Favorite Megami Tensei Demons
1 01. Jack Bros. - Virtual Boy
A European elf-like creature who personifies cold winter weather. He is said to be the one responsible for leaving the crystal-like ice patterns on windows on cold mornings. Usually quite friendly, but prone to pranks, Jack Frost is said to have a spiteful side, and if angered enough may freeze a victim to death. Some believe he originated in Viking folklore and his name comes from Jokul and Frosti, two ice giants from Norse mythology.
5 42. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Sega Saturn
1 03. Shin Megami Tensei II - PlayStation
The original name for this demon is Christine, but in Shin Megami Tensei II, it is renamed to Chris the Car. Christine is a horror novel by Stephen King, published in 1983. It tells the story of an antique automobile apparently possessed by supernatural forces.
4 44. Majin Tensei - Super famicom and SNES
Abaddon is a Biblical term in Hebrew which means "place of destruction" and is a fiery plain in the realm of the dead, Gehenna. In the later teachings of Revelation, Abaddon had become a being that personified the abyss, becoming known as the "Angel of the Abyss". He is depicted often as a large human-sized locust and leads a swarm of locusts and other insects that carry infectios diseases. In this respect, he is often associated with the swarms of locusts that sometimes destroy entire crop fields. In the The Greater Key of Solomon, Abaddon was said to be called upon by Moses to cause the great rains during the Ten Plagues of Egypt.
44 7.65. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raido... - PlayStation 2
1 06. Shin Megami Tensei if... - PlayStation
Girimehkala is a large demonic elephant from Sri Lankan mythology. It is said to be the mount of the demon lord Mara, who tried to tempt Buddha so that he could not achieve enlightenment. The Girimehkala's most prominent feature is its one huge eye, which is said to carry a powerful curse. Anyone that looks into its eye will fall ill and cannot be cured.
74 8.37. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Eternal Punis... - PlayStation
In Greek mythology, the Hecatonchires (or Hecatoncheires) were three hideous creatures that were the children of Gaia and Uranus. Their name literally means "hundred-handed" and they were depicted as gargantuan figures with a hundred hands, fifty heads and incredible strength that was superior to even that of the Titans. They were known as Briareus the Vigorous, Gyes the Big-Limbed, and Cottus the Striker.
43 6.98. Persona - PlayStation
Dakshayani, also known as Sati, was the daughter of Daksha in Hindu mythology. Daksha tended to be very protective of his daughters and when Sati and Shiva wanted to be married he was staunchly opposed, and to punish her he refused to invite Shiva to a festival and mocked him openly. In grief, Sati immolated herself and burned to death. Shiva went mad with rage and created two ferocious goblins that attacked and killed all at the festival, Daksha himself being decapitated. After calming down, Shiva returned all those slain to life, and replaced Daksha's head with that of a goat. Having learned his lesson, Daksha devoted his life to Shiva. Later, Sati was reincarnated as Parvati, and married Shiva.
1 09. Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei - Super famicom and SNES
*NOTE* The description below may spoil some of the story from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, so if you plan on playing that game, I recommend skipping this one.
2 010. Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II - Game Boy Color
*NOTE* The description below contains spoilers to the story of Shin Megami Tensei. If you plan on playing that game in the future, I suggest skipping this description.
8 711. DemiKids: Light Version - Game Boy Advance
63 7.112. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - PlayStation Portable
*NOTE* The description below may spoil some of the story from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, so if you plan on playing that game, I recommend skipping this one.
1 013. Devil Children: Ice Book - Game Boy Advance
66 7.814. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor - Nintendo DS
8 4.815. Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Famicom and NES
In Zoroastrian mythology, Mithra was a deity of contracts who was the protector of truth and the enemy of error. He was created by the supreme deity Ahura Mazda as the greatest of all yazatas and an important aid in the destruction of the demonic forces led by Angra Mainyu (or known as Ahriman) in later Persian sources. He is also in charge of the administration of the world and, in that role, a divine representative of Ahura Mazda. As a divinity of truth, loyalty and light it was among Mithra's tasks to protect the righteous souls of the deceased from demons and accompany them to paradise. In later Iranian mythology, Mithra became considered an incarnation of Ahura Mazda himself.
