Forces of Chaos: Lucifer, Beelzebub, Lilith, Astaroth / Ishtar, Ashura-Oh, Asura, Asherah, Vairocana, Ahura Mazda, Mara, Tiamat, Pale Rider, Red Rider, White Rider, Black Rider, Trumpeter
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Abaddon / Apollyon
Abaddon / Apollyon
"The king of the abyss that appears in the Book of Revelations of the New Testament. He controls locusts and plagues. He leads the seventh order of demons who appear at the sounding of the fifth trumpet on Judgement Day, when he will bring a horde of locusts to make people suffer. His name in Hebrew means "destroyer" and "endless pit." It's thought that his origins lie in the deification of the natural disasters caused by locust swarms."
— Compendium info from Shin Megami Tensei IV
The Fallen Angel of the Abyss and his Greek incarnation. The Apollyon horde serve Abaddon or the one carrying the title King Abaddon in King Abaddon.
Achilles' Heel: Creating a weapon using a piece of cursed metal obtained from a certain chaos god nullifies its healing powers.
"A ghost who appears as a small blonde girl. She seems young, but her magic powers are formidable. She is either the ghost of an English girl who died a sad death, or an evil spirit from a fevered writer's mind."
— Compendium info from Devil Survivor 2
Alice is a minor character appearing in the Shin Megami Tensei series. A young girl possessing formidable magic powers, she is taken care of by her "uncles", the Count in Red and the Baron in Black, of which both care for her deeply.
The Shin Megami Tensei Alice shares many physical similarities with the character, most notably the blue dress and the blond hair. Also, her signature move "Die For Me!" seems to draw inspiration from the book. Furthermore, her Shin Megami Tensei: IMAGINE attack, "Mad Tea Party", takes further inspiration from the book as it references the chapter in which the protagonist met the Mad Hatter and March Hare.
In Strange Journey, Alice desires to catch the Hare of Inaba in the Ex Mission "Catch That Rabbit". It involves falling down several holes.
In Shin Megami Tensei II, Alice can be fought should Aleph manage to find a distinct gold chest in the factory near Betelguese's lair. Upon reaching the Gold Chest, Alice appears and asks Aleph whether she can keep the treasure. Should Aleph answer no, Alice attacks Aleph. Defeating her awards players with one of the five strongest weapons of the game.
Alice appears as a secret demon in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army. In order to summon her, Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV must first hear a rumor from the blond girl in the Shin-Sekai Soda Joint describing telephone booths around the capital. He then must check the public phone in Tsukudo-Cho near the shrine with a Belial in the party. Next, he must check the phone in Harumi-Cho with a Nebiros in the party. Finally, with both demons in party, Raidou must answer the phone in Ginza-Cho, which will call Alice up from Hell. If Raidou defeats her, he can then summon her by fusing Raja Naga and Jack Frost.
Alice appears as a Case File boss for the Chaos-Alignment exclusive "One Girl's Happiness" case in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon. First, Raidou must complete the two "My Wish" cases. Later, a request from "Uncle Red and Uncle Black" will appear in the Case Files section. They have lost Alice and come to Raidou for help finding her. Raidou must then speak to two girls by the Tamoten Shrine in Tsukudo-Cho. According to them, there's a rumor that a blue-eyed foreign girl lingers in the back stall of a bathroom in their school. The girl will ask a person if they will be her friend, and if somebody agrees then she will kill them. The girl who explains the rumor reveals that she said no and that the girl is still haunting her. Alice will then appear and pose the same question to Raidou. Regardless of the answer, a battle will initiate.
Alice can be summoned in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey after the MC finishes the Ex-Mission "Catch that Rabbit" in Sector Fornax and after reaching Level 39 with the Fiend Converter. Originally, she posts the mission herself to ensure the capture of the "rabbit", upon which the MC pursues the rabbit across several holes until cornered. Once this happens, Alice, if allowed, will begin brutalizing the rabbit until stopped by the protagonist and confronted. Upon defeat, she will fade away.
In Devil Survivor 2 she is the ultimate boss who can only be fought during a New Game+ and once all other bonus bosses have been defeated. She is also accompaned by Belial and Nebiros in the fight.
During the Snow Queen Quest in Megami Ibunroku Persona, at Devil's Peak, Alice can be found as a Boss In Mooks Clothing. She's level 99, strong to everything and has 999 HP. You can't run, negotiate, or recruit her. Beating her nets you quite the sum of XP. though.
