20 Laughably Terrible Batman Villains

Batman has unquestionably the best villains in comics: the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, the list goes on and on. But for every top-tier bad guy Batman battles on a regular basis, there's a corresponding crook who is completely out of his league taking on the Caped Crusader. Here are 20… » 2/28/14 5:20pm 2/28/14 5:20pm

Seeing Through The Eyes Of A BioShock Infinite Villain

(This post has spoilers. Not for the ending of BioShock Infinite, but for things that happen near the end. Proceed with high caution.) The first time you meet him is before you even see him. It’s the shrill call that grabs your attention, a striking pitch that you know can only mean imminent danger. » 4/01/13 4:30pm 4/01/13 4:30pm

Our Psychological Need For Villains and Bosses Explained

Most games have bosses—and there are multiple in-game reasons for that. What punctuation does for sentence structure, video game villains do for narrative: namely, pushing the pacing forward. » 7/27/12 10:00pm 7/27/12 10:00pm

RPGs Deserve A Better Class Of Criminal

Like much of America, I saw The Dark Knight Rises last weekend. Like much of America, I left the theater completely enamored with the vicious (and occasionally ridiculous) villain Bane. » 7/27/12 3:00pm 7/27/12 3:00pm

Why Can't Video Game Villains Be More Vulnerable?

Commenter Fuzzymail wonders why the villains we face in video games can't be just as scared and uncertain as the heroes in today's episode of Speak-Up on kotaku. » 4/14/11 11:20am 4/14/11 11:20am

Who Is Batman's New Enemy, Hugo Strange?

Hugo Strange is a major bad guy in the next Dark Knight video game, Batman: Arkham City. Who is he? He's a villain who has been around since before the Joker. And he's got an obsession. » 12/13/10 4:00pm 12/13/10 4:00pm

Three Spider-Man Villains' Shattered Dimension Makeovers

Take a look at how classic Spider-Man villains Hammerhead, Kraven the Hunter, and the Goblin fare in the transition to the continuity-crossing Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. » 6/01/10 3:40pm 6/01/10 3:40pm

Where Have All the Good Bad Guys Gone?

Every adventure requires an antagonist, someone or something corrupting the world you're in. It's a basic need. Yet why do so many games serve up foes whose evildoing provides more of a chore to be undone than a memorable struggle? » 4/18/10 1:00pm 4/18/10 1:00pm