Demons (悪魔, Akuma)? are the main enemies and a key feature of the Megami Tensei franchise.

Profile[edit | edit source]

In the Megami Tensei franchise, "demon" refers to any supernatural entity that can bring harm to human beings or interfere with their lives in one way or another. This includes more conventional malevolent demons, folktale creatures, deities, and Judeo-Christian angels.

Although classified as demons, angels tend to differentiate themselves from demons, and likewise the demons view them as separate. Angels also includes demons that have submitted to God and have become His servants.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

"Once a term used to describe the anthropomorphized versions of natural phenomena or, in certain cultures, minions of evil. Presently used to describe the non-terrestrial life-forms that appeared after God's Plan. The term encompasses a variety of creatures across a spectrum of cultural backgrounds.

There are over fifty known demon races, identified by appearances and origin

Modern reports of demons place their emergence in the 1980s, though at the time their presence was so low that they were often dismissed as urban legend. After the incident with the Yamato Perpetual Reactor in which a gate to the Expanse was created, the demon population surged. Following God's Plan, reports of humans turning into demons also began to surface, although the cause for this remains unknown. One theory asserts that the magnetite found naturally in all humans is somehow able to react to will and desire, sometimes triggering said transformation. If true, this theory would mean that all humans are then capable of becoming demons. The bulk of this theory comes from reports about human consumption of Reds, but because evidence of Red-induced transformation into demons are so rare, the theory remains speculative at best.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Notes, entry - "Demon"

Last Bible series[edit | edit source]

Known as monsters (魔獣, Majū)? they are a race of creatures that coexist with humanity. In the first game it was the Gaia Masters who revived the extinct race, and with the exception of Mephisto sought to protect their existence.

Persona series[edit | edit source]

In the Persona universe, known as Personas, gods and demons exist within the universal unconsciousness, which exists due to the Star Eater's influence. To resist the Star Eater's wave-like psyche, which was left on the surface after its main body became the moon, and stood as a contradiction to themselves, Earth's primitive life evolved a universal unconsciousness and the gods and demons within it. Gods and demons emerge from humans as a way of defending their psyches from the Star Eater.

Humans can also turn into demons if their psyche is destroyed, or if they are artificially given a different Persona after having theirs forcibly removed, especially in the cases where the extracted persona was artificially granted, as happened with Shiori Miyashiro, whose metamorphosis into the demon Wendigo was documented by Takahisa Kandori and the New World Order.

In Persona 5, demons appear in the form of humanoid Shadows who manifest within the Palaces of Shadow Selves, serving as guards and as minions. They do not initially remember being anything other than a Shadow, but can be reminded of their true origin from the Sea of Souls during negotiation. During a battle, their Shadow forms dissolve into red puddles that become their true forms. If cornered in a Hold Up or scared into surrender, they can negotiate with Phantom Thieves of Hearts for items, the return of captured party members, or to become new Personas. The Shadow Selves (and similar entities) also have demonic forms that erupt from the body, destroying it in the process.

Devil Children series[edit | edit source]

Demons are entities that reside across the countless worlds that exist in the Devil Children 'verse, created alongside humans and angels by the creator goddess Hoshigami. The power, lifespan, and whether they are part of a race of demons with the same name or an individual varies from demon to demon. A demon's soul can be found as a gem or floating spirit, allowing for the demon to be resurrected using means such as Relic Fusion. Unlike other franchises, demons are implied to not be born from the belief or emotions of humanity.

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner series[edit | edit source]

Demons are a person's true self, brought forth through the Atma virus that turns humans into avatar tuners. Some demons are able to dominate their original human personalities and take the place of their host, while others find either coexistence or an identity crisis born in others.

Role[edit | edit source]

A staple gameplay feature of the series is the ability to negotiate with and/or recruit demons as allies and party members, usually through the use of a COMP with the Demon Summoning Program installed; many demons will request Items or Macca in exchange for their services. In some games, most summoned demons require Magnetite in order to maintain their corporeal forms; without a constant supply they will lose HP with each step.


