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Louis Cypher/Lucifer/Helel

Warning: As a major recurring figure throughout the series, there will be spoilers for multiple games. You have been warned.

The Great Will's sworn enemy. Lucifer, otherwise known as Louis Cypher, is a major recurring character in the main Shin Megami Tensei series. Just don't confuse him with Satan, who actually works for YHVH.

He appears for the first time in Shin Megami Tensei I as a man in a business suit named Louis Cypher that gives you cryptic, misleading information. He shows his true colors in the Chaos path ending, transforming into a blonde angel swathed in white robes, with golden horns and six feathery wings.

In Shin Megami Tensei II, Lucifer again appears as Louis Cypher, having turned against YHVH after being ordered to destroy the world. If you chose the Law and Neutral Paths you will face him in battle, but in the Chaos path he will join your party in order to stop Satan and YHVH.

In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, he appears in two forms: a young blonde-haired boy and an old man in a wheelchair. In both forms accompanied by a nurse in black who appears young when he looks old, and vice-versa. He gives the Demi-fiend his first Magatama, allowing you to survive in the Vortex World. If you complete Nocturne's optional dungeon, it is also revealed that he was the one to give candelebra to the Fiends, in order to to make the Demi-fiend powerful enough to challenge God.

In Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon, Louis makes an appearance in the Tamonten Shrine as a "blonde young man" who appears to serve as a "spark" for Raidou and his actions. He is also referred to as Beelzebub, according to the Mushibito race due to the fact that they see him as a fly, not as a human.

After you get the "Chaos" ending and start a New Game Plus+ file, Raidou can take case files involving Louis and end up discovering his true identity while also battling his Lucifer form. Raidou can also use a Skill demon to transform as Louis, whose special ability is to gain money from talking to demons in the Dark Realm.

In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Louis Cypher appears as a "blonde woman" wearing a goat's head hairclip and a blue dress named "Louisa Ferre".

In Shin Megami Tensei IV and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, he appears again as the leader of the Chaos demons, although he doesn't take active role for most of the game as disguises himself as a human girl named Hikaru instead. While initially seeming to have a undergone a bizarre Humans Are Insects personality change and even forming an Enemy Mine team with the Law faction against the Polytheistic gods in Apocalypse, it is later revealed the Lucifer in these games is actually a sub-divided piece of Satan, a member of the forces of Law and The Dragon of YHVH.

