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One of the best-known angels (and one of three to be specifically named), Gabriel is the messenger of God. His most famous act was foretelling the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, though he appeared as early as the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Because he is explicitly mentioned as the angel who comes to earth to inform the people, in fiction he is often shown interacting with humans, in addition to the higher angels' role as warriors. Many also identify him as the angel of the Last Judgement, and with the Ministering Angel who came to Jesus in Gethsemane. Gabriel, known as Jibril, plays a similar role in Islam (he appears to Muhammad, and the revelations so transmitted are The Qur'an) and the Baha'i Faith. In Latter-day Saint theology, Gabriel is believed to have led a mortal life as Noah.

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He (and nowadays sometimes "she") is a Public Domain Character, from The Bible, of course, though his status as an Archangel is never specified in the book itself.

Gabriel has commonly been depicted heralding messages with a horn, so the Horn of Gabriel may show up in fiction quite a bit. Said horn is often granted the epithet "Gabriel's Horn of Truth", and is occasionally seen as being used to herald the coming of the apocalypse itself. Sometimes, instead of a trumpet, he's holding a lily or a cup (representing Mary's purity and femininity). Gabriel himself is strongly associated with Seers, prediction, and clairvoyance in his messages.

Because of Meaningful Names, characters named Gabriel have generally been good guys. However, since angels have largely shifted out of Always Lawful Good territory in contemporary media, the name Gabriel has lost some of its street cred, particularly considering his links to Death and being "The Angel of God's Left Hand". Either way, these characters are Gabriel In Name Only, so please don't list them here.

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Also, as reading several of the examples below show, he tends to fill the "angel doing bad, bad things" role quite often these days for some reason.

Subtrope of Celestial Paragons and Archangels. See his brethren in Archangel Azrael, Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Uriel, and (possibly) the Fallen Angel version in Archangel Lucifer, aka Satan. Also take a look at Our Angels Are Different.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Angel Sanctuary: Gabriel herself does not truly appear with all her memories, but Sara is her reincarnation, after being forced to... reincarnate... by Sevothatarte, for opposing his rule in Heaven. Sara temporarily uses her body, but Raphael restores her to her own body, and the body of Gabriel, also known as Jibril, is placed in the Water Garden again. We can assume that after Sara lives her happy, normal life with Setsuna that they finally achieved at the end of the manga, she will be restored to being Gabriel, with all her memories, when she dies.
  • A Certain Magical Index has Archangel Gabriel (called simply Power of God in the English translation of the LN) appear as a result of a "Freaky Friday" Flip spell causing it to inhabit a human body. Because angels normally don't have free will, becoming human drives it completely insane, and it becomes obsessed with killing the caster of the spell so it can get back to heaven. Its plan to do this involves turning day into night so it can rearrange the stars in the sky into a giant magic circle that will blast Earth with the spell that destroyed Babylon. Priests witnessing these events note that this is even more horrifying than it sounds, as using God's power to kill people who weren't ordained for it could potentially send the Last Judgement itself Off the Rails.
    Later it's properly summoned by Fiamma of the Right to restore the balance altered by the Star of Bethlehem, and the entire might of France and England couldn't lay a scratch on it.
    • Acqua of the Back, William Orville, is the member of God's Right Seat who pulls his power from Gabriel. He's explicitly stated to be just as skilled as Gabriel itself at water magic.
    • Also, every person stated to be aligned with the Archangel Gabriel has power over water.
  • Gabriel Dropout: The main character is a young, blonde angel named Gabriel, who graduated at the top of her class in heaven's school and descended to Earth to study humans. Soon after coming down, she discovers video games and turns into a slobby slacker, playing on the "talks to humans" and "does bad, bad things" parts. In addition, she owns a horn that will cause the end of the world if she blows it and is willing to use it as a quasi-Reset Button when things go badly for her. Whether she really is the biblical Gabriel or just shares the name and similarities is unclear.
  • High School D×D: Gabriel is a woman and she's considered as Heaven's Strongest Woman and Heaven's Most Beautiful Woman (which we do not see her face at all, until really late in the story and she is indeed a knockout). In this series, she's more of The Ditz considering that she didn't know that Issei was targeting her to pull off his Dress Break on her (it didn't work of course as events conspired against Issei).
  • No Game No Life: Jibril is one of the Flügels, a race of angelic beings created as Living Weapons. After the war ended, she collects books and knowledge from around the world.
  • O-Parts Hunter features ten demons and angels, one of which is Gabriel.
  • Saint Beast: An important angel named Gabriel appears, but he's probably not modeled on the traditional Gabriel as the work's cosmology is a bit of a melting pot and this Gabriel actually allies himself with Lucifer and goes to Hell.
  • Seven Heavenly Virtues: Gabriel is a woman and the Angel of Chastity, despite wearing an extremely revealing outfit. She is constantly lecturing people to stop indecent behavior and even when she gets a human boyfriend, she insists on no sex.
  • Shaman King: Archangel Gabriel appears as a spirit ally to minor character Meene Montgomery.

