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25th Mar '17 11:57:41 PM matt_shade
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Also note that it never occurs to the Straw Nihilist that, even if purpose and value were proven to be human myths, meaning and significance is undeniable as intelligent life is able to map out the consequences of existence and is therefore of great consequences to the future of all existence (whether it's [[SpaceOpera populating the galaxy]] or [[AIIsACrapshoot thinking machines]] or [[Uplifted Animal talking animals]] or [[FuturePrimitive simply staying put]] is irrelevant).

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Also note that it never occurs to the Straw Nihilist that, even if purpose and value were proven to be human myths, meaning and significance is undeniable as intelligent life is able to map out the consequences of existence and is therefore of great consequences consequence to the future of all existence (whether it's [[SpaceOpera populating the galaxy]] or [[AIIsACrapshoot thinking machines]] or [[Uplifted Animal [[UpliftedAnimal talking animals]] or [[FuturePrimitive simply staying put]] is irrelevant).
25th Mar '17 11:55:51 PM matt_shade
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Also note that it never occurs to the Straw Nihilist that, even if purpose and value were proven to be human myths, meaning and significance is undeniable as intelligent life is able to map out the consequences of existence and is therefore of great consequences to the future of all existence (whether it's [SpaceOpera populating the galaxy] or [AIIsACrapshoot thinking machines] or [Uplifted Animal] talking animals or [FuturePrimitive simply staying put] is irrelevant).

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Also note that it never occurs to the Straw Nihilist that, even if purpose and value were proven to be human myths, meaning and significance is undeniable as intelligent life is able to map out the consequences of existence and is therefore of great consequences to the future of all existence (whether it's [SpaceOpera [[SpaceOpera populating the galaxy] galaxy]] or [AIIsACrapshoot [[AIIsACrapshoot thinking machines] machines]] or [Uplifted Animal] [[Uplifted Animal talking animals animals]] or [FuturePrimitive [[FuturePrimitive simply staying put] put]] is irrelevant).
25th Mar '17 11:54:43 PM matt_shade
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Also note that it never occurs to the Straw Nihilist that, even if purpose and value were proven to be human myths, meaning and significance is undeniable as intelligent life is able to map out the consequences of existence and is therefore of great consequences to the future of all existence (whether it's [SpaceOpera populating the galaxy] or [AIIsACrapshoot thinking machines] or [Uplifted Animal] talking animals or [FuturePrimitive simply staying put] is irrelevant).
24th Mar '17 6:17:24 PM kquinn0830
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* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2 as part of a teenage rebellion. To his parents' dismay he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead.

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* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2 as part of a teenage rebellion. To his parents' dismay he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead. He snaps out of his when Big Pussy's son Matt tells him that Nietzsche was mentally ill and that he should study the works of other philosophers like Kierkegaard.
11th Mar '17 8:37:50 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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Note that nihilism is simply the belief that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. This trope is known as "[[StrawMan Straw]]" because it's a stereotype that rarely applies to real nihilists.

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Note that nihilism is simply the belief that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. This trope is known We use "{{Straw|Man}}" as "[[StrawMan Straw]]" part of the title because it's a stereotype that rarely applies to real nihilists.



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20th Feb '17 10:02:10 AM SilentStranger
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** The comic book continuation of ''BatmanBeyond'' introduces The Clown King, the future self-proclaimed successor of the Joker (in reality he's the sociopathic younger brother of Dana, who has idolized the Joker since childhood). However, he claims that the Joker, for all his nihilism, ''didnt go far enough'' and still cared about two things; his fights with Batman, and being remembered as a symbol of chaos. The Joker King on the other hand couldnt care less about anything at all, because in his view, because no matter how hard you try to preserve your legacy, the universe will eventually end, nothing whatsoever matters. All he wants is to kill as many people as possible, preferably including his own family, then die himself. He achieves this by organizing an enormous riot with Jokerz-members from all over the country, killing thousands of people and leaving Gotham in ruins. He dies falling off a building while fighting Terry.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' the BigBad Mr. Rictus was a devout Christian before he briefly died and encountered no afterlife. He then decided that life itself is meaningless and abandoned all his morals so he could satisfy every sadistic whim he ever had and just commit murder and other atrocities on a daily basis.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' the BigBad Mr. Rictus was a devout Christian before he briefly died and encountered no afterlife. He then decided that life itself is meaningless and abandoned all his morals so he could satisfy every sadistic whim he ever had and just commit murder and other atrocities on a daily basis. Of course, getting horrifically scarred in the process probably didnt do him any favors.
21st Jan '17 6:46:46 PM InezMond
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** Revy is a genuine nihilist in that she denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life. She initially has great difficulty dealing with Rock's idealism, threatening to kill him if he ever moralises to her again. Revy herself elaborates that "nothing's worse than being treated like some whore by your companions", but in later chapters, it is suggested by one character that she attacks idealists because their ideology contradicts her assertion that the world is a terrible place.

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** Revy is a genuine nihilist in that she denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life. She initially has great difficulty dealing with Rock's idealism, threatening to kill him if he ever moralises moralizes to her again. Revy herself elaborates that "nothing's worse than being treated like some whore by your companions", but in later chapters, it is suggested by one character that she attacks idealists because their ideology contradicts her assertion that the world is a terrible place.



** [[TheDragon Ishamael/Moridin]] from the same series, however, gives every sign of being a straight example, being the only one of the GodOfEvil's minions who not only truly understands [[OmnicidalManiac its nature]], but actually joined it for the express purpose of putting reality out of its misery. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Moridin is flat-out ''suicidal'', and his nihilism seems to stem from projecting his own suicidal tendencies on the universe at large]].

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** [[TheDragon Ishamael/Moridin]] from the same series, however, gives every sign of being a straight example, being the only one of the GodOfEvil's minions who not only truly understands [[OmnicidalManiac its nature]], but actually joined it for the express purpose of putting reality out of its misery. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Moridin is flat-out ''suicidal'', and his nihilism seems to stem from [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery projecting his own suicidal tendencies tendencies]] on the universe at large]].
6th Jan '17 12:13:13 PM Gravidef
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* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' paint Brian as one. In "Brian Sings and Swings," a near-death experience leaves him questioning whether or not life has any meaning, as it could all end tomorrow. He then takes the [[TheAntiNihilist opposite view]] when Frank Sinatra, Jr. (appearing AsHimself) points out if that life ''does'' end tomorrow, people should live it up today. Unfortunately, Brian takes his new indulgent philosophy too far and ends up a drunken mess (just as he was in the first place). Surprisingly, it's Stewie who snaps Brian out of it by pointing out that while life as a whole may be inherently meaningless and beyond human control, there are things within that ''do'' matter and can be changed.
** "Brian and Stewie," the show's classic BottleEpisode, also discusses this. After spending the whole episode locked in a bank vault and driving each other crazy, Brian reveals that he's kept a loaded gun and bottle of scotch in a safe deposit box so he can have the option of taking one last drink, then killing himself. He explains that he still struggles to find meaning in life, and worries that there may be none. Again, Stewie responds with a declaration of love--not romantic love, mind, but the love and respect one feels for a genuine friend. Brian expresses a similar sentiment to Stewie, and the baby muses that perhaps the only meaning in life is giving happiness to others, which Brian seems to accept.
28th Dec '16 6:55:25 PM Bassball_Batman
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The Straw Nihilist's behavior is often expected to be like that of TheHedonist or TheSociopath, since if he doesn't subscribe in morality then he [[TheUnfettered has no restraint in pursuing his instinctual desires.]] Said hedonism can serve as a justification on why he has not killed himself yet, because [[ItAmusedMe he's having too much fun]]. In more straightforward ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}} stories, they are usually villains [[OmnicidalManiac who are always preaching hate and plotting destruction]], and can get really [[LargeHam over the top]] in their behavior. They also often use NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and BeingGoodSucks as {{Freudian Excuse}}s on why they have a nihilistic outlook on life.

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The Straw Nihilist's behavior is often expected to be like that of TheHedonist or TheSociopath, since if he doesn't subscribe in morality then he [[TheUnfettered has no restraint in pursuing his instinctual desires.]] desires]]. Said hedonism can serve as a justification on why he has not killed himself yet, because [[ItAmusedMe he's having too much fun]]. In more straightforward ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}} stories, they are usually villains [[OmnicidalManiac who are always preaching hate and plotting destruction]], and can get really [[LargeHam over the top]] in their behavior. They also often use NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and BeingGoodSucks as {{Freudian Excuse}}s on why they have a nihilistic outlook on life.



--> ''"...[[PsychoForHire Do you truly believe I am doing this for money?]]... Ahahah you are such a child. There is no meaning in this world, [[BloodKnight I seek naught but blood and carnage]]."''

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--> ''"..."''...[[PsychoForHire Do you truly believe I am doing this for money?]]... Ahahah you are such a child. There is no meaning in this world, [[BloodKnight I seek naught but blood and carnage]]."''carnage]]''."



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: Jadesprite]], after her UnwantedRevival, starts taking this view. Jade ends up [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan calling her out on this.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html Galatea started out this way.]] She's one of the apparently rare cases where [[WhoopiEpiphanySpeech the hero successfully convinced her she was wrong,]] and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath she lightened up a little.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: Jadesprite]], after her UnwantedRevival, starts taking this view. Jade ends up [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan calling her out on this.]]
this]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html Galatea started out this way.]] way]]. She's one of the apparently rare cases where [[WhoopiEpiphanySpeech the hero successfully convinced her she was wrong,]] wrong]], and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath she lightened up a little.]]little]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' Samantha Wight delivers a speech to this effect when she first appears, but on that same note believes their efforts to be so pointless that she lets them pass afterward. [[spoiler: Which they would have done if Bael's BerserkButton hadn't been pressed a few too many times.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' Samantha Wight delivers a speech to this effect when she first appears, but on that same note believes their efforts to be so pointless that she lets them pass afterward. [[spoiler: Which they would have done if Bael's BerserkButton hadn't been pressed a few too many times.]]times]].



* Spider-Carnage in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. An alternate-universe Peter Parker, he was already at the brink of madness due to his version of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga - being possessed by the Carnage symbiote sent him to OmnicidalManiac-level out of the belief that life was meaningless. [[spoiler: It took a meeting with an alternate-universe Uncle Ben to make him snap out of it and fight off the symbiote's control.]]
* The Stunticon [[MeaningfulName Dead End]] got to be like this at times during the course of [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 the original]] ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' cartoon. It becomes a bit of a joke when you read his character biography, and learn that [[HypocriticalHumor he is quite vain about his appearance and constantly stays polished and detailed.]] Because if he's gonna die, he's going to leave behind a nice looking corpse.

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* Spider-Carnage in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. An alternate-universe Peter Parker, he was already at the brink of madness due to his version of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga - being possessed by the Carnage symbiote sent him to OmnicidalManiac-level out of the belief that life was meaningless. [[spoiler: It took a meeting with an alternate-universe Uncle Ben to make him snap out of it and fight off the symbiote's control.]]
control]].
* The Stunticon [[MeaningfulName Dead End]] got to be like this at times during the course of [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 the original]] ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' cartoon. It becomes a bit of a joke when you read his character biography, and learn that [[HypocriticalHumor he is quite vain about his appearance and constantly stays polished and detailed.]] detailed]]. Because if he's gonna die, he's going to leave behind a nice looking corpse.
28th Dec '16 6:51:46 PM Bassball_Batman
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* Nozomu Itoshiki from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is a parody of the LargeHam version who constantly rants about Despair. When his name is written horizontally it resembles zetsubō (絶望?, "beyond hope" or "despair"), befitting his extremely negative, paranoid and pessimistic attitude. He often shouts "I'm in despair!" and attempts suicide several times. It needed Kafuka, [[WideEyedIdealist a girl who can only see the positive in life]], to complement him and talk him out of suicide. On other occasions, Nozomu challenges his students to think about the ''negative'' aspects of something usually considered positive.
*** It's worth noting that there's a great deal less reverence or seriousness than this description implies, however. Kafuka's optimism is later revealed to be the result a minor brain defect that gives her dangerously high levels of serotonin, and most of the time Nozomu turns out to have been attention-seeking or being dramatic for the sake of it instead of genuinely suicidal.

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* Nozomu Itoshiki from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is a parody LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'s Huey Laforet used to be one of the LargeHam version who constantly these back in 1705. In a bit of jest, ''Ironic Light Orchestra'' refers to his misanthropic internal monologues as "[[EmoTeen surprisingly normal thoughts for a fourteen-year-old]]."
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Schwarzwald
rants about Despair. When his name is written horizontally it resembles zetsubō (絶望?, "beyond hope" or "despair"), befitting his extremely negative, paranoid and pessimistic attitude. He often shouts "I'm in despair!" and attempts suicide several times. It needed Kafuka, [[WideEyedIdealist a girl who can only see the positive insignificance of the human race in life]], to complement him and talk him out of suicide. On other occasions, Nozomu challenges his students to think a world without a past. He gloats about how only he knows what a cosmic fraud we all live in. Even [[spoiler: after he dies]], he still manages to show up and narrate all the ''negative'' aspects real big MindScrew episodes. It turns out that [[spoiler: he was right. Everyone is living in a holographic play]].
* ''Manga/BlackCat'':
** Creed's whole goal is to cleanse the world
of something usually considered positive.[[PunyEarthlings weak people that don't have superpowers]] and rule the remaining people as King [[HoYay with Train as his Queen]]. Er, partner.
** Leon Elliot. "The good people... the naive people... they die first." Leon is one bleak-minded little jerk, stemming from a history of very grim life experiences. He's not quite Creed yet, but he's getting there.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** Revy is a genuine nihilist in that she denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life. She initially has great difficulty dealing with Rock's idealism, threatening to kill him if he ever moralises to her again. Revy herself elaborates that "nothing's worse than being treated like some whore by your companions", but in later chapters, it is suggested by one character that she attacks idealists because their ideology contradicts her assertion that the world is a terrible place.

*** It's worth noting ** By the end of the (anime) series, Rock himself confesses to be a nihilist, just with a positive attitude where the Straw Nihilist is characterized by its decidedly negative attitude, here speaking of saving an innocent girl's life:
--> '''Rock:''' "It's not an obligation. And it's got nothing to do with justice. The only reason I wanna do it is because it's my hobby."
** In the same conversation, Balalaika reveals herself to be one of these as well, [[TheBaroness to absolutely]] [[LadyOfWar no one's]] [[BloodKnight surprise]].
--> '''Balalaika:''' In the grand scheme of things, our lives are meaningless. They're light as air...like a candy wrapper.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ulquiorra Cifer is a personification of this way of thinking. Throughout the series, he is outspoken in his belief
that there's a great deal less reverence or seriousness than this description implies, however. Kafuka's optimism the bonds and emotions of humans are meaningless, and that nothing can come of their struggling. This philosophy becomes the center of his conflicts with both Kurosaki Ichigo and Inoue Orihime. His character poem in the twenty-second tankoban of the series is later themed on the belief that the world and all things living on it are without significance. [[spoiler: Also, when Barragan identifies the "ways of death" over which each member of the Espada govern, it is revealed to be the result a minor brain defect that gives Ulquiorra is the avatar of nihilism. He subverts this trope with his final epiphany in chapters 353 and 354]].
** Nnoitra, a DeathSeeker who has no problem with killing [[WouldHitAGirl anyone who gets]] [[WouldHurtAChild in his way]] and who states that he believes the only point of living is dying (subverted somewhat in that he is very clear and specific about the kind of death he wants to have).
* Diva from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' wants to turn every human on earth into Chiropterans (monstrous vampires), because humans treat
her dangerously high levels of serotonin, and most of the time Nozomu turns out to have been attention-seeking or being dramatic for the sake of it instead of genuinely suicidal.as nothing more than a monster.



* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Schwarzwald rants about the insignificance of the human race in a world without a past. He gloats about how only he knows what a cosmic fraud we all live in. Even [[spoiler: after he dies]], he still manages to show up and narrate all the real big MindScrew episodes. It turns out that [[spoiler: he was right. Everyone is living in a holographic play.]]

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* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Schwarzwald rants about ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Vicious is a slightly less over the insignificance top and more realistic version of the human race this trope than many, being a nihilistic, ruthless, sociopathic {{Yakuza}} who holds that there is nothing in a this world without a past. He gloats about how only he knows what a cosmic fraud we all live to believe in. Even Vincent, the BigBad from the movie, also fits.
* Genkaku from ''Manga/{{Deadman Wonderland}}'' believes that he's saving people by killing them.
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[[spoiler: Rei]] and Mitsuki from ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'' believe that the world is full of dirty liars who deserve to die.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'': DarkMessiah Raul Creed becomes this as he loses his sanity over the course of the show.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Kimblee, and to a certain extent [[spoiler:Dante]], from the anime, although [[spoiler:Dante]] really just uses it to justify her own [[VainSorceress abhorrent selfishness]]. In Kimblee's case, he doesn't even make an exception for himself; all life is worthless, including himself, [[TheUnfettered and everything is allowed]] because there are no worthy standards.
** Manga Kimblee is more or less the opposite of his anime portrayal, being an AffablyEvil [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] BloodKnight who believes that people are always capable of surprising you and greatly appreciates strong convictions. The Straw Nihilist of the manga would probably be Pride, who believes everything and everyone who is not himself or Father is pointless. [[spoiler:He is eventually defeated by Kimblee after the latter becomes disgusted by his lack of convictions]].
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** To an extent, Sousuke (at least [[DefrostingIceQueen before he meets Kaname]]). Especially noticeable during TSR,
after he dies]], he still manages to show up and narrate all the real big MindScrew episodes. It turns out [[spoiler:thinks that [[spoiler: he was right. Everyone Kaname is living in dead]] and starts going on a holographic play.]]''very'' Straw Nihilist-ish rant, saying that humans are just meatbags that die.
** [[BigBad Gauron]] is a Straw Nihilist as well, albeit less [[TheStoic emotionless]] and more [[AxCrazy gleefully psychotic]].



* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Sensui, the rogue Spirit Detective. He went on to use [[BrownNote the Chapter Black]] to turn the people that would become his team into Amorally-Nihilistic people as well.
* The Anti-Spirals from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' look like an entire race of these at first with their obsession to impose absolute despair in all Spiral Energy-utilizing races until one realizes that [[spoiler:in the end they reveal themselves to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who thinks that the Spiral races' reproduction, hopefulness and over-ambitiousness will eventually destroy the universe, hence why they want to crush all the Spirals' hopes. So, their brand of straw-nihilism is more like extreme Malthusianism]].

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* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Sensui, Takasugi Shinsuke from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' had once fought to drive the rogue Spirit Detective. He went on Amanto aliens out of Japan, but after his side lost, he grew to use [[BrownNote the Chapter Black]] to turn the people believe that would become his team into Amorally-Nihilistic people as well.
* The Anti-Spirals from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' look like an entire race of these at first with their obsession to impose absolute despair in all Spiral Energy-utilizing races until one realizes that [[spoiler:in the end they reveal themselves
Japanese society, having been corrupted by alien influence, needed to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who thinks that the Spiral races' reproduction, hopefulness and over-ambitiousness will eventually destroy the universe, hence why they want utterly destroyed. Now he lives to crush all the Spirals' hopes. So, their brand of straw-nihilism is more like extreme Malthusianism]].destroy. Everything.



* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Bankotsu [[DeathAmnesia does not remember anything between his death and resurrection]]. He thinks this means there is no afterlife, and thus he can do whatever he feels like, which means killing people, since people don't get punished or rewarded for what they do.
* Musashi from ''Manga/{{Karakuridouji Ultimo}}'' has a moment of this trope, responding to Yamato's search for a point with "Facts are all there is. Looking for a point is pointless."
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is very jaded like this. Which makes it all the funnier that he actually [[spoiler: [[RivalsTeamUp ends up being one of Tsuna's guardians]]]].
* The Yagami-esque VillainProtagonist of ''Lost+Brain'' finds all of humanity worthless, until he discovers control through hypnotism. [[spoiler: One year later, he's gotten a good portion of the school under his control and successfully engineers the death of a member of government; however the biseinen inspector who introduced him to hypnotism in the first place is already on to him]].
* The BigBad of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', Friday Monday, is a MadArtist who believes in "the Truth": basically that humans are just mindless animals who, if left unchecked, would start slaughtering each other out of basic violent compulsion. His belief is compounded by his possession of the so-called "Words of Truth": a kind of a BrownNote that removes all moral restrictions from any person who hears them, while simultaneously exacerbating their petty enmities to a full-on murderous intent. Monday interprets this as ''homo homini lupus'' and plans to unleash the Words on the entire humanity to bring it back to its "natural state", [[spoiler:but is ultimately proven wrong by Madlax, a ProfessionalKiller who demonstrates that there is a pretty clear line between hating another person and wanting them dead]].
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Debonair believes that the world of Cephiro without its [[BarrierMaiden Pillar]] is doomed to fall, and that suits her just fine, as [[TheHeartless the survivors' continued despair grants her power]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[spoiler: The Lifemaker, the BigBad that Nagi faced off against. Nagi's response? "'''SHUT THE HELL UP!'''"]]
** Fate has also shown these tendencies; claiming that everyone are just soulless puppets, etc. [[spoiler: Although he has a basis for this belief, as the Magic World, along with it's native inhabitants, may have been created by Fate's master]].\\
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Tsukuyomi was amused by the fact that despite supposedly holding these beliefs, Fate later on starts to experience human qualities like attraction and opinion, unbefitting of a lifeless soldier for a cause he may or may not believe in. The fact that she takes a nearly patronizing stance towards him after finding this out probably makes Tsukuyomi herself the best example in the series. She does believes that life is meaningless aside from the small joys that can be grasped (in her case, [[AxCrazy causing bloodshed]]). One of her lines summarizes her worldview:
--> ''"...[[PsychoForHire Do you truly believe I am doing this for money?]]... Ahahah you are such a child. There is no meaning in this world, [[BloodKnight I seek naught but blood and carnage]]."''
** Yue Ayase pretty much felt that the world was without meaning following the death of her grandfather, who happened to be a philosopher. Luckily, she got better when she befriended Nodoka, Haruna, and Konoka.
* Johan Libert from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' likes to ''create'' these but isn't really one himself as he does believe in something bigger. Unfortunately, what Johan believes in is '''[[ForTheEvulz evil]]'''.



* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Kimblee, and to a certain extent [[spoiler:Dante]], from the anime, although [[spoiler:Dante]] really just uses it to justify her own [[VainSorceress abhorrent selfishness]]. In Kimblee's case, he doesn't even make an exception for himself; all life is worthless, including himself, [[TheUnfettered and everything is allowed]] because there are no worthy standards.
** Manga Kimblee is more or less the opposite of his anime portrayal, being an AffablyEvil [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] BloodKnight who believes that people are always capable of surprising you and greatly appreciates strong convictions. The Straw Nihilist of the manga would probably be Pride, who believes everything and everyone who is not himself or Father is pointless. [[spoiler:He is eventually defeated by Kimblee after the latter becomes disgusted by his lack of convictions.]]
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** Series BigBad Knives is disgusted by humanity, and feels that the best thing for the universe is for him to exterminate the whole lot before they can spread.
** Knives' [[TheDragon Dragon]] Legato Bluesummers is one. Legato follows Knives because he believes whole-heartedly in Knives' cause. He absolutely detests humanity and finds it to be a waste. He believes human existence to be so pointless that when killing several slavers and saving their slaves he's actually surprised that he did it, add in the fact that he's stark, raving mad, welcomes the day his boss will kill him and [[spoiler: that he actually forces Vash to kill him as a final middle finger and way of breaking Vash]] and you've got yourself one of the more terrifying villains you're bound to meet in anime

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* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Kimblee, and to a certain extent [[spoiler:Dante]], from
In the anime, although [[spoiler:Dante]] really just uses it to justify her own [[VainSorceress abhorrent selfishness]]. In Kimblee's case, he doesn't ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' movie ''The End Of Evangelion'', Shinji Ikari got a taste of this trope (Rei even make an exception for himself; all life is worthless, including himself, [[TheUnfettered and everything is allowed]] because there are no worthy standards.
** Manga Kimblee is more or less the opposite of his anime portrayal, being an AffablyEvil [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] BloodKnight who believes that people are always capable of surprising you and greatly appreciates strong convictions. The Straw Nihilist of the manga would probably be Pride, who believes everything and everyone who is not himself or Father is pointless. [[spoiler:He is eventually defeated by Kimblee after the latter becomes disgusted by his lack of convictions.]]
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** Series BigBad Knives is disgusted by humanity, and feels that the best thing for the universe is for
gave him to exterminate the whole lot before they can spread.
** Knives' [[TheDragon Dragon]] Legato Bluesummers is one. Legato follows Knives because he believes whole-heartedly in Knives' cause. He absolutely detests humanity and finds it
a chance to be a waste. He believes human existence to be so pointless that when killing several slavers and saving their slaves he's actually surprised that he did it, add in the fact an OmnicidalManiac), but rejects it by rejecting [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]].
** {{Averted|Trope}} with [[BridgeBunnies Shigeru Aoba]]. Main/WordOfGod has it
that he's stark, raving mad, welcomes the day his boss will kill him a Nihilist, but he's still shown to be easy-going and [[spoiler: that he actually forces Vash to kill him as generally a final middle finger and way of breaking Vash]] and you've got yourself one of the more terrifying villains you're bound to meet in animedecent person.



* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Debonair believes that the world of Cephiro without its [[BarrierMaiden Pillar]] is doomed to fall, and that suits her just fine, as [[TheHeartless the survivors' continued despair grants her power]].
* Diva from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' wants to turn every human on earth into Chiropterans (monstrous vampires), because humans treat her as nothing more than a monster.
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is very jaded like this. Which makes it all the funnier that he actually [[spoiler: [[RivalsTeamUp ends up being one of Tsuna's guardians]]]].
* ''Manga/BlackCat'':
** Creed's whole goal is to cleanse the world of [[PunyEarthlings weak people that don't have superpowers]] and rule the remaining people as King [[HoYay with Train as his Queen]]. Er, partner.
** Leon Elliot. "The good people... the naive people... they die first." Leon is one bleak-minded little jerk, stemming from a history of very grim life experiences. He's not quite Creed yet, but he's getting there.
* [[spoiler: Rei]] and Mitsuki from ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'' believe that the world is full of dirty liars who deserve to die.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Vicious is a slightly less over the top and more realistic version of this trope than many, being a nihilistic, ruthless, sociopathic {{Yakuza}} who holds that there is nothing in this world to believe in. Vincent, the BigBad from the movie, also fits.
* Takasugi Shinsuke from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' had once fought to drive the Amanto aliens out of Japan, but after his side lost, he grew to believe that Japanese society, having been corrupted by alien influence, needed to be utterly destroyed. Now he lives to destroy. Everything.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** To an extent, Sousuke (at least [[DefrostingIceQueen before he meets Kaname]]). Especially noticeable during TSR, after he [[spoiler:thinks that Kaname is dead]] and starts going on a ''very'' Straw Nihilist-ish rant, saying that humans are just meatbags that die.
** [[BigBad Gauron]] is a Straw Nihilist as well, albeit less [[TheStoic emotionless]] and more [[AxCrazy gleefully psychotic]].
* Johan Libert from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' likes to ''create'' these but isn't really one himself as he does believe in something bigger. Unfortunately, what Johan believes in is '''[[ForTheEvulz evil]]'''.
* The Yagami-esque VillainProtagonist of ''Lost+Brain'' finds all of humanity worthless, until he discovers control through hypnotism. [[spoiler: One year later, he's gotten a good portion of the school under his control and successfully engineers the death of a member of government; however the biseinen inspector who introduced him to hypnotism in the first place is already on to him.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ulquiorra Cifer is a personification of this way of thinking. Throughout the series, he is outspoken in his belief that the bonds and emotions of humans are meaningless, and that nothing can come of their struggling. This philosophy becomes the center of his conflicts with both Kurosaki Ichigo and Inoue Orihime. His character poem in the twenty-second tankoban of the series is themed on the belief that the world and all things living on it are without significance. [[spoiler: Also, when Barragan identifies the "ways of death" over which each member of the Espada govern, it is revealed that Ulquiorra is the avatar of nihilism. He subverts this trope with his final epiphany in chapters 353 and 354.]]
** Nnoitra, a DeathSeeker who has no problem with killing [[WouldHitAGirl anyone who gets]] [[WouldHurtAChild in his way]] and who states that he believes the only point of living is dying (subverted somewhat in that he is very clear and specific about the kind of death he wants to have).
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** Revy is a genuine nihilist in that she denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life. She initially has great difficulty dealing with Rock's idealism, threatening to kill him if he ever moralises to her again. Revy herself elaborates that "nothing's worse than being treated like some whore by your companions", but in later chapters, it is suggested by one character that she attacks idealists because their ideology contradicts her assertion that the world is a terrible place.
** By the end of the (anime) series, Rock himself confesses to be a nihilist, just with a positive attitude where the Straw Nihilist is characterized by its decidedly negative attitude, here speaking of saving an innocent girl's life:
--> '''Rock:''' "It's not an obligation. And it's got nothing to do with justice. The only reason I wanna do it is because it's my hobby."
** In the same conversation, Balalaika reveals herself to be one of these as well, [[TheBaroness to absolutely]] [[LadyOfWar no one's]] [[BloodKnight surprise.]]
--> '''Balalaika:''' In the grand scheme of things, our lives are meaningless. They're light as air...like a candy wrapper.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[spoiler: The Lifemaker, the BigBad that Nagi faced off against. Nagi's response? "'''SHUT THE HELL UP!'''"]]
** Fate has also shown these tendencies; claiming that everyone are just soulless puppets, etc. [[spoiler: Although he has a basis for this belief, as the Magic World, along with it's native inhabitants, may have been created by Fate's master.]]\\
\\
Tsukuyomi was amused by the fact that despite supposedly holding these beliefs, Fate later on starts to experience human qualities like attraction and opinion, unbefitting of a lifeless soldier for a cause he may or may not believe in. The fact that she takes a nearly patronizing stance towards him after finding this out probably makes Tsukuyomi herself the best example in the series. She does believes that life is meaningless aside from the small joys that can be grasped (in her case, [[AxCrazy causing bloodshed]]). One of her lines summarizes her worldview:
--> ''"...[[PsychoForHire Do you truly believe I am doing this for money?]]... Ahahah you are such a child. There is no meaning in this world, [[BloodKnight I seek naught but blood and carnage]]."''
** Yue Ayase pretty much felt that the world was without meaning following the death of her grandfather, who happened to be a philosopher. Luckily, she got better when she befriended Nodoka, Haruna, and Konoka.

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* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Debonair believes that the world of Cephiro without its [[BarrierMaiden Pillar]] is doomed to fall, and that suits her just fine, as [[TheHeartless the survivors' continued despair grants her power]].
* Diva
Nozomu Itoshiki from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' wants to turn every human on earth into Chiropterans (monstrous vampires), because humans treat her as nothing more than a monster.
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is very jaded like this. Which makes it all the funnier that he actually [[spoiler: [[RivalsTeamUp ends up being one of Tsuna's guardians]]]].
* ''Manga/BlackCat'':
** Creed's whole goal is to cleanse the world of [[PunyEarthlings weak people that don't have superpowers]] and rule the remaining people as King [[HoYay with Train as his Queen]]. Er, partner.
** Leon Elliot. "The good people... the naive people... they die first." Leon is one bleak-minded little jerk, stemming from a history of very grim life experiences. He's not quite Creed yet, but he's getting there.
* [[spoiler: Rei]] and Mitsuki from ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'' believe that the world is full of dirty liars who deserve to die.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Vicious
''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is a slightly less over parody of the top and more realistic LargeHam version of this trope than many, being a nihilistic, ruthless, sociopathic {{Yakuza}} who holds that there constantly rants about Despair. When his name is nothing written horizontally it resembles zetsubō (絶望?, "beyond hope" or "despair"), befitting his extremely negative, paranoid and pessimistic attitude. He often shouts "I'm in this world to believe in. Vincent, despair!" and attempts suicide several times. It needed Kafuka, [[WideEyedIdealist a girl who can only see the BigBad from the movie, also fits.
* Takasugi Shinsuke from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' had once fought
positive in life]], to drive the Amanto aliens complement him and talk him out of Japan, but after suicide. On other occasions, Nozomu challenges his side lost, he grew students to believe that Japanese society, having been corrupted by alien influence, needed to be utterly destroyed. Now he lives to destroy. Everything.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** To an extent, Sousuke (at least [[DefrostingIceQueen before he meets Kaname]]). Especially noticeable during TSR, after he [[spoiler:thinks that Kaname is dead]] and starts going on a ''very'' Straw Nihilist-ish rant, saying that humans are just meatbags that die.
** [[BigBad Gauron]] is a Straw Nihilist as well, albeit less [[TheStoic emotionless]] and more [[AxCrazy gleefully psychotic]].
* Johan Libert from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' likes to ''create'' these but isn't really one himself as he does believe in
think about the ''negative'' aspects of something bigger. Unfortunately, what Johan believes in is '''[[ForTheEvulz evil]]'''.
* The Yagami-esque VillainProtagonist of ''Lost+Brain'' finds all of humanity worthless, until he discovers control through hypnotism. [[spoiler: One year later, he's gotten
usually considered positive.
*** It's worth noting that there's
a good portion of the school under his control and successfully engineers the death of a member of government; however the biseinen inspector who introduced him to hypnotism in the first place is already on to him.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ulquiorra Cifer is a personification of
great deal less reverence or seriousness than this way of thinking. Throughout the series, he description implies, however. Kafuka's optimism is outspoken in his belief that the bonds and emotions of humans are meaningless, and that nothing can come of their struggling. This philosophy becomes the center of his conflicts with both Kurosaki Ichigo and Inoue Orihime. His character poem in the twenty-second tankoban of the series is themed on the belief that the world and all things living on it are without significance. [[spoiler: Also, when Barragan identifies the "ways of death" over which each member of the Espada govern, it is later revealed to be the result a minor brain defect that Ulquiorra is the avatar gives her dangerously high levels of nihilism. He subverts this trope with his final epiphany in chapters 353 serotonin, and 354.]]
** Nnoitra, a DeathSeeker who has no problem with killing [[WouldHitAGirl anyone who gets]] [[WouldHurtAChild in his way]] and who states that he believes the only point of living is dying (subverted somewhat in that he is very clear and specific about the kind of death he wants to have).
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** Revy is a genuine nihilist in that she denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life. She initially has great difficulty dealing with Rock's idealism, threatening to kill him if he ever moralises to her again. Revy herself elaborates that "nothing's worse than being treated like some whore by your companions", but in later chapters, it is suggested by one character that she attacks idealists because their ideology contradicts her assertion that the world is a terrible place.
** By the end
most of the (anime) series, Rock himself confesses time Nozomu turns out to be a nihilist, just with a positive attitude where the Straw Nihilist is characterized by its decidedly negative attitude, here speaking of saving an innocent girl's life:
--> '''Rock:''' "It's not an obligation. And it's got nothing to do with justice. The only reason I wanna do it is because it's my hobby."
** In the same conversation, Balalaika reveals herself to be one of these as well, [[TheBaroness to absolutely]] [[LadyOfWar no one's]] [[BloodKnight surprise.]]
--> '''Balalaika:''' In the grand scheme of things, our lives are meaningless. They're light as air...like a candy wrapper.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[spoiler: The Lifemaker, the BigBad that Nagi faced off against. Nagi's response? "'''SHUT THE HELL UP!'''"]]
** Fate has also shown these tendencies; claiming that everyone are just soulless puppets, etc. [[spoiler: Although he has a basis for this belief, as the Magic World, along with it's native inhabitants, may
have been created by Fate's master.]]\\
\\
Tsukuyomi was amused by
attention-seeking or being dramatic for the fact that despite supposedly holding these beliefs, Fate later on starts to experience human qualities like attraction and opinion, unbefitting sake of a lifeless soldier for a cause he may or may not believe in. The fact that she takes a nearly patronizing stance towards him after finding this out probably makes Tsukuyomi herself the best example in the series. She does believes that life is meaningless aside from the small joys that can be grasped (in her case, [[AxCrazy causing bloodshed]]). One it instead of her lines summarizes her worldview:
--> ''"...[[PsychoForHire Do you truly believe I am doing this for money?]]... Ahahah you are such a child. There is no meaning in this world, [[BloodKnight I seek naught but blood and carnage]]."''
** Yue Ayase pretty much felt that the world was without meaning following the death of her grandfather, who happened to be a philosopher. Luckily, she got better when she befriended Nodoka, Haruna, and Konoka.
genuinely suicidal.



