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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': The BigBad Embryo himself. Originally, his goal was to RestartTheWorld that he has created, which has been plagued with rampant decadence and humanity reveling in copious of bigotry even with his own idea of making the Norma group overall scapegoats to prevent destructive wars. He decided that ItIsBeyondSaving and only a reset will do. Then he came across Ange and all of the sudden, the previous reasoning that might have made sense (the audience has been shown what kind of bastards these 'humans' have become thanks to his Mana) were swept aside in favor of Embryo thinking that he's better off as a harem protagonist while destroying the world and making Ange his top harem lover, and doing it in a super creepy way that makes people not able to see his old reasoning and rightfully wanted him dead.


*** This is capitalized in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', during which he ''succeeds'' at collecting the Dragon Balls before any of the heroes even know he's doing it. When a henchman naturally assumes he's going to wish for immortality, Frieza dismisses the notion as [[RevengeBeforeReason it would eliminate any challenge in taking his revenge.]] No, instead he intends to wish [[spoiler: to be ''[[TheNapoleon five inches taller]]''.]]

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*** This is capitalized in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', during which he ''succeeds'' at collecting the Dragon Balls before any of the heroes even know he's doing it. When a henchman naturally assumes he's going to wish for immortality, Frieza dismisses the notion as [[RevengeBeforeReason it would eliminate any challenge in taking his revenge.]] revenge]]. No, instead he intends to wish [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to be ''[[TheNapoleon five inches taller]]''.]]taller]]'']].

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*** This is capitalized in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', during which he ''succeeds'' at collecting the Dragon Balls before any of the heroes even know he's doing it. When a henchman naturally assumes he's going to wish for immortality, Frieza dismisses the notion as [[RevengeBeforeReason it would eliminate any challenge in taking his revenge.]] No, instead he intends to wish [[spoiler: to be ''[[TheNapoleon five inches taller]]''.]]


** Tobi is actually a subversion. We are initially led to believe that he is actually Madara Uchiha, the real one of which rather did come in this flavor. With the revelation that he's actually [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha, a childhood friend of Kakashi's, we learn that his sole motivation is to destroy the world because he thinks it's not real after [[TheLostLenore the girl he liked died]], because [[InsaneTrollLogic a world where something bad can happen to the girl he liked can't possibly be real]].]]

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** Tobi is actually a subversion. We are initially led to believe that he is actually Madara Uchiha, the real one of which rather did come in this flavor. With the revelation that he's actually [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha, a childhood friend of Kakashi's, we learn that his sole motivation is to destroy the world and trap everyone in it in a LotusEaterMachine because he thinks it's not real after [[TheLostLenore the girl he liked loved died]], because [[InsaneTrollLogic a world where something bad can happen to the girl he liked can't possibly be real]].real]]. He never once deviated from or lost sight of that goal since the day she died and Madara revealed his plans for the LotusEaterMachine.]]

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** Alain in the ''XY&Z'' series suffers from this, as well. He starts out wanting to get a Mega Stone to study Mega Evolution with Professor Sycamore. By the time of the series' climax, he's constantly trading reasons just to get stronger with his original goal practically irrelevant until his HeroicBSOD sets him back on the right path.

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* PlayedForLaughs with about the ''entire cast'' of ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''. Several characters are introduced with some goal they want to achieve, but the nonsensical air of the titular school overcomes them and suddenly they don't know what they want out of life anymore. Not only this results in a few [[AbortedArc aborted arcs]], but also goes as far as the manga itself eventually getting cancelled and the author reportedly not realizing it for ''two whole months''!


* Invoked over the course of ''Manga/DeathNote''. Light Yagami's megalomania causes him to completely lose sight of his original goal ([[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans to improve the world by removing its criminal element]]) and degrade into using the Death Note to [[AGodAmI become "The God of the New World" and destroy his enemies]], as well as clean up any undesirables; by the final chpaters, he's starting to kill people for being "lazy". He also turns from a ManipulativeBastard who carefully plans everything out into a CardCarryingVillain who is so sure of his own success that the very concept of his own failure seems to confuse him. Many a character points out that Light is little better than a serial killer by the end, but Light's so blinded by his pride that it takes [[spoiler:his impending death]] for him to catch on.

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* Invoked over the course of ''Manga/DeathNote''. Light Yagami's megalomania causes him to completely lose sight of his original goal ([[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans to improve the world by removing its criminal element]]) and degrade into using the Death Note to [[AGodAmI become "The God of the New World" and destroy his enemies]], as well as clean up any undesirables; by the final chpaters, chapters, he's starting to kill people for being "lazy". He also turns from a ManipulativeBastard who carefully plans everything out into a CardCarryingVillain who is so sure of his own success that the very concept of his own failure seems to confuse him. Many a character points out that Light is little better than a serial killer by the end, but Light's so blinded by his pride that it takes [[spoiler:his impending death]] for him to catch on.


