Sorcerous Overlord


(permanent link) added: 2010-01-30 06:46:13 sponsor: SomeSortOfTroper (last reply: 2010-01-31 09:07:20)

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Take an Evil Sorcerer, mix with Evil Overlord, place against one incredibly physical and muscular protagonist and leave to stew in a realm of crows, palantirs and monstrous minions.

The Sorcerous Overlord is probably one of the most common variations of Evil Sorceror due to the strong themes that come out of having a single hero or small Ragtag Bunch of Misfits against a ruler whose power comes from a vague, nebulous and potentially ever-pervsasive source. The Sorcerous Overlord can always have a number of devices to keep inserting their presence into the plot: Magic Mirrors, evil animal minions, setting up magical warriors. Every element of the overlord's realm can be a more direct extension of themselves (with inherent Always Chaotic Evil) and they can come up with various ways of sending a threat against them. They also make good foils for the musclebound hero who fights through mainly physical stabbing-meaty-things-with-pointy-things methods. On the other hand, this can make it hard to explain why there are any limits on the sorcery when fighting the hero.


  • Thulsa Doom in the Conan the Barbarian movie. He's obviously magical what with the turning into a snake and More than Mind Control but sometimes you get the feeling that he's really best defined by being the opposition to the sword wielding.
  • Skeletor- similar set up- big guy with loincloth and sword fights weird villain with powers that vary Depending on the Writer.
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