Everything they've built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we'll build a better one!
~ Apocalypse while recruiting Magneto to his ranks.
While it's true I once desired destruction… and the only goal I had was revenge… things are different now. Because that which is destroyed can always be fixed and rebuilt. Villages freed from the clutches and employ of darkness… what I desire is to reform the entire shinobi world! What I am calling for, what I am bringing forth... that is... Revolution.
~ Sasuke Uchiha to Kakashi.
Together, my Lord Sauron, we shall rule this Middle-earth. The old world will burn in the fires of industry. Forests will fall. A new order will rise. We will drive the machine of war with the sword and the spear and the iron fist of the orc.
~ Saruman after seemingly being corrupted.

A Harbinger for Rebirth is a subcategory of Cataclysms and Harbingers in which the Villain is not content with just destroying an entire world, universe or realm but to "revitalize" it (i.e., to have a "fresh start"). They usually believe that humanity (or a current population such as the rats in Flushed Away whom the Toad wants to eliminate) as a whole is beyond redemption and thus deserves nothing but destruction. These villains overlap with Nihilists and Social Darwinists due to their oft-shared beliefs of destroying a general area and remaking it entirely in their own images.

The motives for rebirth are far and wide, such as to obtain absolute power over the known universe or remake it in their own image (Obake and 2014 Thanos), to doom humanity for all time (Sephiran) or as a twisted hope for redemption (Shunack).

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