* Lampshaded and ultimately justified in ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby''. While Ryo's ultimate goals are ostensibly to save humanity from demons and expose them to the world, he starts to realize that his actions over the course of the series (including trying to kill innocent civilians and [[spoiler: using the revelation of the existence of demons to create martial law and sow panic and violence amongst the populace]]) run more and more counter to it, eventually leading him to return to South America for answers. [[spoiler: There he discovers that he's actually the reincarnation of Satan, and his actions have been serving his own subconscious plans to destroy humanity, and from there he fully embraces this role.]]

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* Lampshaded and ultimately justified in ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby''. While Ryo's ultimate goals are ostensibly to save humanity from demons and expose them to the world, he starts to realize that his actions over the course of the series (including trying to kill innocent civilians and [[spoiler: using the revelation of the existence of demons to create martial law and sow panic and violence amongst the populace]]) run more and more counter to it, eventually leading him to return to South America for answers. [[spoiler: There he discovers that he's actually the reincarnation of Satan, and his actions have been serving his own subconscious plans to destroy humanity, humanity and pave the way for demons to retake the Earth, and from there he fully embraces this role.]]


* Lampshaded and ultimately justified in ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby''. While Ryo's ultimate goals are ostensibly to save humanity from demons and expose them to the world, his actions over the course of the series (including trying to kill innocent civilians and [[spoiler: using the revelation of the existence of demons to create martial law and sow panic and violence amongst the populace]]) run more and more counter to it, eventually leading him to return to South America for answers. [[spoiler: There he discovers that he's actually the reincarnation of Satan, and his actions have been serving his own subconscious plans to destroy humanity, and from there he fully embraces this role.]]

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* Lampshaded and ultimately justified in ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby''. While Ryo's ultimate goals are ostensibly to save humanity from demons and expose them to the world, he starts to realize that his actions over the course of the series (including trying to kill innocent civilians and [[spoiler: using the revelation of the existence of demons to create martial law and sow panic and violence amongst the populace]]) run more and more counter to it, eventually leading him to return to South America for answers. [[spoiler: There he discovers that he's actually the reincarnation of Satan, and his actions have been serving his own subconscious plans to destroy humanity, and from there he fully embraces this role.]]

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* Lampshaded and ultimately justified in ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby''. While Ryo's ultimate goals are ostensibly to save humanity from demons and expose them to the world, his actions over the course of the series (including trying to kill innocent civilians and [[spoiler: using the revelation of the existence of demons to create martial law and sow panic and violence amongst the populace]]) run more and more counter to it, eventually leading him to return to South America for answers. [[spoiler: There he discovers that he's actually the reincarnation of Satan, and his actions have been serving his own subconscious plans to destroy humanity, and from there he fully embraces this role.]]


* Toward the end of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', someone with the people skills and political savvy to become Prime Minister becomes an all-consuming openly megalomaniacal beast with nothing more important to do than indulge in evil laughter and pull grotesque faces. What makes this {{Egregious}} is that before he appeared to have a plan with substantially evil implications on the lives of real people, but that all degenerates into BondVillainStupidity just to terrorize a little girl he claims to worship.

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* Toward the end of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', someone with the people skills and political savvy to become Prime Minister becomes an all-consuming openly megalomaniacal beast with nothing more important to do than indulge in evil laughter and pull grotesque faces. What makes this {{Egregious}} JustForFun/{{Egregious}} is that before he appeared to have a plan with substantially evil implications on the lives of real people, but that all degenerates into BondVillainStupidity just to terrorize a little girl he claims to worship.


** Blue Cosmos from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' suffers greatly from this trope. Originally they were an environmental pressure group, but after Human genetic enhancement became possible they shifted their focus to preventing widespread genetic modification. After genetic enhancement did become widespread they became a militant/terrorist organization bent on killing anyone who had their DNA altered. When war finally breaks out between the genetically enhanced Coordinators and the natural humans of Earth Blue Cosmos begins artificially enhancing their own people to fight one on one with the Coordinators ([[SarcasmMode because apparently it's okay if the enhancements are based on cybernetics and addictive drugs rather than genetic modification]]). Then it all turns out they were just a catspaw to Logos who do it for [[WarForFunAndProfit profit]].

