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14th Nov '17 6:22:24 PM CthulhuTheDeciever
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* Many of the {{Big Bad}}s from the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series fall into this category, including Commander Red of the Red Ribbon Army and Frieza.

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* Many of the {{Big Bad}}s from the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series fall into this category, including Commander Red of the Red Ribbon Army Army, King Piccolo, and Frieza.
14th Nov '17 7:10:56 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'':
** The titular Lords of Shadow are three malevolent supernatural beings that have plunged the world into darkness. They are Cornell, the Dark Lord of the Lycans; Carmilla, the Dark Queen of the Vampires, and the Necromancer Lord of the Dead. Its revealed that [[spoiler:they are the [[EnemyWithout pure evil halves]] of the Brotherhood of Light's founders who ascended to Heaven after triumphing over Satan]].
** Dracula takes their place and rules as the new "Prince of Darkness" following their downfall years afterwards. [[spoiler:Turns that he isn't so bad as he presence keeps even worse evils like Satan and Zobek from terrorizing humanity. And by the time of ''Lords of Shadow 2'', he has turned into a heroic figure again, subverting this trope entirely]].
18th Oct '17 9:33:20 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' turns ''UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington'' of all people into this trope in the ''Tyranny of King Washington'' DLC, which is set in an AlternateHistory where he went mad with power and crowned himself King instead of President. Instead of the White House, he has a golden pyramid for a SupervillainLair and he plans on launching a fullblown invasion on England, before taking over the entire world.
18th Oct '17 1:49:18 AM TheNerevarine
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* The Lord of Darkness in Creator/RiddleyScott's ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' fits this to a 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]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Emperor Palpatine (as opposed to his alter ego Senator/Chancellor Palpatine, a VillainWithGoodPublicity), is a Dark Lord of the Sith who doubles as ruler of a galactic empire, and well versed in manipulating TheDarkSide.
** Most other Sith Lords in the universe with a position of command of some sort fit this trope as well, notably Darth Vader and Count Dooku (two of Palpatine's [[TheDragon apprentices]]). In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', we have Darth Revan, Darth Nihilus, Darth Malak, Darth Krayt, and many, many others.



* In ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', vampire Queen Akasha's reign over Ancient Egypt with her consort King Enkil is inferred to have been insanely tyrannical. Marius notes that she nearly drank the world dry to satiate her bloodlust and she shows several visions to Lestat of random massacres of her subjects. Later on she feeds on hundreds of people and declares the resulting graveyard her new kingdom to a disturbed Lestat. In the climax she announces to the other Ancients that she wants to return the world to the way things were and reduce humanity to cattle.

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* In ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', vampire Queen Akasha's reign Thulsa Doom in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. While he is doesn't rule a country of his own, he has enough power to threaten kings with his deadly cult and styles himself as a prophet that will "cleanse" the world.
* Khalar Zym in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'' qualifies even though he has no magical powers of his own, he aspires to gain control
over Ancient Egypt the dead and has raised such massive forces that he is TheDreaded among the Hyborean peoples.
* The Lord of Darkness in Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' fits this to a T being the embodiment of evil
with her consort King Enkil is inferred an army of goblins to have been insanely tyrannical. Marius notes that she nearly drank do his bidding, and wishes to [[TheNightThatNeverEnds plunge the world dry in darkness forever]].
* ''Film/KullTheConqueror'' has a female example with Akivasha, the demonic queen of the Acheron Empire from ancient times when demons walked the earth. She is resurrected by a couple of corrupt nobles
to satiate her bloodlust seduce Kull in hopes of overthrowing him, but they soon find out that EvilIsNotAToy, and she shows several visions proceeds to Lestat of random massacres of usurp the throne from him and turns said conspirators in her subjects. Later on she feeds on hundreds of people and declares the resulting graveyard her new kingdom to a disturbed Lestat. In the climax she announces to the other Ancients that she wants to return the world to the way things were and reduce humanity to cattle.lackeys.


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* In ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', vampire Queen Akasha's reign over Ancient Egypt with her consort King Enkil is inferred to have been insanely tyrannical. Marius notes that she nearly drank the world dry to satiate her bloodlust and she shows several visions to Lestat of random massacres of her subjects. Later on she feeds on hundreds of people and declares the resulting graveyard her new kingdom to a disturbed Lestat. In the climax she announces to the other Ancients that she wants to return the world to the way things were and reduce humanity to cattle.


