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Movie villains are known for talking too much, or underestimating the hero, or diving headfirst into conflicts they have no hope of winning. What we can't figure out, is why. What is the exact thought process behind the catastrophically stupid decisions on-screen villains keep making?

We asked our readers to take a stab at explaining, in three-step diagrams, the exact logic behind pop culture's most infamous villainy. The winner got a hundred bucks, but first, the runners-up:

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