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->''"Within the navel of this hideous wood, \\
Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells,\\
Of Bacchus and of Circe born, great Comus,\\
Deep skilled in all his mother's witcheries,\\
And here to every thirsty wanderer\\
By sly enticement gives his baneful cup,\\
With many murmurs mixed, whose pleasing poison\\
The visage quite transforms of him that drinks,\\
And the inglorious likeness of a beast\\
Fixes instead, unmoulding reason's mintage\\
Charactered in the face."''
-->-- '''Creator/JohnMilton''', ''Theatre/{{Comus}}''

The Evil Sorcerer is the living (or occasionally [[OurLichesAreDifferent undead]]) proof of the maxim that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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.

It's likely that every sorcerer will be this if MagicIsEvil. Compare the WickedWitch and (for the more modern descendant) MadScientist. An undead Evil Sorcerer will probably be called a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* The first movie of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' had Clow Reed's former student Madoushi, particularly in the dub (where she was also his girlfriend at one point).
* Babidi and his late father Bibidi from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* Precia Testarossa of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', who also has MadScientist leanings thanks to the {{Magitek}} setting.
* The Mage of Beginnings from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the resident BigBad during the days of [[DisappearedDad Nagi's]] Ala Rubra.
** In-story, most mages think Evangeline is like this, but those who have actually ''met'' her know that [[NobleDemon she's really not so bad.]]
* Wagnard from ''RecordOfLodossWar''. He starts off as a normal man who's just a little too eager to gain arcane knowledge, but decades of dealing with the forces of darkness eventually turn him into a fiendish figure with pointed ears and claws. The wizard Groder edges on this trope since he ostensibly serves Wagnard, but he's more of a sympathetic AntiVillain due to his loyalty to Ashram. Two minor characters, the evil cleric Gaberra and dark elf shaman Astar, also fit the bill.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', many members of Al-Sarmen qualify as this, but the most notable example is Judar.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In TheDCU:
** The Wizard, arch-foe of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.
** The Warlock of Ys and Myrwhydden, enemies of GreenLantern.
** Wotan, arch-foe of DoctorFate.
** Dr Gotham, enemy of the ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}}.
** Felix Faust, enemy of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, who also appeared in the animated ''JusticeLeague'' and ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' series.
** Tala and Tannarak, foes of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger; Tala also appeared in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
** Blackbriar Thorn (actually an evil ''druid''), a minor Franchise/{{Batman}} foe from the '80s.
** Deimos, arch-enemy of Comicbook/TheWarlord.
** Mordru -- arch-foe variable (but originally ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}). He and Blackbriar Thorn both became enemies of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.
* Dark Opal and Fire Jade from ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld''.
* In the MarvelUniverse:
** Baron Mordo, arch-rival of Comicbook/DoctorStrange.
*** His daughter Astrid Mordo, who tried to kill both her father and Strange.
*** Dormammu, Strange's archenemy and Mordo's sometime master, is a demon who is ''also'' an evil sorcerer.
** Belasco, foe of Ka-Zar and the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.
** Master Pandemonium, enemy of ComicBook/TheAvengers.
** Master Khan, enemy of [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] and [[SubMariner Namor]].
** Kaluu, another foe/occasional ally of Doctor Strange (as Sorcerer Supreme he tends to attract these).
** Nicholas Scratch, enemy of the Comicbook/FantasticFour.
*** And, arguably, their other enemy Diablo, who is an evil immortal alchemist.
** Gravemoss, foe of Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}.
** DoctorDoom. A rare example of one who is also a MadScientist.
** Comicbook/{{Loki}}, [[GodOfEvil God of Mischief]] and archenemy of his brother TheMightyThor, is perhaps the most powerful sorcerer in all of Asgard, rivalled only by an evil sorceress Karnilla.
* Boneyard from the ''[[ComicBook/TheUltraverse Mantra]]'' series in the Malibu Universe.
* Kulan Gath, foe of Comicbook/ConanTheBarbarian and Comicbook/RedSonja.
* Magica de Spell from the ''[[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]]'' comics, who also appeared in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
** Magica is also an interesting case as, [[DependingOnTheWriter at least in early appearance]], she depended on magical artifacts and theatrics, having no real innate powers of her own.
* Sulimon Canto from ''ComicBook/{{Ironwood}}''.
* Natch from the ''XXXenophile'' story "Heart of Stone".
* The Phantom Blot takes on this role in ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey''
* Matthew Patel has this role among the 7 Evil Exes in ''ScottPilgrim''
* Rasputin in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''.
* Mr. Gone started off as this in ''TheMaxx'', but later claimed that his magic powers were limited to knowing a few "loopholes". And then later it turned out that he had no power at all and was just an ordinary dude who everyone else consensually hallucinated was an evil sorcerer. Or something.
* Darkhell and his [[TheRival rival]] Skroa from ''[[ComicBook/{{LesLegendaires}}Les Légendaires]]''. Interestingly, Skroa is also a demon.
* Morgan le Fay in ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}''
* Malesur, the mad boy-wizard who seeks Jarek's destruction in ''ComicBook/{{Tellos}}''.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheGratefulBeasts'', Ferko's brothers slander him, claiming he's this.
* Literature/{{Aladdin}} is sent into the cave by one.
