Satanic Archetype
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A truly evil character who appears to be a satanic figure for the setting, although they clearly aren't the Devil himself.

A Satanic Archetype character can be any combination of the following:

Chances are, if a work is using Everybody Hates Hades, then Hades as well as another being or creature associated with death will be depicted as an Satanic Archetype.

See also Trickster Archetype, Hijacked by Jesus, God of Evil, The Anti-God, and Louis Cypher (a trope which frequently overlaps with this one). Contrast with Crystal Dragon Jesus, Messianic Archetype and Big Red Devil (who looks Satanic but doesn't act the part). Tends to share traits with the King Koopa Copy.

Examples of this trope in all media:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Father, the Big Bad of Fullmetal Alchemist is a creature who seeks to usurp The Truth, which identifies itself as God, and tempts humans to evil to achieve his ends. Father is assisted by his "children", who are named after the Seven Deadly Sins. Interestingly, Father is introduced looking like a Grandpa God, bathed in light, although his true form is some variety of Humanoid Abomination made of shadow.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Dabura is heavily based on Satan, being the ruler of a demon world and otherwise looking demonic. However, he was enslaved by an evil wizard. Dabura appears in Sand Land as Lucifer.
    • Piccolo was also placed in the role of Satan for a while after his introduction. Specifically, the first Piccolo went by the title of "Daimaou" or "Demon Emperor". The better-known second Piccolo, the reincarnation of the original, also initially considered himself the Daimaou, but was never actually as evil as he'd been in his first life and eventually made a full Heel–Face Turn.
    • Broly refers to himself as such; he may be the Saiyan equivalent as he is a berserker instead of a Proud Warrior Race Guy.
    • Ironically, Earth's "strongest" man is called Mr. Satan, but, global deception aside, the man's nothing like his namesake (even the mass deception is in part for the good of the world). He's as gentle as a flower, tried to befriend Majin Buu, and rescued a puppy from gun-toting thieves.
      • Mr. Satan was merely his character title when he was a wrestler, which is strange because Satan is his last name (his first name, funnily, is Mark of all things).
    • Possibly the straightest example in the franchise appears in Dragonball Super. Zamasu is an extremely talented Kai who's in the process of being promoted to Supreme Kai, having the potential to be the strongest one ever. However, his Pride causes him to view himself as knowing better than the Gods that are higher on the cosmic hierarchy than he is and having a very low opinion of humanity. He also eventually falls completely to evil at some point in the future and tries to destroy all mortals to make his own definition of a paradise. His future self also shows even more pride than his present self. This also applies to Goku Black, who is an alternate timeline version of Zamasu who succeeded in his plans. Taken Up to Eleven by Merged Zamasu, the fusion of Future Zamasu and Goku Black. His first act upon coming into existence is to give a huge Blasphemous Boast about being the most beautiful and supreme god, and even taking on the 'angel of light' motif often used for the Devil.
  • The Digimon franchise likes the theming species of mons after Satan.
    • Devimon, the very first Big Bad of Digimon Adventure and thus the franchise as a whole, though it's entirely possible that he was merely based on a generic devil given his mere Adult-level status. The Devimon species is also the basis for a sizable range of counterparts and variants, including PicoDevimon, IceDevimon, MarineDevimon, LadyDevimon, and Devidramon. Evil is Cool so he's got a big family, and the video and card games tend to treat Devimon's line as the evolutionary basis for every other Digimon listed here.
    • Lucemon, the Big Bad of Digimon Frontier, may be the example which plays as the straightest analogue to the most common Western interpretation of Satan, being specifically named for Lucifer. He even starts off as a benevolent ruler before being completely corrupted by his significant power, before being banished to the core of the Digital World, and undergoes several instances of One-Winged Angel in his (successful) quest to destroy the entire Digital World, ending up as Lucemon "Satan" Mode. He reappears in Digimon Xros Wars as a minor villain.
    • SkullSatamon, one of the minions of the generic demon lord Daemon.
    • Daemon himself counts, as he predates Lucemon by several years and is stated to be a fallen Seraphimon, the original greatest angel in the Digimon Expanded Universe. Digimon V-Tamer 01 plays with this a bit.
      • The broader canon lists both Daemon and Lucemon as members of the Seven Great Demon Lords, who are based on the Seven Deadly Sins and the demons said to represent them. Lucemon, naturally, represents Pride, while Damon is based on Satan and represents Wrath. Lucemon's One-Winged Angel form takes this a step further, being one of the two Super Demon Lords and being based on The Dragon from the Book of Revelations.
  • Ronin Warriors presented a ha'sa'tan/Satan equivalent in the form of Arago (Talpa in the American dub), absolute Emperor of the demonic nether-realms, and, in general, literal Adversary of all mortals.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has Zorc Necrophades, who is the equivalent of the setting and the ancient evil Yami Yugi, also known as Pharoah Atem, fought in the past. He is an ancient Eldritch Abomination God of Evil whose power created the Millenium Items and, in the anime, he also created and rules the Shadow Realm. He appears as a titanic, dark-purple demon with a rather unfortunately-placed dragon head between his legs and two large, demonic wings. He is also Yami Bakura.
  • Lanancuras, the ultimate villain of Shinzo, was a member of the cosmic race of Celestial Guardians and given the duty to protect the Milky Way Galaxy. He was eventually corrupted by his power and turned into a Satanic figure, so the other Guardians responded by sealing him inside a meteorite to protect the mortal beings from him. The lingering influence of his evil on the world caused the Human-Enterran War and he isn't released until the second season. Mushra eventually transforms back into his angelic celestial form to defeat him.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion ends with the creation of a devil to oppose Madoka's god. The worst part? It's her best friend and the movie's protagonist, Homura. Despite having much in common with Lucifer from Paradise Lost, Homura acts more like a Buddhist demon; she takes the part of Madoka that was human, usurps her power, and recreates the world so that Madoka lives a normal and happy life while remaining ignorant of her true nature. It gets REALLY complicated since due to Shrug of God, she's Ambiguously Evil. Not to mention that there's plenty of evidence for her sincerely caring about the other girls, leading to the Zero-Approval Gambit theory being relatively popular.
