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"Choirs of daemons howl in salute as they sense his flagship exiting from warpspace at the edge of the system. Chains of cities across the surface of the planet are set ablaze in welcome as his battle barge slides into orbit. Thousands of slaves are sacrificed in celebration as he sets foot upon the surface, the very earth beneath him soaked in the blood of his victims."

Generally below the Dimension Lord but above The Emperor and the Evil Overlord lies this character.

Maybe they want to conquer the universe. Maybe they want to kill everyone in it. Whatever they do, they'll be crazy-mad powerful, so it's going to take a whole boatload of heroes to take them down.

Sometimes they'll have armies to back them up, but more often than not, they'll work alone, relying on their incredibly vast cosmic powers to crush the good guys. Many have both.

These characters are usually male, although modern works are offering more and more females the opportunity to enslave entire galaxies. Distinguishable from the Eldritch Abomination in that these guys have somewhat human motives for what they do. Often, this is what the Sealed Evil in a Can turns into once it's unsealed. Take this Up to Eleven, and you get a Multiversal Conqueror.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Holy Nightmare Corporation (Nightmare Enterprises, or NME, in the dub), the Big Bad Nightmare's company in the Kirby anime, is stated to have already successfully conquered the universe and defeated at least one major resistance movement... but a Kid Hero is shaping up to take them down.
  • King Vega from UFO Robo Grendizer, one of the Mazinger Z sequels. He was emperor of a warrior race and ruled over a planet was dying due to overexploitation from one of its resources -a radioactive and highly unstable ore named Vegatron-, so he started to conquer other planets to find another world to settle on. He used to say his army was the most powerful one in the universe.
  • Dragon Ball examples:
    • Vegeta was introduced as one in Dragon Ball Z: the the leader of the Saiyans who conquered countless planets, exterminated their populations, and sold them off as real estate to the highest bidder. His organization only consists of three people and some Saibaimen, but they're powerful enough that they don't need anyone else. He's first introduced in the ruins of a planet he conquered, filler has him blowing up another one for kicks, and the plot of his arc is triggered by one of his minions attempting to recruit Goku into his group, drawing Vegeta's interest to the Earth. He claimed to be the strongest being in the universe and even the highest god of the galaxy was terrified of him. Even after all their divine training and power-ups, the heroes collectively could not stand up to him and only finally drove him off via a combination of dumb luck and every single one of them ending up killed or crippled.
    • Via a Retcon which stated he was Vegeta's never-mentioned boss, Frieza took this title instead. Immensely powerful to the point of being considered invincible, he nonetheless usually has his army to do the actual fighting. Known for exterminating large portions of planets' populations and enslaving the rest, or simply killing off the entire population and selling the planet to the highest bidder, his name was feared by all spacefaring civilizations throughout the galaxy. The fact that he could blow up your planet on a whim just served as further incentive to surrender.
    • Lord Slug from Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug is a Composite Character of Freeza and King Piccolo from early Dragon Ball.
    • Cooler from Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge is Freeza's older brother, who is even more powerful than him.
  • Zoltar from Battle of the Planets (and only Battle of the Planets, the Cut-and-Paste Translation. The original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman was set entirely on Earth, villains and all).
  • Zarkon and his son, Lotor from Voltron.
  • Reinhard von Lohengramm, the protagonist of Legend of Galactic Heroes is a rare heroic/anti heroic example of this trope. He wants to unite all of space under his rule. The thing about it is that his Empire is actually pretty awesome because he's a superb ruler. They're opposed by the democractic Free Planets Alliance. A huge topic in the series is basically the conflict between a good autocracy and a rotten democracy.
  • Empress Ramaj from Crest of the Stars, like above-mentioned Reinhard von Lohengramm, is also a rare maybe-heroic example. She is an empress of a militaristic feudal space empire that conquers every world it encounters and the show revolves around her empire's war against The Alliance of democratic states. The goal of The Empire is to subjugate humankind to its benevolent authoritarian rule and lead it to an era of endless peaace and prosperity. She is not the protagonist, though, but a Big Good and grandmother of the protagonist.
  • The aptly-named Sailor Galaxia from Sailor Moon. No points for guessing what is that last planet she needs to conquer to complete her quest.
  • To Love-Ru has Lala's father being one of these.
