Why create, when it will only be destroyed? Why cling to life, knowing that you have to die?
~ Kefka Palazzo
Every decision we make is meaningless. Because somewhere, on a parallel Earth, we have already made the opposite choice. We're nothing. Less than nothing.
~ Owlman

Nihilists are characters who believe that the existence of life has no purposes, values or meanings, their own included. Nihilists do not believe in moralities and all rules and/or codes they follow are superficial or for 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 suicidal. 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 pieces left behind by the messes they have created.

Most 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, they are cataclysms due to a desire of literally erasing everything as they see fit. Like many powerful and far-reaching villains, they might just be able to make their twisted dreams into reality. However, it is important to note that not ALL nihilists will act like this, but mostly the more sinister or destructive ones will.

In many cases, they can 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. However, they can also be tragic 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, Norman StansfieldRex Dangervest, Seymour Guado, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Owlman, Count Bleck, Scarlet King, Mephiles the Dark, Johan Liebert, Tyler DurdenVincent, Gaku Yashiro and Joker.

Notes

  • If villains seem nihilistic, but at the same time value their own existences (e.g. Bill CipherLots-o'-Huggin' Bear, KaeciliusHenry Evans, Evolt, Dimentio, Cigarette-Smoking Man and Flowey) they do not qualify.
    • Cowards will NEVER fall under this category, because a coward values their life very much, unlike a nihilist who does not care. The two are also polar opposites. However, a coward can at times be suicidal.
  • Not all nihilists are destructive or chaotic evil in nature, some may be netural evil if they have some goal that would benefit them, while others can be lawful evil if they still oppress others with their own standard.
  • If a villain only shows gleefulness during their death and/or are defiant to the end (e.g. Badger and Blofeld), they do not qualify. A villain is only nihilistic if they express a point of view or show by their actions that they do not value humanity in general AND themselves.

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