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[[caption-width-right:268:''Lord Loss sows all the sorrows of the world...'']]

''The Demonata'' is the second full-length Fantasy Horror series by Irish author [[DarrenShan Darren]] [[strike: O'Shaughnessy]] [[PenName Shan]]. Unlike [[TheSagaOfDarrenShan The Saga]], this series has three narrators, with different books told from different perspectives.

The plot features far too many twists to be quickly summarized, but it starts with our first narrator, perfectly normal teenager Grubbs Grady in a perfectly normal town, long story short, some demon related stuff happens and... things go bad. ''Really bad.'' And then they [[FromBadToWorse get worse. And worse.]] ''[[FromBadToWorse And worse.]]'' [[UpToEleven After which, things]] ''[[UpToEleven really]]'' [[UpToEleven start to get nasty.]]

To say this series is violent [[{{Gorn}} is like saying the ocean is wet]]; lets make this clear- this story is for children, but right from the get-go the reader will be treated to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids some of the most ludicrously over-the-top ultraviolence ever put to print]]. The Demonata are '''evil''' with a capital '''E''', and many, many characters die explicitly gruesome and horrific deaths on-page, to say nothing of the countless others whose horribly mutilated corpses are come across. You have been warned.

The series consists of ten major books:
* ''Lord Loss''
* ''Demon Thief''
* ''Slawter''
* ''Bec''
* ''Blood Beast''
* ''Demon Apocalypse''
* ''Death's Shadow''
* ''Wolf Island''
* ''Dark Calling''
* ''Hell's Heroes''
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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AdultFear: In ''Bec'', [[spoiler: Orna is eaten alive by her zombified children. And she dies ''willingly''. Needless tosay it's one of the more chilling deaths in the series.]]
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: Averted. In between Lord Loss and Slawter, Dervish sees a therapist who already knows about demons.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Bec spends thousands of years trapped as a spirit in a cave. Her part of the Kah-Gash deals with memory. Specifically, remembering '''EVERYTHING'''.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: '''And how!'''
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Demons, all the way.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Bec, possessing [[KilledOffForReal Bill-E's]] body.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Kernel Fleck.
** And Drust the druid from ''Bec''.
* BaldOfEvil: Lord Loss
* BlessedWithSuck: Kernel has always been able to see patches of light floating around, and can [[spoiler:use them to create inter-dimensional demon portals]]. On one hand, [[spoiler:it gave him his little brother, Art.]]. On the other hand...[[spoiler:having ''anything'' to do with demons in this world will not end well for you. Particularly considering Art is Lord Loss's demonic maggot-infested pet baby]].
** Plus, there's the whole "everyone thinks I'm insane" thing that he had to deal with.
* BloodyBowelsOfHell: Pretty much the Demonata universe as a whole. However, the universe itself is divided into infinite sub-sections which can range from very unique to very stereotypical, depending on the creativity of the demon who made the universe.
* BreakTheCutie: Here, it's considered ''lucky'' if you aren't [[CrapsackWorld disemboweled and eaten]] after getting broken.
** Grubbs in particular. Him [[spoiler:transforming into a wolf probably contributed, though.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: Kernel pees his pants when confronted by Mrs. Egin.
* BrownNote: When Grubbs sees Lord Loss slaughter his family, Grubbs is [[NotHyperbole literally]] so terrified that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation he's driven insane.]] It's implied that if Dervish had not shown up to tell Grubbs that there were people who believed him, and to just play along with the psychiatrists, he would have wasted away and died.
* ButtMonkey: Cadaver really can't catch a break.
* CallBack: In Demon Apocalypse, an elderly lady who can wield a mace expertly is mentioned very briefly. Later on, in Hell's Heroes, [[spoiler: which is an alternate timeline,]] she's mentioned again, [[spoiler: having been killed by a large snake demon Grubbs is hunting in the beginning.]]
* CavalierCompetitor
* CharacterTitle: ''Lord Loss'' and ''Bec''.
* ChessMotifs: All over the place.
* [[ChessWithDeath Chess With Demons]]
* CuteMute: Bran
* CrapsackWorld: All the demon realms.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''[[GratuitousSpanish Dios mio!]]''
* DelinquentHair: Dervish has this as a teen (see below) and [[spoiler: eventually restores it near the end of the series.]]
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: The Demon Masters, most prominently Lord Loss.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dervish and Grubbs.
* DownerEnding: Darren Shan is the master of this trope.
** Hell, Bec, the main character of the fourth book, [[spoiler:is ''actually killed'' at the end.]]
* EatenAlive: Several characters, but most notable is [[spoiler: Bec at the end of her titular book, since it's ''from her point of view'']]
* EldritchAbomination: The bigger, nastier demons have shades of this. [[spoiler:Death]] even moreso. But the grand prize goes to [[spoiler:the Kah-Gash.]]
