A form of Names to Run Away from Really Fast that's pretty self explanatory. There's some names that just plain sound or are demonic. Since a few angels fell, some of the more malevolent-sounding ones are included. (Note, not exactly accurate angel-ology goes on below, just FYI.)
See Louis Cypher for the more subtle infernal version.
- There's Dr. Mark Ahriman in False Memory by Dean Koontz.
- The dark wizard in the book Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson. He's an Anti-Villain if not a Harmless Villain, though.
- The name of the most powerful Chaos sorcerer from Warhammer 40,000.
- In Pathfinder, Ahriman is the only archfiend among the ranks of the divs, a shadow of destruction and oblivion that followed genies into existence.
- Also a recurring monster in the Final Fantasy series. Occasionally, Angra Mainyu serves as a sooped-up boss version of the Ahriman monsters.
- Big Bad of Prince of Persia (2008).
- In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Hikawa's Demonic Sponsor is named Ahriman.
- Arrem, Big Bad of Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys
- "Angra Mainyu" is the name given to the Greater-Scope Villain of Fate/stay night. It's not the actual Angra Mainyu, but rather an unintentional, magical human creation.
Anime and Manga
- The demon possessing Akira Fudoh.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX had Adrian Gecko as "Amon Garam" in the original Japanese versions.
- The name of Djinn, whose dungeon was conquered by Alibaba.
- Neverwinter Nights 2 has a demon binder named Ammon Jerro.
- Amon is the name for the Sinistral of Chaos in the first two Lufia games.
- In Shadow Hearts and its sequel, Amon is one part of a demonic trinity. It is first used by Albert Simon to combat Yuri. It later becomes the method Yuri uses to challenge the second games Big Bads who had made pacts with the other two points on the trinity, Asmodeus and Astaroth.
- This is the name of the new Big Bad in the StarCraft II series beginning with Heart of The Swarm - a fallen Xel'Naga.
- The Aamon Attack Drone from Ghost Recon Breakpoint. More Dakka on wheels, sent after you (and named) by the Big Bad, Cole Walker.
- The Amon Clan from the Yakuza series, who serve as the games' Bonus Bosses. A very secretive family that appears to specialize in assassinations utilizing supernatural abilities (in a game series that is otherwise grounded in reality).
- Amon from The Legend of Korra
- Real life Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth, featured in Schindler's List.
- Asmodean is one of the Forsaken from The Wheel of Time.
- Asmodeus Poisonteeth, the giant adder from Redwall.
- In The Mortal Instruments, Asmodeus is introduced in the final book as a Greater Demon and the father of warlock Magnus Bane.
- Asmodeus is the King of Hell (formerly a Prince of Hell along with Azazel, Ramiel and Dagon) in Season 13 of Supernatural after the death of Crowley.
- Asmodeus is the King of Hell (and in fourth edition, a God of Evil) in Dungeons & Dragons.
- In Pathfinder, Asmodeus is the archdevil, a fiend so powerful he's become a true god. He led angels out of Heaven, forced Kytons and Asuras out of Hell to claim it as his own, and now rules the unholy pit with an iron fist. And if what he says is true, he may have been one of the first two gods to ever exist.
Anime and Manga
- The titular character in You Are Being Summoned, Azazel.
- Bad guy in The Sandman, lots of mouths. Was meant to be the demon, though.
- Nightcrawler's father calls himself Azazel.
- The body-hopping demon squaring off against Denzel Washington in Fallen.
- The member of the Hellfire Club from X-Men: First Class.
- The "dog-man" in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).
- One of Woland's henchmen from The Master and Margarita. Notable in that, almost certainly, this actually is the demon Azazel.
- Azazel appears as a minor villain in the fifth book of The Mortal Instruments. He is among the most senior Greater Demons, second only to Lucifer himself.
- The Big Bad of Supernatural Seasons 1 and 2, revealed at the end of Season 4 to have actually have been taking orders from Lucifer.
- It's spelled with three a's in the television series Hex, but the intention is still there.
- The latest (final boss) of the Tekken games.
- There's a little-known (and rather bad) c-64 game called Death Bringer. Its main villain is named Azazael.
- This is the name of one of Isaac's alter-egos in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. He's by far the most demonic of said alter-egos, with little batlike wings and a short-range version of the infamous Brimstone attack as a primary weapon. The name carries a double meaning — depending on interpretation, the Biblical Azazel is either a demon, or (like Isaac himself) a sacrificial offering.
Anime and Manga
- The titular character from Beelzebub, though he's a infant.
- Digimon Fusion has Beelzebumon (2010 Anime Version) who used to be the Digimon, Baalmon.
Live Action TV
- Ultraman Gaia has Zogu's dragon, Zebub (although he also goes by the equally friendly name of Shinigami)
- Infernoid Beelzebul/Antra in Yu-Gi-Oh! is based on Beelzebub. It even resembles a gigantic robotic fly.
- Baalzebul is the ruler of the seventh ring of Hell in Pathfinder. Rather than a giant fly, he's actually composed of hundreds of biting flies after an arrogant demand to Asmodeus to "rule multitudes."
- Baalzebul also appears in Dungeons & Dragons with the same position and title as "Lord of the Flies". But he's instead portrayed as a hideous and disgusting slug-like monster as a result of a curse Asmodeus placed on him for an attempt at overthrow.
- Beezy from Jimmy Two-Shoes, though he's usually too dumb and lazy to be menacing.
- A giant prehistoric toad has been named Beelzebufo.
Anime and Manga
- BelialVamdemon, Big Bad of Digimon Adventure 02. Digimon loves this, apparently. Was dubbed as MaloMyotismon, which still evokes the adjective variety, but fell flat. Then again, so did BelialVamdemon.
- Then again, according to some mythos, Belial was the very demon who tempted Lucifer.
- Momo Velia Deviluke from To Love-Ru.
