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->''But my dreams, they aren't as empty''
->''As my conscience seems to be''
-->-- "Behind Blue Eyes", '''TheWho'''

Villains commit crimes for many reasons, usually petty and short sighted. Occasionally though, there are villains with a clear goal behind committing their atrocities; some great, some terrible, all terrifyingly well executed. These are Visionary Villains, who see "the big picture", and have a clear head about [[EvilPlan what they want to accomplish]] and [[StockEvilOverlordTactics how to do it]] ''without'' juggling a VillainBall. They are defined by the word "[[AmbitionIsEvil Ambition]]", and no matter how noble their intentions are, fundamentally want to change things and {{pride}}fully think they know best.

As [[TheAntagonist Antagonists]], their morality can be [[SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness anywhere on the scale]] from WellIntentionedExtremist to CompleteMonster; all that changes is the motivation for wanting to achieve their goal. The common thread is that they have seen the state of the world and want to change it, whether into something better or worse varies.

A sympathetic villain may want to [[{{Revenge}} kill the people responsible]] for his DarkAndTroubledPast and FreudianExcuse so it never happens to someone else, perhaps becoming an avenging angel or {{antihero}} of sorts. On the other hand, a [[ForTheEvulz laughing monstrous]] [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying]] StrawNihilist may want to TakeOverTheWorld (or [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end it]]) because he sees society as nothing more than a poor Masquerade, and peeling it away will expose [[HumansAreBastards the true face of humanity]].

If they assemble a team or organization around themselves, expect them to give at least one NewEraSpeech to less ambitious, clear sighted, or bright minions. [[IControlMyMinionsThrough Their individual styles of leadership are often directly related to their goal.]] A charismatic DarkMessiah may gather followers and teach them UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, an EvilOverlord will rally TheEmpire to realize his vision of a peaceful unified OneWorldOrder, and a MadScientist will create [[WhenTreesAttack Tree People]] not for [[ForScience pure science]], but to replace a planet-killing humanity. The two powers all Visionary Villains share are a [[TheChessmaster big]] [[EvilGenius brain]] and [[ManipulativeBastard silver]] [[MagnificentBastard tongue]]. This trope is a part of what Nietzsche said defined TheUbermensch, so villainous characters who evoke that trope are also this by definition.

Contrast CutLexLuthorACheck. The opposite of PunchClockVillain. Frequently sneer at minor or petty villains who yell "ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers!"

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kars from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' (the page picture above) wanted nothing more than to help his race overcome their weakness to sunlight and "conquer creation", thereby becoming the most powerful creatures to have ever existed. However, as he needed to sacrifice an insane amount of living beings in order to do so, and his fellows weren't interested in running roughshod over the world in the first place, they [[AmbitionIsEvil eventually turned on him]] and he was forced to KillThemAll in self-defense, making him and his 3 CoDragons [[TheLastOfHisKind The Last Of Their Kind]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', both the motivation of Emperor Charles [[spoiler:and Marianne's AssimilationPlot]] and, if you consider him a villain, also the motivation of [[DarkMessiah Lelouch.]]
* Fate Averruncus's organization in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. To the point it's questionable whether his goal [[WellIntentionedExtremist is actually]] [[AntiVillain that bad]], and the protagonists are simply opposing the means he's using to bring about that goal.
** His true ultimate goal [[spoiler: is "saving" the Magical World (which will soon suffer complete magical depletion) through an AssimilationPlot, and he progresses towards it: 1-without informing anyone but select coconspirators about the true plan, playing the rest as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s, 2-by engineering wars, unrest and disasters that cause untold suffering on a massive scale, 3-Stopping at nothing to neutralise anyone who might pose even the slightest threat to his plans, even if that "threat" is the possibility to find out how to TakeAThirdOption where nobody dies. He's a prepubescent [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]].]]
* In Manga/{{Drifters}}, the Black King seeks a world without humans. Which he intends to create by annihilating them and teach the magical creatures how to live in society, giving them religion, knowledge and the means to survive in a single, unified front.
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]], an example of a Visionary VillainProtagonist.
* Ribbons of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' who sees himself as the [[AGodAmI benevolent god]] who lead humanity into a utopia [[spoiler: and prepare them for contact with aliens]].
