"I'm sick of everyone telling me what to do all the time! I hate my life! I hate everything! I wish I was dead! ... Well, no, I don't. Not really. I wish everyone
else was dead."
These human characters not only agree that humans are worthless scum, but think this makes it absolutely justified to slaughter a few innocent humans now and then. They may even desire the destruction of the entire human race
—with themselves probably excepted.
Sometimes, they tend to be Straw Character
malthusians who want to "solve overpopulation" or restore the planet to its "natural" (i.e., non-human) state.
More commonly, they appear during an Alien Invasion
or its rough fantasy equivalent, believing in the superiority of the invaders. As such, they probably belong to Les Collaborateurs
, and expect to be rewarded with overlordship of the surviving humans. This version of the trope is common in the sci-fi "alien invasion" serial films of the 40s and 50s wherein there was always a human collaborator who never seemed to mind that his actions, if successful, would bring about the destruction of his home and everyone/thing he knows.
Nonhuman characters who believe in the moral bankruptcy of their own species may be presented in equivalent ways, but they tend instead to be the more sympathetic My Species Doth Protest Too Much
A subtrope of Boomerang Bigot
. Compare Straw Nihilist
, Transhuman Treachery
, Hates Everyone Equally
, Hobbes Was Right
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Anime and Manga
- Soukou no Strain's Ralph Werec.
- Shinobu Sensui of YuYu Hakusho is the Straw Nihilist variety. Also includes himself.
- Gundam has several examples.
- The Earth dragons in X1999 are a prime example.
- While Solf J. Kimblee of Fullmetal Alchemist is a Sociopathic Soldier, Blood Knight, and Social Darwinist, he at least has a definite Rousseau Was Right thing going on. In the 2003 anime version, however, he's a ranting Straw Nihilist who believes that the inherent worthlessness of humanity means he's allowed to kill and abuse whoever he wants. Unusually, he does include himself on this, claiming to be just as hollow as everyone else.
- The 2003 anime version's Envy also has this vibe to him, believing that people deserve to be tormented for daring to think that their lives have any real value to them. Needless to say, he's one of the most flat out evil bastards in the series. His boss, Dante adopts this attitude as a pose, but it's really just a cover for her own abhorrent selfishness.
- The Gold-Toothed Doctor in the manga and Brotherhood series may count, though his reasons for helping the Homunculi destroy humanity are never really explored.
- Trigun's Legato Bluesummers is this, especially in the anime where he's comparatively sane and keeps his dignity. It's unclear whether his primary motivation is whatever he knows of Knives' Start of Darkness, his own crapsack life, the world in general, his complete and utter devotion to a guy who happens to be an Omnicidal Maniac, or just his own personal flavor of crazy. He has his own Tear Jerker Start of Darkness in the manga, where he is much less cool but much more of The Woobie (although a disgustingly evil woobie), but in the anime he is both more mysterious and more emotionally self-sufficient.
- Sengoku Youko's protagonist Jinka has expressed his hatred of humanity many times, and has made it a goal to obtain a demon's body.
- The Evil Elite Four in the Pokémon Special manga.
- Mayor Takeshi Hirokawa from Parasyte, who supports the parasites' natural diet despite being 100% human. His internal monologues even categorise humans as "them".
- Yatsumura from Mahou Shoujo Site, as evidenced by the advice she gives Aya.
Disgusting people. Snide people. People you hate. Annoying people. People who break the law. People who jeer at others. Violent people. Overly proud people. People who have no sense of morality. People who trouble others. People who hurt others for their own desires. People who threaten others. Once you become aware of others harming you, you should just eliminate them all.
- Zeref from Fairy Tail. After 400 years of watching humanity make the same mistakes over and over again, he's had enough. Eerily enough, he states his intention to wipe out humanity with the same sorrowful tone he uses when apologizing for accidentally killing things.
