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Bob is not free, or so he thinks. On the contrary, he considers himself to be very oppressed. Because there is a certain kind of people that he doesn't like, and they... exist. He's not free to kill them or otherwise remove them, thus he's not free at all.

At best, this is Played for Laughs, often running on Rule of Creepy. (In this version, the "oppression" may come in the form of I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! and be portrayed as real.) At worst, it may make the character come across as a bigoted monster.

In either case, death threats or "liberation" is optional. Whining about how the open existence of other people in itself infringes on one's freedom is enough. Note that it does not count to claim that the other group may pose an actual threat in the future.

An Evil Overlord of the Manipulative Bastard kind may use this trope as a strategy to cling to power, directing his subjects' yearning for freedom into a racist yearning for "liberation" from the existence of another ethnic group.


Far more often, this is expressed as a stock complaint of hyperpatriotism or chauvinism or just plain bigotry in general. For example, "foreigners" are taking over one's country (or community, or whatever) and are going to outbreed or even replace the native people—and, worst of all, just might be plotting to turn everyone else into them, whether genetically or just culturally.note 

Sometimes done by Racist Grandmas, Heteronormative Crusaders, or Troubled Sympathetic Bigots. The latter may have homophobia or similar as an actual clinical phobia rather than just categorism. See also White Man's Burden, which suggests being "oppressed" by another group's weakness or neediness. May overlap with Stop Being Stereotypical if that trope is used as an excuse—if the "oppressee" argues that the stereotypes are true, the group is making him hate them with their obnoxious behavior, and that therefore the group is deserving of any mistreatment they get. (An anti-heroic version of this character might like some members of the group if they "don't act like the stereotype.")


When this destructive hatred is not focused solely on one group but every human being, it's Kill All Humans. The next step up is the Absolute Xenophobe, who wants to destroy all other sentient life not part of their own group, human or otherwise. The final one is the Omnicidal Maniac, who wants to kill and destroy literally everything.

And while this belief is sadly very much Truth in Television, obviously No Real Life Examples, Please!


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    Anime and Manga 
  • One Piece:
    • Robin's forbidden knowledge of the language of the Poneglyphs makes her a prime target for execution by the World Government, while Spandam and CP9 consider her mere existence a crime punishable by death. In a roundabout way, this witch-hunt is partially why she made herself an intentional threat to the World Government.
    • Played for laughs with Kalifa, who considers her boss Spandam's mere existence as sexual harassment.
    • Hody Jones, Arc Villain of the Fishman Island arc, absolutely despises humans with a passion. He preaches to his fellow Fishmen and Merfolk about vengeance on humanity and considers anyone who is friendly with or seeks peace with humans to be No True Scotsman. Yet when Prince Fukaboshi demands to know what humans did to him to make him such a monster, Hody's response is "nothing". Unlike other Fishman villains such as Arlong, Hody has never personally suffered at the hands of humans, and was just raised to hate them without even knowing why.
  • In Digimon V-Tamer 01, Lord Demon believes that "The Strong Destroy The Weak" is the law of the monsters. He knows humans have been surpassed in power by Digimon and thus wants to destroy them, but can't because God designed the Digimon World to be free of humans. So Lord Demon spends the events of the series basically destroying enough of the Digimon World as he can so that humans can come in and give him a way to Earth, where he can finally exterminate the species with his virus. Most other monsters regard humans somewhere between snack food to beneath notice altogether, so they tend to be nonplussed when Demon's true motivations become clear to them.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, the inhabitants of Barian World are apparently enemies of the inhabitants of the Astral World, and plan nothing less than genocide against them. Their leader, known simply as Barian, seems Obviously Evil, but his servants come in varying degrees of evil, from Gilag, who is pretty much Dumb Muscle, to Alit (who seems to be a Noble Demon).
    • It's more complicated than it appears. Barian and Astral world were once one and the same, with Astral world's desire to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence leading it to expel everything in it that contained Chaos. This led to Barian World's creation. It's also revealed that Astral was specifically born to destroy the Barian World and that Astral World's goals are slowly killing the remaining inhabitants, who need chaos in order to live. Otherwise, they become sick and slowly die. In other words, both sides literally cannot survive while the other exists.
  • The Big Bad (the real one) of Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star wants to wipe out all life in the universe because he predates it and thinks all of that life is too noisy. He wants the universe to be a nice and quiet void again.
  • In Attack on Titan, the Eldians living in Marley's ghettos blame the Eldians living behind the Walls for their current situation. The most radical among them literally believe their mere existence makes their lives worse, and want a Final Solution to be carried out.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • This is Frieza's attitude towards Goku from the Namek Saga onward. In Resurrection 'F', he comes right out and says that he can't stand to live in the same universe as Goku, and won't even be able to sleep at night as long as he's still alive.
    • Vegeta's attitude towards Goku for much of the series fits as well; the fact that he, the Saiyan Prince, is constantly Always Second Best to a low-class Saiyan drives him crazy, which eventually leads him to make a Deal with the Devil by selling his soul to Babidi in exchange for power. During their subsequent fight, Majin Vegeta goes on a rant while beating Goku up, declaring that that Goku's very existence is an insult to him and a stain on his honor.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, this is how Zamasu feels about all mortal life. He eventually enacts a "Zero Mortals Plan" to exterminate all mortal life in the multiverse.
  • Rosario + Vampire: After being defeated by Tsukune, Kuyou dedicated himself to training and growing stronger solely to defeat and kill him. When he returns in Season II, he rants about he never had to train or expend any effort in his life beforehand, and that he considers the humiliation of losing to Tsukune a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Durarara!!: This is the true root of Izaya Orihara's hatred of Shizuo Heiwajima. All the surface reasons he gives for his loathing (Too Dumb to Fool, Spanner in the Works) wouldn't be issues if Izaya stopped trying to work Shizuo in his plans somehow, if only just to kill him. Shizuo himself has expressed that he'd be perfectly content if Izaya just stayed out of his life completely — instead, Izaya often makes him a piece of his plans, frequently screws with him for kicks, and even outright provokes him at times. When it really comes down to it, Izaya can't stand the fact that someone like Shizuo exists, because he doesn't fit Izaya's purview of humanity. Ultimately, this is what allows him to overcome his fear of death at the end of the series. By dying at Shizuo's hands, he'll finally prove to the world that his Arch-Enemy isn't human, but a monster.
  • Psycho-Pass: In Season 3, the influx of foreigners from wartorn countries migrating to Japan is one of the societal issues in the show where the Japanese public feels intimidated by their presence. For example in Episode 3, an old man complains to the hospital's receptionist about waiting in line and when he sees Kei and his wife, he insults them for being immigrants and tells them to get out. Even after Kei shows him his PSB badge and warns him not to cause trouble, the old man still insults him and complains about foreigners taking over the country.

