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Names To Run Away From: Demons Or Angels
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast that's pretty self explanatory. There's some names that just plain sound or are demonic. Since a few angels fell, some of the more malevolent-sounding ones are included. (Note, not exactly accurate angel-ology goes on below, just FYI.)

This is a subset of Names To Run Away From: Religious Names and related to Names To Run Away From: Biblical Names.

See Louis Cypher for the more subtle infernal version.


Examples:

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Demonic names

    Abyssion 

Video Games

    Ahriman/Angra Mainyu 
Big Bad of Zoroastrianism.

Literature

Tabletop Games

Video Games

    Amon 
Anime and Manga
  • Also, the demon possessing Akira Fudoh.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX had Adrian Gecko as "Amon Garam" in the original Japanese versions.

Video Games
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 has a demon binder named Ammon Jerro.
  • Amon is the name for the Sinistral of Chaos in the first two Lufia games.
  • In Shadow Hearts and its sequel, Amon is one part of a demonic trinity. It is first used by Albert Simon to combat Yuri. It later becomes the method Yuri uses to challenge the second games Big Bads who had made pacts with the other two points on the trinity, Asmodeus and Astaroth.
  • This is the name of the new Big Bad in the Starcraft II series beginning with Heart of The Swarm - a fallen Xel'Naga.

Western Animation

Real Life

    Asmodeus 

Literature

Tabletop Games

Video Game
  • Azmodan is the Lord of Sin in the Diablo universe, and in Diablo III is the last of the Seven Great Evils you're tasked to take down in Act III.

    Azazel 

Comic Books

Film

Literature
  • One of Woland's henchmen from The Master and Margarita. Notable in that, almost certainly, this actually is the demon Azazel.

Live-Action TV
  • The Big Bad of Supernatural Seasons 1 and 2, revealed at the end of Season 4 to have actually have been taking orders from Lucifer.
  • It's spelled with three a's in the television series Hex, but the intention is still there.

Video Games
  • The latest (final boss) of the Tekken games.
  • There's a little-known (and rather bad) c-64 game called Death Bringer. Its main villain is named Azazael.

    Beelzebub 

Real Life
  • A giant prehistoric toad has been named Beelzebufo.

    Belial 

Anime and Manga
  • BelialVamdemon, Big Bad of Digimon Adventure 02. Digimon loves this, apparently. Was dubbed as MaloMyotismon, which still evokes the adjective variety, but fell flat. Then again, so did BelialVamdemon.
    • Then again, according to some mythos, Belial was the very demon who tempted Lucifer.
  • Momo Velia Deviluke from To Love-Ru.
  • Angel Sanctuary: The Mad Hatter, one of the Seven Satans of Hell, whose sin is Pride, was given the name Belial by God. Not only does Kaori Yuki mention that the name means useless, but Belial is also mentioned as being in love with Lucifer.

Film

Literature

Tabletop Games
  • Belial, Master of the Dark Angel's First Company, the Deathwing, from Warhammer 40000.

Video Games
  • Berial is the name of a boss in Devil May Cry 4.
  • In Sanctuary, this is the name of the Lord of Lies. In Diablo III, he's behind Maghda and the Dark Coven from Act I and the trouble in Caldeum in Act II, and you're charged with taking him out.
  • Also Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, in which he is fought alongside one named Belzeber (Baalzebul or Beelzebub) and subsequent to one named Azazer (Azazel). Oh, and the guy they work for is called Lucifer, though the American port, at least, changed it to Luther.
  • Belial's used to such an extreme in Devil Survivor that not only do they have a boss named "Belial", but if a demon so much as has "Bel" in its name, you know it's going to be a tough fight. It even reaches the point where they renamed Baldr to Beldr so that he could fit the rule.
  • Belial is the name of a boss in Wild ARMs 4.
  • Belias, the fire demon Esper in Final Fantasy XII.
  • The bio stage boss in Gradius IV is supposed to be named this, although it's transliterated as "Viral" in the US manual.
  • A Recurring Boss in Odin Sphere. Played straight in that while he is a dragon trusting of humanity, he was magically enthralled to the Wise Men as a result and winds up fighting every protagonist, with Cornelius as his final opponent.
  • Oracle Of Tao, the first Big Bad is Belial. The second is a fictitious angel named Estheriel.
    • One of the heroes is named Azrael, below.

