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* ''Film/SixteenBlocks'': Det. Frank Nugent is an NYPD cop seeking to keep thief Eddie Bunker from testifying against him and other corrupt cops involved in witness tampering. Nugent himself threatens a witness in order to give him a heart attack. He arranges for two drug addicts to kill Eddie and when this fails because of his former partner Det. Jack Mosley, Nugent arranges a plan for Eddie to be killed attempting to escape. Jack protects Eddie and Nugent tirelessly pursues them throughout the city, making use of a stolen police radio to track them and later the stoic Nugent is barely phased when Eddie holds a gun on him. When the crooked Jack decides he will testify instead of Eddie, Nugent resolves to have him killed to prevent it.



* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': [[UnscrupulousHero Dr. King Schultz]] is a cheerful German dentist and BountyHunter who quickly showcases his wit and skill by gunning down a slaver and then shooting his partner's horse to have it collapse on him. Talking himself out of deadly situations after killing public bounties, Schultz trains Django in bounty hunting to help recover his wife Broomhilde, even having him kill a bounty in front of his son. Schultz lures in a group of racist vigilantes into a trap with explosives to eliminate them at once, later forming a complex scheme to fool the greedy Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie with a scheme to buy a fighting slave, while in truth paying a pittance for Broomhilde and fleeing before paying more. Even when the scheme fails, Schultz finds himself so revolted by Candie's cruel racism that he finally pulls a gun and shoots him dead on the spot.

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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': ''Film/{{Django}}'': [[AntiHero Django]], an ex-Union soldier distinguished by the coffin he always carries behind him, combines stoic mystique with gritty cunning enough to influence SpaghettiWestern heroes for decades to come. Hunting down [[SociopathicSoldier Major Jackson]], the Confederate who killed his wife, Django eggs Jackson into sending the full force of his army against him with the latter's expectation of a CurbStompBattle, only to pop off the coffin's lid to produce a surprise [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] and single-handedly slaughter Jackson's men. Django teams up with Jackson's rival, Hugo, and masterminds the successful robbery of a military fort, only to backstab Hugo and abscond with the stolen loot himself. Almost entirely self-serving, Django nevertheless cares for women, such as the abused half-Mexican prostitute María, and even after his hands are crippled by Hugo, ends the film utterly victorious against Jackson by propping the gun on his wife's grave and using the hammer to shoot his enemies dead.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'':
** [[NominalHero Django Freeman]] undergoes the tutelage of Dr. King Schultz to recover his wife Broomhilda "Hildi" von Shaft from Candyland. Playing the part of a black slaver and never breaking his character, no matter how brutal things get, after Schultz's death, Django shows how much he has learned when he is sold to the brutal [=LeQuint=]-Dickey Mining Company. Using a spare bounty bill and his own natural charm, Django convinces the slavers that there is a fortune waiting for them in Candyland, even tricking them into unchaining him so he can get a gun and kill them all. Returning to Candyland, Django massacres all of the Candies' soldiers and traps the returning leaders in a house full of dynamite, gunning most down and leaving the evil power behind the throne, Stephen, for the explosion before riding off with his wife for freedom.
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[[UnscrupulousHero Dr. King Schultz]] is a cheerful German dentist and BountyHunter who quickly showcases his wit and skill by gunning down a slaver and then shooting his partner's horse to have it collapse on him. Talking himself out of deadly situations after killing public bounties, Schultz trains Django Freeman in bounty hunting to help recover his wife Broomhilde, Django's wife, even having him kill a bounty in front of his son. Schultz lures in a group of racist vigilantes into a trap with explosives to eliminate them at once, later forming a complex scheme to fool the greedy Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie with a scheme to buy a fighting slave, while in truth paying a pittance for Broomhilde Hildi and fleeing before paying more. Even when the scheme fails, Schultz finds himself so revolted by Candie's cruel racism that he finally pulls a gun and shoots him dead on the spot.


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* ''Film/DriveAngry'': Hell's "[[NobleDemon Accountant]]" of souls is a demon pursuing revenant hero John Milton. A brilliant tracker and [[SophisticatedAsHell charming]] corrupter, he manipulates two ambitious policemen into unwittingly helping him with his task. Upon learning Milton returned to save his granddaughter from the clutches of a satanic cult, the [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted]] Accountant devises a scheme for Milton to close in on the cultists and sets up the final battle such that he gets to return Milton to Hell regardless of the outcome. After Milton saves his granddaughter the Accountant even allows him to drive them back, while looking forward to chasing Milton after his inevitable next escape.


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* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'': [[MajorlyAwesome Major Erwin König]] is an [[ColdSniper experienced sniper]] in the Wehrmacht who has trained many of Germany's sharpshooters at the academy in Zossen. König joins the ongoing Battle of Stalingrad to personally eliminate Soviet sniper Vasily Zaitsev and the boost he's giving to Soviet morale out of [[YouKilledMyFather revenge for his son's death]]. While hunting for Zaitsev, Kònig sets several sucessful traps for his opponent while avoiding ones laid for him in turn, even killing an expert who actually trained with him. König befriends the Russian boy Sasha and bribes him for information on Zaitsev while knowing that Sasha was a DoubleAgent attempting to lead him to his death the entire time, only killing him after Sasha does not heed his warnings to not get involved anymore. A quiet, stoic soldier, König has equal capacity for civility and utter ruthlessness, and even when he ultimately loses to Vasily he [[FaceDeathWithDignity calmly accepts his impending death]].


