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[[caption-width-right:350:Gabriel lets Mary know that VirginPower has its uses.]]

One of the best known angels (and one of three to be specifically named), Gabriel is the messenger of God. His most famous act was foretelling the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, though he appeared as early as the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Because he is explicitly mentioned as the angel who comes to earth to inform the people, in fiction he is often shown interacting with humans, in addition to the higher angels' role as warriors. Many also identify him as the angel of the Last Judgement, and with the Ministering Angel who came to Jesus in Gethsemane. Gabriel, known as Jibril, plays a similar role in UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} (he appears to Muhammad, and the revelations so transmitted are ''Literature/TheQuran'') and the Baha'i Faith. In Latter-day Saint theology, Gabriel is believed to have led a mortal life as Noah.

He (and nowadays sometimes "[[ShesAManInJapan she]]") is a PublicDomainCharacter, from ''Literature/TheBible'', of course, though his status as an Archangel is never specified in the book itself.

Gabriel has commonly been depicted heralding messages with a horn, so the Horn of Gabriel may show up in fiction quite a bit. Said horn is often granted the epithet "Gabriel's Horn of Truth", and is occasionally seen as being used to herald the coming of the apocalypse itself. Sometimes, instead of a trumpet, he's holding a lily or a cup (representing Mary's purity and femininity). Gabriel himself is strongly associated with {{Seers}}, prediction and clairvoyance in his messages.

Because of {{Meaningful Name}}s, characters named Gabriel have generally been good guys. However, since angels have largely shifted out of AlwaysLawfulGood territory in contemporary media, the name Gabriel has lost some of its street cred, particularly considering his links to [[DontFearTheReaper Death]] and being "[[ASinisterClue The Angel of God's Left Hand]]". Either way, these characters are Gabriel InNameOnly, so please don't list them here.

Also, as reading several of the examples below show, he tends to fill the "angel doing bad, bad things" role quite often these days for some reason.

