The archangel Michael is one of the named angels in the Abrahamic tradition, and is ranked as the commander of The Armies of Heaven. Generally seen as the foil to Satan (former angel Lucifer), Michael is one of the most important Angels in the Company of Heaven, as well as a first-class badass. Unless Jesus (or Mary) does it personally, Michael will be the one who finally banishes or kills Lucifer for good. Interestingly though, while the Book of Revelation depicts Michael as leading the heavenly host in this fight, the iconic image of him standing over a defeated Lucifer and kicking him out of heaven personally actually comes from non-canonical texts, and got folded into popular mythology over time.
Michael has commonly been depicted banishing Lucifer from heaven by using the sword, so the Sword of Michael may show up in fiction quite a bit. Said sword is often granted the epithet "Flaming" and Michael himself is strongly associated with the fire element. He's sometimes identified with the Angel of the Sword who guards the way back to Eden.
In occult grimoires, he is listed as the planetary angel of the Sun, ruling over the sign of Leo and being described as "arrogant and prideful". This is sometimes present as Genius Bonus in some works.
Being both a soldier and a representation of God's authority, Michael is venerated as the patron of professions of authority and warfare. He is specifically identified as patron saint of police officers and the military, and he was also venerated in the Middle Ages as the patron saint of chivalry. Many knightly orders were dedicated to him, including France's first chivalric organization, the Order Of Saint Michael. Michael is also associated with soothing the suffering of the sick, so he's a patron of healers as well, specifically paramedics (who can overlap with other professions under his patronage, like combat medics). Michael is also associated with sailors. And, naturally, paratroopers.
In ecclesiastical art and icons, Michael is represented in Byzantine cataphract armor, usually wearing lamellar armor, helm and cloak, and armed with spear and Flaming Sword. Alternatively, he may be represented in wearing 15th century full plate armor. He is often represented as slaying a dragon with his lance.
Michael is also the patron saint of various organizations and geographical locations. He's the patron saint of Germany, and of the cities of Brussels and Kiev (in Belgium and Ukraine, respectively). Most impressively, after the Battle of Lechfeld in the Middle Ages, Michael was declared patron saint of the Holy Roman Empire itself, which would probably make him the most venerated figure in Christianity short of God/Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Town of Mikkeli, Finland, has been named after him.
Because of meaningful names, most characters simply named "Michael" will generally be good guys. Since they are Michael In-Name-Only, please don't list them here. The name itself is "Who is like God" in Hebrew, possibly from a mocking question presented to Satan during his rebellion.
Subtrope of Celestial Paragons and Archangels. See his brethren in Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Uriel, and (possibly) the Fallen Angel version in Archangel Lucifer, aka Satan. Also take a look at Our Angels Are Different.
- In Bastard!! Michael is presented as an extremely busty female (as is Archangel Gabriel). As a point of interest, some religious sources say that angels are genderless, so Michael would not be partial to what form he/she/it takes when on Earth. Angels in Bastard!!, however, are most definitely NOT genderless, even if they try denying it - much to Michael's chagrin when Heroic Comedic Sociopath and lech extraordinaire Dark Schneider decides to cop a feel or twelve.
- In My Balls (of all places) Michael accidentally seals Emmaniel, The Queen of Terror, into one of Kouta's ... family jewels. He does come back later to defeat Satan, in a sense. (Let's just say it brings a whole new twist to Michael using his "Sword" to defeat Satan...) Needless to say, this is a raunchy ecchi comedy.
- He is the guardian ghost of Marco in Shaman King, and the first Angel seen there. Though its not REALLY the archangel Michael, its a synthetic spirit.
- Later volumes of A Certain Magical Index introduce Fiamma of the Right, leader of God's Right Seat. Aligned with Archangel Michael, he possesses the very power Michael used to defeat Lucifer and give the human world "one thousand years of peace": The Holy Right. Described as the greatest weapon in history, this power makes Fiamma one of the most broken characters in the series, surpassing even Archangel Gabriel (who is confirmed as being able to wipe out every life form on the planet with a single spell).
- There's also the sword Curtana Original and its replica, Curtana Second, said to grant its wielder(s) the same type of power as that of Archangel Michael so long as they're within the borders of England. They still won't be as powerful as Fiamma though, since Curtana is a mere human imitation of a divine power and not a direct bestowal like Fiamma's is, and Fiamma isn't limited to wielding Michael's power alone.
- In Amon: The Darkside of the Devilman Satan has flashback to his battle with Michael, or rather being kicked in the head by him so hard he felt on Earth. Michael is probably the only angel in Devilman that looks like his classic portrayal.
