"Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short...Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number; its number is Six hundred threescore and six."
You know what this is. Six hundred and sixty six, the Number of the Beast, first mentioned in the Book of Revelation in The Bible, making this Older Than Feudalism. Sometimes used for that extra symbolism everyone loves, but it's usually used because it's a nifty keen way to show that something is eeeevil.
Oddly enough, the Beast of Revelations itself is rarely ever mentioned anymore. (In fact, there were two of them in the Book of Revelations, the Number describing the second.) The Number has totally eclipsed the being it represented.
Sometimes gets truncated to 66 or lengthened to 6666 if 666 is too high or too low a number, yet still evokes the Numerological Motif.
The actual number, however, is a subject of debate among theologians and historians: many say the number is actually 616, as some of the older Latin copies of Revelation list it as that rather than 666; all the Greek ones list it as 666, and most probably the name it indicated had a different sum according to their numerological schemes in different alphabets. However, 666 is so much better known that if you try to go with 616 instead it will likely fly over the heads of most readers and viewers. Note that either way, it is the value six hundred and sixty six or six hundred and sixteen, not just three sixes in a row (like June 6th 2006). In fact, back then it would have been written χξϛ/χιϛ (chi - xi - sigma / chi - iota - sigma)note The Greeks used a unique set of symbols for each decimal place. So χξϛ would be (600)(60)(6) and χιϛ would be (600)(10)(6) in Greek and the guy who wrote Revelation would totally not get the stuff about three sixes in a row.
Interestingly enough, another interpretation is 216, as some older translations define this enigmatic number as "6 by 6 by 6" or 6 cubed.
The "616" is also the number given to the main Marvel universe (as opposed to the other alternate realities).
In Mandarin Chinese, 666 sounds like the phrase that roughly translates as "everything going smoothly", so the number is considered lucky in China especially for commercial undertakings.
Compare with its Asian counterparts 108 and 4. For the Robert A. Heinlein novel, see The Number of the Beast. Not to be confused with 555, which is about fake phone numbers.
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The Book of Darkness in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's has 666 pages. The last Mistress of it, Hayate Yagami is also associated with the number 6, who has seraph wings. Six years after the Book of Darkness Incident, she decides to found her own section to investigate the Relic incidents, four years later she achives her goal by founding the Riot Force 6. Six years after the JS Incident, she founds another section, Special Duty Section 6. The Yagami family has six members, Hayate herself, the four Wolkenritter and Reinforce Eins/Zwei. They adopt later a seventh member, Agito; but this can be interpreted as Hayate having six children now.
In The End of Evangelion, Ritsuko uses program 666 to protect NERV from being hacked by SEELE.
There's also a parking lot bay number 666, however we only see the number of the bay next to it: 665. In the DVD Commentary they joke that it's the "Neighbour of the Beast".
Rebuild of Evangelion: Mari Illustrious Makinami hijacks Unit-2 in order to fight the last Angel in You Can (Not) Advance, she activates the Eva's Berserker mode with Code: 666, named, you guessed it, The Beast.
In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! episode "Evil Spirit of the Ring" (the first appearance of Dark Bakura in the anime(we see a card Bakura's Flashback where his father got the Millennium Ring from a merchant in Egypt (the Evil Spirit's previous host) with 666 ATK and 666 DEF points. The US version Bowdlerised it to 1000/1000.note In the real-life game, the Attack and Defense stats for nearly all cards are some multiple of 50, before modifiers. It is probably no coincidence that the only exceptions to this rule were introduced in one duel before the rules for the Real Life version of the game came out.
In the broader Digimon canon, the Seven Great Demon Lords possess a series of crests, the rings of which state of a "Level 666". No defined meaning is given to the statement, but given that no Digimon is classified by numerical power levels, odds are it's only there because for Rule of Symbolism.
The title super-suit in Moldiver only worked for 11 minutes, 6 seconds at a time.
Mr. Satan and Videl from Dragon Ball often had the number 666 plastered on their vehicles. Nothing evil about them (although the former is a bit of a prick) — Toriyama was just throwing nods to the Theme Naming.
In the manga version of Matsuribayashi-henMiyoTakano says God keeps showing her the "one" face on the dice, but she'll force all the dice to be 6 on their faces. There are a number of dice on screen for the "one" dice, but only 3 for the "six" dice. Considering the speech given an issue or two before, this was likely intentional.
In Berserk, the Eclipse, which heralds the birth of a new member of the demonic Godhand, happens once every 216 years, or 6 x 6 x 6.
In Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, there are six powerful Mist-rings known as the Hell Rings. New Varia member Fran owns the one with the number 666 on it.
In the opening pages of the manga Biomega, we see the protagonist driving along an abandoned bridge... going 666 km/h, of course.
Hayate the Combat Butler had a completely unintentional example: in the first popularity poll, Isumi got 666 votes. The chapter revealing this joked about how bizarre it was for her, of all people, to get that number.
Around the beginning of the Fishman Island arc, One Piece started a "Where are they now?" side story where chapter covers show what characters of varying importance are now doing after all the time that's passed. The chapters featuring characters from Impel Down, The Alcatraz where each floor is it's own special brand of Hell, take place during the 660s, and the final cover for this group is chapter 666.