- In Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hawley Griffin tries to sell out all of humankind to the Martian invaders, in hope of ruling Earth as "Invisible Man the First".
- Ra's Al-Ghul, Batman's Really 700 Years Old archvillain, is an insane and immortal eco-terrorist who believes that humanity must be eradicated, or greatly culled, to stop them from ruining the planet.
- Poison Ivy, another Batman villain, has similar sentiments.
- Mister Freeze likewise sometimes wants to destroy humanity, though in his case it's revenge on the world for how it treated him and his wife.
- Saturn Queen, in the most recent reboot of the Legion of Super-Heroes. With her telepathy giving her a constant look at the underbelly of the human mind, she's become convinced that Humans Are the Real Monsters, and that as such, her own thievery, murder, and attempts at World Domination—and those of her partners, Cosmic King and Lightning Lord—are perfectly okay.
- In The Jaded Eyes Series Harry/Tristan absolutely hates all muggles and would have no problem with killing them all except that the vampires need their food.
- Alucard is one in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged
"The funny thing is, in any other circumstance, you might have had a point there. Except my boss is a woman, I was a chick in the '40s, I hate everyone equally, and there's NO ONE ALIVE who could comprehend my sexual preference. So in other words, Ms. Van Winkle, Chuh-chuh-chuh-CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE!"
- Many human members of the Ponification for Eath's Rebirth (PER) from ''Conversion Bureau fanfics are usually this. They are often completely convinced that converting humans into ponies is the only way save the earth, regardless of any trade-offs.
- Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor in the Superman movies. In the first one, he's willing to wipe out the California coast so he can make a killing in real estate. In the second, he's all too happy to sell out the human race to Zod to help him destroy Superman. In the fourth... well, the only person he seems to get along with is the one he creates to destroy Superman.
- Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. In his own words, "I look at people and see nothing worth liking." His son H.W is the only person he treats with anything resembling affection, and that only lasts so long.
- Francesco Dellamorte in Cemetery Man - "I have no time for the living" he states, and on advice from Death, promptly embarks on a murder spree.
- Marty and Dana, the surviving protagonists of The Cabin in the Woods have fallen into this role by the end of the film. After being subjected to almost everything that the organizers behind the cabin need to do in order to appease the Old Gods and save humanity- along with a harrowing jaunt through the monster-infested facility- a combination of mortal injuries, psychological trauma and despair-induced apathy leads them to let the human race get wiped out.
- Gallo from Pandorum wanted to keep overpopulation from repeating itself so he kills his crew and made other passengers develop Space Madness. Exploiting their mental state Gallo would manipulate them into exiling themselves in the cargo hold to fight to the death and feed on the corpse of the fallen. So that over generation their descendants evolved and adapted to the ship becoming a new species.
- In Nightbreed, the serial killer Dr. Decker justifies his crimes as being part of his mission to purify the world of humans. He wants to stop 'breeders' from spreading their "filth" and murders entire families, including their children.
- Valentine from Kingsman: The Secret Service, believes that humanity is a "virus" on the world and the only way to save the world was to cull a large portion of the population.
- Some humans in David Brin's Uplift cycle have declared themselves clients of various alien races believing them to be humanity's long-lost patrons, and occasionally find themselves in opposition to the "free" humans.
- In Infinity's Shore one character points out to one such Danikenite that given humanity's history, any patrons would have to be neglectful if not outright abusive enough to warrant extermination by Galactic law.
- In Tom Clancy's novel Rainbow Six, the Big Bad is a hard green environmentalist. Rather than trying to save humanity by saving the environment, he and his cohorts seek to kill off 99% of humanity to "bring back nature".
- Worshippers of most Lovecraftian Eldritch Abominations.
- Robert A. Heinlein's novels have a few.
- In Have Space Suit – Will Travel, two human traitors aid the alien Wormfaces, who capture, kill and eat humans and eventually plan to conquer the Earth and do the same to everyone.
