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     Aziraphale 
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Played by: Michael Sheen, Miranda Richardson (briefly)

The guardian of the East Gate of the Garden of Eden, and one of Heaven's most successful agents on Earth. Likes books and small restaurants where they know your name.


  • Actual Pacifist: According to himself, Aziraphale has never actually killed anyone and is highly uncomfortable with the idea of killing the Antichrist. His pacifism and love for the world set him apart from the other angels, who all root for the war to happen.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He doesn't have as much of an edge as his book counterpart, and isn't the one to first suggest killing Adam.
  • Adorkable: Aziraphale is quite endearing, if sometimes a little bumbling. Special mention goes to him enthusiastically practicing his magic tricks.
  • All-Loving Hero: Being an angel, this seems sort of required; but Aziraphale still stands out compares to the other angels as he truly cares about humanity and living creatures in general. This even extends to demons. Aziraphale promptly offers Crowley, the demon who is personally responsible for tempting Eve to eat the apple, shelter from the rain when he is in no way obligated to show him kindness.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Like Crowley, he doesn't fit in with his "side"; unlike Crowley, Aziraphale lacks the chutzpah to demand a level of respect from his colleagues. All of the other angels either sneer at him, condescend to him, or outright insult him.
  • Ambiguously Gay: According to the book, angels don't have a sexuality "unless they really make the effort." The TV series plays up the Homoerotic Subtext that exists in the book, with God herself mentioning that Aziraphale has learned to dance (the only angel to do so, no less) at a "discreet gentlemen's club" in the 1880s.note 
    • In fact, both Neil Gaiman and Michael Sheen have affirmed their belief that Aziraphale is in love with Crowley. However, they believe the characters' otherworldly identities transcend simple definitions of gender and sexual/romantic orientation.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Whenever Aziraphale runs into a morally conflicting situation, his go-to solution is trying to get Crowley doing it for him because Aziraphale is the nice guy. Pity that Crowley is either "personally not up for killing kids" or busy mourning his Bentley.
  • Bad Liar: One thing he has in common with Crowley, as his tells are really transparent. Fortunately, his fellow angels are even worse, as they're not accustomed to humanity at all.
  • Bookworm: He's very fond of books, as he runs his own bookstore and is quite proud of his collection of books of prophecy. Unlike in the original book, where he would do anything short of physical violence to prevent people from actually buying books from his store, in the series he is shown to have customers.
  • Broken Pedestal: Firmly believes that Heaven will listen to him and stop the war if he tries hard enough to persuade them, until he finally realizes they want the war and aren't just doing it because they think it's necessary.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: As an angelic being he cannot resist the opportunity to help people in need, and sometimes going a little overboard with it.
  • Compliment Backfire: Him mentioning or bringing up how Crowley is actually a nice person deep down usually gets Crowley to snap at him that he is not nice because he's a demon.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Aziraphale is caught between his loyalty towards heaven and his friendship with the demon Crowley.
  • Creature of Habit: Unlike Crowley, who moves with the times, modern Aziraphale likes to maintain a peaceful, old-fashioned sort of life. He keeps the same clothes for decades, and has been running his bookshop for centuries. Interestingly, he did adjust to different time periods in the past; he just appears to have given up on it since the Victorian era.
  • Distressed Dude: Not technically a dude, per se, but Crowley has to save him from discorporation at least twice.
  • The Ditherer: Aziraphale vacillates between his loyalty to Heaven, and his affection for both Earth and Crowley. He desperately tries to keep both sides happy for the majority of the series, but ultimately his closeness to humanity and his bond with Crowley wins out — particularly when he realises how misplaced his trust in Heaven was.
  • Eating Optional: He doesn't need to eat, but he does enjoy tasting food and nearly got his head chopped off in France during the Revolution because he just had to get some crepes from France.
  • The Empath: As a being of love himself, Aziraphale detects a strong love for the entire village of Tadfield.
  • The Fettered: Aziraphale has a firm moral compass, a great love for humanity, and a strong aversion to killing and fighting in general. Believing that as the good guys Heaven should do their best to avoid unnecessary wars, he runs into conflict with his side as the angels have different ideas as to what is good and what is bad.
  • Flaming Sword: What he was known for having until he gave it away to Adam and Eve, and it eventually ends up in War's hands.
  • Foil: To the rest of Heaven. Unlike every other angel in Heaven's forces, who are strongly to be implied Punch-Clock Tautological Templars who are more interested in settling their own personal war with the demons instead of preserving the Earth and everyone on it, Aziraphale is a genuinely nice being who has grown to enjoy many of mankind's little pleasures and eccentricities, including the consumption of food and his extensive book collection. This is best illustrated in his clothes: while angels all wear perfectly white- and cream-colored clothes that would not look out of place in an office building, Aziraphale has been wearing a (worn-out) suit that he has kept for over a hundred years out of fondness for it. His clothes have slightly yellowed as a result, reflecting both his lack of ideological purity and his kinder, warmer nature.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Though he is somewhat softened for the series, Aziraphale still swaps his outfit with the executioner's and doesn't have a backward glance as he's taken to the guillotine. Also, while he initially protests the idea, it's ultimately Aziraphale who pulls the trigger on Adam at the airbase.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Except for one occasion, Aziraphale never swears, and even when he tries to make an effort, he clearly strains when trying to even form a curse word.
    Aziraphale: You — you b— bad angels!
  • Grew a Spine: Goes from parroting what he's been taught in Heaven to straight-up refusing to fight in the war between Heaven and Hell.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Unlike Crowley, who went through a bunch of period-appropriate Expository Hairstyle Changes throughout the centuries, Aziraphale's hairstyle has remained virtually the same since Eden.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent:
    • He has a particular passion for stage magic, but he is Giftedly Bad at it. When Crowley points out that he could do actual magic instead through his miracles, Aziraphale says that he prefers stage magic because it's more fun to do.
    • Subverted in the case of dancing. While angels generally don't dance and demons suck at it, Aziraphale (with a bit of practice) learned to dance the gavotte pretty well in the 1880s.
  • Holier Than Thou: When faced with a particularly tough ethical decision, he tends to try and have Crowley do the dirty work to keep his own conscience clear, taking the typical "I'm good because I'm defined that way" route that other angels tend to take.
    Aziraphale: You're the demon. I'm the nice one. I don't have to kill children. If you kill him, then the world gets a reprieve and Heaven does not have blood on its hands.
    Crowley: Oh, no blood on your hands? That's a bit holier-than-thou, isn't it?
    Aziraphale: I am a great deal holier-than-thou. That's the whole point.
  • Insistent Terminology: Angels aren't occult, they're ethereal.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He played the role of one during the Middle Ages by donning gorgeous silver-and-white plate armor and going on a heroic quest to defeat the dreaded Black Knight... who, of course, turns out to be Crowley doing his thing. They immediately call off their duel when they realize the other's identity, but considering Aziraphale's distaste for violence it's doubtful he would've engaged the Black Knight in battle anyway.
  • Light Is Good: Wears bright clothing in contrast to Crowley's, has white wings and almost white hair
  • Man in White: Wears white clothing.
  • Mystical White Hair: Unlike most of the other angels, he has stark white hair, or at least incredibly light blond hair.
  • Nice Guy: Gives his flaming sword to Adam and Eve when they leave the garden because it would be cold outside, they needed something to fend off predators, and Eve was expecting. He also was called off of duty once because he performed "too many miracles."
  • Not So Different: From Crowley, as is made repeatedly clear. Both of them end up becoming more fond of humanity (and each other) than they are of their respective sides.
  • Oblivious to Love: Even when it's blatantly obvious that Crowley genuinely cares for Aziraphale as a result of an emotional connection, not simply the terms of "the arrangement" or as part of some demonic game, Aziraphale either doesn't realise or won't let himself admit that Crowley is being sincere.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Can't not do what he's told, but can be persuaded to "thwart" Crowley by doing something he's not told to do.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Like Crowley, he’s a supernatural being with no sex (unless he tries) or defined gender. He’s not as fluid in his gender presentation as Crowley and generally prefers to present as male, but he has no qualms about sharing a female body with Madame Tracy.
    • In Rome, Aziraphale cheers with "Salutaria" which is the vocative neuter plural form of the word. So he's referring to himself, and Crowley, as neither male nor female.
  • Precision F-Strike: When he's sent back to heaven by accidentally stepping into his active circle after Shadwell attempts to exorcise him, believing he was a demon. It's only one of three F-bombs dropped in the whole series, and the only time Aziraphale himself ever swears.
    Aziraphale: Oh...fuck.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: He may grumble about it, but Crowley is very susceptible to Aziraphale's puppy-dog expression. It often gets Aziraphale his own way, whether that means a demonic dry cleaning service or the success of Hamlet.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: He sometimes doesn't realize that Crowley is being sarcastic with him and takes his words as compliments.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: For all his hemming and hawing about the way things are done and what he's supposed to be doing, when push comes to shove, Aziraphale will always choose to do the right thing over following the rules. Hell, in his very first scene, he goes behind God's back to give his flaming sword to Adam and Eve, because he was worried they wouldn't be able to fend for themselves outside the garden.
  • Signature Scent: According to Crowley, Aziraphale has a scent that is distinct from whatever cologne he happens to be wearing.
  • Sharing a Body: For a short time with Madame Tracy.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Aziraphale hasn't killed a soul in over 6000 years and isn't hot on starting now. He came very close to breaking his rule, but Madam Tracy fortunately prevents it from happening.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Ironically enough that is what Aziraphale's conflict with Heaven boils down to. He choses the latter.
  • Too Dumb to Live: For all his efforts, Aziraphale's understanding of the human mind does have its limits, which leads to him traveling to France for some crêpes... dressed in an aristocrat's outfit, during the French Revolution. He promptly finds himself on death row with a VIP ticket for the guillotine, more annoyed than afraid considering that his body's destruction means very little to a celestial being. Crowley busts him out just in the nick of time, but not without heaping some biting sarcasm on Aziraphale's lapse in judgment first.
  • Tsundere: A mild example, but while Crowley won't hesitate to refer to Aziraphale as his friend, the latter will rarely admit to this. This is mainly due to the fact that Crowley is a demon while he is an angel, which means they are technically on opposite sides.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. He's extremely conflicted when Crowley suggests killing an eleven-year-old boy to prevent the Apocalypse, but at the air base, it's only Madam Tracy's intervention that prevents him from shooting Adam on the spot.
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     Crowley 
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Played by: David Tennant

The snake who tempted Eve in Eden, and one of Hell's most successful agents on Earth. Likes sunglasses, leather, and cool music. Anything cool, really.


