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->'''Stark:''' What's the vibranium for?
->'''Ultron:''' I'm glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan...
->''(Ultron shoots Stark with his concussion blasts)''
-->-- ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''

You've got your BigBad EvilOverlord, looming over the world like a colossus but he can't just [[OrcusOnHisThrone putz around on his throne]] or [[KingpinInHisGym hang out in his gym]] all day long waiting for heroes to kick his ass. While TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness doesn't seem to do much but [[WeWait sit around and wait]] while spouting off cryptic nonsense, they've got to have some sort of [[HiddenAgendaVillain hidden agenda]] to hide or there isn't much of a point.

So they've got to have a {{plan}}; an evil plan. [[TheVillainMakesThePlot Otherwise there's not much of a story, is there?]]. This trope is the reason VillainsActHeroesReact; the villain needs to be doing something evil or the hero has no evil to thwart.

Some popular examples of Evil Plans:

* ''TakeOverTheWorld'': [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Of course!]] This is the most popular villainous scheme of all. The scale of conquest can vary depending on the setting -- some warlords are content to settle with conquering a kingdom or nation, while ScienceFiction or {{Fantasy}} overlords will go for nothing less than galactic, universal or even multidimensional domination.
* ''TheEvilsOfFreeWill'' is a popular means to this end: by robbing everyone of their free will, they will have no choice but to serve their rightful ruler!
* ''EarthShatteringKaboom'': Why take over the world when you can blow it up? Like TakeOverTheWorld, the scale of destruction also varies depending on the setting -- some villains are content with merely destroying a city or kingdom (particularly if they feel the city or kingdom has somehow wronged them -- see ''Vengeance Is Mine''), while {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s may well wish nothing less than to destroy the entire universe or multiverse.
* ''KillAllHumans'': No one's going to miss [[HumansAreBastards the little bastards]], right?
* ''OmnicidalManiac'': Why stop with just the humans?
* ''TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt'': Not so much destroying the world or humanity as really screwing up civilization; though the former two may be involved in the bargain.
* ''AGodAmI'': Force everyone to acknowledge your godhood! (god-like powers optional).
* ''ImmortalitySeeker'': Pursue the quest for eternal life, no matter what [[ImmortalityImmorality foul deeds]] are needed to make it happen.
* ''MacGuffin'': Steal an ancient artifact with untold powers. This is usually done in the pursuit of one of the other Evil Plans.
* ''SealedEvilInACan'': Release the source of all Evil from its prison. [[EvilIsNotAToy This rarely goes well for the villain attempting it]].
* ''{{Revenge}}'': You know that guy that wronged you in the past? It doesn't matter how [[DisproportionateRetribution petty]] or misplaced your grievance is, it's payback time! Time to kill the bastard, or make his life a living hell!
* ''GetRichQuickScheme'': If you're already rich, get richer. Any scheme is fair game in the pursuit of the profit margin, be it theft, blackmail, or auctioning the world off to hungry demons. Unfortunately, this lust for wealth falls prey to poor planning.
* ''UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans'': You know how people keep hurting themselves and each other? Make them stop, by whatever means are necessary. [[WellIntentionedExtremist No ill will required]]! Just like in TakeOverTheWorld, TheEvilsOfFreeWill often gets put into play here.
* ''DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans'': People hurting each other? That's exactly what your society needs! Use all the means at your disposal to create a nightmarish {{dystopia}} where [[VillainWorld the forces of evil run rampant]] and [[CrapsackWorld people live in constant terror and corruption]].
* ''PokeThePoodle'': [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ...Wait, what?]]

Normally, these are accomplished with StockEvilOverlordTactics. Most of the smaller-scope plans can usually be accomplished [[MundaneSolution in a less grandiose fashion]] but ''super'' villains often have ComplexityAddiction.

Can involve a XanatosGambit but ONLY if the EvilPlan is arranged so that whatever the heroes do helps the villain in some way. See the trope page for details.

If you are looking for the webcomic called ''Evil Plan'', '''[[Webcomic/EvilPlan go here]]'''.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Mazinger'' saga:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[BigBad Hell]]'s plan is [[TakeOverTheWorld conquering the world]] and then exterminate everyone that he deems idiots and force the rest to [[KneelBeforeZod bow down to him]] in order to get revenge on [[FreudianExcuse people that abused him during his childhood and adolescence]].
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': [[GodEmperor Emperor of Darkness]]' plan is [[TakeOverTheWorld conquering the surface world]] so that [[BeneathTheEarth the Mykene civilization]] can live above ground again.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': [[AlienInvasion King Vega started to conquer planets]] because the Vegan homeworld was dying and its inhabitants needed another world to settle on. Some of his [[CoDragons generals]] wanted to take over Earth because they thought that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Earth people were uncapable to govern themselves peacefully and efficiently, and their lives would improve if a Vegan government ran the show.]]
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': [[TheDragon Berg Katse]] wanted to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer Earth]]. However [[ManBehindTheMan his leader]] [[BigBad Sosai-X]] intended to [[KillAllHumans kill everyone]]. When the latter found out about the former's real intentions, [[VillainousBSOD he got appalled]] and [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide commited suicide]].]]
* ''Anime/{{Windaria}}'' has [[spoiler:Lagado]] who wants to take over Lunaria and while he's not the reason Alan gets involved, he does provide the means.
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'': Each BigBad had their own:
** Orochimaru wanted to [[PowerCopying learn every jutsu]] and [[ImmortalitySeeker live forever,]] though he also tried to destroy Konoha and started a war ForTheEvulz.
** Pain wanted [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans a world without war]] by create a system similar to the UsefulNotes/ColdWar doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction.
** Tobi and [[spoiler:Madara]] wants the same, only by means of eradicate TheEvilsOfFreeWill though they argue among themselves who this will make.
** And Kabuto wants...[[JerkassWoobie someone to notice him.]] Via PowerParasite, PowerCopying and WarForFunAndProfit.
** [[spoiler:Black Zetsu]] wants to revive his mother.
** [[spoiler:Kaguya, Black Zetsu's "mother"]] wants...''[[{{Greed}} everything]]''.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Emperor Pilaf wanted to TakeOverTheWorld for the usual reasons.
** Frieza wanted to become immortal so that his position as the most powerful being of the universe would be secure for all time. After Goku kicks his ass, his goal changes to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the Earth]] for revenge on him.
** Cell wanted to destroy the Earth ''and'' kill Goku because he was programmed to, but possibly ForTheEvulz as well.
** Etc.
* The villains of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' have their own plans but they all want to collect {{Macguffin}}s for power, like energy or heart crystals etc and used the MonsterOfTheWeek format to get them.
* ''LightNovel/{{Inukami}}'': Two (maybe three) major villains with plans ranging from "erase the nudity taboo so I can walk naked in public without shame" to "push people beyond the DespairEventHorizon because I am a EmotionEater".
* Manga/{{Bleach}}'s [[BigBad Sousuke Aizen]] either wants to "[[AGodAmI fill the unbearable vacancy in heaven]]" or create a WorthyOpponent for himself. Either way, he steals the Hougyoku and plans to use it to create the Royal Key, as the first step toward attacking the Spirit King.
* Manga/{{Kekkaishi}} The first BigBad wanted to take over Katasumori to restore his IllGirl princess back to life.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has a number of villains but the recurring one, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vicious]], wants to take over the Red Dragon Syndicate and settle a long-time score with Spike Spiegel.
* Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater features Gargoyle, another TakeOverTheWorld villain. It's a popular goal.
* Two {{Big Bad}}s with seperate goals in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', depending on the source. In the manga and ''Brotherhood'', Father wants to [[AGodAmI become a god]] by eating Truth. In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], Dante wants to [[ImmortalitySeeker live forever]];
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Light Yagami wanted a world without crime or evil, and for those pesky cops to stay out of his way. Light being [[TheChessmaster Light]], [[GambitPileup everything goes just according to keikaku]]. ([[FootnoteFever TL note]]: [[GratuitousJapanese "Keikaku"]] [[GagSub means]] [[MemeticMutation plan]]). [[VillainProtagonist "Evil"]] [[BlackAndGreyMorality has a loose value in this series.]]
* Manga/CardcaptorSakura: Invoked by Eriol. He pretends to be a shadowy villain with a devious agenda to give Sakura opportunities to transform the Clow Cards.
* ''Anime/WeddingPeach'': The BigBad Reindevila and her devil minions are [[spoiler: afarid of angels attacking them]] AllergicToLove so they try to ruin relationships [[spoiler: The source of angel power]] and find the Saint Something Four, which amplifies love waves [[spoiler: and according to a prophecy, would destroy their world.]]
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'': Skunk has them when he appears; usually either revenge on Astro or making money. Tenma's larger scale plan is a world where robots rule the world and are ruled by Astro himself.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': A strange example as it there isn't one until [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate]] shows up. Yuuno just needed help recovering artifacts scattered by an accident. Eventually its revealed that [[spoiler: Precia wanted the jewel seeds to revive her real daughter and 'go back to way things used to be.]]
