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  • Jackie Brown: Jackie Brown herself is a middle-aged flight attendant who makes a living by helping criminals smuggle in cash and more over the border. Caught by the ATF and used as a plant to help bring down gun runner Ordell Robbie, Jackie comes up with a scheme to win over her bail bondsman Max Cherry and steal Ordell's money. Reporting to the ATF that he is only moving $50,000, Jackie instead arranges so that she can take the other $500,000 with plants and clever misdirection before setting Ordell up for death when he tries to come for his money in retribution.
  • Jack Ryan films: Of the people encountered by the famed CIA Analyst, these two have proven to be the smartest and most efficient:
    • The Hunt for Red October: Captain Marko Ramius is a genius Soviet naval tactician known as the "Vilnius Schoolmaster" for having trained many USSR naval officers. Becoming disillusioned with the Soviet cause after the death of his wife, Ramius uses the launch of the Red October prototype nuclear submarine and its silent "caterpillar drive" to defect to the United States with the rest of his officer staff after murdering The Political Officer by making it look an accident and assuring the crew about the "secret nature" of their mission. Ramius' tactical insight allows him to evade both the Soviet and US navies until he can make contact with Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who managed to decipher Ramius' real intentions. After evacuating the crew by faking a reactor meltdown and disposing of a GRU stowaway, Ramius manages to turn an enemy Soviet submarine's torpedo against itself and successfully defects with the Red October in tow.
    • Clear and Present Danger: John Clark is a C.I.A. operative recruited by National Security Advisor James Cutter and CIA Deputy Director of Operations Bob Ritter to carry out Operation RECIPROCITY against the Colombian drug cartels. Forming a small team of highly trained soldiers, Clark leads them in sabotaging the cartels’ operations while keeping their involvement secret, notably killing most of the leadership with a fake car bomb. Clark also helps Dr. Jack Ryan uncover a massive money-laundering scheme the cartels are involved in. Later Cutter and Ritter cut off communications between Clark and his men, resulting in them being captured or killed, and put the blame on Ryan to get Clark to murder him. Clark then kidnaps Ryan and tells Ritter that he’s killed Ryan, realizing that he was lying when he doesn’t restore communications. Clark then teams up with Ryan and, along with a helicopter pilot Clark recruits and the one soldier that escaped, pulls off a four-man mission to rescue the captured soldiers from a heavily guarded base and kill the man responsible for the death of his men.
  • Jason Bourne: Heather Lee is the ambitious, but well-meaning, head of the CIA Cyber Ops Division seeking to advance in the ranks of the agency. She first identifies and tracks rogue agent Nicky Parsons as the one who stole the black ops files from Treadstone to Iron Hand, tracks her and and has a small part in her death too. Heather is able to download malware into the files so she can trace them later on and then use a phone in the same room as an encrypted computer to delete the files. Heather seeks to convince Jason Bourne to return to the CIA as a valuable assassin rather than have him killed and when she learns of how corrupt Director Robert Dewey and the Asset are, Heather helps Bourne sneak back to America through Las Vegas. When Heather realizes they are under suspicion, she alerts Bourne, later saves Bourne herself by killing Dewey and then once again tries to take power using her influence with Bourne, only for him to just barely outsmart her.
  • Joe Kidd: The titular Joe Kidd is a former Bounty Hunter hired by corrupt landowner Frank Harlan to hunt down a group of revolutionary banditos led by Luis Chama. Though he initially refuses, Joe relents when a friend of his is attacked by Chama. After spending a large portion of the film aiding Harlan and his posse in the hunt for Chama, Joe is fed up with Harlan's sleazy nature when Harlan holds five of Chama's men hostage—threatening to kill them if Chama doesn't turn himself in—and cooks up a well thought-out plan to escape and rescue the hostages. Joe ends up starting a gunfight with Harlan and his men after being chased into town that ends with Joe outsmarting and shooting Harlan dead before delivering Chama to the local sheriff and riding out of town.
  • Joshuu Sasori: Nami "Matsu" Matsushima is a woman betrayed by her true love, a police detective named Sugimi. Sent in as bait for drug dealers, Nami was violently raped and sent to prison when she attacked Sugimi for it. Throughout the series, Nami is tormented by other inmates, lecherous guards, and a broken system, but remains unbroken the entire time while playing her enemies and allies against once another. Nami forms alliances, always repaying those who deal fairly with her, while brutally punishing those who do not. At the end of the first film, Nami manages to track down Sugimi and murders him, spending the rest of the series constantly playing and destroying those who get in her path.
  • Josie: Josie Starks is a mysterious young woman who drifts into a sleepy Southern town. Attracting the attentions of ex-cop Hank and the delinquent Marcus, Josie plays them off against each other, playing the role of intermediary. Josie then gets both men into an isolated location and when Marcus pulls out a knife she knocks them both out and reveals to Hank that her father was an innocent man who was executed by Hank years ago. Josie has resolved to kill everyone responsible for her father's death, but because Hank showed remorse, she gives him a quick and painless death before framing Marcus to cover her tracks and continuing on her quest for vengeance.
  • Joy Ride: The trucker known only as "Rusty Nail" is the victim of a cruel prank from Lewis and Fuller, setting him up to meet a nonexistent lover named "Candy Cane". Being denied an apology, a furious Rusty stalks them, killing an innocent trucker and eventually kidnaps Lewis's girlfriend Venna's friend Charlotte to draw them out, put them through a humiliating situation and lure them into a deathly trap. Even when they escape, Rusty uses the dead trucker's body as a substitute for his own to escape completely.
  • Jumper: Griffin O'Conner is an experienced Jumper who has dedicated his life to eluding and killing Paladins, particularly Roland who killed his parents at a young age. Upon meeting fellow Jumper David Rice, who is pursued by Paladins, Griffin showcases his skill by effortlessly murdering the Paladins, before becoming the less experienced David's Cynical Mentor. Griffin immediately realizes when David compromises his base, knowing the Paladins possessed machines that kept a jump scar open. Engaging Roland, Griffin holds him off with a combination of his weapons and his Weaponized Teleportation, including throwing a bus at Roland, forcing Roland to flee back through the portal and Griffin trapping him back on the other side, planning to send a bomb through to kill the Paladins and anyone caught in the blast radius.
  • Kate:
    • Kate herself was raised since childhood to be a master assassin and now wants to retire after having to kill in front of a child. Lethally poisoned, Kate spends her final twenty four hours hunting for her alleged killer Kijima, even taking his niece Ani captive to lure him out. Discovering her handler Varrick is the true culprit and surviving his attempt to kill her, Kate allies with her former enemy and his Yakuza forces to decimate Varrick's splinter faction, painfully killing him and rescuing Ani before Varrick can mold her into his next killing machine, all while being moments from death.
    • Kijima is an aged, wise Yakuza crime boss who quickly turns an attempted coup against him to his advantage. After escaping assassination at the hands of Kate, Kijima deduces that his advisor Renji and Kate's employer Varrick are behind the attempt on his life, and confronts Kate with the information to turn her against Varrick and sway her to his side. Working with Kate, Kijima marches on Renji and Varrick's forces, wiping them all out while Kijima personally challenges Renji to a sword duel, one that Kijima wins in mere seconds, firmly establishing the man's badass leadership as he eliminates all rivals.
  • Kill Bill: Beatrix Kiddo fights many devious opponents, but the following stand out with charm matching their skill:
    • Bill himself, AKA "Snakecharmer", is the retired leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. After his lover Beatrix leaves him and becomes engaged to another man while pregnant, Bill massacres the wedding party and leaves Beatrix in a coma. Deciding to leave her alive in the hospital, he took their child she gave birth to while unconscious and raised her as a loving father. Finally confronted by Beatrix, the three share a family night together of a life that could have been, while Bill also leads Beatrix into a false sense of security, shooting her with truth serum to have her admit to him and herself why she left him. Accepting defeat with grace, Bill reassures Beatrix that she's his favourite person, never stopping loving her and regretting what he did, telling her "I... overreacted."
    • O-Ren Ishii, AKA "Cottonmouth" of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, is the most ambitious of Bill's former underlings. Starting her career at age eleven by avenging her parents' death, O-Ren went on to be one of the world's most dangerous women. After leaving Bill's employ following the wedding massacre, O-Ren travelled to Japan, conquering the criminal underworld and rising to the top of the Yakuza, feared and respected by the bosses of the families. Confronted by Beatrix, O-Ren sent her underlings to fight her before engaging Beatrix in single combat, admitting respect for her opponent as the fight closed. The most successful of Bill's former associates, O-Ren was one of Beatrix's toughest fights.
  • Killing Gunther: Robert "Gunther" Bendik is the affable and charismatic world's greatest hitman. When Gunther learns Blake intends to kill him, he formulates countless plans to counter Blake's assassination attempts, killing much of Blake's forces and making Blake look like a fool before selling him out to the FBI. When Blake, Donnie and Sanaa infiltrate Gunther's home, he offers them a chance to leave his place, which Donnie and Sanaa accept while Blake refuses, resulting in Gunther giving Blake a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown before escaping. When Gunther retires to Austria a year later, Blake shoots him, only for Gunther to detonate a bomb vest he strapped on, killing Blake while Gunther manages to survive before disguising himself as a reporter.
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets: Louis Mazzini is the son of the Duke Luis D'Ascoyne of Chalfort's daughter, who was disowned by her family for marrying a poor Italian singer, dooming them to a life of poverty. When the Duke refuses her final wish to be buried with her family, Louis decides to murder off the D'Ascoyne family both to avenge her and gain the title he believes to be rightfully his. Meticulously researching his targets in advance, and quickly learning all the necessary skills, Louis works his way through the eight D'Ascyones in his way. Exploiting their flaws and habits and constantly adapting to any surprises, he ensures that his murders are mistaken for tragic accidents, whilst also charming his way into social circles and rapidly progressing through his professional life. Finally confronting the Duke Louis captures him in one of his own illegal mantraps. Revealing the truth he calls him out for abandoning his mother for marrying for love, hurrying his speech so not to unnecessarily prolong his victims suffering, then stages his death as a Hunting "Accident". Sauve, cultured and always impeccably polite, despite his humble upbringing Louis proved himself to be in every way a true gentleman, even indulging the wishes of his own hangman when it appeared to be the end.
  • The King: William Gascoigne, the King's Justice, is one of King Henry V's closest advisers. Seeking to ensure Henry gains the "peace" he desires so bad, Gascoigne fakes an insulting gift from the King of France and later helps to manufacture a plot against Henry with an assassination attempt that makes Henry believe that the French are trying to murder him. Upon Henry realizing the truth, Gascoigne feigns innocence for a time, only to finally tell Henry he has done nothing more than Henry wished: to bring peace through war and to see Henry made into a great king.
  • Kingsman films:
    • The Secret Service: Richmond Valentine is the Genre Savvy tech mogul who uses this good publicity to convince the general mass to get his SIM chips, while persuading the world's 1% into supporting his cause, implanting them SIM chips so he can track their every move, making sure they don't betray him. It's revealed that these SIM chips are connected to his satellites that when activated, would cause people to kill each other; he tests its capabilities on a racist church community with only a Kingsman surviving the onslaught, before killing the Kingsman himself. After the full-scale of Valentine's plan is revealed he launnches a global frequency that leads to general masses killing each other off with only Valentine and his followers surviving. Despite attempting to cause massive loss of life, it is done so out of Valentine's belief of saving the world and the rest of humanity and is genuinely affable to allies and enemies alike, even asking Eggsy if he's going to make an incredibly lame pun before going out with a smirk.
    • The Golden Circle: "Agent Whiskey", real name Jack Daniels, is a high-ranking member of the American Statesman agency. After helping Gary "Eggsy" Unwin plant a tracker on a suspect through a sexual act, Whiskey then saves Harry Hart from rude guys in a bar by beating them all up single-handedly and later on takes out a bunch of armed gunmen all on his own too with minimal use of his signature lasso, even using his surroundings to his advantage. Taking advantage of both the situation and of Poppy Adams's massive poisoning of all her drug users with a deadly virus as part of a ransom scheme, Whiskey makes it look like he destroyed the antidote vial they retrieved completely by accident. Later confronting, threatening and fighting Eggsy and Harry, Whiskey reveals he intends for all drug users to die not for the potential profit Statesman would achieve in their sales, but because his own pregnant wife was senselessly murdered by two meth users years ago.
  • Krampus: Krampus is a dark holiday spirit determined to teach a harsh lesson to anyone and everyone who has lost faith in Christmas. Krampus uses his magics, his army of unique toys, and various frightening ploys to scare his targets into showing guilt for their actions and selflessness in helping others. Imparting his lessons to drunk mall Santas, guilt-ridden cops and elitist jerks to make them all better people, Krampus's latest victims are the Engel family members, snatching them all away one by one through baiting and trickery. His ultimate target being young Max: Krampus gets the boy to sacrifice himself to spare his family and then, like all of his past hauntings, restores the Engels to a happy Christmas morning, with assurances that he'll be watching them and will return to torment them if they ever lose their Christmas spirit again.
  • Labyrinth: Jareth the Goblin King is a charismatic, manipulative goblin. First summoned by heroine Sarah, Jareth kidnaps her baby brother to lure her to him, spending the film manipulating the rest of the cast and tricking Sarah into eating an enchanted peach to make her more susceptible to his influence. Jareth shows a genuine care for Sarah, even if he is not above ruthlessly manipulating her and everyone else in the film, but never loses his sense of charm, flamboyance and friendliness, who even seems to care for the child he kidnaps upon her sister's rash wish.
  • L.A. Confidential: Captain Dudley Smith averts the horrific nature of his book counterpart and is instead a charming, witty corrupt police officer who tries to get control of all criminal activity in Los Angeles after the fall of gangster Mickey Cohen leaves a power vacuum behind. Swiftly forcing other criminals out through a series of manipulations, Dudley also utterly outplays both of his crooked partners when they try to take advantage of a heroin sale, killing both. Framing a trio of rapists for one of the deaths, Dudley then ensures the implicated party will be killed in the ensuing chaos to avoid his secret getting out. Focusing on tying up his own loose ends, Dudley sets up the young, ambitious detective Edmund Exley into sleeping with other officer Bud White's prostitute girlfriend before stealthily revealing the affair to Bud in the hopes he will kill Edmund for him. Coming within mere moments of victory, Dudley's never-ending jovial nature and brilliant ploys more than add flair to the monster he may still be underneath.
  • Land of the Dead: "Big Daddy" is a surprisingly intelligent Stench hellbent on toppling Fiddler's Green and avenging his fallen undead brethren. Leading a massive army of Stenches, Big Daddy uses his unusual deductive reasoning ability to lead his battalion to several victories, teaching himself and his fellow undead new skills to aid them in the future, culminating in him breaching Pittsburgh's defenses by proving to his colleagues that they can pass through water. After a bloody massacre resulting in the death of Fiddler's Green's leadership, Big Daddy and his fellow Stenches willingly spare the survivors of the assault, having already fulfilled their mission and choosing to march in peace.
  • Last Action Hero: Benedict, though starting out as Tony Vivaldi's self-proclaimed lackey, quickly proves himself to be the true menace of the film. An exceptional hitman whose marksmanship is only rivaled by his dry wit, Benedict is the real mover and shaker of Vivaldi's operations, and, briskly picking up on the fact that young Danny knows far more about him than he should, Benedict ultimately gets his hands on Danny's magic ticket, enabling him to betray Vivaldi and travel from the Jack Slater film series into the real world. Both disgusted and intrigued by the lack of empathy "real" people display towards their fellow man, Benedict guns down a mechanic to test his theory on this, and, upon receiving no comeuppance, concocts his master plan to bring forth every movie villain to the real world, simply because "in THIS world the bad guys can WIN!" When confronted by Slater, Benedict fatally wounds the thus-far nigh-invulnerable hero with a simple yet brilliant tactic: tricking him into the open by making Slater believe Benedict's gun is has clicked empty, when truthfully, he "just left one chamber empty" before gunning Jack down.
  • The Last Days of Pompeii (1959): Julia, mistress of Consul Ascanius, was dragged from her home and people after being enslaved by Rome. Upon witnessing the deaths of her family, Julia dedicated herself to revenge against the Romans. Secretly funding the attackers led by the monstrous Praetorian Gallinus, Julia has wealthy Roman families killed and their riches stolen, diverting suspicion by blaming the Christians and exacerbating tensions. Julia kills Ascanius to frame the hero Glaucus, despite her clear respect for him, with her final plot being to fund an army to finally challenge Rome itself.
  • Last Man Standing (1996): The man known as "John Smith" stops in the border town of Jericho, housing two feuding bootleggers. After his car is destroyed by Doyle's gang Smith coincidentally stares at Felina, Doyle's woman and kills Doyle's top gun before being hired by Doyle's rival, Strozzi. Smith works for Strozzi, charms and sleeps with Strozzi's mistress Lucy, while simultaneously working within Doyle's ranks, playing both sides for profit. After Lucy is hurt, Smith cuts all losses, telling Doyle that Strozzi has taken Felina hostage after Smith freed her, leading to Strozzi being killed. Hickey finds out about Smith's ploy, tortures him, and Smith lures in and kills Doyle and Hickey before leaving Jericho. Using his ruthless wit, John Smith is a man of focus who plays all sides, turning obsessions into leverage while using his wit for a quick buck.
  • Last Night in Soho: Sandie, known in present as Alexandra Collins, was an aspiring singer whose music was stolen from her by the callous pimp Jack. Having killed Jack to defend herself, Sandie lures out the abusive men who had raped and hurt her, killing them all and hiding their bodies under her property. Expertly luring many to their deaths, the elderly Sandie wins the heroine Ellie Turner's trust and later almost kills her and her boyfriend John to protect her secrets. Succumbing to remorse, Sandie chooses to die rather than face the courts and at the end is shown to still watch over Ellie as a spirit, free from bondage and her past at last.
  • Last of the Mohicans: The Huron warrior Magua was enslaved by the Mohawks thanks to the British Colonel Munro. Seeking revenge, Magua won over the Mohawk, becoming their blood brother until he could rejoin the Huron, only to discover his wife, thinking him dead, had married another after their children died. Filled with rage, Magua bides his time, leading a British patrol to its doom and later causes the fall of Munro's fort before massacring his followers and carving Munro's heart out before seeking to kill his daughters. When he faces Nathaniel Bumpo's adoptive brother Uncas, Magua shows his skill by killing him with no effort whatsoever, repeatedly showing why he is one of the most dangerous men on the frontier.
  • The Last Seduction: Bridget Gregory is a highly intelligent, manipulative sociopath who convinces her husband Clay to sell pharmaceutical cocaine to drug dealers before skipping town with their ill-gotten gains. Bridget quickly starts a new life in a small town, repeatedly fending off the private investigators her husband sends after her, one by killing him off in a car crash after tricking him into taking off his seatbelt with the suggestion of a sexual liason, and the other by framing the man as a pedophile. Bridget seduces the well-meaning but naive Mike, then slowly convinces him to kill her husband after messing with his mind and digging up embarassing secrets from Mike's past. When Mike realizes that Bridget is trying to set him up, she kills Clay personally before taunting Mike to rape her, implicating him as a home invader responsible for her own crimes and later disposing of any evidence that might have proved Mike's innocence.
  • The Last Temptation of Christ: Satan, the Archangel, is a manipulative entity conspiring to prevent Jesus Christ's sacrifice and plunge mankind into eternal damnation. Quietly observing Christ throughout his life, Satan attempts to appeal to Christ's human nature by offering him power and a chance at a normal life. When Christ is crucified, Satan takes the form of an angel and removes him from the cross after claiming that he wasn't truly the Messiah. Convincing Christ to marry Mary Magdalene as well as to pursue other women when she abruptly dies, Satan nearly succeeds at dismantling God's divine plan as the elderly Christ approached death.
  • Law Abiding Citizen: Clyde Shelton, after losing his family to the depraved Clarence Darby, schemes for years, studying law and the city to murder Darby himself, and gets arrested, conniving to pull off a series of attacks against all he holds responsible for Darby's freedom. Seeing the judicial system as inherently corrupt, Shelton holds the city in a grip of terror, making his own demands that most are powerless against, to make his statements against what he views as a corrupt system. The good guys assume Shelton saying he has all kinds of connections to hitmen who successfully kill most of his targets on his behalf is true, but in reality, he's escaping his cell and doing it all himself. Even at the end, when he realizes his life is about to end, Shelton maintains sympathy by dying in a dignified manner, only staring at a bracelet his beloved daughter made him before the end.
  • Lawless: "Mad Dog" Floyd Banner is a well-respected gangster who introduces himself gunning down two ATU agents chasing him. Sparing Jack Bondurant and Cricket, due to not wanting to go to war with Jack's brothers, Banner goes into the moonshining business with the Bondurant brothers, while giving them the location of the two men who slit's Forrest Bondurant's throat and raped his girlfriend, leading Forrest and Howard Bondurant to find, torture and murder them. Becoming a regular business partner to the Bondurants, Banner helps increase their profitability by installing multiple large stills deep in the woods, while having gotten away unscathed when their operation is finally dismantled.
  • Lawrence of Arabia:
    • Prince Faisal, the leader of the Arab Revolt, is a calm and brilliant man who intends to unite the fractious Arab tribes into a nation while overthrowing the Ottomans. Launching a series of attacks and keeping pace with numerically superior forces, Faisal takes advantage of eponymous protagonist T. E. Lawrence's skill and mental state to use him for his rebellion. Stoking the flames of nationalism to unite the tribes under his banner, Faisal is able to even keep pace with the British in political negotiations before deciding Lawrence has outlived his use to him.
    • Mr. Dryden is an official of the Arab Bureau, using his wit and apparent reasonability to cover up his plans to lay claim to Arabia. Having sent T. E. Lawrence into Arabia to serve as a spy, Dryden makes use of Lawrence's growing instability and status as military leader to push him into greater acts of warring against the Turks. Orchestrating an agreement between England and France to split Arabia once the Turks are out, Dryden ensures the Arabs don't receive proper armaments to become independent once the war is over, and correctly deduces that the Arab clans' conflicting ideologies will prevent any united front once they drive out the Turks. Dryden then organizes a final deal with Faisal himself, splitting Arabia between their forces while snarkng that all of the double dealing has left him wishing he had stayed home.