* In the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' movie ''The End Of Evangelion'', Shinji Ikari got a taste of this trope (Rei even gave him a chance to be an OmnicidalManiac), but rejects it by rejecting [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]].
** {{Averted|Trope}} with [[BridgeBunnies Shigeru Aoba]]. Main/WordOfGod has it that he's a Nihilist, but he's still shown to be easy-going and generally a decent person.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'': DarkMessiah Raul Creed becomes this as he loses his sanity over the course of the show.
* Genkaku from ''Manga/{{Deadman Wonderland}}'' believes that he's saving people by killing them.
* Musashi from ''Manga/{{Karakuridouji Ultimo}}'' has a moment of this trope, responding to Yamato's search for a point with "Facts are all there is. Looking for a point is pointless."
* LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'s Huey Laforet used to be one of these back in 1705. In a bit of jest, ''Ironic Light Orchestra'' refers to his misanthropic internal monologues as [[EmoTeen "surprisingly normal thoughts for a fourteen-year-old."]]
* The BigBad of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', Friday Monday, is a MadArtist who believes in "the Truth": basically that humans are just mindless animals who, if left unchecked, would start slaughtering each other out of basic violent compulsion. His belief is compounded by his possession of the so-called "Words of Truth": a kind of a BrownNote that removes all moral restrictions from any person who hears them, while simultaneously exacerbating their petty enmities to a full-on murderous intent. Monday interprets this as ''homo homini lupus'' and plans to unleash the Words on the entire humanity to bring it back to its "natural state", [[spoiler:but is ultimately proven wrong by Madlax, a ProfessionalKiller who demonstrates that there is a pretty clear line between hating another person and wanting them dead]].
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Bankotsu [[DeathAmnesia does not remember anything between his death and resurrection]]. He thinks this means there is no afterlife, and thus he can do whatever he feels like, which means killing people, since people don't get punished or rewarded for what they do.

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* In The Anti-Spirals from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' look like an entire race of these at first with their obsession to impose absolute despair in all Spiral Energy-utilizing races until one realizes that [[spoiler:in the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' movie ''The End Of Evangelion'', Shinji Ikari got a taste of this trope (Rei even gave him a chance end they reveal themselves to be an OmnicidalManiac), but rejects {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who thinks that the Spiral races' reproduction, hopefulness and over-ambitiousness will eventually destroy the universe, hence why they want to crush all the Spirals' hopes. So, their brand of straw-nihilism is more like extreme Malthusianism]].
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** Series BigBad Knives is disgusted by humanity, and feels that the best thing for the universe is for him to exterminate the whole lot before they can spread.
** Knives' [[TheDragon Dragon]] Legato Bluesummers is one. Legato follows Knives because he believes whole-heartedly in Knives' cause. He absolutely detests humanity and finds
it by rejecting [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]].
** {{Averted|Trope}} with [[BridgeBunnies Shigeru Aoba]]. Main/WordOfGod has it
to be a waste. He believes human existence to be so pointless that when killing several slavers and saving their slaves he's actually surprised that he did it, add in the fact that he's a Nihilist, but he's still shown to be easy-going stark, raving mad, welcomes the day his boss will kill him and generally a decent person.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'': DarkMessiah Raul Creed becomes this
[[spoiler: that he actually forces Vash to kill him as he loses his sanity over the course a final middle finger and way of breaking Vash]] and you've got yourself one of the show.
more terrifying villains you're bound to meet in anime.
* Genkaku from ''Manga/{{Deadman Wonderland}}'' believes that he's saving ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Sensui, the rogue Spirit Detective. He went on to use [[BrownNote the Chapter Black]] to turn the people by killing them.
* Musashi from ''Manga/{{Karakuridouji Ultimo}}'' has a moment of this trope, responding to Yamato's search for a point with "Facts are all there is. Looking for a point is pointless."
* LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'s Huey Laforet used to be one of these back in 1705. In a bit of jest, ''Ironic Light Orchestra'' refers to his misanthropic internal monologues as [[EmoTeen "surprisingly normal thoughts for a fourteen-year-old."]]
* The BigBad of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', Friday Monday, is a MadArtist who believes in "the Truth": basically
that humans are just mindless animals who, if left unchecked, would start slaughtering each other out of basic violent compulsion. His belief is compounded by become his possession of the so-called "Words of Truth": a kind of a BrownNote that removes all moral restrictions from any person who hears them, while simultaneously exacerbating their petty enmities to a full-on murderous intent. Monday interprets this as ''homo homini lupus'' and plans to unleash the Words on the entire humanity to bring it back to its "natural state", [[spoiler:but is ultimately proven wrong by Madlax, a ProfessionalKiller who demonstrates that there is a pretty clear line between hating another person and wanting them dead]].
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Bankotsu [[DeathAmnesia does not remember anything between his death and resurrection]]. He thinks this means there is no afterlife, and thus he can do whatever he feels like, which means killing people, since
team into Amorally-Nihilistic people don't get punished or rewarded for what they do. as well.



* Franchise/{{Batman}}:

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}:''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':



* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, The "Mad Titan" Comicbook/{{Thanos}} usually pulls this archetype off with a spectacular amount of wit and style.

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* Lampshaded in Franchise/TheDCU where nihilist Kid Amazo (whose intro features him talking to a Nietzsche bust that talks back to him, just to give you an idea that this is a guy with the combined powers of the Justice League and is completely off his rocker) is preparing to fight the League after a FaceHeelTurn and begins a Straw Nihilist speech to the bust. The bust points out that Kid Amazo is doing things that go against what Nietzsche believed. It's promptly smashed.
* In ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', an alternate universe version of Deadpool (later called Dreadpool), is tortured into ''further'' insanity by Psycho-Man. Dreadpool concludes that since everyone in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, The "Mad Titan" Comicbook/{{Thanos}} usually pulls Marvel Universe is merely a fictional character created for the amusement of the readers and writers, their existences are meaningless and the only thing to do is KillEmAll.
* ''ComicBook/AGodSomewhere'': This is a possible interpretation of Eric, the main character, who, when confronted about [[spoiler: raping his sister-in-law and crippling his brother]], says "Wrong is just a word people made up. It has nothing to do with the real world." shortly before [[spoiler:breaking out of prison and killing dozens of people for no reason]]. Near the end of the story, in the wake of his demise, a subculture of people who look up to Eric has apparently developed, and some of them can be seen hanging out on a street corner, where their response to something an old man angrily says to them is "Wrong is just a word people made up, bitch!"
* ''Grimjack'': [[LukeIMightBeYourFather Uncle Jack]]. As a Fey he can see into the future and knows how he will die. Not only that it's hinted he has observed the ending of the entire Multiverse. A young grimjack asks why he doesn't change anything if he knows so much. He responds by saying that "''nothing we do matters, not in the long run. Nothing we achieve or destroy matters. Love, friendship, family, honor, wisdom, knowledge, power,-- none of it really matters, because none of it lasts. It's all mortal, every endeavor, every accomplishment. Even our Gods become food for worms. Some day even the worms will end, and there shall be nothing''." It explains why he's still living with his brother's family mooching off and [[LazyBum hardly working]] or [[BrilliantButLazy doing anything]] for that matter. He also [[TheAlcoholic drinks]] alot to forget how he will die. Eventually [[spoiler: his older brother finds out he slept with his first wife and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath smashes his face]] repeatedly on the stone fireplace, one eye popping out, his jaw splitting open falling on the floor]].
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Death has [[InsaneTrollLogic come to the conclusion]] that since only the living commit crimes, life itself is a crime. Therefore, he now seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': One of the members of Marjane's circle of friends during her teenage years in Vienna was Momo, a punk boy who constantly exhorted philosophical gibberish about how life was meaningless and death the answer. Marjane frequently called him out on how stupid
this archetype off with a spectacular amount of wit and style.attitude was, [[TheAntiNihilist having experienced actual suffering up close]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Father, the villain of Creator/WarrenEllis's first issue. A Nietzsche-obsessed superhuman murderer created by a neo-nazi EvilutionaryBiologist, he had been [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a mountain]] by said creator for having several flaws -- for instance, being insane. Upon escaping, he proceeds to kill every person he encounters while quoting butchered Nietzsche at them, and sometimes at their corpses. This is apparently his entire plan. In his mind, he is the {{Ubermensch}}, and is "bringing joy to the ordinary man by dint of his existence-- by destroying them."
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, The "Mad Titan" ''Comicbook/{{Thanos}}'' usually pulls this archetype off with a spectacular amount of wit and style.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' the BigBad Mr. Rictus was a devout Christian before he briefly died and encountered no afterlife. He then decided that life itself is meaningless and abandoned all his morals so he could satisfy every sadistic whim he ever had and just commit murder and other atrocities on a daily basis.



** '' "Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also", skirts around this trope. The focus character, a psychiatrist trying to interview Rorschach, finds himself falling deeper and deeper into nihilism with each session. [[spoiler:He hits rock bottom, declaring that man is just a successful virus on a ball of dirt, but he gets better towards the end, when he re-encounters his estranged wife, having decided that [[TheAntiNihilist helping people is all we have.]]]] The chapter title is taken from a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Nietzsche quote]] that appears in full at chapter's end.

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** '' "Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also", skirts around this trope. The focus character, a psychiatrist trying to interview Rorschach, finds himself falling deeper and deeper into nihilism with each session. [[spoiler:He hits rock bottom, declaring that man is just a successful virus on a ball of dirt, but he gets better towards the end, when he re-encounters his estranged wife, having decided that [[TheAntiNihilist helping people is all we have.]]]] have]]]]. The chapter title is taken from a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Nietzsche quote]] that appears in full at chapter's end.



--->[[spoiler:'''Dr. Manhattan''': But yes, I understand, without condemning or condoning. Human affairs cannot be my concern.]]
* Lampshaded in Franchise/TheDCU where nihilist Kid Amazo (whose intro features him talking to a Nietzsche bust that talks back to him, just to give you an idea that this is a guy with the combined powers of the Justice League and is completely off his rocker) is preparing to fight the League after a FaceHeelTurn and begins a Straw Nihilist speech to the bust. The bust points out that Kid Amazo is doing things that go against what Nietzsche believed. It's promptly smashed.
* TAO from the Comicbook/{{Wildstorm}} Universe. As mentioned in Ed Brubaker's Sleeper: "The Tactical Augmented Organism (TAO) looked at life and saw Chaos and Order. Humanity's denial of Chaos appalled him. So he would tear it all down and fill the world with chaos, if only to watch mankind cling to their illusions as they burned around them."
* ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Father, the villain of Creator/WarrenEllis's first issue. A Nietzsche-obsessed superhuman murderer created by a neo-nazi EvilutionaryBiologist, he had been [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a mountain]] by said creator for having several flaws-- for instance, being insane. Upon escaping, he proceeds to kill every person he encounters while quoting butchered Nietzsche at them, and sometimes at their corpses. This is apparently his entire plan. In his mind, he is the {{Ubermensch}}, and is "bringing joy to the ordinary man by dint of his existence-- by destroying them."
* ''ComicBook/AGodSomewhere'': This is a possible interpretation of Eric, the main character, who, when confronted about [[spoiler: raping his sister-in-law and crippling his brother]], says "Wrong is just a word people made up. It has nothing to do with the real world." shortly before [[spoiler:breaking out of prison and killing dozens of people for no reason]]. Near the end of the story, in the wake of his demise, a subculture of people who look up to Eric has apparently developed, and some of them can be seen hanging out on a street corner, where their response to something an old man angrily says to them is "Wrong is just a word people made up, bitch!"
* Grimjack's [[LukeIMightBeYourFather Uncle Jack]]. As a Fey he can see into the future and knows how he will die. Not only that it's hinted he has observed the ending of the entire Multiverse. A young grimjack asks why he doesn't change anything if he knows so much. He responds by saying that ''"nothing we do matters, not in the long run. Nothing we achieve or destroy matters. Love, friendship, family, honor, wisdom, knowledge, power,-- none of it really matters, because none of it lasts. It's all mortal, every endeavor, every accomplishment. Even our Gods become food for worms. Some day even the worms will end, and there shall be nothing".'' It explains why he's still living with his brother's family mooching off and [[LazyBum hardly working]] or [[BrilliantButLazy doing anything]] for that matter. He also [[TheAlcoholic drinks]] alot to forget how he will die. Eventually [[spoiler: his older brother finds out he slept with his first wife and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath smashes his face]] repeatedly on the stone fireplace, one eye popping out, his jaw splitting open falling on the floor]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' the BigBad Mr. Rictus was a devout Christian before he briefly died and encountered no afterlife. He then decided that life itself is meaningless and abandoned all his morals so he could satisfy every sadistic whim he ever had and just commit murder and other atrocities on a daily basis.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Death has [[InsaneTrollLogic come to the conclusion]] that since only the living commit crimes, life itself is a crime. Therefore, he now seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': One of the members of Marjane's circle of friends during her teenage years in Vienna was Momo, a punk boy who constantly exhorted philosophical gibberish about how life was meaningless and death the answer. Marjane frequently called him out on how stupid this attitude was, [[TheAntiNihilist having experienced actual suffering up close]].
* In ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', an alternate universe version of Deadpool (later called Dreadpool), is tortured into ''further'' insanity by Psycho-Man. Dreadpool concludes that since everyone in the Marvel Universe is merely a fictional character created for the amusement of the readers and writers, their existences are meaningless and the only thing to do is KillEmAll.

