History MotiveDecay / WesternAnimation

14th Nov '16 9:30:12 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The Fire Nation also suffers from in-universe motive decay over the course of the [[HopelessWar 100 year war]] - when the war began, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin's]] goal was to [[WhiteMansBurden "share the Fire Nation's greatness with the rest of the world"]]. By the time the show starts, that's devolved into DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.

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** The Fire Nation also suffers from in-universe motive decay over the course of the [[HopelessWar 100 year war]] - when the war began, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin's]] goal was to [[WhiteMansBurden "share the Fire Nation's greatness with the rest of the world"]]. By the time the show starts, that's devolved into DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.



* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife anymore, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.

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* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife anymore, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.
22nd Sep '16 8:31:35 PM nombretomado
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** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in ''UltimateAlien'', and replaced by him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin his business in his first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of joy.

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** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in ''UltimateAlien'', ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', and replaced by him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin his business in his first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of joy.
22nd Sep '16 8:26:08 PM nombretomado
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** Inverted with Charmcaster, whose motivations in the original show didn't seem to go further than getting more power and rivalry with Gwen. ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' fleshed out her motivations by giving her a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds backstory and revealing she actually was looking for more power to overthrow the tyrant who took over her home dimension and resurrect her father. After she accomplished the former and the latter proved impossible, she stopped being a villain and started going toward TrueNeutral.

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** Inverted with Charmcaster, whose motivations in the original show didn't seem to go further than getting more power and rivalry with Gwen. ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' fleshed out her motivations by giving her a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds backstory and revealing she actually was looking for more power to overthrow the tyrant who took over her home dimension and resurrect her father. After she accomplished the former and the latter proved impossible, she stopped being a villain and started going toward TrueNeutral.



** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in UltimateAlien, and replaced by him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin his business in his first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of joy.

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** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in UltimateAlien, ''UltimateAlien'', and replaced by him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin his business in his first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of joy.
7th Sep '16 4:07:38 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' averts this with most of its cartoonish super villains, but with Bushroot it follows this trope to hilt. Bushroot started his life of villainy to get revenge on the scientists who mocked him and destroyed his inventions and any chance with the woman he longed for. Some of his solo acts are committed in-line with his misunderstood lonely madman personality, such as trying to create sapient plants, but others are just plain supervillainy, like growing money to steal more money. Whenever he's teamed up with the [[FiveBadBand Fiendish Five]], or just partnering with another villain, any good side goes away completely (which does make sense if you think about it, as if he's now got a villain friend, he's not going to risk losing them by showing his softer side). Quackerjack, on a lower level, switches from trying to rebuild his toy empire/getting revenge on the toys/businesses who drove him out of business, to just wanting to commit random acts of crime. Then again, he's insane.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' averts this with most of its cartoonish super villains, but with Bushroot it follows this trope to the hilt. Bushroot started his life of villainy to get revenge on the scientists who mocked him and destroyed his inventions and any chance with the woman he longed for. Some of his solo acts are committed in-line with his misunderstood lonely madman personality, such as trying to create sapient plants, but others are just plain supervillainy, like growing money to steal more money. Whenever he's teamed up with the [[FiveBadBand Fiendish Five]], or just partnering with another villain, any good side goes away completely (which does make sense if you think about it, as if he's now got a villain friend, he's not going to risk losing them by showing his softer side). Quackerjack, on a lower level, switches from trying to rebuild his toy empire/getting revenge on the toys/businesses who drove him out of business, to just wanting to commit random acts of crime. Then again, he's insane.



** Xanatos invoked this trope, only to subvert it; a plan to get revenge on the Gargoyles for getting in his way in the past turns out to be nothing but a smokescreen to get his lover sprung from prison. As he tells Fox, "Revenge is a sucker's game." He firmly believes in leaving the past in the past and focusing on goals for the future, which in his case involve obtaining immortality, or sometimes just good old money and power.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Mathter and Fervent" presented us with The Mathter; he began by terrorizing Go City with vaporizing weapons because he was refused funding for his "unethical mathematical experiments". But after Kim and Hego beat up his flabby henchmen, he decides to make Ron (who has done nothing whatsoever at this point) his personal archenemy for no apparent reason in less than two minutes after they first meet. That's got to be some sort of record. He even goes to the extreme of erasing Ron's existence from [[EverythingIsOnline all the computer records]] and then tries to off Ron in person for good measure resulting in Ron being zapped with a ray that turns him into an "Anti-Matter Boy" who disintegrates anything he touches. Wow. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Mathter and Fervent" presented us with The Mathter; he began by terrorizing Go City with vaporizing weapons because he was refused funding for his "unethical mathematical experiments". But after Kim and Hego beat up his flabby henchmen, he decides to make Ron (who has done nothing whatsoever at this point) his personal archenemy for no apparent reason in less than two minutes after they first meet. That's got to be some sort of record. He even goes to the extreme of erasing Ron's existence from [[EverythingIsOnline all the computer records]] and then tries to off Ron in person for good measure measure, resulting in Ron being zapped with a ray that turns him into an "Anti-Matter Boy" who disintegrates anything he touches. Wow. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.



* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife any more, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.

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* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife any more, anymore, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.
5th Sep '16 8:18:48 PM Jacob175
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** Even Ra's al Ghul, whom Batman credits as having been his most dangerous adversary, gets hit with this. He's first introduced as a DiabolicalMastermind whose goal is to wipe out 90% of the human race to save the planet, with Batman defeating him and saving the entire world in an epic 2-parter. ''Every single one'' of his subsequent appearances involve some scheme of his to extend his life due to his Lazarus Pit-derived immortality beginning to wear off after so many years, and he never overtly makes another attempt at his original goal of destroying human civilization.

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** Even Ra's al Ghul, whom Batman credits as having been his most dangerous adversary, gets hit with this. He's first introduced as a DiabolicalMastermind whose goal is to wipe out 90% of the human race to save the planet, with Batman defeating him and saving the entire world in an epic 2-parter. ''Every single one'' of his subsequent appearances involve some scheme of his to extend his life due to his Lazarus Pit-derived immortality beginning to wear off after so many years, and he never overtly makes another attempt at his original goal of destroying human civilization. The closest he came to returning to his goal was the "Near Apocalypse of '09", which required the whole League to stop and ended with Batman kicking his butt so hard, it took until ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' for him to recover, but even then, that happened off-screen.


