Nominate your favourite D&D villain!

Enrico Poli1

Explorer
If you had the chance of killing one and only one villain, who would you choose?... Strahd? Verminaard? Rajaat? Vecna? Manshoon?

I'll choose Bargle. And I'll feel good while taking my revenge.

Because in the beginning, when I started the game with the Red Box, my character fell in love with Aleena. And Bargle killed her. So I'll kill him and take his life. For Aleena!

P.S.You actually have the chance to challenge the bastard in module X10, Red Arrow Black Shield.
Otherwise you can try "Kill Bargle" in Dungeon Magazine last issue, n.150. But X10 is over-the-top epic, don't miss it. My wizard challenged Bargle in a solo duel, both the mages flying in the sky over the great battle for Karameikos.
 

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Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
It’s hard to argue with Lord Soth. If they ever do a second 5e Ravenloft module, I hope it stars Lord Soth as the villain.

But I’m still going to go with Strahd Von Zarovich. A vampire that can cast spells is an absolute triple-threat. But I think it’s his personality that puts him above the rest. The depth of his arrogance, his belief that he is the hero of his own story makes him a meaty role for any DM to bring to life.

I6 was a game-changer for D&D, and Strahd's legacy has only grown in the decades since.

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So hard to choose between Elminster and Mordenkainen...

And I'm sure they wouldn't be valid anyway.

So, how 'bout Stephen the Rock, from Temple of the Frog. Not for being a great villain, but for being a groundbreaking one? ...except, there's no illustration of him I'm aware of....
 
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Ashrym

Adventurer
The Xanathar

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Classic monster / crime lord in one of the most well known cities in the Forgotten Realms needs his nomination. Other considerations were Kyuss, Tiamat, Eclavdra, and Raistlin Majere. I would have nominated Strahd but that was already covered.
 

Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
I wish you could nominate Drizzt. For ruining game tables across the globe by causing the rise of dual wielding rangers and/or everyone and their grandma’s dog wanting to play drow. Drow are bad guys. Like orcs, or goblins. Never should be a default PC race.
 

Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
As my avatar label says, Keraptis. I mean, how bad of a villain do you need to be to take away the best loot of the party? Hard won loot? The entire point of adventuring in the first place? And let’s be real, how many of us refused, and after battling efreeti, made the DM stat up the wizard anyway 😉

 

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