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->'''Pinky:''' Gee, Brain, what you wanna do tonight?\\
'''Brain:''' [[OncePerEpisode The same thing we do every night, Pinky: try to take over the world!]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''

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[[Film/StreetFighter Of course!]] ...Sorry. Anyways, why would any reputable villain or [[TheEmpire Imperialistic Global Superpower]] set their sights on anything less than World Domination[[TradeSnark ®]]! As {{Evil Plan}}s go, world domination is [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]], [[PragmaticVillainy more logical]] and sometimes [[EasilyConqueredWorld easier]] than [[OmnicidalManiac wanton destruction of everything]]. They want to be in charge of everything and everyone. This could be just to [[{{Pride}} feed their massive egos]] and {{Greed}}, or else they've got somewhat [[DarkMessiah twisted ideals]] that they want everyone else to adhere to. Sometimes it's because world domination is [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the Path to a Better Future]]. Or [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans it's just because they are just dicks]].

Either way, this ambition will put them in direct conflict with the heroes, whether professional or "[[HeroicNeutral I just want everything to go back to normal]]" types. Usually said villains [[AndYourLittleDogToo fixate on the hero or someone/thing close to them]] as being part of their master EvilPlan. For a villain who has finally acquired [[AGodAmI godlike power]], and did not use it to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence or [[OmnicidalManiac euthanize the universe]], then this is the next logical goal and use for said power.

Villains who want this will occasionally [[EvilVersusEvil combat other villains]] who want to destroy the world or use it for other purposes, and sometimes, just sometimes, [[EvilerThanThou team up with the heroes to do it.]] After all, you [[EvilVersusOblivion can't conquer the world if it's destroyed]], right? Whether or not the villain attempts to stab the heroes in the back the instant the world is safe, or they nod and civilly go back to their Secret Lairs in a gentleman's agreement to face each other tomorrow depends on the villain.

The results of world domination is sometimes subverted, parodied or deconstructed when the villain [[TheBadGuyWins actually succeeds]], and it turns out that ruling the world [[WantingIsBetterThanHaving isn't nearly as gratifying as they thought it would be]] -- exactly [[AndThenWhat what does one do]] with the world once one has it, after all? As any [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] would tell you, ideas to try for the world (whether utopian or dystopian) can be limited. Plus, once you're ruling the world, you literally have to be in charge of '''''everyone''''', and [[BizarreAndImprobableGiraffeHerdingTechniques that's like herding giraffes]]. Seven ''billion'' giraffes, as a matter of fact. You actually have to run things, and make sure it works, and dang, DystopiaIsHard. You will end up snapping or getting crushed under the workload of [[FascistButInefficient trying to dictate everything]]. If they did it with MassHypnosis to get rid of TheEvilsOfFreeWill, then it'll be considerably easier to rule... and so dreadfully boring they undo the whole thing just to have someone to talk to. No wonder that "illogical" [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum world destruction]] has an appeal that competes with world domination.

The more fleshed-out villain will have some specific perception of what is wrong with the world and believe that a strong central authority with vision and strength of purpose can set it right.

For more information, check out the EvilOverlordList, a detailed guide on what should an evil overlord do and not do. Typically, this is accomplished with StockEvilOverlordTactics. Although sometimes the plans of villains with this motivation go rather in the MissingStepsPlan direction. For several country-specific [[SubTrope SubTropes]], see AmericaTakesOverTheWorld, JapanTakesOverTheWorld, and ChinaTakesOverTheWorld. See TakeOverTheCity for a more modest version.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Mazinger trilogy'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': According his Backstory revealed in one of the manga versions, Dr. Hell was abused and belittled by everyone when he was a child until his mind snapped and he decided he wanted to make all pay: he would purge the world off idiots and force everybody to bow down to him. During the rise of Hitler, he realized if he took over the world he COULD do just that. Over ten years after the World War II he finally found the means [[LostTechnology as he researched several ancient ruins]].
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': The Mykene were an ancient civilization had been forced to survive underground for millennia. BigBad and PhysicalGod Emperor of Darkness and TheDragon Ankoku Daishogun wanted to return to the surface world and let their people walk freely over earth and enjoy sunlight, fresh air and clean water, and they thought take over the world was the only way to achieve that.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Planet Vega had become unstable due to the overexploitation of ores of vegatron, a highly radioactive material. King Vega needed to find another world to settle his people on, and so he began conquering other worlds. That expansionist campaign finally led them to Earth.
* Tadase's goal in ''ShugoChara'' (or at least his [[GhostInTheMachine would-be self's]] goal) is pretty clearly spelled out as World Domination.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu's'' [[AllThereInTheManual Japanese official website]] listed profiles for most of the major characters--pretty standard stuff, including height, weight, and each character's "likes" and "dislikes". Most of it isn't too much of a surprise, like Ahiru's love for ballet and dislike of food with chicken in it... but then you get to [[ScaryShinyGlasses Autor's]] profile. What he likes? "World Domination". Apparently ''that's'' the reason he's so obsessed with [[spoiler:Drosselmeyer's [[RealityWarper story-spinning]] powers]]!
* Il Palazzo of ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' wants to take over the world, which he believes has become corrupt. He decides a more reasonable goal is to start with just Japan, and the best way to take over Japan is to [[TakeOverTheCity start with one city]].
* After [[spoiler:Chao Lingshen]] is revealed as the BigBad of the Mahora Festival in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', we finally get a peek at her character bio. Listed under her Likes? World Domination.
** Now that she's out of the way, Haruna has stepped in. Lately, she overtly proclaimed herself "future mistress of [[MagicWorld this world]]".
* ''AxisPowersHetalia'': "Everyone will become one with Russia." Alternately, The Awesome [[MemeticBadass Prussia]] [[MemeticMutation will seize your vital regions.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch vi Britannia eventually decides to conquer the whole world, rather than just destroy the Britannian Empire, as was his original plan. In subversion [[spoiler:he doesn't actually want to ''keep'' it for himself. [[MagnificentBastard Magnificently]], having taken over half the world and been betrayed, he the proceeds to take over the ''other half'', then uses that to finish the job.]]
** It's heavily implied for this is the intention of the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Royal Family of Britannia]]. [[ItRunsInTheFamily All]] are [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] who believes world peace can only be achieved through world domination, involving nukes, threats, and the like.
* Light Yagami in ''Manga/DeathNote'' wants to be the god of the world, which effectively is the same thing.
* Cleo in ''GlassFleet'' wants to take over the galaxy. Luckily, the Big Bad, Vetti Sforza, has already conquered most of it. Cleo decides that taking down Vetti is the quickest way of doing it. [[spoiler:Things don't go exactly as planned...]]
* [[TheProtagonist Jio's]] goal in ''Manga/SixSixSixSatan'', by collecting all the O-Parts to rule the world.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn's'' BigBad [[spoiler:Byakuran]] actually ''has'' taken over the world [[spoiler:millions of times over. Being able to share his consciousness across parallel universes, he has become supreme ruler of all but one.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Piccolo Daimao's goal is to conquer the world. And he does. [[EasilyConqueredWorld Easily]].
** Pilaf, the Red Ribbon Army, Vegeta, Frieza and his relatives, and Babidi, who all had plans for world/universal domination at one point or another. Specifically, Frieza was in the business of conquering and selling planets.
* ''GundamSeedDestiny'': [[DarkMessiah Gilbert Durandel]] wants to do this as part of his UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans plot.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': This is one of Greed's stated goals, [[spoiler:though in the end Ling calls him out on his bluff and Greed grudgingly admits that deep down his true desire was to have friends]].
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], Bradley seemed to have this as his intention, which makes sense, him being a Hitler-expy and all.
*** He is actually holding the title "Führer"!
* When 4Kids was dubbing the ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' movies, they had a habit of changing the villains' motives to this, because [[ViewersAreMorons kids wouldn't understand their original motives]].
