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Evil Overlord Career Guide
Eunice P at 5:43AM, Dec. 4, 2007
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Being an Evil Overlord seems to be a good career choice. It pays
well, there are all sorts of perks and you can set your own
hours. However, every Evil Overlord I've read about in books or
seen in movies invariably gets overthrown and destroyed in the
end. I`ve noticed that no matter whether they are barbarian
lords, deranged wizards, mad scientists or alien invaders, they
always seem to make the same basic mistakes every single time.
Therefore, if I ever happen to become an Evil Overlord:

1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass
visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed,
not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept
on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by
the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The
same applies to the object which is my one weakness.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing

7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, “Look, before
you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?”
I'll say, “No.” and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot
him then say “No.”

8. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married
immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in
three weeks' time during which the final phase of my plan will be
carried out.

9. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large
red button labelled “Danger: Do Not Push”. The big red button
marked “Do Not Push” will instead trigger a spray of bullets on
anyone stupid enough to disregard it. Similarly, the ON/OFF
switch will not clearly be labelled as such.

10. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum – a
small hotel well outside my borders will work just as well.

11. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no
need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or
leaving my weaker enemies alive to show they pose no threat.

12. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child.
Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected
before implementation.

13. All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least have several
rounds of ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the
bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as
any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the
aforementioned disposal.

14. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or
any other form of last request.

15. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I
find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it
to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just
putting his plan into operation.

16. I will never utter the sentence “But before I kill you,
there's just one thing I want to know.”

17. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen
to their advice.

18. I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned
attempt to usurp power would easily fail, it would provide a
fatal distraction at a crucial point in time.

19. I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she
was evil, but one look at the hero's rugged countenance and she'd
betray her own father.

20. Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not
indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to
miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual
could adjust to accordingly.

21. I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original
uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap
knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman
footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually
defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set.

22. No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited
power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.

23. I will keep a special cache of low-tech weapons and train my
troops in their use. That way – even if the heroes manage to
neutralize my power generator and/or render the standard-issue
energy weapons useless – my troops will not be overrun by a
handful of savages armed with spears and rocks.

24. I will maintain a realistic assessment of my strengths and
weaknesses. Even though this takes some of the fun out of the
job, at least I will never utter the line “No, this cannot be! I
AM INVINCIBLE!!!” (After that, death is usually instantaneous.)

25. No matter how well it would perform, I will never construct
any sort of machinery which is completely indestructible except
for one small and virtually inaccessible vulnerable spot.

26. No matter how attractive certain members of the rebellion
are, there is probably someone just as attractive who is not
desperate to kill me. Therefore, I will think twice before
ordering a prisoner sent to my bedchamber.

27. I will never build only one of anything important. All
important systems will have redundant control panels and power
supplies. For the same reason I will always carry at least two
fully loaded weapons at all times.

28. My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it
cannot escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble.

29. I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my
enemies into confusion.

30. All bumbling conjurers, clumsy squires, no-talent bards, and
cowardly thieves in the land will be preemptively put to death.
My foes will surely give up and abandon their quest if they have
no source of comic relief.

31. All naive, busty tavern wenches in my realm will be replaced
with surly, world-weary waitresses who will provide no unexpected
reinforcement and/or romantic subplot for the hero or his

32. I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me
bad news just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers
are hard to come by.

33. I won't require high-ranking female members of my
organization to wear a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better
with a more casual dress-code. Similarly, outfits made entirely
from black leather will be reserved for formal occasions.

34. I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.

35. I will not grow a goatee. In the old days they made you look
diabolic. Now they just make you look like a disaffected member
of Generation X.

36. I will not imprison members of the same party in the same
cell block, let alone the same cell. If they are important
prisoners, I will keep the only key to the cell door on my person
instead of handing out copies to every bottom-rung guard in the

37. If my trusted lieutenant tells me my Legions of Terror are
losing a battle, I will believe him. After all, he's my trusted

38. If an enemy I have just killed has a younger sibling or
offspring anywhere, I will find them and have them killed
immediately, instead of waiting for them to grow up harboring
feelings of vengeance towards me in my old age.

39. If I absolutely must ride into battle, I will certainly not
ride at the forefront of my Legions of Terror, nor will I seek
out my opposite number among his army.

40. I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an
unstoppable superweapon, I will use it as early and as often as
possible instead of keeping it in reserve.

