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* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' has five instances of villains triumphing over heroes. [[spoiler:"Godzilla vs. Gamera" has Godzilla destroy Gamera during an attack on a city and "Ryu vs. Scorpion" has Scorpion incinerating Ryu in the netherworld (though this is played with as both Godzilla and Scorpion are more of particularly violent AntiHero[=s=] than true villains). "Hulk vs. Doomsday", "Sephiroth vs Vergil", and "Gray vs Esdeath" all end with a straight version. The former has Doomsday delivering a savage NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the Hulk before ripping his head off, leaving Doomsday to continue his rampage with no one to stop him. Sephiroth vs Vergil has the former overriding the latter`s HealingFactor and bisecting him. The latter has Esdeath successfully freezing Gray to death, leaving Fiore (which she earlier turned into a wasteland by the use of the Ice Storm Commander-in-Chief) ripe for her to conquer even if she [[AnArmAndALeg lost an arm]] and used all her trump cards in the process.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' has five several instances of villains winning their battles, with at least six instances of villains triumphing over heroes. [[spoiler:"Godzilla vs. Gamera" has Godzilla destroy Gamera during an attack on a city and "Ryu vs. Scorpion" has Scorpion incinerating Ryu in the netherworld heroes (though this is some are played with as both Godzilla and Scorpion a few of the "villains" are more of particularly violent AntiHero[=s=] than true villains).villains).
** Played with in "Godzilla vs. Gamera" [[labelnote:*]]Played with as Godzilla has also been portrayed as an AntiHero in addition to villain[[/labelnote]] has Godzilla destroy Gamera during an attack on a city.
** "Ryu vs. Scorpion" [[labelnote:*]]Played with as Scorpion is also considered an AntiHero[[/labelnote]]has Scorpion incinerating Ryu in the netherworld.
"Hulk vs. Doomsday", "Sephiroth vs Vergil", and "Gray vs Esdeath" all end with a straight version.
** "Joker vs. Sweet Tooth" [[labelnote:*]]EvilVsEvil example[[/labelnote]] has the Joker, after being impaled on a pipe, tricking Needles Kane, the driver of Sweet Tooth, into getting out of the vehicle to kill him up close and in person.
The former Joker, however, then sprays gaseous Joker Venom into Needles' face, causing him to die laughing.
** "Hulk vs. Doomsday" [[labelnote:*]]Played straight with Doomsday[[/labelnote]]
has Doomsday stabbing Hulk with several poisionous spikes befor delivering a savage NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the Hulk before ripping his head off, leaving to which Doomsday to does a roar of victory, leaving the implication that Doomsday will continue his rampage with no one to stop him. Sephiroth him.
** "Sephiroth
vs Vergil Vergil" [[labelnote:*]]Technically an EvilVsEvil example[[/labelnote]] has the former overriding using Supernova to burn Vergil, causing the latter`s HealingFactor to ber overridden. While Vergil is initially successful in using his sword to escape the attack, his wounds leave him vulnerable to being stabbed and bisecting him. The latter bisected by Sephrioth.
** "Gray vs [[Manga/AkameGaKill Esdeath]]" [[labelnote:*]]Played straight with Esdeath[[/labelnote]]
has Esdeath successfully freezing Gray to death, leaving Fiore (which she earlier turned into a wasteland by the use of the Ice Storm Commander-in-Chief) ripe for her to conquer even if she [[AnArmAndALeg lost an arm]] and used all her trump cards in the process.]]process.
** "Shadow vs [[Anime/KillLaKill Ryuko]]" [[labelnote:*]]Played with as Shadow is also considered an AntiHero[[/labelnote]] has Ryuko try to crush Shadow with her scissor blades in Alumni Mode, only for Shadow to remove his Inhibitor Rings to gain the power to shatter them. Shadow then sends Ryuko crashing back to Earth, then finishes her off with a Chaos Blast, completely vaporizing her.


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** Volume 8's finale is much, much worse. [[spoiler: The heroes spent the Atlas Arc trying to save both Atlas and Mantle while also preventing Salem from obtaining the two Relics and the Winter Maiden's power, but unfortunatley, the villains obtain both Relics, Penny is killed off again (this time, [[KilledOffForReal for real]]) to protect the Winter Maiden power, and the heroes can rescue the citizens only by destroying both cities. They knowingly dump the refugees on Vacuo's doorstep without warning, losing Team RWBY and Jaune to the Void Between the Worlds in the process. Though Salem doesn't get the Maiden power and loses Jinn's third question, she's still very pleased with the results, and with Team [[=RWBY=] out of the picture, it seems no one else will be able to stop Cinder or Salem from recovering the last two Relics]].


We're all used to [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin heroes winning out over the bad guys]]. The bad guys get theirs, justice is done, and the heroes walk away happy. Sometimes [[BittersweetEnding things are a little more bittersweet]], but we at least expect the villain to lose in the end. One can even get away with a DownerEnding where it ends badly for the heroes, but many of these kinds of endings are "nobody wins" affairs where everybody pays the price ([[KillEmAll fatally]] or not). Even if the villain wins in these kinds of endings, it's usually [[PyrrhicVillainy at great enough personal cost to the villain that he or she is utterly ruined as a result]].

