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"Human, have you ever been to Hell? I think not. I'd rather not exist than go back to that... and if I have to drag down everyone else with me... so be it."
Azrael, Dogma

For some villains, Global Domination is no good. You take over the world, And Then What? More misery! Ditto on the universe or The Multiverse. Nope. It all has to go. Everything has to be destroyed, every speck of life killed, every mote of light extinguished. No, this isn't reshaping reality In Their Own Image, however that trick works. This is the need for oblivion and taking everyone else down first.


Possibly, the villain has a reason for this. Maybe they're some kind of Cosmic Horror Story version of The Punishment, and destroying reality is the only way to end their own pain. (Or their ego is too big to just kill themselves. No, they have to be dramatic about it.) Or they're already dying of some sort of incurable condition and have decided that if they're not allowed to continue living, neither is anyone else.

But more often than not, they're a Straw Nihilist; and just wanna show everyone who is boss. What's mystifying is when these types seem to genuinely like existing and interacting with the world. What exactly are they going to do should they succeed? And Then What? Where, as The Tick puts it, would they put all their stuff? In this case, they often exist only for the Heroes to have someone to stop.


The third variety is the final resort, they wanted to Take Over the World, but now that you've beaten (or even possibly mortally injured) them they're taking everything with them. They don't mind dying anymore.

If any villains have Take Over the World as their goal, they logically should not want this to succeed. Can result in Evil Versus Oblivion.

Related to the Omnicidal Maniac, who does this kind of thing; many of that trope's examples plan on sticking around afterwards, however. See also: Apocalypse How, Class Z.

See Put Them All Out of My Misery for a likely motivation behind this kind of behavior.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Slayers:
    • The ultimate goal of the Mazoku is to return all existence to Chaos, including themselves. It was most explicitly pointed out by Hellmaster Fibrizo:
      Hellmaster: "I want to be destroyed. I want to be destroyed! Destruction? Yes... Destruction is the ultimate wish of any Mazoku. [...] But this destruction shall consume all things! It shall consume the entire world! [...] All the world! Let all the world be destroyed with me!
    • In Slayers Try, this is also the goal of the otherdimensional Vorfeed and Dark Star Dugradigdu, supreme Shinzoku and Mazoku of their universe. After realizing how pointless their existence of warfare and endless, cyclic confrontation was, they merged as one entity and went on to destroy their universe as a cosmic Take That! to their creator. Lucky for them, Valgaav proved the perfect conduit for them in Ceipheed/Shabranigdu's universe...
  • Folken in the The Vision of Escaflowne movie. He wants to extinguish all the misery and suffering from the world by wiping everybody from existence, himself included. His nihilism very briefly appeals to the protagonist who suffers from a bad case of teenager's angst, but pretty soon common sense wins.
  • Immortal Rain: Yuca wants to stop his cycle of reincarnation. The only solution he's found is to wipe out the entire human race.
  • This is the end goal of Rave Master villain Hardner, who tries to summon the Eldtritch Clock Roach Endless to wipe out his own painful memories.
  • At the end of Digimon Adventure, when Apocalymon had his claw-things and the humanoid figure we thought was actually him destroyed, he threw a hissy and decided to nuketify the Human World and Digital World in one shot. The heroes defeated him by standing around going "Oh noes!" until their Transformation Trinkets spontaneously formed a force field in a classic example of Deus ex Machina, containing the blast.
  • Slightly more realistic example: Rau Le Creuset the Big Bad of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, is a dying clone of a man he hated. Sick, angry at the world, and convinced that Humans Are Bastards, he turns Death Seeker and tries to take everything with him before he goes.
  • Though most of the Big Bads of Sailor Moon simply want to take over the galaxy, Pharaoh 90 appears to want to completely obliterate the world with The Silence for no other reason than he can.
    • There's an entire subtrope of Sailor Moon fanfiction as well that takes this route. Typically, someone (usually a rogue band of senshi) decides that destroying the Galaxy Cauldron (where souls are born) will end the recursive nature of war in the galaxy. This would also result in no new souls being born and old souls having no way to be reincarnated, effectively ending existence eventually. In fact, Sailor Cosmos intends to do this in the canon story, and is only persuaded not to do so by Sailor Moon's belief that the beauty of life more than makes up for eternal war.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion - It's "only" the eradication of all human life on earth, but Gendo seems to be shooting for that goal. In the end, it's Shinji who triggers it with his suicidal despair..
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • DBZ villains in general are fond of this. Cell tried to self-destruct and take the Earth with him upon realizing he couldn't beat Gohan, and Majin Buu later tries the same thing (although that was a subversion, as it was a trick to buy time).
    • In a filler episode, Super Buu attempts to do this in his fight against Vegito once he realizes that he is hopelessly outmatched. Unlike other examples in the show, Super Buu was so powerful his tantrum was implied to be capable of destroying all of existence. Luckily Vegito ends it with just one punch.
    • Even predating Frieza, Vegeta pulled this by attempting to destroy the Earth (without having shown the ability to breathe in space and/or travel without a space pod) because he couldn't accept the idea of a low class warrior landing a hit on him and was willing to die so long as Goku did too.
  • One Piece - Kaido, one of the Four Emperors, aspires to start the biggest World War in history, for little other reason than boredom and disgust with life. He's annoyed with his own Nigh-Invulnerability and hopes that someone strong enough to kill him will show up.
  • Izaku from Eternal Sabbath is already a murderous psychopath who would kill anyone who bothers him, but after he discovers that he is dying, he begins to lash out at the world even more desperately, and goes out of his way to kill and cause wanton destruction.

