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Angel/Devil Shipping

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"You are a wolf in rabbit's clothing taking advantage of a poor innocent little rabbit!"
Sharon, PandoraHearts

Take two characters: one sweet, innocent, kind, loving, naive, maybe even virginal, etc. In other words: an angel. The second character is malicious, rude, possibly perverted, ominously charming, sadistic, etc. In other words: a devil. Then you pair them up with each other. The main aspect here lies in the fact that the Devil character can do all sorts of things to torment the Angel character, or vice versa, and in the end the two characters will fall in love despite everything or perhaps because of everything (or not if the pairing is one-sided).

Generally, a combination of Mind Game Ship and Opposites Attract, with a dash of Draco in Leather Pants, depending on whether the 'ship is canon or not. In Slash Fic or some yaoi, the Uke is often the angel while the Seme is the devil.

We all know the appeal of Mind Game Ship, playing another person's mind like it's a game and what not, and this trope can go hand in hand with that one. It may overlap with Foe Romance Subtext, Foe Yay Shipping, or Dating Catwoman if the two characters are actual enemies in canon. Compare Beast and Beauty. Sometimes a I Have You Now, My Pretty scenario may occur from the devil to the angel. A Fetishized Abuser, Depraved Bisexual, Depraved Homosexual, Psycho Lesbian, or a Yandere may be the devil, and The Ingenue, All-Loving Hero, Plucky Girl, or Nice Guy may be the angel.

Sometimes for this trope in fanfic a previously tough character may be made into a more sensitive innocent character and vice versa. Sometimes the devil character may try to force another rebellious character to submit. More often than not the devil is male and the angel is female, though the gender-flipped variant is not unheard of.

Has nothing to do directly with Angel, though interestingly he could be on either side of the pairing.


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Fanon Examples:

    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach:
    • Orihime/Ulquiorra, especially when symbolism is taken into account (Ulquiorra's released form looks like a fallen angel and his second one is a devil).
    • GrimmHime is the second most popular Orihime ship behind UlquiHime, with Grimmjow as the Devil and Orihime as the Angel. (It helps that Orihime is the only person Grimmjow ever did a favor for, even if it was for selfish reasons.)
    • Momo being paired with Gin or Aizen exists, too.
    • In fanfics where Ichigo is made to be a sensitive Uke he can be involved in this if he is shipped with Grimmjow, Gin, Hollow Ichigo, or Aizen.
    • When paired with anyone Nnoitra (devil) gets this. Orihime and Nel are frequently paired with him possibly due to several suggestive scenes they have with him in canon.
  • Light/Anyone in Death Note, but especially Misa or L, though L has usually been Uke-fied in such instances because it isn't really canon for him to just sit back and let Light screw with him, he can do plenty of mind screwing himself. The same is true for Beyond Birthday/Anyone probably due to his psychotic obsession with L and how he refers to himself "an aggressive top." Even Light tends to get Uke-fied whenever Beyond decides to play Kira.
  • Digimon:
  • D.N.Angel: There's some Daisuke/Dark interpretations in fanfics and Daisuke/Satoshi shows up in canon and fanfiction as well.
  • Fruits Basket: Tohru/Akito, the latter being the 'devil' as Akito is a Domestic Abuser and Tohru being the 'angel' as she redeems with love. One could make an argument for a Tohru/Shigure ship as Shigure's character is morally ambiguous.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist Slash Fic Ed is sometimes made to be the angel to either Envy or Roy or even Lust.
  • Sousuke in Full Metal Panic! slash works is sometimes made to be an innocent angel character to Gauron's canon devil character. Also, in the novels, being the sick pervert he is, he shows interest in humiliating and possibly molesting/raping Tessa (to "break" her spirit, since he's annoyed with "righteous" people). He makes it very clear to the other submarine personnel that if they try to do anything, he ''will' do "X-rated" things to the cute captain. When she acts defiant towards him, it "pleased him from the bottom of his heart," and he exclaims, "Ohhh, she's cute!" and proceeds to jokingly ask the Mithril traitors if they're sure they want to leave, since this place seems like a nice place to work.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
  • March Comes in Like a Lion: Rei/Kyoko, with Rei being the Angel and Kyoko as the Devil. While there are fans of the work that don't want this to happen precisely because of this dynamic they share, there are also fans that are excited by the prospect of it once the romantic undertones of their relationship become more overt.
  • Downplayed example: Katsuki Bakugo from My Hero Academia is not straight up evil, but he starts the show as a rather vicious and ruthless bully and a major Blood Knight while later transitioning into a more traditional (but still quite cold) Anti-Hero. Naturally, this has prompted fans to ship him with his childhood friend and bullying victim Izuku Midoriya, typically due to the complexity of their relationship and Izuku’s admiration of him. He also tends to get shipped with Ochaco Uraraka, probably because of his rare respect for her skills.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto/Itachi, Naruto/Kabuto, Naruto/Orochimaru, Naruto/Sasuke, generally Naruto/any villain considering his sweet naive All-Loving Hero Nice Guy nature. Also, Naruto/Sai at times.
    • Since Shippuden and Sasuke's Face–Heel Turn, fanfic of him and Sakura of this nature exists as well.
    • Naruto/Karin, even though they didn't officially meet until her Heel–Face Turn. That, and they're cousins, though no one knows exactly how close, since Karin is a member of Naruto's mother's clan.
    • Hinata/Neji, as Neji is often seen as a dark, cynical guy who abuses and forces himself on Hinata, a lot of fans ignoring his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Sasuke/Itachi, too. Both Hinata/Neji and Sasuke/Itachi are seen as this, especially by people who don't ship them, as Neji and Itachi are still seen as quite dark characters, despite that they both proved that Hinata and Sasuke, respectively, were the persons they cared about the most when they sacrificed themselves for them.
  • Giovanni and Delia Ketchum from Pokémon: The Series. Giovanni being a yakuza/mafia crime boss while Delia is an all-around nice woman and mother of the protagonist. Giovanni is actually the most common guess for who Ash's father is.
  • The advertising for Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion adds a sexual element to Madoka and Homura's relationship that isn't present in canon. They also portray the characters in their deity forms—Madoka as the benevolent, white-clad Goddess of Hope and Homura as the Obviously Evil demon she becomes at the end of the movie—even though they never appear onscreen together like this; in fact, the "devil" wants to prevent the "angel" from taking on this form.
  • Reborn! (2004): Basically just Tsuna or Chrome/any villain considering their sweet naive Messiah nature. Also some Tsuna/Reborn fanfics portray them as this. It helps that most of Tsuna's former enemies become very affectionate towards him following becoming his allies and Chrome gets put in I Have You Now, My Pretty moments a lot.
  • Seraph of the End: Ferid likes to play mind games and exert his power over the other characters, namely Krul, Crowley, Yuu, and Mika in canon as well as fanon. He gets this with Yuu especially even though Yuu is technically becoming a demon as he's a good Nice Guy and Ferid is a dangerous foppish vampire who killed his family. In canon, Yuu is called an angel by Ferid and he is technically considered an angel with his Superpowered Evil Side. Crowley notes in the novels that Ferid has the kind of beauty that corrupts people and tells the group in the manga that he feels bad for them (because Ferid wants to be their friend) as he's exhausting with all his antics and mind games.
  • Tamagotchi has Pianitchi/Smartotchi. The latter character is the Arc Villain of the Miracle Friends arc, taking on the guise of X-Kamen whenever he wants to go find the Dreambakutchis that Miraitchi and Clulutchi need to return to the future. Canonically, Pianitchi has a normal friendship with Smartotchi, but the two bond through a shared love of playing piano music.
  • A very popular ship in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is Zarc and Ray due to three of their four reincarnations being good friends despite them having no relationship themselves. Zarc is described in-universe with terms like demon and devil and desired to destroy all reality. Ray is his opposite and protects the world instead, usually being shown in golden light, and was ultimately the person that saved reality twice, thus acting as the angel or god to his demon or devil.

