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Demons, also known as Devils or Fiends, are very common antagonists in a number of theological stories, mythologies, folklore, and fiction. They are considered either Fallen Angels, Unclean Spirits or degenerated Lesser Gods. Although the word now has an attachment to malevolence it was originally a positive term for any spirit lesser than a deity in status but higher than humans.

Description

Demons have confronted a number of significant figures in religions from across the world such as the Hindu gods, Buddha, Jesus Christ and God. Normally, it is believed that only faith can overcome these creatures, and they are attributed with a number of evil powers.

Outwith religion demons are seen as metaphors for natural disasters, affliction and cruelty, the most prominent of which are the "deadly sins" of Christian tradition. Demons are also used to describe inner-fears and anxieties found in the minds of all people, which is where the common expression "face one's demons" comes from.

Demons are similar to monsters in being frightening and against the natural order. Unlike monsters however, most demons are seen as a spiritual threat rather than a physical one and can possess humans, cause poltergeist activity, drive people insane, and much more.

History

Biblical Tales

Demons in the Bible are otherwise known as fallen angels.

They are led by their ruler Satan to oppose God's will on Earth by warring against His angels and followers. Their numerous offenses include influencing/possessing human beings into doing their evil works, spreading false doctrine and lies and producing the Nephilim, a monstrous race of giants. Those directly responsible for creating the Nephilim were imprisoned in Tartarus whilst others appeared to roam free. God eventually condemns to the Lake of Fire, along with their ruler. Examples of demons in the Bible include Legion and Beelzebub. 

Islamic Tradition

Demons in Islam are known as Shayatin. Shayatin are led by Iblis to corrupt as much of humanity from God's path as possible, trying to corrupt humans into immorality. Both humans as well as Jinn can become Shayatin. Some Jinn don't do evil and mischief and worship God like humans do and are not considered as demons. Further the offspring of Iblis are sayed to be born as Shayatin and always evil. The Jinn on the other hand can be good and avoid hell, but the evil ones among them, will be sent to hell along with the evil humans due to their evil, for eternity.

Iblis is a Shaitan who is the Islamic counterpart to Satan. Iblis is an evil Shaitan who tries to corrupt people into evil. But, the good, obedient people refuse the temptation of Iblis. Iblis will eventually be sent to hell along with the evil people who follow his temptations.

Hindu Belief

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Buddhist Belief

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Temptation of Buddah

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Chinese Mythology

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Greek Mythology

Demons in Greek are referred to Daemons and also refers to the Greek gods sometimes due to their more questionable actions.

Japanese Mythology

Japanese Mythology is full of spirits, some of which are considered malevolent in regards to mortals. Unlike Western mythology, Japanese spirits are not really good or evil, and are rather bizarre and often alien creatures whose methods and goals are often beyond the understanding of humans. Some of the more prominent demons in Japanese Mythology are the Onis and Tengus.

Celtic Mythology

The Fomorians from Celtic Mythology are often envisioned as evil spirits. Though they are technically titans, they share a lot in common with demons, however, in being ugly, malevolent, and residing in the ocean (which is often considered the home of evil spirits).

Folk Tales

Folk Devils

A Folk Devil is a common antagonist in folklore and myth, often envisioned as the classical satyr-like Devil of Christian lore (inspired by Pan of Greek mythology). A Folk Devil is often a trickster or tempter who is often tricked himself by a seemingly hapless would-be-victim.

Although Folk Devils tend to be defeated, their are some variations of the theme in which Folk Devils actually succeed in their plan. A Folk Devil can be seen, in many ways, as an extension of pagan beliefs in fairies and lesser-gods, which were gradually replaced by the "Devil" as Christianity spread across the world.

Witchcraft Cults

As Christianity spread, the old pagan beliefs were demonized, and their followers accused of being part of "Witchcraft Cults". In the minds of medieval scholars, the world was inhabited by evil-minded men and women who sold their souls to demons in exchange for power, and moral panics often broke out as communities believed they were under attack by these "witches", leading to terrible oppression (such as Witch-Hunts).

Fairies

Prior to Christianity, many pagans believed in "fairies", who were lesser-gods or spirits of nature, as Christianity spread the idea that these lesser-gods and spirits were not in line with the strictly monothestic Abrahamic religions, and thus, the fairies were either declared to be angels, figments of the imagination, or evil spirits that existed to lead people astray. Like Baal and Pazuzu before them, the Fairies suffered a degeneration from lesser-gods and spirits to demons, though some particularly malevolent fairies (such as Redcaps) were always considered demons, even in pre-Christian societies (though they went by different names and appearances).

List Of Members

Prominent Demons Abrahamic theology

Demonos from other folklore

  • Ravana - a powerful demon from Hindu mythology.
  • Mara - chief spirit of evil in Buddhism.
  • Surtur - a fire giant from Norse mythology.

Creatures Considered Demons

  • Hags - evil witch-like beings in folklore/mythology.
  • Ogres - sometimes the japanese onis are often considered demons.
  • Imps - mischievous little spirits often considered low-ranking demons.
  • Fallen angels - angels that have fallen from the grace of God (or similar deity).
  • Succubi - female spirits that seduce sleeping males.
  • Incubi - male spirits that are accused of raping sleeping females.
  • Poltergeist - "noisy spirit". Although a ghost, it can be seen as a demon by some.

