Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Dabura, Demon King

Image Credit: Dabura

The rise of the show Dragon Ball Z was amazing, spreading all over the world, and many shows nowadays, like literature, allude to something further than what is portrayed on the surface. It connects to something the audience knows about in a new light. And thus, Dabura. In Dragon Ball Z, there are all sorts of evil, people who are out to gain power and watch the world burn, but one of the most prominent in name(not in power, just name) is Dabura, King of the Demons. Just as in Paradise Lost or The Screwtape Letters, this character is quite literally the King of the Demons: he is the leader and ruler over all of them. His stereotype goes further though: He has a grimacing face, horns, and is red all over. Ironically however, he isn’t the all-powerful. While he thinks he has a lot of power, he is actually portrayed as a slave to a wizard named Babidi. His only time in the show, he wears an emblem on his forehead for his master: a symbol of his inferiority and servitude, almost like in Paradise Lost when all the fallen angels in Chaos became snakes once a year to remind them of their position. Dabura resembles other portrayals of Satan also in the fact that he is out to watch the world burn, and wants to rule the universe. Ironically however, he isn’t fighting anyone specific. There is no huge being opposed to him, but rather just the good in the world embodied in other characters is his opposition. When he is finally defeated and killed, he is sent to Heaven, because he would enjoy Hell, and he has a sort of reverse-fall. He becomes what we would think Lucifer would have been like as an angel before he rebelled: joyful, full of love, and picking flowers in fields.

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2 responses

  1. ler884

    I have never seen the show, but from your description, this devil figure also seems similar to the Joker in batman. He is also one who wants to watch the world burn and accoomplishes a lot with very little power or one specific enemy.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:03 am

    • nbe88

      I thought Dabura was such a huge joke when I watched the few episodes he was in. After reading this, it reminded me of Mephistophilis while he acted as Faustus’ servant in doing all of his bidding and “light work”.

      May 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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