49 Best Demon Characters

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Demon characters are fairly common in anime. Whether they’re actual demons, devilish characters, or some other sort of demon adjacent supernatural character – there’s loads of them. So, I’ve accumulated a list of 49 demon and devilish characters for you to look through. Some are considerably more over-powered than others.


49 Best Demon Characters:  Muzan – Demon Slayer
49 Best Demon Characters: Muzan – Demon Slayer

1. Muzan – Demon Slayer

A few on this list hold a fancy title that seems to make them more powerful or almost king-like over the other characters in their series. Muzan is one of those characters. The demon that began creating demons, the only one that can make new demons, as well as the only one that can super charge those demons by giving them more of his blood, Muzan is a force to be reckoned with. He can change forms, use his Twelve Kizuki demons to annihilate the Demon Slayer Corps for his own protection, and even kill his creations at will if they so much as consider betraying him.

49 Best Demon Characters: Milim Nava – That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
49 Best Demon Characters: Milim Nava – That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

2. Milim Nava – That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Adorable, pink-haired, and a powerful demon lord – Milim Nava goes from dangerous enemy to an extremely useful ally. She’s spunky, cute, and a bit of a badass. For someone so small and so cute to be called Destroyer is a little terrifying.

49 Best Demon Characters: Sesshomaru - InuYasha
49 Best Demon Characters: Sesshomaru – InuYasha

3. Sesshomaru – InuYasha

Lord Sesshomaru, a powerful and full blooded dog demon, unlike his half-demon younger brother, InuYasha, is the cold and quiet type, for the most part. He spends a good portion of the series initially as a full on enemy to InuYasha, but as he grows tired of Naraku, and also comes to protect Rin, his priorities shift away from sibling squabbles.

49 Best Demon Characters: Sukuna - Jujutsu Kaisen
49 Best Demon Characters: Sukuna – Jujutsu Kaisen

4. Sukuna – Jujutsu Kaisen

The King of Curses, and arguably one of the most powerful on this list, Sukuna was split into 20 pieces (specifically his fingers), which became cursed objects. Other curses, wanting to obtain some of his power, seek out his fingers to grow stronger. Young Itadori, the main character, ingests a finger while trying to stop a curse from using it. What should have killed him resulted in the Jujutsu sorcerers finding a suitable vessel to contain Sukuna until his can be dealt with. Itadori is possessed by Sukuna now, but mostly holds control over the body.

49 Best Demon Characters: Ai Enma - Hell Girl
49 Best Demon Characters: Ai Enma – Hell Girl

5. Ai Enma – Hell Girl

Nothing qualifies a character more to be considered a demon girl than being a vengeful spirit that catches the attention of the Master of Hell. She becomes Hell Girl, and serves the Master of Hell, making contracts with tormented people and sending their tormentors to hell. She’s fairly creepy, which has landed her on the Creepiest Characters list as well.

49 Best Demon Characters: Ryuk - Death Note
49 Best Demon Characters: Ryuk – Death Note

6. Ryuk – Death Note

I wholeheartedly submit Ryuk for this list. Sure, he’s a Shinigami – but he looks creepy and he’s a mischievous god of death. Those two concepts only qualify him for demon-adjacent supernatural entity. His meddling in the human world leads to chaos and death for years.

49 Best Demon Characters: Clare - Claymore
49 Best Demon Characters: Clare – Claymore

7. Clare – Claymore

A Claymore – a half human, half Yoma hybrid, Clare is the main protagonist of the series. Being half Yoma, a creature that feeds on human flesh and blood. Are they technically demons? I’m not sure. But eating people makes her just supernatural enough to qualify for the demon in my opinion.

49 Best Demon Characters: Kuruma - Naruto
49 Best Demon Characters: Kuruma – Naruto

8. Kuruma – Naruto

The Nine Tail Demon Fox possessed Naruto as a baby, since it was the only way the village could contain his power. Because of this, it left Naruto exiled in a lot of ways, without him having any understanding for why he was always the outcast. But because it resides within Naruto, he’s dealing with the gift/curse power situation.

