Follow TV Tropes

Dark Lord on Life Support

Go To

The bad guy is incapable of living without the assistance of a machine or another person

This trope has been Launched!
Proposed By:
EnemyofZeus on Jan 3rd 2012 at 8:20:45 PM
Last Edited By:
morenohijazo on Feb 19th 2013 at 11:52:15 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

The God-Emperor of Mankind has seen better days.

An event has left the Big Bad or other major antagonist severely injured or drained of power. It doesn't have to be a machine; it can be the inability to survive without attatching to another body.

This can be a way of creating sympathy for the villain, showing that they are weak or dependant. The weakness can be exploited by someone attacking them -- the Evil Overlord may not have full strength because of what's happened to him, or may be stuck in one place. Dependance means that The Hero can destroy the support system to destroy his enemy. Frequently, the very thing that made the Dark Lord this way was done by the protagonist, sometimes in a battle that didn't succeed in killing the enemy but did injure him. This can be a sign that the hero wasn't ready to fight the villain, that he did so rashly, etc..

This may result in a Dragon-in-Chief. Not to be confused with Evil Cripple. See also Man in the Machine, Brain in a Jar and No Immortal Inertia.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In The Vision of Escaflowne, Big Bad Dornkirk (actually Isaac Newton transported to Gaia) is perpetually hooked up to a massive life-support machine keeping him alive well past when he should have died of old age. In the last episode, he rips free of it and lets Folken kill him to set in motion his Thanatos Gambit.
  • Taopaipai and Freezer from Dragon Ball Z were both rebuilt as half cyborg, after Goku severely damaged them, in order to survive (both had several parts of their bodies replaced by mechanical components because of the damage sustained).
  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: Gauron has been reduced to lying in a bed tied to a machine after he was defeated in the previous season, but still manages to ruin everyone's day.
  • After having his life saved by Heaven Canceller, Alistair Crowley from A Certain Magical Index has only once ever been seen someplace other than floating upside down in his tube. It's debatable if hew as actually physically present at that one time.
  • Kagemaru, the Big Bad of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 's Scared Beast/Phantom Demon arc, is at first confined to a full-body life support mechanism.
  • In Naruto, after getting his arms sealed by the Third Hokage Orochimaru becomes this, and eventually he gets progressively weaker and more sickly when he has not transferred his mind to a new body every three years. Sasuke takes advantage of this, and defeats him in his sickly state.

Comic Books

  • Mr. Freeze from Batman can't survive outside of his suit for long due to his heat sensitivity.
  • Doctor Doom may not actually be on life-support but he has some sort of medical condition that requires that his entire body be bandaged when he's not in his armor.

Film

  • Star Wars: Darth Vader is probably the Trope Codifier. He can't live for more than a few minutes outside his black armor. He has bionic limbs, and his breathing is also reliant on robotics. This is from a time when Obi-wan Kenobi dueled with him when Vader was trying to take over the galaxy with Emperor Palpatine. Obi-wan wasn't able to kill Vader because they had once been like brothers, but he left him burning and without several limbs. Vader barely survived, and was taken by the Emperor and given his life-support system.
  • In the Disaster Movie parody The Big Bus the Big Bad lives in an iron lung.
  • Brainiac in the unproduced Superman Lives script by Kevin Smith. Zero Context Example, fix this.
  • The version of Bane seen in The Dark Knight Rises wears his mask to be constantly supplied with anesthetic gas to keep the crippling pain from his old injuries at bay.
  • Jigsaw in the second through fourth Saw movies.
  • Overdog in Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone is a cyborg who is linked to a life-support system that lets him suck the life force out of his victims and infuse it into his body. The apparatus also serves as a means of moving around in his lair as he has no lower body and instead is connected to a crane-like structure.
  • Example from the Teen Titans film Trouble In Tokyo where he basically creates an ink army: this. this. He gets defeated and the Bigger Bad takes over.

