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SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!"[[note]]He's not technically evil, but let's hear you say that when your planet is literally ''flooded'' in blood[[/note]]]]

->''"I am called a villain, but mine is a doctrine reflected in the unspoken truths behind all other philosophies. Recognize that truth, my child: Strife is the single element most essential to meaning and existence. Without conflict, without struggle, all of creation might as well be so many unmoving, unfeeling stones. Without me to hate, who would have cause to call themselves holy or just?"''
-->-- '''The Book of Charnel''', ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}''

In a polytheistic religion each God and Goddess serves a specific role and fills a certain niche: {{love|Goddess}}, life, {{war|God}}, [[{{Psychopomp}} death]], and everything in between; be it Aardvarks or Zebras. One such incredibly vital purpose, believe it or not, is Evil.

Please allow us to play as (uncomfortably) literal Devil's Advocates. On the one hand, the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil must perforce have Evil to balance Good, lest the latter become [[GoodIsBoring an intolerant conformist theocracy]]. Likewise, it also serves as a definition of what ''not'' to do for worshipers of all the Good and Neutral gods. Most importantly for purposes of this Wiki, it also serves as an excellent plot enabler and antagonist for the heroes and forces of good to fight against.

Being the absolute apex of the SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat, TheChosenOne can spend an entire series fighting their way up from the ReligionOfEvil, the [[HighPriest Black Pope]], its DarkMessiah, and then fight the God of Evil itself... or at least enable a good god that was a SealedGoodInACan to do so.

This God/dess Of Evil can take any shape or form... not just as a master [[ManipulativeBastard tempter]] and [[ShapeShifter deceiver]], butóbecause evil includes a [[EvilTastesGood heady]] and [[EvilTropes large portfolio]]óas Characters they can have as varying a range of personalities as any normal villains.

Here are a few popular variants: Standard Gods Of Evil can [[SatanicArchetype take after Satan]], [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels being rebels]] from [[LightIsGood The Light]] or GodOfGood and tempting peasant and king alike. Kind of a non-denominational counterpart of CrystalDragonJesus. However, most aren't futile rebels; they are very real and threats often motivated by goals other than rebellion for its own sake. TheGrimReaper is at times [[EverybodyHatesHades represented as a God of Evil]], wanting nothing but the death of every living thing, and [[EnemiesWithDeath the protagonist in particular.]] War too may be shown this way, desiring to bring about a world where AsskickingEqualsAuthority and the weak are killed just for being weak... which does raise the question of whether or not it's ironic for heroes to vanquish them by fighting. If they have any philosophy, ethos, or commandment, it's usually that MightMakesRight, that ethics and morality are mere shackles for TheFettered masses of {{Muggles}}, and that Evil represents the path to power.

Not surprisingly, they tend to be cruel, dominating and treacherous. If there is more than one God of Evil in a setting, they usually engage in EvilerThanThou, betraying each other before any lasting headway against the forces of good can be made. Their metaphysical home, where worshipers and non-worshiping sinners end up, is usually akin to {{Hell}}. Given the above, why would anyone [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly worship them?]] Well, they usually offer worshipers power in life via a DealWithTheDevil, [[ReadTheFinePrint fine print]] and afterlife be damned (literally). Plus, just because they'll go to hell [[ImmortalityImmorality if/when they die,]] doesn't mean they'll be tortured souls... they might become the ''[[AHellOfATime torturers]].'' Provided they don't [[YouHaveFailedMe fail their dark lord]] first, that is. And of course, most gods of evil are worshipped out of fear of [[TrappedInVillainy what would happen if they]] ''[[TrappedInVillainy stopped]]'' [[TrappedInVillainy worshipping]]. Is it any surprise their pawns in the DivineChessboard are usually unwitting or unwilling?

Their followers include {{Cult}}s, the ReligionOfEvil and PathOfInspiration. {{Necromancer}}s and Infernalists usually get their powers by worshipping them. Expect them to forge many an ArtifactOfDoom as a source/repository of their power. When they or their agents are actively recruiting, expect them to be TheCorrupter. They're a CardCarryingVillain by definition and sometimes the God of Evil is also [[MadeOfEvil literally Evil.]] Likely candidate for UltimateEvil and AsLongAsThereIsEvil. A [[TheTheocracy theocracy]] to one of these is probably TheEmpire. May be creator of an AlwaysChaoticEvil race. May have a [[DeadlyDecadentCourt court]] of DemonLordsAndArchdevils, or if they exist at all these may be upstarts or otherwise in opposition. Gods of evil may have TheLegionsOfHell at their command.

Often, there is a GodOfGood who stands in opposition to the God of Evil; the two are locked in an [[ForeverWar eternal]] DivineConflict that dictates the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. The GodOfGood has his own agents or agent to fight against the God of Evil.

Compare and contrast EldritchAbomination, which, as horrifying as it may be and act, are most often completely amoral and not malicious - though there can be some overlap. Compare GodIsEvil, where the supreme God of the whole fictional universe (or explicitly the Judeo-Christo-Islamic One God) is a nasty piece of work. If a God of Evil exists in a setting where the BigBad who actually drives the plot is a mortal, they'll be the GreaterScopeVillain. May overlap with or also be a MadGod. May be TheAntiGod if it's powerful enough. If there is a personified representation of evil in a world with no other deities, that's case of DevilButNoGod.

