- 2DTV subverted this gag twice with footballer Roy Keane. His shoulder devil eggs him on to kick Micheal Owen in the groin. Resisting the temptation, an even bigger devil shows up and eggs him on to do worse, which he then does. Owen's shoulder angel peacefully tells the battered footballer not to retaliate, with a larger angel suggesting they should buy Roy some flowers.
- Used in many of the old Looney Tunes cartoons:
- In "Daffy Duck Hunt", a dog considers whether to let Daffy out of a freezer or not. The shoulder angels are arguing until the good angel tells the bad one to "Aw, shaddup!" and jams his halo down on him.
- In "Scaredy Cat", when Sylvester sees that homicidal mice have captured Porky, he runs off in a panic, until a little angel version of him gives him a non-verbal dressing-down/pep talk.
- The Simpsons:
- In one of the shorts before The Simpsons became a series; One involved stealing from the money jar, Bart's devil tells him to take the money, the angel tells him the same thing in agreement.
- Inverted in the Treehouse of Horror story, "Attack of the 50-Ft. Eyesores." Bart sits on the shoulder of a giant Devil (really a mascot come to life). In his right ear, Bart tells him to destroy the school. He then goes to the opposite ear and says a similar message in a different voice.
- In another episode (season 4's "Whacking Day"), Homer tells Lisa that inside man is a struggle between good and evil that will never be resolved. Cut to an Imagine Spot of Good Homer's grave as Evil Homer (really Homer in a devil costume) doing the cha-cha on Good Homer's grave, chanting "I am Evil Ho-mer!"
- In "I Love Lisa," Homer tells Lisa to ignore her conscience, whereupon Homer's good angel appears and tells him that's a terrible thing to say. Homer responds with a dismissive "Shut up!", to which the angel replies with a dejected "Yes, sir!" before vanishing.
- Homer has "Strict Homer" (a murderous police officer with a laser gun), "Funny Homer" (a drunk, partying Homer in rainbow suspenders), and "Intellectual Homer" (Homer in a sweater vest and a mortarboard) within his head, as seen in the episode "We're On The Road to D'oh-Where." The last of the three has been murdered years ago.
- In "The Frying Game," after killing an endangered caterpillar, Homer's bad angel kills his good angel, telling Homer that now "they are in this together." Then they high-five each other.
- Various colour coded miniature versions of Lisa represent her various states of mind, including envy, guilt, the conscience itself, and the libido, who's been locked in a cage and isn't allowed to come out until she's 16.
- When Moe refurbishes his bar into a gay lounge, he at first thinks of telling his new patrons that he's straight. The first one to pop up is his shoulder devil (essentially Moe dressed in a tuxedo with devil props), who encourages him to hide behind his homosexual façade, but when he says they should wait for what Angel Moe has to say, the devil replies: "I'm Angel Moe". Then, the real Devil Moe (a bestial-looking, hulking red demon) pops up on his other shoulder and devours Angel Moe before letting out a guttural, evil laugh.
- In yet another episode, Homer is portrayed with 400 devils on his shoulder.
- In "A Test Before Trying", Bart has to pass a standardized test or the school will be shut down. As Principal Skinner ponders whether to pull the fire alarm to give Bart more time to study, his good angel warns against it. His bad angel - his mother in a devil costume - doesn't even bother arguing and pulls the alarm herself.
- In a couple of episodes of Garfield and Friends, Garfield has an angel and a devil that fight over what courses of action he should take. His devil usually uses every method he can think of to send the angel as far away as he can; the angel, in return, often reenters the scene a while late through unusual means. (Example: the devil mails the angel to Mexico. The angel later walks back through the door carrying luggage and wearing both a sombrero and a serape.)
