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Basic Trope: A villain whose main plan is to destroy the world, and has the means to do so.

  • Straight: Doctor Destructo plans on using his newly created Reality Bomb to destroy reality as we know it.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Doctor Destructo plans on using a triple-level fail-safed This Will Really Destroy Reality Bomb to destroy reality, then recreating a new universe with a big bang to sterilize away whatever might have survived in some corners the bomb missed, before collapsing the new universe onto itself and decaying all matter to a state where no planets, stars or any other celestial bodies will emerge, ensuring nothing will ever exist ever again, even existence and nonexistence.
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    • Doctor Destructo wants to prevent reality from ever coming into being.
  • Downplayed: Dr. Destructo is an mundane Serial Killer who expresses a clear desire to destroy everything in his rants, but there isn't the slightest chance of him actually doing so.
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  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Doctor Destructo's plan to destroy reality is a Red Herring meant to obfuscate his real plan, or simply a blackmail attempt: He has no plan of following through whether he gets what he wants or no.
  • Double Subverted: ...But once his last desire has been fulfilled, he throws the switch anyway.
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  • Zig Zagged: Doctor Destructo is about to destroy the world, but suddenly realizes just what an awful thing that would be to do, and stops. After attempting to come to terms with his own horridness and failing, he realizes that the only way to keep people from trying to follow his example would be to destroy himself, and the sinful world that spawned him, with his Reality Bomb.
  • Averted: Doctor Destructo doesn't want to destroy reality, or obviously has no way to do so.
  • Enforced: "Enough with the Take Over the World plots. Can we have something else that's an adequate threat for our God-Mode Sue protagonist?"
  • Lampshaded: "How does a plan involving killing all life everywhere make any sense?"
  • Invoked: The villain is out to get the attention of the really really powerful beings, and only presenting a genuine threat to the world will do.
  • Defied: "Oh please, why would I ever want to destroy the world? That would be bad for business.
  • Exploited: The heroes quickly inform other villains of Destructo's plans and let them foil it in an Evil Versus Oblivion setup.
  • Discussed: "In every story I've heard, the bad guys were content to rule. I think we're dealing with something bigger."
  • Conversed: "You'd think the villains of this show could think of something to do with the world besides blow it up."
  • Deconstructed: Doctor Destructo is suffering from severe depression and wants to bring an end to all the suffering around him, but finds killing the entire universe, let alone just a planet, far too difficult for any one man to ever achieve.
  • Reconstructed: Doctor Destructo would quickly find that bringing an end to all suffering, permanently, would be a most relieving course of action, particularly for the audience itself.
  • Played For Laughs: See Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Played For Drama: See Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.

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