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The closest things they look like are Imps/Barons, but not quite. These are their characteristics: * They have green blood (like Barons of Hell/Hell Knights) * Shoot blue fireballs (like Cacodemons) * A few of them have a cannon for an arm (like the Cyberdemon) * They're about as big as Doomguy \[5'11"\~/1.8m\~\] (like Imps) Based off of this, I don't think they're present in the game... no demon (even in the modern games) possess all these traits at once. They're just meant to look cool. Edit: Inspired by some replies, here they are in the [2016](https://preview.redd.it/pgp70dvjft331.png?auto=webp&s=bc4a4f5e4866a008dc4832b116049e8ee9707786) and [*Eternal*](https://preview.redd.it/m2rw0gjli1e51.png?auto=webp&s=e49e838590ed15947b6ce3ff09e006178c7e6606) codices. Most likely just Easter Eggs, but still interesting.


imjustacompanioncube

that actually makes a lot of sense. just imagine how annoying they would be in mainstream games.


[deleted]

Probably; would've been awesome to see them at some point, though. They look like stereotypical devils.


imjustacompanioncube

yeah, b u t w i t h a f u c k i n g g u n


CraGameMarco

Correction: b i g f u c k i n g g u n


capdukeymomoman

Would a demon with a BFG die when he himself fires it?


awesome_dickbutt8

I think yes


Syn_Contamino531

Tyrant


Sharp_Low6787

I mean they'd probably play a similar role to the Hellrazer in 2016. Same attack patterns as a possessed soldier but beefier in terms of HP.


ConunDrum-2099

Totally


ConunDrum-2099

Totally


1471_A

Im assuming the cover was just concept art the devs liked.


UnfunnyWatermelon469

I think they're supposed to be early designs for the Cyberdemon and Baron, but they could just be random demons that aren't in the game and just on the box art so the Doom Slayer/Guy can look badass


[deleted]

Yeah; I saw your main comment. If they *are* supposed to be in the game, Baron of Hell is the the closest.


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Baron of Hell is probably the closest, you're right. But I don't remember there being hordes of them swarming Doom Guy (the only level that I can think of where there's a bunch of Barons in one area is Tricks And Traps from DOOM II)


pbrslayer

Yeah I was gonna say, that many Barons at once? This is DOOM 1, not Plutonia, lol


PyroCinematics

Cacobaron of Cyber-Imps


ProDeath5567

the demons are canon since they appear in the art of one of the codex entries


octosquid11

Holy shit doom guy made them extinct


imjustacompanioncube

I FUCKIN LOVE THIS IDEA


Syn_Contamino531

Perhaps Agaddons?


vladmir-lenin

Arent the agaddon variant larger in size though?


IAmOnFyre

I thought agaddons were more like dinosaurs


Syn_Contamino531

Agaddons are Doom Hunters in Doom eternal. Did you know they were frozen in the North Pole for millions of years? In the doom lore, they were the first being


IAmOnFyre

Oh, right! I thought the creatures that the Doom Hunters were made from were called Agaddon Hunters because they hunt Agaddons, but really they are just hunters and agaddons. My mistake!


Ok-Life7159

Going this they would be a cool demon something like hybrid demon


[deleted]

Probably got hunted to extinction by doomguy after they scarred his arm like that and tried to gang up on him


Comfortable-Window-2

And what is strange is that they are also seen in the doom eternal and 2016 codex, being beaten by Doomguy to death along with the night sentinels joining in, and killing and torturing Argenta citizens and other beings, basically just raising hell.


Bowdensaft

Massive props for using the correct plural of codex


ShellSh0cc

Doom guys a midget if hes 5ft 11


BuyMyShitcoinPlzzzz

My headcanon is that the slayer killed them all, hence their absence from the game.


Fancy_Dapper_Walrus

I’ve concluded that they’re Demons


imjustacompanioncube

I would give this an award if I wasn't poor.


Fancy_Dapper_Walrus

No worries, just tht appreciation of my dumb comment is enough


unknownobject3

it isn't dumb, you're right


Fancy_Dapper_Walrus

Why not both?


unknownobject3

sounds good too


ChorrizoTapatio

I’ll do it on your behalf.


imjustacompanioncube

thank you!


EdwardHB

here you go


Fancy_Dapper_Walrus

Thank you


Psychpsyo

I came here to say this same thing.