Subtrope of CelestialParagonsAndArchangels. See his brethren in ArchangelMichael, ArchangelRaphael, ArchangelUriel, and (possibly) the FallenAngel version in Archangel Lucifer, aka {{Satan}}. Also take a look at OurAngelsAreDifferent.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* An important angel named Gabriel appears in ''SaintBeast'' but he's [[ZigZaggingTrope probably not]] modeled on the traditional Gabriel as the work's cosmology is a bit of a melting pot and this Gabriel actually allies himself with Lucifer and goes to Hell.
* Archangel Gabriel appears in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' [[spoiler:as "Misha Croitsef", modeling itself after a girl in Russia named Sasha Croitsef]] after a spell which forcibly casts angels out of Heaven is cast. It attempts to go back to Heaven by ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill casting the spell which destroyed Babylon]]'' [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill to kill the one responsible for the spell]]. Later on, it's properly summoned by [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right]] to restore the balance altered by the Star of Bethlehem. The entire might of France and England couldn't lay a scratch on it!
** Acqua of the Back, [[spoiler:William Orville]], is the member of God's Right Seat who pulls his power from Gabriel. He's explicitly stated to be just as skilled as Gabriel [[NoBiologicalSex itself]] at water magic.
** Also, it should be noted that every person stated to be aligned with the Archangel Gabriel have power over water.
* ''[[SixSixSixSatan 666 Satan]]'' features 10 demons and angels, one of which is Gabriel.
* Baguramon from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' is the Demonic inversion of Archangel Gabriel.
* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Archangel Gabriel appears as a spirit ally to minor character Meene Montgomery.
* Gabriel herself does not truly appear with all her memories in ''{{Angel Sanctuary}}'', but Sara is [[spoiler:her {{reincarnation}}, after being forced to...reincarnate...by Sevothatarte, for opposing his rule in Heaven. Sara temporarily uses her body, but Raphael restores her to her own body, and the body of Gabriel, also known as Jibril, is placed in the Water Garden again. We can assume that after Sara lives her happy, normal life with Setsuna that they finally achieved at the end of the manga, she will be restored to being Gabriel, with all her memories, when she dies.]]
* Gabriel is a woman in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' and she's considered as [[WorldsStrongestMan Heaven's Strongest Woman]] and [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Heaven's Most Beautiful Woman]] ([[InformedAttractiveness which we do not see her face at all]]). In this series, she's more of TheDitz considering that she didn't know that Issei was targeting her to pull off his [[ClothingDamage Dress Break]] on her (it didn't work of course as events conspired against Issei).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One of {{Galactus}}' heralds, Gabriel the Air-Walker. Besides the name and appearance, he comes complete with a horn that he uses to summon the PlanetEater.
* Gabriel appears in the comic book series ''{{Hellblazer}}'' as an arrogant snob in London. He is constantly being tormented of his thoughts if God ever created him to be a good angel of mankind, or a powerful heavenly killer. John Constantine later tricks him to sleeping with a succubi, where he got his heart ripped out of him. Although alive, Gabriel became under control of Constantine where he uses him in his fight against [[{{Satan}} Satan, First of the Fallen]]. He is killed in the process.
* Gabriel appears in a single panel near the end of ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' during a flashback. He was apparently supposed to form a trinity with Michael and Samael as the ones who carried out God's will, but appears to have fallen out of favour at some point. This is probably because ''Lucifer'', as part of the Vertigo imprint, needed to maintain continuity with other Vertigo comics, of which ''Hellblazer'' is one.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/ManchesterLost'', a ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fanfic, he appears as a DeadpanSnarker who gets annoyed by pretty much every single thing Michael says or does, and spends his life bemoaning his stupidity. [[spoiler: He's also been in love with him since the beginning of creation.]] He admits this eventually.
* In ''Fanfic/MisfiledDreams'', Rumisiel's fevered dream in the first chapter includes him and his brother defying their father, the Archangel Gabriel.
* Gabriel is referenced in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' as one of four Archangels (himself, Raphael, Michael, and Tephiroth) who lead the military forces of the Angel Federation. Gabriel is a diplomat and negotiator at heart who forges alliances between the Federation and other anti-Demon elements.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Legion}}'', Gabriel is the one sent to find and kill off the new savior baby during the angel apocalypse. [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] strongly objects.
* In 2007, the Australian film ''Gabriel'' tells the story of an "Arc" Angel who fights to bring light back to purgatory place where darkness rules and save the souls of the city's inhabitants. Actor Andy Whitfield portrays the title role. He's also a BadassLongcoat with a lot of firepower.
* In ''Film/TheProphecy'' trilogy, the angel Gabriel, played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, is portrayed as a villain and is jealous of humans for being {{God}}'s favorites and wishes to [[KillAllHumans destroy them all]]. In the second film, he is [[BroughtDownToNormal banished to be a human]]; this causes him to change his opinion of them. After helping Danyael out through the third movie, Gabriel is granted a second chance as an angel and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to Heaven once again]].
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', it is [[AngelUnaware implied]] that [[spoiler:Van Helsing is actually the angel Gabriel in human form.]]
* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', Gabriel is played by {{Bifauxnen}} TildaSwinton. [[spoiler: He resents God's love for an unworthy humanity and plots to release Hell on Earth [[WellIntentionedExtremist so that humanity can earn God's love.]] ]]
* Gabriel makes several appearances in ''Film/TheNativityStory'', naturally.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', John Milton made Gabriel, with horn, chief of the angelic guards placed over Paradise. He's really {{badass}}.
* The Hebrew poem ''Elifelet'' by Nathan Alterman, put to music and often heard on the Israeli Radio, tells of a heroic, self-sacrificing Israeli soldier being killed in battle. Upon the protagonist's death, the angel Gabriel descends to Earth, in order to comfort the spirit of the fallen hero and take him up to Heaven.
* Salman Rushdie's ''Literature/TheSatanicVerses'' has his main character be the modern incarnation of Gabriel.
* In ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'', he's actually God's second in command, and the one running the place while God is busy contemplating his own greatness for centuries on end.
* Mentioned in passing as the Messenger by Mab in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' after Uriel, most mysterious and probably most powerful of the Archangels drops by.
* In Katherine Kurtz' ''{{Deryni}}'' novels, Gabriel is invoked as the Angel of Water and the Angel of the South; he is the patron of the Gabrielites, a monastic order devoted to healing magic and pledged to non-violence.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' of course is the TropeMaker, making Gabriel OlderThanFeudalism. He is described as "one having the appearance of a man," with a tendency to make people fall down in fright. Usually, he has to reassure them and tell them not to be afraid. In addition to announcing the birth of {{Jesus}} in the New Testament, Gabriel first appeared to the prophet Daniel to help interpret his [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalyptic visions]] of the future.
* In Creator/AlexanderPushkin's humorous and blasphemous poem ''The Gabrieliad'', Gabriel is the main character sent to Virgin Mary by God to conceive (yes, physically) Jesus.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', we have Gabriel, an angelic hero with six wings. He's notably tight-lipped on his past and origins, but the villain Lucyfar (who claims to be the [[{{Satan}} Archangel Lucifer]]) insists that he is the Archangel Gabriel himself, and her divine brother. [[DatingCatwoman She also insists they're dating]] (''that'' part [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Gabriel denies]]).

