History Characters / TheWheelOfTimeTheShadowAndDarkfriends

16th Jan '18 6:07:03 PM slvstrChung
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* NormalFishInATinyPond: Actually more like ''Big'' Fish In A Tiny Pond. At the beginning, the heroes live in constant fear of the Forsaken because they know that they (the heroes) would be hopelessly outclassed in a fight. Near the end, even after those heroes have all [[TookALevelInBadass taken levels in Badass]], the Forsaken continue to present a credible threat: the FinalBattle, which involves something like ''25'' good-guy narrators ([[AnyoneCanDie not all of whom survive]]), revolves around taking down just ''three'' of them.

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* NormalFishInATinyPond: Actually more More like ''Big'' Fish In A Tiny Pond. At the beginning, the heroes live in constant fear of the Forsaken because they know that they (the heroes) would be hopelessly outclassed in a fight. Near fight; it's actually a really big moment when one of them (the strongest good-goy female there is) discovers that she is actually able to ''match'' one of the weaker Forsaken blow-for-blow. But even at the end, even after those heroes have all [[TookALevelInBadass taken numerous levels in Badass]], the Forsaken continue to present a credible threat: the FinalBattle, which involves something the vast majority of the Light's strongest channelers and like ''25'' good-guy narrators ([[AnyoneCanDie not all of whom survive]]), twenty-five narrators, revolves around taking down just ''three'' of them.them. And it takes ''four'' {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to do it.
3rd Jan '18 9:34:37 AM Eagal
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!!Padan Fain/ Mordeth/ Ordeith/ Jeraal Mordeth/ [[spoiler: Shaisam]]

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!!Padan Fain/ Mordeth/ Ordeith/ Jeraal Mordeth/ [[spoiler: Shaisam]] Mordeth/ Shaisam



* ArtifactOfDoom: That [[KnifeKnut cursed knife Mat had for a while]] is now back in his possession.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: That [[KnifeKnut [[KnifeNut cursed knife Mat had for a while]] is now back in his possession.
3rd Jan '18 9:33:26 AM Eagal
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* FiveBadBand: Not initially--for one, there are far too many of them, and for another they constantly fail at teamwork--but the final group of survivors who lead the Shadow at the Last Battle do fall here.
** BigBad: [[spoiler: Moridin]][[note]] He's the most powerful of the Forsaken and as Nae'blis has overall command of the Shadow's forces.[[/note]], though he himself is TheDragon to the Dark One
** TheDragon: [[spoiler: Demandred]][[note]] He's the greatest warrior and general of the Forsaken and has direct command on the battlefield.[[/note]]
** TheEvilGenius: [[spoiler: Graendal]][[note]] She's extremely intelligent and relies on her cunning and mastery of mental manipulation to sabotage the Light's forces[[/note]]
** TheBrute: [[spoiler: Mazrim Taim]][[note]]He serves directly under Demandred and mostly acts as an enforcer for him while providing and/or coordinating much of the Shadow's channeling firepower[[/note]]
** DarkChick: [[spoiler: Moghedien]][[note]] She's an excellent spy who gathers a lot of very useful intelligence, but is relatively weak in combat and tends to collapse when confronted directly.[[/note]]
** TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Lanfear]] [[note]] Though she remains nominally affiliated with the Shadow, it's pretty clear at this point that Lanfear's running her own game playing both sides against each other for personal gain[[/note]]



!!Ishamael / "Ba'alzamon" / [[spoiler: Moridin]] / Elan Morin Tedronai:

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!!Ishamael / "Ba'alzamon" / [[spoiler: Moridin]] Moridin / Elan Morin Tedronai:



* AGodAmI: For millennia, humanity believed that he, or at least his Ba'alzamon persona, ''was'' the Dark One, and while how much he bought into it himself is unclear, he certainly did nothing to correct the misconception. [[spoiler: He drops the act as Moridin]].



* BigBad: He's the most powerful of the Forsaken and as Nae'blis has overall command of the Shadow's forces, though he himself is TheDragon to [[GreaterScopeVillain the Dark One]].



** SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: [[spoiler:And he wants to take reality itself with him, so long as he doesn't have to come back.]]



* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]ThroatLight: As Ba'alzamon due to extensive use of the True Power.

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* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]ThroatLight: GlowingEyesOfDoom: As Ba'alzamon due to extensive use of the True Power.Power.
* AGodAmI: For millennia, humanity believed that he, or at least his Ba'alzamon persona, ''was'' the Dark One, and while how much he bought into it himself is unclear, he certainly did nothing to correct the misconception. [[spoiler: He drops the act as Moridin]].



* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: [[spoiler:And he wants to take reality itself with him, so long as he doesn't have to come back.]]



!!Aginor/[[spoiler: Osan'gar]]/[[spoiler:Corlan Dashiva]]/Ishar Morrad Chuain:

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!!Aginor/[[spoiler: Osan'gar]]/[[spoiler:Corlan Dashiva]]/Ishar !!Aginor/Osan'gar/Corlan Dashiva/Ishar Morrad Chuain:



!! Asmodean / [[spoiler:Jasin Natael]] / Joar Addam Nessosin:

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!! Asmodean / [[spoiler:Jasin Natael]] Jasin Natael / Joar Addam Nessosin:



A famed musician and composer of the Age of Legends and the least violent of all the Forsaken. He is neither a schemer nor a general, and the only reason he turned to the Shadow was so that he could gain immortality and have enough time to learn every song ever written. However he ''is'' still a ruthless jerk, and [[MoralEventHorizon stilled his own mother]] before [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil giving her over to the Myrddraal for sport]], among other terrible crimes. He favors Lanfear as an ally and is among the weakest of the male Forsaken (still bounds ahead of most men in the current age). [[spoiler: His death is one of the single most famous mysteries in the series, fans arguing for years over who killed him.]]

* ALighterShadeOfBlack: He's definitely the nicest of the Forsaken, and the most accommodating. And as compliments go, [[DamningWithFaintPraise that's not one]].

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A famed musician and composer of the Age of Legends and the least violent of all the Forsaken. He is neither a schemer nor a general, and the only reason he turned to the Shadow was so that he could gain immortality and have enough time to learn every song ever written. However he ''is'' still a ruthless jerk, and [[MoralEventHorizon stilled his own mother]] before [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil giving her over to the Myrddraal for sport]], among other terrible crimes. He favors Lanfear as an ally and is among the weakest of the male Forsaken (still bounds ahead of most men in the current age). [[spoiler: His death is one of the single most famous mysteries in the series, fans arguing for years over who killed him.]]

* ALighterShadeOfBlack: He's definitely the nicest of the Forsaken, and the most accommodating. And as compliments go, [[DamningWithFaintPraise that's not one]].
him.



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Decided to genuinely turn back to the Light, according to WordOfGod. Then [[spoiler:Graendal]] killed him, and the Dark One, knowing of the betrayal, refused to resurrect him.



** HeelFaceDoorSlam: Decided to genuinely turn back to the Light, according to WordOfGod. Then [[spoiler:Graendal]] killed him, and the Dark One, knowing of the betrayal, refused to resurrect him.



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: He's definitely the nicest of the Forsaken, and the most accommodating. And as compliments go, [[DamningWithFaintPraise that's not one]].



!!Balthamel / [[spoiler: Aran'gar]]/ [[spoiler:Halima Saranov]] / Eval Ramman:

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!!Balthamel / [[spoiler: Aran'gar]]/ [[spoiler:Halima Saranov]] Aran'gar/ Halima Saranov / Eval Ramman:



The ''anti-Mat'', he was a historian in the Age of Legends famous for his study of primitive and extinct cultures, but is better remembered as a gambling, womanizing, jack ass. He had major anger management issues that eventually led him to the Shadow in order to dodge a RestrainingBolt against using the power for violence. He ran an intelligence network unmatched by any of the other Chosen except for Moghedien. His most remembered evil deed was raising and organizing breeding camps for humans to be fed to the Trolloc armies. [[spoiler: He is resurrected in a female body partway into the series]].

