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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 as well as another being or creature associated with death will be depicted as an Satanic Archetype.

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, 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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  • Berserk
    • Griffith is the clear devil figure, and fits the "Fallen Angel" criteria nicely. Like how Bible claims Lucifer can appear as a "an angel of light", Griffith is angelical, gentle and beautiful but only to hide the pure malevolence underneath. As Griffith is actually a megalomaniac, back stabbing, rapist who sacrifices all his friends to ascend (descend) as the final "angel" of The God Hand aka becoming a scary winged bat creature. And the worst part is afterwards where despite all the vile evil he has done especially to Guts and Casca, Griffith is welcomed back to to the mortal plane as the Messiah with only a handful of people knowing his true nature.
    • As revealed in the lost chapter, Griffith isn't the ultimate evil Devil figure, The God Hand worship the Ideal of Evil which is created by all the subconscious hatred and malice of humanity. Hence, technically speaking, it is the true "Satan" of Berserk, and, unlike Griffith, cannot be destroyed by any physical or metaphysical means, being The Dark Side of all people.
  • Death Note: While Light Yagami seeks to become God of the New World, this is what he really is. Spurred by his own Pride and selfish desires, he sacrifices all notions of goodness in his heart and consigns himself to evil. A Villain with Good Publicity, he is seen as The Messiah by fanatical supporters; a light in the dark world Death Note takes place in. This is exactly what Satan is all about in the Bible, specifically in the Book of Revelation: an "angel of light" which the world will worship in sheer awe of.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball:
      • Count Lucifer from the second movie, Dragon Ball Sleeping Princess In Devils Castle, is unashamedly meant to be Satan and doesn't just share his name; DB's Lucifer has vampiric tendencies as he plans to drink Bulma dry at his victory banquet. Lucifer's ultimate goal is to use the Sleeping Princess (a powerful jewel) to blow up the sun so there can be infinite night for all demon-kind. Lucifer can fight off kid Goku with ease, and is only destroyed when Goku redirects the sun-destroying cannon with his own Kamehameha so that the cannon vaporizes Lucifer instead.
      • Spike the Devil Man (also known as just Devilman), the fourth fighter of Fortuneteller Baba, looks very Satanic and even fights with a pitchfork. Subverted, since Spike isn't evil and at worst is just a dick. Spike's greatest power is his Devilmite beam which locks onto any negative emotion inside a person and causes the target to explode when fired. In Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Spike recognizes Dabura as the Demon King and plans to overthrow him.
      • King Piccolo was also placed in the role of Satan for a while after his introduction. Specifically, the first Piccolo went by the title of "Daimaou" or "Demon Emperor". The better-known second Piccolo, his son, also initially considered himself the Daimaou, but was never actually as evil as his father and eventually made a full Heel–Face Turn.
    • Dragon Ball Z:
      • Turles of Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might... possibly. According to Elder Kai in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Turles' heart is essentially a "ball of pure evil" which makes sense as he is essentially Goku's Evil Counterpart as Goku (a Messianic Archetype) is known to possess a heart that is pure good.
      • Dabura is heavily based on Satan, being the ruler of a demon world and otherwise looking demonic. He is incredibly powerful, and faces off against Goku's son Gohan, which is fitting since Gohan plays the Messianic Archetype for much of the series. Despite his Demon King status Dabura is still bound to the smaller-of-stature Babidi, though he seems very willing to help the evil wizard's goals. When he was killed by Buu, King Yemma was faced with a hard decision, since sending Dabura to Hell would be exactly what Dabura wants. On a whim, he sent Dabura to Heaven which Dabura would hate, meaning it was a better punishment, but hilariously being in Heaven completely reforms Dabura to an extreme degree. Dabura also appears in Sand Land as Lucifer, the father of the main protagonist.
      • Broly refers to himself as this trope in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan; he may be the Saiyan equivalent as he is a berserker instead of a Proud Warrior Race Guy.
      • Ironically, Earth's "strongest" man is called Mr. Satan, but global deception aside, the man's nothing like his namesake (even the mass deception is in part for the good of the world). He's as gentle as a flower, tried to befriend Majin Buu, and rescued a puppy from gun-toting thieves. Mr. Satan was merely his character title when he was a wrestler, which is strange because Satan is his last name (his first name, is Mark of all things).
      • Janemba from Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn is literally The Devil equivalent of Dragonball Z, or the closest thing considering the many different Demon races and Demonic worlds. Janemba is born from all the evil in world when an Oni slacked off during the routine maintenance of hell's evil cleansing device. While he first appears as an idiotic bulbous baby-like creature, his second form after Goku gets serious using goddamn Super Saiyan 3 is no joke. Goku and Vegeta have to fuse to defeat him and use a attack known as "Stardust Breaker", also known as "Soul Punisher", so the haloed Gogeta was literally destroying the evil soul of Janemba. Even Dabura is afraid of Janemba, and Deimgra from Dragon Ball Xenoverse is implied to have the same status as Janemba, as "The Demon God".
