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The Lord of Darkness

The Lord of Darkness, Big D
Legend (1985)
Satanic Lord of the Underworld
Vast demonic powers. dark magic, great strength, manipulation, illusions
Tormenting his victims, decieving people, harnessing the power of darkness, ruling the underworld.
To kill the Unicorn, destroy the Sun and erase the power of light, to usher in an age of eternal darkness, to make Princess Lili his queen.
Type of Villain
Dark Lord
There shall never be another dawn!
~ The Lord of Darkness
I require the solace of the shadows and the dark of the night. Sunshine is my destroyer!
~ The Lord of Darkness
Hear me, ye powers of the night! We offer this sacrifice in honour of you! Sanctify with blood and with fire! I pray you, father. Accept my sacrifice. Let light be forever extinguished. Let the age of darkness begin!
~ The Lord of Darkness during the Dark Ceremony as he prepares to kill the unicorn.
Every wolf suffers fleas. 'Tis easy enough to scratch!
~ The Lord Of Darkness

The Lord of Darkness is the master of the underworld and the main antagonist of the 1985 movie classic, Legend.

He was portrayed by Tim Curry.


Little is known about the Lord of Darkness. What is known is that the world was once a place of perpetual night, ruled over by him but when Light was born he and his minions retreated beneath the earth. At some point there was a war during which wicked men came to the giant tree that is the entrance to his lair to make sacrifices to him. The Lord of Darkness rules over a fiery underworld filled with all types of strange beasts and nightmarish creatures including giants, demons and goblins. As the ruler of darkness, his weakness is sunlight and any object of light. He is implied to be the son of the Devil.


He orders his most evil goblin Blix, to kill the two unicorns, the source of light in the mortal world so that it will enter a neverending age of night and become his kingdom once more. His incompetent minions however, only succeed in killing one unicorn by severing its horn. With the other unicorn still in the world, dawn is still able to rise so Darkness resolves to capture the other unicorn however his plans are complicated when he falls in love with Princess Lily, an Elfin woman whose beauty has captivated him while she is trapped in the netherworld. He speaks to his father who is presumably Satan and asks what to do with her. His father's disembodied voice emanates from a huge fireplace, instructing Darkness to turn Lily to his side through hypnosis.

As he lures her in his chamber, Darkness charms Lily with an enchanted black dress, and as she dances, the dress merges with her. At the same time, the Lord Of Darkness comes through a mirror to meet her, in his true form. During this, Lily's beloved, Jack, Jack's friend Gump and their companions enter the Underworld, undetected and overhear the brief "talk" between Lily and Darkness as he reveals his plan to plunge the world into eternal night and that Sunshine is what can destroy him.

She tells him that she will be his, if she gets to kill the last unicorn herself.

During the ensuing "Dark Ceremony" that will signal an apocalyptic ice age with the sacrificed blood of the unicorn, Lily breaks the chain holding the unicorn and it manages to escape. Angrily he knocks her unconscious and Jack reveals himself and attacks Darkness before he attempts to kill her. The two warriors engage in a final battle as they sword duel each other.

Finding himself outmatched, Jack grabs the horn of a murdered unicorn and stabs Darkness through the heart with it. As the sun rises, Jack's companions use the mirrors to reflect the sunshine, chanelling its rays into the Lord of Darkness's lair. The gates of the void then open and Jack sends the Dark Lord hurtling through into oblivion but his laughter is heard before the ending credits, implying that he may yet return.


The Lord of the Darkness was huge and his skin was all red as blood. He has 2 black horns, and hooves and wears a black cape and black pants.

Powers and Abilities

The Lord of Darkness possess all vast demonic abilities and black magic. He can manipulate fire, step through mirriors and create illusions. He also says he can influence people through dreams which makes it his "speciality".


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