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26th Feb '17 6:48:30 AM Prometheus117
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* Among ''Franchise/StarWars'' villains, Darth Maul is the prime example of this trope. He barely speaks throughout the entirety of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', mostly existing to serve more as an obstacle than a character. As the [[SwordFight lightsaber duel]] he took part in proved so memorable, this had fans complaining about his [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasted potential]].

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* Among ''Franchise/StarWars'' villains, Darth Maul is the prime example of this trope. He barely speaks throughout the entirety of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', mostly existing to serve more as an obstacle than a character. As the [[SwordFight lightsaber duel]] he took part in proved so memorable, this had fans complaining about his [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasted potential]].potential]] AndThereWasMuchRejoicing when he [[TheBusCameBack returned]] in the [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars animated]] [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels series]] as a ''much'' more complex character.
23rd Feb '17 12:25:34 PM Monsund
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* Grima from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening.'' He's a close expy of a villain from an older Fire Emblem, has no motive or personality besides causing the apocalypse ForTheEvulz, and his only bit of background [[VoodooShark raises more questions]]. For comparison, the villains of the NES Fire Emblem games were more developed.
20th Feb '17 9:17:59 AM Gess
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* You play as one in ''DungeonKeeper''. You're an undefined evil entity with no backstory, characterisation or even features, other than a disembodied hand. You command hordes of monsters and invade the surface kingdom for no apparent reason other than that they're good and happy and you apparently hate that.
17th Feb '17 10:44:11 PM merotoker
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A story needs a {{Villain}} to [[TheVillainMakesThePlot drive the plot forward]] and to [[VillainsActHeroesReact give the heroes something to foil]]. This villain needs to be powerful enough to stump the protagonists at least for a StoryArc. The Generic Doomsday Villain serves these purposes, but they're all power and [[FlatCharacter no personality]]. You know you are dealing with a Generic Doomsday Villain when you can imagine them being replaced with a natural disaster or a completely different villain, and the plot would pretty much still work the same way.

It's possible for a villain to ''start out'' as a Generic Doomsday Villain, to establish their threat early on so the hero(es) have a reason for fighting them. Their [[CharacterDevelopment backstory, motivations, and characterization can be revealed]] either in a [[VillainEpisode focus episode]] or in a gradual manner throughout a series. Sometimes, a writer will [[TropesAreTools use this]] [[IntendedAudienceReaction intentionally]], making a villain who is literally [[NonMaliciousMonster like a force of nature or a natural disaster]], or with motives [[EldritchAbomination beyond human comprehension]] -- not really ''intended'' to be a character in their own right, just something that happens which the heroes have to deal with.

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A story needs a {{Villain}} to [[TheVillainMakesThePlot [[VillainsActHeroesReact drive the plot forward]] and to [[VillainsActHeroesReact give the heroes something to foil]]. This villain needs to be powerful enough to stump the protagonists at least for a StoryArc. The Generic Doomsday Villain serves these purposes, but they're all power and [[FlatCharacter no personality]]. You know you are dealing with a Generic Doomsday Villain when you can imagine them being replaced with a natural disaster or a completely different villain, and the plot would pretty much still work the same way.

It's possible for a villain to ''start out'' as a Generic Doomsday Villain, to establish their threat early on so the hero(es) have a reason for fighting them. Their [[CharacterDevelopment backstory, motivations, and characterization can be revealed]] either in a [[VillainEpisode focus episode]] or in a gradual manner throughout a series. Sometimes, a writer will [[TropesAreTools use this]] [[IntendedAudienceReaction intentionally]], {{inten|dedAudienceReaction}}tionally, making a villain who is literally [[NonMaliciousMonster like a force of nature or a natural disaster]], or with motives [[EldritchAbomination beyond human comprehension]] -- not really ''intended'' to be a character in their own right, just something that happens which the heroes have to deal with.



* In ''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd'', a SelfParody of the anime series ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the cast discusses how to {{retool}} their show to appeal to a wider audience. It is then pointed out that the Angels, the show's MonstersOfTheWeek, could have alienated the audience since the show offered no clear answers to where they come from or what their goal is. They eventually come up with introducing the "Black Space God", an [[AliensAreBastards evil alien]] who's only motivation is to KillAllHumans, and having the Angels turning out to be his generic {{Mooks}} all along.

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* In ''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd'', a SelfParody of the anime series ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the cast discusses how to {{retool}} their show to appeal to a wider audience. It is then pointed out that the Angels, the show's MonstersOfTheWeek, {{monster|OfTheWeek}}s, could have alienated the audience since the show offered no clear answers to where they come from or what their goal is. They eventually come up with introducing the "Black Space God", an [[AliensAreBastards evil alien]] who's only motivation is to KillAllHumans, and having the Angels turning out to be his generic {{Mooks}} all along.



** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' has Lex Luthor bringing Doomsday to life because he figured this "Kryptonian abomination" could defeat Superman - "If man won't kill God, the Devil will do it!". And all the beast does is try to destroy anything in his path, providing an excuse for Supes, Batman and Comicbook/WonderWoman to join forces.[[note]]No one knows why Luthor would create a creature that will kill everyone on Earth when the only intended victim is the {{Human Alien|s}} he decided to become enemies with.[[/note]]

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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' has Lex Luthor bringing Doomsday to life because he figured this "Kryptonian abomination" could defeat Superman - "If man won't kill God, the Devil will do it!". And all the beast does is try to destroy anything in his path, providing an excuse for Supes, Batman and Comicbook/WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman to join forces.[[note]]No one knows why Luthor would create a creature that will kill everyone on Earth when the only intended victim is the {{Human Alien|s}} he decided to become enemies with.[[/note]]



* ComicBook/{{Onslaught}} was more powerful than anything in ''ComicBook/XMen'' history, took nearly all the Marvel heroes to beat, had no overarching plan other than "blow shit up" and existed solely to set up "Heroes Reborn", which was later retconned back anyway. Onslaught did have a back story as a psychic entity born from the combined mentality of Professor X (mutants and humans should co-exist) and Magneto ([[HumansAreBastards humans will never accept mutants]]). So he wanted to turn everyone in the world (and later the universe) into a hive mind with himself in control. However, many of the details behind his character were scattered amongst various Marvel comics titles (requiring someone to read all the comics tied into the Onslaught saga for all the details), or [[AllThereInTheManual crammed into a book released solely as a summary for the Onslaught saga]], [[WordOfGod complete with notes and information on what was planned for the saga from the writers themselves]]. For some, Onslaught's Generic Doomsday Villain nature made the writers' attempts to focus on Onslaught's plan changing from "kill all the humans so mutants can prosper" to "kill everyone in the world for no reason" much less dramatic that it was intended to be.

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* ComicBook/{{Onslaught}} was more powerful than anything in ''ComicBook/XMen'' history, took nearly all the Marvel heroes to beat, had no overarching plan other than "blow shit up" and existed solely to set up "Heroes Reborn", ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'', which was later retconned back anyway. Onslaught did have a back story as a psychic entity born from the combined mentality of Professor X (mutants and humans should co-exist) and Magneto ([[HumansAreBastards humans will never accept mutants]]). So he wanted to turn everyone in the world (and later the universe) into a hive mind with himself in control. However, many of the details behind his character were scattered amongst various Marvel comics titles (requiring someone to read all the comics tied into the Onslaught saga for all the details), or [[AllThereInTheManual crammed into a book released solely as a summary for the Onslaught saga]], [[WordOfGod complete with notes and information on what was planned for the saga from the writers themselves]]. For some, Onslaught's Generic Doomsday Villain nature made the writers' attempts to focus on Onslaught's plan changing from "kill all the humans so mutants can prosper" to "kill everyone in the world for no reason" much less dramatic that it was intended to be.



* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' incarnation of Darkseid has all the power one would expect from one of DC's most charismatic and terrifying villains, but that's about it. Presumably, the writers were banking on people already knowing who he is, since he gets absolutely no explanation as to who he is or why he particularly wants to conquer Earth to begin with. He spends most of his screen time beating up the Justice League, until he gets sent back to his home dimension when it's time to end the movie.

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* Atomic Skull from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'' has no motivation for his violence. Why is he killing people? To draw out Superman. Why does he want to fight Superman? Because it's what he does, apparently.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' incarnation of Darkseid ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has all the power one would expect from one of DC's most charismatic and terrifying villains, but that's about it. Presumably, the writers were banking on people already knowing who he is, since he gets absolutely no explanation as to who he is or why he particularly wants to conquer Earth to begin with. He spends most of his screen time beating up the Justice League, until he gets sent back to his home dimension when it's time to end the movie.



* While even the most generic [[SlasherMovie slasher movies]] give an explanation for their killers' motives to murder people, ''Film/FinalExam'' has none of that. The killer in that film is just some guy with a knife who slaughters college students. He doesn't even have a name.

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* While even the most generic [[SlasherMovie slasher movies]] {{slasher movie}}s give an explanation for their killers' motives to murder people, ''Film/FinalExam'' has none of that. The killer in that film is just some guy with a knife who slaughters college students. He doesn't even have a name.



