Created By: Earnest on October 21, 2009
Where other villains focus on petty crime, the Visionary Villain wants to take over the corporate world. When some villains brood about their Freudian Excuse and take it out on the hero's girlfriend, the Visionary Villain will seek to remake the world so that their Dark and Troubled Past never happens to someone else. In a nutshell: any villain can want to take over the world for a lark, but the Visionary Villain does it for the "big picture", they either have an idealistic or hugely ambitious goal, and he or she has well thought out plans and motivation to get that goal. They may be a Card-Carrying Villain (with a big dose of pragmatism) or an Anti-Villain, they may be motivated by pure ego or even "lofty" altruism. Their style of leadership can be a near divine Dark Messiah, an Evil Overlord, or a paternal/maternal Mad Scientist with a cadre of faithful clone-bots. In terms of superpowers, he or she usually has the same powers than the standard Super Villain, though strictly speaking the only "power" they need is a big brain. What every the Visionary Villain has is a clear head about what they want to accomplish and how to do it without juggling a Villain Ball. Contrast Cut Lex Luthor a Check. Frequently sneer at minor or petty villains who yell "Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!!"
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