Conan The Adventurer's Ram-Amon Is A Demoted Thoth-Amon

I remembered seeing the Conan cartoons first and there was one episode that sort of popped unto me. It was the episode where Conan simply changed the way Wrath-Amon would be born. It was revealed that centuries before Wrath-Amon there was the wizard Ram-Amon. If anyone noticed, he looks like an Egyptian Pharaoh.

His design would remind you of Thoth-Amon's alternate costume. While Thoth-Amon wore ram horns in one of his costumes but other incarnations would have him wear a Pharaoh-like costume. So where are the similarities? They are both Set's entrusted high servants, they both possess the Black Ring of Set and they lost it.

Wrath-Amon as a gilla monster turned into a snakeman stole the Black Ring of Set from Thoth-Amon. For two hundred years (and how he survived was a result of some magic) we have Ram-Amon in the dungeons below his usurper. Yet, you can't underestimate Ram-Amon without the ring as he could still master a few spells to help him or he has a cunning mind. What I also find interesting is that Ram-Amon like Cobra Commander was overthrown by Wrath-Amon, the Serpentor counterpart of the show. Wrath-Amon manages things like Serpentor does all the while Ram-Amon, like Cobra Commander, wants his old job back.

In the Conan comics where Thoth-Amon becomes the main villain, his power is tied to the Black Ring of Set. It was later lost making him somewhat vulnerable. Yet, he was still able to do a few tricks or use his cunning to get the Black Ring. Wrath-Amon is pretty much the anti-thesis of what Thoth-Amon is. While Wrath-Amon is overly dependent on the Black Ring, Thoth-Amon does have a few tricks up his sleeve in order to survive even without it. 

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  1. I'll admit it took me a while to realise that Ram-Amon was an Expy of Thoth-Amon, my first entry into the Conan Mythos being this Animated Series. But I suspect I remember the Series more fondly than it appears you do.

    Biggest reasons for my liking it so much were: Even with how much it needed to be watered down to slide into the TV-7 Rating, they did manage to include much of REH's work into it; the very racially diverse cast (kinda rare for the time); It followed a given story arc from it's beginning to conclusion (again, this time I believe it was the first show of its type to do that); Real character development so even with a lot of Status Quo'ing, a lot of things did change as the series progressed; And then there's lines like "Someday you will get your Hands on Me. But on my Terms, not Yours."

    And Ram-Amon himself? As you've said, even without the Black Ring, he still posed a serious threat to Conan, which might explain why he escaped as a Sequel Hook. Though the less said about that the better.

    And by now you've probably realised just how much I like this series.

    I wonder how you'll cover the character of Wrath-Amon? Which I suspect will be quite different to mine.

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