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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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Vivisecting the Villain

Vivisecting the Villain

A Framework for the Analysis of Enemy Image Construction in Cinema

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(p.62) Chapter 6 Vivisecting the Villain
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The Supervillain Reader
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Lennart Soberon

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0006

The supervillain is not unique to the superhero genre and predates comic literature. There are five types of supervillains: the monster, the enemy commander, mad scientist, criminal mastermind, and the inverted-superhero supervillain. These types of villains are non-exclusive. The supervillain’s main goal is often destructive, selfish, and anti-social. Villains are proactive while heroes are reactive.

Keywords:   Superheroes, Supervillain, James Bond, Beowulf, Stan Lee

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