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Favourite Antagonist From the Games

OP MinusSquire2145

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Alternative options:
Heretic Leader Sesa 'Refumee (Halo 2), The Prophet of Regret (Halo 2), The Prophet of Mercy (Halo 2), Kinsler (Halo 3: ODST), Jul 'Mdama (Halo: Infinity, Halo 5: Guardians)

Please explain your answer. Why are they your favourite antagonist? What do you like about them? What do you like less about the others?
I've always been a fan of Truth. Conniving evil politicians masquerading with misinformation always interest me.
Maybe overall it could be Gravemind, an ancient entity that has it's own (twisted) morality & manipulative nature.
It being that old brings a bit of mystery about it's origin & motivations, is it just revenge story about the destruction of species it once represented, is it truly a seek of unity in mind & body of all sentient beings as part of some flood utopia of galaxy wide peace, is it simply just lies of an ancient parasite creating moral doubt in the mind of sentient creatures utilizing the name of ancient creators... so many options.

"Do I take life or give it? Who is victim, and who is foe?"

And the old lore about humans being forerunners & the story of seeking the place as most powerful beings becoming the downfall of the galaxy wide civilization along with everything else after they destroyed precursors whose attempt at second chance becoming corrupted which resulted in unintended revenge & another meeting between the 2 sides after the destruction of sentient life eons later, usurpers having started another rise towards the power & the creators being reduced to this entity of this collective hate inside an abomination of a physical form.

"Child of my enemy, why have you come? I offer no forgiveness, a father's sins, passed to his son."

And maybe even this Dracula type collectiveness when in need of manipulation but revealing the monster inside when found having the upper hand.

"Time... has taught me patience! But basking in new freedom, I will know all that I possess!"

Several others have their moments too but such beings as Sesa & Tartarus are these pawns in others game, even though they are great warriors of their time they are either like infants next to ancient beings or being guided/manipulated by others.
Truth is a leader & manipulator of collective union of space faring species but it is just one of many such leaders, a moment in face of eternity, like many others before in campaign to form & drive the covenant. A bright flame perhaps but brief & almost hidden among the others.
343 guilty spark, an ancient being & powerful even, utilizing eons of knowledge & control over machinery but simply a pawn left without a master gone mad & manipulative, a tool though one with presence much like Gravemind in a way they know things from far away, gravemind through biological hivemind & spark through tier 1 technology.

So I would say it's through most aspects the being that potentially possesses knowledge from past ages spanning from the time of the precursors to the events of the ark when modern humans first found it. in addition of possessing the power to more than match the most (if potentially not all) advanced living beings in known universe.

"Resignation is my virtue; like water I ebb, and flow. Defeat is simply the addition of time to a sentence I never deserved... but you imposed."
I loved the Didact in Halo 4. I thought he had a lot of potential... and then, he was killed in a comic book ...
Warden. Its fun to kill the external
Gravemind no doubt! He's creepy, easily the most powerful being in all Halo, smart, and has some of the best quotes.

"Child of my enemy, why have you come? I offer no forgiveness... a father's sins, passed to his son."
Guilty Spark I feel is a perfect example of a rouge AI just following instructions. If you look back in the halo games that he was present in, you could find a logical step by step for the reasoning behind his actions. Very well written character, despite the fact that he tried to kill Cortana and Chief, and actually killed Johnson.
Profesnol wrote:
despite the fact that he tried to kill Cortana and Chief, and actually killed Johnson.
... A loss that remains still thirteen years later.
Gravemind is probably the best villain in any game. He is downright terrifying, and controls the entire flood and has the knowledge of thousands.
Gravemind is probably the best villain in any game. He is downright terrifying, and controls the entire flood and has the knowledge of thousands.
Maybe one of the best, at least brilliantly written, even if there aren't that many lines for it.
Kind of reminds me about Elder god from Legacy of Kain series, both are these grotesque, ancient, tentacled entities with eons spanning knowledge & both have excellent voice actors.
But obviously the best is subjective so I don't really mean much with this.
Grave M
Tartarus
I personally love Tartarus he was a good villain to fight and his character is good as well
Gravemind screams intimidation
I'm stuck between the Ur-Didact and Jul M'dama. In the books they were both really well built villains in terms of origin and backstory. The Ur Didact just wanted to preserve his species and fight to save the galaxy from the Flood, even if it meant wiping out another species in the process, so by some standards he wasn't doing it for power or conquest, but rather because he thought it was the right thing to do, and the Forerunner Saga did a really well done job of portraying the build up to that conclusion. Admittedly when he was released from the Cryptum in Halo 4 he had been on a rampage to destroy humanity out of hate at that point, but in terms of origin and backstory, the Ur Didact might just be one of the most lore driven villains in the entire franchise. There's more lore on him then the Prophet of Truth and Tartarus combined for crying out loud.
As for Jul, he may not be one of the most lore driven characters or even the most dangerous in terms of villains, but I really enjoyed his origin story in the Kilo-FIve trilogy, and he made himself as a capable villain for UNSC Infinity in the Spartan Op's campaign of Halo 4, although I will say his death in Halo 5 was far from satisfying and somewhat depressing after everything that's happened to him.
I've always been a fan of Truth. Conniving evil politicians masquerading with misinformation always interest me.
Yeah me too, especially in Halo, it kinda adds some relatability
The Gravemind. I mean how often do you come across a parasitic alien zombie hive?
The Gravemind.
Truth is the voice of the covenant
Where is Noble Six?!
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