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->''"I am called a villain, but mine is a doctrine reflected in the unspoken truths behind all other philosophies. Recognize that truth, my child: Strife is the single element most essential to meaning and existence. Without conflict, without struggle, all of creation might as well be so many unmoving, unfeeling stones. Without me to hate, who would have cause to call themselves holy or just?"''
-->-- '''The Book of Charnel''', ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}''

In a polytheistic religion each God and Goddess serves a specific role and fills a certain niche: {{love|Goddess}}, life, {{war|God}}, [[{{Psychopomp}} death]], and everything in between; be it Aardvarks or Zebras. One such incredibly vital purpose, believe it or not, is Evil.

Please allow us to play as (uncomfortably) literal Devil's Advocates. On the one hand, the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil must perforce have Evil to balance Good, lest the latter become [[GoodIsBoring an intolerant conformist theocracy]]. Likewise, it also serves as a definition of what ''not'' to do for worshipers of all the Good and Neutral gods. Most importantly for purposes of this Wiki, it also serves as an excellent plot enabler and antagonist for the heroes and forces of good to fight against.

Being the absolute apex of the SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat, TheChosenOne can spend an entire series fighting their way up from the ReligionOfEvil, the [[HighPriest Black Pope]], its DarkMessiah, and then fight the God of Evil itself... or at least enable a good god that was a SealedGoodInACan to do so.

This God/dess Of Evil can take any shape or form... not just as a master [[ManipulativeBastard tempter]] and [[ShapeShifter deceiver]], but because evil includes a [[EvilTastesGood heady]] and [[EvilTropes large portfolio]]. As Characters they can have as varying a range of personalities as any normal villains.

Here are a few popular variants: Standard Gods Of Evil can [[SatanicArchetype take after Satan]], [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels being rebels]] from [[LightIsGood The Light]] or GodOfGood and tempting peasant and king alike. Kind of a non-denominational counterpart of CrystalDragonJesus. However, most aren't futile rebels; they are very real and threats often motivated by goals other than rebellion for its own sake. TheGrimReaper is at times [[EverybodyHatesHades represented as a God of Evil]], wanting nothing but the death of every living thing, and [[EnemiesWithDeath the protagonist in particular.]] War too may be shown this way, desiring to bring about a world where AsskickingEqualsAuthority and the weak are killed just for being weak... which does raise the question of whether or not it's ironic for heroes to vanquish them by fighting. If they have any philosophy, ethos, or commandment, it's usually that MightMakesRight, that ethics and morality are mere shackles for TheFettered masses of {{Muggles}}, and that Evil represents the path to power.

Not surprisingly, they tend to be cruel, dominating and treacherous. If there is more than one God of Evil in a setting, they usually engage in EvilerThanThou, betraying each other before any lasting headway against the forces of good can be made. Their metaphysical home, where worshipers and non-worshiping sinners end up, is usually akin to {{Hell}}. Given the above, why would anyone [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly worship them?]] Well, they usually offer worshipers power in life via a DealWithTheDevil, [[ReadTheFinePrint fine print]] and afterlife be damned (literally). Plus, just because they'll go to hell [[ImmortalityImmorality if/when they die,]] doesn't mean they'll be tortured souls... they might become the ''[[AHellOfATime torturers]].'' Provided they don't [[YouHaveFailedMe fail their dark lord]] first, that is. And of course, most gods of evil are worshipped out of fear of [[TrappedInVillainy what would happen if they ''stopped'' worshipping]]. Is it any surprise their pawns in the DivineChessboard are usually unwitting or unwilling?

Their followers include {{Cult}}s, the ReligionOfEvil and PathOfInspiration. {{Necromancer}}s and Infernalists usually get their powers by worshipping them. Expect them to forge many an ArtifactOfDoom as a source/repository of their power. When they or their agents are actively recruiting, expect them to be TheCorrupter. They're a CardCarryingVillain by definition and sometimes the God of Evil is also [[MadeOfEvil literally Evil.]] Likely candidate for UltimateEvil and AsLongAsThereIsEvil. A [[TheTheocracy theocracy]] to one of these is probably TheEmpire. May be creator of an AlwaysChaoticEvil race. May have a [[DeadlyDecadentCourt court]] of DemonLordsAndArchdevils, or if they exist at all these may be upstarts or otherwise in opposition. Gods of evil may have TheLegionsOfHell at their command.