Literature

  • In Mistborn, the Lord Ruler maintains his youth by being a Compounder who can use atium. Without constant contact with his atium, he has No Immortal Inertia
  • Harry Potter:
    • Voldemort lives off Quirrel in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Since he was nearly destroyed, he is too weak to survive alone and even has to have unicorn blood to stay alive. This means he's weak enough that he can barely talk; when Quirrel is killed, he flees like a ghost.
    • And even more repulsively when he's reduced to a helpless fetus that relies on Wormtail's care-giving and lives on snake-blood. Even then, he's still got an attitude.
  • Mason Verger in the film and book Hannibal is a depraved child molester who was attacked by Hannibal Lecter but survived as a disfigured paraplegic, and therefore utterly depends on his caretaker to carry out his scheme of vengeance against Lecter. As a result of what Lector did to him at their last meeting, he is now on a respirator, bedridden and relies on a machine to moisten his lidless right eye. In both versions, Lecter uses a Hannibal Lecture to convince his caretaker to kill the helpless Verger in retaliation for years of abuse.
  • The Authority from His Dark Materials is so old and withered that he has to live in a crystal globe to prevent air currents from disintegrating him.
  • In Otherland, Jongleur lives off of life support, due to being the oldest man alive and pretty much has to live in his program since his body is failing.
  • Ah Ling/Hendrik van Eeden/Tzaddik from the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman is this. Although Sally shoots him in The Ruby In The Smoke, we find out in The Tiger In The Well that he survived, but her bullet had pierced his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed.

Live-Action TV

  • The Cigarette-Smoking Man of The X-Files was eventually confined to a wheelchair due to alien technologies implanted into his brain and heavy smoking.
  • Doctor Who:
    • All the Daleks. Inside those fearsome 'travel machines', they're just these helpless little squidlike things.
    • Davros, the creator and for a while the ruler of the Daleks, kept alive by a life-support system inside his high-tech wheelchair which can be turned off by pressing a button.
    • Dr. Lumic, the creator of the new series' Cybermen.
    • Max Capricorn in the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned".
    • Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 considers herself to be the last human being, but has undergone 708 cosmetic operations and is now nothing more than skin with a face, stretched over a screen, with her brain in a jar underneath.
  • Mobius from Team Knight Rider.
  • Scorpius in Farscape. A Sebacean-Scarran hybrid, his body chemistry was literally at war with itself and so he required an extensive cybernetic cooling system just to maintain a functional condition. Enemies who learned of this weakness frequently tried to take advantage of it to kill or disable him.
  • Anubis in Stargate SG-1. Due to having ascended and then being kicked partway back down to our plane of existence, he currently exists as an Energy Being that requires some form of assistance in order to interact with our world. From season 5 until "Lost City", that assistence was a force-field suit. After its destruction, he had to Body Surf between hosts whose bodies reacted to him as if he were a disease.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron has Semyaza on angelic life support after his fall from heaven.. Worse, he seems to have died down to the soul before you even reach him.
  • Ex-hitman Volkov in No One Lives Forever 2 rolls around in a wheelchair, following his fight against Cate in NOLF 1. The wheelchair has a built-in rocket launcher, though, so it's all good.
  • The Domz Priest from Beyond Good & Evil. The weird statue is the only thing that's keeping it alive.
  • Technically, GLaDOS from Portal falls under this trope, since she is bound to the facility and dependent on the emotion cores and the local power supply.
  • Sludge Vohaul, the primary antagonist of the Space Quest series, is permanently attached to a life support machine, as first seen in Space Quest II.
  • ICO plays with this. The Queen has been living in her own body, but she'll soon need to sacrifice Yorda and use her as a host to keep living.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, the Biolizard, the original "Ultimate Life-Form", while Nigh Invulnerable, needs to be hooked up to a life-support system to survive. As such, the system itself is his Achilles' Heel, and is what you have to attack.
  • The Joker from Batman: Arkham City has to be kept on life support because he's dying from Titan poisoning. The Titan serum that mutated him and gave him superhuman strength at the end of Arkham Asylum actually had unforseen side-effects; he has a sickness that is slowly killing him.
  • Umbrella president Oswell E. Spencer is reduced to being confined to wheelchair and life support system three years before Resident Evil 5 due to his old age. He expects Alex Wesker to reverse this condition by engineering an Immortality virus, although Albert Wesker kills him to become the Big Bad after Spencer reveals that Wesker was one of many Unwitting Pawns for Umbrella known as "Wesker children" in a project done to create the perfect breed of humans.
  • Extreme inversion: Mother Brain, big bad from the Metroid series is a giant brain in a highly impact resistant glass casing. After breaking through the shield you still have to fire multiple missiles(regular beams do nothing) directly at her bare grey matter in order to finish her off proving that the transparent casing is clearly for protective reasons only.
  • Von Bolt of Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a decrepit old man in a super-wheelchair who wants to gain immortality.
  • Mr. House from Fallout: New Vegas. Fix this Zero Context Example.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the teams' owners, Blutarch and Redmond Mann, are among the closest things to evil overlords in this universe. Blutarch is on a life support/extender machine just so he can live longer than his brother Redmond, who is also stated to be on one. Since the machines are about 100 years old, they don't run pergfectly, and thus the brothers die every now and then.

