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->''There's a Mr. B. Al. Zebub here to see you, sir. He says he's a big fan of your work.''
-->-- '''Secretary''', ''Speed Bump''

This is the flip side of [[GodWasMyCopilot finding out you've got a god (or God)]] hanging around incognito. This is [[TheReveal when you find out]] that that slightly strange fellow who's been loitering nearby is... [[{{Satan}} the other one.]]

Maybe the literal Devil has taken a personal interest, or maybe it's just a high-level demon or an Agent of General Badness, whatever the local badness happens to be called. In any case, it's powerful, it's bad, and it's been standing right there next to you all this time. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Yikes!]]

Be very wary of guys named "Lou", "Luke", "Lukas", or "Lucius", particularly if their last name is Siffer or Cypher or [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast something like that]]. Remember to keep an ear open for Milton (author of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'') and [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Mor}} Morgenstern]]. (German for "morning star"; but [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory be careful with this one]], "morning star" is [[MessianicArchetype also a title for Jesus]].[[note]]''I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.'' (Rev. 22:16)[[/note]]) Also take a careful look at the ones named "Nick", "Scratch", "Deuce", "Thorn" or some variant thereon. In certain cases, don't trust [[HotAsHell women named "Lucy" or "Georgia"]]. Apparently the Devil's not very good at choosing aliases, despite having a huge variety to pick from. Or maybe it just shows [[GoodIsDumb his opinion of the hero's intelligence level]]. Or, it could just be ego.

Bonus points if his address or phone number is prefixed SixSixSix.

Common in DealWithTheDevil stories. See also SdrawkcabName. Related to MostDefinitelyNotAVillain. If GodIsEvil, Louis Cypher may be a StevenUlyssesPerhero. SubTrope of DevilInDisguise and NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

If this character isn't at least ''implied'' to be the Devil himself, but just has a demonic sounding name to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast emphasize their general evilness]], the example should go on [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/DemonsOrAngels this page]].

'''This is often a reveal trope, ''so spoilers ahoy!'''''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', this is how Goku realize that Shen is actually Kami in disguise. Shen as in Shenlong, which means God. (Shenlong means Dragon God.)
* In ''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku'', Mephisto is a rather nice guy although when it comes time to face off with the big bad, Mephisto threatens him and says to play fair or he will help the good guys. He never really comes out and says it though but it is heavily implied that he is if not Satan himself much stronger than the supposed bad guy.
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', [[spoiler: Akio Ohtori's name is derived from the Japanese term for the Morning Star - which, as he notes, is commonly used to refer to Lucifer. It's appropriate, considering his past as the angelic Dios and his current ManipulativeBastard role. He casually reveals the etymology behind his name to Utena halfway through the series. She still [[DistractedByTheSexy takes a while to catch on]]]].
* The demon "Sebastian Michaelis" of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is a quite clever example via GeniusBonus. Sebastian is the stock name for butlers in Japanese TV, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastien_Michaelis Sebastien Michaelis]] was an actual person, a French inquisitor and [[TheWitchHunter witch hunter]] who wrote about supposed instances of demonic possession. Thus, having a demon calling himself that is a similar effect to [[Film/TheDevilsAdvocate having Satan call himself John Milton]]. In story, it's eventually revealed that Sebastian's name was given to him by Ciel, who [[spoiler: named him after his dog, something Sebastian isn't thrilled about (he's a cat person)]].
* Maou Sadao from ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'' may have the worst alias ever. The given name he chooses (Sadao) is perfectly reasonable. Unfortunately the characters he chooses for his family name are 真奥 (secret inside) and he pronounces them "Maou" which means devil. Alciel, his aide, even complains that this was a terrible decision. The official English translation of his name is Jacob Satan.
* The title character of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' makes absolutely no effort to hide the fact that she's [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos]], even introducing herself as such when she joined [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Mahiro]]'s high school class and making references to the Mythos in casual conversation. Apparently nobody other than Mahiro and his mother has ever heard of Creator/HPLovecraft. On the other hand, Nyarko is far, '''''far''''' friendlier than Nyarlathotep is usually portrayed, so maybe people [[CassandraTruth just don't believe her]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An older and subtler example than many, Charlie Brown's football wielding nemesis was Lucy van ''Pelt'' -- Lucy-Fur, implying she was a literal devil with a blue dress on. Which says odd things about Linus being her brother.
* Lew Siffer in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp this]] ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}, among others.
* [[{{ComicBook/Darkseid}} Boss Dark Side]] from Franchise/TheDCU series ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers''.
* Also from Creator/GrantMorrison is Dr. Hurt, the villain of much of his ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}'' run, who claims to be, amongst other things, "the hole in things" and "the true enemy." [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed he's blowing smoke, but the truth is only slightly less grand: he's a human who gained immortality by merging with an Apokoliptian superweapon]].
* Lucifer in ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' makes a slightly better effort than most, going by the name Mr. Lux (Mr. Light, still a reference to Lucifer's Latin meaning of 'light bearer') even though he puts so little effort in otherwise that it seems the only reason no one identifies him is because they're too embarrassed or scared to ask. Or too {{distracted by|the sexy}} his resemblance to Music/DavidBowie.
* Mr. L.C.F. Sat in the ''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}'' album, ''In Uncertain Times''. He's sort of an antagonist in the story, but by no means a bad guy, and gets himself a happy ending.
* In ''The Gift,'' bullies pick on a freshman named Lucius Sephar, who has been bound into the form of a ninth-grader as God's punishment. Needless to say it doesn't end well for the bullies.
* When TheAntichrist from ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' has to keep low profile, he decided to {{hid|denInPlainSight}}e [[DevilInPlainSight as a]] {{teen|sAreMonsters}}age CorruptCorporateExecutive under the name Anton Sat'An. Multiple times he has to [[AccidentalMisnaming remind people his last name is not]] {{Satan}}. And when two Ghost Riders, one DemonSlayer, [[AntiAntiChrist Daimon Hellstrom]] and an entire army of Angels gets on his back, [[WhatAnIdiot he's suprised they have found him so easily]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}!'' the protagonist Todd Casil is invited to the home of the anti-christ, [[FluffyTheTerrible Pepito]]. Despite the fact that Pepito has a distinctly demonic look and powers his mother did not realize her husband Juan Diablo was in fact Satan in disguise (a disguise he happens to remove ''as soon as he comes home from work, in plain sight of her,'' presumably every night; he still had to outright tell her for her to realise who he was).
* In Franchise/TheDCU, Lord Satanus adopted the identity of Colin '''Thorn'''ton as part of a plan to corrupt Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/FallOfCthulhu'' with Lucifer, whose chosen name is simply a portmanteau of her first two given names (Luci Jenifer).
* In the ''LegendsOfTheDarkKnight'' story "Gothic", this is alluded to but not actually used. There's a character named Morgenstern, the villain ''did'' make a DealWithTheDevil, and the Devil [[HowUnscientific actually manifests in the story]]. They just happen to be three separate characters.
* Principal Diablo in ''ComicBook/AllGhoulsSchool'' (although Diablo may not be an alias).
* Basically being Satan in green armor, [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] villain Neron did this a few times in ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''.
* In his youth, Comicbook/{{Hellboy}} once encountered a CircusOfFear run by one A.T. Roth, AKA the {{Demon Lord|s And Archdevils}} Astaroth.
* In his solo series, Marvel's [[ComicBook/XMen Iceman]] encountered a woman named Marge Smith who turned out to be a CosmicEntity named Mirage.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle has [[FallenAngel Lucifer]] going around as [[GenderBender Nicky]], a [[TheFakeCutie smarmy]] girl.
* The ''[[http://www.byenighte.com Discworld bye Nighte]]'' fan supplement for the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' has a scenario called "Seek and Ye Shall Find" based on ''Angel Heart''. One NPC is Master Assassin Viktor Ogeness, who naturally turns out to be Vassanego, Duke of Hell, from ''Discworld/{{Eric}}''.
* ''Fanfic/ABetterClassOfCriminal'' has the protagonist honestly wonder after hearing of someone named Nicholas Scratch. Nick Scratch being a common alias for the Devil in folklore. He decides it's probably an alias.

