The Angels (天使 Tenshi) are life-forms of extremely high status within the hierarchy of the multiverse. Their role is to guide and teach Gods of Destruction to master their destructive capabilities as well as also serving them as their personal attendants. In the case of the Grand Minister, however, his duties are to serve and to advise Zeno. As deities, they possess godly ki. Whis has mentioned the Angel Realm and his home planet.
There are two known types of Angels: Guide Angels (ガイド天使 Gaido Tenshi) and Trainee Angels.
In the manga and anime it was revealed that the Grand Minister is the father of all other known Angels, with Kusu being the oldest child.
Angels are almost completely unable to die, with the only way they can be removed from existence being if they violate the Angel laws, which will automatically cause them to disappear. However, if directly commanded by the respective Angel's God of Destruction, they can bypass the only Angel law. This is seen when Whis rewinds time for the Z fighters to kill Frieza after he resurrected and attained the Golden form under Beerus' command, as well as when Whis resurrected Frieza under Beerus' command. There are many other instances of these.
Angels have been seen to have abilities not generally seen among mortals or even gods, such as Ultra Instinct, Warp and Temporal Do-Over. It is additionally mentioned by Beerus to Vegeta that Angels such as Whis are constantly using the Ultra Instinct technique, and as such are comfortable using it without bodily strain (similar to Goku's principle for Super Saiyan Full Power).
Angels appear as humanoid creatures with pale blue skin, white hair, violet eyes, and various heights. When at full power an Angel possesses a blue halo around their necks, with the exception of the Grand Minister, whose halo floats vertically behind his head, when not at full power no halo is present. Their clothing bares similarities to Zeno, while the patterns on their clothes resemble the Gods of Destruction they serve.
Their white hair, occasionally puffed sleeves and pastel skin gives them a striking resemblance to the Supreme Kais as well, giving Angels a strong visual link to all factions of the godly establishment.
Much like Zeno and Future Zeno, whom they serve, the Angels are generally remorseless and indifferent, not caring at all about the lives of others. According to their laws, Angels must remain neutral, siding with neither good nor evil, and cannot ask for the assistance in saving their universe if it's ever in danger. That includes not only mortals, but also the gods themselves. Beyond this rule, however, the Angels are not restricted in what they can or cannot do. Furthermore, as amoral as they may be, Angels can lend their assistance to others, such as Whis rewinding time for Goku for a second chance to finish off Frieza; another is when Whis tells Future Trunks and Future Mai that he is going to go and alter the future timeline by warning Future Beerus of Goku Black and Zamasu's Project Zero Mortals. They also follow the commands of their lords, the lords being the Gods of Destruction, Supreme Kais, but also the Omni-Kings and the Grand Priest.
This indifferent behavior is exemplified several times, as the Grand Minister announces universal destruction with a smile, Vados prompting Champa and Beerus to fight on their birthday, Mohito chuckling after the destruction of his Universe and his fellow gods (although this may have been due to the fact that his gods mortals were incompetent and was just glad to be free of them as opposed to actual indifference as he was seen to be genuinely upset at his universe's inability to gather warriors in a timely manner), and perhaps most notably of all, Whis' open and nonchalant mockery to the gods of his Universe, as, when his father declares that the Angels of the Universes are the only beings to be spared by the two Zenos, he simply states his position is different than theirs, and laughs at them, establishing that despite having spent hundreds of millions of years at the side of their Destroyers, Angels do not tend to involve themselves emotionally with anything or anyone, except perhaps, with each other. However, there are some exceptions to this: It has been shown that Universe 10’s Kusu has fun with her fellows Rumsshi and Gowasu, and that she was also shown deeply grief-stricken when her Universe was erased from existence following Team Universe 10's elimination from the Tournament of Power, calling her lord's name (Rumsshi) one last time in mourning. Camparri was worried about his God of Destruction and Supreme Kai and he seemed to be involucrate in his team as he was, at some point, shocked, by some eliminations of Universe 3. In the manga, he also lied to Zeno about what Mule said, to potentially spare his gods from being erased. Sour also looked solemn after his universe was erased and did show some respect for the efforts of some of his Universe's team members. Vados appeared to be genuinely sad after Universe 6 had lost even despite having earlier mocked them and bowed to Champa in respect afterwards. Whis also indulged himself into the performance of the Universe 7 Team, showcasing quite a few times his serious side, despite having laughed at Beerus for his fate, and showed genuine concern when Goku collapsed from the strain of using Ultra Instinct. This indicates that Angels are capable of caring for others but they are also fully capable of faking that they don't. In addition, the Grand Minister showed approval of Android 17's selfless wish to restore the Universes despite earlier having grinned at their destruction and praised Universe 7 not only for their battle power but also for their selflessness while all the Angels behind him, including those who had remained nonchalant and even maliciously smiled at the erasure of their Universes, smiled in genuine approval and happiness, further showing that they aren't as heartless as they show themselves to be. It's possible that said Angels had suspected that their Universes would eventually be restored and therefore merely put up a façade of coldly not caring.