    • The original series has Kyubey in the Faustian tempter form.
  • In Fairy Tail, there is a certain Dark Guild known as Tartaros, whose most powerful members are made up of demons from the Books of Zeref. While most appear humanoid, they are capable of transforming into their Etherious form, which is their true demonic appearance. Fitting enough, their leader (well, acting leader), Mard Geer's true form looks just like one would expect of a demon lord from Hell, complete with wings, horns, and a tail. According to him, it's why he's called the "Underworld King"; the 'definitive demon.' Hell, in this form, he refers to himself as "Mard Geer Tartaros". The only thing that keeps him from being essentially the equivalent version of Satan in this setting is that the true leader of Tartaros, Master E.N.D., is supposedly even more this trope than him. Then it turns out that E.N.D's full name is Etherious Natsu Dragneel, and Natsu himself is actually Zeref's revived younger brother created to kill him by Zeref himself. Considering the story of Lucifer in Paradise Lost, it's almost as if Zeref was intentionally making Natsu with this trope in mind...
  • YuYu Hakusho: Yakumo, the Big Bad of Yu Yu Hakusho: Meikai Shito Hen - Hono no Kizuna / Yu Yu Hakusho: Bonds of Fire / Poltergeist Report, is the former ruler of the Netherworld who seeks to resurrect the destroyed realm in the Human world and also has the ambitious goal of displacing Emperor Enma, ruler of spirit world and father of Koenma, as the ruler of all existence. His Makai god armor that he acquires shortly after regaining the Power Sphere of the Netherworld certainly emphasizes this.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Comics, the Hell Lords is a group of demons composed of Asmodeus, Hela, Mephisto, Pluto, Satannish The Supreme, and Satana. Former members of the group included Beelzeboul, Dormammu, Hellstrom, Lucifer/Satan, Marduk Kurios, Olivier, Thog the Nether-Spawn, and Umar the Unrelenting. Yes. Satan himself used to be a member of a group of demons who represent all the aspects of Satan. Somehow. Many have admitted to either inspiring, playing off the name, or claiming to be the REAL Satan. Thanks to inconsistent continuity and their own history as liars nothing they say can be believed. This was further complicated with the introduction of the real Lucifer- Who is very specifically the Satan of the Christian religion in the Marvel universe. A tie-in to the Fear Itself crossover introduced Satan's empty throne, but was unclear if there was a real Satan and if so who it was (though when we saw God's throne in Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire, it was also empty). Only to have several hell-lords claim to be Satan, but none sit in it for fear of being torn apart by the other hell-lords.
  • An excellent version of the "Casting a character in a polytheist story as the Christian Satan" subtrope occurred in the comic Rogan Ghosh, Star of the East, in which the setting and characters were Hindu. Hanuman appeared as The Mentor and the Non-Human Sidekick, with hints of Small Annoying Creature all rolled into one. Kali appeared as The Dragon, and Ganesha turned up in the background for no reason, but the Big Bad was a character called The Soma Swami, False God of a Thousand False Worlds. In the story, he tempts people to sin or leads them into ignorance so that they'll stay in the wheel of reincarnation where he can feed on their energies. People who reach enlightenment/heaven/Nirvana have escaped him (as he himself puts it, "Fuck Christ! Fuck Buddha! They're just the ones that got away!") As a way of adapting the Christian devil to a Hindu setting, it's hard to imagine Soma being bettered.

    Fan Fiction 
  • The Pony POV Series has two beings who share this role. One is Discord's father, Havoc, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Mass Hysteria and one of the four Elders (the Top Gods). He's the Dimension Lord of Pony Hell, where the condemned are doomed to pull his chariot across an endless desert for all eternity. The other is Morning Star, a Fallen Alicorn who was originally supposed to be the Concept of Perfection and Beauty, but, like Old Scratch, became the embodiment of Evil and Temptation when he attempted to overthrow the Elders, seeing himself more perfect than they are. He was sealed away, but later released by Havoc to fight on his side of a war, and served as Discord's Evil Mentor. What became of him after that is presently unknown (though Word of God is that he was either killed during the war or imprisoned in Hell under Havoc's watch as part of the peace treaty between the Alicorns and Draconequi).
  • Ho-oh and Uxie both represent this trope in Poké Wars.
    • Ho-oh is a great and noble angelic being of light whose Pride made him rebel against God's chosen plan in favor of his own vision, and he makes other Legendaries/Angels join him by preying on their hidden desires. His fall to evil also causes him to lose sight of what he originally fought for, turning him into an angry, spiteful, and petty creature of darkness, that gets trapped inside the Pokemon version of Hell, the Reverse World.
    • Uxie is a monster that was sealed away and is released during an apocalyptic scenario who then proceeds to manipulate events from behind the scenes to his benefit; he looks like a creature of good and light, disguising his evil intent; he believes that he can make the universe superior to God's attempt, and he plans on making mockeries/clones of His creations to act as his army.
  • The Bridge:
    • The Shadow of Red is a huge, red, fire-controlling demon who rules Zenith, a realm that resembles Fire and Brimstone Hell. He and his army of demons enslave and torture anyone who enters Zenith, and he's been compared to beings like Satan, Iblis, and Káli.
    • Bagan is described as having once been a radiant paragon of virtue and wisdom (similar to how Satan was depicted in Paradise Lost) until something caused him to despise life and become an Omnicidal Maniac. He tempts certain characters with a Deal with the Devil to manipulate them into helping him achieve his goal. One of his former titles was even "The Morning Star".

