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Specific games in the series:
- Shin Megami Tensei I
- Shin Megami Tensei II
- Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne
- Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
- Digital Devil Saga
- Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army
- Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon
- Devil Survivor
- Devil Survivor 2
- Persona 2
- Persona 3
- Persona 4
This page is meant for the characters that occur frequently in the series.
- All Your Powers Combined: After Earth has consumed his fellow teammates in Digital Devil Saga 2, his Yaksa form becomes Abaddon and can now use his teammates' skills.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Aleph fights his heart in Shin Megami Tensei II
- Blob Monster: Most of his depictions.
- Cave Mouth
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Kick the Dog: In Shin Megami Tensei II, Abaddon tells Aleph that Michael promised to restore it as an angel if it swallowed Valhalla District. It's Blatant Lies.
- Womb Level: in Shin Megami Tensei II, Aleph gets to explore his innards after Abbaddon eats Valhalla.
Alice is a minor character appearing in the Shin Megami Tensei series. A young girl possessing formidable magic powers, she is taken care of by her 'uncles', the Count in Red and the Baron in Black, of which both care for her deeply.
- Alice Allusion
- The Shin Megami Tensei Alice shares many physical similarities with the character, most notably the blue dress and the blond hair. Also, her signature move "Die For Me!" seems to draw inspiration from the book. Furthermore, her Shin Megami Tensei: IMAGINE attack, "Mad Tea Party", takes further inspiration from the book as it references the chapter in which the protagonist met the Mad Hatter and March Hare.
- In Strange Journey, Alice desires to catch the Hare of Inaba in the Ex Mission "Catch That Rabbit". For extra points, it involves falling down several holes.
- Back From the Dead
- Bonus Boss
- In Shin Megami Tensei II, Alice can be fought should Aleph manage to find a distinct gold chest in the factory near Betelguese's lair. Upon reaching the Gold Chest, Alice appears and asks Aleph whether she can keep the treasure. Should Aleph answer no, Alice attacks Aleph. Defeating her awards players with one of the five strongest weapons of the game.
- Alice appears as a secret demon in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army. In order to summon her, Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV must first hear a rumor from the blond girl in the Shin-Sekai Soda Joint describing telephone booths around the capital. He then must check the public phone in Tsukudo-Cho near the shrine with a Belial in the party. Next, he must check the phone in Harumi-Cho with a Nebiros in the party. Finally, with both demons in party, Raidou must answer the phone in Ginza-Cho, which will call Alice up from Hell. If Raidou defeats her, he can then summon her by fusing Raja Naga and Jack Frost.
- Alice appears as a Case File boss for the Chaos-Alignment exclusive "One Girl's Happiness" case in Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon. First, Raidou must complete the two "My Wish" cases. Later, a request from "Uncle Red and Uncle Black" will appear in the Case Files section. They have lost Alice and come to Raidou for help finding her. Raidou must then speak to two girls by the Tamoten Shrine in Tsukudo-Cho. According to them, there's a rumor that a blue-eyed foreign girl lingers in the back stall of a bathroom in their school. The girl will ask a person if they will be her friend, and if somebody agrees then she will kill them. The girl who explains the rumor reveals that she said no and that the girl is still haunting her. Alice will then appear and pose the same question to Raidou. Regardless of the answer, a battle will initiate.
- Alice can be summoned in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey after the MC finishes the Ex-Mission "Catch that Rabbit" in Sector Fornax and after reaching Level 39 with the Fiend Converter. Originally, she posts the mission herself to ensure the capture of the "rabbit", upon which the MC pursues the rabbit across several holes until cornered. Once this happens, Alice, if allowed, will begin brutalizing the rabbit until stopped by the protagonist and confronted. Upon defeat, she will fade away.
- In Devil Survivor 2 she is the ultimate boss who can only be fought during a New Game+ and once all other bonus bosses have been defeated. She is also accompaned by Belial and Nebiros in the fight.
- During the Snow Queen Quest in P 1 P, at Devil's Peak, Alice can be found as a boss-strength random encounter. She's level 99, strong to everything and has 999 HP. You can't run, negotiate, or recruit her. Beating her nets you quite the sum of XP. though.
- But Thou Must!: When the Protagonist confronts Alice in Shin Megami Tensei I, she questions if the Protagonist would "die for her" and join the citizens of Roppongi. Should the Protagonist decline, he is forced to fight both Belial and Nebiros in separate battles. Alternatively, even should the Protagonist agree, he will not die, bemusing Alice and forcing them to fight both Belial and Nebiros.
- Came Back Wrong: Very much so. She was once just a normal human, you see. Now she spends her days befriending everyone who will take the time to chat with her for a while... before brutally having them killed by Wonderland's soldiers and her obscenely overpowered magic.
- The Hare of Inaba explains it best in Strange Journey: the Fiend you keep on fighting throughout the games is very likely not even the real Alice, but rather, her memory, born of the magics that rendered the original insane and very likely killed her. This is what caused the rather twisted form of reincarnation, as mentioned above. And the worst part? The demons gave her that magic because they loved her. They wanted her to be forever young, forever happy. Talk about Hoist by His Own Petard...
- Catch Phrase: "Could you die for me, please?" which is the origin of her Signature Move "Die For Me!".
- Composite Character: While the Lewis Carroll references are abundant, there's also a Scandinavian myth of a girl named Alice that died when she was young, became a spirit, and was driven insane from her extreme magical power. The myth was used to scare children into behaving, or else Alice would kill them at night so that she could be "friends" with them. Her actions in the first Shin Megami Tensei are an allusion to this myth, and her compendium entry in Strange Journey seem to suggest that she could be a reference to one or the other.
- The Mad Hatter and a demon based on the White Rabbit called Clock Rabbit have appeared within the Devil Children games. With Alice and Clock Rabbit appearing in Devil Children White. Making it possible that she could possibly be both.
- Creepy Child: Her innocence, her powers and her sadism really don't mix well.
- Creepy Doll: In Shin Megami Tensei II she's shown holding dolls resembling the Red Count and the Black Baron, two important characters from Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Cute Ghost Girl
- Dark Magical Girl: For all her cuteness, she's still a powerful Fiend and often ranks high in Lovers and Death Arcanas.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Alice had befriended Nebiros and Belial since she was an ordinary mortal girl.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Give Me Your Inventory Item: In Shin Megami Tensei I, she asks the protagonist to give her a Hiranya.
- Has Two "Uncles": Nebiros and Belial
- Fate Worse Than Death: Becoming her "friend"...
- Humanoid Abomination: She looks like a little girl. Doesn't mean she is, though.
- Life Drain: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, Life Drain was one of her starter attacks. Then, in Devil Survivor 2, she has Vitality Drain, which allows her to siphon HP from nearby enemies. And Die For Me! now works like this - except it now devours all of her opponents' HP and MP!
- Little Miss Badass: You will die if you decide to get cocky with her.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She's cheerfully oblivious to the horrors she causes.
- Night of the Living Mooks: In the Raidou Kuzunoha games, her battles have her continuously summoning undead monsters. And then you realize what happens to "her friends"...
- Original Generation: A Mon who doesn't come from any existing mythology (though see Composite Character above).
