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"But woe to the Earth and Sea, because the Devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short...Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is Six hundred sixty six."

You know what this is. Six hundred and sixty-six, the Number of the Beast, first mentioned in the Book of Revelation in The Bible, making this Older Than Feudalism. Sometimes used for that extra symbolism everyone loves, but it's usually used because it's a nifty keen way to show that something is eeeevil.

Oddly enough, the Beast of Revelation itself is rarely ever mentioned anymore. (In fact, there were two of them in the Book of Revelation, the Number describing the second.) The Number has totally eclipsed the being it represented.

Sometimes gets truncated to 66 or lengthened to 6666 (or even beyond) if 666 is too high or too low a number, yet still evokes the Numerological Motif. Or if you're dealing with Louis Cypher, 666 may be part of his address or phone number, in the vein of 555. Another common gag is for this to overlap with 6 Is 9, having someone ineptly render the Beast's number as 999.


The actual number, however, is a subject of debate among theologians and historians: many say the number is actually 616, as some of the older Latin copies of Revelation list it as that rather than 666; all the Greek ones list it as 666, and most probably the name it indicated had a different sum according to their numerological schemes in different alphabets. However, 666 is so much better known that if you try to go with 616 instead it will likely fly over the heads of most readers and viewers. Note that either way, it is the value six hundred and sixty-six or six hundred and sixteen, not just three sixes in a row (like June 6th 2006). In fact, back then it would have been written χξϛ/χιϛ (chi - xi - sigma / chi - iota - sigma)note  in Greek and the guy who wrote Revelation would totally not get the stuff about three sixes in a row.


Interestingly enough, another interpretation is 216, as some older translations define this enigmatic number as "6 by 6 by 6", or 63.

The "616" is also the number given to the main Marvel Universe (as opposed to the other alternate realities). Since it was originally established by Alan Moore, it's probably safe to assume this was deliberate.

In Mandarin Chinese, 666 sounds like the phrase that roughly translates as "everything going smoothly", so the number is considered lucky in China, especially for commercial undertakings.

If you're looking for the Signature Song of Iron Maiden which has the same name, see their Trope page.

Compare with its Asian counterparts, 108 and 4. For the Robert A. Heinlein novel, see The Number of the Beast. Not to be confused with 555, which is about fake phone numbers, though as stated above, sometimes an evil-associated fake number can make them overlap. See also Mark of the Beast, when association with dark powers gives someone a physical marking.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Book of Darkness in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's has 666 pages. The last Mistress of it, Hayate Yagami is also associated with the number 6, who has seraph wings and was born in June. Six years after the Book of Darkness Incident, she decides to found her own section to investigate the Relic incidents, four years later she achieves her goal by founding the Riot Force 6. Six years after the JS Incident, she founds another section, Special Duty Section 6. The Yagami family has six members, Hayate herself, the four Wolkenritter and Reinforce Eins/Zwei. They adopt later a seventh member, Agito; but this can be interpreted as Hayate having six children now.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • In The End of Evangelion, Ritsuko uses program 666 to protect NERV from being hacked by SEELE.
      • There's also a parking lot bay number 666, however we only see the number of the bay next to it: 665. In the DVD Commentary they joke that it's the "Neighbour of the Beast".
    • Rebuild of Evangelion: Mari Illustrious Makinami hijacks Unit-2 in order to fight the last Angel in You Can (Not) Advance, she activates the Eva's Berserker mode with Code: 666, named, you guessed it, The Beast.
    • Ironically, the new version of The Beast has the vocals (rather, vocal, as it's only one word) of Hallelujah...which, given the use of Handel's Messiah Chorus in the original continuity, caused many fans to freak out.
  • In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! episode "Evil Spirit of the Ring" (the first appearance of Dark Bakura in the anime) we see a card called Seven Armed Fiend in Bakura's Flashback where his father got the Millennium Ring from a merchant in Egypt (the Evil Spirit's previous host) with 666 ATK and 666 DEF points. The US version Bowdlerised it to 1000/1000.note 
  • DARLING in the FRANXX: Zorome's code number is 666, being the most rudest member of the team.
  • Death Note: The rules for using the Death Note specify that the writer has forty seconds (0.66 minutes) to write a cause of death, and a further six minutes and forty seconds (6.66 minutes) to write additional details of the death.
  • Digimon:
    • In the Eighth Child arc of Digimon Adventure, a prophecy stated that the Big Bad Vamdemon (Myotismon in the dub), who was thought to be killed moments ago, will rise in his true form at the hour of the Beast. And that evening, at 6:06 PM and 6 seconds, his insanely powerful One-Winged Angel form arises. Surprisingly, this plot point survived completely intact in the dub, and was even played up in the promotion for that part of the show.
    • In the broader Digimon canon, the Seven Great Demon Lords possess a series of crests, the rings of which state of a "Level 666". No defined meaning is given to the statement, but given that no Digimon is classified by numerical power levels, odds are it's only there because for Rule of Symbolism.
  • There's an actual manga called 666 Satan, which is about humans, angels, and demons hunting for magical artifacts and is loaded with Kaballahlistic imagery. For obvious reasons, it was released in America as O-Parts Hunter, though is otherwise still the same.
  • The title super-suit in Moldiver only worked for 11 minutes, 6 seconds at a time.
  • Mr. Satan and Videl from Dragon Ball often had the number 666 plastered on their vehicles. Nothing evil about them (although the former is a bit of a prick) — Toriyama was just throwing nods to the Theme Naming.
  • The Gundam franchise has two Humongous Mecha with 666 in their model numbers, the ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny and the NZ-666 Kshatriya from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. With the Kshatriya it actually makes sensenote , but for Legend there's really no excuse other than implying that the pilot is evil. Which is particularly odd since he clearly is not. He is, however, a clone of the very evil Big Bad of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
  • In the manga version of Matsuribayashi-hen, Miyo Takano says God keeps showing her the "one" face on the dice, but she'll force all the dice to be 6 on their faces. There are a number of dice on screen for the "one" dice, but only 3 for the "six" dice. Considering the speech given an issue or two before, this was likely intentional.
  • In Berserk, the Eclipse, which heralds the birth of a new member of the demonic Godhand, happens once every 216 years, or 6 x 6 x 6.
  • In Reborn! (2004), there are six powerful Mist-rings known as the Hell Rings. New Varia member Fran owns the one with the number 666 on it.
  • In the opening pages of the manga Biomega, we see the protagonist driving along an abandoned bridge... going 666 km/h, of course.
  • High School Of The Dead mentions the USA's National State of Emergency Tactical Regulation 666D.
  • The Lychee Light Club's Artificial Human Lychee runs on a series of commands issued by a clunky looking calculator. His activation code? "The Number of the Beast".
  • In Yaiba the Devil King Sword (Maoken in jap.) is kept in the room Six-Six-Six of Kaguya's moonbase. Probably it's called like that because of the sword inside it. It's also well guarded.
  • In the infamous Gainax Ending of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Panty is sliced up into exactly 666 pieces by Stocking in her Face–Heel Turn.
  • [C] - The Money and Soul of Possibility is full of 666 references, to emphasize the Deal with the Devil theme.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler had a completely unintentional example: in the first popularity poll, Isumi got 666 votes. The chapter revealing this joked about how bizarre it was for her, of all people, to get that number.
  • Around the beginning of the Fishman Island arc, One Piece started a "Where are they now?" side story where chapter covers show what characters of varying importance are now doing after all the time that's passed. The chapters featuring characters from Impel Down, The Alcatraz where each floor is its own special brand of Hell, take place during the 660s, and the final cover for this group is chapter 666.
  • A cruise ship run by a Monster of the Week in Sailor Moon has a maximum passenger capacity of 666.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Aleister Crowley is eventually revealed to have used the Code Name Beast666.
  • With the premise of High School Dx D, this trope was inevitable. Called "Trihexa", it is considered to be the most powerful monster of the series that other mythologies, upon seeing it, claim that even they can't destroy it.
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront featured some genetically engineered monsters with a lifespan of 6 hours, 6 minutes, and 6 seconds.
  • Little Witch Academia (2017): In episode 8, when Akko goes into Sucy's mind trying to find her original personality to wake her up (in so doing hopefully waking up the real-world Sucy, who has fallen into a deep sleep), that personality lives in room 666 of the "mushroom building" in which all her personalities live.
  • In Zombie Land Saga, Two reporters looking into the Idols search their website for information, and receiving a notice that they are the 666th one to visit the site.
  • Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun has the premise of a human boy going to a school for demons in Hell, so naturally the story takes every opportunities to insert 666 everywhere, even if it's accidental In-Universe.
    • The school has 666 students in all 6 grades.
    • The meeting of the three Demon Lord candidates takes place on the 666th floor.
    • In the Anime, Sullivan does an Ok sign with his three fingers curled. This is shown to represent 666.
    • Also in the Anime, the demon school started its morning assembly in Episode 1 at 6:06. It would have probably been 6:66 if it was possible for a clock to actually be at that time.
    • Azz stated he waited six hours and six minutes for Iruma on the first day of school.
    • The Battler Rookie Hunt lasts for 66 minutes.
    • Lied states that Kuromu's magnification power is 666 too much.
    • The time when Kuromu's performance is meant to start in the anime is 6:06:06.
    • Momonoki asks Clara to read the textbook from Page 66 during her class.
    • Goemon stated he bought 66 copies of Kuromu's new song.
    • Professor Balam made a picture book titled "666 Lil' Cerberus".
    • The Harvest Festival takes place over four days, or as Balam puts it, 6666 minutes.
    • Eiko managed to survive to the last day of the Harvest Festival with exactly 666 points.
    • When pointing out how boring Class A's performance idea is for the Music Festival, Ronove suggests that they sing 666 words of praises for him instead.
    • During the Misfit Class' training for the Music Festival, Kerori orders the guys (sans Iruma and Purson) to yell "I'm so cool!" 666 times as their first assignment.
    • The highest score the three judges of the Music Festival can give is 6 each, denoted by Oswell holding up three signs that combined read 666.
    • Music Festival judge Amduscias is renowned for stalling enemy troops by performing a concert for 666 hours.
    • The Misfit Class wins the Music Festival with a perfect score of 666, or rather, 66♭ (it was initially 661 but Amduscias changed his score sign from 1 to ♭).
    • The demonic currency, Vills (equivalent to Yen), are minted in denominations of 600, 60, and 6.