    Films — Animated 
  • Chernabog in Fantasia is portrayed as a giant black demon with horns and bat wings. Walt Disney even described him as being Satan himself. The god was based on a lesser-known Slavic god, which may be an example of Everybody Hates Hades.
  • Hades, the ancient Greek lord of the underworld, as depicted in Hercules. He acts a lot more like a cartoon Satan than how he's depicted in the old myths. His brother Zeus is essentially the Grandpa God, as Hades' scheme is to rebel against him and take over Mount Olympus, i.e. Heaven.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Palpatine, the Big Bad of Star Wars, has many Satanic traits, and Word of God confirms Old Scratch to be the primary inspiration for the character (along with Richard Nixon). He's a Consummate Liar and Wicked Cultured Man of Wealth and Taste who deceives numerous genuinely good people into following him in a scheme that ultimately ends with him gaining control of the government to usher in (what he claims will be) a utopia (admittedly, this last part is more The Antichrist's area of expertise, but we all know who that guy reports to). In addition, the order he gives to wipe out all with the power to oppose him? Order 66. And that's just the stuff from the movies; the occasional Expanded Universe source has even gone so far as to imply that he's literally Made of Evil. Ian McDiarmid, the actor who plays Palpatine, at one point suggested that Palpatine is actually more evil than the devil. He points out: "At least Satan fell; he has a history, and it's one of revenge."
  • In Sunshine, Pinbacker serves as an adversary to humanity on God's behalf (in his own insane mind, at least), bringing to mind Satan's role as the Adversary in the Hebrew Bible. When Capa meets Pinbacker face-to-face, he's bathed in light, evoking Lucifer as an angel of light.
  • Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth was explicitly designed to essentially be Satan as an irresistibly alluring rock star. Boy, did they ever nail that one.
  • Leviathan, the Greater Scope Villain from Hellraiser. Leviathan is The God of Hell, Master of the Cenobites, who uses them as foot soldiers. Takes the form of a giant golden lozenge with black beams of light.
  • Arthur Slugworth, a jealous rival of the mysterious and seemingly godlike Willy Wonka, appears to five children and offers to give them unimaginable wealth if they betray Wonka. Ultimately, he turns out to be Mr. Wilkinson, an actor hired by Wonka to pose as the real Slugworth and test the children's loyalty. This is actually a good representation of the Jewish idea of Satan, since according to Judaism, Satan is on God's side and only tempts mortals in order to test their faith.

  • In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, Morgoth was the greatest of the Ainur (angels), but rebelled against Eru Ilúvatar (God). He corrupted Fëanor, he twisted Eru's creations into the various monstrous Slave Races, and created the Hell-like fortresses of Utumno and Angband which are occasionally called "Hell" straight up. When he was eventually exiled to the Void, his servant Sauron took his place as the Big Bad. Sauron continued Morgoth's Satanic behavior, corrupting the Númenóreans and ruling the Hell-like Mordor. Both Morgoth and Sauron originally had beautiful forms, but lost access to that ability. If Melkor/Morgoth was any more obviously the devil of Middle-Earth, he'd have an elven Louis Cypher name.
  • The Dark One in the Wheel of Time is, canonically, the Biblical Satan, claiming the true name of Shai'tan (the conceit of the setting being that Legend Fades to Myth and truths become muddled in mythology)note . The usual comforting mantra is that he was imprisoned by the Creator at the beginning of time. Where he came from isn't clear, but he remained safely sealed in his Can until the Aes Sedai in the Age of Legends accidentally cracked his prison. He offered them a Power that both men and women could use together (unlike their own magic), and several made deals with him. Too bad he wants to destroy the universe and end time. From inside his Can, he tries to destroy humanity using hoards of subhuman monsters, not to mention said quisling Aes Sedai.
  • In the Chalion series, the Bastard is sort of the Satan equivalent, being the offspring of the Mother and a powerful demon lord that did a Heel–Face Turn. He's the ruler of demons and god of the unexpected, including disasters; but his job is to rein in demons so they don't harm humans and he's also the god of unexpected blessings. He has a very vulgar sense of humor and is a Trickster Mentor to his followers but is basically benevolent; although he's also the one that meets out vengeance upon Karma Houdinis.
  • In the Narnia series, both the White Witch at the beginning of the series and the Calormene deity Tash are represented as evil opposites of Aslan, who is basically Lion!Jesus. Tash is also sort of a Crystal Dragon Allah combined with Satan.
  • The Lone Power from the Young Wizards series. When the Powers That Be got together to create the universe, the Lone Power's contribution was Entropy and Death, for which It was exiled from the Powers' home dimension. The job of the titular wizards is to slow down the death of the Universe and prevent the Lone Power from further interfering with Life. It does get redeemed in one volume, but warns the protagonists that this only applies to the current "facet" of Its intertemporal existence — they will still have to deal with unredeemed versions of It.
  • In Fantendo canon, The Mysterious Mr. ? is portrayed as Satan, as well as the manifestation of Chaos in the universe. Mr. ? often comes to Earth and other universes and does not cause Chaos for the sake of causing it, but rather does it to maintain balance in the universes, as opposed to his counterpart Abaddon, the manifestation of Order. (Though he still does get some sick pleasure out of it.)
  • Nyarlathotep from Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos is more or less Satan, if not worse. A shapeshifter, sometimes humanoid (as the Black Pharaoh in 'Nyaralthotep'), sometimes a hideous Eldritch Abomination (as The Haunter of the Dark in the story of the same name); diabolical pact-maker (to Keziah Mason in The Dreams in the Witch House), trickster (to Randolph Carter in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath). Although he does act as The Dragon for Azathoth, Nyarlathotep can be seen as a physical manifestation of the Outer Gods' will (Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth), and is referred to as their 'soul and messenger' more than once, which means the Outer Gods are colossal bastards. He's also the only one of them with a human mindset, and has active interest in humanity. This isn't a good thing. AT ALL.
