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25th Jul '17 6:24:46 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has many [[OurGodsAreDifferent divine beings]] taking many forms and moralities. The closest to "demons" would be the lesser Daedra (singular "Daedroth"). The Daedra, meaning "Not Our Ancestors" in the [[ClassicalTongue old Aldmeri language]], are the pre-creation beings ("et'Ada") who did not participate in the creation of Mundus, the mortal plane. Thus, unlike the more [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angelic]] Aedra, they did not have to sacrifice any of their divine power and thus, remain [[CompleteImmortality truly immortal]].[[note]]The term "demon" is used, but is detested by in-universe scholars as a popular ministration of "Daedra"[[/note]] The 17 (formerly 16 prior to the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion) most powerful Daedra are known as the Daedric Princes. Each has a particular sphere of influence, which the are said to govern from their planes of [[{{Hell}} Oblivion]] (the infinite void surrounding Mundus) which they inhabit and rule. Neither the Princes nor the lesser Deadra are inherently ''evil'', with them tending to operate on BlueAndOrangeMorality which is AboveGoodAndEvil. (Though they certainly can and are viewed as good or evil by mortals, depending on how benevolent or malevolent their actions toward mortals are being perceived at a given time.) For more information on the Daedric Princes, see their entries on the ''[[Characters/TheElderScrollsDivineBeings Elder Scrolls: Divine Beings]]'' sub-page. As for the specifics of the lesser Daedra who typically serve the Daedric Princes:

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has many [[OurGodsAreDifferent divine beings]] taking many forms and moralities. The closest to "demons" would be the lesser Daedra (singular "Daedroth"). The Daedra, meaning "Not Our Ancestors" in the [[ClassicalTongue old Aldmeri language]], are the pre-creation beings ("et'Ada") who did not participate in the creation of Mundus, the mortal plane. Thus, unlike the more [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angelic]] Aedra, they did not have to sacrifice any of their divine power and thus, remain [[CompleteImmortality truly immortal]].[[note]]The term "demon" is used, but is detested by in-universe scholars as a popular ministration mistranslation of "Daedra"[[/note]] The 17 (formerly 16 prior to the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion) most powerful Daedra are known as the Daedric Princes. Each has a particular sphere of influence, which the are said to govern from their planes of [[{{Hell}} Oblivion]] (the infinite void surrounding Mundus) which they inhabit and rule. Neither the Princes nor the lesser Deadra are inherently ''evil'', with them tending to operate on BlueAndOrangeMorality which is AboveGoodAndEvil. (Though they certainly can and are viewed as good or evil by mortals, depending on how benevolent or malevolent their actions toward mortals are being perceived at a given time.) For more information on the Daedric Princes, see their entries on the ''[[Characters/TheElderScrollsDivineBeings Elder Scrolls: Divine Beings]]'' sub-page. As for the specifics of the lesser Daedra who typically serve the Daedric Princes:
24th Jul '17 10:51:36 AM BeerBaron
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** The lesser Daedra range in intelligence (and thus sentience) from animalistic (Clanfear, Daedroths[[note]]a bi-pedal crocodilian form of lesser Daedra with a confusing NonIndicativeName[[/note]], etc.) to somewhat intelligent (Scamps, Ogrim, etc.) to full-on sapience (Dremora, Aureal, Mazken, etc.) Many of these lesser Daedra are aligned to serve a specific Prince or Princes, such as the Dremora being most commonly in service to the Daedric Prince of [[PersonOfMassDestruction Destruction]], [[OmnicidalManiac Mehrunes Dagon]], serving a role as his LegionsOfHell. Like their Prince superiors, lesser Daedra are fully immortal as well. While they can have a physical body summoned to Mundus and that physical body can be slain, their spirit simply returns to Oblivion to coalesce in a new form. Lesser Daedra can be unaligned as well, as is the case for the Atronachs, who are essentially living [[ElementalEmbodiment Elemental Embodiments]]. All manner of lesser Daedra can be summoned to Mundus, often in service to mortal wizards and conjurers.

