History HoistByHisOwnPetard / Film

24th Jun '16 4:50:47 PM Kitch
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Bellwether's final plan was to use the Nighthowler serum on Nick to get him to kill Judy. She called the police so they would undoubtedly deal with Nick as well, eliminating the remaining people who knew of her plan to turn Herbivores against Carnivores. She didn't bet on Nick and Judy replacing the Nighthowler bullets with harmless [[ChekovsGun blueberries]], then having the carrot pen record [[JustBetweenYouAndMe a confession]]. By the time she figured out she'd been hustled, the police—who ''she'' called—had arrived, giving her no chance to escape.
3rd May '16 12:39:34 AM erforce
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** Skynet's also engineers its own demise thanks to trying to assassinate [[TheHero John Connor]] [[RetGone retroactively]]: not only did John Conner learn how to fight Terminators from future versions attacking him as a child, but John Conner was only conceived because [[StableTimeLoop his father followed the first T-800 back to save him in the first place.]] In Skynet's defence [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it already lost.]]
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' has the Penguin getting this in spades. When he appears to have the race for Mayor of Gotham City in the bag, Bruce Wayne and Alfred [[EngineeredPublicConfession broadcast his previous rants directed at Batman]] over the loudspeakers during his speech, which include such gems as "I played this stinking city like a harp from hell!" Penguin's VillainWithGoodPublicity status goes bye-bye, and [[ProducePelting the eggs and tomatoes are broken out]]. Later, after his plot to kill all the first-born sons of Gotham is foiled, Penguin straps rockets to his hundreds (thousands?) of penguins in order to destroy the city. Alfred is able to jam the signal used to control them, sending them off to follow a new beacon. When Batman arrives at his ElaborateUndergroundBase, Penguin wields a sword-umbrella, only for Batman to simply pull out a small remote control with a blinking red button. His eyes shift from the control, to something on the opposite side of the screen. Penguin does likewise, and sees his entire penguin army. He snaps (further than he already had) and is able to take the controller and press the button. The rockets launch, destroying what remains of the park, but also releasing a swarm of bats from the Batski which immediately descend upon the Penguin (a ''double'' Hoist By His Own Petard when you remember that he used a similar swarm of bats released by an umbrella in order to send the Ice Princess off a building and kill her, framing Batman for the whole thing). He stumbles backwards, through the ceiling glass, and into the icy polluted water.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Shreck]], the other major villain, after receiving a HumiliationConga of his own for his manipulation and betrayal of the above villain, is eventually electrocuted by a power overload to the Arctic World park (presumably coming from the power plant that he had been doing a lot of his evil doings for), with the KissOfDeath delivered by none other than Catwoman, whose alter ego (Selina Kyle) he had been treating like shit through most of the movie. Turns out that one really ''can'' have too much power.
* Two-Face in ''Film/BatmanForever'' is done in by his reliance on his special [[TwoHeadedCoin double-headed coin]]. When he flips it to decide whether or not to shoot Batman, Batman throws [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles a handful of coins into the air to obscure it]], causing Two-Face to lose his footing and fall to his death as he tries to grab them all.

