Villainous Overview
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Deception and Treachery

I'll pour this pestilence into his ear.
~ Iago plotting to lie to Othello that Desdemona slept with Cassio.

In any story, the villain can trick or persaude the hero, heroine, or another person by using lies and treachery for these reasons:

  • To cause someone's downfall.
  • To take over a kingdom.
  • To shatter the bond between the protagonist and someone he or she cares about.
  • To lure the hero into his trap.
  • To achieve the fame he is entitled to.
  • To frame somebody for the wrongdoings.

A Complete Monster or any other villain, even a remorseful one, can use lies and treachery to get his or her way, which can propel a story forward.


  • A classic example of a villain's treachery, Iago tricks Othello into believing that Desdemona slept with Cassio and betrayed him.
  • Scar uses lies and trickery throughout The Lion King, but he crosses the line when he lies to Simba, telling him he's responsible for Mufasa's death.
  • Jafar lies to Jasmine that Aladdin had been sentenced to death and executed.
  • Prince Hans uses treachery twice to get his way. First, he lies to the royal court that Elsa killed Anna, then does it to Elsa that she did so.
  • DemiDevimon lies to T.K. Takerashi about his older brother Matt (along with the other Digi-Destined kids) by telling the youngster that he abandoned him (and turns him against his Digimon partner, Tokomon)
  • Negaduck lies to Morgana Macawbre about being a reformed criminal, starting a candy company, and then lies to her about Darkwing Duck going off to foil crime without her, telling her that DW said "Once a crook always a crook," which turns the angered witch against her boyfriend
  • Rex Pester turns Drew Pickles against his brother, Stu, by convincing him that he made him lose Angelica on purpose.
  • Lotso lies to Big Baby that Daisy abandoned and replaced them when it was only Lotso she replaced.
  • King Candy lies to Wreck-It Ralph about Vanellope's programming, telling him that if she enters the race, the game will go out of order and she will die with it.
  • Percival McLeach lies to Cody about Marahute's death so he can get to her eggs.
  • Archibald Snatcher tricks Lord Portley-Rind into believing he shall save Cheesebridge from the "dangerous" boxtrolls.
  • Captain Hook: In the original film, he manipulates the jealous Tinkerbell into revealing Peter Pan's hiding place before caging her in a lantern. In Return to Neverland, he tricks Jane into believing he'll help her find her way home if she helps him find his treasure.
  • Kaa uses his hypnotic eyes to manipulate Mowgli into becoming his lunch, only to fail several times.
  • Indominus rex manipulates Blue and the velociraptors.
  • Jasper manipulating Lapis Lazuli to fusing.
  • Tirek tricking Discord to join to him.
  • Mal tricking Zoey that Mike never coming back.
  • Cliff Vandercave tricks Fred Flintstone into signing firing notices for all the quarry workers.
  • Roodaka tricking Vakama into serving the Visorak horde.
  • Vicky tricks Mr. and Mrs. Turner into thinking that Timmy had vandalized the Turner family house.
  • Sunset Shimmer tricks Vice Principal Luna that Twilight Sparkle destroyed all of the decorations for the Fall Fomal.
  • Lysandre manipulates Alain into collecting energy from Mega Evolved Pokémon so he can use it to take control of Zygarde. He even lied to Mairin by claiming that her fatally ill Chespin will be better once Alain gets the Mega Evolution energy he needs. But by the time his true colors were exposed during his broadcast, he revealed that he had no intention of helping Chespin at all.
  • The Omen manipulated Jack into believing he has failed his purpose as a samurai and attempted to have him commit seppuku.
  • Steele lies to the other dogs that Balto and the sled team died in the blizzard. Only Jenna sees right through his lies.
  • Mephiles the Dark tricks Silver the Hedgehog into believing that Sonic the Hedgehog is the so-called "Iblis Trigger" that had destroyed his world.


