Follow TV Tropes

Following

The Bad Guy Wins / Animated Film

Go To

  • Megamind is completely based around this trope. The entire plot of the movie begins with our supervillain fighting his superhero nemesis like always, but then he actually manages to win, and the hero dies. Nobody comes to save the town, the villain takes over, and everyone is sad, however the villain comes to wonder what to do next. The rest of the film is basically what might follow with the villain suddenly not having an arch rival.
  • Advertisement:
  • At the end of Cars, villain Chick Hicks wins the final race of the season. Subverted because Chick was going to lose and so he cheated by running his long-time rival off and getting him seriously damaged. McQueen deliberately lost the race to help The King finish his last race before retirement. Chick is booed off the stage for being a dirty cheater, and doesn't get the sponsorship contract that normally goes along with winning said race. In other words, a Meaningless Villain Victory.
  • In Despicable Me, the Villain Protagonist succeeds in stealing the moon. Then again, it soon returns to its proper place, since trying to keep the moon was impossible. On the lighter side of things, he is actually considered to be a hero for doing so and finally earns his mother's admiration.
    • Minions: Gru steals the crown in the end.
  • Pinocchio averts this trope with Stromboli, Lampwick and Monstro, but plays it straight with "Honest" John Worthington Foulfellow, his sidekick Gideon, and the Coachman, who all win — though in the Coachman's case, this is because nobody opposes him. In the Video Game however, you actually fight the Coachman, where he gets a Disney Villain Death via Pinocchio kicking him off a cliff.
  • Advertisement:
  • In The Boxtrolls, Snatcher does get a white hat, and he does taste cheese in the tasting room in the end. That tasted-cheese causes his allergy (along with the rest of his built-up allergic reaction) to do him in.
  • In Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, the show's Big Bad Dr. Doofenshmirtz finally gets one as he opens a portal to an alternative dimension, with the help from Phineas and Ferb. Plus, in that alternative dimension, there is an alternative version Doofenshmirtz, who is far more competent and successful than his original counterpart, as he defeated the alternate Perry the Platypus by turning him into his loyal cyborg sidekick, took over his Tri-State Area with an army of hovering robots, and ruled it with an iron fist for 5 years.
    • In the episode sequel Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension, the alternate Doof's wife (the alternate Charlene) counts as well, as she managed to turn several animal agents into cyborgs to enforce their reign and later help Doof escape from prison in case he was overthrown. Special points also goes to their daughter (the alternate Vanessa), who managed to formulate a clever escape plan for her family in case they face arrest for their crimes against humanity.
  • Zig-zagged in The LEGO Batman Movie. While the Joker's army of villains was sent back to the Phantom Zone and he ultimately failed to take over Gotham City, he still got Batman to see the importance of a relationship between them (which the main motivation behind the Joker's actions), and accept him as his arch-enemy.
  • Advertisement:
  • Hófehér: in this dark and cynical retelling of Snow White, the evil queen Arrogancia ends up marrying the Prince and becoming an empress as she planned.
  • Toy Story 2: Zurg in the fight against Buzz in the Fake-Out Opening.
  • Toy Story 4: Gabby Gabby succeeds in taking Woody's voice box. While she is the antagonist, it's debatable whether she's a true villain, and Woody gives it to her willingly.
  • A Meaningless Villain Victory comes to Skinner from Ratatouille manages to get Linguini's restaurant shut down... so he, Colette, and Rémy start a new one that becomes just as successful.

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report