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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

The villain's goal is not directly counter to the hero's goal. Consider that the villain and the hero are clashing over what the hero is protecting. The hero believes that it's the villain's goal to ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

If the antagonist is supposed to remain threatening, the hero mustn't ever completely best the antagonist. If the hero is clearly stronger than the antagonist, and the reader knows the hero will ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

Just have the villain win sometimes. Obviously, there are certain victories that would render the premise of your series irrelevant and bring it to a premature end. What those are will depend strongly ...
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How to make sure the reader knows the MC is a different species (not human)?

Make sure your character has those traits in your mind as you imagine them going around the plot. Moments like, I couldn't feel the tips of my ears in the freezing wind; I tripped and would fall if ...
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How should I switch between different pronouns when writing a nonbinary/genderqueer character?

You should change pronouns for your character when and only when there's an in-story reason for it. Does your character oscillate between male and female identity or at least presentation? Do you tell ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

Simple: The antagonist needs to win only once for everything to be over. Even if you're sure the hero wins 99% of the time, you're still worried that 1% happens. This usually happens when the villain ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

Isn't that already incredibly menacing? You have a threat that doesn't go away, and keeps coming back like a disease. With a truly heinous villain, the heroes have to win every time for society to be ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

A villain surely has more important stuff to do than to fight a wannabe hero. A villain is the mastermind behind the plan to world domination. He has minions. They are the incapable ones. They can be ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

Give him a button that makes everyone's head explode. If the antagonist has an ultima ratio that they have until now hesitated to employ (like the one described above), they remain a terrible threat ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

There's a lot more to a solid hero - villain dynamic than how they fare in a 1v1 fight. Consider the context of the engagement: Who is on that attack and who is defending? What are they defending? ...
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How should I switch between different pronouns when writing a nonbinary/genderqueer character?

You may want to check out some examples. One approach is to refer to the character with the pronouns that the people around them assume. This allows you to say something about how other people in the ...
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