** Quite common in Gundam series, dating back to Gihren Zabi in the original. People like Anavel Gato, Char Aznable, Treize Khushrenada, and others fit this trope perfectly. Anavel Gato chews out Kou for not bothering to understand Zeon's objectives and mindlessly serving the Federation. Char has a very well-organized and detailed ideology he inherited from his father and resents Amuro Ray for not being similar [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech ("Unlike you, I'm more than just a pilot!")]]. Treize, especially, has a vision of the glories and terrors of war and wishes to drive home to humanity the true horrors of war...but due to his suicide-through-enemy-fire, he [[KarmaHoudini escaped responsibility for his actions]]. Considering that Treize was [[WellIntentionedExtremist RIGHT in his ideals, but not his methods...]]
* Aion from ''ChronoCrusade'' is a textbook example in both the anime and manga, even if his goals change depending on the version. The manga version presents him as a WellIntentionedExtremist who plans to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans change the corrupt systems of the world]]. The anime version is much more of a CardCarryingVillain, but he still has a very clear goal in mind (switching Heaven and Hell) and carefully plans his actions to reach it.
* Both [[spoiler: Pain, Obito and Madara]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have clear goals and plans to achieve the utopia they envision. The first wanted to create a system similar to the ColdWar doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction, while the latter two veer more towards a standard AssimilationPlot. As the plans of the former two were mutually exclusive, they danced around each other, trying to advance their own goals faster. Whether or not [[spoiler: Madara's]] claims towards his ultimate goals are to be believed is a [[ItsAllAboutMe matter for some debatable]].
* Hattori from ''NabariNoOu'' is portrayed as a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans rewrite history to fix the corrupt world]]. Thanks to his charisma, about half of the ''good guys'' are on his side at one point.
* Despite an abundance of [[KickTheDog dickish villains]] [[ForTheEvulz who do their devious acts on a whim]], ''Manga/OnePiece'' surprisingly has one in the form of Hody Jones. He wants to restore Fishman pride, with his crew, The New Fishman Pirates, by fostering hatred between the people of the sea and those of the land: humans, by [[spoiler:assassinating Queen Otohime, the greatest advocate for peace between fishmen & merfolk and humans, and using a human as a patsy]], planning to kill King Neptune for his perceived "weakness", which is allowing humans to protect the island (e.g. Whitebeard, Big Mam), have his crew terrorize people who help humans, and after he takes over the kingdom and purges Fishman Island of "human-loving trash", he planned to enslave humans across the oceans, before setting his sights on becoming Pirate King.
* Jinsuke Kurogame from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}''. He's one of the greatest swordsmen in the world, and created his own martial art school (the Muhou Ryu), composed of strong warriors from many different styles. His plans involve take over Kyushu and turn it into an independent nation, and then use it to challenge the Bakufu, conquer the rest of Japan and turn it into a country of warriors where strength and power are the most important things.
* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. A peasant boy turned mercenary who dreamt of having his own kingdom, at least in part due to his hatred of the current nobles and class-based social hierarchy. This one has since GoneHorriblyRight, in that he achieved his dream, ultimately, but at the cost of sacrificing his closest friends to demons during the eclipse.
** Griffith's a... complex example. Pre-eclipse he wants to overthrow the current class system, not so much because he thinks that such systems are fundamentally flawed, but because he thinks there's been a mistake in exactly who should be sitting on top. (Spoiler: [[ItsAllAboutMe he thinks it's him.]]) At best you could say that he's in favor of upward mobility as opposed to true equality, at worst he's simply self-serving and narcissistic. Post-eclipse his rule seems largely benevolent so far (discounting [[CompleteMonster what he]] [[KickTheDog had to do]] [[AGodAmI to get there]]), but it's unclear whether this is how he intends to run things long-term or if he's just [[VillainWithGoodPublicity cultivating a good public image]] until he can solidify his rule. So while [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation he very well may be this trope]], he might also simply be a [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity power-mad]] [[PragmaticVillainy Pragmatic Villain]] who's found that a reputation as a visionary best serves his purpose. He's playing a long game, and his ultimate goals are still largely unclear.
