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    Devilman/Akira Fudo 
One of the Demon Lord Zenon’s most trusted warriors, assigned to go into the human world and prepare a base from which the Demon Tribe would start their invasion. He instead fell in love with Miki Makimura and resolved to defend humanity.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Downplayed in the manga the demon was called Amon with Devilman being Akira's superhero monicker, here the demon’s name is Devilman.
  • Badass Biker: Taking into account that the Lighter and Softer adaptation couldn't have Akira dismembering and mauling demons in a gruesome manner to cement his badass status, they just gave him a nice bike to ride in between the fights.
  • Came Back Wrong: He dies, only for his body to be possessed by Devilman, and he becomes cockier and more of a bully.
  • Composite Character: Somewhat retroactively, he’s one of Amon, Akira Fudo and Ryo Asuka/Satan, seeing as he was a demon that came to the human world to conquer it for the demons only to fall in love with a human he met while there.
  • Death by Adaptation: Akira is killed along with his father, and his body is taken over by Devilman.
  • Defector from Decadence: He used to work for Zenon, but turned against him to protect humanity and Miki.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is basically the local school bully, but he genuinely loves his adoptive family and Miki.
  • No Name Given: He is simply called “Devilman”.
  • The Power of Love: His love for Miki brings out the best in him.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Aside from his Magic Pants.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He survives with Miki, fully embracing his identity as Akira.
  • Whip It Good: He uses his belt as a makeshift whip.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Aside from Harmless Villain Lala, he fights the female demons just as brutally as the males.
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    Miki Makimura 
Akira’s Love Interest.

    Tare Makimura 
Miki’s little brother.

    Miyo 
Tare’s girlfriend, she often gets swept up in the demon chaos alongside Tare.

    Lala 
A demoness who is sent after Devilman, but decides to stick around and become an ally.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: To call her dumber than a sack of rocks would be offensive to the rocks, but that doesn’t mean she’s useless in a fight in one episode she was able to use her demon powers turn a pencil sharpener and a lamp into crude one shot guns, and if she wasn’t under fire from the JSDF she might have been able to make something deadlier.
  • Brainless Beauty: She transformed herself into a cute but very stupid girl. And she is really aware of this.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the few demons that no one, not even Zenon or Devilman himself, take seriously.
  • Canon Foreigner: She appears only in the '70 series.
  • Gonk: Her real face looks like a car that has drove into a brick wall. She does attempt to fix her face when she has the chance.
  • Harmless Villain: She lacks intimidating abilities and is too stupid to be considered a threat to anyone.
  • Ms. Fanservice: There is quite a bit of focus on her legs and other nice areas.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She is regarded as cute in appearance but is actually quite old.
  • Reality Warper: A bit more hands on than most examples, she’s basically able to sculpt solid matter into anything she wishes. In one episode she used the trash in an abandoned apartment to create a luxurious bedroom.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed by Magler, which sets up the serious, apocalyptic tone of the final episodes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After Akira sarcastically tells her to kill herself because “only death can cure a fool” she decides to commit suicide. She soon proves to be too dumb to die later because Akira soon finds her trying to slit her throat with a paper knife (a type wooden knife commonly used as a letter opener) because she was worried about hurting herself with a real knife.
  • Villainous Crush: She is in love with Devilman and believes that his attempts to avoid her are because he is too shy reveal his (nonexistent) romantic feelings for her.

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Demon Tribe leaders

    Demon Lord Zenon 
The supreme leader of the Demon Tribe.
  • Bad Boss: He's willing to kill anyone who fails him, or wants to live a peaceful life, as witnessed when he has a demon, Lita, stabbed as an example for wanting a peaceful life.
  • Big Bad: Since Satan/Ryo does not appear, Zenon is the one who sends out the demons that Devilman fights.
  • Karma Houdini: He is still left standing by the end, with the implication that Devilman will eventually face him.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He never fight Devilman himself, instead preferring to send minions to do the fighting for him.
  • Make an Example of Them: Kills Lita because she did not want to kill humans, and he wants to warn the others what will happen to those who do not follow his orders.
  • The Unfought: God serves as the Final Boss, while Zenon never fights Devilman.

    Demon General Zannin 
  • Arc Villain: The first of three generals who sends out his minions to defeat Devilman.
  • You Have Failed Me: He kills Vetra as punishment for his cowardice.

    Himmler/Iwao Himura 
A demon working undercover to assist Zannin and Zenon.
  • The Dragon: To Zannin.
  • Expy: Of Ryo Asuka from the manga.
  • Internal Reveal: Devilman discovers that he is a demon only in his last appearance, but the audience is let in on this in the first episode where he appears.

    Demon General Muzan 
  • Arc Villain: The Second of thee generals who sends out his minions to defeat Devilman.
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    Demon Marshal Lacock 
  • Arc Villain: The third demon general that Zenon assigns the task of eliminating Devilman.
  • Canon Immigrant: She is added to the cast in Devilman Saga.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She cares more about her subordinates than the other demon generals did, when her lover Arlon dies in battle against Devilman she decides to kill him herself.
  • Soul Jar: Her belt, as long as it remains in tact she can recover from any injury.
  • Token Yuri Girls: With Arlon.

Demons of the Demon Tribe

    Rerasu 

    Daruni 

    Henge 
  • Composite Character: His rampage in the Makimura household is similar to Aqwel and Ghelmer’s attack in the manga, there’s even a point where he takes the form of bath water and carries Miki upstairs.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is the Japanese word for change or shapeshifter.
  • Mythology Gag: At one point he takes a form resembling Linghorn from Mao Dante.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: A giant yellow snake with heads branching off like the branches of a tree.
  • Starter Villain: He’s the first demon that Devilman fights against to protect humanity.

