10 Classic Movies Extended Only By Stupid Villain Decisions
10. Jabba The Hutt Kidnaps A Princess With Powerful Friends - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi
Obviously not the main villain of the franchise, Jabba the Hutt is still a nasty piece of work: he condemns Han Solo to a carbonite doom, and kidnaps Princess Leia to be his personal slave. That's enough to make her brother and the newly-freed Solo mad, and sure enough, Luke Skywalker stages a haphazard rescue attempt that nearly results in him and Han being killed. But why exactly did Jabba decide that he specifically wanted that princess? You know, the daughter of the overlord Darth Vader, whose brother is a Jedi and whose love interest is Indiana Jones with a gun? He might have been trying to teach her a lesson by chaining her up and parading her in that bikini, but it would surely have been just as effective to simply kill her. It might even be safer to let her go completely and warn her not to mess with him again; Hutt's not the one they're after, Luke's more bothered about Vader - this was just a case of a villain getting cocky and forgetting who he's messing with. There's a reason that very few princesses are captured in real life; they're the people who are generally pretty well protected, and Leia's no different. And in the end, it's quite fitting really that Jabba gets strangled by the chains he bound her in.