  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Crowley's ability to freeze time is shown very subtly in Episode 3 (indicated by the guillotine stopping mid-fall), but isn't explicitly utilized until he delays Satan's arrival in Episode 6 to talk to Adam.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: A mild version, but Crowley spends more time bemoaning his demonic state than he does in the book.
  • Affectionate Nickname: As in the book, he occasionally calls Aziraphale "angel."
  • Age Lift: A mild case, which doesn't apply to his real age. In the book, Crowley is described as a "young man" by several human characters, implying that he looks like he's in his twenties or thirties. In the show, he's played by David Tennant, who's in his late forties.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Like Aziraphale, Crowley doesn't really fit in with his lot, becoming too fond of humanity and lacking true malice the other demons possess. He still manages to keep up appearances by Stealing the Credit and is popular enough to be trusted with the delivery and upbringing of the Antichrist, much to his chagrin.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Crowley's entire persona pays homage to flamboyant rock icons like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, and Ozzy Osbourne. There's also the conspicuous amounts of Homoerotic Subtext between him and Aziraphale, which is lampshaded heavily in the TV series.
  • Animal Eyes: Unlike Aziraphale, who looks entirely human, Crowley has snake eyes as a holdover of his original form as a demonic serpent. They change appearance based on the time period and Crowley's stress level; the earlier in time it is, the more reptilian his eyes. Meanwhile, a relaxed Crowley chatting in the bookshop has slightly more "human" eyes (whites visible, but with a gold iris and slit pupil), but a panicking Crowley screaming for his best friend has purely snake eyes (with no white at all).
  • Animal Motifs: Like most demons, he's associated with a traditional "evil" animal — in his case, snakes. He was the Serpent of Eden, his original name was Crawly, he has a snake-like tattoo on his cheek, and even in the modern age he has snake's eyes he keeps hidden behind his sunglasses and wears snakeskin-patterned shoes (or they might be his feet).
  • Bad Liar: When he's put on the spot he has a difficult time lying.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Aziraphale is the only character to ever treat Crowley with kindness, who in turn considers him his best (and only) friend and saves Aziraphale on a few occasions.
  • Berserk Button: A mild one, but he does not appreciate being called "nice."
  • Best Friend: He considers Aziraphale to be his best friend, but he doesn't really say it to his face.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Crowley isn't taken very seriously by his fellow demons who frown upon his evil deeds which include taking down mobile networks and building a really annoying motorway; things that his demon compatriots find ridiculous and irrelevant, since it's not what they consider craftsmanship. But not only is it implied that his methods are far more effective than the traditional demonic methods of just corrupting one soul at a time, he's also a Guile Hero and not above using holy water on a fellow demon (something that even Hastur is appalled by), which allows Crowley to take down two far more powerful demons.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For a demon, Crowley comes racing dramatically to the rescue quite a lot. His rescue of Aziraphale in the church during World War Two is hampered by his consecrated ground induced tap-dancing routine, but the intention and results fall into this trope. Later, storming into Tadfield Airbase in a burning car is a more straightforward example.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He has a much broader imagination than his infernal kin and was able to get away with taking the credit for various atrocities across human history like the Spanish Inquisition and the Reign of Terror, but he would much rather go drinking and driving around in his Bentley than bother planning anything so big. Aside from a few pranks and causing mild annoyance on a macro-scale, he has no real passion for true malice, coming up with the "arrangement" with Aziraphale because he knows that neither side really cares about results as long as they look busy.
  • Cool Car: Drives a beautiful vintage 1926 Bentley in dark grey and black that he has owned from new and grown really attached to. Doing anything to it is a sure-fire way to arouse his displeasure.
  • Cool Shades: Crowley rarely moves among humans without hiding his demonic eyes behind a pair of nifty sunglasses, even in historical eras where sunglasses hadn't been invented yet. He also doesn't care whether it's day or night.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Humans seem to be unable to see Crowley's snake eyes, yet he keeps an entire stash of spare Cool Shades in his Cool Car in case the ones he's wearing need to be replaced.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: When he uses the holy water Aziraphale gave him to kill Ligur.
    Hastur: He hadn't done nothing to you!
    Crowley: Yet.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: His curiosity is apparently what got Crowley kicked out of Heaven. In addition to "hanging around the wrong people", he "only ever asked questions", which was enough to make him fall. Suffice to say, he is none too happy about it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Whereas the other demons are proud of their part in the rebellion, Crowley is still haunted by his memories of falling from Heaven.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a demon and wearing dark clothes and having black wings, he's actually quite nice compared to his other co-workers which Aziraphale makes constant note of. He even wants to stop Armageddon from happening because he's grown to like Earth and the humans. Crowley repeatedly lampshades this, mentioning at various times that he hung out with the wrong crowd, asked questions because back then that was all it took, and that he didn't "fall" so much as "sauntered vaguely downwards".
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's very fond of snarking at his counterpart. When it comes down to Heaven and Hell getting more vicious than he's comfortable with, he can get downright venomous.
  • Decomposite Character: Not only was he the snake that tempted Eve into eating the fruit of knowledge (often attributed to Satan by modern theists), but he was also the one who showed Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world (who was explicitly Satan). He wasn't even trying to tempt him to anything, he just wanted to show Jesus what he was missing.
  • Determinator: Crowley is extremely persistent. If he wants something to happen he will almost invariably make it happen one way or another.
    • After Aziraphale rebukes Crowley's inquiries to obtain Holy Water for him multiple times, Crowley starts trying to get it by giving himself reasons to be in the vicinity of Churches to try and steal some, despite the fact that as a demon, standing in Churches is like constantly touching a hot pan, and the water itself might outright kill him. Planning a robbery heist at a Church roughly a century after Crowley initially asked is the last straw for Aziraphale before he gives into getting him the water.
    • While driving through the burning M25, he manages to hold his Bentley together and survive through sheer force of will via imagining that it is not burning and he is fine. He manages to keep the Bentley functional and intact (though still on fire) until he reaches the Tadfield airbase.
  • Did Not Think This Through: A minor Running Gag is that he'll do things to torment the entire London area... without considering that he lives in London.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Is willing to drive ninety in the city streets and Aziraphale has to constantly remind him to keep his eyes on the road. On the flip side, either his driving skills, his Cool Car or both allow him to drive in ways no human could hope to emulate, so it's debatable if his crazy driving actually endangers anyone.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When it looks like Aziraphale has been really killed, Crowley reacts by abandoning his plan to leave Earth and getting incredibly drunk in a nearby pub.
  • Eating Optional: He doesn't need to eat, but he does occasionally wine and dine with Aziraphale and greatly enjoys alcohol.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite denying it on multiple occasions it's obvious that Aziraphale cares a great deal about Crowley. Of course it helps that Crowley really isn't all that evil.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a demon on the side of evil, Crowley shows a stronger resistance to more brutal actions. This ultimately goes to show that despite being a demon, he's not actually 'evil'
    • While he's fine with certain evil actions and being a pain to humans in regular ways, he draws the line at killing kids. When Aziraphale tells Crowley God plans on drowning even kids in The Great Flood, Crowley gives a confused and baffled reaction as to why Heaven is agreeing to this when it seems like something his people would do. When Crowley and Aziraphale figure out where Adam is, they discuss killing him as a last resort; Aziraphale abstains from being the one to kill him as it would be against his nature, while Crowley himself is personally not "up for killing kids."
    • After tempting Adam and Eve with the fruit of knowledge, Crowley calls out God for exiling them from paradise. Crowley not only doesn't see anything wrong with knowing good from evil, he himself views the temptation as just a bit of mischief, implying he'd not have done it if he'd known the harm it would have caused the mortals.
  • Evil Is Petty: His idea of "evil" usually involves people suffering due to annoying mishaps, like cutting power off to the phone lines and creating traffic on the M25. He delights in the annoyance it causes for humans and sees it as effective for fostering evil and suffering in the long-term, but his demon compatriots don't find it as amusing.
  • Evil Slinks: Crowley's alternative form is a snake, and he walks in a way that reflects this. It straddles the line between Sexy Walk and Silly Walk.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Unlike Aziraphale, he's gone through a lot of different hairstyles throughout the centuries.
  • Fiery Redhead: Lives up to this trope, and he's prone to fits of anger.
  • Flaming Devil: As detailed in Ambiguously Gay Crowley is much more flamboyant in his appearance this time around, with more Homoerotic Subtext added for good measure.
  • Foil: To the rest of Hell. Most demons dress like tattered homeless people with an animal for a hat, have dark eyes and prefer to ensure absolute corruption and devastation among individuals. Crowley on the other hand dresses in finely tailored suits, has snake eyes and prefers to inflict mild annoyances on a massive scale, ensuring quantity over quality in terms of suffering among humanity. These difference are implied to be because he never possessed the same undying loyalty in Satan and his machinations of universal evil as the rest of the Fallen Angels in his army, as well as having lived among humans for so long. This is best illustrated when Crowley explains how he had hacked into a computer and redesigned the London freeway system to indefinitely churn evil energies, only for Hastur to ask him what a computer is.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Crowley has conspicuous snake eyes, which is why he normally wears sunglasses.