    Comic Books 
  • In Chick Tracts, the non-Christians (which includes Catholics) do this quite often. They feel insulted, threatened, even oppressed... not by how the Christians treat them, but by their very existence. Of course, the Christian characters are always loving and righteous Soulsaving Crusaders, and never this trope.
  • In Bitchy Bitch and Bitchy Butch, this trope is a stock complaint from various versions of The Fundamentalist, feeling oppressed by the existence of Atheists and Gays and so on. Even when the Atheists and Gays are simply minding their own business. We also have Butchy herself, who feels threatened by the mere existence of men and heterosexuals.
  • X-Men: When the second group of X-Men joined up, Angel and Iceman of the first group got really territorial. Thunderbird I was quick to set them straight. And of course, the whole franchise has a lot of mutant-haters who feel this way about all mutants (often because mutants, "Homo Superior", technically pose a "threat" to baseline humans, "Homo Sapiens", as the "next step" in evolution). This sentiment and the persecution it inspires lead some mutants to feel this way about all baselines.
  • Superman:
    • Lex Luthor wants to solve mankind's problems and save the world, but he can't because of that alien, who keeps standing in the way of his quest for human betterment just by existing! Obviously, the reality is that Superman is undeniably good and Luthor is just opposing him because he's a threat to his own aggrandizement (along with no small amount of anger that he isn't considered the "super-man"). When Lex finally does get a chance to put his money where his mouth is, when Superman vanishes for one whole year in Superman: Up, Up and Away!, he does... precisely nothing. When Clark comes back and Lex tries pulling this excuse again, Clark brings up exactly what actually happened.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade Lena Thorul proves she has been listening too much to her big brother when she rants about super-beings trivializing the effort of normal humans only by existing. She even attempts to gun down her best friend when she finds out Linda is a Kryptonian. They do eventually make up with each other, though.
  • Spider-Man: Spidey bothers Norman Osborn greatly by for his continuous presence and existence.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): In the chaos after the last alien invasion, some New Yorkers have taken to attacking aliens for "stealing their food" when said alien refugees are merely walking by.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Doctor Sleep fanfic The Resurrection of Rose, Rose the Hat comes to despise Abra so much, she decides to outright wipe out the multiverse with a black hole because she couldn't stand living in the same universe as her.
  • In the Superwomen of Eva stories in which she's a villain (notably many written by Orion Pax 09), Asuka Langley Sohryu develops this attitude about the titular superheroines once they inevitably start trying to help during Angel battles and pulling her fat from the fire both in and out of the Eva (which Asuka deems kill-stealing and unwanted rescuing, both unforgivable insults to her person in her book).
  • In the Touhou fic Rising Star, an Origin Story for the cast of Undefined Fantastic Object written by the author of Dolphin Rider Koishi, it's made clear during Ichirin's backstory, and all but stated outright during the confrontation with the Hakurei shrine maiden who seals Byakuren, that youkai are not feared because of the threat they pose, but the threat they could pose. In the minds of humans, even youkai that supposedly don't hurt humans could decide to start at any time, and that's justification enough for them. It takes the Spell Card system and years of youkai-human confrontations not ending in death for either (and isolation from the rest of the world, resulting in a much smaller human population amidst the youkai) to get them to see reason, and by the story's end (just before the events of UFO), relations between humans and youkai have improved enough for the two species to be on speaking terms, as it's become a common human assumption that youkai are not only highly intelligent but make for wonderful conversational partners.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Chloe Cerise's hatred of Ash Ketchum is due to him just easily entering and charming her Childhood Friend Goh and her father Professor Cerise because of his love of Pokémon while she's...not that enthusiastic about them. This also makes it very hard for her to reveal what she wants to do or what she's into, as Ash just doesn't know to approach her and even when he did, she selfishly rejected him purely out of her own irrational hatred, this gets pointed out later on in the fanfic with Chloe herself realizing how pointless, petty and selfish her grudge against Ash really is.
  • A Moon and World Apart: Back in the days before the Longest Night, many ponies were offended by the existence of the night and the fact that others preferred it over the day, and harassed them over it until Luna had finally had enough and took her followers to the moon. When talking to Twilight in the first chapter, she says they still feel the same way, even a thousand years later.
  • In Extremis: Malloy the leader of Humantown isolates the humans from the rest of Ooo and only allows other humans like Finn to enter. He soon reveals his hidden distain towards the current world claiming that humans live in the shadow of the Candy Kingdom despite the fact that Princess Bubblegum helped set up their colony out of the goodness of her heart. With his goal to take back the world involves wiping out everyone in the land of Ooo that he views as mutants or genetic dregs to make humans the true rulers of the world.
