Carter Burke in Aliens. He willingly sells out an entire unit of Colonial Marines so that he can bring back the xenomorphs for Weyland-Yutani to study and mass produce. He's enough of an asshole that (in a meta example) Paul Reiser's own mother enjoyed the character's death.
Most of the characters in Alien³ are convicted murderers and rapists. Some even try to rape Ripley at one point, and Golic is straight-up Ax-Crazy. It therefore becomes hard to root for a lot of them when the Alien kills them.
Dr. Mason Wren in Alien: Resurrection. He cloned Ripley in the first place and brought the Aliens back, he tries to kill Call, and leaves the others for dead so he can hijack their ship and still deliver the Aliens to Earth. His death is particularly karmic.
A.M.I.: Artificial Machine Intelligence: While this doesn't apply to all her victims, most of the people Cassie kills have wronged her in some way. For starters, her best friend Sarah has been sleeping with every boyfriend Cassie's ever had, including her current one, Liam.
Assassins: It's strongly implied that Rath only went after bad guys while he was working as an assassin. Of the two targets we see him (try to) kill, one was another assassin who took all the messy jobs that Rath refused to take, and another a corrupt billionaire who supplied South American death squads.
The Assignment (2016): Everybody who Frank murders (except for maybe Sebastian, but even he's a jerk who threw away the money that his sister provided to pay his debt) are criminals whom he notes no one will miss.
Bad Moon: Very early in the film, a con artist who tried to sue the family by provoking Thor into attacking him shows up in the middle of the night to try and kill Thor in revenge. He comes face to face with a different canine — a ferocious werewolf, to be exact — instead.
Kirby in Bait 3D. He's the robber responsible for killing the women at the start, and tries to use another of the survivors as bait. Doyle attacks Kirby in turn and uses him as bait instead.
Andy, the studio executive who decides to cancel the Banana Splits Show, despite it getting good ratings, simply because he thinks it's boring. He gets the worse death when the Banana Splits nail him to a new "Wheel of Endings" and it lands on "Banana Split," which leads to Fleegle and Drooper ripping Andy's arms and legs off.
Mitch, the husband of Beth and father of Harley and Austin, who's been cheating on Beth with his assistant, is a complete jerk to his kids, and when Beth finds out about the affiar, he blames her for it. So it was quite satisfying to see him get run over by the Banana Buggie. Twice!
In Batman (1989), there's Lt. Eckhardt, a Fat BastardCorrupt Cop who Jack kills just before becoming the Joker, and Carl Grissom, a vicious mob boss, who attempt to have Jack murdered is partly responsible for Jack becoming the Joker in the first place. There's also fellow mob lords Antoine Rotelli and Vinnie Ricorso, who learn the hard way the lesson of going over the Joker's head.
In Batman Returns, there was Max Shrek, a Corrupt Corporate Executive who tried to kill his secretary by shoving her off a building, and later tried to take over the city by recalling the mayoral election and supporting the Penguin in a bid to become mayor, which almost caused a disaster. And this all after murdering his business partner Fred Atkins to gain sole control of the company, dumped toxic waste on Gotham's sewer system and implicitly offed his wife before the events of the film(And that's just what's known about.) It's unlikely that anyone felt the least bit sorry for him at the end of the movie when an electricity-enhanced kiss from Selena reduced him to a charred corpse.
And there is the nameless mugger and rapist whom Catwoman first uses as a claw sharpener.
Fred Stickley in Batman Forever. Stickley's continued verbal abuse toward Edward Nygma was the ignition of the latter's transformation to The Riddler, so nobody is really going to miss him.
Black Christmas (2006) has Mrs Lenz and her lover. Mrs Lenz hated her husband and her son, and teamed up with her lover to kill her husband. Realizing that Billy was a witness, they locked him in the attic and kept him there for 15 years. When Billy was 12, his mother raped him to impregnate herself. After Billy's escape, they are his first two kills.
In the film Black Cloud, the main character assaults his girlfriend's former boyfriend Eddie after he insults her. Eddie got the girl pregnant and apparently made no effort to make any contact with her or his son for close to four years. Not exactly the nicest person.
It is doubtful many will have mourned the death of the the sleazy real estate developer Stengler in Black Zoo.
In Blade, we find out the morgue technician is a supporting characters asshole ex-boyfriend seconds before he dies.
Harry Prebblie in The Blue Gardenia tries to rape Norah, and is promptly killed just not by her.
This is the premise of The Boondock Saints. They kill gangsters who couldn't be touched by the police.
In Bride of Chucky, most of Chucky and Tiffany's victims fit this trope. Needle Nose Norton gets paid extra money to follow Jesse and Jade (since Jade's uncle, Warren Kincaid, who is chief of police, hates Jesse and wants to keep him and Jade apart) under the pretense of suspecting them of drunk driving. Warren plants marijuana in Jesse's van to frame him for drug possession. And the couple who rob Jesse and Jade are killed by Tiffany with mirror shards.
Bright plays with this trope: Some of Nick Jakoby's co-workers in the LAPD are racist and bigoted towards him for being an orc, and are later revealed to be dirty cops that want to keep the Artifact of Doom for themselves and attempt to kill him and his partner Ward, who ends up having to kill them in self-defense. While the audience will likely not grieve for them since they lacked any sympathetic qualities, the rest of the police ends up chasing Ward and Jakoby, thinking they are cop killers and don't know the full story. At the end of the movie, Agent Kandomere covers up the murders to protect the duo by making up a story where the corrupt cops were instead killed by a terrorist group, making sure they will be remembered as heroes by the public much to Ward's disgust.
The first victim of Bubba Ho Tep is an old woman who steals another nursing home resident's packages from home and swipes the glasses off a woman in an iron lung... while said woman is awake. On the commentary, Don Coscarelli discusses this trope.
The murder victim in the movie Bully, which is based on a real homicide of a teen who bullied and abused his best friend, his best friend's girlfriend and all of his associates.
Byzantium: Ruthven deserves his death many times over.
This was the reason that nobody found any sympathy for the documentary crew in Cannibal Holocaust. One of their crimes involved burning down a village for no reason other than to shoot a scene. One critic actually noted "The film crew more than deserved their deaths."