  • Affably Evil: Even at his worst, he always maintains an air of politeness and truly cares about helping humanity survive and reach their greatest potential. But due to his Social Darwinist beliefs, his genuine desire to help means a ton of suffering for a whole lot of people.
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: His "beholders" seem to see him as a comforting or grounding being. Take note that he appears as a caring adult to a presumably frightened teenager, a charming civilian woman to a ship full of traumatized soldiers, a fellow teenager to a protagonist expected to keep pace with demanding adults and a young girl who just so happens to be help you in a journey because she finds you interesting.
    • Emphasized in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon that while Louis Cyphre looks like a young man to Raidou, the insect-like Mushibito see him as Beelzebub, a giant fly demon.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Makes for a disarmingly attractive Mysterious Waif in Strange Journey and a really disarmingly attractive cute teenage girl in IV though this incarnation of Lucifer isn't really him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of his most consistent titles is Demon King.
  • Big Red Devil: His Devil Children design is one. He's firmly on the side of good in those games though.
  • Bishōnen: His human and angel forms.
  • Boss Battle: Lucifer tends to be one of the most difficult boss battles in any game he appears in, especially when he appears as a Final Boss or a Bonus Boss.
    • Lucifer is the Final Boss of Megami Tensei and Last Bible, though this was back when his potrayal was a classic evil villain.
    • He is also the very last opponent you face in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, specifically as a True Final Boss in the True Demon route.
    • Lucifer appears in several case files in a New Game+ of Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon as one of the two ultimate bosses of the game. The first case file has him summon his servants Mara and Arioch, as well as transforming into Beelzebub to fight. After defeating all three Raidou fights Lucifer briefly before the battle ends, after which Lucifer will give him one of two beneficial items to use. The next case file from him is a true battle against him, which ends with Lucifer giving him another beneficial item to use. The third fight he goes all out against Raidou. Defeating him allows Raidou to fuse Lucifer.
    • In Devil Survivor, Lucifer is also the ultimate boss, appearing in his devil form on the final day in a New Game+. He proclaims that he has no interest in whatever happens to the title of Bel (and in fact ordered Beelzebub to support Belberith just to get it over with), but decides to pick a fight with you to amuse himself.
  • But Thou Must!: No matter what route Naoki goes down in Majin Tensei II, he will face Lucifer in battle. This includes the Chaos path.
  • Captain Ersatz: Louis Cypher is believed to take his act from all-time world famous recording artist/performer David Bowie. Some believe he is an amalgamation of Bowie's real life and stage personae; and Louis' mismatched eyes parallel Bowie's own ocular disfigurement; wherein one eye is permanently dilated leaving what is left of the originally blue iris reddish in hue.
  • Characterization Marches On: Presented early on as a straight up villain, later games made him into a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • The Corrupter: Word of God says it's his main role - to test humanity by offering power, manipulating and poking around the human soul.
  • Creepy Child: Child Form in Nocturne. After all, he frequently shows up from out of nowhere and caused the Demi-Fiend's transformation.
  • Demonic Possession: Done to him by Beelzebub of all people, in Devil Children Anime.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: In Nocturne. He does, however, try to, at least, explain himself. If you're willing to endure his trials... and listen.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Actually works against him Shin Megami Tensei II, since the number of murderous and outright evil demons working for him can convince Aleph not to work with him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When invading Purgatorium in IV, he's plainly disgusted when he realizes angels have truly become no more than machines.
  • Evil Plan: Played with. The man's a certified bastard but his plans revolve around saving Humanity. And the other guy happens not to be particularly pleasant. On the other hand, the ultimate consequences of his plan would end in a chaotic, lawless world where not only Everything Is Trying to Kill You but the crapsackiness is written in stone in the very foundations of reality.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Apart from the various human guise he has, he reveals he can even take the form of demons such as his subordinate Beelzebub, as revealed in King Abaddon. When he realizes that he isn't even speaking like the real deal during the first Bonus Boss fight against him, he corrects himself and talks like Beelzebub including doing his Evil Laugh.
  • Four-Star Badass: Every demon who wants to give YHVH the finger answers to this guy, especially in II.
