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"BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!"
"I am called a villain, but mine is a doctrine reflected in the unspoken truths behind all other philosophies. Recognize that truth, my child: Strife is the single element most essential to meaning and existence. Without conflict, without struggle, all of creation might as well be so many unmoving, unfeeling stones. Without me to hate, who would have cause to call themselves holy or just?"
The Book of Charnel, Sacrifice
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In a polytheistic religion each God and Goddess serves a specific role and fills a certain niche: love, life, war, death, and everything in between; be it Aardvarks or Zebras. One such incredibly vital purpose, believe it or not, is Evil.

Please allow us to play as (uncomfortably) literal Devil's Advocates. On the one hand, the Balance Between Good and Evil must perforce have Evil to balance Good, lest the latter become an intolerant conformist theocracy. Likewise, it also serves as a definition of what not to do for worshipers of all the Good and Neutral gods. Most importantly for purposes of this Wiki, it also serves as an excellent plot enabler and antagonist for the heroes and forces of good to fight against.

Being the absolute apex of the Sliding Scale of Villain Threat, The Chosen One can spend an entire series fighting their way up from the Religion of Evil, the Black Pope, its Dark Messiah, and then fight the God of Evil itself... or at least enable a good god that was a Sealed Good in a Can to do so.

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This God/dess Of Evil can take any shape or form... not just as a master tempter and deceiver, but—because evil includes a heady and large portfolio—as Characters they can have as varying a range of personalities as any normal villains.

Here are a few popular variants: Standard Gods Of Evil can take after Satan, being rebels from The Light or God of Good and tempting peasant and king alike. Kind of a non-denominational counterpart of Crystal Dragon Jesus. However, most aren't futile rebels; they are very real and threats often motivated by goals other than rebellion for its own sake. The Grim Reaper is at times represented as a God of Evil, wanting nothing but the death of every living thing, and the protagonist in particular. War too may be shown this way, desiring to bring about a world where Asskicking Equals Authority and the weak are killed just for being weak... which does raise the question of whether or not it's ironic for heroes to vanquish them by fighting. If they have any philosophy, ethos, or commandment, it's usually that Might Makes Right, that ethics and morality are mere shackles for The Fettered masses of Muggles, and that Evil represents the path to power.

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Not surprisingly, they tend to be cruel, dominating and treacherous. If there is more than one God of Evil in a setting, they usually engage in Eviler Than Thou, betraying each other before any lasting headway against the forces of good can be made. Their metaphysical home, where worshipers and non-worshiping sinners end up, is usually akin to Hell. Given the above, why would anyone worship them? Well, they usually offer worshipers power in life via a Deal with the Devil, fine print and afterlife be damned (literally). Plus, just because they'll go to hell if/when they die, doesn't mean they'll be tortured souls... they might become the torturers. Provided they don't fail their dark lord first, that is. And of course, most gods of evil are worshipped out of fear of what would happen if they stopped worshipping. Is it any surprise their pawns in the Divine Chessboard are usually unwitting or unwilling?

Their followers include Cults, the Religion of Evil and Path of Inspiration. Necromancers and Infernalists usually get their powers by worshipping them. Expect them to forge many an Artifact of Doom as a source/repository of their power. When they or their agents are actively recruiting, expect them to be The Corrupter. They're a Card-Carrying Villain by definition and sometimes the God of Evil is also literally Evil. Likely candidate for Ultimate Evil and As Long as There is Evil. A theocracy to one of these is probably The Empire. May be creator of an Always Chaotic Evil race. May have a court of Demon Lords and Archdevils, or if they exist at all these may be upstarts or otherwise in opposition. Gods of evil may have The Legions of Hell at their command.

Often, there is a God of Good who stands in opposition to the God of Evil; the two are locked in an eternal Divine Conflict that dictates the Balance Between Good and Evil. The God of Good has his own agents or agent to fight against the God of Evil.

Compare and contrast Eldritch Abomination, which, as horrifying as it may be and act, are most often completely amoral and not malicious - though there can be some overlap. Compare God Is Evil, where the supreme God of the whole fictional universe (or explicitly the Judeo-Christo-Islamic One God) is a nasty piece of work. If a God of Evil exists in a setting where the Big Bad who actually drives the plot is a mortal, they'll be the Greater-Scope Villain. May overlap with or also be a Mad God. May be The Anti-God if it's powerful enough. If there is a personified representation of evil in a world with no other deities, that's case of Devil, but No God.

There are some examples in real-world pantheons, but sometimes more morally-ambiguous or outright decent gods get depicted as Gods Of Evil in Sadly Mythtaken fiction just because they are dark or associated with violence. For various reasons, this happens often enough with death gods to create a subtrope.

To avoid Flame Bait and Edit Wars, note that this trope isn't about gods who simply are evil, it's about gods of evil. Jerkass Gods that are petty, vain, or prone to Disproportionate Retribution do not qualify.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 

  • Berserk: The Idea of Evil and the God Hand. The former is interesting in that is was made from our need for there to be a God of Evil.
  • Lost Universe: Dark Star Dugradigdu is named after one of the Dark Lords from Slayers, and is sometimes believed to be one and the same as him.
  • Naruto: Jashin means "Evil God". He/she/it is mostly an excuse to allow his follower Hidan to practice his Religion of Evil Blood Magic (read: fight and kill people).
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion: Homura becomes a goddess of evil and suppresses Madoka's powers as the goddess of good in order to bring her back to earth and erase her memories. She actually comes off as an Ambiguously Evil Well-Intentioned Extremist given that she just wants Madoka to be happy...which means making everyone else happy.
  • Record of Lodoss War: That would be Kardis, goddess of destruction and madness, patron deity of the forces of Marmo.
  • Sailor Moon: Chaos and its humanoid incarnation Sailor Chaos.
  • Slayers: Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo, along with three other Dark Lords that exist in The Multiverse it features. Before the world as everyone knows it existed, Shabranigdo started a war against the Lords of Light. The war almost destroyed existence itself, but the Lords of Light prevailed and the world was created.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Zarc is one whose power was unstoppable and destroyed the world. The kicker comes when he's been split into four pieces, one of which is the protagonist, Yuya. Though downplayed as the cast calls him demon instead.

