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* ''ComibBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].

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* ''ComibBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].


* In ''ComicBook/UltimateThor'' Loki betrays Asgard and leads the Frost Giants and a full Nazi army (with machine guns, tanks and modern military hardware) against it. Asgard is destroyed, and everybody dies.
* TheInfinityGauntlet For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateThor'' ''ComicBook/UltimateComicsThor'' Loki betrays Asgard and leads the Frost Giants and a full Nazi army (with machine guns, tanks and modern military hardware) against it. Asgard is destroyed, and everybody dies.
* TheInfinityGauntlet ''ComibBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].


* The short-lived DC comic ''Ninja Boy'' ends this way. It sets things up like a typical hero's journey story, with protagonist Nakio trying to become a full ninja and defeat an evil lord. Over the course of the series, he gathers a group of companions and sets out on his quest. But he never even gets close to his goal, and the final issue consists of a showdown between the heroes and a group of henchmen. It's a complete bloodbath, and the heroes all die horrible deaths. The last panel of the series shows a villain kicking the smoldering corpse of his best friend, a Pikachu-like critter, off a cliff. The end leaves a minute spark of hope of survival for Nakio, but it is unlikely that this will ever be picked up upon.

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* The short-lived DC comic ''Ninja Boy'' ends this way. It sets things up like a typical hero's journey story, with protagonist Nakio trying to become a full ninja and defeat an evil lord. Over the course of the series, he gathers a group of companions and sets out on his quest. But he never even gets close to his goal, and the final issue consists of a showdown between the heroes and a group of henchmen. It's a complete bloodbath, and the heroes all die horrible deaths. The last panel of the series shows a villain kicking the smoldering corpse of his best friend, a Pikachu-like critter, off a cliff. The end leaves a last minute spark of hope of survival for Nakio, but it is unlikely that this will ever be picked up upon.


* Franchise/SpiderMan
** ComicBook/TheCloneSaga ends with Spider-Man's clone that he loves like a brother Ben Reilly being impaled by Spider-Man's nemesis ComicBook/NormanOsborn. Norman had previously killed Peter's girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Ben's last words to Peter are to remind Peter's daughter of her uncle Ben. Of course this is a moot point since Norman already had Mary Jane poisoned and she presumably lost the baby. Ben didn't know that though.
** The Vulture (Adrian Toomes) has had an astonishingly high success rate in accomplishing various goals over his career:
*** Willed himself to health to defeat an usurper who tried to kill him in prison? Check.
*** Eventually killing the man who betrayed/ruined him financially? Check.
*** Rid his body of cancer? Check.
*** Regain his youth? [[StatusQuoIsGod For a while,]] Check.
** ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''. This trope was even lampshaded by Creator/JoeQuesada in an interview, even though in ''ComicBook/OneMomentInTime'' he later tried to RetCon it into an EsotericHappyEnding. That did not convince the skeptics.
** ComicBook/DoctorOctopus essentially won the long game [[spoiler: by taking over his body and starting Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan...and to make sure, he made Peter DeaderThanDead by erasing his brain waves in issue 9. But some would say he suffered the greatest loss of all in the end, when he realized he was a failure who had caused more disasters than he ever could have prevented, and restored Peter, deleting ''himself'' from existence.]]
* [[http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b281/Frost327/Dr%20Doom/00099s0d.png Dr. Doom with, well...]] While some could say this story did have a happy ending [[EnemyMine with Doom cooperating with]] the ComicBook/FantasticFour for mutual benefit (Valeria was born unharmed, as Doom was able to prevent Sue's miscarriage that "killed" her the first time, likely saving Sue as well) Doom's benefit was greater, and possibly his greatest victory to date in his feud with Reed. He was able to tell Reed to his face, with absolute truth, that he had succeeded where his rival had failed.
* In a more traditional sense, Doctor Doom has on more than one occasion succeeded at plots to TakeOverTheWorld and defend his dictatorship successfully against heroic rebellion, eventually yielding his position [[VictoryIsBoring out of sheer boredom]].

