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I'm very well-acquainted with the seven deadly sins,
I keep a busy schedule tryin' to fit them in
I'm proud to be a glutton and I don't have time for sloth,
I'm greedy and I'm angry and I don't care who I cross
Warren Zevon, "Mr. Bad Example"

The Seven Deadly Sins is a classic interpretation of seven basic concepts that will lead your soul to ruin. Originally they were termed the seven deadly vices (which are the opposite of "virtues"; Ah-ha, Theme Naming!).

In alphabetical order, here are the big seven, along with a few examples of tropes embodying each (keep in mind that there are plenty of tropes that reference them, but including them all would make this entry nigh-unreadable):

Orthodox Christianity, interestingly, adds an eighth sin: Despair. In theology this sin refers mostly to thinking you're too wretched to go to heaven, so sort of the opposite extreme of Pride. You often hear people talking about "succumbing to the eighth deadly sin" in old Russian novels as a result. Unlike other sins, Despair is seen as the most deadly of them, as the sinner under the conviction they cannot be forgiven has abandoned all hope. They believe they're damned absolutely, rejecting the Saviour, making Despair the biggest challenger to God's infinite capacity for forgiveness. Catholicism folds Despair into Sloth, on the grounds that someone who has given in to despair is no longer working to improve their situation and has instead decided to "let nature take its course."

Their origin is a little complicated, what would become the Seven Deadly Sins originates from the late 4th century monk Evagrius Ponticus's Praktikos, a guide he wrote to advise his fellow monks and aesthetics. In it he outlined eight logismoi, evil/tempting/passionate thoughts/intentions that would lead to sin. He also categorized at least 21 further sub-intentions and referred to more that are likely lost to history. Yes, thoughts. The logismoi that the Deadly Sins were based off of were not actually sins but temptations/intentions that could lead one astray. Furthermore, the guide itself was specifically for a monastic audience, not all of humanity, as he also chose the logismoi and their order based upon what he thought would be dangerous for his fellow monks in Egypt. Evagrius did, however, believe that demons based their personalities off these and would tempt people using them, the Praktikos giving examples of how demons would use each of the logismoi.

As for the logismoi themselves (note several of these referred to them in excess, not that they were bad to feel at all), they were Gut Madnessnote , Sexual Immoralitynote , Love of Moneynote , Sorrownote , Angernote , Listlessnessnote , Vainglory/Deceitful Boastingnote , and Pride/Arrogancenote . The logismoi would be adopted by other Christians but it wouldn't be until over two centuries later that Pope Gregory I would modify the list and create what we now recognize as the Seven Deadly Sins.

The three worst sins are said to be Wrath (3rd), Envy (2nd) and Pride (1st) according to Purgatorio of The Divine Comedy, due to their nature as perverted love aimed at harming others.

Remember them with the handy acronym WASPLEGnote , using "Avarice" for "Greed".note  Alternatively, to sound more mysterious and intellectual, use the Latin names for the sinsnote , which can be arranged to form another handy acronym: SALIGIA (roughly, "salt").

Subtrope of Virtue/Vice Codification. For the good counterpart, see the Seven Heavenly Virtues. The Cardinal Virtues as identified by Plato are also often used as a counterpart; while it's not an exact match as Plato originally only identified four, they are frequently combined with the three theological virtues (faith, hope, love) to make a more direct comparison. Compare the Scale of Scientific Sins. See also Mr. Vice Guy, Embodiment of Vice and Evil Virtues. No relation to the Seven Dirty Words, except maybe that people are likely to use them wrathfully. Nor to the Eight Deadly Words, even if they're meant to combine the apathy and despair of the audience. Nor to the manga and anime series The Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Mortal Sins.

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    Asian Animation 
  • Each of the rainbow kingdoms in Planet of 7 Colors represent one of the seven deadly sins.
    • The red kingdom are representatives of wrath since they wage war endlessly.
    • The orange kingdom's people live in poverty and are greedy for wealth.
    • The green kingdom's ruler and inhabitants are slothful due to how comfortable their environment is.
    • The yellow kingdom are gluttonous and elected their leader based on how fat he got after eating so much.
    • The indigo kingdom's bird people are representatives of jealousy, and they make a living off plundering.
    • The violet kingdom's ruler is prideful, calling the other kingdoms "lower races".
    • The blue kingdom's queen is obsessed with finding her true love, an allusion to lust.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Shazam! features in its rogues gallery the Seven Deadly Sins (known originally as the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man), demons who are imprisoned inside the Rock of Eternity by the wizard Shazam. Over the years they've periodically broken free and Captain Marvel has had to fight them and seal them up. Lust was originally replaced by Injustice, and this was only changed in the JLA/JSA crossover below.
      • One DC storyline associated each sin with a specific DC Hero, as seen here. Mr Terrific was Pride, Hal Jordan was Envy, Plastic Man was Greed, Batman was Wrath, Dr Fate was Sloth, Power Girl was Lust, and Captain Marvel himself was Gluttony.
      • In the JLA (1997) Jr oneshot, part of the Sins of Youth Crisis Crossover, the de-aged Justice Leage visit the Rock of Eternity where Shazam equates them with the Deadly Enemies: Batman, with his uncompromising attitude, was Injustice; Kyle Rayner, who was creative but couldn't follow through on anything, was Laziness; Aquaman, whose kid-self was taking advantage of being king, was Selfishness; Wally West, who was angry about becoming Kid Flash again, was Hatred; Plastic Man, the ex-thief, was Greed; Red Tornado, who wishes he were human, was Envy; and Superman, who had become a Smug Super in his kiddified state, was Pride.
    • Each of the seven villainous aliens from the DC Crisis Crossover Bloodlines was explicitly themed around one of the seven deadly sins.
    • The 2009 Batman annuals feature a group of seven villains who call themselves La Saglia (an acronym of the Latin names of the sins), and seek to awaken the Eighth Sin. Any connection to the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man is unknown.
    • In Teen Titans: Together, Together Forever, six sons of Trigon sired from human mothers at around the same time as Raven have emotion-manipulating powers based on the sins. They try to awaken Raven's evil side and get her to join up. In an open defiance of convention, the one female in the group isn't lust; Raven instead filled the "pride" slot. (It's implied this is because she is viewed as Trigon's pride, a la daddy's little girl, or perhaps because she is the most powerful.) Stuck on evil mode, Raven later tried to transfer her brother's abilities to the Titans. Donna Troy got stuck with Lust, rather than the more obvious choice of Starfire. This was a reference to the fact that Donna has gone through multiple relationships and been the object of desire of many men, even more so than Starfire. Cyborg was Wrath, which seemed to be a Stealth Pun on the "Angry Black Man" Stereotype trope. Red Arrow got Gluttony, and while he became fat as a result, this was a possible reference to his former heroin addiction, thrill seeking, and womanizing tendencies, fitting in with Gluttony's nature of excessive consumption.
    • Deadly Six is a member of the Suicide Squad who can induce six of the seven sins in people (sloth makes people lazy, for instance). He avoids using lust since that's squicky and wrong.
    • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Each of the original seven members of Villainy Inc. have motivations tied to the seven. Byrna Brilyant uses her inventions to threaten communities out of their money due to Greed. Queen Clea's Lust for men and power threw two Atlantean principalities into war and caused her to abduct entire shiploads of men, strip them, keep the submissive ones and devise scantly clad executions for the others for her own entertainment. Cheetah's Envy whenever others received more attention than her drove her to murder before she ever donned a costume and villain name. Dr. Poison's Pride in her work is such that she can't understand when someone tries to call her out for how horrific it is. Eviless became a slave driver as it was a simple job that allowed her to order others to do all the work, she then becomes a full fledged villain to get revenge when parts of her job becomes illegal as she doesn't want to have to go through the work of adapting to the new guidelines due to her Sloth. Giganta's every action revolves around her Wrath. Zara's Gluttony for the finer things in life causes her downfall when she has no patience about spending her ill gotten gains.
  • Alan Moore's run on Supreme included the seven-headed demon lord Master Sin. Each head represented a different Deadly Sin, and their sometimes conflicting motivations were his greatest weakness.
  • The French graphic novel Seven Missionaries tells the story of seven Irish monks (each embodying one of the deadly sins) receiving punishment for their sins by being sent to convert a village of pagan Vikings. By applying their sinful behaviors in creative ways (the avaricious monk uses the lure of profitable trading with Byzantium, the envious monk convinces the chieftain's second-in-command to take over upon his death, the lustful monk seduces every woman in the village, the gluttonous monk introduces them to whiskey, and so on) and thanks to Contrived Coincidences, they succeed in their mission without changing their ways in the slightest.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins make a poetic appearance in the margins of a chapter of Lost Girls.
  • The variant covers of the first issue of DV8 depicted the team as the Seven Deadly Sins. Threshold, a Psychopathic Manchild whose boss Ivana controlled him with sex, was Lust. Bliss, a spoiled rich girl, was Greed. Powerhaus, who feeds off ambient emotions to get stronger, was Gluttony. Evo, a monster man with an attitude problem, was Wrath. Frostbite, a pessimist who doesn't care about anything, was Sloth. Copycat, the girl with multiple personalities whose only friend is herself, was Pride, and Sublime, a supermodel type who longed for the attention of Gen member Grunge, was Envy.
  • "Seven Days Beset By Demons" is a short comic by Shawn Cheng in the mostly-prose anthology Steampunk, about a maker of clockwork curios whose attraction to a girl who is already engaged sends him through each of the sins over the course of a week.
  • There's a comic story in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe where an ancient talisman worn by Donald causes the Seven Deadly Sins's personifications to emerge in Donald's shape and escape into Duckburg (except Sloth, who obviously didn't even bother to run). Donald and his nephews have Gotta Catch Them All in time before the Sins will remerge into a single monster and destroy the world.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Beauty and the Beast (Golden 1999): Beauty's sisters embody this trope overall—one represents Pride (puts herself above her sisters), another represents Gluttony (she's constantly eating and has an insatiable sweet tooth) and one represents Sloth (she's constantly sleeping and at one point asks her father for a horse so she doesn't have to walk everywhere), all three have an entire Villain Song about their mutual Greed, they become Envious of Beauty when she turns out to have been living in a mansion, leading to them developing a Lust for the luxurious life said mansion would offer and finally are filled with Wrath against the Beast when they see how frightening he is.
  • Darla Dimple from Cats Don't Dance is basically a combination of all seven of them.
    • Wrath: Has an extremely short temper and will lash out at others if something doesn't go her way.
    • Gluttony: Eats lots of sweets, as shown when she meets with Danny.
    • Lust: Has a lust for attention and tries to act cute in order to manipulate others and then dispose of them.
    • Pride: Sees herself to be better than anyone else.
    • Greed: Wants all of the fame to herself.
    • Sloth: Has Max do all of the dirty work for her while she just watches him do so, as shown when he floods the stages to ruin Danny and the other animals' act.
    • Envy: Gets jealous if anyone upstages her and even tries to stop anyone from doing so, as shown when she sees Danny and the other animals perform onstage after her movie is played.
  • Frozen (2013): Prince Hans suffers from six of these sins.
    • Pride: Spare to the Throne of his kingdom, he wants to become the ruler of any country via shortcuts. If he became king, he'll force his brothers to acknowledge him as an equal.
    • Gluttony: If one goes by the Biblical definition, he's already wealthy being the prince of a foreign kingdom, but wants to ascend over his current status.
    • Greed: He's a power-hungry backstabber. Why would he care about familial or romantic relations when he's pursuing a kingdom?
    • Lust: He tried courting Elsa but backed off when told that she's a reclusive person.
    • Envy: He grew up in the shadow of 12 older brothers, all of whom are more successful than he is.
    • Wrath: His pursuit of power masks his ultimate desire to get back at his older brothers, whom he never bonded with in youth.
    • Sloth: The only sin he doesn't suffer from. Not only does Hans puts a lot of thought and effort into his plans, but he also decided to save Elsa from being killed by one of the duke's men, when he could have easily of finished his plan to kill Elsa by allowing the guard to kill her, claim he couldn't stop him in time and use said guard as a scapegoat to avoid looking bad.
  • Hercules: Hades demonstrates these sins throughout the film.
    • Pride: He thinks he deserves to be the Top God of the Greek Pantheon, planning to do so by overthrowing Zeus and turning baby Herc mortal so he'll be killed off.
    • Sloth: He's the apathetic Lord of the Underworld who finds his job dull and boring. Also unlike the other gods, it's unknown if he smote anyone personally, preferring to have others do his dirty work for him. It makes sense when handling Hercules (never knowing which god from Olympus might be watching) or the other gods (being hopelessly outmatched), this seems to apply to everybody.
    • Greed: The only thing he cares about is becoming king of the Gods at all costs. He'll use manipulation and smooth talk to manipulate various beasts and creatures for his bidding. It's how he got Megara to make a Deal with the Devil.
    • Gluttony: The dead are "dull and uncouth" to him, so why would he care about living mortals if he were the Top God?
    • Envy: Envies Zeus for being a Universally Beloved Leader while Everyone Hates Hades.
    • Lust: If one were to go by the Biblical definition of this sin, he has an insatiable lust for power. If we're to go by the modern definition, he likes flirting with females (be it mortal or immortal), who are put off by his creepy behavior.
    • Wrath: He has an uncontrollably fervid Hair-Trigger Temper, going off like a volcano at the slightest inconvenience or when Herc foils his evil schemes. When he does, he throws hissy fits like a Sore Loser, literally Burning with Anger.
  • Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame has the dubious honour of not only committing at least six of these Sins while professing his virtue but going farther by doing all of these six in his Villain Song.
    • Pride: In the first line no less to justify his actions ("Of my virtue I am justly proud.")
    • Lust: The whole premise of the song is his sexual desire for Esmeralda.
    • Greed: He never cares for Esmeralda and only sees her as an object of affection that he wants without actually needing her.
    • Envy: Shows intense possessiveness towards Esmeralda and jealousy to anyone who gets near her.
    • Wrath: Threatens to destroy Esmeralda if she rejects him ("Be mine or she will BURN!")
    • Sloth: Never takes responsibility for his sins and blames Esmeralda ("It's not my fault, if in God's plan, He made the Devil so much stronger than a man!")
    • Gluttony: The only sin he doesn't suffer from. Whilst he is selfish, he is never shown overindulging himself on anything.
  • Scar from The Lion King suffers from all of these sins.
    • He believes himself to be deserving of power. He also refuses to abandon the Pride Lands, even if it means the death of his subjects. (Pride)
    • He acts indolent even as the Pride Lands fall into ruin. (Sloth)
    • He enjoys food while letting the rest of his kingdom, including his loyal followers, starve. (Gluttony)
    • He is envious of his brother and nephew for getting the throne, and plots their deaths for it. (Envy)
    • In a deleted scene, he comes onto Nala, eager to produce heirs. (Lust)
    • He wants power and will destroy anyone to get it. (Greed)
    • He gets enraged and violently lashes out whenever someone compares him unfavorably to Mufasa. (Wrath)
  • The film Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure references them pretty clearly through various characters: Captain Contagious falls in lust with Babette at first sight and promptly kidnaps her. The Greedy physically embodies both greed and gluttony. King Koo Koo envies taller kings, so to compensate he literally puffs himself up with pride by laughing at others. Gazooks the sea monster is full of sloth when first introduced and has to be extorted to do anything. And when Babette realizes she may have to go back home to Marcella, she becomes full of wrath.
  • Douche from Sausage Party manages to represent all seven of the deadly sins throughout the film.
    • He considers himself a god among food and products. Even before turning evil, he demonstrates an inflated sense of self-worth and frequently looks down on others. (Pride)
    • He orders his lackey to capture Brenda rather than doing it himself. (Sloth)
    • He consumes alcohol and juice to make himself stronger. (Gluttony)
    • He's jealous of other food products for having a purpose because his nozzle was broken. (Envy)
    • He has sexual desires to be inserted into a hole. (Lust)
    • He desires to have everything for himself and gets rid of anyone in his way. (Greed)
    • He wants revenge against Frank for breaking his nozzle and plans to kill him. (Wrath)

