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Completely off topic: Is villainy fun?

November 16, 2010—I went to see "Megamind" in 3D last week. Loved the movie. But it started me thinking... why is it that villains are always so happy?

It isn't just the Joker I'm thinking about. Villains are always smiling, always happy, always laughing—"Mwa-ha-ha-ha!" Just look at all these happy, evil faces:

Wicked Witch
Wicked Witch of the West
Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor
Snidely Whiplash
Snidely Whiplash
Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
Emperor Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine
Evil
Evil
Cruella de Ville
Cruella de Ville
Doctor Evil
Doctor Evil
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
Galaxhar
Galaxhar
Killer Klown
Killer Klown
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Maleficent
Maleficent
Satan
Satan

See what I mean? Happy, carefree people... er... beings, obviously living rich, fulfilling lives.

What about the heroes—are they happy? Well, when was the last time you saw Superman smiling? Batman? Iron Man?

Justice League of America

Jeez, what a bunch of sourpusses!

So I have to ask: What do villains know that we don't know?

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P.S.—There's one hero who breaks the mold: Errol Flynn's Robin Hood is clearly having a great time.

Robin Hood

What's his secret? He doesn't take himself too seriously. That's an example I ought to follow more often. It's good to stop every once in awhile, chuckle ruefully, and mutter, "Jeez, Baird, you are so full of it!" I should do it more often.

I guess this post is a start. ;-)

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