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The ''anti-Mat'', he was a historian in the Age of Legends famous for his study of primitive and extinct cultures, but is better remembered as a gambling, womanizing, jack ass. He had major anger management issues that eventually led him to the Shadow in order to dodge a RestrainingBolt against using the power for violence. He ran an intelligence network unmatched by any of the other Chosen except for Moghedien. His most remembered evil deed was raising and organizing breeding camps for humans to be fed to the Trolloc armies. [[spoiler: He is resurrected in a female body partway into the series]].series.



** BodyHorror: Aginor was left a withered old man. Balthamel '''lost most of his head''' to rot.
** TheVoiceless: No tongue, see?
** NothingIsScarier: Perceived this way by Rand in comparison to Aginor. Aginor is so withered he looks like an ancient corpse. What does Balthamel feel he has to hide behind a mask?
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Not so much ideologically (he doesn't really seem to have ''had'' an ideology, unless extreme selfishness counts) but note the bit about death camps in the description...

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** * BodyHorror: Aginor was left a withered old man. Balthamel '''lost most of his head''' to rot.
** TheVoiceless: No tongue, see?
** NothingIsScarier: Perceived this way by Rand in comparison to Aginor. Aginor is so withered he looks like an ancient corpse. What does Balthamel feel he has to hide behind a mask?
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Not so much ideologically (he doesn't really seem to have ''had'' an ideology, unless extreme selfishness counts) but note the bit about death camps in the description...
rot.



* ExpressiveMask: When he's torturing the Green Man, Rand sees it grinning wider.



** ExpressiveMask: When he's torturing the Green Man, Rand sees it grinning wider.



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Not so much ideologically (he doesn't really seem to have ''had'' an ideology, unless extreme selfishness counts) but note the bit about death camps in the description...
* NothingIsScarier: Perceived this way by Rand in comparison to Aginor. Aginor is so withered he looks like an ancient corpse. What does Balthamel feel he has to hide behind a mask?



* TheVoiceless: He has no tongue, so never speaks.



!! Be'lal / [[spoiler: High Lord Samon]] / Duram Laddel Cham:

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!! Be'lal / [[spoiler: High Lord Samon]] Samon / Duram Laddel Cham:



A general of the Shadow, and MasterSwordsman. He was one of Lews Therin's closest friends before jealousy led him to turn to the Shadow. As per Word of God, he turned out to be the weakest of the male Forsaken (but still ranked eighth overall). [[spoiler:The first Forsaken to ''actually'' be killed off DeaderThanDead.]]

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A general of the Shadow, and MasterSwordsman. He was one of Lews Therin's closest friends before jealousy led him to turn to the Shadow. As per Word of God, he turned out to be the weakest of the male Forsaken (but still ranked eighth overall). [[spoiler:The The first Forsaken to ''actually'' be killed off DeaderThanDead.]]
DeaderThanDead.



!! Demandred / Barid Bel Medar/ [[spoiler: Bao the Wyld]]:

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!! Demandred / Barid Bel Medar/ [[spoiler: Bao the Wyld]]:Wyld:



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: In certain respects, he's one of the less evil Forsaken, being mostly focused on his vengeance on Lews Therin for one-upping him all his life (and to a lesser extent on anyone else who's slighted him) but if he ''doesn't'' feel you've slighted him or you're not standing between him and Lews Therin, he probably won't go out of his way to harm you (but he'll kill you ''dead'' if you ''did'' do those things, mind). [[spoiler: Around his Sharans, he shows something of a NobleDemon streak, due to partially BecomingTheMask while acting as their hero and genuinely buying into the idea that he was the world's savior, and he generally seems to at least ''remember'' being the good man he once was, something most of the other Forsaken can't really say. In the end, though, none of it is enough to overcome his hate for the Dragon and sway him from the Shadow]].