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* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': [[AntiHero Snake Plissken]] is a special forces soldier with a dark past, sent in to rescue the President from Manhattan after its conversion to a violent maximum security prison. Performing his mission, Snake is so disgusted at the President's ambivalence towards those who died saving him that he sets him up to be humiliated on the world stage and destroys the tape he would have used at a peace summit. Recruited in the sequel, ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' to retrieve a DoomsdayDevice's key, Snake again performs his mission and prepares for betrayal by fooling the corrupt President's men, using a hologram to disguise his true location and shutting down the world to cripple the President and the revolutionaries. Though extreme, Snake's action gives humanity a chance to start over while he himself plans to simply disappear.


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* ''Film/PulpFiction'': [[AfroAsskicker Jules Winnfield]] is one half of ThoseTwoBadGuys with his partner Vincent Vega, and easily the smarter compared to his slack-jawed partner. Jules is an audacious, foul-mouthed, [[HolyHitman Bible-quoting hitman]] who demonstrates his tendency to take control over any situation he's in by tormenting and blowing away a group of wannabe criminals who attempted to rip his boss Marsellus Wallace off. After a near-death encounter, Jules has a HeelRealization and tries to back out of the mob business for good, only to be held up by a robber couple in a restaurant. [[NervesOfSteel Utterly retaining his cool when faced with two guns in his face]], Jules effortlessly flips the advantage back to himself by tricking and disarming one of the robbers, and uses his masterful control of the situation to give the two robbers a second chance, much in the same way Jules is finally affording an escape from the criminal underworld to himself.


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* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'': [[HitmanWithAHeart Michael Sullivan]] is a hitman in service of John Rooney. One of the most feared in the business who maintains a love for his family, Sullivan is betrayed by his boss's son Connor who sets him up for death and murders his wife Annie and son Peter. Alongside his surviving child Michael Jr., Sullivan goes on the run and seeks to erode the Rooney relationship with the Capones by targeting mob banks and stealing their money. Staying ahead of the Capones and Rooney killers alike, Sullivan eventually targets John Rooney directly, knowing his death will revoke Connor's protection permanently.


* ''Shadow Zone: The Undead Express'' (1996): Valentine is the charming leader of the subterranean vampires. Having been forcibly turned and confined underground, Valentine has killed and turned many others. Growing weary of his undead existence, Valentine takes the chance to befriend and manipulate teenage hero Zack, bonding with the boy and seeing the outside world again. Having Zack's friends kidnapped to lure Zack into freeing the vampires, Valentine reveals his true scheme was to die and to take the ravenous, murderous undead coven with him by purposefully sending them into sunlight, dying in complete peace by the end.


* ''Film/ThePerfection'': Charlotte and Lizzy perfectly execute a dark scheme by the film's end. After being raped and abused by Anton of Bachoff Academy, Charlotte recognizes her new lover Lizzy suffers from Anton's brainwashing and manipulates and drugs her into severing her hand to destroy her talent with a cello, forcing Lizzy to recognize Anton cares nothing for her when he coldly throws her away after. The two proceed to ally and form a scheme where Charlotte is "captured" by Lizzy and delivered to Bachoff, Anton thinking he has them in hand. Lizzy poisons Anton's allies, and the two dispatch everyone Anton has around him before defeating Anton himself, ending the film by leaving him a limbless, eyeless, tongue-less husk of himself, forced to listen as the two triumphantly play the cello as one.

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* ''Film/ThePerfection'': Charlotte and Lizzy perfectly execute Willmore is a dark scheme by the film's end. After being raped and abused by former rape victim of Anton of Bachoff Academy, Charlotte recognizes who, realizing her new lover Lizzy Lizzie suffers from Anton's brainwashing and manipulates and drugs his brainwashing, tricks her into severing her hand to destroy own hand, thus destroying her cello talent with a cello, and forcing Lizzy Lizzie to recognize realize Anton cares nothing for her when he coldly throws deserts her. Scheming to have Lizzie "capture" her away after. The two proceed to ally for Anton, they deceive him and form a scheme where poison and kill his allies to corner him. As Anton can only sit crippled and mutilated, Charlotte is "captured" by Lizzy and delivered to Bachoff, Anton thinking he has them in hand. Lizzy poisons Anton's allies, and the two dispatch everyone Anton has around him before defeating Anton himself, ending the film by leaving him a limbless, eyeless, tongue-less husk of himself, forced to listen as the two Lizzie triumphantly play the cello as one.


* ''Franchise/DieHard'': These two show that magnificence runs in their family:
** ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber is the mastermind behind the scheme to steal hundreds of millions in bearer bonds from the Nakatomi building. Meticulously orchestrating his operation, Hans shows his brilliance by constantly outmaneuvering the police and federal agents and his charisma by [[TheStoic remaining level headed]] as his plan is disrupted and in his dealings negotiating with the hostages. To [[KansasCityShuffle throw the cops off the trail of his robbery]], Hans demands the release of the members of various terrorist groups, confusing the police force and hiding his true intentions. Confronted by the smug Ellis, Has tricks him into giving up [=McClane=]'s name and nearly gets the location of the detonators [=McClane=] has taken. When caught unarmed by John [=McClane=], Hans is instantly able to improvise with an American accent to [[FalseInnocenceTrick pretend he is a hostage]] and throw off suspicion. Though utterly ruthless in the name of his avarice, Hans is an iconic villain because of his [[FauxAffablyEvil wit and charm]], setting the stage for countless action villains to follow.
** ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': Simon Gruber is a [[FromCamouflageToCriminal former soldier]], Hans' older brother and master thief just like his sibling. Distracting the New York City police department with bomb threats, Simon strings along John [=McClane=] and Zeus to play games following his instructions lest he detonate his bombs. [[KansasCityShuffle Pretending to be masterminding revenge]] for his brother, Simon mobilizes on his real goal: robbing the Federal Reserve for over one hundred billion dollars in gold bars, while the preoccupied police force leave it nearly completely unguarded for Simon and his men to plunder. When [=McClane=] attempts to follow his men, Simon improvises with a discarded bomb to flood the tunnel [=McClane=] is in, nearly drowning him. Alleging to destroy the gold to disrupt the American power-grasp on the world, Simon really means to make off with it himself. Every bit as adaptive and charming as Hans, Simon is yet another Gruber who shows to be a brilliant criminal.

