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Guardian Angel
Angel of God, My guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here
Ever this day be at my side
To light and guard, to rule and guide.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
Mark 18:10

A Guardian Angel is a benevolent supernatural entity, whose main function is to protect and guide a person.

The concept itself seems to originate in The Bible. In the Old Testament angels are described as entities that carry out God's will, which may include helping people in their personal affairs. New Testament makes a reference to personal angels. Over ages the concept evolved more.

Like cherubs' typical description evolved over time from Eldritch Abomination to a cute baby-like being, guardian angels became the "good angel" in a good angel-bad angel routine. The bad angels, too, originated from the same concept, as it was commonly believed, though non-canon, that there is a fallen angel following around people as well, as the fallen angels seem to attempt to recreate the celestial hierarchy.

Guardian angels, generally speaking, do not have as much power, they typically work in subtle ways and often act as a conscience. Sometimes they are even reduced to mere scribes, recording the person's good deeds, then there will inevitably be an imp that records evil deeds, so that it can be determined if a person's soul goes to heaven or hell (that's the canon in Islam).

Zoroastrism has similar entities called Holy Guardian Angels. They are more or less exactly like Christian Guardian angels, but interestingly they chose to help people themselves, as opposed to Christian Angels, which are God's servants.

In fiction, the role of guardian angel is sometimes held by a dead person, who may or may not have known the person they're guarding when they were alive, instead of by an actual angel.

Expect God Was My Copilot, as usually the person is not even aware that the guardian angel influenced anything or is even there. Expect Angel Unaware if he shows up in person. May also be a Spirit Advisor.

Compare Guardian Entity, Fairy Godmother.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Hito Hitori Futari, human souls watch after living humans so that they do not accumulate too much evil.
  • Sakura's mother in Card Captor Sakura has become one and is sometimes seen by Touya.
  • Early on in Digimon Adventure, Patamon asks T.K. what an angel is after seeing a painting of one and T.K. explains it as something special that watches over them, comparing angels like the Digimon. Patamon evidently takes this to heart because he involves into none other than the angel digimon Angemon and his subsequent evolutions who fiercely protects T.K. whenever he is in danger.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Charmed:
    • More generally the "white-lighters" fill a very similar role, although they are deceased humans, not angels. The sisters' white-lighter watches over and helps them as a force of good and connection to the Big Good in the sky (i.e. God).
  • Touched by an Angel sort of does this, as does Highway To Heaven.
  • Quantum Leap episode "It's a Wonderful Leap:" a woman claims she is Sam's guardian angel, and is there to help him help the person he leapt into. She can see Al, who is Invisible to Normals.
  • The plot of Teen Angel: Marty dies, but hangs around his best bud Steve and helps him.
  • Some of the angels in Supernatural were supposed to be this. Prophets specifically are said to be guarded by Archangels, who can kick the ass of any being- mortal, demon, or otherwise- who threatens their designated Prophet.
  • The Latinoamerican Telenovela Un Angel Llamado Azul (An Angel Called Blue) was about a little girl's guardian angel who falls in love with her teacher.
  • In Married... with Children "It's a Bundy-ful Life", a Guardian Angel shows up to help Al. When he actually meets Al in person (who confirms that he's the person the angel needs to help), the angel unleashes a Big "NO!" and rants angrily at God for giving him this horrible assignment (and to stop playing videogames). He tells Al that he thought he was supposed to save a human soul.
  • The '60s Fantastic Comedy The Smothers Brothers Show featured Tommy Smothers as Guardian Angel to his brother Dick.

    Theatre 
  • In the opera Hansel and Gretel, the children's evening prayer sings of fourteen angels watching over them as they sleep. These fourteen appear in the ensuing Dream Ballet.

    Video Games 
  • According to Bulbapedia, the Pokémon Gardevoir was actually based on the guardian angel (its Pokedex entry states that it/"she" will actually guard its/"her" trainer with its/her life, and its/her name is actually a portmenteau of the French words for "guard" and "duty"). It actually resembles what the creators behind Pokemon actually think what this kind of angel looks like: a beautiful young woman with pale white flesh, green hair, and red eyes that is wearing a long, flowing white dress.
  • Yumei-san in Girls Love Visual Novel Akai Ito, of the dead-person variety. Saying that she's angelic would be a massive understatement. Look for Incorruptible Pure Pureness in the Akai Ito page for details.
  • The main Player Character in Dragon Quest IX is a Guardian Angel.

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    Western Animation 


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