    Comic Books 
  • Crimson: Gabriel appears as a redheaded woman a few times, along with Archangel Michael and five other archangels. Too bad they're all holier-than-thou assholes who despise humanity (but have come to enjoy indulging in some of its vices).
  • Hellblazer: Gabriel appears as an arrogant snob in London. He is constantly being tormented by his thoughts about whether God created him to be a good angel of mankind or a powerful heavenly killer. And the Annunciation is actually depicted as Gabriel raping and impregnating Mary. John Constantine later tricks him into sleeping with a succubus, where he gets his heart ripped out of him. Although alive, Gabriel comes under control of Constantine, who uses him in his fight against Satan, First of the Fallen. He is killed in the process.
  • Lucifer: Gabriel appears in a single panel near the end during a flashback. He was apparently supposed to form a trinity with Michael and Samael as the ones who carried out God's will but appears to have fallen out of favour at some point. This is probably because Lucifer, as part of the Vertigo imprint, needed to maintain continuity with other Vertigo comics, of which Hellblazer is one.
  • Marvel Universe: One of Galactus' heralds, Gabriel the Air-Walker. Besides the name and appearance, he comes complete with a horn that he uses to summon the Planet Eater.

    Fan Works 
  • Codex Equus: Midday Messenger, the Brilliant Herald and the alicorn goddess of messengers and trickery, is intended to be the counterpart of him to go along with Ascending Dawn's Archangel Michael and Morning Star's Satan. In particular, her status as a messenger and herald fits Gabriel's traditional role as God's messenger and herald in Biblical lore.
  • Earth-27: More than any of the other archangels, Gabriel loves humanity and the cultures of Earth. He's one of the least among his peers in terms of raw power, but he is often regarded as being as cunning as Lucifer, only with a heart of gold. He was the Metatron of Heaven, serving as the Presence's most holy messenger, until he decided to leave Heaven on a journey of self-discovery and left the title to his apprentice.
  • Manchester Lost: Gabriel appears as a Deadpan Snarker who gets annoyed by pretty much every single thing Michael says or does, and spends his life bemoaning his stupidity. He's also been in love with him since the beginning of creation. He admits this eventually.
  • Misfiled Dreams: Rumisiel's fevered dream in the first chapter includes him and his brother defying their father, the Archangel Gabriel.
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos: Gabriel is referenced as one of four Archangels (himself, Raphael, Michael, and Tephiroth) who lead the military forces of the Angel Federation. Gabriel is a diplomat and negotiator at heart who forges alliances between the Federation and other anti-Demon elements.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Constantine (2005): Gabriel is played by Bifauxnen Tilda Swinton. He resents God's love for an unworthy humanity and plots to release Hell on Earth so that humanity can earn God's love.
  • Gabriel tells the story of an "Arc" Angel who fights to bring light back to Purgatory, a place where darkness rules, and save the souls of the city's inhabitants. He also wears a Badass Longcoat and a lot of firepower.
  • Gabriel Over the White House: The Archangel Gabriel visits feckless, incompetent President Hammond and turns Hammond into a sort of avenging angel on Earth, bent on ending the Great Depression and punishing wicked gangsters. He is represented in the movie by a bright light and a gust of wind that appears every time the transformed President has a moment of divine inspiration.
  • Heavenly Music: Gabriel shows up at the end playing his trumpet in the concert.
  • Legion: Gabriel is the one sent to find and kill off the new savior baby during the angel apocalypse. Michael strongly objects.