There are some examples in real-world pantheons, but sometimes more morally-ambiguous or outright decent gods get depicted as Gods Of Evil in SadlyMythtaken fiction just because they are [[DarkIsNotEvil dark]] or [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy associated with violence]]. For various reasons, this happens often enough with [[EverybodyHatesHades death gods]] to create a subtrope.

'''To avoid FlameBait and Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s, note that this trope isn't about gods who simply ''are'' evil, it's about gods ''of'' evil.''' JerkassGods that are petty, vain, or prone to DisproportionateRetribution do not qualify.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Jashin of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Evil God"]]. He/she/it is mostly an excuse to allow his follower Hidan to practice his ReligionOfEvil BloodMagic (read: fight and kill people).
* Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo in ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'', along with three other Dark Lords that exist in TheMultiverse it features. Before the world as everyone knows it existed, Shabranigdo started a war against the Lords of Light. The war almost destroyed existence itself, but the Lords of Light prevailed and the world was created.
* Dark Star Dugradigdu in ''Anime/LostUniverse'' is named after one of the above-mentioned Dark Lords, and is sometimes believed to be one and the same as him.
* [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil]] and the God Hand from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. The former is interesting in that is was [[spoiler:made [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly from our need]] for there to be a God of Evil.]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler:Homura becomes a goddess of evil and suppresses Madoka's powers as the [[GodOfGood goddess of good]] in order to bring her back to earth and erase her memories. She actually comes off as an AmbiguouslyEvil WellIntentionedExtremist given that she just [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants Madoka to be happy]]...which means making everyone else happy.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' gives us [[spoiler: Chaos]] and it's [[HumanoidAbomination humanoid]] incarnation [[spoiler: Sailor Chaos]].
* Zarc from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is one whose power was unstoppable and destroyed the world. [[spoiler:The kicker comes when he's been split into four pieces, one of which is the protagonist, Yuya.]] Though downplayed as the cast calls him demon instead.
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'': Kardis, the goddess of Destruction and Madness, worshiped by the [[TheEmpire forces of Mormo]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* For Creator/DCComics:
** {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, the BigBad of Creator/JackKirby's ''ComicBook/NewGods'', has been called the God of Evil by many people in the DCU. And in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' he comes close to being a full-blown EldritchAbomination -- [[spoiler:''his very existence'' is causing reality to die]]. Just to bring this point home, here's what Boss Dark Side says: "There was a war in Heaven. ''I won''." He is the poster boy for DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans- his goal is to turn the entire universe into an even more hellish version of Apokolips, a world of perpetual enslavement and burning fire pits where the only purpose you are told to have is to endlessly worship Darkseid.
** However, Darkseid wasn't ''always'' the GodOfEvil, his father Yuga Khan was his predecessor and was considered ''[[EvilerThanThou even worse]]'' than he is.
** [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Trigon the Terrible]] isn't just referred to as a god, but the Literal Manifestation of ALL Evil that has ever existed. Think Dormmamu, but in the DC Universe instead of Marvel.
* And for the MarvelUniverse:
** Loki, foster brother and ArchEnemy of ComicBook/TheMightyThor, is the God of Mischief and Evil in Marvel's Norse pantheon, a powerful magician and ManipulativeBastard extraordinaire who seeks to conquer Asgard and kill his heroic sibling. He is the father of various evil creatures as well as Hela, Goddess of Death.
*** Subverted post-''Siege'', where Loki gets sick of being a cackling villain and decides to reinvent himself as a LovableRogue. He's a god of lies and mischief, but there's no reason he has to stick with the Evil bit.
** Set is the God of Evil for the Heliopolitan (ie. Egyptian) pantheon, based on the mythological Set but, in-universe, taking the name of the Elder God for its badass connotations. Like Set and Loki, he uses magic and soul-stealing to enhance his powers, to the point he now rivals Odin, arguably the most powerful god in any pantheon.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Nyarlathotrot is best described as the God of Horror, Tragedy, and [[DarkFic Grim Dark]]. He corrupts worlds until they are twisted messes where no one but the bad guys can ever get a happy ending.
** Abandon is the God of Sadomasochism. He corrupts worlds until all are sex-crazed maniacs who enslave and torture each other.
** [[{{Satan}} Morning Star]] is the literal Personification of Evil.
** This trope is also {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed with all examples: everyone hates Nyarlathotrot and tolerates him at best, Abandon is considered similarly, and Morning Star is justifiably treated as a criminal [[SealedEvilInACan and imprisoned for eternity]].
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** The BigBad, [[spoiler: Bagan]], who is explicitly referred to several times as the [[OmnicidalManiac God of Extinction]], and is shown to be leagues beyond even the most powerful {{kaiju}} in power, to the point that only the BigGood, [[spoiler: [[GodOfGood Harmony]]]], is able to match him in a fight. [[spoiler: And even then, just barely.]]
** [[spoiler:Grogar]] is said to be the nexus of all dark magic in Equestria and on par with the BigBad.
* Ares, the God of War, is considered this in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', though he likes to fancy himself as a God of Order.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Hades, the BigBad of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and the Greek god of the underworld. He is portrayed as an EvilOverlord that schemes and plots to betray his brother Zeus, who is essentially the GrandpaGod, [[TheUsurper by overthrowing him and taking over Mount Olympus, i.e. Heaven]]. This is contrary to Greek mythology and more in line with a Christian line of thought, as he's more of a SatanicArchetype in the movie than in the myths, where he was benign.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Leviathan from ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'', Lord of The Labyrinth, God of flesh, hunger, and desire. Leviathan rules over {{Hell}} and decides its very nature, including the very torture of any unlucky soul that wanders into its domain (whether [[TheWoobie they]] deserve it or not) [[AndIMustScream for all of eternity]] or [[spoiler:[[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil turning them into]] [[DemonOfHumanOrigin cenobites]]]].
* ''Film/TheMummy2017'': Ahmanet, the eponymous Mummy, makes a DealWithTheDevil with Set, the Egyptian God of the Desert (symbolizing chaos, storms, death, and the like). While Set is portrayed as somewhat more benign in the original myths, this does get the title for the Egyptian God of Evil a lot closer than works that promote [[EverybodyHatesHades Anubis]] to this role.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'' has Naar the God of Darkness. Naar is the source of all evil in the universe and is in eternal war with Kai and Ishir, the SolarAndLunar pair of GodOfGood. Nearly every villain in the series is either created by, sponsored by, or worships Naar.

* ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'':
** Morgoth in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Though really, he bears more similarities to {{Satan}} than he does a polytheistic God of Evil, being the former servant of Eru Ilúvatar, the actual {{God}} of the setting, who generally doesn't interfere in the temporal world. Still, Morgoth essentially invented the concept of evil because of his malign influence when him and his fellow celestials helped the creator in making the world. He will continue to exist AsLongAsThereIsEvil, and since the world itself is the source of all evil because of him, he cannot die unless the world is unmade.
** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Sauron, a lesser type of angel-like being who started out in Morgoth's service, ''tries'' to ascend to this level and fully emulate his former master as the new EvilOverlord, but is more of a ''demi''god of evil.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'': Lord Foul the Despiser was imprisoned with Time by his opposite, the Creator, for planting various sources of evil magic into the universe shortly following the creation, and he's been trying to get out ever since- and because he's [[TheChessmaster super-intelligent]] and [[ForTheEvulz unrepentantly horrible]], this generally means misery for everyone else unlucky enough to be stuck in the Land with him.
* ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Avatar]]'' by Jacqueline Carey involves Angra Mainyu, taken from real life Zoroastrianism. (See the Real Life section below for more details.)
* Creator/DavidEddings likes this one:
** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', BigBad Torak is one of these and loosely follows the {{Satan}} model, as does the mentioned but never directly confronted [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King of Hell]].
** In ''Literature/TheElenium'', Azash is an elder evil that verges on EldritchAbomination if he didn't manipulate human desires so often (though it's clear his understanding of humanity is imperfect, and largely based on the cultural group most of his worshipers come from). In the sequel series ''Literature/TheTamuli'', Cyrgon is a straight example and Klael is ''the god'' of Gods of Evil.
* The Crimson King from Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series definitely qualifies. Before he got nerfed he was depicted as an invincible anti-God that had always existed, but was trapped on a balcony near the top of the Dark Tower. Even trapped his avatar "The Court of the Crimson King" was so powerful that almost no force in King's multiverse could stand against it. Supposedly if his physical body was free he would become utterly infallible, and so he planned to bring the Tower (and by proxy all of existence) crashing down. Later King retconned him into a senile half-god that was not nearly so imposing.
* The ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series has this as one of its offices. However, the particular office holder in the series averts this; he's less interested in being a relentless evil and more interested in simply being a fair evil - that is, separating good and evil people through temptation so that they can go to Heaven or Hell rather than stuck in Purgatory.
** In the initial five books, there's no indication that he's an Incarnation; he (and God) are treated as being eternal constants, and while he generally presents himself as AffablyEvil, he's quite tricky and it seems to be just an act. In the sixth book, it's revealed that the Satan of the previous books has had the job for less than a millennium, and is a basically decent person with a legitimate reason for opposing God (and therefore the other Incarnations).
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Theo recounts how the ''Orbis Suleimani'' eradicated knowledge of the supernatural. This was to prevent people from trying to solve problems by appealing to supernatural beings, many of which demanded worship and some of which were evil. Success resulted in the Industrial Revolution.
* Tash is described this way in ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', the final book of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', with CrystalDragonJesus Aslan outright stating that Tash is his antithesis. Interestingly, while Tash is very much a CardCarryingVillain, his own religion is ''not'' a ReligionOfEvil, given that it apparently includes a number of sincere followers who believe Tash to be a just and righteous god. It gets better - Tash is so evil that you cannot commit a good act in his name - they automatically are assumed as your service to Aslan. The opposite is also true - if you do something terrible in the name of Aslan, you're really serving Tash.
-->'''Aslan:''' No service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.
* Gyphon from ''Literature/{{Mithgar}}'' is both the overarching BigBad of the series and its primary God of Evil. Specifically, he represents tyranny, since he holds to the belief that the strong should use their powers to control the weak and in fact opposed giving mortals (and non-divine immortals) free will in the first place. Other, lesser Gods of Evil who follow him are namedropped occasionally, but none of them ever do anything directly and very little is ever revealed about them.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** The Crippled God Deconstructs this trope. He essentially fills this niche, but he's more like a god of ''suffering'' than evil- and while he certainly inflicts more than his fair share of suffering on the world, he also [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds continually suffers himself]]. [[spoiler: In the end, after a bunch of {{AbusivePrecursor|s}} {{Knight Templar}}s hijack his power, he ends up becoming a more sympathetic deity who empathizes with those who suffer]].
** The Dying God, aka [[spoiler:Bellurdan Skullcrusher]], in ''Literature/TollTheHounds'' is the trope more or less played straight, [[TheCorruption corrupting]] people with his toxic blood into becoming his [[ReligionOfEvil followers.]] Although due to being both a new god and a dying one, he doesn't have much power outside his own temple or through his followers.
* In ''Literature/DarkHeart'', Vraxor, one of the three gods of Caliel, is a demon who rose to divinity. His religion is run by a sinister, all-powerful priesthood and is centered around human sacrifice.
* Skotos from the ''Literature/{{Videssos}}'' novels is the cosmic lord of all evil, and the opposite and ArchEnemy of the GodOfGood, Phos (both of whom are considered deities by the Zoroastrian-esque religion which dominates the Videssian Empire, though the precise nature of their relationship is a matter of rather heated - and often violent - debate). [[EvilSorcerer Avshar]] is the series' BigBad and Skotos's HighPriest, and [[ReligionOfEvil Skotos-worship]] tends to follow in his wake, but it's left ambiguous if Skotos himself is a real being or a philosophical abstraction... [[spoiler: at least until the climax of the last book; when Avshar gets DraggedOffToHell, ''something'' unutterably vast and powerful is there to receive him...]]
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': Mog-Pharau, the No-God, is essentially the antithesis of life. The Consult create him to reduce the world's population to fewer than 144,000 souls, which will sever the world from the Outside forever and save them from damnation. During the first apocalypse, the No-God appeared as a [[EldritchAbomination black whirlwind]] and spoke through the throats of [[SpeakInUnison one hundred thousand scranc]]. All births were stillborn while Mog-Pharau lived.
* ''Literature/TheWarGods'' comes with a whole pantheon of them. [[SatanicArchetype Phrobus]] is the most powerful, a renegade from the main pantheon, and the GreaterScopeVillain of the entire series; his wife is the goddess Shigu (originally a demon he elevated to become his consort), and their children fill out the evil pantheon - Fiendark is a god of violence and destruction and TheDragon to his father, Carnadosa is the goddess of BlackMagic and TheEvilGenius of the pantheon, Krahana is the goddess of TheUndead, Krashnark is a WarGod and fancies himself a NobleDemon, and his twin brother Sharna is the DirtyCoward god of murderers and torturers.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' the Dark One, whose [[TheScottishTrope real name]] is [[spoiler: Shai'tan]] is both this and TheAntiGod; cosmic antithesis of the Creator, bound at the moment of creation, partially unsealed and barely defeated at the end of the past age, and whose attempts to finish the apocalypse it started forms the backbone of the series' plot. Subverted by the Dark One's elite minions, the Forsaken, who are perceived as godlike figures by the people of the present age, but are really just very powerful, very evil human [[FunctionalMagic channelers]].
* Odium, the GreaterScopeVillain of ''Literature/TheCosmere'', is [[spoiler:a [[PiecesOfGod shard of the dead creator god Adonalsium]]]] and, essentially, a force of living hatred. He plans to [[spoiler:murder all his fellow Shards in order to become the supreme deity of the entire Cosmere]]. His pass times include creating [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors]] and roving about the Cosmere, indirectly causing chaos everywhere he goes. Horrifically, [[spoiler:he's [[SubvertedTrope a subversion]]; according to Odium himself, he's actually the Shard of ''passion and emotion'', not evil. He's the only Shard that actually understands how mortals feel and think, with the others having BlueAndOrangeMorality. Though it could be argued that Odium has ''become'' a God of Evil through his actions, as the man he was before turning into Odium was a horrific monster already.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The First Evil from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' exists AsLongAsThereIsEvil, and is ultimately responsible for every evil being and act in the series.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had The Source of All Evil (usually just referred to as The Source), who was the ruler of the underworld and the GreaterScopeVillain for the first half of the series' run. It was later revealed that "The Source" was actually a primordial force that lived inside whatever demon was currently leader of the underworld at the time.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', which uses BroadStrokes continuity has (in order of appearance on the series) the Black Guardian, Fenric and possibly the Beast (but he's more equivalent to {{Satan}}). Only the Black Guardian has an equivalent GodOfGood.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Subverted by [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]]. He's revered by the demons as an actual god of evil, but in reality he's "just" an archangel who is several orders of magnitude below his heavenly Father. Though he ''can'' mop the floor with just about any pagan god, possibly because GodsNeedPrayerBadly.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': The Keeper of the Underworld, who caused all death, suffering and darkness, in contrast to the Creator. He did this to spite her when the Creator lavished so much on human beings (they were lovers, and the Keeper was jealous).

