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In western media, Christian [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons and devils]] often have a very specific appearance. You can usually spot them by their [[HornedHumanoid horns,]] [[GoodWingsEvilWings batlike wings]], [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation red skin]], [[BeardOfEvil Goatee Of Evil]], furred legs with hooved feet, and sometimes a [[ProngsOfPoseidon trident]] (pitchfork). {{Satan}} himself often takes this appearance.

That said, not all of the characteristics are necessary for a character to qualify in this trope. In fact, they don't even have to be red! The character/creature simply needs enough to invoke this classic depiction of demons and devils. The character isn't required even to be a demon. This can apply to characters that are [[DemonicPossession possessed by demons]], drawing power from [[TheDarkSide dark powers]] or [[BlackMagic magic]], or simply come from a [[DarkIsNotEvil race that resembles this type of creature]].

This trope has had a long evolution to its modern form. Many characteristics also have their own origin. The red skin seems to have started out as the red clothing worn by Mephistopheles in Goethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}'', in his guise of a cavalier; this is also the source of the [[BeardOfEvil Goatee of Evil]]. The horns came as accessories to the older cloven hoof, which likely comes from Pan and the fauns or satyrs. Originally the deformed feet were more varied, duck feet, cock's claws, and horse's hooves being sometimes featured. Bat wings were used to show that the demons were fallen angels. Most of these characteristics are not found in representations of devils before the 13th century A.D.

Given the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent many types of demons and devils in mythology and fiction from the world over]], few examples can be counted as aversions or subversions. To qualify as such, there must be clear expectations for a demonic character to look like this; if the vast majority of demons and devils in a fictional universe are not explicitly established to fit this trope, a LampshadeHanging is required.

The color is opposed by HeavenlyBlue.

See also FaunsAndSatyrs.

Compare GrandpaGod and SatanicArchetype. Contrast RedIsHeroic, HeavenlyBlue.
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!! Examples of this trope in modern media:

* {{Satan}} in a good number of his appearances. Interestingly, in the Literature/TheBible itself, the closest thing Satan ever came to looking like this is the red seven-headed dragon form he took on in the Literature/BookOfRevelation.

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[[folder:Anime]]
* Zodd from ''{{Berserk}}'' evokes the Big Red Devil more than his more [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] counterparts, what with his great horns and gigantic bat wings when he goes Apostle, though his appearance, though humanoid, is more a cross between a tiger, a bull and an ape.
** Another example is Femto, the fifth member of the Godhand, who is blood-red with sinister batlike CapeWings and has the feet and talons of a bird of prey, though he has no horns to speak of and other than that looks mostly human (fitting considering that [[spoiler:before the Eclipse, he was once Griffith, one of the main characters of the manga]]).
** However he is black in both The Manga and The Second Anime, in keeping with the black motif of the other four members of the Godhand.
* [[EvilCounterpart Scanty and Kneesocks]] from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7q_ePd2dEHg/SjUacByZAwI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/5YM6S8TiMzI/s320/venommyotismon.jpg Venommyotismon]]
** Devimon as well but he is Black and not Red.
*** Daemon is also a red devil.
* The titular {{Devilman}}.
** Amon moreso even than Akira.
** Subverted with {{Satan}} who looks more angelic.
* In ''SoulEater'', [[spoiler: the demon inside of Soul is a mix between this and TheImp.]]
* Dabura in DragonBallZ.
** Akkuman in Dragon Ball (The devil fighter in service of Baba). Though he isn't red.
* Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo in the anime and manga of ''{{Slayers}}'' (his appearances in the novels wildly differ).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Nightcrawler from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' has the pointed ears and tail. Depends on the continuity whether he's truly demonic or not.
** His dad Azazel is the red version. Nightcrawler gets the blue from his mom, Mystique.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} is a demon. He has the horns (although he files them down), the hooved feet, and the red skin.
* {{Satan}} is usually a version of this in ''ComicBook/ChickTracts''.
