This idea has influences from several possible sources. Namely; Der Ubermensch (Nietzsche), Knight of Faith (Kierkegaard), Religions & Myths, and a “Caring Antagonist” in thoughts once expressed by my Brother.
In my present conception, The Dark Messiah, is neither a hero, a savior, nor an “anti-hero”. The Dark Messiah is a personality that is so beyond conventional moralities of “Good & Evil”, and exerts a will onto itself. That is capable of withstanding all common conceptions of what is “Good”, and what is “Evil”. It is a character that has taken Neutrality, Indifference, Rationality, Emotionalism, Apathy, Impartiality, Mutability, and Self-Interest to an extreme.
In the draft of life, The Dark Messiah, would ideally be vested above all in their own self-interests/pursuits, but paradoxically they’d be vested in said interests by their chosen Deity/Ideal/Cause. Thus they’d feel obligated to serve a “higher power”, but they have chosen said “higher power” for themselves. They weren’t indoctrinated into said belief/worship. In some sense it is a “auto-theistic” notion of the Dark Messiah.
It should be noted that a Dark Messiah is not Narcissistic, for they would have to render themselves completely open to ridicule, and criticism. In fact that would be the function they would serve. To embody the ever mutable Other of Philosophy/Tribalism into a tangible being/idea/focus.
The Dark Messiah, is a contrarian, and a rebel to every position. Including their own. They take doubt to new levels, and meta levels of is the doubt of this idea even doubtful? The basis of their thought could be the contradiction within the Nihilistic Nothing mentioned previously upon/within this blog. The tension generated by tearing oneself asunder at every moment of every decision is what grants the Dark Messiah their strength, and credibility. They realize the need for “Strong Figures”, and “Weak Figures” for they have been both in their lives. They are the fulcrum upon which the balance of Good and Evil is rent.
The Dark Messiah, simply doesn’t care about base needs, nor immediate desires. Their desires is what matters most, but they sublimate the immediate minor ones in favor of the greater long term ones. They realize that they are connected to an embodied system of Life. That in order for themselves to exist, and benefit to the way that they have developed. They too must align themselves with the “general course”, or zeitgeist of the times. They can’t directly oppose said flow of Life unless the opportunity presents itself.
They are survivors who’ve been burdened, and alienated by the system they were fostered in. Not because they failed to conform, or conformed too readily. They are this way because they’ve been foisted into a realization that they’ve grown beyond the system they once knew. That they’ve changed. That they’ve become the Alien, the Other, The Outsider. The alienated that no longer desires to bend a knee to a society that sacrificed them.
In some essence, it may be characterized by the protagonist of the original Fallout game.
After risking their life, and everything about them as a character. The protagonist of Fallout is condemned to exile by the home he spent the entire game trying to save. The Dark Messiah, may be what happens after the protagonist of Fallout makes his way into the wasteland. He is neither a hero, nor a savior to his people. He’s just another “Drifter/Lost Soul” in a nuclear scorched wasteland. That goes on in the interlude to Fallout 2 to have set up his own village far away from his vault.