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Villains Who End Up Trapped For Eternity

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Villains Who End Up Trapped For Eternity
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Vote up the villains whose real punishment was just time to think about what they did.

Everyone loves to see villains who end up in jail. There is something cathartic about the wicked getting what's coming to them, especially when so many seem to get away. But there is a fate worse than ending up in jail: ending up in jail (or some facsimile of it) for all of eternity. Could you imagine being trapped forever and being sentient that entire time? That genuinely seems like a fate worse than death.

And there are plenty of pop culture examples of this. Think about the Family of Blood in Doctor Who. Think about Arvin Sloane in Alias. Think about Jack the Ripper in Time After Time. Eternity is a long time... but we're not shedding any tears over the fates of these seemingly immortal villains.

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    299 VOTES

    The Family Of Blood All Suffer Horrific Fates At The Hands Of The Doctor On 'Doctor Who'

    The Family Of Blood All Suffer Horrific Fates At The Hands Of The Doctor On 'Doctor Who'
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    Never, ever get on the Doctor's bad side. Doctor Who is often thought of as a "children's show," and while the series is undoubtedly more family-friendly than a majority of science fiction, there are some pretty dark moments strewn throughout its many episodes. "The Family of Blood," one of the best episodes of David Tennant's run as the Doctor, is home to one of those times where the show gets just a bit too heavy for kids.

    At the end of the episode, the Doctor ends up resigning the Family of Blood to various horrible fates. The father is wrapped in unbreakable chains. The son is made into a scarecrow. The daughter is trapped in every single mirror in existence. Again, don't get on the Doctor's bad side.

    299 votes
  • When the Red Skull got what-for at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, viewers didn't actually know what had happened to him. It just kind of looked like he got sucked into space. Clearly, this would've terminated the leader of Hydra... but this wasn't the end of the Red Skull. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans would have to wait until Avengers: Infinity War to discover his true fate as the guardian of the Soul Stone.

    When moviegoers finally caught up to the newly eternal being, it had been decades since he grabbed the Tesseract at the end of The First Avenger, and he didn't look a day older. Living out your days with an Infinity Stone on Vormir doesn't really sound like a good time, huh?

    254 votes
  • There are numerous power-hungry villains throughout the annals of animated Disney feature-length films. The Black Cauldron's Horned King, The Lion King's Scar, and Frozen's Hans all come to mind. Alas, there might not be a more power-hungry antagonist in the storied history of the Mouse House than Jafar from Aladdin. For the majority of the movie, the snake-like sorcerer wants to use the Genie to help him rule over Agrabah. By the end, he figures he just wants to be a genie himself and actually manages to make that a reality.

    Unfortunately for him, the newly powered-up baddie ends up trapped in a lamp just like Robin Williams's character before him. That leaves the newly eternal genie with a lot of time to stew by himself. That would've been the end of Jafar if the straight-to-VHS sequel business hadn't been so lucrative in the 1990s, causing The Return of Jafar to be a thing.

    275 votes
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    205 VOTES

    Madeline And Helen Have To Live Forever In Deteriorating Bodies In 'Death Becomes Her'

    Robert Zemeckis's 1992 black comedy, Death Becomes Her, may have come and gone without all that much fuss back in the day - although its box office gross is nothing to scoff at thanks to international success - but it is somewhat revered as a cult classic nowadays. With a whip-smart script, groundbreaking (for the time) special effects, and the main trio of Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis, it's easy to see why people have latched onto this film in the past three decades.

    And, as many great black comedies do, Death Becomes Her ends with a hilariously dark finale. Streep and Hawn's characters are doomed to live forever in disgusting, deteriorating bodies, and we can't help but laugh at their horrid fate.

    205 votes
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    224 VOTES

    A Group Of Weeping Angels Is Stuck Staring At Each Other Forever On 'Doctor Who'

    A Group Of Weeping Angels Is Stuck Staring At Each Other Forever On 'Doctor Who'
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    Say what you want about modern Doctor Who - and internet fandom certainly has a lot to say about the reboot starring the Gallifreyan time traveler - but it brought one of the most terrifying sci-fi antagonists in recent memory: the Weeping Angels. In the 2007 episode "Blink," these terrifying humanoids were introduced to viewers in an indelible fashion. These creatures feast on "time energy" and "kill" people by sending them back in time to live their remaining years in the past. Also, they cannot move if they are being looked at. As such, they generally cover their eyes with their hands so they don't get stuck looking at each other.

    The ingenious Doctor concocts a plan that ends with four of them staring at each other during the finale of the episode, stuck forever... if unassuming humans don't end up moving them, that is. They probably did. Humans aren't very bright.

    224 votes
  • As they were the bad guys in Superman II, it's clear that General Zod and his cronies didn't actually end up suffering for eternity in the Phantom Zone like they were supposed to. They are freed from their captivity and run amok in the sequel to the 1978 original.

    But when the trio is put into the Phantom Zone as seen in Superman: The Movie via flashback, they were meant to be there forever. And if you know anything about the Phantom Zone, that isn't exactly a fun place to spend all of time in. Kryptonians seemingly took punishment extremely seriously.

    199 votes