This is the first time I’ve done something like this. I’m participating in the Great Villain Blogathon with dozens of other bloggers. We all staked out some famous villains to talk about in our own unique ways. Since I’m such an eclectic kind of guy, I picked all sorts of villains, from the famous to the obscure and everything in-between.
In this list, we’re going to see what happens when a powerful hero goes toe to toe with a wimpy villain. Sometimes it’s satisfying to watch a hero win by a mile instead of by the skin of his teeth.
I apologize in advance for the violence and language contained in some of the following videos. I can’t help loving them despite their flaws. With that caveat, on with the list!
1. Bob Parr vs. Gilbert Huph (The Incredibles)
This demonstrates one of the dangers of superpowers. If you and I are having a bad day, we might feel like punching a wall, but the worst that would happen is we’d break our hand and have a little bit of drywall to repair. But if you’re as strong as Mr. Incredible… well, this happens.
2. Bill and Ted vs. Death (Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey)
Whether you’ve seen The Seventh Seal or not, this scene where Bill and Ted play a series of board games with Death is absolutely hilarious. Poor guy never stood a chance. I guess he should’ve stuck with chess.
3. RoboCop vs. Clarence Boddicker (RoboCop – 1987)
If RoboCop ever says you have the right to remain silent, it’s best not to sass him. Clarence Boddicker learned that the hard way.
4. RoboCop vs. Dick Jones (RoboCop – 1987)
That’s right. RoboCop is such an unstoppable force, he deserves two spots on this list. When RoboCop opens the doors to the boardroom after taking down Clarence Boddicker and ED-209, is there really any doubt that he’s going to find a way to get around his programming and kill Dick Jones? I think not.
5. Klingon Bird of Prey vs. Whaling Ship (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
I love this moment because it totally earns its payoff. First of all, the whaling ship is the only one that actually fires a weapon. The Bird of Prey just becomes visible and scares the whalers off without having to fire a single photon torpedo. Second, they don’t just become visible out of spite. It serves a real purpose because they can’t beam the whales onto the ship while cloaked. Third, between this, the woman who grew new kidneys, Gillian’s decision to leave the 20th century behind, and the invention of transparent aluminum, it just goes to show that the time-space continuum is much more resilient than you might think.
6. James Bond vs. Russian Police Force (GoldenEye)
For me, this is the pinnacle of the Pierce Brosnan Era. James Bond is surrounded by bad guys, deep inside enemy territory and he has no chance of backup or relief. Does he give up? Of course not! He simply hops into a tank and learns the controls as he goes. He demolishes walls, buildings, trucks, cars, and statues in his pursuit of a relatively tiny car. It’s over the top and it’s a ton of fun. Well played, Mr. Bond.
7. Iron Man vs. Tank (Iron Man)
It’s a good thing James Bond didn’t run into Iron Man while he was driving the tank. Things could have gotten messy.
8. Kevin McCallister vs. The Wet Bandits (Home Alone)
Maybe it’s the fact that Joe Pesci has to channel his inner Yosemite Sam to keep himself from swearing like a sailor or that Daniel Stern has the most epic grown-man scream of all time. Whatever it is, Home Alone is always delightful and charming, even as it brutally maims these poor men in cartoony ways.
9. Indiana Jones vs. Swordsman (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Possibly the most classic example of a ridiculously outmatched villain is found in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Years later, Indy’s father would sum it up nicely when he says in The Untouchables, “Isn’t that just like a wop? Brings a knife to a gunfight.”
10. Hulk vs. Loki (The Avengers – 2012)
You knew this one was coming. The Hulk’s beatdown on Loki goes down in history as the most one-sided hero-villain fight of all time. What a smashing way to end this list.
This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.
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