** And then his brother (the sorcerer's, not Aladdin's) who's ''also'' an Evil Sorcerer shows up.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', [[BigBad Radcliffe]] is one of these.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': In addition to the canonical Daolon Wong, there's also [[SmugSnake Lung]], [[EnigmaticMinion Blankman]], and [[AffablyEvil Monsieur Verde]]. [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] is also well on her way to becoming one, thanks to the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Teachings of Eternal Shadow]].
* Titan from ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
* Hago from ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' is one, complete with a cobra-headed staff and deep, rich voice.
* Darth Vulcan from ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan''. Gaining the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] certainly helped.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* DisneyAnimatedCanon
** The (unnamed) evil Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
** Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''.
** The Horned King from the film version of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (where he takes on the role filled by Arawn in the novel).
** Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', after wishing for sorcerous powers. The evil part was already there.
** Dr. Facilier from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* Rasputin (in a rather {{egregious}} HistoricalVillainUpgrade) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''. Doubles as a {{lich}}, though he's never explicitly referred to as such.
* While his powers are all based around technology, [[spoiler:[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Martin]]]] of ''[[TheSecretOfNimh The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy To The Rescue]]'' certainly seems to enjoy the trappings of this trope. Complete with robe and staff.
* Ommadon the Red Wizard, from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Queen Bavmorda from ''Film/{{Willow}}''.
* Profion from the ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie.
* The title character from the ''Film/{{Warlock}}'' series of movies is a servant of Satan, tries to destroy the world, and kills and mutilates innocent people for fun.
* [[TheEvilPrince Prince Loki]] in ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
* Rasputin in the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''.
* Given that the movies are HeroicFantasy in a SpaceOpera setting, TheEmperor of ''StarWars'' could be described as one of these. This is a major temptation for Anakin Skywalker as well. Essentially, the Sith come in two flavors: those who are the EvilCounterpart of the Jedi, with an emphasis on lightsaber fighting and visceral use of the force, and those who are {{Evil Sorcerer}}s, who tend more to the "create horrible twisted mockeries of nature" end of the Dark Side spectrum.
* Sardo Numspa in ''Film/TheGoldenChild''.
* [[spoiler:Subverted]] in the new ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' film- Lord Blackwood is a practicing occultist, highly ranked member of an AncientConspiracy, and has designs on the British crown, [[spoiler:but all his "powers" are just smoke and mirrors]].
* Gallian in ''InTheNameOfTheKing: A Dungeon Siege Tale''. Interestingly, the king's own magus [[JohnRhysDavies Merick]] is surprised that Gallian has any magic at all, as a magus's power comes from serving a king. However, Gallian has managed to find a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]]. He has named himself the king of the beastly Krug (after magically uplifting them) and, thus, serves himself. It's implied that only a twisted mind like Gallian's could have accepted this enough to allow this to work.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Blackbeard is one of these, presented as a master practitioner of HollywoodVoodoo capable ofcreating zombies, exercising MindOverMatter power over ships, shrinking captured ships to keep in bottles as trophies, and creating voodoo dolls.
* Mestema of ''Film/TheDungeonmaster'' uses his powers to bring the hero and his girlfriend from Earth to his dimension.
* ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'' has the Morganians, who are an entire group of sorcerer's who follow Morgana's teachings. The key among them, besides Morgana herself, is Maxim Horvath, who is one of [[PublicDomainCharacer Merlin]]'s [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil apprentices]] until he chose to serve Morgana. Morganians are opposed by Merlinians, the followers of Merlin's teachings that magic is to be used to serve humanity. The film only shows three of them (Balthazar, Veronica, and [[spoiler:Dave]]) and no indication is made that more are (or were) present.
* ''Film/TheShadow'' has Shiwan Khan, [[SingleLineOfDescent the last descendant of Genghis Khan]], who was taught by the same teacher (whom Shiwan then killed) as Lamont. In fact, Shiwan is strong enough to cloud the minds of all New Yorkers by making them not see a huge building in the middle of the city. In the end, Lamont proves himself more than a match for Shiwan and has a surgeon friend of his removes Shiwan's PsychicPowers through brain surgery.
* In ''Film/LordOfIllusions'', Nix was an evil wizard who had actual magical powers and deemed himself a god. He sees it as his mission to turn the world into a graveyard. He becomes a lich after his cultists revive him.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Thulsa Doom from the ''KullTheConqueror'' stories by Robert E. Howard.
** Thulsa Doom was also used as the villain of the ''ConanTheBarbarian'' movie.
* Thugra Khotan in the Conan story "Literature/BlackColossus," who also goes by the name of Natohk.
** Tsotha-Lanti from "Literature/TheScarletCitadel" and Yara from "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant" also qualify. Conan's dealt with his share of sorcerers in his career. Nabonidus from "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", however, is more a clockwork-technology using MadScientist.
** The most dangerous and powerful probably being Thoth-Amon. He turns up by name and fearsome reputation in several Conan tales, and although Conan faces several of his dooms by chance and the character himself is met in "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword," the very first Conan story, he and Conan never directly encounter one another in Howard's stories, although he is a common antagonist in later derived works.
** Salome from "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn".
** In ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Xaltotun. He scares even his own allies into stealing his Artifact of Doom. There's a reason why Creator/RobertEHoward was the TropeMaker for SwordAndSorcery -- and why "sorcery" got put in the title.
* Azrael de Gray from ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming''.
