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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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The police are overcome with poisonous gas and the bad guy escapes.
Despite all this, he still keeps coming back for more with a snarl on his lips for the bad guys.
It didn't take any time at all for the bad guy to get there and get right into his awful ways.
While it may not always be a good idea to follow the bad guy out the door, in this case he was caught, so he can't go on to do this again.
The bad guy is thrown out of his car and comes face to face with Arrow.
And talking of the bad guys, the coppers that you get to shoot down in their hundreds are dumb.
The steel frame suspends three swinging metal plates; two shaped like the human head and one a handgun, to simulate a common hostage situation where the bad guy is using a hostage as a shield.
Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, says: "The only thing that is clear is that government prosecutors pointed their guns at the wrong guys, the good guys, and they let the bad guy walk."
The bad guy? Ronald McDonald, as well as other U.S.
On the other hand, if the bad guy has not made up his mind, the presence of the laser on his torso may help him make a wise decision.
The bad guy thinks she can identify him, so he continues pursuing Maddie.
I'm glad it worked out with the bad guy in custody with nobody getting hurt.