"Within the navel of this hideous wood,The Evil Sorcerer is the living (or occasionally undead) proof of the maxim that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. They're the mage who has delved too deeply into Things Man Was Not Meant to Know and mastered The Dark Arts. They've achieved great power, but at the expense of their soul. They deal in Black Magic and might well have made a Deal with the Devil. Evil Sorcerers are very dangerous foes, as they are creative as well as clever. From them, one can expect anything; hordes of demonic (Or Undead) Mooks as the bluntest tool, More Than Mind Control as the subtlest one, and anything between those two and beyond. They will probably be a Sorcerous Overlord, dwelling in an Evil Tower of Ominousness and ruling the land with an iron — but also magical — fist, though they may also show up as an Evil Chancellor, using their powers to subvert the throne more subtly. The Evil Sorcerer nearly always gets top billing as a villain, as one of their most common traits is pride. Where they're a second-stringer, they're likely to only be one-upped by a demonic bargain gone wrong — probably because they cheated. This makes them prone to learning the painful lesson that Evil Is Not a Toy. They might also be upstaged by a God of Evil — but then, the most powerful Evil Sorcerers often have delusions of godhood themselves. In a villainous hierarchy, they'll most likely be the Big Bad, The Dragon, or the Evil Genius (though they could also be The Man Behind the Man or, if they're little loyalty to any particular faction, the Wild Card). Killing the Evil Sorcerer is one way to stop their Keystone Army. The Evil Sorcerer can be at several levels of the Super Weight scale (depending on how strong magic is in a given setting) but he'll almost always be far more powerful than the heroes (unless they manage to get physical with them), and will probably be at least superficially stronger than their good counterparts (owing to possessing powers that they can't or won't use). If they're an Evil Archmage, everybody should watch out. It's likely that every sorcerer will be this if Magic Is Evil. Compare the Wicked Witch and (for the more modern descendant) Mad Scientist. Female versions are likely to also be a Vain Sorceress. An undead Evil Sorcerer will probably be called a Lich.
Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells,
Of Bacchus and of Circe born, great Comus,
Deep skilled in all his mother's witcheries,
And here to every thirsty wanderer
By sly enticement gives his baneful cup,
With many murmurs mixed, whose pleasing poison
The visage quite transforms of him that drinks,
And the inglorious likeness of a beast
Fixes instead, unmoulding reason's mintage
Charactered in the face."
Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells,
Of Bacchus and of Circe born, great Comus,
Deep skilled in all his mother's witcheries,
And here to every thirsty wanderer
By sly enticement gives his baneful cup,
With many murmurs mixed, whose pleasing poison
The visage quite transforms of him that drinks,
And the inglorious likeness of a beast
Fixes instead, unmoulding reason's mintage
Charactered in the face."
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- Berserk has a rare subversion with Daiba who is literally a turban wearing yogi, and initially starts off fighting Guts and his party under the command of the Evil Emperor Ganishka who he serves as adviser. But after his defeat he decides to help out Gut's friend Rickert and proves to be highly valuable ally.
- The first movie of Cardcaptor Sakura had Clow Reed's former student Madoushi, particularly in the dub (where she was also his girlfriend at one point).
- Babidi and his late father Bibidi from Dragon Ball Z.
- Deltora Quest
- Thaegan is a very vain and evil Sorceress who hates all things beautiful and free (especially birds and people). Though thanks to her powers she's beautiful despite hundreds of years old. Thaegan's redeeming qualities are the fact she's victim of the Shadow Lord and her genuine care for her hell spawn children which was apparent even in the books.
- Filler Villain Oacus is nothing less than a evil mysterious Sorcerer who loves watching stuff burn and has a creepy fondess for young girls. Like Thaegan he is more just a byproduct of the Shadow Lord's evil, and wasn't born into it.
- Zeref from Fairy Tail is a deconstruction: He Used to Be a Sweet Kid who just wanted his baby brother back, and never quite understood why researching the connection of life, death, and magic was so taboo. As a result of his curiosity and dedication to somebody he loved and cared about, he was cursed by a Jerkass God, and everything went downhill for him there. His turn to Living Magic was less about power for power's sake and more about ending his own life and saving his brother's. His actual Start of Darkness came after his curse "killed" the love of his life and he came to believe that Humans Are Bastards thanks to the unique prospective of Complete Immortality provides on the more unfortunate side of human nature that he truly became this.
- Precia Testarossa of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, who also has Mad Scientist leanings thanks to the Magitek setting.
- The Mage of Beginnings from Mahou Sensei Negima!, the resident Big Bad during the days of Nagi's Ala Rubra.
- In-story, most mages think Evangeline is like this, but those who have actually met her know that she's really not so bad.
- Wagnard from Record of Lodoss War. He starts off as a normal man who's just a little too eager to gain arcane knowledge, but decades of dealing with the forces of darkness eventually turn him into a fiendish figure with pointed ears and claws. The wizard Groder edges on this trope since he ostensibly serves Wagnard, but he's more of a sympathetic Anti-Villain due to his loyalty to Ashram. Two minor characters, the evil cleric Gaberra and dark elf shaman Astar, also fit the bill.
- In Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, many members of Al-Sarmen qualify as this, but the most notable example is Judar.
- In The DCU:
- The Wizard, arch-foe of the Justice Society of America.
- The Warlock of Ys and Myrwhydden, enemies of Green Lantern.
- Wotan, arch-foe of Doctor Fate.
- Dr Gotham, enemy of the Shadowpact.
- Felix Faust, enemy of the Justice League of America, who also appeared in the animated Justice League series (original and Unlimited).
- Tala and Tannarak, foes of The Phantom Stranger; Tala also appeared in Justice League Unlimited.
- Blackbriar Thorn (actually an evil druid), a minor Batman foe from the '80s.
- Deimos, arch-enemy of The Warlord.
- Mordru — arch-foe variable (but originally Legion of Super-Heroes). He and Blackbriar Thorn both became enemies of the Justice Society of America.
- Dark Opal and Fire Jade from Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld.
- In the Marvel Universe:
- Baron Mordo, arch-rival of Doctor Strange.
- His daughter Astrid Mordo, who tried to kill both her father and Strange.
- Dormammu, Strange's archenemy and Mordo's sometime master, is a demon who is also an evil sorcerer.
- Belasco, foe of Ka-Zar and the X-Men.
- Master Pandemonium, enemy of The Avengers.
- Master Khan, enemy of Iron Fist and Namor.
- Kaluu, another foe/occasional ally of Doctor Strange (as Sorcerer Supreme he tends to attract these).
- Nicholas Scratch, enemy of the Fantastic Four.
- And, arguably, their other enemy Diablo, who is an evil immortal alchemist.
- Gravemoss, foe of Excalibur.
- Doctor Doom. A rare example of one who is also a Mad Scientist.
- Loki, God of Mischief and archenemy of his brother The Mighty Thor, is perhaps the most powerful sorcerer in all of Asgard, rivalled only by evil (mostly) sorceress Karnilla.
