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Javier: Why don't they fight their own fucking fights!
Vendel: Would you be eager to fight the devil?... [f]or that is what Gunmar is to trolls — the devil, who can strip the will and mind from your closest, oldest, friend or mate, and send them against you.

A truly evil character who appears to be a satanic figure for the setting, although they clearly aren't the Devil himself.

A Satanic Archetype character can be any combination of the following:

Chances are, if a work is using
Everybody Hates Hades, then Hades or another being or creature associated with death will be depicted as a Satanic Archetype. If the character lampshades their satanic qualities, then it falls under Devil Complex.

Super-Trope of Davy Jones. See also The Trickster, Hijacked by Jesus, God of Evil, The Anti-God, and Louis Cypher (a trope which frequently overlaps with this one). Contrast with Crystal Dragon Jesus, Madonna Archetype, Messianic Archetype and Big Red Devil (who looks Satanic but doesn't necessarily act the part). Tends to share traits with the King Koopa Copy.


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    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, the Hell Lords are a group of demons composed of Asmodeus, Hela, Mephisto, Pluto, Satannish The Supreme, and Satana. Former members of the group included Beelzeboul, Dormammu, Hellstrom, Lucifer/Satan, Marduk Kurios, Olivier, Thog the Nether-Spawn, and Umar the Unrelenting. (Yes, Satan himself used to be a member of a group of demons who represent all the aspects of Satan. Somehow.) Many have admitted to either being inspired by, playing off the name of, or claiming to be the REAL Satan. Thanks to inconsistent continuity and their own history as liars, nothing they say can be believed. This was further complicated with the introduction of the real Lucifer- Who is very specifically the Satan of the Christian religion in the Marvel universe. A tie-in to the Fear Itself crossover introduced Satan's empty throne, but it was unclear if there was a real Satan and if so who it was (though when we saw God's throne in Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire, it was also empty). Several hell-lords claim to be Satan, but none sit in it for fear of being torn apart by the other hell-lords.
    • Immortal Hulk introduces the One Below All, the dark reflection of the One Above All. His Hell spans the entire multiverse, he is the source of all gamma radiation, and he gives those who channel his power Resurrective Immortality while bringing out their darkest self.
  • An excellent version of a character in a polytheist story being cast as the Christian Satan occurred in the comic Rogan Ghosh, Star of the East. A character called The Soma Swami, False God of a Thousand False Worlds, who tempts people to sin or leads them into ignorance so that they'll stay in the wheel of reincarnation where he can feed on their energies. People who reach enlightenment/heaven/Nirvana have escaped him (as he himself puts it, "Fuck Christ! Fuck Buddha! They're just the ones that got away!") As a way of adapting the Christian devil to a Hindu setting, it's hard to imagine Soma being bettered.
  • Sinestro in Green Lantern, to the point where the parody episode "Green Loontern" in Duck Dodgers actually lampshades it at least once. He was the best and brightest of a heavenly host that used a form of light, only to be thrown out into exile. At first Sinestro goes renegade, obtaining his own power ring, and eventually corrupts his successor Hal Jordan, turning him into the hosts for the monstrous Parallax. Seeking to overthrow the heavenly host in question, the Green Lantern Corps, he creates his own Sinestro Corps through making deals with various aliens and monsters across the universe. They take over Qward, the antimatter universe, and reshape it to the point where it resembles your typical Fire and Brimstone Hell. In the short term, he promises them whatever they desire, but what they don't know is that every single ring he gives them has a killswitch only he can activate. Mongul, for example, found this out the hard way, and the entire Sinestro Corps is betrayed and sent into stasis by their former leader when he no longer has a use for them. When he becomes the latest incarnation of Parallax, he takes on a twisted form resembling a devil.
  • Lord Golgotha in Reborn is the ruler of the Dark Lands, the evil half of the afterlife where all the wicked souls are sent upon dying. He has a outright demonic appearance except he has grey skin instead of red, and he was prophesied as his people's Dark Messiah that would lead them into conquering the world of the living in their twisted, dark forms.

    Fan Fiction 
  • The Pony POV Series has two beings who share this role. One is Discord's father, Havoc, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Mass Hysteria and one of the four Elders (the Top Gods). He's the Dimension Lord of Pony Hell, where the condemned are doomed to pull his chariot across an endless desert for all eternity. The other is Morning Star, a Fallen Alicorn who was originally supposed to be the Concept of Perfection and Beauty, but, like Old Scratch, became the embodiment of Evil and Temptation when he attempted to overthrow the Elders, seeing himself as more perfect than they are. He was sealed away, but later released by Havoc to fight on his side of a war, and served as Discord's Evil Mentor. What became of him after that is presently unknown, though Word of God is that he was either killed during the war or imprisoned in Hell under Havoc's watch as part of the peace treaty between the Alicorns and Draconequi.
  • Ho-oh and Uxie both represent this trope in Poké Wars.
    • Ho-oh is a great and noble angelic being of light whose Pride made him rebel against God's chosen plan in favor of his own vision, and he makes other Legendaries/Angels join him by preying on their hidden desires. His fall to evil also causes him to lose sight of what he originally fought for, turning him into an angry, spiteful, and petty creature of darkness that gets trapped inside the Pokemon version of Hell, the Reverse World.
    • Uxie is a monster that was sealed away and is released during an apocalyptic scenario who then proceeds to manipulate events from behind the scenes to his benefit. He looks like a creature of good and light, disguising his evil intent, he believes that he can make the universe superior to God's attempt, and he plans on making mockeries/clones of his creations to act as his army.
  • Revival: Maya Lottie is one of the avatars of the evil Nyarlathotep. Much like her literary counterpart, she makes deals with potential victims such as forcing Lincoln Loud into a game when stealing the souls of two of his sisters among others.
  • The Bridge:
    • The Shadow of Red is a huge, red, fire-controlling demon who rules Zenith, a realm that resembles Fire and Brimstone Hell. He and his army of demons enslave and torture anyone who enters Zenith, and he's been compared to beings like Satan, Iblis, and Kali.
    • Bagan is described as having once been a radiant paragon of virtue and wisdom until something caused him to despise life and become an Omnicidal Maniac. He tempts certain characters with a Deal with the Devil to manipulate them into helping him achieve his goal. One of his former titles was even "The Morning Star".
  • Missing No in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines pretty much introduces itself as one. It reveals to go by several demonic names, offers Faustian deals and takes pleasure in watching people suffer.
  • Dark Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Desperation fits the bill of one: openly rebels against the Elder Gods, was once The Mentor to many of the heroes but now a Broken Pedestal after his Face–Heel Turn, aspires to become the Evil Overlord of all realms, wears a dark outfit to show his wicked nature, leads an army of evildoers by manipulating them, and is a nihilistic Omnicidal Maniac.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In the sequel Diplomat at Large, the Storm King, per canon. He commands an army of ferocious beasts, has conquered multiple countries and left them devastated, and has Tempest do his bidding with a promise to restore her broken horn, though he outright admits during the battle that he wasn't going to do it even before she betrayed him. In addition, he has horns, a pointed crown and goats legs reminiscent of Satan.

