Kyle: Wait! Don't you want to talk first? Banter back and forth to show me your innate superiority?
A No-Nonsense Nemesis is a character that outright refuses to carry either the Hero Ball (Things I Will Do If I Am Ever the Hero) or Villain Ball (Evil Overlord List); Hollywood Tactics and the Idiot Ball are also out of the question. The individual may be a Combat Pragmatist, Genre Savvy, Street Smart or simply very practical, and will neither delay nor take unnecessary chances when their objective is at hand. For example, the villain really does think that Murder Is the Best Solution, and no, they aren't going to do any Evil Gloating or exposit on their plan before shooting, thank you very much. An opponent might be confused to the point they outright ask "You're really going to just shoo—" They might try to stall their No-Nonsense Nemesis by offering suggestions like "Wouldn't it be more fun to suspend me above a vat of acid and slowly lower me?" Also a good idea to make sure this nemesis isn't around during your Transformation Sequence.
Mind you, this is mainly on the tactics of the individual in regards to a direct approach and not necessarily personality. They can be highly eccentric or insane, but still have a pretty direct approach (in the sense that blow it all up is a direct way of dealing with heroes as a villain and a favorite among the psychotic.) Expect the moment they drop the no-nonsense to indulge themselves to be the moment things go wrong for them.
See also Killed Mid-Sentence. Compare Shut Up, Kirk! and Aren't You Going to Ravish Me? as well as Pragmatic Villainy, which an evil No-Nonsense Nemesis will certainly display. Contrast Bond Villain Stupidity, Complexity Addiction, Just Toying with Them, Too Dumb to Live, Contractual Genre Blindness and Fair-Play Villain.
- In Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, the biggest enemy to a Hajike/Wiggin' Specialist is one who identifies themselves as a Legendary Idiot/Joke Killer. They have extreme prejudice towards anything considered nonsensical or silly, and destroy anyone who so much as cracks a joke. If they so much as sense the slightest bit of idiocy or ridiculousness from someone, they'll attack them with full force.
Torpedo Girl: I can't win. These guys are so obtuse, there is no logical way to defeat them.
- The main example being Torpedo Girl who is this to such an extent she even hurt her father, Landmine Dandy, for this back when she was a child. Granted, she is prone to her own eccentricity (such as her "I'm a torpedo" Running Gag) She does still end up being defeated back when she's an antagonist by being overwhelmed with cosmic levels of absurdity.
- Matt's death in Death Note is this. He is chased and cornered by mooks, and explains that they aren't going to shoot him because they'll need to interrogate him. They shoot him to death immediately, with one remarking that Matt was obviously stalling.
- Dragon Ball:
- Frieza is one when he is being methodical, or when he is pushed to his limits. Dragon Ball Minus reveals that he gathered all the Saiyans in Planet Vegeta to exterminate them all with his planet.
- Once Goku arrives back on Earth to fight him, Frieza makes it clear in no uncertain terms he's not playing around like on Namek and immediately jumps from Form 1 to his final and true form for battle. Subverted in that he could have just immediately gone Golden and finished Goku then and there, Super Saiyan Blue be damned, but instead does not go Golden until he needs to and from that moment on once more starts playing around with Goku, deleting his own stamina instead of finishing Goku off because he wants to see Goku suffer that much. Naturally, it blows up in his face, again.
- Cell is this while imperfect — as he knows he is too weak to win against his stronger foes without gaining power, he instead deliberately and mercilessly kills to gain power. When fighting those he knows he can defeat, he methodically goes after anyone who makes themselves a threat — once he is struck by anyone entering the fight he immediately makes sure they can't return later to screw up his plans before continuing his main goal. After he becomes Perfect, however, he starts holding the Villain Ball more often. Given that the likes of Goku and Vegeta were used as sources for his DNA, a Blood Knight nature is literally In the Blood for Cell, and once he's complete he just can't hold it back anymore.
- Cell gains some of this back after regenerating From a Single Cell and becoming Super Perfect. Upon returning to Earth, he one-shots Trunks before the dust even clears, and after nearly killing Vegeta and crippling Gohan's arm, outright declares that he's through playing games and anything less than complete universal destruction is a waste of his power.
- Future Trunks is a rare heroic example. Unlike most of the other heroes, he doesn't hold back to make things fun, he fights at full force from the beginning. He finishes off Frieza on Earth without letting him find a chance to severely damage the Saiyan. When he gets back to the future, he kills 17 and 18 in that timeline without wasting significant time, permanently preventing Cell from achieving his perfect form in that timeline. He also destroyed Cell at his weakest. It's also revealed in Dragon Ball Super that when his timeline's incarnations of Babidi and Dabura arrived on Earth hoping to awaken Majin Buu, he unhesitatingly destroyed them both without letting them come anywhere close to doing so.
- Speaking of which, Goku himself also occasionally takes this tack, mostly against Cell and Kid Buu, and in the former case, he was actively trying to kill Cell from the start, while he only reached this conclusion with Kid Buu when he realised that reasoning with him was no longer an option whatsoever. When Goku is given a second chance due to Whis rewinding time before the whole Earth was destroyed by Frieza, Goku goes straight to obliterating Frieza and making sure he's actually dead, as opposed to Namek.
- Once Super Buu enters the fray, his first move (after gruesomely killing a bystander) is to fly straight to Kami's Lookout and demand that Piccolo present the "worthy opponent" that he had been promised (Gotenks). When Piccolo tries to stall for time by pointing out that there are people left on Earth for Buu to kill, Buu immediately annihilates just about every bystander left on the planet Earth with an energy wave he calls the "Human Extinction" attack, to the horror of everyone. He then demands, with no further distractions, to see his opponent. He later declares that, even if Goku and Gohan were to fuse, they still couldn't defeat him, but then immediately adds that he isn't going to take the chance and will just kill them now to be certain.
- Kid Buu one ups even Super Buu. Instead of fighting the heroes, he simply blows up the entire planet, knowing that he can regenerate from almost anything. Goku and Vegeta are forced to fight Kid Buu on the world of the Kais because it's one of the few planets he can't oneshot. In fact, even though Kid Buu isn't as strong as Super Buu, he's considered far more dangerous as unlike Super Buu, Kid Buu can't be reasoned with, and doesn't care about a good fight; he just wants to destroy everything for its own sake.
- King Piccolo from the original series. His first order of business upon his return is kill all the world's martial artists so no-one can ever seal him again and collect the Dragon Balls to wish for youth. Upon finding out that two of his children are killed, he goes and deals with the threat directly and nearly kills Goku, even checks his heart to make sure he was dead. He allows the other heroes to collect the remaining Dragon Balls and swallowed his so they couldn't steal them. When he was about to make his wish Chiaotzu attempted to interrupt, only to be quickly killed. Once he regained his youth, he kills the Eternal Dragon so no one could ever use the Dragon Balls against him. There's a reason he remains the only villain in the series to win, only losing in the end because he never counted on Goku's heart restarting after he left.
- Although not as ruthless as the above villains, Mercenary Tao. Being a professional assassin, he more often than not goes for quick kills. When Goku proved to be durable against physical blows, he attempts to pierce his heart with a finger beam. His only true mistake was not checking Goku's body.
- King Cold, Frieza's father. When he and Mecha-Frieza went to Earth to get revenge on Goku, Cold suggested just blowing the planet up from orbit; it was Frieza who adamantly insisted on landing and personally killing everyone there to make Goku suffer. Since Future Trunks shows up and kills the two of them shortly after, Frieza should have gone with Cold's plan.
- Vegeta becomes this on the rare occasions he's not letting his ego get the best of him. In the Namek Saga, he quickly kills the members of the Ginyu Force when Goku chooses not to do so, and in Resurrection 'F', he outright tells Frieza that he's nowhere near as merciful as Goku and won't give Frieza the chance to walk away.
- Syn/Omega Shenron, the Final Boss of Dragon Ball GT. He attacks Goku when he's exhausted and weak from fighting Nuova and Eis. Later, when Goku and Vegeta fuse into Gogeta and nearly kill him only for the Fusion time to wear out, he does everything he possibly can to prevent them from fusing again.
- Beerus, God of Destruction of 7th universe. Though he likes to fight, and sees Goku and Vegeta as worthy opponents, when Zamasu tried to kill Goku, Beerus swiftly obliterated him with just a word. That attack rendered Zamasu Deader Than Dead.
- Goku Black from Dragon Ball Super is this trope to frightening degrees. Unlike most villains who toy with their opponents, Goku Black is a ruthless mass-murderer who focuses solely on killing opponents as quickly and efficiently as possible. It's best shown in his fight with Goku and Vegeta in the future. After letting Vegeta wail on him for a while to show how much stronger he's become since his last fight with Goku, he then knocks him away, transforms into his new Super Saiyan Rose form and swiftly impales Vegeta in the chest with a Laser Blade. Later, he double teams Goku and Trunks with Future Zamasu rather than let him handle things himself, the two of them nearly killing Goku and Trunks had it not been for Vegeta, Future Mai, and Future Yajirobi.
