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[[caption-width-right:350: [[ObviouslyEvil Obviously]] [[SarcasmMode the king of goodness and light.]]]]

-> ''"I am power unlike any you have known: absolute, infinite, and unrelenting. You have no choice but to prepare for a long dark future as my subjects--and my slaves."''
-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}''', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "Apokolips... Now! (Part 2)"

The archetypal HighFantasy villain.

He usually lurks in an intimidating fortress in a [[{{Mordor}} near-uninhabitable landscape]], plotting to TakeOverTheWorld (if he [[VillainWorld doesn't already rule it]]), with hordes upon hordes of beastlike warriors (who must be [[OurOrcsAreDifferent none too bright]], otherwise they would've overthrown him) at his beck and call.

There are other, more bureaucratic versions of this character that fall under the "LawfulEvil" heading. What separates an Evil Overlord from those is a near-total absence of politics. No senate recognizes his authority, no Pope elected him, he seldom has need for RoyalBlood or a line of succession. He thinks nothing of resorting to [[IControlMyMinionsThrough terror, mind control, or selective breeding]] to corrupt and control his armies. The dark realm exists solely to conquer his neighbors' domains, and military service is non-negotiable. (Are you good with numbers? [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect Tough titties.]]) He is, quite simply, a force of evil.

This character is deployed as a Satanic figure -- hence, ''generally'' male -- and associated with [[EvilIsNotWellLit eternal darkness]], [[EvilisBurningHot fire & brimstone]], and {{Ominous Opera Cape}}s.

There are a few, more interesting exceptions: Creator/CSLewis' White Witch was draped in [[LightIsNotGood white]], symbolic of joylessness, decay, and [[EvilIsDeathlyCold endless winter]], and his Lady of the Green Kirtle was green, symbolic of [[SnakesAreSinister snakes]] and [[PoisonIsEvil venom]].

Odds are the Overlord will probably want to establish TheEmpire. In fact, TheEmperor is at about the same score or higher in tropes on authority, and a single character is likely to be both. If he isn't officially titled "Emperor" (and sometimes even when he is) he will instead adopt a grandiose title that [[CardCarryingVillain openly declares exactly which side he's on]], most often "Dark Lord" or "Demon King".

See also: OverlordJr, SorcerousOverlord, TinTyrant (often overlaps) DiabolicalMastermind (the real-world equivalent), GalacticConqueror[=/=]DimensionLord (this trope [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Space!]]]]), and GodOfEvil. Namesake for the EvilOverlordList.

Not to be confused with the video game ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' and its sequels, nor the novel series ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}''.

