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Warning! Due to just how short the game is, clocking in around 20 minutes without errors, the plot is rather fast-paced. As such, all spoilers except for those from the secret ending will be left unmarked. Proceed with caution for tropes from the final level and ending.

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     The Helltaker 

The Helltaker

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"When demon girls are involved, no price is high enough."
A sharply-dressed guy with an equally sharp tongue, sunglasses and a love for crepes, who ventures into Hell in order to create a harem for himself.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: According to Word of God, his appearance was based on this character archetype.invoked Despite hanging out with demons, Helltaker's morality doesn't seem to be anything worse than the average person. In fact, he tends to discourage the more aggressive personality traits of the demon girls.
  • Aggressive Submissive: Despite him taking the initiative to seek out a harem of demon girls, half the choices to most of girls are very blatant masochistic comments. He is also shown to be very grumpy with the girls, complaining about their antics before being dragged into doing what they want... not unlike an henpecked husband.
  • Amazon Chaser: All the demon girls are fully capable of killing him, yet the fact that he still goes after them means he definitely qualifies for this trope.
  • Ambiguous Situation: At the end, it's not really clear if Helltaker actually created a real harem of demon girls, or if he just ended up with a bunch of rowdy demonic roommates. Azazel's comments at the end suggest something kinky has been happening, but it isn't elaborated upon. Either way, Helltaker seems to be happy with the result.
  • Anti-Hero: The protagonist is motivated solely by the fact that a harem of demon women sounded like a cool idea.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: A Sharp-Dressed Man who dives into hell to pick up chicks on a whim.
  • Badass Normal: There's not much indication that he has any supernatural powers, yet he still somehow got into Hell so he'd obtain a harem of demon girls.
  • Casanova Wannabe: His dream is to build a harem full of demon girls and he uses some lines to convince them that sound a lot like cheap pick-up lines.
  • Covered with Scars: The Pancake Recipe Comic shows him with various scars around his body, most of them probably gained from the girls.
  • The Determinator: The Helltaker is one and by extension, the player. In-universe, the Helltaker can only survive in hell through sheer willpower alone, and out of it, you will have to constantly endure brutal puzzles that have one solution, very precise numbers of moves available, and likely many, many, many deaths before you get it right.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Basically none of the girls seem to actually see him as a substantial romantic partner other than potentially Modeus, given her blushing at the idea of a date with him, and her being only one hugging him in the normal ending slide, whereas Beelzebub is the only one confirmed to have at least some amount of feelings and interest in him, but that's only in the timeline where he willingly traps himself in the Abyss with her, making him lose out on his original harem. The others, in the end, just become loud and rowdy roommates rather than a harem devoted to him, with Azazel even being implied to only be interested in the demon girls. However, he takes it in stride, being happy to have made friends. All comics so far seem to support him not really being in a relationship with any of the girls, and being happy nonetheless. The guy must have been lonely to make do with the company he keeps.
  • Double Entendre: About half his lines of dialogue with the demon girls can easily be interpreted as cheap pickup lines. Amusingly, all of the girls in question take the more innocuous meaning (e.g. Malina interpreting "I'd sure love to play with you" as a desire to play video games).
  • Expy:
    • With his heavy, muscled build, sunglasses and his womanizing tendencies, it's easy to see some Johnny Bravo influence on the Helltaker's design. His attire and ultimate goal can also bring to mind Larry Laffer.
    • He is also one to The Doomguy/Doomslayer, a character well known for fearlessly taking on the forces of Hell singlehandedly. The title Helltaker could also be seen as a synonym of Doomslayer.
  • Harem Seeker: The main character's entire goal is to get himself a harem full of cute demon girls.
  • Heroic Willpower: As analyzed by Pandemonica should you call her for advice, it takes willpower for the Helltaker to traverse Hell like he does. Also, it makes him endure damage of the spikes, who are stated only to decrease his will.
  • Made of Iron: In the Epilogue and Pancake Recipe Comic, he suffers grievous injuries like stab wounds and getting his fingers broken, but he still marches on. That said, the Pandemonica/Azazel comic mentions him being in the hospital, so while he's still quite durable thanks to his sheer will, it's downplayed in that he has his limits.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's very buff and muscular, and can quickly dispose of the Undead Mooks, but any of the slender and lean demon girls are perfectly capable of killing him in a variety of ways. It helps that said girls have immense magical powers.
  • No Name Given: The protagonist is never actually named, though he's referred to as Helltaker in the epilogue.
  • The One Guy: He's the only character with a Y-Chromosome in the entire game. Insofar as you want to address the skeleton soldiers, who may not even have an applicable gender despite their masculine appearance.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being the main character of the story, most of the comics posted starting near the end of 2020 have completely left him out, not showing up in even a single panel. Though this case is fully justified due to them taking place during the timeline where he's trapped in the Abyss with Beelzebub, so his lessened focus is understandable.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The Helltaker might be a 90's anti-hero lookalike, but he's able to whip up a mean crepe.
  • Seen It All: In one of the comics, he's completely unfazed by some sort of disaster happening outside of his house involving what looks like a battle between Space Marines and communist cats in tanks, and casually mentions zombie plagues and alien invasions.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As shown in the prologue, he puts on a cool white suit before heading to hell to build his harem. Given the creator's affinity for fancy suits, it's probably Helltaker's usual style rather than him dressing to impress the girls.
  • Sunglasses at Night: The protagonist and Justice, the Awesome Demon, both wear sunglasses despite hell being dark and enclosed. Lampshaded in the epilogue where Justice says she wears them because she's blind, but the other demons have a betting pool about why the Helltaker wears his. She bet ten dollars he has laser vision.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Some of his dialogue options, and the fact that he still keeps his destructive harem several weeks after the game, imply that he may have a masochistic streak.
  • Worth It: Helltaker gets his demon girl harem at the end of the game, but because they're demons they regularly torment him with both physical and verbal abuse. While he is clearly stressed out by their behavior the narrator notes that living a life without suffering isn't worthwhile if you can't enjoy yourself as well. The normal ending artwork suggests that Helltaker views it this way too since he's clearly happy with his company.