* Aizen from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Although his initial motivation seems to be primarily DespotismJustifiesTheMeans with a dash of ForTheEvulz, [[spoiler:the end of his fight with Ichigo suggests a deeper motivation concerning a disgust with how the Soul Society is run; especially in regards to the role (or seemingly lack of one) played by the Soul King; claiming that just accepting the world as it is like Urahara told him to be the mentality of the weak while the strong force the world to conform to their ideals.]]
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': [[spoiler:Ozymandias slaughtered half of New York, killing millions, in an attempt to save the rest of the world from a nuclear apocalypse.]]
* {{Magneto}}, at his most AntiVillain, wants only to prevent mutantkind from undergoing the same persecution he did in WWII. Sometimes this means creating a private island / satellite for mutants, other times it means actively subjugating the human race to ensure they will never be a threat.
* DoctorDoom believes to the very core of his being that what he's doing [[KnightTemplar is right]]. He's looked in the future (His words) and only saw one potential future where everything ends up well, and that's under his reign, as per Doomwar.
** Likewise his UltimateUniverse counterpart [[spoiler: is NOT this trope, but in fact Ultimate Reed Richards is!]]
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade's goals are simply to gain power so she can do as she pleases, and to prove to Jackie how she never got the recognition she feels she deserves from all the times she helped him in their adventures.
* The VillainProtagonist of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic The Council Era, a salarian known as Tyrin Lieph, dreams of uniting the galaxy as a singular utopia. His WorthyOpponent Halak Marr seeks to overthrow the Citadel and establish the krogan as a sole-surviving MasterRace. Their conflicting visions eventually erupt into the Krogan Rebellions.
* Loki, BigBad of ''FanFic/MyLittleAvengers''. While he may appear to be doing things ForTheEvulz at first, it's eventually made clear that he has a vision of a world ruled by magic (preferably with him in charge, natch), and the entire plot is revealed to be one big GambitRoulette dedicated to bringing this goal about. [[spoiler: When he's defeated and killed, he still manages to die happy, knowing that the magic released by his death will permanently mutate Equestria, bringing his vision to fruition.]]
* Whereas in [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans canon]] he was the poster boy for HiddenAgendaVillain, ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'' turns Slade into one of these. He firmly believes that the mounting tensions between the normal governments and the superpowered factions (good and evil) will lead to WorldWarIII, and that the only true victors will be those who have gathered enough influence and reputation to become leaders in the devastated world afterwards.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Both [[BigBad Cetus]] and [[TheDragon Eclipse]] have both convinced themselves that their plans for [[TheNightThatNeverEnds Eternal Night]] are what's best for the world. The only thing they disagree on is [[TheStarscream who should be in charge]].
* ''FanFic/FallenKing'' has Pegasus, who gleefully explains his plan to reshape the world in his image and to his rules.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Dr. Octavius in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' refuses to give up his dream of creating fusion-based electricity for "the good of mankind." Too bad his generator always explodes upon activation. And he plans on making an even bigger one when the first one blows up.
* M. Bison in the live action ''Film/StreetFighter'' film wants to create a race of genetically-engineered SuperSoldiers to wipe out all traces of race, nation and creed so that the whole world can live in peace under his rule.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', everyone thinks that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is "garbage who kills for money", or just a homicidal maniac who kills for kicks. However, he is adamant he has grander ambitions- he is out to give the city "a better class of criminal" and sees himself as heralding a new age of supervillainy, as well as working to expose the citizens of Gotham as [[HumansAreBastards just as bad as he is]].
** Not necessarily supervillainy as much as chaos. He wants to tear away the veneer of civilization and watch everyone abandon the moral order they claim to value so highly.
-->"I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."
** Both Ra's Al Ghul and Bane [[spoiler:and Talia]] from the first and third movies qualify, as well. Ra's sees the human race as inherently decadent and corrupt, with the League of Shadows acting to destroy the most significant sources of these sins at their zenith, the current target being Gotham. Considering what we see of the [[CorruptCop police force]] and general apathy of the citizens [[CrapsackWorld he's not entirely wrong]]. Bane wishes to complete his vision though more dramatically, including literally showing Gotham how awful it is as even its strides towards peace and order [[TimeSkip between movies]] seem to be built primarily on lies and cover-ups. [[spoiler:When it shows later that he's merely TheDragon for Talia, and both actually want revenge for what happened to Ra's in the first film, how strong their visions remain and how much they're just used as an excuse to blow up Gotham is called into question.]]
