He was supposed to be dead.
The original story was clear. His rebellion ended in disgrace centuries ago. His faded memory survived as a warning to those who dare speak against man's most cherished institutions.
Preachers frightened their congregations with this tale of fiery destruction. Parents retold the story to convince their children to be good little boys and girls.
He was one of history's greatest bogeymen. His stories echoed in every world in new combinations of fact and fiction while artists tried to depict his special brand of evil in a variety of imaginative ways.
Finally, he is prompted to step out of the shadows by the latest retelling of this old story. An apocalyptic religion uses a cartoon parody of his life to convince young children to obey in exchange for a promised earthly paradise, while hinting that eternal destruction is the only alternative.
The worlds of mankind shudder as the structure of their civilizations begins to collapse around them. They come face to face with the personification of their collective nightmares, unaware that he is the only one standing between them and something even more terrifying.