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Malphas, by Louis Le Breton, 1863
Sigil of Malphas

In demonology, Malphas is a demon who first appears in Johann Weirs Pseudomonarchia daemonum. That work and the Lesser Key of Solomon describe him as a mighty Great President of [Hell], with forty legions of demons under his command and is second in command under Satan. He appears as a raven, but if requested, will instead resemble a man with a hoarse voice. Malphas is said to build houses, high towers and strongholds, throw down the buildings of the enemies, destroy the enemies' desires or thoughts (and/or make them known to the conjurer) and all that they have done, give good familiars, and quickly bring artificers together from all places of the world. According to the writers, Malphas accepts willingly and kindly any sacrifice offered to him, but then he will deceive the conjurer.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Malphas appears as the main antagonist of the indie horror game FAITH: The Unholy Trinity, albeit with a drastically different appearance from its portrayal in the Lesser Key of Solomon.
  • Malphas appears as the secondary antagonist of the 2015 Freeform series Dead of Summer.
  • Malphas is a minor antagonist in the 2019 video game Devil May Cry 5, appearing as a deformed bird-like demon fused to a multi-headed witch.
  • Malphas appears as a boss in the 2010 MMO Realm of the Mad God.
  • Malphas appears as a summonable demon in the 2009 game Bayonetta, as well as its 2014 sequel.
  • Malphas appears as a boss in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Malphas is the last name of the demonic guardian of Nick, Caleb in The Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. He is part god in the series with his father being a primal god and his mother a daeve (mid level demon).
  • Malphas, the ancient one, reveals himself during the process of the exorcism of a girl by the two priests in the 2015 Korean Horror 'The Priests'.
  • Malphas appears as a demon in the 2016 point-and-click adventure video game, Goetia.
  • Malphas appears in the book Wrath of Angels by John Connolly
  • Malphas appears as one of the demonlords in the manhwa Skeleton Soldier Couldn’t Protect The Dungeon, where he has the appearance of a giant crow with red gems around the neck
  • In the Conjuniverse Malphas is the demon inside the Annabelle Doll.
  • In the animated TV-series The Owl House, Malphas is the Master Librarian of Bonesborough Library.

See also[edit]


  • S. L. MacGregor Mathers, A. Crowley, The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King (1904). 1995 reprint: ISBN 0-87728-847-X.