History Main / TakeOverTHeWorld

12th Jul '16 2:18:01 PM LanceOmikron
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For more information, check out the EvilOverlordList, a detailed guide on what should an evil overlord do and not do. Typically, this is accomplished with StockEvilOverlordTactics. Although sometimes the plans of villains with this motivation go rather in the MissingStepsPlan direction. For several country-specific [[SubTrope SubTropes]], see AmericaTakesOverTheWorld, RussiaTakesOverTheWorld, JapanTakesOverTheWorld, and ChinaTakesOverTheWorld. See TakeOverTheCity for a more modest version. A VillainWorld is a situation where this actually happened (for absence of a hero or some other incident that granted the bad guys absolute power) but a hero emerges and begins to undo the damage from the inside. For the opposite, see SaveTheWorld.

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For more information, check out the EvilOverlordList, a detailed guide on what should an evil overlord do should and should not do. Typically, this is accomplished with StockEvilOverlordTactics. Although sometimes the plans of villains with this motivation go rather in the MissingStepsPlan direction. For several country-specific [[SubTrope SubTropes]], see AmericaTakesOverTheWorld, RussiaTakesOverTheWorld, JapanTakesOverTheWorld, and ChinaTakesOverTheWorld. See TakeOverTheCity for a more modest version. A VillainWorld is a situation where this actually happened (for absence of a hero or some other incident that granted the bad guys absolute power) but a hero emerges and begins to undo the damage from the inside. For the opposite, see SaveTheWorld.
28th May '16 7:44:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* After [[spoiler:Chao Lingshen]] is revealed as the BigBad of the Mahora Festival in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', we finally get a peek at her character bio. Listed under her Likes? World Domination.

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* After [[spoiler:Chao Lingshen]] is revealed as the BigBad of the Mahora Festival in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', we finally get a peek at her character bio. Listed under her Likes? World Domination.
15th May '16 1:12:48 AM Morgenthaler
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For more information, check out the EvilOverlordList, a detailed guide on what should an evil overlord do and not do. Typically, this is accomplished with StockEvilOverlordTactics. Although sometimes the plans of villains with this motivation go rather in the MissingStepsPlan direction. For several country-specific [[SubTrope SubTropes]], see AmericaTakesOverTheWorld, JapanTakesOverTheWorld, and ChinaTakesOverTheWorld. See TakeOverTheCity for a more modest version. A VillainWorld is a situation where this actually happened (for absence of a hero or some other incident that granted the bad guys absolute power) but a hero emerges and begins to undo the damage from the inside. For the opposite, see SaveTheWorld.

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For more information, check out the EvilOverlordList, a detailed guide on what should an evil overlord do and not do. Typically, this is accomplished with StockEvilOverlordTactics. Although sometimes the plans of villains with this motivation go rather in the MissingStepsPlan direction. For several country-specific [[SubTrope SubTropes]], see AmericaTakesOverTheWorld, RussiaTakesOverTheWorld, JapanTakesOverTheWorld, and ChinaTakesOverTheWorld. See TakeOverTheCity for a more modest version. A VillainWorld is a situation where this actually happened (for absence of a hero or some other incident that granted the bad guys absolute power) but a hero emerges and begins to undo the damage from the inside. For the opposite, see SaveTheWorld.
5th May '16 1:19:18 PM Morgenthaler
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** The Peace of Amiens was broken by...Great Britian who declared war on France, after a failure of diplomatic talks in upholding the original conditions of the treaty. Napoleon ''did'' start preparing his army on the coast of Normandy and apparently made preparations to prepare for an invasion of England but whether these were defensive measures or if Napoleon eventually planned on conquering Europe all along is difficult to know. What is certain is that he wanted to make France the principal hegemony in Europe, a large and prosperous military power full of national pride that would cement and legitimize his regime. Napoleon knew all along that he came to power in a coup and that his claim of being the Emperor of France was not recognized as valid by the old aristocracy of Europe, so his peace agreements with various powers were never honoured on the part of the aristocrats and later Napoleon himself for reasons of expediency.