49 Best Demon Characters: Gaara - Naruto
49 Best Demon Characters: Gaara – Naruto

9. Gaara – Naruto

Gaara, like Naruto, is possessed by a demon. The One-Tailed Shukaku isn’t as strong as Naruto’s, but it does give him otherworldly powers. Because of this, Gaara can manipulate sand at will, and can use the One-Tailed Shukaku for it’s large source of chakra.

49 Best Demon Characters: InuYasha - InuYasha
49 Best Demon Characters: InuYasha – InuYasha

10. InuYasha – InuYasha

InuYasha is a half-demon, that is initially driven by the motivation to obtain the shards of the sacred jewel to become a full-fledged demon. But as time goes on, his motivations become more focused on stopping Naraku and protecting those he cares about, and less about his self-centered quest for power. He’s arrogant but has a good heart.

49 Best Demon Characters: Rias Gremory - High School DxD
49 Best Demon Characters: Rias Gremory – High School DxD

11. Rias Gremory – High School DxD

Rias is a pure-blooded devil, the main character, and the heiress of the Gremory Clan. She’s also known as the Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess. She’s a compassionate character, but quick to anger and prone to violence at times.

49 Best Demon Characters: Denji - Chainsaw Man
49 Best Demon Characters: Denji – Chainsaw Man

12. Denji – Chainsaw Man

Denji is the main character of the upcoming anime, Chainsaw Man. Denji is a devil hunter for the Yakuza that, through a series of unfortunate events, ends up becoming the Chainsaw Devil. He wields some gnarly chainsaw arm pieces, as well as a chainsaw on his head.

49 Best Demon Characters: Setsuna - Yashahime: Princess Half Demon
49 Best Demon Characters: Setsuna – Yashahime: Princess Half Demon

13. Setsuna – Yashahime: Princess Half Demon

Daughter of Sesshomaru and Rin from Inuyasha, and twin sister to Towa Higurashi, Setsuna is a half demon raised by demon slayers. She’s fierce, guarded, and even a little cold at times – taking after her father some in that area.

49 Best Demon Characters: Towa - Yashahime: Princess Half Demon
49 Best Demon Characters: Towa – Yashahime: Princess Half Demon

14. Towa – Yashahime: Princess Half Demon

We mentioned one twin, so we might as well talk about Towa too! Towa was raised by the Higurashi family after accidentally getting sent forward in time to present day Tokyo. She’s frequently in trouble for fighting and has to change schools often. But she has a good heart, despite her fighting spirit.

49 Best Demon Characters: Akaza - Demon Slayer
49 Best Demon Characters: Akaza – Demon Slayer

15. Akaza – Demon Slayer

Akaza is a pretty upbeat demon considering he just wants to fight someone he considers a worthy opponent – which leads him to fighting, and killing, members of the Hashira – the strongest members of the Demon Slayer Corps. But with this, he also looks down on anyone he considers weaker than himself. He has one of the most tragic backstories of the members of the Twelve Kizuki, which makes you almost want to forgive him for the horrible things he’s done. Almost.

49 Best Demon Characters: Sebastion - Black Butler
49 Best Demon Characters: Sebastion – Black Butler

16. Sebastion – Black Butler

He’s one hell of a butler. Dashing, charming, and a demon. Yup, a demonic butler. He’s sworn to a pact with Ciel Phantomhive, acting as his bodyguard and butler. He’s completely devoted to his master, and faithfully follows his orders.

49 Best Demon Characters: Shinra - Fire Force
49 Best Demon Characters: Shinra – Fire Force

17. Shinra – Fire Force

Shinra is a Third and Forth Generation pyrokinetic and the newest member of Special Fire Force Company 8. Shinra has had a lifelong goal of becoming a hero, which has been a rocky road considering he doesn’t exactly look the most heroic – his face muscles tighten into a sinister grin against his will, not to mention his Devil’s Footprints – flames igniting from his feet and leaving ashy footprints in his wake. So while he may not be a demon, he has devilish qualities that could make onlookers think he’s a more devilish character.

