When it comes to action movies, many of them follow the same rough template: before the final battle with the big bad, the hero first has to square off against a series of lesser enemies and cronies. But quite often, the big bad winds up being less of a challenge than their underlings. Quite often, that's because the supervillain or criminal boss is really more of a manager, the person who comes up with the evil plan and keeps the big picture in mind. When you reach a certain level of supervillainy, one of the perks is that you can hire other people to do your dirty work.
As a result, the fights between the hero and the henchpeople are often more intense and thrilling than the final showdown. Sometimes that can make the ending a bit anticlimactic, but as far as the hero is concerned, it's probably a relief to have an easier fight. Here are some of the most underrated villains who put up a better fight than the final boss.
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The Giant, Bald Nazi In ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’Photo: Paramount Pictures
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Karl In ‘Die Hard’Photo: 20th Century Fox
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The Witch-King Of Angmar In ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’Photo: New Line Cinema