- Zen'o is this when the situation presents itself. One look at the cosmic horror Merged Zamasu had become after merging with the entire multiverse in that timeline, was all Future Zen'o needed before deciding to destroy the entire multiverse in that timeline, and obliterate the immortal Zamasu in the process.
- Hit is a renowned assassin who will not toy around with his targets, preferring to end his battles or kill his targets as efficiently as possible. At least, until he finds a Worthy Opponent. This is shown perfectly in episode 71 when we see him in the middle of a hit job on a local crime boss. He uses Time Skip to bypass all the boss' security guards and reach his target, calmly tells said target that he's hired to kill him, then promptly punches a hole through said target's chest, ignoring his pleas for mercy and killing him instantly. And when he fights Goku again, he lets Goku hit him a few times to showcase his intangibility powers, then promptly punches him through the heart, killing him instantly.
- Piccolo has identified that not being this is the biggest flaw possessed by Goku and Gohan, as they consistently drop their guard due to arrogance and their own certainty in their power, and both of them have been beaten as a result (Goku vs Frieza, Gohan vs Buu). As seen in the two-versus-two match between the team of Goku and Tien Shinhan versus Gohan and Piccolo, he's successfully trained this flaw out of Gohan. Even in the lulls in combat, Gohan is completely silent, on-guard, and ready, and when fighting he is absolutely unrelenting. Contrast that with his arrogance when he was at peak power versus both Cell and Buu.
- Android 17 during the Tournament of Power. When Brianne de Chateau and co. try to transform into their Magical Girl alter-egos, he simply blasts them stupid before they can finish. It takes Brianne, Goku, and Toppo to browbeat him into letting it happen.
- Frieza is one when he is being methodical, or when he is pushed to his limits. Dragon Ball Minus reveals that he gathered all the Saiyans in Planet Vegeta to exterminate them all with his planet.
- One Piece:
- Crocodile doesn't usually mess around, unless he's absolutely sure he can do so and has the time for a minor distraction. When he first fought Luffy, Crocodile gave him a few minutes to attack pointlessly, then promptly kicked his ass. He also avoids carrying the Villain Ball during a battle with some mercenaries; when they drank some water that would enhance their strength but kill them in a few minutes, Crocodile just flew to the top of a palace and waited for them to keel over.
- Mr.1/Daz Bones, who ranks just below Crocodile, fits the trope even better. Since he can turn any part of his body into a blade, he wastes little time cutting his opponents to pieces.
- Hawkeye Mihawk. One of the only two people in the series who doesn't call their attacks and most of his battles end in one strike. He rarely stops to chat, choosing only to speak after his opponent is defeated or too weak to do anything against him. The one time he does get especially chatty was to Zoro during their first encounter, but that's only because the difference in their skill was so obvious that Zoro couldn't so much as hit Mihawk. (That, and Mihawk admired Zoro's resolve).
- Even more so Magellan. He rarely speaks while fighting, and when he comes across Blackbeard and his crew invading Impel Down, he attacks them instantly instead of questioning their motives.
- And as of late we have Vergo, who's just as no-nonsense as Magellan. Despite his quirks with forgetting things often, he plays no games when it comes to fighting or taking care of his business. He goes straight for the kill every time with no smiling, laughing, or even evil-gloating at all. He also cruelly punishes those who don't show him respect. Vergo also does not wait for his opponents to finish calling out their attacks or performing gestures to use their powers, deliberately interrupting them mid-sentence or mid-gesture with his Super Speed.
- Akainu is also a great example. Since he lacks Aokiji's empathy and Kizaru's laziness, he will do everything in his power to kill pirates and will only chat with them if it means manipulating them into fighting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in his favor or doing a task for him.
- Fujitora has also shown himself to have these qualities. Like Akainu, he doesn't mess around and will pull out all the stops right off the bat to finish his fights as quickly as possible. Unlike Akainu, he tries to limit casualties as much as possible and goes out of his way to make sure that any collateral damage is either repaired or fairly compensated.
- Charolette Katakuri is definitely this. Unlike the majority of his brothers and sisters who tend to be more relaxed when not fighting, Katakuri is always in a dead-serious mode. Whenever he's fighting any opponent, he always goes for the kill, nothing more. He even told his older brother to kill off the Vinsmokes when the latter kept gloating at them. Katakuri is also one of few opponents who doesn't underestimate Luffy from the start as he already knows Luffy is a formidable opponent.
- Bleach: Yhwach trained the Vandenreich to not screw around in battle. They're supposed to get in, engage the enemy, and get out again. Individual Quincies vary in how well they meet this objective, and Yhwach has killed off at least some of his elites for screwing up. Yhwach doesn't explain his abilities until after they're already in effect. He's been able to use a doppelganger to masquerade as him to uncover Yamamoto's Bankai, and Yamamoto had no idea until it was far too late. Ichibei also thought he was defeating Yhwach until Yhwach had fully understood Ichibei's powers and destroyed him. The best Quincies at following Yhwach's strategy appear to be Lille and Pernida. Lille takes his sniper abilities very seriously and is happy to pick off Shinigami from a distance to "cull the herd" while Pernida doesn't explain his abilities at all, leaving his opponents to try and muddle through what's happening; even Mayuri struggles to understand Pernida's ability.
- The roles are reversed in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. The villain, Char Aznable, goes out of his way multiple times to defeat Amuro on even terms, obsessed with avenging his pride by defeating him fair and square. Amuro, on the hand, prioritizes stopping Char from crashing Axis into Earth over all else, and is willing to do anything to stop him, damn the rivalry; he attempts to shoot and kill Char while the latter is unarmed and is only stopped by an unexpected intervention. In their final engagement, Amuro spends most of the battle running away from Char in order to mess with Axis' trajectory, and finally deals the deathblow to Char's Mobile Suit by striking it from behind while Char is distracted.
- Wrath from Fullmetal Alchemist is most definitely this. Unlike his superior, Father, or the other homunculi, when in battle, he won't yammer on about his own species' superiority, hint to their villainous plan, or needlessly torture his opponents. If he sees you as a threat, he will make sure to dispose of you as quickly as possible, or at least incapacitate you, so you're easier to use for Father's plan, like threatening to kill your childhood friend if you resign from the military. Justified in that, unlike the rest of the villains, he doesn't have a Healing Factor or Resurrective Immortality to give him the free time to blather on.
- Rosario + Vampire has Hokuto, who only engages in typical Villain Ball-type behaviour to get his enemies to drop their guard and further his plan rather than for his own amusement, isolates the good guys from each other so they can't all attack him at once and Tsukune can't unleash Inner Moka, dominates the resulting fight with a merciless No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Xanatos Speed Chesses his way past an interference which truly took him (and everyone else,) by surprise, only engages in Evil Gloating in order to play for time, and even when he is eventually outmatched he uses My Defense Need Not Protect Me Forever to gain the advantage anyway, and his plan only fails because he is apparently so touched by Tsukune's idealism that he surrenders willingly, and we later find out that even this had an ulterior motive.
- Homura Akemi of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a heroic example of this trope. Whenever she encounters a witch she immediately invokes her time-stopping powers and unleashes an unholy rain of modern weapons and ammo to kill the resident witch and didn't waste any time or momentum up against Walpurgisnacht even though it had no effect. Justified in that she's been repeating a "Groundhog Day" Loop for a while now and has gotten quite efficient at it.
- In Gamaran, Combat Pragmatists are common. One of the straightest examples could be Ango Kuryuu of the Muhou School, who decides to stop his opponents... by bringing along his elite pupils to help him and quickly gets rid on one of the two targets (Zenmaru) with one blow. Another one is Tsuchiryuu: when facing the Ogame and Nakaizumi school members at the main gate, he first goes for the mook archers, killing them all in melee, and then takes on Gensai and fully takes advantage of his dead angle to try to kill him.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has Shun Kurosaki, who only concentrates on winning, never acknowledges the crowd nor talks to his opponents except to play his cards or give a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. He grew up in a place where Duel Monsters was to the death, not purely a fun past time.
- Sailor Moon:
- Eudial, who would retreat once she saw there was no reason for her to remain, use her Daimons not to extract her victims' Pure Heart Crystals but to cover her retreat once she extracted it much faster with a technological device of her invention and verified it wasn't the right one, and the one time she did stay and fight she did it by luring her opponents in a building she had previously filled with traps, and even shot Sailor Neptune with heavy machine guns, and that was in spite of her flamethrower being able to overpower Sailor Moon's attacks. The fact she lost isn't because she was ineffective, it was because the Sailor Soldiers were just that formidable (for example, the machine guns ran out of ammo before scratching Sailor Neptune), and in the last confrontation Sailor Moon obtained a power-up that made her attacks more powerful than her flamethrower.