  • Redwall features Cluny the Scourge. Sure, Asmodeus seems like an obvious choice, but all he has to seem demonic is his name and reaper complex.. Cluny, on the other paw, wears a horned helmet, a cloak made of bat wings, and an iron spike on his tail, making him look the part. He is a megalomaniac, a habitual liar, cruel to his underlings, and goes for a Deal with the Devil with a family of dormice. He even refers to himself as the direct opposite of what he calls the Redwall Abbey's guardian angel.
  • Many of the Gods of Darkness from Dragonlance have Satanic elements. Takhisis is the supreme evil deity determined to dominate the world, and her most iconic form is a multi-headed dragon. Chemosh is a tempter who tricks dead souls into remaining with the world, thereby damning them to become his undead minions. The closest Satan expy in terms of both methods and motifs, though, is probably Hiddukel, patron god of liars and crooked deals and tormentor of the souls of those who bargain with him.
  • Lord Foul the Despiser of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, immortal lord of evil and corrupter of mortal souls and a divine being exiled from heaven (though he's the Creator's evil doppelganger rather than a Fallen Angel, and he was exiled to the mortal world rather than Hell, albeit still associated with the Seven Hells by many characters). His name among the Giants, Santasheart Soulcrusher, makes this explicit (and his Dragon in the third book is called by the Giant name "Satansfist").
  • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Party's Propaganda Machine portrays Emmanuel Goldstein as this. According to the propaganda, Goldstein used to be a high-ranking lieutenant of Big Brother, but he turned against his master and is currently the cause of everything bad that happens. He has an insidious network of followers who help him carry out his evil bidding, and he likes to tempt good, faithful Party members into sin - er, thoughtcrime. Of course, since the Party is an incredibly Unreliable Expositor, we have no way of knowing the real story about Goldstein (that is, if he even exists in-universe at all).
  • Astfgl the Demon King ( later Kicked Upstairs to Life President of Hell) in Eric consciously models himself on the archetype to the extent that he looks somewhat ridiculous (he wears a horned cowl like a panto demon, and has a trident, but the end keeps falling off), and is very keen on Faustian bargains, although he usually leaves the details to a subordinate. His preferred brand of torture is extremely boring bureaucratic procedure like having to hear hundreds of volumes of safety procedures before they'll let you push the boulder up the hill.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Glory shares a lot in common with you-know-who�a fallen god exiled to Earth, lives in a lavishly decorated apartment, wears expensive clothes, takes on the form of someone no one would suspect and is called "The Beast" despite her followers describing her as a "shining light".
  • In the episode "Devil's Due" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, an alien claims to be the Devil-figure from any number of worlds' mythologies (including Klingon) and "proves" it by taking their forms.
  • The original Battlestar Galactica, "War of the Gods": The fleet is tempted by the promises of the mysterious "Count Iblis" (an Islamic name for Satan), who turns out to be a fallen angel from Caprican mythology.
  • The two deitylike figures on the island of Lost, Jacob and the "Man in Black," both share numerous traits with the devil as a way of making it unclear who is good and who is evil:
    • Jacob has blonde hair, likes wine (and uses it as a metaphor for evil "corked" by the island), interferes with the lives of the characters in subtle ways, and is explicitly called "the devil" by the Man in Black, though he was presumably saying this metaphorically to exploit Richard's Catholic faith. He's also played by Mark Pellegrino — Lucifer in Supernatural.
    • The Man in Black is a shapeshifter and manipulator, known for taking the forms of the dead and deceiving mortals. He cannot kill Jacob himself and must use someone else to do it. He takes the form of a giant cloud of black smoke that sometimes looks like a slithering snake. He has been called "evil incarnate" and a personification of hell by various characters.
  • In Lexx, the planet Fire is a hot, barren world where people can only survive by living in cities built on top of tall pillars that hold them in the slightly-cooler higher altitudes. The planet is ruled by the Affably Evil Prince, and it turns out to be the afterlife for people who make bad decisions in life. Prince himself often claims ignorance of his origins and purpose, but understands that his job is to make sure the people of Fire suffer forever.
  • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, Our Angels Are Different, but Burajira of the Messiah is a fallen Gosei Angel and the manipulator behind the series' events. At one point, when Gosei Knight is being mind-controlled by him and Alata (Gosei Red) is trying to talk him down, we get each over his shoulder, Good Angel, Bad Angel style.
  • In Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, Witch Bandora's true master is named Dai (Great) Satan. He looks nothing like the usual depiction of the Judeo-Christian devil, being a floating blue head who yells a lot, and is mostly just an evil spirit that just happens to be named "Satan" (as opposed to being the "actual" Satan). When footage of Dai Satan was used for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, he was renamed "Lokar" and his role on the story was demoted to a monster who simply served Rita Repulsa.
  • 666 Park Avenue: Gavin Doran is an evil supernatural entity. However, it remains to be seen if he is actually Satan, a demon serving Satan, or a servant even lower than a demon.
  • Gorog, the Big Bad in Wizards of Waverly Place is the leader of the Angels of Darkness. It's not clear if he is The Devil, or a high ranking minion of his, or simply an Expy. He does show some traits of the Biblical Satan, such as trying tempting the main characters into joining him. It also appears his minion base is made up from people he tempted and fallen angels.
