"Although the Devil represented everything we feared, we also really, really wanted to Satan
appears! But it's not the Satan you recognise — this one has an hourglass figure and a cheeky smile, here to seduce our hero and steal his soul! (Pretty much never the other way around
This technically has a justification, or at least works as a blunt metaphor, since Satan is supposed to be a cunning seducer, and being physically attractive would be a legitimate tactic in this case. The Bible
even says that Satan will sometimes appear as "an angel of light
Trickster gods in some mythologies are able to take whatever form they wish. Trickster gods are not always
evil, but can be, and certainly aren't adverse to taking on a female form just to mess with the heads of others. If their form is tailored to suit the precise tastes of whoever they're trying to pull, they're a Shapeshifting Seducer
Mythologically, Satan actually could take the form of a succubus
to steal men's semen, after which he would turn into an incubus and pass it on to a woman, in order to have kids. How exactly this was supposed to transmit Satanic genes is undetermined.
May also be (particularly for female characters)
the shoulder devil in a Good Angel, Bad Angel
This is the ultimate form of Evil Is Sexy
. See also Horny Devils
. Contrast with Angelic Beauty
. Not to be confused with Flaming Devil
, although they can overlap.
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Anime and Manga
- Ah! My Goddess:
- Hild, while not Satan him/herself, is still the C.E.O. of the Infernal Realm.
- Hagall: in the manga, when Hild is removed in a coup by her deputies, and the position is taken by Hagall, who is not a bad looker either.
- Generally the demons are no less attractive than their goddess counterparts.
- The Devils of the Runaway Spirit Squad from The World God Only Knows are various degrees from cute (Elsea and Haqua) to hot (Nora).
- My Balls: most of the demons are hot women, why would Satan be any different?
- The Devil is a Part-Timer!: The main character Maou (Satan) appears as a bishounen in his de-powered human form, while his true form is a sexy beast.
- Maou-sama is the leader of the demons, ultimate enemy of mankind and a gorgeous woman. Subverted in that she is closer to Prometheus than to Lucifer and wants a sustainable peace between their realms.
- In Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, the devil has a few different scary, horned male forms, but assumes the form of a cute cheerleader girl because it's one of the things that Johnny likes the least.
- On more than a few occasions, Loki in the Marvel Universe takes on a female aspect, often just to mess with Thor.
- Lady Death from Chaos! Comics, Avatar Press, and Boundless Comics. After overthrowing Satan himself, she is, in fact, the ruler of Hell. Meanwhile, Purgatori from the same universe is actually a vampire, but, due to her Fallen Angel blood, she appears to look like a devil (wings, horns, red skin...no goat hooves, though).
- Marvel Comics tends to portray Hela, ruler of the Norse land of the dead, as a beautiful, seductive woman. In mythology, she's often portrayed as half-alive half-corpse. In some continuities, she still is half corpse. Her costume is enchanted to give her the appearance of healthy beauty.
- Lady Blaze, the current queen of Hell in The DCU. With her helmet on, she has creepy glowing eyes and a Slasher Smile. Without it...
- X-Men: Azazel toyed with other people making them believe he was a devil, and he also seduced Mystique.
- In the 1990's version of Vampirella's comic, her sexy mother Lilith rules Hell. (Luckily for Vampi when she dies and ends up there; her mother gives her a mission to fight vampires on Earth.)
- In Death Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be Satan, while female and reasonably attractive, was more mischievous than evil. Similarly, Hell was more about punishment and redemption than torture and temptation.
- The 2000 remake of Bedazzled (2000), with Elizabeth Hurley as Satan. In the original version, Peter Cook wasn't too bad looking either.
- The Ninth Gate featured the devil, aka Irene Adler, described by the main character as the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
- There was a movie called Hunk in 1987 that was sort of a parody of the Deal with the Devil plot. While the Devil was portrayed as a balding, overweight, middle-aged man, his servant - who actually presented the contract to the protagonist - was female and a knockout.
