Favorite "Minor" Villains

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Being awfully specific, aren't I?

I've seen a good number of topics about everyone's favorite big bads and all. You have your Lights, Saurons, Friezas, Ganons, and so on but sometimes you gotta give a shout out to the little guy.

I'm talking about the minor villains; the advisors, lieutenants, accomplices and even Rank'n'File foot soldiers serving the main antagonist. Lots of villains need someone to do
their grunt work and these work nicely. They can be sympathetic, comedic, fanatical, ambitious, anything really.

For an example, I'll put up this pretty critter.

I've always liked Tolkien's Orcs. They're a "neat" symbol for corruption and depravity, and they seem more interesting to me than the goody-goody Elves. They squabble amongst each other and are divided all throughout Middle-Earth, unable to be an effective fighting force against the major powers of the free peoples. Without someone strong enough to lead their rabbles, that is.

Here's Gothmog from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. He led Minas Morgul's armies to take Osgiliath and lay siege to the White City. Ruthless, cunning and vicious, he represented the coming tide of evil with a good set of actions and a single quote. "The age of Men is over. The time of the Orc has come!".

Sure, he was subservient to the Witch-King but someone needed to lead the boots on the ground.

Share some of yours.

These two in Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door. In the context of this game, Bowser and Kammy Koopa are just comic relief pranksters compared to the main villains. You do fight them near the end, but for this game they are a small time threat. For the most part you follow Bowser in short playable sequences as he gets annoyed by how he was not the one to kidnap Princess Peach, and just having a lousy time in general trailing behind Mario. It's funny how Bowser is a really good character when he is not the main villain of a Mario game.

Well, I gotta say:

Maximilian - The Black Hole

Silvanus:

Considering your avatar, I'm surprised you didn't go with this rather obvious choice:

Or my favorite baddies from the Venture Brothers:

Orin Scrivello from Little Shop of Horrors. This guy is the sadistic dentist and boyfriend of Audrey. He is also the draw for Seymour to feed the plant. Also, this:

J.McMillen:
Maximilian - The Black Hole

Holy shit I forgot all about that movie! With the trash cans and weird space jumping god tunnel thingy...

I must watch that movie again.

I can't think of a minor villain right now, I'll edit one in later (or someone can just quote me and edit in someone amazing then give me credit for it, thats cool to)

Algus from Final Fantasy Tactics

Malone from Highlander: The Animated Series. I really, really like that masked, mischiveous man.

Zetsu from the Manga/Anime Naruto:


A fairly weak character compared to his teammates-Zetsu is a strange plant-like being that serves as Akatsuki's [A group of rogue ninja terrorist's] spy, lookout, and corpse disposal [he eats Humans].

He possesses Literal Split Personalities [White half is carefree and playful-dark half is serious and menacing] that talk to each other, and was the only Akatsuki member who is never shown with a partner, because he can be his own partner.

He can perfectly blend into the background (sometimes by use of a Venus flytrap thing). He is capable of recording events, such as Naruto and Sasuke's fight at the Valley of the End for others to view.

He also one of the only member's to know who the true leader of the organization is and is there closest confidant and plays a huge part near the end of the series despite his previous weak nature and background like status.

Ty Lee from Avatar TLA.
One of the best things about that show was the the way that characters had depth, and the resulting blurring of the good guy/bad guy dichotomy. Ty Lee is a great example of this, she works with Azula partially because of their long-standing friendship, but mostly out of fear.
Plus that little pout she often had after knocking someone out was so darn cute!

I don't know what it is about Scarecrow, but he is quite an impressive villain in Batman Begins, and stole the show in Arkham Asylum. I'm actually glad he's only a minor villain though, because I'd hate for him to be overplayed.

Little Woodsman:
Ty Lee from Avatar TLA.
One of the best things about that show was the the way that characters had depth, and the resulting blurring of the good guy/bad guy dichotomy. Ty Lee is a great example of this, she works with Azula partially because of their long-standing friendship, but mostly out of fear.
Plus that little pout she often had after knocking someone out was so darn cute!

Ty Lee, Mai and Azula were the best! Most of my favorite episodes were where they featured.

Amon's henchman Lieutenant was great too. He's probably the most dangerous non-bender from both series, able to go toe-to-toe with Team Korra.

There are plenty of great villains. For example, Professor Hojo from Final Fantasy VII. The father of Sephiroth, he experimented on him in the womb, left Vincent for dead, lied to his son about his mother, and just didn't give a fuck about anything or anyone. I don't think he showed any love or affection to his own son.

When you meet him in Crisis Core, he barely even seems interested in the day's events. Even when said events are likely coming for his life! He treats Zack like some sort of guinea pig because that's all he was to Hojo. Add in everything else we learn about him, and I frankly use Hojo as a scale by which I judge other people's villainy.
"That's Hojo evil."

