A villain is an "evil" character in a story, whether a historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 419.
- Now I will show myself
To have more of the serpent than the dove;
That is—more knave than fool.
- Zeno first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defence against a knave.
- Plutarch, Moralia (2d century), Volume I. Of Bashfulness.
- There's ne'er a villain dwelling in all Denmark
But he's an arrant knave.
- A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats.
- Whip me such honest knaves.
- His nunc præmium est qui recta prava faciunt.
- Knavery's now its own reward.
- Terence, Phormio (c. 161 BC), V, 1, 6.