- "Okay. When Lyla said an army, I thought she meant an army."
"She did. It's just that we've never faced one like this before."
- —Mia Smoak and Oliver Queen[src]
The shadow demons are the Anti-Monitor's footsoldiers, comprising a large army serving at his beck and call who operated during the Anti-Monitor Crisis. In the original timeline, they worked alongside Reverse-Flash.
Attack on Earth-38
Due to the changes in the timeline that occurred when Team Flash destroyed Cicada's dagger in 2019, the crisis happened in the year 2019. The Anti-Monitor tasked them to destroy the Quantum Tower since it slowed the Antimatter that should have destroyed Earth-38. A team of heroes fought the shadow demons, but as the heroes were extracted from the battle by the Monitor, Oliver Queen/Green Arrow made the ultimate sacrifice by fighting the shadow demons to his last breath.
Attack on Earth-D
Attack on Earth Prime
Powers and abilities
- Lack of corporeal form: The bodies of these creatures are made of shadows and when anything touches them they dissipate. This means an individual shadow demon is extremely weak, forcing them to rely on numbers to overwhelm enemies.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant
- They behave similarly to the Time Wraiths in terms of how they move, look, and sound.
- How they differ is that while the wraiths are actually protecting reality and time, the Shadow Demons are assisting their master in the destruction of the Multiverse.
Behind the scenes
- In the comics, the Shadow Demons are a race of silent killers enslaved by the Anti-Monitor, who have a pretty dark origin. They're essentially the warped essences of Weaponers, a race of aliens from the planet Qward.