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->'''Yami:''' I'm having a little difficulty understanding your evil motives.\\
'''Marik:''' Silence! All you need to know is that I am evil, and I'm going to defeat you!
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The Generic Doomsday Villain is an overpowering antagonist without a believable goal, motive or plan. They do not [[WellIntentionedExtremist fancy themselves to be doing the right thing]], they're not DrivenByEnvy, they have no [[ItsPersonal personal vendetta]] against any of their victims, they are not [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in it for the money]] or [[TheSocialDarwinist power]], they're not seeking {{Revenge}} for any real or imagined wrong done to them, they're not trying to satiate their excessive {{Pride}}, they're not even a {{sadist}} who [[ForTheEvulz enjoys hurting people]]. So, why are they spreading destruction and misery? [[ShapedLikeItself Because... they're EVIL.]]

A story needs a {{Villain}} to [[VillainsActHeroesReact drive the plot forward]] and to [[VillainsActHeroesReact give the heroes something to foil]]. This villain needs to be powerful enough to stump the protagonists at least for a StoryArc. The Generic Doomsday Villain serves these purposes, but they're all power and [[FlatCharacter no personality]]. You know you are dealing with a Generic Doomsday Villain when you can imagine them being replaced with a natural disaster or a completely different villain, and the plot would pretty much still work the same way.

It's possible for a villain to ''start out'' as a Generic Doomsday Villain, to establish their threat early on so the hero(es) have a reason for fighting them. Their [[CharacterDevelopment backstory, motivations, and characterization can be revealed]] either in a [[VillainEpisode focus episode]] or in a gradual manner throughout a series. Sometimes, a writer will [[TropesAreTools use this]] {{inten|dedAudienceReaction}}tionally, making a villain who is literally [[NonMaliciousMonster like a force of nature or a natural disaster]], or with motives [[EldritchAbomination beyond human comprehension]] -- not really ''intended'' to be a character in their own right, just something that happens which the heroes have to deal with. A possible justification is to have the Generic Doomsday Villain be the creation of another villain with proper motives, who created them only to destroy and harm others. TurnedAgainstTheirMasters is very likely in this scenario.

A related concept is ForTheEvulz, where a villain does evil simply for the sake of it. This can easily be confused with a Generic Doomsday Villain, but For the Evulz as a motive more specifically emphasizes the villain as a sadistic asshole who gets off on their acts. A Generic Doomsday Villain will usually lack even that aspect to their personality, seeming to do evil for ''literally'' no reason because that's just what they do. Also don't confuse with OmnicidalManiac. First, while a Generic Doomsday often ''is'' an Omnicidal Maniac, this trope is by no means limited to villains who want to destroy the world. Second, a Maniac's plan might not strictly make sense (say, being portrayed more as a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum, thus hampering their own survival), but their destructive motive is very real.
Also compare/contrast the CompleteMonster, whose motivation is that they're purely evil characters, while Generic Doomsday Villains don't get the characterization to say if this is the case.

Most [[BossBattle bosses]] a player comes across in a video game are likely to be this, as they exist more as obstacles to the player than real characters. {{Bonus Boss}}es are especially susceptible, as them getting buildup aside from being a major challenge might result in vital story being wasted building up a fight many players will never even bother with.

See also InvincibleVillain, who generally receive more characterization, but whose functional or actual invincibility causes them to also become defined more for the threat they pose to the hero. While similar, it should not be confused with DiabolusExNihilo, which is a powerful villain who comes out of nowhere to shake things up and promptly move off. The OutsideContextProblem may appear similarly powerful with as little motivation, but in their case the answers come before long, and it's established that their being unknown to the in-universe world at large is part of the threat. Contrast VisionaryVillain.

Please be aware that this trope tends to get tossed around a lot, and any villain which doesn't have the clearest motivation established will often be accused of being one, even if they don't meet the other criteria. So, be careful when deciding who counts.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** Exclusive to the Japanese version is Demon (Daemon in English) from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', who comes into the plot with no explanation, and is so powerful that the heroes can only seal him away. He has absolutely no personality, and his contribution to the plot is only as an "obstacle." [[CutandPasteTranslation For all its faults]], the dub vastly improved on him, thanks to a [[HamAndCheese delightfully hammy performance]] by Creator/BobPapenbrook.
** Mephistomon from a ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' movie wanted to destroy the world for no particular reason. The closest thing to a motive we get for him is Omnimon stating he was spawned from an Apocalymon that ''also'' wanted to destroy the Earth, presumably for the same reason as the one in ''Adventure'' (if it wasn't the same one).
** Belphemon from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' due to him have almost no dialogue. [[BigBad Kurata]]'s goal is revive and use him as a weapon to TakeOverTheWorld, and it's mentioned that Belpemon [[OffStageVillainy almost destroyed the Digital World in the past]]. But Belphemon himself only has dialogue when he briefly takes control from Kurata, which implies him to be nothing more than a villain who causes destruction for no reason.
** Most of the villains in ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' never say a single word and what little word the few spoke reveal very little about them. Special mention to this trope has to be Yggdrasil whom despite being stated as the BigBad of the series and is responsible for Meicoomon's corruption, he never appeared in the anime at all and is stated to be defeated off-screen by Homeostasis. All that we know of him is that he wants to destroy humanity, but we don't know ''why'' he wants do it particularly given that fact that the [[UngratefulBastard same humans saved the Digital World numerous times]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Kaguya Otsusuki [[spoiler: aka the final villain of Naruto after hijacking Madara]] who is merely characterized as the source of all Chakra, an [[InformedAbility "unstoppable"]] PhysicalGod that even the sage fears, the one responsible for the Uchiha's corruption and being almost literally nothing more than an obstacle for Team 7 to defeat and seal. We don't even know the reason for her to invoke the Infinite Tsukuyomi and turn everyone into White Zetsu. We do, however, get the briefest glimpse of a lamenting mother buried somewhere in her mind, but she's a power-mad, raging psycho more than anything.
** StarterVillain Mizuki. He's a JerkAss who tricks Naruto into stealing the scroll of Forbidden Jutsus, but he's motives and end goal are never expanded on.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':
** Bottom and Black Hole of the second and third ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movie series. They were practically the same villains: monstrous ancient evils seeking to obtain the MacGuffin of that movie by resurrecting previous QuirkyMinibossSquad members and giving the girls a hard time so he could take over/destroy the world. They're also powerful enough to wipe out the collective teams (knocking them back into human form in the case of Black Hole) that they HAVE to use their movie-only SuperMode to defeat them. On the other hand, Fusion, the BigBad from the first movie and ''New Stage'', seems to have a bit more personality, isn't seeking any sort of MacGuffin, fights the girls on his own and just wants to unite the world as a HiveMind.
** Most of the villains in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' were this, with almost no characterization besides being evil.
* The [[EldritchAbomination witches]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica,'' beings that are TheSpeechless and MadeOfEvil. Especially the leader Walpurgisnacht, who just shows up one day to wreck the city and leaves just as suddenly; she doesn't even fight the magical girls if they don't attack her first. Her only purpose besides being the BigBad is to provide the reason for [[spoiler:Homura's [[GroundhogDayLoop endless time loops]]]], and [[spoiler: the [[TheManBehindTheMan real villain]] is [[NonActionBigBad Kyubey]]]]. It's a JustifiedTrope due to the mindless nature of Witches in general, [[spoiler: and a SubvertedTrope due to their [[WasOnceAMan backstories]] and TragicMonster status]].
* The titular dragon from ''Anime/RageOfBahamutGenesis'' is much less of an actual villain and more of a force of nature enacting its apocalyptic rage, with no characterisation beyond the threat of its supreme power (read: nuking countries and deities [[TheJuggernaut without the need to move around]]).
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Broly in movies 8, 10 and 11 (especially the latter two where he got hit hard with CharacterExaggeration and TookALevelInDumbass) is one of the best examples of this. More powerful than any other character beforehand? Check. Spends all but the last five minutes of the movie utterly dominating every single thing the protagonists throw at him? Check. Little personality besides "raarrgrl Kakarot grrr"? Check. Mind you, [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]], as the notoriously {{Power Level|s}}-obsessed ''DBZ'' fanbase has [[BreakoutVillain embraced Broly with open arms]] since his first appearance.