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    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics' main universe is Earth-616. The term was created around the time of Alan Moore's run on Captain Britain. Moore's son-in-law said that Moore intentionally used a random number with no meaning (as a deliberate contrast to The DCU, where the main universe is Earth-1, with the idea being that Marvel's "main" Earth is just one random universe out of many, no more or less important than the rest), but artist Alan Davis said it was created by the previous writer David Thorpe, who intentionally used the Number of the Beast to indicate his feelings about superheroes.
    • Marvel also has Earth-666, in which everybody is some sort of horror movie monster.
    • In Chaos War: Chaos King, Thrann's journal in the prologue starts with 66.6.01, with the first entries being about the creation of the universe and Thrann's arrival in Zenn-La. Entry 66.6.06 turns it into an Apocalyptic Log.
    Mental Note 66.6.06: That was the beginning of all things. But now
  • The DCU
    • There is a demonic Big Bad called Neron which, numerically, translates as 666.
    • In the pre-52 DC multiverse, the Wildstorm 'verse had supervillains from an alternate dimension designated 666, where the bad guys won because the heroes never killed villains. They were shocked to meet the Authority, and dead shortly thereafter.
    • Wildstorm also had a Crisis Crossover called "The Number Of The Beast", featuring a logo of three sixes arranged to have one-third turn symmetry.
    • Green Lanterns were forbidden from going to the world Ryut, where all life was obliterated by a Manhunter atrocity in the distant past. When Abin Sur crash lands there, he uncovers the prophecy of the Blackest Night, and the Anti-Monitor is turned into the Black Power Battery there. Earth is sector 2814 — anyone wanna guess what sector Ryut is?
    • Professor Pyg made his debute in Detective Comics #666.
  • Kingdom Come has an Anti-Hero whose name is 666. Not only that but he has a huge "6" tattoo on his face and two more 6s on his chest. Alex Ross used Brian Azzarello as the model.
  • The address of the title character in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is 777. A man taking a survey points this out and jokingly asks if it's the number for Heaven. Johnny growls "Does this look like Heaven?" According to the comic, 777 is the "number of the moose".
  • In Hellboy: Wake the Devil, Karl Ruprect Kroenen plans to usher in the apocalypse with an army of 666 golems. When Herman von Klempt points out that this is far too few golems to conquer anything, Kroenen replies "The number is symbolic."
  • The French graphic novel 666. It has a sequel, 6666 (which is the year the story is set in).
  • Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issue #666 contains the first English printing of the story "Mickey's Inferno", an adaptation of Dante's Inferno. This being Disney, they don't even mention the number when they talk about the story in the afterword.
  • Issue number 666 of Batman features a Bad Future where Batman's son Damien takes the cowl after the former's murder. Discount symbolism at its finest.
  • In Judge Dredd, iso-block 666 is used to contain the most dangerous criminals in Mega-City One.
  • The X-Men snuck some of their members into a hostile installation once by pretending they were unconscious, their bodies marked with numbered tags. Dr. Hank McCoy is known as the Beast; one guess what number he put on his tag.... And when one of the mooks commented on the number, Hank immediately jumped into action and knocked them out. That's right, one of the greatest geniuses in the Marvel Universe based his infiltration strategy around a joke.
  • In issue number 666 of Superman, Superman dreams about killing all his enemies and taking over Hell.
  • In Flesh: "Texas", McGurk brands Gorehead three times with a symbol that looks like the number 6. This is enough for Pastor Sunday to declare that Gorehead is in fact Satan.
  • Ghost Rider: the "Vicious Cycle" arc had Johnny Blaze accidentally bring Lucifer with him when pulling an Escaped from Hell stunt, at which point Lucy fragmented and possessed 666 recently-dead people.
  • The first Silent Hill comic, Dying Inside, mentioned and invoked this trope, when the main character declared a door code to be her own personal Number Of The Beast. She had issues.
  • In Wanted, one of the characters is Shithead, a shape-shifter said to be made of the feces of the 666 most evil people who ever lived.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Nemi, one of Nemi's friends tells her that if you remove all letters that are not Latin numerals in the inscription on the Pope's hat, they add up to 666, leading Nemi to ponder if the hat is there to hide the horns.
  • The Far Side got in on it with Satan glowering at a confused painter, and "999" over the cave leading to Hell.
  • Foxtrot
    • In a subtle example. While playing the game 'Duke Quakem', Jason, having just finished level 5, cheerily explains "Only 661 levels to go!" You do the math.
    • In a later strip, Jason engaged in some photo editing to add a 666 birthmark to Paige's forehead, as well as red eyes.

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live Action 
  • Annabelle: Mia's apartment is located on the sixth floor. When gets trapped in the underground with the demon, she tries to push the elevator number to her floor three times.
  • In Bedazzled (2000), the protagonist can contact Satan with a pager, using the number...
  • In The 'Burbs, Ray and Art go over to the Klopecks house and knock on their door. The first knock changes the address number on the Klopecks' wall plaque from 669 to 666. The second knock knocks over the plaque, unleashing a horde of bees.
  • The sixth Children of the Corn film shows that it means business by having 666 as its numbering instead of a roman number like the previous films.
  • In A Clockwork Orange Alex is seen with two of his former friends, now police officers, whose uniform numbers are 665 and 667. Since Alex is between them, that makes him 666.
  • The directors of Devil were positively thrilled that their location, a real office building that hadn't opened yet, had the address number 333 (close enough).
  • Hell in The Devil's Carnival has 666 rules. All six-hunded sixty-six rules are policed, all six-hundred sixty-six rules you must heed. There are... consequences, otherwise.
  • The Gregg Araki flick The Doom Generation is filled with references to this number. Among other things, every purchase made by the main characters comes to a total of $6.66, and the female lead had an SAT score of 666 in high school. By the way, SAT scores end in 0.
  • Played with in the 1999 film End of Days. Apparently, people who saw the number of the beast in their dreams/visions didn't realize it was shown upside down, so the number of the beast was 999 instead of 666. The Devil will then try to return on the last day of the year, for every year ending in 999 (999, 1999, 2999, etc). except they used Roman Numerals back then.
  • In Escape from L.A., the code that unleashes the worldwide EMP is 666.
  • In Half Baked, Tommy is scribbling over a calendar page of the big inmate who's been stalking him, at one point screaming "666, the mark of the beast!!!"
  • In Highlander: Endgame the Watchers reveal that Big Bad Jacob Kell has decapitated a grand total of 661 immortals so far. Three guesses how many more people he'll have killed when it's all over.
  • In Little Nicky, when the titular character gets hit head on by a garbage truck, not the first time he was hit by a moving vehicle, his two fanboys John and Pete get splattered with his blood, which forms a 666 pattern on Pete's shirt. It stays there for the rest of the film.
  • In The Ninth Gate, guess what the keypad code to Satanic book collector Boris Balkan's private elevator is?
  • The origin of the "modern" use of the Number of the Beast is probably The Omen (1976). They even released a remake of the film on June 6, 2006 nationwide. The original came out in the UK on June 6, '76... close enough.
  • In the beginning of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) the chandelier that the Phantom had dropped thus starting the fire that destroyed the theater is sold on an auction under listing number 666.
  • In π, the number that drives the plot is 216 digits long.
  • Officer Vickers from Psycho Cop has the number 666 tattooed on the back of his hand. In the sequel, it is his badge number.
  • The code for the suitcase in Pulp Fiction is 666.
  • In Reign of Fire, a ruined sign on a road states that London is 66 miles away. Aside from other things scribbled onto the sign, a large 6 is scratched in above the 66.
  • Used in Route 666, which involves an abandoned stretch of highway nicknamed such after the mysterious death of a prison chain gang.
    • There was a real Route 666, which was a turnpike of Route 66. It's Route 491 now.
  • The serial killer from Seed was captured after killing this many people.
  • This is used as an address in Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 and Inside.
  • Star Wars: "Order 66" in Revenge of the Sith, which might double as a reference to WW2 Executive Order 9066, which interned Japanese civilians.
  • Stay Tuned loves this trope; after all, it's about a satellite TV network run by Satan himself. Said network has 666 channels and airs stuff like Beverly Hills 90666.
  • The Dark Side of the Moon: 665 ships are said to have been lost in The Bermuda Triangle. Guess who's responsible for these disappearances?
  • In THX 1138, LUH is consumed and reassigned as fetus 66691.
  • In You Might Be the Killer, the price of a sale Chuck rings up while speaking on the phone with Sam comes to $26.66. The director's commentary confirms that the number was chosen deliberately to evoke the Number of the Beast.

