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  1. As if Men Had a Monopoly on Murder: In Search of the Female Gus Fring

    Female villains forever.

    Perhaps no cultural phenomenon has generated more thinkpieces than the modern television antihero. Some of these have focused on the trend itself, and its roots in classical literature, while others have used individual milestones of the genre through the years as their jumping-off point, with Tony Soprano, Walter White & Don Draper as its primary avatars. One recurring theme in analysis of the genre has been the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of the character, and the implications thereof.

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  2. Ghostbusters’ Ernie Hudson Joins Once Upon a Time Next Year

    And it's not as an inexplicably Jamaican crab.

    Yes, it's true - Ernie Hudson will be boarding the Once Upon a Time train next year. If you want to know who he's playing, read on!

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  3. Wings Not Included: Our Review Of The Sideshow Collectibles Maleficent Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys

    Those tiny cheekbones could cut glass.

    Sideshow Collectibles provided The Mary Sue with a Maleficent Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys for review and as it turns out, she's just as photographable as Angelina Jolie herself.

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  4. The Trailer For Disney’s Descendants Has a Once Upon a Time Vibe, and Also Techno Vibes

    Remember when we first heard about Descendants? The upcoming Disney Channel series following the children of famous Disney villains at prep school? We've had a first look at some of the cast as well as yet another Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth) but finally we have a teaser.

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  5. Disney Parody of “Counting Stars” Has All the Villains Sing About How Evil They Are—Together, for Once

    Counting Scars will be my new method of falling asleep.

    Wow, this never would've happened under Mufasa. OH! Hey, Scar. Uh... qué pasa?

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  6. The Art of the Villain Backstory (and Why Dracula Untold Fails)

    “Son of the devil” my ass.

    Villainous backstories are an... imprecise science. When done well they can imbue a previously simplistic baddie with depth and challenge conventional morality. When done poorly, however, they are frustrating, self-pitying, and utterly off the mark.

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  7. BREAKING: Gotham Casts Heroes Star For Two-Face, aka Harvey Dent

    BUT HOW WILL COINS FIT IN???

    This was bound to happen sooner or later.

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  8. Hey, Did You Want More Villains In Gotham? Because This Trailer Has Like A Thousand More

    Who are we missing, Calendar Man? Let's call up Calendar Man!

    Gotham's only on its second episode tonight, but Fox just released a new season preview trailer for the show, and oh my infinite crisis are you guys seriously bringing in ALL OF THOSE VILLAINS this season? Major spoilers, and also some intangible and probably unjustifiable rage from yours truly.

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  9. Why Steven Moffat Chose That Particular Plot For The Doctor Who Season Premiere

    Spoiler: No fezzes.

    If you watched the Doctor Who Season 8 premiere, you may be wondering why the plot was based around... well, best to leave anything even remotely close to spoilers for after the jump. Needless to say, after we saw the episode a few weeks ago, that was our first question to showrunner Steven Moffat.

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  10. First Look at Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent In the Disney Channel’s Descendants Is Angelina Jolie Light

    Won't make a "horny" joke, won't make a "horny" joke, won't make a "horny" joke...

    Sakes alive. Descendants looks like it's going to be a hot mess in the best possible way. That's Dove Cameron as Maleficent's daughter Mal (really) next to KChen, while the children of (l-r) Snow White's Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil, and Jafar hang out in the background looking like a cross between '90s mall children and the Lost Boys from Hook. They're 2 bad 4 u!

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  11. Alert! The Batman: Gotham Bunnies Cosplay Group Has Broken Out Of Arkham!

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    You remember The Avengers Bunnies from San Diego Comic-Con 2012? They were the first but not the last to do Playboy Bunny cosplay and while Bruce Wayne may be a billionaire playboy, he's no Hugh Hefner (and we're ok with that). These ladies on the other hand, made Playboy Bunny versions of your favorite Batman villains from DC Comics and did it with incredible detail and style. Take a look at Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Riddler and more!

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  12. Who’s A Little-Bitty Baby Disney Villain?