** In canon, we have Kid Buu, who is an example of this [[TropesAreNotBad played well]], by putting him up against his other forms: Majin Buu was ObliviouslyEvil, and renounced his destructive ways after being told they were wrong. Super Buu was a sadist, but he could at least be reasoned with by the promise of [[BloodKnight strong opponents]]. Kid Buu is ''barely sapient'': he cares nothing for anything, not even himself. All that he's concerned about is [[OmnicidalManiac killing and maiming and ripping and tearing and vaporizing and obliterating EVERYTHING until there's absolutely nothing left to destroy]]. He can't be bargained with, he can't be reasoned with, he feels no fear or sadness or ''anything'' except the joy of watching things blow up; he doesn't even indulge in Super Buu's sadism, he just annihilates a planet and rushes off to the next one to do it all over again, lather rinse repeat. The resulting entity is a terrifying engine of destruction that pretty much everyone agrees is the most dangerous Buu form of all by virtue of being [[ConfusionFu absolutely unpredictable]] and almost [[TheJuggernaut completely unstoppable]].
** From ''Dragon Ball Z'' movie 12 we have Janemba. His initial form, similar to the above mentioned Majin Buu, is ObliviouslyEvil but appears even less intelligent with the mind of an infant. In his OneWingedAngel form, like Super Buu, he's outright evil, but unlike Buu he never talks and just destroys things, only existing to force a FusionDance between Goku and Vegeta. Like Broly, however, he proved one of the more popular movie villains for his transformation's unique design and equally unique RealityWarper powers.
** Hirudegarn from movie 13. Essentially a copy of Kid Buu in the form of a {{Kaiju}}, he is a giant monster who causes destruction because... because he does.
** Androids 13, 14, and 15, of [[Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13 movie 7]], have no characterization whatsoever outside of "[[KillerRobot they were programmed by Doctor Gero to kill Goku]]", and the latter two (and the former, in his SuperMode) [[FlatCharacter don't even have any dialogue]] outside of repeating the words "[[SayMyName Son Goku.]]" It's particularly obvious given that they're [[{{Expy}} designed to resemble]] the Androids in the series, who were generally [[AntiVillain pretty fleshed-out]]. The English dub did its level best to try to give them some character, mostly through accents and LullDestruction. Hatchiyack, another KillerRobot with a similar backstory, is no less paper-thin.
** Turles ([[Anime/DragonballZTheTreeOfMight movie 3]]), Lord Slug ([[Anime/DragonBallZLordSlug movie 4]]), and Bojack ([[Anime/DragonBallZBojackUnbound movie 9]]) all have no motivation other than "I'm a {{Space Pirate|s}}, and I want to TakeOverTheWorld because I'm evil." Their backstories are paper-thin, and very little about them is explained. Bojack in particular has no reason given for why he's stronger than [[PhysicalGod a Super Saiyan]]. Turles and his crew were at least given some extra backstory via AllThereInTheManual (he's a truant Frieza Force soldier, apparently) but Slug and Bojack (the latter of whom really ''should'' have more depth to him, given that he was a threat so great once that the Kais had to unite to make him a SealedEvilInACan, something they didn't even do for Frieza) remain ciphers.
** Syn/Omega Shenron, of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', is a bit of an odd case of this, in that he does have sort of a "reap the whirlwind" motivation... but [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter it really doesn't actually factor into anything he does]]. Like a lot of ''Manga/DragonBall'' villains, he's MadeOfEvil, he's very powerful, and his goals are simply to destroy things.
* Anubis in ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight''. No reason is given for why he wants to destroy the world. [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries The Abridged Series]] lampshades this. If there is a reason, it's just that [[EverybodyHatesHades a god of death is supposed to end life]], [[MoneyDearBoy and 4Kids wanted a quick buck]].
* ''Anime/FirstSquad'': Baron von Wolf is a bloodthirsty knight who carries out campaigns of murder because... he's evil, we guess? We learn next to nothing about his character, just that he's some guy leading an army of undead warriors resurrected by the Nazis.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In ''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd'', a SelfParody of the anime series ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the cast discusses how to {{retool}} their show to appeal to a wider audience. It is then pointed out that the Angels, the show's {{monster|OfTheWeek}}s, could have alienated the audience since the show offered no clear answers to where they come from or what their goal is. They eventually come up with introducing the "Black Space God", an [[AliensAreBastards evil alien]] who's only motivation is to KillAllHumans, and having the Angels turning out to be his generic {{Mooks}} all along.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}} gives us what could be the {{Trope Namer|s}}, Doomsday:
** His sole reason for being was the eponymous event in ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''. While previous Franchise/{{Superman}} villains were usually really smart guys or evil robots or alien warlords or [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood some other intelligent type to contrast Supes' superstrength]] (along with the rest of his SuperpowerLottery), Doomsday was just raw unstoppable rage on wheels with no agenda outside destruction and couldn't be reasoned with. Most of his depth comes from the back story in later comics; Doomsday was established as a "guinea pig" that became both {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le through [[AdaptiveAbility adapting to withstand what defeated him]] and [[EnemyToAllLivingThings bloodthirsty]] for [[FreudianExcuse dying so many times to get that]]. In essence Doomsday is just a primitive, animalistic being - something which does not leave much space for personality. (In fact, the moment he gained a personality, he also inherited fear, which allowed Superman to defeat him almost effortlessly.)
** In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoon he could talk normally and his origins were changed considerably (he's a corrupted clone of Superman, and not from space), but he's otherwise unchanged. He exists only to fight Superman and cannot be reasoned with, acting more as a plot device than a character.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', which opted to balance out the mindless animal aspects of Doomsday by making him a SuperpoweredEvilSide rather than a standalone character. While this opened up some new storytelling avenues and made him deeper than his usual plot device threat, it appears to have been seen by the fandom as a form of MenaceDecay and the idea has not been revisited, with later depictions (like the one below) sticking firmly to Doomsday's "roots", such as they are, instead.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' has Lex Luthor bringing Doomsday to life because he figured this "Kryptonian abomination" could defeat Superman - "If man won't kill God, the Devil will do it!". And all the beast does is try to destroy anything in his path, providing an excuse for Supes, Batman and Franchise/WonderWoman to join forces.[[note]]No one knows why Luthor would create a creature that will kill everyone on Earth when the only intended victim is the {{Human Alien|s}} he decided to become enemies with.[[/note]]
* The Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' has many of these qualities. No real personality, motivations or backstory, just ridiculous amounts of power in one package. Still, part of the concept is that he's so ridiculously powerful that it's difficult to so much as get his attention, so there is some reasoning behind his Generic Doomsday Villain nature.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s Xenon is pretty similar to Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Doomsday. He came out of nowhere, and nothing or almost nothing is known about his past or motivations. What is known, though, he hunts and kills "Supergirls". In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'' he trapped, tortured and nearly killed the original Kara Zor-El, an ''[[PhysicalGod Earth-One Kryptonian]]''.
* These pop up now and then in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}''. Unusually, they are treated by the writer with all the gravity they deserve: very little. One notable one was vanquished by all the guest stars and supporting characters in the series working together while the series protagonist, Mark, was unavailable. It was a CrisisCrossover reduced to the B-plot of one or two issues of one title.
* ComicBook/{{Onslaught}} was more powerful than anything in ''ComicBook/XMen'' history, took nearly all the Marvel heroes to beat, had no overarching plan other than "blow shit up" and existed solely to set up ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'', which was later retconned back anyway. Onslaught did have a back story as a psychic entity born from the combined mentality of Professor X (mutants and humans should co-exist) and Magneto ([[HumansAreBastards humans will never accept mutants]]). So he wanted to turn everyone in the world (and later the universe) into a hive mind with himself in control. However, many of the details behind his character were scattered amongst various Marvel comics titles (requiring someone to read all the comics tied into the Onslaught saga for all the details), or [[AllThereInTheManual crammed into a book released solely as a summary for the Onslaught saga]], [[WordOfGod complete with notes and information on what was planned for the saga from the writers themselves]]. For some, Onslaught's Generic Doomsday Villain nature made the writers' attempts to focus on Onslaught's plan changing from "kill all the humans so mutants can prosper" to "kill everyone in the world for no reason" much less dramatic that it was intended to be.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan's equivalent to Doomsday would probably be Morlun, a villain introduced by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan during his run]], who had almost no real backstory to speak of, and his exact nature was never revealed. Morlun's personality was pretty bland as well, since he really only wanted to "eat" Spidey and stated that it wasn't personal. For some unfathomable reason, this was the first time a villain had ever made Spider-Man angry, even when guys like the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus had kidnapped, murdered or otherwise threatened his loved ones. It was not until ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' that his backstory, personality and motivation were established.
%%* Darkseid was pretty much this trope when he first appeared in beginning of the ''ComicBook/New52''.