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of the original 1959 ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', entitled "A Passage for Trumpet", trumpet player Joey Crown (played by Jack Klugman) makes a decision to live or die with the help of a trumpet player who later [[AngelUnaware turns out to be the angel Gabriel.]]
* In a Season 5 episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: the recurring character the Trickster]] is actually the Archangel Gabriel. His role as messenger seems to be fulfilled in his modus operandi, teaching the conceited that there are powers above them. Interestingly, he is also [[spoiler:[[NorseMythology the Norse God, Loki]]]]. Gabriel himself refers to this as his own personal "Witness Protection." Ultimately that he and Castiel are among the only angels who actually followed what God asked of them, which was to protect and serve humanity. Gabriel, however, goes from being the son who denies his true nature in order to hide from his dysfunctional family, to being a hero of mankind when he [[CrowningMomentofAwesome stands up to]] his brother [[ArchangelLucifer Lucifer]], who has long been bitter about the fact that God created humans and expected angels to serve them, and is in a longstanding rivalry with their brother [[ArchangelMichael Michael]].
--> '''Gabriel:''' Oh, I'm loyal. To them.
--> '''Lucifer:''' Who? These, so-called Gods?
--> '''Gabriel:''' To people, Lucifer. People.
--> '''Lucifer:''' So you're willing to die for a pile of cockroaches. Why?
--> '''Gabriel:''' Because Dad was right. They are better than us.
--> '''Lucifer:''' They are broken! Flawed! Abortions!
--> '''Gabriel:''' Damn right they're flawed, but a lot of them try. To do better. To forgive.... I've been riding the pine a long time, but I'm in the game now. And I'm not on your side, or Michael's. I'm on theirs.
--> '''Lucifer:''' Brother, don't make me do this.
--> '''Gabriel:''' No one makes us do anything.
** He also gets what is possibly the most hilarious line spoken between angels[[note]]Except for maybe Castiel calling the ArchangelMichael "Assbutt"[[/note]], when he says: "Lucifer, you're my brother and I love you, but ''[[{{Funny/Supernatural}} you are a great big bag of dicks.]]''"
** Gabriel's horn is later referenced to in season 6, though it is not seen or relevant to the plot, only assumed to be.
* Alluded to in an episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. [=McCoy=] jokes that he'd like to beam down to a planet and say "Behold, I am the archangel Gabriel."
--> '''Spock:''' "I fail to see the humor in that situation, Doctor."
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' "Naturally. You could hardly claim to be an angel with those pointed ears, Mister Spock. But say you landed someplace with a pitchfork..."
* ''Series/{{Dominion}}'', as the TV sequel to ''Legion'' (in the Film section above), continues to use Gabriel in the BigBad role. He blames mankind's sins for [[HaveYouSeenMyGod God's disappearance]], and intends to use his army of angels to finish the job started in the movie and wipe us out.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Two entirely separate Archangel Gabriels appear in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame''. However they're both officious creeps who'd like to see Satan somehow sent somewhere even ''worse'' than Hell.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''{{Witchcraft}}'' RPG, he is the biggest douche of the Archangels. [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard His machinations]] resulted in the creation of [[AncientConspiracy the Combine]], every evil conspiracy organization stereotype out there. His douchebaggery resulted in [[ArchangelMichael the archangel]] [[GenderBender Michelle]], leaving Heaven to form the Alliance.]]
** The worst part is that in the sequel, ''Armageddon'', it turns out he was thoroughly OutGambitted by [[ReligionOfEvil the Church Of Revelations]] (servants of the MadGod [[StockShoutOut Leviathan]]), and that not only was his pet project thoroughly infiltrated and subverted towards ''their'' cause, said pet project's asshattery towards all of humanity in general and the numerous mystical {{Ancient Tradition}}s running around specifically (including several {{false flag operation}}s so [[WeAreStrugglingTogether they'd fight each other]] instead of their true enemies) was as instrumental in the Church's unstoppable takeover of almost half the world early in the war, thereby ensuring that Leviathan's forces are dangerously close to victory - which wouldn't mean just TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but [[ApocalypseHow the total unmaking of reality]] [[CosmicHorrorStory and its recreation according to Leviathan's utterly alien will]].\\
Of course, even after this comes to light, Gabriel is still a HolierThanThou {{Jerkass}} KnightTemplar [[NeverMyFault who refuses to admit any fault in this]] and refuses to collaborate with anyone who doesn't worship [[TheFundamentalist (his personal version of)]] God's will and recognise him and the angels who side with him as their superiors in all things, further dividing the opposition to the Church of Revelations and marking him as dangerously close to being [[TooDumbToLive Too Haughty To Live]]. By comparison, even TheLegionsOfHell (who pretty much all hate humanity and non-{{fallen angel}}s on principle since the Fall) are pretty much on board with their EnemyMine situation with TheAlliance and other factions opposed to Leviathan.
