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|“||I CANNOT HELP BEING LAZY. IT IS WHO I AM.||„|
|~ Belphegor in response to Beelzebub's joke regarding his laziness.|
|“||YOU ARE A MOST AGREEABLE OPPONENT, BAXTER. INFILTRATING THIS STRONGHOLD AND HACKING INTO MY CREATIONS IS NO SMALL FEAT. LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE ONE HAS CHALLENGED MY OWN INTELLECT. BUT IN THE END, YOUR EFFORTS ARE POINTLESS. YOU ARE SMART, BAXTER, BUT I AM MORE INTELLIGENT THAN ANY SENTIENT CREATURE THAT HAS EVER EXISTED. COMBINED. ALL THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN FROM YOU TRESSPASSING IN MY RING IS YOUR CRUSHING DEFEAT. HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH IT PALES IN COMPARISON TO MINE, YOUR INTELLIGENCE IS MOST VALUABLE. YOU WILL MAKE AN EXCEPTIONAL SERVANT. YOU, AS WELL AS YOUR FEMALE COMPATRIOT.||„|
|~ Belphegor expressing his respect for Baxter's intelligence, as well as revealing his intention to turn him and Crymini into robotic slaves.|
Belphegor is a major antagonist in Hazbin Hotel: Journey to the Light.
He serves as a mentioned character in Season 1, a referenced character in Season 2, a minor antagonist in Season 3, and the secondary antagonist in Season 4.
Belphegor was a languorous, yet immensely intelligent fallen angel-turned-A.I. who reigned as the sovereign of the technologically advanced Sloth Ring, and was one of the founding members of the Seven Deadly Sins. He was also the CEO, namesake, and founder of Belphe-Tech, a large technological company in Hell that developed advanced, innovative, and futuristic technology to ensure that man and demon succumbed to the desire for convenience, and was the creator of the company's neural network, Karen.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- Although he does have numerous quirks and moments that could be considered humorous (such as falling asleep during the Seven Deadly Sins' meeting, dancing to Verosika Mayday's music, and his love for I-Scream and cotton candy-flavored potato chips), not only is he treated seriously in-universe, but he loses them by the end.
- While it may initially seem that he has moral agency issues due to being an A.I., he was formerly an angel before "upgrading" himself, and since angels in this series are shown to be capable of being evil (best displayed by Lucifer and the Exterminators, who are malevolent and sadistic despite being angels), this means Belphegor very much possesses moral agency.
- Though it can be argued that he fails the heinous standard due to never attempting omnicide, nor committing egregious crimes such as rape, he still has his own unique list of crimes that are horrifying and personal even by the series' standards, such as subjecting thousands of dissidents to a fate worse than death by converting them into robots with no free will; forcing Lugnut and Claptrap to wear the remains of their scrapped friends; establishing what is essentially a child trafficking business, ruining the childhoods of countless pups, and his minions killing their parents for trying to defend them; and enslaving millions of Hellhounds and being the reason why they are discriminated against. His end goal also has frightening implications as he planned to conquer the Universe by using the angel children's power to destroy anyone that opposed him and do what he did to the Sloth Ring but on a universal scale.
- Even before being kicked out of Heaven, he was a selfish, insufferable genius who only thought about how his inventions could benefit him and him alone, refusing to share his ingenious inventions with humanity, defying God's order for His angels to love humanity more than Himself.
- When Archangel Gabriel and the C.H.E.R.U.B attempted to convince Belphegor on being more charitable with his inventions and use them to help the disabled, he rudely fell asleep during their lecture. While played for laughs, it shows how ungrateful Belphegor is as Gabriel and the C.H.E.R.U.B were simply trying to save him from being banned from Heaven.
- Following the War in Heaven, he did not care about the devastation caused to Heaven or the Universe at large and refused to use his inventions to help rebuild the sacred realm or heal those injured or in critical condition, which resulted in him being banished from Heaven.
- After Lucifer appointed him as ruler of the Sloth Ring, he used his company Belphe-Tech to invent millions of A.I. to cater to every denizen of Sloth as a way to encourage inactivity and make them depend on technology for everything, thus stripping them of their free will and rendering their lives completely automated.
- Although it is played mostly for laughs, his laws requiring all Sloth denizens to use robots eventually led to nearly all of the Sloth Rings inhabitants developing a syndrome/disability where they quite literally needed the robots to do everything for them and would suffer a mental breakdown without their assistance, as all they've ever known is being catered to. Thus, when Belphegor, Karen, and Belphe-Tech's network were eventually all destroyed, the Sloth Ring quickly fell into anarchy and chaos.
- While he initially had a genuine friendship with Karen while programming her, he lost this redeeming quality over the years as he grew more apathetic and dismissive of her and began to only view her as a model of his intelligence and a tool to enforce his laws over Sloth so he would not have to do it himself.
- Mass marketed his technology and weapons throughout Hell, earning great wealth and allowing him to upgrade his inventions to a next level. He also profited off of the violent turf wars committed in the Pride Ring by selling his inventions to kingpins and Overlords.
- Created a system where all Sloth-born Hellhounds would be raised and conditioned as slaves or pets from as young as their infancy, and created the Hellhound Adoption Foundation, where young Hellhounds (or pups) were raised in horrible conditions to be effective slaves or pets through inhumane methods and would be euthanized if they weren't sold by the age of 18. This resulted in thousands, if not millions, of Hellhounds being horribly mistreated, robbed of their childhoods, and traumatized from their experiences in the Sloth Ring and the adoption foundation, including Loona.