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** The Peace of Amiens was broken by... Great Britian Britain who declared war on France, after a failure of diplomatic talks in upholding the original conditions of the treaty. Napoleon ''did'' start preparing his army on the coast of Normandy and apparently made preparations to prepare for an invasion of England but whether these were defensive measures or if Napoleon eventually planned on conquering Europe all along is difficult to know. What is certain is that he wanted to make France the principal hegemony in Europe, a large and prosperous military power full of national pride that would cement and legitimize his regime. Napoleon knew all along that he came to power in a coup and that his claim of being the Emperor of France was not recognized as valid by the old aristocracy of Europe, so his peace agreements with various powers were never honoured on the part of the aristocrats and later Napoleon himself for reasons of expediency.
3rd May '16 7:43:27 AM NozzDogg
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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Red Scorpion intends to use his self named crime syndicate to take over the ''solar system''.
22nd Apr '16 8:55:37 PM Doug86
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* This is the goal of Rider, aka AlexanderTheGreat, in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Which is to be expected, given that it was his goal in RealLife. An unusual case in that he is a hero rather than a villain. He's delighted to discover that the world is larger than he had realized in life, because ''that means there's more of it to conquer''.

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* This is the goal of Rider, aka AlexanderTheGreat, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Which is to be expected, given that it was his goal in RealLife. An unusual case in that he is a hero rather than a villain. He's delighted to discover that the world is larger than he had realized in life, because ''that means there's more of it to conquer''.



** Alexander: Take over the known world of ancient times as AlexanderTheGreat.

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** Alexander: Take over the known world of ancient times as AlexanderTheGreat.UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
18th Apr '16 4:20:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* The British, through a combination of trade and military action, created [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire an empire that covered a quarter of the globe]], across so many lines of longitude that famously "the sun never set" on their Empire. The British Colonial Empire actually has the Genghis' empire beat for the title of largest empire in history, although it wasn't created by a single conqueror. As well as all of the world's oceans.

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* The British, through a combination of trade and military action, created [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire an empire that covered a quarter of the globe]], globe]] (as well as the world's oceans), across so many lines of longitude that famously "the sun never set" on their Empire. The British Colonial Empire actually has the Genghis' empire beat for the title of largest empire in history, although it wasn't created by a single conqueror. As well as all of the world's oceans.
17th Apr '16 8:05:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* The British, through a combination of trade and military action, created [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire an empire that covered a quarter of the globe]], across so many lines of longitude that famously "the sun never set" on their Empire. The British Colonial Empire actually has the Genghis' empire beat for the title of largest empire in history, although it wasn't created by a single conqueror.
** As well as all of the world's oceans.
** This is actually still technically true. See XKCD.
* [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazis]]: Although still an ongoing debate (referred to as the "Continentalist vs Globalist" theories), since the end of WorldWarII historical study has convincingly established that the expansionist aspects of Nazi ideology only allowed two possible outcomes: total victory or total defeat. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler wanted to ensure German and Aryan supremacy and realised that UsefulNotes/NaziGermany would have to take over the world to do this. However, he also realised that this would take a ''lot'' of time (he was 50 when he started the war in 1939) and so only planned to make western Europe into puppet states and ethnically-cleanse all of eastern Europe to make space for ethnic-Aryan-German settlement in his lifetime, leaving the rest of the task to his successors. Historians have also argued that the military alliances with [[ImperialJapan Japan]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italy]] were part of Hitler's short- and medium-term pragmatism, not his long-term aims, and that the Nazis would likely not have had much choice about continuing to expand due to how their economy was structured.

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* The British, through a combination of trade and military action, created [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire an empire that covered a quarter of the globe]], across so many lines of longitude that famously "the sun never set" on their Empire. The British Colonial Empire actually has the Genghis' empire beat for the title of largest empire in history, although it wasn't created by a single conqueror.
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conqueror. As well as all of the world's oceans.
* ThoseWackyNazis:
** This is actually still technically true. See XKCD.
* [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazis]]: Although still an ongoing debate (referred to as the "Continentalist vs Globalist" theories), since the end of WorldWarII historical study has convincingly established
Historians dispute whether Hitler's ambitions were European or global in scope. While he believed that the expansionist aspects of Nazi ideology only allowed two possible outcomes: total victory or total defeat. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler wanted to ensure German and Aryan "Aryan" supremacy and realised Germany needed to conquer a lot of territory, he knew full well that UsefulNotes/NaziGermany would have to take over the any attempt at world to do this. However, he also realised that this conquest would take a ''lot'' of time (he was 50 when he started the war in 1939) and so only planned to make western Europe into puppet states and ethnically-cleanse all of eastern Europe to make space for ethnic-Aryan-German settlement in his lifetime, leaving the rest of the task to his successors. Historians have also argued that the military alliances with [[ImperialJapan Japan]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italy]] were part However, much of Hitler's short- and medium-term pragmatism, not his long-term aims, and supposed "planning" is post-hoc analysis. In reality he was an impulsive 'gambler strategist' playing an all-or-nothing game, resulting in the increasingly bigger alliance formed against Germany that ultimately defeated it. Despite its massive military successes in the first half of the war thanks to the Wehrmacht's leadership and efficiency, Germany is still a second-rate power compared to the continental states like America, Russia, and China. But the Nazis would likely not have had much choice about continuing to expand due to how their economy was structured.structured by looting other countries.