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** As part of the Aligned continuity, the Decepticons had decayed their motive a long time ago since ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''. Originally meant to protest the stifling caste system and societal decay of Cybertron, millions of years of war caused them to lose sight of their goals and focus solely on conquest and Autobot destruction. At that point, CartoonishSupervillainy was the only place left to go. To Megatron's credit, [[spoiler:he did at least finally realize he was the bad guy and ended the Decepticons in the GrandFinale movie.]]
26th Aug '16 7:39:14 AM Prinzenick
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* In some episodes of the made-for-TV WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoons, [[BigBadWannabe The Professor's]] goal to steal Felix's Magic Bag is superseded by other matters, be it due to bouts of sadism or his absentmindedness.
** For example, in "Into Outer Space", Professor traps Felix and has a clear shot at getting the Bag (despite admitting that it won't work for him) but instead he decides to launch Felix into outer space along with the bag for the heck of it.
** In "Felix's Gold Mine", Felix loses his Magic Bag when it falls off the pinnacle he's trapped on—Professor gets the bag, but he can't use it, so he ditches it and tries to use other means to reach the summit where Felix's mine is.
** In "The Vacation Mirage", he separates Felix from the Magic Bag, but instead of going after the bag, he spends the rest of the episode sadistically tormenting Felix with his barrage of realistic mirages.
25th Jun '16 3:17:52 AM rafi
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', J. Jonah Jameson has a perfectly understandable and sympathetic reason for distrusting Spider-Man: his wife was killed by a masked assassin working for a mobster Jameson was about to expose, prompting him to start a crusade against people who wear masks and act above the law. However, in Mysterio's introductory episode, Mysterio, who has done next to nothing to earn anyone's trust and wears a mask himself, publicly announces that he's going to bring down Spider-Man... and is promptly lauded as a hero by Jameson. He's the one responsible for creating The Scorpion, although he does regret it later.
* Vlad in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' starts out with a rather sympathetic backstory and an almost understandable motivation: Jack, through sheer idiocy, caused an accident that sent Vlad to the hospital for years, costing Vlad's chance at Maddie, who ended up marrying Jack. Later episodes started ignoring it; in an episode where Danny changes history to prevent Vlad's accident (giving him absolutely no motivation for turning evil), he ''still'' turns out evil for no apparent reason. One could argue it's really a matter of personality in that Vlad has an unhealthy means of obsession despite different time periods. It's implied Maddie still loves Jack (Past Maddie is giving loving eyes towards Jack) in the altered timeline while Vlad is hinted to be bitter even during his college years (he crosses his arms in frustration when Maddie doesn't pay attention to him). With Jack alive, it's motivation enough for Vlad to go completely apeshit to preserve his happy ending. In ''The Ultimate Enemy'', Vlad is shown as actually being a rather caring individual (willing to adopt Danny after he's orphaned, and willing to help rid him of his human sorrow for what appears to be purely altruistic reasons). So make of him what you will. His motives still decay over time, with less and less focus being on killing Jack and taking Maddie/Danny as his wife/son and more and more on just screwing with Danny and being his antagonist. At first he was an antagonistic in a half "I'll train you" kind of way and in the end he just went straight villain.
** It seems to be more an inherent character trait. When he gets what he wants he's actualy a rather good and kind guy. It's just that when he doesn't he's quick to turn to bitterness and hatred to TAKE what he wants. The longer he stews the more unhinged he gets (to the point of making holographic and cloned copies of Maddie/Danny to try to have those when it's clear he can't get the originals). Going with the above, in the altered timeline he's rather normal and pleasant having both a fortune and the love of his life. But the moment he suspects things aren't quite going just his way he's quick to snap at people. It's just that in the main timeline he never had Maddie so he's basically stuck in villain mode most of the time.
** Another addition to that is that Vlad gets so obsessed that he loses sight of the clear goal. At any point, Vlad could turn ghost and straight up murder Jack, but he doesn't. He pines after Maddie even with Jack there. Some part of him believes that he is a monster and he is AffablyEvil most of the time. He isn't above begging and [[spoiler: poisoning Danny's friends to get his help when he's dying]], but he seems willing to be altruistic in certain situations. In ''The Ultimate Enemy'', Vlad loses his former best friend and his long-time love of his life and has their son, an orphaned Danny, show up at his door. Given that he wanted a child of his own and just got a HUGE slap in the face by fate by the deaths, it is arguable that his obsession and priority's imploded and died. The last nail in the coffin was having [[spoiler: Ghost Danny suck out his ghost form, combine with it, and straight up murder Human Danny without a second thought.]] That would have destroyed his mind (Vlad never killed anyone himself and seeing someone die by his actions would leave him forever guilty). He hated his ghost, but he missed it when it was gone. So to sum this up, his ex-best-friend, the love of his life, and [[spoiler: their son/his adopted son]] are all killed and he lost his powers, his abilities to fight, and got to watch the whole world burn to ashes due to his mistakes. ''That...'' [[CaptainObvious changes a man.]]
* The Floaty Heads in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' parody this. ''Every single time they show up'' they want something different. It's not commented on in the show, but it is on the show's website.
* Macbeth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was an odd case - he only attacked the Gargoyles in his first appearance in an attempt to draw out the villainess Demona. By the end of that episode, the heroes had explained that she hated them too, which gave him no real motive to oppose them... yet every subsequent appearance found some excuse to feature him as an antagonist. First he went after a set of magical scrolls (that turned out to be diaries) that the Gargs had anticipated ''Xanatos'' would try to steal. Not once, but twice, he fought them under the Weird Sisters' mind-control -- with a third incident that turned out to be a decoy robot double built by Xanatos. In a World Tour appearance, they crossed paths without trading blows, parting on fairly amiable terms, but then he was opposing their friend King Arthur in an attempt to recover Excalibur. For two full seasons, he was a recurring villain, who never once had so much of an EnemyMine, despite having no specific reason to oppose the heroes.
** [[TheUnmasquedWorld After their cover was blown world-wide,]] he did get a cameo as a TV correspondent promoting friendly human-gargoyle relations -- kind of funny since the experiences he'd had that were shown to the audience were almost overwhelmingly negative! But he doesn't hold Demona against the gargs as a whole. In the [[ExpandedUniverse comic continuation]] he's becoming more of an ally.
** Villains in Gargoyles tend to be more complex than your standard "tie the girl to the railroad track" fare. After the "City of Stone" arc, Macbeth's only appearances as a ''true'' villain were under mind control. He actually did have a valid reason to at least try to obtain Excalibur- he fit the prophecy as well as Arthur Pendragon did. And the episode during the world tour would count as a non-antagonistic appearance of the character.
** Also, when he went after the scrolls it was because he believed them to be magical. He was probably going to use said magic to kill Demona (or himself since that was what he really wanted). He was only fighting the Gargoyles because they were in the way. Once he learns that that scrolls were diaries, he promptly gave them to the Gargoyles and let them leave.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'': In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', J. Jonah Jameson has a perfectly understandable and sympathetic reason for distrusting Spider-Man: his wife her first appearance, Iciclia's main goal was killed by a masked assassin working for a mobster Jameson was about to expose, prompting him to start a crusade against people who wear masks and act above the law. However, in Mysterio's introductory episode, Mysterio, who has done next to nothing to earn anyone's trust and wears a mask himself, publicly announces that he's going to bring down Spider-Man... and is promptly lauded as a hero by Jameson. He's the one responsible for creating The Scorpion, although he does regret it later.
* Vlad in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' starts out with a rather sympathetic backstory and an almost understandable motivation: Jack, through sheer idiocy, caused an accident that sent Vlad to the hospital for years, costing Vlad's chance at Maddie, who ended up marrying Jack. Later episodes started ignoring it; in an episode where Danny changes history to prevent Vlad's accident (giving him absolutely no motivation for turning evil), he ''still'' turns out evil for no apparent reason. One could argue it's really a matter of personality in that Vlad has an unhealthy means of obsession despite different time periods. It's implied Maddie still loves Jack (Past Maddie is giving loving eyes towards Jack) in the altered timeline while Vlad is hinted to be bitter even during his college years (he crosses his arms in frustration when Maddie doesn't pay attention to him). With Jack alive, it's motivation
steal enough for Vlad montegoberries to go completely apeshit keep looking young and she was foiled. In her next appearances, she's only seen young-looking and there's no mention of her dependancy anymore.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** The Dai Li in were founded centuries ago by that time's Avatar
to preserve his happy ending. In ''The Ultimate Enemy'', Vlad is shown as actually being a rather caring individual (willing to adopt Danny after he's orphaned, and willing to help rid him the cultural heritage of his human sorrow for what appears to be purely altruistic reasons). So make the city of him what you will. His motives still decay over time, with less and less focus being on killing Jack and taking Maddie/Danny as his wife/son and more and more on just screwing with Danny and being his antagonist. At first he was Ba Sing Se. However, by the time of the show, they've become a SecretPolice led by an antagonistic in a half "I'll train you" kind of way and EvilChancellor -- brainwashing dissidents, holding all the true power in the end he just went straight villain.
** It seems to be more an inherent character trait. When he gets what he wants he's actualy a rather good
city, and kind guy. It's just that when he doesn't he's quick to turn to bitterness and hatred to TAKE what he wants. The longer he stews hiding from the more unhinged he gets (to king the point of making holographic and cloned copies of Maddie/Danny to try to have those when it's clear he can't get the originals). Going fact that, you know, they've been at war with the above, in the altered timeline he's rather normal and pleasant having both Fire Nation for a fortune and the love of his life. But the moment he suspects things aren't quite going just his way he's quick to snap at people. It's just that in the main timeline he never had Maddie so he's basically stuck in villain mode most of the time.
** Another addition to that is that Vlad gets so obsessed that he loses sight of the clear goal. At any point, Vlad could turn ghost and straight
century. [[spoiler:Of course, they end up murder Jack, but he doesn't. He pines after Maddie even with Jack there. Some part of him believes that he is a monster and he is AffablyEvil most of the time. He isn't above begging and [[spoiler: poisoning Danny's friends to get his help when he's dying]], but he seems willing to be altruistic in certain situations. In ''The Ultimate Enemy'', Vlad loses his former best friend and his long-time love of his life and has their son, an orphaned Danny, show up at his door. Given that he wanted a child of his own and just got a HUGE slap in the face by fate by the deaths, it is arguable that his obsession and priority's imploded and died. The last nail in the coffin was having [[spoiler: Ghost Danny suck out his ghost form, combine with it, and straight up murder Human Danny without a second thought.]] That would have destroyed his mind (Vlad never killed anyone himself and seeing someone die by his actions would leave him forever guilty). He hated his ghost, but he missed it when it was gone. So to sum this up, his ex-best-friend, the love of his life, and [[spoiler: their son/his adopted son]] are all killed and he lost his powers, his abilities to fight, and got to watch the whole world burn to ashes due to his mistakes. ''That...'' [[CaptainObvious changes a man.joining said enemy.]]
* ** The Floaty Heads in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' parody this. ''Every single Fire Nation also suffers from in-universe motive decay over the course of the [[HopelessWar 100 year war]] - when the war began, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin's]] goal was to [[WhiteMansBurden "share the Fire Nation's greatness with the rest of the world"]]. By the time they the show up'' they want something different. It's starts, that's devolved into DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Baron Zemo initially strives to kill ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, then extract a SuperSerum. This would
not commented on only help Zemo create powerful subordinates, but also cure him of Virus X, which deformed Zemo after Cap stopped him from using it as a weapon against the Allies. Then the Enchantress (falsely) offers to help him TakeOverTheWorld, so he and she go round up a supervillain team, and Virus X never receives another mention.
** Kang the Conqueror comes to conquer 21st century Earth so he can prevent a disaster that will destroy the world, including the empire he rules during the 40th century. After the Avengers put him in jail, he remains imprisoned for 31 episodes[[note]]30 if you treat "The Kang Dynasty" and "New Avengers" as episodes #19 and #49, respectively, instead of #18 and #49[[/note]], until the Council of Kangs helps him get rid of the Avengers. Kang proceeds to send troops from the 40th century to help him take over 21st century Earth. FridgeLogic says that since Kang ''has'' troops
in the show, but it is on 40th century, the show's website.
* Macbeth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was an odd case - he only attacked the Gargoyles in his first appearance in an attempt to draw out the villainess Demona. By the end of that episode, the heroes had explained that she hated them too, which gave him no real motive to oppose them... yet every subsequent appearance found some excuse to feature him as an antagonist. First he went after a set of magical scrolls (that turned out to be diaries) that the Gargs had anticipated ''Xanatos'' would try to steal. Not once, but twice, he fought them under the Weird Sisters' mind-control -- with a third incident that turned out to be a decoy robot double built by Xanatos. In a World Tour appearance, they crossed paths without trading blows, parting on fairly amiable terms, but then he was opposing their friend King Arthur in an attempt to recover Excalibur. For two full seasons, he was a recurring villain, who never once had so much of an EnemyMine, despite having no specific reason to oppose the heroes.
** [[TheUnmasquedWorld After their cover was blown world-wide,]] he did get a cameo as a TV correspondent promoting friendly human-gargoyle relations -- kind of funny since the experiences he'd had that were shown to the audience were almost overwhelmingly negative! But
Earth-shattering disaster must have been successfully prevented, and he doesn't hold Demona against the gargs as a whole. In the [[ExpandedUniverse comic continuation]] he's becoming more of an ally.
** Villains in Gargoyles tend to be more complex than your standard "tie the girl to the railroad track" fare. After the "City of Stone" arc, Macbeth's only appearances as a ''true'' villain were under mind control. He actually did
have much of a valid reason to at least try to obtain Excalibur- he fit the prophecy as well as Arthur Pendragon did. And the episode during take over the world tour would count as a non-antagonistic appearance of the character.
** Also, when he went after the scrolls it was because he believed them to be magical. He was probably going to use said magic to kill Demona (or himself since that was what he really wanted). He was only fighting the Gargoyles because they were in the way. Once he learns that that scrolls were diaries, he promptly gave them to the Gargoyles and let them leave.
past anymore.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Mathter and Fervent" presented us with The Mathter; he began by terrorizing Go City with vaporizing weapons because he was refused funding for his "unethical mathematical experiments". But after Kim and Hego beat up his flabby henchmen, he decides to make Ron (who has done nothing whatsoever at this point) his personal archenemy for no apparent reason in less than two minutes after they first meet. That's got to be some sort of record. He even goes to the extreme of erasing Ron's existence from [[EverythingIsOnline all the computer records]] and then tries to off Ron in person for good measure resulting in Ron being zapped with a ray that turns him into an "Anti-Matter Boy" who disintegrates anything he touches. Wow. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.
** Almost every episode that involved any of Team Go, and especially when in their own city, tended to fall hard into superhero world cliches. Just as Kim Possible was a show lampooning the spy genre, they had their own fun with the superhero ones with Team Go. Example, Kim and Ron pick out Hego as the manager of the Bueno Nacho within minutes (his ClarkKenting was weak). Having taken Ron as his arch was simply "how it's done, who am I to argue" and between the choice of Kim Possible, the super strong Hego, and the pathetic sidekick, who would you want to choose as your enemy?