Other great villains include:

Seed and Culgan from Suikoden 2. They were enemies you regularly fought, but it was hard not to respect them. They only wanted to protect their country. And even fought to do so until the end. Their dying breaths were fighting side by side against you until they could stand to fight no more.

Leader's Force from Brave Fencer Musashi. A group of three seemingly comical characters whom each think they are the leader, hence the name. They seem like nothing but comic relief. Then, late in the game you fight each one of them one on one. Each one is a capable fighter. And the third one, Tomo, you fight in a "Dance of Death". Dance or Die, indeed.

Prince Schneizal from Code Geass. Few people could go toe to toe with Lelouch in terms of intelligence, but Schneizal was as capable and maybe even more so. Half of his genius is how no one seems to realize that he is every bit as bad as Lelouch. He uses people just as much as Lelouch, maybe even more so. But because he does so with a smile and a bit of humble charm, everyone thinks he's some great noble and gentle man. In reality, people are easier to use if they think you are so noble.

As well as several others which have been mentioned. 20 and 21 are the best. And Team Azula is great!

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GINYU FORCE RULES, GINYU FORCE RULES, TOKUSENTAI! The Ginyu Force, of course. Specifically, I love the Ocean Dub version of them. The name's recoome, it rhymes with doom, and you're gonna be hurtin' all too soon!

drummodino:

Little Woodsman:
Ty Lee from Avatar TLA.
One of the best things about that show was the the way that characters had depth, and the resulting blurring of the good guy/bad guy dichotomy. Ty Lee is a great example of this, she works with Azula partially because of their long-standing friendship, but mostly out of fear.
Plus that little pout she often had after knocking someone out was so darn cute!

Ty Lee, Mai and Azula were the best! Most of my favorite episodes were where they featured.

Amon's henchman Lieutenant was great too. He's probably the most dangerous non-bender from both series, able to go toe-to-toe with Team Korra.

Hee hee, yeah. Whenever someone asks what my favorite episode is I always say "Fire Nation Va...Uhh, I mean Boiling Rock Part II."
(Of course *that* part in Boiling Rock II was probably my favorite Ty Lee moment ever.....)

Little Woodsman:
Hee hee, yeah. Whenever someone asks what my favorite episode is I always say "Fire Nation Va...Uhh, I mean Boiling Rock Part II."
(Of course *that* part in Boiling Rock II was probably my favorite Ty Lee moment ever.....)

That's everyone's favorite Ty Lee moment :P. Boiling Rock was the best.

Is there a cooler looking rank & file unit than the original Storm Troopers from the 70/80's Star Wars films?

Get my vote anyway.

drummodino:

Little Woodsman:
Ty Lee from Avatar TLA.
One of the best things about that show was the the way that characters had depth, and the resulting blurring of the good guy/bad guy dichotomy. Ty Lee is a great example of this, she works with Azula partially because of their long-standing friendship, but mostly out of fear.
Plus that little pout she often had after knocking someone out was so darn cute!

Ty Lee, Mai and Azula were the best! Most of my favorite episodes were where they featured.

Amon's henchman Lieutenant was great too. He's probably the most dangerous non-bender from both series, able to go toe-to-toe with Team Korra.

That poor dude can't catch a break.. he was awesome at the start but by the end the guy was just getting stepped on by everyone... I hope he makes a pop up in the new season. even a cameo to show that the guy's moved on with his life. He deserves it.

Saltyk:

Seed and Culgan from Suikoden 2. They were enemies you regularly fought, but it was hard not to respect them. They only wanted to protect their country. And even fought to do so until the end. Their dying breaths were fighting side by side against you until they could stand to fight no more.

Just for this... you are now my most favorite person on this site.

Anyway moving along. I guess I gotta give my title to the ever determined Terminal Guardian in SMT4 (best one I can think of from anything i've played recently.) Poor guy tries to so hard every time.

For me it would have to be the King of Twilight himself: Zant.

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... right up until he went full retard at least.

Captcha: confused cosby. Well, they do say the darnedest things...

Over 20 posts in and these guys haven't been mentioned yet?

I are disappoint. I loved these guys and their wacky antics! X)

Favorite minor villain eh? Easy.

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Introduced as a sparring partner and typical schoolyard bully, his own internal battles rage on as the Sorceress' war escalates. He tries to do what he feels is "right," and due to his naivete he's easily manipulated by a woman he thinks he loves. Capable enough to lead a large army to war, strong enough in combat to be feared, his attitude problems and immaturity are recurring themes, preventing him from realizing his full potential.