** This is now Team Rocket's goal. [[spoiler:Since they've become competent and now have frikken jet-packs, they might actually have a shot.]]
*** [[spoiler:That didn't last long though.]]
* Pain of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' originally claims this to be the goal of Akatsuki. As a small mercenary force of exceptional skill they would build a strong reputation and slow supplant the established villages; then they would use the captured Bijuu to start small wars, promptly ending them, to gain complete dominance of the market. At that point, they would crush the weakened nations reliant on their services and become the sole world power.
** [[spoiler: Turns out [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Pein]] was right all along; except the real Akatsuki boss, Tobi plans to use a MassHypnosis plan instead of the fake, economic scheme.]]
** [[spoiler: As of Chapter 692, Sasuke reveals that his ultimate goal is world domination, starting with killing Naruto, the only person he believes can stop him.]]
* Kuroda from ''Manga/NekoDeGomen''.
* This is the goal of all of the evil organizations in HajimeteNoAku. Their methods and reasons are generally more benign than most of the other examples on this page.
* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'', the British Library apparently wants to take control of the world's information networks, so they can get the world to doublethink itself into believing that they ''already'' rule the world.
* [[ShinryakuIkaMusume Ika Musume's]] ultimate goal is to take over the world in order to punish humans for polluting the oceans and harming the ocean life. Thus far, her invasion has stalled at the beach house where she first made landfall.
* The Evil Organization Florsheim from ''TentaiSenshiSunred'' has this as their objective B. It will follow objective A; the defeat of their mortal enemy Sunred. So far, they're stuck at objective A. [[HarmlessVillain And probably will be for some time]].
* This is the goal of Rider, aka AlexanderTheGreat, in ''FateZero''. Which is to be expected, given that it was his goal in RealLife. An unusual case in that he is a hero rather than a villain. He's delighted to discover that the world is larger than he had realized in life, because ''that means there's more of it to conquer''.
* Poseidon in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Cue his [[EnemyMine one-time help]] against Hades, who wants to destroy the world.
* The Zabi family of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' have this as their ultimate objective, seeking to grind Earth and all of the space colonies under their [[ANaziByAnyOtherName jackbooted]] heels. Their reasons for doing so differ--[[ThePatriarch Degwin]] and [[DaddysLittleVillain Kycilia]] want to bring their familial political philosophy to the entirety of humanity and make Zeon the strongest nation in existence, [[SissyVillain Garma]] and [[TheBrute Dozle]] [[WellDoneSonGuy just want to make their father proud]], and [[TheEvilPrince Gihren]] sees it as an exercise in stroking his own ego. All of them, and particularly Gihren and [[TheBaroness Kycilia]], believe that DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.
** DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', like the Zabis before him, has World Domination as his end goal. Whether he's a VisionaryVillain or a ManipulativeBastard of a {{Narcissist}} who wants to remake the world in his own image is a matter of some debate in the fandom.
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'' features a particularly hideous example: [[spoiler:[[BeastMan Monster Rat]] Yakomaru plans to overthrow humans by exploiting the fact that HumansArePsychicInTheFuture by kidnapping a human infant and raising him into an unstoppable, animalistic sociopath and unleashing him against the communities on the Japanese archipelago, and using the chaos to capture even more infants to repeat the process until all humans have been wiped out.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played straight in Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Empire}}'' limited comic series. The supervillain mastermind Golgoth actually conquers the world. All opposition is crushed, all superheroes are defeated, and Golgoth is still victorious at the end of the tale. Needless to say, it's a VERY dark story. However, Golgoth finds that ruling the world is not exactly easy, either.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert has taken over the world a few time. In one arc he does so through hypnosis, but abdicates after he gets bored. He's also taken over the company frequently, usually becoming obscenely wealthy and retiring within a matter of days.
* {{Darkseid}}, the Lord of Apokolips, wants to rule the entire [[TheDCU DC Universe]].
* In the {{Marvel}} GraphicNovel ''Emperor Doom'' Doctor Doom succeeds in taking over the world. [[spoiler:He hits the ResetButton himself when he realizes he didn't want the world, he just wanted the quest to take it over.]]
** The Doomster also pulled it off in ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'', complete with building an army with hybrid Doombot and Iron Man technology and giving himself a castle the size of Latveria. [[spoiler:Then the heroes beat him up and Odin blows him to vapor with a lightning bolt]].
** In the aftermath of the Onslaught Saga, Franklin Richards created an alternate Earth and Doctor Doom conquered THAT before getting bored with the absolute power over it he'd usurped from Franklin Richards' weird computer overseer thing.
** He pulls it off in Doom 2099 (or the United States, anyway, which is not actually the entire world). The twist? He's actually a pretty good leader.
* From ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers AVENGERS]]'' #290, in one of his few impressive moments Dr. Druid points out to the Super-Adaptoid the importance of thinking things through:
-->'''Dr. Druid:''' And once you have conquered the people of Earth, what then?
-->'''Super-Adaptoid:''' I will rule them, Dr. Druid.
-->'''Dr. Druid:''' To rule means to dictate. What will you tell your billions of subjects to do?
-->'''Super-Adaptoid:''' I... I had not yet considered that.
* "Rule the world" is the key phrase that Piffany taught Yeagar to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys in ''{{Nodwick}}''.
* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor's original goal was to take total control of Metropolis as a foundation for taking over the world, and from there the rest of the universe. Then ComicBook/{{Superman}} showed and started ruining all of his plans. Now his goal is to get rid of Superman so he can get back to his original goal and soothe his massive ego.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Discussed by [[TeenGenius Mercury]] and [[TokenEvilTeamMate Jadite]] in FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi. Due to the tremendous forces arrayed against Ami, both the [[GodOfEvil Dark Gods]] and their followers, and the [[BigGood Light Gods]] and ''their'' followers; it is speculated that if she ever wants to get home, Ami is going to have to do this.
* [[http://alwayshavingjuice.tumblr.com/post/24697209891/strangely-the-thing-i-find-the-strangest-in-that Subverted and discussed]] by the Calamitous Zone's Dr. Eggman(!) in ''Blog/AlwaysHavingJuice''.
* This is the ultimate goal of [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[StupidEvil Brainstorm]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* Mr. Uppity puts all the Mr. Men and Little Misses in jail in order to do so in ''WebVideo/TheMrMenMovie''.
* Subverted in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni''. The Enforcers assume, due to their experience with past {{Big Bad}}s, that this is [[VillainProtagonist Queen Jade's]] ultimate goal. However, Jade is GenreSavvy to know that aiming for a goal that large is what led to said past Big Bads being defeated, and as such is more small-scale -- she merely wants enough power to ensure she's never defeated, in order to maintain the comfortable and hedonistic life style she's created for herself.
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'': One thing that the BigBadEnsemble has in common is that they all want to rule the world.
* In the final story of the ''FanFic/MyHostageNotYours'' series, Gaz convinces Zim to get off his ass and finally conquer the world. [[spoiler: And they do, well before the story is over.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'': Dr Z wants to take over the universe -- by turning himself into a humanoid catfish and mutating all sea life.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': the goal of Cobra is to -- you guessed it!
* Audrey II In ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
--> '''Seymour Krelborn:''' We're not talking about one hungry plant here, we're talking about world conquest!.
--> '''Audrey II:''' And I wanna thank YOU!.
* Drax's EvilPlan in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' is to wipe out humanity and replace it with a "master race" under his rule.
* Recurring villain goal in the ''Scanners'' movies:
** Darryl Revok plans to do this in ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' by [[spoiler:initiating a country-wide scheme of covertly prescribing pregnant women with a dangerous drug that will turn their unborn children into "scanners" (telepathic and telekinetic psychics), who he will then convert to his cause - being one himself with a deep hatred for normal humans]].