The Mythic Rare Titan cards are all 6/6 creatures with 6 converted mana cost.
The Video Games spin-off Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 states that Nicol Bolas, one of the evilest character in the verse, is 60 foot tall, 60 foot wide and weighs 60 tonnes. (He's a dragon by the way)
In Poker, a three-of-a-kind made of sixes is colloquially known as "The Beast", though this invokes the erroneous "three sixes in a row" version.
Marvel Comics' main universe is Earth-616. The term was created around the time of Alan Moore's run on Captain Britain. Moore's son-in-law said that Moore intentionally used a random number with no meaning (as a deliberate contrast to The DCU, where the main universe is Earth-1, with the idea being that Marvel's "main" Earth is just one random universe out of many, no more or less important than the rest), but artist Alan Davis said it was created by the previous writer David Thorpe, who intentionally used the Number of the Beast to indicate his feelings about superheroes.
Earth-666 is the Fan Nickname for the Marvel Zombies reality.
There is a demonic Big Bad called Neron which, numerically, translates as 666.
In the pre-52 DC multiverse, the Wildstorm 'verse had supervillains from an alternate dimension designated 666, where the bad guys won because the heroes never killed villains. They were shocked to meet the Authority, and dead shortly thereafter.
Wildstorm also had a Crisis Crossover called "The Number Of The Beast", featuring a logo of three sixes arranged to have one-third turn symmetry.
Green Lanterns were forbidden from going to the world Ryut, where all life was obliterated by a Manhunter atrocity in the distant past. When Abin Sur crash lands there, he uncovers the prophecy of the Blackest Night, and the Anti-Monitor is turned into the Black Power Battery there. Earth is sector 2814 — anyone wanna guess what sector Ryut is?
Kingdom Come has an Anti-Hero who's name is 666. Not only that but he has a huge "6" tattoo on his face and two more 6s on his chest. Alex Ross used Brian Azzarello as the model.
The address of the title character in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is 777. A man taking a survey points this out and jokingly asks if it's the number for Heaven. Johnny growls "Does this look like Heaven?" According to the comic, 777 is the "number of the moose".
In Hellboy: Wake the Devil, Karl Ruprect Kroenen plans to usher in the apocalypse with an army of 666 golems. When Herman von Klempt points out that this is far too few golems to conquer anything, Kroenen replies "The number is symbolic."
The French graphic novel 666. It has a sequel, 6666 (which is the year the story is set in).
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issue #666 contains the first English printing of the story "Mickey's Inferno", an adaptation of Dante's Inferno. This being Disney, they don't even mention the number when they talk about the story in the afterword.
Issue number 666 of Batman features a Bad Future where Batman's son Damien takes the cowl after the former's murder. Discount symbolism at its finest.
In Judge Dredd, iso-block 666 is used to contain the most dangerous criminals in Mega-City One.
The X-Men snuck some of their members into a hostile installation once by pretending they were unconscious, their bodies marked with numbered tags. Dr. Hank McCoy is known as the Beast; one guess what number he put on his tag.... And when one of the mooks commented on the number, Hank immediately jumped into action and knocked them out. That's right, one of the greatest geniuses in the Marvel Universe he based his infiltration strategy around a joke.
In issue number 666 of Superman, Superman dreams about killing all his enemies and taking over Hell.
In Flesh: "Texas", McGurk brands Gorehead three times with a symbol that looks like the number 6. This is enough for Pastor Sunday to declare that Gorehead is in fact Satan.
One Ghost Rider arc ("Vicious Cycle", if anyone's curious) had Johnny Blaze accidentally bring Lucifer with him when pulling a Like a Badass out of Hell stunt, at which point Lucy fragmented and possessed a number of recently-dead people. If you can't guess how many from the page you're on, there is nothing we can do to help you.
The first Silent Hill comic, Dying Inside, mentioned and invoked this trope, when the main character declared a door code to be her own personal Number of the Beast. She had issues.
In Nemi, one of Nemi's friends tells her that if you remove all letters that are not Latin numerals in the inscription on the Pope's hat, they add up to 666, leading Nemi to ponder if the hat is there to hide the horns.
The Far Side got in on it with Satan glowering at a confused painter, and "999" over the cave leading to Hell.
Foxtrot has a subtle example. While playing the game 'DukeQuakem', Jason, having just finished level 5, cheerily explains "Only 661 levels to go!" You do the math.
One of the title characters from Lilo & Stitch was supposed to be assigned the number "666", but the Media Watchdog complained and it was changed to "626".
Films — Live Action
The origin of the "modern" use of the Number of the Beast is probably The Omen. They even released a remake of the film on June 6, 2006 nationwide. The original came out in the UK on June 6, '76... close enough.
The Gregg Araki flick The Doom Generation is filled with references to this number. Among other things, every purchase made by the main characters comes to a total of $6.66, and the female lead had an SAT score of 666 in high school. By the way, SAT scores end in 0.
Used in Route 666, which involves an abandoned stretch of highway nicknamed such after the mysterious death of a prison chain gang.
There was a real Route 666, which was a turnpike of Route 66. It's Route 491 now.
In The Ninth Gate, guess what the keypad code to Satanic book collector Boris Balkan's private elevator is?
