History Characters / HarryPotterDeathEaters

19th Feb '17 4:44:41 AM flodoris
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* DarkMessiah: The Death Eaters see him as this, believing that he will [[FantasticRacism subjugate and exterminate mudbloods and muggles]] and create a world where the old wizarding families will rule supreme. However, while Voldemort does share those prejudices and takes advantage of this ideology, it's quite clear that his own ambitions to [[ImmortalitySeeker live forever]] and achieve limitless magical rather than political power come first; it's also clear that even most of his followers obey him less out of devotion to him or the cause than because [[TheDreaded he terrifies them.]]

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* DarkMessiah: The Subverted. Although the Death Eaters see him as this, believing that he will [[FantasticRacism subjugate and exterminate mudbloods and muggles]] and create a world where the old wizarding families will rule supreme. However, while Voldemort does share those prejudices and takes advantage of this ideology, it's quite clear that his own ambitions to [[ImmortalitySeeker live forever]] and achieve limitless magical rather than political power come first; it's also clear that even most of his followers obey him less out of devotion to him or the cause than because [[TheDreaded he terrifies them.]]
18th Feb '17 10:47:33 AM b_layne
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* GreaterScopeVillain: Can be seen as this for Chamber of Secrets. Even though Riddle's manifestation is the main villain causing trouble, Lucius is the ultimately the one responsible by giving Ginny the diary in the hopes of using the ensuing chaos for his own ends.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: Can be seen as this for Chamber of Secrets. Even though Riddle's manifestation is the main villain causing trouble, Lucius is the ultimately the one responsible by for giving Ginny the diary in the first place in the hopes of using the ensuing chaos for his own ends.


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* TortureTechnician: Although far more composed and sane than many of his fellow Death Eaters, Voldemort himself states Lucius often led the torturing of Muggles. Then there were his exploits during the Quidditch World Cup.
18th Feb '17 10:41:25 AM b_layne
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* Greater Scope Villain: Can be seen as this for Chamber of Secrets. Even though Riddle's manifestation is the main villain causing trouble, Lucius is the ultimately the one responsible by giving Ginny the diary in the hopes of using the ensuing chaos for his own ends.

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* Greater Scope Villain: GreaterScopeVillain: Can be seen as this for Chamber of Secrets. Even though Riddle's manifestation is the main villain causing trouble, Lucius is the ultimately the one responsible by giving Ginny the diary in the hopes of using the ensuing chaos for his own ends.
18th Feb '17 10:38:44 AM b_layne
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* Greater Scope Villain: Can be seen as this for Chamber of Secrets. Even though Riddle's manifestation is the main villain causing trouble, Lucius is the ultimately the one responsible by giving Ginny the diary in the hopes of using the ensuing chaos for his own ends.
14th Feb '17 9:40:31 PM DustSnitch
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: See TheSocialDarwinist below.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: See TheSocialDarwinist below.Before the audience even hears from You-Know-Who, one of his servants rambles about how he was enlightened by You-Know-Who's core philosophy: that power is the only thing that matters, not good or evil.



** Also, being conceived under a Love Potion supposedly had an adverse effect, too.
*** Rowling actually said being conceived under Love Potion was meant to be symbolic.



* BerserkButton: Unless you happen to be Albus Dumbledore, don't use the name "Tom Riddle" in his presence if you value your life.
** Harry doesn't so much press it as much as ''breaks'' it during their final confrontation, referring to Voldemort continuously as Riddle and nothing else. The book makes it clear Voldemort had ''no'' idea how to react to it.

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* BerserkButton: Unless you happen to be Albus Dumbledore, don't use the name "Tom Riddle" in his presence if you value your life. \n** Harry doesn't so much press it as much as ''breaks'' it during their final confrontation, referring to Voldemort continuously as Riddle and nothing else. The book makes it clear Voldemort had ''no'' idea how to react to it.



* BondVillainStupidity: ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is unique in this regard, as it successfully justifies its villain's BondVillainStupidity. Voldemort is one of the most knowledgeable wizards of all time (perhaps apart from Dumbledore), but he's not particularly wise with the magic he wields, particularly the older branches of magic. This might be because, as a Muggle-raised wizard, he sees magic and power as the solution to any problem or, alternatively, because [[spoiler:shredding your soul into seven pieces]] has some potentially negative side-effects.
** That said, his decision to engage in [[EvilGloating monologuing]] instead of [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim killing Harry straight away]], meant that his younger Diary self ended up giving Harry the time to figure out how to defeat him in ''Chamber of Secrets'', as well as making him the ''sole'' person responsible for derailing Barty Crouch Jr's evil plan in ''Goblet of Fire''.