  • Used in the Robert A. Heinlein novel The Number of the Beast. One of the protagonists builds a device that makes it possible to move arbitrarily through a six-dimensional space-time to multiple universes; the number of possible destination universes is (6^6)^6 (10,314,424,798,490,535,546,171,949,056), which when written sloppily one of the characters mistakes for the traditional 666. This prompts a discussion over whether biblical prophecy actually refers to the 6-dimensional space-time geometry and the bad guys they've already encountered. (The conclusion is that there are enough similarities to at least be cautious about it.)
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett:
    • Aziraphale is able to pick the Antichrist's phone number out of a list because it is "Tadfield six double-six". And they were going to name the sequel (which was never finished) 668: The Neighbour of the Beast. Charles L. Grant (writing as Lionel Fenn) beat them to it in 1992 with a novel of that title.
    • The address of Famine's club is 666, which he has advertised in a giant neon sign on the side of the building.
      It was just a number, of course. If you kept counting, you'd reach it eventually. But still, you had to smile.
  • Discworld: In Reaper Man, 668 Elm Street, Ankh-Morpork, is the address where the all-undead Fresh Start Club holds its meetings.
  • In War and Peace, Pierre Bezukhov calculates the Hebrew number equivalent of Napoleon's full title (L'Empereur Napoléon) to be 666, shoehorns his own name to yield the same number (L'Russe Besuhof), and thinks that he's destined to kill Napoleon or at least for something great. In reality, the scheme he used yields 661 for Napoleon, not 666, rendering all his actions based on this observation bunk.
  • In Book the Sixth of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Ersatz Elevator, the address of the Baudelaires' new home is 667 Dark Avenue. In addition, it has sixty-six floors.
  • The short story "Neighbors" by Robert Borski discusses the number 666 from the points of view of nearby numbers.
  • John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise includes a list of (North American) phone numbers beginning with the prefix "666" including "a bunch of Satanists who got lucky" and "the author's home phone number".
  • Nightmare Academy, by Frank Peretti has a rather contrived situation near the end of the book in which a row of buildings is being demolished and one of the characters needs to stop it by putting in a code that corresponds to... some technical detail. Anyway, it ends up being 666 (or 666.0 if you want to be picky, and the computer did). Lampshaded by the kid stopping it when he figures it out.
    "Twelve times 55.5 is... Really?"
  • In Robert Rankin's Apocalypso, every dimension is assigned a Greek letter and a number. Hell is Omega 666.
  • Conservative shock commentator Ann Coulter released a book called Godless on 6/6/06. She said it wasn't coincidence.
  • Surprisingly averted in the Left Behind series. Nicolae Carpathia is the aforementioned Beast himself, but the obligatory references to 666 are all subtle: a fixation with the number 216, an assistant named Viv Ivins, and the numerology of his full name. Nobody brings any of this up directly; they have other, less coincidental, ways of knowing he's the Antichrist.
    • Likewise, when the Mark of the Beast finally shows up in the series, the coding for the marks are all the results of equations where different operations are plugged, between the sixes, such as 30 (6 x 6 - 6), 18 (6 + 6 + 6), 42 (6 x 6 + 6), etc.
  • In Regina Doman's ''The Shadow of the Bear'', the villain uses "666" as the keypad code for his apartment.
  • In Death By Gaslight by Michael Kurland, the members of the Hellfire Club carry tokens that read DCLXVI. Professor Moriarty helpfully reads from Revelation 13.
  • In The Order of Melkizedek, the entry point for the titular religious cult is in room 666 in a modern building in Manila's Quiapo district. It seems to have been hurriedly vacated by the cult by the time the main character Sid shows up to investigate however.
  • Used in The Lord of Opium, where it's mentioned that eejits are marked with 666 after their brainwashing operation.
  • in The Laundry Files the 666th RAF Strategic Bomber Squadron "The White Elephants" is a secret unit flying militarized Concordes equipped with nukes, designed to hit a certain site in Russia where the boundaries between dimensions are especially thin and something with too many angles and tentacles might manifest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 666 Park Avenue where if you want to live at 999 Park Avenue, you have to sell your soul to the Devil.
  • One of the threats of the week for the Big Wolf on Campus team was a wrestler who would cause the apocalypse once he got to 666 victories.
  • One episode of Criminal Minds had a Satanist whose name was Floyd Feylin Ferrell. F is the sixth letter of the alphabet.
  • The third episode of Crusade has a religious fanatic setting a time bomb at 666 seconds. Rather unlikely for a "God-fearing" nut to use the Number of the Beast.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit": The atmospheric readings are 66.6, the gravitational field is "6^6 every 6 seconds", and the name of the base, "SB6" is seen gradually melting into "666". The two-part episode was even aired over the week of 6th June 2006, or 6/6/06. Also, the Ood go to work to the sound of Ravel's Bolero, which Torvill and Dean famously skated to in the 1984 Winter Olympics — and received perfect 6s for artistic impression.
      • As an extra metatextual touch, the official website's Fear Forecasters gave "The Impossible Planet" a Fear Factor score of 3/6/6/6 — on a scale that usually only goes up to 5. ("The Satan Pit" got straight 5s.)
    • The coordinates for the Void — the Whoniverse equivalent to Hell — are all sixes, as seen in "Doomsday".
    • Also invoked in "Midnight": When Mrs. Silvestry starts repeating what everybody says, the teenage Jethro says "six six six" to get her to repeat it.
    • In "Mummy on the Orient Express", the Foretold kills its targets in 66 seconds, and each time a stopwatch appears on screen to count down the seconds remaining. Of course, the watch appears a total of six times.
    • The prevalence of 666 in the Doctor Who universe has led observant fans to come up with theories to explain it.
  • Eerie, Indiana:
    • Eerie's official population is 16,661 people. Like that comma actually does anything! 16,661 is also a prime number, and a palindrome— the smallest of what are known as Beastly Primes.
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example in "The ATM with the Heart of Gold": when Simon types in his name as a PIN on the deranged ATM, the last three letters translate as 666 on the keypad.
  • An episode of Frasier showed Frasier's old agent Bebe staying in a hotel room numbered 666.
  • An episode of Friday the 13th: The Series did a more "realistic" twist on this by having some bad stuff happen at exactly 3:33 AM.
    • Possibly a reference to Jesus's Crucifixion, which had Him die at 3:30 PM.
  • The Glass House reported the discovery that 616 might actually be the number of the beast, and noted that, by international dialling, Canberra's former area code was + 61-6.
  • The House That Dripped Chocolate, the most recent Good Eats Halloween episode, uses the 216 version. It's the number of layers in the pistachio Butterfin—you know what I mean.
  • Lucifer:
    • In the episode "Vegas With Some Radish", Chloe suggests that the code to Lucifer's safe is this. It's not.
    • According to the numerical designation given on Crisis on Infinite Earths, the show takes place on Earth-666 of The Multiverse.
  • The Mighty Boosh episode Nanageddon features a demon going on a rampage at a bingo night. As she reveals herself, the bingo caller announces the number: "All the sixes - 666."
  • In Point Pleasant the mark on the protagonist's eye is a series of three six-figures, overlapped and rotated in a particular pattern. It's probably a Shout-Out to the 666 mark on Damien's head in The Omen, which is three sixes with their tails in the center. The mark of Point Pleasant's heroine is a circle with three tails curving outward.
  • An episode of QI had Stephen Fry asking the teams what the number of the beast was (Johnny Vaughan fell for the 666 trap). After Fry had revealed that 616 was the actual number, one of the panel concluded that 666 must be his fax number!
  • In the Quantum Leap episode "The Boogieman", Sam and Al visit a home with the house number 966. As Al crosses the threshhold, the top 6 becomes loose and spins around to reveal a 666 because Al has been supplanted by the devil, who has hijacked this leap. Luckily, it was All Just a Dream!
  • Reaper:
    • Sam's house number is 667. In one episode, he hits the snooze button on his alarm clock and the numbers turn red and read "6:66".
    • Played for pun later: The demon rebellion needs the Number of the Beast to summon the Devil...his cell phone number, specifically.
  • Lampshaded in Sleepy Hollow season 2 episode "Deliverance" - Ichabod Crane and Lt. Mills have found a safe in the local headquarters of the Hellfire Club.
    Mills: It's a three-digit passcode.
    Crane: A cult such as this would use a number of significance. I can decipher it. ...
    589 Wharton Street was the address of the London clubhouse. 1718, the year the club was founded... No.
    Mills: They're a fricking evil club... try 666.
    (safe opens)
    Crane: What a lack of imagination.
  • Stargate SG-1 visits a planet whose designation is P3X-666 in the two-part episode "Heroes". Dr. Frasier dies there.
  • Supernatural: There was a rather reviled Season 1 episode called "Route 666", and then there were the 66 out of 600 possible seals that needed to be opened in order to set Lucifer free from his prison. When Dean wakes up in a post-Apocalypse Bad Future where Lucifer is winning, there's a movie theatre with NOW SHOWING: ROUTE 666. When Crowley (the King of Hell) rings up our heroes in "Clip Show", the number displayed is 666.
  • An episode of That '70s Show had Laurie, Eric, Hyde and Kitty playing cards with their youth minister. Laurie ends up having three 6 cards (and this is after she tried to come on to him). The minister promptly gets up and leaves.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "Dealer's Choice", a group of gamblers find themselves playing poker against the Devil. Every hand the Devil receives includes three sixes. When one of the players ends up playing for his soul, he attempts to use this to his advantage by invoking dealer's choice and choosing Low Ball as the game.
    • In "Take My Life...Please!", Billy Diamond is told by Max, his new agent in Hell, that he can get (almost) anything that he wants by dialing 666 on the phone in his hotel suite.
  • One episode of The X-Files ("Orison") had Scully's alarm clock read 666 twice, warning her about the evil man after her. It proved to be surprisingly effective as a piece of mis-en-scene.

