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[[caption-width-right:274:He'll grow up to destroy the world. Or just become Pope.[[note]]An upside down cross is called a St. Peter's cross, named after how the first Pope was martyred. An inverted cross isn't necessarily considered unholy unless it has Jesus on it.[[/note]]]]

->'''Anti-Christ:''' ''Condemn'' them, Mother, for they know ''exactly'' what they do!\\
'''Stan''': Uh, I'm-I'm sorry, what does that mean?\\
'''Anti-Christ''': You know, it's the opposite of, 'Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.' Hello? I'm the Anti-Christ! I'm the opposite of Jesus in every way!"
-->--''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', "Rapture's Delight"

Unlike the DarkMessiah, who may ''claim'' to be [[MessianicArchetype the Messiah/Saviour]], the Antichrist is the real deal, but for the LegionsOfHell. He is not [[DarkIsNotEvil dark but misunderstood]]. What he wants is to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt so that evil can [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans inherit the Earth]]. By force. Prefers to KickTheDog and BurnTheOrphanage, ForTheEvulz.

This is a guy so far up the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil that there's not likely to be a DeusExMachina [[GoodIsImpotent capable]] of stopping him (or her), so the heroes likely have to race to stop him from either [[SealedEvilInACan being released]], [[EnfantTerrible being born]], [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday coming of age]], or [[DemonicPossession demonically possessing]] someone. Often, the consideration is that the vessel and the messiah are [[OurSoulsAreDifferent different entities]], and killing the bad also kills the innocent. If they do catch him before he starts putting his [[StoryBoardingTheApocalypse storyboards to film]], they ''still'' have to kill an innocent.

If the writer likes {{irony}}, the Antichrist will take after [[{{Satan}} Dad]] and rebel against ''his'' Dad, ditching the whole "destroy the Earth" shtick to become an AntiAntichrist.

Expect a lot of [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] motifs, as that is the number attributed to the Beast of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. This trope is an integral part of ReligiousHorror, particularly of the Christian variety. If the Antichrist is unaware of or resistant to their fate as the Destroyer of All, s/he is the ApocalypseMaiden. Chances are that the Antichrist will pose as TheUbermensch, and will almost certainly be a DarkMessiah.

Note that while an actual description of the Antichrist in Christianity is not very well defined, it doesn't follow this trope very much. Mostly, the Antichrist is a false prophet who is attempting to undermine the faith of Christians and slowly pervert their teaching. While he appears before the beast of the sea, he is more like the chief of propaganda and does not direct or even participate in the end of the world. In fact, [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]] himself defines Antichrist as anyone who believes that Christ is incorrect, with "anti-" being used in the same way as "anti-Semite." The man of lawlessness, described by Paul in a chapter entitled "Antichrist" is where this trope comes from.

See also AntiAntichrist, which is a rare heroic version of this type of character.

'''''For the movie, see Film/{{Antichrist}}. As for the book by Creator/FriedrichNietzsche... erm, give us some more time to get back to you on that.'''''

While it seems ridiculously common nowadays for people to be accused of being this, such accusations are always baseless (and usually pretty dumb), so Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease. Though we're going to add one person, purely for historicity's sake, because [[OlderThanTheyThink he was definitely the first one]] who was bestowed with this title: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}. For centuries he was seen as the embodiment of everything Christians despised, especially since he persecuted them before Christianity become Rome's state religion. In this particular example one can immediately see why labeling people as ''Antichrists'' just boils down to picking one celebrity you hate, as if he is so ultimately ''evil'' that nobody else will ever come round and top him.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Punie from ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge.'' This becomes increasingly obvious as the series progresses. [[spoiler: Her mom was basically this for Magical Land, and she succeeded.]]
* Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is a near-literal example because not only is she superpowered but has [[BiblicalMotifs horns and her name is the female version of Lucifer, a demon]], and wants to wipe out the [[OmnicidalManiac human race]] and replace it all with her species.
* Yuji Sakai from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' after merging with the Snake of the Festival, but [[DarkIsNotEvil subverts it]] because his motive is to SaveTheWorld by means of creating a duplicate world where the Denizens can live without consuming humans to survive so he can live with Shana in peace.
* Mistress 9 in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Luckily, it's an [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism extremely idealistic show.]] The outer Senshi also confuse her for Sailor Saturn (whose body she's using) and attempt to prevent her from awakening as a result. Saturn is actually a beneficial version of the ApocalypseMaiden.
* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is more of a DarkMessiah, but still counts as he is a demon god who has come back to the physical plane so that he can become a king, and is prophesied to bring about an Age of Darkness [[spoiler:which, following the Millennium Falcon arc, he's recently fulfilled]]. Guts also technically counts, as he's vowed to kill Griffith, who has been acknowledged by the equivalent of the Pope as the MessianicArchetype - but this is [[DarkIsNotEvil actually a good thing]], due to the [[GodIsEvil flipped perspective]].
* Millions Knives from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' probably counts. He wants to wipe out the [[PunyEarthlings human race]] and replace it all with his "plant" kin.
* Creed Diskenth from ''Manga/BlackCat'' uses nanomachines to [[spoiler: become immortal and, as he says it, a "God"]]. His goal? To wipe out all the [[{{Muggles}} humans who don't have superpowers]] and create a society where he and Train Heartnet can rule the "worthy". Too bad Train wants nothing to do with this goal.
