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Load Bearing Villains

It occurred to me, while watching the end of Return of the King, that Sauron has to be nearly the ultimate example of a load bearing villain. His ego was evidently big enough to support the whole land of Mordor, as when he was destroyed, the ground crumbled and Mt. Doom blew it's top.

Most villains seem satisfied to have their fortress or island lair collapse when they die. Sauron took out something like a quarter of the continent with him.


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Oct. 29th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
Heh, that made me laugh. Never thought of it that way. The term "load bearing villian" is a new one to me, but it fits so well.
Oct. 29th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
It's usually said in the context of a video game.

"...aieee! Everybody run! that was a load-bearing boss!"

*level comes crashing down around the players*
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Oct. 29th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
The classic case of the Load Bearing Villain isin the Conan movie, where the evil wizard's tower collapses at his death. It's a general fantasy cliché.
Oct. 29th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
I've seen it listed in the "Canonical List of Console RPG Cliches" as:

"Wait! That was a load-bearing boss!"


There's one on "Chrono Trigger" that was literally a support pillar in the middle of a room.

Oct. 29th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
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