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* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3: Dante's Awakening'': Arkham's entire plot is nothing more than to steal Sparda's power for himself and become a god.

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** ''Devil May Cry
3: Dante's Awakening'': Arkham's entire plot is nothing more than to steal Sparda's power for himself and become a god.god. He previously sacrificed his own wife in a ritual for power to this end.
** ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry5'': [[BigBad Urizen]] only cares about gaining power, and if he has to unleash a blood-sucking demon tree upon the human world and slaughter an entire city full of humans to get it, then so be it. Sadly, this bites him in the ass; Dante is ultimately able to defeat Urizen because he actually fights to protect others and those he cares about, whereas Urizen just wants power for power's sake.


** Everything Cell does throughout the Cell Saga, which includes [[ImAHumanitarian eating 600,000 innocent people]] and killing hundreds of others in cold blood, is solely so he can attain ultimate power. Once he does obtain his power and becomes perfect, his endgame is solely to use it to hunt down and kill every last human on Earth one at a time, [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming savoring their fear and terror as he does so]], and then go to other planets and repeat the process until [[OmnicidalManiac everything's dead]].

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** Everything Cell does throughout the Cell Saga, which includes [[ImAHumanitarian [[ToServeMan eating 600,000 innocent people]] and killing hundreds of others in cold blood, is solely so he can attain ultimate power. Once he does obtain his power and becomes perfect, his endgame is solely to use it to hunt down and kill every last human on Earth one at a time, [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming savoring their fear and terror as he does so]], and then go to other planets and repeat the process until [[OmnicidalManiac everything's dead]].

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': Pre-Crisis, Doctor Cyber ran an international criminal syndicate dedicated to world domination and was willing to do whatever it took to take over the world.

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* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': Kiloran has no apparent goal beyond becoming the tyrant of Sileria, using increasingly harsh methods to achieve that end.


* Christopher Tolkein in his analysis of the ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' describes this as Sauron's whole motivation for taking over Middle Earth, unlike his old master Morgoth who became an OmnicidalManiac who wanted to grind the whole world into dust (which still would not satisfy him because the dust would still exist) because he did not create it himself.

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* Christopher Tolkein Tolkien in his analysis of the ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' describes this as Sauron's whole motivation for taking over Middle Earth, unlike his old master Morgoth who became an OmnicidalManiac who wanted to grind the whole world into dust (which still would not satisfy him because the dust would still exist) because he did not create it himself.

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* Hades from ''Disney/Hercules'' is willing to have a coalition with the destructives forces of nature that the Titans represent and let them turn Earth into a apocalyptic wasteland, as long as they remember who is the top-manager-guy upstairs.


* This is the motivation of [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in contrast to his WellIntentionedExtremist grandfather Sozin. To drive the point home, he relinquishes the title of Fire Lord to his daughter [[TheDragon Azula]] and declares himself the [[GodEmperor Phoenix King]].

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* This is the motivation of [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in contrast to his WellIntentionedExtremist grandfather Sozin.[[PredecessorVillain Sozin]] who believed that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. To drive the point home, he relinquishes the title of Fire Lord to his daughter [[TheDragon Azula]] and declares himself the [[GodEmperor Phoenix King]].


* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the first part of a season finale, ''The Sound of Drums'', ends with The Master taking over the world. His first order of business? "Remove one-tenth of the population."
** Then, in another season's first part of a finale episode, ''The End of Time'', ends with The Master taking over the world... sound familiar? This time he changes everyone on planet Earth into himself, which effectively makes our species extinct.
** His main motivation here was never actually power, though--back when he had truly selfish motives, he usually focused on true immortality, to replace the limited Time Lord kind. He messes with Earth like that partly because it's fun, but mostly because ''it will hurt the Doctor''. "Look, Theta! I can break your toys! Cry!"
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Varys comments that Littlefinger "would see this kingdom burn if he could be king of the ashes."