* Surtur and the rest of the Demons of Muspelheim in ''TheMightyThor'':
* Jack of Comicbook/{{Fables}} has sold his soul to a series of devils each embodying a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent different devil stereotype]]. So far, we've seen Mr Scratch; a [[TheTrickster Trickster]] type who sometimes wears red longjohns and fake horns and tail; [[GreekMythology Pan]]; a [[ParadiseLost Miltonian]], romantic Lucifer; and [[SlavicMythology Chernobog]]. Jack may be running out of soul-buyers.
* Kid Devil from Comicbook/TeenTitans is just a red devil of average teenage boy height, but his future Red Devil self fits the trope perfectly.
* Some Hell Lords in the MarvelUniverse like Mephisto and Lucifer, the latter of whom turned out to be a rebellious angel named Marduk Kurios who more or less ''is'' the actual Lucifer, despite most Hell Lords just pretending to be {{Satan}} ForTheEvulz. Mephisto is slightly less stereotypical in that his "horns" is actually just his pointed red hair, but he is still a tall, red, humanoid demon, if thinner and lither than most. His ''true'' form is similar but somewhat more alien, his head looking something like an eyeless lizard with no hair or horns whatever. All demons though, especially Hell Lords, have VoluntaryShapeshifting and Mephisto in particular has taken on a range of nightmarish and horrifying forms over the years (though most are still big and red).
* {{Sinestro}} from the ''GreenLantern'' series. [[DarkIsNotEvil This does not apply]] to his fellow Koruganian Soranik Natu, who is more of a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red Skinned Space Babe]]. Sinestro would be one too, but the air of fear he cultivates makes him come off much harsher, and closer to this.
* Al Capone takes this form in ''The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in His Wake)''.
* ComicBook/BlueDevil and his (self-appointed) sidekick, Kid Devil, both have horns and technicolor skin. Kid Devil even changed his name to Red Devil later.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Pictured above is {{Satan}} from ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'', one of the most played straight versions of this trope.
* The demon from ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' definitely fits this trope.
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' has a horned demon who wears a fedora to hide them. He otherwise looks human.
* Evil, played by TimCurry, in ''Film/{{Legend}}'' has red skin and ENORMOUS black horns.
* Subverted in ''DevilsAdvocate'' and then played straight as the Al Pacino devil goes from looking like an ordinary guy to showing his true form, which is the trope played straight.
* The Balrog from the [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings]] trilogy is this [[IncendiaryExponent on fire.]]
* The Devil (Liz Hurley) in the remake of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'' rejects this image as "Too 'trick-or-treat'".
** In the original, George Spigot (Lucifer) preferred to look fully human, but always wore red socks as a nod to people's expectations.
* While demonic creatures in ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' are shown as having monstrous forms, this trope is subverted for Satan's onscreen appearance as a [[ManInWhite human man dressed in a white suit]] with feet covered in black sludge.
* In the film of PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians, [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] looks suspiciously like this sometimes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Sunset Shimmer is [[ArtifactOfDoom corrupted by Twilight's magic crown]] into a red [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot anthro-pony devil hybrid]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Pure Dead Brilliant'', by Debi Gliori, witch Fiamma d'Enfer fits this trope right down to her name. She's come up with some ingenious ways to hide her demonic characteristics, including human feet prosthetics which screw into her hooves.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Crowley also fits this down to his name (a corruption of the name "Crawley" he took as the serpent in the Garden of Eden). He has snakeskin shoes -- at least presumably he's wearing shoes -- and he has slitted pupils. He also has wings.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' demon king Astfgl. Normally looks like a human in red tights and fake pointy horns holding a trident. When enraged, has huge ram's horns, claws and wings that are made of "magnetism and shaped space", but still look batlike because it's traditional.
* Creator/ChristopherBrookmyre's ''Literature/{{Pandaemonium}}'' has a subversion (or even deconstruction) of this trope as its central message. Just because they're big, red, horned, brutal, pointy-tailed, cower from crosses and Bible verse, seem to be immune to gunfire but are burned by holy water, and come from deep beneath the earth, ''doesn't mean they're necessarily actual demons''. The point is not to rely on superstition even when it's very familiar, and also to deliver a TakeThat to the church.