- In The Puppet Masters, there are some human beings who do not have masters riding them, who are so vile that they serve as Fifth Columnists to the masters.
- The Peace Brigade from the New Jedi Order series is made of this trope. Though it's not so much that they hate the other inhabitants of the Galaxy as they're simply scared stiff of the Yuuzhan Vong. Their mentality is less "our own race(s) suck" as it is "better them than us!"
- Pryrates from Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
- Dread from Otherland also counts, as he hates everyone and wants to get painful revenge on the world for its mistreatment of him.
- Erostratus by Jean-Paul Sartre attempts to make one of these into an Anti-Villain. He compares his dislike of people to another person's dislike of lobster, albeit much less socially acceptable—and much more futile, since everything he does winds up benefiting humanity. As he puts it, "All my life I have been banging my head against a door that says 'No entry if not a humanist.'"
- The Mad Scientist in the Alternate History novel Moon of Ice, by Brad Linaweaver, helps a rogue Nazi conspiracy create a virus that will kill all those without blonde hair and blue eyes (which, as he well knows, includes most Nazis). He turns out to be a Jew driven insane by the discrimination he suffered as a youth, who as a result hates all humanity.
- Crake from Oryx and Crake believes humanity to be so deeply and irredeemably flawed that he attempts to exterminate all of it and start all over.
- Kallor of The Malazan Book of the Fallen is a spiteful, vicious bastard, who's been The Emperor to a hundred kingdoms, and deliberately run them all into the ground. He feels no remorse for this, since he's convinced that humans are bullies and Domestic Abusers, and that he's just doing on a grand scale, what everyone else does on a small one. He even manages to make it feel rather personal, a feat in and of itself.
Live Action TV
- Baltar of the original Battlestar Galactica. (The version in the reboot is more of an Unwitting Pawn.) He'd been promised leadership over the survivors, but was double-crossed by the Imperious Leader who planned to Kill All Humans. When the Imperious Leader is killed his successor is willing to compromise if the Colonials accept Cylon rule, so he sends Baltar with a Cylon fleet to convince them one way or the other. Unfortunately the Colonials are no longer willing to trust Baltar or the Cylons for obvious reasons.
- The Syndicate from The X-Files may be an example, although their cooperation usually seems to be just a diversion to buy time so that they can come up with a way to stop the colonization and save their own lives when the inevitable happens. The Cigarette Smoking Man certainly qualifies, however, as his part in the conspiracy seems to be fueled by sheer contempt and hatred for humanity.
Cigarette Smoking Man: "Men can never be free, because they are weak, corrupt, worthless, and restless."
- This is a stock character type in Doctor Who:
- In "The Invasion", Tobias Vaughn helps the Cyberman get a foothold on Earth because he believes their mechanical efficiency and logic to be superior to humanity. Of course, we eventually learn that he's trying to use the Cybermen to get control of Earth, then get rid of them and lead humanity itself. When the Cybermen eventually decide to wipe out life on Earth because UNIT and the Doctor have caused them too much trouble, Vaughn is perfectly content to help the Doctor blow them out of the sky:
: You still think you have a chance? The Doctor
: Yes, if you'll help us! Vaughn
: Help you? Why should I! The Doctor
: Well to save us! To save yourself! Vaughn
: And if I survive, what future have I got? What will the world do with me? The Doctor
: Oh, for heaven's sake, stop thinking about yourself! Think of the millions of people on earth who are about to die! Vaughn
: Appealing to my better nature... No. If I help you it'll be because I hate them. The Cybermen, "my allies". You think I'm mad, that all I want is power for its own sake. No, I have to have power. The world is weak, vulnerable, a mess of uncoordinated and impossible ideals. It needs a strong man, a single mind. A leader! The Doctor
: Vaughn, will you listen? Vaughn
: Right. I'll help you to destroy them because I hate them. They... destroyed my dream...
