The lich seems to originate in the early 20th century without any clear ties to older mythology. If a powerful magician has cheated in mytheia, he did it while still alive. The lich is also not an animated corpse, so the idea of spell casting undead husk seems to originate works of people such as Clark Ashton. Sauron from The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkein bears a resemblance to a lich
Appearances in TV series
Adventure TimeIn Adventure Time, there is a lich in the 2-part minute finale on the second season and fourth season as an antagonist. He makes appearances in five episodes. The lich makes his debut in "Mortal Folly".
Appearances in movies
Rasputin from 20th Century Fox is depicted as a lich who is the main villain of the film. He cannot die until Anastasia's family has been killed.
Apperances in games
Dungeons and Dragons
The lich is an enemy encountered in the Dungeons & Dragons game. It is one of the best known sources of this monster in the game, Dungeons & Dragons. It has removed its soul and stored a repository of some kind.
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
The lich is the final boss in the Forsaken Province in this video game. It is the first boss encountered in the video game, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. One must be at least Level 20 to kill it.