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"You can steal, destroy, injure, and murder! No one will stop you! Evil shall be unfettered!"

"Now, the world shall be my plaything! I shall bring about an age of fear and chaos! And it shall be glorious!"
Dr. Eggman Nega, Sonic Rush Adventure

Evil Overlords want to Take Over the World, and Omnicidal Maniacs want to destroy the world, but these villains just want to change the world. Rather than conquer it, blow it up, or kill everyone on it, they are much more content to simply turn it into the most horrible and messed up place possible — their own personal playground, in other words. Villains who intend on this goal are likely doing it For the Evulz.

Compare Dystopia Justifies the Means, which is when a bad guy wants to make a deliberately oppressive government, Anarcho-Tyranny, where the tyrant is intentionally allowing or inducing some lawless anarchy for his advantage, and Infernal Paradise, where the hellish playground is rooted in Blue-and-Orange Morality rather than simple malice.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Lord Kuruku in Unico in the Island of Magic wants to, and almost does, turn every living thing into "Living Puppets" to be his slaves, building material, rocket skateboards, etc.
  • Sir Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Director of Deus Ex Machina Industries, in Date A Live plays with this. His desire is to make the whole world upside down, in order to fill the world with pure chaos, destruction, panic and fear for his "fun" and "self-satisfaction".
  • Dragon Ball: King Piccolo overthrows the world's government entirely for the purpose of making Earth a chaotic mess:
    First, I will tell you the two words I hate the most. They are 'justice' and 'peace'. Let me just say that I do not plan to bind you all into slavery or anything like that. Not at all. In fact, I want you to do anything you want. I'm going to abolish every law enforcement agency. You can steal, destroy, injure, and murder! No one will stop you! Evil shall be unfettered! Those who brandish the sword of justice shall be exterminated by my demons! This will be a glorious world of terror and hate!
  • Ali Al-Saachez from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 wants to help create a world of endless warfare, so that his slaughter will never end.
  • The Major in Hellsing wants a world of perpetual warfare. "Gentlemen... I love war."
  • This is essentially the Big Bad Friday Monday's goal in Madlax, since he basically sees all humans as evil deep inside and actively tries to bring out their "true natures".
  • Tendou Jigoku at the end of Flame of Recca intends to, upon gaining complete immortality, kill most of the humans on the planet, but leave enough alive for them to repopulate. And then start killing again, leading to an endless cycle of slaughter.
  • One Piece: Kaido's plan to become Pirate King involves turning the country of Wano into a lawless paradise for pirates, where they will be protected from the Marines by its geographical isolation. And after turning the entire country into his base of operations, he'll grow his forces until he becomes unstoppable, eventually turning the whole world into his playground.

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    Fan Works 
  • Megami no Hanabira has an interesting example with Shusui Naito, the Chaos representative. While he aims to unleash the Demon Summoning Program to the masses and turn the world into a huge free-for-all of violence, he's not just doing it For the Evulz: he's The Social Darwinist, who believes that said Playground for Evil will weed out the weak and the worthless individuals who cheated their way into power and use money to command authority rather than competence, while attracting strong, capable people to unleash their ambitions and fight for the throne. He fully intends for the Playground for Evil to eventually give way to a Golden Age once the weak are culled and the world is brought under control by an Übermensch: a temporary Crapsack Dystopia for the sake of a Utopia later down the line.
  • In the Pony POV Series, this is the endgame of Discord and his allies in the Finale Arc. They rewrite reality so that all rumors are true (yes, even the contradictory ones) and every Grimdark story is happening all at once, thus creating a living hell for everyone else for their enjoyment.
  • The Knights of the Old Republic Game Mod Brotherhood of Shadow has this as the motive of Daemon Drexel, the former captain of the smuggling ship Orion. A former Republic officer who later served Revan's Sith forces, he was disillusioned with both. He decided that a better option would be to steal a derelict warship (the Orion) and turn pirate, siding with the criminal underworld as a force to try and make a place in the galaxy where those who refused to bow to any authority would be able to indulge their desires.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The probable Trope Codifier in modern fiction is The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, in which Dr. Mabuse wants simply to reduce the world to a lawless and chaotic "Empire of Crime".
  • This seems to be the goal of The Dark Knight version of The Joker. He wants to drive everyone in Gotham City as crazy as himself by plunging it into absolute chaos.
  • This is the stated goal of The Dark Knight Rises version of Bane. He cuts off Gotham from the mainland, imprisons the entire police force and holds the city hostage with a nuke to prevent outside invasion - all in order to create an anarchist society. Subverted in that the society was never intended to last, and he was going to detonate the nuke all along.
  • Elysium: When Kruger finds out about the codes in Max's head and gets tired of Delacourt's scolding him for his violent antics, he goes ahead to initiate his plan to turn Elysium into one of these.
    Kruger: Elysium is about to receive its first proper president!
  • After Lord Naritsugu in 13 Assassins sees the carnage of war, he admits he would like to turn the lands into a never ending battlefield of strife.
  • In Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mean Mr. Mustard turns Heartland into a mustard-themed wasteland full of evildoers.
  • The Big Bad of Last Action Hero, Benedict, finds the playground over the course of the film: It's called the real world. Now he wants to invite all the cool kids (villains from various movies) in.