** Commander Forrester in ''Film/ScannersIITheNewOrder'' [[spoiler:advocates the creation of a "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything New Order]]" to "cure" the cities of crime, which really means that he'll be in control of everything. He tries to build an army of scanners to keep the rest of society in line, and uses their abilities to get himself into successively higher public offices, going from police commander to police chief and planning to run for mayor next]].
** In ''Film/ScannersIIITheTakeover'' Helena hatches such a scheme after [[spoiler:discovering that scanners abilities work through camera and television signals. Her first step is to mind control thousands of people through a widely televised public broadcast of her, but she doesn't seem to think much further ahead than this]].
* In ''Film/TheShadow'' the villain is a descendant of Genghis Khan. He says that his ancestor conquered half the world and he's here to "finish the job".
* ''StarWars'': Senator Palpatine, AKA Darth Sidious, didn't just take over a world, he took over a ''galaxy''. Beat that!
* M. Bison in ''Film/StreetFighter''. All he wants to do is create the perfect genetic soldier, and sending them out to wipe out every creed and every nation... until all of mankind bows before him in humble gratitude, with the entire planet united under the loving grip of the ''Pax Bisonica''.
--> '''M. Bison''': [[MemeticMutation OF COURSE!]]
* General Zod in ''Film/SupermanII'' did take over Earth after defeating the pesky son of Jor-El. It just didn't last because of Superman.
* Clu in ''Film/TronLegacy'' wants to escape from the Grid into RealLife and bring his army with him. How he plans to take over the world with a few thousand troops and no real weapons (or, at least, something that would work in the real world) is never explained, although some fans claim he can program more troops once outside. One thing's for sure though, if Clu escapes he will stop at nothing to make our world open and available to all of them. [[MemeticMutation Yes!]] '''[[MemeticMutation TO ALL OF THEM!!!!!]]'''
* The ''Film/AustinPowers'' trilogy obviously pokes fun at this with Dr. Evil's own schemes involving holding the world hostage. Interestingly, his right hand man, Number Two, is much more successful in raking in cash with various legitimate projects, and is quite frustrated when Dr. Evil still goes for the schemes that Austin Powers is more likely to stop.
* ''{{Help}}'' - an indestructible ring stuck on Ringo's finger is coveted by a trite, hackneyed MadScientist (as described by John):
--> Fantastic! With a ring like that I could - dare I say it - rule the world.
* Adenoid Hynkel of ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', which is not surprising given that he was a parody of Hitler. Best shown with him dancing with an inflatable globe to Wagner's ''Lohengrin''.
* Shaw's ultimate goal in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* GeorgeOrwell's NineteenEightyFour is arguably the definitive literary example of this trope actually succeeding, and the consequences thereof. While the world may not ''technically'' be under the control of a single power, each of the three totalitarian superstates that do rule the world are effectively in tacit alliance with one another against their own peoples, and engage in an endless proxy war the aim of which is not to win but to divert resources, manpower and focus away from their home populations. Although we are given details of only one of the three, it is suggested that all follow roughly identical ideologies. In a rather brutal lampshading, the regime insider O'Brian acknowledges that DystopiaIsHard, even for them, but they do not care, because the ultimate aim of the regime is pure power, rather than material or personal satisfaction.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Sauron already controlled the greater part of the world by the main story opens. Two ages before that, his boss -- a [[{{Satan}} fallen angel type]], name of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Morgoth]] -- had similar ambitions before the gods dethroned him. The key difference is that for Morgoth, world domination was merely one step in his ultimate plan to [[OmnicidalManiac corrupt and destroy all reality]], whereas for Sauron it was an end in and of itself.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Lord Voldemort has this goal, now that he's [[spoiler:functionally immortal]].
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''SoonIWillBeInvincible''. As he works on his latest EvilPlan (and afterwards) Doctor Impossible wonders what "taking over the world" even means, having tried everything from TimeTravel to [[NoodleIncident an army of fish]]:
--> What does it mean to conquer the world? Is there really a way to do it? Do you have to be the richest one, or the smartest one, or to beat everyone in a fight? Or just to know you could? Is it to be invincible? ... Does it just mean to get the girl you really wanted?
* ''EndersGame'': Peter Wiggin, the brother of Ender begins putting his Take Over The World plan in motion at the age of, like, fourteen? [[spoiler:He succeeds several books later. And in an interesting turn, is a very effective and respected leader.]]
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[JohnCarterOfMars A Fighting Man of Mars]]'', this is the jeddak of Jalar's intention -- though being a DirtyCoward, he insists on marvelous MadScientist inventions in sufficient quantities first. Also Phor Tak, who had made him those inventions and been exiled by him; desire for {{Revenge}} drives him insane.
* It is eventually revealed late in the ''{{Everworld}}'' series that this is the master plan of [[spoiler: the witch Senna Wales.]]
* ''Literature/TheDraka'': The Draka seek to conquer the world so that there are no other competing ideologies or worldviews to their own. The existence of liberal democracy is considered a direct threat to their empire.
* In ''[[{{Petaybee}} Powers That Be]]'' the BigBad corporation, Intergal, wants to take over the planet of Petaybee because it terraformed it in the first place and has only just realized that it might be more profitable to mine it than to allow settlers to live there.
* [[spoiler:Petyr Baelish]]'s goal at this point in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' seems to be "control as much of Westeros as possible". Given that this is [[spoiler:''Littlefinger'']] we're talking about here, he may have a bigger ultimate goal, a smaller ultimate goal, or no goal at all.
* The Magister wants to do this, very much in ''Literature/InfernalDevices''.
* [[spoiler:The Mesan Alignment]] in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels plans to take over the galaxy (or at least the part explored by humans). [[spoiler:And they've been diligently working towards this end for centuries.]]
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'': The goal of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nightrise]]]].
* ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}'' has a different take on this; the RealityWarper villain plans to change the world so it all exists inside his head.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Jack Frost tries this in the movie, planning to conquer Fairyland and the human world.
** In the Fashion Fairies series, he tries to take over the fashion world with his Ice Blue clothing line.
* The [[spoiler:title hero]] in ''Literature/UltimateHero'' tries to do this, although he first focuses on conquering America.
* ''[[Literature/{{Julian}} Julian The Apostate]]'', having been assured by a PhonyPsychic that the gods ([[ItMakesSenseInContext and Alexander The Great]]) are with him, launches an invasion to this end. They aren't with him, and it ends badly.
* In ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' books, Mr. Curtain's goal is to take over the world, [[{{Brainwashed}} manipulating people's opinions and memories]] with his Whisperer so that they accept him as [[FunWithAcronyms M.A.S.T.E.R.]] (Minister and Secretary of All the Earth's Regions.)
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** This was Illyria's plan when she first reemerged. She went to revive her demonic army to conquer the earth, and found she'd been dead so long they had all crumbled to dust. She was so depressed she just gave up on it after that.
** And one season before that, rogue [[PowersThatBe Power that...]] [[BuffySpeak Am]], Jasmine, nearly ''succeeded'' as she was able to brainwash everyone who saw or heard her, even via electronic media, into loving her. She was ultimately only defeated by epic GlamourFailure [[spoiler: and Connor turning into a full-blown NietzscheWannabe who punched through the back of her head]].
* ''Series/BeingHuman'': This is BigBad Herrick's ultimate plan in season 1.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Warren Mears. He mostly fails because he's less like [[CutLexLuthorACheck Lex Luthor]], and more like [[AxCrazy Max Cady]].
** Apparently the goal of [[AffablyEvil The Mayor]], though he never got past the "[[ScaledUp become giant demon snake]]" stage of his plan. Presumably this would give him the power to do so.
** The Master also showed interest in ruling the world, as did Adam, who planned to re-populate Earth with an army of beings like himself and the First wanted to possess every human being on the planet, so it probably applies as well. The only BigBad with no ambitions of this kind was Glory who just wanted to go home at the cost of the apocalypse (and even then, she only wanted to go back to her home world so that she could rule it).
