Is there a movie where the hero protagonist has an obvious advantage in terms of strength or technology, but against all the odds, ultimately succumbs to the under dog villain?

I can't think of a single plot that follows this model.

  • Some combination of Pyrrhic Villainy and The Bad Guy Wins? Oct 27 '14 at 20:59
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    Pretty sure it has. Oct 27 '14 at 21:12
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    Many will consider this a stretch, but - in a way - "The Dark Knight". If we're to consider the ending to be the Batman's victory, then it's a Pyrrhic one, and the Joker certainly starts as an apparent underdog: he is described as just some man that did an "armed robbery, double homicide, has a taste for the theatrical..." and early in the movie the Batman even says "One man or the whole mob? He can wait", clearly underestimating him. Oct 28 '14 at 2:34
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    I am not sure if I understood your answer. Silent of the Lambs is a good example of an underdog villain wining, not the main villain, also not as accurate: The Dark Knight, Seven.
    – S182
    Oct 28 '14 at 9:28
  • 3:10 to Yuma, remake
    – CGCampbell
    Oct 29 '14 at 15:38

One more recent (2010) movie that follows this plot is the animated comedy "Megamind". Slight technicality here as the "underdog villain" is the protagonist of the film, and later in the story changes roles to the "hero" protagonist.

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