How do I defeat a seemingly invincible villain?:

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26 TeChameleon24th Mar 2012 08:47:16 PM from Alberta, Canada , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
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Good Lord, if you don't know how to resolve having a nearly invincible villain, then don't make a nearly invincible villain.

... yeah, this.

And frankly, there are a ton of ways to both make a villain 'nearly invincible' and of exploiting the 'nearly'. I remember a Justice League story from years ago (... it actually got adapted into a JLU episode, thinking back). The Shaggy Man, an apparently literally unstoppable artificial life form which had previously been defeated on a regular basis because it was dumb as a stump, was used for a brain upload by a US Army general who didn't like the League.

Cue Curb-Stomp Battle that vaguely resembled the Hulk vs. a bunch of grade schoolers aboard the League's satellite HQ. Battle ended when Superman and Wonder Woman slapped into the guy at Mach 3, punting him into the teleporter and beaming him someplace out into the asteroid belt. He was seriously pissed off, but there was very little he could do about it.

But yeah, the standard options have been suggested; trap, depower, trick, power up the heroes, invoke the kryptonite factor, or Summon Bigger Fish. Any of 'em work. Or you could Just Shoot Him, although I suppose bringing in the military would qualify as a Summon Bigger Fish moment.
27 lordGacek25th Mar 2012 04:19:34 AM from Kansas of Europe
You know, it sounds like you do not defeat him. You have him win, and the heroes can at best try it out with his Inadequate Inheritor.

edit:typo and trope name

edited 25th Mar '12 4:21:40 AM by lordGacek

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28 burnpsy25th Mar 2012 04:25:55 AM , Relationship Status: Abstaining
Sounds like you either have them lose or outsmart the villian. Short of alternates like Talking the Monster to Death, there are no other options.
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30 Mukora25th Mar 2012 07:29:27 AM from a place , Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
I'd say go with a The Villain Wins ending.

Unless you can come up with a way for the characters to outsmart him, or some weakness he has, that's really your only option save going back and rewriting completely.
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31 nrjxll25th Mar 2012 01:58:02 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
save going back and rewriting completely.

Which is not an option that should be simply ignored, by the way.
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