    Comic Books 
  • Peter David's Captain Mar-Vell (the one with Rick Jones, the latter one) has gone full on looney tunes, mainly because he knows everything. With the assistance of the personification of Entropy (Marvel Comics loves their personifications) Captain Marvel ends all of reality. Off panel. 'Cept Rick, Entropy and the Cap. Rick convinces Entropy to become his "dad", Infinity and the universe is rebooted.
  • Lucifer played with this. When informed that he can either take his father's position or let every universe in reality fall apart, unable to get over his daddy issues Lucifer begins an extremely arduous quest to fix the problem some other way.
    • Fenris is pretty much made of this trope, and Lilith is getting there. She throws a temper tantrum in front of God, demanding him to destroy the universe for putting so much pain in it, while He ponders if he should do just that.
  • Final Crisis: Once Darkseid is fatally poisoned by the radion bullet, he decides to take the rest of the universe with him, hastening the decay of space-time that his rebirth had already started.
  • In Supergirl story Many Happy Returns, Xenon is so mad at being magically sealed inside an other-dimensional prison by Supergirl than he is more than willing to destroy all of existence out of spite.
  • Several X-Men What If?s were written between Jean Grey's death and resurrection in the '80s that showed Phoenix going Dark again and doing this, had she survived her final battle. Presumably the editors really, really wanted to keep her dead... until they didn't. While What If stories do show Dark Phoenix destroying the universe, it's not entirely clear that this would be considered suicidal from Dark Phoenix's standpoint, as she might very well survive the destruction of the universe. Even post-resurrection, an issue of Exiles had a mission where they had to make sure Jean died, lest Dark Phoenix destroy the universe.
  • What If? #32 ended with a giant Korvac sitting on Earth in a state of bottomless despair, and holding the Ultimate Nullifier. He thinks of everything that ever was, is and will be, and presses the button.
  • This was a major plot point in Marvel's Secret Wars II, where the Beyonder threatened to destroy all reality because he couldn't find a meaning to existence.
  • This Trope describes M-Day in a nutshell. The Scarlet Witch caused it all in one fit of rage and grief after she recovered the memories of her children. While the incident in question lasted only a day, the ramifications led to the entire Decimation
  • Near the end of Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, Dr. Robotnik, tired of his constant failures to beat Sonic, decides to bring the game to an end by destroying Mobius outright, using a machine to drain the planet's life force and cause complete ecological collapse. When Sonic manages to put a stop to that plan, Robotnik becomes incredibly depressed, to which his right-hand man, Grimer, releases the Chaos creature upon Mobius in the hopes that its rampage will motivate Robotnik to continue conquering Mobius. Instead, Robotnik brings the Chaos Emeralds to his lair for one reason: to bring his enemies and Chaos to him so they would all die together as Chaos absorbed the Emeralds and destroyed the planet. Fortunately, a dying Super Sonic arrives at that moment and absorbs all of Chaos' energy to restore himself. As a result of this final failure, by the time of the online continuation, Robotnik has undergone a complete Villainous Breakdown, reduced to little more than a drooling vegetable.
  • The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael: After Ichabod discovers that his love Zoe only existed as a fabrication, he kills The Ferryman and dooms all of reality to destruction out of spite.
  • Surprisingly enough, The Joker of all people starts going this way in Emperor Joker; after stealing Mr. Mxyzptlk's powers, and torturing & humiliating all of Earth's superheroes more times than he can count, he quietly, soberly confides to Harley that he can't respect a universe that would let someone as awful as him exist in the first place, and is unmaking it in hopes that whatever rises in its place will be free of such monsters.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Ocarina of Time fanfic The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13, Fate suffers one of these when he realises he's been outplayed and that his sister Destiny is dead. The effect is described as causing stars to explode and entire dimensional positions to shift.
  • In Child of the Storm, this is what the Dark Phoenix tends to build into - rage and hatred build within it, increasing its power, which in turn magnify those emotions, in a Vicious Cycle that goes on and on, until the host wants to destroy anything and everything.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapter 50, Luna, after killing Kiria, has gone so insane with grief over Rason's death that she's willing to let the Chrono Displacement spell destroy the world, but Tsukune manages to get through to her and change the spell date to one day, allowing him to go back and save everyone.
    • In Act IV, the extent of Hokuto's plan is to revive Alucard and then just sit back and watch as Alucard destroys the world, because he's firmly convinced that all life, human and monster alike, is an evil and meaningless plague that must be eradicated.

  • Azrael, the mastermind behind the plot of Dogma, fits the bill. Being trapped in Hell forever is a pretty compelling motive for wanting to undo existence. He also claims that since he didn't fight on either side during Lucifer's rebellion, he should not have to suffer the same fate as those who did fight God.
  • The Cabin in the Woods ends with Marty and Dana, the protagonists, throwing one, having been so traumatized by the tortures they've been subjected to that they decide humanity deserves to die if it needs to keep practicing such cruel rituals to survive.
  • Tenet: This is essentially what the main villain is trying to do. He wants to use Inversion to destroy the entire world because he's dying of cancer and wants to take everyone else down with him.

