[[quoteright:166:[[Webcomic/{{Sinfest}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sinfestloserdevil_1374.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:166:Keep telling yourself that.]]

-> '''[[ComicBook/GhostRider Mephisto]]''': If you so desired, [[MyParentsAreDead I could return your mother to you]], [[BackFromTheDead alive and well]]. I could even mend your relationship with your [[CainAndAbel brother]]-- make your family whole again. All I would require is-- ''[finds Ebony pressed against his neck]'' Gyark!\\
'''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]]''': I'm not really interested in mending fences with my brother, [[DealWithTheDevil so here's my counteroffer]]: You give me a job that can pay my electric bill for the year, and I'll leave you here with your head attached to your body.\\
'''Mephisto''': ...Actually, there's a fiend called Blackheart who has caused me trouble to no end.\\
'''Dante''': Done. But I'm charging you triple because you're such a tool.
-->-- ''MarvelVsCapcom3FateOfTwoWorlds''

Some stories portray the devil as a weak and ineffectual (if unrelentingly evil) guy. He may be more worried about getting his Wood Elf character to level 70 or catching the latest episode of ''JustForFun/AvatarAndTheAirbendingFellowshipOfVampireSlayers'' than punishing the damned, or perhaps he's unattractive and unpopular and lives in his mother's basement. Perhaps he's gets outsmarted every time he tries to [[DealWithTheDevil make a deal with a mortal]]. Maybe he's plagued by DaddyIssues (being the original rebel and all).

Naturally, he's no match at all for the forces of heaven. [[KungFuJesus Jesus doesn't need to know kung fu to humiliate him]] and is in any case [[JesusWasWayCool much cooler than him.]] His former fellows among the angels can give him wedgies at will. A GoodShepherd can [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talk him into submission]]. Heck, even a mortal guy with a cross could drive him back.

Some works will use EvilIsPetty to show this. It's pretty hard to think the devil is cool when he spends most of his time writing rude words in the public toilet and prank-calling the church.

This is the other side of the infernal coin. Satan as a stylish, seductive badass is a modern invention. [[FairyTale Medieval portrayals]] have him a thug, dangerous but also easy to fool and really only waiting for someone stupid enough to sin. Older ones portray him as something of a celestial prosecutor, someone appointed by God (or at least permitted) to put humanity to the test; opinions differ on whether it's [[PunchClockVillain simply]] [[NecessarilyEvil a duty]] or if he is a {{jerkass}} who loves his work.

For other non-threatening evil spirits, see DontFearTheReaper.
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'''Examples:'''

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''[[LightNovel/HatarakuMaouSama The Devil is a Part-Timer!]]'', the Demon King and TheDragon flee the hero Emilia Justina by jumping through a portal to Earth. Upon arrival, the lack of ambient magic makes them lose their powers. Guess who ends up working at [[WcDonalds Mg]][[BurgerFool Ronald]]?
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Neron in ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' loses because Captain Marvel's soul is too pure.
** Neron gets to keep most of the evil souls he's taken, however, including Lex Luthor's and the Joker's. They don't want them, anyway.
*** Neron also loses his throne in the ''Reign in Hell'' comics. Satanus also joins Neron as a ''Devil who is a loser'' by losing his throne to Blaze.
* Lucifer in the eponymous comic ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' has an AlternateCharacterInterpretation as a complete tool who really has no point other than to be spiteful to his old man.
** On the other hand, he did help save about three universes from destruction at the hands of said "old man", so maybe he had a reason for quarreling with him.
* Mephisto has his ups and downs. He was enslaved to Thanos during the InfinityGauntlet saga. Once humiliated by the BlackPanther by being cut off from his power and the crap beat out of him. In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' he gets completely played and humiliated by the Leader and {{Deadpool}} of all people. The Leader even taunts him when Mephisto threatens him, claiming that while Mephisto ''might'' be more evil than him, he's definitely smarter. Averted in other cases. ''OneMoreDay'' he dissolved the marriage of Spider-Man and Mary Jane. He once faked defeat against the IncredibleHulk to get him to become overconfident and destroy his own life later. He tends to fare better against other villains where he is allowed to win by outsmarting and humiliating them such as Black Heart, [[TheMightyThor Hela, and Loki.]]
