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In several movies, series and books, Angels living on earth have amputated their wings - or had them amputated:

  • The Hush book-series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Lucifer comic-series
  • Lucifer TV-series (loosely based on the comics)
  • Legion movie
  • ( The Prophecy/God's Army movie + sequels ? )

...and probably many others.

In "Hush" it's fallen angels - those who sided with Lucifer - who had their wings amputated, before being cast down to earth. (Well, I think... I've honestly haven't read the whole book-series.) In the "Legion" movie it appears the angel cuts off his wings so he can defy God, by trying to save humanity. In "Lucifer" (TV-show... I haven't read the comics, but I think it's explained better there), Lucifer gets his wings amputated, seemingly partly to gain free will (so he can leave Hell and remain on Earth), and partly to spite God.

I was therefor wondering if there are some "religious" sources - the Bible, the Apocryphs, The Divine Comedy, Angel-myths - that establish this, that a wingless Angel got free will, or at least can somewhat defy God? Apart from this and punishment (ie. "Fallen Angels"), are there any other "common" reason and effects of angels losing/amputating/getting amputated wings?

  • Dogma is a pretty popular, modern example as well. But, I suspect that the answers you are looking for are going to wind up making this question off-topic. – Ellesedil May 20 '16 at 0:11
  • @Ellesedil It's about real-world sources of SF&F tropes. Isn't that on-topic? – Adeptus May 20 '16 at 2:14
  • @Adeptus if you take a look at Meta, there's recent discussion about answers that include religion. I'm not sure if answers to this question would be appropriate. I haven't raised a flag; I'm simply stating the possibility it could be an issue. – Ellesedil May 20 '16 at 2:32
  • @Ellesedil That's about treating religion as fiction, which this question isn't doing. – Adeptus May 20 '16 at 3:26
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    If you are asking about mythology, maybe it would be better to take it to Mythology SE – Yasskier May 22 '16 at 21:58