Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: The Best Villainous Motivations Edition

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Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of idle research on villainy, and the various motivations given for lives of deceit and chicanery.  They say that the best villains are the hero of their own story, but the *reasons* they do what they do are wildly varied: Magneto fights against humans to protect/avenge his mutant people, Cruella De Vil’s vanity causes her to want a beautiful Dalmatian-skin coat, The Shredder has some sort of blood feud with Hamato Yoshi (and he kind of likes to see Krang fail.)  Perhaps my favorite motivation for antisocial behavior is that of Marvin The Martian, created by the legendary animator Chuck Jones, who endeavors to destroy Earth and its entire population…

…because the planet obstructs his view of Venus.  That, aside from being poetically brilliant, also begs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still doesn’t understand what the deal wasl with Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, ’cause that guy made NO sense, asking: What’s the most interesting/coolest motivation for a villainous character?