Trained professional killers have always been a huge part of pop culture, whether in movies or video games. There’s something oddly seductive about characters who pursue murder for hire as a means of earning a living, whether willingly or by coercion. Of course, assassins aren’t always profit-driven. Some of the best action movies ever made tell the story of killers in personal or professional vendettas.
However, even the most skilled assassins fall prey to certain vices, which can make them terrible at their job. Whether it’s romance, self-adulation, arrogance, or even simple forgetfulness, there are plenty of movies in which trained killers make rookie mistakes that ultimately lead to their downfall.
ten Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
The character of Darth Maul is a very interesting figure, especially given his stints in the comics and the clone wars animated series. Too bad his only live-action appearance star wars movies were The Phantom Menace, which is arguably one of the most confusing and hated episodes of the breakthrough saga.
His main mission in the first episode of the prequel trilogy was to capture Padme Amidala and later kill Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Although he succeeded in assassinating the Jedi Master, overconfidence in his own abilities led him to underestimate the skills of Obi-Wan, who ultimately used Maul’s brief moment of inattention to ending the Sith Lord’s life (by a moment) by cutting him in half.
9 John and Jane Smith (Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
Mr and Mrs Smith is a film of great cultural significance, not because of its critical success or its impact on cinematic art, but because it established the couple relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, giving rise to the famous “Brangina”. The film’s plot revolves around a married couple of trained assassins working for competing agencies, tasked with killing each other.
The main premise of this story is also indicative of the Smiths’ unprofessional approach to their craft. On the one hand, it may seem impressive that they have managed to keep their true professions a secret for so long, but on the other hand, it is quite embarrassing for a highly skilled secret agent to be duped by the same tricks as they use on a daily basis.
8 Frank Falenczyk (You Kill Me)
Ben Kingsley’s character in You kill me certainly deserves a lot of sympathy, but in all honesty, Frank Falenczyk seriously compromised the Polish Mafia (his employers) during his time as a hitman. His inability to complete a critical mission was primarily due to his drinking problem, which may have suggested he wasn’t the best-suited candidate for a hitman in the first place.
You kill me is an underrated comedy where an assassin who is horrible at his job embarks on a journey of self-discovery and improvement, becoming a better killer in the process. It’s a clever twist on the formula of assassin-themed movies where the hitmen start out extremely competent but end up behaving unprofessionally throughout the movie.
seven Travis Bickle (taxi driver)
Taxi driver is widely considered one of the best films in cinematic history, but it contains one of the worst assassination attempts ever planned. Travis Bickle may not have been a professional murderer, but he certainly trained as one for the duration of the film.
All the time spent getting physically fit, monitoring his target’s safety and obtaining the necessary weapons to carry out the assassination of Senator Palantine was wasted almost as soon as Travis arrived at the rally site and s is left spotted by Secret Service agents.
6 Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction)
As for movies that follow hitmen, pulp Fiction has to be one of the most iconic images on this list. John Travolta’s Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are an unforgettable duo of assassins who got the job done, but weren’t the most disciplined when it came to staying focused and alert on the job.
Besides accidentally shooting a man in the head, Vega’s forgetfulness ultimately led to his death, as he forgot to take his gun with him to the bathroom of his target’s house. Vigilance is one of the most important qualities of a good assassin, but Vincent Vega could hardly be called vigilant.
5 Jango Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
The example of Jango Fett proves that even genetic engineering cannot compare to the power of the Jedi. It can be argued that in attack of the clones, Jango was doomed, given the chaos of the Battle of Geonosis and the notoriety of her target (Senator Padme Amidala) and the Jedi Knights tasked with protecting her.
Although he was more than capable of tracking down and killing targets that were within his skill level, Jango, like many other incompetent assassins, overestimated his abilities and ended up being beheaded by Mace Windu without much thought. to beat.
4 Vincent (Collateral)
Based on the incredibly intriguing premise of following a hitman on his typical night at work, Collateral is a great film that, unlike any other film, delves deep into the psyche of hitmen. As Vincent continues to kill the targets on his list in cold blood, he opens up to Max, a taxi driver he has hired to drive him to Los Angeles for the night.
Trusting an anonymous taxi driver turned out to be a fatal mistake for Vincent. When Max discovers his final target is a woman he befriended at the start of the film, the pair engage in a fatal shootout on a Los Angeles subway train. Max emerges victorious, leaving Vincent to die on the train.
3 Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)
Much like his father, Boba Fett fell prey to his own insufficient abilities, though to be fair, he managed to outlast his enemies much more than Jango.
In The empire strikes back he managed to track down the Millennium Falcon and its captain, Han Solo, and handed it over to Jabba the Hutt. In return of the jedi, in a very unprofessional way for a bounty hunter, he ends up being eaten by a sarlacc near Jabba’s palace on Tatooine by a blind Han Solo, who accidentally sets off Fett’s rocket pack and sends him flying into the mouth of the beast.
2 james bond
As one of the most famous spies in film history, James Bond certainly can’t be called “terrible” in his work. After all, he managed to complete difficult missions and get out of sticky situations across 25 films. However, many of these situations could have been avoided had it not been for Bond’s brief periods of incompetence.
His affinity for chasing after women and his overconfidence in his own abilities almost cost him his life (and those of his superiors) on a few occasions, such as this time in falling from the sky, where Raoul Silva managed to trick the super spy into taking him to MI6 headquarters, which granted him access to the agency’s servers.
1 T-800 (The Terminator)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 shouldn’t have had too many problems completing its mission on the first terminator movie. Like a deadly and emotionless robot from the future who was sent to kill an unwitting student, Sarah Connor, his failure to outsmart Connor is a testament to the incompetence of Skynet’s android killer.
He ends up getting run over by Sarah in a hydraulic press, embarrassingly failing in his quest to prevent the birth of John Connor. The T-800 model returns to the saga in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and it’s safe to say he’s far more suited to the role of protector than assassin.
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