Characters: Supernatural Angels
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Angels In Supernatural
An angel found murdered.
"I thought angels were supposed to be guardians—fluffy wings, halos... you know, Michael Landon, not dicks."Angels
— Dean to Castiel
were created by God
instead of a soul, as faithful servants
without free will. The Holy Host was organized in a military-like hierarchy. Most angels continued to obey orders from their superiors
without question even though only a few angels had ever seen God, and God Himself seemed to have been absent from Heaven
for a long time.
The true physical form or voice of an angel is so overwhelming to humans that it will usually injure the exposed human
. In order to interact with humans, angels take vessels
after obtaining permission from the person
whose body they will occupy.
The angels communicate to each other in the Enochian language
through a link
Dean calls "angel radio."
- Aerith and Bob: On the one hand, there are names like "Castiel," "Lucifer," "Gabriel" and "Raphael"; on the other hand, we have "Naomi," "Joshua" and "Rachel." There could be a trend to this; most of the names are from characters in The Bible.
- The Ageless: Angels can be killed, but they will never die of natural causes.
- Angelic Beauty: Arguably Castiel, Michael, Anna, Rachel, Ezekiel, Hael. Arguable because they use hosts, so technically the fanbase is finding the human hosts pretty, not the actual angels. The only angel whose celestial form is explicitly described as "beautiful" in-story is Lucifer. The angels themselves are actually of the Eldritch Abomination variety, but the show has never shown their true forms.
- Angelic Possession: They have a true form and, unlike demons, they can mostly work without a host. There is, however, a lot of stuff they need a host for (oftentimes a very specific one to unlock full power) and, in contrast to demons, they cannot just possess whomever they like; they have to ask permission first and cannot force themselves unto an unwilling host. Anna is a bit of an ambiguous example, since after regaining her grace, she is both the host and the possessing angel.
- Angel Slaying: These are the ways in which to kill angels.
- Cool Gun: The Colt. Castiel believed that the Colt was the only thing that could possibly kill Lucifer. Although a shot to the head failed to kill Lucifer, it's unknown if the Colt is capable of killing other regular angels, but as only five beings are immune to it, it's probable. Separately from the Colt, Crowley has used bullets made from melted-down angel blades (see below) to kill them using an ordinary gun.
- Cool Sword:
- Angel Blade: An angel can be killed by stabbing him or her with an angel blade. It seems that the angel must be stabbed in a vital area of the human body, such as the head, heart, neck or stomach. When an angel is stabbed by an angelic blade, a burst of bright, white light is released and angel wings are burned on the surface underneath the body of the angel's human vessel.
- Archangel Blade: Archangels seem to have their own angel blades that are probably more powerful than normal angel blades. It seems that an Archangel blade is capable of killing both normal angels and Archangels, as shown when Lucifer killed Gabriel with his own blade.
- Geometric Magic: If a person places his or her hand upon a blood seal that is placed upon something, then all angels in the immediate area will be banished away. An angel can activate this seal as well; if an angel activates the seal, then the angel who activates the seal will not be banished along with the other angels in the area. The blood seal can also be placed upon a person's body; if an angel activates the seal this way (carved into its vessel's chest), he or she will be banished along with the other angels.
- God: God can kill any angel on His command.
- The Grim Reaper: As the personification of the concept of Death itself, he naturally has the power to claim those whose lives have reached their end, even celestial beings that were otherwise immortal until that point.
- Hellhounds: A possibility. Hellhounds might be able to harm or kill angels as, upon their approach, Castiel ran along with Dean, Sam, Meg and two other demons.
- Hollywood Exorcism: There is an exorcism chant to expel angels from their human vessels and send them back to Heaven. It seems that the chant is not well-known as the only entity to use it was Alastair. The Whore of Babylon also knew an Enochian chant that causes angels severe pain.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon(s): Weapons of Heaven can harm angels and Archangels; so far, it has been shown that a weapon of Heaven can destroy an Archangel's human vessel so that it cannot be resurrected as seen with Donnie Finnerman, the true vessel of Raphael.
- Leviathans: Leviathans can easily kill regular angels. According to Castiel, one of the reasons why God locked the Leviathans up in Purgatory was because they could kill angels. They can overpower seraphs, although not without effort; Castiel fought off several Leviathans in Purgatory, taking on more than one on at least one occasion (though he was almost killed by them). However, it's unknown how they compare to the Archangels due to the fact that, when the Leviathans were on Earth, two of the four Archangels (Gabriel and Raphael) were dead while the other two (Lucifer and Michael) were trapped in Hell.
- Mother Of All Monsters: With Eve being older than the angels themselves, she can suppress their powers through her mere presence alone.
- Removing Their Grace / Brought Down to Normal: If an angel loses its grace, he or she will become human, gaining a soul. Therefore, they can be killed.
- Sinister Scythe: Death's scythe is said to have the power to reap any living being, whether it be human, demon or angel, and it's rumored to even be able to reap Death himself. So far, it has been seen to kill reapers, which is an indicator that it is very powerful.
- Arch-Enemy / Arch-Nemesis: Demons.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: They are angels after all, and they are very powerful.
- Badass: All of the angels are this, which is understandable considering that they are extremely powerful entities with powerful abilities.
- Badass Army: Angels could be seen as God's army.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Many of them, especially the ones without lines.
- Badass Baritone: Some of the male angels, including Castiel, Uriel and Ezekiel, tend to have deeper voices.
- Badass Boast: Most angels get one, from Castiel and Zachariah describing what they really look like, to Anna or Uriel making simple statements about what they can do.
Dean: I thought you were supposed to be impressive. All you do is black out the room?
Raphael: And the Eastern Seaboard. It is a testament to my unending mercy that I don't smite you. Here and now.
- Cas gets more and more of these as he spends time with the Winchesters and picks up on their habits.
Castiel: But today, you're my little bitch.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Some of the angels may seem nice or may even be nice, but do not mess with them.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: All of the angels are considered siblings and the entirety of the Apocalypse mess is basically a huge family argument.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Heavily implied by Naomi who claims that, despite not remembering the event, Castiel was not only present but actively took part in the biblical Tenth Plague. Whether having their memories repeatedly whitewashed is commonplace or done simply to troublesome angels like Castiel is left open-ended.
- Broken Angel: Angels can fall from grace, either accidentally or be cast down. Anna chose to fall, while Castiel's punishment for rebellion was being Brought Down to Normal bit-by-bit throughout Season 5.
- The rest of Heaven suffers this in "Sacrifice."
- Brown Note: An angel's voice can cripple people who hear it (excepting their true vessel) and seeing them can burn out your eyes and drive you mad (if not kill you outright).
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Michael became the ruler of Heaven itself in God's absence. Zachariah occupied one of the Holy Host's higher echelons and reported to Michael; Castiel and most other angels reported to Zachariah in turn. Following Michael's imprisonment in Hell at the end of "Swan Song," the angels start a civil war between Rebel Leader Castiel and remaining Archangel Raphael. Raphael dies and Castiel is not allowed to re-enter Heaven as of Season 8, so no one knows who's supposed to be in charge anymore. It turns out that Naomi assumed the mantel and is directing what's left of the Host. Metatron undoes the entire bureaucracy in one fell swoop when he banishes every single angel from Heaven in the Season 8 finale.
- Evil All Along: Most of the high-ranking ones. The rest are mostly Just Following Orders.
- Fallen Angel: Especially as of the end of Season 8, thanks to Metatron.
- The Fatalist: All angels take this view; Castiel is the first to avert it.
- Female Angel, Male Demon: Most of the angels we've seen have taken male humans as their hosts, and demon hosts are more-or-less split 50/50 (we haven't seen the angels in their true form).
- Guardian Angel: Some of the angels in Supernatural were supposed to be this. Prophets specifically are said to be guarded by Archangels, who can kick the ass of any being (mortal, demon or otherwise) who threatens their designated Prophet.
- Heaven: The home of the angels and Archangels. The opposite of Hell, which is the home of the demons.
- Holy Halo: "Clip Show" confirms that they have halos over their heads as well as wings on their backs, but they're also invisible to normal humans and, by extension, the viewer.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Angels are easily willing to kill their own, either by choice, in battle or when they have to.
- Informed Flaw: According to Anna, angels can't feel emotions; they are like marble statues and only obey orders. This description hardly fits what we actually see how the angels act.
- Kryptonite Factor: A circle of holy oil can be used to trap an angel, and they may be wounded or even killed with an angel's sword.
- Black Magic: Items used in black magic, such as hex bags, can used to prevent angels from detecting and finding someone (these cannot hide someone from Archangels in vessels).
- Demon Lords And Arch Devils: The highest demons (Alistair, Lilith and presumably Azazel) are able to fight, overpower, harm and even banish lower-level angels (they can't kill them, though). Significant numbers of demons (even without hosts) can also overpower angels as Crowley's army of demons was able to defeat Castiel's guards.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Lucifer's Cage is strong enough to securely contain normal angels and Archangels; it is currently holding the two strongest archangels in existence, Michael and Lucifer.
- Geometric Magic: When Enochian sigils are placed on human ribcages, they prevent any angel from detecting and finding them. They can also be used to prevent angels from entering a building by painting them on the building's walls.
- Brain Penetration: One of Crowley's demons was able to block at least some of Samandriel's powers by placing large metal spikes into his brain.
- Ring of Fire: Encased in flames created from holy oil, the angel is trapped. The trapped angel still can use their powers, possibly aiding them to escape. Touching the flame will kill the vessel and the angel. However, it cannot kill Michael, being only able to banish him.