(Flint Lockwood: My dad thinks I should turn it off.) Geniuses like us are never understood by their fathers, Flint.(Flint Lockwood: But what if things go...) Who needs the approval of one man when you can have it from millions of acquaintances? Not to mention that little cutlet Sam Sparks. And me. I've always felt that you were like a son to me, Flint. (The mayor tosses Steve aside like a rag doll.) And I'm gonna be so proud of you tomorrow when you cut that ribbon, save the town, and prove to everybody what a great inventor you are. So here's the cheese: You can keep it going, get everything you've ever wanted, and be the great man I know you can be. Or, you can turn it off, ruin everything, and no one will ever like you. It's your choice (echoing in Flint's ear).
~ Mayor Shellbourne persuading Flint Lockwood to overwork the FLDSMDFR.
(Jane is sad that she's unable to get home until she hears crying. She steps into the jungle and notices that it's Hook weeping. She steps up to him and taps him on the shoulder with his sword. Hook spins around.) (Jane, bravely: Stay where you are!) Please, go right ahead. Run me through. You'll be doing me a favor. (Jane: All right. I give up. What's your problem? (Hook sniffles.) All I ever wanted was to get away from this dreadful place... (pulls out a locket showing his mother) ...and home to my dear, sweet mother. But blast it all! Peter stole my treasure, and my men would mutiny if I so much as tried to leave without it. So here I am... (blows nose) ...stuck in this absurd place. (He calms down.) My sources tell wish to return home as well. (Jane, with a sigh: You got that right. Guess we're in the same boat.) The same boat! That's it!) (Jane: W-what's it?) I'll give you passage home on my ship, and you can help me recover my treasure. Don't you see? The treasure's useless to Peter. He's not sensible like you and I. He's just a boy who'll never grow up. (Jane: Hmm. Tell me about it.) And really, what other choice do you have. It's not as though you could FLY home. (Jane: Hmm, well, I suppose. If it's really no use to Peter...) (Hook swipes his sword from her.) Splendid, splendid! (Jane: Wait! (sternly) You must swear NOT to harm Peter.) Me, actually harm Peter Pan? Perish the thought! It's all a game, you see. I shan't harm him. You have my word. (Hook pulls the feather from his hat and writes a contract on paper.) "I, Captain James Hook, do hereby swear not to harm a single hair on Peter Pan's head." You see? (He kisses the locket.) Leave the light on, Mommy. Your baby boy is coming home. (Hook turns to Jane and gives her a small whistle.) Now, when you've located the treasure, just give this a wee toot. You're doing the right thing my dear. I'm your only way home. (At these words, Hook slinks into the jungle.)
~ Captain Hook tricking Jane into believing he'll help her get back home if she helps him find his treasure.
Nobody means for these things to happen...but the king IS dead. And if it weren't for you, he'd still be alive.
~ Scar lying to Simba about Mufasa's death.
Ralph, do you know what the hardest part about being a king is? Doing what's right, no matter what. (Wreck-It Ralph: Get to the point.) The point being, I need your help. Sad as it is, Vanellope cannot be allowed to race. (Wreck-It Ralph: Why are you people so against her?) I'm not against her. I'm trying to PROTECT her. If Vanellope wins that race, she'll be added to the race roster. Then, gamers can choose her as their avatar, and when they see her glitching and twitching and just being herself, they'll think our game is broken. We'll be put out of order for good! All my subjects will be homeless. But there is one who cannot escape because she's a glitch! And when the game's plug is pulled...she'll die with it. (Wreck-It Ralph: You don't know what'll happen. The gamers could love her.) And if they don't? I know it's tough, but heroes have to make the tough choices, don't they? She can't race, Ralph, but she won't listen to me. So can I count on you to talk a little sense into her?
~ King Candy lying to Wreck-It Ralph about Vanellope's programming.
Your sister is dead, because of you!
~ Prince Hans lying to Elsa that she killed her sister.
Oh Zoey, don’t you get it yet? There’s no longer a choice. Mike. Is. Gone. And he’s never coming back.
