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Pharaoh Seti I

Full Name
Seti I
Alias
Pharaoh
Origin
Prince of Egypt
Occupation
Ruler of Egypt
Powers / Skills
Great (if harsh) leadership skills, unlimited political power.
Hobby
Unknown
Goals
to ensure he stays in power (even if it meant the execution of thousands of innocent children).
Type of Villain
Evil Ruler


But one weak link can break the chain of a mighty dynasty!
~ Pharaoh Seti I to Rameses
Oh my son, they were only slaves.
~ Pharaoh Seti I to his adopted son Moses.


Pharaoh Seti I was a major character in the Prince of Egypt, although he was not an active villain for much of the film it was his actions that would cause much of what occured in the story - he is also the unseen villain from the beginning of the film.

He was voiced by Patrick Stewart.

History

Little is known of Pharaoh Seti or his reign before he committed the act that would forever immortalize him as a monster: fearing that the enslaved Hebrews were growing too powerful and might rebelled against him, he ordered a mass execution of all male infants born to the Hebrews, having his army invade Hebrew homes and kidnap the male infants from their terrified mothers and tossing them into the river Nile.

However one Hebrew woman managed to flee from the massacre and sent her son adrift on the river Nile using a small basket, after a perilous journey this infant would reach the royal palace where Seti's wife Queen Tuya picked him up and adopted him: by this time Seti had already had a son named Rameses, and despite his previous aggression towards the Hebrews, he agreed to his wife's proposal to adopt Moses (most likely being unaware of his true heritage).

Making a few brief appearances in the film following this Seti is shown to be a stern leader, even to his own sons (though he is especially harsh towards Rameses, due to him being the heir to the throne) - however he was also shown to have a softer side, though he tried his best not to show it (in Seti's defense, many rulers before him of that period did the same, being raised from birth to believe they were incarnations of gods).

When Moses discovered his true heritage he had a nightmare involving the death of his people, while exploring the royal palace he came across a depiction of the massacre. Upon seeing Moses lament over this, Seti, feeling guilty, tries to comfort his son, explaining his reasons of the massacre. However his uncaring attitude towards the "slaves" simply served to alienate him from Moses, who fled from his adoptive father - repulsed and disgusted by his attempts to justify mass murder.

Seti is not heard of again in the film, but died at some point following Moses' voyage into the desert, passing his kingdom to a now fully-grown Rameses - who would do all in his power to try and build a "better" Egypt than his father could ever of dreamed of.

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