Now, before you scoff and shake your head at us in disappointment, hear us out. ‘Criminals’ is such a harsh term – let’s try ‘baddies’ for this. And, crime aside, they do have some good names. Here are our faves…
Alphonse Gabriel ‘Al’ Capone was born in Brooklyn, and went on to be the most notorious gangster in the USA. Not one of the good guys, but he was a self-made millionaire and quite the trendsetter when it came to hats.
One half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde outlaw duo, she made a living robbing banks (well, it beats queuing in them). And we have visions of a young Faye Dunaway working a beret like no other.
Bank robber extraordinaire, he was portrayed as a gangster with a heart of gold in the movie Public Enemies. While bank robbing is probably not what you wish for your little one, you might hope he’s cool enough for Johnny Depp to play him in his biopic.
Everyone’s favourite criminal, Robin Hood had that altruistic spirit many want for their children – a criminal, yes, but at least he gave his ill-gotten gains to the poor. For a girl, spell it Robyn.
You may have come across Hell-Cat Maggie in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. A female gang member in the 1840s, she reportedly filed her teeth into points and wore long claw-like brass fingernails. Not someone you’d forget in a hurry – and indeed, her character has appeared in films and literature ever since.
Some con artists are so clever, you can’t help but doff your cap. Made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale took on at least eight identities – a pilot, a teaching assistant, a doctor, a lawyer and a US Bureau of Prisons agent. And what did he get, after years of impersonation and forging cheques? A job. He’s now a security consultant. So if you want your kid to be clever and jammy…
A patriot at heart, Vincenzo pulled off one of the greatest art thefts of all time – he stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris, and took it home to Italy. He got caught, however, when he tried to sell it by cold-contacting an art dealer. Not a smart move – but the patriotic spirit is touching.
The sea witch from The Little Mermaid is a force to be reckoned with. With her red lips, deep velvety voice and a slightly more English accent than the goodies (of course), Ursula is as fabulous as she is scary.