* Johan Liebert from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is compared with the Antichrist. Repeatedly. And appears to enjoy the comparison. One character, a drunk, even once sees him as a giant multi-headed dragon monster, much like the Biblical Dragon of Revelation.
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', the {{Delinquent}} main character, Oga Tatsumi, is forced to raise baby Be'el, the Son of {{Satan}}, into a powerful demon lord whose destiny is to destroy the world. A side effect of the bond they now share is that the more Oga fights, the more demonic ''he'' becomes. Incredibly enough, this is (mostly) PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'''s Lucia, who was primed by the universe itself to destroy the world.
* Played With ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'''s Dio Brando, starts off as this in Phantom Blood, especially with [[TeensAreMonsters his atrocities at 14]] and his demonic LegionsOfHell. In Stardust Crusaders, he's more of a DarkMessiah in his followers' eyes, but it's very obvious he's still an Antichrist.
* Sir Isaac Ray Peram Westcott from ''LightNovel/DateALive''. He has a great obsession to use the Spirits's Inverse Form to [[RealityWarper rewrite the laws of reality according to his own image]]. [[CardCarryingVillain He says he would do the world upside down]], in the process of his plan, he could kill billions and make the world descends into pure chaos.
* The One-Eyed Owl from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is considered one by many powerful organizations, and has gleefully embraced this trope. A naturally-born HalfHumanHybrid, the Owl has been hunted since birth as a threat to the order of the world and responded to this by gathering the largest and most dangerous Ghoul organization ever seen -- leading them under the guise of the "One-Eyed King". The Owl is a master manipulator, gleefully leading people towards temptation or ruin with clever words and half-truths. For bonus, the Owl even discusses the story of the Tree of Knowledge while [[TemptingApple offering an apple]], tempting them to give into their hatred and resentment while promising to become their new God.
* Nico Robin from ''Anime/OnePiece''. Or rather, the Marines believe that she's it, anyway. Her Marine-created nickname is "Demon Child", they believe that she comes from a tainted bloodline and that she has the knowledge/power to destroy the world, or at least start Armageddon. Many claims about her are exaggerations or outright lies; they justified putting a bounty on her head when she was eight by claims that she had already sank six ships. The real reason that the World Government wants her dead, by the way, is that she is one of the only people who can read the Poneglyphs, which contain knowledge of the events of the Void Century, a passage of time that is deliberately suppressed by the World Government.
* ''FateZero'': [[PlayingWithATrope Downplayed and implied]] for the purpose of a MindScrew with Kiritsugu Emiya. The clues are:
** The number of rib-powdered Origin Rounds: 66 (one 6 short of the [[NumberOfTheBeast Number of the Beast]]). [[RuleOfCool It isn't six-hundred-and-sixty-six because such a large number tarnishes Kiritsugu's reputed skill, the significance of each bullet]], and the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief on account of their creation from two of his ribs.
** The removal of two of his ribs: historically, post-mortem, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} was stabbed between the ribs to certify his death; mythologically, the blood and water that poured from the subsequent wound was caught by the Holy Grail. Those two ribs are likely the two removed from Kiritsugu via Natalia. This means it is completely impossible for such a ritual as the aforementioned one to be performed on Kiritsugu, specifically disqualifying him as a candidate for TheMessiah while simultaneously distinguishing him as a unique individual on the planet.
** A SelfMadeOrphan, on account of his murdering his father. This act violates the Fourth ''and'' Fifth Commandments, the ones about honoring one's father and mother, and the prohibition against murder. Secondarily yet more importantly, [[{{Camp}} the murdering of the parent has been the most prominent and distinguishing desire of the characters portrayed as the Antichrist in cinema]].
** His ArchEnemy: the most pragmatic [[AnimeCatholicism Catholic Priest]] alive during the Fourth Grail War is his most dangerous, personal opponent. The Catholic Church, like the noted trait mentioned above, is the typical nemesis of the Antichrist.
** His Command Seal symbol: while it is meant to look like a sword, it can also be viewed as an upside-down cross. This would seem to be coincidental until Kirei confronts Emiya: literally a moment before their climactic fight, Kotomine kisses his necklace-bound crucifix; immediately following that shot is a view of Kiritsugu's Command Seals as an upside-down cross, as the hand beneath them grips his [[HandCannon Thompson Contender]].
** [[FatalFlaw The error of his wish]]: Kiritsugu needs the Grail simply because he knows, better than anyone, the impossibility of the realization of his desire by practical means. Simply, he absolutely cannot produce a miracle, and this understanding is the singular reason for his pursuit of the Grail, including every decision made since murdering his father. Yet, it is the necessity of an understanding of the method by which to produce a miracle that Kiritsugu needs to make his initial, six-year-old-boy's wish a reality. This specific lack of understanding - particularly because it is what ultimately denies him his desire - is the polar opposite trait of the purported Messiah that UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} claimed to be.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', [[spoiler: the three Dragon Boys are supposed to be this trope, all four being {{Reincarnation}}s of [[GreaterScopeVillain Zarc]] and each holding a portion of his soul. Thus far, however, only Yuri truly embraces this role; the other [[AntiAntichrist three try to reject it,]] although [[ApocalypseMaiden they're having some trouble.]]]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The "Son of Man" storyline in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' has a demon that John used in a faux-resurrection (then promptly got the fuck away from, as the corpse's father was one of the most dangerous mobsters in London) plot to bring about the birth of a messiah for Hell (because, as he reasons, Heaven is so popular on Earth because they ''proved it'').
