Villain

A villain (also known in film and literature as the "antagonist," "baddie", "bad guy", "black hat", or "heavy") is an "evil" character in a story, whether a historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction. The villain usually is the antagonist (though can be the protagonist), the character who tends to have a negative effect on other characters. A female villain is sometimes called a villainess (often to differentiate her from a male villain). Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines villain as "a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel; or a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot".

Read more about Villain:  Etymology, Folk and Fairy Tales, Villainous Foil, Portraying and Employing Villains in Fiction

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Famous quotes containing the word villain:

    Man was not made to succumb to the villain Woe.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    I am given up by traitors,
    I talk wildly, I have lost my wits, I and nobody else am the greatest traitor,
    I went myself first to the headland, my own hands carried me there.

    You villain touch! what are you doing? my breath is tight in its throat,
    Unclench your floodgates, you are too much for me.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)