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** The lesser Daedra range in intelligence (and thus sentience) from animalistic (Clanfear, Daedroths[[note]]a bi-pedal crocodilian form of lesser Daedra with a confusing NonIndicativeName[[/note]], etc.) to somewhat intelligent (Scamps, Ogrim, etc.) to full-on sapience (Dremora, Aureal, Mazken, etc.) Many of these lesser Daedra are aligned to serve a specific Prince or Princes, such as the Dremora being most commonly in service to the Daedric Prince of [[PersonOfMassDestruction Destruction]], [[OmnicidalManiac Mehrunes Dagon]], serving a role as his LegionsOfHell. Like their Prince superiors, lesser Daedra are fully immortal as well. While they can have a physical body summoned to Mundus and that physical body can be slain, their spirit simply returns to Oblivion to coalesce in a new form. Lesser Daedra can be unaligned as well, as is the case for the Atronachs, who are essentially living [[ElementalEmbodiment Elemental Embodiments]]. All manner of lesser Daedra can be summoned to Mundus, often in service to mortal wizards and conjurers. While this is viewed as "cleaner" than {{necromancy}}, it is still frowned upon by the non-magical community for the same reasons communing with demons is frowned upon in other works. (Corruption, black magic, "gates to hell", etc.)
** Another form of lesser Daedra are the Demiprinces, products of the union between a Daedric being and a mortal. To put it loosely, they are the ''ES'' universe's "[[HalfHumanHybrid half-demons]]". For those sired by the Daedric Princes, such as Fa-Nuit-Hen, the scion of Boethiah (the Daedric Prince of [[ManipulativeBastard Plots, Conspiracy]], and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Betrayal]]), they often receive their own pocket realm of Oblivion to govern. (Without getting into extremely esoteric lore-speak, they aren't so much true "children" as they are "fragments" of their divine parent's being.)
24th Jul '17 10:42:22 AM BeerBaron
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* The Daedra of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series are immortal entities from the realms of Oblivion, and the closest thing to Demons in Elder Scrolls lore. The Dremora, a specific race of Daedra, are the closest thing (aesthetically, at least) to traditional Demons. It is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an in-game book that the word "Demon" is simply a mistranslation of "Dremora" that became popular with the general populace before anyone could correct it.
** Also, many are pretty friendly, although it depends upon the Daedra Prince. Some are princes of Destruction, or Rape, for example (the habitation and minions of the former were portrayed, in ''Oblivion'', as looking pretty much like a standard-issue hell) and then there are princes of dawn and dusk, madness, dreams, and so on. Also, because they are immortal, they have completely different concepts of good and evil. So Mehrunes Dagon (the equivalent Satan more or less) cant be seen as really evil, since his reasons for the Oblivion invasion could be far too hard for mortals to understand.
** It might be better to think of the Daedra as a whole as ''[[BlueAndOrangeMorality differently moral]]''... being quite immortal, the actions and fates of mortals are of fleeing interest. Summoned by a mortal wizard and forced to do his bidding? Being bound into a magical sword for a thousand years? When you can exist for ''millions'', its of no more irritation than a human might experience with a few weeks in jail.

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* The Daedra of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series are immortal entities from the realms of Oblivion, has many [[OurGodsAreDifferent divine beings]] taking many forms and the moralities. The closest thing to Demons in Elder Scrolls lore. "demons" would be the lesser Daedra (singular "Daedroth"). The Dremora, a specific race of Daedra, meaning "Not Our Ancestors" in the [[ClassicalTongue old Aldmeri language]], are the closest thing (aesthetically, at least) to traditional Demons. It is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d pre-creation beings ("et'Ada") who did not participate in an in-game book that the word "Demon" creation of Mundus, the mortal plane. Thus, unlike the more [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angelic]] Aedra, they did not have to sacrifice any of their divine power and thus, remain [[CompleteImmortality truly immortal]].[[note]]The term "demon" is simply used, but is detested by in-universe scholars as a mistranslation of "Dremora" that became popular with ministration of "Daedra"[[/note]] The 17 (formerly 16 prior to the general populace before anyone could correct it.
** Also, many are pretty friendly, although it depends upon the
events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion) most powerful Daedra Prince. Some are princes known as the Daedric Princes. Each has a particular sphere of Destruction, or Rape, for example influence, which the are said to govern from their planes of [[{{Hell}} Oblivion]] (the habitation and minions of the former were portrayed, in ''Oblivion'', as looking pretty much like a standard-issue hell) and then there are princes of dawn and dusk, madness, dreams, and so on. Also, because infinite void surrounding Mundus) which they inhabit and rule. Neither the Princes nor the lesser Deadra are immortal, inherently ''evil'', with them tending to operate on BlueAndOrangeMorality which is AboveGoodAndEvil. (Though they have completely different concepts of certainly can and are viewed as good and evil. So Mehrunes Dagon (the equivalent Satan more or less) cant be seen as really evil, since his reasons for the Oblivion invasion could be far too hard for mortals to understand.
** It might be better to think of the Daedra as a whole as ''[[BlueAndOrangeMorality differently moral]]''... being quite immortal, the
evil by mortals, depending on how benevolent or malevolent their actions and fates of toward mortals are being perceived at a given time.) For more information on the Daedric Princes, see their entries on the ''[[Characters/TheElderScrollsDivineBeings Elder Scrolls: Divine Beings]]'' sub-page. As for the specifics of fleeing interest. Summoned by the lesser Daedra who typically serve the Daedric Princes:
** The lesser Daedra range in intelligence (and thus sentience) from animalistic (Clanfear, Daedroths[[note]]a bi-pedal crocodilian form of lesser Daedra with
a confusing NonIndicativeName[[/note]], etc.) to somewhat intelligent (Scamps, Ogrim, etc.) to full-on sapience (Dremora, Aureal, Mazken, etc.) Many of these lesser Daedra are aligned to serve a specific Prince or Princes, such as the Dremora being most commonly in service to the Daedric Prince of [[PersonOfMassDestruction Destruction]], [[OmnicidalManiac Mehrunes Dagon]], serving a role as his LegionsOfHell. Like their Prince superiors, lesser Daedra are fully immortal as well. While they can have a physical body summoned to Mundus and that physical body can be slain, their spirit simply returns to Oblivion to coalesce in a new form. Lesser Daedra can be unaligned as well, as is the case for the Atronachs, who are essentially living [[ElementalEmbodiment Elemental Embodiments]]. All manner of lesser Daedra can be summoned to Mundus, often in service to mortal wizard wizards and forced to do his bidding? Being bound into a magical sword for a thousand years? When you can exist for ''millions'', its of no more irritation than a human might experience with a few weeks in jail.conjurers.
21st Jul '17 6:54:04 PM MajinAkuma
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** The creatures who were given birth by the Piccolo Daimao were Mazoku (not mutated Namekians like TheWiki says).
16th Jul '17 4:37:04 AM TheNerevarine
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** The Genma were a demonic race born out of chaos from a GodOfEvil known as Fortinbras and they serve as primary antagonists in the entire series. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil absolutely evil]], its said that humanity was just created to serve as [[ToServeMan livestock]] to them, so much that their historical battles are referred as "hunting expeditions". They are a diverse bunch that come in all shapes and sizes as well as capable of converting humans too - low-ranked corpses are animated into Genma soldiers and the most famous example was [[DemonLordNobunaga Nobunaga Oda]], who made a deal with Fortinbras to come back to life as a demon and conquer Japan in his behalf.
** The Oni, on the other hand, were a benevolent kind of demons that intervened on behalf of humanity and fought against the Genma, but they were defeated. However, they were able to leave behind a few descendants and empower several warriors to slay their hated enemies. The Oni are way less seen than their enemies despite their name being in the series' title, but they usually manifest themselves as spirits of light and at least once as a masked and horned figure. Actual Oni characters do appear though, with [[CuteMonsterGirl Takajo]] being a half-serpent woman and her son being [[spoiler:Jubei Yagyu]] while the fourth game's hero Soki is revealed to be an ''Oni God'' reincarnated.

