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Top 10 Bizarre Villain Deaths

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut

Well . . . we certainly couldn’t have seen that coming. For this list, we’re looking at the most ludicrous villain deaths in movie history. As long as the scene is weird, wild, and/or over-the-top – it qualifies. Obviously, there’ll be plenty of spoilers. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Bizarre Villain Deaths.

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Top 10 Bizarre Villain Deaths

Well… we certainly couldn’t have seen that coming. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Bizarre Villain Deaths.

For this list, we’re looking at the most ludicrous villain deaths in movie history. As long as the scene is weird, wild, and/or over-the-top – it qualifies. Obviously, there will be plenty of spoilers.

#10: William ‘Bill’ Stranix

“Under Siege” (1992)

While nothing compares to Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal and Tommy Lee Jones make for a pretty decent main event. A disgraced former Navy Seal turned cook, Casey Ryback acts as the last line of resistance when a team of commandos hijack the USS Missouri with plans to sell the ship's Tomahawk missiles. After kicking ass all across the bow and deck, Seagal faces off against Jones' Stranix in the control room. They engage in a slap fight with knives before Ryback gets bored, gouges Strannix’s eye, stabs him through the top of the skull and stuffs the villain's head into a monitor. Justice prevails once-again.

#9: Freddy Krueger

“A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” (1988)

When it comes to death scenes, this Wes Craven series is known for its creativity. Usually, Freddy is the one dishing out the pain, but A Nightmare on Elm Street's fourth entry turned the tables on the villain. In classic slasher fashion, Kruger makes a comeback and starts confiscating people's souls while delivering some good old fashioned gore. The ending however, is a total curveball, in that it sees Freddy defeated by a nursery rhyme and some shards of stained glass, through which Alice forces him to face his own evil. This act allows the captured souls to break free and, in the process, rip Freddy to shreds. Well... you don’t see that every day.

#8: Sen. Aaron McComb

“Timecop” (1994)

It’s the year 1994, and time travel is fully developed and useable. Clearly, for this Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick, realism and logic were far from being top priorities. Timecop sees Max Walker traveling through history to try and stop Senator Aaron McComb from becoming the President of the United States. Time Travel is a relatively straightforward process, with the only rule being that the same matter cannot occupy the same space. With the older McComb planning to take out Walker and his wife in an explosion, Van Damme pushes the younger version into the Senator, who promptly turns into CGI liquid and disappears from history. Talk about conveniently odd time travel laws.

#7: Agent Smith

“The Matrix” (1999)

As an agent of the system, Smith practically serves as an anti-virus for the Matrix. Putting aside the complicated sequels, Keanu Reeves' Neo spends the majority of the original Matrix trying to come to terms with his status as The One, while Hugo Weaving jumps from body to body in an attempt to stop him. Even if Neo defeats Smith, as long as he is still connected to the Matrix, the agent can just respawn in another host. Fueled by the power of love, Neo finally attains mastery over the Matrix and uses this new ability to dive into Smith and destroy him from the inside out. Real or not… that must’ve seriously hurt.

#6: Darryl Revok

“Scanners” (1981)

Think… an army of Jean Greys. Scanners is a Canadian science-fiction horror film centering around extremely dangerous psychics and one man's mission to take over the world. Alongside the hero Cameron Vale, Michael Ironside's Darryl Revok is the most powerful scanner in the story and capable of sucking out someone’s brain with his mind. The climax sees Vale and Revok engaging in a telepathic battle, with the latter incinerating the former's body. In a last-ditch effort for survival, Vale transfers his consciousness into Revok's body and takes charge. What happened to Revok? That is a good question.

#5: Auric Goldfinger

“Goldfinger” (1964)

Even in a film that sees a woman die by being coated in gold paint, the villain's death is still, somehow, the weirdest. Going up against Goldfinger and Oddjob, Sean Connery's James Bond attempts to foil Goldfinger's plan to contaminate Fort Knox's gold reserves. Bond proves successful, prompting a vengeful Goldfinger to hijack the agent's airborne plane, leading to a cabin window accidentally being shot and the plane decompressing. With Bond holding on for dear life, a bewildered Goldfinger is sucked out of the window. It’s certainly an odd way to go, but with age, the special effects involved have made this death almost comedic.

#4: Hitman

“Shoot 'Em Up” (2007)

Oh, you thought John Wick killing someone with a pencil was impressive? Clive Owen's Shoot 'Em Up is an hour-and-a-half of pure insanity, with the most ludicrous moment occurring in the first ten minutes. Owen's Smith is a drifter with a heart of gold, who ends up saving a pregnant woman from the clutches of a villainous hitman. Facing off against the gun-happy attacker, Smith sticks a carrot in the dude's mouth and punches the produce right through the offender’s skull. Who said vegetables were good for you?

#3: Wicked Witch of the West

“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Arguably one of the most famous deaths in movie history, the manner in which this witch perishes is also pretty weird. Aided by an army of monkeys, the Wicked Witch of the West is a genuinely terrifying villain, one capable of eliciting fear across the magical land of Oz. Desperate to return to Kansas, Dorothy must first best the Wicked Witch, an act accomplished by throwing a bucket of water on the villain, which causes the Witch to melt. This might be a reference to history, as potential witches were thrown into a river to see if they float. Regardless… it’s an oddly simple Achilles heel for such a powerful villain.

#2: Dr. Kananga

“Live and Let Die” (1973)

With Roger Moore's first appearance as James Bond, this eighth installment took the franchise in a goofier direction. Live and Let Die sees the MI6 spy trying to foil Dr. Kananga’s plan to produce and distribute heroin. Along the way, Bond uses tarot cards to seduce Solitaire, escapes certain death by jumping along the backs of alligators, and stops a voodoo sacrifice. Annoyed by Moore's constant interferences, Karanga tries to feed the agent and Solitaire to sharks, but Bond escapes and stuffs a compressed-gas pellet into the Doctor's mouth, causing the villain to explode. It might be a live action film, but that move is straight out of a cartoon.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions.

Boba Fett

“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” (1983)

Simon Phoenix

“Demolition Man” (1993)

Oogie Boogie

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

#1: Thunder

“Big Trouble in Little China” (1986)

Ever felt so angry that you might explode? Thunder knows that feeling. John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China is a hilariously over-the-top action-comedy starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver who gets entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy involving curses and wizards. The final battle sees Jack use his rad knife-throwing skills to take out the big-bad, David Lo Pan; causing Thunder – his henchman – to self-destruct out of frustration. The hero had absolutely nothing to do with it... Thunder just inflates into the shape of a basketball and pops all on his own.

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