Angel/Devil Shipping
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"You are a wolf in rabbit's clothing taking advantage of a poor innocent little rabbit!"
Sharon, Pandora Hearts

Take two characters: one sweet, innocent, kind, loving, naive, maybe even virginal, etc. In other words: an angel. The second character is malicious, rude, possibly perverted, seductive, sadistic, etc. In other words: a devil. Then you pair them up with each other. The main aspect here lies in the fact that the Devil character can do all sorts of things to torment the Angel character, or vice versa, and in the end the two characters will fall in love despite everything or perhaps because of everything (or not if the pairing is one-sided).

Generally, a combination of Mind Game Ship and Opposites Attract, with a dash of Draco in Leather Pants, depending on whether the 'ship is canon or not. In Slash Fic or some yaoi, the Uke is often the angel while the Seme is the devil.

We all know the appeal of Mind Game Ship, playing another person's mind like it's a game and what not, but this trope can go hand in hand with that one. It may overlap with Foe Yay or Dating Catwoman. Compare Beast and Beauty. Sometimes a I Have You Now, My Pretty scenario may occur from the devil to the angel. A Bastard Boyfriend, Depraved Bisexual, Depraved Homosexual, Psycho Lesbian, or a Yandere may be the devil, and The Ingenue, All-Loving Hero, Plucky Girl, or Nice Guy may be the angel.

Sometimes for this trope in fanfic a previously tough character may be made into a more sensitive innocent character and vice versa. Sometimes the devil character may try to force another rebellious character to submit. More often than not the devil is male and the angel is female, though the gender-flipped variant is not unheard of.

Has nothing to do directly with Angel, though interestingly he could be on either side of the pairing.


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Fanon Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
  • Bleach: Orihime/Ulquiorra, especially when symbolism is taken into account (Ulquiorra's released form looks like a fallen angel and his second one is a devil).
    • GrimmHime is the second most popular Orihime Foe Yay ship behind UlquiHime, with Grimmjow as the Devil and Orihime as the Angel. (It helps that Orihime is the only person Grimmjow ever did a favor for, even if it was for selfish reasons.)
    • Momo being paired with Gin or Aizen exists, too.
    • In fanfics where Ichigo is made to be a sensitive Uke he can be involved in this if he is shipped with Grimmjow, Gin, Hollow Ichigo, or Aizen.
    • When paired with anyone Nnoitra (devil) gets this. Orihime and Nel are frequently paired with him possibly due to several suggestive scenes they have with him in canon.
  • Light/Anyone in Death Note, but especially Misa or L, though L has usually been Uke-fied in such instances because it isn't really canon for him to just sit back and let Light screw with him, he can do plenty of mind screwing himself. The same is true for Beyond Birthday/Anyone probably due to his psychotic obsession with L and how he refers to himself "an aggressive top." Even Light tends to get Uke-fied whenever Beyond decides to play Kira.
  • Digimon has both Angewomon/LadyDevimon and Angemon/Devimon as literal examples.
  • Fruits Basket: Tohru/Akito, the latter being the 'devil' as Akito is a Domestic Abuser and Tohru being the 'angel' as she redeems with love. One could make an argument for a Tohru/Shigure ship as Shigure's character is morally ambiguous.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist Slash Fic Ed is sometimes made to be the angel to either Envy or Roy.
  • Sousuke in Full Metal Panic! slash works is sometimes made to be an innocent angel character to Gauron's canon devil character. Also, in the novels, being the sick pervert he is, he shows interest in humiliating and possibly molesting/raping Tessa (to "break" her spirit, since he's annoyed with "righteous" people). He makes it very clear to the other submarine personnel that if they try to do anything, he ''will' do "X-rated" things to the cute captain. When she acts defiant towards him, it "pleased him from the bottom of his heart," and he exclaims, "Ohhh, she's cute!" and proceeds to jokingly ask the Mithril traitors if they're sure they want to leave, since this place seems like a nice place to work.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!: Chrome/Belphegor, Tsuna/Belphegor and Uni/Byakuran exist. Basically just Tsuna/every villain considering his sweet naive Messiah nature. Also some Tsuna/Reborn fanfics portray them as this.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto/Itachi, Naruto/Kabuto, Naruto/Orochimaru, Naruto/Sasuke, generally Naruto/any villain considering his sweet naive All-Loving Hero Nice Guy nature. Also, Naruto/Sai at times.
    • Since Shippuden and Sasuke's Face–Heel Turn, fanfic of him and Sakura of this nature exists as well.
    • Naruto/Karin, even though they didn't officially meet until her Heel–Face Turn. That, and they're cousins, though no one knows exactly how close, since Karin is a member of Naruto's mother's clan.
    • Hinata/Neji, as Neji is often seen as a dark, cynical guy who abuses and forces himself on Hinata, a lot of fans ignoring his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Sasuke/Itachi, too. Both Hinata/Neji and Sasuke/Itachi are seen as this, especially by people who don't ship them, as Neji and Itachi are still seen as quite dark characters, despite that they both proved that Hinata and Sasuke, respectively, were the persons they cared about the most when they sacrificed themselves for them.
  • The advertising for Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion adds a sexual element to Madoka and Homura's relationship that isn't present in canon. They also portray the characters in their deity forms—Madoka as the benevolent, white-clad Goddess of Hope and Homura as the Obviously Evil demon she becomes at the end of the movie—even though they never appear onscreen together like this; in fact, the "devil" wants to prevent the "angel" from taking on this form.
  • Seraph of the End: Ferid likes to play mind games and exert his power over the other characters, namely Crowley, Yuu, and Mika in canon as well as fanon. He gets this with Yuu especially even though Yuu is technically becoming a demon as he's a good Nice Guy and Ferid is a dangerous foppish vampire. Crowley notes in the novels that Ferid has the kind of beauty that corrupts people and tells the group in the manga that he feels bad for them because Ferid wants to be their friend as he's exhausting with all his antics and mind games.
  • In some Yu-Gi-Oh! Slash Fic Yugi is often made to be the sensitive Uke to Yami Yugi's Bastard Boyfriend.