- Raised By Demons
- Reincarnation: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, the Hare Of Inaba notes both he and Alice were nothing but memories doomed to forever wander, repeating the cycle of pain and death endlessly, until the Protagonist defeated Alice and allowed both the Hare and Alice to move on.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After the battle with her in Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, Belial and Nebiros will appear and trap Alice's soul in a Staff of Death. They then give Raidou the Staff of Death asking him to revive Alice through fusion.
- Signature Move: "Die For Me!", the strongest Curse/Mudo-based skill in the Megaten series. She summons armies of corrupted Wonderland soldiers to skewer her enemies from the sky.
- Yandere: If you value your life, have no compunctions about destroying her. The results of failing to do so have already been amply exposed. On the other hand, be ready to deal with Belial and Nebiros if you do. The results of failing to do so are even worse. Except in Devil Survivor 2 where they leave after her death.
Originally Gods of Light. They were demonized and became Asuras thanks to YHVH. Though it might seem like they are all the same demon they are in fact a group of demons that share the same name. With each one having a different true form.
- Alternate Timeline: The goal of Ashura in Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon is to travel to the future of one.
- Amazing Technicolor Population (Ashura form)
- Badass Longcoat: Ahura Mazda in Majin Tensei.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Asherah
- Baleful Polymorph: YHWH did this to Ahura Mazda and Asherah and made them turn into Ashuras.
- Dragon-in-Chief: in Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Evil Blonde: Asherah
- Final Boss: In the Law and Neutral paths of Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Fetch Quest: Before facing Michael on the Law path in Shin Megami Tensei I, Ashura-Oh asks the protagonist to retrieve various things from Lucifer's generals to unlock the path to Michael
- Gender Bender/One-Winged Angel: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey: Ashura Oh(male)-> Asherah(female)
- Light Is Not Good: They were originally Gods of Light worshiped in Persia.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Asura/Ashura-Oh usually, Ahura Mazda in Megami Tensei II.
- Multiple Head Case: Ashura Oh
- Noble Demon: In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon he does exactly what you wish after beat him even though he was holding back.
- One-Winged Angel: In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, turn out that he's combat form of Dainichi Nyorai AKA Vairocana. His true form is Ahura Mazda.
- Rapunzel Hair: In Asherah form.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Asura in Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon desires to become his true form of Ahura Mazda which is only possible by fight other beings. So he intends to travel to the future of a Alternate Timeline and lead the forces of chaos against God. Which is implied to be Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Taken for Granite: His body does this while his soul acts as the Delphinus Parasite in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey.
- Time Travel: Asura aka Danichi Nyorai has the power to travel though time.
Astaroth is one of Lucifer's generals, who is actually the goddess Ishtar forcibly turned into a demon by YHVH.
- Blade on a Stick: Astaroth
- Bare Your Midriff: Ishtar
- Chekhov's Gunman: In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, Astaroth first appears after you defeat Inugami at Dark Tsukudo-cho mentioning he would like to challenge you to a battle in the future. In the Law and Neutral alignment Astaroth challenges you a battle near the end of the game, while he'll simply join you if your alignment is Chaos. If your alignment is Neutral or Chaos you will be able to fuse him after his second appearance.
- Cool Mask: Astaroth
- Composite Character: The result of a forcible fusion of Ishtar and her northern Semitic counterpart, Astarte.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Ishtar and Astaroth
- Fetch Quest: In Chaos route of Shin Megami Tensei I, after locating the throne room of Asura in the last floor basement, the hero will need to go back to Astaroth's room, where he will give him the "Wings of Astaroth"--a valuable item needed so Asura can forge the "Devil Ring" and the fight against Michael and his followers become available.
- Fiery Redhead: As Astaroth in Shin Megami Tensei and as Trisha in Catherine.
- Funny Afro: As Trisha in Catherine.
- Fusion Dance: According to Ishtar in Shin Megami Tensei II, YHVH forced Ishtar and Astarte to merge and become Astaroth before Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Gender Bender:
- Ishtar (female)->Astaroth (male)
- As Astaroth in Catherine
- Horse of a Different Color: Astaroth rides on a snake.
- Morphic Resonance: When Astaroth disguises himself as Louis Cypher in Shin Megami Tensei II, his hair remains red.
- Skippable Boss: In Shin Megami Tensei I, He appears defending the third floor basement if you are in the Law or Neutral paths, saying that "there's nothing more pitiful that the man who discards his individuality to willingly become a slave" (refering to the protagonist) before engaging the player in battle if he's not chaos alligned. This fight, however, is entire optional, as the player can choose to just take the stairs towards the next floor without having to enter Astaroth's room. After his defeat, he express his desire to regain the form of goddess Ishtar.
- She's Got Legs: Ishtar
- Winged Humanoid: Astaroth
Beelzebub, also known by his human avatar form Baal Zebul, is a powerful and high-ranking demon; he is the right-hand man of Lucifer.
- Ambiguously Brown: Takajo Zett
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- Attractive Bent Gender: Majin Tensei II where Beelzebub appears as a woman wearing dominatrix gear.
- Big Bad: Devil Children Red/Black
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: His One-Winged Angel form.
- Bonus Boss
- Late in Shin Megami Tensei I, Louis Cypher sends the Protagonist over to talk to him. Should the Protagonist follow the Law or Neutral alignment paths, Beelzebub will engage the Protagonist in battle.
- Beelzebub appears as an optional boss in Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner. Unlike other optional bosses, the party is required to fight him twice before killing him for good. Defeating Beelzebub's fly-form will grant the ammo Magatama and the item "Tyrant's Skull", which unlocks the High Priest Mantra, granting the access to several of Beelzebub's skillsets. Players will also net the Karma Ring which protects the wearer from Dark-based attacks, which can be equipped in the sequel.
- Shin Megami Tensei II: Beelzebub appears in Castle Kether in the Abyss. He is a voluntary challenge; if you walk into his chamber, he will challenge you and you may decline and even come back later. You don't need to fight him to complete the game - he can be skipped entirely.
- Nocturne: Beelzebub appears only in the updated release and only if Hito-Shura accepts the old man's request of retrieving all of the stolen Candelabra, Hito-Shura can face Beelzebub in the Fourth Kalpa of the Labyrinth of Amala, in Hell's Hall.
- Beelzebub appears as the ultimate boss and highest level summonable demon in the game in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army. He must be defeated at the lowest level of the Training Hall. The player must save at the last save point in the game and return to the Training Hall. A voice will speak to Raidou when he enters the northern section of the bottom floor. Then Raidou must collect 3 special items to prove his worth to Beelzebub. These items are obtained by fighting 3 Hyakki-Yakkkou battles (Battles where 100 demons attack) at certain moon phases in certain sections of different floors. (A Kudan will hint at their location a phase or two before the battle's set phase) Then Raidou can fight Beelzebub in the same spot where he heard the voice, but he must beat some Ukobach and Nebiros before Beelzebub will appear.
- Cute Shotaro Boy: Takajo Zett
- The Dragon: To Lucifer in most of the games, but works under Belberith in Devil Survivor; it turns out he was ordered by Lucifer to help Belberith become the King of Bel.
- Demonic Possession: Does this to Lucifer in Devil Children Red/Black.
- Fat Bastard: When in Baal Zebul form (from Shin Megami Tensei II) onwards.
- Final Boss: Of Jack Bros.