** Simone's stated goal to Buffy. Started by taking over an island near Italy and kicking everyone off of it, beating up an old woman who had given her food and shelter while doing so.
* ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'': Unsurprisingly, this is Hitler's goal. He is also depicted as being in charge of Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito - the show being a parody of pulp and exploitation fiction, he's pretty similar to the stereotypical megalomaniacal supervillain.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "Tomb of the Cybermen", Kleig, a human helping the Cybermen for power, goes on a rant about how the world is a disorganized mess of conflicting ideals, and only his superior intellect could bring it together to solve all its problems. A few seasons later, in "The Invasion", Tobias Vaughn, also helping the Cybermen, would make almost word-for-word the same rant.
** In the new series Series 3 finale, The Master takes over the world. [[ResetButton It gets undone]]. He does however seem to [[ForTheEvulz enjoy it]], [[SugarWiki/CrowningMusicOfAwesome playing music]], [[FoeYay torturing his prisoners]] and [[AxCrazy planning to take over the universe for all time]]. In The End of Time, [[spoiler: the Master takes over the world again. Once again, [[ResetButton it gets undone]].]]
** It's probably worth noting that in the new series, at least, when an episode takes place on Earth, chances are good the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Alien of the Week]] is trying to take over the world or some variant on that theme. Recurring villains the Cybermen are also proponents of Taking Over The World. Notable exceptions to this rule, however, are the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]] and the [[spoiler:Time Lords]].
* ''{{Eureka}}'': Nathan Stark admits in one episode that he has dreams about world domination. "But not all the time!"
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': Tons of Showa era villains had this as this as their plan. Not so much in the Heisei era, where the villains plans are usually more complex. The only villains whose end goal plan is conquering the world is Smart Brain from ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', whose plan entails a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''TheMiddleman'': The show is GenreSavvy about this being a standard EvilPlan.
* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
** Makes Rita's motivations clear the moment her [[strike:can]] [[SealedEvilInACan space dumpster is unsealed.]] ''"After 10,000 years I'm free! '''It's time to conquer Earth!'''"'' Same goes for the motivation of every other PowerRangers villain ''ever''.[[note]] Its even the goal of villains that already rule entire galaxies, sometimes ''several galaxies''. Earth is just that special, possibly because nobody has taken it over yet.[[/note]]
** To be fair, some villains have slight differences in objective. For example, in Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder, BigBad Mesagog wants to return the world to being reptiles. This even gets LampshadeHanging by Tommy: "Why can't you just want to conquer the world like all the other sickos?"
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': As [[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain episode 5]] and [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]] demonstrate, General Sebastian "Bass" Monroe of the Monroe Republic wants to take over the continent of North America one territory at a time. [[spoiler: By the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]], Bass ends up on the run from his own militia, and Tom Neville has apparently adopted this as his new goal]].
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': The Spellman family cat Salem is actually a former warlock who's being punished for plotting to rule the world. In one episode he is denied parole (and a return to his human form) when he lets it slip to the interviewer that he still dreams of overlordship.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The ultimate goal of every single villain is conquest or control of the Milky Way galaxy. Every. Single. One.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Khan Noonien Singh wakes up after a 270-year nap and decides to take over the galaxy.
** Also, Captain ("LORD!") Garth of Izar, who declares himself "Master of the Universe" and, like Khan, plans to use the Enterprise to conquer the galaxy.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon not only wants to rule hell but also earth and the fallen angels.
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[[folder: Music]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8aK4xbJOqQ I Want To Conquer The World]]" by ''Music/BadReligion'':
-->''And I want to conquer the world, / Give all the idiots a brand new religion,''
-->''Put an end to poverty, uncleanliness and toil, / [[HypocriticalHumor Promote equality in all my decisions]]''
-->''With a quick wink of the eye / And a "God you must be joking!"''
* "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," by Music/TearsForFears.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* This is the goal of the villainess Dark Queen from ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballTheWeb Pro Pinball: The Web]]'', who plans to dominate the world by unleashing an army of spiders. [[ExcusePlot Don't ask how...]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballTimeshock Pro Pinball: Timeshock!]]'', this is a ''SideQuest''. After exploring all seven continents, the player can go to {{Atlantis}} and start "Global Domination", where the game gives one minute to try and light all of the continents for massive bonuses.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Jon Moxley]] stated this was his plan for KAMIKAZE in Wrestling/DragonGate USA. Really, this was just a sign of the toll his feud with Wrestling/JimmyJacobs was having on his already damaged psyche.[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Risk}}'', "The Game of World Domination".
** In the German version, it has been ''{{bowdlerise}}d'' to a "Game of World ''Liberation''".
* ''World War IV'', which is ''{{Axis and Allies}}'' meets ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''.
* ''History of the World''.
* All the evil gods in the ''ForgottenRealms'' have this goal.
** Bane has this as his main goal and almost all of his followers' failed plots revolve around this to some degree. Indeed, he is the god of tyranny.
** In ''Crucible: Trial of Cyric the Mad'', the main character's goal towards the beginning was to get a book that would make everyone worship his god, Cyric, thereby allowing him to take over not only the world, but the entire pantheon.
** Shar is an exception: the Lady of Loss wants to ''[[OmnicidalManiac destroy]]'' the world, not rule it.
* In the Kalamar D&D setting, the holy book of the [[LawfulEvil god of tyranny]] is a [[AuthorTract political manifesto]] that not only proclaims the deity's intention to do this, but why it's ''absolutely imperative'' that his followers make it happen, [[KnightTemplar for the greater good of all sentients]].
* ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'': All three sample series' {{Big Bad}}s (Nekkrottus, General Archnid, and Maxilliam Mercy) have this trope at their goal--but this is justifed as it's a 1980s ShoutOut to goals of most 1980s cartoon villains.
* The ''{{Netrunner}}'' card "[[http://www.netrunneronline.com/cards/world-domination/ World Domination]]". If the corp manages to score the card, it wins the game.
-->So, Wilson, how in the frack did you know the fileset was secret plans for world domination?
-->'Cause it was labeled 'Secret Plans for World Domination.'
* In ''Mwahahaha!!!'', the players are all {{Mad Scientist}}s competing to be the first to do this.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', there's the Monodominant faction within TheEmpire: they believe that peace will come when Mankind has conquered the entire ''Galaxy'' and eradicated every other intelligent species in it. The irony is that the theory was originally formulated as a sarcastic ''joke'' by a guy who thought it ''obviously'' impossible to achieve.
* ''TabletopGame/TimeMaster'': The Demoreans are obsessed with taking over the Continuum.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* This is Doctor Octopus' long-term plan in ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'', with the takeover of New York City being his first step.
* King Goobot in ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' plans to steal Jimmy's latest Mark IV rocket and duplicate it so that he can use it to enslave earth.
* In ''Ride/TransformersTheRide'', Megatron once again sets out to steal the [=AllSpark=] shard and use it to turn all technology into Decepticons, so that he may rule the world.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Gary from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. His goal is ostensibly to "take over the school", but nobody seems to have figured out what that actually means, least of all Gary.
--> '''Gary:'''"I keep imagining myself in charge of a large empire."
* At the end of the first half of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', [[spoiler:Kefka conquers the world. The goal of the second half is to dethrone him, preferably ''before'' he gets bored of nuking the survivors with the [[LightIsNotGood Light Of Judgment]] and really gets cracking on the stated goal of [[OmnicidalManiac "building a monument to nonexistence."]]]].
* This is the raison d'etre for the BigBad of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', TheEmperor. ''Why'' he wants to rule everything is never gone into in the game itself.
* The Combine from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' do this on a regular basis. When they were introduced, it became the reason the Vortigaunts invaded Black Mesa in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', as they were fleeing their conquered homeworld. Taking over Earth actually was an afternoons work for the Combine.
