Villainous Overview

Supreme Power Can Be a Weakness

Supreme Power Can Be a Weakness

You're mortal! How?!
~ Ronan the Accuser (blinded by his lust for power), before being destroyed by the Guardians of the Galaxy via the power of one of the Infinity Gems he sought to control.

Sometimes, obtaining supreme power can be someone's undoing. In other words, in any story, the villain is defeated by the power that he or she sought. This is one of the most unpredictable moments in a film, book, or play - usually during the climax.

When the evildoer is defeated by the power he or she sought, this occurs in these circumstances:

  • The villain initially plans on using a powerful object, henchmen, or a monster to use for his or her own gains, but this backfires, defeating the antagonist.
  • The villain gets the power he or she wants, but it destroys or imprisons him or her.
  • The villain outright wins, but his or her victory leads to his or her undoing.


(Davis: GEORGE!) (Kate lunges at Claire, snatching her arm and knocking the gun out of her hands.) GET IT AWAY FROM ME! (George lets out a mighty roar.) What the hell are you doing?! (Kate puts the serum in Claire's purse; the villain's eyes grow wide with surprise.) (Kate, with fire in her eyes: Feeding the monster to the gorilla!) (With a mighty blow, Kate knocks down Claire with a solid punch in the nose. Slowly, George's enormous hand closes around the evil woman and lifts her screaming into the air. Then, opening his mouth, he releases his grip, dropping Claire and the serum into his gaping maw.) Oh, S---------T!!!! (With a bellow of rage and triumph, he smashes the antenna used to lure the monsters into the city.)
~ Claire Wyden defeated by the power she sought.
What's wrong with everybody?! Ow! Huh? Hey, What this thing thrown at me? Where's the happiness?! Hey, this is the start of the Chick-era!
~ Chick booed by the media and his fans for cheating, though he won.
(Archibald Snatcher, now swollen up by his allergy, is about to eat the tasty cheese in front of Eggs, Winnie, Fish, and Lord Portley-Rind.) (Eggs, firmly: Don't do this. It won't change who you are. Cheese, hats, boxes, they don't make you. YOU make you.) (Snatcher hears this, but his cruel eyes narrow.) I have made me, boy. Thish ish my deshtiny. (Extending his fleshy tongue, he pops the cheese into his mouth, chews, and swallows it. Our heroes, Fish, and Portley-Rind hold each other tightly as Snatcher savors the delicacy.) Hmm... Aromatic, oaky, with an undertone of a mother's... (Suddenly, Santcher's allergic reaction sets off and he explodes in a horrible yellow mess, putting an end to his his evil reign once and for all.)
~ Archibald Snatcher finally achieving his power by eating cheese in the Tasting Room, but soon becomes destroyed by his greed and allergy.
(Joe has finally claimed the bottle of fish antidote and is taking it with him down the pipe when a voice rings out.) (Fly: Wait! Wait, come-come back here, you-you stupid fish!) I'm sufficiently intelligent to kill you if you don't stop bothering me. (Fly: So what? Any brute could do that, but can you tell me what the square root of.. 6,561 is?) Uh, 300, divided by 40, minus 3 is... (Joe slurps down some of the potion, and his head swells to five times its normal size!) Ha! 81! (Fly: Yeah! But do you know what happens if an object travels at the speed of light?) (Joe guzzles down some more antidote, and this time, spines, legs and arms sprout from his body. He pulls off his pelvic fins, tearing flesh off his face.) Ah! It turns into pure energy! (Fly? What came first, the-the chicken or the egg?) (Joe sucks down a huge dose of potion and this time, grows to a massive size, growing hair, ears, and longer limbs, turning into a hideous human monster.) It depends on the relative amount of molecules in the UNIVERSE! (Fly: What happens to a fish if he drinks too much antidote?) It becomes...(Joe gasps for breath.) ...HUMAN! (A smile spreads across Fly's face.) (Fly, slyly: Can a human breathe underwater?) OF COURSE NOT! (Joe realizes what is happening and wheezes for breath, but drowns and is sucked away down the dark pipe.)
~ Joe being tricked by Fly into drinking too much of the fish antidote and defeated by the power he sought.
The universe is mine to command, TO CONTROL! (Aladdin: Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something?) Huh? (Aladdin: You wanted to be a genie? You got it! (Suddenly, gold cuffs clamp down on Jafar's wrists.) WHAT?! (Aladdin, holding up the black lamp: And everything that goes with it!) NO! NO! (Jafar is sucked into the lamp, taking Iago with him.) (Aladdin: Phenomenal cosmic powers...itty bitty living space.)
~ Jafar imprisoned by his greed and a lamp after finally achieving the power he always wanted.
