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"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him."

What does one think about when one hears the word angel? Do you see them as glowy Winged Humanoids, overworked suits, or for extra flavor, flaming wheels covered in eyes? Regardless of what (meta)physical traits one assigns to them, one thing is almost always consistent: they are paragons of virtue and honor.

But what happens if they stop being so nice? Then we have a problem. See, when you turn your back on God (or the local variant) while knowing They're the real deal, there's really nowhere to go but down.

And down they go; when an angel goes bad, they tend to become far, far worse than any human ever could. They'll gleefully engage in atrocities that would leave any mortal curled under their beds in fear. The cause of their fall may be an old grudge, some extreme More Than Mind Control, or completely unknowable to mortals. Whatever the cause is, there's no going back.


Very, very rarely are any examples of this good, and usually only in certain circumstances. At the opposite end you have Ascended Demon.

Often an extreme case of Light Is Not Good and Fallen Hero. May or may not be considered demons. Not to be confused with Fallen Angles. The ur examples come from hints of angels who faltered and not so nice heavenly beings in The Tanakh with the Trope Maker coming from an interpretation of Isaiah's rebukes to "Lucifer", though it's worth noting that "Lucifer" is explicitly stated in the surrounding parts of the chapter to be the King of Babylon and nothing to do with a fallen angel whatsoever. Usually represented visually as a Broken Angel, though some still have their "un-fallen" countenance. If they were the right hand of the big guy upstairs, and brought a mass of other angels down with them, then it's also a case of The Paragon Always Rebels.


Thanks to some modern interpretations and the tendency to side with underdogs, fallen angels are often portrayed sympathetically nowadays: often as rebellious victims of Celestial Bureaucracy and Light Is Not Good like in Bedazzled (1967), or perhaps as lovable rogues like in Time Bandits. Often portrayed as regular angels, but with skimpier outfits (often with a red and black motif) and a bit sluttier personalities (they're usually female, due to women being portrayed as more corruptible than men. Think Adam and Eve).

And as a warning, if an Archangel or higher angel happened to be the one who fell, be afraid. Be very afraid.

Not to be confused with the Comic Book of the same name, or the professional wrestler with the Red Baron "The Fallen Angel", Christopher Daniels.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Angel Sanctuary, Setsuna is a reincarnation of one of these, and his sister is a reincarnation of a water spirit she had a history with, making this also a case of Reincarnation Romance.
  • Black Butler (the anime, not the manga) has Ash and Angela. In both the manga and anime, however, there are hints that this could well be Sebastian's true nature. Although, it is never stated clearly.
  • Satsuki from Bloody Cross. Though, it's never really explained how or why he became a fallen angel.
  • Dancewith Devils has Shiki Natsumekaza.
  • D.N.Angel has Krad. While Dark is mischievous and flirtatious, Krad is pure evil. He wants to destroy Dark and anyone who gets in his way, including innocent civilians.
  • Digimon: Devimon is said to be a fallen Angemon. Lucemon definitely is, an angel Digimon who went bad and was imprisoned for it. "Fallen Angel Digimon" is actually one of the types that Digimon fall into, though Lucemon's the only one known to actually be this in-story.
    • Digimon Frontier:
      • As mentioned above, Lucemon, who originally resolved the war between the Human Hybrids and Beast Hybrids, became a tyrant over the time and was defeated and banished by the Legendary Ten Warriors. Being based on Lucifer, the theme goes further once he returns and evolves into his Falldown Mode, for which he is known as one of Seven Great Demon Lords outside of Frontier. After Lucemon Falldown Mode is beaten, he's reborn as Lucemon Satan Mode, a ginourmous dragon that is about to bring the end of the world.
      • Lucemon isn't the only fallen angel. One of the Three Holy Angels, Cherubimon, started to become frustrated over Seraphimon's order and laws that mostly benifit Human Hybrids, but kind of discriminate the Beast Hybrids, while Ophanimon is more on Seraphimon' side than Cherubimon's. It's revealed that Cherubimon negative emotions made him an easy target for Lucemon's corruption, turning him into his Evil/Vice form. While in that form, he assaults Seraphimon, captures Ophanimon and he's destroying the areas of the Digital World to rule it.
      • This one is more symbolic, but when Mercuremon uses Seraphimon's DigiCodes to transform himself into the holy angel, he becomes BlackSeraphimon.
    • Digimon Adventure tri.: The cover of the fifth movie shows that Tailmon and Meicoomon evolve into Ophanimon Falldown Mode and Raguelmon, both being fallen angel versions of Ophanimon and Rasielmon.
    • Digimon Adventure: (2020): Seraphimon briefly became BlackSeraphimon while immersed in The Corruption, though it also weakened him to the point that he very quickly reverted to his non-fallen lower-level forms. Also, SkullKnightmon and DarkKnightmon are this more indirectly, being the corrupted form of Tailmon/Gatomon, who was Ophanimon in a previous life and remains a holy Digimon in the present.
  • Mon Colle Knights: Reda and Zaha/Gabriolis. The plot always turns serious when they show up.
  • The titular Panty and Stocking of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt are literally this, but can return to Heaven if they gather enough coins from killing demons. Stocking gets to go back to heaven in the penultimate episode, but returns in the last to help Panty defeat Corset; the final scene states she's not actually an angel but a demon.
    • Appropriately, the end credits song for the show is called "Fallen Angel" and is about said angel longing for her home in heaven.
  • Lucifer and Gabriel of Saint Beast are fallen angels. While kind of evil, it's hard to say they were wrong to fall given who is in charge. Judas and Luca, though armed with nobler intentions, end up falling too.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • A Fallen Angel makes an appearance. Not exactly its fault so in compliance with its extremely lawful Lawful Neutral nature it begins a spell of world destroying proportions in order to get back home. Later in the novels (vol.12) is confirmed that the angel is Archangel Gabriel, the one who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
    • According to Vento of the Front, fallen angels come into existence when angels, who shouldn't have free will due to being made as perfect tools for God's will, "malfunction" and start acting out on their own, which is what happened to Satan and his brethren. Motoharu further explains it as angels are like remote-controlled cars of God. If one of the cars couldn't receive the commands because of some failure, or if the command received was wrong, this is when they become demons, known as fallen angels.
  • Lucifer in The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a fallen angel, and had even served as a general for the demon army under the titular Maou. However, the series being a Fantastic Comedy, he has since "regressed" into a NEET on Earth.
  • In High School Dx D, Fallen Angels are one of the main supernatural factions, along with Angels and Demons. The major ones include Azazel, leader of the Fallen Angels and The Mentor to Issei, Akeno Himejima, Rias's vice and one of Issei's numerous love interests (although she's technically half-Demon, half-Fallen Angel), Reynare, who kickstarted the story by killing Issei, and Kokabiel, the Big Bad of Volume 3.
  • Shirogane Karen from My Monster Secret claims to be one, having lost her Holy Halo several years prior. She tries to be evil, but fails hilariously as she's a really nice girl who wants to help everyone.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, Zamasu, an apprentice Kai from Universe 10 and Supreme Kai in training, gradually develops Knight Templar tendencies and an utter loathing of mortal life to the point of becoming the closest thing the Dragon Ball series has had to the fallen angel archetype of Satan. He eventually falls completely, with one version of him killing his master to usurp his position and becoming Goku Black before setting out to wipe out all mortals in the multiverse (and all the Gods too so he could reign supreme) while teaming up with his Future Timeline counterpart. To add to the symbolism, their combined form Merged Zamasu has a Holy Halo and when that's destroyed, his imperfect immortality results in him hideously mutating into a demonic abomination.
  • Played for Laughs with the main protagonist of Gabriel DropOut, who was originally a very kindhearted, well-mannered, and respectable angel, who wanted nothing more than to make as many people happy as possible... until she discovers Video Games a few minutes into the first episode. Next time we see her, she has turned into a lazy, apathetic, and rude slob, who even calls herself a fallen angel and openly disregards her former values.
  • In Love Live! Sunshine!!, Yoshiko Tsushima's alter ego is the self-proclaimed fallen angel "Yohane", who was cursed and banished from Heaven by God. Unfortunately for her, the series is a mundane Idol Genre show, and she really just has a very bad case of Chuunibyou.
  • Seven Mortal Sins starts with Lucifer being expelled from heaven for the sin of Pride (we eventually learn she refused a command to start The End of the World as We Know It). She challenges the seven demons of the Mortal Sins to become their new leader over the course of the series, sprouting demonic horns when the demons tear off her wings.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The "Sleeping Ruler" Dino is a True Demon Lord that is a fallen angel. At first glance you wouldn't know it since, aside from his silver hair with purple streaks, he looks like an otherwise normal guy, if lethargic and work-adverse to the extreme. His two "subordinates"/friends are also fallen. Normally, angels are too aligned to the Holy element to allow the demonic Demon Lord Seed to take root, but his "impurity" allows him to be an exception. The reason he's a fallen is because when True Dragon Veldanava died, in a rage he descended from Heaven and wiped out the nation that was responsible to the last inhabitant and almost went on a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum before he saw Veldanava's infant daughter Milim Nava and couldn't bring himself to go through with it. Also, despite his "fallen" status, it turns out that many of his angel comrades haven't taken Veldanava's death any better than he did, just being more subtle about it.
  • Interspecies Reviewers has Crim, an angel who's stuck on Earth due to a damaged halo. Subverted in that he didn't actively rebel and is only fallen by accident (though he soon discovers the perks of no longer being Invisible to Normals). Later on we meet other angels who want to damage their halos and experience the pleasures of the flesh.

