Created By: KaeozCrimson on May 18, 2012 Last Edited By: Halen on June 20, 2013

Dark Lord Sauronlite

Master Of Martial And Magical Evil

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A subtrope of the Evil Overlord, the Dark Lord Sauronlite is an entity that belongs in a class all it's own. Close to being a stock villain seen in several fantasy settings, in order to qualify as a Dark Lord Sauronlite, a character must, in addition to being an Evil Overlord, must meet the following criteria.

1. He must be a master of both magical and martial skills. If all he can do is cast spells, he's just an Evil Sorcerer, and if he's only able to swing a sword, he's a Black Knight.

2. He must rule over an empire. He can't just pop up out of nowhere and start attacking people at random, he has to first conquer a region and create a tyrannical rule over the realm. Said realm typically will either be, or become, Mordor, or Grim Up North. Überwald is also a likely location, though less common.

3. He must be the absolute evil in the setting. If there's a God of Evil, he will either be that god's son, or that god in physical form. He must be the center of all evilness in the world entire, and his death would end evil forever.

4. He can never be permanently killed. Not Night Invulnerable, but next to impossible to give Final Death. Ageless, immune to disease and conventional weaponry, yes, but not truly invincible. Yes, you can temporarily defeat him, seal him away, curse him to sleep for a thousand years, but nothing will permanently end his threat until the absolute end of the series, or the End of the World as We Know It. He may have his life force connected to some magical object, or bound to some location, or maybe he's made himself a living Cosmic Keystone, and his final defeat would destroy the world, but he will always have some sort of Get Out Of Death Free card, and will just keep resurrecting over and over again, until he either succeeds or someone figures out how to give him final death.

Typically appears as a Tin Tyrant, and often suffers from Orcus on His Throne. Expect plenty of Spikes of Villainy, and a Mighty Glacier on the battlefield.


  • The Lord Of The Rings gives us Sauron. On the battlefield, he was a terrifying warrior, although most of his magic was focused on ring making.

  • Dracula from the Castlevania series. His domain may make up only one castle most of the time, but it's easily big enough, in many incarnations, and populous enough to be considered a country in it's own right. In battle, he's a threat, both magically and physically, throwing around fireballs and using his vampiric strength to knock characters around easily, before changing into an bat monster and really laying into his enemies.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • May 19, 2012
    Sauron? Martial skills? We never see him fight.
  • May 19, 2012
    But he has plenty of mooks. Martial simply means "warlike" and Sauron certainly has plenty of of warlike power on hand.
  • May 19, 2012
    The Fellowship Of The Ring film, opening scene, the last alliance of elves and men take on the orcs, trolls, and goblins, until the forces of evil retreat, and Sauron takes the field. The entire Alliance has a Mass Oh Crap as they fully realize just how screwed they really are. Sauron then proceeds to take on the entire alliance singlehanded, and swings his mace (in his works, Tolkien named it Grond, literally The Hammer Of The Underworld) with such force that his attacks literally send people flying with every blow. Had someone not gotten in a Critical Hit and removed the One Ring, Sauron would have singlehandedly defeated the entire army with just that mace. Not surprising, since, according to Word Of God (Tolkien's other works. He did more than just the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Sauron was a Physical God. A minor one, but still far above and beyond what any mere mortal could stand against in martial prowess, let alone magical power. The only reason he had any weakness was because he channeled his life force into the One Ring so he could use it's power to corrupt and control the other rulers of the land that he had gifted other magical rings to. Without it, he would, quite literally, be invincible.
  • May 19, 2012
    You misspelled 'Nigh' in Nigh Invulnerable there.

    Ganon(-dorf) from The Legend Of Zelda has demigod powers from the Triforce of Power, is shown to be proficient in various dark magics even before gaining the Triforce, and in The Legend Of Zelda The Wind Waker and The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess, is also shown to be an expert in the art of swordfighting.
  • May 20, 2012
    I see what you are going for but as per the Sauron example any Evil Overlord with an army would fit the criteria... that seems to make it way too broad (and would include lots of Evil Sorcerer characyers who never actually fight. That being said, I don't think this is splittable from Evil Overlord. Also, criteria #2 implies that The Dragon can never fill this role, despite the archetypical example, Darth Vader, being The Dragon to the Emperor in Star Wars
  • May 20, 2012
    Are there any examples of this that wouldn't fit under Evil Overlord already? What makes it so that an example here wouldn't fit there?
  • May 20, 2012
    Vader and Palpatine are in fact collectively filling this role, since they are both Dark Lords.
  • June 5, 2013
    This looks like Sorcerous Overlord.
  • June 6, 2013
    No mention of Voldemort yet?
  • June 6, 2013
    This needs a rename to repel non-examples. Voldemort doesn't count: he never fights using anything other than magic and doesn't rule any territory.
  • June 10, 2013
    I agree with Cider, above.
  • June 20, 2013
    I agree with Cider and crazy. This also reeks of Trope Namer Syndrome (I doubt that most people would remember The Lord Of The Rings, or that he would appear in the Live Action Adaptation of The Hobbit)