* ComicBook/{{Loki}} in the ''{{Thor}}'' comics tends to be this as well.
* The First of The Fallen will NEVER succeed against JohnConstantine. It gets so bad that Constantine claims at one point if he is sent to hell he can easily take over and the First is reduced to taunting Constantine from a distance with other demons being far more effective than him in hurting Constantine.
* Subverted by ''ComicBook/TheSandman'''s Lucifer. He's the only one to really break the cycle.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* This is the premise of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' {{Mary Sue Hunter}}s story ''Fanfic/TheGameOfTheGods''. In it, [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] attempts to derail the books by inserting various {{Mary Sue}}s in it, but ends up getting them killed through a loose grasp of the lore, the cleverness of his opponents, and sheer lack of common sense. By the end of the story, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain he's become rather pitiable]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'' contains possibly the most literal example ever, in which Satan [[spoiler: loses a wager with God and is sent to a VillainousBreakdown]].
** In the ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'' remake the Devil [[HotAsHell (a beautiful woman)]] grants wishes to a man in exchange for his soul, but each wish [[JackassGenie results in a humiliating failure]]. It turns out that the Devil is actually harmless, since [[spoiler: God owns all people's souls; they can't be sold!]] She's just a practical joker.
* ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'' cranks this one up to eleven.
** To be fair, Dr. Satan is not Satan himself, just some nerdy guy styled after him.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Satan in the ''DivineComedy'' is a towering imbecile, trapped chest-deep in ice and forever crying and beating his wings in a vain attempt to escape, which only [[SelfInflictedHell cools and hardens the tears into ice, trapping him]].
* Another Loser Devil shows up in the Creator/EoinColfer novel ''Literature/TheWishList''.
* The devil takes the form of an emaciated, impoverished down-on-his-luck country gentleman in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov''. He also seems pretty resigned to be being blamed for all of mankind's ills. Not suave or sophisticated at all, but still capable of causing the occasional ''HeroicBSOD''.
** Although he claims to take this form to mess with Ivan's sense of self-importance.
* In C. S. Lewis' ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', the Devil is perfectly capable of feats of supreme intelligence, strength, and many other virtues -- which is precisely the trouble; he doesn't really like to use them, ''because'' they're good things. He's a [[EvilIsPetty petty]], spiteful bastard who'll just as soon kill frogs or rip up chunks of turf for the pleasure of killing ''something'' as corrupt an entire world.
* Lucifer in Wendy Alec's Brothers Series. After he corrupts Adam and Eve, he gains control of the race of men and its solar system, only to lose every battle or encounter he engages after that. Not surprisingly, whatever tension existed in the book fissles out as we see him constantly found in violation of various unstated laws. How can there be conflict when everytime Satan acts, God just punishes him by reducing his power and authority, which he never regains?
* Creator/CSLewis also creates a different loser devil in ''TheScrewtapeLetters''. Screwtape is a grumpy old demon with NoSenseOfHumor, whose list of things he can't stand about Heaven includes God's disgusting, hedonistic ''love'' for His physical creations, not to mention His habit of playing music at all hours of the night. Screwtape can't actually hear the music, he just hates the fact it is being played. Silence is no improvement, as Screwtape prefers some good, loud, decently ugly ''noise''. Meanwhile, he works a desk job as an undersecretary in Hell's middle management, on one occasion signing his name with a pretentious string of honorific letters. (Hell, of course, is a VastBureaucracy.)
* This is half the point of ''The Devil's Storybook'' and ''The Devil's Other Storybook'', both by Natalie Babbitt. The other half is how he still wins as often as he loses.
* Andrew Wyvern in James Morrow's ''Only Begotten Daughter'' is a fairly disgusting creature, who only seems to succeed because [[DevilButNoGod God's an absentee landlord]]. Morrow stated in interviews he was trying to [[DracoInLeatherPants avoid]] [[DesignatedVillain the various]] [[MisaimedFandom tropes]] so the Devil wouldn't be the most interesting character.
* ''LeftBehind'' has the devil so incompetent that he becomes sympathetic solely because of how badly he gets beaten. He tries to turn things around, but [[YouCantFightFate he was destined to lose at God's hand anyway.]]