- Angel Sanctuary: The Mad Hatter, one of the Seven Satans of Hell, whose sin is Pride, was given the name Belial by God. Not only does Kaori Yuki mention that the name means "useless", but Belial is also mentioned as being in love with Lucifer.
- The deformed twin brother in Basket Case.
- Ultraman Belial, from the Ultra Series, who is the resident Satanic Archetype.
- Belial, Master of the Dark Angel's First Company, the Deathwing, from Warhammer 40000.
- Belial is a creation of Asmodeus in Pathfinder, serving as ruler of the fourth ring of Hell and a mad scientist in magic and devil-making.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, Belial is also the ruler of the fourth layer of Hell, alongside his daughter/lover Fierna.
- Berial is the name of a boss in Devil May Cry 4.
- In Sanctuary, this is the name of the Lord of Lies. In Diablo III, he's behind Maghda and the Dark Coven from Act I and the trouble in Caldeum in Act II, and you're charged with taking him out.
- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, in which he is fought alongside one named Belzeber (Baalzebul or Beelzebub) and subsequent to one named Azazer (Azazel). Oh, and the guy they work for is called Lucifer, though the American port, at least, changed it to Luther.
- Belial's used to such an extreme in Devil Survivor that not only do they have a boss named "Belial", but if a demon so much as has "Bel" in its name, you know it's going to be a tough fight. It even reaches the point where they renamed Baldr to Beldr so that he could fit the rule.
- Belial is the name of a boss in Wild ARMs 4.
- Belias, the fire demon Esper in Final Fantasy XII.
- The bio stage boss in Gradius IV is supposed to be named this, although it's transliterated as "Viral" in the US manual.
- A Recurring Boss in Odin Sphere. Played straight in that while he is a dragon trusting of humanity, he was magically enthralled to the Wise Men as a result and winds up fighting every protagonist, with Cornelius as his final opponent.
- Oracle of Tao, the first Big Bad is Belial. The second is a fictitious angel named Estheriel.
- One of the heroes is named Azrael, below.
- Belial means "worthless" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, wicked or lawless men were commonly referred to as "sons of Belial."
- Of The Prophecy and The Omen fame. (In fact, the name likely wouldn't have fit this Trope at all if it hadn't been forever stained by the second movie.)
Live Action TV
- Damien from Only Fools and Horses, with The Omen jokes.
- Arrow: The Big Bad of Season 4 is named Damien Darhk (a twofer!). He's the head of terrorist organization HIVE, a Card-Carrying Villain, an Evil Sorcerer, and his murder of Laurel makes him the show's first true Hero Killer. He also initially styled himself as the savior of Star City, before revealing his true colors, thus fitting The Anti-Christ aspect of the name as well.
- The main antagonist of Snowboard Kids 2 is a blue skinned demon named Damien. Though he's incredibly weak to the point that he rides the POVERTY BOARD.
- Also features in El Goonish Shive.
- Also features in White Dark Life, though that Damien starts out as a Harmless Villain and eventually becomes a fully-fledged good guy.
- In the web series Flander's Company, the character Damien Parker is revealed toward season 2 to possess a second, psychotic personality with awfully powerful psychic abilities. In order to distinguish the two personalities from each other, the "good" personality is referred as "Dr. Parker", while the evil one is referred as "Damien".
- Damien, the son of Satan on South Park.
- One of The West Memphis Three, who were mistakenly accused of a hideous triple satanic ritualistic murder, had the name Damien Echols, which naturally got him eyed as the ringleader.
Anime and Manga
- Hiruma from Eyeshield 21 has the kanji for "demon" in his name, 魔. His name means "Devil in broad daylight"...
- The Demon sisters, the red-skinned girls who first appear as the new school queens in episode 6 of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Guess what? They're demons.
- Sonic the Comic: Super Sonic's In-Series Nickname is demon.
- In the Batman comics, "Ra's Al-Ghul" translates to "the demon's head" in Arabic.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- One of Ramsay Bolton's men is called Damon Dance-for-me.
- Daemon Blackfyre was a relative of the royal Targaryen family who proved to be the single-biggest threat to the unity of the realm prior to the War of the Five Kings. He sparked a massive and years-long civil war to claim his birthright when a Succession Crisis occurred roughly a hundred years prior to the start of the story proper.
- Demandred, the name of one of the Forsaken from The Wheel of Time, is a contraction of "demon" and "dread".
- Damon Crowley on Dead of Summer is a subversion. His name contains references to both demons and Aleister Crowley, the early 20th century occultist who was dubbed "The Wickedest Man in the World", and he leads a cult of Satanic bikers trying to raise the demon Malphas. However, the last two episodes reveal that he and his cult were little more than the Unwitting Pawns of the real Big Bad, Amy Hughes, who not only isn't an example of this trope but had, in fact, been presented as an archetypal Final Girl until The Reveal.
- The most powerful daemon in Pathfinder is the Oinodaemon, the first of their kind and powerful enough to be considered a true god. At present he's maimed and bound, but even stripped of most of his power and driven mad he's able to exert his influence on mortals.
- Demonica from the PS2 medieval take on Powerstone, Barbarian. Though her story is different, you can definitely see the resemblance in body stance, personality, and the reasons for despising humans.
- Akuma, the American name of Gouki from Street Fighter.
- "Demon of the Western Sea" Chosokabe Motochika and Shimazu "the Ogre" from Sengoku Basara.
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony: The kanji used to write Maki Harukawa's first name, 魔姫, mean "demon princess". Though, even though she is the Ultimate Assassin, she's not really evil. She's still dangerous, though.
- Girl Genius: One of the Mongfish sisters was named Demonica.
- The Demon Core, a fourteen pound ball of Plutonium that was used in various experiments during the 1940s. Lab accidents lead to two researchers dying of acute radiation poisoning.
Anime and Manga
- Diavolo (Italian for "devil") from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- The Devil Z from Wangan Midnight, a car so powerful and dangerous that all previous owners have met with often fatal crashes.
- The Deviluke family from To Love-Ru.
