the villain of the piece

the villain of the piece

someone or something that has caused a bad situation
Usage notes: This phrase was first used to describe an evil character in a play.
According to reports of the disaster, the villain of the piece is the mining company who failed to carry out proper safety checks.
See also: of, piece, villain
References in classic literature ?
I don't care if Hugo does come at me with a pistol," returned Amy, who was not gifted with dramatic power, but was chosen because she was small enough to be borne out shrieking by the villain of the piece.
David Cameron was obviously the villain of the piece and Miliband was just a bit rubbish - he was just saying the same old things.
Year 12 student Finlay Turner-Berry took on the role of Fagin, Jessica Weale in Year 10 played Nancy and Ben Edwards from Year 13 played the villain of the piece, Bill Sykes.
Saoirse Ronan gives a superb performance as young Susie and Stanley Tucci is as brilliant as ever as the villain of the piece.
vvCape Tribulation proved the villain of the piece at Cheltenham yesterday as Denis O'Regan forced the nine-yearold past the gallant 2010 Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander in the Argento Chase.
WREXHAM 2 TAMWORTH 2 REFEREE Anthony Backhouse was roundly condemned as the villain of the piece at the Racecourse on Saturday where Wrexham were held to a 2-2 draw by Tamworth and missed an opportunity to go second in the table ahead of promotion rivals Newport County.
So to those on the sick, the unemployed, the single mothers whose children will be a lot poor this year, don't look to Westminster, the villain of the piece is a lot closer to home.
Pierce Brosnan is on fine form in this twisty-turny thriller, playing against type as the villain of the piece.
I fear we are in for another disappointment against Liverpool, and that man Bellamy, who last year was the hopeful saviour of the club, will now be the villain of the piece.
The villain of the piece, Abanazar, will be brought to life by former Coronation Street actor Chris Quinten while local dancer Rebecca Nicholson will step into the shoes of the Princess.
Ponting, one of Australia's most successful captains, has been made out to be the villain of the piece, with several former cricketers questioning his captaincy following the 0-2 Test series defeat to India.
But both would be happy to be cast as the villain of the piece by winning their respective semi-finals at Flushing Meadows today.
Judge Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen will be the villain of the piece this year admitting to a lack of knowledge about the practice of opera but in depth know how of how it should sound, and will demand a very high standard.
Incredibly, Ian is supposed to be the villain of the piece - an intransigent bully cruelly abandoning a lonely boy in his hour of need.
Ostensibly the villain of the piece, Dario Solari makes Count di Luna into an almost sympathetic character, especially when he sings Il balen del suo sorriso with such grace and feeling.