* Lucifer in ''The Book of Joby'' is fairly petty, and gets crapped on by birds.
* The underlying characterization of Satan in ''ParadiseLost''. Despite his fancy rhetoric and impressive figure, he's just posturing as an epic hero and making self-defeating arguments that even he admits are bogus. He's simply too proud to ask for forgiveness and admit his mistakes in front of all his loyal followers. Even in the battle scene he gets clobbered unconscious the moment he takes the field. Of course, there are a lot of people who [[MisaimedFandom see him as exactly the epic hero he presents himself to be]].
** Its sequel, ''ParadiseRegained,'' continues this, in part to fit into the idea of damnation as continually degrading him into weaker and less godly forms, and also because he was up trying to tempt ''[[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]]'' and was obviously doomed to failure, unlike with Adam and Eve.
* Chichikov from ''DeadSouls'' definitely invokes this with the whole "buying people's 'souls'" thing and he's a lot like the "devil as small time bureaucrat / loser" portrayal in other works. In fact, both Chichikov and Scratch store their souls in a box - the only difference is that Chichikov's are metaphorical.
* Torak of ''TheBelgariad'' and Azash of ''TheElenium''. Both are incredibly powerful in physical/magical terms, but they're also crippled, handicapped by an inability to change, stupid, and totally unable to understand human emotions, which ultimately results in both their downfalls. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Caleb, right-hand man to the First Evil, refers to Satan as a "little man" (at least, compared to his boss).
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** One sketch features a musician making a DealWithTheDevil only to discover that Satan is a phenomenally crappy songwriter.
** Another one features Patrick Stewart as an initially [[LargeHam impressive]] Satan who then chokes on a grape and finds that he can't command any respect from his lackeys anymore.
*** At one point, he calls the three lesser devils "Insignificant piles of insect saliva." The one of the lesser devils, played by Norm [=McDonald=] asks, "How exactly do you pile saliva?"
*** After choking on a grape following his threat to eat their bloody entrails, another minion played by David Spade tells him that he shouldn't attempt to eat bloody entrails until he ''mastered grapes.'' They keep on mocking him even after he turns them all into barnyard animals.
** In another episode the Devil goes on ''The People's Court'' suing for a man's soul. He loses.
* In an episode of ''NorthernExposure'', the town is visited by Satan, who is a dumpy and unimpressive man more interested in small acts of betrayal than diabolical evil. He ultimately fails to corrupt the citizens of Cicely even slightly.
* There's a ''TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' routine in which the Devil is depicted as an [[Creator/ChrisCrocker effeminate Southern guy]] who spends [[OverlyLongGag two minutes of screentime]] going on what Wikipedia calls "unprecedented rants against people who make assumptions of what the Devil is".
-->''"Would you please stop that?"''
* On an episode of ''Series/XPlay'' about the time a ''WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion came out, Morgan apparently made a deal with the devil to have him level up her character. Unfortunately, the Devil apparently sucks at ''[=WoW=]''.
* In the Quebec surreal comedy sketch show ''Phylactere Cola'', one skit shows Satan living in a basement apartment, having to deal repeatedly with annoyingly persistent Jehovah's witnesses. [[spoiler:They manage to convert him in the end!!]]
* In the MysteryScienceTheater3000 episode "SantaClaus" Mike Nelson sings "The Devil is a Wiener" to the tune of the soundtrack.
* In ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' Satan is shown to be not only an incompetent jailer (letting over a hundred damned souls escape Hell), but he's also incredibly petty and juvenile, unable to pass up an opportunity to tie someone's shoelaces together or loosen the cap on a salt shaker.
* Lucifer in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is a suave, sophisticated, and exceptionally dangerous being. He created the demons personally, can destroy the planet when at full power, and is one of three creatures that the Colt can't kill (the other two are implied to be God and Death). However, when it comes right down to it, none of that changes the fact that he's a spoiled brat throwing a tantrum because his daddy wasn't paying enough attention to him.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' has the four demons at the coffee shop in "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me", revealing that for all their fearsome rep in the show, demons are... kind of pathetic.