* On Music/{{GloryHammer}}'s second album, ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'' EvilSorcerer Zargothrax tries to unleash Korviliath the Elder God from the 18th Hell Dimension, which will destroy all life in the Universe.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Some more dualistic forms of UsefulNotes/{{Zoroastrianism}} claim Angra Mainyu (better known by the Persian name ''Ahriman'') is the EvilCounterpart to [[GodOfGood Ahura Mazda]]. In other words, he is essentially the anti-God, or the god of evil. Angra Mainyu isn't so much a name as a title alluding to his nature. Angra can be translated as "destructive" or "malign", while Mainyu can mean "spirit" but also "mind", "concept" or "thought". [[FridgeBrilliance Which means]], Angra Mainyu is ''the'' [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Idea of Evil]]!
* Myth/EgyptianMythology:
** Apep (or Apophis) is the monstrous serpent that tried to eat Ra every night and wasn't so much worshipped as worshipped ''against'', straddling the line between God of Evil and EldritchAbomination.
** Set is portrayed as this to a degree in later versions of the mythology, though contrary to popular opinion he ''wasn't'' a snake god, and was actually a ''good guy'' in earlier myths; Set lost ground as the Horus cult gained it in later centuries, and became more identified with foreigners and the desert, even becoming identified sometimes with the chaos-serpent he had used to fight. By the time Petrarch recorded the most familiar-to-moderns versions of the Egyptian gods, he was bidding fair for this role.
* Myth/MesopotamianMythology:
** Lamashtu was a goddess (or sometimes just a demon, depending on the account) who caused miscarriages and sought to capture children to drink their blood and consume their bones. She was often depicted in a monstrous form too, with the head of a lioness, the feet of a bird of prey, and a donkey's ears and teeth. The demon Pazuzu was thought to be her most hated rival, so, even though he was a demon who brought about plagues of locusts and storms, [[EvilVersusEvil his image was thought to ward off Lamashtu.]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Meta-subversion. {{Satan}} is [[TheAntiGod often portrayed this way in Western media]], as a direct EvilCounterpart of {{God}}. This is the result of WordOfDante however and in contrast to most Christian doctrine, where Satan [[TheDevilIsALoser is recognized as being a far lesser power than God and has no chance of succeeding in his cosmic takeover bid]]. He's never described as being a ''representation'' of evil, merely [[FallenAngel an evil angel]]. However, while angels are nothing compared to YHWH that's because He's an [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] CosmicEntity beyond all space-time, and angels still have god-like power (in the lesser sense). A comparison would be that Zoroastrianism portrays Ahriman as an EvilOverlord of a hostile empire, while Christianity portrays Satan as a terrorist.
** The word ''satan'' literally just means adversary. One interpretation is that in the early Jewish writings, Satan wasn't evil, but a sort of divine prosecutor, testing Creation. Thus in the book of Job, he plays the role of adversary testing Job's fidelity to see if it's genuine. The contrasting interpretation is that Satan's actions in Job were actually evil, and note that there was a difference between ''satan'', which was used to describe any sort of adversary, and ''ha satan'' (using the definite article), which was used specifically to refer to the FallenAngel who made himself the adversary of God.
** Due to the nature of Abraham's monotheism, YHWH or whatever you want to call it, is both god of good and evil. Calling The God evil is a sore spot among most faithful, even if you call The God good in the same sentence, but that doesn't change that it is part of The God's domain, as all other things are.
* The Demiurge of Gnosticism is a giant [[EldritchAbomination snake-lion-sun thing]] who created the physical world and all life in it. He is usually portrayed as prideful, destructive, myopic and dangerous. Interestingly, he is often depicted as thinking himself to be not only a good god but the only god period.
* In Shinto, Ama-no-Kagaseo is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Amatsu-Mikaboshi, which is essentially TheDarkSide. So it is the personification of Evil, or at least discord, destruction and chaos, and destructive impulses.
* Medieval Maori religion gives us Whiro, who manages to some way or another cause practically every problem we have while locked in the underworld. He will eventually escape and destroy everything besides himself and the ashes.
* Mara in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} is a Deva and is also the "King of Demons". Devas in Buddhism are not exactly like gods in other religions as they're not immortal (though they do have very long lifespan, as in millennia-long) and although most Buddhists believe that they inspire the gods of other religions, should not be praised as they are not really different from humans and not only have karma of their own, they can't really change a person's karma either. Nevertheless they are still very powerful, making Mara particularly dangerous as he is the only really "evil" Deva (the other Devas are not evil, just generally [[UpperClassTwit very arrogant and materialistic]], with some exceptions (as some --very few of them-- are Buddhists). Mara attempted to tempt Buddha away during his pursuit of enlightenment and will still do this to others in Buddhist teaching.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology has Kakia, the goddess of vice. In Xenophon's ''Memorabilia'', she appeared to Herakles at a crossroads and attempted to seduce him to a life of empty and worthless pleasure. He chose otherwise.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' usually has at least one (but usually three) in each setting.
** ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', being almost entirely about the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, divides all its gods into gods of good, gods of evil, and gods of neutrality. Obviously, each of them does have the own unique spheres of influence above and beyond their alignment.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', and ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' have this as integral parts of their settings, in the form of the Gods of Chaos, and (only in ''Warhammer 40,000'') the C'Tan.
** [[BloodKnight Khorne]] is the God of Blood and War, and is shown in the image on this trope's page, along with his follower's signature BattleCry. He is also the God of Martial Prowess and Honour, so his followers are just as likely to be [[TheBerserker Berserk Killers]] or [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Honourable Opponents]].
** [[TheChessmaster Tzeentch]] is the God of Ambition and Change. His followers are usually Psykers and those touched by the powers of the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp]]. He's infamous for [[GambitPileup long, complex plans]] that exist simply for the sake of it, and his followers generally end up [[OutGambitted screwed out in the bargain.]] He is also the God of Hope, which speaks volumes about the setting.
** [[TheHedonist Slaanesh]] is the God(-ess?) of Pleasure and Perfection. Its followers are usually drawn with promises of Pleasure and Perfection in all things, so they're as likely to be [[MadArtist Artists]] and [[MadScientist Scholars]] as well as [[TheHedonist Hedonists]] and [[ReallyGetsAround Harlots.]] The drawback is that Slaanesh has a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality very different idea]] of perfection, and the followers will normally [[BodyHorror end]] [[AndIMustScream up]] [[NightmareFuel as]] [[EldritchAbomination something]]... [[LovecraftianSuperpower else.]]
** [[{{Plaguemaster}} Nurgle]] is the God of Death, Decay and Contentment. He's infamous for spreading [[TheVirus disease]] to every corner of the galaxy, and embodies the emotion of being happy with one's lot in life. His followers are generally those who turn to him [[DeathIsTheOnlyOption when there is no other choice]], [[SadisticChoice or if they're already nuts to begin with]] because of disease, starvation or any of the myriad things that CAN happen in the universe of [[CrapsackWorld Warhammer 40,000]]. His followers become [[IdealIllnessImmunity immune to all disease]] and are [[MadeOfIron unbelievably tough]], but mutate so [[BodyHorror grotesquely]] and with [[LovecraftianSuperpower such effects]] that even the [[TheCorruption ground rots under their feet]], and their very presence is [[WalkingWasteland lethal to anyone within a 50 Mile radius.]] Special mention to the fact that his followers generally consider all of this [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant enjoyable]] and [[DissonantSerenity delight]] in [[NauseaFuel spreading]] the [[{{Squick}} "blessings"]] of Nurgle wherever they go.
** ''Fantasy'' and ''Age of Sigmar'' has the Great Horned Rat, a minor Chaos God and patron god of the [[RatMen Skaven]]. He combines a few traits from Nurgle and Tzeentch, being a malevolent schemer who encourages the spreading of plague and destruction by his followers. He even takes Slaanesh's spot as the fourth major Chaos God following Slaanesh's capture at the hands of the Aelfs, but the other three Gods despise the Horned Rat as a venemous upstart and non-Skaven Chaos worshippers spit on him and his "gifts".
** In 40k, there are the C'Tan Star-Gods, [[TimeAbyss as old as the universe itself and far older than the Chaos Gods]]. Originally diffuse {{Energy Being}}s the size of solar systems, they were given bodies of living metal by a mortal race in need of allies, which the CíTan promptly betrayed and turned into the Necrons, a race of robotic SlaveMooks without free will. They used to eat stars, but they later found [[YourSoulIsMine mortal souls]] much more to their liking, and world after world was sacrificed to their hunger. Individual CíTan were near as unpleasant as the Chaos Gods: the Nightbringer {{Mind Rape}}d organic life into fearing death [[EmotionEater to feed on their terror and despair]]; the Void Dragon, a being of oblivion and utter destruction, had absolute control over technology and tried to sever the warp from real space, which would have torn the souls out of every living thing; the Burning One just wanted to ''burn everything''. And not to mention the Outsider, who although is crying in the void of dark space because it committed cannibalism to a ridiculous degree, is still suppose to be more dangerous than the rest of the C'tan. They were eventually cast down and [[PiecesOfGod shattered]] by rebellious Necrons and the gods of other races, but the pieces are still out there, and should they reuniteÖ