    Films — Live-Action 
  • According to Jim Henson, the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal were originally based on the Seven Deadly Sins but because there were ten, either some sins were resued new ones were invented. You can sort of recognize which sin a Skeksis represents.
    • Avarice: skekShod the Treasurer.
    • Envy: skekSil the Chamberlain.
    • Gluttony / Sloth: skekAyuk the Gourmand.
    • Lust: skekEkt the Ornamentalist.
    • Pride: skekZok the Ritual-Master.
    • Wrath: skekUng the Garthim-Master.
  • In The King of Kings, Jesus drives them from Mary Magdalene one at a time. They're portrayed as ghosts leaving her body.
  • Se7en centers around a Serial Killer committing his murders based on these sins:
    • An obese man is forced to eat until his stomach ruptures (Gluttony).
    • A wealthy lawyer has a pound of flesh cut out and dies of bloodletting (Greed).
    • A drug dealer tied to the bed and kept in that state for over a year (Sloth).
    • A prostitute is killed when a client is forced to rape her to death wearing an S&M device (Lust).
    • A model has her face mutilated and chooses to commit suicide rather than life with her disfigurement (Pride).
    • The Envy and Wrath deaths come hand-in-hand. John Doe kills Mills's wife Tracy because he envies their life. The discovery of her head in a box causes Mills to shoot John in rage.
  • The Devil's Advocate Focuses on Pride for the better part of the film (it is the devil's favorite sin), but the others are represented at various points throughout the film.
    • Kevin lusts after Christabella.
    • He also shows a bit of sloth in not actively doing what he knows is right during more than one case.
    • Greed rears it's head in the riches that Kevin is granted... as long as he keeps bending the rules.
    • It could be said that envy is part of the reason that Kevin goes along with everything. He wants what others have in the field of law. The fame, the riches, the everything. No matter how he has to get it.
    • Lucifer tells him he could have stopped at any point and even gave him multiple options to stop, but Kevin didn't want to, showing his gluttony.
    • Lucifer goes mega wrath after Kevin makes his choice. "Free will."
    • As stated, pride is the whole point. It is the devils favorite sin. Pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name?
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera features the Largo family: Rotti Largo, the powerful businessman and his three children: Amber Sweet the surgery addicted, drug-addict wannabe singer, Luigi the raging, mass murdering sociopath and Pavi the effeminate, face-stealing The Casanova. While all four are vain and greedy, Rotti in particular represents Envy and Greed, Amber is Sloth and Gluttony, while Luigi is Wrath (as the producer Darren Lynn Bousman has stated) and Pavi is Pride and Lust.
  • In the 1967 Deal with the Devil film Bedazzled (1967), the protagonist Stanley Moon meets incarnations of the seven deadly sins. Anger is a hostile bouncer who wears a T-shirt that says "Make War, Not Love", Sloth is always sleeping, Gluttony is fat, Avarice complains about how much money's being spent on a date, Envy accuses the other sins of getting special treatment, Vanity has an upward-bending arm with an inward-facing mirror attached to it protruding from his midsection, and Lust is, well, Raquel Welch.
  • In the Bedazzled (2000) remake of the above, Brendan Fraser receives seven wishes, six of which correspond to a sin. First, he wishes for a coke and hamburger. This represents gluttony. Next he wishes to be rich and powerful, representing greed and resulting in him becoming a Columbian drug lord. He then wishes to be the most emotionally sensitive man on the planet but his sensitivity is to the point of inaction, making it sloth. Elliot later wishes to be a professional basketball player who exhibits considerable aggression, representing anger. His wish to be articulate, witty, and intelligent results in him becoming a charming but somewhat vain award-winning author who represents Pride and ultimately turns out to be a homosexual. His wish to become President of the United States would seem to represent Envy as he coveted the power, reputation, and authority that comes with the job. His final wish which breaks the contract ironically defeats the final Sin, Lust by wishing for the woman he lusted after to have a happy life without him.
  • 1927's Metropolis includes a dream sequence featuring embodiments of the Seven Deadly Sins and Death. Death aside, you'd be hard pressed to recognize them, but they are listed in the credits, apparently playing themselves.
  • Serenity:
    • The film revolved somewhat around the nature of sin, with the Operative remarking on what he perceived to be his victims' sins, and the attempt to eliminate sin being the cause behind the deaths of thirty million people and the creation of the Reavers.
    • Oddly enough the sins of the Operative's enemies were perceived quite well. Dr Matthias was Prideful enough to display the work he'd done on River to key members of Parliament without thinking of the consequences.
      The Operative: ââââ¬Å¡¬Åââ¬ÅKey members of Parliament.ââââ¬Å¡¬Â Key. The minds behind every military, diplomatic, and covert operation in the galaxy, and you put them in a room with a psychic.
      • But the Alliance's sin of trying to eliminate sin by mere human effort would certainly be Pride as Shepherd Book would note. Especially as it took them several years to realize they'd spilled their beans in River's head.
    • And as Mal admitted, his sin is Wrath; he's not easy to piss off, but when someone hammers his Berserk Button, he loses all sense and applies all his efforts towards retaliation. This makes him unpredictable, especially as said button isn't based on harm to himself, or even his allies, but injustice in general. Sometimes he'll shrug off an injury without breaking step. Sometimes he'll haul off and paste someone for an angrily-spoken word.
      Fanty: You run when you oughta fight, fight when you oughta dealââââ¬Å¡¬¦ Makes a businessperson a little twitchy.
    • The point that Joss was trying to make with the film (which he makes clear in the commentary) is that while the Seven Deadly Sins are bad, they are also inseparable from human nature. The Alliance thought that sin was something that could be stamped out (which was a sin in and of itself, as pointed out above) and the result was Miranda: a world where everyone was either dead or completely inhuman.
  • The villainous mercenary group in Deep Rising seems to be made up of this: Vivo is always talking about food (Gluttony); T. Ray threatens with violence all the time (Wrath); Mamooli talks about his desire to have sex with women from every country (Lust), Jason Flemyng says that the group will "kick ass and take names" as well as taunts a monster and claims it is nothing (Pride); Hanover is paranoid, distrustful and later ends up shooting at someone who is going to live and not him (Envy); Mason is seen stuffing money into his pockets (Greed); and Billy complains about all the work he has to do (Sloth).
  • Mindhunters: Not ostensibly focused upon but present in some form or another, nonetheless, and end up being what do most of the characters in:
    • Lust: Nicole's need for cigarettes; Plus she's sleeping with J.D. and somewhat comes onto Gabe.
    • Gluttony: Rafe's a coffee junkie.
    • Envy: Lucas, who admits he's jealous of how cool and calculated, yet clueless FBI agents seem after they overlook him as a suspect in his parents' murder. Albeit, he was just a kid when he offed them. Also Vince, somewhat. In addition to being bitter about his condition and the fact that he's not making profiler, he decides to drag Sarah's hopes down by revealing that she won't, either. Plus, he's never without his gun.
    • Wrath: The killer obviously has this in spades. That aside, everyone pulls a gun on everybody else for most of the movie and Nicole takes this one to the next level when she suspects Sarah of being the killer.
    • Pride: J.D. always has to take the lead; Lucas paraphrases Wolverine: "I'm the best at what I do."; Bobby is a mechanical/technical whiz and readily flaunts this.
    • Greed: Gabe doesn't approve of how taxpayers' (apparently including his) hard-earned dollars are spent. JD's need to be the leader could be another type of Greed, in the form of attention and recognition.
    • Sloth: Aside from J.D., no one lifts a finger to help Nicole prepare dinner. Particularly frowning on Gabe here, since he's an unexpected and uninvited guest. Vince also refuses to trust anyone - which is a different form of Sloth - though in this case someone overcoming their sin, Vince trusting Gabe with his gun, is what saves them from the trap.
  • The 1970 The Devils Nightmare involves a plot where the Devil snares each of the seven tourists with one of the deadly sins, ending with Pride for the priest who thought he'd gotten one over on the Devil by selling his soul for the lives of the six other tourists.
  • In the musical Absolute Beginners, the Disney Acid Sequence "That's Motivation" has advertising executive Vendice Partners (David Bowie) explaining to idealistic photographer hero Colin that if he joins his company and moves up in the world, he can "Commit horrible sins and get away with it." He proceeds to show Colin, on a giant television screen, each of these sins in action (played out by fantasy versions of Colin, his sweetheart Crepes Suzette, and those around them).
  • A recurring theme in Ghost Ship. The villain explains he was given his job to collect souls for Hell because he lived a very sinful life, and he tries to trick people into committing sins to doom their souls.
    • Envy: It's made quite clear that the gold bars are stolen loot, but the salvagers don't care, just declaring "hey, we're in international waters, so finder's keepers!". The crew of the Graza are so hungry for it that they murder everyone else onboard to obtain it.
    • Gluttony: Dodge and Munder, two of the guys from the Arctic Warrior, start mowing down on old cans of rice they find in the kitchens of the Graza. They're soon rewarded when they realize it's been infested with maggots.
    • Greed: What started the whole thing, to get the gold and live a rich life, going so far as to murder for it. The villain uses this as his main weapon against his victims.
    • Lust: Francesca uses her allure to drive men to murder for her, or unwittingly kill themselves trying to know her biblically.
    • Pride: The ghost crowd gets Greer to drop his guard by applauding him in the middle of the restored, pristine lounge room as if he were the man of the night. Murphy's acquaintance with a mutual ship captain also plays with this subtly.
    • Sloth: Dodge and Munder are constantly playing "rock, paper, scissors" to get the other guy to do the job at hand.
    • Wrath: The crew of the Graza indulge in this to insane degrees, turning the ship into a slaughterhouse by murdering the passengers and the rest of the crew en masse in sadistically cruel ways.
  • The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins was a comedy film from 1971, divided into seven sketches, one for each sin:
    • In Avarice, chaos ensues as several people attempt to recover the 50p piece a rich man has dropped down the drain. It ultimately goes down the drain again, accompanied by the rich man.
    • In Envy, a pools-winning couple find their dream home, but the owners aren't willing to sell. They do all they can to make the owners leave, and succeed by convincing them it is scheduled for demolition, only to find that it really is.
    • Gluttony is about Dickie, who hates the slimming biscuits he sells and so hides nicer food items around his office. He is more interested in them than his gorgeous boss's very unsubtle advances and finally loses out on her to his doctor.
    • In Lust, Ambrose tries to chat up a woman by calling her phone booth from the next one, claiming it must be a crossed line and then convincing her that he is a childhood friend. It seems to work until she tells him about the scary, monkey-like man in the next booth.
    • In Pride, two motorists are stuck facing each other in a narrow country lane. Neither is willing to back-up to a layby so the other can pass. A policeman eventually forces both of them to back-up.
    • Sloth takes the form of some silent black-and-white clips of people being lazy, including a man who would rather wait for a tree to fall down than walk around it.
    • In Wrath, two men attempt to kill a park-keeper who told them off for littering. They ultimately succeed, but are themselves killed in the process and find themselves in hell. The park-keeper turns out to be the Devil.
  • In SHAZAM! (2019), as in the above-mentioned comics, the Seven Deadly Sins are sealed in statues within the Rock of Ages. They use Thaddeus Sivana to free them, and possess Sivana to grant him powers comparable to Shazam as well as being able to manifest physically. Sivana's father represented greed, so Sivana had Greed kill him for irony. Lust, rather than Injustice, is among them, though it is a hideous demon like the others with a hideous lolling tongue, and Billy lampshades the common portrayal by commenting he expected it to be "hotter". In the climax, Billy exploits their nature by taunting Envy, who had remained within Sivana after all the others manifested, about being weaker than its fellows so it would emerge to attack him and leave Sivana powerless.
  • In Art of the Dead, Mad Artist Dorian Wilde made a pact with dark forces when he created seven paintings that represent the seven deadly sins. Now, anyone who comes in contact with these pictures are corrupted by Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Envy, and Wrath.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Top Chef and America's Next Top Model have each had challenges associated with the seven deadly sins, where each contestant (at the stage where there were seven remaining) was assigned a sin to represent through cooking or modelling, respectively. (Disappointingly, neither person assigned Sloth had the chutzpah to say "I'm representing Sloth by not doing anything at all.")
    • Masterchef Australia did it as well. The guy who had Sloth was lazy and did a half-arsed job. Intentionally.
    • Face/Off also did it for the Halloween special. Ironically though, Sloth was one of the hardest worked on costumes.
  • Merlin (1998) with Sam Neil featured various characters representing the Sins. The evil king Vortigern represents Pride, the fairy queen Mab is Wrath, the eternally slumbering Rock of Ages is Sloth, Uther Pendragon is Lust, Morgan Le Fay is Envy, the power-hungry Mordred is Greed and the only one absent seems to be Gluttony.
  • An episode of Supernatural had the protagonists fighting seven demons who were the deadly sins personified. They don't get much in the way of characterization, with the exception of Smug Snake and Large Ham Pride.
    "Here's Johnny!"
    "Let me guess. You'd be Pride."
  • Wikipedia lists the Rogues Gallery of the Philippine superhero series Lastikman to each represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins, with the Big Bad representing Greed.
  • An episode of Charmed had a demon hitting residents of San Francisco with concentrations of the Seven Deadly Sins; those who got infected pursued said sin with ever mounting concentration. Needless to say, the main cast got hit, with Phoebe getting Lust, Piper getting Gluttony, Leo getting Sloth, and Prue getting Pride, which had a very clever twist to it. The way to purge the sins is to defy themnote ; Prue couldn't get rid of Pride because any attempt to do so was only because Pride was pushing her to show off how selfless she could be (itself a sort of pride).
  • The original The Muppet Show pilot featured personifications (Muppetifications?) of the seven sins for a pageant, and the host, Nigel (the conductor of the orchestra in the finished product), receives a call asking if they're interested in an eighth—Wearing Funny Pants to a Funeral. The pageant never happens, as the show's time runs out before a result can be revealed.
  • Inside Gilligan's Island, written by the show's creator, indicates that each of the seven castaways represents a different sin. The Professor is Pride, Ginger is Lust, the Skipper is Anger, Gilligan himself is Sloth, and so on. A popular Epileptic Tree is that Gilligan also serves as the Devil figure, since he keeps everyone else stuck on the island, but this has never been confirmed. (Downplayed Trope in the animated adaptations.)
  • The History Channel did a documentary series on these, including some interesting facts about how medieval people perceived them (e.g. their definition of "Sloth" encompassed what would be called "clinical depression" today).
  • MTV News and PBS co-produced an examination of the seven sins and their context in modern society, intercut with pop-cultural media (i. e. Ren & Stimpy, Taxi, etc.) and music in typical MTV fashion, with commentary from artists, celebrities and ordinary people alike. Being from 1993 means you'll have to look for it.
  • Referenced throughout the Smallville episode Masquerade as part of Desaad's attempts to corrupt his victims. He didn't have much success with Chloe; with help of illusions, he used Clark to seduce her (lust), used Oliver to convince her to escape from the battles of a hero (sloth), used Lois to taunt her with her stable relationship with Clark (envy), tries to goad her into stabbing him (wrath), but she had some difficulty with his illusion of a version of herself that says she is above all of his tricks (pride). It helped that she realized what is happening around the third sin. When she repels the last one, he says she is now useless to him (without going through greed or gluttony), but Clark saves her. Oliver, on the other hand, is instantly corrupted by wrath when Desaad claims Chloe screamed for him as she died.
  • In Game of Thrones, many of the Houses and Organizations of the setting embody the Seven Deadly Sins in some form or another: the Starks embody Sloth in their refusal to behave "dishonorably," even if it would have been the right thing to do under the circumstances; the Lannisters all represent Pride in one form or another- Tywin's perfectionist standards, Jamie's vanity in his appearance, Tyrion's pride as self-defence; the Baratheons' frivolous spending habits and wastage of resources makes them Gluttony, especially in the case of King Robert, an excessive drinker (Robert himself also has multiple other deadly sins - his lust alienates his family and his sloth, wrath and pride all lead him to an early grave) and Joffrey (even though he's actually a Lannister); the Greyjoys are a clear representation of Envy, what with their piratical lifestyle and Badass Creed of taking what they want instead of earning it; the Freys are Lust, given Lord Walder's habit of taking on so many new wives and mistresses; the Targaryens represent Wrath, what with Viserys' constant temper-tantrums in pursuit of his crown and Daenerys' habit of wreaking terrible vengeance on those who've wronged her. Finally, the Thirteen of Qarth embody Greed: most of them hoard their wealth and resources, refusing to help anyone unless they can offer something in return; however, council members Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Pyat Pree plot to take over the Council to feed their own Greed- Daxos for control over Qarth, Pree for the magical power offered by the Dragons.
  • Community - the gang tries to get Abed to alter his personality to be attractive to women - they set up a scenario where Annie is reading Pride and Prejudice. Abed moves in and slips into Don Draper mode:
    Abed: So you're familiar with two sins. How about a third?
    • The seven characters of the study group could also be seen as representing these. Jeff is obviously pride; Annie is greed based on her desire to win for the sake of winning; Shirley is wrath, frequently shown by her passive aggressive nature; Pierce is envy in that he often feels left out; Troy is sloth due to his desire to avoid work and pressure; Britta is lust driven by her self loathing nature; and Abed is gluttony from his overindulgence of pop culture.
  • There was an entertaining but now nigh impossible to find documentary on Animal Planet called "Natural Born Sinners", whose premise was taking a look at each of the Seven Deadly Sins and posing the question of whether they truly apply to the animal kingdom. The ultimate conclusion? They don't, not really. For animals, traits that seem sinful are valuable survival tactics. For example:
    • Wrath (referred to as "Anger" in the program): Natural aggression is necessary when animals compete for mates/dominance or, in the case of carnivores, hunt for food.
    • Envy: Some animals will kill others to take things they want (the program depicts a shark embryo eating all of his unborn siblings, an albatross killing his sister and a sea lion killing the offspring of another sea lion to get its mother to mate with him), but for them, it's another case of wanting to survive and pass on genes.