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** The Genma were a demonic race born out of chaos from a GodOfEvil known as Fortinbras and they serve as primary antagonists in the entire series. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil absolutely Absolutely evil]], its said that humanity was just created to serve as [[ToServeMan livestock]] to them, so much that their historical battles are referred as "hunting expeditions". They are a diverse bunch that come in all shapes and sizes as well as capable of converting humans too - low-ranked corpses are animated into Genma soldiers and the most famous example was [[DemonLordNobunaga Nobunaga Oda]], who made a deal with Fortinbras to come back to life as a demon and conquer Japan in his behalf.
** The Oni, on the other hand, were a benevolent kind of demons that intervened on behalf of humanity and fought against the Genma, but they were defeated. However, they were able to leave behind a few descendants and empower several warriors to slay their hated enemies. The Oni are way less seen than their enemies despite their name being in the series' title, but they usually manifest themselves as spirits of light and at least once as a masked and horned figure. Actual Oni characters do appear though, with [[CuteMonsterGirl Takajo]] being a half-serpent woman and her son being [[spoiler:Jubei Yagyu]] while the fourth game's hero Soki is revealed to be the reincarnation of an ''Oni God'' reincarnated.Oni [[spoiler:''god'']].
16th Jul '17 4:34:36 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' has two examples: the evil Genma and the benevolent Oni.
** The Genma were a demonic race born out of chaos from a GodOfEvil known as Fortinbras and they serve as primary antagonists in the entire series. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil absolutely evil]], its said that humanity was just created to serve as [[ToServeMan livestock]] to them, so much that their historical battles are referred as "hunting expeditions". They are a diverse bunch that come in all shapes and sizes as well as capable of converting humans too - low-ranked corpses are animated into Genma soldiers and the most famous example was [[DemonLordNobunaga Nobunaga Oda]], who made a deal with Fortinbras to come back to life as a demon and conquer Japan in his behalf.
** The Oni, on the other hand, were a benevolent kind of demons that intervened on behalf of humanity and fought against the Genma, but they were defeated. However, they were able to leave behind a few descendants and empower several warriors to slay their hated enemies. The Oni are way less seen than their enemies despite their name being in the series' title, but they usually manifest themselves as spirits of light and at least once as a masked and horned figure. Actual Oni characters do appear though, with [[CuteMonsterGirl Takajo]] being a half-serpent woman and her son being [[spoiler:Jubei Yagyu]] while the fourth game's hero Soki is revealed to be an ''Oni God'' reincarnated.
14th Jul '17 8:54:02 AM Skylentt
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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has Akuma, mechanical constructs [[FateWorseThanDeath powered by human souls, torn back from the afterlife to execute an eternity of slaughter,]] which can evolve into stronger forms. [[spoiler: 4 levels to be exact. ]]

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has Akuma, mechanical constructs [[FateWorseThanDeath powered by human souls, torn back from the afterlife to execute an eternity of slaughter,]] which can evolve into stronger forms. [[spoiler: 4 levels to be exact. ]] [[spoiler:for now]]
** Members of the Noah family has been refered too as demons by Black Order members. Wellconsidering that the earl[[spoiler: Has horns under his hats they might not be that far...
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9th Jul '17 5:08:11 PM Daedalis
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* Demons of ''ComicBook/CleanRoom'' are depicted as vaguely humanoid invisible spirits with monstrous tentacles, teeth, etc. They routinely possess human bodies to inflict suffering on humans and can reshape the flesh of hosts in anatomically impossible ways. Some demons seem to have permanent physical bodies, but that may be long-term possession.
25th Jun '17 1:35:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/TheGuardians'', demons are {{Fallen Angel}}s who followed Lucifer in his bid for God's power. They are bound by Rules not to harm humans or deny their free will, but they can still tempt them with [[DealWithTheDevil bargains and wagers]].