- Summon Bigger Fish: The Antichrist can destroy the Host of Heaven with a word, and turns Castiel into a toy figurine. Meanwhile, Eve can nullify nearby angels' powers, and Leviathans can kill them with ease.
- Lack of Empathy: Angels don't seem to show much humanity and are rather ruthless by nature.
- Light is Good: Only very few of them.
- Light Is Not Good: Applies to a majority of them.
- Make Way For The New Villains: In Season 7 by the Leviathans.
- No Biological Sex: According to Dean, they don't have genitalia in their true forms. However, they do have genders and tend to pick out humans who match that gender, though they are also willing to manifest as the opposite gender if necessary.
- The Nth Doctor: They change hosts every so often (usually when the old one is physically damaged to the point that they don't bother trying to fix them), resulting in this.
- The Omnipotent: Angels are very powerful.
- Only One Name: Most, if not all, of the angels have only one name.
- The Paladin: Angels are known to be warriors.
- Parental Abandonment: God vanished a very long time ago, and only a handful of them actually met him even before that.
Raphael: Who ran off and disappeared? Who left no instructions, and a world to run?! This is funny to you? You're living in a godless universe. We're tired. We just want it to be over.
- The Soulless: Angels predate souls, which only humans and things that were originally human possess. They can still use souls as power boosters, though.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Sometimes without Hi or Bye.
Anna: (suddenly appearing in the backseat) Hey, guys.
Dean: Ah! (jerks steering wheel, but manages to get the car under control)
Dean: You ever try calling ahead?
Anna: I like the element of surprise.
- Stock Superpowers / Superpower Lottery: Let's see—they have shown: Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability, Flight, teleportation, sonic voice, the ability to travel through time, Telepathy, telekinesis, dream-walking, Immortality, destroy anything in their path with light, the ability to manipulate weather, an eye-searing true form, invisibility, reality-warping, reverse a person's transformation into a monster, pyrokinesis, and the power to heal and even bring dead humans back to life. Other powers that angels may have include:
- Astral Projection: Angels can project shadowy forms of their wings onto surfaces at will. If one is killed by an Angel Blade, its wings are burned onto the surface on which they died.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Archangels are able to create severe quakes simply by willing it.
- Healing Factor: If an angel's vessel is damaged, it will repair itself nearly instantly unless the wound was caused by angelic weaponry.
- An Ice Person: Lucifer demonstrated the ability to freeze a pane of glass with his breath. His presence can cause an entire town to drop in temperature.
- Instant Sedation: Angels are able to render humans unconscious with a touch.
- Mind Manipulation: Powerful angels are able to erase, restore, alter and fabricate memories in the minds of humans.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Angels are able to see almost all supernatural activity around them. Castiel could even see Reapers, which remain invisible except to those they are seeking. They can also sense any location, being or object not protected by Enochian sigils. This perception also extends to electromagnetic waves, and can decipher radio modulation signals, as angels are "multidimensional waves" in their true form and can thus perceive such energies.
- Protective Charm: An angel can protect an individual (commonly their future vessels) from most forms of physical damage. This degree of protection is linked to an angel's power. Castiel was able to prevent his vessel Jimmy Novak from burning his hand on a pot of boiling water as a sign of faith. Raphael was capable of making Crowley immune to Castiel's angelic killing touch.
- Shapeshifting: Lucifer was able to take multiple forms while not in a vessel, and while in vessel, Gabriel could also do this; in Season 9, angels took the form of their grace.
- Shock and Awe: Angels can manipulate electrical appliances. Castiel caused a dozen car alarms to stop by raising his hand.
- Super Senses: All angels enhance their vessels senses to superhuman level. Angels possess an acute sense of smell. Their sense of smell is heightened to the point where they can identify people by smelling their body, bone or by their blood. Angels can also identify people by sniffing their genes and hormones as well. Because angels operate on a different plane of existence, they can see atoms and ions which are impossible for humans to see. Angels can hear a human's conversations miles away from them, and they are somehow able to locate any human on the planet and find them, but they can't locate people if they are protected by an Enochian charm or symbol.
- Super Toughness: To date, the only things capable of killing angels are Angel Blades, Holy Fire, a stronger angel, Death, God and Leviathans. Archangels have even fewer weaknesses, as Michael wasn't killed by Holy Fire, and they can only be killed by Archangel Blades, though it's unknown if they can be killed by Angel Blades. It has been stated that Death's Scythe can kill angels.
- Voice Changeling: Angels can perfectly mimic the voice of mortals.
- The Stoic: Many of them, leading to...
- Summoning Ritual: If you know an angel's name, you can summon them.
- Time Abyss: According to Castiel, he and his brethren have existed since before sea creatures evolved to live on the land.
- Tin Man: Anna claims that all angels are emotionless and most of them seem that way, but (since they're portrayed by, y'know, human actors) they regularly show emotion anyway.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Almost all of them, to different extents.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A worrying tendency across the entire species, the only exceptions being the ones who lose themselves in hedonism like Gabriel and Balthazar. As Dean observes, caring about anything "breaks them apart."
- Winged Humanoid: When they're possessing human vessels and showing off their wings, anyway.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: And your eyeballs will get incinerated if you try. Angels cannot be comprehended except by their true vessel. Anyone else who glimpses their true form has their eyes melted out of their head, and anyone else (or anything around anyone else) that is around their true voice experiences what basically amounts to tornado conditions. To even be comprehended, they must first take a vessel. Any improper vessel, even the next closest thing, will eventually explode under the power.
- Archangels are even worse. The very presence of their true form is capable of doing all of the above, but with massive earthquakes and instant death for anyone who's around.
Portrayed by Misha Collins and Sydney Imbeau
Rank in Heaven: Seraph; Garrison Leader; Fallen Angel; Leader of the Rebel Angels, The Lord God
"I'm the one that gripped you tight and raised you from Perdition."
Unwaveringly loyal to God, Castiel is the captain of a garrison; he was also a seraph as of "Blood Brother" (S08, Ep05)
. After rescuing him from Hell
, Cass slowly befriends Dean and eventually rebels against a corrupt Heaven
at least partially due to his influence. First appears in "Lazarus Rising" (S04, Ep1)
. Portrayed by Misha Collins
and Sydney Imbeau.
- Acting For Four: Misha Collins has portrayed four different major versions of Castiel: Normal!Castiel throughout Seasons 4 to 8, God!Castiel in Seasons 6 and 7, Leviathan!Castiel in Season 7 and Human!Castiel in Seasons 5 and 9. Not to mention all of the minor versions of Castiel that Misha has portrayed, such as Crazy!Cas for example. Misha also portrayed Jimmy Novak, Castiel's chosen human vessel.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the Season 7 premiere, Castiel knows that he has committed horrific acts and become a monster in the eyes of the Winchesters, but is still willing to ask them for help in returning the souls to Purgatory.
- Angel Unaware: When Castiel becomes an amnesiac in Season 7.
- Anti-Hero: Type III or a Type IV. If you're on the side of good, you need not fear him. He does tip into Knight Templar territory by the sixth season finale, but in Season 7, he realizes the error of his ways and pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
- Anti-Villain: Type III during his brief Face-Heel Turn until power corrupted him.
- Actual Pacifist: In late Season 7, due to his fear that he'll just screw everything up again. He only very reluctantly agrees to help fight the leviathans in the finale by ID'ing the real Dick Roman after an extended guilt trip from Dean. Come Season 8, Cas is back to his old self again...mostly.
- A Day in the Limelight: In "The Man Who Would Be King."
- Adorkable: Moreso in later seasons as he develops more emotion.
- Taken up to ten in "Hunteri Heroici" where he happily announces his desire to become a hunter while smiling this happy-proud look on his face. Then he says he'll be Sam and Dean's third wheel. When commented on how that isn't a good thing, he lists the reasons a third wheel is, in fact, a benefit. Using literal wheels.
- Affectionate Nickname: Meg calls Castiel "Clarence," as in the angel Clarence Oddbody from It's a Wonderful Life. The Winchesters mostly refer to him as just "Cas."
- Ambiguous Disorder: Castiel has a lot of vaguely Aspergers-like traits (literal-mindedness, limited interpersonal skills and No Sense of Humor) and schizoid tendencies which he attributes to not having spent much time on Earth, even though none of the other angels (including a number who have spent less time on Earth) have any of his problems. Before the civil war, he seems to have been fairly well-liked and to have had a good relationship with his angelic siblings, so his quirkiness probably hasn't caused him any real problems. Ultimately, Cas is most likely just socially awkward, and it has nothing to do with him being an angel.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Castiel appears to be innocent, aloof and unaware of a lot of different things (especially regarding humanity, human life or customs), but he is actually a very strong warrior and incredibly Badass. He is definitely capable of being very ruthless when he wants to be.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Late in Season 7, Dean finds Castiel, alive and well, though he now sees himself as a human named Emmanuel and married to a woman named Daphne. To make things worse, he remembers nothing of being an angel and the war he figured so prominently in.
- Arch-Enemy: Raphael and Crowley. He despises both of them and they are his biggest enemies.
- Ascended Extra: When Castiel was introduced in Season 4, he was only meant to last a few episodes. But due to positive fan reaction, he remained as a recurring character in Season 4, was upgraded to a regular in Seasons 5 and 6, downgraded to recurring for Seasons 7 and 8, and is a regular again in Season 9.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end of "Swan Song."
- Asexuality: He gets nervous at brothels (though this is arguably due more to him being in a "den of iniquity"), displays curiosity about human sexuality and has even tried kissing, but for the most part, he's portrayed as asexual. In "Reading Is Fundamental," he even admits finding it boring to watch over humanity at times—the wars and sex get repetitive.