* This is the (repeatedly) stated goal of Murray, the mighty demonic skull in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. Exactly ''how'' he is planning to do this, being a talking disembodied skull with a superiority complex, is slightly less apparent.
* Parodied in the ''BaldursGate'' series with Tiax, an utterly unhinged gnome priest of Cyric, who claims his destiny is to rule the world. Appearing as a recruitable NPC in the first game, the sequel places him in an asylum from where Tiax claims that he ''already has'' taken over the world and now rules it all from inside his [[strike:little padded cell]] throne room.
* This is the ultimate goal in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', a RealTimeStrategy game where players take control of a wannabe overlord and set off to conquer the world with various criminal means.
* Beautifully mocked by ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: Covenant''. When the BonusBoss Orobas appears he begins to spout off about his plans for world domination. At that point, however, Anastasia - who by this point has seen a half-dozen different enemies say much the same things - steps forward and asks, "AndThenWhat?" When Orobas asks what she means, she demands to know what he's going to do with the world once he conquers it. Orobas stammers for a bit, and then mutters that he'll have to think about it... at which point Anastasia tells the party to just beat him down.
* Ocelot in ''MetalGearSolid4'' is trying to take over the world [[spoiler:to trick the heroes to into helping him freeing the world from its real secret rulers]].
* Most strategy video games have this as an explicit or implicit victory condition.
** Almost all [[FourX 4X]] games give you victory when you conquer the world or the galaxy.
** This is the explicit goal of most of the villainous factions (Nod, the Soviets, the Imperial Japanese, CABAL, etc.) in the various ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series. The good factions on the other hand (GDI, the Allies) more often than not strive for a return to status quo, seeing the defeat of their enemy as a way of preventing this trope, not to practice it themselves. Because their endings are usually canon this leaves the door open for another rematch in a sequel.
** The campaigns from ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar: Dark Crusade'' and ''Soulstorm'' fulfill this. They end only when the player faction rules the planet or, in the latter, the solar system.
** ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' ended with your MegaCorp conquering the entire world. In the sequel, they control the planet uncontested until the game starts.
* Purple Tentacle in ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' wants to do this, after drinking some sludge-contaminated water. In fact, he ''succeeds'', as the human sent 200 years into the future, Laverne, can attest to. The objective is to travel to ''yesterday'' and prevent the water from being contaminated in the first place, as he's nigh unstoppable otherwise (somehow).
* ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate'' has a main character example in Princess Mint. While Rue, the other main character, seeks to revive his sister, Princess Mint has but one goal in mind: World Domination, baby!
* Kira "The Maiden who wants to take over the world" Daidohji of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has this as her goal even though she hasn't hit puberty yet. She's naturally against [[BigBad Mildred's]] plan, which would destroy the world that she's trying to conquer.
* Your goal in ''{{Overlord}}''. Why? Because you're [[EvilOverlord THE OVERLORD]]!!
* ''MegaManZero's'' own BigBad, Dr. Weil. He ''succeeds'', too[[CrapsackWorld ...well, conquering what's left of it, anyway.]] This guy ruling the last gasp of humanity is NOT a very good thing...
** Dr. Wily of the [[VideoGame/MegaMan original series]], though he wasn't as good at it.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad'': the BigBad became the world's master [[spoiler:the spirits called him "The Ancient King of Humans" in Arc 2]] long before the game started: what he wanted was not control over mankind, but control over [[UpToEleven the whole planet's ecosystem]], and he almost succeeded [[spoiler: more than once, leaving the world crippled each time the heroes managed to seal him]]
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'': This is the goal of M. Bison.
* The goal of ''Demon's Crest'' is to destroy Phalanax, the demon who conquered the world. There's a catch: your character is Firebrand, a Red Arremer from ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'', and he wants to kill Phalanax because ''he'' intends to conquer the world.
* Malladus from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', apparently, [[spoiler:until his revival is about to be undone and he decides that an EarthShatteringKaboom is good to go as well.]] At least [[MagnificentBastard Ganon(dorf)]] was modest enough to limit himself to just Hyrule...
* In ParadoxInteractive games like the ''EuropaUniversalis'' series or the ''HeartsOfIron'' series it's a challenge to take over the world before the time limit is reached. This is called a 'World Conquest' or WC in the community and is a common SelfImposedChallenge if attempted with a small, weak country.
* [[BigBad Bowser]], the main villain of the ''SuperMarioBros'' series games is constantly known for his tendency to take over the entire Mushroom Kingdom besides kidnapping Peach, but there are actually occasions where Bowser will actually expand his plans for world domination by actually [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy taking over]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 outer space!]]
* This is the stated objective of the various Campaign modes in ''RiseOfNations'':
** World: Take over the entire world in a free-for-all between every sizable nation on Earth from the beginning of history up to the future.
** Alexander: Take over the known world of ancient times as AlexanderTheGreat.
** Napoleon: Take over Europe, and hence the colonized world, as NapoleonBonaparte.
** New World: Take over the New World as either [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld the Americans]], a European colonizer, or one of the Native nations.
** Cold War: Take over the entire world as either the Americans or the Soviets.
* The goal of Metal Command in ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}''.
* The whole point of PsychoWaluigi. Oh no, it's not enough just to conquer kingdoms of worth, you must have it ALL! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39ynn8FG2h0 Even bathrooms!]]
* The BigBad in ''VideoGame/ThePerilsOfAkumos'' plans to use his evil spiders to dictate terms to earth's government.
* In the old ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' 'verse, this was surprisingly uncommon, with most would-be evil overlords aiming for ''continental'' domination instead. Kastore's faction of Terrans is an exception (they might have been able to pull it off, too, if they hadn't been hampered by lacking a key component to repairing the Heavenly Forge and the fact that the world blow up only a few years after they began phase one).
* [[BigBad Bruno]] from ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' plans on reawakening and controlling an evil power to take over the world.
* MugenSouls: Chou Chou practically beats a lot of these people because her goal is to conquer ''seven worlds''! [[spoiler: And in the GoldenEnding, she plans on conquering ''the universe!'']]
* [[CardCarryingVillain Lord Dearche]] of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', after her minions convince her that her original goal of [[OmnicidalManiac destroying everything]] is meaningless, decides to change her goals to going to another world besides earth and establishing her rule there. [[spoiler:The ending and subsequent [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stages]] reveal that she succeeds with [[DeathWorld Eltria]], mainly because her idea of "conquering" the world involves [[NobleDemon fixing it first and raising the standard of living for everyone]]]].
* In the VideoGame/DeusEx series, the Illuminati plan to do this with by gaining control over an advance A.I. to control everything.
* This is the major goal of [[VideoGame/{{StreetPassMiiPlaza}} Warrior's Way]].
* True to their [[KnightTemplar trope namesake]], the Templars in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' have been waging a secret war with the Assassins for thousands of years with the goal of overthrowing the world and bringing an end to TheEvilsOfFreeWill.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', this is Dr. Zero's ultimate goal. The second game elaborates that it formed from his childhood dreams and living up to his family name.
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games usually have Dr. Eggman trying to take over the world in some way or another.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* {{MAG ISA}} -- The main antagonists in this comic are demons. [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119592 Their agenda is to bring hell on earth and turn planet earth into a giant prison]]... all for the lulz.
* Tony of ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'', being the MadScientist that he is, does [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/archive/020104.html set out]] to accomplish this goal for one story-line because, according to him, [[CardCarryingVillain that's what evil people are supposed to do.]] He manages to succeed in the end, even defeating a challenger to his reign, but relents when he starts to discover just how much work is involved.
* ''BobAndGeorge'' [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000515c featured Dr. Wily's attempts very early.]]