Trevor in Candyman. Not only was he cheating on his wife Helen with a student, but it is implied that he was going to let her rot in the asylum while he would set off for a new life with his lover. He is shown grieving for Helen after she dies, but by then it is too late for him.
Dr. David Drumlin deserved to get it in the neck for EVERYTHING he does to screw over Ellie Arroway in Contact.
Creepshow, being the troperiffic delight that it is, has lots of fun with this. We've got Nathan (emotionally abusive, murderous father), Bedelia (his insane, drunk-driving, parricidal daughter), Richard (psychotic, murderous Leslie Nielsen), Billie (emotionally abusive, nagging Adrienne Barbeau), and Upson Pratt (Corrupt Corporate Executive E.G. Marshall). In the final scene of the Framing Story, the boy who was reading the comic is torturing his abusive, hypocritical dad with a voodoo doll. The EC horror comics it's influenced by are just chock-full of Asshole Victims and Karmic Deaths.
Dance Me Outside: Clarence Gaskill. He's a Jerkass, a violent drunk, and a murderer. Not only that, he only spends a year in jail for murdering Little Margaret.
In the cop drama Dark Blue, Detective Eldon Perry frames a bunch of known hoodlums for another crime to quickly solve a case on his superior Jack Van Meter's orders. He convinces his partner Bobby to kill an escaping suspect by pointing out that no one will miss the guy anyway, but Bobby is visibly shaken by the act as he points out that this still doesn't make it right.
The CIA agent from the beginning of The Dark Knight Rises, whose plane is crashed by Bane... "with no survivors!"
Das Finstere Tal: The villagers actually thank Greider for killing the Brenners. Given that the Brenners are inbred, sadistic rapists who terrorize the villagers on a regular basis, this is unsurprising.
It's not a murder-mystery, but Steve in the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004) more than qualifies. When he finally gets zombified and then shot in the head you're likely to cheer. Also somewhat applies CJ, who's a bit of a jerk at first but does start to lighten up towards the end, and gets to die in a Heroic Sacrifice when he blows himself up to destroy a bunch of zombies so that everyone else can get away.
A non-lethal example in Man of Steel. After a bully sexually harasses a waitress in a bar and (tries to) gets violent when asked politely to leave, Clark takes out his truck. The damage is scary, but it's hard to feel sorry for the guy.
Wonder Woman (2017): Diana mistakes Ludendorff for Ares, which he is not, leading to a Curbstomp Battle where she effectively kills the wrong man. Still, Ludendorff is a vile and cruel man, so it's doubtful anyone mourns him or blames Diana.
There are a lot of examples in the Death Note (2017) adaptation. First, we see Kenny Doyle, who is a very brutal bully who beats or robs other students for no reason whatsoever. And shortly thereafter, we see Anthony Skomal, who repeatedly commits crimes, and is acquitted in court. He even drive over the wife of a policeman (who was also the mother of Light Turner) in his car (it is unknown whether he did it on purpose or accidentally), and was acquitted. But the biggest example is Light's right-hand woman Mia, who orchestrates everything that goes south for the other characters, and murders innocent people behind Light's back to safeguard Kira's identity from the public eye, and blackmails Light into transferring the Note's Ownership to her, all so she can continue her powerhungry massacre. Actually, almost all the victims of Light Turner qualify because he is much more of a hero than his anime/manga counterpart, Light Yagami.
Miles Kennefik, who was killed by Frank Costello, according to Captain George Ellerby from The Departed. He said that they are not going to solve the case of the "missing scumbag".
In Dogville, the viewer actually feels relieved when mobsters kill the whole goddamn population of the titular town, including the children. They're just that awful.
Pretty much everyone in Don't Breathe. The kids are hunted, tormented, and most of them killed because they tried to rob a blind man's house. The Blind Man turns out to have a kidnapped woman trapped in his basement, pregnant with his child. And she is the drunk driver who killed the Blind Man's daughter and got away with a slap on the wrist because she came from a wealthy family (he figures she owes him a child, since she took the one he already had).
Downfall, a historical drama film detailing the last days of the Nazi high command as the Soviets close in on Berlin, from the viewpoint of Gertrude "Traudl" Junge, one of Adolf Hitler's secretaries. Most of the Nazi high command are depressed wrecks, burning any evidence that could tie them to their crimes, trying to enjoy what time they have left with whatevercomforts they can get, or popping Cyanide Pills like candynote This is all Truth in Television. Hitler himself flip-flops between being the dignified captain of a sinking ship, a delusional optimist, and a petty, paranoid man who rants about how the Germans don't deserve to survive as a people for losing "his" war.
The black comedy Drowning Mona. Bette Milder played Mona, a woman so universally despised that when she was killed, no one cared about her death (beyond wondering who had finally done the deed) and only her son and husband showed up at her funeral (and they weren't too broken up about it). This made the jobs of the investigators much more difficult, because practically everyone in town had a reason for wanting to kill Mona, making everyone a suspect.
Ex Machina: Nobody can feel much sympathy for Nathan when he gets killed, considering his manipulative and abusive behavior towards Caleb and the bots he created.
In the 2009 comedy film ExTerminators, a few women working for the ABC Pest Control company secretly engage in exterminating various types of abusive husbands and boyfriends. Their last victim before the film ended was an IRS agent with a really shady past history that was investigating the pest control company.
Eye for an Eye is about a mother who hears her daughter raped and murdered by a grocery deliverer while talking to her on the cell phone, who gets off on a technicality, and decides to kill him.
Everyone in Falling Down. Bill Foster may be a bit crazy, but compared to the rest of LA, he's an absolute saint. Also functions as a subversion, as everyone Foster attacks is definetly this, from the point of view of a frustrated, laid-off white collar worker, but from an objective point of view, none of them were actually doing anything wrong, possibly aside from the neo-nazi store owner and the drive-by-shooting gang members.
Final Destination has mostly sympathetic characters that are trying to escape death by physics, but there are exceptions:
Final Destination 4 has two standout examples in the cast, in the form of Carter Daniels, and Hunt. Carter calls Nick a freak after Nick's premonition saves his life, has no compunctions whatsoever about using the N-word in mixed company, and his Karmic Death comes when he is about to erect a burning cross in George's front yard—for reference, George is an African-American who also escaped the opening disaster and prevented Carter from going back for his wife, also saving his life. Hunt, meanwhile, went to the race specifically to see a car crash, is Vitriolic Best Buds at best with Nick, doesn't care about the satisfaction of his sexual partner at the pool, and steals a kid's water gun and tossed it in the trash.