* The trope title is from a misspelling of the name Louis Cyphre from the movie ''Film/AngelHeart''.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Harry.
-->'''Harry:''' "Louis Cyphre". Lucifer. Even your ''name'' is a dime store joke.
** With another {{lampshade|Hanging}} piled on by Louis.
-->'''Louis:''' Mephistopheles is ''such'' a mouthful in Manhattan.
* John Milton (Creator/AlPacino) of [[OccultLawFirm Milton, Chadwick & Waters]] from ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. Creator/JohnMilton, ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', get it?
* Some of the creepiest characters created by Creator/DavidLynch are heavily implied to be this. This includes the Mystery Man (''Film/LostHighway''), BOB (''Series/TwinPeaks''), possibly Mr. Roque and the Cowboy (''Film/MulhollandDrive'').
* Louise C. Faire (Creator/AnjelicaHuston's character) from ''Film/SeraphimFalls''.
* Daryl Van Horne in ''Film/TheWitchesOfEastwick''. A horny guy with horns, two for the price of one.
* Nightclub owner George Spiggot in ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'', though he's fairly open about being the Prince of Darkness.
* Inverted in the remake of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}''. The Devil reveals herself straight off - but try to figure out which character is actually God.
* ''Film/HighwayToHell''. After the hero's car is damaged while traveling through Hell, he meets a helpful passing mechanic named "Beezle"...short for "Beelzebub".
* Mr. Nick in ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus''.
* The Dark Hermit in ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold''.
* In the 1984 film ''Crossroads'', the devil is an old black man from Mississippi who calls himself Legba (the name of one of the Voodoo loas), though by the mid-1980s he's changed his name to Mr. Scratch.
* In ''[[Film/OhGod Oh, God! You Devil]]'', Satan visits Bobby Shelton with the name Harry O. Tophet, a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tophet the Canaanite sacrificial city and a euphemism for Hell.]]
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'': [[spoiler: The open mic host]] turns out to be the devil wanting his tooth back. In a deleted scene, [[spoiler: Lee]] has scary black eyes of doom, implying he's possessed or being used as a disguise.
* Creator/DanAykroyd once said of the long-in-DevelopmentHell third ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' movie that it would involve the Ghostbusters going to Hell and meeting a Creator/DonaldTrump expy devil named "Lou Sifler".
* "Lucy Fir" from ''666: The Child''.
* [[spoiler:Charlie Meadows]] in ''Film/BartonFink'' is heavily implied to be this.
* Cypher, [[spoiler: the murderous and traitorous human crewmember]] from ''Film/TheMatrix'', says [[spoiler: to Agent Smith on his deal to return to the Matrix in exchange for the capture of Morpheus,]] that "ignorance is bliss." His name also represented a number opposite to Neo: one definition of "Cypher" is "zero," in contrast to Neo, the [[TheChosenOne One]].
* In Polanski's ''Film/TheNinthGate'', the engravings' signature
--> '''Corso''' : "L...C...F. Who's [[FunWithAcronyms LCF]] "
--> '''Ceniza Bro''' : "Think."
* In ''Film/{{Equinox}}'', a demon disguises himself as an unassuming park ranger... He picks the subtle moniker of "Mr. Asmodeus".
* In the MindScrew musical film ''Film/TheApple'', the Devil takes the form of a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt record executive]] named Mr. Boogalow. [[spoiler: And God is a Hippie commune leader named Mr. Topps.]]
* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'' has an old, weird acting, funeral attendant who tells the three gang bangers looking to do a drug deal late at night, stories about some of the dead while he takes them to "the shit." [[spoiler: In the end, it's revealed that the gang bangers are [[DeadAllAlong really dead]], and the funeral attendant is really Lucifer. "Welcome to hell, motherfuckers."]]
* ''Film/FaustLoveOfTheDamned'': The villain that the protagonist [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul to in exchange for the power of revenge]] is a white-haired man known simply as "M", presumably an alias for Mephistopheles.
* Nicky Matchbright in Creator/AlanMoore's ''Show Pieces'' (as in lucifer matches). His opposite number is Frank Metterton (as in the Recording Angel Metatron).

