But the award for most pointless sacrifice has to go to Saw Gerrera, Jyn Erso's fake uncle in Rogue One -- and it's already hard to stand out as a martyr in that movie, given that the entire premise is one big suicide mission. When the Death Star slowly blows up his base, he refuses to evacuate because ... well, just because. The only justification the audience gets is "I will run no longer." Maybe he simply knew that as a mentor in Star Wars, you either die like a badass midway through the story or live long enough to see your apprentice turn into an emo douche.
Villains Want To Stop Overpopulation
Punk band Bad Religion, our age's Nostradamus, warned that there would be ten billion people by 2010. Clearly, that's too many people. Fortunately, all the bland bad guys in movies seem to agree, and they're working to fix it.
2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service started the ball rolling with a lisping Samuel L. Jackson, who figures out the perfect plan to kill all the dumb people in the world: giving away free phones. The phones broadcast a repetitive and annoying noise that drives everyone who listens to it into a murderous rage (much like Elton John's cameo in the sequel). The ringtone Purge will weed out all the extra people, while Jackson's personally selected elite are kept safe -- the rich, the educated, the famous ... and presumably a whole bunch of old people who don't use those smartphone whatchamacallits.
LionsgateA brilliant plan, until he realizes no one's left to make him a Big Mac.