Generic Doomsday Villain

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"I'm going to destroy the world because I'm evil! BWA-HA-HA-HA!"

The Generic Doomsday Villain is an overpowering antagonist with no clear motive or plan behind their actions. They do not fancy themselves to be doing the right thing, they're not driven by envy, they have no personal vendetta against any of their victims, they're not being compelled in any way, they are not in it for the money or power, they're not seeking revenge for any real or imagined wrong done to them, they're not trying to satiate their excessive pride, they're not even a sadist who enjoys hurting people. They may have an objective, but they never have a coherent reason behind it. Essentially, a villain who is a flat character, defined solely by the threat they pose.

Important Note: Complete Monsters are required to have a personality and established motivations, therefore they can never be GDVs no matter how boring or poorly written they are, so don't add any CMs here.

Notable GDVs


  • Deathgeld (Bikini Warriors)
  • Junko Enoshima (Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School)
  • Diablomon (Digimon Adventure: Our War Game)
  • Demon/Daemon (Digimon Adventure 02)
  • Mephistomon (Digimon Tamers: Battle of Adventurers)
  • Belphemon (Digimon Savers)
  • Most villains in Digimon Adventure tri.
  • Primordial Life Fiber (Kill la Kill)
  • Princess Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto: Shippuden)
  • Bottom and Black Hole (Pretty Cure All Stars movies)
  • Most of the villains in Futari wa Pretty Cure
  • Bahamut (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)
  • Kid Buu (Dragon Ball Z)
  • Broly (Dragon Ball Z: Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan and Broly - The Second Coming)
  • Bio-Broly (Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly)
  • Bojack (Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound)
  • Janemba (Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn)
  • Hirudegarn (Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon)
  • Androids 13, 14 and 15 (Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13; original Japanese version)
  • Hatchiyack (Dragon Ball Z: The Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans)
  • The One-Star Dragon/Syn/Omega Shenron (Dragon Ball GT)
  • Zorc the Dark One (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters)
  • The Great Leviathan (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters)
  • Anubis (Yu-Gi-Oh! The Pyramid of Light)
  • Vector, Doctor Faker, Number 96, and Don Thousand (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal)
  • Professor Nakabachi/ Shoichi Makise (Steins;Gate)


  • Kaname Asagiri (Magical Girl Site)
  • The King of Ancient Humanity (Magical Girl Site)
  • Rei Kurorogi (Magical Girl Apocalypse)
  • Schmerman Bach, Firenda, and Nikolai (Plunderer)

Animated Films

  • Krona (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights)

Live-Action Films

  • The Bye-Bye Man (The Bye-Bye Man)
  • Doomsday (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
  • Enchantres and Incubus (Suicide Squad)
  • Dracula's brides (Dracula (1931))
  • Galactus (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
  • The unnamed killer (Final Exam)
  • Gozer the Destroyer (Ghostbusters)
  • August Kuratov (Guardians)
  • Frank Miller (High Noon)
  • The Aliens (Independence Day)
  • Russel Van Velt (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
  • Malekith the Accursed (Thor: The Dark World)
  • Dormammu (Doctor Strange)
  • Surtur (Thor: Ragnarok)
  • The Elementals (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
  • Ivan Drago (Rocky IV; pre-character development)
  • The Bandit Gang (Seven Samurai)
  • Shinzon (Star Trek: Nemesis)
  • Gavin Elster (Vertigo)
  • El Mascarado (WrestleManiac)
  • Various C-list kaijus

Live-Action TV

  • The First Evil (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • The Judge (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • The Beast (Angel)
  • The Night King (Game of Thrones)
  • Great Satan (Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger)
  • Deboth (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
  • Dark Spectre (Power Rangers in Space)
  • Omni the Magnificence (Power Rangers S.P.D.)
  • Reverse Flash, Zoom, Savitar, and Eva McCulloch (The Flash)
  • Lex and Lillian Luthor (Supergirl)

Video Games

  • Federation of the Americas (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
  • Global Liberation Army (Command & Conquer: Generals)
  • The Cloud of Darkness (Final Fantasy III)
  • Shan Yu (Kingdom Hearts II)
  • Prince Hans (Kingdom Hearts III)
  • Bellum (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass)
  • Malladus (The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks)
  • The White Masks (Rainbow Six: Siege)
  • NEO Umbrella (Resident Evil 6)
  • Herrscher of the End (Honkai Impact 3rd)

Western Animation

  • GOLB (Adventure Time)
  • Ragnarok (Ben 10: Alien Force)
  • Diagon (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Pariah Dark (Danny Phantom)
  • Nocturne, Vortex and various other Season 3 villains (Danny Phantom)
  • Vaatu (The Legend of Korra)
  • Brimstone (Justice League Unlimited)
  • Ender (Megas XLR)
  • Gurrkek the Planet-Killer (Megas XLR)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; pre-Season 9)
  • Mr. Kat (Kid vs. Kat)
  • Strike (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • The King of Shadows (Rainbow Brite)
  • ManBearPig (South Park)
  • Titanium Chef (Sushi Pack)
  • Volcanus (SWAT Kids)
  • The Puppet King, Cinderblock, Plasmus, Overload, the Chrysalis Eater and Cardiac (Teen Titans)


  • The Church of Humanity (Uncanny X-Men)
  • The Jackal (Spider-Man)
  • Prometheus (Justice League: Cry For Justice)
  • Adolf Hitler's twin clones (Superman: At Earth's End)

Why This Trope Sucks

  1. Nearly every time this is used, the character is basically a walking plot device who only exist to cause conflict to their world.
  2. They never have any properly explained motivations for their actions, or even any defining personality traits or entertainment factors to make up for it, which makes the villain very dull to watch.
  3. With the villain in this position, the audience can't really have a proper reaction towards them.
  4. Very often, these characters will be portrayed as an absolute threat or extremely dark and menacing, even though they barely do anything warranting that title.




one month ago
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Max Brooks' Zombies may count as this for wiping out life on earth just because they're carnivores


27 days ago
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Can you add in "The Only Redeeming QUality" some generic doomsday villains llike Steppenwolf actually improved to have more motivation.

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