  • In Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry, this is the motivation not so much of the Big Bad as of his Dragon. The reason? Long ago, he couldn't get the woman he considered his One True Love (she went with a mere human instead, who became Fionavar's first wizard) and swore an oath that he would end the world that had witnessed his rejection; how and whether he's planning to survive at all if and when he succeeds isn't clear, but towards the end of the trilogy he gets the chance to try. He fails, though only through the timely arrival of the one character who can stop what he's just unleashed — and in the process learns to his own surprise that he's not yet beyond redemption himself.
  • In The Courts of Chaos (book 5 in the The Chronicles of Amber), a giant tries to convince Corwin to stop trying to save the multiverse. Corwin, of course, refuses to give up.
    • Corwin is an interesting case, because eventually he starts trying to inscribe a new Pattern based partly on his memory of the old one and partly on hints the Jewel of Judgement is giving him. Note that he doesn't know for certain whether the old Pattern still exists or not, and he really doesn't know what will happen if there are two primal Patterns in the universe at the same time. While he's not trying to destroy the universe, he realizes there's a distinct possibility of that happening, and decides he's willing to risk it, largely because he's just that pissed at his brother.
  • Similarly, in Swanwick's The Iron Dragon's Daughter, Jayne and Melanchthon end up trying unsuccessfully to destroy the universe because their lives have sucked so much.
  • Utuk'ku, the Norn Queen in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, is the oldest living being in the world, and wants to drag as much of the world as possible with her into death.
  • Subversion: The villain in the fifth Spellsinger novel harnesses a transcendental creature, and Clothahump assumes he intends to destroy the world with it as a grandiose form of suicide. As it turns out, though, Braglob did it For the Evulz and had no specific plans for the thing at all.
  • This is the ultimate fate of the universe in Harlan Ellison's The Region Between, destroyed by the same insane God that made it, who kills himself in the process.
  • In The Wheel of Time, this is Moridin's ultimate goal. He's a nihilist who is one of the few characters to really think through the implications of the Eternal Recurrence of the Wheel, but can't conceive of it as anything but a cause for infinite, pointless suffering and misery. He's also a Death Seeker in his own right, but WoT's 'verse features reincarnation as a central element, so if he dies, he'll simply be born again. The solution? Willingly submit himself to the Dark One, the only being who has the power to destroy him and the world for good, and help him escape his can so that he will destroy reality, and Moridin with it.
  • Kastenessen from the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who wants to wipe out his people, the Elohimnote  in revenge for their inflicting a Fate Worse than Death on him. Any level of power sufficient to wipe out the Elohim would almost certainly destroy the world, and so long as he gets his revenge, Kastenessen just doesn't care that this would kill him too. Averted with the other half of the Big Bad Duumvirate and the meta-series' recurring Big Bad, Lord Foul, who also wants to destroy the world, but would be able to survive it (and indeed, the reason he wants to destroy the world in the first place is so he can escape it).
  • The Thrintun in Known Space had a big slave uprising problem, and were also unfortunately complete sore losers. The moment their slaves started to get the upper hand, they decided to drag every other living thing in the galaxy down with them, sending out a telepathic blast that wiped out almost every intelligent being in the galaxy - including their errant slaves and themselves. It took a billion years for lifeforms that weren't single-celled organisms to evolve back. Worth noting that it wasn't just bastardry: the Thrintun were so utterly stupid and unimaginative that to them, it seemed like a good idea at the time.note 
  • Downplayed in Paradise Lost: Satan doesn't want to kill everyone, but he does want to torture everyone, and he includes himself in that.
  • In the final book of Captain Underpants, Even though he made sure that humanity can survive 30 years without Captain Underpants, Tippy Tinkletrousers becomes enraged by being defeated by the present and future versions of the Cap and sets his timed Fantastic Nuke off. Not only was he huge due to the usage of a Goosy-Grow, he activated a special procedure which would destroy the entire galaxy. Sulu and Crackers, however, activate his time machine to just before the Big Bang occurred which turns out to be how it started.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a fourth season story from Doctor Who, "The Underwater Menace", Professor Zaroff, embittered because his wife died in a crash (at least in the original script), has the goal of making a hole in the seabed under the Atlantic so the erupting lava would boil away the ocean, destroying the Earth. Only the Earth would be destroyed, not the universe, but it still pretty much counts.
    • In "The Three Doctors," Omega, having discovered he can never leave his antimatter realm without destroying what's left of himself, vows to devote his remaining will to destroying "ALLL THIIINGS! ALLLLLL THIIIIIINGS!!!"
    • In a sense, Davros himself counts as well, as we get a preview of his plan to destroy not only our universe, but parallel universes too, in "Turn Left", and an explanation + near-execution of his plan (an energy bomb that would tear apart the forces holding any and all forms of matter together) in "The Stolen Earth", and "Journey's End".
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Willow goes here after Tara's death results in a Heroic BSoD and Giles tricks her into feeling the pain of everyone in the world. It was supposed to fill her with compassion, and it did. Fortunately Xander manages to stop her.
  • H.G. Wells tries to destroy the world in Warehouse13, because she sees it as beyond saving; thanks to the pain of living with her daughter's death for 150ish years.
  • In the ending of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Princess Sailor Moon, in a fit of angsty rage, literally ended all life on Earth, turning the whole into a desert. This was, naturally, complete with shots of her friends and family disappearing in a white light. Just for the emotional kick. Things got better.
  • Supernatural:
    • The Darkness throws one in S11. After God tries to seal her back inside the Mark of Cain, she retaliates by draining the life from God, but doing it slowly enough that he'll get to watch all the light in the Universe slowly die with him. Since darkness can only exist if there is light to contrast it with, this means death for her too, and she knows it, but decides getting revenge on God is worth it. Fortunately, Dean talks her out of it.
    • An alternate universe version of the archangel Michael went on to kill his brother Lucifer and exterminate nearly all life on Earth after God failed to return, attempting to reign over the bereft planet to stick it to his old man. After possessing Dean Winchester and accurately deducing from his memories God's true motive, Michael has a greater tantrum than the main Lucifer ever did, now a spiteful Straw Nihilist resolving to destroy the multiverse and God Himself.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Anti!Lazarus from "The Alternative Factor". He had an identity crisis when he discovered there was an exact duplicate of him in a parallel universe, and became obsessed with destroying the duplicate, knowing full well the chain reaction would destroy himself and his whole reality.