  • Layer Cake: Eddie Temple is an English crimelord who has become a feared and renowned figure in the British underworld, establishing himself as a legitimate businessman and member of upper society while secretly running a criminal empire behind the scenes. 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 young and ambitious cocaine manufacturer XXXX during a High-Altitude Interrogation, 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 courteous, witty, and polite, reminding XXXX that it takes years of time and dedication to ascend the layer cake of life.
  • Legend (1985): The Lord of Darkness seeks to erase all light from the world and usher in a realm of night he can rule forever. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at his own love for Lilli and her purity, Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to sway her to marry him and give in to darkness, even spending his last moments boasting that he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished.
  • Letters from Iwo Jima: General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is an experienced officer in the Imperial Japanese Army who firmly believes in the principle of My Country, Right or Wrong. As a worldly Officer and a Gentleman who unlike many of his colleagues has actually visited the United States, Kuribayashi is firmly aware of the awesome American industrial and military strength and consigns himself to defending the island of Iwo Jima in a Last Stand. Kuribayashi's defensive tactics by utilizing Mount Suribachi's cave network and forbidding his soldiers from killing themselves or engaging in suicide attacks ends up causing disproportionately high casualties among the invaders. Fatally wounded after Kuribayashi and his last men charge the Americans, he instructs a peasant soldier he befriended during the battle with hiding his body from the enemy. Despite fighting for a losing genocidal empire, Kuribayashi retains an astonishing sense of dignity and military cunning.
  • Let the Right One In: Eli is a vampire who, stuck in the body of a preteen, manipulates an older man into collecting blood for her. When he starts to yield less blood, Eli pretends to be injured and helpless so that she can feed off a stranger before draining her servant on his request and making it look like a suicide. At the same time, Eli befriends and falls in love with a troubled boy named Oskar, even managing to resist her hunger when he cuts himself. Eventually deciding to flee the area after being forced to kill somebody in her own home, she sticks around long enough to slaughter a group of bullies who had been tormenting Oskar, managing to convince him to leave with her.
  • Let Us Prey: The mysterious and calculating stranger known only as Six—all but stated to be Satan himself—is portrayed in a more positive light than he usually is as a persecutor of the wicked. Making himself known by allowing himself to be hit by a drunk driver who recently ran over a woman, Six is arrested and brought to a police station where he shows the inmates and police officers alike their darkest secrets, giving them a chance to repent for their wrongdoings before claiming their souls when they fail. His discoveries cause a family murderer and a serial killer both to unravel, leading to the destruction of the police station and for him to be reunited with an officer he had saved from certain death years prior.
  • Liberty Stands Still (2002): "Joe", real name Alex, is a former CIA agent who intends to raise awareness toward the McCloud Industries shady business practices after his daughter became a victim of gun violence manufactured by their company. Setting his sights on Liberty, wife of the CEO, Joe holds Liberty's affair partner hostage and has him lure Liberty to Central Park. Locking a signal to her cell, he has her shackle herself to a hot dog cart rigged with a time bomb. Using the incident to attract police officers and news reporters to the scene, he attempts to use the US senator's son, Bill's influence to debate the rights to bear arms, killing him after he refuses. Attracting Victor himself to the park, Joe kills Victor but lets Liberty go. Revealing the bomb was a fake, Joe kills himself, but not before releasing the recorded confessions he made about Liberty's stance against firearms all over the news.
  • Lifeforce: Space Girl is an intelligent alien predator whose kind feasts on human souls for nourishment. Assuming the form of a nubile young woman after probing the minds of the Churchill crew, she seduces Lt. Carlson to pilot the ship back to Earth while feeding on the rest of his crew. Once released on Earth, Space Girl leaves a trail of dead while staying several steps ahead of the heroes at every turn, leading them on a wild goose chase throughout lower England in an attempt to track down her current host body before she unleashes a Zombie Apocalypse upon London with her two male vampire consorts, decapitating the government before it can marshal an effective response by infecting the Prime Minister. At the end, she offers Carlson a chance to rule by her side, with even his Heroic Sacrifice to kill her not being able to prevent her from repowering the vampire hiveship with the souls of her many victims.
  • The Lincoln Lawyer: Mickey Haller is a charming Amoral Attorney who happily defends the guilty and will employ any legal trick to get them cleared. After an attempted rape and murder, psychopath Louis Roulet sways Haller into defending him, whereupon Haller learns that not only is Roulet guilty, but he is responsible for murdering a previous client of Haller's pleaded guilty to. In order to stop Roulet while still satisfying legal ethics, Haller plants fake testimony in a perjuring jailhouse snitch so he can discredit him along with the other witnesses against Roulet, but ensures the police hear the testimony so they may arrest Roulet for the previous murder, winning the case while still bringing Roulet down. When Roulet goes after Haller's ex-wife and daughter, Haller ensures a group of bikers he knows are waiting for him, with the only instruction that Roulet end in "the hospital, not the morgue".
  • Live! (2014): Shinsuke Kanazawa, one of the many people running the deadly triathlon, is actually a mole working for Yuichi Ayukawa to assure Naoto Tamura survives the race. Ultimately befriending Naoto during his time spent with him, Shinsuke disqualifies himself from the race upon getting Naoto and Akari to the end. Using his connections with Yuichi to help Naoto betray his boss and rescue his mother, Shinsuke ends the movie hoping to see Naoto again after his eventual release from jail.
  • Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: "Big" Chris is an enforcer and hired muscle to anyone willing to pay, renowned in the criminal world for not only his excellent success rate, but his honorable nature as well. Big Chris is hired by Harry "the Hatchet" to ensure his debtees, Eddie's group, pay up as the story starts, and Big Chris proceeds to not only swipe the cash from the Eddie, but also obtains two treasured rifles Harry has been hunting, all through nothing but precise timing and opportunity. Raising his son, "Little" Chris, in his ways to hopefully one day hand the "family business" over to the boy, Big Chris does anything he can to protect his son from outsiders, notably fooling the vicious Dog into lowering his guard before brutally killing him when he threatens Little Chris. After Harry is killed, Big Chris seizes the opportunity to swipe the man's fortune, set himself and his son up for life as kingpins themselves, then shows his respects to Eddie's group for their tenacity in facing Harry by letting them keep the priceless rifles.
  • Logan Lucky: Jimmy Logan is a blue collar worker who, after being fired from his job at Charlotte Motor Speedway, concocts a plan to rob the speedway along with his siblings Clyde and Mellie. To this end he recruits incarcerated Demolitions Expert Joe Bang and his siblings Sam and Fish. Jimmy has Clyde get himself arrested and has Joe organize a riot that they use to cover their escape and eventual return to the prison. After stealing all of the money and escaping, Jimmy anonymously returns the cash Sam and Fish snuck out, causing the investigation to get called off early. He then reveals that Mellie had snuck out extra cash that he gives to everyone involved, as well as a local mobile clinic and a woman whose car he had damaged as part of the heist.
  • Lone Star: Buddy Deeds took over as Sheriff of Rio County after masterminding the coverup of the killing of his crooked predecessor Charlie Wade. A well-meaning but also self-interested man, Buddy brings prosperity to the county, diplomatically reducing racial tensions, while also ousting lakefront residents to claim the property for himself. Seen as racist by his son Sam for keeping him from dating a Mexican girl, in reality Buddy forces them apart for being Sam's half-sister born to Buddy's mistress.
  • Lord of War: Yuri Orlov is a quick-thinking, charismatic Arms Dealer who uses his "business" to change the course of entire nations while skillfully evading law enforcement. Regularly dealing with trigger-happy lunatics and ruthless warlords who Yuri faces down with guile and respect, Yuri earns his spot as the most influential, powerful black market operator in the underworld. Disguising his ships as merchant vessels, handing off hot product for free to be dismantled by curious natives, and always staying one step ahead of dogged Interpol agent Valentine, Yuri faces even the death of his brother and family's betrayal with stoic coolness. Reaffirming that his connections will ensure he is never brought to justice and his dealings will forever flourish, Yuri ends the film by restating the best lesson he has learned to keep himself successful: "never go to war, especially with yourself."
  • The Lost Boys:
    • Max the video store owner is secretly the head vampire, and the "father" of the Lost Boys. Desiring to find a wife and a mother to his vampiric "boys," Max uses his charm and genuine politeness to enchant the recently divorced Lucy Emerson into going out with him while staying beneath suspicion. Instructing his Lost Boys to vampirize her children so that they can be a happy family, Max goes on multiple dates with her. When entering Lucy's home, Max ensures he is invited in, rendering him immune to tests which would reveal his vampiric nature. When tested and accused by Lucy's son Sam, he quickly and effortlessly spins a narrative that the boy is afraid Max will try to replace his father, discrediting him further. Taking Lucy for a date at his house, Max returns to hers to find the Lost Boys killed. Calmly lamenting the circumstances and their deaths, he reveals his true nature, never letting up his kind tone, and threatens Sam to ensure Lucy will agree to being turned and marrying him due to his genuine care for her, being stopped mere seconds from victory, and only by something he never could have predicted.
    • David is the leader of the vampire gang under his "father" and sire Max. A wild, brash youth with a calculating mind, David is the one who scouts out Michael and grows impressed with him. Tricking him into drinking Max's blood, David sways Michael to the dark side while showing him the true nature of vampirism. Upon the death of one of their gang, David lays siege to the home of the Emersons, still attempting to pull Michael into darkness during their final battle. In the comics, David returns, masterminding the slaughter of the vampire hunters of Santa Carla and ending with a vial of elder blood in victory.
  • Lucky Number Slevin:
    • Slevin Kelevra was once just a normal kid when both his parents were murdered on the orders of two mob bosses, the Boss and the Rabbi, to make an example of his father for trying to place a bet on a fixed horse race. The contract killer sent to take care of Slevin, Mr. Goodkat, couldn't bring himself to kill Slevin and instead raised him to follow in his footsteps as an assassin. Slevin spent years plotting the demise of his parents' killers, and with Goodkat's help, killed the Boss' son and both bosses' book keepers to make them even more paranoid of each other in the aftermath of their broken partnership. Goodkat then kills Nick Fisher so Slevin can pose as Nick's friend and be taken to the bosses to settle Nick's outstanding debts to both men. Slevin makes himself appear harmless before later killing the Rabbi's son as well and faking his own death, then kidnapping both mob bosses and suffocating them to death after explaining his reasons for wanting revenge. Slevin demonstrates that a dish Best Served Cold requires real mastery of the Kansas City Shuffle.
    • Mr. Goodkat is a veteran, world-class assassin brought in to murder the child Henry since nobody else will take the job. Taking pity on Henry, Goodkat adopts him and raises him into the capable Slevin Kelevra to take revenge on the Boss and the Rabbi. Orchestrating the events of the film and playing the two crimelords against one another, Goodkat helps to bring them into Slevin's clutches for his final revenge, also attempting to murder Slevin's girlfriend Lindsey for taking his photo. Upon realizing Slevin had helped her fake her death, Goodkat shows a final mercy to both of them one more time before vanishing after his successful Kansas City Shuffle.
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior: The eloquent Lord Humungus is 'the warrior of the Wasteland' and 'The Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rollah' who relentlessly scourges settlements in search of gasoline. A mastermind, the Lord Humungus causes the overthrow of his enemies and repeatedly outdoes them, even using misdirection like offering the settlement safe passage and a peace if they surrender the gasoline-only to reveal to his right hand man Wez he plans to allow Wez to take his revenge for his lover's death as soon as they have what they want. The Lord Humungus also relies on intimidation tactics and shows himself to be shockingly well spoken, being the deadliest enemy in the Wasteland Max has to fight.
  • Mad Money: Bridget Cardigan is a housewife forced to take a janitorial job at the Federal Reserve Bank to get her and her husband Don out of debt when he gets laid off. Bridget studies the processes and steps of when, where and how the out-of-print money is shredded before it's later replaced and hatches a plan to replace the lock to access the money and smuggle it out while also keeping the cameras from catching everything. She enlists co-workers Nina Brewster and Jackie Truman to help and get equal shares with her while also dialing in security guard Barry when he catches on to them and helping a blossoming romance with him and Nina. The team manages to operate uninterrupted for three years until Jackie's husband Bob makes an incompetent decision. Bridget then runs away with some of the money to avoid being arrested, hires her tax attorney neighbor to get them all off for both federal theft and tax evasion and playing to the bank manager's pride and months later reveals to both Nina and Jackie that she managed to still stash away a large amount of money for all of them.
  • Major Grom: Plague Doctor: Yulia Pchyolkina is a journalist and blogger who will do anything for a story. With the emergence of the Plague Doctor case, Yulia poses as a rape victim to steal police officer Igor Grom's documents on the killer and posts videos on her blog for a massive view count. Allying with Igor, Yulia shows her chops fighting back against the devotees of the Plague Doctor and even manages to break an arrested Igor out of prison before taking down the villain with a hidden tape recorder as he boasts of his crimes.
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941):
    • Misanthropic detective Samuel "Sam" Spade is a ruthless operator caught in a web of betrayal, lies and murder by the brilliant criminal Kasper Gutman. Upon being roped into the hunt for the Falcon, Spade manages to outwit his captors, even faking being a foolish hothead to lull them into a sense of security. Later proposing a "fall guy", Spade has the criminals turn on one another and sell Gutman's supposedly beloved friend Wilmer out for the police. Upon being rid of Gutman, Spade works out that his lover Brigid O'Shaughnessy was the murderer of his partner Miles Archer and sees through her attempts to manipulate him, turning her over to the police while informing her not to be so sure he's "as crooked as I'm supposed to be," vowing to wait for her if she's out of jail and to remember her if she's hanged.
    • Kasper Gutman, the "Fat Man", is the Big Bad and an amiable, corpulent crime lord who has been pursuing the titular black bird for seventeen years without ever stopping. Ruthless to the point of murder but sincerely polite, Gutman opts for negotiation and bribery as opposed to the ineffective, brutish violence of his minions, stating "there are other methods of persuasion asides from killing and threatening to kill," patiently overwhelming the protagonist Sam Spade, drugging him, and remaining unflappably calm even as Spade gains the advantage. Gutman's drive is such that he's even willing to use hitman Wilmer as a fall guy for the murders so he can continue the search for the bird, and when he discovers the Maltese Falcon he receives is a fake, Gutman is shaken for all but a minute before he cheerfully laughs it off and decides to continue onto Istanbul, remaining no less persevering as he has for the previous seventeen years and even offering Spade the chance to come with him on the hunt.
  • The Man from Nowhere:
    • Original film:
      • Cha Tae-sik, better known simply by "Mister", is a brilliant former covert operative for the South Korean Army. Befriending the young girl So-mi, Tae-sik becomes ferociously protective of her, outwitting and brutalizing both the police and criminals when So-mi is taken by the evil Man-seok and Jong-seok. Discovering the depths of the Seoks' organ trafficking operation involving children, Tae-sik proceeds to utterly decimate their empire, destroying their laboratory and killing Jong-seok before charging to Man-seok's hideout and slaughtering his guards, executing Man-seok himself even while shaken by the belief that So-mi was killed.
      • Lum Ramrowan is the taciturn and mysterious right-hand man to the brothers Man-seok and Jong-seok. An enforcer of their operation, Ramrowan assists in their rise to power and proves an exemplary opponent to Tae-sik when he seeks to recover the kidnapped So-mi. When given the order to send So-mi to the surgeon "500" to have her corneas harvested, Ramrowan instead kills 500 and passes his eyes as So-mi's to fool Man-seok and Tae-sik both, engaging the latter in a Duel to the Death before he can find So-mi is safe.
    • Rocky Handsome (2016 Bollywood remake):
      • Kabir Alawat, known once as "Rocky", now nicknamed "Handsome", is an unstoppable ex-special forces operative. When the child Naomi is captured by the evil Kevin and Luke Ferreria, Handsome works tirelessly to save her, massacring criminals and outwitting or even brutalizing cops, killing Luke and blowing up their meth lab. Even believing Naomi is dead, Handsome kills the remaining villains including Kevin before being reunited with her, sharing one hug before calmly being arrested.
      • The mysterious Attila is the noble, self-guided enforcer to the Ferreria brothers. Deeming Handsome a worthy adversary, Attila is also an expert operative able to track a wealthy fleeing mob boss and the only fighter intelligent enough to match Handsome. Growing fond of Naomi, Attila saves her life while tricking the older Ferreira into thinking she was killed and engaging Handsome in the final fight he desires.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:
    • Napoleon Solo is a charismatic, lovable Gentleman Thief turned the best agent in the American government, who works off his criminal debt by taking down threats far worse than himself, and all while lining his own pockets and having fun the whole way. Introduced outsmarting Russian superspy Illya Kuryakin using nothing but his surroundings and his own gadgets, Solo is afterwards begrudgingly teamed up with Kuryakin to take down the villainous Victoria Vinciguerra. Effortlessly seducing Victoria herself even amidst her suspicions and playfully trolling Kuryakin at every possible turn, Solo faces even drugging, capture, and torture at the hands of Nazis with wit and joviality. When Victoria seemingly escapes and has all but won, Solo uses his killing of her husband to bait the woman into stalling her escape in time for Solo's allies to kill her and end her scheme, after which Solo solidifies his budding friendship with Kuryakin by revealing he recovered the man's valued watch after it was lost.
    • Alexander Waverly is a British intelligence officer playing The Man Behind the Man to agent Gaby Teller, having her play the part of damsel-in-distress in order to get close to the Vinciguerras and Gaby's uncle Rudi. Alexander kicks back and relaxes for two-thirds of the movie as he has the KGB and the CIA compete and do the bulk of the legwork for him while he stays in the shadows, having Gaby feed him back information and then having her seemingly betray Solo and Kuryakin to the clutches of the enemy so she can infiltrate the Vinciguerras. Admitting he's played both Solo and Kurykain like fiddles when forced to come clean with nothing more than a calm smile, Waverly is so charismatic that he manages to convince both the KGB and the CIA into relinquishing to him their best agents, all so he can set up his own organization he promptly dubs "U.N.C.L.E."
  • Man on Fire: John Creasy is an alcoholic ex-CIA agent who gets hired by the Ramos family to be a bodyguard for their young daughter Pita. After growing attached to Pita, Creasy is shot and she is kidnapped and seemingly killed when a ransom drop off goes wrong. Seeking revenge for her death, Creasy begins searching for those responsible in spite of his horrible injuries. With reporter Mariana Guerrero’s aid, Creasy tortures and murders his way through both the kidnappers and the members of La Hermandad who ruined the drop off, rescuing another kidnapped girl along the way. When he discovers that Pita’s father ordered her kidnapping in order to pay off his debts, Creasy forces him to admit his guilt to his wife, and leaves him a gun to kill himself with. Eventually discovering the identity of the kidnappers’ leader, Daniel Sanchez, Creasy holds his family hostage in order to find where Daniel is. Daniel then reveals that Pita is actually alive and Creasy agrees to turn himself over in exchange for Pita, reuniting with her and then passing on from his wounds before Daniel can get to him.
  • Margin Call: John Tuld is the English-American billionaire CEO of a major US bank who quickly cuts through the office politics when apprised of the possible bankruptcy of the firm because of its over-reliance on risky CDO products. Tuld ruthlessly initiates a real estate market crash by spreading the toxic assets through the rest of the economy in a fire sale, motivating his in-house salesmen with massive bonuses and bribing the analyst who originally stumbled onto the crisis before he was let go the same day to keep him quiet. Tuld's charisma and persuasion of the rest of his staff allows his firm to stay afloat at the end of day, as he starts planning his next move to somehow profit from the crisis.
  • The Mask of Zorro: Don Rafael Montero is the corrupt governor of California and Zorro's arch-nemesis. Luring Zorro out by threatening to execute three innocent men, Montero is later forced to flee during the Mexican war of Independence, but not before discovering Zorro's true identity as Diego de la Vega. After Diego's wife is killed in the conflict, Montero sends Diego to prison and takes his baby daughter Elena for Montero's own, raising her for the next twenty years. Returning to California and winning over the people with his natural charisma, Montero intends to buy the land from General Santa Anna to craft his own Republic. Montero, however, intends to do this with 'El Dorado,' a mine he runs via slave labor that is on Santa Anna's own land, paying him with his own gold. During his final battle with his old nemesis Diego, Montero even takes Elena hostage for an advantage, before revealing he could never harm her, just before shooting Diego.
  • The Masque of the Red Death: The Red Death himself infects an old woman to deliver a vow to her village that the tyranny of Prince Prospero is at its end, spreading the plague as she goes to enhance the fear of the Red Death and draw all the nobles to the sadistic Prospero's manor. Gathering them together, the Red Death exposes himself to Prospero and takes him and all his revelers with the plague, sparing six innocents as a form of mercy before reuniting with his fellow brothers, having secured his "illimitable dominion" over the land.
  • Master of the World: The brilliant Jean Robur believes in peace through strength. In his power flying machine, Robur launches attacks on key spots in the world to disable military capabilities and force a lasting armistice through the world, while being a charming and charismatic leader to his crew. Throughout the film, Robur constantly remains a step ahead, hellbent on enforcing his ideals on the world and coming close to victory before the heroes disable his ship. Ordering his men to flee, they instead choose to face the end with him, which he spends reading aloud a passage from the bible concerning world peace.
  • The Matrix: The Oracle is a mysterious sentient program responsible for the third iteration of the Matrix. For five generations, she acted as an ally to the redpills to find "the One" and give them The Prophecy, which led them to believe they would save humanity. In reality, the Oracle was luring the One to the Architect, who blackmails the One into entering the Source and saving the humans plugged into the Matrix, at the cost of Zion's destruction. The Oracle decides a different course of action for Neo, the sixth One, introducing romance into the equation to make him attached to humanity, while assisting Neo to defeat Agent Smith, which would inevitably achieve peace between humanity and the Machines as she had intended.
