Satana, with her brother Daimon, was born in Greentown, Massachusetts. Her father told them they were evil and tried to make them go down that path. Daimon rejected being evil and used his abilities for good. Satana on the other hand embraced her abilities and origin. Satana's mother was a human named Victoria Wingate. When she discovered her children were demons and the identity of their father, it drove her insane and she was put into an asylum.
Satana was created by Roy Thomas and John Romita Senior and first appeared in Vampire Tales #2 in 1973.
Although Satana and Daimon Hellstrom were first introduced as the children of Satan, this origin was later ret-conned to have them instead be the offspring of a demon called Marduk Kurios in Hellstorm: Prince of Lies in 1993.
Major Story Arcs
Daughter of the Devil
Daimon did not want to be like his father and was raised by a foster family. Satana was taken to one of her fathers hell dimensions and taught black magic. Satana trained in demonic martial arts by the former Hell-Lord " Dansker". Though Dansker trained her, he resented her and her father Satan for usurping his position millenia ago. (Later he returned to Earth in an attempt to destroy her.) It was during this training period that her soul was bonded to an arch-demon and agent of destruction know as "The Basilisk." It was a very powerful demon, considered one of the deadliest of the Satanic host. Satana was able to contain and release it at her discretion, knowing that each time she manifested it, it would became more powerful and difficult to control and that it was destined to one day consume her as well. During this time the demon Zannarth was also forced into her service as a resentful slave.
Satana was banished to earth by a mysterious group of demons know as "The Four". Once on earth she stalked U.S. cities as a bewitching succubus, giving the souls of men she had feasted on to her father. Seducing these men, she would embrace and kiss them, sucking the life from their swiftly withering bodies. The victims "soul" would take the form of a fragile butterfly which she would pluck from their mouths and symbolically eat/destroy with great relish. Satana was traveled about moving to different location of "The Church of the Dark Father. She was a powerful and charismatic figure in these churches. At this time Satan gifted her with a feline formed familiar named "Exiter", to serve her. At one of these "churches" she encountered Kthara (who had possessed Gloria Hefford, Damian's sister from his foster family.) Kthara was a powerful Demon-Mother of the Outer Dark who Gloria had mistakenly tried to summon. Satana was forced to unleash the Basilisk to consume Kthara. For a brief time Satana was transformed into a mortal women named Judith Camber.
Satana was drafted by Doctor Strange as he, she and Spider-Man fought of an evil creature named the Basilisk-Demon. With little hope of defeating him, Satana spiritually bonded with the creature to stop him. Doctor Strange manage to defeat the evil demon and had it killed. However, due to Satana's spiritual bond with the Basilisk-Demon, so did she die. Satana was sent to one of her father's Hell dimensions.
After Death and the Witches
Satana was dead. This however did not stop her from coming into the eathly reality. There, she was seen taking souls of evil-doersmet in the streets of New York City. She eventually joined up with her halfbrother Damion Hellstrom (Hellstorm) whom had recently lost his wife. Satana had grown more evil during her time in Hell, and seemed to enjoy her brother's struggle with being good. She was however not seen or heard from again after her time with Damion. It was presumed that she returned to hell once more. It was however not many months later the Satana truly returned from the dead when she was brought back to life by Doctor Strange. He wanted her to join
, a team of mystic women, and help him defeat an ancient evil. Satana was furious that he woke her up from her death and asked her help once again. This mostly because she had died the last time when Doctor Strange asked her help. Satana reluctantly agreed to join the Witches but she had a extremely different attitude and personality then before she was killed. She was now more evil and kept harassing the other members of the team, Jennifer Kale and Topaz. Satana however started to grow more accustomed to her life as time went by and, after she helped out the Witches and defeated the ancient evil that Doctor Strange had asked them to do, she left the group and started her own life once again. Some months later, she is seen helping
in his problem with his demonic possession at the hands of
Recently Satana is seen in hell fighting along with other leaders who control hell against the forces of the Japanese god Mikaboshi who had revealed himself as the Chaos King. Despite putting up hard resistance, Satana along with many others fell to their doom against Mikaboshi.
Hero for Hire
Satana makes an appearance when Paladin (under orders from Misty Knight) is investigating the trade of demonic weapons by Baron Brimstone. She shows Paladin the true nature of the weapons and helps him defeat one of the possessed minions.
After an escaped Man-Thing incident, the Thunderbolts realized they needed a new teammate with magical capabilities. With the help of Dr. Strange, and some trickery, Luke Cage was able to recruit Satana onto their team by putting a collar on her to make her obey orders. They told her that she needed to redeem herself for the crimes she committed when she helped the Hood, although she claimed she was only helping him to monitor his strength.
Luke Cage seeks out Daimon Hellstrom for the location Satana. She is hiding at her lair in the Himalayas where she has several lines of magical defense. Satana tempts Luke and Dr.Strange with members of her harem but it's no use. She goes along reluctantly before she sees Man-Thing and is happy to join.
Satana leads the team on a mission to take down Gothenvald Castle, which vanished back in 1911 and has just reappeared. They storm the castle which is armed with zombie nazis as Satana saves the team with a flame of Animus Infernus which also exhausts her temporarily. The team survives the attack but Gothenvald gets away. Satana and the Thunderbolts are sent right to Iraq to stop what appear to be zombie villagers. As they battle Satana discovers that they are not magic based but are spore infected and electronically controlled. They defeat the villagers and are again teleported right away back to the
has been possessed by a hammer of the Worthy. Satana aids in rounding up and containing escaped prisoners with a Catatonia spells. She then aids in calming down the Man-Thing who is enraged by the affects of Fear Itself. Along with
; Satana leads the team to Chicago to intercept the Juggernaut. Satana and Moonstone get into a brief fight over Man-Thing's role on the team. Ghost bonds with Satana's magic as the team enters into Juggernaut's mind and soul. They fail to save him and are expelled from his mind. Satana is able to teleport herself back to the what's left of the Raft to escape the strike from Juggernaut's hammer.
More recently, Satana was part of the band of Thunderbolts that escaped the Raft prison, but unfortunately ended up in the time-stream, visiting many other realities. Eventually, the team found it's way home and parted ways. Many of the Thunderbolts thereby made themselves again escapes from the law.
Satana is part of the Hell on Earth War.
Satana is a succubus. As a succubus, she feeds on the souls of people. Her kiss kills her victims, causing them to shrivel and release the soul in a butterfly like form. Satana would then capture the butterfly to feed on it. Apparently it does not work on psychic or psionic vampires. Satana can release the Basilisk and then return it to her. She can levitate and possibly fly. She uses astral projection. She can fire blasts of hellfire She can control the minds of others. She has a natural magical ability. She can use a number of magic spells but she tends not to. When she takes people's souls, she gains power from them and it increases her magical powers. She can shoot hellphyr which can't harm a person physically but in other ways. Satana can use a weapon that has killed a person and take energy from that.
Satana has superhuman strength, able to lift c. 10 tons. Her other physical abilities are greater to those of normal humans to an unknown degree.
In Supernaturals, Satana is a Catholic girl who is possessed by a demon and fights along side of Brother Voodoo, Werewolf by Night, Black Cat, Ghost Rider, and Gargoyle. In this alternate reality Satana had the power of flight and the control over fire.