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10 Video Game Villains With The WORST Motivations

Such an aggravation.

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They say a hero is only as good as his villain, so the perfect yin to the iconic video game hero's yang would, naturally, be an evil counterpart that matches the lofty stature of the hero.

While this can be true for a smattering of exceptional titles (see, Final Fantasy VII, Spider-Man PS4 and Metal Gear Solid), there are a handful of games who's villainous presences are far worse than they have any right to be. The hero's journey so often relies on defeating the bad guys and restoring peace to the land, and when the sudden reveal of the villain's intentions falls flat, the journey to stop them feels all the more pointless.

Whether they're capturing the princess or the perfect photograph, there's no mistaking that when the villain's true motivations become clear, the story suffers drastically if they're not as logical or engaging as the hero's reasons for stopping them.

Though there are surely hundreds more, we've taken the liberty of finding ten villains who have thoroughly lacklustre motivations for their deeds proving that, when the curtain is raised on their actions, it's all just a waste of time in the end.

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