Horror games are filled with colorful, twisted and depraved characters. In a game that is meant to thrill and scare the player, these characters stand out because of their sheer imaginativeness and their terrifying, bowel-loosening abilities. They can stand toe-to-toe with any major movie villain, and some of them make horror movie villains look pedestrian.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 horror game characters that make Jason Voorhees look like a girl scout selling cookies.
Nemesis – Resident Evil 3
Nemesis has a face that only a mother could love. Time after time, he pops up when you least expect him to and pummels you into oblivion. His T-Virus mutation powers make him an absolute juggernaut, nearly impossible to bring down. He’s got poisoned tentacles that are ridiculously damaging. He also has a freaking rocket launcher. And he has what looks like a million hitpoints. As you keep playing through the game, you’ll start to dread him showing up in the middle of a zombie attack and making your happiness disappear. Run, Jill. Run!
The Witch – Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead was a fantastic zombie shooter experience that gave you a lot of frantic zombie fights, followed by tense periods of exploration as you made you way to your next location. Before the inevitable mob of zombies showed up, sometimes you’d hear a wail in the distance. And you’d think to yourself…
Wait, is someone crying?
Is that a lady?
Hey, lady let me help…
And a couple seconds later, you would be flat on your back, looking up at the monstrous face of The Witch as she pounded your head in. What’s worse, you would have to watch as she tore through the rest of your squad as you lay helpless on the floor.
The Witch is one of Left 4 Dead’s scariest enemies. Just goes to show, if you find a lone woman crying in a dark subway tunnel, you should just get the hell out.
Shodan – System Shock
What’s scarier than a tentacle-spouting rage-virus monster, you ask? How about a computer program?
System Shock was a classic of psychological horror gaming. The main villain in the game was an A.I called SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network). Shodan was scary because it was truly indifferent to your fate. Concepts like morality or ethics didn’t slow Shodan down. If it decided it wanted to kill you, it would. And you had nowhere to run from it. Wherever you go, it would follow. Think of it like Siri, if Siri thought she was a God and decided to exterminate all humans.
Reborn Laura – The Evil Within
Laura Victoriano had a tragic life. And when she was reborn, she turned into one of the most insane villains you’ll ever see in a video game.
Let’s talk for a bit about how Reborn Laura physically looks. An avatar of the rage of Laura and her brother Ruvik, Reborn Laura is an unstoppable demon with six limbs, two of which have razor sharp nails that slice her foes open. She can teleport, and she can also respawn from any corpses that she finds lying around. Whatever ammo and upgrades you might have when you encounter her, make sure you keep your distance. This is another lady that you DO NOT want to get close to.
Pyramid Head – Silent Hill 2
Without a doubt, Pyramid Head is the most iconic villain from the Silent Hill series. After you’ve recovered from the abject terror of looking at this walking purveyor of death and destruction, you have to marvel at the originality of the character. Let’s face it, Pyramid head looks cool. Terrifying, but cool.
If you aren’t already convinced that Pyramid Head is plain nasty, wait till you see what he does with the other demons in the game. Yes, those same demons that you’ve spend the last several hours running from. Pyramid Head has them for breakfast and well, does other things that you should see for yourself. He even made it to the movie version, where he literally skins a character with one hand.
Yes. You read that right.
What other video game characters do you think belong on this list? We’d love to know in the comments which other demonic, disgusting characters have scared you during your gaming sessions. Love Survival Horror video games? Check out our list of some of the best retro horro video games.