Play the Bracket Challenge
Pick your champion!
We quickly realized narrowing our list down to 64 fictional villains would be tough. We selected four regions-Literary, Horror/Thriller (print or film), Theatrical, and Supervillains. But who goes where? Some figures were born on the written page but starred in a hit film. Some supervillains appear in books and movies. Whenever feasible, we placed a competitor in the region in which he made his mark. Some thugs just didn't get the recognition they deserved until they hit the silver screen.
Each region is made up of 16 figures, seeded 1 through 16, based on the strength of their resumes. In the first round, the top seed from a given category will face off against the 16th seed from the same region; the second seed will challenge the 15th seed, and so on. After that, the challengers are in your hands. All winners are chosen by YOU, the readers and the general public. Round 1 voting begins Oct. 21. Second-round voting will begin on Oct. 28. Round 3 will begin on Nov. 4, and so on. You may vote for the winner of a match only once, so choose wisely. Voting for the Finals begins on Nov. 25. The victorious villain will be announced in the January issue of the magazine.
In short, there are no criteria. What makes a sinister villain? If you still have nightmares about Chucky, go ahead and vote for him, for instance. Feel free to be objective, weighing longevity, crimes committed, and general evilness. But you're welcome to go with your gut-provided Captain Hook didn't disembowel you first.
Round 1 voting begins Oct. 21. Second-round voting will begin on Oct. 28. Round 3 will begin on Nov. 4, and so on. You may vote for the winner of a match only once, so choose wisely. Voting for the Finals begins on November 25. The last villain standing will be announced in the January issue of the magazine and online.
Part of the fun is the discussion, so sound off to BulletinLetters@us.mensa.org, and let us know what we left out, which villain was seeded too low (or high), etc. If you hosted a selection party, created bracket pools with your coworkers, or made voting a family event (all of which happen most years), we want to hear that, too. Send in your photos of completed brackets or selection parties. We'll post them to Facebook and Twitter.
Share the fun
You can vote only once per matchup, but that doesn't mean you can't try to convince other people to vote your way. Track the fun on Facebook.com/AmericanMensa and Twitter.com/AmericanMensa. Forward our posts and tweets to get your friends in on the action. Use the hashtag #BracketChallenge13.
Ready? We are, too, so click through, read the tongue-in-cheek descriptions, fill out your bracket, and prepare to vote.
The 2013 Mensa Bracket Challenge is going to be wicked!