We’re all aware that the main villains of Final Fantasy are a little off. Obviously, they’re “evil”. But for the most part, their “evil” is based on irrationality. So what is their problem?
First, they have self-destructive traits. Generally speaking, self-destructive actions may be deliberate, born of impulse, or developed as a habit. The term however tends applies toward self-destruction that is potentially habit-forming or additive, and are thus potentially fatal.
Second, they’re psychopaths. They all have persistent antisocial behavior, impaired empathy and remorse, and bold, disinhibited, egotistical traits.
Third, they follow nihilism. They’re not able to view reality outside of their own perceptions, which is the foundation of their solipsism. They can’t be sure reality even exists. If the perceiver does not perceive anything to be true, then this leads to nihilism. Nihilism is a philosophical doctrine that suggests the lack of belief in one or more reputedly meaningful aspects of life.
Why don’t they destroy themselves first? Good question. If they’re irrational, nihilistic psychopaths with self-destructive tendencies, they should be the first to go. But then, they project their evil outward. They attack all things until nothing exists or they destroy themselves.
But we have a dilemma. Even though they’re not rational, they’re strangely consistent, even to the point of being logical! How is this possible? Let me explain. An action can be simultaneously logical and irrational. Logic is just the system in which the inputs don’t have to be factual or real. They just have to be internally consistent. The villains in Final Fantasy have a position that nothing matters. They have to follow the prime directive: erase everything. Whether anything in the real world follows this need to destroy everything is irrelevant to the villains; they need to destroy because it is all they know how to do.
Garland’s actions created a void in the world, killing of the life of their planet. Emperor Mateus and Zeromus want to Void existence to prop themselves up as ruler. But they are ultimately empty. The Cloud of Darkness wanted to Void everything, as with Necron and Exdeath. What exactly makes Exdeath so obsessed with the Void? He’s literally the embodiment of all the evil. Evil is all he knows. And evil is total destruction, including the existence of the destroyer. His prime directive is to end everything. Think of Kefka who started destroying as soon as he became a god. Or Sephiroth, who wants to gain the power of the Lifestream to summon Meteor. And Ultimecia, who wanted to simply stop time, creating a void in history. Seymour’s grand idea was to Void all of life to stop suffering from Sin. This would destroy everything else was Void. Even Vayne wanted to void the Occurians’ rule over mankind, allowing him to create a new destiny.