- Devilmon, Demidevimon, Diablomon/Diaborumon from Digimon.
- The Tuffles in the Dragon Ball verse, whose name sounds like teufel, the German word for devil.
- There's also Hercule/Mr. Satan's daughter, Videl, an anagram for "Devil" keeping the theme naming.
- Devil (Dark) Gundam in Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
- Devilance the Pursuer, member of Darkseid's elite.
- Played for laughs in an issue of The Sandman when someone tries to register at an anonymous serial killer's convention under the alias "The Devil" and is asked to clarify which state he's knows as "The Devil" in as they already have ones from New Jersey and Oregon.
- Mrs. Deverill from Raven's Gate
Live Action TV
- Devilicus from the "Warrior Angel" comics in Smallville. He was once best friends with Warrior Angel, a visitor from another planet, but later became one of his greatest enemies.
- In the BattleTech canon, The Dragon to Warlord Grieg Samsonov, and the man who enacts with gusto Samsonov's plans to frame Wolf's Dragoons for various crimes as a pretext to having House Kurita taken them over and force them to become a regular DCMS unit, is named Jerry Akuma. Akuma is a Japanese word for a malevolent demon, analogous to the Devil.
- Who else but Diablo, the Lord of Terror and the lord of all demons from the game series bearing his name? This one may be too obvious to count in, however.
- Devil King (Oda Nobunaga) from Devil Kings.
- Monster Hunter provides Diablos, the Unforgiving Tyrant, who is just as nasty as he sounds. Tri adds Deviljho to the lineup.
- Does being named after a chord specifically nicknamed "The Devil in Music" count? Because if it does, chalk one up for Ghetsis (G-Cis tritone) Harmonia, the biggest bad yet in Pokémon.
- Cyberbots: Princess Devilotte de Deathsatan IX. Not very subtle.
- Charby the Vampirate has "Devil Eyes" Quixoto, a vampire that likes to use him telepathy to mentally torture his victims before feeding from them and leaving them to be finished off by wild animals and whose preferred food is human children. Charby himself counts at the beginning of the comic with his casual murder of humans for just annoying him regardless of their age and reputation as a killer of Vampire Hunters along with his hated epithet of "Little Devil".
- In Gosu we have Sa Paecheon, the "Devil of the Venom Hands". Given to him for his lethal mastery over his poison-coated Flying Venom Steel Whips, Sa Paecheon was a monster on the battlefield and a person you did not want to cross.
- Cruella de Vil, whose name has "cruel," "devil," and "evil" in it. Just run away now. Especially if you have any animals with you.
- The P-38 Lightning, known to the German Luftwaffe as der Gabelschwanz Teufel, "the Fork Tailed Devil".
- The United States Marines have the nickname of Devil Dogs, coming from the German Teufelhunden from The Great War.
- The plant Kalanchoe daigremontiana has lots of names, including "The Devil's Backbone." It is poisonous, but only if you eat it. It does, however, reproduce at a terrifying rate.
- The patriarch of the Hatfield clan, from the infamous McCoy-Hatfield feud which dragged on for decades, was named William Anderson Hatfield—but was better known by his nickname, "Devil Anse" Hatfield. (He was portrayed by Kevin Costner in the History Channel miniseries.)
- Humboldt squid are sometimes known in Spanish as El Diablo Rojo (the red devil), and are one of the deadliest species of squid in the world for their aggression, and the fact that they've killed (and probably eaten) more than a few fishermen that went after them.
Anime and Manga
- The main villain of Mazinger Z was Doctor Hell. Somehow neither that, the Evil Laugh or the creepy purple skin were enough for people to figure out he was evil until it was too late. The dubbed version (Tranzor Z) was worried people might be offended by that, so they called him "Doctor Demon" instead. Yeah, that's a LOT better.
- In Shin Mazinger, on the other hand, everyone was able to figure him out rather quickly, even before the purple skin.
- Inuyasha has Naraku, a pun on the word "Naraka", the term for Hell in Buddhism.
- Integra Hellsing, though running won't help, as she's a perfect shot. And that's if she doesn't decide to sic Alucard, her even worse servant, on you.
- Anton Hellgate, recurring villain in Marvel's Ghost Rider comics during the 90's.
- Hellhound, used by two DC villains. The second bought the rights to the name.
- Robert Hellsgaard, an evil monster hunter that The Punisher had to deal with during his days as the undead Franken-Castle.
- Sam Hell (Rowdy Roddy Piper) in the B-classic Hell Comes To Frogtown.
- Possibly an allusion: Dr. Abraham van Helsing from Dracula. The anime Hellsing added an extra L, just to be clear.
- Nymeria from A Song of Ice and Fire picks up the nickname Hellbitch when she becomes alpha of a whole bunch of wolfpacks.
- Hell Tanner from Damnation Alley.
- Variation: the Forsaken Lanfear in The Wheel of Time, whose name comes from the French "l'enfer" meaning Hell.
- Weapons dealer Randolph Hellebore note , the main antagonist from SilverFin.
- Abassador Hell from the original Kamen Rider.
- The Trope Namer and Ur-Example would have to be Hel, the Norse death goddess. Her realm is also called Hel, and this name was later absorbed into the English language to refer to the Christian underworld.
- Front Mission: Gun Hazard has Colonel Ark Hellbrand, whose military takeover of the Republic of Bergen kicks off the plot. Really, though, putting a guy with a last name like "Hellbrand" in charge of anything but maybe a fundraising dinner is genre blind bordering on suicidal.
- Grom Hellscream from Warcraft II and III, and his son Garrosh in World of Warcraft.
- Hellen Gravely from Luigi's Mansion 3, the owner of the Last Resort hotel who freed King Boo from imprisonment and invited the Mario Bros, Peach, and some Toads to the hotel as part of an elaborate trap.
- Infernals are giant golems of rock and fire summoned by demons and warlocks in Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.
