 10 lists but Albert Wesker is a hard one not to include side-by-side with the Nemesis. Albert is a classic example of a villain who does everything a villain should do - Backstab as much as possible, have superhuman powers and never die. Albert was once the leader of the S.T.A.R.S team consisting of 12 of the most elite police force personnel, but ended up backstabbing them all and started infecting the T-Virus into himself. Just say his name out loud, classic example of a great villain name. So far he's survived helicopter crashes, overdosing, magma, napalm strike, explosions, gunfire, transformations from the T-Virus and high falls. It's hard to imagine another villain who offers it all like Albert Wesker does.