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Some versions of Unicron have him as one of these (or treated as one by anything unfortunate enough to be in his path). His very first origin story had Unicron recounting how he led a legion of dark gods, with Primus as his opposing number. The second has him as the ''last'' dark god, trying (and succeeding) in taking the universe down with him. Most depictions since have him as Primus' direct opposite, the evil to Primus' good (if not necessarily nice).


[[folder:Video Games]]
* The God of Death Oswald Leingold from ''[[VideoGame/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia - Realm of Thanos]]'', who much prefers to be called the Demon Lord.
* Charnel from ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' is a CardCarryingVillain God of Evil who is well aware about how important his place is in the pantheon. Amusingly, Charnel is publicly the most fervent opponent of the game's FinalBoss, OmnicidalManiac Marduk, as he doesn't like competitors. [[spoiler:It remains ambiguous just how much he knows about who's ''really'' responsible for summoning Marduk and whether his lines of reasoning for siccing you on the other gods are genuine or simply him using you to settle his old grudges.]]
* Kri from ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai''. Neither it nor its followers make any attempt to hide or justify it.
* Falerin of ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' is an interesting subversion; he is the God of Evil, but he is not malevolent and bloodthirsty. He's quite gentlemanly and passive; in fact, he helps the protagonists indirectly against the actual BigBad.
* The final bosses of ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Quest}}s [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIII 3]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestV 5]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI 6]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVII 7]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII 8]]''.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'''s Nyarlathotep, an EldritchAbomination AnthropomorphicPersonification of ''the entirety of Humanity's collective evil''. He was cast away at the end of ''VideoGame/Persona2''.
* Deconstructed ''[[TearJerker horrifically]]'' in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia''. [[TakeOverTheWorld Prince]] [[ForTheEvulz Wei]][[RageAgainstTheHeavens ss]] accuses the god Eesa of being one of these. The other gods, Real and Imaginal are an OmnicidalManiac and a [[FantasticRacism racist]] [[JerkassGods jerkass]], so the party doesn't really have any other frame of reference... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that Eesa is actually [[BreakTheCutie an emotionally-broken]] WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. ''How'' she became one is pure TearJerker material]].
* [[spoiler:The Elder God]] in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' is eventually revealed to be this in ''Defiance'', following truckloads of {{Foreshadowing}} in ''Soul Reaver 2''.
* The Demon Sovereign from the rebooted ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series (''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' and VI as well as ''VideoGame/DarkMessiahOfMightAndMagic'') is the setting's Crystal Dragon Satan equivalent. ''[=HOMM 6=]'' shows that he was a regular demon lord who ascended to the position through politics and conquest.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' series started out with {{Satan}} in the role, but he was killed in the first game, and a veritable conga line of successors would pop up in the expansion packs one after the other to claim the title (first Alastor, then [[spoiler: Eve]], then [[spoiler: Samael]]).
* Skorm from ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', who the PC can make human sacrifices to. [[spoiler: Doesn't actually exist.]] More important than Skorm is the Corruption, as well as the Queen of Blades, who had the position in the setting's backstory.
* The Elder God Shinnok from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' is more or less this after his fall from grace, going as far as overthrowing Lucifer himself to take over the [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Netherrealm]].
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', many hints given throughout the game indicate that [[BigBad Giygas]] has essentially become this. [[spoiler: Porky's statement during the final battle even says that he ''is'' evil itself.]]
* Demise from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Majora from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology are simplified somewhat from the original myths for the sake of the campaigns. As a result, Set becomes this for the Egyptian, Loki for the Norse (especially notable for turning up as an antagonist in person, and serving a much more direct role than Set), and Poseidon for the Greek. However, the ultimate God of Evil is Kronos, from the Atlanteans, since the other three are ultimately subservient to him, and his master scheme of breaking loose and causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. All the Titans except Gaia also qualifies, while Cerberus and Ymir are more [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] anyway. The game is notable for averting EverybodyHatesHades though, Hades is somewhat neutral, and his only contribution is helping the heroes escape Erebus when they are trapped there by Gargarensis, the servant of Kronos.
* ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' is built around ChaosIsEvil, so Andor Drakon, the [=ElDeR cHaOs GoD=], is the God of Evil. And the player can kill him to take his place.
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'': Most Gods can be neutral even when themed around Death. The closest one, however, is Ah Puch of the Mayan Pantheon, who ruled over the Ninth Hell and is pretty much a [[SorcerousOverlord mage-ish]] EvilOverlord who wants to drag everyone to his torture at Hell because he's just evil like that. This is not even SadlyMythtaken, even real life Mayan mythology refer him as that one God everyone avoids praying to because he's just that evil.
* ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' has several contenders for the title, but the sanest and most focused is [[ManipulativeBastard Tlacolotl]], an ancient mortal warlord who managed to ascend to godhood by seizing the death and rebirth of an entire universe in his own megalomaniacal name. He ''requires'' his followers to do evil and is thus ironically just as bound to the notion of Good and Evil as his angelic archrival [[KnightTemplar Namm]]. Tlacolotl's real personality and goals are loathsome enough that he's become totally reliant on goodly moral systems to brand people as Evil (thus leaving him as their [[DarkMessiah only refuge]]) in order to secure recruits for his forces.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' mythology contains [[OurGodsAreDifferent many deities]], some more benevolent while others are more malevolent. Even the worst of these deities tend to act within the BlueAndOrangeMorality of the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification spheres over which they govern]], but several stand out as almost irredeemably "evil". To note:
** Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], often gets this label in-universe (due to his actions typically resulting the death or ruin of many mortals) and incorrectly by the series' fandom. It is an easy mistake to make given that Dagon has served as the BigBad or GreaterScopeVillain of several games in the series. However, Dagon ultimately subverts the trope. While he is highly destructive, he cannot be considered any more truly "evil" than a destructive act of nature like a flood or an earthquake. Dagon also has several redeeming qualities within his sphere, such as governing over Change, which a functioning world requires to exist. (If the old is never "destroyed", there can be no room for anything new.)
** Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Domination and [[TheCorrupter Corruption]], and the "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King]] [[RedBaron of]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Rape]]", deservedly gets this label. Most of the Daedra are JerkassGods to some degree or another, but still have redeeming qualities, even Mehrunes Dagon. Not Molag Bal. He is a being pure malevolence with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He basically is ''TheDevil'' to the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer]], as they see him as the creator of obstacles trying to threaten the "purity" of the [[TheClan Great Houses]]. [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating He is not much better regarded by any other race on Tamriel either]].
** Sithis, referred to as a "[[PowerOfTheVoid great void]]", is a force representing chaos, change, and limitation. Sithis may be one by default, as Sithis is said to be an equal but opposite force to Anui-El, the "soul of all things". Sithis is essentially the ''antithesis'' of all things. [[MindScrew Sithis Is Not]].
** Mannimarco, the God of Worms, is the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended god form]] of Mannimarco, the King of Worms. Mannimarco is the infamous and highly [[TheDreaded dreaded]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][=/=]{{Necromancer}} who has terrorized Tamriel since the early 2nd Era, all as part of his quest to [[AGodAmI become a god]]. Following a failed attempt during the events of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', he succeeds as a result of the [[TimeCrash Warp in the West]] at the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''...sort of. The [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] Warp in the West [[MergingTheBranches merged]] ''Daggerfall''[='s=] numerous MultipleEndings, but none [[BroadStrokes occurred to the same extent they would have individually]]. As such, he did ascend to a form of godhood as the God of Worms, but it is in a rather minor station. It also seems to have created another version of him which did not ascend, remaining on Tamriel as a Lich who leads a cult which worships the God of Worms, who seems to be treated as a different entity.
** The elves in general view Lorkhan, the god who initially came up with the idea to create the universe, to be a god of malicious evil and trickery, as they hold that prior to the creation of the universe their souls were all glorious immortal spirits, and the world they live in now is a prison in which their spirits are trapped in a perpetual cycle of reincarnation. That Lorkhan seems to protect and guide humanity, who are perpetual enemies of the elves, only affirms this belief. Other elves, most notably the Dunmer, hold that Lorkhan is indeed an evil god, but his deceptions and trickery exposed the "lies" of the Aedra, the gods that most of the rest of the world revere, and thus they view Lorkhan as a god of [[NecessarilyEvil necessary evils]].
* Lavos from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is a weird form of this. Lavos is worshipped as a god by several beings (among them the Queen of Zeal), and its power can be drawn upon by mortal beings. That power ''is'' inherently evil, [[TheCorruption destroying the morality of those who use it]] and sometimes [[OneWingedAngel transforming them into monsters]]. However, Lavos itself is a StarfishAlien EldritchAbomination and isn't really evil, itself - it doesn't really seem to be sentient on a level that humans can comprehend, and the corrupting aspects are simply how its power affects humans who channel it.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' During the Third Holy Grail War the Einzberns tried to guarantee a victory by summoning [[spoiler:the [[SuperRinger Zoroastrian god of evil, Angra Mainyu]]]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: Angra Mainyu never actually existed]], so the Grail grabbed the next-closest thing it could find: [[spoiler:an ancient villager who was sacrificed by his people as the ''[[TheScapegoat representation]]'' of all their sins, who eventually became known in legend as Angra Mainyu. Having no special abilities he was quickly killed and absorbed by the Grail. But because this man represented the ''wish'' of those ancient villagers for there to exist a singular source of evil, the Grail [[ThenLetMeBeEvil attempted to grant that wish]]. Had there been a victor in either the [[LightNovel/FateZero Fourth]] or [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fifth]] Grail Wars, he would have become a PhysicalGod]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The titular evil hamster from the [[Webanimation/SockSeries Sock series]].