Played with in the 1999 film End of Days. Apparently, people who saw the number of the beast in their dreams/visions didn't realize it was shown upside down, so the number of the beast was 999 instead of 666. The Devil will then try to return on the last day of the year, for every year ending in 999 (999, 1999, 2999, etc). except they used Roman Numerals back then.
In A Clockwork OrangeAlex is seen with two of his former friends, now police officers, whose uniform numbers are 665 and 667. Since Alex is between them, that makes him 666.
In the beginning of The Phantom of the Opera the chandelier that the Phantom had dropped thus starting the fire that destroyed the theater is sold on an auction under listing number 666.
In The Burbs, Ray and Art go over to the Klopecks house and knock on their door. The first knock changes the address number on the Klopecks' wall plaque from 669 to 666. The second knock knocks over the plaque, unleashing a horde of bees.
Used in the Robert A. Heinlein novel The Number of the Beast. One of the protagonists builds a device that makes it possible to move arbitrarily through a six-dimensional space-time to multiple universes; the number of possible destination universes is (6^6)^6 (10,314,424,798,490,535,546,171,949,056), which when written sloppily one of the characters mistakes for the traditional 666. This prompts a discussion over whether biblical prophecy actually refers to the 6-dimensional space-time geometry and the bad guys they've already encountered. (The conclusion is that there are enough similarities to at least be cautious about it.)
In Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Aziraphale is able to pick the Antichrist's phone number out of a list because it is "Tadfield six double-six". And they were going to name the sequel (which was never finished) 668: The Neighbour of the Beast.
Charles L. Grant (writing as Lionel Fenn) beat them to it in 1992 with a novel of that title.
668 Elm Street, Ankh-Morpork, is the address where Discworld's all-undead Fresh Start Club holds its meetings.
In War and Peace, Pierre Bezukhov calculates the Hebrew number equivalent of Napoleon's full title (L'Empereur Napoléon) to be 666, shoehorns his own name to yield the same number (L'Russe Besuhof), and thinks that he's destined to kill Napoleon or at least for something great. In reality, the scheme he used yields 661 for Napoleon, not 666, rendering all his actions based on this observation bunk.
In Book the Sixth of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Ersatz Elevator, the address of the Baudelaires' new home is 667 Dark Avenue. In addition, it has sixty-six floors.
The short story "Neighbors" by Robert Borski discusses the number 666 from the points of view of nearby numbers.
John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise includes a list of (North American) phone numbers beginning with the prefix "666" including "a bunch of Satanists who got lucky" and "the author's home phone number".
Nightmare Academy, by Frank Peretti has a rather contrived situation near the end of the book in which a row of buildings is being demolished and one of the characters needs to stop it by putting in a code that corresponds to... some technical detail. Anyway, it ends up being 666 (or 666.0 if you want to be picky, and the computer did). Lampshaded by the kid stopping it when he figures it out.
"Twelve times 55.5 is... Really?"
In Robert Rankin's Apocalypso, every dimension is assigned a Greek letter and a number. Hell is Omega 666.
Conservative shock commentator Ann Coulter released a book called Godless on 6/6/06. She said it wasn't coincidence.
Surprisingly averted in the Left Behind series. Nicolae Carpathia is the aforementioned Beast himself, but the obligatory references to 666 are all subtle: a fixation with the number 216, an assistant named Viv Ivins, and the numerology of his full name. Nobody brings any of this up directly; they have other, less coincidental, ways of knowing he's the Antichrist.
Likewise, when the Mark of the Beast finally shows up in the series, the coding for the marks are all the results of equations where different operations are plugged, between the sixes, such as 30 (6 x 6 - 6), 18 (6 + 6 + 6), 42 (6 x 6 + 6), etc.
In Death by Gaslight by Michael Kurland, the members of the Hellfire Club carry tokens that read DCLXVI. Professor Moriarty helpfully reads from Revelation 13.
Used in The Lord of Opium, where it's mentioned that eejits are marked with 666 after their brainwashing operation.
Live Action TV
In Doctor Who, the atmosphere readings of "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit" are 66.6, the gravitational field is "6^6 every 6 seconds", and the name of the base, "SB6" is seen gradually melting into "666". The two-part episode was even aired over the week of 6th June 2006, or 6/6/06. Also, the Ood go to work to the sound of Ravel's Bolero, which Torvill And Dean famously skated to in the 1984 Winter Olympics — and received perfect 6s for artistic impression.
As an extra metatextual touch, the official web site's Fear Forecasters gave "The Impossible Planet" a Fear Factor score of 3/6/6/6 — on a scale that usually only goes up to 5. ("The Satan Pit" got straight 5s.)
Another Doctor Who example: the coordinates for The Void — the Whoniverse equivalent to Hell — are all sixes, as seen in "Doomsday".
Also invoked in "Midnight": When Mrs Silvestri starts repeating what everybody says, the teenaged Jethro says "six six six" to get her to repeat it.
In the Twilight Zone episode "Dealer's Choice", a group of gamblers find themselves playing poker against the Devil. Every hand the Devil receives includes three sixes. When one of the players ends up playing for his soul, he attempts to use this to his advantage by invoking dealer's choice and chosing Low Ball as the game.
Reaper: Sam's house number is 667. In one episode, he hits the snooze button on his alarm clock and the numbers turn red and read "6:66".