    Comic Books 
  • For DC Comics:
    • Darkseid, the Big Bad of Jack Kirby's New Gods, has been called the God of Evil by many people in the DCU- and in point of fact, he's the literal God of Tyranny, so close enough. And in Final Crisis he comes close to being a full-blown Eldritch Abominationhis very existence is causing reality to die. Just to bring this point home, here's what Boss Dark Side says: "There was a war in Heaven. I won." He is the poster boy for Dystopia Justifies the Means- his goal is to turn the entire universe into an even more hellish version of Apokolips, a world of perpetual enslavement and burning fire pits where the only purpose you are told to have is to endlessly worship Darkseid.
    • However, Darkseid wasn't always the God of Evil, his father Yuga Khan was his predecessor and was considered even worse than he is.
    • Trigon the Terrible isn't just referred to as a god, but the Literal Manifestation of ALL Evil that has ever existed. Think Dormmamu, but in the DC Universe instead of Marvel.
  • And for the Marvel Universe:
    • Loki, foster brother and Arch-Enemy of The Mighty Thor, is the God of Mischief and Evil in Marvel's Norse pantheon, a powerful magician and Manipulative Bastard extraordinaire who seeks to conquer Asgard and kill his heroic sibling. He is the father of various evil creatures as well as Hela, Goddess of Death.
      • Subverted post-Siege, where Loki gets sick of being a cackling villain and decides to reinvent himself as a Lovable Rogue. He's a god of lies and mischief, but there's no reason he has to stick with the Evil bit.
    • Set is the God of Evil for the Heliopolitan (ie. Egyptian) pantheon, based on the mythological Set but, in-universe, taking the name of the Elder God for its badass connotations. Like Set and Loki, he uses magic and soul-stealing to enhance his powers, to the point he now rivals Odin, arguably the most powerful god in any pantheon.
    • Knull, the progenitor deity that created the Symbiotes and predates the entire known universe, having created the god-slaying All-Black the Necrosword for the purpose of slaying the Celestials and their creations, which he feels have polluted the void of nothingness he used to rule over.
    • The Shuma-Gorath is a high-end example, dwarfing the likes of Mephisto and Dormammu by a significant margin and having enslaved hundreds if not thousands of other realms. Out of all of Marvel's evil Gods, he is likely the most powerful, which goes a long way to explaining why it both appears very sparingly and only manages to partially manifest small fractions of itself at any given time.
    • Chton, Marvel's resident Chtulhu-expy, is a recurring foe of Doctor Strange and the Avengers, and the Darkhold he wrote continues to plague the universe to this day.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bridge:
    • The Big Bad, Bagan, who is explicitly referred to several times as the God of Extinction, and is shown to be leagues beyond even the most powerful kaiju in power, to the point that only the Big Good, Harmony, is able to match him in a fight. And even then, just barely. He used to be a God of Life, but then fell from grace and dedicated his existence to killing everything.
    • Grogar is said to be the nexus of all dark magic in Equestria and on par with the Big Bad.
  • Codex Equus: There are many evil gods in the world of Equus, though some are simply amoral to be truly evil.
    • Temnobog, the Deer god of Darkness, Suffering, and Evil, is the living embodiment of the flaws and darker urges that were cast out of his older twin brother, Belyolen. It's subverted in that while he is unapologetic about the evil things he does, he genuinely wants Deerkind to succeed, as he believes that Good Needs Evil in order to provide a natural balance and prosper. He did act genuinely evil when he was younger, but it was only because his father and mother, as well as his peers, shunned and mistreated him for being born evil, which gave him a lot of issues that led to him hating Belyolen for a time, and created the desire to usurp his brother for power. Ironically, when he eventually reconciled with his brother, he gained almost everything he wanted from the start: leadership power that's equal to his brother's, fear and respect from his worshipers and mortal Deerkind, and a purpose in using his portfolios of evil and suffering as testing forces for benevolent heroes and champions. He also respects those who overcome his trials, and while he's known to "bless" villains, he only treats them as his pawns, and drags their souls to his domain so they could be punished for eternity.
    • The Four Terrors, Temnobog's surviving children, are also subversions. Much like their father, they're gleeful about committing evil acts, but they do it so heroes will grow strong enough to oppose evil. They're also sent in when a Deer realm has proven itself to be utterly irredeemable, torturing the condemned and dragging their souls to Deer hell, while cursing that realm to remain a scorched, barren land for eternity.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf:
    • In the story "Smurfed Behind: The Other Side Of The Mirror", the Mirror Universe version of Tapper worships the evil counterpart of God, as Empath discovers from his reading of the Book of Evil, which is that universe's counterpart of The Bible.
    • Ares, the God of War, is considered this, though he likes to fancy himself as a God of Order.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • Morning Star is the literal Personification of Evil. He was originally the Alicorn of Perfection, but eventually his Control Freak tendencies and his views on what was "perfect" started showing up. Cadence enabling his bad behavior was what partially cemented his fall into evil, and she regrets for not speaking up sooner.
    • Subverted with the divine Draconequui. They're treated as chaotic and malicious, though most of the information on them comes from Princess Celestia, who doesn't have the best impression of Draconequui in general due to her experience with Discord. The Draconequui are actually the part of Nature's Balance, where they are Nature's Fury to contrast the divine Alicorns, who are Nature's Law. A lot of the things they represent in nature are treated as malicious concepts, such as Destruction, Desire, Anarchy, Fear, Oblivion, and Survival, but they are extremely necessary in order for ponykind and all other creatures to live.
    • Nyarlathotrot is best described as the God of Horror, Tragedy, and Grim Dark. He corrupts worlds until they are twisted messes where no one but the bad guys can ever get a happy ending.
    • Abandon is the God of Sadomasochism. He corrupts worlds until all are sex-crazed maniacs who enslave and torture each other.
    • This trope is also Deconstructed with all examples: everyone hates Nyarlathotrot and tolerates him at best, Abandon is considered similarly, and Morning Star is justifiably treated as a criminal and imprisoned for eternity.