- Michael appears in Saint Oniisan along with Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. He constantly worries that Jesus might be persecuted while on his vacation on Earth. It's been mentioned that he has a slight temper, but can be appeased by cute pictures of cats. He is also not good at telling lies. At all.
- The Great Archangel is about a meter high and has an awful personality in Angel Sanctuary. This is due to his Astral powers rapidly maturing, at which point the growth of the Angel stops. The personality is due to his rage at his brothers' betrayal of Heaven. Heterosexual Life-Partners with Raphael. He's not extremely important to the plot, but he is somewhat important.
- A version of him appears in 07-Ghost. Teito /Wahrheit Tiashe Raggs holds the Eye of Mikhail while Ouka/Rosaemanelle Ouka Barsburg holds the Eye of Raphael.
- Appears in High School DXD as the leader of the angel faction as a result of God's death, and is far and away the single nicest guy in the entire series.
- In Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, there are Euro-Britannian knightly orders named after the Archangels, and the Order of Michael has quite a bit of upheaval going on in and around it.
- He is a prominent character in Lucifer. He and the title character (his brother) are on surprisingly good terms.
- He's also appeared in other DC/Vertigo books, notably The Spectre, where he handed the title character's ass to him not once but twice when he tried to break his way into Heaven.
- Archangel Michael is a character in Battle Pope. As commander of celestial host, he looks pretty much like a winged General Patton.
- Appears in the final two issues of Archangels: The Saga where he comes to the main characters' aid and faces off against Ballera, the series' Big Bad, doing so with a rather memorable Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner
Michael: You must leave this earth realm and return to the pit, or face me in combat and suffer the same fate. Which do you choose?Ballera responds by attacking him without saying a wordMichael: You have chosen poorly.
- The eldest brother of the main character Gabriel in A History Of Heaven And Its Angels As Understood By Archangel Gabriel. He's turned into a Broken Bird over the course of the story.
- In the Good Omens Fan Fic Manchester Lost, by JA Moczo, Michael is a well-meaning, demon-smiting Leeroy Jenkins and wants to be the one to kill Lucifer. Despite this, he and Lucifer have a good deal of Foe Yay and in the sequel Paradise Thwarted, the denizens of Hell's Fangirl Layer debate whether Michael should be slashed with Satan or the other brother, Gabriel. In the end Gabriel gets him during the week, and he goes to Lucifer at weekends.
- Michael is referenced in Sonic X: Dark Chaos as one of four Archangels (himself, Gabriel, Raphael, and Tephiroth) who lead the military forces of the Angel Federation. An attache of Metatron, he is a hotheaded and aggressive berserker who personally leads the armies of the Angel rebellion against the Demon Empire. He is willing to exterminate entire galaxies if the Demons control them.
- In the Captain America: The Winter Soldier fanfic Ain't No Grave, Steve Rogers (who was Raised Catholic in this universe) makes Catholicism-inspired portraits of all his superhero friends. He chooses Michael for Sam Wilson. Because Michael is an angel associated with healing and warfare, and Sam is a winged superhero and former Combat Medic, it fits very well.
- In End of Days, Jericho Cane, currently possessed by Satan, impales himself on a sword held by a statue of Michael to stop Satan from having sex with Christine York.
- Michael is summoned to fight the djinn Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell.
- Naturally, the John Travolta movie Michael, in which said archangel is found living on earth. While generally friendly, he's also portrayed as a Blood Knight completely unable to turn down any challenge (including winning a head butt contest with a bull).
- In The Prophecy II, Michael is shown as leading the Good Angels against Gabriel's rogue faction.
- He's the only angel on our side in Legion, though he cuts his own wings off at the beginning of the movie and so winds up physically human. He gets eviscerated by the razor-edges of Gabriel's wings and dies, but gets better (ascended) and spares Gabriel's life. Michael's story continued in Dominion spin-off TV series (look to the TV section on this page).
- Michael is name-dropped in the Ghost Rider film, when Johnny takes refuge in St. Michael's church. The stained glass windows in the church depict Michael in his traditional spear-wielding pose. The grave keeper doing Jonny's stitches mentions "Saint Michael himself" banishing the Devil from Heaven.
- Has a huge part in Paradise Lost.
- The Dresden Files:
''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!
- Flat-Earth Agnostic Knight of the Cross Sanya got his holy sword Esperacchius from Michael. For bonus points, the first knight we're introduced to is named Michael Carpenter, and Dresden refers to him as "The Fist of God".