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--->[[spoiler:'''Dr. Manhattan''': But yes, I understand, without condemning or condoning. Human affairs cannot be my concern.]]
* Lampshaded in Franchise/TheDCU where nihilist Kid Amazo (whose intro features him talking to a Nietzsche bust that talks back to him, just to give you an idea that this is a guy with the combined powers of the Justice League and is completely off his rocker) is preparing to fight the League after a FaceHeelTurn and begins a Straw Nihilist speech to the bust. The bust points out that Kid Amazo is doing things that go against what Nietzsche believed. It's promptly smashed.
concern]].
* TAO from the Comicbook/{{Wildstorm}} ''Comicbook/{{Wildstorm}}'' Universe. As mentioned in Ed Brubaker's Sleeper: "The Tactical Augmented Organism (TAO) looked at life and saw Chaos and Order. Humanity's denial of Chaos appalled him. So he would tear it all down and fill the world with chaos, if only to watch mankind cling to their illusions as they burned around them."
* ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Father, the villain of Creator/WarrenEllis's first issue. A Nietzsche-obsessed superhuman murderer created by a neo-nazi EvilutionaryBiologist, he had been [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a mountain]] by said creator for having several flaws-- for instance, being insane. Upon escaping, he proceeds to kill every person he encounters while quoting butchered Nietzsche at them, and sometimes at their corpses. This is apparently his entire plan. In his mind, he is the {{Ubermensch}}, and is "bringing joy to the ordinary man by dint of his existence-- by destroying them."
* ''ComicBook/AGodSomewhere'': This is a possible interpretation of Eric, the main character, who, when confronted about [[spoiler: raping his sister-in-law and crippling his brother]], says "Wrong is just a word people made up. It has nothing to do with the real world." shortly before [[spoiler:breaking out of prison and killing dozens of people for no reason]]. Near the end of the story, in the wake of his demise, a subculture of people who look up to Eric has apparently developed, and some of them can be seen hanging out on a street corner, where their response to something an old man angrily says to them is "Wrong is just a word people made up, bitch!"
* Grimjack's [[LukeIMightBeYourFather Uncle Jack]]. As a Fey he can see into the future and knows how he will die. Not only that it's hinted he has observed the ending of the entire Multiverse. A young grimjack asks why he doesn't change anything if he knows so much. He responds by saying that ''"nothing we do matters, not in the long run. Nothing we achieve or destroy matters. Love, friendship, family, honor, wisdom, knowledge, power,-- none of it really matters, because none of it lasts. It's all mortal, every endeavor, every accomplishment. Even our Gods become food for worms. Some day even the worms will end, and there shall be nothing".'' It explains why he's still living with his brother's family mooching off and [[LazyBum hardly working]] or [[BrilliantButLazy doing anything]] for that matter. He also [[TheAlcoholic drinks]] alot to forget how he will die. Eventually [[spoiler: his older brother finds out he slept with his first wife and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath smashes his face]] repeatedly on the stone fireplace, one eye popping out, his jaw splitting open falling on the floor]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' the BigBad Mr. Rictus was a devout Christian before he briefly died and encountered no afterlife. He then decided that life itself is meaningless and abandoned all his morals so he could satisfy every sadistic whim he ever had and just commit murder and other atrocities on a daily basis.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Death has [[InsaneTrollLogic come to the conclusion]] that since only the living commit crimes, life itself is a crime. Therefore, he now seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': One of the members of Marjane's circle of friends during her teenage years in Vienna was Momo, a punk boy who constantly exhorted philosophical gibberish about how life was meaningless and death the answer. Marjane frequently called him out on how stupid this attitude was, [[TheAntiNihilist having experienced actual suffering up close]].
* In ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', an alternate universe version of Deadpool (later called Dreadpool), is tortured into ''further'' insanity by Psycho-Man. Dreadpool concludes that since everyone in the Marvel Universe is merely a fictional character created for the amusement of the readers and writers, their existences are meaningless and the only thing to do is KillEmAll.
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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'' depicts Hokuto Kaneshiro as one; he outright states that, human or monster, life itself is evil and meaningless, and wants to resurrect Alucard so he can put an end to it all.
-->'''Hokuto''': You see, I've seen some truly horrible things in life, Moka. You'd be surprised [[NotSoDifferent how similar humans and monsters really are]]. How they both claim they desire peace, yet both destroy everything around them. How they both claim they can love, yet they both hurt and attack everything different. You see, it doesn't matter if you are human or a monster, a life is a life. And all lives are trash. All lives are a waste. Everything that lives only wants to live for the sake of living, and will step on anything to get its wish. Monsters, humans, they all claw at any vain attempt to live on, both killing anything that seems different or strange in fear of its own existence. There is no difference, Moka. All life is evil.

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'' depicts Hokuto Kaneshiro as one; he outright states that, human or monster, life itself is Merrilay from ''Fanfic/BadFutureCrusaders'' believes that all emotions and notions like good and evil and meaningless, and wants to resurrect Alucard so he can put an end to it all.
-->'''Hokuto''': You see, I've seen some truly horrible things in life, Moka. You'd be surprised [[NotSoDifferent
don't have any meaning because of how similar humans and monsters really are]]. How they both claim they desire peace, yet both destroy everything around them. How they both claim easily they can love, yet they both hurt be manipulated via {{Brainwashing}} spells, [[spoiler:because she was conceived while Big Macintosh and attack everything different. You see, it doesn't matter if you are human or a monster, a Cheerilee were under the effects of the [[LovePotion love poison]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts and Hooves Day]]]]."
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Bagan believes
life is a life. And all lives are trash. All lives are a waste. Everything fleeting, meaningless mistake and that lives death is the only wants thing worth anything. He seeks to live for "correct" the sake mistake by [[OmnicidalManiac exterminating all life in the universe]] to free all souls from the "prison" of living, mortal flesh.
* In ''WebAnimation/DiamondInTheRoughTouhou'', [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Mokou]] is portrayed as an example of this trope. Since she's immortal, all life lost its meaning to her
and will step on does anything to get its wish. Monsters, humans, stave off her boredom, from guiding lost people in the forest and incinerating fields. She accidentally killed lots of children whom Yuuka was hiding but decided that they all claw at any vain attempt to live on, both killing anything would be replaced in nine months]].
* In ''Fanfic/HarmonyTheory'', villain Max Cash gives a rant claiming
that seems different or strange everyone in fear of its own existence. There is no difference, Moka. All the whole world, including him, are just puppets controlled by higher powers, meaning nothing they choose matters.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] would appear to qualify -- she believes that the only thing that matters in
life is evil.survival, and that things like friendship and compassion are pointless.



* Played with in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6598678/1/When_The_Stars_Turn_To_Ashes When The Stars Turn To Ashes]]'' The character Byron Parris talks like this character type (and the high-minded protagonist dislikes him for it) but is also something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Tod Barringer in the '' The Hunger Games'' fanfic ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/AnUnsungSong An Unsung Song: The Tale of the 405th Hunger Games]]''.
* In chapter 44 of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4096894/44/YuGiOh-Soul-of-Silicon Yu-Gi-Oh! Soul of Silicon]]'', the heroes contend with an Archfiend of Gilfer, who calls himself a Lord of Nothingness, gives several speeches about how life is meaningless, and tries to convert others to Nihilism. Part of the reason he is a nihilist is because the card Archfiend of Gilfer has to die to use its effect. His attitude is reflected in his Clear Deck, in which his cards benefit from the absence of Attributes, high scores, and cards in the hand and punish the opponent for having these. [[spoiler:After Ren defeats him, Ren points out that in trying to spread Nihilism, the message that life has no purpose, he has given himself a purpose. Archfiend of Gilfer has a massive FreakOut over this LogicBomb.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DiamondInTheRoughTouhou'', [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Mokou]] is portrayed as an example of this trope. Since she's immortal, all life lost its meaning to her and does anything to stave off her boredom, from guiding lost people in the forest and incinerating fields. She accidentally killed lots of children whom Yuuka was hiding but decided that they would be replaced in nine months]].
* ''Fanfic/AMightyDemonSlayerGroomsSomePonies'' has [[TheSpock Wind Whistler]] increasingly approaching this over time. [[spoiler:She eventually decides that all morality is absurd and without base, and the only thing worth doing is to follow her own desires, which happen to be turning Ponyland into a militant, multiverse-conquering empire.]]
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] would appear to qualify -- she believes that the only thing that matters in life is survival, and that things like friendship and compassion are pointless.

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* Played with in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6598678/1/When_The_Stars_Turn_To_Ashes When The Stars Turn To Ashes]]'' The character Byron Parris talks like this character type (and the high-minded protagonist dislikes him for it) but is also something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Tod Barringer in the '' The Hunger Games'' fanfic ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/AnUnsungSong An Unsung Song: The Tale of the 405th Hunger Games]]''.
* In chapter 44 of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4096894/44/YuGiOh-Soul-of-Silicon Yu-Gi-Oh! Soul of Silicon]]'', the heroes contend with an Archfiend of Gilfer, who calls himself a Lord of Nothingness, gives several speeches about how life is meaningless, and tries to convert others to Nihilism. Part of the reason he is a nihilist is because the card Archfiend of Gilfer has to die to use its effect. His attitude is reflected in his Clear Deck, in which his cards benefit from the absence of Attributes, high scores, and cards in the hand and punish the opponent for having these. [[spoiler:After Ren defeats him, Ren points out that in trying to spread Nihilism, the message that life has no purpose, he has given himself a purpose. Archfiend of Gilfer has a massive FreakOut over this LogicBomb.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DiamondInTheRoughTouhou'', [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Mokou]] is portrayed as an example of this trope. Since she's immortal, all life lost its meaning to her and does anything to stave off her boredom, from guiding lost people in the forest and incinerating fields. She accidentally killed lots of children whom Yuuka was hiding but decided that they would be replaced in nine months]].
* ''Fanfic/AMightyDemonSlayerGroomsSomePonies'' has [[TheSpock Wind Whistler]] increasingly approaching this over time. [[spoiler:She eventually decides that all morality is absurd and without base, and the only thing worth doing is to follow her own desires, which happen to be turning Ponyland into a militant, multiverse-conquering empire.]]
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] would appear to qualify -- she believes that the only thing that matters in life is survival, and that things like friendship and compassion are pointless.
empire]].



* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'' depicts Hokuto Kaneshiro as one; he outright states that, human or monster, life itself is evil and meaningless, and wants to resurrect Alucard so he can put an end to it all.
-->'''Hokuto''': You see, I've seen some truly horrible things in life, Moka. You'd be surprised [[NotSoDifferent how similar humans and monsters really are]]. How they both claim they desire peace, yet both destroy everything around them. How they both claim they can love, yet they both hurt and attack everything different. You see, it doesn't matter if you are human or a monster, a life is a life. And all lives are trash. All lives are a waste. Everything that lives only wants to live for the sake of living, and will step on anything to get its wish. Monsters, humans, they all claw at any vain attempt to live on, both killing anything that seems different or strange in fear of its own existence. There is no difference, Moka. All life is evil.



* Merrilay from ''Fanfic/BadFutureCrusaders'' believes that all emotions and notions like good and evil don't have any meaning because of how easily they can be manipulated via {{Brainwashing}} spells, [[spoiler:because she was conceived while Big Macintosh and Cheerilee were under the effects of the [[LovePotion love poison]] in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]]]].
* In ''Fanfic/HarmonyTheory'', villain Max Cash gives a rant claiming that everyone in the whole world, including him, are just puppets controlled by higher powers, meaning nothing they choose matters.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Bagan believes life is a fleeting, meaningless mistake and that death is the only thing worth anything. He seeks to "correct" the mistake by [[OmnicidalManiac exterminating all life in the universe]] to free all souls from the "prison" of mortal flesh.



* Tod Barringer in the ''The Hunger Games'' fanfic ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/AnUnsungSong An Unsung Song: The Tale of the 405th Hunger Games]]''.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6598678/1/When_The_Stars_Turn_To_Ashes When The Stars Turn To Ashes]]'' The character Byron Parris talks like this character type (and the high-minded protagonist dislikes him for it) but is also something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* In chapter 44 of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4096894/44/YuGiOh-Soul-of-Silicon Yu-Gi-Oh! Soul of Silicon]]'', the heroes contend with an Archfiend of Gilfer, who calls himself a Lord of Nothingness, gives several speeches about how life is meaningless, and tries to convert others to Nihilism. Part of the reason he is a nihilist is because the card Archfiend of Gilfer has to die to use its effect. His attitude is reflected in his Clear Deck, in which his cards benefit from the absence of Attributes, high scores, and cards in the hand and punish the opponent for having these. [[spoiler:After Ren defeats him, Ren points out that in trying to spread Nihilism, the message that life has no purpose, he has given himself a purpose. Archfiend of Gilfer has a massive FreakOut over this LogicBomb]].



* [[spoiler:Lotso]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' feels that he and the other toys are all [[spoiler:"just trash waiting to be thrown away!"]]

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* [[EvilTwin Owlman]] becomes one in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'' after he finds out that [[spoiler: there is a [[TheMultiverse multiverse of universes out there, each Earth in each universe representing a different possiblity]], and thus decides that choices are ultimately pointless]]. This actually takes a rather interesting twist in the final battle, [[spoiler:where Batman teleports Owlman and his [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-destroying device]] to a barren, frozen wasteland of a parallel Earth. Owlman frees himself, then looks at the bomb, which is near the end of its countdown, and the Abort button is right there in front of him. Smiling, Owlman says "It doesn't matter." and lets the bomb go off, killing him. Which in fact is no twist at all but only highlighting the conflict between Owlman and Batman. The movie shows one Owlman decline to abort but that is only because it does not show the Owlman who does abort. Does this make every choice meaningless or make every choice meaningful?]]
* [[spoiler:Lotso]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' feels that he and the other toys are all [[spoiler:"just "[[spoiler:just trash waiting to be thrown away!"]]away!]]"



* [[EvilTwin Owlman]] becomes one in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'' after he finds out that [[spoiler: there is a [[TheMultiverse multiverse of universes out there, each Earth in each universe representing a different possiblity]], and thus decides that choices are ultimately pointless]]. This actually takes a rather interesting twist in the final battle, [[spoiler:where Batman teleports Owlman and his [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-destroying device]] to a barren, frozen wasteland of a parallel Earth. Owlman frees himself, then looks at the bomb, which is near the end of its countdown, and the Abort button is right there in front of him. Smiling, Owlman says "It doesn't matter." and lets the bomb go off, killing him. Which in fact is no twist at all but only highlighting the conflict between Owlman and Batman. The movie shows one Owlman decline to abort but that is only because it does not show the Owlman who does abort. Does this make every choice meaningless or does it make every choice meaningful?]]



* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Sociopathic and deadly assassin Vincent shoves cab driver Max Durocher out of a self-deceptive rut as he forces Max to drive him to various "jobs" one night in L.A. [[spoiler:Near the end Max snaps, admits that Vincent was right and fights back, eventually killing his captor]].
* Agent Smith in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' sequels. In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' he goes into a long rant about why Neo bothers to continue fighting him and that "Only a human mind could come up with something as insipid as love!" and "Why, Mr. Anderson!? ''Why!? Why do you persist!?''" Ironically, Neo's response is something a Nietzschean Ubermensch might actually say: "Because I choose to."

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* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Sociopathic and deadly assassin Vincent shoves cab driver Max Durocher out The villainous Clinton Stark of a self-deceptive rut as he forces Max ''[[Film/SevenFacesOfDrLao 7 Faces of Dr. Lao]]'' claims to drive him to various "jobs" be one night in L.A. [[spoiler:Near of these, opining to the end Max snaps, admits that Vincent was right and fights back, film's hero, "There's no such thing as the dignity of man. Man is a base, pathetic, vulgar animal." It's eventually killing his captor]].
* Agent Smith in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' sequels. In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''
revealed that he secretly doesn't want to believe that, and that he goes into a long rant about why Neo bothers to continue fighting him and that "Only a human mind could come up with something as insipid as love!" and "Why, Mr. Anderson!? ''Why!? Why do you persist!?''" Ironically, Neo's response is something a Nietzschean Ubermensch might actually say: "Because I choose to."all his evil schemes hoping they will fail, but they never have.



* In his ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' speech at the end of ''Film/WithnailAndI'', it's debatable whether Withnail is talking about his sexuality or confirming an absolute nihilism.
* ''Film/MatchPoint''-the VillainProtagonist uses his nihilistic philosophy as justification for murder.
* Characters based on Leopold and Loeb (such as the protagonists of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'') are pretty much always portrayed as Straw Nihilists. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} in that the real Leopold and Loeb actually ''did'' rationalize their crime with Nietzsche's philosophy.
* The main villain of ''The Genius Club'', Armand, rants that humans have no purpose and God doesn't exist, until the dying sage and the genius garbage man both discuss their confrontations with death. [[spoiler: In the end, he really just had an identity crisis.]]

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* In his ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' speech at ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Sociopathic and deadly assassin Vincent shoves cab driver Max Durocher out of a self-deceptive rut as he forces Max to drive him to various "jobs" one night in L.A. [[spoiler:Near the end of ''Film/WithnailAndI'', it's debatable whether Withnail is talking Max snaps, admits that Vincent was right and fights back, eventually killing his captor]].
* ''Film/{{Cube}}'' seems to be
about his sexuality or confirming an absolute nihilism.
* ''Film/MatchPoint''-the VillainProtagonist uses his nihilistic philosophy as justification for murder.
* Characters based on Leopold and Loeb (such as
the protagonists of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'') are pretty much always portrayed as Straw Nihilists. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} in that the real Leopold and Loeb actually ''did'' rationalize their crime with Nietzsche's philosophy.
* The main villain of ''The Genius Club'', Armand, rants that humans have no purpose and God doesn't exist, until the dying sage and the genius garbage man both discuss their confrontations with death. [[spoiler: In the end, he
{{gorn}} but is really just had an identity crisis.]]exposition on different roles that people play representing different philosophies in society. The protagonist's big secret [[spoiler:is that he is a nihilist]].



