|“||DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING MYSELF?!||„|
|~ The Toad flying into a rage when Roddy and Rita easily subdue his henchmen.|
Taking Matters is a popular scenario where every major evildoer resorted to do his/her scheme on his/her own, especially if the endeavor genuinely proved too much for his/her underlings to handle or if they are too incompetent for the endeavor.
If you want something done, you have to do it yourself. In other words, there comes a time in a story when the wrongdoer decides enough is enough and it is time for him to take matters into his own hands and carry out his evil plan himself. This usually happens under these circumstances:
- The villain is running out of time and/or reaching his/her deadline.
- His minions fail to carry out his plans.
- His army is defeated in battle.
- He discovers an opportunity.
- The villain's plans (usually constantly) fail.
- The villain reaches his breaking point.
This can lead to a villainous breakdown, crossing the Moral Event Horizon, and/or the final showdown with the hero.
- Thanos: After Loki Laufeyson failed to conquer Earth with his scepter and Ronan betrayed him he donned the Infinity Gauntlet, deciding he will gather the Infinity Stones himself.
- Queen Narissa: She decides to poison Giselle herself after Nathaniel fails to carry out her plan.
- Thrax takes matters into his own hands when his deadline is approaching to kill Frank.
- Queen Grimhilde: She decides to take matters into her own hands and kill Snow White herself when the Huntsman defies her and brings back the heart of a pig instead as she goes to the Dwarfs' cottage, disguised as a witch-like peddler.
- Gallaxhar: After his robot probe is destroyed, Gallaxhar decides to capture Ginormica himself and obtain the quantonium.
- Kent Mansley: After his lies are exposed, he takes matters into his own ends and commanded the army to fire a missile at the Iron Giant.
- Regina George: After realizing that Cady Heron gave her a weight loss bar, Regina George decides to get her revenge and turn the school against each other herself.
- Ursula: Shetakes matters into her own hands and prevent Ariel's romance with the human prince Eric when the third day - the day Ariel has to kiss Eric - approaches.
- Judge Doom: He decides to kill Eddie Valiant himself after weasels failed that in to kill him.
- Governor Ratcliffe: He makes his decision to shoot Chief Powhatan himself when the colonists defy him.
- Captain Vidal: After noticing that Ofelia has made off with his newborn son, Captain Vidal decides to go after the girl and kill her himself.
- Frieda: Due to the witches and trolls' failure to capture Ella when they had the chance, she decides to bring her to the palace herself when Rumpelstiltskin disobeys her orders.
- General von Talon: After his henchmen are overpowered by Gutsy and his force, General von Talon decides to go after Valiant himself.
- Colonel Richard Strickland: Strickland makes his decision to go after the Asset and Elisa Esposito after interrogating Zelda.
- Shredder: After Chris Bradford and Xever have failed to eliminate the Turtles, Shredder announces that he will deal with them himself.
- Nigel: Upon seeing that the marmosets failed to capture Blu and Jewel (and got the living tar beaten out of them), Nigel decides to take matters into his own wings and find and retrieve the macaws himself.
- Rasputin: After the dark forces failed to kill Anya while she's on her way to Paris, Rasputin decides to kill her himself in person.
- Sōsuke Aizen: Aizen seemingly killed his lieutenant Momo Hinamori himself after his former lieutenant Gin Ichimaru failed to kill her while fighting Tōshirō Hitsugaya.
- With Princess Mary no longer wanting to have anything to do with him, General Edward defects to the Blefuscians and brings with him blueprints of a robot coming from Gulliver's Guitar Hero III game manual. The Blefuscians secretly build the robot, with Edward as the pilot.
- Kylo Ren: After being berated by Snoke for failing, being called weak and a sentimental child, Kylo Ren realizes that his master is only using and abusing him. This heavily diminishes his loyalty towards Snoke and aggravates Kylo's inner conflict. When Rey is brought before Snoke, Kylo decides to betray and kill his master to save her life and create a new order in the galaxy by her side. However, as she rejects him and escapes, he takes the First Order's matters into his own hands becoming the new Supreme Leader. Unknown to him, this was part of resurrected Palpatine's plan and that his mentor Snoke was actually a Force-controlled puppet.
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