Earlier today, fellow MP Creator Cassie Benter started a #ThreeGames hashtag, which inspired many of us to go and write about our three best, worst, or most inspirational games that we've ever played. I thought that the tag was a great idea, and I started to think about a tag that I could use.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron only a month away, I decided to start up #BestBadGuys to show love for those that give the heroes a job to do. Don't limit yourself to only supervillains, you can use villains from any movie, TV show, or video game. They don't even have to be the mastermind. If you like Korath the the Pursuer more than Ronan the Accuser, tell us!
To get the ball rolling, these are my #BestBadGuys:
Ever since I saw the original Star Wars trilogy, I have loved Boba Fett, even though he honestly didn't do much in the movies. I was actually pretty sad when he got knocked into the Sarlaac pit, but when I found out that he survived the fall, I was even more interested in him.
Boba Fett, as you probably know, is a bounty hunter. He is also one of the best-armed bounty-hunters that I've ever seen. He has a blaster rifle, a flamethrower, wrist-rockets, a jetpack, and a strong cable to incapacitate his victims. To put it frankly, if there's a bounty on your head, you better hope that Boba isn't after you.
His origin story is also quite interesting. As revealed in the prequel trilogy, Boba is the cloned son of bounty hunter Jango Fett. He was altered from the rest of the clones so that he would age at a normal rate, so that Jango could raise him as a son. Another bounty hunter, Zam Wessell (the changeling from the beginning of Attack of the Clones) served as his good friend and mother-figure before she died. If her dying wasn't enough, Boba had to watch Jedi Master Mace Windu decapitate his father in the battle of Geonosis. If that doesn't warrant revenge, I don't know what does.
I have played a lot of games, and the first thing I think of when I think of video game villainy is GLaDOS (or Genetic Lifeform and Disc Operating System). You first meet GLaDOS in the game Portal, as she talks you through various testing chambers. Although she first seems friendly, I wouldn't trust her if I were you.
The best part about GLaDOS, other than her heated drive to test humans to death, is her humor. If you fail a test, she always has a witty, sarcastic remark to shove it in your face. If you pass the test, she has an even MORE witty, sarcastic remark to taunt you into the next test.
Here are a few examples of her constant quips:
Look at you, flying through the air majestically. Like an eagle, piloting a blimp.
We both said a lot of things that you're going to regret. But I think that we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster.
This next test involves turrets. You remember them right? They're the pale, spherical things that are full of bullets. Oh wait. That's you in five seconds. Good luck.
And that's just a taste of GLaDOS' majesty. You'll just have to play the game to hear the rest.
The superhero genre has given us some of the best in both heroes and villains. While I usually go straight to Loki when thinking of supervillains, I decided to deviate a bit from the norm this time.
I love Magneto as a villain for two reasons. The first is simply because of his powers. In a technological world like today, the ability to manipulate metal would really come in handy. Think about what you're wearing right now, or even what's in your pockets. Do you have a belt buckle? How about jewelry? A phone in your pocket? Even if you have none of these things, he could just pluck a quarter from somebody else's pocket and drive it through your skull. Needless to say, he is not a mutant that you want to cross.
Secondly, he has more reason to be evil than most. He is a member of a rare species that is always under threat of extinction. He acts mainly out of self-preservation. He was raised during the holocaust, so he knows what genocide is like. He just doesn't want that to happen to him, or any of the other mutants.
Middle-Earth has no shortage of villains. From Smaug to Sauron, J.R.R. Tolkien has proven his prowess at crating legendary baddies. However, my favorite pick of the lot is probably the most under-appreciated sinister specimen in Middle-Earth.
We first meet Grima in The Two Towers, when Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf travel to Rohan in order to converse with King Theoden. When they arrive, they find Theoden withered and crazy, all thanks to the influence of Grima Wormtongue. Technically Saruman had a part in the plan as well, but Grima ultimately executed it.
Just by appearance, Grima doesn't look like the most trustworthy of folks. Nevertheless, he is able to manipulate those he needs to just through the power of persuasion. He proves himself to be more than just a back-stabbing snake when he betrays Saruman in The Return of the King (the movie guys, I'm not going by the book here) and, well, stabs him in the back, but it's not that simple. He defends the honor of Rohan once Saruman starts to insult Theoden, proving that Grima isn't just cold and emotionless. He actually has loyalty.