  • Boros form One-Punch Man is an expy of Freiza and conquered most of the universe. He grew bored of having no challenge but came to Earth to fight Saitama after a prophet pointed him in the right direction.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Universe:
    • This is a general characterization for most cosmic-centric supervillains within the Marvel Universe. Some prominent terran-centric supervillains like Doctor Doom and Kang The Conqueror occasionally branch off into this trope, when their ambition exceeds their normal boundaries.
    • Thanos of Titan has embodied this trope in the past, with his obsession with ultimate power and Death being his primary motivations. His first appearance had him conqueroring his home planet of Titan with similar plans for Earth. Characterization Marches On, however, and he is now simply a Genius Bruiser Omni-Disciplinary Mad Scientist whose motivations range from It Amused Me to Omnicidal Maniac, the latter to impress his girlfriend (or, currently, because she dumped him and he's going to take it out on everyone else).
      • And when we mean "Obsession with Death" we mean the Stalker with a Crush kind of obsession. Said girlfriend is Death.
    • Annihilus, The Supreme Intelligence, at times the Skrulls and, mostly whenever Lilandra isn't in charge, the Shi'ar emperor/empress tends to fill this role too, especially when Vulcan was in charge.
    • Terminus the cosmic strip-miner.
    • A large percentage of the giant monsters from Marvel's pre-super hero days were alien invaders (Goom, his son Googam, etc.). Even Groot, who has since done a Heel–Face Turn, started out this way.
    • A lesser known one is Arm'Chedon (Armeggedon), an enemy of the Hulk from the 90s and leader of the Troyjan Empire. He was so busy conquering planets that he didn't even notice he had two sons running around until one of them got killed harassing the Pantheon (Hulk's team at the time) on Earth, and the other died in trail by combat with the Hulk. He swore vengeance, but got all of one appearance until well over a decade later.
  • The DCU:
    • Across countless worlds, for countless eons, not a voice is raised in hope or joy. Across these worlds, these infinite lands throughout the cosmos, there is only Darkseid.
    • Brainiac. His goals and methods have varied a lot over the years, but he still usually fits this trope.
    • Mongul (both of them), the despotic ruler of War World. Galactic domination has always been his end game.
    • Despero and Kanjar Ro are much lower-tier versions of this trope. Kanjar Ro is usually treated as a joke villain these days.
    • Starro the Conqueror, although his more powerful appearances drift him more towards being an Eldritch Abomination.
    • The Emperor of the Sangtee Empire from Wonder Woman (1987) has conquered a slew of inhabitable planets and runs an Empire where chattel slavery is legal and the norm.
    • The Reach don't have as much firepower as the above, meaning they need to be more subtle. So they simply send out little "champions" to promising worlds, who gain the public's trust with acts of heroism while the Reach discretely secure control over all the planet's natural resources.
    • Lady Styx, debuting in 52. Originally intended to stand in for Darkseid, whom the writers felt was getting overused, she comes with the impressive distinction of her own Army of the Dead.
  • Megatron from the various Transformers canon.
  • Khaal: The Chronicles of a Galactic Emperor is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but granted he doesn't start out as one in the comic proper: he is introduced as a fearsome warlord in a prison spaceship that gets invaded by superior aliens, but Khaal manages to kill their leader and take control of the invaders. He turns his attention to the rest of the galaxy and aims to conquer every world in his way. The comic ends with him finding and conquering Earth.
  • The current page's quote refers to an nameless Daemon Prince of Tzeentch in Bloodquest that leads an Black Crusade across the galaxy, as typical for Chaos Warbands. It's revealed that his host is none other than Captain Leonatos, the comic's Decoy Protagonist that pulled an Heroic Sacrifice to save his surviving teammates and was possessed by an daemon.
  • Paperinik New Adventures has a few:
    • Evron Eleventh to the Fifth, leader of the Evronian Empire, is the latest representative of a fairly successful line of conquerors (in one issue an Evronian fleet's destruction is actually said to be the first time they lose a space battle), with the Evronians invading thousands of worlds without any opposition able to hold for long until Xadhoom came by and started decimating them, culminating in the destruction of the Imperial Planetoid with Evron Eleventh to the Fifth on board.