    Mythology and Religion 


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Tharizdun from 3.5 and earlier fits this trope to a strong degree, as his ultimate goal is the destruction of the entire universe. Reasons given for this include it being a natural result of his being the god of entropy and destruction to him having gone mad after touching a shard of Pure Evilness (tm), which may or may not have been the only remains of the previous universe.
    • There is also Caira Xasten, a Ur-Priest (cleric who stole their powers from the gods) in the 3.5 Elder Evils sourcebook. She plans on casting the Apocalypse from the Sky spell, which deals massive damage in a ten mile radius, in a densely populated city (the example given is Waterdeep, 2 million citizens) because it will attract Atropus, the World Born Dead, who's modus operandi is causing a zombie apocalypse on whatever planet it orbits. Why? Because her husband was killed by a falling meteor, an event so fabulously unlikely that, she argued, only the gods could be responsible for it. They took away her beloved, so she'll take away their beloved, or at least what they need to exist: Mortals. Nevermind that there are over 50 gods, any of which could be responsible, and several billion people living on Toril.
  • The Deathlords of Exalted all have the canonical aim of 'being the last person there to blow out the candle of creation', in direct service of their Neverborn Masters. This also presumably extends to any loyalist Abyssal Exalted. Mind you, for the Neverborn, this isn't so much "wiping out the world because it won't have me" as it is "someone, please just pull the plug" — they can't die because their souls are bound to Creation, so they're just caught in an endless state of agony.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse strongly suggests this is the driving goal of the Wyrm. Once a being that brought the blessed end to all things, it became trapped in the webs of reality and grew constricted to the point it turned gangrenous, going from a merciful end to slow rot and decay. Some part of it, mad as it is, may realize that degrading reality enough will let it free, to either rampage across creation or seek a swift death.
  • In Siren: The Drowning, this is the whole point of the Current of Acheron; they honestly believe the New World of Darkness is an irredeemable Crapsack World, and the only option is to destroy it entirely.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Rovagug wishes to destroy absolutely everything. He has no allies in the cosmology at all, to the point that if he were to be released, every single god, no matter their enmity or evil — even the Archdevil Asmodeus and the ascended Demon Princess Lamashtu — would ally with each other to stand against him.
    • The Daemons hate everyone and everything that lives. This includes themselves, they just hate everything that isn't them more. Daemonic victory would involve the extermination of all other beings, following by their slaughter of each other, until the final daemon briefly surveys a multiverse devoid any life — and kills itself for lack of anything else left to hate. Worse, unlike Rovagug, Daemons are intelligent enough to make themselves useful in the short term, so they aren't imprisoned or wiped out.