(Vic Hoskins tries to coax Delta to him.) We're...we're on the same side, right? Right? (He holds out his hand to the dinosaur as Delta growls softly.) Easy. Easy... (Owen, Claire, and the boys stand back as they notice the scene.) I'm on your side. (It seems like Hoskins' plan is about to work, but suddenly, Delta's sharp-toothed mouth shoots forward and clamps down on his beefy arm! Hoskins lets out a bloodcurdling scream and the friends run away as Delta overpowers him, spilling blood onto the glass walls.)
~ Vic Hoskins defeated by Delta when he initially planned to clone dinosaurs for his own evil plans.
(After the treasure chamber turns to gold, water begins to pour into it.) (Cassim: Time to go, Aladdin!) (Suddenly, Sa'Luk jumps out of hiding and knocks Aladdin down!) No one's going anywhere. Give the Hand of Midas to me, Cassim, or your son dies! (Cassim, firmly: Sa'Luk, your battle is with me!) (Aladdin: Don't worry, Dad. I can take him alone.) (Cassim: But you're not alone. Not anymore. (calls out to Sa'Luk) You want the Hand of Midas, Sa'Luk? Take it!) (Cassim tosses the Hand of Midas to Sa'Luk, who pushes Aladdin out of the way and grabs it.) The Hand of Midas is mine! (Sa'Luk laughs with evil glee.) And also, the life of your brat. (Cassim gives him a fierce stare.) What are YOU staring at? (Aladdin notices this and Sa'Luk does too - the greedy thief has touched the golden part of the Hand, which begins to glow. Suddenly, without warning, a golden light travels up Sa'Luk's arm!) No! No! (Sa'Luk gives out a yell of monumental proportions as he is turned into a golden statue. Then, he tumbles into the water and sinks like a stone.)
~ Sa'Luk literally trapped by his own greed as he obtains the Hand of Midas.
(Morgana has finally achieved the power of the trident and is gloating with evil triumph. She laughs.) It's over, Triton. I sentence you to OBLIVION! (Suddenly, Melody leaps out of hiding and grabs the trident!) You! Just what do you think you're going to do with THAT? (Melody points the base of the trident at Morgana.) (Melody: Stay back!) (Morgana, with a laugh: Wrong end, sweetheart.) (Suddenly, the wicked witch grabs Melody by the leg, but the fearless heroine brings down the point of the trident, stabbing Morgana in the tentacle. The villain howls in pain.) (Melody: Grandfather? I think this belongs to you!) (Melody tosses the trident to King Triton.) NOOOOOO! (Morgana's arm pushes Melody, who tumbles over the edge of the ice pedestal, but Dash jumps underneath the girl, causing her to land on him like a pillow. The trident lands in Triton's hand, and he raises it above his head.) (King Triton: Never again will you or yours threaten my family!) (Morgana tries to shield herself with her tentacles, but it's too late.) (King Triton, firing a ray at Morgana: There will be no escape for you...EVER!) (Morgana gives out a horrible cry as the trident's power imprisons her in a huge iceberg. The pedestal crumbles into pieces and falls into the ocean. Morgana, held prisoner in the ice, sinks to the bottom of the sea.) Mommy!
~ Morgana defeated by the power of the trident.
(Po inserts his Chi into Kai's chest) YES!!! The power.... is MINE!! (discs break from Kai's belt) Wait! No! It's too much! It's TOO MUCH!! NO! UGH!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! (A beaming light engulfs Kai, ending his terror.)
~ Kai as Po's chi overwhelms him and destroys him.
~ Grady horrified that he is too big to do anything, even riding a horse, wrecks his place in horror and desperately pleads his alter ego to make him small in the The Twilight Zone episode, The Last Night of a Jockey.
NO! (the rest of Rapunzel's hair turns from blonde to brown) Oh, no... NO! What have you done?! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! (sees her reflection in the broken mirror and tries to conceal her face) No, no, no!!!!!! NOOOO! (Pascal pulls a length of the cut hair and sends her falling off the tower's window) (Mother Gothel screams in terror as she falls to the ground and only her cloak remains, ending her terror once and for all)
~ Mother Gothel dying of rapid age acceleration and being disintegrated into nothingness as Flynn cuts off Rapunzel's long magic hair (and the power she sought from within) with a shard of the broken mirror.
(Max Mordon tugs at the unguarded idol of Paititi. He manages to pry it free!) YES! (Tad Stones: NO!) Too bad, Toad! Loser! (Tad Stones: Now he's gonna be immortal!) (Mummy Chief: [stops Tad] Don't get any closer. Just wait.) (Bursts of purple energy start to flow around Max.) I feel... FULL OF LIFE! (A burst of purple energy peeks through the stone doorway behind Max. He drops the statue as his whole body suddenly begins to convulse.) What? What's happening to me? (Mummy Chief: You may be immortal, but not as you'd expect.) (A blast of purple light obscures Max as his whole skin begins to unwrap like toilet paper as he screams in agony. Tad, Sara and Professor Lavrof stare in shock. The dust settles and Max stares in horror as he sees he's been transformed into a mummy!) (Mummy Chief: This is the price of eternal life, Max Moron!) No, no, this can't