41. Once my power is secure, I will destroy all those pesky
time-travel devices.

42. When I capture the hero, I will make sure I also get his dog,
monkey, ferret, or whatever sickeningly cute little animal
capable of untying ropes and filching keys happens to follow him

43. I will maintain a healthy amount of skepticism when I capture
the beautiful rebel and she claims she is attracted to my power
and good looks and will gladly betray her companions if I just
let her in on my plans.

44. I will only employ bounty hunters who work for money. Those
who work for the pleasure of the hunt tend to do dumb things like
even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance.

45. I will make sure I have a clear understanding of who is
responsible for what in my organization. For example, if my
general screws up I will not draw my weapon, point it at him, say
“And here is the price for failure,” then suddenly turn and kill
some random underling.

46. If an advisor says to me “My liege, he is but one man. What
can one man possibly do?”, I will reply “This.” and kill the

47. If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy
me, I will slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of
waiting for him to mature.

48. I will treat any beast which I control through magic or
technology with respect and kindness. Thus if the control is ever
broken, it will not immediately come after me for revenge.

49. If I learn the whereabouts of the one artifact which can
destroy me, I will not send all my troops out to seize it.
Instead I will send them out to seize something else and quietly
put a Want-Ad in the local paper.

50. My main computers will have their own special operating
system that will be completely incompatible with standard IBM and
Macintosh powerbooks.

51. If one of my dungeon guards begins expressing concern over
the conditions in the beautiful princess' cell, I will
immediately transfer him to a less people-oriented position.

52. I will hire a team of board-certified architects and
surveyors to examine my castle and inform me of any secret
passages and abandoned tunnels that I might not know about.

53. If the beautiful princess that I capture says “I'll never
marry you! Never, do you hear me, NEVER!!!”, I will say “Oh well”
and kill her.

54. I will not strike a bargain with a demonic being then attempt
to double-cross it simply because I feel like being contrary.

55. The deformed mutants and odd-ball psychotics will have their
place in my Legions of Terror. However before I send them out on
important covert missions that require tact and subtlety, I will
first see if there is anyone else equally qualified who would
attract less attention.

56. My Legions of Terror will be trained in basic marksmanship.
Any who cannot learn to hit a man-sized target at 10 meters will
be used for target practice.

57. Before employing any captured artifacts or machinery, I will
carefully read the owner's manual.

58. If it becomes necessary to escape, I will never stop to pose
dramatically and toss off a one-liner.

59. I will never build a sentient computer smarter than I am.

60. My five-year-old child advisor will also be asked to decipher
any code I am thinking of using. If he breaks the code in under
30 seconds, it will not be used. Note: this also applies to

61. If my advisors ask “Why are you risking everything on such a
mad scheme?”, I will not proceed until I have a response that
satisfies them.

62. I will design fortress hallways with no alcoves or protruding
structural supports which intruders could use for cover in a

63. Bulk trash will be disposed of in incinerators, not
compactors. And they will be kept hot, with none of that nonsense
about flames going through accessible tunnels at predictable

64. I will see a competent psychiatrist and get cured of all
extremely unusual phobias and bizarre compulsive habits which
could prove to be a disadvantage.

65. If I must have computer systems with publically available
terminals, the maps they display of my complex will have a room
clearly marked as the Main Control Room. That room will be the
Execution Chamber. The actual main control room will be marked as
Sewage Overflow Containment.

66. My security keypad will actually be a fingerprint scanner.
Anyone who watches someone press a sequence of buttons or dusts
the pad for fingerprints then subsequently tries to enter by
repeating that sequence will trigger the alarm system.

67. No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards
will be instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction
as a full-scale emergency.

68. I will spare someone who saved my life sometime in the past.
This is only reasonable as it encourages others to do so.
However, the offer is good one time only. If they want me to
spare them again, they'd better save my life again.

69. All midwives will be banned from the realm. All babies will
be delivered at state-approved hospitals. Orphans will be placed
in foster-homes, not abandoned in the woods to be raised by
creatures of the wild.

70. When my guards split up to search for intruders, they will
always travel in groups of at least two. They will be trained so
that if one of them disappears mysteriously while on patrol, the
other will immediately initiate an alert and call for backup,
instead of quizzically peering around a corner.

71. If I decide to test a lieutenant's loyalty and see if he/she
should be made a trusted lieutenant, I will have a crack squad of
marksmen standing by in case the answer is no.