  • Guile Hero: Crowley is a quick-thinker, coming up with a ploy on the spot to escape from Hastur.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Crowley temporarily loses Aziraphale he just gives up, drinks himself out of his mind, and starts telling everyone in his chosen bar his story of becoming a demon. A second, less serious one occurs when his Bentley finally succumbs to the flames, to the point where he ignores a soldier pointing a gun at them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of Crowley's petty acts of evil was a subtle albeit convoluted redesign of London's M25 motorway so that it would form a hellish glyph and drive the humans crazy with endless traffic jams. He himself ends up stuck in one of those very traffic jams at the worst possible moment, with Armageddon barely half an hour away.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Unique among demons, Crowley has an imagination, which allows him to survive driving his Bentley through the burning M25, by imagining that it's just fine.
  • Inane Blabbering: Any time he's emotional (particularly when he's nervous, indignant or drunk) Crowley starts spluttering, as though he's chewing on the words before he spits them out.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Crowley always Drives Like Crazy in his Bentley, but when he forces it straight through a massive wall of hellfire by deciding that it'll work, he ends up driving a Bentley that's ablaze all over all the way to his destination. Even the normally passive humans take note of that stunt (but are too stunned by the audacity to actually react properly).
  • Insistent Terminology: Crowley did not fall, he sauntered vaguely downwards.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a Fallen Angel who's also a massive prick, by the end of the miniseries it becomes clear that his heart's in the right place.
  • Jerkass Façade: While Crowley and Aziraphale know perfectly well he's not that evil, suggesting that he's nice is great way to get Crowley to rant about being a demon and thus not nice. This might be partly because it would get him in trouble with Hell.
  • Kangaroo Court: Becomes the victim of one in the final episode as a result of his previous actions, with Beelzebub acting as the judge, Hastur as the prosecutor and Dagon as... another prosecutor in case Hastur overlooked something they could pin on Crowley. With a jury composed of dozens of crazed demons out for Crowley's blood, his fate was sealed long before he even walked into the courtroom. He gets out fine, though.
  • Large Ham: Tennant really lets loose in this show, bringing a hyperactive and aggressive character to life. From yelling at his plants to GROW BETTER, to his drive through the M25, Crowley just oozes ham.
  • Late to the Tragedy: Comes back after his argument with Aziraphale only to find the bookshelf on fire, causing him to believe the angel is dead for real and break down in said flaming bookshop.
  • Meaningful Rename: He renames himself "Crowley" instead of "Crawley", claiming his previous name sounds too "squirming at your feet-ish".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While he loves and enjoys making humans miserable via inconveniences, sometimes that misery comes back to bite him later. In the first episode after he shut down all the mobile lines when he tries to contact Aziraphale, he can't make a call. When he needs to get to the Air Force base, he ends up stuck in traffic on the M25 that he claims to have created. His reaction when he realizes what's happening is plenty hilarious.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Invoked when he takes to calling himself Anthony J. Crowley. When Aziraphale asks what the "J" stands for, he admits it's just a "J", really.
  • Noble Demon: Crowley is a demon situated on Earth whose assigned mission is to spread sin among humans and, in fact, was the original serpent who tempted Eve. However, six millennia of living with humans influences him to the point where he's become fond of humans and doesn't like the idea of them being wiped out in the Apocalypse - in fact, he actively tries to prevent it. There's also the fact that his best friend Aziraphale is an angel who's supposed to be his sworn enemy. Aziraphale could be considered a mild inversion of the Noble Demon, as while he sincerely believes in and commits himself to goodness, he displays decidedly un-angelic traits, such as materialism, a love of food, and occasional drinking binges with a demon.
    • Aziraphale actively works against Heaven's plan to bring about Armageddon just as resolutely as Crowley works against Hell's. The story implies that the actual differences between the two afterlives aren't as big as advertised, and that God isn't actually actively on either side.
    • When you've spent 6,000 years on Earth with no other supernatural entities but each other for company, an agreement is inevitable. Crowley is still evil, but not too evil; and Aziraphale can be good, but not too good. And they should probably thwart each others' plans once in a while for, you know, appearance's sake. And there's nothing wrong with the occasional cup of tea together. And Crowley's car is a much better means of getting around so it's surely OK to ride together once in a while, when necessary (although Aziraphale just cannot come to appreciate Crowley's taste in music).
    • Crowley himself insists that the reason he ended up in the rebellion is simply because he hung around with wrong crowd, as he didn't so much fall as sauntered vaguely downwards.
    • Simply put, Crowley is only evil on paper. He's actually a quite decent fellow once you get to know him, but you won't catch him admitting it.
  • The Nose Knows: Although it's downplayed, Crowley appears to have an enhanced sense of smell (which would make sense for a demonic snake). He can "smell" a change in the air when the hellhound is released, and he's memorised Aziraphale's scent, being able to identify it even beneath a new cologne. As with the angels' evil-detecting ability, it's a little unclear whether what he's picking up is a real, physical scent, but he's certainly using his nose.
  • Not So Different: From Aziraphale, as is made repeatedly clear. Both of them end up becoming more fond of humanity than they are of their respective sides.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Aziraphale and Crowley witness the construction of Noah's Ark and Aziraphale tells Crowley that most of humanity is going to be wiped out, it is Crowley who visibly is the more horrified of the two. The same happens during the crucifixion of Christ.
  • Oh, Crap!: Crowley has his fair share of these moments; his biggest one being when he realizes Satan himself is coming, and he's pissed.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Like Aziraphale, he’s a sexless, genderless supernatural entity. He’s more fluid in his gender-presentation than the angel, presenting as female in 33AD and as Nanny Asthoreth and including a female style of sunglasses and scarf, as well as women's jeans, in his modern day outfits.
    • In Rome, Aziraphale cheers with "Salutaria," which is the vocative neuter plural form of the word. So he's referring to Crowley, and himself, as neither male nor female.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: His beloved Bentley.
  • Precision F-Strike: Gets one of three in the entire series, after realizing Beelzebub followed through on her threat to tell the 'Big Guy' downstairs.
    Crowley: This is Satan himself. It isn't about Armageddon. This is personal. We are fucked.
  • Poke the Poodle: His brand of evil consists of mildly annoying people so that they'll take it out on others, which somehow guarantees their souls will go to hell.
  • Porn Stache: A flashback shows that he sported one during the seventies, which is fitting since they were in style during that decade.
  • Properly Paranoid: He spends more than a century trying to obtain holy water because he knows that sooner or later the other demons will figure out what he has been up to and will come after him. Sure enough, when the time comes, two Dukes of Hell come after him and the holy water is the surprise weapon that gives him a fighting chance.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Crowley has always been a bit of a maverick, to the the point that it got him into trouble with both heaven and hell at different points in time. He basically came up with the arrangement and repeatedly tells Aziraphale they are on their own side.
  • Red Right Hand: He has golden, slit-pupiled snake eyes behind his ever-present sunglasses, marking his nature as a demon — not an evil one, but a demon nonetheless.
  • Schizo Tech: Crowley's generally a Man of Wealth and Taste with an affinity for the latest tech on the market, but then he keeps using a hilariously old-fashioned desk phone including a tape-based answering machine in parallel to his modern smartphone, and he loves his 1926 Bentley so much that he's never driven another car since he got it fresh from the assembly line.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He plans on running away to Alpha Centauri, but can't convince Aziraphale to come with him.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Crowley is always dressed in the very latest fashions, whatever the era. (His black velvet jacket from the Sixties flashbacks is to die for.)
  • Sinister Shades: He always wears shades to cover up his Hellish Pupils when around other humans.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Crowley slouches all the time. Like his odd way of walking, it might be a hint of his serpentine nature.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, likes to stay on top of current fashion, and has quite an odd walk.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: An evil demon, Crowley, literally has snake eyes. Crowley can change into a serpent, and he was the serpent who tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Says this word for word to Hastur preceding his improvised escape, complete with a snake-hiss. Cue unmanly screaming from Hastur.
  • Sucks at Dancing: Unlike angels, demons can and do in fact dance, with Crowley supposedly being the best of them. Having said that... his dancing straddles a fine line somewhere between "has to be seen to be believed" and "best look away right now."
  • Sunglasses at Night: He always wears sunglasses in public regardless of whether it's day or night, since they hide his conspicuous snake eyes. Hastur lampshades this by complaining about how he always wears sunglasses even when he doesn't need to.
  • Stealing the Credit: He claims to have done certain great things that give him his reputation in Hell, but most of the time it was usually a human's idea (such as the Spanish Inquisition and the Second World War).
  • That Came Out Wrong: Aziraphale discusses the end of the world with Crowley, asking him if he is sure that the Antichrist is born. Crowley replies that he should know because he delivered him. He promptly corrects himself saying he didn't "deliver-delivered" him.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Crowley's not exactly happy about his demonhood and all the negative associations it entails, ranting several times that he simply hung with a bad crowd that ended up roping him into something he never wanted. This isn't to say that he doesn't enjoy the powers he has, but they're no different from Aziraphale's except his lack of inhibitions against using them, and Crowley seems to go to some lengths in order to avoid doing anything actually evil. As far as demons go, he's basically just a superpowered Troll with a decent core.
  • Tsundere: Not to the same levels as Aziraphale but due to his nature as a demon, Crowley bristles at and rebukes any suggestion that he might actually be a decent person or that he's done anything nice for anyone even if actions prove so, especially if Aziraphale points it out.
  • When He Smiles: Crowley rarely smiles. Though this is actually a bit appropriate, due to him and Aziraphale being in such a stressful situation, it's a thing of beauty whenever Crowley lets his Jerkass Façade break and he gives a genuine smile. It's usually aimed at Aziraphale, though, so make of that what you will.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. Unlike in the novel, where it's Aziraphale's idea, here Crowley is the one to suggest that if something were to happen to the Antichrist, Armageddon would be postponed. He later says he's uncomfortable with the idea of killing a child and isn't "up for it" himself, but his conscience seems to be OK with insisting Aziraphale should be the one to do it.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His eyes are yellow, and while he's nicer than most demons he can still be very sneaky.