* Shinzon from ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. His reasoning seems to consist of "Well, I'm the villain of this movie, so I guess I better [[MoralEventHorizon mentally rape Troi]] and [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy Earth]]." The extreme actions that actually relate to his supposedly well-intentioned goals occur entirely in the opening minutes of the movie: as he was raised by the Remans, he understandably doesn't like their status as the [[ProudWarriorRace Warrior]]-SlaveRace of the Romulan Empire. But when he assassinates the entire Romulan Senate and installs himself as the new dictator... ''he's already solved all the Remans' problems.'' At that point his only real explanation for wanting to destroy Earth is to prove the Remans' superiority over the Romulans and show the galaxy that their Romulan empire is not to be messed with which is somewhat unclear. For a poorly explained reason (to prove to everyone that the Remans are to be taken seriously), he has a super battleship way more advanced than every ship it comes up against. He also got a planet-destroying superweapon from... somewhere. Like a few other entries, Shinzon's backstory was fleshed out more in the (usually non-canon) novels that reveal his original reasoning, why he's trying to destroy Earth, where he got the snazzy ship and where that superweapon came from.

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* Shinzon from ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. His reasoning seems to consist of "Well, I'm the villain of this movie, so I guess I better [[MoralEventHorizon mentally rape Troi]] and [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy Earth]]." The extreme actions that actually relate to his supposedly well-intentioned goals occur entirely in the opening minutes of the movie: as he was raised by the Remans, he understandably doesn't like their status as the [[ProudWarriorRace [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Warrior]]-SlaveRace of the Romulan Empire. But when he assassinates the entire Romulan Senate and installs himself as the new dictator... ''he's already solved all the Remans' problems.'' At that point his only real explanation for wanting to destroy Earth is to prove the Remans' superiority over the Romulans and show the galaxy that their Romulan empire is not to be messed with which is somewhat unclear. For a poorly explained reason (to prove to everyone that the Remans are to be taken seriously), he has a super battleship way more advanced than every ship it comes up against. He also got a planet-destroying superweapon from... somewhere. Like a few other entries, Shinzon's backstory was fleshed out more in the (usually non-canon) novels that reveal his original reasoning, why he's trying to destroy Earth, where he got the snazzy ship and where that superweapon came from.



* ''CriminalMinds'', despite its main premise being about discovering {{Serial Killer}}s' {{Freudian Excuse}}s, never reveals the motive(s) of [[CreepyMortician the]] [[EvilOldFolks Roycewood]] [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether family]] in Season 5's "Mosley Lane". The most we do know about them is that they've spent over a decade utilizing their mortuary business to elaborately abduct, abuse, and murder countless children -- only sparing the very first one because they need an extra accomplice in their crimes -- and [[spoiler:they're both killed off in different fitting ways by the episode's conclusion.]]

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* ''CriminalMinds'', ''Series/CriminalMinds'', despite its main premise being about discovering {{Serial Killer}}s' {{Freudian Excuse}}s, never reveals the motive(s) of [[CreepyMortician the]] [[EvilOldFolks Roycewood]] [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether family]] in Season 5's "Mosley Lane". The most we do know about them is that they've spent over a decade utilizing their mortuary business to elaborately abduct, abuse, and murder countless children -- only sparing the very first one because they need an extra accomplice in their crimes -- and [[spoiler:they're both killed off in different fitting ways by the episode's conclusion.]]



* Between 2002-2006 in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, it was incredibly hard to sum up Wrestling/TripleH's character beyond "World Champion", "[[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]]'s husband", and "sledgehammer aficionado". Oh, and "Complete {{Jerkass}}."

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* Between 2002-2006 in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, it was incredibly hard to sum up Wrestling/TripleH's character beyond "World Champion", "[[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]]'s "Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon's husband", and "sledgehammer aficionado". Oh, and "Complete {{Jerkass}}."