*** Even then, chances are they'd be [[EvilVersusEvil fighting with]] ImperialJapan over who'd finally be the one to rule the entire world.
9th Mar '16 10:00:18 PM JulianLapostat
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* AlexanderTheGreat conquered what [[AncientGreece the Greeks]], a tiny backwater civilization in the far north-western-most corner of Eurasia, had previously ''thought'' to be the world... whereupon he, and they, realised that it was ''a lot'' bigger than any of them had thought. Alexander is reputed to have lamented that "Of all the worlds, I have conquered none!" Alexander didn't live long enough to cement his control over most of it (dying at 33) or raise a good heir -- important in a culture where men traditionally killed one another to get the throne. [[SuccessionCrisis The empire didn't last.]]

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* AlexanderTheGreat UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat conquered what [[AncientGreece the Greeks]], a tiny backwater civilization in the far north-western-most corner of Eurasia, had previously ''thought'' to be the world... whereupon he, and they, realised that it was ''a lot'' bigger than any of them had thought. Alexander is reputed to have lamented that "Of all the worlds, I have conquered none!" Alexander didn't live long enough to cement his control over most of it (dying at 33) or raise a good heir -- important in a culture where men traditionally killed one another to get the throne. [[SuccessionCrisis The empire didn't last.]]



* [[TheRomanEmpire Caesar Augustus]] accomplished this, in that he took over an already-powerful republic and made himself absolute ruler. Contemporaries would compare him to Alexander the Great, but Augustus pointed out that it was far more difficult to rule an empire than to conquer one.

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* [[TheRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Caesar Augustus]] accomplished this, in that he took over an already-powerful republic and made himself absolute ruler. Contemporaries would compare him to Alexander the Great, but Augustus pointed out that it was far more difficult to rule an empire than to conquer one.



* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, maybe. What is certain in sure terms is that he wanted to make France the principal state in Europe, a large and prosperous military power full of national pride that would dominate the continent and lord over a vast colonial empire; essentially a new Roman Empire with Paris as its capital instead of Rome. He changed his tactics to accomplish this goal several times, but it was always a constant of Britain (which traditionally tried to undermine any continental power that it perceived as growing too powerful) and a shifting coalition of European allies opposing France to break the new empire. He did manage to take over all of continental Western and Central Europe, but was eventually outdone after the disastrous venture in Russia and the War of the Sixth Coalition. He escaped his exile on Elba to try again, but Waterloo proved to be the hypothetical nail in Napoleon's coffin, not the turning point of the wars[[note]]Even if Napoleon's forces had managed to beat Britain and Prussia there and then and managed to occupy the Low Countries there would be still more Russians, Austrians, ''more'' British and Prussians, and others ready to oppose him, all now using the same once-revolutionary tactics of Napoleon.[[/note]].
** He did say to Benjamin Constant in 1815, 'I wanted to rule the world - who wouldn't have, in my place'

