Enemy to All Living Things
"Beasts balk at the critters — hosses wuss'n mules — but when they got autos that was all right."
This is the Pure Is Not Good
version of the Friend to All Living Things
. While a Friend To All Living Things causes animals to flock to him/her because of their sweetness and innocence, the evil energies of an Enemy To All Living Things causes animals to flee from them or, if he/she's powerful enough, die
. In that case, their energies can also cause plants to rot and decay.
If the character causes living things to die, the heroes are sometimes (but not always) exempted from this. Expect them to suffer as if under a slow acting poison, mana drain, or to have their stats lowered.
Constrast Fisher King
, where they have to rule first, but cause destruction on a much vaster scale. See also Animals Hate Him
for when the creatures don't run away.
Compare with Omnicidal Maniac
and, to a certain degree, Eldritch Abomination
. See Walking Wasteland
for a more powerful form of this. See Poisonous Person
for a toxic touch variant. This is also why the Evil-Detecting Dog
is man's best friend. If others are drawn to killing the person rather than running away or dying, it's Everything Trying to Kill You
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- In Princess Mononoke, the slime coating the demons kills every living thing they come in contact with and vice-versa.
- Hyatt in Excel Saga drains the life from a good portion of a city park just by sitting under a tree. In a different episode, her blood kills passing birds that happen to fly through its evaporation fumes, and Excel finds her by following the dead-bird trail. Hyatt is such an Ill Girl that she can kill anything by being in close proximity.
- In Busou Renkin, Victor's (and later Kazuki's) energy drain ability causes him to constantly absorb the life force of everyone and everything around him and can never be shut off.
- Victor relates it to breathing, implying that to be denied their energy sustenance would kill them. Which explains the so-called "logic" behind Kazuki's big plan to stop Victor. So, now that we know WHY he did it, we just have to figure how its freakin possible. And what made him think he'd be able to do it.
- In an aversion, Lina Inverse from Slayers is called "The Enemy of All Who Live" due to her... rather destructive temper. She displays none of the signs of this trope apart from everyone running away when she starts to cast a spell, and given that many spells in Slayers-world tend to be highly destructive and usually explosive this is probably a good idea no matter who's casting them.
- Black Mage Zeref of Fairy Tail, though he's only like this if he doesn't want to kill anybody. He can only control his power if he's a murderous sociopath.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
- In the Sacred Beasts are like this, but only to Duel Spirits. Summoning causes Duel Spirits to weaken (and presumably, eventually die) their life energy strengthening both the demons and whoever is using them. This is powerful enough to effect the whole world, apparently, and even seems to affect Spirits which would not technically be considered "living things" (like Machine monsters). Fortunatley, defeating them causes the victims to recover.
- The Light of Ruin is a Cosmic Entity that despises all life. Pegasus believes that its influence has caused wars, famines, plagues, and all sorts of bad things throughout history when its vile light was brightest. This is emphasized by the Final Battle with its Unwitting Pawn Saiou, where a Field Spell he uses not only negates the effects of Judai's monsters, but causes the Duel Spirits (including the Neo-Spacians) visible pain.
- Decay of Marvel Comics.
- Styx gets a mention but Carrion doesn't? Guy has got a DEATH TOUCH and exists to spread it.
- Creepy necrophile Black Hand in Green Lantern. Particularly in the Crisis Crossover Blackest Night, where he became the champion of the Black Lanterns, who are essentially zombies and the personification of death itself.
- Pestilence, one of Apocalypse's horsemen, is probably one of the most obvious examples of the trope. Given she was MADE to be an enemy to all living things.
- Doomsday, who was an attempt to create the Ultimate Life Form via granting him the ability to die and come back to life with the ability to adapt to whatever had killed him and dumping him on the savage pre-historic Krypton. The suffering of dying and resurrecting countless times has given him an instinctual hatred for all life and he thus considers even the smallest and most harmless creatures as threats to be killed instantly.
- In Constantine, Mammon makes cows drop dead one by one by simply walking through a pasture in the body he possesses.
- The Godzilla films have Destoroyah and Desghidorah. The former was mutated from anaerobic life forms by the substance that killed the 1954 Godzilla and can destroy oxygen itself, the latter is a three-headed dragon that sucks the life from plants, leaving entire worlds brown and dead.