* Hades Izanami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' seeks to turn all of reality into inert [[{{Mana}} seithr]]. Why? Because she is Death, that's why... Come ''Central Fiction'' it turns out that [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually just a Drive existence]], essentially the materialized extention of another entity's soul's power, which arouses in her the curiosity to find out if she's [[BecomeARealBoy an individual with a free will of her own and the option to be something other than Death]] or if her existence as Death is determined by the entity whose soul she's a manifestation of and she ultimately has no choice but to fulfill her designated role... After some NavelGazing she arrives at the conclusion that the fact that she can even question her own existence means that she ''does'' have a choice, but it also leads her to the realization that ''she has no desire'' to be anything but Death, ultimately [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] her way out of developing into a more complex villain archetype. However, ''Central Fiction'' also provides a Justification: The entity that Hades Izanami is the Drive of is [[ThePowersThatBe The Origin]], the user of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu]], whose growing disillusionment and frustration at ''BlazBlue'''s CrapsackWorld, hatred of its [[SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness unfairly successful villains]] and desparation in the face of [[GodsHandsAreTied her own inability to set things right]] has given way to madness and despair which manifests as a desire to just let everything die. So yes, Izanami is pretty much the incarnated manifestation of God crossing the DespairEventHorizon.
* The Federation of The Americas from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' are often accused of being this. Throughout the entirety of the campaign, they appear to have no overall goal other than destroying the US and murdering American civilians seemingly [[ObviouslyEvil just to remind the players that they're the bad guys.]] Not helped by the fact that the only named character on their side who has more than two lines is the ''very'' American [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Gabriel Rorke]], ([[TheScrappy already universially considered the lamest badguy in the series]]) or that they happened to be sandwiched between the much more memorable and interesting [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII Raul Menendez]] and [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Jonathan Irons]].
** The Settlement Defense Front from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' have since arisen to fill in that void. While they lack the [[UnfortunateImplications unpleasant racist undertones]] of the Federation, the SDF takes the same tendency for [[ForTheEvulz being murderous dicks for the sake of being murderous dicks]] [[UpToEleven to extreme, almost comical lengths.]] Literally ALL they ever talk about, from [[BigBad Admiral Kotch]] to the [[{{Mook}} common footsoldier]] is how much they want to destroy Earth, and how much they want to murder innocent Earthborn bystanders. Even the textblurbs that pop up when you die go out of their way to remind you just how pointlessly, cartoonishly evil the SDF is to the point that they [[CrossesTheLineTwice feel more like a parody of the Cobra-esque bad guys you'd see in an old Saturday morning cartoon.]]
* Lavos from ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'' fits for only being a (mostly) [[NonMaliciousMonster non-sentient]] PlanetaryParasite that CameFromTheSky, and after millenia feeding, woke up and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroyed the planet]]. Despite driving the plot, it's only a "giant tick" GreaterScopeVillain the protagonists will face once [[TakeYourTime they feel ready]]. ''Videogame/ChronoCross'' diverges by making the aftermath of Lavos' defeat enabling him to become a full-on EldritchAbomination [[OmnicidalManiac bent on obliterating all of existance]].

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* Hades Izanami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' seeks to turn all of reality into inert [[{{Mana}} seithr]]. Why? Because she is Death, that's why... Come ''Central Fiction'' it turns out that [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually just a Drive existence]], essentially the materialized extention extension of another entity's soul's power, which arouses in her the curiosity to find out if she's [[BecomeARealBoy an individual with a free will of her own and the option to be something other than Death]] or if her existence as Death is determined by the entity whose soul she's a manifestation of and she ultimately has no choice but to fulfill her designated role... After some NavelGazing she arrives at the conclusion that the fact that she can even question her own existence means that she ''does'' have a choice, but it also leads her to the realization that ''she has no desire'' to be anything but Death, ultimately [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] her way out of developing into a more complex villain archetype. However, ''Central Fiction'' also provides a Justification: The entity that Hades Izanami is the Drive of is [[ThePowersThatBe [[PowersThatBe The Origin]], the user of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu]], whose growing disillusionment and frustration at ''BlazBlue'''s CrapsackWorld, hatred of its [[SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness unfairly successful villains]] and desparation desperation in the face of [[GodsHandsAreTied her own inability to set things right]] has given way to madness and despair which manifests as a desire to just let everything die. So yes, Izanami is pretty much the incarnated manifestation of God crossing the DespairEventHorizon.
* The Federation of The Americas from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' are often accused of being this. Throughout the entirety of the campaign, they appear to have no overall goal other than destroying the US and murdering American civilians seemingly [[ObviouslyEvil just to remind the players that they're the bad guys.]] Not helped by the fact that the only named character on their side who has more than two lines is the ''very'' American [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Gabriel Rorke]], ([[TheScrappy already universially universally considered the lamest badguy in the series]]) or that they happened to be sandwiched between the much more memorable and interesting [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII Raul Menendez]] and [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Jonathan Irons]].
** The Settlement Defense Front from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' have since arisen to fill in that void. While they lack the [[UnfortunateImplications unpleasant racist undertones]] of the Federation, the SDF takes the same tendency for [[ForTheEvulz being murderous dicks for the sake of being murderous dicks]] [[UpToEleven to extreme, almost comical lengths.]] Literally ALL they ever talk about, from [[BigBad Admiral Kotch]] to the [[{{Mook}} [[{{Mooks}} common footsoldier]] is how much they want to destroy Earth, and how much they want to murder innocent Earthborn bystanders. Even the textblurbs that pop up when you die go out of their way to remind you just how pointlessly, cartoonishly evil the SDF is to the point that they [[CrossesTheLineTwice feel more like a parody of the Cobra-esque bad guys you'd see in an old Saturday morning cartoon.]]
* Lavos from ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'' fits for only being a (mostly) [[NonMaliciousMonster non-sentient]] PlanetaryParasite that CameFromTheSky, and after millenia feeding, woke up and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroyed the planet]]. Despite driving the plot, it's only a "giant tick" GreaterScopeVillain the protagonists will face once [[TakeYourTime they feel ready]]. ''Videogame/ChronoCross'' diverges by making the aftermath of Lavos' defeat enabling him to become a full-on EldritchAbomination [[OmnicidalManiac bent on obliterating all of existance]].existence]].



