Demons (魔, Ma?)[1] are those existences that, while being of the Laws of Nature (自然の法則, Jizen no Housoku?), distort the flow of such by the exercise of unnecessary powers.

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Different species and types fall under this designation, but to those under the proper catagory, demons are perceived as evil. Humans, demons, and heroes exist in a cyclical order of superiorities wherein humans are incapable of defeating demons, demons are defeated by Heroes, and Heroes are regulated by humans.[2]

There exists a variety of ways to become a demon. Ther are those who were given birth as a monster like Asterios, those heroes or gods who transformed into a demon in life like The Gorgon and those of a man-made demonic nature like familiars. Len is the best example of a familiar who has grown strong enough to be considered a demon. Humans by losing their humanity due to their own actions or by the actions of others are also capabale of becoming Demons. The best known examples would be humans who became Oni Kind like Sukeroku, Mages who turned themselves into Vampires, Vampires created by Dead Apostles, Avenger a man-made demon, Kaie Karyou a human whose emotions got turned into daemons, turnig himself into a demon and humans who drank dragon blood and turned into Dragons themselves. However a human who has transformed into a demon is not a True Daemon, for they are creatures born as demons who summon forth further demons.[3].

The cultural differences of what a demon is can be best seen with Dragons. The western dragons are considered demons and the strongest of the Phantasmal Species, and Chinese Dragons are treated as divine existences and invincible beings that do not even need to fight. It is also possible for humans to have offspring with Phantasmal Species and Demons, resulting in the birth of Mixed-Bloods (混血, Konketsu?)[4]. Though their blood is growing thinner with each successive generation, on rare occasions a child is born who has strongly inherited that "inhuman" characteristic. The best known example of this would be the Crimson Red Vermilion Kouma Kishima.

They are not to be confused with Daemons,[5] a more specific variety of existence. Yet the manner of existence taken by "Daemons" and "Demons" are almost indistinguishable from that of a higher-order lifeform (高次元生命体, kou-jigen seimeitai?, lit. "higher-dimension lifeform") that inhabits a different sphere of civilization (異なる文明圏, koto-naru bunmei-ken?) on a different planet (異なる惑星, koto-naru wakusei?).[3]

In sum, said existences can, per the recognition of the Universe of Awareness (認識宇宙, ninshiki-uchuu?, lit. "the universe derived of observation / perception"), no longer be discerned as "human." Their existences would approximate to that of the horrors (邪神, jashin?, lit. "evil god") of a certain fictitious Mythos popular in the 20th century.[3]

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  1. [v] Colorful Moon Tsukihime: Ma

    Ma (魔?)
    ① Demons are a part of the law of nature itself, but their existence is unnecessary to nature since their demon powers distort the flows of natural power.
    ② Their existence itself is distortion, so demon hunters move to exterminate them as soon as possible.


    ①自然の法則にありながらその流れを歪めるモノとして必要とされなかった力を行使するモノ達。
    ②発生しているだけで歪みである。故に退魔は即座にこれを禁じる。

  2. [v] Fate Hollow Ataraxia - Monster

    I killed.
    With the killing, I changed.
    To the extent that my name soared in prominence, the humans that came to challenge me grew in volume.
    Man, Monster (魔, ma), and Hero (英雄, eiyuu) are as a cyclical order of superiorities (循環する勢力, junkan-suru seiryoku, "potency that cycles").
    Humans are incapable of overcoming Monstrosities (魔, ma).
    Even if it be that many thousands of troops are dispatched, so long as they are 『Humans』, contending on equal footing against 『Monsters』 (怪物, kaibutsu) is an impossibility.
    In accordance with such a principle, I was further escalated in my aspect (属性, zokusei, "element / attribute / nature") as a Monstrosity (怪物, kaibutsu).
     
