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"Can one person change so much? He has lost everything to the demon inside of him to protect others. He has been hated and feared and now brought into the light for others to see. He has committed countless massacres to protect others. Can they place their faith in a hero that is willing to cross the line to protect others? But in the end he might be only one that can save everyone."
Summary of Devilman

Devilman is a crossover fanfic by Nero Angelo Sparda between the Devilman series (along with other Go Nagai works) and Young Justice (2010).

The plot begins with Batman and Robin patrolling the streets of Gotham. They are about to intervene to stop a robbery until one of the criminals begins acting... strange. Unexpectedly, the criminal attacks his ally, tearing his neck apart. The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder begin to notice that this man has strange, inhuman features, such as scales and amber eyes. Before they can engage, numerous other people on the streets start changing as well, turning into grotesque monsters. As Robin evacuates the remaining civilians, one lone teen walks toward the ensemble of monsters. Before either Batman or Robin could get him away from the place... he changes. He transforms into a creature not unlike the monsters surrounding them, and the beasts that witness him cry out in fear...

"A De-Devilman!"

After Devilman brutally dispatches his enemies, Batman and Robin confront him on the people he killed. However, after a brief fight, Devilman explains that they were no longer people, but something else entirely. Devilman then sprouts wings and flys away...

Such is the life of Gabriel Cain.

Devilman (fanfic) provides examples of:

  • Admiring the Abomination: The Light takes an interest in Devilman after he defeats Superman and displays his ruthlessness, not to mention more or less gift-wraps Superman's DNA for them.
  • Anti-Hero: Gabriel may be a good person at heart who goes out of his way to avoid hurting civilians and heroes, but his methods for dispatching his enemies are utterly ruthless.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Pick a demon and odds are it's this to a T.
    • Dolmeck and his biker gang are a collective of deranged lunatics who despise peace and thrive off of violence and bloodshed.
  • Berserk Button: Zennon is this to Gabriel. The sight of this guy sends him into a violent frenzy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Dante, Etrigan and the Justice League end up coming to Devilman's rescue when he finds himself too injured to continue fighting Zennon.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Devilman discusses this with Batman. While he does save people, it won't matter to the Justice League because he still commits murder, despite his targets no longer being human.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Given that it's a crossover with Devilman, gorn and visceral brutality abounds.
  • Blood Knight: Dolmeck and his gang enjoy and thrive off of violence and mayhem.
  • Body Horror: Its friggin Devilman people! The transformations from human to demon are incredibly gruesome and downright disturbing.
  • Childhood Friends: Gabriel was this with Jimmy Olsen. He's also one of the only people aware of Gabriel's abilities.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: After fighting demons for two years, Gabriel doesn't find much that can frighten him anymore. He also laments that this means that horror films he loved watching as a kid aren't all that fun for him now.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The devilman who bears the soul of the demon known as Dante is named... Dante.
  • Crapsack World:
    • A world where demons can take over your body and constantly threaten the innocent on top of what the heroes already have to deal with... yeah, it's a real pleasant place to live.
    • Sky City is a real shit show. Gabriel muses that the place makes Gotham seem pleasant.
  • Crossover: Besides the obvious, it's also a crossover with Cutey Honey and may also include Mazinger Z later down the road.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Played with. While Devilman did utterly wreck Superman's shit. It's worth noting that he wasn't really beaten, just knocked out for a while. It also helps that his powers are magic based, meaning he can really lay the hurt on Kryptonians.
  • Dark Fic: This is what happens when you combine the already dark Young Justice (2010) with the even darker and bloodier Devilman.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Devilman is firmly on the side of good, but his appearance tells people otherwise. This applies to Batman and Dante as well.
  • Demonic Possession: As is the norm, demons can possess humans, but a strong enough human soul can possess a demon, thereby inverting this. So far, the only two devilmen seen are Gabriel and Dante.
  • The Dreaded: Devilman quickly becomes this. He terrifies everyone he fights, and it only gets worse after he defeats Superman. Even Jason Blood and Etrigan are both afraid of him (specifically Amon), having fought him once and barely made it out alive.
  • Experienced Protagonist: At the start of the story, Gabriel already has two years of experience under his belt fighting against demons.
  • Expy: Gabriel is one of Akira Fudo from the original manga.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Devilman is far from pleasant when it comes to fighting, whether his opponent be demon or human.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: The Justice League is this for the story, as while they aren't the main protagonists, they are still the defenders of the world and looked up to as such.
  • Hell on Earth: The main endgame for the demons is this. Wonder Woman worries that if they get to the gates of the Underworld on Themyscira, they'll be able to jump start this early.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Devilman's horrific appearance and ruthless methods earn him very little support. While some people acknowledge him as a ruthless Anti-Hero, the majority tend to view him as a villain.
  • Horrifying Hero: Devilman basically terrifies everyone he meets, whether they be hero, villain, civilian or demon. This causes problems since it means he has far more enemies than allies and the general public has no idea what to make of him. This gets worse after he beats Superman.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Downplayed, but a major reason why Devilman is so effective against Superman is a result of his powers being derived from supernatural sources, meaning he can bypass Kryptonian durability and lay the hurt on him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cutie Honey wears a very revealing outfit. The male members of the League try not to stare.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While we know what will happen with it since it takes place a couple years before the show, Devilman beating up Superman and unintentionally giving Cadmus the opportunity to gain the DNA needed to make Superboy is treated as this.
  • Original Character: Gabriel is an OC, but for all intents and purposes, he's the story's equivalent of Akira.
  • Out with a Bang: In chapter 2, A female demon kills her partner while she was having sex with him. Devilman lampshades this.
    Devilman (thoughts): Why is it that every time I deal with a female demon and they're with a guy, the guy ALWAYS thinks with their dick.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Demons are this for the Justice League, as when they first encounter them, they assume them to be new types of Metahumans until Devilman informs them that they are no longer human even in technical terms. They have to call in Jason Blood to help them with the problem given his expertise on demons.
  • Physical God: Amon, the Demon that Gabriel possesses, is described as being Hell's God of War by Etrigan. Considering he's tough enough to trade blows with Superman along with a large ensemble of other powers, it's not too surprising.
  • Police Are Useless: More often than not since they aren't equipped to deal with metahuman and demonic threats. When Gabriel is walking through Sky City, he's pleasantly surprised when some police manage to stop a crime.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Gabriel's clothing get torn to shreds whenever he transforms into Devilman. He can regenerate his clothing when he reverts back to human form, so it isn't much of a problem.
  • Superpower Lottery: Gabriel as the holder of Amon's soul is this; being strong enough to fight and knock out Superman, faster than any human and most demons, having the power to emit Devil Beams, heal from almost any injury, fly through the air at high speeds, mentally communicate with other demons, shrug off powerful blows, and create powerful storms and tornadoes.
  • Universally Beloved Leader: Mayor Light is well loved in Sky City for actively taking a stand against the crime and corruption there.
  • War God: Amon is a demonic version of this, being called the god of war by Etrigan.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • To establish that Devilman is a force to be feared, he ends up in a fight with Superman and defeats him. This comes off as a shock to the Justice League and the world, resulting in Devilman being more feared than he already is and the Light taking a particular interest in him.
    • While Devilman does put up a damn impressive fight against Zennon, he ultimately winds up too injured to continue, showing that there are demons that can overtake him.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Jimmy notes that Gabriel is way more well built thanks to his powers.