* Judge Doom from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' made a surprisingly epic speech about his grand Earth-shaking vision of public freeways. His plan ''does'' require ToonTown to be wiped out first.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Magneto wants to create a world safe for mutants by any means necessary.
** Sebastian Shaw from ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', who wants to start World War III so that mutants can take over the planet. Though in his case it's because he's just in it to TakeOverTheWorld, with little actual regard for allowing his kind to thrive (he merely uses it as his rhetoric to recruit others). As above, Magneto is much more suited to the trope, even going so far as to [[spoiler:applaud Shaw's vision of a mutant-dominated world but in exactly those terms, without the desire to rule over them as their supreme leader.]]
** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Trask genuinely believes that uniting humanity against mutantkind is the gateway to creating world peace. Conversely, Magneto has a vision of a world where mutants lord over mankind, which, in his opinion, is the only way they can coexist with humans.
* The Operative from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' is a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to create a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans utopia]] free from sin, for which he commits many atrocities. Interestingly, he knows that [[NoPlaceForMeThere there's no place for him in that world]].
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'':
--> '''Jake Gittes:''' I just wanna know what you're worth. More than 10 million?
--> '''Noah Cross:''' Oh my, yes!
--> '''Jake Gittes:''' Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can't already afford?
--> '''Noah Cross:''' The future, Mr. Gittes! The future.
* LexLuthor in the Film/{{Superman}} films counts as this to some extent. Even if the ''goals'' of his plans (to make himself very rich and/or powerful) are fairly generic, the sheer ''scale'' of what he attempts ([[{{Superman}} causing the west coast of America to fall into the sea]] and [[SupermanReturns building new continents based on Kryptonian technology]]) is undeniably impressive.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' gives us two examples:
** John Harrison/[[spoiler: Khan]]'s speech about how the Augments were created to lead others to peace in a world at war.
** [[spoiler: Admiral Marcus, who wanted to create a more militarized Starfleet in preparation for what ''he'' believed to be a looming war against the Klingons.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* A variant: In Music/TheProtomen's album ''The Father of Death'', Drs. Light and Wily work together on a massive automaton network, ostensibly so that everyone would be safe, secure, and not have to worry about dying on the job. [[spoiler:Wily's the one who ultimately gains control of the network, ruining Light's reputation in the process. Light realizes that [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone creating the network was a mistake...]] ]]
-->"They've waited so long for this day / Someone to take the death away / No son would ever have to say / My father worked into his grave..." - Dr. Light, ''The Good Doctor''
* VideoGame/MegaMan music projects seem prone to this: one of Wily's goals as told by TheMegas is to replace humans with robots, which he believes are superior.
--> ''Gamma, stand, for you are now unchained''
--> ''You’ll bring peace to a world gone insane''
--> ''Restoring the freedom to make you whole''
--> ''I’ll give you power, you take control''
-->-- "Gamma Unchained"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Three words:]] [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]]. All right, in his first-written appearance what he wanted to do was crush the Rebellion and rebuild the Empire in a [[ALighterShadeOfGrey slightly less evil format than it had previously done]], but later-written works and a bit of ArcWelding say that he knew that the [[NewJediOrder Vong]] were coming. By waging war against the [[strike:New Republic]] ''[[InsistentTerminology Rebel Alliance]]'', he could either crush them and have time to set up the Empire to rebuff the extragalactic invaders, or he'd force them to toughen up to defeat him. Either way, the victors would be far, far less inclined to rely on superweapons or lone heroes (which Thrawn regarded as excessively impractical and romantic, respectively), and much more likely to respond in a truly military manner when the galaxy was threatened again. [[GenreSavvy Covering his bases]], he had a [[CloningGambit clone]] set up in [[HandOfThrawn a secret base of his]], just in case. Luke and Mara [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally killed that clone while fighing off the base's defenses]], but in ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'' they find evidence that very strongly hints that ThereIsAnother, and this time he's not their enemy.
** Given that there has never been a canonical life expectancy for Chiss, people will still be expecting Thrawn to show up long into the future.
* In the ''{{Everworld}}'' series, most of the villains are short-sighted hedonists who avert this trope, with the definite exception of [[spoiler:Senna Wales]], who has [[TakeOverTheWorld big plans]] for Everworld and very definite ideas of what [[spoiler:she]] is going to do to it.
