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'Mr. Robot': A complete villain matrix

As the plot thickens on Mr. Robot, it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of all the bad guys, conspiracies, and double-crosses. Since I’ve been keeping an informal yarn-wall to help me make sense of everything, I decided to share it with you guys, in lieu of a regular recap.

Here’s an index of the villains—so far—on Mr. Robot:


Colby is the previous chief technology officer for Evil Corp. At fsociety’s prompting, Elliot constructed a program that would incriminate him in a lot of really bad stuff, including the deaths of Elliot’s dad and Angela’s mother.

Colby is a bad guy on

It’s unclear whether or not Colby actually had a hand in the Washington Township Scandal, but it seems pretty likely. Now, Angela is involved, retracing the old case, poring over the data dumps and trying to recruit the attorney for the case to rejoin.

Colby is probably a secondary bad guy at this point, but I predict his menace will grow as Angela bears down on the old scandal. If his aggression at Angela’s visit is any indication, he’ll only move up the evil hierarchy.


If we’re ranking the bad guys by episode, it looks like Vera would be top-tier. You guys remember Vera from a few episodes ago, when he held Elliot at gunpoint while Shayla lingered near an overdose in the bathtub? He was Shayla’s dealer and stalker, and Elliot turned him in to the police.

Vera is a bad guy on

Vera and his brother force Elliot to break him out of jail by kidnapping Shayla and holding her hostage. Isaac, Vera’s brother, double-crosses Vera to gain control of his business, and Vera kills Isaac and Shayla, leaving Elliot feeling pretty guilty.

Vera is a nasty villain indeed, I’ll confess I have a total soft spot for baddies who can wax philosophical. Although he is out of jail, and it seems like his business with Elliot is concluded, there are still unanswered questions about how Elliot is going to avenge Shayla’s death.

He does, after all, have all of Vera’s business info that he lifted from Isaac’s phone. Too, Vera is impressed with Elliot’s hacker skills, so it’s safe to assume he’ll try to utilize Elliot in the future.


While Tyrell could be classified as a “spoiled brat” instead of a true villain, there’s something really sinister about him. We’ve seen what he’s capable of with the assistant a few episodes ago, and that super-weird scene with Knowles’ wife. He’s ambitious, sure, but there’s something else.

Tyrell is a bad guy in

His intentions with Elliot are unclear at this point, but if his wife has anything to say about it, Tyrell would take him down if he needed to. As Tyrell chases the CTO job and becomes increasingly more volatile, his place in the bad-guy index is sure to move up.

Mrs. Wellick

She’s pulling Tyrell’s strings, and her ambition might outweigh her husband’s. A pregnant villain is especially unsettling, and she seems like she is just as comfortable dishing out the pain as she is receiving it.

Mrs. Wellick is a bad guy on

She’s going to play a major role in Tyrell’s scheme, for sure, but Elliot better watch out. I don’t think he would even know how to deal with Mrs. Wellick as a foe.


He’s the newest big bad, and the jury is still out on him. The way he handled Tyrell was vicious, and it seems like he’s as bad, if not worse, than Colby.

Knowles is a bad guy on

As the new CTO for Evil Corp, it’s inevitable he’ll come up against Elliot, and now, probably even Angela. But what’s his villainous angle? For now, let’s just assume his mission is to destroy humanity with his capitalist greed.


Ollie seems like the most harmless person on the villain matrix, but I bet he’s going to lose that “aw shucks” demeanor as soon as the repercussions of Angela’s hack start to roll in.

Ollie is a bad guy on

He definitely deserved what he got from Angela—after the cheating and the identity-theft threat—but he seems like a vindictive little weasel, and it’s unlikely that he’ll let it go.

Mr. Robot

Okay, so maybe Mr. Robot is not technically a bad guy, but he does seem to want to control Elliot. He works as Elliot’s id, his conscience, his cheerleader, but he’s always encouraging him to be reckless and do something Elliot doesn’t want to.

Mr. Robot might be a bad guy

I’m not saying that Mr. Robot is absolutely a bad guy, but I think there’s a chance he could turn out to be bad for Elliot and the crew.

What did I leave out of the villain matrix? Help me fill in any blanks!

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on USA.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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