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Franchise-wide
Demon - Magic (Fusion Spell) - Battle Stats - Damage - Experience - Level - Element - Extra Skills - Critical - Status effects - Macca - Yen - Magnetite - Incense - Alignment - Moon Phase System - Demon Summoning Program (COMP) - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion - Skill Inheritance - Accidents / Special / Three-demon / Sacrificial / Sword) - Demonic Compendium - Evolution - Special conversation - Rag's Jewelry - Code Breaker - Turn Press - New Game Plus - Ultimate Boss - Streetpass - Password - Difficulty
Shin Megami Tensei series
Terminal - Guardian (if...) - RTS (NINE) - Magatama (3) - Reason (3) - EX Missions (SJ) - Challenge Quest (4) - Whisper event (4) - Smirk (4) - Barrier (4) - Partners (4A)
Devil Summoner series
Loyalty - Personality - Mystic Change - Nemechi (SH) - Case Files (RKKA)
Majin Tensei series
Rank - Affinity (2) - Arcana (Ronde)
Persona series
Shadows / Personas (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Ancestor / Reverse / Sub) - Skill Card - Totem (1) - Type/Subtype (1+2) - Affinity (1+2) - Rank (1+2) - Mystic Change (1+2+5) - One More (3-5) - Growth Rate (1+2) - Unknown Power (1+EP) - Personality (1+2, 5) - Material Card (2) - Mutation (2) - All-Out Attack (Cut-in) - Heart Item (3) - Shuffle Time (3+4) - Daily Life (3-5) - Calendar (3-5) - Social Stats (3-5) - Social Link (3+4) - Tactics (3-5) - Requests (3-5;Q+Q2) - Arcana Chance (4) - Forecasts (Fusion / Weather) (4+5) - Guard (3P+4+5) - Boost (Q+Q2) - Power Spot (Q+Q2) - F.O.E (Q+Q2) - Confidant (5) - Technical (5) Treasure Demon (5) - Party Switch (5) - Disaster Shadow (5R) - Fusion alarm (5R) - Persona Traits (5R) - Third Eye (5)
Devil Children series
Trainer - Bank - BattleNet - Relic Fusion - Power Fusion - Powers
Digital Devil Saga series
Berserk Mode (2)
Devil Survivor series
Devil Auction - Extra Turn Battle - Skill Crack - Titles (DSO / DS2 / RB) - Fate System (2) - Add-On (2)
Other
Equip Type (GMT:TM) - Class Change (TMS♯FE) - Topic System (TMS♯FE) - Side Quests (TMS♯FE) - Ad-lib Performance (TMS♯FE) - Session (TMS♯FE) - Dual Arts (TMS♯FE)
Megami Tensei Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Megami Tensei (Atlus) - II - Kyūyaku
Shin Megami Tensei Shin Megami Tensei - II / Gaiden: Ma To Houkai - if... / Hazama's Chapter - J - NINE -
III: Nocturne / Pachislot - 20XX / Devil's Colosseum - IMAGINE - Tokyo Requiem - Strange Journey (Redux) - Devil Hunter Zero - IV / Apocalypse - Devil Collection - Synchronicity Prologue - Liberation Dx2 - V
Last Bible Last Bible - II - Another Bible - III - Special -
New Testament / II: Hajimari no Fukuin / III: Mugen no Eiyuu
Majin Tensei Majin Tensei - II: Spiral Nemesis - Ronde - Blind Thinker / II
Devil Summoner Devil Summoner / Pinball: Judgment - Soul Hackers / Intruder / Soul Hackers New Generation -
Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Persona Megami Ibunroku Persona (PSP Remake) / Ikū no Tō Hen -
2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment / Lost Memories / Infinity Mask -
3 (FES* / Portable*) / Dancing in Moonlight
4 (Golden*) / Arena / Ultimax / Dancing All Night
5 (Royal*) / Dancing in Starlight / Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
Q: Shadow of the Labryinth - Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Devil Children Black Book / Red Book - White Book - DemiKids Light / Dark - Fire Book / Ice Book -
Messiah Riser - Puzzle de Call! - Appli de Call! - Devil Children Mobile
Digital Devil Saga Avatar Tuner - 2 - A's TEST Server
Devil Survivor Devil Survivor (Overclocked) - 2 (Record Breaker) / The Extra World
Jack Series Jack Bros. - Demonic Help Party
Other games Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku - Card Summoner - Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE - Maken X - Catherine / Full Body
Digital Devil Story (Novels) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - 2: Warrior of the Demon City - 3: Demise of the Reincarnation
New Digital Devil Story New Digital Devil Story: Goddess of Enchainment - 2: Queen of the Ice Fields - 3: Planet of the Devil - 4: Wrath of the Young Emperor - 5: Eternal Goddess - 6: Bonds of Reincarnation
Other Novels Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Shibito Ekishi - Giten Megami Tensei: Distant Flow ~EXILE~ - Megami Ibunroku Persona: Shadow Maze - Persona 3: Shadow Cry / Owari no Kakera / Alternative Heart / Velvet Blue - Persona x Detective Naoto - Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel
Anime Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Tokyo Revelation - Persona -trinity soul- - Persona 3 The Movie - Persona 4 The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation - DeviChil - Devil Children: Light & Dark - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Manga Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation - if... / Kahn - IV: DEMONIC GENE / -Prayers- - Gaiten: Hato no Senki - EDEN - CG Senki: Dante no Mon - Majin Tensei - Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito - Megami Ibunroku Persona - Persona: Tsumi to Batsu - Persona 3 - Persona 4 / Arena - Persona Q: -Roundabout- - Persona 5 - Persona Q2: Roundabout Special - Devil Children / Light & Dark - Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner: Shinen no Matou - Devil Survivor - 2: -Show Your Free Will- / The Animation Manga
Mobile Apps The Night Before - QIX - Chaining Soul - Aegis: The First Mission - Em - Illust Puzzle - Escape - Social - Ain Soph - Mobile Online - The Card Battle - Colors - Persona O.A. - Mobile Phone Demon Collection - Atlus Casino - Devil Summoning Program - Digital Novel
Other The Amala Multiverse - Earth - Expanse - Great Will - Protagonists - In popular culture
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