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18th Aug '16 11:08:47 PM stewyworks333
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** Malamar, Dark/Psychic squid Pokémon, which unlike the above Pokémon, [[DarkIsNotEvil who aren't always evil]], is an AlwaysChaoticEvil [[DarkIsEvil Pokémon that is using mind control as they plot world domination]], especially as seen in the anime. [[CreepyAwesome Malamar's fans wouldn't want it any other way]].
6th Aug '16 10:03:47 AM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s ArchEnemy ComicBook/LexLuthor, up there with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as one of comics' most iconic villains. He is bar none, the smartest human in the DCUniverse, and one of the most [[MagnificentBastard magnificent of bastards]]. He also gets a lot of RootingForTheEmpire because he, a VillainWithGoodPublicity who worked hard to get to his station, goes up against Superman, a hero with better publicity than he who is loved by all just because of his alien heritage.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s ArchEnemy ComicBook/LexLuthor, up there with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as one of comics' most iconic villains. He is bar none, the smartest human in the DCUniverse, Franchise/DCUniverse, and one of the most [[MagnificentBastard magnificent of bastards]]. He also gets a lot of RootingForTheEmpire because he, a VillainWithGoodPublicity who worked hard to get to his station, goes up against Superman, a hero with better publicity than he who is loved by all just because of his alien heritage.
31st Jul '16 5:39:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[{{Badass}} Tai Lung]] of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', all the way. He's also one of the most [[WellDoneSonGuy sympathetic]] characters in the film.

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* [[{{Badass}} Tai Lung]] Lung of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', all the way. He's also one of the most [[WellDoneSonGuy sympathetic]] characters in the film.
31st Jul '16 5:39:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The sexy, singing smog cloud that was Hexxus in ''FernGully'' (voiced by Creator/TimCurry, no less)

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* The sexy, singing smog cloud that was Hexxus in ''FernGully'' ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' (voiced by Creator/TimCurry, no less)
23rd Jul '16 2:55:47 PM __Vano
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Why is all that true? Why does the bad guy get all the cool stuff? The more interesting the bad guy, the more interesting the story. It really is that simple. You don't have a story unless you have conflict. The bad guy in most cases ''is'' the conflict.

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Why is all that true? Why does the bad guy get all the cool stuff? [[TheVillainMakesThePlot The more interesting the bad guy, the more interesting the story.story]]. It really is that simple. You don't have a story unless you have conflict. The bad guy in most cases ''is'' the conflict.
23rd Jul '16 1:32:02 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** [[MagnificentBastard Rau Le Creuset]] is the show's [[MaskPower masked man]], so the GenreSavvy know he's going to be cool from the start, but toward the end of the show, when he gets to show his TrueColors, he reveals himself not only to be an AcePilot and total BadAss, but to also be an impossible-seeming combination of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]], [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]], and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Shinobu Sensui]].

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*** [[MagnificentBastard Rau Le Creuset]] is the show's [[MaskPower masked man]], so the GenreSavvy fans know he's going to be cool from the start, but toward the end of the show, when he gets to show his TrueColors, he reveals himself not only to be an AcePilot and total BadAss, but to also be an impossible-seeming combination of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]], [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]], and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Shinobu Sensui]].



** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is both incredibly evil and [[MisaimedFandom highly admired by audiences]]. His [[MagnificentBastard skill in committing crimes]], his [[DeadpanSnarker witty commentary on a variety of subjects]], his [[GenreSavvy clever assessments of how people are going to react]], his [[CrossesTheLineTwice darkly]] [[LaughablyEvil comedic]] approach, his [[TheHyena willingness to laugh at everything]], including [[TooKinkyToTorture being beaten up by vigilantes]] (who he [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred would rather see kill him if it means proving that the potential for brutality is within them]]), and his overall [[CrazyAwesome highly unconventional approach to villainy]] probably [[CaptainObvious has something to do with this]].