    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue has a rather sympathetic example of this trope: The Origin, the Artificial Human trapped within the Master Unit: Amaterasu, the machine that Observes and controlls the entire spacetime continuum. After countless time loops, The Origin came to the realization that no matter how many times she restarted the timeline in order to get a different outcome, she was still doomed to be killed by Ragna, The Hero she dreamed into existence to save her from her imprisonment within the Amaterasu Unit, with no possible way of being able to prevent said outcome. This realization, along with the horrible machinizations of Yuuki Terumi, pushed her over the Despair Event Horizon and gave birth to Hades Izanami, in essence an incarnation of The Origin's growing suicidal urges set on killing her the only way a capital-G God can be killed: By killing everything, all the way down to a metaphysical level.
  • Super Paper Mario:
    • The destruction of the multiverse is Count Bleck's goal in vengeance for his lover's apparent death. He finds an Artifact of Doom and a Tome of Eldritch Lore just for this goal, and promptly begins to use them to destroy one universe after the other.
    • Dimentio falls back on this plan after his One-Winged Angel form is defeated (his original plan was remaking everything in his own image, his last resort was to leave the Chaos Heart/Void going and take everything out with him).
  • Final Fantasy
    • Xande in Final Fantasy III was an immortal watcher given the "gift" of Mortality by his master Noah to learn how to live, empathize, and die with mortals. Understandably upset by this course of events, he at first decided he was going to cause a Time Crash, but ended up falling under the sway of The Cloud of Darkness, an avatar of entropy, and decided to instead let it into the mortal world so it could destroy everything.
    • Kuja in Final Fantasy IX is a true example of the "temper tantrum" part of the trope and probably the best example from a Final Fantasy game. Upon discovering he's a mortal and is an Artificial Human who's due to expire any day now because he was only a temporary pawn, he decides if he doesn't get to live, why should anyone else? He's so selfish and arrogant he doesn't think it's fair that life will continue after he's dead.
    • Neo-Exdeath from Final Fantasy V wishes to draw everything into the Void, and then disappear himself. This isn't out of anger like Kuja; it's just what he does.
    • What Straw Nihilist Kefka wanted to do in Final Fantasy VI, although it was never clear whether he intended to destroy himself afterward. Dissidia Final Fantasy implies it's because he's unable to understand the point of life, thus he wants to destroy everything because everything else is meaningless to him.
    • Final Fantasy X: Implicit in Seymour's Evil Plan—he views death as a wonderful release from the suffering of life, hence everything deserves the so-called mercy of dying. However, given the weird way death works in Spira, it isn't that he wants to destroy everything for the sake of destroying it, Seymour actually thinks death is a step up from life—death didn't much slow down Auron, Yunalesca and Seymour himself when they died, and Yunalesca has been dead for 1000 years. Of course, that's not to say his plan was well thought out, because killing everyone in an apocalyptic fashion would probably cause them to become Fiends, as they would die painful, horrible deaths.
    • The focus behind the Twist Reveal in Final Fantasy XI with the Chains of Promathia expansion where it is revealed that all beings on Vana'diel are parts of the Twilight God Promathia, and his belief that destroying all those loose parts of himself are the only way he can die and free himself of the pain of existence.
    • Dissidia Final Fantasy, Chaos decides to tear apart the combined realities that make up the battlefield for the conflict of the Gods, and then disappear himself. Its due in part to just being sick of the endless cycles of conflict, death, and rebirth, and in part because Cosmos' death has triggered a My God, What Have I Done? moment for him when he realized they used to rule together in peace before the wars began.
    • The fal'Cie's plan in Final Fantasy XIII is a convoluted plot to use humans to kill the main power source of their floating continent, causing the ship to crash into the mainland, and killing so many people in the process that it rips open the gates of hell and allows the fal'Cie to see their creator god again. The plan's catalyst, Orphan, allows himself to be born solely to get himself killed. The only problem is, they don't know if it will even work, but go whole-hog on it anyway.
    • The sequel's villain Caius wants to destroy time to end the suffering of a seeress who is continuously reborn over and over again since the beginning of time. Eventually it turns out Motive Decay has set in long ago and he's just doing this to make himself feel better. Too bad The Bad Guy Wins, but the third game has you correcting this.
    • Final Fantasy XIV continues this tradition with the Ascian Fandaniel. Once the overseers keeping him on task are all dealt with by the Warrior of Light, Fandaniel promptly discards the pretence that he cared about their aim of restoring the world to its original state. Instead he professes a wish to destroy everything and everyone in the world ending with himself.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The titular mask contains a quite lunatic and uncontrollable spirit that thought it'd be a hilarious prank to destroy the world by making the moon collide with it. Even the moon doesn't like this idea!