!![[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Rule of thumb, Troper. You can't kill the Messiah...]] but you can provide wicks.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[TheEmperor Emperor Ganishka]] of Kushan in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. He [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty kidnaps]] Queen Charlotte and creates a demonic army by dropping pregnant women into an EldritchAbomination, after which their corrupted children rip themselves out of their mothers' wombs and devour them. Playing this trope straight is probably the only reason that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' isn't a complete [[DeconstructorFleet deconstruction]] of HeroicFantasy.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Both {{Big Bad}}s operate under this formula as well:
** Aizen is a narcissistic sociopath with a god complex, who manipulates and betrays everyone who trusts him, and doesn't hesitate to leave even his closest associates NotQuiteDead on the floor. Fittingly, he rules his army of Arrancar from his enormous white palace of Las Noches.
** [[AGodAmI Yhwach]], is TheEmperor of the [[PuttingOnTheReich Vandenreich]], a hyper-militant Quincy organisation. He's a brutal, intolerant autocrat primarily interested in causing as much discord, conflict, and death as possible. He's completely willing to encourage TeamKiller subordinates to perform UnfriendlyFire at their whim. He rules from his ice palace of Silbern, within the realm of Schatten Bereich, a city that exists [[PocketDimension within the shadows]] of Seireitei. His first act is to conquer [[TheHeartless Hueco Mundo]], so he often recruits and brainwashes Arrancar into joining his army.
* Lelouch and Schneizel from ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'' are fighting for this position. Slightly subverted in that [[spoiler:Lelouch appears to be one but pulls a Milliardo Peacecraft maneuver like in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' by dying a villain but uniting the world]], while Schneizel acts all nice when it's been indicated he's the real deal. Having a father who promoted Social Darwinism means they may need something more to overshoot him...or not.
* Queen Esmerelda of ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' is the queen of the supposed MarySuetopia Magical Land. She's also an massively evil being who issues slave labor for public transportation, ruthlessly dispatches with protesters and gained her position via slander and mudslinging against the previous rulers. The main character Punie is a MagicalGirl Evil Overlord in training.
* Maou from ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'' was the demon king until Emilia defeated him. After fleeing to Earth, he's trying to regain his throne and TakeOverTheWorld by climbing the career ladder at [[WcDonalds MgRonalds]].
* Light Yagami or Kira more or less becomes this in the second half of ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* Various ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' villains, including most of the ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Adventure]]'' bad guys and the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Digimon Kaiser]].
* [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Bagramon]] tops this for all villains in the ''Digimon'' franchise, by conquering all of the digital world, as well as nearly conquering Earth as well.
* Many of the {{Big Bad}}s from the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series fall into this category, including Commander Red of the Red Ribbon Army, King Piccolo, and Frieza.
* The Black King in ''Manga/{{Drifters}}'' plays with this trope: in one hand, he looks pretty sinister due to his name and wearing a [[TheFaceless face-concealing]] [[InTheHood hood]] and leads an AntiHumanAlliance that seeks revenge on humanity as a whole. On the other hand, he is a BenevolentBoss that is adored by his monster followers and uses [[GoodPowersBadPeople his ability to heal on injured]]. His end goal is to create a thriving civilization for the monster races, but he still serves as the BigBad for the entire series, nonetheless.
* Il Palazzo from ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' is a notable parody as well a deconstruction. [[spoiler: When his dark side takes over him, he's a frighteningly capable Evil Overlord.]]
* Gakuto/Gackto/Gaito ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS and those are just the official spellings]]) from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Kaido "of the Beasts", who lords over battalions of underlings and territories under his command [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority purely for his combat ability]].
* The Maoh King in ''Anime/GenmaWars'' governs [[AfterTheEnd a post-apocalyptic Earth]] with iron fist, subjugating humans with [[TheLegionsOfHell his demonic armies]]. He is a notoriously despicable due to his favorite pastime being [[MarsNeedsWomen abducting human females]] to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil forcefully]] produce heirs, [[AbusiveParents which he discards]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness if they fail to live up to his high expectations]] and start the whole process all over again.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' subverts the trope. Naraku does take over a castle but that's because he wants control over the people who serve the young lord whose body he's possessed. He kills everyone in the castle soon enough and focuses on building up enemies and destroying the bonds between people at every opportunity. He has absolutely no interest in taking over the world, however. He simply wants to [[TheCorrupter twist all bonds]].
* Claw from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* The protagonist from ''LightNovel/MaouNoHajimekata'' is one, a VillainProtagonist to be exact, the setting gives a reason for why Aur decided to become a Demon Lord however it does not make him sympathetic, he still goes on to make many evil deeds, extremely devilish ones.
* Moo from Anime/MonsterRancher. By the time the series starts, he has already conquered most of the continent with [[CoDragons his generals]] ruling their respective sections. He also has a floating fortress which is helpful since it makes him hard to track and he could be anywhere.
* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'' has the main character. Although at first he isn't this trope, he is getting there as the novels go on. [[spoiler:By the time of volume 9, he has officially become one.]]
* Marder from ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' displays most of traits, but he's a subversion: he wears black, he dwells in a huge fortress-city from which he deploys his troops, he's conquered huge chunks of planet Arst and is trying to tave over the whole world... however, he doesn't care about Arst at all. He only wants [[spoiler:to seize the planet's resources and weaponry to achieve his true goals.]]
* Emperor Beld and Wagnard from ''Anime/RecordOfLodossWar''.
* Talpa from ''RoninWarriors''.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' has [[TheManBehindTheMan Sosai X]] and Berg Katse.[[note]]Battle of the Planets has them as the Luminous One, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Zoltar and Mala]], while G-Force: Guardians of Space has them as Computor and Galactor.[[/note]] Katse wants to rule the world; X starts out that way, [[spoiler:but midway through switches to wanting to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy it.]]]] Katse goes for purple and a pointy-eared cowl and once fought Gatchaman to a standstill, while X is a blue flame with glowing eyes [[spoiler:ensconced in a secret base in the Himalayas]].
* [[BigBad Great Demon King Chestra]] from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln''. You can guess this from his title, really. Though ''Violinist of Hameln'' is an action/comedy series that parodies a lot of shonen and fantasy tropes, this particular trope is played straight.
* Judai Yuki of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' fits almost all of this trope's requirements (up to and including SpikesOfVillainy) during his time as [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Haou]][[note]]can be translated as "Supreme King", "Overlord" or "Hegemon"[[/note]], a merciless tyrant obsessed with the completion of a powerful card and with the elimination of all evil in the world -- even if he must use heinous methods in order to do so. Brron, Mad King of Dark World, whom Judai displaced, counts as well.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'':
** Reiji Akaba uses a deck themed after demonic kings. Surprisingly, unlike other rival characters focusing on a single ace monster, Reiji doesn't focus on a single king. His Extra Deck is 100% full of overlords, while his Main Deck has at least three different overlords, which makes a total of 19 different overlords. At the end of the series, three of them can be referred to as "super overlords", being extremely powerful and they are almost invincible when they are together.
** Haouryuu[[note]]Supreme King Dragon[[/note]]Z-ARC is a giant dragon who opposes humanity and leads his own legion of servants [[JerkassGenie to give humanity their desire for violent duels by destroying them]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/TheDCU'':
** ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'''s ComicBook/LexLuthor, in some incarnations, resembles a modern Evil Overlord: a CorruptCorporateExecutive with a skyscraper fortress and a suit of PoweredArmor for when he needs to get his hands dirty. However, he keeps up his VillainWithGoodPublicity status meticulously.
** ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} embodies[[note]] and yes, literally "embodies"; he's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Tyranny[[/note]] virtually every aspect of this trope, on a cosmic scale. There's a reason he's the one quoted at the top of the page.
** ComicBook/WonderWoman's brother the [[AncientEvil First-Born]] ''used'' to be this trope in his backstory. After being exiled from Olympus, he proceeded to conquer the world during TheTimeOfMyths and remade it into his own dark image in order to get Zeus' attention. When he was ignored, he rallied his armies and tried to wage war on Mount Olympus. His forces were swiftly crushed, he was buried beneath the Earth and [[UnPerson all evidence of his existence was erased]]. He is now an OmnicidalManiac consumed by hatred, desiring to destroy everything on his way.
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** ComicBook/DoctorDoom, king of Latveria, holds a lock on this position in the Marvel Universe. However he is actually a decent ruler to his people, having overthrown the corrupt tyrant who previously ruled Latveria, and seems to genuinely believe him ruling the world would make it a better place.
** The interdimensional entity [[DimensionLord Dormammu]], who has less of a street cred than Darkseid, but is so ridiculously more powerful that he [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu routinely beats up various cosmic entities through his own power]], by far outranks all Marvel's known rulers of hell, and is worshipped as god in thousands of magical universes. His pleasant ambition is to slaughter and usurp all higher entities, conquer all life and afterlife, and turn all of existence into an eternal torture camp dedicated to his personal glory... He's essentially Marvel's most terrifying villain when you think about it, more akin to an EldritchAbomination really, except being even more powerful... But then you remember that his head is on fire, and that he's usually severely downscaled to let anyone even have a shot at surviving.
** Several Marvel villains fit this trope. Shuma-Gorath is an even more powerful demon than Dormammu, and all the Hel Lords those two are above are still this in their home turf, as is virtually any demon or evil Death God with their own realm. Doctor Doom qualifies for this trope, as does Loki and other arch-villains whenever they gain territory, or world domination as they often do for a time.
** The ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Apocalypse takes this role in the BadFuture ruled by him and the AlternateHistory ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' timeline, where he conquered North America and divided the world among himself and his generals. Given his SocialDarwinist beliefs, he rules his domains as dog-eat-dog hellholes where only those he considers strong enough are allowed to live.
** ComicBook/IncredibleHulk's evil alternate self [[FutureMeScaresMe Maestro]] in ''Future Imperfect'' who ruled as a brutal despot in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic society]] with an iron fist and lives off as a hedonist that surrounds himself with concubines. He is still a dangerous foe, since he has Banner's intellect, the Hulk's strength augmented several times and absolutely no moral inhibitions.
** ZigZagged with ComicBook/{{Thanos}}. Unlike Darkseid (his primary inspiration), Thanos isn't interested in ruling or conquering worlds, specially under his creator Jim Starlim. However, he has been depicted as a straight example in recent years since ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}''.
* ComicBook/{{Arawn}} seems like a textbook example at first a fell being [[TinTyrant clad in dark armor]] and known by [[SarcasmMode many colorful names]] such as Lord of the [[{{Mordor}} Burning Lands]], [[EveryoneHatesHades King of the Underworld]] and [[GodOfEvil God of Wrath]], to name a few. However, [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype he turns out to be a pretty tragic figure with a sad backstory]], as he tells the readers.
* God-King Lore of Terrenos in ''ComicBook/{{Birthright}}'', if his title alone wasn't indication.
* A standard type of of foe for Comicbook/ConanTheBarbarian and Comicbook/RedSonja. Major evil overlords included Thulsa Doom and Kulan Gath.
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'': While the current wielder is a NobleDemon mobster, the most competent and power-hungry Darkness users from the past managed to achieve this status, such as [[PredecessorVillain Lord Cardinale]] in ''[[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Medieval Spawn]][=/=]ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'', who ruled from his fortress in the Pyrenees over a kingdom that stretched from Flanders to the south of Spain in 1175 AD, his army being composed of dark creatures and even his own HotConsort was a female Darkling [[PygmalionPlot he created magically]].
* Lord Void of ''WebComic/{{Dreamkeepers}}''. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Seriously, look at his name.]]
%%* Emperor Golgoth of ''ComicBook/{{Empire}}''.
* [[ShadowDictator The Adversary]] in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' is the illusive leader of the Empire responsible for exiling the titular fables. He is revealed to be none other than [[spoiler:Pinocchio's father Gepetto]].
* ComicBook/LadyDeath in the Avatar Press continuity has fought against these kind of foes such as Sagos and the Death Queen, both of whom had an army of undead and demons at their back and call and ruled over their own portion in [[TheUnderworld the Labyrinth]]. Played with in their cases, since they were both {{omnicidal maniac}}s who sought to destroy all life in the realm, but for different reasons: Sagos wanted to offer all life in the Labyrinth as a sacrifice to dark spirits so he could rule his own dark domain in the afterlife, while the Death Queen just wanted to destroy everything in revenge for [[spoiler:the abuse and torture she endured as Marion at the hands of the demons]].
* The mummified, sinister King Yod of ''ComicBook/{{Megalex}}''
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'' had Torquemada, the iron-fisted supreme leader of the Termight Empire - Earth controlled by an absolute xenophobes out to exterminate all alien life on the galaxy - and he served as ArchEnemy to the title protagonist.
* Lord Golgotha in ''ComicBook/{{Reborn}}'' is the demonic-looking ruler of the Dark Lands, a section of the afterlife where all the evil and damned are sentenced to upon death. He has designs of conquering the realm of Adystria (where the good and noble are sent) [[spoiler:as well as the living world]].