  • In Hannibal, Hannibal Lecter serves as a Satanic figure vis-a-vis Will Graham's messianic archetype. Mads Mikkelsen plays Hannibal as if he were Lucifer, a destructive and inhuman being living among humanity. Hannibal tempts, manipulates, deceives, and destroys those around him. He appeals to the worst impulses in his targets (fear in Abigail, guilt in Jack, and ambition in Sutcliffe). He mimics God's power over life and death and arrogantly thinks he understands the Almighty, as suggested by his conversation with Will about how God enjoys killing, and his conversation with the "muralist" about reflecting God's light in his "mural". In several scenes, he's lit with bright light from behind, evoking Lucifer as an angel of light. Finally, in Will's dreams and hallucinations, Hannibal is symbolized by a monstrous horned man.
    Will: Hannibal's not God. Wouldn't have any fun being God. Defying God, that's his idea of a good time. There's nothing he'd love more than to see this roof collapse mid-Mass, choirs singing...he would just love it, and he thinks God would love it, too.
  • The Monster of the Week in the Doctor Who two-parter The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit was The Beast, a monstrously large creature with red skin and curved horns, imprisoned within a large chamber deep underground, put there by the so-called "Disciples of the Light". It claimed to be the inspiration for all the Devil figures in all of the religions of the universe, and that it was older than the universe. But then, it clearly did have a liking for messing with people's heads, so it's entirely possible it was simply a Sufficiently Advanced Eldritch Abomination with a good grasp of psychology. Whatever the case may be, the Beast's attempt to escape it's prison was thwarted by the Doctor and no definitive answer was ever put forward.
    • There is also the Black Guardian, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos, who claims to act in the name of evil, and wants to plunge the Universe into eternal chaos.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim gives us an unusual example in DJ Sagara; the show features an extended metaphor for the Book of Genesis, and Sagara has the Animal Motif of the snake. He's also the avatar of Helheim, the Alien Kudzu trying to destroy the world. In spite of this, Sagara/Helheim is never depicted as malicious or evil, but simply a very harsh Secret Test of Character because the power of the Golden Apple is quite literally world-shaping. In fact, at several points in the story he helps out the protagonists (particularly Kouta, to whom he takes a liking), and at the end of the story when Kouta and Mai leave the Earth, he remarks "Though I'm probably the last one who should be saying this, be fruitful and multiply!"


    Role-Playing Games 
  • The Darkitect, as depicted in Dino Attack RPG. A Manipulative Bastard who actively plays with the emotions of his foes to tempt them into doing his bidding? Check. The Ultimate Evil of the universe? Check. Ruler of the Stromlings and Mutant Dinos, often referred to as "demons" by the inhabitants of Adventurers' Island? Check. The Darkitect may not be Satan himself, but he certainly fits the archetype.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted has the Yozi, the so-called Demon Princes. They're Eldritch Abominations who built the universe and were overthrown by the gods and humans they had created (there's a strong titan theme with them). They now sit imprisoned in the Bloody Bowels of Hell, tormenting infinite hapless demons, trying to lure mortals and Exalted into Faustian deals for morally dubious goals. They aren't necessarily pure evil, but they're bad news very alien, and generally not fond of humanity. For example, the Ebon Dragon is the cosmic embodiment of betrayal, among other things. She Who Lives In Her Name wants to get rid of free will, for the greater good.
  • Pathfinder presents Asmodeus, God of Slavery, Tyranny, Contracts, and Pride, pictured above. However, while not quite heroic, he is significantly more reliable, honorable and trustworthy than most examples; he even helped Sarenrae, the local Messianic Archetype, seal away Rovagug, the Rough Beast and actually holds the only keys to his prison. Which he uses to taunt Rovagug.
  • Horus from Warhammer40000, who was the favorite son of the Emperor, rebelled and tried to overthrow the Emperor in the early days of the Imperium. Further enforcing the analogy, when he rebelled, one-third of all Imperial forces followed suit.
    • Ahrha the former Phoenix Lord of the Striking Scorpions somehow went bad, was defeated by another Lord and is now possibly reborn as Drazhar the Executioner.
    • Heavily subverted with Commander Farsight. Looks the part due to his crested red armor. Also played for irony given his motive is to protect his race from actual demons. Only Shadowsun knows his motives are benevolent but she doesn't know the full truth behind his actions (the Eye of Terror being in the direction of the blockade). Farsight ends up being closer to a Dark Knight Trilogy Batman than a true Satan figure.
  • Although for obvious reasons post-Gygax TSR and later Wizards of the Coast were extremely wary of allowing anything that could be even remotely used to put the charges of Satan-worship at their doorstep, there have been a few uses of Satan-like characters in Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Asmodeus, Beelzebub (under the alias "Baalzebul"), Pazuzu and other fixtures in Christian demonolgy are used as villains often in the various D&D worlds, particularly in 1st Edition and 3rd Edition (for most of 2nd, devils and demons were banned or renamed).
    • Satan himself was statted up in a fan-penned article in an early issue of The Dragon, long before the "D&D=Satanism" panic took off. As a injoke, Satan had exactly 333 hit points.
    • At this point, Asmodeus, the ruler of the Nine Hells, has become the single most direct Satan analogue in D&D, to the point of being Old Scratch in all but name.
    • Especially in 4th Edition D&D, where his backstory is now that he was once an archangel who led a successful rebellion against the god he served.
    • For a while, the Forgotten Realms had the god Gargauth, a former (he got kicked out of the Nine Hells, allegedly for being too foul even by devil standards) archdevil who had made himself into a god of betrayal, cruelty and (political) corruption. Thanks to focusing on the Realms specifically and being a god (albeit a weak one) when Asmodeus wasn't, the 'Tenth Lord of the Nine' was able to temporarily corner some of this niche for the setting, before Asmodeus did become a god after the Spellplague and Gargauth stopped being mentioned.
  • While not outright stated to be the devil, Diabolos from the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game seems clearly inspired by the devil. If his name (devil in Greek) and the title "King of the Abyss" did not tip you off already, there's also a LIGHT version of him, indicating he did at one point fall from grace or possibly the opposite.