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Mathter ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' villain [[MadScientist Dr Animo]] was first introduced as a scientist whose motivation was stealing a prize that he thought he deserved. This is completely dropped in all his next appearances, where he is portrayed as a classic super-villain trying to either mutate or conquer the world (sometimes both).
** Well, he wanted to get the trophy
and Fervent" presented us ''sic a bunch of dinosaurs on Washington DC.''
** Inverted
with The Mathter; he began by terrorizing Go City Charmcaster, whose motivations in the original show didn't seem to go further than getting more power and rivalry with vaporizing weapons because he Gwen. ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' fleshed out her motivations by giving her a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds backstory and revealing she actually was refused funding looking for more power to overthrow the tyrant who took over her home dimension and resurrect her father. After she accomplished the former and the latter proved impossible, she stopped being a villain and started going toward TrueNeutral.
*** Some argue she still suffered it in two ways: first that if those were her motives all along, they seriously decayed when she started [[DesignatedGirlFight fixating more on getting revenge on Gwen]] prior to those motives being revealed, and secondly that resurrecting her father wasn't really foreshadowed at all back when freeing her home dimension was established as her motivation, so it being a driving force for her [[{{Retcon}} came out of left field.]]
** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in UltimateAlien, and replaced by him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin
his "unethical mathematical experiments". But after Kim and Hego beat up business in his flabby henchmen, first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he decides to make Ron (who has done nothing whatsoever at this point) his personal archenemy is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason in less than two minutes after they first meet. That's got reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to be some sort restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of record. He even goes to joy.
** [[EvilTwin Albedo]] was initially introduced with
the extreme of erasing Ron's existence simple goal to get Ben's Omnitrix so he could use it to free himself from [[EverythingIsOnline his ShapeShifterModeLock and get his original form back, and, while he was rather psychotic in his methods, it was made clear he had no real evil intentions beyond it (in one episode, he manages to temporarly get his original form back, and was ready to just leave Earth without any further fight). In ''Omniverse'', he actually succeeds in his goal, but is bitter toward Ben for all the computer records]] things he went through in-between, and now focuses on revenge, which is still a logical approach. But then he goes full-blown CartoonishSupervillainy and tries to off Ron in person for good measure resulting in Ron absorb [[BigGood Azmuth]]'s intelligence to become the smartest being zapped in the galaxy, [[FridgeLogic even though a major part of his personnality was about trying to prove he was smarter than Azmuth already]]. His two next appearances have him work for [[BigBad Vilgax]] ([[TooDumbToLive Even though Vilgax betrayed him last time they teamed up and does it again a second time]]), with at least one case where he had nothing to gain from such an alliance and the other where he just wanted to overthrow Azmuth as First Thinker of Galvan Prime.
* Vlad in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' starts out
with a ray rather sympathetic backstory and an almost understandable motivation: Jack, through sheer idiocy, caused an accident that turns him into an "Anti-Matter Boy" sent Vlad to the hospital for years, costing Vlad's chance at Maddie, who disintegrates anything he touches. Wow. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.
** Almost every
ended up marrying Jack. Later episodes started ignoring it; in an episode that involved any of Team Go, and especially when in their own city, tended where Danny changes history to fall hard into superhero world cliches. Just as Kim Possible was a show lampooning the spy genre, they had their own fun with the superhero ones with Team Go. Example, Kim and Ron pick prevent Vlad's accident (giving him absolutely no motivation for turning evil), he ''still'' turns out Hego as the manager of the Bueno Nacho within minutes (his ClarkKenting was weak). Having taken Ron as his arch was simply "how evil for no apparent reason. One could argue it's done, who am I really a matter of personality in that Vlad has an unhealthy means of obsession despite different time periods. It's implied Maddie still loves Jack (Past Maddie is giving loving eyes towards Jack) in the altered timeline while Vlad is hinted to argue" be bitter even during his college years (he crosses his arms in frustration when Maddie doesn't pay attention to him). With Jack alive, it's motivation enough for Vlad to go completely apeshit to preserve his happy ending. In ''The Ultimate Enemy'', Vlad is shown as actually being a rather caring individual (willing to adopt Danny after he's orphaned, and between willing to help rid him of his human sorrow for what appears to be purely altruistic reasons). So make of him what you will. His motives still decay over time, with less and less focus being on killing Jack and taking Maddie/Danny as his wife/son and more and more on just screwing with Danny and being his antagonist. At first he was an antagonistic in a half "I'll train you" kind of way and in the choice of Kim Possible, end he just went straight villain.
** It seems to be more an inherent character trait. When he gets what he wants he's actualy a rather good and kind guy. It's just that when he doesn't he's quick to turn to bitterness and hatred to TAKE what he wants. The longer he stews
the super strong Hego, more unhinged he gets (to the point of making holographic and cloned copies of Maddie/Danny to try to have those when it's clear he can't get the originals). Going with the above, in the altered timeline he's rather normal and pleasant having both a fortune and the pathetic sidekick, who love of his life. But the moment he suspects things aren't quite going just his way he's quick to snap at people. It's just that in the main timeline he never had Maddie so he's basically stuck in villain mode most of the time.
** Another addition to that is that Vlad gets so obsessed that he loses sight of the clear goal. At any point, Vlad could turn ghost and straight up murder Jack, but he doesn't. He pines after Maddie even with Jack there. Some part of him believes that he is a monster and he is AffablyEvil most of the time. He isn't above begging and [[spoiler: poisoning Danny's friends to get his help when he's dying]], but he seems willing to be altruistic in certain situations. In ''The Ultimate Enemy'', Vlad loses his former best friend and his long-time love of his life and has their son, an orphaned Danny, show up at his door. Given that he wanted a child of his own and just got a HUGE slap in the face by fate by the deaths, it is arguable that his obsession and priority's imploded and died. The last nail in the coffin was having [[spoiler: Ghost Danny suck out his ghost form, combine with it, and straight up murder Human Danny without a second thought.]] That
would have destroyed his mind (Vlad never killed anyone himself and seeing someone die by his actions would leave him forever guilty). He hated his ghost, but he missed it when it was gone. So to sum this up, his ex-best-friend, the love of his life, and [[spoiler: their son/his adopted son]] are all killed and he lost his powers, his abilities to fight, and got to watch the whole world burn to ashes due to his mistakes. ''That...'' [[CaptainObvious changes a man.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' averts this with most of its cartoonish super villains, but with Bushroot it follows this trope to hilt. Bushroot started his life of villainy to get revenge on the scientists who mocked him and destroyed his inventions and any chance with the woman he longed for. Some of his solo acts are committed in-line with his misunderstood lonely madman personality, such as trying to create sapient plants, but others are just plain supervillainy, like growing money to steal more money. Whenever he's teamed up with the [[FiveBadBand Fiendish Five]], or just partnering with another villain, any good side goes away completely (which does make sense if
you want think about it, as if he's now got a villain friend, he's not going to choose risk losing them by showing his softer side). Quackerjack, on a lower level, switches from trying to rebuild his toy empire/getting revenge on the toys/businesses who drove him out of business, to just wanting to commit random acts of crime. Then again, he's insane.
** The "growing money to steal more" plot of Bushroot's does still kind of fit with his misunderstood lonely madman motif,
as your enemy?he was using the money mostly to buy things for his plant friends.



