OK. Even with the lukewarm response to the eye candy poll (8 votes and 1 or 2 others that think none of the big 3 look cool), I'll move ahead with part II.
Which of the big three Spiderman villains have non-visual qualities that make them appealing? Lets keep the votes and conversation fixated on the comic-verse (so not how they were portrayed in movies or cartoons) and specifically the 616 universe. So things been talking about are personality, great origin, impact on Spiderman etc.
This is part two because I am trying to get to the bottom of why we like (or dislike) Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Venom. We are talking opinion here so make sure these 'non-visual qualities' are things that make you want to read or buy comics with the characters no matter what they look like. Picturing them each as Aunt May may or may not help.
Well this is difficult, because i do like osborn's background, and his personality. But i think i'll go for dock ock, he looks so fat and pathetic without those 4 metalic arms, but when they do come out...... bloody hell, his personality is brilliant too. Though i don't really like how he became dock ock, it's abit too obvious.
I think the poll is fairly flawed, as a great number of Spider-Man's villains have substance.
The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Hobgoblin, Venom, Electro, the Lizard, Black Cat (if you consider her an actual villain, of course), etc. There are a lot of villains that have substance when it comes to Spider-Man's rogue's gallery.
Personality is what keeps the villains interesting.
The Green Goblin is a psychotic, manipulative, self centered bastard that will sell out even his son in order to get what he wants. He's one of my all time favorite villains.
Dr. Octopus is a smug, over confident man that went from a timid mouse to a self proclaimed god. Everything he does is some kind of master plan, whether it be terrorism or the biggest heist in the world.
Venom was a good character back in the 80s not because he was 'the evil Spider-Man', but because he was someone with a twisted sense of justice to an extremely high degree. He protects the innocent... Up to a point. If he finds it necessary to kill someone, he'll do it. If someone was connected to Peter, he'll harass them as much as needed to get to Spidey.