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In US movies, time and again, the bad guys end up being Russians. Examples:

That's at least a time span of over 30 years.


How is it in Russian movies? Are Americans the default bad guys in Russian movies?

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This seems like a common issue. Indian and Pakistani movies frequently show each other as the bad guys. – Ankit Aug 18 '14 at 11:47
Can't speak for Russia, but from what I've seen in China, the bad guy is often a corrupt local official (local block manager or mayor). It's acceptable and common in China to imply a local official is corrupt but never a national official. There are certainly movies where Americans are portrayed as the bourgeoisie exploiters of locals; that is a common trope in just about every nation outside the USA. – Jeff-Inventor ChromeOS Aug 23 '14 at 6:39
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Not really.

Most Russian movies and TV shows are set in Russia and dealing with local themes, so bad guys (if any) are Russian. War films have German (i.e. Nazi), Afghan or Chechen villains, some 2000s movies feature Middle Eastern 'terrorists'. Rare American characters are stereotypically portrayed as rich, overconfident and stupid, but never evil.

There was a number of Cold War era Soviet movies and TV series about American spies, like 'TASS Is Authorized to Declare...', but this genre has gone with the Cold War.

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nowadays the bad guys in russian movies often are ukrainians )) – E L Aug 24 '14 at 10:17

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