- Fusion Dance: If Bael is in your company in Megami Tensei II, upon defeat Bael will attempt to union with Beelzebub (presumably this is accomplished by Bael the toad somehow eating Beelzebub the fly - as toads will do.) If this is allowed to happen, Majin Baal will emerge from the two and gladly join the ranks of your digital devil horde.
- Heel Face Turn: Takajo Zett sides with Setsuna Kai against Beelzebub near the end of Devil Children Red/Black.
- Number of the Beast: Beelzebub (human form) in Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne has 666 HP.
- Literal Split Personality: Takajo Zett.
- One-Hit Kill: Beelzebub, at least from Nocturne and onwards, has Death Flies, an Almighty-elemental spell that deals plenty of damage and has 100% chance of instantly killing anything that doesn't nullify or repel Curse-elemental spells. The good news is that you may acquire said skill in the Digital Devil Saga series.
- Optional Party Member: In the Chaos alignment path of Shin Megami Tensei I, Beelzebub instead joins the Protagonist.
- Pointy Ears
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Beelzebub form
- Signature Move: "Death Flies"
- Spawn Broodling: Beelzebub in Devil Survivor can implant his fly eggs in you, which hatch a turn later, and join in.
- Wild Man: Baal Zebul form.
- Worm That Walks: Beelzebub from Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army and Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon is a massive fly concocted from a swarm of other flies.
Belial and Nebiros
Two powerful demon lords who have a soft spot for a certain dead human girl.
- Ars Goetia: Both of them.
- Badass Long Robe: Nebiros.
- Body Surf: Nebiros does it in Devil Survivor 2.
- Bonus Boss: Nebiros appears as one in Devil Survivor: Overclocked.
- In Devil Survivor 2. Both of them having their own separate battles and join Alice in the bonus boss battle against her.
- The Cameo: Alice carries dolls that resemble their human forms in Shin Megami Tensei II.
- Casting a Shadow: Nebiros.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Nebiros.
- Dual Boss: In Devil Survivor, Belial works with Beldr for part of Babel's Boss Rush. He can attack 3 times every turn, he's strong against everything except ice, and has about 3000 hp.
- Facial Markings: Nebiros has these in the form of a skull.
- Fate Worse Than Death: In Shin Megami Tensei I, Nebiros and Belial turn the people of Roppongi into zombies to make them Alice's "friends".
- Four-Star Badass: Nebiros is the General of Hell.
- Has Two "Uncles": They both raised and cared for Alice.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Belial does this to Haru in Devil Survivor.
- Light'Em Up: Nebiros.
- Love Makes You Crazy: In Shin Megami Tensei I, they admit they are holding Alice sort-of alive against God's wishes; they also indicate her soul may have been bound for Heaven, but considering the local version of God, they may have a very good reason for keeping her in that state.
- Necromancer: Nebiros is one.
- Palette Swap: Nebiros gets one in the form of Lich.
- Papa Wolf: Mess with Alice and you will feel their wrath.
- Perverse Puppet: Nebiros uses a puppet whenever he fights.
- Playing with Fire: Belial.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Belial.
- Rage Against the Heavens: According to Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, they have adored Alice since she was just a normal girl. It's her sudden death that makes them call God a heartless bastard, since Alice surely would like to enjoy life more.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Belial.
- Sidequest: In the Raidou Kuzunoha series, they have sidequests that revolve around Alice.
- Those Two Guys / Those Two Bad Guys: Especially in the Raidou games.
- Weapons That Suck: In Shin Megami Tensei I, the Red Baron (aka Maou Belial) is unbeatable unless you have "the gushing jar". Then it will just suck him up.
Cerberus is one amongst the earliest of demon allies to appear as part of the Megami Tensei franchise. His roots put him as far back as the very first Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei publications.
- Bragging Rights Reward: In Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne, Cerberus first appears at the Burial Chamber in the Amala Labyrinth's First Kalpa, where it will challenge Hito-Shura to prove his worth as a demon by quickly vanquishing once more those that he has once killed in the Vortex World using the Black Visor. After meeting all the requirements and starting a new cycle, meeting with Cerberus again in the same location will have him take Hito-Shura to his master's resting place instead at the Tomb of Yomi in the hidden 666th floor, where Hito-Shura will receive an extra Press Turn.
- Crutch Character:
- Shin Megami Tensei I: Because of Pascal's former loyalty towards his master passed on to him by the fusion, Kerberos can be used even when his level far surpasses that of the Hero--something that generally is impossible. He aids him in only one battle however, disappearing through a teleporter after a boss fight. He later rejoins in Tokyo Destiny Land provided you give him a Golden Apple.
- Shin Megami Tensei II: Cerberus first joins you on the quest Madam gives you: Find and bring back Hanada. After the quest, he leaves the party. Later when Valhalla is swallowed by Abbadon, you will find him at the former entrance to the city from the underground passageway. He joins your party shortly after meeting him for the 2nd time.
- Dummied Out: Using a debug code in Persona 3 will allow you access to another Cerberus Persona that knows Great Seal and some Fusion Spells. (Using Great Seal will freeze up the game) When summoned, the white, single-headed lion-esque version appears, suggesting that it's the likeness that may have been planned for official use in the game but later altered, being used instead as a base to create the Beast series shadow.
- Fusion Dance: The result of one in Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Playing with Fire
- Shout-Out / Mythology Gag: Cerberus takes you to his master's grave in the land of Yomi in Nocturne. This is a reference to Akemi Nakajima who is also the reincarnation of Izanagi.
- Tragic Monster: in Digital Devil Saga 1, as a result of Lupa not eating flesh when needed to.
- You Don't Look Like You/Mythology Gag: He typically appears as a white dog with a lion-like mane, unlike the Cerberus of Greek mythology. However, the Atma Avatar of Lupa and Koromaru's Persona are three-headed. The reason why Cerberus is usually portrayed with one head is not because of graphical limitations (somewhat) but because that's how he was portrayed in the original Digital Devil Story novel.
Decarabia and Forneus
- An Ice Person: Forneus
- Ars Goetia
- Cyclops: Decarabia
- Flying Seafood Special: Both of them.
- Hachiko: In Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne, Decarabia waits for his friend Forneus by the statue of Hachiko. Forneus, however, is the game's first boss and has already been killed by the protagonist at this point.
- Odd Friendship: They even have a Fusion Spell named Best Friends in Persona 3.
- Playing with Fire: Decarabia
- Stealth Pun: Forneus is described as a "sea monster" in the Ars Goetia, Kazuma Kaneko designed him as a manta ray, also known as the "devil fish".
- Those Two Guys
- Warmup Boss: Forneus in Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne
The Four Archangels
They are the four Seraphim archangels in the service of YHVH: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael. Usually seen with each other.
- Archangel Michael and Archangel Gabriel
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- Anime Hair: Raphael
- Blade on a Stick: Michael
- Blondes Are Lawful Evil: Uriel and Raphael
- Boss Battle
- Bonus Boss: In Digital Devil Saga 2, after the events of Sera's awakening, a Karma Facility scientist released four Seraph based Atma demons, hoping to stop the turmoil and chaos. Should Gale be able to successfully interrogate with the scientist, he will reveal the presence of the Seraphs, unlocking the option to challenge them.
