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|“||mission.The_Dark_Lord = 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 best friend-turned-second archenemy of the Chosen One.
It serves as the deuteragonist-turned-secondary antagonist of Animator vs. Animation III, an unseen antagonist in Animator vs. Animation IV and the main antagonist of Animator vs. Animation V.
It was a stick figure created to fight the Chosen One, but ended up joining him in causing destruction across the entire Internet. However, the Dark Lord's ruthlessness increases to the point that it creates an army of computer viruses with the intentions of destroying as much computers as possible.
When first created, the Dark Lord was shown to be intelligent, but it was created for one thing and one thing only - Destroy the Chosen One. It somehow instantly got many programs on his side, but it was most likely due to the fact that the programs wanted revenge. It was extremely skilled and powerful in battles. Despite the name, it was created as a heroic stick figure, meant to stop a rampaging, evil one.
However, after seeing that the Animator never cared about it and that he was simply playing Solitaire while it 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 it became free, the Dark Lord lost any possible redeeming qualities and became a remorseless destroyer and mass murderer who destroyed countless websites and 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, it still wanted revenge, making the Animator the first target of the ViraBot. It was also showed that it seemingly wanted to conquer or destroy the entire Internet, possibly even more. It is extremely determined, showed as after seven years of friendship, it had no problems with killing the Chosen One only to complete its own goal. It also shows that the Dark Lord shows no care for anyone or anything except itself and its own destructive goals. It succeeded at first, but was punched extremely far away by the Chosen One, only for the black stick figure to kill the ViraBot sent to the Animator's PC.
The fact that the Dark Lord tried to destroy computers worldwide and that all the sites it destroyed were entirely filled with man-made creations (although this is a stretch, as the entire internet is man-made) imply it shows a hatred towards humans. This hatred grew over time and extended to other stick figures (possibly due to their defensive or complicit attitudes towards their human masters), soon caring about nobody but itself as it started committing mass destruction across the internet. During its battle against the Chosen One and its allies (including the Animator), the Dark Lord shows a sadistic and psychopathic side as it decides to kill the Second Coming by itself with no help from the ViraBots, stabs Red before kicking its 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.
Through its entire life, it feared only one thing - Death. In all three moments when it can actually die, it stops being a destructive murderer and covers in fear or tries to escape. However, it's not enough to call it 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 it 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.
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 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 its 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 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 covers itself in fear. The Chosen One spares the Dark Lord and offers that they both destroy the Animator's computer. The Dark Lord, realising its creator never cared about it, agrees and assists its 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 itself and the Chosen One in the process.
Chaos Throughout the Internet
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 spreaded 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 murdering its own kind.
At one point, the Dark Lord created a wristband that gave it dark powers. Alongside this, it begins work 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
On October 18th 2018, the Chosen One opens the door to the Dark Lord's room and sees it working on a ViraBot. 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 ViraBot to the Animator's new computer, the Chosen One stops it. 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 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 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 its computer in its shack, as it already recovered from the punch. Suddenly, The Chosen One opens the door and punches it, and The Dark Lord lands on its feet. The Chosen One runs up to it and punches it yet again. The Dark Lord grabs a cliff, but slips off it before it can crawl up. The Dark Lord lands on another cliff and fires a giant fireball where The Chosen One is. It 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 its laser eyes. The two fight until The Dark Lord lands up in the ocean. The Chosen One continues fighting in until The Dark Lord is smashed against the cliff, with The Chosen One angrily staring at it until he decides to charge.
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 metalic 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/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 its former friend again as the normal stick figures panic, except Yellow, who uses its 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 similiar 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 it up alongside The 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 its super powerful ViraBot-like spike as the ViraBots start biting the cursor. Suddenly, the program closes, leaving the Animator unable to do anything.
The Fighting Stick Figures panic until The Second Coming rushes over to The Chosen One, who is slowly getting defeated by the ViraBots. Suddenly, the Second Coming 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 it summons its own spike to kill The Second Coming, 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 it, kicks it, and stabs it when on the ground, killing it. Green, Yellow, Blue and The Second Coming all charge at it, but The Dark Lord effortlessly beats all of them without being hit even once. Eventually, it starts choking Yellow, but Green grabs its arm. The Dark Lord responds by stabbing Green in the chest, Blue in the neck when it also charges at him, and then stabs Yellow in the head when it starts hitting him. The Second Coming, 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 it from the back. Enraged that The Second Coming is still alive and has the fighting spirit despite being stabbed two times, The Dark Lord throws it in the air and slashes it multiple times, leaving visible scars on the stick figure, before finally throwing it 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.
Suddenly, The Second Coming gets superpowers after the beatup "awakened something in it", attacks the ViraBots, teleports behind The Dark Lord and starts beating it up while killing the surviving ViraBots. The Dark Lord punches The Second Coming away and tries to escape, but The Second Coming throws a rock at it with telekinesis, and once again starts beating it up until it summons its own, green laser eyes and hits The Dark Lord with it. As The Dark Lord lands on the ground, The Second Coming uses its laser eyes to drag the stick figure through the ground until it 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, The Second Coming 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 it in front of its friends, where it 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.
- The Dark Lord is the darkest and evilest villain in the franchise. While most characters have redeeming qualities, the Dark Lord has none, showing that it has no problem with killing the Chosen One after seven years of being friends.
- The Dark Lord's actions are the most heinous out of any antagonist in the franchise, as it tried to cause destruction worldwide by sending out at least 9 ViraBots to different parts of the world. However, it failed.
- The Dark Lord had planned to send at least 9 ViraBots to each continent besides Antarctica. To be precise, it 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 six of the eight remaining ViraBots, with two of them (the ones in India and China) 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.
- It 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 most 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 it 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 its creations powers on a random object, it could also be The Dark Lord showing its plans to attack every computer in the entire world with the ViraBots.
- Despite being the main antagonist of the series, the Animator is the only one who caused the Dark Lord to fall into villainy, all because he was playing Solitaire instead of watching the fight between the Chosen One and the Dark Lord. While it doesn't justify its crimes, this callous act influenced the Dark Lord's misanthropy and 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 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.
- Despite being the main antagonist, it appeared in only two episodes (three if count the AvA Shorts as their own and not part of Animator vs. Animation V) and has nothing to do with the spin-off Animation vs. Minecraft.