Who Is the Demon Balthazar?

References to a demon named Balthazar are limited to popular culture, such as the 2005 film “Constantine,” the television shows “Charmed” and “Supernatural,” and, most prominently, the Internet role-playing game World of Warcraft. The name Balthazar appears throughout history in the Bible and in popular culture, although religious literature and demonology sources have no relevant information concerning a demon.

Balthazar may be best known as a character in the World of Warcraft fantasy role-playing game. The Dark Grimoire identifies Demon Lord Balthazar as the last of a race of wicked monsters intent on destroying Valorn.

Tradition holds that Balthazar is one of the three magi or wise men mentioned in Matthew’s gospel. The second chapter details the visit of three wise men, believed to be Balthazar, Gaspar, and Melchior, who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus Christ.

Balthazar is a character in numerous films and television programmes. In the supernatural thriller film “Constantine,” Gavin Rossdale portrays Balthazar, a half-demon who collaborates with Satan’s son to conquer Earth. Belthazor (a variant spelling with the same sound) is the demon alter ego of Cole Turner, the love interest of series actress Alyssa Milano, in the long-running WB television series “Charmed.” Michael Bailey Smith portrayed Belthazor from 2000 until 2003, per the Internet Movie Database. Another version of Balthazar appears on “Supernatural,” another WB series. Balthazar, portrayed by Sebastian Roche, is a fallen angel who appears in six episodes between 2010 and 2011.

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