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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 human.


Demons have confronted a number of significant figures in religions from across the world such as the Hindu Gods, Buddah (Buddha), Jesus Christ, and even God himself. 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.


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 Jinn. Jinn are led by Iblis to corrupt as much of humanity from God's path as possible, trying to corrupt humans into immorality. However, not all Jinn are evil. Some Jinn don't do evil and mischief and worship God like humans do. The evil Jinn will be sent to hell along with the evil humans due to their evil for eternity.

Iblis is a Jinn who is the Islamic counterpart to Satan. Iblis is an evil Jinn 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


Buddhist Belief


Temptation of Buddah


Chinese Mythology


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).


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).

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Prominent Demons in Mythology/Theology

  • The Devil/Satan - chief of demons in Christianity.
  • The Shaitan/Iblis - chief of demons in Islam
  • Samael - an evil angel in Judaism.
  • Belial - a crowned prince of hell.
  • Lilith - the original wife of Adam turned succubus.
  • Beelzebub - a high-ranking demon often confused with Satan.
  • Baphomet - goat-headed demon who is heavily associated with the occult.
  • Antichrist/King of Terror -the son of satan and  the enemy of Jesus who is said to surface in the End of Days.
  • The Beast - the "false prophet" and a vessel for Satan to enforce his will during the Apocalypse.
  • Ravana - a powerful demon from Hindu mythology.
  • Mara - chief spirit of evil in Buddhism.
  • Surtur - a fire giant from Norse mythology.
  • Mephistopheles - legendary devil from the tale of Faust.
  • Mammon - embodiment of avaricious wealth/greed, often seen as a false idol.
  • Whore of Babylon - a female entity who serves Satan.
  • Stolas - a demon own prince who commands 26 legions.
  • Leviathan - a sea like behemoth who resides in hell.
  • Behemoth -a giant like demon
  • Behemoth the Elephant - an elephant demon.

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 similiar deity).
  • Succubus - female spirits that seduce sleeping males.
  • Incubus - 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




Folklore, religions, and myths
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Common Legends
Amanda the Doll | Black Goo | Bunnyman | Bye Bye Man | Candyman | China Doll | Clown Doll | Cropsy | Crying Boy | Hairy-Armed Woman | Homey the Clown | Hook Killer | John and Susan Buckley | Joliet the Haunted and Cursed Doll | Licking Maniac | Melon Heads | Men In Black | Mystery Killer | Nain Rouge | Nameless Thing of Berkeley Square | Old Man Try-By-Night | Peeping Tom | Rain Man | Robert the Doll | Paimon | Patasola | Skinned Tom | Teke Teke | The Killer In the Backseat | The Man Upstairs

Beast of Gévaudan | Black Eyed Children | Black Stick Men | Bloop | Bigfoot | Cherufe | Chupacabra | Devil Monkeys | Dog-headed Men | Fairies | Fallen Angels | Fear Liath | Flatwoods Monster | Ghosts | Goatman | Greys | Hoop Snake | Jackalopes | Jersey Devil | Kelpie of Loch Ness | Kongamato | Kraken | Loch Ness Monster | Malawi Terror Beast | Mamlambo | Manananggal | Maricoxi | Mngwa | Momonjii | Mothman | Nobusuma | Pope Lick Monster | Popobawa | Pukwudgies | Reptoids | Roc | Ropen | Salawa | Sea-Serpents | Shadow People | Slide-Rock Bolter | Spring Heeled Jack | Tanuki | Thunderbird | Two-Toed Tom | Water Horses | Wendigo | Yeti | Yowie

Modern Legends
Charlie | Bloody Mary | Bloody Mary | Ghost | Momo | Orie Chef | Siren Head | Cartoon Cat | Country Road Creature | Bridge Worms | Aliens (Agamemnon Counterpart) | Martinez Dog Demon | The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water | Crisis (Advert) | The Man with the Upside-Down Face

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