- Michael has been alluded to on several other occasions, such as by Queen Mab in Small Favor, who knows him as "the Prince of the Host".
- In Changes, it is implied either he or Archangel Gabriel is the one to possesses Murphy as the person lays a verbal smackdown to the Red Court before the mortal does the physical part.
- There are hints that Mike, the protagonist of Stranger in a Strange Land, may actually be the Archangel Michael in human form.
- In Dora Wilk Series he's the leader of Archangel Council (Heaven's ruling body) and generally the Trio's ally. He seems to be rather good friends with Lucifer (although the Fall put quite a strain on that). Dora describes him as looking "too perfect to seem human".
- In the first book of the Young Wizards series, The Lone Power has Archangel Michael on the phone as he sits at his office desk, casually calling him Mike and asking if he sent the protagonists into the alternate New York. "Moonfire and noon forged metal - you know, your kind of stuff." While they seem to be on generally good terms with each other, it's clear that they're still officially at war.
- "Archangel Michael" is just one of the identities s/he's been given by humans. The books so far mention s/he's also been identified as Thor, Athena and Prometheus, and s/he most probably shows up in a lot of other mythologies.
- Within the books themselves, the Michael Power has also appeared as a prophetic parrot, and while co-inhabiting the body of an Irish teenager.
- In addition to Michael's traditional duties, s/he also has the duty of keeping God's True Name in two separate pieces, since if it was kept in one piece its raw power would destroy several universes.
- "Archangel Michael" is just one of the identities s/he's been given by humans. The books so far mention s/he's also been identified as Thor, Athena and Prometheus, and s/he most probably shows up in a lot of other mythologies.
- I, Lucifer has the Archangel Michael discussed in passing and eventually having a tense conversation with Lucifer himself.
- Michael from The Guardians isn't the Michael but he was named after his father's best friend, who is.
- The Silmarillion:
- Manwë isn't exactly Michael, but he's very clearly positioned as Middle-Earth's counterpart to him, down to being the highest ranked divine being after Eru and being the good counterpart to Morgoth.
- Tulkas is more alike in terms of personality, as he's the Vala who likes to wrestle and fight, though he's a comparatively low-ranked Vala rather than anything close to a leader or "God's right-hand". He is the embodiment of elemental arse-kicking, though. In that respect, he can be seen as stronger than his brothers and sisters, and he was the only one Morgoth was actively afraid of even before his powers diminished to the point that any of the other Valar could beat him in a fight.
- Alternatively, we have Eonwe, who is very much like St Michael in terms of personality and is Chief of the Maia. The herald of the highest-ranked Vala, Manwe (and in early versions, his son), Eonwe is the greatest of arms in Arda, as well as the one who led the Vanyar in the War of Wrath against Morgoth. While Manwe and Tulkas both contain aspects of Michael, Eonwe is defined by them.
- In the original conception of the Silmarillion(Unfinished Tales), there was a Vala whose province was war and battle; but he was edited out of the final cut and his attributes transferred to Tulkas on the grounds that having a Vala of War would not have been appropriate in the good camp and who in any case would have been redundant in the original perfect world envisioned by the Creator.
- In Katherine Kurtz' Deryni novels, there is an order of warrior-monks, many of whom are also powerful sorcerers, called the Order of St. Michael; you don't mess with the Michaelines. (They are contrasted with a pacifistic order of healer-monks called the Order of St. Gabriel.)
- In one of his many essays C. S. Lewis points out that that The Devil, who is (regrettably) intelligent and the most beautiful of all angels (things which are pretty much always Good) is not, in fact, the opposite and rival force of God, but he's in fact the Rival and Anti-Michael.
- Mihka'il is an Anti-Villain in Storm Constantine's novel Burying the Shadow.
- Taylor Caldwell's Dialogue With The Devil consists of a series of communications between Michael and Lucifer.
- In Ro Te O Michael is the "angel of war" and is the chatty counterpart to his best buddy Uriel, with which he shares the original Flaming Sword. However, his power isn't of fire but rather dragons. A new human alias for him has been listed in a Word of God-given list of characters which means he'll probably be showing up in the successor story Resurrected Angels: Rebirth.
- in Monster Hunter International book five, most of the the book is Agent Franks giving an after-action report to a strange man in what is revealed to be the afterlife. Once it's time to leave, the yet-unnamed man tells him to get in contact with a vampire hunter named Michael, before specifying "No relation."