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We're all used to [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin heroes winning out over the bad guys]]. The bad guys get theirs, justice is done, and the heroes walk away happy. Sometimes [[BittersweetEnding things are a little more bittersweet]], but we at least expect the villain to lose in the end. One can even get away with a DownerEnding where it ends badly for the heroes, but many of these kinds of endings are "nobody wins" affairs where everybody pays the price ([[KillEmAll fatally]] or not). Even if the villain wins in these kinds of endings, it's usually [[PyrrhicVillainy at great enough personal cost to the villain that he or she is they are utterly ruined as a result]].


DoomedByCanon often requires this trope. If the BigBad's {{backstory}} involves the Big Bad attaining all kinds of success to get him or her [[StartOfDarkness into the position that started the story]], the {{Prequel}} requires them to win -- and [[KillEmAll kill off any major characters]], no matter how sympathetic, who do not make it to the original story. More generally, {{Villain Protagonist}}s will benefit from this trope, particularly in video games where the player [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential takes on the role of a bad guy]].

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DoomedByCanon often requires this trope. If the BigBad's {{backstory}} involves the Big Bad attaining all kinds of success to get him or her [[StartOfDarkness into the position that started the story]], the {{Prequel}} requires them to win -- and [[KillEmAll kill off any major characters]], no matter how sympathetic, who do not make it to the original story.story, especially when the original story mentions the villain killing them. More generally, {{Villain Protagonist}}s will benefit from this trope, particularly in video games where the player [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential takes on the role of a bad guy]].


This would overlap with HateSink, likely the Audience and MoralGuardians would likely increase their wrath.

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This would overlap with HateSink, likely the Audience and MoralGuardians would likely increase their wrath.
wrath and would despise the villains a lot more.

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This would overlap with HateSink, likely the Audience and MoralGuardians would likely increase their wrath.

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* A Toon Boom commercial has a movie shoot where this trope is supposed to happen, but one of the actors is distracted with his game.


* ''WebAnimation/MetaRunner'': Season 1 ends with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lucks]] landing a massive blow against the heroes: [[spoiler: He shoots Masaís Meta Runner arm clean off, forces Sofia to surrender the incriminating info against [=TASCorp=] in exchange for Masaís life, rattles MD-5 by letting Belle reveal Lucinaís demise and Tariís mysterious involvement with it to them, gets Tari to surrender and join his company in exchange for MD-5ís freedom, and crushes Theoís cartridge, holding him hostage within his own microchip and using him as collateral, threatening to permanently erase him if Tari or MD-5 try resisting him again. [[RayOfHopeEnding Tari and MD-5 share one more hopeful exchange before being taken away, and a backup of the incriminating data ends up in the hands of Belle]], but Lucks has totally won as far as heís concerned.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/MetaRunner'': Season 1 ends with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lucks]] landing a massive blow against the heroes: [[spoiler: He shoots Masaís Meta Runner arm clean off, forces Sofia to surrender the incriminating info against [=TASCorp=] in exchange for Masaís life, rattles MD-5 by letting Belle reveal Lucinaís demise and Tariís mysterious involvement with it to them, gets Tari to surrender and join his company in exchange for MD-5ís freedom, and crushes Theoís cartridge, holding him hostage within his own microchip and using him as collateral, threatening to permanently erase him if Tari or MD-5 try resisting him again. [[RayOfHopeEnding Tari and MD-5 share one more hopeful exchange before being taken away, and a device containing a backup of the incriminating data ends up in the hands of Belle]], Belle, who keeps it for herself]], but Lucks has totally won as far as heís concerned.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/MetaRunner'': Season 1 ends with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lucks]] landing a massive blow against the heroes: [[spoiler: He shoots Masaís Meta Runner arm clean off, forces Sofia to surrender the incriminating info against [=TASCorp=] in exchange for Masaís life, rattles MD-5 by letting Belle reveal Lucinaís demise and Tariís mysterious involvement with it to them, gets Tari to surrender and join his company in exchange for MD-5ís freedom, and crushes Theoís cartridge, holding him hostage within his own microchip and using him as collateral, threatening to permanently erase him if Tari or MD-5 try resisting him again. [[RayOfHopeEnding Tari and MD-5 share one more hopeful exchange before being taken away, and a backup of the incriminating data ends up in the hands of Belle]], but Lucks has totally won as far as heís concerned.]]

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* "Villains Unite the Night", [[Ride/WaltDisneyWorld Magic Kingdom's]] 2019 castle show that's exclusive to the "Disney Villains After Hours" event, centers on [[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} Hades]] as he plots to fulfill a prophecy that will grant him unlimited power when "the five planets align", allowing him to rule the entire universe. However, when [[WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], [[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Dr. Facilier]], and [[WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] butt in to reap the reward for themselves, the five villains eventually agree to split the power evenly amongst each other. At the end, the newfound LegionOfDoom ultimately takes over Cinderella Castle, decorating the famous landmark with banners bearing their images. It's probably the only time where a Disney Park show ends with the villains outright ''taking over the universe''.
-->'''Jafar:''' I have all the power of the cosmos!\\
'''Evil Queen:''' Now I am the most powerful of them all!\\
'''Dr. Facilier:''' Finally, my friends on the other side can't ''touch me''.
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** While not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic of Knowledge, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general to cross the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood attempts to take matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic of Creation, while leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and [[RobotGirl Penny]] receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. [[AxCrazy Tyrian]] succeeds in killing Clover and framing [[TheJinx Qrow]] before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlesian military, including Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with her army of [[AnimalisticAbomination Grimm]].