    • Pride/Vanity: Animals that show off are more likely to find themselves a suitable mate, though the program also depicts a downside to this as it makes them more vulnerable to predators as well.
    • Sloth: The conservation of energy is important to any animal, especially when they don't know when their next meal is.
    • Greed: In nature, it's usually a greed for sexual partners, in which case a little avarice helps the gene pool.
    • Gluttony: Animals gorging themselves can seem wasteful, but many times it's just survival or even beneficial to the environment, as with scavengers who clean up corpses.
    • Lust: Sexuality in the natural world is a necessary thing for the species' propegation. No lust, no new generation.
  • House of Anubis- Becoming a Sinner is the result of what happens when you, well, sin, at either noon or midnight and get thrown into a sinner coffin afterwards to get your soul taken away. At least, this is how it worked before Ammut was awakened. The five needed sinners corresponded to five different sins, though Gluttony, Lust and Sloth were removed and "Spite" apparently became one of the sins. (Despite it functioning similarly to Wrath). In order, the sinners and their sins are:
    • Victor: Greed, following how he, well, basically admitted to being it when talking to Frobisher alone.
    • Patricia: Wrath, having screamed at Eddie in hatred when he supposedly cheated on her.
    • Eric: Envy, being jealous of Victor and Denby working without him.
    • Fabian: Pride, after claiming to "proud of being gullible".
    • Alfie: Spite, for trying to attack Team Evil after they threatened Willow.
      • Gluttony was also mentioned when Sibuna was proving to Alfie how he was actually a "non-stop-sin-shop".
  • Each episode of the first season of DAAS Kapital is named after a sin (although it's Avarice instead of Pride); the episodes of the second season were named after the virtues.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess Xena manipulates the already prideful and envious Archangel Lucifer in to giving into each of the seven sins in the "Heart of Darkness" episode in order for him to take her place as the ruler of Hell without having to kill her.
  • Dead Man's Gun had an episode called "The Seven Deadly Sins". The Villain Protagonist is warned that if he does not mend his wicked ways, one of the Seven Sins will kill him. He ignores the warning and we see him commit all the Sins and emerge as a Karma Houdini every time until in the end Gluttony finally kills him when he becomes morbidly obese and suffers a heart attack.
  • In Slasher, the Serial Killer known as the Executioner kills people he believes are guilty of the seven deadly sins. For example, for the sin of greed he kills a journalist who spread lies to sell her articles and for lust a police officer who kidnapped a teenager to rape her.
  • In The Flash (2014), both Zoom and Clifford DeVoe commit each sin at some point or another.
    • Zoom has a Hair-Trigger Temper and loves to beat down anyone who dares stand against him (wrath), wants to steal Barry's speed (greed), and is always looking for ways to increase his power, even consuming the life-threating Velocity 9 drug (gluttony). Beyond his pathological need for stimulation, he also develops a Villainous Crush on Caitlin (lust). He refrains from going after Barry himself, instead sending his press-ganged metahuman followers after him (sloth). He steals Jay's Garrick's identity just so he could have his role as a beloved hero (envy). To top it off, he's an utter Narcissist who wants to cement his position as the fastest man alive by killing every other speedster (pride).
    • Clifford is almost as narcissistic as Zoom, if not more so, as a result of his Super-Intelligence, to the point that his Evil Plan is to dumb down every other human being on Earth so he can lord his mind over them. He spends most of his time simply observing Barry while he fights the bus metas (sloth). He steals the powers of other metahumans for himself (greed) even when he's already strong enough to handle any threat (gluttony). As he gets more powerful, he responds to every slight or show of resistance with slaughter (wrath). He demonstrates a constant need to show off how smart he's become to everyone else (lust). Finally, he resents the fact that he's one of the few metahumans to suffer unintended side effects from their powers, and he specifically tells Barry that he wants to be the one who "saves" the world instead of him (envy).
  • Criminal Minds had a Theme Serial Killer whose theme was Dante's circles of hell; he killed each victim in a way corresponding to the punishment for a different deadly sin (to make things more confusing, though, the victims were all father figures more guilty of mistreating their boys than of the sin they were killed with, due to the killer's origin story as a "Well Done, Son" Guy).
  • Control Z: Some of the characters can be seen having a Fatal Flaw which fits into these:
    • Raul (Envy) has an obsessive desire for Sofia, wanting her only for him as his jealousy and resentment towards Javier proves that. That leads to almost all of the dramas in the high school being the hacker and even in his family. His interest towards Sofia is behind all of his evil plans.
    • Natalia (Greed) wants to be popular and stay popular. For this, she stole the money of the school from their account in order to buy herself expensive items. Her greedy and selfish nature leads to losing her best friend Isabela and arguing with her twin sister who stay with her despite her secret being revealed. This and her need of money leads to her dealing drugs, a dangerous and criminal activity.
    • Pablo (Lust) is very sexually active and even sex-obsessed despite having a girlfriend. Consequently, he cheats on her with Maria but continues their relationship. Later he sends naked photos of himself to Maria and refers to her as "Bunny". It's clear he considers her as a sexual object by the way he treated her having discovered he got her pregnant a few minutes before trying to get back with Isabela again in despair.
    • Less emphasized but Isabela (Pride) was seen by all students as the queen of school. Being the Alpha Bitch made her arrogant, snobbish and look down upon the unpopular students as Sofia. Once her secret is revealed however she lost her status.
    • Maria (Sloth) is generally quiet about her sister's attitude, playing more her sidekick. Also with Pablo her best friend's boyfriend, she didn't really try to stop their affair. She lacks the will to stand up more against Natalia and Pablo, who are more dominant reflecting her codependency. She's also reluctant/lazy to say the truth to Isabela about Pablo. This leads to her pregnancy because she slept continuously with a guy who doesn't want to put on a condom.
    • Gerry (Wrath) is very Ax-Crazy mostly due to his Gayngst. His outbursts of rage lead to tragic consequences, like Luis' coma and Javier's dramatic injury in the season 1 finale.
  • In Doctor Who, John Simm's Master exhibits all of the sins, as befits his being one of the rottenest incarnations of the character:
    • Envy: He hates how close the Doctor is to the human race, and always delights in coming between them, whether it be taunting the Doctor about how humans will eventually become the monstrous Toclafane, or else turning every human on Earth into a copy of himself.
    • Gluttony: When he takes over the Earth, he uses the opportunity to indulge his every whim and treat himself with excessive spoils. After his resurrection, this sin is manifested a bit more literally with his Horror Hunger.
    • Greed: He's greedy from small ways (taking whatever he wants when he rules the Earth) to big ways (wanting complete control of Earth, Gallifrey, and the entire Universe).
    • Lust: He makes lustful comments about his wife and his female servants. Even some of his dialogue to the Doctor comes off as creepily lustful!
    • Pride: This Master is his own biggest fan. He makes god-like speeches about his own importance and puts statues of himself all over the Earth.
    • Sloth: During the Year That Never Was, he generally had his minions do all the work on Earth while he played and lazed around in the Valiant.
    • Wrath: He's usually quick to anger if you disobey him, or don't treat him with the respect he feels he deserves.
    • For bonus points, his cynicism about the pointlessness of the human race and everything else could be interpreted as Despair, the eighth sin in Orthodox Christianity.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider Double themes its villains off each of the sins. Unusually, Pride is the starter villain and the weakest, a Noble Demon and ambitious new member of the mafia who dies from not realizing that pushing his Gaia Memory's power too far with his Training from Hell will cause it to kill him. The Arc Villain position is held by Gluttony, a criminal underworld doctor, while Greed is represented by the Big Bad, the mafia don, whose daughters represent Envy and Lust. His vengeance-seeking wife represents Wrath, and the Greater-Scope Villain backing him represents Sloth.
    • Kamen Rider OOO is primarily centered on Greed, but that doesn't stop it from having its villains display all of the other vices as well by flavoring them as different kinds of desire. Kazari's desire to consume his fellow homunculi to evolve himself makes him Gluttony, Uva's short temper makes him Wrath, Mezool's cravings for love and affection make her Lust, Gamel's stupidity and lazy attitude make him Sloth, and Ankh covers both Pride and Envy at various stages of his life as he goes from being full of himself to realizing how much being a living embodiment of greed sucks. Dr. Maki, a human who becomes the final homunculus out of a desire to end the world, represents Despair.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost gives Kamen Rider Specter a movie-exclusive form which has attacks based on each of the sins, retooled from Ghost's own final form which has attacks based on various emotions.
  • Sam Puckett of iCarly has displayed each of these vices at various points:
    • Wrath: Sam has an extremely bad temper and is quick to become violent over the slightest provocation. It's her defining character trait.
    • Gluttony: Sam is a Big Eater whose obsession with food is probably her secondary defining trait behind her temper.
    • Sloth: Sam is incredibly lazy and will not do any work if she can get out of it. Carly and Freddie do most, if not all, of the planning for their web show and she doesn't take her schoolwork very seriously.
    • Envy: She's envious of her twin sister Melanie for being their mother's favorite. She's also jealous of her old beauty pageant rival LeAnne.
    • Greed: Sam is noticeably more obsessed with money than Carly or Freddie. She'll do just about anything to make a quick buck, including creating a child sweat shop to make T-shirts that they can sell.
    • Lust: While Sam has had fewer boyfriends than Carly, she's far less subtle about her attractions than Carly is. She once said of one of her crushes "That boy gets me goin'", which is quite racy for a kids' show.
    • Pride: Sam is quite selfish, not caring much about the wants and needs of others and she won't admit when she's wrong in most cases.
  • The key character flaws of the main characters of Frasier correspond to the Deadly Sins quite well:
    • Frasier is mostly Pride. For all his protests, he very much enjoys his life of celebrity, with his face on buses and billboards, and the many perks it brings him. His desire to maintain this lifestyle, or his insecurities about who or what he is without it, tend to lead to many of the plots. He can also succumb to Envy and Greed as well, as he can get quite jealous of Niles, but he usually has it more under control unless his pride is piqued.
    • Niles is Envy. He's a classic sufferer of Little Brother Syndrome, and enviously yearns after Frasier's lifestyle and accomplishments. His waspish and dismissive sneering at Frasier's celebrity form of practicing psychiatry as opposed to his 'real' method barely provides a veil for his seething jealousy over the fame and public recognition this has brought Frasier, and for much of the series almost everything he does or has is an effort to either equal or surpass Frasier in some regard.
    • Putting Frasier and Niles in conflict generally results in both coming down with Greed: each brother ends up wanting more than what the other one has, to the point where their efforts to outdo each other end up in disaster. Both also are a little inclined to Gluttony, what with the fine wines, culture and dining they enjoy.
    • Martin is Sloth. In addition to the many jokes about him simply lounging around in his chair, this also affected his parenting style; since he had very little in common with his sons, he simply adopted a hands-off and mostly disinterested and apathetic parenting style rather than make an effort to bond with them, leading in part to the distance that exists between them throughout much of the series.
    • Roz is a big sufferer of Lust. Most of the jokes at her expense are at her revolving door love life, but this has also led to the more serious consequence of her having a fear of commitment or trusting others.
    • Daphne is Wrath. For all her seemingly perky, cheerful and innocent disposition, she has a rather volatile temper and some clear anger issues, mainly stemming from a rather dysfunctional childhood.
  • Cobra Kai: Terry Silver has embodied most of them, if not entirely, at some point in his life throughout his debut film and in the show:
    • Pride: While he is not overtly egotistical as Kreese, he makes it up with being a Villain with Good Publicity while viewing everyone else beneath him. However, like Kreese, his arrogance is also one of his greatest weaknesses. Silver has a tendency to underestimate his opponents despite his intelligence and strength. Especially when he got too overconfident after spending most of Part III tormenting Daniel until the latter gets a Heroic Second Wind and succeeded defeating Mike Barnes.
    • Envy: Ever since Kreese saved him from captivity during the Vietnam War, Silver has since became a loyal friend to Kreese. However, that loyalty would soon waver when Kreese started to favor Johnny as Cobra Kai's star student and go so far as to reject the offer to join the Sekai Taikai. Eventually Terry grew to resent Kreese behind closed doors, and ultimately betray him at the end of Season 4.
    • Wrath: At his most dangerous, Silver can be as bloodthirsty and sadistic as he can be when pushed to his limits.
    • Lust: Silver is easily drawn to violence and seems to enjoy making his enemies suffer physically and mentally.
    • Greed: Silver is a wealthy businessman and lives in a life of opulence. He uses his vast wealth to get his way and the lengths he will go to make Cobra Kai a global household name, even if it means through bribery.
    • Gluttony: Of two different aspects: 1) Silver previously abused cocaine after serving the military to cope with his PTSD. 2) He ambitiously seeks to expand Cobra Kai worldwide in hopes of indoctrinating more students to its "No Mercy" philosophy.
    • Sloth: Silver will send anyone to do his dirty work while scheming behind closed doors. He also has no problem taking shortcuts for his own convenience rather than putting an effort, like bribing a referee under the pretense of "insurance policy" to ensure Cobra Kai's victory.
  • Young Sheldon: In "Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan", each room of the Hell House is meant to contain a skit demonstrating the worst qualities of each of the seven sins, as well as one room for Mary to offer salvation to those humbled by those skits and seeking forgiveness.
  • In the Flogging Molly song "Seven Deadly Sins", the sins are personified as pirates tempting people to sail away with them and be free.
    • The lyrics are kind of confusing about the whole personification thing; while Greed (referred to as "Avarice"), Envy, Sloth, Wrath (referred to as "Anger") and Lust are described in a way that makes it clear that they're personified, Gluttony and Pride sound more like vague warnings ("Don't fill your mouth with Gluttony/For Pride will surely swell"). We're also given a little background with the previously mentioned sins; Avarice is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Envy is a set of (implicitly incestuous) Creepy Twins who are referred to as "idiots" and try to give advice to Sloth (who is indifferent to them), and Anger is implied to have had a relationship with Lust, which apparently ended on a sour note (Anger is stated to tell "bitter tales of Lust").
  • The Evillious Chronicles franchise by mothy has the Seven Deadly Sins song series (also a Light Novel series) which showcases hosts of the seven Demons of Sin in the story. The official English names of the songs all relate to the (out of universe) patron demons of the sins in question. There is:
    • "The Daughter of Evil/The Princess of Lucifer", sung by Rin Kagamine, for Pride. The titular character is Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche, a nasty 14 years old Royal Brat with a tendency to make everyone kneel before her and to have any opponents to her regime killed. Fittingly, she is probably the worst of them all. Ironically, she is the only one of the seven who repents for her crimes.
    • "The Tailor of Enbizaka/Leviathan Slope", sung by Luka, for Envy. The character here is Kayo Sudou, a tailor who is frustrated that her lover is "cheating" on her. Nevermind that the man doesn't even know her, and has a family of his own. She ends up killing his wife, daughters and eventually him with her scissors.
    • "Evil Food Eater Conchita/Beelzebub Party", sung by Meiko, for Gluttony. The titular character is Banica Conchita, a lord with an obsession with both food and anything that can even very remotely be classified as food. That includes human flesh. Including her own flesh.
    • "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania/Dance with Asmodeus", sung by Gakupo, for Lust. Duke Sateriasis Venomania was once a deformed man who made a Deal with the Devil to become beautiful and acquire the power to seduce any woman. He has a whole harem of girls forever trapped in his influence until he is assassinated by the lover of one of the girls he had abducted, who infiltrated his manor by posing as a woman.
    • "Judgement of Corruption/Mammon's Court", sung by Kaito, for Greed. The main character here is Gallerian Marlon, a Hanging Judge who allows the guilty to go free for a bribe. Eventually the populace decide to revolt when he lets a serial killer general go free.
    • "Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep/Belphegor's Gift", sung by Miku, for Sloth. The titular "princess" is Margerita Blankenheim, a doctor's daughter who poisons all the inhabitants of her town to let them "sleep forever", free of all worry, and then kills herself.
    • And finally, "The Muzzle of Nemesis/Satan's Revenge", sung by Gumi, for Wrath. The girl is Nemesis Sudou, an assassin who was ordered to kill someone she had fallen in love with. After doing so, she tries to kill herself but fails, so instead she goes into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against her employer...who, as it turns out, is none other than Gallerian Marlon and also, apparently, her father. She offers Gallerian a chance to redeem himself, which he refuses, prompting her to shoot him while burning his house down.
  • This is the subject of Megadeth's song "Seven".
  • Maria Kanellis' song "Seven Sins" has her singing about the sins in general with the lyrics "seven sins, seven sins/which one will pull me in". She does mention lust quite a bit as well.
  • Dream Theater's "The Root of All Evil" goes down the list of most of these. Gluttony's the only one not obviously present, but it can be found in the second verse courtesy of some Fridge Brilliance. Funnily enough, the song then delves into the Seven Heavenly Virtues in its second half.
  • Panic! at the Disco's first album, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out", features several songs that can easily be pegged as exemplifying these sins:
    • London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines: Pride
    • Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off: Lust
    • But It's Better If You Do: Gluttony
    • I Write Sins Not Tragedies: Wrath
    • I Constantly Thank God For Esteban: Sloth
    • There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet: Envy
    • Ironically, their third album is called "Vices and Virtues".
  • Buckcherry's 2013 album "Confessions" has this as a theme.
  • The 1969 album The Seven Deadly Sins by Plus. Each sin gets its own song.
  • Disturbed have a few songs dealing with the SDS, notably Avarice, Serpentine and a whole host of songs which embody wrath (Indestructible, Land of Confusion, Who Taught You How to Hate and Warrior).
  • The bridge of Kamelot's "Citizen Zero" opens by listing the sins in Latin.

