Anime demon lords include characters like Sadao Maou, Rias Gremory, Ainz Ooal Gown, Akuto Sai, Rimuru Tempest, and Lucifero.
Anime demon lords undoubtedly steal the show in their wickedly delightful way. As indispensable characters in the genre, they serve up delectable challenges for protagonists to sink their teeth into.
These formidable villains embody the apex of anime power and capability and set the bar devilishly high for our brave main characters.
Oh, but let’s not forget the irresistibly dark charm these demon lords possess. They may be “evil,” but their charisma has us all secretly rooting for them just a little bit.
Anime’s Most Memorable Demon Lords
Strap in and come along as we embark on an exhilarating journey through the ever-evolving realm of wickedly enchanting hierarchies.
With bated breath, we’re eager to reveal our carefully curated list of the mightiest and most triumphant demon lords who have etched their unforgettable presence in the annals of anime history.
21The Dashing Devil, Sadao Maou
If there’s one demon lord who makes a hellish entrance, it’s Sadao Maou from “The Devil is a Part-Timer!” After finding himself trapped in the human realm, Maou swaps his villainous pursuits for an endearingly mundane existence.
Despite working at a fast-food joint, he still exudes the charisma and power you’d expect from a demon lord. Whether he’s flipping burgers or thwarting evil, Maou’s charm and humor will leave you rooting for the underdog.
20The Dreamy Demon, Rias Gremory
Beware, for Rias Gremory’s crimson locks and devilish allure will have you swooning in no time! As the main female protagonist in “High School DxD,” this voluptuous demoness commands a motley crew of supernatural beings.
With her powerful abilities and unwavering determination, Rias proves she’s more than just a pretty face. Her nurturing leadership style and empathy for her peers make her the ideal demon lord.
19Albedo From Overlord
In Overlord, Albedo may not hold the title of the most powerful evil being—that honor goes to Ainz Ooal Gown, an undead sorcerer who isn’t technically a demon lord. Regardless, Albedo remains a steadfast presence by Ainz’s side, proving herself as the series’ mightiest Succubus.
Fortunately for Ainz, Albedo rarely needs to showcase her magical and demonic spells when confronting his adversaries. Equipped with an innate arsenal of superhuman abilities, an axe, and a suit of armor, Albedo transforms into a formidable powerhouse capable of easily handling Ainz’s dirty work.
18The Mischievous Overlord, Ainz Ooal Gown
“Overlord” fans, rejoice! Ainz Ooal Gown, the skeletal sorcerer, is here to cast a spell on your heart. Transported to a new world with his entire guild, Ainz is a force to be reckoned with.
He fearlessly navigates this unfamiliar realm, using his strategic prowess and commanding presence to conquer all. But beneath the bone-chilling exterior lies an awkward and surprisingly endearing character, making Ainz one demon lord you can’t help but love.
17The Cunning Commander, Diablo
Regarding demon lords, Diablo from “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord” is the epitome of strength and intelligence. With unparalleled magical powers, he’s virtually unbeatable. But don’t be fooled by his fierce reputation; Diablo’s social awkwardness provides a refreshing and relatable quirk.
As he navigates the perils of his new world, Diablo’s commitment to protecting his friends and his humorous struggle with social interactions make him a truly captivating character.
16The Alluring Archdemon, Akuto Sai
Akuto Sai from “Demon King Daimao” storms onto the scene. Despite his aspirations to become a force for good, fate dictates that Akuto is destined for demonic greatness.
As he grapples with his newfound powers, Akuto’s journey is filled with unexpected twists and turns. With unwavering resolve and charming wit, he tackles the challenges head-on, making Akuto a demon lord you can’t ignore.
15The Eloquent Evil, Staz Charlie Blood
Sink your teeth into this one, anime fans! Staz Charlie Blood from “Blood Lad” is a demon lord with a penchant for the finer things in life, like Japanese manga and video games. This vampire-demon hybrid rules over his realm, but his priorities shift when he meets Fuyumi, a human girl who accidentally wanders into his world.
As Staz grapples with his newfound feelings, he showcases his wit, charm, and innate ability to command respect. He’s one demon lord that’ll leave you thirsty for more.
14The Tenacious Tactician, Meliodas
“Seven Deadly Sins” brings us Meliodas, the pint-sized protagonist with a heart of gold. Though he may appear unassuming, Meliodas is a fearsome demon lord with immense power.
