Top 3 JRPG Villains

I conducted a miniature poll on Twitter last night to try and discover who people's favourite JRPG villains were. There were some fairly obvious candidates from the Final Fantasy series in particular but I was heartened to see some JRPG fans pulling less obvious villains from games such as Baten Kaitos and Shadow Hearts.

That being said, honourable mentions will go to Emporer Mateus Palamecia (Final Fantasy II), Magus (Chrono Trigger) and Adachi (Shin Megami Tensei) for receiving the odd vote here and there but here are Twitter's (well my followers at least) top three JRPG villains and their most evil moments....MWUHAHAHAHA!!!

3. Albert Simon - Shadow Hearts

Best quote:
"I can see... Not perfectly, but I can see the future in store for this world... A few foolish elite will soon bring a tragedy which will inflict great misery upon us all!"

What's his childhood trauma? Following his release from a Vatican prison, Simon had convinced himself that there was no hope for the human race amdist all it's corruption and that the best course of action would be to destroy the world.

How was he planning to do that? By summoning God himself to come down and blow it all up.

Did he succeed? Yes and no. He summoned God but Yuri and co er, killed him/her/it. Yes, in Shadow Hearts you kill God. Nietzsche would have a field day with that! Ultimately though, the world remained intact.

Murder, kidnap and dismemberment all in the first four minutes of the game.

2. Sephiroth - Final Fantasy VII

Best Quote:
"Tell me what you cherish most. Give me the pleasure of taking it away."

What's his childhood trauma? Definite mother issues, a possible necropheliac with an Oedipus complex, things were never going to pan out happily for one of the broodiest, most self-reflecting villains in Final Fantasy history. Turns out to be the result of a biological experiment, doesn't take too kindly to the news, goes on rampage with the intention of destroying the world.

How was he planning to do that? By summoning a big fuck off meteor to obliterate everything to the point where he can merge with the lifestream, use the planet as his cosmic hoverboard and basically become a God.

Did he succeed? Like all of them, he came so close. He did summon Meteor and all looked pretty bleak for the Earth. Fortunately, between Cloud and co, the protective nature of the lifestream and Aeris' final act of summoning Holy to protect the planet, the Earth is saved and everyone is happy...well, except those living in Midgar which was pretty much obliterated.

It's almost cool to hate FFVII now, but the fact this scene still gives me goosebumps is a testament to its fantastic story. Plus, Aeris, you got merked.

1. Kefka - Final Fantasy VI

Best Quote: "I will destroy everything! I will create a monument to non-existence!"

What's his childhood trauma? First human to be infused with magic which unfortunately led him to become a magic wielding psychopath. Sympathisers would have you believe he was a victim of circumstance but it's the fact that Kefka was just evil for the sake of being evil which made him believe he could bring about the end of the world.

How was he planning to do that? Well! By using the power of the espers to raise a floating continent and ultimately to become a God, smiting the millions who refused to worship him.

Did he succeed? He did you know! Not only did he become a God, he also near destroyed the world below the floating continent which became known as the 'World of Ruin'. Ultimately he is defeated and things start returning to normal but he succeeds in mass genocide, ascencion to a higher plane of being and almost total destruction of the world.

Kefka loved to poison a water supply. His capacity for genocidal behaviour progresses exponentially!

So, there you have it. The top three JRPG baddies as chosen by some people on Twitter. Kefka is a worthy winner! Of the three villains here, he probably did the most damage!

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