* In ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' the Overlords are GenreSavvy enough to warn humans about this before letting themselves be seen.
* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Serutan the Wizard dresses like this, from the back horns pasted onto his head to the cloven patent-leather loafers on his feet.
* In ''{{Literature/Horns}}'', Ig becomes the Big Red Devil to avenge his girlfriend's murder. He wakes up with small horns and the power to compel people's worst secrets from them. In time, he develops red skin, a goatee, baldness, and finds a pitchfork in the rubble of a foundry.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Beast from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", who claims to actually be {{Satan}}.
** There's also the titular being from [[DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]] Though not very red, he invokes Satan.
* A briefly seen member of the audience in the {{Blackadder}} episode ''The Witch Smeller Pursuivant''.
* The Halloween episode from season 4 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' featured a frat house accidentally getting turned into a giant summoning circle or something that would bring a fear-based demon matching this description into the physical world. In the end, the trope is pretty subverted when he really does have this appearance, but is only about 3 inches tall (they just step on him at the end, problem solved).
* A demon named Izzerial the Devil appears in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' with this appearance.
* In XenaWarriorPrincess, the angelic Lucifer turned into a bat-winged horned red devil when he became corrupted by committing the seven deadly sins.
* One episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' featured a being who claimed to be every species conception of the Devil. When she presented herself as Satan, she looked pretty much exactly like this.
* Shows up a number of times on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Most memorably in the guise of Jon Lovitz being brought before People's Court. Also, Patrick Stewart's version where he choked on a grape and lost his mystique.
** And Jason Sudekis's "The Devil," who looked mostly human, with small horns and a kids' Halloween pitchfork. He was evil, but ''genuinely upset'' with some truly disturbing things being reported in the news.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The antagonist of ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'', a giant horned monster with red skin and fangs who lives in a LavaPit and accepts {{Human Sacrifice}}s.
* Arguably, the unnamed "Fire God" in Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Fireball}}'' might qualify -- he's a red humanoid WreathedInFlames who throws fireballs at the player and has small horn-like protrusions on his head.
** Played very straight in the sequel, ''Fireball II'', which has horned and fanged creatures throughout, as well as a ball-saving post called "Little Demon".
* The Devil in ''Pinball/DevilsDare'', unsurprisingly.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Satan in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' is usually described like this, and appears as such on the [[http://img.tesco.com/pi/Books/L/31/9781408401231.jpg CD covers]]. Often, there'll be a [[TheCoconutEffect distinctive clip-clop sound]] when he's walking.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' uses this as part of its FantasyKitchenSink.
** The cover of the 4e Monster Manual features Orcus, one of the biggest baddest demons of the D&D universe, who displays all 5 traits!
** Balors on the demonic side (big, winged, fanged humanoids with whips and sometimes horns) and Pit Fiends on the diabolic side (big, bat-winged, red, scaly, fanged humanoids with ears that looks like horns) also qualify, the former once being called Balrogs before the Tolkien estate complained.
** Many of the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils archdevils]] fit this trope, especially Bel (the biggest), Mephistopheles (the reddest), and Asmodeus (the... devil-est?).
** In ''TabletopGame/PointsOfLight'', tieflings (introduced as demon or devil-blooded humanoids in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'') are revamped to having basically this appearance, as well as an origin of having been born due to diabolic pacts forged by a corrupt empire.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' had a race called the diaboli, who other than the fact they were wingless and ''purple'' were based entirely off this archetype, especially the "hirsute" breed, who had goat-like legs. The kicker? They were a peaceful race whose most common InUniverse character alignment was ''ChaoticGood''. People just tended to demonise them because, well, they looked so much like devils.
* In ''{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', daemons of [[WarGod Khorne]] in general and Bloodthirsters in particular. Khorne himself is depicted as one as well when he's not a SpaceMarine in brass armor with a skull helmet.
* Replace Red with ''Green'', and you get the majority of demons in ''{{Exalted}}''. This even applies to Malfeas, the biggest and baddest of them all.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Classic Mummers' play/ Passion play/ Pantomime devils in their red longjohns and hood with cute little horns on.