** [[WebComic/EightBitTheater Creating a universe of total disorder is making it totally ordered.]] Also it would be boring. Alternatively, maybe they had plans beyond that, but never got a chance to back-stab the anti-fairies.
* Now admittedly ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' was never the greatest at establishing concrete motives for its villains (with a few exceptions), but a particularly solid case of decay still exists in the form of Brother Blood. He starts out as your typical [[strike: power-mad]] supervillain ''pimp'', helped by the fact that he has psychic powers, but then degenerates into wiping-out-a-city-ForTheEvulz territory and his final EvilPlan involves--becoming exactly like Cyborg. Why? Because he's decided that Cyborg is simply the greatest thing since sliced bread, apparently, which winds up making Blood look rather pathetic.
** He does explain it quite clearly. He's obsessed with having complete control over his students with his psychic powers. Even though some like Bumblebee could resist him, they could still be over powered if he directed his attention to them. Cyborg was the only person he'd ever met that was completely immune to his control so as his arc went on he became more and more obsessed finding out what made Cyborg immune and making more cyborgs was just semi coincidental with the fact you can program totally obedient robots and he already had Cyborg's blueprints so why not? The obsession with control is also intended to make him look pathetic as he keeps losing his calm demeanor when he raves about Cyborg's resistance.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' averts this with most of its cartoonish super villains, but with Bushroot it follows this trope to hilt. Bushroot started his life of villainy to get revenge on the scientists who mocked him and destroyed his inventions and any chance with the woman he longed for. Some of his solo acts are committed in-line with his misunderstood lonely madman personality, such as trying to create sapient plants, but others are just plain supervillainy, like growing money to steal more money. Whenever he's teamed up with the [[FiveBadBand Fiendish Five]], or just partnering with another villain, any good side goes away completely (which does make sense if you think about it, as if he's now got a villain friend, he's not going to risk losing them by showing his softer side). Quackerjack, on a lower level, switches from trying to rebuild his toy empire/getting revenge on the toys/businesses who drove him out of business, to just wanting to commit random acts of crime. Then again, he's insane.
** The "growing money to steal more" plot of Bushroot's does still kind of fit with his misunderstood lonely madman motif, as he was using the money mostly to buy things for his plant friends.
* Gargamel originally wanted to use TheSmurfs to make gold (he's a capitalist after all) or capture them to finally get some respect in his life, as the Smurfs are thought by many to be mythical. For some reason, in later seasons, he simply wanted to capture/eat/destroy the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical blue communists]] for no real reason other than they kept besting his last plan to get them. This was made fun of in WesternAnimation/RobotChicken where he said he never was clear on his motive.
** One episode of the actual series infamously lampshaded it with Gargamel saying "I don't want to eat them, I don't want to turn them into gold, all I want now is to DESTROY THEM!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' Megabyte went from conquest of Mainframe to personal revenge in season 4. He even [[LampshadeHanging admits it]] during a monologue right before the cliffhanger.
-->You're probably looking forward to one of my erudite speeches about me, [[{{Egopolis}} Megaframe]], the new viral dawn, et cetera et cetera. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you. [[MotiveDecay There is no grand scheme here.]] This is about revenge.
** [[spoiler:It later becomes a complete inversion, when he ultimately mentions his function right from the start was just to prey on sprites and destroy everything. It turns out he decayed his motive a long time ago and is finally getting down to business.]]