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* Franchise/SpiderMan
** ComicBook/TheCloneSaga ends with Spider-Man's clone that he loves like a brother Ben Reilly being impaled by Spider-Man's nemesis ComicBook/NormanOsborn. Norman had previously killed Peter's girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Ben's last words to Peter are to remind Peter's daughter of her uncle Ben. Of course this is a moot point since Norman already had Mary Jane poisoned and she presumably lost the baby. Ben didn't know that though.
** The Vulture (Adrian Toomes) has had an astonishingly high success rate in accomplishing various goals over his career:
*** Willed himself to health to defeat an usurper who tried to kill him in prison? Check.
*** Eventually killing the man who betrayed/ruined him financially? Check.
*** Rid his body of cancer? Check.
*** Regain his youth? [[StatusQuoIsGod For a while,]] Check.
** ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''. This trope was even lampshaded by Creator/JoeQuesada in an interview, even though in ''ComicBook/OneMomentInTime'' he later tried to RetCon it into an EsotericHappyEnding. That did not convince the skeptics.
** ComicBook/DoctorOctopus essentially won the long game [[spoiler: by taking over his body and starting Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan...and to make sure, he made Peter DeaderThanDead by erasing his brain waves in issue 9. But some would say he suffered the greatest loss of all in the end, when he realized he was a failure who had caused more disasters than he ever could have prevented, and restored Peter, deleting ''himself'' from existence.]]
* [[http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b281/Frost327/Dr%20Doom/00099s0d.png Dr. Doom with, well...]] While some could say this story did have a happy ending [[EnemyMine with Doom cooperating with]] the ComicBook/FantasticFour for mutual benefit (Valeria was born unharmed, as Doom was able to prevent Sue's miscarriage that "killed" her the first time, likely saving Sue as well) Doom's benefit was greater, and possibly his greatest victory to date in his feud with Reed. He was able to tell Reed to his face, with absolute truth, that he had succeeded where his rival had failed.
* In a more traditional sense, Doctor Doom has on more than one occasion succeeded at plots to TakeOverTheWorld and defend his dictatorship successfully against heroic rebellion, eventually yielding his position [[VictoryIsBoring out of sheer boredom]].
!!DC



* In the ''Comicbook/SecretInvasion'' arc of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the story does end with a [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn bad guy]] winning, but not any of the Skrulls.

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* In ''ComicBook/CosmicBoy'': Rokk and Lydda do figure out who is altering the ''Comicbook/SecretInvasion'' arc timeline, but they can't do anything about it and barely escape from them alive, and even their escape was facilitated and controlled by the villain who intended for them to do so. Rokk and Lydda did nothing to hamper the in progress plot to erase history so that all that's left is the entropy that exists at the end of time, instead they're sent to wait to be erased along with everyone else they love when [[spoiler:Time Trapper]] reaches their time period.
* Surprising for UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, but this and a side order of HeroicSacrifice was the fate
of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, original Comicbook/DoomPatrol. The bad guys gave them a chance of saving their own lives or 14 lives in a fishing village, and the story does end Patrol told them "Bring it on!"
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'': The original Silver Age run ended
with a [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn bad guy]] winning, but not any Captain Zahl and Madame Rouge murdering every member of the Skrulls.Doom Patrol and getting away. While this was definitely a case of PyrrhicVillainy for Rouge, who lost the man she loved and what little remained of her sanity, it was a flatout victory for Zahl, a victory that stood unchallenged until 1982, and was never fully undone in his lifetime (only Robotman had returned from the dead at the time of Zahl's own death).
* ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' was even advertised as "The day evil won". Thanks to StatusQuoIsGod, ''only one super hero died'', and he came back pretty quickly.



* The backstory of ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' is that this happened 20 years ago. Also, the outcome of the series itself no matter which side wins.
* Surprising for UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, but this and a side order of HeroicSacrifice was the fate of the original Comicbook/DoomPatrol. The bad guys gave them a chance of saving their own lives or 14 lives in a fishing village, and the Patrol told them "Bring it on!"