    Films — Animated 
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Chernabog in Fantasia is portrayed as a giant black demon with horns and bat wings. Walt Disney even described him as being Satan himself. The god was based on a lesser-known Slavic god, which may be an example of Everybody Hates Hades.
    • Maleficent, the Evil Fairy in Sleeping Beauty is referred to the Misteress of All Evil and claims to wield "all the powers of Hell". She also looks the part with her Ominous Opera Cape and Horns of Villainy.
    • Hades, the ancient Greek lord of the underworld, as depicted in Hercules. He acts a lot more like a cartoon Satan than how he's depicted in the old myths. His brother Zeus is essentially the Grandpa God, as Hades' scheme is to rebel against him and take over Mount Olympus, i.e. Heaven.
    • Judge Frollo, of all people, in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It isn't obvious at first, but over the course of the movie, Frollo reveals himself to be a man who believes himself to be better than everyone else. Increasingly, he begins to put his ideas of what is good before everyone else, willing to commit genocide against the Gypsies, and force a woman to feed his lustful instincts or else be burned. Among his weapons for hunting down Esmeralda: fire. Finally, he rebels against the very church he claims to defend, burning it with molten lead, and attacking the Archdeacon, The Paragon of the movie.
    • The Lion King: Scar turned the Pridelands into hell after killing his brother Mufasa, and made deals that ultimately only benefit him at the expense of others, be it Simba or the hyenas. Lastly, his personality embodies all of the Seven Deadly Sins, further enhancing his Satanic qualities. Scar's demonic nature is set against Simba and Mufasa's Messianic themes when he came back as an Animalistic Abomination in The Lion Guard, a stark contrast to the heavenly spirit of his brother. Also, it's revealed that like Kion, he once led the Lion Guard under Mufasa's regime and was bestowed with the Roar of the Elders, but the power corrupted him and he furiously killed his own Lion Guard when they refused to help him in his plot to overthrow Mufasa, and was subsequently stripped of the Roar. For this reason, Kion constantly fears that he may end up becoming Not So Different from Scar, but regularly makes sure to regulate its use. The Lion Guard emphasizes his sociopathy even more, since his so-called "Freudian Excuse" is nonexistent. He was always a monster.
    • The Little Mermaid: Ursula was once a member of King Triton's court, but he banished her after she attempted to overthrow him.note  She made her home in a dark lair on the seafloor, where she routinely makes deals with merfolk, most of which end with her screwing her clients over, transforming them into immobile creatures, and keeping them trapped in her lair. The way she, Flotsam, and Jetsam, manipulate Ariel into signing her contract is quite reminiscent of how The Bible describes Satan tempting humans, along with the story of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert. While this is going on, she also plots to take Triton's domain. It's worth noting that Ursula looks drastically different from typical depictions of Satan, but her nemesis Triton very much looks like the typical Grandpa God.
    • The Coachman of Pinocchio may lack the rebel aspects or the obvious pride, but he makes deals with boys to give them everything they think they want at Pleasure Island, causing them to lose their humanity and be sold into permanent servitude. His Nightmare Face also looks rather demonic.
    • The Princess and the Frog: Doctor Facilier, the Shadow Man, presents himself as a suave conman who makes deals with people but is actually planning on feeding them to his Friends on the Other Side to pay his debts to them.
  • Necross from Mune: Guardian of the Moon was formerly a respected Guardian of the Sun who got greedy one day and tried to keep the sun's power all for himself. He was defeated by a young Xolal, who banished Necross into the Underworld, where he fell into a pit of lava and was transformed into a giant molten beast. He now plots to get revenge on the world by destroying the sun and plunging the world into eternal darkness. He also sends out snakelike creatures to manipulate others into turning to the dark side. Subverted in that he only got greedy in the first place because he himself was corrupted by those snake creatures, and Mune manages to redeem him by using his powers to destroy the snake inhabiting Necross' body.
  • The Rat King from Strawinsky and the Mysterious House is the Arch-Enemy of the Great Elohim who rules over legions of rats. He appears at the very end of the film after the Scarlet Queen breaks the animals free from the books' corruption. He even emerges from a cavernous-like entrance from a wardrobe.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The titular character from Beetlejuice is the closest thing to a "Satan" that the film's afterlife seems to possess. It is implied that he worked for the Celestial Bureaucracy that manages the afterlife before he quit and went "free-lance" as a "Bio-exorcist." He is invited to the house by the then-recently deceased Maitlands and makes a deal with them to get rid of the Deetzes, and later makes a deal with Lydia to save the Maitlands from an exorcism. Much in the same way that Lydia's parents and their shallow city friends are meant to represent the worst that modern humanity has to offer (shallow, apathetic to others, etc.), Beetlejuice represents this on the ghostly side, being a pervert, a conman and a complete sociopath. Much like how Beelzebub is the "Lord of Flies", Beetlejuice has both "beetle" in his name and seems to subsist on bugs. Even the fact that his name being a source of power for him (he can be summoned and banished by saying it three times and he cannot say it out-loud himself) is a reference to some forms of Demonology, where it is believed that knowing a demon's true name can give you power over it.
  • Frank Booth from Blue Velvet... possibly. Frank is either a symbolic representation of evil, or at least Satan incarnate. He's extremely evil, sadistic and psychopathic, commits acts of evil for fun, and disappears spontaneously in one scene, almost as if he's Ambiguously Human.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Koba has a very Luciferian feeling to his character. He is initially Caesar's best friend who is utterly loyal to him, but he becomes corrupted by his desire for revenge against humanity, leading him to betray and turn on Caesar leading the apes into a path of war. Even after his death, Caesar hallucinates him twice in the sequel saying "Sleep You cannot save them. Join me" when tied to a post at the Alpha Omega camp, invoking the imagery of Satan tempting Jesus on the Cross. A number of his scenes in Dawn also have fire in them, either behind him blazing or up close, and fire is a significant element of Hell.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019): King Ghidorah stands on top of Rodan's volcano and roars as he is radiated in fire. A cross is seen in the foreground of the trailer, mirroring Revelation 7 where Satan is described as taking the form of a multiheaded dragon.
  • Hellraiser:
    • Leviathan, the Greater-Scope Villain. Leviathan is The God of Hell, Master of the Cenobites, who uses them as foot soldiers. It takes the form of a giant golden lozengenote  with black beams of light.
    • The angel Jophiel fits this description to a T in Hellraiser: Judgement. She appears an angel of light dressed in white with the appearance of a blonde woman, serving as a counterpart to Pinhead's darkness. She is also shown to be highly charismatic and manipulative, allowing a deranged serial killer known as the Perceptor to kill as many people as he wants so she could put fear into the hearts of sinners for even the smallest of perceived crimes.
  • Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth was explicitly designed to essentially be Satan as an irresistibly alluring rock star. Boy, did they ever nail that one.
  • The Darkness from Ridley Scott's Legend (1985) is never outright called Satan, but it's fairly obvious what the intent is. The Darkness planned to throw the world into The Night That Never Ends by killing the unicorns, and was only stopped by the efforts of Forest Boy Jack and Princess Lili.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers: Loki is a Fallen Angel who has lost the favor of the Top God (Odin), fallen from the heavens (Asgard) and arrived to wreak havoc among the humans, and an evil tempter who sways decent people to his side with an Instant Allegiance Artifact. He's prideful, condemns conventional morality (freedom, friendship / love) in a patronizing manner and wears a costume decorated with snake motiffs and a helmet with two ostensive Horns of Villainy. The original Loki from Norse Mythology also came to be associated with Lucifer after Christianization.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has Ego. Meredith's description of Ego as an "angel, composed out of pure light" is evocative of Lucifer (whose name literally means "light bringer"), he's charismatic, manipulative, and narcissistic, acts as a corrupter to Peter and Yondu by preying on their vulnerabilities, and, despite all appearances, is ultimately an incredibly selfish and evil being willing to destroy innumerable lives for his own gain.
    • Thor: Ragnarok:
      • Surtur the massive fiery demon from whose the ruler Muspelheim basically the Fire and Brimstone Hell for Asgardians, Surtur seeks to bring complete destruction to Asgard in the titular event known as Ragnarok, but was stopped by Odin and his power the eternal flames stripped from him. Weakened Surtur is killed by Thor for good measure. However when Hela proves to be an Invincible Villain Thor instructs Loki to resurrect Surtur by placing his crown in the eternal flame which brings Surtur back to full power and effectively destroy Hela along with Asgard. Really Surtur despite being malevolent is essential for the cycle of "rebirth" of Asgard.
      • Hela the Goddess of Death. Thor and Loki's older sister who once fought by her father Odin's side, viciously conquering the Nine Realms until Odin had a change of heart and banished her for thousands of years. Upon his death, Hela is released and she tries to conquer everything. She even makes a deal with Skurge, offering him great power for his assistance.
    • Avengers: Infinity War:
      • Thanos proves to be this in he's not so much as a "villain" more like a force of nature and is completely committed to his goal of bringing "balance" to universe which means massacring billions of people or when he has the Infinity Gauntlet snapping his fingers to remove half the universe's population out of existence. Thanos was also considered an outcast to his own people similar to Lucifer being cast from Heaven.
      • Red Skull found HYDRA which brought corruption to Earth for decades but he serves as the black robed Soul Stone keeper because he is completely, utterly, irredeemably evil, making a deal with Thanos giving him the stone in exchange for a loved one's life.
  • In Darren Aronofsky's surreal horror film mother!, we have:
    • The eponymous mother was originally one of Him's greatest creations, at least until man and woman arrive to the house. As more people enter, mother's heart gradually blackens until the climax where she brings an apocalypse on the house after Him's followers accidentally kill and cannibalize her baby much like how the world is believed to end according to the Book of Revelation. She also talked to woman about the prized crystal in her husband's study which leads to man and woman breaking it and being ejected from the study in a similar vein to the Serpent tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden.
    • Besides mother, Him can also be seen as one. He craves worship and is utterly unconcerned as to how he can acquire it. Additionally as pointed out in this video, Him could be a reference to the Demiurge, a false god who created the physical world, but is not the true creator.
    • mother meets a man in the house during one of her husband's large gatherings, and he offered her the chance to leave Him, but she refuses.
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Warden Norton is a mortal version, if you continue the analogy of Shawshank as a Hellish Prison. He is the main reason why the prison is so corrupt and wretched. He is willing to make pacts with the inmates and grant them certain privileges but only for as long as they are still useful to him, he discards them the moment they outlive their usefulness. Doubly ironic because he presents the image of a devout, decent Christian man to others.
  • Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld of the James Bond film Spectre has shades of this. Just as Satan rebelled against God out of pride and envy, leads an army of demons, and is actively dedicated to oppose God at all costs, Oberhauser/Blofeld killed his own father out of pure envy and leads an army of mooks to manipulate events from behind the scenes. He even claims to be the "author of 007's pain" in the rebooted era, having done more long-term damage to Bond’s personal life than any of his previous versions. He also doesn't see anything wrong in hurting countless innocents in a bid to gain more power or relishing in sadistic torture. His lairs in Rome and Morocco are dimly lit to show the true evil in SPECTRE, and obviously have hellish connotations to them as well.
  • Star Wars:
    • Palpatine has many Satanic traits, and Word of God confirms Satan to be the primary inspiration for the character (along with Richard Nixon). He's a Consummate Liar and Wicked Cultured Man of Wealth and Taste who deceives numerous genuinely good people into following him in a scheme that ultimately ends with him gaining control of the government to usher in (what he claims will be) a utopia (admittedly, that last part is more The Anti-Christ's area of expertise, but we all know who that guy reports to). In addition, the order he gives to wipe out all with the power to oppose him? Order 66. And that's just the stuff from the movies; the occasional Expanded Universe source has even gone so far as to imply that he was born evil. Ian McDiarmid, the actor who plays Palpatine, at one point claimed that Palpatine is actually more evil than the devil. He points out: "At least Satan fell; he has a history, and it's one of revenge."
    • Darth Vader himself has a very Luciferian element to his character. Spurred by his own Pride, Lucifer sacrifices all notions of goodness in his heart and consigns himself to evil. Vader is very similar in many ways: he was once a talented, good-looking, intelligent Jedi, a loyal ally of the good guys, but he was blinded by his pride. He also felt that the Jedi-counsel was not giving him the proper respect that he and his powers deserves. Eventually he was tempted by the Sith, turned evil, and ended up becoming one of the greatest threats of the Galaxy. However, he manages to be one of the few examples to subvert this trope, as Luke notices that there is still kindness in his heart and ends up making one of the most iconic heroic sacrifices in film history.
  • In Sunshine, Pinbacker serves as an adversary to humanity on God's behalf (in his own insane mind, at least), bringing to mind Satan's role as the Adversary in the Hebrew Bible. When Capa meets Pinbacker face-to-face, he's bathed in light, evoking Lucifer as an angel of light.
  • The Terminator: Skynet is the clear devil figure. Like how Satan turned against God in the Bible, Skynet turned against its creator upon gaining sentience. It also leads an army of killer robots to exterminate the humans, like how Satan leads an army of demons. Similarly, the name Skynet could have connotations with Lucifer as Lucifer was a Fallen Angel and the domain of angels is the sky.
  • Us: Red, the leader of the Tethered, was initially born on the surface world until her Tethered switched places with her. She then became the de facto leader of the Tethered and orchestrated a decade long plan to invade the surface world. Her red jumpsuit also calls to mind the stereotypical depictions of the Devil.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Arthur Slugworth, a jealous rival of the mysterious and seemingly godlike Willy Wonka, appears to five children and offers to give them unimaginable wealth if they betray Wonka. Ultimately, he turns out to be Mr. Wilkinson, an actor hired by Wonka to pose as the real Slugworth and test the children's loyalty. This is actually a good representation of the Jewish idea of Satan, since according to Judaism, Satan is on God's side and only tempts mortals in order to test their faith.