    Comic Books 
  • The Joker is Ax-Crazy and unpredictable to the extreme and as such it's difficult to pin down his motivation, past, and the like in canon. What is more clear cut is his demented love and obsession with Batman. It seems his greatest desire is to break Batsy's ideals down and make him just like him. Batman isn't the type to let Joker victimize him but in certain fan works Batman is made vulnerable and at the Jokers mercy.
  • Since the release of the Star Wars – Darth Maul comic, in which Sith apprentice Darth Maul hunts down, fights and kills a female Jedi Padawan by the name of Eldra Kaitis, there's been an increase of various fanart and fanfiction of the two of them together as a romantic couple. Helps that Eldra Kaitis is a Twi'lek.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Peter Jackson's film series based on The Hobbit has spawned the disturbingly popular ship "Smaugbo" (Bilbo x Smaug). It helps that their actors play the two male leads on Sherlock, who are commonly shipped together.
  • Angel and Nightcrawler from X-Men: Apocalypse sure look the part (their personalities being the opposite of their appearances; the demonic-looking Nightcrawler is heroic while Angel is evil) and they have something of a following.
  • Though whether Kylo Ren and Rey are canonically love interests or not is mostly left ambiguous, they're one of the most popular pairings in the Star Wars fandom to date, partly for this reason.
  • Much of the Knives Out fandom ships Marta with Ransom, in spite of the fact that he looks down on her for being working class and an immigrant, tries to frame her for murder, and then tries to kill her.
  • A lot of fans of The Craft ship good-hearted witch Sarah with the increasingly power-obsessed and Ax-Crazy witch Nancy, even after Nancy's Big Bad Slippage; it overlaps with Mind Game Ship as well considering Nancy's manipulation of Sarah. It helps that they have a fair amount of perceived Les Yay, especially from Nancy's end.
  • The Devil Wears Prada: Easily the biggest ship in the fandom is the sweet and kind Andy with her abusive and often rude boss Miranda (who is the titular Devil). This is mainly because of the chemistry between the two and the fact that many fans don't like Andy's canon relationship with Nate, as well as the fact that Miranda is a frequent target of the Draco in Leather Pants treatment and, even without that, being a major Love to Hate character.
  • Scream (2022): Much of the fandom walked away from this film shipping the sweet and innocent Tara with one of the serial killing Ghostfaces, Amber, mainly due to their chemistry and the fact that one of the earlier drafts had them as girlfriends.

