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, also known as the "I'm going to destroy the world because I'm evil!" villain is an overpowering antagonist with no clear charisma, 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

Anime

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • VIRM (Darling In The Franxx)
  • 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)
  • Walpurgisnacht (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
  • Zorc the Dark One, Dartz, Yami Marik, Yami Bakura and the Great Leviathan (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters)
  • Yubel, the Light of Destruction, the Shadow Riders, the Supreme King and Sartorius Kumar (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)
  • Paradox (Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time)
  • Anubis (Yu-Gi-Oh! The Pyramid of Light)
  • Diva (Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Side of Dimensions)
  • Alessi (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Chaos (Sailor Moon)
  • Professor Nakabachi/Shoichi Makise and SERN (Steins;Gate)
  • Jibril (No Game, No Life: Zero)
  • Don Thousand, the Seven Barian Emperors and Number 96 (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal)
  • Rex Goodwin, Aporia, Z-One and Yliaster (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's)
  • Zarc, Leo Akaba and Jean-Michel Roger (Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V)
  • The Penguin Empire (Daimidaler: Prince vs Penguin Empire)
  • Rido Kuran (Vampire Knight)
  • Lord Bagra, the Bagra Army, AxeKnightmon and DarknessBagramon (Digimon: Fusion)
  • The King and the Site Administrators (Magical Girl Site)
  • Dark Nebula, Rago, Pluto and Doji (Beyblade: Metal Fury)
  • Doji (Beyblade: Shogun Steel)
  • Byakuran Gesso, the Vindice, and the Seven Funeral Wreaths (Reborn!)
  • Kokuto (Bleach the Movie: Hell-Verse)
  • Most of the villains in the original Beyblade and its sequels, V-Force and G-Revolution.
  • Alucard, and Lady Okayata (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Loki, Diodora Astaroth, Kokabiel and the Fallen Angels (High School DxD)
  • Hal-G, Naga, King Zenoheld, and Wiseman/ Coredegon (Bakugan)
  • Eua (Higurashi: When They Cry Go and Sotsu)
  • The unmanned Golem (Infinite Stratos)
  • Kuyo, Alucard, and Lady Okayata (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Most of the villains from 86

Manga

  • Special Service Unit, Schmerman Bach and Firenda (Plunderer)
  • Rei Kurorogi and Wataru Himeji (Magical Girl Apocalypse)
  • The King, and the Site Administrators (Magical Girl Site)
  • Team Jabberwock (Kuroko's Basketball: Extra Game)
  • Will of the Abyss and Jack Vessalius (Pandora Hearts)
  • Chief Kakuzawa (Elfen Lied)
  • Diodora Astaroth, Kokabiel and the Fallen Angels (High School DxD)
  • Kyoko Jingu and the Being of Light (The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!)
  • Tetta Kisaki and the Rokuhara Tandai (Tokyo Revengers)
  • Byakuran Gesso, Kawahira, the Vindices and the Seven Funeral Wreaths (Reborn!)
  • The unmanned Golem (Infinite Stratos)
  • Kuyo, Alucard, and Lady Okayata (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Most of the villains from Satanophany
  • Unnamed infected creatures (Infection)
  • Most of the villains from Castration: Rebirth
  • Most of the villains from 86
  • Professor Nakabachi/Shoichi Makise and SERN (Steins;Gate)
  • Most of the villains from Kalenza, the Magical Girl of Redemption

Manhwa

  • Most of the villains from Solo Leveling
  • Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Lilith (The Devil's Boy)
  • Most of the villains from Lookism

Light Novel

  • Ehit (Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest)
  • Nobuyuki Sugou/ Oberon, Gabriel Miller, The Laughing Coffin, and Death Gun(Sword Art Online)
  • The Acceleration Research Society, and White Cosmos (Accel World)
  • Loki, Diodora Astaroth, Rizevim Livan Lucifer, Kokabiel and the Fallen Angels (High School DxD)
  • The unmanned Golem (Infinite Stratos)
  • Most of the villains from 86

Visual Novel

  • Kirei Kotomine, Shinji Matou and Zoken Matou (Fate/Stay Night)
  • Bernkastel, Lambdadelta, Beatrice, Goat Butlers, and Erika Furudo (Umineko: When They Cry)
  • Nomura (Higurashi: When They Cry: Kai)
  • Professor Nakabachi/Shoichi Makise and SERN (Steins;Gate)
  • The Balborans (Cho Dengeki Stryker)