- Slightly spoofed in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, where Stitch undergoes the "two devil" variation when he ponders whether or not to get rid of an experiment stealing Lilo's attention away from him.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: In "The Earth King", Zuko has a fevered dream of red and blue dragons representing his uncle as the Good and his sister as the Bad, a scene which turns literal in the season finale. Also note the foreshadowing: his "Evil" Ancestor, Fire Lord Sozin, owned a Blue (or, blue-ish, at the very least) dragon, while his "Good" Ancestor, Avatar Roku owned a Red Dragon. Said ancestors were best friends, until the evil one left the good one to die under tons of volcanic soot.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- In "The Donut of Shame", this trope is spoofed with an angel donut and a devil donut appearing on Patrick's shoulders.
- The trope is parodied again in "Sportz?", where Squidward finds SpongeBob and Patrick playing with sports equipment incorrectly and is asked by them to teach them how to play sports properly. Squidward is advised by his angel to teach them how to play sports properly so they can't get hurt, while his devil sadistically gloats that Squidward has the opportunity to get back at the times SpongeBob and Patrick annoyed him by tricking them into getting hurt. Angel Squidward is forced to side with Devil Squidward after he gets hit by a tennis ball.
- The short-lived show God, the Devil and Bob had a variation on this, where Bob was constantly visited by...well, guess, with the devil trying to prove that there was no good in humanity by focusing on Bob, a crude, loud-mouthed imbecile.
- In the Daria episode "Lucky Strike" (where the teachers finally go on strike), Daria gets one of these moments after Ms. Li tries to get her to take the place of a substitute that her mother got fired when she discovered that he was flirting with Tiffany.Devil Daria: Not so fast. You'll get out of gym class.
Angel Daria: You? A scab?
Devil Daria: Oh, great. Touched by an angel.
Angel Daria: You'd be betraying your teachers.
Devil Daria: Hey, yeah! You'd be betraying your teachers!
Angel Daria: You'd just be falling into the same trap that managements always use to keep wages low and workers weak.
Devil Daria: Oh, go dance on the head of a pin. You could make Quinn's life really miserable.
Angel Daria: Huh. That's a good point.
Devil Daria: Hey, you hungry?
Angel Daria: Yeah, we can pick this up later.
(the "devil" and the "angel" disappear)
- In Father of the Pride, Larry (a lion), starving because of his diet, starts contemplating eating his best friend's girlfriend (a gopher). His Devil is a lion, but his Angel is a gopher, and thus barely gets to say anything before the devil eats her.
- In some old Disney shorts with Pluto, Pluto has an angel and a devil, who were both dogs like himself; angel dog wore a halo and devil dog wore horns and a red cape. Devil dog usually encourages him to do things like disobey Mickey and chase cats.
- An early Donald Duck cartoon, Donald's Better Self, has Donald skipping school because his devil told him to while his angel tries to lead him in the right path. By the way, both angel and devil are as tall as the Duck, and they're given normal voices, unlike Don himself... perhaps so Donald has no trouble understanding his inner thoughts?
- A Disney World War II Propaganda short staring Donald Duck, "The Spirit of '43", posits that when an American worker (Donald) comes into money, his mind has two separate personalities; the Thrifty, who takes the form of a Scottish old man (Hmmm!), who encourages Donald to save his money for taxes and the Spendthrift, a smooth-talker in a jazz suit who insists that Donald should spend his cash on idle luxuries. The moral of the short is that by paying you taxes you help the US war effort, and not paying your taxes essentially helps the Axis. To really drive the point home, the Spendthrift briefly looks like H Itler, and the doors to the bar he's pulling Donald towards has doors shaped like the Nazi Swatska. The Thrifty, on the other hand, is knocked into a wall made to look like an American Flag, with his circling stars resembling the stars on the flag. Donald, naturally, goes to pay his taxes, but not without giving the Spendthrift a a solid uppercut, damaging the saloon doors into becoming a V (for victory!).
- A House of Mouse short features Pluto's angel and devil. Later, after Mickey punishes Pluto for making a mess (when it was actually three kittens who made the mess), Pluto's angel and devil start giving Mickey suggestions. And they don't just look like Pluto's; the Devil even mentions the kittens, which Mickey does not, at this point, know about.
