The bad guys from Literature/TheBible are well known and as such don't require introduction, and [[VillainByDefault everyone knows they are evil]]. The really handy thing is that many of them are regularly theorized to be [[BlessedWithSuck cursed]] with [[WhoWantsToLiveForever 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}}, GodIsEvil, [[NephariousPharaoh The Pharaoh of the Exodus]] and the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse have their own tropes.

'''Note 2:''' Simply [[MeaningfulName 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 [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/BiblicalNames Names To Run Away From: Biblical Names]]. See also the NameOfCain and TheDescendantsOfCain.

Not to be confused with ChurchgoingVillain.




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Subverted with [[spoiler: Karin]] from ''Manga/UQHolder'', who is implied to be a {{Gender Flip}}ped Judas Iscariot but is one of the heroes.

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* ''ComicBook/VandalSavage'' [[DependingOnTheWriter may have been]] Cain [[TheFogOfAges and forgotten]].
* As of the New 52 of DC Comics, [[spoiler:it has been revealed that ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger is Judas Iscariot.]] In this case he's actually repented since then, and has spent the past two thousand years helping people from the shadows as penance. It's not known if this is continued in Rebirth.
* In ''ComicBook/TheUnwritten'' it's pretty clear that [[spoiler:Pullman]] is Cain as well as some other mythological bad guys.
* Adam is a ''ComicBook/GhostRider'' villain who felt bad about the whole original sin thing, and so plotted to use Ghost Rider's powers to burn sin out of the world.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1]]'', ComicBook/VandalSavage of Earth-40 is heavily implied to be Cain, with the meteor that gave him his powers being the rock that he used to kill Abel.
* Cain from ''ComicBook/TheStrangeTalentOfLutherStrode'' is explicitly the biblical Cain.
* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'':
** In one of the 90s Harris stories Vampirella fights the "Black Pope of the Vampire Church", who turns out to be Judas Iscariot.
** The Blood Red Queen of Hearts was a body-hopping demoness who was identified as the Whore of Babylon.
** Lilith, the first wife of Adam, also used to be a malevolent figure who gave birth to many demonic races and monsters. But she has since repented and turned into TheAtoner. [[spoiler:Or so she has lead others to believe and remained evil as ever.]]
** Surprisingly averted with Cain, who is not only revealed to be a sympathetic figure but also [[spoiler:Vampirella's father]].

* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' has Judas as the first vampire.
* In ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'', [[spoiler:Dracula is Judas, who is also the Wandering Jew, a legend of a man forced to WalkTheEarth very clearly based on the story of Cain.]] Interestingly, [[spoiler: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.]]
* ''Film/HeNeverDied'' features Cain as [[spoiler:the main protagonist, still alive in the modern day]].

* [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} 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 ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' get their powers from 30 silver coins, each with a fallen angel inside. The coins are heavily implied to be ''the'' ThirtyPiecesOfSilver 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. [[spoiler:Except, as Harry finds out when he tugs on the end of it, itself.]]
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' 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.
* Played with in José Saramago's ''Cain''. Since God has ordered that Cain cannot be harmed by any living being - including Himself - Cain gets to [[WanderingJew live through all of the Old Testament]], bitter at being turned into the first murderer because he, unlike his brother, ''didn't'' want to spill blood to appease God, and horrified by the events of the OT becomes convinced that GodIsEvil. He spends a lot of time [[RageAgainstTheHeavens calling the old man out]], before eventually [[spoiler: hitching a ride on Noah's ark. When all of humanity but God's chosen survivors have drowned, Cain takes out Noah and his family SlasherMovie style, leaving God alone with an empty world. End of creation.]]
* {{Defied}} by the eponymous Demian of {{Creator/Hermann Hesse}}'s novel, who insists that Cain was a special figure whose Mark was really talent or intelligence that set him apart from than the people around him, who ultimately slandered and exiled him out of resentment.

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* ''Series/{{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 [[EliteMooks Knight of Hell]] and trained all the others, including BigBadEnsemble member Abaddon. He then [[LoveRedeems fell in love]] with a human woman and had a HeelFaceTurn. 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.
** Biblical bad guys make up about 90% of the villains on Supernatural, with Lucifer being the bad guy for two seasons and various demons and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] making up the rest. Archangel Michael, while technically a WellIntentionedExtremist, was actually just as bad as Lucifer. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were also major villains, with the character of Death recurring every other season or so. Death wasn't a bad guy, but the other three definitely were. Even the Whore of Babylon makes an appearance as a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Cain shows up in Season Three of Series/Lucifer2016 as [[spoiler:Lt. Marcus Pierce]]. Whether or not he proves to be a villain or have had a HeelFaceTurn over his long life remains to be seen.

* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' deconstructs Judas.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the first vampire is named "Caine" and is the Cain from the Bible. In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'' (in the [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness same universe]]), it's noted that Caine invented murder and the killing of sentients.
** Though in the vampire mythology Caine was the MessianicArchetype who righted wrongs and punished the wicked.
** 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 [[FunctionalMagic 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.
*** TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}} suggests she might be Grandmother.
* In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', Nimrod is portrayed as one of the first [[SlasherMovie slashers]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cain is alluded to in''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. [[spoiler:Apparently, he spends his eternal afterlife working as a cab driver in Downtown LA.]] Playing as a [[MadOracle Malkavian]], you realize this when [[spoiler:you eventually meet him]]. You would GoMadFromTheRevelation, but, y'know, you already ''are''.
* [[spoiler:Naoya]] in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' [[spoiler: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. [[ThePunishment 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 ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', so [[GodIsEvil YHWH]] [[GreyAndGreyMorality kinda deserves it]]. It is implied in Overclocked that YHWH [[spoiler:manipulated Cain into killing Abel.]]
* It is hinted at that the Nod commander Kane in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' 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. ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' confirms it, since you find Abel's tomb beneath the Temple of Nod. In the rather poorly received final chapter known as ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight'', it is revealed that Cain is [[spoiler: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 AlienInvasion.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', it's revealed in the optional glyphs that Cain killed Abel [[spoiler:over a Piece of Eden and was the founder of the [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templar Order]].]]

* Both the title of ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'' and some passing comparisons to Lucifer imply that the mysterious "L" is the Devil. Whether this is literal or figurative is not yet clear.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in the Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[TheVerse verse]]. Cain is actually a ''nice'' guy (and in [[BlackAndGreyMorality this world, that's saying something]]) and TheAtoner, only harmful to plants due to his EnemyToAllLivingThings status. His brother [[CainAndAbel Abel]] on the other hand, is a BloodKnight. It's suggested that their lives for the past few millennia have changed them.
** It's implied that Abel only died because of Cain's AttackReflector that he can not turn off.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' Haman was depicted as an EldritchAbomination that the Synagogue of Anti-Semitic Jews wants to summon to take over the Jewish people. (Yeah, they were just [[RuleOfFunny reveling]] in ArtisticLicenseReligion on this one.)