      • In a Bad Future Grrodon, the last Evronian spy on Earth, manages to rebuild the Empire and conquer the planet, starting Evron's conquests anew.
      • It's eventually revealed that there's multiple Evronian Empires, each with its own Imperial Planetoid: to prevent civil wars, whenever the population of a Planetoid grows too much they turn a planet into a spaceship, put half their population on it, clone a new Emperor, and send the new Imperial Planetoid to carve out its own Empire. The Evronian Empire defeated by Xadhoom is just one of many, one that was apparently about to divide itself when they earned her anger, with another losing most of its population to three Eldritch Abominations and later being finished off when Paperinik manages to drive their Planetoid into the sun.
    • The New Era stories introduce Moldrock, the ancient ruler of Corona, who used his own immense powers to subjugate the various city states, turn the planet into a lush world and then launch a conquest of the known world looking for proper opponents, at least until his own scientists manage to put on him a device that suppresses his powers and, unable to strip him of his powers for good, imprison him on the Pentadimensional World where his powers are severely limited.
    • Juniper Ducklair, the latest queen of Corona, eventually engages into this on her sister Korinna's suggestion, even using Moldrock to power a technology that creates nearly invincible warriors and open portals through dimensions. She abandons her ambitions when Moldrock escapes, single-handedly beats her armies into submission without killing anyone, and Paperinik and Everett's attempts to stop him from using the dimension-traveling technology for himself and Korinna's attempts at taking back control result in Moldrock and Korinna being stranded in another dimension and the near-destruction of Corona.

    Fan Works 
  • Warlord Kroz from Tech 10 Rebooted is a Noble Demon variety of this, having conquered around 72 planets on his quest to find a Worthy Opponent, but simply leaving them alone afterwards.
  • In The Shape of the Nightmare to Come and The Age of Dusk, Abaddon finally manages to take over all of Segmentum Obscurus.
  • In Zim the Warlord: Irken Reversion, Zim and all the other Irkens who go through the Reversion are granted by the Tallest the previously defunct title of Warlord. This appears to be basically an expansion on being an Invader, as in addition to the initially-assigned planets they're sent to take over, they're given permission to spread their conquests and carve out their own domains, which are autonomous but still subservient to the overall Irken Empire.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Sheev Palpatine from Star Wars is the consummate example of this trope, though he did it through pure manipulation rather than outright force. He got voted into absolute power, after masterminding a civil war after a millennium of peace (in which he was secretly the leader of both sides), resulting in him receiving popular support for his authoritarian reforms. By the time he declared himself Emperor, he already had absolute control of the Republic...or, as he declared it, the first! Galactic! EMPIRE!
    Padmé Amidala: So this is how liberty dies: with thunderous applause...
    • While he took over the vast majority of his territory through manipulation, the EU and various bits of the films do show that the Galactic Empire also annexed new planets via military force.
  • Ming the Merciless from the Flash Gordon film is referred to as the Emperor of the Universe and the Galaxy. The fact that he can casually cause moons to collide with planets and rain down "natural" disasters on every solar system when he wants to test them definitely places him on the level of Galactic Conqueror. However, he only exercises direct control over his homeworld and it's moons.
  • The Lord Marshal, leader of the Necromongers from the Riddick franchise. They're basically space-faring Knight Templar crusaders led by a "holy-half dead" leader who move from planet to planet, converting anyone they can find and killing anyone who refuses.
  • The Beast in Krull.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Thanos - while he usually has others do the grunt-work for him, he is widely regarded as the most powerful being in the universe, and commands at least one army of killer cyborgs and a retinue of elite warriors. His ultimate goal is to assemble the six Infinity Stones and use their power to wipe out half of all sapient life as a twisted form of Population Control.
    • Thor: Ragnarok revealed that Odin, of all people used to be this, before changing their ways. Hela even noted how she used to be their favored tool of conquest, and lamented that such glorious days were long gone.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne dreams of a Bad Future in which the Earth has been conquered and become a wasteland. A gigantic Omega symbol has been carved in said wasteland — the symbol of Darkseid.
    • Justice League: While Darkseid himself doesn't show up, one of his generals, Steppenwolf, serves as the Big Bad trying to conquer Earth. He tried this once before thousands of years ago, but was repelled by an alliance of Earth's gods, the Amazons, Atlantis, and at least one Green Lantern.
    • Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid spearheads the conquest attempt in the distant past in this version (he was replaced by Steppenwolf in the above theatrical cut).

  • Thursday Next: Emperor Zhark regularly destroys and enslaves whole worlds. In person he's a pretty nice guy, though he does tend to overreact a bit, like responding to a shoot out in a Western book by deploying Space Marines.
  • Harry Turtledove’s "Trantor Falls": Gilmer wants to be the first warlord to take Trantor and exploit its riches, yet he's aware that others will try to attack him while he's weak, and must begin fortifying the defenses that he's just destroyed.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: Defined by their conflict is good outlook, the "Shadows" would stoke war between the younger races, let it rage for a while until enough races and individuals had been killed off as to leave the strongest surviving, then they would hibernate until needed again. They were very clear in their intentions when they tried to woo Sheridan. It is likely, however, that the Shadows don't want a decisive victory. They believe conflict is at the heart of all growth. If they win decisively they reduce the amount of conflict. The Vorlons are their historic rival. Both sides admit to a degree of validity. They both think the other side helps their own philosophy. Life under the Shadows or the Vorlons would have been equally unacceptable. That’s why Sheridan turned his back on each of the Elder Races.
    Morden: It's like knocking over an anthill. Every new generation gets stronger. The anthill gets redesigned, made better.
    Sheridan: So that's what the Shadows do. Come out every few thousand years, and kick over all "the anthills." Start wars, destroy entire races.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Master in the classic series, whenever he/she isn't trying to kill or corrupt their old rival, the Doctor. It's doubtful they'll ever confirm how the Doctor and Master first fell out; they've been teasing us with hints for decades. Can't say how much was intentional in Classic Who; there was subtext between them, but it was ambiguous. After the John Simm version, the Master was depicted as a dangerous and crazy ex whom the Doctor still loves and tries to save. The sexual tension is so thick, if they ever decide to retcon it so that they actually are brothers (as hinted in "Planet of Fire" and then swiftly ignored), it's going to be really weird. In the revival, the Simm Master planned to establish a "New Time Lord Empire" in his first appearance, taking over Earth and building a fleet of warships during "the year that never was". The Doctor, Martha and Jack fixed history before he could launch his first assault on the galaxy.
    • If Daleks are space Nazis, Davros is pretty much Karl Brandt with a bit of space Hitler. Terry Molloy has this tendency to crescendo every single line of dialog into very loud shouting. The writers have also described him as a brilliant scientist, and the Doctor and Davros debating is always a highlight. He created the Daleks out of frustration at his disability and the thirst for power that it gave him. Davros has survived being shot by his own creation, being blown up in a bunker, blown up in a spaceship, cryogenically frozen, left drifting in a void for 90 years in outer space, etc. It reminds one of Anthony Ainley getting incinerated in "Planet of Fire" and then randomly showing up again in "Trial of a Time Lord." "How did you survive?" "Hueh hueh hueh... you think such a trifling inconvenience would destroy me?" (Thanks, Pip and Jane.)
  • The Peacekeepers and Scarrans on Farscape. Peacekeepers are enhanced humanoids who favor military strength. The design of the Scarrans is reptilian, and some of them look pretty freaky. Given the Scarrans' diversity, it's hard to give any one character preference over the others. The design of the ruling caste is more human-looking, with pimpin' red armor. The lower class, 'horse-faced' Scarrans appear brutish, like a two-story building. The half-Scarran character, Scorpius, is motivated by revenge—for his very existence, oddly enough. He was willing to enlist in the Peacekeepers to fight the Scarrans, not for political or moral reasons, but because of how they abused him as a child. When he discovers John's wormhole knowledge, he realizes it can be weaponized and used to wipe out the Scarrans completely. He believes this is the only way to win the arms race and save the Peacekeepers as a species. There is no known cause behind the long war between Scarrans and Peacekeepers. In-storyline, it's as simple as warm-blooded vs. cold-blooded; We die in the heat vs. We thrive in the heat.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • The Goa'uld as a whole already control most of the Milky Way Galaxy, but the most ambitious Goa'uld System Lords usually try to conquer all of the galaxy by absorbing the territories of their rivals, assuming the Big Bad mantle in the process. Successively, Apophis, Anubis, and Ba'al came the closest to actually succeeding.