- Baron Mordo, arch-rival of Doctor Strange.
- Boneyard from the Mantra series in the Malibu Universe.
- Kulan Gath, foe of Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja.
- Magica de Spell from the Uncle Scrooge comics, who also appeared in DuckTales.
- Magica is also an interesting case as, at least in early appearance, she depended on magical artifacts and theatrics, having no real innate powers of her own.
- Sulimon Canto from Ironwood.
- Natch from the XXXenophile story "Heart of Stone".
- The Phantom Blot takes on this role in Wizards of Mickey
- Matthew Patel has this role among the 7 Evil Exes in Scott Pilgrim.
- Rasputin in Hellboy.
- Mr. Gone started off as this in The Maxx, but later claimed that his magic powers were limited to knowing a few "loopholes". And then later it turned out that he had no power at all and was just an ordinary dude who everyone else consensually hallucinated was an evil sorcerer. Or something.
- Darkhell and his rival Skroa from Les Légendaires. Interestingly, Skroa is also a demon.
- Morgan le Fay in Camelot 3000.
- Malesur, the mad boy-wizard who seeks Jarek's destruction in Tellos.
- Judge Dredd:
- Murd the Oppressor was a sorcerous alien overlord and an expert in Necromancy.
- Murd was also the late mentor of Sabbat the Necromagus, who launched a planet-scale Zombie Apocalypse during Judgment Day.
- The Sisters of Death were rather wicked witches whose powers were derived from human sacrifice, before they changed into even more powerful spectral beings when they joined the Dark Judges.
- Konjuro from Swordquest, The Dragon to Big Bad King Tyrannus.
- The Fox Hunt has Dream Demon, though she considers herself more "misunderstood" than out right evil, an opinion that Paul is shown to share.
- Black Moon Chronicles: Haazheel Thorn is an archmage who leads a Religion of Evil, though his priests (or at least, the ones with magical powers) qualify too.
- Child of the Storm has a number, with the most prominent examples being Voldemort and Gravemoss, the latter a specialist Necromancer and terrifyingly dangerous even before he got hold of the Darkhold. Pretty much anyone else who uses Dark Magic is this. Prominent examples past and present include:
- Grindelwald - who apparently did a number of deals to amp himself to power levels generally described (by Loki, who would know) as 'god-like'. Strange stripped him of most of this power, flattening most of Berlin in the process, and left him and Dumbledore to fight on more even terms.
- Kemmler, a mortal wandless Necromancer of immense power and evil who returned from the grave so often his coffin should have had a revolving lid. He engineered World War I to get raw material for his work, then popped up again during World War II, reanimating mass graves under Grindelwald's command. He was finally destroyed in 1962, triggering the Buin Zahra earthquake as a side-effect, killing over 12,000 people.
- Baron Mordo, in this canon a wayward apprentice of Doctor Strange, and one of considerable power.
- Doctor Doom might be this - no one's quite sure if he actually uses dark magic or not, but the aforementioned Mordo is his teacher...
- In Keepers of the Elements, Radcliffe is one of these.
- Queen of All Oni: In addition to the canonical Daolon Wong, there's also Lung, Blankman, and Monsieur Verde. Jade is also well on her way to becoming one, thanks to the Teachings of Eternal Shadow.
- Titan from My Little Unicorn.
- Hago from The Lion King Adventures is one, complete with a cobra-headed staff and deep, rich voice.
- Darth Vulcan from The Rise of Darth Vulcan. Gaining the Alicorn Amulet certainly helped.
Films — Animated
- Disney Animated Canon
- The (unnamed) evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
- The Horned King from the film version of The Black Cauldron (where he takes on the role filled by Arawn in the novel).
- Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
- Jafar from Aladdin, after wishing for sorcerous powers. The evil part was already there.
- Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.
- Rasputin (in a rather egregious Historical Villain Upgrade) in Anastasia. Doubles as a lich, though he's never explicitly referred to as such.
- While his powers are all based around technology, Martin of The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy To The Rescue certainly seems to enjoy the trappings of this trope. Complete with robe and staff.
- Ommadon the Red Wizard, from The Flight of Dragons.
Films — Live-Action
- Queen Bavmorda from Willow.
- Profion from the Dungeons & Dragons movie.
- The title character from the Warlock series of movies is a servant of Satan, tries to destroy the world, and kills and mutilates innocent people for fun.
- Prince Loki in Thor.
- Rasputin in the film adaptation of Hellboy.
- Given that the movies are Heroic Fantasy in a Space Opera setting, The Emperor Palpatine of Star Wars could be described as one of these. This is a major temptation for Anakin Skywalker as well. Essentially, the Sith come in two flavors: those who are the Evil Counterpart of the Jedi, with an emphasis on lightsaber fighting and visceral use of the force, and those who are Evil Sorcerers, who tend more to the "create horrible twisted mockeries of nature" end of the Dark Side spectrum.
- Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child.
- Subverted in the new Sherlock Holmes film- Lord Blackwood is a practicing occultist, highly ranked member of an Ancient Conspiracy, and has designs on the British crown, but all his "powers" are just smoke and mirrors.
- Gallian in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Interestingly, the king's own magus Merick is surprised that Gallian has any magic at all, as a magus's power comes from serving a king. However, Gallian has managed to find a loophole. He has named himself the king of the beastly Krug (after magically uplifting them) and, thus, serves himself. It's implied that only a twisted mind like Gallian's could have accepted this enough to allow this to work.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Blackbeard is one of these, presented as a master practitioner of Hollywood Voodoo capable ofcreating zombies, exercising Mind over Matter power over ships, shrinking captured ships to keep in bottles as trophies, and creating voodoo dolls.
- Mestema of The Dungeonmaster uses his powers to bring the hero and his girlfriend from Earth to his dimension.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice has the Morganians, who are an entire group of sorcerer's who follow Morgana's teachings. The key among them, besides Morgana herself, is Maxim Horvath, who is one of Merlin's apprentices until he chose to serve Morgana. Morganians are opposed by Merlinians, the followers of Merlin's teachings that magic is to be used to serve humanity. The film only shows three of them (Balthazar, Veronica, and Dave) and no indication is made that more are (or were) present.
- The Shadow has Shiwan Khan, the last descendant of Genghis Khan, who was taught by the same teacher (whom Shiwan then killed) as Lamont. In fact, Shiwan is strong enough to cloud the minds of all New Yorkers by making them not see a huge building in the middle of the city. In the end, Lamont proves himself more than a match for Shiwan and has a surgeon friend of his removes Shiwan's Psychic Powers through brain surgery.
- In Lord of Illusions, Nix was an evil wizard who had actual magical powers and deemed himself a god. He sees it as his mission to turn the world into a graveyard. He becomes a lich after his cultists revive him.
- In Crossworlds, the Big Bad Ferris is a warlord from an Alternate Universe, whose goal is to break down the barriers in The Multiverse and create a Merged Reality he can rule. He has many Reality Warper powers, as well as Mind over Matter and Hand Blast. He also speaks with a British accent.
- Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter films and books. Before his rise, there was Gellert Grindelwald, who was powerful enough to fight a dozen American Aurors at once and nearly win in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- Evil Chancellor Jaffar in Sinbad of the Seven Seas commands powerful dark magic and uses it to usurp the caliph's throne. His ally Soukra is also described as one, though this remains an Informed Ability.
- The evil magician is the go-to antagonist for the titular protagonist of the Conan the Barbarian stories by Robert E. Howard. It serves to contrast with Conan, who is the Trope Codifier for Barbarian Hero and a Badass Normal who triumphs through both mental and physical mastery.
- Thulsa Doom from the Kull stories by Robert E. Howard. Thulsa Doom was also used as the villain of the Conan the Barbarian (1982) movie.
- Thugra Khotan in the Conan story "Black Colossus," who also goes by the name of Natohk.
- Tsotha-Lanti from "The Scarlet Citadel" and Yara from "The Tower of the Elephant" also qualify.
- Nabonidus from "Rogues in the House", however, is more a clockwork-technology using Mad Scientist.
- The most dangerous and powerful probably being Thoth-Amon. He turns up by name and fearsome reputation in several Conan tales, and although Conan faces several of his dooms by chance and the character himself is met in "The Phoenix on the Sword," the very first Conan story, he and Conan never directly encounter one another in Howard's stories, although he is a common antagonist in later derived works.
- Salome from "A Witch Shall Be Born".
- In The Hour of the Dragon, Xaltotun. He scares even his own allies into stealing his Artifact of Doom. There's a reason why Robert E. Howard was the Trope Maker for Sword & Sorcery — and why "sorcery" got put in the title.
- Azrael de Gray from War of the Dreaming.
- In Dragon Bones, Oreg's father. Turning Oreg in the child in a castle Powered by a Forsaken Child, and, despite Oreg being a powerful mage himself, making it so that Oreg is enslaved to whoever wears a certain ring and can't break this curse ... no mean feat. That evil sorcerer is long dead when the story begins, but there are others, such as Bastilla who is a very powerful, very sadistic mage and the antagonist of the protagonists for much of the plot.
- In Johannes Cabal the Necromancer Cabal deals with Rufus Maleficarus, an example of a wizard who doesn't have stereotypical smarts: as Cabal put it, all the dark knowledge he learned took up space in his brain already used by his sanity. The result is a big man with wild hair and delusions of grandeur who, nonetheless, nearly brought about the apocalypse, was able to escape from a mental institution by using finger paint to summon a Hound of Tindalos, and transports Cabal into a pocket dimension.
- All literal sorcerers in The Dresden Files, as the term means a spellcaster whose magical abilities are limited to mostly destructive uses, lacking the subtlety of a true wizard. Most of their abilities also involve breaking one or more of the Laws of Wizardry, each of which carries a death penalty. Most notably Victor Sells from the first book, and Kravos from the third. Two full wizards who also fit this trope are Harry's former mentor Justin DuMorne and Cowl, a recurring enemy.
- Tolkien's Legendarium:
- Saruman from The Lord of the Rings. He's actually The Mole, attempting to subvert the White Council of good wizards and sages while simultaneously making deals with the Dark Lord Sauron. In fact, he thinks that he can be the Dark Lord himself. Gandalf even points out that Saruman had turned Orthanc into a Poor-man's Barad-dûr.
- In The Hobbit, we're led to believe that the vile Necromancer is an Evil Sorcerer. In The Lord of the Rings, it's revealed that it's actually Sauron himself.
- Though he's actually a Physical God, Sauron is called a sorcerer in The Silmarillion as well, probably due to the largely mystical/spiritual nature of his particular power set. The Nazgûl all are also called sorcerers, though it's unclear whether they had their powers before getting their rings.
- Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter novels. Bellatrix Lestrange also counts. Or anyone who regularly uses the Dark Arts.
- Pryrates from the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn books, who gets to be a trifecta: evil priest, Evil Sorcerer, and Evil Chancellor.
- Theleb K'aarna, Yyrkoon and Jagreen Lern in Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné stories.
- Raistlin of the Dragonlance series (after his Face–Heel Turn), as well as Fistandantilus.
- Clark Ashton Smith had lots of these in his short stories. They include Eibon, Malygris, Namirrha, Dwerulas, Ossaru, Azédarac, Mmatmuor and Sodosma, Abnon-Tha, Vacharn and his sons, Sarcand, and Maal Dweb. Some of them are Villain Protagonists.
- Kasreyn of the Gyre in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
- The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander:
- Arawn Deathlord and Queen Achren.
- Morda in Taran Wanderer also fits the trope clearly. In fact, he's in some ways a forerunner of Lord Voldemort: "Scornful of humanity", using Soul Jars, barely human anymore...
- Loraan in the Dragaera series.
- In-series, Sethra Lavode is considered by many to be an Evil Sorceress. On the one hand, everything we've seen of her from Vlad's first-person Point of View indicates she's not that bad a person. On the other hand, every once in a while a member of the House of Dzur will go off to slay her, and none of these people are ever heard from again...
- H.P. Lovecraft:
- The Warlock Lord, Brona, from Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara and its prequel First King of Shannara. He is actually described by Bremen to be things like "no longer a man" and "a dark creature." He is said to no longer have human thoughts, but to act completely on instinct. He has given himself to the darkness so completely, when he's in his tent, Risca tries to sneak inside and finish him off only to realize that... he's not there. He's become the darkness around him, and it gets to the point that it seems that even taking the form of a vague cloaked figure is somewhat of an annoyance to him and not actually necessary. He IS sorcery.
- Given that a recurring theme in Brooks's writing is that the abuse of magic twists and warps the user, it isn't surprising that he uses this one a lot. The Dagda Mor from The Elfstones Of Shannara, The Mord Wraiths in Wishsong, the Shadowen from The Heritage of Shannara, and The Morgawr from The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara are all prime examples. Then there's Meeks from his Magic Kingdom of Landover series.
- All hail the Crimson King from The Dark Tower, who orders his servants to drink rat poison so he can watch them die. And could just as easily force them to.
- The sinister and power-hungry Euron Greyjoy in A Song of Ice and Fire, whose secret arcane knowledge and ominous presence frighten his enemies and subjects alike. The priestess Melisandre, who assassinates her enemies with spirit children that live inside her womb, is another, possibly more frightening example.
- The Death Gate Cycle is full of magic-using characters, but while several of them are villains, most are given sympathetic backstories and motivation. There are, however, two definite examples of this trope- Sinistrad and Kleitus.
- Vadim Maur from the Tairen Soul series is a standard example of this trope, and manages to be quite frightening despite (or rather because) he is such an Obviously Evil Card-Carrying Villain.
- Parodied with Dr Hix of the Unseen University's Department of Post-Mortem Communication (and certainly not necromancy), who is officially the University's Bad Person, and is therefore permitted to perform mild acts of "evil", such as practical jokes or saying what everyone else is thinking. The thinking is that, PMC being what it is, it's better to have someone sensible playing a rolenote than run the risk of an actual Evil Sorcerer taking the position.
