Yes. I haven’t done a Shin Megami Tensei countdown in a while. I did a list of favorite designs, but now I feel like I have to touch upon how disturbing this game can be. Personas are disqualified, along with Digital Devil Saga bosses, (it would be far too easy to just slap Pandora all over this list and call it a day). Some of the demon designs are fitting, others make no sense, and then there are some that just…aren’t right. Here are the ones that disturb and creep me out the most…
WARNING: Some designs are really not safe for work, or children, or your sanity.
Honorable Mention: Ometeotl
Buttface. Facebutt. This amalgamation of the genders makes no sense at all. It’d be fine if it was two people stuck together from end to end, but of course, Shin Megami Tensei had to stick her bum on his face, and her face on his bum. It looks like a Mannequin from Silent Hill 2 that got stuck in a paint factory.
He…she…it…they…share an honorable mention with…
Honorable Mention: Noah
Noah was a man swallowed by a whale. How did “whale” become “horrendous fetuslike blob with a former human’s face sticking out of it, taunting you”? The world may never know!
Another word for Ophanim is “Cherub”. Yep, those cute little fat babies with wings. Does this look like a cute little fat baby with wings to you? Of course, the Ophanim loses points here, because this is exactly how they are described in Judeo-Christian myth. Enjoy the nightmares, knowing that if you are of the Christian faith…THIS is watching you.
9: Ancient of Days
I feel like looking at this should cause my brain to explode. This looks like something Lovecraft would have dreamed up after going to church one day. Although God’s other form as a floating green head is strange, this is just…wrong. I honestly can’t even begin to describe this. And this is just the first of the fourth game’s designs to make it to my list…
Gosh, that Mishaguji…such a Dick-head. Ha. And so begins the long list of horrifying penis monsters. Shin Megami Tensei is known for its horrifying penis monsters, so it only gets worse from here on out…
7: Master Therion
Therion is a creation of Aleister Crowley, equated with the beast of Revelation. Well, this beast certainly is revealing a lot. I wonder what the thought process was behind this nightmare… “Alright, so a man’s head on the body of a skinned cat, holding a wand in its tail…and give it a giant dong! Giant dongs are awesome!” Speaking of which…
You know this list means serious business when this damned thing is only number six. She…he…it…whatever the hell Mara is, is the “tempter” described in Buddhist myth. Of course, since Shin Megami Tensei is utterly insane, the artist decided to draw it as a giant disembodied penis…with tentacles. *shrug*
In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat is the personification of the sea and primordial chaos. Well, this design is certainly…chaotic. And disturbing. Yet another one of those “what in the hell was Kazuma Kaneko on?!” designs, Tiamat cracks the top 5 because of sheer what the fuckery.
Since when did “frighteningly cruel Asura” turn into “head with dick growing out of it like some fucked up unicorn”? I don’t know. But it makes number 4 on this list, because of how damned creepy it is. It’s like its staring into my soul with all those eyes!
You all know from my previous mythology horrors list that Rakshasa are not something to fuck with. Shin Megami Tensei generally portrays these as badass looking demons…except for Nocturne. Then you get a human torso devoid of organs that then is used as a mouth…lovely.
For years upon years, the angels of Shin Megami Tensei were iconic and anime-like in appearance. I didn’t mind these designs, and of course, the designs became popular. The fourth game decided to take these beloved characters and turn them into Eldritch Abominations. No one got hit harder with the ugly stick than Michael. I…I have no words.
And the most disturbing demon in Shin Megami Tensei is…
Arioch…bothers me on so many more levels than anything else featured on this list. In Paradise Lost, he is only described as a fallen angel, following Lucifer in his descent. Any explanation as to why he is basically the personification of blue waffle? None. At all.