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7th May '16 9:22:55 PM dclark
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** Jesus himself used a figurative version of this as AnAesop once: On Judgement Day, he separates the "sheep" (those to be saved) and the "goats" (those to be destroyed). He tells the sheep that they're being saved because hey fed him when he was hungry, clothed him when he was naked, sheltered him when he was homeless, visited him in prison, etc. The sheep, confused, say they never remember doing any of this, and he explains that they did these things for the least of his followers- [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and as far as he's concerned, that's just as good as doing it for him]]. The goats get just the opposite; seeing his followers in the same desperate situations and ignoring them is considered just as bad as ignoring Jesus himself in that situation.
29th Apr '16 1:13:25 PM justanid
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->''Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.''
-->-- '''[[Literature/TheBible Hebrews 13:2, KJV]]'''

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->''Be ->''"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.''
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-->-- '''[[Literature/TheBible ''[[Literature/TheBible Hebrews 13:2, KJV]]'''
13:2 (KJV)]]''



See also GodWasMyCopilot, where the supernatural aspect is revealed after a long period of appearing normal.

Compare KingIncognito. SubTrope of SecretIdentity. Also compare DamselErrant and ManicPixieDreamGirl. SuperTrope to GodWasMyCopilot and LouisCypher.

If the ''angel'' [[IThoughtItMeant is unaware that they are an angel]], it falls under IAmWho

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See also GodWasMyCopilot, where the supernatural aspect is revealed after a long period of appearing normal.

Compare KingIncognito.
SubTrope of SecretIdentity. Also compare DamselErrant and ManicPixieDreamGirl.SecretIdentity. SuperTrope to GodWasMyCopilot and LouisCypher.

If Compare DamselErrant, KingIncognito, and ManicPixieDreamGirl. Contrast with IAmWho if the ''angel'' [[IThoughtItMeant is unaware that they are an angel]], it falls under IAmWho
angel]]. See also GodWasMyCopilot, where the supernatural aspect is revealed after a long period of appearing normal.
24th Apr '16 5:27:55 AM MJTR
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* The music video for ''[[Music/WithinTemptation Within Temptations's]] song "Utopia" follows an old man in a suit wandering through a city. As he walks, he encounters prostitution, drug trade, theft and other crimes, but is only a passive witness. Near the end, he stands next to a mother and her child next to a busy street, when the kid drops and then stoops down to pick up a toy. The man grabs him and pulls him up just in time to keep him from being killed by a speeding truck and instantly disappears thereafter.
10th Mar '16 2:21:17 PM Willbyr
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* In a somewhat... different example of this trope, [[spoiler: Rei Ayanami]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is implied - but never outright stated - to be a somewhat different breed of "Angel". And while you are chewing on that and that infamous ending and movie sequel, somehow Anno manages to sneak in a little piece of information that [[spoiler: everybody is an angel, since humanity descended from the second angel, Lilith, just like all the other angels descend from Adam.]]
** In the Director's Cut version of Episode 24, Kaworu Nagisa spills the beans more explicitly. [[spoiler: He states that Rei Ayanami is the same as him, and that they have "both taken the forms of the Lilin (humans) on this planet". Kaworu is revealed to be the 17th Angel, and the Seele monoliths state that he is the vessel of the soul of Adam, the first Angel. Misato in End of Evangelion finds out that human life comes from an Angel called Lilith, just like Adam. Putting two and two together, Rei, the only one of her series of clones to have a soul, was an Angel with Lilith's soul.]]
* ''BlackButler:'' [[spoiler:Angela Blanc]] turns out to be this. So is [[spoiler: Ash Landers.]] They are also both very [[spoiler:evil]] and perverse.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
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In a somewhat... different example of this trope, [[spoiler: Rei [[spoiler:Rei Ayanami]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is implied - but never outright stated - to be a somewhat different breed of "Angel". And while you are chewing on that and that infamous ending and movie sequel, somehow Anno manages to sneak in a little piece of information that [[spoiler: everybody [[spoiler:everybody is an angel, Angel, since humanity descended from the second angel, Angel, Lilith, just like all the other angels Angels descend from Adam.]]
** In the Director's Cut version of Episode 24, Kaworu Nagisa spills the beans more explicitly. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He states that Rei Ayanami is the same as him, and that they have "both taken the forms of the Lilin (humans) on this planet". Kaworu is revealed to be the 17th Angel, and the Seele SEELE monoliths state that he is the vessel of the soul of Adam, the first Angel. Misato in End ''End of Evangelion Evangelion'' finds out that human life comes from an Angel called Lilith, just like Adam. Putting two and two together, Rei, the only one of her series of clones to have a soul, was an Angel with Lilith's soul.]]
* ''BlackButler:'' ''Manga/BlackButler:'' [[spoiler:Angela Blanc]] turns out to be this. So is [[spoiler: Ash Landers.]] They are also both very [[spoiler:evil]] and perverse.
8th Jan '16 10:42:40 AM tromag
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** Specifically, they are said to be three apostles who were promised by Christ that they'd be allowed to live and remain on earth until the SecondComing. This means you ''could'', at any point, run into any or all of these immortal apostles, without knowing who they are.
2nd Jan '16 6:06:08 PM nombretomado
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* The homeless girl in the episode "So-Called Angels" of ''MySoCalledLife''. Probably.
* In the finale of ''AshesToAshes'', [[spoiler: Gene Hunt is revealed as a deceased human who, although having no conscious knowledge of it, has acted as a guide and protector of the other cops stumbling across him in cop purgatory. He fully and knowingly takes up the mantle by series' end]].
* There's a recurring homeless woman who might be this in ''SonsOfAnarchy'' if [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane she's not just crazy]].