- In the manga, Sailor Venus is one. The very first thing she does when she appears in person is to throw a cutting boomerang at Zoisite from behind, and that's before showing herself. When Makoto gets Brainwashed and Crazy she just sucker-kicks her in the face with enough strength to throw her across the room, and when Beryl foolishly appears in person she uses the first opening to gut her like a fish with a sword made of something harder than diamond and poisonous to boot. Notably, she wasn't like that before: in Codename: Sailor V she was rather hammy and time-wasting, only starting to become this in the three Pet Chapters (the second villain, Wan-Wan, was suddenly beheaded while he was complaining about her incredibly long speech, while the first and the third faced chemical weapons: Nyan-Nyan and her minions were knocked by a stinking smell so strong they fainted and then finished while they were still down, and the mosquito youma Chuu-Chuu got killed by magical mosquito-repelling incense).
- Ranma ½ has Shampoo, who has the motto "Obstacles are for killing", and it's not just words: when she thinks she can get away with it, she'll resort to outright murder to get what she wants.
- The clearest example is when the Tendo engagement to Ranma had been transferred to Nabiki: Ukyo and Kodachi were quickly suckered in trying to buy it, but in the middle of the 'auction' Shampoo, who had not tried to kill anyone for a while, appeared and tried to kill Nabiki because, she said, that way it was free. Much to Nabiki horror, Ukyo and Kodachi realize she's right.
- The Band of Seven from Inuyasha. While they do have their quirks, they are certainly less prone to Villain Ball moments than most of the villains, if anything if not for the intervention of Sesshomaru and Myoga, the group would've suffered severe casualties.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
- In part 2, Straizo, having turned into a vampire, decides to go after Joseph Joestar while he's still inexperienced in the ways of Hamon, realizing that he would become a much bigger threat to him if left alone. He specifically contrasts himself with Dio Brando, who toyed with his enemies and explored the limits of his vampiric abilities.
- Taken to its logical extreme by Enrico Pucci, who gives his Stand a gun, doesn't get into any fight he's not sure he'll win, and manages a Total Party Kill.
- The Major from Hellsing. When talking to Zorin Blitz about her mission of observing the Hellsing manor until he arrives, he describes Integra and Seras as imperfect, inexperienced and untested. To him, they deserve the same scrutiny and caution as facing Alucard.
- Saint Seiya has Saga, whose assassins should be overkill against the expected opposition and dramatically raises the stakes every time the previous attempt fails. The only reason he fails is that the heroes are lucky enough that something always distracts his envoys long enough for them to turn the tables...
- Deconstructed in the anime with Phaeton: having been ordered to recover the helm of the Gold Cloth and kill Saori's Saints and having every resource of the Sanctuary but the Gold Saints at his disposal, he sends in Lizard Misty, the strongest of the Silver Saints after Shaina who was never even touched in battle... And when Seiya barely comes out on top and kills him he's suddenly without his best resource, with Shaina not being really trustworthy due being Ax-Crazy.
- In Cells at Work!, bacteria are depicted as cackling Shonen antagonists. However, in Cells at Work! CODE BLACK, they're mostly incommunicado and vicious, acting more like professional invading soldiers, with the sole exception being Gonococcus, who act like hentai monsters. The Body in question is a complete 15th Annual Feces Presentation, so the bacteria are winning and have no need to taunt the immune system with how badass they think they are.
- Bazett in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA 2wei! initially presents herself as this. Being the one initially tasked with collecting the Class Cards, she's not happy with someone else in the Mage Association taking her off the role and giving it to Rin and Luvia in a blatant power play, so she waits until all the cards have been collected, and then marches into Luvia's mansion unannounced and demands that she hand them over or she'll take them by force (and being an absurdly powerful Bare-Fisted Monk who can go toe-to-toe with Servants, take them by force is exactly what she does, even to the point of being willing to kill Kuro to retrieve the Archer card.) Her actions would ultimately bite her in the ass, though, as it turns out that Rin and Luvia had found the location of an undiscovered eight Class Card, which meant that her trying to kill them without stopping and listening to them jeopardized her original mission, as they were the only ones who even knew it existed. She also completely destroys Luvia's mansion in the process, causing an angry Mage Association to saddle her with the repair bill, driving her broke and homeless.
- The Punisher:
- Inverted (at least with respect to morality) in a Punisher/Batman crossover.
- Played with in the regular comics quite a lot, especially the MAX series. In the "In the Beginning" arc, villain Nicky Cavella puts a gun to the Punisher's head when the Punisher is tied up and pulls the trigger. The Punisher dodges the shot and bites off several of Cavella's fingers. Later lampshaded in the "Widowmaker" arc, where several villains comment how every time the Punisher is captured, the villain doesn't just shoot him.
- Its mentioned that during the heyday of costumed heroes most of them knew to differentiate between actual criminals and those who were just dressed up and looking for attention. There was one guy who liked to go around in a costume and pretend he was a villain in order to get beat up by heroes (at least until whatever hero it was realized the guy was getting off on being beat up). He tried it on Rorschach eventually and was promptly tossed down an open elevator-shaft to his death.
- Also exemplified by the Wham Line delivered by the Big Bad: "Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my masterstroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago."
- While he's known to drag things out for one reason or another, Naruto doesn't screw around in Reaching for a Dream after Danzo tries to have Xanna kidnapped and used as a hostage. Danzo's actually impressed that rather than go through official channels to see Danzo punished, Naruto skips straight to an assassination attempt that would've succeeded if Danzo didn't sacrifice Shisui's eye via Izanagi to survive. Even still, Naruto left behind no evidence linking him to the attempt.
- Heroic example with Jonathan in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged, to the point where stopping to have an Internal Monologue will lead to a fist to the face. Lampshaded by Dio.
Dio: Seriously? Let me finish my sentences!
- Team Rocket Admins in Challenger don't use low level Pokemon that are only slightly stronger than what the heroes. They use ridiculously powerful Pokemon and will attack enemy trainers directly whenever they can. Ash's first encounter with an Admin nearly kills him after Proton poisons him with a Crobat. The second time, Proton uses a Rhydon that's so much stronger that even three on one, Ash's Pokemon can barely scratch it even when using super effective moves.
- Harry Potter/Uchiha in Itachi, Is That A Baby? is known to immediately kill anyone who attacks him (or he's being paid to kill) and later teaches his students the same philosophy. As a result, when a group of foreign wizards attack the Quidditch World Cup, every one of them is killed by the new aurors who've been taught to only take prisoners if they need information and/or to ransom.
- Subverted in Superman fanfic Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation. Muto has no intention of giving Superman a fair fight. He wants him dead as soon and quick as possible. However Superman keeps him talking long enough to find a way to defeat him.
- In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, there's Capriccio, a Team Cipher Commander (later Admin) who is absolutely ruthless when it comes to getting the job done, and if he so much suspects of someone being his niece or nephew, he'll kill them on the spot, no questions asked.
- In The Rise of Darth Vulcan, the titular evil warlock is calm, analytical, and ruthless, in stark contrast to the usual threat Equestria has to face: Megalomanaiacal Physical Gods with a penchant for giggling sociopathy, gloating, dramatics, and other things the Evil Overlord List (which Vulcan not only read but memorized) warns against.
- In Barbie of Swan Lake, Rothbart transforms Odette, then immediately tries to kill her. He succeeds in disintegrating her, but the Magic Crystal saves her.
- In The Book of Life, everything about Chakal is completely serious, and he wastes no time in being as brutal a fighter as he can.
- Big Hero 6:
- Yokai is a surprisingly dangerous villain for a Disney film. He is not played humorously at any point, and will do anything he can to achieve his goals. When fighting, Yokai does not fuck around. He does whatever it takes to defeat his enemies, from sneak attacks to lethal force. He doesn't stop to talk, gloat, monologue, or snark. He can't be bought, threatened or reasoned with (just ask Krei). He doesn't care if his opponents are children or are his students. And he certainly doesn't let little things like collateral damage stop him. If you get in his way, he will kill you. The only reason the gang survived after he drove them into the harbor waters is because he didn't stick around to make sure they didn't surface afterwards.
- At one point Hiro nearly engages in this. The moment he realizes Yokai is Callaghan and that he had a hand in Tadashi's death, he rips out Baymax's healthcare chip and orders him to "destroy" Callaghan, which he nearly succeeds in doing (despite the rest of the team slowing him down) before Honey replaces the healthcare chip. Even after this, Hiro remains intent on killing Callaghan, and it's only after Baymax refuses to let him remove the healthcare chip again that he calms down and realizes what he's doing.