- The film crew from Cannibal Holocaust brutally murders animals in the most sadistic way possible. The animal killings were all real, so this trope can also apply to the real life filmmakers.
- UHF: Raul Hernandez hosts an educational show on wildlife called "Raul's Wild Kingdom" from his apartment, but some of the things he does on the show include licking turtle bottoms and throwing them up onto the roof, saying they're "nature's suction cup", shaking ant farms, and "teaching poodles how to fly" by throwing them right out of his window. Sadly, due to Trinidad Silva's death during production, the film had to abort his subplot before the poodles got their revenge.
- Dreamcatcher: The aliens in the Stephen King book and film. They caused even the wolves and bears to run for their lives.
- The Stand: Randall Flagg has been known to cause fatal brain embolisms in various animals. And withers the grass where he walks.
- The Nazgűl from the Lord of the Rings novels; dogs and other domestic animals howl and/or scatter whenever one comes near. It's explicitly noted at one point that the Nazgűls' horses have to be specially raised and trained.
- This was carried over into the movie adaptations: In Fellowship a Nazgűl draws near to where Frodo and his friends are hiding, searching for them, and its presence causes every bug and creature nearby to run off in a panic.
- The most ancient and evil vampires, such as Dracula, tend to fall into this trope, with only the "children of the night" (bats, wolves and other animals seen as evil back in the day) able to abide them.
- In the seventh book of the Sword of Truth series, Oba listens to the whispers of The Keeper of the Underworld and animals start fearing him. Later, Jennsen realizes she has been corrupted as well when her goat runs away from her.
- Wizards from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles have a variation on this. The ability only works on magical creatures and plants, because what they're actually doing is stealing the magic from them. It mostly shows in the destruction of the titular forest wherever they go, and on dragons. That doesn't work very well because a side-effect makes the dragons start sneezing fireballs all over.
- In the Magic: The Gathering novels, Phage the Untouchable is this trope cranked into overdrive. She destroys every living and once-living thing that comes in contact with her, including things like cotton Among other things, this means she can only sleep on bare rock and wear silk, and has to eat with a special fork that keeps food from touching her lips and thus rotting before she can taste it.
- The Shining Ones of David Eddings' The Tamuli can cause the immediate decomposition of any organic matter they touch... most notably, living humans. This is the result of a very literal case of Cursed with Awesome, and since they're mostly rather gentle, they Wangst a lot whenever they actually have to use it. Fortunately, they've learned to control it, so it only activates when they want it to... while it's not stated outright, it's likely that when the curse was originally inflicted on them, it killed anyone they came in touch with, other Shining Ones being the sole exception.
- A short story in Upon My Word was about a young boy who loved animals and wanted to be a vet, but in typical irony animals hated him. (mentioning that the author is a Friend to All Living Things but doesn't really care about animals)
- The Cancer Cowboy Rides: Buddy Carson, the villain of John Connolly's short story has a very serious case of this: he has the ability to transmit a deadly form of cancer to anyone he touches with bare flesh, the severity of the disease depending on how long they were in contact. Initially, Buddy only used this power to avoid suffering the symptoms of his own disease, but now occasionally uses it out of sheer sadism. Quite naturally, animals and intuitive humans are agitated by his presence, and generally avoid shaking hands with him.
- The story version of Shrek (yes, the movie was based from a children's book) was so ugly that trees and plants bend away from him - conveniently forming trails for him to walk on.
- Eragon of the Inheritance Cycle. Plants and animals die around him if he draws their Life Energy into himself to make his magic stronger, though this is so unpleasant and morally repugnant to him that he would not use this ability except in dire emergencies.
- This only applies to magic used by Dragon Riders, other magic users command spirits to do their work, though Shades (magic-users who lose control and are possessed by the spirits) qualify, they have no loyalty towards anything and are likely to indiscriminately murder nearly anyone the come across.
- The classic Nathaniel Hawthorne short story Young Goodman Brown features a nameless individual who is strongly hinted to be The Devil. He picks himself a walking stick, and the story describes how the leaves wither as his fingers approach them.
- In The Bible as part of his punishment for being the first murderer, God makes Cain into one (as his primary talent beforehand was farming). And Jesus (of all people) caused a fig tree to wither out of pique (or possibly to provide a visual metaphor).
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, this is a common expression of Sith evil, for example in The Jedi Academy Trilogy when Kyp Durron at first uses an 'unpleasantness field' to drive away annoying flies, and later in full-on evil mode the very plants wither where he steps.