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* ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'' ends with ComicBook/TheJoker [[spoiler:successfully bringing about the metaphorical death of the Bat-Family, breaking or greatly hurting most of Batman's allies' trust in him.]]
* At the end of the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' storyline in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics, although Sinestro was defeated in the final battle, he reveals that the whole point of the war was to get the Green Lantern Corps to use lethal force, and he has succeeded.
* DC had Earth-3 where an evil Justice League called the Crime Syndicate ruled the Earth. But Creator/GrantMorrison's JLA Earth-2 version of the Crime Syndicate took this a step further; evil always wins in this universe and the Justice League of our earth along with their heroic Lex Luthor are doomed to failure just as bad guys are doomed to failure in the normal DCU.
* The backstory of ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' is that short-lived DC comic ''Ninja Boy'' ends this happened 20 years ago. Also, way. It sets things up like a typical hero's journey story, with protagonist Nakio trying to become a full ninja and defeat an evil lord. Over the outcome course of the series, he gathers a group of companions and sets out on his quest. But he never even gets close to his goal, and the final issue consists of a showdown between the heroes and a group of henchmen. It's a complete bloodbath, and the heroes all die horrible deaths. The last panel of the series itself no matter which side wins.
* Surprising
shows a villain kicking the smoldering corpse of his best friend, a Pikachu-like critter, off a cliff. The end leaves a minute spark of hope of survival for Nakio, but it is unlikely that this will ever be picked up upon.
* In "And So My World Ends", one of several stories that is often viewed as marking the line between
UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, Age|OfComicBooks}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], the Justice League arrive on the scene only to discover that ComicBook/MartianManhunter adversary Commander Blanx has ''already'' won, exterminating the whole Martian race, save himself and J'Onn. In the end, the most the League can do is bring him to justice for his crimes.
* ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' sees General Sam Lane and ComicBook/LexLuthor successfully trigger a war between New Krypton and Earth, and in the process, render the Kryptonians all
but this extinct. While Lane commits suicide in the aftermath, Luthor [[KarmaHoudini is not even punished]], and is hailed as a side order hero for his actions, regaining control of HeroicSacrifice [=LexCorp=] and being pardoned for all his sins in the process.
* Brother Blood broke the ComicBook/TeenTitans' winning streak in the 1980s by arranging things so that their attack on his citadel only gave his cult credibility in the eyes of the world, ending with him framing Cyborg for his own murder while his followers wait patiently for his return, and bam, that
was the fate end of the original Comicbook/DoomPatrol. The bad guys gave them a chance of saving their own lives or 14 lives in a fishing village, and the Patrol told them "Bring it on!"that story arc.



* [[spoiler: Mister Fear]] in the "To The Devil, His Due" and "Without Fear" [[StoryArc arcs]] of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': Not only does he does cause irreparable damage to the hero's life, but his powers only make life in prison a veritable paradise that he can leave at his leisure to once again torment the hero.
* Minor example in a ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' toy pack-in comic. Normally mini-comics packaged with toys are a page or two to advertise the rest of the line. Good guys are minding their own business when the bad guys show. Good guys show off their features while driving bad guys back. The end. In ''this'' case, though: Inferno, Prowl, and Landmine find some energon. Megatron shows up. Inferno dramatically combines with Prowl to form... '''Powerlinx Inferno!''' Landmine dramatically combines with [[KibblesAndBits the parts of his vehicle mode that aren't normally part of his robot mode]] and becomes... '''Landmine Brute Mode!''' And together they... get {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed by Megs and his new [[{{Mooks}} Terrorcons]] and are sent scurrying away with their tailpipes between their legs while Megatron [[EvilGloating laughs at them]]. The Decepticons take all the energon. The end!
* HalloweenNightdance[[spoiler: Long story short Michael Myers ends up killing all of the characters in the story including the main character Lisa who ends up getting BuriedAlive. Ryan who attempted to help save the day is framed for Michael's crimes and is shot to death.]]
* TheInfinityGauntlet For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' short stories often end with the bad guys winning. The most well-known example of this is in [[spoiler: ''Daddy's Little Girl'' where [[VillainousIncest an incestuous father-daughter couple]] kill the protagonist as a means of foreplay.]] The main stories play with this trope. Even when the heroes die or their lives are destroyed, the villains suffer great losses as a result or even die themselves.
* The short-lived DC comic ''Ninja Boy'' ends this way. It sets things up like a typical hero's journey story, with protagonist Nakio trying to become a full ninja and defeat an evil lord. Over the course of the series, he gathers a group of companions and sets out on his quest. But he never even gets close to his goal, and the final issue consists of a showdown between the heroes and a group of henchmen. It's a complete bloodbath, and the heroes all die horrible deaths. The last panel of the series shows a villain kicking the smoldering corpse of his best friend, a Pikachu-like critter, off a cliff. The end leaves a minute spark of hope of survival for Nakio, but it is unlikely that this will ever be picked up upon.
* DC had Earth-3 where an evil Justice League called the Crime Syndicate ruled the Earth. But Creator/GrantMorrison's JLA Earth-2 version of the Crime Syndicate took this a step further; evil always wins in this universe and the Justice League of our earth along with their heroic Lex Luthor are doomed to failure just as bad guys are doomed to failure in the normal DCU.
* Jonathan Hickman's ''The Nightly News'' has this. [[spoiler: The group responsible have just got away with orchestrating the mass murder of people connected with the news media by [[BatmanGambit manipulating people damaged by media lies and framing an undercover journalist]].]] The next thing they plan to do is kill all the lawyers.
* ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' was even advertised as "The day evil won". Thanks to StatusQuoIsGod, ''only one super hero died'', and he came back pretty quickly.