Heaven

    General Tropes 
  • Angelic Beauty: With the exception of Sandalphon, they are all very pleasant to look at, especially compared to the demons other than Crowley.
  • Allergic to Evil: While their bodies could be destroyed by conventional means, this only mildly inconveniences them. Much like holy water to demons, the only way to destroy an angel is through hellfire.
  • Always Lawful Good: In theory, anyway. Being angels, they are predisposed to being nice and polite, though their definition of "good" comes across more as a case of "we are good, therefore whatever we do is the right thing."
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Being angels makes them "the good guys" and thus they consider themselves superior to just about anyone else who isn't God. They, and Gabriel in particular think they are absolutely right about everything and won't accept doubt in their judgement. Not even from another angel.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Being angels, they typically wear white and some of them have gold markings on their bodies.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They identify as the good side and support virtues in everything that they do, but pretty much all of them (the exception being Aziraphale) are not only unconcerned with the massive collateral damage to mankind and all life on the Earth the Apocalypse will inflict, but they seem to be hoping that it will happen.
  • Light Is Good: Played With. They all wear white or cream-colored clothing kept in pristine shape, and some of the angels have adornments of gold somewhere on their person. Of course, they are really just Punch Clock Heroes at their best, Good Is Not Nice at their worst.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Hell, as they're more concerned with "winning" the Apocalypse rather than actually being... well, good.
    • To humanity and the Earth, with it being implied that all of the horrible things Heaven has done "according to the Grand Plan" are because of them misunderstanding Her Ineffable Plan in the same way that religious fundamentalists do awful things in God's name.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They usually wear white or cream-colored clothing and are able to sprout white wings, and some of them have gold markings somewhere on their bodies. Also, as a general rule, they don't dance (the only exception is Aziraphale, who learned how to dance the gavotte in the 1880s).
  • Silk Hiding Steel: The angels in general and Michael in particular are this. They are very polite, rarely raise their voice and smile a lot, but there is cold steel underneath.
  • Tautological Templar: The angels run on that logic quite a bit. Since angels are defined as good and virtuous, everything they do is good and just by default. That also happens to include fighting in Armageddon, an event that would destroy life on earth as we know it. Michael perfectly sums their way of thinking up.
    Michael: Of course you can trust me! I'm an angel.

     God 

The Creator, the Almighty, the One Above All, the poker dealer who won't tell you the rules and who smiles all the time. Narrates the series.


  • Big Good: It's hinted that She planned everything from the beginning, setting things into motion so that Adam would go against his destiny and not end the world. It's also hinted that like Crowley and Aziraphale, She likes humanity and not in the condescending manner Gabriel and the other angels do.
  • Divine Race Lift: God has long been regarded as male, but here She's voiced by a woman and occasionally referred to by other characters with female pronouns (when they aren't just referring to Her as "Lord" or "the Almighty").
  • Fangirl: God apparently loves The Sound of Music and it would be one of the things that Heaven keeps around should they win.
  • Gender Flip: God is referred to as He in the original book.
  • God Is Good: If She did indeed plan on Armageddon being averted, then it appears She does care about humanity, and actually agrees with Aziraphale and Crowley. Or maybe laying things out and seeing what humanity would do in the face of disaster was the whole point — will they embrace their worst qualities and fall into chaos, or will they say Screw Destiny and try and stop it?
  • Have You Seen My God?: A variant, with it being less that She's actually missing and more that She just refuses to properly answer people (aside from placidly smiling at them, of course) so that they can make their own decisions.
  • In Mysterious Ways: By Her own admission, comparing Herself in the intro to a cheating poker dealer, running a game for which nobody else knows the rules in a dark room. The mains eventually conclude the entire plot was Just as Planned.
  • King of All Cosmos: She apparently planted dinosaur fossils to play a joke on paleontologists, and is also a big fan of The Sound of Music.
  • Lemony Narrator: Most of Her narration is practically oozing with snark.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Heaven justifies some of Her more ruthless actions (casting Adam and Eve out of Eden, creating the Great Flood, planning Armageddon, etc.) as being part of Her "Great Plan." Crowley is disgusted by this, especially since he fell simply for asking questions. (Though the bar is implied to have been significantly raised since then.) To Her credit, though, it's implied that most of the horrible things Heaven's done in Her name are less a result of Her specific orders and more what they thought She wanted them to do.
  • The Voice: She serves as the narrator for the miniseries and speaks directly to Aziraphale during a flashback (the only time She directly interacts with any other character onscreen), but She's never actually seen.

     Gabriel 
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Played by: Jon Hamm

Aziraphale's direct superior in the Heavenly hierarchy.


  • Archangel Gabriel: The one and only. In this series, he's Aziraphale's direct superior and frequently shows up to give him orders from Heaven.
  • Ascended Extra: Gabriel was only briefly mentioned once in the book. In the series, he's a much more prominent character since he typically serves as the line of communication between Aziraphale and the rest of Heaven.
  • Bad Boss: Gabriel zig-zags between this trope and Benevolent Boss. He is usually fairly affable and generous with praise, and it seems he genuinely wants to believe that there is a "perfectly innocent explanation" for Aziraphale hanging around Crowley (as opposed to Michael who is more suspicious about it). That said, he is also overbearing, pompous and completely convinced of his own righteousness. People going against his orders and thus (what he believes to be) God's Ineffable Plan causes him to lose his cool, and he deems it acceptable to execute "traitors" to make an example of them. To put it simply, Gabriel is benevolent as long as everyone obeys his command, but turns merciless if you go against his authority. Aziraphale at one point also mentions that "you don't want to get Gabriel upset with you", implying that he can do a bit more than just sending strongly worded notes.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Forms one with Beelzebub, with both being the most powerful characters in the respective divine and demonic hierarchies that are dedicated to making sure the apocalypse happens properly.
  • Can't Take Criticism: As affable as he appears, Gabriel doesn't tolerate backtalking from someone inferior to him or any implication that he might be wrong about something. It causes him to finally lose his cool and drop the F-bomb (one of only three) in the final episode.
  • Composite Character: He takes the role of The Metatron from the book in being God's primary messenger and trying to convince Adam to make Armageddon happen.
  • Control Freak: As he carries out (what he believes to be) God's Ineffable Plan, Gabriel expects every angel to think just like himself and follow his every command. He is not one to take criticism or backtalking and the penalty for it might just be execution via hellfire.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Beelzebub try and work together to convince Adam to restart Armageddon after he refuses to do so.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It soon becomes perfectly clear that he (and, by extension, the vast majority of the other angels) really doesn't care about actually doing positive things in the world and are more concerned with being the "Order" to Hell's "Chaos."
  • Holier Than Thou: In spades. He's an angel, therefore everything he does is right and good, while not giving a single thought to all the innocent people who would die in the apocalypse.
  • Large and in Charge: Physically he is the most imposing of the angels, and the only authority higher than him would be God.
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite being an angel who's ostensibly on the side of good, when it comes down to it he's really a Jerkass who considers humanity as inferior and only cares about Heaven winning the war during the apocalypse. He constantly shoots down Aziraphale's attempts to prevent the war and even tries to goad Adam into restarting Armageddon.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: His 'human' impersonation is completely terrible. He loudly proclaims that he's going to purchase pornography from Aziraphale's bookstore while holding up a book that isn't even porn. He thinks he did a splendid job blending in.
  • My Way or the Highway: As his actor puts it, Gabriel is a team player, as long as he is the captain of that team. Going against him, and by extension (to Gabriel's understanding) the Ineffable Plan, will get you executed real quick.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a massive one, when Aziraphale apparently survives the execution via hellfire.
  • Precision F-Strike: He gets one of three in the whole series when his pleasant veneer slips away completely and it's shown how much of a Jerkass he really is when Aziraphale is about to be destroyed for betraying Heaven.
    Gabriel: Don't talk to me about the greater good, sunshine. I'm the Archangel Fucking Gabriel.
  • Purple Eyes: The only thing about his physical appearance that looks unusual.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Gabriel disdains most of the human world. But he does love nice suits.
  • Smug Smiler: The Archangel Fucking Gabriel always sports a shit-eating grin, even when there's nothing even remotely funny about the situation.
  • Smug Snake: Gabriel is totally convinced of his moral and intellectual superiority, despite Dramatically Missing the Point of being on the side of good.
  • Sore Loser: Gabriel is noticeably far more obsessed with the idea of “winning” the Apocalypse than other Angels, and his smug demeanor falls apart when Adam calls it off. He childishly calls Adam a brat for not kickstarting the war and doesn’t even bother with hiding his giddiness for killing Aziraphale for his part in the war being called off.
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     Michael 
Played by: Doon Mackichan

