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The Second of the Fallen
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Deceased (killed by The First of the Fallen
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The Second of the Fallen is a demon of enough power to rival The First of the Fallen and joins him and The Third of the Fallen as a ruling triumverate of Hell. Its first appearance was in Hellblazer issue 45.

Appearance and personality

The Second of the Fallen takes the form of a shapeless, constantly shifting, sometimes apparently liquid expanse of blackness. Its personality is generally malicious but largely measured; it was the one who counselled caution over the subject of Constantine's soul, arguing that to fight over it would risk weakening Hell to the point that Heaven would be able to invade and take over. Its speech mimics the object-subject-verb pattern used by the Star Wars character Yoda.

Fictional biography

After The First of the Fallen was created, God realised that he needed to make something to keep The First in check. He therefore created The Second and Third of the Fallen; demons of equal power to The First who would form a three-way standoff for eternity, with none of them daring to seize full control of Hell lest it be destroyed in civil war. While other triumverates also reigned during this time, including one featuring Lucifer, the First, Second and Third of the Fallen held the true balance of power. (Hellblazer issue 79, 1994)

After discovering that he was dying of lung cancer, Constantine sold his soul to The Second of the Fallen. However, he also sold it to the First and Third as well. Knowing that they wouldn't risk war in Hell, he then slashed his wrists, forcing them to heal him completely. (Hellblazer issue 44-45, 1991)

The stalemate remained until The First (whose existence predated Hell) found out that the Second and Third were not his equals, but merely extremely powerful demons with major weaknesses. He then killed them both, breaking the stalemate and allowing him to go after Constantine. The remains of the Second and Third were then transformed by a mysterious third party into the Twin Blade. (Hellblazer issue 79, 1994)