This history of cinema is littered with super scary and powerful villains who end up getting bumped off in a way that is either anticlimactic or simply undermines the whole idea that they're the big bad. The most frustrating, easily defeated movie enemies pop up in huge movies: The Lord of the Rings, the James Bond saga, A Nightmare on Elm Street - you name a really big movie and you'll more than likely find a villain who's easy to beat.
Why is it so frustrating to watch a hero defeat their nemesis? Isn't that what we want? Yes, but it's fun to watch a protagonist struggle to win the day, especially when a villain is built up as this impossibly strong enemy (either mentally or physically) that no one can defeat. To see a character like that get trounced in 30 seconds or less feels like a cheat, even if it's inevitably what we want.
The villains here have all been beaten in disappointing ways, either by trickery, accident, or good luck. We love them and think they should have gotten a fighting chance.
- 1914 VOTESPhoto: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox
Boba Fett is easily one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars universe. Audiences first fell in love with this bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back, when he was contracted to bring Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt.
Viewers don't get much information about Fett aside from the fact that he has super cool Mandalorian armor (although there wasn't a name for it in the '80s) and has the ability to roll with the Empire while not actually working within their corporate structure.
Even though he didn't get a lot of screen time in Empire, audiences were hoping to see him pop off in Return of the Jedi. However, before he could even fire one blast from what should have been a super cool laser cannon, he was knocked into a Sarlacc pit by Han Solo - on accident - like some kind of scrub. Boba Fett, we hardly knew ye. (He does, of course, canonically crawl out of the pit, but this moment ended the character's run on the big screen.)
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Emperor Snoke isn't just the Supreme Leader of the First Order - he's an all-seeing, all-knowing Sith Lord who acts as the dark hand of fate in a galaxy far, far away. Nothing goes on that he doesn't know about, including the comings and goings of Rey and Kylo Ren. So when he's tricked by the two people whom he's keeping close tabs on and then cut in half by Ren, it's a bit anticlimactic.
That being said, Rian Johnson makes the demise of the big boss go down easy by putting it at the beginning of a thrilling fight sequence where Rey and Ren go back-to-back while taking on Snoke's guards. It's really only after the credits have rolled that you realize the baddest villain in the series has just been offed at the end of the second movie with little fanfare. It's an interesting choice, but it takes the air out of the character.
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Super Shredder Gets Yoked, Then Punches A Pier Until It Collapses On HimPhoto: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze / New Line Cinema
Shredder is unquestionably a ferocious fighter who'll stop at nothing to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into turtle soup, and in The Secret of the Ooze, we learn just what happens when a master ninja is injected with the same substance that turned Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael into the radical foursome that we know and love.
The ooze turns Shredder into Super Shredder: He's jacked, he's ripped, he's so whacked out on ooze that even his armor changes shape. He clearly means business, or at least he does for about 30 seconds. In a demonstration of his newfound strength, Super Shredder destroys all the pylons supporting the pier that he's standing under, causing the whole thing to fall down and crush him.
- Photo: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros.
So what if Bane is being controlled by Talia al Ghul and the League of Shadows? With just a few speeches and a meal plan that's heavy on protein, he takes over Gotham, imprisons the police, and takes Batman out of the picture completely. Batman has a lot of villains in his rogues' gallery, but in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane proves that he's the villain who can take care of business.
Bane's total domination of Gotham and back-breaking power is exactly why his quick demise is such a drag. After going punch for punch with the Dark Knight in a brawl through the streets of Gotham, Bane is defeated when Selena Kyle rides up on a motorcycle and shoots him. There's no quip, no return for one last noble effort, he's just done.
On one hand, this has to be disappointing for all the Bane heads out there, but on the other hand, it totally rocks. Of course that's how you take out Bane. He's a big brute who's prone to monologuing about socio-economic politics while wearing a pumped-up scuba mask. You can't defeat him through any means other than just putting him out of his misery like a sick dog. It would have been cool to see Bane get more of a send-off, but that's not how Papa Nolan decided things should go.