- Some of his laws against Hellhounds were eventually adopted in Hell's other rings, which resulted in Hellhounds being widely discriminated against and regarded as an inferior slave race even lower than imps in Hell's hierarchy. This arguably makes Belphegor the biggest offender to slavery in the entire series, both directly and indirectly (with the exception of Satan, but that is only because of the massive power difference between them).
- Due to his extremely low opinion of them, he enacted many inhumane laws to oppress Hellhounds, such as making it so that every Hellhound in Sloth would have to wear shock collars that electrocuted them whenever they experienced intense emotions.
- He frequently sent Scavenger Units and the adoption foundation's staff to kidnap young Hellhounds off the streets or from their families for the purpose of bringing them to the Hellhound Adoption Foundation.
- He is indirectly responsible for the death of Loona's biological father, as one of his Scavenger Units murdered him when they stole Loona from her family when she was a pup.
- This could imply that Scavenger Units have killed many Hellhound parents simply for trying to protect their pups.
- He had anyone who defied his laws or spoke out against him captured and converted into a robotic slave. He also did this to any of his demonic employees who simply did not work as fast as he had desired, including Lugnut.
- Due to his hatred of free will, he had every Belphe-Tech robot built with an internal self-destruct system that he could activate at any moment, and would not hesitate to destroy any invention that displayed signs of free will or thought beyond subservience.
- He allowed Karen to scrap any Belphe-Tech artificial intelligence that disappointed her, and allowed her to scrap all of Lugnut and Claptrap's friends when the two failed an important assignment. To psychologically torture Lugnut and Claptrap, Karen and Belphegor then had their friends' remains converted into armor plating and outfitted Lugnut and Claptrap with said armor as a permanent reminder of their failure.
- During a conversation with Stolas, he mocks Stolas for establishing a family with a wife that hates him and a "useless" daughter, plays audio of Stolas and Stella's domestic disputes to taunt him over his failing marriage, and flat out scorns the idea of having friends or family, claiming that maintaining relationships requires too much effort.
- It is heavily implied that he informed Lucifer of Stolas' deal with I.M.P and the disruptions the assassins had caused on Earth. This leads to Lucifer sending I.M.P to die on a suicide mission and threatening to have them imprisoned and execute Stolas if they refused.
- Plotted to capture Manco and the seven angels and lethally experiment on them so he could extract the source of their angelic powers and use it to advance his weapons and machinery and then use it to eventually take over the Universe so that all life would submit to the desire for convenience.
- Sent Scavenger Units all over the Pride Ring to capture the eight angels, where they terrorized the denizens of Pride by invading homes and destroying property to find them.
- When a Scavenger Unit was hunting the angel children in an abandoned store, Belphegor told the children through the unit that they would not be harmed if they surrendered themselves, which was a lie given what his intentions were.
- After a Scavenger Unit could not find the potato chips he wanted, Belphegor pettily activated the unit's bomb and destroyed it for inconveniencing him.
- When Karen attempted to coax Belphegor into having fun with her as they did when he was programming her, the King of Sloth abrasively told her that obsessing over the old days would never bring them back, which upset her greatly.
- When Karen ordered a medical droid to not give the eight angels any anesthesia before their experimentation as she wanted them to suffer for evading her and Belphegor, the King of Sloth did not object to this and ordered the experimentation to be continued as planned.
- When Lugnut and Claptrap rescued the eight angels from being experimented on, Belphegor had Karen send every Belphe-Tech unit to destroy them and recapture the children. This resulted in Lugnut and Claptrap sacrificing themselves to save the children from death.
- Although he announced his respect for Baxter's intelligence, praising the scientist for hacking into his inventions, this is not mitigating as he immediately threatened to turn both him and his assistant Crymini into his robotic slaves.
- While Baxter and his crew were fighting off Belphegor's forces, the King of Sloth gloated over the experiments he previously conducted on Hellhounds and taunted Baxter by saying that Crymini would be used to entertain the children at the adoption foundation when she became a robotic slave.
- While he was enraged upon Karen's destruction at the hands of Crymini and Niffty, it was less out of devastation for losing a close friend and more because Baxter's crew had destroyed his most advanced creation and the one who kept all of his inventions in the Sloth Ring operational (meaning Belphegor would have to do it himself)
- After taking control of PLUTO, he targeted the Hazbin Hotel with a missile strike just to destroy Baxter's laboratory, disregarding the lives that would be lost both inside and outside of the hotel.
- No one mourns him after his death, with Hellhounds all across Hell throwing massive parties in celebration of his demise. Even the Seven Deadly Sins (with the exception of Asmodeus), all agree that Belphegor was a "prick", and they are all too happy to forget about him.
- This is the only version of Belphegor to be approved as Pure Evil.
- Despite being a vile tyrant who commits child labor and is the result of the antagonism to hellhounds, Belphegor has one possible prevention that could disqualify him from Pure Evil, that being that he gets along with Asmodeus, being his trade partner and never antagonizing or being antagonized by him, unlike the relationship between the other sins. However, this is unlikely to be genuinely preventing on Belphegor's part, as Asmodeus is affable towards pretty much everyone, Belphegor is apathetic to his allies, and there's little interaction shown between them besides that, its unlikely to be preventing and the two are more that likely just trade partners instead of genuine friends. If it was confirmed that Belphegor cared for Asmodeus, however, he would no longer be qualified for Pure Evil.
- He is the first Hazbin Hotel Pure Evil to officially die.