Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Let’s You And Him Fight Edition

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When I was younger, I always hated when the antagonists of the various tales I consumed would stand back and let their underlings do all the fighting for them.  When it came to evil overlords, I preferred Megatron’s hands-on approach to nastiness and perfidy, finding Cobra Commander’s tendency to send in waves of cannon fodder somehow cowardly.  Now, in my dotage, I have had a change of heart, finding the chess-master archetype to be compelling, as when the nefarious Basco Ta Jalokia used his Ranger simulacra to kick the stuffing out of his foes.  Maybe it’s my age showing, maybe it’s a question of conservation of energy, but it does raise an interesting query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can see the advantages in not getting involved until necessary, asking: If you were a villain, would you want to do the fighting yourself, or have minions do your heavy lifting for you?