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Some people have a Green Thumb. Wonderella has a Green Middle Finger.

"Beasts balk at the critters — hosses wuss'n mules — but when they got autos that was all right."
Zadok Allen, The Shadow Over Innsmouth

This is the Pure Is Not Good version of the Friend to All Living Things. While a Friend To All Living Things causes animals to flock to him/her because of their sweetness and innocence, the evil energies of an Enemy to All Living Things causes animals to flee from them or, if he/she's powerful enough, die. In that case, their energies can also cause plants to rot and decay.

If the character causes living things to die, the heroes are sometimes (but not always) exempted from this. Expect them to suffer as if under a slow acting poison, mana drain, or to have their stats lowered.

Contrast Fisher King, where they have to rule first, but cause destruction on a much vaster scale. See also Animals Hate Him for when the creatures don't run away.

Compare with Omnicidal Maniac and, to a certain degree, Eldritch Abomination. See Walking Wasteland for a more powerful form of this. See Poisonous Person for a toxic touch variant. This is also why the Evil-Detecting Dog is man's best friend. If others are drawn to killing the person rather than running away or dying, it's Everything Trying to Kill You.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Buso Renkin, Victor's (and later Kazuki's) energy drain ability causes him to constantly absorb the life force of everyone and everything around him and can never be shut off. Victor relates it to breathing, implying that to be denied their energy sustenance would kill them.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Android 16 outright calls Cell as such, realizing he's a threat to all living beings on the planet and will wipe them out just because he can. Being a Friend to All Living Things, the thought of Cell doing so is what drives 16, who had spent several chapters/episodes refusing to fight anyone but Goku due to his programming, to step in and fight him. He definitely proves as such after becoming perfect, since his endgame once he wins the Cell Games is to wipe out all life across the entire universe.
  • Hyatt in Excel♡Saga drains the life from a good portion of a city park just by sitting under a tree. In a different episode, her blood kills passing birds that happen to fly through its evaporation fumes, and Excel finds her by following the dead-bird trail. Hyatt isso ill that she can kill anything by being in close proximity.
  • People in Fairy Tail become this when afflicted with the Black Magic of Ankhselam, a curse that gives them an "Instant Death" Radius, though only if they don't want to kill anybody. The only way to control this power is by becoming a murderous sociopath. This includes Zeref the Black Wizard and Mavis, both of whom were a Friend to All Living Things before being cursed.
  • In an aversion, Lina Inverse from Slayers is called "The Enemy of All Who Live" due to her... rather destructive temper. She displays none of the signs of this trope apart from everyone running away when she starts to cast a spell, and given that many spells tend to be highly destructive and usually explosive, this is probably a good idea no matter who's casting them.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Professor Frank is this, but only in the Spirit World, where he seems to exude an evil aura that corrupts and rots the ecosystem, causing Ancient Fairy Dragon to intervene and try to kill him. (Ruka pleads with her to spare him, but when that fails, she is able to force a draw in their duel to end it and "kick" them both out of the place.)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    • In the Sacred Beasts are like this, but only to Duel Spirits. Summoning causes Duel Spirits to weaken (and presumably, eventually die) their life energy strengthening both the demons and whoever is using them. This is powerful enough to effect the whole world, apparently, and even seems to affect Spirits which would not technically be considered "living things" (like Machine monsters). Fortunatley, defeating them causes the victims to recover.
    • The Light of Ruin is a Cosmic Entity that despises all life. Pegasus believes that its influence has caused wars, famines, plagues, and all sorts of bad things throughout history when its vile light was brightest. This is emphasized by the Final Battle with its Unwitting Pawn Saiou, where a Field Spell he uses not only negates the effects of Judai's monsters, but causes the Duel Spirits (including the Neo-Spacians) visible pain.