Web Comics

  • Irregular Webcomic!: Hitler was burnt at the Reichstag fire and is a brain in a jar.
  • Count Tarrorviene of Annyseed is hooked up to a blood machine which he is dependent on for survival. He also keeps his most capable servant at his side all the time, rather than sending her out to accomplish tasks that are difficult for his lesser servants, because he's incapable of defending himself and fears for his safety.

Web Original

Western Animation


Feedback: 94 replies

Jan 3rd 2012 at 9:54:12 PM

Jan 3rd 2012 at 10:17:18 PM

This is probably best labeled as a spoiler trope.

  • El Shaddai has Semyaza on angelic life support after his fall from heaven.. Worse, he seems to have died down to the soul before you even reach him.
  • In Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen the titular Fallen is on a life support device on the Decepticon base on one of Saturn's moons. Of course, he casually unplugs himself and goes to Earth without trouble, so it may just have been for show.
    • He's still pretty weak without his life-support machine as Optimus Prime effortlessly crushes him.

Jan 3rd 2012 at 10:33:06 PM

In the Disaster Movie parody The Big Bus the Big Bad lives in an iron lung.

Jan 4th 2012 at 12:24:51 AM

Also, I don't think the Fallen's throne was actually life support. To draw an analogy, my computer is perfectly capable of using wi-fi, but I habitually connect it to an ethernet cable anyway.

Also, would any case involving No Immortal Inertia count? Because if not, I need to remove my Mistborn example.

Jan 4th 2012 at 12:58:30 AM

Elaborating on Davros:

The creator and for a while the ruler of the Daleks, kept alive by a life-support system inside his high-tech wheelchair which can be turned off by pressing a button.

Jan 4th 2012 at 2:12:37 AM

Bane. I think. I don't read comics.

In Batman Beyond, Bane was severely wasted and near-catatonic after years of abusing the Venom steroid. He needed to be hooked up to machinery just to breathe.

Jan 4th 2012 at 2:13:39 AM

perhaps Captain Hook who in some incarnations needs Smee as his right hand?

Jan 4th 2012 at 6:59:53 AM

  • The Cigarette-Smoking Man of The X Files was eventually confined to a wheelchair due to alien technologies implanted into his brain and heavy smoking.

Jan 4th 2012 at 8:44:41 AM

Not to be confused with Evil Cripple. (The above example is such a case, unless the CSM is actually on life support)

Also from Doctor Who:

  • Dr. Lumic, the creator of the new series' Cybermen.
  • Max Capricorn in the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned".

Jan 4th 2012 at 9:12:30 AM

  • Ex-hitman Volkov in No One Lives Forever 2 rolls around in a wheelchair, following his fight against Cate in NOLF 1. The wheelchair has a built-in rocket launcher, though, so it's all good.

Jan 4th 2012 at 9:42:19 AM

  • In Vision Of Escaflowne, Big Bad Dornkirk (actually Isaac Newton transported to Gaia) is perpetually hooked up to a massive life-support machine keeping him alive well past when he should have died of old age. In the last episode, he rips free of it and lets Folken kill him to set in motion his Thanatos Gambit.

Jan 4th 2012 at 10:22:12 AM

Web Original Irregular Webcomics: Hitler was burnt at the Reichstag fire and is a brain in a jar.

Jan 4th 2012 at 2:36:35 PM

The Domz Priest from Beyond Good And Evil. Apparently, that weird statue is the only thing that's keeping it alive.

Jan 4th 2012 at 2:57:24 PM

If someone would help organize the examples by media, that would be great.

^^ Maybe...it's a related trope, at least.

Jan 4th 2012 at 3:45:45 PM

That reminded me! Here's a possible page pic.

Jan 6th 2012 at 4:10:19 AM

Do Taopaipai and Freezer from Dragon Ball Z's rebuild as half cyborg count?

Jan 6th 2012 at 10:17:14 AM

Darth Vader, of course. He can even be the page picture (either the scene from Episode 3 where the rig/armour is assembled, from Episode 6 when Luke is removing the mask, or from Episode 5 when he's gone eating or something).

^Yes.