Real Life
  • Belial means "worthless" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, wicked or lawless men were commonly referred to as "sons of Belial."

    Damien 
A recent development, as historically Damien is the name of at least one saint.

Film

Live Action TV

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

Real Life
  • One of The West Memphis Three, who were mistakenly accused of a hideous triple satanic ritualistic murder, had the name Damien Echols, which naturally got him eyed as the ringleader.

    Demon 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Literature
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • One of Ramsay Bolton's men is called Damon Dance-for-me.
    • Daemon Blackfyre was a relative of the royal Targaryen family who proved to be the single-biggest threat to the unity of the realm prior to the War of the Five Kings. He sparked a massive and years-long civil war to claim his birthright when a Succession Crisis occurred roughly a hundred years prior to the start of the story proper.
  • Demandred, the name of one of the Forsaken from The Wheel of Time, is a contraction of "demon" and "dread".

Video Games
  • Demonica from the PS2 medieval take on Powerstone, Barbarian. Though her story is different, you can definitely see the resemblance in body stance, personality, and the reasons for despising humans.
  • Akuma, the American name of Gouki from Street Fighter.
  • "Demon of the Western Sea" Chosokabe Motochika and Shimazu "the Ogre" from Sengoku Basara.

Webcomics
  • Girl Genius: One of the Mongfish sisters was named Demonica.

Western Animation
  • Not to state the obvious or anything, but Demona from Gargoyles.
  • The supervirus Daemon from ReBoot.

Real Life
  • The Demon Core, a fourteen pound ball of Plutonium that was used in various experiments during the 1940s. Lab accidents lead to two researchers dying of acute radiation poisoning.

    Devil 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Devilance the Pursuer, member of Darkseid's elite.
  • Played for laughs in an issue of The Sandman when someone tries to register at an anonymous serial killer's convention under the alias "The Devil" and is asked to clarify which state he's knows as "The Devil" in as they already have ones from New Jersey and Oregon.

Literature

Film

Live Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • In the BattleTech canon, The Dragon to Warlord Grieg Samsonov, and the man who enacts with gusto Samsonov's plans to frame Wolf's Dragoons for various crimes as a pretext to having House Kurita taken them over and force them to become a regular DCMS unit, is named Jerry Akuma. Akuma is a Japanese word for a malevolent demon, analogous to the Devil.

Video Games
  • Who else but Diablo, the Lord of Terror and the lord of all demons from the game series bearing his name? This one may be too obvious to count in, however.
  • Devil King (Oda Nobunaga) from Devil Kings.
  • Monster Hunter provides Diablos, the Unforgiving Tyrant, who is just as nasty as he sounds. Tri adds Deviljho to the lineup.
  • Does being named after a chord specifically nicknamed "The Devil in Music" count? Because if it does, chalk one up for Ghetsis (G-Cis tritone) Harmonia, the biggest bad yet in Pokémon.
  • Cyberbots: Princess Devilotte de Deathsatan IX. Not very subtle.

Western Animation
  • Cruella de Vil, whose name has "cruel," "devil," and "evil" in it. Just run away now.
Real Life
  • The P-38 Lightning, known to the German Luftwaffe as der Gabelschwanz Teufel, "the Fork Tailed Devil".
  • The Kalanchoe daigremontiana has lots of names, including "The Devil's Backbone." It is poisonous, but only if you eat it. It does, however, reproduce at a terrifying rate.

