"Now, the world shall be my plaything! I shall bring about an age of fear and chaos! And it shall be glorious!"Omnicidal Maniacs want to destroy the world, but these villains want to change the world. Rather than blow it up or kill everyone on it, they are much more content to simply turn it into the most horrible and messed up place possible — their own personal playground, in other words. Villains who intend on this goal are likely doing it For the Evulz. Compare Dystopia Justifies the Means.
— Dr. Eggman Nega, Sonic Rush Adventure
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Anime and Manga
- Lord Kuruku in "Unico in the Island of Magic" definatley counts. Kuruku wants to, and almost does, turn the every living thing, People and Animals alike, into "Living Puppets" to be his slaves, building material, rocket skateboards, etc.
- Sir Isaac Ray Peram Westcott in Date A Live play with this. His desire is to make the whole world upside down, in order to fill the world with pure chaos, destruction, panic and fear for his "fun" and "self-satisfaction".
- This is revealed to be King Piccolo's ultimate plan in Dragon Ball:
"First, I will tell you the two words I hate the most. They are 'justice' and 'peace'. Let me just say that I do not plan to bind you all into slavery or anything like that. Not at all. In fact, I want you to do anything you want. I'm going to abolish every law enforcement agency. You can steal, destroy, injure, and murder! No one will stop you! Evil shall be unfettered!! Those who brandish the sword of justice shall be exterminated by my demons! This will be a glorious world of terror and hate!!"
- Ali Al-Saachez from Gundam 00 wants to help create a world of endless warfare, so that his slaughter will never end.
- The Major in Hellsing wants a world of perpetual warfare. "Gentlemen... I love war."
- This is essentially the Big Bad's goal in Madlax, since he basically sees all humans as evil deep inside and actively tries to bring out their "true natures".
- Tendou Jigoku at the end of Flame of Recca intends to, upon gaining complete immortality, kill most of the humans on the planet, but leave enough alive for them to repopulate. And then start killing again, leading to an endless cycle of slaughter.
- Megami No Hanabira has an interesting example with Shusui Naito, the Chaos representative. While he aims to unleash the Demon Summoning Program to the masses and turn the world into a huge free-for-all of violence, he's not just doing it For the Evulz: he's The Social Darwinist, who believes that said Playground for Evil will weed out the weak and the worthless individuals who cheated their way into power and use money to command authority rather than competence, while attracting strong, capable people to unleash their ambitions and fight for the throne. He fully intends for the Playground for Evil to eventually give way to a Golden Age once the weak are culled and the world is brought under control by an ‹bermensch: a temporary Crapsack Dystopia for the sake of a Utopia later down the line.
- In the Pony POV Series, this is the endgame of Discord and his allies in the Finale Arc. They rewrite reality so that all rumors are true (yes, even the contradictory ones) and every Grim Dark story is happening all at once, thus creating a living hell for everyone else for their enjoyment.
- The probable Trope Codifier in modern fiction is The Testament Of Doctor Mabuse, in which Dr. Mabuse wants simply to reduce the world to a lawless and chaotic "Empire of Crime".
- This seems to be the goal of The Dark Knight version of The Joker. He wants to drive everyone in Gotham City as crazy as himself by plunging it into absolute chaos.
- This is the stated goal of The Dark Knight Rises version of Bane. He cuts off Gotham from the mainland, imprisons the entire police force and holds the city hostage with a nuke to prevent outside invasion - all in order to create an anarchist society. Subverted in that the society was never intended to last, and he was going to detonate the nuke all along.
- Elysium: When Kruger finds out about the codes in Max's head and gets tired of Delacourt's scolding him for his violent antics, he goes ahead to initiate his plan to turn Elysium into one of these.
Kurger: Elysium is about to receive its first proper prison!
- After Lord Naritsugu in 13 Assassins sees the carnage of war, he admits he would like to turn the lands into a never ending battlefield of strife.
- In Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mean Mr. Mustard turns Heartland into a mustard-themed wasteland full of evildoers.
- The big bad of Last Action Hero finds the playground over the course of the film: It's called the real world. Now he wants to invite all the cool kids in.
- The cult in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" seems to have aspects of this:
Then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.
- In The Dresden Files, when Harry visits one of the White Court's nightclubs, he muses that this would be their ultimate goal if they ever had the chance:
The music, the light, the sweat, the smoke, the booze, the drugs—it all combined into a wet, desperate miasma that was full of needs that could never be sated.Thatís why the place was called Zero, I realized. Zero limits. Zero inhibitions. Zero restraint. It was a place of perfect, focused abandon, of indulgence, and it was intriguing and hideous, nauseating and viscerally hungry.Zero fulfillment.I felt a shudder run through me. This was the world as created by the White Court. This is what they would make of it, if they were given the chance. Planet Zero.
- Satan seeks to do this to the world in Paradise Lost in order to get Revenge by Proxy against its Creator.
- Two of the possible Bad Futures that the Dark One shows that might happen if it wins are like this in The Wheel of Time; the first is close to a literal Hell on Earth, while the second is more subtle, with humanity altered to all be completely devoid of conscience or empathy (just like the Dark One itself), but also rendered completely unaware that anything is wrong. The third possibility is voidnote . Of course, in none of these visions do the bulk of the Dark one's human followers actually get what they want.
Live Action TV
- Presumably The Beast's motive on Angel for blocking out the sun. His boss on the other hand, was just using the chaos created as a distraction.
- Holland Manners of Wolfram & Hart claims that the world is already this and always has been since the first caveman clubbed his neighbor, and that is the source of Wolfram and Hart's power. The law firm's purpose is to make sure the world stays that way.
- Several villains in Buffy the Vampire Slayer want to open the Hellmouth for reasons somewhere between this and worship of the True Demons sealed inside.
