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-->'''Edwin''': So Doctor Loeb, tell me a little bit about your business plan.\\
'''Dr. Loeb''': World domination!!!\\
'''Edwin''': That's really more of a goal than a plan.\\
'''Dr. Loeb''': Domination!!! Domination!!! Domination!!!\\
'''Edwin''': I'll just put down 'Mergers and Acquisitions'.\\

[[http://www.succeedinevil.com How to Succeed in Evil]] is a PodCast and a series of novels. Both incarnations are [[TheParody parodys]] of the {{superhero}} genre. In the story, {{supervillain}}s are a dime a dozen, and constantly rob banks, cause destruction, and all the other cliche things that villains do. Meanwhile, superheroes are anything but heroic; and frequently do much more harm in trying to subdue villains than good.

Enter Edwin Windsor, a man who becomes the first "Evil Efficiency Consultant", a freelance advisor for supervillains. While he does very well, he is constantly frustrated by his job because of the sheer idiocy of the villains he is forced to work with. Although he tends to provide villains with marvelous {{Evil Plan}}s, their dim wits and large egos eventually cause Edwin's clients to mess everything up for themselves. Edwin still gets paid, so he tries not to think about it.

Eventually, Edwin cannot take the inefficient and wasteful nature of his clients and the world at large, and decides to finally cross the threshold into full supervillainy. As described by the author, Patrick E. Mclean, "Edwin quickly becomes something more than a villain and less than a hero. He takes out villains because they are 'incompetent and inefficient' and heroes because they are 'ineffectual and in the way.' He often does the right thing for the wrong reason. Which, as fans can tell you, is very entertaining."

How to Succeed in Evil alternates between lighthearted, funny stories and serious ones. It follows one main plot while also branching off into various prequel adventures. The updates are few and far between (almost a year has gone by since the last one because the author is currently working on the book), but every episode is available on the website and iTunes if you are up for a mini ArchiveTrawl.

This show provides examples of:

* AndThenWhat: This is how Edwin manages to make Dr. Loeb to realize why he ''really'' wants to build an orbital laser: to get back at his mom.
* BadassNormal: Edwin and Gus fit. Superlative Man didn't have any powers, but it's anyone's guess whether he was badass or not.
%%* BadassGrandpa: Gus.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: It's not ''extortion''...
* BreakingSpeech: At the end of the series reboot when Edwin manages to get Excelisor to consent to [[spoiler:being BuriedAlive in concrete]] by appealing to his guilt and his desire to be a hero.
* TheBrute: Barry's purpose is to break things because he's not qualified for anything else.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Topper, and Edwin to a lesser degree.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Applies to almost all of Edwin's clients; they make a lot of money if they weren't so focused on being evil.
* DepravedDwarf: Topper
* DudeWheresMyRespect?
* DumbMuscle: Barry is really dumb, and has a lot of muscle.
* EvilVersusEvil:Edwin is evil but he's fighting evil-er people.
* {{Expy}}: usually with a deconstructive twist:
** Excelsior: Superman (powers, Midwestern origin) and Captain America (red, white and blue costume, patriotic symbol)without the ability to think independently
** Barry Banister: Bruce Banner without the genius
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Heroes aren't likable people, especially if you're asking the local police who have to clean up their messes.
* HeroInsurance
* HulkSpeak: Barry, again.
* InvisibleToNormals: Averted. Not only do people notice the super people around them, the majority dislike them because of all the damage they cause.
* LordErrorProne: Every hero/villain in the story; a career with these guys is what drove Edwin over the edge to evil.
* MadScientist: It is the itch that drove him mad, the phantom itch.
%%* MyGreatestFailure: Brainitar.
%%* TheNapoleon: Topper.
%%* PersonOfMassDestruction
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: It's hard to tell whether Excelsior has this naturally or it was brainwashed into him by Gus, but it plays a very important role throughout the book
* RealityEnsues: [[ZigZaggingTrope Played with]]. Excelsior, in his attempts to stop the crash of Flight 206, [[spoiler: discovers to his horror that while he is [[NighInvulnerability a man of steel]], neither the plane he is saving nor the people on it are. He ends up managing to save the [[NotEnoughToBury Captain's arm]]]].
* SecretIdentity: Amazingman has one which is revealed pretty early.
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Edwin 2.0 qualifies. Mr. [=McLean=] decided to re-write his main character by turning him into a AffablyEvil, Lex Luthor-esque, EvilBrit complete with a [[StealthClothes suit that turns him invisible]]. Almost immediately afterward, Mr. [=McLean=] realized that his Reboot was a horrible idea and dedicated an entire episode to deconstructing him.
* SmokingIsCool: Deconstructed with Gus, who is seen coughing during the first half-to-two-thirds of the story, and then [[spoiler: he has a stroke, and it turns out he's had cancer since before the story started.]]
* SomethingPerson: Names like 'Amazingman', 'Powerboy', and 'The Jusitnator'. Done on purpose.
* StockEvilOverlordTactics: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]; Edwin points out the flaws in these methods and [[PragmaticVillainy suggests better uses of these resources.]]
* {{Superhero}} and {{Supervillain}}: Edwin toes the line between the two, as noted in the description.
* SuperheroesWearTights: though some of them really shouldn't and those who can pull it off annoy the sensible characters.
* SupervillainLair: With a sign out front so the pizza man can find it.
* SurroundedByIdiots: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Edwin's company and henchman are all very competent; he doesn't hire idiots. Double subverted when you consider the world he lives in. In that case he ''is'' surrounded by idiots.
* ThereWasADoor:
** Superlative Man!
** Exelsior was dissuaded from using the three story window while going ''in''. Going ''out'', on the other hand...
* VaporWear: Cindi with an I.
* VillainProtagonist: Edwin is TheProtagonist and also a super villain.
* VisionaryVillain: His clients averting this is why Edwin became a villain; if evil is to be done it should be done ''efficiently''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Edwin delivers a truly magnificent one of these to Powerboy.