- NOTE: This page is only about his novel incarnation as the original film incarnation of Obadiah Stane was not voted Pure Evil, and thus only the novel version of Obadiah Stane's info and crimes should be put here.
While his actions in the original film pale in comparison to the other MCU villains, the novelization by Peter David is in its own continuity and thus stands out more. As the MCU stopped publishing novelizations of its films early on, David's novelization has different standards to those shown in the films.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- He sent the The Ten Rings to kill Tony Stark (as well as an entire military squad driving him across the dessert) out of petty jealousy over the latter's success-despite him being a close friend of his.
- Once Stane took over Stark Industries after Tony's seeming death, he sold weapons to dangerous terrorist groups to make a profit, despite knowing that they will harm many innocent people.
- Pretends to care for Tony and be happy that he is alive and well after his escape to cover his true intentions.
- Once Tony escapes the Ten Rings after having built his armor, Stane goes to them and tortures their leader, Raza, for the prototype armor and has them all killed to cover his tracks. Even though the Ten Rings were a terrorist group, this act was still mass murder.
- When he becomes frustrated that he can't replicate Tony's armor, he uses a Sonic Taser to paralyze Tony so he can take his Arc Reactor from his chest, which nearly killed him.
- Upon building his new and advanced suit, as the Iron Monger, Obadiah kills several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who stand in his way, just so he can kill Tony and Pepper Potts.
- As he and Tony are fighting across the city, Obadiah attempts to crush Tony to death with a car filled with a woman and her four children, which could have killed them as well.
- Once he becomes aware that the Arc Reactor is about the explode, he is perfectly willing to let it do so despite the fact that it would kill thousands of people just so he can kill Tony out of spite.
- Unlike the film version, the version within the novelization continuity by Peter David doesn't have other villains, aside from the Abomination and Whiplash, to compete with. Therefore, his actions are heinous by the standards of the novels versus the MCU's.
- Only Obadiah Stane's book version counts as Pure Evil, while his film version doesn't due to failing to reach the Heinous Standards of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- His What If...? version doesn't even get close to being Pure Evil, as Erik Killmonger exposes him early on after preventing the Ten Rings from kidnapping Tony Stark, so all his actions during Tony's kidnapping and after his return are averted.