The 6 most terrifying characters in video games
Throughout the history of games, we have seen many forms of strange and scary content, such as terrifying characters or strange creatures that are disturbing and frightening inside you throughout your experience of the game.
These fears vary from person to person and game to game, but there are terrifying characters in games that we think were frightening to most players or at least made them lose control.
There are many well-known examples of these characters such as zombies, ghosts, vampires, and creatures associated with mythology or folklore, but some games have succeeded in introducing unique characters with a more terrifying flavour than these traditional examples.
Away from the terrifying creatures that appeared in the games, let us highlight terrifying “semi-human” characters who were able to give us fits of fear.
1. Pyramid Head in Silent Hill 2
It is a human-like monster that appeared in the horror game series Silent Hill and became one of the most famous monsters in the series after it appeared for the first time in the second part.
The development team was aware of the urgent need for a “stalker” to play a role in the plot against protagonist James Sunderland, and since monsters are manifestations of the heroes’ subconscious rather than independent pre-existing entities in the game world, the game’s art director Masahiro Ito suggested that the monster have a symbolic meaning It represents James’ desire to be punished for Mary’s death.
Ito wanted a hidden-faced monster that seemed less human and more disturbing to the hero, and the first concept was designed for the monster, who appeared to be a normal human wearing a mask. The design was redesigned by adding a large helmet in the shape of a pyramidal head to obtain the inhumane look the art director intended.
2. Mr. X in the Resident Evil series
T-00, also known as Mr X is one of the most important characters in the Resident Evil horror game series. T-00 was a tyrant sent to Raccoon City during the 1998 City Destruction Incident.
He was one of six others flown into town and instructed to retrieve a G-Virus sample from Sherry Birkin’s necklace and kill any surviving officers or civilians at the Raccoon Police Department, after which the heroic hunt for Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield who were trying to escort Sherry to safety.
3. Alma Wade in FEAR
The main character and antagonist of FEAR is a powerful psychic who seeks revenge against Armacham Technology Corporation for using it in a series of inhuman experiments and secret projects.
Most of the time, Alma appears as a young girl with long black hair in a red dress, but later in the game, she appears as an adult woman. The mystery of this character is a core part of FEAR’s horror and finding out what happened to him is one of the greatest plots of the first FEAR game.
4. Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th. Game
Jason Voorhees is the main character in the Friday the 13th series, born in the small town of Crystal Lake to Elias Voorhees and Pamela Voorhees. Jason has severe facial deformities, an abnormally large head, and mental disabilities.
His mother, Pamela, raised him alone and kept her son isolated from society, not allowing him to go to school but tutoring him in their home because of his mental defects. Despite his limited education, he learned to obey his mother’s orders and realized that his life would be difficult without his mother’s guidance.
After his mother’s death, Jason has turned into an unstoppable killing machine, crazy and creative in hunting down the locals and driven to kill anyone he encounters out of an urgent need to avenge the death of his mother, Pamela.
5. Richard Trager in Outlast
Richard Trager is the main antagonist in the game Outlast who conducts experiments on patients in order to gain more knowledge about biology.
Outlast is a game full of deadly psychopaths but Dr Richard Trager might be the scariest of all the other characters. He picks you up, hooks you up to the wheelchair and then starts a set of experiments. His calm demeanour contrasts disturbingly with the blood that surrounds him.
Unlike the rest of the dysfunctional characters in the game, Dr Trager’s mental abilities function in a functional way that proves that he still understands reality even if only slightly, which is why he is able to think and plan to reach his goals.
6. Jack Baker in the Resident Evil series
The Resident Evil series is the best-selling horror game series of all time, and for good reason, as it brought us plenty of powerful and poignant horror characters as well as great gameplay.
One of the main antagonists in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Jack Baker is a middle-aged man, the head of the Baker family, Margaret’s husband, and father to Lucas and Zoe. Ethan pursues relentlessly using a variety of weapons while also being able to survive serious bodily harm. Jack has been responsible for a series of kidnappings and murders as he and his family are controlled by Evelyn’s human biological weapon.
Jack will appear as a playable character in the upcoming multiplayer game Resident Evil RE: Verse next year, a companion game to Resident Evil Village.