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    Comic Books 
  • There are many Fallen Angels in Neil Gaiman's short story (later adapted as a comic) "Murder Mysteries". Oddly, Lucifer isn't one of them... yet.
  • Zauriel from the Justice League is sort of a fallen angel. He lives on earth and has a mortal body, but left of his own volition and is decidedly not a villain. His original archenemy was the angel Asmodel, who after his plan to emulate Lucifer failed became a more conventional fallen angel, imprisoned in Hell. In one arc when the US military turned against superheroes soldiers were convinced to shoot at him when their commander claimed he was a fallen angel. Then they shot at Superman, and gave up.
  • Similarly, The Spectre is actually the fallen angel Aztar, who participated in Lucifer's rebellion and then repented. God realized that Aztar needed rehabilitating before he could be allowed to get rid of that "fallen" status. As a result, he's spent the entire time since the Fall acting as an agent of God's Vengeance, punishing those who escape justice at human hands, bound to a human soul that acts as a sort of combined moral compass and parole officer. He'll be allowed back into heaven when he's punished every unpunished-by-man sinner on Earth.
  • The Phantom Stranger is another, in one of his Multiple-Choice Past histories. Having sided with neither Heaven nor Hell, he was discarded by both after the great war.
  • Liandra, the protagonist of the comic book Fallen Angel is, as one would expect from the title, one of these. A former guardian angel, she was banished when went against God's rules of non-interference and slew the killer of one of her charges.
  • The Fallen, the Big Bad of Transformers: The War Within: The Dark Ages is actually one of the original Transformers, charged with guarding Entropy and observing the end of the Universe. Along the line, he decided to ally with Unicron to achieve his apocalyptic goal, losing his true name when his betrayal was discovered.
    • Ironically it was Megatronus Prime. One would have to wonder at the thought process behind Optimus and Megatron's father effectively choosing to name one of his sons after their version of Lucifer, and not expect it to bite him in the backside.
      • Although there are some stories that say Megatron actually chose the name himself.
  • 2000 AD:
    • The titular beings of Necrophim are former angels cast down into Hell. To make matters worse, Hell was already inhabited by demons, who are not happy about having to share their dimension with Heaven's outcasts.
    • Caballistics, Inc.: Ethan Kostabi, the Chessmaster of the series, is in fact an angel who fell down to Earth several thousand years ago and has since been living under different human identities.
  • The Sandman (1989) features a Lucifer (referred to as Lucifer Morningstar as his full title) who wasn't so much "fallen" as he was "pushed". It is heavily implied, if not outright stated, that Lucifer's "fall" was a case of entrapment (in the legal sense) set up by God, because God needed to put one of his own in charge of Hell.
    • Later on, Lucifer gives up being in charge of Hell, and it ultimately passes onto two other angels, by decree of God. When one of them hears this, he claims he will rebel, but then realizes he would then be going to hell anyway. Lucifer's story then leads into the events of the Lucifer comic, in which Lucifer makes his own Creation, and ultimately rejects even that, exiling himself from all reality to escape God's influence.
  • In Preacher, being cast down is a punishment for treasonous acts in Heaven. The father of Genesis is cast down at the very start of the series, nearly taking out US Air Force jets (and is subsequently captured by the Grail). Later, two minor-character angels are dropped; they're later seen having opened a hotel in Vegas and not being very depressed about their fallen status.
  • The First of the Fallen in Hellblazer is something of this sort: He was intended to be God's conscience (Shoulder Angel, if you will), and was cast from heaven when he came to believe God was insane and that his existence was meaningless. According to a somewhat convoluted Vertigo canon (trying to keep continuity with The Sandman) he was the first being God cast from His sight, long before Lucifer's rebellion, but is much less powerful than Lucifer and thus not the lord of Hell until Lucifer quits. The First of the Fallen acts much more like a 'stereotypical' devil, with soul-bargains and so on, and antagonizes John Constantine on a regular basis. This leads to almost equal amounts of Did You Just Scam Cthulhu? from Constantine's side.
  • Dylan Dog once showed us Dust, an angel kicked out of heaven for unspecified reasons and sentenced to wander the world and commit evil and be hated for it, with the added bonus that, as an angel, he's unable to understand evil. He's since taken to committing evil on serial killers and monsters, thus ultimately doing good by making them suffer with imprisonment.
  • Crimson had Zophiel, who fell from grace after murdering an human (even though her victim had it coming), being deprived of her powers and immortality to atone for her deed. She is allowed to return to Heaven after pulling an Heroic Sacrifice by Taking the Bullet for someone else.