The Harem

     In General 
  • Affably Evil: Despite being demons, most of the girls are pretty easy to get along with. Most of them will still kill you if you say the wrong thing though.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As stated in its premise, this game isn't merely about demons, but sharply-dressed demons, each of whom can effortlessly kill the protagonist in their own bad endings. Even the most casual of the harem still wear buttoned shirts and fitted pants. The only exception is Judgement, who wears shorts and a cleavage-baring top.
  • Chastity Couple: Although all of the girls do agree to join Helltaker's harem, most of them seem to have this kind of relationship with him. After moving into his house in the epilogue, the majority of them act more like loud and rowdy roommates than devoted lovers. Granted, at the end of the game they all do seem to have developed a genuine fondness for Helltaker, and Azazel does make a comment that suggest something has been happening off-screen.
  • Cute Monster Girl: All of the demons are fairly attractive women with horns, with the exception of Cerberus, who is instead one soul inhabiting a trio of Little Bit Beastly bodies with dog ears and tails, and Beelzebub, a massive fly-like Animalistic Abomination until the secret ending.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being demons with a red and black color scheme that view murder and mutilation as a casual potential solution to problems, several of the characters don't really seem all that evil. Even Judgement, the only actively antagonistic one, is really just doing her job by punishing you for your sins and can easily be talked into postponing that punishment if she likes you.
  • Horned Humanoid: Every demon except Cerberus. Among them, all have black horns with the exception of Lucifer and Beelzebub, who have white horns instead. According to bonus material, demon horns gradually turn white as they age, but it would take a very long time for them to turn completely white. This implies that the two of them have been alive for a very long time.
  • Humanoid Abomination: All of the demons look like white-haired human-like girls with tails and horns (or dog ears in Cerberus' case), with the sole exception of Beelzebub who is an Animalistic Abomination and even then she can take on a more humanlike form as well. Based on the prequel comics involving Malina and Lucifer mentioning her only having limited shapeshifting (where she still retains her humanoid shape), these are also their true forms, again with the exception of Beelzebub who appears to be the only one with proper shapeshifting powers, though only used for becoming A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: While they're all literally powerful demons, the suits a number of them are wearing further gives them an air of strong, professional authority, especially Lucifer. It gets subverted the closer the Helltaker gets to them though.
  • Mystical White Hair: All of the demons have white hair.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: All of the demon girls have color schemes that consist primarily of red and black, with a few of them also using white. Noticeably, all of them use black as the major color of their suits with red as the secondary with the exception of Beelzebub, who instead inverts the color relationship with most of her clothing being red with black underneath.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most of the demons have blood-red eyes, Justice and Judgement being the exceptions, and almost all of the demons with them are incredibly dangerous, being one step away from violently murdering you if you give them an excuse to. The sole exception to this is Beelzebub, who despite her also having red eyes in both fly and human form, poses no risks of harming you, mainly because either she's normally unable to physically interact with you in the first place, or you're the only other person trapped with her in the void and it was lonely there.
  • Sharp Dressed Woman: The only main character that isn't rocking businesswear is Judgement, and even then the latter is still wearing an (extremely cropped) blazer.
  • Sweet Tooth: They all love sugar. You can even buy the affections of some of them by promising them chocolate pancakes.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: According to one comic, Heaven hasn't been bothering the demons on Earth because the idea of legendary demons like Justice or Lucifer doing mundane things like getting groceries or doing laundry is ridiculous.

    Pandemonica 

Pandemonica, the Tired Demon

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"I could really use some coffee. I'm not myself without it."
"Keep it up and you might still survive the day with no fingers broken." 
A fatigued and sleep-deprived demonic secretary who desperately needs her daily dose of caffeine, though many would agree she's much better without it.

