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->'''Smithers:''' But when [Mr. Burns] planned to steal our sunlight, he crossed that line between everyday villainy and cartoonish supervillany.\\
'''Dr. Colossus:''' Bah! He was a rank amateur compared to... Dr. Colossus!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[Recap/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"]]

So you want to become a {{supervillain}}. Here's a handy guide to accomplishing this, in several easy steps!
* Plot to, and make an attempt to, deprive a population of a basic necessity, such as [[TheSimpsons the sun]], or [[EarthShatteringKaboom the world.]]
* KickTheDog every chance you get, even if the logic of the action [[FridgeLogic doesn't make any sense]] or is [[StupidEvil detrimental to your goals.]]
* Have your plans foiled at least once by one or more of the following:
** A [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits rag tag group of freedom fighters]].
** a DoAnythingRobot
** [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude Teenagers with attitude]].
** A FarmBoy.
** [[YouMeddlingKids Meddling kids]].
** A TalkingAnimal
** A reluctant everyman out of his element.
** Some combination of the above.
* Have a new plot every week for the aforementioned group(s) to foil.
* Have a theme or a gimmick; something as broad as "MadScientist who wants to {{take over the world}}/city/[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Tri-State Area]]" works if pursued with style and variety, but you really want to have [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a theme - ice and coldness, or riddles, for instance.]]
* Hate [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad Goodness]].
** Note: If the reason you hate good is because it is [[AllergicToGood your]] [[WeaksauceWeakness weakness]], you are already a cartoonish Supervillain, and need go no further on this list.
* [[TheGrinch Hate Christmas.]] Other holidays are allowed, but Christmas is a must.
* [[StrawmanPolitical Join a political party the writer dislikes]].

There is one thing you must ''never, ever do'' to be a true Cartoonish Supervillain:
* [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Succeed]].

This doesn't mean you have to fail at ''every'' step of your plan, because it's a well known fact that YouCantThwartStageOne. You'll probably get to rob the bank or build the DoomsdayDevice, and you [[VillainExitStageLeft usually get to escape]] when it goes pear-shaped. But beyond that, you're pretty much screwed. Don't forget to shake your fist, [[WeWillMeetAgain swear you'll be back]] and [[NeverRecycleYourSchemes never re-use any of your old plans]]. It's all part of the {{supervillain}} flair.

'''Warning''': If your somehow end up in a [[PostModernism Post-modern work]], [[NotSoHarmless expect sudden success]], but also expect to face lots of [[{{Deconstruction}} real-life consequences]] of actually leading a criminal organisation or villainous movement. Then again, you might end up on top due to people feeling that EvilIsCool, so enjoy it while it lasts.