One episode of The X-Files ("Orison") had Scully's alarm clock read 666 twice, warning her about the evil man after her. It proved to be surprisingly effective as a piece of mis-en-scene.
Possibly a reference to Jesus's Crucifixion, which had Him die at 3:30 PM.
An episode of QI had Stephen Fry asking the teams what the number of the beast was (Johnny Vaughan fell for the 666 trap). After Fry had revealed that 616 was the actual number, one of the panel concluded that 666 must be his fax number!
In the Quantum Leap episode "The Boogieman", Sam and Al visit a home with the house number 966. As Al crosses the threshhold, the top 6 becomes loose and spins around to reveal a 666 because Al has been supplanted by the devil, who has hijacked this leap. Luckily, it was All Just a Dream!
Stargate SG-1 visits a planet whose designation is P3X-666 in the two-part episode "Heroes". Dr. Frasier dies there.
In Point Pleasant the mark on the protagonist's eye is a series of three six-figures, overlapped and rotated in a particular pattern. It's probably a Shout-Out to the 666 mark on Damien's head in The Omen, which is three sixes with their tails in the center. The mark of Point Pleasant's heroine is a circle with three tails curving outward.
Supernatural: There was a rather reviled Season 1 episode called "Route 666", and then there were the 66 out of 600 possible seals that needed to be opened in order to set Lucifer free from his prison.
When Dean wakes up in a post-Apocalypse world, there's a movie theatre with NOW SHOWING: ROUTE 666 on it.
The Mighty Boosh episode Nanageddon features a demon going on a rampage at a bingo night. As she reveals herself, the bingo caller announces the number: "All the sixes - 666."
An episode of Frasier showed Frasier's old agent Bebe staying in a hotel room numbered 666.
The third episode of Crusade has a religious fanatic setting a timebmb at 666 seconds. Rather unlikely for a "God-fearing" nut to use the Number of the Beast.
The Glass House reported the discovery that 616 might actually be the number of the beast, and noted that, by international dialling, Canberra's former area code was + 61-6.
One of the threats of the week for the Big Wolf on Campus team was a wrestler who would cause the apocalypse once he got to 666 victories.
One episode of Criminal Minds had a Satanist whose name was Floyd Feylin Ferrell. F is the sixth letter of the alphabet.
An episode of That '70s Show had Laurie, Eric, Hyde and Kitty playing cards with their youth minister. Laurie ends up having three 6 cards (and this is after she tried to come on to him). The minister promptly gets up and leaves.
The titular town of Eerie Indiana is listed as having a population of 16,661
666 Park Avenue where if you want to live at 999 Park Avenue, you have to sell your soul to the Devil.
Music.Slayer planned to release an album on 6.6.06, but due to problems they could only release a single. The album? Christ Illusion. By amusing coincidence, 6.6.06 was also bassist/lead singer Tom Araya's 45th birthday.
This was successfully done however by AFI who released their album "Decemberunderground" on 6.6.06
"666" in metal in general is very common due to its satanic connotations. Bands that have made songs with the number include Helloween, Anvil and Burn to Black as well as many others.
Danzig's album 6:66 Satan's Child.
The death rap group Three 6 Mafia (aka Triple Six Mafia), once notorious for their Satanic lyrics and references to the occult. However the group has since stated that the name is just a reference the fact that their group started out with three members and ended up with six. That, and the fact that back when they were just starting out, they needed to put out something that would draw attention to themselves.
666 was the only New Sound Album Aphrodite's Child ever released (before they returned to their old style). Everything else they made before and afterwards was some quite corny pop, but 666 was something between psychedelic and progressive rock.
Alluded to by the Christian Post-hardcore band Underoath's DVD which has "777" in its title due to their religious beliefs.
Steve Vai was born on June 6, 1960 (6/6/60) and has skills that could very well be described as not of this world.
Slipknot's song "The Heretic Anthem" featured the chorus: "If you're 5-5-5 then I'm 6-6-6", though the lyrics feature no real Satanic overtones and the use of the number was really just for shock value.
Since 555 is commonly used as the exchange for phone numbers in movies and television, the line could be interpreted to mean that if you're trying to fit in and be acceptable, he's trying to be edgy and unacceptable.
"Your Sweet Six Six Six by Finnish love metal band HIM.
The album cover for Black Sabbath's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath sports a demon with 666 engraved on its body.
In a weird coincidence, the studio version of Sabbath's self titled song has a running time of 6:16.
The LP cover of Deep Purple's The Book Of Taliesyn lists the running time of "Exposition/We Can Work It Out" as 6:66.
Pato Fu has a song called "Capetăo 66.6 FM" ("Capetăo" being Portuguese for "Big Devil").
The Dingees' album Rebel Soul Sound System has a fake (and unreadable) barcode with the UPC "06660 06660".
The first disc of Doom Metal band Reverend Bizarre's final album, So Long Suckers, is sixty-six minutes and six seconds long. According to Word of God, this is not coincidence.
Genesis' song "Supper's Ready" has the line "Six six six is no longer alone". Since the segment it's from is a musical adaptation of Revelation, this probably isn't terribly surprising.