    Modeus 

Modeus, the Lustful Demon

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"You and me. Now."
A nymphomaniac demon who litters her dialogue with sexual overtones, though she is rather naive when it comes to actual romance.
  • Bishie Sparkle: She has red heart-shaped bubbles constantly floating around her hair, combining with her heart-shaped pupils to show her obsession with sex and romance.
  • Drop the Hammer: She breaks your knees with a sledgehammer if you pick the wrong dialogue option with her.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: The pupils of her eyes are shaped like hearts, which do a good job signifying the fact she's perpetually horny and sex-obsessed.
  • Harem Seeker: At least in the timeline where Helltaker wound up trapped in the Abyss with Beelzebub. After Helltaker brought his demon-girl harem back to Earth with him and then vanished into the Abyss, Modeus decided to follow in his footsteps by trying to create a harem of human guys, and unlike him, she has no qualms about using "questionable" methods to do so, such as concocting experimental chemicals in the pursuit of creating a functioning Love Potion. She apparently does stuff like this often enough that she frequently shares the "punishment sofa" with Cerberus.
  • Horny Devils: As her title aptly notes, she's in a permanent state of horniness and is outright obsessed with sex, to the point of wanting to form her own harem, ethical methods be damned. Ironically, though, anything involving genuine love and romance is something she personally finds to be incredibly kinky.
  • Love Redeems: Debatable. She seems more open to the idea of things such as "dates" instead of "breaking people's knees with a sledgehammer" after reading human romantic comedies, but is still notably prone to underhanded methods such as drugs, and causes problems frequently enough to be a regular inmate on the "punishment sofa".
  • Luminescent Blush: She literally steams when Helltaker suggests they go on a date together.
  • Meaningful Name: "Modeus" is derived from "Asmodeus", a demon that theologian Peter Binsfield associated with the sin of Lust.
  • No Social Skills: Due to the fact her only real interactions with humans in the past involved sex, she has no idea how to deal with anybody normally. She even once tried to make a visit to the local gym using gym-exercise-type porn videos as a reference for what to expect going there.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Oddly enough, despite being a demon all about sex and pleasure, she never smiles, not even in a sexual way. Her default expression is a light worrisome frown, with her only other expressions being a judging stare or angry grimace. Granted, since the only form of happiness she knows is sex and we are never shown her doing so (for obvious reasons), the fact she's never seen smiling is understandable.
  • Strangely Arousing:
    • She can be found reading a romantic comedy in the Playable Epilogue, where she states that she finds romance unbelievably kinky. When the Helltaker asks if she wants to go on a date, Modeus gets a Luminescent Blush and calls him a pervert.
    • In the Twitter comics, her own music does this to Azazel when she listens, turning her beet red instantly.
  • Sweater Girl: She wears a turtleneck under her suit jacket, which is form-fitting enough to decently outline her impressively-endowed chest.
  • Yandere: The combination of her being a demon utterly obsessed with sex, living in hell where any sense of morality (such as consent and happiness) doesn't exist, and the only humans she normally interacts with being corrupt sinners that only care about getting out of Hell, means the only form of "love" she knows is kidnapping and forcing men into being her Sex Slaves, with her having decided by the time Helltaker came that breaking their legs with a hammer was the best way to keep any more "lovers" from running away from her "affection". It's not until she's exposed to human media that she comes to think that love might potentially work in tamer forms in addition to those that she's used to, though she's still prone to drugging and possibly kidnapping people.
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    Cerberus 

Cerberus, the Triple Demon

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"Yes! At Last! It's time to corrupt the mortal realm!"
A trio of quirky dog-like demon girls who are all inhabited by a single soul (and mind).
  • The Corrupter: Their directly stated goal is to go to the mortal world in order to corrupt humans into performing evil deeds, something they actually try to pull off in a Halloween comic where they target some trick-or-treaters, but their efforts fail due to Helltaker and Judgement dragging them back inside and chaining them up.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Their "default" image shows each of them with a single canine tooth peeking out.
  • Cuteness Overload: According to the death screen if you pick the wrong option, it's implied Helltaker got a heart attack due to Cerberus being too cute. Either that or they tore him apart to use the Hell gate.
  • The Dividual: They're a trio of vessels inhabited by one soul. Their title refers to them in the singular as they are a Hive Mind rather than just identical triplets. Despite this, they refer to themselves with plural pronouns.
  • Genki Girl: They're all constantly happy like a bunch of little puppies. Until they get caught doing something they shouldn't have done.
  • Hell Hound: Their very canine motifs and the name of the Greek guardian of Tartarus that they use marks them as one.
  • Hive Mind: Cerberus is just one soul inhabiting three separate vessels. Apparently what one body experiences is shared among the others (i.e. if one eats a pancake the others also experience the same happiness). If all three are experiencing the same thing, the feedback loop can get extremely dangerous.
  • I Am Legion: They are a single soul inhabiting three bodies with a Hive Mind, but they refer to themselves in plural.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Cerberus the Triple Demon is a trio of vessels for one soul that look like Same-Sex Triplets with dog ears (though they still have the typical devil's forked tails like other demons in the game). It applies behaviorally, too; their "bad ending" has them pouncing Helltaker like a bunch of playful puppies (unless it was more like a rabid pack of dogs), and in the epilogue they act just like the guilty dog that knows you know it got into the garbage.
  • Loophole Abuse: The fine print states that in order to escape Hell, they're going to need a human. It doesn't specify how much of a human is needed, or if the human even has to be alive, however.
  • Noodle Incident: In the epilogue, they've done something to get the police knocking on the Helltaker's door. When he asks Cerberus about it, they're too embarrassed to say exactly what they did, only that they "screwed up" somehow.
  • The Nose Knows: Befitting their canine theme, Cerberus can detect which demon is in the level by scent. At least, those surrounded by distinct smells like cigarette smoke and hard liquor.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While their explicit purpose is to travel to Earth in order to corrupt humanity, they're generally portrayed as friendly and somewhat harmless, easily quelled by Helltaker and Judgement. However, they occasionally say things that imply they can be genuinely dangerous under specific circumstances, such as whatever got the police on their tails and situations where they enter a "pleasure feedback loop" that prevents them from thinking straight.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: In Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy, the Greek monster Cerberus is placed in the Third Circle, where it tortures gluttonous sinners. Likewise, Helltaker's version is found in the third stage.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Cerberus the Triple Demon resembles a trio of Little Bit Beastly demon triplets, referencing how the original Cerberus from Classical Mythology is a dog with three heads. They're actually just three vessels inhabited by one soul.