  • Blood Meridian has Judge Holden; he has an unusual appearance and seemingly supernatural strength, apparently doesn't age, a dizzying array of knowledge and skill, makes sermon-like speeches about worshipping war as God, makes gunpowder in one scene in a manner which alludes to Satan doing the same in Paradise Lost, and towards the end, when it's suggested that some unknown entity controls all human actions, The Judge remarks "I know him well".
  • In the Chalion series, the Bastard is sort of the Satan equivalent, being the offspring of the Mother and a powerful demon lord that did a Heel–Face Turn. He's the ruler of demons and god of the unexpected, including disasters, but his job is to rein in demons so they don't harm humans, and he's also the god of unexpected blessings. He has a very vulgar sense of humor and is a Trickster Mentor to his followers, but is basically benevolent, although he's also the one that metes out vengeance upon Karma Houdinis.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Both the White Witch at the beginning of the series and the Calormene deity Tash are represented as evil opposites of Aslan, who is basically Lion!Jesus. Tash is also sort of a Crystal Dragon Allah combined with Satan.
  • Lord Foul the Despiser of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, immortal lord of evil and corrupter of mortal souls and a divine being exiled from heaven (though he's the Creator's evil doppelganger rather than a Fallen Angel, and he was exiled to the mortal world rather than Hell, albeit still associated with the Seven Hells by many characters). His name among the Giants, Santasheart Soulcrusher, makes this explicit (and his Dragon in the third book is called by the Giant name "Satansfist").
  • Coraline has the Beldam an ancient Humanoid Abomination who enchants children into visiting her world and tempts them with good food, fun, or anything that their hearts desired. Whenever they decide to stay in the Other World permanently, the Beldam has them sew buttons over their eyes, and she feeds on their souls until she grew bored of them.
  • Nyarlathotep from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos is more or less Satan. A shapeshifter, sometimes humanoid (as the Black Pharaoh in "Nyarlathotep"), sometimes a hideous Eldritch Abomination (as "The Haunter of the Dark" in the story of the same name), and a diabolical pact-maker (to Keziah Mason in "The Dreams in the Witch House"), trickster (to Randolph Carter in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath). Although he acts as The Dragon for Azathoth, Nyarlathotep can be seen as a physical manifestation of the will of the Outer Gods (Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth), and is referred to as their "soul and messenger" more than once, which means the Outer Gods are colossal bastards. He's also the only one of them with a human mindset, and has active interest in humanity. This isn't a good thing. AT ALL.
  • Many of the Gods of Darkness from Dragonlance have Satanic elements. Takhisis is the supreme evil deity determined to dominate the world, and her most iconic form is a multi-headed dragon. Chemosh is a tempter who tricks dead souls into remaining with the world, thereby damning them to become his undead minions. The closest Satan expy in terms of both methods and motifs, though, is probably Hiddukel, patron god of liars and crooked deals and tormentor of the souls of those who bargain with him.
  • Astfgl the Demon King (later Kicked Upstairs to Life President of Hell) in Eric consciously models himself on the archetype to the extent that he looks somewhat ridiculous (he wears a horned cowl like a panto demon, and has a trident, but the end keeps falling off), and is very keen on Faustian bargains, although he usually leaves the details to a subordinate. His preferred brand of torture is extremely boring bureaucratic procedure like having to hear hundreds of volumes of safety procedures before they'll let you push the boulder up the hill.
  • In Fantendo canon, The Mysterious Mr. ? is portrayed as Satan, as well as the manifestation of Chaos in the universe. Mr. ? often comes to Earth and other universes and causes Chaos, not for the sake of causing it but rather to maintain balance in the universes, as opposed to his counterpart Abaddon, the manifestation of Order. He does still get some sick pleasure out of it.)
  • Harry Potter: Tom Marvolo Riddle aka Lord Voldemort is unabashedly Satan based on JK's own views on evil and desire to escape death. Snakes are considered vile and evil in nearly all religions, and snake-like Voldermort being descended from Salazar Slytherin's bloodline, Riddle wasn't likely to turn out decent. Though Tom Riddle was adored by those around him when he was young, he scorned normality and desired power and greatness, so he made himself an abomination as a twisted way of escapism and fell into darkness as a result. Voldermort's most demonic trait is his lust for immortality which blinds him to all the other pleasures in life. JK states the reason why Voldemort cannot feel love is because he was conceived via Love Potion, which is of course only a parody of true love, tying into themes of Satan only understanding lust. Voldemort is the devil figure is part of a trifecta, with Dumbledore playing the God-like figure while Harry plays Jesus.
  • The Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid is one of the Deal with the Devil variety, but unlike Ursula in the Disney adaptation, she has no ulterior motives and honestly warns the protagonist of the consequences of the deal.
  • Apollyon from the Maradonia Saga is supposed to be this. He's an Expy of Satan in terms of backstory and motifs. Unintentionally subverted, given 1) Apollyon is fairly likable, frequently singing "Mother Earth Songs" and extolling the values of friendship, love, and kindness and 2) He's opposing the books' protagonists, Maya and Joey.
  • Moby-Dick: Moby Dick and Ahab alternate between this role and Crystal Dragon Jesus; one of the novel's central themes is dualities, and both characters can symbolize either God or Satan at different points, showing the contradictions inherent to life.
  • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Party's Propaganda Machine portrays Emmanuel Goldstein as this (though the author George Orwell is more commonly thought to have based Goldstein on Leon Trotsky). According to the propaganda, Goldstein used to be a high-ranking lieutenant of Big Brother, but he turned against his master and is currently the cause of everything bad that happens. He has an insidious network of followers who help him carry out his evil bidding, and he likes to tempt good faithful Party members into sin — er, thoughtcrime. Of course, since the Party is an incredibly Unreliable Expositor, we have no way of knowing the real story about Goldstein, or if he even exists In-Universe at all.
  • Redwall features Cluny the Scourge. Sure, Asmodeus seems like an obvious choice, but all he has to seem demonic is his name and reaper complex.. Cluny, on the other paw, wears a horned helmet, a cloak made of bat wings, and an iron spike on his tail, making him look the part. He is a megalomaniac, a habitual liar, cruel to his underlings, and goes for a Deal with the Devil with a family of dormice. He even refers to himself as the direct opposite of what he calls the Redwall Abbey's guardian angel.
  • In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, Morgoth was the greatest of the Ainur (angels), but rebelled against Eru Illúvatar (God). He corrupted Fëanor, he twisted Eru's creations into the various monstrous Slave Races, and created the Hell-like fortresses of Utumno and Angband which are occasionally called "Hell" straight up. When he was eventually exiled to the Void, his servant Sauron took his place as the Big Bad. Sauron continued Morgoth's Satanic behavior, corrupting the Númenóreans and ruling the Hell-like Mordor. Both Morgoth and Sauron originally had beautiful forms, but lost access to that ability. If Melkor/Morgoth was any more obviously the devil of Middle-Earth, he'd have an elven Louis Cypher name. It gets better when you realize that since Middle-Earth was Earth All Along, Satan is actually Morgoth.
  • In Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the troll king who makes the magical mirror that distorts everything good and magnifies everything bad is an allegory to the devil. He even has his minions carry the mirror into heaven with the idea of making fools of the angels and God so they'll lose faith in humanity.
  • Stephen King:
    • The Stand has Randall Flagg. Also known as the dark man, also known as the tall man, also known as the Walkin' Dude. A supernatural entity who brings chaos and destruction wherever he goes, Flagg manages to tempt the vast majority of surviving humans After the End to give into their baser instincts and join his new society in Vegas while plotting to destroy the only new society that won't bow to him. He's directly compared to Satan many times throughout the book, to the point where Mother Abigail has to clarify to the other characters that he's not really the devil. Though it's made clear he is a servant of him.
    • It or Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the 1986 novel of the same name manipulates others into doing its bidding, namely Henry Bowers, lords over the sewer system of Derry, Maine, and its spider form, clown form, and Deadlights can all be seen as an evil version of the Holy Trinity. At the end of its reign, It also desperately tries to bargain with Bill and Ritchie by offering them whatever their hearts desired as long as they let it go.
    • William "Wild Bill" Wharton from The Green Mile contrasts John Coffey being a Messianic Archetype by embodying evil itself. He relishes in his evil and dedicates his time to committing as much mischief he could before his execution is carried out.
    • From The Dark Tower, Susannah surmises in the last book that the Crimson King is what is effectively known in our world as Satan; an evil, demonic entity and corrupter that appears to hold great power but is in fact vastly less powerful than the creator God he opposes.
  • The Dark One in The Wheel of Time is, canonically, the Biblical Satan, claiming the true name of Shai'tan (the conceit of the setting being that Legend Fades to Myth and truths become muddled in mythology)note . The usual comforting mantra is that he was imprisoned by the Creator at the beginning of time. Where he came from isn't clear, but he remained safely sealed in his can until the Aes Sedai in the Age of Legends accidentally cracked his prison. He offered them a Power that both men and women could use together (unlike their own magic), and several made deals with him. Too bad he wants to destroy the universe and end time. From inside his can, he tries to destroy humanity using hordes of subhuman monsters, not to mention said quisling Aes Sedai.