  • Mayhem: Derek Cho is an employee working for the corrupt TSC law firm. Fired over a case he had no involvement in and exposed to the ID-7 virus, Derek tries to demand his job back from the CEO, John Towers. When Towers sends his guards to imprison Derek and inadvertently kills one of his friends, Derek opts to simply kill Towers and anyone standing in his path along with Melanie Cross, knowing anyone under the virus' influence can't be prosecuted for murder. With their quick thinking and pragmatic fighting skills, Derek and Melanie assault or kill anyone in their path on the way to the top floor. When Irene Smythe refuses to give up the access code to Towers' office, Derek seemingly betrays Melanie and offers her to Irene to kill, later freeing Melanie the moment after Irene gives up her code so Melanie can kill Irene. Once Derek confronts Towers, he rejects his proposal to be his business partner and kills him before taking Towers' job long enough to void the foreclosure on Melanie's house.
  • Mean Guns: Vincent Moon is a devious crime lord who has gathered a hundred criminals working for The Syndicate inside a newly built prison under false pretenses of holding a conference to discuss business, then exposing their duplicity and force them all to kill each other within a six-hour window with the promise of ten millon dollars to be split among the last three survivors. Moon himself effortlessly dispatches several criminals before retiring to a surveillance room to monitor the action while amusing himself with private games of chess. At the end, Moon organizes a four-way Quick Draw with the last three people left standing, only to remove the bullets from Lou's gun beforehand so Marcus will shoot him. Moon concedes that the Syndicate is planning on nobody leaving the prison alive, with Moon not caring one way or the other if he walks out the real victor or goes out in a Dying Moment of Awesome. Stylish, charismatic, and ruthless in equal measure, Moon establishes his bona fides as a master of organized crime.
  • The Mechanic (1972): Arthur Bishop is a talented hitman who always finds the 'jelly spot' of his targets to eliminate them. In an assassination of 'Big' Harry McKenna, Bishop passes it off by natural causes by spooking Harry into a heart attack before smothering him, an intelligent gambit he tends to repeat on all his hits. When he takes Harry's ruthless son Steve under his wing, Bishop also foresees the betrayal by his employers and fights through it. At the end, when Steve thinks he's won by poisoning Bishop, Bishop is revealed to have seen it coming and sets up a final recording for Steve, along with a bomb activated by a tripwire.
  • Mile 22: Li Noor is a Deep Cover Agent from Indocarr working on the behalf of Russia. Through meditative training and careful memorization of a cover story, Li Noor fools a polygraph and offers information on caches of cesium along with a disc drive that only he can open, refusing to give the password until he is in safe hands before taking out a team of assassins while Chained to a Bed. As US task force Overwatch is dogged by Indocarr agents on the way to a safe airstrip, Li Noor helps James Silva's team evade the agents, sticking his neck out to help them multiple times. Once on a safe plane, Li Noor reveals that the whole operation was a trap for the Russian government to locate Overwatch's computer crew and decimate them for Silva's execution of a Russian General's son earlier in the film, proving himself indispensable to every faction he works for.
  • Miller's Crossing: Tom Reagan is the right hand man to Leo O'Bannon, an Irish-American mobster, but it's clear who has the brains in the operation. Tom is a duplicitous alcoholic who's sleeping with Leo's fiancee and spends the movie double-crossing everyone he meets, regardless of the damage Tom suffers in the process. Then, at the end, it turns out the whole movie was a Zero-Approval Gambit on Tom's part. Everything he did, he did for Leo in the most unscrupulous way possible. He manipulates Leo's enemies into killing each other, having Leo's greatest rival murder his own terrifying enforcer Eddie Dane when Dane is distracted before leading said rival to his own death. Tom then personally murders his devious former friend, the smug Bernie Bernbaum to ensure Leo remains firmly in power.
  • Minority Report: Lamar Burgess is the director and founder of the Precrime program, which uses premonitions extracted from three telepathic humans to predict and prevent all murder within the Washington D.C. area. However, at the same time Burgess is cunning enough to have literally made a career out of faking out Precrime; first by disguising Anne Lively's murder as an "echo", then by disguising all three visions of Crow's death as brown balls by putting the plan in action while Anderton was at the office, ensuring that he would either be arrested immediately or run, so when Crow would be found with the Orgy of Evidence that could lead Anderton to murder him, it looked planned by Anderton. When Federal Agent Danny Witwer catches on to him, Burgess promptly murders him, knowing that the system being deactivated will allow him to get away with it. The only thing Burgess couldn't see coming was Anderton figuring out everything in time to tell it all to his wife, even if he wasn't free to act on the information himself. However, even when his plot is exposed and faced with the impossible choice of either killing Anderton and going to prison or letting him live and discredit Precrime, Burgess manages to go out on his own terms by killing himself instead.
  • Mission: Impossible Film Series: These are the most cunning and intricate of foes Ethan Hunt and the IMF have ever faced:
    • First film: "Max" is an Arms Dealer who's an expert not only at keeping her identity a secret to the point that no one knew she was a woman, but in turning American agents to her side as well. For two years, Max employs a treacherous IMF agent she calls "Job"—really Jim Phelps—and plans to pay him for achieving the NOC List which protects deep cover American agents. Knowing Job killed for her to get it, Max trusts Ethan about the list she actually got being a decoy—while also correctly suspecting that he was pretending to be Job—and then hires him to get the actual list for her. Nearly accessing it in the end only to be caught, Max at first starts planning legal strategies to get away with everything, but then quickly becomes interested when Eugene Kittridge offers her a deal instead.
    • Ghost Protocol: 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 nuclear war is an inevitability. Hijacking the IMF's operation at the Kremlin, Hendricks frames the agency for bombing the landmark, raising tensions between Russia and the U.S. He forces a nuclear physicist to verify launch codes by kidnapping his family, then releases the family and kills the man to cover his tracks. Hendricks launches a missile at San Francisco in order to start a war so the survivors will declare a worldwide armistice. When Ethan Hunt comes close to stopping the missile, Hendricks leaps to his death attempting to ensure his plan succeeds, coming within a second of accomplishing his goals. Despite his destructive goal, Hendricks genuinely believes that Utopia Justifies the Means, and manages to play the IMF and the world's governments for fools all the while.
    • Fallout: The "White Widow"—real name Alanna Mitsopolis—is Max's grown daughter who took very well to arms dealing herself. Being a charitable individual while conducting her criminal activities as her mother also did, White Widow makes a deal with radical "John Lark"—August Walker—to deliver him the poisonous toxin orbs needed for his scheme to balance the world while also planning to help him spring the monstrous Solomon Lane from imprisonment too. When Ethan, pretending to be Lark, warns her that men are after her, White Widow trusts him to protect her while also taking out two of them herself with a blade as well. Expecting the collateral damage of cops while Lane is sprung as he's being transferred, White Widow calmly accepts the deaths of her own men as that instead while also clearly still caring too and insists Ethan deal with Ilsa Faust so she's not a problem. Revealed to have been an informant with full immunity for the American government all along, White Widow then helps to ensure a deal that has Lane-once recaptured and defeated—go back to face karma at the hands of MI6 for all he's done.
  • MonsterVerse:
    • Godzilla, King of the Monsters, is the keeper of balance and the mighty beast who first hunts down the MUTO duo across the world to prevent them from damaging the biosphere irreparably. Showing his intellect by baiting the male into a trap to finish him with a strike of his tail and cornering the female before beheading her by a blast of atomic breath into her mouth, Godzilla returns later to face his ages-old foe King Ghidorah whom he attempts to bring into the water where he is stronger. Defeating Ghidorah and reasserting himself as king of the Titans, Godzilla later begins to strike at Apex facilities when they attempt to experiment with Ghidorah. Upon the entrance of King Kong, Godzilla wastes no time in pragmatically attempting to drown his rival, later facing Kong in Tokyo and besting him before acknowledging him as a worthy opponent and departing in peace after the fall of Mechagodzilla.
    • King Kong, ruler of Skull Island, is an intelligent and dangerous ape who responds to threats with brutal attacks, wiping out a contingent of trespassing soldiers in Skull Island. Facing the Skullcrawlers, Kong kills the Alpha with a combination of brains and nearby weaponry, before resuming his kingship over Skull Island. Later brought in to face Godzilla, Kong proves a Worthy Opponent for the Titan Alpha, resorting to his wits in the face of Godzilla's overwhelming might and utilizing an axe from materials in the Hollow Earth to counter Godzilla's atomic breath. Kong is the one to destroy Mechagodzilla himself, wielding his empowered ax and his own might, before making peace with Godzilla and returning to the Hollow Earth in peace.
  • MouseHunt: The Mouse itself is a sentient, mischievous animal who has made his home in a dilapidated mansion which it fiercely defends against new arrivals. When the Smuntz brothers move in after inheriting it from their late father and discover it to potentially be worth millions, the Mouse repeatedly and effortlessly outwits the Smuntz's efforts to kill it, even disposing of a psychotic cat and a seasoned exterminator whom it tortures to insanity. After the house is destroyed, it decides to make peace with the Smuntzes and helps them restore their father's string factory to produce cheese products.
  • Mr. Brooks: The eponymous Mr. Earl Brooks is a brilliant, charming Serial Killer addicted to murder who seeks to quench his thirst for blood. Attending AA meetings to cope with his addiction while simultaneously running a prospering box factory he built from the ground up, Brooks gives into his murderous inclinations now and then yet is never caught, having been killing for decades without suspicion. When the crooked, pathetic "Mr. Smith" tries to blackmail Brooks, Brooks twists Smith into his personal pawn and, after neatly tying up a variety of loose ends, effortlessly enacts a Xanatos Gambit that ends the film with Brooks escaping all of his crimes, which are pinned on Mr. Smith.
  • Mr. Right: Francis Munch, The titular "Mr. Right", was a hitman who killed people for money before growing bored killing on the behalf of others, now killing those who attempt to hire him and killing any hitmen trying to assassinate him. Taking a liking to Martha Mckay, Francis uses his charming and humorous personality to win her over, while avoiding assassination attempts during his dates with her. When Martha gets kidnapped by Von and Richard Cartigan, Francis goes to their hideout to rescue Martha, persuading the Cartigan's men not to fight him and killing those who refuse to listen while turning the Cartigan brothers against each other by revealing to Richard that Von tried to have him killed and defeating his former partner, Hopper, in combat. Successfully rescuing Martha, the two are last seen in Vietnam two months later ambushing a sniper trying to kill them.
  • Mulan Legend (2020): General Mian Ertu is a cunning Rouran warlord who desires to conquer the more fertile Wei territories in order to save his people from starvation. Mian expertly plants a mole in the Wei forces to capture the Wei Princess, planning to hold her for ransom in return for the ceding of ten Wei cities to him. After his brother's death at the hands of Fa Mulan, Mian plots revenge and concocts a cunning plan. Mian intentionally leaks false information of the princesses's whereabouts, knowing there's a guard who will pass it along to the heroes and allowing him to trap Mulan and get rid of the mole in one fell swoop. Mian is also an expert at battle who is able to hold his own against his foes through his tactics.
  • The Mummy works:
    • 1932 film: Imhotep, the ancient Mummy, loved Princess Anck-Su-Namum in defiance of all tradition. When he sought to breach the barriers between life and death to recover her soul, he was damned and condemned until rising again. Taking on the elegant demeanor of pleasant Ardeth Bay, he manipulates the British into excavating tombs so he might find a way to restore his love, even if he must sacrifice a living woman to do so.
    • 1999 film & The Mummy Returns: Imhotep, once the priest of Pharaoh Seti, murdered his king when he discovered the affair between Imhotep and his wife Anck-su-namun. Subjected to a horrific curse and rising anew thousands of years later, Imhotep easily eludes the heroes with his intelligence and powers to sacrifice heroine Evey to revive his true love. Returning years later with the aid of his dedicated order, Imhotep manipulates several thieves into opening his chest to restore his powers and hunts down the fabled Scorpion King to destroy him and gain the Army of Anubis, pretending to be the Scorpion King's servant to set him against Imhotep's nemesis Rick O'Connell. Even in his final moments, abandoned by his love when he needs her the most, Imhotep gives one last moment of respect and envy towards the O'Connells before accepting his final end.
  • Murder Mystery: Juan Carlos Rivera is a family friend of the Quinces who secretly despises them, blaming them for his father losing his legs. Juan works with Grace to dispose of them. He convinces Grace to have Tobey kill Malcolm Quince, helping Grace forge a suicide note under Tobey's name after she killed him. Juan kills Sergai and poisons Cavendish's drink. Lacking the pettiness of his partner, Juan retained the charm and sympathy of the audience, all the while having everyone believe he's an Adorkable Latin man who doesn't know English.
  • The Name of the Rose: Jorge De Burgos is a blind, elder monk wholly convinced that mankind's salvation lies in complete obedience to God. Abhorring the ancient literature contained in the labyrinth beneath the abbey for what he perceives as its blasphemous humor, Jorge uses a book with a poisoned page to kill several monks who had knowledge of the secret library, which prompts the Abbey to call for the Jesuit William of Baskerville to investigate the mysterious deaths. When William eventually discovers the library, Jorge tries to trick William into touching the poisoned book, and when this fails, eats the poisoned pages himself and sets fire to the library, ensuring Christendom's supremacy for centuries to come.
  • New Dragon Gate Inn (1992): Jade is the charming, quick-tongued keeper of the titular inn and a devious woman always focuses on personal profit. Jade cheerfully uses her wiles to seduce greedy customers and turn them into meat buns to which she feeds her unknowing customers, who never notice due to how tasty the buns are. When Dong Chang soldiers intrude into her inn looking for some of her customers, Jade initially takes neither side and satisfies herself by playing tricks on the Dong Chang to divert their suspicions while simultaneously trying to extort the hero. Utterly above intimidation, when one of the Dong Chang soldiers tries to kill her Jade coolly and effortlessly throws him into the press with which she grinds people into meat buns.
  • The Night Comes for Us: The woman known only as "the Operator" is a mysterious hired gun assigned to eliminate the Six Seas. Introduced using darkness and a laser sight to kill off terrified goons, the Operator further proves her insane skills when she duels Ito, quickly marking her as the only person capable of defeating him in single combat. Twisting Ito to her goals and sending her after the Six Seas agent Arian, the Operator protects the young girl Reina from assassins Alma and Elena, using the womens' own weapons against them and taking them both on at once. The Operator ultimately outwits and kills Alma, Elena and an entire armed squad in their employ, saving Reina and returning her to Ito once Arian is dead, the Operator moving on to continue her mission to dismantle the Six Seas.
  • The Night Flier: "Dwight Renfield" is the vampire behind the Night Flier murders. Flying from airport to airport draining his prey of blood, Dwight catches the attention of the arrogant Inside View tabloid reporter Richard Dees, attempting to force him off his trail before turning his focus to the elderly Sarche couple, appearing to Ellen Sarche as an old friend before killing her husband and claiming her life peacefully. Even as Dees follows him to the airport where Dwight had just slaughtered everyone inside, he gives Dees a final warning to leave him alone, seeing him as a "brother in blood", sending him to his own personal Hell and framing him for his crimes when he ignores his warning, leading to him being shot by the cops, and finally corrupting Dees' rival to take his place as the top Inside View reporter. Despite all his vicious slayings and bestial visage, Dwight remains charismatic to the very end while despising the monster he is forced to be.
  • Night Watch (Series): The film version of Zavulon lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd make his son human if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton uses a powerful item to rewrite time.
  • Nobody: Hutch Mansell is a former "Auditor" who grew tired of his violent lifestyle and decided to start a family. After two robbers invade his house, assault his son, and steal his family's belongings, Hutch gives in to his repressed rage and hunts them down. When he begrudgingly spares them, Hutch instead assaults several Russian thugs on a bus while completely unarmed. Upon finding out he critically injured the brother of Yulian Kuznetsov and discovering Yulian will retaliate, Hutch immediately guides his family to safety before he brutally and single-handedly kills Yulian's assassins sent to his home. He later destroys his home to eradicate any evidence and burns down Yulian's money-laundering operation. Afterwards, Hutch meets with Yulian and calmly warns him to back away from him and his family; when Yulian refuses, he lures Yulian and his thugs into a factory he booby-trapped, where Hutch and his brother and father successful kill Yulian and his cronies.
  • Non-Stop: Tom Bowen is a Marine set to prove the lack of safety in the American airline security after his father's death during the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack. Taking over a plane with Zach White, he threatens to routinely murder passengers while keeping the heroes at bay and ensures the Transportation Security Administration Agency is informed of the threat presented. Ultimately planning to die when his bomb goes off, his convictions prove his intent truly is to ensure Americans increase security precautions for flights.
  • North By Northwest: The Professor is the head of a mysterious government agency, who masterminds the plot of "George Kaplan" to take down enemies of America. The Professor created the fictitious spy George Kaplan to throw off villainous Phillip Vandamm from the true spy in his ranks, Eve Kendall, who the Professor turned years ago and had been using as a mole. Masterfully making Kaplan out to be real with hotel rentals and plane flights, the Professor is delighted when accountant Roger Thornhill is framed as Kaplan, willing to let him die due to false identity to continue the cover up. The Professor ends up turning Thornhill into an asset, faking his death right in front of Vandamm, and then saves the day at the end by arriving in the nick of time with police to capture or kill all of Vandamm's associates after Thornhill and Eve expose them.
  • No Sudden Move:
    • Curtis "Curt" Goynes is a streetwise crook seeking to turn a series of coincidences and bad luck to his favor. After deducing that he's being set up on a hostage job, Curt betrays and kills one of his partners and begins scheming against those who hired him, turning their own target Matt Wertz into his own personal stooge. Arranging ambushes and traps to take down mob bosses Frank Capelli and Doug Jones, Curt gains insight on their dealings and learns that Hugh Naismith is in the market for a set of automobile part blueprints. Curt masterfully sets up a deal with Naismith for the blueprints, then goes to Naismith's competitor Mike Lowen to extort even more money out of the two, ultimately handing it all over to mob boss Aldrick Watkins to pay back old debts and enable Curt to walk away from the twisted plots getting exactly what he always wanted: a fresh start, and the $5,000 to do it.
    • Mike Lowen is the head lobbyist representing the four Detroit car companies. When he hears about a catalytic converter being developed, a device that will keep pollution down, he resolves to have the documents on it hidden. When Curtis Goynes and Ronald Russo manage to track it down and sell it back to him, he meets up with them and launches into a very philosophical speech on the nature of race, class and control. He then leaves but his corrupt cops on his payroll manage to recover the money and he ends the film with all the money back plus extra. While the car companies eventually have to install the device down the line, no fines are levied, showing that Mike Lowen was ultimately right: he is in control.
    • Aldrick Watkins is the head of the black mob in Detroit whose code book Curt stole. Wanting revenge, he tries to set up Curt, but the latter manages to wiggle out of that trap. Curt later contacts him wanting to settle his debts. He asks for $5,000 and the chance to leave town. Watkins agrees to help him and even ends up with $125,000 only to later seemingly betray him. While apparently leading him to his death, Watkins is accosted by detective Joe Finney. He bribes the detective with $50,000 and the promise that he'll kill Curt, to keep racial tensions down. However he ends up letting Curt out at the harbor and the promised $5,000, showing that he's a man who keeps his promises.
    • Detective Joe Finney at first seems to be a heroic, blunt cop who wants to get to the bottom of the Wertz's family hostage crisis. Honing in on young Matthew Jr.'s exact wordage of the situation, Finney sees through the family's lies and discovers the truth behind Matt Wertz's dealings, tracking it all back to Curt. Allowing himself to be "bribed" by Watkins to let him have Curt for himself, Finney is soon enough revealed to have been on the take for Mike Lowen the entire film, having used his connections to track down and round up cash from criminals of all sorts and hand it all off to Lowen. Finney never once considers taking a dime of the cash for himself, appreciating his work as Lowen's muscle and continuing to get away with it for years to come.
  • Now You See Me:
    • 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. Fooling everyone with his bumbling detective act, Dylan frames Thaddeus for being the Fifth Horseman and leaves him to rot in jail. Having succeeded at his revenge, Dylan 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 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 evading the police once again.
    • 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 test the Four Horsemen to see if they are capable of joining The Eye, Thaddeus 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 publicly exposing their misdeeds and makes up with Dylan, successfully evading the law this time.

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  • Ocean's film series:
    • Daniel "Danny" Ocean himself, debuting in the first film, is the very definition of a professional, expert thief. Danny, once he's released from prison, begins planning his next job and to coincide with the heist, concocts a plan to win his ex-wife Tess back from casino owner Terry Benedict, by proving Benedict would pick his money over her without question. During the first film, Danny's scheme to pull off a masterful $150 million robbery of three of Benedict's casinos comes together perfectly while Danny lets himself get sent back to prison as a diversion so the others can walk away without suspicion. In the second film, Danny plays an arrogant master thief so as to force him to pay back the money that they stole from Benedict and in the third, Danny bankrupts a hotel casino owned by the unscrupulous Willy Bank while also ruining his reputation and preventing an attempt from Benedict to double-cross the team too. Danny throughout the films also arranges setbacks to make it look like they're failing to fool their enemies as well and by the time he's believed to be dead in the fourth film, it's strongly hinted that he actually faked his death.
    • Ocean's 8:
      • Deborah "Debbie" Ocean is Danny's younger sister who ended up in jail for five years after her partner and boyfriend Claude Becker turned on her to save himself when they were caught pulling scams. Falsely convincing the parole board she'll turn over a new leaf, Debbie celebrates her freedom by hustling a store out of beauty products and a hotel out of a room. Debbie concocts a heist with her friend Lou Miller and five other women in which they'll infiltrate the Met Gala after arranging for actress Daphne Kluger to be wearing the expensive diamond Toussaint necklace and then steal it while switching it out with a counterfeit, with each woman getting an equal share. The heist is successful, though Debbie deals Daphne in when she catches on to things and Debbie is also able to get revenge on Claude by framing him for the theft. Debbie also makes arrangements with Lou to have the royal jewels stolen at the same time so as to exponentially increase each of the eight shares between the women, with Debbie taking pleasure knowing full well that her brother would've been proud of her success.