  • Scarlet (an angel) and Frank (The Anti-Christ) have a lot of romantic chemistry in the Demon Squad books. It helps the latter is an Anti Anti Christ.
  • Good Omens has Aziraphale and Crowley, a pair of literally an angel and a demon and the most popular ship in the fandom by a country mile. Although, admittedly at the time of the book, both of them have spent too much time with each other and with humans to be quite so purely good or evil.
  • Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf, quite often. Several modern retellings of it even make it canon, usually by turning the Big Bad Wolf into a werewolf who can take on human form.
  • Ralph and Jack from Lord of the Flies, which is obvious in both their looks and personalities, Ralph representing the calm, rational, civil part of the human mind (also, blonde-haired), while Jack represents the basic, primal instincts, the savage part of the human mind (red-haired).

    Live-Action TV 
  • House is like this to everyone, though Wilson isn't really content to sit back and let House mind screw him and does plenty of mind screwing himself. In Slash Fic though Wilson (angel) and House (devil) play it straight, probably helped by all the Ho Yay they have together in canon.
  • Psychopath Diary: Dong-sik/In-woo. Dong-sik's a Nice Guy even when he thinks he's a serial killer while In-woo's a psychopath who enjoys murdering people and is obsessed with Dong-sik.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: The once incredibly rare ship of Galadriel, Lady of Light who serves as the greatest force for good in Middle-earth and Sauron, the Dark Lord seeking to conquer the Free Peoples got an enormous boost in popularity with the show's Season 1 finale. The revelation that Halbrand has been Sauron all along added a dark twist to the many Held Gazes between the two. Many also read romantic intentions with Sauron's proposal to Galadriel to be King and Queen together, with the implication the rings of power were meant to be their engagement rings.
  • Smallville: There is an unholy amount of Chloe/Kalnote  shipping fan fiction. Often ends with Kal corrupting Chloe and them having sex. Chloe has also been paired with Davis Bloome may count. He is usually a nice guy though. When he is not busy being Doomsday.
  • Supernatural:
    • Dean/Castiel had a huge following already, but with the Season 9 finale turning Dean into a demon, the pairing literally became this. In the show, they only have a few seconds of screentime together when Castiel pops up at the last minute to restrain Demon Dean so Sam can restore his humanity.
    • Also provides the very literal version of this with Meg/Castiel fans, whose dynamic very much plays off this trope and proved to be popular enough to become the most popular het ship for Castiel.
    • People sometimes ship Castiel and Crowley, which would count as this, since their antagonism is often layered with innuendo. Sure, both of them are rather attached to Dean, but only makes it more fun.
    • Anna Milton/Ruby, which is one of the more popular femslash pairings in the fandom, thanks to their interactions in Anna's two-parter introduction in Season 4 consisting of the normally ruthless demon Ruby going out of her way and willingly enduring an immense amount of suffering all to find and help Anna, and the angel-turned-amnesiac human Anna herself showing quite of a bit of affection and respect for Ruby because of it - being so nice to her in fact that it visibly unsettles Ruby. Also counts as yet another literal example of this trope. Unfortunately, they're paired off with the Winchester brothers instead, and they never do appear together again after the episode "Heaven and Hell". With The Reveal about Ruby being a deepcover Fake Defector whose true mission was releasing Lucifer (something Anna opposed and worked against) this would also count as a Mind Game Ship and Foe Yay Shipping. Whether she had known what Anna was from the start and been trying to manipulate her for information the way other demons had been, is never addressed.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Pathfinder Adventure Path Wrath of the Righteous, the succubus Arueshalae is attempting redemption after seducing and assassinating the high priestess of Desna. Arueshalae entered the drying priestess' mind and met Desna, the Chaotic Good goddess of dreams, luck, stars, and travel. Desna received her priestess, then told Arueshalae 'Even demons can dream.' Being spared - and made to dream - sent the succubus into an existential crisis. Experiencing a genuine romance is part of her redemption path. Wrath of the Righteous as an adventure series tends to get a lot of half-angel holy warrior player characters who seem to have a thing for penitent succubi.
  • A lot of Dungeons & Dragons homebrew races are aasimar/tiefling hybrids.