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is both incredibly evil and [[MisaimedFandom highly admired by audiences]]. His [[MagnificentBastard skill in committing crimes]], his [[DeadpanSnarker witty commentary on a variety of subjects]], his [[GenreSavvy clever assessments of how people are going to react]], react, his [[CrossesTheLineTwice darkly]] [[LaughablyEvil comedic]] approach, his [[TheHyena willingness to laugh at everything]], including [[TooKinkyToTorture being beaten up by vigilantes]] (who he [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred would rather see kill him if it means proving that the potential for brutality is within them]]), and his overall [[CrazyAwesome highly unconventional approach to villainy]] probably [[CaptainObvious has something to do with this]].



** Rufus Zeno, being genuinely [[ManipulativeBastard manipulaitve]], DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and insane, just enough to be well liked by fans.

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** Rufus Zeno, being genuinely [[ManipulativeBastard manipulaitve]], DangerouslyGenreSavvy, manipulative]], savvy, and insane, just enough to be well liked by fans.



* Many {{professional wrestl|ing}}ers profess to enjoying playing a {{heel}} far more than playing a {{face}}. For some of them, this can bleed through into their performances, such that a wrestler who undergoes a HeelFaceTurn actually ''loses'' popularity due to his lackluster performances afterwards. There's a reason a lot of professional wrestlers and wrestling fans tend to think GoodIsBoring. Faces tend to fall into being [[GirlsNeedRoleModels good role-models]] or, because GoodIsDumb, lose any GenreSavvy skills they had as a heel and end up with no real personality. {{Heel Face Turn}}s often result in promos that don't consist of anything more than saying, "I respect my opponents," "I want to prove that I'm the best," etc., as opposed to being able to take advantage of their creative mic skills. This is probably why many of the most popular wrestlers of the last twenty years have been tweeners or even heels, as opposed to faces.

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* Many {{professional wrestl|ing}}ers profess to enjoying playing a {{heel}} far more than playing a {{face}}. For some of them, this can bleed through into their performances, such that a wrestler who undergoes a HeelFaceTurn actually ''loses'' popularity due to his lackluster performances afterwards. There's a reason a lot of professional wrestlers and wrestling fans tend to think GoodIsBoring. Faces tend to fall into being [[GirlsNeedRoleModels good role-models]] or, because GoodIsDumb, lose any GenreSavvy skills they had as a heel and end up with no real personality. {{Heel Face Turn}}s often result in promos that don't consist of anything more than saying, "I respect my opponents," "I want to prove that I'm the best," etc., as opposed to being able to take advantage of their creative mic skills. This is probably why many of the most popular wrestlers of the last twenty years have been tweeners or even heels, as opposed to faces.



** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]]: May be a bit of a BaseBreakingCharacter with his [[ViewerGenderConfusion effeminate]] [[AgentPeacock appearance]], but damn if he didn't have flare. Among other things, he tanks a blast from Bahamut and comes away with only a minor scratch, pulls the rug out from under, kills, and replaces the BiggerBad ([[spoiler:who also created him]]), [[ApocalypseWow destroys a planet]], very nearly [[RetGone reality itself]], making him perhaps the most successful Final Fantasy villain next to Kefka, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking walking around referencing plays]] as if he were [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy in one]]. Oh, and he has one of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3dw74XNavI greatest lietmotifs in the series]].

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** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]]: May be a bit of a BaseBreakingCharacter with his [[ViewerGenderConfusion effeminate]] [[AgentPeacock appearance]], but damn if he didn't have flare. Among other things, he tanks a blast from Bahamut and comes away with only a minor scratch, pulls the rug out from under, kills, and replaces the BiggerBad ([[spoiler:who also created him]]), [[ApocalypseWow destroys a planet]], very nearly [[RetGone reality itself]], making him perhaps the most successful Final Fantasy villain next to Kefka, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking walking around referencing plays]] as if he were [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy in one]].one. Oh, and he has one of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3dw74XNavI greatest lietmotifs in the series]].



** Harbinger. Especially its [[EvilSoundsDeep voice]], [[SuperpoweredMooks its ability to turn a mook into a fireball throwing monster with a barrier around it,]] and the fact that it is ''very'' DangerouslyGenreSavvy.

