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The 12 Most Satisfying Villain Deaths In Action-Adventure Movies

List RulesVote up the villains who truly got what was coming to them.

The most satisfying villain deaths in action films always come to the villains who really deserved it. Not just because of their heinous actions, but because they unquestionably brought it upon themselves. Sure, most movie villains are destined to perish (how else is the hero going to save the day?), but the evildoers here especially earned their demises, almost to the point where it would be an absolute travesty if they didn't die. 

Here are some action-adventure villains who got exactly what they deserved.

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  • When will Indiana Jones villains realize that playing around with magical artifacts always ends up exceptionally poorly for the bad guys? In The Last Crusade, Jones is tasked with finding the Holy Grail, which is exactly what it sounds like - a biblical chalice that has the power to grant immortality to those who drink from it.

    After Indy leads the villainous Walter Donovan to the Temple of the Sun where the Holy Grail is kept, Donovan is tasked with simply picking out the Holy Grail amongst an altar of similar-looking chalices. Should he find the Holy Grail, Donovan will be granted eternal life, but if he picks a false grail, he will perish. Donovan gives it about a moment's thought before picking a cup and taking a drink - only to immediately mummify and crumble into a pile of dust. It was a solid attempt. 

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  • It really says something if your character is far more unlikable than an evil, cursed mummy whose only intention is to spread evil and corruption throughout the world. And yes, the character in question is clearly Beni Gabor, an old acquaintance of Rick O'Connell, who also happens to be a greedy crook, which ultimately leads to his own downfall (who could've guessed?). 

    In The Mummy, Beni is leading a grave-robbing expedition into Hamunaptra when he's recruited by the Mummy, Imhotep, with the promise of gold. Beni is released from Imhotep's service when Rick terminates Imhotep for good, but refuses to leave without his riches, as promised by Imhotep. Beni loots the temple, only to set off a trap that almost ends everyone inside. Rick's group manages to escape, but Beni is trapped behind, where he's surrounded and then eaten by an army of scarabs. 

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  • To be fair, James Earl Jones did such a fantastic job portraying Thusla Doom that it's almost sad to see him go. But alas, evil deeds can't go unpunished, and despite Doom's powerful, mesmerizing voice, it's still cathartic to see Conan end the man who wiped out his family and sold his village into enslavement. 

    Thusla is an evil sorcerer and warlord who destroys young Conan's tribe and personally decapitates his mother. Conan is so traumatized by his mother's demise that he grows to be a fearless gladiator with muscles of steel (how does Arnold Schwarzenegger actually look like that?) in order to seek revenge on Doom for destroying everything he loved. Not only is Conan able to track down Thusla and infiltrate his cult, but he also manages to decapitate him with the same sword Thulsa used to end his mother. 

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  • Commodus's demise in Gladiator is easily one of the most gratifying in cinematic history. In the film, Commodus takes over as emperor of Rome after slaying his own father, Marcus Aurelius, which results in General Maximus refusing to swear his loyalty to the new emperor. In turn, Maximus is stripped of his rank and his family is slain.

    Eventually, Maximus becomes a gladiator in order to rise back through the ranks and take down Commodus. Commodus agrees to fight but gravely injures Maximus prior to the fight in hopes of a quick victory. Despite all of Commodus's efforts to cheat (including hiding a knife in his armor), an injured Maximus ends Commodus with his own knife and dies a hero's death while Commodus is left in the dirt. There's nothing more satisfying than watching a cheater's plan backfire in their face, and in this case, in front of the entire Colosseum.

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