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->''"Don't listen to that guy. He's trying to lead you down the path of righteousness! ''I'm'' gonna lead you down the path that '''rocks!'''"''
-->-- '''Kronk's Shoulder Devil''', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''

When someone wrestles with a temptation, two miniature versions of himself, an Angel and a Devil, sit on each shoulder and try to pull him in different directions. The Devil will invariably be on the left (the conflicted '' character's'' left, or [[ASinisterClue "sinister"]]) shoulder. Alternatively, as in ''Series/FullHouse'' ("The Devil Made Me Do It"), the Angel and the Devil may manifest as life-sized people on either side of the conflicted character rather than as miniatures on his shoulders.

Expect a female character's Devil to dress all {{Stripperiffic}}, to {{invoke|dTrope}} EvilIsSexy, HornyDevils, HotAsHell, and SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains. If a character is particularly bad, it's common is to give them ''two'' Devils (and visa versa for particularly good characters). Another is for the devil to kill, injure or incapacitate the angel, leaving only the devil as counsel ([[KnightTemplar or vice]] [[GoodIsNotNice versa]]). Sometimes the devil for a male character mentions that the Angel wears a "dress." ("It's a ''robe''.") It is far less common for the angel to tell the devil to PleasePutSomeClothesOn. As the conversation among the three progresses, it may drift away from anything to do with good or evil which resembles a SeinfeldianConversation involving {{Metaphorgotten}} or SidetrackedByTheAnalogy.

The technical, if somewhat dated, term for this is the ''Psychomachia'' ("Battle of the Soul"); in its original version, this implied a full-scale war between ''all'' of an individual's personified virtues (such as Humility, Chastity, Patience, ''etc.'') against his personified vices (Pride, Lust, Anger, ''etc.'').

To put in [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian more or less psychological terms]], what we have is a kind of FreudianTrio, with the Devil as [[UsefulNotes/IdSuperegoAndEgo the Id]], the Angel as [[UsefulNotes/IdSuperegoAndEgo the Superego]] and the person whose shoulders they stand on as [[UsefulNotes/IdSuperegoAndEgo the Ego]].

Compare FloatingAdviceReminder and GhostInTheMachine. When an external character takes it upon themself to play the Bad Angel, they're TheCorrupter. When an external character takes it upon themself to play the Good Angel, they're TheConscience. Consider RightWayWrongWayPair.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] Angel/Angelus from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
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* GoodAngelBadAngel/{{Advertising}}
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* GoodAngelBadAngel/ComicBooks
* GoodAngelBadAngel/ComicStrips
* GoodAngelBadAngel/FanWorks
* GoodAngelBadAngel/AnimatedFilms
* GoodAngelBadAngel/LiveActionFilms
* GoodAngelBadAngel/{{Literature}}
* GoodAngelBadAngel/LiveActionTV
* GoodAngelBadAngel/{{Music}}
* GoodAngelBadAngel/MythsAndReligion
* GoodAngelBadAngel/{{Theater}}
* GoodAngelBadAngel/VideoGames
* GoodAngelBadAngel/WebComics
* GoodAngelBadAngel/WebOriginal
* GoodAngelBadAngel/WesternAnimation

!!Other Examples:


* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/JunkYard'' has an angel and a devil on the two slingshot triangle bumpers facing the player. ItMakesSenseInContext... sorta.
* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Wizard}}!'' has a variation, with two women representing "Love" and "Evil" on the backglass behind Tommy Walker.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Used in an episode of ''SerieS/MuppetsTonight'', with Seymour and Pepe pretending to be Jason Alexander's good and bad conscience in order to convince him to do an act with Gonzo. [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Psychomachia And some other episodes]].
* The concept appeared in ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* ''Series/SpittingImage'': Neil Kinnock has Michael Foot as his angel and Jim Callaghan as his devil while he wrestles over whether or not to reappear on ''The Tube''. [[spoiler: He compromises by saying that he can't as he is rehearsing for ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'', which pleases them both.]]

