A few weeks, I watched the first half hour of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I like it a lot; Harrison Ford is lots of fun to watch, and hey we're always cool with killing Nazis!
But I realized something later: it is a rather strange plot.
Indiana Jones is given a mission to retrieve the Lost Ark or at least to stop the Nazis from getting it.
But every step along the way he fails, and he does worse than fail: he helps the Nazis get their hands on the Lost Ark.
They couldn't have done it without him.
And then we are at the climax. The Nazis have the Ark. They are going to open it in a wondrous ceremony. They will harness its power and rule the world.
Indy is there, but powerless to do anything to stop them, except - wait! "Close your eyes, Marion! Whatever happens, don't look!"
And God's power streaks out of the Ark and kills horribly everyone with their eyes open. You know how Nazis were: they hated to miss a damn thing. So they all die, eyes wide shut.
Hurray! The good guy and the good girl win, in the end! But only sort of by default. Only ones left standing, and all that.
Hell of a hero, or hell of a screenplay writer, anyway.