We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world.
~ Evey Hammond, describing V.

Symbolic Villains are evildoers who represent an entirely larger concept than themselves. For example, Madame Defarge of Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities is symbolic of the French lower-class hatred of the aristocracy as well as the bloodlust that drives the French Revolution. Additionally, every major villain in Captain Planet and the Planeteers symbolized a certain ecological disaster.