An Outcast, often referred to as an "Outsider", is basically another name for an exiled character or being. Unlike the Imprisoned villain, an Outcast is banished without actually being imprisoned; sometimes, being exiled is seen as sufficient punishment in itself or they are away from civilization and society by choice. Many Outcast characters seek to return to their previous power or position; others are driven mad or embittered by it. Very few embrace the state of exile. Sometimes, outcasts can be people who either got rejected by civilization and society, or they rejected civilization and society.

Alternatively, on smaller scales, an Outcast can be someone who is not socially accepted, being hated and/or feared by those around him/herself, forcing them into a life of relative isolation and/or wandering. By definition, these are the opposite of Charismatic villains and are usually Tragic as well.

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