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  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II: Leviathan, Lord of The Labyrinth, God of flesh, hunger, and desire. Leviathan rules over Hell and decides its very nature, including the very torture of any unlucky soul that wanders into its domain (whether they deserve it or not) for all of eternity or turning them into cenobites.
  • The Mummy (2017): Ahmanet, the eponymous Mummy, makes a Deal with the Devil with Set, the Egyptian God of the Desert (symbolizing chaos, storms, death, and the like). While Set is portrayed as somewhat more benign in the original myths, this does get the title for the Egyptian God of Evil a lot closer than works that promote Anubis to this role.

    Gamebooks 
  • Lone Wolf: Naar, the God of Darkness. Naar is the source of all evil in the universe and is in eternal war with Kai and Ishir, the Solar and Lunar pair of God of Good. Nearly every villain in the series is either created by, sponsored by, or worships Naar.

    Literature 

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Tash is described this way in The Last Battle, with Crystal Dragon Jesus Aslan outright stating that Tash is his antithesis. Interestingly, while Tash is very much a Card-Carrying Villain, his own religion is not a Religion of Evil, given that it apparently includes a number of sincere followers who believe Tash to be a just and righteous god. It gets better - Tash is so evil that you cannot commit a good act in his name - they automatically are assumed as your service to Aslan. The opposite is also true - if you do something terrible in the name of Aslan, you're really serving Tash.
    Aslan: No service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Lord Foul the Despiser was imprisoned with Time by his opposite, the Creator, for planting various sources of evil magic into the universe shortly following the creation, and he's been trying to get out ever since- and because he's super-intelligent and unrepentantly horrible, this generally means misery for everyone else unlucky enough to be stuck in the Land with him.
  • Cradle Series: The Dreadgods are four impossibly powerful beasts that exist for no other reason than to devour everything in the world. Every few centuries they wake up, and the Monarchs have to work together to defeat them. Just defeat them—killing them is absolutely impossible. One Dreadgod awakening is a regional catastrophe and generally dealt with by evacuating half a continent, but the last time all four woke up at once, the previous generation of Monarchs died defeating them. And of course they have legions of cultists worshiping them as an easy path to power, which usually involves killing everyone they meet.
  • Dark Heart: Vraxor, one of the three gods of Caliel, is a demon who rose to divinity. His religion is run by a sinister, all-powerful priesthood and is centered around human sacrifice.
  • The Cosmere:
    • The setting as a whole features "Shards", each of which contains 1/16th of the original godlike being Adonalsium's power. Adonalsium's power was split and sixteen regular people picked up the Shards, each with a specific Intent the Shard was supposed to accomplish (EG: Preservation, Cultivation, Honor, Autonomy). Combined, the powers were somewhat in balance, and an individual's personality persists somewhat after taking a Shard, but over time the holder becomes totally focused on fulfilling their Intent, to the extent that they are literally incapable of acting against it. As a result the better of the shards are somewhere in Blue-and-Orange Morality and the worst are almost entirely evil.
    • Mistborn: The Original Trilogy: Ruin is the Shard of death, decay, and destruction. Apparently Ati (man picked up the shard) wasn't really evil; he was actually quite selfless and generous. Even as Ruin, there are some shades of that shining through, as he talks about the beauty of destruction and how death is an important part of life. He even helped create Scadrial, the world where Mistborn takes place, although part of the agreement is that he eventually gets to destroy the world. In the series he's actively trying to destroy the world simply because that's what he does. He enjoys killing and corrupting people into killing for him, and the only times he doesn't decide to destroy something immediately is so that he can keep it around to destroy more later.
    • Odium, who seems to be shaping up to become the Greater-Scope Villain of The Cosmere, and is at least the Big Bad of The Stormlight Archive. He is, essentially, a force of living hatred, and has already begun murdering all his fellow Shards in order to become the supreme deity of the entire Cosmere. His pastimes include creating cosmic horrors and roving about the Cosmere, causing chaos everywhere he goes. According to Odium himself, he's actually the Shard of passion and emotion, not evil, and he's the only Shard that actually understands how mortals feel and think, with the others having Blue-and-Orange Morality at best. Evidence suggests he's wrong if not intentionally lying, as other Shards have shown considerable concern for mortals, in their own strange ways. It's even mentioned that when he was a mortal, he was already a selfish asshole, and then he deliberately picked up the Shard of Hatred and got worse.
  • In the Cthulhu Mythos, most of the Outer Gods are Above Good and Evil or completely alien in mindset, but Nyarlathotep commits atrocities and terrorizes people pretty much just out of sick amusement. Because he is pretty much the only God with a human morality, he fully understands the pain he causes, and he relishes every minute. He will either gruesomely murder you, or sucker you into a Deal with the Devil and ruin your life.
  • Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Crimson King definitely qualifies. Before he got nerfed he was depicted as an invincible anti-God that had always existed, but was trapped on a balcony near the top of the Dark Tower. Even trapped his avatar "The Court of the Crimson King" was so powerful that almost no force in King's multiverse could stand against it. Supposedly if his physical body was free he would become utterly infallible, and so he planned to bring the Tower (and by proxy all of existence) crashing down. Later King retconned him into a senile half-god that was not nearly so imposing.
  • David Eddings likes this one:
    • In The Belgariad, Big Bad Torak is one of these and loosely follows the Satan model, as does the mentioned but never directly confronted King of Hell.
    • In The Elenium, Azash is an elder evil that verges on Eldritch Abomination if he didn't manipulate human desires so often (though it's clear his understanding of humanity is imperfect, and largely based on the cultural group most of his worshipers come from). In the sequel series The Tamuli, Cyrgon is a straight example and Klael is the god of Gods of Evil.
  • Incarnations of Immortality:
    • The universe has this as one of its offices. However, the particular office holder in the series averts this; he's less interested in being a relentless evil and more interested in simply being a fair evil - that is, separating good and evil people through temptation so that they can go to Heaven or Hell rather than stuck in Purgatory.