- Also, the reason Sunnydale was deliberately built on top of the Hellmouth - the founder (who's still the Mayor a century later) made a lot of deals to get to where he is, and providing demons with an all-you-can-eat buffet is part of his payment.
- Toward the end of Season 2, the vampire Spike decides to help Buffy stop the Omnicidal Maniac Angelus from releasing a demon that will destroy the world because he believes the world is already a playground of evil for vampires with humans being "little happy meals on legs", and thus destroying the human world would mean destroying the world for vampires too.
- Bugsters, the video game antagonists of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid have this among their goals. They plan to launch VR game Kamen Rider Chronicle and lure humans into playing, thus creating an all-you-can-kill buffet for themselves.
- Nearly every Power Rangers villain who doesn't want to cause an Earth-Shattering Kaboom, though exceptions exist.
- The Ebon Dragon's ultimate goal in Exalted is basically to screw over reality in such a way that his will determines reality, by usurping the position of the shinma that defines existence. It remains to be seen whether he actually can or if it's just another excuse for him to be a dick.
- The followers of Chaos in Warhammer, especially Archaon, who want to turn the whole world into another Realm of Chaos, a very messed up Chaotic Evil Eldritch Location.
- In Warhammer 40,000, the Chaos Gods sparked the Horus Heresy to turn the materium into a tortured hellscape so that they could laugh and feast upon the agony of all sentient life. They succeeded.
- Getting the gods' favor to the point where they bestow daemonhood is the endgoal of just about every single servant of Chaos. Daemon Princehood comes with transforming the planet into a Daemon World, a place where the Warp and reality coexist, where they can indulge their whims for eternity.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the Triatic Wyrm wants to conquer and corrupt all of Gaia, and in one Time of Judgment scenario, it succeeds. Averted with the original Wyrm of Balance, which simply wants to escape from the Weaver's web.
- At the end of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma's early trailer, it's revealed that our resident Troll, Yuuki Terumi, now with the pesky time loops out of the way, intends to erase the distinction between Omnicidal Mania and Evil Playground Architecture. In other words, he wants to kill everyone—but not the old-fashioned personal way where he does all the killing himself. No; he wants to make the world a place where everyone kills each other for his amusement. That's his kind of playground.
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: Towa's ultimate plan is to merge the Demon Realm with the main universe; she knows this will result in chaos, and delights in it.
Towa: Can't you imagine it? A garden of evil blooming with rage and pain? So beautiful.
- Dimentio of Super Paper Mario.
- In Hero Mode of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, the Big Bad used the Dragon Balls to make the world a hellhole, purely for his own amusement. At one point, your character meets the Androids, who like the world as a hellhole and in fact are looking for the Dragon Balls so they can make it even worse.
- In Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, Dr. Nefarious has noticed that the good guys always wins, and he's tired of it. He wants to use The Great Clock not just to reverse his own defeats, but the defeats of every supervillain who's ever lived.
- Silent Hill's cult fits the bill. They call it Paradise.
- The Edel Bernal from Super Robot Wars Z doesn't really have a plan other than to turn the world into the most chaotic and war-ridden place he can to be his personal playground.
- The true Big Bad of MOTHER 3, Porky Minch.
- Shao Kahn of Mortal Kombat.
- The Big Bad of Danganronpa succeeds in doing this. Kickstarting The Tragedy leaves the entire world spiraling down a path of constant warring and hatred, where people kill and destroy without reason and all law and societal structure has collapsed, all in the name of despair. In Junko's words, it isn't a philosophy or set of ideals or even instincts that motivate why she did it: the pursuit of despair simply defines ever fiber of her being.
- In Super Danganronpa 2, the plan is to upload herself into the bodies of the dead students, take down the future foundation from the inside, and then go from there, with her consciousness infecting people all around the world to spread despair with glee, making sure The Tragedy never ends.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic has Darth Jadus, possibly the most frighteningly lucid of all of the Sith Empire's ruling council. His ultimate goal is to unify the Empire by striking fear and terror into the hearts of every citizen. He goes so far as to fake his own death to accomplish this, something unheard of in the immensely prideful Sith culture. Though he's still stricken by the universal Sith megalomania.
- Some of M. Bison's winquotes in Street Fighter games such as Super Street Fighter IV claim things like 'When I control this planet, I shall purge it of all hope!'.
- When Discord is unleashed in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, he turns the world into a chaotic mess of inverted gravity, roads of soap, and cotton candy clouds raining chocolate milk. Then he claims those are only his first changes, and if the stained glass image of him throwing ponies into the flames is anything to go by...
- Inspector Gadget: Some of Dr. Claw's more subtle plans concern this. In "The Infiltration," he has an impersonator take Inspector Gadget's place at a law-enforcement conference. The goal: Keep MAD ahead of the police's plans for a full year and "make the world safe for crime."
- Darkwing Duck. Negaduck's plan in the "Just-Us Justice Ducks" two-parter is turning Saint Canard into a playground for evil for his gang, The Fearsome Five, giving one fourth of the city to each of his minions while he keeps the loot. Negaduck has already turned his home dimension, The Negaverse, into his own playground.
- Gravity Falls; Bill Cipher's ultimate plan is to merge the Nightmare Realm with reality so he and his buddies can escape and cause havoc, or as he puts it "teach your realm how to party!"
- SWAT Kats: Dark Kat's ultimate goal is to turn Megakat City into Dark Kat City, his "capitol of crime", "where lawlessness is the law of the land!"
- In the Grand Finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, Drago reveals that his goal after obtaining the chi powers of his uncles and aunts is to "turn the world inside out" by releasing his fellow demons from the Netherworld.