Unlike the angelic hierarchy, the hierarchy of demons is not standard. Here are various versions of hierarchies of demons and each version brings forward a different concept, different naming scheme for demons and functions performed by them. But the common factor in each theory or study about demons is that they exist in a specific order or hierarchy, and are ranked. Somehow, one study revealed by occult practice, about the hierarchy of demons is most accepted, which puts forward a similar structure of hierarchy of demons, as of angels. This study is divided into levels and each level is populated by certain category of demons. The rulers of hell are considered to be the highest ranked demons. These demons are believed to have GOD like powers. Following are the levels proposed by this study:
He is believed to be the prince of the Seraphim, who tempts humans to give into heresy. He is opposed by St. Peters.
This demon is considered to tempt people for wantonness and he is opposed by Baptist St. John.
This demon is believed to be the prince of Thrones, who tempts humans for laziness and he is opposed by St. Bartholomew.
This class of demons is considered to be the prince of the Cherubim, who tempts people to be quarrelsome, and to commit murder. He is opposed by St. Barnabas.
This demon is considered to be the third prince of Thrones, who tempts humans with impurity and he is opposed by St. Bernard.
This category of demons tempts people with impatience and he is opposed by St. Dominic.
This demon is believed to be fourth prince of Thrones, who tempts men with hatred and he gets opposition from St. Stephen.
The prince of Powers who tempt people with rudeness and hardness of heart and gets opposition from both Saint Vincent and St. Vincent Ferrer.
Considered as the prince of Powers, this demon tempts men to shamelessness and obscenity, which gets opposition by St. John the Evangelist.
This demon is believed to be the prince of Dominions. He tempts people for breaking the vow of poverty. He is opposed by St. Martin.
This demon is considered to be the second in the order of Dominions. He tempts humans towards sexual impurity and gets opposition from by St. Basil.
The prince of Principalities, this demon tempts men against obedience. He is opposed by St. Bernard.
This demon was considered as the prince of Virtues. He tempts humans with arrogance, and tempts women to raise their kids as wantons, tempts them for vanity and for gossip during mass. He gets opposition by St. Francis de Paul.
Known as the prince of the Archangels, this demon tempts men with mercilessness and cruelty for the poor and he is opposed by St. Lawrence.
This demon is believed to be the prince of Angels. When Michaelis was writing, Iuvart, it is believed, that this demon was possessing Sister Madeleine.