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1%% Image pickin' discussion:²[[quoteright:320:[[Creator/GustaveDore]]]]²[[caption-width-right:320:[-"The Emperor of the kingdom dolorous [...] Well may proceed from him all tribulation." \²--''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'', canto 34 -] ]]²²->''"Here at least we shall be free; the Almighty hath not built here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choice to reign is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven."''²-->-- '''Satan''', ''Literature/ParadiseLost''²%%²%% One quote per page, more just get in the way, as per Administrivia/TipsWorksheet.²%%²²Satan is the GreaterScopeVillain or BigBad of most varieties of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}, UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} and UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, and a fair amount of fiction with religious influences, and other religions have similar variants. Traditionally, he is the single most evil being in existence, period.²²[[IHaveManyNames Known also as]]... Helel (supposedly his original angelic name, which in Hebrew literally means [[LightIsNotGood "shining one"]] and metaphorically means "morning star") or Lucifer (Latin translation for the word Helel, which literally means "light bringer"), Samael (another angelic name often attributed to him, Hebrew for [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Poison of God"]]), Beelzebub (Hebrew for "Lord of Flies"), [[{{UsefulNotes/Islam}} Iblis]], the Father of Lies, [[Music/BlackSabbath the Prince of Darkness]], "The Other Guy", Old Scratch, the Quare Fellow, [[ComicBook/TheSandman Lucifer Morningstar]], [[Music/{{Prince}} Spooky Electric]], [[WebOriginal/LOLCats Basement Cat]]... or simply the Devil. Should you encounter someone with any of these names, ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast run away]]''[[note]]Though the authenticity for some of these names for Satan is still a subject to debate to this day[[/note]].²²Satan's backstory casts him as a FallenAngel, originally the [[LightIsNotGood light-bearing]] [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels archangel]] of {{Heaven}}, who is damned to spend eternity in {{Hell}} due to his rebellion against {{God}}. By virtue of his once-grand celestial position, Satan is depicted as the king of Hell and the creator of Demons, even if he's as much a prisoner there as any of the damned. This backstory is derived from the Literature/BookOfRevelation.²²No matter what version of Satan is employed, he is usually a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], capable of taking any form--physical or not--that he cares to. In human form, he is often shown with [[EvilRedhead red]] or [[LightIsNotGood blond]] hair. His true form is often that of a BigRedDevil. All things that hide or distort the truth are in his province, making him also the master of deception and illusion. Consequently, his most common incarnations are wheeler-dealers, bargainers, and con-men.²²Despite an overwhelming overconfidence (he represents the [[SevenDeadlySins Deadly Sin]] of {{Pride}}, after all), he almost always possesses a keen sense of enlightened self-interest. In keeping with the belief of the "most beautiful angel" who fell, Satan takes a handsome face whenever possible, but behind it is often rage and hatred; tearing away that mask, either intentionally or not, is possibly one of the most suicidal things a character can do.²²In his more modern incarnations, he is often a [[FauxAffablyEvil charming]] ManOfWealthAndTaste with a taste for the offerings of humanity's cultural achievements, from [[AGlassOfChianti wine]] to music to poetry and stories. His interpretations do not always accord with the official ones. Despite this however, Satan is usually shown--for all his enjoyment of the finer things--to have a pathological hatred of humanity, blaming them for stealing the rightful place of the angels as God's children.²²One of his favorite ploys (it's at least OlderThanSteam, as seen in ''Myth/{{Faust}}'' and earlier) is to essentially grant one or more wishes in exchange for the wisher's soul. It's a classic [[DealWithTheDevil lopsided deal in the Devil's favor]]--short-term corporeal gain in exchange for long-term infernal torment. This is almost always handled via a physical contract which is usually composed entirely of [[ReadTheFinePrint torturous legalese]]. Single wishes are almost always handled LiteralGenie style, if not [[JackassGenie perverted outright]]. In some versions of the story the contracted victim may be able to free himself via a redemptive act or the intervention of God; in modern takes, especially SuperHero comics, the hero may take revenge against the Devil via a FaustianRebellion. In any case, his goal is to lure as many souls to his side as possible, making him an example of TheCorrupter.²²In recent depictions, Satan is sometimes subverted by giving him an unexpected soft spot that renders him a bit more "human" and less supernatural--he likes kittens, or snowcones for example. It doesn't make him any less dangerous (if he's dangerous at all); it just lets the audience think they understand him.²²Another common plot revolves around Satan's son, presumed to be TheAntichrist. Some common subversions are that this child's [[AntiAntiChrist just a normal person]], or that he's a she.²²Satan is traditionally associated with a host of [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad archdemonic sidekicks]], among the best known of which are Mephistopheles, Azazel, Belial, Moloch, Baal, Asmodeus, {{Beelzebub}}, and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Lilith]]. These are sometimes seen as [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils servants of Satan]] (often with more effective power over humans, presumably because their actions are not so closely watched), but are also (with the obvious exception of Lilith) often conflated into alternate names for the same being. Most of these names, as with "Lucifer", derive from supernatural figures from pre-Jewish beliefs in the Middle East, who were [[RetCon changed into devils]] as the new Abrahamic faiths took over.²²To learn more about the history of Satan, visit the [[Analysis/{{Satan}} Analysis page]].²²Related to Satan is the SatanicArchetype, which is a (usually) original character explicitly modeled after him. They tend to have features such as being the lord of all evil in the world, rebelling against the supreme deity they served or the celestial beings that they were once a part of, or leading some race of demons or other evil creatures. If a series revolves around gods and goddesses, usually there will be one cast as a Satan figure in spite of how they were portrayed in the original mythology; this is a phenomenon called HijackedByJesus. This is why EverybodyHatesHades from the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman pantheon]], because he is assumed to be like Satan.²²A common twist is that SatanIsGood, a victim of propaganda; see GodIsEvil. Of course, sometimes GodAndSatanAreBothJerks. A common portrayal in Western Media is also to cast Satan as TheAntiGod, as {{God}}'s EvilCounterpart, in contrast to most Christian theology, where Satan is a far lesser being than God. It has also become popular to [[DevilButNoGod portray the Devil without any reference to God]].²²He is generally the leader of the TheLegionsOfHell and is an essential component of a FireAndBrimstoneHell. When hiding under an alias, usually a pretty transparent one, this becomes LouisCypher. If there's more than one, we're talking about DemonLordsAndArchdevils. You might be interested in his brothers as well, ArchangelMichael, ArchangelGabriel, ArchangelRaphael, and ArchangelUriel.²²For when Satan rocks out, see RockMeAsmodeus. If Satan threatens heteronormative gender roles in addition to your soul by being a SissyVillain, CampGay, or a CreepyCrossdresser, see FlamingDevil.²²'''Remember, this trope is about the use of Satan as a PublicDomainCharacter. If the character shares several significant features with him but isn't at least implied to be the Biblical Devil, they go under SatanicArchetype.'''²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Manga/SixSixSixSatan'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the name says it all.]]²* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' had Hild, the CEO of Hell. She's the mother to Belldandy's half-sister Urd. Their father is God.²* An important part of the plot of ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' is the attempts by high demons to resurrect Lucifer. His generals are called the Satans and all bear names such as Asmodeus, Belial, Astaroth etc. Lucifer himself is actually on the good side, in the end--although he does do a lot of crap.²* The manga version of ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' eventually brings in Christian cosmology, with angels, devils, etc. The main character, Dark Schneider, has been known to fight against both. Satan himself makes a major appearance, and is hinted at being the eventual BigBad. Interestingly, Satan and Lucifer are two separate beings in the story.²* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', Satan and Lucifer are two distinctly different beings (Satan's appearance being depicted as that of a young male, Lucifer's being that of a little girl), but are part of the same group of demons--the Seven Sin Lords, who were the rulers of distinct kingdoms in the Demon World before it was united under Baby Beel's father, the Demon King aka Beelzebub III. Beel is also part of this group, being the latest demon to inherit the name "Beelzebub." [[spoiler:Both Satan and Lucifer are contracted to the two strongest members of the Ishiyama Upstarts, Fuji and Takamiya, in opposition of Oga and Beel, with the entire conflict risking the possibility of a new war erupting in the Demon World. While Takamiya has been defeated and allied with Oga, Fuji has proven himself to be uncontrollable and a dangerous threat, causing an EnemyMine with the entire school standing against him as he begins petrifying everyone]]. ²* In ''Anime/BelladonnaOfSadness'' he seduces formerly innocent Jeanne, has sex with her, and turns her into a HotWitch.²* Satan himself appears a few times in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', always while possessing someone (he's far too powerful to manifest in the human realm). He's a complete {{Jerkass}} who [[ClusterFBomb swears like no tomorrow]] and kills random people [[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]], [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter laughing all the while]]. Near the end of the series, the reason for his hatred against humans is revealed: [[spoiler:he was completely ignorant to many things including the very concept of mortality until he encountered a PluckyGirl who not only didn't fear him but was immune to his flames and willingly invited him to possess her body, saying that he must be lonely to have everything he touch burn to ashes. Over the next year, she explained to him the concept of life. When Satan stated he wanted to live, Yuri's response was that life cannot be taken or given, only created. [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu You know the result...]] Naturally, the Church freaked out ''[[OhCrap big time]]'' and [[BurnTheWitch tried to burn her at the stake]] [[HumansAreBastards before she gives birth]], dismissing her claims that demons are NotSoDifferent as blasphemy. Cue Satan [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge possessing every powerful exorcist he could reach]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl to find a host body he could save her with]], ultimately succeeding but not without killing hundreds in the process. Yuri [[DeathByChildbirth died from childbirth]] and [[HeelFaceDoorSlam Satan swore to take revenge]] by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt merging the human and demon worlds into one]].]] LoveMakesYouCrazy, much? Too bad the next person he possessed and had DrivenToSuicide was [[BadassPreacher Fujimoto]], the very same man who went against orders to raise Satan's sons in secrecy; Rin, one of said sons, [[AntiAntiChrist promptly decided to kick daddy's ass]].²** Should be noted that everything in the spoilers is an anime-only thing. So far, the manga hasn't come clear with his true goal and motives. Rin still wants to kick his ass though.²* Aion, the BigBad from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''.²* In ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' [[spoiler:Ryo Asuka]] is revealed to be Satan as well as a {{Hermaphrodite}} with angel wings. Nagai considering it appropriate due to being an angel, who are often considered sexless.²** Although not a Satan [[ Zenon]] has a similar look to The Divine Comedy Version, being a demon with 3 faces, and in The Devil Lady Manga [[spoiler:he is trapped in the Ninth Circle of Hell just like Literature/TheDivineComedy's Satan]] He also has a form that looks like [[spoiler:The Dragon of Revelation]]²* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' there's the Devil Gundam. At first it doesn't seem all that demonic, but as the series progresses [[spoiler:and the machine is shown to have a will of its own, a vendetta against mankind, a tendency to corrupt everyone it comes in contact with, and at the grand finale is said to run off of negative emotions,]] it becomes a lot more obvious.²* [[spoiler:The Spider]] in ''Anime/HellGirl'' may or may not be the devil. If not, then it's a simple case of EverybodyHatesHades.²* Although never making a direct appearance Satan is a big part of ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne''. It turns out [[spoiler: that Maron is actually working for Satan and not God when she collects the demons in paintings. She finds out too late to prevent Satan's overthrow of Heaven. Or so it seems...]]²* In ''Let's Bible'', Iesu (pantsless girl UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}) is menaced by Evil Mexican Mariachi Satan.²* In ''Manga/MyBalls'', Satan is a female nymphomaniac and sex expert who has both the power of light and darkness in her. [[spoiler: She later hooks up with [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] and becomes an angel again.]]²* It seems that in ''Manga/PrincessLucia'', Satan lost his place in Hell and owns a ramen stand.²* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Lucifer is the BigBad of fourth (non-canon) movie. In his backstory was considered in the kingdom of heaven to be the most beautiful and powerful sentient being after the Creator himself. Because of this, he developed pride and lust for domination upon all of creation, and declared war on its Creator. He was subsequently defeated, and then banished from heaven along with his followers. He is defeated also by the archangel Gabriel, helped by Athena and the eastern god Marishitien. He feels a grudge against Athena and allies with other Gods for kill her and take over the world.²* In ''The Demon Ororon'', Hell is a dimension ruled by kings who pass down the title of Satan from father to son. Which, if any, is THE Satan is unknown.²* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Satan is the third eldest sister of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Stakes of Purgatory]] and represents the [[SevenDeadlySins sin]] of [[UnstoppableRage Wrath]]. She is described as being {{Tsundere}} without the dere.²** Hell, all seven could count, since they're all named after the horned one. There's also Lucifer ({{Pride}}), Leviathan ([[GreenEyedMonster Envy]]), Belpehegor ([[LazyBum Sloth]]), Mammon ({{Greed}}), Beelzebub ([[VillainousGlutton Gluttony]]) and Asmodeus ({{Lust}}), in order of how old they are.²* While he's never made a direct appearance, Lucifer is mentioned in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' several times by members of the Roman Catholic Church when discussing the Archangels. In the Index-verse, where [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels have no free will of their own and that they are meant to be God's perfect tools, and are often referred as messengers of God to humanity]], Lucifer and his FallenAngel brethren are notable for "malfunctioning" and gaining wills of their own, which caused their rebellion against God and ultimately being cast down by ArchangelMichael. It's noted that before this Lucifer had the unique position as "The Right Seat of God," which paradoxically made him God's equal despite being an angel [[spoiler:and serves as part of the inspiration for Fiamma of God's Right Seat's goal to become ''La Persona Superiore a Dio'' (The One Above God)]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Arts]]²* The antagonist of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} is notably lacking from the Art/SistineChapel's art, even when Hell is depicted alongside a host of demons in ''The Last Judgement''. Out of the hundreds of images in the Chapel, only two show man's greatest enemy:²** The first depiction is in ''[[Literature/TheFourGospels The Temptations of Christ]]'', where Satan's evil is visualized with a hideous beard, bat-like wings, and a black cloak that hide his most inhuman figures, hoofed feet and furred body. His hairiness and hooves call to mind the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology pagan god Pan]], subtly demonstrating Satan's role as a deceiver.