8 Comic Book Villains Whose Own Desires Are Their Downfall

So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want...

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One of the key factors in making a truly great comic book villain is giving them a genuine motivation and definitive desire.

There may be the odd exception to this, where it’s simply a case of sheer insanity and bloodlust that drives a rogue, but so many of the baddest of the bad are driven by their own unique motives.

Of course, regardless of why they’re doing what they’re doing, it’s not exactly a stroll in the park for these villains to get what they want out of life. After all, there’s usually some cape ‘n’ tights sort waiting to punch them and their dreams squarely in the face.

Away from the plentiful superheroes who are out to put a stop to their nefarious schemes, however, there’s also the suggestion that some of these villains may be their own worst enemy. For instance, what would be the follow-on effect should they actually achieve what they really want to achieve? Could they go on as the characters we all know and love, or is it maybe a case of being careful what you wish for?

Here, we’re highlighting eight infamous rogues who can never truly “win” in their never-ending missions to cause chaos – and that’s all down to themselves!


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