Abe Sapien: Behind this door — a dark entity, evil, ancient, and hungry.So you're being attacked by The Legions of Hell. They're enslaving your innocents, terrorizing the citizens, and generally wreaking havoc. Who You Gonna Call? This guy. Experienced and equipped with Implausible Fencing Powers, Improbable Aiming Skills (probably with Depleted Phlebotinum Shells), some flavor of Magic, demolitions expertise, or all of the above, this character tends to be Weak, but Skilled—relative to their prey, that is. They can come in several varieties, including:
Hellboy: Oh, well. Let me go in and say hi.
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- A Hunter who hunts down and kills demons for revenge or other personal reasons.
- A Chosen One who kills demons because of destiny.
- A Demon or Half-Demon Hunter Of Their Own Kind.
- Someone who made a Deal with the Devil and has decided to pull a Faustian Rebellion.
- A protector of the helpless.
- Someone only interested in money who thus offers their services for a price.
- A Church Militant, Warrior Monk, Paladin, or the like on a Mission from God who uses a cross or holy water (among other ways to Smite Evil) to exorcise their enemy.
- A descendant/member of a family or clan dedicated to fighting them.
- Someone whose job description doesn't include Demon Slaying, but finds themselves having to step up and kick demon ass anyway.
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- Sango, and her entire village, for that matter. They fit into the demonic protector and mercenary type.
- Itinerant monks like Miroku and shrine maidens and priestesses like Kikyo and Kaede also perform a good number of exorcisms, which may range from waving ofuda at an incorporeal spirit to beating monsters with a ceremonial staff.
- Guts in Berserk. As the Black Swordsman, his role fits squarely into the vengeful hunter mode, thanks to him being madder than hell about the events of the Eclipse, and the actions of Griffith in particular. Eventually, he stops actively seeking out Apostles to kill in order to focus on healing Casca's insanity, but still runs into them, largely because of the Brands of Sacrifice borne by both of them.
- The Demon Hunter Organization, the Nanaya clan, and (to a degree) The Church in the Nasuverse.
- Devil Hunter Yohko. Three guesses what it's about.
- The Shinmeiryu in the Akamatsu-verse (used by Setsuna and Motoko) is a demon-slaying sword style. Within the Negima series is also Mana Tatsumiya, who fits into both the mercenary and priestess type (yep - a price on spirituality). Setsuna's job as a demon slayer is rather ironic, though, considering she's half crow demon herself. Mana is also half demon, making her a half-demon mercenary priestess.
- Fairy Tail: After the Dragon Slayers and the God Slayers, we learn of a new type, Devil Slayers. They function pretty much the same. Ironically enough, the first and only known user of this type of Magic, Ice Devil Slayer Magic to be precise, so far happens to be a member of a guild composed almost entirely of demons.
- Phantom Quest Corp. is a for-profit organization, lead by Ayaka Kisaragi, which specializes in the occult and the paranormal. She and U Division's Detective Karino track down all manner of spooks across Tokyo and take 'em out.
- The titular characters in Claymore are an entire organization that exists purely to hunt down and destroy demons preying on humanity, provided the side that's being preyed on requests their aid and pays an adequate fee afterwards. If they don't...
- It's only made worse that the central organization of the Claymores are the ones creating the demons as an experimental weapon.
- The Claymores are actually part of a centuries long project to create the ultimate dragon slayers.
- YuYu Hakusho: The job of the Spirit Detective.
- Dororon Enma-kun. Technically, Enma isn't supposed to slay the demons he fights (only capture them), but he doesn't care.
- Tetragrammaton Labyrinth has the Organisation, which was created several hundred years ago by one of the main characters to fight demons.
- Blue Exorcist is basically this, only with exorcists. Most of them fall under a job or family business, with a few for personal reasons. Rin falls under personal reasons and Hunter of His Own Kind due to his Half-Human Hybrid status. He's not the only one there, as it's mentioned that there are other half-demons out there who work as exorcists.
- Judging by what we know from Rin, the half-demons serving as Exorcists or otherwise getting involved in the war against demons isn't far-fetched; they naturally can see demons, due to their bloodline, while others have to have a masho (spirit wound) inflicted to see them.
- The new magical girl system in Puella Magi Madoka Magica changes into this.
- D.Gray-Man's baddies are called akuma, which normally gets translated into "demons". So yep, D.Gray-Man is pretty much this.
- In the manga Isuca, it has been the Shimazu's family job to capture and seal away monsters. They have been doing it since the Kamakura period.
