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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 first villain that the fans are going to encounter on the show is Bloodwork, ( Screen Rant reported.
He has a certain persona about him which will make a good Bond villain alongside Daniel Craig, who is one of the best Bonds of all time.
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The people liked him as a villain more than as a hero.
'Like Kobe said, sometimes you have to embrace being the villain.'
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But beware - once Epic Hero Cards are in play, then the GM may play Epic Villain Cards.