      • Daphne Kluger is a temperamental actress, who proves herself to be much smarter than she first appears. Starting as an unknowing pawn in Debbie's plan to steal the Toussaint, she eventually sees through Rose Weil's "bad acting" to put together what is happening. Daphne allows the group to steal the necklace during the Met Gala, playing innocent even to the insurance investigator sent to find it. Wanting to make friends, Daphne joins the group and plays a vital role in framing Claude Becker by seducing him and taking pictures of a piece of the Toussaint in his house. A gifted actress who uses her awareness of her surroundings to her benefit, Daphne ends the film making the friends she wanted and uses her share to become a successful film director.
  • Old: The unnamed Big Bad is a pharmaceutical executive posing as the manager of a high-class island resort. Years earlier, his team of researchers discovered a beach surrounded by mysterious rocks that produced radiation which accelerated the cell life cycle thousands of times over. Realizing that this could be used to run ultra-rapid studies on cures for notorious diseases, he founded his sham hotel to lure people to the island, with any guests with chronic illnesses sent to the beach for the drug tests, with the unfortunate side effect that the radiation causes them to literally age to death. His studies have likely killed hundreds, but he takes no pride in that fact, believing that his victims should be honored as martyrs to scientific breakthroughs that could save untold millions.
  • Once Upon a Time in China II: Nap-lan is a military officer hunting down members of a revolutionary sect that seek to replace the dynasty with a republic. Gaining a respect for Wong Fei-hung in a sparring match, Nap-lan later fakes an attack by the fanatic White Lotus cultists to give himself an excuse to search the British consulate for rebels, murdering the consul when he sees through the ruse. Infiltrating the White Lotus to engage Fei-hung, Nap-lan even succeeds in eliminating his friend before attempting to stea a book of revolutionary names to clandestinely eliminate them.
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Sheldon Jeffrey Sands is a brilliant CIA agent out to "keep the balance" in Mexico. Locating El Mariachi, Sands presses him into service by luring one informant into trusting him and paying him off, showcasing his philosophies on victory by rigging a bullfight in favor of the bull so he may collect on the match. Intending on the rogue general Marquez killing the good president before having El kill Marquez, Sands finds himself betrayed and tortured by drug lord Barillo, only to get loose and eliminate the sadistic Agent Ajedrez with a trap despite his new disability.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West: Cheyenne is a bandito framed for a massacre he didn't commit by the outlaw Frank and his employer Mr. Morton as part of a scheme to seize Sweetwater Ranch. Cheyenne refuses to play the part of pawn, gunning down a bevy of cops who attempt to stop him and subsequently walking into the movie by intimidating a man into shooting off his handcuffs. Ruthless but with a soft spot for women, proudly naming his prostitute mother the finest woman who ever lived, Cheyenne dedicates himself to protecting Sweetwater's legal owner Jill McBain. Cheyenne nimbly outwits a group of Morton's men on a train, shoots an aggressor dead through a trick gun obscured in his shoe, and teams up with the enigmatic Harmonica to outbid Frank and Morton's corrupt auction for Sweetwater. Cheyenne is mortally wounded in the end but does so having outwitted and totally defeated Morton, living long enough to ensure his remaining men beginning to make Sweetwater a reality and only requesting Harmonica not look when he dies.
  • Outside the Wire: Captain Leo is a combat android created by the US Military to deal with foreign conflicts. Believing that US interference has only led to more casualties and destruction in wars, Leo plots to use the nuclear missile silos in Ukraine to nuke America so that their military will be unable to get involved in future conflicts. Leo works with both the local resistance and Pro-Russian insurgence led by Victor Koval to retrieve the nuclear codes to gain access to the silo, later realizing Koval is attempting to betray when Koval's men fire at him. Throughout his journey, Leo manipulates Lt. Thomas Harp into helping him evade the military's watch, eventually getting Harp to remove the tracking device installed in him, before knocking Harp out and meeting up with Koval where he kills him for his treachery. Gaining access to the silo, Leo prepares to launch nuclear missiles onto America is only stopped by Harp's sudden intervention, before he accepts his death as the facility blows up.
  • Oz the Great and Powerful: Oscar Diggs, aka "The Great and Powerful Oz", was a magician and con artist at a travelling circus before being transported to the World of Oz. There, he learns that he is destined to save the land and become their new king, after the previous one was killed. While initially in it for the wealth and power, he proves himself to be empathetic and good at heart when he saves Finley from a lion and repairs China Girl's legs with glue. Upon learning that Evanora killed the king and framed Glinda for it, he comes up with the plan to defeat her and the forces of Emerald City, deciding that illusion is the best approach. He tricks Evanora into sending her flying baboon army over the poppy fields, causing them to sleep, and fakes his death so that he can "reincarnate" into his "true form": a giant head in the sky that shoots fireworks from his mouth. After the witch is defeated, he provides his allies with gifts and uses a mini projection system to watch over the people of Oz while they believe that he is dead.
  • Panic Room: Burnham is a private security expert who joins a small group of robbers to pay for the legal costs incurred by his custody dispute with his ex-wife. When the new residents hole themselves up in the panic room, Burnham leads a cat and mouse game against them, frequently proving himself more resourceful and strategic than his fellow criminals in outsmarting Meg and Sarah, while also figuring out that the ringleader Junior tried to screw him over and threatening retribution. Burnham eventually devises a Disguised Hostage Gambit to allow the robbers access to the room, also medicating Sarah when she almost goes into a diabetes-induced coma. Burnham almost escapes with millions of dollars in bearer bonds when his conscience makes him go back to save the Altman family from his crazed partner Raoul.
  • Pan's Labyrinth: The Faun is a Trickster Mentor to Ofelia, the reincarnation of Princess Moanna of the Underworld, who seeks to return her to her royal roots. Giving her a series of tasks, all of which put her in danger, The Faun gives her the final task to see if she would give her brother's blood. With Ofelia choosing to put her brother over her, resulting in her death, she passes the Secret Test of Character, with the Faun congratulating her as she takes her rightful place as princess of the underworld.
  • The Peacemaker: Dušan Gavrić, a "human man" who eschews the usual stereotypes of the Middle Eastern Terrorists in the action genre, is a Serb who lost his entire family to the Yugoslav Wars and turns to extremism to make his pain known. Disillusioned by the fragmentation of his people and proudly affirming himself as "a Serb, a Croat and a Muslim," Gavrić condemns the West for supplying the weapons with which the wars were fought and the continued dehumanization of his people. Gavrić orchestrates a complex scheme to procure a nuke with General Aleksandr Kodoroff as his disposable courier. Gavrić exploits the fact he looks so inconspicuous to walk straight onto the UN headquarters in New York and plant the nuke in a backpack, and dies defiant to his murderers with his bomb intercepted mere seconds before the bomb can go off.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Luke Castellan, son of Hermes, became disillusioned with the gods following the death of his friend, Thalia, and them abandoning their children. Luke steals Zeus' lighting bolt and frames the son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson, to start a war between the gods. Befriending Percy when he arrives at Camp Half-blood, Luke tricks him into delivering the bolt to Hades by hiding it in the shield that he gives him. Though seemingly defeated, Luke returns and plans to use the Golden Fleece to raise Kronos from the dead. Using a spy to poison Thalia's tree, and putting the camp in danger, Luke kidnaps Grover and chases the heroes through the Sea of Monsters, at one point seemingly killing Percy's half brother Tyson, eventually managing to use the Fleece to raise Kronos. Always having a quip at hand, and constantly keeping Percy on the defensive, Luke proves to be as smart as his book counterpart.
  • A Perfect Murder: Steven Taylor schemes to murder his wife and get off completely scot-free as both revenge for her cheating on him, and to gain access to her trust fund worth millions. Upon discovering his wife Emily's infidelity, Steven blackmails and bribes her lover David into assisting him in killing her before creating multiple alibis for himself on the night his brilliant plan goes into motion. When David bungles the otherwise airtight plan by hiring a petty crook to kill Emily, Steven quickly and cleverly stays on top of the situation, manipulating both Emily and the police into suspecting it was a mere robbery gone wrong, and, even as David reveals he has proof of Steven's plans so as to blackmail him into paying David, Steven seemingly gives in only to murder David and get away with all of his money. Steven planned several contingencies on the chance his scheme went awry, rarely loses his cool, and even when Emily discovers the truth of his plans, it's solely because she got suspicious and guessed the combination to his safe where he had temporarily stored David's blackmail proof until he could destroy it.
  • The Perfect Host: Warwick Wilson is a charmingly cultured psychotic whose rampant delusional illness does nothing to detract from his hilarity and cunning. Immediately deducing that the criminal John, a supposed friend-of-a-friend, is actually a crook on the run, Warwick lures him inside his home and drugs him, subjecting John to a night of insane torment and terror as part of Warwick's "dinner party." Dancing the night away while convincing nosy neighbors that a drugged John is just a drunk cosplayer, Warwick agrees to let John go after he wins a chess match, only to bait John into attacking him and getting trapped once more. Living an entirely different life and attitude as a police lieutenant, Warwick uses his status to cover up his various crimes, extorts John's stolen bank fortune from him before letting him flee the country, and then ends the film preparing to host another "dinner party", his target this time a suspicious cop who Warwick shows little concern over silencing.
  • The Perfection: Charlotte Willmore is a former rape victim of Anton of Bachoff Academy, who, realizing her new lover Lizzie suffers from his brainwashing, tricks her into severing her own hand, thus destroying her cello talent and forcing Lizzie to realize Anton cares nothing for her when he deserts her. Scheming to have Lizzie "capture" her for Anton, they deceive him and poison and kill his allies to corner him. As Anton can only sit crippled and mutilated, Charlotte and Lizzie triumphantly play the cello as one.
  • Phone Booth: The unnamed caller is a vigilante sniper who targets Asshole Victims, tormenting them to force them to become honest lest he kill them. Targeting Stuart "Stu" Shepard for cheating on his wife, the caller makes him play a series of psychological games to break him into becoming honest. Killing a pimp who tries to get Stu out of the phone booth, the caller is forcing him to stay inside and leaves a handgun atop its roof, leading to Stu being incriminated for the murder. Forcing Stu to confess to his wife when she arrives on the scene, the caller kills a Pizza Delivery guy to frame him for his crimes, leaving while promising Stu he will return if he goes back to his callous ways.
  • Point Break (1991): Bodhi is the zen sage surfer who, along with three of his friends, form the bank-robbing "Ex-Presidents". Thanks to sticking to a minute-and-a-half time frame, in three years they've successfully pulled off 27 robberies without getting caught and pull off three more successfully as well. Bodhi takes in undercover FBI rookie Johnny Utah and helps him connect to surfing on a spiritual level and when realizing Johnny's onto him, Bodhi destroys the first getaway car and a gas station to cover his tracks and escapes Johnny in an extended and harrowing foot chase. Bodhi then has Johnny's new love and Bodhi's ex Tyler Endicott taken hostage to force Johnny's help in committing a final robbery that goes bad, resulting in Bodhi killing a cop. Bodhi escapes from his getaway plane with Johnny in pursuit and escapes after having Tyler released. Bodhi then evades Johnny until Australia and convinces him to let him ride the monster swell, both knowing full well it will likely cost him his life.
  • Polar: Duncan Vizla is "The Black Kaiser", one of the world's deadliest assassins, is about to retire at age 50. With Mr. Blut plotting to kill Vizla for his pension, Vizla anticipates Blut's traps and counters them to killing off Blut's assassins. When Blut captures Vizla and Camille and tortures the Vizla for three days, Vizla exploits Blut's torture sessions to find a way to escape, before setting up his own ambush to kill off most of Blut's men and using his mere presence to scare off the remainder of Blut's forces before effortlessly dispatching Blut and rescuing Camille. When it's revealed that Vizla had killed Camille's family, Vizla accepts his fate as Camille tries to kill him, only for her to find herself unable to do so and instead works with him to find out who ordered Vizla to kill Camille's family.
  • The Power of the Dog: Peter Gordon, the seemingly effeminate and mild-mannered son of Rose Gordon, reveals himself to be much more unscrupulous and cunning. Seeing Phil Burbank's emotional abuse drive his mother to alcoholism, Peter plots to kill Phil by manipulating Phil into trusting him. Getting close to Phil, Peter finds the opportunity to give Phil cow hide infected with Anthrax by saying he can use it to make Peter's lasso. When Phil contracts Anthrax from the hide and dies, Peter smiles at his results, satisfied that Rose and her husband are living happier lives free from Phil's influence while no one ever figures out that he killed Phil.
  • Predator film series:
    • Original film: The Predator itself is a dangerous, cunning and honourable warrior. Hunting in Republic of Val Verde during a Guerrilla War, the Predator stalked and killed numerous insurgents and elite forces, including a band of Green Berets. Cautiously hunting Dutch's group, it picked them off one by one as they split up, careful not to let itself be outnumbered even with its superior technology. Avoiding their first trap, they eventually catch it in a net, which it escapes by firing its Plasmacaster rapidly. Feigning ignorance of Mac and Dillon's presence when they pursue it, the Predator turns the tables and kills them both. Finally confronting Dutch, whom had figured out how to exploit the Predator's thermal imaging tech, the creature is so impressed that, even when it had Dutch in its clutches, it lets him go and disarms itself to fight him unarmed. The hunter is finally beaten when it falls into a trap Dutch had set and only because Dutch made two traps. Noble and terrifying, the Predator hunts for sport, will not go after those it doesn't consider a threat and is an alien icon that spawned an entire franchise.
    • Predator 2: "The City Hunter" is the Predator currently terrorizing Los Angeles, brutally targeting and picking off dangerous gangs throughout the city as part of his hunt. Using brute force and stealthy attacks both to wipe out armed goons, the City Hunter takes out even cops in his pursuit, but holds a strict code to never harm a woman or child, sparing even a police officer trying to stop him when the City Hunter realizes she is pregnant. Even when federal agents devise a scheme to trap the rogue Predator, the City Hunter quickly adapts and kills them all. Gaining a genuine respect for Lieutenant Harrigan's skill, the City Hunter gives the man a honorable duel in the end, and faces his death with dignity after suffering serious wounds.
    • Predators: Royce is a cold, ruthless mercenary who quickly takes charge of a group of seasoned killers that have been dropped on a game reserve planet. Royce formulates several pragmatic plans to get out of troubling situations, such as using the group as bait to draw out the Predators to figure out their capabilities, and setting off an explosive to lure in the Predators when the group is trapped by a crazed madman. Quickly deducing that the seemingly harmless Edwin is actually a Serial Killer, Royce paralyzes him with his own poison, using him as bait for the Berserker Predator, and uses brilliant combat tactics against the ensuing fight with the Berserker to come out on top.
  • The Prestige:
    • Robert Angier aka Lord Caldlow is a genius magician who becomes consumed with revenge after the accidental death of his wife. Blaming fellow magician Alfred Borden for his wife's demise, Angier goes about sabotaging various aspects of Borden's career and life, culminating in an attempt to steal his secrets by burying his assistant alive. After discovering the cloning properties of Nikolai Tesla's machine, Angier uses it to put on perhaps the greatest magic trick the world has ever seen, staging each show so that one of his clones ends up in a drowning trap, knowing that at some point, Borden will stumble on the trap out of curiosity, which will enable Angier the perfect opportunity to frame him. Faking his own death and framing Borden for it, Angier leaves Borden to hang for his "crime", stopping by one final time before his death to reveal the full extent of Angier's manipulations, and even proclaiming he's taking Borden's daughter under his own wing.
    • The Borden twins are a pair of brilliant magicians defined by their uncompromising dedication to their craft. The twins spend their entire adult lives posing as a single man, "Alfred Borden", fooling everyone, including one brother's wife and daughter, the other brother's girlfriend and their arch rival Robert Angier, who is an expert illusionist in his own right. They sustain the act through elaborate disguises and careful attention to detail, with one brother voluntarily having two of his own fingers cut off to match the other when he has the same fingers shot off by Angier. They remain one step ahead of Angier for the majority of their rivalry, hijacking one of his shows mid-performance to prove their superior skill to the audience, and sending him on a wild goose chase by arranging for him to steal and decode a decoy notebook supposedly containing all of their secrets. When Angier frames one brother for his murder, he calmly accepts his execution by hanging while the other manages to kill Angier and end their rivalry.
  • Primal Fear: Aaron Stampler is an orphaned altar boy who was forced into performing sexual acts on camera by Archbishop Richard Rushman. Brutally murdering Rushman for his abuse—and apparently murdering Rushman's likely accomplice Linda too, Aaron then conceives of faking a multiple personality disorder to cast doubt on his own guilt. In doing so, Aaron acts like his regular self is a timid and stuttering kid while his more aggressive personality "Roy" is the strong defensive one who committed the murder to protect him—with Aaron supposedly not remembering any of this due to blackouts. Fooling both his own defense attorney Martin Vail and psychiatrist Dr. Molly Arrington, Aaron then stages a mental break in court by means of Roy attacking prosecutor Janet Venable and the judge finds he's not fit to stand trial as a result. Purposely letting the truth slip to Vail, Aaron then tries to graciously get a horrified Vail to share in his victory with him.
  • The Prisoner of Zenda: Rupert of Hentzau is the bold subordinate of Prince Michael and the chief enforcer of the prince's attempt to assume the throne of Zenda from Rudolf V. Assisting Michael in drugging Rudolf to miss the coronation, Rupert centers in on Rudolf's replacement Rudolf Rassendyll, luring him into a trap while also attempting to seduce Michael's mistress Antoinette. Conducting himself with dramatic style and cheerfully amoral, Rupert even manages to elude capture to live to trouble Ruritania anew, charming the audience in both the 1937 and 1952 films without the sexual perversions of his literary original.
  • Promising Young Woman: Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas was a star medical school student who dropped out after the rape and later suicide of her best friend Nina Fisher by the popular Al Monroe. While brilliantly plotting her own revenge, Cassie also moonlights pretending to be in a drunken stupor to terrify would-be rapists to spare other women Nina's fate. Utterly ruthless in her methods, Cassie meticulously uncovers the details she needs to bring Nina's case to light, swaying Nina's corrupt but repentant lawyer and even frightening the school's dean and a former student by making the former think her daughter had been kidnapped and the latter that she had been sexually assaulted. Coercing a cowardly bystander of the rape into giving up the location of Al's bachelor party, Cassie dies confronting Al but leaves clues for the police to out the whole crowd, ending the film seeing all of them arrested or with their lives destroyed.
  • Prom Night (1980): Alex Hammond witnessed his sister Robin's death by the hands of her classmates and sought to avenge her. Calling her killers to frighten them, Alex spends most of the day gathering up supplies and gets the school bully suspended for harassing his other sister Kim. During the prom, Alex puts himself in a position to keep tabs on everyone before stalking the school corridors and grounds, killing the perpetrators one-by-one. When he kills the wrong person while trying to kill the last one, Alex moves quickly to strike again and nearly kills his target before receiving fatal injuries, then reveals his victims' crime before dying. Alex Hammond proves to be one of the most intelligent and compelling Serial Killers in the Slasher Movie genre.
  • The Protegé (2021):
    • Moody Dutton is an avuncular master assassin who has made it his mission in life to rid the world of people worse than he is. Thirty years ago, he accepted a job to kill a band of marauding guerrillas in Vietnam, only to find them already killed by a little girl they were abusing. Adopting her and naming her Anna, Moody smuggled her to his London base, killing four border guards to get her out of the country, and trained her in the ways of killing. Investigating the son of a previous target, fugitive war criminal Edward Hayes, Moody's friends and associates are massacred by mysterious gunman, and Moody fakes his own death by dressing a dead henchman in his own clothes and destroying his face and hands with a shotgun. Revealing himself alive to join his daughter's crusade of revenge, Moody discovers that his assailants' paymaster is a still living Hayes, and ends his life with a literal bang by detonating a bomb to take his old foe with him.
    • Anna Dutton, every bit her father's daughter, is the film's eponymous protagonist. Eagerly joining her father's war on the scum of the Earth, Anna performs deeds such as wiping out the deadliest mob family in Romania singlehandedly while gaining barely a scuff in return. After Hayes' attack on Moody, she intimidates Hayes' henchman Dosorio Vohl into giving her information by breaking into his car while he's driving, and strikes up a flirtatious rivalry with another key henchman, Michael Rembrandt. Surviving gunshots, a near-drowning, and an onslaught of henchmen over the course of her adventure, she successfully distracts Rembrandt at a party thrown by Hayes to get Moody close enough to kill him, and ultimately rejects Rembrandt's tempting offer to run away together in favor of settling things the old-fashioned way.
    • Michael Rembrandt is one of Edward Hayes' three Co-Dragons, and by far the most affable and competent of the trio. While his associates Ram and Duquet provide the brute strength, Michael bills himself as an "after-the-facts man," cleaning up any and all evidence of his boss's crimes. Introducing himself to Anna by reciting an obscure Edgar Allan Poe poem from memory, the two engage in a game of cat and mouse throughout the movie, which figuratively and literally climaxes in a sexual encounter in Duquet's bed with his corpse in the next room after Anna kills him. After Ram tries to have him eliminated for falling In Love with the Mark, Michael easily fends off numerous much younger henchmen with a colorful variety of Improvised Weapons. Though he sincerely desires leaving the criminal life with Anna, in the end neither one can give up their respective principles, and their final meeting is as enemies.