* While most bosses in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' have either at least a bit of personality, or engaged in a banters with Dante, all of the bosses in the [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry2 second game]] (sans [[BigBad Arius]]) have neither any personality nor speak any line whatsoever including the FinalBoss Argosax. Essentially, they're just another enemy for Dante and Lucia to defeat.

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* While most bosses in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' have either at least a bit of personality, or engaged in a banters with Dante, all of the bosses in the [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry2 second game]] (sans [[BigBad Arius]]) have neither any personality nor speak any line whatsoever including the FinalBoss Argosax. Essentially, they're just another enemy for Dante and Lucia to defeat.



* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s early instalments tended to feature these, with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere final bosses with absolutely no characterisation beyond this appearing after you kill them. They got a lot less common after the popularity of the relatively well-developed Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but still show up after that point, often because of GrandfatherClause nostalgia or TroubledProduction problems.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s early instalments installments tended to feature these, with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere final bosses with absolutely no characterisation beyond this appearing after you kill them. They got a lot less common after the popularity of the relatively well-developed Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but still show up after that point, often because of GrandfatherClause nostalgia or TroubledProduction problems.



* Several of the villains in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series, like Nightmare, Dark Matter and Zero, Drawcia, and Necrodeus are this, since they're presented as the villains for attacking Kirby's home planet with little revealed motivation or characterization to go with it.

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* Several of the villains in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, like Nightmare, Dark Matter and Zero, Drawcia, and Necrodeus are this, since they're presented as the villains for attacking Kirby's home planet with little revealed motivation or characterization to go with it.



** Ganon tends to be this depending the game, often when he [[HijackedByGanon hijacks the plot]] and thus doesn't have much time to get any characterization. ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' gives a reason for this: [[spoiler:As the incarnation of Demon King Demise's hatred for Link and Zelda, he literally exists solely to plague the two as long as reincarnations of them exist.]]

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** Ganon tends to be this depending the game, often when he [[HijackedByGanon hijacks the plot]] and thus doesn't have much time to get any characterization. ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' gives a reason for this: [[spoiler:As the incarnation of Demon King Demise's hatred for Link and Zelda, he literally exists solely to plague the two as long as reincarnations of them exist.]]exist]].



** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': Averted with the Skull Kid who is wearing the titular mask for most of the story, but played straight by [[spoiler:the mask itself, which is revealed to be sentient near the end of the game.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Zant plays this straight at first, but later subverts it, [[spoiler:when it's revealed to be a facade, and he's actually a PsychopathicManchild who is upset over his people's imprisonment and not being chosen as their ruler, and usurped the throne after being granted power by Ganondorf.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': Averted with the Skull Kid who is wearing the titular mask for most of the story, but played straight by [[spoiler:the mask itself, which is revealed to be sentient near the end of the game.]]
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Zant plays this straight at first, but later subverts it, [[spoiler:when it's revealed to be a facade, and he's actually a PsychopathicManchild who is upset over his people's imprisonment and not being chosen as their ruler, and usurped the throne after being granted power by Ganondorf.]]Ganondorf]].



* The title characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' games are meant to be classic stereotypical {{Evil Overlord}}s and thinly-veiled [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] [[CaptainErsatz copycats]]. While the characters are often doing evil and the players do get to determine how evil they are, it's really EvilChancellor Gnarl that [[CardCarryingVillain carries their villain cards]] for the {{Silent Protagonist}}s. What makes it worse is that, in the entire time you're trying to build yourself up as the [[VillainProtagonist incarnation of evil]], you spend the entire time fighting heroes... Who are now the corrupted embodiments of various sins, so you're not even being THAT effective a bad guy. While it could be said that by defeating them you prove you are the "[[EvilerThanThou most evil]]", the KarmaMeter in the game basically sways between (very!) benevolent dictator and OmnicidalManiac. At least in the sequel, the "hideously evil" path means you have to slaughter everyone in the villages you took over while the "domination" path meant magical MindControl.

