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Tough as a dump truck and nearly as big, these Goliaths are the worst things on two legs since Tyrannosaurus rex.

-- Doom manual (this same description was used for Hell Knights in Doom II)

The Hell knight was bad news but this is Big Daddy. These bruisers are a lot like Hell knights, but look a little different and are twice as tough to kill.

-- Doom II manual
 Baron of Hell sprites
 Baron of Hell sprites
Only below Cyberdemons and Spiderdemons in terms of strength, a Baron of Hell will scratch like an Imp when close and hurl green fireballs from a distance.
The Baron character first appears as a duo, as the end bosses, in Episode 1 (Knee-Deep in the Dead) of Doom. In the following Episodes, Doom II and later games, Barons appear more frequently as regular enemies. 

Baron of Hell numbers by game 

Broken down by game and difficulty.

  • Difficulty 1: I'm Too Young To Die
  • Difficulty 2: Hey, Not Too Rough
  • Difficulty 3: Hurt Me Plenty
  • Difficulty 4: Ultra-Violence
  • Difficulty 5: Nightmare! (note: monsters respawn in this mode) 
DoomDifficulty 1, 2Difficulty 3Difficulty 4, 5
  Ultimate Doom 26 44 82
  Doom II 24 27 31
  TNT: Evilution 15 44 61
  Plutonia 58 76 90

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