Final Destination 5 offers us Isaac, who is such a ridiculous sleazeball that his death is practically played for laughs.
In Frankenstein Created Woman, the obnoxious Anton who uses his position to take what he wants without paying, mercilessly mocks the crippled and disfigured Christina, and kills Kleve when the cafe owner catches Anton stealing from him. He even continues to mock the dead Christina in the moments before he dies: not realising that the womam he is with is Christina returned from the grave. At least his two companions express regret for their role in the murder, but Anton goes to his grave unrepentant.
The mission director in Gattaca was... not universally liked, making the movie an example of reason number three.
In A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, two out of three victims of the vampire are this. The vampire makes clear that she prefers to kill bad people, and spares one young boy who asserts he is a good boy. She just steals his skateboard.
Gone: The abductor, who would have murdered (and likely raped) Jill (while he's also had many more victims, gets painfully killed by her
Gosford Park. Though the victim as we see him is portrayed relatively sympathetically, seeming to be a fairly nice old duffer with a horrible harpy of a wife (she tears chunks out of him at dinner in front of all their friends), his past is not so clear and when he is murdered it turns out everyone had a motive. Though in fact all the people with real, personal motives are ignored as they are only the servants.
Very deliberately invoked in the 2008 nature horror film, Grizzly Park. The 8 characters forced into community service in Grizzly Park as rehabilitation for their misdemeanors are deliberately set up to be as obnoxious, apathetic and unsympathetic as possible, each appearing to get a Karmic Death from the bear trying to kill them. In the end it's revealed the bear belonged to the park ranger who trained it to kill any members of the group. The ranger lets the last survivor live, believing she has made a Heel Realization and learned from her previous mistakes. Nope, he later overhears her (unaware that the ranger was part of the plot) calling her friend telling her she had manipulated him and planned to kill him later — prompting her to be mauled by the bear towards the end of the movie.
Michael Horrigan's death at the climax of Halo: Nightfall—being eaten by feral Lekgolo worms—is particularly deserved, considering he'd been an inexcusable jerkass to the ONI team's Sedran companions, then topped that by, in succession, using one of their prisoners as bait for the Lekgolo, turning on his CO Jameson Locke and leaving him to die, using his fellow traitor Greg Ramos as bait for the Lekgolo, and finally gunning down the other prisoner to stop him leaving him behind.
Both used and deconstructed in the film Heathers — most of the victims are (or seem to be) Asshole Victims but then through the heroine's eyes we see how their deaths affect their loved ones, and see her realize that being an asshole isn't worth being killed over.
Liz Sherman from Hellboy (2004) is hunted down in childhood by other children and insulted, and even pelted with stones. As one of the stones hurts her, she loses control of her powers and kills the children.
In Hellboy (2019), while hunting for three giants, the Osiris Club turns their back on Hellboy, claiming that he will bring about the apocalypse. Not too long as they're about to execute him, they are promptly killed by the giants they're hunting, the leader getting decapitated first.
Frank Cotton starts the first movie being condemned to an eternity of body mod S&M torture. It's established fairly quickly that Frank was a misogynistic criminal sleazebag before that happened, so it's not surprising when he returns from the dead that he is willing to commit multiple murder and fratricide to get his skin back. We don't feel bad when he gets claimed by the Cenobites the second time.
Julia Cotton, Frank's sister-in-law and lover, more or less fills his role as this by the second movie.
In Hellraiser: Inferno, Detective Joseph Thorne's snitch Bernie is strongly implied to be a pedophile and becomes the third of the Engineer killer's victims.
Joseph Thorne is damned, not murdered, but it's hard to feel bad for an adulterer who frames good cops, deals and uses drugs, steals from the evidence room, shows no concern for victims, assaults suspects, hides evidence in investigations, lies to his family, ignores his aged parents, and is kinda a smug jerk after winning at chess.
Happens in Hellraiser: Hellseeker, where it's revealed that Kirsty killed her sleazy husband Trevor, who had planned on murdering her for her money; Trevor's best friend, who was in on the plan; and three women Trevor actually videotaped himself cheating on Kirsty with (the women were all also in relationships).
Captain Wade Hunnicutt (Robert Mitchum) in Home From The Hill gets a rather lethal taste of Laser-Guided Karma when, after years of womanizing, he is killed by the father of a local girl whom the father, in light of Wade's reputation, believes that Wade fathered a child with. Turns out it was actually Wade's son Theron who knocked the girl up — so ironically Wade himself gets killed for something he didn't actually do.
Hood Of Horror: the whole film revolves around making people pay for their crimes against man by grotesque brutal death and then hell.
Horrible Bosses has this as the reason the three protagonists are attempting to murder their respective employers. Two of the bosses are dealt with in other ways and survive thus being subversions, but Colin Farrel's character does get killed (albeit not in the way the trio were considering killing him), which makes him an example of this trope.
Everyone in Hostel spends most of the movie doing everything they can to make you hate them, even after they know their friends are being kidnapped and killed. Paxton could be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, as he risks his life to save complete strangers. Josh is also always kind to everyone.
I See You's Greg is ultimately a ruthless child predator who abuses his power as a detective to kill, torture and gaslight his victims without repercussions. It's difficult to feel sorry when Alec, a former victim, finally kills Greg with his own gun.
The music group "Low Shoulders", which kills Jennifer in Jennifer's Body and sacrifices her to a demon, are killed by Needy at the end of the movie.
Arthur's first killings in Joker (2019) were three drunk businessmen on a train who were harassing a random woman and then started beating him up for their amusement. Many of the public even rally around the killings, saying that they got what they deserved. However, Arthur's bar of what justifies murder gets lower and lower as the film progresses. He kills his mother because he discovers she abused and neglected Arthur in his youth which is understandable but then he kills his former coworker Randall simply because he threw Arthur under the bus to protect his own job and finally he kills Murray Franklin because he made fun of Arthur's standup attempt on his talkshow, and it's left ambiguous whether he killed the psychiatrist at the end (who had done nothing to wrong him). Or as he puts it, he killed those three guys "because they were awful", but by the end of the film he comes to see everyone as awful.
