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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: As a Fallen Angel, Azazel can create light-based weapons, however, he's noted to be superior to Fallen Angels and angels aside from the Seraph. He can easily generate numerous light spears and shoot them like arrows without the slightest sign of exhaustion, being able to create a gigantic light spear before turning it into several light arrows.

Immense Strength: As the First Governor General, Azazel has immense strength rivaling Satan-Class Devils, being superior to Shemhazai, Baraqiel, and Kokabiel, rivaling the Archangel, Michael. During the Three Factions Conference, he fought against Katerea, an Ultimate-Class Devil and a Leviathan descendant even without using his Down Fall Dragon Spear. Donned in his Dragon Armor, he fought Cao Cao, the Strongest Longinus user; and in Vol 11, Pluto, an Ultimate-Class Grim Reaper. In Vol 16, Azazel has shown incredible physical strength able to destroy the nearby wall using a single punch.

Immense Durability: Azazel has remarkable durability and pain tolerance, showing no reaction to cutting off his own left arm after freeing himself from Katerea's tentacle arms who planned on self-destructing. He later survived a surprise attack from Vali before casually emerged relatively unharmed following his betrayal. Azazel endured a light blast from Cao Cao's True Longinus with only slight burns.

Immense Speed: Azazel is capable of moving at God-like speed, being able to appear behind his opponents without them noticing.

Down Fall Dragon Azazel fighting Cao Cao

Master Combatant: Azazel is an extremely masterful combatant, having centuries worth of combat experience as the leader and founder of Grigori since the time of the Great War. He was confident enough to fight against Katerea Leviathan, one of the Old Satan Faction leaders and an Ultimate-Class Devil empowered by Ophis' Snake with minimal effort before dominating her donned in his Down Fall Dragon Armor. Azazel also fought against the Strongest Human who owns the most powerful Longinus and the Ultimate-Class Grim Reaper, Pluto donned in his armor.

  • Master Spearman: Azazel has shown to be extremely proficient in spearmanship, which he is shown to most use in combat rather than light swords or bows. He was skilled enough to fight against Cao Cao, a fellow master spearman himself using the True Longinus, the Strongest among all the Longinus Sacred Gears donned in his Dragon Armor.

Genius Intellect: As one of the greatest minds aside from Ajuka, Azazel has near impeccable intellect, memory, and knowledge measuring almost from his centuries of experience. He nearly knows almost all about the various mythical items, beings, secrets, and histories around all the other world's factions.

  • Master Inventor: He is regarded by several people as a passionate inventor and researcher who enjoys investigating, studying, and inventing various items, the most notable being Sacred Gears. A testament to this, he created Artificial Sacred Gears such as the Down Fall Dragon Spear and others, most of them being handed off to the Sitri Team. Azazel is considered the leading expert in Sacred Gears able to help others in mastering theirs and using items he created to handle them. Even as a pure angel, Michael has long since acknowledge his talents as an inventor and researcher.
  • Master Tactician: Azazel is also an expert battle tactician able to lead the entire Gremory Group into an assortment of dangerous battles against powerful opponents following the incidents involving the Khaos Brigade. He acted as one of the battle tacticians alongside the Norse, Greek, and Hindu Factions during the Diodora incident in defeating the Old Satan Faction and their last two leaders. Cao Cao credited him as being a scientist-based warrior who studies his opponents until his battle strategies are flawless to the point where he'd be in a dangerous position in a third battle. After the formation of the D×D, aside from being the adviser of special technology, Azazel acts as the strategist and their tactician commander.
  • Master Adviser: Despite his laid-back nature, Azazel is one of the wisest men alive partly to his intellect and centuries worth of experience. He's primarily known for training several powerful Sacred Gear users who were initially novices such as Vali, Tobio, and other members of the Slash/Dog Team. Azazel would later teach members of the Occult Research Club about using their powers and defeating enemies, who'd all become some of his greatest students, the most notable being Issei.
  • Master Politician: As the former Governor General of Grigori, Azazel is a highly skilled and experienced politician, particularly in diplomacy. He could maintain friendly relationships with the former chief deities of the Norse and Greek Factions Odin and Zeus as he could enlisted their help in dealing with terrorist threats from the Khaos Bridgade.

Azazel's Fallen Angel Magic Circle

Master Magician: Azazel has considerable magic 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.

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: Azazel has created several bracelets with magical characters engraved on them. He handed two of them to Issei during the Three Factions Meeting, one which could allow Gasper to control his Forbidden Balor View and Issei to let him use Scale Mail instead of sacrificing a part of himself like before. A second model assisted Akeno in awakening her fallen angel powers thus entering her Fallen Angel Mode.
  • 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's of all the factions, Azazel's greatest achievement is instructing the Red Dragon Emperor, who shows irregular growth, and the White Dragon Emperor, who is said to be the strongest in history.[3]
  • Azazel once made a wish to Ophis for some of the Angels to fall and especially wanted Gabriel to fall. However, he was struck down with lightning as a result.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[7][8]
  • 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.[9]
  • Azazel was previously the manger of Kuoh Town's women professional wrestling team which he named "Hyper-Dimensional Women’s Professional Wrestling".[10]
  • In the "DxD" popularity election, he came in third in the male character category.[11]
  • Azazel sometimes has a habit of meddling in the business of others, as pointed out to him by Issei.[12]

References

  1. High School DxD New Vol.5-6 (Bonus CD)
  2. Light Novel Volume 8, Life. 5 Hell Teacher Azazel Part 4
  3. Light Novel Volume 12, Azazel
  4. Short Story Worship☆Dragon-God Girl
  5. Light Novel Volume 13, Afterword
  6. Light Novel Volume 18, Life.3 D×D Also Launches To Heaven
  7. Light Novel Volume 22, Life.4 The Opening Ceremony of the Rating Game World Tournament, the “Azazel Cup”!
  8. Light Novel Volume 22, Life.5 Go, the Sekiryuutei Team!
  9. Light Novel Volume 24, Life.2 The God of Death and the Dog of the Blade
  10. Delusion Magazine ☆ Night Material Collection, New Volume 6: Rias
  11. Dragon Magazine May Issue 2021
  12. Light Novel Volume 11, Life 0

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