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Want to demonstrate that your villain is undeniably Chaotic 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 with Camp Gay characteristics. While this type of villain may not be a demonstrable Depraved Homosexual, the implication is always clear. Whether or not he's particularly successful at villainy is irrelevant—in fact, he may even be Affably Evil—as long as he's effeminate and 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.

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While this trope carries its own Unfortunate Implications (conflating effeminacy and/or homosexuality with evil), the Flaming Devil almost never appears in works meant to be taken seriously and is rarely the subject of audience complaints.

Not necessarily related to Horny Devils. See also Sissy Villain. Though it is possible that they could overlap, the or a devil appearing Wreathed in Flames is a different trope.

Compare Hot God.


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Examples:

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     Anime And Manga  

     Comic Books  

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

     Films — Animated  

     Films — Live-Action  

  • Boris Lermontov in the 1948 film The Red Shoes is strongly implied to be Satan in human form. As with nearly the entire cast of the movie, he's also implied to be gay.
  • Satan from Terror Toons gives this impression, referring to everyone as darling, among other things.
  • Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth, played by David Bowie in all his fabulousness, was explicitly designed as a Glam Rock version of Satan.

     Literature  

  • 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".
  • 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."

     Live-Action TV  

  • 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 was 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.
  • On a Halloween episode of Community, the study group tells scary stories where the characters are represented by themselves. One story features Satan, who was represented by the Dean (who is pansexual, but extremely camp and prone to crossdressing).

     Music  

     Tabletop Games  

  • In the Warhammer 40,000 setting, the Chaos god of lust Slaanesh and its followers, whether daemon or human, are generally rather... flamboyant.

     Video Games  

     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  

  • Him in The Powerpuff Girls. One of the rare (mostly) serious versions.
  • The Red Guy in Cow and Chicken.
  • The Robot Devil in Futurama tortures Bender with musical theater when they first meet and is typified by his flamboyant mannerisms.
  • 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).
  • 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.


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