    Literature 
  • A Batalha do Apocalipse: Gabriel, the Fire Master and God's Messenger, is one of the five archangels of Heaven. He was created before the universe to help God fight Tehom, the Darkness. After the creation of the cosmos, Gabriel became patron of the Ishins, elemental angels, and helped Michael to wreak havoc on humanity. However, after he spent some time on Earth, he stays on humanity's side and starts a civil war with his loyal angels to protect them.
  • Chronicles of Chaos: In Orphans of Chaos, Amelia says that rather than pray to God, she prefers praying to Gabriel, seeing him as the only one mentioned in the major religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam)
  • Deryni: Gabriel is invoked as the Angel of Water and the Angel of the South; he is the patron of the Gabrielites, a monastic order devoted to healing magic and pledged to non-violence.
  • Dora Wilk Series: Gabriel is one of the main characters' grandfather and pretty much surrogate father. He starts as a power-hungry Jerkass, but softens up in later books and pretty much turns into the Big Good.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Small Favor: Gabriel is mentioned in passing as the Messenger by Mab after Uriel, the most mysterious and probably most powerful of the Archangels, drops by. Mab calls Gabriel "the Trumpeter" so as not to accidentally summon him.
    • Changes: It's implied either he or Archangel Michael is the one to possesses Murphy as the person lays a verbal smackdown to the Red Court before the mortal does the physical part.
      ''False gods! Pretenders! Usurpers of truth! Destroyers of faith, of families, of lives, of children! For your crimes against the Mayans, against the peoples of the world, now will you answer! Your time has come! Face judgment Almighty!
  • Elifelet, a Hebrew poem by by Nathan Alterman, tells of a heroic, self-sacrificing Israeli soldier being killed in battle. Upon the protagonist's death, the angel Gabriel descends to Earth in order to comfort the spirit of the fallen hero and take him to Heaven.
  • The Gabrieliad: Gabriel is the main character sent to Virgin Mary by God to conceive (yes, physically) Jesus.
  • Incarnations of Immortality: Gabriel is God's second-in-command and the one running the place while God is busy contemplating his own greatness for centuries on end.
  • "The Last Trump": Gabriel's arrival kicks off the start of the story, blowing the last trumpet to signal the end of the universe.
  • Orient Cycle: Gabriel is mentioned in a few theological discussions about the Quran, including one between Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadji Halef Omar about whether the Archangel might have made a mistake when he gave Mohammed instructions about the interdictions on eating ham and sausages.
  • Paradise Lost: John Milton made Gabriel, complete with horn, chief of the angelic guards placed over Paradise.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain: Gabriel is an angelic hero with six wings. He's notably tight-lipped on his past and origins, but the villain Lucyfar (who claims to be the Archangel Lucifer) insists that he is the Archangel Gabriel himself, and her divine brother. She also insists that they're dating (that part Gabriel denies).
  • Ro Te O: Gabriel is one of the main protagonists, and is known as "the messenger angel" despite it not sounding as badass as his buddy Lucifer's "devil of destruction" epithet. In the successor story Resurrected Angels: Rebirth, he gains the Horn of Truth with which he can summon a Flaming Sword, among other things.
  • The Satanic Verses has the main character be the modern incarnation of Gabriel.
  • Sovereign: Gabriel, the Messenger, is considered Creation's foremost strategist, but also one of its most competent fighters, holding a candle only to Michael — and suggested to be able to outsmart even him. He's generally cold and aloof, and Creation's primary Snark Knight, and presides over the winter.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Dominion, as the TV sequel to Legion, continues to use Gabriel in the Big Bad role. He blames mankind's sins for God's disappearance and intends to use his army of angels to finish the job started in the movie and wipe us out.
  • Good Omens (2019): Gabriel himself is a character in the series, depicted in the form of Jon Hamm. While he was only briefly mentioned in the original book, he has a much bigger role in the series, being Aziraphale's direct superior who often shows up to give him orders from Heaven. However, he's not as nice as he tries to pretend to be since he doesn't care at all about Earthly affairs and is only concerned about Heaven winning against Hell once Armageddon starts.
    Gabriel: Don't tell me about the greater good, sunshine. I'm the Archangel fucking Gabriel.
  • The Haunting Hour: "Detention" involves a group of teens who discover that the detention they had been sentenced to is actually a form of purgatory, and the person watching over them to judge where they should go is a kid they had just met named Gabe, a clear reference to Gabriel.
  • Lucifer (2016): A Gender Flipped Gabriel appears in the fifth season. She refers to herself as the "Angel of Messages" but Amenadiel calls her the "Angel of Gossip". Her domain grants her the ability to travel anywhere including into other universes.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Alluded to in an episode where McCoy jokes that he'd like to beam down to a planet and say "Behold, I am the archangel Gabriel!"
    Spock: I fail to see the humor in that situation, Doctor.
    McCoy: Naturally. You could hardly claim to be an angel with those pointed ears, Mister Spock. But say you landed someplace with a pitchfork...
  • Supernatural: It's revealed in season 5 that the recurring character the Trickster is actually the Archangel Gabriel. His role as messenger seems to be fulfilled in his modus operandi, teaching the conceited that there are powers above them. Interestingly, he is also the Norse God Loki, whom he struck a deal with to impersonate him for a few millennia. Gabriel himself refers to this as his own personal "Witness Protection". Ultimately, he and Castiel are among the only angels who actually followed what God asked of them: protect, love, and serve humanity. Gabriel, however, goes from being the son who denies his true nature in order to hide from his dysfunctional family to being a hero of mankind when he stands up to his brother Lucifer, who has long been bitter about the fact that God created humans and expected angels to love them and has a longstanding rivalry with their brother Michael.
    Gabriel: Oh, I'm loyal. To them.
    Lucifer: Who? These so-called gods?
    Gabriel: To people, Lucifer. People.
    Lucifer: So, you're willing to die for a pile of cockroaches. Why?
    Gabriel: Because Dad was right. They are better than us.
    Lucifer: They are broken! Flawed! Abortions!
    Gabriel: Damn right, they're flawed, but a lot of them try. To do better. To forgive... I've been riding the pine a long time, but I'm in the game now. And I'm not on your side, or Michael's. I'm on theirs.
    Lucifer: Brother, don't make me do this.
    Gabriel: No one makes us do anything!
    • He also gets what is possibly the most hilarious line spoken between angelsnote  when he says, "Lucifer, you're my brother and I love you, but you are a great big bag of dicks."
    • Gabriel's Horn is referenced in season 6, though it is not seen and turns out to be a Red Herring.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "A Passage for Trumpet", trumpet player Joey Crown (played by Jack Klugman) makes a decision to live or die with the help of a trumpet player who later turns out to be the angel Gabriel.

