->'''Joachim:''' You have defeated the plans of Admiral Kirk. You do not need to defeat him again.\\
'''Khan Noonien Singh:''' He ''tasks'' me. He tasks me, and I shall ''have'' him. I'll chase him 'round the Moons of Nibia, and 'round the Antares Maelstrom, and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up.
-->-- ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', paraphrasing ''Literature/MobyDick''

Some people can be filled with the desire for {{Revenge}} so greatly that they will pursue it at any cost; this trope refers to when their pursuit of it is unreasonably dangerous to themselves or their loved ones (which in extreme cases can make it a SuicideMission), or when their pursuit of it is of unreasonable and irrevocable consequence to their mission/objective.

This is mainly a villain trope, not the least of which because the revenge tends to be DisproportionateRetribution caused by the most minuscule of {{Rant Inducing Slight}}s, and sometimes targets [[RevengeByProxy innocent third parties]]. If the level of vengeance is taken to a downright ridiculous level, one may end up asking WhyDontYaJustShootHim rather than waste time and resources towards humiliating or [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] the person before killing them or [[BondVillainStupidity making sure that they die horribly in some slow, easily escapable death trap]].

Yet heroes can fall into this, showing that even they aren't immune to this flaw.

This includes cases where TheAtoner is willing to make amends, or the character is vitally needed for some other good cause.

Often invokes TakingYouWithMe and BeingEvilSucks. If the character snaps out of it, can lead to WasItReallyWorthIt and MyGodWhatHaveIDone.

Compare HonorBeforeReason, RoaringRampageOfRevenge, HeWhoFightsMonsters, and PyrrhicVillainy.