- His future self from a post-apocalyptic world seems to love orgies, but then again, this is either an alternate future self or just part of an illusion Zachariah came up with (why Zachariah would choose to have him adopt that personality to show Dean is a mystery).
- Asskicking Equals Authority: A subversion at first, as he seems to be fairly low-ranked despite how much ass he kicks. As the series goes on, he becomes less powerful and a traitor, then loses his angelic status entirely. But then, after standing up to both Michael and Lucifer, he gets revived by God (again), more powerful than ever. He then returns to Heaven as the "new sheriff in town," as Michael, Lucifer and Gabriel are all out of the picture, and eventually ends up having to deal with the remaining archangel, Raphael. He becomes "the new God" at the end of the Season 6 finale, but then loses all his extra mojo in the next season and is banned from rejoining Heaven due to the havoc he's caused.
- The Atoner: For his actions in Season 6 and going off the deep end as God after he regains his memories midway through Season 7. In Season 8, it turns out he let himself stay sealed in Purgatory as penance for all he's done.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: His relationship with Meg. It is very apparent that Castiel holds some sort of affection for Meg, despite the fact that he is an angel and she is a demon and angels and demons are supposed to be enemies. See Belligerent Sexual Tension.
- Back from the Dead: God resurrects him whenever he dies, although by late Season 7, Castiel has started to feel that this is more of a punishment than a reward, seeing as how every time he comes back, something worse happens.
- Badass: He's Castiel and he's super-powerful.
- Badass Adorable: Castiel is rather quirky, socially awkward and has poor social skills. All of these traits contribute to Castiel's adorableness. But at the same time, he is very powerful and can kick major ass if you cross him.
- Badass Baritone: In a human vessel, Castiel's voice is deep, but Jimmy Novak's voice isn't.
- Badass Beard: Grows a beard while he's in Purgatory.
- Badass Bookworm: Admittedly, the audience (and Dean and Bobby) know from the very start that he's pretty damn badass, but to anyone who doesn't know who (and what) he is, he's an innocuous guy in a trenchcoat with a lot of esoteric knowledge and poor social skills. Don't piss off the nerd angel.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Though being an angel possessing a human body, Castiel's stance and body language is way off, preventing the trope from being used to full effect. See also Unkempt Beauty below.
- Badass In Charge: Castiel was captain of a Garrison.
- Badass in Distress: Although Castiel is a very powerful angel, sometimes he's needed saving as well, primarily by the Winchesters.
- Badass Longcoat / Badass Trenchcoat: Castiel, the warrior of God, is modeled after John Constantine wardrobe-wise (overcoat and all). Being an angel, his clothes have the added bonus of self-repairing damage from gunshot blasts and stabbings, and magical dry cleaning for blood stains. See Trenchcoat Brigade.
- Badass Normal: When Castiel's angelic abilities dwindle to nothing during his estrangement from Heaven in Season 5, he switches to knives, guns and the odd Molotov cocktail to get the job done.
- Brought Down to Badass: Although Castiel lost most of his angel powers over the course of the fifth season, he still managed to kick a fair amount of ass via ingenuity and good old-fashioned nerve.
- Heartbroken Badass: Castiel has endured much loss, tragedy, grief and pain along the way.
- Little Miss Badass: When he's possessing Jimmy's daughter Claire in "The Rapture."
- Took a Level in Badass: Literally, when he is brought back "new and improved" by God in the Season 5 finale. It was likely this point that he was upgraded from mere angel to seraph.
- Let's just say that whenever Castiel shows up, random acts of badassery are sure to follow.
- Bad Liar: Castiel is the worst liar. It is pretty much very easy to tell when Castiel is not being honest or telling the truth. This is evident when Castiel lied to Naomi in Season 8.
- Beard of Sorrow: Starts wearing one in Season 8 while in Purgatory. He shaves it back down to his Perma Stubble after getting out.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Meg. Although Castiel is assumed to be asexual, it is clear that there is serious sexual tension between the angel and the demon. It's apparent that whenever these two characters share the screen together, the sexual tension just pops off the screen.
- Berserk Button: Don't mess with the Winchester brothers.
- And badmouth his dad, even though their current relationship is, to put it kindly, quite complicated.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Castiel may seem amusingly out of touch much of the time, but you really don't want to make him angry. Hell, not even Castiel's True Companions (i.e. Sam and Dean) are safe from this. At a perceived betrayal in "Point of No Return," Cas beats Dean to within an inch of his life. Cas going off the rails is not a pretty sight.
- Big Bad / Big Bad Friend: He's the Big Bad of Season 6 and was set up to be it again for Season 7, although he comes to his senses in Season 7. Castiel was brainwashed into betraying the Winchesters again in Season 8.
- Big Damn Heroes: Often saves Sam and Dean when they are completely helpless and hopeless. Crowley even lampshades this in "Caged Heat."
Crowley: (after Castiel suddenly appears in the room when he's about to kill Meg) Castiel. You the cavalry now?
- The Big Damn Kiss: With Meg in Season 6. And it was a rather hot kiss, too.
- Big Entrance: Castiel's first scene. All the lights start flickering and bursting, the roof starts rattling, and the barn door breaks open, and Castiel casually strolls in amidst the howling wind and sparks.
Dean: (panicked) Who are you?
Castiel: I am the one who gripped you tight and raised you from Perdition.
- Birds of a Feather: With Sam. The two have very similar journeys, have a lot in common and have made very similar mistakes, which have caused serious chaos and destruction. Both Castiel and Sam have let power and pride get the best of them to the point where it destroyed their relationships with others and caused them to go to the dark side. Not to mention that, arguably, Sam and Castiel tend to be the large part of the Myth Arc in the series.
- Blood Magic: Castiel's blood is particularly valuable, as it's needed to kill Dick Roman in Season 7.
- Blue and Orange Morality: There are more than a few moments where it's abundantly clear that he's operating from a very different moral framework to the Winchesters, which is arguably the biggest source of tension between himself and Dean throughout the series.
- Body Horror: The souls of Purgatory (and the Leviathans) trying to escape cause Castiel's vessel to wear down quickly, and at one point horrifically try to break free.
- Body Surf: Castiel uses Jimmy Novak's body as a vessel.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: For roughly half of Season 8 by Naomi, until he manages to break free with Dean's help.
- According to Naomi, she's had to erase or whitewash parts of his memory numerous times in the past because he simply refuses to follow orders he's given by his superiors.
- Breakout Character: Castiel was only supposed to appear in a few episodes and then another character was to take his place as Dean's angel guide. However, general consensus decided he'd become the Ensemble Dark Horse. Even though he'd only gotten less than 40 minutes of screen-time at that point, the episode "On the Head of a Pin" (4.16) featured him heavily and 4.20 ("The Rapture") centered on his vessel, Jimmy. In Season 5, Misha Collins (Castiel's actor) was promoted to regular status.
- Break The Gamebreaker: Any time Castiel was killed or sent away by sigil; basically the whole of his de-powering in Season 5. In Season 7, as soon as Castiel gets his memories and full angelic power back, he becomes insane since he takes Sam's memories of Hell and Lucifer into his mind. When he recovers from that, he's a Cloud Cuckoolander who would rather watch insects than fight...especially since he's still guilt-ridden from giving the Leviathans a free ride in the first place.
- Broken Angel: By late Season 5. Though he seems to regain his faith in God after being resurrected a second time in "Swan Song", he actually becomes even more broken, as revealed in "The Man Who Would be King"—he works with Crowley, spies on the Winchesters, loses his faith in God and doesn't know what to do to stop Raphael from restarting the Apocalypse. In Season 8, he shows signs of deep depression and admits to suicidal thoughts.
- Broken Hero: Especially from Season 5 onwards. Protecting the Winchesters has definitely taken a toll on Castiel and his well-being.
- Brought Down to Normal: As of "Two Minutes to Midnight," though this gets reversed in the fifth season finale. This also happens to him in the (hypothetical) Bad Future of "The End."
- Butt Monkey: Poor guy has gone through a lot yet he keeps going on.
- Came Back Strong: In Season 5, his second resurrection not only restores all the powers he'd been gradually losing that season, but makes him "new and improved."
- Cannot Spit It Out: Anything to do with human emotions or feelings. Castiel just doesn't understand emotions and humanity whatsoever, and he has trouble expressing it. Understandable, considering that he is an angel.
- Also, whatever he feels for Meg. It's clear that Castiel definitely has an affection for Meg but he seems to have some sort of difficulty expressing whatever he feels for her. It could be because he is an angel and feelings aren't something that he is used to. Or it could be because he is an angel and Meg is a demon and he has a hard time coming to terms with having an affection for a demon, who is known to be an enemy to angels.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In the seventh season, a slipping Castiel does this to Crowley because he still has use for him despite Crowley's counter-betrayal to him the previous season. He directs Crowley to downsize Hell and maintain the Cage for the two remaining archangels. Crowley happily obliges.
- The Captain: Castiel was The Leader of his garrison.
- Category Traitor: How most of the other angels seem to view him after he sides with humanity during the Apocalypse, and especially after he declares himself God and lays waste to Heaven.
- Chaste Hero: This trait was completely absent in Zachariah's depiction of him in "The End," however.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First of all, he betrays Heaven in siding with the Winchesters during the Apocalypse. Then in Season 6, he betrays the Winchesters by making a deal with Crowley to gain access to Purgatory and use the souls there for power. Then, he betrays Crowley in order to take all the souls of Purgatory for himself and declare himself the new God. He ends up betraying the Winchesters again in Season 8, although this time it isn't technically his fault as he's being controlled by Naomi at the time.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Taking on Sam's insanity turns him into this when he wakes up from his catatonia. For example, he occasionally asks people to "pull his finger" and tries to play a game of Sorry! while having a serious conversation with Dean.
