“You should’ve gone for the head.” That’s the too-little-too-late advice Thanos tells Thor during the climax of Avengers: Infinity War. With Thor’s Stormbreaker ax buried in his chest, Thanos snaps his Infinity Gauntlet and lives to fight another day. In a lot of movies, we’ve seen this time and time and again. Whether it’s a good guy or a bad guy trying to finish someone off, no one ever goes for the old noggin.
With revenge movies in particular, we’ve seen this trope - and other similar ones - play out in the opening scenes of many movies: The antagonist of the story often wounds the protagonist (or vice versa), almost killing them, but then flees the scene, never 100% sure they’ve defeated their foe. Of course, these left-for-dead characters often defy the odds stacked against them and come back for vengeance. Other times, in movies like The Crow or RoboCop, people actually do perish on-screen only to be revived for revenge thanks to some sort of supernatural phenomenon or technological enhancements. Another common revenge-movie plot device is when - whether it’s through deception or some sort of first-act cover-up - a character is often believed to be deceased, only to come back as a vengeful revenant years later.
The list of movies below are all prime examples that perfectly prove that, even when a character is left for dead, thought to be dead, already dead, burnt to a crisp or, in the case of Kill Bill, even shot in the head, sometimes they come back…for payback.
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