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VILLAIN., An epithet used to cast contempt and contumely on the person to whom it is applied.
     2. To call a man a villain in a letter written to a third person, will entitle him to an action without proof of special damages. 1 Bos. & Pull. 331.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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To be sure, Lincoln does not show cartoon heroes blasting holes in cartoon villains. But for all its rich talk, dry humor, and political shrewdness, Lincoln is more melodrama than drama, let alone tragedy.
Now the hunt is on to find the culprit, with cartoon villain Polluto fingered as the prime suspect.
He is not a cartoon villain, but a dangerous madman who has no check on his actions.
But vet cartoon villain Peg Leg Pete (voiced by Jim Cummings), thoroughly convincing as a treacherous Musketeer captain, repeatedly mocks the ambitions of our would-be heroes.
There's a lot of fun to be had playing Hook, as Isaacs says 'you can't put those clothes on and do documentary realism,' but in bringing Barrie's vision to the screen there's a lot more than the cartoon villain of panto.
By this stage steam was puffing out of my ears like a big old cartoon villain.
SHE'S played a Death Row counsellor and a woman seduced by a vampire, but being a cartoon villain was one of the hardest roles Susan Sarandon has ever played.
"Who wants to provide material for an ambitious politician or regulator to caricature you as a cartoon villain, handlebar mustache and all?"
Their impossible prophecy had been fulfilled and the cartoon villain really had become the leader of the free world.
What did simpering Sarah Platt hope to achieve by telling the cops that cartoon villain Callum had a gun?
Defensively he was solid, he won almost everything against cartoon villain Richard Brodie, but it was his distribution that left a lot to be desired.
If the nation was looking for a cartoon villain, Abu Hamza al-Masri - a cross between Captain Hook and Long John Silver - does indeed look the part, but it's still not entirely clear what he has done wrong.