    • In the initial five books, there's no indication that he's an Incarnation; he (and God) are treated as being eternal constants, and while he generally presents himself as Affably Evil, he's quite tricky and it seems to be just an act. In the sixth book, it's revealed that the Satan of the previous books has had the job for less than a millennium, and is a basically decent person with a legitimate reason for opposing God (and therefore the other Incarnations).
  • The Elder Empire: The Great Elders, most obviously Nakothi, the Dead Mother. She is a queen of the undead, who wishes for nothing more than to kill everyone and remake them as her "children." Even the Sleepless, the cult dedicated to worshiping the Elders, is very careful when dealing with anything related to Nakothi.
  • Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey: The series involves Angra Mainyu, taken from real life Zoroastrianism. (See the Real Life section below for more details.)
  • L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost: Theo recounts how the Orbis Suleimani eradicated knowledge of the supernatural. This was to prevent people from trying to solve problems by appealing to supernatural beings, many of which demanded worship and some of which were evil. Success resulted in the Industrial Revolution.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen: The Crippled God Deconstructs this trope. He essentially fills this niche, but he's more like a god of suffering than evil- and while he certainly inflicts more than his fair share of suffering on the world, he also continually suffers himself. In the end, after a bunch of AbusivePrecursor Knight Templars hijack his power, he ends up becoming a more sympathetic deity who empathizes with those who suffer.
  • Mithgar: Gyphon is both the overarching Big Bad of the series and its primary God of Evil. Specifically, he represents tyranny, since he holds to the belief that the strong should use their powers to control the weak and in fact opposed giving mortals (and non-divine immortals) free will in the first place. Other, lesser Gods of Evil who follow him are namedropped occasionally, but none of them ever do anything directly and very little is ever revealed about them.
  • Second Apocalypse: Mog-Pharau, the No-God, is essentially the antithesis of life. The Consult create him to reduce the world's population to fewer than 144,000 souls, which will sever the world from the Outside forever and save them from damnation. During the first apocalypse, the No-God appeared as a black whirlwind and spoke through the throats of one hundred thousand scranc. All births were stillborn while Mog-Pharau lived.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • Morgoth in The Silmarillion. Though really, he bears more similarities to Satan than he does a polytheistic God of Evil, being the former servant of Eru Ilúvatar, the actual God of the setting, who generally doesn't interfere in the temporal world. Still, Morgoth essentially invented the concept of evil because of his malign influence when him and his fellow celestials helped the creator in making the world. He will continue to exist As Long as There is Evil, and since the world itself is the source of all evil because of him, he cannot die unless the world is unmade.
    • In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron, a lesser type of angel-like being who started out in Morgoth's service, tries to ascend to this level and fully emulate his former master as the new Evil Overlord, but is more of a demigod of evil.
  • Sword of Truth: The Keeper of the Underworld. He rules over the souls of the dead, but his goal is to unleash himself on the living so they can be killed and tortured forever in the afterlife.
  • Toll the Hounds: The Dying God, aka Bellurdan Skullcrusher, is the trope more or less played straight, corrupting people with his toxic blood into becoming his followers. Although due to being both a new god and a dying one, he doesn't have much power outside his own temple or through his followers.
  • Videssos: Skotos is the cosmic lord of all evil, and the opposite and Arch-Enemy of the God of Good, Phos (both of whom are considered deities by the Zoroastrian-esque religion which dominates the Videssian Empire, though the precise nature of their relationship is a matter of rather heated - and often violent - debate). Avshar is the series' Big Bad and Skotos's High Priest, and Skotos-worship tends to follow in his wake, but it's left ambiguous if Skotos himself is a real being or a philosophical abstraction... at least until the climax of the last book; when Avshar gets Dragged Off to Hell, something unutterably vast and powerful is there to receive him...
  • The War Gods: The series comes with a whole pantheon of them. Phrobus is the most powerful, a renegade from the main pantheon, and the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire series; his wife is the goddess Shigu (originally a demon he elevated to become his consort), and their children fill out the evil pantheon - Fiendark is a god of violence and destruction and The Dragon to his father, Carnadosa is the goddess of Black Magic and The Evil Genius of the pantheon, Krahana is the goddess of The Undead, Krashnark is a War God and fancies himself a Noble Demon, and his twin brother Sharna is the Dirty Coward god of murderers and torturers.
  • The Wheel of Time: The Dark One, whose real name is Shai'tan is both this and The Anti-God; cosmic antithesis of the Creator, bound at the moment of creation, partially unsealed and barely defeated at the end of the past age, and whose attempts to finish the apocalypse it started forms the backbone of the series' plot. Subverted by the Dark One's elite minions, the Forsaken, who are perceived as godlike figures by the people of the present age, but are really just very powerful, very evil human channelers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The First Evil exists As Long as There is Evil, and is ultimately responsible for every evil being and act in the series.
  • Charmed (1998): The Source of All Evil (usually just referred to as The Source), who was the ruler of the underworld and the Greater-Scope Villain for the first half of the series' run. It was later revealed that "The Source" was actually a primordial force that lived inside whatever demon was currently leader of the underworld at the time.
  • Doctor Who: Uses Broad Strokes continuity, but has (in order of appearance on the series) the Black Guardian, Fenric and possibly the Beast (but he's more equivalent to Satan). Only the Black Guardian has an equivalent God of Good.
  • Legend of the Seeker: The Keeper of the Underworld, who caused all death, suffering and darkness, in contrast to the Creator. He did this to spite her when the Creator lavished so much on human beings (they were lovers, and the Keeper was jealous).
  • Supernatural: Subverted by Lucifer. He's revered by the demons as an actual god of evil, but in reality he's "just" an archangel who is several orders of magnitude below his heavenly Father. Though he can mop the floor with just about any pagan god, possibly because Gods Need Prayer Badly.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Dahak is said to be the source of all darkness, destruction, and evil.

