List of fictional Antichrists

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Antichrist characters have been the continuing subject of speculation and attraction, often explored in fiction and media, and the character has developed his own sort of fictional mythology apart from biblical scripture. For example, the Book of Revelation does not say the Antichrist will be the son of Satan, but the idea was made popular in at least two movies, The Omen, and its sequels, with the evil child, Damien, who grows up with the destiny to rule and destroy the world, and Rosemary's Baby with her son, Adrian.

Portrayals[edit]

Antichrist characters portrayed in fiction and nonfiction include:

  • A nameless leader that assumes the reinstituted office of Roman Emperor, in The Tale of Anti-Christ by Vladimir Solovyov
  • Jake Gray in Devour
  • Jesse, a human/demon hybrid in the Supernatural episode "I Believe the Children Are Our Future", is confirmed as the Antichrist by the angel Castiel. Unlike most personifications of the Antichrist, Jesse is neutrally aligned, able to be deterred from his "destined" path when Sam tells him the whole truth about his origins and capabilities.
  • The talking ape Shift in C. S. Lewis' Narnia series
  • Stone Alexander (played by Michael York) in the films The Omega Code,[1] and Megiddo: The Omega Code 2.[2]
  • Nicolae Carpathia from the Christian book series Left Behind.[3]
  • Brother Bartholomew from Salem Kirban's 1970 novel, 666.[4]
  • Damien Thorn from The Omen series. This movie was influential in that, in many of the "Anti-Christian" movies that followed, it was naturally assumed that the Antichrist would be Satan's "begotten" son.
  • The animal Antichrist in the South Park episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", though at the end of this episode it is revealed that he was only part of a story made up by Cartman
  • The 'Damien' Antichrist from the South Park episode "Damien"
  • Adolf Hitler, in Robert Van Kampen's novel The Fourth Reich. Hitler's spirit is released from Hell and enters an embryo created from his cloned DNA. He's then born in Russia and grows up to become that country's dictator, eventually revealing his true identity to the world before the UN General Assembly. Van Kampen also stated that Hitler "best meets all requirements to be the Antichrist" in his former book, The Sign.[5]
  • Randall Flagg from The Stand by Stephen King
  • Joey Atkins from Strange. He is the son of the demon Azal and is destined to take on his father's role.
  • 'Pepito' from Squee
  • The demon Agares, from The Day After Judgement by James Blish
  • Julian Felsenburgh in Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  • The European President in Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael D. O'Brien
  • Adam Young from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel Good Omens[6]
  • Christina in the TV series Point Pleasant
  • Franco Macaluso from various Cloud Ten Pictures movies
  • The titular central character (occasionally referred to as Adam Kadmon) of the Marilyn Manson album Antichrist Superstar
  • Santa Clause from Santa's Slay, he is the polar opposite to Jesus in that he is the son of Satan instead of God's son
  • Danny Wormwood from Chronicles of Wormwood
  • Christopher Goodman from the Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur
  • Lucy, from Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil
  • The Priest's assistant in "The Serpentine Offering" videoclip from the album In Sorte Diaboli by Dimmu Borgir
  • The United States President in Pat Robertson's book The End of the Age[7] Took power by following the suicide of one president and arranging the murder of his immediate predecessor as well as the murder of the president's killer.
  • Iscarius Alchemy, a resurrected Judas Iscariot in Matthew Dickens' Shekinah Chronicles series, published by Destiny Image.[8]
  • Azul Dante in the Prodigal Project book series written by Ken Abrham and Daniel Hart.[9]
  • Baal in the novel Baal by Robert R. McCammon[10]
  • Immanuel Bernstate in Jonathan R. Cash's novel The Age of the Antichrist.[11]
  • Sir Richard Grant Morrison in the novel We All Fall Down by Brian Caldwell[12]
  • Chaos, the King of the Old Ones, from Anthony Horowitz's supernatural novel series The Power of Five.
  • Adrian from the film Rosemary's Baby.
  • Slum King from Violence Jack, a demonic undead samurai created by Ryo Asuka/Satan to punish himself for the murder of Devilman. The Slum King serves as the ultimate antagonist for Violence Jack.
  • Johan Liebert from Naoki Urasawa's Monster
  • Set Abominae from the Something Wicked Saga
  • Woland from Mihail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita
  • Mason Wolfe in the novel The Last Fisherman by Randy England
  • In the Apocalypse Chronicles trilogy, Lucien St. Clair is raised from the dead and goes on to rule the world as the Antichrist under the name of Lucius Devoran, a name deliberately chosen for its Latin numerical value of 666.
  • Daniel Quinn in his book The Story of B
  • Nemo from American Dad. Though he appears in the episode "Rapture's Delight" as a parody of the The Riddler, Nemo's story is expanded in the later episode, "Season's Beatings", in a plot parody of the "Omen".
  • Laura Goodman in the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson
  • In Gore Vidal's 1954 dystopian novel Messiah a new death-worshipping religion sweeps the world, completely displacing and destroying Christianity. After their victory, the new religion's adherents declare their Prophet to have been the Antichrist, meaning that as praise.
  • Michael Langdon from American Horror Story
  • Guy Fieri is called "the third and final Antichrist" in Homestuck of MS Paint Adventures
  • The seventeenth-century painter Christoph Haizmann is depicted as Antichrist in the 2003 horror mocumentary Searching for Haizmann by Scott Gordon & Ron Meyer[13]
  • Harry Potter in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume III: Century. In this universe he is brought about by the Invisible College, a cult of magicians led by Oliver Haddo, as the moonchild destined to bring the apocalypse. All his exploits were in fact orchestrated by the College (Haddo acting as Lord Voldemort).
  • The Swedish band Ghost makes portrayals of the birth of the Antichrist and then the life of him following on their two full-length albums.
  • Anung Un Rama, also known as Hellboy, is a popular comic book and motion picture protagonist who is also the son of the Devil. Despite being destined as an Antichrist figure, being given an oversized right hand of stone which is to act as the key to unleash great evil upon the world, Hellboy has foresworn this burden and instead fights to protect the world from evil and darkness.
  • Emmanuel Lewis is described as the Antichrist in the 1996 Bloodhound Gang song "Fire Water Burn", and it is presumed he will keep the singer company in Hell, along with several dead celebrities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Movie Capsule Review, The Omega Code, (1999) (Providence, 99 mins., PG-13)". Entertainment Weekly EW.COM. 1999-10-29. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  2. ^ Van Biema, David. "The Omega Code Home Page". Time. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  3. ^ Banks, Ann. "Popular Fiction". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  4. ^ CatholicCulture.org, "Recycled Rapture," by Carl E. Olson (2001 - retrieved on December 29, 2009).
  5. ^ The Sign, 3rd Revised edition (October 20, 2000) (ISBN 978-1581342321) p.224.
  6. ^ Gilliam, Terry; Sterritt, David; Rhodes, Lucille. Terry Gilliam: Interviews. Google Books.com. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  7. ^ Robertson, Pat. End of the Age. ISBN 0-8499-3966-6. 
  8. ^ Matthew Dickens. Wayfarer. ISBN 0-7684-2234-5. 
  9. ^ Ken Abraham, Daniel Hart. The Prodigal Project. ISBN 0-340-86234-3. 
  10. ^ Robert R. McCammon. Baal. ISBN 0-671-73774-0. 
  11. ^ Cash, Jonathan R. The Age of the Antichrist. ISBN 0-8158-0534-9. 
  12. ^ Caldwell, Brian. We All Fall Down. Infinity Publishing (PA). ISBN 978-0-7414-0499-2. 
  13. ^ Searching for Haizmann (IMDb).