A huge tyrannosaurus ate our lawyer Well, I suppose that proves They're really not all bad.
Nedry, who drives the whole plot, is about as unappealing a character as he could possibly be without doing intentional murder. And Wayne Knight plays all his slovenly abrasiveness with Newman-esque glee. Needless to say, nobody mourns him when he gets blinded and eaten by a Dilophosaurus whom he was being very condescending towards.
Smug Snake Peter Ludlow has the bright idea to travel to the island they bred the dinosaurs on and go on a safari so they can bring them back to the mainland and proceeds to have absolutely no common sense while doing it. This little decision manages to play a distinct part in the deaths in the movie, including his own. The Designated Heroes coming in also played Spanner in the Works; their actions playing a much more significant part in the movie's deaths. Ludlow then lets desperation override common sense and decides on bringing the T. rex to the mainland after the main characters release all of the considerably less dangerous herbivores he had intended in capturing. He ends up meeting his end as the hands of the T. rexs offspring, who kill and eat him.
Vic Hoskins. It's hard to feel sorry for him after his foolish and nefarious schemes to engineer weaponized dinosaurs fails, and he gets torn apart by a Velociraptor he tries to control.
Zara Young. For being unenthusiastic about having to watch Claire Dearing's nephews, and being so selfish she lets the boys run off by getting distracted by a phone call regarding her wedding details, we get to see her getting thrashed violently by Pteranodons then getting eaten alive (along with the Pterandon carrying her) by the Mosasaurus. Subverted however as one scene earlier with Claire shows Zara did actually care for boys's whereabouts, and most people (even Sam Neill) agree Zara didn't deserve such a Cruel and Unusual Death compared to the other Asshole Victims whose deaths were quick compared to hers.
Mills, who runs the auction out of Lockwood's estate, and then kills the old man to keep him quiet. Oh, and he's cruel to Maisie. All hail our lord and savior, the Motherf**king T-Rex, who takes him down just like she did Gennaro.
Eversol actually conducts the auction, and throws in the Indoraptor over Henry Wu's objections. He and several others get torn apart after a failed escape from the Indoraptor.
Ken Wheatley, who shoots Blue with an actual bullet and tranqs Owen, leaving him to the approaching lava. He also takes a tooth from each dino as a trophy... until he tries it on the Indoraptor. He loses an arm, and then his life.
Rasul from Kick-Ass also qualifies for this. He was involved in various drug trafficking, the leader of a gang of criminals, robbed a young girl and struck her, and wanted to kill the superhero Kick-Ass. But then the superhero Hit-Girl was there in time.
The orderly/pimp Buck and his customer, who is paying for access to the comatose patients.
Budd, during a moment of contemplation states that all the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are this.
"That woman deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die. Then again, so does she."
Oddly enough, although Elle is likely far more evil than the others, the Bride lets her live, showing Cruel Mercy. (Although it's doubtful she lived very long after the encounter; the Bride snatches out her second eye — she lost the first after angering Pai Mei, who Elle later murdered — and then leaves her to die in the desert, screaming in a blinded panic.
Plus, she's thrashing around blindly in a trailer with a poisonous snake. it's not going to end well.
Discussed in Kill List. Jay is very insistent that all the people on the titular list are bad people that deserve their deaths. But while there's ample evidence of this for the librarian, you have to take his word for it on the others, raising the possibility that it's just him trying to rationalise the killings.
The congregation of the church where Valentine tests the small scale version of his device to make sure it works are extremely anti-Semitic, racist, sexist and homophobic so it's hard to feel that sorry for them when they all go berserk and get slaughtered by each other and Harry (who's also affected by the device but retains his lethal skills and is the only one standing by the end of the brawl.).
The Swedish Prime Minister's death by head explosion likewise garners little sympathy given he turns on his Princess and country to buy into Valentine's plan, handwaving it by claiming to be a republican anyway.
By extension, the other world leaders who get their heads blown up after Merlin activates their implants also qualify, as having implicitly agreed to be willing participants in a genocide.
Every victim in Kiss of the Tarantula, with the possible exception of Nancy (because it wasn't clear how much she knew about her friends' harassment of Susan).
Zigzagged in Knives Out regarding Harlan, depending on your viewpoint of him. Overall, personality-wise, he seems like a likable and nice man who is kind to the staff, especially Marta, though he clearly admits and regrets mistakes made in the past which has caused his family to turn out the way they did. While he had legitimate contentions with his family such as Joni stealing money from him or Richard cheating on his daughter, the way he fired Walt from his position in the publishing house as a supposed act of kindness and disinheriting Linda and Walt when they did nothing wrong can be read as unreasonable and unfair. In the end, it's made clear Harlan is a flawed man who did not deserve what happened to him.
Clarance Darby. During a home invasion robbery, he stabbed Clyde even after he was subdued, raped and killed his wife even after she was subdued, and killed (and possibly raped) their daughter, who was no threat to him, all For the Evulz. He lied in court and said it was his partner Ames (when really Ames just thought it was going to be a robbery and no one would be seriously hurt or killed, and actually tried to stop him), getting Ames executed.
Clyde's unnamed cellmate, who threatens to kill him if he does not share his food with him.
The downright homicidal bullies in Let the Right One In, both in the original and the remake. Their ultimatum at the end was this: Owen had to hold his breath for 3 minutes, and be rewarded with a cut across the cheek. Fail, and he loses an eye. You'll be glad when Eli arrives to kill them all.
In Life Blood, Warren James is portrayed as an arrogant movie star and a rapist. However, Brooke is an Unreliable Narrator and later admits that her original description of his death was not accurate.
Everyone who is killed in The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane. Except Gordon.
In the original movie of Little Shop of Horrors, the dentist is practising without a licence. Seymour kills him with the drill (and is then forced to operate on a young Jack Nicholson). In the second film, based on the play, even though the dentist's character and the context he appears in are somewhat different, the dentist is still the first of many characters to buy it.
Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent: The incident that triggers the plot is the protagonists' running over someone. The major difference between these teens and the teens from I Know What You Did Last Summer? They never noticed they hit anyone and when pointed out that they did, they believe they hit an animal and moved on. Kiiiiinda makes one of the protagonist's What the Hell, Hero? speech towards the villain of the film stupid considering they were the ones that caused him to do it in the first place.
