Although everyone loves to play a wholesome game like Animal Crossing, there's nothing quite like that one game that features truly messed up characters. After all, it's easy to create a moralistically pure hero - but it's far, far harder to create one that's uniquely twisted.
Mercifully, many developers are more than up to the challenge, creating figures that will leave you thinking about them in a cold sweat, years from when you first saw them. And yet, you're still tempted to replay the games they feature in, seemingly just to spite yourself.
While the vast majority of these nightmare children are horror villains, disturbing video game characters aren't limited to that genre whatsoever. Even fighting games have seen their fair share of unsettling and inane individuals every now and then.
From a serial killer pig to an evil ghost child, there is truly no limit to how depraved some creators are willing to let their characters be - and we can only applaud them for being both daring, and nefariously creative.
Well, applaud... and fear, in equal measure.
10. J.S. Steinman (Bioshock)
Given that Bioshock takes place in an underwater utopia turned dystopia, almost everyone in it could be deemed twisted, as most people didn't take the whole "trapped miles underwater without escape" thing very well.
Of this collection of miscreants, the most macabre has to be J.S. Steinman.
A renowned surgeon who specialised in cosmetic surgery, Steinman accepted his invitation to the underwater land of Rapture in order to see if he could further revolutionise the field while surrounded by the world's supposed greatest minds.
What actually happened is that he would instead get addicted to ADAM, a chemical substance that allowed the user to alter their genetic makeup, which had the incidental side effect of driving him insane. Still obsessed with plastic surgery, Steinman would decide to focus on creating the perfect looking person... on unwilling subjects.
By the time you find Stein, he's murdered countless people in his drug-addled attempts to alter people's appearances.
"Beauty is pain", as they say.