1 016. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers - Akuma Zensho ... - Sega Saturn
Qing-Long (also known ad Seiryu) is one of the four Chinese celestial beasts and is alternatively known as the Azure Dragon of the East. He represents the direction east, the element of wood and the spring season.
41 8.417. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin - PlayStation Portable
1 018. Devil Children: White Book - Game Boy Color
102 8.119. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga - PlayStation 2
Mothman was the name given to a strange creature that was seen in Chaleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia mostly between 1966 and 1967, although some sightings have been as recent as early 2007. People who saw this creature described it as being taller than the average man, having a humanoid shape, two large moth-like wings and two large red reflective eyes. Some said that it did not have a head, but rather its eyes were set in its chest.
4 220. Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis - Super famicom and SNES
From a Japanese folk tale. A rabbit wanted to see a princess, so it made a wager with a shark to see whose family was more numerous - the shark or the rabbit. The rabbit used the sharks that lined up to cross the other shore, but the sharks tore off its skin. It was told to wash its body in salt water, but the pain only made it worse. Okuninushi restored the rabbit's skin by having it wash in fresh water and cover itself with reeds.
1 021. Devil Children: Black Book - Game Boy Color
The Mokoi in a malevolent spirit of the forest in the mythology of the Murngin people of northern Australia. According the the legend, the Mokoi is summoned by shaman magicians to appear before anyone who partakes in black magic and strike them down. Despite its malevolent intent, the Mokoi will generally leave any other human alone, as long as they keep away from black magic.
142 8.722. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES - PlayStation 2
In Norse mythology, Nidhoggr (usually anglicized as Nidhogg) is a large serpentine dragon that resides beneath the World Tree, Yggdrasil, and gnaws on the roots that stretch over Niflheimr. It is in constant conflict with the eagle Vidofnir who lives at the top of the tree and the two greatly envy each other. They exchange insults through the squirrel Ratatosk who runs up and down the tree delivering their bitter messages.
1 023. Devil Children: Fire Book - Game Boy Advance
Umibozu is a spirit in Japanese folklore. The Umibōzu is said to live in the ocean and capsize the ship of anyone who dares speak to it. This spirit's name, which combines the character for "sea" with the character of "Buddhist monk," is possibly related to the fact that the Umibōzu is said to have a large, round head, resembling the shaven heads of Buddhist monks. Alternatively they are enormous Yōkai (spectres) that appear to shipwreck victims and fishermen. They are believed to be drowned priests, and as such, exhibit the shaven head and typically appear to be praying. It is usually reported as having a grey, cloud-like torso and serpentine limbs.
73 8.524. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable - PlayStation Portable
In Japanese mythology, the Nozuchi (or Nodzuchi) is an spirit of the earth that is found in open plains hiding in the shadows of the plants and trees. While it is not an evil or mischievous spirit, it is wild and uncontrollable, thus it will sometimes bring harm to humans it sees as intruders or threats. Its name means "God of the plains".
5 425. Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II - Famicom and NES
Alice is said to be based off of Lewis Carroll's character from his famous story Alice In Wonderland. The Shin Megami Tensei Alice shares many physical similarities with the character, most notably the blue dress and the blond hair. Also, her signature move "Die For Me!" seems to draw inspiration from the book. Furthermore, her Shin Megami Tensei: IMAGINE attack, "Mad Tea Party", takes further inspiration from the book as it references the chapter in which the protagonist met the Mad Hatter and March Hare.
