|“||When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come." I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.||„|
|~ Revelation 6:7-8 (NASB)|
Death, also known as the Grim Reaper or Angel of Death, is a personified version of mortality and death within various real-world theologies and folklore, commonly depicted as a skeletal humanoid figure wielding a scythe.
In most folklore, the Grim Reaper is depicted as a dark entity that maintains the balance and bonds of life and death, ensuring that all those who are required to die do. The Grim Reaper is then commonly believed to then ferry the souls to the afterlife, whether it be eternal salvation or damnation.
In Judeo-Christian theology, Death is described as possibly a dark or fallen angel, that, during End Times, will serve as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, riding a pale horse, that will wipe out a fourth of all life. At the end of the apocalypse, when God triumphs, Death is described to be thrown into the Lake of Fire, along with Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet.
In popular culture, the Grim Reaper appears as a stock character, both used as a heroic/neutral character such as in the anime/manga series Soul Eater and the animated television series Family Guy, and as a villainous character such as in the Final Destination film franchise and Castlevania video game series.