- Played straight with Ipslore the Red, Big Bad of Sourcery who cheerfully abandoned all sympathetic qualities with the death of his wife and became the Man Behind the Man to his son, the sourcerer in question (so called, because his place in the birth order, Coin is capable of generating magical energy-which makes him a Physical God). He exists only in a Soul Jar, but how he was able to sneak that one past Death cements his place here; he made it so that reaping his soul will kill Coin. Averted with Coin himself, however; he's a remarkably sweet kid for someone with such a terrible role model.
- Also in Sourcery, the Evil Chancellor of Klatch is also an Evil Sorcerer, who was thrown out of Unseen University for being insane. Rincewind is astonished that anyone could be that insane.
- Parodied in Which Witch?, where Arriman is a very dark, very evil sorcerer, but his evil acts are more of a Poke the Poodle. It's a children's book, so he obviously can't be too evil. Played a bit straighter with one of the witches, who is more powerful than Arriman himself, and wears a necklace made out of the teeth of her deceased husbands. (Of one, they never found a body, but a bald werewolf with milky blue eyes appeared after he went missing ...)
- Several villains from The Saga of the Noble Dead practice sorcery, notably Chane, a vampiric Psycho for Hire and Magic Knight, and his partner Welstiel, who specializes in crafting magical items. The character from the series who most fits the stereotypes, though, is Ubad- Necromancer, old, Black Cloak, pact with the dark forces, etc. Not a guy to cross.
- In Lord Dunsany's The Charwoman's Shadow, the magician does not tell the hero what taking his shadow entails and describes, elegantly, how honored great magicians are in Hell.
- Ucteberi in Shadows of the Apt.
- The Belgariad has Zedar, Ctuchik, Urvon, Zandramas, Asharak, and every single Morindim magician.
- In The Dragon Hoard the appropriately named Awful. There's also Stamp-Weed, several unnamed-sorcerers and plenty of evil sorceresses.
- In Heart's Blood Nechtan, Anluan’s great-grandfather, summons The Host (an army of spirits from purgatory)
- Many of the Canim Ritualists from Codex Alera, most notably Sarl. The Ritualists as a whole are considered to be this (even by most of their own people) until they get fleshed out more in the last book, which reveals how they were once incredibly respected before gradually becoming corrupt over several generations; Master Marok, a sympathetic old-school Ritualist, is also introduced.
- Berys/Malior of Tales of Kolmar is one of these, a powerful demon master.
- A theme in The Saga of Hrolf Kraki, where three of the four main villains are evil sorcerers: the wicked stepmother-witch Queen Hvit, the devious King Adils, and the half-elven necromancer Skuld.
- The Immortals, a trio of evil immortal sorcerers in The Extraordinaires.
- Numerous backwoods examples appear in Manly Wade Wellman's Silver John stories.
- Arunis Wytterscorm, the BloodMage of Gurishal, chief advisor to the Shaggat Ness and true power behind his throne, millennia-old body snatcher and most prominent of the several Big Bads of The Chathrand Voyages. Generally a real nasty piece of work. The third and fourth books of the series introduce Macadra the White Raven, head of the Raven Society and de facto ruler of Bali Adro. She's Arunis's contemporary in age, power, and wickedness, and his on-and-off ally and perpetual rival. She's also his sister.
- In The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, the evil formerly-human immortals (the ones who weren't human fall into Physical God or Eldritch Abomination) are basically evil sorcerers. John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli are the best examples. (Yes, those are the actual historical figures.)
- Many in the works of John Bellairs, starting with Isaac and Selena Izzard in The House With a Clock in Its Walls.
- The Wheel of Time:
- Any Shadow-affiliated channeler qualifies, the most infamous of these being the thirteen Forsaken imprisoned with the Dark One at Shayol Ghul. Of the Forsaken, Ishamael/Moridin is the most powerful and feared, and one of the few able to access the Dark One's own form of magic, the True Power, which is extremely addictive and can cause madness. Non-Forsaken channelers who serve the Dark One use the title "dreadlord"; they're not as powerful or totally evil as their superiors, but still nasty pieces of work especially Mazrim Taim, who eventually gets promoted to the Forsaken for his efforts.
- Recurring villain Padan Fain is not a channeler, but after merging with a malevolent spirit known as Mordeth he acquired access to some other form of dark power that allowed him a number of nasty tricks, including infecting others with madness, summoning killer fog, and reanimating the dead as his mindless drones. Before long, though, he's no longer really human as much as a collection of dark powers (barely) contained in a human body.
- The Big Bad Riesenkampf of Andrei Belyanin's Sword with No Name is one. He killed the rightful king and rules the land from his floating palace. He also keeps the queen locked up to preserve an illusion of legitimacy. He's actually a Magnificent Bastard and a Sharp Dressed Man, wearing modern-day suits instead of something more befitting his Medieval European Fantasy setting.
- The frequent Big Bad in Belyanin's Tsar Gorokh's Detective Agency is Koschei the Deathless, a Lich-like figure who rules the "unclean" forces. He appears to be a master of the dark arts but rarely uses magic openly, preferring to brew potions and act through his subordinates. Being a Magnificent Bastard helps. There's also the fact that he can't enter the city of Lukoshkino (the setting of the series) thanks to Father Kondratiy's daily prayers. The one time he does, the Father is out-of-town, and the protagonists are nearly killed by Koschei himself and only survive by random chance. He does have two Weaksauce Weaknesses: the fear of a rooster call (heralding the sunrise) and the fact that salt burns his flesh like acid.
- Partly averted in Sergey Lukyanenko's Night Watch. While Zabulon is The Archmage, a Magnificent Bastard, and The Chessmaster, he never does anything For the Evulz. Everything he does tends to be part of some bigger plan to advance the cause of the Darkness. Since Dark Is Not Evil, there are even a number of times he cooperates with his Light counterpart Gesar against a bigger threat. It's stated that many Dark sorcerers were evil in centuries past, this sort of behavior is now frowned upon by all Others, both Light and Dark, as both sides are interested in maintaining The Masquerade, and the Treaty provides checks and balances for the actions of both sides. In fact, if a Dark Other starts to openly use magic, the Day Watch (the official Dark institution that polices the Light Others) is likely to be the first on the scene to stop him or her. After all, if the Night Watch does it instead, the Light ones may demand that the Inquisition grant them the right to a high-level intervention to compensate for the damage. There were many Dark Ones in the past (before the Treaty), who fit this trope, though. One story deals with the possible attempt by one faction to resurrect an ancient Dark mage named Fafnir, who would likely end up going on a rampage across Europe before being stopped by advanced human military technology.