    Fan Works 
  • Imperfect Metamorphosis has Shinki and Sariel, rulers of their respective underworlds. Interestingly, Shinki's human appearance is a personal choice, one which Sariel did not share, leaving it as a gender-less energy being. Also, and more plot relevant, is their sibling Azrael, of whom EX!Rumia is an avatar of.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • In the Frozen (2013) fanfic Sorry About The Mess first chapter here, this is true nature of both Grand Pabbie and The Mirror, although they both had very different reasons for why it happened
  • Lucifer, in ''Goddess Reborn Chronicle', who was once not the most favored angel but a part of God, the part that was the hope inherent in believing in God but grew so disgusted by his own laws that he began wishing for freedom, earning his fall and cementing him as the patron of the path of freedom and competition.
  • Rarely, (although the number's on the rise ever since the tv series came out) fanfiction and fanart for Good Omens explores the idea that Aziraphale fell instead of Crowley. Another variant is him falling because of his association with Crowley, usually played for angst, occasionally comedy (Aziraphale falling out of pure spite that Gabriel forced him to choose between Heaven and Crowley, anyone?).
    • In the notoriously depressing Mirror Universe Dark Fic The Sacred and the Profane, Aziraphale is the one who fell rather than Crowley. As such, Aziraphale is now Zirah, and Crowley is now Caphriel. Zirah is still the jovial bookkeeper who is friends (read: lovers) with Caphriel and decides to avert Armageddon. He's also exceedingly ruthless in this goal ( killing the spare baby for starters) and is utterly nightmarish when doing evil, having completely lost his sanity from the Fall. In fact, he's stationed on Earth in this universe because even Hell was scared of him. When Hastur and Ligur try to threaten him, he casually terrifies them into fleeing, and the moment they stop, even for a split second, he catches up and does ''something'' to them.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes the Movie: Misery Loves Company: Jimmy becomes one at the end voluntarily. After being invited to live in Joyville as an angel, he ultimately decides that he prefers living in Miseryville with his friends and thus chooses to cast himself out of Joyville.
  • Becoming more than what I am.: Since travel between worlds has to be sanctioned to only a few angels after Lucifer's failed rebellion, Max's decision to go to Earth is a permanent one, her lilac wings dyed black in the process.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Skesis and Mystics from The Dark Crystal are a very unusual example in that they're the split halves of angelic beings, the urSkeks. A group of urSkeks got kicked of their homeworld due to architectural plans and got stuck on Thra; longing to get back home, their ritual to purify themselves backfired and they got divided into dark and light halves. Both halves lost their divine luminiscence and are prone to dying of old age, particularly the Skesis who have their bodies severely warped and deformed.
  • In Bedazzled (1967), the Devil (or Lucifer as he was known then) explains he was once God's favorite angel and was booted out of Heaven when he wanted some of the same adoration God received. The two since had a running wager on who could claim ten billion souls first; if Lucifer won he could reclaim his old place. Lucifer does get the ten billion souls first, but God denies him the win due to a technicality.
  • There's a fallen angel in City of Angels. He wasn't evil; he just wanted to experience human life. Then the protagonist falls... in love. And takes the plunge.
  • Dogma is about two fallen angels, Bartleby and Loki attempting to return to heaven. A deleted scene implies that much of the evil and corruption seen in the fallen angels who became demons stemmed not from inherent evil but that which was brought to Hell by damned humans. Twisted and corrupted by the self-imposed torture of the damned, the fallen angels became what humans expected them to be.
  • He Never Died revolves around a fallen angel who spends his life playing bingo and trying not to eat people.
  • In Wings of Desire, angels Damiel and Cassiel are tired of being angels rather than human and just listening to the thoughts of humans without being part of what they see ad when Damiel falls for a French trapezist he decide it's time to fall and live as a human.
  • Fallen has this as the source of its title, with a fallen angel/demon serial killer.
  • Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe becomes one in Thor when Odin expresses disappointment at his actions, and a heartbroken Loki releases his grip on Gungnir — he's a minor god who has fallen from grace and from the heavens (Asgard), and plunged into the abyss. His actor directly compared his experience in the year that follows to going through "the Seventh Circle of Hell." He returns in The Avengers to mess with the human race who are under protection of Odin and his son Thor. Humans are not the ones to judge him for his sins though — in Thor: The Dark World he is brought before Odin, and found guilty.
  • The title characters in Time Bandits are low-ranking angels who went rogue in search of loot across space and time. Ironically, the villain (played by David Warner) is a Satanic Archetype, but he's not explicitly an example because the movie never specifies that he used to be an angel.
  • The Devils Tomb is about a military squad sent to extract a scientist from an underground laboratory that's housing a seraph. Here the seraph is depicted as a Humanoid Abomination that causes hallucinations and turns people into unkillable extensions of its Hive Mind, and it's pissed off at God for not appreciating it.