    • As well as the Ori, who have already conquered one galaxy. They're ascended Energy Beings who rule through a Religion of Evil called Origin, and build an armada to embark on a crusade to convert the Milky Way.
  • Stargate Atlantis:
    • The Wraith in the Pegasus Galaxy, although they don't so much rule as they do feed. Also, the Wraith do a lot of fighting amongst themselves, on account of there not being enough food to go around. Thus, no one person (or hive queen) actually controls their galaxy.
    • The former Wraith named "Michael" became such a threat in his own right in the later seasons. After he started his Hybrid project he started lusting after power for its own sake. His end goal became to supplant both humans and Wraith with his Hybrid minions by annihilating everything else.
  • Pretty much any villain race in Star Trek at some point has aspirations of galactic conquests. But as far as individuals in the series go, the Borg Queen is the best example.
  • His Divine Shadow in Lexx.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers have a few:
  • The Ultra Series tend to feature these as Monsters of the Week due to these shows work. but there have also been a few have been major Big Bads like Alien Empera from Ultraman Mebius, who originally took over M78 thousands of years ago but was overthrown in an uprising by the Ultras.

  • Gloryhammer's second album, Space 1992 Rise Of The Chaos Wizards, is set 1000 years after the first album, in which Angus Mc Fife and company defeat the evil wizard Zargothrax and imprison him; now the chaos wizards release him, and he attempts to go conquer the galaxy. This ends in the destruction of Earth in order to prevent an Eldritch Abomination being released.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In Scientology, Xenu conquered many worlds and dropped his excess population into Earth's volcanos, leading to many of the evils that plague mankind.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Traveller:
    • Cleon I, founder of the Third Imperium. In something of a subversion, he not only succeeds, but his empire is actually a more-or-less nice one once it is created - whatever one can say of how he created it. Cleon was a skillful politician, businessman, and diplomat. He knew when to entice, when to bludgeon, and how to weave together multitudinous plans, and in general he was a very Magnificent Bastard.
    • Albadawi might count. He was a Four-Star Badass who pretty much won the Interstellar Wars himself. In his case he was acting as a servant of the Terran Confederation rather then for his own ambition.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has more than its fair share of these, some evil... some really evil. (See page quote.)
    • The most successful was undoubtedly the Emperor of Man, the founder, and later god of the Imperium, the setting's "good" guys. The Imperium had been at its most reasonable and expanded most rapidly under his direct rule, growing from the solar system to spanning most of the galaxy in just a few short centuries (in spite of their life extending technologies, the Emperor was already immortally youthful, purportedly 38,000 years old when he founded the Imperium). It was also secular, reasonably tolerant of mutants and nonhostile aliens, and presumably had reasonably efficient governance. The the Horus Heresy happened and the Emperor was interred into the Golden Throne to survive and lost most of his ability to communicate; he more or less became a figurehead and his Imperium steadily became a psychotic, dystopian, totalitarian, theocratic empire. The Imperium never fully recovered after that, while it still makes some gains in territory and technology from time to time, it sits somewhere between stagnant and failing by inches. Between most of its resources being sucked up by wars on all sides, including the occasional civil war between parts of it and the occasional galactic crisis, the Imperium, and humanity's last hope (such as it is), tottering on between a lasting victory and permanent collapse has been a lasting theme of 40K.
    • The other "good guys" of 40k, the Tau Empire, also have this as a goal, believing it to be a part of their manifest destiny. Though they have a long, long way to go. They currently sit have a tiny, yet densely packed empire on the opposite side of the galaxy, preferring to use diplomatic, economic, and political means to bring other species into their empire, including Human-held worlds left behind or left to their own devices. However, depending on who you listen to, they might be the optimistic, hopeful beacon of reason and tolerance they present themselves as, or they might be an Orwellian, authoritarian society ruled by a caste of scheming, charismatic masterminds given a bright coat of paint. A recurring theme is that the Tau are naive and overly eager to extend a hand of friendship, sometimes to their own peril. However, most of the other races are more interested in some combination of killing, raping, torturing, or just eating everyone. Black-and-Grey Morality indeed.