- March's job in March Story is to hunt the Ill, demons that possess ordinary objects and through them, anyone who touches them. If an Ill kills someone while in your body, it's there for good.
- This pops up occasionally in Dog Days, although demon sealing is far more common since demons are normally spirits who have been corrupted and need to be slowly purified. It's also revealed in the third season that the primary purpose behind the Friendly Wars is to make sure that the various kingdoms always have an army ready in the event of a massive demon attack.
- Hellboy, due to his nature as the Anti-Antichrist, always has to fight his demonic brethren.
- Devil-Slayer from Marvel Comics is a former Marine and mafia hitman who was trained as an assassin by a cult that turned out to be seeking to unleash Hell on Earth. After turning his back on the cult, he became a demon hunter and seeks to destroy the cult.
- John Constantine of Hellblazer from the DC. Not only does he slay demons, but he cons them classically.
- Spawn is the Faustian Rebellion writ large, and as such always ends up fighting them sooner or later.
- The raison d'etre behind the existence of N.G.O. Superpower WIC in The Return. Though they use the term "Pattern D."
- The Ultimate Evil (an Alternate Universe Fic about the first two seasons of Jackie Chan Adventures) introduces as one of the Original Characters a demon hunter named Nataline Homato. She's a member of a Japanese family (though her non-Japanese father was actually adopted) that has killed demons since the days of Medieval Japan, and she's described as Buffy The Vampire Slayer's long lost cousin. She takes interest in the Chan Clan's encounters with the Demon Sorcerers and joins up to help and stop them after she attempts to slay Bai Tza, the Water Demon. The Demon World re-write turns her into a Dead Person On Display as a warning against attempting to be a demon slayer in that world, which is now ruled by demons.
- Queen of Shadows has Yasashi, the last of a long line of Demon Quellers, whose family was specifically targeted for destruction by the Shadowkhan due to their abilities being seen as a threat. As the Sole Survivor of the attack, Yasashi has sworn revenge, and has joined the Shogunate in the Shadows as a means to that end.
- In Constantine, based ever-so-lightly on the Hellblazer comics, the titular character hunts down demonic "halfbreeds" who violate the Balance and sends them back to Hell. In the comic, he's more of a street magician who basically fights anyone who pisses him off or helps people who come to him (if he doesn't laugh them away). See Trenchcoat Brigade.
- While the Ghostbusters don't target demons specifically, preferring "Ghost"-busting and all, they're more than happy to zap-n-trap any demon who makes trouble in NYC.
- Ash Williams of the Evil Dead universe has the unenviable task of battling demon-possessed undead and not a few demons as well, being that he was the one who accidentally unleashed them upon the world through mishandling of a certain Artifact of Doom.
- The Fighting Fantasy book Dead of Night was this trope IN SPADES. The main character was a Demon-Slayer, a Warrior Monk specifically trained to hunt down and destroy the demons of the setting. During the course of the book, he averts a demonic invasion of Gallantria engineered by the Demon Prince Myurr. Virtually every opponent in the book is either a demon or someone working for them. The overall tone of the book was very dark.
- This was a recurring trope throughout the series in general, as the reader would be pitted against everything from Fire Demons to Mirror Demons to Hell Demons to Ice Demons at different times.
- Solomon Kane in the Robert E. Howard book series. If he counts, then so do King Kull of Atlantis and Conan of Cimmeria. None of them slay demons as their day job, but have been forced to the task by the circumstances more than once in their careers.
- Solomon Kane fights evil in general and is happy to kill bandits and pirates. It's just that he keeps running into supernatural monsters. Conan kills whoever has the most loot.
- Colt Regan's first book is titled Demon Hunter for a reason.
- Magical society in Shaman of the Undead has an entire police department, called obviously Department of Possessions and Hauntings, whose striking arm are demon slayers in case a necromancer hunt or exorcism goes awry. Out of characters in-story, Brittle is a prime example, mixing being paid, protecting the helpless and revenge.
- Many, many government-employed wych-hunters (despite the name, they hunt gribblies (wych-kin), not witches) in The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, and for most of the reasons above. The protagonist, Thaniel Fox, is also following in his father's footsteps: "the only reason [his mentor and friend] Cathaline Bennet needed was that she was odd."
- The title character of Magnus is a demon slayer. His Flying Brick powers along with immortality makes any demon fighting him suicidal.
- The Special Circumstances unit is occasionally called upon for doing this, as part of their job to battle supernatural villains.
