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|“||I like these calm little moments before the storm... it reminds me of Beethoven.||„|
|~ Norman Stansfield|
|“||Bring me everyone. (What do you mean everyone?) EVERYONE!!!||„|
|~ Stansfield, impatient over trying to kill Leon|
Norman Stansfield is the main antagonist in the 1994 film Léon: The Professional. Stansfield is noted as being one of cinema's greatest villains.
Stansfield is a corrupt DEA agent who murders the entire family of a girl named Mathilda over a drug dispute, and therefore becomes the target of her wrath when she interacts with the hitman Léon and later seeks his help in her quest to avenge her family.
After increasing her experience with firearms, Mathilda fills a shopping bag with guns from Léon's collection and sets out to kill Stansfield. She bluffs her way into the DEA office by posing as a delivery person, only to be ambushed by Stansfield in a bathroom. Léon, discovering her intentions in a note left for him, rushes to rescue Mathilda, shooting two of Stansfield's men in the process.
Stansfield is enraged that what he calls the "Italian hitman" has gone rogue. He threatens Tony, coercing him into surrendering Léon's whereabouts. As soon as Mathilda returns home from grocery shopping, an NYPD ESU team, sent by Stansfield, takes her hostage and attempts to infiltrate Léon's apartment. Léon ambushes the ESU team and barters one agent for Mathilda's freedom. In the apartment, Léon creates a quick escape for Matilda by chopping a hole in a slender air shaft. He reassures her and tells her that he loves her, moments before the police come for him.
In the chaos that follows, Léon sneaks out of the apartment building disguised as a wounded ESU officer. He is unnoticed and comes close to exiting the building until he is recognized and followed by Stansfield, who ends up shooting the hitman in the back. Stansfield jeers at him haughtily. Léon places an object in Stansfield's hands, which he explains is "from Mathilda," before dying. Opening his hands, Stansfield recognizes the object as the pin from a grenade. He then rips open Léon's vest to discover several live grenades strapped to his chest, seconds before a massive explosion kills him.