** Another involved a journalist coming across the mummified, aborted (but still alive) fetus of the antichrist in its crib. Said crib has a hole in it through which the fetus can attach itself via its umbilical cord and corrupt the holder ("pissed in my soul"), the journalist having taken it from an insane serial killer and having started to kill people under its influence. ... Except that after the journalist dies of a heart attack, Constantine picks up... a flat cardboard box with a hole cut out taped over the man's nipple, containing a dead rat.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} in both continuities and Nuada in ''Hellboy II.'' Luckily, [[AntiAntichrist Hellboy is fervently opposed to bringing about the apocalypse]], but then again, he's just one dead love interest away from the necessary SuperPowerMeltdown...
* ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' - ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}'' has this in the form of Pepito, who announces within his class that he is the Antichrist and goes so far as to use his powers. [[BystanderSyndrome Nobody gives a flying fook.]]
** Plus, he consider Squee to be his friend, and saves his life at least once. This does nothing to help Squee's neuroses, of course.
* Turns out, ComicBook/GreenLantern's old HarmlessVillain Black Hand is a NotSoHarmlessVillain. In fact, he's the destined leader of the ZombieApocalypse.
* Creator/MarvelComics' ''Son of Satan'', Damon Hellstrom, AKA Damien Hellstorm... yeah, you can imagine. He's an extremely conflicted individual and he's got some serious daddy issues. And you wouldn't believe what a bitch his sister is, don't get this guy started. All in all, a force for good in spite of his heritage, but he's still painfully aware that if he doesn't remain constantly vigilant, he will raise the infernal horde and bring ruin to the earth. Nice guy, though.
* The Antichrist, also known as the Moonchild, is the main threat in the ''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen's'' Century arc. In ''Century: 2009'', he finally appears in a monstrous form that's covered with eyes and spurting magical power from every orifice. [[spoiler: He's also Harry Potter, from the franchise of the same name. Turns out all the exploits were ''arranged'', to hide what Hogwarts was preparing him for. He is ''extremely'' pissed off about this and goes on a shooting through the entire school.]]
** And while the League puts up a good fight, the Antichrist is ultimately defeated by [[spoiler: ''Mary Poppins'']], who is strongly implied to be God in this context.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Hints are dropped early in the series that Wismerhill's DisappearedDad might be TheDevil himself. [[spoiler:It's a RedHerring; Lucifer's son is actually Haazheel Thorn. Wis dad is actually Pazuzu, a demon prince disguised as an elf]].
* In the Italian comedic comic book ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'', [[spoiler: the main protagonist is eventually revealed to be the vessel through which [[SatanicArchetype his world's equivalent of the devil]] will unleash the Apocalypse]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersTorment'', Lareth the Beautiful is referred to as a DarkMessiah, but he fits this Trope better, only not to Satan, but to the [[ReligionOfEvil Cult of Tharizdun]]. At least, he's ''supposed'' to be such. [[spoiler:Whether he is or not, the three leaders of the cult don't truly believe it and plan to double-cross him; Tharizdun himself, however, is more appreciative to Lareth's loyalty.]]
* [[spoiler: Sonic the Hedgehog himself]] and [[spoiler: Shadow the Hedgehog]] are both revealed to be this in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', as they was literally created by Maledict to be "Ultimate" creatures who would defeat the Angels and cement his rule. [[AntiAntichrist Neither of them accept it]].

* Damien Thorn from ''Film/TheOmen'' is perhaps the biggest TropeCodifier of Devil spawn in fiction. Such an [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast innocent name]]. This movie [[NewerThanTheyThink invented the idea that Damien was an evil name]] -- [[IronicName it's a saint's name, after all]].
* ''Film/Holocaust2000'' (which was [[FollowTheLeader inspired by]] ''The Omen''): Robert starts to believe that he may have spawned the Antichrist after noticing several symbols showing up in different places and dreaming about the end of the world. Since he had just hooked up with a younger woman who quickly became pregnant, he's convinced that he needs to abort their child to save mankind. In fact, his older son Angel is the actual Antichrist.
* Although it might've been made only to [[DuelingMovies pre-empt]] the ''Film/{{Left Behind|2000}}'' movie, the movie ''Film/TheOmegaCode'' offers a rare, somewhat sympathetic portrayal of the Antichrist. A rich philanthropist who's trying to exploit Biblical prophecy in a bid to rule the world, he actually does believe that he's doing [[WellIntentionedExtremist what's best for the world]], and intends to stop following the prophecies before things can go sour. Unfortunately, since the Biblical exegesis of ''Left Behind'''s Tim [=LaHaye=] says that the Antichrist suffers a fatal head wound and is resurrected as a [[TheSoulless soulless]] [[DemonicPossession avatar of evil]], he loses all say in the matter after getting shot in the head.\\
The plot-hole filled prequel/sequel ''Omega Code 2: Megiddo'' shows that the Antichrist has been possessed by Satan since he was born. [[UnintentionallySympathetic Any sympathy created in the first film's portrayal was probably accidental]]; we were supposed to think he was pure evil all along.
