Geoff Peterson wrote:
Oh you can, but it serves the film better if you hype up the villain. Make him as bad ass as possible. Being Number One on the FBI's Most Wanted List means more than being Number Ten. Having a Number One NYT Bestseller is better than just appearing on a list of ten. Winning a Gold Medal is better than winning the Bronze. Telling someone they are the love of your life is better than saying you're someone I've dated.
Makes perfect sense if you're trying to get a point across, even if it's hyperbole.
I'm not sure it does automatically serve the film better. Why does the point have to be that he is the worst ever?
How does the film differ at all if he is just generally bad-ass - something already fairly well established by the fight on Qonos? We're not even talking about heroes with a long backstory here - he doesn't even have to up the stakes above a long list of past villains. The only person he has to out bad-ass is Nero, which is, frankly, almost guaranteed.