    Awwwwww

    Vivianne du Bois is a second year animation student at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands.  Recently, she's had a series of illustrations featuring classic and new Disney villains at babies and we are simply enamored with them. Take a look at what Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, and more would look like at toddlers plus a few bonus items.

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  13. Disney Characters Haunted By The Shadows Of Their Villains

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    Joe Alexander has created some striking minimalist images of Disney's good and bad guys. The good guys get the spotlight, as usual, but it's interesting to see how many villains have an iconic silhouette.

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  14. Choose Doctor Who’s Greatest Villain for the 50th Anniversary Celebration

    We're starting a write-in campaign for the Vashta Nerada on Twitter. Really. Who turned out the lights?

    As part of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary festivities, the BBC's Doctor Who blog is asking fans to decide which villain is the greatest menace to the universe. The winner will be revealed during the "Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend" in November, so get out your party hats and join in the festivities.

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  15. Even Villains Get Happy About Fridays

    Awwwwww

    Postcard prints of these adorable little murderous guys are available from the artist who created them, Mr. Florey, individually, or in one big pile of all of them.

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  16. On Xena and a Lack of Female Villains

    Essay

    If you’ve seen an episode of Xena, hell, if you’ve seen the opening titles to Xena, you know that you don’t mess with Xena. She’s strong, clever, resilient, and at times, ruthless. The show remains an important feminist text for a number of reasons, reasons reinforced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino. It champions strong women, but at the same time, it does not paint them as these infallible, flat superheroines. The female characters of the show, allies and villains alike, are rounded, with complex back-stories and goals that range from trying to lift a city-wide ban on dancing to wanting to become the queen of the Amazons. But this is old news. What’s really striking about the show is just how many of the central villains are female. To date, I believe Xena still has the most female big-bads of any television show.

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  17. Out Of Work Disney Villains Submit Their Resumes

    old gods do new jobs

    Look, being a villain is tough. You almost always wind up back at the drawing board (if not worse). So what's a villain to do? Start sending out those resumes, of course! And thanks to Oh My Disney, we know the experience and particular skill sets of some of our favorite Disney villains.

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  18. On Female Villains, or the Lack Thereof

    Essay

    *Contains minor spoilers of Star Trek Into Darkness* Unlike our own Zoe Chevat and Jill Pantozzi, I was actually very happy with Star Trek Into Darkness overall. Having been a Trekkie for as long as I can remember, I understand that it doesn't have the philosophical weight of some past Trek stories, as well as the contention that it heavily recycles old characters and plot points. But personally I look at the “Abramsverse” as a complete remake, and my view of the new films is that they're made differently but extremely well. That's not to say that I don't agree with the gender issues-related criticisms of the film. The now-infamous Carol Marcus undressed scene was, to be sure, gratuitous, offensive and completely inexcusable. I was equally disappointed by the scene of a Starfleet Command roundtable which shows a 20-person group that's between 70-75 percent male. But where equality appears even farther away, in Hollywood as a whole, is among another realm of film characters: villains.

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  19. DC Hints At The Return of the Joker’s Daughter, So Let’s Talk About Duela Dent

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    DC Comics teased a single picture this week, under the title "What's New in The New 52 - Joker's Daughter?!" (I've put the full picture below the jump.) And while a lot of you are probably thinking "ugh, what a trite idea for a female character," I was thinking "Oh, neat, are they really going to bring back Duela Dent? Now at this point some of you are probably going "Dent? Like... Harvey Dent? And Duela is "two"... but she's the Joker's daughter?" Yes. Come, lets talk about weird shit in comics, and a strange female character who maybe is getting a comeback, who knows?

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  20. Here’s Jamie Foxx As The Amazing Spider-Man 2′s Electro. It’s Weird. You’ve Been Warned.

    Meanwhile...

    Well we already knew they weren't going to make Jamie Foxx dress up in a yellow and green supervillain costume for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but I'm not sure this is what anyone expected Electro to look like. Those lights might be tracking dots with the added value of creating some electric glow to help with post-production but what do you think of the look? Looks like they're taking the mutated villain route again. I'm assuming this is an in between look and that he'll have a full costume later in the film. (Daily Mail via Collider, photo by Doug Meszler/Splash News) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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