Inside the Minds of Megalomania: Exploring the Villain Archetypes
What Dark Impulses Drive the Iconic Evil-Doers of the World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game?
A creative profile of 16 villainous dark lord archetypes in D&D that categorizes each by MBTI type to explore how narcissism might manifest across personalities.
The iconic villains of Dungeons & Dragons provide a creative lens for examining narcissism across the full spectrum of personality types.
In this collection, we profile 16 classic evil dark lord tropes, each aligned with a Myers-Briggs type exhibiting signature malignant traits.
Though not an empirical study, the in-depth character sheets demonstrate how egomania and narcissistic motivations might manifest in D&D antagonists.
From the agent of order drowned in delusions of grandeur (INTJ) to the flamboyant drama queen obsessed with being center stage (ESFP), we explore the inner workings of darkly fascinating psyches.
What grandiose visions or paranoid ideations fuel their lust for power?
By categorizing these iconic archvillains based on MBTI alignments, compelling patterns emerge, providing tabletop roleplayers intriguing insights into the psychology of evildoers.
Join me as we delve into the machinations and madness of these supremely self-absorbed malignant icons. A glimpse behind the curtain reveals how unchecked narcissism might take root and give rise to memorable malevolence.
Lord Malcarius the Schemer
INTJ — The Strategic Overlord: Cold, calculating, and always several steps ahead, this Dark Lord is a mastermind of plans within plans. Their narcissism manifests in a belief that they alone hold the key to a ‘better’ world order. (Origin Story)
“I do not scheme. I simply nudge the universe toward its proper shape.”
Race: Human (with a hint of ancient, arcane lineage)