Fancy_Dapper_Walrus

A true scholar


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Get this man an award, he just made an amazing discovery


Fancy_Dapper_Walrus

*no* **don’t you dare**


Afterlifehappydeath

Oh... but he did


imjustacompanioncube

id like to thank EVERYONE who gave this chad an award. that's really cool and wholesome.


longlive9yearolds

Shut up and take my award


AlexOZero

Damn, that's awesome


Shin0bikangar00

Baby cyber demons.


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Look at lil Cyberdemon Jr. Gonna cry?


black-knights-tango

Stings, doesn't it?


rishonathan

No you can't do this to me... YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I SACRIFICED?


Shin0bikangar00

*sniffles*


UnfunnyWatermelon469

I'm gonna put some dirt in your eye


Ninopus

I think it's just kinda saying to an artist "Here's our space marine hero. We want him in Hell shooting hordes of demons surrounding him." Kinda like when they paid a guy for the Mega Man cover art and probably said something like "He's a cyborg so his elbows don't have to bend right. He's got some blue on his suit and a humanish face. We'll pay you in LSD."


GasStop69420

At least for Doom, it wasn't something that should be mocked


WearyHobo45

This!!!!!!


buckethead_wendy2021

Yep. From what I remember hearing, this is basically the what happened.


phobos876

Just a made up species, since the cover artist wasn't involved in the actual game.


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Probably Barons Of Hell I'm guessing. I'm assuming the ones with guns on their arms are Cyberdeons (or what the Cyberdemon was supposed to look like before the final game)


imjustacompanioncube

i first thought that they were thin pinkies


UnfunnyWatermelon469

They could be that too, but Pinkies are a lot more muscular and look like pink bipedal bulldogs


Varorson

I always figured they were early designs for Imps that made them look closer in design to Barons of Hell, with one being cyberized to foreshadow the cyberdemon (which isn't in the manual), and by the first version released, Imps got changed to keep them visually distinct from the big bads. I base this on pretty much nothing but visual design.


Antireaper2008

They look to me like barons


[deleted]

They are permanent residents of hell.


Aposine

Whatever, the art is metal as fuck.


ErickLimaGameplaysR

Barons and 2 Cyberdemons?


Hummens

Structurally they are closest to Barons, but evidently, this is more of a 'proof of concept' kind of artwork than strictly informed by the game's design.


Tennents_N_Grouse

Dead, and soon to be dead, demons. .


sqlphilosopher

I've always assumed they are barons of hell


Ben_the_gamer_092309

I think they are meant to be Barons


[deleted]

Some demon species Doomguy wiped out so long ago and probably doesn't care to remember.


mattyspizza

Demons


Moonside_222

Baron of Hell, Baron of Hell and.... Baron of Hell.


Suspicious_Person15

Maybe Barons, or Imps.


throwmeaway562

They’re thirst demons. They want the Slayer’s crucible. No, not that one.


Doomsabre9000

Dead ones


know2swim

Happy demons.


HollowPinefruit

The art was made only from the general concept of the game. It isn’t based off of anything besides regular monstrous holy demons. This design did come back in official fashion with Eternal’s Gladiator


simpledeadwitches

They always looked like the Baron of Hell species to me. I think it's just 'generic demon' art though.


[deleted]

probably a mix of ingame demons to make the cover cooler, cyberdemon's cannon, baron's blood, imp's height and cacodemon's projectile color, these were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect demon , but John Romero and hyperpowered time-warping anomaly John Carmack accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction-- the need of diferenciating enemies! Thus, the father of first person shooters was born!


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Nice use of the 90's Powerpuff Girls intro


Nico_Geek

Here's my theory A lot of videogame covers are made before the game is ready, so probably those are unused demons or early designs


UnfunnyWatermelon469

That's what I was assuming since they look very similar to Barons of Hell but the guns on the arms of some of them remind me of Cyberdemons


coolboiiiiiii2809

Probably a sub species of the gladiator of eternal and could’ve possibly went extinct or just died out at some point


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Wasn't the Gladiator a Hell Knight but with the classic appearance?


coolboiiiiiii2809

Basically yes but it seems his species is nearly extinct as we don’t see them anymore and he’s the biggest of them all


Neroidius

Take a look at doom guy’s model in the game and realize that his helmet looks a lot less like the one on this cover. Cover Artists back then worked using less of what was in the game and more with the concept and what little concept art the devs had already come up with


imjustacompanioncube

no no, he's got a point.