  • A common plot in My Hero Academia fanfics is Bakugo turning into this regarding Izuku, whether because he has a better Quirk or because he still tries to be a hero in spite of him being Quirkless.
  • At The Food Court being a Take That! to the fanfiction of Cori Falls, removes the Protagonist-Centered Morality from her stories and shows Jessie and James as delusionally convinced that Ash ruined their lives for having the temerity to not give up Pikachu the first time they demanded without a fight. They hate him so much that they beat him so bad he suffers permanent brain damage and yet still are convinced that they have never done anything wrong in their lives.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Killing Fields depicts the Khmer Rouge's application of these principles to those of Vietnamese descent and "intellectuals", a category that included urban professionals and people who wore glasses.
  • Hotel Rwanda depicts the genocide in that country as a consequence of this logic.
  • I Shot Andy Warhol is about Valerie Solanas, who apparently came to believe this about all men and consequently published the infamous S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto.
  • Amanda Bynes' character in Easy A sobs that no matter how nice she is to "the whores and the homosexuals", "they just keep DOING it!"
  • Part of what distinguishes The Matrix's Big Bad Agent Smith from his fellow Machines is his belief that human beings are, by their very existence, a destructive virus that must be eradicated. He later extends this view to all of existence, his former masters included.
  • In Inglourious Basterds, Nazi Colonel Hans Landa expresses his views on the Jews, comparing it to how others feel about rats. "You don't like them. You don't really know why you don't like them. All you know is you find them repulsive." ...And then it becomes painfully clear that he is not feeling the slightest bit of oppression from the Jews and that he just repeats what is acceptable by the Nazis' standards. He even claims to not see the comparison to rats as an insult and acknowledges how the world a rat lives in is unfairly hostile to them compared to other very similar rodents like squirrels. It's definitely true for Nazis and their sympathizers, but Landa is not even a real one. He is an opportunist who goes with the flow and makes the most out of his situation.
  • TRON: Legacy: Clu was frustrated with the Isos existing, but could not do anything about it while Flynn was in charge. Once he executed his coup, he is not only all too willing to exterminate every Iso, and Program that does not fit his self-created template of "perfection," but he's itching to take his crusade to the User world because he feels oppressed by human existence as well. And then we see that there's more to it than that. Clu wasn't a person, he was a program and it was his innate desire and purpose in existence to fulfill the mandate of his User. Flynn ordered him to "create the perfect system", not realizing what that would mean if taken to a literal-minded extreme by a computer program basically incapable of nuance. To Clu, he was merely doing what he was built to do by his Creator himself and he felt confused and betrayed when he was condemned for his efforts. As a result, he became consumed with self-loathing and hateful of Flynn as only a betrayed child could, and so he rebelled. Flynn himself realized this in the end, and he apologized to Clu and took responsibility for his mistakes.
  • Most of Grandma's lines in My Big Fat Greek Wedding contain a reference (in Greek) to the "ugly Turks" or "dirty Turks", although she does seem to think that anyone she doesn't recognize as obviously Greek is Turkish... note 
  • Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has this in common with the comics version, though his reasoning here is that he feels that power can't go hand in hand with benevolence thanks to years of abuse by his father, and thus views Superman as an affront to his worldview.
    Lex: I don't hate the sinner... I hate the sin. And yours, my friend, is existing.
  • In Kin-Dza-Dza!, the people of Hanud really wanted to "trankluck" their twin planet. Why? Because it was always there, floating overhead. The other race ended up "tranklucking" Hanud first as a pre-emptive strike. The surviving Hanudians find it fair.
  • In Godzilla vs. Kong, President Simmons of the Apex Corporation ends up creating Mecha Godzilla because he feels this way about the Titans. Mecha Godzilla is intended to kill Godzilla so that humanity can be on the top of the food chain again. Of course, it doesn't work out for him because when you use the brain of an alien space-dragon that was Godzilla's arch-enemy to run the thing, it pulls Turned Against Their Masters at the first opportunity and kills him.
  • In The Shape of Water, Col. Strickland feels morally offended by the existence of the Amphibian Man, calling him "an affront". For good measure, the movie also mixes some mundane bigotry into his character as well.
  • Hail Satan?: Christians shown in the film clearly can't stand that the Satanists even exist or take legal action against them, due to association with the archenemy per Christian doctrine (even when it's symbolic for them) and the wider Hollywood Satanism trope.