    • Mira and Towa are also close as Hell's couple. In Dragon Ball Online Towa is a scientist so brilliant she's mistaken her for a witch, who was cast into the mortal realm for a nebulous betrayal against the demon world. "Xenoverse" adds that she is the setting's most beautiful woman and reveals her goal is to be break a seal between the demon world and the rest of universe seven, similar to Satan opening up the Bottomless Pit. "Xenoverse" also gives her the ability to increase the power of villains doomed by history, similar to how Satan healed vanquished beast. Towa's "son", Mira, is the face of her gang, "The Time Breakers". In "Online" Mira has an unhealthy obsession with all things Goku but in "Xenoverse" he is instead pitted opposite of your player character, who was born when Trunks wished to Shenron for a warrior that could protect time itself. "Xenoverse" also states Towa is the sister of Dabura, for whatever that's worth.
    • Dragonball Super: Zamasu is an extremely talented Kaiō who's in the process of being promoted to Kaiōshin, having the potential to be the strongest one ever. However, his Pride causes him to view himself as knowing better than the Gods that are higher on the cosmic hierarchy than he is and having a very low opinion of humanity. He also eventually falls completely to evil at some point in the future and tries to destroy all mortals to make his own idea of a paradise. His future self also shows even more pride than his present self. This also applies to Goku Black, who is an alternate timeline version of Zamasu who succeeded in his plans. Taken Up to Eleven by Fusion Zamasu, the fusion of Future Zamasu and Goku Black. His first act upon coming into existence is to give a huge Blasphemous Boast about being the most beautiful and supreme god, and even taking on the "angel of light" motif often used for the Devil.
  • The Digimon franchise likes naming species of mons after Satan.
    • Devimon, the very first Big Bad of Digimon Adventure and thus the franchise as a whole, is an obvious example, though it's entirely possible that he was merely based on a generic demon given his mere Adult-level status. The Devimon species is also the basis for a sizable range of counterparts and variants, including PicoDevimon, IceDevimon, MarineDevimon, LadyDevimon, and Devidramon. Evil Is Cool, so he's got a big family, and the video and card games tend to treat Devimon's line as the evolutionary basis for every other Digimon listed here.
    • Lucemon, the Big Bad of Digimon Frontier, may be the example which plays as the straightest analogue to the most common Western interpretation of Satan, being specifically named for Lucifer. He starts off as a benevolent ruler before being completely corrupted by his significant power, banished to the core of the Digital World, and undergoing several instances of One-Winged Angel in his (successful) quest to destroy the entire Digital World, ending up as Lucemon "Satan" Mode. He reappears in Digimon Xros Wars as a minor villain.
    • SkullSatamon, one of the minions of the generic demon lord Daemon.
    • Daemon himself counts, as he predates Lucemon by several years and is stated to be a fallen Seraphimon, the original greatest angel in the Digimon Expanded Universe. Digimon V-Tamer 01 plays with this a bit. The broader canon lists both Daemon and Lucemon as members of the Seven Great Demon Lords, who are based on the Seven Deadly Sins and the demons said to represent them. Lucemon, naturally, represents Pride, while Daemon is based on Satan and represents Wrath. Lucemon's One-Winged Angel form takes this a step further, being one of the two Super Demon Lords and being based on The Dragon from the Book of Revelations.
  • ERASED: Although Gaku Yoshiro is just a human, he is ultimately unabashedly Satan. Although he had a fairly mundane childhood, he turned to a life of murder as a twisted way of escapism and fell into darkness as a result. As Satoru's homeroom teacher, he maintains an affable and reasonable appearance but said appearance is only to hide the pure malevolence beneath, as he is actually a twisted, sadistic Serial Killer who uses everyone as his own tools to advance him. Much like how Satan temps people by playing with their desires and insecurities, he lures children in to gain their trust before murdering them. Additionally, he is always steps above humanity, only being defeated when Satoru finally foils his plans for good thanks to his Revival ability.
  • Father, the Big Bad of Fullmetal Alchemist is a creature who seeks to usurp The Truth, which identifies itself as God, and tempts humans to evil to achieve his ends. Father is assisted by his "children", who are named after the Seven Deadly Sins. Interestingly, Father is introduced looking like a Grandpa God, bathed in light, although his true form is some variety of Humanoid Abomination made of shadow. He's also a blatant reference to The Demiurge, which is itself distinguished from the typical view insofar as it thinks itself to be God already. Father's emulating the Top God appearance is therefore quite appropriate.
  • Satou Matsuzaka from Happy Sugar Life exhibits several traits pertaining to a satanic figure. Much like with descriptions where Satan is described taking the appearance as an angel of light, Satou outwardly appears bubbly and friendly to mask her true personality that being a psychotic, obsessed young lady. She is manipulative and makes several deals with other characters to serve her purposes. Alternatively, her aunt could fall more under the trope because of her being a corrupting influence and her burning the upper room of the apartment can be seen as her bringing Hell to Earth

  • Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the clear devil figure, as he seeks to become god and tempts people to evil to further his deeds. Further adding to his satanic qualities are his forsaking of humanity to pursuit power paralleling the Fallen Angel archetype, and his Part 3 design having light-based motifs, with his stand The World evoking the image of a god. To further drive the point home, Dio means God, which adds further to his god complex.
