Hey all, I'm wondering if you can introduce a major character in Act 2 of a novel. Using James Scott Bell's 3-Act structure it would be after the "First Doorway of No Return" (or First Turning Point). This would be after the 12,000-word mark of my 60,000-word novel. I have a main villain, but simply don't have the room to explore him in the first 12,000 words. I have a main protagonist, but also three other minor characters (his friends who together form a gang). So it's an ensemble piece and just to set those guys up and rush to the "First Doorway of No Return" is eating up pages. I know the general rule is you have to establish the main bad guy early. But are there any exceptions? My basic structure is a bank heist plot. So my first Act sets up the robbers and then shows them planning then robbing a bank ("First Doorway of No Return"). In the aftermath of the robbery (start of Act 2) is when the main villain shows up.