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** Blue Cosmos from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' suffers greatly from this trope. Originally they were an environmental pressure group, but after Human genetic enhancement became possible they shifted their focus to preventing widespread genetic modification. After genetic enhancement did become widespread they became [[MugglePower a militant/terrorist organization organization]] [[FantasticRacism bent on killing anyone who had their DNA altered. altered]]. When war finally breaks out between the genetically enhanced Coordinators and the natural humans of Earth Blue Cosmos begins artificially enhancing their own people to fight one on one with the Coordinators ([[SarcasmMode ([[{{Hypocrite}} because apparently it's okay okay]] if the enhancements are based on cybernetics and [[PsychoSerum addictive drugs drugs]] rather than genetic modification]]).modification). Then it all turns out they were just a catspaw to Logos who do it for [[WarForFunAndProfit profit]]. (Although the last one is said by the BigBad of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny sequel]] to incite people so it may or may not be true.)


** Brock's life goal was to be a great Pokémon breeder. Unfortunately, the CasanovaWannabe part of his characterization [[{{Flanderization}} consumed the character]]. He finally left the show becoming a Pokémon '''doctor'''.

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** Brock's life goal was to be a great Pokémon breeder. Unfortunately, the CasanovaWannabe part of his characterization [[{{Flanderization}} consumed the character]]. He finally left the show becoming a Pokémon '''doctor'''. At the same time, he was usually shown taking care of Pokemon when need be and already took care of his younger siblings. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps he found a new calling.]]



** Also, Ash's goal was ToBeAMaster; that is, to become the world's greatest Pokémon Master (a Pokémon Master being a trainer who is an official part of the Pokémon League, though exactly how one achieves that was always vague). Nowadays, this goal is barely referenced, and Ash seems to be going around fighting Pokémon battles for the heck of it. In Season 9, he was even offered the position of Frontier Brain, which would probably make him a Pokémon Master, but he turned it down.

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** Also, Ash's goal was ToBeAMaster; that is, to become the world's greatest Pokémon Master (a Pokémon Master being a trainer who is an official part of the Pokémon League, though exactly how one achieves that was always vague). Nowadays, this goal is barely referenced, and Ash seems to be going around fighting Pokémon battles for the heck of it. In Season 9, he was even offered the position of Frontier Brain, which would probably make him a Pokémon Master, but he turned it down. At the same time, we've never heard how '''Ash''' himself defines a Pokemon Master. Alternately, perhaps he feels he hasn't become one yet, which is why he continues traveling.


* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy Mustang]] starts out trying to become the best damn leader in the world, but it starts to go wrong when he faces Envy, [[spoiler:who killed Hughes]]. Fortunately, Hawkeye helps him out. [[spoiler:With death threats.]]
** A better example would be the BigBad -- he originally started out as [[spoiler:a lab experiment who couldn't survive outside of the tiny flask it was created in, and caused the end of an ancient civilization to gain a human body of its own]]. After that, it starts an elaborate AncientConspiracy, sealing itself in a dark underground hideout, preparing for the day it can [[spoiler:absorb God]]. Van Hohenheim even points out that it's essentially back where it started.

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* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy Mustang]] starts out trying pursues his goal of becoming Fuhrer so he can fix Amestris' democracy and return power to become the best damn leader in the world, but it starts to go wrong people as atonement for himself and what they did with Ishval. However, he nearly loses sight of this when he faces Envy, fights Envy [[spoiler:who killed Hughes]]. Fortunately, While he doesn't become obsessed over it, Ed points out that he would fail in his goal if he were to become consumed with rage, something that '''Scar''' points out as well. Hawkeye helps is the one to bring back him out. [[spoiler:With death threats.back to senses [[spoiler: by threatening him and herself.]]
** A better example would be [[PlayingWithATrope PlayedWith]] regarding the BigBad -- he originally started out as [[spoiler:a lab experiment who couldn't survive outside of the tiny flask it was created in, and caused thus just wanted to be free from it. It accomplished this goal by sacrificing the end of an ancient civilization to gain city's population for form a human body of its own]].for itself and immortality for him and Hoenheim, who was born from his blood]]. After that, it starts an elaborate AncientConspiracy, sealing itself in a dark underground hideout, preparing for the day it can [[spoiler:absorb God]]. Van Hohenheim even points out that it's essentially back where At the same time, the BigBad just sees ''that'' goal as the next step of their original goal. It just went from being [[spoiler: free from its flask to free from any constraints, including what it started.called God.]]


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** Like his anime counterpart, Zamasu in the ''Dragon Ball Super'' manga started off as a KnightTemplar who saw mortals as evil and wanted to destroy them all to create a perfect world. But whereas anime Zamasu retained his vision and still revered the gods [[spoiler: even after killing them]], manga Zamasu lost all of his noble intentions and wanted to become the TopGod just for the sake of it and denounced his fellow gods as beneath him.

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