* {{Dracula}} in ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' fits this trope like a red spiky glove, not only being the king of all vampires, but also of an ''entire hell-like dimension'' that makes {{Mordor}} look like daycare park and he dresses the part, being [[TwentyFourHourArmor clad all the time in a draconic red armor.]] His ZeroPercentApprovalRating aspect is desconstructed when it gets every faction in the setting conspiring to overthrow him - the only reason they haven't succeeded yet is because every single one of them has their own agenda and struggle among themselves as much as against their enemy.
* Several of ''ComicBook/SavageDragon'' arch-enemies were this type of villain: the aptly named Overlord and his successors, Darklord, Cyberface and Mr. Glumm to name a few, though the original Overlord was more like a [[DiabolicalMastermind criminal lord]] instead of an actual dark lord. And then there is the fact that [[spoiler:Dragon himself used to be one as Emperor Kurr, since he was a power-mad despot that aimed to conquer Earth before being betrayed by his kin and had his memory wiped out]].
* One of the more common types of foe in ''Comicbook/TheWarlord''. Deimos was the most dangerous and most persistent.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Ming the Merciless in ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', and the associated serials and TV shows.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Emperor Vakudos from [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/37280372 Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World]]. His daughter, Princess Lotora, counts too after she replaces him as the current BigBad.
* Everyone believes Ami to be one of these in Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi despite her best efforts to convince them otherwise.
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'':
** [[GeneralRipper Commander]] [[TheCaligula Sullamander]] was the military dictator version of this trope, ruling the Celestine Junta with an iron hoof, going so far as to indoctrinate the younger generations of troops to view her as [[AGodAmI a god]].
** [[DarkMessiah Talonhoof the Reviled]] was a more traditional example, being a brutal warlord who united the remnants of the [[TheEmpire Griffin Empire]] and [[TheHorde Mongrellian Horde]] by force, enslaving and torturing any ponies in his territory, before launching a war of extermination against Equestria.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the LemonyNarrator seems to believe Celestia secretly is one, and is behind every evil event in Equestria's history. Subverted in that this is clearly not true, but it doesn't stop her from trying to [[IRejectYourReality push these theories as truth.]]
* Discord was already established as one in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic canon]], but the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' shows just how ''horrid'' a ruler he would be. Especially in [[BadFuture Dark World]] [[spoiler: until it turns out he's long since been reduced to a tormented puppet of [[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]]/[[KnightTemplar Nightmare Paradox]].]]
** There's also [[FromNobodyToNightmare Film Critique]] and several other ponies who got their hooves on one of the [[DismantledMacGuffin Shards of the Rainbow of Light]] from Patch's 7 Dreams/Nightmares Side Story, though the former is the only one we see in detail. He used the Shard to take over a city and rule it as one of these, complete with turning mares [[RapeAsDrama into his brainwashed harem]]. Incidentally, since the Shards are the source of their powers, most of these, including Film Critique, meet a KarmicDeath shortly after Patch steals them.
* The Psyche Master from ''FanFic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', although it's played with as the only evil thing he ever did was take Empath away from Papa Smurf and raise him as a Psyche. (He's basically the series' {{Expy}} of the MCP from ''Film/{{Tron}}''.)
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/37557 The Charming Universe]]'': in which Franchise/HarryPotter becomes a "[[DarkIsNotEvil Benevolently]] [[DeadpanSnarker Snarky]] Dark Lord."
* ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'' has one as a protagonist -- in actuality, a GenreSavvy teenager in a really good Halloween costume who somehow got his hands on the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] and got dropped into Equestria, where he takes on a tribe of Diamond Dogs as his RedShirtArmy. Later, he also begins employing [[spoiler: changelings]], minotaur mercenaries, and pony criminals, social outcasts, and others just plain dissatisfied with the Princesses' rule. His power grows to the point that he's able to get away with declaring himself lord of the Everfree forest, with no one able to defeat him in direct combat.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' fan fiction ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'', there is another section of the Digital World known as the Dark World, which is ruled by [[EvilVersusEvil two opposing evil overlords]] -- Dragomon, the Lord of the Dark Ocean, and Demon, the Lord of [[SupervillainLair Archfiend Castle]]. While the former is [[YouHaveFailedMe willing to execute his "Deadmon" minions]] due to the slightest failure (such as succeeding to bring his target a few minutes later than he wanted), the latter averts this as he treats his minions quite well in spite of his harsh treatment towards his Black Generals. Despite the fact that traversing between the Digital World and Dark World is downright impossible, both however, can traverse at will, owing to their massive power. Belialmyotismon later reveals that there were two other rulers of the Dark World, Lucemon and Apocalymon, with all four at war with each other as well as [[GodOfGood Huanglongmon]]. The former [[DeathByOriginStory died after attempting to duel Dragomon to the death with his newly unlocked Chaos mode and lost]] while the latter ended up being defeated by the Digidestined after [[TakingYouWithMe attempting to self-destruct himself]].
* ''Fanfic/MortalKombatDesperation'': [[FallenHero Raiden]] becomes this after he CameBackWrong at the end of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. At first, he starts out as a WellIntentionedExtremist with of a bit of the HeWhoFightsMonsters and KnightTemplar personalities, but the thunder god becomes a straight villain after crossing the MoralEventHorizon by mass-zapping Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei to near-death just for questioning him. [[DisproportionateRetribution He's now more than willing]] [[AxCrazy to injure, kidnap and kill]] [[TheUnfettered anybody who questions him]], and many of his former allies realized this the hard way; they even call him a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] [[AxCrazy monster]] who's now willing to [[OmnicidalManiac instigate]] [[ApocalypseHow Armageddon]] just for his [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] [[ForTheEvulz gains]].
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', due to [[RewritingReality alterations to the Book of Ages]], Jade finds herself in a new reality wherein she's taken over the life of the latest Queen of the Shadowkhan, making her ruler of an [[TheEmpire empire]] that's aggressively taking over Japan one island at a time. And try as she might to [[LesserOfTwoEvils minimize the damage]] while avoiding detection by the actual Shadowkhan, Jade is slowly BecomingTheMask and identifying more with them than the humans she's trying to protect.
** And then there's Shendu, who in this time period is ruling over half of China, and a chunk of Southeast Asia, with an iron fist.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Maleficent in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. She dwells in [[EvilTowerOfOminousness a rundown castle perched atop a jagged mountain formation]], oversees an unidentified [[{{Mordor}} land of darkness]], commands an army of goblin-like [[{{Mook}} minions]], refers to herself as "[[RedBaron the Mistress]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast of]] [[CardCarryingVillain All]] [[ObviouslyEvil Evil]]," calls upon the powers of Hell during the climax, etc.
* The Horned King in Disney's ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' may be the most archetypical example of this trope in animated film, although all things considered, he was mostly a physically intimidating OrcusOnHisThrone without much actual prowess, who was [[CruelAndUnusualDeath quite unceremoniously defeated]] by ThePowerOfFriendship.
* [[EveryoneHatesHades Hades]] in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. He's the [[GodOfEvil evil ruler]] of the Underworld, but has a desire to overthrow his brother Zeus and take over Mount Olympus. Even the Underworld looks quite gloomy. It's even lampshaded by the Muses below:
-->'''Muses:''' He ruled the underworld... but thought the dead were dull and uncouth. He was as mean as he was ruthless... and that's the gospel truth... he had a plan to SHAKE things up... and that's the gospel truth!
* Mandrake in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' who wants to overthrow the Leafmen and take over the forest.
%%* Lord Shen in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''.
* Lord Business in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', who presides over a practically defined {{Dystopia}} as President Business, but is so theatrical with his outfit, his infinitely tall tower with his Think Tank, [[WeaponofMassDestruction Kragle]] and hundreds of minions he's virtually melodramatic.
* The Bog King in ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' who rules over [[TheLostWoods the Dark Forest]] and its goblins denizens. He [[BadBoss physically manhandles his own subjects]] and despises love so much that he attacks the fairy kingdom over them making a love potion. [[spoiler: Except he's correct that a love potion is a terrible idea and ends up falling in love with [[TheHero Marianne.]] ]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Dark Lord in ''Film/{{Bright}}'' was an renegade elf that tried to take over the world 2,000 years ago and it took an alliance of nine races to take him down. He serves as GreaterScopeVillain of the setting, since the reason why orcs face so much [[FantasticRacism discrimination]] was because many of their ancestors sided with him and the story's villains are seeking to bring him back to life.
* The Lord Marshal of the Necromongers in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''. The supreme ruler of a tyrannical [[ReligionOfEvil death cult]] / conquering civilization of superhuman warriors, his goal is to subjugate and destroy every world in the cosmos and lead them to a promised land of darkness they call the Underverse, which he has visited in his pilgrimage. Outright supernatural himself, and [[http://www.legionxxiv.org/riddicklord03.jpg he's got the look down pat]].
* Thulsa Doom in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. While he is doesn't rule a country of his own, he has enough power to threaten kings with his deadly cult and styles himself as a prophet that will "cleanse" the world.
* Khalar Zym in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'' qualifies even though he has no magical powers of his own, he aspires to gain control over the dead and has raised such massive forces that he is TheDreaded among the Hyborean peoples.
* Balem Abrasax in ''Film/JupiterAscending'' is this trope combined with a CorruptCorporateExecutive, since he is the King of Universe due to his status as an Entitled and head of the Abrasax Industries, an inter-galactic company responsible for harvesting billions of planets of life in order to gain immortality. Even though Balem has no powers as he is [[HumanAliens technically just like any human]], he is over [[TimeAbyss 10,000 years old]] and has reptilian aliens as minions to do his bidding.
* Vortigern in ''Film/KingArthurLegendOfTheSword'': dresses in all black? Check. Draws magic from dark entities? Check. Is a tyrant that usurped the rightful king? Check. He also turns into a demonic knight that makes him look like this trope even more when he sacrifices a loved one to his dark masters.
* ''Film/{{Krull}}'': The Beast. An alien overlord who invades the titular planet seeking to marry Lyssa so they could have a child that would rule over the galaxy.
* ''Film/KullTheConqueror'' has a female example with Akivasha, the demonic queen of the Acheron Empire from ancient times when demons walked the earth. She is resurrected by a couple of corrupt nobles to seduce Kull in hopes of overthrowing him, but they soon find out that EvilIsNotAToy, and she proceeds to usurp the throne from him and turns said conspirators in her lackeys.
* The Lord of Darkness in Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' fits this to a T being the embodiment of evil with an army of goblins to do his bidding, and wishes to [[TheNightThatNeverEnds plunge the world in darkness forever]].
* Immortan Joe in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' governs the Citadel with iron fist and is revered as [[GodEmperor a divine ruler]] by his followers who will lead them into Valhalla upon a glorious death.
* Emperor Huang in ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' was a ruthless Chinese warlord who united the kingdoms under his rule and was cursed with mummification in his attempt to become immortal. Its explicitly said that he will crush freedom everywhere and slaughter without mercy to impose order upon the world.
* In ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', vampire Queen Akasha's reign over Ancient Egypt with her consort King Enkil is inferred to have been insanely tyrannical. Marius notes that she nearly drank the world dry to satiate her bloodlust and she shows several visions to Lestat of random massacres of her subjects. Later on she feeds on hundreds of people and declares the resulting graveyard her new kingdom to a disturbed Lestat. In the climax she announces to the other Ancients that she wants to return the world to the way things were and reduce humanity to cattle.
* ''Film/TheScorpionKing'': Every BigBad in each movie qualifies for this trope: Memnon, Sargon, Tallus and Drazen are all power-thirsty and ambitious warlords that for [[YouKilledMyFather one reason]] or the other got to Mathayus' bad side over the course of the series.
* ''Film/SolomonKane'' has Malachi who also doubles as SorcerousOverlord, leads an evil army of corrupted minions to ravage the countryside from his castle, which he usurped from the hero's family.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Emperor Palpatine (as opposed to his alter ego Senator/Chancellor Palpatine, a VillainWithGoodPublicity), is a Dark Lord of the Sith who doubles as ruler of a galactic empire, and well versed in manipulating TheDarkSide.
** Most other Sith Lords in the universe with a position of command of some sort fit this trope as well, notably Darth Vader and Count Dooku (two of Palpatine's [[TheDragon apprentices]]). In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', we have Darth Revan, Darth Nihilus, Darth Malak, Darth Krayt, and many, many others.
** Downplayed with Supreme Leader Snoke in the sequel trilogy. While he is a Dark Side user, he is not a Sith Lord like Palpatine and his predecessors and is more of a military junta leader than an Emperor. Yet, he managed to reorganize the Imperial remnants into the First Order which he controls as its sinister GloriousLeader. [[spoiler:He is later [[TheStarscream succeeded]] by his apprentice Kylo Ren in ''The Last Jedi''.]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'': Persian King Xerxes [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade is portrayed as this]], becoming the evil GodEmperor of an invading empire trying to bring the "[[HistoricalHeroUpgrade freedom-loving Greeks]]" to [[KneelBeforeZod bow down to him]]. The Immortals are outright stated to have served the "dark will" of Persian Kings for centuries. He rules his subjects [[ATasteOfTheLash through the lash]] and [[AGodAmI his divine power]], and the fact that half of his warriors are monsters and dark sorcerors leaves no doubt about how evil his empire is.
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' portrays Agammenon as an ambitious and power hungry tyrant with an hegemony over most of Greece and seeks to annex the titular kingdom into his domain, eventually using Helen's eloping with Paris as an excuse to forcibly conquer Troy. This version of him is particularly a [[AdaptationalVillainy mustache-twirling kind of villain]], an exaggeration of his original version who despite being far from a saint, was nowhere near as evil.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The titular villain ruled as a god-king over Ancient Egypt and aspires to rule over mankind as he did centuries ago.