Contrast {{Forgiveness}} and RestrainedRevenge.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': In episode 23, Kikyo plans to drag Inuyasha to Hell with her as revenge for allegedly betraying and killing her. Even after Kagome tells her that Naraku set them up and that Inuyasha still loved her despite everything, Kikyo openly states that she doesn't care because it doesn't change the fact that she died. However, after confirming Kagome's story with Kaede, Kikyo focuses her efforts on Naraku from there on out. It's still this trope though, but in a different way [[spoiler: that ultimately doesn't work out for her in the end]].
* Sasuke Uchiha of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has allowed revenge to motivate almost every single action he takes. ''Everything'' he does in the first half and most of the second half of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is done to become strong enough to face Itachi, the older brother responsible for killing his entire family. These actions include charging in half-cocked to fight Itachi when he was nowhere near ready, getting excessively jealous when a "failure" starts surpassing him, FaceHeelTurn-ing to the enemy, ''killing'' said enemy and absorbing his powers, and gathering his own team to help him. You would think that Sasuke might chill out a tiny bit after he finally succeeds, but nooooo. When Sasuke learns [[spoiler: his (now late) older brother did everything he did for ''Sasuke's'' sake]], he sets out on a ''whole new'' rampage of revenge, this one [[spoiler:directed at the Leaf Village itself and the current aspirant for Hokage (Danzo) in particular. You know it's bad when Danzo, not exactly a saint himself, calls him on it and has a valid point.]] Gets even worse when he abandons his new team because he's too impatient to wait for them to catch up, and [[spoiler:stabs through Karin simply because Danzo took her hostage and it was too much effort on his part to help her. Remember, she is his only medic at this point.]] There's a big reason why [[Pantheon/{{Emotion}} Sasuke is the God of this trope]]... or at least ''was once a big reason''[[note]]The Pantheon is looking for replacement God.[[/note]] [[spoiler:due to several other CharacterDevelopment that causes him to ''finally'' stop pursuing revenge too much and becomes a good guy again... but the final arc seems to reveal it to be a BaitTheDog moment and in a way, he may still be keeping the position well enough. Eventually after learning the truth about the Uchiha, he figures, ''the world'' might as well be his revenge and focuses on trying to change it to his will. This kid just will not let it drop.]]
** Weirdly, he intends to keep a promise he made to Naruto about his revenge, [[spoiler: namely that he'll fight and kill Naruto first, to the exclusion of all others.]]
** In the end. [[spoiler: he and Naruto clash, costing them both an arm. Despite this, Naruto's persistence has paid off and he managed to finally get Sasuke to surrender his vendetta against the world and finally helping Sasuke find himself. In the epilogue, he has married Sakura and had a child with her, but often travels away from home to explore the world.]]
** There's also Pain, who lost so many loved ones to ninja society that he set about to effectively destroy it so thoroughly people would be too scared to even ''consider'' making war. When that fear wore off, as Pain was certain it would, he would lather, rinse, repeat.
*** It should also be noted that the cornerstone of Pain's beliefs and plan is that he thinks ''[[HumansAreBastards everyone acts like this]]''.
** To his credit, Naruto himself has done everything in his power to ''avert'' this. Despite his own desire for revenge on Pain for [[spoiler:killing Jiraiya, ''temporarily'' Kakashi, as well as killing many Leaf Villagers]], Naruto is able to rein in his feelings and instead ultimately wins without killing him [[spoiler:which pays off ''far'' better]]. Not long after he tries to get the Raikage to not try and kill Sasuke for attacking his brother.
** Speaking of which, the Raikage is perfectly willing to ''[[spoiler:lose an arm (and a leg, but was stopped before that could happen)]]'' to achieve his revenge.
*** However, he subverts/averts it later when [[spoiler:he learns his brother is okay, and apparently decides to forget about Sasuke entirely]].
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Tobi. After he saw Kakashi kill Rin, presumably forced by something Mist ninja had done to her, he utterly slaughtered the Mist shinobi... but he did not touch Kakashi, declaring he no longer cares for his ex-teammate]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': BigBad Dr. Hell is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds with AbusiveParents and a very crappy childhood and early adulthood. His motivation to TakeOverTheWorld is having revenge upon everybody who abused him or mocked him when he was young (or people he ''believes'' abused him and mocked him). Nevertheless, he is seventy years old when the series begins, so most if not all of Dr. Hell's former tormentors will likely be dead by now. Yet will he let that insignificant detail stop him? [[{{Pun}} Hell]], no!
* Sosuke Nekome, one of the main characters of ''Anime/DennouCoil'', is obsessed with ruining the [=MegaMass=] corporation for ruining his father's reputation and causing his death. He's willing to sacrifice anything and ultimately kill anyone who gets in the way of this plan, even the twelve-year-old protagonists Yasako and Isako. [[spoiler:Fortunately his little brother ''does'' possess reason and {{Heel Face Turn}}s in the final episode]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Gin Ichimaru followed [[spoiler:Aizen so he could learn how to kill him]]. Apparently, Gin came across [[spoiler:Aizen's mooks]] after they took a piece of his childhood friend Rangiku's soul. He wanted revenge. For over a hundred years, Gin waited for the perfect moment. The problem is, Gin never told ''anyone'' what his plan was, even Rangiku, possibly for fear of it getting back to [[spoiler:Aizen]] somehow or tipping him off. As part of his cover, Gin unquestioningly assisted [[spoiler:Aizen]] in his efforts for more power, and even fought or killed other people if they got in the way because in his view none of them had what it ''really'' took to kill [[spoiler:Aizen]]. All of this backfires when he ''finally'' attacks, as the power he helped [[spoiler:Aizen]] get, a [[spoiler:literal DiabolusExMachina, saves Aizen from being killed instantly]].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a lot of pilots like this.
** Kamille Biden of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', who in the first episode gets himself thrown into military prison for attacking a Titan, and then beaten up for physically assaulting a military police officer, in both cases because of ultimately petty reasons ([[BerserkButton Kamille is a man's name!]]). Even his hijack, which goes on to cause him [[DownerEnding so much misery]], is motivated by pointless revenge -- he initially climbs into the cockpit, breaking into a military base to do so, in order to intimidate the [=MP=] officer who beat him up.
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' has Andrew Graham of Neo-Canada. After his wife was killed in a pirate attack, Andrew became Canada's Fighter solely to get back at Argo Gulskii as the man responsible. He kidnaps Rain to force Domon and Argo into his vengeance, and while he has a HeelRealization, it doesn't stick... by the Finals he's as raring for revenge as ever, even when shown evidence that Argo had tried to ''save'' his wife. [[spoiler:He finally gets it while watching Argo fight Domon.]]
** After Garrod snubs her and pulls a gun on her, Ennil El starts teaming up with some incredibly unsavory types to get back at him. She even [[spoiler:spoiled the crew's escape attempt from the Feddies after they'd given her medical treatment. Fortunately, this bites her in the ass in a way that wakes her up to the foolishness of her actions.]]
** Shinn Asuka ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' is part of ZAFT's "Operation Fallen Angel" which involves ambushing and destroying the Archangel battle ship that has been avoiding combat. While several members from ZAFT express their doubts if attacking the Archangel is right, Shinn solely focuses on defeating their AcePilot Kira Yamato in revenge for [[spoiler:the death of Stella Loussier.]]
** Then there's Lockon Stratos [[spoiler:(that is, Neil Dylandy)]], from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', whose ''whole motivation'' turns out to be revenge against the people who bombed his family. At one point, the terrorist leader who caused their deaths tries to divide the Gundam Meisters by telling Lockon that his teammate Setsuna used to belong to his group; Lockon points his gun at Setsuna and says (paraphrased) "I know you couldn't have done it, but just let me shoot you so I can feel better." Later on, he goes out in a badly damaged Gundam and missing one eye because the aforementioned terrorist was on the battlefield and he refused to let the guy get away in the time it would have taken to fix the Gundam and regenerate his lost eye. [[spoiler:Which ends up causing Lockon's death because the guy picks up on his new blind spot and exploits it, despite a sterling {{Determinator}} attempt by Lockon to [[TakingYouWithMe take him along for the ride]].]]
** Flit Asuno, the first protagonist of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'' was already pissed at Vagan for [[YouKilledMyFather killing his parents]], but after their PsychoForHire murdered his would-be LoveInterest, he kept a bitter grudge for ''fifty years''. It lead him to great victories... but it also lead to him instituting ThePurge against Vagan sympathisers, wanting to summarily execute Vagan [=POWs=], and trying to turn his grandson into a TykeBomb to wipe out every Vagan man, woman, and child. It probably doesn't help that said PsychoForHire ''was'' [[EnfantTerrible a child.]]
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''
*** Mikazuki Augus becomes this after [[MoralityChain Biscuit's death]], he used to fight for his survival, but now, whoever blocks his way is his enemy and he will [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge crush them without questioning]]. [[spoiler: He proves it by [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown shredding every last of Carta's squadrons and Carta herself]] [[TalkingIsAFreeAction when they're still talking]].]]
*** Ein Dalton becomes worse than Mikazuki ever since Crank's death, he has been plotting to retrieve [[TragicKeepsake Crank's Graze]] from Tekkadan and murder [[RevengeByProxy everyone related to Tekkadan]]. [[spoiler: He proves it in the ensuing battle against Tekkadan as Graze Ein. He took down Azee and Lafter effortlessly with his [[AnAxeToGrind brutal]] [[ThisIsADrill weaponries]], disabled Shino's Ryusei-Go (which is also Crank's machine) with his PileBunker, and even blamed Kudelia and made an attempt to [[RevengeByProxy outright kill her]].]]
* Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. His revenge not only leads to millions of deaths, despite what happens in the end, but alsoiycrews up more of his plans than they should have been.
* In ''Manga/DragonBallZ'', Frieza could have chosen to escape, but he spends his remaining energy trying to kill Goku, which [[BackstabBackfire backfires spectacularly]]. This also crosses into FantasticRacism; Frieza is so shocked that he was defeated by a Saiyan, whom he disregarded as "mere monkeys," that he can't accept that he is defeated even though he's missing an arm and the lower half of his body.
** Immediately after becoming Mecha-Frieza, he wasn't even off the operating table before ordering his father and their men to set course for Earth, wanting revenge on Goku so badly that he overrides his father's plan to just blow up the planet from orbit and lands so he could personally kill all of Goku's loved ones and friends... and gets sliced into itty bitty pieces by Future Trunks, another Super Saiyan, for the trouble.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]]'', during the Super 17 Saga, instead of escaping Hell with the other villains, he and Cell stay behind to double-team Goku after Gero and Myuu trap him in Hell with them, only for Goku to effortlessly beat them both without even going Super Saiyan.
** This is the basis for his entire plan after being resurrected in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]''. He could have simply rebuilt his empire in space with the Z Fighters none the wiser, but he instead goes through TrainingFromHell to unlock a new SuperMode before launching a full-scale invasion of Earth, all to get revenge on Goku for his previous defeat. It's to the extent that when one of his minions begs him to just leave Goku alone and focus on rebuilding his empire, Frieza kills him on the spot.
** Another, very chilling, example is [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Super Saiyan 2 Gohan]] willfully prolonging his CurbStompBattle against Cell despite his father and the other Z-Fighters yelling at him to finish it, stating outright that Cell hadn't suffered enough. It [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires]] ''[[EpicFail spectacularly]]'', as Cell suffers an epic VillainousBreakdown and attempt a SuicideAttack that could've [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed the whole Earth]], had his father [[MessianicArchetype Goku]] [[HeroicSacrifice not stepped in and sacrificed himself for the sake of everyone]], [[spoiler:[[SenselessSacrifice which ultimately failed]]]].
** Goku falls into this after becoming a Super Saiyan the first time. He wanted to make Frieza pay for killing Krillin. To that end, he let Frieza power-up to his max level for the sole purpose of humiliating him with the knowledge that even at his best he couldn't beat a "mere monkey". This was around the time when the planet was going to blow up in a few minutes so defeating Frieza as fast as possible would have been reasonable. He also refused to leave when King Kai planned to wish everyone to Earth, because he wanted to finish the fight. By that point, King Kai considered Goku a lost cause.
** Vegeta falls into this trope not once, but twice:
*** After Cell kills Trunks during the Cell Games, Vegeta, having had a JerkassRealization over his treatment of the latter, snaps and attacks Cell at full force; said attack [[NoSell doesn't even phase Cell]], and Gohan suffers a GameBreakingInjury as a result TakingTheBullet for Vegeta. Since Gohan could still have beaten Cell before then, and since Trunks could still be revived by the Dragon Balls, it falls under this, with the other Z Fighters flat-out calling Vegeta an idiot.
*** During the Buu Saga, Vegeta, in order to top Goku, deliberately lets Babidi turn him into a Majin in an attempt to bridge the gap between them. He knew that the energy released by the fight would revive [[SealedEvilInACan Majin Buu]], but he was so obsessed with beating Goku that he ''just didn't care.'' It turns out to be AllForNothing, as Goku had unlocked Super Saiyan 3 and had been holding back all the while.
** Baby, the first ArcVillain of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', is single-mindedly obsessed with avenging the Tuffles' extinction at the hands of the Saiyans no matter what; when Pan tells him that the Saiyans who were actually responsible for his species' demise are long dead, Baby flat-out states that he doesn't care.
* Sentinel 3, AKA the "Avenging Sentinel" from ''Manga/FrankenFran'' becomes addicted to vengeance [[spoiler: even setting up his own non-combat allies to be killed just to have excuse for it]] because the act of vengeance feels really good. And it's not [[CombatSadomasochist like this]] or [[OrgasmicCombat like that]], just knowing you're avenging someone [[spoiler: even someone ''you set up to die in the first place'']] produces that same kind of high.
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. He and his lover Casca were the sole survivors of the dreaded Eclipse [[spoiler: which was caused by their former friend and leader, Griffith, [[FaceHeelTurn selling them and all of their comrades in the Band of the Hawk out to the Godhand]] [[DealWithTheDevil in order to become a demon lord]] so that he could fulfill his life-long dream after a year of crippling torture. [[ToMakeALongStoryShort To make a long and sad story short]], neither Guts nor Casca come out [[GoMadFromTheRevelation unharmed]] [[LifeOrLimbDecision or intact]].]] After the event, and though all that they had left were each other, Guts was so embroiled in his rage and grief over what happened to them that he left Casca in the care of Godot, Erica, and Rickert after only a few weeks in order to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge pursue revenge against Griffith, the Apostles and the Godhand]], which, apart from leading Guts to [[TookALevelInJerkass Take A Level In Jerkass]] during those two years, certainly did not help Casca's post-Eclipse condition at all. It is only after getting a serious WhatTheHellHero speech from Godot about this two years after this that Guts finally starts getting his act together again.
* ''Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts'' has the villains take Revenge before Reason, common sense, sense of decency and even basic logic.
* The defining trait of ''Manga/OnePiece'' villain Hody Jones. Despite having never suffered from it firsthand, he craves revenge against the human race for crimes against Fishmen and Merfolk and will do anything to achieve it. This anything includes sabotaging attempts by other characters to reconcile and live peacefully with humans so they can continue to justify themselves.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf's'' [[TheDeterminator Ryoga]] [[NoSenseOfDirection Hibiki]]. He left his home, his school and everything else to [[TheRival try to get revenge on Ranma]] for "breaking a man-to-man promise" and abandoning a challenge which Ryoga was [[UpToEleven ludicrously]] late for. The original reason for the fight? Ranma [[FelonyMisdemeanor had cut in front of him in line at the school tuckshop]]. Okay, a fair few times, but... Of course, with his [[NoSenseOfDirection sense of direction]] [[FridgeLogic Ryoga couldn't have stayed in one place anyway,]] so [[FridgeBrilliance he might have figured that if he's going to be]] WalkingTheEarth [[FridgeBrilliance anyway he might as well try to get revenge on Ranma]]. {{Fanon}} is that his sense of directing grew worse as he got older, [[HandWave explaining]] his ability to attend school in the first place, so [[FridgeLogic he would have had to drop out of school and abandon having a permanent home sooner or later anyway]].
* Engi from ''Manga/YumekuiMerry'' starts sliding into this in her pursuit of Heracles, willing to risk the life of her vessel, Yui, and going against her friends if it means avenging her sister.
* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'': [[spoiler: Hatou in some of the parallel worlds/possibilities shown to us.]]
** [[spoiler: To some extent, most of them fit this, considering none dropped their crusade and goal, not even for a chance at a good, stable life.]]
* In ''Manga/ServantXService'', Lucy could very easily apply to change her OverlyLongName, (As Hasebe mentions) but she's determined to find the civil servant who approved that name, and give him the business first.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Gilag is so enraged when Alito is beaten up by Rei, he goes gunning for revenge, and when Yuma defends him, thinking Rei is an amateur, Gilag actually challenges both of them at once, using cards that are as dangerous to him as the are to his opponents. This proves a mistake, as Rei is ''much'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity better than anyone assumed.]] [[spoiler:In fact, we later learn he's downright deadly and capable of murder; [[EvilAllAlong he's actually Vector in disguise]].]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', Kaiba is so eager to take revenge on Yugi he ends up almost ''killing'' him, and refuses to back down when Yami Yugi explains how dangerous their duel has become.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', this is the main motivation for Kurapika, one of the four main characters.
* In ''Anime/DeathParade'', in the afterlife, a man has the corrupt detective who didn't lift a finger to help his sister as she was being raped at his mercy and has the opportunity to torture him. Despite the Black-Haired Woman warning him that if he goes through with it, he'll be banished to the void and never see his sister again, he still does it.