As the Seven Deadly Sins captain, he leads his motley crew with unwavering loyalty and fierce determination. Meliodas’ tenacity in the face of adversity and his cheeky sense of humor make him an unforgettable demon lord.
13The Sly Sovereign, Rimuru Tempest
Slime has never been this charming! Rimuru Tempest from “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” is a demon lord who defies all expectations. Originally a human, Rimuru is reincarnated into a new world as a slime, eventually ascending to demon lord status.
Despite his unassuming form, Rimuru’s razor-sharp intellect, cunning strategies, and impressive magical prowess make him a force to be reckoned with. His refreshing humility and genuine care for his comrades make him an irresistible demon lord.
12The Dazzling Duelist, Asmodeus Alice
From “Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun,” Asmodeus Alice is a devilishly delightful demon lord with a flair for the dramatic. As the top student in his class, Asmodeus boasts immense power and unwavering devotion to his friends.
With his flamboyant personality and penchant for the theatrical, he’s always the center of attention. Equal parts charisma and combat prowess, Asmodeus Alice is a demon lord who can make an entrance.
11The Bewitching Beauty, Kurumi Tokisaki
Don’t be fooled by her enchanting looks; Kurumi Tokisaki from “Date A Live” is a demon lord with a sinister agenda. Known as the “Nightmare,” she’s a spirit with extraordinary power and a penchant for chaos.
Her intricate time-based powers and sinister motives make her a formidable adversary. However, beneath her icy exterior lies a complex character with a tragic past, making Kurumi a demon lord that’s as intriguing as she is dangerous.
10The Fearsome Feline, Tomoe
A demon lord with a feline twist, Tomoe from “Kamisama Kiss” is a fox yokai who’ll have you purring with delight. As the familiar protagonist Nanami, Tomoe is a skilled combatant and fiercely protective of his human master.
His captivating charm, paired with his mischievous nature, makes Tomoe a captivating demon lord. With his complex emotions and fierce loyalty, he will leave a lasting impression.
9The Lovable Lich, Eucliwood Hellscythe
Eucliwood Hellscythe from “Is This a Zombie?” is a lich demon lord with a quiet presence that speaks volumes. Though she may appear frail, Eucliwood’s true powers are as enigmatic as they are formidable.
As she communicates through written words, her silence adds a layer of mystery and intrigue to her character. Despite her stoic demeanor, she shows deep care for her friends, making Eucliwood a demon lord with a heart of gold.
8The Playful Prodigy, Alciel
Who said demons couldn’t be domestic? Alciel from “The Devil is a Part-Timer!” is a demon general turned loyal roommate to Sadao Maou. After being stranded in the human realm, Alciel embraces his new life with enthusiasm, becoming a master of household chores and budgeting.
His unwavering loyalty to Maou and his comical adaptation to the mundane world make Alciel a demon lord that’ll have you laughing at the supermarket.
7Ryomen Sukuna From Jujutsu Kaisen
Next, we have the unapologetically omnipotent demon lord with a little backstory: Ryomen Sukuna from Jujutsu Kaisen. Although Jujutsu sorcerers technically defeated Sukuna, his severed fingers allowed him to survive.
Should Sukuna manage to reassemble and reclaim all his missing digits, he could rise once more and potentially destroy the world. Even in his current defeated state, Sukuna can unleash chaos and overpower any curse-wielder, including Jujutsu sorcerers. Only a few mortals could even attempt to stand in his way.
6The Enigmatic Enchantress, Kneesocks Daemon
Prepare for a high-octane demon lord with Kneesocks Daemon from “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.” As one of the main antagonists, Kneesocks is a cunning and ruthless demon who enjoys wreaking havoc alongside her sister, Scanty.
With her alluring aesthetics and penchant for chaos, Kneesocks is a demon lord that you can’t help but be entranced by. Her cunning schemes and devilish charm make her an unforgettable character.
5Satan From Devilman Crybaby
Introducing a demon lord who succeeded in destroying the living world: Satan from Devilman Crybaby. This cunning demon masterminded a grand scheme, culminating in the deployment of a demon army to eradicate humans and make way for their kind to inhabit Earth.
