->I don't get it. Little bit of fine tuning, you could have made a good paycheck selling that to China, Iran... or go black market. You look like you've got friends in low places. Why [[RevengeBeforeReason throw it away on me?]]
-->-- '''Tony Stark''' (discussing Ivan Vanko's own arc reactor), ''Film/IronMan2''

->It's not about ''making'' money, it's about ''[[StupidEvil taking]]'' money.
-->-- '''Dr. Horrible''', ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''

->Dr. Evil, I spent 30 years of my life turning this two-bit evil empire into a world class multinational. I was going to have a cover story with ''Forbes''. But you, like an idiot, want to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the world]]. And you don't realize there '''is''' no 'world' anymore! [[PrivatelyOwnedSociety It's only corporations!]]
-->-- '''Number Two''', ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man Of Mystery''

->What I mean to say is: a ruthless drive for conquest could be channeled into more productive endeavors. You could work for Microsoft instead.
-->-- '''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'''

->We evil magicians have to make a living too.
-->-- '''Professor Hinkle''', ''FrostyTheSnowman''

->I can rekindle the life in a corpse... I can raise the dead, but I can't make a buck!
-->-- '''[[AerithAndBob Vincent]], [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13th]] [[MadScientist baron]] von Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}''', ''Sweet Chastity''

->I'm sure your next question is: 'Lex, fine. What are you gonna do with a hundred billion dollars?' Well, it's simple. I'm going to use it... to ''kill Superman''.\\\
I mean, c'mon, right? I'm ''Lex Luthor.'' It's what I ''do''.
-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor''', [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f26c4046b0/lex-luthor-bailout-with-jon-hamm asking for a government bailout]]

->Seriously, imagine if you took all this cool stuff you do and applied it to something that ''wasn't'' stupid.
-->-- '''Spider-Man''', ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''

->'''Farnsworth:''' This is my latest invention; a device that lets anyone sound exactly like me!\\
'''Dwight:''' What's this device's marketability? Who's the target consumer?\\
'''Farnsworth:''' There is no target consumer! Only ''targets''. Targets that will tremble in fear as their new master hands down edicts in my glorious, booming voice!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

->But... instead of robbing banks, why didn't he just market and sell his '''incredibly sophisticated robot?'''
-->-- '''Brenda''', ''BlueBeetle''

->Then let's go with your scenario. ''You'' win. What do you get? A huge portion of the Virginia shoreline slides into the ocean. An act of terrorism-for-profit that'll put every human and metahuman agent and agency on your trail for the rest of your natural life. And pray mercy on your ''after''life if you happen to kill anyone near and dear to Fate, Zatanna, or... so you see my point. How about hearing my counter-proposal? I can put you in contact with a major U.S. corporation that will co-patent this device with you. They're Gotham-based, so the post-No Man's Land investor incentives mean a healthy tax bonus. Your device is used in perpetuity for beach reclamation and you cash a fat check for waking up every morning. Yes, much better than another Flash-bash. Which... [[SarcasmMode yes, Wizard, I'm sure you would win this time]]... Fine. Your Gotham City contact will email you tomorrow.
-->-- Franchise/{{Batman}} to the [[TheFlash Weather Wizard]], ''JLA: Welcome to the Working Week''

->Oh, I'm real. Real enough to defeat you! And I did it without your precious gifts, your oh-so-special powers. I'll give them heroics. I'll give them the most spectacular heroics the world has ever seen! And when I'm old and I've had my fun, I'll sell my inventions so that ''everyone'' can have powers. Everyone can be super! And when everyone's super.. [[[EvilLaugh chuckles evilly]]] - '''no one''' will be.
-->-- The (somewhat) GenreSavvy '''Syndrome''' in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

->Look, I'm just sayin', if you've invented the anti-gravity machine, why blackmail France for 100 mil to [[MonumentalDamage keep the Eiffel Tower from flying into orbit]]?\\
That's ''chicken feed'' compared to what you could make selling ''the best damned bra ever invented!''
-->-- ''MinionsAtWork'' [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2012/04/minions-317-anti-gravity.html #317]].