Animated Films

  • Krona (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights)
  • Hexxus (FernGully: The Last Rainforest)
  • Frieda (Happily N'Ever After)
  • Gorilla Grodd (Batman Ninja)
  • Diesel (A Car's Life)
  • Yokai (Big Hero 6)
  • Chernabog (Fantasia)
  • Hansel & Gretel (Hoodwinked Too!)
  • Morgana (The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea)
  • Kalku (Nahuel and the Magic Book)
  • Professor Zündapp (Cars 2)
  • Mr. Carbunkle (Postman Pat: The Movie)
  • The Druun (Raya and the Last Dragon)
  • Zartog (Space Chimps)
  • Arthur/Ralphzilla (Ralph Breaks the Internet)
  • Otto Van Walrus (Arctic Dogs)
  • Myles Standish (Free Birds)
  • Sir Rothbart (The Swan Princess Christmas)

Live-Action Films

  • The Bye-Bye Man (The Bye-Bye Man)
  • Simon Bar Sinister (Underdog (2007))
  • Lex Luthor and Doomsday (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
  • Butch the Bully (Cool Cat Saves the Kids)
  • Warren Vandergeld (White Chicks)
  • Rev-9 (Terminator: Dark Fate)
  • Enchantress and Incubus (Suicide Squad)
  • Dracula's brides (Dracula (1931))
  • Galactus (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
  • The unnamed killer (Final Exam)
  • Two-Face, and The Riddler (Batman Forever)
  • Gozer the Destroyer (Ghostbusters)
  • Frank Miller (High Noon)
  • The Aliens (Independence Day)
  • Russell Van Pelt (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
  • Surtur (Thor: Ragnarok)
  • Rico Dredd (Judge Dredd)
  • Emperor Palpatine, Snoke, and the First Order (Star Wars)
  • David Banner (Hulk (2003))
  • MechaGodzilla and the Apex Cybernetics (Godzilla Vs. Kong)
  • Terl, Ker and the Psyclos (Battlefield Earth)
  • Mysterio and 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)
  • It (A Wrinkle in Time)
  • The Creators (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
  • Quintessa and Unicron (Transformers: The Last Knight)
  • Various C-list kaijus
  • Eric Sacks, Foot Clan, and the Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014)
  • Krang (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows)
  • Vuk and the D'bari (Dark Phoenix)

Live-Action TV

  • The First Evil (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • The Judge (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • The Beast (Angel)
  • The Night King, Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen (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, the Thinker, Godspeed, Cicada, Cicada II and Eva McCulloch (The Flash)
  • Tobias Whale (Black Lightning)
  • The Source of All Evil (Charmed)
  • Blackfire (Titans)
  • The Dominators (Heroes vs Aliens)
  • John Walker, Nyssa al Ghul, Ra's al Ghul, the Court of Owls, Sal Maroni and Hugo Strange (Gotham)
  • Deathstroke, John Diggle Jr. Damien Darhk, Prometheus, Ra's al-Ghul, the Ninth Circle, H.I.V.E. and Ricardo Diaz (Arrow)
  • The Anti-Monitor and his Shadow Demons (Crisis on Infinite Earths)
  • Overgirl, Dark Arrow, Dark Prometheus and the Nazis (Crisis on Earth X)
  • John Deegan (Elseworlds)
  • Morgan Edge, Superman of Earth-TUD22, and the rest of the evil Supermen (Superman and Lois)
  • Mister Nobody (Doom Patrol)
  • The Children of Juru, Selena, Gamemnae, Leviathan, Project Cadmus, Nyxlygsptlnz, Lex Luthor and Lillian Luthor (Supergirl)
  • Most villains of The Gifted.
  • Alice, Safiyah Sohail and Black Mask (Batwoman)
  • Darkseid, Brainiac, Lionel Luthor, Clark Luthor, and General Zod (Smallville)
  • Vandal Savage, Legion of Doom, Mallus, the Fates, Lachesis and Neron (Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Master Xandred (Power Rangers Samurai)
  • Emperor Marvo (Power Rangers Super Megaforce)

