|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest V|
Samigina is a monster that first appeared in Dragon Quest V. It is a stronger, deep-red variant of the Gamigin, though it's not as strong as the Orobas. Unlike both of them, it is a recruitable monster (all versions, DQV).
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Samigina is the alternate name of Gamigin, the fourth demonic entity described in the Lesser Key of Solomon. It is a marquis of hell that initially appears as a small horse that transforms into a hoarse-voiced man shortly after being summoned. This name was coined by Alister Crowley for his personal translation.
The etymology of his Japanese name (メッサーラ messāra) is uncertain, but some Japanese fans speculate that it originates from the fictional character in the classic 1959 film Ben-Hur (based on the 1880 novel of the same name from Lew Wallace) known as Messala, which when transliterated into Katakana is the same as this monster's name. Messala is the childhood friend of the main character, Judah Ben-Hur. Messala later betrays Ben-Hur, thereby becoming his arch-rival and the main antagonist in the story.