- In "The Seeds of Doom", insane millionaire Harrison Chase helps the Krynoid wipe out all animal life on the planet after it establishes some sort of psychic link with him. In the end, he considers himself to be a plant.
- Luke Rattigan in the The Sontaran Stratagem wants to help the Sontarans wipe out all the humans on earth except for the young and attractive geniuses he plans on having sex with.
- Helen Cutter of Primeval is eventually revealed to be one of these: for all her talk about trying to save the future (which is presently a nightmare world inhabited by vicious predators and giant insects), her ultimate goal is nothing short of the extinction of all humankind - a goal she intends to carry out by going back in time to poison the first hominids. She succeeds in murdering one family of the peaceful protohumans, but fortunately, history already accounted for them; she never gets around to killing any more, as she's killed by a time-traveling velociraptor just as she finishes gloating. Who says the show was canceled on a low note?
- This was the angle of Heroes Season Two Big Bad, Takezo Kensai/Adam Monroe, a
Highlander Immortal who (after a major falling out over a girl with time-traveling protagonist, Hiro) spent the ages growing to hate humanity more and more until he decided to wipe out 99% of the human race in order to become the hero and savior of the remaining 1% because, well, we humans have wars and stuff.
- Blake's 7. Travis helps aliens from Andromeda take control of Star One — the Master Computer that controls the Federation — and insists on pushing the button that will deactivate the minefield and let the aliens in. The aliens openly admit their invasion will lead to the virtual genocide of humanity, and are genuinely curious as to why Travis would help them. Travis appears motivated by a combination of self-loathing and desire for revenge on the Federation which he served loyally for years (losing an eye and hand) only to be given the boot when one of his atrocities his superior had previous downplayed was thrust back into the limelight, so he'd be tried and executed before he could be a witness to what she'd been up to.
- Tess Mercer in Season 9 of Smallville has no problem selling earth out to Major Zod because people have done such a bad job of running it. Then she finds out how far Zod plans to go, and, in a nice subversion, switches sides. Brainiac was a straight version in Seasons 5, 7, and 8. In Season 5 he schemed to bring General Zod (not quite the same character as the Major) to earth in order to conquer it. In Season 7 and 8 he went rogue and graduated to full on Kill All Humans Omnicidal Mania. His motivation? The belief that Humans Are Flawed and thusly, evil by default. Unlike Tess he's not even remotely sympathetic. And that's without getting into the Bad Future where he and President Evil Lex Luthor schemed to nuke the planet so they could rebuild it in their own image.
- Knox of Angel, a cultist who worships the goddess Illyria, has the beliefs of this trope. Talking to Illyria, he criticizes humans for being deceitful bastards, and (as happens often), Illyria is surprised that a human can take a position like identifying against his own race rather than with it. Knox's reply amounts to agreeing that yes, he does identify with demonkind rather than humanity (and he is biologically pure human, and not "part demon" like so many other denizens of the Buffyverse).
- Many followers of Rovagug, The Rough Beast, fall into this category in Pathfinder, seeking solace in the end. All daemons are this by default, from the weakest cacaodaemon on up through The Four Horsemen and the Oinodaemon, loathing all mortality (including their own) and seeking to eradicate it from the universe.
- Exalted: The Deathlords explicitly scout these kind of people to be exalted as Abyssals. Considering the sorry state of humankind in Creation, the challenge is not finding someone who want to hurl everything into Oblivion, it's finding someone who will do it with an undying zeal.
- From the Fallout series:
- The goal of Big Bad Zephiel in the sixth Fire Emblem game was to conquer the human kingdoms and bring them under the rule of the dragons. He came to the conclusion after his father attempted to assassinate him that humans are evil, and needed to be brought to heel by the dragons.
- Dr. Breen is the chief collaborator in the Alien Invasion in Half-Life. In an amusing bit of irony, although he rails against the terrible excesses of instinct, his archenemy is a theoretical physicist who never shows any emotion or instinct whatsoever. (Unless you count Freemans Mind).
