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23rd May '17 9:41:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** The Replicators. Since most of them are machines made out of Lego blocks, they have no personality whatsoever. [[GreyGoo All they do is multiply]]. And they just. Won't. Stay. Dead. Though this changed when the show introduced the Human Form Replicators (including the [[Series/StargateAtlantis Asurans]]), which actually had personalities and in some cases became recurring characters. Some were even somewhat [[AntiVillain sympathetic]].
** Anubis; known as the most evil of all Goa'uld, his goal goes beyond wanting to rule over the galaxy. He literally wants to wipe out ''all life'' in it, using a weapon of the Ancients that sends out a wave that can do exactly that. And since he is practically the only being that would survive this, well... No reason is ever given for this (Anubis doesn't elaborate any further than stating that it's part of his "grand design"), other than he's evil, although Daniel theorizes he may want to rebuild things in his own design (since the Ancient device Anubis planned to use was ''also'' capable of ''creating'' life... in fact, that was its original purpose).

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
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The Replicators.Replicators from ''Series/StargateSG1''. Since most of them are machines made out of Lego blocks, they have no personality whatsoever. [[GreyGoo All they do is multiply]]. And they just. Won't. Stay. Dead. Though this changed when the show introduced the Human Form Replicators (including the [[Series/StargateAtlantis Asurans]]), which actually had personalities and in some cases became recurring characters. Some were even somewhat [[AntiVillain sympathetic]].
** Anubis; known as the most evil of all Goa'uld, his goal goes beyond wanting to rule over the galaxy. He literally wants to wipe out ''all life'' in it, using a weapon of the Ancients that sends out a wave that can do exactly that. And since he is practically the only being that would survive this, well... No reason is ever given for this (Anubis doesn't elaborate any further than stating that it's part of his "grand design"), other than he's evil, although Daniel theorizes he may want to rebuild things in his own design (since the Ancient device Anubis planned to use was ''also'' capable of ''creating'' life... in fact, that was its original purpose).
sympathetic]].
22nd May '17 8:41:43 AM ANewMan
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* The Healthy Band from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared 5'' are far less characterized than the four antagonists that preceded them. They don't suffer from delusions of helping people like Shrignold and Sketchbook seem to, they don't show much sign of having a HairTriggerTemper like the Clock and the Computer, and they don't even seem to enjoy making people suffer like the Lamp; their only real motivation for harassing the main character with bad health advise and cannibalism is because they're evil.
22nd May '17 2:52:10 AM SorPepita
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** The Flood, a mix-[[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie plague]][=/=] EldritchAbomination has no clear motive, if they ever really needed one, in the games aside from consuming everything. It's not until the book ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' that they finally get a clear motive: [[spoiler:revenge on the Forerunners for wiping the Precursors, their creators.]]

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** The Flood, a mix-[[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie plague]][=/=] EldritchAbomination that has no clear motive, if they ever really needed one, in the games aside from consuming everything. It's not until the book ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' that they finally get a clear motive: [[spoiler:revenge on the Forerunners for wiping the Precursors, their creators.]]



** 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. In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', this cycle of reincarnation and becoming an even more powerful force of evil has persisted for so long that it's reduced Ganon to this. No trace of the thief king Ganondorf remains -- merely the hatred and malice incarnate of a demon.]]

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** Ganon tends to be this depending on 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. In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', this cycle of reincarnation and becoming an even more powerful force of evil has persisted for so long that it's reduced Ganon to this. No trace of the thief king Ganondorf remains -- merely the hatred and malice incarnate of a demon.]]



* The title characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' games are meant to be classic stereotypical {{Evil Overlord}}s and thinly-veiled [[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.

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* The title characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' games are meant to be classic stereotypical {{Evil Overlord}}s and thinly-veiled [[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 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.



** ''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). ...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]].



** [[EldritchAbomination The Entity]]/[[spoiler:Missingno]] is somewhat of a deconstruction. When its plan is revealed to be to simply [[AssimilationPlot assimilate everything in existence]], Linkara calls it out on having such a simple and generic motive, [[spoiler:the Entity [[VillainousBreakdown suffers from an existential crisis]].]] [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Thanks to Linkara]], the Entity eventually get a motive: to find out what happens when [[spoiler:an Outer God ''[[DrivenToSuicide dies]]''.]]

