"Time for a new start. Clean slate. A re-made universe. My universe. Who knows? Maybe one world... one universe— won't be enough."A step above Galactic Conqueror but below Guardian of the Multiverse and Multiversal Conqueror, this villain rules an entire universe with an iron fist. Sometimes several universes. He's ready to add ours to the list, just as soon as those pesky heroes from Earth are out of the way... Dimension Lords are usually demons or cosmically powerful mages, or have access to such a high level of Applied Phlebotinum that their technology might as well be magic. They may be gods or Eldritch Abominations. Their universes may be seriously large, or may be pocket dimensions not much larger than, say, Earth. It's still fairly impressive. Despite their nigh-infinite real estate, minions, and personal power, though, Dimension Lords seldom have any more success with their evil plans than do lesser villains... Note that unlike the Evil Overlord, the Dimension Lord is often the legitimate ruler of his dimension. If Dimension Lord gets too ambitious, he often becomes Multiversal Conqueror. Trope name by Dean Shomshak, author of the Champions super-hero RPG sourcebook "The Ultimate Supermage." Councils Of Angels / Celestial Paragons and Archangels, Demon Lords and Archdevils and physical gods are fairly often Dimensional Lords.
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- Emperor Muge Zorbados from Dancougar.
- King Yemma in Dragon Ball controls its version of the afterlife: the Other World. And while his actual fighting-power level is very low by the standards of the series, his Domain Holder-style control over the place still allows him to subdue the souls of even Physical God-style villains like Perfect Cell and Kid Buu (even reincarnating the latter into a good-guy human). However, in the Fusion Reborn movie, his control is temporarily usurped by Reality Warper Janemba, and since Yemma's not a very capable direct fighter, Goku and co. have to step in and help.
- Sailor Moon
- Queen Metaria (working through Queen Beryl) and behind Metaria is an even higher up entity named Chaos.
- If her name is anything to go by, the manga's Sailor Cosmos might be a benign version of this trope. In the Bad Future whence she hails, all of her allies, every Sailor Scout, and every life, is long dead, and she is the only one still left fighting Chaos, in its purest form. The name "Cosmos" refers to her role to defend the universe.
- The Anti-Spiral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, who did so to prevent the destruction of the universe.
- Doctor Strange
- Dormammu, the immortal and unstoppable god-tyrant of the mystical "Dark Dimension", worshiped as a deity in thousands of other universes, something worse than a demon, older and far more powerful than any elder god, possessor of sufficient might to have defeated cosmic entities such as the Phoenix Force or Eternity in personal combat, able to rewrite entire universes, and creator of kings of hell of the highest order, with the ultimate goal of slaughtering any rival higher powers, assume control of all life and afterlife, and turn both into an inescapable never-ending torture camp from birth to death and anything beyond. Arch-enemy and most dangerous foe of Doctor Strange, and the first classic Dimension Lord. Arguably the most genuinely terrifying absolutely evil recurring villain in the Marvel roster. Think Darkseid taken to a much higher scaled ultimate extreme. Some of his plots stretch billions of years before coming to fruition, but luckily he's usually extremely arrogant and not a particularly inventive schemer. Then again he doesn't need to be, as he is one of the most powerful known Eldritch Abominations in existence. His twin sister Umar also fills this role. She is the more dangerous of the two, despite being less powerful, because she is intelligent and very patient — fortunately she doesn't care about destroying our world as much as her brother does.
- Shuma-Gorath is another one of these, as well as a Multiversal Conqueror. He's even more powerful than Dormammu! The Thanos Imperative reveals that Shuma Gorath is just one member of an entire pantheon of dimension conquering abominations called the Many-Angled Ones.
- Mephisto, lord of one of several Hells in the Marvel Universe.
- An interesting case is Illyana Rasputin/Magik, who is a Dimensional Overlord and (usually) one of the good guys.
- While Meffy is the most commonly used one, we also have other demonic overlords: Satannish, Nightmare, Belasco, etc. etc. Occasionally they claim to be the same guy.
- Daimon Hellstrom is also lord of a Hell Dimension and is all powerful when there. He spends more time on Earth, though, and is also usually one of the good guys.
- Also Hela, Queen of the realms of Hel and Niffleheim and the Asgardian Goddess of Death. She is a member of the Hell Lords along with Mephisto and Dormammu.
- Trigon the Terrible, demonic overlord of The DCU and father of Teen Titans member Raven.
- The Anti-Monitor, ruler of the Antimatter Universe prior to and during DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- The Time Trapper from Legion of Super-Heroes offers a somewhat different spin on this in that the dimension he rules over is the DCU itself, during its dying years.