* On ''GoodEats'' this happens sometimes. Sometimes a BigRedDevil will appear and get his ass kicked by Alton (who is a Christian in RealLife). Or, as in the Devil's Food Cake episode, he simply will not get to taste the cake.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band portrays Satan as "way behind" on his quota for souls. In desperation, he makes a bet with Johnny, a local Georgia fiddle player, to a fiddling contest. Though Satan is portrayed as a pretty badass dude, he's no match for a good ole Georgia boy and gets beaten handily. Johnny freely gloats and insults the devil throughout the song and ultimately snags his shiny golden fiddle.
** It has been pondered that Satan lost the battle but won the war by making Johnny fall prey to greed and pride.
*** Though Johnny does acknowledge that he knows what he's doing is a sin, so whether he actually fell for it or he was just confident in his abilities is up for debate.
----> "The boy said, 'My name's Johnny and it might be a sin/ But I'm gonna take your bet/ you're gonna regret/ 'cause I'm the best that's ever been!'"
** A sequel balled: "The Devil Comes Back To Georgia" also made by the Charlie Daniels band [[HereWeGoAgain tells of how ten years after the Fiddle Duel, the Devil challenges Fiddle Player Johnny, now a family man and father, to a rematch.]] Seething from his defeat years before, the devil tells Johnny that his pride will be his downfall and takes the Golden Fiddle away as Johnny is tuning it, though the Fiddle player still has his old fiddle in his woodshed. After getting warmed up on his old fiddle due to having not been playing since the birth of his son, Johnny and the Devil duel once again. Its not exactly clear at the end, but from the sounds of things, Johnny kicked the Devil's ass... again.
* Then of course there is the TropeNamer itself, which is {{Lordi}}'s song ''The Devil Is A Loser''. The song ridicules someone for making a DealWithTheDevil... because they were stupid enough to make a deal with someone that pathetic.
* The song "War is my Destiny" by rapper Ill Bill describes the fallen angels who served Satan during the rebellion as promptly dethroning him after they were cast from Heaven for his failure to deliver on his promises. A new Devil is crowned in his place. Satan later manages to somewhat redeem himself in their eyes after the Biblical Flood by coming up with a plan to corrupt mankind by manipulating them through the word of God.
* Stryper's (Christian glam metal band) To Hell With the Devil dismisses the Devil from a Christian perspective.
* "The Number of the Beast" by Music/IronMaiden was perceived by some to out the band as Satan worshipers... the song itself plays out like a horror movie (it was inspired by ''Film/TheOmen''). However, the "Run to the Hills" single artwork has Eddie, Maiden's zombie mascot, in a fight with the devil. The Number of the Beast album shows the aftermath, Eddie holding the Devil's decapitated head. Maiden rightfully pointed out that they were not encouraging worshiping the Devil as he was the LOSER in the battle.
* While we're at Metal, "Bigger Than The Devil" (especially the cover art) by SOD clearly implies this.
* The Creator/PsychopathicRecords supergroup "Soopa Villainz" has Mr. Diamond([[Music/InsaneClownPosse Violent J]]) reference this trope in their BoastfulRap "Conquer"...
--> '''Mr. Diamond:''' "I don't work for the Devil!\\
Shit, we kicked him outta Hell!\\
We overthrew him, stabbed him with a cross, and cut off his tail!"
** From the Music/InsaneClownPosse's "We Like It Like That":
-->"We so deep underground, the devil came around\\
But got his tail chopped off by Shaggy the clown"
** Both members of ICP are religious, so it's no surprise Satan (or "the Witch" as he's often called) is portrayed this way. At no point in any of the Joker's Cards is the Witch shown having any powers greater than lies and deception.
* The song "Beelz" by comedian Stephen Lynch depicts Satan as AffablyEvil and AmbiguouslyGay.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}ic culture (as opposed to the religion of Islam, which doesn't have much to say about the Devil other than "he's a jinn and a tempter") the devil (called Iblis, who was never an angel) is not only stupid but ugly as well which makes a [[{{Fanon}} folk theory]][=/=]AlternativeCharacterInterpretation that ''he and God were once lovers'' kind of odd. Then again, LoveMakesYouCrazy, [[LoveMakesYouDumb Dumb]], and [[LoveMakesYouEvil Evil]].