* Mr. Scratch, in Stephen Vincent Benet's "Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster". He doesn't make much of an effort to conceal his true identity, however.
* Old Scratch, in Creator/WashingtonIrving's "The Devil and Tom Walker".
* Creator/StephenKing
** The titular figure in the award-winning short story "The Man in the Black Suit."
** George [[MeaningfulName Elvid]] in the 2010 novella "[[Literature/FullDarkNoStars Fair Extension]]."
** Andre Linoge (an anagram for ''Legion'') in ''Series/StormOfTheCentury''.
** He doesn't have the MeaningfulName, but Randall Flagg from ''Literature/TheStand'' and other King novels fits this trope in every other way.
* In ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' stories and games, it is not uncommon for [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep's]] presence to be part of the Reveal, sometimes quickly followed by TotalPartyKill.
** "Neil O'Tip? The guy doesn't look Irish." Lifetime achievement award to Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion\Lovecraft Fusion Fic [[http://www.thekeep.org/~rpm/eva/coaeg.html "Children of an Elder God"]], by John Biles and RPM.
** Neil Arthur Hoteph, the well dressed black gentleman from Egypt, is also a very popular one.
** And lest we forget the anagrams. "The Royal Pant"? Are you seriously expecting any CoC-savvy gamer to not find that suspect?
* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/BeingAGreenMother'' has Natasha, "Ah, Satan" [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]]. It's also a legitimately common name which originated in Russia as a derivative of Natalya, so it doesn't seem like quite a dead giveaway… Just plain weird, anyway, as it's a female name, and the character is male.
* In the Creator/KatherineKerr novel ''Freezeframes'', the character Nick Harrison is revealed to be the devil. While not as common nowadays as Old Nick, Old Harry is another term for the devil, as used in Creator/TheBBC radio comedy ''Old Harry's Game''.
* He's not exactly Satan, but [[spoiler:Low-Key Lyesmith]] from the Creator/NeilGaiman novel ''Literature/AmericanGods'' turns out to be [[spoiler:a Norse god with a suspiciously similar sounding name]]. He's bad news, to say the least. ''Literature/AmericanGods'' also contains a wealthy, "forgettable" god who is essentially the inversion of this trope: even the WordOfGod about him is an [[TheUnreveal unreveal]].
** Similarly, on the RP board "The Sueniverse", Loki takes on the mortal identity of one Lukas Ashton (ash being the species TheWorldTree is). This is something of a convenient coincidence, since he's actually usurping the identity of a human being with the same name. Ironically, this is originally mistaken for a hint that he's a ''vampire''- they're a lot thicker on the ground in that setting than gods, and some of the older ones are immune to the effects of ''ash'' wood that plague the younger vamps.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' by Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/TerryPratchett similarly features three of the four motorcyclists of the apocalypse adventuring incognito, before they are revealed as the horsemen, each with a name based on their [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience colour]]. War, for instance, was a wartime journalist named Carmine "Red" Zuigiber, who (naturally) had a knack for finding conflict wherever she went. Famine, going by the name "Raven Sable," was a diet food mogul. And Pollution didn't stay in one place or have a solid alter ego, but was generally known as Chalky, Whitey, Blanco, etc.
* In one of Creator/IsaacAsimov's more humorous theological stories, the entity responsible for the LowestCosmicDenominator afterlife following the end of the world turns out to be a fellow named R. E. Mann (Ahriman, the Zoroastrian term for the God of Evil). After God reveals his ongoing [[ThePlan plan]] (he never meant to end the world but has been talked into giving conditions in which it ''could'' end in the form of prophecy), R. E. Mann goes to work writing a proposal for a unified world calendar, so that he can produce a day that the whole world will agree is the proper date.
* There is a German story by James Kruss entitled "Timm Thaler", in which the antagonist's name (at least in the Russian translation) is Tretch. [[spoiler: The protagonist sees his name in the mirror in the latter half of the book, it turning out to be an anagram of "Chert", which is Russian for "Demon"]]
** In the original German, he's called Lefuet, which is a good SdrawkcabName if you know German.
** There was a TV adaptation (which didn't have much in common with the book, by the way) where the antagonist was called Baron Lived.
* John Collier's short story "Thus I Refute Beelzy". A condescending, obnoxious father finds that his son's imaginary playmate has another, more diabolical name.
* In a bizarre, but fantastic portrayal, ''Literature/NotWantedOnTheVoyage'' indicates Satan as a seven-foot tall transsexual named Lucy. She's also on the side of good; Noah is evil. It's that kind of book.
* Derek Leech from Creator/KimNewman's stories.
* One interpretation of Joyce Carol Oates's short story ''Literature/WhereAreYouGoingWhereHaveYouBeen'' is that the antagonist is a representative of Satan. This is supported by his strange name, "Arnold Friend."
** In addition to this, flies are present throughout the story. Flies are often associated with Beelzebub, Belial, and Satan. [[SignificantAnagram The car in the story also has the words "Man the Flying Saucers" written on it, which, rearranged, spells: "Lying man, he uses craft".]]
** Plus, there is a sort of offhand line, if I recall correctly, ever so slightly suggesting Arnold Friend—''A(r)n Old F(r)iend?''—just might have hooves instead of feet.
*** In particular, he's wearing boots and has really bad balance. It's not so much implied, though; he either has hooves or literally no feet, since his boots bend sideways at the ankle at one point.
** He also describes events taking place several blocks away as they're happening, in enough detail that makes it seem unlikely that he's just making it up.
* Gil-Martin, Robert Wringhim's EvilMentor, in ''Literature/ThePrivateMemoirsAndConfessionsOfAJustifiedSinner''. This example is even more ambiguous than most, since that novel also presents possible evidence that he could simply be one of Robert's [[SplitPersonality Split Personalities]]. The name "Gil-Martin", however, comes from folklore—it is said to be one of the Devil's names (along with "Martin's servant" or "St Martin's footman"), although it's unclear who this St Martin is supposed to be.
* In ''Literature/FalseMemory'', a Creator/DeanKoontz novel, the evil psychologist is named Mark Ahriman. Not only is his last name identical to the name of the chief figure of evil in Zoroastrianism, but when he travels, he uses aliases that have two things in common: very ordinary first names, and [[CharacterNameAlias last names that are the name of the Devil]]. One example is "Jim Shaitan," Shaitan being one of the names for the Devil in Islam.
