The 50 Greatest Video Game Villains Of All Time

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Greatest Video Game Villains – #45 Diablo

Game(s): Diablo series

Background: The Lord of Terror and one of the three prime evils that rules over hell, Diablo is the title character and primary antagonist of the hack-and-slash action-RPG series Diablo. He is one of the seven great evils that make up “Satan” in the Diablo universe. For billions of years the war between the angels of heaven and the demons of hell was waged. During the time of man, the three prime evils of hell led by Diablo sought to use their influence over the mortal realm to conquer the heavens. Despite numerous imprisonments and banishments, Diablo used manipulation and the possession over humans to break confinements and continue his war, wrecking chaos among humanity in the process. The player controlled Nephalem is tasked with stopping Diablo and the Prime Evils, and faces Diablo as a boss in every Diablo game.

Why He’s One Of The Greatest Video Game Villains: Diablo is arguably the most creative and farsighted of the Great Evils, using his cunning and patient personality to his advantage in his quest for conquest. Terror is his choice of weapon, striking when the enemy turns their back in fear. He feeds more on terror than he does the conquest and pain that results from it. Diablo’s power over fear is so immense that he is considered to be the most deadly of the prime evils. Diablo is always thinking ahead, having backup plans in case of his defeat, including impregnating and possessing humans. He is the final boss of Diablo I, a primary boss in Diablo II, and the end boss of the main Diablo III story. These encounters are intense and challenging, especially when played at higher difficulty levels. What is more epic than taking down the frightful Lord of Terror himself deep in the chasms of hell?

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