Mammon in popular culture

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The Hebrew term mammon, personifying money in the New Testament, has led to many take-ups of the name in popular culture.

Literature[edit]

In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Mammon is a fallen angel, described as being "more interested in heaven's pavements," than the leader. He tells the other fallen angels to be content in Hell.

The Phantom of the Opera worships Mammon in Frederick Forsyth's The Phantom of Manhattan.

In The Alchemist by Ben Jonson, Sir Epicure Mammon is a man obsessed with material wealth.

In Dungeons & Dragons, Mammon is an archdevil, one of the archdukes and the ruler of the Third Layer of Hell.

In Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country for Old Men, Mammon is mentioned towards the end.

Film[edit]

Constantine – Mammon is the son of Lucifer/Satan himself, conceived before his father fell from Heaven but born after Satan was sent to Hell. He has a lust for power and tries to gain control over Earth with the aid of renegade angel Gabriel (Gabriel seeking to make humanity worthy of God's love by forcing them to endure Hell on Earth). He is defeated when Constantine manages to summon Lucifer to collect him by attempting suicide. Lucifer then destroys Gabriel's wings and banishes Mammon back to Hell, stating that he prefers to wait and see Earth come to him on its own.

Television[edit]

In The Simpsons episode "Blood Feud" from season 2, Bart gets a card from Mr. Burns. The return address is 1000 Mammon Ln.

Mammon is a 2014 TV mini series from Norway. This drama series is about a large criminal conspiracy reaching to the highest level of Norwegian politics and centers on the journalist Peter Verås.

The Criminal Minds season 2 episode "North Mammon" is set in a small town of the same name.

In the Futurama movie Bender's Game the alternate universe incarnation of Mom, who serves as the film's primary antagonist, is named Mommon.

Comics[edit]

Spawn – In the comic book Spawn, Mammon is depicted as a handsome gentleman, suave and sophisticated, who often assists Spawn in his quests. This demon is often seen making attractive deals with humans for their souls and is thought to be quite persuasive. While originally thought of as the Devil himself, he is later revealed to originally be one of a faction of angels who took no side in the struggle between Hell and Heaven and were thus shunned by both.

God Is Dead - In the ongoing comic book series, God Is Dead, by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa, Mammon is accidentally created in an underground lab in an attempt to build a god capable of destroying the World's most powerful pantheons, as they battle for control over the human population. He is depicted as a large red-skinned demon, with pointy wings, stubby horns, glowing white eyes and pointy fangs.

"Final Crisis" – In Superman Beyond #2, Mammon is described as the Anti-Matter Universe's god by Ultraman. This is as the reversal of God following the Anti-Matter universe's "reversed" history and morality.

The Black Monday Murders features Mammon as a central entity of discussion and worship.

Video games[edit]

In the role-playing video game (RPG) In Nomine, Mammon is the minor demon Prince of Greed.

Mammon is also portrayed as the son of Lucifer, and uses the model "Infested Kerrigan" in the well known Heaven's Last Defense map in the realm of StarCraft.

Chrono Trigger – In this SNES RPG, a device known as the Mammon Machine was created by the Zealians to tap into the energy of Lavos, the game's main villain. The Mammon Machine was created under the orders of Queen Zeal. She was corrupted by Lavos and filled with a greedy desire for power and started to believe that the magical kingdom of Zeal would be the most wealthy and powerful if they relied on Lavos energy, which was drawn via the Mammon Machine.

In Quest 64, Mammon is the final boss, and the controller of the puppet Shannon.

Mammon is the name of Dawn's partner in Daemon Bride. He is a purple octopus attached to Dawn's right arm that he fights with. Mammon is capable of poisoning his victims with his greenish ink, and shoots an energy ball and a solid energy beam.

Mammon is the alias of Viper, a character in Katekyō Hitman Reborn!.

Mammon is the name given to one of the Seven Sisters of Purgatory in Umineko no Naku Koro Ni.

Ragnarok Online features Mammonite as a skill exclusive to the Merchant job classes. This skill sacrifices a certain amount of zeny (in-game currency) to deal large damage to an enemy.

Valkyrie Crusade features Mammon as an Archwitch and limited Sr card. The skill is "Seven Sins: Greed; deals 250%-350% (dark) DMG to all enemies 10-15%; infinite procs, Now are unobtainable in the game already.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn features a pick named Mammon. It is obtained upon completion of the level 50 Miner class quest.[1]

Software[edit]

Mozilla Firefox – In The Book of Mozilla easter egg found on the Mozilla Firefox browser, the term Mammon is used to refer metaphorically to Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Manga[edit]

In the manga Beelzebub, Mammon is the name of one of the demons associated with the Killer Six Elements.

In the manga Reborn!, Mammon is one of the characters associated with a group called the Varia.

In the light novel Shakugan no Shana, Mammon is one of the most powerful Crimson Lords under Bal Masqué.

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