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A character whose motives make no sense whatsoever to be done by this character. Most Cloudcuckoolander
villains are Nonsensically Nefarious, as the motive for a Cloudcuckoolander villain almost never makes sense.
Compare with Cute and Psycho
(if the Cute and Psycho character is a villain and the villain in question's main goal doesn't make sense in comparison to the character) and Absolute Xenophobe
(as a fair few Nonsensically Nefarious villains are absolute xenophobes). Also compare with The Caligula
. Possibly comparable with For the Evulz
if it falls into the "flimsy reason" category of this trope, and Insane Troll Logic
if the villain tries to justify their cause with reasoning that makes no sense. Contrast with Villain Has a Point
(when the villain has a viable and valid reason for being evil), which this trope is basically the exact opposite of. Nonsensically Nefarious characters are commonly hypocritical.
No Real Life Examples, Please!
, I don't want a list of crazy dictators from our world that had no reason to be crazy dictators.
Anime and Manga
- In the anime Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, the Big Bads are a bunch of Hair Hunters, led by Czar Baldy Bald IV, who go around shaving people bald. No matter who you are, you can't find a motive for this (no, headlice is not a valid motive for cruelly ruling an empire and then knocking someone out to shave their head against their will)
- Judge Doom from Disney classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? dipped Toons (the residents of Toontown) in a vat of liquid ("The Dip") that slowly dissolves them if they broke the law. Despite this, he murdered the brother of Eddie (one of the main characters on the show), murdered R.K. Maroon and framed Roger Rabbit for the murder of Marvin Acme, which Judge Doom also did. His ultimate goal was to dip all of Toontown in the Dip then build a freeway over it
- The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz conquered the land and ruled it viciously for enjoyment in a For the Evulz kind of way.
- The entire Umbrella Corporation in the Resident Evil movie franchise fits this trope, at least by the third movie. The world has been ravaged by a Zombie Apocalypse which is due to them dabbling in genetics. What do they do? They hide underground and keep experimenting, making the situation much worse. There is no way they could make a profit since the world is now gone and sooner or later, they all end up getting eaten by zombies. This is before we get into the logic of continually cloning the heroine and giving her powers.