"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him."
What does one think about when one hears the word angel
? Do you see them as glowy Winged Humanoids
, overworked suits
, or for extra flavor, flaming wheels covered in eyes
? Regardless of what (meta)physical traits one assigns to them, one thing is almost always consistent
: they are paragons of virtue and honor
But what happens if they stop being so nice
? Then we have a problem. See, when you turn your back on God
(or the local variant
) while knowing S/He's the real deal, there's really nowhere to go but down.
And down they go; when an angel goes bad, they tend to become far, far worse than any human ever could. They'll gleefully engage in atrocities
that would leave any mortal curled under their beds in fear. The cause of their fall may be an old grudge
, some extreme More Than Mind Control
, or completely unknowable to mortals
. Whatever the cause is, there's no going back.
Very, very rarely are any examples of this good
, and usually only in certain circumstances
. At the opposite end
you have Ascended Demon
Often an extreme case of Light Is Not Good
and Fallen Hero
. May or may not be considered demons
. Not to be confused with Fallen Angles
. The ur examples
come from hints of angels who faltered and not so nice heavenly beings in The Tanakh
with the Trope Maker
coming from an interpretation
of Isaiah's rebukes to "Lucifer
". Usually represented visually as a Broken Angel
, though some still have their "un-fallen" countenance. If they were the right hand of the big guy upstairs, and brought a mass of other angels down with them, then it's also a case of The Paragon Always Rebels
Thanks to some modern interpretations
and the tendency to side with underdogs, fallen angels are often portrayed sympathetically nowadays, as being rebellious victims of Celestial Bureaucracy
and Light Is Not Good
, like in Bedazzled (1967)
. Often portrayed as regular angels, but with skimpier outfits
(often with a red and black motif
) and a bit sluttier personalities (they're usually female, because of women's corruptible nature
. Think Adam and Eve).
And as a warning, if an Archangel
happened to be the one who fell, be afraid
. Be very afraid
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Anime & Manga
- Ah! My Goddess: Belldandy's teacher, Celestin, from The Movie.
- In Angel Sanctuary, Setsuna is a reincarnation of one of these, and his sister is a reincarnation of a water spirit she had a history with, making this also a case of Reincarnation Romance.
- Black Butler (the anime, not the manga) has Ash and Angela. In both the manga and anime, however, there are hints that this could well be Sebastian's true nature. Although, it is never stated clearly.
- Satsuki from Bloody Cross. Though, it's never really explained how or why he became a fallen angel.
- Delmore and Nanael from Queen's Blade.
- D.N.Angel has Krad. While Dark is mischievous and flirtatious, Krad is pure evil. He wants to destroy Dark and anyone who gets in his way, including innocent civilians.
- Digimon: Devimon is said to be a fallen Angemon. Lucemon definitely is, an angel Digimon who went bad and was imprisoned for it. "Fallen Angel Digimon" is actually one of the types that Digimon fall into, though Lucemon's the only one known to actually be this in-story.
- Mon Colle Knights: Reda and Zaha/Gabriolis. The plot always turns serious when they show up.
- The titular Panty and Stocking of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Stocking gets to go back to heaven in the penultimate episode, but returns in the last to help Panty defeat Corset; the final scene states she's not actually an angel but a demon.
- Appropriately, the end credits song for the show is called "Fallen Angel" and is about said angel longing for her home in heaven.
- Lucifer and Gabriel of Saint Beast are fallen angels. While kind of evil, it's hard to say they were wrong to fall given who is in charge. Judas and Luca, though armed with nobler intentions, end up falling too.
- Tears to Tiara: The protagonist can be considered one.
- A Certain Magical Index: A Fallen Angel makes an appearance. Not exactly its fault so in compliance with its extremely lawful Lawful Neutral nature it begins a spell of world destroying proportions in order to get back home. Later in the novels(vol.12) is confirmed that the angel is Archangel Gabriel, the one who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Lucifer in The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a fallen angel, and had even served as a general for the demon army under the titular Maou. However, the series being a Fantastic Comedy, he has since "regressed" into a NEET on Earth.
- There is a faction of fallen angels in High School DXD with Azazel, their leader, being The Mentor to Issei, Akeno Himejima, being Rias's vice and one of Issei's numerous love interests., and finally Reynalle (the one who kickstarted the story by killing Issei) and Kokabiel (antagonist of Volume 3).
