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Talking Time Presents: The Top 60 Video Game Enemies Exhibit at the Valdez Museum of Video Game Box Art


TT's Resident Ace of Base Superfan
Moves predictably but in a way that makes you stop and think about what you're doing. Balances the danger it presents and how hard it can be to hit by dying in one hit. Pairs well with hazards and other enemies as an added distraction. Symphony of the Night added a variant that can petrify the player character, but they were still just a minor annoyance in the non-linear games until Aria of Sorrow, where the map designers realized they could line the bottom of vertical shafts with defense-ignoring spikes to simulate the feeling of getting pitched into a bottomless pit. An extremely good, sound, memorable design.
I think you're in the minority here.


Little Waves
Staff member
I mean, four people voted for them, and they were in all of those people's top ten.


Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
I did not participate in the vote but the assessment is sound. Love Medusa Heads.


(he / his / him)


#11 (121 points, nominated by Issun [13], WildcatJF [20], Johnny Unusual [4], Beta Metroid [6], Kirin [16])
First Appearance: Super Mario Bros. 3

All this talk about good doggos and here's the bestest of all good dogfriends

just don't wait around too long

sometimes they get a little impatient to go on walkies

Here's what our donors had to say:
How do you not love these guys? They’re a really tough enemy with limited range, and in many instances, they can also be good boys if treated with some kindness. Right from the start, there was a lot to them: in SMB3, they’ll break free of their chains if you hang around long enough. Bowser befriends them in SMRPG and gets to use them as weapons, the single Chain Chomp and its liberation is one of Super Mario 64’s most iconic setpieces, and even Link gets to pal around with one for a while. I suppose all of the instances when they’re helpful isn’t necessarily in the spirit of Greatest Enemy, but I can’t deny those instances have helped endear me to the critters. There’s even a secret single specimen in Yoshi’s Island that guards one of the game’s most clever secrets. ~ Beta Metroid​

Take away, take away
Take away this ball and chain
Well I'm lonely and I'm tired
And I can't take any more pain

If you want any sort of context here about our guest:
https://wildcatjfart.wordpress.com/so-this-webcomic-hub/ (search Shi Kurai on this page to jump to the exact area of reference)


Video Nasty
I remember flipping through one of the unofficial Mario 64 players guides back in the mid 90s to read the enemy names. When they published this guide, the enemy names hadn't been localized yet, so the writers only had access to the Japanese names. I was like, "What the heck is a WAN-WAN!?"

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him and such)
I think my blurb covered most of my opinions on these good dogs. Other than we need a Chain Chomp partner in Paper Mario! In a way, Bowser's Chain Chomp in Super Mario RPG was kind of the prototype for "classic enemy species become allies" in the Mario RPGs...it's just a shame that her moment of being a character and not just a weapon is limited to one scene.

Also, the fact Chain Chomp got four votes, all in the top 20, and two in the top six, and didn't crack the top 10 on the list is fascinating to me. Some big-time favorites coming up!


Summon for hire
How could I not vote for such good good doggos.



(he / his / him)

Marina?!? Finn, I still can't find her.

Meh eitherz. I thinkz some chacattery's afootz

Have you seen the last few entries? It's almost like the enemies are splitting all of us apart.



sorriez, waz finishinz up teh web storz

Ah, yes, we are still a functioning museum, after all. Even if chaos spins all around us...

I meanz, who couldz resitz these:

Itz still goods stuffz!


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youz heared that, rightz

*sigh* Regrettably. ....RED LASER



#10 (125 points, nominated by Issun [7], WildcatJF [9], nataeryn [2], Ixo [1])
First Appearance: Portal

Here's what our donors had to say:
What an excellent combination of deadly and endearing. I love how the game rewards you for sneaking up on them with a myriad of confused and startled one-liners, endearing you to the very same thing that just tried to laser you in the face. They're only doing their jobs Chell, geez. ~ Ixo​
I love their little voices ~ nataeryn​

The cake is a bake

No real life my actual cats were actually hurt or threatened in the process of producing this post


TT's Resident Ace of Base Superfan
When I saw what the entry was, I was worried I'd forgotten it. But I hadn't so good job, Issun!

Turrets are definitely deserving of a top ten spot. They're endearing and deadly in equal measure.

Are you still there?


Video Nasty
Oh yeah, well my excuse is that I haven't ever finished Portal 1 or 2.

Who's the fake gamer now!?


(he / his / him)
Time for Round 6 of "Didn't Make the Cut for a Full Exhibit but Are Still Rad":

#202 Hawk (Karateka) Nominated by Kirin #20

What is it with birds as video game enemies, huh? This trained hawk is one of the tougher foes to beat in this seminal PC game.

#154 Frygar (Dig Dug) Nominated by Daikaiju #14

This spicy dragon is a greater threat in the Dig Dug universe thanks to its scorching breath, giving it a ranged attack in a game where space is often at a premium.

#81 Goblins (Final Fantasy XI) Nominated by nataeryn #4

Goblins in FFXI are rather cute telepathic creatures whose society is fairly advanced, meaning "the hero" will run into a plethora of occupations whenever encountered. Not all of them are antagonistic either!​


????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)

#202 Hawk (Karateka) Nominated by Kirin #20

What is it with birds as video game enemies, huh? This trained hawk is one of the tougher foes to beat in this seminal PC game.​
Birds: being assholes to players since the very beginning.

(This does make me wonder what was the very first asshole bird enemy in a video game.)


(he / his / him)


#9 (132 points, nominated by WildcatJF [3], Johnny Unusual [1], Daikaiju [1], Dr. Nerd [7])
First Appearance: Doki Doki Panic (Pictured: Super Mario Bros. 2)

Little is known about the Phanto masks that haunt Subcon. The best archaeological source we found was this reproduction of a sacred site's decoration at the entrance of a temple for the Subcon people:

I'm a shape shifter
What else should I be?
Please don't take off my mask
Revealing dark

whoops I see I flipped the colors. Or DID I
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