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In any work featuring both angels and demons, most of the time the angel will be female (or at least more feminine or androgynous) and the demon will be male (or at least more masculine).

The primary reason for this is that angels are supposedly beautiful, refined, merciful and noble creatures, while demons (even if they are being portrayed as AffablyEvil) are ugly, rude, crude, callous and mean. [[PositiveDiscrimination Traditionally]], the [[WomenAreWiser former traits are considered feminine]] while the latter traits are considered masculine. All of this ignores the androgynous and sexless nature of angels, and that [[FallenAngel demons and angels were originally the same]].

Often, even when an angel is portrayed as being male, he will still be played by a woman. {{Aver|ted Trope}}sions generally seem to occur when heaven is represented as some kind of [[CelestialBureaucracy bureaucracy]]. When PlayedForLaughs, the relationship between the angels and demons will be portrayed as a friendly rivalry that inevitably leads to [[{{Rule 34}} se...]] [[LastSecondWordSwap um...]] [[OppositesAttract romance]].

In the rare cases where the genders are inverted, the angel will be indeed more masculine than the usual standard but he will mostly be here to highlight that GoodIsNotNice and will often be [[TheStoic cold and unemotional]]. The demoness, on the other hand, will mostly be a [[TheVamp sexoholic]], at best a ManipulativeBitch if non-sexualized, but she will seldom be portrayed as ''physically'' dangerous as her male counterpart. And don't expect any [[DatingCatwoman romance]] between them if they ever happen to be on "friendly" terms because MyGirlIsNotASlut.

Inversions also often occur with occult motiffs, as light is traditionally masculine and darkness [[DarkIsNotEvil traditionally]] [[TheSacredDarkness feminine]].[[note]]More often than not, though, historical depictions tended to just make both sides male[[/note]]

Naturally, this trope often carries the UnfortunateImplication that [[DoubleStandard women are good and men are evil]]. Additionally, it could be said that WishFulfillment may come into play as well when there's romance involved ie the classical plot of [[ReformedRakes a caring and merciful woman who redeems an evil man with love]]. And since the reverse doesn't exist in fiction, the message is clearly that [[BrokenAesop a good man would never bother with redeeming an evil woman, or give her any time of the day to begin with.]] Or arguably, this is where AllMenArePerverts meets with [[HornyDevils if she ain't broke, don't fix her]].

Notice EvilSoundsDeep.

Couple this trope with AllMenArePerverts and you get HornyDevils. Applicable to [[AllWomenAreLustful gender inversions]] as well, as said above. If people ship the two, that's AngelDevilShipping.