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* The title characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' games are meant to be classic stereotypical {{Evil Overlord}}s and thinly-veiled [[LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] [[CaptainErsatz copycats]]. While the characters are often doing evil and the players do get to determine how evil they are, it's really EvilChancellor Gnarl that [[CardCarryingVillain carries their villain cards]] for the {{Silent Protagonist}}s. What makes it worse is that, in the entire time you're trying to build yourself up as the [[VillainProtagonist incarnation of evil]], you spend the entire time fighting heroes... Who are now the corrupted embodiments of various sins, so you're not even being THAT effective a bad guy. While it could be said that by defeating them you prove you are the "[[EvilerThanThou most evil]]", the KarmaMeter in the game basically sways between (very!) benevolent dictator and OmnicidalManiac. At least in the sequel, the "hideously evil" path means you have to slaughter everyone in the villages you took over while the "domination" path meant magical MindControl.



* [[spoiler:Erebus]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fits this role, thanks to being [[spoiler:the AnthropomorphicPersonification of mankind's will to die, and thus his only purpose is to come into contact with Nyx and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and will never truly disappear as long as humans keep wishing for death.]]

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* [[spoiler:Erebus]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fits this role, thanks to being [[spoiler:the AnthropomorphicPersonification of mankind's will to die, and thus his only purpose is to come into contact with Nyx and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and will never truly disappear as long as humans keep wishing for death.]]death]].



* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' features [[spoiler:NEO Umbrella as the villains. Their ultimate goal is to unleash a massive [=B.O.W.=] called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast HAOS]] that will infect the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt entire planet]] with a deadly mutating virus, purely for the sake of "plunging the entire world into chaos".]]

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' features [[spoiler:NEO Umbrella as the villains. Their ultimate goal is to unleash a massive [=B.O.W.=] called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast HAOS]] that will infect the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt entire planet]] with a deadly mutating virus, purely for the sake of "plunging the entire world into chaos".]]chaos"]].



** ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' gives us Amon, essentially a GodOfEvil who wants to create a new species in order to eradicate every life in the Universe. He ''does'' provides interesting background to the Universe, and causes major changes, but compared to villains like [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Mengsk]], [[TragicVillain Kerrigan]] or [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the Overmind]], he seems rather bland. The final game of the trilogy at last gives him characterization and a motivation, however: [[spoiler:he believes that the Xel'Naga infinite 'cycle' of two races, Purity of Form and Essence, coming into being and eventually peaceably merging into the next generation of Xel'Naga, is "corrupt", and wishes to make it so it can't keep happening by killing all life (no life means nothing to incarnate into the next Xel'Naga generation). ...And even that is revealed as not the whole story, when the Protoss Preserver Rohana reveals, via a psychic link with him, that beneath that goal, Amon is driven by hatred and spite toward all living things. Turns out, he wasn't always a Xel'Naga, and feels that becoming one eons ago was "forced" upon him.]]

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** ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' gives us Amon, essentially a GodOfEvil who wants to create a new species in order to eradicate every life in the Universe. He ''does'' provides interesting background to the Universe, and causes major changes, but compared to villains like [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Mengsk]], [[TragicVillain Kerrigan]] or [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the Overmind]], he seems rather bland. The final game of the trilogy at last gives him characterization and a motivation, however: [[spoiler:he believes that the Xel'Naga infinite 'cycle' of two races, Purity of Form and Essence, coming into being and eventually peaceably merging into the next generation of Xel'Naga, is "corrupt", and wishes to make it so it can't keep happening by killing all life (no life means nothing to incarnate into the next Xel'Naga generation). ...And even that is revealed as not the whole story, when the Protoss Preserver Rohana reveals, via a psychic link with him, that beneath that goal, Amon is driven by hatred and spite toward all living things. Turns out, he wasn't always a Xel'Naga, and feels that becoming one eons ago was "forced" upon him.]]him]].



* Almost all the villains in ''WebComic/AxeCop'' [[ShapedLikeItself are evil and do evil things because they're bad guys]], so just about any one of the powerful villains bent on TakingOverTheWorld or whatever is automatically a Generic Doosmday Villain.

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* Almost all the villains in ''WebComic/AxeCop'' [[ShapedLikeItself are evil and do evil things because they're bad guys]], so just about any one of the powerful villains bent on TakingOverTheWorld [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]] or whatever is automatically a Generic Doosmday Villain.