²** The second depiction is on the Chapel's ceiling, which adapts the first parts of the Literature/BookOfGenesis, where the is Devil depicted as a beautiful, scaled women with a tail in the place of legs. It's unlike most other depictions of Satan, but it does have much in common with images of UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}}. In any case, the beauty of the woman acts as a reminder of the seductiveness of evil, while her scaled tail, which she hides from Adam and Eve, reveals that the Devil is hideous no matter how appealing he may seem.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Card Games]]²* Infernoid Shaitan in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh OCG'' is based on Satan. In fact, its effects could be a reflection of Satan's actions in the Book of Job. In the Book of Job, Satan challenged God that Job (a pious man with a righteous life) would turn from God if he were allowed to plague the man undeterred by God's protection. Job had his possessions and wealth stripped from him and his family killed by plague, but stayed faithful. In a similar fashion, Infernoid Shaitan strips the opponent of their "niceties" by throwing their Set cards back to the deck– disregarding the "protection" of their other effects.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* Comic book example/subversion: Lucifer appears in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' series, initially as a one-off villain, but later in the series, he grows tired of ruling Hell and being humanity's scapegoat ("How can anyone ''own'' a soul?"), and resigns; Hell is then placed directly under "The Silver City"'s command.²** ''Sandman'' formed the basis for his own series ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' a decade later, in which he's sort of but not quite an AntiHero. He appears as a blonde, handsome angel, with no hint of the demonic, except for bat wings--which he [[ImportantHaircut loses when he retires]]--and two tufts of hair intended to resemble horns. (He is referred to as "Satan" only once across both series, and that by a guy who wanted to make a DealWithTheDevil and ''really'' didn't get it.)²* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'': Satan and Lucifer are two different entities (as it was originally written in demonology [[]]). Hell is run, after the departure of Lucifer, by Satan (known here as the First Of The Fallen). It is suggested that The First is the original Adversary, that he was created to hold God's own negative qualities and/or as a "best enemy" to God (as in some East European dualist mythologies) and that he knows some horrible secret about God, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and the Church which, if confessed to a mortal, would send that mortal howling mad. John Constantine claims that he is God's former conscience. The First looks human, big and tough, wearing a dinner suit and cape, with a broken nose and long hair. He is addressed as "Lord Satan" by Gabriel on one occasion. John met the First while the devil was trying to collect the soul of one of John's friends. [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu It didn't go well for the First]].\²The First of the Fallen [[spoiler:initially]] shares his rule with the Second of the Three and the Third of the Three, who are similarly nasty. The Second appears as a living darkness, and the Third never appears as any one thing for long--he's a shapeshifter who constantly changes forms according to purpose, mood, or just for the fun of it, and it's implied he doesn't actually ''have'' a true form. They don't appear as often, though. [[spoiler:Partly because they're killed shortly after they're introduced.]]²* Several characters in Franchise/TheDCU are a good match for Mr. S. There's Neron, who ruled Hell for a while and, as the main villain of the CrisisCrossover ''Underworld Unleashed'' bought the souls of many supervillains, as well as killing [[ComicBook/TheFlash the Rogues]] and [[{{Superman}} Mongul]] [[TheWorfEffect to show how cool he is]]; Lord Satanus, who began as a human sorcerer yet grew powerful enough to kick Neron out; and his sister Blaze, who kicked ''him'' out in return. The most likely candidate to be the real deal is The Original Darkness, an EldritchAbomination encountered by Comicbook/SwampThing, whose mere presence can kill several powerful sorcerers and whose ''fingernail'' couldn't be cracked by ComicBook/TheSpectre. Finally, in the New 52 Lucifer appears as a villain in ComicBook/DemonKnights. In ''Batman RIP'' numerous characters imply or outright state that Simon Hurt is the Devil. Batman himself wonders this at the end. It is ultimately revealed that he [[spoiler:is not]].²* There's a number of demons in Creator/MarvelComics, most famously Mephisto, who have at one point or another claimed to be Satan. ''ComicBook/FearItself'' reveals that Satan--the ''real'' Satan, not the other demons who occasionally pretend to be him--has been missing for so long that many demons believe he never existed in the first place. The demons in the Marvel 'verse hold meetings around Satan's throne. None of them dare claim it for themselves, for fear of being torn apart by the others or worse, [[SpeakOfTheDevil provoking Satan to return]].²** The real Lucifer (different from Satan) showed up in one Ghost Rider story claiming to be the one Johnny made a deal with and not Mephisto. He is one of several hell-lords, but unlike them cannot leave Hell on his own. He tricked Blaze into freeing him from hell to try and destroy the Earth, but quickly proved himself to be [[TheDevilIsALoser less then one hoped]] by being constantly outwitted by Blaze, who himself states he is something of an idiot.²* The Devil appears briefly in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', where he is in charge of Hell and follows the stereotypical red-skinned, horned and hooved depiction. He is seen playing cards with the Angel of Death and is called Nick. When the to-be Saint of Killers freezes Hell with his hate, Nick attempts to whip the hatred out but fails. After the to-be Saint accepts his new role, Nick insults the Saint and gets a fatal round through the head for the effort.²* Satan in the form of "El Diablo" pops up to show Johnny around Hell after his death in ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac''. Though he rules Hell, he doesn't seem to do much other than watch (with glee) the souls of the damned go about their superficial afterlives. He shows up again in ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}'' as the happy husband of an oblivious Catholic woman with whom he's fathered a son, Pepito. Pepito becomes the closest thing Squee has to a friend.²** Another version of Satan shows up out of continuity in one of the [[{{Filler}} Meanwhiles]], where Jhonen, in an attempt to demonstrate how dissimilar his life is to Nny's after being accused of AuthorAvatar one to many times, shows us what an average day is for him. In a scene that (deliberately) mirrors an early ''JTHM'' issue, he arrives at a convenience store to get a slushy and picks a fight with the clerk. He then goads the clerk into admitting to be Satan, turns out to be correct, and blasts Satan with a laser when Satan threatens to bite his head off.²* Jack Chick has put Satan into the ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' so often you'd think he was a regular. Satan, when shown, ends up being more of a general trickster than a real force of pure evil.²* A demonic character shows up in ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}'' claiming to be the devil, but the protagonist is more inclined to thinking it's a minor demon trying to make itself seem bigger and more important than it really is. It's still a powerful, nasty, [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lecturing]] creature.²* In ''Literature/{{Magnus}}'', Lucifer is a literal PhysicalGod who can be physically confronted and battled.²* Satan is notably absent from the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' universe, but he is finally mentioned in ''The Wild Hunt''. It turns out he's been [[spoiler:sleeping beneath the city of Pandemonium and Hellboy is destined to murder him and overthrow all his [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils princes and generals]].]]²* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':²** A classic ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' story involved Johnny, Wulf, and the Gronk following a renegade BountyHunter named Fly's Eye's into a {{Hell}}-dimension, where they had to beat up Satan himself in order to escape. [[spoiler: It turns out that Satan is actually a human who invented a device to enable travel between dimensions, but was horribly burned and scarred when an experiment went out of control. Shunned and rejected by the rest of humanity, he retreated to an empty universe shaped by his own will, and out of bitterness, he made it into a FireAndBrimstoneHell to torment anybody else who might wander in.]]²** In ''ComicBook/{{Necrophim}}'', Lucifer takes the form of a human with a forked tongue dressed in Edwardian English fashion. He mostly just wants to keep hold of his reign in Hell.²** ''ComicBook/TheGrievousJourneyOfIchabodAzrael'': Lucifer makes a brief appearance in the final arc when he visits the town of Atonement in the afterlife and frees [[ImplacableMan the Hunter]] to help him take it over.²** ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': Judge Anderson once faced off with an nigh-omnipotent space-travelling entity which identified itself as Satan. After revealing its omnicidal harvests across the galaxy and its intent to destroy all life on Earth, it offered Anderson to join him as his herald. Satan was in fact borderline insane and lonely, and self-destructed when Anderson planted the seeds of doubt in him.²* Appears in some stories by Creator/WilhelmBusch, to take the (not so) pious Helene's soul to hell for example.²* ComicBook/{{Spawn}} comics introduced Satan only briefly. He is the brother of {{God}} and was the original creator/ruler of Hell before being removed by his "Mother." God and Satan were two of a nearly infinite number of nigh-omnipotent beings created by the "true" God to help build worlds. They got Earth and, unwilling to share, fought over it, with God creating Heaven and Satan creating Hell, viewing humans as playthings in their wars. Out of disgust their Mother removed them from their thrones to try and give humanity a chance until Armageddon came. Both are evil, petty creatures. Ironically, Satan granted humans free will to spite God only for that to be what gives humanity the chance to free itself from both heaven and hell.²* In the 24-issue limited series ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'', Lucifer appears as a dapper blond man, handsome and wearing all white. He converses with God in a very cordial way and the two appear to have more of a "friendly rival" relationship. However, there are also undertones of Lucifer still wanting The Throne.²* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Lucifer is a major character who rules over a FireAndBrimstoneHell and ultimately desires to have his LegionsOfHell take over the Earth to turn it into his second kingdom. This first requires his ally [[spoiler:and half-demon son]] [[SorcerousOverlord Haazheel Thorn]] to destroy the Empire of Lynn and cause {{God}} to leave the world in disgust with his chosen few. The prequel album, ''A Cruel Game'', also reveals that the whole events of the series are the result of a CosmicChessGame that the Devil is playing with his chief lieutenant Pazuzu.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} has a toned-down version of Satan, called the Prince of Insufficient Light. He carries a giant pitchspoon. When he curses you, he says [[GoshDarnItToHeck "I darn you to heck!"]]²* ''ComicStrip/AngusOg'': The Devil shows up in many incarnations throughout the run of the strip, but usually defaults to the classic goat-legged, horns, goatee, and pitchfork motif. He regularly tangled with protagonist Angus either attempting to snare his soul or with one of Angus' schemes causing havoc with one of his own, such as when Angus accidentally created giant demonic midges (a type of swarming biting black fly) which then got dumped in hell right on top of the Devil himself. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* In ''FanFic/ManchesterLost'', he is a menacing figure who mostly considers the archangels to be idiots (Raphael: too nice, Michael: too boneheaded, Uriel: completely out of it most of the time) with the possible exception of Gabriel. There is a great deal of FoeYay between him and Michael and in [[Fanfic/ParadiseThwarted the sequel]] [[spoiler: he and Gabriel work out a custody agreement for Michael. This is somewhat unnerving since he had recently killed Michael in a 3 way battle with Michael against Satan and the new Anti Christ]].²* In ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Lord Maledict is the titular Devil. Ruler of the [[TheEmpire Demon Empire]], he's also the maker of the Chaos Emeralds, and helped create the entire universe. [[spoiler: And he also [[LukeIAmYourFather created Sonic the Hedgehog]]]]. Uniquely for the setting, Maledict is portrayed as far stronger than Jesus [[CurbStompBattle as he proves in Episode 75]] - while Jesus is simply a powerful (but technically mortal) Angel, Maledict is literally divine.²* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Morning Star, one of Celestia's siblings, is presented as a clear SatanicArchetype as is. However, it's eventually revealed the pantheon have counterparts in the human world of Equestria Girls, Morning Star included, and Christianity also exists, implying Morning Star may in fact ''be'' {{Satan}}, or at least his human world counterpart inspired him.²* The ''Fanfic/HalloweenUnspectacular'' anthology series has the Devil appear in the story "Come and See" from the eighth edition, manifesting as a [[LightIsNotGood woman with pale skin, wearing a white dress, and with an angelic aura]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': The large demon of the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence, Chernabog, was originally noted by Creator/WaltDisney himself, as well as Deems Taylor in the roadshow footage, as being Satan himself. Disney hired Creator/BelaLugosi to come and be filmed as a model for this scene. They photographed him in his cape to capture his movements, flourishes, facial expressions and signature hand gestures to bring their Satan to life.²* One of the most bizarre and terrifying depictions of Satan (though, if it is true to its original material, it is Satan's nephew, and not Satan himself) occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'', a claymation film ostensibly intended for children. The segment is based on Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger''. Satan is a shapeshifting RealityWarper wearing a white mask who lives in an empty void on a BabyPlanet, where he experiments with creating life before destroying it in disgust.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* Naturally, Satan appears in several [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] films about UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.²** ''Film/KingOfKings'' depicted Satan as a disembodied voice during the temptation of Jesus in the desert. The 1979 ''[[Film/{{Jesus1979}} Jesus]]'' film did so as well.²** In ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold'', Creator/DonaldPleasence portrayed Satan as a "Dark Hermit" who tempts Jesus in a mountain cave. Later, he helps stir up a crowd to proclaim Jesus king, forcing Jesus to escape; Judas passes by him on the street when he goes to betray Jesus; he makes Peter deny Jesus; finally he leads the crowd in calling for Jesus's death.²** In ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', Satan appears to Jesus in the desert as a talking snake, a talking lion, and a talking pillar of fire. Later when Jesus is crucified and the titular [[TheFinalTemptation Last Temptation]] happens, Satan appears as an angel in the form of a young girl and finally as the pillar of fire again.²** The 1999 television movie ''[[Series/{{Jesus1999}} Jesus]]'' had Satan played by Jeroen Krabbe in a modern suit and tie and a female model in red. The male Satan is more prominent, and he tries to dissuade Jesus by showing future events like the Crusades.²** Satan appears as an androgynous person (portrayed by a female actress) in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. Notable for three scenes: the initial temptation of Jesus in the beginning of the film, a truly disturbing scene during Jesus's torture where Satan is seen cradling a demonic baby, in a mockery of the Virgin Mary, and a shot of Satan screaming in Hell, enraged at Jesus' sacrifice for humanity's sins and spiritual triumph.