49 Best Demon Characters: Kurama - Yu Yu Hakusho
49 Best Demon Characters: Kurama – Yu Yu Hakusho

18. Kurama – Yu Yu Hakusho

A heart throb for many young girls getting into anime (at least, back in the day), Kurama is cunning, which fits him well, since his soul has been embedded by a demon fox. He becomes a gentle character and is very calculating and analytical. He can use his demonic form and powers, though that form is the opposite of his human personality. In his demonic fox form, he has silver hair.

49 Best Demon Characters: Rimuru - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
49 Best Demon Characters: Rimuru – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

19. Rimuru – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Rimuru can pop up on any list at this point, I think. The most overpowered little slime in all the land does, in fact, end up becoming a demon lord. Slime, Demon Lord. What a transformation.

49 Best Demon Characters: Dante - Devil May Cry: The Animated Series
49 Best Demon Characters: Dante – Devil May Cry: The Animated Series

20. Dante – Devil May Cry: The Animated Series

Very similar to InuYasha in a lot of ways (the memes are endless), Dante is a silvery-white haired half demon younger brother, with a cranky demon older brother (Virgil), and, well, I think you can see the similarities there. Dante is a mercenary, hunting devils, and helping those that need it.

49 Best Demon Characters: Sadao Maou/Satan Jacob - The Devil is a Part Timer!
49 Best Demon Characters: Sadao Maou/Satan Jacob – The Devil is a Part Timer!

21. Sadao Maou/Satan Jacob – The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Once the Devil-King, turned part-time fast food employee, he’s one of the most intelligent demons in the show. He went from demonic power hungry, to fueled with an ambition to climb the fast food corporate ladder.

49 Best Demon Characters: Albedo - Overlord
49 Best Demon Characters: Albedo – Overlord

22. Albedo – Overlord

Albedo is a succubus, incredibly beautiful, and is absolutely head-over-heels in love with Ainz. She has horns and black angel wings as well, and when in battle wears black armor.

49 Best Demon Characters: Nezuko - Demon Slayer
49 Best Demon Characters: Nezuko – Demon Slayer

23. Nezuko – Demon Slayer

She’s adorable, a fan favorite of the series, and one of the most powerful characters in a few ways in the show. Nezuko was a human, until her older brother Tanjiro left home for a night, and when he returned, found his entire family slaughtered: except for Nezuko. Desperate to keep her alive and not lose the only family he had left, Tanjiro puts his own life on the line to prove to the Demon Slayers she won’t harm humans, before dedicating his life to the Demon Slayers to help protect her. Nezuko can change the size of her body at will, use a blood demon art called Exploding Blood, and has quite the kick.

49 Best Demon Characters: Rin Okumura - Blue Exorcist
49 Best Demon Characters: Rin Okumura – Blue Exorcist

24. Rin Okumura – Blue Exorcist

One of the twin sons of Satan, and out for revenge. He wants to become an Exorcist to get revenge for Satan murdering his adoptive father. He’s the main protagonist, is protective, but can be violent and prone to fights.

49 Best Demon Characters: Ram - Re:Zero
49 Best Demon Characters: Ram – Re:Zero

25. Ram – Re:Zero

The older of the twins in Re:Zero, Ram is much more strong, serious, and indifferent, compared to her sister, Rem. She keeps her emotions withheld and is quite the opposite of her sister in many ways. They’re both oni, classifying them in the category of demon girls.

49 Best Demon Characters: Rem - Re:Zero
49 Best Demon Characters: Rem – Re:Zero

26. Rem – Re:Zero

Demon twins seem to be a popular theme. Younger sister to Ram, Rem is polite, quiet, and loyal. She falls for Subaru after he saves her, and she vows to stick with him no matter what.

49 Best Demon Characters: Beelzebub IV - Beelzebub
49 Best Demon Characters: Beelzebub IV – Beelzebub

27. Beelzebub IV – Beelzebub

Tiny little son of the demon king, Hilda and Tatsumi are chosen to raise him. They often refer to him as Baby Beel, and he’s sent to the human world to deal with a blood contract for his father.

49 Best Demon Characters: The Nine Tails Guardian - The God of High School
49 Best Demon Characters: The Nine Tails Guardian – The God of High School

28. The Nine Tails Guardian – The God of High School

I’ll try to avoid spoilers and only vaguely discuss the character post-transformation. But, hey, look – another fox demon. This one is very similar to Naruto in the concept that it’s a powerful spirit possessing a human. While the spirit is dormant until the big reveal, it’s ridiculously powerful when it decides it’s time to show itself.

