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A Nephilim (混血 (ネフィリム)  Nefirimu) is an individual who was born as the result of a Demon breeding with a human.

Overview[]

Humans have notably bred with demons in the past, with many Exorcists descending from them.[1][2]

First generation Nephilim inherit the most power from their demonic parent, however over time, the Demon blood becomes diluted to the point where the descendants of Nephilim will be indistinguishable from ordinary humans.[3]

A Nephilim has a longer lifespan than a human, with long lived Nephilim living about two hundred years. This is not always the case, as some have bodies that break down quickly, like those under demonic possession. Rin Okumura, as the first Nephilim of Satan is an unknown factor, his lifespan being a mystery, even to those with vast knowledge of Demons such as Lewin Light and Mephisto Pheles.[4]

Some Nephilim have physical traits of their demon parent such as pale skin, different colored eyes and pointed ears, some Nephilim like Rin Okumura can retain their demonic powers depending on the demon parent.

Known Nephilim[]

Name Demon Relative
Ambrosius Faust Samael (Donor)
Casper Shemihaza (Ancestor)
Goro Azazel (Donor)
Arthur A. Angel Lucifer (Donor)
Rin Okumura Satan (Father)
Shiemi's Grandmother Shemihaza (Ancestor)
Shiemi Moriyama Shemihaza (Ancestor)
Shiro Fujimoto Azazel (Donor)
Yukio Okumura Satan (Father)

Trivia[]

  • Nephilim in other popular media are depicted as angel-human hybrids, but this could be a possible reference to how they are descended from a fallen angel (i.e., a demon). There is also how the concept relates to Cambions from European mythology, who are half-demon half-human beings.

References[]

  1. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 87, page 16
  2. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 17, page 20
  3. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 52, page 3
  4. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Volume 22, Blue Questorcist
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