* EmotionEater: Lord Loss. Its not totally clear if he is literally this and actually feeds on suffering, or is simply a lot more sadistic than the rest of his demon brethren, though they aren't mutually exclusive interpretations.
* [[spoiler: EnemiesWithDeath]]
* [[spoiler: EvilAlbino: Juni Swann.]]
* EyeScream: In Book 2, Demon Thief, there are a good three pages where Kernel angsts about whether he's in the dark or he's gone blind. [[spoiler: He's in the dark. But guess what happens to him in Book 9?]]
** Book 6. [[spoiler: There is a scorpion demon with a human face that stabs you in the eyes and lays eggs in them, which then [[BodyHorror rapidly hatch and eat your face from the eye sockets out.]] Kernel gets attacked by it. Yeah. Fortunately, some time between books 6 and 7 he learns to use magic to regrow his eyes, but only on the demon planes.]]
** There's also an unfortunate guard who opens fire on a demon-queen. The bullets stop, turn into horrific bugs, and [[spoiler: speed back towards the guard, latch onto his eyes, and burrow through to his brain. Basically, this happens a lot. Repeatedly to Kernel, but also to Grubbs and several others.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Nadia Moore]] is revealed to have joined Lord Loss, masquerading as [[spoiler: Juni Swan]] in order to fool the others.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Boy, howdy. It would probably be easier to list those who ''don't'' die in the most horrific ways possible.
* FromBadToWorse: Every single effing book ''Every single one of the them''.
* GadgeteerGenius: Timas Brauss.
* GoodIsNotNice: Beranabus, and later Grubbs.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Mages can reattach and regrow body parts to some extent, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
* {{Gorn}}: Pretty much every fight scene. An extreme example shows up close to the beginning of the first book, with [[spoiler:Lord Loss murdering Grubbs's family.]]
* [[spoiler:TheGrimReaper: In a deviation from the traditional robed skeleton, this version of death is a malevolent, shadowy monster.]]
** [[spoiler: And he wants to end the [[strike:world]] ''universe'', with the aid of ''every demon in existence'']]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Subverted. At best the characters will comes across corpses ''after'' they have been brutally torn to pieces, but even this will be described in savage detail. More often than not the insanely violent death will be carried out on page. ''There is no such thing'' as this trope in this series.
* {{Hellgate}}: Windows, and the more powerful Tunnels.
* HumanoidAbomination: Juni Swan [[spoiler: after her ressurection.]] Also Grubbs, Kernel and Bec turn out to be this by default as they are components for the [[EldritchAbomination Kah-Gash]]. Grubbs later on even unlocked the ability to [[LovecraftianSuperpower shapeshift with added]] BodyHorror.
* HiddenDepths: After spending the majority of the third book as a nuisance for Grubbs and Bill-E, Bo risks her life to save her father and brother. [[spoiler:She doesn't make it.]]
* HopeSpot: Inverted in the sixth book. [[spoiler: We witness what happens when a tunnel is actually opened, but time is reset to before it happens.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Let's just say that teaming up with these demons is a bad idea.
** No seriously, a ''reeeaally'' bad idea.
*** [[spoiler: Bec seemed to do okay in ''Hell's Heroes'', but then she wasn't really on their side, [[MindScrew maybe]]. ]]
** Beranabus admits that he is one.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Grubbs has no interest in the world of magic or demon fighting. [[spoiler: Too bad YouCantFightFate.]]
* {{Invincible Villain}}: At first Lord Loss. That is until [[spoiler: He's revealed to be one of the weakest Demon Masters]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Demons seem to regard ''everything'' [[ExtremeOmnivore as potential food, including each other,]] and humans are no exception.
* ImmuneToBullets: This one's actually a subversion. The demons are only vulnerable to magical weaponry. Along with swords and axes, that includes magical bullets.
* InMediasRes: The books are numbered in this order. Chronologically, they go: Bec, Demon Thief, Lord Loss, Slawter, Blood Beast, Demon Apocalypse Death's Shadow, Wolf Island, Dark Calling (although the majority of these three books take place at around the same time, just in different areas) and Hell's Heroes.
* TheLegionsOfHell
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Lord Loss gets off totally scot-free, and is left as the last demon with any kind of power in existence. In other words, despite his jaw-droppingly horrific crimes. he got ''exactly what he wanted'' and the rest of eternity to enjoy it with.]]
* KillItWithFire: Sharmila's usual technique of battling the Demonata.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: The only characters to survive to the end of the series are Grubbs, Kernel, Bec and Lord Loss.]]
* LesCollaborateurs: Humans who side with the Demonata. It ''never'' ends well for them.
** Unless you count [[spoiler: Bec in the final book. But then, that was less being a genuine collaborator and more an elaborate [[FakeDefector False Defection]] against Death. Lord Loss still manages to benefit nicely from it, though; see KarmaHoudini. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Even if that's still better than]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the alternative]].]]
