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** 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.

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** 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 especially in putting down the Faith Militant's resistance.


* 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.

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* The Dark Lord in ''Film/{{Bright}}'' was an a 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.



* 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.
* ''Film/GodsOfEgypt'': Set becomes this trope after usurping his brother Osiris and ruling over Egypt with iron fist, enslaving the populace, demanding them to pillage riches in order to secure their afterlives and commanding legions of demons and demigods to enforce his will.

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* 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 own. He aspires to gain control over the dead and has raised such massive forces that he is TheDreaded among the Hyborean Hyborian peoples.
* ''Film/GodsOfEgypt'': Set becomes this trope after usurping his brother Osiris and ruling over Egypt with iron fist, enslaving the populace, demanding them to they pillage riches in order to secure their afterlives and commanding legions of demons and demigods to enforce his will.



* 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]].

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* The Lord of Darkness in Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' fits this to a T 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]].


** 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 biding 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.

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** The series features a played straight (or possibly reconstructed) example in the form of the [[MonsterLord Night's Night King]], the one leading the White Walkers and a legendary figure thought to have been destroyed ages ago, just biding 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.


* [[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 says a lot that when two of his deceased subjects touch his toga imploringly, he responds by blasting them with his fire, shutting them abruptly and burning their hopes of ever escaping his rule. It's even lampshaded by the Muses below:

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* [[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.gloomy, which gives the viewer an idea of what his rule over Olympus and the mortals would look like. It says a lot that when two of his deceased subjects touch his toga imploringly, he responds by blasting them with his fire, shutting them abruptly and burning their hopes of ever escaping his rule. It's even lampshaded by the Muses below:


In battle, the Evil Overlord can be a variety of things, but he is generally the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking most powerful of his forces.]] He can be(and is quite often) a physical warrior [[TinTyrant decked in armor.]] and usually [[FrontlineGeneral fighting on the frontlines.]] Some overlords, however, rely more on [[SorcerousOverlord magical power]] and [[OrcusOnHisThrone tend to hang behind.]]



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

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


He usually lurks in an intimidating fortress in a [[{{Mordor}} near-uninhabitable landscape]], plotting to TakeOverTheWorld (if he [[VillainWorld doesn't already rule it]] or has already taken over parts of 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, and/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.

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He usually lurks in an [[EvilTowerOfOminousness intimidating fortress fortress]] in a [[{{Mordor}} near-uninhabitable landscape]], plotting to TakeOverTheWorld (if he [[VillainWorld doesn't already rule it]] or has already taken over parts of 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 [[CorruptPolitician There]] [[TheGeneralissimo are]] [[TheEvilPrince other]], [[PresidentEvil more]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive bureaucratic]] [[EvilChancellor 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, and/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.


A particularly ambitious Overlord often [[AGodAmI declares himself a god]], and starts a ReligionOfEvil with him as it's heart. In cases where an Overlord [[GodOfEvil actually is a god]], he is expanding his empire to [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly attain more worshipers]]. Heroes will have a difficult time dealing with a godly overlord, as he cannot be [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil fully killed]], and often must be [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] for another generation to deal with.



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.

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

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* The Director of Darkness from ''Webcomic/ApricotCookies'' is this, controlling the Dark Dimension and the legions of monsters inside, although he tends to ''act'' less like an overlord and more like an office executive.


* 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.

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* Lelouch and Schneizel from ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'' are fighting for this position. position in the final arc; Lelouch as the Emperor of Britannia and Schneizel with his nuked armed fortress Damocles. 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]], world against him and behind [[MyHeroZero Zero]]]], 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.


** Every BigBad in ''The Scorpion King'' series qualifies for this trope: [[MasterSwordsman Memnon]], [[SorcerousOverlord Sargon]], [[SmugSnake Tallus]],[[TheUsurper Drazen]] and [[ScaryBlackMan Nebserek]] are all power-thirsty and ambitious warlords that for [[YouKilledMyFather one reason]] or the other got to [[AntiHero Mathayus']] bad side over the course of the series.

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** Every BigBad in ''The Scorpion King'' series qualifies for this trope: [[MasterSwordsman Memnon]], [[SorcerousOverlord Sargon]], [[SmugSnake Tallus]],[[TheUsurper Tallus]], [[TheUsurper Drazen]] and [[ScaryBlackMan Nebserek]] are all power-thirsty and ambitious warlords that for [[YouKilledMyFather one reason]] or the other got to [[AntiHero Mathayus']] bad side over the course of the series.


** Every BigBad in ''The Scorpion King'' series qualifies for this trope: [[MasterSwordsman Memnon]], [[SorcerousOverlord Sargon]], [[SmugSnake Tallus]] and [[TheUsurper Drazen]] are all power-thirsty and ambitious warlords that for [[YouKilledMyFather one reason]] or the other got to [[AntiHero Mathayus']] bad side over the course of the series.

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** Every BigBad in ''The Scorpion King'' series qualifies for this trope: [[MasterSwordsman Memnon]], [[SorcerousOverlord Sargon]], [[SmugSnake Tallus]] and [[TheUsurper Tallus]],[[TheUsurper Drazen]] and [[ScaryBlackMan Nebserek]] are all power-thirsty and ambitious warlords that for [[YouKilledMyFather one reason]] or the other got to [[AntiHero Mathayus']] bad side over the course of the series.

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' had Thanos, the ruler of and most powerful being in the galaxy and the BigBad of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. While his intentions are perhaps more noble than those of most characters who belong to this trope, he's still ultimately seen as a villain.


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* The ''Literature/LoneWolf'' gamebook series features this trope extensively with the Darklords of Helgedad, an ''[[BigBadEnsemble entire faction]]'' of dark, demonic beings out to dominate the Magnamund in the name of their god [[GodOfEvil Naar]] and convert it into a DeathWorld. The greatest of them is the Archlord, who holds the absolute authority over the other Darklords and serves as Naar's champion. All Darklords are supernatural evils with each of them having their armies at beck and call and they can only be harmed by the titular hero's magic sword. Even other villains that aren't Darklords themselves qualify for this trope such as Autarch Sejanus, an immortal vampire lord that rules his domain with iron fist in the name of evil. Hell, his title ''autarch'' is already enough indicative.
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* The ''Literature/LoneWolf'' gamebook series features this trope extensively with the Darklords of Helgedad, an ''[[BigBadEnsemble entire faction]]'' of dark, demonic beings out to dominate the Magnamund in the name of their god [[GodOfEvil Naar]] and convert it into a DeathWorld. The greatest of them is the Archlord, who holds the absolute authority over the other Darklords and serves as Naar's champion. All Darklords are supernatural evils with each of them having their armies at beck and call and they can only be harmed by the titular hero's magic sword. Even other villains that aren't Darklords themselves qualify for this trope such as Autarch Sejanus, an immortal vampire lord that rules his domain with iron fist in the name of evil. Hell, his title ''autarch'' is already enough indicative.


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.

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He usually lurks in an intimidating fortress in a [[{{Mordor}} near-uninhabitable landscape]], plotting to TakeOverTheWorld (if he [[VillainWorld doesn't already rule it]]), it]] or has already taken over parts of 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.


** 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]].

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** 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 demons that hates vampires) and a evil [[HumanoidAbomination powerful malevolent force force]] of its own right]].

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