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  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation has Zartan play this role. While impersonating the U.S. President he tells the real President (locked up in a bunker) that he likes destruction, pretty much admitting that this is the real reason he works for Cobra Commander. Late in the film, when he reveals that COBRA has built a Kill Sat with powerful kinetio weapons that can destroy cities he states that they are "none of the fallout, all of the fun".
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  • Battle Royale features a character Kazuo Kiriyama who voluntarily entered the Program, with kids he had never met, just for the fun of it. The others are all unwilling conscripts.
  • Sky High (2005): Penny, Speed, and Lash, apparently. Unlike Gwen and Stitches they're never given a Freudian Excuse or likable quirk, and they seem to be fairly popular in school, which would write off being kindred spirits to Gwen as motivation.
  • The Dark Knight
    • The Nolanverse version of The Joker is the page image for a reason. He does not care about lost lives or pain, including his own. He has no desire for power, wealth or any tangible material gains. He lives without rules and enjoys showing others how stupid it is to live with theirs. He finds destroying social and moral standards as amusing as blowing up hospitals. Every time he puts on the Straw Nihilist act, it's to someone whom he is trying to convince to forsake their moral code.
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    • The Burmese Bandit in Alfred's story (who is the second subject of the page quote) stole gems that were intended to be given by the SAS to various tribes as bribes, and then threw them away, implying that he only stole for the "sport" robbing the military provided him - whether or not this was the truth is unknown, as the Bandit was never caught by the English forces... alive, that is.
    • Also, the SAS, in that story. Their response to a single bandit making a bit of a nuisance for them? Burning down the forest that they came for.
  • Angela Baker in the Sleepaway Camp sequels. She kills the people who commit the standard Slasher Movie 'sins' first, but after that she goes on to kill the regular people, all the while smiling, singing, and even skipping on occasion.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Dead Man's Chest introduces Davy Jones, who... well it's not the most clear-cut thing ever, he has a sympathetic backstory, and for part of At World's End has him being manipulated by another villain. But it doesn't change the fact that he's passed at least one Moral Event Horizon, and most of his actions from that point forward have no apparent aim than simply causing pain and suffering.
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    • The fourth film brings in Blackbeard, who is almost as nasty as Jones but doesn't have a tragic backstory.
    Blackbeard: No sir, the fact of it be much simpler than all that. I am a bad man.
  • Ramon Rojo from A Fistful of Dollars. He just enjoys killing and robbing.
  • In For a Few Dollars More, there is no reason why El Indio tortures Manco and Colonel Mortimer (just for fun) or rapes Mortimer's sister.
  • Deadpool (2016): Even after Wade gains his powers, and there is no need to put him back in the asphyxiation device, Ajax puts him back in the machine, driven by a desire to inflict pointless cruelty.
  • The main character's partner in End of Days suggests they cast their lot with Satan under the reasoning that their long careers as mercenaries meant they had no chance of "going upstairs" anyway, so they might as well have fun while alive. The partner having been set on fire at the time of the deal and being offered a way out of getting burned to a crisp from the Devil was also fairly persuasive.
  • The evil scientist from The Human Centipede wants to join together three peoples' digestive systems. Why? Well, why not?
  • Castor Troy from Face/Off loves to do evil things just to torment Sean Archer. Best emphasized in his first standoff with Archer when he says, "You're not having any fun, are you, Sean? Why don't you come with us? Try terrorism for hire, we'll blow some shit up. It's more fun!"
  • Kathryn's reason for destroying her Ladykiller in Love stepbrother's relationship in Cruel Intentions.
    Kathryn: You were very much in love with her. And you're still in love with her. But It Amused Me to make you ashamed of it. You gave up on the first person you ever loved because I threatened your reputation. Don't you get it? You're just a toy, Sebastian. A little toy I like to play with. And now you've completely blown it with her. I think it's the saddest thing I've ever heard.
    • In the prequel, her twisted relationship with Sebastian was started when he was a relatively normal guy whose father married her mother and Kathryn, "for the evulz" arranged for him to be seduced, while simultaneously setting up a fake "true love" to fall for him, before revealing the con, turning him into her semi-incestuous male counterpart, as he was in the first film. Although it does attempt to retcon out her reluctance to indulge his semi-incestuous lust for her.
  • The sociopathic door gunner from Full Metal Jacket. While machine-gunning Vietnamese peasants from his helicopter:
    Joker: How can you shoot women and children?
    Gunner: Easy. You just don't lead 'em so much! (cackles) Ain't war hell?
  • Deconstructed by the two killers in Funny Games. They give several conflicting backstories and motives, but ultimately they have none. They exist solely to be the villains of the film.
  • Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Blonde, who tortures a cop not to get information, but because "it's amusing" to torture a cop.
  • Schindler's List: Amon Goeth, a Untersturmführer Nazi overseeing construction of a concentration camp. The man sniped his prisoners during his free time, severely beat and enslaved a woman who, in a different reality, he might have called a wife, blew the brains out of an argumentative engineer because 'we're not going to have arguments with these people,' shot a 14 year-old boy for failing to completely clean his bathtub, and when asked, during an 'Aktion' (pre-deportation sorting of prisoners) 'what was going on,' thought the question was about his semi-annual medical physical. "He does this," Schindler explains to Helen Hirsch, "because [his other victims] mean nothing to him." Ralph Fiennes nailed his portrayal so effectively that one Holocaust survivor who met him on set began to shake uncontrollably because he felt so much like the real Goeth.
  • The three killers from The Strangers.
    "Why are you doing this to us?"
    "Because you were home."
  • Lola from Transporter 2 is outright Ax-Crazy. When the hero asks her why she slaughters people nearly at will she says, "Because it's fun".
  • The Warriors. Main villain Luther kills the city's most powerful and charismatic gang leader, Cyrus, before he can unite the gangs together in order to take over the city. Is Luther in league with the cops? The mob? Is he making a power play for himself? Nope! He did it just because he likes to do stuff like that.
    Swan: Why'd you do it? Why'd you waste Cyrus?
    Luther: No reason. I just like doing things like that.
  • The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the West. Hey, bitch stole her shoes - that shit don't fly in the merry old land of Oz.
  • Michael Myers from the Halloween films is never given a concrete motivation (they're always retconned) and Dr. Loomis, his psychiatrist, is convinced that Myers is pure evil, plain and simple. Moreover, he isn't even shown to enjoy his actions. Apparently, he murders people for no reason, which makes him all the more frightening.
    Doctor Loomis: I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six year old child with his blank, pale, emotionless face... the blackest eyes, the Devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil.
  • Daisy Pringle, a Creepy Child from The Wicker Man (1973).
    Daisy: The little old beetle goes 'round and 'round. Always the same way, y'see, until it ends up right up tight to the nail. Poor old thing!
    Sgt. Howie: 'Poor old thing'? Then why in God's name do you do it, girl?
  • The truck-driver in Duel.
  • Chad in In the Company of Men. When asked why he manipulated a deaf woman into a love triangle, he says "Because I could."
  • A Clockwork Orange: Alex and his droogs partake in rape and ultraviolence for the pleasure of it. This eventually leads Alex into conflict with the rest of his gang. He's fine with just robbing the people he brutalizes for spending cash, but the rest of the gang want to start earning a real profit from their endeavors.
  • A deleted scene in Dogma revealed that the triplets from Hell died, when they were being carted to Juvenile Hall for bashing in a baby's head to see what it would look like.
  • Josie and the Pussycats, of all places. As soon as the band and Wyatt meet he is nothing but rude and dismissive of Valerie, to the point of leaving her by the side of the road when their car starts (He thought she was "already in") and delivering only two party invitations instead of three (Well, she could still come anyway). Towards the end of the film she learns too much, so then he begins to deliberately try to push her out of the picture for the sake of the evil plan, but for the first hour there is absolutely no goal or plan, he seems to be doing it just to watch her squirm. In the commentary, it is stated that Wyatt is less interested in Valerie because of her being the bassist. Though I have thought this lack of interest had led him dismissing her inattentively as simply being "forgetful" toward her, rather than it deliberately done out of spite.
  • The villain in The Vanishing is an emotional blank slate. The greatest high of his life was when he saved his daughter from drowning. Now he wants to see if he can get a similar high from doing something really evil.
  • In The Crow, Top Dollar gives a speech about how profiting from Devil's Night has grown boring to him and the criminals of the city should sow mayhem purely for the evil of it.
  • In Space Buddies, Dr. Finkle mentions that if the mission fails, he will take Pi's place at Vision Enterprises. He is specifically told that Vision Enterprises would be crippled by the bad PR that the mission failure would cause now the media knows there are pet dogs on board the shuttle. Dr. Finkle continues trying to screw everyone over regardless.
  • The Search for Santa Paws has Ms. Stout, the evil head of the orphanage who hates Christmas. She isn't even given a Freudian Excuse, she just hates Christmas for no reason. And she destroys any toys and decorations she finds in the orphans' possession. The only thing she does with an actual motivation is attempt to run off with her boyfriend with embezzled money and leave the orphans by themselves.