- Almost every wielder of Free Magic or necromancy in The Old Kingdom, as while Free Magic isn't "evil", exactly, it's a very chaotic and destructive power that tends to induce unpleasant effects such as madness in its wielders; the necromancer Hedge is the most prominent Free Magic sorcerer in the books (and perhaps incidentally, wielders of this kind of magic are almost always called sorcerers, in contrast to those who use Charter Magic, who are usually called mages). This trope also applies to the magic-using Greater Dead, such as Kerrigor or Chlorr of the Mask.
- Pretty much any of the Fallen Mages in the Ahriman Trilogy, though most would expand that to include even the rank and file members of the Order of Ahriman.
- Every necromancer in the Schooled In Magic series has been utterly corrupted and driven insane by the necromantic power that they wield.
- In Children of the Black Sun, the Big(gest) Bad is a very evil and very powerful mage. The evilness and the power are linked — he draws magic from inflicting pain (not that he needs the extra encouragement).
- Avshar the wizard-prince of Yezd from The Videssos Cycle is an exceptionally powerful sorcerer and Magic Knight and the Dragon-in-Chief of the empire he allegedly serves. He's a vicious sadist who worships Skotos and is feared by allies and enemies alike, and always conceals his face behind a veil because he's Really 700 Years Old and suffers from Age Without Youth. Near the end of the series, he graduates to Sorcerous Overlord when he overthrows his "master", Khagan Wulghash, and takes over as overlord of the Yezda empire. It ultimately takes getting Dragged Off to Hell to stop him.
- Nightmare Hour: Margolin from "The Most Evil Sorcerer" obviously is one, as he has great knowledge of Black Magic. The main character is his cunning apprentice who seeks a way to overthrow him.
- The Crimson Shadow: Greensparrow and all his minions, save one who's just misguided.
- The Witchlands: Esme is an insanely powerful witch who can turn other witches into Slave Mooks and helps the Big Bad conquer the eponymous continent.
- The main character of Everybody Loves Large Chests is a warlock who uses demons to help it eat people.
- Talion: Revenant: Chi'gandir, who used magic to change people's shapes and then extorts them for reversing it.
- Angel: Cyrus Vail from The Circle of the Black Thorn, a frail, elderly, incredibly powerful warlock.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Mayor Richard Wilkins III and Ethan Rayne.
- And there are several hints that Giles used to be one as well. Ethan frequently remarks that he never got even close to his old friend in both power and depravity.
- In Season 8 of Buffy (which crosses over with Fray) it is revealed that Willow will eventually become a female version in the distant future. She is unaware of this, though she tries to stay away from black magic to prevent this.
- The Master is one, though his magical abilities are more pronounced in supplementary material than the actual series.
- Game of Thrones: Melisandre boasts magical abilities, although it's handled in a subtle, non-flashy way. Melisandre herself mentions that most of her more flamboyant displays of power are actually clever fakes, used to impress the impressionable. The limits of her true powers are unknown.
- Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time, who is also known as 'The Dark One'.
- Briefly Emma and later Hook as they too becoming dark ones.
- Turok and Rumina from The Adventures of Sinbad.
- Maldis from Farscape.
- Andre Linoge in the Stephen King miniseries Storm of the Century is either one of these, or an actual devil.
- Pacha Camac in Blood Ties is an Incan priest who has himself mummified so that he can be resurrected in the future. After that, he starts sucking the life force out of the people around him. He wants to make himself even more powerful and immortal by sucking the life out of a vampire (how's that for irony?).
- Vern and Omen in Dark Oracle. Subverted by Doyle; he's creepy and neurotic, and it is repeatedly suggested that he is the real cause of all the twins' problems. He remains one of the good guys until the end though, becoming a semi-Mentor to the main cast.
- Blaze and Violet are borderline cases. They definitely have magic of some sort, and ally with Omen and Vern at various points, but said magic is rarely shown.
- A few from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Lord Zedd, his father-in-law Master Vile, and his son Thrax.
- Robin of Sherwood had two successive ones as recurring villains. Notable for avoiding Suspiciously Similar Substitute and making them very different characters in terms of personality, background, and magical style.
- Baron de Belleme, a icy Satanist Norman aristocrat with Hermetic powers and a tendency to brainwash people, who actively used magic to fight his enemies and sought the limelight at every opportunity.
- Gulnar, a deranged, giggly, disheveled, Welsh pagan shaman, who preferred to raise undead or magical creatures to use as his mooks, liked to hide in the background of events, and tended to "flight" rather than "fight" reactions when things started to go wrong.
- Legend of the Seeker has Darken Rahl, the Big Bad of the first season, who has some magical abilities, not that we see many of those. The one we see several times is his ability to do an Offscreen Teleportation during sword battles to stab the opponent in the back. He also has many sorcerers serving him, including a Wizard of the First Order named Giller. The Bad Future season finale also features Nicholas Rahl, the son of Darken Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, combining his parents abilities to become an even worse tyrant than his father. It's stated that the entire Rahl bloodline is full of examples of this trope. In fact, Darken's father Panis is actually a relatively mild example (especially compared to his son), whose main on-screen villainy comes from a Bed Trick (to produce Richard to rival Darken) and killing Zedd's father (which he may or may not have deserved for trying to kill baby Darken).
- Kreel in The Legend Of William Tell.
- The Master from Doctor Who is basically the Science Fantasy equivalent - the Delgado Master summoned demons, the Simm Master arranged for his own resurrection in a scene straight out of Harry Potter, and the Gomez Mistress created an army of zombie Cybermen driven by the minds / souls of the dead. Contrast with the Doctor, who's been explicitly compared to Merlin or a general "good wizard".
- From the Albums of Gloryhammer, we have Zargothrax the Dark Sorcerer of Auchtermuchty. On the album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife, he invades Dundee with an Army of Undead Unicorns and traps the beautiful princess Iona McDougall in ice. On the second album, Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards, his actions cause the Earth to be destroyed.
Myth And Legend
- Dungeons & Dragons loves this trope. By campaign setting:
- Dragonlance: As mentioned above, Raistlin and Fistandantilus.
- Forgotten Realms: Halaster Blackcloak, Manshoon(s), the ruling council of the city of Shade, Szass Tam and the rest of the Red Wizards of Thay. And these are just the most notable/infamous. There's probably hundreds of 'em.
- Greyhawk: Vecna (who eventually ascends to godhood), Rary the Traitor, the infamous Acererak.
- There is also Iggwilv the Witch Queen, who is considered to be the greatest expert on demons who ever lived. One of her sons is the child of a powerful demon lord and accended to divinity. Even though she's hundreds of years old, she looks not a day older than 40 at most.
- Mystara: Bargle the Infamous.
- Ravenloft: Azalin Rex, a Tragic Villain example.
- As well as almost every lich ever - the terrible things the ritual requires to be done makes it a prerequisite.
- Other notables within the setting are fellow spell-slinging darklords Easan the Mad, Hazlik, Meredoth, and Strahd von Zarovich.
