|“||Dear me.. you've got too much tension in those shoulders, Mr. Teacher... You should try to enjoy life a little. And it's not just the order we have to content with... it won't be long before Satan makes his move.||”|
—Mephisto after his talk with Yukio
|Height||195 cm (6'4")|
|Weight||74kg (163 lb)|
|Base of Operations||True Cross Academy|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Anime Debut||Episode 2|
|Japanese Voice||Hiroshi Kamiya|
|English Voice||Sam Riegel|
Mephisto Pheles, whose real name is Samael, is one of the Eight Demon Kings, wherein he ranks second, and holds the title King of Time. He uses the name Johann Faust V in public, and is the Principal of True Cross Academy. He is also an Exorcist. After Shirō Fujimoto's death, Mephisto was ordered to execute Rin Okumura, however he accepted Rin's proposal to become an Exorcist and instead opted to enter him in True Cross Academy as a student. He is the son of Satan, along with his brother and fellow King, Amaimon.
Mephisto has dark purple hair and forest green eyes. He is also tall, having a height of 195 cm (6'4"). He is usually seen in an elegant white outfit that consists of a white top hat with pink and purple around the base, purple gloves, a tie that is pink with white dots, a white suit-shirt and undershirt, jester-style pants, and pointed shoes. His appearance prompts Rin to refer to him as The Clown. As the series progresses, he stops wearing the jester pants and pointed shoes, instead wearing white dress pants and black shoes.
In addition, he can transform into a small white dog when he counts down from three in German (up to three in the anime). In this form he is a small, fluffy, Scottish terrier-looking dog with a large pink ribbon around his neck with a silver trinket attached to it, the trinket being the symbol of an exorcist.
Shrouded in mystery, one quickly learns of Mephisto's innate ability to act as if he knows more than what he is letting on. Careful and meticulous, he is like a chess player, always ahead of the game.
Because of this it is still unsure as to what side he is on, demon or human, or whether he is on any side at all.
He also enjoys chaos, as he stated to himself that he was a hell-raiser, and Assiah to be his playground, though he does not wish to see anyone get killed, claiming that he himself would kill Amaimon if he ever tried to kill any of his students. However when Mephisto first meets Amaimon in the series, it is implyed he is conspiring with Satan and is most likely training Rin on his orders. He likes to make gambles with whoever possible, including Fujimoto, Rin, and the True Cross Order.
He is prone to eccentric moments nestled in between serious moments, making light of a heavy mood and is portrayed as a man with more money than sense, but is very cheap when it comes to spending on others. Like his brother he loves to eat sweets and he is deeply interested in the Japanese pop culture, proudly stating that he is an otaku.
- Both his name and alias, Faust, are taken from German literature called Goethe's Faust in which the main character, Faust, wagers his soul with Satan. Mephistopheles appears when Faust summons him and seems to try and dissuade him, saying [in response to Faust's conjucture that Hell does not exist] that "he does not believe still, till experience proved him wrong",
- Furthermore, the demon Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust is able to transform into a small dog too.
- His real name, Samael, is an archangel in Talmudic lore who fell from heaven, and is also called an angel of death.
- His average hours of sleep is 1 hour.
- He is pretty good at party games, claw crane games and chess.
- His pastimes and talents are: movies, manga, anime, video games, music, toys, and subcultures.
- All manga genres are his favourites.
- His favorite food is junk food (mostly candy).
- His favorite type of women are those who are temptresses, "devilish", or elegant/beautiful. In the Weekend Hero novel, he mentions also fancying "pretty girls with a sad past", as well as charismatic women.
- He can speak German (which might be referenced to Faust).
- Despite his personality, Mephisto can be shown to get irritated and lose his cool for comic relief. In the anime, only Amaimon and Rin have annoyed him.
- His nicknames are Loki, Trickster, and Raven.
- (After his talk with Yukio Okumura) "Dear me.. you've got too much tension in those shoulders, Mr. Teacher... You should try to enjoy life a little. And it's not just the order we have to contend with... it won't be long before Satan makes his move.".
- (To Amaimon) "Having such a wonderful little brother fills my heart with joy.".
- (Whenever the opportunity presents itself) "Drei, zwei, eins!" or alternatively "Eins, zwei, drei!".
- (To Shura) "How old are you again? Please treasure your life. It would be a pity if a beautiful woman like you died at such a young age.".
- (About Shura]) "...How lovely.".
- (About Rin) "It's the birth of a Blue Exorcist... whose self-imposed fate is to kill his own comrades.".
- (As Shura holds a blade to his neck) "That's a nice view.".
- (After his talk with Amaimon) "For a prodigal son such as myself... This place is the greatest toybox I could wish for.".
- ↑ Ao no Exorcist Manga: chapter 39, page 21