I hope you didn’t miss me too much this last week. Family issues called me away. It’s the holiday weekend and I hope you are all out enjoying family and friends (if you celebrate). Immortal Monday will be here for you when you are ready. Live life first. 😀 Now on to today’s post…
Mephistopheles is an agent of Lucifer, a demon to the Devil himself, charged with the task of collecting souls. Having fallen from Heaven into the House of Hell, Mephistopheles serves and performs his task, but not without remorse for the loss of God and the joys of Heaven. He is a demon with a conscious.
Picked up by Marvel, he became a large character in the comics where he is known as Mephisto and is the ruler of a fiery nether realm. He is neither Satan nor the Olympian Hades. Although he has been known to impersonate one when it served his purpose. He’s just the kind of snarky demon you’d expect to see on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel. Mostly self-serving, with a touch of heart to throw you off balance in your distaste for him.
I mentioned in the Ghost Rider post that he harbored an infatuation with the Medallion of Power, and as a result, the Kale family. This sprouted from a long-standing rivalry with the fire demon, Zarathos. They really didn’t like each other. It was this that eventually lead to the creation of the Ghost Rider, a little something he achieved through tricking Johnny Blaze into signing over his soul. Mephisto is a collector of souls. That’s his thing. Of course, he is required to obtain the victim’s permission before capturing their soul. So he must be convincing, conniving. It doesn’t change from the traditional to the Marvel version. Through various stories over time it’s brought to light that he holds villains such as Adolf Hitler, Blackbeard, and Attila the Hun in his realm.
An extremely powerful immortal demon, he possesses many magical powers and abilities. Cunning, he knows how to use these gifts in a variety of ways to his advantage. He can shift in shape and size, show superhuman strength, manipulate memories, and project illusions all while remaining rather resistant to injury. If his physical form is somehow destroyed, he will regenerate within his own domain. Makes him sound pretty invincible, doesn’t it?
Maybe the way to defeat Mephisto is not through strength and weaponry, but through reason and emotion.
The force that created him saw fit to give him emotions and desires. He has wants. Human wants. And occasionally he has been known to date.
…Mephisto rubbed his chest absently. “My heart was broken a thousand times before your great-grandfather walked the earth.” He let the pain swim through him and managed to give her a smile.
I find a demon with emotions and desires much more interesting than a cold hard calculating one. The humanization adds depth to their character. How about you? Weigh in and give us your thoughts on the subject.