The 50 Greatest Video Game Villains Of All Time

Credit: Matt Becker (compilation); Capcom, NetherRealm, Nintendo (artwork)
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Skull Kid
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Greatest Video Game Villains – #8 Skull Kid

Game(s): The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Background: When children get lost in the Lost Woods, they are said to turn into the scarecrow-like Skull Kids. One particular Skull Kid managed to steal the ancient Majora’s Mask from a mysterious salesman and became engulfed by the evil stored within the mask. Using the powers of the mask, the creepy trickster pulls down the moon and directs it straight towards the land of Termina. Within three days time, he actually destroys the world! Of course, Link is the Hero of Time and via time travel prevents the end of the world, setting up the plot for one of the most unique stories in the Legend of Zelda series.

Why He’s One Of The Greatest Video Game Villains: Skull Kid’s creepy personality and appearance really set him apart as an unforgettable villain. Nothing sets the tone of a game more than a sinister, creepy scarecrow child trying to demolish the world. And alternate universes/time traveling aside, he actually manages to pull it off, putting him into an elite group of successful video game villains. While the evil Majora that inhabits the infamous mask is calling all the shots, it’s Skull Kid himself that characterizes the evil Link must pursue and stop to save the world. Skull Kid earns a top spot in our list as one of the weirdest and most eerie child villains to ever exist.

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