  • "Number Of The Beast" by Iron Maiden, which even begins with the above quote from Revelations. The songwriter, Lead Bassist Steve Harris, has also worn a Fun T-Shirt reading "666 The Number of the Beast, 664 The Bloke Next Door".
  • Slayer planned to release an album on 6.6.06, but due to problems they could only release a single. The album? Christ Illusion. By amusing coincidence, 6.6.06 was also bassist/lead singer Tom Araya's 45th birthday.
    • This was successfully done however by AFI who released their album "Decemberunderground" on 6.6.06
    • Ditto for Lordi, who released their Eurovision Song Contest winner Hard Rock Hallelujah as a single in the UK on 6.6.06.
    • Metallica played a concert in Berlin on 6/6/06.
  • "666" in metal in general is very common due to its satanic connotations. Bands that have made songs with the number include Helloween, Anvil and Burn to Black as well as many others.
    • Danzig's album 6:66 Satan's Child.
  • The death rap group Three 6 Mafia (aka Triple Six Mafia), once notorious for their Satanic lyrics and references to the occult. However the group has since stated that the name is just a reference the fact that their group started out with three members and ended up with six. That, and the fact that back when they were just starting out, they needed to put out something that would draw attention to themselves.
  • 666, a Concept Album thematically centered on the book of Revelation, was the only New Sound Album Aphrodite's Child ever released (in the two years between the completion of the album and its release, the band broke up).
  • Alluded to by the Christian Post-hardcore band Underoath's DVD which has "777" in its title due to their religious beliefs.
  • Parodied (somewhat) in the song "665: The Great Bean" by The Enid.
  • Parodied by Green Jelly with their 1994 album 333.
  • Blackened Thrash band Destroyer 666. They take it to extremes, portraying themselves as Australian anti-Christs.
  • Soundgarden's songs "665" and "667", which are parodies of other metal bands' Satanic imagery.
  • Heavy metal band Loudness has an instrumental titled "222" and (more recently) a song titled "#666".
  • The German trance band 666.
  • The song "Six Sixty-Six" by Christian-folk singer Larry Norman, covered by his fan Frank Black, is a straightforward retelling of the prophecies about the Antichrist in Bible fanon.
  • Murdoc Niccals, the fictional bass player of Gorillaz, was born on June 6, 1966 (6/6/66) and is a Satanist.
  • Steve Vai was born on June 6, 1960 (6/6/60) and has skills that could very well be described as not of this world.
  • Slipknot's song "The Heretic Anthem" featured the chorus: "If you're 5-5-5 then I'm 6-6-6", though the lyrics feature no real Satanic overtones and the use of the number was really just for shock value.
    • Since 555 is commonly used as the exchange for phone numbers in movies and television, the line could be interpreted to mean that if you're trying to fit in and be acceptable, he's trying to be edgy and unacceptable.
  • Christian Rock group DeGarmo and Key's 1984 album "Communication" included a song ttled Six, Six, Six. It gained attention wach?v=Z7Cdxl4INfw as one of the first CCM music videos to appear on MTV. It also became infamous for MTV ordering an edit removing a scene where a man kicks a burning trash can down, briefly setting the man representing the Antichrist on fire.
  • "666 - The Enemy Within" by HammerFall.
  • The Pixies reference this in "Monkey Gone To Heaven" from Doolittle, with the lines "man is five", "the devil is six", and "god is seven."
  • "Disconnected 666", a spooky audio collage by Cop Shoot Cop, has an excerpt from a prerecorded disconnection notice repeating the number 666 over a backdrop of busy signals.
  • Mentioned in The Wicked End by Avenged Sevenfold.
  • "Your Sweet Six Six Six by Finnish love metal band HIM.
  • The album cover for Black Sabbath's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath sports a demon with 666 engraved on its body.
    • In a weird coincidence, the studio version of Sabbath's self titled song has a running time of 6:16.
  • The LP cover of Deep Purple's The Book Of Taliesyn lists the running time of "Exposition/We Can Work It Out" as 6:66.
  • Pato Fu has a song called "Capetão 66.6 FM" ("Capetão" being Portuguese for "Big Devil").
  • The Dingees' album Rebel Soul Sound System has a fake (and unreadable) bar code with the UPC "06660 06660".
  • The first disc of Doom Metal band Reverend Bizarre's final album, So Long Suckers, is sixty-six minutes and six seconds long. According to Word of God, this is not coincidence.
  • Genesis' song "Supper's Ready" has the line "Six six six is no longer alone". Since the segment it's from is a musical adaptation of Revelation, this probably isn't terribly surprising.
  • Proto-heavy metal band Atomic Rooster were seriously into magick and gematria. Their best-known track Devil's Answer carries a coded suggestion that 666 is not the number to look out for. Apparently 357 is the badass number. Aleister Crowley and others also thought so.
  • John Zorn signed and numbered 666 copies of the album "The Satyr's Play/Cerberus" (2011) and produced 66 copies of a limited edition book version which were individualised and hand bound in black goat skin.
  • The late Harlem rapper Big L mentions in the song "Devil's Son" that these numbers are on his scalp if one looks closely.
  • For the 666th episode of his long -running radio show A State of Trance, Armin Van Buuren dedicated the episode to the darker and eviler side of trance music (primarily psychedelic and tech trance).
  • In an unusual example for a religious group, the Christian Rock band Red released their debut album, End of Silence, on 6/6/06.
  • tool has some fun with the concept on Salival, as the Hidden Track "Maynard's Dick" comes in at the 7:06 mark on "L.A.M.C", or 6:66.
  • The Cowsills: "The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine," a song about the Whore of Babylon, has backing vocals chanting "Six! Six! Six!"
  • Sabaton has the joke song "A Secret" from their The Art of War album where a voice says "executing protocol six hundred sixty-six."
  • The song "Magik 666" by Jad Wio.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Ed Greenwood sometimes used the number 666 (or variations thereof) when creating Forgotten Realms spells for the 1st and 2nd editions
  • According to most editions' Dungeon Master's Guide, the Abyss, the home of the demons, has supposedly infinite layers, but "conventional wisdom" says the bottom layer is the 666th. The demon goddess Lolth, in particular, has her home on the 66th layer.
  • Hunter: The Vigil features the Lucifuge, a secret order made up of people who have inherited the powers of Hell from demonic parents. The head of the organization (also known as the Lucifuge) has spent centuries keeping track of them, and knows exactly how many are on Earth at any one time. Take a guess.
  • In Nomine has players take sides in a war between the demons of Hell and the angels of Heaven. The game system uses d666 (three six-siders for all rolls). Bad things happen to angelic characters whose players roll all sixes, while good things happen if you roll all ones (the Trinity). This is reversed for demonic characters.
  • Ironclaw: The use of Black Magic can have dangerous side effects. Namely, when three sixes appear in any dice roll involving it. This includes skill rolls, resistance rolls, and difficulty rolls. Just to maximize this effect, the Difficulty Dice for Black Magic are, uncharacteristically, almost all d6s.
  • Pathfinder: The Bottle of the Bound is a legendary artifact in the form of a metal bottle in which an army of six hundred and sixty-six fiends is magically trapped.
  • Rolemaster: A roll of 66 indicates a very unexpected result.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The secret Grey Knights chapter of Space Marines is Chapter 666. They are an all-psyker, elite-among-elites group serving under the aegis of the Inquisition's Ordo Malleus and dedicated to combating Daemonic threats. Before they join they have to go through the 666 Rites of the Emperor, which can be described as 666 Mind Rapes. Their favorite Sound Off, the Canticle of Absolution, is also sixhundredsixtysix words long. It's also implied that they chose this number specifically because of the bad connotations; the Grey Knights are such an elite force that they can handle whatever it means for them.
    • Zarakynel, the Keeper of Secrets model produced by Forge World, costs exactly 666 points to field. This is because Slaaneesh's magic number is 6. Ann'grath (Khorne) has a points costs of 888, similarly.


