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Awesome animated antagonists

The evil characters we enjoy watching in movies

By Bryan Reesman
Special to MSN Movies

Animation takes us to worlds we cannot experience and presents us with interpretations of reality that require a different medium than the live-action world. Perhaps best of all are the highly expressive characters that come into our lives, especially the villains. Yes, we like to root for our heroes, but sometimes the baddies are so deliciously fiendish and fun that we enjoy watching them wreak havoc on the big screen. With "Despicable Me 2" upon us, and in honor of all those rapscallions who perhaps tug a little at our inner evil twin, here are some awesome animated antagonists that have enlivened the silver screen.

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"Despicable Me 2" is out in theaters Wednesday, July 3.

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(Universal Pictures)