* The [[WordOfDante Yves Rodier]] finished version of ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}} and the Alph-Art'' has [[spoiler: Rastapapolous so willing to kill the titular character (who continuously screwed up his plans and operations) that his plan to do so would also inevitably lead to [[TakingYouWithMe killing himself in the process.]]]]
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', this motivates [[spoiler:Pronto]] into selling out his friends to get his powers back.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/SinCity: Hell and Back''. When mob boss Wallenquist hears that one of his operations was completely shut down by an ex-soldier, his subordinates start making plans to track and kill the guy. Instead, Wallenquist points out that there's [[PragmaticVillainy no profit in revenge]] and no point in pursuing a fight with someone who's leaving town anyway. He knows what's in his own best interest.
* ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' arch-enemy ComicBook/{{Venom}} lived and breathed this trope during his first several appearances. With the powers and knowledge of the alien costume, Eddie Brock could have done pretty much anything he wanted, including repairing his damaged life. But he was so consumed by his vendetta against Spidey that he would immediately try to kill him at every opportunity, despite it always ending with Venom incarcerated or otherwise disabled. The most egregious example is in "Trial of Venom", where Brock is actually found not guilty of his crimes as Venom (by reason of insanity) and is about to be released from prison...but he can't stop himself from going after Spider-Man.
* Queen Chrysalis ''again''[[note]]See the WesternAnimation entry below[[/note]] in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''. Twilight and her friends have already proven they are more than a match for her and her changelings, but she wants payback. She pulls another invasion, kidnaps the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and it ends about as well for her as you would expect.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'': After being defeated by Super Sonic and Super Armor Mega Man in the final issue of the crossover, Eggman is so pissed that he deliberately interferes with Super Sonic's attempt to undo the Super Genesis Wave, willing to let reality be destroyed rather than let Sonic restore it to normal. Said interference results in a CosmicRetcon on Sonic's world, as well as the subsequent [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Shattered World Crisis]]. Wily, however, is GenreSavvy enough to avert this and KnowWhenToFoldEm.
* ''ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'': During the ''Time Run Out'' arc Steve Rogers, and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D., insist on hunting down and capturing the Illuminati, who are trying to prevent the destruction of the universe, and the rest of existence, while doing absolutely nothing to solve this problem themselves. By the time Sue Storm gets both sides to sit down and shut up, the situation is beyond saving.
** And even then, in the very last issue, Steve decides that hunting down and beating the ever-loving crap out of Tony is more important than the imminent end of ''everything''.
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekMyriadUniverses'' comic ''The Last Generation'', Wesley Crusher wants revenge on the Klingon Empire for their war against Earth. When Picard proposes a plan to go back in time and stop the war before it starts, Wesley is horrified, seeing the idea of peace with the Klingons as a slap in the face to everyone who died in the war. The fact ''they won't have died'' never seems to occur to him.
* During the height of the Iraq War, ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' offered a depressingly realistic explanation for the seemingly impossible task of convincing certain Iraqis to live together peacefully, when Ray stresses the importance of capturing a target alive:
-->'''Iraqi Officer''': This will not be possible. I am sworn to vengeance!\\
'''Ray''': Why? What'd he ever do to you?\\
'''Iraqi Officer''': A member of his family killed a member of mine!\\
'''Ray''': What? When did that happen?\\
'''Iraqi Officer''': 1387.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fanfic ''[[Fanfic/TheNowakverse Under The Bridge]]'' is a two-way example. Widget Hackwrench believes that their father tried to drown her in favor of her sister Gadget, a cute blond mouse and not a one-armed, gray-haired albino like herself. She builds a submarine out of a discarded boiler and hires a crew for it including a war veteran mouse as the captain, the latter being the only one who knows about her plans—nothing less than killing her sister in revenge for what she herself had lived through in her past. She even goes as far as sinking a rodent ferryboat. After several unsuccessful attacks, Gadget [[spoiler:decides to take her sister's death threat against her into her own hands, snapping mentally in the progress. She modifies a machine gun round into a guided torpedo to kill Widget by sinking her submarine with everyone aboard. In a sense, the other Rangers have to intervene against one of their team members in the end.]]
* Maylu Sakurai from ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' fanfic, ''[[FanFic/MaylusRevenge Maylu's Revenge]]'', has this of wanting to get revenge against her [=NetNavi=], Roll, for her actions as Empress [[NeverMyFault even it's her own fault this happened]]. This would her to [[FaceHeelTurn join World Three]] in an attempt to gain power strong enough to delete her from existence.
* [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Unkei]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/45/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]''. His entire clan is defecting from Konoha and he knows full well the only way for them to succeed is to have as much of a lead as possible. He still insists on killing Yakumo (due to the demon sealed in her betraying them), who's under 24-hour guard.
* When Uryu confronts Ichigo in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8987477/9/A-Black-Heart A Black Heart]]'', Ichigo gladly tells him that he can takeover for Ichigo in protecting Karakura from Hollows. Uryu however insists that he won't allow Ichigo to simply forfeit and uses Hollow Bait to prove he's better. The only reason Ichigo doesn't kill him afterwards is that Urahara took Uryu away and hid him.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', for several of the ComicBook/TheAvengers, defeating Alex Harris is less about any laws she may or may not have broken and more about her embarrassing them in public.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'' has one in Talon Ryashen. He was once an ordinary boy who was kidnapped off of the streets by Fairy Tale and used in their SuperSoldier experiments, being infused with Alucard's blood and becoming a HalfHumanHybrid; as a result, Talon was rejected and disowned by his own family and seeks to [[GottaKillEmAll hunt down and kill]] ''every'' last member of Fairy Tale, including those who were LockedOutOfTheLoop, defected, or simple non-combatants. Despite having been repeatedly told that the members of Fairy Tale who were truly responsible for his condition are dead, Talon refuses to see the situation in anything but black-and-white; as he puts it, Fairy Tale took everything from him, and he has nothing left to live for but vengeance.
* In Franchise/MassEffect's ''[[Fanfic/CrucibleMassEffect Crucible]]'', Makern, the ancestor of the Northern turian clans lost his beloved daughter Koria due to one greedy old nobleman from the South and decided that he needed to destroy them all completely before building everything from scratch under his absolute rule.
** Because one group of Quarians led by Raan and Tali killed Alt.Amata and their children, Alt.Gaius made them all pay by dropping a bomb on Rannoch, completely pushed the whole race with all its innocent people to extinction while making the leaders watched before they too died.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/story.php?no=31044 Things Unseen, Things Unknown, and Things Yet to Be]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] responds to [[OnlySaneMan Xander]] questioning her decision to keep an employee whom she knows full well is spying on them by deliberately sabotaging him on an upcoming mission to an area that's already cost them six people. In other words, she's risks the death of a friend she's known for roughly forty years because he disagreed with her.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', after her parents are killed by a timberwolf, Applejack goes into the Everfree Forest determined to make it pay, ignoring both the dangers of the forest and the fact that she doesn't know where the timberwolves actually ''are''.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], the possibility of falling victim to this trope is a constant threat while trying to stop Discord and free Equestria, in no small part thanks to [[EvilMentor the Nameless Passenger's]] constant encouragement to take this path. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the Passenger is [[GreaterScopeVillain Nightmare Eclipse]], Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe evil potential future self]] who is ''defined'' by this trope. In her timeline, she intentionally [[SuperpoweredEvilSide went Nightmare]] after managing to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong to take revenge on Discord...and became so addicted to her vengeance, she [[GroundhogDayLoop trapped Discord in a loop where he'd rule for a thousand years before being defeated and his daughter Fluttercruel killed before it resets]], [[RetGone destroying the universe and erasing everyone from that thousand years from existence.]] It got to the point that Discord's had a HeelRealization and she has to ''control'' him as her PuppetKing to be evil so she can take revenge on him, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming even]] [[EvilerThanThou worse than him]].]] Thankfully, in the end [[spoiler:Eclipse meets her end]] and the heroes avoid this trope.