Proto-heavy metal band Atomic Rooster were seriously into magick and gematria. Their best-known track Devil's Answer carries a coded suggestion that 666 is not the number to look out for. Apparently 357 is the badass number. Aleistar Crowley and others also thought so.
There's a small and odd federation in Japan called 666. One notable character is President Ramu, a demonically-possessed wrestler with super strength for her size. Which is good, given that she'd fit under Cute Bruiser. Note she is NOT the least likely champion they've ever had....
Ed Greenwood sometimes used the number 666 (or variations thereof) when creating Forgotten Realms spells for the 1st and 2nd editions of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
Speaking of Dungeons & Dragons, according to most editions' Dungeon Master's Guide, one of the planes, the Abyss, has supposedly infinite layers, but "conventional wisdom" says the bottom layer is the 666th.
The demon goddess Lolth has her home on the 66th layer.
The secret Grey Knights chapter of Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000 is Chapter 666. They are an all-psyker, elite-among-elites group serving under the aegis of the Inquisition's Ordo Malleus and dedicated to combating Daemonic threats.
Also before they join they have to go through the 666 Rites Of The Emperor, which can be described as 666 Mind Rapes.
Also in Warhammer 40,000, Zarakynel, the Keeper of Secrets model produced by Forge World, costs exactly 666 pts to field. (This is because Slaaneesh's magic number is 6. Ann'grath (Khorne) has a points costs of 888, similarly.) Interestingly, Slaanesh is the only Chaos God in the backstory who does not exist before far into the future.
As explained in the Daemon codex, due to way time flows in the Warp (that is, very erraticly) despite being created about 30 000 years in the future, Slaanesh has in a way always existed, and never existed. Warp is confusing like that.
In Sanguine Productions' Ironclaw, the use of Black Magic can have dangerous side effects. Namely, when three sixes appear in any dice roll involving it. This includes skill rolls, resistance rolls, and difficulty rolls. Just to maximize this effect, the Difficulty Dice for Black Magic are, uncharacteristically, almost all d6s.
In Nomine is an RPG system where players take sides in a demon vs. angel battle between hell and heaven. The game system uses d666 (3 six-siders for all rolls). Bad things happen to angelic characters whose players roll all 6's, conversely good things happen if you roll all 1's (the Trinity). This is reversed for demonic characters.
In Rolemaster, a roll of 66 indicates a very unexpected result.
Hunter: The Vigil features the Lucifuge, a secret order made up of people who have inherited the powers of Hell from demonic parents. The head of the organization (also known as the Lucifuge) has spent centuries keeping track of them, and knows exactly how many are on Earth at any one time. Take a guess.
The amount of enemies is actually 911 robots and 9 tanks, and additional Spies and Snipers which continuously spawn for as long as you play.
In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Death is level 66, the vampire Olrox and the Succubus have 666 HP, and the Malachi (which was supposed to be called Cthulhu) and the Fire Demon gives 666 experience points.
The Pain Doubler spell under Zamza's Evil Magic library deals 666 damage... which sucks quite a bit since the average damage in SaGa Frontier is four digits. Of course, when used on the player, it can be a death sentence, since max HP tops out at 999.
Tsukihime features a villain called Nrvnqsr Chaos who controls 666 animal familiars. And Nrvnqsr (pronounced 'Nero') is numerically equal to 666.
In the old Ultima II computer game, the Earth was located at coordinates (6,6,6) in the solar system.
SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos has an overall cast of 33 characters, with 663 pre-battle dialogues for each of them... okay, not each, because Athena and Red Arremer have no dialogues between each other or their clones whatsoever. If they would be, though, it would result in a straight 666. May be excuseable.Or maybe not.
Instead of Doom "version 1.6", the producers went with "version 1.666".
In the Ultimate Doom, E1M1 has 666 sidedefs.
Doom also uses UDP port 666.
Sector tags 666 and 667 are used for actions that require certain monsters to be killed. (instead of crossing a specific linedef)
In Doom 3, there are lockers scattered around that contains items. One of them, however, contains an Imp. The locker's number goes without saying.
Big guns along with its original purpose of containing all the world's evil and still holding onto hope, as its debut cutscene seems to imply.
Max Payne had a level where the access code for a different part of a lab was 665, which Max snarkingly comments as the "neighbor of the beast". In the sequel, the code to access the suites in Max's apartment is 667, and the "neighbor of the beast" line is echoed.
Both mentions are based on a recurring joke in the developers' native country of Finland. Of course, with street numbers the neighbor would be 668, but apartments need not be numbered the same way.
Kingdom of Loathing spoofs this with the 668 scroll, allowing you to summon the neighbor of the beast.
In killer7, Emir Parkreiner's locker is #666. Looking in locker #616 leads the player to Mask's final mask.
The original Quake features a powerup called the Pentagram of Protection, which puts a red 666 on your armor counter, although that's just for symbolic and aesthetic purposes — your health will not go down while this powerup is active, and anything that tries to spawn at your position will be reverse telefragged. Note that your armor will still take damage if you have any on.
The demon morph Super Mode from Painkiller is activated by Daniel's absorption of 66 souls. At least, without a powerup that reduces the number to 50.
The 666 Ammo card, obviously. However, the number on the card is written in Roman numerals (DCLXVI), which shows that the devs knew the value is important, not three sixes.
