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->''"I'll give you that. Killing off five billion people did ''wonders'' for most of our social problems."''
-->-- '''Dave''', ''Machinima/CivilProtection'', on [[AlienInvasion The Combine's]] invasion of Earth.

The first and least despicable trope in the unholy trinity of villainous objectives, Utopia Justifies the Means is where the goal of the BigBad is the creation of a {{Utopia}} in the long run, a better world for everyone as a whole (or at least "better" for them in the villain's eyes), no matter what the cost.

It's a place built out of dreams and starlight; the name "{{Utopia}}" is a somewhat poignant pun by its author, blending the Greek words for "Good Place" (eutopia) and "No Place" (outopia), and despite (or perhaps because of) its unattainable nature, it has endured in myth and dreams since. While dreaming about what it would be like is harmless (like how [[FanService topless glamour model volleyball]] would be the national sport, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment bureaucrats would work recycling paper]], there's NoPoverty, and ice cream is [[AppliedPhlebotinum just as delicious with none of the calories]]... mmmm...), it's just a dream based on nothing more solid than wishful thinking.

For the FallenHero, DarkMessiah, TotalitarianUtilitarian, WellIntentionedExtremist, and other {{visionary villain}}s, however, that's not the case. Obsession with the idea of {{Utopia}} will convince them that it ''is'' possible, and almost guarantees a FaceHeelTurn as they become willing to do ''[[HumanSacrifice anything]]'' to obtain their {{Ambition|IsEvil}} of Paradise.

They will plan to TakeOverTheWorld, use [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the heart of an orphan]] or an ArtifactOfDoom, steal the CosmicKeystone, commit [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill mass brainwashing]], [[DealWithTheDevil sell themself to higher powers]] or unleash the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] so that they can destroy all resistance and usher in ''[[InTheirOwnImage their own]]'' ideals for Utopia. They will operate under the assumption that this wonderful new world has them at the top, free to exert a [[AntiVillain benevolent]] or iron-fisted regime as they will. Using logic that would make Machiavelli blush, they reason that every sacrifice and atrocity is worth The Greater Good, putting the ''Well Intentioned'' in ''WellIntentionedExtremist''. The KnightTemplar often claims this to himself before succumbing to the decidedly less benevolent DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.

A great deal of drama can be derived from this -- are they willing to [[ShootTheDog kill a friend]] for it? Will they put their {{vision|aryVillain}} where their mouths are and [[HeroicSacrifice kill themselves]] if need be, or [[MoralEventHorizon is there a line]] even they [[EvenEvilHasStandards will never cross?]] Will they even admit that some of the things they do are DirtyBusiness? Some are able to inspire [[CyanidePill incredible devotion]] in their followers precisely because their vision and conviction includes that they ''know'' [[NoPlaceForMeThere they won't live to see the paradise they plan to bring about]], or [[NecessarilyEvil don't deserve to]]. One final terrible sucker punch is for their vision to be revealed as a TragicDream-- even if it went off without a hitch, the resulting world is worse off, not better.

When it comes to different kinds of extremists, a TotalitarianUtilitarian is far more likely to think this way, while a PrinciplesZealot is more likely to believe that Utopia justifies nothing.

Heroes and the audience will be faced with the philosophical conundrum that maybe TheExtremistWasRight and the world is in truth a CrapsackWorld that needs a total renovation like what the villain says, but is the renovation worth sacrificing billions? In more morally ambiguous situations, the "means" might not be catastrophically destructive, all it takes is a [[DealWithTheDevil "small", inconsequential sacrifice]] when TheNeedsOfTheMany outweigh the needs of the few. Say, selling forsaken little girls to alien slavers in exchange for technological advancements for mankind as a whole, or the daily ritual slaughter of criminals to appease the gods and ensure prosperity, or the ever popular TheSingularity LotusEaterMachine AssimilationPlot where suffering does not exist. If his ideals guarantee the happiness, survival, civilization, and/or progress of the human race, isn't it worth it? The Heroes may decide that total demolition is not the answer, and it's better to make the most out of what you have while allowing humanity to decide for itself.

Often utilizes some form of {{Aesoptinum}}, generally with the message "Peace and harmony isn't worth getting rid of TheEvilsOfFreeWill".

Curiously, the first example of a Utopia in recorded literature -- Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Literature/TheRepublic'' -- is an example of this trope (possibly) played absolutely straight and ''not'' as means for the opposite {{Aesop}}. Plato argues that the establishment and survival of the perfect state requires autocratic rule by [[EmperorScientist philosopher-kings]] bred from a system of [[TheSocialDarwinist eugenics]] and there should be a "[[PropagandaMachine noble lie]]" that the citizens must be taught to induce them to love the state unconditionally.

Contrast DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans, when the villain actively seeks to create a CrapsackWorld. See also DespotismJustifiesTheMeans, where they will create or maintain either simply to remain in power.





