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* Mr. Anon from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is a case where the name isn't quite obvious. Indeed, it doesn't even seem to mean anything, and isn't even shorthand for Anonymous. The clue for [=RPers=], however, are his catchphrases, tendency to [[ShoutOut ask people to guess his name]], and favorite activity of [[DealWithTheDevil making deals with people]].
-->'''Mr. Anon:''' Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a ManOfWealthAndTaste.
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* Mr. Anon from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is a case where the name isn't quite obvious. Indeed, it doesn't even seem to mean anything, and isn't even shorthand for Anonymous. The clue for [=RPers=], however, are his catchphrases, tendency to [[ShoutOut ask people to guess his name]], and favorite activity of [[DealWithTheDevil making deals with people]].
-->'''Mr. Anon:''' Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a ManOfWealthAndTaste.



'''Bart:''' (''nonchalant'') Hey.

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'''Bart:''' (''nonchalant'') ''[nonchalant]'' Hey.


* John Milton in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. He's able to pass for human without fail, only dropping hints because he ''wants'' the protagonist ([[TheAntichrist who is really his son]]) to find out that his boss is the Devil himself.

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* John Milton in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. He's able to pass actually fully capable of passing for human without fail, human, only dropping hints about his true nature because he ''wants'' the protagonist ([[TheAntichrist who is really his son]]) to find out that his boss is the Devil himself.


* Implied in Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou when the main three pick up a hitchhiking Tommy Johnson ([[HistoricalDomainCharacter a possible wink at Robert Johnson) who claims to have [[SoldHisSoulForADonut sold his soul to the devil]]. He describes him as being white, having mirrors for eyes and a vicious dog. For some people, it takes a second viewing to discover that those descriptions perfectly fit Inspector Javin, the antagonist hunting the three down.

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* Implied in Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou when the main three pick up a hitchhiking Tommy Johnson ([[HistoricalDomainCharacter a possible wink at Robert Johnson) Johnson]]) who claims to have [[SoldHisSoulForADonut sold his soul to the devil]]. He describes him as being white, having mirrors for eyes and a vicious dog. For some people, it takes a second viewing to discover that those descriptions perfectly fit Inspector Javin, the antagonist hunting the three down.


* John Milton in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. He's able to pass for human without fail, only dropping hints because he ''wants'' the protagonist ([[TheAntichrist who is really his son]]) to find out that his boss is the Devil himself.



* John Milton in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. He's able to pass for human without fail, only dropping hints because he ''wants'' the protagonist ([[TheAntichrist who is really his son]]) to find out that his boss is the Devil himself.

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* John Milton *Implied in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. He's able Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou when the main three pick up a hitchhiking Tommy Johnson ([[HistoricalDomainCharacter a possible wink at Robert Johnson) who claims to pass have [[SoldHisSoulForADonut sold his soul to the devil]]. He describes him as being white, having mirrors for human without fail, only dropping hints because he ''wants'' the protagonist ([[TheAntichrist who is really his son]]) eyes and a vicious dog. For some people, it takes a second viewing to find out discover that his boss is those descriptions perfectly fit Inspector Javin, the Devil himself.antagonist hunting the three down.


* John Milton in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''.

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* John Milton in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. He's able to pass for human without fail, only dropping hints because he ''wants'' the protagonist ([[TheAntichrist who is really his son]]) to find out that his boss is the Devil himself.


* Xellos from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Among his AlwaysChaoticEvil kind he's the most powerful one not counting godlike Dark Lords, but prefers to use manipulation rather than violence. Two most powerful Dark Lords died from consequences of one of them employing Xellos against the other -- the second strongest managed to injure him in one-on-one battle, but he still got away. He's also [[NobleDemon honorable in his own way]] and [[AffablyEvil can be a good company]] when he wants. In his world few humans have thorough knowledge of demonology, so he walks among them under his own name and title. Not to mention that his ''self-proclaimed'' title is "Mysterious Priest". If people assume "Priest" always means "user of WhiteMagic", it's their fault.

