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    Legion

    Character » appears in 32 games

    The one who is many. Consists of a nucleus surrounded by a multitude of bodies.

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    Overview

    In the New Testament, Legion appears as a demon who has possessed a man from Gerasa. According to Mark 5:9, Jesus approaches the demon-possessed man and asks him:

    "What is thy name?" And [the demon] answered, saying, "My name is Legion: for we are many."

    Multiple demons have entered into the man, but they act as a single force. The spirits ask Jesus to be spared from returning to Hell, and Jesus complies by expelling them from the man and into a herd of pigs.

    In games

    Castlevania

    Legion in Aria of Sorrow.
    Legion in Aria of Sorrow.

    Legion's most iconic appearance is in the Castlevania series, where he first appeared in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as a huge spherical mass of naked bodies surrounding a strange, tentacled nucleus that could shoot lasers. In Symphony it was called Granfalloon in reference to the Kurt Vonnegut novel Cat's Cradle. This image of a sphere of bodies would define and characterize all of Legion's subsequent appearances in the series, which include Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (which has multiple Legion types), Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. According to data ripped from the game's files, Legion is set to appear in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair as well.

    Shin Megami Tensei

    Legion's artwork from Shin Megami Tensei II.
    Legion's artwork from Shin Megami Tensei II.

    Legion also makes frequent appearances in the Shin Megami Tensei series, with a similar design of a floating ball consisting of painfully contorting faces and tentacles. In the Devil Summoner: Raidou subseries, Legion's faces appear as skulls instead.

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