Often, there is a GodOfGood who stands in opposition to the God of Evil; the two are locked in an [[ForeverWar eternal]] DivineConflict that dictates the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. The GodOfGood has his own agents or agent to fight against the God of Evil.

Compare and contrast EldritchAbomination, which, as horrifying as it may be and act, are most often completely amoral and not malicious - though there can be some overlap. Compare GodIsEvil and EverybodyHatesHades. If a God of Evil exists in a setting where the BigBad who actually drives the plot is a mortal, they'll be the GreaterScopeVillain. May overlap with or also be a MadGod. May be TheAntiGod if it's powerful enough.

'''To avoid FlameBait and {{Edit War}}s, note that this trope isn't about gods who simply ''are'' evil, it's about gods ''of'' evil.''' JerkassGods that are petty, vain, or prone to DisproportionateRetribution do not qualify.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jashin of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Evil God"]]. He/she/it is mostly an excuse to allow his follower Hidan to practice his ReligionOfEvil BloodMagic (read: fight and kill people). The Ten-Tails also counts, despite being the progenitor of all that exists in the world.
* Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo in ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'', along with three other Dark Lords that exist in TheMultiverse it features. Before the world as everyone knows it existed, Shabranigdo started a war against the Lords of Light. The war almost destroyed existence itself, but the Lords of Light prevailed and the world was created.
* Dark Star Dugradigdu in ''Anime/LostUniverse'' is named after one of the above-mentioned Dark Lords, and is sometimes believed to be one and the same as him.
* [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil]] and the God Hand from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. The former is interesting in that is was [[spoiler:made [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly from our need]] for there to be a God of Evil.]]
* In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion]]'' [[spoiler:Homura becomes a goddess of evil and suppresses Madoka's powers as the [[GodOfGood goddess of good]] in order to bring her back to earth and erase her memories. She actually comes off as an AmbiguouslyEvil WellIntentionedExtremist given that she just [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants Madoka to be happy]]...which means making everyone else happy.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' gives us [[spoiler: Chaos]] and it's [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid]] incarnation [[spoiler: Sailor Chaos]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* For DCComics:
** {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, the BigBad of Creator/JackKirby's ''ComicBook/NewGods'', has been called the God of Evil by many people in the DCU. And in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' he comes close to being a full-blown EldritchAbomination -- [[spoiler:''his very existence'' is causing reality to die]]. Just to bring this point home, here's what Boss Dark Side says: "There was a war in Heaven. ''I won''." He is the poster boy for DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans- his goal is to turn the entire universe into an even more hellish version of Apokolips, a world of perpetual enslavement and burning fire pits where the only purpose you are told to have is to endlessly worship Darkseid.
** [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Trigon the Terrible]] isn't just referred to as a god, but the Literal Manifestation of ALL Evil that has ever existed. Think Dormmamu, but in the DC Universe instead of Marvel.
* And for the MarvelUniverse:
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}}, foster brother and ArchEnemy of TheMightyThor, is the God of Mischief and Evil in Marvel's Norse pantheon, a powerful magician and ManipulativeBastard extraordinaire who seeks to conquer Asgard and kill his heroic sibling. He is the father of various evil creatures as well as Hela, Goddess of Death.
** Set is the God of Evil for the Heliopolitan (ie. Egyptian) pantheon, based on the mythological Set but, in-universe, taking the name of the Elder God for its badass connotations. Like Set and Loki, he uses magic and soul-stealing to enhance his powers, to the point he now rivals Odin, arguably the most powerful god in any pantheon.