  • Ragyo Kiryuuin from Kill la Kill was originally a human who casted away her own humanity and sided with the Life Fibers, and her goal is to have humanity enslaved and eradicated in favor of the Life Fibers. Further adding to her Satanic traits are her strong connections with the light, much like Lucifer.
  • Monster: Even though he's (most likely) just a man, Johan Liebert is regularly compared to the Beast from the Book of Revelations. Like how the Bible claims Lucifer can appear as a "an angel of light", Johan is angelical, gentle and beautiful but only to hide the pure malevolence underneath, that of a twisted, sadistic Serial Killer who uses everyone as his own tools to advance him.
  • Naruto has at least two examples:
    • Orochimaru, the ex-Shinobi and third member of the Legendary Sannin, is the anime equivalent to Voldemort. Since Snakes are considered Satanic, Orochimaru is incredibly sinister for most of the series and has an unhealthy interest in youg boys into whom he can transfer his body to avoid aging. He does mellow out at the end of the series, but was still one of its most devilish figures. He also acts as a corruptive figure for many characters, particularly Sasuke and Anko.
    • Black Zetsu is a pitch-black shadow which was born from the local God of Evil with a view to reviving her in the future. In order to do this he convinced Haguromo's son Indra to turn against his own family after his brother Ashura was declared the successor and was already a large influence on him beforehand. Subsequently, this led to many other conflicts and the suffering for others throughout ninja history. He also was continue to do the same to Indra's descendants, the Uchiha clan in order to bring The End of the World as We Know It and to revive a God of Evil.
  • Ronin Warriors presented a Satan equivalent in the form of Arago (Talpa in the American dub), absolute Emperor of the demonic nether-realms, and Adversary of all mortals.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has Zorc Necrophades, who is the equivalent of the setting and the ancient evil Yami Yugi, also known as Pharoah Atem, fought in the past. He is an ancient Eldritch Abomination God of Evil whose power created the Millenium Items and, in the anime, he also created and rules the Shadow Realm. He appears as a titanic, dark-purple demon with a rather unfortunately-placed dragon head between his legs and two large, demonic wings. His future self is Yami Bakura, a scheming figure that manipulates people to carry out his will and appears to people as a white haired prettyboy.
  • Lanancuras, the ultimate villain of Shinzo, was a member of the cosmic race of Celestial Guardians and given the duty to protect the Milky Way Galaxy. He was eventually corrupted by his power and turned into a Satanic figure, so the other Guardians responded by sealing him inside a meteorite to protect the mortal beings from him. The lingering influence of his evil on the world caused the Human-Enterran War and he isn't released until the second season. Mushra eventually transforms back into his angelic celestial form to defeat him.
  • One Piece:
    • Magellan, the (now former) Chief Warden of Impel Down — the ultimate Hellhole Prison — is the most demonic figure of One Piece. Not only does he look the part, but he also possesses one of the most devastating powers in the series, the ability to produce hazardous amounts of poison, which almost killed protagonist Monkey D. Luffy and many more prisoners who got in his way. Downplayed, as despite being clearly a demon figure with his evil appearance and horrific powers, Magellan was legitimately disgusted at his subordinate Shiryu for killing prisoners for fun and had him imprisoned on Level 6, the bottom most level of the prison, which makes Magellan more of a Noble Demon. He's also not that bad of a guy. He's just doing his job and avoids torturing his prisoners whenever possible unless things get really out of hand.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Kyubey turn out to be this. A contractor who promises to grant wishes and desires to girls in exchange for souls- an exchange which will inevitably lead to damnation for the girls who accept. It’s often seen trying to tempt the local Messianic Archetype, Madoka Kaname. It has an angelic appearance, much like how the Devil is often depicted. It’s also heavily based on Mephistopheles, hence the cute, animal-like appearance. And in The Movie Kyubey has much in common with Lucifer from Paradise Lost, as it rebels against Madoka by attempting to overthrow/control her and bring back the witch system. A few fans even call them “The White Devil.”
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, the aforementioned movie, ends with the creation of another devil to oppose Madoka's god. The worst part? It's her best friend and the movie's protagonist, Homura. Though played with, since she acts more like a Buddhist demon; she takes the part of Madoka that was human, usurps her power, and recreates the world so that Madoka lives a normal and happy life while remaining ignorant of her true nature. It gets REALLY complicated since due to Shrug of God, she's Ambiguously Evil, and there's plenty of evidence that she sincerely cares about the other girls, leading to the theory that she's pulling a Zero-Approval Gambit being relatively popular.