- Inferno, the boss of SoulCalibur I and SoulCalibur II.
- Two words: Vampyroteuthis infernalis, "Vampire Squid from Hell".
Anime and Manga
- One of the original Angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion. She's not that evil, mind you, but she's still quite eldritch and threatening.
- Digimon has Lillithmon.
- Vampirella's mother is named Lilith.
- The time-traveling protagonist of Lilith is mistaken for a "lilitu" demon during her visit of the siege of Wilusa, and takes Lilith as her name as she finds it fitting for her mission.
- Discworld: Lilith is Granny Weatherwax's sister and fellow witch. As the eldest sister, she believed she was destined to be the Good witch and therefore that everything she does is Good by definition, so she set off to create a fairy-tale utopia through despotism, torture, and execution.
- The name of a Wicked Witch in Neil Gaiman's Stardust.
- Lilith's Brood: Lilith Iyapo is the source of the name's ominous in-universe connotations. After the End, the alien Oankali rescued the last surviving humans but require that all future human children be half-Oankali crossbreeds; Lilith is the first to cooperate, so those who resent those terms call her the betrayer of humanity.
- Lilith is the main antagonist of the fourth book of The Mortal Instruments. Although she is defeated and left incapacitated, she continues to cast a shadow over the following two books, since Sebastian Morgenstern is her "blood child".
- In the Fallen series by Lauren Kate Lilith is a girl from Daanite tribe who is first introduced in an episode as an evil character but becomes much more sympathetic as The Protagonist of a spinoff novel Unforgiven.
- Evil lawyer Lilah Morgan in Angel has a variation on the name.
- Doctor Who: In "The Shakespeare Code", of the three Carrionites, Lilith is the one calling the shots.
- Robin of Sherwood has a character called Lilith as one of the girlfriends of Evil Sorceror the Baron de Belleme, who after his death successfully seduces/brainwashes Robin into helping her to resurrect him.
- On Supernatural, Lilith was a woman who was corrupted by Satan and became the first demon he created.
- Lilith was the first vampire in True Blood, and her possession of Bill gave him all her powers, including telekinesis and immunity from staking.
- Infernoid Lilith in Yu-Gi-Oh!. She fuses with Elshaddoll Nephilim/Construct and becomes Elshaddoll Anomalilith. After the destruction of Anomalilith by the hands of Nekroz of Sophia and Planetellarknight Ptolemaios, Lilith's head gathers the dekatrons of the other Infernoids and transforms into Infernoid Tierra.
- Ardad Lili is one of the Queens of Night in Pathfinder, a quartet of fallen celestials and empyreals who managed to carve out their own positions in Hell despite the cutthroat nature of the realm.
- Lilith Pleasant in The Sims 2 is a downplayed version, being a goth Emo Teen. However, it is a Meaningful Name, as she is contrasted with her dutiful twin sister Angela.
- The Binding of Isaac has Lilith as a new alter-ego for Isaac in the Afterbirth expansion. She's a demon who has her eyes bandaged so she can't use tears, instead depending on familiars to fight.
Anime and Manga
- Lucifero from Black Clover is the most powerful devil of them all.
- Lucemon of Digimon Frontier.
- Ulquiorra Cifer from Bleach.
- Gid Lucion Deviluke in To Love-Ru.
- VF-27 Lucifer, a Transforming Mecha from Macross Frontier.
- Lucifer the ogre sorcerer in The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots.
- Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter
- Le Chiffre, of Casino Royale, gets bonus points for being a pretty good spy name even in translation - it means "the number" or "the cypher".
- Valentine Morgenstern of The Mortal Instruments. His last name means "Fallen star", referring to the fallen angel, Lucifer. You'd think that an organization as biblically based as the Shadowhunters would have been a little concerned when the guy whose last name essentially meant "Lucifer" began to gain so much power...
- That handsome auburn-haired youth Luc who is trying to woo Lucinda in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate.
- In Angel, the lawyers of the evil Occult Law Firm Wolfram & Hart have an unusual frequency of "LM" initials (Lee Mercer, Lyndsey McDonald, Lilah Morgan, Lynwood Murrow). Although never confirmed as deliberate, there's a common fan interpretation that this derives from Lucifer Morningstar.
- In Jack Taylor, the girls at one of Ireland's notorious Magdalene laundries (workhouse institutions run by the Catholic Church which took in "fallen women" to do demeaning labor, like laundering clothes) used to refer to one particularly sadistic nun as "Lucifer."
- Lucifer is a major villain in Supernatural. In the first four seasons, he is the Greater-Scope Villain. In the fifth, he steps down to become the Big Bad. He resumes being a villain in seasons twelve and thirteenth, where he finally meets his end, but not before siring a Nephilim named Jack.
- Similarly, "Lucien" is also a name to be found on dangerous people, as Oblivion, Fable, and RuneScape demonstrate.
- Lucifron, a monster in World of Warcraft.
- The Big Bad in the Ghosts 'n Goblins series, although he was renamed Loki or Rushifell in the American versions of some of the games.
- Fallout: New Vegas has Lucius, the leader of Caesar's Praetorian Guard.
- The Prince of the Underworld in Princess Maker is named Lucifon. Despite trying to lead an army against humans years ago, he's a necesary evil, since there must exist a balance between Heavens, Underworld and Earth. Plus, he's not such a bad guy when you meet him.
- Girl Genius: Dr. Lucifer Mongfish, father of Lucrezia, Serpentina, and Demonica. They themselves qualify for different categories of this trope.
- Lucius Heinous VII on Jimmy Two-Shoes (in fact, he was directly Lucifer in the pilot). Same with the rest of his family, with Lucius I especially deserving of the name. Bonus points for also being an adjective example too, thanks to their surname.
- Lucifer the Cat from Disney's Cinderella, the original Basement Cat.
- Ben 10: Alien Force gives us Mike Morningstar. Morningstar is the most common translation for Lucifer.
- Digimon has Barbamon, because Mammon is something else.
