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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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The Supervillain1

The Supervillain1

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(p.36) Chapter 5 The Supervillain1
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The Supervillain Reader
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Peter Coogan

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0005

This essay outlines the responsibilities of the villain as a story engine. The villain acts as an agent of misfortune, damage, or harm to disturb the peace of those happily living their lives. The villain oftentimes dons a disguise to deceive those objects of said villainy. Villains usually cause harm or injury to the families of those they target. The victim unwittingly submits to the villain’s deception and thereby helps their enemy. In literary tradition the villain is often defeated and sometimes punished.

Keywords:   Reconnaissance, Literary Understanding of Villainy, Hero, Victim, Deception

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