** OvershadowedByAwesome: Demandred was awesome at everything he did. Unfortunately for him, Lews Therin was slightly ''more'' awesome at all those same things.
** RomanticRunnerUp: He and Lews Therin both courted Ilyena. She chose Lews Therin.
** TheResenter: Building up slowly but steadily over the years, until he finally snapped and joined the Shadow.



* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:Once Lan gets up from his HeroicSacrifice, this is what he does, completely demoralizing the Shadow's armies.]]
* TheDragon: He's the greatest warrior and general of the Forsaken and has direct command on the battlefield.



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: In certain respects, he's one of the less evil Forsaken, being mostly focused on his vengeance on Lews Therin for one-upping him all his life (and to a lesser extent on anyone else who's slighted him) but if he ''doesn't'' feel you've slighted him or you're not standing between him and Lews Therin, he probably won't go out of his way to harm you (but he'll kill you ''dead'' if you ''did'' do those things, mind). [[spoiler: Around his Sharans, he shows something of a NobleDemon streak, due to partially BecomingTheMask while acting as their hero and genuinely buying into the idea that he was the world's savior, and he generally seems to at least ''remember'' being the good man he once was, something most of the other Forsaken can't really say. In the end, though, none of it is enough to overcome his hate for the Dragon and sway him from the Shadow]].



** DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:Once Lan gets up from his HeroicSacrifice, this is what he does, completely demoralizing the Shadow's armies.]]



* OvershadowedByAwesome: Demandred was awesome at everything he did. Unfortunately for him, Lews Therin was slightly ''more'' awesome at all those same things.



* TheResenter: Building up slowly but steadily over the years, until he finally snapped and joined the Shadow.



* RomanticRunnerUp: He and Lews Therin both courted Ilyena. She chose Lews Therin.



!! Graendal / Heartseeker / [[spoiler:Hessalam]] / [[spoiler: Lady Basene]] / Kamarile Maradim Nindar:

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!! Graendal / Heartseeker / [[spoiler:Hessalam]] Hessalam / [[spoiler: Lady Basene]] Basene / Kamarile Maradim Nindar:



** SubmissiveBadass: She plays the NumberTwo role to several other, more domineering Forsaken, [[spoiler:and outlives them all.]]



* TheEvilGenius: She's extremely intelligent and relies on her cunning and mastery of mental manipulation to sabotage the Light's forces.



* PsychoPsychologist: She is a sadist and a ManipulativeBitch who uses her knowledge of psychology in the service of Evil and to torment her enemies and innocent people. So a textbook case here.



* SubmissiveBadass: She plays the NumberTwo role to several other, more domineering Forsaken, [[spoiler:and outlives them all.]]



** PsychoPsychologist: She is a sadist and a ManipulativeBitch who uses her knowledge of psychology in the service of Evil and to torment her enemies and innocent people. So a textbook case here.



!! Lanfear / Moonhunter / [[spoiler: Selene]] / [[spoiler:Cyndane]] / Mierin Eronaile:

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!! Lanfear / Moonhunter / [[spoiler: Selene]] Selene / [[spoiler:Cyndane]] Cyndane / Mierin Eronaile:



* PowerLevels: ''The'' strongest female channeler alive ([[spoiler:until Moirane tackles her through that doorway, at least, whereupon she becomes weaker but is ''still'' the most powerful of the female Forsaken]]). Yes, that does mean "stronger than Nynaeve".



* WorldsStrongestWoman: ''The'' strongest female channeler alive ([[spoiler:until Moirane tackles her through that doorway, at least, whereupon she becomes weaker but is ''still'' the most powerful of the female Forsaken]]). Yes, that does mean "stronger than Nynaeve".



!! Mesaana / [[spoiler:Danelle]] / Saine Tarasind:

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!! Mesaana / [[spoiler:Danelle]] Danelle / Saine Tarasind:



"The Shadow Amyrlin", she is a teacher, organizer, and researcher from the Age Of Legends. [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets She got turned down for a field study and was relegated to an educator's role]], [[EvilIsPetty so she turned to the Shadow]]. As far as Forsaken go, she's pretty okay for a person, though she still [[MoralEventHorizon conditioned legions of children into an army of little monsters that were capable of murder]]. She is among the most dangerous because of her refusal to scheme and plot against and with the other Forsaken (though she does form a non-aggression pact with Semirhage and Demandred) and instead focuses on the "down and dirty" aspects of winning this war. [[spoiler: Up until her FateWorseThanDeath she is ''by far'' the most successful of all the Forsaken in doing this, causing a schism in the White Tower that nearly destroyed it and murdering countless Aes Sedai]].

