Among the many memorable video game characters out there, we’ve seen plenty of iconic villains. Longtime baddies like Bowser and Dr. Eggman have been plugging away at kidnapping princesses and aiming for world domination for decades, only for the hero to show up and foil their schemes. Indeed, the never-ending war between good and evil has been prevalent in games for so long that most of us think we know how all of these conflicts will turn out in the end, with the hero emerging victorious over their adversary time and time again.
However, sometimes things aren’t always as cut-and-dry as good triumphing over evil for the umpteenth time. Much like real life, there are instances in games where the story throws you an unexpected curve ball, and some baddies manage to walk away scot-free from their misdoings, learning nothing from their experiences and likely to cause more trouble in the future. In some situations, they can even end up in a better position than the hero by the end of the game. Though this can be a kick in the teeth for players who get invested in the good guy’s plight, there’s no denying that it can make a conclusion more memorable, as well as help you hate a baddie you were never meant to have positive opinions of in the first place.
Here’s a look back at some notable examples of villains who managed to escape the wrath of karma over the years, from games old and new alike. Be forewarned that this will contain spoilers for each character’s respective game.
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