- The Shadowhunters in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices have this as their job description.
- In books by Raymond E. Feist, most temples are said to have a 'material' segment of the order, who mostly deal in fighting demons, along with whatever that particular God finds offensive. They tend to be able to hurt demons with mundane weapons, despite others not being able to, and many have traditional demon-banishment spells.
- In The Pardoner's Tale the main characters don't slay demons; they have a method that traps demons in inescapable steel pellets. Since the demons don't need to eat, sleep, or excrete, this may actually be worse than death.
- In The Silent War rare individuals are born with not only special powers for combating the supernatural, but also an inherent urge to do so. The protagonist is the latest one of these, a teenage girl who is greatly relieved to learn that her restlessness, visions and instincts for violence aren't signs of insanity. While there are human sorcerers and undead to deal with, demon-slaying is essentially the day job.
- The Knights of the Cross in The Dresden Files will happily do good and kick evil supernatural butt for their fellow man in general, but their specific mission is to fight against and if possible redeem the members of the Order of the Blackened Denarius — people possessed by literal fallen angels. (It's not entirely clear what the precise relationship between those and other entities more commonly labeled "demons" in the setting may be, but the Fallen seem to be definitely associated with Hell in some form.)
- Supernatural. Much of the show's mythology revolves around demons, and it is the job of the Winchester family to kill them. They'll kill plenty of other monsters too however.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer is usually, well, a vampire slayer. Vampires in her world are demon possessed corpses. But she's also been fighting other demons since the very first season.
- Angel was mostly this as well, although he befriended some of the less evil demons. He also slays other vampires.
- Luke Rutherford from Demons is the last descendant of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, and thus has to fight vampires and other unholy beings.
- Pretty much the job description of a Makai Knight in the GARO universe.
- Some Super Sentai seasons (toned down for the most part in their Power Rangers counterparts) do feature enemies that are of supernatural origin and mainly of the demonic order, with the more recent ones being Tokkyuger and Ninninger, with our heroes being of course the slayers.
- Some Heisei Kamen Rider programs do feature supernatural enemies as well, with the most recent one being Kamen Rider Wizard.
- The girls from Charmed do a lot of demonslaying during the course of the series.
- The Shadowhunters are effectively a human sub-species gifted with angelic blood and paranormal abilities for the purpose of protecting the world from demonic invasion.
- Voltaire's "Goodnight, Demon Slayer."
- The Gimmick of Cazador de Demonios in Mexican Wrestling Revolution.
- The Inquisition of Warhammer 40,000 has the Ordo Malleus, an entire branch of investigators dedicated to finding and rooting out daemonic influences. Most of their agents are a mixture of State Sec and holy warrior, but they can also call upon a specialist Space Marine chapter for aid: the Grey Knights. These guys are considered badasses even by other Space Marines, armed and armored with consecrated wargear and protected by formidable psychic powers that make them extremely good at what they do. Even the less experienced ones kick serious ass. The more veteran ones tend to turn up wearing suits of armour that can endure being stomped by a Humongous Mecha, fitted with equipment like flamethrowers that burn souls.
- Demons and devils are among the most powerful enemies that Dungeons & Dragons Player Characters can face, and high-level adventures will often have PCs heading To Hell and Back, usually to destroy a particularly powerful demon lord such as Orcus.
- The Knight of the Chalice is a Prestige Class that is dedicated to fighting demons and devils. Many characters who take this class are some combination of ranger and either cleric or paladin.
- The Church of the Silver Flame in Eberron have their entire religion built around this. When they are not a Corrupt Church or Knight Templars, they do this, and they do it fairly well, having developed a few unique tricks like Silver Flame Exorcists and Silver Pyromancers. Aside from evil outsiders, they also hunt undead and lycanthropes (and not all of the latter are really evil, which has earned them a bit of a bad rep among them and their Shifter cousins).
- The Druidic Sect of the Gatekeepers have been doing it for longer (not saying much, as the Silver Flame as an independent religion isn't very old), focusing more on Eldritch Abominations from Xoriat than actual demons, however.
- The members of The Chamber are also prone to this. However, it's worth noting that the Chamber is an organization composed entirely of dragons.
- The Giants of Xen'drik also, presumably, had something similar to tackle Quori possession, but since their solution to the Quori problem all but annihilated their own civilization, no one's entirely sure anymore.
- In Pathfinder, there are several classes that can be tooled specifically for this, such as Rangers, Inquisitors, and Paladins. Of course, any character class can have Demon Slaying as a job as far as roleplay is concerned, but these three classes are highly conducive to the job as far as class mechanics are concerned.