  • Fairy Tail has the Dark Guild known as Tartaros, whose most powerful members are made up of demons from the Books of Zeref. While most appear humanoid, they are capable of transforming into their Etherious form, which is their true demonic appearance. Fittingly enough, their leader (well, acting leader), Mard Geer's true form looks just like one would expect of a demon lord from Hell, complete with wings, horns, and a tail. According to him, it's why he's called the "Underworld King"; the 'definitive demon.' In this form, he refers to himself as "Mard Geer Tartaros". The only thing that keeps him from being essentially the equivalent version of Satan in this setting is that the true leader of Tartaros, Master E.N.D., is supposedly even more this trope than him. Then it turns out that E.N.D's full name is Etherious Natsu Dragneel, and Natsu himself is actually Zeref's revived younger brother created to kill him by Zeref himself. Considering the story of Lucifer in Paradise Lost, it's almost as if Zeref was intentionally making Natsu with this trope in mind...
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Yakumo, the Big Bad of Yu Yu Hakusho: Meikai Shito Hen - Hono no Kizuna / Yu Yu Hakusho: Bonds of Fire / Poltergeist Report, is the former ruler of the Netherworld who seeks to resurrect the destroyed realm in the Human world, and also has the ambitious goal of displacing Emperor Enma, ruler of the spirit world and father of Koenma, as the ruler of all existence. His Makai god armor that he acquires shortly after regaining the Power Sphere of the Netherworld certainly emphasizes this.
  • Sword Art Online seems to be fond of making its big bads modeled after the Devil:
    • If Akihiko Kayaba is the equivalent of God and Kirito is The Champion, then this makes Nobuyuki Sugou the Devil, the personification of everything awful. He once worked for Kayaba, but was always his inferior, however once given the chance Sugou seizes the world and its people, declaring himself its new god and ruler. However he's no match for the intervention of the real God, where Kayaba's Virtual Ghost steps in to give Kirito the means to beat him. As Kirito puts it, Sugou is a "King of Thieves, sitting alone on [his] stolen throne." His Light Is Not Good theme only makes it all the more apparent.
    • Quinella, the Big Bad of the first half of Alicization. She has a backstory paints her as one. She rebelled against the Underworld's version of God in order to become one herself, setting herself up as one gifted by the gods before constructing a false faith in her own name, eventually succeeded in her goals, and ruled enforced by her specially-prepared laws and her Integrity Knights.
    • Gabriel Miller, the Big Bad of the second half of Alicization. His obsession with souls easily parallels the Faustian depictions of Satan, his Chessmaster abilities parallel some contemporary depictions of Satan as a sophisticated, Machiavellian smooth-talker a la The Rolling Stones's depiction of the Devil from Sympathy for the Devil, and, as Vector, he's a God of Darkness with an Eldritch Abomination true form who leads an army of demihumans and monsters like the traditional depictions of Satan. To finish it off, considering that Alicization was the last arc in the original web novel series and the Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible, if Gabriel is Satan then Kirito is the Messiah who ultimately defeats Satan in the Final Battle.
    • Vassago Casals is perhaps the closest example in the series. He was considered an outcast having been born as an illegitimate child similar to Lucifer being cast from Heaven. Not only is he responsible for the corruption of many an SAO player and the post-SAO incidents but he dons a dark robe, his name comes from one of the demon princes from the Ars Goetia, and he calls himself PoH (meaning Prince of Hell). Also adding to his Satanic character is that he deceives players from America, China, Korea and Russia to fight the Japanese players in the Underworld, which neatly parallels Satan gathering the nations around the world to fight the people of God in the Book of Revelation. To further add to the Messiah-Satan contrast with Kirito, Kirito's recovery from his Game-Breaking Injury and victory over PoH and his forces during the final battle parallels the Second Coming of Christ and him defeating Satan's forces in the final battle in the Book of Revelation.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has the One-Eyed Owl. A ghoul who rebels against society, he leads an organization of demons (ghouls) against earth (human society) and heaven (the CCG). He has an enormous, demonic appearance to boot. The parallels only increase the more about him is revealed. Eto/Sen has a rather beautiful figure, much like how Satan is described as being beautiful and appearing as an angel of light. She is an Antagonistic Offspring to Kuzen Yoshimura, who due to his Big Good status can be seen as a benevolent God-figure, and seeks to overthrow V and Chairman Tsuneyoshi Wasshu, whom can be seen as a malevolent God-figure. To drive the point home, the Owl offers a Tempting Apple to Kanae while explicitly citing the temptation of Eve.
    • Kichimura Wasshu also has some shades of this, and some parallels with the Demiurge as well; he takes over the CCG and V, becoming a false-God figure and achieving what the biblical Devil never could. He also seeks to rebel against God/V/Tsuneyoshi (who is his father, making him another Antagonistic Offspring), and tempts several characters into joining him, including offering to resurrect one character’s lost love. There’s even an image/cover of him holding a Tempting Apple (though this never happens in the series itself).

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Comics 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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 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 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.
  • 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 archrival 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 
  • Frank Booth from Blue Velvet... possibly. Frank is either a symbolic representation of evil, the Devil incarnate, or simply a psychopathic criminal.
  • 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 scene 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
    • 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.
