"I am power unlike any you have known: absolute, infinite, and unrelenting. You have no choice but to prepare for a long dark future as my subjects—and my slaves."
― Darkseid, Superman: The Animated Series, "Apokolips... Now! (Part 2)
"How many times must we face your kind? Would-be conquerors and master races, so full of your own superiority you will not see reason or hear the voice of sanity?!"
― Martian Manhunter (DC Comics)
"We take what we desire because we can. We can because we have power. We have power because we are Sith."
― A Sith Proverb (Star Wars)
"A gift can often be a curse. Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun. Give them the power of prophecy, and they may live in fear of the future. Give them the greatest gift of all, powers beyond imagination, and they may think they are meant to rule the world."
― Charles Xavier (X-Men Apocalypse)

The ability to use the powers and characteristics of a Dark Lord archetype. Note that this is essentially a definition of an archetype. Opposite to True Hero.

Also Called

  • Dark God/Goddess/Lady/Lord/Master/Mistress/Prince/Princess
  • Evil/Dark Emperor/Empress/King/Queen/Lady/Lord/Overlady/Overlord
  • Lady/Lord/Master/Mistress/Prince/Princess/King/Queen/Emperor/Empress of Darkness/Evil
  • Lady/Lord of Shadows

Properties

User is a Dark Lord, villain usually seeks to rule or destroy the universe around them, powerful evil being who viciously rules over lesser evil beings and desire to rule their respective existences and corrupt as well as destroy everything they touch. They possess malevolent abilities and often command fiendish minions. These individuals also love to seduce others to join their side and then use them for their own hellish purposes. Anyone can be a Dark Lord; some are human, many have demonic natures and certain holders of the title are actually manifestations of the Prince of Darkness himself.

Associated Powers

Relationships

  • Tyrant
    • The Dark Lord is naturally connected to Tyranny. The story's placement of Dark Lords are common to be tyrants of their worlds.
      • Darkseid (DC Comics)

Variations

Flaws/Weaknesses

  • Will be opposed by benevolent forces.
  • True Hero has more than what it takes to defeat Dark Lords.
  • Can be blinded by pride and vanity.
  • Might be equal or in servitude to a more powerful being (another Dark Lord, a Transcendent Demon or a Satanic Figure).
  • Redemption voids the power.

Example Characters

See Also: Evil Overlord.

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Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Leaders of the Old Satan Faction (Highschool DxD)
  • Creuserey Asmodeus (Highschool DxD)
  • Katerea Leviathan (Highschool DxD)
  • Shalba Beelzebub (Highschool DxD)
  • All For One (My Hero Academia)
  • Ryner Lute (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes); via Alpha Stigma
  • Lucia Raregroove (Rave Master)
  • Zorc, The Dark One (Yu-Gi-Oh!: Dawn of the Duel)
  • Black Doom (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Dark Oak/Lucas (Sonic X)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Vilgax (Ben 10)
  • Aggregor (Ben 10)
  • Darkseid (DC Comics)
  • Trigon (DC Comics)
  • Van Kleiss (Generator Rex)
  • Black Knight (Generator Rex)
  • The Overlord (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Lord Garmadon (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Thanos (Marvel Comics)
  • Dormammu (Marvel Comics)
  • HIM (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Evil Queen (Snow White)
  • Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Chernobog (Fantasia)
  • Horned King (The Black Cauldron)
  • Night Master (Yin Yang Yo!)
  • Oroku Saki/Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Lord Tirek (My Little Pony series)
  • Storm King (My Little Pony series)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Satan/Lucifer (Abrahamic Religions)
  • Seven Princes of Hell (Abrahamic Religions)
  • Chernobog (Slavic Mythology)
  • Angra Mainyu/Ahriman (Zoroastrianism)
  • Hades/Pluto (Greco-Roman Mythology)

Literature

  • Sauron (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Morgoth (The Simarillion)
  • Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
  • The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Horned King (The Chronicles of Prydain: The Book of Three)

Live Television/Movies

  • Dark Lords of the Sith (Star Wars)
  • Queen Bavmorda (Willow)
  • The Source of All Evil (Charmed)
  • Satan (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
  • Lucifer (Supernatural)
  • The Lord of Darkness (Legend)
  • Morgana Pendragon (Merlin)
  • Queen Ravenna (Snow White and The Huntsman)
  • Morgana Le Fay (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
  • Octomus the Master (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Gunmar (Tales of Arcadia)
  • General Morando (Tales of Arcadia)
  • Morgana (Tales of Arcadia)

Video Games

  • Dracula (Castlevania)
  • Lords of Shadow (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow)
  • The Chosen Undead (Dark Souls)
  • Lord of Hollows (Dark Souls III)
  • Chaos (Dissidia: Final Fantasy)
  • The Emperor (Final Fantasy II)
  • Void Termina (Kirby Star Allies)
  • Davoth/The Dark Lord (Doom)
  • Malefor (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Lich King (Warcraft)
  • Diablo (Diablo)
  • Overlords (Overlord series)
  • Lord Kaos (Skylanders)
  • Emperor Antares (Swords & Sandals series)
  • Dark Lord (Ragnarok)

Web Animation

  • God of Darkness (RWBY)
  • Salem (RWBY)

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