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** Harbinger. Especially its [[EvilSoundsDeep voice]], [[SuperpoweredMooks its ability to turn a mook into a fireball throwing monster with a barrier around it,]] and the fact that it is ''very'' DangerouslyGenreSavvy.smart.



** Illusive Man's [[TheDragon right hand man]] Kai Leng, is a bit of a BaseBreakingCharacter in this regard, as he's seemingly intended to come as off as {{Badass}} EvilCounterpart to Shepard, but some fans outright hated him since the bulk of his success in fights comes CutsceneIncompetence on the heroes part, his supposed [[GenericDoomsdayVillain lack of personality]] out side of being a colossal {{Jerkass}}, and being a textbook example of a FlunkyBoss where the enemies that come to help him are what actually result in the fight's difficulty, and the only thing keeping the player from killing him early a lot of the time is JokerImmunity.

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** Illusive Man's [[TheDragon right hand man]] Kai Leng, is a bit of a BaseBreakingCharacter in this regard, as he's seemingly intended to come as off as {{Badass}} EvilCounterpart to Shepard, but some fans outright hated him since the bulk of his success in fights comes CutsceneIncompetence on the heroes part, his supposed [[GenericDoomsdayVillain [[FlatCharacter lack of personality]] out side of being a colossal {{Jerkass}}, and being a textbook example of a FlunkyBoss where the enemies that come to help him are what actually result in the fight's difficulty, and the only thing keeping the player from killing him early a lot of the time is JokerImmunity.



** The Arkham Knight for being a DangerouslyGenreSavvy EvilCounterpart to Batman.

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** The Arkham Knight for being a DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy EvilCounterpart to Batman.



** [[spoiler: SubvertedTrope for General]] Tarquin, who earned himself fandom adoration for his affability and for being DangerouslyGenreSavvy. He actually [[LampshadeHanging comments that]] "Audiences always think the villain is cooler than the hero is, anyway.". [[spoiler:He starts loosing his cool after the death of Malack, however, making increasingly bad decisions that make him look more and more like a deranged psychopath and less like an AffablyEvil villain.]]

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** [[spoiler: SubvertedTrope for General]] Tarquin, who earned himself fandom adoration for his affability and for being DangerouslyGenreSavvy.savvy. He actually [[LampshadeHanging comments that]] "Audiences always think the villain is cooler than the hero is, anyway.". [[spoiler:He starts loosing his cool after the death of Malack, however, making increasingly bad decisions that make him look more and more like a deranged psychopath and less like an AffablyEvil villain.]]



* [[CardCarryingVillain Rhea]] in [[http://worldpeace.emilymarthasorensen.com To Prevent World Peace]] is a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fashion designer who specializes in corrupting magical girls through "villain fashions" (which are designed to look cooler).

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* [[CardCarryingVillain Rhea]] in [[http://worldpeace.emilymarthasorensen.com To Prevent World Peace]] is a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fashion designer who specializes in corrupting magical girls through "villain fashions" (which are designed to look cooler).



** Her Majesty [[MagnificentBastard Princess Azula]] of the Fire Nation. Aside from being able to do all sorts of neat tricks with her blue fire and her ability to bend ''[[ShockAndAwe lightning]]'', she's also the walking embodiment of DangerouslyGenreSavvy ([[TheChessmaster her actions]] in [[WhamEpisode the Book Two finale]] are [[HeroKiller simultaneously terrifying]] and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome). The fact that she's only ''14'' only ups her coolness and terrifyingness.

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** Her Majesty [[MagnificentBastard Princess Azula]] of the Fire Nation. Aside from being able to do all sorts of neat tricks with her blue fire and her ability to bend ''[[ShockAndAwe lightning]]'', she's also the walking embodiment of DangerouslyGenreSavvy savviness ([[TheChessmaster her actions]] in [[WhamEpisode the Book Two finale]] are [[HeroKiller simultaneously terrifying]] and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome). The fact that she's only ''14'' only ups her coolness and terrifyingness.



** And Fire Lord Ozai. Not the MagnificentBastard his daughter is, though he sure seemed something like it until he completely lost his mind. His [[GenericDoomsdayVillain lack of personality]] made him a bit of BaseBreakingCharacter though.

