@General MGD 109. He did because he wanted revenge and he only cares about himself. In the animated series, he's a liar that's why. He's good with trickery and manipulation. He has no reedeming qualities what so ever. I've seen the show, I'm not stupid.
@Bentofill Yes do have a point. However look at it this way. He's Palpatine from Star Wars (mainly the Prequels). He's a lying two faced bastard. He's good with manipulation, trickery, and politics. He wants people to think he's genuine just to get power. That is evil. Not good.
Ok true, but in many ways he is the DC equivilant to Norman Osborn (Who we know as Green Goblin). Norman is a Complete Monster. All they care about is money and themselves. Lex doesn't care about Mercy and Norman doesn't care about Harry (See the parallel) Also their corrupt business men who also seek more power. Their business companies are also similar. For example Lex Corp and Os Corp.
Lex and Norman are from seperate works. A Complete Monster commits deeds that are extremely heinous by the standards of the story. Norman meets the heinous standard of Marvel villains. Lex fails the heinous standard of DC villains.
Lex Luthor hasn't done horrible acts? In Public Enemies, he lied to public by framing Batman and Superman. He left Mercy to die and didn't save her from potenetial death. There you go. I listed two horrible acts. He also showed no remorse what so ever.
Just doing bad things isn't enough. All villains do bad things. That's why they're called villains.
To be heinous enough to qualify as a CM, a character's crimes have to go beyond standard villainy. They have to do EXTREMELY horrible things like murder, rape, torture, etc. They also have to be worse than other villains of the setting.
A villain can have no redeeming qualities but not do enough horrendous deeds to be considered the worst of the worst.
Darth Vader would have to care about no one but himself to qualify as a sociopath. He obviously cares deeply for Padme and Luke.
Never had a notably gruesome death.
Never burned to death.
Has no real state of political power. He has supreme military power, but I'm sure Vader could care less about politics.
Now, Anakin and Vader are one of the same. I know I said the Ghosts category doesn't fit, and I realized how hypocritical that is, so I'm readding that. And if you say Anakin and Vader are two different people, then that still makes no sense. Anakin became Vader when he killed Mace Windu and pledged his alligence to Sidious. Not when he was dismembered and donned the suit. So either way, Vader/Anakin never died via a fiery fate.
All I'm saying is that Anakin never died by catching on fire. If you DO go the route by saying Anakin and Vader are two seperate people, it still makes no sense. We can both agree Anakin became Vader when he killed Mace. Afterwards, he (VADER) mercilessly slaughtered younglings before being dismembered, caught on fire, and rebuilt as a suit-wearing cyborg. He became Vader far before he donned the suit.
He died when his suit systems were destroyed. Also, what you're saying is confusing unless you meant "I'm NOT saying they're separate people, but their personalites are separate" If so, then you're correct. But Anakin, as a good guy, was never villainous. He started doing villainous things AFTER he became Vader.