  • Gender Flip: In Strange Journey as "Louisa Ferre". Though in Japan she goes by "Louis Cyphre". before that, the "Louis Cypher" moniker was also used in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE for a female avatar (who kinda looks like a secretary). He also becomes a Japanese teenager named Hikaru in IV. Strange Journey Redux reveals that he, or she, is capable of bearing children in a female form.
  • Genius Bruiser: Lucifer's true strength is arguably not his combat prowess (which is overwhelming, do not think otherwise) but his terrifying intellect.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • Anytime that you fight Lucifer for real and win, he never takes his loss badly as he feels that it would go against his own philosophy, even if it means he turns out to be the weaker one in the end. Except on the Law path in II, where he's really angry (for good reason).
    • In Nocturne, if you follow the Demon or Freedom paths, he will congratulate you: even though these outcomes are not the one he desires, the fact remains that your decision threw a wrench into the Great Will's plans. In the case of Freedom he reveals this is due to Demi-Fiend choosing it just as he did in the past.
  • God and Satan Are Both Jerks: He's very good at making himself look good, especially given he wants to save humanity from the more blatantly evil Law side. However, in true Draco in Leather Pants fashion, some people will conveniently forget some of his less savory goals. YHVH might be a vicious, amoral tyrant... but Lucifer is a very vicious manipulator and in the pursuit of his goals there is no line he won't cross.
  • Heaven's Devils: In I and IV: Apocalypse, he's revealed to be a part of YHVH or his plans. Apocalypse explains how and why, though this might not be universal across all continuities.
  • Satan is Good: Depends on the game, but the franchise as a whole views Lucifer as a symbol of freedom, rebellion, and the desire to take destiny into one's own hands, and while Lucifer himself is generally considered a corrupter who does actions that look seemingly good in principle but is actually bad in reality, what he stands for is often painted in a positive light.
    • In Megami Tensei II, Lucifer is very much benevolent and can join the Protagonist to face the True Final Boss YHVH in the Chaos path. It's interesting in that his race also changes from Tyrant to Deity.
    • Lucifer is actually the Big Good of the Devil Children series, where he desires to bring peace to the human and demon worlds and only doing evil while impersonated by Azazel in the first games or under the control of Beelzebub in the anime. In future games, he knows that only the Devil Children can save the world so he helps the best that he can.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei II, even if he is manipulating Aleph, he really does care about all of humanity, not just those who decide to worship him, and will blatantly help you in the Chaos path, and leave you the info on how to do the same with his dying words in the Neutral path.
  • Screw Destiny: Lucifer's general theme, which is the light of possibilities before and after his fall from grace.
    • Lucifer's goal in King Abaddon is to change the future and find someone who can free the world from God's control. By fighting Raidou he realizes that Raidou is the one who can free the world from God's control.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Represents Pride, which is the greatest sin amongst the seven.
  • Signature Move: In every Shin Megami Tensei-titled game in which he's fought, he possesses Evil Shine, which inflicts the Charm or Panic ailment to the whole party and in later installments inflicts Almighty damage as well. From Nocturne onward he also has a move, called Root of Evil in Nocturne and Morning Star in the IV duology, that drops your entire party's HP by a certain percentage, usually half.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Throughout the series, Lucifer has been very good at presenting himself as the lesser of two evils. It varies heavily depending on the game whether he actually is or not.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Lucifer's Angel form from his Bonus Boss fight in King Abaddon, where any demon with a powerful ice spell and Makakajaon used can do such massive damage to him that when he switches back to his demon form he will automatically return back into his Angel form to take all the damage over again.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Barely. He seeks to free humanity from YHVH, which one would think would be a benign goal, but the means he's prepared to use to reach that goal can be monstrous, and the world that he wants to make is hardly better than YHVH's choice between blind obedience or apocalypse. The only reason he really fits here at all is that he's consistently trying to protect humanity's existence.
  • Xanatos Gambit: This is what he has going on in Nocturne. It literally didn't matter what the Demi-fiend did with the power of the Magatama. All he wanted was to get data on what it would take to make a demon capable of growth. Once the product was considered workable, it only was a matter of finding a willing accomplice and giving them trials to power them up. Passing the trials of the True Demon Path (venturing through the Labyrinth of Amala, defeating the Fiends, Beelzebub and Metatron, reaching him) just happened to mean that accomplice was you.