- Boss Rush: Should players defeat the first three Seraphs in Digital Devil Saga 2, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel, Michael will await the party in the ground area of the Occupied Sector, where the Sun shines down. The player must then defeat the first three Seraphs continuously, where Michael fights the party finally. He calls the party 'fools' for ignoring the "Great Will", and asks God to give him power to destroy the party's ignorance and sins.
- Dual Boss: Uriel and Raphael in Shin Megami Tensei II
- Final Boss: Michael in the Chaos route in Shin Megami Tensei I and he shares it with Ashura-Oh in the Neutral route of Shin Megami Tensei I
- Wolfpack Boss: Uriel, Raphael and Gabriel in Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Their belief literally created a false YHVH, which they obeyed without question, believing it to be their God.
- Council of Angels
- Demonic Possession: They do this in Digital Devil Saga to four early victims of the Demon Virus, converting them so strongly they forget about their human pasts and really believe themselves to be/become the actual Seraphim, during the events of SMTII.
- Elemental Powers: Changes from game to game, but some remain constant.
- God Was My Co-Pilot: They appear in the guise of the senate elders in Shin Megami Tensei II.
- Gender Flip: Gabriel (from Shin Megami Tensei II onwards.)
- Interspecies Romance: Michael and Setsuna Kai's mom from Devil Children Red/Black.
- Kick the Dog: In Shin Megami Tensei II, Abaddon tells Aleph that Michael promised to restore it as an angel if it swallowed Valhalla District. It's Blatant Lies.
- Knight Templar
- Light Is Not Good
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Michael to Nagahisa Kai in Devil Children Red/Black.
- Magic Knight
- Only Sane Man: Depending on the circumstances, Gabriel fills the role to a degree.
- Past Life Memories / Fake Memories: Implied to be happening to the four of them during Digital Devil Saga, as they remember what seems to be part of the plot of Shin Megami Tensei II.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Uriel is the Red Oni, while Raphael is the Blue Oni.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Gabriel and Michael.
The Four Heavenly Kings
Four powerful demons: Bishamonten, Jikokuten, Koumokuten and Zouchouten, under the service of Taira no Masakado.
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- Boss Battle
- Bonus Boss
- In Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne, Bishamonten appears first at the Temple north of Ueno Park after finding the Kimon Sphere, and second in the Bandou Shrine. After the first fight, the player will receive the Gundari Magatama, and Bishamonten will tell the player to collect all of the Magatama and find him again with his master. After aquiring the Lord's Blade after collecting all 24 Magatama, the Player can access the Bandou Shrine and fight the four Devas for the right to receive the Masakados Magatama.
- In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, you can fight them if you satisfy their conditions.
- Dual Boss: Zouchouten and Koumokuten in Devil Survivor, as they try to avenge Bishamonten's death.
- Skippable Boss: They will join you in Shin Megami Tensei I without fighting you if you are strong enough for them on the Chaos Path.
- Wake Up Call Boss: Bishamonten in Devil Survivor. Not only is his fight the second with Rangda enemies (which Repel Physical, making Atsuro and Izuna completely useless), his Hassohappa (which can deal 1000+ damage to the entire party) makes it almost impossible to approach him unless you at least Null Phys. Not to mention he has (respawning) allies that can heal his massive HP stores (making Hassohappa hit worse). While most battles so far were almost all affairs where you mostly attack and exploit weaknesses, this one puts emphasis on defense using passive abilities.
- Bonus Boss
- Broken Bridge: you have to beat them on the Neutral or Law routes to access the Cathedral in Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Four Is Death: This group is one of the trope namers, after all.
- Improbable Weapon User: Koumokuten uses an ink pen and scroll in Devil Survivor and Zouchouten uses a sutra made of pearls in Nocturne.
- Optional Party Member: On the chaos route of Shin Megami Tensei I, they will join the party if the protagonist is strong enough.
- Secret AI Moves: In Devil Survivor, the Four Heavenly Kings have their unique racial ability if you fight them as bosses, while the fusable versions are just regular Kishin.
- The Unfought: Jikokuten was dead before the events of Devil Survivor.
The Four Riders whose march heralds The End of the World as We Know It: the Pale Rider, Bearer of the Scythe of Death, the Red Rider, Bearer of the Sword of War, the White Rider, Bearer of the Bow of Conquest, and Black Rider, Bearer of the Scales of Famine.
- Affably Evil: You can briefly chat with them in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey. While it is pointless, as they will never contemplate the possibility of joining you through conversation, they prove to be rather entertaining and reveal a bit of their personalities.
- Bonus Boss: In Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne, you can seek them out and defeat them to unlock them for fusion, and will have to do so to unlock the sixth ending.
- In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, each of the Riders appears in a different Sector; White in Delphinus, Red in Eridanus, Black in Fornax and Pale in Grus.
- In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, they appear after a new moon when Raidou's luck is low. You can bribe them to avoid fighting, but they demand some high-end items in order to let you go. Several case files involve a rematch with them, the rewards are weapon ingredients that forge into the Longinus.
- Cool Horse: All four of 'em.
- Dare to Be Badass: They are very enthusiastic if the Hito-Shura proclaims he will indeed, challenge them for their candelabra. In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey they also challenge you to prove them you are capable of altering Mankind's fate when talking to them.
- Disc One Nuke: They stalk you in King Abaddon as early as Episode Three, however the first two riders have weaknesses you can exploit. Defeat them early enough and you can fuse them because they have no level restriction. They have a load of resistances and can be augmented with Mitama fusion.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The White Rider's horse is covered in them.
- Four Is Death: Quite possibly one of the oldest examples of this in the book.
- The Grim Reaper: The Pale Rider. Possibly all four.
- Hellish Horse: The White and Red Riders. And that only makes them look more badass.
- Optional Party Member: All are available for fusion. In Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne, you will require Deathstones, found in the Labyrinth of Amala, to create them. In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, you will need the Death Omen forma to create the Fiend Converter.
- White Stallion: Either subverted or played straight, depending on your tastes, with the White Rider's horse.
Jack Frost, sometimes commonly known as Jack, is the mascot of Atlus Co., Ltd. and he makes appearances in a number of Atlus games, primarily in the Megami Tensei series. Jack Frost's counterparts, also known his "brothers" are called Pyro Jack and Jack Ripper, along with many other varieties also appear in many games, some of which include Black Frost, King Frost, Frost Ace, Lucifroz, Mini Frost, Strawberry Frost, Lemon Frost, Demonee-ho, etc...
- Breakout Mook Character: Jack Frost is the protagonist in Jack Bros. He, along with Pyro Jack and Jack the Ripper, have to make it back to the Makai world before midnight.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Guest Fighter: In a Snowboard Kids game.
- Henshin Hero: Frost Ace
- Hotblooded Sideburns: Raiho
- An Ice Person
- Mascot Mook: One of the first examples.
- Nice Hat: Raiho and Hee-Ho-Kun
- Optional Party Member: In Devil Survivor, Black Frost first appears as a Jack Frost in an event with Midori on day 3 in which he learns about the power of love. He is later seen on day 6 defending a group of low level demons from humans. Should the party choose to help him, he will automatically join on Day 7 on Naoya's, Kaido's, and Gin's routes.