    Music 
  • Black Kids: "Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)" mentions "Gabriel's trumpet" announcing the beginning of biblical apocalypse.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Bible, of course, is the Trope Maker, making Gabriel Older Than Feudalism. He is described as "one having the appearance of a man," with a tendency to make people fall down in fright. Usually, he has to reassure them and tell them not to be afraid. In addition to announcing the births of Jesus and John the Baptist in the New Testament, Gabriel first appeared to the prophet Daniel to help interpret his apocalyptic visions of the future. Gabriel himself seems to use the tropes about him to make a point while announcing John's birth. Zechariah (the father-to-be, who was an important priest and really should have known better) asks for proof that this message will actually come true. Gabriel's response can be paraphrased as: "I'm Gabriel. You know, that figure who appears in your holy texts? Standing near God and then being sent by Him to explain things to Daniel? Yeah, that was me. God sent me to Earth to give this message to you. I've appeared miraculously in the most holy place on Earth, right in front of your eyes. It's blatantly obvious I'm giving you a message from God. And your reply is to ask for proof? Seriously? Fine then, here's proof that this is real: as of now, you're no longer able to speak. You'll get your voice back once the stuff I was telling about has happened."
  • While Gabriel is a notable archangel in Judaism and Christianity, he (also known as Jibril) is the most important angel in Islam, and the one that most Muslims know by heart. In an oft-cited list of ten angels of God in Islamic folklore, Gabriel is always cited first.note  In addition to informing Mary of Jesus' birth, he was the angel who revealed The Qur'an to The Prophet Muhammad over a period of 23 years. In some translations of the Qur'an, the Ruh, the Arabic word for the Holy Spirit, is taken to be Gabriel himself. By contrast, the Archangel Michael has a single mention in the scripturenote  and is only slightly more important in the exegesis.

