There are so many different “types” of characters created for video games, that you can spend all your life figuring out races/classes/types/styles/genders/animals etc. I started thinking about it, and I realized that there are many angelic personalities throughout video game lore, so I decided to put together a quick top 5 list. Now, let me start by saying this is my list, so maybe you don’t agree with the order. Also, this is based on games that I have actually played, seen, or heard of. I would like to see what games I missed, so please mention them in the comments below! Thanks, and here we go…
First on the list are the angels from Bayonetta. I never knew this was a game, since I saw a couple episodes of the anime only. Now, I don’t recommend the anime because of the overtly sexual, demonic and ultra violent scenes. I didn’t even know it was that bad until I started watching it, which prompted me to stop watching it. Not because I “can’t” watch it but because I don’t want to fill my mind with so much vulgarity. Plus, it’s completely blasphemous to God and the word of God. Now, to speak on the angels, I do like the fact that they are strong and do fight, as do the angels of the bible. They do kick a lot of butt, yet Bayonetta seems to comically take them out. The Bible says that one angel was able to kill 10,000 enemies of the people of Israel, so I highly doubt she could take them out so easily in real life (2 Kings 19:35).
The opposite of the devil character that lives inside of Kazuya of the Tekken series, she means business. She will eradicate the devil gene at any cost, even joining the tournament to do so. She was first introduced in Tekken 2 to save Kazuya, believing there was still good in him (I don’t buy it, Kazuya is pure evil, keep playing Tekken!). I really like this angel character, since it depicts the holiness and strength of real angels. They aren’t cute looking creatures, but powerful and mighty in God’s army (Ezekiel 28:14).
#3 – Nina (Breath of Fire)
One of my favorite RPG series and game series is Breath of Fire (BoF). During my childhood, this was one of the first games I played on SNES and brought me into the world of RPG’s. Ryu and Nina are staples in every single game, part 1-5 (possibly in 6 as well, so far Nina is confirmed). Nina is the main heroine in every game, and she is always depicted as an angel. Usually a princess of a city in the game from the Wing Clan (or Fae Tribe), she joins the hero in bringing back peace and harmony to the world. She is part of a race of people with wings, though sometimes they are not considered angels, just people with wings who are usually tranquil and defending against any evil that sweeps the land.
#2 Colette (Tales of Symphonia)
Colette from Tales of Symphonia has a heart of gold and will sacrifice herself for her friends (and the world). “She is the seventh successful Chosen One, a being destined to regenerate the world by ascending the Tower of Salvation as an angel, thereby saving her world, Sylvarant (source), but she loses more of her physical senses as she gains new angelic powers. Not only is the angelic emphasized greatly in this game, but so is the church, priests and sacrificing a life for the sake of humanity. There’s a heavy reference to Christ sacrificing His life for our sins, thus giving us eternal life in Heaven and peace and hope while we are here on Earth.
#1 Pit (aka Kid Icarus)
The most famous angel in gaming has to be Pit (or as I know him as Kid Icarus). Yes, the original angel, famous for his first appearance in Kid Icarus for the NES. In the original game (not Smash Bros.) he has to save Angel Land by finding three treasures. We all know that NES wasn’t famous for complex stories, which sometimes is just better that way. Here we have a strong angelic character with a good look that is positive and heroic. Again, I enjoy the fact that he reflects some attributives of angels, but not too much. Especially the fact that it doesn’t mention any biblical reference. Again, this is a fictitious game, so I don’t expect it, but it would have been nice.
The following books below are two that I have personally read that have helped me understand the biblical meaning, role, ranks, and much more about angels. They are great, shorts reads and aren’t very “preachy”, just give you the gosh darn honest facts!