²** In ''Last Days in the Desert'', set during Jesus's desert sojourn, Creator/EwanMcGregor [[ActingForTwo plays both]] Jesus and Satan. The latter is dressed nigh-identically but wears jewellery.²** In Film/TheYoungMessiah he's a blond, bearded man wearing a Black Cloak who torments Jesus at various points in the story, such as the beginning of the film when the bully is killed, and when Jesus is ill.²* In ''Film/TheNinthGate'', Creator/JohnnyDepp looks for a book cowritten by Satan, is stalked by a (female) Satan who helps him on his quest, and then later has sex with her to gain immortal power.²* ''Film/{{Two of a Kind|1983}}'' features a Sodom-and-Gomorrah plot, with God about to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the earth]] and bring all humanity into heaven unless a small band of angels can make two people fall in love with each other. The Devil hassles the angels throughout most of the film, until the nature of God's challenge is explained to him...²* ''Film/OhGodYouDevil'' retells the Myth/{{Faust}} story, except that God (Creator/GeorgeBurns) is the hero riding to the rescue of the mortal in distress.²* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' was a feature film that cast Creator/AlPacino as Satan, undercover as the head of the world's most powerful law firm.²* ''Film/EndOfDays'' has Satan trying to mate his [[ChosenOne chosen bride]], while possessing a Wall Street banker, played by Creator/GabrielByrne.²* "Pitch", a minor devil from the Mexican film ''SantaClaus'', became a recurring guest character on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.²* ''Film/SeraphimFalls'': The snake oil saleswoman played by Anjelica Huston appears out of nowhere in the desert to tempt both protagonists. As her wagon rolls away we see her full name written on the back: [[LouisCypher Louise C. Faire]].²* The "LouisCypher" joke was done in ''Film/AngelHeart'', in which Creator/RobertDeNiro played the role. In one scene, he remarks that in many cultures eggs are seen as a metaphor for the soul. He then promptly devours one.²* In ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou?'', the Devil appears as a white BountyHunter with a hound dog and sunglasses that are always [[ScaryShinyGlasses reflecting firelight]]. Before the start of the film, he gives Tommy Johnson the ability to play guitar "real good" in exchange for his soul. Throughout the movie, he hunts Ulysses and his group.²* ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'', the Devil is more in line with the Book of Job version, in which it's his/her job to test humanity with sin. Peter Cook plays the role as a DeadpanSnarker and [[TheTrickster a Trickster]], while Elizabeth Hurley plays a seductress in [[Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}} the remake]]. Both seem to enjoy their job a lot.²* Lucifer is played with a chilling, vicious malevolence by Creator/ViggoMortensen in ''Film/TheProphecy''. Here he is an uneasy ally to the protagonists, but he makes it clear that he's [[PragmaticVillainy helping them for entirely self-serving reasons]], not for their benefit. Mortenson actually manages to out-creep Creator/ChristopherWalken. ''While they share a scene.''²-->'''Lucifer:''' ''[hissing to the main characters while [[spoiler:chewing on Gabriel's heart]]]'' I love you, I love you, I love you more than Jesus!²* ''Film/SimonOfTheDesert'': An ascetic has spent 6 1/2 years standing on a pillar in the middle of the desert praying to God. Satan appears in the form of a beautiful woman, with the express purpose of tempting him off of his perch.²* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', Creator/PeterStormare plays the Devil as [[ManOfWealthAndTaste a dapper middle-aged gent in a pristine white suit]] for his bare feet and pant cuffs, which are covered in steaming tar. His behavior is more in line with your average child molester than a suave prince of darkness or a roaring demon. In a rather fine example of outbargaining the devil for a favor, [[spoiler:Constantine cuts his wrists and calls the Devil. After some idle chitchat, with the Devil helping John light up a cigarette, Constantine points the Devil to the fact his son and an angel are planning on releasing Satan's son onto earth. This irks the Devil as he feels Earth will be his in time and sends his son back to hell and, with God's blessing, turns the angel to human. The Devil returns to Constantine and offers him some more time as thanks. Instead of that, Constantine asks him to release the soul of the heroine's sister, who was damned for her suicide. The Devil does so easily. As the Devil is about to take him away, Constantine starts getting pulled up into heaven, and the Devil realizes that his "suicide" was really a self-sacrifice as he took no personal gain from the reward given. However, thinking quickly, he decides to use his powers to heal both Constantine's wrists and his cancer, using the logic that he's giving Constantine more time to damn himself again. Whether this works or not is left to the viewer.]]²** The most important part was forgotten: He got flipped off. That made up for the movie as a whole.²* In Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'' Satan is revealed to be only TheDragon to someone much, much worse...[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the ''Anti-God.'']]²* In ''The Devil and Max Devlin'', the devil is played by Bill Cosby.²* In ''Film/TheWitchesOfEastwick'', the character Darryl Van Horne is implied several times to be the devil. He is definitely the suave sophisticated kind, though--at least until the end.²* John Ritter's [[OneSceneWonder blink-and-you'll-miss-it]] [[ mild-mannered Satan cameo]] is one of the best things in the biblical parody ''Film/WhollyMoses''. How did he become the Devil?²-->'''Devil:''' It was very simple. God comes over to me and said, "Here, try this on." ''(indicates red devil outfit with horns)''²* Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' features Music/TomWaits as the sinister [[LouisCypher Mr Nick]]. He gives an interesting AlternateCharacterInterpretation of the Devil as an AffablyEvil compulsive gambler who is always willing to give another chance for the good Doctor to win their Faustian deal as a sort of double or nothing-clause, since he really loves the game more than winning.²* ''Hell's Highway'' features a female Satan who [[HostileHitchhiker poses as a hitchhiker and kills those who give her a ride]], such as a memorable scene where she [[ cuts the infamous Ron Jeremy's penis off]], which causes him to crash into a gas station after he takes several seconds to even notice it occurred.²* ''Film/TheDevilsCarnival'' has Lucifer running a carnival for the damned.²* In ''[[Film/{{Crossroads 1986}} Crossroads]]'', Willie sold his soul to Scratch years ago for his skill on the harmonica, prompting classical-cum-blues guitarist Eugene to go double-or-nothing to get it back.²* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'': The eponymous pick turns out to belong to the Devil; Tenacious D challenge him to a rock battle to save their hides.²* At the end of ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'', [[spoiler: Mr. Simms reveals this as his true identity, in all his LargeHam glory: "[[WelcomeToHell THIS...AIN'T NO FUNERAL HOME!!]]"]]²* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': In the post-apocalyptic portion of the movie, "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After," the devil, played by Creator/HugoWeaving, is portrayed as a character called "Ol' Georgie" and is depicted with green pockmarked skin and wearing a stovepipe hat. Ol' Georgie appears several times throughout the story to taunt and tempt the story's protagonist Zachry (played by Creator/TomHanks).²* The eponymous villain of ''Film/{{Warlock}}'' considers Satan his father, and conjures him in a human vessel to receive further orders.²* He appears in towering form over the apocalyptic Los Angeles landscape at the climax of ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.²* In ''Film/TheBloodOfJesus'' he shows up, in the standard Halloween costume with horns, and attempts to lure Martha into a life of sin.²* Lucifer's mentioned in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', but he isn't responsible for sending Bartleby and Loki on their quest- after all, if they succeeded, he'd also be wiped out of existence; hence, Metatron dismisses Rufus' idea that this was his plot. It turns out another fallen angel, Azrael, is behind it all.²* ''Film/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'': The monster in this space horror turns out to be, in fact, the Devil himself. He somehow uses TheBermudaTriangle as a portal to get onto unsuspecting vessels to kill their crew by possessing and turning them against each other before dumping the derelicts on the other side of the moon.²* In ''Film/TheWitch'', Thomasin at one point accuses Satan of speaking through the goat Black Phillip. [[spoiler:She's absolutely right. And later on, he speaks to her as well.]]²* In ''Film/TheAnnunciation'', Satan appears in the form of Lucifer, played by a 12-year-old girl. He leads Adam and Eve to sin, causing them to get banished from the Garden of Evil, then takes Adam on a tour of the future.²* ''Film/AngelOnMyShoulder'': He's "Nick", played by Creator/ClaudeRains, and he recruits a recently murdered gangster to go back to the land of the living and impersonate a do-gooder crusading judge, in order to destroy the judge's good works.²* The title character in ''Film/MisterFrost'', played by Creator/JeffGoldblum, appears to simply be a wealthy, charismatic serial killer who tortured and murdered 24 people before he was found out -- or, rather, let himself be found out. After two years of silence, being shuttled from one mental health facility to another, he reveals to his latest psychiatrist that he is actually Satan. She initially brushes this off as a common claim she hears in her line of work; besides, she doesn't believe in God or Satan. But during one of his first meetings with her he takes off her ring and ''melts it in his hand'', and not long afterward exerts psychic control over one of her other patients -- the most innocent person in the asylum -- and turns them into a serial killer as well, specifically targeting men of the cloth to boot. Mister Frost explains to her that humanity chalking evil up to mental illness/deviance rather than believing in him [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly has cost him the power he once held over them]], and his master plan to reassert himself is to not only convince her that he is Satan, but to drive her to cross a GodzillaThreshold and [[spoiler: kill his human form, which would ruin her life]] and stop him from sowing further chaos. He explains his relationship to God (and theirs to humanity) as a simple CosmicChessGame: "It used to be simple, good on one hand and evil on the other. There was a struggle. We had a game, and yes, we made it up."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The TropeMaker and TropeNamer is Literature/TheBible:²** The ''Literature/BookOfGenesis'' introduces the first character that is considered to be the Devil, the Serpent. Identified as the most cunning of the animals, the Serpent speaks to the first Woman and convinces her to ignore God's warning of death and take the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil by claiming the fruit will make her and her husband equal to God, even though all it does is doom them to do evil and die. Because of his evil, God curses the Serpent by pitting humanity against him, telling of how the offspring of the woman will crush the Serpent's head.²** The ''Literature/BookOfJob'' introduces its exploration of the problem of evil, the idea that an infinitely good God could not exist if there is evil, by painting a scene where the satan, or "the accuser" in English, goes to God's court and wagers that God's most righteous follower, Job, can be turned away from him if he was faced with evil and suffering. With God's allowance, the satan strips Job of his property, his wealth, and his family, and goes unmentioned as Job questions why God would allow such a thing.²** As UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} fasted in the desert for forty days, Literature/TheFourGospels attest that the Devil tempted him by [[AsTheGoodBookSays quoting Scripture]] to try and get him to break his fast, test God by jumping from the top of a temple, and bow to Satan in exchange for rule over the kingdoms of the world. Christ has a Scriptural response to deny Satan at every turn and leaves the desert completely unfazed by everything the Prince of Lies threw at him.²** The ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' gives us the image of a great red dragon with seven heads, one who leads one third of the angels in Heaven against God and his ArchangelMichael, only to be thrown out of the Heavens, as the narration reveals that the Dragon would come to be known as the Serpent of Genesis, the Devil, and Satan. However, this time Satan goes to the [[AndIMustScream lake of fire]] for his ''immense'' evil.²* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' features perhaps the most famous fictional depiction of Satan in Western literature. John Milton's deep characterization has lead to hundreds of years of critical analysis.²* There are at least two ''major'' literary versions of the Myth/{{Faust}} legend: Marlowe's ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'' and Goethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}''. There are also several major operas based on one or the other of these, all with varying views as to whether Faust can be saved. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has [[ a list]]. Incidentally, Mephistopheles was originally just a demon serving under Lucifer/Satan; he became Satan in Goethe's version.²* In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' Satan is presented more or less as the Biblical version-though he's a point in his immortal life where he's become jaded, bored and slightly snarky. He makes a wager with the titular character just to be entertained and doesn't much care to win or lose-but he does still have a bit of a temper. ²** In ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'', the third book in the series, it is implied though not totally confirmed that Satan may be an aspect of [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep.]]²* The classic story ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' has been dramatized for television and film countless times. Satan is often AffablyEvil in these depictions, and takes the (actually rather hard to argue with) position that he's not doing anything evil by trying to claim the New Hampshire farmer's soul, since he held up his end of the deal and all he's asking is that the other man do the same.²* Subverted in the Arthur C. Clarke novel ''Childhood's End'', where the devil-like aliens [[spoiler:really are the Good Guys, there to help the human race to [[EvolutionaryLevels reach the next stage of evolution]]]], the twist is that the process is so traumatic that it resonates back through time, causing them to [[spoiler:become a diabolical archetype in the human collective unconscious]].²* Subverted in Creator/HarlanEllison's ''The Deathbird''.²* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:²** Subverted in his novel ''Literature/JobAComedyOfJustice'', where Satan is one of the nicer characters.²** In ''Literature/MagicInc'', the heroes reach Hell and its king, whom custom demands that he let them review TheLegionsOfHell to find their enemy.²* Played with in the Russian classic ''The Master and Margarita.'' [[{{Satan}} Woland]] causes mass mayhem in 1930's Moscow including but not limited to driving hack writers insane, beheading someone ([[OnlyAFleshWound he got better]]) and sending thousands of Muscovites into the streets naked. Yet despite his deviousness, the novel shows a Soviet Russia so screwed up that Woland and his entourage come across as {{Magnificent Bastard}}s at worst. By the end of the novel, Woland's even in league with UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} to grant a young couple peace (essentially send them to Dante's first level of heaven). Woland isn't seen perpetrating evil at all. He and his ilk are shown handing punishments right and left ''to those who deserve them'', which just happen to be everyone. While Woland doesn't agree with Yeshua on some key philosophical points, he's actually shown as ''[[SatanIsGood a force of good]]'' ([[GoodIsNotNice with a twisted sense of humor]]).²* The Dark One (whose real name is Shai'tan) in Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, who is seen as somewhat less powerful than The Creator, but also vastly, infinitely more powerful than any being in the material world. This series also gets bonuses in that many of The Dark One's top ranked minions have names based synonyms for Devil (Asmodean, Bel'al, Ba'alzamon, et al), and several pseudonyms for The Dark One are obviously based on real world names meaning the same thing.