The plan that seems so simple. The athlete who thinks he’s invincible. The bad ass who meets his match. These are just some of the people and situations you will find in Hollywood movies. And here are ten times where characters had no idea what they were in for.
10. Sheriff Teasle in First Blood
This guy woke up one morning, had a giant breakfast to fill his fat belly and started his day off by picking up Green Beret drifter, John Rambo, who just wanted something to eat. Teasle arrests him for vagrancy and generally gives him a hard time. His deputies beat him up a little and are generally asses to him. Rambo, having had enough of their cruelty, escapes from the jail and proceeds to kill a deputy, injures about a dozen others and brings Teasle on a ride he won’t soon forget.
9. Apollo Creed in Rocky
Here’s the world heavyweight champion giving an unknown a shot at the title. He only does this because his opponent had to back out because of injury. Apollo thinks it would be a great idea to give a local Philly boxer that shot. While Rocky Balboa trains by drinking raw eggs and beating the hell out of slabs of beef, Apollo checks his stock portfolio and worries about his hair. He has no idea that the man coming for him is hungry and sees this as his one shot at glory. When Apollo gets in the ring, he is knocked down for the first time in his career. It’s only then that he realises that the match is not just a show, but an actual fight.
8. Quint, Hooper and Brody in Jaws
When the mayor of Amity finally agrees to pay Quint what he wants, three men embark on a journey to kill a Great White. Quint has an idea of what they are up against, but even he is way off. As he says to Hooper upon first seeing the great animal, “25 (as in feet), and three tonnes of him.” And then of course you have Brody and his famous declaration of needing a bigger boat. When the three of them set out to do what needed to be done, they had no idea what they were up against and it cost one of them his life and almost the other two as well.
7. Jerry Lundegaard from Fargo
Jerry is married to a woman with a rich father. Jerry needs money and he thinks the best way to do this is to fake the kidnapping of his wife so that his father-in-law will pay the ransom. He hires thugs he hardly knows, steals one of his own cars from his dealership, trusts people he shouldn’t and basically does everything incorrectly. He thought it would be quite simple to hire someone to kidnap his wife, set the ransom, have it delivered, return his wife to his father-in-law and keep most of the money. None of this goes as planned and then, well, the wood chipper makes an appearance.
6. Dillon from Predator
Dillon decides to tag along with Dutch and his rescue team to pick up some abducted Americans from behind enemy lines. Dutch is not happy about this because his team works alone. Reluctantly he agrees to let Dillon be part of the mission. Upon reaching the jungles, strange things begin to happen. They find soldiers who look to be skinned alive, one of the members is then killed by an unseen entity and they find his body in the trees. The other members of Dutch’s team know that they are up against something they have never faced before while Dillon, right till the end believes they are being tracked by two or three soldiers. Ultimately, Dillon pays the ultimate price, but he does finally learn that “there’s something out there, and it ain’t no man.”
5. Johnny Ringo from Tombstone
Johnny Ringo and Doc Holliday hate each other. Both are the fastest gun slingers of their respective groups. Ringo is also an educated man, which causes more friction between he and Holliday as Holliday is a dentist by trade, also very educated. There is obviously an imminent showdown brewing between these two and Ringo being the cocky, arrogant cowboy he is, at first thinks nothing of Holliday. Then it gets the shock of his life when he thinks he’s going to meet one on one with Wyatt Earp, and a deathly ill and dying Holliday shows up and reminds Ringo that Holliday is indeed his huckleberry.
4. The marines from Aliens
Ripley is brought along to LV-426 in an advisory role to help edify the marines about the alien life form. None of them really have much of an interest in what she is saying. At the briefing, they seem more interested in ridiculing each other with friendly banter and then acting full of bravado by saying things like, “I just need to know one thing, WHERE-THEY-ARE.” Ripley tries to tell them that they are no match for the aliens, but they simply don’t care. All of this changes when the team has their first encounter with the species and they lose several members of their team which then causes Hudson, one of the more colourful marines, to remark, “maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events but we just got our asses kicked pal.”
3. Mike, Heather and Josh from The Blair Witch Project
When the three young documentary filmmakers venture off into the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland, they do so with the intentions of making a picture about local legend The Blair Witch. This is a simple and straight forward venture and they plan on being back to work by Monday. Soon they start to hear stories about men disappearing while camping, 7 kids going missing because of a man named Rusty Parr who would bring kids into a basement and kill them two at a time, but placing one in the corner while killing the other. Heather and Josh and Mike also hear stories from several different people about a woman whose feet don’t touch the ground. They really don’t believe much of it until Josh goes missing, weird stick figures are placed all around their camp, they seem to be walking in circles for hours and late at night they hear really strange noises. Finally everything becomes clear to them as they find a cabin in the middle of the woods and one of them is made to stand in a corner.
2. Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back
Luke is still very raw and hasn’t learned everything he needs to from Yoda. While in the Dagobah System, Luke feels the presence of Darth Vader. He enters into some kind of mental battle with him and upon decapitating Vader, the mask disintegrates and Luke sees his own face under the mask. He tells Yoda and Obi Wan that he must go face Vader and that he feels ready to do so. Yoda knows he is not but cannot prevent him from going. When Luke finally meets Vader, Vader feels the force is with Luke, but reminds him that he is not a Jedi yet. He then proceeds to torment Luke and shows him how much he still has to learn. When Luke finally loses his hand to Vader’s lightsaber, his failure is complete.
1. Rocky from Superman II
Here’s a man who picked a fight with Superman. This is perhaps the dumbest thing one can do. While it’s true that when he picked a fight with Superman, he was no longer Kal-el, but just good old Clark Kent, minus the Superman abilities. We the audience know that won’t last for very long. Rocky is a trucker who frequents the diner that Clark and Lois stop at for some dinner. Rocky starts to make advances at Lois while Clark is in the bathroom. When Clark comes out, he asks Rocky to step outside. Rocky then sucker punches him and then hits him in the stomach doubling over the former Man of Steel. Rocky is a cocky and arrogant jerk who refers to himself as Mr. Wonderful. When Clark finally finds a way to get his Superman abilities back, he returns to the diner and meets up with Rocky once again. This time, he does to Rocky what you expect him to. The waitress looks at Clark incredulously and Clark just tells her that he has been working out. Superman, even though he wasn’t at the time, is the last person on the planet that you want to pick a fight with.
Written & Compiled by Dan Grant
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