But Thou Must: When the Protagonist confronts Alice in Shin Megami Tensei I, she questions if the Protagonist would "die for her" and join the citizens of Roppongi. Should the Protagonist decline, he is forced to fight both Belial and Nebiros in separate battles. Alternatively, even should the Protagonist agree, he will not die, bemusing Alice and forcing them to fight both Belial and Nebiros.
The Hare of Inaba explains it best in Strange Journey: the Fiend you keep on fighting throughout the games is very likely not even the real Alice, but rather, her memory, born of the magics that rendered the original insane and very likely killed her. This is what caused the rather twisted form of reincarnation, as mentioned above. And the worst part? The demons gave her that magic because they loved her. They wanted her to be forever young, forever happy. Talk about Hoist by His Own Petard...
Composite Character: While the Lewis Carroll references are abundant, there's also a Scandinavian myth of a girl named Alice that died when she was young, became a spirit, and was driven insane from her extreme magical power. The myth was used to scare children into behaving, or else Alice would kill them at night so that she could be "friends" with them. Her actions in the first Shin Megami Tensei are an allusion to this myth, and her compendium entry in Strange Journey seem to suggest that she could be a reference to one or the other.
The Mad Hatter and a demon based on the White Rabbit called Clock Rabbit have appeared within the Devil Children games. With Alice and Clock Rabbit appearing in Devil Children White. Making it possible that she could possibly be both.
Creepy Child: Her innocence, her powers and her sadism really don't mix well.
Reincarnation: In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, the Hare of Inaba notes both he and Alice were nothing but memories doomed to forever wander, repeating the cycle of pain and death endlessly, until the Protagonist defeated Alice and allowed both the Hare and Alice to move on.
"The Japanese goddess of light. She is one of the leading deities of Takaamagahara, the land of the Amatsu gods. A deification of the sun, she also governs life. It is said she was born from the left eye of Izanagi."
— Amaterasu's compendium info from Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
"A god of Japanese legend, born along with Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi. He was cast out for lewd behavior, but redeemed himself with heroic deeds like slaying Yamata-no-Orochi."
— Susano-o's compendium info from Persona 3
Two Gods of Japanese lore who were born from Izanagi after he washed himself to cleanse him from the filth of Yomi.
Amnesiac God: In Strange Journey, Amaterasu appears under the guise of Kinmamon in Sector Eridanus in the Schwarzwelt. She appears to be lost and confused, drawn to the powers of the land by her nature as a mother goddess. The Schwarzwelt's powers were trying to incorporate her into the group of the Demon Mothers, and she wound up talking senseless gibberish in a corner on Eridanus until the Protagonist, with the aid of Ame no Uzume and Futotama shone a magical mirror upon her, waking her up from her delusional dreams and allowing her to leave the dimension with her caretakers.
Badass: Susano-o in Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito where the guy ends up facing some of Abe Seimei's most powerful demons and even after losing his arms during the battle continues to fight on and crush the demon he's facing.
Character Filibuster: After freeing the Shinto gods in II, Amaterasu proceeds to go on a fairly lengthy rant about how the vain, grasping "Hebrew gods" (literally Hebrew gods, straight from the Japanese script, not an invention of Aeon Genesis) tricked the Kunitsukami into locking the Amatsukami and then turned on the Kunitsukami themselves. To anyone from Abrahamic Religions, it comes across really uncomfortably.
Cutlass Between the Teeth: Susano-o uses his sword this way once his arms are cut off in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito.
The Power of Hate: The rage Honda feels about being unable to escape the lockdown and meet his son in Amane's 8th Day summons Susano-o.
The Power of Love: The group speculates that he is actually summoned by his ability to sympathize with Honda who wished to see his loved one. Along with possibly the feelings of his son seeking to see his father.
In Persona 4, Konohana Sakuya will evolve into Amaterasu once the High Priestess Social Link reaches Rank 10, making Amaterasu the ultimate Persona for Yukiko Amagi. Likewise, Jiraiya will evolve into Susano-o once the Magician Social Link reaches Rank 10, making him the ultimate persona for Yosuke Hanamura.
In Devil Survivor 2, Amaterasu is a Unique demon that doesn't require a particular fusion combination to create. Instead, the player has to achieve a Fate level of 5 with Otome Yanagiya before it is available. Once this has been achieved, it is unlocked for fusion on all subsequent runs as long as the player imports his/her save. Susano-o is also a Unique demon that must be unlocked by getting to Fate level 5, but with Keita Wakui instead.