    • Previous incarnations of Ganon tried to Take Over the World, but in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Calamity Ganon has lost so much of his previous human self that he merely wants to destroy everything. Before the final battle against Dark Beast Ganon, Zelda states that Ganon has even given up on a proper resurrection into a physical body just so he can funnel all his remaining power into pure destructive force.
  • Klonoa
    • Ghadius from Klonoa: Door to Phantomile attempts to destroy the world as revenge for being sealed away 3000 years ago. He doesn't care that his plan would destroy him along with the rest of Phantomile.
    • The King of Sorrow from the sequel Lunatea's Veil appears to be attempting the same thing, as by linking the Kingdom of Sorrow to Lunatea is implied to cause some degree of destruction.
  • Diablo: According to the Diablo I manual, the minions of Baal, the Lord of Destruction, seek the undoing of the universe.
  • God of War
    • In Chains of Olympus, Big Bad Persephone hires the Titan Atlas to use the kidnapped sun god Helios' powers to destroy the pillar that holds the world up, causing it, Olympus, and the underworld to crash down on top of each other and kill everyone. It's a form of suicide-revenge; she's tired of living in a loveless marriage to Hades, and wants to get back at her husband and Zeus for trapping her in it, believing The End of the World as We Know It to be a fitting way of solving both problems. She doesn't seem terribly happy about it, but she just cannot take it anymore. It's the first hint at just what an enormous bunch of dicks Kratos is dealing with here.
    • Kratos himself goes on one starting in the second game. Already pissed at the gods for short-changing him at the end of the first one, Zeus draining his godly power and trying to kill him drives the already-unstable Spartan into psychotic, homicidal madness. He becomes bound and determined to kill Zeus, who's basically acting as the lynchpin of creation, and will mercilessly slaughter the incarnations of the sun, ocean, sky, underworld and any other vital parts of existence if they try to stop him. When the dust clears and Kratos is all tantrumed out, he's left standing amidst Armageddon.
  • This crops up repeatedly throughout Nippon Ichi games, usually with an emphasis on "temper tantrum". Often, it's a Non-Standard Game Over that happens if the player decides be be a wise-ass and grind up enough to win the Hopeless Boss Fight.
    • Disgaea 2 can end with Laharl destroying the world in a pique, or Rozalin dead, but Adell possessed, and he not only slaughters his own family, but it's strongly suggested that the rest of reality will soon follow suit
    • Played for laughs in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters: beating Feinne too early results in Asagi shattering the Fourth Wall to pieces and pulling the game so far Off the Rails that the game has to start over.
    • Then played very much not for laughs in the Demon Path. If you win the final battle, Revya kills both Haephnes and Drazil and erases both their worlds from existence, killing everything on them and him/herself as well. Any last words as they watch all creation fall to fathomless emptiness and their own being annihilate itself? Oh yes:
    Revya: It doesn't matter. It was fun. (Critical Existence Failure)
  • Elvin Atombender in Impossible Mission is a Mad Scientist who plans to blow up the planet by cracking the world's nuclear launch codes.
  • Zero/Zero-Two from the Kirby series seems to be of the first type, or at least it is universally portrayed as such.
  • If you can untangle the Mind Screw of a plot, the Time Devourer from Chrono Cross is basically undergoing one of these. After the canon ending of the original game, the resident Eldritch Abomination absorbed Princess Schala, and the influence of a conflicted human intelligence warped Lavos's simple, mindless hunger into a desire to destroy everything to wipe the universe clean. When you fight it as the final boss, it's in the process of absorbing all of time and space, leaving it alone in the abyss. The only way to permanently stop it is to use the titular Chrono Cross to separate Lavos and Schala.
  • Persona:
    • Every one of Nyarlathotep's plans in the series. Nyarlathotep is the Anthropomorphic Personification of humanity's most chaotic and self-destructive urges, so his entire being requires him to destroy humanity even if it would unmake him if he actually succeed. It only hits "temper tantrum" levels at the end of Persona 2: Innocent Sin when he teleports Ideal-sensei in to stab Maya with the Spear of Longinus, fulfilling the rumor-powered prophecy of the end of the world, after being legitimately beaten by the "rules" between him and Philemon.
    • Persona 3: Takaya is pretty much this. Similar to Kuja, knowing he's going to die leads him to the conclusion that everyone else should die as well.
  • While the Ten Wise Men from Star Ocean: The Second Story seek to rule the Universe as their primary goal, Gabriel/Indalecio figures that if he cannot rule, he will destroy everything. The Crest/Symbol of Annihilation is set to activate with the expiration of his life force, which is designed to bring about the end of everything by generating sufficient mass-energy to collapse the universe into a Big Crunch.note 
