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When you get a virus, you get a fever. That's the human body raising its core temperature to kill the virus. Planet Earth works the same way: Global warming is the fever, mankind is the virus. We're making our planet sick. A cull is our only hope. If we don't reduce our population ourselves, there's only one of two ways this can go: The host kills the virus, or the virus kills the host. Either way...
~ Richmond Valentine explaining his plan

Richmond Valentine is the main antagonist in the 2015 action-spy-comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

He is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, who also portrays Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, Elijah Price in Unbreakable, Abel Turner in Lakeview Terrace, Stephen in Django Unchained, Frank Tenpenny in the video game GTA: San Andreas, Mr. Barron in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Russell Franklin in Deep Blue Sea, Roland Cox in Jumper and Major Marquis Warren in the Hateful 8.

Biography

Valentine is an extremely wealthy technology tycoon and a computer genius who wants to change the world by giving away SIM cards around the world which he claims will provide unlimited calls and internet on his network. Unknown to people, he will later change the majority of the people in the world into extremely violent, barbaric, vicious animals that can actually to destroy everything in their way and possibly even kill themselves. He is the arch-enemy of the top secret organization called Kingsman who trains a young man called Eggs (the film's protagonist) and he is the CEO of his own technology giant company "Valentine Corporation". He employs gigantic army of soldiers and workers that works for him.

Valentine's plan in the movie is revealed: Valentine conducts a test in the church, his hidden place broadcasting a signal to phones containing his SIM card which causes humans to become uncontrollably violent. Harry Hart, Eggs' mentor and guide at the Kingsman, is sent to investigate and follow after Valentine's plan.

After a lengthy massacre, in which only Harry survives, he is confronted and killed by Valentine while Eggs watches via video link. Valentine’s plan then becomes clear – he is going to broadcast the signal worldwide using his satellite network and cause a mass cull of the human race, sparing the Earth from further environmental damage by man.

The Final Battle and Death

After managing to kill Valentine's affiliate and traitorous Kingsmen leader Arthur Eggsy, along with agents Roxy and Merlin, head to Valentine’s secret base in the mountains to stop him from executing his plan; with Roxy destroying Valentine's satellite while Eggsy stops Valentine himself. Valentine speeds up the plan noticing Eggsy when another one of Kingsmen traitors and Valentine's goon called Charlie Hesketh exposes him. After silencing Charlie with one of his devices, Eggsy flees to safety as Valentine starts the final phrase of his plan.

During the raid on Valentine's base the implanted devices are triggered, causing them to explode and kill off all of the VIPs who were part of Valentine’s plan. After a battle which ends with Eggsy killing Valentine’s assistant and right-hand woman, Gazelle, Eggsy hurls one of Gazelle's bladed prosthetic legs into Valentine's chest, putting an end to his evil plans as well as causing him to vomit at the sight of his own blood before collapsing onto the floor. With his last breath towards an amused Eggsy, Valentine dies of his injury.

Personality

Valentine is an extremely powerful, radical, highly intelligent, confident, smart, sophisticated, supergenius, manipulative, a bit intimidating, murderous, sadistic, egotistical and megalomaniacal individual from the most diabolical kind. In addition, he is sort of a "wonder boy" as a result of his deep knowledge about technology, philosophy and more, as well as because of his unlimited wealth.

He is also an anti-social psychopath, and actually sees nothing more or less than completing his plan to rule the world after destroying a major part of humanity. Despite being an extreme pure and murderous evil, Valentine seems to be calm as he is doing his own actions and seems to be a man who cannot handle violence, death or blood, which causes extreme vomiting.

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Trivia

  • He has a weak stomach for violence and blood.
  • He speaks with a lisp.
  • Valentine is similar to Hugo Drax from Moonraker: They seek to destroy humanity and start a new world with those they deem worthy.
  • In fact, Valentine does not appear in the comics of Kingsman by Mark Millar. The ultimate villain in the comics is actually James Arnold. Arnold however, appears as a minor character and portrayed by legendary Mark Hamill. Hamill appears in the comics.
  • Actually, the comics of Kingsman was published by Icon Comics. Icon Comics is a subsidiary and imprint of Marvel Comics, which means that it is the second time that Samuel L. Jackson stars in a Marvel movie, the first being as Nick Fury, director of SHIELD Agency.