* ''Film/{{Cube}}'' seems to be about the {{gorn}} but is really an exposition on different roles that people play representing different philosophies in society. The protagonist's big secret [[spoiler:is that he is a nihilist]].
* The villainous Clinton Stark of ''[[Film/SevenFacesOfDrLao 7 Faces of Dr. Lao]]'' claims to be one of these, opining to the film's hero, "There's no such thing as the dignity of man. Man is a base, pathetic, vulgar animal." It's eventually revealed that he secretly doesn't want to believe that, and that he goes into all his evil schemes hoping they will fail, but they never have.
* "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Walter]]" from the German film ''Film/{{Sterne}}'', who has recently arrived in Bulgaria after witnessing the horrors of war at Leningrad, and is disturbed by the treatment of prisoners in the nearby concentration camp, but also believes himself incapable of doing anything about it. He opines to Ruth, "It took millions of years for humans to evolve from chimpanzees, yet the chimpanzees are better off than we are."
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Viper mentions being a nihilist...of course, she also mentions [[StrawCharacter being a capitalist]].
* In ''Film/TheSunsetLimited'', White claims to see the world as it truly is "without dreams or illusions" and suggests that anyone who sees the world in the same way should wish to die as soon as possible.
* In ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Otto West, a sociopath and fool, claims humanity is worthless on the basis of his reading 'philosophy', but seems to stick exclusively to Nietzsche.
* In ''Film/MenWomenAndChildren'', Tim is a teenager going through the typical Straw Nihilist phase: dropping out of his former hobbies, engrossing himself in socially-isolated new ones, constantly droning how nothing matters, the universe is vast and everything we do and are in comparison is inconsequential (he drops Carl Sagan and the Pale Blue Dot speech explicitly). The heavy-handed nature of this becomes mitigated somewhat when we learn that all of this was preceded by Tim's mother up and leaving for a new life (and lover) in California right before the movie started.



* In ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', Otto West, a sociopath and fool, claims humanity is worthless on the basis of his reading 'philosophy', but seems to stick exclusively to Nietzsche.
* The main villain of ''The Genius Club'', Armand, rants that humans have no purpose and God doesn't exist, until the dying sage and the genius garbage man both discuss their confrontations with death. [[spoiler: In the end, he really just had an identity crisis]].
* In his ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' speech at the end of ''Film/WithnailAndI'', it's debatable whether Withnail is talking about his sexuality or confirming an absolute nihilism.
* ''Film/MatchPoint''-the VillainProtagonist uses his nihilistic philosophy as justification for murder.
* Agent Smith in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' sequels. In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' he goes into a long rant about why Neo bothers to continue fighting him and that "Only a human mind could come up with something as insipid as love!" and "Why, Mr. Anderson!? ''Why!? Why do you persist!?''" Ironically, Neo's response is something a Nietzschean Ubermensch might actually say: "Because I choose to."
* In ''Film/MenWomenAndChildren'', Tim is a teenager going through the typical Straw Nihilist phase: dropping out of his former hobbies, engrossing himself in socially-isolated new ones, constantly droning how nothing matters, the universe is vast and everything we do and are in comparison is inconsequential (he drops Carl Sagan and the Pale Blue Dot speech explicitly). The heavy-handed nature of this becomes mitigated somewhat when we learn that all of this was preceded by Tim's mother up and leaving for a new life (and lover) in California right before the movie started.



* Characters based on Leopold and Loeb (such as the protagonists of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'') are pretty much always portrayed as Straw Nihilists. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} in that the real Leopold and Loeb actually ''did'' rationalize their crime with Nietzsche's philosophy.
* "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Walter]]" from the German film ''Film/{{Sterne}}'', who has recently arrived in Bulgaria after witnessing the horrors of war at Leningrad, and is disturbed by the treatment of prisoners in the nearby concentration camp, but also believes himself incapable of doing anything about it. He opines to Ruth, "It took millions of years for humans to evolve from chimpanzees, yet the chimpanzees are better off than we are."
* In ''Film/TheSunsetLimited'', White claims to see the world as it truly is "without dreams or illusions" and suggests that anyone who sees the world in the same way should wish to die as soon as possible.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Viper mentions being a nihilist...of course, she also mentions [[StrawCharacter being a capitalist]].



* Dora from ''Literature/TheMothDiaries'' is not just a Straw Nihilist, she's writing a book about a dialogue between Nietzsche himself and Brahms. She gets into a few arguments over the former's teachings with Ernessa. As to whether the book is completed [[spoiler: before her death]] or not, we never find out. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this detail.



* Cronal, BigBad of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor''. He was raised by a cult of darksiders called the Sorcerers of Rhand, who believe that the will of the universe is that entropy and destruction are the only constants, and work to bring this about. At one point Cronal mentally disparages [[LawfulEvil Palpatine]] for attempting to create when he should have destroyed. All of which means that yes, there are people out there in the galaxy who are nastier than the Sith.

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* Cronal, BigBad ''Every single Creator/AynRand villain'' holds this worldview, from Ellsworth Toohey of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Luke Skywalker ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' to Dr. Ferris, Mr. Thompson, and the Shadows rest of Mindor''. He was raised by a cult of darksiders called the Sorcerers of Rhand, who believe that the will of the universe is that entropy and destruction are the "the looters" in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. They usually only constants, preach it to satisfy their lust for power (as Toohey and work John Galt explain, once you've convinced people they're irredeemably evil and have no hope, they'll obey anything you tell them). Toohey uses his nihilist-collectivist logic to bring this about. At one point Cronal mentally disparages [[LawfulEvil Palpatine]] for attempting break his orphaned niece so thoroughly that, when her former fiancé meets her years later, it's eerily similar to [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston's and Julia's]] first meeting after they've been through {{Room 101}}. Her protagonists on the other hand are essentially {{Ubermensch}} who create when he should have destroyed. All their own meaning.
* A large proportion
of Creator/PhilipLarkin's poetry seems to present this viewpoint; particularly notable is ''Aubade'', which means that yes, there are people out there in is about the galaxy who are nastier than utter futility of life, given the Sith.inevitability of death.



* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Although ordinarily he is not of this view, when [[TheChosenOne Rand Al'thor]] has a long overdue psychotic break and cracks after [[spoiler: almost killing his father out of paranoia and misplaced rage]] he rants about the pointlessness of existence in this fashion, railing against the actions of all being forgotten and then repeated thanks to the series' conceit of {{reincarnation}}, and he comes within a few seconds of destroying or at least irrevocably damaging all of reality in a desire to end it all before he talks himself down via a conversation and eventually a [[spoiler: SplitPersonalityMerge with the voice in his head]], and can be found in the quotes page of this trope.
** [[TheDragon Ishamael/Moridin]] from the same series, however, gives every sign of being a straight example, being the only one of the GodOfEvil's minions who not only truly understands [[OmnicidalManiac its nature]], but actually joined it for the express purpose of putting reality out of its misery. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Moridin is flat-out ''suicidal'', and his nihilism seems to stem from projecting his own suicidal tendencies on the universe at large.]]
* M. Herron's thriller ''Why We Die'' is built around this philosophy, and begins with the narrator [[AuthorFilibuster directly lecturing the reader]] about how people's purpose in life is to die and be buried. It's a bit . . . [[{{Narm}} overblown]].
* Literature/TheDraka [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer the world]] in the name of their [[ForTheEvulz collective sovereign will]] and genetically engineer themselves into a race of very literal [[SuperiorSpecies Übermenschen]]. This is justified within the timeline itself, as Nietzsche emigrated to the colony of Drakia after he was rejected in his homeland and helped shape its philosophy.
%%%* In ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, Mona's boyfriend Oyster.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Although ordinarily he is not of this view, when [[TheChosenOne Rand Al'thor]] has a long overdue psychotic break and cracks after [[spoiler: almost killing his father out of paranoia and misplaced rage]] he rants about the pointlessness of existence in this fashion, railing against the actions of all being forgotten and then repeated thanks to the series' conceit of {{reincarnation}}, and he comes within a few seconds of destroying or at least irrevocably damaging all of reality in a desire to end it all before he talks himself down via a conversation and eventually a [[spoiler: SplitPersonalityMerge with the voice in his head]], and can be found in the quotes page of this trope.
** [[TheDragon Ishamael/Moridin]] from the same series, however, gives every sign of being a straight example, being the only one of the GodOfEvil's minions who not only truly understands [[OmnicidalManiac its nature]], but actually joined it for the express purpose of putting reality out of its misery. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Moridin is flat-out ''suicidal'', and his nihilism seems to stem from projecting his own suicidal tendencies on the universe at large.]]
* M. Herron's thriller ''Why We Die'' is built around this philosophy, and begins with the narrator [[AuthorFilibuster directly lecturing the reader]] about how people's purpose in life is to die and be buried. It's a bit . . . [[{{Narm}} overblown]].
* Literature/TheDraka
''Literature/TheDraka'' [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer the world]] in the name of their [[ForTheEvulz collective sovereign will]] and genetically engineer themselves into a race of very literal [[SuperiorSpecies Übermenschen]]. This is justified within the timeline itself, as Nietzsche emigrated to the colony of Drakia after he was rejected in his homeland and helped shape its philosophy.
* A planet with this for a [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] shows up in ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight''. When the out-worlds decided to {{Terraform}} a planet and build cities showcasing their culture, Darkdawn opted to build a city that would work as a wind instrument, playing the same nihilistic song over and over. They also flew a flag of solid black.
%%%* In ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, Mona's boyfriend Oyster.Bazarov in ''Fathers and Sons'' is one.



* The father and son encounter a starving one in ''Literature/TheRoad''. The son takes offense at the man's comments and gives him food, apparently as a way to prove the guy wrong.
%%%* Bazarov in ''Fathers and Sons'' is one.
* The Inner Party from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' is an entire social caste of Straw Nihilists, and they happen to rule everything. Ingsoc is pretty much the Straw Nihilist political system, being built to completely corrupt ThePowerOfLove (the Eastasian counterpart of Ingsoc's actual ideology is also known as "Obliteration of the Self", which from the name can be easily seen as Nihilism incarnate). The Inner Party is completely amoral (nothing was illegal, since there are no longer any laws) but if they notice a single sign of individuality and love, called "thoughtcrime", they capture the thoughtcriminals but instead of killing them, they torture them and make them literally live their worst nightmares, but all of this is not to interrogate them, but to traumatize them and drop them into {{despair event horizon}}. They leave the majority in immutable poverty, the superpowers in perpetual war and the entire world in DespairEventHorizon. You cannot reason with them or express love for them, ever. Why? Simply because their only motivation is "pure power".
--> '''O'Brien''': "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever."
* ''Every single Creator/AynRand villain'' holds this worldview, from Ellsworth Toohey of ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' to Dr. Ferris, Mr. Thompson, and the rest of "the looters" in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. They usually only preach it to satisfy their lust for power (as Toohey and John Galt explain, once you've convinced people they're irredeemably evil and have no hope, they'll obey anything you tell them). Toohey uses his nihilist-collectivist logic to break his orphaned niece so thoroughly that, when her former fiancé meets her years later, it's eerily similar to [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston's and Julia's]] first meeting after they've been through {{Room 101}}. Her protagonists on the other hand are essentially {{Ubermensch}} who create their own meaning.



* A large proportion of Creator/PhilipLarkin's poetry seems to present this viewpoint; particularly notable is ''Aubade'', which is about the utter futility of life, given the inevitability of death.
* A planet with this for a [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] shows up in ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight''. When the out-worlds decided to {{Terraform}} a planet and build cities showcasing their culture, Darkdawn opted to build a city that would work as a wind instrument, playing the same nihilistic song over and over. They also flew a flag of solid black.

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* A large proportion Cronal, BigBad of Creator/PhilipLarkin's poetry seems the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor''. He was raised by a cult of darksiders called the Sorcerers of Rhand, who believe that the will of the universe is that entropy and destruction are the only constants, and work to present bring this viewpoint; particularly notable is ''Aubade'', about. At one point Cronal mentally disparages [[LawfulEvil Palpatine]] for attempting to create when he should have destroyed. All of which means that yes, there are people out there in the galaxy who are nastier than the Sith.
%%%* In ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, Mona's boyfriend Oyster.
* Dora from ''Literature/TheMothDiaries''
is not just a Straw Nihilist, she's writing a book about a dialogue between Nietzsche himself and Brahms. She gets into a few arguments over the utter futility of life, given the inevitability of death.
* A planet
former's teachings with Ernessa. As to whether the book is completed [[spoiler: before her death]] or not, we never find out. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this for a [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] shows up in ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight''. When detail.
* The Inner Party from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' is an entire social caste of Straw Nihilists, and they happen to rule everything. Ingsoc is pretty much
the out-worlds decided Straw Nihilist political system, being built to {{Terraform}} completely corrupt ThePowerOfLove (the Eastasian counterpart of Ingsoc's actual ideology is also known as "Obliteration of the Self", which from the name can be easily seen as Nihilism incarnate). The Inner Party is completely amoral (nothing was illegal, since there are no longer any laws) but if they notice a planet single sign of individuality and build cities showcasing love, called "thoughtcrime", they capture the thoughtcriminals but instead of killing them, they torture them and make them literally live their culture, Darkdawn opted worst nightmares, but all of this is not to build a city that would work as a wind instrument, playing the same nihilistic song over interrogate them, but to traumatize them and over. drop them into {{despair event horizon}}. They also flew leave the majority in immutable poverty, the superpowers in perpetual war and the entire world in DespairEventHorizon. You cannot reason with them or express love for them, ever. Why? Simply because their only motivation is "pure power."
--> '''O'Brien''': "If you want
a flag vision of solid black.the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever."



* Literature/TheSecretAgent: The Professor who believes he is superior to everyone else even if he has little to no accomplishments and is constantly discussing how other people are mediocre compared to himself

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* The father and son encounter a starving one in ''Literature/TheRoad''. The son takes offense at the man's comments and gives him food, apparently as a way to prove the guy wrong.
* Literature/TheSecretAgent: The Professor who believes he is superior to everyone else even if he has little to no accomplishments and is constantly discussing how other people are mediocre compared to himselfhimself.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Although ordinarily he is not of this view, when [[TheChosenOne Rand Al'thor]] has a long overdue psychotic break and cracks after [[spoiler: almost killing his father out of paranoia and misplaced rage]] he rants about the pointlessness of existence in this fashion, railing against the actions of all being forgotten and then repeated thanks to the series' conceit of {{reincarnation}}, and he comes within a few seconds of destroying or at least irrevocably damaging all of reality in a desire to end it all before he talks himself down via a conversation and eventually a [[spoiler: SplitPersonalityMerge with the voice in his head]], and can be found in the quotes page of this trope.
** [[TheDragon Ishamael/Moridin]] from the same series, however, gives every sign of being a straight example, being the only one of the GodOfEvil's minions who not only truly understands [[OmnicidalManiac its nature]], but actually joined it for the express purpose of putting reality out of its misery. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Moridin is flat-out ''suicidal'', and his nihilism seems to stem from projecting his own suicidal tendencies on the universe at large]].
* M. Herron's thriller ''Why We Die'' is built around this philosophy, and begins with the narrator [[AuthorFilibuster directly lecturing the reader]] about how people's purpose in life is to die and be buried. It's a bit . . . [[{{Narm}} overblown]].



* The famous-within-the-fandom 'Death And Dust' speech from Creator/StephenColbert. Even better because the character is (usually) a die-hard Catholic. Shortly after the 2000 Florida recount, having decided that all the debate and argument is irrelevant and who's President doesn't even matter:
-->'''Stephen''': You see, nothing means anything. Mankind is just a random collection of self-replicating protoplasm, floating in a godless universe where the stars blindly run and however frantically we may try to deny it, all our efforts amount to nothing more than death... and dust.\\
''[long pause]''\\
'''Stephen''': [cheerful] Oh, and I'm having a Christmas cocktail party...
* The sci-fi series ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has an entire race of folks called Nietzscheans. They were originally humans who decided to live by Nietzsche's writings. They left human territory to found their own colonies, genetically enhanced themselves, separated into clans (called "Prides"), and generally don't like anybody but themselves. However, at least one says they're simply supremacist thugs that have failed to become actual supermen.
* Connor from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' reached his peak of Straw Nihilist-ness in the Season 4 finale, and gave a rant that still sends chills down the spine.
--> "''There's only one thing that ever changes anything. And that's death. Everything else is just a lie. You can't be saved by a lie... you can't be saved at all''."
** Ironically, he ''was'' in fact "saved by a lie", with Angel making a deal that wiped everyone's memory and placing Connor in a home with a loving family believing he was their natural-born son.
* Simon Munnery's sketch show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ryhh4Ixac Attention Scum]]'' is a mockery of this trope, by throwing out feeble, nonsensical [[YouBastard insults of how the viewer sucks]], like "a fast reader" or "parodies of each other", while claiming that your only purpose in life is to... stand in line... and you will die.



* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Tony, a vaguely sociopathic lead character in British drama, is a rare comedy example. He is seen on multiple occasions to be reading ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra'', one of Nietzsche's seminal works. This is reflected in how he manipulates his friends in increasingly cruel ways for his own personal amusement. He's stated in his tie-in blog and videos that the only purpose of anyone is to entertain him.