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* BondVillainStupidity: BondVillainStupidity:
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''Literature/HarryPotter'' is unique in this regard, as it successfully justifies its villain's BondVillainStupidity. Voldemort is one of the most knowledgeable wizards of all time (perhaps apart from Dumbledore), but he's not particularly wise with the magic he wields, particularly the older branches of magic. This might be because, as a Muggle-raised wizard, he sees magic and power as the solution to any problem or, alternatively, because [[spoiler:shredding your soul into seven pieces]] has some potentially negative side-effects.
** That said, his His decision to engage in [[EvilGloating monologuing]] instead of [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim killing Harry straight away]], meant that his younger Diary self ended up giving Harry the time to figure out how to defeat him in ''Chamber of Secrets'', as well as making him the ''sole'' person responsible for derailing Barty Crouch Jr's evil plan in ''Goblet of Fire''.



* BoomerangBigot: One of the goals of the Death Eaters was the elimination or marginalization of any wizard who wasn't pure-blooded, especially if they were Muggle-born, but Voldemort himself was a half-blood.
** Moreover, being a half-blood is probably the reason he is so powerful in the first place. He comes from a long line of powerful and dangerous wizards, but by the time he came along, most of their power had been diluted by constant inbreeding. If his father wasn't a Muggle, he probably would be just as pathetic as his uncle or grandfather. That said, their side of the family is probably why he is so messed up in the first place, so the trope may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]]; he is literally too AxCrazy to notice his own hypocrisy, or maybe just to care.

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* BoomerangBigot: One of the goals of the Death Eaters was the elimination or marginalization of any wizard who wasn't pure-blooded, especially if they were Muggle-born, but Voldemort himself was a half-blood.
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half-blood. Moreover, being a half-blood is probably the reason he is so powerful in the first place. He comes from a long line of powerful and dangerous wizards, but by the time he came along, most of their power had been diluted by constant inbreeding. If his father wasn't a Muggle, he probably would be just as pathetic as his uncle or grandfather. That said, their side of the family is probably why he is so messed up in the first place, so the trope may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]]; he is literally too AxCrazy to notice his own hypocrisy, or maybe just to care.



* ComedicSociopathy: While a feared and terrible killer for the most part, the over-the-top theatrical manner in which he conducts his actions often lead him to this.

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* ComedicSociopathy: While a feared and terrible killer for the most part, the over-the-top theatrical manner in which he conducts his actions often lead him to this. Examples include:



* DidntSeeThatComing: Voldemort's messing with forbidden soul-destroying magic and his dismissal of inferior magic and FantasticRacism often makes him blindsided when something truly unexpected comes his way. Most notably, his killing of TheChosenOne - a simple one-year-old baby, a couple who don't have a wand, and the treachery of their best friend who is BeneathSuspicion when he attacks them, WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong

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* DidntSeeThatComing: DidntSeeThatComing:
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Voldemort's messing with forbidden soul-destroying magic and his dismissal of inferior magic and FantasticRacism often makes him blindsided when something truly unexpected comes his way. Most notably, his killing of TheChosenOne - a simple one-year-old baby, a couple who don't have a wand, and the treachery of their best friend who is BeneathSuspicion when he attacks them, WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong



* EvilNephew: Frames his uncle Morfin Gaunt for the murder of the Riddle family by modifying their memories. That said, Morfin was an [[AssholeVictim insane Muggle-Hater]] who had previously attacked one of the victims.

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* EvilNephew: EvilNephew:
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Frames his uncle Morfin Gaunt for the murder of the Riddle family by modifying their memories. That said, Morfin was an [[AssholeVictim insane Muggle-Hater]] who had previously attacked one of the victims.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: LaserGuidedKarma strikes ''every single one'' of his attempts to kill Harry. When he killed Lily Potter, he had just signed a contract with fate for being ''destined to lose''.
** Killing a unicorn and drinking its blood in [[HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the Philosopher's Stone]] may have added to this. In the book, it is stated that those who would [[MoralEventHorizon kill something so innocent to survive]] would live a cursed life thereafter.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: LaserGuidedKarma strikes ''every single one'' of his attempts to kill Harry. When he killed Lily Potter, he had just signed a contract with fate for being ''destined to lose''.
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lose''. Killing a unicorn and drinking its blood in [[HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the Philosopher's Stone]] may have added to this. In the book, it is stated that those who would [[MoralEventHorizon kill something so innocent to survive]] would live a cursed life thereafter.



* FauxAffablyEvil: As a Hogwarts student. He managed to fool nearly everyone there except Dumbledore, even being named Head Boy for his efforts. No longer the case by the time of the book, though any of his supporters can tell you he's still quite charismatic. In both cases, though, it seems to be an act to gather supporters and flunkies, and sycophants to feed his [[ItsAllAboutMe ego]].

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* FauxAffablyEvil: FauxAffablyEvil:
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As a Hogwarts student. He managed to fool nearly everyone there except Dumbledore, even being named Head Boy for his efforts. No longer the case by the time of the book, though any of his supporters can tell you he's still quite charismatic. In both cases, though, it seems to be an act to gather supporters and flunkies, and sycophants to feed his [[ItsAllAboutMe ego]].



* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: A small child compliments Voldemort on his "costume" when he goes to kill the Potters on Halloween night. He avoids suspicion by blending in with everyone else.
** And he seriously considers killing the kid, [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it.]]

