Entire genres of film exist purely to give us wacky pairings of characters, like a straight cop and a wacky cop, or a white cop and a black cop, or a black cop and a Chinese cop (apparently cops are pretty racist). But often the weirdest partnerships are the ones the movie doesn't seem to think are wacky at all. These are the cohorts and conspirators that, in real life, would have no reason to trust each other with a lunch order, let alone their lives.
6Obadiah Stane and the Terrorists in Iron Man
In Iron Man, Jeff Bridges plays Obadiah Stane, Tony Stark's second-in-command at Stark Industries and the guy who oversees the company's business strategy ... which consists of secretly selling Stark Industries missiles to Middle Eastern terrorists, thereby forcing the government to buy even larger weapons and making a shitload of money for Tony.
Ever since Apple's rise, the bearded lunatic has been a critical component of corporate success.
Eventually, Obadiah grows tired of the "for Tony" part and makes a deal with the terrorists to have Stark executed. However, the terrorists fail to keep up their end of the bargain and hold Tony hostage instead of killing him, forcing him to build a free missile for them. Tony uses the materials to build an Iron Man suit instead and kicks all of the asses.
"We locked a disgruntled weapons designer alone in a room full of parts! How could this have backfired?"
Why It Doesn't Make Sense:
Let's set aside for the moment the fact that Obadiah is a pretty smart guy who still somehow bases his entire plan on the assumption that a bunch of terrorists won't screw him, even though they're, well, terrorists. Maybe they seemed really trustworthy on the phone.
Even then, Obadiah knows that these guys are only in business with him because he has missiles, so he ... sends them the guy who invented the missiles and completely trusts that they won't keep him to themselves? To just make them some missiles? That would be stupid even if his partners weren't terrorists.
And that's the other thing. How exactly was Obadiah planning to keep the company afloat after killing the guy who invents all the weapons?
"We're in the scarf business now."
This isn't like Apple losing Steve Jobs -- Stark Industries is a one-man show. The movie makes a major plot point of this -- when Obadiah asks a team of Stark Industries' best guys to reverse engineer Tony's work, they're completely clueless. Even with his blueprints, computers and all the resources of a huge weapons manufacturing company, they still can't match the work Tony did in a cave.
The reason they couldn't replicate his genius is that all of them were sober.
Worst of all, Obadiah almost thinks they're shitting him when they tell him this, as if he had somehow never noticed that Tony was inventing everything his company sold. Hell, even the terrorists could see that it was stupid to kill Tony, yet apparently it never occurred to the man who worked alongside him for decades.