Most of the victims in Madhouse (1974) — a proto-slasher movie set in a BBC studio — don't really deserve to die. However, it's hard to feel sorry for the actress who plays Vincent Price's assistant, or for his insane stalker, or for her completely insane parents.
Magnum Force: A gangster who ordered a union boss murdered along with his family and a sadistic pimp are killed by one of the vigilante cops, along with two more gangsters who don't have their crimes shown (though doubtless qualify as well given what they mention of their activities).
Malevolent (2018): This is how Mrs. Green views the murder of the three foster kids in her home. Apparently the girls weren't very nice.
Every single character in the horror movie Marcus (2006) except Brooke (who's not an asshole) and Marcus (who's not a victim).
In The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner is harassed by some greasy co-workers because he stopped them from sexually harassing a female co-worker. When he's on the run from Blonsky and General Ross he's cornered by them and beaten up a bit. What ensues may be the most satisfying moment in a Marvel movie: he Hulks out and throws them through walls to their death.
In Captain America: Civil War, Zemo has a lot of these. First there's former HYDRA brass Vasily Karpov. Then towards the end, given what we've already seen of what it's like to be a Winter Soldier, Zemo would have been crossing the Moral Event Horizon by shooting the other five of them while they were in cryostasis, except it was mentioned earlier that unlike Bucky, the other five were already enlisted HYDRA agents before they got the serum, and were chosen for enhancement because they already had massive kill counts.
The Mechanic (2011): In the sequel, Mechanic: Resurrection, the Big Bad of the film blackmails professional hitman Bishop into killing his three rivals. The first is a power-hungry mass murderer, and the second is a human sex trafficker (whose victims are underage no less). Bishop poisons Krill and collapses Adrian Cook's pool from below, giving him a Disney Villain Death. The third target, on the other hand, is infinitely more likeable, and rather than kill him, Bishop works with him to fake his death and get to Crain.
The opening scene where Kay ends up killing the alien "Mikey" had to be re-shot when the producers realized audiences were feeling bad for Mikey.
Just before he is killed by the Bug, Edgar is revealed to be a spousal emotional abuser (and possibly a physical abuser too).
Edgar: I go out, I work my butt off for a living, all I want is to come home to a nice clean house with a nice fat steak on the table, but instead I get this. It looks like poison. Don't you take that away, I'm eating that, damn it! It IS poison, isn't it? I swear to God I would not be surprised if it was, the way you skulk around here like a dog that's been hit too much or ain't been hit enough, I can't make up my mind. You're useless, Beatrice. The only thing that pulls its weight around here is my goddamn truck! (Spaceship crashes into the truck; Edgar proceeds to walk out to investigate) Edgar: ...Figures. (Edgar walks to the crash site) Beatrice: What the heck is it, Edgar? (Edgar turns around quickly) Edgar: Get your big butt back in that house!
Men in Black II: after Serleena assumes human form as a lingerie model. She is attacked by a man with a knife, who licks her face and tells her she tastes good and drags her behind a bush, with clear malicious intent. So we don't feel too bad when she effortlessly turns the tables on the guy and swallows him whole, then proceeds to spit him out and steal his clothes when she realizes that she gained an immense gut as a result of eating him.
And again in Men in Black 3. It seems to be a recurring pattern. The villains would first kill someone who honestly deserved it, then follow through with someone who DOESN'T. This villain did it faster than the others.
In M.F.A., all of vigilante girl Noelle's victims are rapists. She herself invokes the idea, suggesting to Detective Kennedy that his skills could be better used solving crimes other than their murders.
The death of Mrs. Carmody in The Mist is probably the only joyous moment in the entire film, being as she very nearly got the protagonist's little boy killed. Also everyone in the supermarket could possibly count, if they also eventually succumb to the mist creatures.
Monsieur Verdoux: While none of the rich ladies targeted by Verdoux come off as particularly sympathetic, the most unlikeable of the lot is Lydia Floray, the only one he gets to kill in the film (just out of camera range).
Most Likely to Die: Averted. Based on their past actions, Ray comes about as a Jerk Jock and the biggest a-hole in the group of friends, having led the bullying against John Doe since the first grade, being known for his bad temper, and having coerced DJ into planting the gun in John's locker so that his hockey scholarship isn't jeopardized. As an adult, he seems to be a surly sort, though a lot of this is due to the fact he was cut by the New York Rangers. Yet he's one of the few survivors of DJ/The Graduate's killing spree, as DJ had deliberately kept Ray alive and tied up in the trunk of his car, hoping to frame him for the murders. However, his actions cause his girlfriend and most of his friends death.
Mystery of the Wax Museum: Joe, Ivan's former partner who is still running shady deals (booze-related mostly) after burning down Ivan's first wax museum and leaving his partner to die in the flames.
Chris and Diane also find tons of newspaper clippings and IDs in the attic belonging to the Judge's previous victims, most of whom are various disreputable people such as mafioso, ex-Nazis, and biker gangs. And Hare Krishnas.
A recent updated version of the Oliver Twist story called Twist featured the character of Dodger finally snapping, and shooting Bill. By that point in the movie, Bill had either seriously injured or murdered about three-quarters of the cast. In short, he really had it coming.
Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim has one of the other characters sent to a public shelter in the hopes that he'll get eaten by a Kaiju. Later he gets eaten alive by a baby Kaiju. Subverted in that he survives and cuts his way out in The Stinger.
Victor Kershaw which is part of the reason why cops don't believe his story at first (he was so unpleasant that not one person reported him missing). Ed even says that he is a "very difficult victim to like".
Subverted, with the later victims who are certainly sleazy, but are nowhere near the jerk levels Kershaw is.
It also subverted in that as the movie proceeds, Kershaw ends upfar more sympathetic than Lugo.
In the finale of Pan's Labyrinth, Captain Vidal gets shot in the face after being told that his child would never remember him. However, since he was a Falange officer and had killed and tortured so many people, few, if any, people cried at his death.
In The Phantom of the Opera (2004), the Phantom's first victim, Buquet the chief stagehand, is given a few scenes of perving on the ballerinas that exist mainly so we don't lose sympathy for the Phantom when he violently throttles Buquet to death.
