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Gabriel lets Mary know that Virgin Power has its uses.

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.


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.


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 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 
  • An important angel named Gabriel appears in Saint Beast 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.
  • 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, it should be noted that every person stated to be aligned with the Archangel Gabriel have power over water.
  • O-Parts Hunter features 10 demons and angels, one of which is Gabriel.
  • Baguramon from Digimon Xros Wars is the Demonic inversion of Archangel Gabriel.
  • In Shaman King, Archangel Gabriel appears as a spirit ally to minor character Meene Montgomery.
  • Gabriel herself does not truly appear with all her memories in Angel Sanctuary, but Sara is her reincarnation, after being forced 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.
  • Gabriel is a woman in High School Dx D 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).
  • In 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.
  • The main character of Gabriel Dropout 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Gabriel appears in the comic book series Hellblazer 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.
  • Gabriel appears in a single panel near the end of Lucifer 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.
  • Gabriel appears as a redheaded woman a few times in Crimson, 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). Satan comes off better from what we see of him.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Manchester Lost, a Good Omens fanfic, he 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.
  • In Misfiled Dreams, Rumisiel's fevered dream in the first chapter includes him and his brother defying their father, the Archangel Gabriel.
  • Gabriel is referenced in Sonic X: Dark Chaos 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 

  • In Paradise Lost, John Milton made Gabriel, complete with horn, chief of the angelic guards placed over Paradise.
  • The Hebrew poem Elifelet by Nathan Alterman, put to music and often heard on the Israeli Radio, 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.
  • Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses has the main character be the modern incarnation of Gabriel.
  • In Incarnations of Immortality, he's actually God's second-in-command and the one running the place while God is busy contemplating his own greatness for centuries on end.
  • In the 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
    • Mentioned in passing as the Messenger by Mab inSmall Favor after Uriel, most mysterious and probably most powerful of the Archangels, drops by. Mab calls Gabriel "The Trumpeter" so as not to accidentally summon him.
    • In Changes, it is 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!
  • In Katherine Kurtz' Deryni novels, 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.
  • In Alexander Pushkin's humorous and blasphemous poem The Gabrieliad, Gabriel is the main character sent to Virgin Mary by God to conceive (yes, physically) Jesus.
  • In Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, we have Gabriel, 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).
  • In 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.
  • Isaac Asimov's "The Last Trump": Gabriel's arrival kicks off the start of the story, blowing the last trumpet to signal the end of the universe.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of the original The Twilight Zone (1959), entitled "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.
  • In Supernatural, it is 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.
  • Alluded to in an episode of Star Trek. 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...
  • Dominion, as the TV sequel to Legion (in the Film section above), 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 The Haunting Hour episode 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.

"Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)" by the Black Kids 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, this is really turned Up to Eleven in Islam, where Gabriel (Jibril) is the most important angel 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.

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

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    Video Games 
  • In the Shin Megami Tensei series, 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.
    • 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.
    • In 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.
    • In 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.
  • The Dawn of War 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"...
  • The Star Ocean (and Valkyrie Profile and a few other tri-Ace games) have 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.
  • The Eroge Makai Tenshi Djibril has an angel named Loveriel apparently transforming girls into the angel Djibril. It has a cute opening.
  • Granblue Fantasy has Gabriel as the water Primarch, serving under Lucifer due to both him being good and due to him being the strongest of the original Primal Beasts. She's much more clever than the other Primarches, as seen in the event What Makes the Sky Blue, where she stays hidden from the villain the longest, only coming out of hiding when she's confident, has a plan, and has allies to back her up, and devises a successful plan to stop the villain from stealing her power like they did with the other three. She's notable in how she refers to the main character, being one of the few to use anata for them.
  • There exists a version of Gabriel in Rage of Bahamut. Like Uriel and Raphael, she is a Gender Flip. In the Anime, she is the de-facto leader of the Arch Angels.

  • In Misfile, Gabriel appears in flashback as the father of Rumisiel and Vashiel.
  • In 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.
  • Gabriel is one of the main angels in Holy Bibble. 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.

  • 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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Archangel Gabriel, leader of the second rebellion against Heaven and the God who ruled them.

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