    Film - Live Action 

  • Scarlet (an angel) and Frank (The Anti-Christ) have a lot of romantic chemistry in the Demon Squad books. It helps the latter is an Anti Anti Christ.
  • Good Omens has Aziraphale and Crowley, a pair of literally an angel and a demon and probably the most popular ship in the fandom. Although, admittedly at the time of the book, both of them have spent too much time with each other and with humans to be quite so purely good or evil.
  • Little Red Riding Hood / Big Bad Wolf, quite often.
  • Ralph and Jack from Lord of the Flies, which is obvious in both their looks and personalities, Ralph representing the calm, rational, civil part of the human mind (also, blonde-haired), while Jack represents the basic, primal instincts, the savage part of the human mind (red-haired).

    Live-Action TV 
  • House is like this to everyone, though Wilson isn't really content to sit back and let House mind screw him and does plenty of mind screwing himself. In Slash Fic though Wilson (angel) and House (devil) play it straight, probably helped by all the Ho Yay they have together in canon.
  • Smallville: There is an unholy amount of Chloe/Kalnote  shipping fan fiction. Often ends with Kal corrupting Chloe and Coitus Ensues. Chloe has also been paired with Davis Bloome may count. He is usually a nice guy though. When he is not busy being Doomsday.
  • Supernatural: Dean/Castiel had a huge following already, but with the season 9 finale turning Dean into a demon, the pairing has literally become this.
    • Also provides the very literal version of this with Meg/Castiel fans.