* Big Brother from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' is very much the ''idea'' of the Evil Overlord regardless of whether there's an actual human being behind it or not, or whether or not that person is the "original" if they ''do'' exist.
* [=RuGaard=] from E. E. Knight's ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series is a partial subversion of this trope. While he's an EvilOverlord, he's a dragon, carries a good approval rating from most of his underlings -- even his personal slaves Rayg, Rhea and Fourfang, with him intervening to save them more than once -- practices EqualOpportunityEvil, shows most of the traits we'd expect of a fantasy hero, and oh, plans to subjugate all the hominids in the world. But it's all justified, you see, because [[FantasticRacism not a single free hominid he's encountered has ever been vaguely nice to him]].
** ''Age of Fire'' has several other evil overlords -- Thane Hammer (a feudal lord of northern Hypatia, who united his neighbors through force and murder), Gobold Fangbreaker (king of the Wheel of Fire dwarves, who rules with an iron fist and murdered the dragon protagonists' parents), and the Red Queen (ruler of [[TheEmpire Ghioz]], who tries to conquer the whole world).
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Two words: Visser Three. The first Visser One might also qualify, as things she does are undeniably ruthlessly evil, but they're more motivated by her military goals than an inherently malicious personality.
* ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' by Kim Newman showed an AlternateHistory timeline where the Count Dracula survived the events of the novel and managed to take over the British Empire by turning Queen Victoria into his bride/[[PuppetKing puppet]] as the tyrannical Prince-Consort, he rules over England as an repressive police state where dissenters are executed without trial... Through impalement.
* Ardavan of ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' is another Evil Overlord who is ''not'' the BigBad. Indeed, TheChessmaster had it in for him [[spoiler:had the heroine not killed him first]].
* The Red King in ''Literature/{{Baltimore}}'' is an VampireMonarch who unleashes a campaign of terror upon the world after being woken from his slumber during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and by [[AlternateHistory 1925]] establishes the [[TheEmpire Red Kingdom]], an empire that covers all of Eastern Europe and Asia, ruling over not just vampires but also witches, demons and evil human worshipers that commit random acts of cruelty in his name. Not even an alliance between Germany, USA, England, France and Italy can [[HopelessWar hope to win against the Red King]].
* Creator/BrandonSanderson plays with this one in all his works:
** Wyrn in Literature/{{Elantris}} is a straight example (so far as the audience can tell- his only onscreen appearance is a cameo).
** His ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' deconstructs the idea of the Evil Overlord pretty nicely; the Dark Lord in the first novel really [[WellIntentionedExtremist wasn't that bad of a guy, and was only as evil as he was thanks to being psychically tormented by an evil god]]. Also, the entire second novel revolves around what happens when you kill the person holding an entire empire together.
** Susebron the God-King in Literature/{{Warbreaker}} is built up as a terrible, possibly insane Evil Overlord [[spoiler: but is actually a very nice (and very naive) guy who is controlled by his WellIntentionedExtremist priests and his NotSoHarmlessVillain secretary.]]
** From the same book's backstory, Kalad was a legendary [[FunctionalMagic Awakener]] and warlord who was responsible for a cataclysmic conflict called the Manywar that was only ended thanks to the efforts of [[MessianicArchetype Peacegiver]]. [[spoiler: Except, that's not quite true- Kalad and Peacegiver were the same man. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Kalad became sickened by what he'd unleashed]], made peace, hid his undead army away, and abdicated his throne. He currently wanders the world calling himself Vasher, trying to keep anyone else from making the mistakes he did- while safeguarding his ArtifactOfDoom, Nightblood, from the wrong hands]].
* ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels by Glen Cook has a SorcerousOverlord collection, sometimes subverting this back and forth. The main Evil Overlord of the books is an Overlady. She's the wife of the former Evil Overlord, the Dominator, but after their time together as SealedEvilInACan she left and made sure he's kept in. Because he's ''too'' evil, too powerful and hey, it was only a political marriage. This gets twisted in more and more ways from there.
* Giles becomes this in the ''Buffy'' tie-in serial novel ''The Lost Slayer'' after getting vamped. He's king of Sunnydale and some of the rest of southern California.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': Although the Evil Overlord is usually both male and associated with black (hence, Dark Lord), C. S. Lewis' ''The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe'' presented a female [[WinterRoyalLady associated with whiteness]], the White Witch, as Narnia's evil ruler. ''The Magician's Nephew'' revealed that she had been Empress of Charn and destroyed all the life in her original world rather than lose to her [[CainAndAbel sister]]. And in ''The Silver Chair'', [[spoiler: the Lady of the Green Kirtle is queen of Underland and out to conquer Narnia.]] Human Evil Overlords include the Tisroc of Calormen in ''The Horse and his Boy'' and Caspian's Uncle Miraz in ''Prince Caspian''.
* Arawn the Death Lord of Annuvin from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''. He actually started out in the series backstory as the [[TheDragon right-hand man]] to the previous Dark Lord, Queen Achren, but [[TheStarscream deposed her.]] It is worth noting that Arawn subverts certain aspects of this trope. Rather than being an unfathomably powerful opponent, he is portrayed as a [[TheChessmaster cunning trickster]] who corrupts mortals through illusion and deceit. In combat, he proves to actually be [[AntiClimaxBoss quite weak,]] relying on his army of NighInvulnerable undead minions to protect him.
* Lord Foul in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant.'' He wears black, has [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]], lives in {{Mordor}}, wants to [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the world]], is a master of ThePlan and commands several [[LegionOfDoom armies of evil mutants]]- at least in the first trilogy. In the second trilogy, he has more or less obtained domination of the Land but sticks to the shadows, ruling it indirectly through his proxies [[PathOfInspiration the Clave]]. In the final quadrilogy, he's given up on ''rulership'' entirely and is just focused on destroying the Land outright.
** The Gadhi from the same series, however, is a {{Deconstruction}} of the trope. He's a brutal tyrant, to be sure, but he and his family only hold their throne through an alliance with an EvilSorcerer, and the Gaddhi is well aware that he needs to stay in said sorcerer's good graces or else he'll end up overlord of ''nothing''. The end result is that he has very little actual power - even his own ''harem'' defer to [[EvilSorcerer Kasreyn]] first.
* The Shadow Lord from Emily Rodda's series ''Literature/DeltoraQuest''.
* ''Literature/DisAcedia'': most of the Edge Kings, the rulers of Dis, qualify (and fight each others to become the one sole overlord). The protagonist eventually becomes an anti-heroic one.
* As always, ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' provides examples.
** The Evil Lord Harry Dread from ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' parodies many tropes of the Evil Overlord: He got started with a Shed of Evil, hires [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy guards so stupid]] they have trouble remembering their names, and ends up briefly allying with the Silver Horde, but then betrays them because, hey, Harry's the ''bad guy'', [[ItsWhatIDo it's what he does]]. Also, he hires his guards to be stupid so that the heroes can escape from his dungeons, and leaves chests full of armour and weapons about his Lairs because ''that's how the game is played.'' The heroes, in return, refrain from killing Harry out of hand and don't look too hard for the inevitable secret escape routes. Both he and the Silver Horde are rather unhappy about this new generation of heroes and villains who make an effort to be competent and thorough at their respective alignments. Heroes who actually capture and kill villains, villains who actually rule with an iron fist, etc.
** Lord Vetinari from the same series has all the trappings of an Evil Overlord, except that he happens to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who is pragmatic enough to know that evil doesn't pay. His only act of public villainy was having all mime artists tortured to death via scorpion pit. That only made him more popular.
* Paul Atreides of ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' is somewhat of a deconstruction/subversion of the trope. He is worshiped as a god by his Fremen legions whose jihad has spread their religion across the universe at the expense of billions of people, the once ProudWarriorRace is now rich and corrupt, and in comparison the Shaddam IV who he overthrew seems like a saint. However, none of this was Paul's intention. A group of overzealous Fremen started the religion and jihad and after 12 years it escalated to the point of Paul being a figurehead without any power to stop it, leading to the irony of being a powerful emperor who commands his subjects yet a powerless god who can't stop his worshipers. He also still manages to be the hero of the story because almost all of his enemies want to overthrow him for their own selfish purposes rather than stop the jihad. Paul was on top of this to begin with mostly because as enough of a prophet to see the big war is coming (back in the first book), he tried to somewhat limit the inevitable destruction by taking control.
** His son, Leto II, the GodEmperor, is another deconstructive example. He rules over [[TheEmpire territories from several galaxies with an iron fist]], [[AGodAmI demands that his subjects worship him]], [[AmazonBrigade commands an army of savage female fanatics]], and [[{{Unobtanium}} uses his monopoly over the spice]] to prevent any challenge to his authority. What only he knows, however, is that he is using his reign as a means to free humanity from prescient rulers like himself and to ensure that humanity follows his "Golden Path" - the path away from extinction. His contemporaries think he is simply a power hungry despot.
* ''Literature/{{Gone}}'': Caine Soren aspires to be one, but is deposed soon into book one. [[spoiler: In book four, he succeeds.]]
* Lord Voldemort from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. He was deposed before the start of the series and only eventually regains Overlord status, but people still recognize him as one, including his followers using the term Dark Lord. He ends up coming back and basically taking over the Wizarding World of Britain. Gellert Grindewald was one, before he was defeated by [[BigGood Albus Dumbledore]].
* Galbatorix in the ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'' was a fallen Dragon Rider who rose up against the others and destroyed his order, now rules as the King of Alagaesia by right of conquest.
* Capricorn from ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' is a cookie-cutter example of this trope. He's also something of a capricious ganglord punk. Depends what you take from it.
** The Adderhead, BigBad of the [[ShowWithinAShow Book within a Book]] and [[RefugeeFromTvLand Capricorn's]] former boss, is a much clearer example.
* Used frequently in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars''. In the first three books alone we get several distinct flavors of this one- [[VillainousGlutton Tal Hajus]], [[PriestKing Matai Shang]], [[GodGuise Issus]] and [[TheCaligula Salensus Oll]].
* Several flavors of this (both played straight and subverted or deconstructed) appear in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** In the setting's prehistory, the Jaghut were a race of {{precursors}} who were immensely powerful, nigh-immortal mages, but generally peaceful hermits. The exceptions to this rule were Jaghut Tyrants, who used their vast powers to enslave other races and rule as god-kings. The Tyrants caused such damage that another race of precursors, the T'lan Imass, swore an eternal oath to wipe out the Jaghut to prevent any more tyrants arising. Though Tyrants are referenced many times throughout the series, the only one who is named is [[SealedEvilInACan Raest]].
** [[EvilOldFolks Kallor]], the High King, was the ruler of one of the first human empires, and his rule was so brutal and oppressive that his own subjects [[ColonyDrop colony-dropped]] a ''god'' on him to try and get rid of him. Didn't work. Finally, he destroyed his own empire to prevent the rest of the pantheon from taking it away from him, and for his troubles got cursed to [[TheAgeless live forever]] but to never ascend to godhood himself and to ultimately fail at everything he attempts. He's still around at the time of the main series, and still calls himself the High King, though it's been centuries since he actually ruled anything.
** The Pannion Seer is GodEmperor of the theocratic empire called the Pannion Domin, which is essentially an attempt to create {{Mordor}} on an industrial scale. The Domin is viciously aggressive, works its citizens brutally and keeps a horde of peasants starved into madness and cannibalism to supplement its regular army. It's noted that the Domin is entirely dead in its core regions and alive only at the fringes, and therefore it ''must'' expand constantly. The Seer actually seems to ''encourage'' this, as if inflicting suffering on his people is actually more important than running a functional nation. [[spoiler: He's also one of the last surviving Jaghut in a human disguise, making him a Jaghut Tyrant]].
** Rhulad Sengar, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Emperor of the Thousand Deaths]], is a deconstruction. He never wanted to be an evil overlord, and he does ''try'' to rule well, but his powers come from a cursed sword that [[ResurrectiveImmortality brings him back whenever he dies]] but [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity wears away at his sanity]] and induces BodyHorror every time. As he becomes progressively insane Rhulad becomes progressively brutal and paranoid, and then finally reaches a point where he's so out of it he can't rule at all, leaving his EvilChancellor and the SecretPolice to actually carry out his tyrannical regime in his name.
** The city-state of Darujhistan was once ruled by a succession of powerful {{Sorcerous Overlord}}s called the Tyrant Kings, who made it the capital of a continent-spanning empire. The present Darujhistan threw out the last Tyrant long ago, and is now the closest thing the setting has to a republic. [[spoiler: ''Orb, Scepter, Throne'' reveals that the Tyrant Kings were actually ''one'' Tyrant King who hopped from body to body, and in that novel he comes back for another try]].
** The Malazan Empire's founder [[SorcerousOverlord Kellanved]] and current ruler [[DarkActionGirl Laseen]] are both subversions. Kellanved was a mage first and emperor second who saw ruling as being a stepping stone to other, more esoteric forms of power [[spoiler: which he acquired when he ascended to become the god Shadowthrone]] while Laseen is perceived as villainous by many of the protagonists but is genuinely trying to do what is best for her empire and isn't that much worse than any other rulers in the setting.
* ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' averts this trope, and revolves around the [[DeconReconSwitch deconstruction and reconstruction]] of the high fantasy world setting. The "Maou" (demon king) is actually a CuteBookworm who is in no way evil ([[SamusIsAGirl or male]]), and secretly allies with the [[TheChosenOne destined "Yuusha" (hero)]] to stop the war between humans and monsters via economical and political means.
* Parodied in ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Something M.Y.T.H. Inc.]]'', in which the common people of Possiltom ''think'' Skeeve is an example of this trope because he consorts with (friendly and likeable) demons, keeps a (goofy pet) dragon, and has (out of dire necessity) raised their taxes.
* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', the absolute ruler of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] actually has "Supreme Overlord" as his main title. [[spoiler: It turns out he's just a mindless shell [[TheManBehindTheMan Onimi]] uses to act as his public face]].
* The usurper Waldo in ''Literature/OneForTheMorningGlory'': he conquered the kingdom of Overhill and personally murdered two infant members of the royal family when it was massacred; [[FisherKing turned Overhill]] into a [[{{Mordor}} wasteland]]; and set out to conquer the next kingdom with evil magic, undead, and goblin allies.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': The setting of this series was once ruled by one called Stormbringer, the Demon King. The plot of the first book revolves around the recovery of [[SoulJar a living gem]] that he wore in his iron crown.
* Belial from ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'': [[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=118769&highlight= Armageddon]]. Interesting subversion: He's not the guy in charge, in fact he's a nobody in Old Nick's court. So much so that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were considered highly amusing party tricks - and he's just there as the ''court jester''. Turns out, however, that they're not quite [[SuperWeaponSurprise "party tricks" after all]]...
* Lord Sparr in ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDroon''. [[spoiler: At least until he pulls a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* The ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series is littered with them:
** Brona, an undead lord who manipulates various races at various times in his bid for GlobalDomination.
** The Ildatch, a sentient book of pure evil that served as TheManBehindTheMan (or the sentient object behind the man) for Brona, being destroyed some three generations after him.
** The Dagda Mor and his eventual heir, Tael Riverine, who lord over an EvilDimension of creatures sealed away long ago who merely seek freedom, though freedom entails overrunning the world with monsters.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Like many tropes that the series uses, it's usually [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. An infamously cruel king (or someone who merely has that reputation, deserved or not) is likely to end up with no allies or even see his bannermen rise up against him. They also lack the sorcerous powers typically associated with an evil overlord, though some of the worst members of the Targaryan dynasty had dragons to back up their tyranny.
** Stannis Baratheon seems like this at first glance. He is ruthless and fearsome and his ascension to the throne is seen as a sign of the Apocalypse (because he lacks charisma and is a PrinciplesZealot), lives in the exotic Island fortress of Dragonstone (which he never wanted and suspects his appointment to its lordship is tantamount to exile), consorts with criminals and mercenaries (his vassals don't have enough manpower), has an EvilSorcerer in his service (who believes he is TheMessiah of her faith), murders his brother with dark magic (they were trying to usurp rule and intended to kill Stannis), and is driven to be king by any means (even though he doesn't want to but its his duty to do so and by the law he should technically be King, though because most of the Seven Kingdoms doesn't believe his "nephew" is really illegitimate he is seen as an EvilUncle). He is even called a "Dark Lord" at Joffrey's wedding.
** And then there are characters who are this trope even at second glance. Meet Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy, the pirate king. Raised in a culture that glorifies rape and piracy, who worship a nigh-Cthulhu, and they either distrust, despise, or outright fear him. Went into exile after raping (or seducing) his sister-in-law, and proceeded to sail around the world pillaging and picking up various warlocks and barbarians. Has a posh for black. [[spoiler:Suspected of [[CainAndAbel murdering his brother Balon]] so he could [[TheEvilPrince take the Seastone Chair]], even though Balon wanted his daughter [[EvilUncle to succeed him]].]] And his current plan is to [[spoiler: wake a dragon and conquer all of Westeros]]. [[spoiler:There are even theories he is in league with the Others, planning to bring down the Wall and become their ruler.]]
** Roose Bolton. Rules a terrifying fortress in the GrimUpNorth? Check. Tortures and abuses his subjects? Check. Is StupidEvil enough to incite rebellions or make enemies of just lords? Uh... [[PragmaticVillainy no]]. His son Ramsay Bolton on the other hand.....
** [[RoyalBrat Joffrey Baratheon]] subverts this, as though he is technically King he is really just TheCaligula and incapable of really running the Seven Kingdoms. His grandfather [[spoiler:on both sides]] Lord Tywin Lannister, the DragonInChief of the Lannister regime may be seen as this. He's the scary head of House Lannister, one of the most powerful families in Westeros, and is a ruthless and powerful commander who even has his own VillainSong "The Rains of Castamere", on how he wiped out a family that rebelled against the Lannisters.
*** Tywin's daughter Queen Cersei tries to emulate him [[spoiler:after her youngest brother kills Tywin]]. Cersei is certainly cruel and tyrannical, however she is clearly not as effective as Tywin, her paranoia, grasping obsession with power, and fears of losing her children dominate proceedings, along with eroding her [[TheCaligula mental stability]], and leaving the Lannister regime unstable.
** Aerys II, very much TheCaligula. He began decent enough, if vain, eccentric and sleazy, but over time became more paranoid and cruel. Eventually he delighted in burning people alive, even murdering one of his most powerful Lords, Rickard Stark, and strangling their oldest son Brandon while they were ForcedToWatch. However he serves as a {{Deconstruction}}, as his cruelty and StupidEvil actions led to a huge rebellion against him, with very few powerful figures willing to help him. His constant unpleasantness towards his former HypercompetentSidekick Tywin Lannister leads to them becoming TheStarscream and turning against him when Robert's Rebellion begins winning. Out of spite, Aerys decided to set off wildfire beneath King's Landing, killing Tywin, his troops, and half a million people, leading to a BodyguardBetrayal from Jaime Lannister, who killed him and saved the city.
** Historically, more then two centuries before the books begin, was Maegor the Cruel. He killed [[EvilUncle two of his nephews]] to help his usurpation of the Iron Throne after his brother Aenys' death, murdered some of his wives, and forced one of his nieces to marry him. He has a reputation as the cruelest King to ever sit the Iron Throne because of his numerous atrocities in his war against the Faith. However his cruelty eventually led to the Seven Kingdoms uniting behind Aenys' last son, and Maegor died mysteriously on the Iron Throne, though many believe he killed himself.
** When the Seven Kingdoms were Seven Kingdoms there was Harren "the Black" of House Hoare, King of the Rivers and Isles. His grandfather was a King of the Iron Islands who conquered the Riverlands. Harren was notorious for his cruelty and brutality, and was the most feared of the Kings in Westeros of his time. He spent most of his reign trying to built the biggest castle in Westeros, [[{{Egopolis}} Harrenhal]], draining his Kingdom of wealth and resources, and having thousands work themselves to death in the process. Harren was so hated that when Aegon TheConqueror began his conquest of the Riverlands the River Lords quickly joined Aegon, who unleashed his dragon on Harrenhal, ending House Hoare.
* Randall Flagg in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand''. Following [[AfterTheEnd civilization's downfall]], Flagg emerges as the dictator of Las Vegas where people flock under him and he keeps them in line through fear. Flagg is also the ultimate evil, a demon in the shape of a man whose presence brings calamity wherever he goes. It should be no surprise that King [[{{Expy}} based]] him on Sauron.
* Khan, along with the rest of the superhumans in ''Literature/StarTrekTheEugenicsWars'' carve out their empires in unstable regions like the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. Khan's empire is the largest, encompassing much of Asia. At first he tries to be benevolent, and succeeds. Over time as the battles against the other superhumans and Gary Seven takes more time, attention and resources, he has to come down harder and harder on any trouble until eventually he's just another despot.
* Completely subverted in Jacqueline Carey's duology ''Literature/TheSundering'' which is told from the viewpoint of the Evil Overlord. Although he suffers from chronically bad press it turns out that he and his subjects just want to be left alone and it is the god of the Elves who is trying to throw down.
* Darken Rahl and Emperor Jagang in ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series by Terry Goodkind. Rahl is more archetypal since his minions ''know'' he's evil but still follow him out of loyalty, while Jagang and his empire think they're right.
* The Internet story ''[[http://forum.tip.it/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=750856 Tales of Lokaria]]'' has the Black Master: a man who has lived nearly a thousand years and rules over much of the known world. And there's his hidden MindRape powers. His castle is constantly upgraded with the latest technology. He then purposefully leaves openings to let rebels and heroes in to kill them. He does have a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, but his [[{{Mooks}} Legion of Terror]] is very well trained and loyal. And he's kinder than the elfin Kingdom, led by Tidal, despite what people say. He also is extremely cunning.
** His team is as follows. His [[TheDragon Dragon]], Dracon (no less!) is an ancient half-elf who is [[{{Immortality}} immortal]] and extremely powerful, and his best friend. TheDarkChick was mind-raped into submission. TheBrute (the {{Mook}} Captain) is entirely loyal and very intelligent. The MadScientist has yet to be introduced, but can produce technology to warp reality and use magic.
* ''Literature/TheTapestry'' features [[BigBadWannabe Prusias]], the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic]] ruler of Blys (formerly known as [[spoiler: Europe]]). He plays the trope to a T, viciously punishing any insults, trying to TakeOverTheWorld, living in splendor while subjects suffer in poverty, and at one point [[ScarpiaUltimatum holding a woman's daughter hostage to force her to become his concubine]].
** [[BigBad Astaroth]] is a subversion. While he effectively rules the world, he mostly delegates that to the four demon kings (of which Prusias is one), and [[spoiler: doesn't do any ruling at all once the demon kings lose faith in him]]. It turns out that his true ambition is partly this trope: he wants to [[AGodAmI rule the world as its Creator]] and doesn't give a damn about its residents: [[spoiler: when he realizes his dream is impossible because the [[RealityWarper Book of Thoth]] won't let an EldritchAbomination like him create life, he decides to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everybody]] by feeding them to his creators, [[CosmicHorror the Starving Gods]], and making a new universe out of the leftovers that he can rule over.]]
* ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' has ''two'' of these; the Peninsula of the Palm, the novel's setting, was invaded a generation before the plot proper begins by two rival foreign sorcerers who proceeded to conquer it and then divide it between them. King Brandin of the Western Palm isn't [[NobleDemon really that unpleasant in person]], being an AffablyEvil and WickedCultured VisionaryVillain, but he has an unfortunate penchant for incredibly DisproportionateRetribution against his enemies. Lord Alberico of the Eastern Palm, on the other hand, [[HateSink is little more than a sadistic thug with magic powers and a big army]].
* ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'':
** Sauron from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. After Morgoth's defeat Sauron proves a more cunning DarkLord who comes [[NearVillainVictory very close to taking over Middle-Earth.]] His [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings film incarnation]] provides the Page Image for SorcerousOverlord, the sister trope for Evil Overlords who are also [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]].
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Sauron was merely TheDragon to Morgoth, the BigBad. Morgoth himself fits a lot of criteria of the Evil Overlord mixed with a [[PhysicalGod Physical]] GodOfEvil, but supplemental material paints a picture of someone less interested in power in the here and now and more in [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroying the world because it's not his creation]]. Tolkien even seemed to write in "Morgoth's Ring" that Sauron ended up more powerful then Morgoth as he didn't squander his power.
** Saruman, the fallen Wizard attempts to be this, joining Sauron and planning to get the ring so he can [[TheStarscream rule Middle-Earth himself.]] However he goes through severe VillainDecay and ends up being the Evil Overlord of just the Shire, and [[EvilIsPetty bullying the Hobbits]].
* ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'': The Dark Lord, one of whom exists for every Tour trying to destroy everything. However, they can be defeated fairly easily by Tourists near the finale. There are no Dark Ladies, for it seems the Management finds them less sinister.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Gothon tried to avert this trope (because his dad was evil) but his single-minded focus on his EvilPlan turned him into one.
%%* [[spoiler: Freddy Johnson as]] Osiris in ''Literature/TheTumbleweedDossier''.
* The BigBad in [[Literature/TheTygrineCat the]] ''[[Literature/TheTygrineCat Tygrine Cat]]'' [[Literature/TheTygrineCat series]] is the Suzerain of the Sa Mau, occasionally referred to as the Cat Lord. He leads a dynasty of cats who exemplify their species' predatory instincts, with the goal of [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]] by wiping out the rival Abyssinia Tygrine dynasty, guardians of the souls of every cat on Earth. He also wishes to punish every cat who benefits from interaction with humans in some way. He resides in an underground palace and has powerful occult abilities.
* Archmage Mizzamir from ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'' certainly qualifies. An ageless elven warlock hiding away in his tower stronghold working to impede and halt the progress of the warriors trying to save the world, watching with distant unseen eyes, having conquered the world and molding it to his image after winning the final battle between Good and Evil a hundred and fifty years ago. The twist is that Mizzamir was actually on the side of ''good,'' and his attempts to mold the world to his wishes involves slowly turning it into a {{sugarbowl}} where evil-doers have no choice but to be Good. The group of heroes are actually a band of villains trying to undermine a Virtuous Overlord.
* Lord Dyrr from ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' is the evil ruler of House Dyrr. Oh, and he's also an undead wizard. Note that he is merely TheDragon, not the BigBad.

