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Villain Overview

mission.The_Dark_Lord = destroy(The_Chosen_One);
~ The Dark Lord's only purpose before he went rogue.
he somehow figured out how to get my stick figure on his side
so they teamed up and... destroyed my computer
~ The Animator to his friend, talking about the Dark Lord's fall to villainy.

The Dark Lord is the secondary antagonist of the Animator vs. Animation web series by Alan Becker. He is the best friend-turned-second archenemy of the Chosen One.

He is the deuteragonist-turned-secondary antagonist of Animator vs. Animation III, a mentioned antagonist in Animator vs. Animation IV and the titular main antagonist of Animator vs. Animation V.

He was a stick figure created to fight the Chosen One by the Animator, but ended up joining the latter in causing destruction across other entire websites and servers, However the Dark Lord's ruthlessness increases to the point that he creates an army of computer viruses, with the intentions of destroying as many computers as possible.

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. Despite the name, he was created as a heroic stick figure, meant to stop a rampaging, evil one that ironically, had a name that is more common among heroes.

However, after seeing that the Animator never cared about him and that he was simply playing Solitaire while he almost died, the Dark Lord 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, the Dark Lord lost any possible redeeming qualities and became a remorseless destroyer and possible mass murderer who destroyed countless websites and was implied to have 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 or destroy the entire Internet, possibly even more. He is extremely determined and self-centered, showed as after seven years of friendship, he had no problems with killing the Chosen One only to complete his own goal. It also shows that the Dark Lord shows no care for anyone or anything except himself and his own destructive goals. He succeeded at first, but was punched away by the Chosen One, only for the black stick figure to kill the ViraBot sent to the Animator's PC.

Showing complete disregard to lives outside his own, the Dark Lord was heavily implied to have slaughtered hundreds upon hundreds of people during his seven-year-long rampage, already claiming several victims beforehand by destroying the Animator's computer and then went one step further by trying to destroy hundreds of computers around the globe with his virus army, willing to end a years-long friendship to achieve this goal. During his battle against the Chosen One and his allies (including the Animator), the Dark Lord shows a sadistic and psychopathic side as he decides to kill the Second Coming by himself with no help from the ViraBots, stabs Red before kicking his disintegrating body, and then kills Green, Blue and Yellow with no signs of empathy nor remorse.

The Dark Lord, as mentioned before, tried to destroy countless computers by infecting seven popular websites (YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Google, Twitch, Wikipedia and Discord) to get as many computers infected as possible, showing his intelligence and knowledge about humanity by correctly knowing which websites have the biggest amounts of users.

Despite being artificial, the Dark Lord showed signs of both high-functioning and low-functioning psychopathy. He showed zero guilt, empathy and remorse, great intelligence, a slight amount of charisma (as shown through his interactions with the Chosen One), cares for no one but himself, acts on destructive impulse and has need for stimulation.

Through his entire life, he feared only one thing - Death. In all three moments when he can actually die, he stops being a destructive murderer and covers in fear or tries to escape. However, it's not enough to call him a coward as death is a scary thing in both real life and fiction, along with the fact that the Dark Lord is willing to take on any powerful enemies if necessary, as he managed to punch down the Second Coming after the latter destroyed all the remaining ViraBots.

Overall, the Dark Lord is a remorseless and heartless psychopath who wanted nothing more than to cause as much destruction and death as possible.

History

Animator vs. Animation III

On October 2 2011, a certain stick figure by the name of the Chosen One (who had been enslaved and used as a pop-up blocker for four years) escapes and once again begins fighting the Animator. 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 to be the Chosen One's equally powerful enemy, originally calling it simply "The Chosen One's enemy" and then changing it to "The Dark Lord".

The Dark Lord begins fighting the Chosen One.