* Lead character Kirstie's son in ''Film/TheCalling'' turns out to be the son of the devil and the anti-christ, complete with resurrection and crucifixion.
* Simon Magus in the Sci-Fi Channel film ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'' is described this way.
* This is the nickname for the jeep in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy''. [[AllegedCar It really was that bad]]. Ay ay ay ay ay.
* Franco Maccalusso in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series.
* Palpatine from ''Film/StarWars'' is basically the antichrist of that setting (especially if you take the expanded universe into account). He's an ''incredibly'' powerful Sith Lord (even Yoda was no match for him) who, through years of plotting and manipulation, managed to exterminate the Jedi and set himself up as the ruler of the galaxy. In the expanded universe he even manages to come back to life multiple times using clone bodies, becoming more insane with each resurrection. Finally he is defeated for good when a Jedi master [[HeroicSacrifice heroically sacrifices]] himself and, along with the spirits of other departed Jedi, drags Palpatine's spirit into the netherworld of the force (the Star Wars universe equivalent of Hell).
** It's even more obvious in the novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis''. In the prologue, Palpatine admires the constellations that dot Coruscant's eastern sky just before the sun rises, i.e. the ''morning stars''. If that's not Revelation-y enough for you, he refers to the Dark Side in his thoughts as the "beast" that will bring about the "end times".
* The EvilPlan of the cult in ''Film/RosemarysBaby'' is to spawn an AntiChrist, [[spoiler:and the ending suggests that they not only succeed, they convince Rosemary herself to accept the role as its mother. The original novel subverts it, however, where Rosemary's true intent at the end is to raise him to become an AntiAntichrist.]]
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[WordOfGod Director]] Creator/BryanSinger [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2016/05/02/x-menas-professor-x-is-christ-and-apocalypse-is-a-false-god invokes this]] when he describes Apocalypse.
-->"[Apocalypse is] kind of the opposite of Christ, actually. Christ would have come years after him, by the way."
* In ''Film/SixTheMarkUnleashed'', he is simply referred to as The Leader, and his MarkOfTheBeast is called The Holy Implant.

* Merlin, King Arthur's advisor, was sired as part of a plan to create an Anti Christ; his mother was seduced by a demon and conceived a child. But the plan was foiled when she confessed to a church elder who was very forgiving; the child was baptized minutes after being born, severing his ties to Satan. Still, his infernal heritage played at least some part of Merlin becoming a great wizard.

* This is the job description of the Child of Dark in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' and ''Malloreon'' by David Eddings. It starts the first series in the body of Torak, God of Darkness, as it has since the beginning of the backstory. When Torak ends up on the wrong end of Iron-Grip's Sword, it changes hosts and picks up Zandramas for the second series before finally settling on [[spoiler:Garion's son, Geran]].
* A lighthearted take: Adam in Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/GoodOmens''. Who is also an AntiAntichrist.
* Nicolae Carpathia in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' novels.
* Christopher Goodman in the ''Literature/ChristCloneTrilogy'' novels.
* Randall Flagg in ''Literature/TheStand''. Not so much in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
** He winds up replaced by [[spoiler:Roland's half-son, Mordred Deschain.]] While he's built up as a super-powerful half-God that will destroy Roland and bring about the end of the multiverse for three and a half books, when he finally arrives, [[spoiler:he is shown to a be a pitiful, hateful child who can barely survive in the wilderness and winds up being weakened enough by food poisoning for Roland (and Oy!) to bring him down]]. Regardless, he does get points for [[spoiler:killing and eating Flagg when the old and arrogant (key word: ARROGANT) wizard decides to try and use him to further his own ends.]]
* Iscarius Alchemy, a resurrected Judas Iscariot in Matthew Dickens' ''Literature/{{Magnus}}''.
* Averted in, of all things, Literature/TheBible. According to 1 John 2, "antichrist" refers to individuals who either (a) denies that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, or both (v. 22); or (b) abandons Christian teachings and becomes an apostate (v. 19). (Verse 18 says "even now many antichrists have come.") Other texts note that an antichrist (c) actively persecutes and attacks followers of Christ (John 15:20, 21); or (d) claims to be the Messiah (the Christ) but isn't Jesus (Matthew 24:24). Groups engaged in the actions described above can also be considered antichrists. The charismatic world-ruler who is anointed by Satan to bring about the end of the world is nowhere to be found.
** Such a character does appear in Revelation but is never referred to as the antichrist - only as the Beast (or the First Beast or the Beast from the Sea, in contrast to the Second Beast or the Beast from the Land, aka [[TheDragon the False Prophet]]). In fact a key feature of this beast is that it ''[[DefiedTrope does not use any name found in the Bible]]'' when it claims its divinity! Rather than being a prediction of some specific future ruler, however, many mainstream Christian scholars see the two Beasts as representing either one of the Roman emperors (probably UsefulNotes/{{Nero}} or UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}) and the religious-political establishment that supported him, or tyranny in general. Also popular is the view that the Beast isn't a particular Roman emperor, but the Roman Empire itself.
*** Plus, there are more than two Beasts with important parts to play in Revelation. The First Beast and Second Beast are just a set that appear together.