- The Devils Advocate. The Devil briefly takes on the appearance of a handsome man with the same face as his own son, in fact. Given the Angelic Beauty trope this is likely a reference to Lucifer as a Fallen Angel.
- The recurring Crossroads Demons may be in a different body every time, yet, somehow, they are always hot women. Invoked, since they're specifically using those hosts to make their deals more palatable to their male clients, which is sealed with a kiss.
- We get to see some male crossroads demons in later seasons, including their king, Crowley.
- Demon Queen Lilith wears this type of meat suit, whenever she's not possessing a little girl to torment her family.
- Satan himself is played by Mark Pellegrino, and the muscular Jared Padalecki.
- In "The Song Remains the Same", Dean has a dream in which he's serviced by a stripper in a red devil's costume.
Dean: I take it all back. I love the Devil.
(Devil stripper is joined by a blonde in an angel's costume)
Dean: Now that's what I call peace on Earth.
- Just to add to it, Anna, an actual angel who Dean had previously slept with, then shows up. She's visibly irked by his dream.
- The Twilight Zone had Satan turn up in several episodes, usually as a conniving businessman. But one episode, "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", featured the Devil as played by Julie Newmar. She doesn't really try to seduce the protagonist, and, within that episode, she might simply be the Devil's usual form, but looking like Catwoman while bargaining for a man's soul has gotta count as an advantage.
- The Comic Strip Presents: "Demonella". The Devil is Jennifer Saunders, c.1988.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation has Captain Picard facing off against the Ventaxian version of The Devil known as Ardra...and boy, she knows how to flaunt what she's got! It turns out, though, that this Ardra is not really a supernatural being, but a con artist using advanced technology to pose as one.
- The video for Dimmu Borgir's song "The Sacrilegious Scorn" includes a painting of Baphomet morphing into a beautiful woman, though one with a deep male voice.
- Although technically Baphomet is a woman anyway. At least, she is when the caduceus sitting on her lap isn't being interpreted as something else entirely, in which case Baphomet is a hermaphrodite.
- KISS' "Hotter Than Hell", despite its title, is about the singer being infatuated with a woman who turns out to be married.
- The "Luci" Premium Edition of the AC/DC pinball features Horny Devil girl Luci, who is heavily implied to be Satan.
- In the Dragon Lance universe, one of Takhisis' various forms is that of "The Temptress". Basically, a really hot goth chick, although they don't describe it quite like that.
- Warhammer 40,000: Slaanesh often qualifies, though, as the God of Excess, he/she/it can go a bit...over the top sometimes.
- Touhou had, in Mystic Square back in the PC-98 days, the Goddess of the effective equivalent of Hell, Shinki. Not only a Designated Antagonist, since she had nothing to do with the calamity in the game, but also a (possible) mother of returning heroine Alice (canon isn't quite clear on that point).
- Millenia from Grandia II. She very nearly manages to rape Ryudo...well, it would be rape, but it's hard to say.
- In Princess Maker 2, it's possible for your daughter become the Princess of Darkness. She literally defeats Lucifon and takes his place, and given her Hello, Nurse! status, this trope is played straight.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey: Louisa Ferre is what happens when Lucifer is portrayed as a mysteriously seductive blond woman. Also, for the ladies, Louis Cypher of the other SMT games looks like a dead ringer for David Bowie, which, given his real life Memetic Sex God status, makes him a desirable being to either gender.
- Narbonic, although justified in that the demon pulled the shape from Dave's fantasies. Further, it's later implied that the Devil herself is female.
- Satan from Casey and Andy is a definite example - even though she loves him too, she's still Satan, and she doesn't play favorites...much. On at least a couple of occasions, she's seen subjecting the (frequently-dead) C&A to the torments of hell, answering Andy's complaints with "Waddaya want from me? I'm evil!"
- In Jack, the devil appears to the reader in the form of the cartoonist, but to Jack, it seems he appears as a woman, since Jack refers to the devil as "she."