    General Demonic Names 

Anime and Manga
  • In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni the Sonozaki sisters and their grandmother all have the character for 'oni' (demon) in their names. (The twins' mother did, too, but had to change the spelling when she got married.) It's an old family tradition...
  • For Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, the assassins of the Varia squad have names like Leviathan, Belphegor, and Mammon.
  • Lala Satalin (for "Satan") Deviluke and Nana Asta (for "Astaroth") Deviluke from To Love-Ru.

Comic Books
  • Vampirella's mother is named Lilith, after a demon in Jewish myth and folklore of the same name.

Literature
  • Heavily subverted in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy, as, when Han and Lando first meet Garm Bel Iblis, they disagree on whether he can be trusted, with Han sure he's on the up-and-up, while Lando is more suspicious. Readers familiar with this trope might tend to side with Lando, since Garm was the name, in Norse myth, of the Hound that guarded the gate to the underworld, while Bel, an alternate spelling of ba'al, in Christian demonology, was/is the name of a demon, while, Iblis is, in Arabic, an alternate name for Satan. It turns out, however, that Han is right and Garm Bel Iblis is a straightforward white-hat.

Live Action TV
  • Kings: Vesper Abbadon, portrayed by Brian Cox.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Doc Scratch from Homestuck, an enigmatic, subtle figure with mysterious, vast powers and ambiguous morality at best, almost like Old Scratch himself.

Western Animation
  • Chernabog (Slavic for "black god") in Fantasia.

    Hell 

Anime and Manga
  • The main villain of Mazinger Z was Doctor Hell. Somehow neither that, the Evil Laugh or the creepy purple skin were enough for people to figure out he was evil until it was too late. The dubbed version (Tranzor Z) was worried people might be offended by that, so they called him "Doctor Demon" instead. Yeah, that's a LOT better.
  • InuYasha has Naraku, a pun on the word "Naraka", the term for Hell in Buddhism.
  • In Shin Mazinger, on the other hand, everyone was able to figure him out rather quickly, even before the purple skin.
  • Integra Hellsing, though running won't help, as she's a perfect shot.

Comic Books
  • Hellboy.
  • Anton Hellgate, recurring villain in Marvel's Ghost Rider comics during the 90's.
  • Hellhound, used by two DC villains. The second bought the rights to the name.

Film
  • Sam Hell (Rowdy Roddy Piper) in the B-classic Hell Comes To Frogtown.

Literature
  • Possibly an allusion: Dr. Abraham van Helsing from Dracula. The anime Hellsing added an extra L, just to be clear.
  • Nymeria from A Song of Ice and Fire picks up the nickname Hellbitch when she becomes alpha of a whole bunch of wolfpacks.
  • Hell Tanner from Damnation Alley.
  • Variation: the Forsaken Lanfear in The Wheel of Time, whose name comes from the French "l'enfer" meaning Hell.

Live-Action TV

Mythology
  • The Trope Namer and Ur Example would have to be Hel, the Norse death goddess. Her realm is also called Hel, and this name was later absorbed into the English language to refer to the Christian underworld.

Video Games

    Infernal 

Video Games

Real Life

    Lilith 
According to various traditions (but not Biblical canon), Lilith was Adam's first wife (sort of a failed prototype for Eve) who rebelled against God and Adam, then became a demon and gave birth to a ton more demons.

Anime and Manga

Film

Literature

Live-Action Television

    Lucifer 
Anime and Manga
  • Lucemon of Digimon Frontier.
  • If you go for a variant on "beelzebub" or "satan", you'll generally look like you're trying too hard, though. Unless you're in Japan: Mr. Satan (from Dragon Ball). He's not evil, though, and while he'd be a Bad Ass in any other Verse, in Dragon Ball Z he's a Muggle with delusions of grandeur. Digimon also gives us Demon, Beelzebumon, and SkullSatamon. They were dubbed as Daemon, Beelzemon, and... SkullSatamon?!
  • Ulquiorra Cifer from Bleach.
  • Gid Lucion Deviluke in To Love-Ru.

