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Lord Voldemort vs. Sauron

VO: Ashley Bowman
Written by Clayton Martino They have both earned the title of The Dark Lord, but who reigns supreme? Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’ll be pitting two of the most evil characters in all of literature - Lord Voldemort and Sauron to see who is the greater antagonist. In this showdown, we’ll be evaluating a wide-range of categories to determine which villain is better, and will be considering a lot more than just who would win in a fight. Special thanks to our users Ellbor, jkellis, sven van de riet, and fabian aguilar for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Lord Voldemort vs. Sauron

They have both earned the title of The Dark Lord, but who reigns supreme? Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’ll be pitting two of the most evil characters in all of literature - Lord Voldemort and Sauron to see who is the greater antagonist.

In this showdown, we’ll be evaluating a wide-range of categories to determine which villain is better, and will be considering a lot more than just who would win in a fight.

Round 1: Immortality / Powers

Let’s start with one of the most interesting comparisons - power and immortality. Lord Voldemort was powerful from a very young age, when he was known as Tom Riddle. He eventually grew into one of the most powerful wizards to ever exist, and, obviously, was extremely skilled in the Dark Arts. He could create and control Inferi, summon snakes, and perform telekinesis. He also created a number of spells, including the ability to fly at high speeds without support and summon his symbol, the Dark Mark.

Sauron, on the other hand, was a master of deception and disguise. He had the ability to change into many forms, including a great wolf and giant serpent. He was also able to convince the Elves to forge the Rings of Power, which he ultimately used in his attempt to rule Middle-Earth. When possessing the One Ring, Sauron was practically invincible – but, more on that later.

With both characters possessing impressive but diverse power, it comes down to immortality. Voldemort temporarily achieved immortality by splitting his soul and creating multiple horcruxes. In comparison, Sauron, as a Maia, is an immortal spirit, meaning he will continue to exist even without a physical form. While Voldemort is eventually killed after his horcruxes are destroyed, Sauron can never truly die.

While this one is extremely close, having immortality gives Sauron the very slight edge.

WINNER: Sauron

Sauron: 1 / Voldemort: 0

Round 2: Magical Possessions

The Harry Potter universe features a plethora of magical artifacts, and Voldemort has possessed a number of them over the years. In fact, Voldemort collected several objects with powerful magic history and turned them into Horcruxes, including Salazar Slytherin’s Locket, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, and Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem. He also eventually tracked down the Elder Wand and stole it from Dumbledore’s grave - although, because he was not the wand’s true master, it resisted him.

Sauron also held an obsession with magical objects, although he focused on just one - the One Ring. Sauron forged the One Ring to gain power over Middle-Earth, but in doing so became dependent on it. As such, when Isildur cut the Ring from Sauron’s hand, he lost his physical form. Sauron spent the entire series attempting to get the Ring back but ultimately fails to do so.

The One Ring may be the most powerful object in either world, but Sauron’s dependence on it and the fact that he needs to have to ring on to use its power means Voldemort and his Horcruxes take home the win in this category.

WINNER: Voldemort (Sauron 1/Voldemort 1)

Round 3: Followers

We’ve established that both Sauron and Voldemort possess great power and powerful magical objects. But what about the people who follow them? Voldemort’s followers are known as Death Eaters. These witches and wizards supported Voldemort’s ideas about pureblood superiority and fought alongside him during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. They wore black hoods and masks, and had the Dark Mark on their left forearms. Others who allied with Voldemort include giants, werewolves, and dementors.

Sauron’s army consists of hundreds of thousands of orcs, trolls, and evil men. But he also had a small, powerful group of followers, known as the Nazgûl or simply The Nine. These formerly powerful men were each given a powerful ring by Sauron, which corrupted them over time and turned them into wraiths and slaves to the Dark Lord’s will. Initially they ride horses, but eventually switch to fell beasts, which were deadly dragon-like creatures. They led Sauron’s forces into battle and continuously searched for the One Ring.

Both the Death Eaters and the Nazgûl are extremely powerful, ruthless, and evil. In fact, they even dress similarly. It’s close, but because the Nazgûl command the armies of Mordor, and because they are practically immortal, they get the slight edge over the Death Eaters.

WINNER: Sauron

Sauron: 2 / Voldemort: 1

Round 4: Enemies

Of course, evil cannot exist without good, and there are plenty of characters who stand in the way of both Voldemort and Sauron. The group that stands against Voldemort is known as the Order of the Phoenix. Consisting of numerous prominent wizards, the Order played a large role in resisting the Dark Lord in both wizarding wars. Of course, his biggest enemies are Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Together, with the help of a few other characters, they are able to destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes, allowing Harry to eventually defeat him.

Sauron has faced a number of enemies over the years, as the free people of Middle-Earth resist his quest for ultimate power. His main opposition, however, would be the Fellowship of the Ring. Consisting of nine companions, including Frodo, the ring bearer, Gandalf, a wizard, and Aragorn, the future King of Gondor, the Fellowship sets out to destroy the One Ring. While Aragon and his allies hold off Sauron’s armies, Frodo is able to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom, ending Sauron’s reign for good.

Without taking away anything from Harry’s accomplishments, Voldemort failed to kill him as a baby, failed to kill him at least four other times as a teenager, and is ultimately defeated because Voldemort’s own spell backfired. Frodo and Sam, on the other hand, made the treacherous journey from Hobbiton to Mount Doom, which is well over 1700 miles according to some sources. Throw in Sauron’s massive armies, and it’s clear that The Fellowship had a much more difficult task.

WINNER: Sauron

Sauron: 3 / Voldemort: 1

Round 5: Motivation

They had the powers, the followers, and the heroes opposing them - but what did each character truly want? Starting with Voldemort, his ultimate quest was immortality. He split his soul into seven Horcruxes to ensure he would not die should his human body be killed, and even attempted to kill a baby who was prophesied to defeat him. Secondly, he wished to create a pure wizarding-world. Voldemort strongly believed that muggles were inferior to the wizarding race, and sought to eliminate all half-bloods and mudbloods.

Sauron, on the other hand, wanted to have dominion over all of Middle-Earth. After his first defeat, he forged the One Ring and established a fortress in Mordor. Assuming the title of Lord of the Earth, he was eventually defeated by the Last Alliance when Isildur cut the ring from his finger. Of course, Sauron was not easily defeated, and attempted to secure control over Middle-Earth once more, only to be defeated for good when Frodo destroyed the Ring.

Sauron’s motivations, while lethal, are ultimately pretty simple - take over the world and kill anyone who opposes you. Voldemort, on the other hand, as a product of his childhood and upbringing, sought to not only cheat death, but also purify the wizarding community. For sheer brutality alone, Voldemort takes this round.

WINNER: Voldemort

However, as it turns out, with a close victory of 3 to 2, He-Who-Must-Not-be-Named doesn’t actually win the battle. That’s right: it’s Sauron (and his One Ring) that rules them all, and most especially Voldemort himself.

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