- Eberron gives us Erandis Vol, an undead half-elf/half-dragon sorceress who founded a cult dedicated to her worship. She is a Dark Messiah who was supposed to bring an end to an ancient war between elves and dragons. It worked, but not the way intended: both races considered her an abomination and joined forces to destroy her family. Vol's mother turned her into a lich, allowing her to survive and seek her revenge.
- Planescape gave us a few, including Alhison Nilesia, the cruel mistress of the wretched Prison of Sigil, Lothar the Master of Bones, Komosahl Trevant, Alluvius Ruskin, and even a few demons and devils that had taken up wizardry, such as A'kin and Shemeshka. Every Night Hag counts as well, being a race of giant soul-stealing crone witches.
- Subverted with Factol Skall, who is technically a neutral evil lich, though he is only evil to the extent that his philosophy is that life is irrelevant. He does not kill, but persuades others to accept true death as a release from the woes of life.
- And of course there are the many, many diabolic powers such as Orcus and Asmodeus, the various gods who can certainly fall into this role, and so on.
- ...and Magic: The Gathering loves it almost as much. The most prominent is Lim-Dul, the Necromancer, whose hordes of undead and demons plagued the continent of Terisiare during the Ice Age; Lim-Dul is later revealed to be another Evil Sorcerer, Mairsil the Pretender, whose soul had been trapped and possessed an innocent man years later. Lim-Dul was followed shortly after by Heidar of Rimewind, a mad ice wizard who wanted to return the world to a second Ice Age. There's also Lord Dralnu, the Lich-Lord of Urborg, a zombie wizard with whom the forces of good were forced to ally against the invading Phyrexians; Memnarch, an evil artificial being with powerful magical abilities; and Virot Maglan, the Cabal Patriarch, who runs a sorcerous mafia.
- Big Bad Nicol Bolas takes it Up to Eleven, being an Evil Sorcerer Dragon. He is the oldest and the last of the Elder Dragons in a setting where dragons become more powerful and dangerous with age. While he was originally represented in-game as an "ordinary" legend type creature card (with a special ability that has him Mind Rape the opponent instead of dealing damage), he is now a planeswalker. As in a Physical God.
- Generally speaking, Blue and Black as a whole play a lot into this trope's archetypes.
- Pathfinder, being a retooled Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, loves this trope oh-so-much. Nex, Geb, Tar-Barphon, Karzoug and six other Runelords, Adivion Adrissant, The Splatter Man, Arazni the Harlot Queen, Areelu Vorlesh, Vordakai, and dozens more are in the setting, filling out the same roles as this trope did in Dungeons & Dragons. It's rare for an adventure not to have at least one, even if they aren't the primary antagonist, and as of late 2013 almost a hundred adventure books (modules and Adventure Paths) have been written.
- Iuchiban in Legend of the Five Rings.
- Daigotsu was raised from birth to be the embodiment of this trope. I mean, the guy serves an evil god willingly...
- Games Workshop games:
- Drachenfells, Nagash, Heinrich "the Lichemaster" Kemmler and Ergrimm Von Horstmann from Warhammer. Also, all Chaos sorcerers, necromancers, Vampire lords, Dark Elf warlocks, Tomb King liche priests and Skaven grey seers also count. No, it's not a happy place; whoever gave you THAT idea?
- While all members of the Arcanite Cults from Warhammer: Age of Sigmar have some level of arcane skill, the Magisters of the Cult’s leadership are the true masters of The Dark Arts who will stop at nothing to lead their Cult to victory and gain favour with their profane god. Having sold their souls to Tzeentch, the Chaos God of Sorcery, magical energy saturates their bodies allowing the Magister to draw upon the raw power of Chaos to power their spells.
- Lots of people in Warhammer 40,000, since all the factions are mostly evil, and most of them use sorcery to some extent. Chaos Space Marine sorcerers are the most glaring example, being seven foot tall genetically engineered warriors in power armour, AND having the protection of evil gods, and they hate everybody and want unlimited power. However, they pay a price, suffering ever-increasing madness and horrible mutations such as extra limbs, heads, eyes inside their mouths, etc.
- Feng Shui's 69 AD juncture is ruled by the Eaters of the Lotus, a sinister cabal of evil eunuch sorcerers and their human and demonic servants. The Four Monarchs, banished to the Netherworld, are another example, except for the smartest one of the lot who's not so bad anymore for someone who ruled 1/4th of the world for centuries with absolute power.
- The best part about the price they pay? They either don't care or they think it's awesome.
- The Spirit of the Century supplement Spirit Of The Season brings magic more fully into the game, and naturally has a couple of magical villains, including Salomon Mizrahi, a evil kabbalist who is convinced he is a Tzadikim Nistarim, one of the 36 Righteous People whose existence supports that of the world. Interestingly, he's actually better at Science! than he is at magic, making him particularly dangerous.
- His mentor (and general Big Bad of SotC) Dr. Methusala may be considered to fall under this trope with his mastery of the 10 equations and ability to radically alter reality, and blur the line between science and magic (then again, SotC treats magic as being answerable to science, just not till it's properly studied).
- Almost all magic users in Call of Cthulhu will turn into this, spend the rest of their lives eating bugs in an insane asylum, or else die so horribly that seeing their remains could cause Sanity loss on the Sanity Meter. The "or" in the proceeding sentence is not an exclusive or, and you can bet the head of a cult will fit this trope well. Magic Is Evil here.
- Unknown Armies plays with this trope. Magic is not inherently evil, but it draws peoples whose values are so alien to normal that they can't really be expected to uphold normal human ethics. As a consequence, this trope shows up, but much less than you expect from a modern horror game. When one adept gets power from subverting their sexuality to a porn star, another from having money (not using it, just having it), and a third from collecting (but not studying) old books, you can't expect these people to be terribly sane, can you?
- Mage: The Ascension plays with this trope. The main adversary of most Player Characters, the Technocratic Union, use Magitek, and are corrupt but generally not evil. They conflict with the Traditions mostly over worldview, turning the conflict into one of Gray and Grey Morality where it's Romanticism vs. Enlightenment tragically fighting it out. But then the Nephandi, mages who have sworn themselves into the service of one Eldritch Abomination or another, are this trope personified.
- It is also certainly possible for a Tremere or Giovanni in Vampire: The Masquerade to be a vampiric version of this trope. The Baali are this by way of demon-worship, and the Devil-Tigers can play this trope by way of Asian myths of hungry ghosts if built correctly.
- Changeling: The Dreaming fae can mix this trope with the Fair Folk in some forms.
- The Sorcerer sourcebook detailed many ways to play this trope out without being a full Mage from Mage: The Ascension, though Sorcerers were not inherently evil.
- Mage: The Awakening offers the Seers of the Throne, a group of mages seeking to enforce their masters' control over reality while advancing themselves in the process, and the Scelesti, mages who seek to give reality over to the Abyss, which embodies everything antithetical to existence.
