Demons And Demon Slayers To Befriend Before The Apocalypse
What could be more sinister and terrifying than the agents of the underworld? Not much! Never fear, though, if you stick close to these badass demon slayers—who may or may not be part-demon themselves—you’ll definitely increase your odds of survival during the inevitable apocalypse.
Jesse Custer, Preacher
Preacher, the new AMC series based on the Garth Ennis comic, follows the trials and tribulations of a West-Texas preacher with a sordid past. After being struck by the otherworldly spirit “Genesis,” Custer teams up with femme fatale Tulip and a hard-drinking, profanity-loving Irish Vampire named Cassidy to fight the forces of evil in the world. His companions certainly help, but ultimately, his divine power of suggestion is what makes him a force to be reckoned with. You’d better hope he never tells you to “go f*ck yourself.”
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon’s landmark horror series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is still remembered and enjoyed as the quintessential teen TV series of the late ’90s. Forged in a time when third-wave feminism was on the rise, Buffy presents a number of compelling and courageous female role models for young-adult audiences, the eponymous vampire herself being the most obvious example. Buffy doesn’t only ignore that annoying damsel in distress trope, she blasts it back to hell with her smarts, strength, and impeccable martial arts skills. And somehow she still has time to lead a “normal” student’s life.
Doom Guy, Doom
The “Doom Guy” or “Doom Marine” is perhaps the single person that demons fear most. He exists for one reason and one reason only: to kill every single demon in existence and have a bloody good time doing it. He seems to not even care about the plot of his own game and time and time again assures players he’s just in it for the carnage. At first, many longtime fans of the series were worried about its 2016 reboot, but reviews (like ours) and multitudes of fan reactions have made it clear that Doom Guy is back in true demon-slaying, skull-bursting, limb-cleaving form.
Dante, Devil May Cry
Another longstanding videogame protagonist, Dante of Capcom’s Devil May Cry series has also undergone a recent reboot with 2013’s DMC. The studio gave him a slightly updated new look, which some fans were quick to criticize given the loss of his iconic white hair pictured above, but regardless of how he looks, Dante remains as one of the genre world’s foremost demon hunters. Brandishing his trademark sword “Rebellion” and his twin pistols “Ebony and Ivory,” this angel-demon hybrid definitely knows how to kick hellspawn ass.
Kyle Barnes, Outcast
HBO’s foray into the world of Robert Kirkman is notably more grounded than AMC’s. Where The Walking Dead is garish, soap opera splendour, HBO’s new series, Outcast, seems to present a more reserved type of horror. Although its protagonist, Kyle Barnes, has yet to truly show off what he’s capable of, it’s clear the devil’s minions fear and hate him with equal vigour. Slight glimpses from the series’ pilot episode suggest Barnes possesses the supernatural ability necessary to defeat the forces of evil and I can’t wait to see how his story and character develop!