* The title character in Charlotte Dacre's ''Zofloya; or, The Moor''.
* Louis Cypher in William Hjortsberg's ''Falling Angel''. Louis ends up laughing at his own lame pun (to the protagonist's irritation) about solving the "Cypher".
* The butler in the Literature/{{Nightside}} novel ''Hell to Pay'' says his name is Hobbes -- at least, that's how John Taylor hears it at the time. He later realizes that "Hob" is an archaic name for the devil; the butler actually said "my name is Hob's".
* Forced to disguise himself in ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'', the seven-inch-tall Chinger named Bgr builds a MobileSuitHuman and calls himself Beager.
* In Alexander Kuprin's story "The Star of Solomon" the devil uses the name "Methodius Isayevich Toffel" i.e. Meph-Is-Topheles.
* Professor Woland, "expert of the occult", from Mikhail Bulgakov's ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita''. Woland is a nickname of the devil in German folk legend and one of the many {{Shout Out}}s to Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}'', where Mephistopheles lets on that he sometimes uses this alias.
* In the German pulp series ''Literature/ProfessorZamorra'', using anagrams of or other plays on his real name when disguising himself as a human is explicitly a long-standing personal quirk of the demon lord Asmodis -- who's generally powerful enough to not mind being found out and so probably just does it for his own amusement.
* In "The Devil's Footprints" from ''[[Literature/PointHorror 13 More Tales of Horror]]'', the Devil mixes among a house party in England, though everyone thinks he is simply an ordinary guy in a goat costume.
* "Triumff", by Creator/DanAbnett, is about a conspiracy to overthrow the English throne led by SinisterMinister Aleister Jaspers. A minor character hanging around the edges of the book is a humanoid cat, who in the epilogue is revealed to be [[spoiler:the ''real'' Aleister Jaspers, implying the BigBad was an example of this.]]
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' gives us Lucyfar, who claims to be the [[{{Satan}} Archangel Lucifer]] herself. In a mild twist, she makes no attempt to hide this.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': [[spoiler:The voice of Reen in Vin's head? That was actually the god Ruin.]]
* The BigBad from ''Literature/TheOzoneHotel'' is called ''Lucy-Fur Quim''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Briefly, Ray Wise's character in ''Series/{{Reaper}}'', although he identifies himself pretty quickly.
* In the sitcom ''Series/HomeboysInOuterSpace'' the Devil appears in one episode under the name of "Mr. Tan". The heroes realize the truth when one of them says "say, Tan..."
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' took this UpToEleven when Kate's boyfriend "Jack" comes to Drew for a job interview and reveals that "The Devil" is not merely his nickname. ("Does he have a van? I bet the Devil has a really cool van.") At one point he even shows the gang his driver's license (first name The, last name Devil). We learn that he's from Jersey (natch) and his previous job experience includes used car sales, the DMV, the post office... and UNICEF. ("Hey, nobody's all bad!")
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "Dealer's Choice" a group of friends find themselves playing poker with a stranger named "Nick", who keeps getting three sixes in every hand he is dealt...
** Another episode centers around a strange gentleman who goes by the name "MrSmith" who appears after the protagonists says he'll do anything to keep his failing newspaper business going. Mr. Smith modifies their typing machine and everything he reports eerily happens shortly ''after'' he writes about it. Then he tells the protagonist he'd like him to sign a contract turning over his soul as payment...
** Yet another episode features an "A. Daemon".
** And another has a CorruptCorporateExecutive end up in the office of one Mr. Devlin, who sends the exec back in time to (supposedly) get richer earlier. The exec ends up instead becoming a janitor in the firm where he should have worked while the janitor he'd previously abused got his old job. It's implied that "Mr. Devlin" makes a game out of eternally tricking the two into switching places, ruining their lives 'for the first time' every time.
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[spoiler:Lucifer's vessel]] is named Nick.
* Invoked in the ''Series/BurnNotice'' episode "Friendly Fire" - Michael presents himself to some credulous Latino gangsters as a mysterious figure dressed in black and red, who seemingly causes explosions with a snap of his fingers and speaks in a very low, calm voice. He calls himself "Luis".
* Jokingly invoked during the riffing in ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3k]]'''s presentation of an educational high school short called "Film/{{Cheating}}". As a student is shown getting high marks for a test on which he'd cheated, Tom Servo mimics his teacher saying, "This contract arrived for you from a Mr. Elzebub."
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' had one Count Iblis during its "War Of The Gods" two-parter. A mysterious visitor to the rag-tag fleet, he uses mysterious powers and miracles to persuade the Colonials to willingly grant him their loyalty, while mysterious beings of light start appearing and the characters start talking about theology. [[spoiler:He's eventually driven off when he accidentally strikes down a protagonist who explicitly rejected his authority.]]
* One of these appears on ''Series/GoodEats'', making a pact with a woman (and eventually her rival) to help her win a cake-baking contest with a new recipe: Devil's Food Cake (and for the rival, Red Velvet Cake).
* ''Series/{{Whitechapel}}'' had a {{Gender Flip}}ped version in the form of Louise Iver. Which as an added bonus, is also an anagram of "I rouse evil", which is exactly what she does throughout the episodes.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. Lucifer straight up tells everyone that his name is Lucifer Morningstar and that he is the Devil. It is then subverted because in Los Angeles people are used to strange names and assume that it is just a stage name[[note]]'''"God given, I'm afraid"'''[[/note]] and refuse to believe him that he is the Lord of Hell.
* The 2017 Brazilian series ''Vade Retro'', whose title translates to something on the lines of ''begone'', is protagonized by an unscrupulous, richer-than-rich enterpreneur named Abel Zebu and his naïve lawyer, Celeste (literally ''from the sky''). There are also Abel’s wife, Lucy Ferguson, their son, Damien, his stepdaughter, Carrie, and his employee, Lilith, a burlesque dancer.
* Subtly referenced in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode riffing on ''Film/TheUndead'', where Mike quips "Thank you, Mr. Zebub" when a hand comes from off-screen and lights [[{{Streetwalker}} Diana's]] cigarette for her.