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* The homeless girl in the episode "So-Called Angels" of ''MySoCalledLife''.''Series/MySoCalledLife''. Probably.
* In the finale of ''AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes'', [[spoiler: Gene Hunt is revealed as a deceased human who, although having no conscious knowledge of it, has acted as a guide and protector of the other cops stumbling across him in cop purgatory. He fully and knowingly takes up the mantle by series' end]].
* There's a recurring homeless woman who might be this in ''SonsOfAnarchy'' ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' if [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane she's not just crazy]].
19th Dec '15 3:33:58 PM WillBGood
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A character or entity that is implied to be, but never explicitly described or defined as, an angelic being or divine messenger. Sometimes [[GodWasMyCopilot revealed as such]] in the end of the story, but not always, leaving open the question of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane. All in all, a good reason to be [[SacredHospitality nice to your guests]], and BewareTheNiceOnes. If the characters GaveUpTooSoon, [[DramaticIrony only the audience will know]].

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A character or entity that is implied to be, but never explicitly described or defined as, an angelic being or divine messenger. Sometimes [[GodWasMyCopilot revealed as such]] such in the end of the story, but not always, leaving open the question of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane. All in all, a good reason to be [[SacredHospitality nice to your guests]], guests, and BewareTheNiceOnes. If the characters GaveUpTooSoon, [[DramaticIrony only the audience will know]].
5th Dec '15 10:16:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''LoveActually'', Creator/RowanAtkinson's character is an angel, though it was more explicit in the original script. The only thing that was altered in his 'storyline' is a shot of him fading away as he walks off at the end.

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* In ''LoveActually'', ''Film/LoveActually'', Creator/RowanAtkinson's character is an angel, though it was more explicit in the original script. The only thing that was altered in his 'storyline' is a shot of him fading away as he walks off at the end.



* The Man In White in ''PiratesOfTheGreatSaltLake''. He's assumed to be a MagicalNativeAmerican, at least until FridgeBrilliance sets in.
* In ''AlmostAnAngel'', former bank robber Terry Dean is convinced that he's died and been sent back to earth as an angel. Most of the other characters think he's just a eccentric, but accept him since he's a pretty nice guy despite the crazy. The last few minutes of the movie reveal that, indeed, he's an angel for real.

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* The Man In White in ''PiratesOfTheGreatSaltLake''.''Film/PiratesOfTheGreatSaltLake''. He's assumed to be a MagicalNativeAmerican, at least until FridgeBrilliance sets in.
* In ''AlmostAnAngel'', ''Film/AlmostAnAngel'', former bank robber Terry Dean is convinced that he's died and been sent back to earth as an angel. Most of the other characters think he's just a eccentric, but accept him since he's a pretty nice guy despite the crazy. The last few minutes of the movie reveal that, indeed, he's an angel for real.



* ''PaleRider'': The "Preacher" rides out of the mountains on a pale horse as Megan prays for help against Lahood's men, and there are heavy implications that [[spoiler:he is a dead gunfighter sent back to Earth]].

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* ''PaleRider'': ''Film/PaleRider'': The "Preacher" rides out of the mountains on a pale horse as Megan prays for help against Lahood's men, and there are heavy implications that [[spoiler:he is a dead gunfighter sent back to Earth]].
20th Nov '15 7:34:57 PM Gideoncrawle
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->''Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained [[TropeNamer angels unaware]]s.''

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->''Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained [[TropeNamer angels unaware]]s.unawares.''
20th Nov '15 9:52:17 AM PurrElise
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheForgottenToys'' the old, homeless man Teddy and Annie meet is heavily implied to be Santa Claus.
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