Raven0470

I know what they are, they are not in the game.


imjustacompanioncube

yes


RozionDiger

I always assumed those were barons of hell


OuterTech8801

Target practice


[deleted]

I always thought that the demon on the lower left was throwing a Shaka sign back at the camera.


Xander_Clarke

I think I remember reading somewhere that those are supposed to be Barons of Hell (just with more detailed faces, which the game itself couldn't incorporate due to the graphical limits, not sure about the ones with guns though), hence why the scene in the end credits of DooM 2016 that replicates this art has Imps and Zombies instead because new Barons of Hell are enormous compared to the Doom Slayer, while the demons on this art got retconned into a separate species (judging by the codices images)


AlacarLeoricar

The issue is that the artist didn't know much about the game when he painted it.


Cancerslug

Right. Greg Punchatz dad did the cover art and Greg did the actual models used for sprites.


Dr-Spill

Probably imps


[deleted]

I think they are high demon in hell that can't leave the hell and now close to extinction cause doom guy do this just like in the cover.


ItalianStallion9069

Imps?


Fernando_357

Dead, they are dead


Eightbitninja253

Barons of Hell?


tdtbaa

demons


TwilightDoomSlayer

Dead


RazgrizXVIII

About to die.


WSQWSK

Baron?


redditmodsgoaway

most likely Baron of Hell or Hell Knights judging by the horns and the green blood


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Or probably a Cyberdemon (or an early Cyberdemon since they don't look like that in the game) judging from the guns on the arms of some of the demons


redditmodsgoaway

Yeah that too


LxRaz3r

They’re demons.


DarkAmaterasu58

They’re most similar in appearance to Barons/Hell Knights, but they have a mechanical arm like Cyberdemons.


Songe_20

They're demonitiesd humans.


The_more_you_know90

Imps?


GameCrusader136c

I'm guessing they're cyber demons judging by the guns they have in place their arm


3nxj

Those are barons. Doomguys in a really bad batch in that photo


JcDenton1119

Satan


[deleted]

Californians


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Ah yes,the average Californian has a gun for an arm and looks suspiciously like a Baron of Hell


Syn_Contamino531

I think they are Barons of Hell


[deleted]

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eTHiiXx

??? Obviously Imps. Have you not played the OG DOOM or something?


imjustacompanioncube

imps are brown with no horns or guns. and this is a joke lemme do the honors r/wooosh


eTHiiXx

Dude youre trying to ask for what the artwork represents on a game cover from the 90s like its going to be consistent with thew game. Touch some grass or something jfc lol.


Hypobaric

Dead ones


Slavedriver21

they look like the poor sods that run the EA customer support line


xMethodz

I’m not too certain, but I do know the stud on the lower left hand corner is definitely posing for the bat shit crazy photographer who decided to follow Doomguy into the armpit of hell to capture the demon slaughtering. That demon knows he’s looking his best in that moment.


UnfunnyWatermelon469

Dude's like YO PHOTOGRAPHER, YOU SEEIN THIS SHIT? MASTER CHIEF'S GRANDPA JUST KILLED MY BUDDY JOE


xMethodz

Haaaa, hell yeah 🤟🏻


Breadfruit-Brilliant

Oh good job. what do you want, a medal?


imjustacompanioncube

no not really


Breadfruit-Brilliant

It's hard to sound sarcastic since I'm typing out words and not using my voice


imjustacompanioncube

I could already tell that your sarcastic and what the fuck does medals have to do with anything? its a fucking question!


Breadfruit-Brilliant

Oh


Flame12998

Dead


Snoo_94038

I think they are barons. Horns, red skinned and green blood


DueVeterinarian3651

Those are a Baron of hell dumb ass


imjustacompanioncube

I'm sorry, I didn't know barons have cyber demon guns too.


pugg26

looks like some sort of deformed cyberdemon and barons, a few of them have guns for hands


CaramelAlert3610

I think it’s just concept art that was used as the official cover for Doom 93 despite the fact that these demons don’t appear in the game. Either that or they could be smaller versions of barons of hell since they look like a higher definition version of the barons of hell. One of them has a weapon attached to their arm so it makes me doubtful. That just makes me believe that this is just concept art of the demons even more because it looks like a cross between a baron of hell and the cyber demon. Maybe this was the inspiration for both of those demons.


