Do you think a world without God is wrong? Do you think a world without God would decay? I am sorry to say but that isn’t the case. Me and you as well are both healthily living like this. —The world moves even without a God.

Volume 4, Life 4, Azazel at the peace conference of the Three Factions

Azazel is the former Governor General of the Fallen Angels and Grigori. He also previously served as a Chemistry Teacher at Kuoh Academy and as the advisor of the Occult Research Club, prior to sealing himself in the Isolation Barrier Field.

Appearance

Azazel is a tall man appearing to be in his twenties with an average build, black hair, golden bangs and black goatee. He also possesses twelve jet-black feathered wings that grow out from his back. It is described by Vali to be a never ending black.

During the Summit, Azazel wore a V-neck maroon long-coat with a wide,open high-collar that opens up at the hem. The long-coat also featured two black belts around the waist and four black bands on each arm, two of the bands at the wrist and the other two near the elbow. He wore grey slacks and brown shoes.

After the events in Volume 4, he loses his left arm but replaces it with a prosthetic arm made from his Sacred Gear research.

When he served a a Chemistry teacher at Kuoh Academy, Azazel wore a knee-length dark blue blazer with a lighter blue dress shirt, a black waist coat, and a red tie. He wore faded-purple slacks and black dress shoes. Azazel's height is 188 cm (6 feet 2 inches) and body weight is [82 kg].

Personality

It is hard to determine Azazel's personality as he is laid-back yet serious, while also wise and insane at the same time. His character seems to reflect upon the situation at hand. Azazel loves to collect things, (shown when, after Issei introduced him to video games, he collected every console) and a research fanatic, especially on Sacred Gears. He is also shown to be pacifistic, preferring to talk his way out of troubles rather than resorting to violence. He has been shown to care deeply for his fellow Fallen Angels, Shemhazai and Baraqiel.

Azazel has also been shown to be extremely charismatic, being able to endear his Fallen Angel followers. Azazel has complicated feelings about the fact that many of his friends and acquaintances are all married and have a family. Azazel is also perverted because of his fondness for breasts, and also due to the fact that he has stated to have had hundreds of harems over the millennia. Not to mention that his stated reason for becoming a Fallen Angel all those millennia ago was lust. Even before he became a Fallen Angel, he was already a pervert as he would fantasize about touching/seeing Gabriel's breasts, the most beautiful woman in Heaven as evident when he encouraged Issei to use Dress Break on her.

Azazel is also very compassionate as he would do whatever he can to help people in need. The most prominent example is when he adopted Vali and cared for him as his own son, after learning of the immense abuse and cruelty Vali suffered by his father and grandfather.  

However, there seems to be a hidden former side to Azazel as Shiva told him that he is the most sinister of the Fallen Angels, despite wanting to spread peace.

History

Originally an Angel from Fifth Heaven, during his time there, Azazel had once written a report on his Artificial Sacred Gear, the Blazer Shining or Darkness Blade, which was published by Michael during the war much to his embarrassment.

Azazel later lost his place in the Heaven after having sex with a human woman and became a Fallen Angel as punishment from God. Shortly after that, he created the Fallen Angels' organization, Grigori, and became its Governor General. During the Great War between the Three Factions, the Fallen Angels were the first to retreat due to Azazel's order after he had lost many of his subordinates. After retreating from the Great War, Azazel started to research Sacred Gears, creating Artificial Sacred Gears and other objects related to them.

He also made a contract with one of the Five Great Dragon Kings, Fafnir, during his research and created his own Artificial Sacred Gear: the Down Fall Dragon Spear.

At some point, before the series begins, Azazel found a young Vali Lucifer who had been abandoned by his parents, took him to Grigori and taught him how to properly use his powers along with his Sacred Gear while raising him.

Powers & Abilities

Holy Power: As a Fallen Angel, Azazel has the ability to use Holy Power to create various effects.

