Elsewhere in Ryona, some prefer to see a villainess punished, while others love to witness the destruction of a superheroine. And some love a real competition, others just a one-sided affair. In zako action, it seems that the protagonist is always good. There may be a bit of a mean streak, but usually only against those who deserve it. Most want the zako to be baddies (though maybe half-decent in private life), for some, conscripts who are forced or tricked into fighting the heroine are acceptable too. But they are always on the evil side. I love to envision the story from the viewpoint of the "characters insignificant to the plot and simply there to be killed by the protagonist." To imagine them as normal people who live normal lives adds a lot of suspense, even though they're often looking completely incompetent, cowardly and kinda trashy. In contrast, the casual viewer is supposed to empathize with heroes or heroines, who use their wit, skill and courage to take them out in droves while no one sheds a tear. In a game, you play the hero and they are just standing in your way to the next level. This makes me think about movies where an essentially evil protagonist wipes out numerous good people who are nonetheless "insignificant to the plot and simply there to be killed." Just as in normal zako action, the protagonist has wit, skill and courage, while the cannonfodder looks incompetent, cowardly, thrashy. The viewer is supposed to follow the villain through the story, wondering when he will be stopped. Meanwhile the fate of the unimportant victims is already sealed, the viewer takes it as no big loss and won't be repelled by the protagonist's actions against them. He'd rather make snarky remarks about the victims' ignorance. Inattentive cops or guards make good "good zako". But it can also be non-combatants. There are a lot of movies where people, who have been taken out by a maniac or a monster, simply disappear and are forgotten, or (better) are lying around decoratively while the action continues around them. People are supposed ignore the tragedy behind it and just say "Oops, I guess you airheads better had run when you had the chance, keeping your malicious remarks for later." (Looking at comments on youtube, it's what most viewers do.) One of my favorites movies is "Blood Diner". The protagonists are a pair of brothers who, while running a restaurant, are on a mission to rebuild and revive an evil goddess. During the movie, they have to deal with a couple of guys creepier than themselves. The good couple of cops is only there to stop them at the end. They save the innocent, but rather dull, Damsel-in-distress, but hardly anyone else. So a lot of party-goers - the trashier, the better - lose their lives in horrible, but funny fashion. And just as in other zako scenarios, I (but probably not too many others) try to envision the situation from their point of view and see them as normal people with families and all, so it makes a difference who's gonna live and who's gonna die. Does stuff like this, either just with fighting victims or others too, work for you?