** [[BellisariosMaxim It's folklore, don't think too hard about it.]]
** Should emphasize that this is at best a myth; and certainly the idea that God and Satan were ever lovers is not one that appears in any Muslim religious text. In fact, orthodox Muslims would regard it as downright heretical.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} the Devil is the loser of the war in heaven. Basically, it boils down into different versions of the Plan of Eternal Salvation. Lucifer's plan involved everyone not having free will, guaranteed entry into heaven, and the glory for all of that belonging to himself since it was his plan. Jesus wanted everyone to have free will even though it meant that yes, there will be sinners and evil people, as well all the people going into heaven [[EarnYourHappyEnding deserving it for trying act ethically over the course of their lifetime]] and all the glory going to God because God enabled it and [[TheChessmaster probably had it all in mind anyways]]. Lucifer eventually becomes Satan, stewing in Outer Darkness (Hell) and trying to upset the Plan of Eternal Salvation at every chance he can get. Which, of course, [[TooDumbToLive helps to enable the entire thing]].
** The Devil is still treated as a very dangerous character. Yeah, he's lost, but his goal shifted from elevating himself above God by forcing humanity into salvation, [[OmnicidalManiac to taking as many souls down with him as he can.]]
* Irish folklore, in contrast with most traditions where a DealWithTheDevil will end up with the person who made it being the fool, thinking they could trick the devil, tends to portray the Devil as a total sucker who will buy just about anything. In most stories, the protagonists will get away with swindling the devil without consequences and souls intact, and in the few where they do suffer some consequences, they tend to result either from character flaws on the part of the protagonists or the devil being a sore loser. For instance, the tale of Jack O'Lantern, where he ensured that he could not be taken to hell but neglected to make sure that he could get into heaven, and for this oversight will eternally wander the earth, carrying a lantern to keep evil spirits away. Not very surprising for a culture that evolved wordplay to an art form and considered that if someone was swindled it was the victim's fault for being an idiot. St. Patrick may have changed that (driving the snakes/liars from Ireland), but early Irish Christians, reading the Bible, seem to have been very unimpressed with the devil's intelligence by comparison. Swindling the devil is still acceptable, apparently, with the ordinary human protagonists playing KarmicTrickster.
** Note that US culture is heavily influenced by the Irish one, particularly in the Northeast (with the large Irish Catholic immigration in the 19th century), and in the South (where Ulster Scots and Irish Protestants settled in the 17th and 18th centuries), so it isn't surprising that American culture is also riddled with tales of the Devil getting tricked by humans: see e.g. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" in Music above, or the Northern equivalent, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and variants (which combines it with the American and especially Northern focus on legalism and quibbles).
* Finnish folklore has one prominent story about the Devil. The bargain he makes is that the story's protagonist will work at his farm for three years, and the first of them to lose their temper will be partially skinned, enough to make a pair of boots. The Devil is depicted as a land-owning farmer, and over the course of the story loses his dog, his oxen, two wives, and his house to the protagonist. He is on the verge of running from his own home during the night when the second wife is killed, making him finally lose his temper, so the protagonist wins the arrangement and gets exactly what he bargained for: a pair of very nice shoes made with the Devil's skin. The Devil, on the other hand, vows to never again bargain with a Finn, because they are too stubborn.
* Generally, if you read Medieval folklore about the Devil, he will usually be presented as a diminutive, ugly and stupid, easily tricked by ordinary peasants on a daily basis. The more powerful, imposing Devil only started emerging during the Reformation period when religion went from a fairly laid back routine back to SeriousBusiness.
* There's a folk tale about The Devil and the Farmer's Wife, where the farmer lets the devil take his wife, but [[PityTheKidnapper soon wants to give her back.]] Sometimes, the farmer can live with her even though the Devil can't (either he's just more patient or [[BadassNormal the wife deliberately made more of a nuisance of herself in hell]]) and he leaves the family alone; in other versions, the farmer doesn't want her back either and they split up, while the Devil ''still'' leaves the family alone. Either way, the devil is not particularly impressive.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. He even has a giant spoon in place of the usual pitchfork, and claims to be from ''Heck''. He's in charge of punishing small sins, like leaving the toilet seat up. May or may not be related to the PointyHairedBoss.