* All literal sorcerers in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', as the term means a spellcaster whose magical abilities are limited to mostly destructive uses, lacking the subtlety of a true wizard. Most of their abilities also involve breaking one or more of the Laws of Wizardry, each of which carries a death penalty. Most notably Victor Sells from the first book, and Kravos from the third. Two full wizards who also fit this trope are Harry's former mentor Justin [=DuMorne=] and Cowl, a recurring enemy.
* 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-dűr.
*** 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.
** In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', we're led to believe that the vile Necromancer is an Evil Sorcerer. In ''The Lord of the Rings'', it's revealed that it's actually Sauron himself.
** Though he's actually a PhysicalGod, Sauron ''is'' called a sorcerer in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' as well, probably due to the largely mystical/spiritual nature of his particular power set. The Nazgűl all are also called sorcerers, though it's unclear whether they had their powers before getting their rings.
* Lord Voldemort from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' novels. [[TheDragon Bellatrix Lestrange]] also counts. Or ''anyone'' who regularly uses the Dark Arts.
* Pryrates from the ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' books, who gets to be a trifecta: evil priest, Evil Sorcerer, and EvilChancellor.
* Theleb K'aarna, Yyrkoon and Jagreen Lern in Michael Moorcock's ''{{Elric}} of Melniboné'' stories.
* Raistlin of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' series (after his FaceHeelTurn), as well as Fistandantilus.
* Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith had lots of these in his short stories. They include Eibon, Malygris, Namirrha, Dwerulas, Ossaru, Azédarac, Mmatmuor and Sodosma, Abnon-Tha, Vacharn and his sons, Sarcand, and Maal Dweb. Some of them are {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
* Kasreyn of the Gyre in the ''ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''.
* Arawn Deathlord and Queen Achren from ''The PrydainChronicles'' by 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...
* Loraan in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series.
** In-series, Sethra Lavode is considered by many to be an EvilSorceress. On the one hand, everything we've seen of her from Vlad's first-person PointOfView indicates she's not that bad a person. On the other hand, every once in a while a member of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy House of Dzur]] will go off to slay her, and none of these people are ever heard from again...
* Joseph Curwen from Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', and Old Man Whateley from ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror''.
* The Warlock Lord, Brona, from Terry Brooks' ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannara The Sword of]] Literature/{{Shannara}}'' and its prequel ''Literature/FirstKingOfShannara''. He is actually described by Bremen to be things like "no longer a man" and "a dark creature." He is said to no longer have human thoughts, but to act completely on instinct. He has given himself to the darkness so completely, when he's in his tent, [[MagicKnight Risca]] tries to sneak inside and finish him off only to realize that... he's not there. He's become the darkness around him, and it gets to the point that it seems that even taking the form of a vague [[BlackCloak cloaked]] figure is somewhat of an annoyance to him and not actually necessary. He IS sorcery.
** Given that a recurring theme in Brooks's writing is that the abuse of magic twists and warps the user, it isn't surprising that he uses this one a lot. [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils The Dagda Mor]] from ''The Elfstones Of Shannara'', The Mord Wraiths in ''Wishsong'', the [[TheHeartless Shadowen]] from ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara'', and The Morgawr from ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' are all prime examples. Then there's Meeks from his MagicKingdomOfLandover series.
* [[Franchise/TheDarkTower All hail the Crimson King]], who orders his servants to drink rat poison so he can watch them die. And could just as easily force them to.
* The sinister and power-hungry Euron Greyjoy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', whose secret arcane knowledge and ominous presence frighten his enemies and subjects alike. The priestess Melisandre, [[spoiler:who assassinates her enemies with spirit children that live inside her womb]], is another, possibly more frightening example.
* ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' is ''full'' of magic-using characters, but while several of them are villains, most are given [[AntiVillain sympathetic backstories and motivation]]. There are, however, two definite examples of this trope- [[CardCarryingVillain Sinistrad]] and [[OmnicidalManiac Kleitus]].
* Vadim Maur from the ''Literature/TairenSoul'' series is a standard example of this trope, and manages to be quite frightening despite (or rather ''because'') he is such an ObviouslyEvil CardCarryingVillain.
* 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.
* Several villains from ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'' practice sorcery, notably Chane, a vampiric PsychoForHire and MagicKnight, and his partner [[spoiler:Welstiel]], who specializes in crafting magical items. The character from the series who most fits the stereotypes, though, is Ubad- {{Necromancer}}, [[EvilOldFolks old]], BlackCloak, [[DealWithTheDevil pact with the dark forces]], etc. ''Not'' a guy to cross.
* In Creator/LordDunsany's ''Literature/TheCharwomansShadow'', the magician does not tell the hero what taking his shadow entails and describes, elegantly, how honored great magicians are in {{Hell}}.
* Ucteberi in ''ShadowsOfTheApt''.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' has [[JerkassWoobie Zedar]], [[TheDragon Ctuchik]], [[AxeCrazy Urvon]], [[VainSorceress Zandramas]], [[StarterVillain Asharak]], and every single Morindim magician.
* In ''Literature/TheDragonHoard'' the [[MeaningfulName appropriately named]] Awful. There's also Stamp-Weed, several unnamed-sorcerers and plenty of evil sorceresses.
* In ''Literature/HeartsBlood'' Nechtan, Anluan’s great-grandfather, summons The Host (an army of spirits from purgatory)
* Many of the [[WolfMan Canim]] [[ReligionIsMagic Ritualists]] from ''Literature/CodexAlera'', most notably [[BigBadWannabe Sarl]]. The Ritualists as a whole are considered to be this (even by most of their own people) until they get fleshed out more in the last book, which reveals how they were once incredibly respected before gradually becoming corrupt over several generations; Master Marok, a sympathetic old-school Ritualist, is also introduced.
