Demons are generally malevolent entities that inhabit the dimension of Hell. They consist of fallen angels and Hellions, by birth, or by creation, such as a mortal soul so evil it is accepted as a fiend after its requisite torment. Other dark entities that are not from the Inferno may also be called demons, such as djinn, malicious deities, or supernatural creatures like Trigon.
Servants of the Presence who rebelled against Him and were cast into the Inferno:
True demons born in Hell:
- Asteroth (Archduke/Archfiend)
- Barbados (Grand Duke of the Ninth Circle)
- Beelzebub (Satanic Triumvirate; Lord of Flies)
- Belial (Archduke/Archfiend; Lord of Lies, Prince of Deceit)
- Etrigan (Demon prince)
- Mammon (Prince of Hell)
- Ran Va Daath (The Serpent Queen)
Rhyming Caste: High raking demons by promotion. They have earned the privilege to speak in rhyme as a status symbol.
Demon Lords: There are thousands of demon lords holding land across Hell. Much like angels and saints have specific roles, certain demon lords preside over various areas. There is even a demon for every town and city around the world who grow more powerful with the populations sin, such as the Gothodaemon.
- The Arkannone, Lords of the Gun
- Asmodon, Steward of Satan
- Baytor, Lord of the Criminally Insane
- Blathoxi, Lord of Flatulence
- Bloodklott, the Prince of Pox
- Brandor, the Pitrider
- Cthuga, Hell's Arbiter
- The Gothodaemon, Patron Demon of Gotham City
- Kafir, the Horned One
- Kakk, Commander of Hell's Armies
- The Many Angled Ones, Lords of Science
- Morax, Lord of Stygia
- Negal, Ruler of Charn
- Nytemayr, Lord of the Forbidden Zone
- Poppinjay, Commander of Hell's Air-force
- Scapegoat, Lord of Redemption
- The Skarva, the Seven Lords of Torture
Lower Class: Slaves, soldiers, civilians and creatures.
- Clutcher, a Strangler
- The Kamara
Half Demons: Children of a Hellion and a mortal:
Reborn Demons: Humans and other mortals that have become demons.
- Anton Arcane
- Blue Devil
- Ernst von Raddel
- The Mawzir
- Otto Haddon
- Pig McGurk
- Suspect Sal
- William Scumm
Others: Some malevolent beings have the attributes of demons without coming from Hell, but are, or could be still considered demons.
- Bile Demons: Low strength demons that project a nasty caustic stomach acid from their mouths.
- Creepers: Entities same as the one who possessed Jack Ryder.
- Shamblers: Small demons of which little is know. Etrigan encountered one in a dream only, so they may not exist.
- Stranglers: Strong demons with backward hands yet simple minded, desperately compelled to strangle their prey.
Powers and Abilities
- Demonic Physiology
- Immortality: Demons are not mortal beings and do not age or die naturally. They can be destroyed, sending them to oblivion where they cease to exist. Lower class demons are easier to destroy than the powerful demon ruling class.
- Enhanced Senses: Demons have a sixth sense of sorts, allowing them to sense intangible concepts on a tangible level. Etrigan could sense evil and the supernatural, for example. Asteroth proclaimed that demons can taste fear which resembles, "peaches covered with fresh bone marrow".
- Possession: Many demons are able to possess mortal forms and control the hosts to various degrees.
- Magic: Medium to upper demon castes can use magic; they use souls as fuel for spells (See Hell#Economy).
Average Strength level
Almost all demons share the same vulnerabilities with few exceptions. Of course the higher (lower) a demon's class, the more powerful they are, generally speaking.
- Vulnerability to Theology: Theological weapons that represent the divine can ward off and harm demons, such as:
- Magic: Those with the requisite occult knowledge can summon, control, imprison, or banish demons.
- Summoning: Demons can be conjured by those with occult knowledge, and controlled if the summoner is powerful enough.
- Vulnerability to Cold: Eldritch cold can harm demons. Etrigan's life-force was once snuffed out by the frost created by the Philosopher's Stone. He also commented on how the natural cold made his blood run "sluggishly", though this may just be poetic licence.
- Lesser demons aren't even immune to Hellfire, but elite demons like Belial are hard to destroy; even with his heart ripped out he lived, but it dramatically reduced his power. The demon lord Morax was killed by decapitation. Whether or not it was the just beheading, or the fact it was a divine weapon that cleaved his neck is unknown.
- Vulnerability to Iron: Iron has long held mystical properties and harms demons on contact.
Type of Government:
- Autocratic Kingdom
- Satanic Triumvirate
Level of Technology:
- The majority of depictions shows demons retaining a medieval technological level, however Reign in Hell depicted a technologically advanced Hell, with demons using futuristic armour, weaponry, and computers.
- This character is an adaptation of Demon, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- Krypton had its own Hell and demonic entities that were destroyed along with the planet. Rakkar the Nothing was the only known survivor who clung to Kal-El's vessel. He mentioned the Glass Lords, the Seven Courtiers, the Flame Brethren, the Corpse Mother and the Eret-Ha who all perished with Krypton's destruction.
Links and References
- ↑ Constantine (2005)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #6
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #50
- ↑ Demon #10
- ↑ Superman/Shazam: First Thunder #2
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Demon (Volume 3) #2
- ↑ Demon (Volume 3) #45
- ↑ Demon #16
- ↑ Hitman #52
- ↑ Lobo (Volume 2) #63
- ↑ Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #5
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Demon (Volume 2) #1
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Demon (Volume 2) #2
- ↑ Demon (Volume 3) #25
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Action Comics #636
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Demon (Volume 3) #56
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Superman #666
- ↑ Reign in Hell #3
- ↑ Demon #14
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Demon #9
- ↑ Demon #15
- ↑ Demon #11
- ↑ Demon (Volume 3) #7
- ↑ Demon (Volume 3) #35
- ↑ Demon (Volume 3) #58
- ↑ Trials of the Demon!