    Malina 

Malina, the Sour Demon

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"What? Never played rhythm-based dungeon crawlers, have you?"
Zdrada's younger sister. A grumpy and perpetually annoyed demon with anger issues and a sour mood, as her name suggests. She joins the harem after the Helltaker promises to play video games with her.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Zdrada calls her "Malinka".
  • The Alcoholic: Cerberus mentions the smell of alcohol in her level, and in the Epilogue she's seen grasping a bottle of Vodka.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In her first appearance in a comic released a few days before Helltaker, she has completely white skin, compared to the more natural tones she and the rest of the demons would have later.
  • Gamer Chick: She really likes turn-based strategy games. The protagonist gets her into his harem by offering to play them with her.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She bickers with her sister Zdrada a lot and reacts with annoyance at the mere hint of her presence on the area. So much that, after one argument, she tells the Helltaker to kill one of them fast.
  • Ironic Name: Malina means raspberry in several Slavic languages, while the diminuative Malinka, which her sister calls her, can either mean "Little raspberry" or, in Russian, "Sweet as a little berry", which is ironic for someone dubbed the Sour Demon.
  • Noodle Incident: One of the advice conversations has Zdrada mocking her fetish for turn-based strategy games by recounting an incident in which she got so turned on that she did something- and then Malina cuts her off immediately, telling the Helltaker to kill one of them.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Malina never loses her, well, sour scowling face, even when supposedly happy as part of the Helltaker's harem and celebrating with him and the other demon girls.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compare and contrast her with Zdrada.
  • Slashed Throat: Pick the wrong thing to say, she makes a swiping motion and suddenly there's a fountain of blood coming out of your throat.
  • Strangely Arousing: According to Zdrada, she's turned on by turn-based strategy games. The prequel comic implies she's telling the truth.

    Zdrada 

Zdrada, the Bitch Demon

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"Too bad, I'm coming anyway. Go ahead, try to stop me."
Malina's older sister. As her title suggests, she's a smug Jerkass and cigarette chomper with a casual, whatever-you-say attitude. She joins the harem just because she can.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Zdrada" is Polish for "betrayal", an unpleasant name appropriate for the entitled "Bitch Demon".
  • Finger Snap Lighter: Attempts to light a cigarette this way in the epilogue, to limited success.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Possibly an example. Malina is nerdish and introverted, rather than "smart", and Zdrada punkish and extroverted, rather than "beautiful", but Zdrada teases her sister mercilessly over her interests, and wants her to get out more.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In her dialogue she's either smoking or trying to light a cigarette.
  • Knife Nut: She stabs you in the ribs if you claim your harem is just for turn-based strategy games.
  • Mercy Kill: Zdrada considers killing you to be this if you tell her your harem is mostly just playing turn-based strategy games. Then she kills you.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In contrast with her sister Malina, Zdrada is never seen without a smug and naughty grin in her face.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compare and contrast her with Malina.
  • Suicide Dare: Played for Laughs after you get her. She goads you into suicide and then starts bickering with Malina. You even get an achievement for obliging!
  • Too Kinky to Torture: It's implied in the epilogue that she likes to be "punished", and says that she's been a "very bad girl". When the Helltaker says that she'd like it, she backs off and tells him to screw himself, although her expression isn't exactly saying "no". The art book even says the original concept for Zdrada had been "a mean masochist". The post-game comics Vanripper has since posted to twitter even have sadist-mode Pandemonica tell her that if she keeps being a good girl she might do something to her.

