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Villain Overview
destroy(The_Chosen_One) ;
~ The Dark Lord's only purpose before it went rogue.
He somehow figured out how to get my stick figure on his side.
~ The Animator about the Dark Lord joining the Chosen One.

The Dark Lord is the secondary antagonist of the Animator vs. Animation franchise by Alan Becker. It is the second and current archenemy of the Chosen One.

It appears as the secondary antagonist of Animator vs. Animation III, a mentioned antagonist in Animator vs. Animation IV, and the main antagonist of the Animator vs. Animation Shorts

It was created to fight the Chosen One, but ended up joining it, and later going rouge with plans of spreading worldwide chaos with the ViraBot virus.

Personality

When first created, the Dark Lord was shown to be intelligent, but he was created for one thing and one thing only - Destroy the Chosen One. He somehow instantly got many programs on his side, but it was most likely due to the fact that the programs wanted revenge. He was extremely skilled and powerful in battles. However, after Minesweeper exploded and Firefox and AIM were killed, he covered in fear after seemingly being injured, showing that he is scared of more powerful beings and death as a whole. It was later proved again in "The Flashback", when he was terrified when the computer was exploding.

However, the Dark Lord was fueled with rage after seeing that the Animator never cared about him and that he was simply playing Solitaire while he almost died. He befriended the Chosen One to get rid of the Animator, and ultimately succeeded and even escaped, destroying the Animator's computer.

But, as soon as he became free, his true colors were shown - A remorseless anarchist and terrorist who destroyed countless websites and possibly killed many people, even other stick figures. While the Chosen One eventually realized they are going too far, the Dark Lord simply caused chaos without having second thoughts.

Seven years after destroying the Animator's computer, he still wanted revenge, making the Animator the first target of the ViraBot. It was also showed that he seemingly wanted to conquer the entire Internet, possibly even more. He is extremely determined, showed as after 7 years of being friends, he had no problems with killing the Chosen One only to complete his goal. He succeeded at first, but was punched extremely far away by the Chosen One, only for the black stick figure to kill the only known ViraBot.

The fact that the Dark Lord tried to destroy computers worldwide and that all the sites he destroyed were entirely filled with man-made creations (although this is a stretch, as the entire internet is man-made) imply he shows a hatred towards humans.

History

Animator vs. Animation III

The Chosen One (who had been enslaved and used as a pop-up blocker) escapes and once again begins fighting the animator's mouse pointer. The battle continues on to a Word document where the animator and Clippy fight the Chosen One using text-based attacks. As the Chosen One and the paper clip fight, the animator creates a new red stick figure, the Dark Lord, to be the Chosen One's equally powerful enemy.

The Dark Lord then fights the Chosen One through the Word document and a game of Solitaire, soon ending up on the desktop. The Dark Lord calls the desktop icons to its aid and they all begin battling the Chosen One. The Chosen One manages to throw the Dark Lord into a game of Minesweeper. The Dark Lord tries to get back into the action, but has to solve its way out. The Chosen One soundly defeats all the icons and ends the battle by throwing Firefox into Minesweeper and blowing it up, with the Dark Lord still inside.

Beaten, the Dark Lord surrenders to the Chosen One and prepares to be killed. But the Chosen One spares the Dark Lord and offers that they both destroy the animator's computer. The Dark Lord agrees and assists its former foe in wreaking havoc on and destroying the computer with a Blue Screen of Death, presumably killing itself and the Chosen One in the process.

Animator vs. Animation IV

The Dark Lord is briefly mentioned in the beggining by the Animator.

Animator vs. Animation Shorts

However, it is revealed in the Animator vs Animation Shorts episode "The Flashback" that the Dark Lord and the Chosen One were able to escape into the internet just before the computer was destroyed. The two stick figures then proceeded to spread chaos and destruction across the internet, to a point where even the Chosen One was appalled by the Dark Lord's ruthlessness and depravity, to the point that it started tormenting and possibly murdering other stick figures.

Eventually, the Dark Lord begins work on a new creation: a computer virus called ViraBot.exe that corrodes anything it touches. The Dark Lord expresses its plans to unleash the virus on every computer in the world. However, the Chosen One realizes that the Dark Lord has gone too far, and envisions a horrific future where the Dark Lord uses an army of viruses to terrorize and kill stick figures throughout the world. As the Dark Lord tries to send the first ViraBot program to the Animator's computer, the Chosen One stops it. When the Dark Lord persists, and eventually the two fight. The machine that sends the virus out is destroyed, but not before ViraBot is sent to the Animator's computer and the Dark Lord is released far by Chose One, with the Chosen One doing what it never thought that it would: go and save the Animator's computer so that the ViraBot threat does not continue. Eventually, he can stop the virus, and Dark Lord is considered dead. A sneak-peak of the next episode, however, reveals that the Dark Lord survived and is gonna be in a big fight with the Chosen One.

Trivia

  • The Dark Lord is arguably the darkest villain in the franchise. While most characters have redeeming qualities, the Dark Lord has none, showing that he has no problem with killing the Chosen One after 7 years of being friends.
  • Despite being the secondary antagonist, the Dark Lord is arguably the most evil character in the franchise, as it tried to cause destruction worldwide by sending out 9 ViraBots to different parts of the world. However, it's implied the Dark Lord could menage to make only one ViraBot, so it failed.
ViraBlueprint

The blueprint in question.

  • The Dark Lord had planned to make 9 ViraBots, and send them to each continent besides Antarctica. To be precise, he tried to send out two to North America, one to South America, one to Africa, one to Europe, three to Asia, and one to Australia.
    • There were also three unknown circles on the map: One in Russia, one in China, and one between France and Great Britain.
    • However, looking at the way the Dark Lord drew the blueprint, it's implied the ViraBot it send to Alan was supposed to in some way create seven of the eight remaining ViraBots, with one of them (the one in India) seemingly being launched by the Dark Lord itself.
      • Additionally, the same ViraBot that got launched to Alan was in some way connected to all three unknown circles.

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