One of Gabriel's flunkies, who is willing to use non-traditional means to get things done.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Normally commands the entire army of the Heavenly Host, in addition to being the most senior of God's angels. Here, she's essentially a high-level goon out to fulfill Gabriel's agenda.
  • Archangel Michael: Although not as badass as usually portrayed, she is still one of Aziraphale's superiors and the one who figures out his relationship with Crowley.
  • Control Freak: Hinted at. Aziraphale notes Michael to be "a bit of a stickler", and she is the one to investigate when she became suspicious of Aziraphale, even going so far as to contact hell for information.
  • Gender Flip: Traditionally male (especially since Michael is a male name), but is female in the show. This makes sense when it is said that angels don't really have a gender identity.
  • Hypocrite: Criticizes Aziraphale for consorting with a demon, but has contacts in Hell whom she uses for information.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: As befitting her stoic nature, Michael has her hair in a tight up-do.
  • The Stoic: She's largely unflappable and hardly ever shows emotion most of the time. The only time she's visibly shocked is when Crowley appears to have survived his execution by holy water. And even then, all she utters is a subdued "Oh Lord" before she miracles him a towel.

     Sandalphon 
Played by: Paul Chahidi

One of Gabriel's flunkies, and a rather unpleasant angel.


  • Blood Knight: Aziraphale mentions that he saw him doing a lot of "smiting" in Sodom and Gomorrah, and judging by Sandalphon's smirk at the remark, he got a bit too into it.
  • Gold Tooth: Has one with a tiny cross set into it.
  • Jerkass: As opposed to Gabriel, who does a fairly good job at keeping up a friendly façade, Sandalphon is just plainly unpleasant. He also punches Aziraphale in the stomach, without any provocation.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: He's even worse at this than his boss, as he suggested the pornography-bit during their visit to the bookshop.
    Sandalphon: We humans are extremely easily embarrassed. We must buy our pornography secretively.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a massive one, when Aziraphale apparently survives the execution via hellfire.

     Uriel 
Played by: Gloria Obianyo

One of Gabriel's flunkies, a stoic and intimidating angel.


  • Archangel Uriel: The very one, although, like Michael she is still inferior to Gabriel.
  • Gender Flip: Like Michael, traditionally male, but female in the show.
  • Jerkass: While not as creepy as Sandalphon she acts the most threatening and Aziraphale seems visibly terrified when she corners him. Also very much on board with the apocalypse happening.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a massive one when Aziraphale apparently survives the execution via hellfire.
  • The Stoic: She is for the most part unflappable and talks in a calm yet stern voice.

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Hell

    General Tropes 
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Being demons, they are pre-disposed to be evil. Because of this, they lack a certain trust in each other and tend to let their own personal gratification and malice get in the way of things. This is demonstrated most often with Hastur, who has the Chattering Order dissolved and burnt to the ground after they outlive their usefulness, feeds one of his demon compatriots to Adam's hellhound and has two of his demons discorporated for petty things.
  • Animal Motifs: All major demonic characters are associated with a specific type of animal, always one traditionally seen as gross, evil, unclean or just unpleasant. In many cases they carry one around on their heads.
  • Creative Sterility: Much in the same way that angels (with the exception of Aziraphale) can't dance, demons (with the exception of Crowley) lack an imagination, many of them preferring the old "meticulously corrupting individuals" tricks and are much slower on the uptake when it comes to modern human inventions like cars and computers.
  • Dark Is Evil: All demons wear dark clothes, and Hell is interpreted as a poorly lit office basement with occasionally leaking pipes.
  • Fallen Angel: All demons were angels at one point.
  • Holy Burns Evil: While their bodies could be destroyed by conventional means, this only mildly inconveniences them. The only way to truly inflict absolute oblivion onto them is by dousing them in holy water.
  • Homeless Pigeon Person: With the sole exception of Crowley, every demon dresses like a homeless person to contrast with the clean, rich-suited angels, often wearing an animal as a type of hat or companion. Even Beelzebub looks like an Impoverished Patrician.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Heaven, as they're more concerned with "winning" the Apocalypse rather than actually being... well, evil.
    • To humanity and the Earth, with it being implied that most of humanity's sins happen without Hell's direct assistance.
  • Our Demons Are Different: They typically wear black clothing and can sprout black wings, and they usually have something monstrous about their appearances, like scales or fangs. They're also noted to not be very imaginative at all, with Crowley being the exception.
  • Sucks at Dancing: Unlike angels, who don't dance, demons do dance but aren't very good at it. This doesn't stop any of them from doing it anyway.

     Beelzebub 
Played by: Anna Maxwell Martin

One of the highest-ranking demons in the series.


  • Animal Motifs: As per Beelzebub's traditional role as the Lord of the Flies, Good Omens's version almost always has a cloud of flies swarming around their head and, when surfacing on Earth after Armageddon is thwarted, wears a fly-shaped hat instead.
  • Ascended Extra: In the book, Beelzebub only appears towards the end of the story along with the Metatron to try and convince Adam to go through with ending the world. In the series, they show up several more times before that point, and they also have a more prominent role as Satan's Dragon-in-Chief.
  • Beelzebub: The Lord of the Flies herself.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: They form one with Gabriel, with both being the most powerful characters in the respective demonic and divine hierarchies that are dedicated to making sure the apocalypse happens properly.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While they're officially Lucifer's second-in-command, they are the one who commands the demons while he only shows up briefly at the end.
  • Enemy Mine: They and Gabriel try and work together to convince Adam to restart Armageddon after he refuses to do so.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Befitting their title as "Lord of Flies", their face looks like it has suffered various bites from poisonous insects.
  • Gender Flip: Beelzebub is traditionally male and was male in the book, but is non-binary in the show.
  • Mythology Gag: While the title isn't mentioned in the series, Beelzebub is traditionally the Lord of the Flies, and is always surrounded by a halo of them when in Hell.

     Hastur 
Played by: Ned Dennehy

Crowley's direct superior in the Hellish hierarchy.


  • Berserk Button: He has two: Crowley, and jokes. The first is probably the reason for the second.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His irises are as black as his pupils.
  • The Comically Serious: His strait-laced, serious approach to things is hilarious when paired with Crowley's wisecracking, especially when it comes to modern technology, which Hastur is very ignorant of.
  • Demon Lords And Arch Devils: He is a Duke of Hell.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He hates jokes, but laughs his ass off when he burns down the Chattering Order's convent.
  • Evil Smells Bad: According to Warlock, he "smells like poo". Crowley later confirms that Warlock does in fact have a point.
  • Fat and Skinny: Hastur is the skinny to Ligur's fat.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As seen when he randomly kills a pair of demons for making a joke and mentioning Crowley, respectively.
  • Head Pet: In Hell, he's usually seen with a frog or toad perched on his head.
  • Hypocrite: Hastur is appalled by Crowley going so far as using holy water on a fellow demon, yet he himself dunks an actually innocent demon into a tub full of it because he was at the wrong place the wrong time.
  • Kick the Dog: He seems to enjoy this, such as burning down the Chattering Order's convent, killing subordinates for saying the wrong thing, and randomly eviscerating a cartoon character.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Which clashes badly with his otherwise intimidating nature.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He and Ligur are almost always seen together until Ligur is killed, although he gets a couple new scenes on his own.
  • The Worm That Walks: He's able to become a swarm of maggots, at one point consuming a roomful of telemarketers by drowning them in a tide of larvae to reconstitute himself.

     Ligur 
Played by: Ariyon Bakare

A mid-ranking demon, often butting heads with Crowley.


  • An Arm and a Leg: When Hastur says "Ligur'd give his right arm for a chance like this," Ligur appends that he'd give someone's arm, because he doesn't want to waste his own.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: He's a Duke of Hell.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Ligur has the deepest voice of all the demons.
  • Fat and Skinny: Ligur is the fat to Hastur's skinny.
  • Final Death: He is destroyed by holy water, which demons cannot come back from.
  • Head Pet: He constantly has a chameleon perched on his head.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Averted with the chameleon on his head, which changes color based on Ligur's mood, like the real animal.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: His eyes change color when the chameleon on his head does.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He wears a chameleon on his head at all times. Since it melts when he does, it may be a part of his body.
  • Scary Black Man: Though he's more creepy than physically intimidating.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He and Hastur are almost always seen together until his death.

