Top 10 Animated Movie Villains with Understandable Motivations

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OK, we can kinda see where they’re coming from. For this list, we’re looking at villains from animated movies whose backstories make us understand why they do what they do, even if we don’t necessarily agree with how they go about it. Think Wilson Fisk in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018), Rex Dangervest in “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” (2019), Gabby Gabby in “Toy Story 4” (2019), and more! What animated villain do YOU think had the most understandable motives? Let us know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Animated Movie Villains with Understandable Motivations

  1. There’s a fascinating side to Hook in the original book where a large part of the reason he hates Pan is because Pan embodies “good form” for which Hook is constantly striving but failing to achieve. Interestingly, Smee is also credited with this elusive quality. Also also, Smee’s cutlass is named Jhonny Corkscrew.

  2. Another thing, syndrome or whatever his name is, does have motive to a point. Mr. Incredible should have treated him better, but the fact it is Mr. Incredible responsibility to protect the people and buddy at the time was just a reckless, untrained, and inexperience wannabe who almost got himself killed if Mr. Incredible didn’t get rid of that bomb. And if he did Mr. Incredible would have live with the guilt for the rest of his life. Still Mr Incredible should have treated him better.

  3. Can agree with this list EXCEPT Scar & Syndrome; the former for messing up an entire kingdom for his own selfish gains and the latter for obnoxious destruction.

    Would add The Iron Giant’s Kent Mansely to this list: it was the mid50s, the Cold War (ergo mcCarthyism) was at an all time high, now a big robot what WE DIDN’T make comes outta nowhere and wrecks stuff. Given it’s Battle-Mode (and this one deleted scene), had Hogarth not tamed the Giant, learning it right from wrong Kent was way in the right for trying to nuke him.

  4. I mean I guess it’s a movie but not bc it wasn’t in theaters but what about SU(STEVEN UNIVERSE)the villian spinel was just left on a floating rock for 6000 years to figure out that the person that left her doesn’t exist anymore in a way survived by her son and her friends

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