* In the BattleTech novels, VisionaryVillain types are quite different than those that amass power for it's own sake. The bigger heroes generally do things for the good of humanity overall, lesser heroes and some villains generally grab power for their own nation or group, and the real big villains are just in it for themselves. Examples:
** Hanse Davion fought several wars against the Draconis Combine and cut the Capellan Confederation in half. He always saw himself as striking against oppressive regimes run by madmen (Which was true, in the case of the Confederation. Debatable in the case of the Combine). He also saw himself, like many Successor State lords before him, as the fittest candidate for the 300-year vacant title of First Lord of the Star League. He was depicted as a scary man to be against, though with good intentions.
** Sun-Tzu Liao was willing to do terrible things, but his foremost goal was rebuilding the Capellan Confederation after Hanse broke it and Sun-Tzu's crazed mother all-but-destroyed the remnants. He was generally depicted as villain and very dangerous, but one who's position was understandable and not nearly as bad as some.
* [[TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] started out this way, determined to create peace and order on Middle-earth at any cost. Over time, though, he suffered MotiveDecay and became a straight-up tyrant (TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget is a recurring theme with Tolkien villains). Sauron's path to villainy is later repeated on a smaller scale with [[EvilSorcerer Saruman]].
** BiggerBad Morgoth, as well. Back at the very beginning, he just wanted to create a world of his own imagination, and when he found that impossible, settled for wrecking up the world that was actually created.
* Tigerstar, the main villain of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is one. He dreams of ending the constant war and uniting the four Clans as one, entering a new age of prosperity as a result. Of course, his ego makes him believe that he is the one suitable ruler of this combined Clan, and it leads him down a dark path in his struggles to create it. Hawkfrost, Tigerstar's son from the SequelSeries ''TheNewProphecy'' follows his father's vision, but is just as egotistical as Tigerstar.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', most of the {{Big Bad}}s (Mr. Linderman, Adam Monroe, and Arthur Petrelli) are Visionary Villains. Linderman is a DarkMessiah whose plan to "heal the world" begins with the destruction of New York City, Monroe is a MisanthropeSupreme who wants to kill off 93% of the human race with a super-virus, and Petrelli is a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to use a SuperSerum to [[EvilutionaryBiologist move the human race up the evolutionary ladder]].
* On ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', terrorist mastermind and BigBad [[spoiler: until he was finally killed]] Abu Nazir had a very long-term plan to eventually destroy Western Civilization, admitting that it might take centuries and many lost lives on both sides but envisioned his side winning in the very long term.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Season 1 BigBad [[spoiler: Malcolm Merlyn]]/Dark Archer has the Undertaking, a plan to "save" the city by [[spoiler: destroying the crime-infested Glades]], not caring that it will kill hundreds (if not more) in the process.
** Sebastian Blood, TheHeavy of Season 2, is a DarkMessiah who wants to use [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]] to create an army of {{Super Soldier}}s, that he'll then use to destroy the existing elitist society of Starling City so that he can build something better in its place. [[spoiler: When he ultimately realizes that his [[TheManBehindTheMan benefactor, Slade]], intends to just destroy the whole city as RevengeByProxy on Oliver, Blood betrays him by giving the heroes the Mirakuru cure, which leads to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath his death]] at [[TheDragon Isabel's]] hands.]]
* Khan Noonien Singh of ''Series/{{Star Trek}}'' was once "the best of tyrants" ruling a quarter of the human population and in the AU story "Seeds of Dissent" (part of the StarTrekMyriadUniverses) presides over the genetic transformation of humanity into a {{Superior Species}} after his successful conquest of Earth. In the episode "Space Seed," upon his defeat, he [[spoiler: gladly accepts the offer to tame a new world.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Some leaders in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are fighting for a strengthened humanity able to endure the grim darkness of the far future...united under the eight-pointed star of Chaos. Others, however, just want something, and the difference is often academic if they're offering you up to the Dark Gods or raining siege shells on your city.