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the first part of a season finale, ''The Sound of Drums'', ends with The Master taking over the world. His first order of business? "Remove one-tenth of the population."
''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Then, in another season's first part of a finale episode, ''The End of Time'', ends with The Master taking over the world... sound familiar? This time he changes everyone on planet Earth into himself, which effectively makes our species extinct.
** His main motivation here was never actually power, though--back when he had truly selfish motives, he usually focused on true immortality, to replace the limited Time Lord kind. He messes with Earth like that partly because it's fun, but mostly because ''it will hurt the Doctor''. "Look, Theta! I can break your toys! Cry!"
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
Varys comments that Littlefinger "would see this kingdom burn if he could be king of the ashes."



** The collectible version of ''TabletopGame/{{Illuminati}}'' offers the Power For Its Own Sake card, changing the goal of the game for its player into simple accumulation of power without regard for the conspiracy's ideology.

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** * The collectible version of ''TabletopGame/{{Illuminati}}'' offers the Power For Its Own Sake card, changing the goal of the game for its player into simple accumulation of power without regard for the conspiracy's ideology.


** Darth Vader was never in absolute command, but he did some bad things for power, too. Vader wanted "to bring order to the galaxy", though, and once naively talked about trying to stop people from dying. Palpatine got him on board by convincing him that this will lead to peace, and he had to convince himself that the Jedi and the Republic were corrupt (not unjustified, even though Palpatine was the architect of much of this anyway). He is thus a very dark example of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and he did not want power for its own sake.



* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', [[spoiler:Dimentio wants to destroy all worlds, and replace them with "perfect new ones."]]


They will, if they deem it necessary, nearly destroy the world in pursuit of this goal. Power and position are what they are after and they are not particularly fussy about the state of the world insofar as those ambitions go. Ideology and especially morality are secondary, which means examples of this trope are rarely portrayed in a sympathetic light.

This is not to say that they will not care what society looks like after they take over, or that they will have no [[VisionaryVillain visions for the future]]. It simply means that power is their primary goal, and they will do anything to achieve that, even sacrifice whatever beliefs they may have. Some of them are vain and petty enough however to care only about them being number one and not willing to accept any form of responsibility which such power would entail. On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, they tend to be very much on the Cynical side. In other words, they may suffer from MotiveDecay when it turns out that the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Utopia]] they promised to build has been sacrificed for the sake of their own personal power.

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They will, if they deem it necessary, nearly destroy the world in pursuit of this goal. Power and position are what they are after and they are not particularly fussy about the state of the world insofar as those ambitions go. Ideology and especially morality are secondary, which means examples of this trope are rarely portrayed in a sympathetic light.

light.[[note]]Depending on the scale of the story, the villain need not be out to dominate "the world" specifically. This trope is equally applicable to a villain who's out to take over something smaller. Or frequently in fantasy and sci-fi stories, something ''larger''. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible What's important is that the villain desires this power for its own sake rather than as a means to an end.]][[/note]]

This is not to say that they will not care what society looks like after they take over, or that they will have no [[VisionaryVillain visions for the future]]. It simply means that power is their primary goal, and they will do anything to achieve that, even sacrifice whatever beliefs they may have. And ultimately, whatever plans and visions they might have for after they attain the power they seek will have the purpose of perpetuating that power. Some of them are vain and petty enough however to care only about them being number one and not willing to accept any form of responsibility which such power would entail. On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, they tend to be very much on the Cynical side. In other words, they may suffer from MotiveDecay when it turns out that the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Utopia]] they promised to build has been sacrificed for the sake of their own personal power.



* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', [[TheEvilPrince Gihren Zabi]] fully believes this. He's a SocialDarwinist and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-wannabe, but his own personal power comes first and foremost. To that end, he unleashes [[DeadlyGas chemical weapons]] against the Earth Federation, turns his brother's funeral into a political rally, and cuts off his father, [[NonActionBigBad Sovereign Degwin]], from all true political power, ultimately [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion committing]] {{patricide}}]]. His sister, Kycilia, is more ideological than he is, but given her [[TheStarscream treacherous nature]] and desire for power, it's likely that she too subscribes to this, and like Gihren, there are few lines she will not cross, experimenting on Newtypes, authorising M'Quve's [[NukeEm nuclear attack on Odessa]], and [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion shooting Gihren in order to usurp his position]].]]

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', [[TheEvilPrince Gihren Zabi]] fully believes this. He's a SocialDarwinist and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-wannabe, but his own personal power comes first and foremost. To that end, he unleashes [[DeadlyGas chemical weapons]] against the Earth Federation, turns his brother's funeral into a political rally, and cuts off his father, [[NonActionBigBad Sovereign Degwin]], from all true political power, ultimately [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion committing]] {{patricide}}]]. His sister, Kycilia, is more ideological than he is, but given her [[TheStarscream treacherous nature]] and desire for power, it's likely that she too subscribes to this, and like Gihren, there are few lines she will not cross, experimenting on Newtypes, authorising M'Quve's [[NukeEm nuclear attack on Odessa]], and [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion shooting Gihren in order to usurp his position]].]]]] Though that last ''could'' have been motivated by [[spoiler:revenge for Gihren's murder of their father, because he was in the process of losing the war, or both]].

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Everything Sugou Nobuyuki does throughout the Fairy Dance arc is for the sake of [[AGodAmI making himself a god]], both in ALO and in the real world. This is a key component in his MindControl research and experiments on the 300 SAO players.


* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Frieza only cares about staying in power as "the strongest being in the universe" and will wipe out entire races to do so. That's why he seeks out immortality, so he can stay that way forever.

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Frieza only cares about staying in power as "the strongest being in the universe" and will wipe out entire races to do so. That's why he seeks out immortality, so he can stay that way forever.forever.
** Everything Cell does throughout the Cell Saga, which includes [[ImAHumanitarian eating 600,000 innocent people]] and killing hundreds of others in cold blood, is solely so he can attain ultimate power. Once he does obtain his power and becomes perfect, his endgame is solely to use it to hunt down and kill every last human on Earth one at a time, [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming savoring their fear and terror as he does so]], and then go to other planets and repeat the process until [[OmnicidalManiac everything's dead]].
** Played with in regards to Goku Black. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Although he fully believes that he's doing the right thing by destroying the cities to kill all the mortals on Earth]], he isn't happy about all the destruction and mourns how bad the Earth looks as he observes the ruined West City.

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* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': Hela craves absolute power in the cosmos and cares not whether she will make it a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans better]] or [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans worse]] place -- all she wants is to rule over others.


* Unalaq from ''WesternAnimtion/TheLegendOfKorra'' is also driven by lust for power. He underhandedly got his brother banished from the Northern Water Tribe so he could become chief, and later manipulated said brother's daughter, [[GodInHumanForm the Avatar]] repeatedly in order to further his goal: [[spoiler:to become the Avatar of Vaatu, [[GodOfEvil spirit of evil]], and rule the entire world.]]

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Unalaq from ''WesternAnimtion/TheLegendOfKorra'' is also driven by lust for power. He underhandedly got his brother banished from the Northern Water Tribe so he could become chief, and later manipulated said brother's daughter, [[GodInHumanForm the Avatar]] repeatedly in order to further his goal: [[spoiler:to become the Avatar of Vaatu, [[GodOfEvil spirit of evil]], and rule the entire world.]]

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** This is the driving philosophy of Sith Lords in general. Each Sith Lord's main goal in life is to obtain as much power as possible, with the ultimate goal being for the Sith to eventually take over the galaxy. There is no known plan for what they would do ''after'' coming into power, the most important thing as far as the Sith are concerned is simply that they're in charge.

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