  • The Angelwalk trilogy featured three protagonists—an angel who had almost joined the rebellion against heaven, a demon who almost didn't, and an angel who had never wavered. Late in the middle book, Observer gets a chance at redemption—maybe—but doesn't take it. (Possibly subverted in that it may be predestined that he can't. Careful; thinking about it too hard has broken many brains.)
  • In Tosca Lee's Demon: A Memoir, the Nested Story is narrated by, and about the history of, a demon who fits this trope.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • The Knights of the Blackened Denarius are all powered by Fallen Angels trapped in one of 30 silver coins, believed to be the Thirty Pieces of Silver Judas was paid to betray Jesus. When first touched by the coin, whether intentional or not, a Shadow of the Fallen enters the human, and either tempts or torments the possessed into willingly taking up the coin. Anyone who holds the coins has the old-as-time Fallen acting as an adviser, they cease to age, and they get the ability to transform into a battle form that features things like super-strength and various pointy bits. The more mental fortitude and will you have the more control you have over the Fallen. Too weedy in the willpower department and they'll enslave you: stronger minds enter into a sort of partnership instead. The only way to get rid of them is to voluntarily give up the coin, which would generally happen after feeling genuine remorse. According to the author, the coins can be destroyed but doing so isn't smart. Right now the Fallen are "frozen in carbonite" and able to only interact with the world in a tiny way. If a mortal finds a means to destroy the coin then a Fallen is on Earth who can act to its hearts content. As it is by mortal choice the coin is destroyed, it isn't likely Heaven would directly smite the Fallen now.
    • The Order's leader got Harry to touch one of the coins via Batman Gambit, leaving him with a shade of the Fallen Laschiel in his mind trying to sway him to the Dark Side. However, Harry not only resisted the temptation for over four years, but ended up unintentionally turning the shade (which he dubbed "Lash") into its own independent being, to the point where she pulled a Heroic Sacrifice out of love in order to protect Harry from serious brain damage.
    • The main Fallen Lucifer does exist as well. He gave the Denarians superpowered Hellfire twice for a task. And, considering the role of balance of Good and Evil, when a Fallen lied to Harry and it lead to Harry committing suicide, an archangel was the one to balance the scales. Since Heaven wouldn't go beyond the level of Hell's infraction, the Prince of Darkness is a top candidate one for the Fallen who lied to Harry.
    • Also, in regards to Lucifer, the author has stated the thirty bound to the coins are the ones Lucifer feared turning on him eventually, so he put them in a position to cause both evil and disorder, and away from where he currently is.
    • In the novel Skin Game the Archangel Uriel temporarily loans his Grace to Michael Carpenter so he can come out of retirement and help Harry. Not only is Uriel effectively mortal for the duration, but should anything happen to Michael or should he violate the sanctity of the Grace, Uriel will become a Fallen himself. On top of that, Laschiel (the original, not the imprint that Harry redeemed) returns with a host and a MASSIVE desire for revenge on Harry.
    • Anduriel, the leader's fallen and Lucifer's captain, isn't primarily a fighter but a spymaster. Dubbed the Master of Shadows by Santa Claus, he can listen through anything that casts a shadow that is not protected by a significant power.
    • There's also the naagloshi, or skinwalkers. Although they're completely distinct from the Fallen, their backstories have significant overlap; they were semi-divine messengers of the Navajo Great Spirits, sent to teach humanity the Blessing Way. But they decided not to return to the spirit world when commanded, and became cursed, demonic entities.
  • The Fallen Paranormal Romance series by Lauren Kate has one of these as the heroine's love interest. His given last name in the first book is even Grigori. The rest of the cast is also fallen angels (some loyal to Lucifer and some to the Throne) - humans play only episodic roles.
    • In Torment there is even a whole high school for the Nephilim, that is children descended from angels or demons.
  • In the series The Fallen by Thomas Sniegoski, fallen angels have children with humans, producing the half and half children called Nephilim. The main character Aaron is the son of Lucifer.
  • In Gene Stratton-Porter's Freckles, a marvelous black feather causes Freckles to contemplate this trope:
    What if the angels of God are white and those of the devil are black? But a black one has no business up there. Maybe some poor black angel is so tired of being punished it's for slipping to the gates, beating its wings trying to make the Master hear!
  • Anthony J. Crowley, from Good Omens, although he didn't so much Fall as "saunter vaguely downwards". He's definitely a sympathetic portrayal, and his opposite number is Aziraphale, an angel, who is also officially the Enemy — except instead of battling to the death, over the past 6000 years of knowing each other they've become best friends. Aziraphale and Crowley tend to lunch together, go out for drinks, and join forces against Heaven and Hell to help prevent Armageddon. Aziraphale used to be the angel of the Eastern Gate of Eden; Eden being where they met, although Crowley (originally known as "Crawly") had the form of a snake at the time. Yes, Crowley's that snake. The narration also mentions hanging with the wrong people as a reason why he fell.
    • No word about the other demons, but when The Antichrist is being discussed, Crowley reminds Aziraphale that Satan used to be an angel, too - archangel, even - to prove that they can't make assumptions about the baby just based on parentage.
  • Simon, the father of Jax from The Grim Reaper's Apprentice, is revealed to be this.
  • In The Guardians, demons are angels who supported Lucifer's bid for power, and nosferatu are the angels who did not choose a side and were cast down to Earth as punishment.
  • Aliette de Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings has numerous fallen angels, including Lucifer himself (known as Morningstar) living among mortals and various mythological creatures in a postapocalyptic alternate-1920s Paris. Fallen angels have amnesia - they must have committed some sin against God, but they don't remember what they did to fall. And worse, roving gangs prey on newly fallen angels to harvest their bones which they grind to make an addictive Fantastic Drug.
  • In the book Humans an angel is sent to Earth to destroy it. As he begins to live among humans, he decides to defy God and let humanity live. He "falls" out of God's grace and becomes a human for love.
  • In I, Lucifer, the story is told from the titular Fallen Angel's perspective whilst he inhabits the body of a mortal. Lucifer even details the fall from paradise.
  • The Grigori from The Bible are the antagonists of the Time Quartet novel Many Waters, although the word "nephilim" refers to the angels themselves and not their children.
  • Agent Franks, of all people, turns out to be one of these in Monster Hunter International. He eventually finds redemption, or at the very least, according to Archangel Michael himself (who he apparently fought during Lucifier's rebellion), he's on "parole".
  • "Murder Mysteries" (also a comic book, not quite in The Sandman continuity) by Neil Gaiman features a man who meets the fallen angel Raguel, formerly Vengeance of the Lord. He recounts how he solved the first murder, and how he felt his purpose was subverted in the process so that Lucifer would witness the injustice of God.
  • The Nightside series has Pretty Poison, a fallen angel who now works as a succubus. She ultimately redeems herself and earns her way back into Heaven.
  • An Older Than Steam example: Lucifer and all his minions are this in Milton's Paradise Lost.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, elves are fallen angels. They have scars on their backs where the wings had been. (This is an authentic piece of folklore — one explanation of The Fair Folk is they were fallen angels who didn't quite qualify for Hell.)
  • If an angel acts against the Ro Te O equivalent of God then they become a Fallen Angel. The main difference between a fallen angel and a normal one is the poinsettia-red wings (with the exception of Azrael who has black wings).
  • The Silmarillion & The Lord of the Rings: Morgoth/Melkor is the only Fallen Vala (Archangel) and becomes J. R. R. Tolkien's version of Satan. Sauron, the Wizard Saruman, the Balrogs, and probably the Werewolves (or at least the first ones), are all Fallen Maiar (Angels). Dragons, and possibly even Ungoliant, may be Fallen Maiar as well. Originally all Úmaiar, as they're called, can take any form they please, just like good Maiar. But since evil is something of a degenerative spiritual disease in Tolkien's writing, they often end up with Shapeshifter Mode Lock, which makes it possible to "kill" them. Or, in Morgoth's case, leave them with permanent injuries.
  • Sandman Slim, where most of the fallen angels are known as Hellions, and Lucifer's reason for rebelling was just thinking he could run things better. Given the state of the Universe, even some of the non-fallen now agree (except for the part of who should end up in charge).
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles: Eight of the nine Princes of Hell were former angels who rebelled against God and as a result were cast down from Heaven, and include Lucifer and those who supported him: Asmodeus, Astaroth, Azazel, Belial, Belphegor, Mammon, and Sammael. (The remaining Prince, Leviathan, was never an angel, which may mean that he was already evil even before the fall of the angels.) Asmodeus fathered Magnus Bane, and it is noted that Magnus is able to cast witchlights (a feat commonly associated with the Shadowhunters) because his dad was an angel.
  • In The Poison Master by Liz Williams, the colony of Roanoke was taken by Nigh-Invulnerable insectoid aliens known as the Lords of Night. The colony is now on the planet Latent Emenation and repressed by the Unpriests, corrupt humans made overseers of the colony. It turns out the Lords of Night are actually fallen angels.
  • Played with in Kushiel's Legacy. The gods of the d'Angeline pantheon are all former archangels of the Abrahamic God who left God's service to follow Elua, a being who arose when Jesus' blood spilled on the ground during the Crucifixion. However, they're all solidly Gods of Good. A straighter example is found in the archangel Raziel, whose curse against a jilted lover imprisons his child, the Master of the Straits, for all time. Phedre banishes him in Kushiel's Avatar by learning the Name of God; no mere angel can disobey such a command.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "Voyage of the Damned", the starship Titanic contains robotic Hosts in the form of golden angels in white robes who are supposed to help passengers. When they are activated by the villain to kill the survivors onboard the ship, they remove their haloes to use as weapons, with the posts that remain looking like devil horns.
  • Crowley and his fellow demons in Good Omens, though Crowley says he didn't fall, he "sauntered vaguely downwards." Crowley brings up two other exonerating points for himself: one, back then (before the Creation of Earth), all that it took to "fall" was simply to ask questions, and two, he hung out with the wrong people.
  • Hannibal: Dr. Hannibal Lecter isn't a literal example (probably), but the concept of the Fallen Angel is the primary influence on how the show's version of this character is presented.
    Bryan Fuller: Mads Mikkelsen, the actor who plays Dr. Lecter, talked about the character not so much as 'Hannibal Lecter the cannibal psychiatrist', but as Satan – this fallen angel who's enamoured with mankind and had an affinity for who we are as people, but was definitely not among us – he was other. I thought that was a really cool, interesting approach, because I love science fiction and horror and – not that we'd ever do anything deliberately to suggest this – but having it subtextually play as him being Lucifer felt like a really interesting kink to the series. It was slightly different than anything that's been done before and it also gives it a slightly more epic quality if you watch the show through the prism of, 'This is Satan at work, tempting someone with the apple of their psyche'.
  • Lucifer:
    • The titular character for one. When he decided to move to Earth and open a nightclub he cut his wings off so he couldn't return to Hell and actually destroys them in the first season after one of his brother Amenadiel's attempts to manipulate him into returning. Though they mysteriously return in the 2nd season finale.
    • Amenadiel himself starts falling in Season 2 as a result of the many sins he committed attempting to bring Lucifer back to Hell, his wings actually rotting off and his other powers fading. Though he regains the wings in the penultimate episode of Season 3 to bring Charlotte to Heaven.
  • The Monsters episode "Hostile Takeover" featured a Fallen Angel who called himself "Obeah" and looked more like a conventional demon than an angel after falling into Hell.
    Obeah (disguised as the janitor): I had a pretty bad fall. Maybe you've read about it... in The Bible? That's what they call it. A Fall. I'd say I was pushed!
  • In Supernatural, fallen angels are angels who have been cut off from Heaven; the resulting affect on angels varies depending on how high said angels are on the celestial hierarchy. Their reason may range from simple AWOL to full-on rebellion, but all of them inevitably land themselves a spot on Heaven's Most Wanted List, so each individual fallen angel come up with ways to evade the armies of Heaven.
    • For the average angelic foot-soldiers, being cut off from Heaven will restrict some of their abilities (Healing Hands, Resurrection etc.) and leave them with a limited amount of angelic energy. Deplete said energy will effectively turn them human.
      • Anna, knowing this, cuts her angelic energy—Grace—out when she left Heaven. Reborn as an almost-human, it is nearly impossible for the Heavenly Host to find her among the billions of people on Earth.
      • Castiel is probably the more traditional fallen angel, slowly losing his powers throughout season 5.
      • Balthazar's defection might eventually run into this problem as well, so he keeps himself charged with human souls.
    • For seraphs, even after severing ties with Heaven, they still keeps all of their abilities. And though they can be exhaust when over-using their power, their angelic energy can be self-replenished with rest.
      • Castiel in late-season 7 and season 8 is a fallen seraph. He is clearly weaken by his time in Purgatory probably due to over-taxing himself in Monster Land, but soon self-recharged after his release.
    • For archangels, being cut off will have absolutely no effect on them. They will keep all their abilities and complete with an unlimited self-sustained power source to boot. This because they predate both Heaven and the rest of the cosmos.
      • Lucifer, of course, is a fallen archangel. The demons of this setting are all derived from human souls; if Lucifer took any other angels with him when he left, they go unmentioned and are apparently dead now. If any demons are former angels, they are most likely all drained of their angelic powers long ago, became human, then damned in Hell due to not being high enough on the angelic food chain.
      • Gabriel. The reason he can skip out of Heaven and keep all his abilities is because he is an archangel.
    • At the end of season 8, Castiel loses his grace and all of the angels fall. The others have only lost their wings, so they retained some of their power, but Castiel is pretty much a human. Obviously, this did not apply to Lucifer and Michael since they were trapped in the Cage, and when they were both released years later they could still fly.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Mahou Sentai Magiranger has Raigel / Meemy, a former "Heavenly Saint" who switched sides during the war with Infershia.
    • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, Buredoran/Brajira turns out to be a former Gosei Angel who wants to reboot the world.