    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has Finn and Marceline, even if Marceline isn't really evil only dark. A LOT of people also ship Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Edd (Angel) and Marie (Devil). Double D is an Adorkable Nice Guy and Shrinking Violet with not a single malicious bone in his body along with being ambitious in school. His Kanker counterpart Marie however, loves bad boys, comes on to him against his will, is a slacker in school and at the same time being The Bully along with her sisters to everyone on the cast. Oh, and she also has a crush on him. For some reason.
    • Actually, any of the Eds with the Kankers could apply (the Eds being angels and the Kankers devils), but Edd and Marie stands out the most since Edd has higher morals and timidity than the other Eds.
    • Also Edd/Eddy's Brother.
  • Flaky and Flippy from Happy Tree Friends. Even more so with their anime versions, where Flaky is portrayed as a sweet, naive, fearful, kind girl, while Flippy is an evil, obsessive, sadistic murderer (sometimes rapist).
  • Invader Zim Slash Fic has Zim and Dib switching around the angel and devil roles.
  • Kim Possible has the hugely popular Les Yay pairing of Kim/Shego.
  • The Legend of Korra gives us Korra/Amon. Amon is a creepy mind rapist who's able to reduce the normally badass Korra to tears through psychological torture.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The page image is the somewhat-popular fan-pairing of Discord (Mad God, The Trickster, Reality Warper, the "chaos" of Order Versus Chaos) and Celestia (The High Queen, Physical God, Light Is Good, the "order" of Order Versus Chaos)
    • And when not paired with Celestia, Discord will often be paired with Pinkie Pie, Fluttershynote , or Twilight Sparkle, which would fulfill this trope just as well. Pinkie is an over-energetic party pony who lives to spread happiness and laughter, Fluttershy is bashful, gentle, and kind, and Twilight takes after her mentor Celestia and likes to keep things orderly, especially with her schedules and checklists.
  • The Powerpuff Girls has Him and Bubbles, Him is a Camp Gay demon who enjoys psychological torture and may or may not be Satan himself and Bubbles is a cheerful and naive girl who can communicate with animals, Bubbles is often the victim of Him's mind games and they are of course Arch Enemies.
  • Winx Club: Bloom gets shipped with one of the villains, either one of the Trix (Icy mostly), or Valtor.

    Real Life 
  • A lot of people have been fascinated by applying this trope to Joan of Arc and her comrade Gilles de Rais, who after the war became one of history's most infamous pedophile Serial Killers and an inspiration for the character of Bluebeard. Not helped by the fact some reports do mention that the two of them got along well (though no solid proof of a romance exists) and it's likely that Gilles de Rais went mad long after the war.