* The Demon King in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is worshiped by his demon followers and was powerful enough to defeat the Goddess of Goodness. He even sealed her away in a plastic baggie, which he kept in his refrigerator.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has a parody of it. At one point, two preachers appear trying to convert everyone to their belief of a hateful angry god Sithrak promising an eternity of pain even to it's followers. When one of them actually dies and meets him, the god tells them that the book they were reading was his old poetry book from when he was going trough a [[EmoTeen Teen]] {{Angst}} phase and that he doesn't really have any interest in hatred and pain like that, even sending the man back to warn the other follower, though they believe he just hates them so much he is messing with their heads.
* "[[Webcomic/{{Digger}} Black Mother]], [[MadnessMantra pass us by! We are not here!]]"
* The various pantheons in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' have a variety of evil-aligned gods, who range from AffablyEvil to actively malevolent. The most plot-significant one is The Dark One, the god of Goblins and patron deity of Redcloak, who was a former goblin warlord that ascended to become a deity after [[HumanSacrifice the Goblins waged a year-long crusade in his name after his assassination]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tutenstein}}'' has one but there's no time to explain.
* Trigon from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' who, like his original comic book counterpart, is supposed to be the incarnation of all evil.
* Vaatu, Book 2's BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''; the spirit of chaos and darkness (not just ''a'' spirit, ''the'' spirit), he likes nothing better than corrupting spirits and letting them go on rampages, and [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce if he wins]] during Harmonic Convergence then he'll bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' has Lockjaw who is specifically the god of violence and one of the [[UltimateEvil Ultimate Evils]] so much that his mere presence fills the mind of everyone near him with extreme rage.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has Aku, who is the incarnation of all evil and seeks to rule not just the world, but the entire universe. Interestingly, he is merely a small part derived from a mindless straight-up EldritchAbomination that was almost entirely destroyed by a pantheon of good gods. It took millions of years and a magic spell before he gained sentience and became the demon god of evil.