    • Surtur the massive fiery demon from Thor: Ragnarok 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 a 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.
    • Also from Ragnarok, 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.
    • Thanos proves to be this in Avengers: Infinity War, 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 may be closer to a Satan archetype than Thanos, not only did he found HYDRA which brought corruption to Earth for decades but he serves as the black robed Soul Stone keeper 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!, 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.
  • 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.
  • Palpatine, the Big Bad of Star Wars, 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 Antichrist'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."
  • 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.
  • 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 a 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 is a gleeful sadist who tries to commit any act of mischief whilst waiting for his time on death row. When one of the inmates' executions are botched, he takes immense pleasure from it, saying that "he was frying now." This would indicate that he has the same empathetic powers that John Coffey possesses, but he otherwise chooses to use them to wreak chaos.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Warhammer40000:
    • 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 demonolgy 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 a 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.


    Video Games 
  • Diablo, Lord of Terror in the Diablo series is one of the Three Prime Evils, ruling over hell alongside his brothers, Mephisto, Lord of Hatred and Baal, Lord of Destruction. He is considered the most dangerous of all of them despite being the youngest and having neither Mephisto's capacity for plotting nor Baal's knowledge of warfare. In Diablo III, he even becomes the embodiment of all Seven Great Evils, the Prime Evil, making him this trope writ large.
  • Final Fantasy has plenty of these serving as final bosses:
    • Final Fantasy II: The Emperor Mateus Palamecia, after dying in battle against Firion and Co., goes to Hell, where he takes control of it as the Emperor of Hell and Pandemonium rises in place of Castle Palamecia. Even before all of that, Mateus had summoned demons from Hell which helped in attempt to conquer the world.
    • Beelzebub, however, is a miniboss that can be found in front of a certain treasure chest, and as a bonus boss in the Bonus Level, in which you play as the characters that died during the main storyline.
    • Final Fantasy VI: Kefka Palazzo is a Monster Clown who hates all of existence and claws his way up to godlike power. His laughing mockery of goodness, mercy, hope and love really drives the devil point home. The similarity was further alluded to with the SNES translation for one of his attacks, Fallen One. Additionally, the three stages of his Statue of the Gods first place him in the role of Satan as he appears in The Divine Comedy, before having him sequentially mock both Purgatory and Michelangelo's Pietà and at last appearing in his final angelic form.
    Kefka Palazzo: "Life... Dreams... Hope... Where do they come from? And where do they go...? Such meaningless things... I'll destroy them all!'".
  • In Ashan, the setting for some of the Heroes of Might and Magic games, Urgash the Dragon God of Chaos and Kha-Beleth the Demon Sovereign share this role. Urgash meets the "God of Evil" and "rebelled against God" criteria; he warred against Asha, the Goddess of Order, during the Mythic Age when the world was relatively young, and was imprisoned in Sheogh, the setting's equivalent of Hell, after his defeat. Kha-Beleth, as the Supreme Ruler of Sheogh and leader of the demons that Urgash created to serve as his minions, meets the "ruler of demons" and "prominent antagonist" criteria.
  • Ninja Gaiden:
    • Vigoor is the ruling devil and absolute authority of a "holy" empire of evil deities. Then it turns out in the second game that he's not the only "Supreme Archfiend", though the only other Supreme Archfiend is actually just the son of Vigoor. Or rather, the remains of his body after being defeated. So it's sorta the same being, but weaker.
  • Mundus from Devil May Cry, who was originally intended to be named Satan. He comes in white and looks somewhat like an angel (that is, until Dante messes him up but good, revealing the Eldritch Abomination within). He's not quite omnipotent, though, but it does seem thus far that he cannot be permanently killed, even with the power of Sparda, so Dante eventually has to seal him away like his father did long ago.
  • Legend of Zelda:
    • Demise from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is literally the God of Evil and is just a "Demon", not even given a fancy made-up name like the rest of the creatures in Hyrule. Demise seeks nothing but destruction and, after being sealed away by Hylia, is naturally pissed. When released by Ghirahim, Demise wastes no time fighting Link to the death. However, when he is impaled by the Master Sword, Demise is literally spitting blood over it and curses Link and Zelda that his hatred (Ganon) will follow them forever, making him the ultimate Sore Loser.
    • Ganon is "The Demon King" and, following Demise's path, he is the epitome of evil in Hyrule. Ganon seeks to rule over all Hyrule and anyone who's brave enough to stop him is in for a world of hell. Ganon is often associated with demonic imagery, such as flaming red hair, evil black magic, and transforming into a monstrous boar.
  • In God of War, Hades, the typical recipient, is ironically not this. However, Kratos fits it a lot better, especially in III. He is a favored champion of the gods who Turned Against Their Masters, leads the return of the Titans, essentially the same as the Legions of Hell to the setting at large at that point, and brings about the destruction of the world in his attempt to destroy the control of the Top God. Throughout that game and II, he is more or less seen as The Antichrist in-universe, without actually saying that he is.
