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Quotes: Outside-Context Villain
"You judge yourselves against the pitiful adversaries you've encountered so far: the Romulans, the Klingons... They're nothing compared to what's waiting."

"Their forces are unknown to us. The Moriok or the nim that emerge from the necrogen bogs—those we understand. These horrors which pour out of the canyons use weapons, tactics and magic that are alien to even our most capable generals and seasoned warriors. Our armies are scattered. We have no choice but to hide and survive."
Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer, "A Planeswalker's Guide to New Phyrexia"

"Don't know what they are, what they want, or where they came from.."
Major Coats (on the Reapers), Mass Effect 3 trailer

The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.

No... During this mission, we... No, even after all of our missions, we still haven't made any progress! I'm a failure. I've just gotten soldiers killed left and right! And we haven't learned anything useful about the Titans!!
— A captain of the Recon Corps describing how they have learned absolutely nothing new about combating the Titans, Attack on Titan

It came from beyond the extreme reaches of our reality,
It came to laugh at our naive existences.
Chiaki Ishikawa, Uninstall (Bokurano opening)

"The biggest problem with Judas Traveler was that he was just too much of an enigma. What were the scope and nature of his powers? No one seemed to have an answer. What was his primary motivation? The answer from the Spider-Man writers was always, "Well, he's trying to understand the true nature of evil." Uhhhm, okay, but that's a bit... vague, you know? What does Traveller hope to gain from understanding evil? What's his ultimate goal? That always remained shrouded in mystery - even to us!...This kind of thing was going on in the X-Men books all the time back then - these new villains would show up with a lot of flash and hype, with a lot of mystery and veiled references surrounding them. And in the end, nothing would come of it. None of them ended up having any real staying power, because they were so half-baked, ill-defined, and poorly developed. As a budding writer at the time, I learned a very important lesson from watching this happen at Marvel: try to know who your characters are before you introduce them."
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga


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