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The Angel (天使, Tenshi?) is a recurring motif in the series. They often appear as a small child in a white gown with blond hair and a halo above the head, or a cherub, a chubby male child, usually nude and with a pair of wings.

They share a distinct similarity: they appear whenever someone uses the spells Raise and Arise. Angels are often associated with life and granting protection against death, but in some rare cases they can inflict harm on the player's characters if used by enemies to attack the party.

White feathers are associated with divinity, purity and magic in some games in the series. In Final Fantasy VIII, white feathers represent Rinoa Heartilly, whose motif is angel wings. In Final Fantasy XIII-2, white feathers represent goddess Etro.

Appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Edit

I

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The angel in the Game Boy Advance version appears as a blond male child dressed in a white gown with a pair of large white wings on his back.

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Final Fantasy II Edit

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FFII GBA Angel
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The angel in the Game Boy Advance version is depicted as a blond male child dressed in a white gown with a pair of wings on his back. Unlike the other angels in the series, his hair covers most of his face.

Sanctuaries are scattered across the world within towns, and praying at the altar will revive all KO'd party members in the party with 1 HP at no cost. Two angels will descend upon the fallen party member(s) and revive them before the angels take their leave. They resemble the angel from the Life spell effect.

Final Fantasy III Edit

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FFIII NES Angel

The angel is depicted as a blond male child with a pair of wings on his back and a halo above his head.

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Final Fantasy IV Edit

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The angel in this game is depicted as a blond male child with a pair of wings and a halo above his head. They appear with the Raise and Arise spell, descending from the heavens and bringing back the fallen ally before leaving the battlefield after accomplishing his task.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude- Edit

FFIV-I- The angel's depiction from the previous game is the same.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Edit

FFIVTAY The angel's depiction from the previous game remain the same.

Final Fantasy V Edit

V

FFV Angel

The angel is similar to Final Fantasy IV. still depicted as a blond boy with a pair of wings and a halo above his head. They appear with the Raise and Arise spell.

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Final Fantasy VI Edit

VI

FFVI Angel 1

The angel is similar to the previous Nintendo and Super Nintendo era angels, a blond male child with a pair of wings on his back and a halo above his head. The Raise and Arise spells call forth a single angel, bringing the target back to life. Heartless Angel brings down multiple angels, one for each target, dropping the character's HP down to a single digit.

FFVI Angel 2

The Reraise spell calls forth pairs of angels to encircle party members, and bestows protection against death.

FF6 - Cloudy Heaven Angel

Cloudy Heaven calls forth pairs of recolored angels who bestow a curse upon the entire party, turning them into Zombies that last for the rest of the battle after the countdown reaches 0.

Final Fantasy VII Edit

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The angel appears as a blond male child with a halo above the head, dressed in a white gown with a pair of white wings on his back. He appears in the Life, Angel Whisper, and Heartless Angel abilities.

At the Nibel Reactor Jenova's container is covered by what has been referred to as the "Jenova Cover" or "Jenova Doll". The effigy is a presumably man-made metal construct that resembles the torso of an angel that obscures Jenova while the wings cover the side of the container.

Final Fantasy VIII Edit

VIII Rinoa Heartilly is associated with angels and angel wings. She has a pair of white wings on the back of her duster, her ultimate weapon is made of white wings and white feathers represent her during the opening and ending cinematics. In juxtaposition, dark feathers are associated with evil sorceresses.

Ultimecia will use "Absorbed into time..." on a character that is KO'd if the player left said character KO'd for too long. An angel will descend on the fallen character and remove them from battle.

Final Fantasy X Edit

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The angel is depicted as an androgynous young child with glowing rainbow-colored wings with a velificatio floating around the angel that loops above its head.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Edit

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Lightning before Etro's throne.

White feathers symbolize the presence of goddess Etro, who is herself not met in person. When Lightning is blessed by Etro, white feathers swirl around her, and she gains a half-skirt made of white feathers. In juxtaposition, Caius Ballad has dark feathers in his design, being Etro and Lightning's adversary, and a Guardian who has fallen from Etro's grace.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Edit

LR White feathers continue to represent divinity, as the Angel of Valhalla is a white chocobo whose true form is linked to Valhalla. It is said to herald the end of the world.

Final Fantasy XV Edit

XV The Oracle in the prophecy painting is an angelic figure who has one wing. She also appears on the game's logo. The Oracle being depicted with one wing may refer to her origin as a mortal who wields divine power as a gift from the gods, as beings sent by the Astrals are depicted with two wings in Cosmogony. When a young Noctis Lucis Caelum reads the Cosmogony, there is a page that depicts a king, an Oracle, and the gods' Messengers who have angel wings. The Messengers are called angels in the Japanese version. Among the Messengers are Gentiana, Umbra and Pryna. Bahamut is depicted with angel wings in the Kingsglaive emblem, but his true form rather has wings made of swords.

Ardyn Izunia at times wears a black wing accessory, likening him to an image of a fallen angel. The insignia of Lucis is a winged skull and the Lucian kings' royal arms each bear white wings, but usually only one. This could further reinforce the idea that mortals given divine power are associated with a single angel wing.

There is also an island called Angelgard.

Final Fantasy Tactics Edit

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FFT Angel

The angel in this game is depicted as a chubby male child, nude with a pair of wings. The spells Raise, Arise, and Reraise make a single angel descend from the heavens in a ball of light and materialize above the KO'd character. If the target unit doesn't have a high enough Faith stat (a character's belief in God), there's a chance the unit will not hear the angel's voice and will not be revived.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Edit

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FFMQ Angel

The angel in this game appears as a small child wearing a white gown with blond hair, a halo above the head, and a pair of wings. The only spell it appears in is the Life spell.

Final Fantasy Legend II Edit

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FFLII Angel

The angel appears as a small child wearing a white gown with a halo above the head. Appears above the enemy with his hands fold, flapping his wings while ascending. The angel appears when attacking an undead enemy with the Prayer during battle.

Bravely Default Edit

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An angel appeared to Lord DeRosso and Sage Yulyana, during their warring clash atop the Norende Heights 1,800 years before the present. The angel was actually a young woman, heavily wounded, beyond saving, and frequently slipping in and out of consciousness. She warned the two of many events to occur in the future, the most important being the arrival of an evil one who would deceive its allies into awakening the crystals.

Shortly before her passing, the angel also revealed to Lord DeRosso the way to defeat the true bringer of ruin, a role that he swore to keep secret until the time came. Although never revealed, it is strongly inferred that the angel was Agnès from an alternate Luxendarc, as Lord DeRosso and the Sage have remarked that the angel bore the wind vestal's face.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions Edit

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FFD Angel Sprite

The angel is depicted as a blond male child with a pair of wings and a halo above his head. He appears when a character uses a Phoenix Down item, Raise, and Arise spell. Descending from the heavens and bringing back the fallen ally before he leaves the battlefield.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances Edit

Chrono Trigger Edit

Chrono Trigger Angel

An angel appears in the following spells; Raise, Arise, Lifeline, and Green Dream through the Reraise status. Raise and the Athenian Water item has a single angel swirling around the KO'd character while Arise has three instead of one. The angel is the same sprite as the one from Final Fantasy VI.

Etymology Edit

An angel is a non-physical entity or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions. In art, angels are often depicted with bird-like wings on their back, a halo, robes and various forms of glowing light.