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12 Movies Where The Villain Emerges Victorious

Some films abandon "the good guy wins" trope and end with the villain triumphing.

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At the end of day, movies are designed to entertain us. But no matter how invested we get in the story or the relationship between the characters, we know how it's going to end. The hero defeats the bad guy and saves the day. It may not always be totally realistic - but hey, we as an audience need a bit of escapism. Why end the movie on a downer? I mean, you can't let the villain win, can you?

But there are some films that disregard this sacred formula and conclude with the antagonist emerging victorious. This subversion of expectations blindside viewers because we have become so accustomed to a cliched happy ending that we don't know how to react if a story ends any other way. Because Hollywood can be so predictable, you may feel satisfied that a movie genuinely caught you off-guard. On the other hand, you may be angry to see evil prevail.

Sometimes, the good guy doesn't just lose; they lose spectacularly. Their failure may result in their name being tarnished, the death of their loved ones, or the literal end of the world.

It goes without saying that there are spoilers galore ahead.

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James Egan has written 80 books including 1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3 Twitter - @jameswzegan85