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'': [[AntiVillain The Wolkenritter]] aren't evil by any stretch of the imagination and their goal (save [[MoralityPet Hayate]] without killing or seriously injuring anyone) is flat out heroic. Unfortunately, the only method by which they can accomplish that is by powering up an ArtifactOfDoom that has a habit of blowing up entire planets, which [[TheFederation the TSAB]] obviously has a problem with. The fact that they refuse to explain themseleves for fear that Hayate would be labeled a criminal doesn't help either.
* ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'': [[DesignatedVillain For a given value of evil]] [[spoiler:Akio's plan to seperate Wataru from his sister and Promise Island is the only thing resembling an overarching plot in the series and forms the climax.]]
* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': BigBad Mori Kouran wants to capture Yanagi because he thinks her Healing powers will make him immortal. [[TheHero Recca]] gets involved because [[LadyAndKnight she's his princess and he has to protect her.]]
* ''Manga/{{Grey}}'': [[spoiler: Big Mama, AKA Toy,]] believes humanity as a whole wants to self-destruct so it [[spoiler: created the Trooper wars]] to help it reach that goal faster.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* All of the events within the first 12 issues of ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' were planned by [[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul, who was testing Tim Drake's worthiness as a potential father to his next heir apparent]]. Which ended up an AbortedArc when the universe rebooted before it could be finished.
* The BOOM! Comics revival of ''Comicbook/DarkwingDuck'' revealed that Quackwerks' takeover of St. Canard and the implementations of Crimebots was just so [[spoiler:its CEO, Taurus Bulba, could find out the code to activate the Gizmoduck armor.]]
* ComicBook/RicHochet: Every criminals in the series have a plan to commit the perfect crime, profit from it and not getting caught. The only thing that change are the motives ranging from revenge to profit.

* Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman 'Change With The Light' did this with Jack O'Lantern, Spider-Woman's ArchEnemy as well. Jack immediately minimizes most of the risk to himself by using CorruptCorporateExecutive Phillip Watson as his mind-controlled dupe and making it look like ''Phillip'' is the one pulling the strings. Jack is giving Phillip instructions on what to say and do, and makes sure to delete all his correspondence with Phillip so it can't be traced back to him. The plan works out just as he'd hoped -- the resulting MobWar decimates two of New York City's crime syndicates, allows him to begin implementing his LegionOfDoom plan to set up a new supervillain crime organization, Phillip is blamed for the whole thing and Jack gets off scot-free, and he manages to give Spider-Woman a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown as the final delicious twist.
* ''Fanfic/TimeLordsAndTerror'': The Carrionites wish to extend their empire into Equestria by releasing [[EldritchAbomination the S'Müz]], which they believe they can control.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Jade starts off with a very vague plan to merely gather as much wealth as she can, and to one-up her former family and friends whenever possible. Later, she decides to focus on a) increasing her magic skill and prowess, and b) gathering the Oni masks for her own ends.
* ''Fanfic/CanABooBeFriendsWithAHuman:'' Having intercepted the original plan from Bowser, King Boo wishes to possess [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Luigi]] into helping him take over the Mushroom Kingdom, 'cleanse' said Mushroom Kingdom so that it is fit for Boos, humiliate his foes and have a good time enjoying his {{Revenge}} while he's at it.
* In ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', the plan is to destroy all fiction so that humanity won't be able to create new stories.
* ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' has a pretty straight forward evil plan put into motion at the climax of the HIVE Arc: [[spoiler: the Oni Generals plan to completely cover the world in shadows, allowing them to pull the whole thing into the Shadow Realm, putting them [[TakeOverTheWorld on top of the food chain.]]]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Many, many Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon villains have these.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had Hades attempt a "take over the world!" thing.
** ''Disney/SnowWhite'' was more about vanity for the Evil Queen; "Then I'LL be fairest in the land!"
** ''Disney/PeterPan'' was about Hook's {{revenge}} on TheProtagonist for cutting off his hand.
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' has villainess Yzma plotting to kill protagonist Kuzco and take his place as ruler of the local empire. A remarkable example as she starts with the traditional elaborate plan but then..
--->'''Yzma:''' Ah, how shall I do it? Ooh, I know. I'll turn him into a flea, a harmless little flea, and then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box [[ComplexityAddiction inside of another box]], and then I'll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives, [[EvilLaugh ahahaha]]... I'LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER! It's brilliant, brilliant, ''brilliant'', I tell you! Genius, I say!'' ([[ThatPoorPlant BAM]]) ''...Or, to save on postage, I'll just poison him with ''this!''
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' had Scar, who planned to overthrow Mufasa and Simba to usurp the throne. This is remarkable due to the fact that ''he succeeds;'' the flaw is that he's a dreadful king, and by the time that Simba comes back to take his rightful place, Scar had the other lionesses ready to mutiny.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has Mother Gothel, who locks Rapunzel in a tower the night she was born and is determined to keep her there forever, to preserve her immorality granted to her by the magic of Rapunzel's hair.
** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has [[spoiler: Assistant Mayor Bellwether]], who engineers the outbreak of predators going [[HatePlague savage]] in order to play off of racial tensions between predators and prey with the end goal of [[spoiler: creating a society wherein prey rule over predators, under her rule]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Syndrome's in three steps: Lure the supers to their doom, pretend to be a super with technology and evil robots, profit by selling the technology to everyone and thereby making it impossible to be a super.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'': After discovering the fated [[WeaponofMassDestruction Kragle]] that Vitruvius was trying to protect, Lord Business plans to unleash the superweapon on all the LEGO realms (beginning with Bricksburg, Emmet's home city) by gluing everything in place. In connection with his [[ThePerfectionist absolute need for perfection]], he plans to accomplish this on a designated day known only as 'Taco Tuesday'.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' had all sorts of evil plans that he was just waiting to put into action until he ended up "defeating" Metro Man and everything went weird, such as his "illiteracy beam."
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' has Ruber plotting his plan in three steps:
** Send his Griffin to steal Excalibur from Camelot (until the Griffin lost it due to the intervention of Ayden), and bond it to his hand.
** Infuriate Juliana's village with his henchmen, take her and Kayley hostage (with the latter escaping from one of the henchmen's grasp), and transform his henchmen from normal ordinary selves to weapon-combined "ironmen".
** Attempt to murder Arthur with Excalibur and take over Camelot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' has a paranoid government agent Kent Mansley planning to destroy the Iron Giant at all costs.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Every ''Film/JamesBond'' villain has had one of these:.
** Film/DrNo's plan was to topple American rockets from his island base as part of a mission from [[NebulousEvilOrganization SPECTRE]], probably with a hostile foreign power as a client.
** Kronsteen and Rosa Klebb in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' wanted to steal a cryptographic device from the Soviets and sell it back to them, as well as take revenge on Bond for killing Dr. No. This was also a SPECTRE mission.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'''s scheme was to nuke Fort Knox to devalue American gold and increase the value of his own.
** Emilio Largo's plan in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' was to steal two nuclear missiles and try to get ransom from the U.S. by threatening to launch them. This, too, was a mission from SPECTRE.
** Blofeld's plan in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' was to start World War III by destroying American and Russian spacecraft and framing the other. Again, SPECTRE had been hired to do this by a hostile foreign power.
** Blofeld's plan in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' involves hypnotizing a group of 12 unwitting divas and arming them with a virus that causes infertility in the plant and animal life of his choosing, unless the world meets his demands of immunity from past crimes, enter private life after years of criminal activities and to be recognized as a Count.
** Blofeld's plan in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' is to use stolen diamonds to build a KillSat and hold the world hostage.
** Kananga/Mr. Big from ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' wanted to corner the heroin market.
** Scaramanga, ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', wanted to corner the market on solar power during the '73-'74 energy crisis. Bit of an ExcusePlot- the real meat of the story is that Scaramanga has abused his girlfriend one too many times and she has duped Bond into going after him by making it look like Scaramanga has taken a contract on his life.
** Stromberg from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' wanted to start World War III by hijacking nuclear submarines and launching them at New York and Moscow respectively, as in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' framing both countries a perpetrators of the others plan. He will then build and rule an underwater city as a paradise for the survivors to rebuild civilization. Yes, [[YoureInsane he is insane.]]
** ThePlan of Hugo Drax of ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' was the annihilation of the human race in order to repopulate the world with his own "ideal" specimens. Given that the original villain of ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' was a Nazi, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
** Kristatos in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' wants to recover a MacGuffin for the {{KGB}}, and to manipulate Bond into assassinating his rival as a bonus.
** RenegadeRussian General Orlov in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' wanted to detonate a nuclear warhead on an American base (making it seem like an American accident), forcing the US to pull out of Europe and leaving it vulnerable to Soviet conquest. He is in a BigBadDuumvirate with DiabolicalMastermind Kamal Khan who is getting paid for it, and hopes to kill his boss / partner in crime in the process and take over her organization afterwards.
** Max Zorin's ultimate plan in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' is to detonate explosives along the Hayward and San Andreas Faults, causing them to flood. The other major bomb was set to destroy a "geological lock" that's in place to prevent the two faults from moving, causing a double earthquake that would destroy Silicon Valley, leaving his microchip company with a monopoly.