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV this is actually one of the four possible endings because the White are convinced that even if you are successful on the Neutral or Chaos paths it will just be a temporary setback for YHVH. Even should his order be upheld, Blasted and Infernal Tokyo exist to remind you that humans will always long for what was lost, leading to an utterly pointless Vicious Cycle of Full Circle Revolutions.
  • In Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, Kerghan has decided that because being alive is painful (summoned spirits suffer terribly from being forced back into life as well) and the final afterlife is perfect bliss, the logical solution is to end all life. This is not out of spite, however: he thinks he's doing everyone a favor. One of your party member (who will die and get resurrected if you follow his storyline) will even agrees that the afterlife really is better, but would rather have people choose to go there instead of being forced to.
  • The Big Bad of both Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn has tried to incite a continent-wide war so it can awaken the Goddess of Order. He believes she is the only person who can finally kill him (he has tried repeatedly to kill himself, to no avail) and free himself from Fantastic Racism and self-loathing. He is extremely happy to fight you to the death, hoping he'll lose.
  • At the end of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Corypheus opens a second breach after a very long series of losses to force the Inquisitor to either come and fight him or allow the world to end.
  • An interesting variation occurs in The Blackwell Series, where a ghost cannot move on and decides destroying the entire system is the only way to end their existence without going insane. At one point they stop, and ask the heroes if they have any option, anything that can do what they want without destroying everything. The heroine is actually speechless at this; and the ghost continues what they were doing. Possibly Villain Has a Point since it takes an unforeseen Deus ex Machina to fix it.
  • Sargaras in the Warcraft franchise is a healthy mix of this and Well-Intentioned Extremist. Eons of futilely fighting the immortal demons left him dangling on the Despair Event Horizon. Then when he witnessed a Void corrupted Titan Worldsoul he was so terrified by the possibility of what it would become and what it would do to the universe that he cleaved it in two without a second thought. When the rest of the Titans condemned him for this action and expressed a desire to try to purify such a thing he snapped. A universe devoid of life was infinitely preferable to the treat of a Void Titan arising, and so the Burning Legion was formed to scour the universe.
  • The revamped Aatrox lore in League of Legends makes this his motive. Once an extremely powerful and heroic Ascended, he's been trapped in his own sword, and even stealing a body isn't satisfying because it's a crude mockery of his original form, so he hopes that by killing the world, he can finally be allowed to die.
  • During the finale of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, you’re actually given the option to push Eothas into one, by convincing him that the world sucks and everybody is a selfish piece of crap. Needless to say, doing so leads to a Non Standard Game Over where Eothas has a total mental breakdown and kills the entire planet.
  • Malos and Amalthus both are throwing these in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Malos because destroying everything is his nature because he was infected by Amalthus's malice and nihilism when Amalthus awakened him. Also as revenge on the world for what it did to Jin. Amalthus throws it after Rex, Mikhail and Pneuma thoroughly ruin all his plans to retain his existing position of power, in a variant of the version where a villain throws a temper tantrum after his plan to Take Over the World fails.
  • In Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, Lumpy Space Princess decides to destroy the world in a fit of rage after finding out that Finn threw away the home-made ashtray she made him for his birthday. Fortunately, with help from Lady Rainicorn, Finn and Jake put a stop to that.
  • In Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire it's eventually revealed that Kralkatorrik was inflicted with literally maddening pain after absorbing magics that clashed within his body. A portion of his psyche convinced him that the only way to make the pain stop was to consume the Mists and destroy every world.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Salem is trying to divide humanity, inciting war and the worst aspects of human behaviour because she wants to destroy Ozpin, who has faith in the goodness of humanity. She wants to force him and the world to burn. She was originally cursed with Complete Immortality, deliberately Barred from the Afterlife until she learns the value of life and death. However, the gods used the phrase "for as long as the world turns, you shall walk the face of it". Because she refuses to take the blame for her actions, including turning humanity against the gods, she believes her only escape is to stop the world turning. She knows the God of Light gave humanity a single chance for redemption by tasking Ozpin to unite humanity in peace and harmony before summoning the gods for Judgement Day. If the gods return to see humanity in an irredeemable state, they will destroy the world, which Salem thinks will end her curse.