Jan 6th 2012 at 10:39:17 AM

I think something like this pic of the God-Emperor on his throne might be better than Vader.

Jan 6th 2012 at 12:18:34 PM

^Good. Blurry, but good.

Jan 6th 2012 at 12:23:50 PM

The God Emperor may provoce Flame Warring on the part of Imperium fen, though.

Jan 6th 2012 at 6:03:59 PM

Nah, everyone knows that the Imperium is only "good" relative to the other factions.

Jan 8th 2012 at 7:59:11 PM

Imperium fan here. I don't think the Golden Throne should be the page pic. Example, yes, but not page pic.

Jan 8th 2012 at 8:27:13 PM

The name doesn't quite fit. I get it easily, no problem with clarity, but maybe Villainous Life Support to keep it broad enough for all villains

Jan 8th 2012 at 8:37:09 PM

  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: Gauron has been reduced to lying in a bed tied to a machine after he was defeated in the previous season, but still manages to ruin everyone's day.

Jan 9th 2012 at 1:39:09 AM

I think it needs a better title, though I can't come up with anything off the top of my head. Since I can't, I'll vote RTL.

Jan 9th 2012 at 6:15:14 AM

Inspector Gadget? Dr. Claw has that, well, claw... Plus he seems fairly reliant on the cat.

Jan 9th 2012 at 6:47:19 AM

Would Krang's android body from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles count as a variation? He doesn't need it to survive, just needs it to survive as anything but a barely mobile brain-like creature.

Also, Scorpius from Farscape probably counts: a Sebacean-Scarran hybrid, his body chemistry was literally at war with itself and so he required an extensive cybernetic cooling system just to maintain a functional condition. Enemies who learned of this weakness frequently tried to take advantage of it to kill or disable him.

Jan 10th 2012 at 6:50:58 PM

Seconding Darth Vader as page pic. Come on, the guy is ICONIC.

Jan 10th 2012 at 9:08:40 PM

  • All the Daleks. Inside those fearsome 'travel machines', they're just these helpless little squidlike things.

Jan 10th 2012 at 9:25:11 PM

  • Sludge Vohaul, the primary antagonist of the Space Quest series, is permanently attached to a life support machine, as first seen in Space Quest II.

Jan 10th 2012 at 9:31:20 PM

could darth vader be an example?

Jan 10th 2012 at 10:02:14 PM

^Well considering he has to wear a temperature control suit -thing and is half cyborg, I'd say yes.

Jan 11th 2012 at 1:02:43 AM

Count Tarrorviene of Annyseed is hooked up to a blood machine which he is dependent on for survival. He also keeps his most capable servant at his side all the time, rather than sending her out to accomplish tasks that are difficult for his lesser servants, because he's incapable of defending himself and fears for his safety.

Jan 11th 2012 at 1:06:49 AM

I saw a steam-punk show where the apparent Big Bad was kept alive by various devices, and had a bellows for a lung. I think the show was called The Adventures of Jules Verne or something.

Jan 11th 2012 at 7:21:59 AM

Vader's suit is even an iron lung.

Jan 11th 2012 at 7:25:09 AM

  • Ico plays with this. The Queen has been living in her own body, but she'll soon need to sacrifice Yorda and use her as a host to keep living.

Jan 11th 2012 at 8:32:09 AM

Mason Verger in Hannibal. As a result of what Lector did to him at their last meeting, he is now on a respirator, bedridden and relies on a machine to moisten his lidless right eye.

Jan 13th 2012 at 7:47:02 PM

About the SCP Foundation example...it's actually Mr. Carter who does that, not Mr. Marshall. I got the names mixed up.

Should probably add a note about the dividing line between examples that go here and examples that go on the No Immortal Inertia/Body Surf/Brain In A Jar/etc. pages.

Jan 16th 2012 at 2:50:47 AM

Mr. Freeze from Bat Man probably counts.

Jan 16th 2012 at 3:28:18 PM

I think the examples should be organized by media now.

Feb 1st 2012 at 8:39:45 AM

In Sonic Adventure 2, the Biolizard, the original "Ultimate Life-Form", while Nigh Invulnerable, needs to be hooked up to a life-support system to survive. As such, the system itself is his Achilles Heel, and is what you have to attack.

Feb 1st 2012 at 9:02:50 AM

  • In Harry Potter when Lord Voldemort is living on the back of Professor Quirrell's head.
    • And even nore repulsively when he's reduced to a helpless fetus that relies on Wormtail's care-giving and lives on snake-blood. Even then, he's still got an attitude.