* Morgoth in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Then in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Sauron ''tries'' to ascend to this level, but is more of a ''demi''god of evil.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'': Lord Foul the Despiser was imprisoned with Time by his opposite, the Creator, for planting various sources of evil magic into the universe shortly following the creation, and he's been trying to get out ever since- and because he's [[TheChessmaster super-intelligent]] and [[ForTheEvulz unrepentantly horrible]], this generally means misery for everyone else unlucky enough to be stuck in the Land with him.
* ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Avatar]]'' by Jacqueline Carey involves Angra Mainyu, taken from real life Zoroastrianism. (See the Real Life section below for more details.)
* Creator/DavidEddings likes this one:
** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', BigBad Torak is one of these and losely follows the {{Satan}} model, as does the mentioned but never directly confronted [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King of Hell]].
** In ''Literature/TheElenium'', Azash is an elder evil that verges on EldritchAbomination if he didn't manipulate human desires so often (though it's clear his understanding of humanity is imperfect, and largely based on the cultural group most of his worshipers come from), while Cyrgon is a straight example and Klael is ''the god'' of Gods of Evil.
* The Crimson King from Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series definitely qualifies. Before he got nerfed he was depicted as an invincible anti-God that had always existed, but was trapped on a balcony near the top of the Dark Tower. Even trapped his avatar "The Court of the Crimson King" was so powerful that almost no force in King's multiverse could stand against it. Supposedly if his physical body was free he would become utterly infallible, and so he planned to bring the Tower (and by proxy all of existence) crashing down. Later King retconned him into a senile half-god that was not nearly so imposing.
* The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series has this as one of its offices. However, the particular office holder in the series averts this; he's less interested in being a relentless evil and more interested in simply being a fair evil - that is, separating good and evil people through temptation so that they can go to Heaven or Hell rather than stuck in Purgatory.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Theo recounts how the ''Orbis Suleimani'' eradicated knowledge of the supernatural. This was to prevent people from trying to solve problems by appealing to supernatural beings, many of which demanded worship and some of which were evil. Success resulted in the Industrial Revolution.
* Tash is described this way in ''TheLastBattle'', the final book of ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', with CrystalDragonJesus Aslan outright stating that Tash is his antithesis. Interestingly, while Tash is very much a CardCarryingVillain, his own religion is ''not'' a ReligionOfEvil, given that it apparently includes a number of sincere followers who believe Tash to be a just and righteous god. It gets better - Tash is so evil that you cannot commit a good act in his name - they automatically are assumed as your service to Aslan. The opposite is also true - if you do something terrible in the name of Aslan, you're really serving Tash.
-->'''Aslan:''' No service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.
* Gyphon from ''{{Mithgar}}'' is both the overarching BigBad of the series and its primary God of Evil. Specifically, he represents tyranny, since he holds to the belief that the strong should use their powers to control the weak and in fact opposed giving mortals (and non-divine immortals) free will in the first place. Other, lesser Gods of Evil who follow him are namedropped occasionally, but none of them ever do anything directly and very little is ever revealed about them.

* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** The Crippled God Deconstructs this trope. He essentially fills this niche, but he's more like a god of suffering than evil- and while he certainly inflicts more than his fair share of suffering on the world, he also [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds continually suffers himself]]. [[spoiler: In the end, after a bunch of {{AbusivePrecursor|s}} {{Knight Templar}}s hijack his power, he ends up becoming a more sympathetic deity who empathizes with those who suffer]].
** Bellurdan Skullcrusher, the Dying God, is the trope more or less played straight, [[TheCorruption corrupting]] people with his toxic blood into becoming his [[ReligionOfEvil followers.]]
* In ''Literature/DarkHeart'', Vraxor, one of the three gods of Caliel, is a demon who rose to divinity. His religion is run by a sinister, all-powerful priesthood and is centered around human sacrifice.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The First Evil from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' exists AsLongAsThereIsEvil, and is ultimately responsible for every evil being and act in the series.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had The Source of All Evil (usually just referred to as The Source), who was the ruler of the underworld and the BiggerBad for the first half of the series' run. It was later revealed that "The Source" was actually a primordial force that lived inside whatever demon was currently leader of the underworld at the time.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Black Guardian (and maybe the Beast, but he's more equivalent to {{Satan}}).