** The evil plan of BigBadDuumvirate General Koskov and Brad Whitaker in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' is to get ludicrously rich using the profits from a large shipment of opium paid for using diamonds and to repay the loan from the Russkies they took and are a bit late in returning, as well as pitting the British against the KGB chief who is on to them by framing him for murdering British agents.
** Sanchez's scheme in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' involves cocaine hidden in gasoline sold to Asian drug dealers, conducted via a televangelist, revolutionizing the drug smuggling business. He's also bought Stinger missiles from the Contras and is threatening to use them on American airliners if the DEA didn't back off. The story, however, is more about Bond's RoaringRampageOfRevenge for what Sanchez and his people did to Felix Leiter and his new wife.
** Alec Trevelyan of ''Film/GoldenEye'' sought revenge against the British government for betraying his family, who were Lienz Cossacks sent back to Stalin, by detonating the titular KillSat over London. Furthermore, he planned to steal billions of pounds from the Bank of England -- as well as all sorts of data like credit ratings, land registers and criminal records -- and the records of the transactions will be zapped, leaving him very rich and leaving the British -- and indeed, the world -- economy in shambles.
** Elliot Carver of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' wanted to start a war between the West and China to increase the ratings of his media empire, and then to murder the Chinese government so his ally in the military could take over, who would give him exclusive media access (China being the only country in the world that refused him broadcast rights after he gained the ability to reach the entire world with his new satellite system).
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' has Elektra King and Renard scheming to raise petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul, destroying every oil pipeline except for hers and giving her a monopoly on Europe's oil.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'''s BigBad, Gustav Graves, takes a page from Blofeld's book from ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and uses a diamond-powered KillSat that runs on solar energy. He sought to use it to help North Korea take over the South, as well as Japan and presumably elsewhere (he is actually a corrupt North Korean colonel FakingTheDead and in disguise as a wealthy CorruptCorporateExecutive).
** ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' involves one bad guy, criminal banker Le Chiffre, who short-sells successful companies and engineers terrorist attacks in order to sink their stock values and turn a profit. The other bad guys are his superiors and clients who are pissed because he is doing this with their funds and behind their back. Bond screws up Le Chiffre's plan by foiling a terrorist attack and Le Chiffre has to hold and win a multi-million dollar poker tournament to pay his clients back. Bond is there to win it to force Le Chiffre to sell out his clients and superiors to MI6 in return for sanctuary before the other villains track him down and kill him.
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' involves Dominic Greene wanting to hold the revolutionary government-to-be of Bolivia over a barrel by controlling the majority of the [[spoiler:water and not oil]] through a system of planned underground demolitions.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' seems a little underwhelming. The villain's evil plan, as complex as it is in execution, is just a personal vendetta against M with no grander ambition. That said, the low stakes make it possible to do a great character study on Bond and M.
** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' has Franz Oberhauser [[spoiler: aka Blofeld]] masterminding a series of terrorist attacks in order to trick the governments of the world into setting up an intelligence and surveillance sharing network... which, thanks to his [[TheMole moles]], he'll have total access to, allowing him to stay permanently one step ahead of the opposition. [[ItsPersonal On a personal level]], [[spoiler:Oberhauser developed an IrrationalHatred and intense grudge against 007 just because his father paid more attention to Bond than him when they were in their teens. DrivenByEnvy [[TheResenter and resentment]], [[SelfMadeOrphan he kills his father]] out of jealousy, [[FakingTheDead fakes his own death]] before creating a NebulousEvilOrganization, and made his life's mission to not only [[ItsAllAboutMe orchestrate massive amounts of suffering and death]] [[ForTheEvulz just for his own benefit]], but to mess around and inflict [[CainAndAbel physical and]] [[BigBrotherBully psychological pain]] on Bond to further punish him just because he was favored by Oberhauser's father.]]
** And while we're at it, ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' is a rehash of ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' with SPECTRE hijacking nuclear weapons and holding the world hostage; ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' spoof is much the same as above, except Le Chiffre is (as in the novel) working for SMERSH instead of terrorists and his double-dealings (which, again like the novel, has nothing to do with Bond) are a side-plot to SMERSH's master plan, which involves murdering spies all over the world (like the RealLife SMERSH, a Soviet counter-intelligence agency)[[note]][=SMERSh=]=''Smer''t' ''Sh''pionam, "Death to Spies" in Russian. The historical SMERSH only existed 1943-46, when it was folded back into the [[{{KGB}} NKGB]]. [[/note]] and to fill the world with a biological agent at the behest of its DiabolicalMastermind Doctor Noah [[spoiler:aka Jimmy Bond, the ''real'' James Bond's nephew, a.k.a. Woody Allen]]. The agent will kill all men over 4'6" (his height) and make all women beautiful; in other words leaving him as the "big man" who gets all the girls.
* Each ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' involves a villain seeking a treasure but the specifics vary widely.
* Dr. Leopold from the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-ed film ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' has one of these on a huge chart with each step illustrated, and which he crosses off as he completes them.
* The Kagenos' true goal in ''Film/RoboGeisha'' is to drop an atomic bomb into Mt. Fuji, which they believe will destroy Japan so that they can rebuild it in their own image.
* ''Film/SeasonOfTheWitch'': The villain [[spoiler: is a demon who seeks the only book with the knowledge of how to banish it back to Hell in order to destroy it]] and the entire movie is the heroes helping them find it.
** Also a case of UsingYouAllAlong.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'' parodies this trope. Dr.Evil explains various evil plans only for his NumberTwo to point that they already have happened. At last he throws up his hands and says, "Let's just do what we always do: hijack some nuclear weapons and hold the world hostage."
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/IronMan'' usually has to deal with others trying to steal his technology and create weapons out of it.
*** In ''Film/IronMan1'' Raza, a Ten Rings officer, wants to become a modern Ghengis Khan and plans to use Stark Industries technology to accomplish this. [[spoiler: He's actually TheDragon for the true big bad, Stane, who planned to use Raza to kill Tony and take over Stark Industries.]]
*** Two in ''Film/IronMan2'': Hammer wants to upstage Tony at his own expo and become the number one arms dealer. He recruits Ivan to be his EvilGenius. [[spoiler: Then Ivan outgambits him.]] Meanwhile, Ivan wants payback on Tony Stark for [[SinsOfOurFathers Howard Stark ruining his and his father's lives.]]
*** In ''Film/IronMan3'', the Mandarin is seemingly attacking America ForTheEvulz. In fact, [[spoiler: he's a decoy for Aldrich Killian, who's faking terrorist attacks to cover the failures of his Extremis program.]]
** ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has similar problems but with gamma radiated blood instead of PoweredArmor.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is a family squabble between [[WellDoneSonGuy a god who will doing anything to earn his father's approval and love]] even if it means genocide.
*** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Malekith wants to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe]] with the Aether in order to return it to the eternal darkness it was when his people were dominant.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': It's WWII and the Nazis' Deep Science Division has splintered into their own group and are trying to take over the world.
*** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': The villains [[spoiler: still]] want to TakeOverTheWorld.
*** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Helmut Zemo wants the secrets from the past of the Winter Soldier program [[spoiler: in order to use them to turn the Avengers on each other. [[TheBadGuyWins He succeeds.]]]]
** ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Loki's back and this time he wants to take over the Earth with help from the Chitauri.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Ronan wants the Orb to trade to [[GreaterScopeVillain Thanos]] in exchange for the later destroying Xandar for him. [[spoiler: When he gets the Infinity Stone inside the Orb, he decides to destroy Xandar himself, and then [[TheStarscream usurp Thanos]].]]
*** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': The Sovereign want nothing more than to wipe out the Guardians as revenge for petty slights. [[spoiler: Ego, on the other hand, is planning an AssimilationPlot to absorb all the galaxy into himself.]]
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': [[AIIsACrapshoot Ultron]] [[OmnicidalManiac wants to destroy the world]] [[spoiler:via ColonyDrop.]]
** ''Film/AntMan'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Darren Cross]] wants to weaponize the shrinking technology of Pym Particles so he can sell it [[spoiler: to [[GreaterScopeVillain HYDRA]]]].
** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'': Kaecilius intends to destroy all of the sanctums of Agamotto, in order to allow [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Dormammu]]]] to consume the Earth, as he believes it [[WellIntentionedExtremist make all of humanity immortal]].
* ''Film/MysteryMen'' Casanova Frankenstein plans to use the Psycho-De-Fraculator on the city, which will fry their brains. No one knows why he wants to do this, but then again, he ''did'' spend the last thirty years in a nut house.
* ''Film/TheBookOfEli'': Carnegie searches for The Bible so he can use it to expand his "kingdom" with 'good news' rather than mooks with guns.
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': An odd example in that the plot's initial conflict, Mrs. Gilmore lossing her house, is not the real villain's plan. Instead, that would be Shooter's attempts to kick Happy off the Pro Tour for stealing his thunder.
* The BigBad in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' wants revenge, but that's a sidenote to their real agenda; turning everyone in the school into babies and repurposing the school as a villain training center.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Yashida wants Logan's HealingFactor so he can live forever. This is why he sends Yukio to retrieve him.