Canon Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Aoshima makes unwanted advances on the innocent Bellydandy and Skuld (when she aged up) in Ah! My Goddess. Both times, he got shocked for his attempts.
    • The existence of Urd flat out states that God and the Devil (specifically the Almighty One Tyr and Daimakaichou Hild) not only had a relationship but one that produced children.
  • Consummate Nice Girl Christa and blunt, cynical (and canonically in love with Christa) Ymir from Attack on Titan.
  • During the Eclipse in Berserk Casca is made into the angel for Griffith as Femto as he renders her helpless and brutally rapes her.
  • Black Butler: Sebastian is a seductive demon who is the devil to anyone really in both canon and fanfics.
  • Bubblegum Crisis includes a song called "Devil and Angel's Kiss".
  • CLAMP works:
    • Seishirou/Subaru from Tokyo Babylon and then X1999 are definitely this what with Seishirou being the sociopathic Sakurazukamori and Subaru being a tender-hearted, gentle young man who is utterly destroyed by Seishirou's dark intent. Often taken to extremes in fanfiction.
    • Seishirou and Subaru's alternate-universe versions in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- feature Seishirou as a priest and Subaru as a vampire. The UST between these two just jumps right off the page.
    • CLAMP in general seems to really enjoy this trope, what with pairings like Fuuma/Kamui from X1999 or the pairing of Kokuyo/Hisui who literally are a demon and angel from Wish. Zagato and Emeraude from Magic Knight Rayearth appear to be this but...
  • D.N.Angel: There's also some Daisuke/Dark interpretations in fanfics and Daisuke/Satoshi shows up in canon and fanfiction as well.
  • Eyeshield 21 has the Devil Bats' "Commander from Hell" quarterback Youichi Hiruma and their Team Mom manager Mamori Anezaki.
  • Fairy Tail: Mavis Vermilion and Zeref used to be a common fanon example. Then chapter 340 revealed that they had known each other before, and Fairy Tail Zero showed how they first met. Chapter 450 finally made them canon, though with tragic results.
  • Future Diary: Yukiteru (angel) and Yuno (devil and epic Yandere). And Yukiteru/Tsubaki also counts as he once gets a Forceful Kiss complete with spit trail from her.
  • High School Dx D has a variation of this with Issei Hyoudou (an Evil Piece) and his Patient Childhood Love Interest Irina Shidou (a Saint Brave).
  • Akihiko/Misaki may counts as this in Junjou Romantica. Akihiko is the demon, since he is very perverted and possessive towards Misaki, while Misaki is the angel.
  • Makai Ouji has Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) and Gilles de Rais (see Real Life above). Jeanne has become a "Pawn of Heaven" and is expected to become an archangel, while Gilles is a nephilim (a human turned into a demon) who is in love with her.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun: Wakamatsu/Seo. Wakamatsu is rather a sweet, naive, and innocent Keet and Seo is The Dreaded Anti-Role Model for the basketball team (of which Wakamatsu is part of) that tends to Rooting for the Empire when watching movies. However, it couldn't be plainer Seo very much fancies Wakamatsu, and while Wakamatsu has a thing for the pure-voiced Lorelei (who, in reality, is Seo), he's also jealous of the prospect of Seo having a boyfriend.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Plenty of Shinji/Asuka fanfiction portray them as having this type of relationship. In canon, they're attracted to each other though Asuka sometimes flirts aggressively with the very shy Shinji and Shinji ultimately ends up both masturbating to Asuka's comatose body and strangling her.
  • Played fairly canon in No. 6 with all the Ho Yay between Shion (angel) and Nezumi (devil).
  • Vincent Nightray of Pandora Hearts has a bit of this going on with everyone, but especially with his brother Gil and Ada.
  • Tetsunosuke and Suzu become this in the sequel manga of Peacemaker Kurogane.
  • In Princess Tutu, Ahiru (angel) and Fakir (devil) initially have this dynamic, with Fakir being a sarcastic Jerkass and Ahiru being a kind-hearted Cute Clumsy Girl. However, said Jerkass defrosts later on.
  • Akio in Revolutionary Girl Utena actively seeks to be the devil in all his relationships, be they with males or females.
    • Utena/Anthy also shows up given Anthy's true nature and the amount of Les Yay subtext/text they have in canon.
  • 3-gatsu no Lion: Rei/Kyoko, with Rei being the Angel and Kyoko as the Devil. While there are fans of the work that don't want this to happen precisely because of this dynamic they share, there are also fans that are excited by the prospect of it once the romantic undertones of their relationship become more overt.
  • Xelloss/Filia in Slayers, as Xelloss is part of the Monster Race, which feeds off dark emotions, and Fillia is a priestess of light.
  • Maka/Giriko in Soul Eater with Giriko targeting Maka and wanting to rape and kill her. And then there's Chrona/Medusa.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has initially innocent characters Kaneki and Mutsuki being prey to the devil characters who have nasty inclinations towards them, with both eventually turning on the devils with renewed strength and realizations about themselves, which have negative repercussions.
  • Aoshika/Haguro in Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest is a particularly disturbing pairing as he actually does target and rape her.

  • In PS238, Malphast's parents are an angel and a devil.
  • During their early appearances, Marvel's Hawkeye and Black Widow fell into this; Hawkeye was the idealistic, gullible, affectionate partner to the manipulative, sinister Black Widow. Fortunately for them, Love Redeems, and both ended up becoming superheroes even after the relationship fizzled out.
  • Preacher: Genesis was born when an angel and a succubus fell for each other. When the angels found out, the succubus got a Mercy Kill and the angel sent to Earth. All from the beginning, part of God's plan to make something with as much power as Him, whose love he could then feed off of.


