The Underwear Bomber who tried to blow up a jetliner with his underwear bombs has received a life sentence which he is now appealing after previously pleading guilty when representing himself in court. So, yeah. Not really an impressive lawyer or terrorist. In honor of this momentous day in the history of undergarment terror, here's our list of cinema's most inept terrorists.

Hans Gruber - Die Hard

Hans Gruber's real fault was with his planning. His team of hostage-takers were certainly imposing and able to think on their feet, but in the end they just weren't ready to deal with John McLane. The fact that a team of heavily-armed Euro-thugs weren't able to take out one barefoot, mostly unarmed man is just ridiculous. Yes, Gruber definitely put in the hours in terms of anticipating and leading the police outside, but he really was poorly equipped for the eventuality that a police officer might make it inside the the building. Seems kinda odd that he'd go to all that trouble and not spring for bulletproof armor.

Howard Payne - Speed

Howard Payne's plan was completely stupid. Yes. Plant a bomb on a bus. Good job. People will notice. But then to turn it into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the cop that you hate is silly. Just go to the cop's house and blow him up. I get that you want to publicly embarass him, so maybe you could blow him up on the toilet like the bad guys in Lethal Weapon 2 tried to do. Now those guys were talented at their gigs.

William Stranix and Cmdr. Krill - Under Siege

I suppose their plan would have worked pretty well but it just seemed needlessly risky. First they need to access and board a United States battleship. Okay. Man on the inside. Should work out. Then they need to overthrow the highly-trained sailors on board and steal the ship's cache of nuclear missiles. Did I mention this all happens during a birthday party? A birthday party where there are nuclear weapons.

Again, you're a terroirst and you're in a tight space with hostages. This time their trained for real world war situations. You need to prepare for the contingency that one of them MIGHT try to stop you.

Ryder - The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Another great rule of thumb in the terrorism trade is keeping your damn mouth shut. When you're in a train below the New York City, weapons pointed at your hostages, and a hotline of communication established with the authorities, it's not the time to get cute. This is business. Give them very little insights into your personality because that could lead to their learning your real identity. If you want everyone to know how witty you are, go to an open mic night or start a Twitter account. Just don't get all chatty while trying to manipulate the United States stock market.

Joshua Foss - Sudden Death

If your plan for holding the Vice President hostage involves an assassin disguising themselves as the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins, you're doing it wrong.

Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel - The Rock

Seeing that occupying Oakland just wouldn't get his point across, General Hummel added extremist to his already impressive military resume. To raise money for the families of dead soldiers who were disavowed by their government after dying on a top secret mission, he took stole chemical weapons and then pointed them directly at San Francisco from Alcatraz Island.

Why go to all the trouble of hiring unstable bloodthirsty mercenaries when you could just go directly to the press? Granted. Newspaper writers smell like newsprint and still enjoy impersonating Borat but I'd prefer that to a Mexican stand-off with Tony Todd.

Dr. Raymond Cocteau - Demolition Man

After turning California into a futuristic utopia full of total pussies, Dr. Raymond Cocteau couldn't handle rebel forces who fought for their right to eat fatty foods and bang one another. So, in order to kill the rebel's leader, he sensibly pulled the world's most dangerous criminal out of cryo-prison and programmed his brain with the assassination order.

Is there no money in the future? Because he could probably just pay a guy to kill him. If not, he could thaw out a non-psychotic criminal and just pay him to do it.

Raza - Iron Man

Brilliant plan. We'll capture the world's most premiere weapons maker and force him to build us the world's most dangerous weapon. Totally unsupervised. With access to things one uses to build weapons. And we'll also let him maintain his intricate goatee while held captive in a dank mountain cave for weeks on end. At the very least, put a guard in the room. Why so shy?

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