Belial Aensland is a fictional character in Capcom's Darkstalkers series and the foster father of Morrigan and Lilith. In Darkstalkers lore, Belial is the ruler of the demon world Makai and the adoptive father of Morrigan, a young succubus. He is also responsible for separating Lilith (Morrigan's third of her soul) from Morrigan Aensland and sealing her off in a different realm.
Belial is a behind-the-scenes character and has never appeared in game. He has been mentioned and appeared in Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge The Animated Series as well as UDON's Darkstalkers and Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors series.
Belial is the only S+ class supernatural being from Makai and is referred to as the ruler of Makai. Once head of the Aensland noble family, his ancestry spans back to the original ruler of the realm, Zeruru Aensland. He has never used his power for evil and concerns himself with the people who serve him. He has never desired to control others with an iron first; this is because he considers Makai an extension of himself. He has four arms and four eyes, with two of these eyes placed on the palms of his hands, and his height reaches over 656 ft. (200 m) tall. Being an S+ class supernatural being, Belial has magic far greater than class D supernatural beings.
100 years before Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, Belial was confronted by Demitri Maximoff in an effort to steal his rule. Because of this, Belial exiled Demitri from Makai to the human world. After the events of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, Belial passes away, leaving Morrigan as the ruler of the Aensland kingdom.
Morrigan and Lilith
When Belial found Morrigan as a baby and took her in as his foster child after her real parents were murdered by an immoral person, he extracted a third of her soul, and sealed part of it away. He was worried that she may not be able to control the large amounts of her powers and that it could lead to her ruin as well as the destruction of Makai. 300 years later, the separated energy became a soul of its own due to Jedah Dohma as he saw Morrigan grow in Makai from the shadows. During the events of Darkstalkers 3, Jedah took notice of this soul, and created a physical body for the new soul, which became known as Lilith. After the events of Vampire Savior, Lilith has successfully united with Morrigan into one single being and the succubus was given a new outlook on the world and returned back to most of her power. Speculations suggest that the other half of Morrigan's power died with Belial, but Morrigan's increasing power in future appearance likely disproves this.
- Jedah pronounces his name as 'Belial' (be-lai-al) as his selection quote if Morrigan is first selected in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. This puts in question the correct pronunciation of Belial's name, barring direct pronunciation sources from Japanese materials, where pronunciation of names are easier to find; Katakana is usually the script used in non-Japanese names, and Kanas like Katakana have a fixed pronunciation.
- Belial is named after a demon in Jewish folklore who is considered to be a depiction of the devil. It means "wicked", "worthless" and "lacking worth" in Hebrew. Alternate spellings of the word/name are Baalial, Balial, Belhor, Beliall, Beliar, Berial, and Beliya'al.
- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (mentioned in Demitri's Japanese epilogue)
Comics and Manga
- Darkstalkers Red Earth: Maleficarum (mentioned)
- Udon's Capcom Summer Special 2004, "Eye of Belial."
- Udon's Darkstalkers, issue 6.
- Udon's Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, issue 3.
|Anita • Anakaris • Baby Bonnie Hood • Bishamon • Dee • Demitri Maximoff • Donovan Baine • Felicia • Hsien-Ko • Huitzil|
Jedah Dohma • Jon Talbain • Lilith • Lord Raptor • Morrigan Aensland • Pyron • Q-Bee • Rikuo • Sasquatch
Victor von Gerdenheim
|Belial Aensland • Dark Talbain • Le Malta • Mei-Ling • Oboro Bishamon • Ozom|
|Harry Grimoire • John Stately • Majorette/Thomas • Marionette • Shadow • Jack|
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 119. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 141. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 143. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 33. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 57. ISBN 1897-37604-9