Rule of Symbolism: In Strange Journey, Amaterasu also comments she was drawn into the Schwarzwelt, with the feeling she was supposed to be one of the mothers.
Side Quest: (IV) Futotama, found at the Meiji Shrine in Shinjuku, explains that Amaterasu was sealed away and asks that the player obtain the three imperial regalia from demon's domains around Tokyo to revive her. She bestows the Torifune's Shrawl upon resurrection.
Battle Butler: Aniel acts as a Steward for the Four Archangels in Shin Megami Tensei IV. He calls for Sister Gabby whenever Flynn does Law Challenge Quests on the Law Route and is the one who summons Seraph in the quest "Four Wings, Four Heads".
Kazfiel was a optional boss fight in Shin Megami Tensei I.
In Strange Journey, both Aniel and Kazfiel were optional boss fights in the three EX Missions Before The Holy Battle. The third one being a Dual Boss against the two. Samael also appears, but is more of a random boss due to the mechanics of finding hidden demons in the game.
In IV Kazfiel is a boss faced in the Challenge Quest "Escorting Your Comrade", where he is the last angel preventing you from helping Navarre escape from Mikado.
Love Angel: Aniel fastens the bonds of love and is associated with Venus, the planet associated with love. This also explains his design as a young male cupid in II.
Our Angels Are Different: Aniel and Kazfiel are usually depicted as six winged blue skin humans without legs and doll arms, while Samael is depicted as a Dragon or Winged Serpent. Aniel has also been depicted as a Cupid, Grim Reaper, and horned humanoid.
Palette Swap: Aniel and Kazfiel were different colored versions of each other in Shin Megami Tensei I and Majin Tensei, Samael is one of Azazel in Majin Tensei II, and Aniel as Anael is one of Sariel in Devil Survivor.
Western Zodiac: Aniel represents Capricorn. This plays a part of his design and theme with the other Zodiac Angels in Demi Kids.
You Shall Not Pass: During Shin Megami Tensei IVBoth Kazfiel and Aniel attempt to prevent Flynn from going further into Purgatorium and eventually Mikado, repeating the same words all the other angels say.
Big Damn Heroes / Big Damn Villains: In Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito the two as the Red and Black Count save Raidou from Alice, return his weapons and demon tubes, and a key back to earth before they head into their home with Alice.
Demoted to Extra: In Shin Megami Tensei IV, Belial is fought as a boss in Lucifer Palace, the final dungeon in the game on the Neutral and Law routes. However, Nebiros is simply a random encounter found earlier in the game.
Vishnu appears as an optional boss in a room opposite that of Shiva's. To meet with Vishnu, the Embryon must first prove their worth to his avatar Narasimha and obtain his sword. Upon meeting the Seraph, Vishnu states that it has been a while since the dharma (righteousness) has vanished from peoples hearts and been replaced by adharma (wickedness) as it has now. He claims that he must cleanse this impurity by destroying Seraph and the others, and the only way to change his mind is for them to show the strength of their dharma. In Vishnu's room is the bullet Pandemonium, the strongest in the game, and defeating him infuses the Nandaka with his power, unlocking the God of Light Mantra.
In order to fight Shiva, you need to get the Pinaka from Parvati. After that, he can be found on the 3f of the 6th layer, behind the door next to the restoration node before you fought Meganada.
Persona 2: Sakya appears as a randomly appearing boss in the second door of the Abandoned Factory. Defeating him causes him to drop his Material Card, Buddha's Words, allowing him to be fused in the Velvet Room.
Devil Survivor 2: On Saturday if one does not go down Daichi's route then they will face Shiva in the battle against Hinako and Jungo. It's possible to defeat them without having to fight Shiva, who leaves when Hinako is defeated.
"Trimurti" from Persona 2 by the personas Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. It will KO all non-boss enemies. It is more broken since these three can be obtain far earlier than Lucifer and Satan and do not require the insane MP consumptions. This only applies to Innocent Sin since it was nerfed in Eternal Punishment.
Shiva, along with his wife Parvati, grants the accessibility to the fusion spell Ardhanari in Persona 3.
The traditional method of fusing Shiva from Barong and Rangda originated from the first game. It should be noted that Shiva is the highest recruitable Tenma, and that Shiva cannot be fused with any other demons - the game won't even create a slime from fusion, it literally will not allow any fusions.
Ardha can only be created by fusing Shiva and Parvati.