In Pink Flamingos, Connie and Raymond Marble definitely fit the bill. Granted, Divineis extremely evil herself, but considering that Connie and Raymond were running a black-market baby ring, and then using the money earned to sell drugs to school children, it's hard to feel sorry for them when they eventually suffer a very humiliating death by Divine's hand.
In Predator 2, most of the predator's victims are drug dealers, criminals, and gang members. This is justified because Los Angeles has become a criminal city in this film. But in the middle of the movie, it is inverted as the Predator kills two good police officers and several armed but innocent civilians on his hunt.
None of the humans in Predators are particularly nice, but Stans, a condemned murderer, takes the cake for being the most unsympathetic. Even so, he gets a pretty badass sendoff.
Dale, Nick, and Mark in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem aren't very nice, either. Dale, as the leader of the trio, gets the most vicious of the three, the alien's blood burning his face.
Problem Child: About 95% of Junior's targets. The other 5% is mostly poor Ben getting caught in the crossfire.
In Psycho Beach Party Rhonda spends her days being incredibly rude and insulting everybody so watching her die was rather satisfying.
Brett, because with the fortune he stole from Marsellus Wallace, it's sweet, sweet karma when two of Wallace's men spray a bunch of bullets on him.
Zed, though his death isn't shown on-screen, is even moreso given his sadistic, depraved personality.
In Queen of the Damned, the first vampire Akasha butchers a club full of remorseless, bloodthirsty vampires who tried to kill Jesse earlier. The other vampires are still shocked at her sheer carnage and delight at devouring them.
Rear Window: All we know of Anna Thorwald is what we see from Jeff's window. We see her "nagging" her husband in one scene. In another scene, he serves her dinner in bed, and she dismissively tosses away the flower he left for her on the tray. When he goes into the next room and makes a call (presumably to his mistress), she gets out of bed (in spite of acting like an invalid) and mocks him derisively. When she disappears, the audience won't be too upset by the prospect of her being murdered.
In The Reckless Moment, Ted Darby is a sleazy mooch who's dating a girl way too young for his age and even admits to her face that he wanted her mother to buy him off. His death isn't saddening at all.
Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Blonde. A Psycho for Hire who kills the clerks in the diamond store, tortures Marvin Nash for fun and attempts to set him on fire while he's still alive. Apparently, the audience didn't feel any sympathy for him when he gets killed by Mr. Orange, who is the real undercover cop.
In Return to Cabin by the Lake, Stanley kills at least two people involved with the production of the Film Within a Film who are also complete assholes (an obnoxious film director and a rude AD). It's partially karmic, but the sheer brutality of the kills (one is decapitated with a boat engine and another buried alive) is so disproportionate that it still emphasizes Stanley's murderousness.
The female lead character in Catherine Breillat's Romance blows up her boyfriend in a rigged gas explosion at the end. The murder is about the only happy event in the film...
Clarence Boddiker in RoboCop (1987) gets thrown through several panes of glass and all over a factory while the eponymous Robo reads him his miranda rights. Seeing as Clarence has proven a sadistic cop-killer, folks cheer for Robo.
In R.O.T.O.R., Sonya's fiancé is given one scene to establish that he's a dickhead, then he's shot dead by the robot.
The first film had Mark, a man who faked illness to receive paid leave from work, and Zep, who, though forced by Jigsaw to break into Dr. Gordon's home and hold his family hostage, is confirmed by Word of God to have enjoyed it.
The second film had Obi, who, according to Jigsaw, "Burned those around him with his lies, cons, and deciets", and Xavior, a drug dealer who tries to kill the other characters.
The third film had Troy, a repeat convict, and Danica Scott, who fled the scene and did not bother to help Jeff after his son was killed.
The fourth film had Ivan, a Serial Rapist, Cecil, a drug addict who threatened Jill Tuck with a knife, stole from her, and caused her to miscarry, and Rex, a family abuser.
The fifth film had Seth Baxter, a murderer, and five people involved in an arson.
The sixth film had Eddie, a loan shark, and a bunch of people involved in a corrupt healthcare system.
The seventh film had Dina, a woman who got her boyfriends to steal for her, and a group of racists that are killed for abusing others.
The latest film had Carley, a thief who stole a woman's purse which contained the woman's asthma inhaler and she died from an attack while chasing after Carley, and Anna, who murdered her own baby and framed her husband for it.
In Scanners II: The New Order, the main character kills a pair of store-robbing thugs who already killed two clerks and were either about to do the same to his girlfriend, or kidnap her/hold her hostage.
Scanner Cop: A creepy doctor who subjects his psychic patients to horrible experiments is shown to have been killed by the main bad guy in a minor flashback, apparently to simply show him getting some comeuppance.
In addition to being an Asshole Victim himself, Tony's killed several of these guys in his day, such as Emilio Rebenga, an ex-Castro official who tortured a few guys to death while he was working for Fidel; and Mel Bernstein, the corrupt narcotics cop that tries to shake him down and kill him on behalf of Frank Lopez, who is also under this trope but is instead killed by Manny so that Tony can evoke a sense of irony.
Played for Laughs in a scene in horror movie parody Scary Movie. One of the teenagers being stalked by the masked killer is watching a movie in a crowded theater; she's being loud and obnoxious, ruining the movie for everyone else. The masked killer is then shown to be sitting in the seat next to her... but before he gets the chance, one of the other movigoers steals his knife and stabs her. He then just sits and drinks his soda while all the other audience members continue to stab her to death. When she stumbles in front of the screen and finally falls dead, they applaud.
Charlie in Scream 4. An interesting example as he's actually one of the killers.
In Se7en, John Doe thinks he's doing this, though from what we see, less than half of the victims objectively qualify as assholes. The "sloth" victim is the only one besides John Doe himself who's established as a genuinely bad person (specifically, a drug-dealing child molester). All the others are just not fleshed out at all.
In Serenity, The Operative's first kill in the movie was Dr. Mathias, the head scientist of the Academy, whose horribleexperiments were responsible for River being driven insane.
The drunk man in The Shallows; he sees Nancy stranded out in the ocean, and goes to steal her money and other accessories rather than send for help. As he goes into the water to get her surfboard, he's grabbed and torn in half by the shark that had been hunting Nancy throughout the film.
