Archangel Gabriel

Gabriel lets Mary know that Virgin Power 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 Islam (he appears to Muhammad, and the revelations so transmitted are The Qur'an) 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 "she") is a Public Domain Character, from The Bible, 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 Names, characters named Gabriel have generally been good guys. However, since angels have largely shifted out of Always Lawful Good territory in contemporary media, the name Gabriel has lost some of its street cred, particularly considering his links to Death and being "The Angel of God's Left Hand". Either way, these characters are Gabriel In Name Only, 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 Celestial Paragons and Archangels. See his brethren in Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Uriel, and (possibly) the Fallen Angel version in Archangel Lucifer, aka Satan. Also take a look at Our Angels Are Different.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • An important angel named Gabriel appears in Saint Beast but he's 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 A Certain Magical Index 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 casting the spell which destroyed Babylon to kill the one responsible for the spell. Later on, it's properly summoned by 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, 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 itself at water magic.
    • Also, it should be noted that every person stated to be aligned with the Archangel Gabriel have power over water.
  • 666 Satan features 10 demons and angels, one of which is Gabriel.
  • Baguramon from Digimon Xros Wars is the Demonic inversion of Archangel Gabriel.
  • In Shaman King, 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 her reincarnation, after being forced 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 High School DD and she's considered as Heaven's Strongest Woman and Heaven's Most Beautiful Woman (which we do not see her face at all). In this series, she's more of The Ditz considering that she didn't know that Issei was targeting her to pull off his Dress Break on her (it didn't work of course as events conspired against Issei).

    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 Planet Eater.
  • Gabriel appears in the comic book series Hellblazer as an arrogant snob in London. He is constantly being tormented by his thoughts about whether God created him to be a good angel of mankind, or a powerful heavenly killer. John Constantine later tricks him into sleeping with a succubus, where he gets his heart ripped out of him. Although alive, Gabriel comes under control of Constantine, who uses him in his fight against Satan, First of the Fallen. He is killed in the process.
  • Gabriel appears in a single panel near the end of 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.
  • Gabriel appears as a redheaded woman a few times in Crimson, along with Archangel Michael and five other archangels. Too bad they're all holier-than-thou assholes who despise humanity (but have come to enjoy indulging in some of its vices). Satan comes off better from what we see of him.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Manchester Lost, a Good Omens fanfic, he appears as a Deadpan Snarker who gets annoyed by pretty much every single thing Michael says or does, and spends his life bemoaning his stupidity. He's also been in love with him since the beginning of creation. He admits this eventually.
  • In Misfiled Dreams, Rumisiel's fevered dream in the first chapter includes him and his brother defying their father, the Archangel Gabriel.
  • Gabriel is referenced in Sonic X: Dark Chaos 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.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Paradise Lost, John Milton made Gabriel, complete 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 to Heaven.
  • Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses has the main character be the modern incarnation of Gabriel.
  • In Incarnations of Immortality, 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.
  • In the Dora Wilk Series, Gabriel is one of main characters' grandfather and pretty much surrogate father. He starts as a power-hungry Jerkass, but softens up in later books and pretty much turns into the Big Good.
  • Mentioned in passing as the Messenger by Mab in The Dresden Files 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.
  • The Bible, of course, is the Trope Maker, making Gabriel Older Than Feudalism. 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 apocalyptic visions of the future.
  • In Alexander Pushkin's humorous and blasphemous poem The Gabrieliad, Gabriel is the main character sent to Virgin Mary by God to conceive (yes, physically) Jesus.
  • In Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, 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 Archangel Lucifer) insists that he is the Archangel Gabriel himself, and her divine brother. She also insists that they're dating (that part Gabriel denies).
  • In Ro Te O, Gabriel is one of the main protagonists, and is known as "the messenger angel" despite it not sounding as badass as his buddy Lucifer's "devil of destruction" epithet. In the successor story Resurrected Angels: Rebirth, he gains the Horn of Truth with which he can summon a Flaming Sword, among other things.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of the original 1959 The Twilight Zone, 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 turns out to be the angel Gabriel.
  • In Supernatural, it is revealed in season 5 that 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 the Norse God Loki. Gabriel himself refers to this as his own personal "Witness Protection". Ultimately, he and Castiel are among the only angels who actually followed what God asked of them: protect, love, 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 stands up to his brother Lucifer, who has long been bitter about the fact that God created humans and expected angels to love them and has a longstanding rivalry with their brother 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 angelsnote  when he says, "Lucifer, you're my brother and I love you, but you are a great big bag of dicks."
    • Gabriel's Horn is referenced in season 6, though it is not seen and turns out to be a Red Herring.
  • Alluded to in an episode of Star Trek. 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...
  • Dominion, as the TV sequel to Legion (in the Film section above), continues to use Gabriel in the Big Bad role. He blames mankind's sins for God's disappearance and intends to use his army of angels to finish the job started in the movie and wipe us out.

  • Two entirely separate Archangel Gabriels appear in Old Harry's Game. However, they're both officious creeps who'd like to see Satan somehow sent somewhere even worse than Hell.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Cirque du Soleil's Mystere has a loose take on this character; its Archangels (usually called Les Laquais nowadays) are selfless guardians of Earthlings. The All There in the Manual backstory of the aerial cube act, the first big acrobatic setpiece in the show, is that of Gabriel resisting the temptations of The Vamp.
  • Referenced in August Wilson's Fences.
  • The Show Stopper number in Anything Goes is "Blow, Gabriel, Blow", which is about how Gabriel's trumpet saved the singer from sin.

    Video Games 

  • In Misfile, Gabriel appears in flashback as the father of Rumisiel and Vashiel.
  • In 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.

  • In mathematics, the trumpet-like shape generated by rotating the graph f(x) = 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 "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 sings, "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 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 "Little Bunny Foo Foo", the children's song, Gabriel replaces the more-commonly-used Good Fairy, reprimanding the titular character and threatening to turn him into a goon (in some versions, a goose) for bopping the mice on the head.