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You expected Charles Manson at the very least, didn't ya?
~ Randall Flagg

The most recurring and without a doubt, the most important villain of the entire Stephen King mythos, Randall Flagg is following King's own words, the best villain he created, whom he had in mind since he began writing. Randall Flagg goes by many aliases including Walter O'Dim, and Marten Broadcloak, but his real name is Walter Padick.


Randall Flagg was given to a mill owner and his wife to learn the ways of man. However, at age 13, he grows bored and burns down his house and seeks to find his real father, Maerlyn. He is raped by a stranger the next year. Flagg becomes something of a "quasi-immortal" demon upon having learned the ways of Dark magic from his father once he finds him.

Flagg has appeared in multiple works, always as a powerful and charismatic embodiment of evil. It was also implied that another Stephen King villain known as the unholy demon He Who Walks Behind the Rows in Children of Corn, was an avatar for Flagg, who shares similarities with the biblical demon Legion. Flagg was first introduced in The Stand, where he represented the concept of evil and stood in opposition to Mother Abagail, who represented good: the two fought for control over the survivors of a world plagued by disease. He made a second appearance in The Eyes of the Dragon where he plans to put the medieval city of Delain into chaos. He appears in the Dark Tower series where he goes against Roland Deschain in reaching the Dark Tower so can he get to it first and use it to become a god.

Flagg's main purpose seems to be the bring about the end of civilizations by spreading destruction and sowing conflict. He has many supernatural powers by which to achieve his goals: such as necromancy, prophecy and the ability to look into the predatory nature of man and beast.

He ultimately meets his end when Roland's half-son, Mordred, kills Flagg for trying to manipulate him.

Appearances in other media

Randall Flagg appears as the the main antagonist of the 1994 TV miniseries The Stand based on a Stephen King novel of the same name while his enemy Mother Abagail also appeared. He was portrayed by Jamey Sheridan.

Randall Flagg who also can take form of a raven, was present when the Captain Trips flu, a deadly virus began and swept across the United States and soon the entire Earth in a matter of weeks, eliminating 99.4% of the planet's human populace.

He later chosen and raped his new "bride", Nadine Cross, whom he has been visiting in her nightmares. She soon turned on Randall while having remaining feelings for the man named Larry she met in New York. She committed suicide by taking a jump off the balcony of Flagg's penthouse in Las Vegas, killing not only herself, but also Randall Flagg's unborn child she was pregnant with, not long she replied her final words to the monster, "your seed is cold".

Randall Flagg appears as the main antagonist in the 2017 film The Dark Tower. He is portrayed by Matthew McConaughey.


Wait a minute, son. Wait a minute. You ain't seen nothin' yet.
~ Randell Flagg demonstrating his demonic magic to Lloyd Henreid.
Please to meet you Lloyd, hope you guessed my name (Lloyd: What?) Oh. Nothing. Just a little classical reference. Actually, my name is Flagg, Randall Flagg.
~ Flagg introducing himself to Lloyd.



  • Randall Flagg is regarded as Stephen King's most popular villain. As such, King himself regards him as the greatest villain he ever wrote.
  • Many fans suspect that the dark form at the end of The Long Walk to be an incarnation of Randall Flagg somehow.
  • Randall Flagg's own name is an alias of one of the Outer Gods known as Nyarlathotep from the works of author H.P. Lovecraft (from whom Stephen King takes heavy inspiration from).