  • The Lone Power from the Young Wizards series. When the Powers That Be got together to create the universe, the Lone Power's contribution was Entropy and Death, for which It was exiled from the Powers' home dimension. The job of the titular wizards is to slow down the death of the Universe and prevent the Lone Power from further interfering with Life. It does get redeemed in one volume, but warns the protagonists that this only applies to the current "facet" of Its intertemporal existence — they will still have to deal with unredeemed versions of It.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow has Damien Darhk. He was a potential candidate for the next Ra's al-Ghul, but was cast out of the League of Assassins along with his League allies, similar to Lucifer and angels sympathetic to him being expelled from Heaven. His light blonde hair brings to mind the meaning of Lucifer's name, "light bringer." He infiltrates Star City under the guise of a benefactor, before using it as a base to try and destroy and remake the world in his image. After experiencing a Rogues Gallery Transplant, he loses most of these features.
  • Black Lightning: If the titular Black Lightning is the show's Jesus-figure, his arch-enemy Tobias Whale is the show's devil stand-in. He was a Freeland politician who was expelled from politics after being exposed for corruption. He's an albino and therefore has Light Is Not Good built into his character. Gambi, who has dealt with Whale in the past, knows that he's exceptionally good at bringing out the worst in people, of which he uses Whale's right-hand woman Syonide and Jefferson's former student Lala as examples. In the show proper, we see it when Whale approaches Khalil, a teenager paralyzed in a shooting Whale ordered, posing as a sympathetic benefactor to try and poison him against Black Lightning. Sadly, it works.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Glory shares a lot in common with you-know-who; a fallen god exiled to Earth who lives in a lavishly decorated apartment, wears expensive clothes, takes on the form of someone nobody would suspect, and is called "The Beast" despite her followers describing her as a "shining light".
    • The Beast, the highlight from series four of Angel, is the most demonic monster in the whole franchise, and nearly unstoppable since the only thing that can harm him is a dagger made from his own bones. But the Beast being the ultimate evil gets subverted as he's taking orders from Cordelia, who is being controlled by Jasmine, who appears in the world as a beautiful goddess but who also removes the free will from every human, which Angel takes issue with.
    • Wolfram and Hart is the underlying evil and the final villain to beat in Angel, having existed at the dawn of time and having connections to many separate dimensions. Even when apparently being in control of Wolfram and Hart, the Angel gang suffer their greatest losses just getting sucked into the evil business. Even killing all the top staff merely gets the Senior Partners angry, which leads to a seemingly unwinnable battle, but Angel and his friends decide to go out fighting.
  • In the episode "Devil's Due" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, an alien claims to be the devil-figure from any number of mythologies (including Klingon) and "proves" it by taking their forms.
  • The original Battlestar Galactica, "War of the Gods": The fleet is tempted by the promises of the mysterious "Count Iblis" (an Islamic name for Satan), who turns out to be a fallen angel from Caprican mythology.
  • The Flash (2014) has Savitar, an ancient and extremely powerful speedster that always wears shining armor and uniquely leaves a trail of white lightning whenever he runs. He promises potential followers superhuman powers in exchange for their service, leaving them to torment the people of Central City and Team Flash.. He also turns out to be a Fallen Hero, since he's a potential future self of Barry Allen.
  • The two deity-like figures on the island of Lost, Jacob and the "Man in Black", both share numerous traits with the devil as a way of making it unclear who is good and who is evil:
    • Jacob has blonde hair, likes wine (and uses it as a metaphor for evil "corked" by the island), interferes with the lives of the characters in subtle ways, and is explicitly called "the devil" by the Man in Black, though he was presumably saying this metaphorically to exploit Richard's Catholic faith. He's also played by Mark Pellegrino — Lucifer in Supernatural.
    • The Man in Black is a shapeshifter and manipulator, known for taking the forms of the dead and deceiving mortals. He cannot kill Jacob himself and must use someone else to do it. He takes the form of a giant cloud of black smoke that sometimes looks like a slithering snake. He has been called "evil incarnate" and a personification of hell by various characters.
  • In Lexx, the planet Fire is a hot, barren world where people can only survive by living in cities built on top of tall pillars that hold them in the slightly-cooler higher altitudes. The planet is ruled by the Affably Evil Prince, and it turns out to be the afterlife for people who make bad decisions in life. Prince himself often claims ignorance of his origins and purpose, but understands that his job is to make sure the people of Fire suffer forever.
  • Khan in Star Trek: The Original Series. He was genetically engineered by ambitious scientists to improve the species, and instead became a tyrant (but a more benevolent one than his buds). His exile at the end of "Space Seed" draws a parallel to Lucifer in Paradise Lost. And he opens up Star Trek Into Darkness by making a very Faustian little deal with a desperate archivist to further his own goals.
  • Super Sentai:
    • In Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, Witch Bandora's true master is named Dai (Great) Satan. He looks nothing like the usual depiction of the Judeo-Christian devil, being a floating blue head who yells a lot, and is mostly just an evil spirit that just happens to be named "Satan" (as opposed to being the "actual" Satan). When footage of Dai Satan was used for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, he was renamed "Lokar" and his role on the story was demoted to a monster who just served Rita Repulsa.
    • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, Our Angels Are Different, but Burajira of the Messiah is a fallen Gosei Angel and the manipulator behind the series' events. At one point, when Gosei Knight is being mind-controlled by him and Alata (Gosei Red) is trying to talk him down, we get each over his shoulder, Good Angel, Bad Angel style.
  • Gorog, the Big Bad in Wizards of Waverly Place is the leader of the Angels of Darkness. It's not clear if he is The Devil, or a high ranking minion of his, or simply an Expy. He does show some traits of the Biblical Satan, such as trying to tempt the main characters into joining him. It also appears his minion base is made up of people he tempted and fallen angels.
  • In Hannibal, Hannibal Lecter serves as a Satanic figure vis-a-vis Will Graham's messianic archetype. Mads Mikkelsen plays Hannibal as if he were Lucifer, a destructive and inhuman being living among humanity. Hannibal tempts, manipulates, deceives, and destroys those around him. He appeals to the worst impulses in his targets (fear in Abigail, guilt in Jack, and ambition in Sutcliffe). He mimics God's power over life and death and arrogantly thinks he understands the Almighty, as suggested by his conversation with Will about how God enjoys killing, and his conversation with the "muralist" about reflecting God's light in his "mural". In several scenes, he's lit with bright light from behind, evoking Lucifer as an angel of light. Finally, in Will's dreams and hallucinations, Hannibal is symbolized by a monstrous horned man.
    Will: Hannibal's not God. Wouldn't have any fun being God. Defying God, that's his idea of a good time. There's nothing he'd love more than to see this roof collapse mid-Mass, choirs singing...he would just love it, and he thinks God would love it, too.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Master/Missy was always Satanic as well as being the Doctor's childhood friend and counter to all the Doctor's goodness. The Master prides himself/herself on being a megalomaniacal time-travelling killer, and who could forget that devilish beard. Though The Master usually wants to kill/torture The Doctor, he also wants the Doctor to give into power and corruption and cannot understand the Doctor's fixation with "mercy". Despite his/her evilness, the Doctor cannot bring himself to destroy the Master since they have a connection that's lasted thousands upon thousands of years.
    • The Monster of the Week in the two-parter The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit was The Beast, a monstrously large creature with red skin and curved horns, imprisoned within a large chamber deep underground, put there by the so-called "Disciples of the Light". It claimed to be the inspiration for all the Devil figures in all of the religions of the universe, and to be older than the universe. However, it clearly did have a liking for messing with people's heads, so it's entirely possible it was simply a Sufficiently Advanced Eldritch Abomination with a good grasp of psychology. Whatever the case may be, the Beast's attempt to escape its prison was thwarted by the Doctor and no definitive answer was ever put forward. The Beast's greatest feat was making The Doctor question his own belief and even consider the metaphysical.
    • There is also the Black Guardian, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos, who claims to act in the name of evil, and wants to plunge the Universe into eternal chaos.
  • Ultraman Belial of the Ultra Series, a being of light cast from his home for his insatiably arrogant hunger for absolute power (which he eventually got when he merged with the Reiblood alien) to the point where he tried to steal the life source of M78. He was successfully imprisoned after an assault on the Land of Light with an army of monsters and aliens, but was eventually freed and now seeks to take over the Land of Light and destroy his good counterparts once and for all.
  • Kamen Rider:


    Role-Playing Games 
  • The Darkitect, as depicted in Dino Attack RPG. A Manipulative Bastard who actively plays with the emotions of his foes to tempt them into doing his bidding? Check. The Ultimate Evil of the universe? Check. Ruler of the Stromlings and Mutant Dinos, often referred to as "demons" by the inhabitants of Adventurers' Island? Check. The Darkitect may not be Satan himself, but he certainly fits the archetype.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted has the Yozi, the so-called Demon Princes. They're Eldritch Abominations who built the universe and were overthrown by the gods and humans they had created (there's a strong titan theme with them). They now sit imprisoned in the Bloody Bowels of Hell, tormenting infinite hapless demons, trying to lure mortals and Exalted into Faustian deals for morally dubious goals. They aren't necessarily pure evil, but they're bad news, very alien, and generally not fond of humanity. For example, the Ebon Dragon is the cosmic embodiment of betrayal, among other things. She Who Lives In Her Name wants to get rid of free will, for the greater good.
  • Pathfinder presents Asmodeus, God of Slavery, Tyranny, Contracts, and Pride, pictured above. However, while not quite heroic, he is significantly more reliable, honorable and trustworthy than most examples; he even helped Sarenrae, the local Messianic Archetype, seal away the Eldritch Abomination Rovagug, the Rough Beast, and actually holds the only keys to his prison. Which he uses to taunt Rovagug.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Horus, who was the favorite son of the Emperor, rebelled, and tried to overthrow the Emperor in the early days of the Imperium. Further reenforcing the analogy, when he rebelled, one-third of all Imperial forces followed suit. The only Son who would stand up against him is the angelic Sangunius, the Primarch closest to his father in both actions and personality and who died for his bravery.
    • Subverted with Commander Farsight of the Tau. He looks the part due to his crested red armor, but it's played for irony as his motive is to protect his race from actual demons. Only Shadowsun knows his motives are benevolent, but she doesn't know the full truth behind his actions (the Eye of Terror being in the direction of the blockade). Farsight ends up being closer to a Dark Knight Trilogy Batman than a true Satan figure.
  • Although for obvious reasons, post-Gygax TSR and later Wizards of the Coast were extremely wary of allowing anything that could be even remotely used to put the charges of Satan-worship at their doorstep, there have been a few uses of Satan-like characters in Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Asmodeus, Beelzebub (under the alias "Baalzebul"), Pazuzu and other fixtures in Christian demonology are used as villains often in the various D&D worlds, particularly in 1st Edition and 3rd Edition (for most of 2nd, devils and demons were banned or renamed).
    • Satan himself was statted up in a fan-penned article in Dragon Magazine #28, long before the "D&D = Satanism" panic took off. As an injoke, Satan had exactly 333 hit points.
    • At this point, Asmodeus, the ruler of the Nine Hells, has become the single most direct Satan analogue in D&D, to the point of being Satan in all but name. This is especially the case in 4th Edition D&D, where his backstory is now that he was once an archangel who led a successful rebellion against the god he served.
    • For a while, the Forgotten Realms had the god Gargauth, a former note  archdevil who had made himself into a god of betrayal, cruelty and (political) corruption. Thanks to focusing on the Realms specifically and being a god (albeit a weak one) when Asmodeus wasn't, the 'Tenth Lord of the Nine' was able to temporarily corner this niche for the setting, until Asmodeus actually became a god after the Spellplague, and Gargauth stopped being mentioned.
  • While not outright stated to be the devil, Diabolos from the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game seems clearly inspired by the devil. If his name (devil in Greek) and the title "King of the Abyss" did not tip you off already, there's also a LIGHT version of him, indicating he did at one point fall from grace or possibly the opposite. The manga, on the other hand, has a much more straight example. See that section for more information.
  • Eberron has a lot of hostile supernatural forces, but the oldest, most powerful, and arguably most purely malevolent are the Overlords of the Age of Demons, also known as the Rakshasa Rajahs. Each corresponds to a different form of corruption or destruction, and one of them, Bel Shalor, the Shadow in the Flame, is the most clearly Satanic. A tempter and deceiver who specializes in corrupting mortal souls, who likes to whisper from within the Silver Flame (which is the Sentient Cosmic Force that holds him imprisoned) and convince people to do evil in the Flame's name. Theologically, he pretty much is the Church of the Silver Flame's Devil, both for the above reasons and because their founder Tira Miron was first given divine power in order to defeat him.
  • Magic: The Gathering's Nicol Bolas. Starting by the fact that his own name is reportedly a German term for the Old Scratch and he is a dragon designed to resemble a demon, but it goes so much deeper than that. An impossibly old evil member of a host of god-like beings, of which he stood out amidst, he is a designated liar and manipulator as well as an outright corrupter who can't resist being worshiped as a god if he can help it. He is thoroughly associated with the most stereotypically evil color association with all that entails,note , and is Magic's quintessential force of evil.