    Music 
  • On GloryHammer's second album, Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards Evil Sorcerer Zargothrax tries to unleash Korviliath the Elder God from the 18th Hell Dimension, which will destroy all life in the Universe.

    Mythology and Religion 

  • The Bible:
    • Meta-subversion. Satan is often portrayed this way in Western media, as a direct Evil Counterpart of God. This is the result of Word of Dante however and in contrast to most Christian doctrine, where Satan is recognized as being a far lesser power than God and has no chance of succeeding in his cosmic takeover bid. He's never described as being a representation of evil, merely an evil angel. However, while angels are nothing compared to YHWH, that's because He's an omnipotent Cosmic Entity beyond all space-time, and angels still have god-like power (in the lesser sense). A comparison would be that Zoroastrianism portrays Ahriman as an Evil Overlord of a hostile empire, while Christianity portrays Satan as a terrorist.
    • The word satan literally just means adversary. One interpretation is that in the early Jewish writings, Satan wasn't evil, but a sort of divine prosecutor, testing Creation. Thus in the book of Job, he plays the role of adversary testing Job's fidelity to see if it's genuine. The contrasting interpretation is that Satan's actions in Job were actually evil, and note that there was a difference between satan, which was used to describe any sort of adversary, and ha satan (using the definite article), which was used specifically to refer to the Fallen Angel who made himself the adversary of God.
    • Due to the nature of Abraham's monotheism, YHWH or whatever you want to call it, is both god of good and evil. Calling The God evil is a sore spot among most faithful, even if you call The God good in the same sentence, but that doesn't change that it is part of The God's domain, as all other things are, in one interpretation at least. Another is that God literally cannot be evil, but embodies pure Good. Evil, some hold, is merely a privation of good, and God by his nature cannot lack for anything.
  • Mara in Buddhism is a Deva and is also the "King of Demons". Devas in Buddhism are not exactly like gods in other religions as they're not immortal (though they do have very long lifespans, as in millennia-long) and although most Buddhists believe that they inspire the gods of other religions, should not be praised as they are not really different from humans and not only have karma of their own, they can't really change a person's karma either. Nevertheless they are still very powerful, making Mara particularly dangerous as he is the only really "evil" Deva (the other Devas are not evil, just generally very arrogant and materialistic, with some exceptions (as some —very few of them— are Buddhists). Mara attempted to tempt Buddha away during his pursuit of enlightenment and will still do this to others in Buddhist teaching.
  • Classical Mythology has Kakia, the goddess of vice. In Xenophon's Memorabilia, she appeared to Herakles at a crossroads and attempted to seduce him to a life of empty and worthless pleasure. He chose otherwise.
  • Egyptian Mythology:
    • Apep (or Apophis) is the monstrous serpent that tried to eat Ra every night and wasn't so much worshipped as worshipped against, straddling the line between God of Evil and Eldritch Abomination.
    • Set is portrayed as this to a degree in later versions of the mythology, though contrary to popular opinion he wasn't a snake god, and was actually a good guy in earlier myths; Set lost ground as the Horus cult gained it in later centuries, and became more identified with foreigners and the desert, even becoming identified sometimes with the chaos-serpent he had used to fight. By the time Petrarch recorded the most familiar-to-moderns versions of the Egyptian gods, he was bidding fair for this role. But even at his most evil, Set still comes to Ra's aid to prevent Apep from destroying the world.
  • The Demiurge of Gnosticism is a giant snake-lion-sun thing who created the physical world and all life in it. He is usually portrayed as prideful, destructive, myopic and dangerous. Interestingly, he is often depicted as thinking himself to be not only a good god but the only god period.
  • Medieval Maori religion gives us Whiro, who manages to some way or another cause practically every problem we have while locked in the underworld. He will eventually escape and destroy everything besides himself and the ashes.
  • Mesopotamian Mythology:
    • Lamashtu was a goddess (or sometimes just a demon, depending on the account) who caused miscarriages and sought to capture children to drink their blood and consume their bones. She was often depicted in a monstrous form too, with the head of a lioness, the feet of a bird of prey, and a donkey's ears and teeth. The demon Pazuzu was thought to be her most hated rival, so, even though he was a demon who brought about plagues of locusts and storms, his image was thought to ward off Lamashtu.
  • In Shinto, Ama-no-Kagaseo is the Anthropomorphic Personification of Amatsu-Mikaboshi, which is essentially The Dark Side. So it is the personification of Evil, or at least discord, destruction and chaos, and destructive impulses.
  • Some more dualistic forms of Zoroastrianism claim Angra Mainyu (better known by the Persian name Ahriman) is the Evil Counterpart to Ahura Mazda. In other words, he is essentially the anti-God, or the god of evil. Angra Mainyu isn't so much a name as a title alluding to his nature. Angra can be translated as "destructive" or "malign", while Mainyu can mean "spirit" but also "mind", "concept" or "thought". Which means, Angra Mainyu is the Idea of Evil.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Each setting usually has at least one (or three, for each evil alignment), but often more.
    • Dragonlance, being almost entirely about the Balance Between Good and Evil, divides all its gods into gods of good, gods of evil, and gods of neutrality. Obviously, each of them does have the own unique spheres of influence above and beyond their alignment.
    • A very interesting case with a certain archangel who was designated to be The Archangel of Lies by Cyric. The twist is how the archangel was put under a geas to only tell truths. When he complained to his god how could he be the archangel of lies when all he can say is truth, Cyric simply said that's exactly why he's perfect for the role.
    • Asmodeus is probably the biggest, although he wasn't technically a god until 4e, where he became the god of indulgence by absorbing the divine essence of another god. He's the literal ruler of Hell, and, according to some sources, was one of the creators of the multiverse (representing evil, whereas his sister Jazirian was good).
  • Pathfinder has a few, of different evil Character Alignments:
    • Rovagug is probably the worst, a Chaotic Evil universally misanthropic Omnicidal Maniac Destroyer Deity.
    • Zon-Kuthon, Lawful Evil god of envy, pain, torture, and loss, is far less of an existential threat but makes up for it with creative sadism.
    • Asmodeus also qualifies as the Lawful Evil god of tyranny and Lord of Hell, although since Pathfinder's version of Asmodeus is a Well-Intentioned Extremist Visionary Villain he's a less straightforward example than some other versions of the character.
    • Downplayed with Norgorber, the Neutral Evil divine patron of thieves, poisoners, murderers, and assassins. He's less a god of Evil in the metaphysical sense than the God of Crime.
  • Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer, and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar have this as integral parts of their settings, in the form of the Gods of Chaos, and (only in Warhammer 40,000) the C'Tan. The Gods of Chaos technically have positive parts of their portfolios, but the world is so terrible that these parts are rarely expressed.
    • Khorne is the God of Blood and War, and is shown in the image on this trope's page, along with his follower's signature Battle Cry. He is also the God of Martial Prowess and Honour, so while most of his followers are Berserk Killers, he also has a number of Honourable Opponents.
    • Tzeentch is the God of Ambition and Change. His followers are usually Psykers and those touched by the powers of the Warp. He's infamous for long, complex plans that exist simply for the sake of it, and his followers generally end up screwed out in the bargain. He is also the God of Hope, which speaks volumes about the setting.
    • Slaanesh is the God(-ess?) of Pleasure and Perfection. Its followers are usually drawn with promises of Pleasure and Perfection in all things, so they're as likely to be Artists and Scholars as well as Hedonists and Harlots. The drawback is that Slaanesh has a very different idea of perfection, and the followers will normally end up as something... else.
    • Nurgle is the God of Death, Decay and Contentment. He's infamous for spreading disease to every corner of the galaxy, and embodies the emotion of being happy with one's lot in life. His followers are generally those who turn to him when there is no other choice, or if they're already nuts to begin with because of disease, starvation or any of the myriad things that CAN happen in the universe of Warhammer 40,000. His followers become immune to all disease and are unbelievably tough, but mutate so grotesquely and with such effects that even the ground rots under their feet, and their very presence is lethal to anyone within a 50 Mile radius. Special mention to the fact that his followers generally consider all of this enjoyable and delight in spreading the "blessings" of Nurgle wherever they go.
    • Fantasy and Age of Sigmar has the Great Horned Rat, a minor Chaos God and patron god of the Skaven. He combines a few traits from Nurgle and Tzeentch, being a malevolent schemer who encourages the spreading of plague and destruction by his followers. He even takes Slaanesh's spot as the fourth major Chaos God following Slaanesh's capture at the hands of the Aelfs, but the other three Gods despise the Horned Rat as a venemous upstart and non-Skaven Chaos worshippers spit on him and his "gifts".
    • In 40k, there are the C'Tan Star-Gods, as old as the universe itself and far older than the Chaos Gods. Originally diffuse Energy Beings the size of solar systems, they were given bodies of living metal by a mortal race in need of allies, which the C'Tan promptly betrayed and turned into the Necrons, a race of robotic Slave Mooks without free will. They used to eat stars, but they later found mortal souls much more to their liking, and world after world was sacrificed to their hunger. Individual C'Tan were near as unpleasant as the Chaos Gods: the Nightbringer Mind Raped organic life into fearing death to feed on their terror and despair; the Void Dragon, a being of oblivion and utter destruction, had absolute control over technology and tried to sever the warp from real space, which would have torn the souls out of every living thing; the Burning One just wanted to burn everything. And not to mention the Outsider, who although is crying in the void of dark space because it committed cannibalism to a ridiculous degree, is still suppose to be more dangerous than the rest of the C'tan. They were eventually cast down and shattered by rebellious Necrons and the gods of other races, but the pieces are still out there, and should they reunite...