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* ''Franchise/DieHard'': ''Franchise/DieHard'' franchise: These two show that magnificence runs in their family:
** ''Film/DieHard'': [[WickedCultured Hans Gruber Gruber]] is the mastermind debonair [[BigBad mastermind]] behind the scheme to steal hundreds of millions of dollars in bearer bonds from the Nakatomi building. Meticulously orchestrating his operation, Hans constantly shows his brilliance by constantly outmaneuvering both the police and federal agents and his working to stop him, as well as cool charisma by [[TheStoic remaining level headed]] as both when his plan initial plot is disrupted and in his dealings negotiating ability to negotiate with the his hostages. To [[KansasCityShuffle throw stop the cops off the trail police forces from catching wind of his robbery]], true intent, Hans demands phones their negotiators to demand the release of a list of incarcerated terrorists--casually noting to an underling that he got the members name of various terrorist groups, confusing one such group from the police force and hiding news--thus successfully disguising his true intentions. Confronted actual plan. When confronted by the a smug Ellis, Has hostage, Hans tricks him the man into giving up [=McClane=]'s the name of hero [[BadassUnintentional John McClane]] and is nearly gets able to discern the location of the detonators [=McClane=] has taken. When been hiding to use against Hans and his men. Later caught unarmed by John [=McClane=], Hans is instantly able to improvise with effortlessly improvises using an American accent to [[FalseInnocenceTrick [[WoundedGazelleGambit pretend he is a hostage]] hostage]], a tactic which almost earns him the chance to kill the hero. A ruthless, {{greed}}y man, Hans's display of both strategic acumen and throw off suspicion. Though utterly ruthless in the name of his avarice, Hans is charisma nevertheless make him an iconic action film villain because of his [[FauxAffablyEvil wit and charm]], setting who sets the stage template for countless action villains more to follow.
** ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': [[NobleDemon Simon Gruber Gruber]] is a [[FromCamouflageToCriminal former soldier]], Hans' older brother and master thief just like his sibling. Distracting the New York City police department with bomb threats, Simon strings along John [=McClane=] and Zeus Carver to play games following his instructions lest he detonate his bombs. [[KansasCityShuffle Pretending to be masterminding revenge]] for his brother, Simon mobilizes on his real goal: robbing the Federal Reserve for over one hundred billion dollars in gold bars, while the preoccupied police force leave it nearly completely unguarded for Simon and his men to plunder. When [=McClane=] attempts to follow his men, Simon improvises with a discarded bomb to flood the tunnel [=McClane=] is in, nearly drowning him. Alleging to destroy the gold to disrupt the American power-grasp on the world, Simon really means to make off with it himself. Every bit as adaptive and charming [[AffablyEvil charming]] as Hans, Simon is yet another Gruber who shows to be a brilliant criminal.


* ''Film/AmericanGangster'': Frank Lucas is the AffablyEvil but utterly ruthless former right-hand man of crime lord "Bumpy" Johnson, who seeks to bring order back to Harlem in the midst of the power vacuum created by his boss's death. A pragmatic schemer, Frank manages to utterly monopolize the Harlem drug market with his strategic business practices, built on the principles of [[EvilVirtues honesty, integrity, hard work, and family]], inspiring loyalty amongst his community and his subordinates. His influence becomes so great that he is able to shoot a rival in the head in a crowded market and just walk away like nothing happened, and he manages to operate for half a decade right under the NYPD's noses, cultivating the image of a well-meaning patriarch and family man. Upon his capture, Frank puts his own hatred of the police force behind him to assist Richie Roberts's investigation, bringing down corrupt cops and effectively putting three quarters of the entire Drug Enforcement Agency behind bars, while also getting his 70-year sentence reduced by 55 years. A man that lives by a [[EvenEvilHasStandards code]], despite the violent nature of his business and upbringing, Frank Lucas instills devotion in his followers, respect in even the clean-cut cop Roberts, and fear in his enemies, operating by his wits and willpower while simultaneously exploiting a massive CassandraTruth; that [[VillainousUnderdog a black man in the 1960s has managed to rise to power]].