Demons In Fiction

  • Pazuzu - the main antagonist of The Exorcist series.
  • Damien Thorn - the main antagonist of The Omen series.
  • Chernabog - the main antagonist of Disney's Fantasia.
  • Freddy Krueger - the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series.
  • Rosemary's Baby - the unnamed main antagonist of Rosemary's Baby.
  • Demonic Toys - the titular main antagonists of the "Demonic Toys" series.
  • Ghoulies - the titular main character antagonists of the "Ghoulies" series.
  • Trigon - a powerful demon from DC universe and enemy of the Titans.
  • Blaze - a villain from DC comics and the daughter of the wizard.
  • Mephisto - a devil-like figure from Marvel comics.
  • Blackheart - the Son of Mephisto from Marvel Comics.
  • Kil'jaeden - the secondary main antagonist of the Warcraft series.
  • Diablo - the titular main antagonist of the Diablo series.
  • The Beldam - the main antagonist of Coraline.
  • Odio - King of Demons and the mastermind behind all evil in Live A Live.
  • Violator - The Arch-enemy of Spawn.
  • Malebolgia - One of the  primary antagonists of Spawn.
  • Mammon- The version of Spawn.
  • Satan- The Spawn version and God's twin brother.
  • Phlebiac Brothers - Violator's younger siblings.
  • Bingo - a Demon from the Spawn comics.
  • Hellion -A Demon from the Spawn comics.
  • Hellspawn - a race of Demons made by Malebolgia and Violator.
  • Thamuz - A demon from the Spawn comics.
  • Ab - A demon from the Spawn Comics
  • Zab -a demon from the Spawn comics.
  • Monsters - The demons from the Doom games.
  • Alastor - from Hazbin Hotel.
  • Vox - From Hazbin Hotel.
  • Velvet- One of the Overlords of Hazbin Hotel.
  • Valentino
  • Sir Pentious
  • Katie Killjoy
  • Eggbois
  • Helsa Von Eldritch
  • Stolas - From Hazbin Hotel.
  • Rosie
  • Blitzo- From Helluva boss.
  • Loona -From Helluva Boss.
  • Millie -From Helluva Boss.
  • Moxxie - from Hellva Boss.
  • Aion - the main antagonist of Chrono Crusade series.
  • Sinners - the major antagonists of Chrono Crusade series.
  • Apostles - the major/minor/supporting antagonists of Berserk series.
  • Femto - the main antagonist of Berserk series.
  • God Hand - the main antagonists of Berserk series.
  • Zodd - the major antagonist of Berserk series.
  • Band of the Hawk - the major antagonists of Berserk series.
  • Idea of Evil - the unseen main antagonist of Berserk series.
  • Demons - the major/minor/supporting antagonists of Berserk series.
  • Zennon - the main antagonist of Devilman series.
  • Satan - the final main antagonist of Devilman series.
  • Ao Oni - A mysterious man-eating demon and the main antagonist of the RPG horror game of the same name.
  • Chara - A major antagonist in the indie RPG games Undertale and possibly Deltarune.
  • Bendy - The main antagonist of Bendy And The Ink Machine. 
  • Scarlet King - The main antagonist of the SCP mythos. 
  • Clown - The main antagonist of Play With Me. 
  • Antisepticeye - Main antagonist of Jacksepticeye's youtube channel. 
  • Diablo - The main antagonist of Primal Rage. 
  • Lucifer - The main antagonist of Helltaker.
  • Nightmare - Final antagonist of Five Nights At Freddy's 4 and a minor antagonist in Ultimate Custom Night.
  • Kane - A villian from WWE who is the brother of The Undertaker.
  • Anubis - The main antagonist of the 2004 movie Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Pyramid Of Light. 
  • Black Hat - Main antagonist of the Cartoon Network multiverse. 
  • Fawful - One of the main antagonists of the Mario & Luigi series. 
  • Ganondorf - Main antagonist of the Legend Of Zelda franchise. 
  • Archons - Supporting antagonists in the universe of the SCP Foundation. 
  • Specimen 5 - A major antagonist from Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion. 
  • Specimen 8 - The eighth guard from Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion. 
  • Specimen 9 - The final boss of Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion. 
  • Specimen 11 - The eleventh guard and a major antagonist in Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion. 
  • SCP-XXXX - Keter class SCPs from SCP: Blackout. 
  • Destoroyah - The main antagonist of the 1995 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs Destoroyah. 
  • Look-See - Main antagonist of the Crypt TV youtube channel. 
  • Specimens - Villianous monsters in Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion that has some demons.
  • Skitzo - Main character of the COMICK Youtube channel.
  • Cartoon Cat - A urban legend created by Trevor Henderson.
  • Giratina: A dual type ghost/dragon legendary Pokemon.
  • Dharkon: One of the two main antagonists in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Wither: A boss in Minecraft and the main antagonist of Minecraft Story Mode.
  • Hostile Mobs: Mobs that attack the player in Minecraft.

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Cryptids
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Modern Legends
Charlie | Bloody Mary | Bloody Mary (Halloween Horror Nights) | Ghost (Johnny, I Want My Liver Back) | Ghost Bus of Highway 93 | Ghost Cars | Ghost Trains | Momo | Orie Chef | Aliens (AC) | Martinez Dog Demon | The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water | Crisis

Possessed Objects
Coffin on Wheels | Ghost Trains | Black Volga | Robert the Doll | Joliet the Haunted and Cursed Doll | China Doll | Amanda the Doll | Clown Doll | Gargoyles

See Also
Cthulhu Mythos Villains | Trevor Henderson Villains | Creepypasta Villains | SCP Foundation Villains

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