* The ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' once had to face one of these in the form of Brimstone, an Apokoliptian behemoth that combined this trope with AttackOfThe50FootWhatever. An artificial monster created from a "techno-seed", Brimstone believed itself to be a fallen angel that had to cleanse the earth of "false gods" (read: superheroes) but aside from this delusion had no character at all to speak of. In its death throes the beast called for Darkseid, who callously dismissed it as unworthy before revealing to his henchman Desaad that the only reason he'd even created it in the first place was to "[[ForTheEvulz remind the humans they are never far from my thoughts]]".
* The ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries Transformers: Stormbringer]]'' series turns the Decepticon Thunderwing into the "force of nature" variation of this trope. After he creates his "polydermal shell", the grafting process goes awry, burning out all of Thunderwing's sapience and higher brain functions, which causes him to become ultra-powerful, and go on a rampage across war-torn Cybertron, forcing both Autobots and Decepticons to temporarily ally to try and halt its advance. In the end, Thunderwing is only stopped when Cybertron swallows it whole, a process which only hastens the planet's death (which Thunderwing himself saw coming and the polydermal grafting procedure was an ill-conceived attempt to try and weather the storm it would bring, ironically turning him into the final nail in Cybertron's coffin).
* The 2013 run of ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' gives us Matthew Malloy, an all-powerful mutant and the main menace in the "Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier" story arc. Malloy's creator Creator/BrianBendis was clearly ''trying'' to avoid this by giving him a [[FreudianExcuse sympathetic background]], but said background was only revealed by other characters and Malloy himself had zero personality to speak of, making him fall into this anyway. One of the first things Bendis had him do was inflict TheWorfEffect on Exodus, one of the most powerful mutants in the entire X-Pantheon, just to show the reader how badass he was. But his lack of any rational personality left the X-Men unable to reason with him, and the storyline ended with them dispatching Malloy via RetGone because that was literally ''the only option'' they had left.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Evil Scintist from ''[[FanFic/PeterChimaerasDigimonTrilogy DIGIMON SAVEZ THE WROLD!!1111]]''. He is only described to have created a machine that could destroy the world which is what Digimon, the main character, has to prevent. No motivation on why he wants to destroy the world has been given.
* ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'': Titan. He has great power and wants to destroy Unicornicopia so he can spread chaos and destruction over reality, [[ForTheEvulz just because]]. His dialogue is dripping in [[LargeHam clichés]] and there is nothing unique about his appearance at all. Being StupidEvil and going with the first Saturday morning cartoon plot his minions come up with doesn't help matters.
** Those villains that show up in the sequels are no better, following the ''same'' strategy of sending out a MonsterOfTheWeek so they can conquer the world for no real reason other than they want to. This is due to the StrictlyFormula writing style of author Dakari King Mykan, who has said in author's notes that he hates creating complex villains and storylines.
* Sben from ''[[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509/Minecraftia-Saga Yognapped]]''. He has no goal in the first installment other than completely tearing [[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Minecraftia]] to the ground and framing [[LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} Simon and Lewis]] for it. The [[MagnificentBastard Alpha Griefer]], another BigBad, [[LampshadeHanging calls him out]] on being nothing more than a murderous monster [[spoiler:in a confrontation that ends with Sben taking a bullet to the back]]. When [[spoiler:he comes back in the third installment with [[CameBackStrong unmatched speed and strength]]]], he becomes more of a tragic character.
* The Black Tower in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone''. No one knows who's in it or why it's having its evil minions (who are themselves pretty one-dimensional) try to kill the gods and take over C'hou. They just know they have to fight it.
* In ''Fanfic/EquestriaAcrossTheMultiverse'', [[EvilKnockoff Metal]] [[ThePsychoRangers Twilight]] is a justified and deconstructed example. One of several mechanical doubles of the heroes built to defeat them by the [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome invading Flim Flam Brothers corporate empire]] (namely the one glimpsed in "The Cutie Remark"), she acts like a SmugSuper and is very dedicated to defeating Twilight (or rather whatever Twilight is in front of her at the time) and being better than her..but when questioned by Twilight ''why'' she acts that way, genuinely can't come up with any actual motivation. Twilight then realizes Metal Twilight is essentially an unknowing slave to her creators, despite being the only one of her series to be sapient. [[VillainousBreakdown Metal Twilight doesn't take this realization well.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' incarnation of ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has all the power one would expect from one of DC's most charismatic and terrifying villains, but that's about it. Presumably, the writers were banking on people already knowing who he is, since he gets absolutely no explanation as to who he is or why he particularly wants to conquer Earth to begin with. He spends most of his screen time beating up the Justice League, until he gets sent back to his home dimension when it's time to end the movie.
* Atomic Skull from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'' has no motivation for his violence. Why is he killing people? To draw out Superman. Why does he want to fight Superman? Because it's what he does, apparently.
* Unicron from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' is a transforming-robot PlanetEater who [[OmnicidalManiac consumes worlds that he comes across]], wants to destroy the [[AchillesHeel Autobot Matrix of Leadership]] as it's the only thing that can kill him, and that's pretty much it. He is a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere as nothing about him is ever foreshadowed prior to the movie, and his connection to the Transformers is hinted but never explored. Later episodes and adaptations would elaborate more on his backstory and motivations, but the movie itself doesn't make him anything other than being the biggest threat the Autobots and Decepticons have ever faced.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'' gives us TheButcher, who lives up to his name. He kills civilians with a power drill and no motivation is presented whatsoever. He barely talks, too. And although the film claims to be based on a true story, the Butcher was made up for the film.
* The New Order in ''Film/{{Cobra}}'', run by the [[BigBad Night Slasher]], is a murder cult that draws its membership from all walks of life. They are willing to do anything for the Night Slasher up to and including slaughtering a small town to help [[HeKnowsTooMuch get rid of a witness]] and her protectors, yet they are not given a backstory or any kind of explanation as to why they are willing to work for a SerialKiller no matter how much of TheSocialDarwinist he is. For all we know, they seem to exist just to be an army of psychotic {{mooks}} for CowboyCop Lt. Cobretti to slay by the dozen before he can face off with the bad guy.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', the Elder Vampire gives almost no reasons for his stated goal of conquering the world (though he does suggest that part of it is to get revenge on the one who betrayed him and another is simply that he has very little else to do for all eternity). Mehmet, likewise, acts like a dick to Vlad for very little reason. He even states at one point that he sees very little value in Wallachia.
* In ''Film/FantasticFour2015'', Doom's reasoning for going bad is... unclear, and his goal itself effectively amounts to "blowing up the world".
* While even the most generic {{slasher movie}}s give an explanation for their killers' motives to murder people, ''Film/FinalExam'' has none of that. The killer in that film is just some guy with a knife who slaughters college students. He doesn't even have a name.
* Gozer the Destroyer from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''. He seems to be called "the Destroyer" because that's all humans really know about him: that he destroys things whenever he comes to Earth.
* Simon Moon, the [[TheBrute Brutish]] SerialKiller of the Creator/ChuckNorris thriller ''Film/HeroAndTheTerror''. The eponymous "Terror" barely appears onscreen, doesn't talk, and is never given a motive. They throw in a brief exposition scene where a psychologist speculates about a FreudianExcuse, but since Simon doesn't speak [[InformedAttribute it's never clarified either way]]. It's also said that Simon is actually incapable of higher thinking, so presumably he doesn't even understand that what he's doing is wrong, but what's important is that he's "pure evil" and Norris has to stop him. He could essentially be replaced with a shark and the movie would have been no different for it.
* Russel Van Pelt in ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'' pursues the protagonists to get the Jaguar's Eye for himself, but no reason is given what he wants to do with it. Justified since he's solely created to be a generic threat to inconvenience the heroes and make [[TrappedInAnotherWorld the video game the kids got sucked into]] [[WinToExit challenging to win]].
* ''Film/LethalWeapon4'' opens with Riggs and Murtaugh having to stop an unnamed armored maniac from burning and shooting everything up. No reason is given for his behaviour, but it sure provides an exciting ActionPrologue.
* The villain from ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' has a generic doomsday agenda (provoke nuclear war, destroy planet) without a motivation deeper than being some sort of insane A-bomb mystic. His MotiveRant plus a deleted scene indicates he believes mankind will eventually keep building more and more powerful [=WMD=]s until it destroys itself completely, therefore [[InsaneTrollLogic he wishes to create a "survivable" nuclear conflict to scare the remains of mankind into never doing it again.]]
* Ivan Drago of ''Film/RockyIV'' has a punch that could crumple metal, about five short lines, and no apparent motivation other than [[EvilForeigner being Russian]] and wanting to be the best. Compared to ''Film/RockyIII'''s Clubber Lang, who wasn't exactly deep but had a lot of [[BoisterousBruiser personality]], Drago kind of sticks out. Notably, we're told his punch strength (2000psi) multiple times, but we know almost nothing about his backstory.
