Created By: MichaelJJ on February 3, 2011 Last Edited By: MichaelJJ on May 2, 2016
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Satan By Any Other Name

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Basically, a character who is Satan in everything but name. He runs a place where the dead go, or is the ultimate evil in whatever work he's in, or just loves torturing people, but he's not Satan. This trope has two forms:

Type I: The work is meant for kids, so they can't come right out and say it. The implications are obvious. Type II: The work takes place in an alternate world where a made up character has Satan's shtick.

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Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 3, 2011
    nrjxll
    Disregard, remembered trope wrong.

    Edit: Third bullet point closely overlaps with Everybody Hates Hades, though there may be a few examples that don't.
  • February 3, 2011
    jate88
  • February 3, 2011
    MichaelJJ
    Right, third bullet point eliminated. I wasn't aware of that trope. Chernabog should stay, though. He flat out was the Devil when Walt imagined him, and is even referred to as such in the film, but is called Chernabog in merchandise, so it fits with type I.
  • February 3, 2011
    azraelfinalstar
    Mephilies the Dark and Iblis from Sonic 2006
  • February 3, 2011
    DRCEQ
    Mephisto from the Marvel Universe is just one of many of the Hell Lords, who all represent a part of how Satan is depicted through Christian Religion. Mephisto is the "Makes a contract for your soul" aspect of him. There's also Asmodeus, Beelzeboul, Sattanish, Olivier, Marduk Kurios, and Thog the Nether-Spawn. All of them have been known to present themselves as "Satan" when dealing with common mortals though.
  • February 3, 2011
    nrjxll
    Mephisto is by far the most well-known, though. I've never even heard of a few of those guys.
  • February 3, 2011
    DRCEQ
    Just saying. Yeah, he's the most famous example, but he's not the only being who has been called Satan in the Marvel Universe.
  • February 3, 2011
    Pickly
  • February 4, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    May overlap with Louis Cypher - many of those names were created so as not to attract the devil's attention by speaking his name aloud, pretty much the same as with The Fair Folk
  • February 4, 2011
    Worldmaker
    Mister Legba in Crossroads.
  • February 4, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Legba is originally from voodoo though. Was it a case of Sadly Mythtaken?
  • February 4, 2011
    RockTallBull
    Seems to overlap with Avoid the Dreaded Z Word (or whichever trope dealt with avoiding the word 'zombie' in regards to hostile corpse-folk)
  • February 4, 2011
    nrjxll
    ^That's Not Using The Z Word, which seems more to relate to Call A Rabbit A Smeerp and so forth. Also, I thought Louis Cypher was "character turns out to be the devil in disguise", not the old "speak of the devil" idea.
  • February 5, 2011
    Worldmaker
    No, it wasn't a case of Sadly Mythtaken. The character was called Mister Legba, but the way he was presented made it clear he was a stand-in for the Christian devil, not one of the voodoo loas. Just a name, in other words, rather than a half-assed portrayal of voodoo.
  • May 2, 2016
    killikim
    Dark Heart from Care Bears? Red, large ham, selling soul contracts, shapeshifting..! Even though he has red eyes to begin with does they become blue, even though it's meant as Innocent Blue Eyes is "blue eyed devil" a thing.
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