* Common in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movies. In two movies, the Nazis plan to acquire powerful relics to aid their conquest of the world. The plans ultimately fall apart either because the artifacts cannot be controlled or obtained.
** In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', they discover TheArkOfTheCovenant, which turns out to be a super weapon. The plan, led by main antagonist Rene Belloq, backfires because the power is too great to control and thus wipes out the Nazis trying to secure it.
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', the Nazis pursue the HolyGrail because of its ability to give immortality to whoever drinks from it. At the very end, Dr. Elsa Schneider almost gets the grail outside, but triggers a CataclysmClimax built into the temple. In the chaos, both her and the cup almost fall down a chasm. The grail lands on a small rock and Elsa hangs onto Indy and can almost reach it with her free hand. However, Indy canít keep her other handís glove from slipping off and she falls to her death. Thus, the last chance for the Nazis to get the grail are foiled.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
** ''Film/DieHard'' has one of the best in Hollywood action movie history: Invade the Nakatomi building and take hostages under the guise of being terrorists and then pull Mr. Takagi aside to make him divulge the access codes to the vault with the $640 million bearer bonds inside. If he doesn't cooperate, kill him and break into the vault yourself both through computer savvy, careful drilling and manipulating the authorities through their own standard operating procedures to make that possible. When the robbery is finished, put the hostages on the roof, then blow it up to fake the gang's deaths and get away in an ambulance you took along in the truck. Unfortunately, Gruber didn't count on John [=McClane=] interfering.
** ''Film/DieHard2'' is more straight forward as Stuart takes over the computer systems for Dulles Airport, risking thousands of passengers in the sky to free a South American drug lord. He gets points for ensuring that the anti-terrorist squad the Army sends is is backed with his own men to con the authorities to escape.
** ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' appears to be Simon Gruber, Hans' brother, instigating bombings as revenge on [=McClane=]. It turns out Simon is actually using the bombings as a massive distraction for the police while he and his gang rob the Federal Reserve of billions of dollars in gold. Simon is being paid by Middle East businessmen to blow up the gold in a cargo ship and cripple the U.S. economy but instead blows up scrap metal and keeps the gold for himself.
** ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' Gabriel's supposed "revolution" is all a cloak for his true plan, which is to access the ultra-top secret NSA server, download its information and blackmail the U.S. government with all their secrets.
** ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' has the big twist that Komorav is actually the true mastermind of this entire scheme. There was never any "secret file" on crime boss Chagarin, Komorav and his daughter were using him to bring the right men and materials to Chernobyl to steal the weapons-grade uranium kept in a secret vault that Komorav can sell on the black market for a fortune.

* Voldemort in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' wants to make a perfect society (one ruled by wizards, pure-blooded wizards, loyal only to him), rule it (with much pain and torture and fear), and become [[ImmortalitySeeker immortal]]. In fact, the immortality is probably the most important to him.
** The especially ironic part of this is that while he vaunts the so-called purity of blood among wizards, [[spoiler:he is himself not a pure-blood wizard - he is a half-blood, as his father was a Muggle (non-wizard) whom his witch mother tricked into eloping with her with a love potion because she loved him (which he did not reciprocate).]]
* Dr. Impossible's [[RotatingProtagonist half]] of ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' revolves around escaping from jail, creating a(nother) new plan to TakeOverTheWorld and putting it into action.
* In BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', we find out at the end of book 2 that [[spoiler: The entire plot of the first and second books were engineered by Ruin in order to get Vin to release him from the Well of Ascension.]] Also, the search for the Lord Rulers' [[spoiler: Atium stockpile]] which took up a good part of book three was [[spoiler: yet another gambit by Ruin]]. Although to be fair, [[spoiler: the Lord Ruler and the Terris prophets [[GambitPileup had planned for this eventuality]]]].
* No matter how minor the case in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', eventually it will turn out to have ''at least'' one of these behind it.
* ''Discworld/GoingPostal'': BigBad Reacher Gilt is an even bigger con artist than our BoxedCrook protagonist Moist von Lipwig. Gilt wants to corner the communications market by keeping the post office closed, so he can make as much money as possible off the Grand Trunk semaphore line before it goes bankrupt (then he can buy it up under an assumed name and repeat the cycle).
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'':
** EvilOverlord Gothon conquers one kingdom after another in order to enforce a uniform peace. He also wants to capture [[TheProtagonist Ben]] [[spoiler: so he can save his wife.]]
** [[spoiler: he's actually being manipulated by Kazebar. He told Gothon that Ben's soul could revive her so he could get ''his'' hands on the boy and steal his latent power to travel to other worlds and become a god.]]
* The Sequel, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'' also has two examples:
** The Kthonian knights seek to wake up Kthonia [[{{Gendercide}} and wipe out men.]]
** Man in Shadow has a different agenda. [[spoiler: All that is revealed in this book is that he's working for people with larger ambitions.]]
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight: Shadows want to wipe out life on earth. They're the reason for the trouble. On a more personal level: [[spoiler: Syndil wants to find the Bonded containing Danny's father's soul so he can find the Black Bonded. He manipulates Danny into providing him with clues to which one it is. It's implied that his plan is expanded to include measuring the Mageknight's power.]]
* Most {{Big Bad}}s in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' has their goal:
** Duke Conte in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' wanted to take over his brother's kingdom, and after [[spoiler: he CameBackWrong]] he wants to destroy it entirely.
** Emperor Ozorne in ''Literature/TheImmortals'' wants to [[AGodAmI replace god worship with worship of himself]] and later [[RageAgainstTheHeavens wages war on the gods]].
** Only the third book of the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' trilogy has an evil plan (the first two are nasty, but typical criminal enterprise). ''Mastiff'' has a wide-ranging conspiracy of mages and noble houses wanting to take over the kingdom and install Prince Baird as a PuppetKing [[spoiler:by assassinating King Roger and Queen Jessamine through a magical link with their abducted son]].
* ''Literature/HarounAndTheSeaOfStories'': Khattam-Shud seeks to poison the Sea of Stories because he can't rule the fictional worlds inside them.
* ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'': Saint Dune's end goal is killing [[spoiler: the seventy thousand survivors of the ninth book's climax]] and destroying all the free will in Halla, as well as Halla itself. This would allow him to become the [[GodOfEvil new god of the Dark Solara]] and new Halla.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Inverted. It is TheHero Dragonetz who is stirring things up with his paper mill and TheChurch is trying to stop him. Some of them are business minded but others believe he truly is doing evil because his mill is made from Islamic (i.e. infidel) technology. Other, lesser, villainous plans are as follows:
** Raymond de Toulouse has the classic [[TakeOverTheWorld take over place X]] goal but this is a minor plot thread and is treated by everyone like 'business as usual'. Everyone is trying to take over everyone else.
** [[spoiler: Alis' ]] pranks are driven by eny of Estela.
* Literature/YoungWizards: The Lone Power has a "Gift" (i.e. ''death'') and wants everyone to have it though the reasons why vary based on the specific aspect the wizards are dealing with. In some cases the Power is a proud inventor, in others It's genuinely malicious, and in others It thinks It's being helpful.
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': In a classic case of turning a trope on its head, so does this book do to this trope. The evil king, Jerrod, is more of a {{Jerkass}} king only interested in holding control of both banks of a river that divides his kingdom from his neighbor, Ryvas. It is Ryvas, TheGoodKing, who engages in devious scheming to awaken an ArtifactOfDoom but only because Jerrod is infringing on his land and economically strangling his people.
* ''Literature/ForeverGate'': Someone is doing something to the gols that is causing them to dengenerate. Since the gols run everything, this puts the integrity of the entire human civilization at risk. It's the reason Hoodwink's daughter gets involved with the Users and thus the reason Hoodwink started this plot.
* ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'': The Witch of the Waste wants to claim Howl's heart, metaphorically. This is why she chases him and curses a rival (Sophie) into old age. [[spoiler: The demon contracted to her, Miss.Angorian, wants to claim his heart, literally. This is why she arranges a series of events that will allow her to get inside the castle and grab Calicifer.]]
* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': [[spoiler: Max]] plans to TakeOverTheWorld with a magical relic and ancient war machines. To find both he exploits a corrupt politcal system to create a personal army made of criminals.
* ''Literature/TheApprenticeRogue'' has no BigBad but there is still scheming.
** [[spoiler: Falita wants to steal Leona's necklace.]]
** [[spoiler: Leona wants to seduce her bodyguard as an act of rebellion against her cloistered upbringing.]]
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** Hugo Drax in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' wants to take revenge on England for the fall of Nazi Germany by nuking London with the eponymous rocket.
** SMERSH in ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'' is going to strike a blow on MI-6's credibility by killing James Bond in most humiliating manner possible.
** Literature/{{Goldfinger}} is going to steal all the gold from Fort Knox.
** Criminal organization SPECTRE in ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' is going to pull OneLastJob by stealing two nukes and demanding a ransom for their return.
** Blofeld in ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is going to destroy Great Britain's economy with a series of viral attacks.