*** There is, however, a character in [[Literature/BooksOfThessalonians 2nd Thessalonians]], the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Man of Lawlessness]], who fits the description rather well. Evangelical Christians identify him, along with the Revelation Beast and another character referred to in the Book of Daniel, with John's Antichrist. (That is, "the" Antichrist of verse 18, who the other "many [lesser] antichrists" are compared to.)
*** The ''Daniel'' character is referred to as "the Little Horn," because he at first seems innocent, but is actually deadly. He is often said to be a future leader who will [[OneWorldOrder sweet-talk the entire planet into following him]].
* The original human, Theo, in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'', plays this role.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'', several characters wonder if [[spoiler:Marcus]] really is the second coming of the [[MessianicArchetype Redeemer]] or the Tempter, who is to come before the Redeemer and lead the world astray. However, one of the characters is a bishop who points out that the Church does not officially recognize the existence of the Tempter, as he is only mentioned in a non-canonical gospel. Privately, however, even the head of the Church is wondering the same thing.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Ishamael/Moridin plays this role, as he is [[GodOfEvil the Dark One's]] anointed champion and also the EvilCounterpart to the series MessianicArchetype, Rand al'Thor, the "Dragon Reborn". It's heavily implied that his soul is reincarnated throughout history to serve as the Antichrist whenever Rand is reborn[[spoiler:, when he's not still alive from the last cycle, anyway.]] They also mirror each other's ''thought processes,'' [[spoiler: with Rand becoming an AllLovingHero / AntiNihilist, and Ishamael an OmnicidalManiac / StrawNihilist]], from extremely similar realizations about the meaning of life and the implications of reincarnation. They're both even resurrected [[spoiler: in the same body]] at different times for similar reasons.
* In ''Literature/TheAdversaryCycle'', Rasalom is actually much worse than this, but religious people often mistake him for it. Also, in Reborn, a group of religious people think [[spoiler: Jim]] is the Antichrist after learning that [[spoiler: he's a clone.]]
* In Nick Perumov's ''Literature/{{Keeper of the Swords}}'' series, this character is known as the Destroyer (the local CrystalDragonJesus is known as the Saviour). Then it gets interesting. First, the main character, Fess, and two of the series' villains, are assessed as potential Destroyer candidates. Then it becomes obvious that the Saviour is pretty nasty but the Destroyer [[AntiAntichrist is the real saviour]] ([[spoiler: and it's Fess after all.]])
* Sanjay of ''Literature/ChristianNation'' is viewed as this according to the interpretations of certain evangelical Christians suggesting that the Antichrist must be gay.[[note]]The Scripture reference is Daniel 11:37, which in the King James Version reads "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all."[[/note]] However, he doesn't live up to the trope and is ultimately killed after the CivilWar.
* American President Joshua Kayim is revealed to be this early on in the first book of the ''Literature/LastDaysTrilogy''.
* From ''Literature/DarthBane'', [[VillainProtagonist Darth Bane]]. Bane extensively researches the Sith'ari prophecy that is the Sith's equivalent to the Chosen One. Since he believes the Force is there for him to command, instead of vice versa, he discounts the prophecy, but if the Sith'ari does exist it's probably Bane himself. This was later confirmed by the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
* Various novels by Creator/KimNewman, but especially ''The Quorum'' and ''Life's Lottery'', feature the monstrous media magnate Derek Leech, who is a combined NoCelebritiesWereHarmed of Richard Branson (in the 1970s) and UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch (from the 1980s to date) and is also literally TheAntichrist and a HumanoidAbomination. He is also the BiggerBad of the Literature/DiogenesClub sequence.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The Shanshu Prophecy was not explicit on which side Angel would be fighting on during the end times. At the start of ''Angel'', the idea of Angel willingly cooperating with the Senor Partners seems unthinkable. By the end of Season Four, Angel has darkned enough and his circumstances have gotten hazy to the point where he does join them. According to the comics, the jury's still out on whether the Shanshu prophecy spells doom for mankind in general. Wesley's father, Roger Wyndam-Pryce (or at least a close facsimile thereof) warned that Angel is "more dangerous than you realize."
* Christina Nickson in ''Series/PointPleasant'', a rare female example.
* In ''Series/{{Salem}}'', John, the child of [[spoiler:Mary and John]] is the vessel for Satan's return.
* From ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[spoiler:Jesse. He's actually a fairly nice kid, and [[AntiAntichrist isn't really thrilled about the whole demon thing]]. He goes into hiding to protect his adopted parents.]]
** Sam was called this by Gordon early in the series. At the time, Gordon was written off as a fanatical murderer, but the StrawmanHasAPoint.
* In ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', Rodney suspects that Del Boy's son, Damien, is this, reading sinister undertones into everything he does. There is, of course, no indication that he's anything but an ordinary child.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'' has Michael, who is the product of [[spoiler: TheSociopath ghost Tate raping the human Vivien]]. His birth is so brutal it kills [[spoiler: Vivien and his twin brother]]. At three-years-old he murders his nanny.
* On the new ''Series/DoctorWho'', TheMaster fulfills this archetype in "The End of Time," being resurrected on Christmas Eve to herald the end of the world.