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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Emperor Palpatine (as opposed to his alter ego Senator/Chancellor Palpatine, a VillainWithGoodPublicity), is a Dark Lord of the Sith who doubles as ruler of a galactic empire, and well versed in manipulating TheDarkSide.
** Most other Sith Lords in the universe with a position of command of some sort fit this trope as well, notably Darth Vader and Count Dooku (two of Palpatine's [[TheDragon apprentices]]). In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', we have Darth Revan, Darth Nihilus, Darth Malak, Darth Krayt, and many, many others.
15th Oct '17 3:36:49 PM TheNerevarine
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* Pagan Min in ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a desconstruction of this trope: he is the self-styled king of Kyrat who took power [[TheUsurper by killing the rightful heir]] and turned into a narco-state with him claiming [[DarkMessiah divine right to rule]]. Even though he is clearly not a good person, [[spoiler:its shown that he was not as bad as he used to, thanks to being in love with the protagonist's mother who had a positive influence on him. And later on, the protagonist's own allies are shown to not been any better than Min - in fact, they can turn ''even worse'', showing that being a Evil Overlord doesn't automatically makes one the BigBad]].
15th Oct '17 1:24:01 PM nombretomado
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* Ardavan of ''TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' is another Evil Overlord who is ''not'' the BigBad. Indeed, TheChessmaster had it in for him [[spoiler:had the heroine not killed him first]].

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* Ardavan of ''TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' is another Evil Overlord who is ''not'' the BigBad. Indeed, TheChessmaster had it in for him [[spoiler:had the heroine not killed him first]].
12th Oct '17 1:01:43 PM Temporary14
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* Sauron from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Sauron was merely TheDragon to Morgoth, the BigBad. Morgoth himself fits a lot of criteria of the Evil Overlord mixed with a [[PhysicalGod Physical]] GodOfEvil, but supplemental material paints a picture of someone less interested in power in the here and now and more in [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroying the world because it's not his creation]]. Tolkien even seemed to write in "Morgoth's Ring" that Sauron ended up more powerful then Morgoth as he didn't squander his power. After Morgoth's defeat Sauron proves a more cunning DarkLord who comes [[NearVillainVictory very close to taking over Middle-Earth.]] His [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings film incarnation]] provides the Page Image for this AND SorcerousOverlord, the sister trope for Evil Overlords who are also an EvilSorcerer.

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* Sauron from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Sauron was merely TheDragon to Morgoth, the BigBad. Morgoth himself fits a lot of criteria of the Evil Overlord mixed with a [[PhysicalGod Physical]] GodOfEvil, but supplemental material paints a picture of someone less interested in power in the here and now and more in [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroying the world because it's not his creation]]. Tolkien even seemed to write in "Morgoth's Ring" that Sauron ended up more powerful then Morgoth as he didn't squander his power. After Morgoth's defeat Sauron proves a more cunning DarkLord who comes [[NearVillainVictory very close to taking over Middle-Earth.]] His [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings film incarnation]] provides the Page Image for this AND SorcerousOverlord, the sister trope for Evil Overlords who are also an EvilSorcerer.[[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]].
11th Oct '17 10:58:37 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'' had Torquemada, the iron-fisted supreme leader of the Termight Empire - Earth controlled by an absolute xenophobes out to exterminate all alien life on the galaxy - and he served as ArchEnemy to the title protagonist.



