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22nd Sep '17 10:56:58 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TalionRevenant'': Chi'gandir, who used magic to change people's shapes and then extorts them for reversing it.
8th Sep '17 8:00:22 AM ectostar
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He, or sometimes she, is the mage who has delved too deeply into ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow and mastered TheDarkArts. He has achieved great power, but at the expense of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent his soul]]. He deals in BlackMagic and might well have made a DealWithTheDevil. Evil Sorcerers are very dangerous foes, as they are creative as well as clever. From them, one can expect anything; hordes of demonic (Or Undead) {{Mooks}} as the bluntest tool, MoreThanMindControl as the subtlest one, and anything between those two and beyond. He will probably be a SorcerousOverlord, dwelling in an EvilTowerOfOminousness and ruling the land with an iron -- but also magical -- fist, though he may also show up as an EvilChancellor, using his powers to subvert the throne more subtly.

The Evil Sorcerer nearly always gets top billing as a villain, as one of his most common traits is {{pride}}. Where he is a second-stringer, he's likely to only be one-upped by a [[DealWithTheDevil demonic bargain]] gone wrong -- probably because he cheated. This makes him prone to learning the painful lesson that EvilIsNotAToy. He might also be upstaged by a GodOfEvil -- but then, the most powerful Evil Sorcerers often have [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood themselves]]. In a villainous hierarchy, he'll most likely be the BigBad, TheDragon, or the EvilGenius (though he could also be TheManBehindTheMan or, if he has little loyalty to any particular faction, the WildCard). Killing the Evil Sorcerer is one way to stop his KeystoneArmy.

The Evil Sorcerer can be at several levels of the SuperWeight scale (depending on how strong magic is in a given setting) but he'll almost always be far more powerful than the heroes (unless they [[SquishyWizard manage to get physical with him]]), and will probably be at least superficially stronger than his good counterparts (owing to possessing [[BlackMagic powers]] that they can't or won't use). If he's an Evil ''[[TheArchmage Archmage]]'', ''everybody'' should watch out.

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He, or sometimes she, is They're the mage who has delved too deeply into ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow and mastered TheDarkArts. He has They've achieved great power, but at the expense of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent his their soul]]. He deals They deal in BlackMagic and might well have made a DealWithTheDevil. Evil Sorcerers are very dangerous foes, as they are creative as well as clever. From them, one can expect anything; hordes of demonic (Or Undead) {{Mooks}} as the bluntest tool, MoreThanMindControl as the subtlest one, and anything between those two and beyond. He They will probably be a SorcerousOverlord, dwelling in an EvilTowerOfOminousness and ruling the land with an iron -- but also magical -- fist, though he they may also show up as an EvilChancellor, using his their powers to subvert the throne more subtly.

The Evil Sorcerer nearly always gets top billing as a villain, as one of his their most common traits is {{pride}}. Where he is they're a second-stringer, he's they're likely to only be one-upped by a [[DealWithTheDevil demonic bargain]] gone wrong -- probably because he they cheated. This makes him them prone to learning the painful lesson that EvilIsNotAToy. He They might also be upstaged by a GodOfEvil -- but then, the most powerful Evil Sorcerers often have [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood themselves]]. In a villainous hierarchy, he'll they'll most likely be the BigBad, TheDragon, or the EvilGenius (though he they could also be TheManBehindTheMan or, if he has they're little loyalty to any particular faction, the WildCard). Killing the Evil Sorcerer is one way to stop his their KeystoneArmy.

The Evil Sorcerer can be at several levels of the SuperWeight scale (depending on how strong magic is in a given setting) but he'll almost always be far more powerful than the heroes (unless they [[SquishyWizard manage to get physical with him]]), them]]), and will probably be at least superficially stronger than his their good counterparts (owing to possessing [[BlackMagic powers]] that they can't or won't use). If he's they're an Evil ''[[TheArchmage Archmage]]'', ''everybody'' should watch out.
7th Sep '17 12:08:52 AM PaulA
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* Joseph Curwen from Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', and Old Man Whateley from ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror''.

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Joseph Curwen from Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', and ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard''.
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Old Man Whateley from ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror''.
1st Sep '17 4:58:39 AM jormis29
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* In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' Cabal deals with Rufus Maleficarus, an example of a wizard who doesn't have stereotypical smarts: as Cabal put it, all the dark knowledge he learned took up space in his brain already used by his sanity. The result is a big man with wild hair and delusions of grandeur who, nonetheless, nearly brought about the apocalypse, was able to escape from a mental institution by using finger paint to summon a Hound of Tindalos, and transports Cabal into a pocket dimension.

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* In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' Cabal deals with Rufus Maleficarus, an example of a wizard who doesn't have stereotypical smarts: as Cabal put it, all the dark knowledge he learned took up space in his brain already used by his sanity. The result is a big man with wild hair and delusions of grandeur who, nonetheless, nearly brought about the apocalypse, was able to escape from a mental institution by using finger paint to summon a [[Literature/TheHoundsOfTindalos Hound of Tindalos, Tindalos]], and transports Cabal into a pocket dimension.
3rd Aug '17 3:16:17 PM foxley
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* The main character of Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests is a warlock who uses demons to help it eat people.