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* In ''Literature/TheGuardians'', ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', demons are {{Fallen Angel}}s who followed Lucifer in his bid for God's power. They are bound by Rules not to harm humans or deny their free will, but they can still tempt them with [[DealWithTheDevil bargains and wagers]].
22nd Jun '17 11:33:52 PM merotoker
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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has demons that were called "akuma" in the original Japanese, and are based somewhat on the Judeo-Christian, European tradition. ...Kinda. They have horns which draw in spiritual energy to fuel their powers (like regeneration), and many of them are somewhat humanoid, but their forms typically vary--there's a CatGirl demon, the relatively human title character, some demons that appear more like insect monsters...oh, and they appear to be in control of strange technology. In the anime, it's somewhat implied that they are corrupted, fallen angels, but in the manga [[spoiler: it's revealed they're [[DoingInTheWizard actually aliens, whose mothership crash-landed in the Atlantic ocean hundreds of years ago.]]]]

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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has demons that were called "akuma" in the original Japanese, and are based somewhat on the Judeo-Christian, European tradition. ...Kinda. They have horns which draw in spiritual energy to fuel their powers (like regeneration), and many of them are somewhat humanoid, but their forms typically vary--there's a CatGirl demon, the relatively human title character, some demons that appear more like insect monsters...oh, and they appear to be in control of strange technology. In the anime, it's somewhat implied that they are corrupted, fallen angels, but in the manga [[spoiler: it's revealed they're [[DoingInTheWizard actually aliens, whose mothership crash-landed in the Atlantic ocean hundreds of years ago.]]]]ago]]]].



** It's also apparently possible to become a demon by [[spoiler: using a lot of [[BlackMagic Magia Erebea]].]]

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** It's also apparently possible to become a demon by [[spoiler: using a lot of [[BlackMagic Magia Erebea]].]]Erebea]]]].



* Manga/MarchStory: They're called Ill, possess objects, and once they kill someone with your body they will never let you go. This is March's backstory. She got (slightly) better

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* Manga/MarchStory: ''Manga/MarchStory'': They're called Ill, possess objects, and once they kill someone with your body they will never let you go. This is March's backstory. She got (slightly) better



* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Akane is a demon who simply appears to be a girl with horns and ComboPlatterPowers, including [[MesACrowd duplication]], {{Shapeshifting}}, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld enhanced lifespan]], {{Telekinesis}}, {{Teleportation}}, and summoning objects (and, when she's hungry, {{EldritchAbomination}}s). As far as evilness goes, she's mainly TheGadfly, though she does have occasional JerkAss moments, such as threatening to destroy the earth with a meteor to force someone to back her a cake.

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Akane is a demon who simply appears to be a girl with horns and ComboPlatterPowers, including [[MesACrowd duplication]], {{Shapeshifting}}, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld enhanced lifespan]], {{Telekinesis}}, {{Teleportation}}, and summoning objects (and, when she's hungry, {{EldritchAbomination}}s).{{Eldritch Abomination}}s). As far as evilness goes, she's mainly TheGadfly, though she does have occasional JerkAss moments, such as threatening to destroy the earth with a meteor to force someone to back her a cake.



* Creator/MarvelComics' AntiHero Son of Satan is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name implies]], the HalfHumanHybrid son of a very powerful demon who ''claimed'' to be TheDevil. Of course, Marvel later backpedaled on the whole "real, honest-to-badness Biblical Satan" issue, and which of the many powerful Marvel demons it actually is has been {{Retcon}}ned several times. For that matter, the very nature of demons in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse seems to be a matter of some contention; fallen or degenerated {{Physical God}}s, leftover magical energy from the early days of life on Earth, holdovers from the Creation of the Universe… And of course, the fact that all of them lie their horns off all the time makes it no clearer. Their behavior also varies quite a bit. Some (Mephisto, namely) stick to standard "deals, contracts, and bargains" behavior and seem quite comfortable with that, others (Dormammu, Chthon) are active schemers who are very much a threat to existence, and still there are others (Nightmare) who can't be reasoned with, but don't exactly try and do anything crazy beyond general malevolence.

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* Creator/MarvelComics' AntiHero Son of Satan is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name implies]], the HalfHumanHybrid son of a very powerful demon who ''claimed'' to be TheDevil. Of course, Marvel later backpedaled on the whole "real, honest-to-badness Biblical Satan" issue, and which of the many powerful Marvel demons it actually is has been {{Retcon}}ned several times. For that matter, the very nature of demons in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse seems to be a matter of some contention; fallen or degenerated {{Physical God}}s, leftover magical energy from the early days of life on Earth, holdovers from the Creation of the Universe… And of course, the fact that all of them lie their horns off all the time makes it no clearer. Their behavior also varies quite a bit. Some (Mephisto, (ComicBook/{{Mephisto}}, namely) stick to standard "deals, contracts, and bargains" behavior and seem quite comfortable with that, others (Dormammu, Chthon) are active schemers who are very much a threat to existence, and still there are others (Nightmare) who can't be reasoned with, but don't exactly try and do anything crazy beyond general malevolence.