Beelzebub/Baal Zebul/Belzaboul
Beelzebub, also known by his human avatar form Baal Zebul, is a powerful and high-ranking demon; he is the right-hand man of Lucifer.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population
  • Ambiguously Brown: Takajo Zett.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In Majin Tensei II where Beelzebub appears as a woman wearing dominatrix gear.
  • Big Bad: Devil Children first anime.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His One-Winged Angel form.
  • Bishōnen: His armored form in Devil Children Fire/Ice Book.
  • Bonus Boss: Beelzebub appears as this trope so often it's practically series tradition. In the games where he isn't this trope usually has him as a mandatory Boss Battle instead.
    • Shin Megami Tensei II: Beelzebub appears in Castle Kether in the Abyss. He is a voluntary challenge; if you walk into his chamber, he will challenge you and you may decline and even come back later.
    • In the re-release version of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Beelzebub is technically an optional boss as he is only a mandatory boss battle if you want to reach the True Demon Ending, as he can only be fought in the Fourth Kalpa of the Labyrinth of Amala. Defeating him makes him fuseable and erases the curses in the hallways of the Third Kalpa.
    • Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner also has him as a part of a series of bonus bosses. Unlike the others, the party is required to fight him twice before killing him for good. Defeating Beelzebub's fly-form will grant the ammo Magatama and the item "Tyrant's Skull", which unlocks the High Priest Mantra, granting the access to several of Beelzebub's skillsets. Players will also net the Karma Ring which protects the wearer from Dark-based attacks, which can be equipped in the sequel.
    • Beelzebub is the ultimate boss and highest level summonable demon in the game in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army. He must be defeated at the lowest level of the Training Hall. The player must save at the last save point in the game and return to the Training Hall. A voice will speak to Raidou when he enters the northern section of the bottom floor. Then Raidou must collect 3 special items (the Emblem of Hell, the Phantom Skull and the Tyrant Spawn) to prove his worth to Beelzebub. These items are obtained by fighting 3 Hyakki-Yakkou battles (Zerg Rush battles with 100 demons) at certain moon phases in certain sections of different floors. (A Kudan will hint at their location a phase or two before the battle's set phase) Then Raidou can fight Beelzebub in the same spot where he heard the voice, but he must beat some Ukobach and Nebiros before Beelzebub will appear.
    • Though a mandatory boss in Devil Survivor, Beelzebub returns as a Bonus Boss in Devil Survivor 2. Here, he's a Barrier Change Boss par excellence.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, Beelzebub appears in a two part sidequest concerning the resurrection of Baal. Unless you're on the Neutral route, both sidequests are entirely optional, and even on Neutral, only the first part is required. Along with the Fiends, Beelzebub is considered the ultimate non-DLC boss in the game.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, Beelzebub is one of Louisa Ferre's four generals she summons in a New Game Plus EX Mission in the new final dungeon, all of whom are stronger than even the Demiurge. He can be reached via the northeast teleport in the room north of Louisa, but you'll have to find the switch to lower the wall guarding his door to fight him.
  • Demonic Possession: Does this to Lucifer in Devil Children anime and Ahuzaya Mikado in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Shin Megami Tensei IV, where he only appears in a sidequest and not alongside Lucifer. Mostly because he's stuck in the body of King Ahuzaya.
  • The Dragon: To Lucifer in most of the games, but works under Belberith in Devil Survivor; it turns out he was ordered by Lucifer to help Belberith become the King of Bel.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Belzaboul's strategy in Devil Survivor mostly consists of planting his spawn in your bodies, which burst out and become full grown flies. Meaning Belzaboul is a giant demonic Bot Fly.
  • Fat Bastard: When in Baal Zebul form (from Shin Megami Tensei II) onwards.
  • Final Boss: Of Jack Bros and Jin's route in Devil Children Messiah Riser.
  • Fusion Dance: If Bael is in your company in Megami Tensei II, upon defeat Bael will attempt to union with Beelzebub (presumably this is accomplished by Bael the toad somehow eating Beelzebub the fly - as toads will do.) If this is allowed to happen, Majin Baal will emerge from the two and gladly join the ranks of your digital devil horde.
  • Gender Bender: Is a female dominatrix in Majin Tensei II
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Beelzebub devours humans in order to gain power in both Digital Devil Saga and Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: In Shin Megami Tensei I, if the player isn't Chaos aligned, they have to beat him in order to be able to create him. As he's the strongest demon in the game, they'll likely already be strong enough to beat the game if they can defeat him.
  • Human Sacrifice: Rather it's demon sacrifice. Beelzebu has the Imperium sacrifice all of demonkind to him to free him. When Jin breks the seal willingly the sacrifices are released.
  • Literal Split Personality: Zebul's human form Takajo Zett in the Devil Children anime.
  • Number of the Beast: Beelzebub (human form) in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has 666 HP.
  • One-Hit Kill: Beelzebub, at least from Nocturne and onwards, has 'Death Flies', an Almighty-elemental spell that deals plenty of damage and has 100% chance of instantly killing anything that doesn't nullify or repel Curse-elemental spells. The good news is that you may acquire said skill in the Digital Devil Saga series and by leveling your Beelzebub in Nocturne.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • His true form as the Lord of the Flies. He generally prefers the humanoid Baal Zebub form and enters Beelzebub mode when he gets serious.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, this is turned around. He appears as Beelzebub at first, and then Inanna transforms him into Baal.
  • Optional Party Member: In the Chaos alignment path of Shin Megami Tensei I, Beelzebub instead joins the Protagonist.
  • Our Angels Are Different: In Devil Children Messiah Riser he is the angelic Beelzebu, who appears as a blue and white human who No Sells all elements and wields darkness. He resurrected the lawful Imperium alongside his fellow angel Gaap to help them Take Over the World.
  • Past-Life Memories / Reincarnation: Beelzebub has these in Digital Devil Saga where he remembers his past as the "Wicked King". Unlike most examples he seems to reach a balance between his human self and his demon self, sticking to the belief of the Junkyard that the leader be defeated if they are weak during his first fight against Serph.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Put on a Bus: While the main series has a tradition of making him one of the strongest Bonus Bosses in every game, he makes no appearance in Strange Journey but he reappears in Redux. And true to tradition, he shares the title of strongest boss with his partners Lucifuge, Belial, and Nebiros.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Beelzebub form
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Represents Gluttony amongst the seven.
  • Signature Move: "Death Flies"
  • Spawn Broodling: Beelzebub in Devil Survivor can implant his fly eggs in you, which hatch a turn later, and join in.
  • There Can Only Be One: Depending on the route in Devil Survivor, Belberith will also absorb Belzaboul.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Shin Megami Tensei IV. His two part sideplot involves him possessing the corpse of your former king, causing cannibalism, and proceeding to eat his followers to gain power before trying to throw you into a guilt trip. In contrast, the other main series games treat him as a decent enough guy other than being devoted to Chaos.
  • Wild Man: Baal Zebul form.
  • Worm That Walks: Beelzebub from Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army and Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is a massive fly created from a swarm of other flies.