->You have knowledge enough to remedy every ill facing this world, yet you squander it to fuel your own ambition!
-->-- '''Naja''', VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction

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->I never believed [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the original Luthor]]. Every story would begin with him breaking out of prison, finding some giant robot in an old lab he hid somewhere, and then he'd be defeated. My view was if he could afford all those labs and giant robots he wouldn't need to rob banks.
-->-- '''[[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/interviews/interviews-intro.php?topic=c-interview_wolfman1 Marv Wolfman]]''' on conceiving a new Lex for ''Superman: The Man of Steel''

->Do you remember what the villains from ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' were like, how they'd steal an oil tanker and deliberately run it smack into a beach to teach all the sea lions [[ForTheEvulz a lesson in complacency?]] Do you remember wondering why they didn't just '''sell''' the oil at huge profits and '''''not''''' have to get beaten up by a big blue man in little red pants?
-->-- '''Ben "[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]" Croshaw'''

->[[TheFlintstones Barney and Fred]] are extremely close. They share the same job, hobbies, and circle of friends. When Fred finally hits Wilma too hard, Barney is the one who'll help make it [[CutHimselfShaving look like a footmobile accident.]] If this is some cereal they can't get in stores, there is no way Fred knows some [[GRatedDrug secret cereal dealer]] that Barney doesn't. And it can't possibly be financially related. Not only do they get the same paycheck, most of Barney's schemes cost magnitudes more than a box of sugar rice puffs. He once hired five ninjas and a hot air balloon to steal one serving of Pebbles. It's a risky thing, telling five professional murderers that their share of a heist is 16% of a bowl of soggy cereal...
-->--'''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''', [[http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/5-most-pointlessly-strange-ad-campaigns "5 Most Pointlessly Strange Ad Campaigns"]]

->...the Master’s only reason for being here is because he’s the Master and this is apparently the sort of thing the Master does. One imagines that there’s a more productive way to conquer the universe than stopping the signing of the Magna Carta. Even the characters [[WhoWritesThisCrap wonder what the hell the Master is doing]], which is not a good sign... Why Earth? Why England? Why not just use his advanced technology to conquer the planet? One of the better things that Creator/RussellTDavies did in resurrecting the Master was to suggest that Master’s primary motivation was messing with the Doctor – his repeated messing with Earth history was just the time-travel equivalent of [='=]''[[{{Troll}} trolling]]''[='=].\\\
Unfortunately, we get nothing as smart as that here. I’d love to see Ainley’s Master admit that he just wants to prevent the signing of the Magna Carta just to tick the Doctor off. Then he’ll just fly off and start [[PokeThePoodle messing with the scores in historical cricket matches]] to rub salt in the wound.
-->--'''[[http://them0vieblog.com/2013/06/08/doctor-who-the-kings-demons-review/ Darren Mooney]]''' on ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS20E6TheKingsDemons}} "The King's Demons"]]

->Is it ever actually explained why the Toyman has assembled a team of super-villains and invented something that provides absolute and total mind control just so he can gain legal control of an aquifer? ...It’s like building a time machine so that you can go back to yesterday and make sure you get your cable bill in the mail on time. If you have one of these things, the other ceases to really be an issue.
-->--'''''[=ComicsAlliance=]''''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/recap-smallville-episode-10-20-prophecy/ on]] ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' ("Prophecy")

->'''Chris:''' So here’s my question, and probably the dumbest thing about this movie: '''Why did Mr. Freeze turn to crime?'''\\
'''David''': This the kind of thing I could see the {{novelization}} or something answering, I guess. But yeah, you’d think he’d accomplish this just as effectively by writing a really sad letter to Bruce Wayne and getting a grant.\\
'''Chris''': Seriously. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who suffered a tragic accident and appears to only want to cure a disease in order to help his wife. If Bruce Wayne wouldn’t help him, [[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]] would.
-->--'''Chris Sims''' and '''David Uzumeri''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/batman-and-robin-movie-review/ on]] ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''

->'''Rich:''' In the comic books, you know what Electro's origin is? He's an electrician who gets hit by lightning and then he decides he's going to rob banks. He's not a very deep character, he's ''never'' been a very deep character. A lot of ComicBook/SpiderMan villains are just thugs. Sandman just wants to rob banks. Electro just wants to rob banks. The Shocker just wants to rob banks...\\
'''Mike:''' I thought "The Shocker" might wanna [[HaveAGayOldTime do something else.]]
-->--''[[WebVideo/HalfInTheBag Half in the Bag]]'' on ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''