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* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Tony, a vaguely sociopathic On ''Series/BurnNotice'', PsychoForHire Larry waves off the immorality of killing people for money (or just for fun) with his mantra of "some people live, some people die."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' likely has more than can be easily counted, but one of the earliest appears in "Tomb of the Cybermen" in the form of Eric Klieg, who wishes to use the power of the Cybermen to
lead character in the intellectual party to conquer the Earth under his rule. Needless to say, he and his LadyMacbeth wife overestimate his ability to [[EvilIsNotAToy control the Cybermen]].
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'' has Alpha, who even refers to himself [[spoiler:and Echo after he forces her to undergo a composite event]] as {{Ubermensch}}, while during the second to last episode [[spoiler: one of Boyd's rants pretty much labels his worldview as such]].
* In the
British drama, is a rare comedy example. He is seen on multiple occasions to be reading ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra'', one of Nietzsche's seminal works. This is reflected in how he manipulates TV series ''Series/TheFall'', the serial murderer/rapist the police are seeking defends his friends in increasingly cruel ways for his own personal amusement. He's stated in his tie-in blog and videos that the only purpose of anyone is acts by quoting Nietzsche at length (though he does appear to entertain him.feel somewhat bad about them, but rationalizes away these impulses he cannot control).



** Arthur Petrelli believes himself to be an {{Ubermensch}} that is better than normal people and free from moral constraints. Just to hammer this point home, in series three he is seen reading Nietzsche shortly before telling his son Peter that he is "Better". Ironically subtler villains Linderman and Adam Monroe did a better job of representing this trope than Arthur ever did.
** Adam in particular. He believes he is better, that humankind is worthless and life is pointless. However he also adds a dash of DarkMessiah as he seeks to change the pointlessness of life by forcing mankind to experience a terrible cataclysm and taking the survivors as his followers to build a better world. So he's a fusion of this trope and KnightTemplar[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist

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** Arthur Petrelli believes himself to be an {{Ubermensch}} that is better than normal people and free from moral constraints. Just to hammer this point home, in series three he is seen reading Nietzsche shortly before telling his son Peter that he is "Better". "Better." Ironically subtler villains Linderman and Adam Monroe did a better job of representing this trope than Arthur ever did.
** Adam in particular. He believes he is better, that humankind is worthless and life is pointless. However he also adds a dash of DarkMessiah as he seeks to change the pointlessness of life by forcing mankind to experience a terrible cataclysm and taking the survivors as his followers to build a better world. So he's a fusion of this trope and KnightTemplar[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremistKnightTemplar[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist.



* Connor from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' reached his peak of Straw Nihilist-ness in the Season 4 finale, and gave a rant that still sends chills down the spine.
--> ''"There's only one thing that ever changes anything. And that's death. Everything else is just a lie. You can't be saved by a lie... you can't be saved at all."''
** Ironically, he ''was'' in fact "saved by a lie", with Angel making a deal that wiped everyone's memory and placing Connor in a home with a loving family believing he was their natural-born son.
* The sci-fi series ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has an entire race of folks called Nietzscheans. They were originally humans who decided to live by Nietzsche's writings. They left human territory to found their own colonies, genetically enhanced themselves, separated into clans (called "Prides"), and generally don't like anybody but themselves. However, at least one says they're simply supremacist thugs that have failed to become actual supermen.
* The famous-within-the-fandom 'Death And Dust' speech from Creator/StephenColbert. Even better because the character is (usually) a die-hard Catholic. Shortly after the 2000 Florida recount, having decided that all the debate and argument is irrelevant and who's President doesn't even matter:
-->'''Stephen''': You see, nothing means anything. Mankind is just a random collection of self-replicating protoplasm, floating in a godless universe where the stars blindly run and however frantically we may try to deny it, all our efforts amount to nothing more than death... and dust.\\
''[long pause]''\\
'''Stephen''': [cheerful] Oh, and I'm having a Christmas cocktail party...
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Lemuel Idzik, the mentally-ill murderer of [[spoiler:Kareem Said]], who he'd met years before in Istanbul. [[spoiler:Said (before he converted to Islam)]] gave a passionate speech about how life was meaningless because the universe would one day end. Lemuel took the lesson to heart and killed him for destroying his sense of meaning, then tried to get himself killed by murdering two more people in Oz-to his dismay he's spared the death sentence because his lawyer didn't give him effective representation.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'' has Alpha, who even refers to himself [[spoiler:and Echo after he forces her to undergo a composite event]] as {{Ubermensch}}, while during the second to last episode [[spoiler: one of Boyd's rants pretty much labels his worldview as such]].
* Subverted in ''Series/RedDwarf'': the Inquisitor is a Simulant, a race of psychotic, violence-crazed humanoid robots created to fight wars for humanity, which humanity then attempted to shut down after they proved too sadistic. Equipped with a unique self-repair system of incomparable capability, the Simulant who became the Inquisitor survived until the end of time, and then beyond. Drifting in nothingness, he came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as God, no such thing as an afterlife, and that the purpose of existence is to live a worthwhile life. Constructing a time machine, the Inquisitor now roams existence, meeting and judging each individual person who has ever and will ever live. If they fail to justify the life they have lived, he erases them and replaces them with a parallel version-a sperm that didn't make it, an egg that wasn't fertilized. Of course, if, in due "time," they too prove themselves unworthy of the gift of life, then they too are erased and another parallel version is given existence in their place. The Inquisitor's end-goal is to ensure that the universe is populated only by the worthy, those who truly have made the best of having been born.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' likely has more than can be easily counted, but one of the earliest appears in "Tomb of the Cybermen" in the form of Eric Klieg, who wishes to use the power of the Cybermen to lead the intellectual party to conquer the Earth under his rule. Needless to say, he and his LadyMacbeth wife overestimate his ability to [[EvilIsNotAToy control the Cybermen]].
* Simon Munnery's sketch show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ryhh4Ixac Attention Scum]]'' is a mockery of this trope, by throwing out feeble, nonsensical [[YouBastard insults of how the viewer sucks]], like "a fast reader" or "parodies of each other", while claiming that your only purpose in life is to... stand in line... and you will die.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', PsychoForHire Larry waves off the immorality of killing people for money (or just for fun) with his mantra of "some people live, some people die."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean Winchester is a rare heroic example of this, although [[TraumaCongaLine considering the way his life is going]], it's not entirely unjustified. The really sad thing is that he's later proven wrong in that there really are higher powers, but they're either apocalyptic extremists (the angels), or completely apathetic to all of Creation (God), bringing him back to square one.
-->'''Dean:''' ''There is no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence and random, unpredictable evil that comes out of nowhere and rips you to shreds."
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2 as part of a teenage rebellion. To his parents' dismay he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead.

to:

* Connor from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' reached his peak of Straw Nihilist-ness in In ''Series/TheMusketeers'', Lucien Grimaud, the Season 4 finale, and gave a rant BigBad of the final season. Seemingly incapable of any positive feeling of any kind, whether towards other people or simple pleasure or happiness, he thinks that still sends chills down the spine.
--> ''"There's
world is an utterly horrible place and his only one thing drive is to amass money and power so that ever changes anything. And that's death. Everything else is just a lie. You can't be saved by a lie... you can't be saved at all."''
** Ironically, he ''was'' in fact "saved by a lie", with Angel making a deal
nobody can harm him, and when that wiped everyone's memory fails to cause as much pain and placing Connor in a home with a loving family believing kill as many people as possible. It's demonstrated most clearly when he [[KickTheDog murders a woman who was their natural-born son.
* The sci-fi series ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has an entire race of folks called Nietzscheans. They were originally humans who decided
a midwife]] to live by Nietzsche's writings. They left human territory send a message to found their own colonies, genetically enhanced themselves, separated Athos, and then says that she deserved to die for bringing children into clans (called "Prides"), and generally don't like anybody the world to suffer, not as any kind of "shocking" posturing but themselves. However, at least one says they're simply supremacist thugs that have failed to become actual supermen.
* The famous-within-the-fandom 'Death And Dust' speech from Creator/StephenColbert. Even better because the character is (usually)
as a die-hard Catholic. Shortly after the 2000 Florida recount, having decided that all the debate and argument is irrelevant and who's President doesn't even matter:
-->'''Stephen''': You see, nothing means anything. Mankind is just a random collection
calm statement of self-replicating protoplasm, floating in a godless universe where the stars blindly run and however frantically we may try to deny it, all our efforts amount to nothing more than death... and dust.\\
''[long pause]''\\
'''Stephen''': [cheerful] Oh, and I'm having a Christmas cocktail party...
fact.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Lemuel Idzik, the mentally-ill murderer of [[spoiler:Kareem Said]], who he'd met years before in Istanbul. [[spoiler:Said (before he converted to Islam)]] gave a passionate speech about how life was meaningless because the universe would one day end. Lemuel took the lesson to heart and killed him for destroying his sense of meaning, then tried to get himself killed by murdering two more people in Oz-to his dismay he's spared the death sentence because his lawyer didn't give him effective representation.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'' has Alpha, who even refers to himself [[spoiler:and Echo after he forces her to undergo a composite event]] as {{Ubermensch}}, while during the second to last episode [[spoiler: one of Boyd's rants pretty much labels his worldview as such]].
representation.
* Subverted in ''Series/RedDwarf'': the Inquisitor is a Simulant, a race of psychotic, violence-crazed humanoid robots created to fight wars for humanity, which humanity then attempted to shut down after they proved too sadistic. Equipped with a unique self-repair system of incomparable capability, the Simulant who became the Inquisitor survived until the end of time, and then beyond. Drifting in nothingness, he came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as God, no such thing as an afterlife, and that the purpose of existence is to live a worthwhile life. Constructing a time machine, the Inquisitor now roams existence, meeting and judging each individual person who has ever and will ever live. If they fail to justify the life they have lived, he erases them and replaces them with a parallel version-a sperm that didn't make it, an egg that wasn't fertilized. Of course, if, in due "time," "time", they too prove themselves unworthy of the gift of life, then they too are erased and another parallel version is given existence in their place. The Inquisitor's end-goal is to ensure that the universe is populated only by the worthy, those who truly have made the best of having been born.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' likely has more than can be easily counted, but one of the earliest appears in "Tomb of the Cybermen" in the form of Eric Klieg, who wishes to use the power of the Cybermen to lead the intellectual party to conquer the Earth under his rule. Needless to say, he and his LadyMacbeth wife overestimate his ability to [[EvilIsNotAToy control the Cybermen]].
* Simon Munnery's sketch show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ryhh4Ixac Attention Scum]]'' is a mockery of this trope, by throwing out feeble, nonsensical [[YouBastard insults of how the viewer sucks]], like "a fast reader" or "parodies of each other", while claiming that your only purpose in life is to... stand in line... and you will die.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', PsychoForHire Larry waves off the immorality of killing people for money (or just for fun) with his mantra of "some people live, some people die."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean Winchester is a rare heroic example of this, although [[TraumaCongaLine considering the way his life is going]], it's not entirely unjustified. The really sad thing is that he's later proven wrong in that there really are higher powers, but they're either apocalyptic extremists (the angels), or completely apathetic to all of Creation (God), bringing him back to square one.
-->'''Dean:''' ''There is no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence and random, unpredictable evil that comes out of nowhere and rips you to shreds."
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2 as part of a teenage rebellion. To his parents' dismay he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead.
born.



* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Tony, a vaguely sociopathic lead character in British drama, is a rare comedy example. He is seen on multiple occasions to be reading ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra'', one of Nietzsche's seminal works. This is reflected in how he manipulates his friends in increasingly cruel ways for his own personal amusement. He's stated in his tie-in blog and videos that the only purpose of anyone is to entertain him.
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2 as part of a teenage rebellion. To his parents' dismay he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean Winchester is a rare heroic example of this, although [[TraumaCongaLine considering the way his life is going]], it's not entirely unjustified. The really sad thing is that he's later proven wrong in that there really are higher powers, but they're either apocalyptic extremists (the angels), or completely apathetic to all of Creation (God), bringing him back to square one.
-->'''Dean:''' ''There is no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence and random, unpredictable evil that comes out of nowhere and rips you to shreds."



* In the British TV series ''Series/TheFall'', the serial murderer/rapist the police are seeking defends his acts by quoting Nietzsche at length (though he does appear to feel somewhat bad about them, but rationalizes away these impulses he cannot control).



* In ''Series/TheMusketeers'', Lucien Grimaud, the BigBad of the final season. Seemingly incapable of any positive feeling of any kind, whether towards other people or simple pleasure or happiness, he thinks that the world is an utterly horrible place and his only drive is to amass money and power so that nobody can harm him, and when that fails to cause as much pain and kill as many people as possible. It's demonstrated most clearly when he [[KickTheDog murders a woman who was a midwife]] to send a message to Athos, and then says that she deserved to die for bringing children into the world to suffer, not as any kind of "shocking" posturing but simply as a calm statement of fact.



* Brecht and Weill's ''Theatre/ThreepennyOpera'' has Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, the King of Beggars, who is often taken for a mere miser but who despairs of even money's doing him any good in the end. One of his musical numbers features the chorus (translating from the German) 'You've got it just right/The World is poor, and Man is terrible'; another is titled (translating as per super) "Song of the Futility of All Human Striving."
* Richard in ''Theatre/ThrillMe'' justifies his gradually larger crimes by this ideal-he's superior to everyone else, so why should the normal rules apply to him?
* The Theatre version of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' shows Fiyero trying to act as this sort of nihilist. Unusually, he's fairly upbeat about the complete lack of value in reality, thought, or philosophy, as if a simple [[TheHedonist Hedonist]]. And then he has lines like :
--> ''If only because dust, is what we come to, nothing matters, but knowing nothing matters~''



* The Theatre version of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' shows Fiyero trying to act as this sort of nihilist. Unusually, he's fairly upbeat about the complete lack of value in reality, thought, or philosophy, as if a simple [[TheHedonist Hedonist]]. And then he has lines like :
--> ''If only because dust, is what we come to, nothing matters, but knowing nothing matters~''
* Richard in ''Theatre/ThrillMe'' justifies his gradually larger crimes by this ideal-he's superior to everyone else, so why should the normal rules apply to him?
* Brecht and Weill's ''Theatre/ThreepennyOpera'' has Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, the King of Beggars, who is often taken for a mere miser but who despairs of even money's doing him any good in the end. One of his musical numbers features the chorus (translating from the German) 'You've got it just right/The World is poor, and Man is terrible'; another is titled (translating as per super) "Song of the Futility of All Human Striving".



-->'''Calvin:''' [[CessationOfExistence Suppose there's no afterlife.]] Suppose this life is all you get.

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-->'''Calvin:''' [[CessationOfExistence Suppose there's no afterlife.]] afterlife]]. Suppose this life is all you get.



-->'''Hobbes:''' [[TheAntiNihilist Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.]]

to:

-->'''Hobbes:''' [[TheAntiNihilist Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.]]anyway]].



* ''Roleplay/YuGiOhEastAcademy:'' The Cult of Apophis's philosophy revolves around the fact that the world is worthless and must be extinguished. Marcus [[BreakingLecture tries to Deconstruct this philosophy.]]

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* ''Roleplay/YuGiOhEastAcademy:'' The Cult of Apophis's philosophy revolves around the fact that the world is worthless and must be extinguished. Marcus [[BreakingLecture tries to Deconstruct this philosophy.]]philosophy]].



* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has Edamiel, a Beryl that after no emotions were able to fill her, even joy that was what she represented, embraced oblivion.
* Many Abyssals in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' end up here or somewhere very much like it.



* The Rakdos guild in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' have spells like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107517 Nihilistic Glee]]. They're also the 'hedonist' and 'sociopath' guild; their general theme is being the life of the party... and, sometimes, its death.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
** The Bleak Cabal are a subversion, as they are generally nice fellows despite their belief that the universe makes absolutely no sense.
** Furthermore, there's the Doomguard, whose members know that the entropy of everything is inevitable -- in fact, the core of Doomguard philosophy is that trying to hinder entropy is inherently futile and some of its more extreme members even try to hasten along the process.



** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', the RPG of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', has the Pilgrims of Hayte, a cult based around the notion that life is meaningless and thus willing to end it on a [[OmnicidalManiac scale as large as possible]]. The outer layers believe that they worship Chaos for its closely fitting ideology while the inner circle knows that Chaos is just as strict, unforgiving and ultimately meaningless a master as the Emperor - and thus, a tool to be used. Which they relatively often get away with, if you consider "despoiling 3/4 of a planet and then abandoning your cult to its fate when the cavalry arrives" to be "getting away with it".
** ''{{TableTopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'' is rife with Straw Nihilists in its setting, especially among Chaos, the Necrons, and sometimes a few Imperials. [[CrapsackWorld It's obvious why.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
** The Bleak Cabal are a subversion, as they are generally nice fellows despite their belief that the universe makes absolutely no sense.
** Furthermore, there's the Doomguard, whose members know that the entropy of everything is inevitable -- in fact, the core of Doomguard philosophy is that trying to hinder entropy is inherently futile and some of its more extreme members even try to hasten along the process.
* The Rakdos guild in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' have spells like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107517 Nihilistic Glee]]. They're also the 'hedonist' and 'sociopath' guild; their general theme is being the life of the party... and, sometimes, its death.
* Many Abyssals in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' end up here or somewhere very much like it.
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has Edamiel, a Beryl that after no emotions were able to fill her, even joy that was what she represented, embraced oblivion.

