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Lord Cob is the main antagonist from the anime film titled Tales From Earthsea.


Lord Cob was once a skilled but Dark wizard, banished to the Dry Lands by Sparrowhawk for controlling the dead, so he could become the Archmage himself. In order to survive, Cob built a fortress entirely made out of dragon bones. After spending many years of studying black magic, he planned on opening the door between life and death to gain eternal life by upsetting the world's balance.


Cob was once the ruler of Hort Town, a town filled with slave traders and merchants who scam people. He was first seen after his second in command, Hare, report to him about the freed slaves. Dissatisfied, Cob nearly killed Hare until he revealed to him that it was a man with a scar on his face who freed the slaves. Cob knew the man as Sparrowhawk, accompanied by Prince Arren of Enlad who ran away for killing his father, the king. Ever since then, he watched Arren to learn about him. Later on, Cob ordered his men to kidnap Sparrowhawk's friend, Tenar, as bait. They then tied up Therru to make her tell Sparrowhawk about this. Cob then discovered that Arren was being followed by a copy of him. He passed out in a marsh pit, where Cob appeared to take him to his castle. As Arren woke up, Cob appeared beside him who offered him a potion to drink from that put him under his control. Cob told Arren that Sparrowhawk is using him to help find the secret of eternal life. This made Arren reveal his true name to him, Lebannen. Sparrowhawk, who received word from Therru, made his way to Cob's castle, where the two wizards encountered each other. As they face, Sparrowhawk discovered Cob's plan for upsetting the balance, in order to open the door between life and death. Sparrowhawk warned Cob that opening the door is forbidden, but Cob told him that he is beyond nature. He then revealed Arren to Sparrowhawk, who attacked him. Arren tried to kill Sparrowhawk under Cob's control, but Sparrowhawk freed him of it. He then comforted Arren by telling him that death is a precious gift, as it was revealed that he was afraid of dying. However, Sparrowhawk then became weak for being at Cob's castle, allowing Hare to capture him and throw him in the same dungeon that Tenar was in. Therru, now freed, tried to find her way to Cob's castle to give Arren his magical sword. With nowhere to go, Arren's copy appear before her, leading her to Cob's castle. Once they arrive, Arren's copy revealed himself to Therru as the light within him, looking for its owner for having darkness within his heart. He could not go any further, so he accompanied Therru by telling him his true name. As Therru makes her way inside, she eavesdropped on Hare's conversation about Sparrowhawk and Tenar's execution at sunrise. She quickly found Arren, ashamed of himself. She presented the sword to him, but Arren refused to accept it as he said that he is not worthy to use his father's sword after what he did. She tried to warn him about Sparrowhawk and Tenar's death, but Arren didn't care. After being denied, Therru revealed to Arren that he's afraid of life, not death, as she revealed his true name to him. Curious about hearing his true name, Arren asked Therru about how she knows it. Therru said that he told it to her as she revealed her true name, Tehanu, thus giving Arren hope. They both rushed outside to save Sparrowhawk and Tenar, where they found them on top of a tower, about to be pushed by Cob and his men. Arren scared Hare and the slavers away after defeating them with his sword. As he confronted Cob, Cob used one of his spells to kill him, but Arren was able to stop him by unleashing his sword to slice off his hand. This action deprived him off his magic, making him age to an old man. Cob reattached his hand, and then grabbed Therru, making Arren follow him. As Cob was seen walking a long flight of stairs, he ordered the stones below him to forbid, thus slowing down Arren for him to escape. Arren reconciled with him and Therru on top of the highest tower, where Cob had Therru in a choking grip. Cob revealed to Arren that death is terrifying
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Shadow Return to Darkness

, admitting his fear to it. Arren tried to reason with him by telling him what he has learned about death, but Cob refused to believe in him, and instead, expanded his arm that killed Therru. He then walked away as the sun was raising, but Therru stopped him as she revealed that she is still alive. As Therru stood alive, she said, "Shadow return to darkness," before turning into a dragon, who started to inhale that caused Cob to burn, thus killing him.


Although shown to be emotionless at the beginning of the movie, Cob had a fear for dying.

Powers and Abilities

Lord Cob has the ability to turn his body into a black liquid state. Cob also has the power to infiltrate people's dream. Whenever his limb is cut off, Cob could easily reattach it to himself.

Physical Appearance

At the beginning of the film, Cob had a young appearance with long dark hair and a purple robe. But as soon as Arren sliced off his hand, almost all of the magic abandoned him, making him age to an old man.


  • Lord Cob has the appearance of a woman, making him look androgynous.
  • He shares similarities to Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.
    • Both seek immortality.
    • Both were killed at the end.

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