Villains Who Died Getting Exactly What They Wanted

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Vote up the villains who should have put more thought into what they wished for.

A villain needs to be careful in all aspects of their evil-doing, or else they risk being hoist by their own petard. An all-too-common avenue to a villain's doom is achieving exactly what they wanted and somehow being eliminated by that very thing. Honestly, it's a bit of a tough gig. The hero either wins because the good guy always wins, or the villain wins, but still loses in embarrassing fashion

One of the core themes of fairy tales is to "be careful what you wish for," and that simple adage has remained constant, even as other aspects of storytelling have evolved. A villain will learn their lesson one way or another, whether it's at the hand of the hero or not.

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  • "You wanted to be a genie, you got it," Aladdin tells Jafar during the climax of the film. Jafar craves power, and thus he covets Aladdin's genie. Once he gets it, he decides asking Genie to grant his wishes isn't enough, so he asks Genie to turn himself into a genie. The problem with his plan is that he forgets about the curse of being a genie - the lamp. Aladdin grabs the lamp and traps Jafar inside of it.

    He finally receives ultimate power, but through that same token, he can't use any of it.

    591 votes
  • Audiences first meet Rene Belloq after he lets Indiana Jones do the hard work of getting a golden idol out of a boobie-trapped temple in Peru before using his lackeys to take it from him. Later, Belloq finds himself in even worse company after he decides to team up with the Third Reich to help them find the Ark of the Covenant. 

    Indiana Jones gets involved in finding the Ark before they can, and honestly, he mostly just succeeds in leading them straight to it. After that, Indiana's involvement proves pretty meaningless the moment the Toht and Belloq decide to open the Ark. As it turns out, one shouldn't mess with mystical biblical artifacts, and the same power the villains long for is what does them in. They open the Ark, and spirits are unleashed to melt Arnold Toht's face off and burst Belloq's head.

    337 votes
  • Kaecilius, like Doctor Strange himself, was a student of the Ancient One and trained in the ways of the mystic arts. Kaecilius is tempted by the power of the Dark Dimension and wants to use its power to give himself eternal life. Part of the plan involves Dormammu coming to earth, but when that eventually happens, Doctor Strange traps the inter-dimensional entity in a time loop. To get out of the loop, Dormammu has to bargain with Strange and promises to take Kaecilius with him back to the Dark Dimension. 

    So, in contacting Dormammu to gain eternal life, Kaecilius ends up forfeiting a life worth living. 

    359 votes
  • Irina Spalko Gained The Full Knowledge Of The Universe And, In Doing So, Destroyed Her Mind And Body
    Photo: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / Paramount Pictures

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sees Indy trading in the Third Reich for the USSR. This time around, the big bad is Irina Spalko, a KGB agent tasked by Joseph Stalin himself to research the possibility of psychic warfare.

    She eventually catches wind of the Crystal Skull and races to find it before Jones can. At the end of the film, she returns the skull to the others like it in Akator. Once there, the skulls come to life and turn into a ghoulish CGI alien. Spalko begs the alien to "tell her everything," and before she knows it, her eyes are burning out of her body. As it turns out, a mere human is not able to handle all of the intelligence possessed by an extra-dimensional being, regardless of how much she wants it. 

    401 votes
  • Johann Schmidt, the leader of Hydra and the villainous Red Skull, spends much of WWII searching for the Tesseract, which he believes will give him the power to defeat all of his enemies. While in a fight with Captain America, the Red Skull grabs the Tesseract with his bare hands and is transported out of the shuttle in a ray of light similar to Heimdall teleporting Asgardians. 

    The Red Skull shows up once again in Infinity War, where he reveals that he has been cursed to spend eternity guarding the Soul Stone. His eternal punishment is to "lead others to a treasure that [he] could not possess." That's right, the moment the Red Skull got his hands on the object of his desire, he instantly earned an eternal curse to watch as others receive what he never could. 

    405 votes
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    301 VOTES

    Carrigan Crittenden Got What She Wanted, And It Sent Her To The Afterlife In 'Casper'

    In the 1995 film Casper, a mean heiress named Carrigan Crittenden receives the Whipstaff Manor from her father after his passing. At first, she is disappointed, but then she learns there is a treasure somewhere in the house. Upon trying to retrieve said treasure, she has a run-in with Casper and his ghostly uncles and realizes that getting the treasure is going to be harder than she initially thought. 

    Carrigan eventually takes her own life to become a ghost in order to get the treasure. Once she gets the treasure, she states that she has "no more unfinished business" left on Earth; thus, she is banished to the afterlife. Getting the treasure stops her from being able to enjoy the treasure. On top of everything, it's eventually revealed that the "treasure" is really no treasure at all, just an important heirloom to Casper. 

    301 votes