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Manananggal is a demon first appearing in Shin Megami Tensei V.


Manananggal is a mythical creature in the Philippines, described as scary and often hideous, usually depicted as female. It is said to prey on sleeping, pregnant women, sucking their blood or the hearts of fetuses. It also haunts newlyweds or couples in love.

The name comes from the Tagalog word tanggal, which means "to remove" or "to separate." which literally translates as "remover" or "separator." In this case, "one who separates itself." This refers to the creature's ability to sever its upper torso.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Manananggal
Flag of Japan Japanese マナナンガル (Mananangaru)
Flag of South Korea Korean 마나낭갈 (Mananang-gal)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China.svg Traditional Chinese 馬納南加爾 (Mǎ nà nán jiā'ěr)


  • In an interview with Masayuki Doi, Manananggal was a demon he strongly pushed to include when the staff was selecting demons in the early stages of the game. That is because all other demons were selected to fulfill a certain genre or role, and while considering what modern Shin Megami Tensei fans would like to see in terms of design, they decided they wanted to mix in more "extreme, experimental" roles as well, with Manananggal being "the horror character." [1]