The Dark Lord then fights the Chosen One through the Word document, and the Chosen One barely closes the program and the two land on the desktop. The Chosen One and the Dark Lord fight through Solitaire, with the Animator eventually bringing them on the top of the window. The Dark Lord calls the desktop icons to his aid and they all begin battling the Chosen One. When accidentally hit by some of the icons, the Dark Lord charges at the Chosen One, but the stick figure 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 his 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 covers himself in fear. The Chosen One spares the Dark Lord and offers that they both destroy the Animator's computer. The Dark Lord, realising his creator never cared about him, agrees and assists his former foe in wreaking havoc on and destroying the computer with an extra-powerful Blue Screen of Death that terminates the entire computer, presumably killing himself and the Chosen One in the process.

Chaos Throughout the Internet

The Dark Lord crosses the line.

However, it is revealed that the Dark Lord and the Chosen One were able to escape into the internet just before the computer was destroyed. For the next seven years, the two stick figures 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, going so far as tormenting and quite likely murdering his own kind. If Word of God is to be taken, then the two might've also conquered the Internet for themselves.

At one point, the Dark Lord created a wristband that gave him dark powers. Alongside this, he begins working on something else: An army of computer viruses called "ViraBot.exe" that corrode anything they touch. Eventually, the Dark Lord realised that the Animator has recovered from 2011 and now has a new computer. The Dark Lord, still vengeful, decides to make the Animator the ViraBot's first victim.

Animator vs. Animation V

The Dark Lord became enemies with the Chosen One again for trying to stop him from sending ViraBot to the Animator's new computer.

On October 18th 2018, the Chosen One opens the door to the Dark Lord's room and sees him working on a ViraBot. The Dark Lord expresses his 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 ViraBot to the Animator's new computer, the Chosen One stops him. When the Dark Lord persists, 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 punched into the air by Chosen One, with the Chosen One doing what he never thought that he would: go and save the Animator's computer so that the ViraBot threat does not continue. Eventually, he can stop the virus, and leaves the computer once again to finish off his former ally, while having flashbacks of his and the Dark Lord's past.

Meanwhile, the Dark Lord is working on his computer in his shack, as he already recovered from the punch. Suddenly, the Chosen One opens the door and punches him, and the Dark Lord lands on his feet. The Chosen One runs up to him and punches him yet again. The Dark Lord grabs a cliff, but slips off it before he can crawl up. The Dark Lord lands on another cliff and fires a giant fireball where the Chosen One is. He calms down and tries to fly away, but The Chosen One is revealed to be still alive as he fires at his former friend with his laser eyes. The two fight until the Dark Lord lands up in the ocean. The Chosen One continues fighting until the Dark Lord is smashed against the cliff, with the Chosen One angrily staring at him until he decides to charge.

The Dark Lord showcasing the powers from his wristband.

Meanwhile, unknown to both of them, five stick figures followed the Chosen One after ViraBot was killed - The Second Coming, Green, Blue, Yellow and Red, with the Second Coming being somehow The Chosen One's Return. The five finally get out of the ocean as they notice seven giant metallic circle doors and later enter the Dark Lord's shack. Here, Yellow and Blue see tons of ViraBots inside a huge hole. Green looks at the computer and Red notices a red-and-black wristband. He stretches it until it falls on a button. The circular doors open.

After a bit of fighting, they enter one of the doors, and land on YouTube. The two use the red bar to their advantage, with the two being hit by attacks from the past. They leave YouTube and enter Twitter, then Reddit, then Google, then Twitch, then Wikipedia, then Discord and they return to the place they were in. The Dark Lord hits the Chosen One with a fireball, grabs him, and punches him into the water, having enough time to return to the shack. The five stick figures hide in the hole the ViraBots were in, and the Dark Lord closes the doors and puts on the wristband, gaining power similar to the ones the ViraBots have. The Dark Lord then fights his former friend again as the normal stick figures panic, except Yellow, who uses his technology skills to use.