- They also appeared in another short that for some reason wasn't even aired with that show at all! In this short, Pluto's conscience persuades him into thinking that Minnie Mouse is out to get him after Mickey left him at her house while he was on vacation. Said conscience later makes him have nightmares about Minnie burying him alive, and even drags him to Hell!
- Several Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats cartoons feature Heathcliff talking to his shoulder angels, in the end he usually ends up listening to his shoulder devil.
- Heathcliff's shoulder angel once incapacitates the shoulder devil and takes over. Spike soon takes advantage of this and he eventually humiliates Heathcliff in front of the entire neighborhood.
- An episode has Nathan confronted by his Good Angel, Bad Angel-Murderface and Pickles respectively, at the dentist's office. Murderface claims that taking the knockout gas would leave you at the mercy of a molesting dentist, and therefore makes you gay. Pickles says it wouldn't matter, since you'd be out cold anyway.
- Another episode had Pickles, now sober, locked in a room with a table full of booze while his bandmates are in danger. The good angel tells him he should go save his friends, the bad angel encourages him to start drinking. He does both.
- In an episode of The Flintstones, Fred buys a sweepstakes ticket and shares it with Barney who is broke and unable to purchase one. Barney decides to guard the ticket. Fred didn't trust Barney under the influences of good and bad consciences. The devil pursues Fred to sneak into Barney's house to steal the ticket.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Phantom Stranger and The Spectre act this way in a certain decisive moment.
- And in the Animated Adaptation of Emperor Joker, the angel and devil sides of Bat-Mite appear when he is faced with whether or not he could use his superpowers to help Batman in the fight with The Joker:Angel Bat-Mite: No powers, Bat-Mite. You promised.
Devil Bat-Mite: Batman said you can't use your powers, but he didn't say you shouldn't give them to him!
Angel Bat-Mite: [shrugs his shoulders, to Bat-Mite] He's got a point. [both sides vanish]
- And in the Animated Adaptation of Emperor Joker, the angel and devil sides of Bat-Mite appear when he is faced with whether or not he could use his superpowers to help Batman in the fight with The Joker:
- The short Hector's Hectic Life has this trope after the dog throws out puppies in the cold.
- Nicky of Pepper Ann, was once seen with two good angels, one on each shoulder.
- Appears in a few episodes of The Smurfs in the form of Angel Smurf and Devil Smurf whenever a Smurf is tempted with a moral dilemma.
- A Spanish show called Lola and Virginia has used this with Lola, one of the main characters a couple of times. But they've done it a bit differently.
- In one episode she asks a student from her friend's karate class to help get back a bracelet that another girl took from her. Lola's friend tells her that karate students don't go around beatin people up. Lola says that's not what she had in mind at all. She smiles innocently, but for a second she changes into a devil version of herself, with a black dress in place of her usual red one.
- In another episode, Lola is in a contest to win a moped. A classmate is also trying to get it for his brother. Lola feels bad about beating the boy and imagines her devil self beating the boy to the top of a mountain using a helicopter, when he was climbing. Lola's devil self runs for the prize, but is held back by Lola's angel selfs, who restrains her by grabbing her tail. A moment later, when Lola helps the boy win and beat a girl who was cheating, her angel self and devil self actually high five each other.
- Mr. Bogus:
- A claymation short used after the first act of the episode "Totally Bogus Video" had Bogus being confronted by angel and devil versions of himself when he comes across a wrapped-up box of candy on the counter. The angel and devil then confront each other, which escalates into a Big Ball of Violence, giving Bogus a chance to help himself to the candy.