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** While not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic of Knowledge, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general to cross the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood attempts to take matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic of Creation, while leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and [[RobotGirl Penny]] receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. [[AxCrazy Tyrian]] succeeds in killing Clover and framing [[TheJinx Qrow]] before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlesian military, including Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with her army of [[AnimalisticAbomination Grimm]].


* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' has five instances of villains triumphing over heroes. [[spoiler:"Godzilla vs. Gamera" has Godzilla destroy Gamera during an attack on a city and "Ryu vs. Scorpion" has Scorpion incinerating Ryu in the netherworld (though this is played with as both Godzilla and Scorpion are more of particularly violent AntiHero[=s=] than true villains). "Hulk vs. Doomsday", "Sephiroth vs Vergil", and "Gray vs Esdeath" all end with a straight version. The former has Doomsday delivering a savage NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the Hulk before ripping his head off, leaving Doomsday to continue his rampage with no one to stop him. Sephiroth vs Vergil has the former overriding the latter`s HealingFactor and bisecting him. The latter has Esdeath successfully freezing Gray to death, leaving Fiore (which she earlier turned into a wasteland by the use of the Ice Storm Commander-in-Chief) ripe for her to conquer even if she [[AnArmAndALeg lost an arm]] and used all her trump cards in the process.]]
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'':
** The Ants always successfully kill Sniffles in ways which are horrific even for the series.
** Fliqpy ([[{{SuperpoweredEvilSide}} Flippy's evil side]]) usually succeeds in killing everyone around him, though he's died a handful of times.
* By the end of ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat 11: Expurgation'', [[spoiler:Hank and Sanford are dead and [[BigBad The Auditor]] is free to continue his reign over Nevada unopposed.]]



* While not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic of Knowledge, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general to cross the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood attempts to take matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic of Creation, while leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and Penny receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. Tyrian succeeds in killing Clover and framing Qrow before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlesian military, including Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with her army of [[AnimalisticAbomination Grimm]].

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* While ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Although this is more of a YouCantThwartStageOne, Volume 3 ends with a major victory for the villains. [[TheDragon Cinder Fall]] (who works for [[BigBad Salem]]) kills Pyrrha by shooting through the heart (and also literally [[AchillesHeel through her heel]]), Beacon Academy is in ruins and crawling with Grimm, the city of Vale is overrun with Grimm, and nobody is trusting of each other, and Team RWBY is completely separated, with Ruby joining Jaunne, Ren and Nora, Weiss being taken back to her home by her father, Blake on the run, and Yang stuck in bed after [[AnArmAndALeg losing an arm]] and being in a huge HeroicBSOD, possibly to the point of hitting the DespairEventHorizon, due to also losing her fighting will, too. Although Salem says that her grand scheme is only beginning, the villains had pulled off their plans with great success and came out on top.
**While
not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic of Knowledge, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general to cross the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood attempts to take matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic of Creation, while leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and Penny [[RobotGirl Penny]] receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. Tyrian [[AxCrazy Tyrian]] succeeds in killing Clover and framing Qrow [[TheJinx Qrow]] before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlesian military, including Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with her army of [[AnimalisticAbomination Grimm]].


* While not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general crossing the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood begins matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic, but leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and Penny receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. Tyrian succeeds in killing Clover and framing Qrow before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlas military, which includes Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with army of Grimm.

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* While not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic, Relic of Knowledge, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general crossing to cross the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood begins attempts to take matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic, but Relic of Creation, while leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and Penny receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. Tyrian succeeds in killing Clover and framing Qrow before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlas Atlesian military, which includes including Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with her army of Grimm.[[AnimalisticAbomination Grimm]].

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* While not quite as bad as Volume 3, Volume 7 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' didnít exactly end on a high note. Ruby breaks Ironwood's trust by withholding information about the Relic, and Salem and Cinder's machinations cause him to lose all faith in Team RWBY and Ozpin, leading the general crossing the MoralEventHorizon by trying to kill Oscar. Additionally, Ironwood begins matters into his own hands and decides to abandon Mantle and raise Atlas to keep Salem from getting the Relic, but leaving millions to die. In spite of Cinder failing to get the powers of the Winter Maiden and Penny receiving them instead, Neo scores a victory for the villains by stealing the Relic of Knowledge and creating a slight rift in Team JNR. Tyrian succeeds in killing Clover and framing Qrow before escaping while he and Robyn are arrested. Team RWBY and JNR are on the run from Atlas military, which includes Winter who is grievously injured, as Salem arrives with army of Grimm.

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