** [[spoiler:The Keeper of Secrets]] is a daemon of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} universe, created by one of the Chaos Gods and unable to survive out of its home dimension.

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** [[spoiler:The Keeper of Secrets]] is a daemon of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 40000}}'' universe, created by one of the Chaos Gods and unable to survive out of its home dimension.



* Okay, it's not really a demon, but at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[spoiler:Jack Jack's powers include setting himself on fire, turning into heavy brimstone, and transforming into the ''freaking baby devil''. It's probable they are homages to a famous superhero with similar powers, i.e., The Human Torch, ComicBook/SilverSurfer, and The Demon. Or he could just be an {{Expy}} of the Super-Skrull.]]

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* Okay, it's not really a demon, but at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[spoiler:Jack Jack's powers include setting himself on fire, turning into heavy brimstone, and transforming into the ''freaking baby devil''. It's probable they are homages to a famous superhero with similar powers, i.e., The Human Torch, ComicBook/SilverSurfer, and The Demon. Or he could just be an {{Expy}} of the Super-Skrull.]]Super-Skrull]].



* [[spoiler:Ferriman]] in ''Film/GhostShip'' is a wicked former human who became a servant of Hell because of his sins. He collects souls for his infernal masters, calling himself a "salvager". He doesn't make deals, and instead tries to tempt people into committing crimes out of the sin of {{Greed}} to damn their own souls, which he can then take "home" when he fills his quotum. He can shapeshift, recover from gunshot wounds, [[spoiler:and mark ghosts to become his servants in death.]]

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* [[spoiler:Ferriman]] in ''Film/GhostShip'' is a wicked former human who became a servant of Hell because of his sins. He collects souls for his infernal masters, calling himself a "salvager". He doesn't make deals, and instead tries to tempt people into committing crimes out of the sin of {{Greed}} to damn their own souls, which he can then take "home" when he fills his quotum. He can shapeshift, recover from gunshot wounds, [[spoiler:and mark ghosts to become his servants in death.]]death]].



* In Kim Harrison's ''Literature/TheHollows'', demons are not mythological beings but a powerful race of BlackMagic using {{Shapeshift|ing}}er aliens living in the novel's AlternateUniverse DarkWorld the Ever After. They can be summoned to make a DealWithTheDevil for things such as magical knowledge, assassination, or in one case giving legal testimony. Demons often attempt to manipulate the deal in order to take the summoner into the Ever After and enslave them as a {{Familiar}} which is considered AFateWorseThanDeath.

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* In Kim Harrison's ''Literature/TheHollows'', demons are not mythological beings but a powerful race of BlackMagic using {{Shapeshift|ing}}er {{shapeshift|ing}}er aliens living in the novel's AlternateUniverse DarkWorld the Ever After. They can be summoned to make a DealWithTheDevil for things such as magical knowledge, assassination, or in one case giving legal testimony. Demons often attempt to manipulate the deal in order to take the summoner into the Ever After and enslave them as a {{Familiar}} which is considered AFateWorseThanDeath.a FateWorseThanDeath.



* In ''Literature/QuantumGravity'', demons live on another plane of existence, and Hell is not a physical place. Devils are best described as evil spirits, and are basically the opposite of everything that demons stand for. Demons make everything an art--you might not want to think too hard about that--and are very much for being one's self, regardless of what that is. Devil's push people to make sacrifices (of self) now for some vague reward in the future, e.g. the greater good, prestige. A demon with (a) devil(s) cannot behave a a demon, and becomes an imp; imps push people through/around Hell. Demons come [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation in many colors]], and every shade means something different. Humans cannot become demons, but any creature who can interact aetherically can. [[spoiler:Zal]], for instance, is born [[spoiler:elf]] but is also a demon.

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* In ''Literature/QuantumGravity'', demons live on another plane of existence, and Hell is not a physical place. Devils are best described as evil spirits, and are basically the opposite of everything that demons stand for. Demons make everything an art--you might not want to think too hard about that--and are very much for being one's self, regardless of what that is. Devil's push people to make sacrifices (of self) now for some vague reward in the future, e.g. the greater good, prestige. A demon with (a) devil(s) cannot behave a as a demon, and becomes an imp; imps push people through/around Hell. Demons come [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation in many colors]], and every shade means something different. Humans cannot become demons, but any creature who can interact aetherically can. [[spoiler:Zal]], for instance, is born [[spoiler:elf]] but is also a demon.