* Berys/Malior of ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' is one of these, a powerful demon master.
* A theme in ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'', where three of the four main villains are evil sorcerers: the wicked stepmother-witch Queen Hvit, the devious King Adils, and the half-elven necromancer Skuld.
* The Immortals, a trio of evil immortal sorcerers in ''Literature/TheExtraordinaires''.
* Numerous backwoods examples appear in Creator/ManlyWadeWellman's ''Literature/SilverJohn'' stories.
* Arunis Wytterscorm, the [[BloodMagic BloodMage of Gurishal]], [[EvilChancellor chief advisor]] to [[GodEmperor the Shaggat Ness]] and [[TheManBehindTheMan true power behind his throne]], millennia-old [[GrandTheftMe body snatcher]] and most prominent of the several {{Big Bad}}s of ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages''. Generally a real nasty piece of work. The third and fourth books of the series introduce [[EvilAlbino Macadra]] the [[RedBaron White Raven]], head of [[AncientConspiracy the Raven Society]] and ''de facto'' ruler of [[TheEmpire Bali Adro]]. She's Arunis's contemporary in age, power, and wickedness, and his on-and-off ally and perpetual rival. [[spoiler: She's also his sister]].
* In ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', the evil formerly-human immortals (the ones who weren't human fall into PhysicalGod or EldritchAbomination) are basically evil sorcerers. John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli are the best examples. ([[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Yes, those are the actual historical figures]].)
* Many in the works of Creator/JohnBellairs, starting with [[UnholyMatrimony Isaac and Selena Izzard]] in ''The House With a Clock in its Walls.''
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** ''Any'' [[DarkIsEvil Shadow]]-affiliated channeler qualifies, the most infamous of these being the thirteen [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Forsaken]] [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned]] with [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]] at Shayol Ghul. Of the Forsaken, [[TheAntichrist Ishamael/Moridin]] is the most powerful and feared, and one of the few able to access the Dark One's own form of magic, [[BlackMagic the True Power]], which is extremely [[AddictiveMagic addictive]] and can cause [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity madness]].
** Recurring villain Padan Fain is ''not'' a channeler, but after merging with a malevolent spirit known as Mordeth he acquired access to some ''other'' form of dark power that allowed him a number of nasty tricks, including [[HatePlague infecting others with madness]], [[FogOfDoom summoning killer fog]], and [[{{Necromancer}} reanimating the dead as his mindless drones]]. Before long, though, he's no longer really human as much as [[HumanoidAbomination a collection of dark powers (barely) contained in a human body]].
* The BigBad Riesenkampf of Creator/AndreiBelyanin's ''Sword with No Name'' is one. He killed the rightful king and rules the land from his [[FloatingContinent floating palace]]. He also keeps the queen locked up to preserve an illusion of legitimacy. He's actually a MagnificentBastard and a SharpDressedMan, wearing modern-day suits instead of something more befitting his MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting.
** The frequent BigBad in Belyanin's ''Literature/TsarGorokhsDetectiveAgency'' is [[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.
* Partly averted in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch''. While Zabulon is TheArchmage, a MagnificentBastard, and TheChessmaster, he never does anything ForTheEvulz. Everything he does tends to be part of some bigger plan to advance the cause of the Darkness. Since DarkIsNotEvil, there are even a number of times he cooperates with his Light counterpart Gesar against a bigger threat. It's stated that many Dark sorcerers were evil in centuries past, this sort of behavior is now frowned upon by all Others, both Light and Dark, as both sides are interested in maintaining TheMasquerade, and the [[AncientBindingTreaty Treaty]] provides checks and balances for the actions of both sides. In fact, if a Dark Other starts to openly use magic, the Day Watch (the official Dark institution that polices the Light Others) is likely to be the first on the scene to stop him or her. After all, if the Night Watch does it instead, the Light ones may demand that the Inquisition grant them the right to a high-level intervention to compensate for the damage.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cyrus Vail from The Circle of the Black Thorn, a frail, elderly, ''incredibly'' powerful warlock.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Mayor Richard Wilkins III and Ethan Rayne.
** And there are several hints that Giles used to be one as well. Ethan frequently remarks that he never got even close to his old friend in both power and depravity.
** In Season 8 of ''Buffy'' (which [[ArcWelding crosses over]] with ''{{Fray}}'') it is revealed that Willow [[ForegoneConclusion will eventually become]] a female version [[Really700YearsOld in the distant future]]. She is unaware of this, though she tries to stay away from black magic to prevent this.
** The Master is one, though his magical abilities are more pronounced in supplementary material than the actual series.
* Rumplestiltskin from ''Series/OnceUponATime'', who is also known as 'The Dark One'.
* Turok and Rumina from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad''.
* Maldis from ''Series/{{Farscape}}.''
* Andre Linoge in the Creator/StephenKing miniseries ''StormOfTheCentury'' is either one of these, or an actual devil.
* [[Creator/DannyTrejo Pacha Camac]] in ''Series/BloodTies'' is an [[{{Mayincatec}} Incan]] priest who has himself mummified so that he can be resurrected in the future.
* [[BigBadWannabe Vern]] and [[SmugSnake Omen]] in ''DarkOracle''. Subverted by Doyle; he's creepy and neurotic, and it is repeatedly suggested that he is the real cause of all the twins' problems. He remains one of the good guys until the end though, becoming a semi-{{Mentor}} to the main cast.