    Such is the trilemma (三すくみ, sansukumi) of Man, Demon (悪魔, akuma), and Hero.
    Man can obtain no victory against Monstrosities (魔, ma); Monstrosities fall before Heroes; and Heroes are subject to the regulation (粛正, shukusei, "correction / administration; enforcement of discipline"; alternatively, "purging of undesirable elements") of Man.
    Per this principle, the Medusa that had become as a Monstrosity slaughtered the masses of Men, growing therefore; and cycling along the circuit, she became as a sacrifice to a single hero

    「私は殺しました。
     殺す度に変わっていった。
     私の名が強大になればなるほど、挑んでくる人間の数は増えていく。
     人と魔と英雄は循環する勢力です。
     人間は魔には敵わない。
     何千の兵隊を差し向けようが、『人』である限り『怪物』には太刀打ちできない。
     私はその法則に守られ、より怪物としての属性を強めていった」
     
     人間と悪魔と英雄の三すくみ。
     人は魔に勝てず、魔は英雄に倒され、英雄は人に粛正される。
     その法則に守られ、怪物と化したメドゥーサは際限なく人間の群を殺戮しその度に成長し、回り回って、一人の英雄に生け贄として捧げられた―――

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2
    [v] Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: True Demon [Circumstances], p.190

    True Demon [Circumstances]

    Even in the world of Extra, the concept of Demons (悪魔の概念, akuma no gainen?) is by humanity treated as the greatest of obstacles; so as God is to omniscience and omnipotence (全知全能, zenchi zenou?), so as demons as an existence are to mortal levels of awareness and impotence (人知無能, Jinchi Munou?, lit. "human intellect and impotence").

    They are as an abyss (淵, fuchi?) that lies within arm's reach, yet decisively beyond comprehension.

    Distinct from those demons from Stay Night, which exist only as imitations, the real thing -- Enfleshed Demons (受肉した悪魔, juniku-shita akuma?, lit. "Incarnated Demon") are that with which humans are incapable of competing 太刀打ちできない (tachi-uchi-dekinai, lit. "incapable of crossing swords"?).

    (※ There is in record only a single instance in which an Enfleshed Demon was forced to disperse (退散, taisan?, lit. "disperse / retreat"), but that's a different story.)

    In general, demons are existences that take possession, utilizing the corpus of a human to incarnate (受肉, juniku) and take action, but in the event that the psyche (精神, seishin?) of the human host (苗床になる人間, naedoko ni naru ningen?, lit. "the human that becomes a seed-bed") cannot withstand the strain, it is commonplace for self-annihilation (自壊, jikai?) of the host to occur, dispersing the essence of the demon into the vicinity.

    There exist also humans who by way of their own acts (業, ?, lit. "sins; worldly preoccupations / fixations / absorptions; karma") are subsumed unto the category of Demons as a result of losing their humanity; but these creatures that are said to have become Fiends (魔人, Majin?) cannot be considered True Demons.

    In the world of Extra -- whether by way of Demonic possession, or in the circumstance that one's own actions bring about a transformation -- the phenomenon whereby a True Demon is birthed unto the world has, as of present day in 2030, not been brought successful fruition even once.

    Though the classifications of "Demons" and "Fiends" do exist, their manner of existence is in essence indistinguishable from that of a higher-order lifeform (高次元生命体, kou-jigen seimeitai?, lit. "higher-dimension lifeform") that inhabits a different sphere of civilization (異なる文明圏, koto-naru bunmei-ken?) upon a different planet (異なる惑星, koto-naru wakusei?).

    In sum, said existences can, per the recognition of the Universe of Awareness (認識宇宙, ninshiki-uchuu?, lit. "the universe derived of observation / perception"), no longer be discerned as "human."

    Their existences would approximate to that of the cosmic horrors (邪神, jashin?, lit. "evil god") of a certain fictitious Mythos popular in the 20th century.

    In the True Route of CCC, a certain individual that has undergone transmigration did indeed manage to reach this realm, but owing to a slight mistake, they were capsized from the Seat of Divinity (神の座, kami no za?).