* In the ''Literature/RiftwarCycle'', there are seven known levels of existence, with each being more dangerous than the one above it. Mortals come from the first level; demons are from the fourth and fifth (the overwhelming majority of demons featured in the series are from the latter). They are characterized by being incredibly vicious and living only for the id, and possess the power to absorb traits and knowledge from other living things they eat; there are several different "paths" a demon's evolution can take as it aborbs more powers, though they all seem to start out as imp-like beings, and will eventually reincarnate if killed. They are ruled in their own realms by [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon Kings]], the most notable of whom are [[TheCaligula Maarg]] and [[TheChessmaster Dahun]], but can be summoned by sorcerers to the mortal realm (weaker demons are much easier to summon and compel- incredibly elaborate preparations are needed for an attempt to summon Dahun, and no attempt is even made to try and control him). ''A Kingdom Besieged'' had a young demon named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Child]] as a major POV character [[spoiler: though it turned out she is actually a dead human character reincarnated as a demon- exactly how it happened we don't know yet]].

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* In the ''Literature/RiftwarCycle'', there are seven known levels of existence, with each being more dangerous than the one above it. Mortals come from the first level; demons are from the fourth and fifth (the overwhelming majority of demons featured in the series are from the latter). They are characterized by being incredibly vicious and living only for the id, and possess the power to absorb traits and knowledge from other living things they eat; there are several different "paths" a demon's evolution can take as it aborbs absorbs more powers, though they all seem to start out as imp-like beings, and will eventually reincarnate if killed. They are ruled in their own realms by [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon Kings]], the most notable of whom are [[TheCaligula Maarg]] and [[TheChessmaster Dahun]], but can be summoned by sorcerers to the mortal realm (weaker demons are much easier to summon and compel- incredibly elaborate preparations are needed for an attempt to summon Dahun, and no attempt is even made to try and control him). ''A Kingdom Besieged'' had a young demon named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Child]] as a major POV character [[spoiler: though it turned out she is actually a dead human character reincarnated as a demon- exactly how it happened we don't know yet]].



* ''[[Literature/RoTeO Ro.Te.O]]'' has its devils possessing ElementalPowers and the standard bat wings. These guys fit definition 2 dot point 2 best although they aren't the creation of the [[FallenAngel Fallen Angels]], rather they're the creations of this universe's {{Satan}}. Otherwise, they're pretty human... the main seven demons (and the two Fallen Angels in existence) going so far as to stand for each of the SevenDeadlySins.

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* ''[[Literature/RoTeO Ro.Te.O]]'' has its devils possessing ElementalPowers and the standard bat wings. These guys fit definition 2 dot point 2 best although they aren't the creation of the [[FallenAngel Fallen Angels]], {{Fallen Angel}}s, rather they're the creations of this universe's {{Satan}}. Otherwise, they're pretty human... the main seven demons (and the two Fallen Angels in existence) going so far as to stand for each of the SevenDeadlySins.



* The main villain of ''Literature/WhenDemonsWalk'' is a demon, and for most of the plot it seems to be quite the average demon, but [[spoiler: in the end, it turns out that all the demon's evil plans had the goal of returning home after hundreds of years of being bound to the human world.]]

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* The main villain of ''Literature/WhenDemonsWalk'' is a demon, and for most of the plot it seems to be quite the average demon, but [[spoiler: in the end, it turns out that all the demon's evil plans had the goal of returning home after hundreds of years of being bound to the human world.]]world]].



** Demons in the Christian mythological sense exist too, in the form of [[spoiler:Satan, though his host of rebel angels is conspicuously absent.]]

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** Demons in the Christian mythological sense exist too, in the form of [[spoiler:Satan, though his host of rebel angels is conspicuously absent.]]absent]].



** The oldest sources have Daimon used in reference to the Gods. The Christians refered to the Greek Gods as Daimons/Demons because that is what they were actually called by their own worshippers. [[JerkassGods Few of the Demons were what we would call good.]]

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** The oldest sources have Daimon used in reference to the Gods. The Christians refered referred to the Greek Gods as Daimons/Demons because that is what they were actually called by their own worshippers. [[JerkassGods Few of the Demons were what we would call good.]]



* {{The Undertaker}}, "The Demon of Death Valley".

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* {{The Undertaker}}, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, "The Demon of Death Valley".



* Daemons in ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' are more similar to malevolent elementals than traditional demons.

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* Daemons in ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' ''TabletopGame/TheSplinter'' are more similar to malevolent elementals than traditional demons.



* In TabletopGame/{{Unknown Armies}}, demons are treated more like ghosts are elsewhere. They are uniquely obsessed souls who were incapable of letting go of the mortal world, and as a result their personality rots away until the obsession is all that's left. In order to fulfill the obsession (which can be anything from finishing a novel to eating painfully spicy Mexican food), they have to possess humans. They can be summoned by magick users, but while they do usually know about the occult underground to some extent, they can and will lie as much as possible in an attempt to get a body to ride. Worse, someone with a high Soul can unwittingly allow a demon to possess them any time they play with an Ouija board or even pray. Demons aren't evil, exactly, but because of their focus on fulfilling their obsession, they will only show compassion if it's convenient for their goals. They're amoral, but not necessarily ''immoral'' -- though given the need for possessing humans, morality falls by the wayside fairly quickly.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Unknown Armies}}, ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', demons are treated more like ghosts are elsewhere. They are uniquely obsessed souls who were incapable of letting go of the mortal world, and as a result their personality rots away until the obsession is all that's left. In order to fulfill the obsession (which can be anything from finishing a novel to eating painfully spicy Mexican food), they have to possess humans. They can be summoned by magick users, but while they do usually know about the occult underground to some extent, they can and will lie as much as possible in an attempt to get a body to ride. Worse, someone with a high Soul can unwittingly allow a demon to possess them any time they play with an Ouija board or even pray. Demons aren't evil, exactly, but because of their focus on fulfilling their obsession, they will only show compassion if it's convenient for their goals. They're amoral, but not necessarily ''immoral'' -- though given the need for possessing humans, morality falls by the wayside fairly quickly.