    Video Games 
  • In 7th Dragon the total number of Dragons that live at the start of the game add up to 666.
  • Ace Combat:
    • Galm Team from The Belkan War is the Ustio 6th Air Division, 66th Squadron. By the way, "Galm" is a mistranslation of "Garmr", a hellish wolf in Norse Mythology that kills Tyr during the Ragnarök. And the Galm 1's call sign is "Cipher", in case you still didn't catch any symbolism.
    • The final mission of Shattered Skies, appropriately a Scrappy Level with tunnel-flying, has Mobius One start at 6666 feet.
  • In chapter 5 of Alice: Madness Returns, a wall in the Dolltown Cellarnote  has 666 affixed to it.
  • Asheron's Call featured an event boss, Bael'zharon, who when inspected, was level 666. There is also the White Rabbit, who has 666 in every stat (and instant-kills you when you inspect it.)
  • In Bayonetta, there's Route 666, a dangerous place where the heroine can be flattened by oncoming traffic (suffering a One-Hit Kill) if she's unlucky enough to end up on the wrong side while fighting enemies.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine features a poster for a Bendy cartoon episode, "Bendy in Train Trouble." The train number is 666.
  • In BioShock Infinite, one of the upgrades for the Devil's Kiss Vigor costs six-hundred-and-sixty-six dollars.
  • BlazBlue has Ragna, Nu-13 and Hazama give the line "Restriction 666 released" when activating their Azure Grimoires.
  • Brawl− buffed Ganondorf's Warlock Punch to There Is No Kill Like Overkill levels — from 32% damage and 102 units of knockback to 666% damage and 80,000 units of knockback (eight times the force of Jigglypuff's shield jump). As a nod to this, the fans who choose not to call this move the Minus Warlock Punch instead call it the Satan Punch.
  • Castlevania:
  • Chrono Trigger
    • Magus, the leader of the Fiends, has 6666 Hit Points and 666 Magic Points as a boss.
    • Bashers and Lashers, two minor enemies in the Ocean Palace, have 666 Hit Points.
  • Cookie Clicker:
    • The Portal upgrade is a thinly-veiled reference to opening a Hellgate, and originally costs 1,666,666 cookies to purchase. It produces 6,666 cookies originally, and its upgrades cost 16,666,660, 166,666,600, and 1,666,666,000
    • When you reach the end-stages of the grandmapocalypse, you can eventually form a covenant with the Elder Gods, at a price of 6,666,666,666,666 cookies.
  • Dance Dance Revolution:
    • "The Legend of MAX" is mostly set to 333 BPM. Midway through, it briefly doubles its speed to 666 BPM, right before the slowdown.
    • The Single Expert and Double Challenge charts for "Nageki no Ki" both have 666 combos.
  • In Dark Souls, Manus, the wretched abomination spawned from the corpse that used to be the Original Man, has 6,666 health exactly.
  • In Devil May Cry 4, Dante gets a weapon called Pandora, which is a demonic briefcase that can transform into 666 evil forms, which all seem to be big guns (along with its original purpose of containing all the world's evil and still holding onto hope, as its debut cutscene seems to imply).
  • The title antagonist of the first Diablo has 1,666 HP.
  • In Digimon World Dawn and Dusk, the Digivolution requirements for VenomMyotismon are level 66 with 6666 Beast experience (the game puts it, BST 6666). This is also a shout out to the anime.
    • Slightly more subtle, in Digimon World DS a requirement for the character is 99990 EXP, which, if viewed upside-down, reads 06666.
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
    • Mao calculates that it will take exactly 666 Nether hours (after Mao hijacks his "Hero" title) until Heroic Wannabe Almaz becomes a full-fledged demon.
    • And Maritsu Evil Academy has 666 bathrooms.
  • Instead of Doom "version 1.6", the producers went with "version 1.666".
    • In the Ultimate Doom, E1M1 has 666 sidedefs.
    • Doom also uses UDP port 666.
    • Sector tags 666 and 667 are used for actions that require certain monsters to be killed. (instead of crossing a specific linedef)
    • In Doom 3, there are lockers scattered around that contains items. One of them, however, contains an Imp. The locker's number goes without saying.
    • During the E3 presentation of the DOOM (2016) game, Bethesda's representative joked that they internally refer to the IdTech 6 engine the game runs under as IdTech 666.
      • In a super-obscure Easter Egg, viewing the music from the Cyberdemon Boss Battle through a spectrogram reveals a repeating pattern of 666s and pentagrams.
    • Doom Eternal:
      • "It's a Magic Number" is an achievement you get after you kill 666 demons.
      • In an apartment, the temperature of the room is set at 66.6 degrees.
      • The UAC Spokeswoman at one point states, "In case of an emergency, dial 6 three times on your phone."
  • Elona has three Bonus Boss dungeons, each of which has a displayed difficulty level of 666. It's just a metaphor, as their actual difficulty is somewhere around 80.
  • In Endless Ocean: Blue World, of all places, the Pandora's Box salvage item with net the player 9,666 pelagos (the in-game currency). Notably, the only treasure to not have a multiple of ten (or a multiple of ten minus one) for its price.
  • Eternal Darkness places great significance on 3:33 times on both digital and analog clocks.
  • Exponential Idle: You get the Devil's Advocate achievement for gaining ee666 dollars.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • In Five Nights at Freddy's, Foxy's height is 4.666 feet.
  • The final Impact boss in Goemons Great Adventure, Devil Death God, has 6,666 HP.
  • Several inferno units in Heroes of Might and Magic V utilize this: Nightmares and Hell Stallions have 66 HP, Pit lords and Pit spawns cost 1666 gold, Devils, Arch Devils and Arch Demons all have a maximal damage of 66, and cost 2666 gold (devils) or 3666 gold (the other two). Additionally, Devils have 166 HP (and Arch Devils have 199, turn that upside down).
  • Idle Mine Remix: Hellstone Lv. 666 has 666.00 T HP, 3.66 T Defense, and gives 16.66 Qt $ when mined.
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death: Judge Death's prisoner ID number in the load-up screen happens to be 101-100111-666.
  • In killer7, Emir Parkreiner's locker is #666. Looking in locker #616 leads the player to Mask's final mask.
  • In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Marluxia's final form has a sleight that is activated by using three 6 cards, which forces Sora to break six cards within six seconds or face instant death.
  • Kingdom of Loathing spoofs this with the 668 scroll, allowing you to summon the neighbor of the beast.
  • Kingdom Rush's villain Vez'Nan (who made a Deal with the Devil) has this as his number motif. On Normal mode, his first form has 6666 health (which is very low for a boss), and his attack in that form deals at least 666 damage to your soldiers and heroes (which is pretty much overkill).
  • Kittens Game: As an Easter Egg, having exactly 666 of any resource causes it to flash red.
  • The "All the 6s" level from Lemmings. It's not even close to being a level from hell, though — actually more of a Breather Level.
    • Several ports of the game replace "All the 6s" with a completely new level — whether because of the Number Of The Beast reference or just because it's the ultimate Breather Level is difficult to say.
  • In Lollipop Chainsaw, Killabilly is said to be 666 years old.
  • In Luminous Arc 3, the first stage of the final boss will have 666 HP. However, the final boss is an evil god....
  • In Mario Strikers Charged, Bowser has 66 as his jersey number, while Bowser Jr. has 6.
  • Max Payne had a level where the access code for a different part of a lab was 665, which Max sarcastically comments as the "neighbor of the beast". In the sequel, the code to access the suites in Max's apartment is 667, and the "neighbor of the beast" line is echoed.
    • Both mentions are based on a recurring joke in the developers' native country of Finland. Of course, with street numbers the neighbor would be 668, but apartments need not be numbered the same way.