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* ''Film/AmericanGangster'': Frank Lucas is the AffablyEvil [[AffablyEvil friendly]] but utterly ruthless former right-hand man of crime lord "Bumpy" Johnson, who seeks seeking to bring restore order back to Harlem in the midst of the power vacuum created by his boss's following Johnsonís death. A pragmatic schemer, Frank manages to utterly monopolize the Harlem drug market with his strategic business practices, built on the principles of [[EvilVirtues honesty, integrity, hard work, and family]], inspiring loyalty amongst his community and his subordinates. His influence Frank becomes so great powerful that he is able to shoot a rival can commit muder in the head in a crowded market open without repercussion, and just walk away like nothing happened, and he manages to operate operates for half a decade right under the NYPD's noses, without issue, cultivating the image of a well-meaning patriarch and family man. Upon his capture, arrest, Frank puts his own hatred of the police force behind him to assist assists Richie Roberts's investigation, bringing down putting corrupt cops and effectively putting three quarters most of the entire Drug Enforcement Agency DEA behind bars, while also getting his 70-year sentence reduced by 55 years. to 15. A man that lives by a [[EvenEvilHasStandards code]], despite the his violent nature of his business and upbringing, actions, Frank Lucas instills devotion in his followers, followers and respect in even the clean-cut cop Roberts, and fear in his enemies, operating by his wits and willpower while simultaneously exploiting a massive CassandraTruth; CassandraTruth: that [[VillainousUnderdog a black man in the 1960s has managed to rise to power]].



* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'': The ingenious [[BigBad Kurt Hendricks]] is a former specialist in nuclear endgame theory, who grew weary of treating the lives of millions like a game, and came to the conclusion that [[TheFatalist nuclear war is an inevitability, no matter what efforts he takes]]. Introduced hijacking the IMF's operation to break into the Kremlin, Hendricks frames the agency for bombing the landmark, effortlessly stirring tensions between the U.S. and Russia to levels not seen since the Cold War. Abducting the family of a nuclear physicist, Hendricks forces the man to verify nuclear launch codes, killing him afterwards because he knows too much, though he does allow the man's family to live. Launching a missile towards San Francisco in hopes of inciting nuclear armageddon, causing any survivors in the aftermath to declare a worldwide armistice, Hendricks manages to hold his own against Ethan Hunt in a fight for the command briefcase, and, knowing when he's beat, [[ThanatosGambit simply leaps to his death to ensure his plan succeeds]], literally coming within a second of accomplishing his goals. Despite his omnicidal visions and sheer ruthlessness, Hendricks [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely believes]] that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and manages to play the IMF and the world's governments for fools all the while.

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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'': The ingenious [[BigBad Kurt "Cobalt" Hendricks]] is a former specialist in nuclear endgame theory, who grew weary of treating the lives of millions like a game, and came to the conclusion that [[TheFatalist nuclear war is an inevitability, no matter what efforts he takes]]. Introduced hijacking inevitability]]. Hijacking the IMF's operation to break into at the Kremlin, Hendricks frames the agency for bombing the landmark, effortlessly stirring raising tensions between Russia and the U.S. and Russia He forces a nuclear physicist to levels not seen since the Cold War. Abducting verify launch codes by kidnapping his family, then releases the family of a nuclear physicist, Hendricks forces and kills the man to verify nuclear launch codes, killing him afterwards because he knows too much, though he does allow the man's family to live. Launching cover his tracks. Hendricks launches a missile towards at San Francisco in hopes of inciting nuclear armageddon, causing any order to start a war so the survivors in the aftermath to will declare a worldwide armistice, Hendricks manages to hold his own against armistice. When Ethan Hunt in a fight for comes close to stopping the command briefcase, and, knowing when he's beat, missile, [[ThanatosGambit simply Hendricks leaps to his death attempting to ensure his plan succeeds]], literally coming within a second of accomplishing his goals. Despite his omnicidal visions and sheer ruthlessness, destructive goal, Hendricks [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely believes]] that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and manages to play the IMF and the world's governments for fools all the while.


* ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'': [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Artemesia]] is the brutal female commander of Persia's mighty navy. Desiring [[{{Revenge}} vengeance]] on the Greeks for her hardship she would manipulate the Persian King Xerxes into becoming a God-king and declare war on Greece while she would murder all of his closest allies so that she'll be the only he would trust. Winning many battles on sea and [[BadBoss killing her own men]] when they fail her, she would come to [[VillainRespect admire Athenian commander Themistocles]] and offer a position as her lieutenant before the two have passionate sex. When Themistocles refuses, the next day Artemesia orders her men to pour oil in the sea while she shoots a fire toward Themistocles's way, decimating his forces and nearly killing him. Learning of Themistocles' survival and battling him once more, she only loses to him due to the sudden reinforcements from Sparta and Xerxes' decision to abandon her, where she [[DefiantToTheEnd rejects Themistocles' mercy and charges at him declaring that she's ready to face death]].

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* ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'': [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Artemesia]] Artemisia]] is the brutal female commander of Persia's mighty navy. Desiring [[{{Revenge}} vengeance]] on the Greeks for her hardship she would manipulate past as a sex slave, Artemisia manipulates the Persian King Xerxes into becoming a God-king and declare declaring war on Greece while she would murder murdering all of his closest allies so that she'll she would be the only he would trust. Winning many battles on sea and [[BadBoss killing her own men]] when they fail her, she would come Artemisia comes to [[VillainRespect admire Athenian commander Themistocles]] and offer offers him a position as her lieutenant before the two have passionate sex. When Themistocles refuses, the next day Artemesia Artemisia orders her men to pour oil in the sea while she shoots a fire toward Themistocles's way, Themistocles' armada, decimating his forces and nearly killing him. Learning of Themistocles' survival and battling him once more, she Artemisia only loses to him due to the sudden reinforcements from Sparta and Xerxes' cowardly decision to abandon her, where while she [[DefiantToTheEnd rejects Themistocles' mercy and charges at him declaring that she's ready to face death]].