** Blaze and Violet are borderline cases. They definitely have magic of some sort, and ally with Omen and Vern at various points, but said magic is rarely shown.
* A few from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Lord Zedd, his father-in-law Master Vile, and his son Thrax.
* Baron de Belleme from ''RobinOfSherwood''.
* ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' has Darken Rahl, the BigBad of the first season, who has some magical abilities, not that we see many of those. The one we see several times is his ability to do an OffscreenTeleportation during sword battles to stab the opponent in the back. He also has many sorcerers serving him, including a Wizard of the Second Order named Giller. The BadFuture season finale also features Nicholas Rahl, the son of Darken Rahl and Kahlen Amnell, combining his parents abilities to become an even worse tyrant than his father.
* Kreel in ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell''.
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[[folder:Myth And Legend]]
* Morgan le Fey is portrayed this way in most versions of the KingArthur legend.
* Koschei the Deathless in Russian folklore.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Sorcerer}}'' has the player challenge one of these.
* The "Tower" table in ''VideoGame/RuinerPinball'' has an Evil Sorceress.
* Zenobia, the evil sorceress of ''Pinball/{{Sinbad}}''
* The unnamed evil sorcerer in ''Pinball/FlashDragon'' likes to take pictures of players.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''loves'' this trope. By campaign setting:
** {{Dragonlance}}: As mentioned above, Raistlin and Fistandantilus.
*** And Dalamar, Maladar, Galan Dracos, most Renegades, and the Order of the Black Robes (though the latter are admittedly often AffablyEvil {{Anti Villain}}s or {{Anti Hero}}es, as most are more self-serving and amoral).
** ForgottenRealms: Halaster Blackcloak, Manshoon([[CloningBlues s]]), the ruling council of the city of Shade, Szass Tam and the rest of the Red Wizards of Thay. And these are just the most notable/infamous. There's probably hundreds of 'em.
** {{Greyhawk}}: Vecna (who eventually ascends to godhood), Rary the Traitor, the infamous [[TombOfHorrors Acererak]].
*** There is also Iggwilv the Witch Queen, who is considered to be the greatest expert on demons who ever lived. One of her sons is the child of a powerful demon lord and accended to divinity. Even though she's hundreds of years old, she looks not a day older than 40 at most.
** Mystara: Bargle the Infamous.
** {{Ravenloft}}: Azalin Rex, a TragicVillain example.
*** As well as almost every lich ever - [[MoralEventHorizon the terrible things the ritual requires to be done]] makes it a prerequisite.
*** Other notables within the setting are fellow spell-slinging darklords Easan the Mad, Hazlik, Meredoth, and Strahd von Zarovich.
** {{Eberron}} gives us Erandis Vol, an undead half-elf/half-dragon sorceress who founded a cult dedicated to her worship. She is a DarkMessiah who was supposed to bring an end to an ancient war between elves and dragons. It worked, but not the way intended: both races considered her an abomination and joined forces to destroy her family. Vol's mother turned her into a lich, allowing her to survive and seek her revenge.
** {{Planescape}} gave us a few, including Alhison Nilesia, the cruel mistress of the wretched Prison of Sigil, Lothar the Master of Bones, Komosahl Trevant, Alluvius Ruskin, and even a few demons and devils that had taken up wizardry, such as A'kin and Shemeshka. Every Night Hag counts as well, being a race of giant soul-stealing crone witches.
*** Subverted with Factol Skall, who is technically a neutral evil lich, though he is only evil to the extent that his philosophy is that life is irrelevant. He does not ''kill,'' but persuades others to accept true death as a release from the woes of life.
*** And of course there are the many, many diabolic powers such as Orcus and Asmodeus, the various gods who can certainly fall into this role, and so on.
* ...and ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' loves it almost as much. The most prominent is Lim-Dul, the Necromancer, whose hordes of [[ZombieApocalypse undead]] and [[DemonicInvaders demons]] plagued the continent of Terisiare during the Ice Age; [[spoiler: Lim-Dul is later revealed to be another Evil Sorcerer, Mairsil the Pretender, whose soul had been trapped and possessed an innocent man years later]]. Lim-Dul was followed shortly after by Heidar of Rimewind, a mad [[AnIcePerson ice wizard]] who wanted to return the world to a second Ice Age. There's also Lord Dralnu, the Lich-Lord of Urborg, a zombie wizard with whom the forces of good were forced to ally against the invading Phyrexians; Memnarch, an [[AIIsACrapShoot evil artificial being]] with powerful magical abilities; and Virot Maglan, the Cabal Patriarch, who runs a sorcerous mafia.
** BigBad Nicol Bolas takes it UpToEleven, being an Evil Sorcerer ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]]''. He is the oldest and the last of the Elder Dragons in a setting where dragons become more powerful and dangerous with age. While he was originally represented in-game as an "ordinary" legend type creature card (with a special ability that has him ''MindRape'' the opponent instead of dealing damage), he is now a ''planeswalker''. As in a ''PhysicalGod''.
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', being a retooled ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3rd Edition, loves this trope oh-so-much. Nex, Geb, Tar-Barphon, Karzoug and six other Runelords, Adivion Adrissant, The Splatter Man, Arazni the Harlot Queen, Areelu Vorlesh, Vordakai, and dozens more are in the setting, filling out the same roles as this trope did in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. It's rare for an adventure not to have at least one, even if they aren't the primary antagonist, and as of late 2013 almost a hundred adventure books (modules and Adventure Paths) have been written.