    Comic Books 
  • The Death of Superman: Doomsday was an attempt to create the Ultimate Life Form via granting him the ability to die and come back to life with the ability to adapt to whatever had killed him and dumping him on the savage pre-historic Krypton. The suffering of dying and resurrecting countless times has given him an instinctual hatred for all life and he thus considers even the smallest and most harmless creatures as threats to be killed instantly.
  • The Earth 2 version of Solomon Grundy is the "Champion of the Grey", created to drain all life from the earth.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Creepy necrophile Black Hand, particularly in the Crisis Crossover Blackest Night, in which he becomes the champion of the Black Lanterns, who are essentially zombies and the personification of death itself.
    • Nekron, the Lord of the Black Lantern Corps, is actually worse. He's not out to kill all life, but destroy life as a metaphysical concept.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Styx, who is half of the supervillain team Styx and Stone. It's not clear whether this result of curing his cancer means he's Blessed with Suck or not, since he very much enjoys what he does.
    • Carrion has a death touch and exists to spread it.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Decay rapidly unmakes things she touches, and can turn metal and stone to crumbling dust and can put people into critical condition just by being near them. Touching her is generally fatal, and smaller animals can't survive her presence.
    • Wonder Woman (2006): Genocide causes physical pain and inflicts mental anguish combined with her Hate Plague on those near her. She also intends to kill, and later torture and kill, every living thing.
  • X-Men:
    • Pestilence, one of Apocalypse's horsemen, is probably one of the most obvious examples of the trope. Given, she was made to be an enemy to all living things.
    • Also Wither from New X-Men: Academy X, but that's more of a case of his mutant power, and less that he's that terrifying — he's really just an Emo Teen. Before his Face–Heel Turn, anyway.
    • Writers have occasionally portrayed Mojo as being this, too. Doctor Strange has made it clear that if Mojo left his Pocket Dimension and came to Earth, it would be a very bad thing.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • In Princess Mononoke, the slime coating the demons kills every living thing they come in contact with and vice-versa.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • "The Cancer Cowboy Rides": Buddy Carson has a very serious case of this: he can transmit a deadly form of cancer to anyone he touches with bare flesh, the severity of the disease depending on how long they were in contact. Initially, Buddy only used this power to avoid suffering the symptoms of his own disease, but now occasionally uses it out of sheer sadism. Quite naturally, animals and intuitive humans are agitated by his presence, and generally avoid shaking hands with him.
  • Cerberon: Due to his demonic aura, Darkram creeps out any living thing he comes close to. It was bad enough that Aladavan used zombie horses to draw the wagon they were both riding in. Zombie horses raise another set of problems altogether.
  • Discworld: The Auditors of Reality consider all forms of life to be aberrations on the perfect, cold order of the universe. Interestingly, Thief of Time goes into detail of how their presence causes an increase in malignity — ordinary objects becoming more hostile to non-objects. Buttered bread become tripping hazards, ropes and hoses tie themselves into knots, wouldn't be surprised rakes get under foot too.
  • Dreamcatcher: The aliens in the Stephen King book and film. They caused even the wolves and bears to run for their lives.
  • Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Wizards have a variation on this. The ability only works on magical creatures and plants, because what they're actually doing is stealing the magic from them. It mostly shows in the destruction of the titular forest wherever they go, and on dragons. That doesn't work very well because a side-effect makes the dragons start sneezing fireballs all over.
  • Harry Potter: The Dementors are portrayed as this in series, particularly in the films where they kill plants simply by being in the vicinity.
  • Inheritance Cycle: Magicians can use the Life Energy of others to fuel their magic. Since most plants and animals have less energy than a person, this generally results in everything in the vicinity dying. For Eragon, this is so unpleasant and morally repugnant that he will not use this ability except in dire emergencies.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Nazgûl. Dogs and other domestic animals howl and/or scatter whenever one comes near. It's explicitly noted at one point that the Nazgûls' horses have to be specially raised and trained.
  • Magic: The Gathering: In the novels, Phage the Untouchable is this trope cranked into overdrive. She destroys every living and once-living thing that comes in contact with her, including things like cotton Among other things, this means she can only sleep on bare rock and wear silk, and has to eat with a special fork that keeps food from touching her lips and thus rotting before she can taste it.
  • Shrek: Shrek is so ugly that trees and plants bend away from him — conveniently forming trails for him to walk on.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: The Others are uniformly hostile to all forms of life. They target the surviving giants the same as they do human tribes, and warred against the Children of the Forest during their original invasion. They even target animals, killing them and raising them as wights, and forcing the herds and flocks of the north to flee southwards alongside the human and giant refugees.
  • The Stand: Randall Flagg has been known to cause fatal brain embolisms in various animals. And withers the grass where he walks.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: This is a common expression of Sith evil, for example in The Jedi Academy Trilogy when Kyp Durron at first uses an 'unpleasantness field' to drive away annoying flies, and later in full-on evil mode the very plants wither where he steps.
  • Sword of Truth: In the seventh book, The Pillars of Creation, Oba listens to the whispers of The Keeper of the Underworld and animals start fearing him. Later, Jennsen realizes she has been corrupted as well when her goat runs away from her.
  • The Tamuli: The Shining Ones can cause the immediate decomposition of any organic matter they touch... most notably, living humans. This is the result of a very literal case of Cursed with Awesome, and since they're mostly rather gentle, they Wangst a lot whenever they actually have to use it. Fortunately, they've learned to control it, so it only activates when they want it to... while it's not stated outright, it's likely that when the curse was originally inflicted on them, it killed anyone they came in touch with, other Shining Ones being the sole exception.
  • "Upon My Word": A young boy loves animals and wants to be a vet, but in typical irony animals hate him.
  • "Young Goodman Brown" features a nameless individual who is strongly hinted to be The Devil. He picks himself a walking stick, and the story describes how the leaves wither as his fingers approach them.
  • The Zombie Survival Guide: The Solanum zombie virus, which doubles as Universal Poison. Every animal on the planet will instinctively flee from the smell of a zombie. In the follow-up, World War Z, Israel uses this aversion for their benefit, by using dogs to screen incoming refugees. If the dogs react normally to you, you're accepted. If they freak out when you walk past them.....

