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The 15 Best Portrayals of Satan in Books, Movies, and Television

You have to hand it to Satan: he’s got some serious staying power. For thousands of years, writers have been inspired to cast the world’s most epic antagonist as a shapeshifting trickster, a heroic rebel, a terrifying monster, an accomplished charmer…the list goes on. He may be the root of all evil, but the dude’s got versatility.

We put together a list of our favorite 15 portrayals of Satan in books, movies, and television going all the way back to the Old Testament. To kick it off, behold Futurama‘s Robot Devil, aka Beelzebot, drawn in all his hellish glory by Bruno Bolognesi. Now jump in, and mind the brimstone!