** Literature/ColonelSun, as per orders from [[RedChina China]], plans to disrupt a secret meeting hosted by Soviet Union by killing everyone in it, and framing the British for the deed.
** Dr. Anton Murik's Operation Meltdown in ''Literature/LicenceRenewed'' involves capturing six nuclear reactors with teams of terrorists, and blackmailing their owners for vast sums of money for giving back their control.
** SPECTRE in ''Literature/ForSpecialServices'' is going to take over North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and get their revenge on Bond for killing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the process by brainwashing him to help them.
** The neo-nazi organization NSAA in ''Literature/{{Icebreaker}}'' seeks to start the Fourth Reich through terrorist activities.
** The bad guys in ''Literature/RoleOfHonour'' seek to shake the global status quo by removing USA's nuclear capablities.
** The eponymous villain of ''Literature/{{Scorpius}}'' wants to show off his homegrown suicide bombers by using them to disrupt the British General Election
** BAST in ''Literature/WinLoseOrDie'' is going to take over light aircraft carrier HMS ''Invincible'' during an international naval exercise, and take the world leaders having a summit there hostage for the ransom of six billion dollars.
** Wolfgang Weisen in ''Literature/DeathIsForever'' is going to destabilise the European community by killing all their leaders in a single blow. But before that, he must eliminate a network of agents who could help to locate him.
** The main villain in ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen'' is going to nuke UsefulNotes/HongKong as it is handed back to China as a revenge for losing his wealth.
** Decada in ''Literature/TheFactsOfDeath'' is going to commit ten acts of violence to provoke a conflict within UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}}, which is supposed to end with Greece completely claiming the island for its own.
** The Union in ''Literature/HighTimeToKill'' has a simple plan; steal a formula and deliver it to a buyer. But it is offset by an another, independent villain with his own goals.
** In ''Literature/DoubleShot'', the Union has two goals; help a Spanish mobster to give UsefulNotes/{{Gibraltar}} back to Spain by assassinating the British Prime Minister, and frame Bond for acts of terrorism.
** ''Literature/NeverDreamOfDying'' sees the Union, sick and tired of Bond interfering with their plans, seeking to trap him and bomb an important event.
** In ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'', the eponymous villain's plan consists of releasing altered mosquitos carrying a deadlier strain of West Nile disease within a G8 summit conference held in Japan, and organize more attacks like it in major cities around the world.
** Dr. Gorner's plan to destroy England in ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' is to get them into a nuclear war with Soviet Union.
** Jason Sin in ''Trigger Mortis'', on orders from from SMERSH, plans to slow down USA's space program by making it seem that one of its rockets malfunctioned and destroyed a large part of New York.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': [[spoiler: Duke Selen Esrah]] orcastrated Kasile's kidnapping and then the coup at the climax in order to become king.
** ''Literature/LoomingShadow'' is PlayingWithATrope. While there are a couple of evil sorcerer type villains looking for {{revenge}}, [[{{pride}} prestige]], or [[ForScience forbidden knowledge]], the central villain scheme belongs to Shadow Dengel. He's basically Eric's ImaginaryFriend and his plan is to push Eric into despair over the fact that Eric will never escape the real Dengel's legacy. Working against this "plan" is Eric's motivation throughout the book.
* Many in Literature/WarriorCats.
** In ''The Prophecies Begin'' (the first arc), there's Tigerclaw [[spoiler:who wants to become leader of his Clan. He starts out by killing the current cat who is next in line for leader.]] When that is over and he's next in line, he [[spoiler:plots to kill the current leader. Fortunately this doesn't work out so well, and he's banished.]] After that, he becomes [[spoiler:leader of a different Clan and plots to kill the hero and take over all four Clans.]]
** In the same series there's Scourge. [[spoiler:His real motivation is to kill Tigerstar, who once beat the snot out of him. He successfully does this, but after that he decides the forest is a pretty cool place and that he wants to stay.]]
** In series two, Hawkfrost has a similar plan to [[spoiler:his father Tigerstar's. He even has help from his dad's spirit. He manipulates Mudclaw into staging a coup in order to weaken [=WindClan=], and Hawkfrost nearly succeeds in killing the [=ThunderClan=] leader Firestar.]]
** In the third series, [[spoiler:Sol]] wants to destroy the clans because [[spoiler:[=SkyClan=] cast him out.]] This cat is a master manipulator and tends to play the cats against each other.
** One of the most elaborate plans actually stretches across generations of cats. [[spoiler:The Dark Forest (where evil cats go when they die) walks in the dreams of many Clan cats, training them in vicious battle moves and fostering their ambition and bloodthirstiness.]] Like most villains, they want to destroy the Clans as well. [[spoiler:They nearly succeed.]]
* President Snow is concerned with the status quo in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Among other things this means: only one victor, keep Districts divided, putting down riots and rebellions, etc.
* Creator/CliveCussler has slews of these in his books as his bad guys have schemes that would put a Bond villain to shame:
** ''[[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Iceberg]]'': Taking over Central America like it's a regular company.
** ''[[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Dragon]]'': Using mini-nukes in cars to blackmail the U.S. into submission to Japan.
** ''[[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Flood Tide]]'': Divert the Mississippi River, wiping out thousands of towns and millions of people and ravage the U.S. economy, all to ensure a certain port is the only entry for shipping to the U.S.
** ''[[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Atlantis Found]]'': Collapse the Ross Ice Shelf to basically wipe out humanity, ride the cataclysm out in special arks with 300,000 people who think an asteroid is hitting Earth and rebuild humanity on your own Nazi-inspired terms.
** ''Blue Gold'': Take control of the world's fresh water supply for global dominance.
** ''Fire Ice'': Unleash methane to create tidal waves to ravage the U.S. while turning Russia's climate more temperate.
** ''White Death'': Create special mutated super-fish to change the ocean eco-system to push your own supply of fresh fish.
** ''[[Literature/TheOregonFiles Skeleton Coast]]'': Use special super-heaters to form super-hurricanes and dump toxic oil to create a toxic storm to hit the U.S. in a misguided effort to convince people to change their ways.
** ''[[Literature/TheOregonFiles Plague Ship]]'': "Save" the Earth from future disaster by sterilizing half of the human race.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': What do you think [[Creator/JeffreyCombs Weyoun]] and all his Cardassian underlings talk about in all those staff meetings? Yamak sauce recipes?
* The [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Cylons']] plan in (what else?) "The Plan".
* Series/{{Sherlock}}:
** The whole episode 3: [[spoiler:Every case Sherlock has to solve ends up having been orchestrated by Moriarty, looking for a fun challenge. It's implied that he, as a consulting criminal, has been arranging a vast array of crimes all over the place.]] [[spoiler:Subverted in that the [[KansasCityShuffle whole thing was to distract Sherlock from the plans]]. Revealed that the plans were a McGuffin, and double-subverted, when Moriarty tosses them away.]]
** The entirety of episodes 4 and 6 were also extremely convoluted plans [[spoiler:orchestrated by Moriarty as 'levels' in The Game he's playing with Sherlock.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** According to their [[BreadEggsMilkSquick whiteboard list]] the Trio plan to; "[[WeatherControlMachine Control The Weather]], [[ShrinkRay Miniaturize]] [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Fort Knox]], [[{{Glamour}} Conjure Fake I.D.s]], ShrinkRay, [[AllMenArePerverts Girls]], [[YouNeedToGetLaid Girls,]] The [[KillerGorilla Gorilla Thing]], and [[AwesomeButImpractical Workable Prototype]] {{Jet Pack}}s." Oh, and make Buffy their SexSlave. After all of these plans are ruined, Warren (the leader of the Trio) jumps right to just gunning Buffy down in her own backyard.
** Lothos had a fixation on the slayer.
** The Master wanted to escape his can and feast on humans.
* A tradition in Franchise/PowerRangers and their source material, SuperSentai
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Rita wanted to celebrate escaping her pod by [[TakeOverTheWorld Taking Over The World]].
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': The Machine Empire was more business like in their conquests.
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Astronema and Dark Specter had [[UpToEleven larger aspirations]] and wanted to take over ''everything''.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': Divatox was motivated by a grudge with her sister (the BigGood for that season) as much as she was by evilness.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'':For Ransik it's revenge and hatred towards non-mutants.
** In Mesogog's case from ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', he was motivated by racism, believing dinosaur DNA to be superior, and attempted to return the planet to its prehistoric roots by turning humans into mutant dinosaurs with him as the supreme ruler.
** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' is unusual in that it had a series of villains with individual plans ranging from [[SealedEvilInACan escaping a can]] to {{Revenge}} to TakeOverTheWorld.
* In an episode of ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle'' one of the villains has a plan that involves taking the occupants of the security room of the university hostage, then taking advantage of the evacuation and access to the security cameras to use the 3-D Printer lab to run off a single copy of her gun design. All of this to prove that her gun works so she can sell the schematics.
* Every major villain on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has some sort of plan:
** Everything Rumpelstiltskin does in the first season, and first chunk of the second, are merely the closing moves of a LongGame decades in the making, designed to set him free on Earth to find his son.
*** When he [[FaceHeelTurn backslides into evil]] in Season 4, he enacts a plan to free himself from the Dark One's dagger, leaving him with all the power but none of the weaknesses.