²* ''[[Literature/TheDevilsStorybook The Devil's Storybook]]'' (and sequel) has ten short stories about the Devil trying to do things. He wins roughly half the time; a few stories push him to the background to dwell on the affairs of Hell or such. Examples:²** The Devil encounters a perfect girl, one who never pouts or has a temper or does anything wrong at all. He throws everything he's got at her, trying to make her imperfect, but it never works. Until finally he hits on a plan that has her losing her temper a dozen times a day: [[spoiler:He gives her a perfect husband and a perfect home, then sends her an average child.]]²** A demon brings a rose to Hell, and plants it; when it blossoms, its aroma fills Hell, disgusting the Devil, who investigates. He finds the rose and orders it destroyed, but the demon at least gets some comfort when he finds a piece of broken crockery with a picture of a rose (no scent!).²** A man dies and gets cremated, but his housekeeper ends up spilling his ashes and sweeping them up together with the ashes of a roast pig. The pig ends up in Hell, following the man around and nuzzling him. Once the man determines the problem, he gets the Devil to bring him the ashes, and painstakingly separates the ashes flake by flake. Over time, the pig grows distant. When the man has almost completed his task, the housekeeper dies and ends up in Hell...²* An incarnation of the devil appears to Ivan in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' (in the form of an [[TheDevilIsALoser impoverished country gentleman]]) and carries on a long conversation with him about the cruelties of the world. Because the narrator warns us that Ivan is suffering from BrainFever, we're left uncertain as to whether the conversation is real or a demented hallucination. Ivan tries to prove that he's a hallucination several times, only to have the devil trump him by proving that [[MindScrew he could very well be real]].²* In the ''Betsy The Vampire Queen'' books, Betsy's half-sister is Satan's daughter. In this case, Satan is her mother. "She's" only made one non-flashback appearance, in which she scolds her daughter for "rebelling" (In this case, consciously being the biggest {{Pollyanna}} possible).²* In the ''Inferno'' section of the ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Satan is a gigantic, monstrous idiot at the lowest point of hell, which is also the center of the earth. He's trapped waist-deep in ice, which is kept forever frozen by the wind of his flapping wings as he tries to escape. This factors into the common Christian theme of sinners placing ''themselves'' in hell, rather than God or Satan sending them there. Arch-sinners Cassius, Brutus and Judas are forever getting chewed up in Satan's mouth.²* Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Literature/{{Inferno}} and ''Escape From Hell'' books, based on Dante's work have a somewhat more articulate Satan who talks to the protagonists [[spoiler:when they are climbing down him to escape]] suggesting sardonically that God "could take lessons in morality from Vlad the Impaler" and that "He could have made a better universe by throwing dice".²* In ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', a priest named Parry becomes Satan after his corruption by the forces of Hell goes a bit too well. However, he's something of a PunchClockVillain, choosing to ''manage'' Evil rather than ''embody'' it. This is just fine with the other Incarnations, and we eventually find out why.²* Hungarian playwright Imre Madách's ''Theatre/TheTragedyOfMan'' features Lucifer as a guide of Adam in his dream through ages from AncientEgypt to TheFuture. He appears as a benevolent character, but his ultimate goal was to corrupt humanity and drive Adam to suicide because of a wager with God (a very unique case of DealWithTheDevil indeed). He fails.²* Satan is (naturally enough) the central character of Jeremy Leven's novel ''Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, JSPS* (*Just Some Poor Schmuck)'', in which he undergoes seven sessions of therapy that leave him increasingly better off, but which don't quite work out so well for the poor Dr. K.²* In a similar vein, in Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's short story ''Schizoid Creator'', a psychiatrist tries to cure Satan, under the belief that Satan and God are just two sides of a split personality. This theory turns out to be [[spoiler:true]].²* In ''Literature/OperationChaos'', by Creator/PoulAnderson, the hero is not certain whether he's actually met Satan or merely one of his higher-ups (or lower-downs as the case may be). He's certainly met an extremely powerful devil.²* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has Satan, but he never actually appears, leaving the work to various underlings, including Beelzebub.²* Lucifer stars as a major character in Lilith Saintcrow's ''Literature/DanteValentine'' series. He is an androgyne, meaning a demon who can reproduce.²* Creator/CSLewis:²** In ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', Satan appears as the main villain, possessing the body of the previous book's villain. Lewis goes out of his way to deconstruct the popular image of the Devil as a MagnificentBastard--while he ''is'' truly brilliant and can be incredibly charming when he wants to, he seems to derive his deepest pleasures from acting like an annoying five-year-old or torturing small animals to the brink of death without actually showing the mercy of killing them. In short, he's ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''s Joker, [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor only without the entertaining sense of humor]].²** In ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', Satan is called "[[GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood Our Father Below]]" by Screwtape, a mirror of "Our Father, in Heaven".²* Creator/MarkTwain's book ''Literature/LettersFromTheEarth'' is told from Satan's point of view. Despite being loyal to God, he gets banished to Earth for a day in angel time for speaking unwisely. However, because of ''TimeDissonance'' this means he is stuck there for what seems to us a long time during which he sends back letters on humanity, their nature, and Christianity. In the book [[SatanIsGood he comes off as not at all evil]] though possessing a refined sense of irony and a slight bafflement at humanity.²* ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfSatan'' (1895), by Creator/MarieCorelli, centers on the premise that Satan actually wants people to resist his temptations, because every human being who rejects him moves him that much closer to being allowed back into Heaven.²* ''Literature/ILucifer'' by Glen Duncan has Lucifer being granted a second chance for redemption by living life as a mortal. The book is told from his perspective with all the dark humour, sex and charm you'd expect from the devil himself. Deals with his side of the story.²* ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'': Creator/AnneRice toys with the concept of Satan several times:²** In "The Tale of the Body Thief", one character imagines Satan not as a single entity but instead as a specific duty assigned to various entities throughout history, the job presumably entailing tempting and testing humankind ala Job. ²** In "Memnoch the Devil", vampire anti-hero Lestat actually meets the title character (apparently "Memnoch" is his original name and he dislikes being called "Satan" or anything else) and learns that while he is indeed a rebellious angel thrown from heaven, he's not at all evil (although he's [[GreyAndGreyMorality not really exactly good either]]) and is involved in some sort of cosmic wager with God on whether or not wicked souls can be rehabilitated.²* In ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', the throne of Hell is currently held by Lucifer Morningstar, but Beliel is waging an EnemyCivilWar to take it from him.²* Satan makes an appearance at the end of ''Literature/TheMonk'' to claim Ambrosio's soul personally.²* In ''Literature/TheDescent'', after a vast underground realm populated by demon-like hominids has been discovered, a group of scholars infer by ''a priori'' reasoning (ie. guessing) that if this has been the inspiration for hell and demons, the figure of Satan in mythology must also be based on a real person who has been reincarnating over the ages. [[spoiler: They're right, and he's one among their own number.]]²* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' he doesn't physically appear but does exist. He seeks to unleash the Apocalypse onto the world but cannot physically get involved with the mortal plane without drawing Heaven's attention, which will act to counter his influence with equal force. So he cursed the ThirtyPiecesOfSilver paid to Judas to allow thirty of his followers a chance into the mortal world. These Fallen can inhabit a mortal and give them access to dark but awesome magic and power (See DemonicPossession for more about them). He gave his men [[spoiler:access to Super-hellfire in order to bind a PhysicalGod]]. And [[spoiler:he is on the short list of Fallen who ''lied'' to Harry Dresden, who spoke a dark untruth for the purpose of destroying Harry and succeeded in making Harry kill himself]].²* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Lucyfar claims to be the Archangel Lucifer, Princess of Lies. Initially, this seems like an obvious lie, especially since her only power appears to be summoning floating black knives--which is cool and all, but not exactly on Lucifer's level. [[LetsGetDangerous When she gets annoyed]], however, she conjures an elegant black dress, skeletal wings, and a crown of black fire, all while completely [[NoSell no-selling]] some pretty hard-core magic. Lends a bit of weight to her claim.²* In ''Literature/RoTeO'', Lucifer isn't actually Satan...that's Terrafer's job. The usual tropes of Satan are split pretty evenly between the two though. As for powers, fellow devil Kira gets [[LightEmUp light]], Lucifer gets the firepower ([[CoolGuns in more ways]] [[PlayingWithFire than one]]) and [[DishingOutDirt Terrafer's is a given]].²* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' similarily splits the position between two fallen. Lucifer has the name, the psychic and magical might and the rulership over Hell, while Sammael (another name of Satan) is in charge of department of punishments and is extremely hostile towards Dora while Luc is a CoolOldGuy to his grandson's girlfriend.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* In ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'', Sheriff Lucas Buck apparently is or is possessed by the Devil.²* ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'': In the GrandFinale, one of the characters is tentatively revealed as the devil: [[spoiler:DCI Keats]]. Creators involved have been [[FlipFlopOfGod inconsistent]], and [[spoiler:Keats is never explicitly identified as Satan except by Matthew Graham in one interview. Also, if you [[AllThereInTheManual read his letters on the BBC website]], they're addressed to his superior, "''Nick'' Callaghan".]] So, definitely demonic, maybe or maybe not {{Satan}}.²* Satan appears in the short-lived series ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' as AntiHero protagonist Ezekiel Stone's TricksterMentor.²* The First Evil in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is notably ''not'' Satan. The First's right hand man Caleb refers to Satan as a "little man". Satan, or, at least, someone resembling him, later appears on ''Series/{{Angel}}''--"Izzerial the Devil", a tennis partner of Angel and a member of the season's BigBad group "The Circle of the Black Thorn", although he is killed by a EldritchAbomination in human form.²** The comics following ''After the Fall'' feature another devil who is constantly being mistaken for a demon. He's also blue, but has a human form.²** The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco" mentions an incident where "the devil built a robot."[[note]]El Diablo Robótico, which is also the name of a band.[[/note]]²** However , while many satanic looking figures appear, the notion of ''The'' Devil seems to be averted in the Buffyverse, notable in that there is no one, singular Hell, rather a series of dimensions, each with it's own Satanic archetype, such as the Hellgod Glorificus, it seems to be a universe of AngelsDevilsAndSquid with no single God or Devil, with leanings towards more DemonLordsAndArchdevils and any BigGood is usually portrayed as more grey than white.²* On ''Series/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'', Satan is worshipped as the true god by the witches of the Church of Night, who try to present him as a champion of free will who is the victim of Christian propaganda. However, he clearly expects full obedience from his worshippers or else they suffer. He also able to manifest on Earth at will, either through possessing people or taking on a physical form similar to {{Baphomet}}. [[spoiler: Until the end of Season 1, when Sabrina is tricked into fulfilling a prophecy that allows Satan to fully emerge on Earth in his original angelic form (minus the wings God tore off during the Fall). Satan also reveals at this point that [[LukeIAmYourFather he's Sabrina's real father]] and intends for her to rule Earth by his side. Instead he ends up [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan sealed inside Nick Scratch]] and taken by to Hell by [[TheStarscream Lilith]].]]²* ''Series/TheCollector'': The Devil is a central character; He is [[TheOmniscient omniscient]], his relationship with God(who is not heard from) is adversarial but otherwise unclear, and he [[OmniscientMoralityLicense claims]] that he only seeks to do [[SatanIsGood good]]. Each episode has him [[TheNthDoctor played by a new actor, actress]], or in one memorable case [[DemonicDummy puppet]], and his main activity as seen through the series is making standardized [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] with mortals.²* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has several monsters identified as the basis for Satan:²** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Dæmons]] (of the planet Dæmos) are identified in the eponymous serial as a race of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien advanced aliens]] who formed the basis of human demonic mythology. The whole thing is a slightly shameless [[RecycledPremise rip-off]] of the earlier serial and movie ''Series/QuatermassAndThePit'' (''Five Million Years to Earth'' in the US).²** [[OmnicidalManiac Sutekh]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars]]" is explicitly noted by the Fourth Doctor to be the real Satan.²** Creator/TomBaker also conceptualised another Whoniverse Satan, Scratchman (Played by Creator/VincentPrice), for his Doctor to battle in a film, but [[DevelopmentHell nothing came of it]]. [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell However]] Baker later turned the screenplay into a book, ''Literature/DoctorWhoMeetsScratchman''.²** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet The Impossible Planet]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit The Satan Pit]]" would reveal the "real" Satan, [[BigRedDevil the Beast]], a big scary monster bound since before the dawn of time by an ancient race and the origin of every mythology's Devil. Of course, the Doctor's skeptical, since he's met so many "real" versions of mythological beings. The Dæmons are mentioned in passing as a ContinuityNod.²** The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' first season finale goes on to feature Abaddon, the son of the aforementioned Beast.²* On ''Series/{{Dominion}}'', Lucifer's existence is confirmed in the first season finale, when Michael and Gabriel discuss how "The Son of Morning" was born alone, unlike the other Archangels, who were born in pairs. [[spoiler: Near the end of the second season, his presence in the setting is confirmed, as Michael realizes that he's the mysterious force keeping the angels out of Mallory. Why he's doing this is unknown, but Michael doubts his apparent benevolence.]]²* In the miniseries ''Fallen'', Lucifer, the last fallen angel still on Earth, asks our hero to redeem him and send him back to Heaven. Notably, he was played by Bryan Cranston, best known as the goofy dad from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''... [[Series/BreakingBad at the time, anyways]].²* Occasionally appears on ''Series/GoodEats'', most memorably in the Devil's Food Cake episode in the form of LouisCypher.²* In ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'', Satan appears to Joan as sinister versions of previous God incarnations. [[AllJustADream Or it could've been hallucinations based on Joan's bout with Lyme Disease.]] It could be that this was simply God testing her, like Job. The second (and final) season finale, however, introduces Ryan Hunter, a person who it's implied previously talked to God and may now be talking to the Devil (or is the Devil). We'll never know though.