Most villains die in the end, and it’s karmic. After everything they’ve done to the main character and the people around them, karma will eventually get to them.
Here are 11 villains that got the most karmic endings.
1. Caesar in New Vegas
Somebody commented, “If you don’t intervene, then Caesar’s death in New Vegas is pretty karmic.”
The second person replied, “I think the most karmic ending for an NV villain is tricking Elijah and trapping him in the vault. The man threw away his Brotherhood, his apprentice, years of his life, and the lives of who knows how many innocent wastelanders to get into that vault. Courier Six gives him what he wants, entombing him in the very thing he desires most, his insane goal just outside of his reach. ‘Finding it, though, that’s not the hard part. It’s letting go.’”
2. Light Yagami
One person said, “Light Yagami, the dude who spent the entire series ranting about his godhood and how superior he was to everyone else and treating everyone else either with contempt or as a pawn, is exposed at the end as a sniveling coward who can’t handle adversity.”
Then somebody replied, “Came here to say this one: I love the amount of depth between L and Light’s relationship. Light acts like he’s a genius, and that gives him an air of elitism, but he’s outclassed by L time and time again. The ONLY reason L didn’t catch him was due to L needing hard evidence. I’m certain that Light enjoyed being chased, because, at the end of the day, who can beat a god?
“If you pay attention to their interactions, you clearly see L is playing games with Light from the very beginning (and never loses that suspicion, just never had evidence). L most likely assumed that Rem (any shinigami really) would be unbiased (as a god reasonably would be) to the situation, and that’s why he died. He never expected a god of death to intervene manually, much less to pick Light’s side (from L’s perspective, the god is shackled to the book, nothing more). At least, that’s how I gather it.
“Light is completely childish, arrogant, and while he may be highly intelligent, his ego forces his hand into objectively terrible scenarios (killing the FBI agents was obviously a huge blunder, but Light couldn’t stand opposition to his ‘godhood’). His death is truly karmic, because he loses to someone he feels is completely inferior, not only to himself, but also to his true adversary. His line ‘You are nothing like L’ comes from his contempt towards others’ ‘inferiority’, and only ever regarded L as his equal.”
3. Pillars of Eternity
“In Pillars of Eternity, the villain is an immortal inquisitor who has spent generations undermining societies when their technology and and culture strayed from his [god’s] designs. Perhaps his worst crime was using magic to imprison the souls of those he branded heretics for all time in a place called Breith Eamen. He brags about his brutality and says that his methods are justified because humanity’s true purpose can only be found through his gods.
“You can choose what to do with him once you defeat him. In one ending, you imprison his soul in Breith Eamen. Despite his grandstanding about the righteousness of his actions, he screams for mercy when he realizes you will sentence him to the same fate he doled out to so many others,” shared somebody.
4. Carter J Burke in Aliens
One person said, “For pure Karma, the fate of Carter J Burke in Aliens (especially in the novelization which was supposedly part filmed but cut from the movie) In the film the Aliens grab him, yet in the novel and the aforementioned partially filmed scene, Ripley finds him in the nest, and he’s been impregnated by a facehugger. Ripley finds him cocooned and moaning about feeling the chest-burster moving inside, which is a super karmic outcome considering he planned the same fate for Ripley and Newt.”
5. Yoshikage Kira in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
“Yoshikage Kira was dragged to hell thanks to Reimi Sugimoto and her dog, Arnold, ghosts of one of Kira’s early killing sprees,” stated one.
“Reimi being responsible for Kira being dragged to hell was significant because Reimi was specifically his FIRST victim. He killed her when he first started his killing spree at age 15 iirc,” replied another.
6. Darth Sidious/Palpatine in Star Wars
Somebody said, “Darth Sidious/Palpatine in the original Expanded Universe. After years of planning and one last ditch effort to gain a final powerful host body, he’s dragged into the afterlife by the ghosts of every Jedi that ever lived and doomed to exist in a separate plane of the Force full of darkness, going insane from within it.”
Another person replied, “I thought they were dragging him to the afterlife tbh, but that’s still metal af Also, the original ending for Rise of Skywalker would’ve partially adapted that with Anakin leading the Jedi dragging Palps’ spirit into the force.”
7. Kars in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures
One person commented, “Kars from JoJo. He achieves his goal and becomes the ultimate immortal, undying, and unaging lifeform. Then he gets blown into space and now has to spend all eternity floating in the void.”
8. Lorne Malvo from Fargo
Somebody shared, “I think Lorne Malvo was a pretty cool one. After years of murdering people and being this unstoppable monster, he is finally finished off by the one guy he spared, in an extremely similar way to how he killed all his previous victims. To explain, Malvo was snuck up in his safehouse and shot while unarmed and unprepared. His MO for killing people was to sneak up on them while they were distracted and then kill them before they could react, extremely similar to his own death.
9. Henry Hill in Goodfellas
One person said, “Goodfellas: Henry Hill sold out everything he believed in, destroying everything he loved, only to live out his days as the very thing he always despised. Trapped in his personal little hell.”
10. Dr. Channard from Hellraiser 2
“Dr. Channard from Hellraiser 2. So obsessed with Hell, and when he finally got there and became a cenobite, he was killed and disposed of a few minutes later by the thing he desperately wanted,” shared one.
11. Alec Trevelyan from Goldeneye
“Alec Trevelyan from Goldeneye, after he stole secret Soviet superweapons with the intent of stealing billions of quid from the UK financial system before zapping it to hell, he ended up being dropped from and having the satellite dish he used to control said superweapons collapse on top of him,” stated somebody.
Which of these villains do you think has the most epic karmic ending? Let us know in the comments!
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