As inspired by this thread
, and in an attempt not to clutter the neat stories there, comes the more antagonistic counterpart...the villain thread.
Tell us about your favorite villain you've either faced down as a player or created to thwart as a DM. Tell us about the dastardly plans for world domination. Tell us about their ignoble defeat. Tell us what really made them worth hating. After all, without villains there are no heroes.
I'll start this off...
I wish I could claim credit for this because you can't really get a more ignoble (not to mention thorough) defeat. A friend of mine played in a campaign run by a DM that was pretty unfair. A reoccurring villain was this lich that always seemed to have the exact counter for every single thing the players tried. Even when they managed to defeat him he always had an infallible escape plan. This wasn't so much a well prepared villain as it was a DM without a sense of fair play. By a stroke of luck and some clever planning the players managed to get this lich turned to stone. But the players were fed up with this NPC and weren't going to let him get away. So what did they do?
The Wizard and the Druid cast Stone to Mud
, then Mud to Water.
Then the party split the aquafied lich up, drank their portion of the water, then each journeyed to a separate plane of existence and waited around a while until their biology processed, absorbed, and/or scattered the water for them before returning home.
The DM then conceded he probably couldn't justify bringing that villain back anymore.