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** Skynet's also engineers its own demise thanks to trying to assassinate [[TheHero John Connor]] [[RetGone retroactively]]: not only did John Conner Connor learn how to fight Terminators from future versions attacking him as a child, but John Conner was only conceived because [[StableTimeLoop his father followed the first T-800 back to save him in the first place.]] In Skynet's defence [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it already lost.]]
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''Film/BatmanReturns'' has the Penguin getting this in spades. When he appears to have the race for Mayor of Gotham City in the bag, Bruce Wayne and Alfred [[EngineeredPublicConfession broadcast his previous rants directed at Batman]] over the loudspeakers during his speech, which include such gems as "I played this stinking city like a harp from hell!" Penguin's VillainWithGoodPublicity status goes bye-bye, and [[ProducePelting the eggs and tomatoes are broken out]]. Later, after his plot to kill all the first-born sons of Gotham is foiled, Penguin straps rockets to his hundreds (thousands?) of penguins in order to destroy the city. Alfred is able to jam the signal used to control them, sending them off to follow a new beacon. When Batman arrives at his ElaborateUndergroundBase, Penguin wields a sword-umbrella, only for Batman to simply pull out a small remote control with a blinking red button. His eyes shift from the control, to something on the opposite side of the screen. Penguin does likewise, and sees his entire penguin army. He snaps (further than he already had) and is able to take the controller and press the button. The rockets launch, destroying what remains of the park, but also releasing a swarm of bats from the Batski which immediately descend upon the Penguin (a ''double'' Hoist By His Own Petard when you remember that he used a similar swarm of bats released by an umbrella in order to send the Ice Princess off a building and kill her, framing Batman for the whole thing). He stumbles backwards, through the ceiling glass, and into the icy polluted water.
** *** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Shreck]], the other major villain, after receiving a HumiliationConga of his own for his manipulation and betrayal of the above villain, is eventually electrocuted by a power overload to the Arctic World park (presumably coming from the power plant that he had been doing a lot of his evil doings for), with the KissOfDeath delivered by none other than Catwoman, whose alter ego (Selina Kyle) he had been treating like shit through most of the movie. Turns out that one really ''can'' have too much power.
* ** Two-Face in ''Film/BatmanForever'' is done in by his reliance on his special [[TwoHeadedCoin double-headed coin]]. When he flips it to decide whether or not to shoot Batman, Batman throws [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles a handful of coins into the air to obscure it]], causing Two-Face to lose his footing and fall to his death as he tries to grab them all.
16th Apr '16 7:56:21 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/LaHabanera'', Don Pedro has worked to cover up the outbreak of fever on Puerto Rico in order to avoid damaging commerce on the island. Unfortunately for him he falls ill of the fever. Dr. Nagel has an antitoxin that could save his life, but Don Pedro's goons busted up his lab and destroyed his antitoxin. So Don Pedro dies.
4th Mar '16 3:32:21 PM ngh93
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* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', [[SinisterMinister Frollo]] while trying to kill the heroes, keeps hacking the stone gargoyles they are clinging to with a sword. The circumstances conspire so that he has to use one of the gargoyles for support. As Frollo climbs on top of the gargoyle and raises his sword to kill Esmerelda, Frollo bellows "[[DeathByIrony AND HE SHALL SMITE THE WICKED AND PLUNGE THEM INTO THE FIERY PIT!!]]". But just then, the cloven stone breaks under his weight and he plunges to his death.

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* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', [[SinisterMinister Frollo]] while trying to kill the heroes, keeps hacking the stone gargoyles they are clinging to with a sword. The circumstances conspire so that he has to use one of the gargoyles for support. As Frollo he climbs on top of the gargoyle and raises his sword to kill Esmerelda, Frollo bellows "[[DeathByIrony AND HE SHALL SMITE THE WICKED AND PLUNGE THEM INTO THE FIERY PIT!!]]". But just then, the cloven stone breaks under his weight and he plunges to his death.
14th Feb '16 8:02:45 PM ngh93
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* At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', [[spoiler:Miles Axlerod]] straps a TimeBomb to Mater and leaves him chained up in Big Ben to die. [[BondVillainStupidity Naturally]], Mater escapes, and confronts [[spoiler:Axlerod]] in public while the bomb is still ticking down. At the last second, [[spoiler:Axlerod]] panics and issues the verbal deactivation code, saving himself and Mater but outing himself as the BigBad in the process. Of course, if he ''hadn't'' done that, he would have been blown up by his own bomb, which would also be this trope. [[SadisticChoice He was screwed either way]].