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"The Shadow Amyrlin", she is a teacher, organizer, and researcher from the Age Of Legends. [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets She got turned down for a field study and was relegated to an educator's role]], [[EvilIsPetty so she turned to the Shadow]]. As far as Forsaken go, she's pretty okay for a person, though she still [[MoralEventHorizon conditioned legions of children into an army of little monsters that were capable of murder]]. She is among the most dangerous because of her refusal to scheme and plot against and with the other Forsaken (though she does form a non-aggression pact with Semirhage and Demandred) and instead focuses on the "down and dirty" aspects of winning this war. [[spoiler: Up until her FateWorseThanDeath she is ''by far'' the most successful of all the Forsaken in doing this, causing a schism in the White Tower that nearly destroyed it and murdering countless Aes Sedai]].
Sedai.



!! Moghedien / [[spoiler:Marigan]] / Lillen Moiral:

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!! Moghedien / [[spoiler:Marigan]] Marigan / Lillen Moiral:



* AintTooProudToBeg

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* %%* AintTooProudToBeg



* DarkChick: She's an excellent spy who gathers a lot of very useful intelligence, but is relatively weak in combat and tends to collapse when confronted directly.



** DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:She outlives Demandred and, against her nature, decides to openly take over as general of the Shadow's forces for a short time. She's also the last Forsaken standing at the end of the series... or at the least the last one who remains herself.]]

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** * DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:She outlives Demandred and, against her nature, decides to openly take over as general of the Shadow's forces for a short time. She's also the last Forsaken standing at the end of the series... or at the least the last one who remains herself.]]



!! Rahvin / [[spoiler:Lord Gaebril]] / Ared Mosinel:

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!! Rahvin / [[spoiler:Lord Gaebril]] Lord Gaebril / Ared Mosinel:



!! Sammael / [[spoiler:Lord Brend]] / Tel Janin Aellinsar:

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!! Sammael / [[spoiler:Lord Brend]] Lord Brend / Tel Janin Aellinsar:



!! Semirhage / [[spoiler:Anath]] / Nemene Damendar Boann:

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!! Semirhage / [[spoiler:Anath]] Anath / Nemene Damendar Boann:



* TortureTechnician: At one point (post-Age of Legends) she kills a man by ''over-stimulating his pleasure centers''. She also succeeded in keeping a man alive for hours after replacing all the blood in his body with tar.



* TortureTechnician: At one point (post-Age of Legends) she kills a man by ''over-stimulating his pleasure centers''. She also succeeded in keeping a man alive for hours after replacing all the blood in his body with tar.



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!![[spoiler:M'Hael]] / [[spoiler:Mazrim Taim]]

->See [[spoiler:''Characters/TheWheelOfTimeTheBlackTower'']].

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[[folder:[[spoiler:M'Hael]]]]
!![[spoiler:M'Hael]]
[[folder:M'Hael]]
!!M'Hael
/ [[spoiler:Mazrim Taim]]

Mazrim Taim

->See [[spoiler:''Characters/TheWheelOfTimeTheBlackTower'']].''Characters/TheWheelOfTimeTheBlackTower''.



* ArtifactOfDoom: That cursed knife Mat had for a while is now back in his possession.
** KnifeNut: Emphasis on the "nut".

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* ArtifactOfDoom: That [[KnifeKnut cursed knife Mat had for a while while]] is now back in his possession.
** KnifeNut: Emphasis on the "nut".
possession.



* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:By the time of Book 14, he is Mashadar using Fain as a vessel.]]



