He seems like an average type of man. He's not, like smart. I'm not trying to rag on him or anything. But he has the same mentality I haveand I'm in the eighth grade.
(Vanessa Martinez (b. c. 1978), U.S. eighth-grade student. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 17 (June 1, 1992).
Commenting on Vice-President Dan Quayle (b. 1947; Vice-President, 1989-1992) after he visited the Bret Harte Middle School in south-central Los Angeles, California. Quayle was often criticized as an unimpressive public speaker and as having mediocre intellectual ability.)
In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.