- The main plot point of Constantine is a son of Satan, Mammon, attempting to gain form in the human world so he can start Apocalypse.
- In Pathfinder, Mammon is a fallen angel and the ruler of the third ring of Hell. Technically slain long ago, he lives on as a possessing spirit, and every coin, gem, and item of wealth in Hell is part of his body.
- Dungeons & Dragons also features Mammon as the ruler of the third layer of Hell, essentially acting as the plane's banker. He is defined by his enormous avarice, appearing as a snake-bodied monster (although earlier editions simply depicted him as an obese devil).
Anime and Manga
- In the manga Blue Exorcist, Mephisto Pheles is the head of the Japan branch of the Order. GEE I WONDER WHY THAT SOUNDS SO FAMILIAR???
- In Shaman King, Faust VIII (descendant of the original Faust) appropriately names his Oversoul 'Eliza Mephisto'. Look at this pretty nurse and tell me you wouldn't run◊. Keep in mind she's big enough to carry Faust in the ''palm of her hand''.
- Demon City Shinjuku has a man named Mephisto, who lives in the demon-infested region, and is a massive badass. He's one of the good guys.
- Digimon has two in Mephistomon and Phelesmon.
- High School D×D: The leader of the magician's organization Grauzauberer is Mephisto Pheles. He is a Devil, who dates back to the time of the Old Maou. But he is also a reasonable guy who gets along much better with the current, kind government in Hell.
- The former king of Hell in Xena.
- A character who may well be the Mephistopheles appears in the last few episodes of Hex, although he's implied to be the least evil of the demonic characters.
- The evil alien Mephilas/Mefilas, who is one of the most cunning foes of the original Ultraman.
- Dark Mephisto from Ultraman Nexus, one of three evil Ultras featured in the show.
- Warhammer 40,000 doesn't use the entire name, but do have a Blood Angels Librarian called Mephiston.
- Pathfinder has Mephistopheles as a creation of Asmodeus himself, forged from hellfire and ash. He serves as the ruler of the eighth ring of Hell and specializes into tricking mortals into walking willingly into damnation.
- Mephistopheles is also present in Dungeons & Dragons, where he is also the ruler of layer number eight. Even amongst the countless scheming, lying backstabbers constantly plotting to overthrow their superiors in Hell's bureaucracy, he's a standout example.
- One of the Undead's Dreadlord hero units in War Craft III bears the name Mephistroth.
- Also Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred from the Diablo series.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) has a twofer in Mephiles the Dark. Or maybe it doesn't, actually.
- The Big Bad Mephisto from Alundra 2.
- He is the Big Bad in the Hordes Of The Underdark expansion of Neverwinter Nights.
- An NPC in Demon's Souls that only appears after you acquire Pure Black Character Tendency, which is achieved by either killing off friendly NPC's or invading other players' worlds and killing them and after you kill Yurt the Silent Chieftain, her accomplice (who will also assassinate NPC's in the Nexus if left alive long enough). When you speak to her, she will send you on missions to assassinate friendly NPC's, offering valuable items in return. When all the missions are completed (when everyone in the Nexus and beyond are dead), she will attack and attempt to kill you. All of this is accompanied by her evil appearance and malicious voice.
- The obscure Korean fighting game SD Fighters includes a stage magician named Mepisto.
- The spaceship in the second game of the Chzo Mythos series, '7 Days a Skeptic,' is named the Mephistopheles, and nearly the entire crew is dead by the end of the game.
- A (former) crime boss in Watchmen, though he's well past his prime in most of the scenes featuring him.
- Zygmunt Molotch, main villain of the Ravenor series.
- Moelach, one of the Unmade in The Stormlight Archive, granting the power of precognition to the dying.
- The techno demon on Buffy.
- Moloch is the former ruler of the Sixth Hell in Dungeons & Dragons cosmology, before being deposed shortly before the 3rd Edition, and was the Big Bad of the module The Apocalypse Stone.
- In ''Pathfinder, Moloch is the general of Hell's armies and the ruler of the sixth ring of Hell. He's actually been statted out and clocks in at nearly CR 30 in a game where players cap out at level 20.
- Asterion Moloc in Warhammer 40,000 is the Chapter Master of the Minotaurs Space Marine chapter, which has a reputation for being Ax-Crazy. Moloc himself is among the best character killers in the game, and has an excellent chance of killing several other high-profile melee characters.
- A boss in the Mortal Kombat series.
- Mortimer and Randolph Moloch, twins in the Stormwind Stockade."Allow me to introduce myself. I am Randolph Moloch, and I will be killing you all today."
- Moloch Street Underground Station is a location in Fallen London. It's where trains to and from Hell stop. Fallen London being the kind of place it is, the connection may have been intentional.
- Moloch Von Zinzer, from Girl Genius. Don't let the name intimidate you, he's probably the least dangerous member of the main cast.
Anime and Manga
- In the manga Blue Exorcist, Mephisto Pheles' real name is Samael.
- The name of the self-replicating demon in Hellboy (2004).
- Alec Leamas from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the Anti-Hero protagonist. His status as a double agent in a Crapsack World of Black-and-Gray Morality references the angel's simultaneous good and evil.
- The Forsaken Sammael from The Wheel of Time.
- Lucifer's original name from the Vertigo comic mentioned under that name.
- The Master of the Dark Angels 2nd Company, Sammael of the Ravenwing (which in itself probably qualifies for this trope).
- The organization of non-humans in Anima: Beyond Fantasy. Its members want from simply to live in peace again with humans to looking for revenge against them for having almost exterminated their races.
- The Demon Lord Samael from Darksiders.
- In Silent Hill Dahlia informs the protagonist that the strange marks around town are the mark of Samael, who will enter the world to destroy it if Harry does not take the talisman she gives him to the right place in time. She's lying. Her cult is trying to summon their "god," and the Flauros talisman allows her to break into Alessa's otherworld.
