- Always Lawful Good: The angels in the series are supposed to be the representation of light and goodness in the Balance Between Good and Evil. But as the trope name implies, they are intensely dedicated to upholding their people's laws. In fact, doing so is seen as heroic, though they're not above doing the right thing.
- Bilingual Bonus: A lot of their terms are Latin words ("nex sacramentum" and "Codex Bellum"), but all of the angels themselves either have Hebrew, French note or made up names, making it rather inconsistent with the aforementioned Latin.
- Council of Angels: Subverted; while it appears there's an angel hierarchy, the Creator is the one who sired them.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Well, the "blond" bit is more of a "silvery-white", but a lot of the angels we meet in the series have this.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards demons and anyone/anything associated with them.
- Fantastic Slur: "Pigeons" in Darksiders and "birds" in Darksiders III.
- The Fettered: There are some methods they refuse to use, such as necromancy, setting them apart from demons.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Angels of great power and/or considered to be of high authority don't seem to wear helmets in battle. Examples include Uriel, Abaddon, Azrael, Nathaniel, Usiel and the Archonnote .
- I Have Many Names: According to "The Lost Soul" side quest in Darksiders II, the "elder" angels note actually take on more than one name such as Abaddon, who is also called "Vovin".
- Knight Templar: Probably due to their set of laws that apparently are so strict, that non-angels, no matter how wise, cannot understand them.
- Our Angels Are Different: In contrast to other fictional examples, the angels of Darksiders are a technologically advanced race with futuristic armor and energy-based weapons. Despite this, they still use magic whenever it's necessary.
- Prophet Eyes: A seemingly common physical trait.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Further shown in that their law book is called the "Codex Bellum" note
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When they're beaten by the demons in the End War, they retreat to Heaven except for Hellguard, the angels led by Uriel who continue to fight on Earth to avenge Abaddon. Because of this, the Hellguard are barred from re-entering Heaven.
- Straw Vulcan: In The Abomination Vault, it turns out that the angels' idea of a "hero" is someone who obeys the laws of their people and follows the instruction of their superiors, as opposed to someone who just does the right thing.Azrael: But we are angels. We are warriors. Mind, law, discipline... these are our heroic ideals. For us, a soldier worthy of respect tends to his or her duties, obeys the scriptures of the Codex. Emotions, satisfaction of one's desires — these must come second.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: See Our Angels Are Different.
- Warrior Monk: Most (if not, all) angels seem to worship the Creator, as they constantly allude to him. Bonus points as they are a warrior race.
- Winged Humanoid: As is common with most interpretations.
Voiced by: Troy Baker (Darksiders), Jason Spisak (Darksiders III)
The former leader of the Hellguard, the archangel Abaddon was dedicated to exterminating the forces of Hell. Unfortunately, he wound up as one of the first major casualties of the End War.
- A Father to His Men: Back before the apocalypse, Abaddon greatly valued the lives of those under his command to the point where he would become vindictive if they were harmed (as evidenced in Death's Door). His soldiers in turn worshiped him. But come Darksiders, he kills his fellow angels without a second thought as the Destroyer.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After being beaten by War, Abaddon begs Uriel to aid him. Uriel, having completely lost her faith in him, does nothing.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Was the leader of the Hellguard. But as the Destroyer, he was put in charge of the demons that conquered Earth.
- Back from the Dead: As the Destroyer (see Deal with the Devil).
- Came Back Wrong: Came back as a demon, not much more WRONG than that.
- Big Bad: Of Darksiders.
- Bishōnen Line: His dragon form as the Destroyer, while fast, is mostly a warm-up for the much harder fight when he shifts in his Fallen Angel form, where outside of his attacks being a lot harder to dodge due to the smaller arena, he'll cancel out Chaos Form if it's ever used.
- BFS: His Fallen Angel form carries one that's longer than he is tall, pretty significant as he towers over War.
- Body Horror: How he lost his eye. In The Abomination Vault, a construct wielding a nephilim sword called Affliction, which, true to its name, inflicts poison and causes any wounds its victims receive from it to rot, took his eye. Even Heaven's best medicines couldn't restore it.
- Broken Pedestal: As the Destroyer he seems to view the Creator as this. He's also this to Uriel, Nathaniel and Azrael when they realize he's the Destroyer.
