For the month of October, we are highlighting the top villains in gaming. Andrew, Jeff, and Jeremie have teamed up to take all those guys you love to hate, and rank them. We will reveal them to you in a countdown, starting with #31 and ending with #1 on Halloween. Check us out each day of the month to see where your favorite villains rank!
First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Most Noteworthy Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Today’s villain is one that is not only creepy, but also shrouded in mystery. Majora, the sinister antagonist of the The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, is the exact kind of villain the famous Alfred Pennyworth spoke of in The Dark Knight when he said, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
Majora’s Mask is definitely the black sheep of the 3d Zelda games. Even with it only being the second 3d Zelda game on the Nintendo 64, it presented a huge departure from its predecessor Ocarina of Time. Concerning past villains in the Legend of Zelda series, their motivations were usually based upon revenge or acquiring ultimate power. Majora was not interested in such pathetic conquests, but rather, it wanted to remake the world and its own grotesque image and then destroy it by crashing the moon into the planet. For what reason did it want to do this? Simply put, it just wanted to.
Furthermore, what makes Majora such a compelling villain, to this day, is that we really don’t know anything about this being. We don’t know its true form, where it came from, or if its name really is Majora. I say that because, in Majora’s Mask, we never find out the name of the antagonist, but many fans simply refer to it as Majora. It’s just a malevolent being that inhabits the Majora’s mask. Even while writing this, I get an itch to go back to this classic and re-experience it all over again.
If you’ve never played The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, I highly suggest that you dust of your Nintendo 64 or download it on the Wii, and experience this bizarre, eerie game. It is certainly one of the most unique and creepy Zelda titles - much like its one-of-a-kind antagonist who we celebrate today.