- Harry Potter: The Dementors are portrayed as this in series, particularly in the films where they kill plants simply by being in the vicinity.
- In Cerberon, due to his demonic aura, Darkram creeps out any living thing he comes close to. It was bad enough that Aladavan used zombie horses to draw the wagon they were both riding in. Zombie horses raise another set of problems altogether.
- The Solanum zombie virus from The Zombie Survival Guide, which doubles as Universal Poison. Every animal on the planet will instinctively flee from the smell of a zombie.
Live Action TV
- In Kamen Rider Faiz, Kitazaki turns living creatures to ash by touching them - whether he wants to or not.
- Emperor Gruum of Power Rangers S.P.D. can make flowers wither by standing too close to them, even when he's "disguised" as a human being.
- Cady from Reaper occasionally makes things around her wither and die.
- Linda Tarvara of the Heroes Graphic Novels essentially has a power similar to Rogue of the X-Men, being able to suck the life (Indeed, it's implied the very essence or "Soul") out of someone. The difference between her and Rogue? She really, REALLY likes doing it. Yeah, she's a sick puppy.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Tthe First Evil's minions, the nightmarish Harbingers, have the ability to render their surroundings sterile, such as trees and animals.
- Adam is this to the living, the dead and the undead.
- Mr. Mathew Chinnery, on The League of Gentlemen, is a completely accidental version of this. He's not evil; he's just incredibly accident-prone, due to an ancestral curse.
- An episode of Star Trek: TOS "The Immunity Syndrone" has a very large creature which drains all energy. This causes the crew to become extremely tired and it is implied would eventually kill the crew and take all energy from the ship besides.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation has the crystalline entity, which strips each planet it encounters of all life for food, right down to the bacteria in the soil.
- The Zyglak, reptile-like monstrosities from BIONICLE, hate the entire Matoran Universe and everything in it, because they were created by a weird experimentation accident and subsequently shunned by not only their creators, the Great Beings, but everyone else. They especially hate Matoran. What happened to them when that Universe was destroyed and the population relocated to the home world of the Great Beings, where they could interact with people they didn't hate, hasn't been discussed.
- As Surtur leads his Fire Giants to the final battle in Ragnarök, his mere presence causes humans to collapse lifeless and rocks to dissolve.
- Even though he mostly targets humans, Satan is sometimes described this way.
- Older Than Feudalism: In Classical Mythology, Medusa makes every living thing that has the misfortune of seeing her turn into stone — it was actually involuntary on her part, and only her sisters, blind creatures, and (probably) the gods were immune. Unlike most adaptations/shout-outs, her victims remain stone even after she dies, and her severed head has the same effect.
- King Midas probably applies as a subversion, since his ability to transform objects he comes in contact with into gold soon turns on himself as well. The man was foolish enough to wish for such a thing in the first place.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons "Dark Sun" setting, every single wizard is an example of this trope; they drain life from the plants around them to fuel their magic. Some learn to limit their destruction so as not to cause permanent damage. Most... don't. The most powerful example of the latter is the Dragon (not to be confused with the trope of the same name), which consumes animal as well as plant life and whose depredations are largely responsible for the ravaged state of the Dark Sun world.
- The Blighter Prestige Class in Dungeons & Dragons, which is the anti-Druid. One of the first powers they gain is the ability to cause deforestation, and they are required to do this every single day to gain their daily spell allotment. They also have stunted casting and need to have a number of Druid levels that can't do anything. The class is quite infamous for being very poor.
- The Cancer Mage is of a similar bent, being a walking plague-rat that can inflict all kinds of horrific diseases onto living things.
- The Greater Consumptive Field spell also counts, especially with DMM/Persist munchkinry. In essence, anything with less than 10 hit points that comes within 30 feet of you dies. This includes birds, kittens, wounded enemies and small children. And everything killed in this way makes you stronger.
- Casting this and looking for an anthill is a sure way to annoy a DM.
- Nothing easier than that, rule 0: every colony is one creature.
- Another D&D example is the wraith monster. Animals refuse to go within 30 feet of them and panic if forced to.
- The Harrowed in Deadlands. Usually animals just detect their undead state by smell and fear them, but they also have Harrowed Edges that let them embrace the trope fully. They also have troubles riding horses.