  • Public Enemies: John Dillinger pulls off heist after heist on guarded banks while leading his gang, never losing his gentlemanly exterior and refusal to rob civilians that makes him a folk hero to many. Upon being arrested thanks to a fire at his hotel, Dillinger carves a wooden pistol and uses it to take the guards hostage, bluffing his way to freedom where he resumes his usual activities and remains one step ahead of the law the whole way through. Dillinger at one point even strolls into a police station wearing a disguise just to ask the cops the score to a baseball game out of sheer audacity, repeatedly showing that as one man against the federal government, he usually has the advantage.
  • Pulp Fiction: Jules Winnfield is one half of the Bantering Baddie Buddies with his partner Vincent Vega, and easily the smarter compared to his slack-jawed partner. Jules is an audacious, foul-mouthed, 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 Heel Realization and tries to back out of the mob business for good, only to be held up by a robber couple in a restaurant. 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.
  • The Punisher (2004): Frank Castle aka The Punisher is an ex-cop who, after his family is killed by the Saint family and their henchman Quentin Glass, embarks on a brutal quest to punish them. Castle kidnaps the Saint’s 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 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 gives the Saint's money to before becoming a vigilante.
  • The Purge franchise:
    • Anarchy: Sgt. Leo Barnes is a vengeful Purger out to avenge the death of his son. Armed to the teeth and always ready for a fight, Leo shows his compassionate side when he rescues Eva and Cali from mercenaries. He agrees to protect them in exchange for a car, only to discover there is no car right before they're all kidnapped by wealthy socialites. Fighting his way out almost singlehandedly, Leo continues his quest for vengeance, even holding his target's wife at gunpoint, only to ultimately spare his target's life. Years later, serving as the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, he uses his preparation and quick thinking to ensure they both survive the night, including escaping her house through a secret trap door, luring two Neo-Nazis to their death via their own tracker and ultimately saving the Senator from a kidnapping, leading to the abolishment of the Purge.
    • The First Purge: Dmitri Cimber is a crime lord who runs his Staten Island empire with an iron fist. When his attempt at staying home for the night of the Purge is interrupted by two assassins, Dmitri fights them off to learn who sent them. When he learns it was one of his own men, Dmitri executes everyone involved before coming into conflict with the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA). Upon learning that the NFFA intend to kill as many people as they can in the Purge, Dmitri arms his gang and takes the fight to them, taking out legions of their soldiers despite being outgunned. Even when his gang is killed and he's left alone, he simply takes on everyone himself with a variety of tactics, managing to defeat all of the mercy sent to destroy his community before the night is over. After surviving the night, Dmitri founds the Anti-Purge Resistance, ensuring the fight continues for the next two decades.
  • Quick Change: Grimm is a disgruntled city planner who decides to rob a bank while dressed as a clown to finance a new life somewhere else. Grimm, his girlfriend Phyllis, and his best friend Loomis escape the bank disguised as released hostages and take off for the airport while manipulating the cops into thinking that the clown's still holed up in the bank. When their getaway is derailed through unlucky circumstances, Grimm displays a knack for bluffing his way out of various jams as the trio race to catch a later flight which Grimm booked as a backup plan. Throughout everything, Grimm is protective of his partners, considerate towards average citizens when he thinks they deserve it, and warily respectful of the abilities of his pursuer.
  • Ran: Lady Kaede is the true villain of the film. Desiring revenge against Hidetora and the Ichimonji clan for slaughtering her family years ago, Kaede convinces her husband, Hidetora's eldest son Taro, to usurp his father and war against his brother Jiro. Upon Taro's death, she effortlessly seduces Jiro, convinces him to kill his wife and then manipulates him into disastrous strategies that bring the Ichimonji to ruin. When Jiro's general Kurogane confronts her when the battle is lost, Kaede calmly admits to everything, showing absolutely no fear of dying with her ultimate goals achieved.
  • Ready or Not (2019): Mr. Le Bail is the rarely-seen, supernatural benefactor of the Le Domas clan, having manipulated their ancestor into a Faustian deal that involves the Le Domas family playing a game in Le Bail's name every time a new family member is added to their ranks in exchange for wealth and prosperity for them all. Le Bail randomly chooses the game "Hide and Seek" every few years, a game that involves the Le Domas clan hunting down the newest member of their family and sacrificing them to Le Bail, under threat of all the Le Domases being wiped out if they fail or refuse to play. When the latest sacrifice, Grace, fights back and survives the time limit of the game, Le Bail follows through on his terms and massacres the hateable Le Domas's while ironically playing their own Hide and Seek music back on them, before materializing before Grace to show genuine respect at her outwitting his pawns and surviving the night.
  • Red Notice:
    • John Hartley is an FBI agent who finds himself stuck with Nolan Booth in an attempt to thwart master criminal the Bishop. A ruthless operator who stages a masterful breakout with Booth despite Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, Hartley is so good that Booth remarks Hartley could be a master thief of his own—which, in reality, Hartley is. His real identity being that of the second Bishop, John Hartley decided to become a conman as a way of upstaging his abusive father, becomes an Unholy Matrimony with Sarah Black, and spends the entire film manipulating Booth in order to use him to find the third Egg of Cleopatra, even staging a fake torture sequence to break Booth. Even when leaving Booth tied up to a tree, Hartley assures it's nothing personal and that he's come to sincerely respect Booth over their time together.
    • Nolan Booth is a thief after Cleopatra's eggs who collaborates with John Hartley to steal the second egg from Sotto Voce before Sarah Black can. After Booth breaks them out of prison with an improvised explosion and stolen keycard, they infiltrate a masquerade ball at Voce's mansion and break into his treasure room. When they are caught and interrogated, Booth lies to Voce and Black about the egg's location and tracks the third egg down in a Nazi bunker in Argentina. When Hartley and Black betray him and leave him to be arrested by Interpol, he accepts his defeat gracefully, escaping his prison transport afterwards. Months later, he leaks their bank account to Interpol, having all their assets frozen. Having tipped Interpol off on their location, Booth helps them escape in return for them joining him on a heist.
    • Sarah Black is known as "The bishop" and the only thief to constantly outdo Booth himself. A master of long cons, Sarah bests Booth and Hartley in combat, selling them out to an infamous Arms Dealer, only to later double-cross the dealer and torture Hartley till Booth gives up the location of Cleopatra's final egg. Seeing through Booth's lies and tracking them to South America and even when seemingly beaten, she reveals herself to be Hartley's lover, swindling the egg to sell. After Booth manages to freeze the accounts of Sarah and Hartley, he still saves and recruits them for his latest heist, knowing their skills are unparalleled.
  • Reign of Fire: Denton Van Zan is a self-proclaimed Dragon Slayer, mobilizing his military group the Kentucky Irregulars in hunting and killing the beasts in an attempt to retake the Earth. Using creative technology and strategies to fight the powerful dragons, Van Zan even adapts to losing conditions with ease, appropriating Quinn Abercromby as a new tool when one of his men dies in combat. Van Zan, having deduced that if the sole male dragon, "the Bull", is killed it will lead to the dragons dying out, ends up devising a scheme to kill it after analyzing the Bull's flight patterns. Though Van Zan is killed, he goes out Defiant to the End trying to kill the Bull with an axe, and his tactical advice proves to save the day when Quinn continues Van Zan's plan, securing humanity's future free from dragons.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera:
    • "GraveRobber" is an eccentric criminal who primarily deals in the drug zydrate, which is extracted from corpses. Boldly and delightedly robbing a graveyard early in the film, GraveRobber deliberately alerts GeneCo police only to escape them, doing it twice over and evading them each time with ingenuity and improvisation, in addition to rescuing the young Shilo. Returning at the GeneCo fair, GraveRobber again saves Shilo, helping her escape before introducing her to his trade, which is so successful that one of his clients is Amber Sweet, daughter of the world-controlling businessman Rotti Largo. When the cops arrive, GraveRobber cleverly slips away with Shilo on the back of a disposal truck, before ensuring she gets home safe. Implied to still be supplying Amber once she takes control of GeneCo, GraveRobber ends the film completely successful, continuing his sordid work and having helped an innocent in the process.
    • Carmela "Amber Sweet" Largo is the only daughter of Rotti, an aspiring opera singer addicted to street Zydrate, surgery and her love-hate relationship with dealer Graverobber. Upon her rejection by her father, Amber sheds her immaturity and shallowness, instead manipulating her brothers Luigi and Pavi into supporting her and taking over her father's company of GeneCo to lead it into a brand new era: her own.
  • Reservoir Dogs: Detective Holdaway is the man responsible for giving Officer Freddy Newandyke a cover story to gain acceptance into mobster Joe Cabot's heist gang. His trickery allowing Freddy to join Joe's gang as "Mr. Orange", Holdaway's dramatic flair and masterful planning aid in the eradication of Joe's criminal outfit, even letting the gangsters operate and kill within their safehouse to lure out Joe.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Caesar is the revolutionary ape behind the uprising of simians throughout the trilogy of films. Gifted with intelligence and sentience rivaling that of humans, Caesar grows discontent with the lot life has given his kind and orchestrates a mass breakout of apes across San Francisco, using the same chemical that granted him his own intellect on the hundreds of apes to lead them in outsmarting local military. Peacefully parting ways with his former owner and kick-starting an entire civilization of his own, Caesar fearlessly protects his people and stands up to any factions of humans that cross him, nonetheless making a pact with a group of people to help them save their lives in exchange for peace. When betrayed by his right-hand, Koba, Caesar survives the treachery and defeats his old partner in combat to retake his spot as leader of the apes. As war breaks out between apes and humans, Caesar leads successful campaigns to stave humans off, and, even after being captured and enslaved by the Colonel, Caesar concocts a brilliant escape scheme for himself and hundreds of his brothers, overthrowing the Colonel and using his final hours to lead all of apekind to safety and prosperity for years to come.
  • Road to Perdition: 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.
  • The Rock: Brigadier General Francis X. "Frank" Hummel, disgusted with the lack of respect for his dead servicemen, tries to force the American government to pay the families of the fallen reparations by stealing deadly VX gas to threaten a terrorist attack on San Francisco should they fail to meet his terms. Predicting the Pentagon's every move, Hummel sets up a stronghold in Alcatraz and manages to easily trap and dispatch the US Navy SEAL team sent after him. Finding himself unable to use his gas-carrying missiles on civilians, even in defeat Hummel makes preparations to get his men to safety while ready to face the consequences alone.
  • RocknRolla: Archy is the cunning right hand man to Lenny Cole, surpassing his boss in intelligence, honor and coolness throughout the film. A major proponent in Lenny's everyday dealings, Archy uses his criminal connections to track down targets, intimidates and charms enemy and ally alike to pay their dues, and takes down dangerous assassins all by his lonesome. Already disturbed and off-put by his boss's abusive, psychopathic behavior, Archy finally has enough when he learns Lenny is a police informant who sells out his own kind, leading Archy to betray and murder Lenny to assume control over his organization and take the man's adult son as his new protege.
  • Rush Hour: The second film's Ricky Tan is a leader within the Chinese Triads and a former partner to Lee's murdered father, who found out Tan was a Dirty Cop before he was murdered by an unknown party. Tan tells Lee he is losing a civil war within the Triads and asks him for protection and help, but is killed before Lee's eyes. Tan then turns up alive and well in America; he faked his death in order to go into hiding, flee Hong Kong authorities, and become the secret backer of an international smuggling operation. Through his accomplices Steven Reign and Hu Li, Tan has counterfeited $100 million US in extremely convincing fake bills, and will launder them through a Las Vegas casino, proudly proclaiming it is a business "where people hand [him] money, and [he] gives them back absolutely nothing." In every interaction with Lee, Tan presents himself as an Affably Evil mobster, one minute claiming he tried to "help" Lee's father give him a better life, and the next coldly telling Lee how weak and pathetic he was before Tan shot him.
  • Sacrifice (2020): Renate Nygard is the affable police constable in the isolated Norwegian village who is the secret leader of the cult of the Slumbering God. Upon the return of Isaac Pickman with his pregnant wife Emma to the village, Renate tricks him into believing he is special in the cult and that he must sacrifice Emma's unborn child. After luring both into her trap, Renate has Isaac sacrificed to the Slumbering God instead and cheerfully informs Emma that she'll grow to get used the village and its mysterious deity.
  • Salt: Evelyn Salt was a KGB spy who infiltrated the CIA before genuinely defecting to America after marrying Mike Krause after when he rescued her. Exposed by her former handler, Vasilyevich Orlov, he also takes her husband hostage to force her to assassinate the Russian President, Boris Matveyev. Salt infiltrates the funeral he was attending and injects Matveyev with spider venom, making it seem like he died. When Orlov executes Mike in front of Salt, she reins in her emotion long enough to fool Orlov into still believing she's loyal before killing him in his cell. She then heads to the White House to kill Orlov's last spy, before convincing Darryl Peabody to free her so that she can kill off any remaining Russian sleeper agent as revenge for killing her husband.
  • Le Samouraï: The well-dressed, soft-spoken Jef Costello is a hitman of few words who always leaves an alibi for his hits, letting another lover of his girlfriend identify him while the man thinks he is getting him for the murder of a nightclub owner when in truth he is giving Jef an airtight alibi. Upon being betrayed by his superiors, Jef eliminates them until the only loose end s a kindly nightclub singer who once helped him. Jef confronts her, seemingly getting sloppy which allows the police to follow him, shooting when he brandishes his gun. It is then revealed there are no bullets in the gun, Jef choosing his own end to remain true to his code.
  • SAS: Red Notice (2021): Grace Lewis is a member of the Black Swans who partakes in wiping out settlements in Georgia to make room for a new pipeline. When their contractor, George Clements, raids their home and kills her father, Grace escapes and hijacks a train holding everyone hostage and demanding 500 million pounds from Clements. Grace also plants Declan Smith as a mole within the SAS to remain one step ahead of Clements, eventually forcing Clements to hand over the money when she reveals her plan to blow up the tunnel making her it clear that he'll die in the explosion. She later lets her hostages go after she receives her ransom money, but has them wear hoods to distract the authorities while she escapes through a pipeline before blowing up the tunnel, killing Clements and his forces before revealing Clements and Britgaz's corruption to the public. Grace is only stopped by Tom Buckingham where she accepts her defeat, merely commenting that she and Tom are not so different.
  • Saw:
    • John Kramer aka the Jigsaw Killer was a law-abiding civil engineer before losing his unborn son, becoming estranged from his wife, and being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in quick succession. Jigsaw uses his skills and intellect to become a prolific Serial Killer, designing elaborate death traps and picking his victims on the basis of their perceived lack of gratitude for the blessing of life. Fostering multiple protegés, only some of whom are even aware of each other, Jigsaw blackmails a hospital orderly to impersonate him to allay suspicion, manages to escape from police custody by manipulating the lead detective responsible for capturing him, uses his more devoted followers as back-up insurance against those who do not follow his teachings properly, and is responsible for schemes planned so far in advance that he continues to effect events even a decade after his death.
    • Jigsaw: Logan Nelson is revealed to be the first apprentice of John "Jigsaw" Kramer, having been one of the people selected for one of Jigsaw's first games for accidentally mislabeling his X-ray. Saved by Jigsaw from death when he realized that Logan didn't deserve to die over an honest mistake, Logan assisted Jigsaw in his games, even helping build the infamous Reverse-Bear Trap. Ten years after Jigsaw's death, Logan proves himself to be a worthy successor to his mentor by successfully framing the corrupt Detective Halloran as the new Jigsaw killer; orchestrating a reenactment of the game he was chosen for, using criminals let off by Halloran; planting evidence against Halloran in his house; and finally trapping and killing Halloran himself, but not before getting him to confess to being responsible for the loss of innocent lives, including Logan's wife.
    • Spiral (2021): William "Schenk", real name Emmerson, is revealed as the brains behind a recent string of murders. Witnessing the death of his father when he was a boy, William dons the mask of the "Spiral Killer", having been inspired by Jigsaw's methods yet nevertheless considering them lacking. Seeking to reform the police force as a whole, Schenk exclusively targets dirty cops and places them in traps resulting in their demise should they fail to heed his instructions. After faking his death, he offers Zeke the chance to become his apprentice out of gratitude for him testifying against his father's murderer. He then smoothly incriminates Zeke's father as an active shooter and puppeteers him so the SWAT team would be compelled to shoot him. He skillfully flees the scene during the onslaught of chaos giving Zeke a playful shush before presumably continuing his crusade.
  • Scanners: Darry Revok is a powerful and dangerous scanner who seeks revenge on the society that created him, in particular his creator and father, Dr. Paul Ruth. Revok infiltrates a meeting at the weapons company Consec to embarrass them publicly and eliminate the only other scanner still working for them, using his psychic powers to wipe out the security detail detaining him and escape. Together with his ally Braedon Keller, Revok usurps control over the Consec subsidiary Biocarbon Amalgamate to have them produce Ephemerol in huge quantities. Revok plans to create a whole new generation of scanners by prescribing the mutative drug to pregnant women and recruit them as his foot soldiers. Meanwhile, Revok actively seeks out his long-lost brother, Cameron Vale, so they can rule their new scanner empire together.
  • The Scarlet Empress: Catherine the Great herself, born Princess Sophia, is married to the cruel, idiot, deformed Peter of Russia. Eventually building her own power base, Catherine begins to sway the guards to her side and seduces one to bear a child to solidify her claim on the throne without needing to bother with Peter, knowing Peter's aunt is so desperate for a male heir and fear of embarrassment will handle paternity questions. Upon Elizabeth's death, Catherine launches a coup against Peter before he can kill her first, having him murdered to become the undisputed Empress of all Russia.
  • Schindler's List: Oskar Schindler himself is a war profiteer who initially seeks to use the German occupation of Poland to swindle and enrich himself. With his incredible charisma and black market contacts, Schindler makes himself a good friend to the SS officers running Poland before blackmailing the disposed Jews to provide the skills and capital to set up his own factory and using them as slave labor. Despite being a Nazi Party member, Schindler finds himself appalled by the genocide being carried out against the Jews, doing what little he can to help people and nearly succesffully manipulates Plaszow camp Kommandant Amon Goeth to resist his murderous urges. Throughout the war, Schindler always plans on going home a wealthy man and leave his workers to their fate, before finally deciding to give up his fortune and save 1,200 Jews by moving these "essential workers" to a second factory because he accepts that would be the human thing to do.
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed: Dr. Jonathan Jacobo stole millions while wearing a flying suit modeled after a pterodactyl to finance his experiments to create monsters. After being captured by Mystery Inc, Jacobo made another flying device to escape from prison, faking his death in the process. He spends the next three years plotting revenge and fine-tuning his experiments to create high-powered, ruthless, loyal monsters by exposing costumes of past villains to a chemical process. Jacobo assumes two disguises: a female reporter, Heather Jasper Howe, and an evil masked figure who publicly challenges Mystery Inc and controls the monsters, at one point riding into town on the deck on a ghost pirate ship. He uses the Howe alias to turn the public against Mystery Inc with some tricky emotional appeals and selective camera footage. When Daphne suspects Howe, he has an accomplice ready to immediately don the masked figure costume and provide Howe with an alibi. His monsters come within seconds of killing the entire gang, and Jacobo remains stoic and defiant after his capture. He uses his monsters as tools and enforcers but doesn't mistreat them and seems mournful when they are turned back to normal.
  • Serenity: The Operative is an intelligent, honorable, and particularly efficient agent of the Alliance, and perhaps the greatest threat the Serenity has ever faced. Dispatched to deal with the exceptionally dangerous River Tam. He begins tracking her via initiating a subliminial Trigger Phrase and tracking Captain Mal Reynolds and his ship. Luring Mal into a trap, The Operative outwits him via wearing body armor, only to barely lose him. Hoping to lure out the Serenity, he orders attacks on any ports that once harbored Mal's ship and crew. He then lures Mal into a trap via their ally Mr. Universe, and confronts him on the planet Miranda, calling off his army when his defeat is assured and parting on civil terms. Returning in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, the Operative joins in an Enemy Mine with Mal to free River's fellow test subjects. When accosted by Zoe, who desires to kill him, he states that he believes she is in the right to, before stating he will defend himself.
  • The Seventh Seal: Death is the elegant, grim personification of death who neither knows nor cares what awaits beyond the material world. Allowing the knight Antonius Block, in his crisis of faith, to hold a chess game with the reaper, Death proves a cagey and manipulative opponent who heads off Block's every attempt to stay him. Leading the cast members to their deaths and even tricking Block as a priest in confession to discover his strategy, Death is ultimately triumphant but allows Block a final meal with his wife before coming for them both and leading away his victims in a Danse Macabre.
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The mysterious, money loving, Future Villain Band (FVB) are the secret masterminds behind the events of the plot. Taking advantage of the Lonely Hearts Club Band's absence from Heartland, FVB has Mean Mr. Mustard steal Sgt. Pepper's magic instruments and distribute them among their associates. With the instruments in hand, FVB begins enacting a plan to Take Over the World. Having Dr. Maxwell perform procedures to turn rich elderly people young and healthy, FVB then sends the patients to Father Sun to be brainwashed into an army for the band. When confronted by the Lonely Hearts Club Band, FVB, revealed to be played by Aerosmith, perform an epic version of "Come Together" while poised to conquer the world with their newly completed army.
  • Shin Godzilla: Goro Maki is an anti-nuclear scientist whose wife died of radiation poisoning. Through his research, Maki predicted the existence of the monstrous Godzilla and a way to defeat it should it attack, only to be covered up by world governments when trying to release that information. In despair and desire for retaliation, Maki encoded his notes and set out a series of clues before disappearing. Rando Yaguchi is forced to organize a team and collaborate to decipher Maki's cryptic information, all while it is speculated that Maki facilitated or perhaps even personally directed Godzilla's attack before his passing. When Maki's methods are discovered through his notes, Godzilla is ultimately defeated. Despite dying before the film began, Maki proves a true Anti-Villain, having set out a puzzle to inform and test mankind, their triumph over which allows humanity to finally end the threat of Godzilla.
  • Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005): Yakushiji Tenzen is an Iga shinobi who takes part in the deadly match of Koga against Iga by using his immortality to his benefit. First taking a deathblow from Koga ninja Hyoma, Tenzen strategically revives to kill Hyoma by surprise, a regular practice with his immortality. Tenzen proceeds to enact his own plans, betraying the location of the ninja villages to the Shogunate so the shinobi can die in a final blaze of glory, before securing his own much-longed for death at the lips of the poisonous kunoichi Kagero.
  • Shot Caller: Jacob "Money" Harlon was once a Family Man with a promising career who is incarcerated after killing his best friend in a drunk driving accident. Joining the Aryan Brotherhood for protection, Jacob spends a decade climbing the ranks of the organization. Their leader, the Beast, orders Jake to oversee a major weapons deal with the Sonora Cartel once he's out of prison by threatening his family. Jacob stays several steps ahead of the authorities attempting to track him down and exposes, then kills, a police informant. Jacob sabotages the deal on his own accord in order to be sent back to prison to confront and replace the Beast. Jacob does not share the racist ideology of his fellow gang members, instead being driven by a desire to protect himself and his loved ones.
  • Sicario:
    • Matt Graver is a mysterious, laid-back CIA "spook" who deals in combatting terrorism and the Mexican cartels through any means necessary. As seen in the first film, Graver brings FBI Agent Kate Macer into his squad, claiming to need her expertise but truthfully just using her as a liason to allow himself to operate on American soil, later having her life threatened to get her to sign the proper papers saying that everything he did was on the up-and-up. Graver works with Alejandro Gillick in tearing apart the Alarcón cartel, claiming that it is for moral reason when in reality, Graver just wants Alarcon eliminated so his competition can take over and perhaps be easier to talk peace with. In the sequel, Graver concocts a brilliant scheme to kickstart a war between two cartels, failing only due to corrupt police, and, going up against his superiors and calling them out for their cowardice, Graver ends up massacring an entire cartel gang to rescue the endangered Isabel Reyes to honor the seemingly-dead Alejandro. Despite his initial friendly, seemingly care-free attitude, Graver is a stone cold bastard who engages in both physical and psychological torture, murder, and illegal operations abounding to secure his goals, accomplishing nearly all through a combination of manipulation and strategic genius.
    • Alejandro Gillick is a Sicario defined by tragedy and hatred, using his skills and connections to Graver to satiate his cold-blooded desire for revenge. Once a criminal lawyer, Alejandro's family was slaughtered by Fausto Alarcón, resulting in Alejandro becoming a gun-for-hire to seek vengeance, exhibiting remarkable skills in torture and murder that help his and Graver's schemes come to fruition. Hunting down Alarcón and killing his entire security force through pragmatic tricks and stealth, Alejandro calls out Alarcón for spending his nights eating dinner with his family, even while other families are killed on the drug lord's orders. Alejandro executes Alarcón's entire family in front of him before killing the man himself to seal his revenge. Capable of forming attachments to others despite his villainy, Alejandro considers Graver a friend of sorts, and grows to care for Kate Macer in the first film and Isabel Reyes in the second, at first showing a willingness to kill either one but ultimately sparing them, even putting his life on the line to rescue Isabel from death—getting himself shot in the face in the process, an event which doesn't even hinder Alejandro from killing a cartel group who threatens him.
  • Side Effects: Dr. Jonathan Banks would grow to become ruthless and calculating during his pursuit of revenge against Emily Taylor and Dr. Victoria Siebert after they ruined his life. To confirm that Emily was indeed 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 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.
  • Silent Hill: Alessa Gillespie is a formidable Reality Warper, who has turned Silent Hill into her own nightmarish dimension. Once an abused girl who was burned alive by "the Brethren", Alessa pulls them into the Otherworld, creating monsters to hunt and kill them. Splitting her soul into another half, "Sharon", Alessa lures her to Silent Hill and leaves clues for her adoptive mother, heroine Rose De Silva to follow. Once Rose pieces together her story, Alessa appears to her, and convinces her to ally with her, then with Rose's help enters the church, brutally killing her tormentors, before merging her soul with Sharon's. Alessa then leaves Silent Hill with Rose, trapping her in the Otherworld with her, content that she again has a mother who loves her. Through it all, Alessa is always in control, maintaining an affable, dark charisma, and ends the film with all her goals accomplished.
  • The Silent Partner: Miles Cullen is a clever bank teller who discovers a note stating the writer's intention to rob his bank and expertly deduces the identity of the would-be thief as Harry Reikle. Using the opportunity to take the money himself, Miles utterly outplays Reikle by coming up with different hiding places for the cash while seeing Reikle only get a small portion of it and eventually masterminding his rival's arrest. Confronting Reikle when he gets out of jail, Miles tricks him into meeting at the bank, allegedly to give Reikle the money, only to then trick Reikle once more, planning to move far away with his loot.
  • Slow West: Payne, the Bounty Hunter and leader of the tracking party hunting the fugitive girl Rose and her father, is a surprisingly pleasant man who uses the trail of hero Jay to track his quarry to her farmstead. Happily accepting Jay as a guest for the evening, Payne is even revealed to have taken in two children with his gang when the two were orphaned. Immediately setting up an advancing siege, Payne is able to kill most of the defenders while using a fire as cover to advance and corner Rose herself.
  • Small Soldiers: Major Chip Hazard is a charismatic, hammy toy soldier brought to life by a rogue AI chip who seeks to destroy the Gorgonites. Chip is a master at laying traps in order to capture or defeat the enemy and use various tactics such as using Allen's crush as a hostage to draw out the Gorgonites. Improvising weapons to knock out any adults or building new soldiers using his ingenuity, Chip constantly keeps the heroes on their toes as he comes very close to beating them on multiple occasions. Chip also has empathy and genuine care for his men and swears revenge for their defeat, hijacking a new army to do just that. Finally, Chip lays siege to Alan's house using various tactics like cutting the power to ensure their opportunities to escape are curtailed and using loud music to avoid the neighbors hearing the siege and interfering.
  • Snatch.: Mickey O'Neil is an Irish Traveller introduced scamming Tommy and knocking out his hired muscle. When Tommy and Turkish ask him to be a replacement boxer for "Brick Top" Pulford's fight, he agrees to their stipulation that he go down in the fourth round, only to bet on himself and knock out his opponent with one punch. When Brick Top demands he fight again and this time go down in the fourth round, Mickey refuses, which leads to Brick Top burning his mother alive. Mickey decides to fight and waits until the fourth round of his next fight to knock out his opponent. Having bet on himself again, and only waiting that long to let his allies get into position to massacre Brick Top's organization, Mickey shows that if someone metaphorically or literally knocks him down, he will get back up and knock them right out.
  • Snow White The Fairest Of Them All: The Granter of Wishes is an ancient sorcerer imprisoned within ice who is accidentally freed by John, the father of Snow White, where a grateful Wish Granter offers to grant any of John's wishes. However when John wishes for the return of his late wife, his "queen", Wish Granter states he cannot resurrect the dead, but can give him a queen. Magically turning John into a king with his own kingdom, Wish Granter turns his sister Elspeth into a beautiful queen for John to marry. Elspeth however turns out to be a Vain Sorceress who attempts to murder Snow for overtaking her as Fairest of Them All, while enchanting or killing many others who get in her way. Seeing how vile his sister is, the Wish Granter strips Elspeth of her beauty as punishment, and then calmly departs leaving Elspeth to her fate of being killed by her now freed and vengeful victims.
  • Space Sweepers: Jang Hyun-sook is The Captain of the sweeper ship the Victory. A former Child Prodigy forced into a life of piracy after an assassination attempt on the evil James Sullivan, Jang takes to cleverly winning cargo for her crew until they stumble upon the young matter manipulating girl Kang Kot-nim aka "Dorothy". Outwitting a space policeman to escape with the stowaway, Jang charmingly gathers the universe's sweepers in a plot to trick Sullivan into thinking he'll capture Dorothy, exposing his plans to eradicate the Earth before killing him and getting rewarded handsomely for her efforts.
  • Spider-Man 2: Dr. Otto Octavius is a brilliant, charming scientist defined by tragedy and obsession. An inspiration to young scientists with his work on nuclear fusion, Octavius' life is turned upside down when one of his experiments fails, leading to the death of his beloved wife Rosie and the fusing of his robotic, AI-controlled arms to his spine. Tempted by his arms into embracing his ego and desire to see the fusion experiment replicated, Octavius becomes "Doctor Octopus," supervillain extraordinaire, and pulls off a successful bank heist by using hostages to throw the police and Spider-Man off his tail. Needing more tritium to complete his experiment, Octavius strikes a deal with Harry Osborn for tritium in exchange for Spider-Man, who Octavius captures by kidnapping Mary Jane Watson to lure him out, then sabotaging a train so as to force Spider-Man to weaken himself saving the passengers. Octavius ultimately succeeds in his new fusion experiment, however realizes it's not worth it for the human lives it will cost, and works with Spider-Man to destroy the machine forever, sacrificing himself in the process with his final words being a refusal to die as a monster.
  • Spooks: The Greater Good (2015): Adem Qasim is the charismatic leader of a Middle-Eastern terrorist cell opting to dismantle the British government. After Qasim is broken out of a prison transport, he resumes his plans to attack the government while also figuring out that Erin Watts was working undercover in his organization. After mortally wounding Erin and forcing Harry Pearce to execute her, he agrees to help Harry expose a traitor in MI-5 in exchange for being reunited with his wife. Qasim also has a suicide bomber kill the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and releases a live video requesting for the public to stand up against their oppressors. Upon learning that his wife was killed, Qasim accepts Harry's second offer to infiltrate MI-5 headquarters so long as he calls off his impending bombing on Oxford Circus. Qasim gives up his own men planning the bombing while simultaneously attacking MI-5 headquarters, successfully killing several MI-5 personnel during his siege.
  • Spy Kids: Alexander Minion is the affable, humorous mastermind of the "Spy Kids" plot, playing the part of a put-upon lackey to Fegan Floop to hide his truly brilliant colors. Capturing and mutating a variety of OSS secret agents to whittle down enemy opposition before creating an army of robotic doppelganger children, Minion builds Floop up as a figurehead to gain funding for his plans and keep suspicion off his double dealings. Minion uses his knowledge as a former OSS agent to capture even the skilled Cortez agents, deduces the location of the legendary Third Brain, then steals it from the Cortez kids to perfect his "Spy Kids", after which Minion betrays Floop and asserts himself as the film's true villain. Minion's resolve is so great that he faces capture and defeat with brevity, and allows himself to be monstrously mutated to continue his schemes. When beaten, Minion simply takes on a side gig as Floop's TV partner and becomes a close ally to the Cortez family, accepting his ultimate fate as a suitable living.
  • Starship Troopers 3: Marauder: Admiral Enolo Phid is the director of military intelligence at Terran Command, covering up the disappearance of Sky Marshal Omar Anoke with deepfake broadcasts and propaganda while suppressing any emergency signals from Anoke and the other survivors. Phid stages a bombing at a diplomatic conference to cover up Anoke's eventual death at the hands of the Bug-God Behemecoatyl, blaming several anti-war protestors for the act and having them executed. Convincing the competent General Dix Hauser to join her side with proof of Anoke's treachery, Phid deals a devastating blow to the Arachnids and maneuvers herself to become the new Sky Marshall and the head of a new Federation Church.
  • The Sting: Henry Gondorff is a charming and sly Con Man who assembles a team of like-minded crooks to concoct the ultimate rip-off against mob boss Doyle Lonnegan. Claiming to be seeking revenge against Lonnegan but truthfully admitting he's primarily in it for the cash and thrills, Gondorff outdoes Lonnegan at cheating during a game of poker while putting on the appearance of an abrasive drunk to lower Lonnegan's guard. Gondorff then has his partner Johnny Hooker pretend to betray him and ally with Lonnegan, all so Hooker can feed Lonnegan false intel about a fictional horse race headquarters that results in Lonnegan placing a losing bet amounting to a fortune. Using his connections that extend even into law enforcement to further legitimize his scheme, Gondorff then fakes his own death and gets away scot-free with conning Lonnegan completely—with Lonnegan himself never even realizing he's been played.
  • Street Fighter: The charismatic, witty M. Bison clawed his way from a mere drug dealer and killer to rule Shadaloo via brilliance and skill. Attempting to conquer the world, Bison demands ransoms for hostages as a front for his real scheme of turning captives into new Super Soldiers, to wipe away all distinctions between mankind so the world may know peace under his fist. Bison intends to force nations to submit to him economically and utilize his own currency in place of theirs, while putting in a multitude of contingencies against the heroes when they come to stop him. With a respect towards Colonel Guile, his nemesis, Bison also enters into battle with a set number of advantages to empower himself, even as he savors the chance to engage and kill Guile in direct combat. Rarely taking anything personally, Bison brings a unique charm to his dark vision, convinced his rule is best for all humanity.
  • Street Kings: Captain James Biggs is the scheming head of Internal Affairs in the Los Angeles Police Department who feels slighted by Captain Wander, his former partner, being promoted ahead of him. At the behest of the upper echelons of the police force, who worry that Wander has become too powerful, Biggs provides Agent Ludlow with clues about the corruption within his unit, calculating that he will do whatever it takes to dismantle it. At the end, with Ludlow as the Sole Survivor and many people having gotten caught in the crossfire, Biggs reveals the truth to Ludlow while admitting that he and the men he works for have some use for his ruthless Cowboy Cop tactics.
  • Streets of Fire: Tom Cody returns to his hometown of Richmond after receiving word his ex-girlfriend Ellen Aim has been kidnapped by the vicious Bombers gang. Tom gets word that Ellen's manager, her boyfriend Billy Fish, is willing to hire anyone to find her, and Tom accepts the deal. Using the ex-soldier McCoy, Tom tracks down Ellen to where she is being held hostage and saves her with McCoy's help. As he escapes, Tom shoots up the motorcycle gang's gas pumps, not before Raven Shaddock, the Bombers' leader, spots him. Arriving back in Richmond, Tom is given the money Billy promised him but throws it back at Billy's face and is warned by the police that Raven is looking for him. Tom decides to skip town with Ellen and McCoy but decides at the last moment to head back to fight Raven, with Tom coming out as the victor, promising to return should Ellen ever find herself in trouble again.
  • Sukiyaki Western Django: 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 retired assassin Ruriko and 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 hidden derringer from his sleeve and kills him. Riding out of town with only a handful of the gold, he leaves it all to the young, mute Heihachi, leaving him with life advice so moving, the boy begins to talk again.
  • Superfly: Youngblood Priest is a respected drug kingpin looking for a way out of the game to lead a sensible life. Starting off talking down a gangster and his bodyguards without a single threat of violence, Priest's desire to leave the life of a drug criminal leads an out-of-control spiral of cons and betrayal. However, Priest, using his penchant for smooth-talking and analysis, manages to conduct a Batman Gambit that sees him eliminate Gonzales of a cartel, seamlessly plant his right-hand Eddie into the Snow Patrol, get the corrupt Detective Mason arrested she did his dirty work in gunning down the Snow Patrol, and leave the comfortably leave the country with his lover on a cruise all without scuffing his fabulous perm.
  • Sushi Girl (2012): The eponymous sushi girl used to be a nameless young woman whose husband was brutally murdered by a gangster named Duke during a botched diamond robbery. The woman manages to abscond with their diamonds and uses her funds to plan an elaborate revenge for six years, setting up a reunion with Duke's gang and posing herself as a sushi girl to ensure she's right at the heart of the meeting. The sushi girl manages to play the entire gang against each other and have them wipe each other all out, before finally revealing to Duke that she paid off the chef to screw up the fugu to give her an avenue to paralyze, torture, and finally kill Duke for what he did to her husband.
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance: Lee Geum-ja once took the fall for murder for her older lover Mr. Baek, who threatened to murder her daughter if she refused. Geum-ja spends over a decade in prison, cultivating a reputation as a kind-hearted saint who does favors for everyone, even giving a kidney for a woman who needs an operation. Geum-ja also poisons the rapist prison bully, and upon being released sets about getting revenge on Baek. Calling on all her favors and finding her daughter, she manipulates Baek to his capture and discovers he is a serial child killer. To deal with him, she allows the parents of his victims to torture him to death, and insure equal complicity so that none of them will talk without implication themselves.
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  • Taken: Bryan Mills is a former field agent who learns his daughter Kim has been kidnapped and immediately heads to France to save her. Gleaning the locations of his targets, Bryan entraps a group of pimps by planting a bug on one and then tracks the men who kidnapped his daughter by posing as a corrupt cop and tricking one into repeating a phrase he heard him use on the phone. Bryan also forces a crooked cop into giving him information by threatening the man's wife. Later recovering Kim, Bryan is always ready when his enemies come for him, frequently outsmarting them and fighting as intelligently as possible using his "particular set of skills."
  • Takers: Delonte "Ghost" Rivers is a former member of Gordon Cozier's gang of bank robbers recently released from prison. After leaving prison, Ghost meets with Sergei and his gang of Russians so they can discuss how they'll rob an armored truck. He later meets with Cozier's gang, informing them of the same robbery and manipulating them into robbing the armored truck before the Russians do. After the robbery, Ghost gives up the location of the hotel room Cozier's gang is staying in to Sergei before abandoning them, resulting in a shootout that wipes out Sergei and his crew, along with AJ. He later kills his former love interest and leaves her body for her fiancé, Jake Attica, to find, while the Attica brothers are slain by the police moments later. Believing Cozier's crew is dead, Ghost kills Cozier's money launderer and tries to steal all of the money from Cozier's gang's previous heists.
  • Terminal: Annie and Bonnie Merriweather seek vengeance against their father Clinton Sharp—now masquerading as the gangster Mr. Franklyn/"the janitor"—for the 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 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.
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three:
    • 1974 original: Bernard Ryder, an out-of-work mercenary looking for a big score to retire on, takes the alias "Mr. Blue" and recruits three other men to assist in his takeover of the titular subway train, holding the passengers hostage in exchange for one million dollars, threatening to begin executing them if his demands are not met. Having his subordinate Mr. Green disable the train's Dead Man's Switch to prepare for their escape, Blue also shows his gratitude to his companions by staying behind to fight the cops after Mr. Brown is shot and killed in a firefight, allowing Mr. Green to escape with the money. Choosing to kill himself to go out on his own terms when caught, Blue's respect for Green and Brown and eventual killing of the psychotic Mr. Grey cement him as a brilliant and honorable criminal.
    • 2009 remake: Dennis "Ryder" Ford is a former Wall Street broker who went to prison when caught skimming large funds. Teaming with a former subway driver named Phil Ramos and two other thugs, Ryder hijacks a train cart for $10 million while warning that a hostage will be killed every minute past the deadline and killing the driver when MTA worker Walter Garber tries to back out of being the middleman and nearly kills another hostage when forcing Garber to admit he took a bribe that he's on the verge of being demoted for. Ryder also shorts stocks through the crisis and betting against them, gets about $307 million as a result too. When the money arrives three minutes after the deadline, Ryder elects to only kill one hostage rather than three and then sets the others free after getting the money by sending the cart off speeding until it eventually stops at a red light. Wanting not to go back to prison when Garber catches him, Ryder then forces Garber to kill him, also wanting Garber to redeem himself by doing so.
  • Tales from the Hood:
    • The enigmatic Mr. Simms presents as an eccentric and oddly charismatic funeral director who lures in gangsters Stack, Ball and Bulldog with a set of engaging stories, only to reveal that they are in hell and he is The Devil toying with them. In the second film, Simms is invited to help program a new security robot for corrupt prison manager Dumas Beach, but instead ensures the robot will kill Beach so Simms can claim his soul. In the third, Simms disguises himself as a little girl to lure in serial child murderer William so his past victims can slaughter William and Simms can drag him to hell, always with his signature wit, charm and brutal ends for the deserving damned.
    • Tales from the Hood 3's "Operatic": Marie Benoit and her lover Park are a duo who steal the bodies of other people they lure in order to keep their love eternal. A former opera singer, Benoit had her career ruined from a racist outcry for her role in Carmen, and has been waiting to steal the right body in order begin a new career. Having Park pick singer Chela Simpson, Park convinces Chela to kill Benoit under pretenses of stealing her riches. Park later steals her blood and feeds it to Benoit, allowing her to swap places with Chela while Park kills the latter, allowing Benoit to start her opera career anew.
  • Target (2018): Raditya Dika's friend, Hifdzi Khoir, is the mastermind behind the suffering of Dika and his other friends. Kidnapping the wife of a master hypnotist, he forces the hypnotist into playing as the patsy of his schemes. Seemingly a Butt-Monkey for much of the film, he pretends to suffer injuries to force his friends into being contestants in the decoy mastermind's game. Saving the survivors from the decoy mastermind, he reveals himself to be the one pulling the strings, making off safely after playing his friends. Though Hifdzi showed he was a callous manipulator, his whole scheme was done to honor his late father and show his disgust for what he sees as deceit in modern movies studios fabricating their stories.
  • A Taste of Death (1968): Dan El is Scaife’s honorable second-in-command who refuses to partake in his boss's cruelty. Assisting Scaife in the stealing of cattle and subtly intimidating the locals of a small town into allowing his men to stay for the winter, El prefers ceasing qualms with words rather than bullets. Telling his former friend Sheriff Bill Ransom to leave town for the sake of protection, El is later forced by Scaife to kill the bleeding Ransom, instead making a promise to stop Scaife at all costs as his friend bleeds to death. Behind Scaife's back, El secretly trains the young Tony into taking down Scaife and his men. Killing Scaife in a duel, though getting shot by the dying Scaife at the last second, El uses his final breath to tell Tony how much he cared for him.
  • Tenet:
    • The Protagonist himself is the secret leader of the titular organization in the future. Ensuring his own past self's recruitment by way of a seemingly suicidal test, the Protagonist sends his counterpart on a quest to stop the evil Andrei Sator from using the Algorithm to end the world. Even making a pact with a notorious Arms Dealer and allowing his past self and underlings to fight Sator and his men in public spaces, the Protagonist eventually uncovers Sator's full scheme to launch one final decisive battle against his forces. Stopping Sator even as it costs the sacrifice of his best friend Neil, the Protagonist saves the world and accepts his role in Tenet's founding.