** It was {{deconstructed|Trope}} the trope in a short-lived sub-comic ''Raw Lemons and Baked Pizza''. After having it up to here with Dr. Wily, Mega Man finally spells out just what taking over the world will require. Namely, having to sort out the already noticeable mess of differences between various nations, having to deal with the various uprisings, learning ever language known to man just to communicate with them, getting people to accept his rule in the first place and the insane amounts of stress that would be implied. It ends on a nice humorous note as Dr. Wily, having clearly gone too insane to recover, laments that he already had a custom gold world-domination crown made.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', where by the start of the story, the [[MadScientist evil mad genius]] Baron Wulfenbach has ''already'' taken over the world with his [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040806 no-nonsense straightforward plan]]. It is then doubly subverted by the Baron hating being the ruler of Europe, but doing it anyways because he believes [[VetinariJobSecurity the world needs him]] (and it probably ''does''). Indeed, the Baron took over the world largely to stop everyone else from trying to do so and wrecking everything in the process. Because the comic takes place in a world full of {{Mad Scientist}}s, there's ''always'' at least a dozen factions trying to rule the world. Without the Baron stamping them down, the entire continent would probably be aflame with the burnt wreckage of a million war clanks. England still has a queen, and it's implied that France (or at least Paris) is under the control of a powerful spark of its own.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Happens a number of times. Bun-Bun and K'Z'K have both tried to take over the main Sluggy universe (Bun-Bun actually succeeded, for all of ten minutes). The Dimension of Pain demons apparently took over their home dimension in order to make it "of Pain," and tried to do the same thing to the Dimension of Lame. This is also the long term goal of the Hereti Corporation and the K'Z'K cults that have sprung up following the Demon's death.
* ''FriendlyHostility'': Collin, is a megalomaniac who has dreams of becoming a dictator to politically unstable third world countries. Several arcs have sprung from this desire.
* ''KevinAndKell'' used the subversion - in a plotline where it appeared that Herdthinners CEO R.L. had been eaten by bears, his even more ruthless wife, Angelique, took over the company and slowly replaced the normal employees with ones that suffered from domestication. Since domestication causes absolute loyalty, she planned on creating an army of them to eventually Take Over The World. After her husband returned alive and well, he reminded her of the headaches of trying to run the whole world and they agreed to just make gobs of money instead. But the last strip in the storyline did show her encouraging her children to play Risk and learn from it.
* ''Evil, INC'' is also an example -- When Evil Atom gives some perspective interns to Evil, INC his personal tryout, a lady proclaims "One day I will rule the world!" to which Evil Atom gives the "Whoa, think about that! You'll be responsible for ''everything''. Try again." The young lass replies "One day I will rent the world!"
* ''DrNonami'': Mechano's goal is world conquest. So far it's not going very well.
* [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/everybody-wants-to-rule-the-world/ Deconstructed]] by ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}''.
* ''Nukees'': This has been the stated goal of Gav since the beginning, but especially since Ma'at told him it was his destiny. As of August 2010, he seems to have succeeded, albeit in a way no one could have expected.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** Xykon, though it is mostly out of boredom.
** Tarquin, more in spirit than the word. He is perfectly content to kick back and relax as his [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy master plan]] slowly absorbs the rest of the continent into a completely secret dictatorship. Or in other words, he literally owns everything he sees, so in his own words, he has "lived like a god for over three decades."
* According to [[CardCarryingVillain Rhea,]] in ''Webcomic/ToPreventWorldPeace'', "Born mages have a manifest destiny . . ." (To destroy all {{Magical Girl}}s and take over the world, presumably.)
** Also, the main character was going to take over the world [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for its own good.]] Because only magical girls could be trusted to be pure dictators, right?
* Raichan in ''Webcomic/{{Vinigortonio}}'' needs to destroy one of the main character's building in order to conquer the world. Or at least so he says. [[spoiler: It turns out he needs to destroy it to get to the only known source of [[{{Unobtainium}} Raichanium]].]]
* In WebComic/CommanderKitty, both AntiHero CK ''and'' BigBad Zenith [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/01/25/groovy/ seem to have galactic]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/07/04/nothing-like-a-good-rant/ conquest on their agendas]]. Of course, CK's is [[AllJustADream limited to his dreams]].
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''GreekNinja'': The villain's intentions are to control the world [[spoiler: to bring back the reign of the Olympians]].
* ''AgamemnonTiberiusVacuum'': Agamemnon's hobby is "collecting the universe" and he wishes to add the Earth to his collection.
* ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'': The Dark Overlords from the web fiction serial took over a dimension.
* ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Precisely what the titular MadScientist protagonist tries to accomplish: take over the world, [[WellIntentionedExtremist change the Status Quo]], put power into different hands.... and impress the girl from the laundromat that [[ShrinkingViolet he has a crush on]].
--> '''Dr. Horrible:''' (re: Johnny Snow, his self-proclaimed "nemesis") "Look, I'm just trying to change the world, ''okay''? I don't have time for a ''grudge match'' with every ''poser'' in a parka!"\\
"The world is a ''mess'', and I just need to rule it!"
* ''DoctorSteel'': Dr. Steel for World Emperor!. Toward a Utopian Playland!
* The basic goal of the ''WebVideo/NewVillainOrder''
* Every BigBad in ''TheQuestportChronicles'' has this as a motivation, although for three different reasons: [[CastingAShadow The Master of Darkness]] wants to [[DarkWorld cover the entire world with darkness]]; the [[EldritchAbomination Prince of Shadows and Illusions]] just [[OmnicidalManiac wants to kill everyone]]. The [[NoNameGiven mysterious]] [[EvilSorcerer mage's]] motivations are never made clear.
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 203. "To conquer the earth with [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys an army of flying monkeys]]" is a bad long term goal to give the re-enlistment NCO.
* ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'':
** This Trope is a running joke for the Nostalgia Critic in his reviews. When the antagonist of any film is revealed to have this goal in mind the review will be interrupted by M. Bison as he was played by Raul Julia in [[Film/StreetFighter the movie adaptation of]] ''StreetFighter''. The joke goes like this:
-->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' His goal is to - you guessed it - take over the world.\\
'''M. Bison:''' Of course!\\
The line is completely out of context (it was actually in response to Sagat saying "Guile? Alive?"), but deliberately so as part of the Critic's motif of using clips and bytes in response to himself.
** Other members of the team such as Paw Dugan and Linkara have adopted this gag for their own videos as well, effectively making it a RunningGag for the entire website.
** In the website's second-year anniversary epic {{Kickassia}}, this is the Nostalgia Critic's plan, starting with the invasion of Molassia. [[spoiler: When he gets Molassia, he soons forgets this, becoming OrcusOnHisThrone]]. Receives an epic lampshading when the Critic actually dresses up as [[strike:M.]] [[FanNickname N. Bison]] when launching his attack [[spoiler:and subsequently taking over the place.]] Rollo T even tries to get him to recreate the clip in an interview, asking him if his plan is this as he's leaving (to get him to turn around and say it, as per the clip.)\\
This backfires; N. Bison only gives the line after being asked if he gets a lot of pussy with that outfit. Somewhat [[RuleOfFunny misplaced deliberately]] in the ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' review. Zigzag is trying to take over ''the Golden City'', not the world. But Doug couldn't fit an Of Course in there if he had actually mentioned ''that''.
* Landing on a red space during a LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV episode apparently signals that the character's plotting to do this, particularly if it leads to a 3-on-1 minigame.
* This is the future aspirations of TheSharkasmCrew's Kason, Sauxuas and Vyzor with their game company. Subverted in that they mean no harm and only seek to revolutionize the gaming industry.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': Skeletor was always trying to take over Greyskull, and with that, the universe.
* ''SamuraiJack'' actually opens with Aku taking over the world. The entire thrust of the series was Jack trying to go back in time to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong stop it from happening.]]
* Most of the villains (especially the recurring ones) in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. To quote Shego:
--> '''Shego''': Every villain needs an evil plot. Take Drakken. His plot? Yeah, always 'taking over the world.' ''Always''.
* The Brain of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and ''PinkyAndTheBrain''. Every episode ended this way, and every episode began with some inane plot to take over the world.