* Russ Thorn in ''Film/TheSlumberPartyMassacre'' has no personality, or backstory that would give him some sort of motivation for the things he does. He's just some psycho who killed people in the past, got locked up, escaped and is now killing again.
* Shinzon from ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. His reasoning seems to consist of "Well, I'm the villain of this movie, so I guess I better [[MoralEventHorizon mentally rape Troi]] and [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy Earth]]." The extreme actions that actually relate to his supposedly well-intentioned goals occur entirely in the opening minutes of the movie: as he was raised by the Remans, he understandably doesn't like their status as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Warrior]]-SlaveRace of the Romulan Empire. But when he assassinates the entire Romulan Senate and installs himself as the new dictator... ''he's already solved all the Remans' problems.'' At that point his only real explanation for wanting to destroy Earth is to prove the Remans' superiority over the Romulans and show the galaxy that their Romulan empire is not to be messed with which is somewhat unclear. For a poorly explained reason (to prove to everyone that the Remans are to be taken seriously), he has a super battleship way more advanced than every ship it comes up against. He also got a planet-destroying superweapon from... somewhere. Like a few other entries, Shinzon's backstory was fleshed out more in the (usually non-canon) novels that reveal his original reasoning, why he's trying to destroy Earth, where he got the snazzy ship and where that superweapon came from.
* Among ''Franchise/StarWars'' villains, Darth Maul is the prime example of this trope. He barely speaks throughout the entirety of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', mostly existing to serve more as an obstacle than a character. As the [[SwordFight lightsaber duel]] he took part in proved so memorable, this had fans complaining about his [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasted potential]] and rejoiced when he [[TheBusCameBack returned]] in the [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars animated]] [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels series]] as a ''much'' more complex character.
* In another example where [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]], there's the alien from the original ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''. Its motivations are never explained, nor are intentions. If it's hostile, or simply acting in self-defense, or has [[BlueAndOrangeMorality some other motive that doesn't even make sense to us]] is never made clear, since the film focuses on the people desperately trying to stop it, and [[NothingIsScarier it's all the more frightening for it]].
* Malekith the Accursed in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' is out to destroy the universe and return everything to darkness. Why? Because light annoys him and he wishes it was gone. He's less a character and more a plot device to justify having Thor and Loki [[EnemyMine team up]]. Apparently they had intended to flesh out Malekith's character through additional scenes (according to Creator/ChristopherEccleston, his actor) but it was excised from the film proper.
* Surtur in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has no real motivation or characterization besides boasting about his purported destiny to destroy Asgard, something that he has no apparent reason for wanting to do aside from it being his destiny. This is entirely accurate to the original myths, as mentioned below. He's something of a [[ParodiedTrope parody of this trope]], as Thor actively makes fun of his claims and makes no attempt to take him seriously. [[spoiler:Surprisingly, he ends up being a major plot device later on, as destroying Asgard turns out to be necessary to defeat the ''actual'' main villain.]]
* You like the destruction they cause, but don't much care about them? Sounds like a C-list {{Kaiju}}. The better ones [[MonsterIsAMommy have]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge some motivation]] and / or [[TheWoobie are oddly sympathetic]], but the ones that never appeared in more than one movie are pretty much this. Whether it's a bad trope, of course, depends on how cool the destruction is. The [[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla original Mecha Godzilla]] is a justified case: it's a robot built for destruction, and thus doesn't have a personality besides being programmed to follow orders and come up with the best plan to win a fight.

* Rodney Casares from the Peter Clines book ''Literature/ExHeroes''. He randomly turns up with the power to control the zombies, to survive the zombification with his own intelligence intact, and with enhanced physical abilities and stature he never had in life. The most that's ever explained about him is that he used to be a random gangbanger and that he was one of the first victims of the disease, but he is otherwise completely unique and exists for no reason other than to present a massive threat to the main cast.
* The Severe Haircut Woman, or [[spoiler: Carrie Johnstone]], from ''Literature/LittleBrother'' by Creator/CoryDoctorow. Most of the antagonists of the book are blatant strawmen, but she takes the cake. She runs the Department of Homeland Security, puts San Francisco under [[BigBrotherIsWatching heavy surveillance]], [[spoiler: detains Marcus's friend]], and [[spoiler: waterboards Marcus]] just ForTheEvulz.
* A classic example would be Professor Moriarty of Franchise/SherlockHolmes. He's introduced in the last chapter of ''The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes'' and is talked up to be Holmes's ArchEnemy who is supposedly his intellectual equal, even though [[InformedAbility we never see evidence of this.]] He was also said to be "the Napoleon of crime", and had a hand in many of Holmes' previous capers. In this particular case, he was behind a conspiracy bigger than anything Holmes had tackled before, and it ended up supposedly costing Holmes his life. And yet he had little page time and no personality to speak of, only defined by the threat he posed. Of course, he became the BreakoutVillain and has since been more fleshed out in adaptations and spin-offs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The [[GodOfEvil First Evil]] wants to spread evil all over the world, because it's MadeOfEvil and thus it likes evil. This gets bonus points for being an InformedAbility; we are told repeatedly it cannot be fought directly, and yet does damned little in the onscreen villainy department.
** Earlier episodes of ''Buffy'' play with the trope quite a bit. In "The Zeppo", the generic villains are never given enough screen time to explain their motivations as that's part of the joke. In "Doomed", like most of the show's baddies, they're a metaphor for something else.
** Ditto the Beast from ''Series/{{Angel}}''. His status as this becomes a plot point, when they realize he's not smart enough to have come up with his plan on his own, and is serving someone else.
** The Judge is an ancient demon with the power to burn the humanity out of people, which is lucky as burning the humanity out of people is pretty much all he seems interested in doing. The rest of the time he just kinda sits around, waiting to destroy the world while more interesting villains hog the spotlight.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The... [[NoNameGiven entity]] from "Midnight" is given ''no'' explanation whatsoever; we don't even know what it looks like. Along with Blink, the episode [[TropesAreTools is widely regarded as]] [[NothingIsScarier one of the most terrifying in the history of the series.]]
* Arthur Petrelli from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a conscious attempt to avert this, with him stealing Peter's PhysicalGod powers and ''not'' using them to cause wanton destruction. Though his lack of motivation or any real plan land him into this trope anyway. He existed to steal Peter's power and as soon as he did that he faded into the background and sat around waiting for [[spoiler:Sylar to kill him]].
* The Replicators from ''Series/StargateSG1''. Since most of them are machines made out of Lego blocks, they have no personality whatsoever. [[GreyGoo All they do is multiply]]. And they just. Won't. Stay. Dead. Though this changed when the show introduced the Human Form Replicators (including the [[Series/StargateAtlantis Asurans]]), which actually had personalities and in some cases became recurring characters. Some were even somewhat [[AntiVillain sympathetic]].
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' has the villain of [[Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersReturnsVsDobutsuSentaiGobusters its second solo movie]]. Azazel is a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere with no connection to [[BigBad Messiah]] and just wants to destroy the world because... uh, because... we'll have to get back to you on that one. He basically exists to kick off a plot that isn't much about him, much like the {{Trope Namer|s}}. As tongue-in-cheek as the whole film was, you're probably ''supposed'' to laugh at this guy who comes out of nowhere calling himself "Azazel the Great Demon King" and trying to destroy the world because he's evil and that's what evil guys ''do.''
* Dark Spectre from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' is one of the only examples of this trope in the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise as he just shows up, wants to take over the galaxy and does not have a personality. Most other villains are given a personality and motivation, so it comes off as odd when even the MonsterOfTheWeek had a personality, while the GreaterScopeVillain did not.