** When Regina was still evil in Season 1, her every action was done to perpetuate the Dark Curse, all for the sake of her vendetta against Snow White.
** Cora and Hook work together to achieve their shared goal of killing Rumpelstiltskin, though for different reasons -- he just wants revenge on Rump, while she wants to usurp his place as the Dark One.
** Greg and Tamara are anti-magic [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]] who honestly believe magic is evil and must be wiped out, which is why they come to Storybrooke (though Greg also wants revenge on Regina).
** Pan wants to [[spoiler: steal Henry's heart]], so that he can gain true immortality and ultimate power.
** Zelena, [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West]], wants to go back in time and [[spoiler: prevent the events that led to her mother Cora abandoning her]].
** Ingrid, the Snow Queen, wants to force Elsa and Emma to be [[ReplacementGoldfish replacements]] for her sisters and to kill the rest of Storybrooke.
** In Season [=4B=], Rumple, the Queens of Darkness, and [[spoiler: Zelena]] all want to find the Author and use him to [[RewritingReality change reality]] so that they [[TheBadGuyWins can get their happy endings]]. [[spoiler: Something he's [[AGodAmI all too happy to do]].]]
** Season [=5A=] sees [[spoiler: Dark Swan]] trying to enact a plan that appears to be an attempt to wipe out all light magic, but is actually [[spoiler: [[FaustianRebellion to destroy the Darkness]]]]. When this backfires, it leads to [[spoiler: Dark Hook]] attempting to carry out an even more audacious plan to [[spoiler: summon and permanently resurrect all past Dark Ones]].
** Hades spends his whole arc working towards his goal of [[spoiler: getting Zelena to fall in love with him and revive him with True Love's Kiss, so that he can then conquer the mortal world.]]
** Fiona the Black Fairy, GreaterScopeVillain and UltimateEvil of the series, has the most terrifying plan of all: [[spoiler: either kill or [[BreakTheCutie break]] Emma, thus ending Light Magic, and by extension destroying the Fairy Tale Lands. This would then allow her to create a new universe in her image, with her and her family ruling supreme.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' spoofs it adorably in "The Time Meddler" when renegade Time Lord the Monk has his evil plan written out in a list on a poster on the wall.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'': The BigBad of Season 1, [[spoiler: Dr. Fenhoff]] is ultimately revealed to be planning to steal a chemical HatePlague called Midnight Oil and release it on New York [[spoiler: as revenge against Howard Stark (who invented it) for the Midnight Oil-caused death of Fenhoff's brother.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22)]], we learn that the Yellow-Eyed Demon wanted the Colt and the Special Children to open the Devil's Gate.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': The villains of Season 1 spend the whole season building up towards the mysterious Project Myriad. In the final episodes, this is revealed to be [[spoiler: [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill enacting global mind control in order to bring about world peace]].]]

[[folder: Theater]]
* Theatre/TheTempest A rare heroic version; the entire play is Prospero's GodGame to end his exile from Milan. 'Heroic' because all he wants is to get his home back and teach his evil brother a lesson. No one gets hurt, not even the evil brother, and almost all of them go back to Milan as more or less friends.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Sinister Syndicate's plan in ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'' is to steal the Statue of Liberty and threaten to destroy it unless New York City surrenders themselves to them.
* In ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', King Goobot's plan is to have Ooblar steal Jimmy's latest invention, the Mark IV rocket, and bring it back to the Yolkian Planet so that it can be duplicated and his armies can use it to enslave the earth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Raphael from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' has some of the most ridiculously insane plans ever devised, [[LoveMakesYouEvil all for his adopted daughter]]. In ''Soul Calibur 2'' he planned to destroy the country that he fled from by giving its nobles the Soul Edge on the basis that they would tear the country apart in a demonically-dueled civil war so that the world would..somehow.. be safer for his adopted daughter Amy. In ''Soul Calibur 3'', on discovering that he and Amy had been accidentally turned into [[OurVampiresAreDifferent basically vampires]], he decided to turn the ''entire world into creatures like them so Amy wouldn't feel left out''. Amy may constitute a pretty drastic subversion of a MoralityPet.
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'': The plot to abduct Emperor Domaric in the third game [[spoiler:is a rare villain-on-villain EvilPlan, perpetrated by Domaric himself. When he hears that one of his sons is plotting to have him killed, blame it on the breakaway republic of Aspinia, and use the resulting war to seize the throne and conquer the rest of the continent, Domaric sends his own agents to infiltrate his son's conspiracy and allows himself to be kidnapped. Then, when the empire's armies are geared up to invade, Domaric has his mole "free" him, takes control of said army, and marches on Aspinia - just as he's wanted ever since the country seceded 20 years before. He even corners his son's partner in the whole plan, to force him to use an ancient superweapon to break down Aspinia's walls for him.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' often has WellIntentionedExtremist s but the plot's have the same narrative purpose
** VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia: [[spoiler: Mithros wishes to revive his sister and end discrimination, and to do that he splits a world in two and makes them fight over {{Mana}} while his evil army antagonizes the dying one.]] The first part is UnwittingPawn and the rest of the game is the heroes unraveling the plan and how to foil it.
** VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss: The BigBad and his minions are more upfront about their goal of ending [[BecauseDestinySaysSo The Score]] but unraveling the details and creating a counter measure still drives the bulk of the plot
** VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia: Has ''three'' {{BigBad}}s and each has their own plot to either TakeOverTheWorld or KillEmAll.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' likewise has a series of [[ManBehindTheMan Men Behind The Man]] whose plans drive the plot. From Emperor Doel's plan to usurp his homeland to Lloyd's manipulation of that war to collect {{Macguffin}}s to the final BigBad's AGodAmI ambition.
* In the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, Bhaal [[WarGod the Lord of Murder]] sired the the Bhaalspawn in order to revive himself. They would kill each other until none remained, at which point his essence that was scattered among them would have accumulated, and his chosen follower, Amelyssan, would have performed rituals that would have [[BackFromTheDead brought him back.]] Neither [[DragonAscendant Amelyssan]] nor [[SpannerInTheWorks the last Bhaalspawn]] (the protagonist) complied to these plans, however.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': Dan Vogel's plann is to strike a deal with the winner of the gang war and get credit for cleaning up Stilwater. [[spoiler: The Boss nuked that dream nicely.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[MagnificentBastard the Illusive Man]] attempts a massive one: to take control of [[EldritchAbomination the Reapers]] themselves and use their overwhelming power to bring complete human dominance. [[spoiler:As brilliant as he was, it doesn't work and he ends up indoctrinated for his efforts.]]
* [[VideoGame/WildArms5 The fifth Wild Arms game]] has Volsung plan to reformat the planet so it will stop rejecting veruni and making them sick. Unforunately this process will kill every human on the planet.
* VideoGame/ArTonelico:
** The first game, Melody of Elemia, has three villains acting more like convenient allies than a single group which means there are three of these.
*** Mir wants to wipe out humanity [[spoiler: to create a world just for reyvateils because she believes that HumansAreBastards.]]
*** Bourd wants to continue the kind of research that's based on the 'Reyvateils are replacable dolls' idea and believes Mir to be its greatest fruit.
*** [[spoiler: Bishop Falss, AKA Kyle Clancy]] wants to ressurrect Mir and take over Platina as the first step to taking over the world and returning it to the prosperity of the first age.
** The second game, Melody of Metafalica is a touch more complicated. Basically, the world is in trouble [[spoiler: because of Shurelia shutting down the tower to stop Mir from killing all the humans under her jursidiction]] and there are many groups with their own ideas on what to do about it.
*** Two separate groups of antagonists want [[spoiler: everyone to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence but in the second a third generation revyateil wants to [[AGodAmI replace Frelia, a reyvateil origin, as the world's goddess first.]]]]
*** A third WellIntentionedExtremist group [[spoiler: wants to spread I.P.D to create a powerbase for Clouche to draw on and sing Metafalica and create brand new land.]]
* The Nod Prophet [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is an uncontested master of these, and in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer 3: Tiberium Wars'' and ''Kane's Wrath'' pulls of an absolutely ''staggering'' one. Short version: [[spoiler: the ''entire'' Third Tiberium War was orchestrated start-to-finish to bring the Scrin aliens to Earth and allow Kane to steal their technology]].
* In VideoGame/MegaManZero 4, Dr. Weil's plan is to destroy Area Zero and the restistance with it.
* VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl: The Subspace Emissary. The gambit is here enacted by none other than [[spoiler:King Dedede]]. Yes, they ''are'' being serious. As the game's website revealed that was in a cancelled scene, [[spoiler:Dedede]] uncovers the truth about [[spoiler:BigBad Tabuu]], who has taken command of a replicable army, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor the villain/occasional ally of his enemies (the Super Mario brothers) Bowser]], the pure villain Ganondorf, the gun-for-hire of Wario, and has even [[spoiler:successfully taken control of the local godlike entity, Master Hand]]. Oh, and he's got bombs that [[spoiler:drag chunks of ''reality'' into a separate dimension]] being produced by the ''dozens'' through [[spoiler:a race of robotic beings being held hostage]] through secondary villain Ganondorf. So, what does [[spoiler:Dedede]] do? He creates timed badges that, after [[spoiler:Tabuu uses his Off Waves to kill off all the other fighters]], revive whoever they've been stuck to. If the others defeat this enemy, that's all fine and dandy. If they fail? Ol' [[spoiler:Dedede]]'s hidden backup come out of nowhere to take down [[spoiler:Tabuu]] while he's essentially helpless, busy creating a new world in Subspace. But how is it that none of the villains notice what he's up to? Simple - [[spoiler:Dedede]] acts like he's claiming them as ''prizes''. This kind of greed is common place in [[spoiler:Dedede]]'s usual acts of villainy. Not only is the man setting off an EvilPlan, but he's utilizing ObfuscatingStupidity in order to ensure his true intentions aren't suspected. Good lord, all of that from easily one of Nintendo's most infamous ''bumblers''.
* As of ''2nd Original Generations'', [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Euzeth Gozzo]] has been confirmed to be the mastermind of a spanning '''multiple parallel universes''' to assimilate all destructive technology he can in order to surpass the creators of the original Cross Gate Paradigm System and become powerful enough to destroy Keisar Ephes permanently.
* In the past, [[VideoGame/{{Undertale}} Flowey the Flower]] tried to convince [[FinalBoss Asgore]] to show him the six human Souls, hoping he could just nab them while Asgore's guard was down... That didn't work... So, these days he has a rather impressive plan laid out: [[spoiler: Wait until [[PlayableCharacter another human]] falls down into the Underground, wait for them to reach the end of their journey where they'll be forced to confront Asgore who, in turn, will be forced to bring out the other human Souls, at which point Flowey can nab them admist the chaos of the battle. This plan works out flawlessly... almost. When Flowey [[YourSoulIsMine tries to steal the Soul of the PC]], the other six human Souls rebel against him... Should the Player choose to spare Flowey after this, he'll pull an impressive XanatosSpeedChess: He encourages the Player to go for the GoldenEnding and then convinces the Playable Character's friends to interfere with the PC's battle against Asgore. This way he can not only nab the six human Souls, but the Souls of everyone else as well. With this power he gains complete control over the Save Files and will be able to Reset the game itself so that [[GroundhogDayLoop he and the Player can play with each other forever]]]].
* Many different villains come up with evil plans in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Exdeath sought to merge two planets together in order to gain ThePowerOfTheVoid and become unstoppable.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Sephiroth plans to use the Black Materia to cast the spell [[ColonyDrop Meteor]] to wound the planet severely enough to draw all of TheLifestream to one location. Sephiroth would then absorb the Lifestream and [[AGodAmI become God]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Ultimecia's ultimate goal was to cast [[TimeCrash Time Compression]], merging all of time and history into one immortal moment that she would rule over for eternity.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': After kidnapping Cid's wife Hilda, Kuja actually spends a fair amount of time waxing rhapsodic about his "master plan" to her. "I didn't even have to ask. It was tiresome." Fortunately, she was paying attention, so she's able to explain said master plan to the party - to use the world of Gaia to acquire an even more destructive power. Specifically, Kuja hoped to overthrow Garland of Terra and take control of the cycle of souls.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Seymour Guado's goal was to become [[EldritchAbomination Sin]] and [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone]] [[MercyKill to free them from suffering]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. The main villain's goal is to lead the group of l'Cie to become [[OneWingedAngel Ragnarok]] so that they can [[spoiler:kill [[LoadBearingBoss Orphan]], [[ColonyDrop dropping Cocoon from the sky, killing everyone inside]] so the combined death would be enough to summon the Maker back into the world]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''. Caius Ballad's evil plan is to slay the goddess Etro [[spoiler:to release chaos and [[TimeCrash destroy the very concept of time itself]] [[PapaWolf to stop the cycle of his charge Yuel from dying due to her powers as a prophet]]]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. The Ascians, often TheManBehindTheMan, have one clear goal in all of their actions. [[spoiler:To cause enough instability in the natural aether in the world to cause thirteen disasters[=/=]"Rejoinings" in order to revive their god Zodiark]].

* Tons in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
** [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Hereti]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corp]]: 1) create an army of invincible alien clones to conquer the world, 2) locate Oasis by making the [[ManchurianAgent trigger]] for her [[BrainwashedAndCrazy homicidal rages]] the symbol for a national fast food chain.
** Chilus: release a swarm of mind-eating insects to bring about "the end of the world through bugs" as prophecied.
** Dr. Steve: [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwash]] his adoptive daughter so she can "go on a date with a lesbian and then tell all." Okay, they can't all be winners.
* In ''WebComic/DeadOfSummer'', [[spoiler:[[Music/TheProtomen Doug Fetterman]]]] has one. It involves [[spoiler:making an evil clone of Panther to replace the real one, getting rid of the real Panther, downloading crucial information from KILROY, reformatting KILROY, killing Dr. Light, getting the fake Panther to elect him leader of the Protomen, and destroying all who stand in his way.]] [[CrazyPrepared And if that fails]], [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll blow them up]] using the reformatted KILROY as a TimeBomb.]]
* Joel Calley from ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' has manipulated much of the overarching plot seemingly to destroy his older brother for taking their father's company and leaving [[spoiler: and killing his twin sister whose vengeful ghost is the reason Joel can't let it go]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', this trope backfires. Feddyg captures Hilda and replaces her with a duplicate controlled by him, ultimately sending it to kill Rikk; Hilda, instead, causes it (apparently her) to shoot itself in front of him, who's already anxious about the new program. Might have thought that one out better.
* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' the [[AIIsACrapshoot Oracle]] does these out of ''boredom''. For [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20050325.html example]] it would create a superweapon so powerful that the world would have no choice but to destroy it simply to watch its efforts in accomplishing such a goal.
* [[BigBad Zenith]], the "Perfect Female" from ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/04/25/plot/ plans to create for herself the "Perfect Male" and from there create the "Perfect Species"]]...as soon as she can figure out why they chose elephant feet for him.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Redcloak's overarching plot from to seize control of the Snarl is this, to the point where he unironically refers to it as The Plan when discussing it.

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* The less creative may use the [[http://members.tripod.com/~mrpuzuzu/plan.html Evil Plan generator]].
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' has a whole big complicated scheme. The short version? [[spoiler: Lear Dunham wants to bring down the corrupt power systems of the world and end the suffering they cause. To do so, he plans to use various high-tech gadgetry to blast a {{Mind Rap|e}}ing "God signal" across the entire planet. Major world leaders and military honchos implanted with a certain chip -- a chip they thought was supposed to protect them while the blast took care of their enemies -- would find that in actuality the chip ''enhances'' the signal, and all implanted with the chip will die horrific deaths, and surrounding un-chipped populations would be hit with massive psychic trauma. The rest of humanity would receive the signal but would not die; instead they would hear the ominous voices, see the giant [[FacelessEye "eye of God"]] in the sky, and feel the signal-stimulated fear in their hearts, and submit themselves to the angry God. Those few whose brains are less prone to the signal's power would be drawn to Lear's EvilTowerOfOminousness, where he would make them his apostles, helping him rebuild the world. Oh, and in order to broadcast the "emotion" element of the signal, he uses ''his own daughter'', an [[TheEmpath empath]] born and bred to fulfill precisely this function]].
* Music/DoctorSteel is "a man with a plan and a mechanical band, who [[Series/HRPufnstuf can't do a little cause he can't do enough!]]"
* [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Omega]], an aggressive AI, has tons of evil plans. They range from rather elaborate - WeatherControlMachine, extremely slow [[MechaMooks robot army]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking downloading]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil music]] - to just plain crushing the entire universe.
** He later teams up with Gamma, another AI, and the Freelancer Wyoming in an evil plan to subvert the aliens' religion from within, thereby defeating the aliens and taking control of their entire species. And possibly conquering the universe with their new army.
* The Necromancer of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has one, but it still hasn't been revealed, because he's still at the Grand Theft MacGuffin stage of the plot.
** He still had a massive plan in play just in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" where he found out Ayla was having a birthday party in Boston. He spun it into a plan to: break his minions out of the inescapable superjail outside Boston; find out which of his other minions was TheMole; steal yet another MacGuffin; create a hostage situation to get yet another MacGuffin; take out the [=SWAT=] teams that would get sent to that hostage situation; get Fey under MindControl or worse; and also kill a bunch of Ayla's friends, just to send a message to someone who had pissed him off. He pulled off most of it.
* ''The Daily Victim'' plays this for laughs when an employee of an obscure gaming mag plots to get his people into a con. When they get there, he asks the guy at the door to give them their passes. Which he does. The narrator, expecting a refusal, has already set his non-defined, incomprehensible plan into motion. The installment finishes with him desperately trying to stop his associates before they start their part of the scheme.
* General Mistlethwakey from ''Literature/EHUDPreludeToApocalypse'' has his 'Plan', an elaborate gambit to... um... well, his goals haven't been made clear yet, but he did sic a pack of supersoldiers on the former president, and then spin the resulting public panic to get his underling made president... so there's something there.
