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"Angel's Friends! Together forever!"

Angel's Friends (2009-2012) is an animated series loosely based on a comic by Simona Ferri. It is about a trio of teen angel girls who are sent to Earth to help some Earth teens, but a trio of devils are sent to interfere. The series lasted for two seasons and a made-for-television movie entitled Angel's Friends: Between Dream and Reality.

Outside of Italy, the series can be seen in NBC and syndication in the USA, often on digital subchannels trying to meet E/I requirements. The English dub in both seasons can also be watched on YouTube.


Provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Raf and her friends, despite rarely getting into fist-to-fist combat, they use the powers from their wings to fight against enemies and/or protect themselves and others from danger.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The characters' design in the cartoon is much more attractive than the original comic. This provides most of the show's Fanservice.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In a truly odd example, the romance between Raf and Sulfus is original and canon to the animated series. In the comics, Sulfus does have a crush on Raf, but she loves instead an Earthly One named Raoul who was Adapted Out in the animation.
  • Adapted Out: Raoul, Ang-Li, Mephisto, Putzo and other characters from the comics don't appear in the animated series.
  • Adult Fear: When Cabiria and Urie get injured by creatures of limbo, Temptel is visibly frightened for them.
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  • Age Lift: In the cartoon, Raf is 15 stars (years) old (which is the equivalent of being a teenager). In the comics, they were younger and their ages varied with Raf being 12, Uri (or Urié) being 11, and Miki being 9. The devils were 13 (Sulfus), 11 (Cabiria), and 10 (Kabale and Gas).
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In the movie, it reveals that Kabale is this towards Sulfus. Among the humans, Edward is this to Jennifer.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Well, Raf does this anyway to Sulfus, despite the fact that she's an angel, and he's a devil.
  • All Just a Dream: Raf and Sulfus both have a dream where they get married.
  • Almost Kiss: Sulfus tries to kiss Raf in the Caves of Obscurity but Raf stops him and reminds him of their rivalry.
  • Animesque: Despite being a cartoon, most of the characters have Anime Hair and eyes.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Raf to Sulfus in episode 26. They later kiss.
  • Butterfly of Transformation: Done literally with Sweet's butterfly familiar, Butterfly which she uses to transform into a human and back.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Both and the angels and devils like doing this.
  • Canon Foreigner: Sweet, Misha, Reina and many other characters from the animated series are original to it and don't appear in the comic books.
  • Catchphrase: "Angel's friends! Together forever!"
    • During transformation sequences the angels say: "To guard and protect!"
    • And the devils: "To curse and confuse!"
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Once Reina is freed from limbo, things aren't quite so happy-go-lucky anymore.note 
  • Chekhov's Gun: The tears on Raf's hankerchief and the memory of sacriledge on Sulfus' glove are used to create a spider that when bitten by it can counteract the VETO, making Raf and Sulfus able to touch without hurting themselves.
  • The Chosen One: Raf.
  • Council of Angels: The High Spheres. The devils get the Low Spheres.
  • Cut Short: The series ends with Blue freeing Reina from Limbo. This angered most of the show's fans.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Sweet has a Butterfly familiar named Butterfly. Also, "Reina" means "Queen" in Spanish.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In one episode, Jennifer comes down with a fever. Her temperature is animated on a thermometer in Celsius but is spoken in Fahrenheit due to it being translated from Italian to American English.
  • Electric Torture: In the series finale, Kubral and Cassidy does this to Raf and Sulfus in the Final Battle in an attempt to kill them. Only stopped by Arkhan and Temptel.
  • Evil Overlord: Cassidy and Kubral, the true villains of the show, are the leaders of their own armies. They kickstarted the entire events of the show by instigating the Eternal War, which is stopped by VETO.
  • Expy: Raf share many similarities with Bloom, the main protagonist from the Winx Club. For starters:
    • Both girls are winged humanoids. With Raf being an angel and Bloom being a fairy.

    • They're also the Rookie Red Ranger in their respective groups.

    • Their main color is blue.

    • With Raf's new powerup near the end of season 1, both girls have the ability to control fire.

    • And to top it all off, both girls were at one point voiced by Liza Jaqueline. Voicing Bloom in the original 4kids dub and voicing Raf throughout the entire series.

  • Extranormal Institute: The Golden School, where angels and devils learn how to protect and tempt.
  • Facial Markings: Sulfus has his iconic red star over his eye.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: While the angels do succeed in getting some of the kids to do the right thing, the show's creators have said that they will never get to finish their task. Maybe next season?
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: The two main protagonists.
  • For the Evulz: The devils, a lot of the time.
  • Gratuitous English: Plenty, usually it's a case of Calling Your Attacks. Some examples include "Speed Fly", "Meteo Fly", "Body Fly", and plenty others. Another example is the Angel's Friends catchphrase: "Angel's Friends! Together forever!"
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Reina, due to her status as the Big Bad.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Cassidy and Kubral, the two warlords that started the war between Angels and Devils, and the ones who are indirectly responsible for Reina turning evil, Angelie's disappearance, and the events that Raf and Sulfus have faced.
  • Healing Hands: Sulfus gets these later in the series. He uses this power to heal his comrades.
  • In the Hood: Maliki, who hides himself from people by wearing this.
  • Invisible to Normals: Angels and devils can't be seen, heard or touched by humans until they take on human form. Though Raf isn't sure if this applies to dogs too...
  • Ironic Echo: In episode 2, the main duo see Andrew's friend Jacob getting picked on by three bullies:
    Raf: What do you mean; three against one?! That's not fair!
    Sulfus: Let me think about could slap a fine on them!
    • Then later when Urie and Sweet show up to help Raf in a challenge:
    Sulfus: Three against one? It's not fair!
    Raf: Slap a fine on me!
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Maliki. Throughout the series, he is an everyman, operates a steamroller, drives a bus, flies an airplane, serves as a librarian, as a hot-dog seller and as a DJ. Not to mention that he was an alchemist able to make love potions. Really, there is no task this guy cannot perform.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sulfus is arrogant and bitter cold, but he has a softer side.
  • Locked in a Room: Raf and Sulfus get trapped in the Caves of Obscurity.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Both Helen and Julia (Raf's newly assigned Earthly Ones) are upset because people only hang out with them because of their wealth.
  • Love Potion: When Reina was an angel she tried to make her human, Malachia fall in love with her using his own love potion on himself. It doesn't work...
  • Magical Camera: Urie's got one of these. Turns out to be very handy when Raf's friends need to prove her innocence by going through Raf's memories.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Raf and Sulfus' relationship. Actually done literally in episode 26 when they both hit each other and then make up with a kiss.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers:
    • Poor Raf and Sulfus, they aren't even allowed to touch each other.
    • The angel Tyco and devil Sai (Raf and Sulfus' predecessors) from the ancient past. Their first kiss brought about the end of a civilization. Oops.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Blue, a Neutral from Limbo, tries to seduce Sulfus.
  • Start of Darkness: The animated series' Big Bad Reina was once a guardian angel like any other, until she fell in love with the man she was meant to watch over. Just like what Cassidy and Kubral wanted.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Sulfus and Kabale have these and are notorious trickster devils.


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