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Demonic Physiology
Dante and Virgil
Dante and Vergil (Devil May Cry) are the twin sons of the legendary Dark Knight Sparda. As such, they possess a fraction of his demonic powers, as well as the ability to transform into full fledged demons.

Power/Ability to:

Use the traits of demons.

The power to use the abilities of demons. Variation of Mythic Physiology. Opposite to Angel Physiology.

Also Called

  • Demon Mimicry/Physiology
  • Devil Mimicry/Physiology


User with this ability either is or can transform into a demon, an evil spirit, fallen angel or Satanic divinity. Most commonly user retains their general form but with some additions; horns, claws, fangs and tail are common, as are wings, more fit (muscular and/or larger) body and color change (red, blue or black dominate) but there are several kinds of demons who are far less humanoid, varying from strange, surreal or even absolutely horrific.

For practical reasons demons can be divided into three groups defined by what they are formed from:

Physical Demons aren't necessarily solid matter, but they are material/energy beings with relatively defined/stable form and often at least somewhat human-like mind. Most users that aren't originally of demonic stock have this variation. Note that demons of this group aren't necessarily any weaker than those of the other groups, they are simply more "solid" in mind and body.

Spiritual Demons are completely spiritual beings, and thus far less bound to the laws of physics or single form. Many of them think in ways that are only tangentially relatable to humans, and their forms are both transient and often downright surreal.

Ethereal Demons are often both the most powerful and ancient demons, in some ways closer to sentient concepts than anything else. As such, relating to them in any way is likely impossible.


Physical Demons

Spiritual Demons

Ethereal Demons

Common Powers

Following powers are among the most common ones demons may have:


Many Demons have different interests and/or they are Created for different purposes, so many have additional abilities, like Demons of Plagues, Wrath or other Seven Sins just to name few. For more examples, see The Lesser Key of Solomon.



  • Some may have an unstable personality, even mistaken for Possession.
  • May have a hard time returning to normal.
  • May be overpowered by Angel Physiology or other holy powers.

Known Users

See Also: Our Demons Are Different


  • Hunson Abadeer (Adventure Time)
  • Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
  • HIM (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Valtor (Winx Club)


  • Hellboy (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Belial (DC Comics)
  • Blue Devil (DC Comics)
  • Etrigan/Jason Blood (DC Comics)
  • Merlin (DC Comics)
  • Lord Scapegoat (DC Comics)
  • Trigon and his children (DC Comics)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Violator (Image Comics)
  • Azazel (Marvel Comics)
  • Belasco (Marvel Comics)
  • Blackheart (Marvel Comics)
  • Blade (Marvel Comics)
  • Dormammu (Marvel Comics)
  • Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics)
  • Mephisto (Marvel Comics)
  • Satannish (Marvel Comics)
  • Zarathos (Marvel Comics)


  • Legion (5ive Girls)
  • Belladonna (All Dogs Go To Heaven)
  • Red (All Dogs Go To Heaven)
  • Lillith "Lily" Sullivan (Case 39)
  • Helena/The Demon (The Devil's Rock)
  • Demons (I, Frankenstein)


  • Astaroth (Dictionnaire Infernal)
  • Baal (Dictionnaire Infernal)
  • Buer (Dictionnaire Infernal)
  • Demons (Religion)
  • The Devil (Religion)


  • Beranabus (Darren Shan series)
  • Beranabus (The Demonata)
  • Demons (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Fanoxean (The Young Guardians)

Live Action TV

  • Alexia (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Duna (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Graziel (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Iris (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Demons and half-demons (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
    • Cordelia Chase
    • Allen Francis Doyle
    • Illyria
    • Anya Jenkins
    • Lorne
    • Whistler
  • Cole Turner/Belthazor (Charmed)
  • Demons (Charmed)
  • The Beast (Doctor Who)
  • Demons (Reaper)
  • Morgan (Reaper)
  • Alec Abrams/Devilicus (Smallville)
  • Demons (Supernatural)
  • Callisto (Xena: Warrior Princess)


  • Oga Tatsumi (Beelzebub)
  • Apostles (Berserk)
  • Hannah Annafellows (Black Butler)
  • Claude Faustis (Black Butler)
  • Sebastian Michealis (Black Butler)
  • Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler); anime only
  • The Triplets (Black Butler)
    • Cantebury
    • Thompson
    • Timber
  • Ulquiorra Cifer (Bleach); via Resurrección: Segunda Etapa
  • Some Hollows (Bleach)
  • Hollow Ichigo (Bleach); via hollow form
  • Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist)
  • Lucemon Shadowlord Mode (Digimon Frontier)
  • Demons (Dragon Ball series)
  • Majin (Dragon Ball series)
  • Demons (Fairy Tail)
    • Etherious
  • Mirajane Strauss (Fairy Tail)
  • Genpachi Inukai (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East)
  • Kobungo Inuta (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East)
  • Shiro Ashiya (Hataraku Maou-sama)
  • Sadao Maou (Hataraku Maou-sama)
  • Hanzo Urushihara (Hataraku Maou-sama)
  • Alucard (Hellsing); in various forms
  • Devils (Highschool DxD)
  • Demon Clan (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Jio (O-Parts Hunter/666 Satan)
  • Scanty and Kneesocks (Panty and Stocking)
  • Asura (Soul Eater)
  • Demons (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Kurama (Yu-Yu Hakusho)

Video Games

  • Emporer Doviculus (Brütal Legend)
  • Eddie Riggs (Brütal Legend)
  • The Tainted Coil (Brütal Legend)
  • Lucifer (Dante's Inferno)
  • Dante (Devil May Cry)
  • Nero (Devil May Cry)
  • Sparda (Devil May Cry)
  • Virgil (Devil May Cry)
  • Devilman (Devil World)
  • Demons (Diablo)
  • Lesser Evils (Diablo)
  • Prime Evils (Diablo)
  • Demons (Disgaea)
  • Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII); via Chaos
  • Hades (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Medusa (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Pandora (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Thanatos (Kid Icarus Uprising)
  • Gargos (Killer Instinct 2)
  • Omen (Killer Instinct (2013))
  • Demise (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
  • Ashrah (Mortal Kombat)
  • Sareena (Mortal Kombat)
  • Christopher (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Justine Divalgelo (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Fleming (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Johnson (Shadows of the Damned)
  • George Reed (Shadows of the Damned)
  • The Sisters Grim (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Elliot Thomas (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Akuma/Gouki (Street Fighter)
  • Jin Kazama (Tekken)
  • Kazuya Mishima (Tekken)
  • Astaroth (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Baphomet (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Demon Lord (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Empusa (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Flu (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Mephistopheles (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Vepar (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Illidan (World of Warcraft)
  • Sargeras (World of Warcraft)

Web Animation






Live Action TV


Video Games

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