As for smart characters, the assumption is that they know what they’re doing, or at least have a good handle on things. However, a character’s intellect doesn’t always translate into the smartest decisions.
Whether it’s because of their hubris or lack of foresight, these otherwise intelligent characters are always prone to making serious mistakes. These mistakes cause a setback at best, but at worst they can lead to deaths – including their own.
ten Prometheus – Everyone Was Too Careless For Their Own Good
When they discover a distant moon that may be the source of all human life, archaeologists Elizabeth and Charlie (along with a team of experts from different fields) are hired by the Weyland Corporation to explore LV-223. Despite their extensive academic training and field expertise, everyone on the USS Prometheus was just a victim of slasher movies.
The cast’s lack of common sense was one of the strongest criticisms of the Extraterrestrial prequel, so much so that the film was considered a prodigious but generic slasher film. Not only did the scientists die after touching things they shouldn’t, they lacked peripheral vision, as seen in how Meredith didn’t run sideways and was crushed by a spaceship. at the peak.
9 Django Unchained – Dr. King Schultz got too carried away with his theatrics
For Dr. Schultz, being a bounty hunter was literally the role of a lifetime. Rather than simply taking down the last wanted man, Dr. Schultz unleashed his acting side and played a complex role to cash in on his brand’s complacency. It worked on just about everyone except the cunning house slave Stephen.
Instead of just buying Broomhilda von Shaft’s freedom from Calvin Candie, Dr. Schultz and Django got themselves into the plantation owner’s good graces by portraying mandigo fighting enthusiasts. Stephen saw clearly and convinced Calvin to humiliate the duo. After Calvin kept insulting them, Dr. Schultz killed him, knowing it would end his life.
8 Jurassic Park – John Hammond was blinded by his idealism and naivety
Even after growing up, Hammond wanted to share his love and fascination for dinosaurs with the world. To do this, the optimistic CEO of InGen used his business acumen to build Jurassic Park: an island-wide zoo filled with long-extinct beasts roaming around. Hammond spared no expense and ignored the sound advice of others.
Hammond was smart enough to hire the best scientists to revive the dinosaurs, but he still carelessly chose the lowest and least reliable bidders to run the park’s systems. Worse still, for all his wit and ideals, Hammond only realized too late that forcibly bringing long-dead animals back to life was an unethical endeavor with dangerous results.
seven Uncut Gems – Howard Ratner Couldn’t Overcome His Gambling Addiction
Although not as big as he thinks, Howard is still an undeniably cunning and shrewd jewelry salesman. If Howard played his cards right, he could make some big sales that might even help him get legit. Unfortunately, he has a gambling addiction and is constantly digging himself into a deeper hole because of it.
Whenever the opportunity to pay off his debt (with interest) presented itself, Howard would ignore it and place his money on an even bigger bet than the last one that had gotten him in trouble in the first place. Howard’s latest bet may have been his biggest score yet, but it cost him his life when his frustrated debtors grew tired of his excuses and tricks.
6 The Fly – Seth Brundle couldn’t give his curiosity a break
Seth was a brilliant scientist who managed to invent the world’s first working teleportation device, but it wasn’t enough for him. During a drunken binge, Seth put himself in the telepods without any proper protocols in place just to prove a guess was right. While the teleport was working, what Seth didn’t realize was that his machine was actually a gene splicer.
After merging with a fly during the teleportation process and slowly becoming a human/fly hybrid, Seth continued to experiment on himself because he saw everything (including himself) as an experiment to follow. It reached its horrifying logical conclusion when he transformed into a monster whose only relief was death.
5 Demolition Man – Dr. Raymond Cocteau overestimated his intelligence
In Demolition Man’s prologue, Los Angeles is on the brink of societal collapse. But thanks to Doctor Cocteau, the city has become a peaceful utopia, where the idea of violence simply does not exist. That being said, Dr. Cocteau only achieved this by using his wits, influence, and wealth to turn Los Angeles into the puritanical police state of San Angeles.
Namely, Dr. Cocteau not only mind-controlled the dangerous warlord Simon Phoenix to do his bidding, but he kept it a secret from the admiring city he ruled. The problem is that Dr. Cocteau underestimated Phoenix for being uncivilized and primitive. This led to Phoenix’s betrayal and the death of Dr. Cocteau, as Phoenix cleverly found a way to kill him and take over.
4 The Saw series – John Kramer got lost in his convoluted games
The Jigsaw Killer is hailed as one of the smartest killers in the horror genre, but that’s not exactly a good thing. John is so smart he can play cops and his own apprentices even in death, but his genius is dangerously undermining his moral crusade. If he kept it simple, his life lessons might have been preached better.
John’s machinations unnecessarily complicated his goals, and his undeserved moral superiority further complicated matters. For example, his life-or-death games only inspired death wishes among his victims, while his hand-picked helper apprentices always engaged in infighting instead of following his plans or responding to its pretentious expectations.
3 The Batman – Batman’s sheltered upbringing left a lot of blind spots
Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but his latest cinematic incarnation had yet to earn that prestigious title. Not only is Batman an expert in things like code-cracking and forensics, but he’s also proficient in different forms of combat which he uses while on his night patrols. However, that was all worthless when Batman’s privilege kicked in.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Batman was blindsided by privilege, as evidenced by his failure to recognize the importance of Riddler’s carpet tucker and his misunderstanding of basic Spanish. Because he was unfamiliar with the harsh reality of the people of Gotham, Batman wasted a lot of time chasing down bad leads while endangering bystanders along the way.
2 The Marvel Cinematic Universe – Tony Stark’s Solutions Have Always Made Things Worse
When Tony Stark claimed he was a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” in The Avengers, he wasn’t bluffing. Tony is indeed one of (if not) the smartest and richest men in the MCU, so much so that he designed state-of-the-art armor as a passion project. But as smart as he was, Tony was constantly held back by his impulsiveness.
When he wasn’t too brash, Tony made bad situations worse by imposing his solutions on everyone. His autonomous drone system spawned Ultron, and his support for the Superhuman Registration Act tore the Avengers apart just before Thanos’ attack. Tony worked better in a team, and he didn’t realize that until it was too late.
1 The James Bond series – Ernst Stavro Blofeld caused his downfalls more than once
To be fair, every genius supervillain 007 has crossed paths with has fallen victim to their hubris, but Blofeld is arguably the worst offender. Besides leading his own organization of villains in SPECTRE, Blofeld was a criminal mastermind who could single-handedly start a world war if he wanted. The problem is that he is too conceited for his own good.
Blofeld desperately needs to prove his superiority to everyone, especially Bond. Rather than simply kill his nemesis and be done with it, Blofeld would rather waste resources and opportune moments if it means personally humiliating Bond. It cost Blofeld world domination more than once and led to his death in Just for your eyes and No time to die.