  • In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, a Puritan bringing a young woman through France explains how oppressive it is, in that people who want to purify the Church are prevented.
  • Isaac Asimov's "Not Final": The Jovians believe that they are the only intelligent form of life. Once they realize that they have been communicating with non-Jovian life (that is, humans), they are offended and announce that they are the natural masters of the universe and the vermin will be eliminated.
  • In Chance And Choices Adventures, there's Judge Daniel Hall who is unreasonably outraged by the fact that a caucasian woman and a half Native American are Happily Married. He annuls the marriage and when they stay together any way he basically decides to dedicate his life to destroying them.
  • Codex Alera: A more or less Justified example as the yeti-esque Icemen use a form of water magic for both Telepathy and manipulation of ice and snow. Any Aleran with Firecrafting would be using a minor form of it constantly to keep warm in the northern weather. Unfortunately, these forms of fire and watercrafting don't mix- when brought into close proximity, a Hate Plague is the result. Because of this, the Alerans and the Icemen have been fighting as long as anyone can remember just because each thinks the only way the other would stop fighting is if they were dead. This state of affairs lasts until the Alerans get desperate enough to send a legit request for peace, and send along Isana, who can't firecraft and is sharp enough to realize what happens when her Firecrafter friend starts acting too aggressive for the situation. Both sides are left baffled and feeling rather silly when the dots are connected, and by the time of the epilogue, there's an Iceman attending Tavi's coronation.
  • L. Sprague de Camp's Lest Darkness Fall: This story presents an example of this attitude in sixth-century Ostrogothic Italy, where the Orthodox feel offended that other religions are allowed to worship without oppression.
    "You don't like the Goths?"
    "No! Not with the persecution we have to put up with!"
    "Religious persecution. We won't stand for it forever."
    "I thought the Goths let everybody worship as they pleased."
    "That's just it! We Orthodox are forced to stand around and watch Arians and Monophysites and Nestorians and Jews going about their business unmolested, as if they owned the country. If that isn't persecution, I'd like to know what is!"
  • Discworld has a couple of cases:
    • In Guards! Guards!, most of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night feel like this in their low-grade, resentful way. Their leader recruited for this trait. Notably, this is played for laughs.
      Brother Plasterer: I reckon my brother-in-law's been oppressing me with this new flashy carriage of his. I mean, I haven't got a carriage. That's oppression, that is.
    • The Auditors of Reality apply this trope to every single lifeform (and in fact, inert matter would probably still irritate them), but have a particular hatred for the too-chaotic humanity.
      Death: Down in the deepest kingdoms of the sea, where there is no light, there lives a type of creature with no brain and no eyes and no mouth. It does nothing but live and put forth petals of perfect crimson where none are there to see. It is nothing but a tiny yes in the night. And yet... And yet... It has enemies who bear it a vicious, unbending malice, who wish not only for its tiny life to be over but also that it had never existed. Are you with me so far?
      Susan: Well, yes, but—
      Death: Good. Now, imagine what they think of humanity.
  • In For We Are Many, this is the main reason the creator of the Australian replicant tech is working with VEHEMENT. He doesn't care about their philosophy. All he wants is to destroy the Bobs. Why? Because FAITH stole his tech and made their own replicants. He hates the Bobs for what they represent and he's perfectly willing to end humankind if it means the Bobs are destroyed.
  • In Good Omens, R.P. Tyler appears to be one of these but lacks the passion to do anything but send letter after Strongly Worded Letter to the local newspaper complaining about everyone and everything that annoys him by its presence — including the fact that the paper doesn't publish all of them because if they did they wouldn't have any room in the Letters to the Editor section for anyone else's letters.
  • In Harry Potter, the Fantastic Racism against "Mudbloods" has a lot of this, especially in Deathly Hallows. Prejudice in the books is more or less irrational and directed towards general hatred rather than anything real.
    • During a flashback in the fifth book, teenage Lily Evans asks James Potter what Severus Snape did to him to deserve the barrage of bullying hexes he has just cast upon him. James replies "it's more the fact that [Snape] exists". The real reasons are that James detests Snape for embracing dark magic and Lord Voldemort and his followers' ideology, coupled with the fact he's jealous that Lily maintains a friendship with Snape in spite of this.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
    • The Silastic Armorfiend of Striterax from Life, the Universe and Everything:
      The best way to pick a fight with a Silastic Armorfiend was just to be born. They didn't like it, they got resentful. And when an Armorfiend got resentful, someone got hurt.
    • And, of course, the inhabitants of the planet Krikkit, around whom the events of Life, the Universe and Everything revolve. They are a charming, sports-loving, easy-going — if a little whimsical — race who just happen to desire the annihilation of the rest of the universe because their whole history has been manipulated by the super-computer Hactar to bring them to this way of thinking. Having evolved shielded from knowledge of the possibility of anything existing outside their own planet, they are appalled when a spaceship crash-lands on their world, at once blowing apart their idea of existence. They debate — charmingly, whimsically — the implications of a universe outside their planet and come to one conclusion:
      It'll have to go.
  • The Lost Fleet: This is why the corporate rulers of the Syndicate Worlds want to destroy The Alliance. Since they oppress their people, they can't afford to have a powerful democratic polity just sitting out there as a constant reminder to the oppressed masses that another way is possible. Ironically, the alien race on the other side of their territory that's been playing both ends against the middle to keep the Forever War going is motivated by pretty much the exact same line of reasoning. It's not clear whether or not the Alliance, whose leaders are fairly elected and at least grasp the concept of negotiating in good faith, would have handled First Contact any better than the Syndics.
  • Star Trek: Diane Duane's Rihannsu (Romulans) novels use this as their basis for their isolationism and imperialism. After Vulcan's First Contact with another species turned out to be a band of marauding pirates that took half the planet's leaders hostage and massacred the rest, a major splinter group left the planet (after the Vulcans brutally slaughtered the pirates), heading to the least hospitable part of the galaxy they could find. Once they set up shop, they blew up any ship that came near their planet, because the alien was something to be feared.
  • The Turner Diaries: In this Neo-Nazi novel, the Aryan race is finally "liberated" as the Main Characters let atomic, biological, and chemical bombs rain over the entire planet, exterminating over 90% of mankind. This is portrayed as a happy ending.
  • In Harry Turtledove's Alternate History Timeline-191, the Freedom Party (a Confederate expy of the Nazis) advocates a CSA "free" of any black population.