* As quoted above, in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' this is [[TheChessmaster Khan]] towards [[TheCaptain Kirk]], all the way down the line. Even though Khan's dialogue shows he's read ''Literature/MobyDick'', he follows Ahab's footsteps to the bitter end.
** [[TheCaptain Captain Picard]] in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. He gets over it.
** In ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), [[BigBad Captain Nero]] is like this. Overlapping with [[spoiler:CutLexLuthorACheck, he could have just taken his ship to Romulus after escaping from the Klingons (DeletedScene), even after capturing [[TheSpock Spock]]. Then he could have given the future tech to his people, and they could have taken on the Federation and the Klingon Empire, thus assuring the safety he wanted.]]
*** In a more subtle example, Spock toward the end, when Kirk offers to rescue Nero ([[spoiler: who had previously destroyed Vulcan]]) from the singularity he created;
--->'''Spock''': Captain, what are you doing?\\
'''Kirk''': Showing them compassion may be the only way to earn peace with the Romulans. It's logic, Spock. I thought you'd like that.\\
'''Spock''': No, not really. Not this time.
** Shows up again in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', where Kirk wants Harrison dead for [[spoiler: killing Pike]], and [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus [[ExploitedTrope exploits this]] by sending Kirk on an assassination mission that is really about starting a war]].
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', The Big One becomes enraged when Rexie [[spoiler: kills her subordinate, and proceeds to attack the ''T. rex'' instead of focusing on the humans, despite the fact that Rexie is larger and could easily crush her with her jaws. And she does just that.]]
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Ivan Vanko wants revenge on Tony Stark for the SinsOfOurFathers; his father Anton Vanko [[spoiler: invented the original Arc Reactor alongside Tony's father, Howard Stark, but Howard Stark had him accused of spying and deported.]] Needless to say, Ivan is pissed off, but his desire to get ''personal'' revenge on Tony Stark for what his father did blinds him. He invents his own personal reactor for a suit of his own and attacks Tony in public, trying to discredit him and his claims that no one else can match his own technology. Shortly afterward, when Tony defeats him, he comments on Vanko's pursuit of personal revenge over [[CutLexLuthorACheck simply selling the reactor to anyone who wants it and making a huge profit.]] Later, when [[spoiler: Justin Hammer busts Vanko out of prison]], he explains that Vanko is approaching revenge all ''wrong'', and says that instead of attacking the man personally, one should attack his ''legacy'', and arranges for Vanko to [[spoiler: create an army of "Hammer Drones" that are intended to make Stark's Iron Man technology obsolete.]] Vanko goes along with it at first, apparently, but ultimately [[spoiler: sabotages the drones and War Machine, takes control of the whole lot, and tries to kill Tony ''again'']]. Then again, [[spoiler: Justin Hammer]] is a BigBadWannabe SmugSnake who just wouldn't [[MotorMouth SHUT UP]] about how things should be done, didn't bring Vanko his [[MemeticMutation burd]] from Russia and, seeing [[spoiler: he's an CorruptCorporateExecutive]], he would have most likely [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killed Vanko once his drones outdid Tony's suit]]. Plus, Vanko was never intending on earning profit or making the drones for Hammer. He just wanted to kill Tony, preferrably in the most epic way ever.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', Killian's plans would have gone much more smoothly if he hadn't involved Tony due to revenge for a petty joke thirteen years ago. In more detail: [[spoiler:Killian showed up at Stark Tech showing Pepper ideas his new Extremis SuperSerum in the most flirtatious way possible. Happy then followed his goon, witnessed a drug deal, and was put in a coma, which led Tony to decide to take an active interest in the Mandarin, storm his hideout, and kill all of his men]]. Now, while a good amount of that Killian couldn't have predicted going exactly that way, the fact is that he [[spoiler:flirted with Pepper]] specifically to piss off Tony.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' deconstructed this trope with [[spoiler:Drax, who sells out the team to get the Big Bad's attention, only to get his ass handed to him. This results in the loss of the MacGuffin, two of our heroes nearly dead and captured and the rest furious at his foolishness, and possibly tons of civilian casualties.]]
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'', after downing the mutagen and transforming into Super Shredder, Shredder becomes so fixated on killing the Turtles that he doesn't realize that the bridge they're under is falling apart. But then when told so, he's beyond caring.
-->'''Leo:''' Shredder, you gotta listen to reason! You're gonna destroy us all!\\
'''Super Shredder:''' Then so be it!
* In the film (and [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E02TheSidehackers MST3K episode]]) ''Film/TheSidehackers'', protagonist Rommel, finds out that the BigBad, J.C., is hiding out in a rock quarry and planning an ambush for him. Rather than sending word to the police where J.C. is[[note]]J.C. is wanted for the rape and murder of Rommel's fiancee. Though in the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] version, the former act is cut and never referenced and we only see Rommel's reaction to her death.[[/note]], he goes ahead with his original plan to confront and kill J.C. [[RocksFallEverybodyDies It doesn't end well.]]
* The protagonist of the ''Film/JoshuuSasori'' series is so hell-bent on revenge that she pursues her [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge list of targets]] leaving the worst for last because she knows exactly where it'll get her: [[spoiler: he's a detective, and she attacks and kills him in the police station where he works. Sure enough, the final shot of the film shows her re-entering the prison.]]
* In Michael Mann's ''Film/{{Heat}}'', this is what eventually brings master thief Neil [=McCauley=] down. He's literally on the way to the airport with his girlfriend, ready to catch a private jet to retirement in New Zealand, but [[spoiler: he gets a phone call letting him know where the guy who ratted him out to the cops (and tortured one of his friends to death) is staying. He just can't leave without paying the guy a visit...and it turns out the cops have got him staked out for just that reason.]]
* In ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'', this is what leads to both the protagonists' downfall.
** Ryu himself went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on the organ dealers after [[spoiler:his sister's suicide]], in retaliation for stealing his money and kidney. However, when he gets back to Cha Yeong-mi's apartment, [[spoiler:he found his girlfriend's dead body in in the stretcher while in a lift. Consumed with grief and unwilling to get over her death, he swears vengeance on his girlfriend's killer.]]
** Park Dong-jin wants to fulfill his justice on the kidnappers of his daughter, right after [[spoiler:Yu-sun's demise]]. He starts out by going to [[spoiler:Yeong-mi's apartment to interrogate her. However, the girl threaten him that the anarchno-terrorist underground she's part of, knowing of his identity, will find and kill him if he kills her. Said threats sounds completely hollow, so Dong-jin kills her anyway.]]
* In ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'', the BigBad Murad is the father of one of the sex slavers Bryan killed in the first film. Considering how much other damage Bryan had done to his sex slavery ring, it was already BullyingADragon to try AvengingTheVillain. What really puts it into TooDumbToLive, however, was trying to get at Bryan by abducting the man's loved ones... again. If Murad had just quietly restarted the ring and not done anything to regain Bryan's ire, he could have avoided his fate.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', both Mal and Jayne caution Zoe to keep her head in the game and not in revenge for [[spoiler:Wash's]] death. Ultimately she ignores them, and leaves cover to shoot the Reavers at point blank range and fight them hand to hand. This results in both the others being able to provide less adequate cover fire (out of fear they'll hit her) and her being injured. Jayne is then forced to leave cover to drag her to safety, further limiting how much cover fire is provided.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', only Charles Xavier's timely intervention prevented Erik Lehnsherr from drowning while the latter tried to stop Sebastian Shaw's submarine.
* Taken to a particularly unusual (not to say unrealistic) degree in ''TheHurtLocker'', where Sgt. James discovers a mutilated, explosive-laced body that could pass for the local Iraqi kid he had befriended, and becomes so fixated on avenging the boy that he draws a gun on the only man he associated him with, takes his car, goes to the house where the kid apparently lived, breaks in, finds the resident father-figure, who turns out to be a professor who has nothing to do with the insurgency, comes to his senses after a short conversation with the terrified man, and finally realizes he has no idea what he's doing. [[{{Understatement}} It's incredibly awkward.]]
* Soto from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' is so obsessed with getting revenge on the tribe of premieval men who killed half his pack (probably ''in self-defence'' anyway), he makes an assault onto their camp with the specific goal of eating the chief's infant son, which results in more tigers killed (offscreen) and his {{Dragon}} betraying him in favor of his new FireForgedFriends. In the climax, when he hears the baby cooing, he immediately turns to it - completely forgetting about the raging mammoth right behind him. It gets him knocked into a wall and killed by falling icicles.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Balem is willing to [[spoiler:harvest Earth ahead of schedule]] just to spite and/or kill Jupiter, even though Mr. Night points out the serious financial blow doing so would entail.
* A central theme of ''Film/ThePrestige'', starting with Angier craving justice when, thanks to Borden's incompetency, Angier's wife drowns playing an assistant in a water tank trick. Escalating in one-upmanship, the two frequently seek to better and ruin each other's magic career, which even leads to Angier pushing his assistant Olivia to infiltrate and woo Borden to have a means of striking at him:
-->'''Olivia''': If I don't get [his diary] back by tomorrow morning he'll know I took it!\\
'''Angier''': Leave him.\\
'''Olivia''': I can't, he knows where I live.\\
'''Angier''': (laughs) This is his diary, Olivia. ''All of his secrets are right here in my hands!''\\
'''Olivia''': It won't bring your wife back.\\
'''Angier''': [[DroppingTheBombshell I don't care about my wife, I care about his secret.]]\\
[[JerkassRealization (pregnant pause)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metegol}}'': El Grosso is more concerned about his revenge over a foosball game he lost back when he was a kid than his career as a soccer player.

* Captain Ahab of ''Literature/MobyDick'' endangers his life and crew to chase a white whale whom he believes bit his leg off out of pure spite.
-->'''Starbuck:''' Vengeance on a dumb brute! That simply smote thee from blindest instinct! Madness! To be enraged with a dumb thing, Captain Ahab, seems blasphemous...
-->'''Ahab:''' Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. For could the sun do that, then I could do the other.
* This is what leads to Liu Bei's downfall in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' after [[spoiler:Guan Yu]] is killed, leading to a HeroicBSOD, and prime minister Zhuge Liang's advice on priorities is ignored; the resultant failed attempt at revenge costs [[spoiler:the lives of two of his four remaining elite Tiger Generals -- including his sworn brother and longtime companion Zhang Fei -- the ruination of his army by Lu Xun's fire attack, his own health and eventually life, any realistic hope of an alliance between the kingdoms of Shu-Han and Wu within his lifetime, Jing province being forever lost to Shu (before Liu Bei's punitive expedition against Wu, its sovereign had offered the province back which Guan Yu had been fought for), ''and'' the ascension of the throne of his easily manipulated son Liu Shan]].
* The Sponsor in ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations'' has a little of this. First by maliciously deleting from history the temporal agent who attempted to identify him (rewriting the timeline so she was never born) and then, when other agents were nonetheless able to use her last, shielded transmission to find him, having this to say:
-->"If that revenge backfired and led to my arrest, then all the more need for the revenge itself to stand".
* Throughout the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, Bajorans are prone to holding grudges and vendettas long past the point of reason; this is particularly noteworthy in the ''Literature/TerokNor'' series. In the first book, their stubborn commitment to stewing over wrongs both real and imagined becomes a fatal flaw when Dukat decides it's the perfect means of controlling them. [[BatmanGambit All he has to do is fan the flames of their anger against a preferred target, and they'll be too angry and focused to see his agenda unfolding around them.]]
* In the ''IronDruidChronicles'' the Norse god Thor is such a JerkJock that he makes mortal enemies wherever he goes. After Thor killed the family of the Viking Leif, Leif became a vampire and then spent the next thousand years preparing his revenge. By the time he is ready, he has become the most powerful vampire in North America. Whether he succeeds or fails the outcome of his attack on Thor will have profound repercussions in the supernatural world with a massive vampire war being the least of the problems. He does not care for the consequences as long as he gets a chance to kill Thor.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Tides of Darkness'' novelization, this is revealed to be a major reason for TheHorde's defeat during its war with TheAlliance. During the Horde's siege of Lordaeron's capital, the EvilSorcerer Gul'dan, whose Shadowmoon Clan as well as [[OurOgresAreHungrier Cho'gall's]] Twilight's Hammer clan have been left in reserve, due to Warchief Orgrim [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Doomhammer]] not trusting them, decides that now is the time to break with the Horde and sail for the island on which he has found the Tomb of [[TheDevil Sargeras]]. After discovering this, Orgrim is facing a dilemma: he can either send forces to punish Gul'dan and all the other traitors, which would leave him unable to break through Lordaeron's gates and raze the city, or raze the city but leave the traitors unpunished. He decides to go with the former, sending the Blackrock Clan, constituting a full third of the Horde's strength, to obliterate the two renegade clans. With the Alliance army approaching, Orgrim has to cut and run, retreating to his fortress in Blackrock Spire. Meanwhile, the Blackrock Clan clashes with the Twilight's Hammer Clan and slaughters them all, although sustaining plenty of casualties, while the Shadowmoon Clan is destroyed by the demonic guardians of the Tomb. On the way back to the mainland, the orc transport ships are ambushed by the Kul Tiras fleet commanded by Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, and most of the transports are sunk. Basically, not only does this decision cost Doomhammer the city, but he ends up losing so many warriors that he ends up losing the war in short order.
* A heroic example in Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheForgottenBeastsOfEld''. After the MindRape that was intended to destroy her personality and turn her into a [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul happy little slave]], Sybel decides that no sacrifice--not even the love and happiness of those closest to her, and certainly not the death of uninvolved third parties--is too great to make if it will ensure that the man responsible suffers the depths of terror and despair before he dies.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel ''Shadow of Saganami'', when Captain Terekhov discovers that the pirate ship he's tracking is not only Havenite, but a ''Mars''-class cruiser, the same exact class as the one that destroyed his last command, he is filled with a burning desire to smash them. He admits that his desire for revenge may be why he chose a plan of attack that put his ship at a somewhat greater risk in order to ensure he could bring the enemy to action. Played with in that his plan worked more or less perfectly, with the enemy cruiser reduced to a floating wreck and his own ship unscathed.
* From the second ''{{Literature/Ringworld}}'' book (Engineers): Harvey Mossbauer's family had been killed and eaten during the fourth Man-Kzin war. Many years after the truce and after a good deal of monomaniacal preparation, Mossbauer had landed alone and armed on Kzin. He had killed four Kzinti males and set off a bomb in the harem of the patriarch before the guards managed to kill him.
** While we're on Niven, his short story "The Ethics of Madness" has a man inadvertently deprived of psychiatric medication go insane and kill some people. The end result is that the killer flees towards, basically, the edge of the universe in a ramscoop vehicle, with a relative of those killed chasing him. Advanced medical devices all but ensure neither of them will ever die of old age.
** And in ''Literature/AWorldOutOfTime'', Corbell flees the state in a ramship. His "Checker" (effectively, slavemaster) sends his "personality" over and over at the computer in his ship, being unable to enforce his orders any other way. The computer very much wants revenge due to the personality overlay, but it's also programmed at a deeper level to obey Corbell's orders, which sets up an interesting dynamic that profoundly impacts the plot.
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': [[spoiler: Dantes' finds himself free, talented, and ridiculously wealthy. It reaches the point where he's able to offer bribes to the pope, bankrupt a major French bank, construct multiple elaborate secret identities, buy up half of the French property market, and care for a beautiful foreign princess. He could sail off into the sunset, attempt to live out a long and happy life... But by this point he is a broken man. Obsessed with vengeance.]]
** [[spoiler: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone He eventually snaps out of it]]. [[VillainousBSOD But only when he sees the consequences of his actions]].]]
* In ''Literature/{{Insurgent}}'', [[spoiler:Tori becomes so obsessed with avenging her brother, she ignores Tris' pleads to spare Jeanine and kills her. Even after her revenge is complete, she brands Tris (a girl who she's interacted friendly with in the past) a war criminal, instead of hearing her out]].
* In the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novels, there are multiple cases. Some Iron Hands, such as those in ''The Damnation of Pythos'', will risk ''anything'' to hurt the Emperor's Children; [[DownerEnding in that specific case, it ends very badly for them]]. Roboute Guilliman, usually one of the most even-tempered Primarchs, responds to Lorgar's treachery in ''Know No Fear'' by ordering his ship to fly right down the throat of Lorgar's flagship so he can personally rip out Lorgar's internal organs one by one, even though the tactical situation isn't really in a good place for that. He does get talked down from it, though.
* In ''Literature/AlouettesSong'', after the heroes' interference turns the tide of battle against [[TheEmpire Mardonale]], Roban, the ruler of Kondal, orders [[spoiler:a full-on nuclear assault]]. He is well aware that this could only result in [[spoiler:the total destruction of both nations]], but claims that he must do it to avenge his people, so this is also a case of HonorBeforeReason. Ultimately, [[spoiler:the heroes have to remove him from power to prevent a nuclear war]].
* In ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'', the drow priestess Shakti's obsession with revenge against Liriel gets her temporarily banished to the Abyss. After watching her compatriot Gorlist's similar obsession likewise lead him to his demise, Shakti concludes that the drow's biggest weakness is their penchant for revenge before reason. [[spoiler:Therefore, she deliberately chooses to avert this in her final confrontation with Liriel, abandoning her chance for vengeance in order to succeed in obtaining the magic artifact she's been seeking]].

