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The bad guys from The Bible are well known and as such don't require introduction, and everyone knows they are evil. The really handy thing is that many of them are regularly theorized to be cursed with immortality as part of their punishment for being bad guys, providing a decent reason for them to show up in any time period.

Note: Satan, God Is Evil, The Pharaoh of the Exodus and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse have their own tropes — as do the Nephilim, who aren't always evil but often are.


Note 2: Simply sharing a name with any of these is symbolic, but not enough for a character to qualify. They have to actually be the same person as the one in the Bible to be this trope. If the name is the only connection, see Names To Run Away From: Biblical Names. See also the Name of Cain and The Descendants of Cain. For an Abrahamic baddie who originated in The Talmud instead of the Bible, see Lilith.

Not to be confused with Churchgoing Villain.



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  • Vandal Savage may have been Cain and forgotten.
  • As of the New 52 of DC Comics, it has been revealed that The Phantom Stranger is Judas Iscariot. In this case he's actually repented since then, and has spent the past two thousand years helping people from the shadows as penance. It's not known if this is continued in Rebirth.
  • In The Unwritten it's pretty clear that Pullman is Cain as well as some other mythological bad guys.
  • Adam is a Ghost Rider villain who felt bad about the whole original sin thing, and so plotted to use Ghost Rider's powers to burn sin out of the world.
  • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Vandal Savage of Earth-40 is heavily implied to be Cain, with the meteor that gave him his powers being the rock that he used to kill Abel.
  • Cain from The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is explicitly the biblical Cain.
  • Vampirella:
    • In one of the 90s Harris stories Vampirella fights the "Black Pope of the Vampire Church", who turns out to be Judas Iscariot.
    • The Blood Red Queen of Hearts was a body-hopping demoness who was identified as the Whore of Babylon.
    • Lilith, the first wife of Adam, also used to be a malevolent figure who gave birth to many demonic races and monsters. But she has since repented and turned into The Atoner. Or so she has lead others to believe and remained evil as ever.
    • Surprisingly averted with Cain, who is not only revealed to be a sympathetic figure but also Vampirella's father.

  • The Librarian has Judas as the first vampire.
  • In Dracula 2000, Dracula is Judas, who is also the Wandering Jew, a legend of a man forced to Walk the Earth very clearly based on the story of Cain. Interestingly, the way to kill him is to re-create the conditions of the incomplete hanging that caused him to be trapped between life and death.
  • He Never Died features Cain as the main protagonist, still alive in the modern day.

  • Grendel is sometimes portrayed as Cain in later adaptations. What we have of the original was rewritten to include Christian elements, so this isn't particularly surprising (though the wording it uses would imply a descendant of Cain).
  • Not a direct example, but The Knights of the Blackened Denarius in The Dresden Files get their powers from 30 silver coins, each with a fallen angel inside. The coins are heavily implied to be the Thirty Pieces of Silver that Judas was paid to betray Jesus. Nicodemus, leader of the Knights, also wears the noose Judas hung himself with as a necktie; it offers him protection from anything. Except, as Harry finds out when he tugs on the end of it, itself.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain gives us Lucyfar, a sorceress who claims to be the Archangel Lucifer, Princess of Darkness. Most people think she's crazy or lying, but she is surprisingly powerful when she gets serious. The crown of black fire, especially, is the kind of thing that makes you re-evaluate your assumptions.
  • Played with in José Saramago's Cain. Since God has ordered that Cain cannot be harmed by any living being - including Himself - Cain gets to live through all of the Old Testament, bitter at being turned into the first murderer because he, unlike his brother, didn't want to spill blood to appease God, and horrified by the events of the OT becomes convinced that God Is Evil. He spends a lot of time calling the old man out, before eventually hitching a ride on Noah's ark. When all of humanity but God's chosen survivors have drowned, Cain takes out Noah and his family Slasher Movie style, leaving God alone with an empty world. End of creation.
  • Defied by the eponymous Demian of Hermann Hesse's novel, who insists that Cain was a special figure whose Mark was really talent or intelligence that set him apart from than the people around him, who ultimately slandered and exiled him out of resentment.

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  • Supernatural:
    • Cain killed Abel to prevent his brother from being corrupted by Lucifer and then became one of the first demons. He was the first Knight of Hell and trained all the others, including Big-Bad Ensemble member Abaddon. He then fell in love with a human woman and had a Heel–Face Turn. After she was killed by Abaddon, he slaughtered most of the other Knights and went into hiding. Dean and Crowley accidentally track him down when they search for a weapon that can kill Abaddon.
    • Biblical bad guys make up about 90% of the villains on Supernatural, with Lucifer being the bad guy for two seasons and various demons and angels making up the rest. Archangel Michael, while technically a Well-Intentioned Extremist, was actually just as bad as Lucifer. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were also major villains, with the character of Death recurring every other season or so. Death wasn't a bad guy, but the other three definitely were. Even the Whore of Babylon makes an appearance as a Monster of the Week.
  • Cain shows up in Season Three of Lucifer (2016) as Lt. Marcus Pierce. Whether or not he proves to be a villain or have had a Heel–Face Turn over his long life is left up in the air over the course of the season before settling on villain in the final episodes.
  • Wynonna Earp: During the final episodes of Season 3, Bulshar (the Big Bad of that season and Greater-Scope Villain of the series up to that point) is revealed to have originally been the Serpent of Eden.

  • Jesus Christ Superstar deconstructs Judas.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams's adaptation of The Pilgrim's Progress adds two New Testament villains to the Vanity Fair sequence. Judas Iscariot appears among the crowd of vendors, boasting about his old silver-piece deal. When the Pilgrim defiantly tells them that he buys the truth, and the crowd jeers, Pontius Pilate puts his words in: "What is truth?"

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  • Cain(e) is alluded to in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Apparently, he spends his eternal afterlife working as a cab driver in Downtown LA. Playing as a Malkavian, you realize this when you eventually meet him. You would Go Mad from the Revelation, but, y'know, you already are.
  • Naoya in Devil Survivor is a reincarnation of Cain, punished by God to be reborn every time the old body dies, and has the memory of every life time he has lived ever since his first life. Over his long life he has become obsessed with revenge and seeks to achieve that by having Abel, the player character, rebel against God. Granted, this is Shin Megami Tensei, so YHWH kinda deserves it. It is implied in Overclocked that YHWH manipulated Cain into killing Abel.
  • It is hinted at that the Nod commander Kane in the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series is... Cain. Evidence for indicates that he is shown to be the same age during the 1940s, he survives an Ion Cannon blast that he embraces and when assumed to be be the Biblical Cain by followers does not deny it. Command & Conquer: Renegade confirms it, since you find Abel's tomb beneath the Temple of Nod. In the rather poorly received final chapter known as Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, it is revealed that Cain is actually an alien stranded on Earth for the past thousands of years, and has likely shaped the advance of civilisation to reach a point when he can leave the planet. He phoned home at the ending, leaving through a portal left by a failed Alien Invasion.
  • In Assassin's Creed II, it's revealed in the optional glyphs that Cain killed Abel over a Piece of Eden and was the founder of the Templar Order.

  • Both the title of The Letters Of The Devil and some passing comparisons to Lucifer imply that the mysterious "L" is the Devil. Whether this is literal or figurative is not yet clear.

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