[[folder:Mythology & Religion]]
* Some more dualistic forms of Zoroastrianism claim Angra Mainyu (better known by the Persian name ''Ahriman'') is the EvilCounterpart to [[GodOfGood Ahura Mazda]]. In other words, he is essentially the anti-God, or the god of evil. Angra Mainyu isn't so much a name as a title alluding to his nature. Angra can be translated as "destructive" or "malign", while Mainyu can mean "spirit" but also "mind", "concept" or "thought". [[FridgeBrilliance Which means]], Angra Mainyu is ''the'' [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Idea of Evil]]!
* Myth/EgyptianMythology:
** Apep (or Apophis) is the monstrous serpent that tried to eat Ra every night and wasn't so much worshipped as worshipped ''against'', straddling the line between God of Evil and EldritchAbomination.
** Set is portrayed as this to a degree in later versions of the mythology, though contrary to popular opinion he ''wasn't'' a snake god, and was actually a ''good guy'' in earlier myths; Set lost ground as the Horus cult gained it in later centuries, and became more identified with foreigners and the desert, even becoming identified sometimes with the chaos-serpent he had used to fight. By the time Petrarch recorded the most familiar-to-moderns versions of the Egyptian gods, he was bidding fair for this role.
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Meta-subversion. {{Satan}} is [[TheAntiGod often portrayed this way in Western media]], as a direct EvilCounterpart of {{God}}. This is the result of WordOfDante however and in contrast to most Christian doctrine, where Satan [[TheDevilIsALoser is recognized as being a far lesser power than God and has no chance of succeeding in his cosmic takeover bid]]. He's never described as being a ''representation'' of evil, merely [[FallenAngel an evil angel]]. However, while angels are nothing compared to YHWH that's because He's an [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] CosmicEntity beyond all space-time, and angels still have god-like power (in the lesser sense). A comparison would be that Zoroastrianism portrays Ahriman as an EvilOverlord of a hostile empire, while Christianity portrays Satan as a terrorist.
** In early Jewish/pre-Hebraic writings, Satan wasn't evil, but a sort of divine prosecutor, testing Creation. The word satan literally just means adversary. Thus in the book of Job, he plays the role of adversary testing Job's fidelity to see if it's genuine. In the Babylonian exile (6th century BC), many Jews were taken in captivity to Babylon, from which they were eventually rescued when the Persians conquered Babylon. This exposed the Jewish people to Persia's Zoroastrian religion (see above), which nestled itself into Jewish thinking with a group of Jews who were called (mostly by their opponents), Persians, or Parsis or... Pharisees. This group largely disappeared into early Christianity and Satan has played less of a role in Judaism since. To put it another way, the reason many Christians seem to view Satan as being almost, but not quite, as powerful as God is because that's exactly how Zoroastrians view(ed) Ahriman and Ahura Mazda.
* The Demiurge of Gnosticism is a giant [[EldritchAbomination snake-lion-sun thing]] who created the physical world and all life in it. He is usually portrayed as prideful, destructive, myopic and dangerous. Interestingly, he is often depicted as thinking himself to be not only a good god but the only god period.
* In Shinto Ama-no-Kagaseo is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Amatsu-Mikaboshi, which is essentially TheDarkSide. So it is the personification of Evil, or at least discord, destruction and chaos, and destructive impulses.
* Medieval Maori religion gives us Whiro, who manages to some way or another cause practically every problem we have while locked in the underworld. He will eventually escape and destroy everything besides himself and the ashes.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' usually has at least one (but usually three) in each setting.
** ''{{Dragonlance}}'', being almost entirely about the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, divides all its gods into gods of good, gods of evil, and gods of neutrality. Obviously, each of them does have the own unique spheres of influence above and beyond their alignment.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The God of Death Oswald Leingold from ''[[VideoGame/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia - Realm of Thanos]]'', who much prefers to be called the Demon Lord.
* Charnel from ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' is a CardCarryingVillain God of Evil who is GenreSavvy about how important his place is in the pantheon. Amusingly, Charnel is publicly the most fervent opponent of the game's FinalBoss, OmnicidalManiac Marduk, as he doesn't like competitors. [[spoiler:It remains ambiguous just how much he knows about who's ''really'' responsible for summoning Marduk and whether his lines of reasoning for siccing you on the other gods are genuine or simply him using you to settle his old grudges.]]
* Kri from ''RiseOfTheKasai''. Neither it nor its followers make any attempt to hide or justify it.
* Falerin of ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' is an interesting subversion; he is the God of Evil, but he is not malevolent and bloodthirsty. He's quite gentlemanly and passive; in fact, he helps the protagonists indirectly against the actual BigBad.
