Above Image: From the Hostess Comic Book ad "Minerva Menace"
The half-witted "Printout Man" jams up the bank computers to cause chaos and take over the bank. His idiotic goal is to break into the bank's vault of Hostess cupcakes. The ARCnet (the precursor of the modern networking) was developed in that year, but the bank computers weren't networked. That means Printout Man would have had to drive from bank to bank to take over the world. Years later the mortgage crisis did his job for him.
Why it Failed
Besides his insane love of Hostess cup cakes, he picked the wrong time to commit his crimes.
Ralph G Fake, the "criminal lawyer with the power to turn himself into the Legal Eagle, the monster eagle at will," even though he's wearing The Vulture's costume. He stupidly steals the bill of rights to take over the Supreme Court and change the laws. Apparently it's a royal scepter that gives the power to control the Supreme Court to whoever has it. It makes him guilty of a bazillion federal laws. His downfall comes when he can't resist Hostess cupcakes.
Why it Failed
No one is going to make a federal criminal President.
Aunt Minerva decides to control the future in the dopey "Operation Big Lie." She uses a television signal to convince children of the world that what they "like they don't really like." She thought small. Someone with the power to change the future decides to convince kid's not to eat snack cakes? I could understand that if she's fighting childhood obesity, but it's not good for world domination. Even her two cronies can see that.
She should have known better than to try and keep kids from their junk food.
The Icemaster plans to freeze the planet and make another ice age. This plan seems simple enough, but there was something the Icemaster forgot. Apparently, the Icemaster's weakness is pastries. It makes him immediately melt everything around him. You'd think that would be something he'd remember.
Always remember if you have a deadly allergy to common snack foods.
Evil Stormrider uses the US satellite network to cause massive rainstorms to keep people from the Presidential election. Apprently, the Presidential election is like a baseball game. They call it because of rain. Because they didn't think to shove a sock in Captain America's mouth, he convinces the Stormrider's henchman that he won't share his Hostess fruit pies. This causes a mutiny and they are easily defeated. If Stormrider had fostered trust in his men they would have known he would share Hostess fruit pies with him.
He didn't do trust exercises with his evil henchmen.
At midnight a mad genius will blow up all of America's gold reserve "disappear in a puff of smoke." He wants to blow up the Federal Gold Dispensary in Fort Knox Kentucky because if he can't have it no one can. Despite the fact that Fort Knox, Kentucky is too far inland to get to with a speedboat and the 4-foot thick granite outer walls of 27-inch thick steel and concrete vaults. For good measure he uses a bullhorn to tell Batman his plan. Batman cleverly distracts him with "golden" Hostess Twinkies.
Despite being a gold expert, he is easily confused by the monetary value of cake.
Aquaman in "That Dirty Beach"
A brainless criminal mastermind is making undersea creatures to attack swimmers. Without beaches, no one buys swim suits and sun tan lotion. The world collapses. The world economy is not based on tourism, but the exchange of goods and services.
Why It Failed
It turns out his desire to stop global pollution is not as great as his desire for Hostess Twinkies.
Pigeon Woman uses birds to steal U.S. statues like the Statue of Liberty. Without the statues reminding citizens about their past, the country falls into chaos. We have to assume we're only seeing a small number of her trained birds because it would take billions of unladen swallows to carry the massive statue, much less take apart Mount Rushmore. Batman uses the military to lure them away with Hostess Devil's Food cake.
She didn't train her birds not to leave at the first offer of snacks.
The laughably depressed Destroyer decideds to blow a hole in the Hoover Dam. Without it the world collapses into global depression. Really? Name the last time anyone every talked about the Hoover Dam. For that matter can you even name what state it's in? No one cares enough about the dam to name the year it was built, much less falling into incurable sadness over it's destruction.
The Destroyer never counted on Flash tricking him into eating cupcakes laced with Ritalin.
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