Earl de Darkwood is the main antagonist of the movie Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. He is the mastermind of the kidnapping of aliens and modifying them to appear human for his personal gain to rule the universe by collecting several golden discs.
Earl sports a shoulder length, white wavy hair style with a downward widow's peak and has sideburns in each sides and gray eyes. His appearance is based on the classical composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
His primary appearance is shown wearing a dark indigo blue tuxedo suit, his jacket had long twin tails and he used black shoes. During the band's concert he was seen in a white tuxedo suit. Later when he is ready to rule before his plan was thwarted by Arpegius and falling to his death, he wears a purple long hooded cloak, though he still wears his blue tuxedo suit underneath.
His dark, spiritual essence, shown in the near end of the movie, is covered in a black-red hue before being dispersed by Shep's spiritual essence.
At the start of the film during Aerodynamic, Earl was seen in sillouette, watching his humanoid troops successfully capture Stella, Baryl and Octave and later Arpegius, who briefly evaded capture until he was subdued by one of his troops. As they returned to Earth in Digital Love, Earl watched his troops take them to a secret, fully automated facility where captured aliens were modified to appear human. He made a full appearance in the end of Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger where he successfully modified the Crescendolls as humans by painting their skin, dress them in modern age clothes along with fashinable sunglasses with a mind control device. He later served as the manager of the band as he met the Producer. Slowly, the band began to feel tired and weary due to Earl's demanding work, as they were treated as slaves.
In order to further the Crescendolls popularity to make them reach No. 1 top spot in the billboard charts, he made a concert inside a sport's stadium, accompanied by an orchestra and even a huge airship, where Earl's himself directed the orchestra. All went well until the concert was interrupted by Shep. Shep managed to destroy the mind control devices from Arpegius, Baryl and Octave's glasses, much to Earl's surprise though he was able to block Stella from being freed by Shep's device. As Shep and the freed members of the band attempted to escape, Earl orderd his bodyguards after them, leading to an full car chase, on which one his bodyguards managed to mortally wound Shep in the process. Though, in the end, the bodyguards crashed against a trailer and the band managed to escape.
Retaining hold of Stella, Earl took her to a fashion parade, and later, they were the only ones to enter the golden disc awards night as he managed to get the last and final disc, which is the No. 5555. He was, however, too distracted with his immediate victory to realize that Stella had been freed too and made her escape as well.
Earl's motives were revealed during the events of Veridis Quo. His origins are shown in the middle ages prior to the film, as a child to a father that heavily resembles his adult appearance. Inside the Darkwood Manor, his father did what appear to be some sort of alchemical experiments, until one day, an alien spaceship with extremely advanced technolgy crashed on the Manor, killing Earl's parents in the process. On the accident's aftermath, Earl is shown, mourning his deceased parents.
A rapid sequence of Earl growing up is shown, revealing an elderly Earl at the end. He is shown to have made incredible discoveries in astronomy, like finding alien life and wormholes for faster than light travel. This was most certainly due to the technology provided by the spaceship, which suffered no damage whatsoever during its crash landing on the Darkwood Manor, and which Earl claimed as his own.
Later, he gained access to other incredible technologies and sciences, chief among them was immortality, or extreme long life at very least (as he's been alive since the middle ages), along with robotics and artificial intelligence, creating or repgrogramming a couple of terminator like, bodyguards.
He also did rebuild his Manor, making or clearing an underground cave chamber, on which he could perform sacrificial rituals
Somewhere along the line he made the discovery that, should he claim 5555 golden discs provided by talented alien musicians, he would gain sufficient power so as to rule the universe. How exactly this could be is never revealed. So he went on with his plan, setting out, using his newfound space shuttle to traverse the universe, claiming talented alien musicians everywhere he went and, through the technology provided by the spaceship, he modified them to appear human and present them to the general human public and gain a golden disc for every alien solo or band (it appears that even Mozart himself was an alien). How exactly he gained golden discs before vynil discs were even invented is also never revealed. He did this until at last, he captured the Crescendolls band, which represented the very last, No. 5555 disc and effort for Earl to finally be able to conquer the universe.
As The Crescendolls were now free from Earl's mind control, they went on to ransack Darkwood's Manor and discovered his motives inside the Veridis Quo book in the process. Later, Earl's robot bodyguards managed to capture them and take them down to the sacrificial chamber which was full of hooded individuals, in worship of the ritual being carried out. Later, Earl took hold of Stella and attached her to a machine in the middle of the chamber, apparently draining her of her "life force". Earl laughed maniacally while raising his arms to take hold of the last and final disc. His plans, though, were soon thwarted by Arpegius who managed to tackle him, making him drop the final golden disc onto the sacrificial pit below, much to his shock and horror. As he frantically tried to take it back, Earl accidentally tipped himself over the pit, falling to his death even as Arpegius tried to take hold of him but to no avail. The sacrificial pit soon began to erupt and the humanoid worshippers (apparenty robotic as well) went haywire, following their master, jumping down the pit and killing themselves while the band escaped before everything crumbled.
Earl's absolute thirst for power to rule the whole universe lead to his own downfall as he blindly jumped down his own death, leading to his evil schemes being made public by the people of Earth, including The Crescendolls' Producer.
Earl made a final appeareance as a dark spiritual essence that erupted out of the Manor's ruins and that came to taunt the Crescendolls while inside Shep's ship as they traveled back to their home world through a wormhole. He managed to engulf and terrorize them as everyone were seen to be electrocuted or suffering from some sort of trauma. Shep's spiritual essence came just in time and managed to disperse Earl to free the band and probably vanished Earl forever.
It could be argued that, Earl's "spiritiual shadow" is some sort of manifestation of what Earl originally planned to become, but, since he did not properly gain the power of the last disc, his "final form" had nowhere near the power he would otherwise had gained.