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* TheMaster from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is considered the closest thing vampires have to a king, being older and more powerful than any vampire in existence. He is even more of this trope in the "Wishverse" universe, [[TheBadGuyWins where he took over Sunnydale and ruled it as his personal domain]].
%%* Darken Rahl in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''
%%* Chancellor Dongalor is a parody of this in ''Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** TheMaster (at his most successful) and Davros whenever the Daleks actually listen to him. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice ''The Magicians Apprentice'']] [[TheWormThatWalks Colony]] [[SnakePeople Sarff]] even refers to him as Dark Lord of Skaro.
** The Dalek Emperor also plays this role. In "The Parting of the Ways" they even believe themselves to be a [[AGodAmI God]].
** Rassilon, one of the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founders]] of Time Lord civilisation, seems to have become this in many of his portrayals. In "Zagreus" it is revealed he prevented other races from evolving so they could never prove a threat to the Time Lords. In "The End of Time" he is willing to destroy the Universe to ensure the Time Lord's survival.
* ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'':
** Lord Amancio Malvado is a cross between this trope and DiabolicalMastermind. In one hand, he leads a Mexican cartel, but on the other hand, he is also a supernatural evil, top dog of the vampire hierarchy and leader of the aptly named Nine Lords of Night. Hell, his name "malvado" means "evil" in Spanish, making him an almost literal example of a "Lord Evil".
** Season 3 introduces Amaru, the queen of the hell-like dimension of Xibalba and also a much greater evil than Malvado (who fled from her world along with his siblings because they were treated as slaves by her) and she wishes to take over the Earth with her demonic minions.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' descontructs the trope much like its [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire literary counterpart]].
** Roose Bolton after becoming the new Warden of the North is a [[PragmaticVillainy practical flavor]] of this trope, realizing that the North needs to be controlled with more than just fear and terror. With that said, he still belongs to a family with an ill-reputation for torture and flaying, which became even more negative with [[KlingonPromotion the way Roose attained his position]]. [[OverlordJr His son Ramsay]] becomes one too after [[spoiler: murdering Roose and taking his place]], but unfortunately he [[StupidEvil lacks his father's foresight and restraint]] and turns into a sadistic and brutal tyrant who is unable to secure genuine peace or actual allies, except with two noble houses and only because they have [[EnemyMine enemies in common]]. His [[WeHaveReserves lack of care]] for [[BadBoss his own men]] comes to bite him in the ass when [[spoiler: he wastes so many of his forces against [[TheHero Jon Snow]] in a needlessly cruel tactic that he is practically defenseless when [[TheCavalry the Knights of the Vale]] arrive to turn the battle against Ramsay]].
** Tywin Lannister only resorts to KickTheDog and DisproportionateRetribution to ensure that his family name is respected and feared (unless the target happens to be Tyrion). He's also completely aware of his limitations, noting that his family is deeply mired in debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos and they need a firm marital alliance with the Tyrells to meet their obligations. He's downright reverential to the Iron Bank, calling it "a temple", so he's not going to ''consider'' bribing them or getting in their bad books, that's way more foresight than most overlords ever show.
** The series features a played straight (or possibly reconstructed) example in the form of the [[MonsterLord Night's King]], the one leading the White Walkers and a legendary figure thought to have been destroyed ages ago, just bidding his time for Winter to arrive so he can unleash a night that never ends. He is more of a force of nature than a person and serves as GreaterScopeVillain, outweighing any corrupt nobleman or monarch in the setting, but he stays in the background most of the time.
** King Maegor Targaryen was big, violent and always wore armor. Much like his descendant Aerys, he too drove the entire realm against him because of his unfettered cruelty, specially in putting down the Faith Militant's resistance.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Depressingly common place in both shows with the same setting, with the latter's opening stating that warlords were Xena's enemies:
** The Sovereign is Hercules' EvilTwin from the [[MirrorUniverse Strange World]] that grew up to be a warlord rather than a hero like his prime counterpart.
** Bacchus, the god of debauchery, wine and hedonism is [[AdaptationalVillainy reimagined]] as an evil and demonic fallen being served by vampire minions and also plotted to take over the world. He has been a recurring foe to both Hercules and Xena.
** [[{{Dracula}} Vlad of Dacia]] in "Darkness Visible" was a one-shot villain, though he qualifies for this trope in so many ways: immortal and inhuman? Check. Dresses in all black? Check. Lives in a haunted castle in the middle of a cursed frozen land? Double check.
* ''Series/{{Krypton}}'': The Voice of Rao is the theocratic dictator of the title planet, keeping them under an oppressive yoke that forbids them from exploring the stars and putting the society in MedievalStasis. He qualifies as a LightIsNotGood example of this trope, since he dresses in [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine bright gold and presents himself as a divine being]], though he is certainly creepy and evil. He gets even worse when he is possessed by {{ComicBook/Brainiac}}, the series' actual BigBad.
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' features this duo:
** [[GodEmperor His Divine Shadow]] ruled over a [[TheTheocracy theocracy]] of 20,000 worlds with an iron fist for millenia. All for the purpose of [[spoiler:using humans to defeat themselves by reducing them to willing slaves and livestock]]. He has infinite resources, plenty of soldiers, {{immortal assassin}}s and one [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[TheDragon executioner]] to do his bidding.
** The [[CardCarryingVillain Isembard Prince]] rules over the Fire planet, which is some kind of [[{{Hell}} afterlife for the sinful dead]] from both Dark and Light Universes, making him essentially a SatanicArchetype. Like the Divine Shadow, he is also immortal, though his origins are a complete mystery even to the Prince himself. All he knows is that he is evil, he likes to destroy good things and exists only to make others suffer forever.
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' has the Master, a mysterious vampire considered the most powerful and evil of them all who has hundreds of familiars and vampires at his beck and call and serves as GreaterScopeVillain for most of the series. He is revealed to be none other than [[spoiler:{{Dracula}} himself disguised as Dr. Alexander Sweet]].
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Lord Zedd of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is introduced as this. Even after his [[JadedWashout slide into has-been territory]], it was still a very real, very frightening moment when he appeared in the Command Center after capturing Kimberly and forcing the Rangers to pilot his evil zords. His subsequent hand-to-hand fight with Tommy later confirmed his status in this category.
** Lord Zedd is topped by Dark Specter, from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Dark Specter looks like a building sized devil and has command over all the evil factions introduced in the franchise at that point, including Lord Zedd's group. His forces are so vast, that he could realistically conquer the entire universe with them, were it not for a combination between a [[TheStarscream treacherous general]] and the mentor performing a HeroicSacrifice.
** Emperor Gruum of the Troobian Empire from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD''. He commands a massive army of MechaMooks, looks like a skeletal demon and is known to destroy entire planets.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Power Rangers (Super) Megaforce]]'' has Emperor Mavro, who commands a large spacefaring empire known as the Armada and, though his son Vrak, several other factions, such as the Warstar Insectoids and the Toxic Mutants. Not much is known about Mavro, since he doesn't appear that much and when he does, [[OrcusOnHisThrone he mostly sits on his throne]].
%%* The Gorma Emperor from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''.
* The ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Princess" parodies this, where Dr. Cox tells his 4-year-old son Jack a fairy tale starring his colleagues from Sacred Heart Hospital in the various archetypes. The irritable Dean of Medicine Dr. Kelso becomes the Dark Lord [[SdrawkcabName Oslek]], an AffablyEvil overlord of the land. He has a cowed, hunchbacked assistant (Ted) and punishes all those who enter his forbidden forest.
* The Goa'uld of ''Series/StargateSG1'' are an ''[[AlwaysChaoticEvil entire race]]'' of this with an accompanying [[AGodAmI god complex]]. However, only the highest ranking ones (the so-called 'System Lords') have enough territory and forces to back the claim up, with the rest of the lesser Goa'uld serving one or another of the System Lords and usually [[TheStarscream plotting their downfall]]. They collectively control most of the Milky Way Galaxy at the start of the series, but are deeply fractioned and [[EvilVersusEvil fighting each other]] more often than outside threats.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Khan Noonien Singh once ruled a quarter of Earth back in the day. He was even called "The best of Tyrants" in some circles.
* An example from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' would be the Founders, a cabal of scientists who use genetically-engineered troops and designer viruses to keep their subjects in line. The Founders, renowned for their xenophobia, were later unmasked as hermits who reside on a featureless, arid border planet. Since the Founders were persecuted throughout history, they made it a rule never to venture from home (unless on a reconnaissance or sabotage mission). When the Cardassians and Romulans managed to locate their planet and destroy it, it turned out that they had vacated without leaving any trace.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries''
** [[EldritchAbomination Gatanazoa]] from ''Series/UltramanTiga''. Its title is even "The Master of Darkness".
** The Emperor, BigBad of ''Series/UltramanMebius'', has this in spades. All his powers are based on shadow and he's the longtime archenemy of the [[BigGood Ultra Father]].
** Ultraman Belial of ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends'' is typically described as an Ultraman of Shadow. In later movies, he's also shown as the leader of a universe-conquering empire as well.