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* [[spoiler: Mister Fear]] in the "To The Devil, His Due" and "Without Fear" [[StoryArc arcs]] of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': Not only does he does cause irreparable damage to the hero's life, but his powers only make life in prison a veritable paradise that he can leave at his leisure to once again torment the hero.
* Minor example in a ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' toy pack-in comic. Normally mini-comics packaged with toys are a page or two to advertise the rest of the line. Good guys are minding their own business when the bad guys show. Good guys show off their features while driving bad guys back. The end. In ''this'' case, though: Inferno, Prowl, and Landmine find some energon. Megatron shows up. Inferno dramatically combines with Prowl to form... '''Powerlinx Inferno!''' Landmine dramatically combines with [[KibblesAndBits the parts of his vehicle mode that aren't normally part of his robot mode]] and becomes... '''Landmine Brute Mode!''' And together they... get {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed by Megs and his new [[{{Mooks}} Terrorcons]] and are sent scurrying away with their tailpipes between their legs while Megatron [[EvilGloating laughs at them]]. The Decepticons take all the energon. The end!
* HalloweenNightdance[[spoiler: Long story short Michael Myers ends up killing all of the characters in the story including the main character Lisa who ends up getting BuriedAlive. Ryan who attempted to help save the day is framed for Michael's crimes and is shot to death.]]
* TheInfinityGauntlet For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' short stories often end with the bad guys winning. The most well-known example of this is in [[spoiler: ''Daddy's Little Girl'' where [[VillainousIncest an incestuous father-daughter couple]] kill the protagonist as a means of foreplay.]] The main stories play with this trope. Even when the heroes die or their lives are destroyed, the villains suffer great losses as a result or even die themselves.
* The short-lived DC comic ''Ninja Boy'' ends this way. It sets things up like a typical hero's journey story, with protagonist Nakio trying to become a full ninja and defeat an evil lord. Over the course of the series, he gathers a group of companions and sets out on his quest. But he never even gets close to his goal, and the final issue consists of a showdown between the heroes and a group of henchmen. It's a complete bloodbath, and the heroes all die horrible deaths. The last panel of the series shows a villain kicking the smoldering corpse of his best friend, a Pikachu-like critter, off a cliff. The end leaves a minute spark of hope of survival for Nakio, but it is unlikely that this will ever be picked up upon.
* DC had Earth-3 where an evil Justice League called the Crime Syndicate ruled the Earth. But Creator/GrantMorrison's JLA Earth-2 version of the Crime Syndicate took this a step further; evil always wins in this universe and the Justice League of our earth along with their heroic Lex Luthor are doomed to failure just as bad guys are doomed to failure in the normal DCU.
* Jonathan Hickman's ''The Nightly News'' has this. [[spoiler: The group responsible have just got away with orchestrating the mass murder of people connected with the news media by [[BatmanGambit manipulating people damaged by media lies and framing an undercover journalist]].]] The next thing they plan to do is kill all the lawyers.
* ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' was even advertised as "The day evil won". Thanks to StatusQuoIsGod, ''only one super hero died'', and he came back pretty quickly.

!!Marvel



* In Brazilian comics ''ComicBook/HolyAvenger'':
** Sszzaas, the god of betrayal, manages to get his place back as a major god by [[TheChessmaster manipulating all the other 19 gods plus all the characters in the story]], thus regaining all the powers he had lost upon his banishment. With this, all of his cultists also get their full powers back, including Nekapeth, the high priest of Sszzaas, who had been working with Arsenal the whole time for this end.
** [[MagnificentBastard Arsenal]], high priest of the god of war, and manipulative [[IAmYourFather father of the female lead]] manages to get the world's InfinityPlusOneSword, which is capable of killing ''anything'' with just one slash, this sword being his main objective since ''years'' before the story even begins.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Sszzaas in the final chapter:
--> '''Sszzaas:''' Why do you look at me like that? Can't a major god be in a good mood? After all, it's not always that a great adventure ends with [[http://i.imgur.com/vawgc.jpg the victory of the villains!]]
--> '''Sckhar''': Speak for yourselves! I only got screwed in this story!
* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' Kid!Loki manages to save the day against all odds. But his true ArchEnemy [[spoiler:Old!Loki]] has trapped him in a situation forcing him to choose between letting Mephisto run amuck as the new king of Hell with the Fear Crown Kid!Loki created or saving all of reality by destroying the Fear Crown [[spoiler:which can only be done if Kid!Loki allows Old!Loki's memories to overwrite his own, completely erasing Kid!Loki from existence.]] Kid!Loki chooses the latter, though he takes one last parting shot at [[spoiler:Old!Loki]], calling him out on his ChronicVillainy.
* ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'' ends with ComicBook/TheJoker [[spoiler:successfully bringing about the metaphorical death of the Bat-Family, breaking or greatly hurting most of Batman's allies' trust in him.]]
* This happens all the time in [[Creator/ChaosComics Chaos! Comics]]. In fact, WordOfGod states that the whole idea of designing ''Evil Ernie'' was over the question, "Why does the bad guy have to lose?" ([[FridgeLogic Maybe it]] ''[[FridgeLogic is]]'' [[FridgeLogic a rather interesting question when you think of it...]])
* At the end of the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' storyline in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics, although Sinestro was defeated in the final battle, he reveals that the whole point of the war was to get the Green Lantern Corps to use lethal force, and he has succeeded.
* "Endangered Species", the final major storyline for ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' prior to ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', ends with Thrash the Devil successfully banishing all echidnas except for Knuckles into another dimension. This was a ''major'' case of ExecutiveMeddling and ScrewedByTheLawyers.