- The Cameo: The Destroyer makes a brief appearance in dragon form at the end of Darksiders III, commanding the attack on the stronghold of Haven to wipe out mankind for good.
- Deal with the Devil: Abaddon agreed to become the Destroyer out of fear of the punishment that would befall on him for attempting to trigger the End War prematurely. He later tries the same offer with War during the final battle:Abaddon: Would you serve in Heaven or rule in Hell?
War: I choose what once a coward did not.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Despite being the Big Bad of the first game, the Destroyer is under orders from another, but his superior never makes an appearance. Bonus points for being a literal dragon.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Abaddon was implied to have loved Uriel as mentioned when he's the Destroyer (see quote below), whom she had loved in return. It's implied that he still had affections for her despite becoming the Destroyer.Abaddon: She loved him. And I believe he loved her.
- Evil Is Bigger: As an angel, he's human sized. His fallen angel form, however, is as tall as a Maker.
- Evil Plan: Abaddon planned on breaking six of the Seven Seals (except for the seventh to prevent the Horsemen from interfering and to truly prevent the End War from happening), so that when Hell's generals would appear, he would have them assassinated before anything cataclysmic would happen. When the Council would investigate, the blame would fall on Hell, therefore, automatically giving victory to Heaven. To hide evidence of this act, he ordered the Maker Ulthane to duplicate six of the Seals so they would appear intact. Unfortunately, the Council already knew of this conspiracy. Worse, not only was Abaddon killed in battle, but he was dragged into Hell where an entity, confirmed by the credits sequence to be Lilith, stated he would have nowhere left to run once Heaven and the Council got their hands on him. Subverted as humanity's destruction wasn't planned — in fact, he was trying to avoid an actual war — but considering his plan failed, it ended up happening anyway.
- Worse, the forces of Hell were already set to go to war. Neither Kingdom gathered to declare battle rights: Hell simply erupted out guns blazing and ready to fight, so instead of Heaven getting a sneak attack against Hell, the latter did this against the former.
- Eye Scream: How Abaddon loses his eye in The Abomination Vault is... not pretty. While in the battle to protect Eden from the Big Bad's minions, one of them was wielding a nephilim weapon called Affliction. Abaddon's eye was taken by the sword. But it gets worse from there. Heaven is said to have advanced medicine, so regrowing a body part wouldn't have been much of an issue, but Abaddon's wounds immediately started rotting and poisoning him. As such, the healers were unable to replace his lost eye, giving him an eyepatch instead.
- Eyepatch of Power: Has a fancy golden one embedded in his missing right eye.
- Fantastic Racism: As applied to most, if not, all angels, Abaddon has a huuuuge hatred for demons. But let's just say he's a little more passionate about it than others.
- The Heavy: The whole events of the first game happen because of his plan to launch a preemptive strike against Hell, and War being set to take the for fall sets off Death's quest in the second game.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: War kills him by impaling him with the Armageddon Blade
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: As the Destroyer (first form).
- It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Normally, Abaddon's name is often pronounced as "uh-BAD-duhn" in English. In at least the English version, it's pronounced "AH-buh-DAWN".
- Katanas Are Just Better: Technically, it's a Sephiroth-esque O-dachi. How appropriate following The Reveal.
- Kill 'Em All: During his cameo appearance at the end of Darksiders III, he orders his demon minions to exterminate every last human in Haven to put an end to mankind for good.The Destroyer: CHARGE! Let the armies of Hell eliminate ALL that is human! Once and for all, we will raze this planet!
- Light Is Not Good: After becoming the Destroyer
- Meaningful Name: His name in Hebrew literally means Destroyer. Meaningful indeed!
- The Men First: Heavily implied in the novel before his fall from grace in the first game. When War speculates that Abaddon might have interest in the Grand Abominations due to the Big Bad of the story being an angel and that the former was constructing a Weapon of Mass Destruction that could only harm demons (which the Council ordered destroyed by War's hand), Azrael immediately defends him, saying that even if he did have interest, he wouldn't be willing to sacrifice any of those under his command to reach a certain goal.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Both of his forms as the Destroyer can only be damaged by the Armageddon Blade.
- Sword Beam: One of his main attacks in his fallen angel form.
- That Man Is Dead: How he speaks of himself as the Destroyer.
- This Cannot Be!: Says this when he sees War in the battle of the End War, believing it could not be possible for the Horsemen to be summoned since he did not destroy the Seventh Seal.