    Radio 
  • Old Harry's Game: Two entirely separate Archangel Gabriels appear. However, they're both officious creeps who'd like to see Satan somehow sent somewhere even worse than Hell.

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    Theatre 
  • Anything Goes: The Show Stopper number is "Blow, Gabriel, Blow", which is about how Gabriel's trumpet saved the singer from sin.
  • The Green Pastures: Gabriel's The Lancer to God, and is often found urging God to give humanity a break.
  • Mystère has a loose take on this character; its Archangels (usually called Les Laquais nowadays) are selfless guardians of Earthlings. The All There in the Manual backstory of the aerial cube act, the first big acrobatic setpiece in the show, is that of Gabriel resisting the temptations of The Vamp.

    Video Games 
  • Dawn of War: The main campaign features a saintly (by Imperial standards) Space Marine named Gabriel Angelos. Now, the name might just be a coincidence, but the Emperor's Space Marines do refer to themselves as his "Angels of Death"...
  • Granblue Fantasy has Gabriel as a female water Primarch, serving under the supreme primarch Lucifer, who is in this video game universe is the Big Good and the strongest of the primarchs, as his title would imply. She is the water elements Cosmic Keystone, being the only thing regulating it in keeping it in balance. She is depicted as being quite clever in "What Makes the Sky Blue", as upon learning that her fellow primarchs save for Lucifer were struck down and had their wings sntached by the events Big Bad, she went into hiding as a mortal nurse. After ditching her disguise and confronting the enemy, she allows Michael to destroy her wings so that the enemy, who is also a primarch that can utilize the wings himself, could not gain access to their power. Outside of being clever, she is the kindest and most easy-going of the "main angels". However, she is shown to get serious when the occasion arises and takes her duties as one of the primarchs very seriously.
  • Makai Tenshi Djibril, an Eroge, has an angel named Loveriel apparently transforming girls into the angel Djibril. It has a cute opening.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Gabriel is portrayed as the only female Seraph and, in the second installment, stands apart from the other Seraphim when their goals diverge from God's. This means, that, unfortunately for her, she has to occasionally play the Only Sane Man among the Four Archangels. When she doesn't join them in the Knight Templar and Well-Intentioned Extremist camp, of course.
    • She generally appears as a Persona of the Empress Arcana in the Persona series. Except in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, where her arcana is Judgment to match Ellen's personal arcana.
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV: She and the other three Archangels appear together, in freakish otherworldly forms that are unlike their depictions in other Megami Tensei games. Oh, and Sister Gabby, whom you see accompanying Hugo in his appearances? That's Gabriel's human disguise.
    • Persona 5: A Shadow resembling Gabriel is one of Yaldabaoth's heralds. She seems to be a lot more merciful than the other Archangel shadows, unlike the other three, who are all incredibly zealous.
  • Star Ocean has a bonus boss named "Gabriel Celeste", one half of a duo and the lesser male Half Identical Twin of an even stronger Angel Bonus Boss named Iseria Queen. The "Celeste" part is to differentiate from a Person of Mass Destruction named after the angel Gabriel who was the boss of Star Ocean: The Second Story.
  • Rage of Bahamut: There exists a version of Gabriel. Like Uriel and Raphael, she is a Gender Flip. In the Anime, she is the de-facto leader of the Arch Angels.
  • Ultrakill: Gabriel is the messenger of God whose brutal effectiveness in carrying The Council's commands made him popular with the other angels, until his defeat by V1. He's also a far cry from his benevolent poem counterpart, upholding the suffering of Hell's sinners to punish them for their sins, and going as far as murdering King Minos and imprisoning his soul for freeing Lust's sinners from their eternal torment.

