Now, there are a lot of enemies in video games. And I means a LOT! However, there are also the ones that are… terrifying. Now, before I start, some rules. These are only games that I played and only one per franchise. Also, I AM including enemies from horror games, as long as they are scary. Also, they need to have originated from video games, so that means that Slender Man, SCPs, and the Aliens from the Alien games are all out. Now, lets start the list.
#20: Big Sisters from Bioshock 2 - Now, these enemies aren’t all that scary themselves. Its more of the backstory of them that scares me. The Big Sisters were once Little Sisters, who had grown, and ended up going insane, and once they were exposed to the ADAM substance, they grew taller, and became more stronger. That is just really freaky. Shame you forget about them WHEN THEY ARE FUCKING KILLING YOU! HOW ARE THEY SO HARD TO KILL!
#19: The Dahaka from Prince of Persia: Warrior Within - The Dahaka is the Prince of Persia’s version of death. He is a giant black monster who was supposed to take the Prince away after he died, but since he was able to avoid death, the Dahaka has been chasing him ever since. This means that the Prince is always forced to run for his life when the Dahaka finds him, making him extra creepy. However, he is immune to water, so when you get the sword that is the Dahaka’s weakness, it kinda makes him a pushover. Still damn creepy though
#18: Dirge from Shadow of the Colossus - This is probably the closest we could ever get to having any of the games Colossi look like a monster. Dirge is a large snake like Colossus that will hide in the sand and chase you. Of course, the first thing you spot are his creepy eyes. This thing is so fast, that not even getting away on horseback will save you. Oh, and did I mention that Dirge is the only Colossus in the entire game that actually tries to eat you alive? … Yeah, kinda makes him scary, doesn’t it
#17: Cherubs from Doom 3 - Oh my god, these things. Cherubs are probably the most disturbing enemies on this list. They are a sort of infants that has insect wings, white eyes, large claws, and no legs, but instead, a flies abdomen. Ugh. They will always fly at you and will try to attack you in packs, which makes them extra scary. Hell, I’m surprised they even managed to be in the game all. I mean, we all know people would get mad at seeing THESE THINGS in a game like Doom
#16: Scissorman from Clock Tower - What makes Scissorman so goddamn scary is the feeling you get when he’s around. Scissorman is a psychotic killer who chases you around with a giant pair of scissors and tries to kill you. He is always following you no matter where you go and can appear in any place you would least expect him. You can’t kill him, so the the only thing you can do is hide somewhere, and just hope he doesn’t find you. I like this, as it gives off a fact that the killer is more powerful than you. If only horror games did that nowadays
#15: Beelzebub from Castlevania:Symphony of the Night - What do you think the conversation was like when they made this boss. “Okay, anyone got any ideas for a boss… Oh, a giant rotting corpse with flies and maggots. Perfect”. Yep, Beelzebub is a giant rotting corpse that attacks you with having giant flies swarm at you, and having maggots try and poison you. Every time you hit him, a chunk of flesh falls off. Before you know it, Beelzebub will just be a rotting head. That alone makes him pretty gross.
#14: Headcrabs from Half-Life - Headcrabs are a form of alien life form that which look like something out of a bee-horror movie. They will give off this creepy screech when they leap at you. Sure, they may seem pathetic, since just two hits with a crowbar will kill them, but the thing is, what will they do if they latch onto you. Well, the Headcrabs are also able to latch onto people, and control them, turning them into Headcrab Zombies, and can turn them into three different types, like the usual Headcrab Zombies, the fast Headcrab Zombies, and the very annoying Poison Headcrab Zombies. Well, at least they bothered to give off some variety to their creepy invasion of a humans body.
#13: Enderman from Minecraft - Sure, the Creeper may be scary, but all he does is hiss and blow up. The Enderman does so much more. Now, the Enderman is based off of the Slender Man. If that doesn’t make him scary already, I don’t know what does. If you look at an Enderman, he will just stare at you. But, if you make eye contact with him, he will begin to attack you. And if that wasn’t bad enough, if you make eye contact with him from a distance, he will begin to teleport right towards you. Jesus, they just wanted this thing to be nightmarish
#12: Sinistar from Sinistar - Lets go back to the past. Sinistar was a 1982 game where a spaceship must destroy an evil monster, or he will die. And, for an enemy that originated from the arcade, he’s pretty damn creepy. When he comes to life, he will instantly begin chasing you, while he starts making a bunch of threats and even starts giving a terrifying roar. And if Sinistar does catch you, he doesn’t just kills you, but he eats you and your ship. and people say that old games aren’t scary
#11: Hybrids from System Shock 2 - The Hybrids are a lot like the Headcrab Zombies, only with less variety, but much more scary. The Hybrids are a bunch of zombies like monsters who were once humans, but had their minds taken over by these things that are called Worms. Once they were taken over, the Worms made the humans go and start killing people. What makes Hybrids extra horrifying is the fact that they are always asking you to end their suffering whenever you are walking down an empty corridor. That’s just disturbing
#10: Dead Hand from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Now, there are two equally scary places in Ocarina of Time. The Bottom of the Well, and the Shadow Temple. What makes these places scary are Redeads, Gibdos, Wallmasters, invisible pits, and, of course, the mini boss, Dead Hand. Dead Hand is a white monster with a giraffe neck, stubs for arms, and a jaw that can stretch wide enough to bite your whole head. The only way for Dead Hand to appear is if you walk into his large arms that stick out of the ground and let them grab you. Then, that is when Dead Hand will come out and try to eat you. Let me remind you, this was an E RATED game
