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Earl de Darkwood is the main antagonist in the 2003 anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, based on the music of Daft Punk. He is an evil human businessman known for capturing alien musicians and forcing them to perform under his record label.
In the first scene of the movie, Earl de Darkwood deploys his soldiers to a planet far beyond our own, to capture an alien music quartet performing "One More Time". The soldiers deploy to the surface of the planet (at the concert venue) and subdue everybody with tear gas. The soldiers take the band to Earl de Darkwood's base on Earth, where his computers completely rewrite their physiology to make them appear human, controlled by hypnosis devices disguised as sunglasses. de Darkwood orders the band to perform "One More Time", and instantly transforms the band (known as the Crescendolls) into an overnight worldwide success.
de Darkwood has a book written about himself, which suggests that he is immortal. The book, entitled "Veridis Quo", recalls how in the past (possibly so far as the Classical or Renaissance eras) he had abducted alien musicians, used mind control on them, disguised them as humans, and made them loved by the people, to the extent that the musician would be awarded a Gold Record. de Darkwood would then sacrifice the musicians in rituals. Veridis Quo also says that when de Darkwood has accumulated 5,555 Gold Records, he would be powerful enough to rule the universe. The band which discovers Veridis Quo, the Crescendolls, have been awarded the final record needed for de Darkwood's power.
After discovering a card de Darkwood left with Stella while she was still brainwashed that has the address of his manor on it, the Crescendolls travel to de Darkwood Manor, discover the book and what he has been doing all this time. They are then captured and are brought by his men to a ritual conducted by de Darkwood to get his power to rule reality. Stella (the Crescendolls' female bass guitarist) is to be used as a sacrifice to complete the ceremony. However, Arpegius interrupts the ceremony and knocks the Golden Record into the lava pit below. de Darkwood then leaps down after the record and, despite Arpegius trying to keep him from falling in, de Darkwood falls out of his grasp and plunges to his death in the lava pit below.
After many of de Darkwood's followers leap after him into the pit, the volcano starts to erupt as the Crescendolls run back to their van, and drive off into the night as de Darkwood Manor explodes messily behind them.
de Darkwood's evil spirit later returns as the Crescendolls are traveling back home to attack the band, only to be driven off by the spirit of Shep.