* The {{Narrator}} of Music/ReginaSpektor's "Pavlov's Daughter", Lucille, can be interpreted as this.
* A common theme in many traditional folk ballads.
* There's a German screamo band that goes by the name of Louis Cyphre.
* For U2's [=ZooTV=] tour in the 90's, Bono introduced the character of [[http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/ Mr MacPhisto]].
* The first song of the album ''Music/SmiteAndIgnite'', a tie-in for the video game ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is entitled 'Lightbringer', with the vocalist proclaiming this as his title in the chorus. On the face of it, like most of the songs on the album, this is simply an allusion to one of in-game items... but guess how 'Lightbringer' would be rendered in Latin?
** This is made even more obvious if you know who the vocalist is, since he's been somewhat {{TypeCast}} as this in [[Music/{{Avantasia}} another band]]...
* The Polish stoner rock band Corruption has a song titled "Lucy Fair".
* In "El día del final", a ''Music/LesLuthiers'' play, the antichrist is born from Satan as a woman called Lucía Fernández. Luci-Fernández.
* Music/DonMcLean's ''Music/AmericanPie'' features such a character, identified by the narrator as "Jack Flash," in the song's climactic penultimate verse, his appearance heralding the final transition from the turbulent but hopeful '60s to the ultra-cynical '70s. Many have speculated that this character is a metaphor for Mick Jagger of Music/TheRollingStones, owing to the Stones' songs "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Sympathy for the Devil;" [=McLean=] disliked the Stones' DarkerAndEdgier brand of rock and at the close of the '60s they had became infamous after a man was stabbed to death during their performance at the infamous Altamont Free Concert (though contrary to popular belief the song they were playing at the time was ''not'' "Sympathy for the Devil").