** In "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E11PanicInTheSky Panic in the Sky]]" ComicBook/LexLuthor figuratively got under Brainiac's skin ([[spoiler:after the latter [[BodyHorror literally got under his skin]]]]) by accusing him of being one of these. Luthor pointed out that Brainiac had no real plans of doing anything with its vast store of knowledge and that it had no real reason for destroying the universe. Brainiac realized Luthor had a point and [[spoiler:agreed to a FusionDance so they could actually do something with all of that power and knowledge.]]
* Imperiex from the second season of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'', who launches a full scale invasion of the galaxy because... he's power hungry, we guess?

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** In "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E11PanicInTheSky Panic in the Sky]]" ComicBook/LexLuthor figuratively got under Brainiac's skin ([[spoiler:after the latter [[BodyHorror literally got under his skin]]]]) by accusing him of being one of these. Luthor pointed out that Brainiac had no real plans of doing anything with its vast store of knowledge and that it had no real reason for destroying the universe. Brainiac realized Luthor had a point and [[spoiler:agreed to a FusionDance so they could actually do something with all of that power and knowledge.]]
knowledge]].
* Imperiex from the second season of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'', ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', who launches a full scale invasion of the galaxy because... he's power hungry, we guess?



* Atomic Skull from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'' has no motivation for his violence. Why is he killing people? To draw out Superman. Why does he want to fight Superman? Because it's what he does, apparently.



* TheJuggernaut in his second appearance in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. In his first, his goal was to kill Xavier for putting him in prison. The second, Xavier is nowhere to be seen, and he just decides to wreck random destruction for no reason. His main purpose in the story is really just as plot device to get the X-Men to fight out of genuine heroism despite people starting to discriminate against, even though their chances of beating him as slim.

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* TheJuggernaut in his second appearance in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. In his first, his goal was to kill Xavier for putting him in prison. The second, Xavier is nowhere to be seen, and he just decides to wreck random destruction for no reason. His main purpose in the story is really just as a plot device to get the X-Men to fight out of genuine heroism despite people starting to discriminate against, even though their chances of beating him as are slim.
15th Feb '17 11:21:00 AM IamTheCaligula
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* Hades Izanami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' seeks to turn all of reality into inert [[{{Mana}} seithr]]. Why? Because she is Death, that's why... Come ''Central Fiction'' it turns out that [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually just a Drive existence]], essentially the materialized extention of another entity's soul's power, which arouses in her the curiosity to find out if she's [[BecomeARealBoy an individual with a free will of her own and the option to be something other than Death]] or if her existence as Death is determined by the entity whose soul she's a manifestation of and she ultimately has no choice but to fulfill her designated role... After some NavelGazing she arrives at the conclusion that the fact that she can even question her own existence means that she ''does'' have a choice, but it also leads her to the realization that ''she has no desire'' to be anything but Death, ultimately [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] her way out of developing into a more complex villain archetype. However, ''Central Fiction'' also provides a Justification: The entity that Hades Izanami is the Drive of is [[ThePowersThatBe The Origin]], the user of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu]], whose growing disillusionment and frustration at ''BlazBlue'''s CrapsackWorld, hatred of its [[SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness unfairly successful villains]] and desparation in face of [[GodsHandsAreTied her own inability to set things right]] has given way to madness and despair which manifests as a desire to just let everything die. So yes, Izanami is pretty much the incarnated manifestation of God crossing the DespairEventHorizon.

