Messenger of Doom

This trope is normally associated with characters whose appearance is to bring forth a message of impending danger to a group of people to whom the message is being delivered. The character in question could be sent by someone as a herald, either for purposes of good or evil, or that could be their own life's mission, having witnessed something terrible or having known a terrible secret that he or she must reveal for the intended recipient's future survival.


  • Tuor, the son of Huor, first cousin of Túrin from The Silmarillion. Tuor was chosen by the Vala Ulmo to fulfill his prophecy of a messenger to warn Turgon of impending doom of Gondolin. Tuor's warning was ignored and Gondolin fell, but Tuor escaped and saved many survivors.

  • Prophets in the Old Testament were considered this to the people they were sent to, though in certain cases they were also sent to preach a message of hope.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Prophet from Mutant Chronicles, a badass messenger of doom, who is named... Billy.

    Western Animation 
  • Grandpa Smurf in the four-part episode "Smurfquest" from The Smurfs returns to the village after a 500-year quest around the world to warn the other Smurfs of the impending danger of the Long Life Force Stone losing its power.
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