Demons (悪魔 Akuma?) are a part of the world of Delicious in Dungeon.

Anatomy and Appearance[edit | edit source]

Demons are creatures from an alternate dimension where infinite energy exists. They became able to access the dimension of Delicious in Dungeon via a gate opened by ancient people in search of this infinite energy.[1] To prevent them from freely passing through the gate, these ancient people created dungeons so they could not easily access to the surface.[2]

Demons are shown in legend to have widely varied appearances.[1] The only known demon is the one that consumed almost all the desires of the elf Mithrun.[3] It initially appeared as a young goat,[4] which grew horns and became larger as it fed on his desires.[5] It eventually grew so large that its head was bigger than Mithrun's body, with its once hoofed feet becoming human-like hands with ridged nails.[6] In addition, it is shown that once a demon has consumed enough desires and becomes strong enough to break through to the surface, it is grotesque in form and colossal in size, dwarfing the landscape around it.[7]

Behavior and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Demons start off initially powerless, but are able to become more powerful through feasting on people's desires by granting them.[1] They are unable to be filled by common desires such as wealth or fame thus prefer and consume those that are more uncommon and complex.[8] Those who have their desires consumed will wither away and eventually die.[1] If they consume enough desires, they become strong enough to break free of the dungeon and wreak havoc upon the surface world.[7]

Demons lure people (and their desires) to their dungeons by using various different methods, including gold. They choose those with strong desires to become dungeon lords, as granting their wishes encourages more desires to come forth.[2]

They are not known to have any weaknesses.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When Mithrun explains what desires are preferred by demons, an upside-down pyramid is shown in the background depicting from top to bottom the more common to rare desires. This resembles an upside-down version of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 28
  2. 2.0 2.1 Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 29
  3. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 24
  4. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 10
  5. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 21
  6. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 22
  7. 7.0 7.1 Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 30
  8. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 62, p. 31

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