* Iuchiban in ''TableTopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''.
** Daigotsu was raised from birth to be the embodiment of this trope. I mean, the guy serves an evil god ''willingly''...
* Drachenfells, Nagash, Heinrich "[[RedBaron the Lichemaster]]" Kemmler and Ergrimm Von Horstmann from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Also, all Chaos sorcerers, necromancers, Vampire lords, Dark Elf warlocks, Tomb King liche priests and Skaven grey seers also count. No, it's [[CrapsackWorld not a happy place]]; [[CaptainObvious whoever gave you THAT idea]]?
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s 69 AD juncture is ruled by the Eaters of the Lotus, a sinister cabal of evil eunuch sorcerers and their human and demonic servants. The Four Monarchs, banished to the Netherworld, are another example, except for the smartest one of the lot [[DefectorFromDecadence who's not so bad anymore]] for someone who [[EvilOverlord ruled 1/4th of the world for centuries with absolute power]].
* Lots of people in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', since all the factions are mostly evil, and most of them use sorcery to some extent. Chaos Space Marine sorcerers are the most glaring example, being seven foot tall genetically engineered warriors in power armour, AND having the protection of evil gods, and they hate everybody and want unlimited power. However, they pay a price, suffering [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity ever-increasing madness]] and horrible mutations such as extra limbs, heads, eyes inside their mouths, etc.
** The best part about the price they pay? They either don't care or they think it's [[CursedWithAwesome awesome]].
* The ''SpiritOfTheCentury'' supplement ''SpiritOfTheSeason'' brings magic more fully into the game, and naturally has a couple of magical villains, including Salomon Mizrahi, a evil kabbalist who is convinced he is a Tzadikim Nistarim, one of the 36 Righteous People whose existence supports that of the world. Interestingly, he's actually better at Science! than he is at magic, making him particularly dangerous.
** His mentor (and general BigBad of [=SotC=]) Dr. Methusala may be considered to fall under this trope with his mastery of the 10 equations and ability to radically alter reality, and blur the line between science and magic (then again, [=SotC=] treats magic as being answerable to science, just not till it's properly studied).
* Almost all magic users in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' will turn into this, spend the rest of their lives eating bugs in an insane asylum, or else die so horribly that seeing their remains could cause Sanity loss on the SanityMeter. The "or" in the proceeding sentence is not an ''exclusive'' or, and you can bet the head of a cult will fit this trope well. MagicIsEvil here.
** ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' is the marriage of RealRobot mecha anime, ''The Guyver'', and ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. Needless to say, twisted sorcerers are a dime a dozen.
* ''UnknownArmies'' plays with this trope. Magic is not inherently evil, but it draws peoples whose values are so alien to normal that they can't really be expected to uphold normal human ethics. As a consequence, this trope shows up, but much less than you expect from a modern horror game. When one adept gets power from subverting their sexuality to a porn star, another from having money (not using it, just having it), and a third from collecting (but not studying) old books, you can't expect these people to be terribly sane, can you?
* ''MageTheAscension'' plays with this trope. The main adversary of most PlayerCharacters, the Technocratic Union, use {{Magitek}}, and are corrupt but generally not evil. They conflict with the Traditions mostly over worldview, turning the conflict into one of GrayandGreyMorality where it's RomanticismVsEnlightenment tragically fighting it out. But then the Nephandi, mages who have sworn themselves into the service of one EldritchAbomination or another, are this trope personified.
** It is also certainly possible for a Tremere or Giovanni in VampireTheMasquerade to be a vampiric version of this trope. The Baali are this by way of demon-worship, and the [[TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast Devil-Tigers]] can play this trope by way of Asian myths of hungry ghosts if built correctly.
** ''ChangelingTheDreaming'' fae can mix this trope with the FairFolk in some forms.
** The Sorcerer sourcebook detailed many ways to play this trope out without being a full Mage from ''MageTheAscension'', though Sorcerers were not inherently evil.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' offers the Seers of the Throne, a group of mages seeking to enforce their masters' control over reality while advancing themselves in the process, and the Scelesti, mages who seek to give reality over to the Abyss, which embodies everything antithetical to existence.
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* Klingsor from Creator/RichardWagner's ''Parsifal''.
* The Enchanter (who exists only in Don Quixote's mind) in ''ManOfLaMancha''.
* Comus in Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', with a fondness for BalefulPolymorph.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* One of the earliest {{Lego}} minifigures was actually ''called'' Evil Wizard.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most of the Society of the Black Cloak from ''VideoGame/KingsQuest''.
* The Summoner from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'', who used to be the Sorcerer from the first game before being driven mad by Diablo.
* Many, many examples in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. Jagar Tharn from [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena the first game]], being the most cliche example.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', there is a Great House designed to appeal specifically to Evil Sorcerers. [[SubvertedTrope Strangely enough]], not very many of its upper echelon members seem to be outright evil. Most of them do [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain own slaves]], but then again [[ValuesDissonance so do most nobles in Morrowind]].
* [[BigBad Ganon]], especially in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', his chronologically first appearance.
** Also Agahnim in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' (the guy in the picture), [[spoiler: if he weren't already [[BigBad someone]] [[HijackedByGanon else]].]]
