Discover our selection of bad guys from the cinema who fell from very high and who, for the most part, had well deserved it! Spoiler alert!
It’s a cinematic convention, when the villain goes up, most of the time, he comes down brutally! The proof with this selection of 10 antagonists of big screen classics who took to the skies… before crashing violently lower!
Played by Alan Rickman, this terrorist is the main antagonist of Crystal Trap. From the top of Nakatomi Plaza, as a film’s ultimate confrontations often take place at the top, Hans confronts John McClane (Bruce Willis), who has climbed the building’s ladder to kill him.
Hans gets shot, stumbles and finds himself in a vacuum, hanging from the watch and Mrs. McClane’s arm. Seeing that Hans is going to shoot them, John unfastens the watch and Hans falls into the void. His gaze at this moment is completely improvised, as Rickman has repeatedly told.
During his confrontation with Batman on top of a building in Gotham City, the ascendant Joker escapes by climbing a rope ladder connected to a helicopter piloted by his accomplices. But the Dark Knight shoots him, connecting his leg to one of the tower’s gargoyles, which creates an overweight that is fatal to Jack Napier, who falls from a great height and ends up probably… flattened like a pancake!
As early as 1937, Walt Disney established that cartoon villains must be punished. The wicked witch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, who is about to drop a huge rock on the dwarfs who pursue her, is punished by the elements, since a lightning comes to split the edge of the cliff on which she was. , and she falls at the same time as her rock, which will be fatal to her.
In The Untouchables, the confrontation between Frank Nitti (Billy Drago) and Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) takes place on the roof of the Chicago courthouse. After a final provocation towards Ness, one too many, the investigator pushes Nitti, who crashes several meters lower, landing on a car. You have to be careful what you say to your worst enemy…
A guy you don’t kill last
In Commando, John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) must free his daughter, held back by a former dictator. The hard way is in order, including when another less lethal solution would be possible. This is evidenced by the interrogation scene, in which Matrix, who is holding an unarmed man by the feet above a chasm, declares, letting go of him: “Do you remember Sully? I promised you that I would kill the last one. I lied to you”.
Portrayed by Sean Bean in GoldenEye, Alec Trevelyan is a former British secret agent (006) who became a terrorist. His change of camp is not appreciated by Bond (Pierce Brosnan), who knowingly drops him into the void, while he holds him at his mercy. Trevelyan is then seen falling heavily to the ground. One of Sean Bean’s many on-screen deaths.
At Disney, villains don’t always last long! This is the case of Gaston, a deceitful and pretentious hunter who takes advantage of a moment of clemency from the Beast towards him to better stab him in the back. His reaction to the injury causes Gaston to lose his balance and fail to catch himself and fall from the top of the castle, leaving Beauty and the Beast in peace forever.
In Return of the Jedi, Palpatine attempts to kill Luke Skywalker with his powers, but Darth Vader, seeing his son in pain and near death, grabs his Emperor and throws him into the void, getting rid of him for good. In any case, that’s what we thought before the release of The Rise of Skywalker.
A killer for your eyes only
In For Your Eyes Only, the twelfth James Bond feature, one of the killers of the dreaded Kristatos (Julian Glover) stops 007 (played by Roger Moore) from climbing a cliff. By starting to detach his stake and his safety carabiner, he puts the secret agent in danger, before the latter throws a stake in his chest, and the killer falls from the cliff, at the feet of the unfortunate woman. Melina (Carole Bouquet), who thinks it was Bond who fell.
Among the Looney Tunes, the character who suffers the most falls is undoubtedly the Coyote alias Wile E. Coyote in the original version. In his perpetual quest to catch Bip-Bip, he hatches the most diabolical plans, often based on rocks, to get rid of his nemesis. It usually ends with a fall in a very deep canyon…