    真性悪魔【事柄】
    EXTRA世界にあっても、悪魔の概念は人類にとって最大の障害として扱われる。
    神が全知能であるのなら、悪魔は人知無能の存在。
    手の届く範囲にありながら決して理解できない(ふち)だ。
    stay nightにおいて悪魔は偽物しか存在せず、本物————受肉した悪魔に人間は太刀打ちできないとされる。
    (*受肉した悪魔を退散させた例は一件のみ記録されているが、それはまた別の話)
    たいてい悪魔は憑くものとされ、人間の体を用いて受肉しようと働くが、苗床になる人間の精神が耐えられず、周囲に魔をまき散らして自壊するのが通例。
    中には自らの業によって人間でなくなってしまい、結果的に悪魔のカテゴリーに含まれる人間もいるが、これは魔人化と呼ばれるもので真性悪魔ではない。
    EXTRA世界において、悪魔憑きであれ、自らの業で変化したものであれ、真性悪魔を生み出した現象は2030年現在、一つの成功例 もない。
    悪魔、魔人化、と銘打ってはいるが、その在り方は異なる文明圏、異なる惑星に住まう高次元生命体と変わらな い。なにしろこの認識宇宙における『人』でなくなったのだから。
    その在り方は二十世紀に流行した、とある創作神話における邪神の在り方に近い。
    CCCの真ルートで変生(へんじよう)した ある人物はこの域に達しながら、些細なミスによって神の座から転落した。

  4. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Mixed-Bloods [Term], p.056

    Mixed-Bloods [Term]
    Refers to the descendants of humans who consorted with something "inhuman" in the distant past. Tohno Akiha and Kishima Kouma fall under this classification.
    Though their blood is growing thinner with each successive generation, on rare occasions a child is born who has strongly inherited that "inhuman" characteristic.
    As for Tohno Akiha, her blood is primarily human, but what inhuman blood she does have is exceptionally high class. Because of this, she could be considered the answer to the demon hybrids' evolution, capable of awakening as a demon hybrid while still remaining a human being.
    Kouma, on the other hand, is an archetypical demon hybrid whose oni blood runs too thick, making life as a human completely impossible.

    混血【用語】
    遙か昔、人以外のものと交わった人間の末裔を指す。遠野秋葉、軋間紅摩が該当。
    代を重ねるごとに血は薄くなっていくが、希に特性を濃く受け継いだ子供が生まれる。
    秋葉は人間としての血の割合が多いながらも、割合の低い妖の血が最上級なものなので“人のまま混血として覚醒できる”という、混血たちの進化の答えじみたタイプ。
    反して、紅摩は鬼の血が多すぎて人でなくなってしまう、典型的な混血の末路と言える。

  5. [v] Jonnobi: Demon

    Demon (Terminology)
    The 6th Imaginary Aspect. Existences born of the wishes of humans, passively (受動的な, shuudou-teki-na?, lit. "as acted upon") called forth by human desire. Manifest phantasms (実像幻想, jitsuzou gensou?) that take form via the aggregation of ideation (想念, sounen?, lit. "thoughts"). For materialization (実体化, kittaika?, lit. "manifestation to material") to occur, "a form fabricated by humans" is necessary. Not True Demons, but existences that obtain being by the imposition of a Designation (個体名, kotai-mei?, lit. "unit designation").
    As Demons attain true freedom upon receiving a Designation, it is a general rule that the naming of Demons is not an act to lightly engage within.
    Temporarily setting aside the outcomes of engaging with such, Demons may be assessed as allies of humanity, who exist so as to empathize with and resolve the sufferings of humanity.

    悪魔(用語)
    第六架空要素。人間の願いによって生み出され、人間の願いによって呼び出される受動的なモノ。モノの想念が集まってカタチをなした実像幻想。実体化には『人々が創造したカタチ』が必要。真性悪魔ではなく『個体名』になるもののこと。
    名前をつけてしまうと本当に自由になってしまうため、悪魔を安易に名付けてはならないという決まりがある。
    結果はどうあれ、人の苦悩を理解し取りのぞこうとするもので、見ようによっては人間の味方。

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