The 50 Greatest Video Game Villains Of All Time

Credit: Matt Becker (compilation); Capcom, NetherRealm, Nintendo (artwork)
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Far Cry 3 - Vaas
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Greatest Video Game Villains – #9 Vaas Montenegro

Game(s): Far Cry 3

Background: Vaas was the poster character and one of the primary antagonists in the third installment in the Far Cry series. He is one of the most memorable characters in the game, and is a perfect example of how a villain can really be the defining element of a game’s story. Vaas captures the main protagonist, Jason, along with his friends when they go skydiving over the Rook Islands in Thailand. His unpredictability was immediately shown after he shot Jason’s brother Grant in the neck, but decided to let Jason escape. His violent acts against innocent people on the island and his numerous attempts to kill Jason always kept the excitement level high throughout the game.

Why He’s One Of The Greatest Video Game Villains: Vaas was truly the star of Far Cry 3 and one of the greatest villains in video games. He represents true insanity: one minute he would seem relatively calm, the next he would be screaming and have no problem killing someone at the drop of a hat. Vaas’ insanity monologue perfectly defines him as a villain. In this memorable speech, he explains that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, yet Vaas himself does that exact same thing. As crazy as he was, his energy levels and personality made the game extremely exciting and entertaining. Vaas’ importance in the storyline was really shown when after his death partway through the game, the game really slows down and loses a lot of steam.

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