    Webcomics 
  • Adventures of God: Although he is only ever referred to as Gabe, he is God's loyal assistant (and the real heavy lifter here). He is shown to be directly responsible for animal creation and ensuring the universe works smoothly. Interestingly, unlike the dead souls, he is never depicted with wings despite being an archangel.
  • Covenant: Gabriel is Ezra's patron and the first angel he ever met.
  • Deities: Gabriel is God's messenger as well as personal servant. He's referred to as Gabe and most of the other angels don't particularly like him.
  • Holy Bibble: Gabriel is one of the main angels. His job is very bureaucratic, and he often finds himself having to clean up some of the messes both the fallen and his fellow angels make.
  • Lessa: Gabriel serves as one of Ra's Apostles, and is typically the angel who updates the other Apostles on significant events and explains things to Rano.
  • Misfile: Gabriel appears in flashback as the father of Rumisiel and Vashiel.
  • My Best Friend Marneao: Gabriel is the general of Heaven's Army. He is a chubby juggernaut who could fight against abominations without problem. This is quite an odd take of him since he is usually the messenger, not a general.
  • Sister Claire: A female angel named Gabrielle comes to tell the titular character she's been selected as the next mother of the Messiah and continues to communicate with her throughout the comic.

    Western Animation 
  • Superbook (2011): Gabriel shows up in a few episodes to act in his familiar role as a messenger to certain Bible characters. Specifically, he appears in "The Birth of Jesus" to inform the shepherds of Christ's birth and location, and in "The Birth of John the Baptist" to tell Zechariah and Mary about their respective children who will soon be born (and he also pronounces temporary loss of speech on Zechariah for his unbelief).

    Other 
  • In mathematics, the trumpet-like shape generated by rotating the graph f(x) = 1/x around the x-axis is called Gabriel's Horn. It has infinite surface area but only finite volume, thereby linking the divine with the mortal, and has been proposed in 2004 that the Universe could be shaped like it.
  • Gabriel and his horn are featured in the final line of "The Eyes of Texas".
  • Gabriel and/or his horn is often referenced in African-American spirituals.
  • In Johnny Cash's song "Ain't No Grave", he sings, "Well, look down yonder, Gabriel/Put your feet on the land and sea/But Gabriel, don't you blow your trumpet/Until you hear from me."
  • A heckler once told Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies, "I wouldn't vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel!" Menzies replied, "If I were the Archangel Gabriel, you wouldn't be in my constituency."
  • In many tarot decks, particularly the famous Rider-Waite version, the card "Judgement" depicts Gabriel blowing on his horn to announce the Day of Reckoning.
  • In some versions of "Little Bunny Foo Foo", the children's song, Gabriel replaces the more-commonly-used Good Fairy, reprimanding the titular character and threatening to turn him into a goon (in some versions, a goose) for bopping the mice on the head.

 
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