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The First Evil's minions, the nightmarish Harbingers, have the ability to render their surroundings sterile, such as trees and animals.
    • Adam is this to the living, the dead and the undead.
  • Heroes: Linda Tarvara essentially has a power similar to Rogue of the X-Men, being able to suck the life (Indeed, it's implied the very essence or "Soul") out of someone. The difference between her and Rogue? She really, REALLY likes doing it. Yeah, she's a sick puppy.
  • Kamen Rider 555: Kitazaki turns living creatures to ash by touching them - whether he wants to or not. Though he doesn't care, either.
  • The League of Gentlemen: Mr. Mathew Chinnery is a completely accidental version of this. He's not evil; he's just incredibly accident-prone, due to an ancestral curse.
  • The Nanny: C.C. Babcock, to such a degree that even her dog Chester doesn't care for her.
    • In "The Car Show", C.C. was able to tell, over the car phone, that Fran had hit a rabbit while driving by recognizing the noise. To repeat: She was able, over the phone, to identify what Fran hit, down to the species, merely by the sound it made when it was hit by a car.
    • In "Yetta's Lettas", after having sex with Niles, she's seen singing and dancing with animals like a Disney princess.
  • Power Rangers S.P.D.: Emperor Gruum can make flowers wither by standing too close to them, even when he's "disguised" as a human being.
  • Reaper: Cady occasionally makes things around her wither and die.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: "The Immunity Syndrome" has a very large creature which drains all energy. This causes the crew to become extremely tired and it is implied would eventually kill the crew and take all energy from the ship besides.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation has the crystalline entity, which strips each planet it encounters of all life for food, right down to the bacteria in the soil.

  • El Cuarteto De Nos: "Maten las Ballenas"note  the narrator talks about how he hated nature ever since he was a child and that he tortured his pets and watered plants with kerosene and how he loves seeing nature suffer