~ Mal lying to Zoey that Mike is never coming back
Sadly, the boy's sentence has already been carried out. (Jasmine: What sentence?) Death. (Jasmine gasps.) By beheading. Oh, I am exceedingly sorry, Princess. (Jasmine: How could you?! [Runs out of the room in tears]) (Iago finally manages to free himself from the door and perches on Jafar's shoulder.) (Iago: So, how'd it go?) I think she took it...rather well.
~ Jafar lying to Jasmine about Aladdin's execution.
Hey, Mr. Pickles, how does it feel knowing your brother lost your only daughter? (Drew Pickles, enraged: HE WHAT?!) Share your pain. (Drew's face grows bright red and he explodes.) (Drew Pickles: YAAAAAAAA!) (With a ferocious cry, Drew leaps across the lawn and tackles Stu, knocking him to the ground and grabbing him by the arm.) (Stu Pickles: YOU'RE BREAKING MY ARM!) (Drew Pickles: ONLY 'CAUSE I CAN'T REACH YOUR NECK!) (As Howard and Charlotte step in to break up the fight, Rex turns back to the press.) And there you have it - two sour Pickles and, oh! Young Tammy, baby Dale, the twins Bill and Jill, little Chunky, and poor Amelia...all vanished without a trace. I'm Rex Pester, and I'll be back with Big Action News!
~ Rex Pester tricking Drew Pickles into believing that Stu deliberately lost Angelica.
(Po: No more running, Shen! Now, answers!) You want to know so badly? You think knowing will heal you? Fill some crater in your soul? Well, here's your answer. Your parents DIDN'T love you. But here, let me heal you! (blasts Po out of the factory with his cannon)
~ Lord Shen sadistically lying to Po that his parents abandoned him before blasting the panda out of the factory with his cannon.
Oh, please, I've seen this before. But he was always weak minded. You are Discord, you are legend, you cannot fall into the same trap that claimed my brother! Help me to grow strong, and be rewarded with something far greater than friendship. Freedom. Once I've stripped these ponies of their magic, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see their world turned upside down. Who better to do so than the master of chaos himself? Join me, Discord, and reclaim your greatness. Unless, of course, 'pony errand boy' is the role you've always wanted to play in this world.
~ Tirek urges Discord to join him.
(Lapis falls to her hands and knees and attempts to flee, but Jasper grabs her leg.) Come here, brat! Ah, don't fly off so soon. Steven: Lapis! (Steven tries to run over to Lapis, but Pearl and Amethyst stop him.) Lapis, listen, fuse with me! (Lapis: What?!) How long did they keep you trapped here on this miserable hunk of rock? (drops Lapis) (Lapis: Ugh!) These Gems, they're traitors to their Homeworld. They kept you prisoner. They used you. This is your chance to take revenge! Come on, just say yes. (Steven: Lapis, don't do it!)
~ Jasper manipulating Lapis Lazuli to fusing.
Barry: Something's wrong. They're communicating. Owen Grady: I know why they wouldn't tell us what it's made of. Barry: Why? Owen Grady: That thing's part Raptor.
~ Owen Grady sees that Indominus rex manipulates Blue and the velociraptors.
(Dean McCoppin: Don't shoot! There's a kid in his hand! Kent, he only acts defensively. If you don't shoot, he's harmless. You gotta tell the general!) This is all your fault, beatnik! If you--(Dean McCoppn: Will you shut up and listen?! You gotta make them stop! The Giant's got the kid with him!) I'll take care of it. (Dean leaves) He said the monster has killed a kid. Sir, we must stop it at all costs.
~ Kent Mansley lying to Gen. Rogard that the Giant killed Hogarth.