    Video Games 
  • Some of the fandom like to pair Cosmos with Chaos from Dissidia Final Fantasy. They're actually not too far off — Cosmos was created as a copy of Chaos's adoptive mother.
  • In the Guilty Gear games, it's surprisingly common to ship the sweet-hearted British time-traveller Plucky Comic Relief Axl Low with the dangerously psychotic Dark Action Girl I-No. STRIVE actually makes it almost canon.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Overwatch:
    • There are over 115 works on Archive of Our Own that ship Mercy/Reaper in some capacity. This was even before the theory that Reaper turned into a zombie-wrath state because of Mercy was Jossed.
    • The fans pairing of Tracer with her Arch-Enemy, Widow Maker is almost as popular. So much so, that when Tracer was officially paired off with her girlfriend Emily, the fandom didn't take it well. Thus, most H-artists treat Emily as if she doesn't exist and continue to ship Tracer with Widow Maker instead.
  • Pokémon: This is part of the appeal of most Protagonist/Villain ships, especially Dawn/Cyrus or either Red/Giovanni and Leaf/Giovanni. The heroic, innocent protagonist with the dark and criminal antagonist really gets to some fans.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link/Ganondorf, Zelda/Ganondorf, and Link/Ganondorf/Zelda are popular in various incarnations. Ganondorf is bound by reincarnation to always be out to get them, while Zelda is literally the reincarnation of a goddess.
    • Link and Dark Link. Link is a noble hero on the side of the goddesses while Dark Link is an embodiment of evil that literally is just there to take him down. He doesn't even have any sentience in canon. This is also a selfcest ship.
    • Many fans see this in Link/Ghirahim too. Helped by Ghirahim's tormenting him two of the three times they met before he got serious and exhibiting lack of personal space.
  • Life Is Strange:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Maria was Shadow's Morality Pet and his Only Friend in the past. Shadow would be a villain instead of an anti-hero if not for Maria's kind personality and dying wish to him.
    • Shadow/Amy comes down to this. Amy reminds Shadow of Maria, which is a major factor in his Heel–Face Turn by remembering her actual promise to him. Amy is loving and energetic while Shadow is cold and dark.
    • Sonic's nice Stock Shōnen Hero blends with Shadow's stoic Stock Shōnen Rival to make the two a popular ship.
    • The popularity of Shadow and Tikal together comes down to their clashing personalities. Shadow is a dark, brooding character while Tikal is a caring martyr who died centuries (if not, millennia) ago.
    • Rookie/Infinite from Sonic Forces is popular despite Rookie being a wide-eyed Kid Hero while Infinite is a mind-screwy murderer who loathes the protagonist.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Bowser and Peach, with Bowser being the villain of the series while Peach is the near-always sweet and innocent woman he constantly kidnaps. It became especially popular after Paper Mario 64, where it was first known that Bowser has an unrequited Villainous Crush for her.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine, in a much more literal version of this trope, Bendy (A cartoony devil) and Alice Angel (Take a guess) are easily the most popular couple in the fandom.
  • World of Warcraft: Since Battle for Azeroth, people began shipping High King Anduin Wrynn (an All-Loving Hero blessed by the Holy Light) with the new Warchief and Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner (a ruthless undead leader).
  • In Planescape: Torment, Deionarra and the Practical Incarnation, a former self of the player.
  • Throw a rock into Among Us fan works and see if you don't hit Impostor x Crewmate.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • Bayonetta/Pit and Bayonetta/Palutena are both popular pairings, especially thanks to Bayonetta's reveal trailer for the fourth game. On one side, you have a fairly innocent literal angel or the kindhearted Goddess of Light he works for; on the other, you have a seductive, Dark Is Not Evil witch who summons demons on a regular basis.
    • There are a few people out there who ship Galeem and Dharkon from Ultimate; they're literally referred to as the embodiments of light and darkness, respectively, in-game. The fact that they're also eldritch monsters with a burning hatred for each other doesn't seem to deter these shippers.
  • Puyo Puyo:
    • Arle x Schezo and Arle x Dark Prince are big ones, especially in Japan, since Schezo and the Dark Prince are known to start Cock Fights over Arle. They're less popular in the West due to the significant age gaps involved, on top of, y'know, being enemies.
    • Some fans ship Ringo with Ecolo, despite the latter being a villain and the former not reciprocating his feelings.
  • In Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous, the story from the pen and paper game is expanded (see Table Top Games, above). Arueshalae is a romance option and the player gets a very good look at what an absolute monster she was once upon a time.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: Flaky and Flippy, especially when fan flanderization comes into play. Flippy is normally a nice fellow, but he is more well-known for his extremely violent Split Personality that gets triggered very easily. Flaky in contrast is a cute Shrinking Violet and his closest friend.
  • RWBY: Ruby is a sweet energetic goth girl who puts herself in harms way often to help/save people. Villains who are considered the devils and are frequently paired in this manner with Ruby are Mercury, Cinder, Emerald, Salem, Tyrian, Neo, and Roman, who at the very least have a personal vendetta against her and want to break her spirit and end her, or just want her out of the way.
    • Jaune is a sweet nice guy who is more suited to healing his friends than fighting. Naturally, he also gets this with the villains.
  • Eddsworld: Cute dorky Nice Guy Edd is frequently paired with Trigger-Happy chummy communist Tord. Not hurt at all by the fact that Edd is depicted in-universe as Tord's Morality Pet.