[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kaede Kunikida, Momiji's twin sister, from ''Manga/BlueSeed''. Okay, [[GreenAesop returning Japan to its natural -- green and unpolluted -- state]] sounds like a good idea. Getting rid of wars and hatred is even better. The way to achieve these goals? Turning people into plants. Thankfully, Momiji manages to convince Kaede that hope still exists in this world, and that it's something worth sacrificing one's life for.
* InAWorld where [[AntiHero protagonists]] and [[AntiVillain antagonists]] alike are [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]], and the stakes are national or global-scale, ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[BlackAndGrayMorality is all about this trope]]. Ultimately, each sought a noble cause and decided that it was worth the lives and deaths of many.
** First and foremost: the lying, backstabbing, mass murdering, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorist]] [[ManipulativeBastard bastard]] himself: [[DarkMessiah Lelouch]] [[NecessarilyEvil vi]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Britannia]], the protagonist and "hero" of our story. His ultimate aim [[spoiler:(at first)]] is to create a 'kinder world' for [[KnightTemplarBigBrother his]] [[IllGirl little]] [[MoralityPet sister]] by toppling {{the Social Darwinist}}ic Britannian [[TheEmpire Empire]] that [[TakeOverTheWorld wages wars for conquest]] as a matter of course.
** Second: [[BigBadFriend Lelouch's]] best friend and [[AntiVillain primary antagonist]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Suzaku]] [[BewareTheHonestOnes Kururugi]], who -- in his quest to change the despotic and discriminatory Britannian Empire [[TheQuisling from within]] -- earns the [[SarcasmMode affectionate]] nicknames [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Grim Reaper]] and [[KnightTemplar 'The Knight]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder of Betrayal']], [[AllThereInTheManual and also the title]] [[Manga/SoulEater 'Kishin']] for killing a lot of people as he helps his bosses TakeOverTheWorld on the side.
** Third, fourth and fifth: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Emperor]] [[ThePatriarch Charles]], [[OlderThanTheyLook V.V.]], and [[HiddenDepths Marianne]]]] turn out to have been working toward [[spoiler:an AssimilationPlot]], which is this trope all by itself, though there is so [[BigScrewedUpFamily much more besides to justify]]...
** Sixth: [[spoiler:[[ShelteredAristocrat Prince]] [[TheChessmaster Schneizel]] [[AffablyEvil el]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Britannia]],]] who planned to bring about world peace [[spoiler:by first thinning out the population on a global scale and [[NukeEm nuking anyone who misbehaves]].]]
** Seventh: [[spoiler:[[SincerityMode Nunnally vi]] [[TheIngenue Britannia]],]] who decided to save the world [[spoiler:from tyrants and nuclear annihilation while bringing about world peace at the same time.]] We're not told much before Lelouch [[{{Pun}} takes the matter out of her hands]], but the plan was to [[spoiler:provide a [[SilentScapegoat focus for the world's hatred]] that even sworn enemies would unite against. The focus in question was an OminousFloatingCastle full of nukes.]]
* Light Yagami, aka "Kira", in ''Manga/DeathNote'', who wants to create a world without crime or sin, with him as its god. Notable in that he's actually the main character. As the story goes on, however, it becomes clear that Light is becoming more and more and more unhinged. From murdering his 'girlfriend' in the worst way possible [[spoiler:(Shiori in the live-action movies, Takeda in the manga and anime)]] to toying with the idea of killing people for being ''lazy'', he comes incredibly close to, and arguably becomes, just a Crazy SerialKiller.
* You could make a drinking game out of how many times Lucemon from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' states that he wishes to create a utopia through the destruction of both the digital and the real worlds.
** Yggdrasil does that, too.
* Director Kakuzawa from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' wants to destroy the human race and produce more Diclonii using Lucy, the only fertile female Diclonus, to replace them. He doesn't want to do this for any moral reason, though, but only so that in 100 or 200 years, he can be worshiped as the god of the new species.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'': in the beginning, it's the oppression of the [=AutoReivs=], Vincent, and the people who live outside the dome. In the end, it's The Proxy Project: [[spoiler:The Creators' plan to have the Proxies clean up Earth's atmosphere, kill the "humans" left on Earth, and destroy the domes, while they die in Earth's cleaned up atmosphere so The Creators can have a healthy Earth all to themselves.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Jellal (subverted in that he was [[{{Brainwashed and Crazy}} being manipulated]]) and the Kingdom of Edolas who [[spoiler:used magic to suck up lands made up of innocent people from an alternate universe and turn them into crystallized magic. Just so his kingdom could continue using magic. The king, Faust, takes it a step further by being willing to sacrifice even his own subordinates just to achieve his goal.]]
** [[spoiler:Mystogan as well, in case you didn't believe he really was Jellal's Edolas counterpart.]]
* Raoh in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' goes by this trope, so much so that he and Kenshiro stop fighting when it looks like both of them will die, acknowledging that the world is better off if either of them live than both of them die. This doesn't stop them from fighting to the death later, though.
** Raoh is a special case though, as he is actually kinda liked by the people for the fact that he conquers, but doesn't destroy. The fact that he actually loves and protects subjects loyal to him [[PapaWolf like a father would his children]] really helps.
*** Case in point: at one point, Raoh comes across his men massacring helpless villagers. He has them all line up and kneel before him...and then ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crushes them all beneath the hooves of his monster horse]]''.
** Shin outright states that he plans to achieve utopia through slave labor and murderous henchmen.
* The Z-Master from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' wanted to save people from the despair and sadness of reality by mechanizing the universe, eliminating negative emotion (and every other emotion at the same time).
* The Ultimate Gundam from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' wanted to kill all of humanity. Its ultimate goal? [[spoiler:Fixing the damage caused to the Earth by all the Gundam Fights,]] which, incidentally, was caused by humans.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'', Gilbert Durandal's plan was to create a society completely ruled by genetic determinism, where everyone would be forced to the endeavors for which he/she was genetically apt at. And if someone has to be sacrificed and some countries have to be destroyed with a WaveMotionGun...well, it's sad but necessary to create a world without war and without pain. Fan opinions remain [[InternetBackdraft divided]] on whether he was in the right or not. The Chairman's Dragon, Rey Za Burrel, has this same mindset, and follows the Chairman because he believes that he will usher in the utopia. In the end, Rey has second thoughts about this after Kira convinces him that [[ClonesArePeopleToo he is his own man and not just a clone.]] [[spoiler:Rey chooses Kira's hope for a future with freedom over the Destiny Plan and guns down Durandal to save Kira.]]
* The ultimate goal of the Claw in ''Anime/GunXSword'' is the "Time of Happiness", where he will use Saudade to [[spoiler:overwrite the minds of all living creatures with copies of his own; with all of humanity in utter agreement,]] war and strife will vanish. The process will kill him, but as he's dying of a terminal disease anyway, he sees it as a HeroicSacrifice.
* Manga/{{Jormungand}}'s namesake plan, initiated by the main character. A feasible, unbelievable, genocidal plan that would "separate humans from war".
* This is Enrico Pucci's motivation in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 6, Stone Ocean. [[spoiler:Once he achieves the Stairway to Heaven ability, he speeds up time to the point where the universe is destroyed and remade, and everyone who lived in the past universe would cross over to the new universe with their old memories intact -- Pucci's theory being that, since all of mankind has experienced the entirety of history, there will no longer be any reason for war or suffering. While he succeeds in [[AnyoneCanDie killing off the main heroes]] and {{retcon}}ning the entire series, he isn't quite able to fully realize his vision, as he stopped the universal cycle just short of a full revolution in order to try and finish off [[TagalongKid Emporio Alnino]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He fails spectacularly.]]]]
* SEARRS in ''Anime/MaiHiME'' was willing to level down Fuka Academy and kill all the [=HiME=] to [[spoiler:win the [=HiME=] carnival and]] achieve the "Golden Millennium". All right, it's one lousy school, who cares about that? (And Alyssa was "Valkyrie No. 143" and the only success in what was presumably a long series of PeopleJars. What happened to her failed predecessors is left to the viewers' imagination.)
* The villains of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', [[spoiler:Vagan]], can have their motivation summed up as this. [[spoiler:They seek to seize Earth for themselves and turn it into an Eden]]...by massacring the current Earth Federation.
** Generation 3 expands on this. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Lord Ezelcant]] believes that the war will kill off the worst of humanity, making the human race as a whole more peaceful.]]
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': the actions of Celestial Being result in the formation of a OneWorldOrder, just as they'd hoped... [[spoiler:but the Earth Sphere Federations armed forces the A-Laws abuse their rule and are even more violent and oppressive than its predecessors. Plus they had support of the real BigBad.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' has many examples of this trope.
** In ''Anime/NarutoTheMovieLegendOfTheStoneOfGelel'', Master Haido frequently speaks of creating a Utopia without war. [[spoiler:In facts, he speaks of it frequently enough to make the audience suspicious; in the end, it turns out that Haido is a power hungry BigBad, and his talk of peace was just a smokescreen.]]
** In the actual manga, Pein's plan to end all war turns out to be a subversion. First he claimed that wants to achieve utopias by harnessing the power of the tailed beasts to make a weapon of mass destruction that could destroy a country. If a war was started with one side lacking ninja, they would turn to Akatsuki, who would wipe out the entire opposing nation. After this, most countries would be too scared to start a war. However, [[SubvertedTrope he then reveals an even more cynical expectation]] that bring it toward DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans and subverts UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Pein knows that people will eventually forget about all that and just go back to fighting. Planning to [[AbusivePrecursors leave it for future generations]], Pein believes that the weapon will allow future civilizations to experience the terror of destruction themselves and revert to peace for short periods before doing it [[HumansAreBastards all over again]].
** [[spoiler:Zig-Zagged with [[AssimilationPlot "The Moon's Eye Plan"]] whose aim is to plunge all people in an eternal Genjutsu in order to reach peace in the world. [[BigBadDuumvirate Madara and Obito]] really want to bring peace to the world and [[WellIntentionedExtremist think that their plan is the only way it can happen]]. But at the same time they want to bring peace they are also doing it for their own selfish purposes: Madara is more concerned in implementing the plan independently since he thinks that '''[[ItsAllAboutMe only he]]''' is worthy of guiding all people in the infinite illusion. At the same time Obito wants to create his ideal world where [[TheLostLenore Rin]] and his other teammates are alive so that [[IRejectYourReality he could escape from reality.]]]]
** Danzo believes in [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower peace through power]] and, in the interest of his ideal world, is willing to kill anyone who represents a threat to his goals, though he is unusually reasonable about who to kill, avoiding threatening major rivals to his power (the Third Hokage, Tsunade, Kakashi) if their deaths would turn the public against him.
* SEELE's ultimate goal in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is [[spoiler: the Instrumentality Project, which will destroy the distinction between individual humans, but leave humanity around, so no one will ever be hurt and alone again]]. And if some kids need to be tortured, a few cities destroyed, and a lot of soldiers die to make it happen, well it's just people's lives, not anything important.
* Subverted in ''Manga/OnePiece'', where Sir Crocodile stages a massive coup against the throne of Alabasta to seemingly create a utopia for him and Baroque Works; however, the only reason he wants anything to do with the sand kingdom is because of [[WeaponOfMassDestruction a massive battleship called Pluton with the power to wipe out an island]], so he can establish the greatest military force the world has ever known, which could even rival [[TheGovernment the World Government]].
* In the Yellow arc of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Lance wants to KillAllHumans to create the perfect world for Pokémon.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has [[spoiler:Kyubey]], who states that its goal is to [[spoiler:prolong the lifespan of the universe]] by [[spoiler:collecting the thermodynamic energy-defying power of emotions from humans. And by humans, it means young girls in their early to mid-teens (who are generally, as a group, the most dramatic little wellsprings of emotion the human race has to offer). This process collects excess energy, which is somehow contributed toward the entire universe in order to stave off its eventual heat death, allowing more time for different alien races to meet one another among the stars. (Actual thermodynamics theory makes this goal seem very poorly thought out, but then again, this is a show about {{Magical Girl}}s so we weren't expecting a whole lot of realism anyway.)]]
** How does it do this, you ask? It [[spoiler:fools girls into making a contract and becoming magical girls, ripping their souls out to place them into a Soul Gem for easy keeping. Kyubey actively encourages vulnerable girls to make stupid wishes they'll regret later, and once they're magical girls he continues to manipulate them into making choices that pull them further and further into despair, until their Soul Gems corrupt under the weight of all the grief and the magical girl becomes a [[EldritchAbomination Witch]]. Once another magical girl comes along, defeats the Witch and transfers her Soul Gem's corruption to it, he "disposes" of the Grief Seed, harvesting the concentrated despair inside and converting it into energy. Naturally, negative emotions are the most energy-efficient.]]
** The ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' movie presents this again, this time with [[spoiler:Homura as the WellIntentionedExtremist, remaking the universe again where she can personally care for Madoka's comfort, as well as everyone else's (except Kyubey). This at the cost of [[SatanicArchetype turning herself into the devil]], hijacking Madoka's goddess powers, giving everyone LaserGuidedAmnesia, and setting herself up as the FinalBoss, something which is suggested she seems resigned to the prospect of.]]
* The real BigBad of ''Anime/RODTheTV'' - namely, [[spoiler:Joker and the British Library]]. Which is kind of stupid when you consider that their plan is to resurrect their leader, who hadn't been able to (and can't even be proven to have seriously even tried to) create a peaceful world in his first lifetime, so why did they think he'd do better the second time around?
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Zeus intends for heaven to have no sin and he wants to be worshipped by humans and angels alike, so he uses murder and assassination to achieve this ideal.
* Homura Taishi, the TragicVillain of the second half of the ''{{Manga/Saiyuki}}'' anime version, planned to create a new utopia at the cost of destroying both Heaven and Earth.
* Knives, the BigBad of ''Manga/TriGun'', might as well be the textbook example of this. His motto in the anime was "kill the spiders to save the butterflies". Oh, and all human beings are spiders; only he and his brother count as butterflies. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in his vociferations of [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WE WILL HAVE. OUR. EDEN!"]].
** He gets much more backstory and CharacterDevelopment in the manga and he has more interesting and 'altruistic' motivations - namely, freeing his whole species. It's just a bit ''unfortunate'' that he does so by attempting genocide on the whole human race, which makes him both a kind of Spartacus figure on steroids and a crystal-clear Hitler figure with much more Aryanism and sociopathy than the original...which serves to remind us that human conflicts get polarized more often than not and that one side's 'terrorists' are often the other side's '[[LaResistance freedom fighters]]'. In the anime, he doesn't seem to have second thoughts about getting the plant on Sensei's ship killed (by his ''human'' evil minions!!), while in the manga, he is tormented by guilt at killing many plants, as well in [[spoiler: the Big Fall]].
* ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': [[AlienInvasion Although King Vega started to conquer planets]] because the Vegan homeworld was dying and its inhabitants needed another world to settle on, some of [[CoDragons his generals]] wanted to take over Earth because they thought that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Earth people is uncapable to govern themselves peacefully and efficiently, and their lives would improve if a Vegan government ran the show.]]
* The Dragons in ''Manga/{{X1999}}''.
* A few cult leaders in ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
** First, there was Dartz in the original series: an immortal king from Main/{{Atlantis}} powered by the Orichalcos God (Great Leviathan in the English dub), who required souls stolen in a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]] in order to gain enough power to cleanse the world of evil. He gained his three primary followers by manipulating their lives in order to orchestrate tragedies that would drive them toward the same vengeful misanthropy as himself and sign up with his cause.
** Second, there was Takuma Saiou (Sartorius in the dub) in GX, a partial Expy of Dartz. Saiou was a psychic who was visited by an alien entity called the Light of Ruin (Light of Destruction in the dub), that caused his personality to [[SplitPersonality split in two]], one a DarkMessiah bent on creating a utopia by combining the Light's innate power with an [[KillSat orbital laser cannon]] in order to reshape the planet...the other, somehow, a remnant of the idealistic person he used to be before the Light of Ruin visited him and set him on the path of laser forged utopia. Saiou would recruit his followers either by himself or by a cultist defeating someone in a card game, which would cause them to [[BrainwashedandCrazy "see the light"]] and sign up.
** Amon Garam also attempts this in GX, willingly sacrificing his girlfriend to wield the power of Exodia and to create a utopia. [[KilledOffForReal This doesn't work out]].
** And Rex Godwin from ''[=5D=]'s'' has arguably achieved this goal already by forcing all uncouth individuals to live in a slum under Domino City.
* Up until the [[LightNovel/FateZero Grail War]], Kiritsugu Emiya had made a life out of preserving the greatest number of lives at any cost. He saw the Grail as the means to put an end to all war forever, and any methods in obtaining it were justifiable. Knowing that his ethics would be at odds with Saber's, he left his wife Iris as Saber's de facto Master while he operated independently, but Saber did get an opportunity to witness and [[WhatTheHellHero call him out on it]].
* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', [[EvilKnockoff Goku Black]] and [[spoiler:Zamasu]] believe mortals are scum and the universe would be better off without them. To reach these goals, Black proceeded to destroy Future Trunks's time far more than the Androids ''ever'' did. They even resort to killing the remain Kais and Supreme Kai of the future multiverse with the Gods of Destruction dying as a result of their universe Supreme Kais being killed (save for Universe 7 who had perished previously during that timeline's Majin Buu conflict) leaving Goku Black, [[spoiler:Zamasu]], and the [[spoiler:almighty Future Zeno]] the only remaining gods in that timeline allowing Black and his partner to eliminate mortals as they see fit [[spoiler:(at least until Goku Black and Zamasu fused and their fusion was erased along with the future multiverse by Future Zeno)]].
* ''Manga/Overlord2012'': Ainz accidentally causes his minions to think he wants them to TakeOverTheWorld. Once he realizes this, it's too late to go back, so he establishes himself as the ruler of a necrocracy where all species can live together in peace. Of course, in order to do that he had to use a spell that murderer several thousand people and summoned Lovecraftian monsters from their corpses but it seems to have worked, in the sense that absolutely no one who knows what he's capable of will try to fuck with his country.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* We are Comicbook/TheAuthority. ''Behave.''
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity,'' members of the NebulousEvilOrganization Pyramid are brainwashed to believe this.
-->"The world is bad! The world is foul! Only Pyramid can fix it! Only the strong hand of the Scarab Throne!"
* ComicBook/RasAlGhul and the Order of St. Dumas in the various ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' series.
* The MythArc of Joe Kelly's ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' run involved the main character -- a ScrewySquirrel AntiHero -- finding out that he was the "Mithras", prophesised to protect a being called "[[MessianicArchetype The Messiah]]", who would bring peace and prosperity to the world, from "Tiamat", who would destroy it. However, when said Messiah showed up, it turned out to be a being that froze everyone in the world in blissful mindlessness. Deadpool had to decide whether or not to fulfill his destiny and prevent all suffering at the price of free will. In the end, he decided to ScrewDestiny and destroy the Messiah himself.
* In TheNineties, Comicbook/TheDefenders were cursed to come together to save the world when it needed saving, even though they didn't want to. So, naturally, they decided to TakeOverTheWorld and run it ''right'' so it wouldn't ''need'' saving.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Some comics suggest (and, in at least one case, demonstrate) that allowing Doctor Doom to conquer the Earth will result in a utopia. Doom's a despot and a tyrant at the best of times, and another consequence of Dr. Doom taking over the Earth is the complete eradication of any kind of free will and immediate and total subservience to Doom's wishes, so this may not be as great as it seems. There's also the problem that he tends to get ''bored'' with utopia, as he's the sort that would rather be ''conquering'' than reigning over what he has.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''
** The animals of the Farm overthrow the human administration in order to govern the farm themselves, the way that will be 'right' for them. Right in the middle and egging them on is Goldilocks. She doesn't care about how right or wrong the animals' grievances might be; what she sees is that by assisting, she'll be in a position to grab power, lots of it.
** The Adversary is all about this.
-->"''Millions'' died as I carved out my empire. Millions more were delivered into dire bondage, where they certainly didn't survive long. But that resulted in a life of peace and security for untold ''billions'' that spanned many centuries."
* Rasputin in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''. Mike Mignola even said that, as a writer, he can't fathom writing someone inherently evil, so he gave Rasputin an ultimately good goal that would nonetheless bring about the end of the world.
* The RealityWarper Alfie O'Meagan from ''Comicbook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'' uses this to justify his actions -- which include stomping on a battalion of soldiers, casually tormenting or killing anyone who opposes him, and unleashing a mutagenic virus on the planet.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the {{Knight Templar Parent}}s are trying to achieve paradise for their children. Not children as in the entire next generation of humanity -- they'll kill everyone to achieve paradise for the six children they have between them.
* The ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series was based on this trope. The heroes decide to use their powers to bring about utopia, and disregard minor inconveniences like civil rights and individual freedoms along the way.
** They were fully prepared to return those freedoms once they implemented their programs, but as former member Nighthawk told Hyperion during the climactic final battle, the whole system depended on people as powerful and moral as the Squadron to enforce it.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s -and sometimes Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s- enemy Mongul thinks a good ruler must govern with an iron hand to keep peace and prosperity, even if he is called a tyrant by short-sighted fools. He expounds on it in ''Comicbook/WarWorld'' story arc.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}:
** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'': The Decepticons' original motive was to overthrow the corrupt Senate and the even worse Functionist Council, then remake Cybertron into a "shining utopia". By the modern day, they've suffered a major case of MotiveDecay, and these goals have been forgotten completely.
** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': Tarn, leader of the Decepticon Justice Division, believes in this whole-heartedly. Until the war is over, every Decepticon must do what is expected of them, and any who defy Megatron's will, or even just get captured, must be found, beaten, tortured and (eventually) violently killed, and so long as that terrifies even ''one'' Decepticon into line with Megatron's promised utopia, it's worth it. As the series goes on, it becomes increasingly clear Tarn's just using this as justification for his acts.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'':
** Revka Temerlune Edifex Scyros III ("Psycho-Man"), enslaved an entire world by making them unable to feel anything but happiness, and did the same thing with the human-race after the populace of his home-world were brought out of his mind-control and their first encounter with negative emotions [[FreakOut caused them to kill themselves and each other]].
** In ''Ultimate Enemy'', [[spoiler:Reed Richards]] decides that blowing up buildings with tentacle monsters is a good way to stop people from using science for the wrong reasons.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. V has no expectations of creating a Utopia, just to destroy the fascist regime, allowing the people to decide for themselves how the country will be run from then on.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[spoiler: Ozymandias averts a world-ending nuclear war by staging an "invasion from another dimension", frightening the nations into working together against this common foe. To that end, he manufactures a convincing otherworldly monster and teleports it into the middle of New York. It kills half the city's population, but he actually ''succeeds''! However, whether it stays that way will depend on whether anyone reads and decides to seriously examine Rorschach's evidence against him...]]
** If you look at the former illustration of this page, [[spoiler:Ozymandias is celebrating the beginning of the Utopia]], the means are lampshaded by the picture of [[spoiler:Alexander the Great 'solving' the Gordian Knot by destroying it with a spade. The genius of violence!]]
* A prime candidate for this trope: ComicBook/{{Magneto}} from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics, [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated series]], and [[Film/XMenFilmSeries movies]], who is sometimes willing to kill all "normals" to create a utopia for the mutants.
** In a 1999 special Magneto's former [[TheDragon Dragon]] Exodus experienced a HeelRealization and decided to become TheAtoner, with his first act of penance being to bring peace to the war-torn island nation of Genosha. By kidnapping Forge and forcing him to build a SuperEmpowering device, Exodus was able to do what no one else before him could and end the mutant-human hostilities... by using his PsychicPowers to effect something MoreThanMindControl on every mutant and human on the island.
** A few ''Franchise/XMen'' villains have tried to resolve the humans vs. mutants debate once and for all by either forcibly removing mutant powers altogether and making everyone a baseline human, or by forcibly imbuing everyone with mutant powers and turning everyone into mutants. Neither the mutants nor the baseline humans who would be affected tend to be given any say in the matter.
** Also being used as the reasoning by the Phoenix Five in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', deciding that using their god-like power to eradicate war, hunger and strife is a perfect excuse to bring about peace to the world.
* In Creator/DCComics's ''Comicbook/ZeroHour'', ex-Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan (embarking upon his DorkAge) tried to remake all of space ''and time'' to his liking.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Invincible}}'', [[spoiler:Robot]] decides that the best and ''only'' way to establish peace and prosperity on Earth [[spoiler:is to kill everyone who might oppose him -- preemptively. Which includes most of his ''own fellow superheroes''.]] The worst part is that [[spoiler:he succeeds, and everyone else more or less goes along with him after he wins since fighting him would just cause even more senseless death and destruction.]]
** [[spoiler:As befitting much of Robert Kirkman's work in the Invincible comic series, it turns out that Robot's 'behind the curtain' takeover has actually yielded many positive results for the world. Including, but not limited to: eliminating various wars and conflicts around the globe, creating positive government re-organizations and progressions, practically ending crime on street and super-criminal levels, ending drug trade and wars, liberating North Korea from it's previous dictatorship and bringing necessary resources to its people, and expanding space programs. Even Mark admits, based on the results, that it's hard to argue that Robot has made a positive effect on the planet since his seizing control.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In most incarnations of ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'', this is the general belief of Celestia and the ponies. Humanity is often in decline, and the magic coming out of Equestria is harmful to humans, so they get around this issue by issuing them a [[MutagenicGoo ponification potion]]... which often has the result of GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul. The ponies also fully believe in TheRightOfASuperiorSpecies, and some will forcibly ponify you, and very few will actually see the genocide being committed as a bad thing. In the stories that sympathize with the ponies, any human resisting the loss of their free will, their home, and all things that are precious to them, will be portrayed as being in the wrong.
** Subverted in ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum''. The "utopia" the Solar Empire is trying to create is nothing but a farce, as Equestria is clearly falling into disorder, and the converted humans (newfoals) are little more than brainwashed robots, but the subversion is [[spoiler:TCB!Celestia doesn't really believe in her goals, and has been brainwashed into carrying out these heinous acts by the [[ArtifactOfDoom Bag of Tirek]], in its quest to destroy humanity]]. One particular villain [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname known only as "Weaver"]] however, fully believes in this, and she has killed a lot of people in her pursuit of this goal.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic story ''The Council Era'', the defining motivation of the VillainProtagonist Tyrin Lieph to bring the galaxy closer to total sanctity and peace, but he also believes that the ends ultimately justify the means, resulting in many controversial actions on his part, notwithstanding the utter genocide of the dezban race, because he perceives them as a threat to the Citadel.
* Executing the falsely accused, genocide of the Seireitei, bloody war with the Gotei, raids into the human world, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking kidnapping]] [[TheStationsOfTheCanon Orihime]]. All nessisary to acheive a better world in Fanfic/{{Downfall}}. And [[spoiler: Unohana]] just might be right, too.
* Red Eye of ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' believes ponies destroyed themselves in the apocalypse because they were [[HobbesWasRight cruel, venal and selfish]], and that they have failed to build a new world because they are still cruel, venal and selfish. As a result he seeks to enslave the entire adult population of the wasteland and work them to death in his factories in order to build a new world for their children, recruiting a vast hoard of brutal raiders ([[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness who he will most likely all have killed at some point]]) to do so.
** [[NotSoDifferent Similarly]], Red Eye's {{Foil}} and [[TeethClenchedTeamwork erstwhile ally]], [[HiveQueen the Goddess.]] Her goal is to restore Equestria by eventually [[TheAssimilator assimilating]] everypony left in it into [[HiveMind Unity]] to [[EvilutionaryBiologist 'uplift' the pony species.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover fanfiction 'The Fandom Wars', the world has fallen into universal war over what were trivial 'fandoms' before the Rifts opened. The My Little Pony faction originally intended to stay out of the fighting and act only to aid refugees, but poor communication between the dimensions allowed a small group of extremists to manipulate Equestria into winning the war.
* In ''Fanfic/AGemInTheRough,'' the "Mr. 5 Pair" and Miss Goldenweek have joined Baroque Works in the hopes of forming a utopia of their own (as with the canon version of ''Manga/OnePiece''). However, their belief in creating a perfect military state is shaken due to their meeting WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, who explains to them just why it is a terrible idea and sets them up for a FaceHeelTurn against Crocodile and their former organization.
-->'''Steven Universe''': "Why do you listen to him?! Is your utopia really going to matter if you got it through violence and death?! You are better than that!"
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', [[spoiler: Brox and Grunnel]] are perfectly willing to betray and enslave the four (whom [[spoiler: Grunnel]] had befriended) in order to bring about the return of the skahs utopia, i.e., lots of monsters for the skahs to fight. All skahs would love this, and it really ''would'' result in skahs utopia. But the four strenuously object to the idea of creating monsters only to kill them, and they're ''not at all'' happy about being forced to provide part of the means to achieve this utopia.
* An unfortunately common portrayal of Sailors Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in a lot of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' Fanfiction often makes them out as this in their motivations.
** The crossover ''Fanfic/NoChanceForFate'' brutally deconstructs this from Sailor Pluto's perspective ''in the first chapter''.
* This plays a large role with Twilight Sparkle in ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'', as she extracts the essence of the Elements of Harmony from her friends [[ColdBloodedTorture by torturing]], [[MindRape altering]], [[KilledOffForReal and killing them]], to preserve harmony and order. Her utopia? She intends to [[spoiler: calculate the precise genetic signatures of all the Elements and commit genocide on any living thing that doesn't have that capacity, thus making sure no chaotic being can ever disrupt harmony again]].
* [[SociopathicHero Mercury]] of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9998018/1/Phoenix-fire Phoenix-fire]] genuinely belives that [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]], [[ThePurge killing]], [[MoreThanMindControl blackmailing, manipulating and otherwise coercing]] [[LaResistance anyone that stands in his way]], along with [[InterserviceRivalry pitting his own forces against each other]] to prevent a Coup against his government, is justified as long as the ends are worth it. [[spoiler:He also believes that [[NoPlaceForMeThere there is no place in the new world for him]], though it is left ambigious whether [[DeathSeeker this was truly the case]].]] In the end, [[spoiler:[[TheExtremistWasRight the world did improve]], but a lot of unforeseen consequences to his methods and choices proved that [[DystopiaIsHard Dystopia is Hard]].]]
* Callidus Dominus from Cynical Classicist's "Doctor Who" fanfics does a lot of morally ambiguous things to make sure the Malphan Empire takes control of the Eighth Galaxy, believing a benevolent dictatorship is the best form of government. This is lampshaded in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10630391/1/Devotee-of-Augustus "Devotee of Augustus"]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' fic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3875254/1/Hero-High-Earth-style Hero High: Earth Style]] the BigBad [[spoiler: Alexander Sovereign]] reveals his plan to fix the world is to wipe out all but one million people via creating WorldWarThree and using it to hide secret genocides during a ForeverWar. He does this because he believes that overpopulation makes it impossible for any long lasting change. However unusual for a BigBad he admits that this is a horrible plan and debates this multiple times with himself throughout the sequel [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero-High-Sphinx-Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]], and even tries other methods to avoid this plan but keeps coming to the same conclusion that it is the only way for a permanent fix.
* In ''Fanfic/DisneysWarACrossoverStory'', this trope is invoked by the Master of Worlds when he kidnaps Rapunzel, Ray, the Spring Sprite and a few more magical beings from many Disney worlds to achieve his [[EvilPlan supposedly not-so-evil Plan]], claiming that merging all the Disney worlds into one, removing all the troubles caused in the past by travels unbalancing the various worlds, would be a greater good for which the death of the magical beings is a lesser, necessary evil. However, TheReveal that [[spoiler: a much more nefarious force controls the Master of Worlds since the beginning]] pretty much proves that the Master of Worlds was not so well-intentioned.
* From the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Princess [[spoiler:Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]] is an interesting example of this. She wants everyone to be happy (what with being [[spoiler:Fluttershy]]), and while she's not as extreme as many other examples of the trope, she does think that anyone who isn't happy must be FORCED to be happy, and that in order to achieve this goal, [[spoiler:[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood magically turning ponies into foals in both body and mind]] ]]is a-ok! In an even straighter example of this trope, her Knight [[spoiler:Cherilee]] actually attempts to KILL the Mane Six because they were distrupting [[spoiler:Gaia's LotusEaterMachine]].