- Errant Story gives us Ian Samael, recently possessed/mind raped by an ancient elven goddess. On a good day, he's simply a Well-Intentioned Extremist. On a bad one, he's a Person of Mass Destruction, with very little regard for minor concerns like collateral damage.
Anime and Manga
- Lala Satalin Deviluke in To Love-Ru
- Mr. Satan from Dragon Ball Z. Ironically, he's not evil (well, unless being a complete and total jerk can be considered evil) nor is he the badass fighter he claims to be.
- One of the first four (Obviously Evil) villains of The Flash's first appearance in The Golden Age of Comic Books was named Sieur Satan (and one of the others was named Duriel).
- Supergirl enemy Satan Girl. The first version was Pre-Crisis Supergirl's evil duplicate who attempted to murder the female members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The second version was an undead Satanist witch. The third Satan Girl was an alien death and love goddess who conquered the 31st century Earth in a matter of days.
- In Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, Satan Girl -Supergirl's evil counterpart with all of her power and nothing of her conscience- and her son Berserker who has been raised by Darkseid.
- The true name of the Dark One in The Wheel of Time is Shai'tan, an anglicized form of the Arabic word for Satan.
- The name given to Sandworms in Dune, "Shaitan."
- The scientific name of the widemouth blindcat(fish) is Satan eurystomas ("Satan (with a) wide mouth"). To humans, the widemouth blindcat isn't a terribly frightening creature, being a useless-eyed, cream-colored catfish that grows up to 5 and a half inches long. To all of the other inhabitants of the underground aquifer the blindcat lives in (mostly blind shrimp and small fish), however, it might as well be the Devil, as it is the apex predator there.
- Slovakian-born retired NHL player Miroslav atan, with many devil-related jokes made at his expense. During his career, many sports-related websites used the number 666 in the URL of his page. A running April Fool's joke had atan traded to the New Jersey Devils, making atan the Devils' Leader. After his retirement in 2014, the Yahoo! headline read "Satan be gone!"
- The SS-18 "Satan" ballistic missile, the largest and most powerful ICBM fielded by the old Soviet Union. The terrifying reporting name is no coincidence. If this thing had ever been launched in a nuclear war, anything its warheads were aimed at would be vaporized from half a world away.
- This was also the name given to the Flamethrower variant of the M3 light tank used by the Marines in World War II.
- Calling Eagleland "the Great Satan" is a popular figure of speech in Iranian political lingo.
- In Higurashi: When They Cry the Sonozaki sisters and their grandmother all have the character for 'oni' (demon) in their names. (The twins' mother did, too, but had to change the spelling when she got married.) It's an old family tradition...
- For Reborn! (2004), the assassins of the Varia squad have names like Leviathan, Belphegor, and Mammon.
- Lala Satalin (for "Satan") Deviluke, Nana Asta (for "Astaroth") Deviluke and Momo Velia (for "Belial") Deviluke from To Love-Ru. And especially their father, Gid Lucione (for "Lucifer") Deviluke.
- If you go for a variant on "beelzebub" or "satan", you'll generally look like you're trying too hard, though. Unless you're in Japan: Mr. Satan (from Dragon Ball). He's not evil, though, and while he'd be a badass in any other Verse, in Dragon Ball Z he's a Muggle with delusions of grandeur. Digimon also gives us Demon, Beelzebumon, and SkullSatamon. They were dubbed as Daemon, Beelzemon, and... SkullSatamon?!
- Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun has quite a few of them, which fits the fact it's mostly set in the demon world. Two of the earliest examples are Iruma's Bishōnen friend Alice Asmodeus and student council president Amelie Azazel. Later we see the top 13 demons, who include thinly-veiled counterparts to Astaroth and Beelzebub, while also including Asmodeus (Alice's mother), Azazel (Amelie's father), Belial and Levi(athan).
- The Big Bad of From Dusk Till Dawn is a vamp (both literally and figuratively) named Santánico Pandemonium.
- Subverted in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy, as, when Han and Lando first meet Garm Bel Iblis, they disagree on whether he can be trusted, with Han sure he's on the up-and-up, while Lando is more suspicious. Readers familiar with this trope might tend to side with Lando, since Garm was the name, in Norse myth, of the Hound that guarded the gate to the underworld, while Bel, an alternate spelling of ba'al, in Christian demonology, was/is the name of a demon, while, Iblis is, in Arabic, an alternate name for Satan. It turns out, however, that Han is right and Garm Bel Iblis is a straightforward white-hat.
- The Dresden Files features recurring villain Nicodemus Archleone, leader of the Knights of the Blackened Denarius (who also qualify for a different angle on this trope). At one point Dresden calls him out on his supposed last name—Archleone meaning "great lion"—actually being a biblical reference to the Devil as "a roaring lion... seeking whom he may devour." Nicodemus for his part seems genuinely amused that Harry actually noticed despite being an "unbeliever."
Live Action TV
- Kings: Vesper Abbadon, portrayed by Brian Cox.
- Battlestar Galactica (1978) has the Satanic Archetype Count Iblis, who may be a Sufficiently Advanced Alien or an actual demon.
- Pathfinder has several.
- Several archfiends are named after demons from Ars Goetia, including the archdevil Barbatos and the demon lords Flauros, Haagenti, and Shax.
- The Horseman of Plague and daemon lord Apollyon is named after the Greek version of Abbadon.
- Baphomet is the demon lord of mazes, named after an occult figure the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping.
- The ascended demon and goddess of monsters Lamashtu was named after a Sumerian demon that preyed on infants.
- Dungeons & Dragons generally prefers to create its major archfiends' names from whole cloth, with names from demonology mainly being used as filler on lists of Demon Lords And Arch Devils. There are exceptions, like Baphomet (who is very similar to his Pathfinder counterpart).
- Umineko: When They Cry has the Quirky Miniboss Squad, the Seven Sisters of Purgatory: Lucifer, Satan, Asmodeus, Beelzebub, Leviathan, Belphegor, and Mammon. Their main job in the series is carrying out human sacrifices to resurrect their mistress. (And Fanservice.)