  • One of the dozens of planets in Meteos is the Planet Heck Jeljel which can be unlocked as playable by launching 666 Fire, Soil and Zoo meteos and 3 Dark meteos.
  • The very dreaded, grim-reaperesque Terror Fiends in Miitopia have exacly 666 HP.
  • Level 666 in Nibblers contains the symbol for sulfur created with lava rocks and rosehips, and asks the player to defeat 6 Mud Lizards, clear 6 mud tiles, and collect 66 rosehips.
  • The demon morph Super Mode from Painkiller is activated by Daniel's absorption of 66 souls. At least, without a powerup that reduces the number to 50.
    • The 666 Ammo card, obviously. However, the number on the card is written in Roman numerals (DCLXVI), which shows that the devs knew the value is important, not three sixes.
  • In Pikmin 2, there's a creepy doll's head that's worth 670 pokos; in the Japanese game, it's worth 666.
  • Averted in the Pokémon series. Pokémon #666, Vivillon, is a cute butterfly.
    • Played straight with Giratina, Sinnoh myth's Satanic Archetype, which has six armored plates below its head, six spikes on its wings, and six legs in Altered Forme, evoking this trope.
  • In Pony Island, the number 666 shows up all over the place. Of note are several loading sequences where the percentages reach 666% before 100%.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon in Purple has a prominent 666 on its entrance which you can freely break. The game in general uses Satan motif shamelessly.
  • The original Quake features a power-up called the Pentagram of Protection, which puts a red 666 on your armor counter, although that's just for symbolic and aesthetic purposes — your health will not go down while this power-up is active, and anything that tries to spawn at your position will be reverse telefragged. Note that your armor will still take damage if you have any on.
  • Beelzebub from Ragnarok Online has a starting HP of 6,666,666 HP. And he looks like a Steel Chon Chon. Changing to his true form gives him more HP.
  • Appears in Realm Grinder, in particular with anything that involves the Demon faction, such as a Challenge reward of more mana from 6.66% of the most expensive building's amount.
    • The Diabolical Evil Trophy is unlocked after 666 hours of time spent playing Evil.
  • RuneScape's Vampire Monarch Lowerniel Drakan has a combat level of 666. He's also one of the most evil characters in the game and responsible for turning Hallowvale into it's current state as a blood farm.
  • In SaGa Frontier, the Pain Doubler spell under Zamza's Evil Magic library deals 666 damage... which sucks quite a bit since the average damage in the game is four digits. Of course, when used on the player, it can be a death sentence, since max HP tops out at 999.
  • In the Saints Row series, Stilwater's "The Krunch" and Steelport's "The Blood" are both hard rock and metal radio stations that broadcast at 106.66 FM. note 
  • 666 is the phone number for Hell in Sam & Max's second Season Finale.
  • Secret of Mana has the Dark Lich, who has 6,666 HP.
  • 666 appears hilariously often in SEUM: Speedrunners From Hell; from the maximum completion, to a secret level between 66 and 67, in the name of some achievements etc.
  • In SEVEN's CODE, the song "Kimi to Mita Yume" has 666 notes in its Simple-Master and Chaos-Master charts as is befitting of a group of seven idols who are also representatives of the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Beelzebub (human form) in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has 666 HP.
    • Evil Land gives 666 damage to demi-humans at LV 6.
    • Satan's design has 6 arms, 6 wings, and 6 breasts.
    • In a display of grand irony, one of the DLC bosses in Shin Megami Tensei IV is Archangel Michael, who, despite who he obviously works for, has an attack that inflicts a fixed 666 HP of damage.
  • Simplest RPG: If there's a creature related to devils, chances are its stats will be based on these numbers. For example, Hellhound has 666666 HP and 66666 ATK, and Angry Demon has 166666666 HP and 66666666 ATK.
  • Getting a combo of 6 hits in Skullgirls is "Naughty", 66 is "Devilish", 616 is "Infernal", and 666 is "Diabolical".
  • SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos has an overall cast of 33 characters, with 663 pre-battle dialogues for each of them... okay, not each, because Athena and Red Arremer have no dialogues between each other or their clones whatsoever. If they would be, though, it would result in a straight 666. May be excuseable. Or maybe not.
  • In the Sonic Dreams Collection minigame "My Roommate Sonic," your cell phone only has the bottom six buttons on it, and the top row is nothing but 6's.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) we have the Big Bad Solaris, a sun god whose initial form upon being fused together features six stones on his back, six wings, and six horn pieces on his head. Note that this is a character whose raw power and cunning mind were separated into a beast and a false prophet named after the Muslim devil and a pun on Mephistopheles respectively.
  • In Space Pirates and Zombies, the ship known as the Brute (one of the strongest ships available from the Bounty Hunter faction) has 666 base health.
  • In Splatoon 2's Rhythm Game mode Squid Beatz 2, the chart "Splattack! (Octo)" on Hard mode has the highest note count in the game, at exactly 666. That alone should give you an idea of what kind of hell you’ll put your digits through should you attempt it.
  • Team Fortress 2 has the Ghost Town Halloween Event, which is an extremely challenging version of Mann Vs Machine, reskined as zombies.
    • The amount of enemies is actually 911 robots and 9 tanks, and additional Spies and Snipers which continuously spawn for as long as you play.
  • In The Darkside Detective, one case involves spectral goings-on at the 66-6 St subway station. Lampshaded by McQueen as an appropriate place for spooky nonsense to happen.
  • The end of the train level in The House of the Dead: OVERKILL shows that the train's locomotive has has the number 666 on it.
  • In The Logomancer, Nikolai's Regret has 6666 willpower points.
  • Touhou Project pokes fun at it a few times. In Imperishable Night's Extra Stage, the requirement for obtaining the last Extend you can gain from point items is 666 point items, the next being an impossible 9999 requirement. More fittingly, an adequately trained player will often run into Keine in her beast form with the number on screen. Clearing the Extra Stage also gives you a Clear score of 66600000.
    • Also in Subterranean Animism, Parsee mocks Marisa and Alice's RPG trope discussion by claiming that her bridge is "Floor 666 of the Underground Skyscraper". In Double Spoiler, getting pictures of the shapeshifting hellcat Rin Kaenbyou in cat form gets you a bonus of 666 points.
  • In the old Ultima II computer game, the Earth was located at coordinates (6,6,6) in the solar system.
  • In Vagrant Story, the Final Boss's One-Winged Angel form has 666 HP and 666 MP.
  • In World of Warcraft, Hogger has 666 health.
    • There is a statue of a serpent in Zangarmarsh with 666 in its scales. However, it was far more common during The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions than it is now. In fact, there was a warlock spell that did 666 base damage, but that has since been changed. There were also icons for warlock and demon spells with stylized 666's in them, these have all been removed.
  • WRATH: Aeon of Ruin's frame rate is capped at 666 FPS.
  • Xenogears: Graf has 6666 HP, the highest HP total for a human boss in the game.
  • Rubedo from Xenosaga is URTV #666.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the English version of Snatcher, the date of "the Catastrophe" was moved from June 6th, 1991 (6/6/1991) to June 6th, 1996 (6/6/1996).
  • Tsukihime features a villain called Nrvnqsr Chaos who controls 666 animal familiars. And Nrvnqsr (pronounced 'Nero') is numerically equal to 666.