  • Paranormal Activity: Katie's demon. Honestly, it slams the door shut then bangs on the other side of it just to fuck with them. Indeed, Katie even acknowledges this trope when she asks "Do you think it would have left footprints if it didn't want to? Do you think it would do ANYTHING if it didn't want to?" In the 2007 ending, the demon fucks with them one last time. Just before the police discover Katie, a light down the hall is turned on and then turned off. The police end up shooting Katie because they were startled by the sound of someone slamming a door behind them.
  • This is discussed in the Scream series, which was lampshading various horror film tropes. Randy points out about halfway through the first film that in various horror movies "Motives are incidental." Most Ghostfaces claim to have a Freudian Excuse, although Sidney's Kirk Summation in the third film implies that they're all just that excuses to kill people For the Evulz. The exception to this is Jill, who openly admits that she's a horrible monster and cites that "sick is the new sane".
  • Several of the villains in 8mm. The rich old man who commissioned the snuff film? According to his lawyer, "He did it because he could." Machine, the man who actually committed the murder, sums it up horrifically:
    Machine: Mommy didn't beat me. Daddy didn't rape me. I'm this way because I am. There's no mystery. Things I do, I do them because I like them! Because I want to!
  • In No Country for Old Men, Anton Chigurh is a strange subversion, as he kills people based on the toss of a coin just to confirm his own bizarre set of morals that make sense only to him. At one point he tries to shoot a bird simply out of idle spite.
  • Scorpio from the Dirty Harry series starts out asking for ransom money, but as time goes on is implied to be more so motivated by the "fun" of committing his crimes.
    Scorpio: I've changed my mind. I'm going to let her die! I just wanted you to know that. You hear me? I just wanted you to know that before I killed you!
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  • Terry Silver in The Karate Kid Part III is an unintentional example. He's supposed to be helping avenge his war buddy John Kreese and restore the dignity of the Cobra Kai, but in practice he's far too into it given that it's not his disgrace, seems to be aware that his buddy Kreese is the one who stepped over the line, and is neglecting his multi-million dollar business to get vengeance on a teenager and his elderly mentor. Also, the vengeance is all his idea and is planned and executed by him with Kreese only getting to jump out from behind a cardboard cut-out to scare Daniel in one scene.
    • It is shown earlier that his business is built on bad practices, namely burying toxic waste (because 80s), so as long as he comes out okay he cares not at all how the goal is achieved. Kreese's only request to the plan is "make his knuckles bleed" (something that Daniel had nothing to do with), which Silver laughs in delight as to how much fun that will be to do.
  • The Martians from Mars Attacks! are the Played for Laughs version of this trope. They even make us think they can be negotiated with, just to laugh at us when we try, right before they kill us anyway, because they enjoy the killing so much.
    • Almost justified by the poster advertising the film, which said "Nice Planet...We'll take it!"
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger becomes this over the course of the franchise due to Motive Decay. While the first film establishes his Freudian Excuse for being a psychopath as well as his supernatural murders being perpetrated as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for his death, as the series goes on, he becomes more and more sadistic to the point that he inflicts death and misery purely out of gleeful sadism.
  • A relatively mild example occurs in the comedy Airplane! when airport-employee Johnny thinks it's funny to briefly unplug the runway lights just as the plane is making its emergency landing. In the sequel, Simon Kurtz covers up flaws in the shuttle and leaves everyone on it to die for no apparent reason.
  • The gang member at the beginning of Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), who shoots and kills a little girl while they're robbing an ice cream truck just because she's there.
  • Every Todd Solondz character except for Dawn Weiner. Just because they can. This says much about the characters, the world they live in, and Todd Solondz films in general.
  • Boddicker's gang in RoboCop (1987). While they're bank robbers and drug manufacturers who really are out to turn a profit, they could have easily just shot Murphy once to disable him and leave him for dead. Instead, they laugh their asses off while pumping him full of bullets. They only stop when out of ammo (which at least one seems visibly disappointed about), after which their leader outright declares, "Okay, fun's over." Later in the film, they gleefully blow up a few shops along a city street just to see what an anti-tank cannon can do, referring to it as a "new toy."
  • Subverted in Anger Management. Buddy Rydell seem to play this straight toward the end of the film, but turns out in the end to have good intentions with his Zany Scheme and extreme methods. Played straight, though, in several other Adam Sandler films. Especially The Wedding Singer, where Glen cheats on Julia for no real reason other than... because he's a pompous jerk.
  • In Doomsday Machine, the Communist Chinese blow up the Earth for no reason... while they're still on it.
  • In Mommie Dearest, Joan Crawford reveals the reason she adopted Christina: she "thought it was good for publicity."
  • Byzantium: The Captain's motivations for his kidnap, imprisonment and repeated rapes of Clara. Throughout film it's made clear he simply enjoys turning innocent girls into sex slaves for his own sick amusement. Clara was just unlucky enough to be his "favourite girl" he'd sold to the brothel.