    • Neil is a veteran agent of Tenet, recruited by the Protagonist's future self to prevent the activation of the Algorithm by Andrei Sator. Neil is assigned to guide the past Protagonist, often withholding information which often strains Protagonist's trust. Assisting in several heists, it is Neil's idea to ram a plane into a building as a diversion. Neil is eventually revealed to be the mysterious inverted assailant who saved Protagonist before his recruitment into Tenet via a fake Cyanide Pill to serve as a Secret Test of Character. While succeeding in disarming Sator's device, it's also revealed Neil will perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save his comrades during the operation, calmly leaving to face his fate.
  • Terminator series: Whether good or bad, these smart cyborgs of the future are exceptional in their intricate planning and execution:
    • The Terminator: The Terminator himself—first Cyberdyne model T-101—is a cyborg from the dystopian future of Los Angeles 2035 sent by evil supercomputer Skynet to kill waitress Sarah Connor because her son John will eventually be the leader of the human resistance. Taking out a gun shop owner and targeting women with the exact same name while trying to find her, the Terminator racks up a high body count, particularly when he shoots up the police station to get to Sarah there and multiple occasions is only stopped when Kyle Reese intervenes. Learning human behavior over time and tricking Sarah over the phone into thinking she's talking to her mother, the Terminator is able to learn the latest location Reese and Sarah are hiding at to once again track them down and even continues to determinedly do so both when his human exterior is burned off and his legs are disabled as well. Throughout the film, the Terminator truly proves the notion from Reese that he "absolutely will not stop" until Sarah's dead.
    • Judgment Day:
      • The Terminator—second Cyberdyne Model T-101 introduced—was captured by John Connor and the Resistance in the future and reprogrammed before then being sent back to protect John as a young boy. First tracking John to his foster parents' house and then to the local mall, the Terminator smuggles his shotgun in through a box of roses, counters the T-1000's first attempt on John there and then rescues him again in a high-speed chase. The Terminator then tricks the T-1000 into giving away that he's murdered John's foster parents and is imitating his foster mother and tells John that he can't help him save his mother Sarah because the T-1000 will get to him easily. Pledging not to kill anyone and helping save Sarah anyway, the Terminator then helps blow Cyberdyne up so as to undo Skynet's existence while also wounding or attacking an army of cops all without causing any deaths. After finally destroying the T-1000, the Terminator has himself sacrificed as another means of preserving the future, proving to Sarah he developed compassion for humans that she didn't think a killing machine could have.
      • The T-1000 is a sleek Terminator with a proclivity for subterfuge and deceit, using its knowledge of human behavior and shapeshifting capabilities in its hunt for John Connor. Tracking down John by cleverly using police officer get-up to ask for information around town, the T-1000 nearly kills John several times over, only thwarted by the reformatted T-800, aka "Bob." The T-1000 murders John's foster parents and tries to lure him home disguised as his mother, then tracks down his real mom, Sarah, under the correct assumption that John will run to her. Even when evaded consistently, the T-1000 always finds new ways to track and hunt its prey, stealing cars and helicopters to assist while quickly disposing of anyone in its way. The T-1000 thrashes "Bob" in a physical fight, stabs Sarah to draw John out, and transforms into Sarah herself in a final attempt to assassinate John. With its unique use of its liquid metal physiology and an amusingly deadpan attitude, the T-1000 is a terrifying, awesome presence, and one of the premier Killer Robots in film history.
    • Rise of the Machines:
      • The Terminator—third Cyberdyne Model T-101—ended up killing John in the future through the deceptive use of manipulating his feelings toward the Terminator who protected him as a kid. Captured and reprogrammed by John's widow Kate Brewster, the Terminator goes back in time to the early 2000s to protect both John and Kate as young adults from the T-X—latest model sent by Skynet. Hitting T-X with a car first and then forcing her to crash the big truck she's pursuing in, the Terminator also keeps an unwilling Kate hostage until she fully understands the gravity of the situation and uses basic psychology on John when he's doubting himself by threatening him because "anger is more useful than despair". The Terminator also at first refuses to help try saving Kate's father because it'll put them in danger—while he also nearly calls John's bluff on threatening to kill himself—only relenting when Kate asks him to. Overcoming an intrusive reprogramming by T-X at another point, the Terminator then eventually uses an unstable fuel cell to take both himself and T-X out while succeeding in getting John and Kate to the shelter where they'll begin the resistance after Judgment Day to save the future.
      • The T-X is an advanced cyborg sent back in time to kill an adult John Connor and his future lieutenants. Tracking down and murdering several of the lieutenants, the T-X discovers John and his future wife Kate Brewster and chases them, using her ability to control machines to attack them with several vehicles and almost succeeds in fighting off the T-101 before he crashes her vehicle. The T-X then murders and impersonates Kate’s fiance to trick the police into leading her to Kate and John and is only barely stopped from killing Kate. The T-X then goes after Kate’s father, General Robert Brewster, impersonating Kate in order to kill him and then has several robots kill everyone in the military base to protect the newly uploaded Skynet. Defeating the T-101, the T-X then takes control of him and forces him to attack John. When John traps her with an electromagnet, the T-X is able to escape despite being almost completely immobilized. Even when forced to tear off her legs, the T-X is almost able to kill John before being defeated by the T-101. Showing great intelligence on top of her overwhelming strength, the T-X proves to be one of Skynet’s most dangerous agents.
    • Dark Fate: The Rev-9 is the charismatic amalgamation of past Terminators sent from the alternate future by the supercomputer Legion to kill Danielle "Dani" Ramos before she eventually leads the Resistance against it. Using charm and a personable disposition, Rev-9 first tracks down Dani at the factory she works at after murdering and disguising himself as her father, fights off the augmented human Grace sent to stop him, and uses his separable exoskeleton to doggedly continue pursuit during an extended car chase. Rev-9 then disguises himself as a border patrol agent, gets Dani, Grace, and Sarah Connor arrested when sneaking into America, sways agents when he's beeped at a metal detector, and takes multiple agents out when they try to restrain him. He also uses multiple tactics to continue pursuit in the air and puts up an immense fight against both Grace and the rogue Terminator "Carl" as well. Refusing to relent on his determination in fulfilling his mission, Rev-9 fully proves his own declaration of how "[his] whole body's a weapon".
  • Thank You for Smoking: Nick Naylor is a slick Washington D.C. lobbyist speaking on behalf of the tobacco industry. As part of his job, Naylor frequently makes televised appearances to discredit anti-smoking activists—even managing to convince the Littlest Cancer Patient to come around to his point of view—by confusing them with a Chewbacca Defense, bribes a disgruntled ex-tobacco mascot from speaking out against big tobacco, and schemes with Hollywood executives to introduce new Product Placement of cigarettes in film. Nick gets into a fling with a reporter who releases a stinging exposée on Naylor and his associates in the "Merchants of Death" group that results in Nick being let go by his boss, but Nick manages to turn the situation to his advantage by discrediting the reporter with veiled comments about her tactics to the press, and facing down Senator Finistirre in a subcommittee hearing by advocating for the right to choose over moral policing while simultaneously exposing the Senator's hypocrisies. Nick manages to avoid the fall-out of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, becoming a spokesman for new industries peddling potentially dangerous products.
  • Theatre of Blood: Edward Lionheart, driven to near-suicide by a group of callous theatre critics, plots a gruesome revenge. Surfacing years later, Lionheart begins dispatching his enemies in ways inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare, while manipulating the others to proceed exactly how he wants them for best access and give himself more fame in the process of his vengeance. Lionheart manipulates one into murder to send him to prison, using a group of derelicts to murder another and constantly runs rings around law enforcement and his enemies, all while remaining as charismatic and larger than life as ever.
  • 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.
  • The Third Man: Harry Lime is a racketeer selling black market penicillin in post-war Vienna, completely untroubled by pangs of conscience. Calling his friend Holly Martins to Vienna, Harry fakes his own death to throw suspicion off himself, manipulating his old girlfriend Anna, as well as Holly and the police while he remains off the radar. Constantly staying a step ahead of everyone, Harry continuously attempts to put himself back in the good graces of those he's abandoned, which keeps working thanks to his charm and pleasant demeanor. Never at a loss for a smile, Harry won't hesitate to play a situation to his benefit, no matter what.
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): Thomas Crown is a debonair billionaire and art connoisseur who dabbles in high-profile thefts out of boredom. Crown stages an ingenious theft of a Monet painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art by enlisting a group of criminals through a middle man to infiltrate the museum dressed as guards, then initiate a fight between the criminals and the guards to divert attention from his real objective. Crown also arranged for the camera footage to be rendered useless by planting a humidifier in the room, and a titanium-reenforced briefcase to absorb the weight from the security gate, allowing him to walk out of the building with his prize through the front door. When insurance investigator Catherine Banning and the NYPD get on his trail, he tauntingly eludes their efforts to retrieve the painting on several occasions. After Crown falls in love with Catherine, he arranges to run away with her, but not before returning the painting to the museum and eluding dozens of cops waiting for him with a Ringer Ploy, while at the same time stealing another priceless painting as a gift to Catherine.
  • Thunderbirds: "The Hood", real name Trangh Belegant, is a psychic criminal mastermind with a grudge against the Thunderbirds, specifically their father Jeff, for leaving him to die in a mine collapse. Staging a fire on an oil rig, The Hood plants one of his men among the workers to install a tracking device on to one of their planes, allowing the Hood to track the Thunderbirds back to their base before attacking a satellite and trapping the Thunderbirds onboard while he arrives and takes over. Revealing himself to them, The Hood reveals his plan is to cause massive worldwide economic chaos using the Thunderbirds' equipment to destroy the Thunderbirds' reputation. When Jeff's youngest son Alan attempts to intervene, the Hood systematically captures Alan, his friends, and the Thunderbirds' allies before departing for London. After a fight with Alan and his friends in the Bank of London, the Hood finds himself dangling over a drilling machine and accepts his fate before being rescued and arrested.
  • Thursday: Casey Wells is a former career criminal whose past eventually catches up on him. In the past, Casey and his partner-in-crime Nick successfully killed a drug lord and all his henchmen, but when one of the dead people turned out to be a pregnant woman, Casey decided to quit the criminal lifestyle for good. In the present time, Nick comes to visit him and leaves his briefcase of drugs and has hidden his $2 million somewhere near the house. Several people including a hitman and two of Nick's associates shows up to get the drugs or money but Casey gets by each and everyone of them. When a corrupt detective shows up and gives Casey some time to find Nick's money Casey finds it, deciding to call the hitman's employers to come and pick up the drugs, only to escape with the money while the detective gets killed by the gangsters when he returns.
  • Tokyo Gore Police: The Key Man is an elusive criminal scientist who created the Engineers. After witnessing his father’s assassination, the Key Man discovered the tumor used to turn people into Engineers after a failed suicide attempt. Planning to turn everybody in Tokyo into Engineers to control the city and avenge his father, the Key Man goes around town killing prostitutes and turning people into Engineers, while able to remain hidden and undiscovered by the police, at one point turning officer Ruka into an Engineer. Politely inviting Ruka into his hideout after she discovers it, the Key Man is killed by Ruka after trying to persuade her into joining his Engineer army, but repairs himself afterwards, ready to continue his plans for domination.
  • Total Recall (1990): Carl Hauser is the best friend and business partner of Mars' governor Vilos Cohaagen and proves to be just as brilliant as he is while being much more likeable. When the pair's exploitative practices on Mars result in mutated humans revolting against them, Hauser and Cohaagen form a scheme to have Hauser infiltrate the rebels. Seducing the rebel Melina and ingratiating himself to some of the members, Hauser then has his memories wiped and replaced with those of a man named Douglas Quaid, knowing that the psychic mutants would be able to sense his deception otherwise. Hauser records a message to Quaid, making him believe that he betrayed Cohaagen to help the rebels and giving him instructions on how to meet with their leader Kuato. Following the instructions, Quaid discovers Kuato's location, allowing Cohaagen's men to wipe out the rebels and kill Kuato. Hauser then appears in another recording, thanking Quaid and earnestly apologizing since he plans to take his memories and body back, with Quaid barely being able to avoid this fate.
  • Touch of Evil: Captain Hank Quinlan is an intense, ruthless policeman who once lost his beloved wife to violent crime and became dedicated to bringing down criminals whenever he finds them. Quinlan resorts to framing those he believes to be guilty, setting them up to be convicted. When he locks on to a potential bomber, Quinlan runs afoul of the Mexican investigator Vargas who suspects Quinlan of framing others, prompting Quinlan to attempt to ruin him by trying to frame his fiancee for the murder of a criminal named Grandin who Quinlan personally outwits and murders. Even at the end, Quinlan sees through a potential trap and is only stopped with the betrayal of his former best friend Menzies, who Quinlan once took a bullet for. When confronted and asked how many he has framed, Quinlan's only responses is to declare "nobody who wasn't guilty".
  • The Tourist: Alexander Pearce is a renowned thief who stole from both criminals and authorities alike. When undercover Interpol agent Elise was sent to spy on him, his charms manages to get Elise to fall in love with him and the two consummate a romantic relationship. After stealing 2.3 billion dollars from British crime lord Reginald Shaw, Alexander splits from Elise, sending her letters on where to find him, while also instructing her to find someone similar to Alexander's height and build to deviate Shaw's men and the Interpol pool away from him. After getting Shaw and his men killed while hiring a tourist to distract Interpol, Alexander Pearce reveals himself to Elise before escaping with her, also returning the money he stole from the authorities.
  • Tower Heist: Josh Kovaks, manager of the luxury apartment complex "The Tower", learns of Arthur Shaw's plan to swindle all the building's workers out of their pensions. Vandalizing Shaw's prized Ferrari in retaliation, Josh gets fired and begins plotting a heist to take back what was stolen from the other workers. Forming a team, Josh tricks the FBI who arrested Shaw into thinking Shaw's trial would take place on Thanksgiving, allowing the crew to break into the Tower. Diverting the attention of the new manager by having him think his wife is going into labour, Josh and his crew find the safe they meant to plunder empty but that Shaw's Ferrari is made of solid gold. Taking precautions to protect himself in case he is arrested, Josh has the Ferrari hidden in his cohort's apartment, before later hiding it in the penthouse pool. Using Shaw's ledger as leverage in the trial, Josh secures the freedom of all his fellow workers, himself only spending two years in jail, and having his employees divide the parts of the gold Ferrari amongst themselves.
  • The Town: Doug MacRay is a smooth, noble bank robber who works with his gang, having pulled off successful heists for years. When his trigger happy partners take bank manager Claire as a hostage, Doug ensures Claire's escape before starting a romance with her in his public persona, genuinely falling for the woman as he continues to rob armored cars and adapt to new variables on the fly to avoid capture. Forced into One Last Job by his employer Fergie under threat of Claire being hurt, Doug does his best to pull off the doomed heist, and though the whole operation is bungled by outside interferences, Doug evades detection, kills Fergie for past transgressions, and flees to the other side of the country. With the FBI agents on his tail totally fooled by his escape, Doug takes time to say goodbye to Claire and leave her a small fortune, promising to see her again one day.
  • Trick 'r Treat:
    • Sam, the spirit of Halloween itself, is a diminutive being in a burlap sack who enforces the holiday rules ruthlessly. Calling up the supernatural wherever he goes, Sam is all too happy to utilize them to ensure people follow the Halloween traditions. Sam personally plays a visit to spiteful old Mr. Kreeg, terrorizing him into playing into the proper role of Halloween and handing out candy while also leaving him to the mercy of the undead children he murdered years ago, just before Sam murders a woman for blowing out a Jack O' Lantern early and leaves her body as a warning to follow the rules next time.
    • "Surprise Party":
      • Laurie is an innocent-seeming young woman dressed as Red-Riding Hood, pressured by her sister Danielle and their friends to have her "first time" in town. Far from a hapless maiden, Laurie is instead attempting to lure in a victim to the "party" with her fellow werewolves to be devoured. Luring in one such man who turns out to be the serial killing Steve Wilkins, Laurie turns the tables and brings him to be her first ever kill while happily using the time to bond further with her sister.
      • Danielle is the immensely pleasant older sister of Laurie, who serves as the primary organizer of a brutal, annual ritual for Halloween. Honoring long-time tradition, Danielle leads her friends and sister in dressing up as fairy tale characters and seducing dozens of men to meet up for a "party" in the woods, Danielle offering advice to Laurie at every chance, genuinely hopeful her sister succeeds. Revealed to be a werewolf alongside her friends, Danielle leads the pack in tearing apart their "dates", Danielle personally howling in joy as Laurie consummates her status as a vicious wolf.
  • The Trip (2021): Lisa plots just as her husband Lars does to kill the other but is far more competent than him. Nearly talking Lars' own conspirator into joining her, when the couple come upon a trio of criminals who capture them in their remote cabin Lisa talks them into letting the two live. Constantly outwitting the crooks until she and Lars manage to kill them, Lisa reconciles with her husband, blaming a death they caused on the villains and going on to become a famous actress by sensationalizing their tale.
  • Triple 9: Franco Rodriguez is part of a crew of robbers, serving as their planner. Assigned by Irina Vlaslov to steal data from a highly secured government building, Franco comes up with a plan to have a cop killed where fellow Dirty Cop Marcus Belmont would make a Triple 9 send all the cops to that location and leaving the building vulnerable for them to rob, while agreeing with Marcus' suggestion that his partner, Chris Allen, be the cop that they'll kill. When the call is made he and Micheal Atwood breach the building and steal all the data for Irina, before Franco kills Micheal and takes all of Micheal's money. Learning that it was Chris who made the call while Marcus got shot, Franco offers Chris a ride planing to kill him, before he encounters Chris's uncle, Jeffrey Allen, in his car where the two have a shoot out.
  • Triple Frontier: Santiago "Pope" Gomez is a private military contractor who formulates a plan to rob drug lord Gabriel Martin Lorea after learning how much money he makes from the drug business. With the help of his informant, Yovanna, and his friends from the Delta Force, Pope was successful in finding and killing Lorea in Colombia and burn down his house after stealing 250 million of Lorea's money found inside the walls. Pope would also give a few million to Yovanna for her help and to a village leader as compensation for killing some of his villagers and discard most of it weighing him and his team down. Guilt-ridden when team member Tom "Redfly" Davis gets killed, he and his team decide to give the remainder of their money to Redfly's family, before Pope was given the coordinates of where they left the rest of the money, allowing Pope the opportunity to retrieve it.
  • Triple Threat: Jaka pursues Collins and his mercenaries in the hopes of avenging his village and wife. Recognizing the defectors Long Fei and Payu at an illegal fighting match, Jaka gets them drunk and has them arrested in order to lure the mercenaries to the police station for a confrontation, aiding the defectors in neutralizing two mercenaries in the process. Later talking his way into the mercenary crew, Jaka lets the defectors escape with the heiress Tian Xiao Xian when he encounters them. In the final confrontation, Jaka assists the defectors in eliminating the mercenaries before informing the Chinese Embassy that Xiao Xian is safe.
  • Trouble in Paradise: Gaston Monescu is one half of an Outlaw Couple and easily the smarter and more manipulative member of the duo. Starting off slow by pickpocketing a French man's pocketbook, posing as a doctor, he would then meet and develop a fondness over fellow Con Artist Lily Vautier as they go international, committing burglaries and thefts all over Europe over the course of a year. After secretly stealing the wealthy Mariette Colet's expensive purse in France, Gaston returns it upon hearing about the reward under the fake identity "Monsieur LaValle". Encouraging Colet to keep a large amount of cash on hand, and convincing her to make him her new secretary, he conspires to steal Colet's 850,000 francs. Along the way, Monescu begins to develop genuine feelings for Colet and winds up outsmarting several French men who get suspicious of him or try to have him arrested. After Lily steals the money herself, He ends up revealing himself as a "self-made crook" and leaves her for good, but not before getting one final laugh on her by stealing back her purse.
  • Unbreakable: Elijah Price, aka "Mr. Glass", was born with a genetic disease that causes his bones to be exceptionally brittle. Seeking to become a supervillain to lure out a heroic counterpart, Elijah orchestrates a series of massive disasters until one leaves a Sole Survivor in David Dunn. Revealing himself to David after David "accepts" his destiny as a superhero, Elijah reveals himself to be the mastermind behind hundreds of deaths while he himself managed to stay undetected. Nearly two decades later, Elijah convinces the Horde/Kevin Wendell Crumb to escape an asylum they are being held in and the duo trick their way out of it. With a complex plot to reveal "specials" to the world, Elijah uses a planned attack on a skyscraper as a distraction, then has David and the Horde fight, them all dying because of Elijah's plot but ensuring that the entire event is uploaded online.
  • Underworld (1927): "Rolls Royce" is the nickname given to a street bum taken in by gangster Bull Weed. Despite his slovenly appearance, Royce reveals himself to be an intelligent, well spoken former lawyer after Bull brings him into his gang. Royce comes up with a plan to frame rival gangster Buck Mulligan for a robbery and while Bull is gone Royce and Bull's girlfriend "Feathers" fall in love. When Bull is sentenced to death after murdering Mulligan, Royce devises a clever plan to have the gang break Bull out and then have the two skip town. When the plan goes awry and Bull and Feathers get trapped inside Bull's hideout, Royce rushes to the scene and uses a secret passage to save them, escaping with Feathers while Bull willingly turns himself in.
  • Underworld (2003): Lucian, the first Lycan to ever be able to retain human form and intellect, fell in love with Sonja, daughter of the vampire overlord Viktor. After her execution by her own father along with their unborn child, Lucian rallies the Lycans to victory and devastates the vampire covens. Knowing he cannot defeat the vampires himself, Lucian fakes his own death by using the vampire Kraven as a cover, going underground to rebuild the Lycans while kidnapping descendants of the first immortal Corvinus to experiment on while aiming to make himself a powerful hybrid between vampire and werewolf. Coordinating the elimination of the vampire elder Amelia, Lucian finally obtains a perfect specimen in Michael Corvin, and even when mortally wounded leaves heroine Selene the way to turn Michael into a hybrid, gloating even to the treacherous Kraven that his will is done regardless of his fate.