- Getting transported to Purgatory seems to have restored his mind somewhat.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Meg is obviously in love with him. Even Charlie finds him "dreamy," but he's so prone to Entendre Failure that anyone trying to flirt with him needs to do most of the heavy lifting.
Metatron: Should've picked a better-looking vessel.
- The Comically Serious: "Assbutt?"
- Corrupt the Cutie: No one in this show is going to pass up the chance to corrupt a (formerly) virgin angel with a conscience. Just ask Dean, Meg, Ellen, Jo, Balthazar, Lucifer, Crowley, etc. In Zachariah's Bad Future, he actually succumbs to hedonism, but then again, it's Zachariah.
- The Corruption: In the finale of Season 6, Castiel has turned evil and absorbs the souls of Purgatory into himself upon which he declares himself the new God. In the first episode of Season 7, he goes around killing corrupt and wicked people on a massive scale to prove his "godhood," but it eventually turns out that he's also hosting Leviathans, far older, nastier entities who are corrupting him. His body slowly degrades and mutates, and he gets temporarily taken over to perform indiscriminate massacres, ending with being totally under the Leviathans' control after he loses the souls. His body goes through a meltdown under the strain, and the Leviathans escape out into the world.
- Deadpan Snarker: He actually gets better at sarcasm the longer he spends time on Earth. He learns to be very subtle about it:
Castiel: Sam, Dean, I have to get back.
Dean: You're leaving?
Castiel: I'm in the middle of a civil war.
Dean: You better tear the attic up, find something to help Sam.
Castiel: Of course. Your problems always come first. (departs)
Dean: Where the hell have you been?
Castiel: On a bender.
- Deal with the Devil: He makes one with Crowley in Season 6 to find Purgatory and gain the souls there. When he reneges on the deal, Crowley is both stunned and furious, warning Castiel that he can't just break contracts without consequence, and tries to get back at him when he later finds out that Castiel is still alive.
- Death Is Cheap: Castiel has been dead at least three times, yet he always ends up coming back. It looks like Castiel has caught the Winchester disease of coming back from the dead.
- Death Seeker: By about Season 8, Castiel's been feeling so much guilt over what he's done that he's grown into this. He even willingly stayed behind in Purgatory because of his guilt.
- Demonic Possession: It isn't exactly stated whether Castiel himself got taken over from within by the Leviathans at the end of "Meet the New Boss" or whether they just hijacked control of his vessel. Either way, Castiel clearly wasn't in control anymore, especially considering the change in voice from a deep monotone to one that sounds more like an insane Misha Collins.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Hey, assbutt!"
- Deus Exit Machina: Even as a low-ranked angel, he was way too powerful, forcing the writers to turn to this trope (usually using the angel-banishing sigil). This was a major reason his appearances were mostly cameos in Seasons 4 and 6.
- The first time, he time-travels back to when the Winchesters' parents were still alive, and the effort alone nearly kills him.
- The second time, he branded an anti-angel sigil on his chest to send a bunch of angelic Mooks to God-knows-where. This had the nasty side effect of sending him to God-knows-where, as well as stripping him of his remaining powers.
- The third time, Castiel is busy fighting an off-screen civil war in Heaven and being one of the Big Bad Ensemble of the season.
- The fourth time, after he absorbs every soul in Purgatory, he is soon "killed" by the Leviathans inside of him. He later reappears as a normal human, without any memory of being an angel, and gets his powers back just in time for...
- The fifth time, where he absorbs Sam's memory of being in Hell, which drives him crazy and has him committed in a mental hospital.
- The sixth time, he gets stuck in Purgatory with Dean but stays behind when Dean manages to escape. He is saved by Naomi, who makes him her Manchurian Agent and prevents him from helping the Winchesters any more than necessary.
- Finally, he gets Brought Down to Badass because of Metatron.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: His line to Raphael in "Free to Be You and Me" as he and Dean are leaving the house where Raphael is trapped inside a ring of holy fire.
Raphael: Do not leave me here, Castiel. I will find you.
Castiel: Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch.
- Does something equally Badass while being tortured by Naomi:
In the words of an old friend, bite me
- Did You Just Molotov Michael with Holy Fire?
- Disappeared Dad: Arguably the biggest reason for his eventual descent.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: He seems to be getting the hang of it as of Season 6.
Castiel: (to Bobby) You're right. Pardon me for highlighting their crippling and dangerous empathetic response with (using air quotes) "sarcasm."
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu
Castiel to Dean in 4x02: You should show me some respect. I dragged you out of Hell. I can throw you back in.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: In Season 8, it is clear that after Castiel comes back from Purgatory that he is not at full power.
- Dramatic Shattering / Dramatic Wind / Big Blackout / It Won't Turn Off: This is what happens when Castiel ends up using his true voice.
- Driven to Madness: Since Castiel was the one who broke Sam's Hell-wall in the first place, he winds up deciding to save Sam's life and mind by absorbing the hunter's insanity into himself. It's bad enough to drive Castiel (an angel, mind you) into a catatonic stupor for several episodes and render him a babbling Ophelia-esque mess for several more. When Dean reunites with Castiel in Purgatory, he asks if his friend is still crazy, which Castiel admits he doesn't even know anymore, since most insane people believe they're sane.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: At the end of Season 6 and the beginning of Season 7, this has happened to Castiel after he absorbed all the souls in Purgatory to gain the power to prevent Raphael from restarting the Apocalypse. After proclaiming himself a new god, he threatens his friends' lives, goes out for some Disproportionate Revenge, and then accidentally releases the Leviathans, ancient, un-killable monsters, on the world.
- Establishing Character Moment: Castiel gets plenty of them throughout the series, but the most notably one is in the first episode of the fourth season when Castiel walks serenely into the barn where Dean and Bobby are waiting while they shoot him, the barn shakes, and the lights explode overhead (the last two are direct results of his presence). Despite the chaos, he never flinches or even blinks, and he never takes his eyes off Dean.
- The Extremist Was Right: His plan to team up with Crowley to find Purgatory, then crack it open and absorb all of the souls inside in order to gain enough power to defeat Raphael. Well, it worked, but...
- Face Heel Revolving Door: Season 4 alone (the season he is introduced in) has him switching allegiance several times. He wants to be Face, but he sometimes finds himself put in Heel position.
- Faith Heel Turn: Castiel lampshades it in Season 8 while he is Purgatory with Benny and Dean.
Benny to Castiel: Aren't you guys all about faith?
Castiel: Not particularly.
Benny as they see the portal open: Oh, ye of frigging little faith.
- Fallen Angel: Resigns from Heaven at the end of the fourth season when he finds out that the higher-ups are corrupt and Dean convinces him to fight back against it. He rejoins in Season 6, but his actions later on have him afraid to return and Naomi forbids him to go back.
- The Fatalist: All angels take this view; Castiel is the first to avert it.
- Female Angel, Male Demon: Inverted with Meg, with Castiel being the Male Angel to Meg's Female Demon.
- Fighting from the Inside: Manages to fight off and break free of Naomi's control in "Goodbye Stranger."
- Foe Romance Subtext: OH SO MUCH with Meg. Castiel obviously has an affection for Meg and Meg openly admitted that she loves Castiel in Season 8.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Cas undergoes a variation of this in Season 7, where after nearly a year being "dead," he turns up amnesiac, calling himself "Emmanuel" and suddenly married to a woman named Daphne. Needless to say, the marriage doesn't last long.
- Friend to All Living Things: Cas holds many of God's creations in the highest esteem. Taken Up to Eleven by Crazy!Cass, who adores everything, from bees to monkeys to...wait for it...demons.
- Gender Bender: Castiel briefly leaves his standard male host (Jimmy) and possesses said host's preteen daughter (Claire). S/he switches back to Jimmy when the he begs him/her (Castiel) to take him and spare his daughter.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Crowley doesn't think Castiel, who's weakened from Purgatory and cut off from Heaven, can threaten the King of Hell. Castiel responds by having his eyes glow blue and showing off his wings. It works.
- A God Am I: In the Season 6 finale, he absorbs all the souls of Purgatory and declares himself the new God. This lasts all of one episode, because the real God is the status quo.
- Godzilla Threshold: In Season 6, Castiel decides that the only way to prevent the Apocalypse from being restarted by Raphael is to make a Deal with the Devil and take in the power of all the souls in Purgatory. This turns out to be a bad idea.
- Good Is Not Nice: He can be pretty pleasant when he is relaxed, but him being a soldier committed to his mission first and foremost, as well as lacking a human's sense of sensitivity or tact, can result in this.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Once he starts working with Crowley, he seems to stop resurrecting people and start Mind Raping them.
- Grand Theft Me: Castiel is currently possessing a human named Jimmy Novak.
- Guttural Growler: Castiel is fairly growly, although this is on purpose; actor Misha Collins felt that as Castiel's natural voice shatters windows and makes people's ears bleed, his voice in his human vessel should be rather tough-sounding.
- Guilt Complex: A huge part of his character arc in Season 8, to the point where he tells Dean that if he sees what he made of Heaven, he might kill himself.
- Have You Seen My God?: His main mission in Season 5 before he learns that God won't stop the Apocalypse.
- Heroic BSOD: Castiel briefly lapses into this after Sam initially fails to regain control of his body from Lucifer, and then again for significantly longer amount of time when he finally remembers what he did when in the Season 6 finale and the Season 7 premiere.
- Heroic RROD: The stress of containing the souls of Purgatory (and the Leviathans) causes his vessel to start decaying and nearly kills him.
