The ability to gain power from demonic forces, spirits, and/or concepts. Variation of Affinity. Opposite to Divine Empowerment.

Also Called

  • Demonic Affinity/Channeling/Curse


Users are able to acquire power from demonic forces. Often times, they're cursed with the evil from unholy items, spirits, or concepts. Sometimes their bodies are warped and twisted into a hellish parody of their previous state, becoming demons. Some are able to switch in and out of their new forms at will. Those who are too weak to control the power will lose their sanity as well as their souls.



  • Likely requires a ritual to be infused with demonic power.
    • The the ritual be a failure, the results could be disastrous, and the damage could be irreversible.
  • Needs a strong will to control the evil energy, and even momentary weakness is exploited.
  • May require an item from/through which the power is drawn.
  • The demonic force could take over the host.
  • May be overwhelmed by Divine Empowerment.

Known Users


  • Pitch Black (Guardians of Childhood)


  • Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)


  • Slayers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Special Children (Supernatural)
    • Sam Winchester (Supernatural)


  • Ultra-Robots (Samurai Jack)


  • Edward Bloomberg (DC Comics)
  • Trigon (DC Comics)
  • Raven (DC Comics)
  • Gluttony (DC Comics)
  • Greed (DC Comics)
  • Lust (DC Comics)
  • Wrath (DC Comics)
  • Envy (DC Comics)
  • Sloth (DC Comics)
  • Belial (DC Comics)
  • Merlin (DC Comics)
  • Lord Scapegoat (DC Comics)
  • Etrigan/Jason Blood (DC Comics)
  • Sabbac (DC Comics)
  • Belasco (Marvel Comics)
  • Darkdevil (Marvel Comics)
  • Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics)
  • Hobgoblin/Jason Philip Macendale, Jr (Marvel Comics); when empowered by Demogoblin
  • Magik (Marvel Comics); when in Darkchylde form
  • Hellspawn (Image Comics/Spawn)
    • Al Simmons/Spawn
  • Jackie Estacado (Witchblade)
  • Savanti Romero (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)


  • Hinata Sugai (Ah My Buddha); via losing control of her power
  • Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Younger Tugoro (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Elder Toguro (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Hollow Ichigo (Bleach)
  • Casca (Berserk)
  • Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Hendrickson (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Reactors (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Video Games

  • Shin (Breath of Fire II)
  • Calypso (Twisted Metal series)
  • Dante (Devil May Cry series)
  • Vergil (Devil May Cry series)
  • Nero (Devil May Cry 4)
  • Arkham (Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening)
  • The Order Of The Sword (Devil May Cry 4)
  • Rachel (Ninja Gaiden)
  • Genshin (Ninja Gaiden 2)
  • Kazuya Mishima (Tekken)
  • Jin Kazama (Tekken)
  • Jinpachi Mishima (Tekken)
  • Akuma/Oni (Street Fighter)
  • Ryu/Evil Ryu (Street Fighter)
  • Kairi (Street Fighter)
  • Sakura (Street Fighter)
  • Dan (Street Fighter)
  • Nightmare (Soul series)
  • Warlocks (Warcraft series)

Known Items

  • Tessaiga (Inuyasha)
  • Blade of the Archfiend (Ninja Gaiden)