* The Clans in ''BattleTech'' count, they see themselves as the chosen descendants of Kerensky, and believe it's their right and destiny to conquer the Inner Sphere and rebuild the Star League. But each of the Clans have conflicting views and they don't always agree on anything, and their rule is simply a caste based military dictatorship which benefits the warrior caste only, and their culture mostly favors [[DesignerBabies Trueborns]] and treat Freebirths like dirt.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni claims his plan will change the world forever, and his villain songs describe ruling the planet and controlling each day to the point that he'll make the sun shine on him alone.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Seymour in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is a subversion. He ''[[BelievingTheirOwnLies thinks]]'' he's this because he wants to end the cycle of life and death on Spira. However, the whole party calls bullshit on it because he ''[[CardCarryingVillain very clearly]]'' [[ForTheEvulz enjoys being a horrible bastard]] and his method of ending said cycle involves killing everyone alive. He doesn't have much of a counter-argument.
** Interestingly, a bit character from the ''X'' continuity, [[spoiler:Rin]], is a more straightforward example. By the time of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 X-2]]'', the Al Bhed are busily re-introducing robotics and machinery into society. [[spoiler:Rin]] decides that the machines can work in unison better than a human workforce can, but his faulty programming causes them to run amok. (note that this only happens in his scenario; there are four possible culprits, and only two of them are truly malevolent.) When confronted, he gloats that he intends to continue covering up accidents and won't rest until Spira is a fully-mechanized society -- presumably with himself at the helm. This is a little chilling since the character had carefully hid his ambition up this point. When Paine called him a jackass for it, he chuckled and claimed that "jackasses are the ones who change the world".
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' villains are like this. In ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', Archie of Team Aqua and Maxie of Team Magma seek to expand the oceans and landmass respectively, believing this will be a good thing for the world. Cyrus from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' wants to destroy the world and then re-create it as a world with no emotion, knowledge, or willpower, claiming that these things that make up "spirit" only lead to pain and conflict. ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' have N, who wishes to free all Pokémon and create a world where they wouldn't be enslaved; much of Team Plasma shares that vision with him. Finally, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'''s [[spoiler:Lysandre]] intends to solve global overpopulation and create a "beautiful world" by ''wiping most of humanity off the map''.
* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' tend to be rife with these villains as {{Big Bad}}s. [[spoiler:Yggdrassil]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' ([[spoiler:end FantasticRacism and the repeating magitek wars by keeping the world in MedievalStasis while he ascends all the half-elves into 'angels' using [[PoweredByAForsakenChild exspheres]]]]) and [[spoiler:Dorian General Grants]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' ([[spoiler:'rescue' a world that is sickeningly dependent on BecauseDestinySaysSo from its eventual destruction by replacing everything in said world with perfect replicas that cannot be predicted in the planet's destiny]]).
* [[spoiler:Kerghan]] in ''{{Arcanum}}'' might be the most well-intentioned and extreme extremist of all. [[spoiler:He's traveled beyond the veil of death and knows it as plain fact that the dead eventually do reach a state of perfect tranquility in death. Since he's all too aware of how much the living and the undead suffer, his grand scheme is to permanently sever the mortal ties of every soul in existence.]] He's quite insane, but there's nothing in the story that indicates that things wouldn't work out exactly as he'd foreseen if given the chance.
** In the end, you have the option [[spoiler:of joining him and helping him to kill every living thing in existence. Whether or not this is the ''bad'' ending isn't quite made clear.]]
* VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}} has Andrew Ryan. Some of the other old holdouts down in Rapture count in their [[MadArtist respective]] [[MadDoctor fields]]. Though Ryan takes the cake for building an underwater city for purely ideological reasons, going to rather ludicrous ends to preserve it, and fully planning to build it back up to its glory days again even after its become a leaky, ruined mess.
** Sofia Lamb in the second game has opposite goals (the foundation of a collectivist society).
** In [[VideoGame/BioShockInfinite Infinite]], we have Zachary Hale Comstock and his vision of creating his own heaven in the form of Columbia. And that's nothing compared to what [[OmnicidalManiac he wants to do]] to the "Sodom Below"....
* The Illusive Man in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. He dreams of a galaxy where humanity is safe and dominant. To accomplish this, all manner of [[PlayingWithSyringes mad science]], assassinations, [[ManipulativeBastard manipulations]] and [[spoiler: [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu implanting himself and nearly all of Cerberus with Reaper implants, sacrificing the whole organization for ultimately nothing]]]] are acceptable. He's sometimes described as being both the [[HumansAreSpecial best]] and [[HumansAreBastards worst]] humanity has to offer at once.