- Shirogane Karen from My Monster Secret claims to be one, having lost her Holy Halo several years prior. She tries to be evil, but fails hilariously as she's a really nice girl who wants to help everyone.
- Angels of the black variety in Magic: The Gathering tend to be these, starting with the first, aptly named, Fallen Angel.
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has Marie the Fallen One and Nurse Reficule the Fallen One, as well as a deck archetype based on them. Interestingly, most of them are based on the Seven Deadly Sins. Another example is the maiden who appears on a series of cards, starting with Forbidden Chalice then Forbidden Lance, Forbidden Dress, and finally, Forbidden Tome. The price she eventually must pay for using all these forbidden artifacts becomes clear when she appears as a monster card, the Forsaken Maiden. Ghostrick Datenshi is the strongest of the Ghostrick at Rank 4, and she comes with an alternate win condition based on XYZ materials.
- There are many Fallen Angels in Neil Gaiman's short story (later adapted as a comic) "Murder Mysteries". Oddly, Lucifer isn't one of them... yet.
- Zauriel from the Justice League is sort of a fallen angel. He lives on earth and has a mortal body, but left of his own volition and is decidedly not a villain. His original archenemy was the angel Asmodel, who after his plan to emulate Lucifer failed became a more conventional fallen angel, imprisoned in Hell. In one arc when the US military turned against superheroes soldiers were convinced to shoot at him when their commander claimed he was a fallen angel. Then they shot at Superman, and gave up.
- Similarly, The Spectre is actually the fallen angel Aztar, who participated in Lucifer's rebellion and then repented. God realized that that Aztar needed rehabilitating before he could be allowed to get rid of that "fallen" status. As a result, he's spent the entire time since the Fall acting as an agent of God's Vengeance, punishing those who escape justice at human hands, bound to a human soul that acts as a sort of combined moral compass and parole officer. He'll be allowed back into heaven when he's punished every unpunished-by-man sinner on Earth.
- The Phantom Stranger is another, in one of his Multiple-Choice Past histories. Having sided with neither Heaven nor Hell, he was discarded by both after the great war.
- Liandra, the protagonist of the comic book Fallen Angel is, as one would expect from the title, one of these. A former guardian angel, she was banished when went against God's rules of non-interference and slayed the killer of one of her charges.
- The Fallen, the Big Bad of Transformers: The War Within: The Dark Ages is actually one of the original Transformers, charged with guarding Entropy and observing the end of the Universe. Along the line, he decided to ally with Unicron to achieve his apocalyptic goal, losing his true name when his betrayal was discovered.
- Ironically it was Megatronus Prime. One would have to wonder at the thought process behind Optimus and Megatron's father effectively choosing to name one of his sons after their version of Lucifer, and not expect it to bite him in the backside.
- Although there are some stories that say Megatron actually chose the name himself.
- The titular beings of Necrophim are former angels cast down into Hell. To make matters worse, Hell was already inhabited by demons, who are not happy about having to share their dimension with Heaven's outcasts.
- Neil Gaiman's The Sandman features a Lucifer (referred to a Lucifer Morningstar as his full title) who wasn't so much "fallen" as he was "pushed". It is heavily implied, if not outright stated, that Lucifer's "fall" was a case of entrapment (in the legal sense) set up by God, because God needed to put one of his own in charge of Hell.
- Later on, Lucifer gives up being in charge of Hell, and it ultimately passes onto two other angels, by decree of God. When one of them hears this, he claims he will rebel, but then realizes he would then be going to hell anyway. Lucifer's story then leads into the events of the Lucifer comic, in which Lucifer makes his own Creation, and ultimately rejects even that, exiling himself from all reality to escape God's influence.
- In Preacher, being cast down is a punishment for treasonous acts in Heaven. The father of Genesis is cast down at the very start of the series, nearly taking out US Air Force jets (and is subsequently captured by the Grail). Later, two minor-character angels are dropped; they're later seen having opened a hotel in Vegas and not being very depressed about their fallen status.
- The First of the Fallen in Hellblazer is something of this sort: He was intended to be God's conscience (Shoulder Angel, if you will), and was cast from heaven when he came to believe God was insane and that his existence was meaningless. According to a somewhat convoluted Vertigo canon (trying to keep continuity with The Sandman) he was the first being God cast from His sight, long before Lucifer's rebellion, but is much less powerful than Lucifer and thus not the lord of Hell until Lucifer quits. The First of the Fallen acts much more like a 'stereotypical' devil, with soul-bargains and so on, and antagonizes John Constantine on a regular basis. This leads to almost equal amounts of Did You Just Scam Cthulhu? from Constantine's side.