  • Cradle Series: Lindon finds himself on the receiving end of this a lot. First off, as an Unsouled, in his home he is considered completely worthless and could be murdered by anyone at any time with no fear of reprisal. In the first book, some teenagers blame him for ruining their (illegal) hunt because he happened to be nearby, he is blamed for winning two different impossible fights that he was forced into, and near the end, someone is mad that Lindon survived a trial while someone else didn't—Lindon wasn't even nearby, but he still gets blamed. This tapers off once he leaves Sacred Valley since outside he is merely seen as weak rather than an abomination, but stronger people repeatedly call him an honorless coward for not dying when they decide to attack him for whatever random reason.
  • In The Supervillainy Saga by C.T. Phipps, this is the level of hatred that Supers receive from some segments of the public. The public hates Supers less for the danger they represent and more for the fact that they make them feel inferior simply by existing. Gary notably gets particularly defensive about this due to the fact his sister and daughters are Supers. Gary, amusingly, is not due to being a wizard (i.e. tools and learned magic) rather than possessing inborn powers.
  • In The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Changez professes a distaste in American affairs in Pakistan and says that he was pleased by the September 11th attacks, despite openly admitting that he was never personally harmed by Americans, that he himself went to the United States to study and work, and that he's not even a particularly model Muslim (i.e. having sex outside of marriage).
  • Black Fleet Crisis: The Yevetha find the very existence of aliens living in their home Koornach Cluster, even on other planets posing no threat to them, as an intolerable blight. Because of this (along with wanting every planet in the Cluster to colonize themselves) they commit genocide by exterminating them all (except for one survivor).
  • Dungeon Crawler Carl: The Syndicate regularly "reclaims" planets, killing 99% of the population, allowing the rest to wander into the World Dungeon, and then publicizing the horrific deaths of the remainder as they advance through the levels. Then there is the political party known as the Bloom, who are running the current Crawl. They think this is too nice and wish they could just quietly exterminate everyone else so that they can live in their own system.
    Carl: Why are you so angry all the time, Loita?
    Loita: You. Your cat. Your people. Your ugly culture. This is a cancer upon the Bloom, and we should not be doing this.
    Carl: Doing what?
    Loita: We should not be celebrating your culture. Spreading your filth so the fry may see.
    Carl: Celebrating? You call this celebrating our culture? You're exterminating us and profiting upon our ashes.
    Loita: If it were up to me, we'd simply exterminate you and nothing else. You're filthy. You're dry. You're a rot upon the Bloom.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Criminal Minds episode ("Lessons Learned", on Season Two) has a mujahideen leader saying this is the reason he wages war against the Western world to Jason Gideon (it's said that he lost his wife and son to a drone strike and implied that he had devolved into his current mindset). When Gideon asks if this would mean killing everybody on the planet (that doesn't follows him), the man just gives Gideon a smile and says that to him there's no such thing as a "non-combatant" (bear in mind, the plot BAU helped defuse was that of nerve-gassing a mall in the middle of DC and he also gloated about thinking of bombing a school next time).
  • Doctor Who: This is how the Daleks feel about all other forms of life. Even Daleks who are ever-so-slightly tainted genetically by another lifeform are fair game, even to themselves; they'll usually self-exterminate as soon as they find out and pure Daleks are available.
  • A variation in Game of Thrones; Theon expresses this feeling about Robb Stark in season 3, revealing how he always felt inferior to Robb and was never able to equal him, never mind surpass him. Though the sentiment is more of a Green-Eyed Monster feeling against an individual rather than a bigotry against a whole group, he sums this trope up perfectly:
    Ramsay: He [Robb Stark] lorded it over you?
    Theon: He didn't have to. All he had to do was... be.
  • Spoofed on Married... with Children: Al and NO MA'AMnote  often spoke this way about their wives or women in general (although, strangely, they are perfectly fine with having women around as sex objects); in turn, Al's Straw Feminist neighbor Marcy sometimes said the same about men. In the end of a given episode, both sides are typically undermined by Hypocritical Humor.
  • The conversation between Jarod (hero) and Mr. Raines (villain) in the first season finale of The Pretender:
    Jarod: You stole me from my parents. You had the FBI kill my brother, and now you're trying to kill my family. What have I ever done to you?
    Mr. Raines: You exist.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Bible: In the Book of Esther, Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who was King Xerxes' adviser, was constantly irritated by Mordecai not bowing down to him or giving him any respect. When Haman found out that Mordecai was a Jew, he realized that getting rid of Mordecai wasn't enough to satisfy him: he had to be rid of all the Jews in case there were any like Mordecai that would not give him the proper respect he deserved. He speaks to King Xerxes to give him permission to have that group of people be exterminated by his hand by the king's decree, not stating exactly who they were but saying that they live by their own laws and that their own laws were against those of the Medo-Persian Empire. King Xerxes gives Haman his signet ring to sign orders for their destruction on the given day that Haman had selected by the lot. This sets up the situation where Mordecai gets his cousin Esther, who was appointed as the king's new queen, to speak unto the king and to expose Haman as the man responsible for the plot to kill the Jews.
  • One of the teachings of Buddhism is that hatred is harmful to the one who hates, especially if the target of the hate isn't hurt by the hatred, which is essentially this trope. The tale of the Buddha, the Angry Man, and the Gift illustrates this: Buddha was teaching in a village, and got insulted by an angry man, though Buddha ignored him. That made the angry man all the angrier, until the Buddha told a parable: if you buy someone a gift, but the recipient of the gift doesn't receive it, then the gift belongs to you because you bought it. Anger is the same way; if the recipient of the anger doesn't receive it, it falls back on the angry person.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The classic/cliche Paladin, played as Lawful Stupid or Knight Templar, often falls into this trope. Any Evil or Chaotic beings (whether they are NPCs or PCs) just can't be allowed to continue existing because the Paladin character has personal alignment restrictions. More enlightened/cooperative players will not have their Paladin characters take this track and usually focus more on setting a Lawful Good example.
  • While there are plenty of xenophobic groups in Rifts, the most standout example is the CoalitionStates. Their leader, Emperor Karl Prosek, turned his people's fear of the unknown into an irrational hatred of all those who are different (mages, non-humans, and to a lesser extent, psychics and mutants). Even the most mild-mannered citizen of the Coalition believes that wizards and D-Bees threaten his or her life merely by existing, and hates and fears them without reservation. Note that this mindset has been instilled not because of any genuine threat these groups pose (most would rather live and let live), but because fear and hatred of an outside force lets The Powers That Be in the Coalition High Command amass more and more power.
  • Warhammer 40,000: This is how most of the Imperium feels about aliens, mutants and heretics. Granted in their case it's somewhat justified, considering nearly all the aliens are just as genocidal as they are (and the ones who aren't are either being manipulated by a caste of mysterious alien sages for who knows what purpose, or are ever more genocidal than they are) and mutants and heretics are all vessels, willingly or not, for the power of the Dark Gods.