* Fire Lord Ozai from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Ozai's grandfather, Sozin, started the trend of Fire Lords being Evil Overlords. Then [[spoiler:Zuko broke it when he interrupted Azula's coronation before she could continue the trend. Cue AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.]]
* Sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Earth Queen Hou-Ting, the tyrannical ruler of the Earth Kingdom. Book 4 has Kuvira, who creates her own Earth Empire and plans on conquering the Earth Kingdom by force.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Earl of Lemongrab 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 teenager who was given a position of power that he ''really'' should never have had in the first place.
** Ice King is another example of the show playing with this trope. He has pretty much every trait of your standard Evil Wizard Overlord: spiky headgear, rules over his own kingdom, is [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe obsessed with kidnapping princesses]], and has [[AnIcePerson powers]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold usually associated with evil]]... so of course his actual personality is as far from the trope as you can get. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Evil]] [[LossOfIdentity is]] [[WhatHaveIBecome pushing]] [[BackstoryHorror it]], [[JerkassWoobie for starters]], and even before his FreudianExcuse was revealed he was mostly a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain pathetic, crazy old man]] and often [[DesignatedVillain didn't even start the fights]] that the heroes would have with him. After a few seasons of CharacterDevelopment he isn't even really a villain anymore, almost being the TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes.
%%* Queen Dark took over the world in ''WesternAnimation/ArgaiTheProphecy''.
* Maximus of ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' actually calls himself "Supreme Evil Overlord Maximus I.Q."
*''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' / ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
**
Fire Lord Ozai from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.from. Ozai's grandfather, Sozin, started the trend of Fire Lords being Evil Overlords. Then [[spoiler:Zuko broke it when he interrupted Azula's coronation before she could continue the trend. Cue AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.]]
* Sequel ** The sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Earth Queen Hou-Ting, the tyrannical ruler of the Earth Kingdom. Book 4 has Kuvira, who creates her own Earth Empire and plans on conquering the Earth Kingdom by force.



%%* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has ''several''. First there was Wuya. She was soon followed by Chase Young, Mala Mala Jong, the Sapphire Dragon, Hannibal Roy Bean, Robo-Jack, Panda Bubba, Gigi the killer (French) plant...
%%* Prince Phobos of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''.
%%* Master Cyclonis from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. The guy is the one-and-only ruler of the BadFuture Jack is stuck in and is literally MadeOfEvil.
-->'''[[MrExposition Aku in the show's opening]]''':[...]I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future - where my evil is ''law''! Now, the fool seeks to return to the past, and ''undo the future that is Aku''!

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%%* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' * The ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise has ''several''. First there was Wuya. She was soon followed by Chase Young, Mala Mala Jong, good ol' Vilgax, the Sapphire Dragon, Hannibal Roy Bean, Robo-Jack, Panda Bubba, Gigi series' first BigBad. As the killer (French) plant...
%%* Prince Phobos
show has more of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''.
%%* Master Cyclonis
a RoguesGallery approach than all evil coming from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. The guy is the one-and-only ruler
one guy, he's got plenty of competition:
** Milleous, aka "Lord Emperor Milleous, Light
of the BadFuture Jack Incursion Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Keeper of the Conquest Ray, all beings tremble-" (that's the farthest anyone's ever gotten when trying to say the title.) At first the Incursions were played for comedy, but have recently come in force to become the series' new BigBad.
** His daughter counts too. Attea [[SheIsAllGrownUp
is stuck in all grown up]], TookALevelInBadass, was (provisionally) forgiven for her original betrayal, and is literally MadeOfEvil.
-->'''[[MrExposition Aku in the show's opening]]''':[...]I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future - where my evil is ''law''! Now, the fool seeks to return
TheHeavy. So, we add to the past, list "General Attea, Princess, Scion and ''undo Teen Supreme of the future deathless Incursion Empire, Highest Commander of the celebrated Calaveras Legion..." and so on.
** Adwaita rules the magical realm of Ledgerdomain with an iron fist. IKnowYourTrueName is in effect, so the Alpha Rune with the true name of magic itself makes him practically a god. Recurring villainess Charmcaster sought to free her world from him, actually departed on friendly terms with the heroes, and went back. [[spoiler: Next time we see Ledgerdomain, it's still under the control of an ironfisted dictator - namely, ''Charmcaster.'' The next round with her sees a few ''thousand'' [[{{Understatement}} a few people die...like the heroes.]] They get better, as she realizes sacrificing a world to revive her beloved father was going too far, but she was last seen still in complete control over Ledgerdomain.]]
** One of ''Ben's transformations'' is this. Turns out any small part of an Ectonurite contains his consciousness - including the Omnitrix sample. Ghostfreak breaks free of the Omnitrix, restores himself, and proves to have been the evil overlord of his ''own'' world who sought to be the evil overlord of ''everything.'' He even manages to take over Vilgax's homeworld... for one episode, anyway, but damn if
that wasn't impressive.
** Ghostfreak recently tried teaming up with the former EvilOverlord of his own solar system. However, the vampire-like Lord Transyl was last seen imprisoned floating in space with a nice view of the sun, so it's safe to assume he won't become a regular part of the rogues' gallery.
%%* The BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}''
is Aku''!called the Overlord.