- Exalted: The Abyssal Exalted can have this happen to them, depending on how much Resonance they have accumulated. Effects range from merely killing nearby insects to causing miscarriages to spawning a Shadowland.
- And given that two of the Yozi's themes involve Magical Soul Fission Punch and Superspeed Murder Buddha, Green Sun Princes aren't necessarily much more friendly to living creatures. The former can hit enemies so hard that they explode and give nightmares to anyone sleeping near the punch-site for the next thousand years, and blaze into a blindingly beautiful light that melts the skin off of anything nearby that is neither sufficiently powerful nor willing to immediately praise the Yozi's power.
- In GURPS the disadvantages Frightens Animals and Lifebane.
- The daemons and mortal champions of Nurgle, the Chaos God of entropy and decay, in Warhammer 40,000 have this effect, as they spread disease wherever they walk. The most powerful of Nurgle's daemons make plants turn to mulch, metal rust and ferrocete crumple to dust by their mere presence.
- Interestingly, since the Chaos Gods are always wrestling with their duality, Nurgle is also a Friend to All Living Things. If you can get past the smell he's actually a pleasant entity to deal with, and encourages his followers to act the same way (albeit evilly). Despite his corrupting and destructive nature, Nurgle sees himself as a creative force in the universe. Kind of hard to imagine since he is the god of disease and corruption, but when you break it down he's just singleminded: Nurgle loves life. All life. Bacteria are alive.
- The Necrons are also a good example of this. Their aim is to destroy all organic life in the universe, every planet they conquer is left with nothing but a barren desert devoid of life, even microscopic life.
- Phage the Untouchable, from Magic: The Gathering.
- In Warhammer, Chaos god Tzeentch's chosen, Aekold Helbrass, is a subversion. No doubt his alignment, Aekold is cursed with the "gift" of life. The mutating powers of Chaos have granted him the ability to create life wherever he goes. Wherever he stands, flowers and plants spring into life, and doorframes sprout new life, growing leaves and branches spontaneously. Even the wounds of himself and those around him will stitch themselves back together, no matter the severity.
- The Grox from Spore are hated by all living things. In fact, habitable planets cause them to die.
- In Warcraft III, the Scourge structures create Blight, which rots the soil and trees it comes in contact with. In the campaign, its shown that Archimonde can create it wherever he walks.
- Similarly, in World of Warcraft, even though they don't have the ability in the game, a Warlock is shown to have a similar ability in the opening cinematic.
- Said Blight is persistent enough that in World of Warcraft, several zones are permanently in that state, and the Blood Elf zones have a line of it, called the Dead Scar, marking the main attack line where Arthas and his army forced their way to the Sunwell, source of the Elven magic.
- Sargeras is the ultimate Enemy to All Living Things as the leader of the Burning Legion. "Lesser beings quake and flee in his presence".
- Estelle from Tales of Vesperia is causing the world to slowly die simply by existing.
- Darth Nihilus from Knights of the Old Republic 2 feeds on living things through the force.
- The Reapers in Mass Effect.
- Age of Wonders (and sequels) has a couple versions of this. A unit with the "Path of Decay" ability will kill tiles in its path, turning them to wasteland, while the spell "Darkland" will gradually produce the same effect on all tiles within your spellcasting range. This can have in-game impact, as certain races get economic and morale bonuses or penalties on certain terrain types.
- Dr. Vile/Weil of the Mega Man Zero series, who is better describe as everyone's enemy. He's responsible for a war that wiped out over half the human and Reploids (sentient robots), and when he aims to make the existence of all of them a living hell due to want of revenge for the punishment he received for his war crimes. Taken to even further in 4, where he planned to destroy the only place fit for human habitation outside of his rule, even after the city he ruled was destroyed.
- Queen Nashandra of Dark Souls II. To the point that even her portrait drains humanity. During the battle against her, most of her attacks are Dark-element attacks that inflict Curse, which accelerates the victim's Hollowing.
- The Cravers of Endless Space, being a race of Horde of Alien Locusts augmented with cybernetics that was engineered for war, are the enemies of all living things in the galaxy. They cannot engage in diplomacy bar temporary ceasefires and declarations of war, and their population eventually begins to consume the planet's resources due to over-exploitation, forcing them to continuously engage in wars of expansion.
