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The Semitic god Dagon has appeared in many works of popular culture.

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Literature

  • Dagon appears in John Milton's epic poems Samson Agonistes and Paradise Lost as one of the deities the Philistines worship.
  • Dagon appears in the work of H. P. Lovecraft as a sea monster worshipped as a god; two most notable appearances being in "Dagon" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". In these tales Dagon is huge and grotesque; his followers make live sacrifices into the sea in order to appease him and he grants them an abundance of fish and ever-lasting life once they have completely transformed into similarly hideous creatures. These are probably the locus classicus for most subsequent cultural references.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, a recurring joke involves an allusion to the vague but unpleasant fate of a "Mr. Hong", who "opened The Three Jolly Luck Takeaway Fish Bar on the site of an old temple to a fish god on Dagon Street at the time of a solar eclipse."
  • In George R.R. Martin's highly acclaimed fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the iron-born pirate-like character Victarion Greyjoy commands a ship named "Lord Dagon".
  • Dagon is a character in Michael Scott's novel The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
  • Dagon is referenced in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot on page 196 (1994 Penguin Classics).

Games

  • Dagon is the name of a demon lord in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
  • In the video game ""Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin", Dagon is an underwater boss, depicted as a two-bodied frog/lizard/tadpole amalgamation, that can suck up an entire room filled with water and shoot it as a weapon. The upper head lizard-like head is the vulnerable one.
  • In the game Lost Magic, the Dagon is the greater form of the Hydra, a nautilus-like monster, only fire-type.
  • In the video-game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the main antagonist, the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition is named Mehrunes Dagon. Mehrunes Dagon also featured in several of the earlier Elder Scrolls games.
  • In the MMORPG RF Online, Dagon appears as an incredibly powerful Boss. Two others are named Dagan and Dagnu.
  • Dagon was featured as a cult god in the game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.
  • In the video-game The Witcher, Dagon is a deity that lives on the bottom of a lake. With him follows destruction, and he cannot be killed.
  • In the MMORPG RuneScape, Dagannoths are large amphibious beings.
  • In Devil May Cry 4, Dagon is a boss character, resembling a giant toad, that is fought by Nero and Dante.
  • The main antagonist in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is named Daegon.
  • Dagon is a very powerful upgradable artifact that is capable of firing energy bursts in DotA Allstars.
  • Dagon is the first of Rahab's three forms in The Ocean Hunter, shown as a humanoid walking on all fours
  • In the Fantasy Flight Games board game Arkham Horror, Dagon appears as one of the Great Old Ones the players try to prevent from arising. In the "Innsmouth Horror" expansion to Arkham Horror, Father Dagon is one of the two Heralds who act against the players by trying to arouse Cthulhu.

Music

Movies and Television

  • In the movie Blade Trinity, a character asserts that Dracula was once known as Dagon.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Order of Dagon were the protectors of the Key. The Dagon Sphere was an orb that weakened the god Glory.
  • In the Pinky & The Brain episode "A Little off the Top", a Philistine soldier orders Samson to "bow before Dagon, our giant papier-mâché weasel god."
  • In the anime series The Big O, the robot in episode 7 is named Dagon and went by the nickname "Sea Titan". Dagon was easily destroyed by Big O's Sudden Impact.
  • In the anime series Demonbane, Dagon was an old evil god brought back to life using the R'yleh text, it was easily destroyed by Demonbane but not without a long battle.
  • The movie Dagon [1] is adapted from two H.P. Lovecraft stories about Dagon.
  • In the Japanese series Mahou Sentai Magiranger, the ruthless leader of the Hades Gods (and he who seeks to finish the Divine Punishment to make sure that N Ma would return to his former power) is named Hades Wise God Dagon.

Comics

  • In Number 868 of the webcomic Questionable Content, Faye abandons a game of Battleship with Pintsize. Pintsize responds by shouting that the admiral has surrendered, and that all survivors of the "Faye Flotilla are sacrificed to Dagon!"
  • In the comic book Team Titans, written by Marv Wolfman and starting September 1992, one member of the Team Titans superhero group is a vampire described as "a" (as opposed to "the") Dagon. He is named Nightrider, but often just called Dagon as well.
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