    Music Videos 
  • The videoclip for the Pet Shop Boys song It's a Sin has a bunch of actors personifying the Seven Deadly Sins. Particularly noticeable is Paola Pieroni playing Pride as a Rich Bitch with a huge peacock fan.

  • Golden Logres has three of the sins: Sloth, Envy, and Lust. They must be knocked down before the player can embark on a quest.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Dustin Runnels (fka Goldust) was hired by WCW in 1999 to play a character called "Seven", apparently an Expy of The Undertaker that would punish wrestlers based on their sins. However, after his father Dusty Rhodes was fired after 20 years with the company, Runnels crapped all over the gimmick in his debut, killing the gimmick. Fortunately, Standards & Practices had already complained about a promo where he was standing outside a child's window (but not doing anything) and were worried that he would be mistaken for a child molester, so they probably would've had the gimmick killed anyways.
    • Part of the confusion came because of how the gimmick resembled the title character of the movie Powder, whose director, Victor Salva, had been convicted of child molestation in 1988. This led people to mistakenly confuse the two and to think that the character was a molester.
    • Shortly before he was fired by WWE, Raven was supposed to begin an angle based on the movie Se7en.
  • Fan theory has it that Immortal represented the SDS: Eric Bischoff was Satan; Jeff Hardy was The Antichrist (this actually was his Red Baron, which led to the theory in the first place); Hulk Hogan was pride; Ric Flair was lust; AJ Styles was sloth; Jeff Jarrett was envy; Abyss was wrath; and Beer Money, Inc. were gluttony (James Storm) & greed (Bobby Roode).
  • In January 2001, WCW renamed their monthly PPV, which, from 1997-2000 had been NWO Souled Out, Sin. In the final example of the kind of lack of thought that seemed to typify the promotion's collapse, their final PPV, held March 18th, was named Greed. This from a company that had lost some $80 million over the past year.
  • Bryan Clarke's WCW name as part of the Blood Runs Cold storyline was Wrath, although he never really seemed all that angry.