    Web Original 
  • Neopets: Illusen, a good and kind Earth Faerie, is shipped with her nemesis Jhudora, an evil Dark Faerie.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: The plucky, morally-sound Hero Protagonist Finn gets shipped with the trickster vampire Marceline, though later episodes make it clear that Marceline isn't really evil, only dark.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Edd (Angel) and Marie (Devil). Double D is a dorky Nice Guy and Shrinking Violet with not a single malicious bone in his body along with being ambitious in school. His Kanker counterpart Marie however, loves bad boys, comes on to him against his will, is a slacker in school and at the same time being The Bully along with her sisters to everyone on the cast. Oh, and she also has a crush on him. For some reason. Any of the Eds with the Kankers could apply (the Eds being angels and the Kankers devils), but Edd and Marie stands out the most since Edd has higher morals and timidity than the other Eds.
    • Also Edd/Eddy's Brother.
  • Flaky and Flippy from Happy Tree Friends. Even more so with their anime versions, where Flaky is portrayed as a sweet, naive, fearful, kind girl, while Flippy is an evil, obsessive, sadistic murderer (sometimes rapist).
  • Kim Possible has the popular Les Yay pairing of Kim/Shego, with Kim as the daring hero and Shego as the assistant to Kim's Mad Scientist archenemy.
  • The Legend of Korra gives us Korra/Amon. Amon is a creepy mind rapist who's able to reduce the normally badass Korra to tears through psychological torture.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • The page image is the somewhat-popular fan-pairing of Discord (Mad God, Trickster God, Reality Warper, the "chaos" of Order Versus Chaos) and Celestia (The High Queen, Physical God, Light Is Good, the "order" of Order Versus Chaos)
    • When not paired with Celestia, Discord will often be paired with Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy,note  or Twilight Sparkle, which would fulfill this trope just as well. Pinkie is an over-energetic party pony who lives to spread happiness and laughter, Fluttershy is bashful, gentle, and kind, and Twilight takes after her mentor Celestia and likes to keep things orderly, especially with her schedules and checklists.
    • Fluttershy/Discord with Discord essentially being a trickster god while Fluttershy is a shy Friend to All Living Things.
    • Twilight Sparkle/King Sombra and Fluttershy/King Sombra, with the mares being heroes while the latter is a villain who is one of the few to be outright killed.
  • PJ Masks has the hero Gekko and the villain Luna Girl.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Him and Bubbles. Him is a Flaming Devil who enjoys psychological torture and may or may not be Satan himself and Bubbles is a cheerful and naive girl who can communicate with animals. Bubbles is often the victim of Him's mind games and they are of course Arch-Enemies.
    • There are also the ships between the Powerpuff Girls (angels) and Rowdyruff Boys (devils):
      • Aside from what is stated above, Bubbles is also frequently shipped with her counterpart, Boomer, though he is less malicious than his two brothers. However, he is by no means innocent, as he is still a bully just like them, despite being overall the dumbest of them.
      • Blossom is frequently shipped with her counterpart, Brick, and this brings the best example of all the Powerpuff/Rowdyruff pairings, as she has a very polite and considerate attitude to others, while he has a greatly reckless and uncaring one.
      • Buttercup is frequently shipped with her counterpart, Butch. Though, this is downplayed, as she has more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality. But Butch is just a straight up wicked Blood Knight.
  • South Park:
    • The biggest ship for One-Shot Character Damien, the wicked but lonely Antichrist, is with Pip, the kind English boy who briefly became Damien's only friend during his episode...before Damien blew Pip into fireworks in order to become more popular.
    • Butters is the show's embodiment of childhood innocence, so it makes sense that many people pair him with Cartman, the Enfant Terrible who often pulls Butters into dangerous or humiliating situations. It helps that Butters seems to have some affection for Cartman and is often far too trusting towards him.
  • Total Drama has attracted its fair share of examples, usually pairing "angels" like Dawn, Bridgette, DJ, Brick, or Lindsay with "devils" like Scott, Alejandro, Heather, Jo, or Duncan.
  • Transformers has basically any iteration of Optimus Prime/Megatron.
  • Winx Club: Bloom gets shipped with one of the villains, either one of the Trix (Icy mostly), or Valtor.
  • Unikitty!: There's an awful lot of shipping fan-art between Unikitty and Master Frown. On the show, Unikitty has kissed and shown affection for Frown multiple times in spite of how often Frown abuses and bullies her. Doesn't exactly mean they're in a relationship, it just means Unikitty can be overly amiable.
  • Jem: Jerrica/Pizzazz, with Jem being the ever-innocent and friendly one while Pizzazz is her egotistical and antagonistic foil. Jerrica, however, does have darker and snarkier elements that pop up while Pizzazz herself has a lot of issues herself behind her bombastic personality.

    Real Life 
  • A lot of people have been fascinated by applying this trope to Joan of Arc and her comrade Gilles de Rais, who after the war became one of history's most infamous pedophile Serial Killers and an inspiration for the character of Bluebeard. Not helped by the fact some reports do mention that the two of them got along well (though no solid proof of a romance exists) and it's likely that Gilles de Rais went mad long after the war.

