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14 Times Characters In Comedies Cheated Death So The Movie Wouldn't Be A Massive Bummer

April 2, 2020 114 votes 22 voters14 items

List RulesVote up the comedies that save characters in egregiously ridiculous ways.

Nobody wants to see a comedy that ends on a bad note. No matter the premise of the film, it's an unspoken rule that a comedy has to end in a happily ever after moment, no matter which rules the creators have to break to get there. While action films are notorious for their heavy plot armor that protects the main characters from harm, comedies can be just as bad, if not worse. 

In a comedy, all the rules go out the window. If they want to save a character, the filmmakers can just do it, with only the thinnest of explanations needed. Sometimes, these movies poke fun at how ridiculous they're being, but other times, they expect the viewer to swallow any ending, no matter how absurd. 

These miraculous saves are just par for the course when it comes to your favorite funny movies. Take a look below at a few times comedies saved characters in frightfully bad ways, and vote up the non-deaths that are truly ridiculous. 

  • Otto West - 'A Fish Called Wanda'
    Photo: MGM

    Various con artists double-cross each other throughout A Fish Called Wanda in an effort to escape the country with a large sum of diamonds. At the end of the movie, Otto West (Kevin Kline) confronts Archie Leach (John Cleese) at the airport as Archie tries to flee to South America with the diamonds. Although Otto has a chance to knock off his foe, Archie starts an argument about American political failures, distracting Otto just long enough for Ken Pile (Michael Palin) to make his way to the scene on a steamroller.

    Avenging his fish, whom Otto ate earlier in the film, Ken runs over Otto in the steamroller, pushing him into wet cement. By some miraculous means, however, Otto survives. He doesn't even learn his lesson. At the end of the movie, he's seen clinging to the outside of the plane window as Archie escapes with the jewels. Never mind that the steamroller flattened a metal wheelbarrow to pieces just minutes before running over Otto. Never mind that Otto couldn't move his feet from the cement, much less his whole body. None of that matters - Otto still survives the experience with little more than a scratch.

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  • When Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) arrives at a new school, she conspires with her friends to take down mean girl Regina George (Rachel McAdams) and her sidekicks. When Regina finds out how Cady has been interfering in her life, she freaks out and spreads the contents of the Burn Book around school. In the resulting mayhem, Regina finds out about Cady's plan and learns that most of her peers hate her. She storms out of the school and Cady follows her, trying to apologize.

    As the two girls argue, Regina is suddenly hit by a bus. In the voiceover narration, Cady says, "And that's how Regina George died," only to take it back a second later with a chuckle. We see Regina shortly afterward in a cast. The impact apparently broke her spine. However, with the speed and force of the bus that hit her, it's a true shock she actually made it.

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  • In Back to the Future, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox ) witnesses his friend, Emmett "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd), taking a bullet from Libyan extremists just seconds before he escapes in the DeLorean and travels back in time. While in the past, Marty hopes to warn Doc about his future demise, but Doc refuses to listen to anything about the future, for fear of messing up timelines and causing any serious damage. 

    Marty heads back to the future, believing he was unable to warn Doc about his impending doom. He watches Doc get shot again and mourns the loss, but Doc suddenly reveals that he did listen to Marty after all - and wore a bulletproof vest. It's a clever way to keep a main character safe, and it gives this comedy movie that happy ending the creators were craving.

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  • While the Ghostbusters square off against supernatural forces across New York City, their first client, Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), is possessed by a demigod named Zuul. Under Zuul's influence, Dana opens a gate between dimensions, releasing the god of destruction, Gozer. At that moment, Dana transforms into a demonic dog, one of Gozer's little minions. 

    To take down Gozer, the Ghostbusters cross their proton energy streams at Gozer's portal, causing a massive explosion. Although the entire top of the building goes up in flames, the Ghostbusters somehow manage to survive. Ignoring their miraculous recovery, the boys believe Dana to be deceased because the demonic dog was caught in the line of fire. However, they quickly learn she's actually alive in the burnt dog's body. They break her out and proceed toward a happy ending.

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