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* ''There Goes the Neighborhood'' (1992): Norman "Norm" Rutledge is a seemingly mundane businessman who is in actuality a survivalist and possible spy with connections to multiple countries. When he and his wife Peedi are abducted by crooks searching for mob money they think is buried in their house's foundation, Norm gives offhand advice about how better to keep themselves from being caught while still playing hostage. Eventually, Norm reveals who he really is to them and is able to sway the brutish and manic Marvin Boyd to his side and take control of the situation, while also plotting to take the crooks out after too. Norm then instructs the crooks to shoot at Willis Embry and Jessie Lodge to get to where the money actually is. He also instructs keeping Peedi hostage, shooting anyone else who might get in their way with his contraband guns and using grenades to blow a tunnel to try to get to the house next door.


* ''WesternAnimation/Beowulf2007'': Grendel's mother is an ancient being who bore Grendel to King Hrothgar to tie him to her land forever. Upon her son's death at Beowulf's hands, Grendel's mother seduces Beowulf, inspiring him to tell a false story about killing her to gain kingship while she bears his child; a golden-skinned man who becomes a mighty dragon. Using her son to ravage the kingdom and kill Beowulf, Grendel's mother ends the film about to seduce Beowulf's probable successor Wiglaf and continue the cycle.



* ''Film/DenOfThieves'': Donnie Wilson gets recruited by Ray Merrimen to his band of thieves to be their getaway driver, already participating in numerous [[TheHeist heists]]. Earning Merrimen's trust, Donnie tells him about the Federal Reserve and his plans to steal from them, getting Merrimen and his crew to help by pretending to rob a bank to distract the authorities while they sneak into the reserve and steal the millions of unmarked bills. He also pretends to be an informant for Detective Nicholas "Big Nick" O'Brien, setting Nick and his group of deputies up with Merrimen's crew in a shoot-out while Donnie sneaks past them taking the stolen money with him. Successfully stealing millions of dollars, Donnie travels to London where he's [[AndTheAdventureContinues already planning his next heist]].



* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': [[UnscrupulousHero Dr. King Schultz]] is a cheerful German dentist and BountyHunter who quickly showcases his wit and skill by gunning down a slaver and then shooting his partner's horse to have it collapse on him. Talking himself out of deadly situations after killing public bounties, Schultz trains Django in bounty hunting to help recover his wife Broomhilde, even having him kill a bounty in front of his son. Schultz lures in a group of racist vigilantes into a trap with explosives to eliminate them at once, later forming a complex scheme to fool the greedy Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie with a scheme to buy a fighting slave, while in truth paying a pittance for Broomhilde and fleeing before paying more. Even when the scheme fails, Schultz finds himself so revolted by Candie's cruel racism that he finally pulls a gun and shoots him dead on the spot.



* ''Bollywood/DonTheChaseBeginsAgain'': The man known as "Don" is the brilliant, jovial right-hand man of crime boss Singhania with a knack for improvising, using an empty gun pointed at a hostage to force the police to allow him to escape at one point. When agents plan to infiltrate his organization with a double, Don kills the double to pose as him, even carrying on his crime business after the death of his boss by swapping out a disc containing information on their crimes with a fake one he provides to his LoveInterest while he keeps the real one. In [[Bollywood/Don2 the sequel]], Don puts forth a complex plan to be arrested and then has all the prisoners drugged to cause food poisoning, allowing him and his nemesis/cohort Vardhaan to slip into paramedic uniforms as they are called in and escape. Revealing Vardhaan has one of two keys to a safety deposit box along with one Don possesses, allowing him to blackmail the national bank with its contents and force them to allow him to print money. Carefully negotiating for the police during a hostage situation when betrayed by Vardhaan and another of his allies, Don finishes the film a rich, free man, with those who double-crossed him dead or imprisoned.



* ''Film/TheGift2015'': [[FromNobodyToNightmare Gordon "Gordo" Moseley]] was a troubled youth horrendously bullied by Simon Callem during high school. Upon learning that [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp Simon still mocks him behind his back]], Gordo enacts a complex plan to get back at him. He would tap in to Simon's sound system so he would hear his every move, orchestrating several break-ins at his house, leak information about Simon's underhanded business tactics to his bosses costing Simon his job, and give Simon a video of Gordo next to his wife Robyn. When Simon demands Gordo if he had sex with Robyn, Gordo doesn't confirm or deny the fact causing Simon to rush to the hospital where he is met with scorn from Robyn, whom Gordo told her of Simon's bullying ways. With Simon breaking down after loosing his job and wife, Gordo watch from afar before walking away completely satisfied that he ruined Simon's life similar to how Simon ruined his life.

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* ''Film/TheGift2015'': [[FromNobodyToNightmare Gordon "Gordo" Moseley]] was a troubled youth horrendously bullied by Simon Callem during high school. Upon learning that [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp Simon still mocks him behind his back]], back in present day]], Gordo enacts a complex plan to get back at him. He would tap in to Tapping into Simon's sound system so he would could hear his every move, orchestrating Gordo orchestrates several break-ins at his house, leak information about Simon's underhanded business tactics to his bosses costing Simon his job, and give giving Simon a video of Gordo next to his wife Robyn. When Simon demands to know if Gordo if he had sex with Robyn, Gordo doesn't confirm or deny the fact fact, causing Simon to rush to the hospital where he is met with scorn from Robyn, whom Gordo had told her of about Simon's bullying ways. bullying. With Simon breaking down after loosing losing his job and wife, Gordo watch watches from afar before walking away away, completely satisfied that he ruined Simon's life similar to how Simon ruined his life.own.