* The Daedra of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series are immortal entities from the realms of Oblivion, and the closest thing to Demons in Elder Scrolls lore. The Dremora, a specific race of Daedra, are the closest thing (aesthetically, at least) to traditional Demons. It is even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an in-game book that the word "Demon" is simply a mistranslation of "Dremora" that became popular with the general populace before anyone could correct it.

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* The Daedra of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series are immortal entities from the realms of Oblivion, and the closest thing to Demons in Elder Scrolls lore. The Dremora, a specific race of Daedra, are the closest thing (aesthetically, at least) to traditional Demons. It is even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an in-game book that the word "Demon" is simply a mistranslation of "Dremora" that became popular with the general populace before anyone could correct it.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI's'' demons are of the summoned-and-serve variety that serve the Shadowlord, although it seems they originated from [[spoiler:Odin, a Celestial Avatar.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI's'' demons are of the summoned-and-serve variety that serve the Shadowlord, although it seems they originated from [[spoiler:Odin, a Celestial Avatar.]]Avatar]].



* Demons in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' start out as mortals cursed by the forces of Good for their wickedness, who learn to subvert and shape that curse and make pacts with greater Evils to become beings ranging from seductive tempters to [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils scheming demon lords]] to [[TheDeterminator nigh-unstoppable behemoths]] to [[EldritchAbomination gibbering tentacle-spawning freaks]]. The variation is because different sorts of demons get their powers from different Dark Powers, who all hate each other and can't agree on what exactly a Demon is.
* Fiends in the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series are a supernatural collection of malevolent beings spawned by dark deities that used to rule over mankind during TheDarkTimes and serve as primary foes to [[TheHero Ryu Hayabusa]]. They come in a many diverse forms, shapes and sizes as they been recorded by ancient humans in myths, legends and folklore by cultures all over the world such as werewolves, vampires, humanoid feathered beings, tentacled abominations and so forth. With that said, the term "demon" is a specific to only a large bulk of their species that had originated from the underworld, trace their origin to the deities that spawned them and are completely inhuman in nature; fiends also include mutants and undead, that were all formerly animal and human beings that were twisted and turned into beings that serve them.

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* Demons in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' start out as mortals cursed by the forces of Good for their wickedness, who learn to subvert and shape that curse and make pacts with greater Evils to become beings ranging from seductive tempters to [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils scheming demon lords]] to [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} nigh-unstoppable behemoths]] to [[EldritchAbomination gibbering tentacle-spawning freaks]]. The variation is because different sorts of demons get their powers from different Dark Powers, who all hate each other and can't agree on what exactly a Demon is.
* Fiends in the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series are a supernatural collection of malevolent beings spawned by dark deities that used to rule over mankind during TheDarkTimes and serve as primary foes to [[TheHero Ryu Hayabusa]]. They come in a many diverse forms, shapes and sizes as they been recorded by ancient humans in myths, legends and folklore by cultures all over the world such as werewolves, vampires, humanoid feathered beings, tentacled abominations and so forth. With that said, the term "demon" is a specific to only a large bulk of their species that had originated from the underworld, trace their origin to the deities that spawned them and are completely inhuman in nature; fiends also include mutants and undead, that were all formerly animal and human beings that were twisted and turned into beings that serve them.



* Some of the demons in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' come from the Dimension of Pain. Others can be summoned through the Book of E-Ville. Although it was implied the demons of the Dimension of Pain are less traditional demons and more like sentient creatures (human or otherwise) transformed by magic and a poweful mutagenic compound. The Demon King may be the only true demon in the entire dimension.

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* Some of the demons in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' come from the Dimension of Pain. Others can be summoned through the Book of E-Ville. Although it was implied the demons of the Dimension of Pain are less traditional demons and more like sentient creatures (human or otherwise) transformed by magic and a poweful powerful mutagenic compound. The Demon King may be the only true demon in the entire dimension.



* Demons in ''Webcomic/DrowTales'' are actually creatures from other dimensions that don't have a physical form (and usually appear as floating red lights or black shadows with eyes) untill they [[DemonicPossession latch on to the aura of a victim and eventually take over their body]]. Some of them like Khaless or Umpus are intelligent, and can pass off as full fledged members of their masters' clans. Most of them however are just animals that attack anything they see without a summoner to direct them.
* ''Webcomic/DemonEater'' The demons are cannibals and only transform after they eat.