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* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, maybe.
** It must be noted that UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars was an extension of the French Revolutionary Wars. Those wars began when the Girondin faction declared war on neighbouring monarchical nations in the aim of "spreading the revolution" though Danton got on board with "expanding the natural frontiers". Napoleon earned his first promotion at the height ot the Jacobin Republic and the Wars of the First and Second Coalition that triggered as a result of the First French Republic's failure to make peace (which it must be noted is very hard to do for a belligerent side). When Napoleon came to power, he formed the Treaty of Amiens with Britain which provided the only year long peace for over 25 years.
** The Peace of Amiens was broken by...Great Britian who declared war on France, after a failure of diplomatic talks in upholding the original conditions of the treaty. Napoleon ''did'' start preparing his army on the coast of Normandy and apparently made preparations to prepare for an invasion of England but whether these were defensive measures or if Napoleon eventually planned on conquering Europe all along is difficult to know.
What is certain in sure terms is that he wanted to make France the principal state hegemony in Europe, a large and prosperous military power full of national pride that would dominate the continent cement and lord over a vast colonial empire; essentially a new Roman Empire with Paris as its capital instead of Rome. He changed legitimize his tactics regime. Napoleon knew all along that he came to accomplish this goal several times, but it was always a constant of Britain (which traditionally tried to undermine any continental power in a coup and that it perceived as growing too powerful) and a shifting coalition his claim of European allies opposing being the Emperor of France to break was not recognized as valid by the new empire. He did manage to take over all old aristocracy of continental Western and Central Europe, but was eventually outdone after so his peace agreements with various powers were never honoured on the disastrous venture in Russia and the War part of the Sixth Coalition. He escaped his exile on Elba to try again, but Waterloo proved to be the hypothetical nail in aristocrats and later Napoleon himself for reasons of expediency.
** In any case,
Napoleon's coffin, not plans for global conquest was never anything more than pipe dream, since the turning point failure of the wars[[note]]Even if Napoleon's forces had managed Haitian Expedition which led to beat Britain him selling the Lousiana territory to the United States, doubling its territory overnight and Prussia there and then and managed bidding farewell to occupy the Low Countries there would be still more Russians, Austrians, ''more'' New World. The French navy could never hold a candle to the British Navy which restricted Napoleon to a Land Empire forcing him to capitalize on that via his continental blockade of denying English goods their biggest market: mainland Europe. This embargo actually succeeded in weakening the British trade and Prussians, it was for breaking this embargo on the part of Russia and others ready to oppose him, all now using Spain, that he made the same once-revolutionary tactics of Napoleon.[[/note]].
two crippling errors that finally ended his regime.
** He did say to Benjamin Constant in 1815, 'I wanted to rule the world - who wouldn't have, in my place'place' but at that time, during the Hundred Days, he made overtures that insisted that he would be content to remain in France and respect already existing boundaries. The other nations were having none of it, for understandable reasons, and this led to the Congress of Vienna declaring him an {{Outlaw}}.
9th Mar '16 5:24:33 PM MAI742
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* Historically and culturally, Russia in all its myriad forms (Imperial Russia, the USSR, modern Russia) has been characterised as being bent upon World Domination. While Imperial Russia certainly tended to be ''expansionist'', this was actually driven by fears of Russian weakness and the strength of the outside world - 'defensive Imperialism' - and not thirst for glory or power, let alone designs upon World Conquest. This deeply paranoid outlook has often being counterproductive, leading to unnecessary conflicts and creating enemies where there didn't have to be any. A classic modern example is the seizure of the Crimean peninsula, which although sensible from a narrowminded national security outlook was an incredibly bad move in diplomatic terms: today, all of Russia's neighbour's - ''all of them'' - fear and hate Russia with the sole exception of China, who just hate them (but like their money).

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* Historically and culturally, Russia in all its myriad forms (Imperial Russia, the USSR, modern Russia) has been characterised as being bent upon World Domination. While Imperial Russia certainly tended to be ''expansionist'', this was actually driven by fears of Russian weakness and the strength of the outside world - 'defensive Imperialism' - and not thirst for glory or power, let alone designs upon World Conquest. This deeply paranoid outlook has often being counterproductive, leading to unnecessary conflicts and creating enemies where there didn't have to be any. A classic well-known modern example is the seizure of the Crimean peninsula, peninsula from Ukraine, which although sensible from a narrowminded national security outlook was an incredibly bad move in diplomatic terms: today, all of Russia's neighbour's - ''all of them'' - fear and hate Russia with the sole exception of China, who just hate them (but like their money).



* Do note that the Soviet Union after Lenin ''is not'' an example because it expected that eventually, the rest of the world would liberate itself from the shackles of Capitalism - and that when it did, the Soviet Union's role would be to help the proletariat in its struggle, not act as their overlord or conqueror. Although it integrated most Russian-speaking territories into its own Republics during World War Two the Soviet Union conceded the nominal independence of others whilst also safeguarding against any defections to the Capitalist bloc. Throughout the Cold War the Soviet Union neither attempted to expand its territory nor to extend its political domination, though it did play a very active role in supporting anti-Imperial liberation movements throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

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* Do note that the Soviet Union after Lenin ''is not'' an example because it expected that eventually, the rest of the world would liberate itself from the shackles of Capitalism - and that when it did, the Soviet Union's role would be to help the proletariat in its struggle, not act as their overlord or conqueror. Although it integrated most Russian-speaking territories into its own Republics during World War Two the Soviet Union conceded the nominal independence of others whilst also safeguarding against any defections to the Capitalist bloc. Throughout the Cold War the Soviet Union neither attempted neither to expand its territory nor to extend its political domination, though it did play a very active role in supporting anti-Imperial liberation movements throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
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