** From the first game, [[TheDragon Saren]] began as one ([[spoiler: seeing the victory of the Reaper machines as inevitable, he was trying to prove that organics served some constructive purpose, so that there would be a "logical" reason to spare some of them, and thus prevent complete galactic extinction]]) but the subtle yet continuous MindRape inflicted on him prevented him from realising three things; [[spoiler: 1. The Reapers were not actually invincible, and it was possible to have a chance against them. 2. The reason for the Reapers purging all advanced life (revealed in the third game) meant that no logical purpose was served by keeping him or any other organics alive. 3. He was completely indoctrinated so it wasn't ''his'' vision he was implementing]]. By the time of the final confrontation he's simply become BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Kane is probably most famous.]]
** Played with in that we never find out exactly what ''his'' vision (as separate from the visions he presents to his followers) is. Clearly, he has a plan, but it seems to result in wildly different goals between one game and another (exactly what is the connection between [[BodyHorror Divination]] and Ascension?).
* TheMaster in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}''. Believes that his Super Mutants are the natural evolution of mankind and the perfect solution to the irradiated, destroyed Wastelands of 22nd-century California.
** Caesar from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. He thinks that the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic earth]] is proof that democracy has failed, and sets out to unite what's left as a monotheistic dictatorship, replete with slavery, crucifixion and institutionalized sexism (including legally-sanctioned ''rape''). At the game's beginning he's conquered Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, and is poised to take Nevada.
** [[TheStarscream Benny]]'s goal is revealed to have been to take control of the Securitron Army and overthrow House, allowing him to create an independent New Vegas free from the NCR and Legion. In the WildCard Ending, the Courier takes up where he left off and proceeds [[LibertyOverProsperity to do just that]].
* [[spoiler:Jacques the Aldersberg, the Grand Master of the Order]] in TheWitcher.
* The Ur-Quan Kzer-Za from ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' believe that enslaving every race they meet is in the service of the [[WellIntentionedExtremist greater good]]. The Kzer-Za are protecting themselves from potential threats in these other races (they had a bad experience) and protecting their slaves from their OmnicidalManiac cousins and possibly other, more sinister threats as well. Any slaves who resent this treatment just aren't seeing the big picture.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'', Trajkov says he is motivated by a desire to emancipate creations such as the Serviles from Shaper slavery and abuse. [[spoiler: If you [[WeCanRuleTogether help him use the Geneforge and conquer the world]], he does exactly that.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might and Magic Heroes VI Shades of Darkness]]'', Sandro's ambitions go far beyond his previous incarnations' desire to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer the world]]. He wants to use the PowerOfTheVoid to kill the dragon gods since he believes the world they created is a prison. Sandro wishes to create new worlds and be free of destiny forever.
* UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi in his ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' incarnation, seeking to unify Japan under his rule and implement a meritocracy based on the [[SocialDarwinist rule of the strong]], before leading a unified nation to conquer the world.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Architect in ''Awakening'' is explicitly referred to as being this by Velanna after the reveal that his "EvilPlan" was to use Grey Warden blood to sever the Darkspawn's connection to the Archdemon, with the sole intention of granting his brethren intelligence and self-awareness, rather than trying to rule over them. [[spoiler: The Warden can admit his plan ''[[TheExtremistWasRight could]]'' lead to peace and can choose to [[EnemyMine ally with him]]]].
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* Weijuaru of ''{{Juathuur}}'' uses his position as king -- a position the juathuur are never allowed to take -- in order to give juathuur deserters a place to be free of Meidar and to find a way to travel to the other worlds the gods have made. When you find out how much of a ControlFreak and ManipulativeBastard Meidar is, the "Villain" part gets dropped.
* Redcloak, TheDragon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', is motivated by [[spoiler:a vision given to him by his God, of goblins being able to be equal to the other races and building their own proper society and civilization instead of scratching out a living in places none of the other races would want to live. And if one potential consequence of the plan to accomplish this is the unmaking of reality as it currently exists, well, it's all for the greater good, right?]]