*** Though he ''is'' someone else in Akira Himekawa's manga adaptation.
** Vaati, the BigBad of the ''Four Swords'' trilogy [[spoiler:at least until ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' gets HijackedByGanon]], has the title of Wind Mage.
* The final villain in the original ''SpyroTheDragon'' trilogy, simply called "The Sorceress."
** Arguably, ALL of the absolutely major Spyro Villains are variations on this except the very first one, Gnasty Gnorc.
* Nasira from ''[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge]]''.
* Xemnas & his Heartless counterpart from ''KingdomHearts'' seem to be this.
** Though Xemnas, taking a page from his physical predecessor is much more of a Magic Knight since he actually favors to use his Aerial Blades(Lightsabers) along with magic. His counterpart is more of a pure Mage though, as he usually lets his Guardian attack you.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' it's suggested that falling victim to this trope was the underlying cause of Revan's fall to the dark side. In the sequel, [[spoiler: Atris]] embodies it, and in somewhat more rounded fashion, Darth Traya does as well.
* Shang Tsung and Quan Chi of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' embody this trope very well. Shao Kahn and Shinnok pull this off as well, while also overlapping with GodOfEvil.
* This is a recurring villain archetype in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** First Evil Sorcerer in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series is [[BigBad The Emperor]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''.
** Golbez from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', who also doubles as a TinTyrant. [[spoiler: In the sequel, he goes the other way, picking up a {{BFS}} and becoming a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero.]]]]
** Exdeath in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is first made to be one of these when the player doesn't know him very well. Then, he's hinted to be a HumanoidAbomination. Finally, he's revealed to be... [[WhenTreesAttack an evil tree]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]] starts as this, but ends up becoming something [[OmnicidalManiac much worse]].
** Sorceress Ultimecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is very much an evil sorceress. Her goal is to compress time so that all creation would be centered around her, thus making her a goddess to reshape reality as she sees fit.
*** Adel is also one as well. We don't get to know much about it (AmbiguousGender, but presumably female) and in the fight against it, it says nothing. But you do find out small bits of info about it.
** Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': EvilSorcerer, AgentPeacock, TheStarscream and the eventual BigBad.
* Several in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe. Examples include Kel'thuzad, Medivh (after [[DemonicPossession being possessed by Sargeras]]), prince Kael'thas (after joining forces with the Legion), and archmage Arugal. The playable warlock class has this vibe going on, too.
* ''BaldursGate'': Jon Irenicus. Evil by reason of having no soul and a resultant fascination with playing around with innards. Although at one point he was just your regular "driven by overpassionate love and misplaced pride" sort of evil. You could have some understanding for his situation, if he wasn't so smug about his superiority. You WILL hate him.
* Malkil from ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''.
* Windy of ''SuikodenI'', one of the more ObviouslyEvil villains in the series.
* Rashidi of ''OgreBattle'' and his apprentices.
* ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'': Keethrax, the Black Druid; Nonnak the necromancer; Yulgash, the Master Summoner; Nuurag Vaarn, the Chaos Archmage; Gaab'Bay, the old crone.
** Oh, and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou if you live]] [[NintendoHard long enough]] to see them all, you'll also meet liches, necromancers, dark sages, black wizards, chaos wizards, the skeletal king, a variety of wyrms (which can cast spells), and possibly an evil god. Also, depending on your choices, [[VillainProtagonist you.]]
* Many ''SuperMarioBros'' villains. Foremost being Kamek, but to an extent King Boo and Bowser himself (original NES game had him using BlackMagic to take over). As well as quite a few RPG villains that have traces of this (Fawful, Grodus and Smithy are {{Technopath}} variants, The Shadow Queen in ''VideoGame/PaperMario 2'' is this kind of thing played straight).
* Several ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' antagonists such as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Gharnef]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Nergal]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Validar]]. Some may overlap with SinisterMinister.
* The Dragonlord from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', Hargon from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'', Dhoulmagus from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' ([[spoiler:though for him it's mostly a case of DemonicPossession by the true BigBad]]).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'': Julius
** ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'': Thanatos
** ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'': Koren, The Masked Mage
* The Archmage from ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire''.
* The Lotus Clan from ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'' is ruled by a cabal of immortal Warlocks. In-game the Warlock (which consist of lesser members of the cabal) is one of their higher-tier units and the leaders of the cabal are their hero units.
* The Tevinter Magisters of ''Franchise/DragonAge'', which is much more pronounced in [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]]. In fact, according to the lore the Tevinter Imperium was responsible for creating the [[TheHorde Darkspawn]] after using magic to try and reach the equivalent of heaven, only for it to go horribly horribly wrong. They're still around, mostly seen as slavers or maniacal and powerhungry blood mages.
** ''Origins'' makes it seem like they're little more than a VestigialEmpire. The sequel reveals that, while they've suffered from the rebellion in the Southern lands (e.g. Ferelden, Orlais) and the never-ending war with the Qunari, the Imperium is still strong and has large holdings in the North. They're also slowly recovering and may threaten the Southern kingdoms in the future.
* Ba Rouryuu, the BigBad of the GirlsLove VisualNovel ''AoiShiro''. [[HarsherInHindsight If no one stops him, a tsunami of unbelievable magnitude will hit all of Japan in no time]].
* Druaga in ''TheTowerOfDruaga''.
