Well, given the current state of affairs on the Gulf Coast, I would have to name British Petroleum as Villain of the Year. Besides being recklessly negligent with the environment and tens of thousands of jobs outside the oil industry in that region that are also affected, I think they have acted shamefully.
I think that anyone who attempts to terrorize or harm others is a potential villain. I like the idea that the internet predator is a villain of this year. Internet crime is fast on the rise and it comes in forms. Internet criminals always target those who are easy to manipulate.
I would have to agree with Post #2. There is no dividing line when it comes to villianizing someone or something and it all stems from how threatening it is to a society or people! People always want someone to blame when things go wrong and are quick to point the finger. It doesn't solve the problem but it makes them feel better! Sad, but true.
The internet predator is a huge villain in the year 2010. They sneak into the homes of the unsuspecting. This might be in the form of identity thieves, child predators, and criminals of other types.
I think that a comic book-style villain who would terrorize the teenage world would be Parentman. He would have X-ray vision and the ability to read minds. He would also speak perfect texting and know exactly what all the abbreviations stand for. He would magically appear whenever a teenager goes somewhere other than where Mom & Dad have been told.
I believe that the heir to the Toyota Corporation, Akio Toyoda, may well be one of the prime villains of the year. His once proud company is on the verge of suffering multi-billion dollar losses in the near future, and his credibility is about nil.
This one is complex because there can be so many potential answers present. Certainly, each individual group of people have their own beliefs and demonize anyone who stands against that. This is definitely true in American politics at this moment. The Republicans have clearly defined that their enemy is the President, who they are trying to paint as an intellectual that is out of touch with reality. Recall former Governor Palin's line at a recent speaking event: "We need a commander in chief, not a law professor standing at a lectern." The idea that a "law professor" cannot be president is rooted in the assertion that academic and intelligent people are not synchronized with the needs of society. For their part, the Democrats vilify the Republicans as individuals that are standing in the way of progress and advancement. They point out to Republican representation in both houses of Congress that have stalled the Democrats' and President's approach to health care and other domestic policy issues. They point to individuas like Representative Wilson who heckled the President during a joint session of Congress address about the need for health care. Each side paints the other into a corner, and uses the tactic of demonizing and creating villains in order to appeal to their base of support.
I would say any politician that does not help the average person and puts their own personal interests first. By receiving money to vote a certain way to prevent something that helps people should be one of the worst villains of the year for 2009 or 2010.