Why are weasels always villains?

How come in stories, books and cartoons weasels are always villains, while the very similar mongooses are always heroes?

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Hi Tom,

I don’t know but they always do seem to be, I love the books that Brian Jaques writes and the villains in them are always ferrets and weasels. The heroes are always mice.

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I guess it’s quite easy to make them look nasty with all those sharp teeth.

Just as well we know better.

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Interestingly, Wikipedia has a list of fictional Mustelids in film and literature:

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Weasel = :smiling_imp:? :rage: