'''Basic Trope''': An extremely nihilistic character, oftentimes a villain.
* '''Straight''': {{The Philosoph|er}}ical RecurringTraveler Hermann keeps ranting on about how the world is cold and miserable and [[OmnicidalManiac we can as well start murdering each other for all it's worth.]]
* '''Exaggerated''': Hermann is the AnthropomorphicPersonification [[TheHeartless of hate, chaos and despair]].
* '''Downplayed''': While he isn't antagonistic about it, Hermann refuses to delight himself in believing idealism, morality, justice, hope, love, friendship, etc.
* '''Justified''':
** It's a CrapsackWorld and/or CosmicHorrorStory.
** Hermann [[CryForTheDevil had a]] [[FreudianExcuse horrible childhood,]] no wonder he became a StrawNihilist.
** Hermann was a former WideEyedIdealist. [[DeusAngstMachina You know what happened]].
** Hermann was a ButtMonkey. [[{{Deconstruction}} What do you expect?]]
** Hermann has read too many cynical works while thinking too much about how idealistic premises are easily {{deconstructed}}, and he begins to see parallels between those that he read and reality.
** Herman is a true sociopath, with just the right amount of narcissism to make him want to start ranting.
* '''Inverted''':
** Hermann is an [[TheAntiNihilist Anti Nihilist]] who firmly believes in ThePowerOfLove and that RousseauWasRight.
** Hermann believes that the world is a cold and uncaring place, than humans are basically vicious animals, and that God is uncaring at best... [[LawfulEvil and this is why we need RULES, to turn this wilderness into a civilization, to put the beast known as Man on a leash, and to deliver the justice God will not!]]
** Hermann is nihilistic in a paradoxical way. He always claims that there is a higher meaning and a reason for existence but it carries the [[UnfortunateImplications sinister undertone]] of life on earth being worthless because of this higher meaning.
** Hermann is an {{Ubermensch}} who has developed his own morality from events that might have left others empty, and learns from his own experience and way of thinking.
* '''Subverted''':
** Hermann is stated to be a big fan of Nietzsche's philosophy - [[Main/ShownTheirWork but then it's revealed he actually read his works and did research.]] So he's not really a nihilist, merely a pessimist.
** Hermann is a nihilist, but doesn't feel the need to rant about it unless goaded and generally lives a completely normal life.
* '''Double Subverted''': This is not revealed to the heroes, though. Hermann acts like a nihilist when around them simply because [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he's a bit of a jerk]], and does not like them.
* '''Parodied''': Hermann hates the world because he [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension lost a toy train]].
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** The author needed a character to be a nihilist, with a heavy cultural backbone, so he made him a Nietzsche follower. Only, the author doesn't care to read anything about Nietzsche, so the character's beliefs vary at every needs of the story. Wildly.
** Hermann is said to be a nihilist... but what he says he lets others interpret how they wish, no matter what he says. This means to some he is a StrawNihilist, to others TheCynic, and to some a KnightInSourArmor or TheAntiNihilist.
* '''Averted''':
** There are no nihilistic villains around.
** There's a real {{Ubermensch}} around.
** Hermann is a nihilist, but simply believes that there's no true purpose to live, feeling instead each person should find their own.
* '''Enforced''': Author includes Nietzsche and Nihilism [[TheWarOnStraw only to prove or disprove some points]].
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "That guy sounds like he tries to rip off good ol' Creator/FriedrichNietzsche... and fails at it."
** "He sounds like Schopenhauer"
* '''Invoked''': "I know I'm a pessimist, but I don't want to be called an emo. I'll read this Nietzsche's work to give myself some more mature credit"
* '''Exploited''': The creator begins marketing shirts with Herman's lines on them to edgy teenagers.
* '''Defied''':
** "Hermann's wrong, if the world was as bad as he says it is, there wouldn't be people like [[BigDamnHeroes us]] around."
** Herman is a Nihilist, but he knows not to waste his breath ranting to people he knows he's not going to convince.
* '''Discussed''': "Mr Villain gloated about his plans to wipe half of humanity. Let's see if he's the real thing, or just a deluded StrawNihilist."
* '''Conversed''': "{{Straw Nihilist}}s. [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade I hate those guys]]." "How come?" "Well, first and foremost - [[ArtisticLicense Nietzsche does not work that way]]. They just give him a bad name."
* '''Deconstructed''': Rant-prone nihilists like Hermann are just as [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers pathetic, if not even more,]] than the "[[WideEyedIdealist wide-eyed idealists]]" they're constantly debunking and bullying, sometimes with their [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speeches]] being just a projection of their own self-hatred, depression and {{death seek|er}}ing tendencies on the idealists. Sure the nihilists are smarter and/or more savvy, and are wise to know that it's a CrapsackWorld, but [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers they waste their philosophical intellect]] on [[FauxlosophicNarration fauxlosophic]] {{wangst}} and being [[JerkAss assholes]], instead of making something actually useful.
* '''Reconstructed''': He finds renewed motivation in life through trying to prove to everyone that "SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids". The strong motivation makes him a less pathetic villain than an ordinary OmnicidalManiac, while he himself, through finding more motivations in life, is gradually transformed into TheUbermensch- all while holding a grim dark nihilistic philosophy.
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