Feeling Possessed? 140+ Demon Names For Every Evil Occasion

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Girl, why are you here? What are you researching? Nevermind. We don’t want to know. If you don’t ask us why we’ve Googled the creepy Elevator Game and Ouija board rules, we won’t ask why you’re looking up demon names. Of course, we have a few ideas. Whether you’re playing a demon in your favorite video game, creating a demon for your next Dungeons and Dragons campaign or just trying to name an evil character (demon or not), these demon names might be the way to go. Just be careful. Like Taylor Swift (roughly) said, “Play scary games, you win scary prizes.” The more we looked into these scary AF demons, the higher the hair on our arms seemed to raise. Our stupid prize for this research: Nightmares. Lots and lots of nightmares.

These names are, of course, a drop in the bucket. While Japanese demons and African demons have some of the best names and stories, there are also demons in Native American lore and Turkish history. And let’s not forget all the fictional demons you can find in pop culture. And remember all of the demons mentioned across various religions. Looking for the perfect demon name is a bit of a wild ride. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration right here.

Japanese Demon Names

While not all cultures subscribe to the concept of demons, the Japanese have long held their existence. In Japanese culture, demons, or oni, are often women known as hannya in the Noh Theater. Hannya were women consumed by rage or jealousy that turned into demons even before they died. (So, kind of like they’re possessed.) There are also Japanese yokai which, though hard to classify, are often considered demons. We’re saving some names for a list of female demons further down. However, here are some popular male oni and yokai.

  • Aka Manto — Aka Manto terrorizes women’s restrooms and gives women impossible choices. No matter what they choose, they’ll die.
  • Amanojaku — Don’t let Amanojaku’s small size fool you. “Jaku” means “evil” in Japanese.
  • Gashadokuro — These demons are actually giant skeletons and they get more fulfillment at the sight of splattered blood than anything else.
  • Jubokko — Jubokko are murderous trees that, weirdly enough, also have the power to heal… if they want to do so.
  • Kappa — Giant, red, river-dwelling frogs that want to kill you? Sounds fun!
  • Obariyon — Cute, but super deadly, Obariyon pounce on tourists and grow increasingly heavier until they crush them.
  • Shuten Dōji — This guy has fifteen eyes and five horns. He’s also bright red and 50 feet tall.

African Demons

First, we should start by saying that Africa is a continent, not a country. As such, there are multiple cultures and religions, meaning there are a ton of different possible demons to choose from. We decided to include a few of our most favorite and the most interesting demon lore we found while researching.

  • Aicha Kandicha (Morocco) — This demon gal is believed to reside near water and is known for being so beautiful she can lure men to her. Once she’s got her proverbial claws in the man, she drives him crazy and then murders him.
  • Kishi (Angola) — Kishi seem to be the male response to Aicha Kandicha. In this story, the Kishi has two faces, one of an attractive male and the other of a hyena. The attractive male lures women close and then the hyena face devours them.
  • Mbwiri (Central Africa) — There is some evidence that many cases of Mbwiri possession are actually just a link to epilepsy. During a possession, a shaman is called and the Mbwiri and the shaman drive out the demon together.
  • Tibicena (Canary Islands) — There’s not a lot of information about the Tibicena, other than it’s believed these demons resemble dogs and they’ll attack basically anyone.
  • Zār (Cairo) — Stories about Zār can be found throughout the horn of Africa. It’s believed that Zār mostly possesses women and tortures them.

Native American Demons

Demons from Indigenous people’s folklore are eerily tied to the flaws of humanity. These demons below inspire both self-reflection and terror.

  • Wendigo — The wendigo is the embodiment of evil. It is a cannibalistic man-eating monster. Legend has it wendigos are human beings who have been consumed with selfishness and gluttony.
  • Skin Walkers — Skin walkers have crooked bodies and human-like faces with red eyes. They are usually people who practice medicine or healing who have used their powers for evil. Skin walkers are also demons who are manifested from the terrible deeds of man.

Ars Goetia Demon Names

The term “Ars Goetia” seems to come from The Lesser Key of Solomon which is a grimoire of demonology, in essence, a book of magic that includes instructions on summoning spirits. In this case, specifically demons. While the original text that made up The Lesser Key of Solomon was much older, the book itself was compiled sometime in the 17th century. So, we’re talking about some seriously old demons, often also referred to in religious texts. The Ars Goetia was one of five part of the book, which specifically dealt with the summoning of demons. There are 72 demons listed in the Ars Goetia, including nine “king” demons. These are the most interesting.

  • Baal/Bael — Baal has invisibility powers and seems to be the head of all the demons. Fitting… since he has three heads. He also keeps a toad and man with him.
  • Vine — King Vine is also an Earl who can conjure storms and turn the sea. We’re most intrigued by the imagery he evokes. Vine is most often depicted as a man with a lion’s head, riding a large black bear and also carrying a snake.
  • Zagan — On the surface, Zagan seems like the most “anti-God.” He’s known for turning wine into water. But, he can also turn it back into wine. He can also turn blood into wine or oil. Seems useful, albeit creepy. Another skill: He can make currency out of whatever metal happens to be in his possession.
  • Valefar — This Duke of Hell seems like a bit of a trickster. He’s the demon who tempts people to steal and is in charge of continuing relationships with Earth-bound thieves.
  • Zepar — Zepar is kind of the worst and incredibly cruel. A bit of an evil cupid, this Duke makes women fall for men and then matches the two together… only to then make the woman barren.

