I honestly can't give a yes or no to that question, but for an important reason. I don't see psychology behind people all that complex honestly. People have depth, but nobody is as "complex" as they really think they are.
In this villain's case, their core is that they're an immature Spoiled Brat
who has grown up into a Psychopathic Manchild
They don't have a tragic backstory. Quite the opposite; it was wonderful. They didn't have abusive parents. They didn't have some great pain in their life. They never had to really suffer. All their negative qualities were just reinforced due to a lack of consequences or punishment. They're rich in a culture which allowed them to get away with all sorts of things. They're pretty much in a life of entitlement.
The layer beyond that is the justification they give themselves. They've built it from studying philosophy, observing human history & the world around them, etc. while questioning things and just being incredibly critical. They hold that being selfish is all that human nature is and so that's justification enough for them to do whatever they want too because they're no worse than others for doing it. It's a pretext that they've fortified over time when challenged.
When it comes to whole doing things for "evil", it's a combination of factors. It really started smaller crimes and antics as a whole. Once they got bored with that (or more when they feel stagnation is in play), they escalate it. They get bored again, escalate or change course to new projects, etc. Story beginnings involves them selecting the story's protagonist to intentionally play the antagonist to since they figured a Battle of Wits
with them would be unpredictable fun. Any antagonism they do to them is purely because they're playing the role of the villain.
As to why they enjoy being the villain, they generally just find it a fun role to play. Evil Is Cool
is one factor why they feel that way. Plus intentionally hamming it up amuses them. They enjoy living without restrictions and trying out everything in life. If someone frowns upon it, that makes it all the more interesting. They're willing to ultimately sample anything just for the experience. Beyond that, willing to do whatever pragmatic thing needs to do to get what they want. They see no point in not doing so; better to live without regret.
To note, while they possess sociopathic traits, they themselves are NOT one. They don't have the core issues sociopaths have which cause that stuff. For instance, they can legitimately connect with others. There are a couple of people who they do, even though they justify it through other logic. They aren't pure kick the dog 24/7 nor do they actually publicize they're more Big Bad
side. The Big Bad
side they keep hidden because they legitimately want to protect their real life alongside continue to avoid dealing with consequences. That said, they'd back stab any of them if he felt it protects themselves & justify it as self-preservation. They'd feel bad about it too. They'd rather feel bad than get caught.
They can also become a better person if they just weren't so stubborn and grew from their upbringing. They possess possibility to live a more healthy lifestyle, it just requires certain things special for them. What they are ultimately looking for comes down to fulfillment as a whole. Combination of seeking fulfillment whilst picked up unhealthy combination which makes it difficult to grasp it.
Also, this all is important beyond that in relation to the heroine, but that's not important here right now. That there best sums up basics in the most simplest explanation. Complexity is overrated and things should be easy to understand.
edited 8th Feb '13 5:52:34 AM by Prime_of_Perfection