Behind every great hero is a great villain. Mostly because they're about to stab said hero and laugh maniacally while they writhe around on the floor bleeding out.
As long as there have been video games, there have been video game villains. Being a medium steeped in the mythologizing of combat, it makes sense that you can't really have a game without some kind of force standing in the way of you completing your goal. But with the advent of 3D and larger storage space came the introduction of story into gaming, and with it, complexity. And from that cocktail, came a new breed of villain.
Video game villains hold a special place because they aren't just hurting a character you're invested in, they are directly attacking YOU. And the best ones know just where to punch you to make you wanna punch back.
To find the best of all time is a herculean task. Which is why, now that we're approaching 2020, we've decided to list the best of the 2010's. The rules are simple, they have to have come from a game first, so no Joker from Arkham City. Otherwise it's free game, so let's celebrate the villains who made being bad look so good.