     Satan 
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The Lord of Darkness who gets ready for Armageddon by sending his son the Antichrist to earth.
  • Ascended Extra: While Satan does prepare to make an appearance (with an earthquake warning of his arrival) in the book, Adam simply prevents his arrival with a wave of his hand, and thus it's never revealed what Satan actually looks like. Here, Satan actually shows up in person and and is able to exchange words with Adam before Adam sends him away.
  • Big Red Devil: How he's portrayed in the final episode, being an enormous red-skinned demon with horns and bat wings.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gave Adam away when he was a baby and expects his son to fulfill his role as the Antichrist. In the finale, Adam rejects this, stating that he considers Arthur Young, the man who actually was there for him, to be his true father. Someone who ignores you for eleven years and only shows up to tell you off doesn't count.
  • The Dreaded: When Armageddon doesn't start, he is called upon to sort this problem out, and throws Crowley into a panic.
    Crowley: He's coming! He's coming, and we are fucked!
  • Evil Counterpart: To God, naturally.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Given he is the Lord of Darkness.
  • God of Evil: Demons seem to revere him much in the same way that everybody else reveres God, Satan acting as her Hellish counterpart in the conflict.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Everyone in Heaven and Hell regards Satan as Adam's true father, and don't give much thought to his adoptive family. Adam thoroughly rejects this when Satan finally shows up, saying that Satan isn't his real dad since he was never around until now and thus has no right to punish him.
  • Hypocrite: Famous for staging a rebellion against against his father/mother, he's suddenly against rebellious children when his own son says "Screw Destiny" and rejects him. He even calls Adam his "rebellious son" in a tranquilly furious tone.
  • Large and in Charge: He's the ruler of Hell and is also enormous. He causes an earthquake before he arrives, and he towers over the other characters even though he's only shown from the waist up.
  • The Worf Effect: It truly says something about how powerful Adam is where he basically waves his hand and makes Satan turn to dust when he rises out of the Earth to attack them.
  • You're Not My Father: How Adam ultimately rejects him and uses his Reality Warper powers to send Satan away while Arthur arrives at the airbase instead.

The Four Horsemen

     General Tropes 
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: While the Angels represent Heaven and the Devils to Hell (obviously), the Horsemen are the Squids. Death proclaims that he is "neither of Hell, nor Heaven" and War, Famine and Pollution are established as Anthropomorphic Personifications of mankind's fears - compared to "nightmares" in the book and series - and more interested in the suffering and extinction of the human race than the war between Heaven and Hell that follows after.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: They embody various ills, and Death notes that destroying the other Horsemen only caused their essences to disperse, rather than killing them completely.
  • Badass Biker: Rather than horses, they all have custom motorcycles to better fit in with the modern day.
  • Color-Coded Characters: War is associated with red, Famine with black, and Pollution with white. Death doesn't seem to have a single color; his cloak and biker gear are black but his bike is white and skeletal (though this is likely because he's only referred to as the "pale rider").
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They're all very nonplussed and confused when Adam makes it clear that he's an Anti Anti Christ and he's not going to help start Armageddon.
  • The Ghost: Pestilence never shows up, and is only mentioned briefly in the narration as having retired thanks to the advent of modern medicine.
  • Glamor Failure: Aside from Death, as the time of Armageddon grows closer, their human disguises slip and they become more monstrous in appearance; War's skin bleeds uncontrollably, Famine becomes disturbingly thin and gains sharp teeth, and Pollution has black oil stains all over their body.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: As part of their Badass Biker getup.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: All four of them have been summoned since the Apocalypse is coming. Like in the book, they ride motorcycles instead of horses to blend in with the modern day.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed. While there's still some Black Comedy milked from their appearances in the miniseries, the overall tone becomes far more serious whenever they show up and their more terrifying aspects are emphasized.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: With the exception of Death, they all take a sadistic and almost childlike pleasure in spreading suffering and misery wherever they go.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Aside from Death (who has Complete Immortality as a fundamental aspect of reality), they all can have their physical forms destroyed but will inevitably reform as long as some aspect of them remains in the world.
  • Villainous Breakdown: War, Famine, and Pollution all start to panic when Adam and the rest of Them force them to disappear as part of their aversion of Armageddon.
  • Villainous Friendship: They seem to genuinely enjoy one another's company, and respect each other's work. Death is treated with a bit of awe by the other three since he's basically their boss.

     War 
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Played by: Mireille Enos

A war correspondent who always seems to get to war zones before the war actually breaks out.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, she's described as a redhead. In the series, she has natural red hair, but in the finale, it turns brown with bright red streaks.
  • Badass Boast: "I am War. You were made to serve me - to live in me and die in me."
  • Blood Knight: Being the personification of war itself, she revels in violence. Her very presence in an African country where a peace treaty is about to be signed causes a Hate Plague that ends with everyone killing each other.
  • Female Misogynist: War degrades Pepper for being a girl, despite herself being a woman.
  • Flaming Sword: Aziraphale's flaming sword came into her possession, and is delivered to her when Armageddon commences. She even gets to do a few tricks with it.
  • Red Is Violent: As the personification of War, she is constantly clad in the color of spilled blood. Even when masquerading as a human, she has notable red hair and red outfits. As Armageddon draws nearer, the blood spreads to splatters on her skin.
  • Slasher Smile: She has a nearly constant ear-to-ear grin, especially when there's violence going on.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Was planning to threaten the Them into line to get Adam to help them with Armageddon, with her clearly about to stab Pepper before the latter wrestles her blade out of her hands and gets threatened with it.

     Famine 
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Played by: Yusuf Gatewood

A businessman known for inventing artificial foods with precisely zero nutritional value.


  • Beard of Evil: Like in the book, he has a neatly-trimmed beard and is clearly malevolent due to being the personification of famine.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He runs several restaurants with the intention of tricking people into starving themselves with small portions and artificial nutrient-free food substitutes.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears all dark clothes, and is clearly evil.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Doesn't directly show this, but he takes great pleasure in describing the nuclear winter that would result as part of his and the other Horsemen's actions.
  • Lean and Mean: Famine is tall and slim in build, and decidedly malevolent.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Upon growing pointy, thin, needle-like teeth, Famine's mouth is crammed with them.
  • Scary Teeth: He grows a set of long, pointed teeth as Armageddon grows closer and his human disguise starts to slip.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The most well-kept and dapper out of the Horsemen, at least until his Glamor Failure kicks in.

     Pollution 
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Played by: Lourdes Faberes

A slightly off-putting young person who spends most of their time staring at trash.


  • Badass Boast: "Arsenic is forever."
  • Cool Crown: They get a crown from the messenger that turns inky black when they touch it.
  • Gender Flip: Pollution was male in the original book, but here they're non-binary and played by a woman.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Their eyes are a very pale blue.
  • Legacy Character: They replaced Pestilence when he retired.
  • Light Is Not Good: They represent pollution, but dress all in white and have white hair and eerie light eyes.
  • Walking Wasteland: They leave trash and contamination everywhere they walk and corrode and blacken their crown as soon as they touch it.

     Death 
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Played by: Jamie Hill (physical actor) and Brian Cox (voice)

The leader of the Horsemen, the one who everyone meets eventually.


  • Badass Baritone: Brian Cox manages to speak in capital letters much like in the book.
  • Badass Boast: When he surprises the rest of the Horsemen by showing up seemingly out of nowhere in the diner that they're all meeting at.
    War: When did you get here?
    Death: I never went away.
  • Complete Immortality: While his teammates will all eventually reform, Death cannot be destroyed at all without ending the universe. This is because death is part of the natural order, unlike the other three who are personifications of humanity's fears.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As a counterpoint to Famine, both he and Death dress in all black, and to further this, Famine is thin and gangly, while Death's appearance (ironically) looks more muscular. The bikes of the two are also rather different; Famine rides an all-black motorcycle, whereas Death's is a customized skeletal cycle. All that being said, while Famine and the rest of the Horsemen are sadistic Jerkasses, Death is more affable and treats the apocalypse as just another job to do. He doesn't seem to hold malice toward anyone, as he is simply part of existence. Oh, sure, he's totally down with helping start Armageddon and cause the deaths of billions of humans, but when that ends up not happening, he basically shrugs and leaves.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: His book counterpart was a clear Expy of Discworld's Death, but in the show, he's hammier and looks more like a grimy, desiccated corpse than the clean-polished skeleton from the Discworld books, and is missing his Glowing Eyelights of Undeath.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: When briefly revealing his true form, he unveils a truly impressive set of thickly feathered black wings that look to have about a twenty-five-foot span from tip to tip, and visible in their darkness are things which could either be all the stars of the universe or "something else".
  • In the Hood: When not wearing his helmet to obscure his (lack of) face, he wears his signature black cloak.
  • The Grim Reaper: He generally appears as your typical skeleton in a dark cloak who carries a scythe, though he also wears biker gear to disguise his true nature.
  • Large Ham: Courtesy of a particularly bombastic performance from Brian Cox.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike his teammates, he is an essential part of the universe and doesn't have any ill intent. He even willingly backs off after the others are destroyed, despite acknowledging that the heroes wouldn't be able to defeat him.
  • True Neutral: invoked Unlike the other Horsemen, who are basically sadistic bullies, Death really doesn't care either way and is just doing his job. Notably, when War, Famine, and Pollution are all cackling over arranging a nuclear war to wipe out mankind, Death is just watching in the background seemingly apathetic to the oncoming end times. In his own words, he's "neither of Hell, nor Heaven".

Earth

     Agnes Nutter 
Played by: Josie Lawrence

A witch from the 16th century with power to see the future and writer of a book filled with "nice and accurate" predictions about the future...including Armageddon.


  • Cassandra Truth: Agnes knew things from future events to health tidbits centuries before they happened. Of course, no one believed her and used it to justified burning her as a witch. This extended to her book of prophecies, none of which were ever bought and were later burned by the publisher. Subverted in the modern day, where her one and only copy is the considered the Holy Grail of prophecies.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead long before the plot of the present day is set in motion, due to having lived in the 16th century and having killed herself and her persecutors when they attempted to burn her at the stake.
  • Seers: She was able to see into the future, and her prophecies are the only completely accurate ones to ever exist (though she interpreted what she saw of the future with a 16th century mindset, like referring to Apple Inc. as "an apple no one can eat" or Newt's blue Reliant Robin as "Robin's blue chariot"). Her descendants have made it their life's work to study her predictions, and they prove to be a key factor in figuring out how to avert the apocalypse.
  • Taking You with Me: Loaded her skirts with gunpowder and roofing nails when she was burned at the stake, which killed all of her jealous neighbors and the very witch-hunter that had brought her in.

     Anathema Device 
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Played by: Adria Arjona

Agnes's many times great-granddaughter. According to the prophecies left behind by Agnes, it is up to her to stop Armageddon.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Downplayed: In the book, Anathema is described as having facial features that are attractive individually, but don't mesh well, resulting in someone who's not quite pretty. She's played by an actress/model who is more conventionally attractive.
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the book, she was British. While still of British descent in the series (since she's descended from Agnes Nutter, a witch from 16th century England), she's now American, having grown up in California.
  • Adaptational Wealth: Grew up in a mansion in California thanks to her mother following the prophecy about investing in "Master Jobbes' apple no one can eat", only moving into Tadsfield to fulfill the prophecy.
  • Aura Vision: She's able to see people's auras. She's very confused when Adam appears to have no aura at all (actually because it encompasses all of England and she's far too close to the center to see anything), and is downright disturbed when she sees the Horsepeople's auras as black holes that suck in all light around them.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has long dark hair and is quite knowledgeable.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Though it's not really lingered on, Anathema appears to be one. Not only is she sure that GMOs and nuclear plants are evil, but she's subscribed to a magazine that advocates for many different theories (ranging from aliens really visiting us or Atlantis being real to Tibetans spying on people from tunnels). Adam reads all of her issues and turns into a believer too.
  • Hot Witch: Very pretty, though her actual skill in sorcery is hampered by Adam's protective field (and as mentioned before, his power being so huge that it literally can't be perceived when standing at its epicenter). She also wears very modest, old-fashioned clothing.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Adam asks if she's a witch, she tells him that she's an occultist. When she introduces herself to Newt, however, she tells him outright that she's a witch.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Forms one with Adam. She's very shocked to learn that he's the Antichrist since she'd gotten fond of him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On the surface, she's pretty brusque and easily irritated due to her being obsessed with fulfilling her ancestor's prophecies so as to avert Armageddon, but she's actually a very kind and considerate person once you get to know her.
  • Race Lift: In the book, she was British. In the series, she's played by Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona.
  • Seers: Not literally, but her great-grandmother's book contains years of future predictions that she uses to figure out what's going on and what her part to play is.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She goes for the socially awkward but extremely kind Newt.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears thick rounded ones.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even though his powers were growing after getting Dog, Anathema accidentally builds up on the idea to Adam that the Armageddon should happen because humans were ruining the earth.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She gets to Tadfield, correctly interprets Agnes' 16th-century perceptions to what they mean in the 21st century, finds the leylines that are all spiraling towards one point, and even gets it down to the north end of the village. But she can't pinpoint the Antichrist's actual location even when he's sitting in front of her. This is partly because he has a protective field that shields him from occult and/or ethereal perception, and also because his power is so vast that trying to perceive it is like "trying to see England from Trafalgar Square." (Or as the miniseries puts it, "the United States from Times Square.")

     Newton "Newt" Pulsifer 
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Played by: Jack Whitehall

A young man who's very interested in computers, but is unable to get any kind of job that involves them since he essentially fries up any computer he touches. When he can't find a job he eventually goes to Shadwell and is recruited as a witch-hunter.


  • Adorkable: Seriously, his excitment to share a joke about his car, his passion for computer programming (even though they always get destroyed), and his crush on Anathema just makes him completely adorable.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Even ignoring his absurd Walking Techbane "powers," he gets into a car crash and generally gets the crap kicked out of him over the course of the miniseries.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Played by the attractive Jack Whitehall, but is socially awkward, can't hold on to a computer job because of his Walking Techbane status, has Nerd Glasses, Messy Hair, and unflattering clothing, and hadn't even kissed a girl until he met Anathema.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: He's very much a nerd, and after finding out the apocalypse is coming he admits to Anathema that he's never even kissed a girl. Luckily for him, he doesn't stay a virgin for much longer.
  • Nice Guy: He's passive and insecure, but an incredibly nice dude.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Downplayed. He doesn't seem particularly smart, and even though he really likes computers, he kills any system he touches.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: His Walking Techbane touch is vital to stopping the apocalypse, as it shuts down the complex computer system the Horsemen were going to use to launch every country's nuclear missiles and end the world.
  • Walking Techbane: Any computer he touches either explodes or knocks out whatever grid it is attached to beyond plausibility. His bad luck with computers turns out to come in handy when the Horsemen have hijacked nuclear weapons all over the world, since he's the only one whose attempts to "fix" the computer system they set up will shut it down completely.

     Shadwell 
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Played by: Michael McKean

A self-proclaimed witch-hunter who hires Newt.


  • Adaptational Dumbass: Unlike in the book, where he has no idea what to do because he's genuinely out of his depth when it comes to apocalyptic matters, in the series he's much more of a straightforward idiot.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he's still a grouchy old curmudgeon who calls Madam Tracy things like "Jezebel" and "Whore of Babylon", he isn't as openly bigoted in the series as he was in the book.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: He views witchfinding (and presumably killing said witches afterward) to be a holy duty, but is laser-focused on witches and only witches. Like in the book, his focus is so narrow that he completely brushes aside Adam being the Antichrist, only agreeing to help when Aziraphale lies and convinces him Adam's a witch.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His obsessive fixation on witch hunting veers into this, even though he's right about witches existing. A flashback to when he was a young man during the sixties seems to indicate that he was always obsessed with witch hunting and this isn't just something he's developed from senility.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: He harangues passersby to join his Witchfinder Army with the stereotypical sandwich board so they can hunt down and kill witches. Not only is he right that witches exist (although the ones we see aren't evil), but demons and far more do too.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's completely shocked when he realizes the Antichrist that Aziraphale and Crowley want him to kill is a young boy and flatly refuses to kill him despite their urging and them claiming he's a witch.
  • A Father to His Men: Is immediately ready to charge into assumed danger and rescue Newton when he thinks he's being tortured by witches.
  • Giver of Lame Names: He's noted to have a very limited imagination, so after he runs out of generic British last names for the other fake members of the Witchfinder Army he names them after inanimate objects like Milkbottle and Cupboard. Aziraphale still somehow falls for it.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Has this air about him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He is a witch-hunter who constantly insults Tracy (who is arguably one of the nicest characters on the show and has genuine feelings for him) for being promiscuous, he has great trust in Crowley (who's a demon) and first brushes Aziraphale (who is an angel) off as a "southern pansy" before mistaking him for a witch when he sees the Enochian circle he drew to contact God.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: A flashback to the sixties shows that he was actually quite good-looking as a younger man, though still just as obsessed with hunting down witches.
  • Insult of Endearment: Him calling Madame Tracy "Jezebel" or any other insults comes off as this later, especially when he refers to her as "a good woman" when he thinks she's been possessed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, more bronze than gold, but despite him being a grumpy jerk most of the time, he truly means well and seems to sincerely want to make the world a better place.
  • Last-Name Basis: Like in the book, he's only known by his last name and his first name is never revealed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction after coming to the (mistaken) conclusion that he sent Newt to his death. He is immediately consumed with guilt, and sets about trying to get to Tadfield to save him.
  • The Remnant: Until he recruits Newt, he's been the last member of the Witchfinder Army for a while. He's made up numerous fake members of the Army so he can justify getting a steady income.
  • Running Gag: Always asks how many nipples someone has to make sure they're not witches.
  • Ship Tease: Has some Belligerent Sexual Tension with Madame Tracy.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Jumps to the conclusion that Aziraphale is a demon after seeing him standing in a chalk circle full of Enochian runes and speaking to a giant head with a booming voice. If this were any other series about demons, he'd be correct.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Upon realizing that Aziraphale and Crowley have nearly tricked him into killing a child, he's utterly horrified and even tries to help protect Adam from their attack.

     Madame Tracy 
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Shadwell's landlady, who's also a part-time spiritual medium and courtesan.