    • Not to mention Abaddon the Despoiler, Warmaster of Chaos. The foremost of Chaos Lords, and blessed by all the Chaos Gods. He is recognized by the Imperium as an existential threat, and they devote a great deal of resources and manpower to keeping him and the rest of the hordes of Chaos contained to the Eye of Terror. He led thirteen Black Crusades which broke out including his 12th to the Gothic Sector against the Imperium. He'll show up to harass the Imperium once in a while, and every now and then he'll launch a Black Crusade to collect superweapons and to weaken and undermine the Imperium around the Eye as part of the Long Game. (Fanon likes to think of these as repeated failures, though it wasn't until relatively recently that we learned about them in detail. And before that point, any permanent, meaningful victories against the Imperium was outside the bounds of allowed narrative.) Now, he's gathering up his weapons and unifying the forces of Chaos at a level unprecedented for nearly 10 millennia for the 13th Black Crusade to make an assault on Terra after all this time, to finally succeed in what Horus didn't.
      • That said, Chaos itself hopes to engulf the galaxy, and would if their mortal followers ever succeed in bringing down the Emperor. Chaos is broken up into four major gods, each representing its own unique portfolio and domain, and possibly lesser gods of an unknown number. Hypothetically, they could take over realspace right now, but such is the nature of Chaos is that their energy and attention is mostly spent against one another in the Great Game, a war that, by definition, is destined to never end.
    • The Craftworld Eldar dream of retaking their former place as the masters of the galaxy. The more realistic ones know that the odds of them ever doing so are almost zero, but keep fighting anyway since it beats laying down and accepting extinction.
    • Surprisingly Averted with the Dark Eldar, the most vicious and sadistic of the factions (which is saying something) and the only Eldar faction who has managed to thrive, who don't want to bother with conquering the galaxy. Yes, they do make regular raids into realspace for food and slaves (often one and the same), and will occasionally make a grab for resources or territory. But they don't bother since being in realspace for an extended period is a hazard for them: the Chaos God Slaanesh is constantly "sipping" out their souls, the effect is strongest in realspace, and dying out there carries the most risk against revivification should they fall in battle. That aside, they're having too much fun or too occupied in their home city of Commorragh, where murder and intrigue is rife and the kabals (something between a noble house and a pirate syndicate) are too busy competing to undermine or exterminate one another. The other subgroups of the Dark Eldar, Haemonculus covens, wych cults, Hellion gangs, and the Incubus shrines typically lack the resources to go out into realspace and attach themselves to kabal raids as mercenary cohorts.

    Video Games 
  • The Zerg Overmind from StarCraft wants to assimilate all life in the universe into the Zerg Swarm.
    • Later succeeded by his Dragon Kerrigan, who is — by her own words — "pretty much the queen bitch of the universe".
    • StarCraft II The Dark Voice the true master mind who programed the Overmind to attack the Xel Naga, and lead the Zerg into assimilating the Protoss to create Zerg/Protoss Hybrids. His grand scheme is to wipe out all life in the galaxy so he and his Hybrids will rule it.
  • Emperor Percival Tachyon, from Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction has managed to bring most of the Polaris Galaxy under his sway.
  • Mother series:
  • Bowser aspires to be a universe conqueror in Super Mario Galaxy. He fails.
  • Knights of the Old Republic has both Darth Revan in the Back Story of the game and Darth Malak as the current Big Bad. In The Dark Side ending, the Player Character becomes one.
  • Freedom Force has Lord Dominion.
  • Civilization IN SPACE!! games like Master of Orion usually have this as an option for winning the game.
  • In Freedom Planet, by the time Lord Arktivus Brevon makes his way to Planet Avalice, he's already conquered a large swath of the galaxy. Taking the Kingdom Stone hidden on Avalice would allow him to continue his conquest unopposed.
  • Sargeras the Fallen Titan from the WarCraft universe, whose goal is to lead the Burning Legion to destroy the entire universe.
  • Mass Effect: The Reapers are an interesting variation of this. In a way, they already control the galaxy, since they use it as a gigantic corral for raising intelligent species. The Reapers maintain an entire network of self-repairing hyperspace jumpgates and a gargantuan space station at its center for the sake of creating new civilizations that are advanced enough to be worth conquering but reliant enough on Lost Technology that the Reaper's Override Command cripples their resistance.
