The Best Video Game Bosses Ever

It’s hard to say exactly when video game developers decided to call bigger, badder and more challenging enemies “bosses” in honor of their direct supervisors, but the name stuck and so did the fear associated with nail-biting boss fights. Over the years, hundreds of game antagonists or villains have attempted to hold the title, most of whom being easily defeated, quickly forgotten, or simply lacking any real staying power. However, a few have managed to stick in gamers’ memories, delivering terrifying chills or phantom button-presses hours after the game has been put down. Evil, irritating or downright heartbreaking, these 10 video game bosses are ones we’d like to forget, but never will.

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