  • Death Smiles:
    • The writers decided that plain old Satan was too boring, so the final boss and head of the demonic invasion triggered by Jitterbug is Demonic Imperator Tyrannosatan.
    • The sequel has as its final boss a bizarre mash-up of demon and Santa Claus called... "Satan Claws".
  • Tekken has the Devil Gene, which allows most of the Mishima family (besides Heihachi) to turn into a Devil, and the Devil Forms of Kazuya and Jin are usually considered the strongest combatants in the game as far as story goes.note 
  • Mortal Kombat has the fallen Elder God Shinnok, who attempted to overthrow his fellow Elder Gods and conquer Earthrealm, but was defeated and banished to the Netherrealm (which happens to be a fiery wasteland where evil beings hang around, blatantly Hell). At some point, with the aid of Quan Chi, he overthrew and usurped the title of the Netherrealm's ruler from Lucifer.
  • Mephiles the Dark from Sonic the Hedgehog is essentially the Devil, especially when he fuses with Iblis and becomes Solaris. In fact, both Mephiles (whose name is a play on "Mephistopheles") and Iblis (Name's the Same as the Muslim devil) represent two sides of the devil: the supreme manipulator and the destroyer. When they first fuse back into Solaris, the initial result is a creature form with 6 stones on his back (shaped like a star), 6 claws, and 6 horn segments on his head. Solaris' second form is a luminous angel-like being.
  • In the Pokémon franchise, Giratina comes closest to the role of Satan on a cosmic level: it's a literal god/Eldritch Abomination that was banished for its aggressive tendencies (in particular, its obsession with balance) by Arceus, the God of the Pokemon world. While Giratina's not evil, as such (it prevents Omnicidal Maniac Cyrus from achieving his goal of becoming a god), it's a fearsome opponent that has the potential to threaten the world whenever it believes that reality is in danger.
  • Bayonetta:
    • Queen Sheba is the ruler of Inferno, the realm of demons that Bayonetta often taps into for her most stylish finishers. In fact, Bayonetta summons Sheba herself in order to finish off the Creator God Jubileus by punching her all the way through the solar system and into the sun.
    • Rodin himself also counts. The character art for Rodin in the unlockable extras never uses that name, giving his name as "Mephisto", the name of a German folklore demon most prominently mentioned in the Faust legend and occasionally used as another name for the Devil himself. Appropriately, Rodin's role is broadly similar to the traditional devil: a fallen angel who is thwarted and punished from trying to conquer Heaven (and is feared by it), who rules his own "sub-basement" location after his punishment, and jokes about the "deals" he provides Bayonetta.
  • In Graffiti Kingdom, the devil is a horned, purple human-looking-thing named Medium. When freed from his imprisonment, he takes over Canvas Kingdom and plans to rule the world. His son Tablet overthrows him and becomes the new devil, so "devil" is probably just a title for "ruler of demons" rather than an actual entity.
  • Porky Minch from Earthbound. If he was one in training in, then his future counterpart in MOTHER 3 King P is unabashedly Satan. First of all, Word of God has described him as the embodiment of Humanity's vices, and his personality fits all the Seven Deadly Sins well. Additionally, he was originally a friend of Ness before he sided with Gigyas, fitting him closely with Lucifer's origins, and everything he does is motivated out of his own selfish desires.
  • Yuuki Terumi from BlazBlue is also a Satan Expy. One of the revered Six Heroes, he betrayed his team and, after being sealed, resurfaced once more to topple Heaven and God and shape the world as he saw fit. He made what he believed to be truth, which meant despair was the only truth in the world, and caused the lies of the world (which, in his view, is everything) to be cut down. He succeeded in toppling "God" (Takamagahara) by Continuum Shift and now seeks to do the same to the true God (Amaterasu). He walks around with Eyes Always Shut, speaks like a gentleman in order to lull his unaware "allies" to move like he wills it, and if his acts with Litchi are to be believed, one of his modus operandi is driving people to sign on a Deal with the Devil. Although his not really true name 'Terumi' is safe, the nickname 'Hazama' gives the meaning of 'otherworldly', similar to how Lucifer meant "Lightbringer" before he went on to be known as Satan or all those nasty other names. Taken to it's logical extreme in the fourth game when his true identity is revealed to be Susanoo, the original will of the Susanoo Unit that initially served the Master Unit, Amaterasu (aka God) but rebelled when he felt like he was enslaved to it's will and devoted his life to destroying the world that Amaterasu created and becoming a being that would surpass it and create a world where he is feared and loathed by all. In other words, he's quite literally the universe's version of the devil, with the Amaterasu Unit/The Origin playing the God-like figure and Ragna playing Jesus. He only has the name Susanoo because the naming scheme is heavily Japanese-themed, Izanami is already taken and Susanoo fits well as an antagonistic being for Amaterasu, while his origins felt more like the actual Satan/Lucifer himself.