- The demons from Ars Goetia - Ronove, Gaap, Zepar, and Furfur - also follow this trope pretty well, to the same extent as the Stakes of Purgatory.
- Cookie Clicker has demonic upgrades buyable when Ascending, which help you retain optimal cookie production for a time after closing the game (starts at one hour, with each new upgrade doubling that time). The upgrades are, in order: Belphegor, Mammon, Abaddon, Satan, Asmodeus, Beelzebub and Lucifer. Their counterpart, the angelic upgrades, cause the cookie production after said time to increase.
- Caim from Drakengard. Named after a demon of the Ars Goetia. Rides a dragon.Completely batshit insane.
- Yao Guai (Chinese for demon) in the Fallout series.
- The Verlac (German origin, "warlock") family of Cosmic Horror cultists in Anchorhead.
- Several models of combat drones from Ghost Recon Breakpoint have names inspired by Ars Goetia, like Andras, Aym, Malphas, Murmur and Stolas.
- Doc Scratch from Homestuck, an enigmatic, subtle figure with mysterious, vast powers and ambiguous morality at best, almost like Old Scratch himself.
- Kaiten Mutenmaru: Sick Valachlorophenol is the main villain of the second season. The official Twitter account implicitly confirms that his surname partly derives from Valac, a demon from the Ars Goetia.
- Chernabog (Slavic for "black god") in Fantasia.
Angelic namesFor anyone who wishes to keep track, here is a convenient score card for the Angel team.
Anime and Manga
- Evangeline Athanasia Katherine McDowell from Negima! Magister Negi Magi, has a hard K sound in the middle names just to increase the fear. Also an Overly Long Name, and the girl has a number of Titles to Run Away From Really Fast
- She hates it when people call her "Kitty".
- Despite the angel-derived name, she is very much a demon and won't hesitate to remind you.
- Digimon has the Angemon-Species who's members include Angemon, Pidmon, Angewomon and Magna Angemon. Although, not members of the Angemon-Species, related Digimon include, Seraphimon, Ophanimon, Cherubimon, Darcmon, Dominimon, Rasielmon and Mastemon.
- Black Butler has two: Angelina Durless (aka Madame Red) who is actually one-half of Jack The Ripper, and Angela Blanc the female identity of a hermaphroditic batshit crazy angel who wants to purify London by burning out the sin.
- The mind-rending, city-destroying, giant alien monsters of Neon Genesis Evangelion are called Angels. While some have almost beautiful shapes, most are bestial monsters or, seemingly, physically impossible (such as a 600-metre by 3 nanometre floating circle and a floating, proton beam-firing octahedron) , the most beautiful Angel, Arael, a giant, glowing, winged creature in space, is the cause of the trope-naming Mind Rape, and is a prime example of Light Is Not Good.
- Hot Fuzz: Sgt. Nicholas Angel, badge number 777.
- Harold "Harry" Angel, the shady private detective in Angel Heart. Only by the end do we know how bad he really is: He's really an evil occultist named Johnny Favorite, the very same man he was looking for. He tried to cheat Satan out of the deal he made with him prior to the start of the film, by stealing the identity of the real Harold Angel.
- Angela from Heroes.
- The title character of Angel is a good guy... when he's going by that name. However, if he's calling himself Angelus, run.
- Weeping Angels are a race of Eldritch Abominations on Doctor Who.
- Angelus from Drakengard.
- Eldiel: Fallen Angel antagonist in both versions of Ys IV, and the Big Bad of the Super Famicom version.
- Jenna Angel from Digital Devil Saga.
- Destroying Angel mushrooms, being closely related to the equally ghoulish Death Cap, contain some of the deadliest known mycotoxins. Even touching one can kill you. Even better? It doesn't just kill you, it kills you after three or so days due to it shutting down your liver and kidneys.
- The Angel of Death was the nickname of the infamous Nazi concentration camp doctor Josef Mengele.
- In Scandinavia, baby farmers were known as Angel Makers.
Anime and Manga
- Muruta Azrael of Gundam SEED, an arrogant, misogynistic, racist lobbyist and politician who seeks to kill every Coordinator in existence with nuclear weapons and uses drugged up Tykebombs as front-line Child Soldiers. Oh and he's a Sore Loser to boot. Start running now.
- Azrael in L U N A R E N E G A D E.
- Demon in Dogma
- Asriel of His Dark Materials.
- The real guy shows up in Good Omens, and in one of the Discworld books.
- Azreal, the leader of the Poppy Warriors in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy.
- The Discworld has regular old Death, and he's quite a nice chap when you get to know him, but Death answers to Azrael, the Death of Worlds. HE'S NOT BAD EITHER.
- The subject of "Azrael" by proto-prog group The Nice.
- Also the subject of the song of the same name by Heavy Metal band Crimson Glory.
- Current Chapter Master of the Dark Angels in Warhammer 40,000 is one Azrael.
- GURPS Spaceships features the relativistic kill missile Azrael.
- The Beryl Azrael in Anima: Beyond Fantasy, but In Name Only.
- Azurile from Dragon Warrior Monsters
- Izual from Diablo II is possibly a corruption of this name.
- A major villain in Chaos Legion.
- Indie fangame Final Fantasy: Time And Again has Azrael as the main character, who also happens to be the creator's webname, as a Dragoon. She's called "Azzie" in the game.
- Final Fantasy XII has the esper Zalera. It has a horned skull for a head and was a grim reaper analogue in its backstory.
- Azrael is the name of a BlazBlue character introduced in Chrono Phantasma, who is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight of Mass Destruction. For bonus points, his Drive is called The Terror.
- Asriel Dreemurr from Undertale definitely falls under this, in all his One-Winged Angel form-having glory. Also he absorbs the souls of all your friends to attain this form.