- Imperfect Metamorphosis has Shinki and Sariel, rulers of their respective underworlds. Interestingly, Shinki's human appearance is a personal choice, one which Sariel did not share, leaving it as a gender-less energy being. Also, and more plot relevant, is their sibling Azrael, of whom EX!Rumia is an avatar of.
- The Pony POV Series has Celestia and Luna's brother Morning Star — originally created to be the Anthropomorphic Personification of Perfection and Beauty, he instead came to represent Temptation and Evil, and after trying to overthrow the Elders, he was sealed away. He was released by the Draconequi to fight on their side during their war with the Alicorns (during which he played Evil Mentor to Discord); while his fate is never shown, Word of God is that he was killed during the war (though given the nature of the Alicorns, how "dead" he is is debatable) or imprisoned in Hell as part of the peace treaty.
- In the Frozen fanfic Sorry About The Mess , this is true nature of both Grand Pabbie and The Mirror, although they both had very different reasons for why it happened
- Lucifer, in ''Goddess Reborn Chronicle', who was once not the most favored angel but a part of God, the part that was the hope inherent in believing in God but grew so disgusted by his own laws that he began wishing for freedom, earning his fall and cementing him as the patron of the path of freedom and competition.
- In Bedazzled (1967), the Devil (or Lucifer as he was known then) explains he was once God's favorite angel and was booted out of Heaven when he wanted some of the same adoration God received. The two had since had a running wager on who could claim ten billion souls first; if Lucifer won he could reclaim his old place.
- In Wings of Desire, angels Damiel and Cassiel are tired of being angels rather than human and just listening to the thoughts of humans without being part of what they see ad when Damiel falls for a French trapezist he decide it's time to fall and live as a human.
- There's a fallen angel in City of Angels. He wasn't evil; he just wanted to experience human life. Then the protagonist falls... in love. And takes the plunge.
- Dogma is about two fallen angels attempting to return to heaven. A deleted scene implies that much of the evil and corruption seen in the fallen angels who became demons stemmed not from inherent evil but that which was brought to Hell by damned humans. Twisted and corrupted by the self-imposed torture of the damned, the fallen angels became what humans expected them to be.
- Mahou Sentai Magiranger has Raigel / Meemy, a former "Heavenly Saint" who switched sides during the war with Infershia.
- The Monsters episode "Hostile Takoever" featured a Fallen Angel who called himself "Obeah" and looked more like a conventional demon than an angel after falling into Hell.
Obeah (disguised as the janitor):
I had a pretty bad fall. Maybe you've read about it... in The Bible
? That's what they call it. A Fall. I'd say I was pushed!
- In Supernatural, fallen angels are angels who have been cut off from Heaven; the resulting affect on angels varies depending on how high said angels are on the celestial hierarchy. Their reason may range from simple AWOL to full-on rebellion, but all of them inevitably land themselves a spot on Heaven's Most Wanted List, so each individual fallen angel come up with ways to evade the armies of Heaven.
- For the average angelic foot-soldiers, being cut off from Heaven will restrict some of their abilities (Healing Hands, Resurrection etc.) and leave them with a limited amount of angelic energy. Deplete said energy will effectively turn them human.
- Anna, knowing this, cuts her angelic energy—Grace—out when she left Heaven. Reborn as an almost-human, it is nearly impossible for the Heavenly Host to find her among the billions of people on Earth.
- Castiel is probably the more traditional fallen angel, slowly losing his powers throughout season 5.
- Balthazar's defection might eventually run into this problem as well, so he keeps himself charged with human souls.
- For seraphs, even after severing ties with Heaven, they still keeps all of their abilities. And though they can be exhaust when over-using their power, their angelic energy can be self-replenished with rest.
- Castiel in late-season 7 and season 8 is a fallen seraph. He is clearly weaken by his time in Purgatory probably due to over-taxing himself in Monster Land, but soon self-recharged after his release.
- For archangels, being cut off will have absolutely no effect on them. They will keep all their abilities and complete with an unlimited self-sustained power source to boot.