Harihara is the fusion of Shiva and Vishnu in Hindu lore and the Atma Avatar of Jenna Angel.
God In Avatar Form: The Avatars of Vishnu known as Kalki, Hayagriva, Krishna, Rama, Narasimha, and Sakya have appeared as demons through the series. Brahma is also believed to be the avatar of Brahman.
White Stallion: Kalki's horse. Significant in that is it ridden upon by the harbinger of the apocalypse
Cerberus is one amongst the earliest of demon allies to appear as part of the Megami Tensei franchise. His roots put him as far back as the very first Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei publications.
Bragging Rights Reward: In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Cerberus first appears at the Burial Chamber in the Amala Labyrinth's First Kalpa, where it will challenge Hito-Shura to prove his worth as a demon by quickly vanquishing once more those that he has once killed in the Vortex World using the Black Visor. After meeting all the requirements and starting a new cycle, meeting with Cerberus again in the same location will have him take Hito-Shura to his master's resting place instead at the Tomb of Yomi in the hidden 666th floor, where Hito-Shura will receive an extra Press Turn.
Shin Megami Tensei I: Because of Pascal's former loyalty towards his master passed on to him by the fusion, Kerberos can be used even when his level far surpasses that of the Hero—something that generally is impossible. He aids him in only one battle however, disappearing through a teleporter after a boss fight. He later rejoins in Tokyo Destiny Land provided you give him a Golden Apple.
Shin Megami Tensei II: Cerberus first joins you on the quest Madam gives you: Find and bring back Hanada. After the quest, he leaves the party. Later when Valhalla is swallowed by Abbadon, you will find him at the former entrance to the city from the underground passageway. He joins your party shortly after meeting him for the 2nd time.
Dummied Out: Using a debug code in Persona 3 will allow you access to another Cerberus Persona that knows Great Seal and some Fusion Spells. (Using Great Seal will freeze up the game) When summoned, the white, single-headed lion-esque version appears, suggesting that it's the likeness that may have been planned for official use in the game but later altered, being used instead as a base to create the Beast series shadow.
Get Back Here Boss: In a Challenge Quest from Shin Megami Tensei IV where he always flees after his Hell Horde takes a certain amount of damage. He fights for real after being chased down three times.
Heel-Face Turn: The Cerberus from Tokyo Revelation was a demon sent to kill the Protagonist by Ose's dragon, Gagyson. The Monk who defeats him convinces him to protect the protagonist in the name of his master Hecate instead.
You Don't Look Like You/Mythology Gag: He typically appears as a white dog with a lion-like mane, unlike the Cerberus of Greek mythology. However, the Atma Avatar of Lupa and Koromaru's Persona are three-headed. The reason why Cerberus is usually portrayed with one head is not because of graphical limitations (somewhat) but because that's how he was portrayed in the original Digital Devil Story novel.
A Doppelgänger can transform into any person it sees. It is said that whomsoever meets it will die within a few days, and much folklore stems from this creature. They may also become physical incarnations of psychological ailments.
Attack Reflector: Doppelgangers usually are resistant to physical skills of all kinds, usually being capable of reflecting all physicals attacks out-right. This could be attributed to their own nature as shadow copies of the protagonist, were all the harm done to them goes back to the protagonist, for being one and the same.
Face Framed in Shadow: Many of its depictions tend to have its face covered in shadow, which is fitting as it retains this in many forms.
Slasher Smile: The other thing distinguishing the Doppelgänger from the person it's impersonating.
Long, Gui Xian, Feng Huang, and Baihu
Long, Gui Xian, Feng Huang, and Baihu (The Four Gods)
The Four Gods are the central figures of an ancient Chinese system of astrology and geomancy which was imported to Japan and absorbed into Onmyodo mysticism, among other beliefs. In this system, there were 28 'star houses' (constellations) which ran the circumference of the sky. The Heavenly Emperor divided the sky into the northern, southern, eastern, and western quadrants, each with 7 star houses; each quadrant was ruled by a divine beast.
All Your Powers Combined: In several games in the series (including Strange Journey, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and Persona 4), using all four of them in a Special Fusion unlocks Huang Long/Kohryu, one of the strongest demons in the game that it appears in.
Bonus Boss: After the party has reached the top floor of the final dungeon in Digital Devil Saga and if the player returns to the bottom, a Tribe member will notify Serph that several enemies have occupied old areas, later to be called the Four Guardian Beasts.
