Emmerson Grant wrote:It's interesting the choice of villains.
Palpatine wants to rule the galaxy.
Doctor Doom wants to humilliate Richards and rule the world.
Dr. Gero wants the Dragon Balls to rule the world and to get back at Goku.
Agent Smith just wants to erradicate the troublesome human and get back to his orderly little world.
Zod wants the son of Jor-El to kneel before him.
Khan will stop at nothing to get revenge on Kirk.
Beetlejuice is summoned to get rid of troublesome humans living in ghost-owned homes.
The Joker just wants to see the world burn.
He starts as the galactic emperor and ends up as the guy who just wants to burn the world and kill batman.
Palpatine -- An emperor that has spell-like powers and has a selection of vassals that traverse the universe doing his bidding. Dressed in a flowing cloak with a hood. Opponents are humanoids with spell-like powers (Jedi). His defeat joins him with his source of power (the Force/Dark Side)
Doom -- An emperor that has spell-like powers and an army of robotic followers (Doombots). Uses nomenclature of Doctor. Dressed in metallic armour and a flowing cloak with a hood. Opponents are humanoids with spell-like powers (FF and Dr Strange). His defeat reveal him to have actually been a doombot.
Gero - Runs an army of robotic followers (androids). Uses the nomenclature of Doctor. Mental program based upon his brain waves in an android body (20). Opponent use extreme martial arts and spell-like powers. His defeat never results in his death. Dressed in a suit of some sort.
Anderson - Mental program that inhabits an isolated reality. Opponents use extreme martial arts and spell-like powers, flying around like Superman. His defeat results in his absorption. Dressed in a dark suit.
Zod - Extraterrestrial with superhuman abilities. Opponent has powers the same as his own. His defeat results in being trapped in an alternate dimension (phantom zone). Dressed in a dark bodysuit with a lot of chest showing.
Khan - Extraterrestrial. Opponent has nearly identical abilities, being basically just a human with a ship. His defeat results in suspended animation (been a while, may need clarification). Dressed in a tight outfit that shows a lot of chest and eccentric accents for no functional reason.
Beetlejuice - Ghost, dressed in an eccentric suit. Opponents are normal humans. His defeat bears little repercussion. Burton directed this movie starring Michael Keaton.
Joker - No powers, just psycho. Main opponent is a man dressed as a bat. His defeat leads to incarceration, but he always gets out. Dressed in a snappy suit of purple. Main villain of the Michael Keaton Batman, directed by Burton.
Lots of segues there. The costuming flows equally as well between characters as character background, opponents, powers, and results of defeat. The last two are particularly heavy in connections.