In Shaun of the Dead, David is torn apart and eaten by zombies after saying "I think we can all agree, that was the right thing to do," after Shaun had to kill his own mother. He'd also been an asshole most of the movie, and at one point, even tried to shoot Shaun.
Apparently this trope was taken into consideration when doing that scene. Originally they had him apologize for his behavior before suffering his fate, but they decided to edit that out, albeit not for character reasons (i.e. they wanted his death to be scarier and seem more sudden). Either way, it worked; when his scene came up, audiences cheered.
Like most of the movie, this is probably in reference to Night of the Living Dead (1968) and in particular the dynamic between Ben and Harry; like Harry, David isright about a lot of the things that they should be doing, but that doesn't stop him from being an asshole.
Bogs from The Shawshank Redemption gets beaten senseless by Captain Hadley to the point where he gets permanently paralyzed. We would feel horrible for him... if not for the fact that he was a sadistic rapist who took such pleasure in mercilessly beating up and terrorizing his victims. All of the inmates (especially Red) are even happy when he gets immobilized.
Red: Two things never happened again after that. The Sisters never laid a finger on Andy again, and Bogs never walked again. They transferred him to a minimum security hospital upstate. To my knowledge, he lived out the rest of his days drinking his food through a straw.
Invoked in Shoot 'em Up, in which the hero deliberately singles out which car to steal because he'd seen its able-bodied driver park in a handicapped spot. No, he doesn't kill the guy, but he explicitly calls him a prick, establishing a similar justification for targeting his vehicle.
The Silence of the Lambs. Dr. Chilton, who was in charge of the facility where Hannibal Lecter was originally imprisoned. He sleazily hits on Clarice Starling and doesn't take it well when she declines him. Hannibal says that Chilton has harassed in the past and there is no reason to disbelieve him. He reveals the FBI's attempt to trick Hannibal into cooperating - not because he's offended by their dishonesty, but because he wants to cut his own deal and get publicity. At the end of the movie Lecter is seen trailing Chilton and it's made clear that he's going to kill him and eat him ("I'm having an old friend for dinner.").
Hannibal has a few as well. Pazzi loses his sense of morality as he seeks to turn in Hannibal for the reward money, and is gruesomely disemboweled by him. Paul Krendler is a corrupt agent who destroys Starling's career because she rejected him 10 years ago and caught Buffalo Bill before him, as well as taking a bribe from Verger. At the end of the film, Hannibal cuts his head open and feeds him his own brain. He proceeds to take the rest of Krendler's brain onto a plane for his lunch.
The Cult members in Silent Hill. Very hard to feel sorry for them after you learn they tried to kill Alessa years before by burning her alive, leaving her horribly disfigured and unable to get out of her hospital bed. Also they had just killed Cybil this way.
Slaughter High: The Gang of Bullies tortured and humiliated Marty so badly that it is hardly a surprise that he decided to respond in kind, especially after the burn of his face with nitric acid.
Bullies in Slasher High. Jeesh, they deserved to be drowned in the toilet.
Sorority Row probably has a record for the number of deliberately unsympathetic victims; out of all the people killed maybe one or two qualify for Jerk with a Heart of Gold status. The killer actually lampshades how horrible the murdered characters all were.
General Slocum deserved to get fried by Goblin for going out of his way to try to put Oscorp out of business.
The Oscorp Board of Directors, who fire founder Norman Osborn in order to sell the company to rival Quest Aerospace, are killed by Osborn (as the Green Goblin) in Oscorp's World Unity Festival. It's hard to feel any empathy for the board since they did all they could to badly screw Osborn over.
The Tusken robbers in Attack of the Clones kidnapped and tortured the mother of Anakin Skywalker. Several humans who persecuted her to save the woman also are killed by them. When Anakin wanted to free his mother but came too late to save her, he killed them all.
Nute Gunray and the other Separatists in Revenge of the Sith, who are all killed by Anakin Skywalker, who thereby regains a little sympathy after having lost it in his raid on the Jedi temple.
Director Krennic from Rogue One. Being the guy who oversees the construction of the Death Star, he deserves pretty much everything that happens to him—and this includes being vaporized by his own weapon.
Steps Trodden Black: Since it is partially a deconstruction of slasher movies, this trope is inverted. The first to die is the Lovable Jock Ryan, followed Jerk with a Heart of Gold Alex (although whether or not he's an asshole is up for debate), Action Girl Emma and waifish Sam. Fletcher, who arguably displays the most assholish behavior in the film survives the whole ordeal.
Strangers on a Train: Miriam Haines, Guy's unfaithful wife. To be clear, she cheats on him, runs out on him and demands a divorce, gets pregnant by the other man, and then refuses to divorce Guynote likely because the other man left her and uses the pregnancy as leverage against him to prevent him from leaving her for his new girlfriendnote Since no one knows it's not Guy's baby. She's clearly a thoroughly unpleasant person, and the only thing that wins her any sympathy points when she's murdered is the fact that she was pregnant.note And even then, the sympathy would skew to her unborn child, not necessarily her.
Summer Camp Nightmare: John Mason, one of Franklin Reilly's Co-Dragons in the takeover of Camp North Pines by the teenagers, raped Debbie Stewart, one of the girls from the nearby Camp South Pines, after the takeover extended to their camp as well. John was given a trial by ordeal by being forced to cross the broken rope bridge over the ravine to prove his innocence, and although he survives it and rubs it in his rape victim's face, the other girls take John out into the woods and hang him from a tree.
Suspect: Michael, a violent, knife-wielding homeless racist. He certainly appears to be a good suspect in Elizabeth Quinn's murder, but is himself killed by the actual murderer to stop him revealing anything about it.
Sweet Country is about a black farmhand, Sam Kelly, who kills a white property-owner in self-defense and goes on the run. Even before the fatal confrontation, March treats Sam like dirt, assaults Sam's wife, and repeatedly threatens Sam and his family.
Sweetwater: Basically all of the people Sarah kills are unsympathetic jackasses at best, if not outright thugs.
In T2 Trainspotting the sectarian customers of a certain pub get their comeuppance when Renton and Sick Boy steal their credit cards and take money from their bank accounts (if the 1690 PIN doesn't work, the cards are simply thrown away).
