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The 11 Most Infamous Demons Of All Time

Oh, demons. If they're not after your livestock, they're after your soul. For more evil demons and ingenious ways to get around their mischief, check out Constantine, NBC's new show featuring an exorcist detective bent on saving humankind from dark, occult, and demonic threats. Now airing Fridays at 10/9c on NBC.

1. Abyzou

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Origins: Jewish mythology

Attributes: Abyzou murders a child every night, she never sleeps, and she attacks virgins, babies, and pregnant women.

Appearance: She has green skin and, according to some sources, the lower body of a fish or serpent.

How to Defend Yourself: Try out the magic of Solomon or write "archangel Raphael" on some papyrus.

2. Spring-Heeled Jack

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Origin: Victorian England

Attributes: Best known for his superhuman jumping abilities, spitting flame, violent clawing, and his preference for attacking young women.

Appearance: He was reported to look like a tall, thin gentleman with metallic claws and burning red eyes.

How to Defend Yourself: Hang out in large groups of well-armed people.

3. Mephistopheles


Origin: 16th-Century German Faust folklore

Attributes: A tragic, cynical fallen angel known for corrupting souls and bringing them to Satan. He is a prominent demon in literature who's mentioned by Goethe, Marlowe, and Mann.

Appearance: Winged and horned.

How to Defend Yourself: Don't sell him your soul. DUH.

4. The Jersey Devil

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History: First identified by Native Americans in New Jersey

Attributes: Though terrifying to humans and threatening to livestock, this demon has become a point of pride for the people of New Jersey — they've even named a hockey team after it.

Appearance: It stands on two legs, has the head of a goat, the wings of a bat, horns, cloven hoofs, and a forked tail.

How to Defend Yourself: Shoot it with a gun or blast it with a firehose.

5. Nergal


Origin: Sumero-Babylonia

Attributes: Nergal is the demonic god of the underworld associated with plague, ruination, war, and pestilence.

Appearance: He is often shown wearing a long robe and holding a scimitar or scepter.

How to Defend Yourself: Worship him and beg for mercy.

6. Lilith

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Origin: Widely debated

Attributes: Lilith is a succubus demon who fornicates with men while they're asleep. She also strangles and steals children at night.

Appearance: She is said to look like a normal woman but with wings.

How to Defend Yourself: Concerned that your children have been possessed by Lilith? Just give them some amulets and/or a tap on the nose.

7. Pazuzu

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Origin: Assyrian and Babylonian mythology

Attributes: As king of the wind demons, he is known for inflicting humankind with storms, droughts, and plagues. Also notable for possessing Regan from The Exorcist (1973).

Appearance: He is depicted as having a scaly body, a dog-like head, taloned feet, wings, a scorpion's tail, and a serpentine penis. Yikes.

How to Defend Yourself: Wear or decorate your home with Pazuzu amulets. #RespectPazuzu

8. Asmodeus

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Origins: Jewish legend

Attributes: A fallen angel who became the demon of lust, jealousy, rage, lechery, luxury, and gambling. He was often brought up during the Salem Witch Trials as a demon with whom the witches were accused of fornicating.

Appearance: A devil with rooster legs.

How to Defend Yourself: Burning a fish's gall on some coals will make Asmodeus flee pronto. (We assume this would work pretty well on non-demons too.)

9. Krampus

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Origin: Germany

Attributes: Krampus is the anti-Santa. Instead of handing out presents to good children, he beats the bad children and is fabled to steal them off to the underworld.

Appearance: Krampus is half goat and half demon.

How to Defend Yourself: Don't be a naughty boy or girl if you want to avoid a holiday season demon beating.

10. Aka Manah

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Origin: Zoroastrian mythology

Attributes: Often referred to as the demon of evil intentions, Aka Manah tempts people to betray their moral responsibilities (ex: not saving someone's life, not being a good parent, etc.). He also enjoys making babies cry by showing them images of the fate of the world.

Appearance: He has blonde hair, blue eyes, tusks instead of teeth, and a long tail.

How to Defend Yourself: Try calling up his rival god, Vohu Manah.

11. Lady Midday


Origin: Slavic mythology

Attributes: This demon asks tough questions to farm laborers, and when they answer a question incorrectly, she beheads them.

Appearance: She sometimes appears as a young girl, sometimes a beautiful woman, and sometimes a crone.

How to Defend Yourself: Answer all her questions correctly.

To see demons like these get put in their place, don't miss Constantine, Fridays at 10/9c on NBC.

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