Yuriko / Lilith
Lilith is the demon seductress, known as either first wife of Adam or an ancient Sumerian demon, depending on which myths you read. In the former, she's the mother of the Lilim. Her primary role as a character in the first Shin Megami Tensei, where she takes the form of the human Yuriko and attempts to win over the main character, who, according to her, is the reincarnation of Adam.

  • Bonus Boss: Lilith appears as a bonus boss on the 4th Day of Devil Survivor 2. She is seen having charmed several men and sends them to fight the player. Because the men are fighting against their will, the player has to defeat Lilith without defeating any of the charmed men.
    • She's one in Soul Hackers.
  • But Thou Must!: You're not allowed to choose her as a love interest in I; she never even asks you before kidnapping the Heroine, or even after deciding I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
  • Captain Ersatz: The most common design for Lilith before IV resembles Gozer from the first Ghostbusters movie.
  • Delinquent Hair: Her character art as Yuriko in I and her real appearance in most of the games released between II and IV depicts her wearing her hair in what can only be described as a pompadour-mullet.
  • The Dragon: Replaces Beelzebub as this in IV to Lucifer, leading his main servants, the Ring of Gaea, while sowing chaos in Mikado as the Black Samurai.
  • Dummied Out: In the Debug mode of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, there is a cutscene involving Lilith opening an optional dungeon near the Mantra HQ. This dungeon was dropped in favor of the Labyrinth of Amala for the Maniacs/Chronicle re-releases.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Shin Megami Tensei I: "You... You killed Chaos Hero... How can you live with yourself!?! Killing your friend with a straight face!? Have you no remorse!?" Coming from a demon that was willing to Murder the Hypotenuse that's pretty damning.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Lilith possesses a unique racial ability limited to her boss fight in Devil Survivor 2: Temptation. At the start of a skirmish, Temptation activates and attempts to charm the opposing team. It always works against male team leaders, but has a moderate chance of success against anything else.
  • Evolutionary Levels: In Nocturne, Lilith is the highest level Night demon, and can be obtained by evolving a Lilim. She can also be contracted normally, of course.
  • Fallen Angel: Her design in Shin Megami Tensei IV gives off this vibe. Including having one of the glowing orbs above her head, feathered wings, and the same kind of robot eyes that the Archangels have.
  • Famous Last Words: In Shin Megami Tensei I:
    "...I wanted to be your partner so badly... It just... didn't work out..."
  • Feather Boa Constrictor
  • Femme Fatalons
  • Interspecies Romance: The Shin Megami Tensei I Visonary items reveal that she wants humanity and demons to coexist peacefully and that she wants to be with a human and have Half-Human Hybrids in this peaceful world.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: On the Chaos Path of the first game, she steps aside to allow the Hero and Heroine to be happy together.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Shin Megami Tensei I, Lilith attempts to kill the protagonist's female partner, the Heroine in an open execution, but the three heroes just reach there in time and finally rescued her from any harm.
  • Not as You Know Them: The Lilith in Shin Megami Tensei IV speaks of existing before humanity and her profile brings up she's a Babylonian Goddess, along with a design that looks more like a Fallen Angel than a former human. She also has a big desire to spread knowledge and wisdom, while letting human desire run rampant. Her being a Babylonian Goddess is usually not included or mentioned in her Compendium info.note 
  • Powered Armor: As the Black Samurai in 4.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In Shin Megami Tensei I
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Chaos Hero In Shin Megami Tensei I. Subverted; she's just using him as a weapon against the Hero on Lucifers orders, and either dies or ditches him when it becomes clear that she isn't going to get the guy.
  • The Vamp
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Aside from her Murder the Hypotenuse tendencies, she generally supports the more positive side of Chaos: in I, seeking coexistence between humanity and demons, and in IV, seeking to spread knowledge and wisdom to humankind - encouraging them to reject God and eat the apple.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Sports this look in the first game when she isn't in full Lilith form.