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** [[EldritchAbomination The Entity]]/[[spoiler:Missingno]] is somewhat of a deconstruction. When its plan is revealed to be to simply [[AssimilationPlot assimilate everything in existence]], Linkara calls it out on having such a simple and generic motive, [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:and the Entity [[VillainousBreakdown suffers from an existential crisis]].]] [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Thanks to Linkara]], the Entity eventually get gets a motive: to find out what happens when [[spoiler:an Outer God ''[[DrivenToSuicide dies]]''.]]



** Doomsday basically keeps his role of catalyzing other characters' stories (despite ''speaking full sentences now!''). He showed up for the sole purpose of starting a fight, and then getting lobotomized to show how dangerous the [[KnightTemplar Justice Lords]] are. In the second appearance, to challenge the heroes' own morality (he's mightily destructive. He's totally unrepentant about it and pretty much told us pointblank he'll never stop. How do we stop him for good but observe [[ThouShaltNotKill our rules]]?) In the end he's banished to the Phantom Zone, which Batman treats as no different than a death sentence. His second appearance he is retroactively given a back story, albeit a retcon that ties him into the Cadmus myth arc.

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** Doomsday basically keeps his role of catalyzing other characters' stories (despite ''speaking full sentences now!''). He showed up for the sole purpose of starting a fight, and then getting lobotomized to show how dangerous the [[KnightTemplar Justice Lords]] are. In the second appearance, to challenge the heroes' own morality (he's mightily destructive. He's totally unrepentant about it and pretty much told us pointblank he'll never stop. How do we stop him for good but observe [[ThouShaltNotKill our rules]]?) In the end he's banished to the Phantom Zone, which Batman treats as no different than a death sentence. His In his second appearance he is retroactively given a back story, albeit a retcon that ties him into the Cadmus myth arc.
22nd May '17 2:37:08 AM SorPepita
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* 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 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]].

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* 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]], Rorke]] ([[TheScrappy already universally considered the lamest badguy in the series]]) series]]), or that they happened to be sandwiched between the much more memorable and interesting [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII Raul Menendez]] and [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Jonathan Irons]].
22nd May '17 2:35:22 AM SorPepita
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' gives us The Enchantress - an ancient EldritchAbomination who [[EvilLuddite hates how mankind prefers machines to gods]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe wants to be worshipped again]]. That's all there is to her. She has no personal vendetta against any of the protagonists, except Amanda Waller for having control of her heart. (another, Flagg, has something against Enchantress because she's using his lover as her physical body) She spends most of the film sitting around making an army and some vague doomsday device that only starts working when the title squad are about to reach Enchantress.

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' gives us The Enchantress - an ancient EldritchAbomination who [[EvilLuddite hates how mankind prefers machines to gods]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe wants to be worshipped again]]. That's all there is to her. She has no personal vendetta against any of the protagonists, except Amanda Waller for having control of her heart. heart (another, Flagg, has something against Enchantress because she's using his lover as her physical body) body). She spends most of the film sitting around making an army and some vague doomsday device that only starts working when the title squad are about to reach Enchantress.
21st May '17 7:08:29 PM Animeking1108
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* The Severe Haircut Woman, or [[spoiler: Carrie Johnstone]], from ''Literature/LittleBrother'' by Creator/CoryDoctorow. Most of the antagonists of the book are blatant strawmen, but she takes the cake. She runs the Department of Homeland Security, puts San Francisco under [[BigBrotherIsWatching heavy surveillance]], [[spoiler: detains Marcus's friend]], and [[spoiler: waterboards Marcus]] just ForTheEvulz.
21st May '17 4:40:31 PM SorPepita
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** Anubis, known as the most evil of all Goa'uld, his goal goes beyond wanting to rule over the galaxy. He literally wants to wipe out ''all life'' in it, using a weapon of the Ancients that sends out a wave that can do exactly that. And since he is practically the only being that would survive this, well... No reason is ever given for this (Anubis doesn't elaborate any further than stating that it's part of his "grand design"), other than that he's evil, although Daniel theorizes he may want to rebuild things in his own design (since the Ancient device Anubis planned to use was ''also'' capable of ''creating'' life... in fact, that was its original purpose).

