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10th Feb '17 7:53:33 AM Reavenator
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith. Originally, he "merely" wanted [[RagsToRiches to rise from a poor street urchin to king]] in a society that does not encourage this sort of upward mobility. After [[HumiliationConga a few setbacks]], he sets his sights [[AGodAmI a little higher]], and [[spoiler: sacrifices all of his mercenary band to the god hand, rapes Guts' girlfriend in front of him, and unleashes a plague of demons on the world]] in order to reach his goal.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith. Originally, he "merely" wanted [[RagsToRiches to rise from a poor street urchin to king]] in a society that does not encourage this sort of upward mobility. After [[HumiliationConga a few setbacks]], he sets his sights [[AGodAmI a little higher]], and [[spoiler: sacrifices all of his mercenary band to the god hand, rapes Guts' [[TheProtagonist Guts]]' girlfriend in front of him, and unleashes a plague of demons on the world]] in order to reach his goal.
10th Feb '17 7:51:08 AM Reavenator
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith. Originally, he "merely" wanted [[RagsToRiches to rise from a poor street urchin to king]] in a society that does not encourage this sort of upward mobility. After [[HumiliationConga a few setbacks]], he sets his sights [[AGodAmI a little higher]], and [[spoiler: murders almost all of his friends, rapes his LoveInterest, and unleashes a plague of demons on the world]] in order to reach his goal.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith. Originally, he "merely" wanted [[RagsToRiches to rise from a poor street urchin to king]] in a society that does not encourage this sort of upward mobility. After [[HumiliationConga a few setbacks]], he sets his sights [[AGodAmI a little higher]], and [[spoiler: murders almost sacrifices all of his friends, mercenary band to the god hand, rapes his LoveInterest, Guts' girlfriend in front of him, and unleashes a plague of demons on the world]] in order to reach his goal.
11th Jan '17 3:58:31 PM SimiOfDoom
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* Kallor from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' wants power, no matter what the price.

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Kallor from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' wants power, no matter what the price.


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** Errastas, the Elder God of mischief, sees a chance to take advantage of K'rul's newly created magic in ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'' and he takes it, even if that means [[spoiler: killing off Hood's wife]] and screwing over [[spoiler: Draconus]] himself. Later, in the main series, he then makes [[spoiler: a bid for world domination]], all consequences be damned. The Errant doesn't do small goals.
11th Jan '17 2:27:37 PM ScottMarshall
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* Played with heavily in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', with Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and what drives their relationship from an amiable friendship to a duel to the death. At the beginning, HotBlooded Hamilton's mouth tends to get him in trouble, and Burr tries to advise him to keep his opinions to himself to avoid just that. Hamilton is disgusted by Burr's refusal to openly back causes based on his beliefs, but the two form an OddFriendship all the same. Hamilton keeps pushing Burr to be more active and ambitious, but the first big crack in their relationship comes when Burr switches parties to run against Hamilton's father-in-law for a Senate seat, which Burr wins. Burr tells Hamilton that Hamilton inspired him to aspire higher, as far as the Presidency, but as Burr aims higher and higher the two men grow farther and farther apart, culminating in Hamilton endorsing his old ArchEnemy Jefferson over Burr in the Election of 1800. Burr blames Hamilton for his loss, and they begin exchanging polite but vitriolic letters, culminating in the infamous duel which ends in Hamilton's death.
10th Jan '17 2:08:22 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}},'' the main character manages to resurrect his dog [[ThePowerOfLove out of love]], and while [[NonHumanUndead still kind of dead]], the dog is otherwise fine. The other kids, meanwhile, are {{Designated Villain}}s because they want to replicate his experiment to win the science fair; their animals all ComeBackWrong, for no apparent reason other than that [[SpaceWhaleAesop they had "bad" intentions]].
8th Jan '17 8:51:32 AM ZimFan89
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade seems to fit this, as one of her major motivations is to prove herself, even as a villain, feeling unappreciated for all the times she helped against evil and saved Jackie's life.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade seems to fit this, as one of her major motivations is to prove herself, even as a villain, feeling unappreciated for all the times she helped against evil and saved Jackie's life. Later in the story, she suffers from [[SanitySlippage PTSD]], which leads to MotiveDecay that makes her even more of an example of this -- now, she wants to gather massive amounts power for its own sake, and doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.
** Finn at one point makes it clear just how ambitious he is, hoping for a MookPromotion to higher ranks of villainy. He even tells Viper that he's a [[CardCarryingVillain better criminal]] than she ever was, ''because'' he has ambitions to move beyond his current position.


