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22nd Aug '17 8:20:37 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', BigBad Mehrunes Dagon, [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], fits. His plane of Oblivion is known as the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Deadlands]], a full blown FireAndBrimstoneHell which, despite the seas of lava, causes mortal vistors to feel an [[EvilIsDeathlyCold unearthly chill]]. Dagon himself takes a MultiArmedAndDangerous BigRedDevil form and his mortal servants are in the Mythic Dawn, a PathOfInspiration that quickly reveals itself to be a ReligionOfEvil. His LegionsOfHell are the Dremora, a ProudWarriorRace of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] who follow Dagon in an [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Always Lawful Evil]] fashion. Dagon's goal is to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Mundus]], the mortal plane, so that he can then [[OmnicidalManiac destroy it]], as befitting a deity who is the ''embodiment'' of destruction itself.
21st Aug '17 11:50:18 AM DoctorFlygon
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* Earl of Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' appears to be a parody of this trope. He's definitely a tyrannical overlord, but he isn't actually evil. Rather, he's [[WhatAnIdiot really really stupid]], [[{{Jerkass}} mean]], and [[NoSocialSkills obnoxious]]. While his intentions are good and he harbors no malice towards anyone, he ''does'' succeed in sending everyone in the kingdom to the dungeon for their whole lives. He comes across as a stupid, mildly autistic teenager who was given a position of power that he ''really'' should never have had in the first place.

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* Earl of Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' appears to be a parody of this trope. He's definitely a tyrannical overlord, but he isn't actually evil. Rather, he's [[WhatAnIdiot really really stupid]], [[{{Jerkass}} mean]], and [[NoSocialSkills obnoxious]]. While his intentions are good and he harbors no malice towards anyone, he ''does'' succeed in sending everyone in the kingdom to the dungeon for their whole lives. He comes across as a stupid, mildly autistic stupid teenager who was given a position of power that he ''really'' should never have had in the first place.
20th Aug '17 8:21:56 AM Morgenthaler
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** The series features a played straight example in the form of the Night's King, the one leading the White Walkers and a legendary figure thought to have been destroyed ages ago, just bidding his time for Winter to arrive so he can unleash a night that never ends. He is more of a force of nature than a person and serves as GreaterScopeVillain, outweighing any corrupt noblemen or monarch in the setting, but he stays in the background most of the time.

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** The series features a played straight (or possibly reconstructed) example in the form of the Night's King, the one leading the White Walkers and a legendary figure thought to have been destroyed ages ago, just bidding his time for Winter to arrive so he can unleash a night that never ends. He is more of a force of nature than a person and serves as GreaterScopeVillain, outweighing any corrupt noblemen or monarch in the setting, but he stays in the background most of the time.
15th Aug '17 1:11:01 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' turns [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Heinrich I]], the first king of Germany into [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade this trope]]. He is a supernatural warlord that studied the black arts and attempted to conquer Medieval Europe, before being sealed away in a tomb by a mystic because he was too powerful to be killed.
13th Aug '17 3:53:13 PM TheNerevarine
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%%* Tim Curry's Lord of Darkness in Riddley Scott's ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' fits this to a T.

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%%* Tim Curry's * The Lord of Darkness in Riddley Scott's Creator/RiddleyScott's ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' fits this to a T.T being the embodiment of evil with an army of goblins to do his bidding, and wishes to [[TheNightThatNeverEnds plunge the world in darkness forever]].
7th Aug '17 3:35:07 PM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Kaido "of the Beasts", who lords over battalions of underlings and territories under his command [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority purely for his combat ability]]. He hasn't made an on-screen debut yet, but [[KillEmAll from what]] [[TheDreaded we know]] [[HairTriggerTemper so far]], he's ''not'' a good guy.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Kaido "of the Beasts", who lords over battalions of underlings and territories under his command [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority purely for his combat ability]]. He hasn't made an on-screen debut yet, but [[KillEmAll from what]] [[TheDreaded we know]] [[HairTriggerTemper so far]], he's ''not'' a good guy.
3rd Aug '17 11:49:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Like many tropes that the series uses, it's usually [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. An infamously cruel king (or someone who merely has that reputation, deserved or not) is likely to end up with no allies or even see his bannermen rise up against him. They also lack the sorcerous powers typically associated with an evil overlord, though some of the worst members of the Targaryan dynasty had dragons to back up their tyranny.
25th Jul '17 3:03:25 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' has the Master, a mysterious vampire considered the most powerful and evil of them all who has hundreds of familiars and vampires at his beck and call and serves as GreaterScopeVillain for most of the series. He is revealed to be none other than [[spoiler:{{Dracula}} himself disguised as Dr. Alexander Sweet]].
17th Jul '17 7:13:14 AM Dark_Lord_
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* Lord Zedd of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is introduced as this. Even after his [[JadedWashout slide into has-been territory]], it was still a very real, very frightening moment when he appeared in the Command Center after capturing Kimberly and forcing the Rangers to pilot his evil zords. His subsequent hand-to-hand fight with Tommy later confirmed his status in this category.

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Lord Zedd of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is introduced as this. Even after his [[JadedWashout slide into has-been territory]], it was still a very real, very frightening moment when he appeared in the Command Center after capturing Kimberly and forcing the Rangers to pilot his evil zords. His subsequent hand-to-hand fight with Tommy later confirmed his status in this category.category.
** Lord Zedd is topped by Dark Specter, from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Dark Specter looks like a building sized devil and has command over all the evil factions introduced in the franchise at that point, including Lord Zedd's group. His forces are so vast, that he could realistically conquer the entire universe with them, were it not for a combination between a [[TheStarscream treacherous general]] and the mentor performing a HeroicSacrifice.
** Emperor Gruum of the Troobian Empire from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD''. He commands a massive army of MechaMooks, looks like a skeletal demon and is known to destroy entire planets.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Power Rangers (Super) Megaforce]]'' has Emperor Mavro, who commands a large spacefaring empire known as the Armada and, though his son Vrak, several other factions, such as the Warstar Insectoids and the Toxic Mutants. Not much is known about Mavro, since he doesn't appear that much and when he does, [[OrcusOnHisThrone he mostly sits on his throne]].
12th Jul '17 3:21:39 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' descontructs the trope much like its [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire literary counterpart]], although these instances are exclusive to the show alone:

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' descontructs the trope much like its [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire literary counterpart]], although these instances are exclusive to the show alone:counterpart]].


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** Tywin Lannister only resorts to KickTheDog and DisproportionateRetribution to ensure that his family name is respected and feared (unless the target happens to be Tyrion). He's also completely aware of his limitations, noting that his family is deeply mired in debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos and they need a firm marital alliance with the Tyrells to meet their obligations. He's downright reverential to the Iron Bank, calling it "a temple", so he's not going to ''consider'' bribing them or getting in their bad books, that's way more foresight than most overlords ever show.
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