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** And Fire Lord Ozai. Not the MagnificentBastard his daughter is, though he sure seemed something like it until he completely lost his mind. His [[GenericDoomsdayVillain [[FlatCharacter lack of personality]] made him a bit of BaseBreakingCharacter though.



** [[spoiler: Varrick]] in the show's second season, surprisingly. At first appearing to be nothing more than a CloudCuckoolander, and a downright hilarious one at that, but TheReveal that he was a villain [[spoiler: turned him into such a MagnificentBastard]] that it made him even more appealing. Suffice it to say he was far more interesting to watch [[GenericDoomsdayVillain then the shows actual villains that season]].

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** [[spoiler: Varrick]] in the show's second season, surprisingly. At first appearing to be nothing more than a CloudCuckoolander, and a downright hilarious one at that, but TheReveal that he was a villain [[spoiler: turned him into such a MagnificentBastard]] that it made him even more appealing. Suffice it to say he was far more interesting to watch [[GenericDoomsdayVillain [[FlatCharacter then the shows actual villains that season]].



** Shockwave, also across his various incarnations, is a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy coldly logical]] MadScientist who's able to, and in some cases willing to, throw down with Megatron and live.

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** Shockwave, also across his various incarnations, is a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy coldly logical]] logical MadScientist who's able to, and in some cases willing to, throw down with Megatron and live.



** SOUNDWAVE. He's been the most popular Decepticon [[WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne since the first series]]. And it later gets taken UpToEleven in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' in [[MemeticBadass terms of design]]. He's popular mostly because he's so powerful and GenreSavvy that he could take down [[OneManArmy Megatron]] in a one on one fight and win. However, he prefers to stay out of the line of fire and take care of the Decepticon missions from a safe distance so he'll have a higher chance of winning. To further this trait, he doesn't even do any [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] or have fun performing evil. It's [[AffablyEvil just business.]]

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** SOUNDWAVE. He's been the most popular Decepticon [[WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne since the first series]]. And it later gets taken UpToEleven in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' in [[MemeticBadass terms of design]]. He's popular mostly because he's so powerful and GenreSavvy savvy that he could take down [[OneManArmy Megatron]] in a one on one fight and win. However, he prefers to stay out of the line of fire and take care of the Decepticon missions from a safe distance so he'll have a higher chance of winning. To further this trait, he doesn't even do any [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] or have fun performing evil. It's [[AffablyEvil just business.]]



** Nightmare Moon in the pilot. While not especially interesting personality wise, fans loved her design, [[EvilIsHammy hamminess]], and that despite being a StarterVillain was reasonably GenreSavvy.

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** Nightmare Moon in the pilot. While not especially interesting personality wise, fans loved her design, [[EvilIsHammy hamminess]], and that despite being a StarterVillain was reasonably GenreSavvy.savvy.



** King Sombra, while a BaseBreakingCharacter due to [[GenericDoomsdayVillain his lack of personality]], is this a portion of the fanbase for his menacing design,[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy competence]], often applied the use of [[CreepyAwesome horrifying]] BlackMagic that meant earned him a NearVillainVictory despite spending most of his screen time as a looming background menace.
** And then there's Lord Tirek, who starts out weak and helpless, only able to absorb the magic of one pony at a time, he [[MagnificentBastard manages to outwit]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Discord]] and make him have a FaceHeelTurn, steals the draconequus's magic, fights Princess Twilight in a [[KamehameHadoken fight that looks like something out of Dragonball Z]] and ends up defeated by being essentially sent to Tartarus, which seems to be the pony equivalent of Hell.

