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Angels Vs Demons

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Another common fantasy match up, along the lines of Fur Against Fang or Elves Vs Dwarves. Can't believe we don't have this one.

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Proposed By:
Everdream on Nov 29th 2016 at 10:26:30 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Feb 13th 2018 at 5:53:40 AM
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[[Please insert a succinct and entertaining Description here. No, writing a great Laconic doesn't count.]]


Examples

Film

  • X-Men: Apocalypse invokes this trope by having two fight scenes with Angel and Nightcrawler.

Literature

  • The Bible briefly mentions the archangel Michael fighting Satan over Moses' body. It also mentions a war between the angels and demons that the demons lost.
  • Good Omens : In the climax, as Armageddon is about to commence, the legions of Heaven and Hell line up in the skies, waiting for the big event.

Live-Action TV

  • Supernatural Angels are much, much more powerful than demons and kill them easily, something the protagonists struggled with for seasons. Given the nature of Supernaturals's angels, it's portrayed as a Evil vs. Evil conflict.

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons & Dragons. There aren't any official angels in early editions. However, the devas, planetars, solars and other Good-aligned spiritual beings often contend with the demons of the Abyss and the devils of the Nine Hells.
  • In Nomine. The entire basis of the game is the conflict between the angels of Heaven and the demons of Hell. Angels try to help humans reach their bright Destiny, while demons try to lure them to a dark Fate.

Video Game

  • Darksiders: Angels and demons are at war with each other, though the focus is on War (and in the sequel, Death), who clashes with both sides for various reasons.
  • In the Diablo franchise, Angels and Demons were first formed from the remains of two gods (Anu the Warrior of Order and Tathamet the Dragon of Chaos) who destroyed each other in the earliest recorded moment of creation, and have been locked in a war known as The Eternal Conflict for as long as they have been aware of each other. The first humans were created when the Angel Inarius formed a brief alliance with the Demon queen Lilith, leading to the two races breeding with each other.'

Western Animation

  • Angel's Friends: Less of a actual war and more of a conflict over the morality of the angel's charges.

Feedback: 14 replies

Nov 29th 2016 at 11:24:27 PM

  • Good Omens : In the climax, as Armageddon is about to commence, the legions of Heaven and Hell line up in the skies, waiting for the big event.

Nov 29th 2016 at 11:45:45 PM

Tabletop Games

  • In Nomine. The entire basis of the game is the conflict between the angels of Heaven and the demons of Hell.
  • Dungeons And Dragons. There aren't any official angels in early editions. However, the devas, planetars, solars and other Good-aligned spiritual beings often contend with the demons of the Abyss and the devils of the Nine Hells.

Nov 29th 2016 at 11:41:50 PM

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Nov 30th 2016 at 9:42:38 AM

Context for Diablo:

  • In the Diablo franchise, Angels and Demons were first formed from the remains of two gods (Anu the Warrior of Order and Tathamet the Dragon of Chaos) who destroyed each other in the earliest recorded moment of creation, and have been locked in a war known as The Eternal Conflict for as long as they have been aware of each other. The first humans were created when the Angel Inarius formed a brief alliance with the Demon queen Lilith, leading to the two races breeding with each other.

Dec 2nd 2016 at 5:26:41 PM

I'm only vaguely familiar with most of these, so that's why they were zero context examples. I think I'll leave the description for someone else because I'm not good at writing them.

Dec 3rd 2016 at 12:12:00 AM

^this is a classic rivalry and worthy of its own trope. +squid is about playing with this dichotomy but also factoring in Eldritch Abominations

Dec 3rd 2016 at 5:59:07 AM

Dec 3rd 2016 at 8:12:56 AM

Pretty sure Heaven And Hell covers this, but demons and angels are a common fantasy conflict.

Dec 18th 2016 at 5:15:11 PM

^I'd agree that this is covered by Heaven And Hell. Maybe to the point where you could just add a redirect and a possible reworking of the trope description.

Dec 7th 2016 at 5:32:01 PM

Dungeons and Dragons isn't a 100% straight example - while the angel equivalents certainly oppose demons and devils the main conflict is actually the "Blood War" between demons and devils. If either side actually won then the entire multiverse would be in peril as the angel analogues would not be strong enough to stop the victorious side from overrunning reality. Hence the good aligned "angels" actually try and keep the balance of the Blood War by covertly aiding the other faction if one seems to be gaining the upper hand.

Dec 11th 2016 at 6:10:53 AM

Redirect to Heaven And Hell. Otherwise, it works.

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