- Goldman in The House of the Dead 2 and 4 creates zombie outbreaks to try and shrink the human population out of concern for the life cycle.
- This is the motivating force of quite a few teams in the Pokémon series.
- Team Galactic's ultimate goal is to rid the universe of war and hatred (and "spirit" in Platinum version) by wiping it all out and starting all creation over again.
- Team Plasma wants seemingly wants to separate humans from Pokemon completely, but ultimately it's implied that only N really believes it. The rest of it is a front so that Ghetsis could rule the world.
- Purple Eyes, the end boss of Pokemon Ranger 3, intends to become immortal, summon Arceus, and use it to wipe out humanity because people infuriate him. Out of all the villains in Pokemon to mess around with legendaries, he's the only one who winds up being taken away to be judged. To give some proportion, Cyrus had enacted his plan to destroy and recreate the universe right underneath where Arceus dwells and the worst he got was being taken to a parallel dimension that's easily leavable.
- Final Fantasy
- In Final Fantasy VII, Barrett's old friend, Dyne, is shown to be one of these. Filled with psychotic bitter hatred after his town was burned down by the Shinra, he was eventually imprisoned in the Corel Desert. When the party finds him, Barrett asks him why he's doing what he's doing, and he says "I want to destroy everything. The people of this city. The city itself. The whole world... even me."
- Rolan from Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light became this after losing his beloved dragon in saving the world combined with three centuries of isolation for his dad's world-conquering ambitions. Although Rolan doesn't actively going around slaughtering people, he bitterly refuses all entreaties of help and considers all humans to be selfish assholes. His golem servants—which serve as the shopkeepers—will attack any visiting human on sight, forcing the party to assume animal formnote if they want to get around safely. Fortunately, you eventually help him get better.
- In Hydrophobia, the villains are a group of terrorists that preach that the only way to solve the world's problems is through genocide, suicide and other crimes against humanity. Their "official" slogan is even "Save the world. Kill yourself."
- This was the motto of the Church of Euthanasia.
- Otani Yoshitsugu from Sengoku Basara is hideously deformed due to leprosy, and turned the revulsion and dislike he suffered from it into an immense hatred for humanity in general. His goal is to kill all people who inspire hope and bring misfortune on all living things, with the exception of Ishida Mitsunari, who Yoshitsugu considers to be the only man in existence more miserable than he is.
- Dr. Weil in the Mega Man Zero series, who hates all humans for exiling him and making him immortal.
- One of the fatal flaws you can give to your sims in The Sims Medieval is 'Misanthrope', and this causes them to get into a worse mood whenever they interact with anyone in the world. There's even an achievement for having all the controllable sims in the kingdom have this trait at the same time.
- The Villain Protagonist of the upcoming game Hatred, as explained in his monologue from the trailer:
- Ozwald Mandus, the Anti-Hero protagonist of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. His memoirs are littered with spiteful disdain for both the "filthy and brainless" lower classes and the rich and "enlightened" upper classes who are so wound up in their own little lives that they happily allow the suffering of the lower classes to continue unabated. As far as he's concerned, people are little better than pigs. Being shown the horrors of World War 1 causes him to snap, and he creates The Machine, a device which harvests and sacrifices people en masse.
- Panim from Hello Wandering Star. "She's not very fond of people./In fact, it could probably be said that she hates them."
- Demona in Gargoyles wasn't human until Puck cursed her, but she is certainly misanthropic. During the day, after the curse, she fits the trope perfectly.
- Gaz of Invader Zim is one of the only people who realizes that Zim is an alien trying to take over the world, but she really doesn't give a damn. This has led to the popular fanon belief that she fits this trope (and seeing how stupid humans are on this show, it's kind of understandable). As further evidence, she becomes disappointed after a malfunctioning microwave that was supposed to destroy the planet, didn't.