* [[NietzscheWannabe The Nihilist Priesthood]] in ''{{Lusternia}}'' is a whole ''church'' full of Evil Sorcerer[=s=]. They worship extradimensional [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon Lords]], practice [[{{Necromancer}} Necromancy]] and wage a [[RageAgainstTheHeavens veritable war]] against the [[TheHecateSisters Three Fates]] (since the Nihilists regard predestination as slavery, and undead immortality as the path to freedom from it).
* Seath the Scaleless in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is a dragon credited with inventing sorcery. He's an insane wreck in the present after vainly trying to solve the mystery of the scales of immortality that every dragon ''but'' him possessed.
* At one point in his campaign, Gauldoth Half-Dead of ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Heroes IV]]'' lampshades the tendency for necromancers to become the evil TakeOverTheWorld overreaching villain. That said, it's not ''that'' common an affliction: over the course of the six games taking place on Enroth, a grand total of ''one'' character (Sandro) fitting this trope shows up, and he survives the ordeal and aims for more modest goals after that.
* Werdna from the ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' series.
* ''SimonTheSorcerer'' has Sordid, the BigBad of the series.
* The text-based ''[[TheSpellcastingSeries Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers Get All The Girls]]'' has the BigBad and Evil Sorcerer turn out to be [[spoiler:the protagonist's [[WickedStepmother abusive stepfather]]]].
* The BigBad [[spoiler:Great Zaroff]] of ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit''.*
* This would be ''[[VillainProtagonist you]]'' in ''VideoGame/{{Nekro}}'', an AffablyEvil sort of man with a legitimate grievance against [[TheCaligula the King]], and quite willing to voice your grievances with the assistance of TheLegionsOfHell.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Faria}}'', the BigBad is a nameless Wizard who was formerly a SealedEvilInACan. This Wizard has two horns and a scarlet body, though he otherwise doesn't look much like a BigRedDevil. He magically disguises himself to obtain the King's scrolls that were used to subdue him long ago, and [[spoiler:uses them to [[ScaledUp turn into a dragon]]]]. His evil magic is also responsible for [[spoiler:transforming all men in the player character's kingdom into women]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Xykon. He's also a ''literal'' sorcerer; a spellcaster who was born with his powers rather than learning magic through study.
** [[spoiler: Vaarsuvius]] were also in danger of becoming this, thanks to his/her obsession with ultimate power. Whether or whether not s/he will eventually succumb remains to be seen.
** Technically [[EvilTwin Nale]] is this as well, but as it's not his only character class (and he's much weaker than either of the above) it's not played up as much as his being Elan's brother and leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Linear]] [[EvilCounterpart Guild]].
* Lord Dragos from ''TheBeastLegion'' is probably one of the most sadistic Evil sorcerers around, if not ''the'' most sadistic.
* Wanda, the croakamancer from ''{{Erfworld}}''.
* [[Webcomic/EightBitTheater Black Mage]] is this mixed with TheChewToy and VillainProtagonist. [[spoiler:Sarda]] is a straighter example.
* Kakralomino, the BigBad of ''Webcomic/TailsOfLanschilandia'', though with more of a focus on his EvilOverlord characteristics than his magic abilities.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Necromancer, in the WhateleyUniverse.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mozenrath, Caliph Kapok and Khartoum from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''.
* Eli Pandarus from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
* Hex from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* No Heart from ''Franchise/CareBears''.
* King Sombra from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', combined with EvilOverlord and SorcerousOverlord. Also, while not discussed in the episode, WordOfGod states that the villain of the series premiere, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]], was the result of [[FallenAngel Princess Luna]] being corrupted by dark magic, making her an earlier example.
* Wrath-Amon and Ram-Amon from ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'', the latter being an obvious {{expy}} of the Conan books' Thoth-Amon.
* Malsquando, Princess Irmoplotz and Queen Zonthara from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''.
* Mr Crocker becomes one of these in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Timmy the Barbarian".
* The Archmage from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Demona, the primary BigBad of the series, was formerly his apprentice and though not as powerful (she makes up for it by being physically tougher and tech-savvy), she often uses magic in her plots.
* Skeletor in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' is a borderline [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] variant on this.
** Also Evil-Lyn.
** He's somewhat more competent, dangerous and evil in the recent remake series; we also get to see two other {{Big Bad}}s who fit the bill: King Hiss and Hordak. Unfortunately, the new series was cancelled before we could get to see Hordak really strut his stuff outside of the BackStory and {{flash back}}s, as he gave every indication of being far more {{Badass}} than his ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' incarnation.
* As mentioned above, Felix Faust and Tala from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* Warlock from ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''.
* The evil magician who created ''WesternAnimation/RubikTheAmazingCube''.
* Gargamel from ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' is called an evil wizard but he comes across as more of a crazy hermit, down on his luck alchemist.
* Any wizard from ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'', though some of them tend to cross over into MadScientist territory.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' have Mumm-Ra, '''[[LargeHam THE EVER-LIVING!!!]]'''
* Both {{Big Bad}}s from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' - Prince Phobos is a SorcerousOverlord, while Nerissa augments her innate Guardian powers with learned (or stolen) magic. In a series full of powerfully magical characters, they sit near the top.
* Blackwolf in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}''. He's the EvilTwin of Avatar.
* Carl the Evil Cockroach Wizard from ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo''.
* Shadow Weaver from ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''.
* [=SkullMaster=] from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''.
* There are eight DEMON sorcerers who make up the BigBadEnsemble of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', with one of them, Shendu, acting as the primary antagonist for a good chunk of the show.
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