    Toys 
  • Transformers: Some versions of Unicron have him as one of these (or treated as one by anything unfortunate enough to be in his path). His very first origin story had Unicron recounting how he led a legion of dark gods, with Primus as his opposing number. The second has him as the last dark god, trying (and succeeding) in taking the universe down with him. Most depictions since have him as Primus' direct opposite, the evil to Primus' good (if not necessarily nice).

    Video Games 

  • AdventureQuest: Falerin is an interesting subversion; he is the God of Evil, but he is not malevolent and bloodthirsty. He's quite gentlemanly and passive; in fact, he helps the protagonists indirectly against the actual Big Bad.
  • Age of Mythology: Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology are simplified somewhat from the original myths for the sake of the campaigns. As a result, Set becomes this for the Egyptian, Loki for the Norse (especially notable for turning up as an antagonist in person, and serving a much more direct role than Set), and Poseidon for the Greek. However, the ultimate God of Evil is Kronos, from the Atlanteans, since the other three are ultimately subservient to him, and his master scheme of breaking loose and causing The End of the World as We Know It. All the Titans except Gaia also qualifies, while Cerberus and Ymir are more Eldritch Abominations anyway. The game is notable for averting Everybody Hates Hades though, Hades is somewhat neutral, and his only contribution is helping the heroes escape Erebus when they are trapped there by Gargarensis, the servant of Kronos.
  • Ancient Domains of Mystery: The game built around Chaos Is Evil, so Andor Drakon, the ElDeR cHaOs GoD, is the God of Evil. And the player can kill him to take his place.
  • Arc Rise Fantasia: Deconstructed horrifically. Prince Weiss accuses the god Eesa of being one of these. The other gods, Real and Imaginal are an Omnicidal Maniac and a racist jerkass, so the party doesn't really have any other frame of reference... until it's revealed that Eesa is actually an emotionally-broken Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. How she became one is pure Tear Jerker material.
  • Dragon Quest: The final bosses of Dragon Quests 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
    • The offshoot Dragon Quest Builders 2 has some fun subverting this. The main antagonists are a Religion of Evil trying to resurrect their dead god, the Master of Destruction. It's assumed that this is a God Of Evil, but the game takes great pains to point out that the forces of creation and destruction are both inherently amoral and inextricably linked.
  • Chrono Trigger: Lavos is a weird form of this. Lavos is worshipped as a god by several beings (among them the Queen of Zeal), and its power can be drawn upon by mortal beings. That power is inherently evil, destroying the morality of those who use it and sometimes transforming them into monsters. However, Lavos itself is a Starfish Alien Eldritch Abomination and isn't really evil, itself - it doesn't really seem to be sentient on a level that humans can comprehend, and the corrupting aspects are simply how its power affects humans who channel it.
  • EarthBound: Many hints given throughout the game indicate that Giygas has essentially become this. Porky's statement during the final battle even says that he is evil itself.
  • The Elder Scrolls: The series' mythology contains many deities, some more benevolent while others are more malevolent. Even the worst of these deities tend to act within the Blue-and-Orange Morality of the spheres over which they govern, but several stand out as almost irredeemably "evil". To note:
    • The elves in general view Lorkhan, the god who initially came up with the idea to create the universe, to be a god of malicious evil and trickery, as they hold that prior to the creation of the universe their souls were all glorious immortal spirits, and the world they live in now is a prison in which their spirits are trapped in a perpetual cycle of reincarnation. That Lorkhan seems to protect and guide humanity, who are perpetual enemies of the elves, only affirms this belief. Other elves, most notably the Dunmer, hold that Lorkhan is indeed an evil god, but his deceptions and trickery exposed the "lies" of the Aedra, the gods that most of the rest of the world revere, and thus they view Lorkhan as a god of necessary evils.
    • Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Domination and Corruption (spheres which include Enslavement, Violation, Defilement, and Rape), is without a doubt the most evil of them all. His realm, Coldharbour, is the closest thing to Hell in the Elder Scrolls universe. While all the other Daedra have at least a few redeeming qualities or rule over things that are beneficial to mortals, Molag Bal is entirely evil and does nothing with his powers but cause strife and pain. Other than vampires (which in this universe came to be because of a rape committed by Bal and whose souls he owns), the only people in Tamriel who see Molag Bal as anything other than a being of pure evil that must be avoided are the Dunmer, and even in their mythology, he isn't seen as benevolent, but a creator and manipulator of obstacles that they must learn to overcome, and never to be trusted.
    • Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of Destruction, often gets this label in-universe (due to his actions typically resulting the death or ruin of many mortals) and incorrectly by the series' fandom. It is an easy mistake to make given that Dagon has served as the Big Bad or Greater-Scope Villain of several games in the series. However, Dagon ultimately subverts the trope. While he is highly destructive, he cannot be considered any more truly "evil" than a destructive act of nature like a flood or an earthquake. Dagon also has several redeeming qualities within his sphere, such as governing over Change, which a functioning world requires to exist. (If the old is never "destroyed", there can be no room for anything new.)
    • Sithis, referred to as a "great void", is a force representing chaos, change, and limitation. Sithis may be one by default, as Sithis is said to be an equal but opposite force to Anui-El, the "soul of all things". Sithis is essentially the antithesis of all things. Sithis Is Not.
    • Mannimarco, the God of Worms, is the ascended god form of Mannimarco, the King of Worms. Mannimarco is the infamous and highly dreaded Lich/Necromancer who has terrorized Tamriel since the early 2nd Era, all as part of his quest to become a god. Following a failed attempt during the events of The Elder Scrolls Online, he succeeds as a result of the Warp in the West at the end of Daggerfall...sort of. The Reality Warping Warp in the West merged Daggerfall's numerous Multiple Endings, but none occurred to the same extent they would have individually. As such, he did ascend to a form of godhood as the God of Worms, but it is in a rather minor station. It also seems to have created another version of him which did not ascend, remaining on Tamriel as a Lich who leads a cult which worships the God of Worms, who seems to be treated as a different entity.