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* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', most of the [[DecadentCourt Circle of Generals]] have ambitions of gaining even further power (namely, becoming the [[TheDragon Yojimbo]]). However, General Jirobo of the [[AirborneMooks Bat Khan]] is the highlight of this, as he is so utterly convinced that his progressive views will allow the [[TheEmpire Shadowkhan Empire]] to truly flourish, that he's been trying to manipulate [[GodEmperor the Queen]] into a PuppetKing he can control, [[EvenEvilHasStandards something taboo to the Shadowkhan]].
8th Jan '17 8:23:38 AM ZimFan89
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* Subverted in ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist''.
** Despite having a character who is ''the living embodiment of Greed'', [[spoiler:he is the only one of the homunculi representing the seven deadly sins who finds true fulfillment in his life. Despite bragging all along that he wants everything material, cars, money, power, etc, he comes to find that what he actually wants is friends who admire him, and ends up sacrificing himself for them despite his altruism being completely the opposite of greed.]]
** A few of the characters seek to rise to the position of Fuhrer President, the highest position in the country. [[spoiler:Roy narrowly avoids going off the deep end for revenge along the way, but his intentions are to reform the country for the better. As for his mentor Grunman, it's implied he has less than savory tactics (letting his younger apprentices take the brunt of the obstacles while he maneuvers in behind them), but as President he doesn't do anything unjust or overly selfish.]]
18th Dec '16 12:35:15 PM Eievie
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This trope is one of the reasons why VillainsActHeroesReact. Villains who don't have great ambitions would not [[EvilPlan plot grand schemes and motivate story driving conflicts such as]] WorldDomination or UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and therefore, would be boring and petty. It is possible to write an "ambitionless" villain - see ForTheEvulz - but they risk coming off as a GenericDoomsdayVillain.

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This trope is one of the reasons why VillainsActHeroesReact. Villains who don't have great ambitions would not [[EvilPlan plot grand schemes and motivate story driving conflicts such as]] WorldDomination or UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and therefore, would be boring and petty. It is possible to write an "ambitionless" villain - -- see ForTheEvulz - -- but they risk coming off as a GenericDoomsdayVillain.



** Hell, "Haki" (Japanese for "ambition") is basically ''Manga/OnePiece'''s resident LifeEnergy. Those who can control and project it out of their body get a substantial boost in battle. And the most powerful form, which one has to be born with, is the "Ambition of the King" - the sheer desire to ''reign over everyone else''. The main hero has it[[note]]He wants to be king of the pirates, after all[[/note]]. The BigBad, probably, too.

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** Hell, "Haki" (Japanese for "ambition") is basically ''Manga/OnePiece'''s resident LifeEnergy. Those who can control and project it out of their body get a substantial boost in battle. And the most powerful form, which one has to be born with, is the "Ambition of the King" - -- the sheer desire to ''reign over everyone else''. The main hero has it[[note]]He wants to be king of the pirates, after all[[/note]]. The BigBad, probably, too.
15th Dec '16 11:59:23 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** After watching his dynasty nearly ruined by his ineffectual father, Tywin Lannister's dream is to "establish a dynasty that will last a thousand years," and he will do anything, no matter how vicious, to maintain his family's greatness.
** Littlefinger was born without wealth, influence, or a great title. By Season 3, he's gained all three by being a scheming backstabber.
** {{Zigzagged}} by the Tyrells, who aim to increase their own power and prestige through some fairly shady schemes, but are adored in-universe for their appearance as noble and charitable figures and the fandom can empathize with them in their rivalry with the proud and conservative Lannisters.
** According to writer David Benioff, Stannis chooses ambition over family in "The Dance of Dragons".
9th Dec '16 2:18:06 PM Doug86
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* The first ComicBook/SquadronSupreme miniseries (whose members are {{Captain Ersatz}}es of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica) had the heroes helping to rebuild the world (after they themselves helped conquer it under an evil alien's mind control) and decide that instead of rebuilding it as it was, they would make it ''better''. They even announced that if people trusted them they would give up control over Earth in exactly one year. However this was seen as a bad thing by half the heroes, who organized a resistance against them. The reasons given weren't very convincing- they just seemed to be there just to maintain the Status Quo of their Earth resembling the real one. Note that this story inspired both DC's ComicBook/KingdomCome and ComicBook/CivilWar.

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* The first ComicBook/SquadronSupreme miniseries (whose members are {{Captain Ersatz}}es of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica) Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica) had the heroes helping to rebuild the world (after they themselves helped conquer it under an evil alien's mind control) and decide that instead of rebuilding it as it was, they would make it ''better''. They even announced that if people trusted them they would give up control over Earth in exactly one year. However this was seen as a bad thing by half the heroes, who organized a resistance against them. The reasons given weren't very convincing- they just seemed to be there just to maintain the Status Quo of their Earth resembling the real one. Note that this story inspired both DC's ComicBook/KingdomCome and ComicBook/CivilWar.
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