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Biblical Bad Guy
The bad guys from The Bible are well known and as such don't require introduction, and everyone knows they are evil. The really handy thing is that many of them are regularly theorized to be cursed with immortality as part of their punishment for being bad guys, providing a decent reason for them to show up in any time period.

Note: Satan, God Is Evil, and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse have their own tropes.

Note 2: Simply sharing a name with any of these is symbolic, but not enough for a character to qualify. They have to actually be the same person as the one in The Bible to be this trope. If the name is the only connection, see Names To Run Away From: Biblical Names. See also the Name of Cain.


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  • The Librarian has Judas as the first vampire.
  • In Dracula 2000 Dracula is Judas who is also the Wandering Jew, a legend of a man forced to Walk the Earth very clearly based on the story of Cain. Interestingly, the way to kill him is to re-create the conditions of the incomplete hanging that caused him to be trapped between life and death.

    Literature 

  • Grendel is sometimes portrayed as Cain in later adaptations. What we have of the original was rewritten to include Christian elements, so this isn't particularly surprising (though the wording it uses would imply a descendant of Cain.)
  • Not a direct example, but The Knights of the Blackened Denarius in The Dresden Files get their powers from 30 silver coins, each with a fallen angel inside. The coins are heavily implied to be the 30 coins that Judas was paid to betray Jesus. Nicodemus, leader of the Knights, also wears the noose Judas hung himself with as a necktie; it offers him protection from anything. Except, as Harry finds out when he tugs on the end of it, itself.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain gives us Lucyfar, a sorceress who claims to be the Archangel Lucifer, Princess of Darkness. Most people think she's crazy or lying, but she is surprisingly powerful when she gets serious. The crown of black fire, especially, is the kind of thing that makes you re-evaluate your assumptions.

    Live Action TV 

  • In Supernatural, Cain killed Abel to prevent his brother from being corrupted by Lucifer and then became one of the first demons. He was the first Knight of Hell and trained all the others, including Big Bad Ensemble member Abaddon. He then fell in love with a human woman and had a Heel-Face Turn. After she was killed by Abaddon, he slaughtered most of the other Knights and went into hiding. Dean and Crowley accidentally track him down when they search for a weapon that can kill Abaddon.

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    Tabletop Games 

  • In Vampire: The Masquerade, the first vampire is named "Caine" and is the Cain from the Bible. In Demon The Fallen (in the same universe), it's noted that Caine invented murder and the killing of sentients.
    • Though in the vampire mythology Caine was the Messianic Archetype who righted wrongs and punished the wicked.
    • Cain is also alluded to in the Video Game Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. Apparently, he spends his eternal afterlife working as a cab driver in Downtown LA. Playing as a Malkavian, you realize this when you eventually meet him. You would Go Mad from the Revelation, but, y'know, you already are.
    • According to the in-universe Vampire scripture The Book of Nod, Caine spent a good amount of time with Adam's first wife Lilith, who taught him all about the Disciplines. It's not quite clear what she is, but she definitely had some sort of supernatural power and probably wasn't a Vampire herself, at least not in the same way that Caine was.
  • In Hunter: The Vigil, Nimrod is portrayed as one of the first slashers.

    Video Games 

  • Naoya in Devil Survivor is a reincarnation of Cain, punished by God to be reborn every time the old body dies, and has the memory of every life time he has lived ever since his first life. Over his long life he has become obsessed with revenge and seeks to achieve that by having Abel, the player character, rebel against God. Granted, this is Mega Ten, so YHWH kinda deserves it. It is implied in Overclocked that YHWH manipulated Cain into killing Abel.
  • It is hinted at that the Nod commander Kane in the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series is... Cain. Evidence for indicates that he is shown to be the same age during the 1940s, he survives an Ion Cannon blast that he embraces and when assumed to be be the Biblical Cain by followers does not deny it. Command & Conquer: Renegade confirms it, since you find Abel's tomb beneath the Temple of Nod. In the rather poorly received final chapter known as Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, it is revealed that Cain is actually an alien stranded on Earth for the past thousands of years, and has likely shaped the advance of civilisation to reach a point when he can leave the planet. He phoned home at the ending, leaving through a portal left by a failed Alien Invasion.
  • In Assassin's Creed II it's revealed in the optional glyphs that Cain killed Abel over a Piece of Eden and was the founder of the Templar Order.

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