* This trope is the central theme of Music/MarilynManson's ''Music/AntichristSuperstar'', [[SarcasmMode surprisingly]]. Interestingly, the protagonist of the album doesn't actually start out as the titular Antichrist: he evolves from [[{{Woobie}} The Worm]] to [[{{Ubermensch}} The Little Horn]], and finally to the titular Antichrist, also known as [[OmnicidalManiac The Distintegrator]], by becoming progressively more [[DespairEventHorizon disaffected]] with the state of society.
* "Damien" by Music/IcedEarth, inspired by ''Film/TheOmen''.
* [[Music/JohnLydon Johnny Rotten]] claimed to be one in The Music/SexPistols' song ''"Anarchy In The U.K."'', heard on ''Music/NeverMindTheBollocks''.
* Russian rock band Aria has a song called "Antichrist", sung from POV of one.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* {{Subverted|Trope}} by Julius Smokes, The Devil's Son...[[ObnoxiousInLaws in-law]].
* In Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/JeffHardy has referred to himself as this since his [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel]] [[TheReveal Reveal]] as part of Immortal... which lasted about five months thanks to his most infamous screw-up to date and resulted in a RedemptionQuest upon his return after another five months.
* I am without regret, I am devoid of shame, I am the antichrist, let em know the name! I'm the violence, on the backstreets. The spawn of, all your bad dreams. A product, of your weakness. When your god's gone, you can believe this: I'm Wrestling/KevinSteen, and fuck Wrestling/RingOfHonor!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' campaign, Iuz the Old may be considered an anti-Christ, being the son of the demon lord Graz'zt and the mortal sorceress Iggwilv. The tyrannical ruler of the Empire of Iuz, he has had a long and bloody history in his attempts to conquer various territories of the Flanaess, which thus far, have all ended in failure.
* The Vistani of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' have their own equivalent of the Antichrist, known as the Dukkar. A Vistani-blooded male born with the Sight, the Dukkar is foretold to destroy the Vistani people while freeing the darklords from their domains: a feat that may or may not cause the Land of Mists to collapse entirely, unleashing its trapped evils upon the multiverse.
** It's actually a bit more complicated than that: there have been at least two Dukkar already, each threatening the Land of Mists' status quo and the Vistani in his own way. The first wrote a series of {{Self Fulfilling Prophec|y}}ies meant to sunder Ravenloft (which almost came to pass, and would have if not for the meddling of some Darklords who caused two of the prophecies to happen out of order... [[UnwittingPawn Just As Planned]]) and the second one is currently doing his damnedest to torture to death any and all Vistani he can lay his hands on, even if it means sending his {{mooks}} to hunt them across the borders of other domains--which means the south-central Core is currently a political powderkeg. And since "stability" in the Core tends to be based on all the Darklords (pretty much all of them sociopaths) not paying much attention to anything outside of their own affairs...
* Horus in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', who initiated the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' which led to fully half of the [[SuperSoldier Astartes Legions]] going insane and creating the [[CrapsackWorld current state of the galaxy]]. He also nearly killed the [[{{God}} Emperor of Mankind]], who has not recovered in 10,000 years.
** The ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' series reveals that [[DarkMessiah Lorgar]] fits the trope much better. He's touched by the powers of Chaos during his creation much more than his brothers, is raised on a world ruled by [[PathOfInspiration a church that worships Chaos]], and is the first to fall to the Ruinous Powers. His [[TheDragon Dragon]] Erebus is directly responsible for turning Horus into the monster he becomes. It's the sheer infamy of Horus's deeds that causes the Imperium to think of ''him'' as the Antichrist instead of Lorgar.
** Horus's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and possible clone son Abaddon the Despoiler has assumed Horus's mantle for most citizens of the Imperium. Really, only the Chaos Legions who knew him before he got famous think of him as anything less than the universe's Antichrist.
* Archaon in ''WarhammerFantasy'' was destined from birth to become the Everchosen of Chaos who will finally bring about the End Times. Since he was raised as a devout follower of Sigmar before learning this he is understandably ''extremely'' unhappy about this fate and intends to ultimately subvert the will of the Chaos Gods. Unfortunately for everyone else his plan is to [[OmnicidalManiac kill every living thing in the word]] to permanently rob the Chaos Gods of sustenance, destroying them in their moment of triumph.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At this point, Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has finally morphed into the definitive video game icon of this. Being the Son of Jenova (a false alien God), being able to herald the Apocalypse (Meteor), and, finally, having armies of Devout Worshippers (the [[{{Cult}} Reunion]]). Just for a kicker, he also comes back to life twice. The sequel film is even called ''Advent Children'' because Sephiroth does a Second Coming in it.
* The Demi-Fiend from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' was created with the potential to become the Antichrist, and not following any of the Reasons allows you to fulfill this potential to varying degrees. [[spoiler:In the True Demon ending, you fulfill this trope to the letter by destroying all of Creation and becoming TheDragon to [[{{Satan}} Lucifer himself]], before leading the LegionsOfHell [[RageAgainstTheHeavens to take on]] ''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens God]]''.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''. [[spoiler:The main character obtains the potential to become an antichrist and a demon king partway through the game. Depending on the ending you gun for, you may become it or choose to use that potential for other ends.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' puts {{Dracula}} here. You spend every game stomping him before he reaches full strength.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', this seems to be what the Covenant [[MookHorrorShow naturally see the Spartans as in general - Master Chief in particular.]]