- Exalted, being a fairly high-magic setting, has a couple. The Perfect of Paragon isn't that bad a guy in some ways, but he rules using a magical artifact called the Staff of Peace and Order that lets him have people swear magically backed oaths on it, kill them if they break the oath, and hijack their senses and even bodies at will (he also has some pretty impressive powers of his own, but the Staff blows them out of the water). Raksi, Queen of Fangs, is a baby-eating shapeshifter who, despite being more powerful than all but a few hundred other people could ever hope for, is obsessed with the power that will remain forever out of her reach. (Ability to access magic is limited by in-universe character tiers; she's not at the top tier, and so can't get to the best magic.) Both of them rule their chosen city-states with iron fists, although the Perfect's people are generally happier with their government than Raksi's.
- One of the earliest LEGO minifigures was actually called Evil Wizard.
- They've followed up with the Evil Wizard of the Castle 2007 theme, the Evil Dragon Wizard in the 2013 revival, and the Evil Wizard in the LEGO Minifigures theme.
- Playmobil features some of these. In their "Dragon Land" theme, there's an evil sorcerer who lives in a tower, and the "Fi?ures" theme features a green traditional wizard who has the evil style of eyes and colors matching those of the evil soldiers in the "Dragon Land" theme.
- Most of the Society of the Black Cloak from King's Quest.
- The Summoner from Diablo 2, who used to be the Sorcerer from the first game before being driven mad by Diablo.
- The Elder Scrolls
- In Arena, Big Bad Jagar Tharn acted as an Evil Chancellor to Emperor Uriel Septim VII. Tharn trapped him within a pocket realm of Oblivion and usurped his position for 10 years. Naturally, it is up to the Player Character to stop him and restore the rightful emperor.
- Mannimarco, the King of Worms, who appears in Daggerfall, Oblivion, and Online. Cold, cruel, and ruthless, the powerful Necromancer had been reigning terror in Tamriel since the 2nd Era and has been a constant threat to the Mages Guild before being "killed" in the 3rd Era. He was the "world's first of the undying liches", a step taken toward his desired goal of becoming a god. As a result of one of Daggerfall's Multiple Endings, which were all canonically merged as the "Warp in the West" event, he as a separate being (the God of Worms), lives on as a divine entity (but is considered distinct from the Mannimarco who is killed in Oblivion.)
- In Morrowind, Dunmeri Great House Telvanni is a Magocracy that specifically appeals to Evil Sorcerer types. Might Makes Right is an official policy within the House, and Klingon Promotion is an official means of advancement. Strangely enough, not very many of its upper echelon members seem to be outright evil, though all are at least somewhat morally corrupt and several are completely insane.
- Ganon, especially in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, his chronologically first appearance.
- Also Agahnim in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (the guy in the picture), if he weren't already someone else.
- Though he is someone else in Akira Himekawa's manga adaptation.
- Vaati, the Big Bad of the Four Swords trilogy at least until The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures gets Hijacked by Ganon, has the title of Wind Mage.
- The Big Bad of Oracle of Ages until the linked game, where the witches Twinrova reveal themselves to be behind it all, is the Sorceress of Shadows, Veran.
- Also Agahnim in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (the guy in the picture), if he weren't already someone else.
- The final villain in the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy, simply called "The Sorceress."
- Arguably, ALL of the absolutely major Spyro Villains are variations on this except the very first one, Gnasty Gnorc.
- Nasira from Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge.
- Kingdom Hearts being a Square / Disney crossover, it's no surprise that plenty show up. Besides the traditional Disney examples (Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar), the overall Big Bad is an evil Magic Knight. "Ansem" / his Heartless incarnation leans most heavily on the magic side, relying on it and his Guardian to attack.
- In Knights of the Old Republic it's suggested that falling victim to this trope was the underlying cause of Revan's fall to the dark side. In Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Atris embodies it, and in somewhat more rounded fashion, Darth Traya does as well.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic lets you play out both styles of Sith mentioned in the Star Wars movies example above: the in-your-face lightsaber-wielding Sith Warriors and the evil sorcerer Sith Inquisitors. In fact, playing a Dark Sided Sith Inquisitor basically lets you experience Emperor Palpatine's rise to power. That said, a Dark Sided Jedi Consular—the Republic counterpart class to the Inquisitor—also qualifies, since both classes rely more on manipulation and, for the lack of better term, "magical" use of the Force.
- Shang Tsung and Quan Chi of Mortal Kombat embody this trope very well. Shao Kahn and Shinnok pull this off as well, while also overlapping with God of Evil.
- This is a recurring villain archetype in the Final Fantasy series:
- First Evil Sorcerer in the Final Fantasy series is The Emperor of Final Fantasy II.
- Golbez from Final Fantasy IV, who also doubles as a Tin Tyrant. In the sequel, he goes the other way, picking up a BFS and becoming a Big Damn Hero.
- Exdeath in Final Fantasy V is first made to be one of these when the player doesn't know him very well. Then, he's hinted to be a Humanoid Abomination. Finally, he's revealed to be... an evil tree.
- Kefka Palazzo starts as this, but ends up becoming something much worse.
- Sorceress Ultimecia from Final Fantasy VIII is very much an evil sorceress. Her goal is to compress time so that all creation would be centered around her, thus making her a goddess to reshape reality as she sees fit.
- Adel is also one as well. We don't get to know much about it (Ambiguous Gender, but presumably female) and in the fight against it, it says nothing. But you do find out small bits of info about it.
- Kuja from Final Fantasy IX: Evil Sorcerer, Agent Peacock, The Starscream and the eventual Big Bad.
- Several in the Warcraft universe. Examples include Kel'thuzad, Medivh (after being possessed by Sargeras), prince Kael'thas (after joining forces with the Legion), and archmage Arugal. The playable warlock class has this vibe going on, too.
- Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn: Jon Irenicus. Evil by reason of having no soul and a resultant fascination with playing around with innards. Although at one point he was just your regular "driven by overpassionate love and misplaced pride" sort of evil. You could have some understanding for his situation, if he wasn't so smug about his superiority. You WILL hate him.
- Malkil from Wizards and Warriors.
- Windy of Suikoden I, one of the more Obviously Evil villains in the series.
- Rashidi of Ogre Battle and his apprentices.
- ADOM: Keethrax, the Black Druid; Nonnak the necromancer; Yulgash, the Master Summoner; Nuurag Vaarn, the Chaos Archmage; Gaab'Bay, the old crone.
- Many Super Mario Bros. villains. Foremost being Kamek, but to an extent King Boo and Bowser himself (original NES game had him using Black Magic to take over). As well as quite a few RPG villains that have traces of this (Fawful, Grodus and Smithy are Technopath variants, The Shadow Queen in Paper Mario 2 is this kind of thing played straight).
- Several Fire Emblem antagonists such as Gharnef, Nergal and Validar. Some may overlap with Sinister Minister.
- The Dragonlord from Dragon Quest, Hargon from Dragon Quest II, Dhoulmagus from Dragon Quest VIII (though for him it's mostly a case of Demonic Possession by the true Big Bad).
- World of Mana
- The Archmage from GrimGrimoire.