  • In The Gamer's Alliance, the seven elite demon infiltrators of the Eastern Horde have nicknames linked to the seven sins, and each one's dominant trait is based on the sin in question, e.g. Lust is rather promiscuous and tends to unleash uncontrollable passions in other people.
  • One arc of Pokmon: Rise of the Rockets involved seven trainers corrupted by darkness, who now embody the Seven Deadly Sins and appear to challenge individuals also in possession of their Sin. Each is given their own elemental motif and Aura color, and all have names related to their Sin in one capacity or another.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Chronicles of Darkness:
    • All characters have one of the Seven Deadlies as a Vice. By fulfilling their Vice, the character can gratify their ego and gain a point of Willpower, a vital resource. (A character with Greed as a Vice, for example, can fulfill it by screwing someone over for a quick buck.) However, acts that fulfill Vices are usually going to damage the Karma Meter, so the player has to weigh the cost against the gain. In contrast, characters also have Virtues (such as Charity or Faith), which take much more work to fulfill, but fully restore Willpower when pulled off.
    • In Changeling: The Lost, the True Fae can't understand anything beyond their own whims, so they treat one of the Seven Deadlies as if it were a Virtue.
    • Werewolf: The Forsaken has the Maeljin, powerful spirits that embody abstract concepts that twisted in upon themselves until they just became wrong. Needless to say, the Seven Deadlies are well represented.
    • Demons from the Inferno are innately linked to one of the Seven Deadlies, gaining powers related to that Sin. A demon of Rage, for example can grant someone immunity against attacks while they are smeared in the fresh blood of an enemy.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons the Spell Compendium has a Domain for each of the Deadly Sins. (Originally published in Dragon under the title "Seven Deadly Domains". The Heavenly Virtues got a Dragon article titled "Seven Saintly Domains", but after the Compendium was published.)
  • In The Book of Fiends, a third-party Sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition from Green Ronin Publishing, the embodiments of Neutral Evil, the daemons, are ruled by the Exarchs of Gehenna. These seven near-godlike daemons each represent one sin: Tyrexxus for wrath, Ulasta for envy, In'nassi for lust, Viasta for sloth, Yungo for gluttony, Myrtaxx for greed, and Gravicarius for pride.
  • In Warhammer and 40k:
    • The Chaos Gods fit the Deadly Sins very well, although since there are only four of them, you'll have to assign some Gods with more than one Sin.
      • Khorne: Wrath and Pride
      • Tzeentch: Greed and Envy
      • Nurgle: Sloth and Despair
      • Slaanesh: Lust and Gluttony
    • Thinking about it, all of the major factions of Warhammer 40000 fit as the Deadly Sins:
      • The Imperium: Sloth. The Imperium has spent 10,000 years in stagnation, throwing millions of lives away to appease a deity who may or may not be already dead, with very little technological or social innovation.
      • The Eldar: Lust. They gave birth to the sex god Slaanesh through their own hedonism.
      • The Orks: Wrath. They want to wage war against everyone in the galaxy just because it's fun. If there's no other enemy to brutalise, they'll swiftly turn on each other.
      • The forces of Chaos: Greed. Most of their followers turn to Chaos simply to acquire more and more power for themselves. They'll even betray and kill their peers to do so.
      • The Tyranids: Gluttony. Devouring everyone and everything in their path to feed an insatiable hunger is their main motivation and characteristic.
      • The Necrons: Envy. The reason they're the way they are now is because they envied the Old Ones and their immortality, and forged an alliance with the C'tan to become robotic entities.
      • The Tau: Pride. They believe their philosophy is the best and it will save the galaxy from itself, and if you don't think so, they will shoot, bombard and brainwash you until you do.
    • The Slaanesh-themed Book of Excess in the 40k RPG Black Crusade includes a short adventure where the players must prove themselves to a Slaanesh-worshipping Chaos champion by beating the practitioners of the Six Arts of Slaanesh (ie. the Deadly Sins minus Wrath, since that is obviously Khorne's territory) at their own game, like gambling against the practitioner of Greed or winning an eating contest against the practitioner of Gluttony. Except for Sloth, where the players have to resist falling into slothfulness rather than trying to out-sloth the practitioner (probably because "roll to see who can do nothing the best" wouldn't really work).
  • Pathfinder: The seven sins feature quite prominently in several areas of the game's lore:
    • The empire of Thassillon was divided between seven Runelords, immensely powerful wizards who each embodied one of the sins.
      • Zutha, the Runelord of Gluttony, was a unique lich who could taste and feel like a living creature, glutted himself on exotic dishes and consumed the souls of his servants; Xanderghul, the Runelord of Pride, had an army of enslaved angels and manipulated his people into worshipping him as a god; Alaznist, the Runelord of Wrath, was a violent, warlike woman with a terrible temper; and so on. The master villain of the first published adventure path, Karzoug the Claimer, is the reawakened Runelord of Greed, who wants all the world for himself.
      • Originally, the Sins were known as the Seven Virtues of Rule and focused on their positive aspects, but were eventually corrupted as the Runelords gained power and influence over their own emperor. The Seven Virtues of Rule, and what they were corrupted into, were Wealth (Greed), Fertility (Lust), Honest Pride (Boastful Pride), Abundance (Gluttony), Eager Striving (Envy), Righteous Anger (Wrath), and Well-Deserved Rest (Sloth). This was later retconned so that the Seven Virtues of Rule were the Seven Heavenly Virtues because the writers decided this didn't make a whole lot of sense.
      • The game takes it further by associating each sin with one particular school of magic (the eighth school, Divination, is handwaved as having always been ignored by the Runelords). For instance, Greed is associated with Transmutation, which allows base materials to be turned into treasure, while Wrath is associated with the aggressive, combat-focused spells of Evocation.
      • The Anniversary Edition even presents rules for being a Thassilonian Specialist, a wizard who follows the same style of magic as the Runelords. The advantage is that their bonus slotted spell can be cast twice before being used up. The disadvantage is that, in a Mythology Gag on older editions, not only is the wizard forbidden access to two schools of magic, preventing them from ever casting any spells of those schools, the schools they are barred from are determined by the Sin they choose to follownote .
    • Demons are created from the souls of sinful mortals, and the basic Bestiaries always include a group that represents seven deadly sins. Succubi represent Lust, both in the physical sense and as lust for power, knowledge and so on; the soul-devouring nabasus are Gluttony; the pig-like nalfeshnees embody Greed; the hopelessly pathetic dretches associate with Sloth; the sadistic, violent vrocks personify Wrath; the incorporeal shadow demons, who possess others to take everything from them, are born of Envy; and the contemptuous, arrogant mariliths are tied to Pride. Seven Demon Lords also place one of the sins under their areas of concern: Socothbenoth for Pride, Orcus for Wrath, Shax for Envy, Jubilex for Sloth, Areshkegal for Greed, Xoveron for Gluttony, and Nocticula for Lust. Demons are so closely tied to the mortal failings that spawned them that their opposed virtues actively harm them; vrocks, for instance, suffer when forcefully calmed and pacified, succubi are harmed by mortals resisting their temptations, and so on.
  • In Nomine makes a nod to the Seven Deadlies, but not all of them are currently represented among the Demon Princes. The directly named ones are the Princes of Lust (Andrealphus), Gluttony (Haagenti), and Greed (Mammon); an older Prince of Sloth was actually eaten by Gluttony. Fans of the game can and have debated who represents Wrath, Envy, and Pride among Hell's present-day royalty.
  • In Kitsune: Of Foxes and Fools, fools are categorized by which of the seven sins they are guilty of, and the foxes' jobs is to purify them of their sins, through pranks.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the Amorphage archetype monsters' Japanese names are all derived from the eight evil thoughts, precursors to the Seven Deadly Sins. Their English names, however, play this straight and are actually named after the Seven Deadly Sins, with Irritum's English name being derived from Goliath.
  • The board game The Others: 7 Sins naturally involves this. The titular Others are seven factions of Eldritch Abominations formed from each sin. Each faction has different effects and abilities thematically tied to each sin (for example, Sloth effects movement speed, whilst Pride targets characters who strike out on their own).
  • Infernum is set in Hell, and each of the Houses has a thematic connection to one of the Sins. Prior to Sturrach's War and the industrial revolution, there was a system where souls identified with each Sin would go to a particular House, but that's fallen by the wayside now; souls go to whoever's got a strong enough claw to snatch them.
  • The Wretched Role-Playing Game is an Old-School Revival rpg that is geared towards playing anti-heroes in a variety of settings. With a player character having one of the Seven Deadly Sins as their defining character trait, instead of the standard Dungeons & Dragons alignments.