Canon Examples:

    Anime & Manga 
  • Aoshima makes unwanted advances on the innocent Bellydandy and Skuld (when she aged up) in Ah! My Goddess. Both times, he got shocked for his attempts.
    • The existence of Urd flat out states that God and the Devil (specifically the Almighty One Tyr and Daimakaichou Hild) not only had a relationship but one that produced children.
  • Consummate Nice Girl Christa and blunt, cynical (and canonically in love with Christa) Ymir from Attack on Titan.
  • During the Eclipse in Berserk Casca is made into the angel for Griffith as Femto as he renders her helpless and brutally rapes her.
  • Black Butler: Sebastian is a seductive demon who is the devil to anyone really in both canon and fanfics.
  • Bubblegum Crisis includes a song called "Devil and Angel's Kiss".
  • CLAMP works:
    • Seishirou/Subaru from Tokyo Babylon and then X1999 are definitely this what with Seishirou being the sociopathic Sakurazukamori and Subaru being a tender-hearted, gentle young man who is utterly destroyed by Seishirou's dark intent. Often taken to extremes in fanfiction.
    • Seishirou and Subaru's alternate-universe versions in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- feature Seishirou as a priest and Subaru as a vampire. The UST between these two just jumps right off the page.
    • CLAMP in general seems to really enjoy this trope, what with pairings like Fuuma/Kamui from X1999 or the pairing of Kokuyo/Hisui who literally are a demon and angel from Wish. Zagato and Emeraude from Magic Knight Rayearth appear to be this but...
  • Devilman: Akira/Ryo, the famous "gay duo" that inspired many other gay duos in later anime. Ryo is confirmed to be in love with Akira. note  Akira on the other hand is in love with Miki, but has shown the occasional moment of odd affection for Ryo that suggests there's something there. And this couple is a bit zig-zagged when it comes to their position: Appearance-wise, Akira is obviously the Devil with him being the Devilman, while Ryo is the Angel for his white and gold color scheme as well as having bright white angel wings. However, personality-wise, Akira is the Angel for him becoming a demon to protect humanity, while Ryo is the Devil for trying to destroy the world.
  • Devils and Realist has Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) and Gilles de Rais (see Real Life above). Jeanne has become a "Pawn of Heaven" and is expected to become an archangel, while Gilles is a nephilim (a human turned into a demon) who is in love with her.
  • Eyeshield 21 has the Devil Bats' "Commander from Hell" quarterback Youichi Hiruma and their Team Mom manager Mamori Anezaki.
  • Fairy Tail: Mavis Vermilion and Zeref used to be a common fanon example. Then chapter 340 revealed that they had known each other before, and Fairy Tail Zero showed how they first met. Chapter 450 finally made them canon, though with tragic results.
  • Future Diary: Yukiteru (angel) and Yuno (devil and epic Yandere). And Yukiteru/Tsubaki also counts as he once gets a Forceful Kiss complete with spit trail from her.
  • High School Dx D has a variation of this with Issei Hyoudou (a reincarnated devil) and his Patient Childhood Love Interest Irina Shidou (an exorcist who is later reincarnated as an angel).
  • Akihiko/Misaki may counts as this in Junjou Romantica. Akihiko is the demon, since he is very perverted and possessive towards Misaki, while Misaki is the angel.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun: Wakamatsu/Seo. Wakamatsu is rather a sweet, naive, and innocent Keet and Seo is The Dreaded Anti-Role Model for the basketball team (of which Wakamatsu is part of) that tends to Rooting for the Empire when watching movies. However, it couldn't be plainer Seo very much fancies Wakamatsu, and while Wakamatsu has a thing for the pure-voiced Lorelei (who, in reality, is Seo), he's also jealous of the prospect of Seo having a boyfriend.
  • Played fairly canon in No. 6 with all the Ho Yay between Shion (angel) and Nezumi (devil).
  • Vincent Nightray of PandoraHearts has a bit of this going on with everyone, but especially with his brother Gil and Ada.
  • Tetsunosuke and Suzu become this in the sequel manga of Peacemaker Kurogane.
  • In Princess Tutu, Ahiru (angel) and Fakir (devil) initially have this dynamic, with Fakir being a sarcastic Jerkass and Ahiru being a kind-hearted Cute Clumsy Girl. However, said Jerkass defrosts later on.
  • Akio in Revolutionary Girl Utena actively seeks to be the devil in all his relationships, be they with males or females.
    • Utena/Anthy also shows up given Anthy's true nature and the amount of Les Yay subtext/text they have in canon.
  • In the backstory of The Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas and Liz (devil/angel respectively) were this. Fortunately for the world, Meliodas is much more heroic now, though he still contrasts with the naivete of Elizabeth's present incarnation.
  • Xelloss/Filia in Slayers, as Xelloss is part of the Monster Race, which feeds off dark emotions, and Fillia is a priestess of light.
  • Maka/Giriko in Soul Eater with Giriko targeting Maka and wanting to rape and kill her. And then there's Chrona/Medusa.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has initially innocent characters Kaneki and Mutsuki being prey to the devil characters who have nasty inclinations towards them, with both eventually turning on the devils with renewed strength and realizations about themselves, which have negative repercussions.
  • Aoshika/Haguro in Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest is a particularly disturbing pairing as he actually does target and rape her.

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  • Fine Print: Cupids and Cubi are not exactly angels and demons in the Christian sense, more minor Greek gods with new jobs, but they are rivals competing to inspire love and lust in mortals. And the emotions they inspire are like addictive drugs to their counterparts, leading to a large number of illicit Cupid/Cubi liasons.
  • PS238: Malphast's parents are an angel and a devil.
  • Marvel Universe: During their early appearances, Marvel's Hawkeye and Black Widow fell into this; Hawkeye was the idealistic, gullible, affectionate partner to the manipulative, sinister Black Widow. Fortunately for them, Love Redeems, and both ended up becoming superheroes even after the relationship fizzled out.
  • Preacher: Genesis was born when an angel and a succubus fell for each other. When the angels found out, the succubus got a Mercy Kill and the angel sent to Earth. All from the beginning, part of God's plan to make something with as much power as Him, whose love he could then feed off of.