Comic Books

Film

Literature
  • Also, Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter
  • Le Chiffre, of Casino Royale, gets bonus points for being a pretty good spy name even in translation - it means "the number" or "the cypher".
  • Valentine Morgenstern of "Mortal Instruments". His last name means "Fallen star", referring to the fallen angel, Lucifer. You'd think that an organization as biblically based as the Shadowhunters would have been a little concerned when the guy who's last name essentially meant "Lucifer" began to gain so much power...

Video Games Webcomics

Western Animation

    Mephistopheles 
When the original Dr Faustus made his Deal with the Devil, this was the demon he made the deal with.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Live-Action TV
  • The former king of Hell in Xena

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • One of the Undead's Dreadlord hero units in War Craft III bears the name Mephistroth.
  • Also Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred from the Diablo series.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has a twofer in Mephiles the Dark. Or maybe it doesn't, actually.
  • The Big Bad Mephisto from Alundra 2.
  • He is the Big Bad in the Hordes Of The Underdark expansion of Neverwinter Nights.
  • An NPC in Demon's Souls that only appears after you acquire Pure Black Character Tendency, which is achieved by either killing off friendly NPC's or invading other players' worlds and killing them and after you kill Yurt the Silent Chieftain, her accomplice (who will also assassinate NPC's in the Nexus if left alive long enough). When you speak to her, she will send you on missions to assassinate friendly NPC's, offering valuable items in return. When all the missions are completed (when everyone in the Nexus and beyond are dead), she will attack and attempt to kill you. All of this is accompanied by her evil appearance and malicious voice.

    Samael 

Film

Literature

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • The Master of the Dark Angels 3rd Company, Sammael of the Ravenwing (which in itself probably qualifies for this trope).

Video Games
  • The Demon Lord Samael from Darksiders.
  • Dahlia informs the protagonist that the strange marks around Silent Hill are the mark of Samael, who will enter the world to destroy it if Harry does not take the talisman she gives him to the right place in time. She's lying. Her cult is trying to summon their "god," and the Flauros talisman allows her to break into Alessa's otherworld.

Web Comics

Western Animation

    Satan 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Literature
  • The true name of the Dark One in The Wheel of Time is Shai'tan, an anglicized form of the Arabic word for Satan.
  • The name given to Sandworms in Dune, "Shaitan."

Video Games

Real Life
  • The scientific name of the widemouth blindcat(fish) is Satan eurystomas ("Satan (with a) wide mouth"). To humans, the widemouth blindcat isn't a terribly frightening creature, being a useless-eyed, cream-colored catfish that grows up to 5 and a half inches long. To all of the other inhabitants of the underground aquifer the blindcat lives in (mostly blind shrimp and small fish), however, it might as well be the Devil, as it is the apex predator there.
  • The SS-18 "Satan" ballistic missile, the largest and most powerful ICBM fielded by the old Soviet Union. The terrifying reporting name is no coincidence. If this thing had ever been launched in a nuclear war, anything its warheads were aimed at would be vaporized from half a world away.

Angelic names

For anyone who wishes to keep track, here is a convenient score card for the Angel team.

    Angel (and variations) 

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Film
  • Hot Fuzz: Sgt. Nicholas Angel, badge number 777.
  • Harold "Harry" Angel, the shady private detective in Angel Heart. Only by the end do we know how bad he really is: He's really an evil occultist named Johnny Favorite, the very same man he was looking for. He tried to cheat Satan out of the deal he made with him prior to the start of the film, by stealing the identity of the real Harold Angel.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Angela from Heroes.
  • If he's going by Angel, you're probably going to live. If he's calling himself Angelus, however, run.
  • Doctor Who's infamous Weeping Angels.

Real Life
  • Destroying Angel mushrooms, which contain some of the deadliest known mycotoxins. Even touching one can kill you.
  • The Angel of Death was the nickname of the infamous Nazi concentration camp doctor Josef Mengele.