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* Xellos from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Among his AlwaysChaoticEvil kind kind, he's the most powerful one not (not counting godlike Dark Lords, Lords), but prefers to use manipulation rather than violence. Two of the most powerful Dark Lords actually died from the consequences of one of them employing Xellos against the other -- — the second strongest second-strongest managed to injure him in one-on-one battle, but he still got away. He's also [[NobleDemon honorable in his own way]] and [[AffablyEvil can be a good company]] when he wants. In his world world, few humans have thorough knowledge of demonology, so he walks among them under his own name and title. Not to mention that his ''self-proclaimed'' title is "Mysterious Priest". If people assume "Priest" always means "user of WhiteMagic", it's their fault.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' comics in the early 90s, it was revealed that publisher Colin Thornton, who had hired Clark Kent away from ''The Daily Planet'' to serve as editor for ''Newstime'', was a mortal disguise used by the demon Lord Satanus.
* ''ComicBook/WelcomeToTranquility'' has Funky Freddy Beasel a seemingly ageless radio DJ who turns out to be a satanic demon known as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Host.]]
* A common situation in Jack Chick's "ComicBook/ChickTracts"' (for example, ''Somebody Goofed''). A person is considering accepting Jesus, but a friend convinces him not to—"you'll lose all your friends" or "you have plenty of time for that later". The person dies unsaved, goes to hell, and sees who his "friend" was all along.

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' comics in the early 90s, it was revealed that publisher Colin Thornton, who had hired Clark Kent away from ''The Daily Planet'' to serve as an editor for ''Newstime'', was a mortal disguise used by the demon Lord Satanus.
* ''ComicBook/WelcomeToTranquility'' has Funky Freddy Beasel Beasel, a seemingly ageless radio DJ who turns out to be a satanic demon known as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Host.]]
* A common situation in Jack Chick's "ComicBook/ChickTracts"' (for example, ''Somebody Goofed''). A person is considering accepting Jesus, but a friend convinces him not to—"you'll to — "you'll lose all your friends" or "you have plenty of time for that later". The person dies unsaved, goes to hell, and sees who his "friend" was all along.



* This trope was invoked in ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', during Jesus's final temptation while on the cross. A young girl introduces herself as an angel, says that Jesus has done enough, and offers him an escape from the cross. This girl accompanies as a friend him through a happy life with a wife and children. But this friend is actually Lucifer, and these years after escaping the cross were AllJustADream to tempt Jesus into abandoning his role as SacrificialLion. As soon as Jesus rebukes this temptation, the illusion ceases and he instantly returns dying on the cross, accepting it as his destiny.

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* This trope was invoked in ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', during Jesus's final temptation while on the cross. A young girl introduces herself as an angel, says that Jesus has done enough, and offers him an escape from the cross. This girl accompanies him as a friend him through a happy life with a wife and children. But this friend is actually Lucifer, and these years after escaping the cross were AllJustADream to tempt Jesus into abandoning his role as SacrificialLion. As soon as Jesus rebukes this temptation, the illusion ceases and he instantly returns dying on the cross, accepting it as his destiny.



* In ''Literature/RaiseSomeHell'' This trope is played [[spoiler: straight, in the case of Dean Montgomery]]

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* In ''Literature/RaiseSomeHell'' This ''Literature/RaiseSomeHell'', this trope is played [[spoiler: straight, [[spoiler:straight, in the case of Dean Montgomery]]Montgomery]].



* In an old fairy tale from Piemonte (North-West of Italy) there's a tale similar to the one of Blue Beard, where the BigBad is the devil disguised as a human who takes human girls to his castle (which hides the Hell in a secret room) to work for him. Furthermore his [[RedRightHand nose is made of silver]].

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* In an old fairy tale from Piemonte (North-West of Italy) there's a tale similar to the one of Blue Beard, where the BigBad is the devil disguised as a human who takes human girls to his castle (which hides the entrance to Hell in a secret room) to work for him. Furthermore his Furthermore, [[RedRightHand his nose is made of silver]].



* In ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' the Devil and his underlings usually appear in the guise of ordinary people.
** In "The Howling Man" he appears to be some poor guy who's been imprisoned by an apparently crazy monk, but when someone takes pity and releases him his horns and tail reappear.
** In "Escape Claus" the Devil appears as a man named Cadwallader, although he all but admits that its a false name ''"It has a nice feeling on the tongue."'' and while he never admits to being the Devil, he makes very little attempt to hide the fact apart from his human form.

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* In ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' Zone|1959}}'', the Devil and his underlings usually appear in the guise of ordinary people.
** In "The Howling Man" Man", he appears to be some poor guy who's been imprisoned by an apparently crazy monk, but when someone takes pity and releases him his horns and tail reappear.
** In "Escape Claus" Claus", the Devil appears as a man named Cadwallader, although he all but admits that its it's a false name ''"It has a nice feeling on the tongue."'' "'', and while he never admits to being the Devil, he makes very little attempt to hide the fact apart from his human form.