    • The manga, on the other hand, has a much more straight example. See there for said example.
  • Eberron has a lot of hostile supernatural forces, but the oldest, most powerful, and arguably most purely malevolent are the Overlords of the Age of Demons, also known as the Rakshasa Rajahs. Each corresponds to a different form of corruption or destruction, and one of them, Bel Shalor, the Shadow in the Flame, is the most clearly Satanic. A tempter and deceiver who specializes in corrupting mortal souls, who likes to whisper from within the Silver Flame (which is the force that holds him imprisoned) and convince people to do evil in the Flame's name. Theologically, he pretty much is the Church of the Silver Flame's Devil, both for the above reasons and because their founder Tira Miron was first given divine power in order to defeat him.


    Video Games 
  • Who else but Diablo, the Lord of Terror and the deadliest of the Seven Great Evils of Sanctuary? In Diablo III, he even becomes the embodiment of all Seven Great Evils, the Prime Evil, making him this trope writ large.
  • Final Fantasy II: The Emperor Mateus Palamecia, after dying in battle against Firion and Co., goes to Hell, where he takes control of it as the Emperor of Hell and Pandemonium rises in place of Castle Palamecia. Even before all of that, Mateus had summoned demons from Hell which helped in attempt to conquer the world.
  • In Ashan, the setting for some of the Heroes of Might and Magic games, Urgash the Dragon God of Chaos and Kha-Beleth the Demon Sovereign share this role. Urgash meets the 'God of Evil' and 'rebelled against god' criteria; he warred against Asha, the Goddess of Order, during the Mythic Age when the world was relatively young, and was imprisoned in Sheogh, the setting's equivalent of Hell, after his defeat. Kha-Beleth, as the Supreme Ruler of Sheogh and leader of the demons that Urgash created to serve as his minions, meets the 'ruler of demons' and 'prominent antagonist' criteria.
  • Ninja Gaiden:
    • Vigoor is the ruling devil and absolute authority of a "holy" empire of evil deities. Then it turns out via the second game that he's not the only "Supreme Archfiend".
    • Though the only other Supreme Archfiend is actually just the son of Vigoor. Or rather, the remains of his body after being defeated. So it's sorta the same being, but weaker.
  • Mundus from Devil May Cry, who was originally intended to be named Satan. He comes in white and looks somewhat like an angel (that is, until Dante messes him up but good, revealing the Eldritch Abomination within). He's not quite omnipotent, though, but it does seem thus far that he cannot be permanently killed, even with the power of Sparda, so Dante eventually has to seal him away like his father did long ago.
  • In God of War, Hades, the typical recipient, is ironically not this. However, Kratos fits it a lot better, especially in III. He is a favored champion of the gods who Turned Against Their Masters, leads the return of the Titans, essentially the same as the Legions of Hell to the setting at large at that point, and brings about the destruction of the world in his attempt to destroy the control of the Top God. Throughout that game and II, he is more or less seen as The Antichrist in-universe, without actually saying that he is.
  • Death Smiles:
    • The writers decided that plain old Satan was too boring, so the final boss and head of the demonic invasion triggered by Jitterbug is Demonic Imperator Tyrannosatan.
    • And the sequel has as its final boss a bizarre mash-up of demon and Santa Claus called... "Satan Claws".
  • Tekken has the Devil Gene, which allows most of the Mishima family (Besides Heihachi) to turn into a Devil, and the Devil Forms of Kazuya and Jin are usually considered the strongest combatants in the game as far as story goes.note 
  • Mortal Kombat has the Elder God Shinnok, who attempted to overthrow the other Elder Gods but was defeated and banished to the Netherrealm(which happens to be a fiery wasteland where evil beings hang around, blatantly Hell). At some point he overthrew the Netherrealm's ruler Lucifer with the aid of Quan-Chi, placing himself as the Netherrealm's ruler.
  • Mephiles the Dark from Sonic the Hedgehog is essentially the Devil, especially when he fuses with Iblis and becomes Solaris. In fact, both Mephiles (whose name is a play on Mephistopheles) and Iblis (Name's the Same as the Muslim devil) represent two sides of the devil: the supreme manipulator and the destroyer. When they first fuse back into Solaris, the initial result is a creature form with 6 stones on his back (shaped like a star), 6 claws, and 6 horn segments on his head. Solaris' second form is a luminous angle-like being.
  • In the Pokémon franchise, Giratina comes closest to the role of Satan on a cosmic level: it's a literal god/Eldritch Abomination that was banished for its aggressive tendencies (in particular, its obsession with balance) by Arceus, the creator—the god, really—of the Pokemon world. While Giratina's not evil, as such (it prevents Cyrus from achieving his goal of A God Am I), it's a fearsome opponent that has the potential to threaten the world whenever it believes that reality is in danger.
  • Bayonetta:
    • Queen Sheba is the ruler of Inferno, the realm of demons that Bayonetta often taps into for her most stylish finishers. In fact, Bayonetta summons Sheba herself in order to finish off the Creator God Jubileus by punching her all the way throught the solar system and into the sun.
    • Rodin himself also counts all of the character art for Rodin in the unlockable extras never uses that name, giving his name as "Mephisto", the name of a German folklore demon most prominently mentioned in the Faust legend and occasionally has been used as another name for the Devil himself. Appropriately, Rodin's role is broadly similar to the traditional devil: a fallen angel who is thwarted and punished from trying to conquer Heaven (and is feared by it) who rules his own "sub-basement" location after his punishment, and jokes about the "deals" he provides Bayonetta.
  • In Graffiti Kingdom, the devil is a horned, purple guy-looking-thing named Medium. When freed from his imprisonment, he takes over Canvas Kingdom and plans to rule the world. His son Tablet overthrows him and becomes the new devil, so "devil" is probably just a title for "ruler of demons" rather than an actual entity.