- Lord Business from The LEGO Movie indulges in hamminess and other staples of being a Card-Carrying Villain, but when he has to get personally involved he does not play around. He decapitates Vitruvius with a penny while the latter is giving Emmett a rousing speech, pitches the Piece of Resistance out a window into a black hole instead of leaving it somewhere for the heroes to recover, and when Emmett does recover the Piece Lord Business shoots him with the Kragle before he can get anywhere close to disarming it.
- In Little Sweetheart, Thelma will shoot you if you're ruining everything. Or get you shot by the cops. On the other hand, Robert Burger, her main victim, doesn't seem to do anything right. He's willing to trust that Thelma will do the right thing after she's ruined his life. Really now, is he that stupid? He likely knows that she killed Elizabeth, so why should he think she would let him live?
- Kind of an odd example, since you don't know if River is a bad guy or not at this point:
(River is pointing a gun at Mal)
Mal: I've staked my crew's life on the theory that you're a person, actual and whole, and if I'm wrong, you'd best shoot me now...
(River cocks the gun she is pointing at Mal)
Mal: Or, we could talk more.
- Both Mal and the Operative, to varying degrees. Showcased in their very first scene together:
- Kind of an odd example, since you don't know if River is a bad guy or not at this point:
- Joker in The Dark Knight (though not to his actual nemesis):
Gambol: You think you can steal from us and just walk away?
- Bryan Mills in Taken: He does not fool around when it comes to getting his daughter back.
- The Terminator. There's a lot of crossover with Implacable Man, but Reese's description of one in the first film, both to Sarah and the police, nails this trope as squarely on the head as possible:
Reese: That Terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with; it can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, EVER, until you are DEAD.Reese: You still don't get it, do you?! He'll find her! That's what he does! That's all he does! You can't stop him! He'll wade through you, reach down her throat, and pull her fucking heart out!
- The same can be said for the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. When he loses John he takes the place of his step-mom and waits for him to come home. When he realizes his cover's been blown and John's not coming, he works out the next highest probability for success (now replacing Sarah and waiting for John to make contact) and does that. Since he has the same files as the T-800 this is presumably this is how all the T-Series machines think: they work out the most likely to succeed plan and do it with zero hesitation or dicking around.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
- HYDRA. When they want Fury dead, they gang up on him with a dozen guys with assault rifles, and when that fails, snipe him through the wall. Cap merits a Walking Armory backed by five guys with assault rifles and one with a massive minigun. They have been infiltrating their main adversaries for so long that they pretty much control it. When they do engage in Evil Gloating, there's a reason; Zola called in a missile attack on his position and is stalling for its arrival, and Pierce is chatting to hostages who he can kill with the press of a button. They never assume "No One Could Survive That!", sending a heavily armed platoon to check to make sure he's dead, even after said missile attack. And their ultimate plan is to kill people who might be threats down the road, using near-unassailable flying aircraft carriers encrusted with guns.
- The Winter Soldier himself. Barely speaks, never banters, does nothing but focus on the mission. He only starts to break down when Captain America realizes that the Soldier is actually Bucky Barnes (his oldest and closest friend from way back during World War II) and tries doing a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight with him.
- In Spider-Man: Homecoming, contrasting Peter's constant banter is the Vulture. In his first two altercations he doesn't even speak: he just swoops in and takes Spider Man out as quickly and effectively as possible, and isn't afraid at all to take the loss and abandon his stolen goods if that's the best way of getting rid of Spidey. Even when he figures out Spider Man's identity he's willing to completely drop his grudge and use Peter's friends and family as leverage if it'll get him off his back. A lot of this has to do with wanting to stay as far below Damage Control and The Avenger's radars, as he's well aware he's no match for them and is Only in It for the Money, not to mention he considers threatening Peter's family instead as gratitude for saving his daughter's life. It's not until Spider Man ruins his heist of the Stark Cargo Plane that things get personal...
- Austin Powers: Scott Evil is outraged by his daddy Dr. Evil's dogged insistence on Bond Villain Stupidity by having dinner with his arch-enemy Austin Powers and deciding to place him in an easily escapable Death Trap. Scott offers to just shoot the super-spy and be done with it, but Dr. Evil simply ignores him.
Scott: I have a gun in my room. You give me five seconds, I'll go get it, I'll come back out here, boom! I'll blow their brains out!
Dr. Evil: Scott... You just don't get it, do you? You don't.
- Wild Wild West: Dr. Loveless is a pretty hammy villain much of the time, but there's a hilarious moment after Artemus has been captured and is about to be shot. He's fortunately wearing body armor and demands that he be shot "...in the heart that loves this country so much." Loveless's response? "Shoot him in the head."
- Avengers: Infinity War: Corvus Glaive is this, compared to the other Children of Thanos. Whereas Ebony Maw loudly announces his presence to Tony Stark and Stephen Strange with a bombastic speech while standing in the middle of a street in broad daylight, Glaive announces his presence by impaling an unsuspecting Vision from behind, doesnt engage in banter with his victims, and doesnt allow Scarlet Witch to distract him from his goal of prying the Mind Stone out of Visions head. Later on, Glaive infiltrates Shuris lab to attack the unconscious Vision once again, specifically waiting until Scarlet Witch (who was there to defend the Vision) has left the room to make his move.
- Thanos himself qualifies. While it takes him awhile to directly get involved in the story, he immediately kills half the Universe's population with a snap of his fingers when getting the Infinity Gauntlet. The reason why the Avengers have to go through so much trouble to go back in time and steal the Infinity Gems from various places around the galaxy to make their own Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame is because Thanos almost immediately after he had teleported to a safe location to live out his post-Snap retirement destroyed the Gems, both to prevent being tempted by them and to be a spoil-sport. When he makes his first move in the final battle, he orders his ship to completely annihilate the Avengers Compound, which leads to half of the sequence being utter chaos and he almost getting the Gems back several times.
- In The Last Jedi, when Luke Skywalker arrives to help the Resistance battle the First Order, Kylo Ren immediately orders every piece of artillery in his arsenal to rip him to shreds, and only heads down to face him in honorable single combat when he No Sells it.
- Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th doesn't have the highest kills of any Slasher Movie villain for nothing. As he doesn't talk, he spends nearly all of his time killing and practically never hesitates.
- Dragon and Thief: "Don't I get a last meal? A blindfold? Anything?" Jack says this just before the baddies attempt to herd him into an airlock. He fortunately managed to stall long enough anyway.
- The Dresden Files:
- Harry lampshades it when Nicky captures him in Death Masks, noting that Nicodemus is the kind of person who, when he says "join me or die", will do the "or die" part quickly, cleanly, with no gloating and a minimum of fuss.
- Kincaid, the bodyguard of the Archive, has no problem staying hidden and sniping enemies with good headshots from the distance.
- The Archive, sum of all human knowledge that is written or typed, is deadly serious in a fight. She once did an Offhand Backhand and vaporized the idiot who tried the attack.
- This is what allows Marcone to not only survive but thrive in a world of wizards, fairies, vampires, and gods. As soon as he's clued in to the supernatural world, he hires the best consultant he can find and plans out how to deal with beings who could kill him with a stray thought.
- In Cold Days Cat Sith is this to his enemies, though fortunately he's Harry's ally for most of the book. When he's infected by the sentient Nemesis madness, Harry immediately knows it's not a deliberate betrayal because the infected Cat Sith taunts and gloats rather than simply killing him in the most expedient way possible.
- The Codex Alera:
- Fideleas, the traitorous crown spy is a deadly foe who will kill those who get in his way quickly and effectively. Against one powerful mage, he laced a crossbow-like weapon that fires large spikes with two deadly poisons, one that is more deadly as it spreads through the body, the other is one that increases the victim's heart rate. It was almost guaranteed to kill the person.
- On the weaker end of nemesis, Ehren, who has very weak magics to the point of being nothing against the upper lords, tricks his target for assassination into going out and be a prime target and gets the man mortally wounded.
- The Architect in Dragon Age: The Calling. He is a rare talking Darkspawn and a Well-Intentioned Extremist (his plan to end the Blights is to make everyone in the world a half-Darkspawn immune to the Archdemon's call, which will result in countless deaths). He gets several characters (sworn to fight Darkspawn) to join him. When one of them starts expressing doubt, he kills her without a second thought right in front of her brother.
- Discworld, has a few moments. Notably, Sam Vimes firmly believes "If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you are going to die. So they'll talk. They'll gloat. They'll watch you squirm. They'll put off the murder like another man will put off a good cigar. So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word." His subordinate Carrot is such a good man and does kill the Big Bad and The Dragon of the book very quickly.
- Maldor from The Beyonders is a villain who's basically memorized Evil Overlord List and taken it to heart. He has been known to offer a Worthy Opponent or two the chance to rule beside him, but should they refuse, he makes sure they are in no position to cause him trouble ever again.
- Honor Harrington tends towards this, thanks to her being a Combat Pragmatist. This mindset is not exactly rare in the setting, due to most factions being thick with skilled military professionals or cold-blooded killers.
- Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series. Harry is so intent on nonlethal force that his use of Expelliarmus (the Disarming Charm) is how the Death Eaters identify him. Voldemort is far too big on gloating and enjoying killing people. Neville's first action in the Battle of Hogwarts is to run to get Mandrakes to throw at the Death Eaters — Mandrakes' cries instantly kill everything that hears them. The second time he's seen in the battle, he's running around using a man-eating plant on the Death Eaters. The third time, he bum-rushes Voldemort wielding nothing but Gryffindor's sword and decapitates Nagini before Voldemort can get over his initial shock at the utter stupidity of somebody running head-long into the most powerful dark wizard ever.
- Count Denetrius Vidian in Star Wars: A New Dawn. The Empire's efficiency expert. Once sent to increase productivity, he would dissolve and rearrange organizations in an instant with no regard to the well-being of the staff. Workplace safety is of no concern if it gets in the way of output, so don't talk back when he tells you to remove the railing around those acid vats. He was even willing to destroy an entire moon just to make it easier to harvest the raw material. He took his efficiency to a personal level, rebuilding his body as a cyborg, replacing his eyes, ears and voice so that he could send and receive audio/visual communication wirelessly, eliminating middlemen and ensuring privacy.
- Suyodhana in the Sandokan novels. Tremal Naik, who at the time made a living out of hunting tigers on their turf, finds out the hard way when he first confronts Suyodhana and a group of Thuggee and Suyodhana simply sacrifices two of his men to give the others the time to use their bola-like garrotes and tie him up, at which point he calmly puts a knife in his chest (Tremal Naik survives only because a rib deviates the blade)-and, as it turns out later, Suyodhana is actually capable of easily beating Tremal Naik in a fair fight, he just didn't want to take chances. Indeed, the rare times he does it usually backfires on him, eventually leading to his death in a knife fight with Sandokan.
- Harry Corishant is one for Suyodhana: he was already an enemy of the Thuggee cult for his job, and when, in one of Suyodhana's extremely rare Card-Carrying Villain moments, they kidnapped his daughter to make her a priestess of Kali, he changed his name so the Thuggee wouldn't draw the connection and started a war against them, having any prisoner tortured and/or interrogated with the youma drink, and when he finally learned where their base was from Tremal Naik he attacked with what he supposed was overwhelming firepower (Suyodhana being Suyodhana, he had called upon his entire cult just in case his plan to kill Corishant resulted in this and had overwhelming numerical superiority).
- In Victoria, the dystopian future USA is experiencing a civil war between a corrupt and dysfunctional federal government and various secessionist movements. While most of the "evil" politicians are rather incompetent, and/or hamstrung by political correctness, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Wesley, subscribes rather to the Pragmatic Villainy school and is not concerned with politics, but only the stamping out of the rebellion.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In Season 2, Spike displays traits as such despite his Blood Knight tendencies. When not focusing on healing Drusilla, his plans were to-the-point attempts at killing Buffy and the Scoobies with little screwing around. During "What's My Line," he hires the Order of Taraka to kill Buffy and keep her from interfering with his plans, which his henchman Dalton considers overkill, and after Angelus enters the picture and begins a long, drawn-out campaign of Mind Rape against Buffy and co., Spike repeatedly tells him to just kill her and be done with it.
- Cobra Kai: Miguel becomes this to Robby in the last episode, in stark contrast to all Robbys other antagonists. Unlike Hawk, Miguel will not attempt to showboat or let his temper get the better of him. Unlike Aisha, Miguel has no better nature to appeal to. Unlike Trey and Cruz, Miguel is capable of keeping on the right side of the law. And unlike Louie, Miguel cannot be forced to back down.
- Doctor Who:
- "The Shakespeare Code": For all their hamminess, the Carrionites are ruthless in killing anyone who threatens their goal. They off the Master of the Revels when he threatens the staging of Love's Labour's Won; kill the landlady of the inn when she walks in on them bewitching Shakespeare; send Doomfinger to kill Peter Street, the architect they'd manipulated to redesign the Globe Theatre, and those he's speaking with when he reveals their plan; and don't hesitate to try and kill the Doctor and Martha when they interfere (only the Doctor's Bizarre Alien Biology and Martha being out of her time saved them). The only mistake they make is not killing Shakespeare when he's done writing the play, allowing him to banish them with a spell of his own.
- The return of The Master in the new series initially suggested he'd be like this; he lampshades and refuses to "have a nice little chat where I tell you all my plans and you think of a way to stop me", refuses to be moved by the Doctor's abject pleas (even after the Doctor obeys his command to "use my name"), and instead of hanging around for ages to gloat or invoke The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, he simply abandons the Doctor in a situation that is likely to be fatal, but fully expects him to escape and plans accordingly. Even though this No-Nonsenseness doesn't last (this version of the Master being one of the largest hams in television history), his brief appearance at the end of the relevant episode is very memorable for the sudden appearance of such an antagonist.
- Roxanne Ford from Empire. She really wants Lucious to go down and is willing to stoop to unimaginable lows to accomplish this.
- In the fifth season of The Flash, this is Cicada's first encounter with Barry, Cisco, and Ralph. He doesn't even talk to them, just throwing his power-draining blade in front of them and then proceeding to stomp their asses, despite the 3-to-1 odds. He would've killed Barry right then had Nora not shown up, surprising him. Then, he just walks away.
- From Game of Thrones: Tywin Lannister. Tywin likes things concise and to the point and wastes no time when an opportunity is at hand. He dislikes beating around the bush, and is very vocal about the unnecessary behavior he regularly encounters, be it lavish, humorous, erroneous or plain foolish.
- Power Rangers:
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Diabolico, at least in regards to the Titanium Ranger. Rather than letting the newest recruit start plowing through his goons, he curses him with a cobra tattoo that will slowly and painfully work its way up his body, before killing him. It almost works, too.
- Then there's his fight with the Ranger's megazords. Diabolico just unleashes everything he has at them, blowing a hole straight through the Supertrain Megazord, and sending the Rescue Megazord through several buildings.
- Queen Bansheera, even more so. Her first action on returning was to try and wipe out Mariner Bay with a tidal wave. Only Ryan stopping the summoning ceremony foiled it.
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder has Mesogog. Mesogog NEVER engages in comedic antics, always advocates the most direct plans to victory and doesn't gloat.
- Power Rangers Megaforce has Emperor Mavro, who goes straight for a planetary invasion and beats down the rangers at every opportunity he can.
- Power Rangers Dino Charge has Sledge. As a Bounty Hunter, Sledge is used to being as brutal and direct as possible.
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Diabolico, at least in regards to the Titanium Ranger. Rather than letting the newest recruit start plowing through his goons, he curses him with a cobra tattoo that will slowly and painfully work its way up his body, before killing him. It almost works, too.
- Wrestlers who completely ignore their opponent's taunting and theatrics and simply rush at them in a straight line to beat them senseless. Examples include:
- Samoa Joe
- Chris Benoit
- The Undertaker
- Amazing Kong
- Luke Harper: Part of his gimmick as Brodie Lee was his absolute refusal to play along with Chikara's normal tomfoolery. Whenever the wrestlers would break into their spontaneous comedy skits, he would ignore the skits and just start attacking everybody.
- AJ Styles: During his 2013 FaceHeel Turn, he declared that he no longer cared about having fun or entertaining the crowd, only about winning to earn money. In his matches, he would try to win as fast as possible, and win, lose, or draw, as soon as the match ended, he would stoically walk to the back.
- The Revival. Their motto is even "No Flips, Just Fists."
- The Ascension
- In Pokémon Live!, after Pikachu teaches MechaMew2 its electric moves, Giovanni decides to kill Ash and Pikachu with Hyper Beam.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Mario and Luigi. Their standard response to facing Bowser is to throw him into a pool of lava. This outright kills Bowser. Luckily for the Koopa King, Death Is Cheap applies to both sides in the Mario 'verse. Luigi might actually be worse: technically, in Luigi's Mansion, his entire goal is to subject a mansion full of ghosts to a Fate Worse than Death. Do not kidnap Mario, it ends up much worse for you than kidnapping Peach.
- King Boo learned after that incident, however, and adopted that attitude himself, leading to Luigi having a much harder time when he comes back in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. After losing then, he comes back in Luigi's Mansion 3 and first thing he does? Shove everyone he can into a portrait, no questions asked, no hesitation. He bags both Mario and Peach this way, and Luigi was just one laundry chute away from joining them.