- Michael-lan-Yahweh (later: Michael-lan-Michael) is the de-facto Anti-Villain Protagonist of The Salvation War's second book. He is a duplicitous, scheming yet awesome Magnificent Bastard whose primary hobbies are drugs, running a night club / brothel in heaven, toying with humanity (which in this universe is as safe as poking a sleeping dragon), trolling Yah-Yah into shooting multicolored lightning, and organizing coups.
- Dean Winchester, Michael's vessel, is described as "The Michael Sword". In this form Michael is destined to slay his brother Lucifer (who will occupy Sam's body) to end the Apocalypse and bring about Paradise on Earth. Michael himself has finally made an appearance by way of the 1970s version of John Winchester, revealing that the Winchester bloodline is made up of his vessels. Dean is not happy to learn this. Also, he's just as much of a know-it-all dick as Lucifer. And then it turned out that Adam could also be used as the vessel. While inhabiting Adam, he's thrown into Lucifer's cage along with his brother in the season 5 finale. By season 11, he's apparently a catatonic wreck.
- Season 13 introduced an Alternate Universe version of Michael who is even worse than his main universe counterpart. After killing Lucifer in the Apocalypse, he reduced the world to an eternal battlefield where the forces of heaven continue to fight the forces of hell with humanity stuck in the middle. Then he learns about the mainstream universe and states his intention to conquer it; as he puts it, he's going to "trade up".
- A recurring character in Xena: Warrior Princess season 5. He comes off as a manipulative schmuck.
- Michael is alluded to numerous times by demons in Reaper, and his famous sword becomes an object of interest toward the end of the first season as well.
- Dominion, as the TV sequel to Legion (in the film section above), naturally continues to use Michael in the role of Big Good, now primarily serving as the guardian of the city-state of Vega (formerly Las Vegas) and the unwanted mentor of series protagonist Alex.
- In the J-Drama adaptation of Death Note, the painting that provides the page image features prominently at Wammy's house. Near (and Mello) spend much time sitting under it before heading off to Japan.
- Latter-Day Saints believe that Michael assisted in the creation of the world, and subsequently came to earth as the first man, Adam.
- Seventh-Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, used in his heavenly existence. Some people who subscribe to preterist interpretations of Revelation also identify Michael with Jesus.
- While Michael is commonly perceived as one of the highest-ranking angels, some Christian traditions place archangels at the bottom of the angelic hierarchy, as God's lowly messengers and soldiers. The highest orders in these traditions are inhuman in appearance and have more metaphysical duties. Others differentiate between lower-case archangels and capital-A Archangels, with the latter being above all the ranks and Michael being the highest of them. However, angelic hierarchies are Word of Dante, as angel talk is extremely limited in both the Hebrew scriptures and the Greek scriptures. Hebrew canon never even uses the term "archangel."
- The point being that Satan was defeated by one of the little guys, making this a precursor to the story of David and Goliath.
- In the Catholic church, Michael is the Patron Saint of soldiers. St. Michael medallions are thus fairly popular in the armed forces, often attached to keychains or dogtag chains.
- Michael is the Archangel of War in In Nomine.
- In In Nomine Satanis / Magna Veritas, the much more tongue-in-cheek (read: blasphemously humorous) original French RPG, he's a converted Viking that sometimes relapses into some pagan practices (such as weapon worship or keeping trophies). Also, he still wields a battle axe instead of a "noble" weapon. But nobody says anything, because without him Heaven's forces would lose their best warrior. His earthly HQ is in the Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy.
- Archangel Michael was a prominent figure in the Old World of Darkness fluff. In Demon: The Fallen, he succeeds Lucifer as the Voice of God after his Fall but loses to him in the first engagement of the War of Wrath, despite wielding what is likely the very first weapon Created specifically to fight (his flaming sword). Later, he was the one to announce God's curses upon the Fallen Houses. In Vampire: The Masquerade, he delivers one of God's four curses upon Caine, the first vampire.
- In the Armageddon expansion of Witchcraft, Archangel Michael left heaven and founded The Alliance because she -that surprised her as much as everybody else- was pissed off at Gabriel. Gabriel is one of the setting's biggest pricks.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Lightsworn Arch Michael gets his name from the Archangel Michael, hence the "Arch" in the card name. He can retrieve his fellow Lightsworn from the grave and place them back in the deck, indicating his might.
- Featured in Anima: Beyond Fantasy as female and as one of the seven Beryls -godlike spirits of light-. Named there Mikael she's the most powerful of them and represents hope and salvation, as well as the most benign and pious facet of God.