* FallenHero / JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Mordeth started out genuinely wanting to save the world from the Shadow, only to gradually become corrupted by the forces and methods he utilized until he was no better than the Dark One himself. The original Padan Fain personality is ''not'' an example, though, since he started out just wanting to save his own skin.

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* FallenHero / JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: FallenHero: Mordeth started out genuinely wanting to save the world from the Shadow, only to gradually become corrupted by the forces and methods he utilized until he was no better than the Dark One himself. The original Padan Fain personality is ''not'' an example, though, since he started out just wanting to save his own skin.



** ImMelting: [[spoiler:Type D.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard[=/=]ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:He's killed with his own dagger this way by Mat, who is [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune to]] his HatePlague.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard[=/=]ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He's killed with his own dagger this way by Mat, who is [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune to]] his HatePlague.]]



** EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:By the time of Book 14, he is Mashadar using Fain as a vessel.]]



%%* ImMelting



** [[RaisedByOrcs Raised by Darkfriends and Shadowspawn]]: [[spoiler:As a result, Isam. Returning to the Town terrifies him even as an adult.]]



* TheMunchausen[=/=]MilesGloriosus: Much of his behavior in the Two Rivers in ''The Shadow Rising'' seems to cross back and forth between these tropes, as it isn't clear how much of his bragging about his warrior skills and his knowledge of tactics is real. (Though Isam for certain is a good warrior, and as a noble and former First Prince of the Sword Luc probably is too.) Eventually it's revealed he really can do some of what he says. The tropes are still subverted however, since a great deal of his seemingly ignorant and useless activity either conceals more nefarious doings, works at cross-purposes to Perrin, or even gets Emond's Field in greater danger from the Shadowspawn and Whitecloaks alike--he has the skills, but is downplaying them so as to cause trouble.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Vanity]]: Because he acts like a preening, self-absorbed, but somewhat helpful and mostly harmless lord, no one but Perrin suspects [[VillainWithGoodPublicity he could be a villain]], at least at first.

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* TheMunchausen[=/=]MilesGloriosus: TheMunchausen: Much of his behavior in the Two Rivers in ''The Shadow Rising'' seems to cross back and forth between these tropes, as it isn't clear how much of his bragging about his warrior skills and his knowledge of tactics is real. (Though Isam for certain is a good warrior, and as a noble and former First Prince of the Sword Luc probably is too.) Eventually it's revealed he really can do some of what he says. The tropes are still subverted however, since a great deal of his seemingly ignorant and useless activity either conceals more nefarious doings, works at cross-purposes to Perrin, or even gets Emond's Field in greater danger from the Shadowspawn and Whitecloaks alike--he has the skills, but is downplaying them so as to cause trouble.
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Vanity]]: ObfuscatingStupidity: Because he acts like a preening, self-absorbed, but somewhat helpful and mostly harmless lord, no one but Perrin suspects [[VillainWithGoodPublicity he could be a villain]], at least at first.



* RaisedByOrcs: He was raised by Darkfriends and Shadowspawn. [[spoiler:As a result, Isam. Returning to the Town terrifies him even as an adult.]]



* ImAHumanitarian[=/=]ToServeMan: Trollocs will eat anything with meat on it, and that includes humans and their own dead. They'll usually eat their captives, and Darkfriends are sometimes threatened with being fed to them to ensure obedience.

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* ImAHumanitarian[=/=]ToServeMan: ImAHumanitarian: Trollocs will eat anything with meat on it, and that includes humans and their own dead. They'll usually eat their captives, and Darkfriends are sometimes threatened with being fed to them to ensure obedience.



One of the first Trollocs in the series and the only one given a distinctive name. Despite his early and ignominious death, he still fascinates the fandom on a level surpassed only by Bela, leading to his inclusion in lists where he really doesn't belong. For more information about the fandom's reaction to him, head over to [[YMMV/TheWheelOfTime YMMV]].