(Mrs. Turner hears a phone call from Vicky and and picks up her cell phone.) (Mrs. Turner: Hello? (Mrs. Turner becomes shocked.) Timmy did what?!) (Vicky turns on the TV.) Turned on your TV as soon as you left. Oh, but that's not all, he broke you vase, (Vicky knocks the vase off.) precious family portrait, (Vicky throws the portrait of the Turner family into a paper shredder.) torched your piano, (Vicky burns the piano with a flame thrower.) and wrote "My parents stink!" and "Dinkleberg Rulez!" on your living room walls! (Vicky uses spray paint to write the insults on the walls.) Hello, can you hear me? Hello? (Mr. and Mrs. Turner become extremely furious as they act in a nuclear explosion, blowing the top of Mr. Dinkleberg's house.) (Both: TIMMY!!!!) (The roof of Mr. Dinkleberg's house falls flat on the house.) That twerp is going to be in so much trouble, I should get my camera. (laughs evilly.)
~ Vicky tricks Mr. and Mrs. Turner into thinking that Timmy had vandalized the Turner family house.
Leaving early? (Fred Flintstone: Actually, the wife and I were gonna have dinner tonight at Cavern on the Green.) Ooh, pricey. Be sure to put that on your expense count. Fred, before you go-- (He pulls out firing notices and places them on Fred's desk.)--would you mind chipping your "X" on a couple of these? (Fred Flintstone: Yeah, sure. What are they?) Well, you sign these, and your buddies down in the quarry get some much-needed time off. (Fred Flintstone: No kiddin'! Well, I guess Mr. Slate finally noticed all those memos I've been sendin' in. (chuckles) I hope the guys will know who's to thank for this.) I'll make sure you get all the credit. (Cliff leaves the office, and Fred begins to sign the notices.)
~ Cliff Vandercave tricking Fred Flintstone into signing firing notices for all the quarry workers.
Humans kill Caesar! Burn ape home! Go get them! Apes must attack human city! Fight back! Come! Fight for Caesar!
~ Koba lying to Blue Eyes and other apes that Caesar was killed by humans, than the ape village.
You may witness but you cannot proceed any further. (Ashi: Witness what?) The end. [Four of Jack's ancestor appear from their graves] Great warriors of past, I welcome you. This samurai has failed his purpose and has accepted his fate. [Jack grabs the sword and prepares to commit seppuku. Ashi is shocked at what Jack is about to do] (Ashi: Stop!!) [The Omen whacks Ashi aside] This does not concern you. There is no hope. [Ashi stands up] (Ashi: No, hope lives! It is everywhere! I've seen it. Everyone you have touched. The people you have helped. You saved them!) Enough! [Fights Ashi] Hope is just a fleeting sentiment. Your failure is real. You must face the consequences or continue to bear the guilt of your dishonor for all eternity. (Ashi: Jack, don't listen! You're being misguided! I've seen it! You've saved COUNTLESS innocents-but most of all. [The Omen continues to attack her] You showed me the truth! You made me see that there's so much more to me than I know existed! You made me way more than what I was! The hope you gave me SAVED MY LIFE!) Death follows in your wake. Men, women, children. Yes, all those children dead because of you! (Ashi: No! The children! They're alive! You saved them!) No more words! [The Omen prepares to kill Ashi, but Jack protects her and kills him completely]
~ The Omen manipulating Jack into believing he has failed his purpose as a samurai and attempts have him commit seppuku.
Monsieur Yamaguchi, so nice to see you. (Mr. Yamaguchi: As you know, I am stepping down as president of Yamaguchi Industries, and I've begun a search for my replacement.) (Coco LaBouche: Splendid! I accept.) (Mr. Yamaguchi: You are one of them many under consideration.) But I've made millions for this company! (Mr. Yamaguchi: The candidate should not be concerned only with money. They must understand what means to bring joy to children. In fact, they themselves must have the heart of a child.) (softly) I must have one in a jar somewhere. (Angelica, who is under Coco's desk eating chocolates hears what she just said and gasps) (Coco turns to her boss.) in fact, I'm engaged to a wonderful man with a baby thing of his own. (Mr. Yamaguchi: Ah, congratulations, Madame. I look forward to the wedding, and seeing you with your new family. We'll discuss the promotion then. Good-bye.) (Screen turns off)
~ Coco LaBouche lying to Mr. Yamaguchi about being engaged to a man with his own child.