* The Devils in ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'', who are not villains but naughty tricksters, are a goofy version of this trope -- red-clad with half-masks that have various permutations of horns and squat or extended noses. The ruler of the MagicalLand, Madame Corporation, initially dresses in HeavenlyBlue but has red hair styled to look like horns, and during the second half of the show she switches to a red version of her costume.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' is a mix between this, and Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. But if the first ever trailer for the game is any indication, his original design was much closer to this.
** The most powerful of Diablo's EliteMooks also took this form: the Balrogs from the very first ''Diablo'', the Megademons from ''Diablo II'', and the Oppressors from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''.
* Illidan from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. Several of the demons including the Succubi, the Eredar and especially the Doomguard also qualify.
** The Eredar are probably the closest major race, possessing the whole red skin with hooves and horns scheme. Draenei (probably the nicest of the playable races) look exactly the same except for being blue rather than red, a sign of their common heritage.
** There were also the Daemons from the original ''Warcraft I'' and ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', who took this form before the Burning Legion was developed and expanded upon in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''.
* Faust from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' who is more of a Big Purple Devil
* [[AerithAndBob Carlos]] from ''{{Requiem}}''. Interestingly enough, he is one of your [[SuperMode Super]] [[OneWingedAngel Modes.]]
* Lou from ''GuitarHero''.
* The recurring summons Diabolos and Ifrit from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
** Chaos, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', looks like this. It's implied that he [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous only gained this appearance after growing/absorbing too much power]], though.
*** Same look for his original incarnation in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', where he was [[spoiler:Garland after gaining the power of the Four Fiends and being sent by them back to the Chaos Shrine two millenia into the past.]]
* The Daedra of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series are immortal entities from the realms of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and the closest thing to Demons in ''Elder Scrolls'' lore, take the appearance of this trope.
** Some of them, at least. [[LightIsNotGood Aurorans]], however...
* The titular creatures from ''VideoGame/TheHorde'' are bright red and horned.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' has the Cyberdemon and the Baron of Hell.
* Tchernobog of ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' invokes this, but looks more skeletal.
* [[BigBad Mephistopheles]] from NeverwinterNights addon ''Hordes of the Underdark''. Huge, red, horned, hoofed
* The Devil/Devil Gen character from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. Alternative costume was an angel in early appearances.
* The aptly-named Horned Reaper from ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' and its sequel.
* Lucifer from the ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'' series fits, with Satans and Red Arremers (of which Firebrand from ''VideoGame/GargoylesQuest'' is one) being lesser breeds.
* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' both plays it straigth and subverts. There're the Daemons in Ultima: extraplanar beings, who are usually evil, and often look like big, red, and horned humanoids. However, there're also the Gargoyles, especially prominent in ''VideoGame/UltimaVI''. The Gargoyles are also red and horned humanoids, but they are a mortal race, who just happen to look devilish. Many people in the world of Ultima confuse the two: for example, a sorceress Rotoluncia in ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII'', upon seeing a scholar traveling with a Gargoyle henchman, starts pestering the scholar for secrets of controling Daemons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Belial}}'' has devils of all colors, notably Satan (whos looks like the standard Big Red Devil, only gray).
* Eidolon from ''[[VideoGame/{{Hexen}} Hexen II]]''.
* Devilman from ''VideoGame/DevilWorld'' has the standard appearance, but strangely enough, he's ''blue''.
* Horned, the {{invincible|MinorMinion}} [[StalkedByTheBell hurry-up enemy]] from ''VideoGame/TheFairylandStory''. Not that big, though, being SuperDeformed like every other character in the game. Horned is bigger and more vincible as the boss of the homage stage in ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'''s incarnation of Hades is clearly inspired by this aesthetic, [[EverybodyHatesHades naturally]].
* The very Diablo-like demon lord Ssyba, the final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Arcuz}} 2''.
* Typhon, the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/{{Phelios}}'', though he's more purple than red.
