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World of Darkness
In the World of Darkness, the term demon encompassed several different varieties of beings:
- The Fallen Angels, elohim who rebelled against God and were bound in the Abyss in Demon: The Fallen, or their Dark Ages counterparts in Dark Ages: Devil's Due
- Demonic spirits (e.g. Umbrood demons), who are often patrons of such infernalists as the Nephandi in Mage: The Ascension and of practitioners of Dark Thaumaturgy in Vampire: The Masquerade
- An epithet for the demon-worshiping Baali in Vampire: The Masquerade
- Banes, corrupted spirits that serve the Wyrm in Werewolf: The Apocalypse
- The Kuei-jin/Wan Kuei, particularly their P'o, or Demon Soul, which uses Demon Chi to fuel Demon Arts such as Demon Shintai, in Kindred of the East
- Yama Kings and Queens, rulers of the Yomi Wan in Kindred of the East and other Year of the Lotus books
- Demonics, a type of Plasmic found in the Tempest in Wraith: The Oblivion
Demons are not to be confused with Daemon, a term that has several uses in the World of Darkness.
Chronicles of Darkness
In the Chronicles of Darkness (the "New World of Darkness"), the term demon can refer to a number of beings:
- Demons, also known as akathartoi, malevolent creatures originating from Hell that represent the Seven Deadly Sins (or Vices)
- The acamoth and Goetia in Mage: The Awakening
- The Unchained, fallen Angels of the God-Machine in Demon: The Descent
Demons are not to be confused with Daimon, a term that has several uses in the Chronicles of Darkness.
In Exalted, demons are prominent denizens of Malfeas. They are ruled by the Yozis. Occasionally a mortal will bear the God-Blooded offspring of a demon; such children are called Demon-Blooded. The Infernal Exalted and akuma serve the Yozis alongside the demons, but are not demons themselves.