- Raziel is the most warlike of the Celestial Hebdomad, and is Heaven's most prominent fiend slayer. His Fists, the clerics and paladins who are dedicated to him, are likewise dedicated to kicking infernal and abyssal ass.
- This is, in theory, what the Wyld Hunt in Exalted is all about. Of course, the dogma of the Immaculate Faith being what it is, their definition of 'demon' includes most typical player characters...
- Dwarf Daemon Slayers in Warhammer. In a twist, Daemon Slayers aren't in it for any greater or more noble purposes beyond the purely personal: if you are a daemon slayer, that means you've already tried to meet your end in glorious battle against trolls and giants...And failed. Daemons and Dragons are pretty much all that's left to challenge you, and dragons in the Warhammer setting are rare.
- The Demon Hunter template from the third edition of Big Eyes, Small Mouth is dedicated to fighting demons, many of which come from the hell dimension of Bazaroth.
- Both the Old and New versions of Worlds of Darkness have Hunters (detailed in The Reckoning and The Vigil respectively), humans with supernatural abilities to fight the PCs from the other games.
- The Castlevania series is the earliest known example in gaming. Each entry has you protecting the people of Transylvania, by battling your way through Count Dracula's legions, to face-off against the Count, himself. Earlier games in the series chronicled the exploits of the Belmont Family, though later games featured all new protagonists and, occasionally, the Count's son, Alucard, siding against his father.
- Dante of Devil May Cry, who is the god of this trope, even before we listed it. He mostly fits into the mercenary type. As a half-demon, he also happens to be a Hunter of His Own Kind. Nero as well in the fourth game.
- Dante of Dante's Inferno is also a Demon Slayer, though this Dante is more of a crusader/paladin with holy power and a scythe taken from Death himself. He's in this to rescue his beloved from Hell.
- Enoch of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, a human who wields the weapons of God to punish and purify the Watchers, a group of angels bent on corrupting mankind.
- Demon Hunters in the Warcraft-verse. They follow the path of the (in)famous Illidan Stormrage, using the demons' own Fel powers against them. Also, Paladins, who have Light-granted abilities that specifically deal damage, or deal extra damage, to demons and undead.
- Mario, amid all the many other myriad things he has done over his career, took care of a demon in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It was the Shadow Queen, the Big Bad.
- Most non-Persona Shin Megami Tensei games have the main characters act as this, while allying with a handful of 6-12. Though only one group actually does so for a living.
- Atlus has registered a "Devil Hunter" trademark. One can only assume it will involve this trope.
- Adell's title in Disgaea 2 game is Demon Hunter. Before Disgaea, this was the mission of the Church of the Maiden of Light in La Pucelle.
- Amaterasu of Ōkami spends her time roaming the ancient land of Nippon and hunting down demons strewn across the land.
- Inverted in Bayonetta where the title character kills angels instead of demons. Is it ironic that her game, Ōkami, and the first Devil May Cry were all made by the same guy, Hideki Kamiya?
- Played straight in Bayonetta 2 when Gomorrah, one of the demons that Bayonetta uses to finish off angels, turns on her and she has to put him down. She then has to penetrate into the heart of Inferno in order to save Jeanne, who saved her from the aforementioned demon and got Dragged Off to Hell, before her soul is consumed forever.
- The protagonist of the Doom games, affectionately nicknamed Doomguy. As a Space Marine, killing demons isn't exactly in this guy's job description, but when the monsters from hell go on the loose, it's up to him to blast them right back where they came from with a heaping helping of serious firepower. This is even more pronounced in the remake, which has him as the Sole Survivor of a civilization destroyed by the demons and absorbed into Hell, and madder than all hell about it, to the point of going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against all demonkind.
- The Diablo series is ALL about demon slaying.
- The Onikiri from Akai Ito and its sort-of sequel Aoi Shiro. But then, their definition of "demons" is very loose...
- Garcia Hotspur of Shadows of the Damned is a professional Demon Hunter on a quest to save his girlfriend Paula from Fleming, Lord of Demons.
- Many of the Heroes in the Dragon Quest series have slain countless demons (Big Bad, Mooks, and everything in between) in the numerous installments. In fact, most Dragon Quest games are more about fighting Demons than Dragons.
- While templars in Dragon Age II function mostly as Mage Killers, they also have bonuses to damage while fighting demons, likely because blood mages will often have demons in their service.