(In the Nome boiler room...) (Wild Joe: I don't get it. How could Balto hope to find Steele and his team? They were off the trail.) (Jenna: Well, he's tracking them.) (Morse: That mutt? Tracking a championship team in a blizzard?!) (laughs; a couple others join in; their laughter is cut short when suddenly, the door swings open and everyone gasps when they see a dog covered in ice and snow.) (Jenna: Balto?) (Her hope disappears when everyone recognizes the dog.) (Dogs: Steele! You're back! You're alive! Where've you been? Are ya okay?) (They toss Steele a bone. He chews on it savagely.) (Doc: Steele, where are the others?) Well... one by one, they fell. Frozen. Barely alive. (He shakes the icicles off him and the other dogs duck, and they impale the wall above them) I pulled four onto the sled... and three more on my back. (counts his fingers) And, uh, I walked... and I walked. But it was just... it was too late. They were... (pretends to sob) (Doc: What about the medicine?) Well, uh, I went on, dragging the medicine alone, all alone, and... and then suddenly... that wolf-dog appeared, Balto! He demanded I let him take the medicine. You know, he just wanted so much to be a hero in your eyes. And he grabbed the crate... but he couldn't handle it. He couldn't see the patch of ice... The snow, the wind and... And then the log and the cliff... Well, he just didn't have a chance ... He just... (pretends to sob) I'm sorry. And then... (Steele pulls out Jenna's bandana he wrestled from Balto earlier) (Jenna: (gasps) My bandana!) He made me promise to take care of you, Jenna. (Jenna takes a sniff from her bandana then looks back at Steele. Her eyes harden.) (Jenna: You're lying.) (Steele nervously looks at the others) (Jenna: STEELE'S LYING! Balto's alive! And he's coming home!) (Jenna leaves out the door; Steele watches her leave; then turns to the others.) Uh... Well, you know, she needs a little time.
~ Steele lying to the other dogs that Balto and the sled team died in the snowstorm. Only Jenna sees straight through his lies.
(Jill has just failed to convince Dr. Baker to postpone the gala and frustratedly gets her walkie talkie.) (Jill Young: Cecily-- [she bumps into a man, causing her to drop her walkie-talkie] Oh, sorry!) No, my fault. (Jill picks up her walkie talkie and turns to leave) Excuse me. (Jill Young: Yes?) It's just--... (Jill Young: What?) You must be Jill Young. (Jill Young: Yes.) And you look just like her. (Jill Young: Who?) Your mother. (Jill stares at Strasser with suspicion in her eyes) (Jill Young: You knew my mother?) Yes. I'm an old friend of your mother's. I knew her when she was, uh, only a little older than you. And you were just a tiny thing. What an incredible woman she was. (Jill Young: Yeah.) I'm sorry. I'm Andrei Strasser. I've come here to talk with your Mr. Baker. Actually, I'm here for Joe. (Jill Young: Joe?) And, in a way, for your mother, too. I believe she would agree with me. A magnificent wild animal like Joe needs more space. Like the Raja Preserve I run in Botswana. (Jill Young: Raja Preserve?) It's 20,000 acres there where the animals are free to run. Here it's such a shame to see Joe living in a man-made habitat... and being used as an attraction to raise money. But I upset you. (Jill Young: No.) Please. I only mean to offer an alternative. Anyway, here's my card. (hands his card to Jill) I'll be attending, uh, the event tonight. Maybe we can talk more about this matter then. (Jill Young: I look forward to it.) (Jill holds out her right hand to shake Strasser's hand. Strasser shakes it with his left hand to throw off her suspicions) Yeah. Bye. (Strasser turns and heads for the door with a sinister smirk forming on his face.)
~ Andrei Strasser tricking Jill Young (who fails to recognize him as the poacher who murdered both her mom and Joe's) into believing he'll take good care of Joe back in Africa.
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