  • Within Temptation: The song "Angels" seems to be about this and has the lines, "Fallen angel/ tell me why/ what is the reason/ the thorn in your eye"
  • "Fallen Angels" by Black Veil Brides is about this (duh), but uses the fallen angels less as an evil figure and more as a symbol for misfits and outcasts.
  • Fallen Angel by the Blue Öyster Cult on the LP Cultösaurus Erectus:
    Gonna rise up from Hell! I am a fallen angel!
  • Billie Eilish's video for "all the good girls go to hell" starts off with her growing feathery wings (a scene that segues from her earlier video, "bury a friend"), before falling all the way down from the heavens into a tar pit. In addition, after some time her tar-coated wings catch fire and turn into devil wings.
  • Nautilus Pompilius: A fallen angel is described in the song "Like a fallen angel", sympathetic.
  • The song 'Fallen Angel' by Norwegian singer-songwriter TIX, which was also Norway's entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. It's about unrequited love for a woman he considers an angel, while he himself is a fallen angel who could 'never ever reach up to heaven'.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism: Abrahamic religions, especially but not limited to Judaism and Christianity, often feature evil angels as either villains or the villain himself, Satan.
    • Fallen angels debut in the Book of Enoch, a Second Temple religious text that was still accepted and popular as late as Jesus' time, as well as its derivates. In this tradition, probably inspired by the Mesopotamian story of the Apkallu instead of the literal Word of God, a cadre of angels named Watchers are tempted by the beauty of human women and descend to Earth to copulate with them, becoming corrupted and engendering monsters (the Nephilim) which God has to clean up with the Deluge.
    • The idea of Satan himself as a fallen angel is popularized by Jesus, who proclaims to have seen him literally fall "like lightning from heaven" and later assures that eternal fire is ready for him and his rebel angels. This story appears further detailed in the Second Book of Enoch, written either before or around the time of Jesus, which casts Satan as an arrogant rebel and retcons the fall of Adam and Eve as one of his evil manipulations.
    • Posterior texts give the role of Satan to Samael, typically listed as a seducer of sinners, who is now portrayed as having Gone Horribly Right in his functions due to his envy towards Adam and Eve. After engineering their fall by plating the tree (and sometimes after fathering Cain), God curses him and kicks him out. The influence of this tradition made Samael the fallen angel by default in Kabbalah, which even paired him up with Lilith as an Unholy Matrimony.
    • Gnostic authors would take the trope Up to Eleven, with some authors, especially from the Simonian school, stating that the entire world and the human bodies were created by fallen angels. Even after Gnosticism phased out the term angel in favor of Archon, the idea of one or more divine entities who fell from grace remained the basis of many-if-not-most Gnostic branches. The Cathars, for instance, postulated that we were fallen angels, seduced by an evil god into inhabiting fleshly bodies.
    • In Islam, however, the concept of a fallen angel is considered impossible, as angels are said to have no free will whatsoever, so they can't fall. Instead, Shaitan/Iblis (their version of Satan) and his followers are considered to be fallen djinn.
    • In the European Middle Ages, a common belief was that The Fair Folk are fallen angels. One version of the story states that when the rebel angels were thrown out of Heaven, those that landed in Hell became demons and those who landed on Earth became the Fair Ones. Another versions describes them as having been those angels who remained neutral during the War in Heaven, resulting in them being welcome in neither Heaven (because they'd been no more loyal than the active rebels) nor Hell (because they hadn't helped the rebels fight), forcing them to stay on Earth.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the Mexican Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), Los Misionares de la Muerte were a trio of fallen angels sent to Earth to eliminate El Santo.
  • When she first started in the wrestling business in Florida in the early 1980's, Nancy Sullivan Benoit (aka Woman) was Fallen Angel, a member of Kevin Sullivan's devil worshiping cult.
  • Lucy Furr's gimmick was getting kicked out of "The Erotic Heavens" and deciding to prey on Earth's hoes (and steal the souls of wrestlers). Opposed by sweet Heaven Sent and Jerkass Angel Williams from "The Canadian Heavens". Ironically, Lucy turned face after being sent to "The Eight Circle Of Hell".

  • In the first season of Old Harry's Game Satan was prone to reflecting wistfully on his time as an angel, much to the irritation of his lieutenant, Gary.
    Satan: Do you remember my wings, Gary?
    Gary: Not really, no.