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One of the first Trollocs in the series and the only one given a distinctive name. Despite his early and ignominious death, he still fascinates the fandom on a level surpassed only by Bela, leading to his inclusion in lists where he really doesn't belong. For more information about the fandom's reaction to him, head over to [[YMMV/TheWheelOfTime YMMV]].
belong.
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* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: Your average Darkfriend was quite happy to join the cause of the Shadow for the very simply reason that they either doubted the Dark One existed or, at the very least, did not believe that He would show up anywhere in their lifetime. Their collective reaction range from ecstatic fanaticism to abject horror that will have to actually ''do'' something to help being about TheEndOfTheWorld rather than simply use their connections to make an easy life for themselves, or have their fantasies of being specially chosen by the Dark One himself tested and shattered as they are exposed as disposable pawns who [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness have to prove their worth or suffer death.]]
* JustifiedParanoia: The heroes and many supporting characters, as well as many non-Dark aligned villains, often suspect each other or different random people of secretly belonging to the Dark...and in many cases they are ''dead right''. One of the most potent weapons the Shadow has is the paranoia that brews as a result- the forces of the Light don't co-operate nearly as well as they should with the Apocalypse looming largely because they are convinced that everyone else is secretly working for the Shadow, and of course the Shadow itself is happy to play on that for its own ends.
* TheyLookJustLikeEevryoneElse: One of the dangers posed by the Darkfriends is that they are omnipresent, and several minor or supporting characters turn out to be Friends of the Dark in disguise. On numerous occasions the heroes meet a random farmer, traveller, merchant, aristocrat or whoever on their quest and have to fend off assassination attempts from an enemy agent.

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* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: Your average Darkfriend was quite happy to join the cause of the Shadow for the very simply reason that they either doubted the Dark One existed or, at the very least, did not believe that He would show up anywhere in their lifetime. Their collective reaction range from ecstatic fanaticism to abject horror that will have to actually ''do'' something to help being about TheEndOfTheWorld rather than simply use their connections to make an easy life for themselves, or have their fantasies of being specially chosen by the Dark One himself tested and shattered as they are exposed as disposable pawns who who [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness have to prove their worth or suffer death.]]
* JustifiedParanoia: ProperlyParanoid: The heroes and many supporting characters, as well as many non-Dark aligned villains, often suspect each other or different random people of secretly belonging to the Dark...and in many cases they are ''dead right''. One of the most potent weapons the Shadow has is the paranoia that brews as a result- the forces of the Light don't co-operate nearly as well as they should with the Apocalypse looming largely because they are convinced that everyone else is secretly working for the Shadow, and of course the Shadow itself is happy to play on that for its own ends.
* TheyLookJustLikeEevryoneElse: TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: One of the dangers posed by the Darkfriends is that they are omnipresent, and several minor or supporting characters turn out to be Friends of the Dark in disguise. On numerous occasions the heroes meet a random farmer, traveller, merchant, aristocrat or whoever on their quest and have to fend off assassination attempts from an enemy agent.
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!Friends Of The Dark

[[folder: Darkfriends]]

The "Friends of the Dark" or "Darkfriends", as they are commonly known, are the rank and file servants and worshippers of the Dark One, present from the Age of Legends down to the current Age. In the present, they are a nebulous but invisible force that have agents at every level of society and in almost every field- the Black Ajah of the Aes Sedai are in many ways just a specific group of Darkfriends- lured by promises of immortality and power. In practice, most Darkfriends in the current Age operated more as kind of international secret society / cult / crime syndicate, and few believed that the Dark One would be returning in their lifetimes or that they would be called upon to serve him...until the Forsaken Ishamael summoned them in numbers proclaiming that the time to serve the Dark had come...