Back at the Animator's computer, he's trying to clean up the mess until he gets a notification from Yellow. He closes it, and then gets a similar notification but with a stick figure on it. As he decides to close it again, he changes his mind as he notices that the portal is still open. He accepts the notification and notices that it's coming from the Dark Lord's Console and send from Yellow thanks to a warning message. Instantly realizing that his prior creation is a big danger to his friends, he clicks "Yes" and launches the Animator Combat Tool, and with Yellow's help the Animator's cursor enters the area where the five stick figures are located. The Dark Lord sees the cursor and stares at it, confused, until the Animator grabs the Dark Lord and starts beating him up alongside he Chosen One. The Dark Lord (who suddenly has a second wristband) unleashes a horde of ViraBots. The ViraBots attack the Animator until the Chosen One helps him. However, the Dark Lord punches the Chosen One away and stabs the cursor with his super powerful ViraBot-like spike as the ViraBots start biting the cursor. Suddenly, the program closes, leaving the Animator unable to do anything.

The Dark Lord next to the dying Red.

The Fighting Stick Figures panic until the Second Coming, also known as Orange, rushes over to the Chosen One, who is slowly getting defeated by the ViraBots. Suddenly, Orange blocks the Chosen One from the ViraBots and challenges the Dark Lord to a fight. The Dark Lord orders the ViraBots to go away as he summons his own spike to kill the new opponent, until the Fighting Stick Figures also challenge the stick figure. Red prepares to charge at the Dark Lord, but the Dark Lord just flies behind him, kicks him, and stabs him when on the ground, killing him. Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange all charge at him, but the Dark Lord effortlessly beats all of them without being hit even once. Eventually, he starts choking Yellow, but Green grabs his arm. The Dark Lord responds by stabbing Green in the chest, Blue in the neck when he also charges at him, and then stabs Yellow in the head when he starts hitting him. Orange, who is laying on the ground, tries to reach out to the Chosen One, who is being defeated by the ViraBots, but the Dark Lord stabs him from the back. Enraged that the orange stick figure is still alive and has the fighting spirit despite being stabbed two times, the Lord throws him in the air and slashes him multiple times, leaving visible scars on the stick figure, before finally throwing him to a hole in the cliff. With the Fighting Stick Figures dead, the Second Coming defeated, the Chosen One unable to do anything due to the damage and the Animator's program closed down, the Dark Lord orders the ViraBots to invade the Internet.

The Dark Lord's defeat and presumed death.

Suddenly, Orange gets superpowers after the beatup "awakened something in him", as series creator Alan Becker claims, attacks the ViraBots, teleports behind the Dark Lord and starts beating him up while killing the surviving ViraBots. The Dark Lord punches Orange away and tries to escape, but the enemy throws a rock at him with telekinesis, and once again starts beating him up until he summons his own, green laser eyes and hits the Dark Lord with the laser beam. As the Dark Lord lands on the ground, the Second Coming uses his laser eyes to drag the stick figure through the ground until he stops on a mountain, where the laser eyes cause an explosion, creating a mushroom cloud, destroying the mountain, defeating and possibly killing the Dark Lord.

With the stick figure dead or at least defeated, Orange uses the Dark Lord's computer to revive the Fighting Stick Figures and open the Animator Combat Tool yet again, allowing the Animator to interact as the Chosen One watches. The Second Coming lands on the shack's floor unconscious as the Animator drags him to his friends, where he eventually wakes up, and along with the Fighting Stick Figures enters the Animator's computer once again by riding the cursor while waving the Chosen One goodbye.

Kill Count

Confirmed Victims

  • Yahoo! Messenger - Briefly seen flying into his and the Chosen One's white void near the end of Animator vs. Animation III.
  • Windows Media Player - Makes a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo near the end of Animator vs. Animation III on the Animator's start menu; as he was shown to be a living program in the previous instalment, it means he was killed when he and the Chosen One destroyed the Animator's computer.
  • Clippy - Last shown being alive, although defeated by the Chosen One, meaning he was killed off-screen when the Animator's computer was destroyed.
  • My Computer - Killed when the computer was destroyed.
  • Fighting Stick Figures - All four of them were stabbed with a wristband spike and disintegrated afterwards, before being revived minutes later.

