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    Ettin in the Playground
     
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    Default 101 Villainous Motivations

    I want to start a list of functional motivations for villains, that are basic that they can be applied to any villain with little adaptation.

    1. I need to control the world to save it from itself.
    2. I want to end the world to end misery
    3. I want to gain control of this city
    4. One. Bad. Day.
    5. The only way to truly beat monsters is to become one yourself.


    Any ideas?
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    6. psychotic episode
    7. traffic jam at important monument
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    8. Programmed for Evil - usually robot-based, but can apply to mind control as well
    9. Protecting my loved ones - another bad guy is threatening to kill them
    10. Protecting my loved ones - a threat must be completely eliminated
    11. Jealousy: destroying a rival
    12. Shortcut to power - doing things the "right way" is taking too long/ineffective
    13. Traumatic backstory - parents killed by Nazis, hero killed your brother, abandoned in the woods and raised by ocelots

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    14. For the evulz!
    15. Because it was Tuesday.
    16. Because my brother used to hog all the attentions from everyone, but now he's dead.
    17. Because Destiny says so.
    18. To appease my evil/crazy/elder/Volcano god.
    19. You either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain.
    20. Because I will be remembered, one way or the other.
    21. I just want to be a badass.
    22. I just want to be beautiful.
    23. I just want to be free.
    24. I just want to be normal.
    25. I just want to be young.
    26. I just want to be you.
    27. I just want to kill all your friends.
    28. Better to be feared than loved.
    29. You can't be hurt again if you're the only person left in the whole world.
    30. To create a playground for Evil.
    31. Utopia justifies the means.
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    32. I'll show them all!

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    Default Re: 101 Villainous Motivations

    33. Indoctrination.
    34. Power corrupts.

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    35. I need to prove my existence by leaving incontrovertible evidence.
    36. I need to prove my existence by defeating the most powerful hero.
    37. I need to prove my existence by losing to the most powerful hero.
    38. I need to show the world what happens when corruption and cruelty is taken to its logical extreme.
    39. I need to show the world what madness tastes like.
    40. "I am the world's first homicidal artist."
    41. I just want to be left alone.
    42. I find craters aesthetically pleasing.
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    43. Someone needs to make the tough decisions, and I don't trust any of you to make them.
    44. They wore White? After Labor Day!?!
    45. The Voices told me to.
    46. Four Bucks?!? For a lousy cup of coffee?!?
    47. They just kept asking stupid questions...

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    48. Free people make inefficient choices.
    49. The only escape from tyranny is to become the tyrant.
    50. Hurting people makes me feel powerful.
    51. Because no one as evil as me should ever have been allowed near power, and they deserve to be punished for their laxity.
    52. Happiness is relative, and sticks are cheaper than carrots.
    53. I want to know how far I can go.

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    53.5: To prove that sorcerers are better than wizards in all ways.
    Baamaa lyh ayd so telg.

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    54. People need an enemy in order to be good.

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    55. They should know their place... Below my feets!
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    56. I've found this cool dagger that grants wishes if I kill enough people with it! Don't worry though: I'm only using it for the betterment of the world.

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    57. I needed the experience points.
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    58. I just wanna have fu-un!
    59. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
    60. Gaining power to bring back a dead loved one.
    61. The gods think our race is growing too powerful. If I don't curb our numbers, they will - and they'll be far less gentle.
    61.5 In a sci-fi setting, we're getting too close to interstellar travel. You know what's out there, and what will happen to us if we make it out there in the dark.
    62. Lost someone to bandits; consolidating power to wipe them out is the only way to ensure it never happens again.
    63. You're ruining my beautiful grove!
    64. Cursed with an endless hunger.
    That's all I can think of, at any rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    57. I needed the experience points.
    Can I sig this?

    58. The Law must be enforced
    59. Things must be my way
    60. I will ascend to GodHood

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    65. Blood for the blood god!!!
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    Go right ahead.
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    66. Race x/sentient creatures/city dwellers are ruining the sanctity of the world.
    Hail to the Lord of Death and Destruction!
    CATNIP FOR THE CAT GOD! YARN FOR THE YARN THRONE! MILK FOR THE MILK BOWL!

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    67. "The world is a mess, and I... just need to rule it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by weckar View Post
    67. "The world is a mess, and I... just need to rule it"
    68. I need to be Evil, or else I can't enter the Evil League of Evil!
    That's all I can think of, at any rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strigon View Post
    68. I need to be Evil, or else I can't enter the Evil League of Evil!
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    69. Good* PrC's and spells on this side of things...

    *Pun not intended

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    Bad Horse! Bad Horse!
    Bad Horse! Bad Horse!
    Reminded me of something...

    70. Sorcurus king da best!
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    71. My dad never loved me
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    72. Mother never loved me.
    73. Mother loved me too much. I needed my space!!
    74. Because I can and it's free.
    75. Because I'm bored.
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    76. Because I'm a wizard, what are you going to do about it?
    77. Because war is the only real thing and all else is a sham
    78. Because I need to spread my form of enlightenment
    79. Because thats just a theory, AN (X) THEORY!!!
    80. Because good doesn't REALLY exist, why pretend it does?
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    81. I have this totally awesome build, but it only works if I'm evil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Raziere View Post
    76. Because I'm a wizard, what are you going to do about it?
    77. Because war is the only real thing and all else is a sham
    78. Because I need to spread my form of enlightenment
    79. Because thats just a theory, AN (X) THEORY!!!
    80. Because good doesn't REALLY exist, why pretend it does?
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    82. I am a good guy, all I ever do is good.
    83. This is just a dream, I can do what I want in it.
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    Default Re: 101 Villainous Motivations

    83. They want their loved one back and the good guys/nation/innocents just happen to be in the way.
    84. A hatred for their target and everything related to it, may or may not be unfounded.
    85. The world considered them a villain already, so might as well reap the benefits!
    86. "Asmodeus/Lucifer/The Plane of Shadows/The Negative Energy Plane is just misunderstood! I'll show you all if you just listen!"
    87. Blue and Orange morality: they do not understand good and evil at all.
    88. Sold their soul to evil to protect another
    89. The world/nation/tristate area has grown stagnant, and I must remind them why they should strive for greatness.
    90. For every hero, there must be a villain: this is balance.
    90b. There are not enough heroes, therefore I must be the villain that inspires the next generation of them.
    91. I am the only one who is real.
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    Default Re: 101 Villainous Motivations

    Since 81 got doubled up...

    93. In the end, there can be only one... and it shouldn't be you.
    94. Because Real Estate schemes are for bald losers.

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