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Santa... or Satan?

Do these statements refer to Santa, Satan, both, or neither?
As depicted in popular media, literature, and religious texts
Quiz by overtired
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Last updated: December 30, 2021
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1. Associated with the colour red
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Santa used to be depicted in many more colours. Coca-Cola helped solidify his red coat in popular culture
2. Has many names
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e.g. Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle - Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub etc.
3. Flies around with magical reindeer
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They bullied Rudolph until they realised he had value to them. Great lesson.
4. Descends into a place where fires burn
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Satan descends into hell, Santa descends into many fireplaces
5. Lives in Antarctica
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Santa lives in Lapland or the North Pole, Satan lives in hell
6. Played on film by Al Pacino
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The Devil's Advocate (1997)
7. Played on film by Tim Allen
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The Santa Clause (1994) and sequels
8. Has been depicted as an enemy of Jesus
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Santa e.g. in South Park's Santa vs Jesus, Satan in general
9. Has many assistants
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Satan commands demons, Santa commands elves
10. Based on a real person
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Santa is based on Saint Nicholas of Myra, in modern day Turkey
11. Punishes sinners
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Santa gives no presents to naughty children, Satan torments sinners in hell
12. Used to be an angel
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Satan is depicted as a fallen angel, as are his demons
13. Known as Nick
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Saint Nick and Old Nick
14. Mentioned in songs by Elvis Presley
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e.g. Santa Claus Is Back in Town, (You're The) Devil in Disguise
15. Proven to actually exist today (SPOILER ALERT!)
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There's no solid evidence for either existing, though millions believe in both
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Level 69
Dec 23, 2021
For the last question: In the Christian religion satan does exist. Santa obviously doesn't. So, you should either take the question out or have satan be real. But besides that, this was a great quiz. You did a really good job on it. It is really weird though how they share some things in common. Such as having basically minions and having something to do with red. Descending into fire though I feel you kind of cheated with that just because Santa Claus doesn't go into the chimney when there is fire burning in it. Otherwise he would die or at least get seriously burned and would not be able to do it another couple billion times but okay. Anyways great quiz! Keep making 'em. (Nominated BTW). And great thumbnail.
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Level 85
Dec 23, 2021
I agree with all your points Darth! Great quiz, overtired!
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Level 84
Dec 23, 2021
I adjusted those questions. If a fireplace isn't a place of fire I don't know what is... but I made it clearer anyway!

The last question is about actual evidence. Have made that clearer in the question. I have to go with proof not faith for a question like that. Not even all Christians believe that Satan actually exists... first result on google brings up a nationwide poll suggesting that the majority of American Christians don't.

Glad you enjoyed the quiz :)

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Level 60
Dec 30, 2021
Those American "Christians" that don't believe in Satan mustn't know their Bible very well!
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Level 75
Dec 30, 2021
I see what you're getting at but let's be real, Satan doesn't exist. It doesn't change anything that millions of people believe in him
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2023
Henry Kissinger absolutely exists
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Level 69
Oct 2, 2023
You don't have proof that he doesn't exist.
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Level 84
Dec 13, 2023
That's not how the burden of proof works.
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Level 65
Dec 24, 2021
Fantastic! What an excellent idea. 'Has a list of who's naughty and who's nice' as well...

Agree with the original questionmaster on the last one. Specifies proof rather than faith - and indeed most Christians don't believe in the literal existence of Satan. Nor indeed do most Satanists, in my experience.

Nominated.

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Level 75
Dec 28, 2021
Jesus Christ is the one that judges, not Satan. Creative idea though.

Edit: here's a Biblical reference

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Level 84
Dec 28, 2021
I'm not sure what that's in reference to. There's no question specifically about judging. If you're talking about punishing sinners, Satan is represented doing so in plenty of literature e.g. from Dante's Inferno:

At every mouth he with his teeth was crunching, A sinner, in the manner of a brake, So that he three of them tormented thus.

(One of the three being Judas Iscariot.)

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Level 60
Dec 30, 2021
Ok, I would agree with @HinesBrothers. As in the Bible states that Satan is in hell for punishment, not to torment other sinners. As said above, God executes righteous judgement against sinners, not Satan (he just shares the judgement I guess).
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Level 84
Dec 30, 2021
Added a caveat to make it clear that the quiz is drawing on depictions across a range of media and literature, in case it wasn't obvious from the other questions.
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Level 79
Dec 30, 2021
Question #4 was brilliant, great quiz!
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Level 84
Dec 30, 2021
Thanks, nice to hear someone liked that one!
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Level 60
Dec 30, 2021
Yes, indeed it was very clever!
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Level 88
Jan 7, 2022
Haha, I love it! Excellent selection of questions, including some delightfully tricky ones.
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Level 84
Jan 7, 2022
Glad you enjoyed it :)
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Level 66
Jan 8, 2022
Clever conception! Nommed
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2022
"Santa, Bring My Baby Back (to Me)" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" are other songs by Elvis Presley that mention Santa (question #14).
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Level 64
Dec 14, 2022
Satan does not punish sinners. He is punished along with the sinners. God punishes Satan.
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Level 84
Dec 14, 2022
There are many depictions of Satan punishing sinners. See above for a Dante quote for example.
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Level 64
Dec 14, 2022
Ok fair enough, in which case perhaps you should make it clear that you are considering Satan in terms of a literary figure and not a religious one. I did like the quiz though!
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Level 84
Dec 14, 2022
I already made it clear in the instructions. Glad you liked the quiz :)
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Level 64
Dec 16, 2022
Well not quite because the religious texts contradict the popular media on many things making the quiz ambiguous. But it's all a bit of fun so no harm done.
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Level 84
Dec 16, 2022
I think it's easily clear enough from that caveat that if they are depicted somewhere notable doing something then that can be taken as a positive, even if they aren't depicted that way elsewhere. This applies to other questions too.

I prefer to allow for some thought in a (hopefully!) fun quiz like this as opposed to making everything dry and over explained. I've already changed questions more than I would like.

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Level 66
Dec 14, 2022
Santa deniers are SEETHING right now.
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Level 87
Dec 14, 2022
Great quiz as per usual! Nom'd of course. Loved #4!
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Level 56
Dec 14, 2022
This is such a clever quiz. I also had a total "duh" moment with no. 4. Excellent. Thank you.
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2022
I disagree about Santa punishing sinners. Not giving any gifts is not taking something away, it's neutral.
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Level 60
Dec 14, 2022
Yikes
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Level 60
Dec 14, 2022
No human should have the power to make these comparisons lol. Anyways, nice quiz. Got a bunch wrong, but I’d say the best part is looking at the answers.
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Level 82
Dec 14, 2022
got everything right except the Tim Allen one... I knew he portrayed Santa (a version of him, anyway... after murdering the original), but I also figured he could have made a good Satan at some point.
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Level 84
Dec 16, 2022
Yeah I can see that.