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* Hades Izanami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' seeks to turn all of reality into inert [[{{Mana}} seithr]]. Why? Because she is Death, that's why... Come ''Central Fiction'' it turns out that [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually just a Drive existence]], essentially the materialized extention of another entity's soul's power, which arouses in her the curiosity to find out if she's [[BecomeARealBoy an individual with a free will of her own and the option to be something other than Death]] or if her existence as Death is determined by the entity whose soul she's a manifestation of and she ultimately has no choice but to fulfill her designated role... After some NavelGazing she arrives at the conclusion that the fact that she can even question her own existence means that she ''does'' have a choice, but it also leads her to the realization that ''she has no desire'' to be anything but Death, ultimately [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] her way out of developing into a more complex villain archetype. However, ''Central Fiction'' also provides a Justification: The entity that Hades Izanami is the Drive of is [[ThePowersThatBe The Origin]], the user of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu]], whose growing disillusionment and frustration at ''BlazBlue'''s CrapsackWorld, hatred of its [[SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness unfairly successful villains]] and desparation in the face of [[GodsHandsAreTied her own inability to set things right]] has given way to madness and despair which manifests as a desire to just let everything die. So yes, Izanami is pretty much the incarnated manifestation of God crossing the DespairEventHorizon.
15th Feb '17 11:18:11 AM IamTheCaligula
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* Hades Izanami from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' seeks to turn all of reality into inert [[{{Mana}} seithr]]. Why? Because she is Death, that's why... Come ''Central Fiction'' it turns out that [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually just a Drive existence]], essentially the materialized extention of another entity's soul's power, which arouses in her the curiosity to find out if she's [[BecomeARealBoy an individual with a free will of her own and the option to be something other than Death]] or if her existence as Death is determined by the entity whose soul she's a manifestation of and she ultimately has no choice but to fulfill her designated role... After some NavelGazing she arrives at the conclusion that the fact that she can even question her own existence means that she ''does'' have a choice, but it also leads her to the realization that ''she has no desire'' to be anything but Death, ultimately [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] her way out of developing into a more complex villain archetype. However, ''Central Fiction'' also provides a Justification: The entity that Hades Izanami is the Drive of is [[ThePowersThatBe The Origin]], the user of the [[DeusEstMachina Master Unit: Amaterasu]], whose growing disillusionment and frustration at ''BlazBlue'''s CrapsackWorld, hatred of its [[SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness unfairly successful villains]] and desparation in face of [[GodsHandsAreTied her own inability to set things right]] has given way to madness and despair which manifests as a desire to just let everything die. So yes, Izanami is pretty much the incarnated manifestation of God crossing the DespairEventHorizon.
12th Feb '17 5:39:26 PM GarudaOne
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** The Settlement Defense Front from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' have since arisen to fill in that void. While they lack the [[UnfortunateImplications unpleasant racist undertones]] of the Federation, the SDF takeS the same tendency for [[ForTheEvulz being murderous dicks for the sake of being murderous dicks]] [[UpToEleven to extreme, almost comical lengths.]] Literally ALL they ever talk about, from [[BigBad Admiral Kotch]] to the [[{{Mook}} common footsoldier]] is how much they want to destroy Earth, and how much they want to murder innocent Earthborn bystanders. Even the textblurbs that pop up when you die go out of their way to remind you just how pointlessly, cartoonishly evil the SDF is to the point that they [[CrossesTheLineTwice feel more like a parody of the Cobra-esque bad guys you'd see in an old Saturday morning cartoon.]]

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** The Settlement Defense Front from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' have since arisen to fill in that void. While they lack the [[UnfortunateImplications unpleasant racist undertones]] of the Federation, the SDF takeS takes the same tendency for [[ForTheEvulz being murderous dicks for the sake of being murderous dicks]] [[UpToEleven to extreme, almost comical lengths.]] Literally ALL they ever talk about, from [[BigBad Admiral Kotch]] to the [[{{Mook}} common footsoldier]] is how much they want to destroy Earth, and how much they want to murder innocent Earthborn bystanders. Even the textblurbs that pop up when you die go out of their way to remind you just how pointlessly, cartoonishly evil the SDF is to the point that they [[CrossesTheLineTwice feel more like a parody of the Cobra-esque bad guys you'd see in an old Saturday morning cartoon.]]
12th Feb '17 5:38:43 PM GarudaOne
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** The Settlement Defense Front from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' have since arisen to fill in that void. While they lack the [[UnfortunateImplications unpleasant racist undertones]] of the Federation, the SDF takeS the same tendency for [[ForTheEvulz being murderous dicks for the sake of being murderous dicks]] [[UpToEleven to extreme, almost comical lengths.]] Literally ALL they ever talk about, from [[BigBad Admiral Kotch]] to the [[{{Mook}} common footsoldier]] is how much they want to destroy Earth, and how much they want to murder innocent Earthborn bystanders. Even the textblurbs that pop up when you die go out of their way to remind you just how pointlessly, cartoonishly evil the SDF is to the point that they [[CrossesTheLineTwice feel more like a parody of the Cobra-esque bad guys you'd see in an old Saturday morning cartoon.]]
11th Feb '17 9:29:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' is introduced [[OutsideContextProblem completely separately from the main Autobot/Decepticon conflict]] and is given no backstory (at least not in the film itself) or reason for why he devours planets. It's also unclear as to why the Autobot Matrix is as effective at destroying Unicron as it is in the climax. Quoth one contemporary review:
-->"The great animated villains, like the Wicked Queen in Disney's "Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}," had motivations as compelling as any live-action character. Unicron apparently destroys entire worlds because it has nothing else to do."
3rd Feb '17 1:04:21 PM SpinAttaxx
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* Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' is introduced [[OutsideContextProblem completely separately from the main Autobot/Decepticon conflict]] and is given no backstory (at least not in the film itself) or reason for why he devours planets. It's also unclear as to why the Autobot Matrix is as effective at destroying Unicron as it is in the climax. Quoth one contemporary review:
-->"The great animated villains, like the Wicked Queen in Disney's "Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}," had motivations as compelling as any live-action character. Unicron apparently destroys entire worlds because it has nothing else to do."
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