- The Legend of Zelda: If Link has any advantages over his enemies, he will use them, such as attacking weak spots; using items to clear distances, using the terrain to his advantage. Really, everything is fair game to Link.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic himself towards his recurring nemesis, Dr. Eggman. While Dr. Eggman is a master of the Villain: Exit, Stage Left trope, at the end of the first game it was optional for Sonic to attempt killing Eggman by completely destroying his Eggmobile. Sonic's disregard for the doctor's well-being became a recurring trope in the series. Sonic Advance 3's default ending recreates this ending. Heck, even Modern Sonic has had his moments.
- Jon Irenicus from Baldur's Gate II. First, when he fights several Shadow Thieves and Cowled Wizards near the beginning of the game, he wastes no time going straight for One-Hit Kill spells like Flesh to Stone and Disintegrate. Later, when you get your only chance to question him about his plans after he steals your essence of Bhaal, he states outright that you're not worth telling anything, given that (he believes) you're going to be dead soon. And if you try to attack him after escaping the Spellhold maze without getting the other inmates to help you, he just kills you — not even in a controllable battle, just a cutscene. The only way the player is able to suss out his master plan at all is because he keeps writing things down in journals for the player to find (though that's justified with Irenicus suffering from memory loss due to the loss of his soul.)
- Benny from Fallout: New Vegas, who gloriously averts Bond Villain Stupidity. Both times he has you at his mercy, he straight-up shoots you in the head to be done with it. It's nothing short of a bona-fide miracle that you survive not one, but both of the headshots.
- One of the best examples in the Final Fantasy series is The Emperor, the antagonist of Final Fantasy II. The game starts with him summoning the forces of Hell to plague the Earth while, at the same time, his armies conquer basically most of the world. Then, when the Resistance proves to be an actual threat, he kidnaps its leader Princess Hilda. When the heroes eventually save her, her father (the King) suddenly becomes fatally ill; it later turns out that they saved a demonic doppelganger instead of the real princess, as the Emperor had anticipated. This move distracted the good guys long enough to complete his Airship, which quickly proceeds to bomb several towns in the game. When the heroes destroy the Airship, they find then find out the Emperor has cast a spell that has lifted his castle into the sky and surrounded it with a magical tornado, and he uses that to destroy every town that the Airship may have missed. The protagonists finally find a way inside the castle and kill the Emperor. But that isn't the end. The Emperor's soul split into two halves: a good and an evil side, and the evil side goes into hell, TAKES IT OVER, and then comes back to life as the Dark Emperor, who is far more powerful than ever. In heaven, the Killed Off for Real characters from the game find that the Light Emperor now possesses the throne of heaven and wants to atone for his actions and asks them to forgive him. Eventually, though, they come to realize that even the "good" side of the Emperor is still pure evil and is just trying to trick and kill them. It takes the combined might of both the living and dead protagonists to destroy both the Light and Dark Emperors at the same time and finally destroy him for good.
- Golbez in Final Fantasy IV is perhaps even better. He spends the first part of the game exploiting Baron's Red Wings airship fleet to gather the first two Crystals, as this makes them the dominant power in the world. For the third Crystal, Fabul has been warned by the party and hunkers down to defend, so he takes matters into his own hands, sweeping into the Crystal Chamber, blasting Cecil and his friends away, and then abducting Rosa when she tries to intervene. When he finds out Cecil is trying to become a Paladin, he sends one of his strongest minions to kill him before he can complete the quest, and specifically chooses Scarmiglione for the task because Cecil's dark sword is near-useless against the undead. When that fails he instead manipulates Cecil into getting him the fourth Crystal, offering to release Rosa in exchange; naturally, he pulls I Lied once Cecil hands the Crystal over to him, blasts him back, and departs again. In the next confrontation he finally pulls Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? and attempts to kill Cecil and the party, but is defeated and forced to retreat. He spends the rest of the game behind the scenes, waiting for Cecil to get the fourth Dark Crystal to keep it from him, only for him to take control of Kain's mind and snatch it away. Golbez's only problems were Bond Villain Stupidity when he would let the heroes live rather than finish them off, but both instances are defensible as it being more pragmatic for him to retreat once he has what he came for (and it's also implied he let Cecil live precisely because he recognized he made a good Unwitting Pawn).
- The real reason for Golbez's few moments of Bond Villain Stupidity isn't revealed until near the end of the game. Golbez was himself under the same not-quite-perfect Mind Control that Kain was, and when he saw Paladin Cecil's face up close, it wasn't quite strong enough to get him to deal a finishing blow to his own brother.
- In Grim Fandango, when Manny comes face to face with the Big Bad, Hector LeMans, he asks him if this is the part where he tells him all the details of his Evil Plan. Hector's response is to just shoot Manny with a sprout gun and tell him that no, this is the part where he dies.
- The Reapers in Mass Effect generally do not screw around with Shepard whenever they encounter him/her directly. The first major Reaper opponent doesn't kill Shepard outright because that particular Reaper doesn't consider him/her a threat up until Shepard actually stops it dead in its tracks - and then it immediately summons the most powerful husk variant possible to try and crush Shepard immediately. The second Reaper Shepard encounters fucks around even less, by killing Shepard outright in the first ten minutes of the second game and then trying to find his/her body to assure that s/he's really dead, and after Shepard's resurrection Harbinger pulls out all the stops in an effort to kill Shepard, going so far as to manifest itself in its Collector minions constantly to try to kill Shepard. And every Reaper encountered in the third game doesn't screw around and tries to just blast Shepard to ashes with their main gun, even turning those dreadnought-destroying guns from entire fleets firing on them just to kill him/her once and for all. This culminates in Harbinger itself personally coming down from orbit to personally blast Shepard and, over the course of about a minute, completely repel the Alliance's final offensive.
- Nemesis from the Resident Evil series (specifically, his self-titled game), fittingly enough. It's not a mindless killing machine lashing out at any living thing in its way. It Can Think and all it thinks about is killing Jill, and if Jill overpowers it or proves to be too quick, it will come back with a FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS to get the job done.
- His Spiritual Successor in Resident Evil 6, The Ustanak, does not play games either. In his first appearance he chases you down until you get through a window he can't fit through, and the only reason he doesn't just smash the wall is doing that would give you a head start and it would be more effective to ambush you up ahead: the only time he ever stops or slows down is when better alternatives exist or he needs to change weapons.
- Inverted in Fable II. At Rose's urging, Sparrow disables Lucian and can kill him two seconds into his Motive Rant, or twenty. Wait too long and Reaver does the deed instead.
- Bayonetta 2 introduces a new rival for the titular heroine in place of Jeanne from the first game. This one is a Masked Lumen Sage who is pursuing Loki, your Kid Sidekick, on the belief that he killed his love. Unlike Jeanne, who had a penchant for smack-talking and theatrics, the Lumen Sage finds no use for these things, and in his first appearance outside of the prologue, he speaks a grand total of three words. He refuses to stop until he has his revenge, since the only reason that he fights Bayonetta is because she intervenes, rather than just because he can, at one point telling Bayonetta that this isn't her fight. It's only on the third and final battle with him that he loses patience and flat out declares that he's going to kill her.
- Though you have to do a No Mercy run in Undertale in order for him to finally drop the nonsense and become your nemesis, Sans the Skeleton is absolutely not messing around when you finally fight him. He always starts the fight with his strongest, flashiest, most dangerous attack (and then briefly lampshades the fact that most foes don't do this) and it only goes downhill from there. He spends most of the fight flagrantly ignoring all the usual game conventions to kill you as efficiently as possible, including dodging all of your attacks, attacking you while you're still navigating the combat menu, and even faking a surrender to make you let your guard down. Even when you finally get the upper hand, he doesn't quit: Realizing that he can't win, he instead opts to abuse the turn-based combat system by simply never actually attacking when it's his turn, effectively leaving you unable to act. The flavor text the game provides after surviving his first attack perfectly sums up the situation for you:
- City of Heroes largely has a lightness of tone and several hammy super-villain, but it's Big Bad, Lord Recluse, is the Big Bad for a very good reason. The game's large array of scene-chewing villains, tossing around the Villain Ball, are all just an opening act. If you make it passed them to the point where he actually needs to tend to issues in-person he will crush said villain ball beneath his heels. No banter, no mercy, no alternate victory conditions and a mind that can calculate entire battle scenarios in seconds.
- The 2014 remake of Strider has its titular hero Strider Hiryu. He's a professional assassin hired to kill Grandmaster Meio and he is frighteningly efficient at his job. When on his mission, he's intensely focused and has little time for small talk. In fact, the few times he speaks, it's to either ask a question relevant to his current objective, or to give out some Badass Boast when fighting an opponent. And when he does start fighting, he doesn't banter, gloat, or snark and focuses solely on killing his enemy.
- In Lost Dimension, The End has little desire to explain any of his motivations or past and if you get the game's bad ending by reaching the top floor without eliminating any traitors, he expresses his joy in the idea that the protagonist, Sho, will die alone in complete ignorance before watching with glee as Sho is stabbed to death by one of the traitors.