- Fantastic Four villain Hyperstorm is Mister Fantastic's future grandson from an alternate universe, a psychic mutant with a level of power so absurdly off the scale that he was able to conquer his entire universe without much serious effort.
- The titular Villain Protagonist of Teknophage, by Neil Gaiman, from the mostly forgotten mid-90s publisher Tekno Comix. He was a corporate dimensional conqueror purely for the purpose of satisfying his own gluttonous urgings to eat the most predatory (and thus savory) souls by making worlds so horrible that they produced assassination attempts against him. He was also a powerful telepath and especially immortal. He was also a dinosaur.
- Mojo from X-Men rules a dimension where anyone who has the highest television ratings becomes the leader. This also applies to Mojo II, Mojo V, a babified version of Apocalypse, and in at least one alternate future the heroic Shatterstar. Since television in that dimension takes the form of deadly war games, it tends to have a high turnover in leadership.
- The titular protagonist of The Sandman is, as Lord of the Dreaming, a rare non-villain example. Each of his siblings has a Domain of their own, although his seems to be the only one with a significant number of other inhabitants.
- Interestingly Satan is technically not one due to then-recent events in the DCU mandating a triumvirate. Neil Gaiman plays this as an indulgence on Lucifer's part, and later subverts it: When Lucifer quits and actually shuts Hell down throwing everyone out and leaving Dream the key. He goes on to lord over a nice bar. And then he makes his own universe in Lucifer. But he's not very big on the 'ruling' part, basically telling anyone who lives there that his only commandment is that he is not to be worshipped.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us Emperor Palpatine, once he gets better. When not enough power is enough, he wanted to become a god, so that he could live off the Force of his followers, and then he would conquer the universe! With Luke as his high priest, of course.
- Astro City has Krigari Ironhand, an interdimensional tyrant and emperor who's already conquered several realities before the heroes have even heard of him.
- Judge Dredd: Judge Death, leader of the Dark Judges, is the ruler of an alternate dimension called Deadworld. He and his brethren (and the Sisters of Death) culled their world of all life long ago before crossing over into Dredd's dimension to spread the gospel.
- In Split Second, Sparkle hijacks the magic holding together the pocket dimension inside the Power Ponies comic book. She temporarily becomes a Reality Warper, with command and authority over the entire dimension and its laws of physics, but is ejected a few seconds later.
- In Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World, Emperor Vakudos is the ruler of a dimension called the Midnight Cage.
- In Super Milestone Wars 2, The Biggest Bad is ruuler of the dimension, Voidspace. And there's Multiversal Conqueror, King Dyce, who rules over his home Alternate Universe as well as multiple dimensions.
- In the Pony POV Series, all of the Elders are this to their own realms: Fauna Luster has the realm that her alicorn children live in, the Father of Alicorns has Pony Heaven, Havoc has Pony Hell, and Entropy has Oblivion (in fact it seems that they are their realms). Meanwhile, all of their children have their own separate private realms within the ones controlled by Their Parents that they control themselves, but the Elders seem to be able to override that control. It should be noted that the Draconequi Elders are more neutral entities while the Alicorn Elders are fully benevolent.
- Liberalis, one of the Minor Arcana Alicorns, is a bit different from the others in that her realm isn't in the spirit realm with the others. Rather, as Concept of the Mortal World, mortal reality is her domain.
- Queen of All Oni: If one counts Jade's mindscape as a dimension, then The Queen, as dominant Aspect since Jade's Face–Heel Turn, qualifies, especially since she crushed Hero's rebellion. That said, Father still controls Home (Jade's soul), so she doesn't fit the criteria 100 percent.
- Older Than Steam: At least in the standard Paradise Lost-influenced portrayal, Satan is the near-absolute ruler of the dimension called Hell.
- In Jack Vance's "Guyal of Sfere", the demon Blikdak is evidently foundational for the very existence of his home dimension, Jeldred - when Blikdak is destroyed, Jeldred ceases to exist. He is referred to as its "Ruler-Divinity".
Live Action TV
- Angel: The monks of Pylea are hinted to be acolytes of the Senior Partners.
- Dark Specter from Power Rangers in Space is the overlord of the Universal Alliance of Evil, which has already conquered most of the universe (excluding Earth).
- Omega, from Doctor Who, is the absolute, godlike ruler of an entire universe made of anti-matter. Subverted by the fact that he's the only guy there. And he wants out.
- The Celestial Toymaker occupies a separate universe which he controls absolutely.