[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* A variation comes up in a Creator/RonWhite comedy bit where he [[YourCheatingHeart cheats on his wife]] with a woman he meets in Ohio after not having sex in three months. As it turns out, the shoulder devil isn't necessary.
--> '''Ron:''' And you know that little guy that sits on your shoulder and reminds you of your prior commitments and your moral fortitude? I didn't hear a peep out of that guy. He hadn't been laid in three months either. He was speechless for twenty minutes; then he was like, "Suck her titties!" "I was gonna!" I'm having a three-way with my conscience. As soon as the whole thing's over, he's back at his post. "That was '''WRONG''', mister!" "Hey, twenty minutes ago, you were beatin' off on my shoulder, Monkey Boy."
** This gets illustrated in Ron White's book ''I Had the Right to Remain Silent...But I Didn't Have the Ability'' with Devil!Ron egging him on while Angel!Ron conspicuously does nothing.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One supplement for the TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} setting included creatures called "blue imps" and "red imps", respectively resembling tiny angels or devils, which would covertly approach and pester young apprentice wizards, trying to persuade them to study either good or evil magics. Although such imps had an existence of their own, independent of the people they tried to influence, this trope clearly inspired the concept.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/{{Supermarioglitchy4}}'': "Let him ''[Toad]'' die! MWAHAHAHA!!! Steal his ''[Toad's]'' underwear afterwards!" "Um... err... yeah, I got nothing."
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** The [=AIs=] play with this trope -- there's (usually) only one of them to an individual, but they appear floating over the person's shoulder and exist to help and give advice. If you have a good one, great -- you don't have to worry about its evil counterpart undermining its efforts. Unfortunately, that same lack of symmetry means that if you get stuck with an evil one, you're pretty much hosed.
** Season 10 gives us an instance of "Bad Angel, Worse Angel" when Gamma and Sigma team up to dupe Carolina into [[spoiler:choosing to have two AI implanted into her]].
* A series of short flash cartoons, entitled ''[[http://www.hyperbole.com/dbe/index.html Dog, Buddha, Elvis]]'' uses the three title figures to represent a man's psyche.
* Parodied in the {{machinima}} series ''The Strangerhood'', where Griggs' Good Angel and Bad Angel get into a fistfight, then the other characters' Good Angels show up and throw a party.
* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon "The Baloneyman" uses Strong Bad's good and bad angels together as a (neutral) personification of his brain, which he tries to "fool" into feeling refreshed by rubbing a baloney sandwich shaped like a popsicle on his head:
-->'''Devil Strong Bad:''' You see this guy? Rubbin' a sammich on his head?\\
'''Angel Strong Bad:''' I know, I know... just let it go. You gotta pick your battles.
:: It's probably worth mentioning that Angel Strong Bad is noticeably shorter than Devil Strong Bad.
* In ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' episode "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C41IBSKGF4w Cruel as a Cucumber]]", Orange wants to get Cucumber to [[HoYay like him.]] Angel Orange and Devil Orange both pop up to give him advice, but both of them just suggest ways to annoy Cucumber. Angel Orange's suggestions are nicer, though.
* In the ''WebAnimation/NapsterBad'' short "Metallica Millionaire", [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]] has just one of these, a devil in the shape of Lars Ulrich.
* In ''Chargesdotcomdotbr'', there's one story with Corrupt Politician Paulo Maluf receiving visits from these angels. When Maluf stated there was no Money of his in any tax-free paradise, a good angel showed up and told him not to lie. Then a bad angel showed up to point out he's telling the truth. The money he keeps in Kayman Islands [[ExactWords isn't his; it's the people's]]. Then Maluf claims that, if anything on his name is found, he promised to donate everything to Saint House. Upon the good angel's doubts, the bad one claimed he meant the house where Maluf lives with his ''saint'' family. Maluf also claimed the accusations are a consequence of the Brazilian Presidential elections of that time because he lead the run. The bad angel said it's just someone summon him for an oficial statement and he runs off to Paris. The good angel quit after that.
* In the ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' short featuring [[OneManArmy Sly]] [[ScreamingWarrior Marbo]], tiny demonic and angelic versions of Sly appear when he's confronted with a SadisticChoice. Their advice? [[spoiler:[[ScreamingWarrior "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"]]]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/{{Robotzi}}'' episode "Sugstanță'', Mo gets both an angel Mo and a devil Mo when he plans to drink the toxic substances prepared by F.O.C.A. However, their personalities are almost the same. Angel Mo at first says they seem very toxic, while Devil Mo wants Mo to drink them and the angel agrees.