Every good hero needs a powerful villain to go up against, but sometimes that’s not the main bad guy. Occasionally, it’s the main villain’s sidekick or henchman who does all of the work and proves to be the real threat. These sidekick villains may be more intimidating, threatening, or dangerous than the ones thought to be running things, and often have ambitions of their own. Whether they are more intelligent or more powerful than the presumed head villain, these are the characters the hero truly must watch out for.
In the case of sidekick villains who do a majority of the heavy lifting, they may end up remembered over the bad guys giving the orders. These characters could just be continuing the plans set out by the villain in charge, or they could have an evil plot of their own. Either way, these villains are overachievers who often continue to present a threat even when the big bad has been dispatched.
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