Nevertheless, the Angels do seem to have limits as to how far they are willing to push the nerves of the deities whom they work alongside and serve, as Whis has been seen sweating nervously some times when Beerus looked at him seriously and noted that no one should annoy and/or anger a God of Destruction, Zeno, Future Zeno, or the Grand Minister, not even an Angel like him. Although Angels are never afraid to take action, especially when subduing their Gods of Destruction. Also, the Angels tend to be well-mannered and well-humored, respecting mortals and gods alike, and treating them as equals during a conversation. Despite serving the Gods of Destruction, they are also lorded over by the equally high-ranking Supreme Kais, and tend to refer to them by title as well, in addition to their names.
In the manga, whenever the Angels are in Zeno's presence (except the Grand Minister), they would give their respects to the deity by bowing their heads, putting their right fist to the ground and kneeling with their right knee.
While Angels are supposed to be neutral in the affairs of mortals, Merus demonstrates that they can develop a sense of justice and a desire to fight evil. However doing so violates Angel laws and the punishment for doing so is complete eradication. Eradication, however, never happened to Merus when he was fighting for the side of good (Galactic Patrol). This might have something to do with the fact that he never used his Angel powers against Moro and his goons. Though the punishment may seem harsh, given their power an Angel's power could potentially upset the natural balance and interfere with the growth of said Universe's mortal population. Despite his desire to fight Moro, Merus agreed to return from Universe 7 once his elder brother Whis intervened, leaving Moro's defeat up to Goku, Vegeta, and the Dragon Team. However, Whis permitted his brother to stay on Beerus' planet in the heavenly realm to observe the conflict with Moro Corps. Though Merus still interfere by saving the Z-Fighters from Moro. Merus went as far as to fight Moro by breaking his copy ability and punching him in the face before fading out of existence.
However after Moro's defeat, Merus' existence was restored by the Grand Minister due to a request from Shin, though he is brought back as a mortal with a definitive lifespan, though Merus is ultimately okay with stipulation and he returns to his position as a member of the Galactic Patrol.
In Dragon Ball Legends, a mysterious Mastermind kidnaps Shin forcing Beerus, Whis, and King Kai to create the Tournament of Time where various individuals from different eras, timelines, & even other Universes will complete on the Earth of Universe 7 in Age 780 after the Tournament of Power to determine the strongest. Like the Tournament of Power, the winner of the Tournament of Time will be granted a chance to make a wish using the Super Dragon Balls. Any fighters killed during the tournament will be returned to their proper era with their memories of the tournament erased. Beerus has King Kai telepathically explain the tournament to everyone. However as the Super Dragon Balls are still inert, the reward of a wish is actually a lie. Beerus and Whis also hide the Earth Dragon Balls for safekeeping and are undetectable even via the teenage Bulma's original Dragon Radar. Due to the delicious cuisine found in the Capitol of Earth, Beerus and Whis make the city the base of operations for Team Beerus, a group formed by Beerus and Whis to discreetly investigate the tournament as the present era Dragon Team's association with the gods of Universe 7 could alert the Mastermind who's identity Team Beerus ultimately seeks to uncover in order to rescue the captive Shin and put an end to the tournament. Additionally Beerus requests that Champa and Vados assist any surviving members Team Beerus should things take a turn for the worse, such as Beerus death due to his Life Link with the captive Shin. Whis and Beerus convince the amnesic Ancient Saiyan Shallot and his companion the pre-Dragon Ball Bulma (Youth) to join his team with Shallot and present era Jaco acting as tournament participants on their behalf after assisting Shallot in getting stronger by convincing the pre-Dragon Ball Z Vegeta & Nappa to mentor him, with Whis keeping tabs on their progress. Whis manages to determine Shallot is an Ancient Saiyan due to his ki being different from modern Saiyans like Goku. After present Goku helps Shallot defeat the mysterious Saiyan in Red who resembles Shallot, Whis and Beerus speculate amongst themselves wondering if the mysterious doppelganger is Shallot with his memories intact or a situation similar to Goku Black. Eventually the Saiyan in Red is revealed to be Shallot's twin brother Giblet, who is working with the Mastermind as he seeks to exterminate all modern Saiyans due to them being the descendants of the Evil Ancient Saiyans who wiped out their righteous Super Saiyan God subspecies who Whis reveals had historically been wiped out thus explaining why Giblet referred to Shallot as possessing the "blood of the defeated", with modern Saiyans such as Goku, Raditz, Vegeta, and Nappa being descended from the Evil Ancient Saiyans thus explaining why Giblet refers to Goku as