* The "Luci" Premium Edition of the ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'' pinball table is named after {{Horny Devil|s}} girl Luci, who is heavily implied to be Satan.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [=LuFisto=]'s original gimmick was that of a [[TheCorrupter morally dubious manager]] named Lucy Ferr. Switch to "[=LuFisto=] gimmick seems to have come from what general consensus calls insanity, which happened to make her a lot more approachable.
* To Women's Extreme Wrestling descended a {{fallen angel}} named [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy Furr]], who was out to steal the souls of [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs its wrestlers, its hos and its wrestlers who were also hos.]]

* Frequently used in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'', although not as a twist since we ''know'' which character's Satan. There's sometimes a twist when the detail of who he's disguised as gets held back, instead.
** In more recent episodes, he goes by the name 'Mr. Harrison' when disguised as a human, presumably a reference to 'Old Harry'.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* In one of his routines, Creator/MitchHedberg briefly joked about a doctor who did nothing but suck the blood from his neck.
---> '''Mitch:''' "Don't go see Dr. Acula."

* The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'' fansite "[[http://www.byenighte.com/ Discworld bye Nighte]]" includes an adventure that's a pastiche of ''Film/AngelHeart'', including a senior Assassin named Viktor Ogeness, who is, of course, [[Discworld/{{Eric}} Demon King Vassenego]].