** Confirmed by the strip: They're at least half-brothers (and [[TheDevilIsALoser the Pointy Haired Boss was always their mom's favorite]]).
*** This is actually an example of AscendedFanon
* From ''TheFarSide'':
--> '''The Devil''': (staring out his home window) Tell me, Margaret... Am I a butthead?
* Poor, poor Fan(Damn) from the Swedish comic ''Himmlens Änglar''(Heavens Angels), in this series he is TheWoobie.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The Devil in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' is a somewhat whiny guy who has trouble keeping his demons in line and can be foiled by a dead professor or the director of a privatised water company. [[SatanIsGood He is however portrayed sympathetically]], as he has to spend eternity in Hell just for rebelling against God once.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Ebon Dragon, from ''{{Exalted}}''. He's basically the [[{{Satan}} Devil-figure]] of the setting, the master of betrayal, lies, and deceit, and the only one of the [[EldritchAbomination Yozis]] who operates on [[CardCarryingVillain standard human morality]]...but see WordOfGod's explanation for exactly why ''his'' villainy is represented not by [[AboveGoodAndEvil alternative]] [[{{Ubermensch}} interpretations]] of the Virtue system, but merely by having bad Virtue scores:
-->"The Dragon's evil is supposed to be pathetic. It's supposed to be contemptible. That doesn't make him weak, but he's not heroic in either a classical or contemporary sense. He's a force of evil without scruples or principles. He stands for nothing save making things worse for everyone. He will stab you in the back at every turn and he cannot be reformed. ... When you face the Dragon, having Virtues greater than him, you can look down on him. You can see that he's not simply different or alien, but a loser. And yet, losers can win. He's a smart loser, a cunning loser. He's a loser unfettered by any moral restraint holding him back from hurting you any way he can get away with. He cheats. He cheats very well. He might just win. But it won't be a heroic victory. To make it so would miss the point. He's giving the finger to all the humanists and transhumanists and alien weirdos. He says you all suck. But the truth is that he just sucks compared with all of you and on some level, he knows it. I said there were two bad things that alternative Virtue did as a model for the Dragon's wickedness. The second is that you give him an excuse. Oh, he runs from fighting? Actually, he's just smart enough to duck out when he's losing. It's all very reasonable, you see. No. Wrong. He's a coward who bolts in terror from the heroes and lies to himself and others about why he did it. Even if he can make himself stay as an act of antagonistic defiance, he can't make himself stop being terrified. He can't escape into the Other. He's stuck playing in the same moral sandbox as everyone else and he absolutely fails at it."
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In Antonin Dvorak's opera ''The Devil and Kate'', the sheer bitchiness of the chatterbox Kate is such that even Lucifer is afraid of her, and is willing to do anything in order to send her back to Earth.
* In Randy Newman's musical/opera ''Randy Newman's Faust'', Lucifer sings a song called "Bleeding All Over the Place." He's not a totally loser, but he's a heck of a lot less threatening (and more likeable) than your typical Satan, possibly because he's voiced on the CD by Randy Newman.
* Conor McPherson's play ''The Seafarer,'' the Devil is a character named Mr. Lockhart. Without revealing the outcome of the play (and McPherson being McPherson, it could go either way), but he wastes an entire evening playing cards with a bunch of guys, some of whom are alcoholic and one of whom is blind, just to get one soul. It's still a fantastic play.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the SamAndMax episode "What's New, Beelzebub?", Satan is a rather ineffectual middle management of Hell, LLC. He has no respect from his subordinates, and is at the beck and call of the BigBad, who eventually fires him.
* Satan from ''PuyoPuyo'' and ''Madou Monogatari'' is a pathetic StalkerWithACrush for protagonist Arle Nadja, whose schemes are frequently ridiculous or pointless (such as increasing the power of the sun so he can get a tan and attract girls), and is always foiled by her and Carbuncle.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The Devil from ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' spends all his time talking to T-Rex about video games and internet slang. And he drinks grape juice from concentrate.
* The webcomic ''[[http://www.inhislikeness.com In His Likeness]]''. Of course, God has a few issues as well.