  • In one drunken rant, Arne Anka claims to be a victim oppressed by the existence of beautiful women.
  • In West Side Story, the Jets feel very threatened by the presence of Puerto Ricans in their neighborhood, and claim their American culture is "drowning." Ironically, the Sharks harbor similar attitudes about Americans. ("I think I'll go back to San Juan.")

    Video Games 
  • In The Elder Scrolls, the creation story of most religions of Tamriel states that, from the aftermath of the struggle between "stasis" and "chaos/change" over the idea of "creation", a number of "original spirits" (AKA "et'Ada") emerged. One of these spirits, known by many names but most prominently as Lorkhan, led a few of these spirits in creating the mortal plane, Mundus. However, these spirits who participated (the Aedra, or "our ancestors" in Aldmeris) were forced to sacrifice large portions of their power in the process. According to Altmeri (High Elf) religious beliefs, they are the descendants of those spirits who stayed within Mundus and populated it. Their religion teaches that the creation of Mundus was a cruel trick which forced their divine ancestors to experience mortal suffering, loss, and death. To them, Mundus is a prison, where their immortal souls are trapped in mortal flesh with "more limitations than not." Some of the more extremist Altmeri religious sects, such as the Thalmor, take this even further. They actively seek to undo creation, which they believe will return them to a state of pre-creation divinity. However, they believe that not just the existence of mankind, but the existence of the possibility of mankind, keeps them trapped in Mundus. (According to their beliefs, mankind were made up from the "weakest souls" by Lorkhan to spread Sithis (chaos) "into every corner," ensuring that there could never be the "stasis" of pre-creation again) Officially, the Thalmor espouse the belief that Talos, a formerly mortal man (or men, depending on the version of the story) who ascended to godhood, cannot truly be a god equal to the Aedra. Thus, they have forced the Empire to ban the worship of Talos. Unofficially, the Thalmor believe that Talos may be the last thing keeping the mortal world extant. "Killing him" by depriving him of mankind's worship would, in their minds, undo creation. (And terrifyingly, there is evidence that they may be right about this...)
  • In Day of the Tentacle, the mutated Purple Tentacle rules a Bad Future where he and his most loyal followers blame all humans for Dr. Fred's creation of their "ungainly forms" and so wish to exterminate them all. (Of course, the Tentacles could easily escape their miserable existence by killing themselves, but why should they be the ones who have to die?)
  • In Star Control II, this is the motivation behind the Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah's extermination campaigns. Much like the Daleks, they consider all non-Ur-Quan life to be abhorrent. They also think they're doing the universe a favor, since they believe in reincarnation and without any other species to be born into, every soul will eventually become an Ur-Quan. Their Freudian Excuse is that they were psychically enslaved by an evil race of lazy hypnotic toads for generations. After freeing themselves and lobotomizing their former slavemasters, the Ur-Quan are deadset on making sure no one can ever enslave them again. The Kohr-Ah believe this can only be possible if no other species exist.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Most people see the geth as A.I. Is a Crapshoot because they think that the geth are classic Robot Overlords. The quarian leaders proceeded to have a civil war to eradicate the geth, the geth took revenge for the individual quarians who they cared about, and then said leaders founded a new scavenger society rather than rebuild on a new planet. We see in Mass Effect 3 that this ties to the plot, as one of the leaders is indeed a paranoid General Ripper who can actually bring about the fall of his race through ignorance and ruthlessness.
  • This seems to be a recurring issue in the Dragon Age series. Especially in Dragon Age II, as one character, Sister Petrice, actively tries to incite violence against the group of Qunari that are stranded in Kirkwall, who have a different philosophical / religious viewpoint from The Chantry. Even though the Qunari are staunchly expansionist and as a whole aim to unite all of Thedas under the Qun, and even though the Arishok himself states that there will probably come a time he's forced to "enlighten" the people of Kirkwall, he and his men weren't actually doing anything but minding their own business until provoked by three events which are vastly disrespectful to their culture. In particular. Petrice sees the mere existence of a non-Chantry belief system as an offence worthy of death.
  • In the backstory of Fallout: New Vegas, Dean Domino betrayed his best friend Frederick Sinclair, sabotaged the villa that Sinclair dedicated his life to building, and tried to rob him for everything he had. His reason for doing all that? Because Sinclair was happier than Dean, and Dean took it as a personal insult.
  • Clockwerk from Sly Cooper felt this way towards the entire Cooper family, devoting his entire existence to killing them and replacing most of his body with machinery just so he could keep living to torment them across centuries. His hatred of their mere existence is so powerful that it's literally become his power-source.