->In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', he was involved in [[StupidEvil a pointless business arrangement with a distant hologram that looked like Death]] and was placed in a situation in which him and his Trade Federation [[UnwittingPawn were obviously being used as pawns]] in this guy's plans.\\\
Then he gets arrested for causing a galactic war and [[CardboardPrison yet somehow reappears]] in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones the second film]]. Now he agrees to yet again take part in ''another'' scheme by the same hologram that looks like Death. This time, his only reason for doing this is that [[RevengeBeforeReason he wants Padme killed]], because he apparently blames ''her'' for the whole Naboo fiasco--not ''that'' guy. So, even though Nute and his extensive Trade Federation (that's large enough to conduct a war) probably could've mustered the resources for a simple assassination, he again relies on Darth Evil to take care of it so that the plot of the second film can get going.\\\
However, in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith the third film]], Nute is STILL going along for the ride with all these jokers even though no one has yet killed Padme and he seems to be getting nothing out of this arrangement other than ''the destruction of all of his Trade Federation ships and robots.''\\\
HEY NUTE! YER BEIN' '''HAD!''' IT'S TIME TO STOP MAKIN' DECISIONS, OK BUDDY? IT'S TIME TO RETIRE, Y'KNOW, HANG UP THE OL' HAT-- ''([=ZZZZzzzzzWhhooooommmm=] [[TooDumbToLive *screams*]])'' [-oh I guess he died then.-]
-->--'''WebVideo/RedLettermedia''' on Nute Gunray

->Okay, seriously, just answer this one for me. Why does Donovan even need to sell these [[BadassTransplant sunglasses?]] It's not like he needs the money. He owns a tropical island and runs a tournament in which he just gives away ten million dollars a year and [[ThePornomancer surrounds himself with hot chicks every single day of his life]]. Does that sound like a guy who needs to sell fucking sunglasses? Why would he jeopardize all that committing kidnap and murder? Hell, why even bother with all the subterfuge and the fake tournament thing? If you really wanna get fighting data from martial artists, you could always, I dunno, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot tell the truth]]. Just offer to pay the world's greatest martial artists a million dollars to come to your island, get an injection, and spar with each other all day. I mean, is anyone even likely to care? At that point it's not even illegal, just patent the shit and sell it at Best Buy. You don't need to be a fucking supervillain about this.
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]]''' on [[BigBad Victor Donovan's]] plan in ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive''

->The Hood (BenKingsley) gets Jeff and his children trapped in space so he can hopefully use the Thunderbirds to rob a bank. Yeah, just rob a bank. The Hood does seem to lack a healthy imagination.
-->-- '''Miles Antwiler''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/thunderbirds-2004-jonathan-frakes/ on]] ''{{Film/Thunderbirds}}'' (2004)

->'''Dr. Warhol:''' I need the DNA of a vampire dog to perfect my anti-aging formula.\\
'''Allison:''' ''*hurk*...'' [[SuckinessIsPainful can't do it... too stupid...]] Look, if you don't really have an anti-aging formula, just find another product to shill. Hey, y'know what you could make ''more'' money at? Proving that '''a fucking vampire dog exists!'''
-->--'''Creator/AllisonPregler''' on ''Vampire Dog''

->So you meet up with 'The Resistance' and learn that the terribly-engineered, slipshod vaults that killed everyone onboard also conditionally gave you superhuman nano-technology powers, and that 'The Authority' is looking to experiment on you for them. Since they're poorly-constructed bad guys, they don't just ask you to sign a consent form and offer compensation to participate in their study. They just wanna kill you for some reason.... The Authority is about as one-dimensional and evil as middle-school poetry.
-->--'''George Weidman''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMdJhP9UWcE on]] ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}''

->'What? A single world's fair refuses to put on an exhibition of my scientific discoveries? How dare they! I'm going to ransom them for a billion dollars and kill them all if they refuse as opposed to simply patenting my wonderful technologies and making billions!' Yeah, I think this is a prime example of why the writers decided making Luthor an evil business genius made more sense than keeping him as a mad scientist. Quite frankly, being a supervillain with this much intelligence and ability is just...dumb.
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''', mocking Lex Luthor in the crossover between Superman, Wonder Woman and the TRS-80 Whiz Kids

-> ''"Gee, boss, if we'd invented the technology to make a giant robot bear, why didn't we patent it and all become billionaires?"'' \\
''"You know, Lefty, I never thought of that."''
-->-- A comment on [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2013/06/bear-attack-month-day-12-manhunters.html Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun]]

->''"So we're looking for people rich and evil enough to fund a high-tech jungle plane hijacking, but too dumb to realize that they could just buy their own [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] plane."''
-->-- '''Jon Stewart''' on Malaysia Airline conspiracies, ''Series/TheDailyShow''

->'''Kara''': I think he cried....I feel kinda bad.\\
'''Risky''': Yeah, he tends to invoke that. It's uncanny how his supervillainy is almost harmless, even if he is like a genius hacker. \\
'''Kara''': So why not work for the CIA or something? \\
'''Risky''': No clue. Maybe he didn't pass the exam.\\
'''Kara''': That's what I don't get about these guys. They can make millions legitimately. It'd probably be easier too.