* Nick Shadow from the opera ''[[Theatre/TheRakesProgress The Rake's Progress]]''.
* ''Theatre/DamnYankees'' has Mr. Applegate. Considering what caused Adam and Eve to be kicked out of Eden...
* The Emcee from ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' has a lot in common with a "devil-in-human-form" figure, from his taste in snazzy red and black suits to his perpetual PsychoticSmirk. He is (probably) not literally demonic, but rather a man who represents the decadence and apathy of 1930s Germany that led to the election of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Some productions make him more sympathetic by giving the CutSong "I Don't Care Much" to him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The FinalBoss battle of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III'' involves a guitar duel between the player and a recently revealed to be demonic manager named... you guessed it... Lou. As a matter of fact, he points out to the band, in some ''extremely'' fine print, a clause stating "Your soul is MINE!" The not-quite-part-of-the-band Guitarist is essentially called down to "Lou's Inferno" (aka Rock 'n' Roll Hell) to save his/her bandmates' asses. They duel to a heavy metal version of [[RuleOfCool ''The Devil Went Down to Georgia''.]] In this case, up until the point the hapless band tumbles to Hell... pardon me, "Lou's Inferno"... there isn't any clear evidence that there's anything otherworldly about him. For all they know, he's just a veteran metalhead who's a little too into it. Given how vanishingly few metal bands who used Satanic imagery ever took it seriously, this lapse of judgment is perhaps forgivable.
* One of the rulers in the "Chronicles of the Sword" side game in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur III]]'' is named Demuth Beel Zebus Halteese. Guess which alignment he falls under. Go on, guess.
* Louis Cypher/Cyphre is also the human pseudonym for Lucifer in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series. He shows up in all of the mainline games as a subtle [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]: twice as a blond haired gentleman, once as both a young child and an elderly guy in a wheelchair - in fact the nurses accompanying both could be "him" too - and he's even [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney switched genders]] as [[spoiler:"Louisa Ferre"]]. Depending on your spot on the OrderVersusChaos meter, he'll either be your best friend or an inevitable [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** Specifically, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' (the game in question) had a bonus disc with Dante of ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' and a 6th, "maniac" ending, which is what we got. In said bonus disc, you could [[spoiler:choose a 6th path, choosing instead of joining any of the "good" or "evil" characters to screw them all and to meet with Lucifer, who has ''interesting'' ideas about your place in the universe]]. This lets you get the sixth ending, [[spoiler: True Demon Ending. Wherein you join Lucifer and attack heaven, to try and stop the constant destruction and recreation of the millions of alternate Earths -- and the genocide of billions of humans -- by God]]. Although, considering that he has an ObviouslyEvil smile on his face when you make the aforementioned decision, one could make a case for the player being [[UnwittingPawn suckered in]]. Though, to be fair, he gives you a lot of time ''and'' a certain amount of reasons as to why you ''shouldn't'' agree to his plan.
*** In the Freedom ending he tells you to keep your power as the true enemy is still out there. Most likely because both him and Kagutsuchi [[spoiler:compared the Protagonist to Lucifer in the freedom ending]].
** Lucifer also appears in ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' as [[spoiler: the "blonde young man"]] and can be fought as a bonus boss in the second playthrough, if you beat the game on the chaos path in the first playthrough. Beat him three times and he becomes [[OlympusMons one of your many minions]]!
** And as a bonus boss in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' as well.
*** Though it isn't Lucifer, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' also has the Gigolo. It's less obvious, but it's [[spoiler:Loki]]. He serves the same purpose though...and only reveals himself in two endings out of six. [[spoiler:Loki]] serves a slightly different purpose in Devil Survivor than Lucifer did in other SMT games - he's solely there to screw over [[spoiler:Beldr]]. Again. Once you do it for him, that's when he takes a liking to you and starts feeding you info, mostly just [[ItAmusedMe to see what's going to happen next]].
** His most subtle disguise (relatively speaking) yet is in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', where he appears as [[spoiler:Japanese schoolgirl Hikaru]].[[note]][[spoiler:The name can mean "light" in Japanese, and "Lucifer" can be translated from Latin as "light-bringing".]][[/note]]
** In the [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI first]] SMT, there's also Ambassador Thorman. That one's pretty obvious. [[spoiler:But an inversion of the trope as Thor is rarely considered evil, at worst a jerkass.]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' also has a weird variation of this trope. While Lucifer himself appears in his usual handsome blond man persona, there's another guy you have to watch out for: [[spoiler:Zayin, your ally who discovers he's actually one-half of Satan ([[ShownTheirWork completely different than Lucifer]]). He's a BigBad and the DragonInChief to the game's GreaterScopeVillain and FinalBoss, [[GodIsEvil YHVH]]]].
* The flash game ''VideoGame/{{Motherload}}'', in which you play as a mining company whose benefactor is the mysterious "Mr. Natas". A real head-scratcher, that one.
* ''Videogame/EternalDarkness'' plays a variation, where the BigBad Pious Augustus often masquerades as a human named P. Augustine.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': Kagetsu Tohya reveals that unlike the other nightmares, Arcueid's cannot take form like Dark Elesia or Nanaya. Why? Because it's the Crimson Moon and can't take her over... yet. Shiki has a long talk with it under the impression that it's some alternate form of Arcueid, which is kind of true. After awhile it's not only glaringly obvious that this is ''not'' Arcueid. it's even admitted as much. It's much more morally ambiguous than the Devil, but it did try to crash the moon into the Earth at one point.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', one of the teachers is a TallDarkAndSnarky devil, who doesn't hide that he's a devil at all. And as it turns out, there was an extremely strong horrible demon trapped in the school as well. Who knew?
** However, he subverts parts of this in that his given name, Advocat, doesn't allude at all to his real name [[spoiler: Mephistopheles. Yes, ''that'' [[{{Faust}} Mephistopheles]]]]. Luckily he's actually TrueNeutral and doesn't directly involve himself (and when he does, it's usually to help ''[[FullNameBasis Lillet Blan]]'' in a small way).
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' goes by the callsign Cipher of the Galm (Garm) Team of the 66th Division of the 6th Air Force, and gains the title Demon Lord of the Round Table.
* The story of ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' is set in [[HowWeGotHere flashback form]] with main character Eldred telling the tale of the world's destruction at the hands of OmnicidalManiac Marduk to the blind sage Mithras. Once you've cleared out the first nine levels and is done with the backstory, the last, tenth level... well, what trope are you on again?
* A rather strange example of MoralGuardians meddling with the game, The North American version of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' features a character named Luther. His name is Lucifer in the Japanese version. The weird part is that the game really has no particular reason to make such a change. Religion in general, fictional or otherwise, is avoided.
** In general, however, while specific religious themes aren't harped on, MANY names of antagonists were changed in most ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' games for localizations. For instance, Azazel, the original JP name for a [=SO3=] antagonist, was changed to Azazer, as the original refers to a fallen angel of Abrahamic lore, and most of the Ten Wise Men from [=SO2=] had similar changes to avoid sounding overtly religious.
** The PSP port rendered them back to the original names. As for Lucifer/Luther, it could also be a subtle TakeThat to the MoralGuardians by giving the comparison the Luther being related to Martin Luther, the man who kicked off the protestant reformation. Add in the most MoralGuardians are Protestant...
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' has a priest named Zead who occasionally advises Hector, who turns out in the end to be [[spoiler:Death]]. He uses the SdrawkcabName approach, but to add a twist, he reverses the Japanese pronunciation of his English name. [[spoiler:Also, though it's spelled differently, Zed (the Commonwealth pronunciation of the letter Z) is equated with the Omega of the Greek alphabet, which in turn is often associated with ending and death.]]
** Renon from ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' claims he is nothing more than a demonic businessman who sells goods because "one needs gold even in Hell these days". [[spoiler:According to the contract if you spend 30,000 or more he owns your soul, and when he swings by to claim it he reveals himself to be a ''very'' high level demon with power that actually surpasses Death himself.]]
* In all the IF routes in ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'', a woman named Keikoku with long pink hair that has flower patterns on it shows up. Eventually, one way or another she is revealed as being some sort of evil figure. It's actually difficult to figure out exactly ''what'' she is, though. She isn't human, she's not a demon and she isn't a youkai. She's classfied as Monster in [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Free For All]].
* One of these appears in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' raid instance Ulduar, a vast prison built to contain the Old God Yogg-Saron. Throughout the instance, players hear the voice of Sara, a vrykul woman trapped by minions of Yogg-Saron, calling out to them to help her. When they reach him, Sara spends the first phase of the fight helping and encouraging the players... [[spoiler:and reveals in the second phase that she's really an avatar of the Old God himself. She'd lured the players down through the prison to unlock all the gates and break the final bonds holding him in place.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'', there's a mysterious woman calling herself Nya. As the story progresses, players can see her face briefly change to a demonic being with three burning eyes. Eventually, it's revealed that she's [[spoiler:[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]]]]. It appear again as Father Ny in the Elder Gods ending and as Nyarla in the prequel novel.
* One quest in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is started by randomly encountering a man named Sam Guevenne in a bar. As it turns out, [[spoiler:he is actually Sanguine, the the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[FunPersonified Debauchery]] and [[TheHedonist Hedonism]]]], and [[WhatDidIDoLastNight you're in for a ride]] if you choose to join him. As is the case for most Daedric Princes, he [[AboveGoodAndEvil isn't inherently "evil"]] and, in this case, is more interested in just having a good time. For completing the quest, he gives you a powerful magical artifact as a gift "to remember old Uncle [[spoiler:Sanguine]]".
* In ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' there is a character called Barbara Jager, who probably has no direct connection to Literature/BabaYaga. Also Mr. Scratch from ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare''.
* The mysterious stranger in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' never actually gives his name (he claims, in a possibly sarcastic tone, to have forgotten,) but he appears in locations that such a SharpDressedMan has no business in being, knows a huge amount about John's past (including the name of one of the random civilians John's gang killed in their outlaw days), calls himself "an accountant, in a way", and in their third encounter John gets fed up and demands answers or "[he] will not be responsible for [his] actions" he calmly tells him "Oh, but you will be responsible". John then shouts "Damn you!", the man replies "Yes, many have", doesn't seem to notice the three bullets John shoots at him and then just vanishes. [[spoiler: This is after a conversation where he muses over what a beautiful spot they're at, which is right where John later gets buried.]] It's not clear who exactly he is; common interpretations are that the man is God, St Peter, Death, or, of course, the Devil.
* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'': You can initialize Samuel Hayden's name to [[{{Satan}} S. Hayden]]. Uh oh.
* ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'': Louey in the colorful version of Pony Island

