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See the actors who have taken on the prince of darkness on screen

Angelique Anest
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​Lucifer (Tom Ellis), Lucifer

Ellis' Lucifer might be missing the red horns, but the British actor absolutely nails Satan's charm. Unlike many other onscreen devils, we 100 percent believe this Lucifer could tempt someone into doing almost anything. Ellis also nicely captures Lucifer's complicated history, reminding viewers that the devil is merely a cocky angel with an authority problem.

2 of 18 Warner Bros/Everett Collection

​John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil's Advocate

And you think you have the boss from hell. Pacino's deliciously sadistic Satan in the legal thriller is one of his most memorable, iconic roles. As the charming attorney John Milton, who first wows and then horrifies his young employee (Keanu Reeves), Pacino truly shows us the dark side of the law.

3 of 18 20thCentFox/Everett Collection

​The Devil (Elizabeth Hurley), Bedazzled

Hell is supposed to be hot, so why wouldn't its ruler be too? In Bedazzled, Hurley plays the sexiest devil to ever sizzle on our screens. When Hurley's Devil sets her sights on Brendan Fraser's geeky Elliot, she demonstrates a never-ending ability to twist Elliot's wishes to hilariously bad ends. It's the perfect mix of sinister and silly that makes this devil so memorable.

4 of 18 Everett Collection

​Satan (Trey Parker), South Park

South Park'sSatan is a sensitive fellow with a good heart who helps the kids in times of need. He's also a really good singer, as shown in "Up There" from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, one of the early songs that proved Trey Parker and Matt Stone were legitimate musical theater composers. On South Park, Satan's not so bad. The really bad one is his ex-boyfriend Saddam Hussein.

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​The Devil (Ray Wise), Reaper

Everyone has had that boss they think is the devil and Sam Oliver (Brett Harrison) actually found out what it's like to have Satan as a boss. Wise's take on the devil is like that uncle who gives you a beer when you're underage just so he can tell your parents you drank it. He's more of a practical jokester than evil and you tuned in just to see what wisecrack he had for Sam's bellyaching every week.

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Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), Supernatural

The scariest devils are the ones in your head, and that's exactly what made Pellegrino's Lucifer stand out amongst all the demons Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have faced. He spent Season 6 haunting Sam in his head, making him question reality and whether he was actually fighting monsters with his brother or still stuck in the cage in hell. He pushed the younger Winchester to the brink of insanity with his cruel games and thus remains a fan-favorite villain.

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​Devil Ned Flanders (Harry Shearer), The Simpsons

The real Ned Flanders is a good Christian man, but in Treehouse of Horror IV, the Prince of Darkness takes his form ("It's always the one you least suspect") and materializes when Homer says he'd sell his soul for a donut. He appears again as the muscular overlord of a Hieronymous Bosch-inspired Hell in Treehouse of Horror XVIII. This is a very cheery devil who has many of the goodly character traits of his host body, but who happens to be, you know, evil.

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​Satan (Gabriel Byrne), End of Days

Since Byrne's Satan is a regular guy -- a nameless Wall Street banker, to be exact -- who becomes possessed, he's less your typical, scary Satan and more a crass, obscenely obnoxious jerk with special powers who must impregnate The Chosen One, Christine (Robin Tunney), with the antichrist before midnight on New Year's Eve 1999 to usher in the end of days. And you thought Y2K was a problem.

9 of 18 Warner Bros/Everett Collection

​Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson), The Witches of Eastwick

Daryl Van Horne doesn't want your soul or to destroy mankind or anything like that. All he wants is a good lay. See, Daryl is a hedonistic horny little devil, played with gleeful smarminess by Nicholson, and he's very content seducing and screwing Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer's coven of witches. But when they turn on him, he gives them hell by fathering each of their sons and disappearing. So really, the devil is not that different from an average dick guy.

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​Him (Tom Kane), The Powerpuff Girls

Much like Voldemort, this Powerpuff Girls villain is "so sinister, so evil, so scary, so horribly vile that his real name can never be said, lest fear be struck into the very hearts of men." And sure, he doesn't look very evil, with his go-go boots, lobster claws and sexy mini-dress. But anyone who repeatedly takes advantage of Bubbles' good nature is most definitely devlish.

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​Demonic Guard (Lawrence Smilgys), Charmed

The Charmed version of the devil was actually a guard of the Hollow and an important part of the balance in keeping it safe. However, when The Source of All Evil turned thedevil into an agent for its evil plan to destroy the Charmed ones, Smilgys became a terrifying foe for the three to face. It's one thing to deal with a sarcastic, wisecracking Satan, but it's unnerving to have to go head to head with a devil working on even more evil orders.

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​Lucifer (Peter Stormare), Constantine

Pale, chalky and dressed in white, Stormare does a restrained take on menacing, letting growls and a twisted sense of humor illuminate the evil lurking deep within. The way he toys with cancer-stricken Constantine (Keanu Reeves), preventing him from going to heaven, is cruel, sad and as sinister as you can get.

13 of 18 20thCentFox/Everett Collection

​Robot Devil (Dan Castellaneta), Futurama

Possibly the most musically talented Lucifer in pop culture, Robot Devil (aka Beelzebot) is the top dog in Robot Hell on Futurama, entertaining the other residents of the cartoon underworld with his golden fiddle (when he's not scheming up ironic penances for lost souls). As a fallen angel of the Church of Robotology, he's also tasked with punishing those who have sinned against the church's teachings.

14 of 18 Universal/Everett Collection

​Darkness (Tim Curry), Legend

Sure, the over-the-top horns and red skin make Tim Curry look the part of the archetypical devil in Ridley Scott's cult classic, but it's his sensual voice and smooth charisma that makes his Darkness skin-crawlingly good. Scary? Not so much now when you look at the comically '80s costume, but to a kid back then, it didn't get much scarier than that.

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​Satan (Rosalinda Celentano), The Passion of the Christ

Celentano may have the lesser part in Mel Gibson's biblical epic, but it's certainly a haunting one. Gibson cast the Italian actress in the traditionally male role of the devilbecause he wanted Satan to be a genderless, nonhuman entity in his telling. (When not being played by Celentano, the devil is also represented by a snake.) Her understated, creepy presence alongside Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane gives new meaning to "the last temptation of Christ."

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​Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro), Angel Heart

ou really have to wonder why it took so long for Mickey Rourke's Harry Angel to figure out that his new boss is the devil. One look at those fingernail talons and you know something's up. De Niro doesn't ham it up as the impeccably dressed businessman, but there's a far more haunting creepiness permeating through every subtle eyebrow-raise, espresso sip and careful egg peel. Hardboiled eggs were never the same after this.

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​Satan (Dave Grohl), Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

Hey, Satan looks a lot like the drummer from Nirvana! Dave Grohl first played Jack Black and Kyle Gass' Satanic foil in the music video for the comedy rock band's song "Tribute" and expanded the role into the main antagonist in the movie Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny (the titular guitar pick is made from a chip of his tooth). Grohl's Satan is the traditional red, horned, goat-legged depiction, with the added dimension that he can rawk.

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​Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada

No, the Runway editor-in-chief is not actually Satan, but she is evil incarnate. Ruthless, intimidating and brutally (and hilariously) honest, Miranda, embodied to icy sublimity by Streep, can cut you down with one scintillating stare because details of your incompetence do not interest her. She leaves you scared sh--less -- and in awe because at the end of the day, like she says, "everybody wants to be us." That's all.