  • Hazama/Terumi Yuuki from BlazBlue may also count as a Satan Expy. One of the revered Six Heroes, he betrayed his team and after being sealed, resurfaced once more to topple Heaven and God and shape the world as he sees fit: Make what he believed to be truth, which is DESPAIR, as the only truth in the world, and the lies of the world (which is everything) to be cut down. And he... succeeded in toppling 'God' (Takamagahara) by Continuum Shift and now seeks to do the same to the true God (Amaterasu). And not only he's Obviously Evil, he walks around with Eyes Always Shut, speak like a gentleman in order to lull his unaware 'allies' to move like he wills it, and if his acts with Litchi was to be believed, one of his modus operandi is driving people to sign on a Deal with the Devil, the devil in question is HIMSELF. And although his not really true name 'Terumi' is safe, the nickname 'Hazama' gives the meaning of 'otherworldly'... and all in all, very similar with how Lucifer meant 'Lightbringer' before he went on to be known as Satan or all those nasty other names. Taken to it's logical extreme in the fourth game when his true identity is revealed to be Susanoo, the original will of the Susanoo Unit that initially served the Master Unit, Ameterasu(aka God) but rebelled when he felt like he was enslaved to it's will and devoted his life to destroying the world that Ameterasu created and becoming a being that would surpass it and create a world where he is feared and loathed by all. In other words, he's quite literally the universe's version of the devil.
  • Molag Bal in The Elder Scrolls series. Most of the Daedric Princes are Jerkass Gods who have Blue and Orange Morality when compared to mortals and display a mix of positive and negative qualities; Molag stands out as the Prince who has most consistently been portrayed as unquestionably evil and lacking redeeming traits. He claims domination and enslavement as his spheres of influence, and spends most of his time tempting mortals into wickedness so they will spread strife through the world in his name, then claiming their souls after death.
    • Lorkhan would also fit thematically to the archetype but only in the eyes of elf religions. He's seen by most mer as the reason for all their suffering and loss of divinity and was cast down by other gods as punishment for the crime of tricking them into creating the mortal world, an act which left the spirits depowered and slowly degenerating. However he's seen by many men as their patron and is known to favour men especially through his mortal incarnations like Pelinal Whitestrake who often directly resulted strengthening the presence of men at the cost of elves who oppressed them.
    • There's also Sanguine to some extent, who is this combined with Trickster Archetype. He looks the part and is the Daedric Prince of sin and debauchery, who "prefers to drag mortals down to sinful lifestyles by means of temptation and humiliation". Basically Satan if he were a total troll.
    • Don't forget Alduin. The first and most glorious of Akatosh's creation, also a great, black dragon defined by his arrogance.
  • Warcraft series:
    • Sargeras was once a divine Titan tasked with battling the demon hordes and protecting the universe while the rest of the Titan pantheon seeded more planets with life and found more of their kin. During his mission, Sargeras happened upon a world with a slumbering Titan, only to recoil in horror upon realizing both the planet and his unborn kin were corrupted by the Old Gods, agents of the Void Lords, and possessed with rage and knowing there was no way to save the titan destroyed both. The other Titans got angry about this and dismissed his reasons as insane. Deciding that only he knew what needed to be done to save the universe from the Void Lords attempting to corrupt and consume it, Sargeras freed the demons he had imprisoned so long ago, became their evil overlord and started an omnicidal campaign across the universe to purge it of life, becoming biggest Big Bad and Bigger Bad in the setting. He led the Burning Crusade to invade many worlds and enslave/assimilate/demonize many species, before he was finally blown up on Azeroth — not likely in a permanent way, given his spirit's still around. His blood and other leftover bits can give mortals great power, at the cost of sanity (and potentially turning into a demon).
    • The Eredar Kil'Jaeden also acts as a Satan analogue, being a Big Red Devil who introduced warlock magic to the orcs and aiding Gul'dan, as well as having Illidan attempt to dispose of the Lich King. He's even called the The Deceiver. Fitting, he was once a wise leader of his people before being tempted by Sargeras himself.
    • Deathwing the Destroyer is in some ways Crystal Dragon Satan. He was one of the five godlike Dragon Aspects made by the Titans to watch over the planet (or the son of an Aspect, Depending on the Writer). The Old Gods drove him insane, so he started attacking other dragons and ordinary mortals. He became a sort of evil overlord for an entire race of evil dragons and their minions.
  • Keisar Ephes from the Super Robot Wars Alpha subseries. He was once known as the Psychodriver Augustus that rules the Balmar world wisely, worshipped like a God, but felt left out in the cycle of life and death by Ide so sought to surpass him by amassing more power by turning the spirit of the dead into his power, becoming more sadistic and tyrannical along the way. His attacks involve summoning the spirits of the dead and giving apocalyptic visions while Laughing Mad, and if the victim is drained of HP from it, they get sucked to his Hell in the way of being dogpiled by his collection of evil spirits and messily brutalized in a nasty way.
  • Super Paper Mario introduces the Mario version of Satan, a fellow named Bonechill. He was a Nimbi who fell from grace, and as punishment he was banished to the deepest level of the afterlife, to spend the rest of eternity among the other sinners. Like some depictions of the Devil (notably in The Divine Comedy), he is a draconic entity associated with ice. What really seals the deal is his six feathery seraphic wings.
  • In Legend of Legaia, the head Rogue is heavily implied to be the universe's equivalent of Satan. A thousand years prior to the events of the game, he led a rebellion against Tieg, was put down by Tieg's power, and banished to the Tower of Rogue for all eternity as punishment.
  • In Sengoku Basara, Oda Nobunaga claims to be the "Devil King of the Sixth Heaven" which is more or less the Buddhist equivalent of Satan. Turns out he's not exactly joking.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic 3 added a faction called 'Inferno' which starts with imps and hell hounds and works it's way up to Devils.
