Maria, the artificial goddess in Shin Megami Tensei NINE

Maria is a demon in the series.



Maria is the central female figure in many Christian doctrines, especially Catholicism, which regards her as a saint and as the "queen of heaven," ruling over all saints and angels and acting as an intermediary between humanity and God. According to the New Testament, she is the virgin mother of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, impregnated without removing her virtue by the Holy Ghost after being visited by the archangel Gabriel. She assisted Jesus throughout her life and followed him in his preachings, she was also one of the women who were witness to his resurrection. She is said to have ascended to the heavens directly without dying. Despite her monotheist background, Maria is classified as a mother goddess and often related to deities such as Isis and Asherah.


Shin Megami Tensei NINEEdit

Maria is an artificial goddess who rules over the Idea Space. She was created by the Messians because they were tired of waiting for the Messiah promised by God to save them. Eventually she decides to release the people in Idea Space and succeeds with the protagonist's help in the Law route.


  • Maria’s latest design very likely takes inspiration from the cathedral of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. This choice was likely influenced by the fact that the architect was a fervent devotee of the virgin Mary.
  • The animals that compose her marble body are all derived from christian symbology:
    • The lion, the hawk and the bull are part of the "tetramorph," an allegorical figure for the four evangelists and represent the angelic order of Cherubim. The fish is a generic symbol for christianity, while the tyrannosaurus rex at the bottom of the statue may refer to Satan, who is at times depicted as a snake or dragon being stepped upon by Maria, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Maria’s main body is also surrounded by a "mandorla," an almond shaped halo used in early christian art to represent heavenly apparitions, especially of Jesus and Mary.