* [[TheDragon Shego]] from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' during ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]''. She even got the cool name The Supreme One.



* Maximus of ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' actually calls himself "Supreme Evil Overlord Maximus I.Q."

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* Maximus ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'': Venger the Force of ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' actually calls himself "Supreme Evil Overlord Maximus I.Q."is a cruel despot who wishes to rule over the Realm and constantly harasses the {{kid hero}}es in order to obtain their magical weapons.



* Trigon the Terrible from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Being the ruler of a Hell-like who sought to conquer everything that exists qualifies.
%%* The BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}'' is called the Overlord.



%%* Queen Dark took over the world in ''WesternAnimation/ArgaiTheProphecy''.
%%* Megabyte of ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''.

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%%* Queen Dark took over * ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had a couple of examples besides [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} big bad Darkseid]]:
** Mongul,
the world cruel dictator of War World that used his power to amuse himself with no concern for his impoverished people, distracting them [[BreadAndCircuses with arena fights.]]
** Despero of Kalanor, who lead a crusade to enslave the galaxy and raised an army powerful enough to threaten the Green Lantern Corps.
** [[TimeMaster Chronos]], after escaping to the future and using advanced technology to turn Gotham into his own fiefdom.
** [[EvilCounterpart The Justice Lords]], who instituted a authoritarian, repressive PoliceState
in ''WesternAnimation/ArgaiTheProphecy''.
%%* Megabyte of ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''.
their home dimension after killing [[PresidentEvil President Lex Luthor]]. Under their heel free speech was dead, elections happened only with the Lords approval and [[FelonyMisdemeanor even the minor infraction could lead to citizens being arrested]].
* [[TheDragon Shego]] from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' during ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]''. She even got the cool name The Supreme One.



* 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 teenager who was given a position of power that he ''really'' should never have had in the first place.
** Ice King is another example of the show playing with this trope. He has pretty much every trait of your standard Evil Wizard Overlord: spiky headgear, rules over his own kingdom, is [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe obsessed with kidnapping princesses]], and has [[AnIcePerson powers]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold usually associated with evil]]... so of course his actual personality is as far from the trope as you can get. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Evil]] [[LossOfIdentity is]] [[WhatHaveIBecome pushing]] [[BackstoryHorror it]], [[JerkassWoobie for starters]], and even before his FreudianExcuse was revealed he was mostly a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain pathetic, crazy old man]] and often [[DesignatedVillain didn't even start the fights]] that the heroes would have with him. After a few seasons of CharacterDevelopment he isn't even really a villain anymore, almost being the TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes.

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* Earl %%* Megabyte of Lemongrab ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''.
* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. The guy is the one-and-only ruler
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]], the BadFuture Jack is stuck in and [[NoSocialSkills obnoxious]]. While his intentions are good and he harbors no malice towards anyone, he ''does'' succeed in sending everyone is literally MadeOfEvil.
-->'''[[MrExposition Aku
in the kingdom show's opening]]''':[...]I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future - where my evil is ''law''! Now, the fool seeks to return to the dungeon for their whole lives. He comes across as a stupid teenager who was given a position of power past, and ''undo the future that he ''really'' should never have had in the first place.
** Ice King
is another example of the show playing with this trope. He has pretty much every trait of your standard Evil Wizard Overlord: spiky headgear, rules over his own kingdom, is [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe obsessed with kidnapping princesses]], and has [[AnIcePerson powers]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold usually associated with evil]]... so of course his actual personality is as far Aku''!
%%* Master Cyclonis
from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* Trigon
the trope as you can get. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Evil]] [[LossOfIdentity is]] [[WhatHaveIBecome pushing]] [[BackstoryHorror it]], [[JerkassWoobie for starters]], and even before his FreudianExcuse was revealed he was mostly a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain pathetic, crazy old man]] and often [[DesignatedVillain didn't even start Terrible from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Being the fights]] ruler of a Hell-like who sought to conquer everything that the heroes would have with him. After a few seasons of CharacterDevelopment he isn't even really a villain anymore, almost being the TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes.exists qualifies.