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Medusa makes every living thing that has the misfortune of seeing her turn into stone — it was actually involuntary on her part, and only her sisters, blind creatures, and (probably) the gods were immune. Unlike most adaptations/shout-outs, her victims remain stone even after she dies, and her severed head has the same effect.
    • King Midas probably applies as a subversion, since his ability to transform objects he comes in contact with into gold soon turns on himself as well. The man was foolish enough to wish for such a thing in the first place.
  • Norse Mythology: As Surtur leads the Sons of Muspell to the final battle in Ragnarök, his mere presence causes humans to collapse lifeless and rocks to dissolve.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The Blighter Prestige Class, which is the anti-Druid. One of the first powers they gain is the ability to cause deforestation, and they are required to do this every single day to gain their daily spell allotment. They also have stunted casting and need to have a number of Druid levels that can't do anything. The class is quite infamous for being very poor.
    • The Cancer Mage is of a similar bent, being a walking plague-rat that can inflict all kinds of horrific diseases onto living things.
    • The Greater Consumptive Field spell also counts, especially with DMM/Persist munchkinry. In essence, anything with less than 10 hit points that comes within 30 feet of you dies. This includes birds, kittens, wounded enemies and small children. And everything killed in this way makes you stronger.
    • Another D&D example is the wraith monster. Animals refuse to go within 30 feet of them and panic if forced to.
  • In the Dark Sun setting, every single wizard is an example of this trope; they drain life from the plants around them to fuel their magic. Some learn to limit their destruction so as not to cause permanent damage. Most... don't. The most powerful example of the latter is the Dragon (not to be confused with the trope of the same name), which consumes animal as well as plant life and whose depredations are largely responsible for the ravaged state of the Dark Sun world.
  • Ravenloft:
    • Elven vampires in the Ravenloft setting are hated and feared by woodland animals, who flee from them in terror, a cruel fate for someone who was so loved by them in life. Even worse, they are cursed with the Black Thumb, which kills plants on contact. However, while small plants die instantly, larger ones take a few hours, and trees take about a week, the vampire feeling the pain they suffer as they die. Unfortunately, touching a tree is a requirement for their tree-stepping ability, which they must use to avoid death if reduced to zero hit points.
    • Also Celestials, oddly enough. Since evil permeates the fabric of Ravenloft, the aura of pure goodness that they radiate is destructive to the fabric of reality. It gradually begins twisting and warping nearby land, plants and living creatures, and not in a good way.
  • The Harrowed in Deadlands. Usually animals just detect their undead state by smell and fear them, but they also have Harrowed Edges that let them embrace the trope fully. They also have troubles riding horses.
  • Exalted: The Abyssal Exalted can have this happen to them, depending on how much Resonance they have accumulated. Effects range from merely killing nearby insects to causing miscarriages to spawning a Shadowland.
    • And given that two of the Yozi's themes involve Magical Soul Fission Punch and Superspeed Murder Buddha, Green Sun Princes aren't necessarily much more friendly to living creatures. The former can hit enemies so hard that they explode and give nightmares to anyone sleeping near the punch-site for the next thousand years, and blaze into a blindingly beautiful light that melts the skin off of anything nearby that is neither sufficiently powerful nor willing to immediately praise the Yozi's power.
  • In GURPS the disadvantages Frightens Animals and Lifebane. Frightens Animals is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Lifebane is essentially the uncontrollable ability to kill any life that comes within a certain radius, as long as it's small enough. For example, grass and mosquitos would be affected, but not a centuries-old oak tree or an elephant. This sounds like an advantage on paper, but because it's hard to keep up The Masquerade when grass is dying wherever you walk.
  • The daemons and mortal champions of Nurgle, the Chaos God of entropy and decay, in Warhammer 40,000 have this effect, as they spread disease wherever they walk. The most powerful of Nurgle's daemons make plants turn to mulch, metal rust and ferrocete crumple to dust by their mere presence.
    • Interestingly, since the Chaos Gods are always wrestling with their duality, Nurgle is also a Friend to All Living Things. If you can get past the smell he's actually a pleasant entity to deal with, and encourages his followers to act the same way (albeit evilly). Despite his corrupting and destructive nature, Nurgle sees himself as a creative force in the universe. Kind of hard to imagine since he is the god of disease and corruption, but when you break it down he's just singleminded: Nurgle loves life. All life. Bacteria are technically alive.
    • The Necrons are also a good example of this. Their aim is to destroy all organic life in the universe, every planet they conquer is left with nothing but a barren desert devoid of life, even microscopic life. Not so much in the latest editions. Some of the various reawakened Necron Lords have goals other than "kill everything". One in particular actually wants to preserve organic life so that he can one day use that biomass to create new flesh and blood bodies for the Necrons.
  • Phage the Untouchable, from Magic: The Gathering. Not only does she kill any creature she damages (which is a fairly common ability), she does the same to players, too. This sounds like quite the Game-Breaker, but she's pricy to cast, and if you try to cheat her into play she kills you instead.
  • In Warhammer, Chaos god Tzeentch's chosen, Aekold Helbrass, is a subversion. No doubt his alignment, Aekold is cursed with the "gift" of life. The mutating powers of Chaos have granted him the ability to create life wherever he goes. Wherever he stands, flowers and plants spring into life, and doorframes sprout new life, growing leaves and branches spontaneously. Even the wounds of himself and those around him will stitch themselves back together, no matter the severity.

