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The Top 10 Hollywood "Villains" Who Got Totally Screwed

by mjrussel   January 19, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 5,181

There are many different kinds of bad guys. Sometimes they’re cartoonishly malevolent, and sometimes they’re well-intentioned extremists who do all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Sometimes though, they do all the right things with all the right intentions, and they still spend the whole movie getting screwed over because the scriptwriter arbitrarily decided that they were the bad guy and that we should hate them.

Source: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

With that in mind we at Spike would like to remind people of 10 classic “villains” whose only crime was to get in the way of the (frequently insane) people we were supposed to be rooting for.

By Marc Russel

 

10. The Vampires (I Am Legend)

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Source: Village Roadshow Pictures

Who They Were:

The entire population of New York, who had been infected with a virus that made them into vampires. The main character Neville devotes his every waking moment to finding a cure for the disease when he’s not golfing, joyriding, and talking to mannequins.

Their “Villainous” Behavior:

They are generally aggressive towards Neville and throughout the film make repeated attempts to kill him, culminating in a full-out assault on his house.

What People Forget:

They’re sentient living beings that he keeps hunting down and experimenting on. After catching a new female test subject and observing a male vampire trying to stop him, he starts rambling to the audience about how they’ve lost all their humanity and “socially de-evolved,” but it’s really obvious that that’s crap. They are intelligent enough to lure him into a complex leg snare using one of his mannequins as bait, and they try to hunt him down with huge infected dogs that they clearly were able to catch and train themselves. Not only that, but they do it in retaliation for him kidnapping one of their friends.

As a matter of fact, the movie's original ending shows that they were not only sentient, but the test subject he kidnapped was the male vampire’s partner, who he has spent the movie trying to get back. The male communicates this to him, and he returns the female upon realizing that he is the monster of their world, hence the title I Am Legend.

So What Happened to Them?

After deciding this ending was too depressing, they changed it to an “uplifting” ending where he kills about 12 of them with a hand grenade before the male gets a chance to ask for his girlfriend back. This after the entire film has been setting up the vampires to be shown as loving, sentient beings. Nice job, hero.

 

9. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)

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Source:Walt Disney Pictures

Who He Was:

A French hunter who kept trying to get into Belle’s Pants.

His “Villainous” Behavior:

He tried to murder the Beast.

What People Forget:

Gaston was trying to protect his village. Once they were shown the Beast via Magic Mirror, and they see a vision of a giant hairy monster snarling and howling, they realize what a threat he poses to the village. Sure, she claims the Beast is a nice guy, but she was held in his big scary castle against her will for a good long time before she decided that her captor was really a good yet troubled person and that she could change him into her Prince Charming. It’s an almost textbook case of Stockholm Syndrome! In spite of him attacking her multiple times, having no manners, holding her against her will, and frequently going off on insane tantrums, she still maintains he’s a good guy. He was already known to have kidnapped two people, so who knew what he could have been capable of?

So What Happened to Him?

After a dramatic rooftop battle, Gaston fell to his death on some spikes.

 

8. Sheriff Teasle (Rambo: First Blood)

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Source:Orion Pictures

Who He Was:

The Sheriff of the small town of Hope.

His “Villainous” Behavior:

Trying to turn John Rambo out of his town, arresting him for non-compliance, and leading the manhunt for him after his escape.

What People Forget:

He did everything by the book. Rambo was rude, non-compliant, and disobedient, and when the sheriff gave him a ride out of the town, he just walked back in. He didn’t have any particular reason to be there, so really he was just there for the sake of being annoying. When they arrested him he refused to answer any questions, and when they tried to shave his scruff, he went insane, broke out, and stole a motorcycle. When they tried to follow him he set up booby traps and wounded almost all of the sheriff's men, crippling many of them. He also murdered the sheriff’s close friend Art (who we’ll admit was kind of a psycho). Eventually they had to call in the National Guard just to try to stop the bastard.

So What Happened to Him?

Rambo crashes a hijacked army truck into a gas station, lights half the town on fire and destroys several local businesses with an M60 before finally going into the police station. He then shoots Teasle multiple times, causing him to fall 12 feet through a skylight and into some furniture.

 

7. Walter Peck (Ghostbusters)

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Source:Columbia Pictures

Who He Was:

A civil servant from the Environmental Protection Agency who was tasked with investigating the Ghostbusters.

His “Villainous” Behavior:

He switched off their containment system allowing all the ghosts that they’d captured to run amok. Also, he was kind of a dick.

What People Forget:

He did the right thing. The Ghostbusters had not only been extremely rude to him when he asked to inspect their facilities, but they had given the government no plans or schematics for any of their equipment, so for all he knew it ran on dead babies and leaked battery acid into the water main. When they refused to let him inspect the facilities, he got a court order to shut down the equipment for inspection. Seriously, how did they not see that coming? He specifically told them that was what he would do. And while we’re on the topic, why did they build a containment system that could be breached just by unplugging it? What would have happened if there had been a power outage? The Ghostbusters were almost frighteningly incompetent.

So What Happened to Him?

After the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man goes on a rampage through Manhattan and the Ghostbusters blow him to pieces, Peck is seen being engulfed by a truck-sized glob of superheated liquid marshmallow.

 

6. The Circus (Dumbo)

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Source:Walt Disney Pictures

Who They Were:

The people in charge of the circus that Dumbo and his mother were part of.

Their “Villainous” Behavior:

When Dumbo’s mom flipped out at a kid who was making fun of her son, they locked her in a cage where she couldn’t visit him, breaking the hearts of children worldwide and establishing them as evil, animal-hating bastards. Also the clowns were total drunks, and if the “Pink Elephants on Parade” sequence is any indicator it wasn’t just booze they were drinking.

What People Forget:

Here’s a little quote from Wikipedia’s elephant page:

Despite their popularity in zoos… elephants are among the world's most dangerous animals. They can crush and kill any other land animal, even the rhinoceros. They can experience unexpected bouts of rage, and can be vindictive.

Mrs. Jumbo attacked one of their patrons. When they attempted to subdue her, she threw several of them across the room through walls, and actually tried to drown the ringmaster. There is no justification for her still being alive by the end of the film. Even if animal control didn’t require that animals known to pose a danger to humans be put down, the parents of the snot-nosed little kid she attacked would have raised all hell over the incident.  The fact that the circus locked her up when they should legally have had her destroyed seems to show that they aren’t animal-hating bastards, but are actually animal lovers to the point of criminal negligence.

So What Happened to Them?

In the film’s climax, her son Dumbo gains the ability to fly and shoot peanuts out of his trunk like a machine gun. He then goes completely berserk on all members of the circus, including the other elephants. This results in the clowns being set on fire, the ringmaster being nearly drowned (again), and an incalculable amount of property damage.

Faced with not having just one mad elephant, but another one that can bloody fly, they do the rational thing and give him his own train car. They don’t even keep him locked in like the other animals, they just let him fly along behind the train and assume that he won’t go on another rampage. Seriously, these guys are too damn nice to their elephants.

 

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