- In Demonbane, Master Therion is often referred to as "The World's Natural Enemy", which is pretty accurate, as Therion doesn't really see anyone else as anything more than tools at best, and will gladly slaughter anything that inconveniences him for even an instant. The sole exception is the protagonist, whom Therion considers a Worthy Opponent... and thus a source of entertainment.
- Secret of Keychain of Creation is a nice enough girl, despite being one of the Abyssal Exalted. However, when she wants to hold a baby orphan (or at least, baby whose parents were kidnapped), a bird spontaneously dies and lands on her head. They take it as a sign letting her do so is a bad idea.
- This is a reflection of Resonance, the nasty side effect for rebellious Abyssal Exalted who regret the fact that they made a deal with a monster and just want to be normal. The more they try to act human (refer to themselves by their old name, have sex with humans, etc.), the nastier things get around them.
- Death in Sinfest, sometimes when he just walks by something (Buddha can sometimes restore), sometimes more actively. (He's also been revolted by the sight of a pregnant woman, or a leaf still hanging from a tree late in autumn.)
- Azula, of Avatar: The Last Airbender has this reaction from a number of animals, especially Turtle-Ducks. Admittedly, this is not from any internal quality, so much as the fact that she's apparently spent years throwing rocks at any animal she's come into contact with.
- Vicky in The Fairly Oddparents.
- In one episode, Timmy's mother also applies, killing any and all plants she touches. When she bemoans this fact, everyone (including her own husband) takes a step away from her.
: Oh, Dinkleberg
, come here and give my wife a congratulatory handtouch!
- Timmy's Dad also counts, when he decided to start a farm the plant he touches dies and a tombstone grows on it. This is even used as a plot point: Apparently Timmy's Dad is the only one who can kill those magically enhanced crops Timmy wished for.
- Elmyra in Tiny Toon Adventures utterly terrifies any Funny Animal that she encounters, as her attempts to "love" cute critters tend to cause extreme pain.
- Death in Family Guy has a longstanding crush on a girl who works in a pet shop. Trouble is, he can't go in to ask her out as all the animals start thrashing and yowling.
- When Death finally gets the chance to date her, she is so annoyingly pro-eco that he uses his touch of death to kill her.
- Peter gets to take over death's duties for one episode and has to constantly remind himself not to touch plants or people. Sadly he remembers this after killing the airplane pilot.
- Spoofed in The Simpsons episode "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner." Homer's shouting "D'oh!" makes the zoo animals panic.
- Also, the opening theme on one of the Halloween specials has Death sitting on the couch when the family rushes in. When they all drop dead in front of him, he uses the pile of corpses for a footrest.
- Sushi Pack: The very presence of Sir Darkly causes everyone in the vicinity to instantly burst into tears. On top of that, wherever he goes flowers wilt, ice cream scoops fall off of cones, and water even freezes.
- Most versions of Megatron in Transformers display this in some shape or form. In the original cartoon, he at one point found a MacGuffin that turned machines into transformers, and when used on anything else would turn into metal, giving him the idea of using it to make Earth into a world like Cybertron.
- The Beast Era Megatron, especially during Beast Machines where he hates organic life to the point where he loathes even having a beast mode and desires to remove any trace of it.
- Transformers Prime Megatron has a hate for organics, but where he really displays being an Enemy to All Living Things is that fact that series implies that the war he started left Cybertron unfit even for Transformers to inhabit. Recap, he left a planet unfit to support MACHINES.
- More so than Megatron, Unicron has this, his only goal in any version of him being to destroy planet after planet until there is nothing left in the universe.
- Blight from Batman Beyond.
- According to a Brazilian soccer aphorism, goalkeeper is such an accursed occupation that, wherever one steps, the grass stops growing.
- Probably because the part of the field right in front of the goal where the goalkeeper stands and moves back and forth for most of the game gets trampled by him a lot more than anywhere else on the field.
- As part of his general campaign of frightfulness against the Roman Empire, Attila the Hun claimed that everywhere his horse trod, the grass would never grow again. Since he rode all over Europe and the grass seems to be doing quite well nowadays, it is possible that he was lying about this.
- Some diseases may count. Consider lung tuberculosis. In some cases bearer may be unaware of his condition and go with it for years, spreading deadly spores. And some people and animals are so vulnerable to this disease, that may die in months. And this is a horrible death. Check yourself and you neighbors with chest photofluorography at least once per year to get medical care in time, when condition is reversible.