- Our Angels Are Different: In Devil Children/Demikids games exists the Lucifer Jack Frost/Lucifroz.
- Pop Quiz: Jack Frost is a random encounter mini-game in Digital Devil Saga 2 as the player progresses and an optional boss. Jack asks 20 questions per battle, stopping only when the player answers wrong or correctly answers all questions for the round. Should the player correctly answer all 100 questions they win a certificate for answering the 100th question correctly, and a set of Stats increase Data. Players will also have the opportunity to fight Jack Frost should all questions are answered correctly in the final dungeon, the third layer of the Sun. Defeating him nets the Pass Ring, and Magatama ammo. Should all answers have been correctly answered, every time the party encounters Jack Frost, he may gives the player random items before running away.
- Super Empowering: Lucifer empowers a Jack Frost and turns him into Lucifer Frost to aid him against Beelzebub in Devil Children Red/Black.
- Series Mascot Mook
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Black Frost
- Took a Level In Badass:
- Nocturne: Hoping to become as powerful as the "Great Emperor", a Jack Frost in a quest for power (the same one who was running the Junk Shop in Shibuya) finds the Satan Magatama, and eats it, increasing his powers and transforming himself into Black Frost; with his new powers, he would later take over Kabukicho Prison long after the Mizuchi jailer has been vanquished, and freezes the entire facility, taking several Jack Frosts as his subordinates. If Hito-Shura revisits the facility and runs into Black Frost, The latter will force Hito-Shura to battle him to test out his new powers as the new Great Emperor. He will revert to a normal Jack Frost upon his defeat, and eventually melt. He later returns to join the group if Hito-shura visits the Third Kalpa of the Labyrinth of Amala.
- Devil Survivor: In the middle of the week, Midori enlightens a lowly Jack Frost (level 14 Fairy) of the virtues of fighting for love and justice. Near the end of the week, he shows up to defend a bunch of low level demons as Black Frost, a level 47 team leader Demon. And you get to use him in a few routes.
- Strange Journey: A lonely Jack Frost appears in Sector Carina's basement, moping over the loss of his family. In an effort to achieve revenge, he asks the Protagonist to get him an Ice Vest to increase his power. Upon getting the item and using it, it grows and becomes a Frost Ace, unlocking the Frost Ace Special Fusion combination and granting a powerful gun to the Protagonist.
- Verbal Tic: He often says "Hee-ho" and interjects "hees" and "hos" into his dialog, a common verbal tic shared with other variations of "Jacks", such as King Frost and Black Frost.
- Vigilante Man: Frost Ace in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey.
Loki is the primary antagonist of the original Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei novel, as well as the cult-classic anime adaptation it spawned. Similar to the Norse Mythology, Loki is portrayed as being rebellious and tricky; but at the same time, possesses a cruel and ruthless personality.
- The Alcoholic: Spends most of his time in Nyx's Lounge in Nocturne.
- Amazing Technicolor Population:
- His original design had bronze skin.
- His design for the OVA and the early games had blue skin
- His Shin Megami Tensei design has Purple skin.
- His Soul Hackers design has light blue skin.
- An Ice Person: Mabufudyne
- In the Persona saga, his Signature Move is Niflheim.
- Back From the Dead: In Megami Tensei, he was resurrected by Lucifer to act as his Dragon.
- Big Bad: of Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: First and second designs.
- Doppleganger Attack: In his Devil Survivor boss fights.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: summoned by Akemi Nakajima in Digital Devil Story to get revenge on a bunch of students, but he sets the plot in the process.
- Handsome Lech: Has a negotiation abilty called Wooing in Nocturne.
- Louis Cypher: He pretends to be human when he is in his Gigolo form in Devil Survivor.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His original design.
- Trickster Archetype
- What the Hell, Hero?/Hannibal Lecture: In Yuzu Tanikawa's route of Devil Survivor, Loki appears in his human form and tells off the protagonist for attempting to escape the lockdown instead of fighting for the Throne of Bel. In some cases, he even chastises the protagonist for failing to even face Belial.
Lucifer, otherwise known as Louis Cypher, appears first in Shin Megami Tensei I and then in the second and third games of the main series. Appearing for the first time in a suit and giving you cryptic and often misleading information, he shows his true colours when you get the Chaos path ending, appearing as a blonde man with horns and wings swathed in white robes. Just don't confuse him with Satan, who actually works for YHVH.
In Shin Megami Tensei II, Lucifer again takes the form of Louis Cypher, in order to convince you to follow the Chaos path. If you chose the Law and Neutral Paths you will face him in battle, but in the Chaos path he will join your party in order to stop Satan and YHVH. According to dialogue, he was ordered by YHVH to cause The Great Destruction with Kuzuryu, the nine-headed dragon that makes up the mountains of Makai, but Lucifer plans to use Kuzuryuu against YHVH instead. If Aleph's alignment is neutral, and he defeats Lucifer without the aid of Satan, Lucifer will warn Aleph that Kuzuryu must be defeated as well since it will go berserk without him to control it.
In Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne, he appears in two forms, that of a young blonde-haired boy and an old man in a wheelchair, in both forms accompanied by a nurse in black, who changes ages with him albeit oppositely. When he is young she is old and vice-versa. He is in some way responsible for setting in motion the events of the game by giving Hito-Shura his first Magatama, allowing him to live in the Vortex World. If the optional dungeon in Nocturne is traversed, it is also revealed that he was the one to give candelebra to the Fiends, in order to train Hito-Shura to a level of strength where Hito-Shura is able to beat Lucifer himself and lead a second Rebellion.
In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, Louis makes an appearance in the Tamonten Shrine as a "blonde young man" who appears to serve as a "spark" for Raidou and his actions. He is also referred to as Beelzebub, according to the Mushibito race due to the fact that they see him as a fly, not as a human.
After you get the "Chaos" ending and start a New Game Plus+ file, Raidou can take case files involving Louis and end up discovering his true identity while also battling his Lucifer form. Raidou can also use a Skill demon to transform as Louis, whose special ability is to gain money from talking to demons in the Dark Realm.
- Badass: Not only is the only demonic being who can actually be a serious challenge to YHVH, he's often the Bonus Boss of many games just to prove this. Often times, like ion Devil Survivor, he was merely testing you For the Lulz. In Nocturne, he was actually holding back, merely testing to see if you were strong enough to lead his armies to fight YHVH.
- Batman Gambit: He's a master of these, often reaching Xanatos-levels of danger. Want proof? In Nocturne, it literally didn't matter what the Hito-Shura did with the power of the Magatama. All he wanted was the combat data. Once the product was considered workable, it only was a matter of finding a willing accomplice. Passing the trials of the True Demon Path was the guarantee he needed to test the power of his new friend...
- Bonus Boss: In Devil Survivor, Lucifer appears in his devil form on the final day during a New Game+. He proclaims that he has no interest in whatever happens to the title of Bel (and in fact ordered Beelzebub to support Belberith just to get it over with), but decides to pick a fight with you to amuse himself.
- Bishonen: Human and Angel forms. His demon form in the Devil Children games is also this.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In Shin Megami Tensei II, if he participated in the battle against YHVH and was present at his defeat, he will be reduced to a bunch of ashes in the Chaos Path.