* In "And So My World Ends", one of several stories that is often viewed as marking the line between UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], the Justice League arrive on the scene only to discover that ComicBook/MartianManhunter adversary Commander Blanx has ''already'' won, exterminating the whole Martian race, save himself and J'Onn. In the end, the most the League can do is bring him to justice for his crimes.
* ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' sees General Sam Lane and ComicBook/LexLuthor successfully trigger a war between New Krypton and Earth, and in the process, render the Kryptonians all but extinct. While Lane commits suicide in the aftermath, Luthor [[KarmaHoudini is not even punished]], and is hailed as a hero for his actions, regaining control of [=LexCorp=] and being pardoned for all his sins in the process.
* Brother Blood broke the ComicBook/TeenTitans' winning streak in the 1980s by arranging things so that their attack on his citadel only gave his cult credibility in the eyes of the world, ending with him framing Cyborg for his own murder while his followers wait patiently for his return, and bam, that was the end of that story arc.

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* In "And So My World Ends", one of several stories Franchise/SpiderMan
** ComicBook/TheCloneSaga ends with Spider-Man's clone
that he loves like a brother Ben Reilly being impaled by Spider-Man's nemesis ComicBook/NormanOsborn. Norman had previously killed Peter's girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Ben's last words to Peter are to remind Peter's daughter of her uncle Ben. Of course this is often viewed as marking a moot point since Norman already had Mary Jane poisoned and she presumably lost the line between UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], the Justice League arrive on the scene only to discover baby. Ben didn't know that ComicBook/MartianManhunter adversary Commander Blanx though.
** The Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
has ''already'' won, exterminating the whole Martian race, save had an astonishingly high success rate in accomplishing various goals over his career:
*** Willed
himself to health to defeat an usurper who tried to kill him in prison? Check.
*** Eventually killing the man who betrayed/ruined him financially? Check.
*** Rid his body of cancer? Check.
*** Regain his youth? [[StatusQuoIsGod For a while,]] Check.
** ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''. This trope was even lampshaded by Creator/JoeQuesada in an interview, even though in ''ComicBook/OneMomentInTime'' he later tried to RetCon it into an EsotericHappyEnding. That did not convince the skeptics.
** ComicBook/DoctorOctopus essentially won the long game [[spoiler: by taking over his body
and J'Onn. In starting Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan...and to make sure, he made Peter DeaderThanDead by erasing his brain waves in issue 9. But some would say he suffered the greatest loss of all in the end, when he realized he was a failure who had caused more disasters than he ever could have prevented, and restored Peter, deleting ''himself'' from existence.]]
* [[http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b281/Frost327/Dr%20Doom/00099s0d.png Dr. Doom with, well...]] While some could say this story did have a happy ending [[EnemyMine with Doom cooperating with]]
the most ComicBook/FantasticFour for mutual benefit (Valeria was born unharmed, as Doom was able to prevent Sue's miscarriage that "killed" her the League can do is bring him to justice for first time, likely saving Sue as well) Doom's benefit was greater, and possibly his crimes.
greatest victory to date in his feud with Reed. He was able to tell Reed to his face, with absolute truth, that he had succeeded where his rival had failed.
* ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' sees General Sam Lane In a more traditional sense, Doctor Doom has on more than one occasion succeeded at plots to TakeOverTheWorld and ComicBook/LexLuthor defend his dictatorship successfully trigger against heroic rebellion, eventually yielding his position [[VictoryIsBoring out of sheer boredom]].
* In the ''Comicbook/SecretInvasion'' arc of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the story does end with
a war [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn bad guy]] winning, but not any of the Skrulls.
* [[spoiler: Mister Fear]] in the "To The Devil, His Due" and "Without Fear" [[StoryArc arcs]] of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': Not only does he does cause irreparable damage to the hero's life, but his powers only make life in prison a veritable paradise that he can leave at his leisure to once again torment the hero.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateThor'' Loki betrays Asgard and leads the Frost Giants and a full Nazi army (with machine guns, tanks and modern military hardware) against it. Asgard is destroyed, and everybody dies.
* TheInfinityGauntlet For most of the story this is the case where everyone that attempts to take on Thanos ends up get beaten by him including the most powerful cosmic beings and then somewhat zigzag when [[spoiler: Thanos is finally defeated but it is reveal that he let himself lose because deep down he feels he does not deserve to win]].
* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' Kid!Loki manages to save the day against all odds. But his true ArchEnemy [[spoiler:Old!Loki]] has trapped him in a situation forcing him to choose
between New Krypton and Earth, and in letting Mephisto run amuck as the process, render new king of Hell with the Kryptonians Fear Crown Kid!Loki created or saving all but extinct. While Lane commits suicide in of reality by destroying the aftermath, Luthor [[KarmaHoudini is not even punished]], and is hailed as a hero for Fear Crown [[spoiler:which can only be done if Kid!Loki allows Old!Loki's memories to overwrite his actions, regaining control of [=LexCorp=] and being pardoned for all his sins in own, completely erasing Kid!Loki from existence.]] Kid!Loki chooses the process.
* Brother Blood broke the ComicBook/TeenTitans' winning streak in the 1980s by arranging things so that their attack
latter, though he takes one last parting shot at [[spoiler:Old!Loki]], calling him out on his citadel only gave his cult credibility in the eyes of the world, ending with him framing Cyborg for his own murder while his followers wait patiently for his return, and bam, that was the end of that story arc.ChronicVillainy.