** Professor Daemon from "The Chaser" is implied to be this trope
** Mister Smith in "Printer's Devil"
** Miss Devlin in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", although she drops the act once the protagonist figures out what she is
* In ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' [[spoiler:DCI Jim Keats]] - who appeared to be a helping hand to Alex - is revealed to be the Devil in the GrandFinale. Gene Hunt possibly knew this right from the first episode of Season 3.
* [[Series/{{Hannibal}} Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] -- or at least, that's the subtext of the series. During his audition for the role of Lecter, Creator/MadsMikkelsen pitched his take on the character as a literal manifestation of Lucifer, and showrunner Creator/BryanFuller ran with it.

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** Professor Daemon from "The Chaser" is implied to be this trope
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** Mister Smith in "Printer's Devil"
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** Miss Devlin in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", although she drops the act once the protagonist figures out what she is
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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', [[spoiler:DCI Jim Keats]] - — who appeared to be a helping hand to Alex - — is revealed to be the Devil in the GrandFinale. Gene Hunt possibly knew this right from the first episode of Season 3.
* [[Series/{{Hannibal}} Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] -- — or at least, that's the subtext of the series. During his audition for the role of Lecter, Creator/MadsMikkelsen pitched his take on the character as a literal manifestation of Lucifer, and showrunner Creator/BryanFuller ran with it.



* In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', ''every'' demon is in disguise: a demon without a Cover has a lifespan comparable to that of a vampire going for a jog in the park at noon on a sunny day. Many painstakingly build effective disguises by squirrelling away bits of other people's lives or even [[DealWithTheDevil stepping fully formed into the life of someone who's made a soul pact]]. Many of the more powerful abilities of the Unchained fray their Cover a bit, and "going loud" - sacrificing their Cover for a massive, if temporary, power boost - is viewed as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique and considered "the nuclear option", because few demons who pull it live long enough to do so twice.

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* In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', ''every'' demon is in disguise: a demon without a Cover has a lifespan comparable to that of a vampire going for a jog in the park at noon on a sunny day. Many painstakingly build effective disguises by squirrelling away bits of other people's lives or even [[DealWithTheDevil stepping fully formed into the life of someone who's made a soul pact]]. Many of the more powerful abilities of the Unchained fray their Cover a bit, and "going loud" - — sacrificing their Cover for a massive, if temporary, power boost - — is viewed as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique and considered "the nuclear option", because few demons who pull it live long enough to do so twice.



* In ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', the story's narrator / hero's sidekick Murmur turns out to be [[spoiler: the Duke of Hell with the same name]]. To be fair, the name's a lot more subtle that Lou Cypher, and isn't likely to mean anything to players without a background in demonology mythology and/or who aren't ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' fans.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', you are accompanied for the span of one dungeon by an adventurer named Seth. While his name doesn't really say anything of what he really is, using the Talk command from the menu gives subtle hints, and his abilities (most, if not all of which were used in previous fights by [[spoiler: Dark Force]]) are almost a dead give away if you are paying attention. "Seth" is also the name of the ancient Egyptian god of darkness, as well as the father of all mankind in Judeo-Christian mythology.

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* In ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', the story's narrator / hero's sidekick Murmur turns out to be [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Duke of Hell with the same name]]. To be fair, the name's a lot more subtle that than Lou Cypher, and isn't likely to mean anything to players without a background in demonology mythology and/or who aren't ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' fans.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', you are accompanied for the span of one dungeon by an adventurer named Seth. While his name doesn't really say anything of what he really is, using the Talk command from the menu gives subtle hints, and his abilities (most, if not all of which were used in previous fights by [[spoiler: Dark [[spoiler:Dark Force]]) are almost a dead give away if you are paying attention. "Seth" is also the name of the ancient Egyptian god of darkness, as well as the father of all mankind in Judeo-Christian mythology.



* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', The Hidden Secret Reports reveal that [[spoiler: Sanae Hanekoma is a fallen angel that gave the taboo powers to Sho Minamimoto]].
* The mysterious stranger in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' never actually identifies himself (he claims, in a possibly sarcastic tone, to have forgotten his name,) but he appears in locations that such a SharpDressedMan has no business in being, knows a huge amount about John's past (including the name of one of the random civilians John's gang killed in their outlaw days), calls himself "an accountant, in a way", and when John gets fed up and demands answers or "[he] will not be responsible for [his] actions" he calmly tells him "Oh, but you will be responsible". John then shouts "Damn you!", the man replies "Yes, many have", doesn't seem to notice the three bullets John shoots at him and then just vanishes. [[spoiler: This is after a conversation where he muses over what a beautiful spot they're at, which is right where John later gets buried.]] It's not clear who exactly he is; common interpretations are that the man is God, St Peter, Death, or, of course, the Devil.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', The Hidden Secret Reports reveal that [[spoiler: Sanae [[spoiler:Sanae Hanekoma is a fallen angel that gave the taboo powers to Sho Minamimoto]].
* The mysterious stranger in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' never actually identifies himself (he claims, in a possibly sarcastic tone, to have forgotten his name,) name), but he appears in locations that such a SharpDressedMan has no business in being, knows a huge amount about John's past (including the name of one of the random civilians John's gang killed in their outlaw days), calls himself "an accountant, in a way", and when John gets fed up and demands answers or "[he] will not be responsible for [his] actions" he calmly tells him "Oh, but you will be responsible". John then shouts "Damn you!", the man replies "Yes, many have", doesn't seem to notice the three bullets John shoots at him him, and then just vanishes. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is after a conversation where he muses over what a beautiful spot they're at, which is right where John later gets buried.]] It's not clear who exactly he is; common interpretations are that the man is God, St Peter, Death, or, of course, the Devil.