** It's refutable whether [[AntiHero Brain]] is truly a villain, since he honestly believes the world would be better off with him in charge- he said as much in ''Megalomaniacs Anonymous''. Also notable is the lack of any regularly-appearing nemesis to thwart his schemes (unless you count [[BumblingSidekick Pinky]]); they generally crash & burn on their own.
** On the other hand is Snowball, Brains archrival from the latter series, who has all of the ambition and none of the morals or good intent.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Fire Nation. It takes them a century to do it, but they eventually manage to either conquer, exterminate, or marginalize all their enemies. The only problem? They can't hold onto their global empire. There's too many rebellions across too much occupied territory for their army to effectively counter. Their solution to this problem [[spoiler: is to genocide the vast and populated Earth Kingdom]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Amon and [[MugglePower the Equalists]]. Their stated goal is a world revolution against [[ElementalPowers benders of the four elements]], but they never manage to take control of more than a single city. There's little to suggest their ultimate goal was remotely plausible, given the lack of known appeal of their revolutionary ideology to foreigners, and the practical matter of their city-state being economically dwarfed by the rest of the world.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of the ''{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'': When the Kingpin announces he is planning to take over the world, Spidey retorts that he [[YouWatchTooMuchX sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon villain.]]
* On the very last episode of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', Mojo Jojo manages to take over the world by stealing The Key To The World. At first he surprises everyone by creating the perfect utopia, but then [[VictoryIsBoring gets bored with it and resumes trying to destroy everything]]. Most of the episode consisted of every single villain than has ever appeared on ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' (yes, even the Villains of the Week) fighting to the get the Key to the World. The girls try to stop them, but once they get the key they become mad with power and start planning what they would do if each of them ruled the world and start fighting for the key themselves.
* Also {{lampshaded}} in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'': A WonderfulLife episode ("Shredderville") shows an AlternateUniverse where BigBad Shredder succeeded in taking over the world, only to find the actual job of ruling so difficult and boring that he begs the Turtles to relieve him of this responsibility.
* The generally-assumed goal of the Legion of Doom on ''Challenge of the {{Superfriends}}'', albeit it got a bit problematic in the execution. As has been pointed out elsewhere, when you've snagged ''all the money in the world'', exactly what do you spend it on?
* On ''FairlyOddparents'', most villains want to do it. According to Norm the Genie, [[HumansAreBastards most (or all) of humanity wants to]]. In fact, Crocker and Vicky succeeded in 2 of the movies, albeit Vicky only in a BadFuture.
** On the episode where Timmy wishes for mind-reading powers, he finds out (yet makes no conscious effort or reaction) that Elmer's boil has a mind of its own... and is evil. Instances including the boil trying to convince Elmer to attack Timmy, whipping him to make sure no one suspects of him, and that his favorite flavored pie is "Take-over-the-world-berry!"
* While it's never explicitly stated that Lydia, the [[EvilSorcerer villain]] of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', wants to take over the world, the heroines bent on stopping her treat her actual goal, ruling the birthplace of all music (and keeping all the music for herself) as the same thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Parodied: Dr. Doofenshmirtz restricts all his evil schemes to the Tri-State Area for no obvious reason. The first episode even has him seemingly about to announce that he's going to take over the world, only to pull out a magnifying glass and finish with "Tri-State Area!" It's later revealed that [[OneDegreeOfSeparation he used to date Phineas's mother]], who encouraged his set more realistic goals than "take over the world," so at her suggestion he scaled back to "the ''entire Tri-State Area!''".
** Lampshaded in "The Beak", when Dr. Doofenshmirtz makes a public announcement that he already ''has'' taken over the Tri-State area. The idea was that if he claimed this with enough conviction, [[BavarianFireDrill people would believe him, and treat him like their new]] EvilOverlord. [[IdiotBall Only Major Monogram and Carl were fooled]].
*** According to Doofenshmirtz, taking over the world is crazy.
* ''TheIncredibleCrashDummies'': Junkman's plan, after he's picked up lunch.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' BigBad Vlad only hinted that he had potential desires for the world as his current evil plans focused more on personal vendettas, but then Season Three came where it's revealed he wants it. Only one has ever succeeded in dominating the planet: [[AxCrazy Dark Danny]] in an [[BadFuture alternate future]], though arguably that can be a case of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the planet]]. Pariah Dark gets special mention as well, since he took over the Ghost Zone (and Amity Park) before he was turned into SealedEvilInACan again.
* ''InvaderZim'': This is Zim's goal right from the start, along with [[DestroyAllHumans destroying all humans.]]
* ''{{Reboot}}'': In The Medusa Bug", the chaotic villianess Hexadecimal fabricates a viral bug that gradually converts all of Mainframe and its occupants to [[TakenForGranite stone]]. The only character that manages to avoid this fate is Bob, the Guardian, who eventually convinces Hexadecimal that while she may have perfect control over their world, life would be awfully dull with everyone frozen. And, really, the last thing Hex would want is predictability, so she terminates the bug and the system returns to normal.
** The primary villain of the series, Megabyte, tries repeatedly to take over Mainframe, but never succeeds (though he does come close.)
** [[TheBadGuyWins Actually Megabyte does succeed.]] It's just that by the time he does take over the city is in ruins and [[VictoryIsBoring there is nothing left]] [[PyrrhicVictory for him to rule.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', to spread her empire over the whole Atmos is Master Cyclonis' number one goal (and seeing as she is the latest in a royal family, the ambition seems to run InTheBlood). She's demonstrated some pretty impressive schemes to do so, but has always failed so far on behalf of [[YouMeddlingKids those meddling Storm Hawks]] and her [[SurroundedByIdiots bumbling minions]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the episode that introduced the villian Moliatry.
-->'''Darkwing:''' It's probably just another 'take-over-the-world' plot. We should be back by dinner.
** In another episode, Honker gets controlled by an alien-hat PuppeteerParasite, who then announces his plan to take over the world via a TV broadcast. After the alien is defeated and Honker gets home, his dad, having only seen the broadcast, sympathetically says "Sorry the whole 'take over the world' thing didn't work out, Honk!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' it is implied that the United States has taken over the world sometime in the past and simply adopted the name "Earth". The "Earthican" Flag looks like the American flag just with the stars replaced with Earth. And when Nixon is running for president of "Earth" in the year 3000 at first they say he can't run because "no body can be president twice" implying the government of Earth is a continuation of the American government.
** CorruptCorporateExecutive Mom wants to take over the world, and uses mind control chips planted in every robot (which encompasses virtually all known technology in the future) to get it. This leads to the memorable line, "Go conquer Earth, you bastards!" This is inspired by the fact that Farnsworth dumped her, leading to the next one: "Hell hath no fury like the [[KillerRobot vast robot armies]] of a WomanScorned!"
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': The goal of every main villian. Three of the four actually ''do'' rule the earth for a few hours before they're stopped by the heroes of the show. [[spoiler: [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Jack]] [[HarmlessVillain Spicer]] rules the longest, for entire decades.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', while [[BigBad Slade]] [[HiddenAgendaVillain rarely elaborates on his goals]] beyond what he's immediately after but this seems to be the desired end result, judging from "Aftershock II". Later, new BigBad [[GodOfEvil Trigon]] ''does'' take over the world- as a stepping stone to conquering ''the entire physical universe''.
* Dolf in ''AlfredJKwak''. Because of an innate fear of [[{{Pride}} being perceived as weak by others]], when he's still a child Dolf decides that one day he will simply rule over everyone and everything. Moreover, when he stages his coup he outright declares that he simply wants power for its own sake. A dream he has in the final episode reveals that despite many years having passed he still harbours this desire.
* Many of Baron Silas Greenback's plots on WesternAnimation/DangerMouse involved taking over the world.
* The side story of the ''{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Happy Cake" has Sparks secretly building an army to take over the world.
