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Tychodaimon,[citation needed] the opposite of the Kakodaimon

A cacodemon (or cacodaemon) is an evil spirit or (in the modern sense of the word) a demon. The opposite of a cacodemon is an agathodaemon or eudaemon, a good spirit or angel. The word cacodemon comes through Latin from the Ancient Greek κακοδαίμων kakodaimōn, meaning an "evil spirit," whereas daimon would be a neutral spirit in Greek and Tychodaimon[citation needed] would be a good spirit. In psychology, cacodemonia (or cacodemomania) is a form of insanity in which the patient believes that they are possessed by an evil spirit. The first known occurrence of the word cacodemon dates to 1593. In Shakespeare's Richard III Act 1 Scene 3, Queen Margaret calls Richard a "cacodemon" for his foul deeds and manipulations.[1] In the ARbatel of Magi vertetum written in 1575 the word Cacodemaon is described as one of the 7.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the book & tv show The Magicians by Lev Grossman, the main characters each have a Cacodemon magically implanted into their backs.
  • Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld novels feature cacodemons and eudemons, some of whom have produced semi-human-like progeny; in this context eudemons are not so much "good" as "non-chaotic".
  • Deicide's second album, Legion, contains a song called "Satan Spawn, The Caco-Daemon".
  • There is a painting by Paul Klee called Cacodaemonic (1916)
  • There is a boulder in Squamish, Canada called Cacodemon, it is the location of the climb Dreamcatcher, a 5.14d (9a) first climbed by Chris Sharma.


See also[edit]

  • Sinistrari, Ludavico Maria. Demoniality; or, Incubi and succubi; a treatise wherein is shown that there are in existence on earth rational creatures besides man, endowed like him with a body and a soul... Amazon Kindle Edition, April 16, 2013.
  • Genius (mythology)
  • Greek mythology
  • Greek religion


  1. ^ Richard III.1.3
  2. ^ Cacodemon. Doom Wiki. Accessed 25 September 2016
  3. ^ "Eudemons & Cacodemons". Demonology 101. Kelley Armstrong.