* Gamedeus from ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' is a justified example: he's the FinalBoss of "[[TheMostDangerousVideoGame Kamen Rider Chronicle]]" and once he spawns, begins attacking and causing a pandemic...and that's about it. Unlike the other Bugsters, he has no real motivation and his personality consists of 'generic FinalBoss banter' and 'recycle sound clips from the previous Bugsters while using their powers'...because that's ''exactly'' how he's programmed. He was created to be the FinalBoss and programmed to behave exactly as he does. Also, unlike his fellows both lacks any pre-existing character to get a personality from and has only existed for a very brief period of time, making him less a character and more a program being run. [[spoiler: And then he just gets killed and made into a power-up for the previous BigBad to reclaim his earlier status.]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Surtr, the fire giant who is responsible for the end of the world in Myth/NorseMythology, is probably the UrExample. He doesn't appear in any myths except the one that tells of Ragnarok, where he and his armies invade Asgard, he kills Freyr and [[SetTheWorldOnFire engulfs the world in fire]], and even that myth gives him little description or characterization. Still, while he may not appear, he is referred to in numerous other tales of both the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and the ''Literature/ProseEdda''. And he's hardly the only giant lacking character depth.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Prior to the Attitude/Monday Night Wars era, the "generic doomsday villain"-type storyline was used heavily in the World Wrestling Federation to build up a heel wrestler toward a world title shot against Wrestling/HulkHogan. Villains such as Wrestling/KingKongBundy, Wrestling/BigBossman, [[Wrestling/TheOneManGang Akeem/One Man Gang]], [[Wrestling/JohnTenta Earthquake]] and others spent would spend several weeks on TV beating up jobbers and mid-card wrestlers before their big match against Hogan ... and invariably they would all lose. [[note]] Even Wrestling/TheUndertaker took a rare pinfall loss to Hogan in the fall of 1991, prior to winning the title.[[/note]] The outcomes of these matches became so predictable it was as though these fearsome bad guys were simply generic bad guys who, after screwing with Hogan, weren't so big and bad after all.
* Between 2002-2006 in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, it was incredibly hard to sum up Wrestling/TripleH's character beyond "World Champion", "Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon's husband", and "sledgehammer aficionado". Oh, and "Complete {{Jerkass}}."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' has [[StrawNihilist the Cult of Transcendence]] come close to this trope. Their basic goal is to 'uplift' humanity into a proper Mythos race, an existence without concern for order, compassion, pain or pleasure. They do this by subtly sabotaging human society and corrupting people anyway they can. They're oddly philosophical about it, too. Deconstruction or Reconstruction? Either way, their entry lampshades the fact that their basic lack of humanity means they act like this trope, and do not care if they win or lose, which is what makes them so dangerous.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Leviathan, from the supplement Elder Evils, is a serpent made of the leftover chaos of the world. If it wakes up, the world will cease to exist. Interestingly enough, it's ChaoticNeutral, not evil - destroying the world is simply what it ''does''. The campaign layout provided has the "good ending" condition being putting it back to sleep, not killing it, as it's literally thousands of kilometres long and hence not capable of being fought by human-sized characters. Besides, killing it might cause it to destroy the world in its death throes. And if that didn't happen, its death might still irreparably damage the balance of order and chaos and destroy the world anyhow.
** The Tarrasque. It's a gigantic, kaiju-like reptilian beast that wakes up, wrecks [=and/or=] eats everything, and then goes back to sleep. Wizards of the Coast [[MultipleChoicePast have never committed any one backstory to canon]], but most of them are variations of an extinct civilization conjuring a destroyer through forgotten magic.
** Tharizdun is an odd case of this, in that he ''knows'' he's one. He's a god who is simply a SealedEvilInACan that wants to destroy all existence. Unfortunately for him, no other god wants this to happen, and so they work together to ensure he stays locked up, and even his worshippers are rare, secretive, and crazy; {{Straw Nihilist}}s at best and {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s at worst. Because Tharizdun recognizes that nobody else wants to unmake the universe, the majority of his plans are actually carried out by various front organizations that try to TakeOverTheWorld while unknowingly advancing Tharizdun's own goals.
* The BigBadEnsemble of the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' tend to be treated similarly, but then again, the manifestation of any of them was explicitly a sign of the apocalypse.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Necrons were introduced as a faction of [[SkeleBot9000 skeletal androids]] with [[OmnicidalManiac a grudge against organic life]] and that was pretty much all they did: [[CrushKillDestroy kill, kill, kill]] without any sort of personality, [[TheVoiceless much less dialogue]]. Their 5th Edition codex, however, [[RetCon added a more detailed backstory]] to the army (albeit one very similar to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Tomb Kings), so while the average Necron warrior might be [[SoullessShell a mindless drone]] [[CameBackWrong after so many millennia of being repeatedly killed and repaired]], the ruling caste consists of actual characters with quirks and motivations beyond "kill all humans". As always, there's debate whether the new background is better or worse than the Necrons being a race of mysterious, silent killers.
** The Tyranids to an extent. They're a HordeOfAlienLocusts that shows up, eats everything on a planet and uses the bio-mass to make more Tyranids to repeat the process on the next world. Certainly dangerous, certainly terrifying, but they're essentially animals. The most nuance to their backstory is the suggestion that they're attacking our galaxy because something ''even worse'' is chasing them.
** The Orks fight and kill things. Why? Because... well, what ''else'' are Orks supposed to do? Fortunately their lack of motivation doesn't prevent them having personality, often functioning as the comic relief of the setting. In their case they were deliberately engineered to be this way by [[NeglectfulPrecursors the Old Ones]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* All the {{Big Bad}}s that has appeared in the ''VideoGame/{{Aveyond}}'' series have rather vague motives for doing what they do. Why does Ahriman want to destroy the world? Why does the Snow Queen [[spoiler:or rather, Heptitus,]] want to freeze the world? Why does Gyendal want to enslave the humans? Why does Qetesh wants a Mist Wraith sacrifice? Well, because reasons, and that's all you'd get from them.
* Solomon of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' wants to nuke Paris and New York and start World War III because... ummm... he's evil?
* The FinalBoss and ultimate threat of ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' is [[spoiler:a devil]]. Yeah, that's it. Doesn't help that it's quite the GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere. They could have at least given it ''a name''. Also, as the game is a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, it also falls victim to "More powerful than anyone they've faced before!" Syndrome.
* Hades Izanami from ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' seeks to turn all of reality into inert [[{{Mana}} seithr]]. Why? Because she is Death, that's why... ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction Central Fiction]]'' gives her more developed reasons.
* The Federation of The Americas from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts''. Throughout the entirety of the campaign, they appear to have no overall goal other than destroying the US and murdering American civilians seemingly [[ObviouslyEvil just to remind the players that they're the bad guys]]. Not helped by the fact that the only named character on their side who has more than two lines is the ''very'' American [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Gabriel Rorke]] ([[TheScrappy already universally considered the lamest badguy in the series]]), or that they happened to be sandwiched between the much more memorable and interesting [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII Raul Menendez]] and [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Jonathan Irons]].
** The Settlement Defense Front from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'' takes the same tendency for [[ForTheEvulz being murderous dicks for the sake of being murderous dicks]] to extreme, almost comical lengths. Literally ALL they ever talk about, from [[BigBad Admiral Kotch]] to the [[{{Mooks}} common footsoldier]] is how much they want to destroy Earth, and how much they want to murder innocent Earthborn bystanders. Even the textblurbs that pop up when you die go out of their way to remind you just how pointlessly, cartoonishly evil the SDF is to the point that they [[CrossesTheLineTwice feel more like a parody of the Cobra-esque bad guys you'd see in an old Saturday morning cartoon.]]
* The GreaterScopeVillain, TrueFinalBoss [[spoiler:aliens]] in the [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 Nintendo 64]]'s ''Chopper Attack'' [[note]]''Wild Choppers'' in Japan.[[/note]]. At least the terrorists are given a TakeOverTheWorld motive; the [[spoiler:aliens]] only seem to attack just for the hell of it.
* Lavos from ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'' fits for only being a (mostly) [[NonMaliciousMonster non-sapient]] PlanetaryParasite that CameFromTheSky, and after millenia feeding, woke up and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroyed the planet]]. Despite driving the plot, it's only a "giant tick" GreaterScopeVillain the protagonists will face once [[TakeYourTime they feel ready]]. ''Videogame/ChronoCross'' diverges by making the aftermath of Lavos' defeat enable him to become a full-on EldritchAbomination [[OmnicidalManiac bent on obliterating all of existence]].
* The GLA in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals''. While most villain factions in ''Command & Conquer'' has some fleshing out to explain their motives, even if said motives are being hungry for power, GLA's explanation, fighting back foreign imperialism, doesn't even make sense given that all they attempt to do in the story is cause destruction and don't show regard for human life in any shape or form. The fans didn't mind this much, given that China and America's characterization was almost as shallow, and the game have [[ExcusePlot such a bare bones story]] meant the GLA's lack of characterization was more a result of how little effort was put into the story than anything else.
* While most bosses in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' have either at least a bit of personality, or engaged in banters with Dante, all of the bosses in the [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry2 second game]] (sans [[BigBad Arius]]) have neither any personality nor speak any line whatsoever including the FinalBoss Argosax. Essentially, they're just another enemy for Dante and Lucia to defeat.