  • In The Elder Scrolls, many different aspects of Satan are spread across multiple Daedric Princes (plus some other characters):
    • The Daedric Prince of Domination and Corruption, aka "The King of Rape", Molag Bal. While most of the Daedric Princes tend to be Jerkass Gods who have Blue and Orange Morality when compared to mortals and display a mix of positive and negative qualities; Molag Bal stands out as the Prince who has most consistently been portrayed as unquestionably evil and lacking redeeming traits. He claims domination and enslavement within his spheres of influence, and spends most of his time tempting mortals into wickedness so they will spread strife through the world in his name, then claiming their souls after death. While in most games you see him only in shrines, in Daggerfall he looks like a big, green devil, while in TES Online he looks like this.
    • Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of Destruction, actually subverts it. Despite his Big Red Devil appearance, Legions of Hell style servants, Fire and Brimstone Hell plane of Oblivion, and being the record holder in the series for most attempts to Take Over the World (so he can then destroy it), Dagon actually has some redeeming qualities, unlike Molag Bal. While destruction is his modus operandi, his sphere also includes concepts like ambition, change, and revolutionnote  that a functioning world requires to operate. Essentially, he can be thought of as no more "evil" than a force of nature like an earthquake or a flood.
    • Sanguine, Daedric Prince of Debauchery and Hedonism, qualifies to a lesser extent. He "prefers to drag mortals down to sinful lifestyles by means of temptation and humiliation". Basically, Satan if he were a total troll. His chosen form in Skyrim is a Dremora, a grey-skinned humanoid with horns and red face paint.
    • Clavicus Vile embodies the Deal with the Devil part of the Satanic Archetype. He makes tempting promises, but is known for either twisting words, "granting" wishes in the cruelest possible way, or simply claiming the victim's soul in exchange for what they desired.
    • Lorkhan, the "dead" creator god of the Mundus (mortal realm), is this, but only in the religions of the races of Mer (elves), primarily the old Aldmer and current Altmer. Their religious beliefs state that, before the creation of the mortal world, they were all immortal spirits in the pre-creation universe. Creation was then a malevolent act which robbed them of their divinity and forced them into "a mortal prison", where they experience death and suffering. To them, he is "the most unholy of all higher powers". The other spirits who he "tricked" into aiding him in creation lost their Complete Immortality and "killed" him as punishment, tearing out his "heart" (divine center) and casting it down into the world he created. However, he's seen by most of the races of Men as their patron deity and is known to favor them, especially through his mortal incarnations, like Eternal Heros Pelinal Whitestrake and Wulfharth Ash-King, who often directly resulted strengthening the presence of men at the cost of elves who oppressed them.
    • In Morrowind, Dagoth Ur is this to the Tribunal Temple and the Ashlanders. He was in some way involved with the death of the legendary Dunmeri hero, Saint Nerevar, and went against the wishes of Nerevar and his Daedric patron, Azura, to tap into the Heart of Lorkhan to ascend to godhood. As one learns throughout the main quest of the game, the truth (or at least what isn't known to be false) is a bit more complex than that...
    • Alduin, as best exemplified in Skyrim. The first and most glorious of Akatosh's creations, also a great, black dragon defined by his arrogance. He is supposed to "eat" the world at the end of every kalpa, but came to enjoy being worshiped by mortals more than completing his task as assigned.
  • Gaunter O'Dimm in The Witcher 3 is an exceptionally powerful demon who's described as "evil incarnate", and has made bargains with humans At the Crossroads for millennia, which almost always end with them being Dragged Off to Hell. He's a Jackass Genie, such as granting a historian protection from him in exchange for making him stay in a small protective circle in his basement, plaguing him with nightmares, and killing him should he ever leave it. He's one of the few monsters that is too powerful to be killed, and the most Geralt can do is temporarily banish him by solving his riddle.
  • Warcraft series:
    • Sargeras was once a divine Titan tasked with battling the demon hordes and protecting the universe while the rest of the Titan pantheon seeded more planets with life and found more of their kin. During his mission, Sargeras happened upon a world with a slumbering Titan, only to recoil in horror upon realizing both the planet and his unborn kin were corrupted by the Old Gods, agents of the Void Lords; possessed with rage and knowing there was no way to save the Titans, he destroyed both. The other Titans got angry about this and dismissed his reasons as insane. Deciding that only he knew what needed to be done to save the universe from the Void Lords attempting to corrupt and consume it, Sargeras freed the demons he had imprisoned long ago, became their Evil Overlord, and started an omnicidal campaign across the universe to purge it of life, becoming the biggest Big Bad in the setting. He led the Burning Crusade to invade many worlds and enslave/assimilate/demonize many species, before he was finally blown up on Azeroth — likely in an impermanent way, given the his spirit's still around. His blood and other leftover bits can give mortals great power, at the cost of their sanity, and potentially turning into a demon.
    • The Eredar Kil'Jaeden also acts as a Satan analogue, due to being a Big Red Devil who introduced warlock magic to the orcs and aiding Gul'dan, as well as having Illidan attempt to dispose of the Lich King. He's even called "The Deceiver". Fittingly, he was once a wise leader of his people before being tempted by Sargeras himself.