Azazel firing multiple light spears

  • Immense Light-Based Weapons: Azazel is very skilled and powerful in using his light-based powers. Unlike most other Fallen Angels, who can only create one light spear at a time, Azazel has mastery over his power of light as he powerful enough to generate countless light spears and shoot them like arrows without showing any signs of exhaustion. Azazel can create countless spears of lights in the sky, making them rain down on his opponents and he can also create a gigantic spear of light that can change its form into many arrows of light.

Immense Strength: Azazel possesses a great amount of strength, putting him on par with a Satan-Class Devil and his former fellow angel Michael, as well as his fellow Grigori leaders: Shemhazai, Baraqiel, and Kokabiel, exemplified in the second season when he fought against Katerea Leviathan, an Ultimate-Class Devil, and the Ultimate-Class Grim Reaper Pluto in Volume 11. In Volume 16, Azazel also displays immense physical strength as he has destroyed a wall with his fist.

Immense Durability: Azazel showed no reaction at all when he had to cut off his left arm after it was entangled by Katarea Leviathan's self-destruct spell, thus demonstrating a high pain tolerance. He was even able to make a surprise attack from Vali Lucifer and emerge relatively unharmed during the latter's betrayal during the interrupted conference. He also remains unharmed after being struck by Cao Cao's True Longinus' light with slight burns.

Immense Speed: Azazel is capable of moving at God-like speed. It is shown he was able to appear behind his opponents without them noticing.

Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Azazel is an extremely skilled fighter and, as the former leader of the Grigori, he has centuries worth of combat experience since the time of the Great War. He is more than capable of fighting off the Old Satan Faction leader; Katerea Leviathan, who was an Ultimate Class Devil whose power was enhanced by Ophis' Snake with minimal effort. When combined with his Down Fall Dragon Another Armor, Azazel skills allow him to fight on par with the legendary Ultimate-class Grim Reaper; Pluto.

Down Fall Dragon Azazel fighting Cao Cao

Master Spearman: Azazel has shown great expertise in the use of spears of light. He usually wields spears, rather than swords or bows. With the artificial Sacred Gear Down Fall Dragon Spear, Azazel could fight on an equal level with Cao Cao, a master warrior wielding the True Longinus, which is the most powerful of Longinus-class Sacred Gears.

Azazel's Fallen Angel Magic Circle

Master Magician: Azazel has considerable knowledge and is a master of using various magics and spells. He can various magics such as summoning magic, transport magic, defense magic, fallen angel magic, and Dragon Gate magic circles with ease. Azazel can also force students of Kuoh Academy to sleep while casting barriers over the girls.

  • Defensive Magic: Azazel showed the ability to create barriers, being able to create the strongest protective barrier around Kuoh Academy alongside Sirzechs and Michael preventing the school from being attacked by the Khaos Brigade. He can use defensive magic circles to protect himself, defending himself against Katerea Leviathan or defending the Occult Research Club members from the Anti-Monsters light attacks. 
  • Sealing Magic: Azazel is also skilled in sealing magic, first using it in an attempt to keep Trihexa from awakening, however, it proved ineffective.
  • Teleportation Magic: Azazel showed the ability to teleport himself and others.
  • Summoning Magic: Azazel is skilled with summoning magic as he manages to make a pact with the legendary Gigantis Dragon: Fafnir and summon him by using a Dragon Gate. He later tutored Asia Argento in the use of summoning magic.
  • Hypnosis Magic: Azazel is mentioned to have taught Sirzechs how to do the Hypnotism spell on Grayfia so that she couldn't come along to fight Trihexa.

Memory Alteration: He also has the ability to manipulate the memories of people, such as when he erased all knowledge of his creation of three hundred duplicates of Issei using the students of Kuoh Academy in Volume 8, through a device created by the Grigori.

Keen Intellect: He is known as a man with impressive intelligence, memory, and knowledge of all of time, as he knows most all of the mythical objects all over the world, and the other various mythologies' secrets and histories.