49 Best Demon Characters: Diablo - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
49 Best Demon Characters: Diablo – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

29. Diablo – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Handsome, well dressed servant, and a demon. This guy is borderline Sebastian from Black Butler. But Diablo’s goal is to become Rimuru’s favorite servant, while acting as his second secretary. He was summoned by Rimuru, who immediately fascinated him and seemed to be a cure to his boredom, earning his immediate devotion.

49 Best Demon Characters: Kaneki - Tokyo Ghoul
49 Best Demon Characters: Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul

30. Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul

A rarity – a human turned into a ghoul – somehow both unable to fit into either world while belonging in both. Kaneki goes from sweet and loyal, to formidable and almost scary. The farther he loses himself to being a ghoul, the more of his human side starts to get suppressed.

49 Best Demon Characters: Moroha - Yashahime: Princess Half Demon
49 Best Demon Characters: Moroha – Yashahime: Princess Half Demon

31. Moroha – Yashahime: Princess Half Demon

One of the main protagonists of the show, along with the previously mentioned Setsuna and Towa. Moroha is the daughter of InuYasha and Kagome, and not only has some half demon powers of her father, but also the archery and priestess abilities of her mother.

49 Best Demon Characters: Zatch - Zatch Bell
49 Best Demon Characters: Zatch – Zatch Bell

32. Zatch – Zatch Bell

Demons must pick a master on Earth in order for them to fight one another. Little Zatch chooses the depressed Kiyomaro. Together, they take on other demons, build a friendship, and try to take over the demon world.

49 Best Demon Characters: Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho
49 Best Demon Characters: Hiei – Yu Yu Hakusho

33. Hiei – Yu Yu Hakusho

The unfortunate “cursed child” – a male fire demon born to a female ice demon, Hiei is the second YuYu Hakusho character on this list that’s a demon. He’s an odd looking fire demon, too – green, and covered with eyes.

49 Best Demon Characters: Rikuo Nura - Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
49 Best Demon Characters: Rikuo Nura – Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

34. Rikuo Nura – Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Head of the Nura Clan, despite only being ¼ demon himself, Rikuo is a good kid. In his human forms, he seems weak even though he’s manipulative and intelligent. In his demon form, however, he is strong and intimidating.

49 Best Demon Characters: Naraku - InuYasha
49 Best Demon Characters: Naraku – InuYasha

35. Naraku – InuYasha

It started when he was a weak, dying thief, and human. He wanted to live, and took in demons to keep his body alive. But to really gain the power he needed to solidify himself as a demon, he needed the sacred jewel. To make things worse, he meddled in things between Kikyo and InuYasha, making them believe they betrayed each other – leading to Kikyo’s death, and InuYasha being pinned to a tree for many, many years.

49 Best Demon Characters: Calcifer - Howl's Moving Castle
49 Best Demon Characters: Calcifer – Howl’s Moving Castle

36. Calcifer – Howl’s Moving Castle

A fire demon within the heart of the castle, powering it and keeping things warm. Despite being powerful and full of magic, he’s bound to the hearth after his bargain with Howl.

49 Best Demon Characters: Mio - Testament of Sister New Devil
49 Best Demon Characters: Mio – Testament of Sister New Devil

37. Mio – Testament of Sister New Devil

The half human daughter of the previous Demon Lord, she inherited her father’s power after his death. She was raised by two adoptive, demon parents as a human, and only after their deaths did she learn the truth behind her real parents.

49 Best Demon Characters: Enmu - Demon Slayer: Mugen Train
49 Best Demon Characters: Enmu – Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

38. Enmu – Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

Enmu get’s the biggest chance to shine in Mugen Train, but does appear elsewhere in the series. Enmu is one of the Twelve Kizuki Muzan has sent to kill as many humans as possible – including the Demon Slayers. Enmu’s power involves putting victims to sleep.