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** Anubis, Anubis; known as the most evil of all Goa'uld, his goal goes beyond wanting to rule over the galaxy. He literally wants to wipe out ''all life'' in it, using a weapon of the Ancients that sends out a wave that can do exactly that. And since he is practically the only being that would survive this, well... No reason is ever given for this (Anubis doesn't elaborate any further than stating that it's part of his "grand design"), other than that he's evil, although Daniel theorizes he may want to rebuild things in his own design (since the Ancient device Anubis planned to use was ''also'' capable of ''creating'' life... in fact, that was its original purpose).
21st May '17 4:03:32 PM SorPepita
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* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' has [[StrawNihilist the Cult of Transcendence]] come close to this trope. Their basic goal is to 'uplift' humanity into a proper Mythos race, an existence without concern for order, compassion, pain or pleasure. They do this by subtly sabotaging human society and corrupting people anyway they can. They're oddly philosophical about it, too. Deconstruction or Reconstruction? Either way, their entry lampshades the fact that their basic lack of humanity means they act like this trope, and do not care if they win or lose, which what makes them so dangerous.

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* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' has [[StrawNihilist the Cult of Transcendence]] come close to this trope. Their basic goal is to 'uplift' humanity into a proper Mythos race, an existence without concern for order, compassion, pain or pleasure. They do this by subtly sabotaging human society and corrupting people anyway they can. They're oddly philosophical about it, too. Deconstruction or Reconstruction? Either way, their entry lampshades the fact that their basic lack of humanity means they act like this trope, and do not care if they win or lose, which is what makes them so dangerous.
20th May '17 12:43:29 PM SorPepita
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* The Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' has many of these qualities. No real personality, motivations or backstory, just ridiculous amounts of power in one package. Still, part of the concept is that he's so ridiculously powerful that it's difficult to so much as get his attention so there is some reasoning behind his Generic Doomsday Villain nature.

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* The Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' has many of these qualities. No real personality, motivations or backstory, just ridiculous amounts of power in one package. Still, part of the concept is that he's so ridiculously powerful that it's difficult to so much as get his attention attention, so there is some reasoning behind his Generic Doomsday Villain nature.
20th May '17 12:41:28 PM SorPepita
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** Kid Buu is an example of this [[TropesAreNotBad played well]], by putting him up against his other forms: Majin Buu was ObliviouslyEvil, and renounced his destructive ways after being told they were wrong. Super Buu was a sadist, but he could at least be reasoned with by the promise of [[BloodKnight strong opponents]]. Kid Buu is ''barely sentient'': he cares nothing for anything, not even himself. All that he's concerned about is [[OmnicidalManiac killing and maiming and ripping and tearing and vaporizing and obliterating EVERYTHING until there's absolutely nothing left to destroy]]. He can't be bargained with, he can't be reasoned with, he feels no fear or sadness or ''anything'' except the joy of watching things blow up; he doesn't even indulge in Super Buu's sadism, he just annihilates a planet and rushes off to the next one to do it all over again, lather rinse repeat. The resulting entity is is a terrifying engine of destruction that pretty much everyone agrees is the most dangerous Buu form of all by virtue of being [[ConfusionFu absolutely unpredictable]] and almost [[TheJuggernaut completely unstoppable]].

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** Kid Buu is an example of this [[TropesAreNotBad played well]], by putting him up against his other forms: Majin Buu was ObliviouslyEvil, and renounced his destructive ways after being told they were wrong. Super Buu was a sadist, but he could at least be reasoned with by the promise of [[BloodKnight strong opponents]]. Kid Buu is ''barely sentient'': he cares nothing for anything, not even himself. All that he's concerned about is [[OmnicidalManiac killing and maiming and ripping and tearing and vaporizing and obliterating EVERYTHING until there's absolutely nothing left to destroy]]. He can't be bargained with, he can't be reasoned with, he feels no fear or sadness or ''anything'' except the joy of watching things blow up; he doesn't even indulge in Super Buu's sadism, he just annihilates a planet and rushes off to the next one to do it all over again, lather rinse repeat. The resulting entity is is a terrifying engine of destruction that pretty much everyone agrees is the most dangerous Buu form of all by virtue of being [[ConfusionFu absolutely unpredictable]] and almost [[TheJuggernaut completely unstoppable]].
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