  • In the final chapter of Drowtales Moonless Age, the Big Bad, Crown Princess Snadhya'rune's actions provoke half of her city into launching a final revolt against her rule. After getting betrayed by several of even her own fed up underlings, she undergoes a Villainous Breakdown and decides that if she cannot have her birthright, then no one will, calling for the End of an Age. She proceeds to open up a massive Hellgate, dooming the entire city to be consumed by demons.
  • In Goblins, an alternate-universe version of Minmax is one of these. He finds his way into a pocket universe (along with some of the main characters) and promptly sets in motion a plan to make it so that he, along with the pocket unierse and everyone in it, never existed. The reason he seeks out the pocket universe in question is because he does this by manipulating and retroactively destroying the "equation" that defines and creates anything in a given world. A full-scale universe has far too many variables to control for him to ever hope to succeed, but the pocket universe has small enough for it to be feasible. He's defeated when he's tricked into entering the portal back to his universe, preventing him from ever bringing his plans to fruition.
  • In Sluggy Freelance everyone thinks Zorgon Gola is one of these. Creating this public image was part of his Evil Plan. Note that not only does he have a Punny Name, his plan would have worked brilliantly if the Spanner in the Works main characters din't show up, and through their actions, destroy the Punyverse. How do they do it? By stealing the crotch of Gofotron, letting a small puppy detonate every sun in the Punyverse.
  • In Earthsong, Quelyn—Beluosus' firstborn sentient "Eve"—is enraged when his initial plan to make himself a star (and thus, her the powerful daughter of a Sidera) fails and he calls her "superfluous." In response, she gives herself the power of fission, ravaging his surface and then ripping his entire planetary body apart. He barely survives as an orphaned manifest stone.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, the Demiurge Jagganoth was raised as a child soldier in a brutal "corpse legion" and seized God-Emperor status during the Universal War. Now he's out to annihilate the Multiverse, thanks in part to a visitation from angels and developing Enlightenment Superpowers.
    • Incubus from the same comic is shown to be allied with Jagganoth, with the only stated motivation for doing so being wanting a war. Given that Jagganoth's plan would inevitably mean Incubus dying either at Jagganoth's hand if he wins or by the other Demiurges if he loses, it implies they do not seem to care who ultimately comes out on top or if they're added to the corpse-pile in the process: Continuing to mentor Allison, who is destined to annihilate him, also adds to the pileup.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Tick, oblivion is the goal of the entire Hey species, due to being Scary Dogmatic Aliens who literally worship nothing.
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force, this turns out to be the plan of the Highbreed; generations of inbreeding has made them all sterile, meaning they will die out soon. Since they consider themselves the Master Race and hate the thought of all those "inferior" species outliving them, they've decided to personally make sure that every other species dies out before they do.
  • This is what the 2003 Shredder's plan in Turtles Forever boils down to; after discovering The Multiverse and that there are Ninja Turtles everywhere, he decides to go straight to the source (the Mirage comics universe) and destroy all reality. Even after being explicitly told that he would die as well, he decides that it's Worth It.
    • Ditto for the 2012 Shredder, although he limits himself to just Earth. After teaming up with the Turtles to save the planet from total destruction, he sees a perfect opportunity to kill Splinter and just can't resist, even if it means dooming everybody including himself. He then declares that he doesn't care if he dies now, he got to kill Splinter and that's good enough for him. Fortunately the Turtles, April, and Casey were able to escape via Time Travel, setting up the next arc where they track down MacGuffins across the galaxy needed to prevent the destruction of Earth before it happens.
  • Family Guy: In the episode "The Big Bang Theory", Bertram decides to travel back in time to Ret-Gone Stewie by killing his ancestor, none other than Leonardo da Vinci, unaware that, as a result of a time paradox, Stewie was the one that caused the Big Bang and that erasing him would destroy the universe, including himself. Even after Brian and Stewie tell him as such, Bertram, after a brief hesitation, promptly declares that getting rid of Stewie is worth the end of the universe and promptly shoots da Vinci dead. However, Stewie preserves events by becoming his own ancestor.
  • Owlman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, after learning that any choice made by anyone merely creates multiple parallel universes where each outcome happens, decides that free will is an illusion and all choices are meaningless... except for one: destroying the entire multiverse.
    Owlman: I choose to make the only possible real choice.
  • Spider-Carnage in Spider-Man: The Animated Series wants to kill himself, the planet, and the entire multiverse because he cannot cope with his own pain. He ultimately just kills himself, sparing the multiverse. It helps that he's completely insane.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Word of God has confirmed, despite only being faintly implied in the show itself, that Nightmare Moon's plan to bring about The Night That Never Ends would have killed every living thing in Equestria had it succeeded by slowly freezing the sun-deprived planet to death. If Nightmare Moon was aware of this consequence, this trope may have been her intention (depending on whether a Physical Goddess requires food, oxygen, or warmth to survive). Word of Faust says that Nightmare Moon, had she succeeded, would have ushered in "an era of evil"; though the death of all other life certainly fits this description, whether or not this precludes Nightmare Moon's suicide is up to you to decide. Later on the series shows none of this was the case during a Bad Future segment where Nightmare Moon did rise to power: her Equestria is gloomy but not a terrible place to live and very much peaceful and full of life, unlike the other Bad Future segments which range from war-torn to post-apocalyptic, and her followers are more aggressive than Princess Celestia's but hardly "evil" in any sense of the term. Even she, while an Evil Overlord, seems like a Noble Demon and Reasonable Authority Figure at worst.
  • In Squidbillies, God's equally-omnipotent stepbrother blows up the world out of nowhere because he was angry about being The Unfavorite.
  • An odd, somewhat heroic Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum happened in The Ren & Stimpy Show short "Space Madness", where Ren (as Commander Hoek), having Gone Mad From The Isolation, plots to take Stimpy (as Cadet Stimpy) with him by having him guard the History Eraser button, knowing he'd want to know What Does This Button Do?.
    Ren: That's just it! We don't know! MAYbe something bad? MAYbe something good? I guess we'll never know! Because you're going to guard it! You won't touch it, will you?
    (slow, mad laugh as he leaves Stimpy to his...uh, job)
  • Possibly subverted at the end of the first G.I. Joe Five-Episode Pilot. Destro directs the M.A.S.S. Device to disintegrate the Earth's core, which will cause the world to explode. Even Cobra Commander thinks it's insane. But— tellingly, Destro uses the ensuing ruckus to run away, while G.I.Joe stops the catastrophe, as he (presumably) knew they would. It was only meant as a distraction, and it was a danged good one.
  • Honerva's final scheme at the series end of Voltron: Legendary Defender was to destroy not only her reality but all realities. Fortunately the Voltron Force stopped her.
  • Castlevania: The Big Bad, Dracula wants to Kill All Humans because he holds the lot of them responsible for the death of his wife Lisa Tepes, who was burnt at the stake by the Corrupt Church who accused her of witchcraft. To this end, he sends hordes of vampires upon countless villages to wipe them off the face of the Earth. This causes discontentment among his ranks, with one of his generals Godbrand questioning what will happen when all the humans are dead and the vampires have nothing to eat, even pointing out in private that Dracula himself hasn't eaten in a while. It becomes apparent towards the end of the season that Dracula wants to wipe out both humans and vampires, taking his rage and grief at the loss of his wife out on both species before he ultimately dies. His son Alucard even lampshades this to his face, calling his selfish and pointless genocide "the world's longest suicide note".
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
  • Earthworm Jim: Evil the Cat's entire point in the series is this, with him intending to destroy the universe whenever he's part of an episode's plot. However, the point of his plan is actually lampshaded by Hench-Rat in the second episode, "The Book of Doom", when he asks what they'll do AFTER the universe's destruction.
    Evil the Cat: (beat) I hadn't really thought about it actually...Gloat, I suppose. Cackle wickedly amid the ashes sorta thing?


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"Chat Blanc"

After Ladybug refuses to hand over her Miraculous, Cat Blanc becomes so distraught that he creates a Cataclysm big enough to wipe out the whole galaxy (possibly the universe), himself with it, to Put Them All Out of Their Misery. He only relents when Ladybug (seemingly) agrees.

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