  • The doomed characters in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street can be taken to represent the seven deadly sins: Todd is Wrath, Mrs. Lovett Avarice, Judge Turpin Lust, Pirelli Pride, the Beadle Envy, and the citizenry of London generally Gluttony. Arguably, Toby could also represent Gluttony given his gin addiction.
    • Sloth could be the Beggar Woman (Sweeney's wife), who "just lay there in bed" and hasn't really bettered herself since the "incident" (but really, can you blame her?).
    • If you want to add "Ignorance" as a sin, Anthony could qualify for being woefully Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins is the title of an operatic ballet by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. The main character, Anna, goes through all of them.
  • The sins are briefly referenced in the "What Keeps Mankind Alive" section of The Threepenny Opera.
  • Discussed in The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Murder and rape are theologically okay, since they're not on the list. "But God help you if you're fat and lazy."
  • The three Virgins in Agnes de Mille's ballet Three Virgins and a Devil all do themselves in this way:
  • Turned on its head in Camelot, where Mordred sings a gallant song about the Seven Deadly Virtues, and listing how each one is dangerous or otherwise too inconvenient to bother with.
  • In Doctor Faustus, the good doctor requests entertainment after making his famous Deal with the Devil; Mephistopheles obliges by conjuring up seven demons, each of whom represent a deadly sin. The sins make lengthy, poetic speeches about their particular vice; Envy, for example, is illiterate and so wants every book burned (because if it can't read them, no one else should, either); Sloth is barely awake and has trouble stringing sentences together; Pride can't even be bothered to walk on the floor, demanding silks and finery as a carpet; and so on in that fashion. Exactly how this portion of the play works varies from production to production.
  • In The Golden Apple, Hector, in his Villain Song, trusts that "the seven deadly sins" will make his revenge on Ulysses and his boys possible. The 2017 City Center Encores! production had cards carried onstage assigning each of the following five episodes a corresponding if sometimes noncanonical sin: Madame Calypso—Pride, Scylla and Charybdis—Greed, The Siren—Lust, The Scientist—Hubris, Circe—Power.

    Visual Novels 
  • A prominent motif in 11eyes. The main enemies, the Black Knights, are named after the Latin names of the sins (only Lust is absent), and the traits are reflected in the heroes. They eventually find out that Lust isn't absent, just not represented by a Black Knight, because Lust is represented by the Big Bad!
  • In the second and third games of the Heileen series, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues are a core part of the gameplay and determine which ending Heileen gets.
  • Obey Me! One Master to Rule Them All!: The seven demon brothers are Avatars of the Sins.
    • Lucifer (Pride) is the eldest brother and has a noticeably dominant and arrogant personality, although even he has a master he holds genuine loyalty to.
    • Mammon (Greed) is constantly in debt and often gets into trouble by trying to scam people (including his brothers) or steal their belongings to sell.
    • Leviathan (Envy) is an Otaku prone to fits of self-deprecation, although he is easily worked into a jealous rage when others claim to be bigger fans than him.
    • Satan (Wrath) is generally able to keep a lid on his temper through centuries of self-restraint, but he slips up on occasion (such as when Levi uses secret moves to beat him in a video game and insults him for not knowing about said moves).
    • Asmodeus (Lust) is a social butterfly with No Sense of Personal Space whose flirtations often extend to his brothers as well as the Player Character.
    • Beelzebub (Gluttony) is known to fly into an Unstoppable Rage when others eat food he was saving (despite him often stealing food off people's plates or out of their hands), but he's the nicest of his brothers otherwise.
    • Belphegor (Sloth) is often seen carrying a personal pillow, and is almost always depicted with sleepy, heavy-lidded eyes.
  • In Sin With Me, there are seven assassins who each correspond to a different sin. They reflect the sins in their characters; use them as stage names for their circus acts, which are themed around sin; and are destined to go up against demons matching those sins.
  • Umineko: When They Cry features the Stakes of Purgatory, a group of seven sisters with red eyes who serve the Golden Witch, Beatrice. They turn into stakes to kill those guilty of their respective sin. They're named after the patron demons and have personalities that reflect each sin, although sometimes in weird ways; Belphegor, for instance, is a hard worker, but said hard work leads others to be lazy, perpetuating her sin of Sloth.
  • The four main literature club girls from Doki Doki Literature Club! split the sins between them. Sayori is Sloth both in the sense of idleness (her tendency to sleep late) and the sense of despair (she suffers from a case of depression so severe that she can't muster up the motivation to get out of bed in the morning and is eventually driven to suicide); Natsuki is Wrath (due to her snappish, Tsundere attitude that gets a little worse later in the story) and Gluttony (due to the implication that her father starves her, giving her a somewhat voracious appetite when food is in front of her); Yuri ends up becoming a mix of Lust (the implication that she starts getting off on harming herself) and Greed (slowly becoming a little bit...possessive of the player character); and Monika is Pride (the club's leader who can sometimes come off as having a rather high opinion of herself) and Envy (grows resentful of the other girls for catching the player's attention, to the point of manipulating the game's code to kill all three of them one by one).

    Web Animation 
  • 7 Not Quite in Heaven is a surreal short film that features seven animals representing the sins who are trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop of a poker game in Purgatory, with a shadowy dealer implied to be an avatar for Satan.
    • Pride is a ditzy, vain Valley Girl peahen who rarely does anything besides talking about how "hot" she is. The dealer laments early on that she has "no substance behind her pretty face".
    • Envy is a tiny, neurotic hyena with the state of Nevada, topped with its abbreviation "NV", on his t-shirt, constantly complaining about how he never wins and seemingly convinced that everyone's against him.
    • Wrath is a shark with a Hair-Trigger Temper and blood all over his mouth.
    • Sloth is (oddly enough) a sleepy and gloomy basset hound who's somewhat more aware of the loop than the others, but continues the game anyway.
    • Greed is a well-dressed vulture who is convinced he's going to win it all.
    • Gluttony is a giant pig and a Fat Slob that's constantly demanding a ham sandwich (the unsettling implications of this are never acknowledged).
    • Lust is a tiny, babbling rabbit who frequently sticks his hand down his pants and expresses a desire to have sex with Pride (who's too self absorbed to care).
  • The Seven Sinisters is a Youtube Cartoon By PoundToundHound about the seven princes of hell living in an apartment with a crazy slime girl trying to kill them, along with them turning evil in each episode. The show also features The Seven Heavenly Virtues as the sinisters mothers. In a particularly creative touch, Envy and Wrath are depicted as twin sisters.
  • Hazbin Hotel and Helluva Boss: Hell in this universe is divided into seven rings, each one representing one of the sins, and each one is ruled over by their respective patron devil which, in spite of matching the classical names, may be interpreted creatively. Each ring also is assigned a different colour of the rainbow that is reflected in the sky, though not matching the colour symbolism described above.
    • Pride: Home to Imp City and Pentagram City, and the only ring where damned souls from Earth are allowed to live.
      • Colour: Red.
      • Ruler: Lucifer Morningstar. The overall ruler of Hell. Shown as a pale, generic humanoid with no nose and a self-absorbed, sharp-toothed grin (and who's not very tall). His wife is Lilith and his daughter is called Charlie.
    • Wrath: A western styled area.
      • Colour: orange.
      • Ruler: Heavily hinted to be Satan, who is implied to be buff.
    • Gluttony: Features lush vegetation and extravagantly shaped buildings.
      • Colour: yellow.
      • Ruler: Queen Bee-Lzebub. An anthropomorphic fox-bee. Has a thin waist, but it has a "lava lamp" special effect going on to show it's constantly burning what she consumes. Throws parties in which people gorge themselves on sweet stuff and alcohol. Ironically for the archdevil of gluttony, she doesn't seem to be a bad person, and can worry that someone is going too far.
    • Greed: A sprawl of industrial parks and lavish gated communities rife with organized crime that's also home to the Loo Loo Land theme park.
      • Colour: green.
      • Ruler: Mammon.
    • Lust: An endless city of brothels and nightclubs.
      • Colour: blue.
      • Ruler: Asmodeus ("Ozzie"). A vague, large humanoid with some bird-like features. Runs an exclusive sexy bar known as Ozzie's. Likes in-person kinkyness, dislikes both tender love (at least so he claims) and pornography.
    • Sloth: An opulent city known for medical work.
      • Colour: violet.
      • Ruler: apparently Belphegor ("Belle"). Doesn't like it when Bee-Lzebub steals her party drugs.
    • Envy
      • Colour: indigo.
      • Ruler: Apparently Leviathan.
  • Sonic Villains: Each sin is a key motivator for at least one villain:
    • Lust: Dingo, whose ideal victory prize would be to get "all the girl [he wants]", with the rebel princess Sonia by his side as his "queen". In a more ancillary sense, Rosy and (unwillingly) Sara are also madly in love with Scourge and Eggman respectively, wanting to defend their honor through retaliation against their enemies.
    • Gluttony: Dark Oak, who has a single-minded obsession with plant life and wants to excessively spread it to every corner of existence and then some, while assimilating anything and everything else in the way of it.
    • Greed: Naugus, who proclaims he has the ancestral right to bask in the power and authority granted by the Kingdom of Acorn's throne, hence his ambition to usurp the current kingdom, build a new domain of his own designs on top of it, and re-establish the glory of the Order of Ixis.
    • Sloth: Sleet, whose ultimate desire to live an aristocratic life of pleasure— and happily leave the lower classes to rot— is his personal motivation for destroying the Sonic Underground and collecting the bounty placed on their heads. While he's definitely not a lazy villain in practice, he still frequently exploits Dingo as a part of his schemes and knowingly gets him to take most of the physical brunt, which counts as sloth in the sense of apathy towards the suffering of others.
    • Wrath: Shadow, whose reason for joining the Eggman Empire is to put down Sonic for his friendship and carefree attitude and prove once and for all that Virtue Is Weakness, so that nobody dares to follow the blue hedgehog's example ever again. Rosy likewise enjoys having the freedom to "strangle [her] own leash on life" and treat everything around her like toys to play with or break.
    • Envy: Scourge, who yearns to surpass his multiversally-revered blue counterpart in prominence and no longer be Always Second Best to him. He's also shown to feel attacked whenever other characters don't take him as seriously as he would've liked, such as his incredulity towards Eggman calling Shadow a "star player" and brief frustration when Cubot finds him too whiny to be afraid of.
    • Pride: Eggman himself takes the cake, since his aspirations to conquer the world and destroy Sonic have always been motivated by a desire to prove himself as the best by any means necessary, and he sees himself as the would-be figurehead to his idea of a perfect utopia. Sure enough, he also views himself as above all the other "incredibly gullible and increasingly exploitable" villains in his team, and doesn't hesitate to address himself as their new superior.