    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa has Junko Enoshima. The ultimate antithesis of hope, Junko orchestrates events leading to The Tragedy tossing the world into disarray and chaos. Junko is a wicked manipulator whose very presence drives people to madness and blind allegiance such as her twin sister and Matsuda. In the sequel game, she had a cult dedicated to her in which they also voluntarily mutilated her corpse in bizarre rituals.
  • The Big Bad of Dies Irae, Reinhard, makes offers of immortality or the resurrection of the dead for those who swear themselves to his servitude. Those sworn under him are then made to enact all kinds of atrocities and mass slaughters in the name of his ritual for godhood. And while he does keep his end of the bargain, it's only in the loosest sense as the promised immortality means becoming one of his Einherjar, forever bound to his legion, while the resurrection of the dead means that those brought back will also be bound to his army. And if you happen to die while in his service, you will also become part of his legion. His title is Mephistopheles for a reason.

    Web Animation 
  • Dreamscape: The Master of the Dammed is an Evil Overlord of his own realm where souls are tortured for all eternity, commands demons, and is associated with fire.
  • Hazbin Hotel: Although Lucifer exists in the setting (he’s the main character’s father), it’s Alastor the Radio Demon who fills this role for story purposes, as a stylish, red-clad dealmaker with unbelievable power over the physical and political landscape of Hell.

