The 50 Greatest Video Game Villains Of All Time

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Heavy Rain - Origami Killer
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Greatest Video Game Villains – #42 Origami Killer

Game(s): Heavy Rain

Background: The Origami Killer is the serial killer and main antagonist in the interactive crime drama adventure Heavy Rain. The game focuses on solving the mystery behind the kidnapping and murder of a young boy, the ninth such case in three years. The killer is known for drowning their victims (always young boys) in rainwater and leaving an origami figure and orchid with the dead body, earning them the name “Origami Killer.” The killer is also notorious for presenting a series of disturbing trials for the father of the victims to save their sons, drawing parallels with Jigsaw from the Saw movies. The killer is revealed (or not, depending on the player’s choices) at the end of the game to actually be one of the playable characters who lost his brother at a young age from drowning in a well.

Why He’s One Of The Greatest Video Game Villains: A serial killer that kidnaps young boys and puts their father’s through tortuous trials to save their lives? Talk about a seriously creepy psychopath. The killer captures little boys, locking them in a storm drain that slowly fills up with rainwater over time. Meanwhile, he tortures the fathers through various trials who will do anything to save their sons. These fathers go so far as to cut their fingers off, crawl through glass and electric wire, and even kill random strangers. But the most messed up part is that the killer never has any intention of sparing his victims, no matter how far the fathers are willing to go. It’s revealed in the last chapter of the game that the killer lost his brother when their father was too drunk to save him from a well. The killer in turn decided to re-enact the scenario with numerous random young boys. Talk about some serious mental issues.

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