5 726. DemiKids: Dark Version - Game Boy Advance
Ganesha (also called Ganesh or Ganesa) is one of the most worshiped deities in the Hindu pantheon and is known as the Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings, god of wisdom and intelligence, and patron of arts and science. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati and depicted as having the head of an elephant (often with one broken tusk), a pot-belly, and from two to six arms.
16 7.927. Shin Megami Tensei II - Super famicom and SNES
In the 1960 Roger Corman film, "The Little Shop of Horrors", the man-eating plant was bred by nerdy Seymour Krelboyne when he crossbred a butterwort and a Venus Flytrap. He named it "Audrey Jr." in honor of his co-worker, whom he was in love with. The plant is given the name "Audrey II" in both the musical play and the 1986 film.
26 928. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin - PlayStation
A demon whose name is most likely derived from the name "Baal-Peor". He is most famous for a humorous story from the middle ages. In this tale, he was the demon sent from Hell to Earth to investigate the rumor that "married happiness" existed. Based upon his experiences during his investigation, he returned to Hell with the definite answer of "No".
21 7.329. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclock... - Nintendo 3DS
Horus is a chief deity who is known to be one of the oldest gods of Ancient Egyptian religion. He is typically depicted as a falcon or as a man with the head of a falcon and chiefly represents the sky and sun.
117 8.730. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 - PlayStation 2
In Egyptian mythology, Seth (also spelled Set, Seteh or Sutekh) is a chief deity governing storms, the desert, infertility and chaos. He was the son of Nut and Geb, brother of Osiris and Isis, and father of Anubis. He is also the patron of the colour red, inluding red haired people, and of foreigner. He has been depicted as an unknown beast with a curved snout, forked tail, and a canine's body although it was said he was a shapeshifter and could become a ferocious serpent, dragon, or turtle.
1 731. Megami Ibunroku Persona: Be Your True Mind - PlayStation
Camazotz was first worshiped by the Zapotec Indians of Mexico in about 100 B.C. He was portrayed with the body of a human and the head of a bat and was associated with the night, sacrifice and death. It was not long before the god was adopted into the pantheon of a tribe of Mayans known as the Quiché that inhabited the jungles of Guatemala. Camazotz was identified with their fire god, Zotzilaha Chamalcan from then on.
7 5.532. Shin Megami Tensei If... - Super famicom and SNES
A poltergeist is widely believed to be either a spiritual being that interacts with the living by moving and influencing inanimate objects, or a person relieving significant stress by unconsciously using psionic powers. Stories featuring poltergeists typically focus heavily on raps, thumps, knocks, footsteps, and bed-shaking, all without a discernible point of origin or physical reason for the occurrence. Many accounts of poltergeist activity detail objects being thrown about the room, furniture being moved, and even people being levitated.
188 933. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 - PlayStation 2
In Buddhist lore, Hariti was originally a demon who slew human children in her desperation to feed her hundreds of children. In order to put a stop to this way of feeding, Gautama Buddha hid away one of her sons under a rice bowl, then pointed out to her that the suffering she was experiencing from losing one out of her hundreds of children could not be compared to that of the human mothers whose few children became her victims. Remorseful for her deeds, Hariti pledged to become the protector of childbirth and children. From then on, she and her brood fed on pomegranates as a substitute for human flesh.
1 034. Shin Megami Tensei - PlayStation
In Islam and pre-Islamic Arabian folklore, a djinn (genie) is a supernatural fiery creature which possesses free will. Djinn are mentioned in the Qur'an, wherein a whole Sura is named after them. They can be either good or evil. In some cases, evil genies are said to lead humans astray. In Islam, Satan, known in Arabic as Iblis, is the iconic genie that refused to bow down to Adam when ordered to by Allah.
109 8.335. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne - PlayStation 2
Metatron is the name of a high ranking angel in some Jewish and Christian writings. There is no mention of him in either the Old Testament or New Testament, although he does appear in some of the later post-scriptural Islamic occult scriptures. There is very little evidence of his role in the hierarchy of either Heaven or Hell, and no consensus as to his true genesis.