Feb 1st 2012 at 11:55:59 AM

  • After having his life saved by Heaven Canceller, Alistair Crowley from A Certain Magical Index has only once ever been seen someplace other than floating upside down in his tube. It's debatable if hew as actually physically present at that one time.

Feb 1st 2012 at 1:36:32 PM

Dr. Doom may not actually be on life-support but he has some sort of medical condition that requires that his entire body be bandaged when he's not in his armor.

Feb 1st 2012 at 3:09:01 PM

The Joker from Arkham City has to be kept on life support because he's dying from Titan poisoning.

Feb 2nd 2012 at 7:10:51 AM

^ the Titan serum that mutated him and gave him superhuman strength at the end of Arkham Asylum actually had unforseen side-effects; he has a sickness that is slowly killing him.

X2X
Feb 2nd 2012 at 11:20:36 AM

Video Game

  • Umbrella president Oswell E. Spencer is reduced to being confined to wheelchair and life support system three years before Resident Evil 5 due to his old age. He expects Alex Wesker to reverse this condition by engineering an Immortality virus, although Albert Wesker kills him to become the Big Bad after Spencer reveals that Wesker was one of many Unwitting Pawns for Umbrella known as "Wesker children" in a project done to create the perfect breed of humans.

Feb 2nd 2012 at 12:26:39 PM

  • Mason Verger in the film and book Hannibal is a depraved child molester who was attacked by Hannibal Lecter but survived as a disfigured paraplegic, and therefore utterly depends on his caretaker to carry out his scheme of vengeance against Lecter. In both versions, Lecter uses a Hannibal Lecture to convince his caretaker to kill the helpless Verger in retaliation for years of abuse.

Feb 2nd 2012 at 2:19:30 PM

I'd like to mention that Bane doesn't count. He uses the Venom steroid to make himself stronger, and has become addicted to it, but he doesn't need it to survive as he was in good health before he invented it.

Von Bolt of Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a decrepit old man in a super-wheelchair who wants to gain immortality.

Feb 2nd 2012 at 3:52:58 PM

Scorpius in Farscape needs his brain cooled to prevent it from overheating (due to his half-Sebacean/half-Scarran ancestry).

Feb 24th 2012 at 3:32:17 PM

Add a link to Man In The Machine and the trope is done, me thinks.

Apr 23rd 2012 at 11:18:10 PM

Apr 24th 2012 at 7:12:27 PM

Monstroso from the fourth season of Venture Brothers.

Extreme inversion: Mother Brain, big bad from the Metroid series is a giant brain in a highly impact resistant glass casing. After breaking through the shield you still have to fire multiple missiles(regular beams do nothing) directly at her bare grey matter in order to finish her off proving that the transparent casing is clearly for protective reasons only.

Apr 24th 2012 at 7:16:02 PM

shouldn't darth vader be in the examples list?

Apr 24th 2012 at 7:43:54 PM

Does this trope have to be about a villain?

Apr 24th 2012 at 8:36:13 PM

^ It's probably best. No reason we can't have other tropes about artificial life support technology, it's just that there does seem to be a specific pattern where villains have this as a sort of Red Right Hand.

Apr 24th 2012 at 8:37:10 PM

Organize and expand the examples better and beef up the description a little and this will be ready for launch.

Jir
Jul 11th 2012 at 7:03:01 AM

(>^<" Sorry bout that, I didn't know) Video Game


Jul 11th 2012 at 7:22:18 AM


^^^^^ Yes, he should; he qualifies. ^ Please remove that image, it screws with the page's composition. Anime:
  • Kagemaru, the Big Bad of Yu Gi Oh GX's Scared Beast/Phantom Demon arc, is at first confined to a full-body life support mechanism.

Jul 11th 2012 at 7:28:14 AM

I think this should actually be organized before it gets 5 hats. All examples rolled in, indexes, and such.

  • In Team Fortress 2, the teams' owners, Blutarch and Redmond Mann, are among the closest things to evil overlords in this universe. Blutarch is on a life support/extender machine just so he can live longer than his brother Redmond, who is also stated to be on one. Since the machines are about 100 years old, they don't run pergfectly, and thus the brothers die every now and then.

Jul 11th 2012 at 12:18:12 PM

Jul 11th 2012 at 12:46:28 PM

I've ordered the examples and added to the description and a couple examples.

