Besides, why beat the hero when you can torture him with the most horrible thing in the universe... Or six hours of laxative commercials, or six hours of the Ice Capades.
Basically anything so bad that the Suckiness Is Painful. A variant is for the villain to do torture that is so ridiculous and/or Faux Horrific it would never work, but everyone acts as if it would. Not to be confused with Unishment, when its the character who wants the punishment rather than the audience. Sue: I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. And on some dark, cold night I will steal away into your home, and punch you in the face.
This is the Good Counterpart of Evil Minions and Mooks — set filler for our heroes' side.
Their purpose is almost exclusively to give the writers someone to kill who isn't a main character, although they can also serve as a Spear Carrier.
It must be remembered that the Enterprise under Kirk's command participated in multiple combat missions against warships with superior weaponry (such as in the episodes "Balance of Terror" and "The Doomsday Machine" to name a few.
In mass quantities, they make up the Red Shirt Army.
As hard as they've held you away from the things they think will corrupt, you've seen those things and thought, When my mom thought I'd gone to see my boyfriend, we had actually smoked a ton of pot and went to a rock concert with his friends, where we did whip-its in the parking lot.I told my parents I was going to my friend Colleen's and we got in her car, drove around to the back end of the mall, and smoked pot.There was a definite pattern with lying and smoking pot going on.In a series where The Main Characters Do Everything, if you suddenly see someone else who you've never seen before involved in the main story, they are probably a Redshirt.
They are used to show how the monster works, and demonstrate that it is indeed a deadly menace, without having to lose anyone .But beating and whipping is really dull for any self-respecting criminal mastermind.