A subtrope of OurAngelsAreDifferent, OurDemonsAreDifferent.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''{{Wish}}'', the angels are specifically androgynous, but since Tokyopop decided that would be too hard to do in English, angels were all referred to with feminine pronouns and demons male ones, except for the demon catgirls. (And yes, the romance does indeed occur.)
* The cosmology of ''{{Mnemosyne}}'' is similar to this: although men infected by time spores are referred to as "angels", they are much closer to the mindless, savage demon image, while immortal women tend to be refined and benevolent. Moreover, when Rin becomes the Yggdrasil Guardian and sprouts wings of her own, hers are much closer in appearance to classical pure-white angelic wings than the blood-red stubbled ones of the "angels" (though they are still pinkish-white, not pure white).
* In ''ViolinistOfHameln'', Hamel is a demon, after their father's side, while Sizer is an angel, after their mother's side.
* Go Nagai's Anime/{{Devilman}} had naked, beautiful hermaphrodite angels. Meanwhile, the demons (who absorb the bodies of their victims to "evolve" into stronger forms) look like Darwin on LSD.
* The Angel and Devil from ''Webcomic/NowhereBoy''.
* The front cover of the English translation of ''PrettyFace''.
* Inverted in ''MyBalls'', the demons (including Satan) are female, EvilIsSexy HornyDevils. There are only two angels shown and both are male, [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] is an old man, and [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] is a {{Bishonen}}.
** Actually there was a female angel shown in an omake chapter [[spoiler: and Satan becomes an angel again in the end.]]
* Not played completely straight but kind of in ''KamikazeKaitouJeanne''.
* Played straight in ''Manga/BlackButler'' with the male demon Sebastian and the female angel, Angela. That is, until near the end of the first season of the anime, when [[spoiler:Ash, the Queen's butler/bodyguard is revealed to be Angela in male form - so it's really Hermaphroditic Angel Male Demon]]. The angels in this series are KnightTemplar and so very, very LightIsNotGood.
* This is averted in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt.''' It's female angels and female demons, in this show.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Angela and Gabrielle in ''{{Spawn}}''.
* Inverted in ''{{Preacher}}'', where Genesis is the offspring of a male angel and a female demon.
** Arguably inverted again almost back again, as the angel proves to be a bit of an asshole and the demon seems a nicer entity.
* ''PS238'''s CaptainErsatz of Genesis, Malphast, has the same set of parents, taken even further. The two are HappilyMarried and [[FriendlyEnemy Friendly Enemies]] of each other. When other mortals come into contact with them, they are about equally manipulative (not to mention both are good sports about the certainty that their better half will undoubtedly manipulate them in the other direction).
* The title force of ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' always has a male host, who can create hordes of goblin-like creatures. On the other hand it's opposite number [[LightIsNotGood The Angelus]] is always female, and she and her creations appear angelic. Though we also get at least one female demon, and the male [[EnfantTerrible Legion of the Cherub Hostile]].
* MarvelComics' cosmic deities include Mistress Love and Master Hate, the living embodiments of their namesake emotions whose appearances and temperaments play directly to this image.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', the ArchangelGabriel is specifically portrayed as androgynous, but is played by TildaSwinton.
** Lucifer, on the other hand, is undoubtedly male.
** There are other angels in the film that are definitely male as well, such as that one paramedic and in a cut scene [[spoiler:Shia Lebouef's character]] became one post mortem.
* Sort of subverted in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' in that the angels (and the demons) are all androgynes... but they're all played by men. (Serendipity, played by the very female Salma Hayek, is also sexless... but Hayek is neither an angel nor a demon but a Muse.)
** God appears as both a man and a woman, as well.
* In ''Film/LittleNicky'', all devils are humanoid males, demons are mostly humanoid males but occasionally monsters of ambiguous gender, and angels are [[ValleyGirl Valley Girls]].
* Subverted in the remake of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}''. Satan is played by ElizabethHurley. She plays chess with a man implied to be God. [[spoiler:The man appeared earlier as Elliot's cellmate]].
** Extra nice because while ElizabethHurley is sexy and plays up the sexy a lot, she's not really a HornyDevil, but just using another form of manipulation (and Fanservice).
** And at one point, she appears as a masculine devil, possibly implying that gender is not a big part of what God or the Devil are.
* In the MadeForTVMovie ''Child Of Darkness, Child Of Light'', the titular children turn out to be, respectively, a boy and a girl.
* In ''Don't Tempt Me'' (originally titled ''Bendito Infierno''), the two main characters, are both female. It's later revealed that the demon is actually male, as part of his punishment in hell was having to be a waitress there for many years.
* Averted in the Richard Burton ''Doctor Faustus'' where the Devil is played by Elizabeth Taylor.
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Inverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The only angel we see is Uriel, portrayed by a man, and the primary demon (actually a FallenAngel) is the female Lasciel. Uriel is Heaven's wetworks guy, probably the least 'masculine' of the primary angels (also featuring Raphael, Michael, Gabriel, the usual suspects). Lasciel, along with a number of other Fallen, (such as Tessa,) are terrifying and badass. They often do play up the sex gig, but it doesn't define their character. It's more zig-zagged than actually inverted, as per usual with Butcher's fantasy-kitchen-sink approach.
** However, an Angel of Death appears female, and there are many male demons.
** The [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Fae]] (and their queens, all six of them) generally avert this, but they do occasionally play it straight by take any chance (or technique) to get a certain Chicago wizard on their side. The males nobles? Disguise themselves and lead him into a trap, then later join up and lead a cavalry charge against Harry.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' gives us Crowley (demon) and Aziraphale (angel)... both of whom have taken male forms. Aziraphale, however, is written as the more effeminate of the pair. [[SlashFic Of course, they get paired together]].
** Aziraphale is described as "gayer than a tree full of monkeys high on nitrous oxide"
* One of Creator/TomHolt's books has a female angel (who's frankly kind of a bitch) and Oscar the demon (who's a bit...off). [[spoiler:They get together in the end; this is why you should always ''listen'' to someone whose day job involves a bestselling LovePotion.]]
* Inverted by Creator/WilliamShakespeare in [[GoodAngelBadAngel Sonnet 114]]:
-->Two loves I have of comfort and despair,\\
Which like two spirits do suggest me still:\\
The better angel is a man right fair,\\
The worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.\\
To win me soon to hell, my female evil\\
Tempteth my better angel from my side,\\
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,\\
Wooing his purity with her foul pride...
* The ''Daughter of Smoke and Bone'' trilogy by Laini Taylor has the rare inversion; a boy angel (or seraph) meets a girl demon (or chimaera) and they fall in love. [[spoiler: Things haven't gone well for them so far.]]

