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Prequel only villain
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Filler arc character, and heres my reasoning: if I'm a filler character there's basically two options: I die or I get my happy ending at the end of the arc. If I die, well that sucks, but if my arc gets resolved and I live happily ever after, theres less chances of something else happening and ruining it, like in the case of the main heroes who are constantly in conflict after conflict, at least that way I get some real closure.
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jtjumper wrote: * Prequel only villian


Reasoning: all of these guys have little plot armour and not much potential to be big players in the story, but assuming I have free rein over how to act in the role I'm given, the villain has a lot more potential to gain wealth and power.

I necessarily start with enough power to create dramatic tension, i.e. I seem stronger than the hero but they'll find a way to win anyway. Maybe I'm rich, maybe I'm strong enough to take what I want. So all I have to do is play a lawful evil type and (adjusting according to genre) arrange so the fight is something like "loser has to leave town and never come back" instead of a fight to the death.

Then, once I have skipped town, narrative causality can actually work to my convenience, because if just anyone can beat me then the hero doesn't seem all that impressive. I can be the baddest dude in whatever city I move to until a new villain comes along and passes through my city on the way to the hero's, but those fights I don't even need to stick around for to fight, I can go into hiding or run to the hero for help and it fits the narrative the same.
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Filler-arc character, I'll only need to be around for a little bit but still get a time in the spot light.
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