Meet Constantine, aka "Criminal No. 1," and star of the new Disney film "Muppets Most Wanted."
Constantine is cast as the evil Russian impostor of Kermit the Frog, the good-natured leader of the popular U.S. puppet clan known as the Muppets.
But moviegoers who catch the film's world premiere on March 21 can be forgiven if they see some surprising parallels to real-life events and global figures.
Constantine, hell-bent on going down in history as the world's greatest criminal, sets out with his inferior sidekick, Dominic Badguy, to "steal the unstealable" in Europe.
His struggles to overcome a heavy Russian accent while speaking English are reminiscent of Russian President Vladimir Putin's attempts to speak English.
The parallels to real events and people don't stop there, as a rundown of the characters reveals.
Dominic could be mistaken for Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who has long been seen as subservient to Putin.
Dominic: "You mean 'our names,' right?"
Constantine: "Of course. My name first, then -- spacebar spacebar spacebar -- your name."
The film's female lead, Miss Piggy, arguably bears some resemblance to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose stance on Russia has toughened considerably as the Crimean crisis unfolds.
Constantine: "I don't think you know what you want."
Miss Piggy: "Yeah I do, I just told you."
The Muppets, meanwhile, are initially wooed by Constantine as he launches his grand scheme, drawing comparisons to Putin's stated rationale for annexing Crimea: to protect the local Russian population.
Kermit himself might be the hardest character to pinpoint. Once the ruse is revealed, the normally easy-going frog is viewed as a stabilizing influence and the only one capable of confronting Constantine:
Is Kermit the United States? President Barack Obama? James Bond? As Kermit himself once said: "Life is like a movie. Write your own ending."
-- Mike Scollon