* In "The Second Summoning" by Tanya Huff, the first sex between the Keeper and the Hero calls an angel down from heaven. As a counterbalance, a young female demoness is brought up from Hell. Eventually each of them becomes a "neutral" terrestrial-- the angel is a cat familiar to another Keeper, the demoness is a normally rebellious female teenager. They drift apart. The cat is a character in the third novel, "The Long Hot Summoning", the ex-demoness is nowhere to be seen. ]]

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* One ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode has two guardians of [[EldritchAbomination The Hollow]], a female angel representing Good and a male demon representing Evil. Of course in this case it only appears to be symbolic, as both guardians are neutral, having dedicated their lives to preventing The Hollow from being released by either side.
* The ''MST3K'' short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbFxQtbwa5g "Out of This World"]] follows the trope, although the theology is rather sketchy.
* {{Averted}}[=/=]{{Inverted}} in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Most of the angels we've seen have taken male humans as their hosts, and demons' hosts are more-or-less split 50/50. (The demons [[spoiler: were originally damned human souls hopelessly corrupted by spending centuries in hell, and the humans they once were are again split between men and women]]. We haven't seen the angels in their true form, but it's suggested to approach EldritchAbomination territory.)
** {{Inverted}} in the episode "Caged Heat" where the male angel Castiel gets French-kissed by a female demon. To be sure, the two of them have displayed [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] signals long before that episode. Inverted in general by Ruby, Meg, Abaddon, and Lilith.
** Played straight with Anna, who is the first female angel we see, and is probably the nicest ([[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds at first]]]]). There are more female angels besides her, but they are either villainous (Naomi) or not featured enough for us to know much about their personalities (Hester and Rachel)
** ArchangelRaphael is in a male vessel most of the time, but after that vessel is destroyed, he spends a couple of episodes [[GenderBender in a female one.]]
* Inverted in the ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' episode ''"Let the Games Begin"''. A male angel and a female demon have a contest over a man's soul. They get together at the end of the episode.


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[[folder: Mythology]]
* Ma'at and Apep in EgyptianMythology
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[[folder: Music ]]

* Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Beethoven's Last Night" features a female angel and the male demon Mephistopheles.
** That's not an angel, that's the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification incarnation of Fate]]. And her son {{Twist| Ending}} is the same sort of being.
* Extreme metal bands that use the SopranoAndGravel, with the female vocalists doing soft vocals while the male ones do harsh vocals invoke this trope in a symbolic manner.

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[[folder: Pinball]]

* In ''Pinball/{{Junkyard}}'', an angel and demon [[GoodAngelBadAngel advise you on what junk to collect next]].

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Averted in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'', where both sides were both genders. Granted, the demons ''started'' as angels. This is a Abrahamic world... to an extent.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Infernum}}'' where angels can be genderless or of either gender, while all demons except [[HornyDevils Malcubi]] are genderless. Also, there is no artwork of female angels in any of the rulebooks, and many female demons (some of which are FanDisservice -- such as one 'she-demon' that is basically a four-breasted wolf-woman with tentacles instead of legs).
** Inverted by Riethii and Purity, a fallen angel and a [[HornyDevils succubus]] who [[UnholyMatrimony fell in what passes for love in Hell]] before [[spoiler:Purity [[YouHaveFailedMe killed Riethii for screwing up]].]]
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', all angels are female (with the exception of one AlternateUniverse and one instance of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness). This was one of the first notable appearances of female angels as ''warriors'', which remains a nearly universal trait of angels in ''Magic''. Their clothing has varied from {{Stripperiffic}} ([[http://magiccards.info/pch/en/92.html Razia]]) to, more frequently, [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3A%22angel%22&s=cname&v=card&p=2 full plate armor]]. Demons are usually so twisted and monstrous that questions of sex hardly arise, but those that do have a human or semi-human appearance are almost all male.
** Innistrad prominently feature a conflict between the archangel [[http://magiccards.info/avr/en/6.html Avacyn]] and the obviously male archdemon [[http://magiccards.info/avr/en/106.html Griselbrand]].