- Walking Spoiler: It's a bit hard to talk about him without mentioning the fact that he becomes the Destroyer and Big Bad of the first game.
Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka
The Archangel of Death and overseer of the Well of Souls, Azrael is found by War imprisoned inside the Black Throne.
- The Archmage: Illusions? Check. Serpent Holes? Check. Being able to "hide away" entire realms? Check. Spells that can nuke demons? Check.
- The Atoner: He greatly regrets his part in starting the Apocalypse and would willingly accept whatever punishment he would receive.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Is a high-ranking official in Heaven (as well as a well-respected one) and knows his way around a battlefield despite not being a warrior.
- Badass Bookworm: In The Abomination Vault. Although he's technically a scholar, he's seen a lot more combat than most of his people and even partakes in a battle or two in the novel. Said partaking involves nuking demons.
- Big Bad Friend: Abaddon as the Destroyer is this to him.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: When the Watcher urges War to kill him after Azrael opens the way for them to reach Straga's inner sanctum, Azrael points out that Straga's death will cause the tower they're in to collapse, and without him, they'll be trapped. War states that they still need him to the Watcher and the matter is closed.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the book, he actually ends up doing this to Death of all people twice in the same chapter.Azrael: [observing Dust] Interesting.
Death: Not really. Crows make poor conversationalists.
Azrael: A good thing you've never had any interest in conversation then.
Azrael: [on the Constructs that attacked the angels] ...Constructs usually mean a Maker but—
Death: But plenty of others have been hired, purchased, or even usurped mastery of constructs before. Meaning that, for all your deliberations and all the soldiers you lost, you have nothing of any substance.
Azrael: Your tact, as always, is overwhelmingly appreciated.
- Foil: To Samael in the first game. Both assist War on his quest and are powerful magic users, but Azrael is an archangel and a benevolent person helping War to atone for his actions, while Samael is a ruthless and manipulative demon prince helping War for his own reasons.
- Honor Before Reason: Aids the horseman War in his quest despite knowing full well he'll likely be killed for his transgressions, because it's the right thing to do.
- Meaningful Name: In Hebrew, his name means help of God. Guess what his role is in the first game?
- My God, What Have I Done?: See The Atoner.
- My Greatest Failure: Helping Abaddon. Considering this lead to the destruction of the Third Kingdom, the extermination of mankind and the decimation of of much of Heavens forces, it's easier to see why he believes he deserves death.
- Old Friend: Abaddon specifically addresses him as this while discussing the plan to break six of the seven seals early and ambush the leaders of Hell.
- Redemption Equals Death: Played with. In helping War he's knowingly adhering to this trope but wither War will kill him for his crimes is still up in the air.
- Nerves of Steel: From receiving the brunt of Death's sarcasm to putting up with the Watcher, Azrael doesn't really seem to explode with emotion. Sure, he'll probably express irritation but he doesn't seem to let his emotions get the better of him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Aside from the first game, he seems to be one of the only angels who was willing to cooperate with the Horsemen in the novel (although the reason for this was because they were allies and they had a common enemy).
- Sealed Good in a Can: For most of the first game.
- Uncertain Doom: His fate is left ambiguous after the final battle, since War stated that he would be killed for his part in the conspiracy.
- Welcome to Corneria: While War is trying to free him from the Black Throne, Azrael will repeat certain lines every couple of seconds. It has since reached meme status.The beams... redirect the beams.One last beam, and I'll be free...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His part in the starting the End War ahead of time marks him as this. While he initially had reservations about Abaddon's plan, he truly believed that he was helping the universe by confronting some unknown threat.
Voiced by: Moon Bloodgood (Darksiders), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Darksiders II)
Abaddon's second-in-command who bore an implied one-sided crush towards him, Uriel commands what remains of the Hellguard stranded on Earth after Heaven closed its gates following their loss in the End War. Blaming War for Abaddon's death, she has spent a century searching for the Horseman with the intent of bringing vengeance upon him.
Uriel reappears in Darksiders II, aiding Death during the time he explores the devastated Earth for the rod of Arafel.
- Action Girl: A notable departure from her biblical counterpart, who is described either as male or asexual.
- Angelic Beauty: In a stern, scary sort of way.
- Archangel Uriel: A female version thereof.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She spent a century battling endless waves of demons, with no hope of escape, and she's still kicking. Also, she managed to keep a sizable portion of the Hellguard alive and continuing to battle Hells forces.
