Villain Got Imprisoned

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The Villain Got Imprisoned is when the antagonist suffers an non-death fate that might be getting arrested for comitting crimes, trapped on another dimension or sealed, normally this trope is used on Children's Entertainment media cause death can be very traumatizing for a child to see. When this happens, the villain is typically thwarted in a comedic way and they just give up their evil plot.


  • Harry and Marv (Home Alone)
  • Henry J. Waternoose III (Monsters Inc.)
  • John Ratcliffe (Pocahontas)
  • Dr. Phillium Benedict (Recess: School's Out)
  • Johnny Black, Nobuyuki Sugou, Death Gun (Sword Art Online")
  • Professor Zündapp, Miles Axlerod (Cars 2)
  • Most of the villains in (Underdog (2007))
  • Hexxus (FernGully: The Last Rainforest)
  • Yokai (Big Hero 6)
  • Prince Hans (Frozen)
  • Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck (Hey Arnold!: The Movie)
  • Screenslaver (The Incredibles 2)
  • Kaguya Otsutsuki and Black Zetsu (Naruto: Shippuden)
  • Kent Mansley (The Iron Giant)
  • Alameda Slim (Home on the Range)
  • Master Little (The King and I)
  • Scrappy Doo (Scooby Doo (2002))
  • GOLB (Adventure Time)
  • Amoeba Boys, Lenny Baxter and Mojo Jojo (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Warren Vandergeld (White Chicks)
  • Dr. Heep and Elena Kinder (Baby Geniuses)
  • Juice (The Garbage Pail Kids Movie)
  • Dr. Klipse (Monsuno)
  • Viren, Alva, Phantom the Pirate and Chairman Rose (Pokemon franchise)
  • Agent Trout (We Bare Bears: The Movie)
  • Sloan and Bree Blackburn (The Wild Thornberrys Movie)
  • Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John (Robin Hood (1973))
  • Millicent Clyde (Paddington)

Why This Trope Sucks

  1. This trope happens a lot on Generic doomsday villains.
  2. Sometimes they barely never shown any reasons for his imprisonment, even known the crimes they commited can be shown on screen.
  3. Depending on your view, it can get very lazy at times, mainly because there's some villains who are too dangerous to be imprisoned and they might be executed.
  4. The prison in which the villain is imprisoned, can be very uncomfortable to live. Since there's almost nothing to do here, lack of food and bed, but this depends on the villain's crimes.
  5. The arrests can be very nonsensical, since there some villains who disappeared or even thought to be dead.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. It can be realistic at times, since in real life arrest is an very simple way to defeat a villain.

Examples of a well-written imprisonment

  • Qilby (Wakfu)
  • Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Rob (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Balthazar Bratt (Despicable Me 3)
  • Kai Chisaki (My Hero Academia)
  • Donquixote Doflamingo, Caesar Clown and Sir Crocodile (One Piece)
  • Joker (DC Comics)
  • Varian (Tangled: The Series)
  • Echidna (Re:Zero)
  • Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Iago (Aladdin: The Return of Jafar)
  • Tighten (Megamind)
  • Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)


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