News coverage is bad enough, but novels, movies, and prime-time television wrap similar attitudes about mentally ill individuals in polished, powerful, emotional stories. In popular fiction, "mental cases" commit violent crimes. On TV, they are violent and murderous—both in drama and comedy shows. Slasher movies give birth to multiple sequels. Batman’s foes, the Joker and the Penguin, are "insane." Even children’s literature is rife with mentally ill villains. In the Harry Potter books, one character is termed "mad" and hence "a danger to anyone who crosses him."