Big bad Bowser is number one

Guinness World Records asked gamers to vote for their top video game villains for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, and it comes as no surprise to see Mario's nemesis of almost three decades take the top spot of the podium.

With more than 5,000 readers voting in the survey, Bowser secured more than 20% of the overall vote. Evil Gerudo Ganon (from Zelda) came fourth in the poll, with Pokémon star Ash Ketchum's sworn enemy Gary Oak took fifth place.

Writer for Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, Kevin Lynch, said:

It was really interesting for us to put the vote out to our readers and see who their favourite villain was – Bowser’s top place is no big shocker, but there certainly are surprises in there. I think what this list really reflects is that video game villains tend to be a lot cooler than the heroes they're pitted against.

What do you think? Does Bowser's constant kidnapping of Princess Peach deserve the top spot? See the full list of the top 50 video game villains of all time below.

50. Hades (Kid Icarus)
49. Atlas (BioShock)
48. Jacqueline Natla (Tomb Raider)
47. Shepherd (Call of Duty)
46. Herobrine (Minecraft)
45. Solidus Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
44. Diablo (Diable)
43. Dr Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog)
42. Dr Neo Cortex (Crash Bandicoot)
41. Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat)
40. Zoran Lazarevic (Uncharted)
39. Tabuu (Super Mario Bros.)
38. Kaos (Skylanders)
37. Wheatley (Portal)
36. Mother Brain (Metroid)
35. Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda)
34. Dr Nefarious (Ratchet & Clank)
33. Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts)
32. Kessler (Infamous)
31. The Flood (Halo)
30. The Locust Hordes (Gears of War)
29. Vanitas (Kindgom Hearts)
28. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
27. Dr Wily (Mega Man)
26. Team Rocket (Pokemon)
25. Kefka Palazzo (Final Fantasy)
24. Police (Grand Theft Auto)
23. Zombies (Call of Duty)
22. Aliens (Space Invaders)
21. The Readers (Mass Effect)
20. N (Pokemon)
19. Zeus (God of War)
18. Alduin (Skyrim)
17. M Bison (Street Fighter)
16. The Covenant (Halo)
15. Andrew Ryan (BioShock)
14. Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong)
13. Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid)
12. Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
11. Vladimir Makarov (Call of Duty)
10. Creeper (Minecraft)
9. Liquid Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid)
8. Inky (PAC-Man)
7. The Borgias (Assassin’s Creed II)
6. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)
5. Gary Oak (Pokemon Red/Blue)
4. Ganon (The Legend of Zelda)
3. The Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
2. GLaDOS (Portal)
1. Bowser (Super Mario Bros.)