#9: Hunter from Dead Space - While easily any necromorph could have taken this spot, it was the Hunter that beat them all. And for one reason. Regeneration. The Hunter is a powerful necromorph that was created just to hunt you down. What’s worse is that, no matter what you do, even if you cut off his head, he will just regenerate. He’s like the Regenerator’s from Resident Evil 4, only, you have no infrared scope, so, all you can do is run. thankfully though, he is weak against shuttle flames, so use those the VERY SECOND you find them
#8: Witch from Left 4 Dead - Just like Dead Space, anyone of the enemies from Left 4 Dead could have taken this spot. So, why the Witch… Well, WHY NOT!? The Witch is always seen crying in a dark area. You could try sneaking past her, which is usually the smarter way. The only way to do that is to turn off your lights and walk past her slowly. However, if you attack her, she will chase after you, and will try, and probably succeed, and killing you. Once she hits you, you will go down in one hit, so, if you want to attack her, be my guest. Just, try not to die… which will probably happen anyway
#7: The Flood from Halo - What? More enemies that take over the bodies of others. There sure are a lot of those in video games now that I think about it. The Flood is an alien race that was believed to be so dangerous, the Forerunners actually crashed a ship in an attempt to starve The Flood to death. However, that backfired, and we are greeted with these fucking things. Sure, their first attack sight in Halo 1 was scary enough, but they are at their worst in Halo 3, because, they have different forms, and you can actually see them take over a persons body. That’s just terrifying.
#6: Broken Neck from Fatal Frame - Now, when it comes to Japan, it is pretty obvious that they are masters of horror. Broken Neck is a perfect example. Little is known about this ghost, other then she jumped off the Moon Observatory and hung herself. What makes her scary, (other than the obvious broken neck) is that, unlike the other ghosts, her head is twisted, so her face is pointing in the opposite direction, meaning you’ll have to try and change your tactics while in battle. Pretty freaky if you ask me
#5: Crimson Heads from Resident Evil - Now, trust me, the zombies themselves are scary as hell enough. BUT, what the game didn’t tell us was that, if you don’t burn a zombies body, or at least shoot their heads off, then they will come back to life as a faster, and stronger zombie. That is the Crimson Head for you. These things will get up the VERY second you pass by their corpse. Once they do, RUN! Don’t even bother fighting them, because they are much more strong than ever before. Thank god these were taken out of later Resident Evil games. I don’t think my heart could handle them in a second game
#4: Festers from The Suffering - Now, this is a game where all of the enemies are based of executions. Slayers are based off decapitations. Marksmen are based off firing squads. Noosemen are based of hanging. You get the idea. However, Festers are something entirely different. The backstory for them is that a ship full of slaves crashed on the island hundreds of years ago, and instead of letting the slaves go, the slavers left them there and they were later eaten by rats. Festers are giant monsters with cages over their heads that carry a mace with them. They also let rats crawl out from their stomachs to attack you. They are immune to bullets and can only be killed with explosions or fire. And yet this game is still very underrated
#3: Mannequins from Condemned: Criminal Origins - Now, this game is filled with a bunch of violent killers that want you dead more than anything. However, they are always in your sight and attack before they do anything else. The Mannequins, however, are killers that pose as… well, mannequins. You will never know when they will strike, so your just given this paranoid feeling whenever you are around mannequins in this game. I love it. No other video game enemy makes you paranoid of things like that, so I gotta give the creators credits for that
#2: Kaernk from Amnesia: The Dark Descent - Now, what is worse then being unable to defend yourself from someone who wants to kill you. How about being unable to defend yourself from someone who wants to kill you AND IS INVISIBLE! That’s Kaernk for you. This thing is only found in bodies of water, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t scary. Once he hears you, he will walk right towards you and try to kill you. What makes this scary is the fact that you can’t see him and all you can do is run for your life and hope you don’t die. Then again, pretty much ANY enemy from this game could have taken this spot
#1: Pyramid Head from Silent Hill - Of course a monster from the scariest game of all time was going to make number one. Pyramid Head is well known around the horror game community as one of the most infamous monsters in the entire Silent Hill series. Pyramid Head is the symbol of pain and punishment. He represents pain do to the fact that the massive pyramid shaped helmet is very uncomfortable and the blade he carries is so heavy, that he has to drag it on the floor. However, he represents punishment, because his only purpose of existing is to punish, torture, and kill everything that walks in Silent Hill. Not just humans, but even other monsters as well. And, this remaining paragraph contains spoilers, so skip if you don’t want me to spoil anything. James whole goal was to find his wife, Maria. However, after realising that she is dead, he finds that Pyramid Head killed her a second time. But, later on in the game, she is alive again, only for Pyramid Head to kill her a third time. This represents James’s utter guilt for Maria’s death and how he wishes to be punished. He is powerful, terrifying, dangerous, and yet symbolic all at once. That is what makes him the scariest enemy in video games
So, there you have it. Did you agree with the list. Tell me what you thought below. With that, I will see you all next time