    Web Animation 
  • In the animated short I Pet Goat II, the titular "pet goat" has a 666 bar code on its forehead.
  • Episode 4 of Retarded Animal Babies has a remote control that you can use on a tv. pressing 666 shows an animation of Satan eating children from a bowl. Pressing 999 shows the same thing, but upside-down.


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    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: When Stan is worried that his adopted grandson Nemo is the anti-christ, he checks him for the mark. He ends up finding a 66 but is relieved to find the next number 2, then he sees a he has a +4 after that. Cue Scare Chord.
  • In an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cloning" the channel number that the cursed TV is playing is channel six sixty six. Another episode included the Satanic sandwich "The Broodwich", which, among other horrifying ingredients, was, "layered with six-hundred and sixty-six separate meats from an animal which has maggots for blood!"
  • In the Futurama episode "The Honking", Bender sees the binary number 0101100101 written on the wall and is unfazed, calling it "gibberish" (it's 357 with an unnecessary leading zero). Then he sees it in a mirror and realises it's 1010011010, which is 666.
  • Parodied in Courage the Cowardly Dog, when the characters (Except for the titular dog, who is forced to sleep outside because of the No Dogs Allowed Rule) book a room at Hotel Katz, they are given room number 666½.
  • In Gargoyles, the Illuminati have exactly 666 members, although you have to work it out.
  • An episode of Rocko's Modern Life ended with the character Peaches playing with a paddle ball. He says, "664, 665" and then he misses and has to start all over.
    • Furthermore in the episode "Hef in a Handbasket", the number to apply for Peaches' game show is "555 and THEN A BUNCH OF SIXES," the show is broadcast on channel 66, and Heffer needs to score 666 points to "win."
  • The Simpsons
    • The Treehouse of Horror part of one episode had Lisa and Bart going through the occult section of a library. Dewey Decimal System designation? 666. (For the curious, the actual designation would be 130 or 133. 666 is assigned to "ceramic and allied technologies".)
    • In the opening of another Treehouse of Horror episode, a cheerful Fox Censor tells the viewers that the episode is rated TV-G, only for the ratings box to sprout an arm holding a knife and stab him, and turn to TV-PG. The stabbing continued, going to TV-14, TV-MA, TV-21, and finally, TV-666. (Those last two aren't real ratings, of course. The actual rating for the episode was TV-PG.)
    • The 30th Treehouse of Horror is the 666th episode of the series and opens with a parody of The Omen.
  • In the Looney Tunes short A Pest in the House, hotel bellhop Daffy Duck continually disturbs the tired guest who's staying in Room 666 in his efforts to get some shut-eye.
    • It was probably chosen not for symbolism, but because it has a lot of "s" sounds for Daffy to lisp.
  • In the first episode of The Boondocks, Huey tries to convince the guests at Ed Wuncler's garden party that Ronald Reagan is the Devil by pointing out that Ronald, Wilson, and Reagan each have six letters in them. Therefore, 666. However, this just makes him look even more adorable to the guests.
    • The comic strip had a similar joke about Santa Claus. Huey evidently went through several possible "proofs" before landing on the fact that the date of Santa's annual errand, December 24th, adds up to 36 when expressed numerically. 36 = 3 6's!
  • Wakfu:
    • Episode 4 of season 1: In the flashback showing the backstory of the Ugly Princesses, there is such a long line of princes wanting to woo them that they use a "Take a Number" device. Then comes the god Osamodas, who picks number 666 before laying a curse on the disrespectful princesses.
    • In episode 9 of season 2, some of the protagonists are trapped in the Shushu world. They are forced to invoke the Rush, the favorite pastime of the Shushu, in order to avoid immediate execution. The Rush pits them against 666 pyralshus until they fall. And to make sure they fall, Rushu also sends his Dragon Anathar into the fray.
  • The South Park season 1 episode "Damien" manages to sneak in a couple of visual references. At the very start of the episode, a group of number magnets on the wall have three red sixes next to each other, and the chalkboard has a sum that adds up to 666.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Wishbones", Grim says that this robe has gone through "665 washings, and it still stinks of the ages!"
  • Subverted in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, where the Blood Moon Ball, which is celebrated in the underworld, takes place once every 667 years. Also, Marco's Dragon-Motorcycle has "667" on its number plate. According to the creators, they wanted both cases to be played straight, but Disney wouldn't allow it.
  • Amanda from Bunsen Is a Beast subverts this every now and then, such as when she claimed that her makeovers for her class photo cost her $667.
  • In Hotel Transylvania: The Series, episode "Buggin Out", Mavis delivers room service to a room only to realize that the card was upside down, as it was actually supposed to be delivered to room 999 (for a second you can actually see 666 on the card). In another episode, Mavis' uncle mentions room 665B.
  • Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop:
    • The episode "Grime Doesn't Pay" has Officer Deadbeat entrusted with keeping a criminal named Fingers Malone locked up, who is first referred to as Prisoner 666.
    • In "Kangaroo Caught", Dr. Zitbag finds that he has the winning lottery ticket as Number 666. Unfortunately, it wasn't a cash prize.