- The post-game DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight portrays Red Hood (aka a post HeelFace Turn Arkham Knight, aka Jason Todd) as this, duel-wielding guns and having absolutely no qualms about killing the criminals he pursues, including throwing Black Mask out of a window to his death.
- The first thing Necrodeus does in Kirby Mass Attack is, as soon as he sees Kirby, split him into ten and kill nine of them using his staff. He would have killed all of them, had one not escaped. Necrodeus then put his minions of a very tight watch, so that whenever you travel between game worlds you lose almost all your Kirbys every time. When Kirby gets to his hideout and finds his powerful staff, he simply swallows it so Kirby can't get it. Not bad going.
- BlazBlue: When Terumi appears in another guise like Hazama, he wants to play with you. When he takes direct control and appears as Terumi, he wants you to hurt, he doesn't care if you survive the ordeal or not, and the only thing removing slightly from his no-nonsense-ness is his sadistic mania. Ironically, even when Terumi plays with you, that's still him being direct. He has No Ontological Inertia and needs the hatred of others to survive - if he draws out your suffering, it's to improve his lifespan.
- One example is in Continuum Shift where, having just literally curb-stomped Ragna, he turns and gets back to his current plan of getting Mu-12 to kill the Master Unit. Once Ragna pushes himself up and claims that he's Just Toying With Terumi to get his attention, Terumi goes absolutely apeshit, ripping into Ragna and stomping him into the ground while yelling for him to die.
- Another Continuum Shift example involves the end of Makoto's arcade story. Terumi's plans for Noel involve brutally mindraping her so she would willingly become his Sword of the Godslayer and destroy the Master Unit, but that requires that somebody who knows what she is and is willing to talk her through it stay at least one Hierarchical City's distance away from her. The instant Makoto is done knocking Noel out, he pulls the latter away, spews stealth insults at the former whilst cackling maniacally, and tries to kill her; while he goes full-bore with just about everyone else he fights in Arcade mode, Ragna included, here you can tell he isn't trying to hide the fact he wants the squirrel dead yesterday.
- Taken Up to Eleven when he, in Central Fiction, regains his true form; he even loses the sadistic, maniacal glee he used to have when shredding his opponents in the past and instead replaces that with a cold and brutal Tranquil Fury; he delivers a swift Curb-Stomp Battle to everyone in the immediate vicinity that could pose a problem to him, kidnaps Mu-12 and immediately sets out to confront Amaterasu directly. Because he was being Stalked by the Bell as a result of injuries sustained in the previous game, he could not afford to fuck around in getting it back lest his unmaking catch up with him, and every method he takes in Central Fiction is explicitly aimed at achieving that goal in as little time as possible. While he's far from willing to admit it, part of the reason Makoto pisses him off so much is because she unwittingly set up events that put a parallel Jin Kisaragi into the Susano'o unit, effectively locking him out for much of the story.
- Kokonoe tends to be this as well, as a heroic grey example. While a number of her plans don't work out for one reason or another, she acts quickly and decisively. Calamity Trigger has her aware that Hakumen is a significant threat to her due to his Black and White Morality, so she snares him with a trap that would've removed him for good if not for Rachel's interference. Continuum Shift has her send Lambda to watch Ragna fight Terumi so that Lambda can kill the latter the moment she spots an opening. It fails, but this is due to a third party hijacking Lambda. In Chrono Phantasma, she sets up a trap for Azrael, who's hunting her, and lures him to it instead of trying to give him the fight he wants. Even when she first learns he's after her through an ambush, she fires a rocket launcher at him and immediately retreats. Her arcade ending in CP also has her alter her own brain so she feels no hate for Terumi, making him utterly powerless against her. The only thing she doesn't want to use is her arsonal of nuclear missiles, and that's because she's smart enough to see them as a Godzilla Threshold.
- Yakuza 0 has Lao Gui. In a series where other villains give badass speeches before throwing off their shirts to engage in Good Old Fisticuffs, Lao Gui comes in guns blazing without uttering a word, and his boss battle has him using a gun and bladed weapons.
- Giygas in EarthBound wastes no time attacking Earth when the Apple of Enlightenment predicts that he will be destroyed by the Chosen Four. He sends an Elite Mook after Buzz Buzz when the latter tries to get Ness, one of the Chosen Four, started on his journey. Giygas then uses his powers to influence the evil within the hearts of people and animals while also giving life to inanimate objects to attack Ness and his friends. For the whole game, nearly everything is trying to kill the Chosen Four or at least hinder them in some way. By the time you do confront Giygas, his immense power as well as his still lingering guilt and feelings for Maria, his former human foster mother, tears apart his mind and body, leaving him as a blabbering dangerous idiot that can only speak incoherently while attacking the heroes with random psychic powers.
- While Impact Man from Mega Man 11 is a goofy Large Ham supreme, he's also the only Robot Master in the series to leave his boss room and attack Mega Man out in the level itself, launching his component pieces at Mega Man in a non-stop assault in several rooms.
- The Devil in Cuphead. While all other bosses constantly spout quips and puns at the player after defeating them, the Devil in his final phase doesn't even bother with this, simply declaring "Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed!" while holding the desiccated remains of Cuphead and Mugman's heads in his hands.
Ingrid: I mean, don't you want the satisfaction of knowing you beat me in a fair fight?
Roberta: What? No. That's stupid. I just want you to scream a lot and die. [breaks her arm]
- Gort from Darken makes a habit of just killing enemies before they start a journey of lifelong revenge and repeated skirmishes. Friends and Repentants make no difference
- Jack Noir. When faced with a fight against John and Rose he simply teleports and sucker-stabs John in the back. Also, in order to stop the Reckoning and win SBURB, you need the Black King's scepter. The first thing Jack does when he has power is destroy the staff, making it impossible to stop the Reckoning.
- Draconian Dignitary has this down to a tee.
There's a narrow line to walk between obeying the orders of a clear superior and blindly facilitating a perfectly useless genocide. It takes a very savvy breed of psychopath to pull it off.
- Also, when Vriska goes out to meet Jack for one climactic duel, Jack teleports away, follows her trail back to the base before it gets too faint, slaughters everyone there, and THEN goes back for the duel.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Vaarsuvius disintegrates a captive without knowing who it is simply because dim nice guy Elan has captured him, which means the captive must be a villain who will escape to bedevil the team.
- And after losing his eye to an escaping O-Chul, Redcloak's already-pragmatic viewpoint shifts more toward this.
Redcloak: [talking to a paladin captured by his Osmium Elemental] Interesting. Not too long ago, that would have been a very effective taunt. But you can thank one of your "brothers" for its futility now. What I have lost in depth perception, I have gained in perspective. Stupid risks are just that: stupid. [to the elemental] Crush him.
- When Morth ascends to daemonhood in Exterminatus Now and proclaims that he's going to kill the Inquisitors and then go on a rampage, Eastwood counters that that's hardly Patternari behavior but Morth replies that there's no point in ascending if you can't go on a rampage now and then. He is later killed by a Greater Daemon of the Hound, the embodiment of rampaging Attack! Attack! Attack!.
- In Goblins, when Forgath meets Kore he comments the latter probably wants to give a speech about the nature of evil. Mid-sentence, Kore fires a volley of crossbow bolts at Forgath.
- Item #7 on the Evil Overlord List.
- Alex Kralie is this in Marble Hornets, big time; the first time he sees Jay in months, he is not only anticipating an ambush from Masky, but reveals his identity on camera and smashes his leg so he wont follow them again. Then once Jay finds out hes gone Ax-Crazy during the interim, he immediately tried to shoot Jay and another nearby witness he was collaborating with in a secluded area. And then it turns out he was The Dragon to the resident Humanoid Abomination and set the events of the plot in motion, all the while making himself look as sympathetic as possible. Finally, after months of set up, he corners Jay and shoots him dead. Not bad for a guy undergoing heavy Sanity Slippage.
- Locus from Red vs. Blue tries to be this. He never banters with his opponents and prefers ending their lives quickly when he has them at his mercy. However, he does try mid-battle to understand the minds of those he views as Worthy Opponents, and he doesn't stop his partner's Evil Gloating, so clearly he's not as immune to this as he'd like to be.
- The Legend of Korra:
- The Red Lotus from Season Three (Zaheer, Ghazan, Ming-Hua and P'Li). Much like Amon and the Equalists, the Red Lotus are dangerously competent villains. As shown in their kidnapping attempt on Korra, they infiltrate Zaofu with no one noticing, incapacitate Korra without raising any alarms, any only fail to get back out because Pabu happened to catch them and alert Bolin. After losing Korra in the subsequent fight, they cut their losses and retreat.
- Kuvira from Season Four. In "Kuvira's Gambit", upon seeing Team Avatar while piloting the Colossus, she immediately fires on them with the cannon. And during their second fight, she doesn't taunt Korra at any point and focuses solely on the fight.