  • The Nature Of The Beast: Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts star as a meek serial killer and a brash vagabond. Just before he's murdered, the vagabond finally asks the killer why he chops his victims into little pieces. The killer sneeringly replies, "For the fuck of it."
  • In the final segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, this appears to be the motive of the gremlin in attempting to destroy the airliner; when it realizes it has been thwarted, it just grins, wags its finger at John Lithgow's character and flies away.
  • In Return to Cabin by the Lake, the Film Within a Film's script writer Allison, as part of her attempt to get inside the killer's mind, theorizes that there must have been something that drove Stanley to start murdering teenage girls, such as a bad childhood or his previous writing work never having been recognized. Stanley has to explain that there's no reason that he's as evil as he is; he just enjoys killing people.
  • The opening scroll of Anaconda implies that the Anaconda itself is sadistic, as it regurgitates its prey just for the pleasure of hunting and killing something again. It actually does this in the climax with one unlucky guy, and the victim is still alive after having been devoured.
  • In Lockout, Hydell is just obsessed with causing as much death and mayhem as possible, and he doesn't seem to care that his actions jeopardize his and his teammates' chances of escaping the prison alive.
  • Tom Ripley in Ripley's Game on why he got Jonathan involved in his scheme:
    Tom Ripley: Partly because you insulted me, partly because you could, but mostly because that's the way the game is played.
  • To Kill a Dragon, the Dragon often does this. At one point he blast his own bodyguards just for fun. At another, he tortures a townsman via Groin Attack just to show how obedient they are.
    I was born on a day of a horrible battle! Guards, check this room! (Guards appear, run into the room). Since then I constantly change freinds, especially bodyguards. (Porduces a fireball, throws it into the room with the guards. Screams are heard). Every Day!
  • Unlike Tyrannosaurus rex or Spinosaurus in other Jurassic Park movies, the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World kills humans and other dinosaurs for sport. As for the Indoraptor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, he kills for his sadism.
  • In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren kills his own father, Han Solo, for no other reason than to prove his dedication to the dark side of the Force.
    • And in the rest of the franchise, this generally applies as well. Why would anybody willingly join the Dark Side when it is explicitly stated to be evil multiple times? And then there's Emperor Palpatine, arguably the guy who causes the mess of all three film arcs in the first place, doesn't ever seem to justify his evil actions beyond the fact that he is just plain evil.
    • At first, Darth Vader also appears to be this, choking and murdering anyone he happens to disagree with. The later films in the Original Trilogy hint at a more complex character, but we don't get to see his proper reasoning until the Prequel Trilogy.
  • Hush: The unnamed killer has no apparent motivation.
  • The inexplicably killer birds in The Birds, it isn't explained why whichever type of bird does it (Sparrows, Crows, Seagulls), or why they are attacking and killing the populace. As far as the movie goes, they're just evil killer birds.
  • The Departed: Frank Costello maintains his criminal empire despite nearing seventy not because of wealth or women, but purely out of love for what he does.
  • Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon (1980). He toys with the people of Earth by causing disasters for no other reason than that he's bored.
    Dr. Zarkov: "But why? We are only interested in friendship. Why do you attack us?"
    Ming: "Why not?"
  • The World of Kanako: The bullies, Matsunaga, Aikawa and Kanako torture and torment (usually weaker people just because they can.
  • The end of The Raft segment of Creepshow 2 has the Blob Monster simply leap out of the water, pounce on the victim that made it to shore and almost escaped, and slip quietly back into the water to digest him. This is after it spent the entire movie acting like it couldn't leave the water like that. All the time it spent just floating on the water trying to tip their raft over, feint them into diving overboard to swim for it, or ooze up between the slats of wood was just it playing with it's food.
  • Cool Cat Saves the Kids: Butch the Bully bullies people simply because he's a bully and finds great pleasure in bullying others.
  • In the James Bond film Spectre, aside from bullying Bond for being their father's favorite when they were in their teens, which caused him to commit patricide out of pure malice, Big Bad Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld claims to be "the author of [Bond's] pain". In other words, he states that he is responsible for all of the tragedies Bond faced so far. He also likes to spread wanton chaos and terror as a way to dominate the world, and even finds it funny to sadistically torment Bond several times.
  • Wonder Woman (2017) As Ludendorff and Doctor Poison trap the German High Command in a room filling with poison gas, they toss in a single gas mask so that they'll die fighting each other for it... with the winner dying anyway because the mask won't work against the gas they used.
  • Assassination Nation: The person behind the hack that sets off the plot is protagonist Lily's younger brother Donnie, who even admits he did it "for the lulz".


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