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16 DC Villains Who Got Exactly What They Deserved

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Crime doesn't pay, and in the world of DC superhero films, it usually ends in some sort of karmic justice. Whether it be General Zod duking it out with Superman or Ares dueling Wonder Woman, most DC villains are so driven by their beliefs that they don't turn back when it leads to a dead end. To live by the sword is to die by the sword, and to live by a twisted sense of justice is to have that same set of rules applied to yourself, ultimately leading to your doom. 

In real life, villains don't always get what they deserve. It seems like more often than not, the worst among us live lavish lives of luxury. That's why it's so cathartic to turn to the world of superheroes and see a villain actually face consequences for their actions. Below are a set of the most poetic, cathartic, and satisfying villain demises and punishments in DC's cinematic output.

  • Photo: Batman Forever / Warner Bros. Pictures

    What Did He Do? Edward Nigma was an employee at Wayne Enterprises who refused to stop working on a dangerous mind-manipulation project after his boss terminated it. Angry, he took out his boss, became the Riddler, and allied himself with Two-Face. Nigma then became rich selling his device to Gotham citizens who didn't realize what it really did. The device allowed him to steal from the minds of the people using it, making himself even more intelligent. 

    His Fate: Batman defeated the Riddler by destroying the device attached to his brain, overloading his mind to the point of insanity. While Riddler had previously discovered Batman's secret identity, Riddler had completely lost his mind in his cell at Arkham at the end of the movie. A man so obsessed with being the smartest man in the room was reduced to pretending to be a bat in a cell. 

    Is this karmic justice?
  • Photo: Man of Steel / Warner Bros. Pictures

    What Did He Do? Zod began his career of villainy with an attempted coup of the Kryptonian government. When his friend Jor-El refused to go along with his plan, Zod stabbed him. Zod's coup was unsuccessful, and he was sent to the Phantom Zone and only freed after the destruction of Krypton. He then made his way to Earth, following a beacon mistakenly sent out by Jor-El's son Superman, and began his plan to turn Earth into a New Krypton by way of a stolen "world engine" and a codex featuring the DNA of all yet-to-be-born Kryptonians. 

    His Fate: In one of the most controversial decisions in the DCEU, Superman snapped Zod's neck. Zod, a man who spent his life attempting to restore the glory of Krypton, was eliminated for good by the planet's last remaining son.

    Is this karmic justice?
  • Photo: Batman Begins / Warner Bros. Pictures

    What Did He Do? Dr. Jonathan Crane, AKA Scarecrow, was a demented psychiatrist who performed harsh experiments on the patients at Arkham. He also worked alongside Ra's al Ghul and the mobster Falcone to transport his fear toxin into Gotham. 

    His Fate: Batman gave the doctor a taste of his own medicine and sprayed Scarecrow with the fear toxin he had been so callously using on others. This gave Crane a terrifying vision of Batman as a monster and scared Crane enough to reveal to Batman who he was actually working for. While this didn't end Scarecrow's criminal career, it was still nice to see him suffer the same torment he had inflicted on the inmates in his custody.

    Is this karmic justice?
  • Photo: Suicide Squad / Warner Bros. Pictures

    What Did She Do? Enchantress was an ancient evil who took over the body of an archaeologist to return to our world. She then freed her brother Incubus, and the two set in motion an ancient plot to impose their will over the entire world. 

    Her Fate: Enchantress often used her powers to make promises to the mortals on Earth. The promises usually included the return of deceased loved ones, like Diablo's family or the return of Joker to Harley. Upon her loss, she begged the Suicide Squad to eliminate her mortal body, returning her to her brother Incubus. Instead, the Suicide Squad destroyed her mystical heart, destroying her forever and returning the body she had been inhabiting to its rightful owner. In the end, her deepest desire was denied to her. 

    Is this karmic justice?