    Azazel 

Azazel, the Curious Angel

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"I could write a spectacular paper on this, but nobody would believe me."
Surprisingly, an angel (or, say, soon-to-be fallen angel), filled with curiosity about demonkind, especially ones of the same gender, but never properly express it.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Word of God from Vanripper implies she's likely a lesbian, but deeply in the closet about it due to her status as a servant of God. invoked
  • Covert Pervert: She initially seems like a perfect example of a prim-and-proper wholesome-minded angel, who's only in Hell for her demon-based research. However, the story periodically hints at her interest in demons being... less than professional, such as acting nervously interested about demons in general and Modeus' "warped view of love", staring with clear sweatdropping interest at Judgement's breasts during the normal ending image, apparently stalking the demons everywhere they go on the excuse of it being for "research", and countering Modeus' claims of the local gym staffing porn actors in such a way that implies she independently looked up online porn for herself, followed by checking common locations and situations they're based on, to find out how close to reality they are. When Justice offers to help Modeus with her fantasies, she's seen tagging along with a video camera, obviously very interested in recording anything that results.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Fallen Angel Azazel from Jewish mythology was a male angel. The Azazel in this game is a female, so it's unclear if they're meant to be the same angel or if she just has the same name.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Her outfit is white with gold highlights.
  • Light Is Good: Azazel the Curious Angel is an angel who wears white with gold highlights, as opposed to the Red and Black and Evil All Over color scheme of the demons. She also says she's studying the demons for a thesis rather than being interested in them in any romantic way. Though the ending implies that she's starting to enjoy the loud and rowdy life with the harem, and the slide has her visibly blushing when staring at Judgement's cleavage.
  • Nice Girl: As befitting an angel, she is pretty pleasant. Along with Justice, she's the only one who doesn't kill you if you pick the wrong dialogue option. (though you do get a Non Standard Game Over)
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Maybe not the most obvious example, but her somewhat pervy curiousity of demonkind doesn't seem to end on demon girls, and she is just as much into any demonic creatures. However, given the difference in her attitude towards the game and the girls, it's possible that her sexual interests are limited to the girls, making this downplayed. Shown in a little comic made by the game's creator where she seems to "appreciate" demonic creatures in Inferno castle of Heroes 3, a little too much. To the point of driving her to tears. In artwork made during an official stream, she enthusastically interviews a Marauder.
  • Non Standard Game Over: She's an angel, so she won't kill you if you say the wrong thing to her, but if Helltaker tries to hit on her by saying he's looking for angels she misunderstands and brings him up to heaven, which means he loses his demon girl harem.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She's almost always seen with a smile on her face. While there are rare moments that can get a frown out of her, whether by upsetting her or doing something that really brings out her sense of curiosity, 90% of the time she has a big goofy grin on her face, even while nervous or sporting a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: In the apocryphal Book of Enoch, Azazel is the name of a Fallen Angel. Amusingly, Azazel in the original tale was a sinful angel who was fond of interacting with demons and was not afraid to get into lustful adventures with them. Bizarrely, heaven tolerated his tomfoolery and Azazel became something of a bridge between angel and demon culture, much to the displeasure of God. Helltaker's Azazel, meanwhile, finds herself accidentally leaving Heaven to join a harem full of demons.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A comic where she reveals Pandemonica's hidden side heavily implies that one of her methods for researching the demon girls is stalking them around without them knowing, something that alarms Pandemonica into "confiscating" said research.
  • Stealth Pun: She's writing a Curious Angel's Thesis. Heh.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: In the epilogue. She clearly didn't expect to end up becoming part of a harem and her dialogue implies that she's been participating more than she expected. Although she seems to be more bewildered by her situation than actually upset given that her chief concern is that she can't write about what she's experienced in the thesis she's writing as no one would believe her.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's just there to study the demons. Along with Justice, she's the only girl who won't kill you regardless of your dialogue options. At worst she'll send you to Heaven if you say you're looking for angels, ending your quest for a demon harem unintentionally.

    Justice 

Justice, the Awesome Demon

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"Yo, did you just solve that puzzle? That's awesome!"
The former High Prosecutor of Hell who has gone blind at some point. She looks like an action movie star from the 80s, with a confident aura and badass shades.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Considering that she’s the previous high prosecutor, it’s safe to assume that she’s quite powerful in her own right and that pissing her off would be a very bad idea. Thankfully, she’s actually pretty nice. It’s also revealed that she’s the one who defeated Beelzeebub and banished them to the abyss.
  • Blind Justice: Quite fittingly for a character named Justice who formerly acted as High Prosecutor and passed judgement upon sinners to determine the weight of their sins, she is also completely blind.
  • Coat Cape: She wears her suit like this.
  • Covert Pervert: This sequel comic to Modeus' gym-porn debacle reveals that Justice is actually quite interested in sexing up humans, trying to go out and experience the events of a cop porn video Modeus told her about. When she learns the porn was faked with actors, she brings Modeus and Azazel along to try and convince some humans to "act out" those videos.
  • Disabled Love Interest: The epilogue reveals she's blind- hence her use of sunglasses. It does nothing to detract from her attractiveness.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Justice has a pair, to fit with her "cool girl" theme. The digital concept art book reveals that they were a gift from Lucifer.
  • Handicapped Badass: She doesn't show it much currently, since she's both retired and a Nice Girl, but in the past she was able to beat up and imprison Beelzebub, and Heaven considers her dangerous enough that she was given two Red Baron names, all in spite of the fact that she's completely blind.
  • Nice Girl: Justice is very laid-back and friendly, and is the only demon that doesn't threaten bodily harm and/or death on the Helltaker at any point.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Beat up Beelzebub and tossed them into the Abyss a long time ago during their time as High Prosecutor. She had a lot of fun doing it, and wishes you'd been there to see it. It was apparently so awesome that she earned the title "Flybreaker" for it.
  • Passing the Torch: She was the former High Prosecutor, but passed on the job to Judgement.
  • Red Baron: According to one comic, in Heaven she's referred to as "the Blind" and "Flybreaker."
  • Rule of Cool: Her bread and butter, essentially. It only matters to her how cool anything is. In the ending, she's taking bets on why the Helltaker always wears his sunglasses, with Justice betting on him having laser vision.
  • Sunglasses at Night: She wears sunglasses all the time despite hell being dark and enclosed. Lampshaded in the epilogue where the Helltaker asks her why she wears them, and Justice says it's just because she's blind.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's very chill and friendly with no reservations about joining the harem regardless of which answer you pick. This seems to extend to the rest of the cast, as everyone else seems to like her and she seems to hold no animosity for Beelzebub like Lucifer does.
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    Lucifer 

