Created By: heimdall on July 31, 2011

Jigsaw Villain

Where a villain has a piece of his power missing or sealed in a Macguffin

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So you've got a big powerful villain that's been Orcus on His Throne, or in general setting up plans to take over the world. However, there's just one major problem. His evilness has been partially sealed in a can, preventing him from using his full power. The villain himself may have done this to further a Xanatos Gambit, but either way, for some reason the villain is not in possession of the MacGuffin or his full powers.

Lord of the Rings has this with Sauron and One Ring.

Another example would be Muu from Monster Rancher. He's separated from his ancient ( and MUCH more powerful) body.

See also Zeref from Fairy Tail.
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  • August 1, 2011
    Voldemort with his Horcruxes
  • August 1, 2011
    Ruin from Mistborn had a large amount of his power sealed away by Preservation in the the Pits of Hathsin and the atium reserve.
  • August 4, 2011
    Shendu from Jackie Chan Adventures has all of his power spread among a set of twelve talismans. Even when his full power is combined, chi magicians have a fairly practical way to disassemble it again. His siblings lampshade the impracticality of this setup in one episode.
  • August 4, 2011
    Shabranigdo in Slayers was broken into seven parts by Ceipheed. Two of them are released (the second one in Evolution-R), and Lina defeats them.
  • August 4, 2011
    Voldemort doesn't count - his horcruxes had a full effect (making him effectively immortal) despite the distance. What he was missing was a permanent body (possessed bodies withered quickly from his evil presence) - once he was "reborn" in The Goblet Of Fire, he did have access to all his abilities.
  • August 4, 2011
    Neil Gaiman's Sandman starts like this - after escaping from captivity, the lord of dreams needs to gather the three items of power which contain bits of his essence.
  • August 4, 2011
    Villain With A Piece Missing? I'd advise against Jigsaw Villain since there is a well known villain named Jigsaw and it's far too likely to give the wrong idea at first glance.

    Should probably be noted that, a lot of the time, villains in this situation make the regaining of their full powers their primary goal (Voldemort & his new body, Shendu & the talismans).
  • August 4, 2011
    Compare Sealed Cast In A Multipack for when individuals that make up a group are sealed away.
  • August 4, 2011
    For a better title, Incomplete Villain or Villain: Macguffin Not Included?
  • September 13, 2011
  • September 24, 2011
    Plot-wise, this allows to have the opponent with a reasonable challenge level and great threat level at the same time.