* Pictured above is the Devil from ''{{Sinfest}}''. While he IS a pretty badass dude, more than a few strips feature him collecting mockery of God, taunts of Ezekiel and Ariel "[[ScrewySquirrel the Wascally Angels]]", [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-12-19 pity of Buddha]] and made aware that he's LonelyAtTheTop. The closest thing he had to a friend was his [[spoiler: son]] LoonyFan L'il Evil, a HarmlessVillain whose faith might as well have been HoYay.
** The AntiChrist was so pathetic that he finally got a life only [[AmnesiacDissonance after accidentally mind-wiping himself]] by drinking from Lethe and so far no one (including Devil) wanted his old personality back.
* In ''SluggyFreelance'', Satan is the victim of cyber attacks by Riff, ends up doing the nasty with a cat while drunk, gets chewed out on a daytime talk show for not taking care of the resulting demonic kitten children, and is terrified of scorpions.
* In the RoosterTeeth Comics, Hell is tech support for Apple, the Devil is the still the Boss, but he wears Khakis.
* In ''Webcomic/DeadDuck'', the devil is actually a teenager running Hell so he can appease his old man and running a day camp on the side under a costume to look more intimidating. His father? [[spoiler: ''God'']]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Once faced with Tennyo and Generator in the story "Sit In" in the WhateleyUniverse, the demon lord (okay, brevet under-baron) Phesclangorenthal rapidly turns into this.
* Discussed by MovieBob, he believes that when you take away all the stories and rumours, the devil is less LexLuthor, and more Starscream.
* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Satan rambles on about nothing and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment makes people]] watch ''TimeSquad'', watch ''{{Shrek}} 2'' or eat his mom's spaghetti. [[spoiler:He also lets Joel, Phil and Elly out of hell.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Red Guy With No Pants]] from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and ''IAmWeasel''.
** Notably, he's referred to as the devil only in the first show's pilot (in which his "EvilPlan" is to make Chicken smoke cigarettes).
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Satan may look scary, but he's a self-sabotaging abused lover of Saddam Hussein.
** Up until [[BerserkButton he had enough]] and killed Saddam.
*** Satan used to be scary, but then got into an abusive codependent relationship and [[VillainDecay hasn't recovered since]]. At times his demeanor borders on ''TheWoobie.''
** Amusingly, [[GodKartingWithBeelzebub God actually called him out on this]]:
-->'''God:''' What the hell happened to you?
-->'''Satan:''' Huh?!
-->'''God:''' You got kicked out of here for being a headstrong rebel. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech And now you're a whiny little bitch]].
* The Robot Devil from ''{{Futurama}}''. The guy is [[IdiotHero outsmarted by Fry]] and in one episode is seen in jail.[[ManChild He's also whiny,]] ScreamsLikeALittleGirl [[ImprobableWeaponUser when you hit him with a fiddle,]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and lives in New Jersey.]] His only positive trait is that he's a good musician.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'', The Devil is shown more as an incompetent and effeminate weirdo [[WellDoneSonGuy with creator issues]] than a powerful master of temptation. His evil schemes are often self-defeating but occasionally he proves he's a NotSoHarmlessVillain.
* Lucius on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' is largely a SmugSnake HarmlessVillain who is incapable of running things without [[OnlySaneEmployee Heloise]].
** He's also a massively LargeHam, though considering that he is voiced by Sean Cullen this comes as no surprise.
** Though he is technically only the great-great-great-great grandson of the ''original devil'', who is feared by everyone including his descendants.
* Played with in ''LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil'': Satan seems like a harmless yuppie right up until the point where he tries to murder you in your dreams with burrowing flesh-worms.
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'': Subverted. [[SissyVillain Him]] may mince around [[CreepyCrossdresser in drag]] between launching invariably doomed {{Evil Plan}}s, but he is ''far'' from harmless. An [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] RealityWarper, Him only loses because his schemes hinge on exploiting some character flaw, a MonsterOfTheWeek, or poorly-chosen combat conditions. He comes far closer to success than other villains, and [[BadFuture one particular episode]] [[HellOnEarth demonstrated exactly what would happen]] [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce should the girls fail]]...
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