"I am power unlike any you have known: absolute, infinite, and unrelenting. You have no choice but to prepare for a long dark future as my subjects—and my slaves."
― Darkseid, Superman: The Animated Series, "Apokolips... Now! (Part 2)
"How many times must we face your kind? Would-be conquerors and master races, so full of your own superiority you will not see reason or hear the voice of sanity?!"
― Martian Manhunter (DC Comics)
"We take what we desire because we can. We can because we have power. We have power because we are Sith"
― A Sith Proverb (Star Wars)
The ability to use the powers and characteristics of a dark lord archetype. Note that this is essentially a definition of an archetype. Opposite to True Hero.

Also Called

  • Dark God/Lord/Master/Prince
  • Evil/Dark Emperor/King/Lord/Overlord
  • Lord/Master/Prince/King/Emperor of Darkness
  • Lord/Master/Prince/King/Emperor of Evil
  • Lord of Shadows


User is a Dark Lord, villain usually seeks to rule or destroy the universe around them, powerful evil being who viciously rules over lesser evil beings and desire to rule their respective existences and corrupt as well as destroy everything they touch. They possess malevolent abilities and often command fiendish minions. These individuals also love to seduce others to join their side and then use them for their own hellish purposes. Anyone can be a Dark Lord; some are human, many have demonic natures and certain holders of the title are actually manifestations of the Prince of Darkness himself.





  • Will be opposed by benevolent forces.
  • True Hero have more than what it takes to defeat Dark Lords.
  • Can be blinded by pride and vanity.
  • May be equal or in servitude to a more powerful being (another Dark Lord, a Transcendent Demon or a Satanic Figure).
  • Redemption voids the power.

Known Users

See Also: Evil Overlord.

  • Overlords (Overlord series)
  • Satan/Lucifer (Religion)
  • Seven Princes of Hell (Religion)
  • Dark Lords of the Sith (Star Wars)
  • Megatron/Galvatron (Transformers)
  • The Fallen (Transformers: Revange of the Fallen)
  • Morgoth (The Simarillion)
  • Sauron (Lord of the Rings)
  • Darkseid (DC Comics)
  • Trigon (DC Comics)
  • Thanos (Marvel Comics)
  • Dormammu (Marvel Comics)
  • Dracula (Castlevania)
  • Lords of Shadow (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow)
  • Lord Kaos (Skylanders)
  • The Lord of Darkness (Legend)
  • Malefor (The Legend of Spyro)
  • The Source of All Evil (Charmed)
  • Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle (Harry Potter)
  • Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Chaos (Dissidia: Final Fantasy)
  • The Emperor (Final Fantasy II)
  • Zorc, The Dark One (Yu-Gi-Oh!: Dawn of the Duel)
  • The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)
  • The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Evil Queen (Snow White)
  • Morgana Pendragon (Merlin)
  • Chernobog (Slavic Mythology)
  • The Overlord (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Night Master (Yin Yang Yo!)
  • Chosen Undead (Dark Souls)
  • Lord of Hollows (Dark Souls)
  • Leaders of the Old Satan Faction (Highschool DxD)
  • Creuserey Asmodeus (Highschool DxD)
  • Katerea Leviathan (Highschool DxD)
  • Shalba Beelzebub (Highschool DxD)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • HIM (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Lucia Raregroove (Rave Master)