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** [[spoiler: Gael Ortega's wife shoots Stephen Saunders]] despite him being the only person who can stop the outbreak of a deadly virus.
** Another example: Curtis Manning tries to [[spoiler: kill Hamri Al-Assad]], leading to [[spoiler: Jack being forced to shoot him]].
** Victor Drazen could have escaped the country if he wasn't so busy trying to kill Jack.
** [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] works with the antagonists of Day 7 and puts hundreds of innocent lives at risk [[spoiler: in order to get close to their leader and kill him to avenge the murder of his wife.]]
** Jack Bauer himself on the other hand generally averts this trope. Although he isn't above revenge and has no problem putting several bullets into the body of someone who's killed a close friend or loved one of his, if he needs to work with said person first in order to carry out some assignment or thwart some other terrorist plot, he will put aside urges to kill them for the moment until after the mission's over. Some notable cases include him saving the life of Nina Meyers during Day 2 since he needed her to find the nuclear bomb and teaming up with Christopher Henderson to stop Vladimir Bierko's takeover of a sub armed with nuclear missiles during Day 5. This trait becomes especially important in the series finale [[spoiler: where after a few hours of flat out playing this straight Chloe O'Brien is able to convince him not to assassinate Yuri Suvarov at the eleventh hour, which would in turn have kick-started WWIII.]]
** In Day 9, CIA Agent Kate Morgan ''weaponizes'' this trope [[spoiler: in order to get a confession on a stolen piece of property out of the man who also framed her husband, by bluffing him into thinking she's going to kill him.]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica 2003}}'': In the final episode, the Final Five Cylons all put their hands in the [[PsychicLink mind-link water]] to [[spoiler: download all parts of the resurrection blueprints. Tory tries to convince them to let all their past sins be forgiven. They agree. Naturally, when Galen sees her murder his wife Cally (because she knew they were Cylons), he breaks off the Psychic Link and strangles her. As the resurrection blueprint was part of the [[PeaceConference deal they made to end the Cylon War]], breaking off the download makes the hostile Cylons think [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption it's a trap]].]]
* ''Series/{{Buffy The Vampire Slayer}}'': Played straight and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] In ''Faith, Hope & Trick''. Kakistos the Vampire is determined to kill Faith after she horribly scarred him in self-defense a while back. While they're fighting Faith and Buffy, Kakistos' underlings cut their losses and abandon him after Mr. Trick points this out:
-->'''Mr. Trick:''' [walking out after noticing Kakistos will probably lose this fight] There's a reason these vengeance crusades are out of style. As a modern vampire, you have to see the ''bigger picture''.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Detective Kate Beckett nearly fell victim to this trope, as she became more determined to find her mother's murderer. For much of the show she decided that she could not commit herself to a relationship with Richard Castle until her mother's murder was solved. In the fourth season finale "Always" her obsession with the case nearly drove Castle away from her after she refused to back down, even after his AnguishedDeclarationOfLove. By the end of the episode, after nearly getting killed and being forced to [[TurnInYourBadge Turn In Her Badge]], Beckett decided that her revenge on her mother's killer meant nothing if she lost Castle. Cue BigDamnKiss / RelationshipUpgrade.
* One episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' has a particularly silly example. A fat girl wins an audience contest during a basketball game but her triumph is spoiled by another audience member mocking her weight. She spends her winnings and the next two years on slimming down and making herself beautiful so that she can become a cheerleader for the basketball team and rig the same contest so that her tormentor wins, allowing her to deliver a KissOfDeath as he tries to claim the prize. Leaving aside the numerous [[BoringButPractical more practical]] methods that she could have chosen for her revenge, would she not have stopped at some point and realized that she had improved her life to the point where his insults were no longer relevant? At the very least, would she not have simply run into an even bigger {{jerkass}} in the mean time who would have been even more deserving of death?
* Likewise, an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' has the team investigating three separate murders at Spring Break. All three had humiliated a fat girl at an earlier vacation years before so the girl changed her name, lost weight and plotted to get payback by killing all three before they even realized who she was. The episode ends with the girl imagining herself in her "fat prime," smiling with pride as she's led to jail. But as soon as the door slams, her face falls as it seems to hit her how her desire for payback has now ruined her entire life.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': the BigBad of the first season, Crais, spends it tracking down the "killer" of his brother; forfeiting his command, career and facing imprisonment because of it. He later admits that he was mostly concerned about his waning career and agrees that his brother's death was just an accident (his brother's [[SpaceFighter Prowler]] grazed Crighton's comparatively primitive ''Farscape One'' module, lost control, and slammed into an asteroid). An EvilSorcerer fueling his anger doesn't help matters.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': Cato in "Coals of Fire". Obsessed with finding the Union officer who killed his master, Cato joined the Confederate army in hopes of running across. After the war ended, he devoted his life to searching for him. When he eventually learned the officer's name and hometown, he joined the T & T Circus because it would be traveling there. Tony made multiple attempts to make him see how empty his quest was, and how a man of his talents could do so much more with his life. But it wasn't until Cato confronted his target and saw how pathetic he had become that he came to his senses and left without killing him.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Loras Tyrell is ready to storm out of King Renly Baratheon's tent to put a sword through Stannis Baratheon's righteous face, but his sister Margaery and Littlefinger manage to convince him that it would be hopeless, as he would be killed by Stannis' men long before he ever reached his target.
** Averted with regards to Loras' perception of Brienne on the show. [[spoiler:[[labelnote:From the books...]]He holds her responsible for Renly's death and flies into a murderous rage when he sees Brienne enter the Red Keep with Jaime in ''A Storm of Swords''.[[/labelnote]] He never believes for a moment that she is capable of harming Renly. Despite his intense grief and his resentment of losing to Brienne in the melee, Loras correctly blames Stannis.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall once pointed out that Barney, while eating a meatball sub, had gotten some marinara sauce on his tie, then chuckled a little at it. [[DisproportionateRetribution Barney considers this the most humiliating moment of his life, and is determined to get revenge by tricking Marshall into eating an exploding meatball sub.]] He spends months designing the exploding sub, and actually waits ''ten years'' before he gets Marshall to eat it; Barney pretends to be dying (he even spends thousands of dollars on medical treatments for a disease he doesn't have) and says that Marshall eating the sub is his last wish. Then the sub explodes in Marshall's face, Barney laughs ... and Ted points out that Barney got ''another'' [[WasItReallyWorthIt bit of marinara sauce on his tie]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': Both played straight and averted by Ryu Terui/Accel. While he goes [[BerserkButton berserk]] when he sees the Weather Dopant or even hears about him, he is otherwise kept in check by Shotaro's intervention and his own conscience.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': King Odin. He hatches one scheme after another to kill Arthur in retaliation for killing Odin's son in battle years before. Never mind the fact that Arthur didn't want to fight the boy in the first place and had no choice to kill him once battle was initiated. Arthur is finally able to talk him down, though, very impressively.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Regina's desire to get revenge on Snow White is what drove her evil. She's clearly aware that she has destroyed her life for revenge, which she didn't even actually get. Hook would qualify, as well.
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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]", Private Richards wants revenge on Danny for killing his best friend Templeton in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot Pilot]]". The problem with that is Templeton shot first and killed Ben Matheson (Richards dismissed that when Danny points that out), Danny only wounded the guy with his crossbow and the villager Caleb shot and killed Templeton. Even though Danny gets beaten up, he repays Richards for that later by strangling him a little with his chains and threatening to kill him if he ever lays hands on him again.
** In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain Soul Train]]", Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson wants revenge on the militia for the death of his wife, by blowing up a train with many officers on it. Unfortunately, he is willing to blow up the train with innocent civilians like Danny Matheson in it. He ended up stabbing Nora in the gut when she tried to stop him.
** When [[spoiler: Danny gets killed off]] in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand The Stand]]", Rachel Matheson becomes obsessed with avenging him. In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]", she tried to kill Tom Neville and had to be talked out of it by Charlie. In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E14TheNightTheLightsWentOutInGeorgia The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia]]", Dr. Jane Warren suspected Rachel's motivation and tried to talk her out of it, but Rachel wouldn't listen. In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]", Rachel has to spell it out to Aaron Pittman that she only wants to turn the power back on to avenge Danny, and she'll let another ill boy die and abandon Aaron if that's what it takes to obtain it. In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]", she infiltrates Monroe's tent and tries to use a live grenade to kill herself and take him with her. In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E19ChildrenOfMen Children of Men]]", her attempt fails, and she ends up having a heart-to-heart discussion about her motivations, with Monroe himself having to point out that he wasn't even there when [[spoiler: Danny]] got killed off.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': In "My Mirror Image", The Janitor realizes he has spent so much time and energy into trying to trying to get revenge on JD ([[DisproportionateRetribution for the penny in the door incident]]) that he misses out on all the things he wanted to do. [[IgnoredEpiphany He doesn't change his ways until much later, though.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode, "The Battle", Ferengi Daimon Bok staged an elaborate trap to gain revenge on Captian Picard for the death of Bok's son, whose ship was destroyed in a battle with the ''Stargazer'', the first ship Picard commanded. His fellow Ferengi [[EvenEvilHasStandards ultimately abandoned him]], declaring that [[AnAesop there is no profit in revenge]]. For reference, the ''Stargazer'' was attacked by a ship that didn't identity itself, and the Federation vessel ended up being abandoned with most crew killed. Bok still blames Picard despite the fact that it was his own son who initiated the battle.
* ''Series/TheStoryteller'': The retelling of Daedalus' story presents him as falling into this. After terrible actions in the past (causing the deaths of his nephew and son), Daedalus had a chance to atone when he befriended the young prince and princess at a court. However, when he is blackmailed by King Minos into building the Labyrinth, he throws away that chance by his terrible revenge on Minos - rigging his bath to boil him alive. The story indicates that with that revenge, Daedalus essentially froze his heart, and he dies alone, a broken man.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': All of the Winchesters are hell-bent on taking out the demons who have destroyed their family, but John and Sam are particularly scary and self-destructive about it. Particularly notable in season four, when Sam's quest to kill Lilith, the demon who laughed as her hounds tore Dean apart and dragged him to hell, leads the poor kid down a path that ensures he fulfills his own greatest [[TheCorruption fears]] [[SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope about]] [[TheDarkSide himself]]. [[spoiler:And brings about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt killing her [[NiceJobBreakingItHero in an attempt to prevent the Apocalypse]].]]