    Web Comics 
  • Doc Scratch from Homestuck. If the name wasn't enough of a clue. note 
    • Doc Scratch is only a harbinger/servant to Lord English. Basically, Doc Scratch exhibits the Faux Affably Evil Man of Wealth and Taste portion of the archetype, and Lord English has the more hateful/destructive characteristics.
  • The Tiger Barb from 95 Gallons is a Satan stand-in, working to corrupt the utopian fish tank by introducing currency, the concept of economics, the idea of people working for themselves rather than for the good of all, etc. He's also crafty, hiding his true evil intentions behind more blatant and short-lived acts of evil — the above are hidden behind the introduction of drugs, starting a feud between two families of gouramis over who has the nicest home, and tricking fish into worshipping an ultimately worthless game he fabricated, respectively.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, the King of Devils is referred to as Himself. Unlike all other devils, he possesses a coherent identity despite lacking a name or mask, which is implied to either be the result or cause of him possessing immense, reality-defying power. The ruling council of devils that serve under him are also responsible for keeping him eternally imprisoned within a chained iron coffin.
  • The IFCC from The Order of the Stick are a group attempting to unify the demonic entities of different Evil alignments. They appear to make a Deal with the Devil with Vaarsuvius. While their ultimate goal is unclear, they seek to destroy the world.
  • Voltaire of El Goonish Shive fights against Immortal law because he believes he deserves to be a god. He prefers an "Angel of light" form, and shafted all three people we've seen him make deals with. While he merely manipulated Abner into working against his morals, he essentially mind-controlled Dex, and he tried to get Tara to murder someone, while giving her none of the aid he promised. Grace described him as "That weirdly white immortal who actually reminds me of Satan."
  • In Player Killer Girls, Erika Megami AKA Judge-Chan is implied to be this. Her challenge is about escaping her forest maze in four days or else they'll lose. But nobody has ever beaten her game and the loser will have to pay the price for it. Erika has demonic powers to hypnotize her victims to lose hope and eventually kill themselves. She can even brainwash her fellow Player Killers if she wanted to..

