Movie Villains Are Not So Different From You and Me

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June 20 2013 11:43 AM

Movie Villains: Not So Different From You and Me

In many a movie, the climax will involve the hero and villain coming head-to-head, trading menacing barbs while one or both are in a particularly compromising position. And at some point, it's practically de rigeur for the villain to cut the hero down to size and explain how each of their seemingly incongruous goals are actually quite similar. You see, the villain chides, "We're not so different, you and I."

Granted, villains are not the only characters to make this argument, but they do seem particularly fond of it. You can see a full list of the movies editor Bryan Menegus drew on for his supercut over over at Slacktory.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

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