- Captain Ersatz: Louis Cypher is believed to take his act from all-time world famous recording artist/performer David Bowie. Some believe he is an amalgamation of Bowie's real life and stage personae; and Louis' mismatched eyes parallel Bowie's own ocular disfigurement; wherein one eye is permanently dilated leaving what is left of the originally blue iris reddish in hue.
- Cute Shotaro Boy/Creepy Child: Child Form in Nocturne.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Given how manipulative and dangerous he is, this should come as no surprise.
- Demonic Possession: Done to him in Devil Children Red/Black.
- Evil Plan: Played with. The man's a certified bastard, but his plans revolve around saving Humanity. And the other guy happens not to be particularly pleasant. On the other hand, the ultimate consequences of his plan would end in a chaotic, lawless world where not only Everything Is Trying to Kill You, but the crapsackiness is written in stone in the very foundations of reality.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Revealed in Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon that while Louis Cyphre look like young man to Raidou, the insect-like Mushibito see him as a giant fly "Belzeboo".
- Gender Flip: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
- God And Lucifer Are Both Jerks: He's very good at making himself look good, especially given he wants to save humanity from the more blatantly evil Law side. However, in true Draco in Leather Pants fashion, some people will conveniently forget some of his less savory goals. YHVH might be a vicious, amoral tyrant... but Lucifer is a very vicious manipulator and in the pursuit of his goals there is no line he won't cross.
- Interspecies Romance: With Setsuna Kai's mother in Devil Children.
- Louis Cypher: Take a wild guess.
- Lucifer Is Good: At least in the second game, where, even if he is manipulating Aleph, he really does care about all of humanity, not just those who decide to worship him, and will blatantly help you in the Chaos path, and leave you the info on how to do the same with his dying words in the Neutral path.
- Lucifer is the Big Good of the Devil Children series. Or at the very least of the first few games. Where he desires to bring peace to the human and demon worlds. Only doing evil while under the control of Beelzebub.
- On the other hand, he gets way too much positive publicity, given his ultimate plans since Nocturne involve levels of death and chaos normally unseen out of Warhammer 40000 - a Universe ruled by Chaos? Messing with established history For the Lulz? Triggering a Z-Class Apocalypse How?
- On his defense, though, the option was a single Z-Class or an eternity of X-Class, one after another, until all of Humanity's free will was sapped into oblivion and the perfect world of Law came into being.
- On the defense of Raidou 2, the original history establish is implied to be Shin Megami Tensei I which is not a good future.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Setsuna Kai's father from Devil Children.
- Manipulative Bastard: He will gladly give you immense amounts of power. It really doesn't matter what you do with it. It's all part of the plan.
- Mismatched Eyes
- More Than Mind Control: Practically his entire schtick. He's very, very good. Listen to him, but think all the way whether what he promises is really worth the cost.
- Motive Decay: Depending on the games, he fluctuates between wanting to save humanity and demonkind out of pure principle and doing so only to piss off the Great Will.
- Perpetual Frowner: His Devil Form.
- The Power of Friendship: Appears in Persona 4 as the ultimate Persona of the Seekers of Truth Social Link.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- One-Winged Angel: His Devil Form. Actually, it's Six Winged Angel, and Word of God says we haven't seen the real Lucifer, who has been described as an amalgam of his Angel and Devil forms, with twelve wings, six angelic, six demonic.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave one to Mastema in the Chaos Route of Strange Journey.
Mara is the demon lord of all temptations. And Squick.
- Blatant Lies: (Shin Megami Tensei II) In Natural or Lawful path, Mara will try to tempt Aleph. First, he offers 999999 Macca. Next, he offers a 10 level increase. Finally, he offers the power that surpasses even Satan and Lucifer. If Aleph accepts any of his offerings, he will fall under Mara's spell and must fight Mara with a handicap.
- Bonus Boss
- Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne: Hitoshura gets to fight an incomplete form of Mara when it appears after Hito-Shura encourages the Summoning Ritual during a Full Kagutsuchi phase in Shibuya at the request of two Manikins. Hito-Shura will be rewarded with the Muspell Magatama upon defeating him.
- Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon: You face him in "Fake Raidou Sighted!" and "7th Trumpet, Eternal King"
- Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey: If the Protagonist has chosen the Law route, Seraph will inform of the return of Mara, its eternal enemy. It will then post an EX Mission calling for Mara's extermination. Upon Mara's death, it will meet with the Protagonist and request to join his party.
- Body Horror: (Persona) Mara emerges from the body of Kenta "Toro/Chunky" Yokouchi during an event battle in the Snow Queen Quest. He will use fire spells and cause Yuka Ayase's Persona to awaken.
- Combat Tentacles
- Double Entendre: His/her Pre Ass Kicking One Liners and his Famous Last Words are chock full of these.
"It will only take one thrust to penetrate your frail form and finish you off immediately!"
"Through my charms, your kind will reach their climax and...die!"
"I can easily go for a second round! I'll start with the fresher looking one... you!"
"You must have brass balls to dream of challenging me... Do you have the stamina to last any longer against my onslaught of thrusts?"
"How could this happen!? Can you be that frigid...!?"
- Gag Penis
- Once you get over Mara's face, you should notice it riding a golden chariot with many sharp blades. Then you realise it's an embodiment of our dark desire - lust, greed and violence.
- Gender Flip: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, Mara is portrayed as a goddess rather than a god, wielding power over temptation and death, despite retaining the same overall shape (though a local Grendel insisted she was once a beautiful goddess). However, it's possible that the Mara in Strange Journey is the Hindu Goddess Mara . Even Mara's info from the compendium refers to her as female and says that she gave birth to Mora and Mares.
- In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon which came out before Strange Journey that Mara's compendium info states that he/she used to be a Goddess.
- Mythology Gag: When in the Chaos Path in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, she posts a mission calling for the death of a Seraph. She'd go herself, but wants to stabilize so she won't become a Slime again.
- Optional Party Member: She appears in Sector Grus after reaching a certain part of Sector Horologium. In the Chaos path, she hires the Protagonist to assault a gathering of angels and disrupt the ritual they were carrying out. Despite the attack, the angels finish the fusion ritual and combine themselves to form Seraph, forcing the protagonist into a fight. After Seraph's demise, Mara will arrive, regretting she did not participate in the death of the Seraph, and can join the Protagonist's party. Fulfilling her request also yields the right to summon her through fusion and the Peacemaker, the most devastating gun of the game.
- Playing with Fire: Maralagidyne.
- Signature Move: Maralagidyne.
- Skippable Boss: (Shin Megami Tensei II) If Aleph's Alignment is Chaos, he lets Aleph pass either with minimum of 15 in Wisdom or by beating him in battle.
- Summoning Ritual: (Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne) An incomplete form of Mara appears when Baphomet summons him during a Full Kagutsuchi phase in Shibuya at the request of two Manikins. It backfired. Hilariously and horribly.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, for his Establishing Character Moment, he rams the screen.
- Visual Pun: Mara's design is a pun of sorts, as "Mara", in the Japanese language, is a colloquialism for "penis".