* Gig from ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', who was [[spoiler:created from the dead soul of [[TheGrimReaper Vigilance]] by Drazil for the explicit purpose of killing everything in Haephnes, leaving Drazil as the only remaining world.]]
* In ''VideoGame/InFamous'', it turns out that [[spoiler:the villain is actually the protagonist from a BadFuture, coming back in time to better prepare him for]] the [[spoiler:''actual'']] world-ending villain, who is called, of course, "the Beast."
* Omega in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', AxCrazy yet loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]] to Dr. Weil. Caused the demise of 75% of all sentient life (combined total of humans and reploids). Making things even more horrifying is that Omega is [[spoiler:exactly what Dr. Wily intended Zero to be.]] Sprinkle a little extra FridgeHorror on there when the reveal is made that [[spoiler:Omega is Zero's original body, meaning that Wily ''succeeded''.]]
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has Gill, in a surprisingly closer form to the Biblical version than most. He says that he wants to take mankind to a promised land where they'll be protected from TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but considering how his [[OddlySmallOrganization oddly small]] {{cult}} engages in a lot of brainwashing, deception, genetic experimenting, forcing people's hand, and whatnot, and the fact that they're called TheIlluminati of all things, well…
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series:
** [[spoiler:Takaya]] plays this role in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. As the EvilCounterpart to the [[MessianicArchetype Player]] [[HelloInsertNameHere Character]], he seeks to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. In doing so, he strives to prevent the heroes from destroying the Dark Hour, and is the founder of a cult to welcome the arrival of [[spoiler:Nyx and the Fall of Humanity]].
** [[spoiler:Adachi]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is a bit of an Antichrist. He is a terrible person who hates the world and wants to end the age of man, masterminding the events of the game [[spoiler:since the real mastermind didn't do anything other than give the means.]] Even gets the Shadows on his side towards the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lucius}}'' has the antichrist as ''[[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]]''. It's essentially ''Film/TheOmen'': TheGame.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' puts longtime series antagonist Ganondorf as this. [[spoiler:As he is the incarnation of the hatred of [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise]] who was defeated long ago by the Goddess Hylia's champion (Link). Demise then cursed the blood of the goddess and spirit of the hero to be locked in eternal war with his own reincarnation.]]
* Walter Sullivan in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' appears to be this. He is committing serial murder as part of the 21 Sacraments to resurrect the cult's [[GodIsEvil evil God]] and be reunited with his mother, burned the orphanage he was raised in in the process of killing one of his victims, rose from the dead after committing suicide, and you find his crucified original body in the secret room behind Henry's apartment.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Super High School Level Despair, aka [[spoiler: Junko Enoshima, aka The Mastermind, who already caused TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and is now using the School Life Of Mutual Killing to crush any last traces of hope in the world simply because she can. She manages to amass a following, which comes into relevance in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', but definitely doesn't project herself as any kind of savior.]]
* Julius in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'', in both games. He was born as a result of the Loptyr cult's long-term plotting to bring back their dark god by literally breeding a child with a strong enough Loptyr lineage. By some accounts he started off as a normal kid until he was given the cult's AncestralWeapon; then he became Loptyr's murderous vessel.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' your player character (the Avatar) was bred to be the vessel of Grima. A big plot point hinges on whether the Avatar decides to embrace his/her fate or ScrewDestiny. [[spoiler: In the timeline you are physically playing in, he/she fights fate and becomes the AntiAntichrist. In the Future Past timeline, he/she embraces it and truly becomes the Antichrist.]]
* In the Genocide route of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:the Fallen Child--that is, the child who was adopted by Toriel and Asgore--becomes this by possessing the PlayerCharacter through their player-directed violence; by the end of the game, the Fallen has taken over entirely and not only destroys the entire world, they murder the player and force you to sell your soul for a reset, which taints every future playthrough]]. How much they are this on other storylines is ambiguous; they were said to hate humanity and want revenge on ''a'' village, but in Genocide, the character says that your actions showed them the "true path" (i.e. destroy it ''all'').
* In ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'' there's [[spoiler:Loptr, the evil half of the former Creator-God of Chaos, Aesir. He is literally the evil incarnate of the former god of humanity, and plans on taking back the power of free will bequeathed to humankind when he was whole so that he can become Aesir again. For an added bonus, he ascends into godhood on Christmas Day, the day celebrating the birth of Christ!]]
* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', with [[MagicRealism supernatural events]] on, one possibility is the Antichrist, or an equivalent for another religion, arising and wreaking havoc upon the world with powerful traits (including the ability to regenerate from the most brutal mutilation the medieval world can offer) and event armies. Of course, it's just another wrinkle for the brutal politics of the medieval world, and often less dangerous than [[HordesFromTheEast Genghis Khan riding in from the east]] or [[AlternateHistory the Aztecs getting their hands on Viking longboats]].

* Spatch and Spatch II from ''WebComics/RiceBoy'' are clear antichrists. The terms in their own world are false "fulfillers" -- but they have the role. They manage to be pretty darn scary for simply drawn anthropomorphic frogs.
