The Best Supervillains Are Relatable Ones

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In an age of superhero movies and TV anti-heroes, fictional villains are more complex than ever before. This week, Vulture examines villainous entertainment in all its forms.

One of the key parts of any superhero story is the villain, but their motivations are often vague and cliched. So how do you write a villain that really stands out as three-dimensional, relatable, and even likable? There are a few films that might provide an answer.

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The Best Supervillains Are Relatable Ones