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Any man who must say "I am the king" is no true king. I'll be sure to teach you that once I've won your war for you.
~ Tywin Lannister to Joffrey Baratheon.

The Right-Hand is the most powerful, loyal, trusted and authoritative henchman of the main Villain, also being the next-in-command and usually the second-to-last Villain taken down by Heroes.

Almost all right-hands are totally loyal to their master (even worshipping them like gods) but there are some at their side just for personal interests or feelings. While the main Villain provides a mental challenge the Right-Hand provides a physical challenge; as such it is not uncommon for a Right-Hand to be mightier than the main villain.

In some works, the Right-Hand appears more often and gets more screen time than their master, in order to make the main villain more mysterious and therefore more frightening. A main villain can also have multiple Right-Hands, either with different responsibilities or as a replacement of one who has died. Sometimes a Right-Hand can survive their master's demise and seek to revive them or accomplish their master's goal on their behalf as in Death and Fate Averruncus's cases. They are also The Heavy sometimes.

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