The 50 Greatest Video Game Villains Of All Time

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Greatest Video Game Villains – #37 Talbot

Game(s): Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Background: The primary antagonist of Uncharted 3, Talbot is one of Nathan Drake’s greatest rivals. He is the right-hand man to his mentor Kate Marlowe, the leader of the secretive ancient Hermetic Order. Although Marlowe is technically making the decisions, Talbot as the head of the combat decisions is the one who gets to handle most of the dirty work. Tablot has mysterious and occult characteristics, inexplicably surviving what should have been a fatal gunshot wound and using hallucinogenic darts in his encounters with Drake and company. In the final mission of the game, Drake and Talbot go head to head in the City of Brass. After Marlowe dies in quicksand, Talbot fights Drake in hand-to-hand combat, ending with Drake shooting him. He is the only principal antagonist in the Uncharted series to be killed during actual gameplay.

Why He’s One Of The Greatest Video Game Villains: Talbot is considered the anti-Drake in almost every facet. They are both of similar age and physical appearance, and posses similar physical abilities and intelligence. Tablot’s relationship with Marlowe also draws parallels to Drake’s acquaintance with his mentor Sully. Talbot cares little for anyone except himself and Marlowe, and expresses deep rage after her death that resulted in his own demise. His sadistic and manipulative personality makes him an easy target of hatred and makes his defeat all the more satisfying. His dark association with the occult and use of hallucinogens make for some trippy encounters during the game. The mystery behind Talbot and his narrative rivalry with Drake make him an all-around solid villain.

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