  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has a ton of stuffed animals on her bed. Like in the book, it's probably invoked since she's trying to give a coquettish feel to her room.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: One of the nicest people in the series, and a semi-retired prostitute. She doesn't really mind when Shadwell calls her names like "Whore of Babylon", either.
  • Nice Girl: A very pleasant and friendly Cool Old Lady, who also takes Shadwell's barbs in stride.
  • Phony Psychic: She works as a psychic and performs seances, though she doesn't actually have any powers. When the lights and noises start going crazy during a seance (as a result of Aziraphale) and someone asks if it's the spirit they're looking for, she replies, "No, this is something real!"
  • Sharing a Body: With Aziraphale, while his earthly body is discorporated.
  • Ship Tease: Has some Belligerent Sexual Tension with Shadwell.
  • Spot of Tea: Frequently offers tea to Shadwell and Newt.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Stops Aziraphale when he's on the brink of shooting Adam.

     International Express Man 
Played by: Simon Merrells

A delivery man for International Express who delivers packages for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


  • Ambiguously Human: It is never expressly stated what he is exactly. He is married and God mentions that he used to go on dates with his wife along the river where he finds Pollution, but he seems to be somewhat aware of the eldritch nature of the Horsemen themselves and even goes to Africa and North America to deliver to them. He also only seems mildly put off that he has to kill himself just to tell Death to meet with the other Horsemen.
  • Back from the Dead: After Adam rejects his destiny and turns everything back to normal, he shows up at the bus stop Aziraphale and Crowley are waiting at to pick up the packages he had delivered to the Horsemen.
  • Determinator: Really the only way to describe a guy who will risk life and limb to deliver packages to the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
  • Happily Married: To his wife, Maud. He cares about her greatly, even though he still goes out to make his deliveries to two of the Horsemen on a Saturday despite her pleading with him to stay. He even writes a note telling her that he loves her right before he kills himself in order to deliver a message to Death.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's unnamed in the book, but in the series, he's apparently named Leslie (since his wife Maud calls him that). However, the credits only list him as "International Express Man".
  • Unstoppable Mailman: Despite maybe just being a guy that works at a post-office from England, he manages to deliver packages in his delivery truck to America, walks into the middle of a war-torn African country just as the war (would have) ended, and even lets himself get run over by a truck to deliver Death a message.

The Them

     General Tropes 
  • Free-Range Children: They explore Tadfield's countryside and go around town without adult supervision.
  • Treehouse of Fun: The Them have a lair built of odds and ends in the woods.

     Adam Young 
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Played by: Sam Taylor Buck

The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. Also the leader of a small gang of ruffians who go around playing silly games.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: Just for a little bit — in the books, Adam doesn't get angry at the other Them, or intentionally use his powers on them (it's more that he doesn't realize wanting translates to making if he's not careful), except for the once, and then he immediately snaps out of it. In the show, he tells them that his "new friends" (the Horsemen of the Apocalypse) are better than them, seems to be at least a little conscious that he's controlling them, and takes away their mouths to make them stop arguing before he finally comes to his senses.
  • Anti-Antichrist: He's the son of Satan and his role is to bring about the end of the world, but due to a mix-up he's been raised to be a fairly normal boy. Though he comes dangerously close to fulfilling his role and giving in to his Antichrist powers, it's only because he'd learned how people were damaging the earth and he'd thought destroying everyone except for the people closest to him would fix it. In the end, he refuses to destroy the world and plays the trope straight.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Satan, Adam's biological father, shows up in person and demands that Adam fulfills his role as the Antichrist and end the world, Adam refuses. In his words, Satan isn't his real dad since he was never around to raise him (unlike his earthly father Mr. Young), so there's no reason to listen to Satan anyway.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The whole series is one for him, in a way. The plot kicks into high gear when he turns eleven, and he goes through many of the classic elements of a coming-of-age story; he acquires a loyal pet, first becomes aware of the world's problems, becomes disillusioned with the adults running things, has his first major conflict with his friends, discovers new aspects of his personality and abilities he never imagined he had, and, above all, rejects the role the adults have picked out for him, instead becoming determined to go down his own path and make his own destiny.
  • Drunk with Power: After reading Anathema's occult magazines and learning more about environmental problems, he becomes disillusioned with the world, which lets him tap into his Antichrist powers and makes him come very close to fulfilling his role and destroying everything so he can remake it. It's only when the other Them tell him they don't want to be his friends anymore that he snaps out of it.
  • Happily Adopted: He's happy with the parents who raised him and refuses to destroy the world as his biological father Satan intends.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He befriends Anathema, who's well into adulthood, and finds all her occult magazines to be extremely cool.
  • Ironic Name: His parents decide to name him Adam, not knowing that he's the Antichrist.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even if you disregard the Antichrist thing, he's still a bossy, mischievous kid who is convinced he knows best. Despite this, he's got a big heart and deeply cares for his friends. Anathema is stunned when she learns he's the Antichrist for this reason, noting that he's really a sweet kid.
  • Meaningful Name: He shares his name with the first human. As Aziraphale tells him in the finale, he's not purely demonic or angelic, but purely human. This turns out to be the key to averting the Apocalypse.
  • Messianic Archetype: Especially ironic, given he's The Antichrist (or was). When Adam cancels The End of the World as We Know It, Beelzebub tries appealing to his greedier side by citing that if he caused the apocalypse, then he could rule over the world (much in the same way Satan allegedly tempted Jesus - in the series revealed to be Crowley - with "all of the kingdoms of the world"). While Jesus rejected the offer due to his humility and loyalty to God, Adam rejects the offer because he realized in the previous episode that if he did rule over the entire Earth, he would have no idea what he would do with it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His realization that his friends are terrified of him and they don't want to spend time with him anymore - even including Dog - makes him realize how he's gone too far and he feels awful, almost immediately making amends with them.
  • Power Floats: When he starts fully giving in to his powers, he floats a few feet above the ground and eventually rises even higher into the sky.
  • Reality Warper: He has the ability to bend reality to his will, creating whatever he desires. He's been manipulating reality for basically his entire life without knowing it, since Newt discovers that the weather in Tadfield has always been perfect for the time of year (long hot summers, crisp autumns, always snowing on Christmas Eve) for the past eleven years. He starts to come into his full power after he reads Anathema's occult magazines, and he gets even more powerful from there.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he taps into his powers of the Antichrist, his eyes turn red with black stars as pupils.

     Pepper 
Played by: Amma Ris

One of Adam's friends who is usually eager to go along with her friend's ideas or get into arguments on the things Adam talks about.


  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The good counterpart to War, and wears a red raincoat and red boots.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Her actual first and middle names are Pippin Galadriel Moonchild. An unfortunate side effect of your mother being an ex-hippie.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Against the manifestation of War itself, no less.
  • Number Two: Brian and Wensleydale look to her for guidance after Adam turns evil.
  • One of the Boys: Notably toned down compared to the book. The series Pepper is still not particularly feminine, but far less aggressively masculine. Her confrontation with War is handled quite differently as well.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She goes strictly by "Pepper." Looking at her actual name, can you really blame her?
  • Race Lift: In the book, she's a freckled Fiery Redhead, but in the series she's black.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Is the only girl in the group.
  • Straw Feminist: She remarks that war is just "masculine imperialism executed on a global stage" and is disappointed at Anathema "surrendering to the patriarchy" by getting a boyfriend. Justified since her mother is a former hippie who later enrolled in a sociology course, and Pepper is clearly just parroting her mother's words.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: She says this much to War.
    Pepper: I believe in peace, bitch!

     Brian 
Played by: Ilan Galkoff

A carefree, happy-go-lucky boy who is another one of Adam's friends.


  • I Want My Mommy!: He cries for his parents when Adam goes full Reality Warper.
  • The Generic Guy: In the words of God, every gang needs a Brian. He’s also noted to basically just have the fact he’s always grubby and agrees with everything Adam says as attributes that set him apart from his friends.
  • The Pigpen: He's permanently messy and sloppy. In The Them's introductory scene when they all get ice cream cones, he's offscreen for all of six seconds before most of his ice cream is on his face or shirt.

     Wensleydale 
Played by: Alfie Taylor

The third of Adam's friends, a smart and unusually serious young boy. His first name is Jeremy, but you could be forgiven for not knowing that.


  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his surname, except his parents, who call him "Youngster." His friends sometimes shorten it to "Wensley."
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's quite bright for his age, and wears a pair of frames. God also states that the only thing standing between Wensleydale and a position in accounting is time.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to start sentences with, "Actually..."

    Dog 
Played by: Ollie and Milo

A Hellhound gifted to Adam, and the herald of Armageddon. He was supposed to receive a ferocious name that would dictate his role and powers, but Adam instead names him Dog, turning him into, well...


  • A Dog Named "Dog": Literally. Adam deciding to name him "Dog" turns him into a dog.
  • Hellhound: Described as Hell's best hellhound, and initially appears as a ferociously large dog with many teeth. Adam names him Dog, which turns him into a placid, small-to-medium terrier.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: And partially his name. As a hellhound, it was a true terror, but after being transformed into a small terrier by Adam's will and naming, he's forced to play a more mundane part. The book mentions that he much prefers his new life.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Initially has eyes that sometimes glow a hellish red.
  • Scary Teeth: Large, pointy, and misaligned. At least until he becomes a cute dog.

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