- Azrael recon drones from Ghost Recon Breakpoint jam your radar and summon a pack of Elite Mooks supported by drones if they spot you. This indeed means death if you don't turtle up somewhere or respond with massive amounts of firepower.
- Exodia, The Forbidden One will instantly win a Yu-Gi-Oh! game when summoned.
- The Exodar in World of Warcraft. Bonus points for being the Draenei's means of exit from Draenor.
- One way the Big Bad of Final Fantasy V was translated before it was officially settled to "Exdeath"; others have included "Exodia."
- Exodus is also an esper in Final Fantasy XII.
- The titular Big Bad of Ultima III: Exodus.
- The antagonists of Tales of Xillia are an organization named Exodus. Given that their goal is to return to their home world of Elympios by any means necessary, the name makes perfect sense.
Anime and Manga
- Lord Djibril from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, "Djibril" being the Arabic/Islamic form of Gabriel's name.
- Bagramon from Digimon Xros Wars; with "Bagra" being a deliberate corruption of "Gabriel".
- Gabriel Jameson in Bringing Me To Life. He's an Abusive Parent and Domestic Abuser who beats and starves his wife and son.
- The main character's real name in Van Helsing.
- Gabriel, the Big Bad of The Prophecy.
- The main villain of Constantine is an angelic half-breed called Gabriel (played by Tilda Swinton).
- In Legion, Gabriel is the Big Bad, being The Dutiful Son of God sent to hunt his brother, Michael, who refuses to carry out the order to eliminate humanity and instead tries to protect them.
- In Smallville, "Hidden", Gabriel Duncan, who tries to nuke the entire town and came dangerously close to succeeding.
- Sylar's real name in Heroes
- Simon and River's dad from Firefly
- Also the name of the mysterious "other" ghost whisperer on Ghost Whisperer.
- Subverted in Carnivàle. Gabriel is the angelic, child-like strongman son of Ruthie the snake charmer. He's only dangerous when someone hurts his momma.
- Warhammer 40,000 gives us a double-dose of this trope via Gabriel Angelos, Blood Ravens Chapter Master.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts has Gabriel Rorke, The Ace turned The Paragon Always Rebels.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has the lead character Gabriel Belmont, who would go on to become the infamous Dracula.
- Neverending Nightmares has Gabrielle, the protagonist's little sister, who keeps appearing in said nightmares to antagonize him. Most of the time.
- Overwatch has Gabriel Reyes, otherwise known as Reaper/The Reaper (both are used somewhat interchangeably, with the latter being more common in earlier source material). Before Overwatch's fall, he was the head of Overwatch's Blackwatch division and presumably the second in command of Overwatch to Jack Morrison (Soldier: 76). After Overwatch was destroyed and he turned to evil, he became obsessed (at least in-game) with death and killing, to the point of ridiculousness. (Other source materials portray him far less death-obsessed than he appears in game.)
- StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has Gabriel Tosh, a Witch Doctor-esque Spectre who went rogue to oppose the Dominion.
Anime & Manga
- Raphael Gundam from Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer.
- The serial killer in the Criminal Minds two-parter "The Big Game"/"Revelations" has an alternate personality who believes himself to be the actual, biblical one.
- On Supernatural he is the voice of religious fundamentalism and zealotry in heaven. Oh that, and he wants to restart the apocalypse which the Winchester boys had previously averted.
Anime and Manga
- From Reborn! (2004), we have a Knife Nut crown prince who wants to off his equally insane younger twin Belphegor and claim the throne.
- Averted with Raziel from Christopher Moore's verse. While he can come off as quite terrifying, he's actually the origin of Dumb Blonde jokes, and with good reason. Sent to Earth to grant the Christmas wish of a distraught child, he intends to bring back a Mall Santa the kid saw inadvertently killed, but winds up resurrecting a graveyard worth of brain-hungry zombies. In Lamb, tops himself over and over, leading to pinnacle example of Raziel-ness:"The angel confided in me that he is going to ask the Lord if he can become Spider-Man"
- Raziel is an important backstory character in The Mortal Instruments as the angel who imbued select humans with his blood, giving them a means to fight Downworlders and turning them into the Nephilim. He is summoned in the climax of the third book by Valentine, who intends to use him to create a new race of obedient Shadowhunters, but Clary manages to swap the spell at the last minute, turning Raziel against Valentine.
- Raziel is one of the Celestial Hebdomad from the Book of Exalted Deeds from Dungeons & Dragons third edition. He's the most warlike of the archangels, and is a slayer of fiends.
- Raziel from the Legacy of Kain series.
- Uriel makes several appearances in The Dresden Files, helping out the protagonist, Harry Dresden, who nicknames him Mr Sunshine. Heavily implied to be the most dangerous archangel, and outright stated to be 'Heaven's spook' and he who killed the firstborn of Egypt. He also gives Harry a very nasty fright when he objects to being called 'Uri'. (Names have power in the Dresden Files universe, and "el" is the part of his name which refers to God; obviously not a good thing to take away from an archangel._
- The name of a planet visited in A Wrinkle in Time, Particularly the one where the children ride on the back of Mrs. Whatsit, who has transformed into a sort of winged centaur.
- In Dean Koontz's novel Hideaway, The Angel who it is strongly implied was the source of Hatch Harrison's visions, and who speaks and acts through him as he kills Vassago, who we know had renamed himself after a Demon.
- In Manchester Lost and Paradise Thwarted, he is one of the 4 archangels, and as in the above, possibly the strongest. However, he is also a complete Cloud Cuckoolander and intersperses moments of pure Badass (he nearly rips Lucifer in half! And throws him all over the place) with hilarious moments e.g. hugging people, becoming a fluffy bunny magnet for 3 weeks and being utterly oblivious to Belial's attentions, Belial being Archdevil of Lust.
Live Action Television
- Uriel from Supernatural appears at first as just another dickish angel (of which there are many) who just doesn't like the Winchesters. And then he tries to kickstart Armageddon.