Prince of Darkness

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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.

The phrase also occurs in King Lear by William Shakespeare (c. 1606), Act III, Scene IV, l. 140:

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.

Fictional characters[edit]

  • 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

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See also[edit]

  • 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.