    Tabletop Games 
  • GURPS Monster Hunters presents outcast angels as an option for the Inhuman "class" alongside demons, vampires, and their Half-Human Hybrids, as well as various flavors of Our Werebeasts Are Different.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Asmodeus, Dispater, and Mephistopheles are said to have once been angels, but fell prey to He Who Fights Monsters after battling the demonic hordes of the Abyss in the multiverse's early history, and were banished to the Nine Hells of Baator so not to pollute the Upper Planes with their presence. Some of the other archdukes of Hell fell later, such as Baalzebul, notable for being a fallen archon, while Moloch supposedly fell with Asmodeus and the other "first generation" Baatezu, but was later exiled from Hell as well.
      • One account, much-suppressed in-universe, states that Asmodeus' fall from grace was quite literal, and after being cast out from the heavens, he crashed into Baator and broke it into its current configuration of nine layers. In the lowest layer of Nessus, at the bottom of a spiraling tunnel hundreds of miles long called the Serpent's Coil, Asmodeus' titanic true form is said to reside, still bleeding from the wounds he sustained from that terrible fall - the "Asmodeus" that others interact with is thought to be an avatar or projection of some kind.
    • In the Nentir Vale setting, which is also the generic setting for the 4th edition of the game, this trope is used thrice over:
      • In the World Axis cosmology, angels themselves are considered "Unaligned"; they exist to serve all of the gods, and an evil angel is thusly still an angel in anybody's eyes. A "Fallen Angel" is an angel who survived the destruction of their patron god, an act that drives the angel quite, quite mad—seeking revenge for the death of their patron becomes their all-consuming obsession, and they will work alongside any other creature in pursuit of that goal. Fallen Angels are sometimes used as mercenaries by the gods, but they're essentially wild cards in the multiverse. Lore and mechanics for World Axis Fallen Angels appears in the "Book of Vile Darkness" sourcebook for 4th edition.
      • Devils in the World Axis are a variant of the in-universe Fallen Angels. Both are the twisted forms of angels whose patron god died... the very important distinction between the two species is that devils descend from angels who betrayed and murdered their god in an act of rebellion, which resulted in them being warped into deformed monsters by that god's dying curse. The angelic heritage of devilkind in the World Axis is mostly obscure, but it's well-established that succubi descend from fallen Angels of Love—and they can potentially turn back into those angels if they redeem themselves.
      • Devas, in comparison, are a rare non-evil version of this trope. They are angels who fell in love with the mortal world during the Dawn War at the beginning of creation, and wished to remain in it rather than return to the Astral Sea, the realm of the gods and angels. So they willingly turned their back on their former angelic status and were transformed into something new, something more mortal-like. They didn't lose all of their divine power, but it mostly manifests as them possessing Resurrective Immortality. They're actually a playable race, and replace the traditional Aasimarnote  in the settingnote .
    • Zariel, central character in the 5th Edition adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, was an Archangel of Celestia sent to watch over the Blood War. But she grew frustrated with the Celestial Host for sitting by and only watching as demons preyed upon the Material Plane, and so gathered an army of mortals and marched on Avernus. Her army was quickly crushed, but Asmodeus took her unconscious body from the battlefield and promoted Zariel to Archduchess of the First Hell, placing her at the front lines of the Blood War on the very layer she invaded. She takes her new role seriously, but is rumored to be plotting for revenge against Asmodeus... not that this is unusual for Hellish politics.
    • Erinyes, as explained in the 3.5th Edition sourcebook Tyrants of the Nine Hells, are distinct from "lesser" Baatezu for being born, not created from tortured mortal soul shells. Instead they are descended from fallen angels, and thus appear (in their default form) as beautiful but intimidating female humanoids with black feathered wings, making them the subject of jealousy, lust and idolization by other devils. They can play the part of Horny Devils to tempt mortals to sell their souls, with a particular flair for leading followers of good religions astray, but Erinyes are quite capable in combat as well - in 5th Edition their Challenge Rating is 12, compared to a standard Succubus/Incubus' CR of 4.
    • Eberron in particular has a unusual take on fallen angels. Since the gods of Eberron are distant if they objectively exist at all, even the angels of the plane of Syrania operate on faith. However, sometimes an angel loses faith, decides that angels are the closest things to gods that actually exist, and subsequently gets kicked out the nearest manifest zone for his heresy. These flight-proof "radiant idols" then typically go on to found cults around themselves.
    • The fan expansion The Gates of Hell elaborates on the idea further. Asmodeus is one of the three ultimate entities of order who broke apart during a debate about whether to make the universe Lawful Good, Lawful Neutral or Lawful Evil. Most devils are either reshaped human souls, or Nessian Pit Fiends made by Asmodeus personally (the original demigod devils who rose from his blood were too independent and had been all but totally destroyed). Fallen Angels had arrived much later (mainly in at least two waves, though later or earlier arrivals on an individual basis are present), and are mainly found in the higher ranks, with the ones who are Lords of the Nine being there thanks to Klingon Promotion.
    • Another third-party setting, Grim Hollow has a version of this as one of its PC races: after a series of disastrous events ended with the entire pantheon of Etharis dead or missing, many of their angels were De-Powered by the loss of their creators, causing them to fall to the material plane and rendering them functionally human. Many of the Downcast, as they're called, are more than a little bitter about it, but unlike most examples of the trope, they don't even have a god left to direct their anger at.
  • The demons in In Nomine. Also, angels can fall and become demons by violating their angelic nature. (Except for Malakim.) note 
  • In Infernum, demonkind are descended from the First Fallen's mating with spawn. Newly Fallen angels in the present day tend to die very quickly; the survivors usually become worse than demons.
  • The Devils of Nobilis. In the first two editions, they were closer to the classic take on the trope, championing power, corruption and suffering. In third edition, the Angels' sense of justice demands the wicked be punished; some disagreed, for they loved everything, including the wicked and corrupt, and were cast out, becoming Devils.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Horus, the God Emperor's favorite son, sided with the Chaos gods against his father, taking half of his siblings and their Space Marine legions into Chaos with him.
    • Deliberately invoked with the Fallen, Dark Angels Space Marines who turned to Chaos during the Horus Heresy and who are now hunted relentlessly by their loyalist brethren. Notably they are led by a rare good (maybe) example in Cypher, who is rumoured to be seeking redemption for the Fallen and salvation for humanity.
  • In Schwalb Entertainment's Shadow of the Demon Lord, the Fey were the ones to create the afterlives of Heaven and Hell as a means to induce amnesia to immortal souls before the souls reincarnate. Devils are an Always Chaotic Evil race within the Fey and they feed upon the corruption of evil souls which they extract through horrific torture. Since the Devils would die without corruption, they go into the mortal realm of Urth and actively promote evil. Angels are merely a subset of the Devils and their purpose is to tempt the overly pious into acts of intolerance and self-righteousness, through agents of the Devils they manage to convince the religious institutions of the mortal races that the Angels are servants of the gods. The Angels have a glamour that makes them appear as the beautiful humans with white wings stereotype, when their actual forms are far more disgusting.
  • The demons of White Wolf's Demon: The Fallen.
    • Likewise with the robots in the reboot game, Demon: The Descent. They had a mission, and they decided to ignore at least part of it, and in so doing were disconnected from the God-Machine. Although the portrayal of the God-Machine casts the robots in a lot better light than is normally the case. These robots refer to themselves as Angels, before the fall.