²* The BonusRound of the 70s-80s game show ''Series/TheJokersWild'' had a devil (allegedly modeled after series creator and host Creator/JackBarry) that popped up -- here he functioned as a {{Whammy}} during the round -- if he showed up, you lost all the cash you had accumulated in the round. (This was Barry & Enright's first LuckBasedMission style bonus round- their other shows had different "villains"-- [[Series/TicTacDough a dragon]], [[Series/BullseyeUS a bolt of lightning]], [[Series/BumperStumpers a stop sign]]...)²* Lucifer on, well, ''Series/Lucifer2016'' presents himself as the victim of Bad Press. Since it's loosely based on Gaiman's comic series, he's actually somewhere between an AntiHero and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who happens to have a [[PunchClockVillain really nasty job]]. Also, he's considerably nicer than most of the people ''opposing'' him.²* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Al Bundy sold his soul to Lou(cifer) for NFL glory. When it came time to collect, Al found he liked Hell, so Lou brought down the rest of the Bundys, and the Darcys.²* On the season 5 premiere of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', Finn gets turned into Satan through someone's power and turns several of the other Misfits into agents of Satan as well.²* In an episode of ''Series/NorthernExposure'', Satan comes to Cicely as a short, wimpy little man played by Charles Martin Smith (Toad from ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''). With the world already in shambles due to war and ethnic cleansing, Satan now amuses himself by tempting good people into making very small concessions of morality. He offers Shelley a more glamorous life if she will only burn her husband's favorite sweater, but she refuses.²* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' has [[HauntedHeroine Vanessa Ives]] plagued by a "demon" that eventually identifies itself as Satan, and always appears in the form of a human she knows, usually doing an excellent job of pretending to be that human and having a decent conversation with her until it decides it's time to bring out the BlackEyesOfEvil. ²** Season 2 gives us a major reveal about this version; [[spoiler: when Lucifer rebelled, God split him in half, and sent one half to Earth to feed on blood (the as-yet-unnamed Dracula), and the other down to Hell to feed on the souls of the damned (Satan), and Satan needs Vanessa, the "mother of evil", to submit to him to bring about the apocalypse]]. ²** Season 3 then gives us the even more shocking reveal that [[spoiler: Satan is the ''weaker'' of the two brothers; [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly as a spiritual being that requires people to believe in him to maintain his strength, he is at a disadvantage in the age of science and enlightenment]], while the terrestrial Dracula only needs blood and so has grown stronger and more dangerous over the centuries]].²* Satan is the main character's unseen father in ''Series/PointPleasant''.²* In the memorable "Halloween" episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', the Devil impersonated Al in an attempt to trap and punish Sam for the [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong "fixes" and improvements]] he'd made in the timeline (unless it was AllJustADream). Later, it is implied that Satan is (perhaps indirectly) in charge of the organization responsible for the "Evil Leapers" Sam encounters.²* Ray Wise is the charming, smooth-talking Devil on ''Series/{{Reaper}}''. He's also quite funny.²* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': A recurring bit on "Weekend Update" has the Devil (played by Jason Sudeikis) invited on to comment on something heinous in the news, [[EvenEvilHasStandards only for him to be appalled when he hears the act described]] and [[SatanIsGood disavow having any part in it]].²* ''Series/SevenDays'' had the Devil show up disguised as a chrononaut from further in the future, tricking the team into assassinating a diplomat and provoking an international crisis that would result in nuclear war. His identity is revealed when Parker stops him, provoking a rant at how Parker and the team keep screwing up the plans he makes for human misery.²* Satan appears in the final episode of ''Series/SleepyHollow'', as an old man in a [[ManInWhite white suit]], with a [[BeardOfEvil beard]], and a [[RedRightHand mass of scars on the left side of his face]] that glow along with his [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] when he's being menacing.²* ''Series/StargateSG1'' eventually met Sokar, allegedly the first Goa'uld to take a humanoid host, master of a hell-like prison planet, who is proposed to be the indirect inspiration for the Christian notion of Satan. Interestingly, actual Egyptian mythology ''does'' have a number of gods similar to Satan--the evil Set is one, as is the monstrous Apep, known better to Stargate fans as Apophis, the BigBad of the first five seasons. Notably, after Sokar's death his domain is taken over by Apophis.²** Sokar also owned a moon, Netu, that he terraformed into a FireAndBrimstoneHell to imprison his enemies on.²* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', he's the BigBad; ultimately responsible [[spoiler:along with Azazel and Lilith]] for the events up to Season 5. Surprise.²** Lucifer refused to bow down to humans on God's command, believing himself to be superior to the "murderous hairless apes". According to [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]], Lucifer was the family favorite and became envious when God "brought home the new baby [humans]". To prove the unworthiness of the human race, he tortured and twisted a human's soul, creating Lilith, the first demon. For this, he was cast into Hell and imprisoned in a Cage until an epic XanatosGambit was conducted to free him. His endgame in Season 5 is to eradicate humans and demons from the world and return it to the original masterpiece it used to be. He is also [[AffablyEvil affable]] and acts in a very [[SoftSpokenSadist calm, collected, and calculating manner]]. While he genuinely wants you believe that SatanIsGood, he is every bit the monster you'd expect.²** Curiously, only Famine and Pestilence refer to him as "Satan". He is usually called either "Lucifer" or "the Devil".²*** In season 7, [[spoiler:Sam's hallucination of Lucifer]] calls him "stupid Satan".²*** [[TheGrimReaper Death]] calls him [[spoiler:a spoiled brat throwing a tantrum]] and Gabriel remarks that, because [[spoiler:[[{{God}} Daddy]] [[HaveYouSeenMyGod isn't paying attention to him anymore]], he's retaliating by breaking Daddy's favorite toy. Humans]].²* In ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', Creator/MandyPatinkin plays a surprisingly subtle, low-key devil, trying to make friends with an angel questioning her faith. [[ And he sings.]]²* He's appeared several times in ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''.²** Satan has never been sexier than when ''she'' was played by Julie Newmar in the episode "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville".²** In "Escape Clause", a hypochondriac makes a DealWithTheDevil to avoid death.²** In "The Howling Man", a man must decide whether to release the title character. Once he does, he finds out who the captive really is...²** "Printer's Devil". Our favorite demon tries to get a newspaper owner to sell his soul by giving him a linotype machine that can make things come true by printing them. Here he's played with utter relish by Burgess Meredith.²** The 80's revival has the episode "Dealer's Choice", wherein the Devil crashes a poker game to collect on the soul of one of the players. However, he's a pretty [[AffablyEvil affable guy]], not even revealing himself for a while because he's having such a fun time playing, and when he's discovered, he gives his target a chance to win his freedom in a game. [[spoiler: And when he's exposed as cheating, he basically says "My bad", forfeits, and leaves peacefully, but not before restocking the players on food and beer.]]²* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena had killed the previous ruler of hell and is supposed to be the successor. Lucifer comes down from heaven and attempts to force her to accept her new role. However, Xena manipulates him into committing the seven deadly sins, causing him to mutate into a devil-figure, and then kicks him into hell.²* ''Series/TheXFiles'':²** In the episode "Signs and Wonders", [[spoiler: Reverend [=MacKay=], the killer, is implied to be Satan]].²** The episode "Die Hand Der Verletz" [The Hand That Wounds], features a woman (Phyllis Paddock) who comes to town and begins killing the Devil worshipers there. It's implied that she's the devil, and is killing them for not taking the rituals seriously. As Mulder puts it "[[EvilIsNotAToy Did you think you could just summon the Devil and then ask him to behave?]]"²** Perhaps the best candidate (though there's no reason they can't all be him) is Aaron Starkey in "All Souls". He's after the souls of Nepholim (children of Seraphim and human women) which a Priest claims the Devil actually would be after, is capable of setting people on fire with a glance, his [[TheShadowKnows shadow has horns]], he can't enter churches, and speaks with VoiceOfTheLegion when angered. It's heavily implied an actual Seraph finally defeats him. ²* ''Series/AYearAtTheTop'' featured a pair of musicians who made a deal with Satan's son for a single year of rock'n'roll success. They appear to have gotten it, but the series didn't...²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Music/{{Voltaire}} has a few that include Lou in one way or another:²** There's "Almost Human" which makes the devil into TheWoobie.²** "Blue Eyed Matador", where a soul in the afterlife mistakes the bull he's fighting for the devil and the girl in the stands for an angel (guess how that works out).²** "Goodnight Demon Slayer", in which a father is telling his son not to worry about monsters (the devil among them) because he's tougher than any of them.²** "Death Death", where he [[GroinAttack jabs the narrator in the schlong with a pitchfork.]]²* Heather Dale's adaptation of ''The Black Fox''. A group of hunters go out and chase a suspicious black fox, which turns into the devil and chases them home.²* The third act of Music/{{Fireaxe}}'s 4-hour RockOpera ''Music/FoodForTheGods'' centers around the devil leading [[TheLegionsOfHell an army of demons and damned souls]] in an attempt to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens invade heaven]]. He sings a number of the tracks, most notably "Welcome to my Realm", in which the screams of the damned are used as part of the background music.²* It is not made very clear whether the titular pick of destiny from ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' is the chipped-off tooth of a demon or {{Satan}} himself. He claims in his song near the end of the film to be ''the'' devil, but different sources in the film say he was just a demon.²* In one of his songs, singing comedian Stephen Lynch portrays Satan as completely and [[CampGay flamboyantly gay]], complete with stereotypical high-pitched, lisping voice, and makes remarks that imply that he himself is Satan's son, who wastes all his time singing songs about "special kids named Fred" instead of spreading evil.²* Music/FrankZappa's "Titties & Beer" from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' and ''Music/{{Lather}}'' features the devil as a little guy with a red suit and [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]], quite capable of swallowing a 'big titty girly' whole (and then regurgitating her unharmed afterwards).²* "Music/TheDevilWentDownToGeorgia" from the Charlie Daniels Band shows the typical DealWithTheDevil as a contest: ''I bet a fiddle of gold/Against your soul/'Cause I think I'm better than you!''²* "Sympathy for the Devil" from ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' by Music/TheRollingStones works the WickedCultured line: "Please allow me to introduce myself/I'm a ManOfWealthAndTaste".²* Gets a few cameos in Music/DonMcLean's "American Pie" from ''Music/AmericanPie''. 'I heard Satan laughing with delight/ The day the music died.'²** The song also implies that Mick Jagger is Satan, or at least the generation of rock he embodies is Satanic.²--->''Jack be nimble, jack be quick,\²Jack Flash sat on a candle stick,\²Because fire is the devil's only friend.''²* The "Damien" songs by DMX. Each song is a one-man duet between X and the titular character (X raises his pitch for Damien's parts), where Old Scratch is represented as a friend constantly trying to coax X to the darkside. Music/MarilynManson sings the hook in one of the songs.²* Symphony X created an album based off of John Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' and was released in 2007. The vocalist spends a good amount of time as Satan.²* Music/RunningWild's song "Satan" is more anti-heroic portrayal of him.²* Music/Manowar has a song where Satan is on the other side of the "Bridge of Death".²* Music/{{Esham}}. AKA, "The Black Devil".²** Music/{{Natas}}: [[FunWithAcronyms Nation Ahead of Time And Space]], or "Satan" backwards?²* The Music/InsaneClownPosse album ''Hell's Pit'' refers to Satan as "the Witch". Interestingly, at no point is he depicted as having any supernatural power other than lies and deception.²** Music/{{Esham}} used "the Witch" to refer to Satan earlier, on his 1992 song "Acid".²* According to Music/{{Morrissey}}, Satan has rejected his soul. As low as he goes, he never quite went that low!²* [[ Pick a]] Music/{{Slayer}} song.²* Sum 41's song "Pain For Pleasure" is about the Devil. its displays him in a somewhat negative light²* Music/TransSiberianOrchestra's album ''Music/BeethovensLastNight'' [[RockMeAsmodeus features Mephistopheles as one of the main characters.]]²* Don Henley's In the Garden of Allah has the devil. "It's just like home--so damn hot I can't stand it..."²* Black/Death Metal band Music/{{Behemoth}} usually actually references various mythological demons, usually from Sumerian, Egyptian, or Roman mythology:²** "Christgrinding Avenue" features the line "I'm on my way. Destination, Hell. By the power of will, I shall complete the Devil's work."²** Their most recent album has a song that is simply titled "[[ Lucifer]]," the lyrics of which are an old Polish poem sung from his perspective.²* Music/CelticFrost, particularly the song "Synagoga Satanae," which, as you may have guessed, is Latin for "The Church of Satan."²* A Music/{{OFWGKTA}} song includes the lyrics, "Somebody tell Satan that I want my fucking swagger back."²* The Italian heavy metal band Power Symphony has an album titled ''Lightbringer'', featuring the song "Lucifer," in which Satan recalls his beautiful brilliance as Lucifer as well as his fall into darkness.²* The song [[ Son of the Morning]] by Oh, Sleeper is written from Satan's point-of-view. In it, he challenges and mocks God ''to His face''. The album's [[ final song]] implies that God [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown completely destroys him]] in response (Oh, Sleeper IS a Christian band after all).²* Kamelot's albums Epica and The Black Halo feature demonic temptation(by "Mephisto"), with [[ Descent of the Archangel]] being the most prominent example.²* Music/{{U2}} has a character named Mr. [=MacPhisto=], who is essentially a sad old Satan that tries to set himself up as a rockstar despite clearly being past his prime.²* Music/ElvisPresley's ''(You're the) Devil in Disguise'' and Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s ''Devil's Got A New Disguise'' are both about girls who the singers claim are [[HotAsHell the devil in disguise]].²* ''Tell That Devil'' by Jill Andrews (best known as the theme song from ''Series/WynonnaEarp'').²* ''Take The Devil'' by Music/{{Eagles}}.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]²* A competitor in Lucha Libre Internacional during the 1970s, best known for teaming with Ciclón Mexicano. They had some EvilVersusEvil matches against members of UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan and a terrorist.²* He also made appearances on the Argentine "Titanes En El Ring" TV show, under the name Diábolo.²* Has been seen wrestling in [[GarbageWrestler no rope barbed wire matches]] for Onita Pro and Super Wrestling/{{FMW}}.²* "A Night Of Hoopla" had an edition of Wrestling/TruthMartini's "[[TalkShowWithFists Hooplas Uncut]]" where he claimed to own the souls of everyone in Chicago and took full responsibility for QT Marshall's employment in Wrestling/RingOfHonor. This earned him profane chants from the crowd, a punch below the belt from Wrestling/ScarlettBordeaux and being dropped on his head by Seleziya Sparx.²* Harlow O'Hara's {{backstory}} includes being so powerful and evil that Satan himself decided to knock her down a peg. Seeing magic could not defeat him, she turned to the Church, and to pro wrestling.