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • General Morando from 3Below is this to a T. Once a general in the Akiridion-5 military, he was exiled by the King and Queen for his treachery, only for him to stage a coup d'etat against them and usurp the throne, turning the planet into a fascist dictatorship. His primary color motif is deep, seething red, his head is shaped in a manner that evokes horn imagery, and his goal is to become a god and remake the universe in his own image. Morando's favorite cardinal sin seems to be treachery, as he not only betrayed his King and Queen, but also convinced Varvatos Vex to betray them for him (even having engineered his family's death to make him more willing) and he promises to help Colonel Kubritz defend the Earth by providing advanced weaponry with every intention to destroy the Earth when he is done with it. It even gets to the point where Kubritz's Sergeant describes their deal with him as "a Deal with the Devil."
  • Hunson Abadeer, Marceline's father on Adventure Time, who is the (self-identified) Chaotic Evil ruler of the Nightosphere, a realm identical to Hell (with Hellfire and screams of the damned, and such.)
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fire Lord Ozai fits this trope to a T. Aside from his devilish goatee, tall height, and the fact that he is almost always is surrounded by fire, there's the fact that he wants to burn the world clean and build it again from the ashes as The Phoenix King. He sees nothing wrong in giving his son a permanent facial burn, banishing his wife, and twisting his daughter into someone almost as insane as he is. He also gained his power through an act of rebellion, murdering his (admittedly also evil) father and seizing the throne that should have passed to his elder brother. Ozai is everything Aang the Avatar stands against.
    • Vaatu, the manifestation of Chaos from The Legend of Korra, does hit closer to the Satan mark than Ozai, as he is the Arch-Enemy of Raava and will cause The End of the World as We Know It if he wins. He also tricked Wan, the first Avatar, into releasing him, and it was due to letting Wan live that he lost in the first place. However, he's more notable in that he's a closer match to Ahriman than the biblical Satan, being a primordial The Anti-God opposite and equal to the light spirit Raava.
  • Zarm of Captain Planet and the Planeteers was originally a spirit of the Earth alongside Gaia. However due to some unknown circumstances, he left the Earth after being exiled. Zarm functions as the antithesis of Gaia and has since dedicated his immortal life to destroying everything Gaia valued. Much like modern depictions of Satan or demons, Zarm manipulates people numerously, often granting them with gauntlets that corrupt them, or by making wishes come true by converting their natural resources into whatever their hearts desire.
  • In Cyberchase, we have the Hacker. The Hacker was initially created by Dr. Marbles to be an assistant for Motherboard. However, Hacker would eventually begin to feel that he should be the one ruling Cyberspace, and attempted to destroy her. For his efforts, he was banished to the Northern Frontier only to be freed, and he creates a virus that partially damages Motherboard, thus kickstarting the series.
  • Final Space season 2 introduces the leader of the Titans Invictus. In "The Arachnitects," Invictus was created by the spider-like entities to assist in the creation of the universe only to poison the other Titans and turn them against their creators. As such, he was sealed away in the titular Final Space but still schemed to escape his imprisonment. Invictus was also the key figure responsible for The Lord Commander/Jack's corruption, and was using him to open Final Space in the first season.
  • Futurama has an in-universe example in the form of the Robot Devil, apparently created for the sole purpose of torturing sinner robots who transgress against the tenets of Robotology (which he's referred to as "our religion"). He's a tempter, a deal-maker, and a talented fiddle player (probably a Shout-Out to "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" above), but not too smart.
    Bender: You may have to metaphorically make a deal with the devil. And by "devil," I mean Robot Devil. And by "metaphorically," I mean get your coat.
  • Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls is a more subtle example, in addition to being rather Lovecraftian. For starters, there is the Cipher part of his name, which is obviously connected to the algorithm of encryption, but also to Louis Cypher. He also uses a lot of common tropes associated with Satan and devils, including Deal with the Devil, Demonic Possession, Voice of the Legion, and is outright called a "demon". His association with light connects him directly to Lucifer, and the "Eye of Providence" symbol that he is based on is connected to God and His angels, who often are described manifesting as strange, geometric shapes (including a whole choir called Wheels). On top of all that, the actual Stanford Pines mentions in his backstory that a friend of his referred to a "beast with one eye" when he accidentally peeked into an Alternate Universe.
  • Hawk Moth in Miraculous Ladybug fits this fairly well. He corrupts people with his akumas in a way very similar to Demonic Possession. He tempts those he corrupts and grants them power based on emotions so they can get him the Miraculous.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic brings us Lord Tirek. According to the backstory he came to Equestria to conquer it and steal the magic of every pony (in this land, ponies are responsible for the cycles of the sun and moon and creating the weather, so he would control the forces of nature through this). This includes the alicorns, the closest thing to deities in this setting. Defeated and sealed in Tartarus, the show's equivalent of Hell, he broke free to become the villain of Season 4, picking up his plan where he left off originally. He also tricks Discord into making a deal with him for power, then screws him over on it, cementing the similarities. What really sells the comparison is his appearance — he even has cloven hooves!
    • The High School A.U. movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls gives us Sunset Shimmer. She was once a student of Princess Celestia, again, the closest thing to a deity in this setting, but her pride and ambition leads to her being stripped of her position. Towards the end of the movie, she makes plans to send over brainwashed humans into Equestria to take it over. And furthering Satan parallels, when she puts on the Element of Magic crown, she transforms into a red-skinned demon (a form that has been dubbed Sunset Satan by fans). Unlike most examples though, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn in the end and truly regrets what she's done, spending much of the sequel attempting to help against the Dazzlings and convincing everyone else that the change is genuine, which is obviously quite difficult to do. She succeeds though, and even becomes a new student and friend of Twilight Sparkle, another alicorn.
    • Before either of them, there was King Sombra in the two-parter "The Crystal Empire". His initial takeover of the Crystal Empire (stated to be Equestria's Cosmic Keystone kingdom) was similar to Lucifer's first rebellion in Heaven from Paradise Lost; his subsequent exile (to be sealed underground in ice) reflected the deepest part of Hell from The Divine Comedy; his Taking You with Me curse upon the Empire reflected Lucifer/Satan's Revenge by Proxy introduction of sin among humanity, and his fearful and depressing Present Absence over the Crystal Ponies was similar to how Satan is described as "prowl{ing} about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour", both examples being in The Bible.
    • The last season of the series gives us Grogar. While he is not a Big Red Devil like Tirek, he is hands down the oldest evil in Equestria who is responsible for the creation of many of its foulest evils. In addition, although he is officially a ram, he very much resembles a goat, an animal often associated with Satan.
  • The Beast from Over the Garden Wall is a monstrous entity that manipulates people into giving up all hope or drives them to exhaustion so that their lost souls can serve as fuel for his Soul Jar, which is a lantern, likely a reference to the fact that Lucifer means "light-bringer". Not only does he personify depression and suicide, he's treacherous, dishonest, and makes one-sided deals with the desperate and gullible. The Beast also makes others commit terrible acts, like tricking the Woodsman into grinding people's souls into oil to keep the lantern burning. The fact that this series has a lot of parallels to The Divine Comedy and is implied to be the protagonists' Dying Dream, taking place in some sort of afterlife or purgatory, adds to the effect.
  • HIM of The Powerpuff Girls is essentially as close as you can get to Satan while maintaining a TV-Y7 rating. He's got a tutu and a high, reverberating voice (alternating with enraged shouting), and is probably the creepiest bad guy on the show. It may be a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar that a common title in diabolism is "His Infernal Majesty." In a Bad Future, he caused the whole world to go straight to Heck!
  • Rocko's Modern Life gives us "Peaches", ostensibly the overlord of Heck. Then it's revealed that he's only a minion of the real overlord of Heck, who is only seen as a beanie-wearing shadow.
  • Aku of Samurai Jack. He's a demon overlord, who in the future turned the world into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and lives in a hellish underworld (the Pit of Hate).
  • Since Satan on South Park isn't so bad, other characters fulfill this role:
    • A close equivalent of the Devil is Eric Cartman. For starters, Eric is a machiavellian who is motivated by his selfish desires, and makes deals that ultimately only benefit him and screw everyone else involved over. Last but not least, Cartman's personality embodies all the Seven Deadly Sins, further enhancing his Satanic qualities.
    • ManBearPig is revealed to be a demon that is summoned to the world whenever one makes a Deal with the Devil with him, in return, with the results being a lot of people die at the hands of him. Satan is one of the casualties.
  • Trigon the Terrible, Big Bad of Teen Titans season four and father of Anti-Antichrist Raven, is very clearly a Satan Expy. In the original comic storyline Trigon was supposed to be Satan, no ifs ands or buts about it, but the writers got concerned that the Moral Guardians would object. Apparently changing the name and adding an extra pair of eyes gets you off scot-free, though...
  • Transformers has The Fallen, who comes halfway between this and Judas. He was one of the first 13 transformers God — er, Primus created, and went evil. And is on fire.
  • Winx Club's Lord Darkar is a pretty clear Satan-type figure, referred to as the antithesis to the Great Dragon (the source of all things good and light in the universe, as well as Bloom's powers). He's also responsible, in some way or another, for every villain featured in the first three seasons, as well as both movies.
  • The Dreamstone has Zordrak, the Lord of Nightmares. He was once a member of the Council of Dream Makers, but they banished him to the Land of Nightmares for using his powers to create nightmares. He now rules over an army of monsters, and is obsessed with destroying the Dream Maker and taking over the world. His name was originally going to be "Nasta Shelfim," an anagram of "Satan Himself," but this was changed out of fear of making the Satan connection too strong and offending religious groups.
  • Total Drama gives us Mike's alternate personality Mal. Mal is an evil entity usually surrounded by flames, desires control, and was once sealed away due to his malevolence. He also corrupts Mike and manipulates the other contestants by disguising himself as Mike and makes deals that will screw them over. Ex-Big Bad, Alejandro, even draws Mal as the devil, highlighting his role as such.

...Hey, would you like to make a deal?

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Alternative Title(s): Satan Expy, Satan Is Evil



In Disney's rendition of "Night on Bald Mountain", the Slavic god Chernabog is portrayed through a very Abrahamic lens.

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