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Flaming Devil

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"I'm positively evil!"
Crow T. Robot (imitating Pitch with a camp voice), Mystery Science Theater 3000, "Santa Claus"

Want to demonstrate that your villain is undeniably evil but also has a flair for the (melo)dramatic or a knack for classically decadent self-indulgence? Make him a Flaming Devil!

Simply put, the Flaming Devil is a representation of Satan or any other demon with Camp Gay characteristics. Often but not always a villain or a demonstrable Depraved Homosexual, he's effeminate and at least prone to misbehaving, if not outright wicked.

The origins of this trope are Older Than Steam. Epicene depictions of Satan date back to the Middle Ages, in which folklore often described the Devil and his minions as having Ambiguous Genders and tempting men sexually. The homosexual implications in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and overtly bisexual Mephistopheles in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust eventually codified the image of a gleefully evil and flamboyantly effeminate devil.

Not necessarily related to Succubi and Incubi. See also Sissy Villain. Though it is possible that they could overlap, a devil appearing Wreathed in Flames is a different trope.

Compare Hot God.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Griffith from Berserk was already a Sissy Villain but after the Eclipse, he graduates into this after becoming Femto, with his true form being a winged lipstick monster with hawk-talons for feet.
  • Daiou-sama from Dororon Enma-kun might count.
  • Although a minion and offspring of Father, who is an example of the Satanic Archetype, Envy from Fullmetal Alchemist is the most effeminate and flamboyant of the homunculi, having an androgynous appearance, flamboyant mannerisms, is rather vain about their appearance, and wears rather feminine clothes. Additionally, the homunculi (as well as Father) are themselves demons, making them fit this trope.

    Comic Books 
  • Lucifer in Dawn: The Goddess is A) very diabolical, and B) Yahweh's gay lover. He's not remotely portrayed for comedy.

    Fan Works 
  • Demon Aziraphale in the "Inverse Omens" Good Omens (2019) Role Swap Plot AU has become this trope as a result of the story's metaphysical alignment flip. This version of Aziraphale retains the canonical camp and hedonistic qualities of his angelic self, but as a demonic tempter, he's much more flirty and outgoing about it.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • Nyarlathotep, the Satanic Archetype in H. P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, manifests to Randolph Carter as a beautiful androgynous "young Pharaoh" in a sparkly, rainbow-colored robe. In episode 53 of the H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, the hosts described the "flamboyant" Nyarlathotep's throne room as similar to "a Dead or Alive concert."
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's interpretation of Faust includes an openly bisexual Mephistopheles, possibly the Trope Codifier.
  • Inverted by Good Omens; while Crowley is described as being conscious of his appearance and makes some interesting remarks, it's Aziraphale, the angel, who comes off as "gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide".

    Live-Action TV 
  • On a Halloween episode of Community, the study group tells scary stories which we see played out in Fantasy Sequences with members of the study group representing the characters. One story features Satan, who was represented by the Dean (who is pansexual, but extremely camp and prone to crossdressing).
  • When K. Gordon Murray's Santa Claus (1959) turned up on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Crow characterized the demon Pitch this way. "I'm, like, poth-itively evil!"
  • While not Camp Gay per se, on Reaper, Satan is a Depraved Bisexual. He actually used to be in love with God.
  • Supernatural:
    • Crowley, a Man of Wealth and Taste and the current King of Hell. He started out as a crossroads demon, the kind that humans make deals with, and these deals are made official with a kiss on the lips, so being a Depraved Bisexual is pretty much a job requirement.
    • In the episode "Season 7, Time For A Wedding!", the main antagonist is the demon Guy, a sharp dresser with an affected lilt who is not shy about finding Sam and Dean attractive or about his own vanity.
      Guy: I wasn't thrilled to see your new hubby was Sam freakin' Winchester. I mean, if he knew that I was here talking to you, he'd probably...
      Becky: Gank your ass.
      Guy: Yes. And I'm very protective of my ass. It's one of my best features.


    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Warhammer 40,000 setting, the Chaos god of excess Slaanesh and its followers, whether daemon, Drukhari (Dark Eldar) or human, are generally rather... flamboyant.

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    Web Original 
  • When Journalfen was functional, one of the members of Fandom_Wank posted an anecdote about a dream in which Bill Cosby and Samuel L. Jackson starred in a movie that involved Satan tempting Jesus Christ sexually.

    Western Animation 
  • The Red Guy in Cow and Chicken, explicitly referred to as the devil in the pilot. He's very flamboyant and effeminate, loves to crossdress, squeals like a little girl when excited, often comments on people's fashion sense, and sometimes screams like a woman when frightened.
  • The Devil in The Cuphead Show! has a stereotypically Camp Gay voice and flamboyant mannerisms of an Evil Brit.
  • The Robot Devil in Futurama tortures Bender with musical theater when they first meet and is typified by his flamboyant mannerisms.
  • On the short-lived animated series God, the Devil and Bob, the Devil, voiced as an Evil Brit by Alan Cumming, isn't extremely camp, but he's certainly dapper and way more uptight than God, who's voiced by James Garner and is more of a laidback Jerry Garcia type.
  • Him in The Powerpuff Girls (1998). One of the rare (mostly) serious versions.
  • In The Simpsons episode "The Monkey Suit", Lisa's class has to watch the propaganda film So You're Calling God A Liar: An Unbiased Comparison of Evolution and Creationism, which depicts Satan making out with Charles Darwin, complete with Foot Popping.
  • Played with by South Park, where Satan is gay, but is Straight Gay, if not full-on Manly Gay due to his huge and buff physique... at least most of the time, anyway. He spent all of "Hell on Earth 2006" acting like a spoiled teenage girl, but that was about it. He's also shown to be pretty nice, only torturing actual sinners while everyone else has A Hell of a Time (in South Park, everyone who isn't a Mormon gets sent to Hell whether they've sinned or not).


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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

If Satan wins, he gets Kyle all to himself.

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