Gemidori

They're just made-up demons designed for the picture. They look closest to Barons, but they're otherwise original


hutakeya

I think the demons on the cover are simply barons of hell (big boiz with hooves and horns)


Zapizard

look like barons to me


WearyHobo45

Ummm....... Always asssumed their imps amigo/amigoet.


JaxSuttcliff

Could have been a beta monster like the gun he holds. The art was made differently than the game from the story I've heard.


imjustacompanioncube

happy cake day!


NathanCollier14

gonna die


DukeNukem4ever1999

In the novels, Barons of Hell do have plasma guns for an arm, actually.


Andyt303

They are 100% imps, this is an early design before, it’s concept art really, no doubt they evolved into the barons of hell once the art team redesigned the imps to their brown spiky design. We all know this as the end of doom 2016 pays homage to this front cover, but it’s drawn with the 2016 art concepts we can see they are in fact imps, https://youtu.be/oTbARnx-UX0


caffeineratt

They're fantastical, no? The creators were all just a bunch of nerds and played ttrpgs, so I don't think it's out of the question to say they made some up.


chezIII

maybe its a sub bread of imp


monty331

Was super tired and thought the left horn on the bottom left demon was a swan.


cracc1

Red


IBSKing

No I don’t like the fourth wall break


fakename1998

They’re that one boss fight from Eternal. In all seriousness, who cares. It gets the point of the game across, even if the demons and weapons look nothing like they do in game


helluva_failures

Imps


almightypinecone

First casualties of the Doom Guy. He took them all out before the start of the game. It takes place before the game because he has a friend still alive. E1M1 everyone is dead but you, no demon is like that in the game, so... you killed them all before the game started? Best I got.


No-Measurement-8146

Bro i was just googling this today 🗿🗿🗿🗿


ShellSh0cc

Barrons of hell


JceYa

Maybe Cyberdemons but before modifications


Ashamed_Copy_9638

I just think it's either concept designs for demons or just a way for Id Software to show like "yeah you kill demons, fuck yeah"


Gumersindo_

I'd say imps


[deleted]

Maybe imps or barons


The_andEJcartidge

I need this demon


UnOisbest

I looked at image - red skinned non-cyber cyber demons.


Torrempesta

They look like Hellknights to me.


Google_was_my_ldea

Like ThrashRat86 said these aren't in game they are just generic demons


Original-Flan7834

Baron of Hell With With a cyberdemon like Gun Probably shoots Bullets instead Of Green fire balls


Hajime_Hinata_OJ

They are Barons of Hell but cooler


Robocreeperplays

Someone should make a mod that adds these in. I would but have 0 DOS coding knowledge whatsoever.


BigDaddyGoat121

Dead


Dank0fMemes

I think it was just the artist taking creative liberties here.


Unknown_077733

They are probably Baron of hell creatures because of there horns and red skin


Blue_wolf183

Just a fucking scary as hell barons


Traditional-Scratch5

Cant be sure, but I believe theyre barons that were made before the barons models were made, Like concept art, but with most of the other models already made, which is why doomguy looks like the final doomguy ​ Edit: Thats why they look almost like barons but arent, also have the gun for a hand because they have the same type of attack as barons even though barons didnt have gun hands in the end


ComicDude316

I’d say pinkies


[deleted]

demons from hell


thespellbreaker

The ones with big c\*cks.


Buccura

It wasn't uncommon back then for game covers to provide a general feel of the game, but not a completely accurate visual depiction. So these demons probably aren't in the game, not 1:1 at least. Doomguy himself is the most accurate thing, other than that nothing is in the game as seen there. Even hell doesn't quite look like that, and not because of the technological limitations.


thezoomies

Ones that were probably created by an artist who was given verbal descriptions and no visual references.


Upvotrboi69

just cover art, could be barons but they don't have cannon arms. It's made for the looks


Hey-Its-Robin

They were supposed to be imps but the guy who drew it didn’t play the game iirc


deathinabarrel87

Prolly imps


BloodyReizen

Imo the best candidate would be the Barons of Hell, and even so the similarities are superficial. Most likely just a bunch of demon-ny looking monsters to make the cover more epic


pokocho_64

Barons probably. Explains the green blood of the one getting shot on the right


Fredricks11

thats are cyber hell barons


GamingNEWZ

Russian soldiers