- Lucifer, of course, is a fallen archangel. The demons of this setting are all derived from human souls; if Lucifer took any other angels with him when he left, they go unmentioned and are apparently dead now. If any demons are former angels, they are most likely all drained of their angelic powers long ago, became human, then damned in Hell due to not being high enough on the angelic food chain.
- Gabriel. The reason he can skip out of Heaven and keep all his abilities is because he is an archangel.
- At the end of season 8, Castiel loses his grace and all of the angels fall. The others have only lost their wings, so they retained some of their power, but Castiel is pretty much a human.
- Hannibal: Dr. Hannibal Lecter isn't a literal example, but the concept of the Fallen Angel is the primary influence on how the show's version of this character is presented.
: [Mads Mikkelsen
, the actor who plays Dr. Lecter] talked about the character not so much as 'Hannibal Lecter the cannibal psychiatrist', but as Satan – this fallen angel who's enamoured with mankind and had an affinity for who we are as people, but was definitely not among us – he was other. I thought that was a really cool, interesting approach, because I love science fiction and horror and – not that we'd ever do anything deliberately to suggest this – but having it subtextually play as him being Lucifer felt like a really interesting kink to the series. It was slightly different than anything that's been done before and it also gives it a slightly more epic quality if you watch the show through the prism of, 'This is Satan at work, tempting someone with the apple of their psyche'.
- Within Temptation: The song Angels seems to be about this and has the lines, "Fallen angel/ tell me why/ what is the reason/ the thorn in your eye"
- "Fallen Angels" by Black Veil Brides is about this (duh), but uses the fallen angels less as an evil figure and more as a symbol for misfits and outcasts.
Myth & Religion
- Older Than Feudalism: The Bible is the Ur Example. The book of Job states that not even the angels are perfect though we do not get to any fallen angels until Satan in the New Testament, unless you consider apocryphal Book of Enoch, which offers several more along with one of the few pre New Testament examples of a fallen Satan.
- In Islam, this is considered impossible. Angels are said to have no free will whatsoever, so they can't fall. Instead, Shaitan (a.k.a. Iblis) and his followers are considered fallen djinn.
- In the Mexican Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), Los Misionares de la Muerte were a trio of fallen angels sent to Earth to eliminate El Santo.
- Lucy Furr's gimmick was getting kicked out of "The Erotic Heavens" and deciding to prey on Earth's hoes (and steal the souls of wrestlers). Opposed by sweet Heaven Sent and Jerk Ass Angel Williams from "The Canadian Heavens". Ironically, Lucy turned face after being sent to "The Eight Circle Of Hell".
- The demons in In Nomine. Also, angels can fall and become demons by violating their angelic nature. (Except for Malakim.) note
- The demons of White Wolf's Demon The Fallen.
- Likewise with the robots in the reboot game, Demon: The Descent. They had a mission, and they decided to ignore at least part of it, and in so doing were disconnected from the God-Machine. Although the portrayal of the God-Machine casts the robots in a lot better light than is normally the case. These robots refer to themselves as Angels, before the fall.
- In Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 note the original Erinyes fell from Heaven. Their descendants in the present day are the only devils who are actually born, and not created. They definitely look the part, being attractive, black feather-winged beings. They are a race of deceivers, Horny Devils who lead followers of good religons away from their faith. In 4th Edition, all devils from the generic setting are fallen angels (or at least decendants of them), who backed Asmodeus' overthrow of their patron deity. Earier editions only claim a few of them are; Dispater and Mephistopheles were members of the original group (along with Moloch, but he was deposed), while Baalzebul was another who fell later.
- In Infernum, demonkind are descended from the First Fallen's mating with spawn. Newly Fallen angels in the present day tend to die very quickly; the survivors usually become worse than demons.
- Warhammer 40,000: Horus sided with the Chaos gods against the God Emperor, taking half of the Emperor's Space Marines into Chaos with him.
- Deliberately invoked with the Fallen, Dark Angels Space Marines who turned to Chaos during the Horus Heresy and who are now hunted relentlessly by their loyalist brethren. Notably they are led by a rare good (maybe) example in Cypher, who is rumoured to be seeking redemption for the Fallen and salvation for humanity.
- The Devils of Nobilis. In the first two editions, they were closer to the classic take on the trope, championing power, corruption and suffering. In third edition, the Angels' sense of justice demands the wicked be punished; some disagreed, for they loved everything, including the wicked and corrupt, and were cast out, becoming Devils.