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** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', the RPG of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', has the Pilgrims of Hayte, a cult based around the notion that life is meaningless and thus willing to end it on a [[OmnicidalManiac scale as large as possible]]. The outer layers believe that they worship Chaos for its closely fitting ideology while the inner circle knows that Chaos is just as strict, unforgiving and ultimately meaningless a master as the Emperor - and thus, a tool to be used. Which they relatively often get away with, if you consider "despoiling 3/4 of a planet and then abandoning your cult to its fate when the cavalry arrives" to be "getting away with it".
it."
** ''{{TableTopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'' is rife with Straw Nihilists in its setting, especially among Chaos, the Necrons, and sometimes a few Imperials. [[CrapsackWorld It's obvious why.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
** The Bleak Cabal are a subversion, as they are generally nice fellows despite their belief that the universe makes absolutely no sense.
** Furthermore, there's the Doomguard, whose members know that the entropy of everything is inevitable -- in fact, the core of Doomguard philosophy is that trying to hinder entropy is inherently futile and some of its more extreme members even try to hasten along the process.
* The Rakdos guild in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' have spells like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107517 Nihilistic Glee]]. They're also the 'hedonist' and 'sociopath' guild; their general theme is being the life of the party... and, sometimes, its death.
* Many Abyssals in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' end up here or somewhere very much like it.
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has Edamiel, a Beryl that after no emotions were able to fill her, even joy that was what she represented, embraced oblivion.
why]].



* ''Theatre/KingLear'': Probably one of the greatest expressions of nihilism in western art. To begin with, only Edgar is this, and most definitely a straw nihilist. The other characters are just varying degrees of stupid or selfish. But by the fourth act[[DownerEnding ... Good god]]. 'When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools'. Albany is just about the only character who comes out of the play with even the slightest shred of idealism in tact, and he's now most firmly on the cynical end of the spectrum.



* ''Theatre/KingLear'': Probably one of the greatest expressions of nihilism in western art. To begin with, only Edgar is this, and most definitely a straw nihilist. The other characters are just varying degrees of stupid or selfish. But by the fourth act[[DownerEnding ... Good god.]] 'When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools'. Albany is just about the only character who comes out of the play with even the slightest shred of idealism in tact, and he's now most firmly on the cynical end of the spectrum.



* Albedo from the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series is a particularly horrifying and sadistic Straw Nihilist, gleefully traumatizing MOMO for no apparent reason and strewing his throne room with the corpses of other little girls. He [[HealingFactor tends to self-mutilate]] when he's bored, and talks a lot about how wonderful death is. He [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope totally cracked]] when he realized he would [[WhoWantsToLiveForever live on]] after Nigredo and Rubedo die. ''I'm practicing so that when they die, I won't cry'', anyone?

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* Albedo [[spoiler: Kerghan]] from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'': his MotiveRant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkBrIrQikWY says it all]]. He's a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], because he isn't being nihilistic, he's being compassionate in a very warped way. He's proposing a [[{{Ubermensch}} constructive solution]] to the pain of all living beings. (Yes, "kill the world" is constructive in this sense. It solves the problem he's trying to solve, it's just not a solution that anyone else likes.)
* Haer'Dalis
from the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, as a member of the Doomguard (see ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' examples above), is a particularly horrifying and sadistic Straw Nihilist, gleefully traumatizing MOMO for no apparent reason and strewing albeit a rather chipper one. At one point he states that he finds all the destruction wrought by the Bhaalspawn to be marvelous.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Jin Kisaragi is revealed to have this kind of view in ''Continuum Shift''; one translation of
his throne room words to Tsubaki in his Arcade mode story contains the line "The only truth in this world is death". However subvert while he believe the world is worthless he refuse to fall prey apathy.
** Hazama wants to destroy the current world because it's filled
with "LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES!" Also because [[ForTheEvulz he just enjoys it]] well that and has a serious Grudge against the corpses master unit.
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Izanami ,the Goddess
of other Death]] even more so and it's implied that she made Hazama and Nu adopt this mindset]].
* In ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'', character Leshrac is this based on his backstory and array of responses. To top it, his lore even says how he was once a philosopher.
* [[spoiler:Downy Reed]] in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' is perfectly okay with destroying the universe due to the death of his
little girls. He [[HealingFactor tends sister and his inability to self-mutilate]] get revenge for it. Such an unfair world clearly shouldn't exist or something.
* Count Waltz of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is this.
-->All human beings are fragile. Especially those who lack power. They die quite easily. And
when he's bored, and talks a lot about how wonderful death is. He [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope totally cracked]] when he realized he would [[WhoWantsToLiveForever live on]] after Nigredo and Rubedo die. ''I'm practicing so that when they you die, it's over. There's just no meaning to it. .... That's why I won't cry'', anyone?must have power. Enough absolute power to carve my existence into the very fabric of this world.



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** [[spoiler:Sephiran]] manipulated events in two games in order to prove to his patron goddess that the two races of Tellius were unable to live in peace, and thus should be destroyed. [[spoiler:Sephiran]] had [[spoiler:attempted to bring the two races to live in harmony for over several centuries, since a previous war between the two was the reason the goddess nearly destroyed the world in a flood]]. But a [[spoiler: nearly genocidal massacre of the Heron branch of the Laguz race and the resulting reprisals decades previous to the game's start]] convinced him that the situation was unsalvageable, and that he should wake up his goddess so she could pass judgment.[[labelnote:spoiler note]]Sephiran may be a subversion, as battle conversations with him imply that he regrets his actions somewhat, and that he ''wants'' to die (at the time, he's guarding the entrance to Ashera). If you satisfy certain conditions after beating the game once, Sephiran will actually renounce his old views and join your party for the final battle.[[/labelnote]]
** In the 6th game, there's the BigBad Zephiel, who started out as a WellDoneSonGuy, trying to appease his father and is generally a nice boy. But his father is such a {{Jerkass}} that attempted his life so many times, Zephiel finally snapped, killed his father, starts to conclude that humans are evil, since they also bring out the emotions that made his father jealous to him. Thus, he began a campaign of conquering Elibe, and when he does, he planned to surrender the land and the human race to the Dragon race. Of course he failed in the end.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'', the protagonist meets a smoking, leather clad frenchman on the street who gives a speech that causes him to qualify as one of these. "I came to fuck and get high, what else is there? ... Family? I had a family once: meaningless. Honour!? Don't make me puke! No, the only thing that matters in this word is getting your rocks off... or getting so out of it that you don't even realise you aren't getting your rocks off."



* Adam, leader of the Delphi cult in ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'', who spread the GUILT plague to give humans the "blessing" of death they "deserve." He may or may not have included himself.



* Luca Blight from ''SuikodenII''. Being the genocidal psychopath that he is, he could very well carry out his plan to [[OmnicidalManiac eradicate humanity]] by himself. To be fair, he's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] some time before the game began.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** [[spoiler:Sephiran]] manipulated events in two games in order to prove to his patron goddess that the two races of Tellius were unable to live in peace, and thus should be destroyed. [[spoiler:Sephiran]] had [[spoiler:attempted to bring the two races to live in harmony for over several centuries, since a previous war between the two was the reason the goddess nearly destroyed the world in a flood]]. But a [[spoiler: nearly genocidal massacre of the Heron branch of the Laguz race and the resulting reprisals decades previous to the game's start]] convinced him that the situation was unsalvageable, and that he should wake up his goddess so she could pass judgment.[[labelnote:spoiler note]]Sephiran may be a subversion, as battle conversations with him imply that he regrets his actions somewhat, and that he ''wants'' to die (at the time, he's guarding the entrance to Ashera). If you satisfy certain conditions after beating the game once, Sephiran will actually renounce his old views and join your party for the final battle.[[/labelnote]]
** In the 6th game, there's the BigBad Zephiel, who started out as a WellDoneSonGuy, trying to appease his father and is generally a nice boy. But his father is such a {{Jerkass}} that attempted his life so many times, Zephiel finally snapped, killed his father, starts to conclude that humans are evil, since they also bring out the emotions that made his father jealous to him. Thus, he began a campaign of conquering Elibe, and when he does, he planned to surrender the land and the human race to the Dragon race. Of course he failed in the end.
* ''Videogame/{{Persona}}'' games
** All of the human villains of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fit into this trope. [[spoiler:One -does- admit to being in it for the power he'll supposedly be given over the world if he brings about the Fall, but ultimately, because the Fall is [[ApocalypseHow the Fall]]...]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', we have [[spoiler:Shadow Teddie]], who, being a manifestation of repressed nihilistic feelings and hidden existential dread, fits quite well. His most powerful (well, it would be if it wasn't telegraphed) attack is called Nihil Hand.
** [[spoiler: Adachi]] claimed that all life was troublesome and pointless and that people are better off living as Shadows who are only aware of their own delusions and fantasies.
** [[spoiler:Takahisa Kandori]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' states that life is meaningless after he becomes a God. It's justified in that his DEVA machine [[spoiler:contacted Maki Sonomura's thoughts]].
* ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''
** Gig has this attitude towards humans. And with him being TheGrimReaper, it goes without saying that the world he was responsible for was ''not'' having a good time until he got retired.
** In the Demon Path, [[spoiler:Shauna becomes this after Trish's suicide]].
** Reyva, should you win the final Demon Path battle, [[spoiler: [[OmnicidalManiac destroy reality itself]]]], since [[ItAmusedMe It Amused You]].

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* Luca Blight from ''SuikodenII''. Being the genocidal psychopath that he is, he could very well carry out his plan to [[OmnicidalManiac eradicate humanity]] by himself. To be fair, he's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] some time before the game began.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** [[spoiler:Sephiran]] manipulated events in two games in order to prove to his patron goddess that the two races of Tellius were unable to live in peace, and thus should be destroyed. [[spoiler:Sephiran]] had [[spoiler:attempted to bring the two races to live in harmony for over several centuries, since a previous war between the two was the reason the goddess nearly destroyed the world in a flood]]. But a [[spoiler: nearly genocidal massacre of the Heron branch of the Laguz race and the resulting reprisals decades previous to the game's start]] convinced him that the situation was unsalvageable, and that he should wake up his goddess so she could pass judgment.[[labelnote:spoiler note]]Sephiran may be a subversion, as battle conversations with him imply that he regrets his actions somewhat, and that he ''wants'' to die (at the time, he's guarding the entrance to Ashera). If you satisfy certain conditions
''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': Dr. Weil, shortly after beating the game once, Sephiran will actually renounce explaining his old views particularly horrific [[AndIMustScream origin for his]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality]] to Zero, undergoes an immense rant about how justice and join your party for the final battle.[[/labelnote]]
** In the 6th game, there's the BigBad Zephiel, who started out
freedom are worthless ideals, and then as a WellDoneSonGuy, trying to appease his father and is generally a nice boy. But his father is such a {{Jerkass}} that attempted his life so many times, Zephiel finally snapped, killed his father, starts to conclude that humans are evil, since they also bring out the emotions that made his father jealous to him. Thus, he began a campaign of conquering Elibe, and when he does, he planned to surrender the land and the human race to the Dragon race. Of course he failed in the end.
* ''Videogame/{{Persona}}'' games
** All of the human villains of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fit into this trope. [[spoiler:One -does- admit to
opening quote even dismisses ideals themselves as being in it for the power he'll supposedly be given over the world if he brings about the Fall, but ultimately, because the Fall is [[ApocalypseHow the Fall]]...]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', we have [[spoiler:Shadow Teddie]], who, being a manifestation of repressed nihilistic feelings and hidden existential dread, fits quite well. His most powerful (well, it would be if it wasn't telegraphed) attack is called Nihil Hand.
** [[spoiler: Adachi]] claimed that all life was troublesome and pointless and that people are better off living as Shadows who are only aware of their own delusions and fantasies.
** [[spoiler:Takahisa Kandori]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' states that life is
meaningless after he becomes or a God. It's justified in that his DEVA machine [[spoiler:contacted Maki Sonomura's thoughts]].
* ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''
** Gig has this attitude towards humans. And with him being TheGrimReaper, it goes without saying that the world he was responsible for was ''not'' having
lie.
-->'''Dr. Weil:''' Justice!? Freedom!? Worthless ideals! [[FantasticRacism You Reploids are just machines]], but you started
a good war a long time until he got retired.
** In
ago in the Demon Path, [[spoiler:Shauna becomes this after Trish's suicide]].
** Reyva, should
name of freedom! And humans! Look what they did to me! Driving me away while spouting the word "justice!" Zero, would you win insist on saving them!? Controlling the final Demon Path battle, [[spoiler: [[OmnicidalManiac destroy reality itself]]]], since [[ItAmusedMe It Amused You]].Reploids is nothing! The destruction of all mankind is only fleeting! Not quite alive... Not quite dead... Forever, by my side! I'll make you suffer a fate far greater than anything ever experienced before![...]Ideals?! WHAT A LIE!!!



* Sargeras in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe was driven insane by the depthless evil of the demons he fought. He came to believe that chaos was the natural state of existence and that the unnatural order imposed by the Titans was responsible for creating the demons. Gathering the demonic races he created the Burning Legion to destroy all order in the universe and return it to chaos. Even after Sargeras was apparently killed (officially he's "absent"), [[WordOfGod Chris Metzen]] has stated that the Legion's current commander, Kil'jaeden the Deceiver, still follows his master's philosophy.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' there's Sync. [[spoiler:He's a [[CloningBlues failed Clone]] of a CreepyChild (according to the manga: Sync's original likes keeping people as pets) that was thrown alive into a volcano. ''He Lived.'']] His response? Essentially, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum he wants to die, and take the whole, meaningless world with him.]]
* [[spoiler: Kerghan]] from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'': his MotiveRant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkBrIrQikWY says it all.]] He's a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], because he isn't being nihilistic, he's being compassionate in a very warped way. He's proposing a [[{{Ubermensch}} constructive solution]] to the pain of all living beings. (Yes, "kill the world" is constructive in this sense. It solves the problem he's trying to solve, it's just not a solution that anyone else likes.)
* [[TheDragon Ramirez]] from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' holds to the view that all of humanity is either corrupt (stating that they are driven by greed, hatred and bigotry) or weak (showing contempt for those who are incapable of defending themselves from him, or of using what power they possess to forcibly change the world), and uses these beliefs to justify attempted (and not-so-attempted) genocide. Curiously, he also holds to a somewhat more accurate Nietzschean philosophy, given that he believes his master, [[BigBad Lord Galcian]], to essentially be an {{Ubermensch}}, stating that Galcian is driven only by the will to power and the desire to use it to change the world, and that only such a man can unlock the world's true potential. [[spoiler:He goes fully Straw Nihilist (not to mention OmnicidalManiac) when Galcian is killed, stating that the heroes have condemned the world by killing the only person who was capable of saving it.]]
** By extension, the Silvite Elders can be seen as this, and is theorized that the only reason Fina and [[spoiler:Ramirez]] even exist is to [[spoiler:call down the Rains of Destruction once again because humanity has become too corrupt... [[HumansAreBastards again]]]]. Fina even lampshades this after their [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice by saying they finally believed in the future]].

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* Sargeras [[VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Lolo]] gets this applied in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe was driven insane by the depthless evil ''VideoGame/NamcoHigh'', and talks at great length about how nothing matters. [[spoiler:Turns out she's just upset that friendships have to end, and Cousin is able to help her out of it in her route]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Nihilumbra}}'': Deconstructed. The title
of the demons he fought. He came to believe game should have given away that chaos it would come up at some point.
* ''Videogame/{{Persona}}'' games:
** All of the human villains of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fit into this trope. [[spoiler:One -does- admit to being in it for the power he'll supposedly be given over the world if he brings about the Fall, but ultimately, because the Fall is [[ApocalypseHow the Fall]]...]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', we have [[spoiler:Shadow Teddie]], who, being a manifestation of repressed nihilistic feelings and hidden existential dread, fits quite well. His most powerful (well, it would be if it wasn't telegraphed) attack is called Nihil Hand.
** [[spoiler: Adachi]] claimed that all life
was the natural state of existence troublesome and pointless and that the unnatural order imposed by the Titans was responsible for creating the demons. Gathering the demonic races he created the Burning Legion to destroy all order in the universe and return it to chaos. Even after Sargeras was apparently killed (officially he's "absent"), [[WordOfGod Chris Metzen]] has stated that the Legion's current commander, Kil'jaeden the Deceiver, still follows his master's philosophy.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' there's Sync. [[spoiler:He's a [[CloningBlues failed Clone]] of a CreepyChild (according to the manga: Sync's original likes keeping
people are better off living as pets) Shadows who are only aware of their own delusions and fantasies.
** [[spoiler:Takahisa Kandori]] from ''Persona'' states
that was thrown alive into a volcano. ''He Lived.'']] His response? Essentially, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum he wants to die, and take the whole, life is meaningless world with him.]]
* [[spoiler: Kerghan]] from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'': his MotiveRant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkBrIrQikWY says it all.]] He's a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], because he isn't being nihilistic, he's being compassionate in a very warped way. He's proposing a [[{{Ubermensch}} constructive solution]] to the pain of all living beings. (Yes, "kill the world" is constructive in this sense. It solves the problem he's trying to solve, it's just not a solution that anyone else likes.)
* [[TheDragon Ramirez]] from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' holds to the view that all of humanity is either corrupt (stating that they are driven by greed, hatred and bigotry) or weak (showing contempt for those who are incapable of defending themselves from him, or of using what power they possess to forcibly change the world), and uses these beliefs to justify attempted (and not-so-attempted) genocide. Curiously, he also holds to a somewhat more accurate Nietzschean philosophy, given that he believes his master, [[BigBad Lord Galcian]], to essentially be an {{Ubermensch}}, stating that Galcian is driven only by the will to power and the desire to use it to change the world, and that only such a man can unlock the world's true potential. [[spoiler:He goes fully Straw Nihilist (not to mention OmnicidalManiac) when Galcian is killed, stating that the heroes have condemned the world by killing the only person who was capable of saving it.]]
** By extension, the Silvite Elders can be seen as this, and is theorized that the only reason Fina and [[spoiler:Ramirez]] even exist is to [[spoiler:call down the Rains of Destruction once again because humanity has become too corrupt... [[HumansAreBastards again]]]]. Fina even lampshades this
after their [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice by saying they finally believed he becomes a God. It's justified in the future]].that his DEVA machine [[spoiler:contacted Maki Sonomura's thoughts]].