- Another episode had Bogus chasing after an ant that had stolen his special piece of cake. When he finally catches up with the ant, he is both anguished and ashamed to discover that the ant had only stolen the cake because it was a baby ant's birthday. First, his bad side, who is depicted as a leather-clad Badass Biker, tells Bogus that they're just puny insignificant ants and that the cake is rightfully his for him to just take, before his good side, who is depicted as a Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness-spouting well-mannered philosopher, tells Bogus that if he just takes the cake back, he will regret it for the rest of his life. At the end of the discussion, Bogus ends up listening to his bad side and takes the cake from the ants anyway.
- South Park
Devil: Go ahead. Drink the beer. It'll calm you down.Angel: Yeah. Why the hell not? It's just a beer. Don't be such a pussy, m'kay?
- Spoofed in the episode "Ike's Wee-Wee", when both sides agree about Mr. Mackey drinking a beer.
- In the episode "Tsst", Cartman contemplates murdering his mother and has a battle with his inner demons, good and bad, in the form of heads of energy.
- In the Popeye short "Never Sock a Baby", Popeye deals with his angel and devil after he spanks Swee'pea. He punches out the devil when he calls him a sissy.
- Done with a slight twist in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids when Weird Harold finds a wallet with $100 in it. The angel and devil appear to advise him on what to do with it, but instead of being mini versions of himself, the angel is Fat Albert and the devil is Rudy. Gives a little insight to how Weird Harold probably views his friends. (The Albert angel wins at the end of the episode by angrily grabbing the Rudy devil and hurling him into an arcade game screen.)
- 2 Stupid Dogs:
- The small dog's devil side tells him to sell out the big dog. His angel side... tells him the same thing.
- In the episode, A Quarter, when the dogs are trying to get $10,000, the big dog sees his face on a wanted poster for a $10,000 reward. The little dogs shoulder devil appears telling him to turn him in for the money, and then his shoulder angel appears to tell him...the exact same thing!
- Spoofed in the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Brother, Can You Spare an Ed?" Ed is sent shopping by Sarah to buy some fudge at the candy store, but Eddy tries to convince Ed to buy jawbreakers for himself and his friends instead. Edd tries to convince Ed to do as his sister asked, and the argument is represented by a Shoulder Angel Edd and a Shoulder Devil Eddy trying to persuade Ed. However, different from a lot of the occurrences of this trope is the fact that the Shoulder angel/devil mirror all of Edd & Eddy's actions, right down to the two of them actually fighting.Edd: Stand firm and deliver, Ed! Let integrity be your guide.
Eddy: He's right, Ed. And "integrity" in Latin means "buying jawbreakers".
- Family Guy:
- In the very first episode, Peter's shoulder devil appears - but the angel is missing, revealed in a cutaway to be caught in traffic. Later on, the angel shows up on time, but instead of advising Peter, he stops to listen to his own shoulder devil, because for some reason his shoulder angel's also caught in traffic.
- Another version from season 3 ("Ready, Willing, and Disabled") has Peter's shoulder angel shoot Peter's shoulder devil, and threaten Peter at gunpoint to go over and comfort Joe.
- In The Cleveland Show, Cleveland's turn out to be Darryl Hall and John Oates.
- ¡Mucha Lucha! - Rikochet experiences a straight example when he considers stealing something from a classmate with the Flea as his shoulder devil and Buena Girl as his shoulder angel. The episode ends with a gag involving the Flea trying to melt the polar ice caps (by rubbing two sticks together), and he gets two devil versions of himself.
- In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Spitballs" Rocko is trying to catch a foul ball. After receiving The Worst Seat in the House, Heffer suggests they move down. Rocko's devil agrees while the angel protests. When the devil shows the angel the view with binoculars, the angel changes its mind and tells him to get the good seats before they're gone. At the end of the episode Rocko has caught a foul ball (which would have been ironically easier if he didn't move down) but a little kid asks for it. The devil tells Rocko to keep it while the angels says it is better to give then to receive and ensures Rocko gives by hitting him with a baseball bat.
- In Slacker Cats Eddie uses his hands to pretend to have the angel and devil when deciding on things. The "angel" points out that he's simply there for show and nobody listens to him anyway. At one point Eddie decides on something rather horrible and both the angel and devil are disgusted.