A mechanical angel that serves as the Voice of God.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Bonus Boss
- Should the Hito-Shura choose to ignore Metatron's warnings in Nocturne, Metatron will stand in the Hito-Shura's path in the final Kalpa, forbidding him to meet up with Lucifer. Enraged, Metatron chastises the Hito-Shura for disregarding his warnings, then proceeds to attack the Hito-Shura, hoping to kill him before he loses the last vestiges of his humanity. After Metatron is defeated, the Hito-Shura can summon him in the Heretic Mansion. Metatron can only be summoned by fusing Michael, any other Divine or Seraph demon, and a Tyrant demon sacrifice.
- Digital Devil Saga: He can only be fought after the predecessor optional bosses, the Four Guardian Beast Suzaku, Seiryuu, Baihu, and Gui Xian have been defeated. If you beat him, Metatron will grant the item "Seraph Quill", which unlocks the Gyokuza Mantra, granting the access towards Metatron's several skill-set. Players will also receive the Karma Ring which protects the wearer from Expel-based attacks, which can be equipped in the sequel.
- Co-Dragons: With Satan and the Four Archangels.
- Demonic Possession: Does this to a poor sap in Digital Devil Saga; the guy tries to shake off his influence. It doesn't last.
- The Dragon: To YHVH, with Satan.
- Knight Templar
- Light Is Not Good: Except in Devil Survivor, and even then, he leaves you with a warning not to deliberately cross the heavens or they will kill you for betrayal..
- Then it's revealed that he still isn't good in Naoya's 8th Day, ordering humanity to hunt you down and kill you. Those that don't agree to do this are killed by the Angels. Depending on your choices, this could backfire on him.
- Our Angels Are Different
- Pieces of God: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, he and the Demiurge are two.
- Sidequest: In a New Game+ of Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, Metatron (originally appearing as a Strike Team member) appears in Sector Grus blocking a special door. After completing the Jack's Squad Pacification mission, he will entice the Protagonist by telling him of a powerful demon lying in the depths of Grus, holding a rare treasure. Upon crossing Grus' entire new side, the Protagonist eventually found and battled Alilat which freed a piece that he absorbed that allowed him to become Metatron, which was also the keeper of the lock for the Great Father of the Schwartzwelt - Demiurge. His powers slightly replenished by Alilat's death, he hands her skull, her rare forma, to the Protagonist, and urges him to kill Demiurge next, so his power is fully free. Demiurge is not particularly interested in cooperating.
- Signature Move: Fire Of Sinai
Oberon and Titania
The King and Queen of Fairies from A Midsummer Nights Dream, respectively.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Both of them, in Nocturne, by Sakahagi. The entire Fairy populace of Yoyogi Park follows.
- Cool Sword: Oberon
- The Fair Folk
- Fairy Sexy: Titania
- Fetch Quest: In Shin Megami Tensei II, Oberon tells you to get the Infidelity Sap from Puck, so he can work out a cure for Hiroko's Love Potion predicament.
- Flower in Her Hair: Titania
- Foot Focus: Titania
- Give Me Your Inventory Item: In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey's "Faerie Land Establishment V" EX Mission, the Pixie needs a Titania and Oberon.
- Hair of Gold: Titania
- Handsome Lech: Oberon. He even gets an ability called Wooing in Nocturne.
- Love Potion: It also appears in a side quest in Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon where Oberon uses it on Titania after she falls for Raidou.
- The Maze: In Nocturne, she had several Pixies warp intruders back to a certain point if they run into them.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Titania
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Oberon
- She's Got Legs: Titania
- Shiny Midnight Black: Oberon
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Oberon is the tiny guy and Titania is the huge girl. Justified because Oberon was cursed as a child, and has not grown any larger since.
- Winged Humanoid
Ose and Flauros
- Ars Goetia
- Badass: Both of them.
- BFS: Flauros
- Divergent Character Evolution: Flauros was a Palette Swap of Ose in the first Shin Megami Tensei game, but got his own character design in the other games.
- Dual-Wielding: Ose
- Light Is Not Good: The Hallel forms given to them by Chiaki in Nocturne, in which they are purified and regain the shape they had before their fall.
- Loin Cloth: Ose. Though he has been seen in other similar substitutes.
- Panthera Awesome: Both of them.
Pixie is one of the most frequently appearing demons in the Megami Tensei universe. She is almost always the first demon recruited and helps the protagonist through healing.
- Breakout Mook Character: Stars in a game with Jack Frost and his bros for the Virtual Boy.
- Disk One Nuke: There is a special staff password in Strange Journey that will unlock a Pixie with special starting stats. The resulting Pixie will only be Lv.1, but will have a magic stat of 10 and a luck stat of 99 along with knowing the skills Megidolaon and Mediarahan. 
- Fairy Sexy
- Fiery Redhead
- Give Me Your Inventory Item: (Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey) Pixie will also issue the first possible EX Mission, The Injured Little Fairy, in which Pixie requests a Bead, which can be obtained as the spoils of the battle against Morax. Accomplishing this mission is rewarded with a Pixie Knife, a melee weapon that can inflict charm. Later, the same Pixie will evolve to High Pixie and begin issuing requests to bring Fairy demons to her so she can create a land for Fairies. However, direct evolution of Pixie to High Pixie in this game is not possible (the only way to do so is through a Special Fusion).
- Leotard of Power
- Magikarp Power:
- The first demon you get in Nocturne is a Pixie, who wants to get out of the hospital and go to Yoyogi Park. She'll help you out in getting the card needed to get out. After you arrive at one end of Yoyogi Park, she'll try to part ways with you, but if you tell her you need her, she'll stay with you. For Nocturne Maniax, if you take Pixie (or one of her 'descendants') to a certain area of the Fifth Kalpa, she'll turn into a level 80 "super" Pixie.
- Raise a Pixie in Nocturne properly and she'll evolve into High Pixie. Keep her for long enough and you'll get Queen Mab.
- Shock and Awe
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: After getting the leader Pixie in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE, you can choose to give her to Snakeman to create healing salves or you could keep her to get a valuable item.
- White Mage
- Zettai Ryouiki
Not to be confused with his archenemy Lucifer, Satan is the ultimate weapon of YHVH and the Law faction, and usually deals God's wrath upon the world.
- Bonus Boss: In Digital Devil Saga 2. Widely considered one of the hardest bosses ever in a JRPG.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In Shin Megami Tensei II, if he participated in the battle against YHVH, he will be reduced to a bunch of ashes in the Law Path, echoing the self-sacrifice themes of the same.
- Co-Dragons: With Metatron and the Four Archangels.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Suzuki, his human guise in Megami Tensei II
- The Dragon: To YHVH in Megami Tensei II and Shin Megami Tensei II.
- Eldritch Abomination: Both of his One-Winged Angel forms.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He really didn't think genocide was the solution for the world in Shin Megami Tensei II, leading to a confrontation in which he proves nobody is above his authority to judge... not even God Almighty.
- Evil Overlord: Calls himself the King of Demons and the Opposer when summoned in Devil Survivor 2.
- Fallen Angel: In Devil Survivor 2 he is part of the Fallen Clan, whose members are all fallen angels.
- Knight Templar
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His One-Winged Angel form in SMTII
- Past Life Memories / Fake Memories: Happens when confronted in the Sun in Digital Devil Saga, as he talks and acts about the events of Shin Megami Tensei II. The Four Archangels suffer from the same.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex: His early concept art for the first Persona turned him into some kind of six limbed T-rex.
