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EmpLemon: Sympathy for the Villain

January 5, 2021
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villain is a fictional character, whether based on a historical narrative or one of literary fictionRandom House Unabridged Dictionary defines such a character as “a cruellymalicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel; or a character in a playnovel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot”.[1] Its structural purpose is to serve as the opposition of the hero character and their motives or evil actions drive a plot along.[citation needed] In contrast to the hero, who is defined by their feats of ingenuity and bravery and their pursuit of justice and the greater good, a villain is often defined by their acts of selfishness, stupidity, evilness, craziness, cruelty, cunning and displays immoral behavior that can oppose or pervert justice.[citation needed] The antonym of a villain is a hero.

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