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  • Coldfire Trilogy: With all the Ho Yay they have, Gerald Tarrant and Damien Vryce. The former is a demon/vampire, and the latter is a priest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Whistler is a half-demon who appeared in Season 2. In the Season 9 comics, he reveals that his parents were one of the Powers That Be (the closest beings the Buffyverse has to angels) and a pure-blooded demon. This is compared to (as in being a lot more taboo than) the Slayer/Vampire pairings (Buffy/Angel and Buffy/Spike).
  • The Flash (2014) has a few.
    • Zoom is an Ax-Crazy maniac with dozens of kills under his built, and he plans on obliterating all Earths except Earth-1. He professes his love for Caitlin Snow, a calm and compassionate scientist. Although she does feel attracted to him when he's disguised as Jay Garrick, she wants nothing to do with him when she finds out who he really is.
    • Late in Season 3, Caitlin Snow is turned into Killer Frost and tries to murder Barry, who she felt an attraction towards, with a hypothermia-inducing kiss. She's quick to join Savitar when he reveals himself to be an alternate Barry and promises her that they can rule the universe together.
  • Good Omens (2019): Season 2, which picks up after the book left off, confirms Aziraphale and Crowley as well as Gabriel and Beelzebub. Though by the end of the season Aziraphale and Crowley have somewhat broken up as Aziraphale went back to Heaven while Gabe and Beel have left behind both Heaven and Hell.
  • Hannibal and Will Graham get this, with Will Graham being a FBI profiler who has a special gift that allows him to empathize with criminals and Hannibal being Will's psychiatrist and secretly a serial killer and cannibal. They gradually come to obsess over one another.
  • Lucifer
    • The pairing of Maze and Amenadiel literally embody this, Maze being Lucifer's demon bartender and Amenadiel being Lucifer's angelic brother.
    • Maze and Eve, arguably, also fit this trope, with Eve being The Cutie directly created by God and Maze being sort of new to feeling things, who doesn't really know what love is until she meets Lucifer's bubbly ex-girlfriend.
  • Jane/Hoyt in Rizzoli & Isles during the episodes Hoyt was on the show when he instilled within her a sense of fear and made her feel vulnerable.
  • Supernatural:
    • In "Heaven and Hell", demon Ruby and angel Anna (both occupying very attractive bodies at the time) are sitting in the backseat of the Impala with Dean at the wheel. Dean apparently ships them, since he can't resist comparing the scenario to a Penthouse forum letter.
    • Played for Laughs when Dean is having an Erotic Dream of two strippers in angel and devil costumes dancing for him.
      Dean: Now that's what I call peace on Earth.
    • Meg (demon) and Castiel (angel) share a lot of subtext throughout their interactions. Then she decides to make out with him in one episode. She openly expresses her love for him in Season 8. She promptly dies thereafter, sinking the ship.
      Meg: (after being kissed by him) I feel so... clean.
    • Crowley, the King of Hell, intimates he had a past relationship with the Angelic leader Naomi in Mesopotamia. It's left ambiguous whether they knew each other's identities at the time, although angels can see demons' true faces...
    • It's revealed in the final season that angel Castiel has been in love with former demon Dean since they first met, officially making the ship canon, at least on Castiel's side.

  • Brimstone Valley Mall: Asmoraius, a demon of seduction who's been sent up to Earth to lead humans into temptation, falls hard and fast for clean-cut Nice Guy Trent. The trope becomes all the more literal when the first season finale reveals Trent isn't just an absurdly altruistic human, but an actual angel. Which naturally complicates their relationship somewhat.

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  • Fire Emblem: Awakening:
    • Olivia, a sweet, bashful young woman prone to blushing intensely, is commonly paired up with Henry, a sociopathic magician who always looks forward to physically tearing someone to pieces. The best part is, you can make this happen in-game. Like any of Henry's other prospective wives, this is a canon example of the devil character slowly toning down their devilish characteristics because of his interaction with the angel. Whoever Henry gets married to (as well as the couple's child/children) ends up becoming his Morality Chain, and while Henry will never fully get rid of his violent tendencies, he turns out to be both a faithful husband and a good father.
    • While not as popular as Henry and Olivia, Libra and Tharja fall into this too. The former is a benevolent priest while the later is a Dark Magical Girl with an unhealthy obsession with Robin.
  • The Gray Garden: Etihw and Kcalb (sometimes) show affection toward each other, despite the war that happened between them in the past. Plus all those canon bonus comics on the official website.
  • Final Fantasy XV has the love between Astrals Shiva (a messenger of the gods) and Ifrit (basically their version of the Devil). In a twist, Ifrit used to be the good guy and Shiva used to hate humanity, but their positions switched with time.
  • Shadow Hearts has Yuri, an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who can turn into a variety of powerful monsters, and Alice, a sheltered and naïve White Magician Girl. Their relationship forms much of the series' emotional core, even though Alice canonically dies at the end of the first game.
  • Contract Demon has an angel and the demon she formed a contract with fall in love. Humorously, the angel is the one who's rather eager for this kind of relationship whereas the demon is far more awkward and hesitant about matters of romance/sex (and isn't even very good about the whole Deal with the Devil thing because she's just too nice to actually tempt/hurt her "victim"). Also, the "angel" is actually a human witch who pretended to be an angel because she really wanted to roleplay this trope.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Rouge and Knuckles aren't a couple but they get a lot of Ship Tease. Their relationship sways between this and Dating Catwoman depending on how heroic Rouge is portrayed. At minimum, she's a coy thief that contrasts with Knuckles' straight-laced heroism.
  • In Littlewood, the main character is a former Hero who defeated an Evil Overlord known as the Dark Wizard and saved the world from his reign. However, that same Dark Wizard is actually one of the game's available Love Interest characters for its Romance Sidequest. The game also plays with Draco in Leather Pants in that he turns out to be not evil, just misunderstood, and his behavior once romanced is extremely fluffy and sweet—much like happens in fanfics that pair up a hero and a villain.