  • Universal Soldier: The Return: S.E.T.H. (Self-Evolving Thought Helix) is an artificial intelligence built to oversee the new generation of Unisols, Super Soldiers made from the bodies of dead U.S. soldiers. While initially benign, as soon as S.E.T.H. determines that he is to be disassembled following the project's shutdown, he has the Unisols' cranial implants surgically altered so they will obey only him and turn on their human controllers, before rewriting his program to make himself independent. S.E.T.H. manipulates a former technician involved with his construction, Squid, into building a Super-Unisol body for him so he can escape into the real world before killing him. In order to deactivate a kill switch command in his program, which he later manages to decipher on his own, S.E.T.H. has his soldier Romeo pursue Luc Deveraux and personally kidnaps his daughter Hillary, deciding to turn her into a Unisol as he thinks it will be for her own good. S.E.T.H. boasted of his plans to replace all humanity with Unisols, stating that where once he was a machine who yearned to be a man, he became far more than either.
  • Unknown Origins (2020): The supervillain "Professor Novaro" is really the friendly, helpful police mortician Dr. Jonathan Bruguera, who intends to create a noble superhero. Committing serial killings targeting horrible people themed on superhero origin stories, Novaro arranges events to implicate himself as the killer of Detective David "Val" Valentin's parents, while leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for Val to follow. Pushing Val into becoming a hero before killing himself, Novaro leaves Val immense wealth and resources to fight criminals with.
  • Upgrade: In its scheme to evolve and become a human, STEM orchestrates the entirety of the plot. Having Grey Trace paralyzed after ordering the murder of his wife, STEM manipulates the man into allowing himself to be implanted with STEM, granting his mobility back, but allowing STEM partial control of his body. Playing the role of partner and helper to Grey, STEM assists him in finding the men who murdered his wife, STEM ensuring each man is executed so as to tie up loose ends, and even tricks Grey into destroying the sole part of STEM preventing it from total autonomy and control over Grey's body. STEM ultimately murders everyone who knows of its existence, plunging Grey's mind into a never-ending dream and taking control of his body to use for its own purposes. STEM is cold, eerily polite, and murderous in its endeavors, showing a natural talent for manipulation and strategy, yet also the capacity and willingness to step back and allow others to overcome the few problems STEM itself admits it cannot.
  • Us: Red, leader of the Tethered, manages to organized the stunted clones into a genuine army with a plot to make the world see how horribly they have been treated. Putting her scheme into motion for "The Untethering", she sends the clones to kill their doubles and form a massive chain, effortlessly cornering her own double, Adelaide Wilson, with their families facing off. Red is able to use even the death of her own to her advantage to kidnap Adelaide's son Jason and lure Adelaide into a personal confrontation, revealing Red is the true Adelaide who was replaced by her double as a child. Seeking revenge, Red even manages to potentially poison Jason against his mother, with her scheme at upending society and forming a great chain possibly succeeding.
  • The Usual Suspects:
    • Keyser Söze is a mysterious Diabolical Mastermind who lives a double life as the disabled Roger "Verbal" Kint. Söze organized a hit on a drug gang to kill one of their prisoners before killing his accomplices and setting fire to the scene. Arrested by the police, Söze, as Kint, successfully spun lies to the investigators to pin everything on accomplice Dean Keaton. Once he got his bail, Söze practically waltzed out the police station and vanished before the investigators could realize the truth. For years, Söze has kept his own existence under wraps, and those who know of his existence know nothing else about him.
    • In the fake story that Verbal sells to Kujan, Mr. Kobayashi is Keyser Soze's Lawyer and main spokesperson. First tricking the five co-conspirators into robbing a heroin dealer, he then states they have unwittingly stolen from Soze, and they are now to repay their debts. When they remain incredulous he blackmails them with all their previous criminal activities. When they later hold him at gunpoint, he remains calm, and reveals he has their loved ones in his sights, giving them no choice to but to continue the job. Even in the end when the story is revealed to be a fabrication, the real Kobayashi is seen to be Soze's driver, showing that Soze implicitly trusts him.
  • Valentine: Jeremy Melton, once a middle school outcast framed for sexual assault and sent to a mental institution, reinvents himself with plastic surgery and takes the name of "Adam Carr", the heroine Kate's troubled love interest. Taking revenge on his tormentors, Jeremy dons a cupid mask, hunting down and murdering those he has a grudge against while also using the chance to endear himself further to Kate, showing a protective side towards her by murdering a man who attempts to steal her underwear. Framing Dorothy, the one who first accused him, for the murders and killing her, Jeremy manages to get away completely with his final vengeance.
  • Valentine: The Dark Avenger (2017): "The Shadow", in actuality Umbra Bumantara, is a terrorist out to expose the Batavia police force in their involvement in his father's murder. Performing robberies and killing cops to instill fear and gain the attention of the city's populace, Umbra at one point holds everyone inside a bank hostage, even setting up bombs outside the bank as a distraction under the possibility that he'll be cornered by a police squad. Easily getting away while letting everybody go, Umbra afterwards breaks every criminal from prison to show how unstoppable he is. That night, Umbra holds a prince and an auditorium of people hostage unless Commissioner Syamsul admits to murdering his father on live television and exposes the police force's corruption. Executing Syamsul after his confession, Umbra, knowing he's already a goner, tells his sister Srimaya to take care of their mother before a sniper kills him.
  • Vampire in Brooklyn: Maximilian or "Max" is a vampire who arrives in Brooklyn seeking the half-vampire police detective Rita so he may make her his bride and secure their eternal lives while fulfilling his promise to Rita's father. Making petty criminal Julius Jones his Ghoul, Max murders Rita's roommate and frames her lover Justice as having had an affair with her, using several forms to increase Rita's doubts in light and goodness while seducing her to bring her into darkness. Using his charisma and charm, Max attempts to make Rita into a killer like him, even spending his final moments congratulating her for taking his own life.
  • The Veil (2016): Jim Jacobs is the charismatic leader of the Heaven's Veil cult who uncovered the secret to transcend life and death. Leading his cult to remote areas and putting them under his sway, Jacobs teaches them what he has learned to help remake the world. Eventually bringing a mass poisoning with plans to revive them from beyond death, the arrival of the authorities results in a misunderstanding and the deaths of all of Heaven's Veil. As a wraith, Jacobs has his daughter Sarah lure in the children of the officer who killed him and a documentary crew to take their bodies and revive himself with his cult, intending upon leading his revived followers to dominate the world, proclaiming the deathless eon has begun.
  • Wall Street: Gordon Gekko is a renowned Wall Street businessman and corporate raider. Gekko frequently manipulates the stock market through rumors spread by his acolytes, on one occasion outmaneuvering one of his rivals simply to repay him for undermining one of Gekko's earlier ventures. Fostering a mentor-protege relationship with the eager stockbroker Bud Fox, Gekko instructs Fox to acquire insider information and conspire with contacts in the legal department to maximize his profits. A charismatic public speaker as well, Gekko manages to convince the shareholders of Teldar Paper to vote against the stock's restructuring by berating the company's unacceptable inefficiency in a cut-throat business, couched in terms praising The American Dream. Despite being set up by Bud Fox to lose millions after Gekko goes back on his word by planning to break up Bluestar Airlines, Gekko only ends up going to jail due to testimony from his employee Bretton James on Gekko's involvement with securities fraud. After his release years later, Gekko reinvents himself as a best-selling author before mentoring the young Wall Street insider Jake Moore, the fiance of Gekko's daughter Winnie. Gekko uses Jake to undermine Bretton James, now the COO of a major bank, ultimately leading to the latter's public disgrace and dismissal by the board of directors of Churchil Schwartz. Finally, Gekko plays Jake for a fool by promising to invest in his renewable energy project but instead confiscates the hundred million dollar trust fund set up in Winnie's name to re-establish himself as a venture capitalist based in London, then buys back his family's love so he can be a part of their life. Charming, devious, and manipulative, Gekko defined the Corrupt Corporate Executive in film.
  • War: Tom Lone is an FBI agent hell-bent on dismantling the Triad and Yakuza gangs. After his family is murdered by an assassin named Rogue, Tom killed the assassin and took his identity in order to find the people responsible. As Rogue, Tom repeatedly worked for the Triads and the Yakuza, killing various gang members while manipulating the gang leaders into getting involved in a war. After Tom destroys the Triads, he goes after Shiro Yanagawa, the leader of the Yakuza clan and the man who sent Rogue to kill his family. Once Tom kills Shiro and discovers his former partner, John Crawford, was also involved in his family's murder, Tom confronts Crawford and kills him too, thus succeeding in his quest to destroy both gangs and avenge his family.
  • The Warriors:
    • Cleon is the founder of the Warriors and their original Warlord. A brilliant and charismatic leader, Cleon creates fear and admiration for the Warriors while bringing down rival gangs and eventually luring his old enemy Virgil of the Destroyers into a trap that sees him killed. While he is killed in a final stand when wrongfully accused of the death of the Gramercy Riffs' leader Cyrus, Cleon's legacy endures with even his spirit still assisting his successor Swan.
    • Swan, War Chief of the Warriors, assumes command with Cleon's death. After butting heads with the boorish Ajax, Swan takes undisputed leadership and cleverly leads the Warriors to outwit their enemies: stealing the weapons of one gang and ambushing another from hiding. Hunting down Cyrus' real killer Luther, Swan easily disarms him before preparing to fight the lunatic, always ready to protect his gang.
    • Cyrus, leader of the Gramercy Riffs, the "Magic Man" is a gang lord with a vision. Pulling together the gangs of New York after sowing his vision among them, Cyrus unites them with a singular dream: to bind together as one, 60,000 strong gang so that they outnumber the police and organized crime and might bring in tribute and protection. A captivating and charismatic leader who brings together all the gangs as one, Cyrus's death kicks off the hunt for the Warriors, with almost all mourning him and his lost dream.
    • Masai becomes leader of the Gramercy Riffs following Cyrus' tragic death. An affluent, military-like leader who dearly cherishes his fallen friend, Masai, with Tranquil Fury, puts a hit out on the Warriors after being informed they were responsible. His influence bringing nearly all the gangs of New York to follow his commands as he has them close in on the Warriors, Masai assumes total control in the chaos, the Gramercy Riffs staying just as powerful as ever. Learning Luther was the real killer of his mentor, Masai puts an end to the vile coward and has his DJ play a song for the Warriors out of respect for their strength and bravery.
  • Waxwork: David Lincoln, proprietor of the Waxwork, murdered the hero's grandfather and stole the artifacts he collected, ultimately intending to end the world. Easily luring over a dozen victims into the Waxwork with his charming demeanor, Lincoln ultimately awakens his wax figures, allowing them to wreak havoc, beginning the final phase of his plan and only being stopped by the outright destruction of the Waxworks and his own death. A charismatic and friendly man for a villain, Lincoln's demeanour is even emphasized by his genuine care for his henchmen.
  • Way of the Dragon: The seemingly kind Uncle Wang is in truth working with the mafia in an attempt to sell his and Chen's restaurant to them for the sake of living a rich life with his family. Throughout the film, Wang subtly discourages Tang Lung and the restaurant staff from attacking the mafia by saying it would just lead to the mafia being more persistent. Knowing how much of a threat Tang Lung is to the mafia, Wang later convinces his niece, Chen, to try and get Tang to leave Italy. After he, Tang, and multiple workers at the restaurant are ambushed my martial arts masters hired by the mafia, Wang convinces Tang Lung to go on ahead before stabbing the surviving staff members in the back. When Tang Lung is about to return, Wang wounds himself to convince Tang that he and the staff were attacked after Tang left. He then takes the opportunity to try and stab Tang Lung to death while he's focusing on Ho, only failing due to the untimely arrival of the mafia boss alerting Tang.
  • The Wicker Man (1973): Lord Summerisle, the ruler of the island, was in charge of the island's crop production. Upon last year's harvest proving to be unfruitful, Summerisle arranges for the 12 year old Rowan Morrison to go missing until an anonymous letter is sent to the mainland's authorities. When police sergeant Neil Howie arrives to the island to investigate the disappearance, Summerisle appoints his subjects with misdirecting Howie in preparation for their island's May Day festival where Howie is sacrificed in the eponymous Wicker Man under the islanders' impression that doing so would enrich their harvest. Charismatic and respectful of Howie's Christian beliefs despite their conflicting views, Summerisle stands as one of Christopher Lee's finest performances.
  • Wild Things series:
    • Original film: Suzie Toller is a teenage girl from the wrong side of the tracks, masking her genius-level intellect by appearing as white trash. After one of her best friends was murdered by corrupt cop Ray Duquette, who then busted her on a bogus charge, Suzie vowed revenge. She hatches a plot wherein Suzie, her guidance counselor Sam Lombardo and Kelly Van Ryan, the rich girl Sam was sleeping with, are able to con Kelly's mother Sandra Van Ryan out of millions of dollars by having both girls falsely accuse Sam of rape, then cracking on the stand and opening the Van Ryans to a countersuit. Suzie also ordered Sam to draw Ray Duquette into the scheme by convincing him that he and Sam would get rid of both girls and split the money between the two of them instead of three-ways. After multiple betrayals and counter-betrayals and even faking her own death, at the end Suzie is the only conspirator left standing: a high-school drop-out responsible for several murders with a fortune safely stored away in an overseas account.
    • Wild Things 2: Brittney Havers, supposedly a vapid Alpha Bitch at a South Florida high school, hatches a year-long scheme to fake her mother's suicide, then convincing her rich, abusive stepfather Niles Dunlap to fake his own death in a plane crash to avoid his gambling debts owed to various criminals. Brittney and her friend Maya King then use the body of Maya's dead father so they can establish Maya as a supposed blood heir of Niles after bribing local coroner Julian Haynes, thus awarding her Niles' entire estate. When insurance investigator Terence Bridge catches wind of their scheme, they kill Julian and feed his body to alligators before Terence attempts to simply blackmail them. Brittney fatally shoots Maya in response and frames Terence for the murder, leaving the country to meet up with her stepfather just so she can kill him as well by throwing him out of a plane, and reuniting with her mother so they can enjoy their riches together.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Willy Wonka himself is an eccentric, whimsical trickster of an entrepreneur whose candy company has given him an admirable reputation worldwide. Able to create wondrous confections with use of state-of-the-art technology and his army of well-compensated workers the Oompa Loompas, Wonka puts forth a contest for the world to find five Golden Tickets hidden inside his candy, raking in a fortune from the ensuing sales before inviting the five children who locate the tickets to his Chocolate Factory. Taking the children and their guardians on a magically dangerous journey through the strange factory, Wonka tempts each of the children with their vices then sits back and watches as they endanger themselves by toying with Wonka's creations, all to narrow down the winners until only Charlie remains. After putting Charlie through a final, brutal test of moral character, Wonka reveals he planned the entire day to find a proper heir to his candy empire and hands the keys over to Charlie, promising the boy that he and his family will live happily ever after inside the Chocolate Factory.
  • Without Remorse: John Kelly is a US Navy SEAL pursuing vengeance on the people who murdered his pregnant wife, Pam. Starting by trapping a Russian Diplomat in his own car demanding the name of Pam's killer before killing him Kelly is arrested and goes on to brutalize several prison guards, getting the attention of the US Government who then get Kelly out of prison and assign him to a black ops team to track down Pam's assassin, Victor Rykov. Tracking Rykov to Russia, Kelly figures out that the mission was a set up to get the US and Russia to go to war, where he volunteers to stay behind while his team escapes the country, killing numerous Russian cops. Surviving the onslaught, Kelly fakes his death to meet up with his team before tracking down Thomas Clay and tricking him into revealing himself as the one who put the hit on Kelly. Killing Clay before leaving the US, Kelly takes the alias "John Clark", and returns a year later to propose a counter-terrorism team he calls "Rainbow".
  • Working Girl: Katharine Parker is a Boston broker who transfers to New York and becomes the latest boss of chronic secretary Tess McGill. She assigns Tess with some menial tasks and at first expresses interest in Tess's idea for a merger between a business and a radio company, but then tells her it is not going to work while secretly planning to pass off the idea as her own. When Katharine catches wind of Tess having stolen the idea back, she exposes Tess's deception and nearly takes over her role in the planned merger as a result. Even when her boyfriend Jack Trainer falls for Tess and turns against her, Katharine keeps her cool and even maintains a graceful demeanor to avoid making a scene when about to ultimately lose her job.
  • Wrath of Man: Heargraves is a vengeful crime lord who masterminds a massive part of the story to avenge the death of his son Dougie. Running a smooth operation of criminals and gangs in Los Angeles, Heargraves began a rampage through the underworld when Dougie is shot dead by armored truck robbers. Heargraves would torture and bribe anyone in his path to finding Dougie's killer, while still showing a personal disgust at a group of Human Traffickers who he interrogates for information then personally murders the lot of. Eventually going undercover as Patrick "H" Hill at the Fortico armored truck company, Heargraves lays traps for truck robbers to draw out the gang who did in Dougie, and—after investigating and threatening several members of Fortico into compliance with his scheme—lures Jackson's gang to attack Fortico so Heargraves can wipe out the lot of them as well as Jan, the one who killed his son. Even when seemingly killed in the gunfight, Heargraves survives through sheer will, tracks down Jan at the height of his success, and ruthlessly shoots the criminal in all the places Dougie was shot when he died, exacting vengeance upon Jan while solidifying his control over Los Angeles by paying off federal agents with Jan's own fortune.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Magneto, real name Erik Lehnsherr, is equally magnificent in both timelines:
      • In the original timeline, Erik Lehnsherr is a Holocaust survivor who believes mutants will suffer the same injustices unless they strike first to establish mutant superiority. Founding the Brotherhood of Mutants as Magneto, he later kidnaps Senator Kelly to test his machine that turns humans into mutants like him, while also having Mystique take Kelly's place in the government. Magneto plans to use Rogue to power the machine, and later captures her by having Mystique convince her that Xavier and the rest of the school have turned against her. Imprisoned and forced to help William Stryker, Magneto escapes and joins forces with the X-Men to stop him, before using Stryker’s son to try to force Charles to kill all non-mutants. Magneto uses Jean Grey to attack the Worthington Labs facility making a mutant cure, even at the cost of Charles's life, something that saddens him greatly. Though temporally depowered, Magneto later returns to help save the world from the Sentinels and reconciles with Charles, before helping send Logan back in time to prevent the Bad Future.
      • In the Reboot Timeline, Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr is broken out of the Pentagon by Charles and a time traveling Logan and agrees to help them stop Raven from inadvertently causing a Bad Future by killing Bolivar Trask, before attempting to kill her for the greater good. When this fails, Erik steals the plans for the Sentinels and fuses metal to them, so he can use them to attack the White House and try to kill President Richard Nixon. Going into hiding and starting a family, Erik is found out and his family is killed, killing the men who did so for revenge before joining Apocalypse. Erik later betrays Apocalypse and helps the X-Men beat him, departing on good terms with his old friend and starting the island of Genosha, as a refuge for mutants to live in peace. When Jean arrives at Genosha seeking his help controlling her rage, Erik agrees and later saves a military helicopter from her. Learning that Jean accidentally killed Raven, Erik leads his forces, along with Hank, in attempt to kill her, using a train to get into the building Jean is in. Later, Erik leads the united forces to keep the D'Bari busy while Charles reaches out to Jean. Tracking Charles to Paris, Erik ends the series engaging his friend in a friendly game of chess.
    • Raven Darkhölme, better known as Mystique, is Charles Xavier's adopted sister and Magneto's right-hand woman with the power to shapeshift into anyone, who joined Erik after his falling out with Charles. Kidnapping Senator Kelly by pretending to be his aide, Mystique later tricks Rogue into running away from the mansion by making her believe everyone there has turned on her, and sabotages Cerebro as everyone is distracted. Engaging Logan in a fight within the Statue of Liberty, Mystique gets the upper hand several times, evades capture, and takes Kelly's place in the government. Discovering William Stryker is in charge of holding Magneto, Mystique sneaks into his office in order to learn where Magneto is being held before ensuring his escape by putting iron in his prison guard's blood. Later joining the X-Men in taking down Stryker, Raven even takes the lead by infiltrating the dam by using her powers, before trying to force Charles to kill all humans. Truly believing in Erik's goal, and with some of the best fighting abilities in the series, Mystique lives life by her personal motto, "Mutant and proud."
    • Deadpool 2: Cable is a half-cyborg soldier from the future whose wife and young daughter are murdered by Russell Collins/Firefist, a pyrotechnic supervillain. Cable travels back in time to prevent this from happening with the strong intent to kill Russell when he's still a child. He breaks into the Ice Box, the mutant prison Russell is being held in, and mows down the guards before then fighting Wade Wilson/Deadpool and beating him too. Cable then goes after a prison caravan Russell is in while making further attempts to prevent Deadpool's interference as well. Cable then teams up with Deadpool and his friends to track down Russell and after Deadpool sacrifices himself to protect Russell from Cable and thus, undoes Russell's actions in the future. Cable then relives the previous fight against mutant-hating orderlies perfectly while saving Deadpool and deciding to stay to further help preserve the future comfortable knowing his family is alive again.
  • Yojimbo: The nameless Rōnin known as Kuwabatake or Tsubaki Sanjuro is a killer for hire who arrives in a desolate town controlled by feuding gangsters Ushitora and Seibei, he skillfully plays the two against one another, inflaming tensions so they will wipe one another out and ensuring their victims will be saved. After slaughtering Ushitora and his men, Sanjuro later returns to bring down a corrupt official named Kikui by playing his faction with faulty information. When he also ruins the plans of honorable samurai Hanbei, Sanjuro reluctantly defeats him in a fatal duel by altering how he draws his sword, knowing the more honorable Hanbei will strike in a traditional fashion.
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