Malacoda (Evil Tail in Italian) is one of Lucifer's top lieutenants in the circle of Fraud when summoned by a demonic Beatrice upon Dante's arrival. Dante must face down two during his journey through the Malebolge. They rank only second highest in terms of sheer power. They resemble wingless Arch Demons, yet they also possess a shield of flames that surrounds them with a fiery protection that leaves them protected from Scythe attacks until it has been sufficiently reduced by the Cross.
- In "The Inferno", Malacoda was the leader of the Malebranche (the demons of the eighth circle). Dante and Virgil encounter him, along with other Malebranche demons, in the fifth pit of the eighth circle.