Sadly Mythtaken: The vermillion bird that represents the South is called Zhu Que. The Feng Huang is something completely different, but the games confuse them almost every time they use their Chinese names.
In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Bishamonten appears first at the Temple north of Ueno Park after finding the Kimon Sphere, and second in the Bandou Shrine. After the first fight, the player will receive the Gundari Magatama, and Bishamonten will tell the player to collect all of the Magatama and find him again with his master. After aquiring the Lord's Blade after collecting all 24 Magatama, the player can access the Bandou Shrine and fight the four Devas for the right to receive the Masakados Magatama.
Wake Up Call Boss: Bishamonten in Devil Survivor. Not only is his fight the second with Rangda enemies (which Repel Physical, making Atsuro and Izuna completely useless), his Hassohappa (which can deal 1000+ damage to the entire party) makes it almost impossible to approach him unless you at least Null Phys. Not to mention he has (respawning) allies that can heal his massive HP stores (making Hassohappa hit worse). While most battles so far were almost all affairs where you mostly attack and exploit weaknesses, this one puts emphasis on defense using passive abilities.
The Beastmaster / Summon Magic: Raiho is able to summon Jacks in the Soulless Army and has improved enough to summon demons like Mahakala despite being at a lower level than him in King Abaddon.
Berserk Button: In Strange Journey, do NOT call yourself a "hee-ho" around Jack Frost or Pyro Jack unless you want them to have a free turn.
In the same game, calling Pyro Jack a mascot is a very bad idea.
Beware the Silly Ones: Unlike a regular Frost and despite his appearance, King Frost is ruthless and his power unyielding. He is not friendly and likes to exercise his status as a king to even go so far as to consider his summoners as his subjects as well.
Raiho is a optional Boss fight in both Soulless Army and King Abaddon. He can only be faced in New Game Plus in Soulless Army and a case file on the first playthrough onwards in King Abaddon. He also summons demons to help him.
King Abaddon also has the Jack-san Five which are a group of four Black Frosts and one Jack Frost. They are creating noise pollution with their music and Raidou has to put an end to it.
After Serph and company defeat Mick the Slug in Digital Devil Saga 1, King Frost takes the opportunity to reoccupy Coordinate 136 with his own demons. Upon reentering the castle, Serph encounters two Pyro Jacks fiddling away at a treasure chest. Having tried their luck, the Pyro Jacks turn to the party to find a suitable key within the castle promising that the treasure within is for Embryon to keep. It was however a lie. After the party retrieves the correct key, the Pyro Jacks run off with the treasure to present it to their king. To get back their spoils, the party ventures to the top of the tower to find King Frost sitting on the platform above the bed in the Princess' Bedchamber. Declaring that all possessions belong to him, King Frost decides to smite the party for their insolence. After a harsh struggle combined with the forces of his minion Jack Frosts, the party defeats King Frost and obtains the Ice Crystal.
Breakout Mook Character: Jack Frost is the protagonist in Jack Bros. He, along with Pyro Jack and Jack the Ripper, have to make it back to the Makai world before midnight.
Medium Awareness: Tends to be aware that he's the Series Mascot. In Strange Journey, pointing this out not only makes him very happy, but also gets him to join your party, no further questions asked. Doing the same with Pyro Jack, on the other hand, makes him rather angry.
Optional Party Member: In Devil Survivor, Black Frost first appears as a Jack Frost in an event with Midori on day 3 in which he learns about the power of love. He is later seen on day 6 defending a group of low level demons from humans. Should the party choose to help him, he will automatically join on Day 7 on Naoya's, Kaido's, and Gin's routes.
Our Angels Are Different: In Devil Children/Demikids and in the 3DS version of Soul Hackers games exists the Lucifer Jack Frost/Lucifroz. A Jack Frost based on Lucifer who belongs to the Seraph clan.
Pop Quiz: Jack Frost is a random encounter mini-game in Digital Devil Saga 2 as the player progresses and an optional boss. Jack asks 20 questions per battle, stopping only when the player answers wrong or correctly answers all questions for the round. Should the player correctly answer all 100 questions they win a certificate for answering the 100th question correctly, and a set of Stat-increasing Data. Players will also have the opportunity to fight Jack Frost should all questions are answered correctly in the final dungeon, the third layer of the Sun. Defeating him nets the Pass Ring, and Magatama ammo. Should all answers have been correctly answered, every time the party encounters Jack Frost, he may give the player random items before running away.