- Owlman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, combining it with being a Straw Nihilist and an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Colonel H. Stinkmeaner of The Boondocks is a bitter old man who managed to subside purely on hatred for the rest of humanity even after going blind at a young age. After he dies he managed to impress even the devil himself (who he calls a "BITCH ASS NYU-KKA" to his face) that he's allowed to go back up to exact vengeance.
- Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw is a self-professed one. He's said that if he had a doomsday machine, he'd reduce the human population to himself, Tim Schafer, and maybe a woman (if she promised to wear a Tim Schafer mask). Additionally, if given Three Wishes, he'd ask for a puppy, a decent chip sandwich, and for every child-bearing womb on the planet to pop out and fly away like a cheery parade of greasy red balloons. He's Yahtzee Croshaw, so practically everything he says is in Sarcasm Mode.
- Mark Twain was one of these in the last years of his life.
"I am the only man living who understands human nature; God has put me in charge of this branch office; when I retire there will be no-one to take my place. I shall keep on doing my duty, for when I get over on the other side, I shall use my influence to have the human race drowned again, and this time drowned good. No omissions. No Ark.".
- Serial killer Carl Panzram: "I wish the entire human race had one neck and I had my hands around it" Which he plagiarized from Caligula: "Would that the Roman people had one throat, that I might slit it!"
- The very first sentence in Eric Harris's personal diary? "I hate the fucking world."
- Daron Malakian of System of a Down exhibits this. At one point he says to an interviewer "I hate you. I hate everyone. Everyone should die."
- Of course this is coming from a very heavy punk rocker, so it may not be in a literal sense.
- James J. Lee, the gunman who threatened staff and their children at the Discovery Channel headquarters, is an extremist environmentalist who called humans and human culture "filthy" and "wrecking the planet" in his manifesto. And he is anti-immigration.
- "Dr." Gene Ray thinks that anyone who either rejects or is ignorant of his theories deserves to die and burn in hell. This means everyone except for himself.
- A couple of the more extreme animal-rights activists may qualify.
- Some hard green environmentalists actually think that humanity should go extinct, not because they will eventually destroy themselves out of stupidity, but rather they think that the natural environment does and will have a better chance of recovery without them. Even mild hard greens still think humans can only cause harm to the environment.
- Fred Phelps, and the Westboro Baptist Church in general, who believe that humans have condemned themselves either by being gay or by not being sufficiently homophobic. "God Hates The World", anyone?
- Byron Hall comes across as one of these because his gaming system FATAL puts an alarming emphasis on murder, rape, racism, and the general inferiority of people who don't agree with him. One review even explicitly compares it to the journals in Se7en, a document attempting to masquerade as the product of a perfectly healthy mind, that by its very existence betrays how fundamentally broken its creator is.
- Bret Easton Ellis is not fond of anyone. While he despises middle and upper-class louts as being a pile of sexist, racist homophobic creeps who'd stab each other in the back for giggles and focus on worthless materialistic shit, it's pretty clear that he goes along with it, just because humans are terrible all across the board.
- The web group Anonymous is not known to collectively have a high opinion for anybody, including each other. Unless it's Stephen Colbert.
- Internet personality Samuel Mclean, better known as 'Jalix' is known to exhibit his misanthropic views on literally every ranting video, post and even in some of his joke videos. He explained at one point that if he was ever in a scenario where he was given godlike power, he'd go backwards in time to the genesis of humankind, create clones of himself to grow up and program them to eradicate all of humankind whenever he felt like it. Once upon being questioned on why he appears to "like" certain people he replied with; "I don't like anybody. I hate everybody, I just hate those people a little less than others. Hatred is a passion too right? I can love my friends with hatred, right?"
- Jennifer Diane Reitz (Chatoyance) has been accused of being such thanks to her take on The Conversion Bureau.
- The German philosopher Artur Schopenhauer had this image. Whenever he was angry at his dog, he would call him a human.