  • The Zyglak, reptile-like monstrosities from BIONICLE, hate the entire Matoran Universe and everything in it, because they were created by a weird experimentation accident and subsequently shunned by not only their creators, the Great Beings, but everyone else. They especially hate Matoran. Whatever happened to them when that Universe was destroyed in a battle and the population relocated to Spherus Magna (the newly-reformed homeworld of the Great Beings), where they could interact with people they didn't hate, hasn't been discussed. (However, in an alternate universe where the Great Spirit died before Spherus Magna could be reformed and the Matoran Universe's population had to be relocated to the surface of Spherus Magna's fragment Aqua Magna, the Zyglak were not allowed to come with the rest of the population.)

    Video Games 
  • The Grox from Spore are hated by all living things. In fact, habitable planets cause them to die.
  • Warcraft:
    • In Warcraft III, the Scourge structures create Blight, which rots the soil and trees it comes in contact with. In the campaign, its shown that Archimonde can create it wherever he walks.
    • Similarly, in World of Warcraft, even though they don't have the ability in the game, a Warlock is shown to have a similar ability in the opening cinematic.
    • Said Blight is persistent enough that in World of Warcraft, several zones are permanently in that state, and the Blood Elf zones have a line of it, called the Dead Scar, marking the main attack line where Arthas and his army forced their way to the Sunwell, source of the Elven magic.
    • Sargeras is the ultimate Enemy To All Living Things as the leader of the Burning Legion. "Lesser beings quake and flee in his presence".
  • Estelle from Tales of Vesperia is causing the world to slowly die simply by existing.
  • Darth Nihilus from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords feeds on living things through the force.
  • The Reapers in Mass Effect. They regularly enter the galaxy and wipe out all spacefaring races, using their bodies to create more of their own kind.
  • Age of Wonders (and sequels) has a couple versions of this. A unit with the "Path of Decay" ability will kill tiles in its path, turning them to wasteland, while the spell "Darkland" will gradually produce the same effect on all tiles within your spellcasting range. This can have in-game impact, as certain races get economic and morale bonuses or penalties on certain terrain types.
  • Dr. Vile/Weil of the Mega Man Zero series is better described as everyone's enemy. He's responsible for a war that wiped out over half the human and Reploids (sentient robots), and he aims to make the existence of all of them a living hell in revenge for the punishment he received for his war crimes. Taken to even further in Mega Man Zero 4, in which he plans to destroy the only place fit for human habitation outside of his rule, even after the city he rules is destroyed.
  • Queen Nashandra of Dark Souls II. To the point that even her portrait drains humanity. During the battle against her, most of her attacks are Dark-element attacks that inflict Curse, which accelerates the victim's Hollowing.
  • The Cravers of Endless Space, being a race of Horde of Alien Locusts augmented with cybernetics that was engineered for war, are the enemies of all living things in the galaxy. They cannot engage in diplomacy bar temporary ceasefires and declarations of war, and their population eventually begins to consume the planet's resources due to over-exploitation, forcing them to continuously engage in wars of expansion.
  • In Demonbane, Master Therion is often referred to as "The World's Natural Enemy", which is pretty accurate, as Therion doesn't really see anyone else as anything more than tools at best, and will gladly slaughter anything that inconveniences him for even an instant. The sole exception is the protagonist, whom Therion considers a Worthy Opponent... and thus a source of entertainment.
  • This is the "blessing" conferred upon Princess Belladonna in the seventh Dark Parables game. Anyone she injures, even slightly or accidentally, will die. Only her half-sister Rapunzel, who has healing powers and is a Friend to All Living Things, is immune to her deadly abilities. This has resulted in Belladonna becoming a Clingy Jealous Girl who wants to keep her big sister all to herself.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Almost nothing living will willingly ally itself with a lich, leading to most liches raising their own undead servants. The one exception is that some liches will work with still-living necromancers, to whom they serve as an Evil Mentor.
    • This is a trait of Hagravens, a species of flightless harpies who were once mortal women that traded their humanity for access to powerful magic in a ritual that requires human sacrifice. Save for their Reachmen followers, who revere the Hagravens as matriarchs, the Hagravens seem to view life itself as their enemy. This puts them at significant odds with Spriggans, who are considered "Nature's Guardians" and are often found attacking Hagravens.
  • The Wither in Minecraft. A powerful undead boss, it attacks everything else that isn't also undead with its exploding projectiles (which inflict the Wither status effect, to boot).