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', Sephiroth claims that his new goal is to [[spoiler: use the thoughts of those who died from geostigma to take control of the lifestream and send the planet on a journey through space to find a new planet,]] where he'll build a "bright and shining future". This gets streamlined in the videogame sequel ''Dirge of Cerberus'', in which the main villain [[spoiler:wishes to go off into space with the lifestream itself to rule over a restarted world.]]

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* Franco Maccalusso in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series claims that he is responsible for getting rid of those who were CaughtUpInTheRapture because they were obstacles to the world achieving world peace. He later uses an AssimilationPlot consisting of the Day of Wonders virtual reality program to force the people of the world to either accept the MarkOfTheBeast or die.
* In the Holocaust film ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', this is used by one villain to another villain when Heydrich has a personal talk with Major Lange about the duties of soldiering. Heydrich seems to view himself as some sort of impromptu mentor figure to Lange, as he tries to convince Lange that all the death they're causing (including ''annihilating an entire people'') is for a "better future". Given Heydrich's sociopathic qualities it's doubtful that he actually believes it himself and was instead just [[FauxAffablyEvil turning up the charm]], but Lange takes the message at face value.
* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', the BigBad [[spoiler:Gabriel]] plans to release Mammon (the son of the Devil) onto the Earth to bring pain and horror, in order to purify mankind and make it worthy of God's love.
* Dr. Cocteau in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' is a "mild" version of this. He actually helps rebuild a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles into a beautiful, prosperous, violence-neutered Utopia. Though he ''did'' work a miracle, he [[LaResistance exiled thousands who refused to conform]] to his "Perfect Pearl" vision and wanted to live unhealthy, violent, free lives. Ultimately, his homogeneous city is exposed to violence and change [[VillainBall due to his own stupidity]]. Simon Phoenix sums it up when he calls Cocteau an "evil Mr. Rogers"; he himself has [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans much loftier ideals of the perfect society]].
* More or less the idea in ''Film/{{Dogtooth}}'' (''Kynodontas''): the parents isolate their three children from the outside world and give them a bizarrely warped idea of society and language in order to protect them from the evils of the world, except their life inside the house is disturbing and occasionally violent anyway, so it's not a very [[BrokenAesop good plan.]]
* The setting of ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' is a utopian future society created by suppressing all human emotion and anything that may stir it up -- through propaganda, chemicals, and GunKata-practicing {{badass longcoat}}s. This removes all hate, jealousy, and anger but also removes humanity's capacity for art and creativity. It all crumbles when [[spoiler:one of the highest-ranking members of the Emotion Police stops taking his drugs and becomes disillusioned.]]
* This is the crux of [[Film/FightClub Project Mayhem]].
* The Chief Elder from ''Film/TheGiver'' firmly believes in this. Especially with her conversation to the Giver at the end:
-->'''Chief Elder''': You have seen children starve, seen people stand on each other's necks, just for the view. You know what it feels like when men blow each other up over a simple line in the sand, and yet, and yet, you and Jonas want to open that door again, bring all that back."
-->'''Giver''': "But, if you could only see the possibility of love, of love, with love comes faith, comes hope."
-->'''Chief Elder''' (scoffing with contempt): "Love is just passion. Passion that can turn, turn into contempt and murder."
-->'''Giver''' (pleading): "We could choose better."
-->'''Chief Elder''': "People are weak, people are selfish, when people have the freedom to choose, they chose wrong. Every single time."
* The first Chinese emperor in the Wuxia movie ''Film/{{Hero}}'' uses this as a motive to conquer China. One of the few movies where it is arguably shown as justified, although this is less surprising given that the film is at least in part a work of propaganda from the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Republic of China]].
* The goal of the [[spoiler:Neighbourhood Watch Alliance]] in ''Film/HotFuzz'' on a small scale, in their quest to [[spoiler:win the Best Village Award]] at ''all'' costs. For the greater good.
* Livia from ''Series/IClaudius'' murders her way through the show's cast, and in a candid moment with Claudius freely admits that she was a terrible criminal. She fully expects to suffer for her sins in the afterlife. Despite this, she considers it all worth it in the name of staving off another round of civil war.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Blofeld in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'': or at least he claims it is: he is using a super-weapon to threaten both the capitalist and communist countries into nuclear disarmament and bring about world peace. But one has to wonder what he plans to do after this, considering all his previous acts in the last six films…
** Hugo Drax in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.
** Also, Karl Stromberg in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', General Zod believes that by [[HostileTerraforming increasing Earth's gravitational pull, filling the atmosphere with toxic particulates,]] [[TheFinalSolution and thus killing off humanity,]] as well as [[ApocalypseHow all native life on earth,]] is the only way for Krypton to live again.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', HYDRA plans to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule]] by eliminating any opposition and allegedly estabilishing peace.
** In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] states his plans to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule]] [[FantasticRacism these petty humans]] and thereby alleviate war and suffering.
** Then there's ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', when we discover that [[spoiler: HYDRA is still operating and plans to estabilish peace and order by eliminating potential threats]]. This is pretty much Alexander Pierce's word for word explanation to the Winter Soldier as to why it was okay to destroy Bucky Barnes' life and use him to destabilize democracy around the globe for nearly a century.
** In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', [[Characters/MCUThanos Thanos]] intends to kill out half the universe to solve the problem of limited resources and overpopulation. [[spoiler:He succeeds horribly.]]
* In ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'', Saint-Just makes an impassioned speech to this effect in his defence when the National Convention calls for his and Robespierre's deaths. It receives thunderous applause, but they both end up sentenced to death anyway.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'' (see quotes page).
* ''Film/OurManFlint''. Galaxy orders the nations of the worlds to destroy their armaments and threatens to wipe out humanity with its control of weather, earthquakes and volcanoes if they don't comply. If their demands are agreed to they promise a perfect world under their control.
* Darryl Revok of ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' thinks that a scanner-run government would be the coolest thing ever. Played with in that he has no illusions that it would be anything but a supremacist society where the "utopia" is only for the powerful psychics and that all normal humans would be reduced to slaves. Reportedly, some of the characterization for ComicBook/{{Magneto}} was based on this.
-->''"We'll create an empire so brilliant, so glorious, it'll be the envy of the world."''
* The Operative in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' calmly commits atrocity after atrocity because he believes that he's helping to create "a better world". Perhaps a semi-subversion, in that he does not intend to be a leader in his new world -- he ''[[CardCarryingVillain knows]]'' that [[NecessarilyEvil what he does is evil]], and that [[NoPlaceForMeThere there will be no place for him in the better world]].
** Also, it is discovered that the Alliance government [[spoiler:attempted to develop a drug to dampen people's violent impulses. It didn't work (most of the population they tested it on became apathetic and laid down and died; a few became the psychotic "Reavers").]] Even if it had worked as desired, there would still be the issue of the Alliance's apparent plan to involuntarily [[spoiler:dose people with the stuff....]]
** The Alliance has been kidnapping and {{Mind Rap|e}}ing ''[[WouldHurtAChild children]]'' in order to turn them into [[PsychicPowers psychic]] [[SuperSoldier assassin soldiers,]] all in the name of their vision of a "better world."
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009,'' Blackwood's ultimate goal is to seize control of the British Empire and rule it through fear. [[spoiler:Lord Coward,]] one of the politicians who supports his coup, claims that Blackwood will be a strong shepherd for the weak masses.
** Blackwood also voices his plan to bring the United States "back into the fold" of the Empire. However, this is likely only done to piss off the American ambassador, one of his original supporters, in order to get him to turn against him.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' (2004). Dr Totenkopf gathers samples of every animal on Earth in order to seed life on another planet. The hero suggests just letting him go, until it's revealed that the engines of his rocket ship will incinerate the entire world.
-->'''Totenkopf''': "I have been witness to a world consumed by hatred and bent on self-destruction. Watched as we have taken what was to be a paradise and failed in our responsibilities as its steward. I know now that the course the human race has set for itself cannot be changed. I am the last, desperate chance for a doomed planet."
** [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted when they find his body in his study in the heart of his secret base. And the note he left when he realized he was wrong, and found he could not stop what he had started. It turns out that he's been dead for ''years'', and the machinery just kept on with the plan he couldn't stop before he died.]]
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'': [[spoiler: Cosmo]]'s motivation for acquiring the [[MacGuffin box]] by [[spoiler: kidnapping and almost killing]] Marty.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Sith Lord Palpatine states that once he rules the galaxy, there will be peace. Ultimately subverted with Palpatine however, he only uses the promise of peace and stability as a way to control people with an iron first. He really is just a sociopath who wants power. They don't call it the dark side for nothing.
** Darth Vader's words to Luke on Bespin about bringing peace and order to the galaxy (as well as a similar exchange of words to Padme in ''Revenge of the Sith'') suggests that he is following this trope.
** Played straight with Count Dooku of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', who was so tired of what he felt was a corrupt Republic and an ineffective Jedi Order that he [[FaceHeelTurn defected]] and joined the Sith. He is convinced that the best way to save the galaxy is to destroy the Republic and the Jedi by any means necessary, and then simply start over. That Dooku was willing to ally himself with Palpatine, fully aware that he was responsible for a lot of what he hated about the Republic (and that he trained the man that killed Dooku's beloved apprentice), is testament not only to Dooku's dedication but to Palpatine's persuasive abilities.
* World peace through dictatorship was Bison's motivation in ''Film/StreetFighter''.
-->"The ''pax Bisonica''..."
* In ''Film/TRONLegacy'', CLU's goal is ridding the real world of its "imperfections," and ordering the genocide of the ISO programs was him just getting started.
* In ''Film/{{United 93}}'', this is the hijackers' motive. Also serves as a TearJerker since the whole film is a ForegoneConclusion based on the RealLife September 11 attacks, which resulted in the deaths of over 3000 people at the hands of al-Qaeda and their utopian ideals.
* ''Film/TheVillage'' is ostensibly a period drama about a primitive town's struggle with dark magical forces. [[spoiler:In actuality, the town is on a modern nature preserve.]] Its adult inhabitants have fled there to set up a simple way of life which they hope will be free from senseless violence. Like most Utopian experiments, this one fails miserably (at least in principle) when [[spoiler:one of the town's children tries to murder another in a fit of jealousy. One could reasonably argue that the fear-based "conditioning" the children were put through was more traumatizing to them than growing up in a modern society would have been. Also, most of the children, instead of being killed by criminals, end up dying of disease or lack of medical care]].
* In ''Film/WonderWoman2017'', [[spoiler: Ares, God of War]] believes that humanity is too corrupt to inhabit earth, and thus by giving them an inspiration for a new weapon, or excuse for war, [[MoreThanMindControl humanity will willingly wage a destructive war that will result in them wiping each other out,]] and paving the way for [[spoiler: the Greek gods to once again inhabit earth.]]
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'': The Network believes so. Almost all of the human characters beg to differ.

* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' expands that Palpatine had actually foreseen the Yuuzhan Vong, and his entire purpose for the powergrab and superweapon production was so that there'd be a united galaxy able to deal with them when they come. However, the Empire has spent those years in power on exploiting planets and enslaving the billions to build its war machines, and has actively caused the total extinction of several alien races. If the Empire had remained in power when the Vong arrived, the galaxy would have been half empty of other races, while the Vong only pushed them to near extinction.
** ''The Essential Guide to Warfare'' implies that most of the Imperial Navy's officers and personnel, with the notable exceptions of Grand Moff Tarkin and Admiral Motti (who were closer to DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans), fought under the genuine belief that they were trying to bring peace and order to the galaxy.
* In the ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series, this is a goal shared by both [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Wrymmaster]] and [[AntiVillain the Copper]]. However, in both cases, their idea of "utopia" is colored by their prejudices -- the Wrymmaster wants to [[FinalSolution wipe out the non-human races]] in order to "free" humans from their "oppression", while the Copper wants to establish dragon domination of the world, not caring what the expense is to the other races.
* Damian Cray from the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series thinks that most of the problems in the world are caused by drugs. [[spoiler:So he kills a few people who get in his way, a person who just badmouths him, steals UsefulNotes/AirForceOne, and tries to launch nukes at major drug-running countries.]]
* David from ''Literature/{{Allegiant}}''. [[spoiler:All he wants is for humanity to return back to their natural state, which is done by having more genetically pure children born from genetically damaged families inside the walled cities. Yet he's willing to take away the free will of ''hundreds and thousands of people'', '''many times over''', just to achieve it]].
* The island "where everything ends up" in the final book in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has the leader, Ishmael, hiding many important documents from the islanders in the arboretum. He "doesn't force anyone to do anything", yet everyone agrees. Like ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', the island's citizens' judgment constantly diminishes because they are always drinking cordial. Ish justifies this by insisting that there's "nothing wrong with sheltering people from the terrible dangers", and points out that the Baudelaire parents did the same thing.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/AWorldCalledMaanerek", the Hegemony wants to reunite all mankind. Even Sonna thinks it noble until she realizes they don't want to ally with her people but exterminate them so they won't interfere.
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' by Aldous Huxley also does a good job of showing this trope, by creating a sort of mindless utopia which revolves around sex, drugs, and the mass production of humans to fit into certain roles in society.
** Played straight by [[TheGovernment World Controller]] [[AntiVillain Mustapha Mond]], who sees the flaws in the society he runs, but thinks the downsides are worth it to maintain a [[CrapsaccharineWorld utopia]] where everyone is happy.
* In ''Literature/TheCalling'', the Architect [[spoiler: and later on, Utha as well]] plans to stop future Blights and bring peace between darkspawn and the other species by [[spoiler:spreading the Taint so that essentially everyone has go through the Joining, which many would not survive.]]
* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', it's the motivation behind the eventual creation of the American theocracy by the UsefulNotes/SarahPalin and Steve Jordan administrations, to prepare the United States for the Lord's SecondComing.
* In David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'', this is a common view among both defenders and rebels in the City, although it was not all-pervasive.
* Perennial mantra of the Special Circumstances division of ''Literature/TheCulture'': according to them, they're making other civilizations better (i.e., more Culture-like), and [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom you can ignore]] the assassinations, revolutions, and [[AMillionIsAStatistic occasional bloody wars]] they cause to do it because they can statistically prove that [[WasItReallyWorthIt it's all worth it]]. To [[LudicrousPrecision three decimal places, if you'd like]].
** In LookToWindward, Hub suggests that the unidentified Involveds backing the Chelgrian plot to kill fifty billion culturists were INTERNAL elements, determined to ginger up the Culture By Any Means Necessary.
* In the book "The Czar of Love and Techno", one of the main characters who is a censor during the Stalinist Regime very much believes in this trope. He fully believes his work of erasing "Dissidents" is for the greater good and in service of a grand revolution. He believes this even when he ends up being falsely arrested, and is coached in prison to say he is a dissident. While pretending to be a dissident, he ends up almost naming this trope: "Because the future is a lie with which we justify the brutality of the present."
* In Daniel Suarez' Literature/{{Daemon}}, [[spoiler:it is revealed that this is [[NecessarilyEvil Matthew Sobol]]'s goal in writing the Daemon. His plans are to tear down the society that currently exists, ultimately causing global economic and social chaos and forcing the issue on those who didn't join his efforts willingly. In the end, however, it appears that his actions are justified. While not a Utopia, the beginning of what appears to be a truly better society is formed.]]
** [[spoiler:To be fair, Sobel and his Daemon didn't cause the economic and social chaos, he just saw it coming and used the Daemon to prepare people for it. Well, the Daemon might have contributed slightly with the whole corn thing.]]
* The plot of ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'' centers around Rubashov, a veteran Communist who gets arrested during the Great Purge. While in captivity, he reflects on all the people he's betrayed and horrible things he's done in the name of building a {{Utopia}}, while contrasting it with the reality of the CrapsackWorld he's actually helped to create. Rubashov has also grown disillusioned with the idea that the Revolution will pave the way to a socialist Utopia, but Gletkin, his interrogator believes that there will be one in a hundred years or so if desperate measures are taken now. Rubashov remains unconvinced, and awaits his execution with the thought that "one cannot build Paradise with concrete."
* Tom Cairstens' motivation for collaborating with Gwendolyn Ingolfssen in ''Drakon'' might be described as ''Ecotopia Justifies the Means.'' If her plan succeeds, there will be no more extinctions (except, technically, that of the human race.)
* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov novel ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', a corps of time-traveling guardians ensure humanity's peaceful, prosperous existence...at the cost of losing creative individuals and locking mankind on Earth, which, it turns out, will [[spoiler:cause humanity to wither and die out as an evolutionary dead end when younger, more ambitious alien societies quickly overtake it in technology and take over all other inhabitable worlds before humans realize that it may be a good idea to move on]].
** And, far later, his ''Robots''/''Empire''/''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series arguably ended up proposing no less than ''three'' possible means towards utopia - the First and Second Foundations, devoted to taking over the world through [[spoiler:sheer technological superiority and manipulation vs. telepathy and prescient mathematics]] (both of which are intended to lead to a lasting and peaceful new Galactic Empire), and "Gaia", a proposal that would [[spoiler:involve stripping many lifeforms, including humanity, of much of their individuality and rebelliousness]]. A book is devoted to figuring out which of the three is the most desirable, but while the rather interesting choice of [[spoiler:Gaia is somewhat teasingly ominous, seen as a necessary evil almost, despite having a logical reason behind it]], we'll never actually ''really'' know how it was officially intended to work out for humanity, as Dr. Asimov [[WordOfGod couldn't himself decide]], and instead spent his last years writing two prequels detailing the life of Hari Seldon.
*** Addressed in one of the prequels by David Brin, whereby it turns out to be a 27, the KnightTemplar placed by Daneel to placate various factions.
*** A brief paragraph at the start of one of the prequel novels alludes to a very interesting solution. The Gaia aspect was incorporated, along with galaxy-shared Second Foundation group-knowledge with a helping of the First Foundation's scientific view.
* Played ''heroically'' by Creator/JoeHaldeman's ''Forever Peace'', where the main characters discover that a project to recreate and study the early Big Bang will, well...cause a [[EarthShatteringKaboom new Big Bang]]. Given that humanity now has the means to ''wipe out the universe'', the heroes decide to force the war-torn near-future Earth into peace by [[spoiler:forcibly implanting neural jacks into key figures in the multinational military, and then hooking them up to each other and many others to force empathy and the inability to kill (directly or indirectly) on them]], and then eventually on to humanity at large. The final death toll of their project is actually quite small, and it is much more favorable compared to the alternative.
* ''Literature/TheGiver'' and Jonas, his apprentice, often discuss whether their peaceful and happy lives ordained by the Community is worth the loss of choice, family, sexuality, color, and [[spoiler:music]], and if it's worth the "release" [[spoiler:(that is, execution) of anyone who transgresses against the rules, even accidentally, and any extra babies that would disrupt the population count.]]
* In the {{backstory}} of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'', the pair of scientists who fled Earth with a boatload of war orphans to form the [[SpaceAmish peaceful]] new world of Green-Sky have a falling out as their charges start coming of age. Neshom argues that the "Kindar" should learn about the horrors they came from. Wissen argues that the only way to prevent the tragedy they fled is to never let the Kindar know of such things and to all but banish the concepts leading to violence from society. Neshom ends up dead, and his followers banished underground. It's implied that Wissen murdered his colleague.
* Literature/HarrisonBergeron uses this. Egalitarianism is enforced by handicapping the more intelligent, athletic, or beautiful members of society down to the level of the lowest common endowment. And if you still happen to be able to destroy your handicaps...you'll be shot dead.
* Attempted by Gellert Grindelwald in Literature/HarryPotter. Gellert believed that Muggles, left to their own devices, were too dangerous and needed to be guided or outright controlled by the wiser magical people. His use of dark magic and the atrocities he committed, even his apparent affiliation with ''Hitler'', were all dismissed with one phrase: "For the greater good".
** Some fanfic writers attribute a more [[TheChessmaster cunning and under-handed]] version of this to Dumbledore, with him either planning to sacrifice Harry "for the greater good" or molding him into the perfect leader to create the future Dumbledore had planned out. Considering revelations in the seventh book, it's not a difficult leap in reasoning. Though he did that after [[spoiler: he learned that Harry was protected by his mother's blood and his vision for the future world was primarily one without the Death Eaters reign of terror]].
* In ''Heaven'' by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, the religion of Cosmic Unity was born from the idea that since interplanetary warfare would be so destructive, all planets and people must join together in harmony. Since such warfare must obviously be avoided at all costs, everyone who doesn't agree with the idea of joining the church is subject to being attacked and utterly annihilated by them. The virtual Heaven they offer their members is also questionable, though, in that case this, trope is subverted in that [[spoiler: as soon as its custodians encounter a single being that doesn't want to live in it after experiencing it, which they imagined impossible, they begin to dismantle the system.]]
* In [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Northern Lights/The Golden Compass]], [[spoiler:Lord Asriel is willing to kill Lyra's best friend in order to make a portal and gather an army to fight the Authority.]]
** The closest he comes to reconsidering is when Lyra shows up and he thinks that fate has sent him [[spoiler: his own child]] in answer to his summons.
* The ultimate goal of the Mesan Alignment in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is the ultimate perfection of the human species - although they still plan on having a vast slave underclass (they are the bad guys, after all).
* In Stephenie Meyer's ''Literature/TheHost'', the aliens who come to Earth make it a lovely, peaceful land of curiosity and intelligence . . . by taking over the bodies of all the humans and effectively killing them. A point is made in the story that the younger a human is the easier it is to take them over, which means anyone who didn't have the age/willpower to fight back had their minds and individuality destroyed so silver worms could hijack their bodies.
* In Creator/StephenHunt's ''Jakelian'' novels, there once was a Utopia called Camlantis that faded into legend after being overthrown by barbarian hordes. Abraham Quest and [[MadScientist Robur]] seek to rediscover and re-establish this Utopia, [[spoiler: and to make sure that it doesn't fall again by wiping out every other nation, human or otherwise, on Earth]].
* In the short story [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29987 "Join Our Gang"]] the Sirian Combine is ''going'' to have a peaceful and economically flourishing galaxy -and if your planet doesn't agree to play nice and sign up, they'll use their incredible knowledge of biological and genetic engineering to ''make'' you agree. [[spoiler:''One'' of the things they do is increase birthrate in animals. They did this to, among others, ''rats'' on Earth, and two generations later borrowed the great white shark to bring another planet to heel.]]
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': [[spoiler: Nunnal Enaz wants to cure mana mutation victims, mend the relations between elves and mortals, put an end to the elven slave trade, weaken Order's power in Tariatla and make sure Order can never ever threaten her home village. To do this, she risks the safety of her home village, the freedom of her family, and her own life on TheBet with Order.]]
* Nicolae Carpathia's goal of a peaceful united world under one government in the Literature/LeftBehind book series requires using police state methods to achieve. It's also the basis for everything that God does in the book series itself.
* The One Ring in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' offers everyone who comes near it a vision of a world bowing to them as a great and mighty lord (not necessarily an Utopian). Most hobbits are able to resist its effects solely [[HumbleHero due to their humility]].
** The best it can offer Sam Gamgee is a vision of a huge garden with him ruling over all the other gardeners. He promptly dismisses this as absurd.
** Gandalf warns specifically against using the One Ring to fight Sauron and make a better world. Because it was made with all of Sauron's greed, malice and desire to corrupt and control it takes all selfish aspects of its Bearer and amplifies them, twisting even good desires into pride and despotism.
* The villains in the Creator/DeanKoontz novel ''Night Chills'' come up with an effective method of mind control through SubliminalAdvertising and seek to make the world perfectly ordered, but their agent quickly succumbs to PowerPerversionPotential when testing its effects on a small town.
* On the other hand, it's completely inverted in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Winston thinks that the Party's original aim was to make a utopia where everyone is equal and happy, and it just happened to have GoneHorriblyWrong, but [[spoiler:O'Brian]] corrects him and explains that creating a utopia was never the intention: [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans they're just doing it for the power and suffering]].
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin:
** "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas" describes a utopian city that requires [[spoiler:a young child]] to be in absolute suffering [[InherentInTheSystem to function properly]].
** ''Literature/TheLatheOfHeaven'' also examines the costs and pitfalls of possible utopias.
** To a certain extent, so does the {{generation ship|s}} story ''Paradises Lost''.
* The AlternateHistory novel ''Pavane'' concerns an alternate England ruled by the Inquisition, which is ultimately revealed to have slowed down technological advances so to avoid the Holocaust and other calamities of this world (how they knew about this is less clear).
* In Creator/VernorVinge's ''Rainbows End'', humanity's fast technological progress gives minor hate groups the ability to bring destruction on a large scale. Humanity is on the brink of either annihilation or a [[TheSingularity singularity]]. The antagonist plans to use [[MindControl You Gotta Believe Me]] technology to bring about some adult supervision. The same author doesn't seem to have much trust in the near future; a similar kind of supervision appears as the Peace Authority, in the Literature/AcrossRealtime trilogy.
* The villains of ''Literature/RainbowSix'' want to wipe out large portions of humanity with an engineered virus so that the planet can be saved.
* In the young adult novel ''Literature/RunningOutOfTime'', an Old West settlement is dying of a plague. One girl must brave the unknown to save the town. [[spoiler:It turns out that her entire town is a tourist attraction, set up by idealists who disliked the modern world. Unfortunately, for the children born into the town, the few people who still believe in the town's original purpose force everyone to stay, and prohibit the parents from telling their kids, who begin dying like flies from diphtheria.]] Oh, and the plague is [[spoiler:Phase One of an evil scheme to breed a super race of children by exposing them to various diseases. The kids just have to survive them all.]]
* In a short story by Philip Jose Farmer called ''Seventy Years of Decpop'', a MadScientist releases [[TheVirus a virus that renders a large portion of the Earth's population sterile]]. The story is told from the point of view of a baby food salesman who realizes that he's going to be out of a job soon, since most people won't be able to conceive children. This story was written in TheSeventies when overpopulation was a big concern, [[TheExtremistWasRight and the plot actually seems to succeed]]. With less people, quality of life improves, racial-oriented housing (upscale Whites versus ghetto Blacks) disappears, individualized teaching spreads in the schools, the Native American tribes start getting all their land back, and pollution decreases while more natural areas are preserved and enlarged. Fertile people become highly sought after and are put in a position of unprecedented influence (even shown in a situation where one woman who's fertile is a lesbian and agrees to artificial insemination ONLY if she's allowed to legally wed her same-sex partner DECADES before this can be done in the real world). It's not perfect, because HumansAreBastards, but it seems as close as we'll ever come to a utopia. The man responsible is never seen at all, so no one even knows if he himself survived, but he gradually is declared a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* In ''The Spellsong Cycle'' by Creator/LEModesittJr, the main character, who's canonically NeutralGood, accumulates a five-digit body count by the end of the first book, because she's determined to fix the CrapsackWorld she's [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in]]. Interestingly, she isn't aiming for utopia proper--she's trying to recreate the American democratic system, which is utopian compared to the society she's dealing with.
* The final book of cult teen series ''Literature/SpyHigh'' is a great example of this. The BigBad in question is [[spoiler: Jonathan Deveraux, the deceased founder of the Spy School whose personality has been uploaded onto a computer. Throughout the series, he [[AIisacrapshoot gradually loses access to the "human" parts of his computerised psyche]]]]. As a result, he [[spoiler: uses his vast resources to infiltrate computer systems all around the world, slipping nanomachines into everyday products. When activated, these nanomachines will turn people into emotionless zombies with no hatred or anger whatsoever]]. Using the pseudonym "The Deliverer", he [[spoiler: activates it at a UN summit, turning all the UN ambassadors into zombies, and then turns ''the entire United Kingdom'' for much the same effect. Needless to say, this causes global panic.]]
-->'''Lori:''' He's going to establish Utopia, a perfect - no, ''the'' perfect society.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel "Captain's Glory" by Creator/WilliamShatner and Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens {{lampshade|Hanging}}s all the "perfect societies" Kirk and Spock had visited over the years. Kirk says, "Spock, how many times did we visit a planet where the leaders said they had created the perfect society? And all we had to do to achieve perfection was to not ask any questions."
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, Emperor Jagang believes that conquering the entire world and killing everyone with magic will sever the connection the [[{{God}} Creator]] and [[{{Satan}} Keeper]] have with it, allowing mankind alone to advance into a new golden age. He also believes that [[RedScare everyone should be exactly equal and all who have any special talents should be punished for it]].
* In Creator/ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series, everyone is beautiful and happy. There's no war and NoPoverty. [[spoiler:The surgery that makes everyone pretty also gives them brain lesions eliminating anger and sadness, but also creativity and independence.]]
* ''Literature/UltimateHero'' has [[spoiler:the superhero Ultimate]] deciding to rely on this logic, to excuse his actions in TakingOverTheWorld.
* Both the sort-of {{Designated Villain}}s and the utterly {{Designated Hero}}es in the ''Literature/UndergroundZealot'' series are quite happy about mass slaughter of non-combatants of their opposite number to achieve their goals. The main difference between the two is that the evil atheists actually have succeeded in building their utopia (as long as you're also an atheist, which about 95% of the population seems to be) and are trying to keep it that way, while the good Christians are working to overthrow it with their own utopia.
* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The Good crowd thinks it does, if it's even occurred to them that not everything they do is automatically right in the first place.
* This is the motivation of almost every villainous character in Literature/WarOfTheDreaming--except the BigBad, who wants a straight-up VillainWorld.
* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the rabbit protagonists are invited to join a pleasant warren, with abundant food readily available from a nearby garden that is never guarded. The natives of this Lapine utopia have seemingly evolved beyond merely struggling for survival, and have delved into art and poetry, as would be expected from a culture of peace and prosperity. But [[WaifProphet gentle mystic]] Fiver gets bad vibes and won't enter the warren, and the others discover almost too late that [[spoiler:the farmer provides the garden to fatten up the rabbits and make them less wary, and he "harvests" them whenever he wants something for his stewpot]]. Rather than leave such bounty, the inhabitants have developed a social code that never asks ''where'' someone is -- [[spoiler: because they just might be strangling to death in a snare]].
* Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard, one of the main antagonists ([[AntiVillain sort]] [[NobleDemon of]]) in Andrzej Sapkowski's ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' cycle, [[TheReveal reveals]] at the culmination of the last book that, according to an ancient prophecy, he and he alone may save the world from a slow, freezing death by [[spoiler:[[IncestIsRelative having a child with his likewise-prophesied daughter]] (who also happens to be one of the main character's and the titular Witcher Geralt's adopted daughter, more or less). The son of that child will come to rule the entire world - and save it from destruction. Aside from incest, the plan also involved killing witnesses and starting the medieval fantasy version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but all that was quite secondary. Geralt]] replied that a world that has to be saved in such a way isn't worth saving and, eventually, [[spoiler:shamed Emhyr into abandoning the plan and letting his daughter go. It is all but outright stated that, in doing so, he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero irrevocably doomed the world]], though it still has three thousand years to go.]]
* In Creator/JackWilliamson's story, "With Folded Hands...", robots programmed in part to "prevent humans from harming themselves" spread from world to world and create "utopias" where they stop people from doing anything because it could potentially harm them. If a person tries to kill themselves from the sheer boredom of life, the robots will "reprogram" him to love this new life. [[spoiler: At the end of the story, the protagonist kills himself while the robots are just starting to take over Earth, after realizing there was nothing that could be done to stop them.]] Given that ''life'' is (eventually) fatal...