- Heel Realization: He often has these and tries to redeem himself.
- Hero of Another Story: In Season 6, after the Apocalypse was over, Castiel was in charge of trying to hold Heaven together and leading his own faction of angels against Raphael and his followers, who were still hell-bent on re-starting the Apocalypse while Hell was in disarray. Frankly, the depiction of such a war would've been beyond the writers and the special effects team, so it took place mostly off-screen.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In Seasons 6 and 7, re-angelified Castiel has taken a particularly nasty route to this, starting with a Deal with the Devil, moving on to murder and betrayal, and then Jumping Off the Slippery Slope with murder and Mind Rape of friends even before diving into With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
- Hollywood Nerd: Type II, definitely. In his first appearance, he seems more interested in reading Bobby's book than actually, you know, fighting off an armed Bobby and Dean. In-universe, one of his nicknames is "nerd angel."
- Horrible Judge of Character: Trusts Metatron and Hael, for a start. The former took his grace and Hael tried to possess his vessel.
- Hot God: Only in the Season 7 premiere. Castiel is acting as God and makes numerous appearances around the globe. One female parishoner describes him:
Parishoner: We all saw him. No beard, no robe. He was young and...and sexy. He had a raincoat—
- How Dare You Die on Me!: A variation on this trope (crossed over with Don't Make Me Destroy You and a little bit of Tranquil Fury) comes into play when Dean attempts to sacrifice himself and become Michael's vessel. Unfortunately for Dean, Castiel catches up to him, resulting in Castiel kicking Dean's ass and shouting the following:
Castiel: I rebelled for this?! So that you could surrender to them? I gave everything for you! And this is what you give to me!
- Humanity Ensues: As of the Season 9 premiere, Castiel is currently a human and is currently exploring life as a human.
- Humanity Is Infectious: This is what Castiel believes. The longer Castiel hangs out with the Winchesters, the more human-like he becomes. It is likely to increase even more now that Castiel is human as of the Season 8 finale.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: Castiel is always helping the Winchesters whenever they need help. He is normally the one who ends up fixing things quickly for the Winchester brothers, no matter how major or minor the problem is. Without Castiel, it is safe to say that the Winchester brothers would be completely screwed and would have been dead many times over if he was not there to repeatedly save Sam and Dean constantly. It helps that he is an angel with powerful abilities as well.
- Incoming Ham: Castiel when he's possessed by the Leviathans in Season 7.
Castiel: TOO LATE!
- Innocent Blue Eyes —> Icy Blue Eyes: Castiel's eyes can become rather piercing when he is giving someone (mostly an enemy or an opponent) the Death Glare.
- Innocently Insensitive: Castiel is particularly prone to the trope. He called Sam an "abomination" in order to explain a point, and complimented Dean by telling him, "you're not the broken shell of a man that I thought you were."
- Iconic Outfit: The holy tax accountant suit, loosened tie and signature trenchcoat combo—work it, Cas. In the seventh season premiere, he went to a church and replaced the standard Christian stained-glass painting of God/Jesus with himself...in that same outfit. Man, Castiel must love that suit and jacket.
- Identity Amnesia: In "The Born-Again Identity," Emmanuel is revealed to be Castiel, although Castiel doesn't even know who he really is, that his true name is Castiel and that he is in fact an angel. Meg and Dean have to tell him who he really is.
- Irony: When speaking with Castiel, Crowley says Castiel is different from Lucifer because Lucifer "is a bratty child with daddy issues" (mirroring what mostly everyone else in the series refers to him as), but Castiel's actions could pretty much be summed up in the same way.
- Even back during the darkest days of Season 6, however, there was one fundamental difference between the two of them: Lucifer hated humanity enough to want to wipe them out; Castiel loves humanity so much that since his creation, he's been repeatedly disobeying his superiors in order to protect them.
- In-Series Nickname: Dean and Sam call Castiel "Cas." Sometimes they refer to Castiel as "The Angel."
- I Did What I Had to Do: As of Season 6, he's doing/done a lot of things he'd rather not do, but feels he has no choice, since he has to lead half of Heaven against the other half in a bid to prevent Raphael from re-starting the Apocalypse. He also kills another angel, despite saying he doesn't want to, and even pleads with the angel beforehand. He takes this attitude in "My Heart Will Go On" when Fate calls him out on having Balthazar alter history in order to create thousands of new souls to back his side of the war.
- By Season 8, this is his definitive character flaw; even after the fallout from his actions in Seasons 6 and 7, he still falls back into this way of thinking with Metatron's prompting.
Castiel: I thought I was doing the right thing.
Dean: Yeah, you always do.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy / Love Martyr: Towards Dean, whatever the exact nature of their emotional connection is. He does everything for Dean, from coming at his beck and call to rebelling from Heaven to making a deal with the King of Hell rather than drag Dean into another fight to dying several times.
- Even if you don't subscribe to the above belief, Castiel has definitely been this for God.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: All throughout Season 6, in regards to the War in Heaven. To the point that he's working with Crowley of all people, trying to avert a re-triggered Apocalypse.
- Desperate to defeat Raphael in the civil war in Heaven, Castiel begins performing many morally questionable acts, not the least of which is allying with Crowley, and rapidly skipping several shades of grey. This ultimately culminates in the season finale, where he jumps right into Villain Protagonist territory when he absorbs all the souls of Purgatory and declares himself the new God.
- Kill the Ones You Love: In addition to his habit of murdering his 'siblings,' Naomi forces him to kill over a thousand fake copies of Dean in "Goodbye Stranger." Of course, when he's finally ordered to kill the real Dean, he can't go through with it, but it's a close thing.
- Kiss of Distraction: With Meg in Season 6. Meg kissed Castiel in order to distract him and steal his angel-killing sword from his trenchcoat. It backfires when Cas spins her around and kisses back, dumbfounding not only Meg but the Winchesters as well.
- Kneel Before Zod: In the Season 6 finale, Castiel proclaims himself the new God, and demands that the heroes bow and profess their love to him. Season 7 opens with Bobby getting down on his knees and asking if that's good enough or if he wants "the whole forehead-to-the-carpet thing?" Castiel promptly decides it's pointless, since they're only doing it out of fear, and leaves to spread the word of his godhood.
- Knight In Sour Armour: Doesn't start out that way, but starts to become increasingly jaded and cynical from the middle of Season 5 onwards.
- Knight Templar: What he's become in Season 6, in regards to the war in Heaven.
- Lack of Empathy / No Sympathy: Castiel may be one of the few angels with a sense of ethics and he might tend to be portrayed as a Woobie (especially in fandom), but the fact that he's an angel first and foremost means that he doesn't have the kind of empathy allowed to humans. This allows him to think little of killing children, wiping out entire towns, and murdering his own kin.
After Dean tells him that he and Sam have been murdered in "Dark Side of the Moon":
Castiel: (flatly) My condolences.
- The Leader: Of the Garrison. Also the leader of the rebel angels.
- Limited Wardrobe: And how! Cass has had the same tie-and-trenchcoat ensemble since his debut in Season 4.
- Not counting the Dark Castiel photoshoots for Season 6 where they gave him a Dark Is Not Evil look, there was only two times where he didn't wear his trademark clothing in Season 7: when he'd lost his memories and when he was stuck in a mental asylum. Even then, he started wearing his trenchcoat over his asylum garb. That angel loves that coat.
- That coat is so iconic that when he "died" early in Season 7, Dean carried the item of clothing with him through multiple states and vehicles, apparently for the sole reason of having Castiel don it again when the latter returned, albeit as Happily Married normal human Emmanuel.
- Literal-Minded: He's getting better at it, but he still fixates on the literal meanings of English slang. Though he's interacted with humans long enough by now that you wonder if he's also being sarcastic.
Dean (to Castiel, reading a newspaper): What's the word, Cas?
Castiel: That's a shortened version of my name.
Meg: Would it kill you to watch a movie, read a book?
Cas: A movie, no. But a book with the proper spells—yeah, it could, theoretically, kill me.
- Longing for Fictionland: In "A Little Slice of Kevin," Castiel admits that he missed television while he was in Purgatory.
Castiel with a beatific smile in front of the TV set: I missed television.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: 2014!Castiel qualifies as he is seen having orgies with multiple women.
- Ludicrous Gibs: He has an unfortunate habit of imploding in season finales (and then getting brought back by God). In the sixth season finale, however, he does this to a terrified Raphael instead—who had done it to Castiel himself two finales ago.
- Manchurian Angel: After being plucked out of Purgatory by Naomi, Castiel is forced to spy on the Winchesters for Naomi without even realizing it.
- Manipulative Bastard: Frequently resorts to half-truths and deceitful tactics to make others fall in line, and can also be incredibly emotionally manipulative, taking advantage of Dean's Guilt Complex on more than one occasion. Taken to extremes in the sixth season finale when he actually manages to out-gambit Crowley.
- Meaningful Name: When Castiel comes back after his stint as God, he takes on the name "Emmanuel." Emmanuel literally means "God Is With Us."
- Cas is the root word meaning "to fall" and -iel is a suffix meaning "from God." To fall from God.
- Morality Chain / Morality Pet / Morality Unicorn: Revealed to be Meg's in "Goodbye Stranger."
- Mr. Fanservice: He is that rarest of cases where his type of fanservice involves something as innocent and nondescript as taking off his tie and showing his wrists, rather than stripping off his clothes.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction in Season 7. He falls into a (insanity-induced) Heroic BSOD until Dean shakes him out of it long enough to fix some of his mistakes.