  • Secret of Keychain of Creation is a nice enough girl, despite being one of the Abyssal Exalted. However, when she wants to hold a baby orphan (or at least, baby whose parents were kidnapped), a bird spontaneously dies and lands on her head. They take it as a sign letting her do so is a bad idea.
    • This is a reflection of Resonance, the nasty side effect for rebellious Abyssal Exalted who regret the fact that they made a deal with a monster and just want to be normal. The more they try to act human (refer to themselves by their old name, have sex with humans, etc.), the nastier things get around them.
  • Death in Sinfest, sometimes when he just walks by something (Buddha can sometimes restore), sometimes more actively. (He's also been revolted by the sight of a pregnant woman, or a leaf still hanging from a tree late in autumn.)

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
  • Vicky in The Fairly Oddparents.
    • In one episode, Timmy's mother also applies, killing any and all plants she touches. When she bemoans this fact, everyone (including her own husband) takes a step away from her.
      Timmy's Dad: Oh, Dinkleberg, come here and give my wife a congratulatory handtouch!
    • Timmy's Dad also counts, when he decided to start a farm the plant he touches dies and a tombstone grows on it. This is even used as a plot point: Apparently Timmy's Dad is the only one who can kill those magically enhanced crops Timmy wished for.
  • Elmyra in Tiny Toon Adventures utterly terrifies any Funny Animal that she encounters, as her attempts to "love" cute critters tend to cause extreme pain. She is such a horror that when her dead pets come back to life to get revenge, Elmyra's attempts at "playing" again with them (which causes further Body Horror) and "clean them up" (which dissolves them on the sink) horrifies them and they try to kill themselves again to get away from her.
  • Death in Family Guy has a longstanding crush on a girl who works in a pet shop. Trouble is, he can't go in to ask her out as all the animals start thrashing and yowling.
    • When Death finally gets the chance to date her, she is so annoyingly pro-eco that he uses his touch of death to kill her.
    • Peter gets to take over death's duties for one episode and has to constantly remind himself not to touch plants or people. Sadly he remembers this after killing the airplane pilot.
  • Spoofed in The Simpsons episode "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner." Homer's shouting "D'oh!" makes the zoo animals panic.
    • Also, the opening theme on one of the Halloween specials has Death sitting on the couch when the family rushes in. When they all drop dead in front of him, he uses the pile of corpses for a footrest.
  • Sushi Pack: The very presence of Sir Darkly causes everyone in the vicinity to instantly burst into tears. On top of that, wherever he goes flowers wilt, ice cream scoops fall off of cones, and water even freezes.
  • Most versions of Megatron in Transformers display this in some shape or form. In the original cartoon, he at one point found a MacGuffin that turned machines into transformers, and when used on anything else would turn into metal, giving him the idea of using it to make Earth into a world like Cybertron.
    • The Beast Era Megatron, especially during Beast Machines where he hates organic life to the point where he loathes even having a beast mode and desires to remove any trace of it.
    • Transformers: Prime Megatron has a hate for organics, but where he really displays being an Enemy To All Living Things is that fact that series implies that the war he started left Cybertron unfit even for Transformers to inhabit. Recap, he left a planet unfit to support machines.
    • More so than Megatron, Unicron has this, his only goal in any version of him being to destroy planet after planet until there is nothing left in the universe.
  • Batman Beyond features Corrupt Corporate Executive Derek Powers, who got turned into the radioactive mutant villain Blight. In his true form his body glows green with radiation, and his skeleton shows through like an X-ray. His medical staff have invented an artificial skin which restores his original appearance and also protects people around him from the radiation he gives off, but this skin needs to be periodically replaced as it always deteriorates, which happens faster whenever he gets angry. When fighting as Blight he’s like a walking nuclear meltdown. He once boasts to Mr. Freeze,
    "And behold, I shall be a blight upon the land, and everything I touch shall wither and die!"

    Real Life 
  • According to a Brazilian soccer aphorism, goalkeeper is such an accursed occupation that, wherever one steps, the grass stops growing. This is probably a joke coming from the fact that the grass around goals is usually the most bare due to being walked on the most.
  • As part of his general campaign of frightfulness against the Roman Empire, Attila the Hun claimed that everywhere his horse trod, the grass would never grow again. This is subverted in reality, though.
  • Some diseases may count. Consider lung tuberculosis. In some cases, the bearer may be unaware of their condition and live with it for years, spreading deadly spores. Some people and animals are so vulnerable to this disease, they may die within months, and this is a horrible death. Check yourself and your neighbors with chest photofluorography at least once per year, in order to get medical care while the condition is still reversible.