As those of you who read my plot summary (both of you :S) will know, I've got a major chunk of my novel revolving around the plot hook that the main villain, at one point, locked away within himself a bunch of the other major characters' powers. At a later point in the novel, he loses any trace of a moral compass and unlocks the powers, which provides him with a nasty power boost- from telepathy and slow-paced biological creation to telekinesis, mental command (which doesn't function on the major characters, because they have big parts of him inside them), and mind-rape (causing major mental stress by dredging up bad memories- this does work on major characters). Now, more generally, do you think that power boosts are acceptable for villain-oriented plot developments? I think I've got mine pretty solidly justified, but I'd like to see what everyone else thinks. I'm talking about such ideas as Going Berserk, A God Am I and, of course, the Secret Super-Form. What do you think?