Demons are a race of immortal magical beings motivated by Evil. They seek out to kill innocents and the forces of Good. Demons are unable to feel emotions and possess no soul or conscience, although in extremely rare cases like Kyra or Drake dè Mon they may develop a desire to gain those attributes and become mortal, which is possible through certain spells.
For centuries, they have been ruled by the Source of All Evil, who claimed to be the most powerful of all demons. Most demons live in the Underworld or the mortal world, depending on what goal they wish to achieve or how they influence the mortal world. When exiled, a demon is not allowed to live in or enter the Underworld which is punishable by death.
Demons are said to come in every shape and form. And while that is true, most demons seem to have a human appearance, either by nature or with magical help. It is also possible for a demon to have an amorphous body instead of physical form.
The Demonic Hierarchy
There is a hierarchy set out in the Underworld that defines the rank of all demonkind and those evils who are beneath them. Depending on the hierarchy, demons are usually classified into two groups: lower-level and upper-level.
At the top of the demonic hierarchy are the upper-level demons and those who rule the Underworld. At the bottom are those demons who were banished from the Underworld and thus live in exile and warlocks.
Powers and Abilities
There are many powers, some which are generally possessed by many demons, others which are unique to their owners.
Lower-level demons generally have basic demonic powers that are of not much use. Upper-level demons generally possess the ability to shimmer and throw energy balls, and depending on their status can throw fireballs as well. The Source of All Evil was the one of the only demons to be able to teleport with flames, a way to show of his high status and leadership.
However, demons can collect various powers by killing other demons or stealing them, making them much more powerful. Demons like Zankou and Zahn in particular were able to do so. Zahn was able to up his rank from low- to upper-level over the centuries by trading souls for powers.
Most demons are not able to cast spells and brew potions but are vulnerable to them. Upper-level demons might have learned to master these abilities or at least grow strong enough to withstand them or become immune. Members of the Ordo Malorum for example are immune to the powers of witches.
Book of Shadows
The Halliwell Book of Shadows contains specific entries on countless demons, often telling them what these demons wish to achieve and how they can be vanquished. Demons who do not have an entry in the Book of Shadows are usually low-level and too insignificant to mention. Besides these entries, the Book of Shadows contains a general entry on demons as well.
Observations upon the
Nature, the Number, and the
Operations of the Devils.
Notes and Trivia
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- Humans can be converted to demons (through a special academy) and vice versa (with the help of a sorcerer or the Elders).
- The Siren was turned into a demon as she was being consumed by hatred when she was burned at the stake.
- Some demons can convert unwilling humans into demons, such as Wendigos, Banshees, and Furies. Usually the conversion can be reversed if certain conditions are met, though the window of opportunity to reverse the change seems to remain open so long as the human-turned-demon hasn't killed anyone during their transformation.
- According to Cole Turner, upper-level demons, especially those with a human half, bleed red and low-level demons bleed green.
- It been shown several times that demons have a different sense of pain and temperature than other creatures. Hecate was completely unaware of a needle that stabbed her leg, while Troxa was oblivious to changes in temperature due to his inability to feel. Also, as a demon, Kyra was stated to be oblivious to cold. It was also stated that she would no longer be oblivious to cold once she became human.
- Despite being motivated by evil and stated to lack emotions, some demons have demonstrated human-like affection to one another beyond reverence or obedience to higher demons. Jayda was greatly upset by the death of Janna while Salko refered to his fallen comrades as "friends".
- The offspring of upper-level demons, referred to as Demonic Children, are lured to the Ice Cream Man and his truck by the Devil's Chord (a series of notes that when sounded together specifically attract demon kids like moths to a flame). They are then sucked into the van where they will be absorbed by the Nothing, an entity that resides in the Ice Cream truck.
- Every time a demon is vanquished, their body would become engulfed in flames and disappear in seconds. In "Ex Libris", Leo Wyatt explains the reason for this is so that demons could cover their tracks after they die so their existence is not exposed. This feature is magical in nature as the body of the demon Stanley was left behind when all magic was down in "The Day the Magic Died". However, there were exceptions to the rule in "Power Outage" and "We're Off to See the Wizard", when Cole Turner killed two Triad members who didn't combust and later when he decapitated a demon minion, respectively. Considering both instances happened in the underworld, it wouldn't be necessary to have demon bodies to disappear this way.
- Despite the statement of being soulless, demons seem to possess an essence that allows them to end up in the Demonic Wasteland upon being vanquished.
- The Necromancer was the ghost of a powerful demon who remained on Earth by devouring other souls to make himself temporarily corporeal.