    Real Life 
  • Scholars contend that the number in the Revelation was a code for Nero. When treated as Hebrew numbers, the letters of "Nero Caesar" add up to 616, and "Neron Kesar", the Greek version of his name, to 666.
    • The scholarly theory is that Revelation is written as "prophetic allegory" — writing a prophesy-style piece as social commentary on then-present conditions. On a similar note, there are those that believe the code stands for Gaius Caesar (which can also add up to 616) instead. Most scholars find that it's hairsplitting, however: Nero is the Trope Namer for While Rome Burns, and Gaius is better known by his nickname, Caligula. Nero is considered more likely, though, he was known for persecuting Christians whereas Caligula's reign was before the Romans considered Christianity even worth their attention.
    • One theory relies on the assumption that 666 is purely symbolic, not some code: basically, the number 6 is supposed to represent man ("a human number"), because man was made on the 6th day. Also, the fact that there are three 6s is meant to stand for Satan, the Beast of the Sea, and the Beast of the Earth being an evil mockery of the Holy Trinity. This theory is total hogwash; as noted above, the number would have been written in Greek numerals, and the idea of "six-hundred-and-sixty-six" having anything to do with "three sixes" is a bit of a stretch (place-value notation would only have just been invented in India at the time, and it would not arrive in the Middle East until transmitted by Muslim Persian mathematicians in the 9th century).
  • It was a joke in Real Life during Ronald Reagan's presidency because "Ronald Wilson Reagan" is 6 letters, 6 letters, 6 letters. (Furthermore, Ronald Reagan had his house, 666 St. Cloud Road, renumbered 668, from superstition.)
    • According to conventional Assign-numbers-to-letters-of-the-alphabet,-add-them-up,-and-keep adding -until-you-get -a -result numerology, each name in the triad MARGARET HILDA THATCHER ultimately summed to 6-6-6.
  • A totally serious chain email in the late '90s claimed that Bill Gates was the Antichrist and that the Internet (which... he owned?) was his Mark, by adding up the ASCII for "Bill Gates" (66 + 73 + 76 + 71 + 65 + 84 + 69 + 83) and adding 3 as in William Gates ''III''. It went on to say this method also worked for "Windows 95", and that "WWW" represented the Number because of its resemblance to "VI VI VI".
  • Speculation ran rampant the week before the 6th of June, 2006, over speculation that Armageddon would occur on 6/6/6... It didn't. Maybe it was the fact that the date was actually 6/6/06note , or that if the theory held water then the world should have already undergone divine judgement two thousand years ago. Jon Stewart called this out on The Daily Show the day before June 6 2006.
    "Here's the thing about all the hype on the news and the marketing tie-ins, et cetera. Uh, it's not 6/6/6. It's 6/6/06! It's not even 6/6/06, it's 6/06/2006! You think God's gonna send the Four Horsemen based on a typo!? It's not happening! Forty years ago, it was 6/6/66, then you mighta had somethin' right there! That would've been the time. The only time it was really 6/6/6 was June 6 in the year 6,note  which at the time wasn't even called 6."
  • B3TA had a helpful announcement in 2005: "Satanists! This is the last week to conceive if you want you child born on 6/6/06!"
  • Comedian/Nerd/Metalhead Brian Posehn stands 6'7, but he likes to refer to himself as 6'6.6 or "the height of the beast."
  • The A666 runs from Pendlebury to Langho in north-west England and there are many local jokes about its number. Often in conjunction with its high accident rate.
    • Where it passes through the city of Bolton, the A666 is renamed St Peter's Way in the hope this either trumps 666 or cancels it out.
  • U.S. Route 666, from Gallup, NM to Monticello, UT, was re-numbered US 491 in 2003, but retains the "Devil's Highway" nickname. It was the subject of various superstitions, as well as a target for sign theft. US 666 was a spur of the world-famous U.S. Route 66, but since that route was removed from existence in 1985, a numbering change was somewhat necessary, anyway.
  • Another highways example. On northbound Interstate 29 just north of North Sioux City, South Dakota, there was a sign that used to read "Elk Point 6 / Sioux Falls 66." At some point in the mid-00s, the sign was changed to read "Elk Point 7 / Sioux Falls 66." Either the small town of Elk Point moved a mile to the north, or people got uncomfortable about the 666 associations and asked to have the sign changed.
  • There's another theory that this was just a way to express "a large number" in roman numerals — either DCLXVI or DCXVI, one each of several Roman numerals. Of course, this doesn't lend itself to numerologists, conspiracy theorists, televangelists or other lunatics.
  • The P.O. Box address for This Is True — who also has Get Out Of Hell Free cards to keep up — is 666. According to the owner, he had had box number 668 for a while, then noticed 666 was free. When he inquired about it, he learned it was not to be offered to avoid people being offended. Since he specifically asked for the number, though, the post office figured it safe to give him the box.
  • SF and computing journalist David Langford once wrote a computer program that could prove that any name adds up to 666. You just have to assign numbers to the letters correctly (and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to do that), then manipulate the numbers the right way (and there are more hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to do that).
  • A problem for Intel; back in the 1990s — when computers were still running at the megahertz level — the company would release speed increases every 33MHz (for example, all of their 400MHz-range processors would be rated for speeds clocked at 400, 433 and 466 megahertz). The number combination they would hit when they reached the 600MHz range was therefore fairly obvious. When the long anticipated processor hit the market however, it was clocked not at 666MHz, but rather 667MHz. AMD also followed suit with this convention, and all subsequent processors in the hundreds of megahertz used the "number-6-7" convention.
    • Not that it's still avoiding the trope, but Intel could get away with it by fudging with the numbers. The increment suggests the clock speed was divided by 3 somewhere. 2/3 is 0.6666... Which at any given point you decide to chop off how many 6's you want, you could round up the last one to 7.
  • A church was "lucky" enough to get 666 as part of its phone number. They quickly changed it. On the other hand, the University of San Francisco, a Catholic medical college, had 666 as one of its proprietary prefixes throughout the '90s, mostly for dormitory rooms.
  • Here's one for the oddity department: Yahoo! Sports lists athletes and assigns them an ID number in the URL. For hockey, guess who gets 666? Miroslav Satan (though it's pronounced Shuh-tan, and spelled Šatan in Slovak).
    • Altough, that's how they pronounce Satan (as in the devil not the player), this goes for most Eastern European languages.
      • If you plug in athlete number 616, you get Richard Smehlik, a player for the New Jersey Devils.
    • Also on Yahoo! Sports, the blog Puck Daddy has a "Jersey Foul" feature highlighting the worst in homemade jerseys. They joke on how Miroslav Satan should be on the Devils with the number 6 (as it would repeat on both sleeves) when facing stuff like this.
  • There's an urban legend among fundamentalist Christian conspiracy theorists that the UN General Assembly and/or the European Parliament chambers have a seat number 666 that is never occupied and is presumably being reserved for their boss when he turns up. This is, of course, not the case; the UN General Assembly seats are assigned in alphabetical order by nation, and are not numbered, while seat #666 in the EU Parliament chambers in Strasbourg and Brussels were, around January 2014, occupied by Verónica Lope Fontagne of Spain and Eva Lichtenberger of Austria, respectively.
  • The ABC's Canberra radio station is numbered 666. Being that the ABC is government-funded, Epileptic Trees ensued.
  • Interestingly, if the number is actually 616 and not 666, several places have been afraid of the wrong number all along. Examples include: The USA, who changed highway 666 to highway 491 in 2003, and most especially the Moscow transport department, who changed the 666 bus route to... 616. And the British National Bus Companies (henceforth known as NBC)"West Yorkshire" subsidiary and their route 666, which was also renumbered guessed it...616.
  • The first Apple computer (the Apple I) went on sale in July 1976 at the price of $666.66. This was due mostly to a collection of mundane coincidences: Steve Jobs setting the price at $500 (plus a 1/3rd markup), because Steve Wozniak "liked repeating digits" and both Steves' general ignorance of the significance of the number.note 
  • Similar to the usual omission of a thirteenth floor (as well as the fourth in East Asian-dominated cultures), many larger hotels have no room 666 for superstitious reasons.
  • As Not Always Right records, superstitious customers may become a bit alarmed if their purchase or change totals $6.66, and some add more items to their order to avoid it. For instance, here and here.
  • A bill in the California Assembly would return red-light cameras to many cities and make the resulting tickets well-nigh-unfightable "administrative fines" rather than the current punitive fines which can be challenged in court. Opponents have lost no time in remarking that the bill is AB666.
  • The Criterion Collection numbers its hundreds of famed films in the order that they enter the collection and decided to have fun with this trope when they reached 666 in 2013 — they assigned it to The Devil's Backbone!
  • There is at least one case of an atheistic man who was tired of evangelists calling his house phone, so he requested the first three digits to be 666.
  • A Qatari man bought the phone number 1(666)666-6666 for 10 million riyals (about $1.5 million), as Jewish and Muslim tradition believe the number to be holy. The Jews, because the number 6 represents the six directions (forward, backward, up, down, left, right), and the Muslims because they associate it with the Arabic word "ellah," (itself reminiscent of 'allah'). Seen here.
  • During the Falklands War of 1982, the British expeditionary force was given the field post office number BFPO 666. The British Army Chaplaincy Department, along with its colleagues in the Royal Navy and RAF, protested mightily. British soldiers considered it both a huge joke and a licence to bring seven different sorts of Hell down on the Argentinians.
  • June 16th, 1943, a single B-17E Bomber was flying a mapping mission over the Solomon Islands. It's tail number? 41-2666, nicknamed "Old 666". At 7:40, with only 22 minutes left, Old 666 was attacked by 15 A6M Zeroes and 2 Ki-46 Dinahs. Old 666 proceeded to fight them off until they ran out of fuel and ammo, shooting quite a few down in the process and completed the mapping mission. June 16th is shown as 6/16, meaning this got both versions of the number.
  • There's an Urban Legend going around that suggests that Monster Energy drink is funded by Satanists, since the people peddling the legend interpret their symbol as three Hebrew sixes. As mentioned above, even if they were correct about the symbol, three sixes is not six hundred and sixty six.
  • At Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo, Wisconsin, there's a very long staircase on the East Bluff named the Devil's Staircase. Give or take (there were some steps that might qualify as stairs, but might not), the number of stairs is 666.
  • In Canada, dialing *666 on cellphone connects you to CANUTEC, Transport Canada's emergency response center. Appropriately, they deal with toxic and explosive chemicals, which can be pretty hellish.
  • In 1988, nuclear engineer Robert W. Faid wrote a book entitled Gorbachev! Has the Real Antichrist Come? Among other prophecies of the Antichrist supposedly fulfilled by the Soviet leader, Faid observed that the letters of "Gorbachev" transliterated into Greek added up to... 888, the number of Christ, and therefore Mikhail Gorbachev must be the false Christ. That is, if you transliterate it as "Gormbacob", with an m. Naturally, this theory was blown to smithereens by The Great Politics Mess-Up.
  • Some "over enthusiastic" religious aficionados claim that the Latin phrase Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God) "proves" that the Pope is the Antichrist because if you add up the letters from the phrase that are used in roman numerals, and change the "u" into a "v" you get 666. (VICarIVs FILII DeI). There is some doubt about whether this was ever used as an official papal title. In any case, that is not how roman numerals work. This "proof" was parodied by someone who noticed that you could apply EXACTLY THE SAME RULES to the phrase Cute Purple Dinosaur and identify the Great Beast as Barney.
  • In the 19th century, one professional mathematician and amateur theologian found that with sufficient creativity note , he could calculate the number of absolutely anyone's name as 666. He concluded that it was the number of humanity.
  • Comedian Christopher Titus, in his special Love is Evol tells that he filed for divorce from his first wife on June 6th, 2006, or 6/6/(0)6.
    "Which, coincidentally turned my ex into a demon slithering from the fiery depths of Satan's anus....but for legal reasons, I have to call her 'Kate'."
  • Amtrak train number 666 is a Keystone Service train between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Conversely, when Amtrak took delivery of 70 new locomotives assigned numbers in the 600s, it skipped 666 instead numbering them 600 to 665 and 667 to 670.
  • CSX Transportation at one point had a locomotive numbered 666 and was given the nickname "The Devil's Train". When the locomotive was sold, the new owners renumbered it to 656.
  • A fairly popular conspiracy theory links the possible widespread implementation of RFID implants to the Number of the Beast. Which, along with more mundane concerns about abuse by authoritarian governments, has largely prevented this trope from appearing much in real life.
  • Finnair used to have a Flight 666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki, whose airport's IATA code is HEL. The flight number was changed to 954 at the end of October 2017; that month happened to have a Friday the 13th in it, so they decided to have some fun by having Flight 666 take off from Copenhagen at the 13th hour of that day and also, once the plane landed at Helsinki, have it taxi to Gate 26 (2*13).

Alternative Title(s): Six Hundred Sixty Six, Six Six Six


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