* Eminem's 1 Shot 2 Shot fully acknowledges the fact that bullets are flying everywhere as people engage in a shoot out, even leaving their wives and girlfriends in harm's way to go get a gun so they can return fire. Something of a sub-culture specific example of HonorBeforeReason, as well, as the culture expects one to fight back when shot at.
* "Before He Cheats"; a woman perceives her boyfriend to be cheating on her. What does she do? Wreck up his car and key-scratch her name into it, of course! Apparently, she doesn't know that you can go to jail for such a blatant destruction of property, not to mention the fact that key-scratching ''her name'' into her boyfriend's car pretty much counts as a signed confession.
* Discussed in [[Creator/ChrisRock Chris Rock]]'s "No Sex (in the Champagne Room)":
-->"Young black men -- if you go to a movie theater and someone steps on your foot, let it slide. Why spend the next twenty years in jail cause someone smudged your Puma?"

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Exalted}}'': So. Let's say that you are the ghost of a First Age god-king, who has been empowered by the dead gods that once ruled Creation to go out and drag the whole place screaming into the maw of Oblivion. They have power over you that is paramount, and [[YouHaveFailedMe do not show favor to those who screw up]]. So what have you spent the last several years doing? You've been tracking down the reincarnations of the people who tormented you in the First Age, and making their lives hell over and over again. You have let plans that could put a serious cold sore on Creation's lips, including a ''zombie plague'', char on the back burner because you are so busy fucking over the people who tormented you millennia ago. You are Eye and Seven Despairs, and you are, in the eyes of your colleagues, utter dogshit.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Dwarfs. Every time. They are determined to avenge every slight, and never, ever forgive. And just to make sure they don't forget either, they have a giant book called the Book of Grudges in which they write them all down. They're currently going slowly extinct, and a fair amount of the blame goes to their refusal to cooperate with the other races because at some point in centuries past they were wronged by them. That, and their literal inability to stop taking revenge. Every time they take revenge, and lose a dwarf doing it? Write it down in the book. Vengeance is a ''sacrament'' to them; one wonders what they'd do once the Book of Grudges no longer had any unfulfilled grudges within.
* At least one ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' module addresses this: "After all, what's more important-- that you survive, or that your enemy gets his?"