In Disgaea 3, Mao calculates that it will take exactly 666 Nether hours (after Mao hijacks his "Hero" title) until Heroic Wannabe Almaz becomes a full-fledged demon.
Several ports of the game replace "All the 6s" with a completely new level — whether because of the Number of the Beast reference or just because it's the ultimate Breather Level is difficult to say.
Galm Team from Ace Combat Zero is the Ustio 6th Air Division, 66th Squadron. By the way, "Galm" is a mistranslation of "Garmr", a hellish wolf in Norse Mythology that kills Tyr during the Ragnarök. And the Galm 1's callsign is "Cipher", in case you still didn't catch any symbolism.
The final mission of Shattered Skies, appropriately a Scrappy Level with tunnel-flying, has Mobius One start at 6666 feet.
There is a statue of a serpent in Zangarmarsh with 666 in its scales. However, it was far more common during The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions than it is now. In fact, there was a warlock spell that did 666 base damage, but that has since been changed. There were also icons for warlock and demon spells with stylized 666's in them, these have all been removed.
In Endless Ocean: Blue World, of all places, the Pandora's Box salvage item with net the player 9,666 pelagos (the in-game currency). Notably, the only treasure to not have a multiple of ten (or a multiple of ten minus one) for its price.
Asherons Call featured an event boss, Bael'zharon, who when inspected, was level 666. There is also the White Rabbit, who has 666 in every stat (and instant-kills you when you inspect it.)
Several inferno units in Heroes of Might and Magic V utilize this: Nightmares and Hell Stallions have 66 HP, Pit lords and Pit spawns cost 1666 gold, Devils, Arch Devils and Arch Demons all have a maximal damage of 66, and cost 2666 gold (devils) or 3666 gold (the other two). Additionally, Devils have 166 HP (and Arch Devils have 199, turn that upside down).
In chapter 5 of Alice: Madness Returns, a wall in the Dolltown Cellarnote in the room with the glass floor with hazards underneath has 666 affixed to it.
In Space Pirates and Zombies, the ship known as the Brute (one of the strongest ships available from the Bounty Hunter faction) has 666 base health.
In 7th Dragon the total number of Dragons that live at the start of the game add up to 666.
The Portal upgrade is a thinly-veiled reference to opening a Hellgate, and originally costs 1,666,666 cookies to purchase. It produces 6,666 cookies originally, and its upgrades cost 16,666,660, 166,666,600, and 1,666,666,000
When you reach the end-stages of the grandmapocalypse, you can eventually form a covenant with the Elder Gods, at a price of 6,666,666,666,666 cookies.
AMV Hell Championship Edition was released on June 6, 2006.
Both used and subverted in the SCP Foundation. SCP-616 is a hellish door with a strong Brown Note effect and vaguely specified "bad things" happening when it opens, but SCP-666 seems slightly more benign.
In v4 Open Blue, the date of the foundation of the Axifloan Coalition is June 6th, 1666. In v5, that day is when Princess Elizabeth of Avelia is assassinated, prompting the three largest members of the Coalition to secede and declare war on one another. Most people in-universe consider it the day the Coalition ended (even though it still exists if weakened).
In The Number 24, a trailer spoofing The Number 23, one of the professor's random associations is: "Two plus four is six. What's the number between two and four? Three. Three sixes, the sign of the devil!"
In Mr. Plinkett's review of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, when he got to talk about Order 66, he pretended to be George Lucas and decided that the Kill E'm All code phrase should be "an evil-sounding number". At first he considered "666" but rejected it because he thought it was "too obvious."
Global Guardians villain 666 is super-strong and Nigh Invulnerable, and puts on a good game of being a "demonic force for evil", but the truth is he's just a thug in a costume who uses some special effects to put the "demon" angle across to the rubes.
Several Not Always Right stories show customers buying extra things upon checkout if their total is $6.66.
When Stan is worried that his adopted grandson Nemo is the anti-christ he checks him for the mark finding a 66 but is relieved to find the next number 2 but then he sees a he has a +4 after that, cue Scare Chord.
In an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cloning" the channel number that the cursed TV is playing, is channel six sixty six.
In the Futurama episode "The Honking", Bender sees the binary number 0101100101 written on the wall and is unfazed, calling it "gibberish" (it's 357 with an unnecessary leading zero). Then he sees it in a mirror and realises it's 1010011010, which is 666.
Parodied in Courage the Cowardly Dog, when the characters (Except for the titualar dog, who is forced to sleep outside because of the No Dogs Allowed Rule) book a room at Hotel Katz, they are given room number 666˝.
In Gargoyles, the Illuminati have exactly 666 members, although you have to work it out.
An episode of Rocko's Modern Life ended with the character Peaches playing with a paddle ball. He says, "664, 665" and then he misses and has to start all over.
Furthermore in the episode "Hef in a Handbasket", the number to apply for Peaches' game show is "555 and THEN A BUNCH OF SIXES," the show is broadcast on channel 66, and Heffer needs to score 666 points to "win."
The Treehouse of Horror part of one episode had Lisa and Bart going through the occult section of a library. Dewey Decimal System designation? 666. (For the curious, the actual designation would be 130 or 133. 666 is assigned to "ceramic and allied technologies".)