* Haer'Dalis from the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, as a member of the Doomguard (see ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' examples above), is a Straw Nihilist, albeit a rather chipper one. At one point he states that he finds all the destruction wrought by the Bhaalspawn to be marvelous.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Jin Kisaragi is revealed to have this kind of view in ''Continuum Shift''; one translation of his words to Tsubaki in his Arcade mode story contains the line "The only truth in this world is death". However subvert while he believe the world is worthless he refuse to fall prey apathy.
** Hazama wants to destroy the current world because it's filled with "LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES!" Also because [[ForTheEvulz he just enjoys it]] well that and has a serious Grudge against the master unit.
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Izanami ,the Goddess of Death]] even more so and it's implied that she made Hazama and Nu adopt this mindset.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''

to:

* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Jin Kisaragi
[[TheDragon Ramirez]] from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' holds to the view that all of humanity is revealed either corrupt (stating that they are driven by greed, hatred and bigotry) or weak (showing contempt for those who are incapable of defending themselves from him, or of using what power they possess to forcibly change the world), and uses these beliefs to justify attempted (and not-so-attempted) genocide. Curiously, he also holds to a somewhat more accurate Nietzschean philosophy, given that he believes his master, [[BigBad Lord Galcian]], to essentially be an {{Ubermensch}}, stating that Galcian is driven only by the will to power and the desire to use it to change the world, and that only such a man can unlock the world's true potential. [[spoiler:He goes fully Straw Nihilist (not to mention OmnicidalManiac) when Galcian is killed, stating that the heroes have this kind of view in ''Continuum Shift''; one translation of his words to Tsubaki in his Arcade mode story contains the line "The only truth in this world is death". However subvert while he believe condemned the world is worthless he refuse to fall prey apathy.
** Hazama wants to destroy
by killing the current world only person who was capable of saving it]].
** By extension, the Silvite Elders can be seen as this, and is theorized that the only reason Fina and [[spoiler:Ramirez]] even exist is to [[spoiler:call down the Rains of Destruction once again
because it's filled with "LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES!" Also because [[ForTheEvulz he just enjoys it]] well that and humanity has a serious Grudge against the master unit.
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Izanami ,the Goddess of Death]]
become too corrupt... [[HumansAreBastards again]]]]. Fina even more so and it's implied that she made Hazama and Nu adopt lampshades this mindset.]]
after their [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice by saying they finally believed in the future]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':



* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': Dr. Weil, shortly after explaining his particularly horrific [[AndIMustScream origin for his]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality]] to Zero, undergoes an immense rant about how justice and freedom are worthless ideals, and then as his opening quote even dismisses ideals themselves as being meaningless or a lie.
-->'''Dr. Weil:''' Justice!? Freedom!? Worthless ideals! [[FantasticRacism You Reploids are just machines]], but you started a war a long time ago in the name of freedom! And humans! Look what they did to me! Driving me away while spouting the word "justice!" Zero, would you insist on saving them!? Controlling the Reploids is nothing! The destruction of all mankind is only fleeting! Not quite alive... Not quite dead... Forever, by my side! I'll make you suffer a fate far greater than anything ever experienced before![...]Ideals?! WHAT A LIE!!!

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': Dr. Weil, shortly ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''
** Gig has this attitude towards humans. And with him being TheGrimReaper, it goes without saying that the world he was responsible for was ''not'' having a good time until he got retired.
** In the Demon Path, [[spoiler:Shauna becomes this
after explaining Trish's suicide]].
** Reyva, should you win the final Demon Path battle, [[spoiler: [[OmnicidalManiac destroy reality itself]]]], since [[ItAmusedMe It Amused You]].
* Luca Blight from ''SuikodenII''. Being the genocidal psychopath that he is, he could very well carry out
his particularly horrific [[AndIMustScream origin for his]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality]] plan to Zero, undergoes an immense rant about how justice and freedom are worthless ideals, and then as his opening quote even dismisses ideals themselves as being meaningless or a lie.
-->'''Dr. Weil:''' Justice!? Freedom!? Worthless ideals! [[FantasticRacism You Reploids are just machines]], but you started a war a long
[[OmnicidalManiac eradicate humanity]] by himself. To be fair, he's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] some time ago in before the name of freedom! And humans! Look what they did to me! Driving me away while spouting the word "justice!" Zero, would you insist on saving them!? Controlling the Reploids is nothing! The destruction of all mankind is only fleeting! Not quite alive... Not quite dead... Forever, by my side! I'll make you suffer a fate far greater than anything ever experienced before![...]Ideals?! WHAT A LIE!!!game began.



* [[spoiler:Downy Reed]] in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' is perfectly okay with destroying the universe due to the death of his little sister and his inability to get revenge for it. Such an unfair world clearly shouldn't exist or something.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'', the protagonist meets a smoking, leather clad frenchman on the street who gives a speech that causes him to qualify as one of these. "I came to fuck and get high, what else is there? ... Family? I had a family once: meaningless. Honour!? Don't make me puke! No, the only thing that matters in this word is getting your rocks off... or getting so out of it that you don't even realise you aren't getting your rocks off."
* In ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'', character Leshrac is this based on his backstory and array of responses. To top it, his lore even says how he was once a philosopher.
* [[VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Lolo]] gets this applied in ''VideoGame/NamcoHigh'', and talks at great length about how nothing matters. [[spoiler:Turns out she's just upset that friendships have to end, and Cousin is able to help her out of it in her route.]]
* Count Waltz of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is this.
-->All human beings are fragile. Especially those who lack power. They die quite easily. And when you die, it's over. There's just no meaning to it. .... That's why I must have power. Enough absolute power to carve my existence into the very fabric of this world.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nihilumbra}}'': Deconstructed. The title of the game should have given away that it would come up at some point.

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* [[spoiler:Downy Reed]] in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' is perfectly okay In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' there's Sync. [[spoiler:He's a [[CloningBlues failed Clone]] of a CreepyChild (according to the manga: Sync's original likes keeping people as pets) that was thrown alive into a volcano. ''He Lived'']]. His response? Essentially, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum he wants to die, and take the whole, meaningless world with destroying him]].
* Adam, leader of the Delphi cult in ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'', who spread the '''''guilt''''' plague to give humans the "blessing" of death they "deserve." He may or may not have included himself.
* Sargeras in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe was driven insane by the depthless evil of the demons he fought. He came to believe that chaos was the natural state of existence and that the unnatural order imposed by the Titans was responsible for creating the demons. Gathering the demonic races he created the Burning Legion to destroy all order in
the universe due and return it to chaos. Even after Sargeras was apparently killed (officially he's "absent"), [[WordOfGod Chris Metzen]] has stated that the death of Legion's current commander, Kil'jaeden the Deceiver, still follows his master's philosophy.
* Albedo from the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series is a particularly horrifying and sadistic Straw Nihilist, gleefully traumatizing MOMO for no apparent reason and strewing his throne room with the corpses of other
little sister and his inability girls. He [[HealingFactor tends to get revenge for it. Such an unfair world clearly shouldn't exist or something.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'', the protagonist meets a smoking, leather clad frenchman on the street who gives a speech that causes him to qualify as one of these. "I came to fuck and get high, what else is there? ... Family? I had a family once: meaningless. Honour!? Don't make me puke! No, the only thing that matters in this word is getting your rocks off... or getting so out of it that you don't even realise you aren't getting your rocks off."
* In ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'', character Leshrac is this based on his backstory and array of responses. To top it, his lore even says how he was once a philosopher.
* [[VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Lolo]] gets this applied in ''VideoGame/NamcoHigh'',
self-mutilate]] when he's bored, and talks at great length a lot about how nothing matters. [[spoiler:Turns out she's just upset that friendships have to end, and Cousin is able to help her out of it in her route.]]
* Count Waltz of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is this.
-->All human beings are fragile. Especially those who lack power. They die quite easily. And
wonderful death is. He [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope totally cracked]] when you die, it's over. There's just no meaning to it. .... That's why I must have power. Enough absolute power to carve my existence into the very fabric of this world.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nihilumbra}}'': Deconstructed. The title of the game should have given away that it
he realized he would come up at some point.[[WhoWantsToLiveForever live on]] after Nigredo and Rubedo die. ''I'm practicing so that when they die, I won't cry'', anyone?



* In ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', [[spoiler:GI Guy, rather accurately observing that video game sprites like himself are created for the purpose of killing each other, tries to destroy the entire sprite world, and humanity with it]]. [[spoiler: Unlike most cackling madmen, he's convinced this is will be a mercy-kill and that it's in everyone's best interests]].
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan: Oracle For Hire'' has Celesto Morgan, who is determined to "cleanse the world" by killing a lot of people he thinks deserve to die, as exemplified in [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-01-25 these]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-03-09 strips]]. Dominic hinges on being one for a while in the same story arc, until he is shown a group of people who willingly sacrificed themselves to protect their friends; this shakes him out of the "The world is horrific" viewpoint he was holding.\\
\\
It is worth noting that he isn't entirely evil -- in more recent strips he negotiates with Deegan and tries to make a peace offering. He still tries to kill people, but at least one was a psychopath and another was a crime lord. He's become somewhat of a KnightTemplar.



* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Lich von Vampire believes that all life exists to die. The cultists and Black Mage also seem to have a nihilistic philosophy. Possibly played for laughs, seeing as his point of argument was people building their homes where glaciers "would come screaming through" ''hundreds of thousands'' of years later.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html Galatea started out this way.]] She's one of the apparently rare cases where [[WhoopiEpiphanySpeech the hero successfully convinced her she was wrong,]] and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath she lightened up a little.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Lich von Vampire believes that all life exists to die. The cultists and Black Mage also seem to have ''Webcomic/BallAndChain'''s Nihilist Greg is a nihilistic philosophy. Possibly reasonably benign example, played for laughs, seeing as his point of argument was people building their homes where glaciers "would come screaming through" ''hundreds of thousands'' of years later.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html Galatea started out this way.]] She's one of the apparently rare cases where [[WhoopiEpiphanySpeech the hero successfully convinced her she was wrong,]] and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath she lightened up a little.]]
laughs.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' Samantha Wight delivers a speech to this effect when she first appears, but on that same note believes their efforts to be so pointless that she lets them pass afterward. [[spoiler: Which they would have done if Bael's BerserkButton hadn't been pressed a few too many times.]]

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* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan: Oracle For Hire'' has Celesto Morgan, who is determined to "cleanse the world" by killing a lot of people he thinks deserve to die, as exemplified in [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-01-25 these]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-03-09 strips]]. Dominic hinges on being one for a while in the same story arc, until he is shown a group of people who willingly sacrificed themselves to protect their friends; this shakes him out of the "The world is horrific" viewpoint he was holding.\\
\\
It is worth noting that he isn't entirely evil -- in more recent strips he negotiates with Deegan and tries to make a peace offering. He still tries to kill people, but at least one was a psychopath and another was a crime lord. He's become somewhat of a KnightTemplar.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' Samantha Wight delivers a speech to this effect when she first appears, but on that same note ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Lich von Vampire believes that all life exists to die. The cultists and Black Mage also seem to have a nihilistic philosophy. Possibly played for laughs, seeing as his point of argument was people building their efforts to be so pointless that she lets them pass afterward. [[spoiler: Which they would have done if Bael's BerserkButton hadn't been pressed a few too many times.]]homes where glaciers "would come screaming through" ''hundreds of thousands'' of years later.



* ''Webcomic/BallAndChain'''s Nihilist Greg is a reasonably benign example, played for laughs.
* The concept of a Straw Nihilist is [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2394 parodied]] in ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. The Straw Nihilist obsesses over the very concepts he deems meaningless and complains about it endlessly, while the actual nihilist spends his time amassing as much material wealth as he can.

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* ''Webcomic/BallAndChain'''s Nihilist Greg is In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html Galatea started out this way.]] She's one of the apparently rare cases where [[WhoopiEpiphanySpeech the hero successfully convinced her she was wrong,]] and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath she lightened up a reasonably benign example, played little.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', [[spoiler:GI Guy, rather accurately observing that video game sprites like himself are created
for laughs.
* The concept of a Straw Nihilist is [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2394 parodied]] in ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. The Straw Nihilist obsesses over
the very concepts he deems meaningless purpose of killing each other, tries to destroy the entire sprite world, and complains about it endlessly, while the actual nihilist spends his time amassing as much material wealth as he can.humanity with it]]. [[spoiler: Unlike most cackling madmen, he's convinced this is will be a mercy-kill and that it's in everyone's best interests]].



* The concept of a Straw Nihilist is [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2394 parodied]] in ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. The Straw Nihilist obsesses over the very concepts he deems meaningless and complains about it endlessly, while the actual nihilist spends his time amassing as much material wealth as he can.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' Samantha Wight delivers a speech to this effect when she first appears, but on that same note believes their efforts to be so pointless that she lets them pass afterward. [[spoiler: Which they would have done if Bael's BerserkButton hadn't been pressed a few too many times.]]



* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-prayer-to-futility A Prayer To Futility]] from Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary is written from the perspective of such an individual.



* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-prayer-to-futility A Prayer To Futility]] from Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary is written from the perspective of such an individual.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak3z2Pm7Iwg "Satan" sequence]] in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' (adapted from Twain's novella ''The Mysterious Stranger'') is one of the most frightening and disturbing examples. What's worse is that this was put in a family film.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak3z2Pm7Iwg "Satan" sequence]] in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' (adapted from Twain's novella ''The Mysterious Stranger'') is one of the most frightening and disturbing examples. What's worse is that this was put in a family film.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak3z2Pm7Iwg "Satan" sequence]] unmade episode "Life Sucks" would have revealed Ren to be one; the entire episode consists of Ren pounding it into Stimpy that life is nothing but meaningless, horrible, and stupid.
* Spider-Carnage
in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' (adapted from Twain's novella ''The Mysterious Stranger'') is one the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. An alternate-universe Peter Parker, he was already at the brink of madness due to his version of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga - being possessed by the Carnage symbiote sent him to OmnicidalManiac-level out of the most frightening and disturbing examples. What's worse is belief that this life was put in meaningless. [[spoiler: It took a family film.meeting with an alternate-universe Uncle Ben to make him snap out of it and fight off the symbiote's control.]]



* Spider-Carnage in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. An alternate-universe Peter Parker, he was already at the brink of madness due to his version of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga - being possessed by the Carnage symbiote sent him to OmnicidalManiac-level out of the belief that life was meaningless. [[spoiler: It took a meeting with an alternate-universe Uncle Ben to make him snap out of it and fight off the symbiote's control.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': The unmade episode "Life Sucks" would have revealed Ren to be one; the entire episode consists of Ren pounding it into Stimpy that life is nothing but meaningless, horrible, and stupid.



* [[https://esolangs.org/wiki/Nil Nil]] is an esoteric programming language based around the idea that your computer could interpret programming code as one. The interpreter in this programming language basically splits whole statements into pieces through a process that is known as "atomization". After that is done it determines that each part of the code is essentially meaningless. It then adds up all the meaningless stuff in the code and concludes that the entire operation is meaningless. It is therefore more expressive to implement an interpreter for itself, much more concisely than many 'proper' languages can and is very closely related to human language. Some even managed to process the entire old testament through this thing and it ended up barely comprehending it.

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* [[https://esolangs.org/wiki/Nil Nil]] is an esoteric programming language based around the idea that your computer could interpret programming code as one. The interpreter in this programming language basically splits whole statements into pieces through a process that is known as "atomization". "atomization." After that is done it determines that each part of the code is essentially meaningless. It then adds up all the meaningless stuff in the code and concludes that the entire operation is meaningless. It is therefore more expressive to implement an interpreter for itself, much more concisely than many 'proper' languages can and is very closely related to human language. Some even managed to process the entire old testament through this thing and it ended up barely comprehending it.
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