!!Other
* The backstory of ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' is that this happened 20 years ago. Also, the outcome of the series itself no matter which side wins.
* Minor example in a ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' toy pack-in comic. Normally mini-comics packaged with toys are a page or two to advertise the rest of the line. Good guys are minding their own business when the bad guys show. Good guys show off their features while driving bad guys back. The end. In ''this'' case, though: Inferno, Prowl, and Landmine find some energon. Megatron shows up. Inferno dramatically combines with Prowl to form... '''Powerlinx Inferno!''' Landmine dramatically combines with [[KibblesAndBits the parts of his vehicle mode that aren't normally part of his robot mode]] and becomes... '''Landmine Brute Mode!''' And together they... get {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed by Megs and his new [[{{Mooks}} Terrorcons]] and are sent scurrying away with their tailpipes between their legs while Megatron [[EvilGloating laughs at them]]. The Decepticons take all the energon. The end!
* HalloweenNightdance[[spoiler: Long story short Michael Myers ends up killing all of the characters in the story including the main character Lisa who ends up getting BuriedAlive. Ryan who attempted to help save the day is framed for Michael's crimes and is shot to death.]]
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' short stories often end with the bad guys winning. The most well-known example of this is in [[spoiler: ''Daddy's Little Girl'' where [[VillainousIncest an incestuous father-daughter couple]] kill the protagonist as a means of foreplay.]] The main stories play with this trope. Even when the heroes die or their lives are destroyed, the villains suffer great losses as a result or even die themselves.

* Jonathan Hickman's ''The Nightly News'' has this. [[spoiler: The group responsible have just got away with orchestrating the mass murder of people connected with the news media by [[BatmanGambit manipulating people damaged by media lies and framing an undercover journalist]].]] The next thing they plan to do is kill all the lawyers.