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* Jasmine in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' used her [[PowersThatBe godhood]] to [[GambitRoulette engineer her return]] to Earth as a beatific, mind-numbingly beautiful goddess. Though she unified all who saw her (or heard her voice) and ended conflict, that much power required "volunteers" to be eaten by draining their [[HumanResources life force]] on a daily basis. If successful, she would have essentially made everyone into peaceful, Jasmine-loving followers, destroying all evil in the world; but also have eaten thousands of people per year (but fewer people than would have died from wars and starvation she would have prevented). She was shown to be a very vain being, possibly more concerned with being worshiped than with helping people. We also get to see the last world Jasmine visited. It's...not a very nice place, since she had abandoned it. She said she "did all she could" for that world and abandoned it due to its limitations, although some interpret it as her just getting bored.
** The fifth season used this trope throughout the ''entire season'', putting the heroes in charge of the villain's organisation and having them try to use it as a weapon for good. But what happens when that means getting villains acquitted in court, or playing murky demon politics, or playing nice to a Demon Lord? [[spoiler: It was eventually revealed, by their nemesis Lindsey no less, that doing this was crippling their effectiveness against the malevolent Senior Partners. "What you've been doing here every day is learning to compromise and accept the world the way it is. Newsflash - heroes don't do that!" (paraphrased)]]
* The [=PsiCop=] Alfred Bester from ''Series/BabylonFive'', who grew up as a orphan baby in the Psi Corps and is willing to kill or mind-control any non-telepath in his way if it furthers his goal of saving human telepaths and other psychics from hate-crimes and discrimination, and ultimately achieving his dream of giving the telepathic "homo superior" dominance over the non-mutants. On the other hand, he is extremely hesitant to kill a telepath even if said telepath opposes him (instead, he tries to persuade them to change their views, or, if that doesn't work, tries to capture them and ship them to Psi Corps "re-education" camps). Considering that, during the series, telepaths are abused and enslaved both by the Psi Corps and the ''Shadows'', and Garibaldi uncovers a conspiracy by an anti-mutant group to infect all human telepaths with a deadly virus so that they would either have to take daily injections of medication (also manufactured by the same corporation) and be easily controllable that way, or die in agony, Bester's paranoia can be seen as simple pre-emptive self-defense.
** Except for the gleeful delight he takes in tormenting Mundanes, and the casualness with which he kills them.
** The aforementioned conspiracy discovered by Garibaldi is also a case of this.
** The Shadows and Vorlons from the same series believe that their views of society create "perfection" and are well worth [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]] for. As these views are [[OrderVersusChaos diametrically opposed]], the rest of the galaxy is in trouble.
* The Avatars in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' wanted to create a world without conflict. It turned out that maintaining it involved the deletion of anyone whose violent tendencies survived their spell.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Scientific Reform Society in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]" [[spoiler:planned to trigger a worldwide nuclear holocaust unless the nations agreed to yield power to them.]]
** The Cybermen. When they invaded this Earth through a parallel universe, they declared that they will take over and change society by removing fear, hatred, and classism...by converting the human race into them.
** Most notable of all is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Tobias Vaughn]], the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO of an electronics company]] who sought to ally with and manipulate the Cybermen into taking over the world for him, so he could then doublecross them and create a utopia where all ideological disputes cease and unity is attained. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Vaughn, the Cybermen were one step ahead and doublecrossed him first, leading him to [[EnemyMine ally with the Doctor]] to take down the threat that he himself had led to the Earth in the first place.]]
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs Invasion of the Dinosaurs]]", a group of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, believing that the environment could not be saved, [[spoiler:sent a shipload of volunteers on a FauxtasticVoyage to "another world", to disembark after time had been reversed back to the Mesozoic and the rest of humanity (as well as all the Silurians) written out of history.]]
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]!, Klieg and the rest of the Brotherhood of Logicians intended to take over the world with the aid of the Cybermen. Bit of a logical fallacy there ...
*** Of course, the Doctor eventually manages to goad Klieg into revealing that, for him, at least, logic and utopia are just excuses; at the end of it all, he's just a power-mad nutcase.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E9TheSavages The Savages]]" the Elders drain the LifeEnergy of the Savages who live outside their city to improve themselves.
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', the Nebari are ruled by a force known as "The Establishment", who advocate a rigid system of order where the individual sacrifices his freedom and conforms for the greater good. Those who refuse are mentally modified into happy slaves, blissfully serving the order. Oh, and they also have a lovely plan to make the entire universe this way.
** They also claim not to have warships. They have transport ships, which have enough firepower to take out a legendary Peacekeeper command carrier which was thought to be indestructible. They are strongly implied to be a HigherTechSpecies on par with the Peacekeeprs and the Scarrans. This is further indicated when they are the only party outside those two to bid on Crichton's wormhole knowledge.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Heroic example. When [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]] asks [[DragonRider Daenerys]] about the people she burned with her dragon during the battle she just returned from, she asks how many people Jon killed in order to take Winterfell back from the Boltons (the answer, incidentally, is "Thousands"). Daenerys is fairly convinced that in order to "[[ArcWords break the wheel]]," she needs to invoke JoinOrDie on the people of Westeros. {{Downplayed}}, [[TheGoodChancellor Tyrion]] and [[TheSpymaster Varys]] have no issue with the world she is trying to build (they stand to benefit greatly from her utopia), and for the most part they're able to restrain Daenerys' more KnightTemplar impulses. After [[spoiler:Viserion is killed by the White Walkers, she mostly drops this in favor of an EnemyMine with Jon and Cersei. Existential threats are a bit more pressing than building utopia, after all.]]
** Whatever Varys does, is for the good of the realm. Whether that means supporting and funding the exiled lunatic Prince Viserys Targaryen, selling his sister Dany to the Dothraki, and arranging a Dothraki invasion into Westeros and even sending an assassin to kill Dany to trigger an international incident, it's all for the good of the realm, eventually.
* Linderman, on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', wants to [[spoiler:allow UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity to be destroyed by an atomic explosion, ostensibly to unite the world and grant it hope]]...however, it is never explained exactly ''why'' he expects this as an outcome. [[spoiler:This may be a ShoutOut to ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.]]
** It's more or less spelled out that he intended Nathan to become a leader of men, to unite people and guide a world horrified by the destruction (with Linderman as the power behind the throne). Sylar, DL, and Nikki, and Nathan himself, proved more unpredictable than Linderman thought.
** [[spoiler:Adam Monroe wants to "fix" the world by releasing a virus that will kill over 90% of the population.]] Apparently, he thinks this will end wars and discrimination and...well, anything. When the dust settles and the survivors look around, he, [[spoiler:the immortal Adam Monroe]], will be there to lead them and become emperor over all. Or something.
*** There's an obvious shout out to Ras Al Ghul/Apocalypse in that he believes that only the strongest and smartest will be able to survive the virus (possibly through his intervention) with those he deems unworthy being eradicated.
* In season 3 of ''Series/KyleXY'', the upper echelons of the Latnok Society appear to be like this.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'':
** [[spoiler: Cyrus's speech to defend himself is full of this, which makes him either a ManipulativeBastard, either ObliviouslyEvil in acts]].
** [[spoiler: Billy Chambers has his girlfriend sleep with the president and follows it up with blackmail and murder so the 'right' person can become president]].
* In multiple ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, the Borg wish to understand all life forms and establish peace by linking everyone and everything into their HiveMind, but most beings they meet would rather die than be assimilated. The Borg have expressed genuine confusion over that point many times.
** [[FridgeBrilliance The Borg as a race could never have evolved, and, thus, they actually thought that the creation of a Galaxy wide hive mind would be good for the universe.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** In the backstory of "The Return of the Archons" and "The Apple", mind control/brainwashing was used to make the population docile and happy.
** ''I, Mudd": a group of androids decided to conquer the galaxy and impose peace on everyone by force.
*** They were simply applying Asimov's Zeroth Law of Robotics. One of the first applications shown.
** ''What Are Little Girls Made Of": an android decided to KillAndReplace all humans with androids in order to eliminate negative emotions like jealousy, greed, and hate. It would also get rid of positive emotions like love and tenderness.
** Also, consider the concept of genetic augmentation. The scientific breakthroughs that would make humanity stronger, faster, and smarter also bred egomaniacs like Khan Noonien Singh. This so traumatized the Earth that genetic engineering was banned into the 24th century.
** Colonel Green strongly believed this. After the Third World War, he organised the forced sterilisation and euthanasia of all those suffering radiation damage, in order to prevent them from passing on their mutations, deformities and health problems to the next generation. According to ''Enterprise'', the morality and ramifications of what he did are still being [[GreyAndGrayMorality heavily]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debated]] well into the 22nd century, with some considering him simply a [[FinalSolution despotic murderer]], while others view him as an WellIntentionedExtremist whose actions ultimately [[TheExtremistWasRight spared]] future generations from undue suffering.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The Dominion, as they want to unite everyone and bring "order" to the galaxy. As the Great Link has no [[ApeShallNeverKillApe concept of internal conflict]], they think conquering and bringing everyone else under their control will bring peace to the galaxy.
** [[NoSuchAgency The rogue Starfleet agency Section 31]] could also apply. Their utopia already exists in the form of TheFederation, but [[TheUnfettered they're willing to do all the underhanded things the Federation itself would never do]] [[IDidWhatIHadToDo in order to preserve it]].
** In the episode "Paradise," Sisko and O'Brien run across a settlement of the survivors of damaged ship on a planet where a dampening field makes technology useless. The leader of village is a fanatic Luddite who is convinced that they can create paradise on this world, and she enforces it by giving out torturous punishments for everything from stealing a candle to trying to figure out how to thwart the dampening field (which "wastes time" that could have been used for serving the community). [[spoiler: It turns out the dampening field is an artificial creation, under her control, and she refuses to turn it off, even when one of the villagers is dying from an infection that Sisko and O'Brien could easily cure if they could get to their shuttle and its medkits]]. When she's called on her actions, she says that she does feel guilty about some things, but it's all worth it because of the wonderful community that her actions allowed them to create. [[spoiler: The episode implies she may be right, too; when given the chance, none of the villagers choose to leave and suggest they might even choose to turn the anti-technology field back on]].
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Unity" features a colony of former Borg that has fractured into different groups, some of whom live peacefully together, others of whom have turned to raiding and attacking the first group. Some of the leaders wish to activate the link that used to exist between them as Borg in order to stop the attacks. [[spoiler: When Janeway refuses to help them, they take over Chakotay and force him to help them against his will]]. The end of the episode hints that the "unity" that the leaders created may turn out to be as evil as the Borg in time.
* At the end of the fourth season of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Zachariah]] reveals that [[spoiler:the senior angels (he claimed the 'grunts' would have revolted had they known beforehand) allowed most of the seals to be broken, and they want Sam to kill Lilith and break the final seal, so Lucifer will walk free.]] Why? Because after the Apocalypse, which they are sure they will win, there will be paradise on Earth. And if billions of humans have to die to ensure this paradise? Well, they aren't particularly concerned about that.
** Another character even comments that while yes many good/innocent people will die during this ordeal, they will just go to heaven when they do. So is it really that bad?
** Metatron, also an angel, has a claim to this status as well, with his goal of making the world into the perfect example of what makes stories so great.
* The aptly-named ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' is a ConspiracyThriller detailing a clandestine plot to sterilise 90% of the UK and, eventually, the world in order to avert societal breakdown, war, famine and genocide.
* Season 3 of ''Series/TheWire'' features a notable example that's both wholly realistic and morally ambiguous enough that it could be considered justified. When faced with an escalating gang war in Baltimore in the months before a mayoral election, BPD Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin is essentially given ''carte blanche'' to lower the skyrocketing murder rate and save the mayor's public safety record. His answer? He goes behind his superiors' backs and designates a small area of the city as a "free zone" where drug dealers can peddle their product under police supervision without punishment. The plan succeeds in drastically improving public safety, but it relies on police looking the other way while heroin addicts buy drugs in broad daylight, as well as ''brutally'' punishing dealers who refuse to move (we see police macing handcuffed dealers, stealing their shoes at gunpoint, and even driving them off in paddy wagons and leaving them stranded in the woods). [[spoiler: In the end, Colvin's superiors find out about it, and he's demoted and forced to retire in disgrace]].
* In the later seasons of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'', the faction led by Jordan Collier has a plan to inject every human being on Earth with promycin, the drug that has a 50/50 chance of giving a person a supernatural ability or killing them. Collier's goal is to create a new paradise of super-humans, despite the fact that this also means roughly 50% of the world's population will die. The future humans who sent back the original 4400 (with all the death and chaos many of them led to) and did everything in their power to keep Collier around and, presumably, devise his plan, also apply given their stated goal of saving the world, no matter the bastardy things they have to do to achieve it. According to them, the alternative is worse than 50% dead, but it depends whether you believe them or not.
* ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'' eventually reveals that unleashing ThePlague on the world was just a stepping stone in the Army of the Twelve Monkeys' overall EvilPlan. It was simply to ensure that time travel would be created to try and counter it, which the Messengers -- the Army's SuperSoldiers -- could then hijack it to go back and [[spoiler: kill the Primaries (humans who act as {{Cosmic Keystone}}s maintaining time itself) with paradoxes]] in order to create a TimeCrash. All because their leader, [[BigBad the Witness]], has convinced them that a world without time would be a paradise, as it would also be a world without death.