- Likewise in Dragon Age: Origins, part of the job description for a Templar is to take out demons. Their primary job is policing mages to prevent the demons from crossing into the mortal world in the first place and possibly turning the mage into an abomination, but when things go wrong they're on hand to clean up. The player characters in both games doesn't have this as one of their primary jobs, but they'll probably take out a good hundred or so demons and demon-possessed mages in the course of a single game.
- In Demon's Souls, the player character becomes a demon slayer out of necessity since demon souls are the only currency accepted in the Nexus.
- Played with in Asura's Wrath. The Gohma heavily resemble Demons and might as well be them for setting and story purposes, and the job of the protagonist and the other Demigods is to fight them. They're not actually Demons or anything like it at all.
- The Elder Scrolls:
- In Morrowind, this is one of the duties of the Ordinators, the elite Church Police of the Tribunal Temple. They keep Morrowind safe from all manners of abominations, including lesser Daedra and Daedra worshipers. (Given their Knight Templar tendencies, their definition of "abomination" is quite broad...)
- In Oblivion, the Player Character essentially becomes famous for this. Throughout the main quest (with many, many more optional), you'll close several Gates of Oblivion by stepping through, killing your way through lots of Daedra, and seizing the Sigil Stones used to power the gates.
- In Skyrim, the Vigil of Stendarr formed in response to the events of the previous game. They travel Tamriel to deal with various supernatural threats including Daedra, as well as vampires, lycanthropes, undead, and others. In the Dawnguard DLC, the Vigil's Skyrim headquarters is sacked by the Volkihar vampire clan, who serves as the primary antagonists in the DLC if you choose to join the titular Dawnguard.
- Since they are the God's own champions, the heroes of Parklands are supposed to destroy hell's spawn whenever they encounter it. The easiest way to do it is to find a Satanic village, defeat its inhabitants and find their unholy altar. Ironically, summoning the demon may be even harder than actually defeating it, especially when you party has low non-combat skills.
- Lo Wang is a corporate assassin in the world of Shadow Warrior. But when a demonic invasion hits, Wang is forced to get his demonslayer on with the help of another demon by the name of Hoji, as he seeks to find and assemble the Nobitsura Kage, the only weapon that can kill the immortal Ancients who rule the demons.
- IronGate is about defending the world from supernatural threats, so this just goes with the territory.
- Sluggy Freelance
- Parodied with Steve Uozin, a professional demon hunter who's also a parody of Steve Irwin. While he can be a real pain to the demons in an annoying sort of way, when Torg hires him to protect him from the Dimension of Pain demon coming to kill him next Halloween, it turns out he only wants to tag the demon to "follow his migration". He becomes a demon himself and goes on to humiliate the demons in their own dimension.
- Torg during "That Which Redeems", helped by his discovering that his old memento sword can be Powered by a Forsaken Child to gain the cutting power of a lightsaber and enough magic power to kill a god. He tries organizing a larger La Résistance of demon fighters, but since the only people he has to work with come from the Dimension of Lame...
- Magick Chicks is an Urban Fantasy series set at Artemis Academy, a school for monster hunters in training. The student body consists of ninja, badass normals, magic cadets, and their student council president happens to be the most powerful esper in the academy's history.
- Vampire Cheerleaders: As their name implies, the Paranormal Mystery Squad is a privately run group who takes on cases dealing with hunting and slaying cryptids. Though their M.O. eventually changed to capturing and detaining them instead, as a result of Stephanie coming to accept that not all cryptids were inherently evil as she first thought.
- Main characters from Shadowgirls, especially Shadowchild - they don't call her Slayer of the Elder Gods without a reason. However, only if we count beings from the Cthulhu Mythos and its Eldritch Abominations as demons.
- Demon Hunter Kain - It's in the name.
- Freija and Rachel have a bone to pick with any demons they come across in The Senkari.
- The Fox Sister: Yun Hee describes being a Mudang as: "This is what I do. I kill demons."
- Must be the entire point of Demonic Symphony
- Jefferson Twilight from the Venture Brothers. When not running around with the Order of the Triad, he hunts Blaculas to avenge his mother. And no, he doesn't call them African American Vampires. Sometimes he hunts British Vampires. He doesn't know the P.C. term for Blacula.
- Hoss Delgado of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is an equally opportunity monster fighter.
- The Real Ghostbusters and their successors Extreme Ghostbusters bust demons in several episodes, albeit the nature of what a demon is may change in each series.