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  • The third series of Ashes to Ashes introduces the character Jim Keats (played by Daniel Mays), a Discipline and Complaints officer sent to audit the Fenchurch East police station. Fenchurch East is revealed as a purgatory for police officers, Gene Hunt as an "archangel" saving souls and sending them to Heaven, and Keats as the Devil taking souls to Hell.
  • The fifth season of BBC supernatural drama Being Human reveals that the Devil was trapped in a human form in 1918 as part of a plan to kill him, only for the ritual that was being used to be disrupted so that the Devil would be bound but not completely weakened or killed. Surviving into the present day, the Devil attempts to manipulate series protagonists Hal Yorke- the vampire who originally participated in the ritual to bind him- and Tom McNair- a werewolf who now shares a house with Hal- into conflict with each other so that he can feed on the energy they create. Although he eventually gains enough power to manifest his full powers, he is killed in the series finale when Hal, Tom and their ghost friend Alex Millar perform the binding ritual once more, the Devil's death restoring them to humanity.
  • John Glover portrayed the fallen angel Lucifer in the short-lived series Brimstone.
  • The two-part Doctor Who story "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit" features a version of the Devil called "the Beast", who claims to have served as a subconscious basis for devil-like entities in religions throughout the universe. This depiction places more emphasis on the monstrous appearance of the Devil, depicting him as a gargantuan, red-skinned beast with horns and a skeletal face.
  • Fallen, the ABC Family trilogy, shows Lucifer as a major character and antagonist, depicted as the father of the protagonist.
  • Northern Exposure season 3 episode 5 "Jules et Joel" features an adult male Halloween trick-or-treater dressed as the devil who demands Joel Fleishman give him a treat, which he denies. The man sprays Joel with silly string and runs off, being chased by Joel who doesn't make it past his porch before running into a support and getting knocked out.
  • Reaper portrays Satan (played by Ray Wise) as a smooth-talking gentleman, often with a jocular manner.
  • The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Devil's Due" includes a character pretending to be Satan with both the traditional image and the Klingon version. Throughout the episode, she appears in a default form of an attractive mischievous woman. She is eventually revealed to be a con artist attempting to exploit a planet's mythology to take control of it.
  • Stargate SG-1 has an alien character, Sokar, who adopts the persona of Satan, possessing a great army with which he wanted to take control of all other System Lords, and ultimately of the galaxy itself. He creates his own Hell on Ne'tu, the satellite of his homeworld, where he sends his enemies for torture and punishment.
  • Supernatural has Lucifer stated to be the god of the demons in the season 3 episode "Sin City". Season 4 of the series deals with demons trying to release him from Hell by breaking the sixty-six Seals keeping him contained, and eventually succeeding in the finale. In the Season 5 premiere, the risen Lucifer convinces a grief-stricken man to become his human vessel (being an angel, Lucifer must obtain permission before possessing someone), but reveals that his 'True Vessel'- the Vessel which will grant him full access to his power on Earth- is series protagonist Sam Winchester. The relationship between Lucifer and Michael, a major focus of the fifth season, is portrayed as a tragic story of once-close brothers becoming reluctant enemies, this role being further emphasized with the discovery that Sam's brother Dean is Michael's Vessel. Although each is resolved to kill the other, the complexity of this relationship is apparent in the season 5 finale, when the angel Castiel strikes Michael with "holy fire", and in brotherly protectiveness, Lucifer destroys Castiel with the words "Nobody dicks with Michael, but me". In Supernatural, Lucifer is presented as less evil and more of a tragic villain. Many of the angels in the series joke that he is "a spoiled child with daddy issues going through a temper tantrum" because his father (God) liked the new baby (Humanity) more than him. As the end of Season 5, Lucifer is returned to his prison when Sam accepts his role as a Vessel and takes control of his body in time to send Lucifer back into his Cage (Sam is later rescued by the demon Crowley, but without his soul, which is retrieved by Death).
  • Touched by an Angel has Satan occasionally appear in the guise of a human being. Each time, he manipulates people around him in an attempt to thwart the angels Monica, Tess and Andrew in their efforts to work for God. John Schneider, Todd Rulapaugh and Mandy Patinkin each portrayed Satan in one episode, and David Ogden Stiers appeared as Satan in the two-episode series finale.
  • The Twilight Zone is known for having various depictions of the Devil in its episodes.
  • Torchwood episode "End of Days" features a gigantic demonic being named Abaddon, called the "Son of the Great Beast" (a reference to the aforementioned Doctor Who episodes). Abaddon kills people by casting his shadow over them to absorb their life energy, which becomes his downfall when he absorbs the immortal Captain Jack Harkness, choking him to death.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess season 6 episode "Heart of Darkness" shows Lucifer as a fallen archangel after Xena causes him to commit all seven deadly sins. After his transformation into Satan, she promptly shoves him into a portal to Hell, taking the place of former leader of Hell, Mephistopheles, whom Xena had killed.
Anime and cartoons

In anime and cartoons, when a character is unsure what to do, a devil version and an angel version of the character may appear, representing the two sets of motives.

  • Demon Lord Dante (魔王ダンテ, Maō Dante), Demon Lord Satan helps Dante in his battle against God and his angels
  • Digimon, known as Lucemon and one of the franchise's Seven Great Demon Lords, is based upon Lucifer; this character's backstory is notably similar to Lucifer's fictional fall from grace. This Digimon possesses numerous forms of increasing power, including his Chaos/Falldown Mode, Shadow Lord/Satan mode, and Larva Mode.
  • Metalocalypse episode "Dethreligion" has William Murderface joins the Church of Satan after nearly dying in a drunk driving accident. During a mass, one of the priests tries to summon Lucifer, along with Belial, Beelzebub, and Mephistophiles, by shouting out their names in an obnoxious, loud tone. He later appears along with the other three demon lords (with only his arm visible) to murder the church members and its inhabitants.

Satan has been featured as an occasional character in many other series, including Cow and Chicken, Family Guy, Futurama (as the "Robot Devil" who runs Robot Hell), Powerpuff Girls, Robot Chicken, Saturday Night Live, South Park, and The Simpsons.

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