D&D General Nominate your favourite D&D villain!

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Someone who has a better claim to be D&D's Darth Vader: Sarevok.

"I. Am. Your. Brother."



Easy: Bargle.
Everyone in my group is old enough to have encountered him and has his or her own story of how the evil wizard met his grizzly end, or the burning desire to see Aleena avenged!



Hands down one of the biggest movers and shakers in the entire Forgotten Realms, a place already full of powerful wizards and ancient fallen empires. And so sneaky you didn’t even know he was behind half your favorite stories.

“When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.”



For a slightly different take on this, I'm going to nominate a villain that is known to literally dozens of people, all of whom have played in my home campaign.

Yes, I nominate all those named NPCs, made for home campaigns (or in my case kind of inherited and then stolen borrowed for my home campaign). The nameless, or named, lived for one session or multiple campaigns. Bringers or darkness and terror one and all.

Homebrew villains.

For my token villain I nominate my longest running villain Lady Svargiv, the black wizard. After unsuccessfully trying to sacrifice her own son at his coming of age ceremony to power her immortality she made a pact with dark powers and became an all-powerful lich bent on destruction of all mankind. Villain of several home campaigns, often behind the scenes.
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Baron Ludwig Von Hendriks, aka The Black Eagle Baron (Western Karameikos), runs slaver operations of The Iron Ring within Karameikos.

Edit to Add: In cahoots with a certain magic-user whose name begins with a “B” and ends in an “argle”
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Jacob Lewis

Ye Olde GM

Forgotten Realms specific: Fzoul Chembryl. Worshipped Bane, switched to Cyric when he took over the Black Network, then switched back to Bane he returned and STILL was his chosen. Like a boss!


Limit Break Dancing
Weirdly, in Survivor IGGWILV won.
...and Bargle got eliminated early, which was unfortunate, because I love me some Bargle.

I mean, Clerics need some killing, amirite?
That's the trouble with villains and the Survivor threads. People downvote the things they hate, and a good villain is hated by all. So by that logic, those that were eliminated early were hated the most, and therefore, the most successful at being villains.

To put it another way, IGGWILV was (and remains) the worst villain, because he was the most loved. :unsure:


“I cannot be caged...”
“I cannot be controlled...”
“Understand this as you die, ever pathetic... ever fools.”


Jon Irenicus from BG2

My money goes on the BBEG who is also the Big Bad Start Guy and kicks Saverock’s ass as a digital villain.

Tragic back story, thinks big, carries a big spell book. Also one of the best voiced villains in d&d media. Any villain who starts an adventure by stealing half your stuff and killing half your party before the game starts is running pretty high in the loathing stakes. Plus he tortures you and your childhood friend to find out how to extract your immortal soul. Kudos.
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