Top Ten: Greatest Bad Guy Deaths

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The film is set approximately one year after The Empire Strikes Back. Rebel leader and Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker struggles to bring Darth Vader, who is his father and a fallen Jedi, back from the Dark Side of the Force.
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March 5th, 2014

While some on-screen villains get away with their dastardly plans or somehow survive the wrath of the protagonist, many bad guys have memorable death scenes. These bad guy death scenes are satisfying and even a little disturbing in some cases. These evil villains spend the movie building and feeding hate, a plot that leads to nothing less than cheer when they finally meet their end.

 

 

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T-1000 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

The T-1000 is incredibly difficult to kill, since it is a robot made of material that shifts and changes at will. This villain is thrust into a vat of molten steel, which eventually succeeds in melting him down and killing him permanently. The best part of this scene? As his body tries to cope with what is happening, it thrashes about, taking on the image of the many people it had imitated and killed throughout the movie.

 

 

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Scar in "The Lion King"

This evil cartoon lion is manipulative and takes advantage of those who are outcasts, which comes back to bite him, literally. Simba throws his uncle Scar off of Pride Rock, an act that also symbolically represents removing Scar from the throne. When he lands, Scar is met by those he had taken advantage of the most, the hyenas, who converge on him and attack.

 

 

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Emperor Palpatine in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi"

A dark figure who remains cloaked in mystery for much of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, the Emperor is the master of Darth Vader. Following a lightsaber battle with Darth Vader, Luke is attacked by the Emperor, who pins him down with lightning from his fingertips. After a lengthy, painful scene, Darth Vader grips his master and flings the Emperor down a shaft to his death.

 

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Salim Abu Aziz in "True Lies"

Aziz is almost the victim of a falling death but instead meets an explosive end. The man jumps onto a fighter jet piloted by the movie's hero and nearly falls off of the wing. A strap of his clothing, however, catches a piece of one of the missiles the jet is carrying. Harry, in the pilot's chair, smiles and presses a button, sending the missile and Aziz at a helicopter.

 

 

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Brian Moser in "Dexter"

This serial killer is the main villain of the first season of "Dexter" who meets his demise at the hands of the title character. As the two are brothers, Dexter considers sparing Brian but instead kills the man in the same manner Brian had been killing his victims. This ironic death involves a tilted table, a slit throat and a blood bucket.

 

 

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Claude Frollo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Frollo is a member of the church and the adoptive, abusive father of Quasimodo. He hates those who are different, a prejudice that stays with him until the end when he falls from the tower of Notre Dame. This bigoted, evil man does not get the simple release of just meeting the ground, though. Instead, he falls into fire and molten metal.

 

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Walter Donovan in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

Donovan is more subtly evil but is still quite the villain. Like many baddies, his greed is his undoing. After Indiana figures out how to get through all of the deadly, dangerous traps and puzzles that protect the holy grail, Donovan follows him. Before Indiana has the chance to pick up the grail, Donovan is given a grail by Elsa, who he thought he could trust. Unfortunately, Elsa purposefully gives him the wrong grail. After drinking from it, Donovan rapidly ages, dies and decays, turning to dust in seconds.

 

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Sister Mary Eunice in "American Horror Story"

Sister Mary Eunice is a nun that becomes possessed by the devil relatively early in the second season of "American Horror Story" and quickly turns from a sweet, innocent girl to a sensual, deadly temptress. Due to how powerful she is, she proves to be very difficult to kill, and only when the innocent soul of Sister Mary shows itself and takes over the body for a few seconds is she able to be killed. A tumble over the railing of stairs, a hard fall onto the floor and a kiss from the Angel of Death ends her reign.

 

 

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Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

One of the most powerful wizards in the history of the Harry Potter universe, Voldemort is a deadly, dangerous, insane villain whose talent and intelligence eventually lead to his death. The egotistical man is unable to believe he could be beat by Harry, but after an intense battle that takes the pair around the school, he is killed by his own spell. He turns to ashes that float away on the wind.

 

 

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Colonel William Tavington in "The Patriot"

Tavington is one of the most evil, hated villains in cinema history, killing innocent people without a second thought in the most horrendous ways, so when he is finally killed it is an incredibly triumphant moment. A sharp, deadly bayonet is thrust into his stomach, which alone may or may not have managed to kill him. What really finishes him off is the bayonet piercing his neck in a brutal mortal wound.

These death scenes are some of the best the screen, big or small, has to offer. Good triumphs over evil, and the villain gets his just desserts, bringing the plot to a satisfying point of closure that leaves the world a brighter, happier place.