  • With all the Ho Yay they have, Gerald Tarrant and Damien Vryce from the Coldfire Trilogy. The former is a demon/vampire, and the latter is a priest.
  • Christopher Carrion and Princess Boa from Abarat would've been this. He's from the lands of Night, and she's from the lands of Day.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian is a Manipulative Bastard to Basil, who is in love with him and unaware of Dorian's true nature and the lengths he is willing to go to for preserving his youthful beauty. Dorian ends up stabbing him.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Christian Grey is a Bastard Boyfriend with a controlling nature towards his sub/girlfriend Ana in their BDSM relationship with strong undertones of gaslighting.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Whistler is a half-demon who appeared in season 2. In the season 9 comics, he reveals that his parents were one of the Powers That Be (the closest beings the Buffyverse has to angels) and a pure-blooded demon. This is compared to (as in being a lot more taboo than) the Slayer/Vampire pairings (Buffy/Angel and Buffy/Spike).
  • The Flash (2014) has a few.
    • Zoom is an Ax-Crazy maniac with dozens of kills under his built, and he plans on obliterating all Earths except Earth-1. He professes his love for Caitlin Snow, a calm and compassionate scientist. Although she does feel attracted to him when he's disguised as Jay Garrick, she wants nothing to do with him when she finds out who he really is.
    • Late in Season 3 Caitlin Snow is turned into Killer Frost and tries to murder Barry, who she felt an attraction towards, with a hypothermia-inducing kiss. She's quick to join Savitar when he reveals himself to be an alternate Barry and promises her that they can rule the universe together.
  • Hannibal and Will Graham get this, with Will Graham being a FBI profiler who has a special gift that allows him to empathize with criminals and Hannibal being Will's psychiatrist and secretly a serial killer and cannibal. They gradually come to obsess over one another.
  • Jane/Hoyt in Rizzoli & Isles during the episodes Hoyt was on the show when he instilled within her a sense of fear and made her feel vulnerable.
  • Supernatural:
    • In "Heaven and Hell", demon Ruby and angel Anna (both occupying very attractive bodies at the time) are sitting in the backseat of the Impala with Dean at the wheel. Dean apparently ships them, since he can't resist comparing the scenario to a Penthouse forum letter.
    • Played for Laughs when Dean is having an Erotic Dream of two strippers in angel and devil costumes dancing for him.
    Dean: Now that's what I call peace on Earth.
    • Meg (demon) and Castiel (angel) share a lot of subtext throughout their interactions. Then she decides to make out with him in one episode. She openly expresses her love for him in season 8. She promptly dies thereafter, sinking the ship.
    (after being kissed by him) Meg: I feel so... clean.
    • Crowley, the King of Hell, intimates he had a past relationship with the Angelic leader Naomi in Mesopotamia. It's left ambiguous whether they knew each other's identities at the time, although angels can see demons' true faces...

  • This trope is the subject of Devil's Love Song by Tishamingo.

  • Devil May Cry: Protagonist Dante, and his brother Vergil, are the product of a relationship between a human woman named Eva and a demon lord named Sparda, who ended up turning good before their relationship started, while the reboot shakes this up so that Dante's mother was actually an angel, making this a literal case of the trope (but still not figuratively). Dante himself ends up playing Angel to Trish, a demon created to seduce him in the image of his mother, who, like Dante's father, ends up becoming heroic and sides with him.
  • The All There in the Manual backstory for Diablo establishes that this is where humanity came from. Sanctuary was created as a world for rebellious angels and demons to hide from the Forever War between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells. They started getting cosy with each other, and the ancestors of humanity were literally born as a result.
  • Laharl/Flonne from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is a literal example (albeit with a Noble Demon). There's also Flonne/Etna for non-canon ships as well.
    • Disgaea 4 adds in another literal example with Valvatorez and Artina, though the former never admits it.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening: Olivia, a sweet, bashful young woman prone to blushing intensely, is commonly paired up with Henry, a sociopathic magician who always looks forward to physically tearing someone to pieces. The best part is, you can make this happen in-game.
    • Like any of Henry's other prospective wives, this is a canon example of the devil character slowly toning down their devilish characteristics because of his interaction with the angel. Whoever Henry gets married to (as well as the couple's child/children) ends up becoming his Morality Chain, and while Henry will never fully get rid of his violent tendencies, he turns out to be both a faithful husband and a good father.
    • While not as popular as Henry and Olivia, Libra and Tharja fall into this too. The former is a benevolent priest while the later is a Dark Magical Girl with an unhealthy obsession with Robin.
  • The Gray Garden: Etihw and Kcalb (sometimes) show affection toward each other, despite the war that happened between them in the past. Plus all those canon bonus comics on the official website.
  • In Togainu no Chi, Shiki tries to be the devil to Akira's angel.

  • Anti-Heroes: The chief protagonist and the chief antagonist are the Krylorn twins, children of an archdevil and a celestial falling in love.
  • In Megatokyo, Piro has a Good Angel, Bad Angel pair called Seraphim and Asmodeus, respectively. They seem to have had some sort of relationship in the past, and Asmodeus still hits on her occasionally.

    Western Animation