* The ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise has good ol' Vilgax, the series' first BigBad. As the show has more of a RoguesGallery approach than all evil coming from one guy, he's got plenty of competition:
** Milleous, aka "Lord Emperor Milleous, Light of the Incursion Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Keeper of the Conquest Ray, all beings tremble-" (that's the farthest anyone's ever gotten when trying to say the title.) At first the Incursions were played for comedy, but have recently come in force to become the series' new BigBad.
** His daughter counts too. Attea [[SheIsAllGrownUp is all grown up]], TookALevelInBadass, was (provisionally) forgiven for her original betrayal, and is TheHeavy. So, we add to the list "General Attea, Princess, Scion and Teen Supreme of the deathless Incursion Empire, Highest Commander of the celebrated Calaveras Legion..." and so on.
** Adwaita rules the magical realm of Ledgerdomain with an iron fist. IKnowYourTrueName is in effect, so the Alpha Rune with the true name of magic itself makes him practically a god. Recurring villainess Charmcaster sought to free her world from him, actually departed on friendly terms with the heroes, and went back. [[spoiler: Next time we see Ledgerdomain, it's still under the control of an ironfisted dictator - namely, ''Charmcaster.'' The next round with her sees a few ''thousand'' [[{{Understatement}} a few people die...like the heroes.]] They get better, as she realizes sacrificing a world to revive her beloved father was going too far, but she was last seen still in complete control over Ledgerdomain.]]
** One of ''Ben's transformations'' is this. Turns out any small part of an Ectonurite contains his consciousness - including the Omnitrix sample. Ghostfreak breaks free of the Omnitrix, restores himself, and proves to have been the evil overlord of his ''own'' world who sought to be the evil overlord of ''everything.'' He even manages to take over Vilgax's homeworld... for one episode, anyway, but damn if that wasn't impressive.
** Ghostfreak recently tried teaming up with the former EvilOverlord of his own solar system. However, the vampire-like Lord Transyl was last seen imprisoned floating in space with a nice view of the sun, so it's safe to assume he won't become a regular part of the rogues' gallery.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had a couple of examples besides [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} big bad Darkseid]]:
** Mongul, the cruel dictator of War World that used his power to amuse himself with no concern for his impoverished people, distracting them [[BreadAndCircuses with arena fights.]]
** Despero of Kalanor, who lead a crusade to enslave the galaxy and raised an army powerful enough to threaten the Green Lantern Corps.
** [[TimeMaster Chronos]], after escaping to the future and using advanced technology to turn Gotham into his own fiefdom.
** [[EvilCounterpart The Justice Lords]], who instituted a authoritarian, repressive PoliceState in their home dimension after killing [[PresidentEvil President Lex Luthor]]. Under their heel free speech was dead, elections happened only with the Lords approval and [[FelonyMisdemeanor even the minor infraction could lead to citizens being arrested]].

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* The ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise %%* Prince Phobos of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
has good ol' Vilgax, ''several''. First there was Wuya. She was soon followed by Chase Young, Mala Mala Jong, the series' first BigBad. As Sapphire Dragon, Hannibal Roy Bean, Robo-Jack, Panda Bubba, Gigi the show has more of a RoguesGallery approach than all evil coming from one guy, he's got plenty of competition:
** Milleous, aka "Lord Emperor Milleous, Light of the Incursion Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Keeper of the Conquest Ray, all beings tremble-" (that's the farthest anyone's ever gotten when trying to say the title.) At first the Incursions were played for comedy, but have recently come in force to become the series' new BigBad.
** His daughter counts too. Attea [[SheIsAllGrownUp is all grown up]], TookALevelInBadass, was (provisionally) forgiven for her original betrayal, and is TheHeavy. So, we add to the list "General Attea, Princess, Scion and Teen Supreme of the deathless Incursion Empire, Highest Commander of the celebrated Calaveras Legion..." and so on.
** Adwaita rules the magical realm of Ledgerdomain with an iron fist. IKnowYourTrueName is in effect, so the Alpha Rune with the true name of magic itself makes him practically a god. Recurring villainess Charmcaster sought to free her world from him, actually departed on friendly terms with the heroes, and went back. [[spoiler: Next time we see Ledgerdomain, it's still under the control of an ironfisted dictator - namely, ''Charmcaster.'' The next round with her sees a few ''thousand'' [[{{Understatement}} a few people die...like the heroes.]] They get better, as she realizes sacrificing a world to revive her beloved father was going too far, but she was last seen still in complete control over Ledgerdomain.]]
** One of ''Ben's transformations'' is this. Turns out any small part of an Ectonurite contains his consciousness - including the Omnitrix sample. Ghostfreak breaks free of the Omnitrix, restores himself, and proves to have been the evil overlord of his ''own'' world who sought to be the evil overlord of ''everything.'' He even manages to take over Vilgax's homeworld... for one episode, anyway, but damn if that wasn't impressive.
** Ghostfreak recently tried teaming up with the former EvilOverlord of his own solar system. However, the vampire-like Lord Transyl was last seen imprisoned floating in space with a nice view of the sun, so it's safe to assume he won't become a regular part of the rogues' gallery.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had a couple of examples besides [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} big bad Darkseid]]:
** Mongul, the cruel dictator of War World that used his power to amuse himself with no concern for his impoverished people, distracting them [[BreadAndCircuses with arena fights.]]
** Despero of Kalanor, who lead a crusade to enslave the galaxy and raised an army powerful enough to threaten the Green Lantern Corps.
** [[TimeMaster Chronos]], after escaping to the future and using advanced technology to turn Gotham into his own fiefdom.
** [[EvilCounterpart The Justice Lords]], who instituted a authoritarian, repressive PoliceState in their home dimension after killing [[PresidentEvil President Lex Luthor]]. Under their heel free speech was dead, elections happened only with the Lords approval and [[FelonyMisdemeanor even the minor infraction could lead to citizens being arrested]].
killer (French) plant...
10th Oct '17 5:54:16 PM TheNerevarine
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* [[ShadowDictator The Adversary]] in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' is the illusive leader of the Empire responsible for exiling the titular fables. He is revealed to be none other than [[spoiler:Pinocchio's father Gepetto]].