* MagicKnight: Every mage or magician qualifies as this.
* TheManBehindTheMan:[[spoiler:Death.]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Lord Loss. Kinda.
* MindScrew: Used frequently by Lord Loss to psychologically destroy his victims. It becomes a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Grubbs mind screw him back during the chess match.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Demonata tend to be this, explanation being they envy natural forms and end up copying them.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Juni Swan/Nadia]].
* OldSoldier: Many of the Disciples count as this. The most notable example is Shark, who has been fighting against the Demonata since the Vietnam War.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: To be specific, OurDemonsAreDifferent, OurWerewolvesAreDifferent, and OurZombiesAreDifferent.
** Also, OurSoulsAreDifferent
* NarniaTime: Time travels differently in each Demon Universe so characters from different times can interact and end up similiar ages. Also leads to odd events such as Kernel returning to his parents after being missing for a number of years but he hasnt aged at all.
** It gets funny when a Disciple asks who won the world war, when asked which one he says "there was another one?"
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Powerful and wise Beranabus turns out to have been the CuteMute Bran.]]
* PowerTrio: Grubbs, Kernel and [[spoiler: Bec]], the [[spoiler: three parts of the Kah-Gash]].
** TheId: Grubbs, the most powerful magically out of them [[spoiler: and later also a werewolf]]
** TheSuperEgo: Kernel, probably the most cerebral out of the three
** TheEgo: [[spoiler: Bec, somewhere between the other two, and almost certainly the most diplomatic (as far as [[CrapsackWorld the setting]] allows anyone to be diplomatic)]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Lord Loss. Probably most of the Demonata. Also [[spoiler:Beranabus]] and [[spoiler:Bec]].
* RealityWarper: Every Mage and Magician is this to some minor degree, however, the [[spoiler: Kah-Gash takes the cake because it can literally do ''anything'' it pleases with the universes. It actually ascends this level and becomes a [[ThePowerOfCreation Reality Maker]].]]
* SayMyName: Bran to Bec
* SeriousBusiness: For the Grady family, chess.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Grubbs [[spoiler:embracing his inner werewolf]] in book 8.
* ShapeShifterWeapon: Grubbs' preferred method of fighting [[spoiler:until book 8]]. Most recently, Kirilli.
* ShootTheDog: Too many times to count.
* ShoutOut: In ''Slawter'', the giant cockroach demon is named Gregor, a reference to the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. Bo even laughs at the reference, though Grubbs does not get the joke.
** More likely a reference to Gregor Samsa from Kafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''.
** In Wolf's Island, there's Shark's team of 12, which he calls the Dirty Dozen and explicitly states his love of the movie.
** Also in Wolf's Island is the character Antoine Horwitzer, who is a homage to Darren Shan's close friend and fellow author, Anthony Horowitz.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Beranabus. Also, Kernel after spending 30 or so years fighting demons alongside Beranabus.
* ThePlace: ''Slawter'' and ''Wolf Island''.
* TheQuincyPunk: Dervish was this in his teenage years during the 70's, complete with [[DelinquentHair a spiked purple Mohawk,]] leather clothing, chains and piercings.
* TimeTravel: It is said to be an impossible feat, even for the most powerful Magicians. [[spoiler: However, because the Kah-Gash is a [[ThePowerOfCreation Reality Maker]], it can do this when all three pieces are brought together.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Kirilli, over the last couple books, goes from an incompetent whiner to a demon-killing machine.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler:Grubbs, Juni/Nadia.]] Most recently [[spoiler:the Old Creatures]] when they talked to Kernel.
* VowOfCelibacy: Priestesses used to be forbidden from romance in general since it supposedly led to a loss in magic. Over sixteen hundred years, this belief eventually turned out to be false, but the ancient priestesses still count.
* WickedCultured: Lord Loss, to an extent.
* WillNotTellALie: Lord Loss makes a point of never lying, but he tends to speak in half-truths when it suits him.
* [[GambitPileUp XanatosSpeedChess pile up]]: The whole series essentially revolves around [[spoiler:Lord Loss, Death and the Kah-Gash each employing plans which include the other two and are decided by which of the three Bec, Grubbs and Kernel side with.]] In the end, [[spoiler: Grubbs stands opposed to all three, Kernel has [[TakeAThirdOption taken a fourth option]] and gone neutral and Bec sides with Lord Loss and employs her own ploy to trick Death and the Kah-Gash. Which is actually the best outcome, even if she does side with Lord Loss.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: When Kernel and his family finally move to a new home, start making friends with a little brother he loves, [[spoiler:all of their schoolmates are massacred, and Kernel must go into the demon realms to get back his kidnapped brother. Who is actually Artery.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Any and all humans who side with the Demonata.
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