* TheConspiracy: The Friends of the Dark have survived for millennia working on behalf of the Dark One and accumulating personal power and influence through treachery, deceit and murder, all over the world.
* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: Your average Darkfriend was quite happy to join the cause of the Shadow for the very simply reason that they either doubted the Dark One existed or, at the very least, did not believe that He would show up anywhere in their lifetime. Their collective reaction range from ecstatic fanaticism to abject horror that will have to actually ''do'' something to help being about TheEndOfTheWorld rather than simply use their connections to make an easy life for themselves, or have their fantasies of being specially chosen by the Dark One himself tested and shattered as they are exposed as disposable pawns who [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness have to prove their worth or suffer death.]]
* JustifiedParanoia: The heroes and many supporting characters, as well as many non-Dark aligned villains, often suspect each other or different random people of secretly belonging to the Dark...and in many cases they are ''dead right''. One of the most potent weapons the Shadow has is the paranoia that brews as a result- the forces of the Light don't co-operate nearly as well as they should with the Apocalypse looming largely because they are convinced that everyone else is secretly working for the Shadow, and of course the Shadow itself is happy to play on that for its own ends.
* TheyLookJustLikeEevryoneElse: One of the dangers posed by the Darkfriends is that they are omnipresent, and several minor or supporting characters turn out to be Friends of the Dark in disguise. On numerous occasions the heroes meet a random farmer, traveller, merchant, aristocrat or whoever on their quest and have to fend off assassination attempts from an enemy agent.
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7th Sep '17 4:47:16 AM Baeraad555
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* VillainousUnderdog: He gradually develops into this, since he [[CantCatchUp doesn't noticeably expand his power base]] from his first appearance in ''The Dragon Reborn'' while Rand improves his position by leaps and bounds in each book. By the time of ''The Crown of Swords'', he's the ruler of a single western kingdom, faced with an enemy who's in control of an Aiel army larger than the one which, in living memory, defeated ''all the western kingdoms at once.'' Oh, and a second army of male channelers. Oh, and ''two'' western kingdoms. At that point, you almost kind of have to admire the guy for [[VillainousValor stubbornly standing his ground]] instead of abandoning Illian and going into hiding like Graendal urges him to do.
20th Aug '17 10:55:41 AM nombretomado
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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind [[XMeetsY meets]] MindRape equals AndIMustScream.]] May count as DisproportionateRetribution, since we never really see her do anything that evil, but then again she ''did'' cause the Tower coup (which killed a lot of innocent Aes Sedai and Warders), and it's pretty clear that she would have done the same to [[spoiler:Egwene]] if she could.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] MindRape equals AndIMustScream.]] May count as DisproportionateRetribution, since we never really see her do anything that evil, but then again she ''did'' cause the Tower coup (which killed a lot of innocent Aes Sedai and Warders), and it's pretty clear that she would have done the same to [[spoiler:Egwene]] if she could.
30th Jul '17 6:13:13 AM Ezaxcks
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* {{Wicked Cultured}}: In spite of being a depraved hedonist, she has rather refined and high-class tastes.
22nd Apr '17 1:07:42 PM Rozalina
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In the previous War Of Power, Lews Therin lead the forces of light supported by a team of lieutenants and trusted advisers. Many died, but others became {{Fallen Hero}}es and joined with The Shadow and The Dark One. These best-and-brightest were called "The Chosen" by the servants of the Shadow, "The Forsaken" by everyone else. There were originally about thirty Forsaken with various talents, ranging from military generals to doctors, scientists, artists, philosophers and so on. The [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteen]] most powerful Forsaken were sealed inside Shayol Ghul at the moment when Lews Therin placed the seven Seals on The Dark One. Why they were all there when Lews Therin placed the seals is not known. There they have remained... and with the Seals wearing down, they are starting to break free.

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In the previous War Of Power, Lews Therin lead led the forces of light supported by a team of lieutenants and trusted advisers. Many died, but others became {{Fallen Hero}}es and joined with The Shadow and The Dark One. These best-and-brightest were called "The Chosen" by the servants of the Shadow, "The Forsaken" by everyone else. There were originally about thirty Forsaken with various talents, ranging from military generals to doctors, scientists, artists, philosophers and so on. The [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteen]] most powerful Forsaken were sealed inside Shayol Ghul at the moment when Lews Therin placed the seven Seals on The Dark One. Why they were all there when Lews Therin placed the seals is not known. There they have remained... and with the Seals wearing down, they are starting to break free.
22nd Apr '17 12:04:03 AM NSlayton5
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