* The subject of "Tyrant" by Music/JudasPriest.
* Music/WithinTemptation's song "A Gothic Christmas" has Rudolph changing his name to "Ragnagord" and becoming the evil overlord of caribou.
* GWAR counts as this as well, along with their enemies Cardinal Syn and the Master.
* King Akron in ''[[Music/RhapsodyOfFire The Emerald Sword Saga]]'' is referred outright as a "Dark Lord", governs from a dark and sinister domain and leads an army of demons to conquer Angalord.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Innumerable examples from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings and fiction, including the evil gods [[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Takhisis]], [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Bane]], and [[TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}} Hextor]]. Possibly the ultimate example from the RPG is Asmodeus, the King of Nine Hells -- the game's equivalent to {{Satan}}.
** In TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms, the god of tyranny Bane is the clearest example, and his church works with mortal overlords here and there, including [[SorcerousOverlord Manshoon]] with his Black Network. The conqueror Yamun Khahan, a pastiche of UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan (not only rumours about him are quoted almost verbatim, but the other names are used as is). But is more of a subversion: a ravenous warlord bent on conquering the known world through endless war, yet turning westward was a change of course forced on him in the [[AssholeVictim Thayvian]] campaign's dead end, and he was a BenevolentBoss [[VillainWithGoodPublicity adored]] by his people (not unlike the real-world Khan).
** ''TabletopGame/GreyHawk'' features two of the most iconic D&D villains being this flavor trope: Vecna (an nigh-almighty lich who actually [[AGodAmI ascended to godhood]]) and Iuz (the tyrannical demigod who rules over a [[TheSocialDarwinist Darwinist]] [[TheEmpire empire]]).
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' is built upon this trope: Darklords are the cursed and evil rulers of the Land of Mists, each one of them governing over one particular region. They are powerful forces of darkness with great influence, coming in many diverse forms and shapes (some are proactive leaders of mighty armies and others are subtle schemers who act behind the scenes) and there are ''dozens of them'' for the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] to fight against ([[{{Characters/RavenloftDarklords}} seriously, just check their character page and see how long the list is]]). Here is the twist: every single darklord is plagued by a curse that varies from individual to individual to frustrate their greatest desires, as this was intentionally designed by [[GreaterScopeVillain the Dark Powers]] to punish them, making these Evil Overlords all tormented and damned beings that live in [[IronicHell a hell of their own making]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' boasts a wide variety of very powerful villainous types, but the closest to the Evil Overlord archetype would definitely be the Deathlords, leaders of the Abyssal Exalted and servants of the [[EldritchAbomination Neverborn.]] In a minor variation, they're not out to conquer the world so much as they want to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everything that lives and destroy everything that's not alive, consigning all of existence to Oblivion.]]
** And then there are the Infernal Exalted, who ''must'' play this trope to the fullest, since it's their way of working off [[VillainousBreakdown Torment]]. As per usual, this also has a DarkIsNotEvil aspect, as Acts of Villainy aren't actually inherently evil (The one drafted by [[EvilMatriarch Kimbery]], for example, asks that you give your opponents CruelMercy...but doesn't actually have provisions for making it so that living is a FateWorseThanDeath).
%%* Likewise ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', including Volrath, Crovax, and TheManBehindTheMan for both of these, Yawgmoth. Various other examples from ''M:TG'' include Baron Sengir, Lim-Dul the Necromancer, and Memnarch.
%%** Don't forget Nicol Bolas for InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons.
* Commonplace in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', with every Chaos Lord, Dark Eldar Archon and Ork warboss, and half or more of the Imperium's governors.
** The Fantasy version of Warhammer as well with the Dark Elves, Beastmen, Warriors of Chaos, Vampire Counts, Skaven, Some of the Tomb Kings, Orcs and Goblins. And Ogre kings are not called Tyrants for nothing.