- Parodied in the "Terrorarium" episode of Superjail! with Jared as the target and the Twins as his angel and devil. Like the South Park example, both of them agree on him drinking the growth serum that they offer:Twin 1 (angel): Try this to quench your thirst-Twin 2 (devil): -for power!
- In a Timon & Pumbaa episode, Timon's shoulder angel and devil advise him whether or not to eat some friendly termites. As they're arguing with each other, Pumbaa's shoulder angel and devil appear and start arguing with Timon's angel and devil.
- Spoofed in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures; Plucky Duck has a shoulder devil and a meaner shoulder devil who calls the first one a wimp.
- In "Night of the Tibbles," James gets a buzzing-winged figure of himself that says he's his conscience and another identical figure that says he's the conscience of his conscience. Later the original conscience returns and admits he may have been wrong.
- In "Brain's Shocking Secret," Brain gets two versions of himself - a "bad" version dressed in a red and a "good" version in yellow.
- In "Do You Believe in Magic?" when Arthur is jealous of Buster, he gets a mean looking cat clown as his "bad" angel and his favorite superhero Bionic Bunny as his "good" angel. Both this and the above example are pictured in a page on the Arthur Wiki.
- Spidey gets these in Ultimate Spider-Man, with the Good Angel wearing a blue costume, and the Bad one in Red. In one episode, the Bad Angel was replaced by a Shoulder-Hulk, in an episode where it wasn't so much good versus evil/selfish but duty versus friendship, when acting on his sense of duty could've gotten the Hulk locked up. They sometimes agree on something, like letting Taskmaster get Flash Thompson.
- Parodied near the end the King of the Hill episode "Hilloween". Hank gets into an explosive argument with a deranged Moral Guardian who hates Halloween. The former is dressed in his childhood devil costume while the latter is dressed as an angel for a "hell house" she's running, with Bobby placed between them.
- The Bump in the Night Christmas special "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy" has Mr. Bumpy be encouraged to steal Santa's bag by two shoulder devils.
- In the Clarence episode "Jeff Wins", Clarence's shoulder angels are a horse and a fish for some reason. Even Clarence is confused about it, and the horse tells him to just go with it.
- Parodied in the series of shorts called Weighty Decisions, where a (live-action) man gets visited by his (animated) shoulder Angel and Devil whenever he needs to make a moral dilemma. However the Angel and Devil (Neil and Gordon respectively) always get sidetracked and talk about completely unrelated things (For example, when the man appears to be contemplating jumping off a ledge, Neil and Gordon appear ready to debate on whether he should go through with it or not. Only for the latter to start arguing over the former calling sick and bailing at a party he threw the other night.).
- In one episode of Bobby's World where Bobby accidentally breaks his mother's statue of Elvis, his angel and devil are Captain Squash and his Arch-Enemy.
- Parodied in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Saddle Row Review". Pinkie Pie has to break up a party going on at a club upstairs from Rarity's new boutique, and wonders what Rarity would do. She imagines up a shoulder devil and shoulder angel version of Rarity, both of which encourage her to make the party even more rocking... then the Devil-Rarity points out that the real Rarity would never say such a thing.
- Beetlejuice's "Good Angel" is a shy nerdy version of him and his "Bad Angel" is a monstrous Frankenstein-like version as shown in an episode that has Lydia traveling inside his head.
- In the Disney short "Lend a Paw", Pluto is jealous when a little kitten has joined him as Mickey's new pet. A Good Angel appears to urge Pluto to accept the kitten but a Bad Angel appears urging Pluto to get rid of the kitten. Pluto listens to the Bad Angel with unfortunate consequences. When the kitten nearly drowns in a well, the Good Angel gets fed up with being pushed around and beats the stuffing out of the Bad Angel before encouraging Pluto to save the kitten.