* The Archdemon and darkspawn of ''Franchise/DragonAge'' are a rampaging force of nature, but they frame a backdrop for more complex and nuanced character conflicts, and only after confronting the antagonists native to Fereldin can the player wrap up the overarching invasion-of-evil epic. The darkspawn are partly motivated by the need to [[ImAHumanitarian eat (often people)]] and [[spoiler:reproduce, by abducting women and transforming them into broodmothers]]. They gain more depth in ''Awakening''; one faction of the "Awakened" wants to awaken the rest of the Darkspawn and create a place for themselves in the world, though they are hampered by BlueAndOrangeMorality. Another faction follows an insane DeathSeeker who resents her new sapience because it cuts her off from the song of the Old Gods.
* You play as one in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper''. You're an undefined evil entity with no backstory, characterisation or even features, other than a disembodied hand. You command hordes of monsters and invade the surface kingdom for no apparent reason other than that they're good and happy and you apparently hate that.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s early installments tended to feature these, with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere final bosses with absolutely no characterisation beyond this appearing after you kill them. They got a lot less common after the appearance of Kefka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' and the popularity of the relatively well-developed Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but still show up after that point, often because of GrandfatherClause nostalgia or TroubledProduction problems.
** The original was Chaos from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', a monstrous demon born from a StableTimeLoop, though this didn't really matter since the game had an ExcusePlot anyway. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' reworked him significantly as the BigBad and subverted this with a surprisingly complex backstory.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' features Xande, who has the motivation that he's angry with his own mortality. After killing him, Cloud of Darkness appears, who wants to destroy everything because she's dark.
** Ultimecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' wants to compress all of time into one moment and become a God, for reasons that are at best extremely unclear. Is she getting revenge for the [[BurnTheWitch burning of Sorceresses]] in history? Does she just hate time itself? Is she Rinoa from the future? ([[WordOfGod According to the developers]], [[{{Jossed}} no]].)
* The killer [[spoiler:Mr William Afton]] from ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. was one for a long time, as he was largely TheGhost, and even when he did appear, he didn't speak or show any significant characterization. Sisters Location and Pizzeria Simulator finally avert this by having him speak and delving into who he is. It was fully averted in the novels though, where he's given more focus.
* The Shivans in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' seemingly exist just to be a nigh-unstoppable force for the Terran-Vasudan Alliance to repeatedly bash their heads against in a desperate attempt to defeat, with no reason yet given (and with the ultimate fate of the series, likely never will) for their actions (then again, the Shivans aren't exactly the talkative sort.)
* Deathborn in ''VideoGame/FZero GX'''s Story Mode, who wants to possess both the F-Zero Champion belt and the Underworld Champion belt, using the immense power gained from owning both to destroy the galaxy because...? [[spoiler:The Creators]] from Story Mode are even worse in this regard and more vague in both their motives and actual goals.
* The Unbound in late ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' were designed to spread a wave of equal-opportunity devastation over the world, with the expectation that the Shapers would be caught off-guard and demolished while the Rebels bunkered down and waited it out. By the last game, they're everyone's problem.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'':
** Nightfall, Warmarshall Varesh wants to wake a dark god and its legion of demons, unleash Torment upon the world, and bring about eternal night and suffering because... hmm.
** The elder dragons in the ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. They are [[PhysicalGod gods]] that wreck destruction because, because...
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Flood, a mix-[[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie plague]][=/=] EldritchAbomination that has no clear motive, if they ever really needed one, in the games aside from consuming everything. It's not until the book ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' that they finally get a clear motive: [[spoiler:revenge on the Forerunners for wiping the Precursors, their creators.]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Didact was introduced in the backstory, a morally conflicted [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] who wanted to save the galaxy without sacrificing billions for thousands. But he only ended up escalating the conflict, and had to be urged by his wife to take the extreme route even if it would mean her death alongside all the victims. The first [[Literature/HaloCryptum two]] [[Literature/HaloPrimordium books]] of the ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' further deepened him, as the mentor who has some old wounds with humans, but still wants the best for all people, though they also complicated things by having him imprint a copy of himself upon the main hero. But in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'', he's a DarthVaderClone [[ObviouslyEvil in evil skull-armor]] who wants to KillAllHumans because he's grown to hate them again. ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' had to reconcile the two portrayals and give the villainous one some depth, with the ultimate solution being that the good Didact from ''3'' was the copy, and the evil one from ''4'' was the original, the latter having become that way after being horribly mind-raped by the Flood and having nothing but his own resentments to stew on for 100,000 years.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. "I live to kill you!" and nothing else.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' features two: The Aurum, a Horde of Alien... uh, bees that "are created from, and return to, nothing." and [[spoiler: The Chaos Kin, a pure manifestation of evil that takes control of a host and slowly devours its soul.]] Both are presented as serious threats; the former requiring ''all'' the warring factions to do an EnemyMine and team up, and the latter being a major KnightOfCerebus that causes the game to take an unexpected plunge into DarkerAndEdgier territory.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Shan Yu is portrayed as this. Unlike in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', he's more MonsterOfTheWeek than BigBad, gets very little screen time to establish a character, displays no notable personality traits beyond being a fearsome evil warrior, has no motivation for why he's invading China using the Heartless, and doesn't even have a ton of ''lines'', only having ''two'' short lines of dialogue in cut scenes ("ATTACK!" and "Now you'll bow to me!"), with the rest of it being BossBanter.
* Several of the villains in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, like Nightmare, Dark Matter and Zero, Drawcia, and Necrodeus are this, since they're presented as the villains for attacking Kirby's home planet with little revealed motivation or characterization to go with it.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Bellum in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', who despite being dangerous, seems to be only as intelligent as a wild animal.
** Malladus from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' is this for similar reasons. He doesn't have any personality, and his purpose seems to be that of an {{Expy}} of Ganon to get around his death beforehand. It doesn't help that he has almost no screen time and only a few speaking lines.
** Ganon tends to be this depending on the game, often when he [[HijackedByGanon hijacks the plot]] and thus doesn't have much time to get any characterization. ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' gives a reason for this: [[spoiler:As the incarnation of Demon King Demise's hatred for Link and Zelda, he literally exists solely to plague the two as long as reincarnations of them exist. In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', this cycle of reincarnation and becoming an even more powerful force of evil has persisted for so long that it's reduced Ganon to this. No trace of the thief king Ganondorf remains -- merely the hatred and malice incarnate of a demon]].
** Onox in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons]]'', unlike Veran in ''Ages'', displays very little personality beyond destruction ForTheEvulz.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Zant plays this straight at first, but later subverts it, [[spoiler:when it's revealed to be a facade, and he's actually a PsychopathicManchild who is upset over his people's imprisonment and not being chosen as their ruler, and usurped the throne after being granted power by Ganondorf]].
* Odio in ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' is a reincarnating force of destruction. At any point in time there would be a hero to rise up, Odio will manifest during that time, causing terror, death, and annihilation, and directly oppose the hero. Odio will always bear a similar-sounding name that fits with that time period (such as Odi Iou for [[JidaiGeki feudal Japan]] or Odie Oldbright for late 20th century America), making him easy to spot for the player, but the idea is that while the heroes may consistently defeat Odio, it will always rise up again in some other time. [[spoiler:... Except no, [[SubvertedTrope he isn't that at all]]-he's actually the mind of FallenHero Oersted, who has [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds very well-defined motives]]. The reason he opposes the protagonists, as it turns out, is because he takes umbrage at their [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids idealism]] and wants to prove a point to himself.]]
* The Dark Star from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''. An odd example in that, although it shows the same traits as other generic doomsday villains, these very traits are played in a way that make it seem unknowable and [[EldritchAbomination eldritch]]. Nobody knows where it came from or how it came to be. Someone dug it up one day and instantly realized that whatever this... ''thing'' was, it was ''bad news''. Things got bad enough that the nigh-omnipotent, wish-granting Star Sprites had to get involved to [[SealedEvilInACan seal it back again]]. It desires the end of ''the entirety of existence'' and instantly made some major progress towards that goal the ''instant'' it regained its full power. It is so utterly, purely ''evil'' that Mario and Luigi almost choke to death just by being near it. An excellent example of TropesAreTools.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the case of Omega of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3''. He's a Reploid simply programmed to kill and cause nothing but destruction.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}'' the ultimate BigBad is the divinity called the Leveler. His modus operandi consists of, at regular intervals, take over the body of the hero who killed his last incarnation, resurrect and corrupt other heroes of ages past, and then try once again to destroy all life on the planet and rule over the dead lands. Why? It's not really explained.
