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All coins have two sides. And for the rulers of {{Hell}}[=/=]TheUnderworld[=/=]a bad place who call themselves DemonLordsAndArchDevils, there are these guys.

They're the top [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] (or angel-like beings) around and can usually be found as the heads of a CouncilOfAngels. The one thing they have in common is that they can [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking kick a whole lot of ass]] and are usually the {{Big Good}}s of the setting.

Although it's best to keep in mind, as with the case of an AscendedDemon, you may have a few of the FallenAngel version of these running around, which is bad news for the heroes. They might also suffer from TheGodsMustBeLazy as well, or be JerkassGods for the really unhelpful ones.

See the most famous examples in ArchangelMichael, ArchangelGabriel, ArchangelRaphael, ArchangelUriel, and (possibly) the FallenAngel version in [[{{Satan}} Archangel Lucifer]].

See also OurAngelsAreDifferent, OurGodsAreGreater, CouncilOfAngels, CelestialBureaucracy, DivineRanks, FantasyPantheon and it's InvertedTrope, DemonLordsAndArchDevils.

Also of note, this trope is to BigGood[=/=]{{God}} as DemonLordsAndArchDevils is to BigBad[=/=]{{Satan}}.

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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The angels in ''ShadeTheChangingMan'' are smug, brute-force manipulators who don't even bother attempting to appeal to morality or necessity. They brought Shade back to life but also made him crazier by taking a piece of his mind to control him with. They resurrected Kathy and withheld the MindRape memories so intense they ''killed'' her, then extorted her with them to make her keep Shade under control. They're such JerkassGods that they make [[DealWithTheDevil a bargain with an]] FauxAffablyEvil Devil seem sane by comparison.
* The Black Hosts and the Archangels they work for are good guys in ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' comics. They rarely show up and even more rarely do they do anything, [[DeusExMachina unless there is no other way to stop]] a DownerEnding or if they have {{Fallen| Angel}}, but those who fall are considered "former". Some of the arch angels get away with a lot of JerkAss activity without losing their rank but most of them seem to be pretty nice. Archangels are also responsible for appointing the angels of death.
** Marvel's traditional angel of death Azrael (from Venus comics and later Wolverine's) is a red devil looking guy who can only spend limited time on Earth and is known mostly for getting beat up by people who are not ready to die yet or by people who find him blocking the way to a fountain of youth. [[AndIMustScream He spitefully leaves the souls of those who beat him in their rotting corpses]] [[GoodThingYouCanHeal but to his frustration, Wolverine's heals]]. The Dark Angel Of Death (from the Hell's Angel/Dark Angel comics), is a shadowy {{reality warper}} who comes off as a {{manipulative bastard}} [[ApocalypseHow whose games might destroy the universe]] but is truly [[DarkIsNotEvil a generous guy]] [[GuileHero sabotaging]] one of [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Mephisto's]] schemes. The third was a form taken on by Nobel Kale while in the [[{{hell}} splinter realms]], [[SatanIsGood where he ruled benevolently]] until the demons rose up and banished him to Earth.
** Angels are also affiliated with the Asuras([[SpellMyNameWithAnS probably meant ahura]]), embodiments of goodness which stand guard at the gates of heaven and the spirits of vengeance, the ones most likely to appear and act on panel.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* Archangels have showed up in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', particularly in seasons 5-6. The only resident Archangels are ArchangelMichael and ArchangelRaphael. Lucifer is still one even after [[FallenAngel his fall]], but is no longer part of the Heavenly Host. ArchangelGabriel went missing too. Interestingly, [[ArchangelUriel Uriel]] is present, but is not an Archangel. It's implied that they have a full celestial hierarchy except for the [[HaveYouSeenMyGod missing God]]. Castiel works for Zachariah and Anna refers to having been his superior, while Zachariah works for the Archangels, Michael in particular.
* ''EternalLaw'' has angels in disguise - mostly - as lawyers.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Tolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' features the Valar, the most powerful beings in existence behind [[{{God}} Eru]]. [[FallenAngel Morgoth]] ([[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron's]] boss), happened to be [[{{Satan}} the most powerful of them, and rebelled against his maker]].
* Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, and Uriel are invoked by name during rituals in the {{Deryni}} novels. They variously manifest as pillars of light, or elements (earth, air, fire and water), or a luminous beings that seem to have wings. They are identified with compass points or the Four Winds as well as the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water):
** Raphael is associated with Air, the east, and the colour gold. When Deryni conjure a ritual circle, they start and end with his position. He's also associated with healing, so he gets particular mention when Rhys and Evaine dedicate their newborn Healer son Tieg in the short story "Healer's Song".
** Gabriel is associated with Water, the west and the colour blue. His patron is the Virgin Mary, because he delivered the news that she would bear the Son of God. Kelson takes Gabriel's position in Liam's ''killijŠlay'' in ''King Kelson's Bride''.
** Michael is associated with Fire, the south and the colour red. He is the patron and namesake of the Michaelines, a [[TheOrder militant religious order]] that functioned like a cross between the Jesuits and the Templars. Kelson summons Michael by name to destroy Sidana's ring in ''King Kelson's Bride''.
** Uriel is associated with Earth, the north, and the colour green. When [[spoiler: King Cinhil]] dies during a ritual, Uriel is seen escorting his soul from the circle to join the souls of his deceased wife and son.
* The Archangels and the ever-elusive Almighty in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', who prefer to work InMysteriousWays so far. Non-religious Harry identifies them as "powerful beings of Nevernever", on par with the Faerie Queens and beyond.
