Top 10 Greatest Video Game Bosses

Posted on Jul 10 2013 - 12:03pm by Dan Adcock

One thing that makes a video game truly shine are the characters. Equally important are the villains and bosses found throughout the adventure. These nemesis’s that truly scare gamers, force strategy, create sweaty palms and racing pulses are the one’s that made our list. Join BootHammer as we go through our Top 10 Greatest Video Game Bosses of all time. (Note this is not in any particular order).

1. Alma from Ninja Gaiden – In her human form, Alma was once a kind-hearted and innocent girl. But when Doku took her down the path of wickedness, she became a Greater Fiend. Now a demon, she attacks Ryu Hayabusa relentlessly. Alma displays incredible agility and reflexes, being able to dodge many of Ryu’s attacks and counterattack them efficiently making it a very difficult and engaging fight.

Alma from Ninja Gaiden

2. Mother Brain from Super Metroid – She is the Main antagonist in Metroid due to her being the main villain of three installments as well as being the main villain in the remake and the e-manga. She is a large brain that sits in a large jar, from which she controls the Space Pirates on Zebes. Mother Brain is contained in a glass tube which Samus must break to attack it.

Mother Brain from Super Metroid

3. Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Solid – Probably one of the most memorable boss fights to date. Psycho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid is widely remembered for him “displaying” his mental powers through breaking the fourth wall. This includes making the controller move by activating the rumble feature, and making players think the TV channel has changed by turning the screen to black, with the green caption “HIDEO” displayed in the top-right corner. He also “reads” the player’s memory card, commenting on the number of saves that have been made in the game so far, and the presence of other saved games, first noting their genre, then mentioning specific examples (e.g. “You like Castlevania, don’t you?”).

Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Solid

4. Maneater from Demon Souls – While every part of this game was unforgiving, this particular boss was truly terrifying and difficult to beat. The fight begins with one Maneater lumbering towards you on the narrow walkway. A second Maneater will enter the fight when the first Maneater’s health is lowered to 20%, or when 100 seconds have passed since the battle started. Each Maneater consists of two parts: the main body and the snake tail, each representing a different lock-on target. Repeatedly attacking the snake tail will cut it off permanently, and will prevent him from using his Power Boost and Homing Soul Arrows.

Maneater from Demon Souls

5. Tyrant from Resident Evil 1 – While it first appeared in the original Resident Evil 1, the Tyrant has been featured in some way in the majority of the games in the series. The name, presumably, comes from the virus that’s responsible for their creation: the T-Virus, which stands for “Tyrant.” Running for your life from this creature on the rooftop at the end of Resident Evil 1 was pretty horrifying at the time. Finishing him off with the rocket launcher was such a relief.

Tyrant from Resident Evil 1

6. Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat II – Shao Kahn showcased what pure evil looked like. He was known for his extreme brutality, ferocity in battle, and his fondness of personal executions. He utilized magic and superhuman strength making him a force to be reckoned with. One of this strongest attacks was the ability to charge his opponents with considerable speed and power. I died many times at the hands of Shao Kahn before finally winning the tournament at the arcades and on the console port.

Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat II

7. Gannon from Zelda – Who could forget finally squaring off against this epic boss armed with Link’s magic sword and silver arrows. Ganondorf is the archenemy of Link and the leader of the Gerudo, a race of desert brigands, until he embarks on an evil quest to conquer the kingdom of Hyrule, and seeks godlike power to facilitate this. His specific motives vary from game to game, but most often they include capturing Princess Zelda and planning to achieve the domination of Hyrule (and presumably the world beyond it). To this end, he seeks the full Triforce, a powerful magical relic, which will grant whatever wish the bearer desires, and usually manipulates several other villains to accomplish his plans and ambitions. In most games he already possesses the Triforce of Power, which gives him godlike strength and boundless mystical power and makes him invulnerable to all but the most powerful holy weapons such as the Master Sword. However, Ganondorf’s lust for power can never be satisfied, and he seeks the complete relic to grant his wish of world domination.

Gannon from Zelda

8. Mike Tyson from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out – One of the best classics from the NES era, Mike Tyson’s Punch offered a great variety of fights and the ultimate challenge at the end in the form of Iron Mike. Take one hit from this bruiser and it would floor Little Mac. Such little room for error made for some white knuckle action.

Mike Tyson from Mike Tyson's Punch Out

9. Dracula from Super Castlevania IV – The game takes players back to 1691 in Transylvania, where they must defeat the blood thirsty vampire Dracula. He’s never been an easy foe and this is ever so true in Castlevania IV. Dracula will randomly teleport, unleash pillars of fire and even use lightning against Simon Belmont in one of the best games found on the Super Nintendo. This battle is another one you’ll without a doubt have to try numerous times in order to conquer.

Dracula from Super Castlevania IV

10. Bowser from Super Mario 64 – We’ve faced Bowser numerous times by now but never in full 3D glory. Bowser was larger and more intimidating than ever in this N64 title. Players had to grab him by the tail and sling him onto mines which took a little practice. The scale of the battle and the newness that the 3D landscape gave made this one unforgettable experience for gamers around the world.

Bowser from Super Mario 64

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Avid gamer who enjoys the older nostalgic titles as much as the newest AAA releases. Remakes from the classic 8 and 16 bit era are some my absolute favorite titles. I also enjoy experiencing new IP's on each and every platform, especially when the creators give the game an artistic look and unique presentation never seen before. I've been lucky enough to start out gaming on the NES. Since this rebirth of the industry, I have witnessed the evolution of gaming, both in its incredible growth in overall popularity and as an entertainment medium juggernaut. With the next generation of gaming upon us, there simply hasn't been a better time to be a gamer and I can't wait to experience all that it has to offer.

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