|“||I've won. Exactly as planned.||„|
|~ Light Yagami, after reobtaining the Death Note.|
They are, usually, the opposite of Incompetent villains (who do not succeed in anything), though some Incompetent villains CAN still be successful either with a huge stroke of luck, with the help of much more competent evildoers, or by learning from their own mistakes to become better. However, when an incompotent villain become successful due to becoming better, he/she can no longer be considered as such.
It should be noted that, for some, the goal was not to kill the main protagonist. Notably, Successful villains are very common in many modern-day horror movies (e.g. Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Godzilla, Kayako Saeki, etc.) as well as some tragic fictional works (e.g. Padre Damaso, Iago, etc.) in which many of these villains succeeded in killing the protagonist in the end.
In many works, a Successful villain can be a Protagonist since protagonists are known for winning in the end.
Though these two categories often overlap, this is not to be confused with Karma Houdini, as these villains, despite their success, can still be defeated later, usually at the end of the story if their success occurred at the beginning or middle of it, or in a sequel since some villain victories open the doors for sequels (ie. Scar finally becoming the King of the Pride Lands after killing his brother and banishing his nephew, only to be dethroned by said nephew and killed by his hyena henchman later in the movie, and Emperor Palpatine finally taking control of the Galaxy by manipulating the Chosen One, only for said Chosen One to betray and destroy him three sequels later), and conversely, they cannot be ever defeated despite their failure.
Also, sometimes these villains finally succeed in their goals, but not the way they expected (e.g. Wile E. Coyote finally catching Road Runner, but only when he became too small to eat him; Chef Skinner getting Gusteau's closed for rat infestation but Linguini and Remy are still able to open the Ratatouille; Tai Lung obtaining the Dragon Scroll but failing to realize the significance behind it and Max Mordon obtaining immortality, but in the form of an undead mummy).
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