    • Deathwing the Destroyer is in some ways Crystal Dragon Satan. He was one of the five godlike Dragon Aspects made by the Titans to watch over the planet (or the son of an Aspect, Depending on the Writer). The Old Gods drove him insane, so he started attacking other dragons and ordinary mortals. He became a sort of evil overlord for an entire race of evil dragons and their minions.
    • Guldan, while nowhere near as blatant as the above examples, definitely fits in the first two Warcraft games and in Warlords of Draenor. He was once a potential shaman, before turning against his mentor Nerzhul and proceeding to make an alliance with Kiljaden with him gaining more power. He proceeds to introduce the blood of Mannaroth to his people, causing them to turn from honorable warriors to bloodthirsty monsters with an urge to kill and committing genocide against the Dranei and the humans, while failing to mention that the blood of Mannaroth will enslave them ultimately to a demonic army that can cast them aside as it is seen fit. And ultimately, he betrays his people and his former master in the original timeline by seeking power which plays a major role in the fall of both the Horde and frustrating the Legion's second invasion attempt. Even after his death in the original timeline, his actions leave a long scar across the Horde and the Alliance to this day.
  • Keisar Ephes from the Super Robot Wars Alpha subseries. He was once known as the Psychodriver Augustus that ruled the Balmar world wisely and was worshipped like a god, but he felt left out of the cycle of life and death by Ide, and so sought to surpass him by absorbing the power of the spirits of the dead, becoming more sadistic and tyrannical along the way. His attacks involve summoning the spirits of the dead and giving apocalyptic visions while Laughing Mad, and if the victim is drained of HP from it, they get sucked to his Hell, dogpiled by his collection of evil spirits, and messily brutalized in a nasty way.
  • Super Paper Mario introduces the Mario version of Satan, a fellow named Bonechill. He was a Nimbi (equivalent to angels) who fell from grace, and as punishment was banished to the deepest level of the afterlife to spend the rest of eternity among the other sinners. Like some depictions of the Devil (notably in The Divine Comedy), he is a draconic entity associated with ice. What really seals the deal is his six feathery, seraphic wings.
  • In Legend of Legaia, the head Rogue is heavily implied to be the universe's equivalent of Satan. A thousand years prior to the events of the game, he led a rebellion against Tieg, the universe's God, was put down by Tieg's power, and was banished to the Tower of Rogue for all eternity as punishment.
  • In Sengoku Basara, Oda Nobunaga claims to be the "Devil King of the Sixth Heaven", which is more or less the Buddhist equivalent of Satan. Turns out he's not exactly joking.
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: AM gets this treatment, moreso than in the original book. He is an omnipotent being who uses his power to unleash violence and death upon the world. His greatest source of amusement is torturing the five survivors for all eternity. The game involves him tempting his victims into giving into their worst instincts. It is more appajrent in Ted's scenario, where he creates a literal demon and devil, who both attempt to push Ted into trading his love interest's soul in exchange for being let out of AM.
  • Chara from Undertale. Known as The Fallen Child, the character the player was really naming at the beginning of the game, Chara describes itself as "the demon that comes when people call its name." Only appearing in full during a Genocide run, Chara will destroy the world and supplant the player, making them sell their soul to bring back the game. In addition, Chara is noted as being "not the nicest person" by Asriel, and even envokes a bit of Demonic Possession during their Thanatos Gambit prior to the start of the game.
  • ActRaiser's Big Bad was Satan in the Japanese version, but was renamed Tanzra in the US, due to Nintendo's policy against religious references.
  • Tlacolotl from Nexus War games is a Manipulative Bastard and tempter who stirs up conflict between the rest of the pantheon, starts wars, runs an endless shell game of cults to keep mortals chasing after his fleeting favor, and launches into What Is Evil? lectures whenever confronted about any of it. He's not the only greater evil in the setting, but the others are all Eldritch Abominations with an understanding of human psychology that is too limited for a tempter's role.
  • Dire Miralis from the third generation of Monster Hunter. Its entry in the Monster Notes describes it as "the devil prophesied to destroy the world", and its introduction certainly gives off a sense of entering Hell, plus a Leitmotif full of Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Raul Menendez, the main antagonist of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, has a lot of this going for him. A Nicaraguan drug lord and arms dealer who rose from poverty to lead the anarchistic terrorist group known as Cordis Die, he seeks to bring down the wealthy and militarized First World and create a new order on behalf of the downtrodden (though a more personal motivation is the death of his sister). He's not without some sympathetic qualities, but the comparisons are still obvious, right down to him being strongly associated with fire and insisting that, if martyred, his death "will shine light upon ubiquitous darkness".

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.

  • Doc Scratch from Homestuck. If the name wasn't enough of a clue. note 
  • 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."

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 refered 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.
  • 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."
  • 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).
  • South Park:
    • While there is an actual Satan chatacter, the closest 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 might be even closer to this than Cartman since he 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.
  • Trigon the Terrible, Big Bad of Teen Titans season four and father of Anti Anti Christ 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.

...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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