* Both Lord Doom and Doctor Simian, from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', are masters of this craft. At one point, both [[DiabolicalMastermind Criminal Masterminds]] used this trope against ''each other'', with the heroes as pawns. To say it was messy was to say the Pacific Ocean is a little damp.
* ''WebVideo/SomeJerkWithACamera'': The creation of Disney's California Adventure is portrayed like this, with Michael Eisner as a ''Franchise/JamesBond'' villain, complete with an eyepatch, a German accent, fedora and a (plush toy) RightHandCat.
-->'''Michael Eisner''': Ve vant zhe tourists to schtay in ze park. Vhy do they leave ze park?
--> '''Disney Employee''': Uh, well, uh, Mr. Eisner sir, according to the market research we've done, people leave so they can explore the rest of UsefulNotes/{{California}}!
-->'''Michael Eisner''': Then ve vill bring the rest of California, *throws cat away* HEEEEEEEERE!
* [[BigBad Cinder Fall's]] evil plan in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' finally comes to light in season 3, with the previous seasons dedicated to preparation. [[spoiler:Cinder and her team manipulate a public event to generate enough negative emotion to attract an entire legion of Grimm to attack the kingdom. During the attack, Cinder moves in to [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt kill the Fall Maiden and obtain her godlike power]]]].

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* Boris and Natasha go through '''many''' Evil Plans on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', such as a sinister plot for giant, robotic mice from the Moon to eat through American TV antennas so that entertainment-starved Americans will flee the country, leaving it ripe for conquest. Boris is, of course, the Big Cheese.
* Cobra Commander from ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' once wasted a huge amount of resources stealing equipment to build a giant laser... so he could carve his face in the moon. Destro was not impressed.
** Another attempt by Cobra Commander was to use a love potion to allow TheBaroness to seduce a ship magnate, only to have a fight break out between Cobra and G.I. Joe over the chemical, only to have the potion stolen by a crab. At least this time Destro found the whole silly fiasco hilarious.
* Endlessly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and over and over again by the various [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]] of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible.'' In fact, while tutoring another villain, Shego explains how it's the single most important part of being a villain.
* The Robot Devil in an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': "My ridiculously circuitous plan is one-quarter complete!"
* Parodied ([[StealthParody we hope]]) in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where Grodd's elaborate evil plan turns out to be "[[spoiler:transforming every man, woman and child on Earth...'''''[[LargeHam INTO AN APE!!!]]''''']]" This is appropriately lampshaded, and also [[CoupDeGrace face-shotted]].
** Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E4TaskForceX: This episode has one of the most beautifully constructed {{Evil Plan}}s. The plan is fueled by PragmaticVillainy, because the suicide squad is formed enterely by sociopaths and a TokenGoodTeammate, so they can be controlled because they are not psychopaths. The plan must be followed RightOnTheTick and it does not permit unnecesary killing because it wastes time. ''It works'' because it was planned by a ClockKing who is TheSociopath himself and understands how they think. It seems to be a classic [[MacGuffin Grand Theft Macguffin]]... but in reality it is a [[spoiler: DespairGambit [[TheGovernment Cadmus]] is pulling on the Justice League]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', in which The Tick has just captured one of the serial robber Idea Men and demands to know "what's the big idea". The idea man explains that [[CaptainObvious their plan was to steal a lot of money, so they'd get rich and wouldn't have to work any more]]. The Tick is genuinely shocked by this fiendish plan.
* Played every which way with ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb's'' Dr. Doofenshmirtz, whose main goal is to "TAKE OVER THE '''TRI-STATE AREA!'''". He's not above the occasional revenge sideplot or a little mind control, but ultimately, he wants to rule. The alternate-universe Doofenshmirtz in the "Across the 2nd Dimension" movie has alt-Doof trying to take over the multiverse's... tri-state area. Some things never change.
** SantaClaus in the Christmas special inverts this trope by incorporating Doofenschmirtz's evil scheme to fulfill the odd Christmas wishes of Phineas, Baljeet, Buford, Candace, and Doofenschmirtz. This also just happens to restore the faith in children of a curmudgeonly elf.
* The villain in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' looked for fuel for his MacGuffin, so he can undo a past wrong. In the process, he nearly destroys an entire race, justified by "it will all be undone when I'm successful." In the end, though, it seemed that his MacGuffin isn't very 'fuel-efficient'.
* Virtually every episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' is driven by a plan to TakeOverTheWorld.
* "I Have A Plan" is the CatchPhrase of The Evil Count Geoffry from WesternAnimation/BlazingDragons.
* Regardless of the villain, the plan usually boiled down to 'kill WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'
* In ''The World's Greatest {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'', Mxyzptlk tries a scheme in a deliberate WholePlotReference to ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' with {{Superman}}, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, and WonderWoman. The imp makes the big mistake of letting his victims get back together after their individual adventures, compare notes and realize their experiences were suspiciously similar. As a result, the heroes deduce the common element of the scheme, sabotage it, and then sucker Mxy with some BriarPatching into banishing himself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' episode "E.T.", Mr. Larrity buys the rights to make a game based off Steven Spielberg's movie ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. In an obvious nod to the [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames horrid real-life E.T. game for the Atari 2600]], Dave goes to a strip club instead of the movie, and just makes up stuff for the game, which ends up sucking. As it turns out, Mr. Larrity had pinned the making of the ''E.T.'' game on a rival company, Bellecovision, and had also been paid a substantial amount of money by George Lucas to discredit Spielberg by making a crappy licensed game based off his movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy,'' Jimmy, the effeminate kid in the cul-de-sac, successfully engineers one of these in the episode "If It Smells Like An Ed". He frames the Eds for ruining his Friendship Day celebrations, leaves false clues for them to follow, uses Rolf as his UnwittingPawn and strikes a deal with the Kanker Sisters, climaxing with the Eds trapped in a shed left to choose their fate: getting beat up by the kids or raped by the Kankers? They get both. And why did this happen? [[DisproportionateRetribution Because Eddy gave Jimmy a wedgie.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk''
** Mildew will stop at nothing to banish dragons from Berk. He thinks they're AlwaysChaoticEvil because he spent his life fighting them. In truth, every episode further proves they're AlwaysLawfulGood.
** Later episodes establish Alvin The Treacherous with a different goal; he wants to conscript 'the Dragon Conquerer' (i.e. Hiccup) so he'll have his own {{Dragon Rider}}s
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'':The Devil wants to tempt Bob into sin so he'll go to hell, just to spite God.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode loosely based on ''Evita'' Principal Skinner has a self-described Evil Plan to cancel Music, Gym & Art classes while pinning the blame on school council president Lisa.
* The Green Goblin pulls this off in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' by manipulating Taskmaster, his cronies and those on the Tricarrier into getting him out of SHIELD custody and in possession of the ''Siege Perilous''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[RedHerring At first]], the heroes believe that the villains, [[spoiler:the Homeworld Gems]], are trying to [[spoiler:reactivate the Kindergarten to produce an army of Gems to conquer Earth]]. They're wrong, their real evil plan is ''far'' more horrific: [[spoiler:the Kindergarten is merely an experiment ground for forcing shattered Gem shards to undergo fusion to create the Cluster, a gigantic mutant Gem that has been incubating inside the Earth's core for 5000 years; when the Cluster awakens, [[EarthShatteringKaboom it'll crack the Earth open like a chick inside an egg]].]] So, basically, they're engaging in [[spoiler:''rape and [[{{Necromancer}} necromancy]]'']]. Why? [[spoiler:Because the leader Diamonds on the Gem Homeworld are still sore about losing a war to the protagonist's mother a thousand years ago and want to destroy the whole planet out of spite.]] [[VileVillainSaccharineShow And you thought this was a cute little show.]]
* The evil scheme of the Yogman Twins from ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' is to take the titular character's brain and use it to take over the school.
* Several of the antagonists in the ''WesternAnimation/GarbagePailKidsCartoon'' had nefarious schemes that the Kids had to thwart.
** The Funbusters from the episode "Batteries Not Included" tried to destroy all toys by distributing batteries that were deliberately made so that they'd ruin any toy that used them.
** "Honest Abe Has a Close Shave" had a chunky felon named Boss Man try to steal Wrinklin' Lincoln from Mt. Rushmore so that he could glue him onto a headless sphinx to serve as a replacement head.
** [[BadSanta Chris Mess]] from "Chris Messin' August" tried to ruin Christmas for everyone by impersonating Santa and convincing all the children that they now had to be naughty if they wanted to have presents.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s'', Katrina Stoneheart's main goal was to get the Puppy Pound shut down, but she would occasionally just come up with schemes to cause harm to the Pound Puppies [[ForTheEvulz just because]], occasionally hiring Captain Slaughter to capture them so they can be made into fur coats. When the second season retooled the show so that Katrina owned the pound and [[PoundsAreAnimalPrisons ran it like a prison]], she still made plans that involved being mean to dogs, but her main goal was now to capture Cooler, Bright Eyes, Whopper, and Nose Marie so that she can imprison them with the rest of the dogs in her pound.