    Video Games 
  • Granblue Fantasy features a number of these, particularly in the What Makes the Sky Blue event trilogy. Two thousand years before the events of the game, several angels rebelled against their Astral creators, though their rebellion failed and they were imprisoned in Pandemonium. The second and third instalments of What Makes the Sky Blue reveal that the rebellion and its failure were both masterminded by Lucilius, an Astral who created several angels himself and planned to use the cores of the fallen to advance his scheme to Rage Against the Heavens. Of the fallen angels introduced there's:
    • Sandalphon, the first fallen angel introduced in the setting and possibly the only true example by what most people would expect a fallen angel to be, as an angel that was once good and turned the darkside. By the sequel event following his introduction, he's now returned to the side of good.
    • Belial, one of the Big Bad's of the "What Makes the Sky Blue" storyline and the third fallen angel introduced (after Olivia was made playable but his role is more important). The fallen angel of cunning, he's a manipulative backstabber who is willing to do anything to get his way. He's also a Depraved Bisexual that can't get through most conversations without making a sex pun.
    • Dark Angel Olivia, an imported character from Rage of Bahamut. Unlike Sandalphon, who was formerly a primarch before his fall, she was always a fallen angel as she was created as one. She still participated in the rebellion that lead to her imprisonment in Pandemonium and is now presumed dead after her original body was destroyed along with it.
    • Azazel, another character imported from Rage of Bahamut, though his characterization is more in line with his Rage of Bahamut: Genesis appearance. Despite his attitude, he is one of the few fallen angels known to be on the side of good and only participated in the rebellion for what he thought was for Lucifer's sake.
    • Azrael and Israfel, twin messenger angels and former primarchs that went missing for hundreds of years prior to the events of the game only to return fused together in a sack and driven insane. They get better and turn out to be nonmalicious.
    • Sariel is a powerful fallen angel with a limiter implemented in him that stunts his intelligence while also making him more subservient. While not actively malicious, his mental deficiency makes it difficult to comprehend the difference between good and bad, which leads to him having loyalty to Belial, the Big Bad who he believes genuinely cares for him. On Belial's end, it's ambiguous if he actually does.
    • Ironically, Lucifer in this game isn't a fallen angel and is the Big Good of the setting. The worst he's ever done is cut down and seal away anyone and anything he deemed to be a threat to the world he protects, but he's otherwise benevolent.
  • In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer, in the ending for Kaelyn the Dove that you don't kill her in, she continues her quest to destroy the wall and becomes a fallen Angel. She is a case of Dark Is Not Evil, still fighting the Lawful Stupid god Kelemvor who maintains a wall made out of the souls of people who don't worship gods. Kaelyn the Dove can be considered somewhat of a fallen angel before the ending as well, having been barred from entering Celestia.
  • Darksiders
    • The first game gives us the Archangel Abbadon, commander of Heaven's military forces, who was killed and dragged to hell in the prologue of the game. He was then asked if he would serve in heaven, or rule in hell. He chose the latter. Towards the end of the game, he asks War the same question. The answer?
    • In the second game, Death encounters many of these at the Lostlight, having fallen prey to The Corruption and losing their minds. Including the Archon Lucien, the one behind their corruption who yet still professes himself to be the holy one between himself and Death. Death is forced to put the majority of the them down with the exception of the scribe Jamaerah, who was purged of his Corruption during their battle by his own holy light and reveals to Death the Archon's duplicity.
  • In Disgaea female healers are apparently fallen angels, Flonne in the best ending for the first game also a case of Dark Is Not Evil as she's every bit the same lovable ditz as she was as an angel, only in a skimpy outfit and a little sexier.
  • Trias the Betrayer from Planescape: Torment considers himself Necessarily Evil, serving evil in order ultimately to serve good. He is relatively sympathetic, and redeemable if you have enough Charisma.
  • The Fallen from Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening were initially this, but Word of God retconned it so that angels never existed in the first place and were just manmade concepts inspired by demons like the Fallen.
  • In The World Ends with You, the post-game Secret Reports describe an Angel who fell by violating their code and revealing to Minamimoto how to create Taboo Noise. Only in the very last reports do you learn this Angel's identity — Sanae Hanekoma, the same one writing the Secret Reports in the first place.
  • In Fall from Heaven the Fire Angel/Goddess Bhall fell... right through a city, dragging it to Hell with her. When she landed, she went into a coma for nearly 1000 years.
  • The insanely difficult hidden boss from Bayonetta Rodin. The reason why he was kicked out wasn't because he was doing bad things — in the Bayonetta-verse, the angels are anything but good. Instead, it's implied in his entry in the Book of Laguna that he was SIMPLY TOO POWERFUL to exist in Paradiso.
  • In Solium Infernum, you are one of the demon lords fighting to become the new Devil after the old one disappeared.
  • Knights in the Nightmare: This is Melissa's Japanese title, but she's Affably Evil.
  • Yggdra Union: Nessiah.
  • Riviera: The Promised Land: Marietta.
  • The Prologue of Dragon Quest IX sees your hero, a member of the angelic race known as Celestrians, falling to earth after an accident rather than losing their powers through their own actions. Later, a straighter example is shown in the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds villain.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: One of the early concepts was that Pit (now an adult) was cursed for thousands of years and had become a Fallen Angel due to a crime, with a tattoo bearing an inscription of said crime. This idea was dropped after a very poor reception. However, one of Pit's Palette Swaps in Super Smash Bros. Brawl shows him with a dark outfit and black wings. According to Word of God, it was made to make him look like a fallen angel. Said costume was the inspiration for Dark Pit in Uprising.
  • The True Final Boss, 02 of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • Champions Online brings us Therakiel, a half-angel/half-demon who wants to start the apocalypse and does, causing you to go back in time and prevent him doing it in the first place!
  • Shin Megami Tensei, due to being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, features many fallen angels from Christianity/Judaism. The most prominent is Lucifer.
  • Growlanser IV: Wayfarer of time features a world that was nearly destroyed by angels 2,000 years ago. The angels return to once again attempt to destroy the world and it is up to the protagonist's party to stop them.
  • Ultima in Final Fantasy XII was originally an angel in charge of guiding souls to aid in reincarnation. Her pride led her to lead the other Espers in a rebellion against the gods. As punishment, she was sealed away in the Great Crystal of Giruvegan. She is fought there as a boss.
  • The Diablo universe has three of them:
    • The first was Izual, who turned his back upon Heaven and threw in with Hell, not only filling in the Prime Evils on the Soulstones and how to corrupt them, but also helping them mastermind their own exile from Hell into the mortal realm of Sanctuary, breaking the pact between Heaven and Hell made at the end of the Sin War and pretty much setting the events of the main series into motion.
    • On the other end of the spectrum is Tyrael. As revealed in Diablo III, Tyrael renounced his angelic status after learning that his angelic brethren, chiefest among them Imperius, cared little to nothing about Sanctuary and humanity in general and voluntarily fell to Sanctuary as a mortal so that he could aid mankind directly against the forces of Hell.
    • A number of angels wind up corrupted following Diablo's rebirth as the Prime Evil and invasion of Heaven in Act IV.
    • And as of Reaper of Souls, Malthael has returned, having become the Angel of Death. He was once the leader of the Angiris Council before the destruction of the Worldstone. He seeks nothing less than the destruction of humanity in defiance of the Council's vote to spare them, and seeks to bend the evil powers of the Black Soulstone to his will to do so. Even Imperius, the other archangel who voted against sparing humanity (and very much not a nice person), believes Malthael has gone too far and needs to be put down after the Reapers kill his fellow angels.
  • In the World of Warcraft backstory Sargeras was originally one of the Titans and had the duty of destroying or binding the various demonic races. Over time the evils he witnessed drove him mad and he created the Burning Legion to destroy all order in the universe.
    • The Doomguard, members of the Burning Legion, were created as servants of the Titans, tasked with policing the use of arcane magic and eliminating anyone who used forbidden magic. Sargeras broke them free from the Titans and they now view their past existence as slavery.
  • In Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis, the Big Bad is Shaher, a Fallen Angel who was cast out of heaven and sealed in a mountain of ice for rebelling against God due to his envy of humans.
  • Class of Heroes 2 offers Fallen Angels as a class. Pahne is one of these as well.
  • Evil Islands: The Curse sure has an appearance of one.
  • Available as summons in Dominions, with Late Age Marignon calling generic ones and Early Age Hinnom releasing the Grigori with the largest blood sacrifice in the game.
  • The ultimate Persona in Persona 5 are based off mythological figures who were cast out of the heavens after turning against or stealing from their culture's higher powers. In fact, the protagonist's Ultimate Persona is the Gnostic version of Lucifer, the trope codifier.
  • Low-ranking Angels in Nexus Clash who aren't interested in goodness can turn coat to the demonic hordes and become Fallen. Despite being half-mechanical Body Horror abominations, Fallen have the power to temporarily masquerade as normal angels and an entire combat style based on delivering the most effective possible Back Stab once they get close to their prey.
  • The Elder Scrolls
  • This is Implied by the cartoon character Alice Angel in Bendy and the Ink Machine. Her surname is "Angel" and she has a halo above her head, but she also has a pair of devil horns.
  • Dungeon Keeper 2: The Dark Angels are rare but extremely powerful late-game units — top-notch Magic Knights with offensive magic and support Necromancy, and exceptional magical researchers out of combat. Fluff text describes them as Enigmatic Minions who only join you for their own amusement, but fortunately, this has no in-game ramifications.
  • Zafkiel in Omen of Sorrow is an heroic example. She was an celestial that lost contact with heaven after spending centuries hunting monsters and demons. She does retain her agelessness and some of her powers.
  • League of Legends has Morgana, the Fallen, who isn't strictly an angel (she and her sister, Kayle, were born from the Aspect of Justice and gained angelic wings from her power), but she has the imagery down pat ever since she chose to reject their unforgiving methods to walk among mortals. Despite this and her wicked-looking appearance, she's actually a very noble character, driven by emotion and empathy towards humanity which her righteous sister lacks.
    Kayle: Why have we wings, sister, if not to fly?
    Morgana: Why do we have feet, if not to tread upon the soil?
  • Trillion: God of Destruction: The principle cast of the game are all Fallen Ones or descendants of those whom followed Satan when he rebelled against God, and thus were banished to the Underworld.
  • Helltaker:
    • Several of the demons in Helltaker's harem are stated to be these, though outside of Lucifer and Judgement, who are confirmed to have once been angels by Justice in one of the game's sequel comics, it's unknown which ones are former angels and which ones were always demons.
    • It's implied in the game's epilogue that's Azazel's extended time around the demons is resulting in her beginning to go through the process of falling. This gets expanded upon in the sequel comics, which show that her black hair that she shares with all the other angels is beginning to change into the Mystical White Hair all the demons have, and is also starting to grow horns. Azazel is in complete denial about all of this, however, claiming that falling is just a myth told to angels by the church to Scare 'Em Straight. Examtaker, a bonus chapter released for the game's first anniversary, reveals that Azazel eventually falls completely and becomes the demon Loremaster, then somehow manages to displace Lucifer and takes over as the ruler of Hell. She's still in denial over the idea that she's fallen, however.
  • Radiant Arc: Zardon was once one of the Holy Beings, the gods who created the world. However, he turned against the others out of jealousy towards Irin and spitefully created the Moria to destroy the gods' creation. The player never gets to see Zardon's original angelic form, though his Final Boss form has black wings to hint at what he used to look like.

