"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)

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


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.





  • 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.
  • May be equal or in servitude to a more powerful being (another Dark Lord, a Transcendent Demon or a Satanic Figure).
  • Redemption voids the power.

Known Users

See Also: Evil Overlord.


  • 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)
  • Thanos (Marvel Comics)
  • Dormammu (Marvel Comics)
  • HIM (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Evil Queen (Snow White)
  • Unicron (Transformers)
  • Night Master (Yin Yang Yo!)


  • Satan/Lucifer (Abrahamic Religions)
  • Seven Princes of Hell (Abrahamic Religions)
  • Chernobog (Slavic Mythology)


  • The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle (Harry Potter)
  • Sauron (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Morgoth (The Simarillion)
  • The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)

Live Television/Movies

  • The Source of All Evil (Charmed)
  • Satan (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
  • Aerys II "the Mad King" Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
  • Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • Euron Greyjoy (Game of Thrones)
  • Ramsey Bolton (Game of Thrones)
  • Walder Frey (Game of Thrones)
  • The Lord of Darkness (Legend)
  • Morgana Pendragon (Merlin)
  • Dark Lords of the Sith (Star Wars)
  • Megatron/Galvatron (Transformers)
  • The Fallen (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)


  • Leaders of the Old Satan Faction (Highschool DxD)
  • Creuserey Asmodeus (Highschool DxD)
  • Katerea Leviathan (Highschool DxD)
  • Shalba Beelzebub (Highschool DxD)
  • 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)

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)
  • Malefor (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Overlords (Overlord series)
  • Lord Kaos (Skylanders)
  • Emperor Antares (Swords & Sandals series)
  • Dark Lord (Ragnarok)


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