- Kim Possible:
- In the movie A Sitch in Time, Drakken is disappointed Shego wants to just kill Kim and co without first expositing her rise to power. Heck, in the Bad Future depicted in the movie, Shego is Supreme Empress of the entire planet, simply because she doesn't screw around with the whole Evil Is Hammy thing like Drakken.
- This trope actually shows up a lot, as the show loves to subvert supervillain tropes. Two or three villains were specifically defined by it.
- As seen in "Pharaohman is Awesome", whenever Mega Man in the Ruby-Spears cartoon copies the weapon of a robot master, it tends to a trigger a This Cannot Be! moment. When Mega Man ambushes Pharaoh Man and copies his weapon, Pharaoh Man just decks him in the face.
- The Simpsons:
- Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil is about to kill Bart.
Cecil: At last I'm going to do what Bob never could. Kill Bart Simpson!
Bart: By throwing me off a dam? Isn't that a little crude for a genius like you?
Cecil: Ooh, I suppose it is. Eh, if anyone asks, I'll lie. (throws him off)
- A Deleted Scene from "$pringfield" (The One with... Mr. Burns opening a casino in Springfield and Homer becoming a blackjack dealer), seen in the "138th Episode Spectacular".
Blofeld: 20. Your move, Mr. Bond.
Bond: I'll take a hit, dealer. (Homer gives him a card) Joker? You were supposed to take those out of the deck!
Homer: Oh, sorry. Here's another one.
Bond: What's this card? "Rules for Draw and Stud Poker"?
Blofeld: What a pity, Mr. Bond. (Odd Job and Jaws grab Bond and drag him out)
Bond: But... but it's Homer's fault! I didn't lose. I never lose! Well, at least tell me the details of your plot for world domination!
Blofeld: Ho ho ho, I'm not going to fall for that one again.
- A scene from "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming," when Bob's demands aren't met after taking control of an expired nuclear warhead:
Bart: Bob, no!
Lisa: Don't you see? That would be taking the easy way out!
Bob: I agree. (pushes the detonator)
- Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil is about to kill Bart.
- Roland Dagget does this in Batman: The Animated Series episode "Batgirl Returns." After capturing Catwoman and Batgirl, the following conversation takes place. However, he still makes the mistake of telling them this, giving Robin time to swoop in and save the day. Had he simply done the thing he was intending to do instead of talking about it, he might well have succeeded.
Batgirl: So what are you going to do? Leave us hanging over one of these vats with acid burning through the rope?
Dagget: (evil laughter) If there's one thing I learned over the years, it's that you crime-fighting types are very resourceful. So I'll just have my men shoot you and throw your bodies into the vats. There's still enough acid residue in them to destroy the evidence.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
- The Phantom. When Scooby and Shaggy try to pull the old Scooby-Dooby Doors trick on him in the sleeping compartments of a tour bus, he simply sets the entire bus on fire.
- Several other villains in the show qualify as well. More than a few have hospitalized people and it's made very clear they will harm the gang during most encounters if given the chance.
- Professor Pericles becomes this. He outright seeks the gang's elimination and in the first season finale is confirmed by Word of God to have killed Mr. E's assistant. He eventually gets control of a lot of robotic soldiers, making him much more dangerous.
- The Nibyru Entity showed itself to be this in the Series Finale upon being released. Within ten minutes of appearing, it absorbed and mutated Professor Pericles body, devoured the remaining members of the original Mystery Inc along with the entire population of Crystal Cove except the Scooby Gang, and caused the city to burn in its search to find and destroy the heroes. Definitely the least humorous and most terrifying monster in the Scooby Doo franchise.
- In Superman: The Animated Series, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and Sinestro are duking it out. Sinestro is out to kill Lanterns and take their rings, while this is Kyle's first day as a Lantern. Sinestro doesn't gloat; he simply goes for killing blows. When Superman interferes, he straps him up to a yellow construct and buries him deep underground so he can finish off Kyle without interruption.
- King Sombra in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is The Silent Bob, wastes no chances to Gemstone Assault the Crystal Empire, hid the Crystal Heart behind Crazy-Prepared traps centuries ago, and quickly rushes Spike upon seeing him with the Heart. Suitably, his episode(s) treat(s) him as an Advancing Wall of Doom, putting our heroes in a Race Against the Clock.
- Similarly in his Bad Alternate Future segment in The Cutie Remark, it's shown he wasted no time sticking it to Equestria. As soon as he had completely seized the Crystal Empire he forcibly conscripted the innocent citizens into an army using mind controlling helmets and went on the attack. It takes everything Equestria has to even hold him at bay, let alone actually put up a fight.
- And again in the Season 9 premiere when he's brought back from the dead. He heads straight for the Crystal Empire, only briefly slowing down to brainwash himself up an army along the way, storms the palace, kicks Cadance and Shining Armor's asses by taking Flurry Heart hostage, and takes the Crystal Heart for himself. When the Mane Six show up to fight him he immediately goes for his best attacks, and when he realizes he can't stand up to the Elements of Harmony, he fakes his death so he can follow the Six to the source and destroy the elements themselves. With that destroyed, he immediately sets his sights on Ponyville, and then Canterlot, taking them both down in no time at all. When faced with Discord who he realizes he can't beat, the second he figures out Discord likes Fluttershy he aims for her forcing Discord to throw himself in the way. Though he does a bit of gloating along the way he remains deadly focused the entire time, and manages to not only conquer two entire kingdoms in a single day but would have also gotten a decisive victory against the Mane Six had they not at the last possible second gotten a new 11th-Hour Superpower.
- Tirek hams it up a little but generally is cold and goal orientated, taking what he wants and moving on with little interest in gloating or boasting. Unlike many of the other villains he's also quite happy to get physical with his opponents, and overwhelming firepower is his first resort.
- Similarly, though having to keep up her facade as a loving town leader forces her to give way to a little nonsense, deep down Starlight Glimmer does not dick around in The Cutie Map. Though she tries to get the Mane Six to join her willingly, she is instantly suspicious of them and tasks members of her village into spying on them, and by the time they decided to dig too deeply into how she was removing cutie marks it turns out she had anticipated that, already laid a trap, and effortlessly imprisons them, intent on bombarding them with sleep deprivation and propaganda until they break.
- Tempest Shadow from the movie. She wastes absolutely zero time with malicious gloating or silly banter, in stark contrast to most other My Little Pony villains, best shown when she leads the invasion of Canterlot.
Tempest Shadow: How about we start with your complete and total surrender?
- Soundwave of Transformers: Prime is this trope to frightening degrees. Most of the time, Soundwave prefers to remain in the background as Head of Communications and keep tabs on everyone. But on the rare occasions he's forced to take a direct hand in the field, he completes his missions with terrifying precision and ruthless efficiency. Unlike the other Decepticons, he doesn't gloat, he wouldn't be caught dead with the Villain Ball, actively avoids dog kicking, and plans for everything he can prepare for.
- Samurai Jack has The Minions of Set, who take this trope to the most terrifying levels possible. Aku frees them from their prison to kill Jack, and they prove that they do not fuck around by immediately slaughtering an entire battalion of combat droids in a matter of seconds. When they encounter Jack, they quickly overwhelm him with blitz-style attacks and force him on the defensive for most of the episode. They don't stop to let him catch his breath, they don't banter, gloat, or monologue, they don't need to eat, drink, or rest, they can instantly heal from any injuries, even shrugging off attacks from Jack's sword, Aku's sole weakness. They don't want to fight Jack, they want to kill him and they will do it any way they can. To put it into perspective, they come out of nowhere and sucker punch Jack, punch him in the stomach, gives him a swift and brutal uppercut, and whenever Jack successfully parries one of their blade strikes, the Minions just punch him in the face instead.
- Season 5 gives us the Daughters of Aku, who...are basically the exact same thing, except they're human instead of magic. And female. And in skintight black catsuits—er, bodypaint.
- In Reboot the virus Gigabyte, the merger of the two viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal, has neither Hex's madness nor Megabyte's ego or greed. He sets himself to a goal and sticks with it.
- Justice League Unlimited re-imagines Doomsday as this. While in the comics the character was just a brainless killing machine, the animated version (as a sort of meta-commentary for how one-dimensional the character was) is a bio-engineered assassin built for the sole purpose of killing Superman. Doomsday knows he's been manipulated since birth to hate Superman but he also doesn't care and embraces that he has no goal or motive beyond killing him.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Toffee. Unlike Ludo or his henchmen, Toffee doesn't gloat, monologue, or waste time. He has a plan, and he carries it out with a calm, calculated efficiency. He doesn't care if that means kidnapping, or even murdering, children. To him, it's all just one more step towards accomplishing his mysterious goals. Whereas nobody takes Ludo seriously, everyone, straight up to the Mewni Royal Family, is scared of Toffee.