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* The main character of ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' is a warlock who uses demons to help it eat people.
3rd Aug '17 8:02:39 AM Kekkama
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* The main character of Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests is a warlock who uses demons to help it eat people.
28th Jul '17 7:49:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Saruman from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. He's actually TheMole, attempting to subvert the White Council of good wizards and sages while simultaneously making deals with the Dark Lord Sauron.
** In the movies, he makes deals. In the books, [[TheStarscream he thinks that he can be the Dark Lord himself]]. Gandalf even points out that Saruman had turned Orthanc into a [[TheThemeParkVersion Poor-man's]] Barad-dûr.
*** Oh, he thinks he can be the Dark Lord in the films, too. He just tries (and arguably fails) to be craftier about it.
*** He also claims that he has created an army equal to Mordor, except that army numbers in 10,000, while the forces of Mordor are at least 20 times that.

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Saruman from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. He's actually TheMole, attempting to subvert the White Council of good wizards and sages while simultaneously making deals with the Dark Lord Sauron.
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Sauron. In the movies, he makes deals. In the books, fact, [[TheStarscream he thinks that he can be the Dark Lord himself]]. Gandalf even points out that Saruman had turned Orthanc into a [[TheThemeParkVersion Poor-man's]] Barad-dûr.
*** Oh, he thinks he can be the Dark Lord in the films, too. He just tries (and arguably fails) to be craftier about it.
*** He also claims that he has created an army equal to Mordor, except that army numbers in 10,000, while the forces of Mordor are at least 20 times that.
Barad-dûr.
28th Jul '17 7:46:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Arawn Deathlord and Queen Achren from 'Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' by Creator/LloydAlexander.
** Morda in ''Taran Wanderer'' also fits the trope clearly.
*** In fact, he's in some ways a forerunner of Lord Voldemort: "Scornful of humanity", [[spoiler:using {{Soul Jar}}s]], barely human anymore...

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' by Creator/LloydAlexander:
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Arawn Deathlord and Queen Achren from 'Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' by Creator/LloydAlexander.
Achren.
** Morda in ''Taran Wanderer'' also fits the trope clearly.
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clearly. In fact, he's in some ways a forerunner of Lord Voldemort: "Scornful of humanity", [[spoiler:using {{Soul Jar}}s]], barely human anymore...



* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with Dr Hix of the Unseen University's Department of Post-Mortem Communication ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and certainly not necromancy]]), who is officially the University's Bad Person, and is therefore permitted to [[PokeThePoodle perform mild acts of "evil"]], such as practical jokes or saying what everyone else is thinking. The thinking is that, PMC being what it is, it's better to have someone sensible playing a role[[note]]The aspect of his personality that most worries the other wizards is his enthusiasm for amateur dramatics[[/note]] than run the risk of an ''actual'' Evil Sorcerer taking the position.

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Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with Dr Hix of the Unseen University's Department of Post-Mortem Communication ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and certainly not necromancy]]), who is officially the University's Bad Person, and is therefore permitted to [[PokeThePoodle perform mild acts of "evil"]], such as practical jokes or saying what everyone else is thinking. The thinking is that, PMC being what it is, it's better to have someone sensible playing a role[[note]]The aspect of his personality that most worries the other wizards is his enthusiasm for amateur dramatics[[/note]] than run the risk of an ''actual'' Evil Sorcerer taking the position.
28th Jul '17 4:30:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** The frequent BigBad in Belyanin's ''Literature/TsarGorokhsDetectiveAgency'' is [[Myth/SlavicMythology Koschei the Deathless]], a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]]-like figure who rules the "unclean" forces. He appears to be a master of the dark arts but [[InformedAbility rarely uses magic openly]], preferring to brew potions and act through his subordinates. Being a MagnificentBastard helps. There's also the fact that he can't enter the city of Lukoshkino (the setting of the series) thanks to Father Kondratiy's daily prayers. The one time he does, the Father is out-of-town, and the protagonists are nearly killed by Koschei himself and only survive by random chance. He does have two {{Weaksauce Weakness}}es: the fear of a rooster call (heralding the sunrise) and the fact that salt burns his flesh like acid.

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** * The frequent BigBad in Belyanin's ''Literature/TsarGorokhsDetectiveAgency'' is [[Myth/SlavicMythology Koschei the Deathless]], a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]]-like figure who rules the "unclean" forces. He appears to be a master of the dark arts but [[InformedAbility rarely uses magic openly]], preferring to brew potions and act through his subordinates. Being a MagnificentBastard helps. There's also the fact that he can't enter the city of Lukoshkino (the setting of the series) thanks to Father Kondratiy's daily prayers. The one time he does, the Father is out-of-town, and the protagonists are nearly killed by Koschei himself and only survive by random chance. He does have two {{Weaksauce Weakness}}es: the fear of a rooster call (heralding the sunrise) and the fact that salt burns his flesh like acid.
11th Jun '17 9:08:15 PM MagnusForce
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** [=DaoLon=] Wong, the BigBad of Season 3 and Season 2 filler villain, is also one, being sort of an EvilCounterpart to Uncle.
* Venomous Drool, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fangbone}}'', is a parody of those found in Creator/RobertEHoward's stories.
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