Vote For Your Favourite D&D Villain

Who's your favourite D&D villain?

  • Acererak

    Votes: 39 12.2%
  • Artemis Entreri

    Votes: 26 8.1%
  • Asmodeus

    Votes: 25 7.8%
  • Bargle the Infamous

    Votes: 36 11.3%
  • Baron Ludwig Von Hendriks

    Votes: 4 1.3%
  • Dragon of Tyr

    Votes: 19 5.9%
  • Edralve

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • Erandis Vol

    Votes: 14 4.4%
  • Fzoul Chembryl

    Votes: 6 1.9%
  • Iggwilv

    Votes: 13 4.1%
  • Jon Irenicus

    Votes: 10 3.1%
  • Keraptis

    Votes: 5 1.6%
  • Kyuss

    Votes: 7 2.2%
  • Lady Svargiv

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Larloch

    Votes: 4 1.3%
  • Lolth

    Votes: 35 10.9%
  • Lord of Blades

    Votes: 13 4.1%
  • Lord Soth

    Votes: 67 20.9%
  • Manshoon

    Votes: 8 2.5%
  • Meepo

    Votes: 9 2.8%
  • Orcus

    Votes: 33 10.3%
  • Raistlin Majere

    Votes: 40 12.5%
  • Rary

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • Sakatha

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • Sarevok

    Votes: 5 1.6%
  • Strahd Von Zarovich

    Votes: 101 31.6%
  • Takhisis

    Votes: 15 4.7%
  • Tharizdun

    Votes: 28 8.8%
  • Tiamat

    Votes: 34 10.6%
  • Vecna

    Votes: 53 16.6%
  • Venger

    Votes: 14 4.4%
  • Verminaard

    Votes: 6 1.9%
  • Vlaakith

    Votes: 3 0.9%
  • Warduke

    Votes: 14 4.4%
  • Xanathar

    Votes: 16 5.0%
  • Zargon

    Votes: 11 3.4%

  • Total voters
    320
The nominations are in. Who's your favourite D&D villain? Here are the villains which made it through the nomination stage to the final. It's time to vote! You may choose up to three.

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FAQ: Why didn't [insert my favourite villain] make it into the finals? Because you didn't nominate them. Honourable mentions go to Iuz, Grazzt, Demogorgon, and Azalin, who didn't manage to get a nomination.
 
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Russ Morrissey

Comments

Tonguez

Adventurer
Yeah, I counted 11 I'd never heard of, including Bargle (at least if I say I'd never heard of them before the nomination thread, where I learned apparently he killed some woman? Because women in fridges was still a popular trope at the time I guess?)
Yeah, nah Aleena is the NPC guide in the Basic Set Tutorial Adventure, she’s a cleric who introduces the PC to monsters, combat and spells and then gets removed from the game in order to teach us that sometimes people die - her death is more akin to Obiwan Kenobi’s death than a hapless fridging

The PC carries her back to town for burial but unknown to him she is in fact ressurected
 

Aaron L

Adventurer
Yeah, Iuz should have been on the list. I voted for Vecna - at least one Greyhawk villain.
Oh there are still plenty of Greyhawk villains on there! :) Acererak is a great big classic Greyhawk baddie, as well as Kyuss, Rary, and Vecna. (I'm just glad all that stuff about Robilar was finally cleared up; even though good (bad) ol' Lord Robilar is Lawful Evil he's not really a "villain.") And technically Lolth as well, even though she was essentially co-opted by the 'Realms. But I much prefer her as originally presented, as a Demon Lord rather than a (Greater) Goddess. (AKA Aracne, the name by which she is known to humans... I do like her having more than just 66 Hit Points, though!;)) I like having my Dark Elves worship Demons. But since I still go with the 1E Deities & Demigods concept of Demon Lords being equal to a Lesser God on their home plane it really doesn't make all that much difference to me; she can be both a Demon Lord and a (Lesser) Goddess.

And since Tharizdun has been portrayed as basically kind of being the Big Bad of the D&D Multiverse (whom all the other deities in the cosmos team up with each other, regardless of Alignment, just to keep imprisoned) I'm not too worried about a lack of Greyhawk representation on the list... Tharizdun just plain outranks all the others. o_O(y)
 

Ravenbrook

Villager
Oh there are still plenty of Greyhawk villains on there! :) Acererak is a great big classic Greyhawk baddie, as well as Kyuss, Rary, and Vecna. (I'm just glad all that stuff about Robilar was finally cleared up; even though good (bad) ol' Lord Robilar is Lawful Evil he's not really a "villain.") And technically Lolth as well, even though she was essentially co-opted by the 'Realms. But I much prefer her as originally presented, as a Demon Lord rather than a (Greater) Goddess. (AKA Aracne, the name by which she is known to humans... I do like her having more than just 66 Hit Points, though!;)) I like having my Dark Elves worship Demons. But since I still go with the 1E Deities & Demigods concept of Demon Lords being equal to a Lesser God on their home plane it really doesn't make all that much difference to me; she can be both a Demon Lord and a (Lesser) Goddess.

And since Tharizdun has been portrayed as basically kind of being the Big Bad of the D&D Multiverse (whom all the other deities in the cosmos team up with each other, regardless of Alignment, just to keep imprisoned) I'm not too worried about a lack of Greyhawk representation on the list... Tharizdun just plain outranks all the others. o_O(y)
I was tempted to vote for Kyuss as well. He may not be well-known among D&D players nowadays, but he was always suitably "yucky" with all of his maggoty stuff.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
I would say the second Dragonlance trilogy is where he transformed from antihero (jerkwad edgelord) to villain. He did some terrible things in his quest for godhood, using and manipulating his friends and his brother, not caring about anyone but himself. Had he succeeded, he would've turned Krynn into a wasteland. Even though he had a last-minute redemption, I still count him the villain of the tale.

It’s odd to me that Raistlin got nominated and gets several votes. Since when is he a villain?
 

Legatus_Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
I feel like Takhisis and Tiamat should have their votes combined, it is the same character.
I don't know if DL fans would be fine with that... :rolleyes:
As I stated in the nomination thread, When Takhisis was introduced into the World of Krynn (DragonLance) she was NOT Tiamat.

Takhisis is the sister to Paladine. All the deities are the children of the All-Father - Chaos (See Chaos War series/Dragons of Summer Flame novel).

Tiamat's history has no such claim.


It was not until 4th/5th edition that they decided to make the claim Takhisis and Tiamat are one and the same. I DO NOT, as a long time DL fan from when the setting was created.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I would say the second Dragonlance trilogy is where he transformed from antihero (jerkwad edgelord) to villain. He did some terrible things in his quest for godhood, using and manipulating his friends and his brother, not caring about anyone but himself. Had he succeeded, he would've turned Krynn into a wasteland. Even though he had a last-minute redemption, I still count him the villain of the tale.
See, Id say he is explicitly not a villain in that trilogy. He didn’t just have a last minute redemption, he sought out to do better than the gods, saw at the end that he couldn’t, and ended his quest.

He is one of the heroes of that trilogy.
 

Seramus

Explorer
1992 Tales of the Lance states that Takhisis was called Tii'Mhut (p117) and Paladine was called Bah'mut (p113) by the people of Istar. That would be firmly 2E territory.
 

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