  • The cult in H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" seems to have aspects of this:
    Then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.
  • In The Dresden Files, when Harry visits one of the White Court's nightclubs, he muses that this would be their ultimate goal if they ever had the chance:
    The music, the light, the sweat, the smoke, the booze, the drugs—it all combined into a wet, desperate miasma that was full of needs that could never be sated.
    That's why the place was called Zero, I realized. Zero limits. Zero inhibitions. Zero restraint. It was a place of perfect, focused abandon, of indulgence, and it was intriguing and hideous, nauseating and viscerally hungry.
    Zero fulfillment.
    I felt a shudder run through me. This was the world as created by the White Court. This is what they would make of it, if they were given the chance. Planet Zero.
  • The creature in Stephen King's It does this with the town of Derry. IT seems to encourage violent and sadistic tendencies in some of the townsfolk, especially the local Barbaric Bully, while messing with the adults heads so that they are basically useless. This helps isolate the town's children, his preferred prey.
  • Satan seeks to do this to the world in Paradise Lost in order to get Revenge by Proxy against its Creator.
  • Two of the possible Bad Futures that the Dark One shows that might happen if it wins are like this in The Wheel of Time; the first is close to a literal Hell on Earth, while the second is more subtle, with humanity altered to all be completely devoid of conscience or empathy (just like the Dark One itself), but also rendered completely unaware that anything is wrong. The third possibility is voidnote . Of course, in none of these visions do the bulk of the Dark One's human followers actually get what they want.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Presumably The Beast's motive on Angel for blocking out the sun. His boss, on the other hand, was just using the chaos created as a distraction. Amusingly, the forces of evil get bored of their playground rather quickly, with one of them noting (while bowling with human heads) that evil's just not as much fun without a challenge.
  • Several villains in Buffy the Vampire Slayer want to open the Hellmouth for reasons somewhere between this and worship of the True Demons sealed inside.
    • Also, the reason Sunnydale was deliberately built on top of the Hellmouth - the founder (who's still the Mayor a century later) made a lot of deals to get to where he is, and providing demons with an all-you-can-eat buffet is part of his payment.
    • Toward the end of Season 2, the vampire Spike decides to help Buffy stop the Omnicidal Maniac Angelus from releasing a demon that will destroy the world because he believes the world is already a playground of evil for vampires with humans being "little happy meals on legs", and thus destroying the human world would mean destroying the world for vampires too.
  • Kamen Rider:
  • Nearly every Power Rangers or Super Sentai villain who doesn't want to cause an Earth-Shattering Kaboom, though exceptions exist.
    • In the Grand Finale of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, Agent Abrella reveals that his ultimate ambition is to destroy the space police in order to create a universe that's run by money and crime.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Ebon Dragon's ultimate goal in Exalted is basically to screw over reality in such a way that his will determines reality, by usurping the position of the shinma that defines existence. It remains to be seen whether he actually can or if it's just another excuse for him to be a dick.
  • Freedom City: The Else Worlds setting Crime City is one where all the heroes from Freedom City are instead criminals who've taken over and made everything pro-criminal. Though there's some weird Fridge Logic involved in things like apparently it still has things like criminal trials where lawyers uses dishonest means to get their clients off instead of simply having the outcome predetermined or not arresting supervillains in the first place.
  • The followers of Chaos in Warhammer, who want to turn the whole world into another Realm of Chaos, a very messed up Chaotic Evil Eldritch Location.
    • In Warhammer 40,000, the Chaos Gods sparked the Horus Heresy to turn the materium into a tortured hellscape so that they could laugh and feast upon the agony of all sentient life. They succeeded.
    • Getting the gods' favor to the point where they bestow daemonhood is the endgoal of just about every single servant of Chaos. Daemon Princehood comes with transforming the planet into a Daemon World, a place where the Warp and reality coexist, where they can indulge their whims for eternity.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the Triatic Wyrm wants to conquer and corrupt all of Gaia, and in one Time of Judgment scenario, it succeeds. Averted with the original Wyrm of Balance, which simply wants to escape from the Weaver's web.