    Web Animation 
  • This video by DarkMatter2525, titled "Hate Speech", in which after a Christian tells an atheist how he is going to forever burn in Hell while he will bask in the glory of Heaven, and the atheist rebukes him by saying that he thinks that's ridiculous, the Christian accuses him of "hate speech" and "oppressing Christians". Jesus himself then shows up (on the cross, no less) to tell him off over this.

    Web Comics 
  • Early in Homestuck, highblood Eridan hated lowbloods and often tried to commission Vriska for doomsday devices so he could kill them all... for no better reason than because, well, they existed. However, it's heavily implied that he never seriously intended to go through with it and that it was all just to keep up appearances and retain the interest of his moirail.
  • Vegan Artbook, being a militant vegan Author Tract, plays this absolutely straight with anyone who's not a vegan...and then projects it onto everyone who's not a vegan.

    Web Original 
  • SF Debris has a "Stupid Neelix Moment" for just about every Star Trek: Voyager episode. Just the mere appearance of the character warrants this award.
  • Every devout Khersian thinks this way about Mack in Tales of MU. Considering she's half-demon and Khersis exists to purge the world of demons, and demons feed on humans, there is some justification. But since she's the protagonist, we are sympathetic to her situation. It doesn't help that the characters who most dehumanize demons in the setting are either Jerkasses like Gloria and Ariadne or the bastard Mercy.
  • Not Always Right:
    • This person feels threatened by somebody watching Doctor Who on her smartphone, with headphones on.
    • This person likewise complains to a coffee shop about one of their customers, claiming that she's "offending" and "abusing" the other customers simply because she requires a walking stick.
    • This Straw Vegan on Not Always Working seems to have this attitude toward animal products. She throws out coworkers' lunches, tells another coworker to never wear their leather jacket again, and then attempts to throw out her boss's leather purse. That last one got her fired on her first day working at that job.
    • And on Not Always Friendly, this girl starts digging around in a stranger's grocery bags, finds meat, and demands the cops arrest the grocery shopper for murder — "Meat is murder!"
  • RationalWiki captures this phenomenon fairly well on the persecution complex page.
  • Discussed by the "Bitch Eating Crackers" meme, which reads "When you hate someone, anything they do is offensive. As in, 'Look at that bitch just eating crackers like she owns the place.'"

