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You disrupt my industry, but I understand. You wanted me to look bad so that you could strip me of my power. A very commendable sabotage. You destroy my servant's colonies, but I do not blame you--it was an abomination which we permitted only to keep the human warlord obedient. But, what I cannot comprehend is...why do you live amongst these humans? Your mission was to spy on them, not join them.
~ Doviculus

Doviculus is the tyrannical emperor of the evil demonic army called The Tainted Coil, and the main antagonist of the video game Brütal Legend.


Life Before Taking Power

Doviculus was a demon that served under the demonic empress, Succoria, though his exact rank is unknown, but he seemed to have a high position of power because of his strength. After she left for the future, Doviculus seized the chance for power and became the new ruler of demons, though he stated that he mourned for Succoria when she never returned.

War with Humanity

Doviculus finding Ophelia's sword.

When Eddie Riggs found his way to Doviculus's time, the emperor headed to the Temple of Ormagoden after the human fought his way through all of his demons and followers. He found a short sword that belonged to Ophelia and smelled Succoria's scent on it. Doviculus believed that his former empress had returned to retake her throne by joining the humans to fight against him. The demon emperor first relied on his mini

Arrival of Doviculus.

on, Lionwhyte, to crush the rebellion for him, but when he failed, Doviculus went to confront the humans himself. Upon arriving, he commended Succoria for her efforts to dethrone him (not yet realizing she wasn't there) and asked her to join him to wage war on the humans, saying if she stayed among the humans for much longer, they'd never get their stench off of her. Upon hearing this Lars Halford challenged him and said he was the human's king, but Doviculus just impaled him on his Staff Axe, noting he had less to worry about than he thought. Doviculus then summoned a horde of Bleeding Death demons to destroy the Pleasure Dome where Eddie and the others had fought Lionwhyte. He went to the Sea of Black Tears and unsealed it, hoping to make the human rebellion fight amongst itself as it had before. His plan worked since Ophelia, (who Eddie and the others believed to be a traitor due to what Doviculus said at the Pleasure Tower) threw herself into the sea, becoming Drowned Ophelia, and formed the Tear Drinkers into her army, the Drowning Doom.

Final Battle with Ironheade

Doviculus amused by Eddie thinking Ophelia was Succoria.

After Eddie and Drowned Ophelia had their final confrontation, Doviculus appeared and the roadie confronted him about the demon emperor referring to Ophelia as Succoria. This only amused him and he told Eddie who Succoria really was, the most fearsome and bloodthirsty warrior of the Tainted Coil and the former empress of the demons. The one Doviculus had mistaken for Succoria hadn't been Ophelia, it had been Eddie, the one who carried her blood and it had been that blood that Doviculus had smelled, which caused him to make the mistake. Succoria had been his former master and she had traveled back in time to discover the secret of the Titan's power that had been left to the future generations. However one of the human servants she brought with her had been Riggnarok, Eddie's father, who sought to slay Succoria. But the two fell in love and had a human/demon hybrid son, Eddie. Doviculus then thanked Eddie for completing his mother's mission, by demonstrating how to use the Titan's power through music. When Eddie didn't believe he was Succoria's child, Doviculus pointed out that he was wearing Succoria's shirt, which had the demon empress' name on it in twisted letters, and wielding her axe, the Separator. The demon emperor proceeded to tear out Drowned Opehlia's heart, killing her, and placed it within his own chest. Doviculus mocked Eddie for his anger at his killing the girl, stating that was nothing compared to what the roadie had done to her, Eddie had turned her into a little monster. The demon emperorr then took the new knowledge for a test drive to "make a big one," using his own guitar's music to combine the Sea of Black Tears with cathedrals around it and creating an enormous monster he had control of. He summoned the forces of the Tainted Coil and an epic final battle began between the demons and the humans. After one of the monster's heads was destroyed, Doviculus stated that he was glad that Succoria refused to become his mate because it meant that he was not Eddie's father.

Doviculus greeting Eddie

When the roadie defeated emperor's creation and the Tainted Coil, Doviculus angrily told Eddie to come and face him when he'd "grown a pair as big as his mothers." The roadie did indeed confront Doviculus for a final showdown. The emperor greeted him as the son of Succoria, suckled at the dried teat of man, and said that Eddie was half so many things, he doubted any part of him was whole, asking if there was a word for a creature like him.

Doviculus' severed head.

Eddie just replied that he was a roadie and he kept the "trash" off the stage, before he and Doviculus began fighting each other. In the fight, the emperor was finally beheaded and had his heart torn out by Eddie.


Doviculus is a cruel, cunning, tyrannical, and malicious mastermind who enjoys making his enemies fight against each other. He will wipe out anyone who might be a threat to him and, like most of the other demons, he is a highly immoral and degenerate creature. Doviculus is also extremely lustful, lecherous, and provocative, so much so that he is attracted to his children (but this may be normal behavior amongst the ranks of the Tainted Coil), and possesses great pride, thinking of the humans as nothing more than beasts for him to break. Doviculus's confidence is so strong that he displays shock and disbelief when he seems to be losing. He regards his minions with affection, though he also views them as expendable, perfectly willing to toss them aside when he needs to.

Powers and Abilities

Doviculus is a fierce and powerful warrior even before he figured out how to tap into the powers of the Titans. As such, he is feared by demon and human alike and he inspires fierce loyalty over the Tainted Coil, whom he commands with supreme authority. Doviculus is also a master millitary mind and shows great skill at manipulating others to do what he wants. His weapons of choice are his

Doviculus with the Hydra.

Staff Axe, which he wields with great speed and proficiency, despite how large it is and his four necked guitar, the Hydra, which allows him to play music capable of unleashing the Titan's magic. Doviculus can use it to unleash lightning and fire against his foes and play solos that unleash a variety of effects. These include Martyrdom, where Doviculus uses his own heart for a guitar pick, heavily hurting himself but empowering his forces, Curse, where he unleashes an explosion of blood and gore around himself that blasts enemies aside and harms them over time, Chains of Hell, which chains enemy generals to the ground and leaves them helpless, and Skies Afire, which turns the sky an infernal dark red color, making his forces more powerful the closer they are to their Megastage. Doviculus can also fly with a pair of retractable wings on his back and open his own chest. During his final battle with Eddie, Doviculus could also summon chains from the room they were fighting in, though this may actually be an ability of the creature they were in and it was doing so under its creator's orders.


  • Doviculus was originally voiced by Ronnie James Dio, but his voice actor was switched to Tim Curry.
  • His voice and legs are similar to the Lord of Darkness from Legend, while his fish-nets may be a reference to Dr. Frank-N-Furter; both of which were played by Tim Curry.
  • The heart in Doviculus' chest is apparently not his own since when he performs his double team with a Heart Cutter, he says that it is not his. It is unknown where his true heart is or if he even has one.
  • While Ophelia and Eddie's wings are ones with stems like a dragon or bird, Doviculus has wings that separate into a triple structure, like those of a butterfly.
  • When Doviculus starts to perform a solo, he starts off kneeling slightly, probably because the Hydra is harder to support than the guitars used by Eddie and Ophelia due to its design. However this may be related to the religious overtones of the Tainted Coil.
  • Doviculus has a car called the Chariot that he can use in multiplayer, which resembles a combination of a car and a chariot. The mouth-like attachment on the front, the Coiling Maw, is available as a DLC upgrade for Eddie's car, the Deuce.
  • Early concept art of the Tainted Coil has a large demon in the background, which resembles Dio's mascot, Murray. This may have been an early design for Doviculus since he was originally going to be voiced by Ronnie James Dio.
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