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* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: A small child compliments Voldemort on his "costume" when he goes to kill the Potters on Halloween night. He avoids suspicion by blending in with everyone else.
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else. And he seriously considers killing the kid, [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it.]]



* FreudianExcuse: He's descended from the inbred, mentally unstable Gaunt/Slytherin bloodline and a muggle father who [[ParentalAbandonment disappeared]] as soon as the LovePotion wore off. His mother succumbed to DeathByDespair in his infancy, leaving him in an overtaxed orphanage where his [[EvilFeelsGood only pleasure was terrorizing the other children]]. Creator/JKRowling states that if his mother had survived to raise him with love and affection, he might not have been a ''good'' wizard, but he wouldn't have turned into the homicidal psychopath he became. As it happened, he came to see Muggles as contemptible, people as expendable, and death as a weakness to be overcome at any cost.

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* FreudianExcuse: FreudianExcuse:
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He's descended from the inbred, mentally unstable Gaunt/Slytherin bloodline and a muggle father who [[ParentalAbandonment disappeared]] as soon as the LovePotion wore off. His mother succumbed to DeathByDespair in his infancy, leaving him in an overtaxed orphanage where his [[EvilFeelsGood only pleasure was terrorizing the other children]]. Creator/JKRowling states that if his mother had survived to raise him with love and affection, he might not have been a ''good'' wizard, but he wouldn't have turned into the homicidal psychopath he became. As it happened, he came to see Muggles as contemptible, people as expendable, and death as a weakness to be overcome at any cost.



* ImmortalitySeeker: Life-long goal.
* ImmortalsFearDeath: And this is why.

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* ImmortalitySeeker: Life-long goal.
When the orphan boy Tom learns that magic is real, he assumes without question that those with magic, like himself, can't get sick or die. Eventually, he learns that his magical parent was not the living father for who he was named, but the inbred, poor woman who died giving birth to him. Afraid and angry, Tom murdered his father and searched for immortality in the darkest forms of magic, turning his body into a colorless, serpentine parody of a human form. By the end of his "experiments," Voldemort had reduced himself to less than the smallest ghost by shredding his soul apart and forcing the remains into trinkets that made the self-proclaimed Lord feel like he was royalty and not a frightened orphan.
* ImmortalsFearDeath: And this Even after his "experiments" with Dark Magic allow He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named to survive the theretofore unfailing Killing Curse, the Dark Lord's priority is why.still snuffing out any potential threat to his survival at all costs, even if the threat is a skinny fourteen year old.
14th Feb '17 4:01:36 PM DustSnitch
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->''""Nah, they make [Umbridge] look tame. The other teachers are all supposed to refer us to the Carrows if we do anything wrong. They don't, though, if they can avoid it. You can tell they all hate them as much as we do. [] I got this one for asking [Alecto] how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got."''

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->''""Nah, ->''"Nah, they make [Umbridge] look tame. The other teachers are all supposed to refer us to the Carrows if we do anything wrong. They don't, though, if they can avoid it. You can tell they all hate them as much as we do. [] I got this one for asking [Alecto] how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got."''
6th Feb '17 5:35:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The film version of him is a completely sadistic lunatic that relished his evil actions and showed no remorse whatsoever.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: The film version of him is a completely sadistic lunatic that relished his evil actions and showed no remorse whatsoever. By contrast, his book counterpart was more of a TragicVillain.
6th Feb '17 5:33:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* OedipusComplex: He loved (and was loved by) his mother, and he hated (and was hated by) his father.
4th Feb '17 6:08:22 PM QueenSaeryen
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* ShaggyDogStory: His life is a mix of this and TheGreatestStoryNeverTold [[spoiler:until Book 7. After finding Voldemort's Horcrux, he ordered Kreacher to destroy it, instead of giving it to his brother, a member of the Order of the Phoenix at the time of his death, or to Dumbledore.]] This leads to a bizarre, prolonged and needless FetchQuest years after his death, after his brother died without knowing of his FaceHeelTurn.

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* ShaggyDogStory: His life is a mix of this and TheGreatestStoryNeverTold [[spoiler:until Book 7. After finding Voldemort's Horcrux, he ordered Kreacher to destroy it, instead of giving it to his brother, a member of the Order of the Phoenix at the time of his death, or to Dumbledore.]] This leads to a bizarre, prolonged and needless FetchQuest years after his death, after his brother died without knowing of his FaceHeelTurn.HeelFaceTurn.
24th Jan '17 4:40:47 PM fairlyfelonious
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** [[EvilIsHammy And from the first book, repeatedly]]: "Seize him!"



** Killing a unicorn and drinking its blood in [[HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone may have added to this. In the book, it is stated that those who would [[MoralEventHorizon kill something so innocent to survive]] would live a cursed life thereafter.

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** Killing a unicorn and drinking its blood in [[HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the Philosopher's Stone Stone]] may have added to this. In the book, it is stated that those who would [[MoralEventHorizon kill something so innocent to survive]] would live a cursed life thereafter.
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