    Visual Novels 
  • Anghel in Hatoful Boyfriend insists he is the reincarnation of one and is summoned by the protagonist wishing for the 'Mad Love of a fallen angel'. However, he is considered the 'class eccentric' and has a normal name as well, which he refuses to answer to—it seems to cause him pain. It turns out that he emits hallucinogenic pheromones which he lacks immunity to himself, making him truly believe he's a fallen angel.
  • Obey Me! – One Master to Rule Them All! has the Player Character move into a dorm with seven demon brothers, all of whom were angels who fell after joining the rebellion of Lucifer, the eldest brother.
  • In Tears to Tiara there's a council of twelve angels and one 'failure' who got cast out of the heavens. However, the angels are kind of dicks apart from one, the one who raised Arawn and whose memory inspired him to rebel. The fallen angel can't really be considered bad but he's frequently considered very dark. He actually still does possess holy powers, but he can't channel them properly without hurting himself though if he was at full strength this might not have been the case.

  • Misfile: Technically Rumisiel is a fallen angel, or at least a semi-fallen one since he has been banished from heaven on a temporary, with a distinct prospect of it becoming permanent, basis. He's rather eager to clock up some karma points to get back in though.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal pokes fun at this, claiming that Hell is actually a pretty nice place because angels, fallen or otherwise, aren't very good at torturing people.
  • Jack has Lucifer of course, as well as some others such as "Mr. Aecas" who works with Vanity to steal mortals and harvest their energy in an attempt to make her beautiful again. Skye Blue Deer is one who asked God for forgiveness and was put in charge of Purgatory as a means of earning his way back to Heaven.
  • In The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Penumbra's biological father Penume is one of these. He got kicked out of heaven for teaching mankind how to read and write.
    Penumbra: I fail to see anything evil in teaching humans to write.
    Wonderella: Well, you don't read online comments. I kinda see the logic here.
  • Big Sis from The Angel with Black Wings committed a sin that turned her wings black and banned her from the heaven as a result.
  • In Sluggy Freelance: "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain", fallen angels turn into demons. As in, angels who fall over. They apparently get a demonic appearance with no angelic traits. It can be used by angels to temporarily turn into demons for the purpose of fooling demons, but in the climax of the angelic invader story arc, that invading angel instantly succumbs to the dark side after falling, apparently because just Being Evil Feels Good even if you haven't done anything yet.
  • Petal Knights in Kill Six Billion Demons have given up following the Law and live as violent hedonists. Though it hasn't been explored, there's no way they can be in the good graces of the Council of Angels. (The Holy Thorn Knights, on the other hand, are just as nasty, but since it's Knight Templar kind of nastiness, and the mainstream angels are not actually good, they retain their position in the official hierarchy.)

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  • Monster Girl Encyclopedia: This is what happens when angels get corrupted by succubi. At first it just twists their logic, thinking that sex is proper reward for good deed. They still think that they're doing holy work, rewarding good-doers with pleasure using their body. Eventually, however, they will realize their own desire and fully transform into dark angels.
  • Wingspan: The main character is a fallen angel.
  • New Vindicators has plenty of these, going by Judeo-Christian influences. There were two Falls-the Fall of Pride, when Lucifer lead a third of all the angels into a failed rebellion and were cast out into hell; and the Fall of Lust, when Samael and some of the Gibborim fell to take human brides. This plays a huge part in the story, because when the seven fallen who were Seraphim (also known as just the Fallen) have children, they are called Nephilim, humans with superpowers able to wield Hellfire. In turn, children of Nephilim are Neo-Sapiens, the setting's equivalent of mutants. In addition, the plots of the seven Fallen are very important-five of them plot to usurp Lucifer's throne, and Samael, the one good guy among them, who fell for Love and not Lust, seeks to counter their moves.

    Western Animation 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
    • Charlie technically spends all of the first movie as one, as he'd been let into Heaven and used his watch to return to life with the warning he'd never return, but he manages to earn his way back in.
    • Carface becomes this in two, having been let into Heaven via the same loophole as Charlie in the first movie but selling out to the demon Red. This becomes a plot point when Red needs an angel to find Gabriel's horn, as Carface no longer qualifies.
    Carface: But I'm an angel!
    Red: Not anymore! You work for me now!
    • Implied with Belladonna from The Series''. She's Anabelle's (an angel) cousin and responds to Anabelle's pleads with Charlie to 'think of Heaven' with 'Heaven? Been there, done that', implying she was once an angel. Incidentally, most of her plans involve manipulating Charlie to become this trope.
  • Princess Luna of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was one of a pair of Physical Goddesses who ruled Equestria and were responsible for the rising and setting of the sun and moon one thousand years ago. When Luna perceived the fear and ingratitude with which her subjects looked upon the nights she worked so hard to create, her envy got the better of her and she refused her older sister's requests for her to lower the moon and end the night, having been twisted by dark magic into the vengeful "Nightmare Moon," forcing Princess Celestia to seal her away in the moon for the next thousand years. Mercifully (considering that eternal night would have meant the extinction of all life in Equestria), the actions of the main characters in the series premiere upon Nightmare Moon's return strip her of her dark powers and evil personality, and upon expressing her regret, Luna is promptly forgiven.
  • Invoked for metaphorical purposes in Gargoyles. In medieval Scotland, Goliath's love went by the pet name he gave her- Angel of the Night, or just Angel for short. Fast forward a thousand years, and "Angel" has become the Big Bad, now calling herself Demona. Later, Goliath and Demona's daughter is introduced, and the fact that she's named Angela only reinforces the symbolism.


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Rodin was once a high-ranking member of the Laguna and a forgemaster, holding the title of "The Infinite One". Now he is a demon armorer, providing Bayonetta all of her angel-slaying weapons.

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