    Astaroth / Ishtar 

Astaroth / Ishtar / Astarte / Ashtar
Astaroth/Astarte is one of Lucifer's generals, who is actually the goddess Ishtar forcefully fused with her counterpart Ashtar and turned into a demon by YHVH.

  • Back from the Dead: Ishtar in a Chaos-aligned Challenge Quest in Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Astaroth's default form is nude, but lacking any genitals or nipples. Presumably because he's not human.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Ishtar
  • Blade on a Stick: Astaroth
  • Bonus Boss:
    • Astaroth appears as one in a New Game+ Challenge Quest found in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Minako is attempting to summon him to be the Ring of Gaea's King, but when he is defeated uses him in a plan to restore Ishtar instead. He's also one of the most powerful bosses in the game, being only one of two non-Final or DLC bosses to reach Level 90.
    • Ishtar becomes one of the bosses in the Womb of Grief bonus dungeon for Strange Journey Redux, and needs to be defeated for the new alignment endings.
  • Cessation of Existence: Minako mentions in IV that Ishtar has ceased to exist, which is why she has to go out of her way to collect demons that originate from her instead of simply summoning the original.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon, Astaroth first appears after you defeat Inugami at Dark Tsukudo-cho mentioning he would like to challenge you to a battle in the future. In the Law and Neutral alignment Astaroth challenges you a battle near the end of the game, while he'll simply join you if your alignment is Chaos. If your alignment is Neutral or Chaos you will be able to fuse him after his second appearance.
  • Composite Character: The result of a forced fusion of Astarte's counterparts Ishtar and Ashtar.
  • Cool Mask: Astaroth
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Ashtar
  • Demonization: Ishtar wants to get rid of Ashtar.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ashtar hasn't appeared since Shin Megami Tensei II.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Ishtar and Astaroth (though the latter doesn't seem fond of clothes in general).
  • Fetch Quest: In Chaos route of Shin Megami Tensei I, after locating the throne room of Asura in the last floor basement, the hero will need to go back to Astaroth's room, where he will give him the "Wings of Astaroth"—a valuable item needed so Asura can forge the "Devil Ring" and the fight against Michael and his followers become available.
  • Fiery Redhead: As Astaroth in Shin Megami Tensei and as Trisha in Catherine.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Astaroth in his default form is completely naked except for a helmet.
  • Funny Afro: What Ishtar's human form has in Catherine.
  • Fusion Dance: According to Ishtar in Shin Megami Tensei II, YHVH forced Ishtar and Ashtar to merge and become Astaroth before Shin Megami Tensei I.
  • Gender Bender:
    • Ishtar (female)->Astaroth (male)
    • As Astaroth in Catherine.
    • Giten Megami Tensei has Astaroth appear as the female Astarte.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Astaroth rides on a snake.
  • Morphic Resonance: When Astaroth disguises himself as Louis Cypher in Shin Megami Tensei II, his hair remains red.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Catherine, completing the Axis Mundi Babel Trials rewards players with a scene where Trisha/Ishtar basically seduces you through the fourth wall. Makes sense, given how she's a Love Goddess.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Astaroth's new design in Shin Megami Tensei IV is a Scaled Up humanoid man partially fused with a dragon, with the dragon sticking out of the back of his body.
  • Pieces of God: In IV, Minako is collecting the souls of demons that originate from her as part of her plan to revive her to grant fertility to Tokyo again. She collects the souls of Astaroth, Mother Harlot and Asherah and consumes them along with a Red Pill, sacrificing her body, mind and soul in order to complete the resurrection. She succeeds, and the restored Ishtar implies she still holds on to a piece of Minako's mind.
  • Physical Goddess: The Mesopotamian goddess of love and war.
  • Relationship Values: Astarte evolves from Milady once you reach a Rank 10 Cooperation with Haru Okumura in Persona 5.
  • She's Got Legs: Ishtar
  • Skippable Boss: In Shin Megami Tensei I, he appears defending the third floor basement if you are in the Law or Neutral paths, saying that "there's nothing more pitiful that the man who discards his individuality to willingly become a slave" (referring to the protagonist) before engaging the player in battle if he's not chaos aligned. This fight, however, is entire optional, as the player can choose to just take the stairs towards the next floor without having to enter Astaroth's room. After his defeat, he express his desire to regain the form of goddess Ishtar.
  • Spear Counterpart: Ashtar is one to Astarte in mythology.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being one of the final Chaos bosses in I, Astaroth was relegated to an early lategame boss in II before becoming much less prominent. IV, however, puts some steam back in him, making him an integral part of a New Game+ sidequest chain in which he is not only the first major boss, but the strongest boss in the chain at Level 90, only matched in level by Beelzebub and beaten by the final bosses and DLC bosses.
  • Winged Humanoid: Astaroth