* In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Ryan's friend Ralph]] is actually the devil rather than the figure that the comic had presented as such.

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* In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Ryan's [[spoiler:Ryan's friend Ralph]] is actually the devil rather than the figure that the comic had presented as such.



'''Mr. Burns:''' WHA?!! WHO TOLD Y--! Oh, err, heh heh...

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'''Mr. Burns:''' WHA?!! WHO TOLD Y--! Y—! Oh, err, heh heh...

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* ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'': Woland is actually Satan disguised as a professor and magician while visiting Moscow.

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* Julie from ''VideoGame/ConfessMyLove'' turns out to be a demon who is waiting to take Willie's soul to hell.


* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' [[spoiler:DCI Jim Keats]] - who appeared to be a helping hand to Alex - is revealed to be the Devil in the GrandFinale. Gene Hunt possibly knew this right from the first episode of Season 3.

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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' [[spoiler:DCI Jim Keats]] - who appeared to be a helping hand to Alex - is revealed to be the Devil in the GrandFinale. Gene Hunt possibly knew this right from the first episode of Season 3.

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* In ''Literature/RaiseSomeHell'' This trope is played [[spoiler: straight, in the case of Dean Montgomery]]

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* In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', ''every'' demon is in disguise: a demon without a Cover has a lifespan comparable to that of a vampire going for a jog in the park at noon on a sunny day. Many painstakingly build effective disguises by squirrelling away bits of other people's lives or even [[DealWithTheDevil stepping fully formed into the life of someone who's made a soul pact]]. Many of the more powerful abilities of the Unchained fray their Cover a bit, and "going loud" - sacrificing their Cover for a massive, if temporary, power boost - is viewed as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique and considered "the nuclear option", because few demons who pull it live long enough to do so twice.
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'''Mr. Burns:''' WHA?!! WHO TOLD Y... oh, er, heh heh...

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'''Mr. Burns:''' WHA?!! WHO TOLD Y... oh, er, Y--! Oh, err, heh heh...


* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' the Devil and his underlings usually appear in the guise of ordinary people. In "The Howling Man" he appears to be some poor guy who's been imprisoned by an apparently crazy monk, but when someone takes pity and releases him his horns and tail reappear.

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* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' the Devil and his underlings usually appear in the guise of ordinary people. people.
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In "The Howling Man" he appears to be some poor guy who's been imprisoned by an apparently crazy monk, but when someone takes pity and releases him his horns and tail reappear.


* In ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'', it's revealed that Lilith, the queen of succubi, is none other than [[spoiler:the main character Satori's stepmother. Though she's not, strictly speaking, a villain

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* In ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'', it's revealed that Lilith, the queen of succubi, is none other than [[spoiler:the main character Satori's stepmother. Though she's not, strictly speaking, a villainvillain]].


* In ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'', it's revealed that Lilith, the queen of succubi, is none other than [[spoiler:the main character Satori's stepmother. Though she's not, strictly speaking, a villain



* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', you are accompanied for the span of one dungeon by an adventurer named Seth. While his name doesn't really say anything of what he really is, using the Talk command from the menu gives subtle hints, and his abilities (most, if not all of which were used in previous fights by [[spoiler: Dark Force]]) are almost a dead give away if you are paying attention. "Seth" is also the name of the ancient egyptian god of darkness, as well as the father of all mankind in Judeo-Christian mythology.

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* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', you are accompanied for the span of one dungeon by an adventurer named Seth. While his name doesn't really say anything of what he really is, using the Talk command from the menu gives subtle hints, and his abilities (most, if not all of which were used in previous fights by [[spoiler: Dark Force]]) are almost a dead give away if you are paying attention. "Seth" is also the name of the ancient egyptian Egyptian god of darkness, as well as the father of all mankind in Judeo-Christian mythology.

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