Samurai: Raiho summons the Samurai Frost as one of his attacks in King Abaddon.
Sentai: Five Different flavored Jack Frosts create their own Senshi clan. They can also be made into a single demon where all five count as one. With repel all on all stats.
Nocturne: Hoping to become as powerful as the "Great Emperor", a Jack Frost in a quest for power (the same one who was running the Junk Shop in Shibuya) finds the Satan Magatama, and eats it, increasing his powers and transforming himself into Black Frost; with his new powers, he would later take over Kabukicho Prison long after the Mizuchi jailer has been vanquished, and freezes the entire facility, taking several Jack Frosts as his subordinates. If Hito-Shura revisits the facility and runs into Black Frost, The latter will force Hito-Shura to battle him to test out his new powers as the new Great Emperor. He will revert to a normal Jack Frost upon his defeat, and eventually melt. He later returns to join the group if Hito-shura visits the Third Kalpa of the Labyrinth of Amala.
Devil Survivor: In the middle of the week, Midori enlightens a lowly Jack Frost (level 14 Fairy) of the virtues of fighting for love and justice. Near the end of the week, he shows up to defend a bunch of low level demons as Black Frost, a level 47 team leader Demon. And you get to use him in a few routes.
Strange Journey: A lonely Jack Frost appears in Sector Carina's basement, moping over the loss of his family. In an effort to achieve revenge, he asks the Protagonist to get him an Ice Vest to increase his power. Upon getting the item and using it, it grows and becomes a Frost Ace, unlocking the Frost Ace Special Fusion combination and granting a powerful gun to the Protagonist.
Verbal Tic: He often says "Hee-ho" and interjects "hees" and "hos" into his dialog, a common verbal tic shared with other variations of "Jacks", such as King Frost and Black Frost.
A Krsnik or Kresnik is a Slovenian type of vampire hunter, a shaman whose spirit wanders from the body in the form of an animal. The krsnik turns into an animal at night to fight off the kudlak, his evil vampire antithesis, with the krsnik appearing as a white animal and the kudlak as a black one.
Arch-Enemy: Kudlak's appearances and dialogue often revolves around his eternal enemy, Kresnik. He is depicted with a sinister and vile personality to contrast his rival. Similarly, he is always weak to fire and usually resistant to ice attacks which are the opposite of Kresnik's traits.
Sidequest: Alongside Kudlak he appears in Sector Delphinus as a NPC. He has a role in EX Missions given by him and his archenemy. He requests the Hawthorn spear for the final fight against Kudlak. After receiving their weapons the two will go to the far north of the 1st Floor to battle. If his mission is done then he will inflict great harm to Kudlak, who will retreat. If Kudlak has the Pest Crop he will poison Kresnik, who retreats. If they both have the weapons it will end in a draw.
White Knight: To contrast his rival, Kresnik usually has a benevolent and noble personality acting as something of a white knight.
Loki is the primary antagonist of the original Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei novel, as well as the cult-classic anime adaptation it spawned. Similar to the Norse Mythology, Loki is portrayed as being rebellious and tricky; but at the same time, possesses a cruel and ruthless personality.
What the Hell, Hero?/Hannibal Lecture: In Yuzu Tanikawa's route of Devil Survivor, Loki appears in his human form and tells off the protagonist for attempting to escape the lockdown instead of fighting for the Throne of Bel. In some cases, he even chastises the protagonist for failing to even face Belial.
"A Spanish Grim Reaper born from the pursuit of aesthetics killing. With his terrifying sword Espada, he now preys on humans rather than bulls."
— Compendium info in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
A member of the Fiend family. Despite being skeleton dressed in a ridiculous matador costume, don't take him lightly.
Wake Up Call Boss: A very well known example in Nocturne. He pretty much teaches you how important buffs are by buffing his speed up like crazy to dodge most of your attacks (which wastes up your precious Press Turns) and has strong physical attacks that are guaranteed to hit.
Took a Level in Badass: Titania has been a fairly average demon/persona in many games. In Devil Survivor 2, Titania becomes extremely useful when you unlock her, since she has a natural Null Elements (in other words, she can only be affected by status effects, physical attacks, and magic attacks that have pierce; at this point in the game, there are many strong magic demons) that do not take up any skill slots and has fairly high Magic. Fuse her so that she has Null Everything and she could be one of the best demons in the game.
Hachiko: In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Decarabia waits for his friend Forneus by the statue of Hachiko. Forneus, however, is the game's first boss and has already been killed by the protagonist at this point.