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: AM gets this treatment, moreso than in the original book. He is an omnipotent being who uses his power to unleash violence and death upon the world. His greatest source of amusement is torturing the five survivors for all eternity. And the game involves him tempting his victims into giving into their worst instincts. It is more appajrent in Ted's scenario, where he creates a literal demon and devil, who both attempt to push Ted into trading his love interest's soul in exchange for being let out of AM.
  • Chara from Undertale. Known as The Fallen Child, the character the player was really naming at the beginning of the game, Chara describes themself as "the demon that comes when people call its name." Only appearing in full during a Genocide run, Chara will destroy the world and supplant the player, making them sell their SOUL to bring back the game. In addition, Chara is noted as being "not the nicest person" by Asriel, and even envokes a bit of Demonic Possession during their Thanatos Gambit prior to the start of the game.
  • ActRaiser's Big Bad was Satan in the Japanese version, but was renamed Tanzra in the US, due to Nintendo's policy against religious references.

    Web Animation 
  • Nascar returns as one in Appisote 22 of Da Amazin OT Advenchr.
  • The Old-Timey version of the King of Town from Homestar Runner may actually be the website's equivalent of the Devil.

  • Doc Scratch from Homestuck. If the name wasn't enough of a clue. note 
  • The Tiger Barb from 95 Gallons is a Satan stand-in, working to corrupt the utopian fish tank by introducing currency, the concept of economics, the idea of people working for themselves rather than for the good of all, etc. He's also crafty, hiding his true evil intentions behind more blatant and short-lived acts of evil — the above are hidden behind the introduction of drugs, starting a feud between two families of gouramis over who has the nicest home, and tricking fish into worshipping an ultimately worthless game he fabricated, respectively.

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama has an in-universe example in the form of the Robot Devil, apparently created for the sole purpose of torturing sinner robots who transgress against the tenets of Robotology (which he's refered to as "our religion"). He's a tempter, a deal-maker, and a talented fiddle player (probably a Shout-Out to The Devil Went Down to Georgia above), but not too smart.
    Bender: You may have to metaphorically make a deal with the devil. And by "devil," I mean Robot Devil. And by "metaphorically," I mean get your coat.
  • The villain known only as "Him" on The Powerpuff Girls is essentially as close as you can get to Satan while maintaining a TV-Y7 rating. He's got a tutu and a high, reverberating voice (alternating with enraged shouting), and is probably the creepiest bad guy on the show. It may be a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar that a common title in diabolism is "His Infernal Majesty."
  • Transformers has The Fallen, who comes halfway between this and Judas. He was one of the first 13 transformers God— er, Primus created, and went evil. And is on fire.
  • Trigon the Terrible, Big Bad of Teen Titans season four and father of Anti-Antichrist Raven, is very clearly a Satan Expy. In the original comic storyline Trigon was supposed to be Satan, no ifs ands or buts about it, but apparently the writers got concerned that the Moral Guardians would object. Apparently changing the name and adding an extra pair of eyes gets you off scott-free, though...
  • Hunson Abadeer, Marceline's father on Adventure Time, who is the (self-identified) Chaotic Evil ruler of the Nightosphere, a realm identical to Hell (with Hellfire and screams of the damned, and such.)
  • Winx Club's Lord Darkar is a pretty clear Satan-type figure, referred to as the antithesis to the Great Dragon (the source of all things good and light in the universe, as well as Bloom's powers). He's also responsible, in some way or another, for every villain featured in the first three seasons, as well as both movies.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic brings us Lord Tirek. According to the backstory he came to Equestria to conquer it and steal the magic of every pony (in this land, ponies are responsible for the cycles of the sun and moon and creating the weather, so he would control the forces of nature through this). This includes the alicorns, the closest thing to deities in this setting. Defeated and sealed in Tartarus, the show's equivalent of Hell, he broke free to become the villain of Season 4, picking up his plan where he left off originally. He also tricks Discord into making a deal with him for power, then screws him over on it, cementing the similarities. What really sells the comparison is his appearance — he even has cloven hooves!
  • The Beast from Over the Garden Wall is a monstrous entity that manipulates people into giving up all hope or drives them to exhaustion so that their lost souls can serve as fuel for his Soul Jar, which is a lantern; likely a reference to the fact that Lucifer means "light-bringer". Not only does he personify depression and suicide, he's treacherous, dishonest, and makes one-sided deals with the desperate and gullible. The Beast also makes others commit terrible acts, namely tricking the Woodsman into grinding people's souls into oil to keep the lantern burning. The fact that this series strongly parallels The Divine Comedy and is implied to be the protagonists' Dying Dream, taking place in some sort of afterlife or purgatory, adds to the effect.
  • Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls. A more subtle example, and despite also being rather Lovecraftian, Bill fits this trope quite well. For starters there is the Cipher part of his name, while obviously connected to the algorithm of encryption, but also to Louis Cypher. He also uses a lot of common tropes associated with Satan and devils, including Deal with the Devil, Demonic Possession, Voice of the Legion, and is outright called a "demon". His association with light connects him directly to Lucifer, and the "Eye of Providence" symbol that he is based on is connected to God and His angels, who often are described manifesting as strange, geometric shapes (including a whole choir called Wheels). On top of all that, the actual Stanford Pines mentions in his backstory that a friend of his referred to a "beast with one eye" when he accidentally peeked into an Alternate Universe.
  • Rocko's Modern Life gives us "Peaches", ostensibly the overlord of Heck. Then it's revealed that he's only a minion of the real overlord of Heck, who is only seen as a beanie-wearing shadow.

Alternative Title(s): Satan Expy, Satan Is Evil