Villainy


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Villainy

See also Evil, Wickedness.
Vindictiveness (See VENGEANCE.)
Violence (See BRUTALITY, CRUELTY.)
d’Acunha, Teresa
portrait of devilish Spanish servant and kidnapper. [Br. Lit.: The Antiquary]
Bligh, Captain
(1754–1817) sadistic, heavy-handed captain of the Bounty [Am. Lit.: Mutiny on the Bounty]
Bluto
(Brutus) Popeye’s archenemy. [Comics: “Thimble Theater” in Horn, 657–658]
Boris and Natasha
duo of dirty dealers. [TV: “Rocky and His Friends” in Terrace, II, 252–253]
Dalgarno, Lord
young profligate nobleman; betrays Lady Hermione, slanders Nigel. [Br. Lit.: Fortunes of Nigel]
Dastardly, Dick
popular personification of a villain. [TV: “Dastardly and Mutley” in Terrace, I, 185]
deVille, Cruella
witchlike rich lady dognaps 99 dalmatians for coat-making. [Am. Cinema: 101 Dalmatians in Disney Films, 181–184]
Fagin
iniquitous old man; employs youngsters as thieves. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
Foulfellow, J. Worthington
sly fox cajoles Pinocchio onto stage. [Am. Cinema: Pinocchio in Disney Films, 32–37]
Iago
slanders Desdemona; precipitates tragedy. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Legree, Simon
cruel slavemaster of Uncle Tom. [Am. Lit.: Uncle Tom’s Cabin]
Lovelace, Robert
nefariously seduces the honorable, virtuous Clarissa. [Br. Lit.: Richardson Clarissa Harlowe in Magill I, 143]
Mime
tries to poison Siegfried and get Nibelung treasure. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Siegfried, Westerman, 241]
Montoni, Signor
imprisons and mistreats his wife, tries to force his niece into marriage, and terrorizes the area. [Br. Lit.: Radcliffe The Mysteries of Udolpho in Magill I, 635]
Montserrat, Conrade de
attempts to assassinate king; detected by Kenneth’s hound. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
Moriarty, Professor
arch-criminal, foe of Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Lit.: Doyle Sherlock Holmes]
Mother St. Agatha
prioress abets lustful monk’s plot to punish runaway. [Br. Lit.: The Monk]
Murdour
reprehensible scoundrel; cuckolds and kills Bevis’s father. [Br. Lit.: Bevis of Hampton]
Oil Can Harry
a study in dastardliness. [Comics: “Mighty Mouse” in Horn, 492; TV: “The Mighty Mouse Playhouse” in Terrace, II, 96]
Pizarro, Don
illegally imprisons and starves Florestan; plans murder. [Ger. Opera: Beethoven, Fidelio, Westerman, 109–110]
Plantagenet, Richard
murders Somerset. [Br. Lit.: II Henry VI]
Queen, the
“a crafty devil”; “hourly coining plots.” [Br. Lit.: Cymbeline]
Scarpia
offers mock execution for Tosca’s affections. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Tosca, Westerman, 352–354]
Sheriff of Nottingham
traditional badman; thwarted in at-tempts to capture Robin Hood. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
Tello, Don
lustful nobleman; sates his passion on Elvira. [Span. Lit.: The King, the Greatest Alcalde]
Wild, Jonathan
ambitious knave, schemer, and robber, whose “greatness” is satirized. [Br. Lit.: Fielding Jonathan Wild the Great in Magill II, 516]
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