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10 Badass Movie Villains Defeated Way Too Easily

Ah yes, the one thing that all shape-shifting demons fear... being insulted.

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Rightfully so, most movies put the majority of their effort into ensuring that the protagonist's journey is the most satisfying and punchy narrative thread the story has to offer, giving the film a solid foundation off which to build everything else.

And while this works well most of the time, one possible side effect of spending so much time on the hero can be a villain who is sorely underdeveloped, or frustratingly, a villain who has a pretty good showing for two-thirds of the runtime, only to drop the ball right at the finish line.

Whatever the reason - a desire to keep the plot speeding towards its conclusion, a simple case of bad judgement, having to nerf someone who's too powerful - a lot of movie writers give their bad guys send-offs that are either rushed, too easy, or annoyingly underwhelming, even when they've already shown how badass and dangerous they can be in previous confrontations with the hero.

Sure, a lot of these antagonists are still great as a whole, but their endings left a lot to be desired, and they really should've gone out with a bit more of a fight.

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