Evil doesn't want the world to end


(permanent link) added: 2010-02-11 18:08:01 sponsor: Paul A (last reply: 2011-01-09 10:58:29)

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Somebody is trying to bring about The End of the World as We Know It. The other evil characters are presumably in favour of this, right? Because they're evil.

Turns out, no. They like the world the way it is.
Examples:
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Becoming": Angelus is planning to perform a ritual that will bring about the end of the world. Spike sides with the heroes to stop him.
    Spike: I want to save the world.
    Buffy: You do remember that you're a vampire, right?
    Spike: We like to talk big. Vampires do. "I'm going to destroy the world." That's just tough guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You've got... dog racing, Manchester United. And you've got people, billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs.
  • In one novel in Jack Chalker's River of Dancing Gods series, there's a sorcerer plotting to bring about the end of the world. Every other evil sorcerer in the world is against him, once they find out, because they've all done Deals With The Devil to enhance their power, and consequently want to postpone Judgement Day as long as possible.
  • In Sacrifice, there's a prophecy that one of the gods is going to bring about the end of the world, and suspicion immediately falls on Charnel, the god of death and suffering. He denies, pointing out that if the world ends, there will be no people left to suffer and die, so it's in his interest to keep the world as it is.
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