Are these the most terrifying videogame enemies?

Are these the most terrifying videogame enemies?

In this article, I’ll take a look at some of the most terrifying enemies and monsters to feature in video-games. Please note that I am talking scary as opposed to difficult. If it was just the latter, you’d be able to pick most of them from either the Dark Souls series or Bloodborne.

The most terrifying videogame enemies

1) Pyramid Head – Silent Hills series.

Pyramid Head, also known as the Red Pyramid, is a monster appearing in Silent Hill 2. Representing main character James Sunderland’s guilt over his wife’s death, Pyramid Head is a hulking monstrosity. He can’t be reasoned with. Pyramid Head is the Judge, Jury and Executioner and he knows you’re guilty. Nice knowing you. Here’s a look at James Sunderland’s first memorable meeting with Pyramid Head.

2)  Eddie Gluskin, aka The Groom – Outlast

This one’s from the Outlast’s Whistleblower DLC. In my opinion, The Groom was scarier than Chris Walker. He’s a deranged patient who was convinced that he was to be married to the woman of his dreams and will go to any lengths to find her. As there are no women in the game, The Groom had to make one. After a chase you can’t escape, you’re captured, drugged and tied to a band saw. The fact that you’re naked makes you feel all the more vulnerable. Hearing the Groom talking about wanting to “purify” you and “remove the vulgar tissue” is pretty unsettling.

3) Lisa, P.T

The P.T demo was one of the scariest gaming experiences I’ve had. It’s tragic that the game was never made. The whole thing is disturbing but it contains one big jump scare when your deceased wife – who it sounds like you killed – attacks.

4) Xenomorph, Alien Isolation

To get the full effect of this one, you have to play it in the dark, with noise detection on. Trying to keep silent in real-life when the alien is crawling right above you makes it a truly scary experience. It’s great that somebody finally made a scary Alien game.

5) Kaernk, Amnesia: The Dark Descent

In Amnesia: The Dark Descent, you have no weapons to defend yourself with. You’re vulnerable and that feeling of vulnerability is never felt as strongly as when facing Kaernk. Because in the Flooded Archives, you can’t even see your enemy. All you can do is look out for the small ripples of water, as this invisible, lethal enemy approaches.

6) Mannequins, Condemned: Criminal Origins

Mannequins can be creepy at the best of times. And when you come across these ones in Condemned: Criminal Origins, you’ve already had to face more than your fair share of crazies. So this isn’t the best of times and you’re bound to be jumpy. That feeling will only get worse when the mannequins start moving. I really liked Condemned: Criminal Origins. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can probably pick it up for a couple of dollars now.

7) Alma, F.E.A.R

Want to know what’s creepier than mannequins? Creepy children. Whether it’s The Grudge, The Ring or those Grady twins in The Shining, for a long time horror movies have shown us just how scary children can be. F.E.A.R crafted a whole game around that concept. You face Alma Wade. She was a young girl with tremendous psychic powers who was experimented on severely throughout her childhood. The experiments resulted in her being forced into a coma. Believed to be long dead, she returns to haunt you throughout the game

8) Twin Victim, Silent Hill 4: The Room

Want to know what’s creepier than a creepy girl? Well, how about a conjoined infant twin monster? Siblings Billy and Miriam Locane were victims of serial killer Walter Sullivan. He slaughtered both of them with an axe. The tormented souls of Billy and Miriam were reborn as the Twin Victim monster (aka Doublehead). It isn’t just the times that this monster charges towards you by crawling on its grotesque arms that are scary. When it stays still, blankly stares at you and then points at you also ramp up the fear.

9) Nemesis, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Arguably the most terrifying monster from the Resident Evil series, Nemesis hunts Jill Valentine throughout the entirety of Resident Evil 3. He has a nasty habit of bursting through walls when you least expect it. Nemesis carries a rocket launcher and has been known to mumble “S.T.A.R.S.” under his breath, which makes him more intelligent than a lot of the Resident Evil foes.