  • Kill Six Billion Demons: The main antagonists, the demiurges, each represent one of the sins.
    • Mottom, who indulges herself by gorging on the finest she can take from other worlds, is gluttony.
    • Solomon David, who believes he is right in all things, is pride.
    • Gog-Agog, who constantly reshapes herself to mimic others, is envy.
    • Jadis, who never moves within her glass sarcophagus, is sloth.
    • Mammon, who bought his way to power and slew his own family to increase the count, is greed.
    • Incubus, who twists others into doing his every whim in hopes of just a little more favor, is lust.
    • Jagganoth, who will tear down all that is the instant the other six show a glimmer of weakness, is wrath.
  • Brawl in the Family references them in Part 5 of Turnabout Kirby, where Meta Knight discredits Dedede as a reliable witness by showing pictures of Dedede doing each of the seven sins, with the possible exception of lust.
  • In DevilBear, each of Bearalzebub's female assistants, called Daivas, have jobs representing a different deadly sin.
  • The Sins now star in their own webcomic.
  • Jack has a number of damned souls in hell who exemplify the seven sins.
    • Wrath is the titular character, who also serves as the Grim Reaper, ironically he's the nicest of them by far. He wiped out the human race in revenge for his love's death, and his punishment is watching the death of every furre with no ability to change it.
    • Lust is Drip, a serial rapist and murderer who became a distorted beast with a dick that changes from day to day. And he can't feel pleasure from rapes anymore so he makes Faustian Bargains with damned former victims for sex.
    • Gluttony is Bob and Lisa Vorsh, a couple of cannibals who ended up sharing a single emaciated body in hell. They eat other souls but they taste like sulfur and never satisfy for long.
    • Greed is Vince, the founder of a cult that grew powerful enough to conquer several countries. When he went to hell his followers sewed his eyes shut and cut off his genitals. But he still started a new cult in hell.
    • Envy is Kane, the last known human in hell and a Mad Scientist who built a zombie army to take over hell.
    • Sloth is the very ground of hell, feeling every single thing happening upon him and never able to rest.
    • Vanity would be Emily, who was apparently quite beautiful in life but now hides beneath a cloak or someone else's stripped off skin (until it rots).
  • Each of the overfiends from Heartcore represent a deadly sin:
    • Villain Protagonist Amethyst represents "Wrath": her power was forcibly siphoned by her father for his own nefarious ends, and she is pissed about it.
    • ...and speaking of her father: Big Bad Royce represents "Gluttony", a practically insatiable hunger for power...and pimped-out food.
    • Royce's Dragon Asmodai represents "Lust", a fitting sin for an incubus who craves a woman he cannot have.
    • Nyx represents "Envy": she is intensely jealous of her perceived betters.
    • Goristro represents "Pride".
    • Slade represents "Greed": his thirst for power rivals even Royce's.
    • Carval represents "Sloth": rather than meaning he's lazy, his sin references his indifference to how his actions affect those around him, which makes him even more dangerous as a Mad Bomber.
  • Ava's Demon has characters named after the sins. Only four of them have been revealed so far:
    • Wrath: Wrathia,
    • Envy: Nevy
    • Lust: Tuls
    • Pride: Pedri
    • Gluttony: Tylotung
  • A Zig-Zagging Trope in 8-Bit Theater's "Castle of Ordeals" arc, wherein each warrior has to face a personification of their own personal sin.
    • Thief, whose sin is Avarice, does not actually face his ordeal, as Black Mage stumbles into the room and kills it for him.
    • Fighter, whose sin is Sloth (for not seeking to hone his swordsmanship, and instead relying upon what he already knows). The personification then explains that he must learn to use his brains instead of his brawn, prompting Fighter to slay him on the spot because his "brain said this was faster."
    • Red Mage's sin is Pride, because he severely lacks humility, demonstrated by his Munchkin trait as he changes his character sheet to say "Humble + 2000". Eventually realizes that he cannot argue his way out of the ordeal, and submits. He passes the ordeal. He then proceeds to gloat about his mind working on levels he isn't consciously aware of.
    • Black Mage's sin is Black Mage.
      • This is because There is nothing more evil than Black Mage. NOTHING. This compounded by the fact that he absorbs the evil that his 'sin' had, in order to get around the fact that he had killed his own evil.
  • Nodwick: Yeagar (who indulges in all of them to some degree) has a Noodle Incident in which he apparently gave up all seven sins as a New Year's Resolution some time before Nodwick was hired, but promptly invented an eighth — blasphotrociterra-o-rama. In his own words, "it was kind of fun".
  • The seven main characters of Snowflakes each represent one of the sins. Greg is Greed, Enzo is Envy, Glory is Gluttony, Lu is Lust, Priti is Pride, Sloan is Sloth, and Wray represents Wrath. Their names are far too similar to the sins for this to be a coincidence.
  • The Greatest Gift has the Big Bad of the 'What Happens In Haygas' story arc, Venus. It's mentioned that the three hearts in her Cutie Mark contain the colors representing greed, lust, and envy, which fit her perfectly.
  • One reason Homestuck's trolls are so dysfunctional as a group is because these sins are so common among them. Karkat is Wrath; his abrasive, overbearing nature sours relations with his friends and makes it difficult for him to be honest about his insecurities or ask for help. Eridan is both Pride and Lust- he desperately wants to be loved, but his narcissistic inability to empathise with other people destroys his moirallegiance with Feferi and only increases his loneliness. As he grows more evil, he slips into Wrath, Envy, and Sloth (as demonstrated, respectively, by his spiteful shattering of the Matriorb, attempted murder of Sollux when the latter became close with Feferi, and decision to join Jack Noir- while the latter is trying to kill them all- because he feels that all hope is lost and would prefer to serve evil rather than fight it any longer.). Vriska's main sin is Pride (ironically so, as she has a pronounced Inferiority Superiority Complex) but her need for validation drives her into others (Lust, Wrath- demonstrated by her attacking and stalking of Tavros- Envy, and Greed- as shown when she needlessly competes with Terezi to see who can get the more money, even though Terezi doesn't care either way.) Tavros himself falls into Pride for similar reasons, in his more douchey moments: he tries to force the affection of others to compensate for his own lack of self-confidence. Gamzee, after sobering up, immediately goes on a killing spree, placing him pretty firmly in Wrath. Notably, this doesn't work out well for anyone.
  • Cyanide and Happiness manages to pull off all 7 simultaneously.
  • Widdershins has the Sins as a central theme. In a World where wizards use Summon Magic to invoke spirits from strong feelings and emotions, "the Deadlies", as they're called, are some of the most powerful (and most dangerous) spirits, with one of them driving the plot of each Story Arc so far. In addition, something terrible is said to happen if all seven of them are set loose in the titular city. But what are the odds of that happening, really?
  • In Girl Genius, one of the old villainous Heterodynes built a group of clanks based on the Eleven Deadly Sins - four of which the Heterodynes had invented themselves. Ivo Sharktooth says his favourite was "gommority", apparently named after Gomorrah by analogy with sodomy. We don't learn what it is, but Vanamonde von Mekkhan whispers it to his assistant, who responds "But that's no big deal! Even I've done that!" Sharktooth points out she's probably got mad or eaten too much cake as well.
    Sharktooth: Most ov de official "deadly sins" iz pretty veaksauce, depending on who iz writink de list.
  • Team RAIN: The main antagonists, the Braith siblings, are specifically based on the Seven Deadly Sins:

    Web Original 
  • On Twitter: Sam Sloth, Walter Wrath, Gilda Gluttony, Lucy Lust, Eliza Envy,Paul Pride, Greg Greed all live together and are part of a universe that stars the Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Simon War, Joe Famine, Peter Pestilence and Steve Death.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • SCP-434: A table that, when there is a subject and eight chairs, causes seven correspondingly "sinful" clones of the subject to appear; if they "clones" are killed, that aspect of the subject's personality is destroyed (IE the death of Sloth destroys the ability to sleep).
    • SCP-1215: (Actually eight sins — Pride is divided into Vanity and Hubris) It's an illuminated manuscript that causes people to self-destruct with a deadly sin theme, except for Vanity where the danger is acting so irritating other people attack you.
    • SCP-1133: An IV stand that can extract or inject fluids pertaining to the seven sins; for example, injecting sloth makes one lazier, while extracting it makes one more productive.
  •'s Mortasheen universe not only contains a set of seven sin-themed avian monsters, but also goes a step beyond by including devil birds of delusion, cruelty, ignorance, hate, despair, paranoia, cowardice, lies, knowledge, horror, and...this... thing.
  • Neopets: The endgame bosses for each different faction in War of the Obelisk represent these and the fears of the faction leaders. However, this is not played completely straight, due in part to Neopets being "family-friendly" (and the fact that there are only six factions).
    • Greed appeared for the Thieves' Guild, representing Kanrik's fear that the Guild may return to the excesses and immorality of its former boss's day.
    • Pride appeared for The Sway, representing the Duchess's fears that too much pride in her actions could lead her to forget the reason for them ââââ¬Å¡¬âââ¬Â the greater good of Neopia.
    • Envy appeared for the Order of the Red Erism, representing Rasala the Bright's fear that her desire to have as much magical power as others may turn her into someone like Xandraspoiler .
    • Wrath appeared to face the Brute SquadWho are they? , representing Commander Flint's fears that they become a destructive influence in Neopia ââââ¬Å¡¬âââ¬Â the very thing they were formed to stop.
    • Apathy (Sloth) appeared for the SeekersWho are they? , tempting them to give up their knowledge seeking ways and become complacent.
    • Finally, Death appeared for the AwakenedWho are they? , representing their fears for an end to their immortality and their party.
    • Lust is understandably excluded, but Gluttony is oddly replaced as well. Though the "Death" boss that takes the place of Gluttony also has elements of Cupid as well, so you never know...
  • Godzilla: Replay, the sequel to NES Godzilla Creepypasta centers about this theme. Since it's still a work in progress, only four worlds have been released:
    • Gelid (Sloth) is themed around ice and cold (which slows down), the enemies are light blue and slow and the boss' name is Lethar, who is defeated by jumping around a lot.
    • Corona (Pride) has a lot of mirrors, has many purple-colored enemies, one of the monster calls itself "the prettiest thing there could ever be" and the boss' name is Exalton.
    • Amorphis (Envy) is mostly colored green, a monster complains that it's not fair that it can't be strong, and the boss Odia can take the form of Godzilla sometimes during battle.
    • Tempest (Lust) is not only very windy, there's a lot of Freudian imagery (like piercing and childbirth), one of the monsters is doing something... strange and he asks to not be interrupted, many of the monsters (including the boss) are colored blue (with the ocassional pink tongue) and can call in "child" monsters, one of the minibosses violently explodes (as if climaxing), the boss' name is Salaac.
  • The Idea Seekers from the now defunct fought against the Darkness, who had seven clouds of chaos under his command, each representing each of the deadly sins. They use Cloud Sickness to stop creativity, innovation and teamwork.
  • Orion's Arm has the Festival of Sin, an annual week-long event with a day devoted to each sin, followed by an optional 2 week period of reflection. It originated as a philosophical exercise in understanding the morals of ancient cultures, but almost all of the modern participants are just there for the fun of it.
  • A Little Vice: The Abyssal Beasts each represent one, though for now we only have Avaritia Wolf (Greed), Superbia Dragon (Pride), the currently inactive Gula Shark (Gluttony), and Invidia Bat (Envy).

    Web Videos 
  • An episode of Seriously Strange examines murderers, who killed to satisfy one of the seven deadly sins. The list includes extreme road rage, cannibalism, and a nurse who killed to satisfy sexual urges. The episode can be viewed here.