[[folder: Video Games]]
* Just about every murder in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' is a result of this trope. For example, Manfred von Karma's reaction to his rival pointing out an inconsistency in his argument, resulting in his first court penalty was to [[spoiler: murder said rival and raise the rival's son--Miles Edgeworth--as a prosecuting attorney obsessed with getting guilty verdicts]]. That isn't the half of it, either; the rest of his reaction is to [[spoiler:wait 15 years, then frame Edgeworth for the murder of someone related to the case. And, since Edgeworth thinks that he accidentally killed his father, even if he is acquitted, he'll confess to von Karma's crime. A third person was thought [[InsanityDefense sort-of guilty]], no one was investigating further, and von Karma would have gotten off scot-free if he didn't try to frame Edgeworth]]. Considering that this is a man who [[spoiler: walked around for 15 years with a bullet in his shoulder as part of keeping his crimes under wraps]], he propably kissed reason goodbye long before the game even started.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'', Rakeesh tries to convince the king not to declare war because of the dissapearance of his (Rakeesh's) daughter, knowing that there are demons involved and starting a war is what the demons want:
-->"Revenge for the sake of revenge is pointless. Mindless revenge is pure stupidity."
* Assassin Asha in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. He also accuses Iji of the same, as she really wants to kill him for [[spoiler:attacking and [[MultipleEndings possibly]] killing Dan]].
** The player is free to subvert this by ignoring Asha's challenge, which [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide leads to Asha's suicide]].]]
*** AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Asha is far more of a HonorBeforeReason character. Considering that he [[spoiler: refuses to dodge shotgun blasts, gets revenge BECAUSE you insult his honour, and commits suicide if you refuse to fight him? Iosa on the other hand... Iji can reason with her, but she just hates the Tasen far too much because of what happened to her.]]
* In ''FireEmblem'', Raven is thrown in a jail cell with some Caelin soldiers and his best friend/servant, Lucius. He then betrays them to fight for the enemy in hopes that he could kill your main lord, Hector of Ostia. No matter how much evidence is presented that Hector is innocent of the crime Raven pins him with and no matter how often his friend and sister tell him to give it up, he's quite willing to throw his life on the line to try and take a chunk out of him.
* Scorpion from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' is a frequent victim of this. This is shown most prominently in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' when Scorpion, offered a chance by Raiden to have the Shirai-Ryu clan restored in exchange for sparing Sub-Zero, flies off the handle when Quan Chi shows him a vision of Sub-Zero being personally responsible for his wife and child's death. Then in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', [[spoiler:once he is returned to life and learns the truth behind Quan Chi's complicity in the Shirai-Ryu's extermination, he makes a bee-line for Quan Chi to take his head, deaf to pleas to spare him so that he could bring the allies the sorcerer had under his control back to life.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' gives us Kaguya Houraisan and Fujiwara no Mokou, two immortal girls who are perpetually trying to kill each other despite knowing that they can't die. [[SillyReasonForWar The reason behind their feud is pretty pathetic]] too; it's all because Kaguya humiliated Mokou's father centuries ago.
** Many fans suspect the main reason they fight is really just to alleviate their immense boredom, and [[WeAreAsMayflies the loneliness that comes from outliving everyone except each other]]. Another theory is that Kaguya used her powers over eternity to make Mokou hate her forever. Yet another theory is that the humiliation had dire repercussions for Mokou's family (which is not impossible, given the [[ValuesDissonance traditional Japanese]] [[SeriousBusiness views on honour]]). There's a lot of speculation for these two.
* Chloe in ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''. During her the main game, her primary motivation is justice. However, justice soon turns to revenge when confronted with person who killed her parents. Later in game during the Character Quests, Chloe's want for revenge upon learning identity of killer, to the point where she [[spoiler: stabs and leaves for death Senel and tries to kill the swordsmen in front of his daughter who she has gotten close to and sees her as a sister.]] Luckily, she grabs a hold of her senses when she almost [[spoiler: kills said daughter who stands in her way from harming her father.]]
* Asch in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. It's actually a lot more complicated than plain revenge, but there's certainly an element of vengeance when he faces Luke, [[spoiler: the replica who unwittingly stole Asch's life and condemned him to an early death by fonon separation,]] in a DuelBoss encounter near the end. He even admits this:
--->'''Asch''': Shut up! This isn't about logic!
* Tech Kraken, pupil of the late HeroAntagonist Phantom in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series. Knowing that Zero retired Phantom before the end of the first game, Kraken decided to join [[BigBad Dr. Weil's]] army to get revenge on Zero. He openly stated that he doesn't care about the repercussions of working under Weil, because he just wants to avenge his mentor. Fortunately, Kraken loses all of his desire for revenge after his final defeat in Zero's hands, and gives Zero his blessing in defeating Dr. Weil once and for all.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', Kratos is so completely blinded by his desire to kill Zeus and eventually all the gods, he refuses to listen to other people who tell them that, like, maybe ''killing the sun'' in pursuit of Zeus wouldn't be such for a good thing for the world at large. Nope, he's got to have his vengeance! Eventually however he starts to see the consequences of his actions [[spoiler:and chooses to sacrifice himself to give the power of hope to humanity in an attempt to salvage the world he obliterated.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2,'' [[spoiler: Zaeed wants the head of Vido Santiago on a pike in the worst way. The two started the Blue Suns merc group together. Vido wanted to hire Batarians because they were cheaper, but Zaeed considered them a little too hardcore. Vido circumvents Zaeed by betraying him and shooting him in the face. Zaeed attempts to get his revenge later with the help of Commander Shepard, but ends up endangering the lives of innocent refinery workers in the process. A Paragon player can go so far as to deck Zaeed across the face in a WhatTheHellHero diatribe, and deprive Zaeed of his revenge attempt and save the plant workers instead. Renegade players can go along with Zaeed's RevengeBeforeReason spree.]]
** [[spoiler: The Paragon option works because you make it look like you were going to leave him there like he would have the other people. He calms down a bit. Enough so that he won't get himself killed on the Suicide Mission.]]
** This political stance in the Quarian fleet regarding the Geth is personified by Admiral Han'Gerrel. [[spoiler:If you screw up Priority: Rannoch or have a bad save, and choose to allow Legion to complete the upload, Han'Gerrel will doom the fleet in a mad attack on the geth, leading to the virtual destruction of the quarian people and the [[TearJerker death of Tali]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur 3'', Setsuka vows to take revenge upon the man that defeated her father in a duel, which accidentally gave him an infection that killed him. Despite the fact that his dying words were that the swordsman was a good, honorable man, and that she should not hold a grudge against him.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:the Protagonist is given the opportunity to kill Taro Namatame for being responsible for [[TheCutie Nanako]]'s death. However, if the Player chooses not to give in to this and ponders the option that Namatame is not the true killer, not only does Nanako gets better, but her father (after getting some time to cool off) will piece together the evidence himself and doubts Namatame's (who turns out to be a well intentioned UnwittingPawn given false leads) actual guilt.]]
* VideoGame/SaintsRow series:
** The Boss in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' drives the Brotherhood boss Maero into this throughout a CycleOfRevenge story arc. The Boss makes precise and sometimes lucrative strikes against Maero, who lashes out with any heavy vehicles and weapons at his disposal, going so far as to assault and threaten city officials to do it. Eventually the Boss loses reason enough to charge into a trap set by Maero.
** Near the end of the game when the Boss is given the opportunity to confront Julius, he/she does it with no hesitation. Even when Julius points out why he [[spoiler: tried to kill him/her at the end of the first game]] to prevent more bloodshed, the Boss just laughs in his face before gunning him down.
** Likewise in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' if you decide to go after Killbane which ultimately results in the death of two long standing Saint's members.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a heroic example: If you choose to spare Loghain at the Landsmeet, [[TheLancer Alistair]] will permanently leave the party. However, it's possible to get him to stay [[spoiler:as King of Ferelden]] and save Loghain's life [[GuideDangIt if you take proper precautions]]. If so, by VideoGame/DragonAgeII he'll calmed a bit about this, though he's still quite bitter towards Loghain.
** This goes the other way as well. If you are aimed on killing Loghain the otherwise virtuous and good Alistar will stick with you to the end, even if you're playing the Warden as a cruel ruthless backstabbing evil jackass who's constant murdering and betryals have long since caused the rest of the party to leave.
** If you don't carry over the save game from ''Origins'' into ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', you are given three choices for the outcome of the first game. The default choice has Loghain survive and Alistair become king.
** The Human Noble can demonstrate this towards [[SmugSnake Arl Howe]]. Despite remaining [[TranquilFury calm and rational]] throughout the rest of the game, various dialogue hints that just under the surface is [[UnstoppableRage a seething mass of rage]], eager to get revenge on the man who [[YouKilledMyFather murdered their entire family]];
--> '''Human Noble Warden''': I want Howe dead '''NOW!'''
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Vengeance -- the former spirit of Justice twisted by Ander's rage directed at the Templars -- embodies this. Over the course of the game Anders/Vengeance cares less about true justice and more about making the Templars pay for oppressing mages, regardless of who gets hurt.
** Ironically, in the endgame, if you [[spoiler: refuse to kill Anders, Sebastian]] will swear to ''raise an army and burn Kirkwall to the ground'' in revenge for [[spoiler: the destruction of the Chantry]], rather than reserving his revenge for [[spoiler: Anders and Hawke]], despite having just condemned [[spoiler: Anders for killing innocent people]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', where Alex Mercer kills countless people to get revenge on the people who turned him into what he is, overturning their operations whenever he finds an opportunity. As a direct consequence, Manhattan becomes a war-zone. [[spoiler:This is, of course, one of the few things remaining from the ''original'' Mercer, whose corpse was reanimated after he died [[TakingYouWithMe trying to take the rest of the world down with him]].]]
** It's a something of a theme now; in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', Heller's motive is to get revenge on Alex for 1) wreaking so much havoc on New York (indirectly killing Heller's family, who were caught in the crossfire of the first game) and 2) turning Heller into a creature like Alex, making him immortal [[DeathSeeker when all he wanted was to die]].
* Defied by Karst in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age''. She prides herself on being aware of her situation and in control of her emotions when she needs to be, so even her RoaringRampageOfRevenge over the death of her beloved CoolBigSis is second priority to the Elemental Lighthouses.
---> '''Karst:''' *[[TechnicallyASmile smiling, possibly grimly]]* I ''am'' filled with rage... but not so much as to be ''blinded'' by it.
** At the same time, she never stopped to ask ''why'' Isaac killed her sister, which in hindsight was [[RevengeMyopia a mistake]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wing Commander}} III'', when [[DeepCoverAgent Hobbes]] kills Cobra, Colonel Blair has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCcSrV2SWvs option]] of going after him or listening to reason. If he chooses revenge, he chases Hobbes and duels him, while Hobbes comments that he knew their fight was destined to happen. Consenquently, Vaquero is killed in an ambush while the Victory is undefended by the Colonel. If he chooses to not chase him, the ambush doesn't happen and he gets to fight him in the final mission alongside Prince Thrakhath, but Hobbes doesn't say anything then.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' The Blades insist that [[spoiler: Paarthurnax]] be killed and refuse to aid the player until the deed is done. This is despite the Blades being honor bound to serve the Dragonborn [[PlayerCharacter (you)]] and a previous Dragonborn already agreed to leave [[spoiler: Paarthurnax]] alone. Secondly, if you fail in your quest the entire world will be destroyed. In fact, depending on when they confront you, you might have just watched the leader of the Blades chew out the generals in charge of the civil war for putting more focus on their petty conflict than on averting the apocalypse when five minutes later, they refuse to aid the only person in the world who can stop [[BigBad Alduin]] over a four thousand year old grudge.
* In ''StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm,'' the [[spoiler: restored-to-human Kerrigan]] willingly returns to the Zerg for the sake of revenge on Mengsk for [[spoiler: supposedly killing Jim Raynor]]. This reignites a devastating galactic war, destroys any chance for peace and stability and results in countless deaths. She is thoroughly chewed-out for this by various characters, and ultimately [[spoiler: she proves she is no longer the original Queen of Blades by making her own job much harder in her attempts to prevent civilian casualties and ensure that the galaxy survives her war and has the possibility of a brighter future]].
* This is the BigBad's entire motivation in ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar''. He knows that restarting the war between gods and demons will likely result in [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the destruction of the human race, if not the entire world]] but he doesn't care, just so long as he can pay the gods back for humiliating the demons 70,000 years ago.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': After losing everything, including [[AnArmAndALeg a few limbs]], to XOF and Cipher [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Patriots]], Big Boss and Miller have sworn revenge on both groups, and are perfectly willing and able to cross ''any'' line to reach that end.
-->'''Miller:''' "We pull in money, troops, just to combat Cipher. Rubbing our noses in bloody battlefield dirt... all for revenge."
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne'': Sylvanas Windrunner would've gotten her revenge on Arthas, prevented his ascension to Lich-Kingdom and saved everybody heaps of troubles if only she had had the sense to kill him outright rather than seek to prolong his torment, allowing him to escape and fulfill his goals.
* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', Bandit Keith is so obsessed with beating Pegasus he doesn't care about Reshef or the threat he poses.
* Kokonoe in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is defined with, aside of her scientifical genius, her seething hatred against the BigBad, Yuuki Terumi, who killed her mother. She has pretty much focused so much to kill Terumi that she doesn't give a crap if she dabbles into dangerous science, planned a nuclear strike in case her plans go south, mindwipes one particularly innocent 'weapon' just for her purposes, ignores her two students so much one of them ends up corrupted into a monster and the other one ended up joining her enemy to restore him, attempts to order the death of anyone who comes near close to uncovering some of her secrets, uses the clone of her aunt to power up a massive cannon at cost of the latter's life and doesn't care if said clone is developing her own identity... In her own words, becoming a devil is fair play if it means a dead Terumi... by her hands. ''She doesn't want to share her frag!''
* This causes [[spoiler: Grimlock's]] downfall in ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron''; [[spoiler: when he finally gets his chance at revenge on Shockwave, he's loses control and thoughtlessly smashes apart the space bridge control center in the process of attacking. This causes him to be unable to escape the space bridge when it collapses.]]
* [[spoiler:The First Child]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' [[MisanthropeSupreme hated humanity]] for reasons unknown. After falling into Mt. Ebott and being taken in by a kinder monster family, [[spoiler:they manipulate Asriel, their surrogate brother, into their plans to murder the humans from their village. They poison themselves in a ThanatosGambit in spite of having a better life just to have revenge on humans.]]