- Time, being a dimension, makes every Time Lord one of these. Or, as of 2010, the Doctor himself, since he's the only Time Lord left.
- It's probably best that he doesn't start thinking about this too much, or show what he could really do with this status, as "The Waters of Mars" showed. It almost made the Doctor finally go off the deep end and he started referring to himself as "Time Lord Victorious". The one thing what caused him to return to normal is Adelaide (the famous person he saved, who wasn't meant to be alive) killing herself to save the world, and specifically herself, from the Doctor's hubris.
- House is the only truly living thing in a "bubble universe" somewhere beyond our own. He's the size of a planet, but can transfer consciousnesses into other bodies, including his own into the TARDIS. Because he's the only thing in his universe, he has to obtain nutrition from ours.
- In Sliders, the Kromaggs rule multiple dimensions.
- The Prophets in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are the masters of their own dimension, though it is unclear how large the inside of the wormhole actually is. However, they seem to display almost absolute power inside it and in the past occasionally helped the natives of the nearby planet Bajor, who in return worship them as gods.
- Glorificus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer used to be one, until she got banished to earth and forced to timeshare Ben's body. Her entire arc is about her attempt to get back to her own dimension.
- In Flash Gordon (2007) series, Emperor Ming rules Mongo, which is a parallel version of Earth instead of a planet in our universe.
- Skarn the Shaper and Tyrannon the Conqueror from the Champions Universe, created by Dean Shomshak as examples of this trope. Not to mention Istvatha V'han, who doesn't call herself "Empress of a Billion Dimensions" for nothing.
- As is Omega, Lord of the Terminus from the Mutants and Masterminds default setting of Freedom City.
- The Demon Lords and Archdevils of the Great Wheel cosmology in Dungeons & Dragons (used in most campaign settings of the 2nd Edition and the setting of Planescape) each rule over an entire layer of the Abyss and the Nine Hells. Except for Asmodeus, who has granted the other eight hells as fiefs to the other archdevils, and Graz'zt, whose realm of Azzagrat consists not only of one, but three layers, which elevates him to the same level of power as the much more stronger Demogorgon and Orcus.
- A splatbook for the Palladium Game Nightbane included detailed rules on how to create your own Astral Realm (on the Astral Plane, natch) as a player character, and thus begin play as a (small-scale) Dimension Lord. The Nightlords could also count, ruling over a Dark World and seeking to conquer its counterpart: Earth.
- In the original editions of Mage: The Ascension, some of those who ascend actually BECAME their own extradimensional realms, where they were absolute, being both Dimension Lord and Dimension at the same time.
- In Magic: The Gathering, this is you. And Yawgmoth was this to Phyrexia.
- Freedom Force:
- Lord Dominion, a loose pastiche of Galactus and Darkseid. A tad unusual in that the dimension he's lord over is the "normal" universe — Earth is the only planet he hasn't conquered yet (he peppered the world with the superpower-causing agent to watch the humans destroy themselves for his amusement).
- Greater Scope Villain Timemaster is even more so, being a full-on Galactus Expy who resides in a Place Beyond Time realm. In fact, he and Lord Dominion are eventually revealed to have been spending most of the game in an Evil Versus Evil stalemate to see which one ultimately gets this universe.
- City of Heroes
- Rularuu the Ravager, a Galactus clone turned into a Dormammu clone when he was exiled to the Shadow Shard.
- DJ Zero, is a rare non-evil Dimension Lord who has turned his own private pocket dimension (possibly a sealed-off section of the Shadow Shard) into a dance club for superhumans.
- Tyrant has to qualify as well, what with ruling the entire Mirror Universe with an iron fist and having already conquered several other dimensions, and setting his eyes on ours...
- Nemesis counts as well.
- By the same token, Lord of War Hro'Dohtz of the Rikti a good chunk of the plot in the RWZ is trying to destabilize his control of the Rikti Homeworld.
- The various Overlords of the various Netherworlds from Nippon Ichi's strategy games. In particular, Laharl from Disgaea and Zetta from Makai Kingdom, who're main characters of their respective games. Interestingly, the title of Overlord is inheritable — you only get to keep it until someone stronger beats the crap out of you for it.
- While not necessarily villainous, The Elemental Lords from World of Warcraft are an example of this. Each of them banished to their own Pocket Dimension of a Pocket Dimension that they're free to rule over to prevent their in-fighting from causing chaos on Azeroth. In Cataclysm the two that were villains were actually subservient to the expansion's Big Bad Deathwing and Greater Scope Villain N'Zoth, most actually follow Blue and Orange Morality based on their element.