  • Fable: Skorm, who the PC can make human sacrifices to, doesn't actually exist. More important than Skorm is the Corruption, as well as the Queen of Blades, who had the position in the setting's backstory.
  • Fantasia Otome Game Series : The God of Death Oswald Leingold from Fantasia - Realm of Thanos, who much prefers to be called the Demon Lord.
  • Legacy of Kain: The Elder God is eventually revealed to be this in Defiance, following truckloads of Foreshadowing in Soul Reaver 2.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: It's left ambiguous as to what exactly Majora is, but "unspeakably powerful" and "incredibly evil" are some of the only things we know about it. Through its mask, Majora is able to end all life on Termina by crashing the moon to the surface.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: The Demon King Demise is set in direct opposition to the God of Good Hylia. He also curses Hylia and the hero with his death, telling them that an "incarnation of his hatred" would follow them for all eternity, making him responsible for all the evil in the entire series.
  • Might and Magic: The Demon Sovereign from the rebooted series (Heroes of Might and Magic V and VI as well as Dark Messiah of Might and Magic) is the setting's Crystal Dragon Satan equivalent. HOMM 6 shows that he was a regular demon lord who ascended to the position through politics and conquest.
  • Mortal Kombat: The Elder God Shinnok is more or less this after his fall from grace, going as far as overthrowing Lucifer himself to take over the Netherrealm.
  • Nexus Clash: There are several contenders for the title, but the sanest and most focused is Tlacolotl, an ancient mortal warlord who managed to ascend to godhood by seizing the death and rebirth of an entire universe in his own megalomaniacal name. He requires his followers to do evil and is thus ironically just as bound to the notion of Good and Evil as his angelic archrival Namm. Tlacolotl's real personality and goals are loathsome enough that he's become totally reliant on goodly moral systems to brand people as Evil (thus leaving him as their only refuge) in order to secure recruits for his forces.
  • Painkiller: The series started out with Satan in the role, but he was killed in the first game, and a veritable conga line of successors would pop up in the expansion packs one after the other to claim the title (first Alastor, then Eve, then Samael).
  • Pillars of Eternity:
    • Skaen. The god of silent hate, resentment and rebellion, he can also be described as the god of Disproportionate Retribution and Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder. His followers may rise up against cruel masters, but they do so in violent ways that frequently harm innocents, his priests are rewarded for being cruel and penalized for benevolence and he abandons any followers who achieve their goals, because all he cares about is the act of the underdog rising up. Worship of Skaen is understandably banned in many places, and his worshippers frequently end up working as torturers or executionars when it isn't.
    • Rymrgand is a more complicated case, though he's definitely not as evil as Skaen; he's the god of cold, death, and entropy, so a lot of his "evil" is a necessary part of life. However, he takes a little too much glee in his job, actively working to end things just for the sake of it (even when their time hasn't necessarily come) and openly acknowledging that he looks forward to the planet dying. In the second game, he's the only god to have zero complaints or objections to Eothas destroying Berath's Wheel and wrecking the whole divine system, killing thousands in the process; to Rymrgand this is completely okay because it would've eventually ended on its own anyways. In fact, he tries to convince you to make the damage even worse, because hey, may as well get it all done at once right? Needless to say, worship of Rymrgand isn't met with much more acceptance than Skaen worship.
  • Rise of the Kasai: Kri. Neither it nor its followers make any attempt to hide or justify it.
  • Sacrifice: Charnel is a Card-Carrying Villain God of Evil who is well aware about how important his place is in the pantheon. Amusingly, Charnel is publicly the most fervent opponent of the game's Final Boss, Omnicidal Maniac Marduk, as he doesn't like competitors. It remains ambiguous just how much he knows about who's really responsible for summoning Marduk and whether his lines of reasoning for siccing you on the other gods are genuine or simply him using you to settle his old grudges.
  • Persona:
    • Nyarlathotep, an Eldritch Abomination Anthropomorphic Personification of the entirety of Humanity's collective evil. He was cast away at the end of Persona 2.
    • Other than Nyatlathotep, there are other god-like beings born out of malice in the Persona universe: Erebus is a two-headed four-legged beast of darkness born out of humanity's suicidal thoughts that is desperately trying to awaken Nyx in order to die, along with humanity itself, and Izanami, who embodies lies and deceit and wants to envelop the world in fog and turn all humans into Shadows, because that's what she thinks humanity wants.
    • Nyx itself subverts this trope, as it's not malevolent, but due to its existance as incarnation of death itself and how alien and incomprehensible it is, its very physical presence causes the world to end.
  • Smite: Most Gods can be neutral even when themed around Death. The closest one, however, is Ah Puch of the Mayan Pantheon, who ruled over the Ninth Hell and is pretty much a mage-ish Evil Overlord who wants to drag everyone to his torture at Hell because he's just evil like that. This is not even Sadly Mythtaken, even real life Mayan mythology refer him as that one God everyone avoids praying to because he's just that evil.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night: Played with. During the Third Holy Grail War the Einzberns tried to guarantee a victory by summoning the Zoroastrian god of evil, Angra Mainyu. It turns out that Angra Mainyu never actually existed, so the Grail grabbed the next-closest thing it could find: an ancient villager who was sacrificed by his people as the representation of all their sins, who eventually became known in legend as Angra Mainyu. Having no special abilities he was quickly killed and absorbed by the Grail. But because this man represented the wish of those ancient villagers for there to exist a singular source of evil, the Grail attempted to grant that wish. Had there been a victor in either the Fourth or Fifth Grail Wars, he would have become a Physical God.