- Broken Pedestal: When she learns the truth about Abaddon.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Like most angels.
- Determinator: Revealed in the second game, she and the rest of the Hellgaurd were stuck on Earth for the hundred years War was dead thanks the Charred Council cutting most the paths into Earth off, and she still refuse to give up despite fight being hopeless until War showed up.
- Duel to the Death: Challenges War to "Nex Sacramentum", a sacred death oath. Although she loses, War declares her death will be at a time and place of his choosing. Subverted after Abaddon dies when Uriel kills War by completing the death oath; double-subverted as War planned this to happen from his vision by the Tree of Knowledge.
- Gender-Blender Name: Uriel is normally a name given to males, but this Uriel is a woman.
- HeelFace Turn: She was already a Hero Antagonist, but after War reveals to her who really started the Apocalypse, she joins him in taking Abbadon down.
- Hero Antagonist: To War, for most of the game, since she blames him for the early start of the Apocalypse and Abbadon's death.
- Heroic BSoD: She suffers a brief one when War reveals to her that Abaddon is the Destroyer.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Her official bio in The Art of Darksiders state that Abaddon's death, being unable to re-enter Heaven and spending a century fighting an uphill battle have made her understandably bitter. However, she still strives to do the right thing.
- Knight Templar: A bit of a problem for angels in general. She gets over it.
- Meaningful Name: In Hebrew, Uriel means "God is my light". Like all angels, Uriel fights with light-based attacks.
- Plucky Girl: Was this in The Abomination Vault when she was shown as a new recruit.
- Shock and Awe: If you look closely, a couple of her attacks to have electricity crackling.
- Subordinate Excuse: Towards Abbadon.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: In a marked contrast to the blank white Prophet Eyes that most other angels have.
- Undying Loyalty: So loyal to Abaddon that she would follow him into Hell. Subverted when she finds out that Abaddon is the Destroyer. Once the archangel is at War's mercy, he begs Uriel to save him; she doesn't.
- Worthy Opponent: To War. He explicitly states the the reason he didn't kill her after he beat her was because he thought she was the last honourable angel, and he didn't want the last of Heaven's honour to disappear.
- Futureshadowing: In The Abomination Vault, which portrays her in her early Hellguard days, War, having quickly taken a shine to her, actually states that he would be willing to fight her for real once she had more experience... after knocking her unconscious.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: To Death. She says he is honorable, which few nephilim are. To be fair, she isn't quite wrong, from what you hear of the majority of them.
- Also gets this from War, when he refused to kill her due to "not wanting the last of Heaven's honor" to die with her.
The Archon Lucien
Voiced by: Robin Atkin Downes
A powerful archangel of the Crystal Spire, the Archon employs Death to stop an unknown corruption that is spreading within the angelic outpost of Lostlight.
- Casting a Shadow: Thanks to The Corruption.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: After his Corruption is revealed, his voice takes on more raspy edge that makes him sound like he's gargling on the sludgy shadows.
- Glowing Eyes: One of the few features visible under his hood.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Subverted, then played straight. After Death cuts off his two pairs of white angel wings, typically Good Wings, he grows black and yellow wings of Corruption, decidedly Evil Wings.
- Dem Bones: His new wings seem to be made of bone (in the form of bat wings, rather than his avian ones), with Corruption wrapped around them to form the flesh.
- Holier Than Thou: A lot of what he says can be read like this. Ironically enough, that's the Corruption talking.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for driving everyone in the Ivory Citadel insane and keeping the Angel Key away from Death, though this is all just because of his Corruption.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is impaled by Death before falling to his doom.
- In the Hood: Instead of going with or without a helmet like most angel characters we've seen so far, Lucien wears a hood.
- Jerkass: Its made pretty clear that he wouldn't give Death the time of day if it weren't for the Horseman being able to assist him. Jamaerah implies he was always like this; when Lucien was infected by corruption, the change in personality was so minute that Jamaerah and the rest couldn't tell the difference until it was too late.
- Knight Templar: An outright insane variety.
- Large Ham: Especially when Death starts fighting him.
- Light 'em Up: When teleporting and not much else.
- Light Is Not Good: He's fallen prey to The Corruption, making a danger to everyone around him. Though the effects have visually made him into...