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* Demons in ''Webcomic/DrowTales'' are actually creatures from other dimensions that don't have a physical form (and usually appear as floating red lights or black shadows with eyes) untill until they [[DemonicPossession latch on to the aura of a victim and eventually take over their body]]. Some of them like Khaless or Umpus are intelligent, and can pass off as full fledged members of their masters' clans. Most of them however are just animals that attack anything they see without a summoner to direct them.
* ''Webcomic/DemonEater'' ''Webcomic/DemonEater'': The demons are cannibals and only transform after they eat.



** Darumatha is a classic Miltonian demon in many ways, announcing itself from the start as "The Demon-Dragon of Broken Hours," proclaiming its desire to overthrow the existing pantheon and rule the cosmos in turn, and tempting mortals to do its bidding with offers of unlimited power, glory, and treasure and/or HannibalLectures. It is also a shapeshifting entity bound from of old by the elder gods, whose default form is a world-spanning metal (yes, metal) serpent and whose preferred alternate form is that of a beautiful young woman. Despite having [[VisionaryVillain many good points to make about authority, righteousness and power]], Darumatha has turned out to be definitely [[ForTheEvulz Evil]]. However, the difference between it and "the gods" is not so much a category one as a matter of metaphysical history being written by the victors, as [[LightIsNotGood the former ruling god and his angels were pretty horrible people]] themselves.

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** Darumatha is a classic Miltonian demon in many ways, announcing itself from the start as "The Demon-Dragon of Broken Hours," proclaiming its desire to overthrow the existing pantheon and rule the cosmos in turn, and tempting mortals to do its bidding with offers of unlimited power, glory, and treasure and/or HannibalLectures.{{Hannibal Lecture}}s. It is also a shapeshifting entity bound from of old by the elder gods, whose default form is a world-spanning metal (yes, metal) serpent and whose preferred alternate form is that of a beautiful young woman. Despite having [[VisionaryVillain many good points to make about authority, righteousness and power]], Darumatha has turned out to be definitely [[ForTheEvulz Evil]]. However, the difference between it and "the gods" is not so much a category one as a matter of metaphysical history being written by the victors, as [[LightIsNotGood the former ruling god and his angels were pretty horrible people]] themselves.



* The demons of ''Webcomic/{{Wildlife}}'' can be summoned and bargained with, but they are notorious tricksters and fond of using the ExactWords of a contract to trip people up. Taking a contract with them and failing to keep your end of the bargain generally means forfiting your soul to them.

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* The demons of ''Webcomic/{{Wildlife}}'' can be summoned and bargained with, but they are notorious tricksters and fond of using the ExactWords of a contract to trip people up. Taking a contract with them and failing to keep your end of the bargain generally means forfiting forfeiting your soul to them.



* In Literature/TheAntithesis, Demons only differ from angels by their phenotypes of black wings and dark hair. They live in the same world, but exist on lower layers of a planet that encapsulates Heaven and Hell, called "The Atrium". They do not possess the evil characteristics of the Judeo-Christian religion, but are actually a population of humanoid-looking beings, and their society contains moralistic values, political hierarchies (the highest being Lucifer, their leader/Military Commander/President, the second highest being the Archdemons) that formulate their Parliament, known as the "Obsidian Court". They are characterized with eccentric personalities, and their culture is embellished in art, literature, and theater.

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* In Literature/TheAntithesis, ''Literature/TheAntithesis'', Demons only differ from angels by their phenotypes of black wings and dark hair. They live in the same world, but exist on lower layers of a planet that encapsulates Heaven and Hell, called "The Atrium". They do not possess the evil characteristics of the Judeo-Christian religion, but are actually a population of humanoid-looking beings, and their society contains moralistic values, political hierarchies (the highest being Lucifer, their leader/Military Commander/President, the second highest being the Archdemons) that formulate their Parliament, known as the "Obsidian Court". They are characterized with eccentric personalities, and their culture is embellished in art, literature, and theater.



* In the online novel ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the demons turn out to be [[spoiler: extradimensional [[OrganicTechnology genetically engineered bioweapons]] created by an insane organic supercomputer from an AlternateHistory.]] Somehow, they are still affected by crosses, prayers and the Bible.

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* In the online novel ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the demons turn out to be [[spoiler: extradimensional [[OrganicTechnology genetically engineered bioweapons]] created by an insane organic supercomputer from an AlternateHistory.]] AlternateHistory]]. Somehow, they are still affected by crosses, prayers and the Bible.



* TheLegionsOfHell in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fourth season are mainly composed of floating, mute fire-creatures. A similar but [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever scaled-up version]] with legs was summoned three seasons prior. But [[{{Satan}} Trigon]] is even bigger, has blood-red skin instead of solid flame, antlers, and four eyes - basically VideoGame/{{Diablo}} with mutton chops instead of a tail. [[spoiler: Raven, his half-demon spawn, has grey skin, purple eyes and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair indigo hair]].]]

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* TheLegionsOfHell in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' fourth season are mainly composed of floating, mute fire-creatures. A similar but [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever scaled-up version]] with legs was summoned three seasons prior. But [[{{Satan}} Trigon]] is even bigger, has blood-red skin instead of solid flame, antlers, and four eyes - basically VideoGame/{{Diablo}} with mutton chops instead of a tail. [[spoiler: Raven, his half-demon spawn, has grey skin, purple eyes and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair indigo hair]].]]
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