In the opening of another Treehouse of Horror episode, a cheerful Fox Censor tells the viewers that the episode is rated TV-G, only for the ratings box to sprout an arm holding a knife and stab him, and turn to TV-PG. The stabbing continued, going to TV-14, TV-MA, TV-21, and finally, TV-666. (Which isn't a real rating, of course. The actual rating for the episode was TV-PG.)
In the Looney Tunes short A Pest in the House, hotel bellhop Daffy Duck continually disturbs a tired guest in his efforts to get some shut-eye. Guess what the unfortunate patron's room number is?
It was probably chosen not for symbolism, but because it has a lot of "s" sounds for Daffy to lisp.
In the first episode of The Boondocks, Huey tries to convince Ed Wunsler's garden party that Ronald Reagan is the devil by pointing out that Ronald, Wilson, and Reagan each have six letters in them. Therefore, 666. However, this just makes him even more adorable to the guests.
The comic strip had a similar joke about Santa Claus. Huey evidently went through several possible "proofs" before landing on the fact that the date of Santa's annual errand, December 24th, adds up to 36 when expressed numerically. 36 = 3 6's!
Wakfu episode 4: In the flashback showing the backstory of the Ugly Princesses, there is such a long line of princes wanting to woo them that they use a "Take a Number" device. Then comes the god Osamodas, who picks number 666 before laying a curse on the disrespectful princesses.
In episode 9 of season 2, some of the protagonists are trapped in the Shushu world. They are forced to invoke the Rush, the favorite pastime of the Shushu, in order to avoid immediate execution. The Rush pits them against 666 pyralshus until they fall. And to make sure they fall, Rushu also sends his Dragon Anathar into the fray.
The South Park season 1 episode "Damien" manages to sneak in a couple of visual refrences. At the very start of the episode, a group of number magnets on the wall have three red sixes next to eachother, and the chalkboard has a sum that adds up to 666.
Scholars contend that the number in the Revelation was a code for Nero. When treated as Hebrew numbers, the letters of "Nero Caesar" add up to 616, and "Neron Kesar", the Greek version of his name, to 666.
The scholarly theory is that Revelation is written as "prophetic allegory" — writing a prophesy-style piece as social commentary on then-present conditions. Relatedly, there are those that believe the code stands for Gaius Caesar (which can also add up to 616) instead. Most scholars find that it's hairsplitting, however: Nero is the Trope Namer for While Rome Burns, and Gaius is better known by his nickname, Caligula. Nero is considered more likely, though, he was known for persecuting Christians whereas Caligula's reign was before the Romans considered Christianity even worth their attention.
One theory relies on the assumption that 666 is purely symbolic, not some code: basically, the number 6 is supposed to represent man ("a human number"), because man was made on the 6th day. Also, the fact that there are three 6s is meant to stand for Satan, the Beast of the Sea, and the Beast of the Earth being an evil mockery of the Holy Trinity. This theory is total hogwash; as noted above, the number would have been written in Greek numerals, and the idea of "six-hundred-and-sixty-six" having anything to do with "three sixes" is a bit of a stretch (place-value notation would only have just been invented in India at the time, and it would not arrive in the Middle East until transmitted by Muslim Persian mathematicians in the 9th century).
It was a joke in Real Life during Ronald Reagan's presidency because "Ronald Wilson Reagan" is 6 letters, 6 letters, 6 letters. (Furthermore, Ronald Reagan had his house, 666 St. Cloud Road, renumbered 668, from superstition.)
According to conventional Assign-numbers-to-letters-of-the-alphabet,-add-them-up,-and-keep adding -until-you-get -a -result numerology, each name in the triad MARGARET HILDA THATCHER ultimately summed to 6-6-6.
A totally serious chain email in the late '90s claimed that Bill Gates was the Antichrist and that the Internet (which... he owned?) was his Mark, by adding up the ASCII for "Bill Gates" (66 + 73 + 76 + 71 + 65 + 84 + 69 + 83) and adding 3 as in William Gates ''III''. It went on to say this method also worked for "Windows 95", and that "WWW" represented the Number because of its resemblance to "VI VI VI".
B3TA had a helpful announcement in 2005: "Satanists! This is the last week to conceive if you want you child born on 6/6/06!"
Comedian/Nerd/Metalhead Brian Posehn stands 6'7, but he likes to refer to himself as 6'6.6 or "the height of the beast."
The A666 runs from Pendlebury to Langho in north-west England and there are many local jokes about its number. Often in conjunction with its high accident rate.
Where it passes through the city of Bolton, the A666 is renamed St Peter's Way in the hope this either trumps 666 or cancels it out.
U.S. Route 666, from Gallup, NM to Monticello, UT, was re-numbered US 491 in 2003, but retains the "Devil's Highway" nickname. It was the subject of various superstitions, as well as a target for sign theft. US 666 was a spur of the world-famous U.S. Route 66, but since that route was removed from existence in 1985, a numbering change was somewhat necessary, anyway.
Another highways example. On northbound Interstate 29 just north of North Sioux City, South Dakota, there was a sign that used to read "Elk Point 6 / Sioux Falls 66." At some point in the mid-00s, the sign was changed to read "Elk Point 7 / Sioux Falls 66." Either the small town of Elk Point moved a mile to the north, or people got uncomfortable about the 666 associations and asked to have the sign changed.