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** [[WebComic/EightBitTheater Creating a universe * Macbeth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was an odd case - he only attacked the Gargoyles in his first appearance in an attempt to draw out the villainess Demona. By the end of total disorder is making it totally ordered.]] Also it that episode, the heroes had explained that she hated them too, which gave him no real motive to oppose them... yet every subsequent appearance found some excuse to feature him as an antagonist. First he went after a set of magical scrolls (that turned out to be diaries) that the Gargs had anticipated ''Xanatos'' would try to steal. Not once, but twice, he fought them under the Weird Sisters' mind-control -- with a third incident that turned out to be boring. Alternatively, maybe a decoy robot double built by Xanatos. In a World Tour appearance, they had plans beyond that, but never got a chance to back-stab the anti-fairies.
* Now admittedly ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' was never the greatest at establishing concrete motives for its villains (with a few exceptions), but a particularly solid case of decay still exists in the form of Brother Blood. He starts out as your typical [[strike: power-mad]] supervillain ''pimp'', helped by the fact that he has psychic powers,
crossed paths without trading blows, parting on fairly amiable terms, but then degenerates into wiping-out-a-city-ForTheEvulz territory and his final EvilPlan involves--becoming exactly like Cyborg. Why? Because he was opposing their friend King Arthur in an attempt to recover Excalibur. For two full seasons, he was a recurring villain, who never once had so much of an EnemyMine, despite having no specific reason to oppose the heroes.
** [[TheUnmasquedWorld After their cover was blown world-wide,]] he did get a cameo as a TV correspondent promoting friendly human-gargoyle relations -- kind of funny since the experiences he'd had that were shown to the audience were almost overwhelmingly negative! But he doesn't hold Demona against the gargs as a whole. In the [[ExpandedUniverse comic continuation]]
he's decided that Cyborg is simply becoming more of an ally.
** Villains in Gargoyles tend to be more complex than your standard "tie
the greatest thing girl to the railroad track" fare. After the "City of Stone" arc, Macbeth's only appearances as a ''true'' villain were under mind control. He actually did have a valid reason to at least try to obtain Excalibur- he fit the prophecy as well as Arthur Pendragon did. And the episode during the world tour would count as a non-antagonistic appearance of the character.
** Also, when he went after the scrolls it was because he believed them to be magical. He was probably going to use said magic to kill Demona (or himself
since sliced bread, apparently, which winds up making Blood look rather pathetic.
**
that was what he really wanted). He does explain it quite clearly. He's was only fighting the Gargoyles because they were in the way. Once he learns that that scrolls were diaries, he promptly gave them to the Gargoyles and let them leave.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', Ezekiel Rage was a former spy turned terrorist who was
obsessed with having complete control over his students with his psychic powers. Even though some like Bumblebee could resist him, they could still be over powered if he directed his attention to them. Cyborg was the only person he'd ever met that was completely immune to his control so as his arc went on he became more and more obsessed finding out what made Cyborg immune and making more cyborgs was just semi coincidental with the fact you can program totally obedient robots and he already had Cyborg's blueprints so why not? The obsession with control is also intended to make him look pathetic as he keeps losing his calm demeanor when he raves about Cyborg's resistance.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' averts this with most of its cartoonish super villains, but with Bushroot it follows this trope to hilt. Bushroot started his life of villainy to get
getting revenge on the scientists who mocked US government for abandoning him and destroyed his inventions and any chance with when he needed them the woman he longed for. Some most, resulting in the deaths of his solo acts are committed in-line wife and daughter. In later appearances, he became the leader of a doomsday cult who was obsessed with wiping out humanity, and stopped mentioning his misunderstood lonely madman personality, such as wife and daughter.
* Dark Vegan of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', in his first two appearances, was a KnightTemplar
trying to create sapient plants, destroy the Earth in order to maintain the Utopia of his home planet, but others are since ViewersAreMorons and can't know who to root for without the verbal equivalent of a bright neon light pointing to it, he was changed to just plain supervillainy, like growing money to steal more money. Whenever he's teamed up with the [[FiveBadBand Fiendish Five]], or just partnering with another villain, any good side goes away completely (which does make sense if you think about it, as if he's now got a villain friend, he's not going to risk losing them by showing his softer side). Quackerjack, on a lower level, switches from trying to rebuild his toy empire/getting revenge on the toys/businesses who drove him out of business, to just wanting to commit random acts of crime. Then again, he's insane.
** The "growing money to steal more" plot of Bushroot's does still kind of fit
[[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] GenericDoomsdayVillain obsessed with his misunderstood lonely madman motif, as he was using taking over the money mostly to buy things for his plant friends.
* Gargamel originally wanted to use TheSmurfs to make gold (he's a capitalist after all) or capture them to finally get some respect in his life, as the Smurfs are thought by many to be mythical. For some reason, in later seasons, he simply wanted to capture/eat/destroy the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical blue communists]]
world and destroying Johnny for no real reason other than they kept besting because BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad. Interestingly, this happened at the same time he was altered from a genuine threat to life on Earth to a HarmlessVillain who spends most of his last plan to get them. This was made fun of in WesternAnimation/RobotChicken where he said he never was clear on his motive.
** One episode of the actual series infamously lampshaded it
time eating toast.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Mathter and Fervent" presented us
with Gargamel saying "I don't want The Mathter; he began by terrorizing Go City with vaporizing weapons because he was refused funding for his "unethical mathematical experiments". But after Kim and Hego beat up his flabby henchmen, he decides to eat them, I don't want to turn them into gold, all I want now is to DESTROY THEM!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' Megabyte went from conquest of Mainframe to
make Ron (who has done nothing whatsoever at this point) his personal revenge archenemy for no apparent reason in season 4. less than two minutes after they first meet. That's got to be some sort of record. He even [[LampshadeHanging admits it]] goes to the extreme of erasing Ron's existence from [[EverythingIsOnline all the computer records]] and then tries to off Ron in person for good measure resulting in Ron being zapped with a ray that turns him into an "Anti-Matter Boy" who disintegrates anything he touches. Wow. Talk about DisproportionateRetribution.
** Almost every episode that involved any of Team Go, and especially when in their own city, tended to fall hard into superhero world cliches. Just as Kim Possible was a show lampooning the spy genre, they had their own fun with the superhero ones with Team Go. Example, Kim and Ron pick out Hego as the manager of the Bueno Nacho within minutes (his ClarkKenting was weak). Having taken Ron as his arch was simply "how it's done, who am I to argue" and between the choice of Kim Possible, the super strong Hego, and the pathetic sidekick, who would you want to choose as your enemy?
* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter
during a monologue right before the cliffhanger.
-->You're probably looking forward to one of my erudite speeches about me, [[{{Egopolis}} Megaframe]], the new viral dawn, et cetera et cetera. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you. [[MotiveDecay There is no grand scheme here.]] This is about revenge.
** [[spoiler:It later becomes a complete inversion, when
fight. Asami retorts that he ultimately mentions doesn't even love his function right from the start was just wife any more, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to prey on sprites and destroy everything. It turns out he decayed do what looks like killing his motive a long time ago and is finally getting down to business.]]own daughter.



* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'', the titular fairy's evil cousin Saphira would frequently come up with schemes to undermine Pearlie's credibility and get her kicked out of the park (so she could take over). While this popped up occasionally as the series progressed, in later episodes her schemes were usually either attempting to show up/embarrass Pearlie, or get revenge on one of Pearlie's friends (usually Opal) for various trivial reasons



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Baron Zemo initially strives to kill ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, then extract a SuperSerum. This would not only help Zemo create powerful subordinates, but also cure him of Virus X, which deformed Zemo after Cap stopped him from using it as a weapon against the Allies. Then the Enchantress (falsely) offers to help him TakeOverTheWorld, so he and she go round up a supervillain team, and Virus X never receives another mention.
** Kang the Conqueror comes to conquer 21st century Earth so he can prevent a disaster that will destroy the world, including the empire he rules during the 40th century. After the Avengers put him in jail, he remains imprisoned for 31 episodes[[note]]30 if you treat "The Kang Dynasty" and "New Avengers" as episodes #19 and #49, respectively, instead of #18 and #49[[/note]], until the Council of Kangs helps him get rid of the Avengers. Kang proceeds to send troops from the 40th century to help him take over 21st century Earth. FridgeLogic says that since Kang ''has'' troops in the 40th century, the Earth-shattering disaster must have been successfully prevented, and he doesn't have much of a reason to take over the world of the past anymore.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Metallo had this happen to him. His origin episode that transformed him from John Corben into Metallo ended with his vendetta focused on Superman, but also on Luthor for [[BlessedWithSuck transferring his mind into the strong-but-numb Metallo body]]. However, by his second appearance the "vengeance against Luthor" angle has been dropped entirely and in his fourth appearance he even gets a girlfriend, despite the fact that his inability to feel anything at all when kissing a woman was one of the things that originally drove him nuts. His original motive does return in the video game ''Superman: Shadow of Apokolips'', which debuted in 2002. Recruited by a disguised Luthor and told to destroy Superman, Metallo defers and goes after Luthor himself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Baron Zemo initially strives to kill ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, then extract a SuperSerum. This
On ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'', the titular fairy's evil cousin Saphira would not only help Zemo create powerful subordinates, but frequently come up with schemes to undermine Pearlie's credibility and get her kicked out of the park (so she could take over). While this popped up occasionally as the series progressed, in later episodes her schemes were usually either attempting to show up/embarrass Pearlie, or get revenge on one of Pearlie's friends (usually Opal) for various trivial reasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Inverted with Doof. In the first episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz was a GenericDoomsdayVillain who [[LampshadeHanging openly admitted that he himself wasn't sure what his own motives were]]. From the second episode, his {{Evil Plan}}s are mostly motivated by revenge for his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, or occasionally by a lust for power. It's
also cure him implied that a lot of Virus X, which deformed Zemo after Cap stopped him from using it as a weapon against the Allies. Then the Enchantress (falsely) offers is [[PsychopathicManchild just acting out to help him TakeOverTheWorld, so he and get attention.]]
** Non-villainous example with Candace. Her initial desire to bust her brothers is because
she go round up a supervillain team, and Virus X never receives another mention.
** Kang the Conqueror
wishes them to be normal. Sometimes, however, her busting obsession comes to conquer 21st century Earth so he can prevent a disaster the level where Candace is just downright mean, trying to bust them even for crazy ideas that will destroy aren't at the world, including the empire he rules during the 40th century. After the Avengers put him in jail, he remains imprisoned for 31 episodes[[note]]30 if you treat "The Kang Dynasty" and "New Avengers" as episodes #19 and #49, respectively, instead level of #18 and #49[[/note]], until the Council danger, or going out of Kangs helps him get rid of the Avengers. Kang proceeds her way to send troops from the 40th century to help him take over 21st century Earth. FridgeLogic says that since Kang ''has'' troops in the 40th century, the Earth-shattering disaster must have been successfully prevented, and he doesn't have much of a reason to take over the world of the past anymore.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Metallo had this happen to him. His origin episode that transformed him from John Corben into Metallo ended with his vendetta focused on Superman, but also on Luthor for [[BlessedWithSuck transferring his mind into the strong-but-numb Metallo body]]. However, by his second appearance the "vengeance against Luthor" angle has been dropped entirely and in his fourth appearance he
yell at them before they've even gets a girlfriend, despite the fact that his inability to feel done anything at all when kissing all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' Megabyte went from conquest of Mainframe to personal revenge in season 4. He even [[LampshadeHanging admits it]] during
a woman was monologue right before the cliffhanger.
-->You're probably looking forward to
one of my erudite speeches about me, [[{{Egopolis}} Megaframe]], the things that new viral dawn, et cetera et cetera. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you. [[MotiveDecay There is no grand scheme here.]] This is about revenge.
** [[spoiler:It later becomes a complete inversion, when he ultimately mentions his function right from the start was just to prey on sprites and destroy everything. It turns out he decayed his motive a long time ago and is finally getting down to business.]]
* The Floaty Heads in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' parody this. ''Every single time they show up'' they want something different. It's not commented on in the show, but it is on the show's website.
* Gargamel
originally drove him nuts. His original motive does return in the video game ''Superman: Shadow of Apokolips'', which debuted in 2002. Recruited by a disguised Luthor and told wanted to destroy Superman, Metallo defers and goes use ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' to make gold (he's a capitalist after Luthor himself.all) or capture them to finally get some respect in his life, as the Smurfs are thought by many to be mythical. For some reason, in later seasons, he simply wanted to capture/eat/destroy the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical blue communists]] for no real reason other than they kept besting his last plan to get them. This was made fun of in WesternAnimation/RobotChicken where he said he never was clear on his motive.
** One episode of the actual series infamously lampshaded it with Gargamel saying "I don't want to eat them, I don't want to turn them into gold, all I want now is to DESTROY THEM!"



* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', J. Jonah Jameson has a perfectly understandable and sympathetic reason for distrusting Spider-Man: his wife was killed by a masked assassin working for a mobster Jameson was about to expose, prompting him to start a crusade against people who wear masks and act above the law. However, in Mysterio's introductory episode, Mysterio, who has done next to nothing to earn anyone's trust and wears a mask himself, publicly announces that he's going to bring down Spider-Man... and is promptly lauded as a hero by Jameson. He's the one responsible for creating The Scorpion, although he does regret it later.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' villain [[MadScientist Dr Animo]] was first introduced as a scientist whose motivation was stealing a prize that he thought he deserved. This is completely dropped in all his next appearances, where he is portrayed as a classic super-villain trying to either mutate or conquer the world (sometimes both).
** Well, he wanted to get the trophy and ''sic a bunch of dinosaurs on Washington DC.''
** Inverted with Charmcaster, whose motivations in the original show didn't seem to go further than getting more power and rivalry with Gwen. ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' fleshed out her motivations by giving her a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds backstory and revealing she actually was looking for more power to overthrow the tyrant who took over her home dimension and resurrect her father. After she accomplished the former and the latter proved impossible, she stopped being a villain and started going toward TrueNeutral.
*** Some argue she still suffered it in two ways: first that if those were her motives all along, they seriously decayed when she started [[DesignatedGirlFight fixating more on getting revenge on Gwen]] prior to those motives being revealed, and secondly that resurrecting her father wasn't really foreshadowed at all back when freeing her home dimension was established as her motivation, so it being a driving force for her [[{{Retcon}} came out of left field.]]
** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in UltimateAlien, and replaced by him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin his business in his first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of joy.
** [[EvilTwin Albedo]] was initially introduced with the simple goal to get Ben's Omnitrix so he could use it to free himself from his ShapeShifterModeLock and get his original form back, and, while he was rather psychotic in his methods, it was made clear he had no real evil intentions beyond it (in one episode, he manages to temporarly get his original form back, and was ready to just leave Earth without any further fight). In ''Omniverse'', he actually succeeds in his goal, but is bitter toward Ben for all the things he went through in-between, and now focuses on revenge, which is still a logical approach. But then he goes full-blown CartoonishSupervillainy and tries to absorb [[BigGood Azmuth]]'s intelligence to become the smartest being in the galaxy, [[FridgeLogic even though a major part of his personnality was about trying to prove he was smarter than Azmuth already]]. His two next appearances have him work for [[BigBad Vilgax]] ([[TooDumbToLive Even though Vilgax betrayed him last time they teamed up and does it again a second time]]), with at least one case where he had nothing to gain from such an alliance and the other where he just wanted to overthrow Azmuth as First Thinker of Galvan Prime.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' villain [[MadScientist Dr Animo]] was first introduced as a scientist whose motivation was stealing a prize On ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Metallo had this happen to him. His origin episode that he thought he deserved. This is completely transformed him from John Corben into Metallo ended with his vendetta focused on Superman, but also on Luthor for [[BlessedWithSuck transferring his mind into the strong-but-numb Metallo body]]. However, by his second appearance the "vengeance against Luthor" angle has been dropped entirely and in all his next appearances, where fourth appearance he is portrayed as even gets a classic super-villain trying to either mutate or conquer girlfriend, despite the world (sometimes both).
** Well, he wanted to get the trophy and ''sic a bunch of dinosaurs on Washington DC.''
** Inverted with Charmcaster, whose motivations in the original show didn't seem to go further than getting more power and rivalry with Gwen. ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' fleshed out her motivations by giving her a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds backstory and revealing she actually was looking for more power to overthrow the tyrant who took over her home dimension and resurrect her father. After she accomplished the former and the latter proved impossible, she stopped being a villain and started going toward TrueNeutral.
*** Some argue she still suffered it in two ways: first
fact that if those were her motives all along, they seriously decayed when she started [[DesignatedGirlFight fixating more on getting revenge on Gwen]] prior his inability to those motives being revealed, and secondly that resurrecting her father wasn't really foreshadowed feel anything at all back when freeing her home dimension kissing a woman was established as her motivation, so it being a driving force for her [[{{Retcon}} came out one of left field.]]
** [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] was
the things that originally portrayed as a EmotionEater who fed on people's happiness. This is entirely dropped when he returns in UltimateAlien, and replaced by drove him trying to take RevengeByProxy on Ben, which to some extent made sense (after all, Ben did ruin his business in his first appearance). Comes ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', he is introduced as robbing a brain bank for no apparent reason. A later episode ''kinda'' rerails him by having him trying to restaure his power by eating emotions again, only with fear instead of joy.
** [[EvilTwin Albedo]] was initially introduced with the simple goal to get Ben's Omnitrix so he could use it to free himself from his ShapeShifterModeLock and get his
nuts. His original motive does return in the video game ''Superman: Shadow of Apokolips'', which debuted in 2002. Recruited by a disguised Luthor and told to destroy Superman, Metallo defers and goes after Luthor himself.
* Now admittedly ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' was never the greatest at establishing concrete motives for its villains (with a few exceptions), but a particularly solid case of decay still exists in the
form back, and, while of Brother Blood. He starts out as your typical [[strike: power-mad]] supervillain ''pimp'', helped by the fact that he was has psychic powers, but then degenerates into wiping-out-a-city-ForTheEvulz territory and his final EvilPlan involves--becoming exactly like Cyborg. Why? Because he's decided that Cyborg is simply the greatest thing since sliced bread, apparently, which winds up making Blood look rather psychotic in pathetic.
** He does explain it quite clearly. He's obsessed with having complete control over
his methods, it was made clear he had no real evil intentions beyond it (in one episode, he manages to temporarly get students with his original form back, and was ready to just leave Earth without any further fight). In ''Omniverse'', he actually succeeds in his goal, but is bitter toward Ben for all the things he went through in-between, and now focuses on revenge, which is still a logical approach. But then he goes full-blown CartoonishSupervillainy and tries to absorb [[BigGood Azmuth]]'s intelligence to become the smartest being in the galaxy, [[FridgeLogic even though a major part of his personnality was about trying to prove he was smarter than Azmuth already]]. His two next appearances have him work for [[BigBad Vilgax]] ([[TooDumbToLive psychic powers. Even though Vilgax betrayed him last time some like Bumblebee could resist him, they teamed up could still be over powered if he directed his attention to them. Cyborg was the only person he'd ever met that was completely immune to his control so as his arc went on he became more and does it again a second time]]), more obsessed finding out what made Cyborg immune and making more cyborgs was just semi coincidental with at least one case where the fact you can program totally obedient robots and he already had nothing Cyborg's blueprints so why not? The obsession with control is also intended to gain from such an alliance make him look pathetic as he keeps losing his calm demeanor when he raves about Cyborg's resistance.
* The Decepticons in general,
and Megatron in particular, in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. After a rousing return and a multi-episode arc in the other where introductory "Darkness Rising" mini-series in which he works to implement his dastardly plan and agenda - [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin but of course ultimately failing]] - they pretty much don't have anything better to do than float around on their spaceship being generically evil and just wanted to overthrow Azmuth as First Thinker of Galvan Prime.chasing after the things and opportunities the Autobots are going after.



* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'': In her first appearance, Iciclia's main goal was to steal enough montegoberries to keep looking young and she was foiled. In her next appearances, she's only seen young-looking and there's no mention of her dependancy anymore.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** The Dai Li in were founded centuries ago by that time's Avatar to preserve the cultural heritage of the city of Ba Sing Se. However, by the time of the show, they've become a SecretPolice led by an EvilChancellor -- brainwashing dissidents, holding all the true power in the city, and hiding from the king the fact that, you know, they've been at war with the Fire Nation for a century. [[spoiler:Of course, they end up joining said enemy.]]
** The Fire Nation also suffers from in-universe motive decay over the course of the [[HopelessWar 100 year war]] - when the war began, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin's]] goal was to [[WhiteMansBurden "share the Fire Nation's greatness with the rest of the world"]]. By the time the show starts, that's devolved into DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.
* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife any more, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.
* The Ice King in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is obsessed with [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe kidnapping princesses to marry]], which is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: a degenerated desire to see his fiancee Betty again (his nickname for her was "Princess"), which was caused by ArtifactOfDoom -induced [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]].]]
* Dark Vegan of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', in his first two appearances, was a KnightTemplar trying to destroy the Earth in order to maintain the Utopia of his home planet, but since ViewersAreMorons and can't know who to root for without the verbal equivalent of a bright neon light pointing to it, he was changed to just another [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] GenericDoomsdayVillain obsessed with taking over the world and destroying Johnny for no real reason other than because BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad. Interestingly, this happened at the same time he was altered from a genuine threat to life on Earth to a HarmlessVillain who spends most of his time eating toast.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', Ezekiel Rage was a former spy turned terrorist who was obsessed with getting revenge on the US government for abandoning him when he needed them the most, resulting in the deaths of his wife and daughter. In later appearances, he became the leader of a doomsday cult who was obsessed with wiping out humanity, and stopped mentioning his wife and daughter.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. In the first episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz was a GenericDoomsdayVillain who [[LampshadeHanging openly admitted that he himself wasn't sure what his own motives were]]. From the second episode, his {{Evil Plan}}s are mostly motivated by revenge for his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, or occasionally by a lust for power. It's also implied that a lot of it is [[PsychopathicManchild just acting out to get attention.]]
* The Decepticons in general, and Megatron in particular, in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. After a rousing return and a multi-episode arc in the introductory "Darkness Rising" mini-series in which he works to implement his dastardly plan and agenda - [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin but of course ultimately failing]] - they pretty much don't have anything better to do than float around on their spaceship being generically evil and just chasing after the things and opportunities the Autobots are going after.
25th Jun '16 2:41:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Floaty Heads in ''TheSecretShow'' parody this. ''Every single time they show up'' they want something different. It's not commented on in the show, but it is on the show's website.

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* The Floaty Heads in ''TheSecretShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' parody this. ''Every single time they show up'' they want something different. It's not commented on in the show, but it is on the show's website.
16th Jun '16 6:24:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* An in universe example would be Hiroshi Sato from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi joins the Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife any more, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.



* The Dai Li in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' were founded centuries ago by that time's Avatar to preserve the cultural heritage of the city of Ba Sing Se. However, by the time of the show, they've become a SecretPolice led by an EvilChancellor -- brainwashing dissidents, holding all the true power in the city, and hiding from the king the fact that, you know, they've been at war with the Fire Nation for a century. [[spoiler:Of course, they end up joining said enemy.]]
** The Fire Nation also suffers from in-universe motive decay over the course of the [[HopelessWar 100 year war]] - when the war began, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin's]] goal was to [[WhiteMansBurden "share the Fire Nation's greatness with the rest of the world"]]. By the time the show starts, that's devolved into [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans despotism justifies the means]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
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The Dai Li in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' were founded centuries ago by that time's Avatar to preserve the cultural heritage of the city of Ba Sing Se. However, by the time of the show, they've become a SecretPolice led by an EvilChancellor -- brainwashing dissidents, holding all the true power in the city, and hiding from the king the fact that, you know, they've been at war with the Fire Nation for a century. [[spoiler:Of course, they end up joining said enemy.]]
** The Fire Nation also suffers from in-universe motive decay over the course of the [[HopelessWar 100 year war]] - when the war began, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin's]] goal was to [[WhiteMansBurden "share the Fire Nation's greatness with the rest of the world"]]. By the time the show starts, that's devolved into [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans despotism justifies DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.
* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Hiroshi Sato joins
the means]]. Equalists because a group of firebending criminals killed his wife. He screams this at his daughter during a fight. Asami retorts that he doesn't even love his wife any more, all he has is hatred. Hiroshi then moves to do what looks like killing his own daughter.
19th May '16 11:23:38 AM Vir
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** [[EvilTwin Albedo]] was initially introduced with the simple goal to get Ben's Omnitrix so he could use it to free himself from his ShapeShifterModeLock and get his original form back, and, while he was rather psychotic in his methods, it was made clear he had no real evil intentions beyond it (in one episode, he manages to temporarly get his original form back, and was ready to just leave Earth without any further fight). In ''Omniverse'', he actually succeeds in his goal, but is bitter toward Ben for all the things he went through in-between, and now focus on revenge, which is still a logical approach. But then he goes full-blown CartoonishSupervillainy and tries to absorb [[BigGood Azmuth]]'s intelligence to become the smartest being in the galaxy, [[FridgeLogic even though a major part of his personnality was about trying to prove he was smarter than Azmuth already]]. His two next appearances have him work for [[BigBad Vilgax]] ([[TooDumbToLive Even though Vilgax betrayed him last time they teamed up and do it again second time]]), with at least one case where he had nothing to gain from such an alliance and the other where he just wanted to overthrow Azmuth as First Thinker of Galvan Prime.

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** [[EvilTwin Albedo]] was initially introduced with the simple goal to get Ben's Omnitrix so he could use it to free himself from his ShapeShifterModeLock and get his original form back, and, while he was rather psychotic in his methods, it was made clear he had no real evil intentions beyond it (in one episode, he manages to temporarly get his original form back, and was ready to just leave Earth without any further fight). In ''Omniverse'', he actually succeeds in his goal, but is bitter toward Ben for all the things he went through in-between, and now focus focuses on revenge, which is still a logical approach. But then he goes full-blown CartoonishSupervillainy and tries to absorb [[BigGood Azmuth]]'s intelligence to become the smartest being in the galaxy, [[FridgeLogic even though a major part of his personnality was about trying to prove he was smarter than Azmuth already]]. His two next appearances have him work for [[BigBad Vilgax]] ([[TooDumbToLive Even though Vilgax betrayed him last time they teamed up and do does it again a second time]]), with at least one case where he had nothing to gain from such an alliance and the other where he just wanted to overthrow Azmuth as First Thinker of Galvan Prime.



* ''AtomicBetty'': In her first appearance, Iciclia's main goal was to steal enough montegoberries to keep looking Young and she was foiled. In her next appearances, she's only seen Young-looking and there's no mention of her dependancy anymore.

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* ''AtomicBetty'': ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'': In her first appearance, Iciclia's main goal was to steal enough montegoberries to keep looking Young young and she was foiled. In her next appearances, she's only seen Young-looking young-looking and there's no mention of her dependancy anymore.
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