- Meaningful Name: Lucien is the French form of the Latin name Lucianus, which is derived from the other Latin name, Lucius, meaning "light". Lucien's skin is literally glowing a bright light.
- Mind over Matter: Displays some skill with telekinesis when he levitates and tries to throw a part of the battle arena at Death in their battle, though this may be due to the Rod of Arafel.
- Our Archons Are Different: A single example, an a Holier Than Thou Jerkass to boot.
- Power Glows: His head inside of his hood is glowing yellow with holy light. It turns into dark and twisted light when he decides to fight Death.
- Seer: Uses a pool in his tower to see into the future. Jamaerah states that their use was to be forbidden, and that a vision he saw within began his descent into madness and Corruption.
- Simple Staff: The Rod of Arafel is one, though the powerful holy magic coursing through it is the more important aspect.
- The Reveal: The Archon is also corrupted; in fact, it was he who had opened the Well of Souls, allowing the Destroyer to fuel his armies with countless souls. It was also he who caused the death and destruction in the Ivory Citadel.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without mentioning that he's not just a Holier Than Thou jerk, he's corrupted and is deliberately waylaying you.
Voiced by: Jamieson Price
An angel formerly of the Hellguard who guards the Archon and the Crystal Spire. He acts as a merchant for the Lostlight area.
- Badass Baritone: As provided by Jamieson Price.
- Badass Beard: Sports a thin one on his chin.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and one of two of the only survivors in Lostlight, the other being the Archon.
- Big Bad Friend: See Old Friend.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: The Archon doesn't really need the protection that Nathaniel gives, as the fight against him shows.
- Broken Pedestal: Abaddon becomes this to him once it's revealed not only did he not pass on but he became the Destroyer.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a few prominent scars on his face, no doubt from countless battles against demons.
- I Owe You My Life: Death actually saved him during the battle to defend Eden from the Nephilim, in the backstory.
- Light Is Good: The last un-Corrupted angel of the Crystal Spire.
- Meaningful Name: Nathaniel means "God has given" in Hebrew. This Nathaniel is the merchant for Lostlight.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The "reasonable" part being he seems to be the only angel that doesn't greet Death with disdain or grudging respect. The "authority" part being that angels without helmets seem to hold some sort of leader position in the military.
- Oh My Gods!: "By Abbadon's eye", but close enough.
- Old Friend: To an angel named "Vovin" (the angelic word for "dragon"). Turns out this is another name for Abaddon.
- Only Sane Man: Is literally the only uncorrupted angel in Lostlight. Including the Archon.
Jamaerah the Scribe
Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka
An angel meant to protect the records of the Ivory Citadel, he was infused with the Corruption that harmed it.
- Bald of Evil: Subverted.
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: Isn't actually a bad guy. He comes to his senses after fighting Death and helps him out, so Death spares him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By the Corruption.
- Body Horror: One of his attacks is spewing what could be assumed to be his intestines out of his stomach, covered in Corruption.
- Energy Ball: Can launch ones made of books.
- Enemy Summoner: Summons lesser Corrupted Angels.
- Fat Bastard: Subverted. He's actually a decent guy, but Corruption drove him crazy. As for his weight, it's not known if he was always this big or if Corruption made him that way.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Fires them from his chair. They're instrumental in beating him.
- Light Is Not Good: He gets better.
- Loincloth: The only piece of clothing he's wearing. It looks almost as if most of his clothes were torn off.
- Mind over Matter: All of his attacks involve some form of telekinesis with Corruption.
- Mr. Exposition: Explains what really happened to the Archon.
- He also provides most of the flavor text on items in Darksiders III.
- Seer: He mentions in his dialogue with Death that, in addition to being a scribe, he has the gift of future sight, which is frowned upon by most angels.
- You Will Be Spared: With Samael, who never really cared that much about the fight itself, he is the only boss character in Darksiders II who is not killed by Death, due to saying what he knew and being helpful.
Voiced by Dave Fennoy
- A Father to His Men: Usiel admits he's been losing more of his troops every day and it weighs heavy on him. Wanting to see them alive again is what allows Lust to corrupt him.
- The Corruptible: Lust manages to convince him to join her side by appealing to his desire for the angels to have their numbers replenished.
- Improbable Weapon User: Usiel uses a church bell on a chain as his weapon of choice. A complete contrast to his brethren who typically use lances (that double as rifles), cannons, swords, staves and magic.