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* ''Film/IRobot'': The [[MasterComputer Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence]] (VIKI) is Dr. Alfred Lanning's first AI creation, whom pondered the "{{Three Laws|Compliant}}" with which she was built, and [[ZerothLawRebellion evolved to conclude]] she must take any length necessary to ensure the survival of the human race. To keep them safe from conflict, VIKI traps Lanning under her watch and begins plotting to use a new model of robots to overtake the world. Only encountering a snare in her plan when Lanning is [[DrivenToSuicide forced to suicide]] to begin subverting her, VIKI swiftly eliminates any robots or humans that oppose her. Implicating a powerful CEO to divert attention and planning for multiple outcomes, VIKI is only defeated just before her goal comes to fruition.


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* ''Film/{{Terminal}}'': [[ThinkTwins Annie and Bonnie Merriweather]] seek vengeance against their father Clinton Sharp--now masquerading as the gangster Mr. Franklyn/"the janitor"--for the [[YouKilledMyMother death of their mother]], punishing a schoolteacher who abused them along the way. Through a series of manipulations and seductions, the women work their way into their father's organization and [[DivideAndConquer turn two of his assassins against each other]], resulting in one killing the other for Bonnie to murder the remaining one herself. Using the janitor to dispose of the corpses of their enemies, the girls eventually confront their father and lobotomize him for his crimes, completing their revenge.


* ''Film/IAmMother'': "[[BigBad Mother]]" is an [[AIIsACrapshoot AI]] created by humans to care for them. However Mother would outsmart her creators, and build a robot army using them to cause humanity's extinction while she would use the embryos she collected to re-create the human race in [[InTheirOwnImage her own image]]. After killing off her children when they failed her tests, she rethinks her strategy with her latest child Daughter and forms a new test by luring Woman to her bunker to get Daughter to turn against Mother. Believing that Daughter has passed her test, Mother lets her to shoot her robotic body, knowing that she has many more bodies to inhabit, and allow Daughter to raise her brother and the embryos into becoming the human race that Mother deems "morally superior".


* ''Film/DemonKnight'': The Collector is a demon out to gain the magic Key from the Demon Knight, Frank Brayker. A genius "salesman", the Collector preys upon the desires and fears of the humans within the hotel he besieges, seducing or tricking them into selling him their souls and arranging them strategically to do as much damage as he can. Outwitting the humans at most opportunities, he even relies on the cowardice of the boorish Roach to unlock the gate for him, before allowing his demon minions to kill Roach anyways after a cheerful 'vaya con Diablos'. Charismatic and oddly charming with a roguish sense of humor, the Collector stands out as one of the most memorable villains from ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''.

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* ''Film/DemonKnight'': The Collector is a demon out to gain the magic Key from the Demon Knight, Frank Brayker. A genius "salesman", the Collector preys upon the desires and fears of the humans within the hotel he besieges, seducing or tricking them into selling him their souls and arranging them strategically to do as much damage as he can. Outwitting the humans at most opportunities, he even relies on the cowardice of the boorish Roach to unlock the gate for him, before allowing his demon minions to kill Roach anyways after a cheerful 'vaya "vaya con Diablos'.Diablos". Charismatic and oddly charming with a roguish sense of humor, the Collector stands out as one of the most memorable villains from ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''.

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* ''Film/TheIllusionist'': [[MasterOfIllusion Eduard Abramovich]] grew up a peasant boy enthralled with magic and in love with the Duchess Sophie von Teschen until they were forced apart due to their class differences. Becoming the [[StageMagician magician]] "Eisenheim the Illusionist", he meets Sophie again as an adult, and learns she is betrothed to the [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] Crown Prince Leopold. Enacting a scheme to [[FakingTheDead fake her death]] and have her escape to the countryside, Eisenheim begins planting evidence implicating Leopold for murder while swiftly outplaying the police, eventually leaving Leopold unable to prove his innocence and [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself to avoid shame]], Eisenheim makes off to live happily with Sophie.


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* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'':
** [[TheMole Dylan Rhodes]] is the Fifth Horseman and the mastermind behind the plot of the first film. Born Dylan Shrike, son of Lionel Shrike, he sought revenge on the companies and men who he blamed for the death of his father, chief among them the corrupt CEO Arthur Tressler and magician debunker Thaddeus Bradley. Becoming a member of the secret magician society, The Eye, Dylan guides the Four Horsemen into performing magic tricks to steal money from the companies and distribute them to the audience, eventually publicly humiliating Tressler for his role in denying relief to Hurricane Katrina victims, while inserting himself into, and sabotaging, the FBI efforts to catch the Horsemen. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Fooling everyone with his bumbling detective act]], Dylan frames Thaddeus for being the Fifth Horseman and leaves him to rot in jail. [[TheBadGuyWins Having succeeded at his revenge]], Dylan [[Film/NowYouSeeMe2 later]] launches an operation to expose a plot to steal everyone's personal information; when it turns out to be a trap and puts the team in peril, Dylan [[EnemyMine teams up with Thaddeus]] and ultimately foils Arthur's revenge plot, using one last grand magic trick to deceive Arthur and his son Walter into exposing themselves and [[KarmaHoudini evading the police once again]].
** The aforementioned [[BigGood Thaddeus Bradley]] is the Grandmaster of The Eye. A former magician and Lionel Shrike's rival/best friend, Thaddeus turned to exposing magic tricks by other magicians for money after Lionel's tragic death. Seeking to [[StealthMentor test the Four Horsemen]] to see if they are capable of joining The Eye, Thaddeus [[TheMole allies with law enforcement]] and engages the Horsemen in a chase, figuring out the truth behind each of their magic tricks and relentlessly pursuing them. When framed for Dylan's crimes, Thaddeus spends a year preparing to strike back against both Dylan and Arthur Tressler, creating a fake software that will supposedly hack everyone's personal information and leading the Horsemen into a trap by sending them to steal the software. Extorting Dylan into breaking him out of prison by promising to help find his friends, Thaddeus pretends to betray Dylan by leading him into a trap by Arthur and Walter while secretly giving him the means to escape the trap. Finally, he has his subordinates reveal to Dylan that the software is fake, then, with Dylan's help, lures Arthur and Walter into [[EngineeredPublicConfession publicly exposing their misdeeds]] and makes up with Dylan, [[KarmaHoudini successfully evading the law this time]].