* Lord Horribus from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' wants revenge on Torg ''bad'' (well, technically he wants redemption for having let Torg escape, but they both come down to tearing Torg into tiny, meaty bits). He proves willing to sacrifice the demons's entire [[DemonicInvaders invasion attempt]] just for the chance of killing Torg.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Ms. Damico kidnaps two people who cost her some money. Petey, a near-godlike AI who can wage war on whole galaxies, offers to buy his friends' freedom for 25 times the amount Damico lost. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20101010.html She refuses, instead demanding "satisfaction"]].
** In a (technically) heroic example, this trope is the only thing that can make Tagon say ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules. When he's offered a huge fee to rescue Xinchub from certain death, he refuses, because he and his soldiers hate Xinchub so much.
* In ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'', crimelord Broat personally flies out to the backwater planet his deposed rival Torquel Hane is stranded on (France in 15th century Earth, to be exact) to personally kill, rather leave him stuck somewhere he has no ability or desire to leave. Why? Because Torquel wasn't suffering enough.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the method the Nasaghast used to try to kill the doc for punching an astronaut would've, if successful, killed another astronaut. The AltText [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, saying it is impossible to reason with a vengeful ghost.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Fructose Ribflavin's father was killed by the Nemesite emperor. That emperor is long dead. Riboflavin has wasted his entire life seeking revenge against the emperor's innocent descendants. [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100914.html Bob pointed out the pointlessness of this to him, but that only enraged him.]]
* Sarda in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' wants the so-called "Light Warriors" to suffer for all the harm they caused and continue to cause, rather than stop them from causing more harm.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' always defied this trope, believing that [[KnowWhenToFoldEm revenge is a sucker's game]].
** This in contrast to may characters like Demona and [=MacBeth=] (and even most of the heroes on the occasions their {{Berserk Button}}s are pushed) who often fall right into this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Cartman does this, usually DisproportionateRetribution to the offense. Kyle, who is usually the most logical of the boys often devolves into this when Cartman is involved. A lot of both characters' abuse is often self inflicted by their zeal in destroying one another.
** One example to show exactly ''how'' disproportionate we're talking about: Scott Tenorman swindles Cartman out of $16.12 (not all at once). Cartman's response is to [[spoiler: get Scott's parents killed, grind up their bodies, make them into chili, and trick Scott into eating it before revealing all of this to him]]. And then he gets Scott's favorite band to mock him for crying.
* Quite a few incarnations of the Shredder suffer from this:
** In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', Shredder's obsession with destroying the Turtles was often the SpannerInTheWorks for his and Krang's attempts to conquer the Earth. In one episode, the villains trap the Turtles in Dimension X, paving the way for an easy conquest. However, the Turtles provoke the Shredder into letting them out so he can fight them head-on by pointing out that he had never personally defeated them.
** In the ''TurtlesForever'' animated movie, the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 Shredder]], after being beaten so many times by his Turtles and discovering TheMultiverse, decides to go to the source (the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Mirage comics universe]]) and destroy all reality. Karai even explicitly tells him that this would kill him as well, but he's so obsessed with his revenge that he ''just doesn't care''. This turns her against him permanently. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even the 1987 Shredder decides to put]] [[EvilVersusOblivion self-preservation above revenge]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': This is this Shredder's defining trait; he's so obsessed with getting revenge on Splinter (primarily for things that [[NeverMyFault were Shredder's own fault in the first place]]) that ''nothing else'' matters to him at all. He's even perfectly willing to help the Kraang and the Triceratons bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt as long as they help him accomplish this. Splinter calls him out on this during the first season finale, [[AndThenWhat pointing out that when Splinter dies, Shredder will have nothing]]. [[spoiler:And in the third season finale, he actively ''stops'' Splinter from saving the entire planet by killing him, saying his revenge is worth the end of the world.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In the episode "The Big Bang Theory", Bertram decides to travel back in time to RetGone Stewie by killing his ancestor, none other than [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Leonardo da Vinci]], unaware that, as a result of a time paradox, Stewie was the one that caused the BigBang and that erasing him would destroy the universe, including himself. Even after Brian and Stewie tell him as such, Bertram, after a brief hesitation, promptly declares that getting rid of Stewie is worth the end of the universe and promptly shoots da Vinci dead. However, Stewie preserves events by [[MyOwnGrampa becoming his own ancestor]].
* Depth Charge from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a Maximal driven by an all-consuming need to take revenge on the sadistic [[PsychoPrototype Rampage]], who personally killed and ate the all of the former's friends for a laugh. He'll blow off any order if Rampage is anywhere nearby.
** In the GrandFinale, Depth Charge finally corners Rampage and [[spoiler:stabs his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark]] with an [[PureEnergy energon]] stake, knowing full well this will result in an EarthShatteringKaboom [[TakingYouWithMe he can't survive]]]]. On the other hand, this results in [[spoiler:Dinobot II regaining the memories and nobility of the original and turning on Megatron at the crucial moment]].
* Courtney spends much of the latter half of TotalDramaWorldTour sabotaging ''her own team'' to get revenge on [[PerkyGoth Gwen]] as well as Duncan who was her boyfriend at the time for kissing behind her back.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. The writers point out that the only reason he hasn't taken over the world is because he gets caught up in pointless battles like finding out if Dib threw that muffin at his head during lunch [[spoiler: by hooking him up to a mind control machine and making him live out a vivid, decades-long fantasy life.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Jimmy the "Jazz Man" was more focused on making sure Gordon is killed than getting out of Gotham and laying low.
** And in the film, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' we have [[spoiler:Andrea]] and briefly [[spoiler:Batman himself.]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Andrea]]''': I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left, so either help me or get out of the way!
-->'''Joker''': Let me go or we both die!
-->'''[[spoiler:Batman]]''': Whatever it takes.
** The Clock King gets his StartOfDarkness by seeking revenge on Gotham's Mayor for [[EvilIsPetty inadvertently making him late for an appointment]].
* Arcee's obsession with Airachnid in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is made of this, since the latter was the one who [[spoiler: killed her partner Tailgate]]. This also applies with Starscream after [[spoiler: she finds out he was the one who killed Cliffjumper]]. Fortunately by the end of "Partners", she was able to put her desire for revenge behind her.
** As of ''Crossfire'', she swerved right back into it.
* This is [[WesternAnimation/DanVs Dan's]] bread and butter.
** More specifically, '''every''' episode is about him getting revenge on something, often for comically stupid and petty reasons.
** Sometimes he will try to get revenge on things people normally wouldn't even dream of getting revenge on or think you could get revenge on like New Mexico, art, technology, a ''dead'' president, and [[NoodleIncident a squirrel for some reason]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', the [[spoiler:Earth fairies were so caught up in revenge against the Wizards of the Black Circle and the people of Earth that they were about to freeze Earth over when one of their grievances was that humans had not taken care of Earth. Nebula in particular wanted vengeance even when Morgana and the other Earth fairies had given up on it.]] Thankfully, they were all convinced to drop it.
* The Retaliator in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10DestroyAllAliens'': He goes after a To'kuStar, believing it to have killed his son Azmuth, completely disregarding the fact that his target is about 100 feet tall.
* [[EmotionEater Queen]] Chrysalis of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' falls into this full throttle, and it costs her. [[spoiler:In disguise as Princess Cadence, she's succeeded in turning every character, even ''Princess Celestia'' herself against Twilight Sparkle for her harsh accusations, and even makes Twilight ''herself'' regretful of accusing her of being evil. What does she do? She picks up the IdiotBall and traps Twilight in ''exactly the same place as the real Cadence''. You can guess what happens next.]]
** Way before that, [[FallenAngel Nightmare]] [[MadGod Moon]]. After a thousand years in isolation she's still driven enough to possibly [[TheNightThatNeverEnds risk the destruction of all life in Equestria]] just to get back at - well, everyone. The regular mortals for not remembering her and her sister for banishing her in the first place (despite the fact said sister was trying to talk her out of fighting. She pretty much ''forced her'' to do it). She completely fails to see that the [[AmplifierArtifact Elements of Harmony]] can still hit her.
** This is the problem with Starlight Glimmer at the end of Season 5: [[spoiler:After the Mane Six stops her cult of equality and restores the villagers' Cutie Marks, Starlight flips out and decides to wreck everything by using time travel to stop Rainbow Dash from performing the Sonic Rainboom that would bring together the Mane Six. End result: an Equestria on the brink of tearing itself apart - oh, sure, Starlight's gonna have possession of an "equal" Ponyville, but with Nightmare Moon unrestrained and Celestia ready to declare war, the only thing she's brought is pain and terror. All because Twilight and the others thought "Your village is creepy and you're creepy."]]
* Blythe soon falls into this in the ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' episode "[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E21TerriersAndTiaras Terriers & Tiaras]]" in trying to best Judy Jo Jameson at a dog pageant. The TV crew at hand encourage her, and the once sweet-tempered girl becomes meaner and more aggressive than even Judy Jo, going as far as to [[spoiler: repurpose the dress Blythe originally gave her dog Zoe as a birthday present to try to gain a competitive edge]]. [[Series/ToddlersAndTiaras Given what this]] [[Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo episode is spoofing]], Blythe's 180-degree in behavior was bound to happen.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'', there are three stunning examples:
** [[spoiler: Professor Zoom]], whose hatred of Flash is so much that he not only is willing to commit suicide if he can manage to blow up Flash, the Flash Museum, and thousands of innocent, Flash-admiring civilians in the process, but he also interferes with Flash's efforts to save the CrapsackWorld that is Flashpoint and then tries to ensure Flash will be stranded there as the world is destroyed, even if it means committing suicide in the process.
** [[spoiler: ComicBook/WonderWoman]], who commits adultery with a married man and then ''kills his wife'' (she claims in self-defense, but it's ambiguous) before claiming her victim's crown as a trophy and sending the decapitated body back to her now-''ex''-lover. After this she leads an Amazon invasion of Europe, slaughtering every man and enslaving all of the women, to strengthen her position to defeat her former lover in bloody combat. She all but states outright an intention of leading a bloody {{Gendercide}} after she believes she has claimed victory towards the end of the movie.
** [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}]], who gets his wife killed by cheating on her with [[spoiler: Wonder Woman]], and then declares war on the Amazons over it, a war that starts with him sinking ''all of West Europe''. By the time of the final battle, he's rigged what he knows could very well be an unstoppable DoomsdayDevice up as a suicide strike, and his final action after being beaten is to trigger it, ensuring that the whole world follows him into death.
* What cemented Peridot's HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is realizing that Yellow Diamond, whom she's always revered as a Gem of logic and reason, is subject to this trope: she doesn't care how useful Earth and its resources can be, she just wants it destroyed out of revenge for all the trouble that planet and the Crystal Gems on it caused her. Cue the BrokenPedestal.

* The cycle of vendetta can very easily lead into situation where ''all'' the males of both sides are killed and only women remain.
** This has led into very bizarre situation in some regions in Albania: some women have seeked for sex change to fulfill the gap due to menfolks killed.
* Hatred and enmity between different nations can last literally centuries due to injusticies committed long ago. Wars between those nations are especially bitter and bloody.