    Web Original 
  • Till from Creepypasta is a being created from the collective evil of all beings in the universe, be they angels, demons, humans and any other, even God. He was created by an "angel", quotation marks needed because he was very different from his sibilings after Lucifer's rebellion. He accidentaly found the prison of the sins, an Eldritch Location which held the evil, madness and worst of all beings in the universe and God punished him by trapping him inside, unable to handle the energies he created Till, something capable of absorbing the evil indefinately, and after absorbing enough, Till most definately fits this trope.

    Webcomics 

  • Digger: "Black Mother, pass us by! We are not here!"
  • Oglaf: Parodied. At one point, two preachers appear trying to convert everyone to their belief of a hateful angry god Sithrak promising an eternity of pain even to its followers. When one of them actually dies and meets him, the god tells them that the book they were reading was his old poetry book from when he was going trough a Teen Angst phase and that he doesn't really have any interest in hatred and pain like that, even sending the man back to warn the other followers. When the man does so, they believe Sithrak just hates them so much he is messing with their heads.
  • Sluggy Freelance: The Demon King is worshiped by his demon followers and was powerful enough to defeat the Goddess of Goodness. He even sealed her away in a plastic baggie, which he kept in his refrigerator.

    Western Animation 

  • The Legend of Korra: Vaatu, Book 2's Big Bad. The spirit of chaos and darkness (not just a spirit, the spirit), he likes nothing better than corrupting spirits and letting them go on rampages, and if he wins during Harmonic Convergence then he'll bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Samurai Jack: Aku, who is the incarnation of all evil and seeks to rule not just the world, but the entire universe. Interestingly, he is merely a small part derived from a mindless straight-up Eldritch Abomination that was almost entirely destroyed by a pantheon of good gods. It took millions of years and a magic spell before he gained sentience and became the demon god of evil.
  • Teen Titans: Trigon who, like his original comic book counterpart, is supposed to be the incarnation of all evil.
  • Mighty Max: Lockjaw, who is specifically the god of violence and one of the Ultimate Evils, so much that his mere presence fills the mind of everyone near him with extreme rage.


 
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