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  • RWBY:
    • Salem and her lover Ozma have a long and complicated history. She's an immortal sorceress transformed by the same dark force that creates the Grimm, he is a multi-incarnate wizard resurrected by the Gods before they departed Remnant. Their story only gets darker, sadder and weirder from there.
    • To a lesser extent, Taiyang Xiao Long and Raven Branwen. Tai is a wholesome, loving family man who works as a teacher, trains his daughter to defend herself and works to provide a safe and loving home for his girls. Raven is a Might Makes Right believing, cold and calculating bandit leader who raids innocent settlements to kill and loot whoever and whatever they can find and knowingly brings Grimm with her tribe's negativity to poke through the survivors, who abandoned their family, scorns them when they question her or ask anything of her and actively works with Salem's faction for her own ends. However, there is a small part of her that loves her family, regrets abandoning them and leads her to keep an eye on them, though it's not strong enough to give her the courage to draw Salem's attention to herself to protect her daughter.

  • anti-HEROES: The chief protagonist and the chief antagonist are the Krylorn twins, children of an archdevil and a celestial falling in love.
  • In Megatokyo, Piro has a Good Angel, Bad Angel pair called Seraphim and Asmodeus, respectively. They seem to have had some sort of relationship in the past, and Asmodeus still hits on her occasionally.

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  • Adventure Time: A lot of people shipped Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, with Marceline as the darker demon with a self-proclaimed lost moral code to Princess Bubblegum's more mature and organized personality, though this is muddled with later episodes fleshing out Marceline's morality and making Princess Bubblegum more insidious. They're strongly implied to be exes who had a bad break-up, and they ultimately reconnected and became an Official Couple in the finale.
  • Angel's Friends: The main couple, Raf and Sulfus, are literally angel and demon. While Raf is an optimistic, compassionate, and strong-willed, Sulfus is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is arrogant and pessimistic.
  • For one with a female devil and a male angel, Blackarachnia and Silverbolt of Beast Wars. Blackarachnia is a sultry, scheming, deadly Dark Action Girl with a taste for treachery. Silverbolt is a noble, dedicated, chivalrous, sometimes downright corny Knight in Shining Armor. They bond while stranded together and cut off from their respective factions.
    Blackarachnia: I like being a bad girl. And you know something else? Somewhere deep beneath this squeaky clean armor-plating of yours, I think you like it too, hmm?
  • The Book of Life gives us God Couple La Muerte and Xibalba. La Muerte is the kind-hearted, made of everything sweet goddess that rules over the Land of the Remembered and believes Humans Are Good, while Xibalba is the devilish, made of everything icky and grimy Jerkass God who rules over the Land of the Forgotten and believes Humans Are Bastards.
  • Castlevania (2017): Lisa of Lupu is a human woman who sought the aid of a vampire to learn how to be a doctor to help heal mankind and elevate them up from their primitive, superstitious ways with knowledge and medicine. Draclua is a Retired Monster who loathed humanity and would butcher humans for mere sleights in his heyday. Lisa's offer to help improve the lives of humans and Dracula's own life charmed him to the point that the two fell in love, married, and gave birth to their son Adrian. Sadly, Lisa was burned at the stake for "witchcraft" by the Corrupt Church, taking the one thing that held Dracula back from creating a Hell on Earth to exterminate all of humanity.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Kuki/King Sandy. It's canon on Sandy's side anyway.
  • The Crumpets: Marylin and Caprice are a goth teen couple. While both are protagonists, Caprice is rude and hates animals at heart. Marylin is kind and loves animals so much they capture most of his attention during their first date.
  • Kaeloo: Kaeloo and Mr. Cat. Kaeloo is the protagonist, Mr. Cat is the antagonist, yet they both have feelings for each other but aren't aware of the fact that it's mutual.
  • The Lion Guard has Janja — the bloodthirsty primary villain of the first season whose clan hunts beyond what they need to survive — and the noble Jasiri who teaches the hero that not all hyenas are evil and becomes the titular team's most valuable ally. An attraction between them is first hinted at towards the end of Season 2 and becomes more obvious in the Season 3 premiere, where Janja's feelings for Jasiri prompt his Heel–Face Turn.