Playing With / Generic Doomsday Villain

Basic Trope: A villain without believable motivation, goals and plans, defined solely by the threat they pose.
  • Straight: The Big Bad, Emperor Evulz, is an Evil Overlord that wants to Take Over the World and/or destroy it and is all-powerful, and nothing else.
  • Exaggerated: Emperor Evulz does random villain things for no reason whatsoever.
  • Downplayed:
    • Emperor Evulz is merely the second-in-command to the Dark God, who is a fully-developed character.
    • Evulz has a personality and motive, but compared to the other villains is under-developed.
    • Evulz had a proper personality and motives before gaining his powers but once he did, With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
    • Evulz was created by someone with proper motives and reasons to be the muscle behind their plan.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Emperor Evulz actually has some complexity to him...
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • The characters point out how one-note and completely unremarkable he is.
    • Emperor Evulz is the Big Bad, yet every other villain working for him has a fully developed personality and ambitions. The joke is from General Dusk's inability to have any relationship with his master.
  • Zig Zagged: His complexity varies between episodes.
  • Averted: He's actually a very complex villain.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers are lazy.
    • The writers are portraying the villain as a force of nature instead of an individual.
    • The writers are trying to portray their villain as a force of nature, but he ends up coming off as so minimal a character they might as well have had a literal force of nature threatening the heroes.
    • The writers are focusing on some other detail (such as The Hero Bob's reaction to his father dying) and decide to make their Monster of the Week as vanilla as possible so he won't get in the way of the more plot-important, Character Development-creating drama.
  • Lampshaded: "Okay, why are you doing what you're doing, Emperor Evulz? Seriously, you must have some motive!"
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz wants to be seen as an implacable force of nature because he feels that it demoralizes his opponents.
  • Exploited: The heroes defeat Emperor Evulz by asking him what his motivation is. Upon realizing that he has nothing to gain by doing what he does and nothing to lose by not doing it, Evulz keels over on the spot.
  • Defied:
    • Emperor Evulz will go on Motive Rants when people assume he has no purpose.
    • Emperor Evulz is a villain in a Show Within a Show, and his actor ad libs several lines to give him more personality.
  • Discussed: "The emperor is not like you or I; his evil is without purpose, without motivation, done more as if by some physical law than by conscious action on his part. But perhaps...it is better that way. It is better, then, than malice from a very understandable cause..."
  • Conversed: "Why does he want to conquer/destroy the world? Because the hero upset him. Why does the hero upset him? Because he wanted to destroy the world! We have some circular writing here, folks!"
  • Implied: When Evulz is asked what his goal is, he shrugs and continues his wave of destruction.
  • Deconstructed:
    • It turns out Emperor Evulz was built for the express purpose of destruction, and when called on it, will start to question why he does stuff like this.
    • Emperor Evulz becomes an In-Universe example of The Scrappy, with the protagonists and antagonists losing care about Evulz's place in the grand scheme of things. The destruction and death Evulz leaves behind is cleaned up and dealt with, and quickly forgotten afterwards.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Evulz doesn't even understand what a motive IS, and is confounded by the hero asking him why he does what he does.
  • Played For Drama: Emperor Evulz is an incredibly powerful psychopath who's decided to do as much harm as possible. It's not even something like basic sadism, Greed or Lust. He's just an Empty Shell who kills people in creative, horrible ways. His lack of proper motivation is so inhuman that it makes him far more effective at being terrifying than any stated motive could've done.


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