Prince of Darkness
Prince of Darkness is a term used in John Milton's poem Paradise Lost, published in 1667, referring to Satan, who is viewed as the embodiment of evil. It is an English translation of the Latin phrase princeps tenebrarum, which occurs in the Acts of Pilate, written in the fourth century, in the 11th-century hymn Rhythmus de die mortis by Pietro Damiani, and in a sermon by Bernard of Clairvaux from the 12th century.
Edgar: The prince of darkness is a gentleman.
The term may also refer to:
- A nickname for Gordon Willis, cinematographer famous for his work on The Godfather films
- A nickname for Lord Mandelson, former British Cabinet Minister and First Secretary of State
- A nickname for Marilyn Manson, alternative musician
- A nickname for General Sir Mike Jackson, Chief of British General Staff, commander of KFOR in the liberation of Kosovo
- A nickname for Miles Davis, jazz musician
- A nickname for Nick Cave, Australian musician
- A nickname for Ozzy Osbourne, British rock singer and television personality
- A nickname for Richard Perle, American assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan administration
- A nickname for Robert Novak, American journalist and conservative commentator
- A nickname for Tim Parker, British businessman
- A nickname for The Undertaker, professional wrestler
- A nickname for Warren Kinsella, Canadian political consultant and former PMO staffer to Prime Minister Jean Chretien
- A nickname for Brian Dames, CEO of South African power and utilities company, Eskom.
- Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light, a supernatural being in Scott Adams' comic strip Dilbert
- A name applied to the fictional character Dracula
- A name applied to the mythical god Hades
- A name applied to the fictional character Damon Salvatore in the book series The Vampire Diaries
- A name applied to the fictional character Ganondorf in the popular video game series The Legend of Zelda
Films and television
- Prince of Darkness, a horror film by John Carpenter
- Dracula: Prince of Darkness, a horror film by Terence Fisher
- Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness, an anime film directed by Tatsuo Satō
- "Prince of Darkness" (1992), episode 3.8 of Law & Order
- Prince of Darkness (Alice Cooper album)
- Prince of Darkness (Big Daddy Kane album)
- Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osbourne album); the term is also used as a moniker for Osbourne
- "Prince of Darkness", a song by Bow Wow Wow from See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy
- "Prince of Darkness", a song by the Indigo Girls from Indigo Girls (album)
- "Prince of Darkness", a song by Lucifer's Friend from Where the Groupies Killed the Blues
- "Prince of Darkness", a song by Megadeth from Risk
- "Prince of Darkness", a song by Miles Davis from Sorcerer
- A nickname for Lucas Industries (Joseph Lucas, Ltd.), a British electrical-equipment manufacturer, because of the reputation of poor-quality lighting on many British cars and motorcycles using Lucas electrics.
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