** In part, the problem with the Spatches was that The One Electronic essentially created his own Antichrists; somewhere between ''WebComics/OrderOfTales'' and ''WebComics/RiceBoy'', he started searching for some prophesied messiah, and each time he thought he'd found the one, he'd groom them to be this messiah he's seeking; unfortunately, Spatch started leveraging it for his own benefit and became corrupted by the cushy gig messiahdom had become. Spatch II inherited the title and his dad's attitude.
* Parodied in ''WebComics/SluggyFreelance'': Apparently, {{Satan}} is intent on fathering someone who would become the Antichrist, but offspring from human mothers just don't seem to be good enough. So, albeit on a drunken dare, he fathers a litter of 18 ([[NumberOfTheBeast 6+6+6]]) Satanic kittens. They don't qualify as the Antichrist either, though, so they just become [[KillerRabbit killer slasher kittens of doom]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Guy Fieri is the third and final Antichrist.]]
* In ''Webcomic/MysteryBabylon'', Kick Girl states that Adrian, the self-styled Lord of Light, is in fact the literal Antichrist.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Mystic detective and monster-hunter Jonathan [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brimstone]] from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. His father is [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]]. His mother a drug-addicted cultist. According to prophecy, he is destined to overthrow all goodness and light in his father's name.
** Well, he would if he hadn't decided to [[AntiAntichrist give his father the bird]] [[ScrewDestiny and fight evil]].
* Sara Waite (aka Carmilla) of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. The child of the demon lord Gothmog and a woman who is descended from [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos the Deep Ones]], she is prophesied to become The Kellith, which will wipe out humanity and replace it with her spawn. She's also one of the protagonists.
* ''Website/TheOnion'''s coverage of the [[http://www.theonion.com/section/royal-baby/ royal baby]] in 2013 depicts Kate Middleton's child as a full out demon.
* In a RunningGag of their LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', the hosts of ''LetsPlay/AnalogControl'', under heavy amounts of AlternateCharacterInterpretation, have taken to the belief KidSidekick Prince Tricky is the son of "Dino-Satan". This mostly comes from his [[BreathWeapon fire breathing]], OffscreenTeleportation and the belief Fox and his team are (accidentally) the bad guys.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Damien from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
** Cartman's "Critter Christmas" story involved a group of cute woodland animals who worship Satan attempting to give birth to the Antichrist on Christmas.
* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is essentially the Antichrist, being the daughter of [[{{Satan}} Trigon]] and serving as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt his portal to Earth]]. However, she's an AntiAntichrist in that she's completely unwilling and is opposed to her father.
* Marceline from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' could be said to be this, as her father is more or less the show's version of Satan. However, she, like Raven, falls firmly into AntiAntichrist territory.
* A running joke through the first few seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast''...
--> '''Zorak:''' Space Ghost! I am the Lone Mantis of the Apocalypse. Think of me when you look to the night sky!
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Rapture's Delight" depicts the Antichrist as a LargeHam akin to the Riddler from the 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' live-action series. He claims to be the opposite of Jesus in every way (when the DeathTrap he places Stan, Francine, and Jesus in breaks down, he claims that it's because Jesus is a master carpenter, thus making him "handy at nothing").
* The titular character in ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil''. Slightly subverted because she is a girl. She has an on again/off again relationship with DJ Jesus. [[SarcasmMode Wonder who that could be?]]
* [[spoiler:Bart Simpson]] in episode 20.13 of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Gone Maggie Gone". The episode is a parody of ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' incarnation of [[BigBad Megatron]] has this going for him. He has necromancer-like abilities thanks to Dark Energon, made [[DoomedHometown Cybertron]] unsuitable for life, caused mass murder on Cybertron, plans to do the same thing on Earth, and [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat just when everyone thought he died when he was in a space bridge explosion]], he recovered. He gets progressively worse as the series goes on; he proves just how much of a ManipulativeBastard he is with Orion Pax and [[spoiler: Ratchet]], tries to corrupt Jack in the collapsed mine, and outright offers his service to Unicron, the Satan of the franchise. In season two, when Optimus acquires [[StoryBreakerPower the Star Saber]], Megatron counters it by ripping off the limb of a dead Prime, grafts it to himself to wield a sword made of the blood of Unicron, giving a big middle finger to his creator, Primus, and the lineage of the Primes. Optimus is appropriately horrified by this.
** He even thinks he's the Anti-[[CrystalDragonJesus Primus]], as he believed that a vision of coming darkness and the destruction of Earth was All About Him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans,'' Callie is the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] daughter of the current Devil. She is currently taking part in his plan to cause the Apocalypse, and it's sometimes been hinted that she could have a larger role (she once had recurring dreams of the world ending if she slept with Twayne). She's not particularly enthused by this, though, and seems unsure if she wants to be this or the AntiAntichrist.
* [[BigBad Unalaq]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' acts as [[TheAntiGod Vaatu]]'s herald and seeks to blanket the whole world in darkness. He also can corrupt spirits and people.
* Aku's daughters from the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' are seven of these, with a twist. He had ''zero'' idea he even had kids because [[spoiler:they were conceived via their mother drinking Aku's essence he left to her cult when he was flattered by their worship of him]] and only learns and acts on this trope [[spoiler:when he finds out [[SecondRider Ashi]] is his daughter and performs a VillainOverride.]]