* [[MagnificentBastard Makuta Teridax]] in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', [[spoiler: especially when he [[TheBadGuyWins takes over]] [[PhysicalGod the universe]].]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' turns ''UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington'' of all people into this trope in the ''Tyranny of King Washington'' DLC, which is set in an AlternateHistory where he went mad with power and crowned himself King instead of President. Instead of the White House, he has a golden pyramid for a SupervillainLair and he plans on launching a fullblown invasion on England, before taking over the entire world.
%%* Gruntilda from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''.
* Lothar Rendain from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has this trope written all over him: he belongs to a race of space-vampires (even though [[InsistentTerminology some don't like being called that]]), looks positively sinister due to his angular features, [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver color scheme, a reputation for cruelty, being TheDreaded and came into power by usurping the rightful Empress of the Jennerit Imperium. He subverts this trope due to lamenting being viewed as evil by others, since he [[WellIntentionedExtremist wants to spare the Imperium from being destroyed]] by the [[EldritchAbomination Valresi]] at any costs - including becoming TheQuisling for them and assist them in destroying the rest of the universe.
* Dracula of ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. Besides the obvious hints, the "Dark Lord" is his official title, and after he's killed off for good in 1999, said title is still up for grabs. Nobody's actually succeeded in taking it proper. [[spoiler:Or wanted to, for that matter, in one case - Soma Cruz from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'', being Drac's reincarnation, came close accidentally, and he had to fight to not turn evil. Dmitrii Blinov nearly became the Dark Lord intentionally in ''Dawn of Sorrow''. ''Nearly''.]]
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'':
** The titular Lords of Shadow are three malevolent supernatural beings that have plunged the world into darkness. They are Cornell, the Dark Lord of the Lycans; Carmilla, the Dark Queen of the Vampires, and the Necromancer Lord of the Dead. Its revealed that [[spoiler:they are the [[EnemyWithout pure evil halves]] of the Brotherhood of Light's founders who ascended to Heaven after triumphing over Satan]].
** Dracula takes their place and rules as the new "Prince of Darkness" following their downfall years afterwards. [[spoiler:Turns that he isn't so bad as his presence keeps even worse evils like Satan and Zobek from terrorizing humanity. And by the time of ''Lords of Shadow 2'', he has turned into a heroic figure again, subverting this trope entirely]].
* Emperor Draygon in ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}'' uses [[{{Magitek}} science and magic combined]] to assemble an army so he can take over the world.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
** In ''City of Villains'', Lord Recluse is king. Well more like [[PresidentEvil dictator]], but he has all the features- FiveBadBand, RedshirtArmy, island domains that vary between ViceCity and urbanised {{Mordor}}.
** Downplayed with [[EvilCounterpart Emperor Cole]] from [[MirrorUniverse Praetorian Earth]], who is a [[KnightTemplar more well-intentioned version]] of this trope, since he rules his "{{utopia|justifies the means}}" with iron fist in the name of "the greater good" and he really dislikes being called "tyrant" by his enemies. [[spoiler:Also turns out defeating him makes things ''worse'', since he was keeping an even greater threat he was keeping at bay, leaving his Earth vulnerable]].
* Magus the Fiendlord from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fits this trope rather well: he has an ominous castle, leads an army of fiends and wages war on humanity. [[spoiler:However, his motives make him more of an AntiHero, who [[IDidWhatIHadToDo does what he has to do]] in order to destroy [[EldritchAbomination Lavos]] and find his sister. He can even join the player's party later in the game.]]
* The "Dark Lord" ending in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has you become this if you [[spoiler: choose to let the first flame die after killing Gwyn]]. [[DarkIsNotEvil Note that this does not necessarily make you "evil," per se]], depending on your interpretation of the lore and the StoryBreadcrumbs, rather you simply choose to [[spoiler: embrace the inevitable end of the Age of Fire and usher in the "Age of Man"]]. At the end of the day, whether or not your character fits this trope depends on [[GreyAndGrayMorality various points of view and interpretations, including your own]].
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has the Lord of Hollows as a title that the player can assume if they fulfill certain story roles revolving around acquiring items called Dark Sigils. This Lord [[spoiler: is a saviour for the Undead anointed by a church that preaches that the age of the gods has ended and that a new ruler should usurp control of the First Flame, giving the world into the hands of the undead as the true face of humanity.]] Like the prior game, whether this goal is good or bad is largely for the player to interpret.
* ''VideoGame/DarkWatch'': Lazarus Malkoth is a [[VampireMonarch vampire king]] whose release from his prison leads to a [[ZombieApocalypse undead curse]] being unleashed upon the Old West, [[WalkingWasteland causing zombies to emerge from wherever he passes]]. He turns the town of Deadfall into his own {{Mordor}}esque hideout, which is flowing with lava and teeming with TheLegionsOfHell.
* ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' and [[VideoGame/Destiny2 its sequel]]:
** Oryx the Taken King is the [[GodEmperor divine ruler]] of the Hive, an evil race of pseudo-undead aliens and effectively an EldritchAbomination of his own right only below [[UltimateEvil the Darkness]]. He is so powerful that he doesn't even exist in this plane, but rather inhabits his own pocket dimension and the player spends most of the time [[FightingAShadow fighting his duplicates]] before confronting him in his full power. His son [[OverlordJr Crota]] also qualifies having carved out his own personal kingdom on the moon.
** Dominus Ghaul, the BigBad in ''Destiny 2'' is a relatively more mundane version of this trope, since he is just an mere warlord rather than a supernatural force like Oryx. Having [[TheUsurper usurped]] his own emperor and taken control of the Cabal, he launched an attack on Earth seeking to harness the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Traveller's]] power for his own. For bonus points, he also wears a [[TinTyrant huge, scary armor]] (though its [[LightIsNotGood completely bright in his case]]) and his title translates to "Lord".
* Laharl, ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'''s resident Overlord -- though the first half or so of the game consists of you making the role legit (he's been asleep for two years [[spoiler: thanks to Etna poisoning him]]). Other overlords in the series include [[BonusBoss Baal]] and [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Priere]]]].
* Corypheus in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' was an {{Ancient|Evil}} [[MadeOfEvil Darkspawn]] [[EvilSorceror Magister]] that aspired to [[AGodAmI become the new God]] of this world, though unlike most examples of this trope who use force of arms and conquer their enemies with their armies, he used subterfuge and behind-the-scenes manipulation by having his minions sowing chaos from within his enemies to weaken them.
* You are one of these in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', BigBad Dagoth Ur is a [[ZigZaggedTrope complicated example]]. He tics almost all boxes for the trope like [[VolcanoLair living active volcano]] surrounded by [[{{Mordor}} a blighted wasteland]], and many [[BodyHorror twisted mutants]] serve as his [[{{Mooks}} minions]] and [[ReligionOfEvil worship him like a god]]. He is a [[PhysicalGod legitimate supernatural force]] rather than a mere mortal warlord and plots to take over Tamriel using Akulakhan, a HumongousMecha created from the blueprints of the Numidium and powered by the [[GodIsDead heart of a dead god]], while also spreading [[TheCorruption Corprus Disease]]. But as it turns out, he has a somewhat [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds sympathetic backstory]] and he has shades of being a WellIntentionedExtremist, since he wants to [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry liberate Morrowind from the Empire's influence]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', BigBad Mehrunes Dagon, [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], fits. His plane of Oblivion is known as the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Deadlands]], a full blown FireAndBrimstoneHell which, despite the seas of lava, causes mortal vistors to feel an [[EvilIsDeathlyCold unearthly chill]]. Dagon himself takes a MultiArmedAndDangerous BigRedDevil form and his mortal servants are in the Mythic Dawn, a PathOfInspiration that quickly reveals itself to be a ReligionOfEvil. His LegionsOfHell are the Dremora, a ProudWarriorRace of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] who follow Dagon in an [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Always Lawful Evil]] fashion. Dagon's goal is to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Mundus]], the mortal plane, so that he can then [[OmnicidalManiac destroy it]], as befitting a deity who is the ''embodiment'' of destruction itself.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Alduin would rather be this trope instead of an OmnicidalManiac, as his role is to [[BeastOfTheApocalypse destroy the world so that it can be remade]], but he would [[ScrewDestiny rather defy his own destiny]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld rule Tamriel instead]]. In ancient times long gone by, he and his kin were revered as gods and brutally ruled Skyrim through their Dragon Cult and now that he is back, he wishes to restore the old times back.
*** Lord Harkon in the ''Dawnguard'' DLC is a VampireMonarch who also fits the trope very nicely, living in a BigFancyCastle filled with his vampire and undead minions.
*** The final DLC ''Dragonborn'' has Miraak, a former Dragon Priest who previously ruled the Skyrim region that would later become the island of Solstheim and upon discovering he was a Dragonborn too, tried to stake his own claim to world conquest. And judging by his powers and his ability to bend dragons to his will, he could very well pull it off.
*** Wolf Queen Potema Setim is a female example of this trope. Though not as prominent as the latter three (given she is an antagonist to a side quest), but she definitely qualified in the game's backstory. Despite being of royal blood herself, she usurped the rightful Empress to install her son as the PuppetKing and over-relied on necromancy to combat her foes. By the time of her death, Potema's court was made up of [[TheNecrocracy zombies, vampires and Daedra that she raised]] after hitting ZeroPercentApprovalRating due to all her supporters deserting her.
** Manimmarco the King of Worms is a recurring example in this franchise, due to being an evil necromancer lord that aims to achieve godhood. With that said, he tends to be a minor antagonist most of the time rather than the BigBad. In ''Oblivion'', he serves as ArcVillain for the Mage Guild's questline while the aforementioned Dagon is the main threat, and he is TheDragon/TheStarscream to [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]] in ''Online''. In ''Daggerfall'', he is the most ObviouslyEvil out of all patrons but he isn't the BigBad (due to the story having GreyAndGrayMorality).
* In ''Eiyuu X Maou''; VillainProtagonist Felser has this ambition, and goes successfully fast-tracking on his way. The closer he gets to [[TakeOverTheWorld Total World Domination]], the more it's revealed that his {{Motive Rant}}s are right, and that the current leaders really do deserve to be overthrown and punished.
* Caesar of of Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' rules an empire of slavers based upon UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire dedicated to restoring order to the wastelands through RapePillageAndBurn and enslavement. However, he's [[FauxAffablyEvil surprisingly intelligent with a twisted sense of humor]], as well as possessing [[WickedCultured a love of political/philosophical debates]] when the Courier chats with him.
** Also in the same game, Mr. House shows several traits of one, whether or not you view him as evil he rules over his people from an intimidating and impenetrable fortress, no one ever sees him in person, his will is carried out by a [[PlayerCharacter lone]] [[TheDragon lieutenant]] and an army of replaceable minions, and he's planning to TakeOverTheWorld. He could be considered a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, showing that one can be the "Overlord" part without necessarily being "evil."
** In the ''Nuka World'' DLC of ''Videogame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the player ends up as "Overboss" of the raider gangs of Nuka World after killing the old one. The player can lead their raider gangs on various raids on settlements on the Commonwealth and enslave the local populace like a typical raider boss.
* Pagan Min in ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a desconstruction of this trope: he is the self-styled king of Kyrat who took power [[TheUsurper by killing the rightful heir]] and turned the country into a narco-state with him claiming [[DarkMessiah divine right to rule]]. Even though he is clearly not a good person, [[spoiler:it's shown that he was not as bad as he used to, thanks to being in love with the protagonist's mother who had a positive influence on him. And later on, the protagonist's own allies are shown to not been any better than Min - in fact, they can turn ''even worse'', showing that being a Evil Overlord doesn't automatically makes one the BigBad]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' villains often fall into the Evil Overlord bin: but curiously, very seldom the actual BigBad.
** Quite possibly the best example is the Emperor from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. He's a major military power throughout most of the game [[spoiler:and when he dies, he becomes the freakin' ruler of hell]]. He also seeks to overthrow Chaos in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. Quite possibly the only thing keeping him from being more popular is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' being the most overlooked game of the series.
** Golbez of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' [[spoiler: before being revealed to be BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Exdeath]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is another good example. He also has the distinction of being the most [[WhenTreesAttack evil tree]] to ever appear in any form of media, and certainly the only one who is also the BigBad.
** Gestahl of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is an evil overlord, but sadly also TheUnfought. Kefka is also an example, and is one of the few that actually is an Evil Overlord at the end of the game when you fight him.
** Rufus Shinra and his father in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', since the [=ShinRa=] company essentially rules the world.
** Ultimecia of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' rules all in the future. And she is a rare female example.
** Borderline example, Maester Mika in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', who is the Pope of a ReligionOfEvil. Effectively commits suicide near the end of the game.
** ''Final Fantasy Adventure''/''Mystic Quest'' and its remake ''Sword of Mana'' has an overlord as a villain, they even blatantly name him "Dark Lord". He is not actually the BigBad, to no one's surprise after years of similar storylines.
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series likes this trope.
** Rudolf of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' is the series TropeMaker, and lends his name to the archetype surrounding this trope. He is a militant emperor and a physically imposing TinTyrant with dreams of world domination. However, he is also an UnbuiltTrope for the series as a whole: [[spoiler:his war was a GenghisGambit to prepare Alm and Celica and make them powerful enough to kill the maddened Duma]].
** Hardin of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' is the series TropeCodifier, building off of Rudolf and having a unique class and powerful personal weapon.
** Arvis in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' is practically a textbook example, except he is a genuine WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Zephiel in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'', though he is ultimately not the BigBad.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'':
*** King Desmond can be seen as a similar way, but he does not actually try to hinder the heroes. He in fact wants his favourite child to be the heir, not Zephiel. He is also rather unpopular and incompetent, unlike most examples of this trope.
*** Nergal is this to some extent, but not as much as others like Zephiel and Arvis.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', Emperor Vigarde suddenly attacks the peaceful allied kingdom of Renais. He does not actually reveal himself to the heroes, only to the player appointing new generals who are just pawns in a greater plan by [[spoiler: the Demon King, Lyon, and Riev]]. In another cliche, he is in fact not the BigBad [[spoiler: or even in control of his actions, since he has been dead for months prior to the game's introduction and was being animated by Lyon's magic.]]
** Ashnard in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' is definitely this, as he launches a bloody invasion of Crimea with the eventual endgame of [[spoiler:turning Tellius into a SocialDarwinist anarchy]].
* ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' has Death Adder, the brutal warlord that conquered the kingdom and murdered several of the [[YouKilledMyFather heroes' loved ones]]. In ''Beast Rider'' he gains a more armored look befitting this trope and actually goes [[OneWingedAngel transforms himself into a snake-like monster]] that he was named after.
* Varesh Ossa in ''Guild Wars: Nightfall'' is a very good example, although unlike other cliched evil overlords, she is in fact control of her actions and knows fully well what she is doing.
%%* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic 3'', the Warlocks and Overlords of Nighon fit this trope perfectly.
* In ''VideoGame/ImperiumNova'', TheEmperor of each galaxy is inevetibally labeled an evil overlord by his or her opponents. Whether or not the labeling is true is a matter of discussion.
* The [[FallenHero "Regime]] [[EvilCounterpart version"]] of Franchise/{{Superman}} in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' presides over an totalitarian regime [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after being pushed over the edge]] [[DespairEventHorizon by Metropolis' destruction]]. At first he started as a WellIntentionedExtremist, but by the end he is a straight-up [[BewareTheSuperman villain]], willing to kill anyone [[DisproportionateRetribution who even questions him]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild like]] [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]].]]
* Autarch Scolar Visari in the ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' series was the supreme leader and dictator of Helghast who is driven to wage a war of revenge against the Vektans and the ISA.
* Gadflow in ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' is the corrupt King of the [[TheFairFolk Winter Fae]] who sends his immortal army, the Thuata Deohn, to genocide the human and elven races of Amalur.
* In ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'', [[spoiler: Priere]] can become an Overlord if [[spoiler: she]] [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt kills too many demons in the Dark World]], leading to a NonstandardGameOver. [[spoiler: Oddly enough, this is actually the canon ending.]] The remake incorporates this into the storyline, making it [[spoiler: a requirement for the good ending.]]
* Mordekaiser in ''Videogame/LeagueOfLegends'' might qualify. It's unclear whether he really rules over a Dark Kingdom (not much is known about his exact position in the Shadow Isles' hierarchy), but he has the stereotypical looks of a TinTyrant.
* The ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series features a couple:
** Nemesis in ''Blood Omen 1'' is a sadistic despot during Kain's time that used to be TheGoodKing in his youth [[FallenHero before being twisted]] and is on a conquering warpath poised to bring Nosgoth to its knees.
** The titular character of the series zig-zaggs this trope: following ''Blood Omen 1'', he rules over the realm of Nosgoth as a VampireMonarch, but he does take breaks to save the world as Kain wants to purify the corruption of the world and make it a vampire utopia because [[WellIntentionedExtremist vampires came first and the world rightfully belongs to them]]. [[spoiler: (He succeeds in getting it on the right track, but judging by ''Blood Omen 2'', which results from the paradox he makes, there's a long way to go)]].
** The [[KnightTemplar Sarafan Lord]] in ''Blood Omen 2'' on the other hand plays this trope straight, being a brutal ruler that overthrew Kain and for 200 years, has ruled over humans with iron fist and slaughtered any vampires he could find. [[spoiler:Its revealed that the Sarafan Lord isn't even human, but a Hylden (a race of extra-dimensional demon that hates vampires) and a evil malevolent force of its own right]].
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf/Ganon]]. His trying to and/or conquering of Hyrule drive the plot of several games. He succeeded twice, first in the original ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'', and in a BadFuture orchestrated by Ganondorf, King of Thieves in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime OOT]]''.
%%* Balkoth from ''VideoGame/LordsOfMagic''.
* Zetta, ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'''s badass Freakin' Overlord of the Netherworld...until he blew it up. [[EarthAllAlong Damn you, Zetta! Damn you to]]...oh, wait.
** ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' reveals that Overlords are a dime a dozen in the Nippon Ichi [[TheVerse 'verse]], as anybody with enough mana can rule over their own collection of vassals and worlds.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' presents us with a humorous, LargeHam version: The "'''Flay'''vor of Evil".
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'': Shao Kahn is the ruler of Outworld, a demonic realm. Basically, his mission is to invade Earthrealm. He accomplished it without much trouble in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 MK3]]''. (Huh. Guess we really ''do'' suck.) In every other game (or movie adaptation), he's been thwarted by the God of Thunder, Raiden, and his lackeys.
** [[GodOfEvil Shinnok]], [[FallenHero a fallen Elder God]], lords over [[SatanicArchetype the]] [[{{Hell}} Netherrealm]]. His lust for power is what caused his peers to exile him to the Netherrealm. There, he suffered constant torture until [[KlingonPromotion he overthrew Lucifer]] and [[HellHasNewManagement became the new ruler]].
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'': The King of Shadows seemingly fits this trope like a glove, since he is a being made of shadows (just like his title says) commanding an undead army to ravage the Sword Coast. [[spoiler:Turns out its more complicated because he is actually a TragicMonster not fighting for power or control, but because he to protect the empire he was guarding from all its enemies even centuries after its fall, partly because of ''him'']].
* Every [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Dark Oppressor]] in ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' aspires to this. They have an elaborate skillset based on rewarding one's followers and punishing one's enemies and gain power in [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Stygia]] as they surround themselves with followers and allies. They inevitably have other Oppressors as rivals, though.
* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga in any Capcom game, including the ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' and ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series (and the latter's {{anime}} adaptation).
* The main characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series are archetypical Evil Overlords who wields hordes of gremlin-like creatures known as Minions, have mistress(es) and generally look like {{Tin Tyrant}}s with GlowingEyesOfDoom being the only visible part of the character. ''VideoGame/OverlordI'' lets you decide just how evil the Overlord can be, either a destructive tyrant to a [[AntiVillain leader]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity beloved by the peasants]]. Although at the end it turns out that [[spoiler: you're just [[TheDragon a patsy]] for the real one]].
** While canonically the Overlord of the first game was apparently a NobleDemon who saved the Elves from extinction and kept Rose as his Mistress, his son in ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' is much more evil, being either an AxCrazy butcher or a Dominator who enslaved entire populaces to his whim. Lord Gromgard of ''VideoGame/OverlordDarkLegend'' is portrayed as more an AntiVillain who while still an Evil Overlord is a benevolent tyrant [[VillainWithGoodPublicity better-liked by his subjects]] more than his {{Jerkass}} siblings.
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' had three of them: A despotic lizard man, a dark cleric, and [[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'s analogue of Lucifer -- all going to war. Just as the Mana Knight is picked from one of 6 characters, players have control over who gets to be the big boss villain. It also determines which of the three Final Dungeons opens up, too. (This encourages replays.)
* Grigori Rasputin attempts to become this in ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant''.
%%* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' portrays the Almighty (named YHVH) as an Evil Overlord.
* The Devourlord from [[spoiler: the Demon Path of]] ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' [[spoiler: aka [[VillainProtagonist you.]]]] Combines this with OmnicidalManiac for a terrifying result.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** [[BlackKnight Nightmare]], though he is more of an OmnicidalManiac throughout the series, he conquered the castle of [[HauntedCastle Ostrheinsburg]] and turned it into a [[EldritchLocation place of ghosts, monsters and Malfested]]. He fits this trope better in ''[=SoulCalibur=] IV'', where he moves on from all-out slaughter to taking over Europe with his Malfested army. It also helps that he is [[TinTyrant clad in dark armor]].
** Algol is a subversion. He is [[PhysicalGod immortal and nigh-powerful]], definitely [[SlouchOfVillainy looks]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AlgolOnHisThrone_1609.jpg the part]], [[DimensionLord rules over an dark plane of existence]] and serves as PredecessorVillain to Nightmare, since he was the original Soul Edge's wielder. Unlike [[TheSociopath Nightmare]], he shows himself to be a NobleDemon and an AntiVillain who [[WellIntentionedExtremist has good intentions for conquering the world]]. Several endings for heroic and neutral characters have them outright sparing him, stating he is not really that evil to begin with.
%%* Jie Revorse in ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]''.
* Bowser from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series fits this to a T in almost every game (sometimes even ones where you're just GoKartingWithBowser), from ominous castles/lairs, plans for world/universe domination, and infinite hordes of largely incompetent goons.
** Sir Grodus from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' also fits. He's essentialy what Bowser would be if he weren't PlayedForLaughs, weren't a moron, and actually [[KickTheDog Kicked The Dog]] as opposed to [[PokeThePoodle Poking The Poodle]]. [[spoiler:Then there's the Shadow Queen, who gives Grodus a nasty taste of MakeWayForTheNewVillains.]]
** Fawful in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'', who goes on to call himself 'Lord Fawful' in [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]] and has one overly long ego trip through the game. He plots to TakeOverTheWorld, lives in... two hijacked [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Evil Tower of Ominousnesses]], has hoardes of... goons which have a copy of his face as their head, starts wearing dark clothing as soon as he turns into Dark Fawful and originally had a ZeroPercentApprovalRating until brainwashing the population.
* ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' turns [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Heinrich I]], the first king of Germany into [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade this trope]]. He is a supernatural warlord that studied the black arts and attempted to conquer Medieval Europe, before being sealed away in a tomb by a mystic because he was too powerful to be killed.
* Dark Warlord Zanshin from ''VideoGame/ThroneOfDarkness''. [[spoiler: The player's lord becomes one after taking his place.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'', has Kyros the Overlord. The player character is a Fatebinder who [[VillainProtagonist has risen to high rank in Kyros' armies]]. There may be a trace of WellIntentionedExtremist in the Overlord, however; Kyros is said to have embarked on conquest after surveying various warring factions and deciding that "the world would be better" under a single, draconian, code of law.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series all the demon lords of [[LegionsOfHell The Burning Legion]] ([[OmnicidalManiac Sargeras]], [[{{Pride}} Archimonde]] and [[TheChessmaster Kil'jaeden]]) count, as well as the Lich King in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** Also, Deathwing. Although he is arguably the (literal) Dragon to N'zoth, we never see N'zoth, therefore, Deathwing. Complete with SpikesOfVillainy in human form. He is also very cunning. The person prophesied to destroy was the victim of an assassination attempt, and Deathy REFUSED to the point of punishing his idiot minion [[spoiler: Archbishop Benedictus]] into making ABSOLUTELY SURE Thrall was dead before Deathy made any more moves. [[spoiler: Benedictus either lied or made a mistake, because Thrall was perfectly healthy and alive. Screw you to Deathwing, maybe?]]
** Azshara to the Naga. Though she is of course more of a Dark Queen than a Dark Lord.
%%* Lord Bane from the old TBS ''Warlords III''
* The title character of ''[[VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This?]]'' mixes this trope with the DistressedDude, being utterly helpless from abduction by heroes without the help of his God (the player character) and the creatures that inhabit his underground lair.


