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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 - digamma / chi - iota - digamma)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.Explanation 

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

Compare with its Asian counterparts, 108 and 4. Also, its European counterpart, 13. 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 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 D×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.

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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.
  • Issue 6 of Batman Adventures has Batman (really Batgirl in disguise) interrogate Eel O'Brian into giving away Firefly's hideout. The address Eel gives is Club Inferno, which is located on 666 Dixon Street.
  • 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 
  • One of the title characters from Lilo & Stitch was supposed to be assigned the number "666", but the Media Watchdog complained and it was changed to "626".note 
  • In The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, part of Dr. Satan's Evil Plan is to marry a woman who has the number 666 on her ass.
  • In All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, there's a brief moment of the villains Carface and Red playing cards. While their cards are consistent with recognizable poker hands, Carface asks, "Got any sixes?" Red, indeed, has three of them, but answers, "Go fish."

    Films — Live Action 
  • Annabelle: Mia's apartment is located on the sixth floor. When she 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 Number 23, Walter Sparrow's Number Obsession with the "23 enigma," focused on 23 and variants thereof originates from the fact that 2 divided by 3 is .666...
  • 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 (where The Dreaded male dragon resides) 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.
    • This was mocked in Mr. Plinkett's review of the movie, which imagined George Lucas searching for an evil-sounding order, but thought 'Order 666' was a little too obvious, so he knocked off a digit.
  • 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 has a Satanist whose name is 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.
  • Discussed in an episode of CSI: NY during Mac's 333 Stalker arc. He and Stella visit a voodoo shop to question the proprietor about a doll found buried with the Victim of the Week. The shop woman blinks slowly, showing Mac the number 666 painted on one eyelid and 333 on the other. He demands to know why. She tells him that while 666 is the Devil's number, some believe 333 to be the number of his son.
  • 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 dialing, Canberra's former area code was + 61-6.
  • "The House That Dripped Chocolate", one of Good Eats's Halloween episodes, uses the 216 version. It's the number of layers in the pistachio Butterfin—you know what I mean.
  • In the epilogue of Kamen Rider Revice, Orteca is apprehended by Weekend and sentenced to 666 years in prison for his crimes.
  • 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 (an In-Universe fictional movie from the episode "Hollywood Babylon"). 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 Revelation. 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 titled 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.
  • Ghost's song "Death Knell" both uses this straight and plays with it. The first chorus starts with "Six-six-six / Invoke the king of hell", while the second chorus starts with "Sex, sex, sex / Receive the beast of evil", referring to the song's theme of the conception of the Antichrist.
  • Lingua Ignota's Caligula is exactly sixty-six minutes and six seconds long, down to the millisecond. As the final track on the album is entitled "I Am the Beast" and the album is named after one of the Roman emperors for whom the Number of the Beast itself may actually be a code (see below), this is very likely not a coincidence.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • There's a small and odd federation in Japan called 666. One notable character is President Ramu, a demonically-possessed wrestler with super strength for her size. Which is good, given that she'd fit under Cute Bruiser. Note she is NOT the least likely champion they've ever had....
  • Back in WCW as the original nWo Wolfpac, Kliq members Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman sometimes all wore shirts with number-6 pool balls on them at once. Though they had the excuse that Waltman was called Syxx at the time and for more than just that reason at that…
  • In a 1998 promo, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin declares that if he's going to face The Undertaker and Kane in a triple threat match for his WWF title at Breakdown, Austin 3:16 won't show up, but Austin 666 will instead.
  • The total weight of all members of AEW's Team Taz (Ricky Starks, Powerhouse Hobbs and Hook) add up to 666 pounds.

    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.


    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 Triple 6 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 "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.
  • Teen Titans (2003): "Birthmark" gives us a more subtle example. It is Raven's Dangerous 16th Birthday, where she is concerned about the prophecy concerning her demonic father, and we open with her laying on her bed staring at a clock, saying, "6 p.m. Just six more hours and it will all be over. Six more hours." She probably didn't notice that she said the number 6 thrice.
  • In the T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "T.U.F.F. Choices", the Indecision Ray that Snaptrap buys from the Chameleon is shown to have the price of $666.66.

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