10) Skeleton Beast, Dark Souls

Okay, I had to put at least one creature from Dark Souls on the list. It’s not the most powerful…it’s not even a boss…but there is something creepy about it. It may be the sound it makes. When I first heard it, I gradually became more and more nervous. What’s that sound? Where’s it coming from? Then I basically walked into the thing, briefly panicked and died. Dark Souls‘ Mimic also gets a good jump-scare the first time that you face it but for me personally, the Skeleton Beast affected me more. It’s an odd choice perhaps given that there are much more powerful opponents in the Souls’ series but it’s a personal list and I did say at the start that it wasn’t about being the toughest battle.

What video game enemies scared you the most? Please comment below and let me know.

Want more opinion pieces? You could read He’s not bad, he’s just misunderstood next. Alternatively, you could read The Curse of the Crappy Videogame Movie instead.


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8 comments on “Are these the most terrifying videogame enemies?”

  1. Avatar Fallenangel700 says:

    So, about those skeletons.

    I’d like to nominate Ruvik and his sister, Laura, from The Evil Within.
    Laura is all sorts of nope, while Ruvik is both a evil genius and immensely powerful psychic capable of killing you with a thought and more. That, plus the rollercoaster of a backstory they have, make them amazing villains, and frightful opponents.

  2. lordherpie says:

    pyramid head is an awesome pick. it was the first one that came to mind when i just saw the title, actually seeing him immediatly after clicking the article, made me smile :D

    from the souls series i would pick Demon souls Mind flayers… with their squid heads… brrrr…
    not as scary by design, but the sight of him spawning when i least expected him (and sometimes when i wasnt ready for him) makes the Pursuer from Scholar of the first sin on of my scarier dark souls moments. (and tbh… his freakishly small head is kinda scary)

    Pigsy from manhunt also gave me the chills.

  3. Avatar Caradox says:

    Yeesh, like the gif, Fallenangel700. When I saw it, it both gave me flashbacks to my first time seeing them and it made me laugh. Instantly running away is an understandable reaction.

    Laura looks like a nice pick. I own The Evil Within but haven’t got around to playing it that much yet. It looks like I’ve got that to look forward to.

  4. Avatar Caradox says:

    Thanks for the comment, lordherpie. Yeah…I had to resist picking the entire lot from the Silent Hill series. It’s featured some terrifying and messed up enemies. Pyramid Head though stood out for me as one of the most frightening. It’s partly that messed up intro and partly the number of times they killed me…and characters I cared about…during the Silent Hill series.

    I like your Pursuer and Pigsy picks. :) I’m a fan of both stealth games and survival horror, so the Manhunt series worked for me on multiple levels.

  5. Avatar elnawawi says:

    My personal best are not typical terror games monster but rather one from RPG. The Reapers from Mass Effect Trilogy was pretty scary, thanks to the great slow build up Bioware made us experience.

    [spoilers ahead!]
    First, they were total mystery, a rumor that you wasn’t 100% sure about for good portion of the game. Then you started to believe their influence, but didn’t understand what they are exactly. Then first game ended with super great battle with every technology galaxy have against one reaper, while you fight just one of agents for a final boss!

    You don’t exactly defeat the reaper, you defeat the agent and the reaper shields is overloaded, and you use that one moment of vulnerability to end the battle..

    Battle ends with you feeling more worried than ever of what an army of them can do. But the worry develops in a real scare over the next two games, by the time you get a reaper chasing you over galaxy map in ME3, your heart gets really big bump, and you sweat and hold your breath and have your eyes widens and get the full feeling of fleeing from scary monster, especially with their sound effect on your headphone! Until you get to a certain 1 vs 1 battle with a reaper, that one had me really terrified, until it ended.

    You get to understand them more and defeat them more as ME3 progress, and you get hold of the whole situation. No more scary machines, they are just a super great antagonists and the whole thing was misunderstanding!

  6. Nunkuruji says:

    The wall hands in the original legend of zelda

  7. Avatar Nahztek-Shadowpath says:

    Something about the Basilisks in the sewers in DS1 made my skin crawl in my early Souls days.
    The fear of being cursed didn’t help, but something about their goofy eyes messed with me. It went away with experience. And I don’t find many things in games scary, not since the first 2 RE games.

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