Video Games

  • Federation of the Americas (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
  • Global Liberation Army (Command & Conquer: Generals)
  • Most of the villains in Devil May Cry 2
  • The Cloud of Darkness (Final Fantasy III)
  • Shan Yu (Kingdom Hearts II)
  • Brooke Augustine and the D.U.P. (Infamous: Second Son)
  • Prince Hans (Kingdom Hearts III)
  • Dark Matter (Kirby)
  • Void Termina (Kirby)
  • Evil Twins (Crash Twinsanity)
  • 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)
  • The Darkness (Skylanders)
  • Herrscher of the End (Honkai Impact 3rd)

Western Animation

  • GOLB (Adventure Time)
  • Amanda Killman (Bunsen is a Beast)
  • Mirage (Aladdin TV series)
  • Ragnarok (Ben 10: Alien Force)
  • Diagon (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Pariah Dark (Danny Phantom)
  • Oonski the Great (Breadwinners)
  • Nocturne, Vortex and various other Season 3 villains (Danny Phantom)
  • Four Shades of Awesome (Elena of Avalor)
  • Vaatu (The Legend of Korra)
  • Brimstone (Justice League Unlimited)
  • The Overlord (Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • 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)
  • Baron Mordo, Alistair Smythe, Kingpin, and Spider-Carnage (Spider-Man: The Animated Series)
  • Green Goblin, Hammerhead, and Tombstone (The Spectacular Spider-Man)
  • Strike (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • Eva (Puppy In My Pocket)
  • The King of Shadows (Rainbow Brite)
  • The Black Mass (Samurai Jack)
  • Vor (Sofia the First)
  • Titanium Chef (Sushi Pack)
  • Volcanus (SWAT Kids)
  • Ancient Spirits of Evil (ThunderCats)
  • Master Frown (Unikitty!; until his redemption in "The Birthday to End All Birthdays, Part 2")
  • Puppet King, Cinderblock, Plasmus, Overload, the Cironielian Chrysalis Eater and Kardiac (Teen Titans)
  • Dr. Mingo (Chuck Chicken)
  • Mo Yan (Battle Claw)

Comics

  • The Church of Humanity and their unnamed "Pope" (Uncanny X-Men)
  • The Jackal (Spider-Man)
  • Prometheus (Justice League: Cry for Justice)
  • Mother Machine (Kamandi: At Earth's End)
  • Twin clones of Adolf Hitler (Superman: At Earth's End)
  • Onslaught (Marvel Comics)
  • Green Goblin (Revelations)
  • Brian Banner (Hulk)
  • Harvest (The Culling)
  • Legion (Age of Apocalypse)
  • The Sentry, The Frightful Four and the Marvel Zombies (Ultimate Fantastic Four and Marvel Zombies)
  • Doctor Doom's robot duplicate (Ultimate Power)
  • Doctor Doom/Mary Storm, Magneto, the Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy and Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man (Ultimatum)
  • William Stryker Jr., Jean Grey, and the Nimrod Sentinels (Ultimate Comics X-Men)
  • Green Goblin, Doctor Doom and HYDRA (Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man)
  • The Maker and Modi (Ultimate Comics: Ultimates)
  • The Terrorists (Holy Terror)
  • Ultron (The Ultimates 3)
  • The Superman Robot (Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day)
  • Brother Eye and his assimilated cyborgs (The New 52: Future's End)
  • Romulus (Wolverine)
  • Cyclops/Dark Phoenix II and the Phoenix Five (Avengers vs. X-Men)
  • Ben Reilly (The Clone Conspiracy)
  • The Monitors (Countdown)
  • Green Goblin, the Ultimate Six and Doctor Octopus (Ultimate Spider-Man)
  • Mandrakk, and Darkseid (Final Crisis)
  • Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor Jr. (Infinite Crisis)
  • The Doctor (Sonic Super Special)
  • The Assessor (Miles Morales: Spider-Man)

Why This Trope Can't Destroy The World Just Because It's Evil

  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.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Having a clear-cut villain with obviously evil motives and no redeeming qualities can be preferable to the modern trend of villains who try to be somehow sympathetic, but fail completely at this and/or are being used as a way for the writers to lecture the viewers about their political beliefs.
  2. Some of them, like Steppenwolf from the DCEU and Thanos from MCU have improved with better motivations.

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