72. If all the heroes are standing together around a strange
device and begin to taunt me, I will pull out a conventional
weapon instead of using my unstoppable superweapon on them.

73. I will not agree to let the heroes go free if they win a
rigged contest, even though my advisors assure me it is
impossible for them to win.

74. When I create a multimedia presentation of my plan designed
so that my five-year-old advisor can easily understand the
details, I will not label the disk “Project Overlord” and leave
it lying on top of my desk.

75. I will instruct my Legions of Terror to attack the hero en
masse, instead of standing around waiting while members break off
and attack one or two at a time.

76. If the hero runs up to my roof, I will not run up after him
and struggle with him in an attempt to push him over the edge. I
will also not engage him at the edge of a cliff. (In the middle
of a rope-bridge over a river of molten lava is not even worth

77. If I have a fit of temporary insanity and decide to give the
hero the chance to reject a job as my trusted lieutentant, I will
retain enough sanity to wait until my current trusted lieutenant
is out of earshot before making the offer.

78. I will not tell my Legions of Terror “And he must be taken
alive!” The command will be “And try to take him alive if it is
reasonably practical.”

79. If my doomsday device happens to come with a reverse switch,
as soon as it has been employed it will be melted down and made
into limited-edition commemorative coins.

80. If my weakest troops fail to eliminate a hero, I will send
out my best troops instead of wasting time with progressively
stronger ones as he gets closer and closer to my fortress.

81. If I am fighting with the hero atop a moving platform, have
disarmed him, and am about to finish him off and he glances
behind me and drops flat, I too will drop flat instead of
quizzically turning around to find out what he saw.

82. I will not shoot at any of my enemies if they are standing in
front of the crucial support beam to a heavy, dangerous,
unbalanced structure.

83. If I'm eating dinner with the hero, put poison in his goblet,
then have to leave the table for any reason, I will order new
drinks for both of us instead of trying to decide whether or not
to switch with him.

84. I will not have captives of one sex guarded by members of the
opposite sex.

85. I will not use any plan in which the final step is horribly
complicated, e.g. “Align the 12 Stones of Power on the sacred
altar then activate the medallion at the moment of total
eclipse.” Instead it will be more along the lines of “Push the

86. I will make sure that my doomsday device is up to code and
properly grounded.

87. My vats of hazardous chemicals will be covered when not in
use. Also, I will not construct walkways above them.

88. If a group of henchmen fail miserably at a task, I will not
berate them for incompetence then send the same group out to try
the task again.

89. After I captures the hero's superweapon, I will not
immediately disband my legions and relax my guard because I
believe whoever holds the weapon is unstoppable. After all, the
hero held the weapon and I took it from him.

90. I will not design my Main Control Room so that every
workstation is facing away from the door.

91. I will not ignore the messenger that stumbles in exhausted
and obviously agitated until my personal grooming or current
entertainment is finished. It might actually be important.

92. If I ever talk to the hero on the phone, I will not taunt
him. Instead I will say this his dogged perseverance has given me
new insight on the futility of my evil ways and that if he leaves
me alone for a few months of quiet contemplation I will likely
return to the path of righteousness. (Heroes are incredibly
gullible in this regard.)

93. If I decide to hold a double execution of the hero and an
underling who failed or betrayed me, I will see to it that the
hero is scheduled to go first.

94. When arresting prisoners, my guards will not allow them to
stop and grab a useless trinket of purely sentimental value.

95. My dungeon will have its own qualified medical staff complete
with bodyguards. That way if a prisoner becomes sick and his
cellmate tells the guard it's an emergency, the guard will fetch
a trauma team instead of opening up the cell for a look.

96. My door mechanisms will be designed so that blasting the
control panel on the outside seals the door and blasting the
control panel on the inside opens the door, not vice versa.

97. My dungeon cells will not be furnished with objects that
contain reflective surfaces or anything that can be unravelled.

98. If an attractive young couple enters my realm, I will
carefully monitor their activities. If I find they are happy and
affectionate, I will ignore them. However if circumstance have
forced them together against their will and they spend all their
time bickering and criticizing each other except during the
intermittent occasions when they are saving each others' lives at
which point there are hints of sexual tension, I will immediately
order their execution.

99. Any data file of crucial importance will be padded to 1.45Mb
in size.

100. Finally, to keep my subjects permanently locked in a
mindless trance, I will provide each of them with free unlimited
Internet access.
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