* In Brazilian comics ''ComicBook/HolyAvenger'':
** Sszzaas, the god of betrayal, manages to get his place back as a major god by [[TheChessmaster manipulating all the other 19 gods plus all the characters in the story]], thus regaining all the powers he had lost upon his banishment. With this, all of his cultists also get their full powers back, including Nekapeth, the high priest of Sszzaas, who had been working with Arsenal the whole time for this end.
** [[MagnificentBastard Arsenal]], high priest of the god of war, and manipulative [[IAmYourFather father of the female lead]] manages to get the world's InfinityPlusOneSword, which is capable of killing ''anything'' with just one slash, this sword being his main objective since ''years'' before the story even begins.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Sszzaas in the final chapter:
--> '''Sszzaas:''' Why do you look at me like that? Can't a major god be in a good mood? After all, it's not always that a great adventure ends with [[http://i.imgur.com/vawgc.jpg the victory of the villains!]]
--> '''Sckhar''': Speak for yourselves! I only got screwed in this story!
* This happens all the time in [[Creator/ChaosComics Chaos! Comics]]. In fact, WordOfGod states that the whole idea of designing ''Evil Ernie'' was over the question, "Why does the bad guy have to lose?" ([[FridgeLogic Maybe it]] ''[[FridgeLogic is]]'' [[FridgeLogic a rather interesting question when you think of it...]])
* "Endangered Species", the final major storyline for ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' prior to ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', ends with Thrash the Devil successfully banishing all echidnas except for Knuckles into another dimension. This was a ''major'' case of ExecutiveMeddling and ScrewedByTheLawyers.



* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'': The original Silver Age run ended with Captain Zahl and Madame Rouge murdering every member of the Doom Patrol and getting away. While this was definitely a case of PyrrhicVillainy for Rouge, who lost the man she loved and what little remained of her sanity, it was a flatout victory for Zahl, a victory that stood unchallenged until 1982, and was never fully undone in his lifetime (only Robotman had returned from the dead at the time of Zahl's own death).



* In ''ComicBook/UltimateThor'' Loki betrays Asgard and leads the Frost Giants and a full Nazi army (with machine guns, tanks and modern military hardware) against it. Asgard is destroyed, and everybody dies.


* [[''ComicBook/MicronautsIDW'' Rom and the Micronauts]] ends with Baron Karza successfully dispelling the Entropy Cloud and escaping back to Microspace before the heroes, setting himself up as the dimension's savior and ruler, while branding the Micronauts traitors.

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* [[''ComicBook/MicronautsIDW'' Rom and the Micronauts]] ''ComicBook/MicronautsIDW'' ends with Baron Karza successfully dispelling the Entropy Cloud and escaping back to Microspace before the heroes, setting himself up as the dimension's savior and ruler, while branding the Micronauts traitors.

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* Mojo Jojo wins in the final DC Comics story of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', "Smart And Smarter" (issue #59, Cartoon Network Block Party). Blossom lets [[InsufferableGenius her ego swell]] after being admitted to a school for exceptionally smart children to the point where she alienates her sisters and Mojo. In a mano-a-mano battle, Blossom shoots her ice breath at Mojo, who counters with a heat shield. The trail of melted ice reaches Blossom's foot (which she doesn't see) as she emits static electricity from her hands. The result: Blossom gets fried to a frazzle from electrocution. The story ends with Mojo and Buttercup [[EnemyMine shaking hands]].


* ZigZagged in ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'': NotSoHarmlessVillain Arcade managed to succeed in getting several young heroes killed off, escaped punishment, and uploaded what really happened on Murderworld to immortalize himself as a true villain while leaving the survivors broken and jaded. However the follow-up series, ''Comicbook/AvengersUndercover'' reveals that Arcade didn't exactly find the cred he was looking for after all, as it turns out many of the villains are [[WoulNotHurtAChild disgusted by the fact he was only able to hurt children]]. And then the survivors came calling...

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* ZigZagged in ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'': NotSoHarmlessVillain Arcade managed to succeed in getting several young heroes killed off, escaped punishment, and uploaded what really happened on Murderworld to immortalize himself as a true villain while leaving the survivors broken and jaded. However the follow-up series, ''Comicbook/AvengersUndercover'' reveals that Arcade didn't exactly find the cred he was looking for after all, as it turns out many of the villains are [[WoulNotHurtAChild [[WouldNotHurtAChild disgusted by the fact he was only able to hurt children]]. And then the survivors came calling...


* In ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'', NotSoHarmlessVillain Arcade managed to succeed in getting several young heroes killed off, escaped punishment, and uploaded what really happened on Murderworld to immortalize himself as a true villain while leaving the survivors broken and jaded.

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* In ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'', ZigZagged in ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'': NotSoHarmlessVillain Arcade managed to succeed in getting several young heroes killed off, escaped punishment, and uploaded what really happened on Murderworld to immortalize himself as a true villain while leaving the survivors broken and jaded.jaded. However the follow-up series, ''Comicbook/AvengersUndercover'' reveals that Arcade didn't exactly find the cred he was looking for after all, as it turns out many of the villains are [[WoulNotHurtAChild disgusted by the fact he was only able to hurt children]]. And then the survivors came calling...