Satan is physically adept at everything and can unleash catastrophic events on Earth, turning seas red and drowning humanity in blood amidst the onslaught of countless demons. Ultimately, even God and the angels had to step in, wiping the planet clean in a planetary genocide of truly biblical proportions.
4Muzan Kibutsuji From Demon Slayer
When it comes to immortal demon lords, Muzan Kibutsuji quickly rises to infamy, thanks to Demon Slayer’s latest season. Although he doesn’t grace the screen too often in anime, he undoubtedly holds the title of the ultimate boss and is the origin for most of the series’ demons. He can create powerful lieutenants by merely sharing a drop of his blood.
Muzan doesn’t disappoint as a demon lord, boasting standard superhuman abilities. However, his razor-sharp intellect is his true edge over the Demon Slayer corps. His frighteningly cunning mind enables him to sustain the long-standing conflict with his arch-rival organization.
3The Sinister Sorcerer, Zeref Dragneel
“Prepare for a magical experience with Zeref Dragneel from “Fairy Tail.” Known as the Black Wizard, Zeref is an ancient and powerful demon lord with a tragic past.
Despite his fearsome reputation, Zeref’s heart is torn between his love for his brother and his desire for destruction. As he grapples with his conflicting emotions, Zeref’s complexity and vulnerability make him a demon lord that you can’t help but empathize.
2Sirzechs Lucifer From High School DxD
In High School DxD, the title of Satan is portrayed as an inheritance passed down through demonic noble families. Naturally, only the strongest and most cunning can assume this prestigious role. In the anime’s timeline, the honor goes to Sirzechs Lucifer.
As an alluring humanoid demon, Sirzechs Lucifer possesses the most devastating powers in the anime, making him the prime candidate for Satan. He can unleash special energy projectiles that annihilate anything they touch and has a doom aura capable of destroying everything if left unchecked. Fortunately, he’s a rather laid-back demon lord who spends most of his time flirting with his sister, keeping his destructive tendencies at bay.
1Lucifero From Black Clover
Living up to his name, Lucifero from Black Clover reigns supreme among devils and demonic entities in the series. As one of the three underworld rulers in Black Clover, Lucifero is the highest-ranking devil dwelling in the lowest depths of hell.
In true demon fashion, he boasts exceptional power in nearly all physical aspects and can possess anyone at will. His unique ability to manipulate gravity and his immense magical powers pose a grave threat to the living world if unleashed.
Female Anime Demon Lord Characters
There are not as many female demon lord characters as male ones in anime, but I can list some notable female demon lords and demon-like characters for you.
Here are 15 female demon or demon-like characters:
- Shera L. Greenwood (How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord)
- Rem Galleu (How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord)
- Albedo (Overlord)
- Shalltear Bloodfallen (Overlord)
- Evileye (Overlord)
- Rias Gremory (High School DxD)
- Akeno Himejima (High School DxD)
- Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Live)
- Mio Naruse (The Testament of Sister New Devil)
- Maria Naruse (The Testament of Sister New Devil)
- Leviathan (The Seven Mortal Sins)
- Satanichia McDowell Kurumizawa (Gabriel DropOut)
- Lilith Asami (Trinity Seven)
- Kuroka (High School DxD)
- Vignette April Tsukinose (Gabriel DropOut)
Boy Demon Lords In Anime
Here are 20 male demon lord characters from various anime and manga series.
- Anos Voldigoad (The Misfit of Demon King Academy)
- Diablo (How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord)
- Sadao Maou (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
- Staz Charlie Blood (Blood Lad)
- Vali Lucifer (High School DxD)
- Ajuka Beelzebub (High School DxD)
- Asmodeus Alice (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun)
- Wrath (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Ryo Asuka / Satan (Devilman Crybaby)
- Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- Iruma Suzuki (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun)
- Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
- Asta (Black Clover) – Note: Asta is not a demon lord, but he possesses demon-like powers.
- Beelzebub (Beelzebub)
- Akuto Sai (Demon King Daimao)
- Raizen (Yu Yu Hakusho)
- Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho) – Note: Hiei is not a demon lord, but he is a powerful demon.
- Sesshomaru (Inuyasha)
- Inuyasha (Inuyasha) – Note: Inuyasha is a half-demon, not a demon lord.
- Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho) – Note: Yusuke is part demon and becomes a powerful demon later in the series.