* The song "Bloody Revolutions" by Music/{{Crass}} criticizes this attitude, as part of a deconstruction of armed revolutions:"That's the kind of self-deception [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany that killed ten million Jews]], just [[InsaneTrollLogic the same false logic]] that all powermongers use."
* Ska band Music/FiveIronFrenzy mocked this attitude in their song "My Evil Plan to Save the World."
* In the storyline Music/{{Mothy}}'s ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'' songs, the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification awakened]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Sin Vessels]] believe that if all the Vessels are gathered and awoken, utopia will be created. To achieve their goal, they're perfectly willing to kill anybody that interferes (or accidentally stumbles near their hideout, for that matter). It's also implied that the "utopia" they'd create would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' gives us both the Crusader faction of the Clans, who want to conquer the Inner Sphere their ancestors left behind to recreate the golden age of the Star League -- with themselves as the overlords, never mind the fact that their warrior culture has diverged wildly from even their rose-colored view of the past -- and (pre-schism) [=ComStar=], an ostensibly neutral, pseudo-religious organization hoarding technological knowledge, also has an eye towards one day creating an utopia under their benevolent rule...''after'' watching and, if necessarily, helping the Successor States, whose interstellar communications they're incidentally in charge of, bomb each other back into the Stone Age, that is.
* The Jammers from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', that madcap band of BombThrowingAnarchists, ManiacMonkeys, and {{Mad Bomber}}s, are doing it all for the sake of the dream of their leader, Battlechimp Potemkin. The Battlechimp's dream is a world without chi, a world where humanity can finally be free to make their own decisions without being influenced by whoever has the most feng shui at his or her command. In order to do this, Potemkin wants every Feng Shui site in all the major junctures and the Netherworld blown sky high, no matter what form the site takes or how many innocent people will be killed in the process, or, indeed, what the long term consequences will be if he should actually succeed in destroying the world's chi.
** Ironically, the world of 2056 - where Potemkin and the Jammers have their roots - is itself an example of this trope. WellIntentionedExtremist Johann Bonengel, the "Buropresident," originally entered politics with the dream of creating a world free of "war, ethnic crimes, and personal violence." He achieved these things by creating a worldwide police state whose citizens have few rights and all dissent is ruthlessly suppressed, and he willingly allied himself with [[MadScientist the Architects]] [[EvilSorcerer of the Flesh]] to do it.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', some parts of the Technocracy fill this role. The individual Technocrats are generally no better or worse than other mages, and often work towards what they see as a better, brighter future. If that requires crushing anything in their path, stifling dissension, and purging the world of wonder and the supernatural...Well, you can't make an omelette without breaking a few heads.
** Cynically speaking, the Traditions could be the same. They had control once. It was called the Dark Ages.
*** You can even make the argument that the Traditions were far worse than the Technocracy. The Technocracy's main goal is to have all magic be repeatable and safe for the Masses to use (ie, science and technology), rather than limiting its use to a few tyrants wielding godlike power. Sure, they need to exterminate reality warpers who decide that the Dark Age realities should take precedence over what the Masses have decided they want through their collective consciousness, but at least they keep the horrors from beyond at bay, sometimes to great sacrifice of their own. They even took out the Ravnos Antediluvian, with significant cost to themselves, with neutron bombs when all the other groups failed (though they did weaken it enough for the Technocracy to do so).
* This was what Yawgmoth in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' thought he was doing when he created Phyrexia. The net result was [[BodyHorror much]], ''[[AssimilationPlot much]]'' worse. Or, [[MetaphoricallyTrue if you are a Phyrexian]], it was a success.
** Among the five Praetors, Elesh Norn and Jin-Gitaxias are those who endorse this concept most, but taking two different paths: Elesh Norn sees Utopia realized in [[PrinciplesZealot principles]], Jin-Gitaxias in [[TotalitarianUtilitarian the Great Synthesis]]. However, the two get along well.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' has the Harmonium faction. All factions qualify to some degree, but the Harmonium are the most clear-cut ones: they seek to create Harmony...by bashing the heads of anyone who disagrees. The standard tactics (brainwashing, executions, etc.) are used. Their plans tend to backfire spectacularly, like their idea of sticking anyone not Lawful or Good enough into re-education camps...that caused the entire layer of a plane to slide into the LawfulNeutral plane of Mechanus...
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': OnceUponATime, [[TheEmpire The Imperium of Man]] believed that humanity's manifest destiny was to rule over the entire galaxy and to [[AbsoluteXenophobe exterminate any xenos]] or humans that stood in their way. They came close under the leadership of the GodEmperor, but then the Literature/{{Horus Heresy}} occurred and the Imperium degenerated into [[ChurchMilitant what it]] [[VestigialEmpire is now.]]
** The only race that isn't fighting for survival or isn't in it ForTheEvulz is [[TheFederation The]] [[RisingEmpire Tau,]] who ask any xenos they encounter to [[JoinOrDie join their empire, become their ally or get blown to smithereens if they believe you aren't compatible with the Greater Good.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' has much the same. [[DarkMessiah Archaon]] believes that the triumph of Chaos will save the world from corruption, and some of TheUndead commanders are trying to turn the entire world into undead because Chaos can't feed off of them like they do the living. The von Carstein plan for defeating Chaos once and for all is to zombify everyone on the planet, thus starving the Chaos Gods of their victims, believers and sustenance. And the Lizardmen want to restore the world to the layout of the [[NeglectfulPrecursors Old Ones]], regardless of the population migration that's occurred since they disappeared.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'''s Henry Ford is convinced his Venus colony Newfordlandia is a utopia. The workers, who are essentially well cared for wage slaves disagree, with no real money, only store credit, only company Courtesans for company and no chance of escaping the colony. The company's Julandri Courtesans were apparently purchased by Ford to ensure the men weren't distracted by romance and no-one seems to be certain how happy they're with this arrangement either.

* In the novel ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', the Wonka Factory is a positively-portrayed CrapsaccharineWorld / FalseUtopia: A beautiful, wondrous place far lovelier than the cold outside world that nevertheless proves dangerous to the hedonistic brats in the Golden Ticket tour group when they disregard its creator's rules and warnings and wind up affected by bizarre fates. In the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical adaptation]], it hits this trope by sending three of the bratty kids and one of their fathers to {{Uncertain Doom}}s that at worst will result in offstage deaths (whereas in the novel everyone is confirmed to survive); effectively the factory and its workers take out those who would interfere with its productivity! Mr. Willy Wonka isn't kidding when (in his WelcomingSong) he sings "Beyond this waltz/Is a world without faults" -- any faults are ''permanently eliminated!'' But given that it's an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero in charge and jerks as the victims, it's hard to feel ''that'' bad, and the whole business is PlayedForLaughs ([[BlackComedy albeit black laughs]]) throughout.