Taira No Masakado
A feudal Japanese warlord, one of the few true historical figures in the series. Masakado was also a samurai during the Heian period and hatched a plan to conquer by force most of the Kanto region. While he was slain, his influence was so strong his head was sent to Kyoto and later Edo, where it was set in a special shrine. To this day, he remains considered a demigod of sorts, and it is said conditions in his shrine dictate the city's fortune.
- Badass Normal: How else a samurai can lead the Four Heavenly Kings?
- Big Damn Heroes: If Masakado is restored in Shin Megami Tensei II, he will help in banishing the guards around Castle Kether in Neutral Alignment.
- Came Back Wrong: When you resurrect him in Shin Megami Tensei II, he will be nothing but a soulless, animated corpse until Hiruko gives you the final part needed - Masakado's soul.
- Continuity Nod: To summon him, an item known as Masakados is almost always needed.
- Gotta Catch Em All: In Shin Megami Tensei II, his servant, Hiruko, will reveal Masakado was slain some time earlier. So he asks Aleph to gather the pieces of his corpse so he can be brought back to life.
- Also, if in Nocturne Hito-Shura can gather all Magatama, the priest at the Cathedral of Shadows will give him the Lord's Blade, allowing him to reach the Bandou Shrine and confront the Four Heavenly Kings, his servants, for the right of a single conversation with Masakado.
- Mythology Gag
- Physical God: The level needed to fuse him is almost always very high. And it shows. In Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, for instance, he nulls instant death spells and is strong against literally everything except piercing.
- And the Magatama bearing his name nulls everything except Almighty attacks and imparts priceless augmentations in Nocturne. Given he is the protector of Tokyo, and Tokyo at the time is the Universe...
- Take Up My Sword: Literally in Shin Megami Tensei I, in the Neutral Path.
- In Nocturne, he manifests in the Bandou Shrine, and he's depressed, with good reason. He has to see Tokyo, the city he was bound to defend, utterly destroyed to create the Vortex World, its inhabitants dead and demons infesting it. Then the Hito-Shura arrives, and since Masakado cannot exist outside the shrine due to the laws of the Vortex World, he gives the boy the Magatama holding his power, telling him that whatever has happened to Tokyo, it's still Tokyo, and since he cannot continue in his duty, to please restore the world...
Thor is the thunder god of Norse Mythology.
- Badass Beard: Devil Summoner and Devil Survivor depictions
- Cool Helmet: All depictions.
- Drop the Hammer: Mjolnir
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Regular depiction
- God Was My Co-Pilot: (Shin Megami Tensei I) Thor is actually an agent of God dedicated to the ideal of the Thousand Year Kingdom, sent to Earth after discovering that Gotou has discovered a way of summoning demons from Makai to the humans realm. He takes the form of the American ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Thorman, and requests the aid of the Protagonist in defeating Gotou and prevent the demons from overrunning the Earth. He later reveals his true Thor persona and objectives to the heroes.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: In Nocturne, but he lets the Protagonist go if they beat him and his minions in combat.
- Leotard of Power: Regular depiction.
- Nuke'Em: (Shin Megami Tensei I) To neutralize the demon infestation, the "Hammer of Thor" is summoned: a cluster of nuclear ICBMs that will purge Tokyo of its sins. With this, Japan is completely obliterated.
- Signature Move: Thunder Reign.
- Shock and Awe: It's Thor. What did you expect?
- Skippable Boss: (Shin Megami Tensei I) He congratulates the protagonist for aiding him in the purification of Tokyo on the Law alignment and promptly leaves, bringing up questions on his hiding location for the rest of the game.
- Social Darwinist (Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne) When he is working under the Reason of Yosuga.
Also known as "The Great Will", YHVH is essentially God in the SMT verse. However, he is far from the kindly god you'd expect. Instead, he is a selfish, totalitarian tyrant obsessed with forcing his warped standards on the world by forcibly converting all mortal life to worshiping him and brutally slaughtering those who dissent. The lives of his followers, and even his angels, mean nothing to him. All he cares about is himself and his power. No more, no less.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: His trademark appearance is of a large, yellow head. In Strange Journey's New Game+, he assumes a Red Sprite crewmember's form in order to manipulate the PC into freeing his sealed power by slaying Alilat and the Demiurge.
- As Long as There Is Evil: Shin Megami Tensei II reveals that he will never truly die so long as even a single mortal still believes in him.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Doesn't even care about creating a utopia like his followers do; he just wants to control everything forever and ever.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Not everyone on earth worshiping? Nuke everything and turn the world into a barren wasteland. STILL not everyone worshiping? Flood everything.
- In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon God created the Abysmal Realm and the Apollyons for one of two reasons: to either strike down those who have given into despair out of divine wrath or to leave mankind in awe and restore their faith in him by having the Apollyons kill people which causes them to despair even more.
- God In Avatar Form: He has had several avatars of himself. Three of his names known as Elohim, Sabaoth, and Shaddai acting as a power source for Eden in Shin Megami Tensei II. While Kagutsuchi is the creative power in Nocturne. The Red Sprite crewmember who requests your help with the pieces of God is actually the weakest piece taking the strongest form that he can.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In Shin Megami Tensei I, the Machine Defense System in the police station has a face resembling YHVH's to an extent, and it is also law-aligned.
- Not to mention his face appearing on the door when you enter the Protagonist's name.
- Expy: Metatron! Find me five Devil Busters with attitude!
- Evil Is Petty
- Fallen Hero: Word of God has hinted that he wasn't always the tyrannical despot he is now, and that his current evil is due to a severe flaw in the fabric of reality.
- Final Boss: In Shin Megami Tensei II. Yes, even on the Law route, in which even the angels find him too cruel and ally with you. He is also a Final Boss in Megami Tensei II.
- God And Lucifer Are Both Jerks: Vicious, unending tyranny or absolute anarchy? Your choice, folks!
- God Is Evil: Used to be the page image. Given his actions, entirely justified.
- I Have Many Names
- It's All About Me
- Knight Templar: An extreme case. He acts like he’s a benevolent god, but in Shin Megami Tensei Apocalypse, your party members take their time debunking him.
- Lack of Empathy: He just doesn't give a shit about mortals, seeing them as little more than slaves or tools. It's suggested that he views his angels the same way.
- Lighter and Softer: Was actually made into a pretty decent guy in Devil Survivor. Oddly enough, the usual hardline angels (Raphael, Uriel, Michael and Gabriel) are replaced with a softer one (Remiel). If this is just the result of Devil Survivor being its own universe, or a plot point isn't clear yet.
- It should be noted that he is far more morally ambiguous in the Updated Rerelease, Overclocked. He set it up so that Cain would be the first murderer and for Abel to be the first martyr.
- Light Is Not Good
- Mad God: It's very likely whatever flaw in reality warped him has driven him into a madness of perfect Order.
- Pieces of God: More than implied that the Red Sprite crewmember who takes the form of Metatron after absorbing another piece and Demiurge are both pieces of him in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey. After slaying the Demiurge, it seems he's almost, if not fully, complete...
- Running Both Sides: He’s the one who’s created Lucifer and Merkabah, hence the reason why Krishna opposes them both.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: His weakness in the Bonds route. If you do it often enough, he’ll lose his godhood and become a demon.