- The Lotus Clan from Battle Realms is ruled by a cabal of immortal Warlocks. In-game the Warlock (which consist of lesser members of the cabal) is one of their higher-tier units and the leaders of the cabal are their hero units.
- The Tevinter Magisters of Dragon Age, which is much more pronounced in Dragon Age II. In fact, according to the lore the Tevinter Imperium was responsible for creating the Darkspawn after using magic to try and reach the equivalent of heaven, only for it to go horribly horribly wrong. They're still around, mostly seen as slavers or maniacal and powerhungry blood mages. Dragon Age: Origins makes it seem like they're little more than a Vestigial Empire. The sequel reveals that, while they've suffered from the rebellion in the Southern lands (e.g. Ferelden, Orlais) and the never-ending war with the Qunari, the Imperium is still strong and has large holdings in the North. They're also slowly recovering and may threaten the Southern kingdoms in the future.
- Ba Rouryuu, the Big Bad of the Girls Love Visual Novel Aoi Shiro. If no one stops him, a tsunami of unbelievable magnitude will hit all of Japan in no time.
- Druaga in The Tower of Druaga.
- The Nihilist Priesthood in Lusternia is a whole church full of Evil Sorcerers. They worship extradimensional Demon Lords, practice Necromancy and wage a veritable war against the Three Fates (since the Nihilists regard predestination as slavery, and undead immortality as the path to freedom from it).
- Seath the Scaleless in Dark Souls is a dragon credited with inventing sorcery. He's an insane wreck in the present after vainly trying to solve the mystery of the scales of immortality that every dragon but him possessed.
- At one point in his campaign, Gauldoth Half-Dead of Heroes IV lampshades the tendency for necromancers to become the evil Take Over the World overreaching villain. That said, it's not that common an affliction: over the course of the six games taking place on Enroth, a grand total of one character (Sandro) fitting this trope shows up, and he survives the ordeal and aims for more modest goals after that.
- Werdna from the Wizardry series.
- Simon the Sorcerer has Sordid, the Big Bad of the series.
- The text-based Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers Get All The Girls has the Big Bad and Evil Sorcerer turn out to be the protagonist's abusive stepfather.
- The Big Bad Great Zaroff of The Night of the Rabbit.
- This would be you in Nekro, an Affably Evil sort of man with a legitimate grievance against the King, and quite willing to voice your grievances with the assistance of The Legions of Hell.
- In Faria, the Big Bad is a nameless Wizard who was formerly a Sealed Evil in a Can. This Wizard has two horns and a scarlet body, though he otherwise doesn't look much like a Big Red Devil. He magically disguises himself to obtain the King's scrolls that were used to subdue him long ago, and uses them to turn into a dragon. His evil magic is also responsible for transforming all men in the player character's kingdom into women.
- Paper Sorcerer has you playing as this trope, attempting to escape your magical book prison with your Evil Minions.
- In Gems of War, Karakoth is lousy with them. They have towers all over the place, and use them as bases for excavating ancient ruins full of things better left undisturbed.
- In The Sims 2, a "Witch/Wizard" character can become this by studying "dark" magic. (Though the "evil" spells tend to fall into the Poke the Poodle territory. Comical mischief more than anything else.)
- Dimos, the Big Bad from Cirque De Zale, who uses his magic to terrorize the land and capture and enslave its citizens.
- The Order of the Stick. Xykon. He's also a literal sorcerer; a spellcaster who was born with his powers rather than learning magic through study.
- Vaarsuvius practically became one for a while, thanks to an obsession with ultimate power. Whether or whether not it will actually happen remains to be seen.
- Technically Nale is this as well, but as it's not his only character class (and he's much weaker than either of the above) it's not played up as much as his being Elan's brother and leader of the Linear Guild.
- Lord Dragos from The Beast Legion is probably one of the most sadistic Evil sorcerers around, if not the most sadistic.
- Wanda, the croakamancer from Erfworld.
- Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater is this mixed with The Chew Toy and Villain Protagonist. Sarda is a straighter example.
- Kakralomino, the Big Bad of Tails of Lanschilandia, though with more of a focus on his Evil Overlord characteristics than his magic abilities.
- Mozenrath, Caliph Kapok and Khartoum from Aladdin: The Series.
- Eli Pandarus from American Dragon: Jake Long.
- Hex from Ben 10.
- No Heart from Care Bears.
- King Sombra from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, combined with Evil Overlord and Sorcerous Overlord. Also, while not discussed in the episode, Word of God states that the villain of the series premiere, Nightmare Moon, was the result of Princess Luna being corrupted by dark magic, making her an earlier example.
- Wrath-Amon and Ram-Amon from Conan the Adventurer, the latter being an obvious expy of the Conan books' Thoth-Amon.
- Malsquando, Princess Irmoplotz and Queen Zonthara from Dave the Barbarian.
- Mr Crocker becomes one of these in The Fairly OddParents! episode "Timmy the Barbarian".
- The Archmage from Gargoyles. Demona, the primary Big Bad of the series, was formerly his apprentice and though not as powerful (she makes up for it by being physically tougher and tech-savvy), she often uses magic in her plots.
- Skeletor in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) is a borderline sympathetic variant on this.
- Also Evil-Lyn.
- He's somewhat more competent, dangerous and evil in the recent remake series; we also get to see two other Big Bads who fit the bill: King Hiss and Hordak. Unfortunately, the new series was cancelled before we could get to see Hordak really strut his stuff outside of the Back Story and flash backs, as he gave every indication of being far more badass than his She-Ra: Princess of Power incarnation.
- As mentioned above, Felix Faust and Tala from Justice League.
- Warlock from The New Adventures of Superman.
- The evil magician who created Rubik, the Amazing Cube.
- Gargamel from The Smurfs is called an evil wizard but he comes across as more of a crazy hermit, down on his luck alchemist.
- Any wizard from Thundarr the Barbarian, though some of them tend to cross over into Mad Scientist territory.
- ThunderCats (1985) and Thundercats 2011 have Mumm-Ra, THE EVER-LIVING!!!
- Both Big Bads from W.I.T.C.H. - Prince Phobos is a Sorcerous Overlord, while Nerissa augments her innate Guardian powers with learned (or stolen) magic. In a series full of powerfully magical characters, they sit near the top.
- Blackwolf in Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. He's the Evil Twin of Avatar.
- Carl the Evil Cockroach Wizard from Yin Yang Yo!.
- Shadow Weaver from She-Ra: Princess of Power.
- SkullMaster from Mighty Max.
- There are eight DEMON sorcerers who make up the Big Bad Duumvirate of the second season of Jackie Chan Adventures, with one of them, Shendu, acting as the primary antagonist for a good chunk of the show.
- Venomous Drool, the Big Bad of Fangbone!, is a parody of those found in Robert E. Howard's stories.
- Dr. Dimensionpants has 2 evil wizards, the brothers Silas and Murray.
- Uncle Grandpa has the Evil Wizard, an evil intergalactic wizard who looks surprisingly like Uncle Grandpa, and even sounded like him too. It wasn't.