* In ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', Gabriel is a MadOracle who lives in a Heavenly volcano. He may have been driven to madness by the persecution of the Archangel Dominic, who believes that Gabriel rewrote the Quran, or by the strain of sharing a Word with a Demon Prince. These days, Gabriel more frequently appears as a woman.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'' has a loose take on this character; its Archangels (usually called Les Laquais nowadays) are selfless guardians of Earthlings. The AllThereInTheManual backstory of the aerial cube act, the first big acrobatic setpiece in the show, is that of Gabriel resisting the temptations of TheVamp.
* Referenced in AugustWilson's ''{{Fences}}''.
* The ShowStopper number in ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'' is "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," about how Gabriel's trumpet saved the singer from sin.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, Gabriel is portrayed as the only female Seraph and, in the second installment, stands apart from the other Seraphim when their goals diverge from God's. This means, that, unfortunately for her, she has to ocasionally play the OnlySaneMan amongst the Four Archangels. When she doesn't join them in the KnightTemplar and WellIntentionedExtremist camp, of course.
** Generally appears as a Persona of the Empress Arcana in the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series. Except in ''[[{{Persona 2}} Persona 2: Eternal Punishment]]'', where her arcana is Judgment, to match Ellen's personal arcana.
* The ''DawnOfWar'' main campaign features a saintly (by Imperial standards) SpaceMarine named Gabriel Angelos. Now, the name might just be a coincidence, but the Emperor's Space Marines do refer to themselves as His "Angels of Death"...
* The ''StarOcean'' (and ''ValkyrieProfile'' and a few other Tria games) have a bonus boss named "Gabriel Celeste", one half of a duo and the lesser male HalfIdenticalTwin of an even stronger Angel BonusBoss named Iseria Queen. The "Celeste" part is to [[NamesTheSame differentiate]] from a PersonOfMassDestruction named after the angel Gabriel who was the boss of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''.
* The {{Eroge}} ''Makai Tenshi Djibril'' has an angel named Loveriel apparently transforming girls into the angel Djibril. It has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBGWD-Ef8T4 cute opening.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Gabriel appears in flashback as the father of [[TheStoner Rumisiel]] and [[KnightTemplar Vashiel]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sister Claire}}'', a female angel named Gabrielle comes to tell the titular character she's been selected as the next mother of the Messiah, and continues to communicate with her throughout the comic.
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[[folder:Other]]
* In mathematics, the trumpet-like shape generated by rotating the graph of 1/X around the X-axis is called Gabriel's Horn. It has infinite surface area but only finite volume, thereby linking the divine with the mortal.
* Gabriel and his horn are featured in the final line of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eyes_of_Texas The Eyes of Texas]]".
* Gabriel and/or his horn is often referenced in African-American spirituals.
* In {{Johnny Cash}}'s song Ain't No Grave, he commands, "Well, look down yonder, Gabriel, Put your feet on the land and sea, But Gabriel, don't you blow your trumpet, Until you hear from me."
* A heckler once told Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies "I wouldn't vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel!" Menzies replied, "If I were the Archangel Gabriel, you wouldn't be in my constituency."
* In many [[TarotCards tarot decks]], particularly the famous Rider-Waite version, the card "Judgement" depicts Gabriel blowing on his horn to announce the Day of Reckoning.
* In some versions of the ''Little Bunny Foo Foo'' children's poem, Gabriel replaces the more commonly used good fairy. He reprimands the titular character and threatens to turn him into a goon or (in some versions) goose for bopping the mice on the head.
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