    Video Games 
  • At the end of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma's early trailer, it's revealed that our resident Troll Big Bad, Yuuki Terumi, now with the pesky time loops out of the way, intends to erase the distinction between Omnicidal Mania and Evil Playground Architecture. In other words, he wants to kill everyone—but not the old-fashioned personal way where he does all the killing himself. No; he wants to make the world a place where everyone kills each other for his amusement. That's his kind of playground.
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: Towa's ultimate plan is to merge the Demon Realm with the main universe; she knows this will result in chaos, and delights in it.
    Towa: Can't you imagine it? A garden of evil blooming with rage and pain? So beautiful.
  • Dimentio of Super Paper Mario. He wants to create a perfect world under his rule. What his idea of "perfect" could be is anyone's guess, but given his Ax-Crazy personality, it would likely not be a paradise for anyone but himself.
  • In Hero Mode of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, the Big Bad used the Dragon Balls to make the world a hellhole, purely for his own amusement. At one point, your character meets the Androids, who like the world as a hellhole and in fact are looking for the Dragon Balls so they can make it even worse.
  • In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, Dr. Nefarious has noticed that The Good Guys Always Win, and he's tired of it. He wants to use The Great Clock not just to reverse his own defeats, but the defeats of every villain who's ever lived.
    Dr. Nefarious: With the clock under my control, I'll be able to wrong all the rights in the universe. Every villain who has ever stumbled will get a do-over. Every protagonist's triumph will be reversed! Until finally, a new present is created, in which the Heroes, ALWAYS LOSE! *Evil Laugh*
  • Silent Hill's cult fits the bill; they're convinced that the only way to create a Goddess of Good who will vanquish Evil is if people teach her (hands-on) what Evil actually is, through constant acts of murder and mutilation unconstrained by any order. They call it Paradise.
  • The Edel Bernal from Super Robot Wars Z doesn't really have a plan other than to turn the world into the most chaotic and war-ridden place he can to be his personal playground.
  • The Big Bad of Mother 3, King Porky Minch, wants to use his Pigmask Army to turn the Nowhere Islands into a world of debauchery and dirtiness, and for people to embrace his philosophy that Humans Are Bastards. And then blow it up.
  • Shao Kahn of Mortal Kombat wants nothing more than absorb all Realms into his multiversal, hellish empire. In his Arcade Ladder ending in Mortal Kombat 11, he achieves this by conquering time and space and entertains himself by hosting unending Mortal Kombat tournaments with himself as the obviously undefeated champion.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has Darth Jadus, possibly the most frighteningly lucid of all of the Sith Empire's ruling council. His ultimate goal is to unify the Empire by striking fear and terror into the hearts of every citizen. He goes so far as to fake his own death to accomplish this, something unheard of in the immensely prideful Sith culture. Though he's still stricken by the universal Sith megalomania.
  • Some of M. Bison's winquotes in Street Fighter games such as Super Street Fighter IV claim things like "When I control this planet, I shall purge it of all hope!"
  • The Dragon Lord from Trials of Mana has his own reason for wanting to become a god, and that's so he can, in his words, "bring havoc and ruin to the world and usher in a new age of darkness", and entertain himself by slaughtering people as sacrifices to himself.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa:
    • The Big Bad of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Junko Enoshima (otherwise known as her robotic persona Monokuma), succeeded in doing this. Kickstarting The Tragedy leaves the entire world spiraling down a path of constant warring and hatred, where people kill and destroy without reason and all law and societal structure has collapsed, all in the name of despair. The only real government in the world is the Ultimate Despair, the orchestrators of the Tragedy. In Monokuma/Junko's words, it isn't a philosophy, set of ideals, or even instincts that motivate her: the pursuit of despair, even her own, is the only thing that can stimulate her anymore.
    • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Junko's plan within the Neo World Program is to upload herself into the bodies of the dead students, take down the Future Foundation from the inside, and then go from there, with her consciousness infecting people all around the world to spread despair with glee, making sure The Tragedy never ends.


    Western Animation 
  • When Discord is unleashed in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, he turns the world into a chaotic mess of inverted gravity, roads of soap, and cotton candy clouds raining chocolate milk. Then he claims those are only his first changes, and if the stained glass image of him throwing ponies into the flames is anything to go by...
  • Inspector Gadget: Some of Dr. Claw's more subtle plans concern this. In "The Infiltration," he has an impersonator take Inspector Gadget's place at a law-enforcement conference. The goal: Keep MAD ahead of the police's plans for a full year and "make the world safe for crime."
  • Darkwing Duck. Negaduck's plan in the "Just-Us Justice Ducks" two-parter is turning Saint Canard into a playground for evil for his gang, The Fearsome Five, giving one fourth of the city to each of his minions while he keeps the loot. Negaduck has already turned his home dimension, The Negaverse, into his own playground.
  • Gravity Falls; Bill Cipher's ultimate plan is to merge the Nightmare Realm with reality so he and his buddies can escape and cause havoc, or as he puts it "teach your realm how to party!"
  • SWAT Kats: Dark Kat's ultimate goal is to turn Megakat City into Dark Kat City, his "capitol of crime", "where lawlessness is the law of the land!"
  • In the Grand Finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, Drago reveals that his goal after obtaining the chi powers of his uncles and aunts is to "turn the world inside out" by releasing his fellow demons from the Netherworld.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Bought and Scold", Princess Morebucks has her dad buy Townsville from the Mayor for her and immediately declares that "crime is legal" and the only felony is to prevent other people from committing crimes. She does this purely to spite the Powerpuff Girls and put them out of business, but the effect is this trope nevertheless. It's undone in the end when the Girls give Morebucks a taste of her own medicine and rob her home blind, since she never thought making crime legal would mean crime would be committed against her.


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