Video Games

    Azrael 
Anglicized form of the name for the Angel of Death in Islam and some Hebrew lore. According to more modern Anglicization it would be Isra'il. Not to be confused with Israfil- which is the Muslim name for Raphael.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Fan Fic

Film

Literature
  • Asriel of His Dark Materials.
  • The real guy shows up in Good Omens, and in one of the Discworld books.
  • Azreal, the leader of the Poppy Warriors in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy.
  • The Discworld has regular old Death, and he's quite a nice chap when you get to know him, but Death answers to Azrael, the Death of Worlds. HE'S NOT BAD EITHER.

Music
  • The subject of "Azrael" by proto-prog group The Nice.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

    Exodus 
Possibly due to Xtreme Kool Letterz; and the vaguest recollection that it was something in the Bible; which is Significant. Baffling when you ponder that it means "exit."

Card Games
  • Exodia, The Forbidden One will instantly win a Yu-Gi-Oh! game when summoned.

Comic Books

Video Games

    Gabriel 
This one's a double whammy with the whole Angel of Death / left hand of God thing.

Anime and Manga

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • The Force Commander from Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. Bonus points for his name being Gabriel Angelos.

Video Games

    Raphael 

Anime and Manga

Live-Action TV
  • The serial killer in the Criminal Minds two-parter "The Big Game"/"Revelations" has an alternate personality who believes himself to be the actual, biblical one.
  • On Supernatural he is the voice of religious fundamentalism and zealotry in heaven. Oh that, and he wants to restart the apocalypse which the Winchester boys had previously averted.

Video Games

Western Animation

    Raziel 

Anime and Manga
  • From Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, we have a Knife Nut crown prince who wants to off his equally insane younger twin Belphegor and claim the throne.
  • Averted with Raziel from Christopher Moore's verse. While he can come off as quite terrifying, he's actually the origin of Dumb Blonde jokes, and with good reason. Sent to Earth to grant the Christmas wish of a distraught child, he intends to bring back a Mall Santa the kid saw inadvertently killed, but winds up resurrecting a graveyard worth of brain-hungry zombies. In Lamb, tops himself over and over, leading to pinnacle example of Raziel-ness:
    "The angel confided in me that he is going to ask the Lord if he can become Spider-Man"

Tabletop Games
  • Raziel is one of the Celestial Hebdomad from the Book of Exalted Deeds from 'Dungeons & Dragons third edition. He's the most warlike of the archangels, and is a slayer of fiends.

Video Games

     Uriel 

Literature
  • Uriel makes several appearances in The Dresden Files, helping out the protagonist, Harry Dresden, who nicknames him Mr Sunshine. Heavily implied to be the most dangerous archangel, and outright stated to be 'Heaven's spook' and he who killed the firstborn of Egypt. He also gives Harry a very nasty fright when he objects to being called 'Uri'. Justified in that Harry's nicknames in particular have power, and that part of his name is very important.
  • The name of a planet visited in A Wrinkle in Time, Particularly the one where the children ride on the back of Mrs. Whatsit, who has transformed into a sort of winged centaur.
  • In Dean Koontz's novel Hideaway, The Angel who it is strongly implied was the source of Hatch Harrison's visions, and who speaks and acts through him as he kills Vassago, who we know had renamed himself after a Demon.

Fanfiction
  • In Manchester Lost and Fanfic/Paradise Thwarted, he is one of the 4 archangels, and as in the above, possibly the strongest. However, he is also a complete Cloud Cuckoolander and intersperses moments of pure Badass (he nearly rips Lucifer in half! And throws him all over the place) with hilarious moments e.g. hugging people, becoming a fluffy bunny magnet for 3 weeks and being utterly oblivious to Belial's attentions, Belial being Archdevil of Lust.

Live Action Television
  • Uriel from Supernatural appears at first as just another dickish angel (Of which there are many) who just doesn't like the Winchesters. And then he tries to kickstart Armageddon.

Video Games

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