Hello. Fortunately, in modern video games, protagonists have often stopped fighting absolute evil, and antagonists have received motivation and their goals. Every interesting antihero has its own story and moral compass. Perhaps it seems to many to be wrong, but sometimes the villains are even right about something. Let’s see which of the bad guys in the games was not so wrong in their aspirations.
Pagan Min (Far Cry 4)
The famous Pagan Min from Far Cry 4 character is more than charismatic. Despite the fact that he is hit hard in terms of cruelty, but this cruelty has a very solid foundation. Min argues that the Golden Way rebels in Kirat are little more than a bunch of well-organized terrorists. And this is not far from the truth. The rebels are still frostbitten guys, doing all kinds of game in the name, as they believe, of justice. Once the leader of the Golden Way killed the daughter of Pagan Ming, and the girl’s mother fled the country. No wonder the players are given a choice – you can kill Ming, or trust him during dinner at the beginning of the game. Then he will really help the hero. So even a villain like Ming has notions of honor and turns out to be not so wrong in his efforts to destroy the Golden Path.
Joker (Batman: Arkham Origins)
Hardly anyone will doubt that the Joker is a villain, insane and strange. In Batman: Arkham Origins, the hero only gets to know his main enemies. During one of the meetings, the Joker tells Batman that it took him only a few days to do what Batman took two years to do, and even then with varying success. The Joker managed to kill the corrupt Gotham Police Commissioner and remove the influential city manager from his post, at the same time showing that his prison is completely useless. It turns out that it is often more effective to bypass all norms and rules than to fight evil, acting within the law.
William Johnson (Assassin’s Creed III)
In Assassin’s Creed III was William Johnson, a Templar who kill Connor. At first glance, Johnson seems to be acting like a typical invader – he grabs power and influence wherever he can reach. But his goal is to create a place for local people to live without being attacked by the growing colonists. Johnson tries to buy the lands of the Iroquois, but they refuse, and then he threatens to destroy them. Already not his deathbed, Johnson admits that his goal was to protect the indigenous people, because ultimately the colonists will seize all the lands, killing the locals, or sending them to reservations. And yet this villain was right.
Superman (Injustice: Gods Among Us)
Superhero stories from comics have a lot in common, but sometimes the actions of defenders defy logical explanations. Instead of destroying the villain, he can be given a second chance, or sent to prison, from which he can easily escape. The system is broken – evil triumphs. But the dark hypostasis of Superman from Injustice: Gods Among Us is a completely different matter. This antihero decided to destroy evil by establishing an authoritarian regime in the world. He understands that the actions of heroes who refuse to kill villains are ineffective, and while they are chewing liquid snot, it is necessary to fight the dark system, even if using the same methods.
Arthas Menethil (Warcraft III and World of Warcraft)
Arthas Menethil is the famous Lich King from Warcraft III and World of Warcraft . One day, the demon Mal’Ganis sent a plague that turns the infected into terrible zombies. Arthas rushed to defend Stratholme, but he ran out of time. Despite the fact that there were still people in the city, they had already become infected, so Arthas ordered to kill the inhabitants and burn the city. Jaina Proudmoore and Uther the Lightbringer left Arthas. If those two had stayed, Warcraft’s history could have changed dramatically, and Arthas probably wouldn’t have become the Lich King.
Wallace Breen (Half-Life 2)
When aliens attacked Earth, enslaving humanity, Dr. Wallace Breen from Half-Life 2 , as a UN envoy, agreed to surrender. To many it seemed a betrayal, and strangers put him at the head of the government, which should suppress the uprising against them. Its forces do not shun dirty tactics, from propaganda to deadly raids. Brin adheres to the tactics that this is how humanity can be saved from total destruction. Was Bryn really wrong to take power into his own hands? By and large, humanity had little choice – either to sink into oblivion at the hands of the Alliance, or to live under their heel, hoping to someday crush the invincible aliens.
Zoltun Kull (Diablo III)
Zoltun Kull is a member of the ancient Horadrim order. The infamous Dark Horadrim. Long ago, it was he who helped found the Horadrim Order. At first, the magician drowned for justice, but then switched to the dark side, creating the Black Soul Stone, which was supposed to imprison the souls of the most powerful angels and demons. As a result, Kull was defeated. But did Kull do that badly? He always said that he could return divine powers to humanity. But in the end, the hero kills Zoltun, thereby launching a destructive chain of events. Perhaps, if Kull remained alive, then people could reach other limits of understanding themselves and the universe.