Disk One Nuke: There is a special staff password in Strange Journey that will unlock a Pixie with special starting stats. The resulting Pixie will only be Lv.1, but will have a magic stat of 10 and a luck stat of 99 along with knowing the skills Megidolaon and Mediarahan. The password is Madoka Ueno.
Give Me Your Inventory Item: (Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey) Pixie will also issue the first possible EX Mission, The Injured Little Fairy, in which Pixie requests a Bead, which can be obtained as the spoils of the battle against Morax. Accomplishing this mission is rewarded with a Pixie Knife, a melee weapon that can inflict charm. Later, the same Pixie will evolve to High Pixie and begin issuing requests to bring Fairy demons to her so she can create a land for Fairies. However, direct evolution of Pixie to High Pixie in this game is not possible (the only way to do so is through a Special Fusion).
Lethal Joke Character: Pixies can appear randomly in Samsara Tunnels in Digital Devil Saga and can be summoned by That One Boss Elizabeth in Persona 3. Both of which know Megidolaon, the latter of which does ten times the maximum health cap for the game.
The first demon you get in Nocturne is a Pixie, who wants to get out of the hospital and go to Yoyogi Park. She'll help you out in getting the card needed to get out. After you arrive at one end of Yoyogi Park, she'll try to part ways with you, but if you tell her you need her, she'll stay with you. For Nocturne Maniax, if you take Pixie (or one of her 'descendants') to a certain area of the Fifth Kalpa, she'll turn into a level 80 "super" Pixie.
Raise a Pixie in Nocturne properly and she'll evolve into High Pixie. Keep her for long enough and you'll get Queen Mab.
Cu Chulainn is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. The son of the god Lugh and Deichtine, sister of the king of Ulster, he was originally named Setanta, but gained his better-known name as a child after he killed Culann's fierce guard-dog in self-defense, and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared.
Bi the Way: When the player uses him as a mount in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE, he carries the player bridal style and gazes into the player's eyes, regardless of gender
Combination Attack: Persona 3: Cu Chulainn, along with Scathach, can use the Shadow Hound Fusion Spell, which inflicts severe Strike damage upon all enemies.
Dub Name Change: Cu Chulainn is renamed to Lance in the English release of Megami Ibunroku Persona.
Evolutionary Levels: Cu Chulainn appears as a distinct demon in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. He cannot be encountered nor recruited by the Demi-fiend, rather, the Demi-fiend can only obtain him by evolving Setanta by reaching at least Lv. 52 himself and completely mastering Setanta's skillset.
Palette Swap: Tam Lin is basically Cu Chulainn in blue. In fact, Tam Lin has been a recolor of Cu Chulainn since the first Shin Megami Tensei game. Interestingly, Cu Chulainn's old design from Soul Hackers returns in Devil Survivor 2, while Tam Lin uses the recolor of the Nocturne design, thus he and Tam Lin don't share the same, palette-swapped appearance.
In Majin Tensei II, Diarmuid is a palette swap of Cu Chulainn.
Side Quest: Cu Chulainn appears as a NPC in the EX Mission A formal search request, in which his mother has traveled to the Schwarzwelt to find him. The trail for him leads first to Sector Bootes, where an Orthrus will indicate he has moved to Sector Antlia to offer support to his old teacher Scathach. Meeting with Scathach will reveal Cu Chulainn has heard of the search and is moving to meet the protagonist.Near the entrance to Sector Antlia, Cu Chulainn will be found with Enemy Search. He will leave for Sector Carina to meet with his mother; once met there, he will reward the protagonist by unlocking Cu Chulainn fusion, giving him Gae Bolg, his spear, and giving him the item Knight's Oath, which contains a Demonica code to summon him.
Palette Swap: Has different colored versions of itself as regular enemies.
Not a demon, but rather, a recurring human throughout the series. He's the wheelchair-bound genius who created and distributed the Demon Summoning Program. He was also the inventor of a teleportation system that inadvertently opened a portal to the underworld, setting off the events of the first game. Bears absolutely no resemblance to Steven Hawking.
Action Survivor: He manages to survive through every catastrophe that occurs, which is amazing, considering that he's, well, crippled.
Recurring Extra: Through the main series Shin Megami Tensei games, with the exception of Nocturne.