* Several of ''ComicBook/SavageDragon'' arch-enemies were this type of villain: the aptly named Overlord and his successors, Darklord, Cyberface and Mr. Glumm to name a few, though the original Overlord was more like a [[DiabolicalMastermind criminal lord]] instead of an actual dark lord. And then there is the fact that [[spoiler:Dragon himself used to be one as Emperor Kurr, since he was a power-mad despot that aimed to conquer Earth before being betrayed by his kin and had his memory wiped out]].



* Emperor Huang in ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' was a ruthless Chinese warlord who united the kingdoms under his rule and was cursed with mummification in his attempt to become immortal. Its explicitly said that he will crush freedom everywhere and slaughter without mercy to impose order upon the world.
* ''Film/SolomonKane'' has Malachi who also doubles as SorcerousOverlord, leads an evil army of corrupted minions to ravage the countryside from his castle, which he usurped from the hero's family.



* ''Film/SolomonKane'' has Malachi who also doubles as SorcerousOverlord, leads an evil army of corrupted minions to ravage the countryside from his castle, which he usurped from the hero's family.
* Emperor Huang in ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' was a ruthless Chinese warlord who united the kingdoms under his rule and was cursed with mummification in his attempt to become immortal. Its explicitly said that he will crush freedom everywhere and slaughter without mercy to impose order upon the world.

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* ''Film/SolomonKane'' has Malachi who also doubles as SorcerousOverlord, leads an evil army of corrupted minions to ravage ''Film/VForVendetta'': Chancellor Adam Sutler is the countryside from his castle, which he usurped from totalitarian leader of the hero's family.
* Emperor Huang in ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' was a ruthless Chinese warlord who united the kingdoms under his rule and was cursed with mummification in his attempt to become immortal. Its explicitly said
Norsefire Party that he will crush freedom everywhere and slaughter without mercy to impose order upon the world. rules a post-apocalyptic Britain.
8th Oct '17 4:21:23 AM Smeagol17
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He usually lurks in an intimidating fortress in a [[{{Mordor}} near-uninhabitable landscape]], plotting to TakeOverTheWorld (if he [[VillianWorld doesn't already rule it]]), with hordes upon hordes of beastlike warriors (who must be [[OurOrcsAreDifferent none too bright]], otherwise they would've overthrown him) at his beck and call.

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He usually lurks in an intimidating fortress in a [[{{Mordor}} near-uninhabitable landscape]], plotting to TakeOverTheWorld (if he [[VillianWorld [[VillainWorld doesn't already rule it]]), with hordes upon hordes of beastlike warriors (who must be [[OurOrcsAreDifferent none too bright]], otherwise they would've overthrown him) at his beck and call.
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