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[ManipulativeBastard Doc Scratch]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', according to WordOfGod (A reference to "Old Scratch").

[[folder:Web Original]]
* There's a piece of literary porn on the 'net about a lawyer's wife whose husband's boss is nicknamed Nate, for ''[[SdrawkcabName Natas]]'', but the real culprit here is his associate named ''Luc'', who seduces her. So she has his full-term kid [[ExpressDelivery in seven months]].
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** Dr. Alto Clef [[MultipleChoicePast has made many implications about his history]], including being {{Satan}}. [[spoiler: It's implied he reveals this just to screw with Kondraki's mind; he gets a broken neck for his trouble, though after he gets better and is brought in to deal with a troublesome RealityWarper, he proceeds to introduce himself with the familiar Rolling Stones reference (which flies over the punk's head)...]]
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-719 SCP-719 ("Light-Bringer")]]. The otherdimensional being using SCP-719 to communicate with humans has a cult that worships him. In their writings the being is referred to as "The Light-Bringer" (c.f. Lucifer, "light bringing") and "The Morning Star".
* ''Website/TheOnion'''s show ''Dr. Good'', has the creepy plastic surgeon [[SignificantAnagram Dr. Tanas]], who gives increasingly unsubtle hints to his true identity as the show progresses.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Glitchtale}}'' has a very, ''very'' subtle version with the BigBad of season 2, [[spoiler:Betty]]. An ordinary, innocent name until you find out that it's actually a shorthand for [[spoiler:'''Bête Noire''', referring to the object of a very strong hatred, or literally meaning "Black Beast".]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheDevilAndDanielMouse'', Jan Mouse signs a recording contract with a producer named B. L. Zeebub. Bad move.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Magicks of Megas-Tu". An alien satyr named Lucien is revealed to be the Lucifer of Earth mythology. Notably, in this one, Lucifer is actually a ''[[SatanIsGood good guy]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "The Devil to Pay". The Ghostbusters appear on a game show called "Race the Devil", hosted by one "Dib Devlin". The question that lands them a spot on the quiz is "give me two additional names for the Devil"... For some reason, Egon gets a bit suspicious.
** The appearance of Satan himself on a kid's show is unconvincingly averted by this bit of writer wit:
--->'''Winston''': [[MadnessMantra I have sold my soul to the Devil. I have sold my soul to the Devil.]]
--->'''Ray''': Actually, Winston, Dib is a minor demon, not the Devil per se.
--->'''Winston''': I have sold my soul to a minor demon. I have sold my soul to a minor demon.
* Lucius Heinous VII and his son Beezy on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. It's never directly stated, but the implication is obvious. It's even more obvious with Lucius Heinous I, who (based on his memorial painting) looks a lot more like the traditional interpretation of Satan.
* In the British/Canadian cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheBaskervilles'' the owner of Underworld: The Theme Park is Mr. Boss, whose real name is Nicolas Lucifer III.
* Big D in the ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' episode "The Devil and Lil' D".
-->'''Lil' D:''' What's your D stand for?
-->'''Big D:''' Uh...Dwight.
* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''. He was blatantly referred to as The Devil in the pilot.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' features an Eye of Providence-esque demon by the name of [[PunnyName Bill]] Cipher. A relative?
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' has Mr. Lucius Needful, who owns a mysterious store that offers magical items for free whose "price" is that they always have some kind of ironic twist attached to them. Being wise to these tricks, Rick outright asks him if he's the Devil upon meeting him. After that, Needful doesn't even bother hiding it and straight-up calls himself the Devil. When Needful reveals his true identity to Summer, her response is essentially "Well, ''duh'', but you've been nice to ''me''."