- In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer, in the ending for Kaelyn the Dove that you don't kill her in, she continues her quest to destroy the wall and becomes a fallen Angel. She is a case of Dark Is Not Evil, still fighting the Lawful Stupid god Kelemvor who maintains a wall made out of the souls of people who don't worship gods. Kaelyn the Dove can be considered somewhat of a fallen angel before the ending as well, having been barred from entering Celestia.
- Darksiders gives us the Archangel Abbadon, commander of Heaven's military forces, who was killed and dragged to hell in the prologue of the game. He was then asked if he would serve in heaven, or rule in hell. He chose the latter.
- Towards the end of the game, he asks War the same question. The answer?
- In Disgaea female healers are apparently fallen angels, Flonne in the best ending for the first game also a case of Dark Is Not Evil as she's every bit the same lovable ditz as she was as an angel, only in a skimpy outfit and a little sexier.
- Trias the Betrayer from Planescape: Torment. He turns out to be more Necessarily Evil than anything else, and is redeemable if you have enough Charisma.
- The Fallen from Devil May Cry 3.
- In The World Ends with You Sanae Hanekoma is revealed to be Fallen in the Secret Reports because of his involvement with teaching Minamimoto how to create Taboo noise.
- In Fall from Heaven the Fire Angel/Goddess Bhall fell... right through a city, dragging it to Hell with her. When she landed, she went into a coma for nearly 1000 years.
- The insanely difficult hidden boss from Bayonetta Rodin. The reason why he was kicked out wasn't because he was doing bad things. Its implied in his entry in the Book of Laguna that he was TOO POWERFUL to exist there.
- In Solium Infernum, you are one of the demon lords fighting to become the new Devil after the old one disappeared.
- Knights in the Nightmare: This is Melissa's Japanese title, but she's Affably Evil.
- Yggdra Union: Nessiah.
- Riviera: The Promised Land: Marietta.
- The Prologue of Dragon Quest IX sees your hero falling to earth after an accident, rather than losing their powers through their own actions. Later, a straighter example is shown in the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds villain.
- Ys IV: Eldeel, in both versions.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising: One of the early concepts was that Pit (now an adult) was cursed for thousands of years and had become a Fallen Angel due to a crime, with a tattoo bearing an inscription of said crime. This idea was dropped after a very poor reception.
- However, one of Pit's Palette Swaps in Super Smash Bros. Brawl shows him with a dark outfit and black wings. According to Word of God, it was made to make him look like a fallen angel. Said costume was the inspiration for Dark Pit in Uprising.
- The True Final Boss, 02 of Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards.
- Champions Online brings us Therakiel, a half-angel/half-demon who wants to start the apocalypse and does, causing you to go back in time and prevent him doing it in the first place!
- Shin Megami Tensei, due to being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, features many fallen angels from Christianity/Judaism. The most prominent is Lucifer.
- Growlanser IV: Wayfarer of time features a world that was nearly destroyed by angels 2,000 years ago. The angels return to once again attempt to destroy the world and it is up to the protagonist's party to stop them.
- Anghel in Hatoful Boyfriend insists he is the reincarnation of one and is summoned by the protagonist wishing for the 'Mad Love of a fallen angel'. However, he is considered the 'class eccentric' and has a normal name as well, which he refuses to answer to - it seems to cause him pain.
- Ultima in Final Fantasy XII was originally an angel in charge of guiding souls to aid in reincarnation. Her pride led her to lead the other Espers in a rebellion against the gods. As punishment, she was sealed away in the Great Crystal of Giruvegan. She is fought there as a boss.
- The Diablo universe has three of them:
- The first was Izual, who turned his back upon Heaven and threw in with Hell, not only filling in the Prime Evils on the Soulstones and how to corrupt them, but also helping them mastermind their own exile from Hell into the mortal realm of Sanctuary, breaking the pact between Heaven and Hell made at the end of the Sin War and pretty much setting the events of the main series into motion.
- On the other end of the spectrum is Tyrael. As revealed in Diablo III, Tyrael renounced his angelic status after learning that his angelic brethren cared little to nothing about Sanctuary and humanity in general and voluntarily fell to Sanctuary as a mortal so that he could aid mankind directly against the forces of Hell.