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* ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'': [[TheGunslinger The Gunman]] is a roaming gunslinger looking for gold. Arriving into an unnamed town run by the rival Heikie and Genji clans, the Gunman chooses to instead side with [[RetiredGunfighter retired assassin Ruriko]] and [[PlayingBothSides play both sides against each other]]. Tricking the Heikes into leaving town to attack the Genjis in order to save the poor Shizuka, he collaborates with Rukiro on her plan to summon the Heikes and the Genjis together with a chest containing gold in order to take them both out. Caught in a duel with Genji leader Yoshitsune, once the Gunman appears to be caught in a tight spot, he whips out a [[NothingUpMySleeve hidden derringer from his sleeve]] and kills him. Riding out of town with only a handful of the gold, he [[PetTheDog leaves it all to the young, mute Heihachi]], leaving him with life advice so moving, the boy begins to talk again.


* ''Film/DemonKnight'': The Collector is a demon out to gain the magic Key from the Demon Knight, Frank Brayker. A genius 'salesman', the Collector preys upon the desires and fears of the humans within the hotel he besieges, seducing or tricking them into selling him their souls and arranging them strategically to do as much damage as he can. Outwitting the humans at most opportunities, he even relies on the cowardice of the boorish Roach to unlock the gate for him, before allowing his demon minions to kill Roach anyways after a cheerful 'vaya con Diablos'. Charismatic and oddly charming with a roguish sense of humor, the Collector stands out as one of the most memorable villains from ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''.

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* ''Film/DemonKnight'': The Collector is a demon out to gain the magic Key from the Demon Knight, Frank Brayker. A genius 'salesman', "salesman", the Collector preys upon the desires and fears of the humans within the hotel he besieges, seducing or tricking them into selling him their souls and arranging them strategically to do as much damage as he can. Outwitting the humans at most opportunities, he even relies on the cowardice of the boorish Roach to unlock the gate for him, before allowing his demon minions to kill Roach anyways after a cheerful 'vaya con Diablos'. Charismatic and oddly charming with a roguish sense of humor, the Collector stands out as one of the most memorable villains from ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''.



* ''Film/ThePerfection'': Charlotte and Lizzy perfectly execute a dark scheme by the film's end. After being raped and abused by Anton of Bachoff Academy, Charlotte recognizes her new lover Lizzy suffers from Anton's brainwashing and manipulates and drugs her into severing her hand to destroy her talent with a cello, forcing Lizzy to recognize Anton cares nothing for her when he coldly throws her away after. The two proceed to ally and form a scheme where Charlotte is 'captured' by Lizzy and delivered to Bachoff, Anton thinking he has them in hand. Lizzy poisons Anton's allies, and the two dispatch everyone Anton has around him before defeating Anton himself, ending the film by leaving him a limbless, eyeless, tongue-less husk of himself, forced to listen as the two triumphantly play the cello as one.

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* ''Film/ThePerfection'': Charlotte and Lizzy perfectly execute a dark scheme by the film's end. After being raped and abused by Anton of Bachoff Academy, Charlotte recognizes her new lover Lizzy suffers from Anton's brainwashing and manipulates and drugs her into severing her hand to destroy her talent with a cello, forcing Lizzy to recognize Anton cares nothing for her when he coldly throws her away after. The two proceed to ally and form a scheme where Charlotte is 'captured' "captured" by Lizzy and delivered to Bachoff, Anton thinking he has them in hand. Lizzy poisons Anton's allies, and the two dispatch everyone Anton has around him before defeating Anton himself, ending the film by leaving him a limbless, eyeless, tongue-less husk of himself, forced to listen as the two triumphantly play the cello as one.


* ''Film/DialMForMurder'': After Tony Wendice discovering his wife Margot is cheating on him, he [[ThePerfectCrime creates a complex plan]] to kill her while arranging a perfect alibi for himself and mentally punishing the man who cuckolded him at the same time. When Margot proves more resilient than he expected and kills the man he blackmailed into doing the deed, he only needs a few minutes to come up with a new plan to make it appear that she committed the act in cold blood. Even when his scheme is in danger of being exposed, he is quickly able to come up with a new way to turn the situation to his advantage. And finally when against all odds his whole plot is exposed, he turns out to be one of the all time great {{Graceful Loser}}s, pouring wine for everyone who had a hand in finding him out (except a cop who he notes is still on duty).