Jul 11th 2012 at 2:12:55 PM

  • In Otherland, Jongleur lives off of life support, due to being the oldest man alive and pretty much has to live in his program since his body is failing

I think this counts but anyone else familiar with the work feel free to put in your opinion.

Feb 14th 2013 at 1:50:00 PM

Film

  • The version of Bane seen in The Dark Knight Rises wears his mask to be constantly supplied with anesthetic gas to keep the crippling pain from his old injuries at bay.

Feb 14th 2013 at 7:20:42 PM

Film

  • Jigsaw in the second through fourth Saw movies.

Feb 14th 2013 at 8:17:45 PM

Web Original: it's not clear how Dark a Lord she is, but James Ng's Immortal Empress would otherwise qualify (see also "蒸汽", her backstory in fanfic).

Feb 14th 2013 at 8:28:39 PM

I'll add my hat if the remaining examples are added to the writeup.

Feb 15th 2013 at 2:37:52 AM

^ I've done it, but I think some checking should be done. I think we may have some examples that should be in one of the related pages.

Also, could someone fix the page image? (It's the Fallout New Vegas example) I don't know how to do it myself.

Feb 15th 2013 at 3:05:25 AM

Literature: Ah Ling/Hendrik van Eeden/Tzaddik from the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman is this. Although Sally shoots him in The Ruby In The Smoke, we find out in The Tiger In The Well that he survived, but her bullet had pierced his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed.

Feb 15th 2013 at 5:06:51 AM

Film

Overdog in Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone is a cyborg who is linked to a life-support system that lets him suck the life force out of his victims and infuse it into his body. The apparatus also serves as a means of moving around in his lair as he has no lower body and instead is connected to a crane-like structure.

Feb 17th 2013 at 3:35:34 AM

Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 in Doctor Who considers herself to be the last human being, but has undergone 708 cosmetic operations and is now nothing more than skin with a face, stretched over a screen, with her brain in a jar underneath.

Feb 17th 2013 at 11:04:10 AM

Cleaned up namespaces, Example Indentation, formatting, and a few cases of same-example-on-multiple-lines. Also marked some Zero Context Examples that require fleshing out.

m8e
Feb 17th 2013 at 11:17:24 AM

That image just looks like a Human Popsicle.

Feb 17th 2013 at 1:35:32 PM

^ Right now, it's either that one or the one posted by Prometheus Unbound. Feel free to post another one if you want.

^^ It should be done by people familiar with the work.

m8e
Feb 17th 2013 at 1:52:32 PM

^or we could Take A Third Option and simply not have a picture. Current looks like a Human Popsicle and there is nothing that show Dark Lord or life support.

Feb 19th 2013 at 12:29:58 PM

I found this. this. He's from the Teen Titans film Trouble In Tokyo where he basically creates an ink army. He gets defeated and the Bigger Bad takes over.

Also, In Naruto, after getting his arms sealed by the Third Hokage Orochimaru becomes this, and eventually he gets progressively weaker and more sickly when he has not transferred his mind to a new body every three years. Sasuke takes advantage of this, and defeats him in his sickly state.

This trope may result in a Dragon In Chief

Feb 19th 2013 at 1:14:29 PM

Re: page image: On a whim I decided to see if there were any images available of 40k's God-Emperor on the Golden Throne. Found this.

Feb 19th 2013 at 1:20:54 PM

^ I think he looks more dead than on life support in that one. Try this

Feb 19th 2013 at 1:52:46 PM

I'll launch it myself soon, unless someone else does it first.

^ That one would be good, but it's too big. Does somebody know how to upload it into the TV Tropes servers?

Feb 19th 2013 at 2:28:57 PM

Uploaded. I'll add the markup.

EDIT: I cropped the image and resized it to 250x255, and added the caption "The God Emperor of Mankind has seen better days." What do you think?

Feb 19th 2013 at 3:09:21 PM

Also, under TV:

  • Anubis in Stargate SG 1. Due to having ascended and then being kicked partway back down to our plane of existence, he currently exists as an Energy Being that requires some form of assistance in order to interact with our world. From season 5 until "Lost City", that assistence was a force-field suit. After its destruction, he had to Body Surf between hosts whose bodies reacted to him as if he were a disease.

Feb 19th 2013 at 11:40:09 PM

^^ The caption doesn't show up correctly, for some reason. I can't find what is wrong.

Feb 19th 2013 at 11:52:15 PM

^ Captions don't work in YKTTW. It will show up normally when it's launched.

On that note, Just Launch It Already.

Top