* The title characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' games are meant to be classic stereotypical {{Evil Overlord}}s and thinly-veiled [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] [[CaptainErsatz copycats]]. While the characters are often doing evil and the players do get to determine how evil they are, it's really EvilChancellor Gnarl that [[CardCarryingVillain carries their villain cards]] for the [[HeroicMime Silent Protagonists]]. What makes it worse is that, in the entire time you're trying to build yourself up as the [[VillainProtagonist incarnation of evil]], you spend the entire time fighting heroes... who are now the corrupted embodiments of various sins, so you're not even being THAT effective a bad guy. While it could be said that by defeating them you prove you are the "[[EvilerThanThou most evil]]", the KarmaMeter in the game basically sways between (very!) benevolent dictator and OmnicidalManiac. At least in the sequel, the "hideously evil" path means you have to slaughter everyone in the villages you took over while the "domination" path meant magical MindControl.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'''s Crystal King isn't even mentioned until nearly reached anyway and is never given a goal for serving Bowser (unlike with the other bosses' clear gains).
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor's'' [[spoiler:Shadow Queen]] is "a great cataclysm" who once invoked TheDarkTimes and wants to do so again. And that's it. But TropesAreTools -- she's still a ''big'' KnightOfCerebus, only rivaled by [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario Dimentio]].]]
** Bowser gets hit by this trope in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', where he only makes a total of two appearances while having absolutely no dialogue or characterization, as opposed to the LargeHam, RatedMForManly, LaughablyEvil BoisterousBruiser he is known as in [[VideoGame/PaperMario both]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi of]] the Mario franchise's [=RPG=] subseries.
* [[spoiler:Erebus]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fits this role, thanks to being [[spoiler:the AnthropomorphicPersonification of mankind's will to die, and thus his only purpose is to come into contact with Nyx and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and will never truly disappear as long as humans keep wishing for death]].
* Dark Force from the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series is an chaotic monster sealed within some sort of containers as the "Pandora's Box" which corrupts and attacks people who find it. Profound Darkness in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' is a one-upped version of Dark Force, coming out of nowhere while being described as an origin of evil itself.
* ''VideoGame/RavenswordShadowlands'' has Ul'Thok, the BigBad. He never says anything when you fight him, and it's never even explained what exactly it is that he plans to do once he returns to Tyreas.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' features [[spoiler:NEO Umbrella as the villains. Their ultimate goal is to unleash a massive [=B.O.W.=] called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast HAOS]] that will infect the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt entire planet]] with a deadly mutating virus, purely for the sake of "plunging the entire world into chaos"]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Something}} series'':
** Ballser in Something. In fact, the scenario describing the game does not even mention his name at all.
** The Evil Guy in Something Else. The introduction just shows his invasion of the Bears' world and his kidnapping of the Bear Elder.
* Creator/BlizzardEntertainment:
** ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'' gives us Archimonde who wants to destroy the world of Azeroth just so he can drain the powers of the World Tree for himself. He comes off especially generic in light of villains like Tichondrius, Kel'thuzad, and especially Arthas, who are well characterized with deep backstories and vibrant personalities. Later expanded universe materials expand more on his motives: he was seduced by the Dark Titan Sargeras with promises of a universe to rule, which he lapped up because he believed the Eredar were the greatest race and deserved to rule. Any planet that refused to join his Legion needed to go.
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' gives us Amon, essentially a GodOfEvil who wants to create a new species in order to eradicate every life in the Universe. He ''does'' provides interesting background to the Universe, and causes major changes, but compared to villains like [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Mengsk]], [[TragicVillain Kerrigan]] or [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the Overmind]], he seems rather bland. The final game of the trilogy at last gives him characterization and a motivation, however: [[spoiler:he believes that the Xel'Naga infinite 'cycle' of two races, Purity of Form and Essence, coming into being and eventually peaceably merging into the next generation of Xel'Naga, is "corrupt", and wishes to make it so it can't keep happening by killing all life (no life means nothing to incarnate into the next Xel'Naga generation)... And even that is revealed as not the whole story, when the Protoss Preserver Rohana reveals, via a psychic link with him, that beneath that goal, Amon is driven by hatred and spite toward all living things. Turns out, he wasn't always a Xel'Naga, and feels that becoming one eons ago was "forced" upon him]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' there's a villain revealed in Sombra's reveal video, represented by an eye, although that was the first and only appearance by it/them (except on the map Castillo, where the eye and conspiracy-theory-web can be seen in Sombra's bedroom), and we know nothing about them. We don't even know if they're malevolent, although the implication is certainly there.
*** Talon used to be this, until Doomfist came along and more lore was revealed.
* The Sorcerer from ''VideoGame/SpyroShadowLegacy'' has nothing revealed about him and causes a Calamity that sends everyone to the Shadow Realm for no clear reason except possibly wanting to steal everyone's magic to add to his own.
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' has Sulphur who isn't so much a character as he is a plot device needed to move the story along. He has no backstory, no explained motivation, no personality, and doesn't even talk.
* ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' has [[spoiler:the Megabug. A sapient virus created as a result of a dimensional rift created when [[VideoGame/RavingRabbids the Rabbids']] time travelling washing machine teleported to the Mushroom Kingdom, the Megabug appears to desire nothing more than to destroy both universes, absorbing the power of the Rabbids the heroes defeat to do so. [[TheVoiceless It does not speak]], nor does it clearly display any form of sapience, resulting in a terrifying creature with no clear motives]].
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'': Malos wants to destroy the world. He never gives any explanation or justification; he just hates absolutely everything. Mythra theorizes that he doesn't actually have a reason, but he's just following some base instinct that he doesn't understand. [[spoiler:This is because Malos inherited this desire from Amalthus, the man who originally awakened him. Amalthus hates everyone and everything because [[MissingMom his mother was killed by soldiers]] [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior and then he brutally murdered the men who killed her]]. The rest of Amalthus' life wasn't much better. Malos got the desire to destroy the world, but none of the reason behind it. It should be noted that by the time of the story, Amalthus himself has moved past this motivation (he still hates everything, but is content to manipulate the world politically and only goes ballistic when people try to climb the World Tree and meet the Architect, which he believes they are unworthy of)]]. Rex tries to talk Malos down at the end with this reasoning, but Malos [[SunkCostFallacy has lost too much to give up, no matter how little sense it makes]].
-->'''Rex:''' Malos. Is this really what you want?\\
'''Malos:''' Huh?\\
'''Rex:''' Is this what ''you'' want?\\
'''Malos:''' I... don't understand the question.
* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'':
** The plot is kicked off by an alien invasion that ends with humankind, overwhelmed by the aliens' machine armies, fleeing to the moon and using androids to fight a proxy war on their behalf that's lasted for millennia. What was the motivation for the invasion? [[spoiler: Who knows! By the time you encounter the aliens, they've been dead for a long time, killed at the hands of their own machine lifeform creations after they GrewBeyondTheirProgramming, and whatever the motivation for the invasion was died with them. Adam says that the aliens were so simple that they had more in common with ''plants'' than humans, so it's quite possible they never had a real motivation in the first place]].
** Grun seems like this at first; [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever a 1000 meter tall kaiju-sized machine lifeform]] that suddenly appears out of the ocean and threatens the lives of every android and machine lifeform nearby with its massive EMP blasts. In Route A, the only thing you learn about it is that it was submerged in the ocean by the machine lifeforms that created it because it attacked everything indiscriminately, but in Route B [[spoiler: you learn that it's a good-natured machine who simply DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'' the villain's motivation is never really explained. He's just doing… evil, well… because he's evil.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Almost all the villains in ''WebComic/AxeCop'' [[ShapedLikeItself are evil and do evil things because they're bad guys]], so just about any one of the powerful villains bent on [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]] or whatever is automatically a Generic Doosmday Villain.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Jack Noir ends up becoming this. Starts out with a good bit of personality, but once he takes over as BigBad he just starts wrecking things for no real reason. WordOfGod describes his personality as basically being buried beneath his power, and describes him as akin to a raging dragon. A later scene from Jack's perspective clarifies it further: once he's gained enough power to become the Big Bad, he's just become ''[[VictoryIsBoring bored]]''. Most of his evil acts have just been him trying to come up with something to do with his new power. It's justified, seeing that Jack's entire purpose is to be a game construct and [[DragonWithAnAgenda give players of SBURB a questline to take down the Black Queen.]] And then his rampage across the trolls' session was out of UnstoppableRage after [[spoiler:Jade dies again]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The Snarl seems to be this. Not a major player in the story, but ready to obliterate everything if it ever gets loose. At least that's the original story we heard about it -- there are reasons to question whether this story is complete, or accurate.