- Appears as one of the Seraphs in the main Shin Megami Tensei series.
- In Shin Megami Tensei I, he commands the forces of Law and is the Final Boss of the Chaos route, or one of two in the Neutral route (you can take out him and Asura in either order).
- Commonly a high level persona of the Judgment Arcana in the Persona series.
- In Persona 3: FES, personas can be infused into a certain material to make special weapons. Most personas give rise to a generic weapon whose power depends on the starting level of the persona, but Michael is one of the few exceptions – his weapon is a very powerful one-handed sword that enhances magic.
- In Persona 5, Michael is again a high-level persona met only before the Final Boss of the Very Definitely Final Dungeon, and one that can be fused into a similarly high-powered set of dangerous-looking brass knuckles called "Judge of the Dead" for Makoto Niijima, who uses Good Old Fisticuffs to fight.
- In the Guilty Gear series, one of Justice's moves (And later its Overdrive variant) references Michael and his weapon (Michael Sword and its Overdrive version "Michael Blade") It stands out amongst the series' myriad Shout-Outs to heavy metal bands.
- In the Touhou Fangame, The Last Comer, the Archangel Michael appears under the name of Michel Sant'Angelo.
- A prominent character in Might and Magic Ashan continuity and Might & Magic Heroes VI especially. Archangel Michael, celestial paragon that he is, former leader of the Children of Light (creations of the dragon-god-of-light Elrath) and general of the Holy Falcon Empire, good but not great tactician and strategist, son of the late Aurora and brother of Uriel. Unleashed his might and powers onto invading demons and more-of-neutral the Children of Darkness, the Faceless (opposites to angels). Known for good deeds, like saving the world from demonic conquest by defeating the notorious Azkaal, Demon Prince of Destruction, and far from good, like instigating the conflict between humans and the Faceless. Ended up in tragic death at the hands of Erebos (the evil Faceless and Master of Assassins), during the Elder Wars, but, both miraculously and suspiciously (by Uriel, sacrificing Pavel Griffin's soul) - got better. Michael became a manipulative adviser to fellow humans - Emperor Liam Falcon and Duke Anton Griffin, aided Anton in crushing rebellions, retaking some lands from Nagas and repelling invading demons. Michael was concerned with Uriel controlling Anastasya's (Anton's younger sister) mind. During the Second Eclipse Michael defended the souls in Hall of Memories with his own life and may have been slain by Cate, the dragon knight, and her children. Which just might not be a very bad thing after all.
- He's the principal of the school in Evil Diva.
- A major character in Forming.
- The story arc in #250-253 of Pokey the Penguin involves Pokey dying, going to heaven, driving over the Archangel Michael with his new formula one racecar, and volunteering to be the new Archangel.
"LET ME DO IT I AM A GOOD ARCHANGEL! I ALREADY HAVE THE WINGS AND THE GUN! JUST GIVE ME THE WHISKEY!!!"
- He takes a role in Thunderstruck.
- Mike from College Roomies from Hell!!! might be him, according to a dream/flashback sequence, which would make this a late-established Meaningful Name.
- In Satan and Me he, of course, shows up. He's something of an arrogant prat but a good guy underneath it all and his relationship with Satan is riddled with them switching between acting like they hate each other and hints that they still care for each other in a brotherly fashion. More interestingly, there's a completely normal guy who has the same name and actually bares some resemblance to him in both looks and personality. Once Natalie meets Archangel Michael, she can't unsee the resemblance Human Michael has. But other than both knowing Natalie, there is actually no connection between them.
- In Holy Bibble, Michael stabs things. A lot.
- In Animerica, Michael was left in charge as God left to take a day of rest that lasted over one thousand Earth years. After appointing the twelve apostles to watch over Earth, Michael, along with Archangel Gabriel and Archangel Raphael, left to watch over Earth. However, they did a terrible job. Fearing God's return and punishment, Michael discovered the realm of Unoya, a realm that shapes itself to your pleasures that is outside God's jurisdiction. The three Archangels created three keys that would take them to Unoya, but the keys were rushed and thus incomplete. However, Michael still ordered that they be used. The resulting fusion with the keys caused a disaster, sending the three keys to Earth and trapping the Archangels in Limbo.
- The main angel seen in South Park.
- One-shot character Groovy makes mention of "The Sword of Michael" in a second-season episode of The Venture Bros.. An expy of Scooby that only the expy of Shaggy believes can talk, it tells him that he is the sword, says something about cleansing fire, and was likely prompting him towards serial murder a la the Son of Sam.