possessing the "blood of the tainted". Using Dark Ki 2nd Stage, Giblet is able to beat Shallot's Super Saiyan 3 form, forcing Goku to defy Beerus and use Instant Transmission to save Shallot. Giblet notes Goku can't defeat him as he already knows about Super Saiyan 3 thanks to Shallot, but Goku reveals he has another transformation and decides to use Super Saiyan God. Whis observes them via his staff, as Giblet and Shallot react in shock at the sight of the red-haired form, with Giblet demanding to know how someone with the "blood of the tainted" could achieve it failing to recognize Goku possesses a righteous spirit due to Giblet's own biased attitude towards modern Saiyans. Though Shallot can't remember why, he has a strong desire to see and learn more about the form. Whis notes to Beerus that he's starting to understand the situation. After Giblet flees after realizing Goku truly has achieved Super Saiyan God, Whis arrives and swiftly knocks out Shallot to prevent him from chasing after Giblet in his condition and to bring both Goku and Shallot back to Beerus. However he also inquires why Goku let Giblet get away, however Goku reveals he did so out of respect to Shallot who is determined to stop his brother himself. Due to the destruction of the Capitol by Evil Buu, Beerus and Whis take everyone they can find to Planet Beerus as the Mastermind hasn't done anything to Shin, as Beerus is still alive despite Giblet now being aware of Team Beerus, thus Beerus no longer needs to hide his involvement, assigning Goku to investigate Earth while Shallot recovers on Planet Beerus. When Shallot comes to, he is determined to return to Earth as he is worried about their allies, so Beerus states he can go if he Beat's Beerus in a fight. Whis notes Beerus is being cruel as there is no way Shallot can beat him, though Beerus notes he needed to test Shallot's power. Shallot tries a second time in his Super Saiyan 3 form, but is bested once again. Beerus has Whis takeover sparring with Shallot, trusting his attendant can help Shallot improve. Shallot tries to defeat Whis, though unfortunately he is unable to hit him due to Autonomous Ultra Instinct. Whis notes that Shallot needs to use his head more, causing Shallot to conclude he must literally use his head and incorporate headbutts, with Bulma noting it is a good thing Shallot's skull is so thick. Whis notes that Shallot's hardheadedness is also a strength of his (suggesting he may have aptitude for achieving Autonomous Ultra Instinct). However Whis does not seem to be interested in Shallot as a potential God of Destruction candidate, due to him originating from a past era and simply trains him to prepare him for the battles ahead.
Eventually Whis tells Shallot he has a new mission and Beerus wakes up to reveal he had planned to send him back to Earth as soon as he recovered. They reveal that Team Beerus must find five righteous Saiyans. Whis notes he will explain why later and that Shallot should search for Saiyans he thinks are righteous. Unbeknownst to Shallot, Whis and Beerus have given Team Beerus this mission in order to perform the Super Saiyan God ritual. After finding six potential candidates (Bardock, Cabba, Caulifla, Kale, Teen Future Trunks, and Teen Gohan), Whis explains how to perform the ritual that will create the God of Saiyans, the legendary Super Saiyan God to be created and notes that in order to defeat the Mastermind, Shallot must attain divine power. Though ultimately Bardock arrives late and ends up joining Tora, Fasha, and the rest of Team Beerus' allies in holding off the Mastermind's group fighters, while Kale is knocked out, though fortunately present Goku had been waiting in reserve and takes Kale's place. Shallot achieves the form and defeats Super Buu (Gohan Absorbed) before deciding to face Giblet, after having recovered his memory of the promise they made to achieve the form in their era, due to them seeing themselves as its rightful successors due to them being descended from the Original Super Saiyan God. The two brothers prove to be evenly matched, though unfortunately they are both suddenly overcome by an intense pain which causes them to revert to base. To make matters worse, Giblet's ally Zamasu and eventually the phantom Mastermind. Fortunately Majin Vegeta, Goku, and Zahha rescue Shallot. The Mastermind reveals his intentions are to destroy Universe 7 before leaving taking Giblet with him. Back at the resistance's base, Whis and Beerus are talking to Goku, Jaco, and Bulma, when Shallot arrives. Beerus reveals he and Whis are aware of Shallot possesses the blood of the Saiyan God, revealing that Shallot and Giblet are members of the Super Saiyan God subspecies that was historically wiped out by the Evil Saiyans whom all modern Saiyans are descended (save for Cabba, Caulifla, and Kale as that part of Saiyan history only applies to Universe 7). Eventually it is decided that they must focus on tracking down Zamasu, as the Mastermind's ki can't be sensed and they gave no idea where Giblet is. Meanwhile, Beerus and Whis give Goku another more secret mission. With the Mastermind's plan revealed, Beerus and Whis know that they must stop the Mastermind, suspecting there is something special about the Ancient Saiyan twins.