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Auto da Barca do Inferno'' by Gil Vicente the demon is usually portrayed by a male actor and the angel by a female actor, even if neither are identified by sex in the original work. The most modern version can be seen as a subversion though, [[LightIsNotGood as the angel is just as evil as the devil]].
* An amateur production of ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'' inverted this; the good angel was played by an old man, while the bad angel/demons were all played by young women.
* In Peter Ustinov's ''The Love of Four Colonels'', they appear as "the Good Fairy" and "the Wicked Fairy"... but they were also the supernatural actors in the Garden of Eden.


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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Averted, somewhat, in ''{{Darksiders}}'', in which both the angels and the demons are mostly male, and the angels can be either masculine (Abaddon) or feminine (Azrael). There are also notable females on both sides, the angels having Uriel, and the demons having Silitha, Tiamat, Lilith. It should be noted, though, that many Darksiders characters are based on figures from Babylonian/Greek/Roman/Judeo-Christian mythology.
* Angel and Devil in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
** Due to the limitations of the PlayStation, many people came away with the impression that Angel had epic sideburns, blurring the issue somewhat.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' as a picture of an female angel and a male demon for the health and mana orbs respectively. This doesn't apply to the characters on the other hands, as both Angels and Demons are shown have both male and female, with mostly male characters being portrayed for both. The backstory, on the other hand, inverts it with StarCrossedLovers Inarius and Lilith, with the former being a male angel and the latter being a female demon.
* The ''VideoGame/SimCity'' clone ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'' uses this. It goes a step farther, portraying the Angel Aria as TheDitz and the Demon Jasper as a DeadpanSnarker.
* Averted in ''NeverwinterNights'' and ''NeverwinterNights2''. When the outer planes appear their denizens are usually demons or devils of both genders, and the only full-blooded angel to feature in either game is male.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' has female Angels and male Devils (though there are female demons). In previous games, they were both male.
** It's debatable whether angels are female or just {{Bishonen}} though.
* Necro and Undine, Dizzy's Wings from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
** And, because every ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' example needs a [[SpiritualSuccessor follow-up]] example from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': consider [[DarkIsNotEvil Ragna]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Nu]]. The former is a BoisterousBruiser-type who uses his full power by releasing "restriction [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]." The latter is a mecha-woman with [[FeatherMotif bladed wings]] who [[{{Yandere}} wants nothing more]] than [[spoiler: to [[UnusualEuphemism impale Ragna with a giant sword in an act of creation.]] The end result of this will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, [[StableTimeLoop 100 years ago]].]]
* Chaos and Cosmos (technically a god and goddess) from ''FinalFantasyDissidia''.
* [[spoiler: Zelenin (Transformed into an Angel) and Jimenez (Fused with a demon)]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. In general, however, the series averts the trope - angels are for the most part genderless, and demons come in all shades.
* Inverted in ''[[{{Painkiller}} Painkiller: Overdose]]'' in that the main character Belial is the son of a female demon and a male angel.
* TheSecretWorld does this during the dream section of the opening cutscene. A "good" appearing angel (white clothing, whitish appearence, releases bees, which are associated with protecting the world) is female, while a more "evil" appearing (reddish wings, dressed in black, releases black flies) angel is male. [[spoiler: They appear at the end of the game, after players decide whether to weaken or strengthen a prison for the main source of corruption in the game, and fill the expected roles.]]
* ''{{Runescape}}'' has a dungeon where armies from the God Wars are still battling it out. The leaders of two of those armies are an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Icyene]] named Commander Zilyana and a demon named K'ril Tsutsaroth. The two appear to be rivals, and are often seen together.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Inverted in [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-08-11 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler strip.
* Seraphim and Asmodeus in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the Bureaucratic Devas and the celestial [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0193.html here]] are both female, and the IFCC Directors and Qarr are all male. Sabine gets a pass for being a HornyDevil.
* Buwaro & Kieri, main characters in ''SlightlyDamned''. But Buwaro starts out completely naive and un-demon-like, and eventually he and Kieri fall in love. Other angels and demons come in both genders.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''[[ClassicDisneyShorts Donald's Better Self]]'' showcases the struggle between DonaldDuck's [[GoodAngelBadAngel responsible and devious personalities]]; while they're both clearly male, what with looking exactly like Don, his good self is voiced by a woman. Oh, and both angel and devil's voices are easy to understand, unlike Don himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' the Daughter is the embodiment of the Light side of the Force, while the Son is the incarnation of TheDarkSide.
* Likewise, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Vaatu, the spirit of darkness, is male, and Raava, the spirit of light, is female. Exceptionally bizarre because they draw on Yin Yang symbolism, which assigns darkness to women and light to men.
* Raf and Sulfus from ''AngelsFriends''.

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