** Stronger. Uriel is powerful enough to destroy entire galaxies, though it's not not clear if the other Archangels are at his level of power. It is suggested by Mab, the Winter Queen, that he is the most dangerous of all the Archangels, primarily because he's the craftiest. Possibly worth noting is that even among the Archangels, there is a hierarchy, or at least defined roles. Uriel is the protector of Freewill and will do anything in his power and limits to complete this duty. It has led him to be their wetworks guy.
* In the ''YoungWizards'' series there's the Winged Defender, a.k.a. the [[{{God}} One's]] Champion ([[AllMythsAreTrue a.k.a. Thor, a.k.a. Athena, a.k.a. the archangel Micheal]]). S/He only rarely intervenes directly, since fully manifesting strains the fabric of reality almost to the breaking point, but when ''does'' s/he has no problem kicking the ass of the [[{{Satan}} Lone Power]]. In addition to occasionally kicking the ass of the BigBad, his/her responsibilities include granting the titular wizards their power ([[AllMythsAreTrue which was the inspiration for the legend of Prometheus]]), and also keeping the TrueName of {{God}} in several separate pieces, since the sheer power radiated by God's whole name would [[ApocalypseHow destroy entire universes]].
* Played with in ''HisDarkMaterials'' - there's good angels and bad angels. The 'lead' angel has [[spoiler: usurped god]] and rides around in his floating fortress.
* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''ProsperosDaughter'', Miranda is quite shocked to learn that one being Mephisto can summon is Uriel. [[spoiler:At the end, he gives instructions to Astreus, who had been rather high-ranking himself.]]
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens,'' these are Aziraphale's bosses.
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[[folder: Mythology]]
* Judaic/Christianic lore found in [[Literature/TheBible the Old and New Testaments]] was both the TropeCodifier and half the TropeNamer.
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[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons'', [[TropeNamer obviously]]. Specifically, we have:
** The Celestial Hebdomad for the LawfulGood archons. These seven, one for each of the Seven Heavens of Celestia, most closely resemble the traditional Christian concept of archangels.
** Talisid and the Five Companions, paragons of the NeutralGood guardinals.
** The Court of Stars, leaders of the ChaoticGood eladrins. They're more like fairy lords than angels, but embody ChaoticGood all the same.
* The Archangels in ''TabletopGame/InNomine''. They are much more powerful than regular angels, but are Word-bound (forced to operate in accordance with their descriptive Word) and thus limited in thought and action.
* The Angels are the Imperators of Heaven in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}''- though in a case of [[LightIsNotGood Light Is Not (Exactly) Good]], they are ''just'' above all else. The schism that resulted in the [[FallenAngel Fallen Angels]] existing (at least in third edition) was that some of the angels loved everyone, even the corrupt... and for this, they were cast into Hell.
* Considering the SpaceMarines of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are often considered to be the GodEmperor's [[{{Badass}} Angels of Death]], it would logically dictate that his 20 PhysicalGod sons that were the genetic templates for the SpaceMarine Legions would be his [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Archangels]] (and It's especially evident with Sanguinius, Primarch of the Blood Angels, who happens to be a WingedHumanoid). Of course, once Chaos had come about in the HorusHeresy, half of them went the other [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils route]]...
** If the {{Space Marine}}s are considered to be [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], then the Living Saints can be considered to be the Emperor's actual Archangels.
* ''PrometheanTheCreated'' features ''qashmallim'', who are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent not-quite-but-maybe angels]] serving [[InMysteriousWays a cosmic Principle]]. There are arch-''qashmal'' as well, and when they show up, something big happens... [[SubvertedTrope though not necessarily nice]]. The book lists an example of an entire city convening to build an edifice before leaping off of it, and one adventure features [[spoiler: an arch-''qashmal'' about to irradiate all of Detroit unless the Prometheans make a sacrifice]].
* The {{Exalted}}, Celestials in general and Solars in particular, were this during the First Age. Sort of. And in the Age of Sorrows, the golden Chosen also come in nihilist black and hellfire green...
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has the angels acting as the antagonists. Each angel even has its own page to tell us where in the hierarchy it rests.
* Abbadon and Azrael in ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}''.
* A staple in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Whether they mean well for humans varies between games]].
** Most notably, the ArchangelGabriel and Remiel are often presented as the [[OnlySaneMan only sane guys]] in the Law faction. Most other angels are utterly subsumed to {{God}}'s will, and either are demented {{Knight Templar}}s of the worst kind, outright despise every living being with free will, or both.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The BigBad of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody is a Celestial Paragon who cause disasters ForTheEvulz, out of boredom. But then Tenshi is [[OurAngelsAreDifferent kinda different]]...
* The Angiris Council of the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' universe rules the High Heavens.
** Imperius is the Archangel of Valor, who believes in "blood for blood" when it comes to demons, and is probably the biggest jerk on the council, especially when it comes to humans.
** Tyrael is the Archangel of Justice, and one of the only angels who actually gives a damn about humanity, to the point that [[spoiler:he becomes one in ''III'' to aid humanity directly against Hell]].
** Auriel is the Archangel of Hope, and the other main proponent for humanity. Without Malthael, she's the one tasked with keeping the Angiris Council together.
** Itherael is the Archangel of Fate, who is in charge of angelic records and divining the future of Sanctuary.
** Malthael, the Archangel of Wisdom and once the leader of the Angiris Council. He disappeared soon after the Worldstone did, and his whereabouts were unknown until [[spoiler:he resurfaced as the Angel of Death in ''Reaper of Souls'', having gone evil and seeking to destroy humanity and the Nephalem]].
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