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* At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}2'', [[spoiler:Miles Axlerod]] straps a TimeBomb to Mater and leaves him chained up in Big Ben to die. [[BondVillainStupidity Naturally]], Mater escapes, and confronts [[spoiler:Axlerod]] in public while the bomb is still ticking down. At the last second, [[spoiler:Axlerod]] panics and issues the verbal deactivation code, saving himself and Mater but outing himself as the BigBad in the process. Of course, if he ''hadn't'' done that, he would have been blown up by his own bomb, which would also be this trope. [[SadisticChoice He was screwed either way]].
14th Feb '16 8:02:22 PM ngh93
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* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', [[SinisterMinister Frollo]] while trying to kill the heroes, keeps hacking the stone gargoyles they are clinging to with a sword. The circumstances conspire so that he has to use one of the gargoyles for support, but the cloven stone breaks under his weight and he plunges to his death.
** For extra flavor, said gargoyle appears to come to life (although it could be in Frollo's imagination) to snarl at Frollo before he falls.

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* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', [[SinisterMinister Frollo]] while trying to kill the heroes, keeps hacking the stone gargoyles they are clinging to with a sword. The circumstances conspire so that he has to use one of the gargoyles for support, but support. As Frollo climbs on top of the gargoyle and raises his sword to kill Esmerelda, Frollo bellows "[[DeathByIrony AND HE SHALL SMITE THE WICKED AND PLUNGE THEM INTO THE FIERY PIT!!]]". But just then, the cloven stone breaks under his weight and he plunges to his death.
** For extra flavor, said gargoyle appears to come to life (although it could be in Frollo's imagination) to snarl at Frollo before he falls.
3rd Feb '16 6:49:29 AM F1Krazy
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* At the climax of ''Film/Cars2'', [[spoiler:Miles Axlerod]] straps a TimeBomb to Mater and leaves him chained up in Big Ben to die. [[BondVillainStupidity Naturally]], Mater escapes, and confronts [[spoiler:Axlerod]] in public while the bomb is still ticking down. At the last second, [[spoiler:Axlerod]] panics and issues the verbal deactivation code, saving himself and Mater but outing himself as the BigBad in the process. Of course, if he ''hadn't'' done that, he would have been blown up by his own bomb, which would also be this trope. [[SadisticChoice He was screwed either way]].

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* At the climax of ''Film/Cars2'', ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', [[spoiler:Miles Axlerod]] straps a TimeBomb to Mater and leaves him chained up in Big Ben to die. [[BondVillainStupidity Naturally]], Mater escapes, and confronts [[spoiler:Axlerod]] in public while the bomb is still ticking down. At the last second, [[spoiler:Axlerod]] panics and issues the verbal deactivation code, saving himself and Mater but outing himself as the BigBad in the process. Of course, if he ''hadn't'' done that, he would have been blown up by his own bomb, which would also be this trope. [[SadisticChoice He was screwed either way]].
3rd Feb '16 6:49:03 AM F1Krazy
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* At the climax of ''Film/Cars2'', [[spoiler:Miles Axlerod]] straps a TimeBomb to Mater and leaves him chained up in Big Ben to die. [[BondVillainStupidity Naturally]], Mater escapes, and confronts [[spoiler:Axlerod]] in public while the bomb is still ticking down. At the last second, [[spoiler:Axlerod]] panics and issues the verbal deactivation code, saving himself and Mater but outing himself as the BigBad in the process. Of course, if he ''hadn't'' done that, he would have been blown up by his own bomb, which would also be this trope. [[SadisticChoice He was screwed either way]].
26th Jan '16 9:06:20 AM Movienut376
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** For extra flavor, said gargoyle appears to come to life (although it could be in Frollo's imagination) to snarl at Frollo before he falls.
25th Jan '16 9:17:30 AM legomaniac90
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* In ''Film/MissionImpossible'', [[spoiler: Jim Phelps']] demise comes when his escape helicopter is blown up with explosive chewing gum that belonged to Jack Harmon, who [[spoiler: Jim had killed earlier in the film]].
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