Taira No Masakado
A feudal Japanese warlord, one of the few true historical figures in the series. Masakado was a samurai during the Heian period and hatched a plan to conquer most of the Kanto region. While he was slain, his influence was so strong his head was sent to Kyoto and later Edo, where it was set in a special shrine. To this day he is considered a demigod of sorts, and it is said condition of his shrine dictates the city's fortune. Due to his fervant loyalty to his country and faith in humanity in general, he is widely considered to be the closest thing the series has to a Neutral representative.
Balance Between Good and Evil: His must reside in balance and should either one overcomes the other inside him he will go berserk. The bad luck and misfortune in the capital in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon allowed his rage to possess his body, leaving his rational half to leave his body to find Raidou Kuzunoha. In Shin Megami Tensei IV his balance going out of whack leads to the final DLC battle against him in order to calm him down.
One of the two ultimate bosses of the game alongside Lucifer in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon. He can only be fought on New Game+, 99% completion of all case file at least once which requires beating the chaos route and facing the New Game+ ones given by Lucifer, and talking to a man outside the Narumi Detective Agency to get the case file. He can be found in the 999th floor of the confinement chamber and will be joined by a "imposter" Masakados who acts as a Mag Drain Battery but are not infinite in number. After bringing his HP down to zero Raidou must negotiate with him to end the battle. The reward for beating him is the material needed for the ultimate sword Masakados and the ability to fuse Masakados.
In IV's final DLC quest he goes berserk as an ICBM is looming in the horizon over Tokyo. He wanted to cover the entire city with his body, but lost control of his power and had to be woken. He, quite simply, requires the Pierce DLC skills, as he flat-out drains everything. Except Light, Dark and Almighty. Light and Dark he nulls, and Almighty is a complete joke against him. To add insult to injury, he wastes many of his six turns in moves that don't do anything like Move Slowly, Aim Carefully, Clench Fist and Prayer. Then he breaks out Curse Thy Enemy and Guardian's Eye. He has double the amount of raw HP of one Lucifer's forms or more than four times the HP of Merkabah's first form and almost three times as his second form. Oh, and you only have ten turns to defeat him.
God in Human Form: The protagonist from the OVA Tokyo Revelation is the reincarnation of Masakado.
Gotta Catch 'Em All: In Shin Megami Tensei II, his servant, Hiruko, will reveal Masakado was slain some time earlier. So he asks Aleph to gather the pieces of his corpse so he can be brought back to life.
Also, should the Demi-fiend gather all twenty-four Magatama the priest at the Cathedral of Shadows visited will give him the Lord's Blade, allowing him to reach the Bandou Shrine and confront the Four Heavenly Kings, his servants, for the right of a single conversation with Masakado.
When awakened in IV's Neutral Path, he's lost access to his physical form that became the dome and thus the source of most of his powers. So he must devour the three Great Spirits that as a substitute so he can remove the Firmament above Tokyo to restore everything to normal. He needs Flynn to recreate the Great Spirit of Hope by taking on missions to restore Tokyo's citizens' hope, and to retake the Great Spirits of Goodwill and Spite by taking them from the entities who have absorbed them - Merkabah and Lucifer, after they interfere with his first attempt to remove the firmament when he devoured the Great Spirit of Hope.
In Nocturne, he manifests in the Bandou Shrine, and he's depressed, with good reason. He has to see Tokyo, the city he was bound to defend, utterly destroyed to create the Vortex World, its inhabitants dead and demons infesting it. Then the Hito-Shura arrives, and since Masakado cannot exist outside the shrine due to the laws of the Vortex World, he gives the boy the Magatama holding his power, telling him that whatever has happened to Tokyo, it's still Tokyo, and since he cannot continue in his duty, to please restore the world...
Undying Loyalty: Regardless of whether he's Chaos or Neutral, Masakado will always be loyal to Tokyo itself.
Thor is the thunder god of Norse Mythology. No more introductions needed.
God Was My Copilot: (Shin Megami Tensei I) Thor is actually an agent of God dedicated to the ideal of the Thousand Year Kingdom, sent to Earth after discovering that Gotou has discovered a way of summoning demons from Makai to the humans realm. He takes the form of the American ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Thorman, and requests the aid of the Protagonist in defeating Gotou and prevent the demons from overrunning the Earth. He later reveals his true Thor persona and objectives to the heroes.
Nuke 'Em: (Shin Megami Tensei I) To neutralize the demon infestation, the "Hammer of Thor" is summoned: a cluster of nuclear ICBMs that will purge Tokyo of its sins. With this, Japan is completely obliterated.