* Brother Blood broke the TeenTitans' winning streak in the 1980s by arranging things so that their attack on his citadel only gave his cult credibility in the eyes of the world, ending with him framing Cyborg for his own murder while his followers wait patiently for his return, and bam, that was the end of that story arc.

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* Brother Blood broke the TeenTitans' ComicBook/TeenTitans' winning streak in the 1980s by arranging things so that their attack on his citadel only gave his cult credibility in the eyes of the world, ending with him framing Cyborg for his own murder while his followers wait patiently for his return, and bam, that was the end of that story arc.

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateThor'' Loki betrays Asgard and leads the Frost Giants and a full Nazi army (with machine guns, tanks and modern military hardware) against it. Asgard is destroyed, and everybody dies.


** But continuing with said deconstruction, it's not nearly so pat (Dr. Manhattan even points it out before he leaves). The plan was ''unnecessary'' if you pay attention to the background information, and documents that could cause the entire edifice to collapse are in the hands of people who can expose them. It all comes down to whether one man picks up one diary.

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** But continuing with said deconstruction, it's not nearly so pat (Dr. Manhattan even points it out before he leaves). The plan was ''unnecessary'' if you pay attention to the background information, and documents that could cause the entire edifice to collapse are in the hands of people who can expose them. It all comes down to whether one man picks up one diary. [[spoiler:''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock'' ultimately proves this true.]]


* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Thanks to an ironic twist ending. The unnamed MadScientist in ''Chiclón Attacks'' wants to get rid of all the noise of the big city... by attacking the city with a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] and forcing everyone out. For his troubles, he gets put in a prison cell... where he can finally enjoy some peace and quiet.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Thanks to an ironic twist ending. The unnamed MadScientist in ''Chiclón Attacks'' wants to get rid of all the noise of the big city... by attacking the city with a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] and forcing everyone out. For his troubles, he gets put in a prison cell... where he can finally enjoy some peace and quiet.quiet.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': "Dark Judges: Dominion" is a pretty depressing example. It's told in the form of an ApocalypticLog by a woman whose space colony was attacked by the Dark Judges, omnicidal monsters who believe all life to be a crime. After starting a ZombieApocalypse they kill everyone on the planet with the last survivor knowing that they'll find her eventually and pledging to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled save her last bullet for herself]].
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** ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''. This trope was even lampshaded by JoeQuesada in an interview, even though in ''ComicBook/OneMomentInTime'' he later tried to RetCon it into an EsotericHappyEnding. That did not convince the skeptics.

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** ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''. This trope was even lampshaded by JoeQuesada Creator/JoeQuesada in an interview, even though in ''ComicBook/OneMomentInTime'' he later tried to RetCon it into an EsotericHappyEnding. That did not convince the skeptics.


* ''Hilariously'' done in a series of old ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strips. When aliens called [[AlienInvasion Zygorthian Raiders invade the Earth]] and [[SexSlave enslave women]], torch cities, and [[ToServeMan devour humans]], they wind up becoming [[VillainWithGoodPublicity international celebrities]] due to careful choosing of their victims. (For example, atrocities they commit include [[PlaceWorseThanDeath destroying Detroit]], [[CausticCritic blowing up works of abstract sculpture]], eating [[TakeThat Joan Collins, Peter Holm, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir]], and concentrating their slave gathering to [[AcceptableTargets game show hostesses]].) They're let go after public uproar demands it.

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''Hilariously'' done in a series an arc of old ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strips. strips featuring an AlienInvasion. When aliens called [[AlienInvasion the Zygorthian Raiders invade the Earth]] Earth and [[SexSlave enslave women]], torch cities, and [[ToServeMan devour humans]], they wind up becoming [[VillainWithGoodPublicity international celebrities]] due to careful choosing of their victims. (For example, atrocities they commit include [[PlaceWorseThanDeath destroying Detroit]], [[CausticCritic blowing up works of abstract sculpture]], eating [[TakeThat Joan Collins, Peter Holm, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir]], and concentrating their slave gathering to [[AcceptableTargets game show hostesses]].) They're let go after public uproar demands it.it.
** Also hilariously done during the arc where the characters went on strike against the Bloom County Productions, Inc, and its fat, greedy boss, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive W.A. Thornhump III.]] The issue at hand was the continually shrinking size of the comics page. [[AuthorFilibuster (something Berkely Breathed had himself found annoying)]]. Eventually, Steve crossed the picket line and the "employees" didn't get anything, the only comeuppance delivered to Steve. (Who was pelted with eggs by Opus, but little else.)

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