Demon Names From The Ars Goetia

  1. Agares

Meaning: “50 legions has control”

  1. Aim

Meaning: Beloved

  1. Allocer

Meaning: The Great Duke of Hell

  1. Amdusias/Amduscias/Amdukias/Ambduscias

Meaning: A fallen angel

  1. Amy/Avnas

Meaning: Beloved or well-loved

  1. Andras

Meaning: Man or warrior

  1. Andrealphus

Meaning: A peacock who transforms into a human

  1. Andromalius

Meaning: A Great Earl of Hell

  1. Asmodeus/Ashmodai/Asmodeus/Asmody/Asmoday

Meaning: Wrath or demon

  1. Astaroth

Meaning: A Great Duke of Hell and part of the evil trinity

  1. Baal/Bael

Meaning: Owner or lord

  1. Balam

Meaning: Jolly

  1. Barbas

Meaning: Uncle or man with a beard

  1. Barbatos

Meaning: Bearded

  1. Bathin

Meaning: Inner, inward, or hidden

More Demon Names From The Ars Goetia

  1. Beleth
  2. Belial/Belhor/Baalial/Beliar/Beliall/Beliel
  3. Berith
  4. Botis
  5. Buer
  6. Bune
  7. Caacrinolaas
  8. Camio/Caim
  9. Crocell
  10. Dantalion
  11. Decarabia
  12. Eligos/Abigor
  13. Flauros
  14. Focalor
  15. Foras
  16. Forneus
  17. Furcas
  18. Furfur/Furtur
  19. Gaap/Goap
  20. Gamigin
  21. Gremory
  22. Gusion
  23. Haagenti
  24. Ipos/Ipes
  25. Kimaris
  26. Malphas
  27. Malthus
  28. Marchosias
  29. Morax
  30. Murmur/Murmux
  31. Orias
  32. Orobas
  33. Ose
  34. Paimon
  35. Phenex/Phoenix
  36. Purson/Curson/Pursan
  37. Raum
  38. Sabnock
  39. Saleos
  40. Seir/Sear
  41. Shax
  42. Sitri
  43. Stolas
  44. Valak
  45. Valefar
  46. Vapula
  47. Vassago
  48. Vepar
  49. Vine
  50. Vual
  51. Zagan/Zagam
  52. Zepar

Dungeons and Dragons Demon Names

While in some worlds, demons and devils are one and the same, in D&D, they’re two very different entities. There are also two different types of demons. The Obyrinth are an ancient race that actually lived long before humans. The Tanar’ri were originally created as Obyrinth’s slaves. They rebelled and are now the more dominant species of demon.

  1. Alkilith
  2. Arrow demon
  3. Asima
  4. Babau
  5. Balor
  6. Bar-lgura
  7. Bechard
  8. Cabiri
  9. Cerebrilith
  10. Chasme
  11. Dagon
  12. Glabrezu
  13. Goristro
  14. Hezrou
  15. Immolith
  16. Kastighur
  17. Klurichir
  18. Mane
  19. Marilith
  20. Maurezhi
  21. Molydeus
  22. Nalfeshnee
  23. Obox-ob
  24. Orlath
  25. Pale Night
  26. Pazuzu
  27. Sorrowsworn
  28. The Malgoth
  29. The Queen of Chaos
  30. Ubothar
  31. Ugudenk
  32. Uridezu
  33. Vrock
  34. Vroth-Khun

Female Demon Names

  1. Abyzou (Jewish mythology)
  2. Agrat bat Mahlat (Jewish mythology)
  3. Al Ana (Turkish folklore)
  4. Eisheth (Jewish mythology)
  5. Jorōgumo (Japanese yokai)
  6. Kiyohime (Japanese oni)
  7. Kuchisake-onna (Japanese oni)
  8. Kyōkotsu (Japanese yokai, inspiration for The Ring)
  9. Nure Onna (Japanese yokai)
  10. Oiwa (Japanese oni)
  11. Qandisa (Morocco)
  12. Ruby (From ‘Supernatural’)
  13. Uji no hashihime (Japanese oni)
  14. Yamauba (Japanese oni)
  15. Yuki-onna (Japanese oni)

Fictional Demons

  1. Aatrox (League of Legends)

Meaning: Savage or cruel

  1. Abalam (The Last Exocism)

Meaning: The name of a demonic king who served Paimon, a Goetic demon

  1. Aku (Samurai Jack)

Meaning: Moon god

  1. Alichino (Dante’s Inferno)

Meaning: The Italian word for harlequin. It’s also the name of a Malebranche member, a group in charge of guarding the Bolgia Five in the Eight Circles of Hell.

  1. Balthazar (Evil Dead)

Meaning: “Bel protects the King”

  1. Barbas (Charmed)

Meaning: Uncle or man with a beard

Even More Demon Names

  1. Crowley (Supernatural)
  2. Farfarello (Dante’s Inferno)
  3. Paimon (Hereditary)
  4. Wendigo (Pet Cemetery and Supernatural)

Demon Name Generator

None of these suit your fancy? You’re in luck! You still have two options. One, you can do some more research and you’ll discover that our giant list of demon names is still only a drop in the bucket. Or you can use a handy-dandy demon name generator to find the perfect (but probably made-up) demon name for whatever demon you’re dreaming up.

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