* One of the villains in the original ''VideoGame/KingsBounty'' is Urthrax Killspite, alias "The Demon King", who is a big '''green''' devil. Demons are also a higher-tier army unit (of course Urthrax has some) that line up almost perfectly with the trope description; instead of pitchforks, they attack with EyeBeams that have a chance of instantly slaying half the members of any unit they attack.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'': Satan is an 8 foot tall, bright red, muscular man with giant goat horns.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'' the devil is red skinned, has the horns and the tail, and wears the red suit.
** He has two demon girls, Fuschia and Cyan, who have the horns and tails, but wear bikinis of the color that matches their name.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' the Jäger general known as Gargantua [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120511 looks like this]], and wears SpikesOfVillainy. He doesn't seem particularly evil, but evidently [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120525 flies into rage]] when insulted.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The supervillain known as The Devil, one of TAROT's Major Arcana from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', can transform into a huge, super-strong, [[TheHulk Hulk-like]] monstrosity whose appearance fits this trope exactly.
* The ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'' incarnation of Satan actually looks like this.
** ... [[http://omegafactor90.deviantart.com/art/Satan-Motivational-Poster-92556419 in that he's big, has horns and he's red.]] [[EldritchAbomination As for the rest of his appearance...]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has the Old-Timey King of Town, who just happens to be their equivalent of the Devil.
** One Strong Bad Email had Strong Bad imagine his "stupid baby brother" Strong Sad suddenly sprouting a pair of horns and a tail. Strong Sad then arrives dressed as Calibos from ''ClashoftheTitans''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Him'' from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has the red skin, the horns, the yellow eyes, the [[BeardOfEvil Goatee Of Evil]], and rather than hooved feet, crab claws.
* Satan from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''.
* Chernabog in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'''s "Night On Bald Mountain" sequence, has horns and bat-wings. He was originally called Satan. After the controversy this received, Disney {{retcon}}ned him from Satan to Chernabog, an evil Slavic deity.
* {{Satan}}'s appearance in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* Trigon from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* Doctor Satan in ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'' becomes this after gaining all the [[RunningGag sudsy powers of Hell]].
* Flanders the Devil in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Also shows up when Bart gets hit by a car. And occasionally, when the Halloween specials take a turn for a demonic, these guys show up.
* [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' resembles a Big Red Devil, believe it or not. Seriously, just take a look at him!
** Subverted, since Hades is colored blue. He does turn red when he gets angry, however.
* [[PlanetEater Unicron]] from ''{{Transformers}}'' is essentially this version of Satan in the form of a robot.
** WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime on the other hand [[spoiler:his role is more like [[GodIsEvil The Unwilling Creator of Humans]]]]
* The Heinous Family on ''JimmyTwoShoes''.
* DonaldDuck: There have been ''many'' times when he's angry that he's resembled a devil. The cartoons [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R09WVwjutus "Rocket Ruckus"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkIrdmY3GlQ "Trombone Trouble"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kk0AGH50V8 "Soup's On"]] are just a few.
* Pluto (no, not [[PlutoThePup that Pluto!)]] from ''The Goddess of Spring''.
* The prime-time ''Bugs Bunny Show'' had an episode where Sam ended up in FireAndBrimstoneHell in new footage as a device for linking to classic cartoons, where the Devil (big, red, goatee) offers to send Sam back to earth if he'll send Bugs down there. After a few typically unsuccessful attempts, Sam has enough and dons a devil suit, gleefully opting to stay down there.
* Appears twice on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''. Once when he declines keeping the cast of ''Series/{{Wings}}'' on the air for another season:
-->'''Satan:''' Tell them there are some things even MY power cannot accomplish!
** And again when he auditions to be Roger Ebert's replacement:
-->'''Auditioner:''' And so Tim Allen's performance proves, once again, that while Disney movies may not win awards, they keep America smiling. How was that?\\
'''Gene Siskel:''' You're Satan, aren't you?\\
'''Auditioner:''' ''[transforms into Big Red Devil]'' You win another round, Siskel, but we shall meet again! BLEH!!
* Shows up on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' along with the "Super Devil".
* In ''WesternAnimation/FuggetAboutIt'', Jimmy's boss morphs into one and prepares to eat him alive. Luckily it was a story Jimmy was telling when stoned.
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