49 Best Demon Characters: Etna - Disgaea
49 Best Demon Characters: Etna – Disgaea

39. Etna – Disgaea

Originally appearing in the Disgaea games, Etna made her way into the anime as well. She serves Laharl, though she has her own sneaky agenda. She wields a hammer that she uses not only against enemies, but also against her servants.

49 Best Demon Characters: Meliodas - Seven Deadly Sins
49 Best Demon Characters: Meliodas – Seven Deadly Sins

40. Meliodas – Seven Deadly Sins

Son of a demon king, protagonist, and the Dragon’s Sin of Wrath, Meliodas looks like a child, but is actually thousands of years old. He’s fearless, tries to avoid showing weakness, and stays composed.

49 Best Demon Characters: Koga - InuYasha
49 Best Demon Characters: Koga – InuYasha

41. Koga – InuYasha

Leading of his own wolf clan, Koga is a wolf demon. Despite being promised to another, he becomes fixated on Kagome and wanting to marry her. Thanks to the power of sacred jewel shards in his legs, Koga has strong legs that can carry him ridiculously fast and aid him in fights.

49 Best Demon Characters: Claude Faustus - Black Butler
49 Best Demon Characters: Claude Faustus – Black Butler

42. Claude Faustus – Black Butler

The demon butler of Alois Trancy (noticing a demonic butler theme?), Claude wants Ciel’s soul, and is an antagonist in the series. He isn’t much different in appearance to Sebastian, aside from having glasses, and being referred to as the Spider Butler.

49 Best Demon Characters: Yuko - The Demon Girl Next Door
49 Best Demon Characters: Yuko – The Demon Girl Next Door

43. Yuko – The Demon Girl Next Door

A 15-year-old main protagonist of the series, Yuko just finds herself in a peculiar situation – she wakes up and realizes she has horns and a tail. The only way to break her curse? Defeat a magical girl for her blood, of course.

49 Best Demon Characters: Diablo - How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
49 Best Demon Characters: Diablo – How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord

44. Diablo – How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord

A gamer is summoned by two girls – an elf and pantherian – into another world. But not as himself, but rather his online character Diablo, aka the True Demon King. While the gamer boy is more introverted, as Diablo his personality is much different.

49 Best Demon Characters: Kagura - InuYasha
49 Best Demon Characters: Kagura – InuYasha

45. Kagura – InuYasha

Kagura was one of the first incarnations Naraku made. She’s a demon with wind sorceress powers and travels on a giant feather, doing Naraku’s bidding. As the series progresses, Kagura becomes more and more unhappy with her situation, and plots to break free from Naraku’s grasp.

49 Best Demon Characters: Akira - Devilman Crybaby
49 Best Demon Characters: Akira – Devilman Crybaby

46. Akira – Devilman Crybaby

Once human, Akira absorbed the devil Amon’s power thanks to his friend Ryo, and boom! Life turns upside down. Soon, he’s fighting enemies as the Devilman, but keeping his human soul.

49 Best Demon Characters: Hilda - Beelzebub
49 Best Demon Characters: Hilda – Beelzebub

47. Hilda – Beelzebub

What better nanny to have than a demon, right? Hildegard, or Hilda, is the adoptive mother / wet nurse for baby Beelzebub IV, as well as the main female protagonist of the series. Aside from her interactions with Beel, Hilda is cold and manipulative.

49 Best Demon Characters: Lady Tamayo - Demon Slayer
49 Best Demon Characters: Lady Tamayo – Demon Slayer

48. Lady Tamayo – Demon Slayer

One of the few demons you encounter in the series that isn’t trying to kill or harm anyone else, and, instead, has devoted her life to trying to save others and research a cure to being a demon. Specifically, she’s motivated to stop Muzan, and aids Tanjiro and the Demon Slayers in their efforts.

49 Best Demon Characters: Zero Two - Darling in the Franxx
49 Best Demon Characters: Zero Two – Darling in the Franxx

49. Zero Two – Darling in the Franxx

She isn’t technically a demon. But, for the sake of being sort of demon adjacent, we’ll let it slide. Zero Two is an elite parasite also known as “Partner Killer”, that’s used to going it alone. Due to her appearance – horns, for example – she has mostly kept to herself because she was often treated poorly for looking like a monster.


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