Though he doesn't kill any of them, the Terminator injures three rude and surly bikers when he first arrives in the present day, walks into their bar, and demands some clothes; he throws one of them through a window, another onto a hot stove, and stabs the third guy in the shoulder with his own knife, pinning him to the pool table.
The asylum attendant licks Sarah's face while she's helpless. That way we don't feel bad that her escape plan includes bashing his face in. He's even worse in the extended cut, where he and another guard also assault Sarah before forcing her medication down her throat, which makes the scene where Sarah dispatches him with extreme prejudice while his fellow guard gets beaten up by the T-800 (Arnold's Terminator) even better.
Todd and Janelle, John Connor's foster parents, are portrayed as uncaring and unpleasant, respectively. When T-1000!Janelle speaks in a friendly manner to John on the phone, he says "She's never this nice". The T-1000 kills both of them.
The convenience store clerk rudely denies a little girl the usage of the restroom. Fittingly enough, she is the first to fall victim to the apocalypse.
Michael Cera presents himself as a rude, foul-mouthed cokehead who cares more about his cell phone than the collateral damage. Even Danny McBride states that "if Michael Cera's dead, it's not a total loss."
Pretty much everyone killed by the titular protagonist of The Toxic Avenger film series is a despicable crook who did something horrible enough that they deserved to get murdered. Notable examples include the three robbers who shot Sarah's seeing eye dog in the first film and the Diaper Mafia in the fourth film, who attempted to bomb a school for the mentally handicapped.
Tragedy Girls: Averted. All the victims, while sometimes stupid or self-centered, come off as genuinely decent people who don't deserve to die. The only exception to this is Lowell, who is, after all, a Serial Killer himself.
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection has Agent Frank Statler, Agent Charlie Rusk, and Dr. Andrew Merliss, who prevent the citizens of Perfection from hunting the Graboids so that one can be captured alive for study. They're also willing to seize the property in the valley and kick out the townsfolk under "Eminent Domain" to set up a preserve. None of the three survive the film.
Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) uses this justification in True Lies. Given that he's under the influence of Truth Serum at the time, he must really believe it. And given that he fights terrorists and trigger-happy enemy agents, it sure seems like it could be true:
Helen Tasker: Have you ever killed anyone?
Harry: Yeah, but they were all bad.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil takes the slasher movie approach to this trope to it's logical extreme; the 'psycho degenerate hillbillies' are actually a pair of well-meaning but not incredibly bright guys who, through various misunderstandings, are taken to be that way by a bunch of prejudiced, elitist college kids. Very gory hilarity ensues as the kids, much to the confusion and bewilderment of the two, end up accidentally killing themselves while trying to attack the 'evil killers'.
A somewhat failed example of this trope happened in the Vault of Horror movie. A woman was driven to killing her husband by his OCD need to keep the house neat. However, the actor never really went over the top, and came across more as lecturing than yelling and screaming, to the point where you felt more like they needed to sit down and have a long talk, rather than him deserving to die.
In V for Vendetta, every named antagonist qualifies as this, with the sole exception of Dr. Delia Surridge. She's a remorseful Death Seeker who seems to anticipate that Death Equals Redemption. If her journals can be believed, she hated (or convinced herself to hate) the people she experimented on. V managed to form a connection with her, which brought her to confront her actions and apologize to her only living victim. It's no coincidence, then, that out of all the named antagonists, Dr. Surridge is the only one granted a quiet, painless death.
Delia: Is it meaningless to apologize?
Delia: I'm so sorry.
In Weekend at Bernie's there was, well, Bernie himself. He was a Corrupt Corporate Executive who was planning on killing the protagonists for unknowingly discovering his scheme, but the mobsters he hired to do it double-crossed him.
The remake of The Wicker Man (2006) featured a hysterically funny unintentional example. "Oh no! NOT THE BEES!"
The two cops in Wolf Creek 2, who try to give Mick a speeding ticket even though he was going under the limit and give him an order to take his truck off the road. Special mention goes to the one officer who insulted his truck and called him ugly.
R.K. Maroon, to a certain degree. Even though he is murdered by Judge Doom, the fact that he made Jessica Rabbit cheat on Roger with Marvin Acme (or Roger would face termination from Maroon Cartoons) with the intent to blackmail the latter makes the audience apathetic toward Maroon's death. He gets points for being genuinely remorseful of what he did after he learns what Doom's plan really was.
And of course Judge Doom, who after trying to destroy Toontown with Dip ends up getting drenched in it.
The World Is Not Enough: Sir Robert King turned out to be kind of a jackass, all things considered. He was willing to destroy an ancient church in Azerbaijan—his wife's homeland, no less—for his oil pipeline (which caused the local villagers to riot), and he stole his wife's inheritance to further his own ambition and greed.
When finally the truth is revealed, Kanako dies by the hands of her teacher, but when you see how much suffering she has brought over the people that believed to be her friends, the latter can't be blamed.
:Matsunaga is heavily beaten and sliced up by the Yakuza. No one cares after what he has done to the narrator.
Mitchell Laurio in X2: X-Men United. He's a thug who's shown to enjoy beating up an old man stripped of any powers that would allow him to fight back, so no one minds too much when Mystique sets him up for a death allowing Magneto to escape.
The two SS escapees that Magneto killed in Argentina
Sebastian Shaw when he's killed by Magneto near the end. Considering in his first scene he had murdered Erik's mother right in front of the boy's eyes, it's highly doubtful anybody in the audience really feels any sympathy for him. Charles on the other hand, who was telepathically with Shaw and felt all the pain of his death, is someone to feel sorry for.
Most of the CIA Agents. A couple of them walk by the mutant's room, saying "I didn't know the circus was in town!" Then, seconds later, they all get dropped from the sky. One of them is even begging to live, telling Shaw where they are, only to then get killed.
The corrupt ranchers who try to attack Logan and Mr. Munson at the water pump. They show up again at the worst possible time and get cut to pieces by X-24.
For that matter, Pierce, Rice, the Reavers and X-24 all get extremely brutal yet very-much-warranted deaths after all the shit they've pulled — Pierce is slowly and painfully murdered by a combination of all the X-23 children's powers, Rice is shot in the throat and left to choke on his own blood, and X-24 is shot in the head with an adamantium bullet that blows most of his skull off.