** Tarquin as well. [[spoiler:He runs a conspiracy to control the three most powerful nations on the Western Continent in order to bring it to peace and himself to absolute power]]
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* Music/DoctorSteel, whose goal is to tear down society and replace it with a Utopian playland, using a mix of [[PropagandaMachine propaganda]], [[MadArtist artwork]], [[ChainsawGood buzz saw]] [[CreepyDoll babies]], and albums composed entirely of [[EarWorm ridiculously addicting]] [[VillainSong villain songs]]. [[spoiler:And if that doesn't work, he'll just blow everything up.]]
* Dr. Horrible from ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' had a vague plan to improve the world by taking it over. He even claimed "[[TechnicalPacifist Murder]] is beneath me."
** Though his plan is so incredibly ill-defined it's doubtful he really qualifies for this trope. He came up with "anarchy...that I run!" at one point.
* [[spoiler:Edwin]] in ''HowToSucceedInEvil''.
* In the Franchise/{{Neopets}} universe, a character named Xandra wants to rule Neopia (the world of Neopets) and have it run by its inhabitants, because she thinks the world's Faeries aren't so reliable. [[spoiler:To do this she went as far as to [[TakenForGranite turn them to stone]], accidentally unleashed hordes of shadowy creatures, [[TakenForGranite turn most of the heroes to stone]], and [[ColonyDrop sent the Faeries' kingdom crashing to the ground]].]]
* Skitter of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' eventually develops into one of these, taking over a city's criminal underworld on the grounds that she can make it run more efficiently and with less violent crimes or drug addictions if she's in charge, and creating alliances with other supervillains that mandate their aid to fight the [[OmnicidalManiac Endbringers]].
** Accord is another example-he became a supervillain so that he could gather contacts and resources to implement his plan to end world hunger-[[DrivenToVillainy a plan that none of the heroes or governments he proposed it to gave a moment of thought.]]
* Lord Doom, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', wants to take over the world because he is a Holocaust survivor, and doesn't want to see another child go through what he went through. Along the way, he plans on improving the health and standards of living for everybody on Earth.
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* Although his vision is not clearly revealed, Chase Young from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' fits this trope.
* Nerissa in the animated series and comic ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', who [[FallenHero betrayed her teammates]] and later attempted to conquer the universe, claiming to seek an end to all war and conflict.
* [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Fire Lord Sozin]] wanted to "share the Fire Nation's prosperity with the rest of the world." This ended up involving the betrayal of his best friend, the invasion and colonization of the Earth Kingdom, the ([[NiceJobBreakingItHerod near-]])complete genocide of the Air Nomads, and raids against the Water Tribes. (In his deathbed, Sozin [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regret what he's done]].) This "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Great March of Civilization]]" remains the Fire Nation's propaganda, but Sozin's grandson [[BigBad Ozai]] just wants to ''rule'' the world [[spoiler:even if it's nothing but ashes.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Aligned Continuity]] Megatron. Though he originally wanted to bring an end to the caste system that kept Cybertron infested with political corruption and social inequality, MotiveDecay eventually set in and Megatron's new goal became rebuilding Cybertron in his own image where [[TheSocialDarwinist the strong ruled without question]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist Amon envisions a completely equal world, one without benders]], brought about by [[MindRape forcibly purging benders of their 'impurity']]. Naturally, in order to ensure maximum fair-mindedness this new world order will be governed by the Equalists, an organization which Amon leads.
* [[spoiler:Waternoose]] in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''.
* WordOfGod explicitly describes ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s version of VandalSavage as this. As he outlines his own motives in the first season finale, he (and [[LegionOfDoom the Light]], the organization he founded) intends to make Earth the dominant power in the galaxy by means of implenenting an extreme [[TheSocialDarwinist survival of the fittest philosophy]] and opposes the Justice League because he feels they promote stagnation.
** In contrast to the rest of the Light, Klarion is in it ForTheEvulz.
* We see a particularly impressive example in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'': [[spoiler:While the Injustice League of the parallell dimension mostly consists of superpowered thugs, Owlman is another creature entirely. Upon finding out about the existence of the multiverse he comes to the conclusion that free will is an illusion as every choice we make is countered in another dimension. [[NietzscheWannabe He decides that this makes his and everyone else's existence pointless]] and in the matter of days put together a plan that will let him annihilate all life in all parallell dimensions that exist. He considers this act the only meaningful one he can make as it is truly unique and can only be done once by one being in all the multiverse.]]
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