Succubus vs. Incubus: What’s the difference?

Succubi and incubi have recently gained much attention in fiction and entertainment. Succubi are depicted as beautiful temptresses that seduce men to have sexual intercourse with them, while incubi are male creatures that have the same goal in mind as women.

Many people wonder what the difference between these mythical creatures is, and there are quite a few differences between succubi and incubi. Let’s take a look at what makes each one unique, starting with their common characteristics first.

Introduction To Succubus

A succubus is a demon who takes the form of a beautiful woman to seduce men. They are said to be experts in the art of love and use their powers to seduce men and drain them of their life force. Succubi are often associated with sexuality and temptation and are said to be able to control men with their charms. In this sense, they’re not so different from an incubus–in fact, some scholars believe that succubi were originally incubi.

The name succubus comes from the Latin word incuba, which means strangle. The name incubus comes from the Latin word incuba, which means to lie upon. Catholic theologians first used it to describe demons or evil spirits that would seduce women at night while they slept. It has also been suggested that these demons represent desires or temptations lying within us all. Many legends about vampires come from folklore about succubi.

There are many similarities between a succubus and an incubus, but also differences. Both types of supernatural beings have historically been depicted as being attracted to humans. Both can appear during dreams and make sexual advances on humans during sleep. However, while succubi and incubi prey on human victims for sustenance, one significant distinction is that a succubus actively seeks out sexual contact with humans (while an incubus does not). Some believe that this can explain why most tales about succubi involve rape or other forms of non-consensual sex.

Introduction To Incubus

The word incubus comes from Latin and means “to lie upon.” An incubus is a demon that lies upon a woman while she sleeps. The Incubus is said to possess her body and cause her to become pregnant. The incubus is often described as having a goat-like face and horns. There are many myths about how the incubus came into existence, but one popular belief is that the first humans on earth, Adam and Eve, were formed by a union of an angel (man) and a succubus (woman).

When God discovered this union, he condemned both angels to live on earth in human form as punishment for their disobedience. They would be able to seduce mortals who would then give birth to their offspring.
A succubus is the female counterpart of an incubus, and the term means a female demon who has sexual intercourse with men during sleep or nightmare. Unlike incubi, succubi are not believed to procreate, so they can’t give birth; instead, they steal semen from men without them knowing it.

Differences Between Succubus and Incubus

If you’re unfamiliar with these terms, a succubus is a female demon that seduces men to drain their life force, while an incubus is a male demon that seduces women for the same purpose. Though they are both demons, there are some critical differences between them.

  • First, a succubus drains life energy from males and may also inflict pain or physical harm, whereas an incubus only takes energy from females and has no other harmful effects.
  • Second, the word succubus comes from Latin words meaning to lie under, as opposed to incubus, which means to lie upon.
  • Furthermore, a succubus appears at night, and her victims are usually asleep when she attacks them. An incubus will attack his victim during the daytime if he can’t find anyone at night because he needs to have sex to survive. But since a succubus already drains the energy from her victim during the night, she doesn’t need to do it again.
  • Plus, a succubus uses her body as bait, so it’s easier for her to get close enough to feed on them.
  • Finally, though both types of demons typically have wings and horns (or sometimes neither), a succubus will always be naked (or wearing provocative clothing). At the same time, an incubus can be fully clothed.

Are They Real?

Whether or not you believe in succubi and incubi, they make for exciting creatures of folklore. Though there are many similarities, there are also some key differences. Here’s a quick rundown on each -Incubi generally appear in dreams as men and have sex with women to achieve orgasm -Often mistaken as an angel or demon, succubi take a female form to seduce men and achieve orgasm by draining energy -Known to be relatively harmless if approached correctly, incubi can be more dangerous than succubi because they can manifest into physical beings with immense strength. They may also change form at will to tempt their victim.

Which One Are You? (Answer Here!)

A succubus is a female demon that seduces men to drain their life force, while an incubus is a male demon that seduces women for the same purpose. Both are extremely attractive and often shape-shift to look like their victim’s ideal partner. So, which one are you? If you’re a woman with highly vivid, erotic dreams featuring a mysterious man, you may be visited by an incubus.

These visits can last from minutes to months and usually stop once the person has fallen in love with their lover. The incubus will leave once it senses that its desired effect has been achieved. On the other hand, if you’re a man who feels tired but gets aroused whenever you see someone of your gender or hear about them (even when it doesn’t have anything to do with sex), then you might be succumbing to temptations from a succubus.


Though they may seem similar, there are some key differences between succubi and incubi. Succubi are female demons who seduce men to drain their life force, while incubi are male demons who seduce women for the same purpose. Both can shapeshift and appear in human form, but succubi typically appear more conventionally attractive, while incubi may be more rough-looking.

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