Lucifer, the CEO of Hell

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"Pledge your soul to me and I'll make you my most treasured slave."
The de facto head honcho of Hell. She's a calculating bureaucrat and businesswoman who makes offers that no mortal can refuse, though she's a sucker for chocolate.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Beelzebub refers to her as "Lucy." Though, given their implied animosity this could be seen as more of a mocking nickname than an affection one.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her left eye. It's especially visible in her mini-sprite.
  • Bloody Murder: Lucifer's second Bad End has her killing you by turning all your blood into vinegar.
  • Breather Level: Very much invoked. Her "puzzle" consists of a regular office with a line of skeletons. Just walk around them, kick the one in the front of the line, and then take its place. Given that she comes before the two hardest levels in the game, this gives the player a much-needed break.
  • Comically Small Bribe: How does the Helltaker convince the Queen of Hell to join his harem? By offering her chocolate pancakes and TBS games.
  • Cry Cute: She's normally the picture of calm and smooth arrogance, but when Judgement refuses to stand down on her attempts to kill Helltaker and the other demons even cheer the fighting on, Lucifer is noticeably red-faced in embarrassment while holding back tears.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She'll walk all over Helltaker like any of the other girls, and even stabs him for accidentally splashing her with batter while mixing it vigorously in the artbook's pancake recipe comic. But she still thinks that it's the least she can do to help out Helltaker in the kitchen.
  • Food as Bribe: The Helltaker can have her as part of the harem if he convinces her to try his pancakes. Lucifer has a thing for them, fortunately.
  • A Glass of Chianti: She's always seen holding a glass of red wine when you're in Hell.
  • Hot as Hell: The Queen/CEO of Hell is presented as a Badass in a Nice Suit, and she can be convinced to join the Helltaker's harem.
  • Meido: Referenced by Justice in a conversation with her, where she comments Lucifer wouldn't do half-bad if she tried maid roleplaying.
  • No Respect Guy: Despite being the CEO of Hell, there's implication (particularly from Justice) that the demons follow Lucifer more out of free will than she'd like.
    Lucifer: I'm supposed to be the goddamn Queen of Hell! Why is nobody ever listening to me?
  • The Older Immortal: Vanripper has stated that white horns denote older demons. The fact that Beezelbub and Lucifer are the only two demons with white horns implies that they are ancient even by demon standards.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Satan is never described as a demon in the Bible (though he does have command over them). The Old Testament implies at best that he's a spirit that hangs out in heaven, playing the role of a prosecutor. The New Testament implies that Satan used to be an angel, and that he even had access to a dragon form when he went to war with heaven. Lucifer would have more in common with Azazel (both being a fallen angel) if she was more Biblically accurate. Though, given Lucifer's shape shifting ability, it wouldn't be hard to imagine that she cast off any angelic traits she had ages ago and never looked back.
  • Satan: Lucifer is one of the demons the protagonist adds to his harem. In this game, she's a woman, and is described as the CEO of hell.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: In the epilogue and comics posted by Vanripper, Lucifer ditches her crown, jacket, tie, and gloves, wearing her shirt with the sleeves slightly rolled up, and has her hair in a bun.
  • Sweet Tooth: The main reason Lucifer decides to join the main character's harem is that he offers her chocolate pancakes.
  • Tsundere: One of the more antagonistic demons when first encountered, but by the end of the game she seems to be genuinely fond of the Helltaker, becoming distraught when Judgement threatens him in the final boss fight, and helping him bake pancakes in the epilogue, not that she'd ever admit to it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of the comics reveals she has some limited shapeshifting abilities, which she uses to transform into a goat-type Beast Man after Helltaker asks about why demons are often depicted with goat-like features. She uses it to tease Helltaker about being a furry.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: If you pledge your soul to her, she kisses you on the forehead, and your life melts away. She notes that until Helltaker arrived, everyone who reached her chose said option, and she still seems to consider Helltaker her "property" even when she does join.