[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Discord from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' parody ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'' destroys Ponyville and proclaims himself their god.
* Salem from Volume 4 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is the true mastermind behind the Grimm (and all other evil acts). Very little is known about her, besides being the [[GreaterScopeVillain biggest threat around.]] Her "pets" serve as the foot-soldiers for her operations, Qrow hinted that she is connected to an ancient evil, one that helped build Remnant itself.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': The Master of the Dammed is the EvilOverlord of [[DarkWorld the Unworld]].
** Averted with the Overlord of Evil, despite his name. He has a few Mooks under his belt and a god complex, but he has no empire to speak of.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[spoiler:Sparklelord]] in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. Also, Ronald [=McDonald=]. Yes, the hamburger selling clown. It's more awesome than it sounds.
* [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-01-page-21-enter-dragos/ Lord Dragos]] from ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'' is the perfect example of tyrannical Evil despot who rules the land with an iron fist.
* ''Webcomic/DarkWings'' has Veslin, the mysterious leader of TheEmpire. Believed to be an evil [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], but she might be anything, even a [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness whole group of people]]. All we really know is that there's ''something'' powerful and intelligent driving the Veslians.
* Lord Tedd in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', but his [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-05-17 self-proclaimed]] "[[SubordinateExcuse voluntary servant]]" (it's not entirely clear what position she holds, but it's important) thinks he's a good guy under "[[PoisonousFriend corrupting influence]]".
* Stanley the Plaid/Stanley the Tool of ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' is described as an Evil Overlord by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0031.html Parson]] because of his use of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil generic evil creatures]] and because he has united everybody else into an alliance against him. Stanley is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0032.html highly offended]] by this, believing himself to be [[MissionFromGod divinely favored]]. A divine artifact backs him up on this point. Or not, since croakamancer Wanda Firebaugh has one too, and apparently so does Charlie of Charlescomm.
%%* The Editor of ''Webcomic/EvilOverlordsUnited''.
* Baron Klaus Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is something of a subversion. For one thing, he doesn't want to be Overlord -- he's there mainly to stop less reasonable {{mad scientist}}s who ran rampant laying waste to everything. For another, he's not actually an evil ruler -- the main rules of his empire boil down to 'don't start fights' and 'turn over all SealedEvilInACan for proper disposal'. However, he's ruthless in dealing with anyone (or anything) that threatens the stability of his domain, and he's willing to employ at least one homicidal psychopath (Bangladesh [=DuPree=]). Although his willingness to use [=DuPree=] is entirely based on the fact that she can be relied on to do the least pleasant jobs Klaus requires without hesitation, and keeping her around means that she's one less problem he has to deal with.
** It says something about his empire that their motto is "Don't Make Me Come Over There". Part threat, part BadassBoast, if you break his rules, he will come over there, and he will make you regret it.
** It also says something that less than three years after [[spoiler: he freezes himself and Mechanicsburg in time]] his rule is viewed almost universally as a lost Golden Age.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has fun with this.
** Xykon is in many ways a parody of the Evil Overlord stereotype, though he's as genuinely evil as any other. It might be better to say that Xykon ''started out'' as a parody Evil Overlord, but it gradually became apparent that goofy as he can be, when you get down to it he's the real deal and every bit as dangerous as you'd expect an Evil Overlord to be.
** [[MagnificentBastard General Tarquin]] is one of the [[TheManBehindTheMan Men behind the Dragon]] to the Empress of Blood. He's found his chances of survival are improved by acting as a mercenary commander for other Evil Overlord wannabes rather than sitting on the throne himself, but he still runs the show along with his [[SinisterMinister snakefolk cleric friend]] [[spoiler:and, it turns out, the other four members of his old adventuring party]]. He's also ([[FauxAffablyEvil convincingly]]) so AffablyEvil that it is approaching DracoInLeatherPants levels of sympathy among a portion of the fandom. Others, it seems, like him less with every strip.
%%* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OverlordofRavenfell''.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** Lord Horribus, at least during the "That Which Redeems" arc. Oddly enough, Horribus is really only second-in-command of the demon armies. The actual Demon King spends the entire [[DemonicInvaders Demonic Invasion]] on the toilet.
** A wonderfully CrazyAwesome version is found in the "Holiday Wars" storyline where [[spoiler: Bun-bun]] realises he can become one and TakeOverTheWorld by becoming the AnthropomorphicPersonification of all the holidays. (Being the embodiment of Halloween gives the right "dark" flavour among what would otherwise mostly be too cheerful portfolios.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'': Northazul Kalar, Sovereign of the Asurian Empire. Leader of a powerful empire with his own personal army in addition to the official one, dressed all in black armor [[FurAndLoathing with fur trim]], is known to have ordered at least one [[ThePurge political purge]], et cetera.
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Tool, who rules Sam' home dimension with a maniacal iron fist.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', various evil overlords have appeared in the three ages, for example Arawn Losstarot and Distreyd Thanadar XII.
* The aptly-named Dark Overlords from the web fiction series ''Literature/DimensionHeroes''.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example: supervillain Gizmatic, the King of Karedonia. Which he conquered and then enlarged.
* WebVideo/AgamemnonTiberiusVacuum, the Inarguable Eternal Leader of the glorious and superior Planet 3.
* The Sunflower Emperor in the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' [[MirrorUniverse Mirror Multiverse]]. The Mysterious Somebody had a similar role in the prime multiverse, as the PPC's former ruler.
* Lord Doom and The Emperor hold this position in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
* Baron O'Brien is set up to look like one in ''WebVideo/WormtoothNation'', but it's later subverted: he's just trying to hold the dying city together. Not that he's a nice guy, but he's far from evil. This makes since, since he was based on the character of Oberon from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick gets called a dictator by her SexBot, gives Disney villains helpful advice and enjoys playing in God's domain just a bit too much.
* In ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', The Other Guy is dressed as Palpatine in one review, and tells Critic that he's the dark shadowy overlord that controls him, "just like in real life".
* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan actually ''admits'' to being this, having minions [[BadBoss who she regularly orders to execute themselves]].
* Umbra from ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' was an Evil Overlord in his [[VideoGame/PokemonConquest Ransei]] days. Since then, [[OldShame he's grown to regret that phase of his life.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Earl of Lemongrab appears to be a parody of this trope. He's definitely a tyrannical overlord, but he isn't actually evil. Rather, he's [[WhatAnIdiot really really stupid]], [[{{Jerkass}} mean]], and [[NoSocialSkills obnoxious]]. While his intentions are good and he harbors no malice towards anyone, he ''does'' succeed in sending everyone in the kingdom to the dungeon for their whole lives. He comes across as a stupid teenager who was given a position of power that he ''really'' should never have had in the first place.
** Ice King is another example of the show playing with this trope. He has pretty much every trait of your standard Evil Wizard Overlord: spiky headgear, rules over his own kingdom, is [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe obsessed with kidnapping princesses]], and has [[AnIcePerson powers]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold usually associated with evil]]... so of course his actual personality is as far from the trope as you can get. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Evil]] [[LossOfIdentity is]] [[WhatHaveIBecome pushing]] [[BackstoryHorror it]], [[JerkassWoobie for starters]], and even before his FreudianExcuse was revealed he was mostly a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain pathetic, crazy old man]] and often [[DesignatedVillain didn't even start the fights]] that the heroes would have with him. After a few seasons of CharacterDevelopment he isn't even really a villain anymore, almost being the TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes.
%%* Queen Dark took over the world in ''WesternAnimation/ArgaiTheProphecy''.
* Maximus of ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' actually calls himself "Supreme Evil Overlord Maximus I.Q."
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' / ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** Fire Lord Ozai from. Ozai's grandfather, Sozin, started the trend of Fire Lords being Evil Overlords. Then [[spoiler:Zuko broke it when he interrupted Azula's coronation before she could continue the trend. Cue AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.]]
** The sequel series has Earth Queen Hou-Ting, the tyrannical ruler of the Earth Kingdom. Book 4 has Kuvira, who creates her own Earth Empire and plans on conquering the Earth Kingdom by force.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron becomes one in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise has good ol' Vilgax, the series' first BigBad. As the show has more of a RoguesGallery approach than all evil coming from one guy, he's got plenty of competition:
** Milleous, aka "Lord Emperor Milleous, Light of the Incursion Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Keeper of the Conquest Ray, all beings tremble-" (that's the farthest anyone's ever gotten when trying to say the title.) At first the Incursions were played for comedy, but have recently come in force to become the series' new BigBad.
** His daughter counts too. Attea [[SheIsAllGrownUp is all grown up]], TookALevelInBadass, was (provisionally) forgiven for her original betrayal, and is TheHeavy. So, we add to the list "General Attea, Princess, Scion and Teen Supreme of the deathless Incursion Empire, Highest Commander of the celebrated Calaveras Legion..." and so on.
** Adwaita rules the magical realm of Ledgerdomain with an iron fist. IKnowYourTrueName is in effect, so the Alpha Rune with the true name of magic itself makes him practically a god. Recurring villainess Charmcaster sought to free her world from him, actually departed on friendly terms with the heroes, and went back. [[spoiler: Next time we see Ledgerdomain, it's still under the control of an ironfisted dictator - namely, ''Charmcaster.'' The next round with her sees a few ''thousand'' [[{{Understatement}} a few people die...like the heroes.]] They get better, as she realizes sacrificing a world to revive her beloved father was going too far, but she was last seen still in complete control over Ledgerdomain.]]
** One of ''Ben's transformations'' is this. Turns out any small part of an Ectonurite contains his consciousness - including the Omnitrix sample. Ghostfreak breaks free of the Omnitrix, restores himself, and proves to have been the evil overlord of his ''own'' world who sought to be the evil overlord of ''everything.'' He even manages to take over Vilgax's homeworld... for one episode, anyway, but damn if that wasn't impressive.
** Ghostfreak recently tried teaming up with the former EvilOverlord of his own solar system. However, the vampire-like Lord Transyl was last seen imprisoned floating in space with a nice view of the sun, so it's safe to assume he won't become a regular part of the rogues' gallery.
%%* The BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}'' is called the Overlord.
* The Dark Lord [[FluffyTheTerrible Chuckles the Silly Piggy]] from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', though he's much less menacing than most as you would expect from his name.
* Pariah Dark from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' who, despite appearing in one hour-long special, managed to take over one world and one entire dimension.
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'': Venger the Force of Evil is a cruel despot who wishes to rule over the Realm and constantly harasses the {{kid hero}}es in order to obtain their magical weapons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Both [[EvilTeacher Crocker]] and [[AxCrazy Vicky]] have become evil overlords thanks to magic.
* ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries'': Kortan is an evil Immortal that took over what is left of the world after it had been [[AfterTheEnd destroyed by a asteroid]], ruling it with an iron fist from his walled fortress. Due to all Immortals taking an oath to not duel each other, they are unable to stop Kortan and its up to [[TheHero Quentin MacLeod]] who was born after the oath took place and not bound by it, to defeat him.
* Lucius Heinous VII on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' is a parody of this. Despite being an {{expy}} of Satan and having an iron grip over Miseryville, [[HarmlessVillain he is astoundingly incompetent and rather pathetic too]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had a couple of examples besides [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} big bad Darkseid]]:
** Mongul, the cruel dictator of War World that used his power to amuse himself with no concern for his impoverished people, distracting them [[BreadAndCircuses with arena fights.]]
** Despero of Kalanor, who lead a crusade to enslave the galaxy and raised an army powerful enough to threaten the Green Lantern Corps.
** [[TimeMaster Chronos]], after escaping to the future and using advanced technology to turn Gotham into his own fiefdom.
** [[EvilCounterpart The Justice Lords]], who instituted a authoritarian, repressive PoliceState in their home dimension after killing [[PresidentEvil President Lex Luthor]]. Under their heel free speech was dead, elections happened only with the Lords approval and [[FelonyMisdemeanor even the minor infraction could lead to citizens being arrested]].
* [[TheDragon Shego]] from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' during ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]''. She even got the cool name The Supreme One.
* ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'':
** Skeletor is one of the most well known examples of this trope in animation, being the master of evil in the planet Eternia that seeks to conquer it by gaining control of Castle Grayskull and learning its secrets. His original incarnation as IneffectualSympatheticVillain whose schemes were almost always bound to fail. The original comic, the live-action movie and 2002 cartoon make him [[AdaptationalBadass way more competent]].
** Hordak from ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' is Skeletor's master and while prone to comic antics just like Skeletor, he is way more ''dangerous'' than him considering Hordak rules the planet Etheria with iron fist, while Skeletor keeps trying and failing to conquer his homeworld. In almost every incarnation he appears, Hordak is considered EvilerThanThou to Skeletor as he is regarded as TheDreaded and the one much bigger threat overall. It should be noted Hordak himself is the DragonInChief to the [[GreaterScopeVillain Horde Prime]], the supreme leader of the Evil Horde that never interferes in the story.
* Skullmaster from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' is an immortal warlord that rules over a subterranean realm which he overthrew its rightful ruler and seeks to remake the world in his image. He is essentially an Skeletor {{expy}} is he was competent and successful.
* [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Discord]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Over one thousand years ago, he ruled Equestria in a state of [[WorldGoneMad eternal chaos and suffering]], with everypony reduced to being his personal playthings. Eventually, the Princesses discovered [[EmpathicWeapon the Elements of Harmony]] and rose up against him, [[TakenForGranite turning him to stone]] and [[SealedEvilInACan sealing him away]]. When he eventually escapes his prison, he takes over Equestria again and goes right back to being this trope.
** In "The Crystal Empire," King [[TheDreaded Sombra]] shares many features with Discord: A millenium prior, he was sealed away by Celestia and Luna for being [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating a monstrous tyrant]] who [[SorcerousOverlord maintained his position through the use of immensely powerful]] BlackMagic. However, the evil overlord aspects are even more emphasized in his case, thanks to his [[EvilTowerOfOminousness huge, trap-laden castle]] settled in the center of a domain that (at least while under his influence) is more [[{{Mordor}} outright hellish]] than [[RealityIsOutToLunch insane]], and his portrayal as [[AdvancingWallOfDoom a huge, cascading force]] [[MadeOfEvil of pure malevolence]] in the events of the episode. In spite of Discord being an [[GodOfEvil evil]] AnthropomorphicPersonification [[OrderVersusChaos of chaos]] - Sombra, by contrast, is a normal pony who simply managed to gain and misuse great power - whose reign eclipsed Sombra's in scope thanks to his rule over all of Equestria, Discord's character is far less nebulous (or [[BewareTheSillyOnes serious]]).
%%* Megabyte of ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''.
* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. The guy is the one-and-only ruler of the BadFuture Jack is stuck in and is literally MadeOfEvil.
-->'''[[MrExposition Aku in the show's opening]]''':[...]I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future - where my evil is ''law''! Now, the fool seeks to return to the past, and ''undo the future that is Aku''!
%%* Master Cyclonis from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* Trigon the Terrible from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Being the ruler of a Hell-like who sought to conquer everything that exists qualifies.
* Mumm-Ra in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is an demonic mummy that inhabits a sinister pyramid and is said to be the source of all evil in the Third Earth. As such he cannot ever be destroyed due to his body being restored AsLongAsThereIsEvil. While he doesn't command armies, he has a few pawns in the Mutants of Plun-Darr and the other villains of the week that agree to work with him.
* Lord Darkar of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has a castle, plenty of minions, and is very powerful, though he never controls anything beyond his fortress.
%%* Prince Phobos of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has ''several''. First there was Wuya. She was soon followed by Chase Young, Mala Mala Jong, the Sapphire Dragon, Hannibal Roy Bean, Robo-Jack, Panda Bubba, Gigi the killer (French) plant...
->'''Statler:''' You know what I would do if ''I'' were an Evil Overlord?\\
'''Waldorf:''' Oh? What's that?\\
'''Statler:''' Quit. They always try to rule over everything. Would ''you'' want to rule this world?\\
'''Waldorf:''' Nah. It's more fun to make fun of it!\\
'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Both]]:''' Doh-ho-ho-ho-ho-hoh!