[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* In the BBC series ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'', the Devil is portrayed as a weary, existential figure, tricked into rebelling against God and thereafter condemned to supervise Hell. This is shown to be an extremely arduous task, because almost all human beings have committed a sin of some kind. On one occasion, God accepts that Satan's punishment was out of proportion to his crime, but refuses to pardon him, as the existence of Satan is necessary for reasons that God will not reveal. In the fifth series, the Devil subverts his usual role by trying to convince Humanity to act in a moral manner, in order to ease the congestion in Hell.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* In ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'', the influence of (the Christian) {{God}} and Satan is pervasive in [[HistoricalFantasy Mythic Europe]]. The Big Guy himself is the source of Hell's power, the False Empyrean, and [[FightingAShadow personally oversaw]] the creation of the first Dark Churches despite being bound in the deepest corner of the Pit. ²* The French game ''TabletopGame/InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas'' has you playing either demons (INS) or angels (MV). It is a subversion of Christianity in that devils are not all bad, and angels...well, there is an Archangel of the Inquisition, and you would not want to meet the Archangel of the Sword, either. Kinda short on the tolerance and all-inclusive love, these guys are. Anyway, Satan is either your Big Bad, or the boss of your boss. A campaign revolves around him getting depressed and wanting to quit his job.²** The American adaptation by SteveJacksonGames, ''TabletopGame/InNomine,'' maintains much the same feel, but its version of Satan is as remote and unknowable as God. In his very few appearances, it's made clear that he's not funny, friendly, charming, suave, honorable, or quirky. His defining traits are that he's very powerful, very smart, and ''hates you,'' along with everyone else in Creation.²* Lucifer was a prominent figure in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'', he led one third of the Heavenly Host to rebel against {{God}}, believing this to be the only way to prevent a vague impending cataclysm, which his friend Ahrimal had foreseen and which God refused to do anything about. [[SelfFulfillingProphecy It turned out, said cataclysm WAS Lucifer's rebellion in the first place.]] Interestingly, Lucifer is not the BigBad in the game: in fact, he is probably the staunchest [[RousseauWasRight believer in humanity]] the World of Darkness has ever seen. His former lieutenants, however, are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s...In modern times, however he's, by all accounts, missing in action...[[HaveYouSeenMyGod as is God]], leaving the newly-escaped Fallen to wonder what to do next.²* Rather shockingly, the ''PalladiumFantasyRolePlayingGame'' allows players to create Witch characters who receive their powers from Satan. Take that, moral guardians!²** Retconned in later editions. Witches now get their powers from [[EldritchAbomination alien intelligences]].²* In ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'', his name is Astaroth (but he has 666 avatars walking around using different names).²* In first and second edition ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'', Lucifer is the Imperator of Pride and Persuasion. Once, he was the greatest leader among the angels, but following the creation of humanity, he formed a particular loathing for humans (no-one knows why, save maybe Lucifer himself) and rebelled against Heaven, rejecting the angelic belief in Beauty as the highest principle and championing Corruption in its place. He and the angels who followed him were cast into Hell, a place of corruption incarnate--yet despite that, he apparently remains true to his beliefs, untouched by Hell's corruption.²** This was changed for third edition: the fallen angels now fell because they felt everything deserved love, even the monstrous and wicked, as opposed to the angels, whose belief in justice meant they felt the wicked had no place in things. Lucifer is mentioned in passing, still first of the fallen and Imperator of Pride and Persuasion, but what he's like is unknown.²* The Adversary in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' is an Idol/Mentor Spirit for Shamans to follow. Despite its dark connotations (the Adversary is outright said to equal Satan in the Judeo-Christian tradition) the Adversary isn't toxic and is about as "evil" as any of the other mentor spirits--it is a legitimate mentor for Shadowrunning anarchists. Following The Adversary means you're physically incapable of JustFollowingOrders, and don't think he'll let you off easily if you spurn the shadows in order to work for [[MegaCorp The Man]]. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* One of the main characters in ''Theatre/DamnYankees'' is Mr. Applegate, the Devil, who [[DealWithTheDevil strikes a bargain]] with baseball fan Joe Hardy to let him play for his team and win the pennant.²* Lucifer is the main character of ''Theatre/TheHistoryOfTheDevil'', where he is [[MonsterSobStory sympathetic but still not a nice guy]]. He is put on trial for causing human suffering; the main theme of the play is whether the devil really is responsible for human suffering or [[HumansAreBastards we brought it on ourselves]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* In the series ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', Lucifer is ''always'' around the corner, pulling strings in his quest to defeat YHVH. He often appears as a blonde human, named (groan) LouisCypher (or in [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney one entry]], [[GenderFlip Louisa Ferre]].). But nobody ever seems to get it anyway, so to Hell with it...his posse in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' includes Beelzebub, Asura, Arioch, the gender-confused Astaroth, and Norse baddie Surt.²** ''Satan'', on the other hand, is [[TheDragon God's servant]] (of the ''hasatan'' flavor in the original Hebrew tradition), as showcased in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII''; needless to say, Lucifer and Satan do ''not'' get along. The kicker: God manages to be such [[GodIsEvil a massive jerk]] in ''Shin Megami Tensei II'' that Satan gets fed up and joins the player should he choose the Law path.²** In the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series, you can ''summon'' Satan. And Lucifer. And Lucifer's prettier version (usually called Helel). Put two of the three (it changes depending on the version) into the main character's lineup in ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} 3]]'' and you can use Armageddon, which kills...anything and everything, really. In ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'', Satan is "merely" a persona of the Judgment Arcana, whilst Helel[[note]]Lucifer during his time as a loyal servant of God[[/note]] and Lucifer[[note]]the FallenAngel King of Hell[[/note]] are the ultimate personas associated with the Star and Judgment Arcanas, respectively.²** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has the fallen angel Lucifer, the old testament Satan, and Satanael from {{UsefulNotes/Gnosticism}}. [[spoiler: Satanael is the ultimate Persona of Joker, and the EleventhHourSuperpower needed to take down [[EldritchAbomination Yaldabaoth]].]]²** In ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga 2,'' Satan is present as the ultimate hidden BonusBoss. Aside from being as insanely powerful as you'd expect from a BonusBoss in an SMT game, he only appears in Hard Mode.²** It should also be noted in the ''Shin Megami Tensei'' series, Satan is portrayed accurately to what he originally is; A servant of God as opposed to the typical definition in pop culture where he is synonymous with the devil. The "devil" character is accurately given to Lucifer, which can be easily mistaken as Satan.²* Mundus from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', 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 EldritchAbomination 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.²* In the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' video game series, the protagonists must fight the three Prime Evils: Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal. All are alternate names for Satan.²** In VideoGame/DiabloIII [[spoiler: Diablo "becomes" Satan with the Black Soulstone, which combines the Soul of the Seven Evils into Tathamet, the personification of all evil in the Diablo universe.]]²* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', the final boss [[spoiler:goes to Hell and becomes Satan by killing him.]] Beezlebub, however, is a miniboss that can be found [[spoiler:in front of a certain treasure chest, and as a bonus boss in the ''BonusLevel'', in which you play as the characters that died during the main storyline]].²* You ''work for'' Satan in the first ''VideoGame/{{Deception}}'', plotting to resurrect him. At least, at first; whether you '''continue''' working for him through the story is up to you. In the fifth game, ''Deception IV: Blood Ties'', you play as his daughter with the same goal of bringing him back.²* Obligatorily the BigBad of ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''. From some of his rants, it seems that he was locked up because he refused to bow down to humans, who were created in God's image, rather than because he tried to overthrow God (though that does seem to be his goal by the time the events of the game roll around).²** This is actually the reason for the fall of Iblis, Islam's version of the Devil.²* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' features a series of Stranger missions with an obviously wealthy and intelligent man who sends John on bizarre missions that only an omnipotent being could know of, always making the options quite clear to John, such as whether to rob or help a nun, or to stop or encourage a man to cheat on his wife. He also makes remarks that he is an "accountant" and that he hopes his son grows up to be "like John." It gets even more bizarre, after John shoots him in the back of the head three times and he continues to walk away, unharmed. Later on, he can be seen both at [[spoiler: the execution of John Marston and then once more at his funeral. And the spot of his last encounter? The future location of John's grave. Though by his accord, it's "Quite a nice place."]]²** Though there is a bit of a debate amongst players as to whether he is The Devil, The Grim Reaper, or God. All three view points have compelling evidence, and it was probably Rockstar's intention to make it ambiguous enough that it could be whichever one you think it is.²* ''VideoGame/DeathSmiles'' decided that plain old Satan was too boring, so its final boss and head of the demonic invasion triggered by Jitterbug is '''''Demonic Imperator Tyrannosatan'''''²** And the sequel has as its final boss a bizarre mash-up of demon and ''Santa Claus'' called..."[[BadSanta Satan Claws]]".²* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has the Devil Gene, which allows most of the Mishima family (Besides [[BadassNormal Heihachi]]) to turn into a Devil, and the Devil Forms of Kazuya, Jin, and Jinpachi are usually considered the strongest combatants in the game as far as story goes.²** Note: this was passed over to them through at least one (Kazuya) [[DealWithTheDevil Faustian deal]] with an [[GoodWingsEvilWings evil winged]] ManipulativeBastard called…[[ShapedLikeItself Devil]].²* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has a backstory character named Lucifer who is in charge of the Netherrealm (an infinite, fiery, wasteland where evil goes to rot, blatantly Hell).²** And he's apparently overthrown by Shinnok, a fallen Elder God, a high ranking divine being who fell from grace.²* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' we have Mephiles the Dark (named after Mephistopheles from Myth/{{Faust}}) and Iblis (named after the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Islamic]] version of Satan). The former is a ManipulativeBastard and ConsummateLiar acting like the False Prophet and the latter is a mindless destructive monster acting like the Beast of Revelation. They are revealed to be the two separated aspects of [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss Solaris]], a [[LightIsNotGood sun]] [[GodOfEvil god]] who [[OmnicidalManiac has the power AND desire to destroy all of existance (or at least the space-time continuum)]]. What makes them so terrifying is that they actually ''succeeded'' in their plan even after the heroes defeated them by a CosmicRetcon.]]²** When they first fuse back into [[spoiler: Solaris]], the initial result is a creature with [[NumberOfTheBeast 6 stones on his back, 6 claws, and 6 horn segments on his head]].²** After 06 ended up creating a CosmicRetcon of its own that struck it from Canon, the next closest thing to Satan in Sonic appears to be [[ Dark Gaia]]. A being born before time, and an "incarnation of darkness, night and destruction". It also has a suitably demonic design, corrupts anything its energies touch, lives within the Earth's core, has control over a list monsters that attack people on the surface during the events of ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', and is in a constant war of death and rebirth with Light Gaia, the Divine counter to the Demonic. When Eggman awakens it in ''Unleashed'', it tears the world into fragments and corrupts many within it - [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent including Sonic himself]].²* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', Satan in TheManBehindTheMan, responsible for a long list of atrocities humankind has been witness to. [[spoiler:First, he manipulated the heroic Founders of the Brotherhood of Light into performing an AngelicTransformation ritual that separated them from their evil sides. Satan brainwashed and possessed one of the titular Lords of Shadow, and under that guise, accompanied the protagonist, Gabriel Belmont, waiting while the latter assembled an artifact that would allow him to re-enter Heaven and take revenge upon God. Gabriel thwarted Satan's plan, and with God's help, banished him back to Hell.]]²** Satan returns in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'', this time around, however, with a different motive: he wishes to enslave both Gabriel and Zobek following his humiliating defeat. This prompts the two mortal enemies to join forces and use their combined powers to locate and eliminate Satan's Acolytes on Earth. [[spoiler:Ultimately -- intentionally -- Gabriel fails, and the last surviving Acolyte summons his father. But despite all of his prowess and cunning, Satan is defeated once more, and Gabriel pierces his heart with the Vampire Killer, putting an end to the original Prince of Darkness.]]²%%* While Arceus is the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' equivalent of {{God}}, [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Primal Dialga]], the [[spoiler: (fake)]] BigBad of the second ''Pokemon Mystery Dungeon'' game (who looks like an evil Dialga with a black body and red stripes instead of a blue body and green stripes) may actually be the series' equivalent of the Devil. Giratina and Darkrai are popular candidates for the title as well, though they are both [[DarkIsNotEvil not outright evil.]] [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Occasionally played straight]] with the latter however.²%%** Giratina definitely fits the role of Satan on a cosmic level: it's a literal god/EldritchAbomination that was banished for its aggressive tendencies(in particular, [[SuperOCD its obsession with balance]]) by what is implied to be the aformentioned Arceus. While [[SatanIsGood not evil]](it prevents [[OmnicidalManiac Cyrus]] from achieving [[AGodAmI An Arceus Am I]]), it's a fearsome opponent that has the potential of threatning the world. One could say it's more Hades, keeper of the Underworld, than Satan.²%%** As far as imagery goes, the closest this franchise has is Ghetsis Harmonia, the human BigBad of the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 generation.]] [[HornedHairdo His hair is shaped like horns going out to the side]], his [[RedEyesTakeWarning eyes are red]], and his second outfit is a creepy looking BlackCloak. He is also fixated on "capturing hearts, minds, and souls of others", and his battle theme is almost a DarkReprise of Arceus'. The opening to the "Episode N" arc of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] even shows him set to a red, flaming background throwing his cape back in a very Devil-esque fashion. This all seems to suggest that any world he'd rule would be Hell on Earth.²* There is a [[ThemeNaming theme]] among the ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'' villains, as they're all named after some variant of Satan. The actual Satan is TheDragon to Astaroth, the most common recurring villain. Other villains include Beelzebub, Lucifer, Samael, and Hades.²* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'':²** Queen Sheba is the ruler of Inferno, the realm of demons that Bayonetta often taps into for her most stylish finishers. In fact, [[spoiler:Bayonetta summons Sheba herself in order to finish off the Creator God Jubileus by ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching her all the way throught the solar system and into the sun]]'']].²** [[spoiler: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.]]²* Bonechill from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is an {{Expy}} of Satan, specifically the Satan from ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', being a giant six-winged ice dragon who was imprisoned in the bowels of [[TheUnderworld the Underwhere]] with his army. His plotting to take over the [[FluffyCloudHeaven Overthere]] in the wake of an apocalyptic event also brings the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' to mind. ²* Satan is the bad guy of the first ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' game, and a regular character in the series. Tends to be the FinalBoss (or at least one of them), as well as a [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cheater]]. However, this seems to be PlayedForLaughs; Satan liked Hawaiian T-shirts, wanted to ''marry'' Arle instead of killing her, and his plans were absolutely harmless (without the FridgeHorror). Even in Sega's run, he never actually did anything evil, and he even became a technical big brother to another horned character.²** His presence actually dates back to the earlier RPG series, ''MadouMonogatari'', where he's the final boss of the second game. He also has a bit part in SFC remake of the original, where he's noticeably charmed by the 5-year-old Arle.²** Oddly enough, in Sega's run, they did add a BigRedDevil that was a spirit, sealed in a book for a long enough time for the text about it to fade. Though, this spirit was ''also'' harmless, as the most it did when it was the villain was try and bring its former body back for [[ConceptsAreCheap something]].²* The ninja from ''VideoGame/TheNinjaKids'' deal with a bunch of satanists, terrorists and assorted evildoers who want to "resurrect" Satan. They succeed, and you have to fight him as the final boss.²* The old arcade game ''Psychic 5'' features statues of a demon sit upon a throne (referred to as Satan in the manual) that you have to destroy in order to finish the levels.²* Manages to be subverted in ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'': The guy who is claimed to be the Devil was actually just some villager who was completely powerless but earned the title of the local devil by being [[SilentScapegoat blamed for all the evils in the world and sacrificed to achieve peace]].²* In ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom'', 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. [[spoiler: 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.²* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' features him as one of the final bosses (in the vanilla version, anyway). He also has an ''[[ absolutely badass theme song.]]''²** [[UpdatedReRelease Rebirth]] turns him UpToEleven with the optional encounter of [[spoiler: MEGA SATAN, the TrueFinalBoss.]] His theme song has also gotten [[ an even more badass upgrade.]]²* Most ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' continuities that go into the backstory of ManipulativeBastard BigBad game master Calypso have it that he either stole his wish granting power from a demon or got it in a DealWithTheDevil. But the latest game's story goes further than that. It has the Preacher convinced that Calypso is ''the devil himself'', and the details on the differences between him and the other versions of Calypso make this allegation hard to argue against.²* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'' has a BigRedDevil version of Satan as the main villain, who plans to marry off the Boss to his daughter, Jezebel, in Hell.²* Whereas the other ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDark'' games focused on Lovecraftian horror, the [[VideoGame/AloneInTheDark2008 2008 reboot]] instead has Lucifer as the GreaterScopeVillain. [[MemeticMutation He's the light bringer. He's the]] '''[[MemeticMutation fucking]]''' ''[[MemeticMutation universe]]''.²* In ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'', Lucifer ([[IHaveManyNames "The Beast, Lucifer Almighty, Satan etc."]]) is the sole proprietor of Satantech Incorporated (d/b/a Systemtech Incorporated), a company which develops video games such as ''Pony Island'' and ''Pony Galaxy'' in a scheme to tempt players into selling their souls.²* ''VideoGame/PuzzleAndDragons'' has Satan in three flavors. There is the descended version of Satan that disables healing but has one of the biggest damage nuke skills in the game. There is also ''two'' versions of Lucifer, one as an Archangel and the other as an Archdemon from the REM machine.²* The Outsider from the ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' series is not a proactive force of destruction, but much closer to the original Hebrew definition of Satan as the accuser/tempter from the Book of Job, as instead of being a proactive force of destruction, he grants pieces of his power to a select few individuals at any time and watches what they do with it. A strong argument can be made either way that this is meant mainly as a test of his chosen's moral character (and one he prefers his subjects pass, even if he doesn't expect them to), or that the Outsider knows damn well how quickly power goes to their heads and relies on their fallibility to sow chaos and misery in the world without getting his hands dirty. Regardless of his actual nature, the local church in the game treats him as essentially an {{Expy}} of Old Scratch.²* In ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', Geralt encounters Gaunter O'Dimm, a seemingly ordinary merchant of mirrors who proves to be a [[RealityWarper terrifyingly powerful]] [[TimeMaster master of strange magics]] and who forms pacts with others to give them gifts, in exchange for eventually taking their souls through [[LoopholeAbuse manipulating the hell out of the wordings of his contracts]]. A conversation with a scholar who researched O'Dimm reveals him to be an ancient, malicious being who goes by many titles, but the most consist one was "Evil Incarnate." Much like Old Scratch, he uses classic tropes associated with Satan, such as making deals and bargains for souls and often striking those bargains at crossroads. And ultimately, [[spoiler: Geralt cannot kill him; the only way to beat O'Dimm is to beat him in a game of wits to win back the soul of the man he had condemned]].²* The Devil is the main villain of ''Videogame/{{Cuphead}}'', to whom the protagonists end up owing their souls after an unlucky roll of the dice at his casino. He forces them to go out and collect the soul contracts of others in order to pay off their debt.²* For a series about going to Hell to kill demons with face-fulls of hot lead and plasma, ''[[Franchise/{{Doom}} DOOM]]'' has been quite coy about depicting Old Scratch himself, likely to avoid pissing off the MoralGuardians even more than the game's premise will. The closest the series has gotten to depicting Satan has been the Icon of Sin in Doom II (a giant goat-skull embedded in a wall that births demons to fight you), the Maledict from Doom 3 (a massive Hell-Dragon, alluding to one of Satan's described forms from Revelation), and the Lord of Hell or the Titan from DOOM (2016) (the former being an omnipotent voice that orders demons to kill you and narrates the Slayer's Testaments, and the latter being a skyscraper sized demon that you already killed in the game's backstory). Given that the Doom Slayer would likely kill Satan if he found him, thus ending the series, he likely won't ever be depicted in-game outside of ContractualBossImmunity examples.²* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' features Eblis Dominus Inferni In Profondis as the main villain of the game's Hell arc. Having helped create the Hell Dimensions while still a member of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Host]], in the millennia since his fall from grace, he's used his superior technological knowledge to enslave the Hellspawn and use them as a means of eventually taking over Earth. Character-wise, he's an EvilColonialist who considers himself superior to both humans and demons alike, and spends most of his time onscreen abusing his demonic servants and belittling humans. However, despite being one of the toughest Dungeon bosses in the entire game, he's just a BigBadWannabe that wouldn't have been able to begin invading Earth if he hadn't captured [[AntiHero Theodore Wicker]] early in the arc, and ends up being forced into a humiliating retreat when Wicker is able to beat him in a WizardsDuel. Plus, he spends most of the game being hopelessly overshadowed by more powerful villains, most prominently [[EldritchAbomination the Dreamers]].²* Both Lucifer ''and'' Satan appear in ''VideoGame/RageOfBahamut'', though Lucifer plays more of an active role as the incarnation of the FallenAngel that terrorizes Mystaria. While initially believed to be a JerkAss that was evil for the sake of being evil, his backstory reveals that he is [[FreudianExcuse fairly sympathetic]]. As it goes, he was a former Arch Seraph that was loyal to his “God”, the goddess of justice and eternity who would send him on missions to wipe out those who disrupt the peace of the world and the heavens. As it turns out, she would also send him to wipe out innocents that she felt disrupted the peace, even framing a young boy who was capable of summoning monsters as the murderer of an entire village so as to trick Lucifer into getting rid of him. After being unable to save the boy and finding out he’d been used, Lucifer [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone questioned his faith]] and fell, thus rebelling against the God’s, having a curse placed upon him that fueled his evilness until the protagonists travel through time to reverse everything and change him. By the end of everything, he becomes an AntiHero that fights on the side of the protagonists, but still hates the God’s. ²* Lucifer and Satan also appear in ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', though again, it’s Lucifer who plays an active role in the story events while Satan is relegated to being a gacha summon. Appearing in both the forms of Archseraph Lucifer, the form Lucifer took before he fell, and a form reminiscent of Voidwing Lucifer [[note]]Though this had been given to a character also named Lucifer/Lucifaa/Lucilius, not the character that shares the name with the VideoGame/RageOfBahamut character[[/note]], Lucifer’s demonized form, it would appear that this version of Lucifer was [[DecompositeCharacter split into two]] to cover different aspects of the lore surrounding both the VideoGame/RageOfBahamut character and the biblical figure.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* ''WebAnimation/TheFearHole'' has a biological manifestation of the concept of Satan in [[ this episode]] who functions as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. [[spoiler: And then there's the real one...]]²%%* WebAnimation/LeoAndSatan²* ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'' has Satan as a recurring character, often with his name screwed with to make other names for himself, such as "Stan" or "Santa".²* ''Machinima/BedrockPerson'''s Gascot is the universe's Satan, while not the Biblical portrayal, more like a self-fabricated rather akratic sociopath.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* ''Webcomic/TheAngelWithBlackWings'' - An angel mentioned the name "Lucifer" in Chapter 12: Enemy, Page 27.²* ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' features variations on both the Jewish and the Christian versions of Satan, as separate characters. Lucifer is the angel who rebelled against God and currently rules Hell--he's also a {{bishonen}} and a surprisingly nice guy (who still wants to destroy the world). "The Adversary" fills the role of God's prosecuting attorney and Loyal Opposition; he's much less nice. In spite of being on opposite sides of a war, the two of them get along rather well.²* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': He's Bob's grandpa. But he's only mentioned once. Does it mean that [[TheHero George]] is actually a [[NobleDemon demon]]?²* Satan appears in ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' not only as a woman, but as the girlfriend of one of the title characters.²* In ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'', demons first appeared as throwaway characters who were summoned by the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain inept]] Satanists Waldo and Steve, but refused to do their bidding. Later, as the strip [[CerebusSyndrome became more serious]], they actually manage to summon Satan (as opposed to the previous nameless minor demons), and, after trying to take Dave's soul, he began showing a clear personal interest in the main characters, quickly proving to have been the BigBad of the series [[RetCon all along]].²* Parody: In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', Satan is seemingly a videogame-obsessed nerd. He's never seen directly, instead being represented by red text coming from below the panel border.²** Also, T-Rex is the only person who can hear Satan (or {{God}}, for that matter), leading the other characters to occasionally speculate that T-Rex is making up those voices he hears.²* Satan is a main character in ''Webcomic/HolyBibble'' where he is a bit of a trickster, though several comics have implied that he has more up his sleeve than we're initially led to believe.²* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a character named, well, [[LouisCypher Doc Scratch]], who told the heroes that they could escape their current situation and the unstoppable villain hunting them if in [[DealWithTheDevil exchange]] they would allow his master to enter the fray. He succeeds as he is omniscient, multi-dimensional, and an excellent host.²** And then there's Scratch's boss himself, [[EldritchAbomination Lord English.]] [[spoiler: He's from an alien race known as [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Cherubs]]. He also kills God...or at least [[HostileShowTakeover the]] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou author.]]]]²* Given the primary focus of ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', it's not surprising that Satan makes occasional appearances, in a form similar to David Hopkins' [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]] persona (a blue skunk), only with all-black eyes.²* The Beast King from ''Webcomic/MagicalIsland'' is a giant version of Satan.²* ''Webcomic/MagIsa'': Though Satan isn't shown directly in this comic, the [[ bad guys are admittedly in the service of Satan]]. They masquerade as "good", though, since Satan masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)²* Lucifer's niece Cassiel (who, while not a fallen angel, is still distinctly petty and vindictive) is the resident IneffectualSympatheticVillain in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''. Lucifer himself is confirmed to exist within the comic's universe, but hasn't put in a personal appearance...yet.²* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': A while after Mell returns from Hell, she is having trouble getting interested in things, and asks her boyfriend the ex-demon if Satan ever got listless and unmotivated. He says it happened every eon or so, but they would just "wait for her to rediscover her drive."²-->'''Mell:''' Wait... ''her?'' Oh, ''of course''...\²'''Caliban:''' So you didn't get an audience, then? Good to know.²* He's a main character in ''Webcomic/SatanAndMe''.²* The Devil appears as a main character in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. He operates a deal booth styled like Lucy's booth in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', and is antagonized by The Faceless God, who mocks him with a silly handpuppet. Aside from various taunts against God and attempts to tempt people or buy their souls, he is generally presented as a neutral or even sympathetic character compared to the petty and whimsical God.²* Satan has made a handful of appearances in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', most notably being summoned onto Riff's computer in the strip's first StoryArc, and for being the father of [[CatsAreMean The Evil]].²* In [[ Manga Punk Sai's]] ''The Story From Hell'' has Satan and Lucifer as two separate characters: loyal angel Satan is in charge of Hell, and his rather thankless duties include hunting down fallen angel Lucifer whenever he manages to run off to Earth. (On closer inspection, Sai seems to have taken down the main storyline, but there's still plenty of character art and Omake arcs there.)