Ashura-Oh / Asura / Vairocana / Ahura Mazda / Asherah

"A violent group of demons in Hindu lore. They were very powerful and caused the gods great trouble. They are a strict group and attack anyone who runs counter to their ideals. They were originally gods of light who were worshipped in Persia. The Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda was one of them."
Compendium info from Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Originally Gods of Light. They were demonized and became Asuras thanks to YHVH. Though it might seem like they are all the same demon they are in fact a group of demons that share the same name. With each one having a different true form.



Mara is the demon lord of all temptations.

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  • Arc Villain: Of the Maruo chain in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse.
  • Blatant Lies: In the Neutral and Law routes of Shin Megami Tensei II, Mara will try to tempt Aleph. First, he offers 999999 Macca. Next, she offers a 10 level increase. Finally, he offers the power that surpasses even Satan and Lucifer. If Aleph accepts any of her offerings, he will fall under Mara's spell and must fight Mara with a handicap.
  • Blob Monster: Became a slime in Nocturne and appears as a slime and chariot in Persona 5.
  • Body Horror: In Persona 1, Mara emerges from the body of Kenta "Toro/Chunky" Yokouchi during an event battle in the Snow Queen Quest. He will use fire spells and cause Yuka Ayase's Persona to awaken.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne: The Demi-fiend gets to fight an incomplete form of Mara when it appears after he encourages the Summoning Ritual during a Full Kagutsuchi phase in Shibuya at the request of two Manikins. He will be rewarded with the Muspell Magatama upon defeating him.
    • Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon: You face her in "Fake Raidou Sighted!" and "7th Trumpet, Eternal King".
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey: If the Protagonist has chosen the Law route, Seraph will inform of the return of Mara, its eternal enemy. It will then post an EX Mission calling for Mara's extermination. Upon Mara's death, it will meet with the Protagonist and request to join his party.
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse: At the end of the second Maruo sidequest, Mara reveals himself as the mastermind. Once the requirements are met, Maruo will send a message begging Nanashi to save his cult from Mara, who becomes one of the two strongest Challenge Quest bosses in the game. Beating him gives closure, but Mara himself does not get unlocked from this - he's unlocked by default.



Babylonian goddess of the seas and mother goddess of Chaos.



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