- Dimensius the All-Devouring is presented this way in The Burning Crusade. He rules over a Pocket Dimension known as the Void (where all the Voidwalker demons come from) and emerges to devour worlds - most recently, Ka'Resh, where the Ethereals come from.
- Devil Survivor 2 allows the protagonist to become one in one of the endings of the Triangulum Arc, by ascending the Heavenly Throne and becoming the new Administrator.
- The main villain of Soul Nomad & the World Eaters is a literal Dimension Lord as well. And the Big Good Haephnes is a token good guy example of this, since she rules the Crapsack World where the game takes place (it's not crapsack through her fault, mind, but manipulations of the Big Bad).
- The sixteen Daedra princes in The Elder Scrolls games each rule over their own plane of Oblivion; the eponymous game in the series allows the player to explore Mehrunes Dagon's and Sheogorath's planes.
- Tabuu in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, rules over Subspace. In the Smash Bros. Dojo, Master Hand is described as the Lord of the Smash Bros. world. At least, until Tabuu makes it a puppet...
- The Guardian from the later Ultima games. Arguably Lord British from Ultima IV on.
- The Legend of Zelda
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Zant rules the Twilight Realm (though he usurped the position from Midna); he then sets his sights on the World of Light. Unsurprisingly, Ganondorf is behind it.
- Ganondorf is, of course, ruler of the Dark World/Sacred Land in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
- Dimentio in Super Paper Mario tries to take this position by destroying all the dimensions and rebuilding them in his own image.
- The Forgotten God rules over the abyss. Later the protagonist, the titular Overlord, can take over the god's role, ascending from an Evil Overlord to this position.
- Chzo, from the games of the Chzo Mythos, is a pain elemental that rules the World of Magick as it's King.
- Mortal Kombat: Shao Kahn rules as Emperor of the evil, mutant-infested dimension known as Outworld. He is constantly scheming to conquer Earth. Kahn goes up to Multiversal Conqueror, but he hates Earth for defeating him.
- This is Ultimecia's goal in Final Fantasy VIII, to absorb all time and space into herself and create a new universe in her image.
- In Final Fantasy XI, Diabolos is the overlord of the Dynamis Dimension.
- This was Illua's goal in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 — she made a pact with the Neukhia in order to gain more power, and planned to harness the Zellea Rift to achieve total domination over time and space.
- The Emperor's goal in Dissidia: Final Fantasy is to arrange for Cosmos and Chaos to die while he uses a Dark Crystal to seize a portion of power from one of them (it's unclear which the Crystal takes power from), leaving him to rule over World B. Note that in Dissidia, "World B" isn't an actual planet, closer to being an alternate dimension that rests atop the Void Between the Worlds that acts as the hub of the Final Fantasy multiverse.
- Asura's Wrath: The Golden Spider/Chakravartin rules the dimension between life and death, Naraka.
- If you choose the Infinity Ball as your first invention in the Asura Storyline of Guild Wars 2, the final boss of the story chain is one of these who has set their eye on your version of Tyria. They also happen to be you.
- Pokémon has Giratina, a Pokémon who rules over the Distortion World (a universe parallel to the normal one) and is, in fact, the only native inhabitant. It's unclear, however, if Giratina is meant to rule it to keep things in balance, or if the Distortion World also acts as its prison (Giratina having been banished from the normal world for its violence).
- As of Episode 6 of Umineko: When They Cry, the new Territory Lord of Beatrice's Fragment, the Endless Sorcerer BATTLER.
- Mynd of Bob and George claims this when he first meets Bob, but the author admits in his notes that he's probably lying, or that his dimension is tiny.
- El Goonish Shive brings us Lord Tedd. Or, rather, did; with the New First Comics, he appears to have vanished from the series entirely. Lord Tedd was later mentioned (and lampshaded) when Elliot was talking to Tedd's father on the phone after being attack by the Bloodgrem.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- The Dimension of Pain is ruled by an entity known only as the Demon King. The Demon King gets relatively little face time, however, and leaves most of the running of the place to his subordinate Demon Lord. (The guest strips by Ian McDonald also have the demons beholden to some kind of interdimensional fiendish bureaucracy.)
- Deplora (a "Demon Queen" but equivalent to a Demon Lord, not King) seems to rule the Dimension of Grief, except when the above mentioned guest strips introduce the Demon King's counterpart, the Grief Monarch. So probably he rules the Dimension of Grief.
- Felix the Cat: The Movie: "You think you can stop me? The Duke of Zill? The new King of Oriana? The ruler of our dimension?!"