- In one episode of Duckman, Duckman seeks to reverse-engineer an aphrodisiac so he can create more of the stuff. When he finally succeeds, a shoulder angel pops up to point out how much he can accomplish when properly motivated and how he could thereby improve his mind. In place of a typical shoulder devil, a miniature Bill Clinton then appears—saying he gets far more women than the people that are smarter than him. The shoulder angel remarks that's a good point, so they leave Duckman to it.
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes parodied the trope in "Second First Date", where a flashback to Rad dating Enid had him given poor advice on how to behave from two shoulder devils resembling Mega Football Baby and Bell Beefer.Devil Bell Beefer: Maybe you should've looked for dating advice from someone who wasn't a teenage boy.
- Stōked: In the episode "Dirty Little Secret, Nerdy Little Secrets" and the episode "All We Are Saying is Give Reef a Chance". Both examples with Emma.
- Parodied on Milo Murphy's Law: When Sara is unsure whether or not she's on a date with a boy, her angels appear as her dressed as Dr. Zone and Time Ape, then she imagines four more versions of herself dressed as a dragon, a fairy, a knight, and a wizard. At some point, they all get into a brawl.
- The Camp Lazlo episode "Dirt Nappers" had Samson consult his shoulder angel and devil on whether he should tell the other Bean Scouts that he's responsible for the camp's dirt disappearing.
- In the Hotel Transylvania: The Series episode "Curse Club", Pedro is warned against competing in the Curse Club tournament by his shoulder devil and shoulder angel.
- The Amazing World of Gumball does a variant in the episode "The Founder", where Richard talks to his shoulder devil, who consults his own shoulder angel, who has his own shoulder devil.
- The original Jim Henson's Muppet Babies episode "The Great Cookie Robbery" had this happen with Baby Gonzo, when Nanny trusts him to share with the rest of the babies to tide them over before lunch. The angel Gonzo says that he should indeed share them, while the devil Gonzo (decked out in a leather biker outfit) says that he should keep them all to himself and not tell the other babies.
- There was also an episode, "The Frog Who Knew Too Much" where Kermit was visited by a shoulder angel and shoulder devil of his own on whether he should promise to keep Nanny's big surprise present a secret. Given that Kermit is more of a Nice Guy, he sides with his shoulder angel.
- Seen in two episodes of Tales of the Wizard of Oz with Rusty Tinman, "Have Your Pie and Eat It Too" and "Too Much Heart."
- The Downtown episode "Trip or Treat" had Goat appear as an angel and devil for Alex when discussing with him on whether or not he should dump Serena over abandoning her goth look. Angel Goat brings up how it's not the clothes a person wears that indicates who they are, while Devil Goat remarks how the clothes will end up coming off anyway.
- The pilot of Sheep in the Big City parodied this by having angel and devil hand puppets appear when Sheep is making up his mind about leaving the farm. Once he makes his decision, the hand puppets turn out to be from a puppet theater he was standing in front of.
- There is an episode ofThe Alvin Show where Alvin decides to run away from home because hes sick of rehearsing so much. While hes gone, his shoulder devil encourages him to keep doing what hes doing because hes better off without Dave and his brothers because he was the most popular member of the group. Eventually, his shoulder angel appears to tell him what hes doing is wrong and that without him, his family would grow poor, and Dave would probably die, so he runs back home.
- In the I Am Weasel episode "I Am Crybaby", I.R. Baboon is put into a re-compression chamber to cure him of the bends and ends up hallucinating a shoulder angel and a shoulder devil who both look like the Red Guy. They both convince Baboon that he needs to save the "chronic crying syndrome" patients from Weasel's experiments, and try to excuse their behavior to the audience as being by-products of Baboon's "foamy brain".
- In one Overly Long Gag in Xavier: Renegade Angel, a demon appears on Xavier's shoulder. Then, a tinier demon shows up on that demon's wing, and another on that one's wing, and so on until there are seven demons stacked on top of each other. The angel part of the trope never even shows up.
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