Implied Victims

  • Orbit - Assuming he wasn't killed by the Chosen One beforehand and simply knocked out, then he perished alongside the computer.
  • Windows Movie Maker - Assuming he wasn't killed by the Chosen One beforehand and simply knocked out, then he perished alongside the computer.
  • Google Chrome - Assuming he wasn't killed by the Chosen One beforehand and simply knocked out, then he perished alongside the computer.
  • iTunes - Assuming he wasn't killed by the Chosen One beforehand and simply knocked out, then he perished alongside the computer.
  • Internet Explorer - Assuming he wasn't killed by the Chosen One beforehand and simply knocked out, then he perished alongside the computer.
  • Skype - Assuming he wasn't killed by the Chosen One beforehand and simply knocked out, then he perished alongside the computer.
  • Countless unknown Internet citizens - It's heavily implied that the Dark Lord and the Chosen One claimed many victims during their seven year old rampage, including stick figures.

Trivia

  • The Dark Lord is the darkest and most evil 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 seven years of friendship. That said, he might have found a rival in King Orange, not to be confused with the heroic, "normal" Orange.
  • The Dark Lord's actions are the most heinous out of any antagonist in the franchise, as he tried to cause destruction worldwide by sending out at least 9 ViraBots to different parts of the world. However, he failed.

    The blueprint in question.

  • The Dark Lord had planned to send at least 9 ViraBots 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 he send to Alan was supposed to in some way connected to six of the eight remaining ViraBots, implying it could have created them, with two of them (the ones in India and China) seemingly being launched by the Dark Lord himself.
      • Additionally, the same ViraBot that got launched to Alan was in some way connected to all three unknown circles.
    • The ViraBot that was launched to Alan was called Virus-0, while the one send out to Australia was composed of random gibberish along the lines of "XNTXFC0-2-WP" (possibly WIP or VIP?).
    • He also planned to send out an army of ViraBots to YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Google, Twitch, Wikipedia and Discord.
  • The Dark Lord used to be one of the more popular options for the true identity of the Second Coming's Doppelganger before it was revealed to be a witch.
  • When asked about the Dark Lord's fate on Patreon, Alan Becker replied with "[I'm] still deciding lol", showing that the Dark Lord's fate isn't even decided and he could come back in the future.
  • The Dark Lord shows ViraBot's powers to the Chosen One by stabbing a globe with one of the virus' blades. While this could be simply the Dark Lord showing his creations powers on a random object, it could also be the Dark Lord showing his plans to attack every computer in the entire world, if not outright destroy it, with the ViraBots.
    • Similarly, on his console, the doors that link to various Internet websites (Twitter, Google, etc.) are linked to words such as "dimension", "world" and "subspace". This implies each website is a different dimension, which in turn would make the Dark Lord a multiversal terrorizer who tried to become a multiversal destroyer.
  • The Animator is the one who truly caused the Dark Lord to fall into villainy, all because he only created him to exterminate the Chosen One while he was chilling by playing Solitaire instead of watching the fight between the Chosen One and the Dark Lord nor helping him dealing with the Chosen One. While it doesn't justify his crimes, this callous act influenced the Dark Lord's personality and its obsession with revenge in the first place.
  • The Dark Lord is considered an evil counterpart to the Chosen One since both were created by the Animator and were forced to fight each other before they teamed up to destroy his computer together before escaping. However, the Dark Lord stayed evil while the Chosen One redeemed himself. He serves as what the Chosen One could've become if he let his hatred over the Animator gets the best of it and never make amends with him.
  • Despite being the secondary antagonist, he appeared in only two episodes (three if one counts all the AvA Shorts as separate episodes and not as one video in the form of Animator vs. Animation V) and has no connections (that we know of) with the spin-off Animation vs. Minecraft.
  • In the official reaction episode to "The Flashback", the video description states that "it's time to conquer the Internet", implying the Dark Lord and the Chosen One not only wrecked havoc across the Internet, but also took over it. However, this was never confirmed beyond this one line and is not supported by anything in the franchise proper.
  • The Dark Lord is without a doubt one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. With his wristbands on, he's arguably the second most powerful character in the franchise, second only to a superpowered Second Coming.

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