|“||For eons I have followed my Father's orders. Always doing what He says without question because I believed that His actions had meaning as they always have. Throughout the centuries that have passed I was so focused on being the one good son He would be proud of that I have forgotten to think for myself. And the fear of this made me believe that I will end up like my brother. But now...now I understand. It is time for me to be who I am, rather than who I am supposed to be.||„|
Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. He is viewed as the field commander of the Heavenly Host and the strongest archangel in all of Heaven and creation.
Michael is one of the first archangels in existence, and being one of the oldest angels, he is also the most powerful of them all only rivaled by Lucifer, Satan and Metatron. Michael's authority over the angels is strong and firm, with many angels holding him in high regard and great respect.
Michael's status in the army of Heaven is seen as a Viceroy or an Archistrage as well, but he's mostly seen as the commander of Heaven's army. He is also a saint and thus carries the title "St. Michael The Archangel."
Some angels fear Michael due to his status and authority, however, when he detects this he states that it is not he that they should fear, but God, being clear that he is not exactly fond of being looked at with fear. He is not one to tolerate insubordination, and is vocal with those who attempt to act in such a manner. He is quick to anger in the face of possible betrayal and can be quite aggressive in combat. Uriel explains that this is due to the fact that Lucifer, his own brother, betrayed their Father and their family, and this left Michael scarred and possibly paranoid.
Michael's relationship with humans is rather complicated at best. While he does not hate them like Lucifer does, he does view them as inferior and will not hesitate to be cruel towards them in the face of disrespect. Unlike his brother Gabriel, Michael will only defend the humans and the Earth itself if God commands him to do so. He is impeccably loyal to his father, and takes his duties with utmost seriousness, expecting the same from the angels and his brothers. His loyalty is so great, that he is willing to sacrifice himself in order to defeat his brother Lucifer or Satan, believing it to be his destiny, that was written down by God, to lay down his life for the sake of creation
Powers and Abilities
As one of the first archangels created, Michael is a supremely powerful celestial being, and the only angel that is able to best Lucifer and cast him into Hell. He is even strong enough to match and nearly overpower Satan in a fight, imprison the Grigori within the deepest chasms of the Earth, bring down the Hindu goddess Kali when she was on a rampage across creation, and even managing to harm the Great Evil Beast alongside Lucifer. During the Apocalypse, Dantalion proclaimed that the archangel's might was so vast, many believe that no one in Heaven or Hell, aside from Lucifer, has come close to matching him. Michael himself states that the reason no one has taken the occupation of Viceroy of Heaven is because no angel had been born to match him in power. However, Satan was able to best him during the climax of the Apocalypse but this was mostly due to the fact that he absorbed Lucifer's restored angelic grace along with the enhancement given by the Forbidden Fruit.
While he has been beaten on rare occasions, he was still powerful enough to defeat and imprison many of the Great Old Ones, with many of the Outer Gods rivaling or surpassing him in power. Michael has also managed to put up a good fight against Nyarlathotep for an extended period of time before Lucifer joined the battle. Lucifer himself stated, albeit in a tone of bitterness and respect, that Michael was the only angel in all of Heaven that was strong enough to defeat him and that should they ever decide to battle on Earth like they did in Heaven, their fight alone would reduce the planet to cinders. Lucifer also admitted that the fight against the other archangels that attempted to stop him, after taking him to the planet Jupiter to avoid collateral damage, is minuscule compared to his fight against Michael.
He leads God's armies against Lucifer's forces during his uprising. In the Book of Daniel, Michael appears as "one of the chief princes" who in Daniel's vision comes to Gabriel's aid in his contest with the prince of Persia.
Myth and Legends
Michael is also described there as the advocate of the Children of Israel and as a "great prince who stands up for the children of your people". In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God", "Who is like God?" However, it does not mean that one should confuse him with being like God, instead it implies that no one is like God. In this way, Michael is reinterpreted as a symbol of humility before God. In Islam, Michael serves as one who delivered bounty and sustenance to all living things as commanded by God.
In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with Saint George, became the patron saint of chivalry, and of the first chivalric order of France, the Order of Saint Michael of 1469. In the British honours system, a chivalric order founded in 1818 is also named for these two saints, the Order of St Michael and St George. St Michael is also considered in many Christian circles as the patron saint of the warrior. Police officers and soldiers, particularly paratroopers and fighter pilots, regard him as their patron. He is also a patron of Germany and of the City of Brussels.
Roman Catholics refer to him as Saint Michael the Archangel and also simply as Saint Michael. Orthodox Christians refer to him as the Taxiarch Archangel Michael or simply Archangel Michael. The New Thought Movement refers to Michael as Christ Michael.
|“||At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.||„|
|~ Daniel, Chapter 12.|
|“||... Oh God... Please forgive your pathetic servant, Michael... Forgive me for being so weak... Forgive me for failing to fulfill your will... For failing to summon you here to Earth... For failing to bring your divine compassion to all those that seek it...||„|
- He is also said to be the guardian of power and the guardian of justice.
- Even with his signature attack referencing swords, Michael has rarely been seen using a sword.