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* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', the BigBad [[spoiler:Kerghan, first of the necromancers]], in a variation of this trope, has found definitve proof that the afterlife is eternal bliss, whereas life is pain and misery. He then concludes that everyone would be much happier there and would gladly die if they had seen what he's seen. Because of this he plans to kill every living thing in Arcanum, after which he will kill himself so everyone can enjoy the afterlife for the rest of eternity. One of your party members, who you, potentially, brought back from the dead, can even confirm that [[spoiler: Kerghan]]'s description of the afterlife is indeed accurate, but he still thinks that life is worth living.
** Note: This is one of the few games where siding with the BigBad is concerted a legitimate choice.
* ''VideoGame/ExaPico'':
** The BigBad of ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', Mir, is after a utopia in which Reyvateils, [[RobotGirl artificially-created]] [[MagicMusic magical song maidens]], will live free from slavery and mistreatment. In order to achieve this, she seeks to [[KillAllHumans destroy all humans]], having [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters pegged them pretty firmly as irredeemable monsters]] [[spoiler: due to her own traumatic history as a {{Tykebomb}}. The fact that she names this utopia "Reyvateilia" goes some way towards exemplifying the fact that she's just a terrified, idealistic child inside]].
** In [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica the sequel]], [[spoiler:she's still at it.]] Oh, and this time, [[spoiler:she's one of your party members. Everyone in your party is a WellIntentionedExtremist at best.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' plan to [[spoiler:control the world using LostTechnology from [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]]. Vidic, lamenting how people in [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades 1191]] are no different in manner from the people of [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2012]], says that the world needs a sense of order, [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill even if it means giving up freedom]].]]
** To a degree, this is the belief of the Assassins as well. They kill those who would suppress free will in order to obtain utopia, so that the world can reach utopia on its own terms.
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', the player learns that Andrew Ryan, creator of the pseudo-Objectivist undersea utopia Rapture, wound up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and turning into a totalitarian ruler in his efforts to eliminate his ruthless rival, Frank Fontaine.
** ''VideoGame/BioShock2'''s villain, Sophia Lamb, has a more explicitly utopian scheme in mind: using a combination of genetic engineering and psychological conditioning to create people with no sense of self-interest whatsoever...starting with her own daughter.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock Infinite}}'' had Father Comstock, who had created The flying city of Columbia to be an American utopia (at least if you were rich and white). Unfortunately, he had a very violent plan to deal with "The Sodom below".
* One of Lord Recluse's right hand men in ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'', Scirocco, falls under this in a lategame arc.
* The goal of the Order of the Sword in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' is to [[spoiler:use the denizens of the Demon World to destroy the Human World so that they can bring about Sanctus' version of Utopia]].
* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is a prime example of this. As the CEO of the Hyperion corporation and the dictator of the border planet of Pandora, his primary goal is to wipe every bandit off the face of the planet. The problem here is that he is just as insane, if not more so, as the "bandit hordes" that populate the planet, and he has a very broad definition of the word "Bandit." Jack was willing to do anything in order to accomplish this goal, including [[spoiler: enslaving his own daughter and forcing her to use her Siren powers to charge the Vault Key, which is able to release an ancient alien Warrior, and trick two sets of Vault Hunters into doing his will]]. All the while, he insists that he is the "good guy," at one point telling a story about plucking out a man's eyes with a spoon in front of his children to illustrate the fact that he's the good guy and the Vault Hunters are the bad guys.
** Come [[VideoGame/{{BorderlandsThePreSequel}} before the events of Borderlands]], and there's some reason why he's deeming the Vault Hunters are evil, but it's due to revenge.
* Sakaki of ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//G.U]]'' tried using AIDA to make a world where everyone would get along.
* In ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential'', Queen Ozma [[spoiler:gives up Petra's baby brother in a peace treaty between the Ozians and the Phanfasms in order to end the war]]. This is deconstructed when Petra points out that instead of restoring balance to Oz, this has created a corrupt Crapsack World.
* Lord Lucian from ''VideoGame/FableII'' very much planned for this. While in the Spire, he gave a speech saying that "The world outside is a corrupt, rotting husk. I plan to change all that. All I require of you is complete obedience."
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' features [[PresidentEvil John Henry Eden]], who wants to nobly rebuild America to its status pre-nuclear apocalypse. To do this, he plans on [[spoiler:introducing a horrifically virulent bioweapon into the water, leading to the death of anyone who has mutations of any sort.]] Given that it's a nuclear wasteland, that means he's effectively planning on [[spoiler:killing everyone except his own troops.]]
** So far, all of [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} the series]]' main antagonists have shared this philosophy. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' introduced the Enclave, whose mission statement is outlined above. [[spoiler:By the Enclave's standards, all Wastelanders are mutants.]] In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', we have [[spoiler:TheMaster]], whose (not unjustified) belief that HumansAreTheRealMonsters brings about the only logical conclusion: [[spoiler:the Unity. If all humans achieve perfection as Super Mutants, there would be no more wars. These would be the very rare, very intelligent Super Mutants, by the way.]]
** There's also Caesar of Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. He plans to rebuild the world on ancient values, limit the influence of technology so his citizens won't be "corrupted", [[TheEmpire destroy tribal affiliations so there won't be any more wars, and unite everyone under his banner]]. Women have no rights and most people conquered just end up as slaves. Even with all this, Legion controlled territory is implied to be among the most stable in the West, specifically Arizona. Crime is stamped out quickly. Trade is well protected. And it faces none of ineffectual bureaucracy of the NCR. It just so happens that this stability comes through extremely draconian and vicious measures.
** [[PlayerCharacter Couriers]] of ''all'' alignments will veer into this in the Independent Path. [[spoiler: For example, while New Vegas transitions into an independent city-state relatively peacefully, the local Brotherhood of Steel chapter will attempt to take advantage of the lack of NCR presence to retake HELIOS ONE, as well as begin monitoring trade on the highway in order to seize energy weapons and other advanced technology for themselves. The only way to avoid this ending is to [[KillEmAll wipe out]] the ''entire'' Brotherhood or side with the NCR]].
* The nation of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Galbadia]] is taking over other nations in order to spread its prosperity...until Sorceress Edea scooches in and says [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt "You're all fucked."]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', we have [[spoiler:Kam'lanaut and Eald'narche]], who are attempting to manipulate the crystal line to reform the five mothercrystals into the one crystal it used to be and restore the world to the Paradise it once was. Sounds nice right? [[spoiler:Until you realize that splitting the crystal was what made life in the world possible and remaking Paradise would kill all life on the planet.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', to wrest the reins of History from the [[spoiler:[[JerkassGods manipulative]] [[LawfulEvil Occuria]]]] and back into the hands of Man is [[spoiler:Vayne]]'s goal, with support from a [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist MadScientist]] and their [[spoiler:[[TheChessmaster divine mentor]]]]. Naturally, the Man to lead Ivalice's new History can be none other than the new Dynast-King, [[spoiler:Vayne]] himself.
** There is also a minor instance of this in [[spoiler:Vossler]], to whom the freedom of his homeland (even as a puppet state under Archadian rule) is so far above any other concern, he's willing to [[spoiler:[[BodyguardBetrayal sell out his own Princess]]]] for it.
** [[TheEmpire The Garlean Empire]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' conquer nations and insists that its for their own good so that Eorzea can be under order instead of chaos. The empire also insists that killing all beastmen would solve the problem of [[EvilGod primals]], evne if it means killing beastmen that are not mindless drones summoning their gods. To top it all off, the empire believes using ancient tech from an empire of the past would help them gain even more power to further their goals. Utopia means nothing if your nation has no freedom, you slaughter innocent beings because of GuiltByCoincidence (which in turn causes the more fanatic beastmen to summon stronger versions of primals out of fear and desperation), and using forbidden technology at the risk of repeating the very same mistakes that the ancient empire made.
*** During the ''Heavensward'' scenario, TheManBehindTheMan attempts to justify his actions. [[spoiler: Believing that only absolute order will bring peace and end the Dragonsong War, Archbishop Thordon and his Heavens Ward knights become primals and tap into the energy of [[SealedEvilInACan elder primals sealed by the Allagans]], believing that suppression of free will and using absolute power is the only way to bring peace to Eorzea.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', there is [[spoiler:Delita]], who, after witnessing [[spoiler:his sister [[CynicismCatalyst Tietra's murder]] at hands of the army he was fighting in]], [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge goes on a secret crusade against the very society that allowed it to unfold]], [[TheChessmaster silencing, killing and out-manouvering everyone threatening to stop his plans]] of becoming [[spoiler:king of Ivalice]].
* Alvis from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Geneaology of the Holy War]]'' explicitly states this as his reason for [[spoiler: treating Sigurd as a villain and killing him with his bare hands]]. And shockingly, the first few years of his rule ''are'' pretty idyllic. Then Manfroy comes along with the book of Loptyr...
** Walhart from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' mixes this with AndManGrewProud, where he sees a future where mankind would no longer believe in god. And even then, he's not exactly bad, if you ignore the part where he [[MightMakesRight tramples over anyone who disagrees with him]], as well as considering ''himself'' to be a god. Mainly thanks to the fact that [[BigBad Grima's forces]] can't do very much on him, and that [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he's fully aware of what is happening.]] All rest is also thanks to being nothing more than badass incarnate.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Beyond'' includes the ''Winds of Change'' storyline where the Ministry of Purity sets out to cleanse Cantha of Shiro's plague. As it progresses, they expand their focus to include the Am Fah and then the Jade Brotherhood. When you learn the Ministry is using a manifest of every Brotherhood member to hunt them down, you realize how far the Ministry is willing to go.
* The bonus material for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' describe ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Flood as a theoretical utopia, where, if everybody joined the Flood, there would be no more violence, war, poverty, hatred, etc. Unfortunately, the means by which it does this is by assimilating all life and rendering them into [[ZombieApocalypse zombie-like creatures]].
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' has [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn an insane]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Cortana]]]] forming the Created faction to assume the Mantle of Responsibility, summoning gigantic Forerunner ships designed to police entire star systems, and force peace upon the galaxy. Anyone tries to get uppity, the Guardians decimate them.
-->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''' …AIs can be immortal. That kind of lifespan allows for long-term planning just like the Forerunners were capable of. AIs can assume the Forerunners' Mantle of Responsibility. And once there is peace, we can focus on poverty, hunger, illness... But [[TheDragon Warden]] believes some will resist our help. And he's afraid you're one of them.\\
'''Fred:''' Sounds great. I don't get why anyone's expecting resistance.\\
'''John:''' The Didact made it clear the Mantle of Responsibility was an imperial peace. Step out of line, and suffer.\\
'''[[spoiler:Cortana:]]''' [[BlatantLies It won't be like that, John.]]
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' has alternate universe Superman wield the trope ''hard''; after he accidentally killed Lois, his unborn child, and getting the entire city of Metropolis wiped out with a nuke, Superman kills the Joker (he was the one behind the manipulation) and declares that the only way to maintain peace is to kill or jail all criminals and suppress anyone that may become one. On top of this, Superman also does things like having Aquaman agree to merging Atlantis with Superman's regime to ensure safety. Sure, the world has peace, but it comes at the price of the people having little to no personal freedoms.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': According to the sequel, [[AntiVillain Darth Revan]] became a Sith Lord at least partially for the best interests of peace and justice in the galaxy. Then again, that's a common excuse and recruiting slogan for Sith Lords--it's just that Revan ''tried''.
** [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic To clarify:]] [[spoiler:Revan was trying to unite the galaxy against the [[RisingEmpire True Sith Empire,]] who'd been biding their time and consolidating their power in the Unknown Regions. Their Emperor is so evil and powerful, [[TheExtremistWasRight Revan had a good reason to do what he did.]]]]
** Ditto, Darth Traya/[[spoiler:Kreia (if that's even a spoiler)]] in the sequel. She wants to [[spoiler:destroy the Force]] so everyone can have free will, but [[spoiler:to do that, she tries to destroy a planet and make the entire galaxy feel its pain]]. She also uses this to justify the whole revenge spree thing.
* BigBad Noir in ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' is sympathetic for much of the game, seeking to create his "Utopia" where [[FantasticRacism half-demons]] such as himself can be accepted. However, when you find out what his "Utopia" [[OmnicidalManiac actually consists of]], [[YoureInsane there is only one appropriate response remaining]].
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, this is the motivation behind at least a couple characters. The Illusive Man wants to control the Reapers to realize his ideal vision for the galaxy. According to [[spoiler: the Catalyst]], this is the reason why the Reapers exist in the first place: [[spoiler: they prevent advanced organic life from creating synthetics that will ultimately wipe out ''all'' life in the galaxy; the Reapers cycle of destruction continues until someone (Shepard) is able to bring synthetic and organic life together into one unified form, creating true peace and the next stage of evolution]].
* A theme of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series is "Outer Heaven", Big Boss' ideal of a world where soldiers would always have a place free from political manipulation; played almost straight in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (where Liquid Snake takes up the mantle), reworked in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' (where Solidus' ideal is not soldiers but rather America/liberty), conceived in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' (Army's Heaven was a less-than-sincere idea but had the basic concept down), and then subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', where war has become a business, the world a place where soldiers will 'always' be needed, but with none of the ideals behind Big Boss' vision.
** [[spoiler:By the end of 4, Big Boss shows up and accepts that his idea was wrong and the pursuit of it only led to more problems.]]
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'': [[spoiler:Shepard]] instigates a war between Russia and the United States (and possibly WorldWarIII) in order to usher in a new era of [[spoiler:American supremacy and patriotism.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'', Philemon may be the ultimate incarnation of all benevolence in humanity and the mortal enemy of Nyarlathotep, the embodiment of all evil, but he's still a major dick and creates a terrible mess of everything, leading to many deaths, innocent and guilty alike, the creation of an IllGirl, and the creation of a new, clean, parallel timeline just to one-up Nyarlathotep in their contest to see who's the strongest. And then [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth blows up]]. Then he takes the limelight, gloats about how he's won against Nyarlathotep, and [[SarcasmMode graciously]] offers to hit the ResetButton. There's a reason why [[CallingTheOldManOut decking him]] upon hearing of what he has done is very much an option.
** On a much smaller scale, the villains of ''VideoGame/Persona5'' are also both seeking their own idea of Utopia. [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido has been using the Metaverse, manipulating politics and committing countless crimes in order to gain power in Japan, which he hopes to turn into a new golden superpower in the middle of its golden age. Yaldaboath, the God of Control, believes that mankind desires to be controlled and causes the events of the game in order to grant this desire, creating a peaceful world where everyone can be at peace with their role in society... at the cost of all true free will.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' has Cyrus, who's convinced that we are all screwing up the world beyond repair and the only way to form a better world is to simply destroy and rebuild it all. And, this being a Pokémon character and plot, you get three guesses as to what he's going to manipulate into doing it.
** His goal was expanded in ''Platinum'' to specifically creating a world without spirit, which, by looking through Pokémon mythology, would amount to no willpower, wisdom, or emotion.
* TEC-XX, the base-controlling AI of the villainous X-Nauts in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', debates this at one point with a captive Princess Peach, arguing that [[WorldHalfEmpty the world has problems]] and even with the deplorable methods of the X-Nauts, Sir Grodus's rule would end those problems. [[spoiler: Given that Grodus's plan was to awaken and enslave a thousand-year-old demon, it's debatable how much Grodus was lying to his underlings.]]
** Count Bleck from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' would fit this trope perfectly [[spoiler:if it didn't turn out that he was just a StrawNihilist instead, just wanting to destroy everything without recreating it and LYING about it by telling his minions that he was going to recreate the universe as a utopia.]]
* This turns out to be the main villain's motivation in the first ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''. Notably, he actually only decided to take extreme measures ''after'' his less extreme attempt failed catastrophically, leading to him being tried and imprisoned as a heretic several centuries prior to the game.
* The premise of the Messian Church in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, [[spoiler: and of their [[GodIsEvil patron deity Himself]]]]. It only becomes more prominent as the series goes on, from ''Shin Megami Tensei'' to ''SMT II'' to ''SMT: Nocturne.''
** This is also the goal of the Gaian Cult, but it's much less visible by comparison because of the Law alignment's {{Flanderization}} since SMT II. On top of this, the Chaos faction [[ChaoticStupid has physical strength as its governmental structure]], so the Utopia part ''very quickly'' becomes exclusive to [[MetaphoricallyTrue their (or the player's) point of view.]]
* Claudia Wolf in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' is a member of the Silent Hill cult that wishes to birth their god into the mortal world so it may bring paradise. Since she believes that a god that is born through suffering would be more likely to be benevolent than one that isn't, Claudia makes Heather suffer by [[spoiler:murdering her father, Harry Mason.]] But although Claudia desperately wishes for paradise due to her abusive childhood, [[SubvertedTrope she's aware that her actions]] [[NoPlaceForMeThere will deny her a place in the utopia she's seeking to create]].
* Denam in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' can be this - if he takes the lawful decision at the end of chapter one, he will decide to commit a FalseFlagOperation as per the orders of Duke Ronwey. Heck, Duke Ronwey himself is this - he decides that a FalseFlagOperation is a good idea to unite the Wallister.
* Lord Yggdrasil in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' wants to create a world where everyone is a soulless shell, so there would be no more discrimination, but mainly, he just wants to [[NecRomantic resurrect his dead sister]].
** This is a common theme in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games. This pops up again in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', in which the BigBad seeks to kill everyone on the planet and replace them with clones in an attempt to ScrewDestiny. It makes sense in context. The whole world was living a predetermined existence, consulting a prophecy even for things such as what to eat for dinner.
*** What makes the Tales of The Abyss example weird is that the guy was willing use many of the clones created as pawns, cast them aside, and tell them they were just mere tools to add insult to injury.
*** It's also FridgeBrilliance [[CaptainObvious when you think about it]]. The clone in question was a clone of [[spoiler:TheChosenOne]] and so, by definition, was connected in some way to the world that he wanted to destroy.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there is a scene where a rebellious citizen, delivering some inflammatory speeches in Silvermoon, is mind controlled by the authorities into saying something very different. The same city always has a "harassed citizen" by the main gate, arrested and kneeling down. Arcane (robot) guardians of the city proclaim "Happiness is mandatory" once in a while.
** It should be noted that the "Utopia" in this instance is less an actual utopia and more a stable society that isn't on the brink of total collapse. Lor'themar [[NecessarilyEvil is aware of the moral ramifications of his actions]] and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo accepts them without question]]. His faction leader short story, ''In the Shadow of the Sun'', revolves around him tackling the morality of his actions and how far he is willing to compromise his personal ideals to justify his actions.
** The Thunder King and his closest companions believed that the true glory of his empire was uniting all the people of Pandaria and giving them all a role to play. The fact that their slaves suffered was merely due to their weakness as beings of flesh and blood, and so unavoidable.
** Garrosh Hellscream desires what he repeatedly calls "MY WORLD". Due to his FantasticRacism, this basically amounts to "orcs and orcs only".
** The Titans show hints of this at a universal level. They believe bringing order to the universe is the best way to prevent evil, but their idea of order equates to what is basically 'everything must work the way we expect it to or we destroy it.' [[BonusBoss Algalon the Observer]] threatens to send a message to the Titans telling them Azeroth has become too corrupted by the influence of the Old Gods, so they'll come back and commence a 'planetary re-originiation'; in other words, destroy all life on Azeroth and start again. The seems the Titans value the idea of order more than they value the lives it's supposed to save, although it turns out this is a JustifiedTrope [[spoiler:because Azeroth contains what may well be the last [[GeniusLoci Titan world-soul]] and the most powerful of all. If the Old Gods get to the point they've corrupted too much of Azeroth, they'll turn it into a FetusTerrible that will [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe once it finally awakens]]]].
* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'': The driving motive of [[ChurchMilitant the Aeon]] and [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Seraphim]] is "accept the peace and guidance of The Way or be destroyed".