- By Season 8, it seems he is suffering from an extended version of this.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His gulping down all of Purgatory's inhabitants inadvertently unleashes the nigh-unstoppable, omnicidal Leviathans onto Earth, not realizing that God created Purgatory just to keep them from eating the rest of His kids. Oops. Castiel eventually makes up for this (sorta) by helping to kill the Leviathans' boss, effectively derailing their Evil Plan, but he continues to feel guilty for what he did in Seasons 6 and 7.
- His desire to be The Atoner is effectively manipulated by Metatron in banishing all the angels from Heaven in the Season 8 finale.
- Safe to say, Castiel is the poster child for this trope.
- Never My Fault: This is emphasized in Seasons 6 through 7.
- Nerves of Steel: He is an angel after all.
- No MacGuffin, No Winner: Castiel disappears with the angel tablet, protecting it from Crowley and the demons, Naomi and the angels, and the Winchesters.
- Rebel Leader: His role in Heaven in Season 6 against Raphael.
- Rebellious Spirit: In "The Great Escapist," Naomi expresses her frustration that from the day he was created, he's never followed orders.
- Redemption Equals Death: Twice subverted. He sacrifices himself in the fourth season finale to try to help stop the Apocalypse when he'd been Brainwashed and Crazy into helping bring it on, but is resurrected by God in the next episode. Then he absorbs Purgatory souls and goes all A God Am I at the end of the sixth season finale, slaughtering those he deems as evil or disloyal to him, and seemingly gets killed from within by Leviathans right after he has a Heel Realization, only for it to later be revealed that he survived.
- Semi-Divine: In Season 5, after rebelling against Heaven to help the Winchesters save the world from the upcoming Apocalypse, he steadily loses his divine power until he's basically human by the end of the season.
- Shirtless Scene: In a laundromat in the Season 9 opener.
- Slasher Smile: Oh boy. Happens twice in the premiere of Season 7, once before he starts a massacre, then again to show that, yes, Castiel is pretty much gone. Though it's implied in that first case—and outright stated in the second—that it was the Leviathans doing the smiling.
- The Sleepless: Castiel has implied many times that he does not sleep. He is an angel after all.
- Someone Has to Die: A non-lethal variation in which Castiel decides to make amends for busting Sam's wall by absorbing his Hell memories into himself, restoring Sam's sanity and ending up in the nuthouse as a result. Well, you break it, you buy it...
- Sophisticated as Hell: Sometimes lapses into this due to the combination of his somewhat formal speech patterns with the slang he's picked up from hanging around on Earth. Especially noticeable when he's angry or provoked.
Raphael: Castiel, I'm warning you. Do not leave me here. I will find you.
Castiel: Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch.
- Spanner in the Works: Described as such word-for-word by Naomi in 8x21.
- Spell My Name with an S: "Cas" or "Cass"? Fandom overwhelmingly prefers "Cas," but the production materials (scripts, episode subtitles, etc.) suggest that "Cass" is canonical.
- The Spock: To Dean's Kirk and Sam's McCoy.
- Spock Speak: Most of the time, but he starts acting more human as he gets more Character Development.
- The Starscream: To Crowley in Season 6.
- Straight Man: He takes Bud Abbott's deadpan shtick to a whole new level because he usually has no clue what the joke is or even that there is one, which makes him come off just as hilarious as Dean. Highlighted by having Zachariah's Bizarro future version of him be mucho mellow.
Dean: Are you...stoned?
Castiel: Generally, yeah.
- The Strategist: Often relies on his military/tactical intelligence as much as his physical strength and powers, allowing him to scheme his way out of many a sticky situation where brute force just isn't enough.
(when discussing his plan to find God): This is not a theological issue. It's strategic.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Being the only angel hanging around the human protagonists, Castiel is consistently subjected to this, most of time in order to let the Winchesters shine and keep the plot from being resolved too easily.
- Torture Technician: He mercilessly tortures one of Eve's hybrids (off-screen) in the episode "Mommy Dearest" without even having the use of his powers, and manages to extract the necessary information in all of about five seconds. Then, in the Season 6 finale, it's revealed that he tortured Eleanor Visyak to death, indicating that he's an even better "interrogator" than Crowley. It's also implied that he was involved in torturing the monsters taken prisoner by himself and Crowley for information on Purgatory's whereabouts in the same season. In the Season 8 episode "Goodbye Stranger," we actually get to see him in action torturing demons for the location of the angel tablet, and it's brutal.
- Is a bit of Fridge Logic, considering that he needed Dean to torture Alistair in Season 4. When he was torturing in "Mommy Dearest," his Heel-Face Turn had not yet been revealed, leaving the viewer to wonder where he got those skills. Though since it is revealed ten minutes later, it is unclear whether this was actually realized/meant to be intentional.
- Tragic Hero: Begins pretty much as soon as he shows up, and reaches completion in "The Man Who Would Be King," which intentionally presents him as such, even identifying the Fatal Flaw of Pride and showing nearly all of his slide into darkness.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Castiel becomes an amnesiac in Season 7.
- Trenchcoat Brigade: Castiel was influenced by John Constantine's image. Though he's not British and doesn't smoke (as far as we know), he does wear a trenchcoat and is morally dubious, even though he's an angel.
- The Unfettered: Once Castiel commits himself to a particular course of action, he's willing to do whatever it takes to see it through, even if it means risking his own life and sanity, betraying his friends and crossing the Moral Event Horizon multiple times.
- Unkempt Beauty: The stubble, wind-blown hair, loose tie and hobo trenchcoat shouldn't be that attractive, but on Cass, it works, so much so that he's right up there with Dean as the most fetishized character in the fandom.
- Villain Protagonist: In Season 6. He comes to his senses in the Season 7 premiere.
- We Have Reserves: Crosses over with Fridge Horror. In the Season 6 finale, Castiel backstabs Crowley and sends him away. When Crowley returns with Raphael in an Enemy Mine situation, he forces Castiel to leave, taking the Real!Blood with him. They discover too late that Castiel swapped the blood beforehand. However, this meant Castiel knew Crowley would return with a vengeance, and still put up his fellow angels as guards in the warehouse. He knowingly sacrificed his own men in his bid to become God. A far cry from when he tried to teach angels free will.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Definitely. Time and time again, Castiel has sacrificed himself, made painful decisions and gone off the deep end in his quest to fulfill God's will. In fact, it's not until Joshua tells the brothers that God doesn't care enough to stop the Apocalypse that Castiel really begins to unravel.
- Wham Line: "I am an angel of the Lord."
- And, "I am your new God."
- What the Hell, Hero?: Throughout Season 4, he gets called out on his more amoral actions. The biggies are when Anna learns that he's freed Sam from demon-blood detox to allow him to break the final seal in "When the Levee Breaks" (leading to another What the Hell, Hero? when he gets her arrested by other angels when she confronts him about it, which results in her torture, Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and eventual death) and when Dean realizes that Castiel and the other angels are letting Lucifer rise so that they can kill him, rather than simply keep him locked up. Then in Season 6, Sam and Dean are appalled to learn that he's working with Crowley, lying and scheming behind the Winchesters' backs, ready to sacrifice human souls for his goal, and okay with changing history such that 50,000 people die horribly.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Meg throughout Seasons 5 to 8. When Castiel and Meg have their first encounter in Season 5, it was very obvious to the viewer that there was some serious sexual tension between the two. This led many to believe the possibility of Castiel/Meg developing a relationship in the distant future. In Season 6, the sexual tension comes to a head when Castiel and Meg make out passionately (in front of the Winchesters, no less). By that time, it is obvious that there is a mutual attraction between the two, although the two deny it. In Season 7, their relationship is taken to the next level when Castiel ends up in a mental hospital after absorbing Sam's Hell pain, trauma and memories and Meg poses as a nurse to become Castiel's caretaker. Castiel makes it seem quite obvious that he has an affection for Meg, even though he's not himself. In Season 8, their relationship becomes more open as Meg openly admits to Castiel that she loves him and that she desires to have sex with him once the angel tablet is safe. Castiel seems to reciprocate Meg's affections while reminiscing about their past relationship, their flirtations and their memorable "Pizza Man" kiss. Unfortunately, the audience is left to wonder whether or not Castiel and Meg would have progressed their relationship farther or taken their relationship to the next level since Crowley kills Meg in Season 8.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When he's absorped the Purgatory souls and the Leviathans.
- Wolverine Publicity: Especially in Season 6, where he's given his own solo TV bumper and publicity stills alongside the Winchester brothers, despite having less than 50 minutes of screen-time throughout the entirety of the season.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: During his stint as Season 6's Big Bad and Season 7's Disc One Final Boss.
- The Worf Effect: Gets beat up quite a bit to elevate Alistair, the Archangels and Leviathans, or weakened by spells or the situation. See Drama-Preserving Handicap or Strong as They Need to Be.
- Would Hurt a Child: In "The Third Man." Castiel tortures a child to figure out the location of the stolen holy weapons. There's also his attempted murder of Jesse Turner, which he more than likely would have gone through with had he not been seriously outmatched by Jesse's power.
- You Are in Command Now:
- After the averted Apocalypse and the deaths/imprisonments of the Archangels, Castiel finds himself going from a foot soldier (though one in charge of other angels like Uriel) to the acting "sheriff of Heaven," though he is challenged by Raphael, the only remaining Archangel.
- Happens again in Season 9 when after killing Bartholomew, the leader of the rogue angel faction, Castiel finds himself in command of Bartholomew's followers.
- You Can Barely Stand: Castiel is severely weakened just after escaping Purgatory, clearly tired-out by actions he can perform easily when at full power. This doesn't stop him from going Super Mode on Crowley to intimidate him into releasing Kevin.
Portrayed by Robert Wisdom and Matt Ward
Rank in Heaven: Specialist; Castiel's superior (later)
"Always happy to do some smiting."