²** It can still be found [[ starting here]], though it's pretty old now and nothing like what she plans it to be in the future.²* Satan is a minor character in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' webcomic ''Webcomic/UGMadness'', usually working with Magic R&D director Mark Rosewater (portrayed as a comical imp). His first appearance was in [[ this strip]].²* Being a webcomic about a student getting demonic powers, ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'' features a rather dickish Satan.²* The folkloric devil is often discussed in ''Webcomic/WestOfBathurst'', a slice of life comic, as seen [[ here]]. The longer the comic goes on, the more likely it seems that one character actually is the devil.²* In ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'', he is [[AntiAntiChrist Damian]]'s [[ParentalNeglect father]] and [[NervousWreck Jack]]'s [[EvilUncle uncle.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* WebVideo/BennettTheSage. Are you really surprised?[[note]]Well Sage was.[[/note]]²** [[spoiler:He's at least able to make a good impression...]]²** Satan appears occasionally on WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses. Ask That Guy works for him, however Satan [[EvenEvilHasStandards can be unnerved by what he says.]] Also, the Nostalgia Critic made a comment that Satan goes to the Devil Devil when he's not being evil enough.²** Satan has also made a debut in the ''Son of the Mask'' review, where it's revealed that he's married to Kim Kardashian and has a daughter with her, named Evillina (who is a ''MyLittlePony'' fangirl who apparently chats with CR and is far less evil than her father would like). He makes another appearance in the ''Cat in the Hat'' review, where he's shown [[TakeThat pitching the movie]] ''Planes'' [[TakeThat to Pixar]], and [[spoiler:is a PapaWolf when the movie's creator tries to subject the Critic and Evillina to a movie-marathon of the recently-made Dr. Seuss adaptations. As it turns out, the creator only had financial success because he sold his soul to the Devil.]]²* "The most frightening religious painting in the world," according to Creator/BishopBarron's [[ vlog on The Devil]], is a fresco which depicts TheAntiChrist speaking before a crowd with the Devil whispering to him. The [[invoked]] NightmareFuel in the fresco is the Devil's hands, which he has put through the Anti-Christ's robes and out of his sleeves so the Devil's hand just appear to be those of another human.²-->''"It's very clever way of influence us. Indirectly, clandestinely, by insinutation. In such a way that, heck, it looks like our activities, yet it's the dark powers having invaded."''²* {{Satan}} and Hmac from ''[[Blog/{{Bronyism}} Epic Storytime]]'' were good friends in college. Lucifer had apparently been a [[LifeOfTheParty real party animal]] and also [[TheStoner loved to smoke tons of Marijuana]]. They became best friends near graduation and when they made it out of college, the two stayed drinking buddies and had went to the bar every Friday night since then. Hmac later returned to the underworld, seeking him for answers of who was attacking the U.S. and why.²%%* [[WebOriginal/LOLCats Basement Cat]]²* In Rosto [=AD=]'s ''WebVideo/MindMyGap'', we have [[ Virgil S. Horn]]. As the series narrator and villain, Rosto and he don't exactly say he's the devil, but when Virgil covers the second "a" in his middle name...besides being a villain, he owns a TV show and is a (con)cept artist.²* In ''WebVideo/MrDeity'', Lucifer is "Lucy", an ex-girlfriend of the titular Mr. Deity, who got stuck with the Hell gig after she did Mr. Deity a favour in stirring up things in the Garden of Eden. She's particularly annoyed by the constant "passive-aggressive" references to her being a "snake" in the "[[Literature/TheBible script]]", and would much prefer her avatar on Earth to be a bunny. She's not impressed by Mr. Deity's alternative suggestion of a goat.²* The short film [[ "Raking Leaves"]] by comedy troupe Series/{{Stella|US}} and Bradley Cooper involves a rather unexpected appearance.²* Appears quite a bit in the first, [[{{Hell}} Hell-centric]] book of ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. He's a colossal {{Jerkass}}, and a bit of an idiot. Hardly surprising that the human war effort wants to kill him with extreme prejudice.²* [[spoiler:Dr. Clef]] of ''The Wiki/SCPFoundation'' may or may not be Lucifer. A storyline involving both [[spoiler:Dr. Clef]] and [[spoiler:SCP-239]] strongly implies it. His response when interviewed about it is to first claim he is, then claim he was lying, then point out there's no way to be sure whether he was lying about being Lucifer, or lying about lying about it. Oh, and if this is the case, [[spoiler:SCP-239]] may or may not also be the physical incarnation of God or the Second Coming of Christ. WordOfGod says that he's ''not'' Satan in the traditional sense, but he ''does'' rebel against God (Not to mention the Foundation's lore already has a more blatant SatanicArchetype in the form of [[GreaterScopeVillain The Scarlet]] [[BigBad King]]. Word of God also says that [[spoiler: Clef's]] the one who cast Adam and Eve out of Eden, which either makes him the serpent or the Archangel Jophiel [[spoiler: which, incidentally, would make Clef his ''own'' SCP-001 proposal]].²* Satan Ira, also known as Wrath, from [[ The Seven Sinisters]] is a female Satan²* Although he has yet to physically appear in ''Roleplay/ShadowhunterPeril'', there have been several references to his existence in the Infernal Worlds. The first BigBad's last name is "Morgenstern" (which means "Morning Star", one of Lucifer's many names), and his OneWingedAngel form appears to be a subtle ShoutOut to the version of Lucifer depicted as having six wings. By far the biggest references would be Puriel flying into an UnstoppableRage at the mention of Lucifer--he also states once or twice that he has fought in the war in Heaven, which could mean he and Lucifer actually did meet. So far, though, the closest thing SP has to a Satan-like figure is Asmodeous, who is the first son of Lilith, and the only demon to have a fallen angel (Samael) for a father--in fact, [[MotherOfAThousandYoung the only demon to have a father at all.]] He's currently king of the Infernal Worlds, so where that leaves Lucifer in the hierarchy is unknown.²* Seen here burying dinosaur bones to confuse the minds of men in this ironic Teach the Controversy [[ t-shirt]].²* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse has something that claims to be {{Satan}}. Merry has even been spiritually sent to 'Hell' and tortured by him. He claims God exists, and the two of them are trying to keep [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] from bursting into their universe.²* Sataniel is a minor character in ''Literature/{{Unsong}}'', the first angel Thamiel corrupted, who died during the War in Heaven. Thamiel himself, the Left Hand of God, is the ''actual'' Devil and ruler of Hell.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': [[BigBad Aku]]. He is a fragment of an EldritchAbomination but, unlike that mindless thing, Aku gained intelligence and sapience. Basically, he is the living embodiment of evil, and is so powerful and monstrous that almost everyone fears and loathes him, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including other villains]]. Besides, his conquest in the world seems to be a direct parallel to the [[ apocalypse]], and the Pit of Hate seems to be a parallel to {{Hell}}.²** [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 Season 5]] seems to emphasize this point further, since there is a [[Characters/SamuraiJackCultOfAku malevolent cult]] that worships Aku and treat him as a deity.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Satan's Waitin", Hector the bulldog portrays Satan.²* Satan as depicted on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' varies between a genuine lord of all evil and the wussy gay bottom to Saddam Hussein. He's settled on AffablyEvil. [[AHellOfATime And he's got a luau!]]²** Canada has its own version of Satan, called Beelzaboot.²* The Devil is the explicit identity of the villain in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''. This gets [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]] for the series proper, and he's only called "The Red Guy" from there on out, even though it's glaringly obvious he's the Devil; they might have a point, though, because as the series goes on, he was turned from outright evil to an IneffectualSympatheticVillain.²** "The Red Guy" is also a regular character on ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''. In the series, he is also referred as "I.B. Red Guy", an allusion to I.M. Weasel's and I.R. Baboon's names.²* Him from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is an effeminate {{expy}} of Satan (except in the original script, in which he was directly Satan) with pincer hands in place of goat hooves.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':²** One of the Treehouse of Horror episodes had Ned Flanders as Satan, selling Homer a donut in exchange for his soul.²--->'''Ned:''' It's always the [[BewareTheNiceOnes last guy you'd expect]], isn't it?²** The Devil appeared in an early episode where Bart had a near-death experience. He seemed quite affable.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has the Robot Devil. He lives in Robot Hell...which is in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]].²* He was one of the three main characters in the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'' where he's a whiny neurotic with a VitriolicBestBuds relationship with {{God}}.²* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had [[FluffyTheTerrible Peaches the Dark Lord]], who regularly showed up to try claim Heffer's soul, although a few of the episodes he appeared in have [[MissingEpisode gone missing]].²* Satan appears in ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil'', as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the father of the main character]]. He's not as evil as you might think, but he hates his daughter's boyfriend...a DJ called Jesús.²* A version of him is the BigBad on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. That is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lucius Heinous VII]], ruler of Miseryville, which is implied to be FireAndBrimstoneHell (although he and Miseryville are explicitly Satan and Hell in the pilot). While Lucy (as Jimmy calls him) [[HarmlessVillain isn't very dangerous]], his family line gets nastier as it goes back to Lucius I, who looks something like a traditional depiction of Satan in a suit and [[TheDreaded is feared by even his descendants]].²* On ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Satan is responsible for many of Hollywood's problems (such as unnecessary sequels and Marisa Tomei winning an Oscar). The cast of ''Series/{{Wings}}'' once asked him for another season on the air ("There are limits to even MY powers!"). He also appears in the episode "Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice" with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert when Gene is interviewing possible replacements:²-->'''Satan''': ''[transformed as a reviewer]'' Tim Allen gives that same likeable performance we always love, once again proving Disney Pictures have the magic touch that may not win awards, but keeps America smiling. How was that?\²'''Gene Siskel:''' You're Satan, aren't you?\²'''Satan:''' ''[transforms back into himself]'' You win another round, Siskel, but we shall meet again! ''[growls angrily and disappears through the floor]''²* On the Creator/AdultSwim-era ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' episode "Sweet for Brak", featuring ''Music/TenaciousD'', Satan is revealed to be [[spoiler:Yogi Bear]], and wears "a necktie and a crown of femurs".²* Satan appears in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' as a PlayerCharacter for the User in a ''Franchise/MortalKombat''-ish game. He is also the first User character to be truly ''menacing'', and he '''wins'''. When Satan gets spawned in Mainframe during ''System Crash'' Matrix gets to have revenge against him. The character's [[AllThereInTheManual official name]] is Zaytan, but that's just some ExecutiveMeddling since his name is clearly pronounced as Satan in the show.²* Satan made an appearance on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', going by the name of Beelzebub. The episode predictably went [[MissingEpisode missing]].²* He appears briefly in the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Sven Hoek" after Ren ends up killing everyone when he takes a leak on the Electric Fence board game. Which was the number #1 thing you must not do when playing the game. Satan's [[FingerWag cheerful admonishment]] as they arrive in Hell: "So, you whizzed on the electric fence, didn't ya?"²** According to some of the sketches done for "Sven Hoek", Satan was apparently supposed to be George Liquor in a devil costume. In the final cartoon, he still looks more than a little like George and is even voiced by MichaelPataki.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Satan trains Stinkmeaner in martial arts, sends his spirit back to Earth as a reward, and gets called a [[MemeticMutation "BITCH ASS NYUGGA!"]] for all his trouble.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' episode "Swamp of the Living Dead", the LegionOfDoom makes a DealWithTheDevil with a malevolent floating head called the Evil Being. WordOfGod confirms that the Evil Being is Satan.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode ''Hot, Bothered & Bedeviled'', the Warners mess with the Devil himself.²* Satan is a good guy in the Australian satire ''Go to Hell!'' (1997) by Ray Nowland; which has fun with the AncientAstronauts trope. God (actual name: G.D.) is an alien CorruptCorporateExecutive planning to set up a colony on Earth and rule it, but is opposed by his rebellious teenage son Red who helps the apes evolve and teaches them free will.²* The short-lived Creator/CartoonNetwork series ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' had an episode where Lil' D signs a contract to become famous with a large man with a goatee and a red suit referred as "Big D". As if it wasn't obvious enough, "Big D" has [[PlayingWithFire supernatural powers]], a pair of creepy snake-like men accompanying him, and a company located miles below the surface.²* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', Satan is never seen onscreen, but usually sets MC Pee Pants on fire for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing him]], to the point that MC Pee Pants's last exploit was to try to become a vampire to avoid going to hell.²* A proposed episode of ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' called "Ronnie" would have Satan show up to try to make a DealWithTheDevil with Murphy. He's shown as a blond man, sometimes with the goat hooves. Stalin and Hitler pop by and address Satan as Ronnie, hence the episode title. The episode was rejected for not being funny.²* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', [[LouisCypher Lucius Needful]] operates a store that gives mystical items with some curse attached to them. Rick immediately calls him out as the Devil, causing Needful to drop any attempts at being mysterious, and [[TheDevilIsALoser proceeds to humiliate him throughout the entire episode]]. ²* Unicron is pretty much the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' equivalent of Satan, and even kind of looks like a robotic version of the stereotypical BigRedDevil. He's a [[PlanetEater planet-eating]] EldritchAbomination that's literally [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil powered by concepts like hatred and strife]]. He seeks to corrupt or destroy all existence because ''he finds it personally offensive''. Sometimes he makes [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] with mortals, promising power or some other such thing in exchange for their service, but these deals never end well for the mortal. He's also notably more successful then the typical Satan-figure; he's destroyed at least 20% of the local multiverse and [[ApocalypseHow he apparently once succeeded in destroying all reality]]. The only reason anything exists now is because he missed a few fragments and went dormant, allowing reality to reform. [[{{Understatement}} He wasn't happy when he woke up]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* [[UsefulNotes/{{Satanism}} Some religions]] are based around him. As a general rule though, they don't sacrifice goats or anything. In fact, many don't even worship him specifically. La Veyan Satanists don't even strictly believe in Satan, but rather hold him up as a symbol of humanity [[SevenDeadlySins adhering to our nature]]. The idea being that one should [[ForHappiness do whatever makes them happy]], both altruistically and not. As a general rule, most flavors of Satanism are focused on worshipping one's self rather than the actual devil.²[[/folder]]²----


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