The bossiest of bosses are counted down in our retrospective through long, breathless nights with sweaty palms, thrown controllers and endless battles against the baddest-ass villains we've ever faced -- both new and old-school. Of course, with these famous foes, it's a love/hate relationship. Did your favorites make the list? Comment and let us know!
47. Richter Belmont (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
It was a shock for fans of the Castlevania series to see a Belmont as the lord of Dracula's castle, but this was only one of several storyline stunners in the masterpiece that was Symphony.
46. Vega (Street Fighter II)
You've never felt pain until you've felt the pain inflicted by a ninja bullfighter! Zesty!
45. The Colossi (Shadow of the Colossus)
Towering mythological titans, perhaps the most impressive and fearsome creatures ever rendered in a videogame, and incredibly cinematic experiences that had us checking to make sure this was still the PlayStation 2... need we say more?
44. Carmen Sandiego (Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?)
When you're famous enough that every child in the world is hunting for you, it's clear that you've made your name with an impressive legacy of villainy. Did anyone ever really know what Sandiego did wrong, though? (Answer: she was a thief).
43. Kane (Command & Conquer)
Kane was the diabolical leader behind the shady Brotherhood of Nod organization, which plotted to take over the world. And, as the storyline implies, he may just have been the immortal Biblical figure Cain. Living up to that rep, he went ahead and murdered his own brother. "I ain't your keeper, dude!"
42. Dahlia Gillespie (Silent Hill)
This would-be antichrist (and hella creepy old hag) is the ringleader of the dark cult that draws its power from the supernatural reckonings within the town of Silent Hill. (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
41. Lady Vox (EverQuest)
Every EQ raiding party cut their teeth on this vicious dragon, an encounter that paved the way for WarCraft's Lady Onyxia. Getting WTFZOMGPWNED by this beast is just a rite of passage in MMO gaming.
40. Albert Wesker (Resident Evil series)
A modern-day Cavendish, Albert Wesker was once an honorable member of the S.T.A.R.S. special forces unit that has been drawn to the disturbing events of Raccoon City in the various Resident Evil games. However, he betrayed his comrades and has taken the helm of a shadowy organization that seems to have an agenda for the disturbing biohazard outbreak... and the story continues to unfold. (Photo Courtesty of Wikipedia)
39. Dr. Wily (Mega Man series)
Clearly a standout from the overcrowded school of mad scientists, Dr. Wily has gone on to terrorize the honorable Dr. Light... who, in turn, apparently didn't get into the overcrowded school of elderly chosen-one teachers for nothing-he also can create great robots, like Mega Man!
38. The Thief (Zork)
Okay, dude... I'm so dedicated to this damn game that I'm gonna go through the trouble of typing all of my actions and just read text to create the entire scenario in my head. Yep, that's right... type. In my leisure time... I'm gonna read. And you're gonna come along steal my crap? Again and again? You, good sir, suck.
37. The Creator (The Final Fantasy Legend)
If you want to ask God himself why He needs a starship, you can find Him as the final boss of this game. You gotta wonder... how many hit points did the developers give God?
36. Ragnaros (World of WarCraft)
Big, spiraling lava dude at the end of Molten Core, the first truly epic dungeon of World of WarCraft (requiring a 40-man raid party). Before the Burning Crusade, Ragnaros was the threshold between hardcore and lite WoW players. If you'd beaten him, you were a playa, player.
35. Officer Tenpenny (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
This corrupt police officer is a masterful puppeteer, manipulating Los Santos' cops, its gangs, its community and its seedy drug runners, eventually resulting in an all-out riot. You gotta respect a guy who takes a stand and says, "No, man. We can't all just get along." (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)
34. Lavos (Chronotrigger)
You've heard one story of an alien parasite who came to Earth 65 billion years ago, you've heard 'em all. Unless you're talking about the diabolical Lavos, who had three distinct phases and then two parts in his final phase and then a whole 'other form in Chrono Cross. My boy goes through more makeovers than Madonna.
33. Kefka (Final Fantasy VI)
Let's face it-we could populate this entire list with characters solely from Square games. And yeah, there will be a couple more. But this guy enslaved our girl Terra and, let's face it, committed genocide. I mean, it's not like he threw some fireballs at us. Homey killed billions.
32. Evil Otto (Berzerk)
Don't judge us for putting this bouncing smiley face in front of the guy who killed billions. Look, you try playing the frantic neural spasm that is Berzerk and tell us if Evil Otto doesn't freak you out too. (Photo Courtesy of classicgaming.com)
31. The Flood (Halo: Combat Evolved)
The arrival of the Flood marked a completely unforeseen turning point in Halo's previously straightforward storytelling, but the developers were too busy throwing a brutal, unforgiving assault at Master Chief to stop and pat themselves on the back. Now THAT is adrenaline.
30. M. Bison (Street Fighter II)
This guy had the nerve to look you dead in the face, threaten your very soul and then tell you he represents an organization called Shadoloo. That's brave, man. You get the image of him busting into a breakdance fight against Sha Na Na. (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)