6 736. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers - PlayStation
Beelzebub (or Beelzebul) was once the patron deity of ancient Palestine and often associated with or considered the same as, Baal-Zebub, a deity of Ekron worship. Beelzebub is also considered a bastardization of the Canaanite god "Ba'al Zebul" meaning "Prince Baal", which could be a reference to King Solomon.
2 037. Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II - Game Boy
The Knocker is the Welsh and Cornish equivalent of Irish leprechauns and English and Scottish brownies. About two feet tall and grizzled, but not misshapen, they live beneath the ground. Here they wear tiny versions of standard miner's garb and commit random mischief, such as stealing miner's unattended tools and food. They are named for their knocking against the walls of mines, either to scare miners or warn them of a cave-in.
6 3.738. Shin Megami Tensei: NINE - Xbox
A Norse goddess of the underworld, she was thought to be one of Loki's offspring along with Fenrir. She was cast down to Niflheim (the world of mist and ice) from were she was given power over the nine worlds and rulership of the dead, but this only included those who died a dishonorable death (sickness or old age, or any kind of non-warlike behaviour death), they were doomed to live in an icy, dark state of negative bliss, with her. Norsemen pictured Hel as a woman with half her body of a beautiful woman (or white and fresh) and the other side black and rotting like a corpse.
3 839. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers - Sega Saturn
The Mandrake is a type of mandragora plant belonging to the nightshade family. It can be found growing throughout central and south Europe and contains a potent poison that can be used to produce strong hallucinogenic effects. Due to the hallucinogenic effects and the bifurcated roots, the mandrake became a popular ingredient in mystic potions and magical rituals performed by witches and alchemists. In the right doses, the mandrake root is said to be able to cure or grant immunity to many kinds of illnesses and diseases. In the Old Testament, mandrakes even appeared to be a cure for infertility in women.
63 7.440. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou ... - PlayStation 2
'Agathion' is a general term used for the incorporeal familiar spirits summoned by witches, magicians, or sometimes demons in Judeo-Christian folklore. The Agathion would then take a human-like or a beast's shape to serve its master. They could be used for minor household tasks, companionship, thievery, as spies, or to torment selected targets. The Agathion could also be sealed away inside a bottle, talisman, or magic ring to be called for again with ease when it is needed.
15 7.341. Shin Megami Tensei - Super famicom and SNES
The kelpie is a kind of shape-shifting water spirit from Celtic folklore, most commonly believed to found around the lochs and rivers of Scotland and Ireland. It typically appears as a pony or horse with grayish black hair and a constantly dripping mane. Its skin is usually wet, smooth, and cold to the touch.
17 7.342. Shin Megami Tensei Online: Imagine - PC Games
The design for the character seems to be based off of the Buddhist mummies, Sokushinbutsu. These were monks who performed self-mummification by starving themselves for about three years. At the end of these three years, they were entombed alive with just enough room to sit cross-legged. A tube was placed in the ground, leading to the tomb for air. The monk had a bell with him and every day, someone would listen for the bell to make sure the monk was still alive. When the bell no longer rang, the air tube was removed and the tomb was completely sealed. A thousand days later, the body would be exhumed. If it was preserved, it was revered as a god.
39 7.943. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey - Nintendo DS
Cu Sith (pronounced Cu Shee) is a giant otherworldly dog which haunts the Scottish highlands and fairy mounds. It is said to be roughly the size of a horse and have shaggy green fur with a long often braided tail.
101 844. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 - PlayStation 2
In Hindu mythology, the pishachas (also known as Pisacas in the Megami Tensei series) are a kind of flesh-eating preta whose origin is obscure at best. It is claimed that they were either created by Brahma, the sons of the personification of anger Krodha, or born from Daksha's daughter. They are depicted as having dark skin, protruding, red eyes and bulging veins. It is suggested that the pishachas have their own language known as Paishachi.
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