    Judgement 

Judgement, the High Prosecutor

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"IGNITE THE SIN MACHINE! SUFFERING MUST BE MADE!"
A loud-mouthed demon who seems a bit too dedicated to her job. She is the current High Prosecutor of Hell, disposing sinners by putting them through the Sin Machine.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: While all the other demons have red skin-tones, that's just the dim lighting of Hell tinting it, since Azazel and the humans besides the black cop share it. Judgement however has a completely unique, inhumanly grey skin color.
  • Absolute Cleavage: The jacket and top of her work outfit are open clear to her abdomen, giving you a good view of her chest and abs. Even when she wears casual clothes, she still leaves the top open down to the middle of her chest, continuing to expose her cleavage.
  • Chain Pain: She attacks you by summoning glowing white chains that stretch across the arena and damage you if they make contact.
  • Four Is Death: Judgement's battle has four distinct stages, and getting hit four times in any one stage will result in death.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: She is the only demon with glowing white eyes. Although it's suggested Justice had similar eyes back during her own High Prosecutor days.
  • Harem Nanny: While Helltaker provides the house for the demons, Judgement is the one generally responsible for wrangling everyone, such as punishing Cerberus after the latter tries to corrupt some kids, or stopping Modeus's plans to get her own human harem.
  • Hidden Depths: Her description in the official artbook reveals that she is actually the most well-meaning of all the demon girls, and her hammy over-the-top sadistic attitude is just a persona she puts on to do her job. It might be why she, despite all her earlier actions, easily agreed to "postpone" Helltaker's damnation after he defeated her Sin Machine, and didn't really seem mad about it. While we don't see much of it in-game beyond the aforementioned points, the follow-up comics do a really good job showing what she's like off-the-clock.
  • Knight Templar: She declares her duty of carrying out "Punishment" supersedes any authority, including Lucifer's own. Which is why she ignores Lucifer's demands for her to stop trying to judge Helltaker. She even admits she'd rather not torture Helltaker, but it's her job and she has to.
  • Large Ham: With her manic and energetic expression and her dialogue being written in all caps as well as being so bombastic, Judgement is this very much. Most girls are quite soft-spoken and calm, but Judgement just spouts her lines in the most theatrical fashion possible. Once you get to make her the offer to join the harem, however, her speech and disposition become more subdued.
  • Licked by the Dog: One of the biggest signs that she's not such a bad demon is that dogs seem to instinctively like her, such as in this official stream art, where it's happily licking her face, or when she went on a stroll with Justice, where the dog just walked up to her, happily staring and panting when she picks it up.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Granted, all the demon girls are attractive, but Judgement is the only skimpily dressed one among them, with her sex appeal being such that Azazel stares at her breasts in the epilogue. Even when wearing more modest clothing in the comics, she still leaves the top open to expose her plentiful cleavage.
  • No Indoor Voice: Most of her dialogue is written in all caps, which indicates this. However, it's indicated it's at least partially her playing up her image, as it becomes normal when she stops the theatrics long enough to admit she'd actually rather not torture Helltaker but it's her job and offering her to join the harem.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Freely admits that she'd much rather not be torturing the Helltaker, but it's kind of in her job description. A bit of flattery gets her to stand down and join the harem, figuring that she might as well give it a shot considering how far the regular procedure's been derailed already.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While her High Prosecutor uniform is already quite alluring, when she actually wears a suit like the other demons, she looks outright dashing.
  • Stripperiffic: By far shows the most skin out of all the characters.
  • Tarot Motifs: Judgement has the number 20 in roman numbers in her armband and the back of her jacket, which is the number of the tarot card of the same name.
  • Token Good Teammate: Despite being the most antagonistic of the bunch, having her own boss fight and everything, she is described as being the kindest demon, with her antagonistic attitude being a false persona she adopts to help her accomplish her job as hell's high prosecutor. The fact that she can be easily convinced to show you mercy and allow you to leave hell for a few years shows this. In the comics depicting their lives in the mortal world, most of her appearances are spent reining in the more troublesome members of the group like Cerberus and Modeus, or worrying about getting attention from Heaven's spies.

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     Skeletons 

Skeletons

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Skeletal Mooks who serve as obstacles on the Helltaker's quest.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the prequel comic about Malina, a bunch of them are depicted as ganging up on the Helltaker and giving him a hard time, whereas in the game, they're incapable of (at least directly) even harming him and he's capable of destroying them with a single kick if they're up against a wall.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Two of them join Lucifer's side when you speak with her, yet she's the one who kills you if you pick the wrong dialogue options.
  • The Dead Can Dance: Two of them are dancing with big grins once you successfully convince Judgement to join you and Beelzebub in the secret ending.
  • Dem Bones: They appear skeletal, despite looking very buff. In dialogue, they are only referred to as Undead Slaves.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Played with. Their eyes are menacingly glowing white when they are bodyguarding Lucifer, but in the Glorious Success screens they're obviously happy and most definitely not doom-inducing.
  • NPC Roadblock: Their primary purpose. Actively Defied by Helltaker, who can kick them around and even destroy them if they're backed against a wall, and played straight in that doing so costs the player Will, requiring them to avoid or spare certain skeletons to successfully complete the level.
  • Out of Focus: While they had prominent roles in both the game and a few of the early comics, they pretty much vanish from the comics taking place after the game story, which is justified since they act as guards for Hell, along with not making any sort of agreement to join Helltaker, so they don't factor into the Earth-focused plots of the comics.
  • Shipper on Deck: From their positively giddy reactions when the Helltaker convinces Judgement to join his harem and if he joins Beelzebub in the Abyss they seem to wholeheartedly approve.

     The Angels 

The Angels

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"Who would've guessed that lying will get you into heaven."
A group of heavenly beings that are only seen in Azazel's secret ending.
  • Amazon Brigade: They're all women.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear what's happening in the only image they're seen in. All the girls in the back are praying-at-attention, so either the officer is glaring at the Helltaker who lied his way into Heaven, or she's disciplining one of her subordinates. Or she's glaring at the player.
  • Bling of War: The officer has a rather finely decorated dress uniform, Nice Hat included.
  • Cassandra Truth: One of the comics indicates that the angels have seen some of the harem on earth (including Justice, Judgement, and Lucifer), but the angel who notices this is dismissed and told they're probably just lookalikes.
  • Death Glare: The officer in front is seen furiously glaring at... someone.
  • Good-Looking Privates: All of them are attractive young women, and Word of God states that Heaven may or may not have a military fetish going on. invoked
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Between the fact that Heaven is apparently a military ("don't ask, don't tell" ring a bell?) and Azazel being heavily implied to be an Armoured Closet Gay, it doesn't take a genius to put two and two together.
  • Holy Halo: The angels in the back have them, but oddly enough, the officer in front doesn't.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: All the angels in the back are completely identical, with only varying hair styles.