    Sirene 

    Geruge 
A demon sent by Zenon to eliminate Devilman, he bears a resemblance to Ghelmer from the manga.
  • Hollywood Acid: Shoots it from his tail.
  • Irony: In the manga Ghelmer was a demon who’s powers involved water, Geruge is a demon that Devilman kills by throwing into the sea.
  • Paranoia Gambit: He tells Devilman that he’s going to kill Miki before sundown, Akira spends the entire day being overprotective of Miki until she gets fed up with him and slaps him in the face hard enough to make him bleed and now Devilman has a weak point Geruge can aim for.

    Vetra 
A demon employed by Zannin to help him spread chaos in the human world.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the manga series written by Mitsuru Hiruta to tie into the anime he’s killed in battle against Devilman rather than being killed by Zannin for retreating.
  • Dirty Coward: Retreats as soon as he loses the advantage against Devilman, twice.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: He used a number of demon spiders, capable of possessing people, to carry out his mission.

    Lita 

    Zaldover 

    Rokfel 

    Zool 
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He proves to be just as dangerous as the rest of the Demon Tribe when he rips a volleyball player in half while playing with his doll.
  • People Puppets: He can control anyone so long as he has a doll sculpted in their image.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He’s very lazy and would much rather spend time playing with his dolls, never mind that they can influence the people their modeled after and if the doll is broken that person dies in the same manner.

    Abil 

    Iyamon 

    Bau 

    Gondroma 

    The Gan Triplets 
Gandee, Gander and Gandagan were a trio of demons who went to the human world to eliminate Devilman.
  • Cyclops: Each of them only have one eye.
  • Kick the Dog: Their mission was to kill devilman but they go out of their way to traumatize Tare and instill a phobia of disembodied eyes in him.

    Lafleur 

    Faim 

    Aguilar 

    Mermane 

    Ebain 
An armless centaurian demon who can travel through mirrors and take control of other people’s arms.
  • Mirror Monster: She usually shows herself to her victims by appearing in a mirror they are looking into.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Her preferred method of killing, if you look at her she can gain control of your arms and make you strangle yourself to death.
  • Pocket Dimension: She can travel to the mirror world at will and when she uses the key that Muzan gave her she can bring others into it.

    Psycho Jenny 
A demoness who takes the form of a disembodied head with fangs, she tried to use her mind control powers to force the children to commit a mass suicide.
  • Adaptational Villainy: she doesn’t have the same Affably Evil charm of her manga counterpart.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Unlike her Manga Counterpart who, while rarely engaging in fights herself, was able to trap her opponents in powerful illusions, this version of Jenny could only use her psychic powers to influence sleeping minds.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the manga she was one of the Big Bad’s Dragons here she’s just a monster of the week.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Attempted this on all of the children in town.

    Dagon 

    Meg 

    Adal 

    Drango 

    Draw 
A powerful and gluttonous slime demon tasked by Muzan to kill Devilman.

    Mugaruu 
  • Death Faked for You: He kidnaps Miki and then casts illusions to make people think that Akira killed her after she rebuffed his advances.
  • Spear Counterpart: Possibly one to and of the female demon Texsch from the manga.

    Bela 

    Jacon 
A purple feline demon who specializes in granting the wishes of humans in exchange for their souls.
  • Our Souls Are Different: They are purple and shaped like the person they belong to, once Jacon devours them the victim is left in a comatose or vegetative state.
  • Sold His Soul for a Donut: His victims had some rather small desires; Hairo wanted to go ice skating with his friends when he was stuck home studying, Alphonse wanted to drive fast while he was stuck in a traffic jam, the only one who had an understandable goal was Chaco who wanted to kill Alphonse after his reckless driving caused a car accident that injured Hairo.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Once he fills his end of the bargain he devours his victims’ soul.

    Dodo 

    Jewel 

    Miniyon 

    Kentos 

    Vaiser 
A wraith like demon who’s shadow can awaken darkness within human hearts causing them to act without restraint.
  • Affably Evil: He’s very apologetic to Alphonse when he’s about to kill him.

    Kilski 

    Aurora 

    Weathers 

    Arlon 

    Magdora 
  • Knight of Cerebus: His killing Lala set the mood for the darker tone of the last few episodes.

    Wuduu 

    Dremoon 

    God 
  • Antagonist Abilities: He can use his prayers to create storms, manifest sharks in fresh water and cause giant living Sphinxes to wander the streets of Tokyo.
  • The Dragon: The Captain of Zenon’s Demon Guard, and his strongest servant.
  • Evil Counterpart: He looks looks like a scarier version of Devilman.
  • Final Boss: The last demon Devilman faces in the show.

Others

    Mr. and Mrs. Makimura 

    Alphonse 
Akira and Miki’s home room teacher.

    Hairo Todaiji 
A classmate and friend of Akira and Miki’s and the chairman of the school’s student council.
  • Beta Couple: He and Chaco are this to Akira and Miki.
  • Education Mama: His mother puts a lot of pressure on him to get good grades, justified because she's stated that she doesn’t want him to turn out like his dead beat father.
  • Go Through Me: Throws himself between Muzan’s minions and Chaco so that she can escape. He accepted that he would probably die, but he still went through with it hoping that it would mean Chaco’s survival, and asked his parents forgiveness for dying before them.
    Michiru 
Tare’s teacher, a former lady wrestler, very stern with both her students and fellow faculty.
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