    Western Animation 
  • Eustace from Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Wrath: Eustace is very Angrish and has a boistful anger and is always raging against the littlest things that make him angry (mostly Courage). Exaggerated in one episode where he gets a hair tonic that can cause a massive explosion if he gets too angry.
    • Envy: Eustace is always jealous of Courage from the attention he gets from both Muriel and his own mother. He was also jealous of his brother Horst who was considered the favourite among the family whereas Eustace was always neglected as a child and was never given any attention.
    • Greed: Eustace is obsessed with his desire to become rich and cannot resist pulling scams and claiming illegal items, even going as far as to endanger the Bagges' lives to obtain his purpose.
    • Gluttony: Eustace is an excessive eater and can eat pretty much anything. A Running Gag on the show is that he keeps asking Muriel to make him dinner.
    • Sloth: Eustace is very lazy and rarely does any work in the house, mostly sitting in his chair and reading a newspaper.
    • Pride: Eustace is very arrogant and only cares about himself. Although he is jealous of Muriel's attention towards Courage, Eustace rarely shows any interest in his own wife and doesn't care at all when she is danger. He practically sees himself as his own priority and always puts his needs before everyone else.
    • Lust: Eustace has a lust for luxury and will do anything to please himself.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Heck House", the third segment of "Treehouse of Horror XVIII", Ned Flanders runs a "hell house" depicting the seven deadly sins to scare Bart, Lisa, Nelson, and Milhouse. Each sin is represented by a member of the Springfield community, and each is given a Karmic Death because of it:
      • Gluttony: Homer is indulging in a giant plate of spaghetti, only to be turned into pasta himself (he then politely asks for more bread).
      • Wrath: Groundskeeper Willie becomes angry at his broken tractor and attacks it; it comes to life and starts beating him up.
      • Pride: Dr. Hibbert puts a "My Child is an Honor Student" bumper sticker on his car; he's then brutally killed by another car for having pride in his child's accomplishments.
      • Sloth: Homer (who protests that he was already killed by the "magic spaghetti") tries to nap in a hammock, falls through it, and is sliced to bits.
      • Lust: Moe goes to a strip club, where he...
      • Greed: his stripper a good deal of money, only to try to steal it back, prompting her to kick him where it hurts most...
      • Envy: ...prompting him to moan that he "envies the crotchless."
    • The seven sins appear in "Bart Sells His Soul".
      • Lust: As they were listening to "In the Garden of Eden", Homer whispers, "Hey Marge, remember when we used to make out to this hymn?"
      • Gluttony: Moe says the deep fat fryer he ordered for his restaurant "will flash fry a live buffalo in 45 seconds," and Homer moans "But I want it now!"
      • Greed: After Bart sells his soul for five dollars, Milhouse demands fifty dollars to buy it back.
      • Sloth: Bart and Milhouse slacking off cleaning the organ.
      • Wrath: Moe snaps at a little girl for complaining about her drink.
      • Envy: In his dream, Bart envies the other kids for having souls.
      • Pride: Bart feels particularly proud of himself for making five bucks.
    • Homer's behavior in "King-Size Homer":
      • Envy: Homer envies Charlie for working at home on disability after an injury.
      • Gluttony: Homer claims disability by becoming overweight, which involves excessive eating.
      • Greed: Homer exploits a government program designed to help people with more serious needs, as well as stuffing his grocery cart with almost every item available.
      • Lust: Homer thinks Marge is more sexually attracted to his overweight self than before, but she reveals that she's not.
      • Pride: Homer is proud of his obesity and staying at home.
      • Sloth: Homer goes for disability to avoid being in Mr. Burns' calisthenic regimes. But even while working at home, he gets lazy, setting up the drinking bird to press Y (yes) for him and imagines Marge waiting on him hand and foot.
      • Wrath: When he finds out that the bird fell over and that a nuclear meltdown is imminent, he initially blames it all on the bird.
  • Many fans of SpongeBob SquarePants have noticed that the main characters display these vices and writer/voice actor Doug Lawrence has said that this was intentional in the DVD commentary for the season one episode "Plankton!"
    • SpongeBob (Lust): SpongeBob's lust is for love and admiration, not sex. He strongly desires to be liked by everyone (notice how he pesters Squidward, who hates him, and aims to please his greedy boss Mr. Krabs) and at least two episodes ("As Seen on TV" and "Model Sponge") show how he craves fame.
    • Patrick (Sloth): Patrick is unemployed and extremely lazy, to the point where he won an award for doing "nothing" longer than anyone else in "Big Pink Loser".
    • Squidward (Wrath): Squidward is almost always in a bad mood, hates everyone and everything and has a very short fuse, frequently losing his temper.
    • Mr. Krabs (Greed): The most obvious example on the list, Krabs is obsessed with obtaining money and doesn't want to spend any of it. He underpays his employees, feeds his customers rotten food rather than waste money, almost tore a man's arm off for a penny, sold SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents and once dug up a corpse that was buried in a not valuable hat, to name a few.
    • Plankton (Envy): Plankton envies Mr. Krabs' success, to the point where he dedicates his entire life to stealing the Krabby Patty formula and putting Krabs out of business. He is literally green with it.
    • Sandy (Pride): Sandy is a stereotypical Texan that is extremely proud of her homeland and accomplishments oftentimes to the point of arrogance, as shown in "Pressure" (where she is hellbent on proving that she is superior to her sea friends) and "Sandy, SpongeBob and the Worm" (where she ignores SpongeBob's warnings that the titular worm is too tough for her).
    • Gary (Gluttony): The least obvious one, since Patrick is also a Big Eater in addition to his laziness. Gary is almost always eating when he appears onscreen. SpongeBob frequently mentions having to feed him, he eats an entire bag of snail food in seconds in "Procrastination", he eats the fungus off people in "Fungus Among Us", runs away from home in "Have You Seen This Snail?" because SpongeBob forgot to feed him and pigs out when found by a snail-eating Grandma, and becomes obsessed with Snail Bites in "Treats!"
  • Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Greed: Eddy's character definding trait. Eddy's main goal in life to make as much money as he can and will do anything to accomplish that. This even results in putting the other kid's and his own best friend's lives in danger and often will choose money over them.
    • Wrath: Eddy is one of the most hot-blooded characters in the series and is quick to get revenge on anyone that crosses him. In one episode, Kevin accidentally ruined one of Eddy's scams and Eddy spent the entire episode trying to get revenge on Kevin.
    • Sloth: Eddy is the one that comes up with the scams and after he does, he usually sits back and watches while Double D comes with the blueprints and Ed uses his strength to help construct them. Even in one episode, one of Eddy's fantasies is owning a bank of jawbreakers while kids bring their jawbreakers to him without him having to lift a finger.
    • Envy: Eddy is a massive Attention Whore and can't stand others being better or more successful than him. This was shown in different episodes where Eddy is jealous of Kevin's overall success and popularity with the other kids, Jimmy making more successful scams than him, and even his best friend Ed getting all of the attention as a mascot for their school.
    • Pride: Eddy is very proud of being the leader of the Eds and the brains behind the scams leading to his massive ego. In one episode, Ed wanted to come up with a scam for once but Eddy quickly shot him down not wanting his own friend to make up the next scam. He also feels like, anytime he gets in trouble (which is often), it was someone else's fault. The Movie goes out of its way to humble him by making him finally realize the consequences of his Pride.
    • Gluttony: Though Eddy doesn't have much of an appetite or a big stomach as his friend Ed, the main source of his Greed comes from his obsession over jawbreakers. All of the scams in the series leads to him earning money to buy jawbreakers with. It helps that the jawbreakers of the series are massive in size and Eddy (and others) have shown to easily fit them in their mouths.
    • Lust: Eddy doesn't show it much but there are episodes where he constantly tries to flirt with Nazz. There was even an episode where Eddy was recording a video for his brother to see and lies about Nazz being his girlfriend. He also keeps magazines that are all but stated to be pornographic under his bed (along with a Freeze-Frame Bonus of a box of tissues). In one episode, Ed misplaces the magazines, and the group thinks that they've been swept into a storm drain; when Double D tries to assure Eddy that the water will wash away the writing of the articles, Eddy shrieks "It's the PICTURES I'm worried about!"
  • Futurama:
    • Sloth: When Fry isn't busy delivering packages or spending time with Bender and Leela, he often spends his spare time on the couch watching TV. Some of the jokes relate to Fry's media knowledge from before being frozen.
    • Wrath: Leela is the more rational member of the Planet Express crew, but she can be also somewhat quick to anger or violence. It's hard to blame her since she used to be ridiculed for being a cyclops.
    • Greed: Bender constantly steals for his own benefit. Even after being punished by any means, he would continue to steal since.
    • Gluttony: Dr. Zoidberg is stated to be dirt poor, which relates to his tendency to eat almost anything in sight. Well, except for fluorescent light bulbs or tofu as stated by the staff.
    • Lust: Amy can be flirtatious towards other men. It was slightly downplayed after hooking up with Kif.
    • In regards to Envy and Pride, Professor Farnsworth and Hermes are interchangeable. The Professor tends to be proud of his more successful creations while Hermes is not only proud of his bureaucracy job to a suicidal degree, but also gets jealous whenever his wife LaBarbaraââââ¬Å¡¬âââ¬Å¾¢s ex Barbados Slim enters the picture.
  • Rugrats (1991): Angelica Pickles displays all these sins, being the Spoiled Brat she is and all:
    • Wrath: Angelica has a pretty bad temper most of the times and is prone to throwing a very fiery tantrum when she doesn't get what she wants.
    • Greed: Angelica wants absolutely everything for herself, which ranges from toys to goodies, and refuses to share with the other babies. She would even go as far to take each of their belongings when it's something she likes.
    • Gluttony: A good source of her greed comes from her voracious yen for sweets and dessert, her most favorite being cookies, and she is often seen gobbling as much sweets as she can, which would occasionally cause her to get sick when she reaches her limit.
    • Sloth: Angelica would usually have the other babies do her work for her while she relaxes and watches. She also dislikes having to clean up messes on her own.
    • Pride: Her most definitive flaw of all the sins. Angelica considers herself the "princess" and expects the adults to adore her and her parents to give her what she wants.
    • Envy: Since she's a Spoiled Brat, Angelica never takes it well when the babies garner more attention from the adults than she does. Also, she shows major jealousy towards any other kid, especially the babies, having either what she wants or something better than what she already has and has even occasionally tried to steal the particular object from them to have it for herself.
    • Lust: Angelica has an unhealthy lust for toys and often craves for attention by her parents to manipulate them into giving her the best toys she expresses desire for.
  • Starscream from Transformers certainly behaves in accordance to all the seven sins.
    • Lust: Starscream craves for adoration, willing to crown himself as a Decepticon leader, demonstrating an incredibly self-indulgent behavior.
    • Gluttony: Starscream has no problems consuming as much energy as he can. He even says during a Decepticon reunion they can suck dry the planet without having to save the energy for later.
    • Greed: Everything the seeker touches is for him and himself alone. He's willing to take all the resources and power for himself, with the rest of the Decepticons (Megatron included) being a distant second concern at best.
    • Sloth: Starscream believes that once dethroning Megatron, the Decepticons will have to fall in line with his desires. His desire to rule the decepticons comes off from a simply desire to be on top rather than actually leading the decepticons somewhere.
    • Wrath: Being a Bad Boss per excellence, Starscream will quickly threat to shoot anyone who opposes him or even inconveniences. He reacts violently at any (real or perceived) slight given to him.
    • Envy: Starscream is deeply unhappy about Megatron being the leader and not him, and will go into any lengths to not only defeat and dethrone him, but also likes to constantly humiliate or downplay him whenever he gets the chance.
    • Pride: His Fatal Flaw. Starscream is really good at what he does as an air commander and one of the smartest Decepticons alive, but he often overestimates his own skills and competence as leader and he's too prideful and stubborn to admit he's in the wrong.
  • An episode of Rocko's Modern Life had Heffer go to Heck for his gluttony.

Alternative Title(s): Deadly Sins, Seven Cardinal Sins, Cardinal Sins, The Deadly Sins


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