    Web Videos 
  • Jon Cartwright, formerly of GameXplain, really has it out for Kiddy Kong for some reason. It's mostly presented in a ridiculous way, but then he starts getting into it and you start worrying just how serious he is...
  • history of the entire world, i guess portrays Adolf Hitler as "mad at the Jews for existing"
  • The mind hunters of Tales from My D&D Campaign can apparently feel the presence of every other living mind in any of the three worlds, and it causes them perpetual torment. Thus, their ultimate goal is to "kill, wipe, or dominate every other mind."
  • Discussed by Zinnia Jones in the episode Re: "Can't Even Go to the Park" regarding the blog post "Can't Even Go to the Park" which gained international infamy for suggesting that the concepts of "freedom" and "Not outlawing the existence of gay people" are mutually exclusive.

    Western Animation 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): The Shredder's hatred of Hamato Yoshi/Splinter runs so deep that he considers Splinter still being alive another day a stain on his honor.
  • The Utrom Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) is perhaps even worse. He was already at wits end by Turtles Forever, but seeing the multiverse and all the other incarnations of the Turtles out there results in him going full-on Omnicidal Maniac.
  • In X-Men: The Animated Series, this initially seems to be the opinion and motivation of Graydon Creed (though it's more likely that his anti-mutant extremism comes from being an unpowered human born to two mutant Abusive Parents). Keeping in mind that he says the following as if it were fact in the middle of a torture:
    Jubilee: Why do you hate us?! What did we ever do to you?!
    Creed: [with a Slasher Smile] You were born!
  • In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien we meet Adwaita. He is first seen as the Evil Overlord who rules Ledgerdomain, the dimension where Mana, which is both Life Energy and the fuel for magic, comes from. He felt that all life was stealing from him by having that energy. Mind you, he was from a race of peaceful philosophers who really didn't even lie. All that changed when he came into possession of the Alpha Rune, the source of magic. Needless to say, he went completely mad with power.
  • Evil Seed from the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe hates humans because they eat plants, which inspires him to try and take over their lands.
  • Parodied in the episode of South Park that has "poor" people feel threatened by the arrival of rich people in their town (note: in this case the town is almost all white and all the rich newcomers are black, so here "richness" is used as an Acceptable Target), for fear of their property taxes increasing from the nice houses being built. This is silly, as all the rich people are very nice and do not consciously hurt anyone; at their very worst they are Innocently Insensitive, wondering why in the world the native townsfolk would watch movies on a "VHS" instead of a DVD player. But the "poor" people just will not stop complaining about them, even arguing that the rich people are going to make their children go to school with rich children and try to turn them into "richers".
    • And played straight at the end, as Mr. Garrison — who'd led the charge and came up with the ideas — points out that now the townsfolk can get rich by selling off the freshly-built property.
      Randy: Yeah, you'll become what you hate.
      Mr. Garrison: ...Yeah, but at least I got rid of all those damn ni[end credits roll]
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode "Bart After Dark" infamously has Marge behaving this way when she discovers the existence of a burlesque house in Springfield, screeching "Get outta my town!" at the owner and strong-arming the rest of the townsfolk into trying to tear it down. What makes it worse is the fact that there was a legitimate reason for her to be upset, namely the fact that Bart was working there as a Bouncernote , but all she seems to care about is how the house is supposedly damaging the town's morals and values just by being there.
    • The episode "The Great Wife Hope" has Marge going on the warpath to get Mixed Martial Arts shut down in Springfield, flat-out saying that if she hates something, nobody should be allowed to see it. The fact that the tournament's organizer Chett Englebrick is a complete asshole (for one thing, he's a domestic abuser) makes Marge look Right for the Wrong Reasons at best when she denounced it as "morally unwholesome".
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Lord Boxman has had an Irrational Hatred for the Lakewood Plaza Turbo—a plaza for heroes and friends to hang out—since the time Gar started building it across the street from Boxmore, apparently just because of the fact that he hates friendship. Even though his friend Mr. Logic tries to point out that having it there would actually benefit Boxmore as a company (since having more heroes around would lead to more villains wanting to buy robots), Boxman doesn't care and insists on trying to destroy it, which ruins his friendship with Logic and almost runs his business into the ground.
  • Zigzagged with Chancellor Neighsay in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. On one hand, the changelings have attacked Equestria numerous times and have only been allies for a very short amount of time, the yaks were complete brutes and maniacs in their first and only visit to Equestria, and the dragons would have gleefully burned Equestria to the ground for no reason at all had Garble won the Gauntlet of Fire instead of Ember, so you can understand why he views them as potential threats. On the other hand, he also acts this way toward the hippogriffs, sea ponies, and griffons, who have been nothing but allies to Equestria since day one so it's pretty likely he'd have applied this attitude toward the others even if they'd never once done anything to the ponies.