Villain or Henchman?

It seems that there is some confusion on the difference between a villain and a henchman. In fact, some say that where superpowers are concerned there is no difference. This is just plain ridiculous. There is a difference, it’s not that hard to figure out, and it’s vitally important that you understand it.
The most obvious clue is that henchmen have no brains. If they had brains they would be supervillains, but superpowers without intelligence mean they usually end up dead or serving some villain who does have a brain. Note, however, that extreme super powers may mitigate this fact. For example: if a giant windstorm is flattening everything in a five mile radius that’s a supervillain, regardless of whether it has brains or not.

Henchmen do not have to have a villain overlord in order to be considered henchmen. Most mindless rampaging monsters get assigned as henchmen, regardless of whether they’re operating independently or not. Independently operating monsters are often referred to as rogue henchmen, although I just tend to call them all a blasted pain in the neck.

Henchmen are chaotic; villains are cool, calculated, controlled and conniving, and whole lot of other c words that don’t exist in this language.

Henchmen are destructive; villains are devious, devilish, disastrous and devastating.

And now I’m being told that if I was going to go through the whole alphabet I should have started with A, so I’m going to stop there, and hope I made my point. Stop confusing your henchmen with your villains. It could save your life someday.


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