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Why create, when it will only be destroyed? Why cling to life, knowing that you have to die?
~ Kefka Palazzo
Count Bleck does not care about any world! They are all meaningless. Better that I destroy them! Better yet, I shall make it as if they never existed at all!
~ Count Bleck

Nihilists, also known as Existentialists believe the existence of life has no purposes, values or meanings, their own included. Nihilists do not believe in objective moralities and all rules or codes they follow, if any are superficial or due to practical reasons. They usually do not have specific long–term goals, will sink to all levels of depravity to further their arbitrary objectives and are often Sociopaths and/or Suicidals. They can overlap with Social Darwinists and Harbingers for Rebirth as well through shared beliefs in bringing about "the end times" and leaving others or themselves to pick up the pieces left behind by the messes they have created.

Nihilists wish to destroy everything in existence or at least whatever is possible for them to destroy. What makes them some of the most dangerous and unpredictable Villains is that they have nothing to lose, not even their very lives. At the highest point possible they are Omnicidal Maniacs due to their desires of literally erasing everything in existence as they see fit. Like many powerful and far-reaching Villains they might just be able to make their twisted dreams into reality.

In many cases they qualify as Pure Evil largely because they do not see any worth in morals and go out of their way to prove this and decency, among other things absolutely meaningless through extreme actions. They can also be Tragic and/or Amoral due to traumatic experiences that made them view everything as meaningless and shaped their habits of not following the guidelines others may have set up beforehand.

Examples are Kefka Palazzo, Rex Dangervest, Seymour Guado, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Owlman, Count Bleck and Joker.

Note: If Villains seem nihilistic but at the same time value their own existences (e.g. Lots-o'-Huggin' BearDimentio) they do not qualify.

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