The Angels possess unfathomable might, having power beyond the Gods of Destruction and creation skills similar to the Supreme Kais. They are always in the Perfected Ultra Instinct state, and as such have instinctual dodging capabilities. So far, they have shown an assortment of mystical abilities, such as Warping, Magic Materialization, Divination, Healing, Resurrection and space-time manipulation. However, they are unable to revive anyone killed by a Demon. Angels all possess the ability to use Ultra Instinct, and unlike others who need to transform to achieve it, Angels are always in an instinct state. Most Angels wield an Angel Attendant's Staff which they can use for a variety of purposes. The Grand Minister even has one in the manga.
Their strength seems to be the catalyst of training their respective Gods of Destruction, and also to prevent said gods from getting out of hand and going on a rampage. This is evident when Whis and Vados interfered between Beerus and Champa's battle as the ensuing fight would destroy Universes 6 and 7.
Despite their subservient nature to the Gods of Destruction and Supreme Kais, they hold a designation above that of the gods, as Zeno spared the Angels from being erased in the Tournament of Power.
Despite their power, they are bound by laws that prevent them from directly fighting threats such as Moro. However, they may indirectly assist by training mortals as shown by Merus training Goku and/or if their God of Destruction request they do such as Beerus permitting Whis to use Temporal Do-Over to help the Dragon Team defeat Frieza and to expose Zamasu's evil nature. A Guide Angel is allowed to fight as long as they do not utilize their full strength as Merus was allowed to fight as a member of the Galactic Patrol as long as he held back his true power and Whis briefly sparred with Super Saiyan Broly when the mighty Saiyan attempted to ambush him. Additionally, they may also destroy planets if their God of Destruction requests it as shown by Vados when she destroyed a planet on Champa's orders. They can also assist other deities such as the Guardian of Earth besides the Supreme Kais and Gods of Destruction. In Dragon Ball Legends, Whis knocks Shallot out to prevent him from following after his brother though he was on orders from Beerus to bring Shallot and Goku back with him, as they planned to relocate to Planet Beerus. Whis spars with Shallot at Beerus' request. Vados and Champa briefly spar with Shallot after rendering aid to Team Beerus following the confrontation with Zahha at the Ice Continent.
Due to their role in training the Gods of Destruction and potential candidates for the position, they share similar abilities such as God Meteor and Super Star Break as well as being powerful enough to destroy planets at the request of their respective God of Destruction as shown when Vados destroyed a planet on Champa's orders, even though said planet was located in Universe 7 which is technically outside of Champa's jurisdiction as the God of Destruction of Universe 6 and Vados' position as the Guide Angel of Universe 6.
Several other entities identified as "Angels" - who do not share any similarities with the Guide and Trainee Angels - appear throughout the series: the Gatchans, deceased people in Other World, Tenshi, the Angels of Hell and the "Angel from the Underworld" Janemba.
- Dragon Ball: Adventure Special notes that Spike the Devil Man hates Angels.
- It was noted by Whis that there used to be 18 universes, which means there should at least be 6 more Guide Angels in the series.
- Makkora has thus far only been seen in concept art for the Dragon Ball Super manga.
- On December 8, 2017, Toyotaro posted a concept art of two Guide Angels, but he stated they aren't official to the series.
- Neryl, a character in Dragon Ball Fusions is a former attendant to a God of Destruction. However she lacks the blue skin and Halo of the other Guide Angels.
- "Merus's True Identity"
- DBS Volume 13 character introductions
- Dragon Ball Super chapter 54, Son Gohan vs. Seven-Three
- Dragon Ball Super chapter 32, The Super Warriors Gather!, Part 2
- Dragon Ball Super chapter 55, "Merus's True Identity"
- Dragon Ball Super chapter 42, "Battle's End and Aftermath", page 4, Marcarita: And those killed by demons can't be revived by our power, of course.
- Dragon Ball Super chapter 68, Granolah the Survivor
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- Angels concept art. imgur.
- ラクガキ天使 いないですけど…こんな天使は. twitter (December 8, 2017).