* The final bosses of ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Quest}}s [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIII 3]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestV 5]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI 6]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVII 7]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII 8]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'''s Nyarlathotep, an EldritchAbomination AnthropomorphicPersonification of ''the entirety of Humanity's collective evil''. He was cast away at the end of ''2''.
* Deconstructed ''[[TearJerker horrifically]]'' in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia''. [[TakeOverTheWorld Prince]] [[ForTheEvulz Wei]][[RageAgainstTheHeavens ss]] accuses the god Eesa of being one of these. The other gods, Real and Imaginal are an OmnicidalManiac and a [[FantasticRacism racist]] [[JerkassGods jerkass]], so the party doesn't really have any other frame of reference... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that Eesa is actually [[BreakTheCutie an emotionally-broken]] WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. ''How'' she became one is pure TearJerker material]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' gave us the Dark Lord Orgodemir, the BigBad of the game. He actually poses as [[CrystalDragonJesus God]] at one point!
* [[spoiler:The Elder God]] in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' is eventually revealed to be this in ''Deception'', following truckloads of {{Foreshadowing}} in ''Soul Reaver 2''.
* The Demon Sovereign from the rebooted ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series (''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' and VI as well as ''VideoGame/DarkMessiahOfMightAndMagic'') is the setting's Crystal Dragon Satan equivalent. ''[=HOMM 6=]'' shows that he was a regular demon lord who ascended to the position through politics and conquest.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' series started out with {{Satan}} in the role, but he was killed in the first game, and a veritable conga line of successors would pop up in the expansion packs one after the other to claim the title (first Alastor, then [[spoiler: Eve]], then [[spoiler: Samael]]).
* Skorm from ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', who the PC can make human sacrifices to. [[spoiler: Doesn't actually exist.]] More important than Skorm is the Corruption, the setting's BiggerBad, as well as the Queen of Blades, who had the position in the setting's backstory.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', many hints given throughout the game indicate that [[BigBad Giygas]] has essentially become this. [[spoiler: Porky's statement during the final battle even says that he ''is'' evil itself.]]
* Demise from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Majora from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology are simplified somewhat from the original myths for the sake of the campaigns. As a result, Set becomes this for the Egyptian, Loki for the Norse (especially notable for turning up as an antagonist in person, and serving a much more direct role than Set), and Poseidon for the Greek. However, the ultimate God of Evil is Kronos, from the Atlanteans, since the other three are ultimately subservient to him, and his master scheme of breaking loose and causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. All the Titans except Gaia also qualifies, while Cerberus and Ymir are more [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] anyway. The game is notable for averting EverybodyHatesHades though, Hades is somewhat neutral, and his only contribution is helping the heroes escape Erebus when they are trapped there by Gargarensis, the servant of Kronos.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' During the Third Holy Grail War the Einzberns tried to guarantee a victory by summoning the [[SuperRinger Zoroastrian god of evil, Angra Mainyu]]. What they in fact summoned was a man whose village had declared him to be [[TheScapegoat the source of all their sins]], his existence being the origin of Angra Mainyu's myth. Having no special abilities he was quickly killed and absorbed by the Grail. But because this man represented the ''wish'' of those ancient villagers for there to exist a singular source of evil, the Grail attempted to grant that wish. Had there been a victor in either the [[LightNovel/FateZero Fourth]] or [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fifth]] Grail Wars, he would have become a PhysicalGod.

* The Demon King in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is worshiped by his demon followers and was powerful enough to defeat the Goddess of Goodness. He even sealed her away in a plastic baggie, which he kept in his refrigerator.
* "[[Webcomic/{{Digger}} Black Mother]], [[MadnessMantra pass us by! We are not here!]]"
* In the backstory for ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', we have The Dark One, a goblin warlord and DarkMessiah who -- upon his death -- was [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence elevated to godhood]] by the [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly belief]] of his followers (specifically, after they went on a year-long slaughter in his name). [[TheDragon Red]][[AntiVillain cloak]] is his high priest.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tutenstein}}'' has one but there's no time to explain.
* Trigon from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' who, like his original comic book counterpart, is supposed to be the incarnation of all evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' introduced us to Vaatu, who serves as TheAntiGod [[OrderVersusChaos in opposition to]] [[GodOfGood Raava]].