The Adversary is an archetype found across cultures, manifesting as figures such as , the Devil, Iblis, Mephistopheles, and Samael. Sometimes depicted as separate from God and other times an agent of them, this figure represents the inclination of in humanity.

Images: Hell, Hans Memling, 1485 | Satan, Gustave Doré, in John Milton's Paradise Lost, 1866 | Adam and the Angels watched by Iblis, Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī, 1415 | Jacob Wrestles with the Angel Samael, Gustave Doré, 1855