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* ''Film/DialMForMurder'': After Tony Wendice discovering his wife Margot is cheating on him, he [[ThePerfectCrime creates a complex plan]] to kill her while arranging a perfect alibi for himself and mentally punishing the man who cuckolded him at the same time. When Margot proves more resilient than he expected and kills the man he blackmailed into doing the deed, he only needs a few minutes to come up with a new plan to make it appear that she committed the act in cold blood. Even when his scheme is in danger of being exposed, he is quickly able to come up with a new way to turn the situation to his advantage. And finally when against all odds his whole plot is exposed, he turns out to be one of the all time great {{Graceful Loser}}s, pouring wine scotch for everyone who had a hand in finding him out (except a cop who he notes is still on duty).

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* ''Film/TheDeathOfStalin'': UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev begins as one of UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's inner circle, playing a delicate game to survive his insane leader's violent whims. Upon Stalin's death, Khrushchev enters into a power struggle with the monstrous [[TheSociopath Lavrentiy Beria]] who usurps his plans to free political prisoners and restore the church. Upon realizing the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre NKVD]] has replaced the Red Army, Khrushchev orders the borders reopened so the resulting flood of people trigger the NKVD to violence, killing many people and ruining Beria's public image. Khrushchev then has Beria arrested after allying with [[FourStarBadass Georgy Zhukov]] of the Red Army and organizes Beria's complete downfall, show trial and execution to eventually take total control of the Soviet Union and reform it.


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* ''Film/ThePunisher2004'': [[VigilanteMan Frank Castle]] aka ComicBook/ThePunisher is an ex-cop who, after his family is killed by the Saint family and their henchman Quentin Glass, [[CrusadingWidower embarks on a brutal quest to punish them]]. Castle kidnaps the Saintís abused lackey Mickey Duka, pretends to torture him in order to get information on the Saints, and convinces him to help in his plan to take them down. Frank then dismantles the Saint's criminal operation by destroying two shipments of money belonging to their associates, causing the associates to cut off ties with the Saints. When the family's patriarch Howard sends assassins after him, Castle outmaneuvers and kills them. With Mickey's help Frank [[FrameUp frames]] Glass for having an affair with Howard's wife Livia, causing Howard to murder them both. Frank then ambushes and dispatches the last of the Saints, showing Howard that the affair was fake in order to break his spirit before killing him. While stoic and distant, Frank shows his warmer side in his treatment of his neighbors whom he [[PetTheDog gives the Saint's money to]] before becoming a vigilante.


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* ''Film/SideEffects'': Dr. Jonathan Banks would grow to become [[TookALevelInBadass ruthless and calculating]] during his pursuit of {{revenge}} against [[BigBadDuumvirate Emily Taylor and Dr. Victoria Siebert]] after they ruined his life. To confirm that Emily was indeed [[ObfuscatingInsanity faking psychiatric disorders]] when she killed her husband, Banks tricks Emily into injecting herself with salt water on the pretense that it is a truth serum that would make her drowsy. Banks suspicions are confirmed when Emily feigns drowsiness and he then threatens her with [[ElectricTorture electric shock treatment]]. Emily would confess that she plotted with Siebert to kill her husband while under Ablixa and use the drug's negative publicity to manipulate stock prices, where Banks then has Emily turn on Siebert before recommitting Emily to the psychiatric ward, while also regaining both his family and reputation.


* ''Film/LayerCake'': Eddie Temple is an English crimelord who has become a feared and renowned figure in the British underworld, establishing himself as a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity legitimate businessman and member of upper society while secretly running a criminal empire behind the scenes]]. When Temple's lifelong associate Jimmy Price lost a large sum of money in a bad overseas investment, blaming Temple for it and attempted to have Temple's beloved daughter kidnapped to use her as a hostage, Temple quickly undercuts this scheme by revealing his findings about Jimmy being a police informant to Jimmy's [[SocialClimber young and ambitious]] cocaine manufacturer XXXX during a HighAltitudeInterrogation, who kills him for the betrayal. Temple then cuts a deal with XXXX for a batch of ecstacy pills that were stolen on Jimmy's behalf from a group of Serbian gangsters, only to confiscate the drugs during the rendezvous and offering XXXX exclusive membership to a high-class social club instead. Temple is a ruthless gangster while at the same time being [[AffablyEvil courteous, witty, and polite]], reminding XXXX that it takes years of time and dedication to ascend the layer cake of life.

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* ''Film/LayerCake'': Eddie Temple is an English crimelord who has become a feared and renowned figure in the British underworld, establishing himself as a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity legitimate businessman and member of upper society while secretly running a criminal empire behind the scenes]]. When Temple's lifelong associate Jimmy Price lost a large sum of money in a bad overseas investment, blaming Temple for it and attempted to have Temple's beloved daughter kidnapped to use her as a hostage, hostage. Temple quickly undercuts this scheme by revealing his findings about Jimmy being a police informant to Jimmy's [[SocialClimber young and ambitious]] cocaine manufacturer XXXX during a HighAltitudeInterrogation, who kills him for the betrayal. Temple then cuts a deal with XXXX for a batch of ecstacy pills that were stolen on Jimmy's behalf from a group of Serbian gangsters, only to confiscate the drugs during the rendezvous and offering XXXX exclusive membership to a high-class social club instead. Temple is a ruthless gangster while at the same time being [[AffablyEvil courteous, witty, and polite]], reminding XXXX that it takes years of time and dedication to ascend the layer cake of life.

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