Uriel is a "specialist" and Castiel's subordinate before the latter is demoted in "On the Head of a Pin"
. He is prejudiced against humans (and demons, but who isn't?) because he finds them inferior to angels. First appears in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"
. Portrayed by Robert Wisdom and Matt Ward.
- Aggressive Categorism: Consistently judges humans and doesn't have any nice things to say about them, even if he doesn't know them.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans and demons alike. Uriel uses slurs like "mud monkeys" and "plumbing on two legs" to refer to humans, and derisively calls demons "a stain" or "pussing sore." He has an even lower opinion of angels like Anna who've lost their grace—he thinks that they're even worse than demons!
- Have You Seen My God?: God's absence is implied to be part of the reason Uriel feels free to blaspheme and work against Heaven.
- Humans Are Bastards: He believes this to the point that he denounced God as his father for having created them, and embraced Lucifer as his new leader.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Anna sneaks up from behind him and stabs him through the throat in "On the Head of a Pin" while he's whaling on Castiel.
- Informed Attribute: "Uriel's the funniest angel in the garrison. Ask anyone." To be fair, on occasion, Uriel does laugh or toss out a one-liner. At the very least, he has a better sense of humor than Castiel...which isn't too hard.
- Irony: Formed a group of lower-ranked angels working to free Lucifer in secret as part of a rebellion against Heaven while the higher-ups were working to free Lucifer so Michael could kill him, but keeping their true goals secret so the lower ranks wouldn't rebel.
- Literal-Minded: An aversion—unlike Castiel, Uriel has a grasp on euphemisms and understands and even uses them himself.
- The Mole: He's secretly a follower of Lucifer's.
- Noble Bigot: He does not have a high opinion of humans and especially not of Sam (who has demon blood) and Dean (who tortured souls in Hell and so, in Uriel's opinion, is weak-willed), but he will (very grudgingly) enlist their help and work with them on the Host's command. He draws the line at working with demon scum like Ruby and fallen angels like Anna. As revealed by a deleted scene from "Heaven and Hell," though, he does refrain from smiting Ruby because the Host ordered him not to.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: See his quote above. As a specialist, Uriel takes pride in smiting demons and humans alike in order to "purify" Earth.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Uriel in lore is usually considered an archangel, but is one of the lowest-ranking angels on-screen since Castiel and Anna were both his superiors. Cas does refer to Uriel as a "specialist" right before announcing that they will be destroying the entire city; this is most likely a reference to Uriel being credited with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in The Bible.
- Scary Black Man: This seems to be his default vessel choice, as seen in "The Song Remains the Same." Makes sense, since being the vessel for a specific angel is In the Blood.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: As revealed in "On the Head of a Pin."
- Those Two Guys: With Castiel in Season 4.
- Time Shifted Actor: Possibly applies to Uriel's host in "The Song Remains the Same." Matt Ward may be portraying a younger version of the host portrayed in the present day by Robert Wisdom, but on the other hand, he could also be a relative of the present-day host.
- Token Evil Teammate: To an even greater degree than Ruby; at least she has her moments of kindness and works with the Winchesters, but Uriel is an insufferable, racist asshole who wants people to always do what he wants. Luckily, Castiel is there to rein him in. 'Till "On the Head of a Pin", where Uriel gets promoted above Cass and he starts calling the shots.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His plan for the Winchesters; at the end of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester," Uriel tells Sam that he will "turn [Sam] into dust" the second that the Host stops considering Sam useful.
Portrayed by Julie McNiven
Rank in Heaven: Castiel and Uriel's superior; Fallen Angel
"It's time to think for yourself."
Anna Milton is Castiel and Uriel's fallen ex-commander who wanted to experience life as a human before the Apocalypse rolled in. With the combined forces of Heaven and Hell after her, she looks to take back her grace so she can protect herself. Portrayed by Julie McNiven, Anna first appears in "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
- Action Girl: She kicks major ass when she has to.
- Angel Unaware: Literally.
- Angelic Beauty: Anna has a very innocent and ethereal look.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: Anna definitely becomes a Type III of either (or both) for "The Song Remains the Same": she's trying to murder one of the main leads (and then his parents to stop him from ever having existed), but she's doing it to prevent the Apocalypse. Even Our Dashing Heroes have done worse for less—it's just the fact that she wants to kill their parents (and in Dean's case, brother, and in Cas' case, friends) that they object to.
- Apologetic Attacker: Her attitude throughout "The Song Remains the Same"; she doesn't want to kill Sam, but feels she must to save the world. She also apologizes to Mary when she is about to kill her.
- Back for the Dead: She is handed over to Heaven by Castiel in "When the Levee Breaks," is punished off-screen for falling with imprisonment and torture, and finally escapes in "The Song Remains the Same"—at which point Michael himself finds and kills her by burning her alive with a touch.
Castiel: We still have orders to kill you.
Anna: Somehow, I don't think you'll try.
Uriel: There is no will! No wrath! ... No God.
[Anna stabs Uriel to death from behind.]
Anna, whispering: Maybe, maybe not. But there's still...me.
Castiel: No one escapes.
Anna: All these centuries, and you're underestimating me now?
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Possibly, in "The Song Remains the Same." It's suggested that, like Castiel was after his getting dragged back to Heaven in "The Rapture," the Host succeeded in reprogramming Anna and she was acting on their orders, which is what Castiel thought. The Reveal of Naomi's existence and her methods for "re-educating" rebellious angels in Season 8 makes this even more plausible, in retrospect.
- Hearing Voices: Those of other angels, starting the same day Castiel saved Dean from Hell.
- The Hedonist: She's implied to be one by her conversation with Dean about why being human trumps being angel. Though considering who she's talking to, it could've just been her joking around or trying to get him to agree with her.
- Humans Are Special: Anna believes this to the extent that she genuinely considers her own kind inferior in comparison. She admires humans' capacity for emotions such as loyalty, forgiveness and love, as well as for funner things like chocolate cake and sex.
- Identity Amnesia: After Anna was reborn human, she repressed her memories of being an angel as she grew up until Pamela helped her remember with hypnosis.
- Living MacGuffin: In her debut.
- Meaningful Name: Paradise Lost, by John Milton, doubling as a Shout-Out. There's also an Archangel named Haniel/Anael in Jewish mythology, and a Fallen Angel named Ananiel.
- Necessarily Evil: After escaping Heaven, she decides she must kill Sam to stop Lucifer from using him as his one true vessel. When Castiel refuses to let her do that, she decides to go back in time and prevent the Winchester brothers' births altogether so that the Apocalypse will have never happened. Castiel seems to believe it would work, but still tries to stop her "because Sam is my friend."
- Red-Headed Heroine: Has red hair.
- Redheads Want Heroes: Notice how she starts putting the moves on Dean when she thinks she's going to die?
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Anna was reborn in a human body, and was completely oblivious to the fact that she had great power, even without her Grace.
- Shrinking Violet: When she still thinks she's human (and crazy). She gets much more self-confident once she remembers who she really is. Remembering that you're actually an angel of the Lord who commanded a garrison of other angels, and that you've been around for over two thousand years, would probably help you get past any lingering shyness.
- We Used to Be Friends: Anna has "history" with Castiel, who did not like that she fell and makes that clear to her when she tries to convince him to rebel against Heaven and help her. They retain a pretty cordial relationship despite that and tend to go to each other for help even though Anna's a fugitive and Cass supposed to kill her. Then a brainwashed Cas turns her in for brainwashing. When they meet up again, Anna still feels betrayed and pissed; of course, in the same episode, Sam and Dean aren't thrilled that the girl they spent two episodes protecting is now trying to kill them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She tried to erase Sam and Dean from existence to avoid the Apocalypse.
Portrayed by Kurt Fuller
Rank in Heaven: Seraph, Michael's lieutenant.
- Badass Boast: "In Heaven, I have six wings and four faces, one of which is a lion."
- Evil Is Petty: He says it himself in "Dark Side of the Moon":
may be powerful, but I'm... petty
- Out-Gambitted: By Dean in "Point of No Return."
- Reality Warper: Never confirmed outright, but Dean speculates that the "future" that Zachariah sent him to in "The End" was either a hallucination or a pocket universe that the angel created.
- You Have Failed Me: Zachariah fully expects his boss Michael to do this to him when he lost track of the Winchesters once again. Subverted, as Michael instead gives him another chance to fulfill his mission. Zachariah later remarks to Dean that for Heaven, a "firing" is very literal.
Spoilers! Click here to see Lucifer in his true vessel.
The most pivotal angel in existence who changed the entire fate of Heaven
. Lucifer, also known as The Devil and/or Satan
, is a fallen archangel
. Lucifer was God's favourite son
, is known to be the most beautiful angel ever and also, Heaven's most beloved angel.
He is the ruler
and the creator of demons
seen by them as a father figure. As the second-born archangel, he is the younger brother of Michael and the older brother of Raphael and Gabriel. According to Gabriel, he was God's favorite celestial, but when God asked for all angels to bow down to humanity, Lucifer refused and rebelled against God
. He waged a war against God but was banished to Hell by Michael. All of Azazel's actions were motivated with the goal of eventually releasing Lucifer.
- Driven by Envy: Lucifer is very jealous by nature. In fact, it's his jealousy towards humans that makes him want to destroy mankind so much.
- Entitled Bastard: Lucifer was God's favorite son and Heaven's most beloved angel. When God created humans, Lucifer threw a temper tantrum and rebelled against God because God appeared to love humans more than him.