    • Javik is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, mundane version of this. The plan was to get a million protheans to survive the Reaper Harvest by hiding in stasis, then force the primitive races into servitude against the Reapers. Unfortunately, sabotage esnured that only Javik survived.
  • The Gravemind and its Flood forces in Halo. According to its words, the Flood had already conquered galaxies-worth "of flesh and bones" and now were planning on conquering the Milky Way. Despite the courage and highly advanced technology of the Forerunners, the Flood could only be slowed down, until the former made the decision to to sacrifice themselves and all non-indexed sentient life in a effort to starve them to death. 100,000 years later, the Gravemind (being effectively immortal) is finally reformed but was again defeated, this time by humanity and the Arbiter-affiliated Elites, who put aside their differences and use the Ark and the replacement Halo 04 to lure in and destroy the Gravemind and all the Flood it could muster before the infection became too big to stop. However, given that there are still a lot of Flood in storage on various Forerunner research facilities, and the fact that the Flood are extra-galactic in origin (hence why none of the before-mentioned samples were simply destroyed), the Gravemind is likely not finished yet.
  • BIOS from Forgotten Worlds, who has created gods to serve as his enforcers as he travels the galaxy, conquering and reducing worlds into barren wastelands.
  • The Grandmaster from ''Strider'' and its sequel(as well as the 2014 game), who couples it with his desire to create new lifeforms at will to become a new god.
  • Genocide/Scumocide from Captain Commando has already established a Criminal Syndicate of bio-engineered super criminals that has taken over the entire galaxy by the time the game kicks in.
  • One boss in Visions & Voices is called the "Minor Galactivore." This guy is not even close to being the final boss.
  • Orbulon from WarioWare tries to be this in the first game. He really sucks at it.
  • In the first two games of the Kirby Dark Matter trilogy, Dark Matter threatens to take over, respectively, Dream Land and all of Pop Star. By Kirby 64, it threatens Pop Star and all of the nearby planets.
  • The Metroid Prime Trilogy has Dark Samus, who finally settles on trying to become this after taking control of the Space Pirates and having them treat her as a goddess, using the planet Phaaze, the source of all Phazon, to infect all the planets in the galaxy with it to either kill the inhabitants or turn them into corrupted monsters under her control.
  • From Battleborn is Lothar Rendain, leader of the Jennerit Imperium who has decided to ally with the Varelsi and aid them in their destruction of the universe on the promise that he and those who follow him would be spared from the universal end and be granted "ascension" to "the passage" to "the other side".
  • Queen Victoria in Sunless Skies. Yes, that one. She holds full dominion over the star system Albion (Fallen London Recycled In Space) and contested control of The Reach (a star system made of jungles in space). Her power (and restored youth) comes from an artificial Clockwork Sun, who has the power to rewrite the laws of time.note 
  • Sunrider has Veniczar Arcadius, the masked dictator of the galactic superpower PACT. He already controls a good chunk of the galaxy in this capacity and is keen on taking over the rest, steamrolling the independent worlds of the Neutral Rim with his overwhelming military might. Revealed to actually be a female example later on, as she is a Hive Mind posing as the real Arcadius who died long ago.
  • In Stellaris, this can be a goal for many an interstellar empire. However, in terms of characterization, the Great Khan of Apocalypse most clearly qualifies. They are a visionary leader who unites first the squabbling marauder tribes, and then attempts to turn the rest of the galaxy into satrapies. How well this goes varies; sometimes they succeed (until their inevitable demise undoes most of their work), and sometimes they pick a fight with a Fallen Empire well before they stand a chance of not being wiped out.
  • Lord Vraxx from Brawlhalla used to be a despotic tyrant who conquered entire solar systems and frequently destroyed planets for the pettiest of things. After his entire fleet was destroyed with him among them he ended up in Valhalla where, when he's not competing in the tournament, he's making plans to take over Valhalla for himself.


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  • World's Greatest Adventures’s Warlord Cassius is one, albeit not a particularly powerful one. The dictator of the Tharsis Quadrangle on the Planet Mars, he intends to take over the Planet Earth, and then, the universe. (Fortunately, he is Lawful Evil, and will not take over Earth until he has bested its champion in a square fight. Less fortunately, his designated champion of Earth is Rufus.)

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Alternative Title(s): Galactic Conquerer


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