Examples of Demogorgon
Examples of Demogorgon
Where does Demogorgon come from?
The Demogorgon notably appeared throughout most of the first season of Stranger Things (2016). The menacing, humanoid monster has a flower-like head full of teeth and can travel between dimensions, a power it uses to abduct (and kill) characters.
The Stranger Things monster was designed by concept artist Aaron Sims, approved by show creators the Duffer Brothers, and portrayed by Mark Steger. The name of the monster, as pointed out in the show, was a reference to a popular Dungeons & Dragons demon that first appeared in 1976. Smaller, Demogorgon-like monsters (apparently at different life stages of the Demogorgon) figure in the second season of the show.
The idea—and name—of the demogorgon is far older, however. In the 1st-century epic The Thebiad by Publius Papinius Statius, a character claims to know the names of every deity, including one that is so feared that nobody dares speak its name. In a commentary on Statius’s work around the 4th century, Lactantius Placidus provides the name of this fearsome being as Demogorgon. Later scholars argued, however, Demogorgon was an error for a form of the Greek demiourgos, origin of demiurge, a kind of Platonic creator deity.
Regardless of what Placidus meant, his Demogorgon lived in the Middle Ages. Perhaps the most influential of which was Italian poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375), who figured the Demogorgon in his On the Genealogy of the Gods of the Gentiles (1360) as the oldest of all the mythological gods. Later works—including Edmund Spenser’s The Faire Queene (1590), Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (c1592), and even John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667)—would bolster the Demogorgon’s reputation as a demonic entity too terrifying to even invoke.
Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax indicated on 2002 role-playing game forum his Demogorgon, a demon prince in the game, was inspired by the mythological and historical depictions of the creature.
Who uses Demogorgon?
People may use Demogorgon in reference to ancient mythology, medieval writing and thought, Dungeons & Dragons, or, more more popularly, the character on Stranger Things.
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— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) June 16, 2019
Thanks to the popularity of Stranger Things, the Demogorgon is figured in everything from toys to cosplay. Other creatures or costumes that resembles its distinctive, mouth-flower form may be likened to the Demogorgon.
LEGO Demogorgon minifigure is amazing. I need this whole set! pic.twitter.com/Lxer2Zmwim
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) May 17, 2019
— ┼∆𝕷𝖚𝖑𝖑𝖆𝖇𝖞 𝕹𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖙∆┼#WitchHexela (@GothGirlVonDark) July 1, 2019
Due to the its frightfulness, the Demogorgon may popular stand in for monsters or demons for generally.