- And as of Reaper of Souls, Malthael has returned, having become the Angel of Death. He was once the leader of the Angiris Council before the destruction of the Worldstone. He seeks nothing less than the destruction of humanity in defiance of the Council's vote to spare them, and seeks to bend the evil powers of the Black Soulstone to his will to do so. Even Imperius, the other angel who voted aginst sparing humanity (and very much not a nice person), believes Malthael has gone too far and needs to be put down.
- In the World of Warcraft backstory Sargeras was originally one of the Titans and had the duty of destroying or binding the various demonic races. Over time the evils he witnessed drove him mad and he created the Burning Legion to destroy all order in the universe.
- The Doomguard, members of the Burning Legion, were created as servants of the Titans, tasked with policing the use of arcane magic and eliminating anyone who used forbidden magic. Sargeras broke them free from the Titans and they now view their past existence as slavery.
- In Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis, the Big Bad is Shaher, a Fallen Angel who was cast out of heaven and sealed in a mountain of ice for rebelling against God due to his envy of humans.
- Class Of Heroes 2 offers Fallen Angels as a class. Pahne is one of these as well.
- Evil Islands: The Curse sure has an appearance of one.
- Available as summons in Dominions, with Late Age Marignon calling generic ones and Early Age Hinnom releasing the Grigori with the largest blood sacrifice in the game.
- MAG ISA: Lucia gets mistaken for Lucifer a lot. Maybe she is, maybe she isn't. Who knows?
- Misfile: Technically Rumisiel is a fallen angel, or at least a semi-fallen one since he has been banished from heaven on a temporary, with a distinct prospect of it becoming permanent, basis. He's rather eager to clock up some karma points to get back in though.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal pokes fun at this, claiming that Hell is actually a pretty nice place because angels, fallen or otherwise, aren't very good at torturing people.
- Jack has Lucifer of course, as well as some others such as "Mr. Aecas" who works with Vanity to steal mortals and harvest their energy in an attempt to make her beautiful again. Skye Blue Deer is one who asked God for forgiveness and was put in charge of Purgatory as a means of earning his way back to Heaven.
- The Monster Girl Encyclopedia: This is what happens when angels get corrupted by succubi. At first it just twists their logic, thinking that sex is proper reward for good deed. They still think that they're doing holy work, rewarding good-doers with pleasure using their body. Eventually, however, they will realize their own desire and fully transform into dark angels.
- Wingspan: The main character is a fallen angel.
- New Vindicators has plenty of these, going by Judeo-Christian influences. There were two Falls-the Fall of Pride, when Lucifer lead a third of all the angels into a failed rebellion and were cast out into hell; and the Fall of Lust, when Samael and some of the Gibborim fell to take human brides. This plays a huge part in the story, because when the seven fallen who were Seraphim (also known as just the Fallen) have children, they are called Nephilim, humans with superpowers able to wield Hellfire. In turn, children of Nephilim are Neo-Sapiens, the setting's equivalent of mutants. In addition, the plots of the seven Fallen are very important-five of them plot to usurp Lucifer's throne, and Samael, the one good guy among them, who fell for Love and not Lust, seeks to counter their moves.
- Princess Luna of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was one of a pair of Physical Goddesses who ruled Equestria and were responsible for the rising and setting of the sun and moon one thousand years ago. When Luna perceived the fear and ingratitude with which her subjects looked upon the nights she worked so hard to create, her envy got the better of her and she refused her older sister's requests for her to lower the moon and end the night, having been twisted by dark magic into the vengeful "Nightmare Moon," forcing Princess Celestia to seal her away in the moon for the next thousand years. Mercifully (considering that eternal night would have meant the extinction of all life in Equestria), the actions of the main characters in the series premiere upon Nightmare Moon's return strip her of her dark powers and evil personality, and upon expressing her regret, Luna is promptly forgiven.
- Implied with Belladonna from All Dogs Go to Heaven The Series. She's Anabelle's (an angel) cousin and responds to Anabelle's pleads with Charlie to 'think of Heaven' with 'Heaven? Been there, done that', implying she was once an angel.
- Invoked for metaphorical purposes in Gargoyles. In medieval Scotland, Goliath's love went by the pet name he gave her- Angel of the Night, or just Angel for short. Fast forward a thousand years, and "Angel" has become the Big Bad, now calling herself Demona. Later, Goliath and Demona's daughter is introduced, and the fact that she's named Angela only reinforces the symbolism.