* In JackieChanAdventures, there are numerous villains with this as their goal, from the draconic Demon Sorceror of Fire, Shendu, and his siblings, to the Oni generals, to Shendu's son, Drago.
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Magic Duel": After Twilight Sparkle proves that her amulet "from beyond the Everfree Forest" is more powerful than Trixie's Alicorn Amulet, Trixie steals it, switches amulets, and announces her plans to use its powers to take over all of Equestria. [[spoiler:Such a pity it's a complete fake.]]
* In Max's audition video for ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Pahkitew Island'', he feels that being a contestant would be a great step towards world domination.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', Malucia plans to take over Zinnia while her parents are away.
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* [[TVTropes Earth is ours!]]
* If you count humanity as one deeply fractionated empire then we've already achieved this. [[GalacticConqueror But as we all know, one world is not enough.]]
* The person in real life who set the record for most land conquered was Temujin, better known by his title Genghis Khan (even more, if you also count the conquests of his sons). He even invoked this goal when choosing that title, which roughly means "Oceanic ruler".
* AlexanderTheGreat conquered what was the known world of ancient times, all before he was 33. In fact, he took massive slabs of territory that [[AncientGreece the Greeks]] ''hadn't even heard of'' before he started conquering the places in between. Unfortunately, he didn't live long enough to cement his control over most of it, or raise a good heir -- important in a culture where men traditionally killed one another to get the throne. [[SuccessionCrisis The empire didn't last.]]
* On the opposite side of the (old) world from Alexander, [[QinShihuangdi some other guy]] did take over the whole known-world to his people. [[ImperialChina His empire]] did last, unlike Alexander's, even if his dynasty did not.
* [[TheRomanEmpire Caesar Augustus]] accomplished this, in that he took over an already-powerful republic and made himself absolute ruler. Contemporaries would compare him to Alexander the Great, but Augustus pointed out that it was far more difficult to rule an empire than to conquer one.
* The Spanish colonial empire is the TropeMaker of the empire where "the Sun never set". At its height, Spain ruled Americas, Portugal, Flanders, the south of Italy, the Philippines and controlled the Mediterranean Sea. Its colonial empire only began to fall apart at the beginning of the 19th century, when Simon Bolivar came along.
* NapoleonBonaparte, maybe. What is certain in sure terms is that he wanted to make France the principal state in Europe, a large and prosperous military power full of national pride that would dominate the continent and lord over a vast colonial empire; essentially a new Roman Empire with Paris as its capital instead of Rome. He changed his tactics to accomplish this goal several times, but it was always a constant of Britain (which traditionally tried to undermine any continental power that it perceived as growing too powerful) and a shifting coalition of European allies opposing France to break the new empire. He did manage to take over all of continental Western and Central Europe, but was eventually outdone after the disastrous venture in Russia and the War of the Sixth Coalition. He escaped his exile on Elba to try again, but Waterloo proved to be the hypothetical nail in Napoleon's coffin, not the turning point of the wars[[note]]Even if Napoleon's forces had managed to beat Britain and Prussia there and then and managed to occupy the Low Countries there would be still more Russians, Austrians, ''more'' British and Prussians, and others ready to oppose him, all now using the same once-revolutionary tactics of Napoleon.[[/note]].
** He did say to Benjamin Constant in 1815, 'I wanted to rule the world - who wouldn't have, in my place'
* The British, through a combination of trade and military action, created [[TheBritishEmpire an empire that covered a quarter of the globe]], across so many lines of longitude that famously "the sun never set" on their Empire.
** As well as, arguably, all of the world's oceans.
* [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazis]]: Although still an ongoing debate (referred to as the "Continentalist vs Globalist" theories), since the end of WorldWarII historical study has convincingly established that the expansionist aspects of Nazi ideology only allowed two possible outcomes: total victory or total defeat. AdolfHitler wanted to ensure German and Aryan supremacy and realised that NaziGermany would have to take over the world to do this. However, he also realised that this would take a ''lot'' of time (he was 50 when he started the war in 1939) and planned to take over "only" Europe in his lifetime (coming fairly close to accomplishing this), leaving the rest of the task to his successors. Historians have also argued that the military alliances with [[ImperialJapan Japan]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italy]] were part of Hitler's short- and medium-term pragmatism, not his long-term aims, and that the Nazis would likely not have had much choice about continuing to expand due to how their economy was structured.
--->'''Joseph Goebbels:''' The [[AdolfHitler Führer]] has expressed his firm belief that [[NaziGermany the Reich]] will one day control all of Europe. From there the road to world rule is practically laid bare. He who owns Europe has leadership of the world within his grasp.
** Hitler specifically did not want to establish a blood dynasty, and given his personal situation it's doubtful he would have lived long enough to groom a descendant as a successor anyway. He also kept his subordinates squabbling for position within the Nazi Party as a means of holding onto power himself. Most likely if Hitler had succeeded the Greater German Reich would have [[SuccessionCrisis collapsed into chaos soon after his death]]. Nazi Germany's leadership was too busy playing hacky-sack with the IdiotBall to plan for long-term conquest as Hitler envisioned.
*** Even then, chances are they'd be [[EvilVersusEvil fighting with]] ImperialJapan over who'd finally be the one to rule the entire world.
*** More likely they would be fighting the US. The Americans had already converted to a Total War economy to fight Japan (specifically with regards to naval production), and all signs pointed to the US winning the Pacific war once their tremendous economic advantage was brought to bear. Even if Hitler were able to overrun Britain, occupy Russia, and defeat Japan, they would have no means to invade the Americas. Despite their significant naval advantage, the Allied powers still needed England as a staging ground to invade mainland Europe. The Nazis had no Western Hemisphere allies to stage an invasion from, and the US would respond to a Nazi invasion of ''any'' country in North or South America as it would an attack on US soil. Even then, the attitude towards civilian gun ownership meant that ''everyone'', from backwater farmer to Mafioso, could resist any Nazi attempts at occupation (part of the reason why Yamamoto famously stated that any Japanese attempt to occupy US soil would be futile).
* ImperialJapan had some serious aspirations towards this. They saw themselves as the future lord of all Asia and the Pacific, which would have been "liberated" from Western colonial rule, but really just replaced with a Japanese one. This empire, if realized, would have given them reign over a majority of the world's population. The government document ''An Investigation of Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus'' leaves the question open as to whether Japan should then go on to dominate the entire world.
* When your founding father [[RedOctober Vladimir Lenin]] repeatedly states his eagerness for what he calls the "Worldwide Conflagration", and tries to put it into action in various stages, it is a fair bet you are aiming for this. In theory, of course, the aim was "global liberation" rather than "global domination"... This would later be checked by the rise of Stalin, who believed in "Socialism in One Country".
** In fact, the original idea for the USSR was a world government with each nation having its own Soviet Socialist Republic.
* This is the stated goal of Bungie, the makers of the game ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. It's stated all over the special features of the second two games. And the web site. And the promotional material...
* Here's [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/08/you_only_search_twice/ Google's]] plan to take over the world.
* A lot of [[ConspiracyTheorist Conspiracy Theorists]] tend to come up with stuff that involves some AncientConspiracy that plans to create a One World Order.
* Since the end of WorldWarTwo, the practice of large industrialized nations attacking their neighbors in order to take territory for themselves has become obsolete. The Soviet Union enjoyed the last successful attempt by controlling eastern Europe before it fell apart at the end of the ColdWar and all its satellite states regained their independence.
* A lot of Biblical end times speculation has a sign of the end times being the creating of one world order, under TheAntichrist. This tends to be a stumbling block against any organization - no matter how truly peaceful or well-intentioned - whose aim is one world government.
* Many religious fanatics, from sociopathic crackpots who have no actual resources (e.g. Charles Manson and his Helter Skelter plot) to those who present an actual threat to the world (e.g. Islamic terrorist groups like Al Qaeda).
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