Just wondering people's thoughts on this. As a reader, what kind of villain do you typically prefer: the one who is a constant presence or the one who lurks in the background? I first gave this some thought when I read the Harry Potter series. I realized that for as much as we're supposed to hate Voldemort, the majority of his evil deeds throughout the series are spoken about rather than witnessed. This may be sacrilege, but I actually much prefer someone like Dolores Umbridge as a villainous character. She's a great character to begin with, but I feel that part of her strength lies in the fact that we get to see so many of her underhanded actions so consistently. Does a strong physical presence in the story add greater satisfaction the the villain's eventual comeuppance, or is the threat of a looming Big Bad more riveting for you as a reader?