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The character is a victim of the Universe itself, who frames him up against the Cosmic Plaything, who wants revenge on him. However, the Cosmic Plaything only triumphs when he is disciplined, and always fails when he is emotional. Revenge is an emotional activity, so he only could torment The Chew Toy, but never really kill him. In other words, he complies with the Rule of Drama: All the things that happens to The Chew Toy are bad enough to advance the plot, but never bad enough to kill him.