One of the lesser known Archangels, Uriel, Uri'el
(Hebrew) is primarily an angel in rabbinical angelology mentioned in Enoch 1 and Ezra IV. He is one of seven who stand at the throne of God, one of four who serve humanity and is also one of the archangels who presides over the four quarters of the earth along with Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Uriel is often referred to as prince of the angels and of Tartarus.
He's one of the angels in non-canon lore and is alternately described as either Kerubim or Seraphim and is often referred to as the Angel of the Presence. Legend says that he stands at the gate of the Lost Eden with a fiery sword and he was attributed as being the angel who warned Noah of the impending flood. Although Uriel was accepted as an archangel by the church for centuries he was finally removed in AD 745, along with a host of other angels, because the church was growing concerned about a growing fixation and importance placed by the public in angels.
His name means 'God is my Light'. Given the similarities with "Lucifer" (which means "light bringer" in Latin), and the fact that several early theology texts actually stated Uriel was "condemned to Hell" may lead works to equate the two together, though the book of Enoch lists him among the angels who requested permission from God to intervene on humanity's behalf against the fallen angels (Michael gets to do it) suggesting he was a positive force for awhile even if he did go astray.note
He is sometimes shown as the angel of either death
or the sun in fiction, and is thus a total Bad Ass
. Compare and contrast Shinigami
Subtrope of Celestial Paragons and Archangels
. See his brethren in Archangel Michael
, Archangel Gabriel
, Archangel Raphael
, 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
- He's featured in Leonardo Da Vinci's Virgin on the Rocks.
- Appears in the Angel Sanctuary drama CDs and manga, as heroic and somewhat emo. He is a fairly important character.
- In A Certain Magical Index, he's the patron of Vento of the Front and the source of her powers.
- He's one of the main characters of Makai Ouji where spends most of the time disguised as Kevin, the main character's butler and caretaker, while actually being on a mission to secure him for Heaven. In the series, Uriel is depicted as Angel of Repentance and Cruelty, which perhaps inspired by his ambiguous position mentioned above. Despite being an angel, it's universally known by both demon and human that he is a sadist.
Live Action TV
- The Marvel comics version of Uri-El is a hairless, yellow skinned humanoid with solid gray eyes, who wears long, bronze robes and is surrounded by an orange aura underneath them. He wields a red sword that seems to be made of some sort of energy and is known as the angel of redemption.
- Uriel is a minor character in Lucifer, taking over the role of the representative of the Host after Amenadiel. Like all the other angels not named "Michael" or "Lucifer" he's little more than a mook in terms of power and story importance. He's also, for some reason, the only black angel where all the others are caucasian.
- Appears in Supernatural as a Scary Black Man antagonist. Here he is portrayed as not being an archangel, as only Michael, Lucifer, Raphael, and Gabriel hold this rank.
- On Dominion, Uriel is a) a woman and b) playing Michael and Gabriel against each other, with the intention to destroy both in order to end all the fighting.
- In Lucifer he is referenced by the titular character. One of his jobs is to give the big welcome to Heaven speech to new arrivals. Lucifer thinks it's boring.
- He is one of the eight Archangels of the german RPG Engel (Angel) and his angels are refered to as "Waywatchers". They're mostly armed with the Urielsbogen and are supposed to spy for the Angelitische Kirche and their own Schar of angels.
- In In Nomine, Uriel was the Archangel of Purity until he got a little too zealous in trying to stamp out non-Abrahamic mythical creatures. He was "called upstairs" for an audience with God and hasn't been heard from since.
- In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, Uriel is one of the seven beryls (god-like spirits of light). He's the only male of them and has associated freedom, independence, and free will.
- Appears in a lot of Shin Megami Tensei games, sometimes as a boss. He's usually associated with the fire element and is commonly the lowest-levelled of the arch angels (below Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, and the Metatron).
- Uriel appears in the video game Darksiders, where, as a notable departure from the original legend, the character is portrayed as a girl.
- El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron: Uriel appears as one of the four archangels, aiding Enoch via Limit Break.
- Appears as the Angel of Death in The Salvation War universe, and kills thousands of people in the second book, before being finally killed by the machinations of Michael who puts him at the lack of mercy of a large amount of fighter jets and several battleships, as well as a YAL-1 laser. This version is most definitely Made of Iron, surviving numerous missiles, being microwaved by an exceptionally powerful radar and generally being shot.
- He rules Heaven in Elfen High.