There's another theory that this was just a way to express "a large number" in roman numerals — either DCLXVI or DCXVI, one each of several Roman numerals. Of course, this doesn't lend itself to numerologists, conspiracy theorists, televangelists or other lunatics.
The P.O. Box address for This Is True — who also has Get Out Of Hell Free cards to keep up — is 666. According to the owner, he had had box number 668 for a while, then noticed 666 was free. When he inquired about it, he learned it was not to be offered to avoid people being offended. Since he specifically asked for the number, though, the post office figured it safe to give him the box.
SF and computing journalist David Langford once wrote a computer program that could prove that any name adds up to 666. You just have to assign numbers to the letters correctly (and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to do that), then manipulate the numbers the right way (and there are more hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to do that).
A problem for Intel; back in the 1990s — when computers were still running at the megahertz level — the company would release speed increases every 33MHz (for example, all of their 400MHz-range processors would be rated for speeds clocked at 400, 433 and 466 megahertz). The number combination they would hit when they reached the 600MHz range was therefore fairly obvious. When the long anticipated processor hit the market however, it was clocked not at 666MHz, but rather 667MHz. AMD also followed suit with this convention, and all subsequent processors in the hundreds of megahertz used the "number-6-7" convention.
Not that it's still avoiding the trope, but Intel could get away with it by fudging with the numbers. The increment suggests the clock speed was divided by 3 somewhere. 2/3 is 0.6666... Which at any given point you decide to chop off how many 6's you want, you could round up the last one to 7.
A church was "lucky" enough to get 666 as part of its phone number. They quickly changed it. On the other hand, the University of San Francisco, a Catholic medical college, had 666 as one of its proprietary prefixes throughout the '90s, mostly for dormitory rooms.
Here's one for the oddity department: Yahoo! Sports lists athletes and assigns them an ID number in the URL. For hockey, guess who gets 666? Miroslav Satan (though it's pronounced Shuh-tan, and spelled Šatan in Slovak).
Altough, that's how they pronounce Satan (as in the devil not the player), this goes for most Eastern European languages.
If you plug in athlete number 616, you get Richard Smehlik, a player for the New Jersey Devils.
Also on Yahoo! Sports, the blog Puck Daddy has a "Jersey Foul" feature highlighting the worst in homemade jerseys. They joke on how Miroslav Satan should be on the Devils with the number 6 (as it would repeat on both sleeves) when facing stuff like this◊.
There's an urban legend among fundamentalist Christian conspiracy theorists that the UN General Assembly and/or the European Parliament chambers have a seat number 666 that is never occupied and is presumably being reserved for their boss when he turns up. This is, of course, not the case; the UN General Assembly seats are assigned in alphabetical order by nation, and are not numbered, while seat #666 in the EU Parliament chambers in Strasbourg and Brussels were, around January 2014, occupied by Verónica Lope Fontagne of Spain and Eva Lichtenberger of Austria, respectively.
The ABC's Canberra radio station is numbered 666. Being that the ABC is government-funded, Epileptic Trees ensued.
Interestingly, if the number is actually 616 and not 666, several places have been afraid of the wrong number all along. Examples include: The USA, who changed highway 666 to highway 491 in 2003, and most especially the Moscow transport department, who changed the 666 bus route to... 616.
The first Apple computer (the Apple I) went on sale in July 1976 at the price of $666.66. This was due mostly to a collection of mundane coincidences: Steve Jobs setting the price at $500 (plus a 1/3rd markup), because Steve Wozniak "liked repeating digits" and both Steves' general ignorance of the significance of the number.note This was before the Internet.
Similar to the usual omission of a thirteenth floor (as well as the fourth in East Asian-dominated cultures), many larger hotels have no room 666 for superstitious reasons.
As Not Always Right records, superstitious customers may become a bit alarmed if their purchase or change totals $6.66, and some add more items to their order to avoid it. For instance, here and here.
A bill in the California Assembly would return red-light cameras to many cities and make the resulting tickets well-nigh-unfightable "administrative fines" rather than the current punitive fines which can be challenged in court. Opponents have lost no time in remarking that the bill is AB 666.
There is at least one case of an atheistic man who was tired of evangelists calling his house phone, so he requested the first three digits to be 666.
A Qatari man bought the phone number 1(666)666-6666 for 10 million riyals (about $1.5 million), as Jewish and Muslim tradition believe the number to be holy. The Jews, because the number 6 represents the six directions (forward, backward, up, down, left, right), and the Muslims because they associate it with the Arabic word "ellah," which means "god" (not to be confused with Allah, the name of their God). Seen here.
During the Falklands War of 1982, the British expeditionary force was given the field post office number BFPO 666. The British Army Chaplaincy Department, along with its colleagues in the Royal Navy and RAF, protested mightily. British soldiers considered it both a huge joke and a licence to bring seven different sorts of Hell down on the Argentinians.
There's an Urban Legend going around that suggests that Monster Energy drink is funded by Satanists, since the people peddling the legend interpret their symbol as three Hebrew sixes. As mentioned above, even if they were correct about the symbol three sixes is not six hundred and sixty six.