** The High Priest of Hel claimed to be this when Roy asked him why he wanted to destroy the world -- he's Evil, therefore he wants to destroy the world. Roy didn't buy it, on the grounds that [[GenreSavvy Tarquin]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]], and [[BigBad Xykon]] are all Evil characters who ''don't'' want the world destroyed.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':
** [[EldritchAbomination The Entity]]/[[spoiler:Missingno]] is somewhat of a deconstruction. When its plan is revealed to be to simply [[AssimilationPlot assimilate everything in existence]], Linkara calls it out on having such a simple and generic motive, [[spoiler:and the Entity [[VillainousBreakdown suffers from an existential crisis]].]] [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Thanks to Linkara]], the Entity eventually gets a motive: to find out what happens when [[spoiler:an Outer God ''[[DrivenToSuicide dies]]'']].
** In-universe, this is what Linkara considered Batman in the Elseworld "Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham" storyline to be. He considers this trope to be the worst kind of villain.
* Discussed by ''Website/TheEditingRoom'' in ''Film/XMenFirstClass: [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/x-men-first-class.html The Abridged Script]]''. Creator/RobertDowneyJr makes a cameo and points out in full SarcasmMode that supervillains would likely have ''something'' in their lives that would make them rethink blowing up Earth.
* {{Parodied|Trope}} by ''Blog/HowToWriteBadlyWell'': [[http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/2010/05/make-your-villain-genuinely-evil.html Make Your Villain Genuinely Evil.]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** The reason why the Foundation [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/eldritch-application refuses to take]] WebOriginal/{{Zalgo}} as SCP.
--->'''"The Director":''' You're overpowered, you don't have a hook, and quite frankly, you're boring.
** For a straighter example, there's SCP-682 from a different author, a reptilian monster whose sole defining characteristics are "Hates everything" and "Cannot be killed ever". Unusually for this trope, 682 has become an EnsembleDarkhorse despite his lack of motive.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the terrible wrath of the Endbringers, who are steadily destroying humanity for no apparent reason with regular, devastating attacks on population centers and stress points: [[NoConservationOfEnergy Behemoth]], [[MindOverMatter Simurgh]], and [[MakingASplash Leviathan]].
** [[spoiler:Played with later, when it's heavily implied (though not outright stated) by Tattletale and Scion that Eidolon inadvertently [[InvokedTrope created]] them out of a need for "worthy opponents." They exist for the same reason in-universe that many of the examples on this page exist out-of-universe: simply to pose a powerful challenge to the hero.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Surtur wants to destroy everything, just because. Doesn't help that [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the show was cancelled]] before [[AbortedArc he made anything but the most brief of appearances]].
** Most members of the Masters of Evil don't have much characterization besides Zemo and Amora. Crimson Dynamo is probably the worst case, since his hatred of ComicBook/IronMan is almost all there is to him.
* D.A.V.E in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' is a deconstruction. While he believes himself to be a human imprisoned inside a computer, he's actually a robot programmed by Dr. Hugo Strange with the memories and abilities of Batman's worst foes for the sole purpose of giving Batman a challenge; to this end, he proceeds to easily curbstomp Batman and steals ''all'' of Gotham's money just to commit the ultimate crime. He's defeated when Batman asks him about his origin, at which point he realizes that he has no actual motivation or purpose beyond fighting Batman, which distracts him long enough for Batman to ([[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman quite ruthlessly, actually]]) kill him.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** [[EvilOverlord Pariah Dark]], being an obscenely powerful ghost out for world domination, but without a terribly interesting personality. However, the MadeForTVMovie he appeared in featured major roles from a lot of the more interesting RoguesGallery members (such as [[ArchEnemy Vlad]], [[HunterOfMonsters Valerie]], [[MagicKnight Fright Knight]], and [[EgomaniacHunter Skulker]]), so it all evened out.
** Nearly ''all'' of the third season villains were generic TakeOverTheWorld villains with little difference between them apart from appearances, voice, and powers (IE: Nocturne and Vortex).
* Parodied with Evil the Cat in ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'', who's master plan is to destroy the universe. When finally asked [[AndThenWhat what he plans to do after that]], he has to think about it for a moment before finally settling on "Gloat, I suppose. Cackle wickedly among the ashes, that sort of thing."
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** Doomsday basically keeps his role of catalyzing other characters' stories (despite ''speaking full sentences now!''). He showed up for the sole purpose of starting a fight, and then getting lobotomized to show how dangerous the [[KnightTemplar Justice Lords]] are. In the second appearance, to challenge the heroes' own morality (he's mightily destructive. He's totally unrepentant about it and pretty much told us pointblank he'll never stop. How do we stop him for good but observe [[ThouShaltNotKill our rules]]?) In the end he's banished to the Phantom Zone, which Batman treats as no different than a death sentence. In his second appearance he is retroactively given a back story, albeit a retcon that ties him into the Cadmus myth arc.
*** The creative team basically gave Doomsday a backstory purely to lampshade this entire trope as hard as they possibly could. Doomsday is a cloned Superweapon designed by Camus specifically for killing Superman. That's it; he has no motivation or goals or desires other than killing Superman, and can't be reasoned with or made to stop. The show basically made the character exactly what he is in the comics to the point of criticism.
** The show's version of Brimstone, a superweapon that went berserk for no identifiable reason other than to give Green Arrow a reason to join the league.
** Most of the henchmen assembled in the third season, simply because there's way too many of them for them get much characterization.
** In [[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E12DividedWeFall "Divided We Fall"]], ComicBook/LexLuthor figuratively got under Brainiac's skin ([[spoiler:after the latter [[BodyHorror literally got under his skin]]]]) by accusing him of being one of these. Luthor pointed out that Brainiac had no real plans of doing anything with its vast store of knowledge and that it had no real reason for destroying the universe. Brainiac realized Luthor had a point and [[spoiler:agreed to a FusionDance so they could actually do something with all of that power and knowledge]].
* Imperiex from the second season of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', who launches a full scale invasion of the galaxy because... he's power hungry, we guess?
* Vaatu in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. He's the [[GodOfEvil spirit of darkness and chaos]], and seeks to dominate the world and bring about a reign that would bring about the end of humanity, and has little characterization beyond that. He doesn't really care about the consequences of his action, it's just in his nature to want to bring about darkness. Of course, Unalaq acted as his [[TheDragon dragon]], convincing him that they can be more creative than that, and make humans grovel at their feet. Likewise, his [[BigGood counterpart]] Raava cares little about the ''actual beings'' being harmed by Vaatu, just that them being harmed is anathema to light and order. She is a [[InvertedTrope Generic Peace Hero]]. Since being bonded to the Avatar, that has changed and she will help her Avatar protect the innocent, spirit and human alike.
* Many of the one-shot villains on ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' are like this. Ender, who existed to "end" things, and Gurrkek the Planet-Killer really fit the bill, however.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': King Sombra is built up as being a huge threat to the Crystal Empire, and is also revealed to have set up an intricate security system to prevent anypony from getting the Crystal Heart in the past, but other than that, his characterization is nonexistent, especially in comparison to the show's previous villains, and there is barely any backstory for him to speak of. This isn't helped by him [[TheSilentBob speaking very little]] and not having any meaningful interaction with the other characters.
%% Tirek does not count because he's shown to be an active manipulator of the plot coercing Discord to his side, and then manipulating Twilight by using her friends as leverage. Taking him out of the plot would shorten the story by a lot.
* A few of the ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' villains fall into this, most notably the Titanium Chef, who wants to spread chaos throughout the world for no other reason than he has [[TomeOfEldritchLore a book that tells him how]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', Volcanus, the fire demon, who never even spoke, just woke up and made a beeline for the nuclear power plant...
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** The Puppet King from early into Season 1 was one such villain. It is not explained how he came to be or why he wanted to control the Teen Titans' bodies as his personal army and destroy their souls. He basically just seems to be carrying out this plan for the sake of it so that the episode could have an antagonist, and he had no real personality aside from "creepy, high-and-mighty bad guy."
** Most of the more mindless secondary villains (Cinderblock, Plasmus, Overload, the Chrysalis Eater, Cardiac and the like) in the show seemed to be wreaking havoc [[ForTheEvulz just 'cuz]]. It doesn't help that the show had a general aversion to origin stories.
* TheJuggernaut in his second appearance in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. In his first, his goal was to kill Xavier for putting him in prison. The second, Xavier is nowhere to be seen, and he just decides to wreck random destruction for no reason. His main purpose in the story is really just as a plot device to get the X-Men to fight out of genuine heroism despite people starting to discriminate against, even though their chances of beating him are slim.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': In the Birth of Evil Part 1 we see a gigantic black mass that the gods Odin, Ra, and Rama fought millions of years ago. It is nothing but a mindless force of destruction with no real intelligence, just an organism with the intent to consume everything in its path. Ironically, the Emperor's attempt to destroy said evil is what gave it intelligence and a name: [[spoiler: Aku]].