August 5, 2016 11:51 AM EDT

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Suicide Squad.

One universal truth of superhero movies is that the hero must defeat a villain in order to save their city — or on a larger scale, the world — from utter destruction. But in David Ayer’s DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the villains end up being responsible for the saving.

Assembled by cutthroat government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Task Force X is a group of incarcerated felons who are offered reduced prison sentences in exchange for carrying out a mission to save Midway City. Despite their evil ways, the convicts learn to work together as the film goes on, eventually forming a ragtag sort of family.

Here’s everything you need to know about the bad guys who make up the villainous team.


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