So I was watching some youtube videos a couple of days ago where a guy talked about superhero movies, and in two separate videos he brought up basically the same perceived problem with the story he was talking about: That the villain had no personal connection to the hero. That is to say, the former mainly antagonized the latter due to circumstance. Put another way, the problem (as I understand his reasoning) was that the villain's motivations were unrelated to the hero. He apparently viewed this as a severe enough issue that he wished the stories could be significantly rewritten to replace the villains in question with different ones to make them relate to their heroes in a more personal way. I bring this up because it's pretty much exactly what I've intended to do with the (initial) main antagonist of the story I've been planning: He actually has no history with the heroes or anything to do with them at all, besides wanting to steal something one of them happens to have. This is totally intentional: He's supposed to be just this powerful and dangerous guy who doesn't know the main characters and doesn't really care about them whatsoever. He didn't kill any of their parents or burn down their hometowns or kidnap their love interests. He simply shows up and causes trouble, and afterwards they mostly hope they never have to deal with him again. The idea is that despite being very formidable, he's not very important. And don't get me wrong, it's not like I'm suddenly doubting my decision. I don't really see it as a big issue, especially since I'm doing it purpose. But it did get me thinking: It is pretty ubiquitous for villains to have some sort of connection to the heroes that makes the conflict more personal, sometimes even to the point of seeming a bit forced. (Off the top of my head: The 1989 Batman movie having the Joker also be the guy who killed Bruce's parents in order to justify a last minute revenge theme and, I guess, let Bruce have closure, sorta?) So now I'm curious: How important do you think this is? Obviously it's not necessary - Lord of the Rings comes to mind - but is it always better for the hero and villain to have some kind of significant connection?