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** King Sombra, while a BaseBreakingCharacter due to [[GenericDoomsdayVillain his lack of personality]], is this a portion of the fanbase for his menacing design,[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy competence]], design, competence, often applied the use of [[CreepyAwesome horrifying]] BlackMagic that meant earned him a NearVillainVictory despite spending most of his screen time as a looming background menace.
** And then there's Lord Tirek, who starts out weak and helpless, only able to absorb the magic of one pony at a time, he [[MagnificentBastard manages to outwit]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy outwit Discord]] and make him have a FaceHeelTurn, steals the draconequus's magic, fights Princess Twilight in a [[KamehameHadoken fight that looks like something out of Dragonball Z]] and ends up defeated by being essentially sent to Tartarus, which seems to be the pony equivalent of Hell.
23rd Jul '16 11:20:16 AM HeyFella
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** Fawful. Dimentio. Pretty much every villain in the franchise to be honest. Cool technology and weapons? Check. Best lines in the series (especially Fawful)? Check. Look awesome? Also check. There's a reason many of the other bad guys end up being the EnsembleDarkhorse.
* Nightmare in the VideoGame/SoulSeries. His armor is damn cool, he caries a {{BFS}} as big as he is.

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** Fawful. Dimentio. [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Fawful]]. [[VideoGame/PaperMario Dimentio]]. Pretty much every villain in the franchise franchise, to be honest. Cool technology and weapons? Check. Best lines in the series (especially Fawful)? Check. Look awesome? Also check. There's a reason many of the other bad guys end up being the EnsembleDarkhorse.
* Nightmare in the VideoGame/SoulSeries. His armor is damn cool, he caries carries a {{BFS}} as big as he is.
22nd Jul '16 1:43:52 PM babyhenchy1
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* Ridley from the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, a highly intelligent and bloodthirsty [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Space Dragon]] and menace to the Galaxy. While his Space Pirate lackeys are merely just darkly comedic buffoons, he still manages to assert himself as one of the most dangerous adversaries Samus has ever known. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic And then there's his incredibly catchy theme music]].

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* Ridley from the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, a highly intelligent and bloodthirsty [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Space Dragon]] and Dragon]], menace to the Galaxy.Galaxy and Samus' ArchEnemy. While his Space Pirate lackeys are merely just darkly comedic buffoons, he still manages to assert himself as one of the most dangerous adversaries Samus has ever known. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic And then there's his incredibly catchy theme music]].
22nd Jul '16 1:35:06 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Compare GoodIsBoring. Contrast ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil and BeingEvilSucks. See also BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. Those ''[[RuleOfThree wonderful]]''... Ahhh, forget it. The reason LoveToHate exists. DarkIsNotEvil, {{Noble Demon}}s, and some types of {{Anti Hero}}es are able to harness the coolness of evil without the actual ''evil''. Compare the subtrope DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster when criminals are consciously portrayed as cool by the work itself. Compare DracoInLeatherPants when the coolness of the evil (among other things) makes fans think the baddie should be a good guy. Compare also FameThroughInfamy when being infamous is seen as as cool as being famous.

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Compare GoodIsBoring. Contrast ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil, BeingEvilSucks (which deglamorize it), and BeingEvilSucks.HateSink (characters who deliberately lack any cool/redeeming traits). See also BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. Those ''[[RuleOfThree wonderful]]''... Ahhh, forget it. The reason LoveToHate exists. DarkIsNotEvil, {{Noble Demon}}s, and some types of {{Anti Hero}}es are able to harness the coolness of evil without the actual ''evil''. Compare the subtrope DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster when criminals are consciously portrayed as cool by the work itself. Compare DracoInLeatherPants when the coolness of the evil (among other things) makes fans think the baddie should be a good guy. Compare also FameThroughInfamy when being infamous is seen as as cool as being famous.
18th Jul '16 2:13:20 AM Morgenthaler
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** And what about Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''? Probably the most obvious Disney Villain example! Why because she can summon lightning and a valley of thorns when angry, yet is subtle enough to hypnotize Aurora into touching a spindle of her own creation, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy captures the prince before he can save the girl]] and oh [[OneWingedAngel can turn into a dragon that causes everyone to go "Oh Crap"]].

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** And what about Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''? Probably the most obvious Disney Villain example! Why because she can summon lightning and a valley of thorns when angry, yet is subtle enough to hypnotize Aurora into touching a spindle of her own creation, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy captures the prince before he can save the girl]] girl and oh [[OneWingedAngel can turn into a dragon that causes everyone to go "Oh Crap"]].
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