  • Master Tactician: Azazel is noted as being an expert battle tactician, as he knows and studies his opponents' abilities and weaknesses before fighting them, as seen when he acts as the battle tactician of the Norse, Greek, and Hindu factions when the Old Satan Faction attacks the Underworld, who'd been set up by Diodora and the last two descendants of the original Satans, Shalba Beelzebub, and Creuserey Asmodeus. After the formation of the D×D, aside from being the adviser of special technology, he acts as the strategist and the tactician commander of the team.
  • Master Inventor: He is known by all characters in the series as a man that likes to investigate, study, and invent mythical things, particularly Sacred Gears, as he created the Down Fall Dragon Spear and a number of other artificial sacred gears on his own.
  • Skillful Adviser: Azazel is a very wise man that is intelligent enough to teach and train others. He occasionally teaches the members of the Occult Research Club, and others, how they can use their powers and handle their enemies properly.

Stealth Expert: Azazel is very skilled in hiding his presence, something even Rias and Yuuto was unable to detect.

Flight: Being a Fallen Angel, Azazel can fly using his wings.

Equipment

Inventions

Having founded the Grigori organization; that has done various research on Sacred Gears, Azazel has developed a number of inventions. The notable ones are below:

  • Down Fall Dragon Spear: An Artificial Sacred Gear that has one of the Five Dragon Kings, Fafnir, sealed inside of it after he made a pact with him. It has the appearance of a golden short spear which has a purple ball at its end.

    Azazel activating his Burst-state Balance Breaker

    • Down Fall Dragon Another Armor: Balance Breaker of Down Fall Dragon Spear, which equips Azazel with a Golden Dragon Armor, which he made based on Vali's Scale Mail. It increases Azazel's offensive and defensive capabilities and allows Azazel to summon a two-pronged Spear of Light. However, the armor isn't as powerful as genuine Scale Mail armor as Cao Cao noted that Azazel can't reflect Fafnir's power with it.
  • Blazer Shining or Darkness Blade: An Artificial Sacred Gear that takes the form of a sword with a mixture of light and darkness with high destructive powers.
    • Blazer Shining or Darkness Samurai Sword: An Artificial Sacred Gear that takes the form of a katana sword. Like the original, it possesses the same destructive powers as well as the ability to cut down spirits without physical forms. It was later given to Tomoe Meguri.
    • Blazer Shining or Darkness Blade - Kitchen Knife Type: An Artificial Sacred Gear that takes the form of an ordinary kitchen knife that releases a slight golden aura. It can basically cut almost anything including evil spirits. It is later confiscated by Grigori.
  • Mechanical Arm: An all-purpose prosthetic arm that can be loaded with light power-style laser beams and tiny missiles. It can also fly on its own.
  • Sacred Gear Scanner: A scanner that can tell the type, abilities, and weakness of a Sacred Gear. One was given to Gasper prior to the Hero Faction's small-scale assaults.
  • Mini Robot: A mini-robot that was created to help Gasper in his training to control his Sacred Gear.
  • Gender-Swap Raygun: A raygun that changes the gender of a person. It is later sealed due to its inappropriate capability.
  • Sports Car: A special sports car made by Azazel. It has many weapons installed in it such as the Satellite Downfall Cannon System, and Dragon Destroy Missile. According to Azazel, due to him using the car to do various actions, even he himself doesn't know the full potential of the car.
  • Doppelgänger Machine: A machine that was able to create 300 Issei doppelgängers, which had their sexual desires enhanced due to a failed experiment.
  • Maouga: A humanoid-type Devil-helping super robot that was created using the Fallen Angels' technology and is powered by the hatred of humans. It can use its arms as rockets.
  • Definite Body Change Driver: A handgun that fires a "Body Change Beam" that can swap the souls of the humans who are closest to each other.[1]
  • UFO: A flying spaceship made from the latest technology of the Fallen Angels. It had a special barrier to make it invisible to humans and could fire a beam of various effects: Issei lost his perverseness and Gasper was burnt. It was destroyed by Xenovia and Irina when they went to go capture it for the sake of returning Issei back to normal.
  • Azazel Quest: Azazel Quest is an RPG game created by Azazel as a joint project with Ajuka, Sirzechs, and the technicians of the Devil's side. The game uses the Devil's technology the Game Field, to provide an adventure-type experience.
  • Bracelets: Golden bracelets engraved with magical characters. An invention that assisted the fallen angelisation of Akeno.
  • Rocket Bicycle: A custom demonic-energy-assisted bicycle Azazel made at Xenovia's request to help Asia learn how to ride a bicycle. The left handle has a device with a digital display and buttons where one of them activates rockets installed on its wheels, giving it flight at a tremendous speed that Xenovia who rode it, flew all the way to Heaven. It was sealed precisely because it could be used to easily infiltrate Heaven.