     The Police 
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A police team who come knocking on the Helltaker's door in the game's ending.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear what Cerberus did to get them to come over, but the detective claims they only have a few questions. On the other hand, the policewoman escorting the detective is wearing quite a large amount of tactical armour, and holding an automatic rifle, as if prepared for a confrontation. Then again, in one of the comics, the planet is apparently regularly subjected to alien invasions and zombie plagues so this might just be normal procedure.
  • Sharp Dressed Woman: The detective is wearing a sharp suit of a light gray color.
  • SWAT Team: The armored officer certainly gives off this vibe.
  • Sweet Tooth: Upon Helltaker offering them pancakes, the armored officer is seen taking off her mask and eagerly licking her lips.
  • Token Minority: The detective is black, though given how she's one of the only three human characters in the game (the detective, the police officer with her, and Helltaker himself) it's not a particularly egregious example.

    Beelzebub 

Beelzebub, The Great Fly

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"Do you, by any chance, need a narrator?"
A giant, misshapen fly-like insect who serves as the narrator of the story.
  • Animalistic Abomination: They take the form of a massive, vaguely humanoid, fly-like monstrosity.
  • Beelzebub: Obviously. Here Beelzebub is depicted as a huge, red fly-like Animalistic Abomination.
  • Character Narrator: Serves as this for the entire game.
  • Friendly Enemy: Apparently did something bad enough to get banished to another dimension, but Beelzebub still refers to Lucifer cordially as "Lucy", to which Lucifer cordially responds with "Beel".
  • Gonk: In contrast to the rest of the cast, Beelzebub's grotesque, animalistic design was clearly not designed to be easy on the eyes.
  • Noodle Incident: What exactly Beelzebub did that was deemed exile-worthy even by demon standards is never elaborated on.

    The Queen Crimson (Massive Spoilers for the Secret Ending inside) 

Beelzebub, The Queen Crimson

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"Here. I think you will find this form a little more comfortable to converse with."
A more human form of the aforementioned Beelzebub.
  • Animal Motifs: Beelzebub's outfit when she transforms into A Form You Are Comfortable With is very fly-themed, with fly-shaped buttons, earrings, bracelets, and a fly-shaped broach. The inside of her jacket also resembles the pattern of a fly's wings and they rise and flap when she's excited.
  • Foreshadowing: If you seek advice in the first level, Beelzebub comments that you have yet to find any cute demon girls to provide advice, and that "no matter how cute [she is, she's] but a narrator." It seems like a joke about Beelzebub's rather grotesque appearance, but the secret ending reveals she is indeed another Cute Monster Girl.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: In the secret ending, she turns from an Eldritch Abomination into a cute girl to make the Helltaker more comfortable.
  • Furry Reminder: As her true form is a fly-like Animalistic Abomination, she has a few of their characteristic traits, such as wiping her forehead and hands with a cloth when she's nervous in a similar way to how flies clean themselves, and producing a poisonously corrosive saliva from her mouth when eating, as this comic shows.
  • Gender Reveal: Seconds before taking on A Form You Are Comfortable With, Beelzebub calls herself the "Mistress of Flies", letting slip that she's, well, she. Said character had cleverly never been referred to by gendered pronouns before this point.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Played with. Beelzebub refutes Lucifer's claim the Abyss is a realm of madness by stating she's more bored out of her mind than anything (to the point she made an entire castle from molding the shadows of the realm to pass the time) and states being a little mad would be a welcome change of pace. However, as she notes under Unreliable Narrator, the possibility that she has indeed gone insane while in the Abyss and simply made up the story to pass the time might by true as well.
  • I Have Many Names: Said word for word by her in the secret ending, right before she lists all her titles: The Sovereign of Pestilence, The Warden of Decay, The Mistress of Flies, and The Queen Crimson.
  • It Amused Me: In the various after-story comics involving her, it's shown that the heavy isolation from being stuck in the Abyss means she has taken to doing anything she can to sate her insanity-inducing boredom. One such method is filling every room of her palace with tentacles, purely for the sheer potential hilarity of seeing somebody like Helltaker being grabbed and manhandled by them.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Her hair is shaped like a fly's head, with the messy bits sticking out being rather like a fly's bristles.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: While not the Large Ham Judgement is, Beelzebub seems to possess a flair for the dramatic herself, considering that after revealing her humanoid form she poses dramatically while finishing saying her titles and officially welcoming Helltaker.
  • Shout-Out: Her title of 'The Queen Crimson' brings to mind a similarly-named band.
  • Sweet Tooth: In the secret ending, she states that all demons love sugar but it's especially prominent with her as you buy her affections with a plate of chocolate pancakes.
  • Unreliable Narrator: She brings up the question of whether or not she's telling the truth in her narration at the end of the secret ending. She also suggests that she isn't telling the story to the player, but to an amnesiac Helltaker trapped in the Abyss with her, or possibly no-one at all, having gone insane from the isolation. Either way, she doesn't give a straight answer.


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