be! Sara, HELP ME! (Sara Lavrof: Get away from me!) (Mummy Chief: Don't worry, you're still quite handsome for a mummy, really. You'll fit right in here.) (Max shoves the Mummy Chief aside) No! There must be an antidote to reverse this curse! (Professor Lavrof: No, there isn't! This is the reason why the mummy's still alive.) (Sara Lavrof: Mummies can't be alive! It's a contradiction in terms.) (Mummy Chief: Oh, oh, this is great. She's got mummy issues too. GET SOME THERAPY, PEOPLE! [The Mummy Chief turns to Tad and the mummified Max.] Take him here.) Don't even think about it, Toad! (Tad Stones: My name is Tad! [snatches Max by the throat and brings him to the temple door] What're you gonna do, kill him? Pretty pointless if you think about it.) (The Mummy Chief opens the doors to reveal a huge treasure guarded by several other mummies. Two mummy guards holding spears appear at the top of the staircase.) (Professor Lavrof: Oh, my god! The treasure of the Incas! IT EXISTS!) (Mummy Chief: Take him to our darkest cell. You'll enjoy eternal jail!) (The guards grab Max by the arms and begin dragging him away) What?! No. NO! Who do you think you're talking to? You can't do that! I'm Max Mordon! I'm the most famous archaeologist in the world! No! No! 'NOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!
~ Max Mordon seemingly succeeding in snatching the Paititi idol of immortality--but it turns out the idol only grants immortality to those who hold it by turning them into mummies. Thus, Max is transformed into a mummy to his horror and is taken into the mummy prison for all eternity.
(In the final fight for the Nano Gauntlet with the Infinity Stones, Captain Marvel blasts at Thanos. Thanos pulls the Power Stone out of the Gauntlet and uses it in his free hand to hit Captain Marvel away. Stark looks in question at Strange, who simply raises one finger, reminding him that the one win over Thanos he foresaw is now at risk. Stark nods and Thanos then puts the Power Stone back into the Gauntlet, channeling the powers of the Infinity Stones. Stark attacks Thanos, pulling on the Gauntlet before Thanos punches him away, seemingly holding the Stones again.) I am... inevitable. (Thanos snaps his fingers, but nothing happens except a metallic clink. He sees the Infinity Stones are missing. Tony has the stones on his own Nano Gauntlet, much to Thanos' shock.) (Iron Man: And I... am... Iron Man.) (Tony snaps his fingers. Rocket fires at a Leviathan and before it devours him, it crumbles into ash. The Black Order and Thanos' army start crumbling to ash. T'Challa and Quill look around in surprise. Steve looks on in exhaustion, knowing that they won. Thanos, in horror, looks around and sees his entire army disintegrate. He looks at Steve, who just stares at him. Thanos sits down and rests on the desolate battlefield, looking up at it with an expression of pure despair as he slowly lowers his head; eyes closing, body sulking down to the ground, and mind embracing absolute failure with dignity before he too is erased from existence.)
~ Thanos erased from existence by the power of the Infinity Stones, which he had planned to use so he could destroy and then rebuild and take over the universe.
(A weakened Rey harnesses the powers of the Force and the voices of the Jedi from the past.) (Rey: Be with with with me.) (Obi-Wan Kenobi: These are your final steps, Rey. Rise, and take them.) (Anakin Skywalker: Rey.) (Ahsoka Tano: Rey.) (Kanan Jarrus: Rey.) (Anakin: Bring back the balance, Rey, as I did.) (Luminara Unduli: The light. Find the light, Rey.) (Mace Windu: You are not alone, Rey.) (Yoda: Alone, never have you been.) (Qui-Gon Jinn: Every Jedi who ever lived, lives in you.) (Anakin: The Force surrounds you, Rey.) (Aayla Secura: Let it guide you.) (Ahsoka: As it guided us.) (Windu: Feel the Force flowing through you, Rey.) (Anakin: Let it lift you.) (Adi Gallia: Rise, Rey.) (Qui-Gon: We stand behind you, Rey.) (Obi-Wan: Rey.) (Yoda: Rise in the Force.) (Kanan: In the heart of a Jedi lies her strength.) (Obi-Wan: Rise.) (Qui-Gon: Rise.) (Luke: Rey, the Force will be with you. Always.) (Encouraged by their voices, Rey finally rises, stands before Palpatine and ignites Leia's lightsaber.) Let your death be the final word in the story of rebellion. (He raises his hand, and unleashes a streak of Force lightning at Rey, but she blocks it by using Leia's lightsaber.) YOU ARE NOTHING!! A SCAVENGER GIRL IS NO MATCH FOR THE POWER IN ME!! I AM ALL THE SITH!!! (Rey: And all the Jedi.) (Rey uses Leia and Anakin's lightsabers to deflect the Force lightning back on Palpatine. Unable to take the strain of the immense energy reflected back at him, a horrified Palpatine gets vaporized into nothingness, which decimates the Sith Eternal, finally killing him for good.)
~ Emperor Palpatine meeting his final death as he is vaporized into nothingness by the immense power of his own Force lightning.
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