Learner's definition of VILLAIN
1 : a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things 2 somewhat old-fashioned : a person who does bad things 3 : someone or something that is blamed for a particular problem or difficulty
Don't try to make me the villain. It's your own fault that you're having these problems.
The article makes the government out to be the villain. = It portrays the government as the villain of the piece.