Over the course of the game you see him (and his friends) re-evaluating their goals, their purposes, their entire lives as events unravel around them. When he's finally

Seifer was one of the few characters in FF8 that actually *acted his age*, had realistic personality flaws, and whose character arc rivaled that of the main character's own. He wasn't a bad guy because he wanted kill everyone or rule every piece of land; he was protecting someone he loved, trying to live up to his romantic dream and his immature/naive notions of chivalry. All in all a really well-put-together minor villain.

edgecult:
That poor dude can't catch a break.. he was awesome at the start but by the end the guy was just getting stepped on by everyone... I hope he makes a pop up in the new season. even a cameo to show that the guy's moved on with his life. He deserves it.

I doubt it, he's most likely in prison now.

Most recent example would be Vaaaaaaaas from Far Cry 3.

But my favorite is Sho Minamoto from The World Ends with You

for me its general grevious or darth maul (until the robo leg thing)

Auron225:
Over 20 posts in and these guys haven't been mentioned yet?

I are disappoint. I loved these guys and their wacky antics! X)

Are those really minor villains? They appear in pretty much every episode doing something evil or greedy. The "evil overlords" like Giovanni have a ridiculously small amount of screen time in comparison, and the protags typically don't interact with them, but team rocket are about as "main" as ash, brock and misty.

I gotta give it up to Marauder Shields from ME3. His struggle was real and his cause noble.

AuronFtw:

Auron225:
Over 20 posts in and these guys haven't been mentioned yet?

I are disappoint. I loved these guys and their wacky antics! X)

Are those really minor villains? They appear in pretty much every episode doing something evil or greedy. The "evil overlords" like Giovanni have a ridiculously small amount of screen time in comparison, and the protags typically don't interact with them, but team rocket are about as "main" as ash, brock and misty.

They are if Zant & Scarecrow count! True they were always around but they were grunts of the organisation and they never won, like ever. They didn't even know why they had to capture Pikachu, they were just following orders. Even as a kid, I never feared them or feared for Ash & crew on their behalf - they just made me laugh.

I'd say Giovanni and Team Rocket as a whole were the major villains but not Jessie & James. Maybe we just have different definitions of major/minor though.

I really like most of Mortal Kombats Roster Filler Villians like Baraka, Kano, Ermac, Noob, Reptile, Rain, Sheeva who seriously do nothing apart from show up when someone needs an ass to kick.

I can kind of forgive that since its a fighting game, sort of. ish.

Okay so he wasn't fooling a single person into thinking he would actually become your eighth party member, not even when he became playable and had his own Overdrive (that would have been quite the twist though if you really could cure his insanity and get him to join you, sort of like Magus in Chrono Trigger). Still very creepy and powerful enemy who is personal in a way that Sin simply can't be.

As I have mentioned before, with the exception of Lulu he carries out personal attacks against every one of your party members... which drives each of them to get 'Talk' commands with him that increase their stats for that battle. When Auron is so angry at you that his strength stat suddenly doubles, you'd better be ready to take a pounding.

mysecondlife:
Most recent example would be Vaaaaaaaas from Far Cry 3.

But my favorite is Sho Minamoto from The World Ends with You

I fear any man or beast that can weaponize pure MATH to such a frightening level...

Level i flare anyone?

WhiteFangofWar:

Okay so he wasn't fooling a single person into thinking he would actually become your eighth party member, not even when he became playable and had his own Overdrive (that would have been quite the twist though if you really could cure his insanity and get him to join you, sort of like Magus in Chrono Trigger). Still very creepy and powerful enemy who is personal in a way that Sin simply can't be.

As I have mentioned before, with the exception of Lulu he carries out personal attacks against every one of your party members... which drives each of them to get 'Talk' commands with him that increase their stats for that battle. When Auron is so angry at you that his strength stat suddenly doubles, you'd better be ready to take a pounding.

Pfff, hhhh...hhhhhhaaaaahhhhhh...show....restraint...pssshhh...hhhhhhghhghhhhh...pffffhhhahhHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Ok, I'm calm and HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THAT GUYS HAIR?!

No really, what the fuck is that? Like some kind of fucking blue horns. Who the hell designed that thing? Who the tell though "hmm, we need a villain, I KNOW, this is a great fucking design that reflects that." I mean, for fucks sake man, look yourself in the mirror, holy crap dude, what the hell is that hair?

Pokey in Earthbound aka the original Cartman

Ozzie and Azala in Chrono Trigger

Spike and Dru in Buffy. At least before Spike went max EMO/stalker/tragic hero/comic relief. Dru left him for a good reason.

Saffron in Firefly. I would go to the special hell.

Vincent in Silent Hill 3

Gollum in The Lord of the Rings

Gilgamesh in FF5. I even have a figure of him, and its badass.

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