POLL: Best Nintendo Villain

August 16, 2023

Over its five-decade history — and multiple generations of gaming systems — Nintendo has been home to some of the most notable bad guys in video-game history. Now the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to determine the best Best Nintendo Villain of all time, and we want YOUR opinions!

For our purposes, we considered only main protagonists, or particularly memorable sub-antagonists. We included villains from not only Nintendo-owned properties, but also properties that released games on a Nintendo system. We included antagonists from the Top 50 best-selling games from each generation of Nintendo platform. We stuck to singular villains (with a few notable exceptions), and while we listed only their first major appearance, you should consider their full body of work when casting your vote.

Pick your favorites from the list below. If you’re taking the poll on a mobile device, we recommend clicking here for ease of use. Did we miss your favorite? Include them in the space provided below and we may discuss them on the episode. Then share the poll with your friends, family, and the 16-pit jerk who makes it impossible for you to get throught this level. The more votes, the better balanced the poll!

The poll will run until September 30. Make sure to submit your answer by then!

The 32 top vote-getters will be discussed in an upcoming season of the Great Pop Culture Debate podcast. Find out more at greatpopculturedebate.com.

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