Quotes

Light Novel

  • (To Katerea) "The more I hear the more I feel like vomiting at your goals. Valhalla!? The Earth Gods!? So you intend to snatch everything through Odin from the side. Rather than that, the person who steals my pleasure can go and disappear." (Volume 4, Life 5)
  • (To Katerea) "I'll give you an arm at least." (Volume 4, Life 5)
  • (To Issei) “That’s why you still have some way to go. A woman’s breasts are infinite. Handled correctly, they are packed full of infinite possibilities more than the Ouroboros Ophis, you know? Because I was fascinated with them, I plunged into the breasts of women and fell. I don’t regret it.” (Volume 5, Life 2)
  • ".....A Hero of the Devils and the descendants of Heroes. So which is the real Hero then?" (Volume 10, Extra Life)

Anime

  • (To Issei) "Life's problems tend to sort themselves out, I don't find any point in worrying about every little thing that lies ahead." (Season 2 New, Episode 2)
  • "The White One desires power while the Red One desires women, both desires are surprisingly simple and pure." (Season 2 New, Episode 12)

Trivia

  • Azazel is the third-tallest male character in the series, behind Sairaorg and Mil-tan.
  • According to Azazel, the reason as to why he became a Fallen Angel is because of his interest in women's breasts.
  • Azazel is a fan of Minotaur meat, comparing it to Matsusaka beef.[2]
  • According to the VIP of all the factions, Azazel's greatest achievement is instructing the Sekiryuutei, who shows irregular growth, and the Hakuryuukou, who is said to be the strongest in history.
  • Azazel once made a wish to Ophis for some of the Angels to fall and especially wanted Gabriel to fall. He was, however, struck down with lightning as a result.[3]
  • Azazel had/has a case of chuunibyou back when he was still an angel. This led to him giving bizarre long names to his inventions such as Blazer Shining or Darkness Blade.[4]
  • Azazel was once teleported to a very remote place as a defense mechanism when he tried to enter the Seventh Heaven to look at the Sacred Gear system.[5]
  • The Azazel Cup, the official name of the Rating Game World Tournament is named in Azazel's honor. The main stadium called "Azazel Stadium" is also named in his honor and displays a large bronze statue of him at the entrance.
  • Azazel created a bar named "Black Dog" which is located on the second floor of a building, two stops away from Kuoh Town. It is located near the office of the Slash/Dog Team. He is the manager but due to being sealed, he is represented by the Cadres of Grigori.
  • Azazel was previously the manger of Kuoh Town's women professional wrestling team which he named "Hyper-Dimensional Women’s Professional Wrestling".

References

  1. High School DxD New Vol.5-6 (Bonus CD)
  2. High School DxD Light Novel Volume 8 Life. 5 Hell Teacher Azazel Part 4
  3. High School DxD Short Story Worship☆Dragon-God Girl
  4. High School DxD Light Novel Volume 13 Afterword
  5. High School DxD Light Novel Volume 18

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