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' has Free the Soul, a religious cult who wants to wipe out humanity in order to build their ideal world. This is fueled by the murder of the organization's leader's brother, Left, a tragedy that made him realize how horrible humans are. To fulfill their Utopia, Free the Soul released prior to the game's events a virus named Radical-6 that makes its victims commit suicide. 6 billion people (75% of world population) died as a result.\\\
However, in [[VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma the next installment]], Free the Soul's reason to annihilate humanity is {{retcon}}ned, and turns out the real motive to do so is [[spoiler:to prevent a religious fanatic from killing off ''the entirety of world population'' with nuclear weapons]]. The reasoning behind the release of Radical-6 is that [[spoiler:it has a 75% chance of killing the fanatic]]. The subject about Left's death is dropped in this game, and it calls into question the real designs of Free the Soul.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The BigBad in the online Flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' tricks the US government and military into creating the instruments which they think will allow them to set up ''their'' version of Utopia. Instead, said instruments will actually trigger the GovernmentConspiracy's own destruction and set up the ''BigBad's'' version of Utopia (the heroes somehow manage to [[BigDamnHeroes step in at the last minute]], stop both factions, and use the living EmpathicWeapon the BigBad created to set up ''their own'' version of Utopia).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Celesto Morgan -- a seer who has become the Champion of Chaos -- fiercely believes in this. Having been on the rough end of humanity a bit too often, he believes that [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-03-09 "When an infection is too deep... amputation is the only solution."]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' is definitely going into that territory as [[spoiler: a group of mystics called the Order of the Dragon plan to overthrow the world's governments in a "bloodless coup" by murdering the Aleph, the personification of the very first written language, thus destroying the concept of the written word itself. When Donna, arguably the least evil of this group of [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]], is informed that roughly 6.5 billion people will die as a result of their actions, her response is "Some will survive." To make matters worse, they recruited [[DepravedBisexual Keith Feddyg]], who's motivated by his own needs, which involve inflicting as much pain as possible on as many people as possible. Oh, and revenge against Ally. The remaining members range from vengeful psychopaths to pathetic losers. Whatta way to run Utopia!]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Redcloak, the Goblin cleric has the goal of creating a world where goblins and goblinoids are not simply farms for XP. He's got two ways of doing this. The first is that he and Xykon establish control [[spoiler:over the gate and the snarl, ruling the world and]] allowing the Dark One (the god of the goblins) to [[spoiler:blackmail the other gods into doing what it wants.]] The second involves [[spoiler:the snarl being released and destroying the entire multiverse, eating the souls of everyone and anyone in any of the planes, including the afterlife.]] The gods will be forced to recreate the world, but the Dark One will now have a say in how the world is made.
** General Tarquin plans to bring the southern part of the Western Continent under his control by skillfully manipulating the three most powerful empires that rule it. Elan isn't comfortable with the deception involved, but Tarquin justifies it to himself by reasoning that he can end the wars which plague the area, killing tens of thousands each year. {{Subverted}}. Half of his motivation is he wants is to rule and "live like a god" for the rest of his life, the other half is providing an effective EvilOverlord for his son [[spoiler:[[GenreSavvy Elan]]]] to fight, based on what [[WrongGenreSavvy he thinks his son's story]] is. The well-being of the Western Continent's people is irrelevant to [[ControlFreak Tarquin]], all he cares about [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans ensuring]] ''[[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans his]]'' [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans brand of order is enforced.]] [[spoiler: That's not even getting into what he's going to let [[SinisterMinister Malack]] [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans do with the place]] when he's dead.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Malack''']]: We've discussed it at length. [Tarquin]'s thrilled that what he builds will endure past his death. I did have to promise him an even bigger statue, though.
* The Varn Gene Mage from ''WebComic/{{Terinu}}'' wants to restore the Varn Dominion. All that involves is the capture of the titular character and the persuasion of all the races that the Dominion had once enslaved to join up again. By force, if necessary.
* One ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' arc involves Robin and Ultra-Car going to an alternate universe where the Drama Tag was never pulled, meaning that the comic's CerebusSyndrome and subsequent CharacterDevelopment never took place. Everyone is [[StepfordSmiler cheery but a bit off]], and every strip ends with a joke. Among other changes, Galasso's [[TheLostLenore dead wife Pamela]] is still alive. It turns out that she created the Drama Tag to stay with her family, and argues that everyone is happier with this reality than they would be if the Tag was pulled. [[spoiler:Rachel, who is also stuck there, pulls it anyway to finally get back to the normal universe]].
* In ''Webcomic/GenocideMan'', the Genocide Project and the [[OneWorldOrder Global Union of States]] reined in decades of devastating biological warfare to produce a global society that was peaceful and productive, if not quite free. The cost: illicit dabbling in genetic manipulation, as well as any resulting {{Transhuman}}s or {{Uplifted Animal}}s, are dealt with by an aptly named Genocide Man. [[spoiler:The Project also modified the entire human race to be more peaceful -- with the temporary side effect of the Guayaquil Plague, which killed 1.3 billion people.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Summed up in Dr. Horrible's statement, "The world is a mess and I just... need to rule it." Summed up [[{{Metaphorgotten}} less cogently]] when he tries to explain his worldview to Penny:
-->'''Billy:''' The fish rots from the head, they say, so my thinking is, why not cut ''off'' the head-
-->'''Penny:''' Of the ''human race''?
-->'''Billy:''' It's not a ''perfect'' metaphor...
* Music/DoctorSteel wants to remake the world into a Utopian Playland -- by force with the aid of giant robots, if necessary.
* Literature/{{Worm}}'s protagonist eventually arrived at this view, [[TheInfiltration deci]][[BecomingTheMask ding]] to join up with other villains since the heroes have failed to impress her.
** Ironically, [[spoiler:Cauldron and the world's greatest heroes]] feel the same about their crimes against humanity.
** Coil believed he could rebuild Brockton Bay and establish a new paradigm in the balance of villain and heroes. To do so he took many unsavory actions, especially [[spoiler:kidnapping and drugging Dinah]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' gives us Julien's predecessor, his uncle King Julien XII, who keeps his kingdom safe from predators by demanding they spend their lives hiding in fear, punishing anyone who dares object.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The city of Ba Sing Se, when at last it is reached, is a stronghold that has withstood the Fire Nation for one hundred years, a haven for thousands of refugees. However, the price for this is the censorship, even from the king, that there ''is'' a war that has been waging for the past 100 years and that the Earth Kingdom is losing. Also, [[CassandraTruth anyone who insists that there is a war]] is promptly and quietly kidnapped, brainwashed, and enslaved by the [[PropagandaMachine Dai]] [[SecretPolice Li]].
** Fire Lord Sozin started the century-long war with the aim of "sharing Fire Nation prosperity" with the other nations, in spite of warnings from [[spoiler: his closest friend, Avatar Roku.]] Eventually, [[spoiler:he realized that Roku was right and it wasn't worth committing genocide, betraying his best friend, and the countless other deaths. Unfortunately, he realized this on his deathbed when it was far too late to stop it]]. And his predecessors turned out to be far worse, and tended towards DespotismJustifiesTheMeans.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Amon believes that bending is a source of pain and misery in the world, and is abused to no end. Ridding the world of it would bring equality to the world and the human race. Not such a bad idea, except that his plans of firebombing arenas full of thousands of people and taking away bending against the will of the benders are more than a little sick.
** Pretty much all of the ''Korra'' major antagonists onwards: Unalaq wanted a world where the boundaries between humans and spirits (and, according to one tidbit, between worldly nations as well) would be obliterated, Zaheer wanted an anarchist world where everyone would be free to do as they wished, and Kuvira wanted a peaceful, strong Earth Empire. Pity they tried to accomplish this via fusing with the GodOfEvil (which would lean more towards DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans), mass terrorism and murder and complete and utter totalitarianism, respectively.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The Justice League's AlternateUniverse equivalents, the Justice Lords, did this to their world, taking over and imposing a metahuman-run utopia/dystopia. Most of the ends seem well worth the means, especially [[spoiler:violating ComicBook/LexLuthor's JokerImmunity and lobotomizing {{omnicidal maniac}}s]], but the group quickly [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope leaped off the slippery slope]] by getting rid of the right to vote or speak freely while arresting individuals for threatening to not pay for food. On the other hand, their world has no rape, murder, arson, or even ''litter.'' Unusually, this is one of the more even-handed examples, with both "Utopia" and "the means to it" being shown in fair measure. Fans of the show were left to wonder if, in a world where every prison's a CardboardPrison, the Justice Lords might have had a point, and the Batmen even debate on it in the middle of the episode.[[note]]Notably, Good Guy Batman doesn't have a response when Bad Guy Batman points out that Thomas and Martha Wayne would still have been alive if the world was run this way back then. Later, Good Guy Batman sarcastically says that they would love living here, and prompts a HeelFaceTurn.[[/note]]
** The very same episode also featured ''another'' version of this at the very beginning. Lex Luthor--who was the President at the time in the alternate universe--apparently did ''something'' that he justified with this belief. The episode never tells us what he specifically did, but whatever it was, apparently it backfired horribly and was about to start World War III before Superman [[spoiler: kills President Luthor]]. When Superman walks into the Oval Office he exposits "Even this wasn't enough for you, Lex. You had to have it all. Now we're on the brink of a war that could destroy the whole planet." Lex--who appears to still be in a state of shock about his mysterious plans backfiring--ignores Superman and babbles to himself "Could have been so perfect! Paradise!" Then the conversation spirals out of control, and the scenario described in the above two paragraphs comes into fruition.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'': Detroit Deluxe is supposedly "The City of the Future" where everyone is clean and happy, but everyone must dress the same, [=KaneCo=] soldiers and bots constantly pilot the area as well as occasionally terrorize Motorcity. Mike states that they've had their freedom taken away, but their citizens are unaware.
* Nerissa of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' wants to make the multiverse a safe place for all, ridding the universes of evil. To that end, she's hunting down powers equal to that of a ''god'', manipulating everyone from teenagers to adults to the ''friggin' dead'', trying to kill a cat to gain its power and essentially turning everyone against each other and destroying them just to reach that goal.