- Et Tu, God and Michael?: Lucifer felt betrayed by both his father, God, and his elder brother, Michael. He felt betrayed by God for loving humans more than him and felt betrayed by Michael because he wouldn't support him and stand by him against God when he needed him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his apocalyptic plans, he still loves his brothers (Michael, Gabriel and Raphael). He even loved God, his Father, more than anyone and anything. Except himself.
- Evil Counterpart / Foil: To Michael.
- To Sam as well. Lucifer's relationship with Michael and God directly parallels Sam's relationship with Dean and John.
- Evil Has Good Taste: Lucifer is rather sophisticated, especially when he is possessing his true vessel Sam. In the Bad Future shown in "The End," Lucifer!Sam is seen wearing a pristine and crisp white suit which makes him ultra sophisticated.
- Evil Is Bigger: When Lucifer is possessing his true vessel Sam, who is 6'4".
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Subverted.
- Evil Is Hammy: Devolves into this in Season 7.
- Evil Is Petty: Gabriel himself points this out, saying that Lucifer went on a rampage when God brought home the new baby (humans) and he realized he wasn't the favorite anymore. Death also comments on this, citing him as a bratty child throwing a temper tantrum.
- Evil Laugh: In Season 7.
- Evil Overlord: Lucifer is the ultimate leader of Hell. That is, until he is imprisoned and Crowley ends up proclaiming himself as the King of Hell.
- Evil Plan: Wipe out the human bastards. And the demon monsters.
- Evil Virtues: Lucifer displays some, believe it or not.
- Ambition: Lucifer's goal may be evil, but he has drive to achieve them, despite how catastrophic they are.
- Determination: Lucifer NEVER GIVES UP.
- Diligence: Despite being locked in a cage forever, Lucifer was still strongly at work. He still had many minions (demons) working for him in order to implement his plans. He was basically The Man Behind the Man pulling all of the strings.
- Honesty: Lucifer has always said that he never lies, as he told Sam about asking him for his consent to possess him and use Sam as his one true vessel.
- Love: Despite his apocalyptic and evil plans, it is pretty clear that Lucifer loves his Father (God) and his Archangel brothers (Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel). Hell (no pun intended), it was Lucifer's love for God that caused him to rebel and turn evil in the first place. Lucifer even states he loved God too much. Subverted later on when it's revealed that there's one person he loves even more: himself.
- Patience: Lucifer is rather calm and patient. He devises a plan and lets it take its course, no matter how long it may take.
- Valor: Lucifer will never go down without a fight.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Especially when he is possessing his destined vessel, the adorkable and puppy-dog eyed Sam.
- Fallen Angel: Lucifer is the Trope Codifier.
- Fallen Hero: Also the Trope Codifier.
- Fan Nickname: Many fans call him "Lucy." Gabriel actually called him this in canon.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans, demons and Pagan gods. In fact, the only group he shows any compassion for are other angels, trying to persuade Castiel, Gabriel and Michael to join him at different points.
- Large and in Charge: When Lucifer is possessing his one true vessel, Sam (who is 6'4").
- Laughably Evil: In Season 7, as a hallucination. His relentless sadistic mental torture of Sam is as darkly funny as it can get.
- Leaking Can of Evil: Despite being locked away in his Cage, with a little bit of help, Lucifer can still pass on orders to his demon followers and arrange for the breaking of the seals.
- Light Is Not Good: "I'm an angel. My name is Lucifer."
- Limited Wardrobe: Though he had enough sense to change out of his vessel's PJs, he wears the same costume in all his appearances. Wedding ring included.
- Love Makes You Evil: Lucifer's love for God is what made him become the representation of evil that he is. Lucifer loved God more than anything, but God seemed to show more love for humanity than he did for Lucifer, so Lucifer got jealous and rebelled as a result. Because of Lucifer's jealousy towards God's love for humanity, Lucifer has made it his #1 goal to destroy humanity at any cost.
- Major Injury Underreaction: After being shot in the head by the Colt, the series until-then kill-everything weapon, Lucifer crumples to the ground...before taking a deep breath and staring back up at Dean.
Owwww!!! Where did you get that?
- The Man Behind the Man: Azazel, Ruby and Lilith were working for him.
- Man in White: When he's possessing Sam in the Bad Future visited by Dean in "The End."
- Man of Wealth and Taste: When he's possessing Sam, Lucifer is seen wearing a white pristine suit.
- Manipulative Bastard: Lucifer uses Nick's pain of losing his family to gain control of him.
- In "Repo Man," it turns out that he's been appearing to Sam throughout the entire season. Finally, he uses Sam's concern for a missing Dean to his advantage, at which point Sam stops ignoring Lucifer. At the end of the episode, Lucifer states that now Sam can't make him go away.
- Meaningful Name: Lucifer means "light-bringer," "bringer of light" or "light-bearer." Which is kind of ironic considering that Lucifer is, you know, Satan aka the Prince of Darkness.
- Mind Screw: Claims to be pulling one on Sam in the Season 7 premiere.
- More than Mind Control: Has used this to successfully gain control of Nick and, in another episode, he attempted (but ultimately failed) to recruit Castiel.
(In "Sympathy for the Devil"):
Lucifer: This is your choice... You people misunderstand me. You call me "Satan" and "the Devil," but do you know my crime? I loved God too much. And for that, he betrayed me—punished me. Just as he's punished you. After all, how could God stand idly by while that man broke into your home and butchered your family in their beds? There are only two rational answers, Nick—either he's sadistic, or he simply doesn't care. You're angry. You have every right to be angry. I am angry, too. That's why I want to find him, hold him accountable for his actions. Just because he created us doesn't mean he can toy with us like playthings.
Nick: If I help you...can you bring back my family?
Lucifer: I'm sorry. I can't. But I can give you the next best thing. God did this to you, Nick. And I can give you justice. Peace.
(In "Abandon All Hope..."):
Lucifer: Castiel. I don't understand why you're fighting me, of all the angels. I rebelled, I was cast out. You rebelled, you were cast out. Almost all of Heaven wants to see me dead, and if they succeed, guess what? You're their new public enemy number one. We're on the same side, like it or not, so why not just serve your own best interests? Which in this case just happen to be mine?
- Narcissist: Lucifer's major reason for rebelling and becoming a Fallen Angel.
- Never My Fault: Lucifer sees himself as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, and for the longest time in the show, you believe him. He's constantly saying how wrong it is that he was a faithful servant of his father, and his only crime was to not bow down before humans, and with how imperfect they are, you can hardly blame him.
- Then in "Hammer of the Gods," his younger brother Gabriel reveals the truth: he wasn't forced to bow down before humans, it was the fact that God loved him most of all before transferring his affections to humans.
- In retaliation, Lucifer twisted a human soul into a demon, trying to get his father to admit they were horrible creations and destroy them, thus getting to be front and center again. Death even refers to him as a bratty child having a temper tantrum.
- He gets called out on it again in the Season 5 finale, when Lucifer is about to have his climactic showdown with his older brother Michael. He tries to talk Michael out of it by saying that God controls everything, and thus he forced Lucifer to be the Devil, so it's not his fault. Michael promptly says that he hasn't changed a bit and he's still blaming everyone but himself for what he did.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Lucifer thinks raising Time Abyss Death and keeping him on a leash will help him. Mistake.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Lucifer is the Roguish to Michael's Noble.
- No Sell: In "Abandon All Hope...," after Lucifer gets shot by Dean using the Colt, it looks like it's all over, but then Lucifer opens his eyes, draws in a breath and stands back up.
- He gets another good one in "Hammer of the Gods," when he gets immolated completely by the Hindu goddess Kali, but when the flames dissipate, he's still standing in the same spot, looking almost bored.
- Not So Different: Invokes this trope with Sam in "Abandon All Hope..."
Lucifer to Sam: I was a son, a brother—like you. I had an older brother whom I loved, idolized. And one day I went to him and begged him to stand with me. But Michael turned on me. Called me a "freak," a "monster." And he beat me down. All because I was different. All because I had a mind of my own. Tell me, Sam—any of this sound familiar?
- Obviously Evil: With names like "Lucifer" and "Satan," it's not hard to tell that Lucifer is the Big Bad.
- Odd Name Out: All of Lucifer's brothers name's (Michael, Gabriel and Raphael) are all names of Hebrew origin. Lucifer's name, on the hand, is of Latin origin.
- Offing The Annoyance: What Lucifer plans on doing to humans and mankind.
- Offing the Offspring: He is the creator of demons, who look up to him as their beloved father, but he secretly despises them as the epitome of everything he hates in humans, and plans to exterminate them all as soon as they have outlived their usefulness. Crowley is the only one who recognizes this and even Castiel mentions this to Meg in Season 5, much to Meg's shock and denial.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Lucifer borderlines this. He wants to destroy almost every living thing on Earth, especially humans and even his own creation, demons. The only race he wants to survive are angels.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After Castiel banishes Michael, Lucifer angrily states that "nobody dicks with Michael, but me." See Berserk Button.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Before rebelling against God and becoming a Fallen Angel, Lucifer was God's favorite son and Heaven's most beloved angel. However, Lucifer rebelled when he refused to bow down to God's newest creation, humans.
- Parental Favoritism: Lucifer was God's favorite child.
- Physical God: The demons revere Lucifer as a god because he created their race. After he gets released, Meg directly describes the Archangel in these terms to Castiel.
Meg: Lucifer is the father of our race. Our creator. Your God may be a deadbeat, but mine...mine walks the Earth.
- Playing the Victim Card: Lucifer plays the victim card with both Sam and Dean on different occasions, and he tries to get them both to feel sorry for him and to understand his point of view about why he rebelled against God and wants to destroy humanity. See Sympathy for the Devil.
- Pride: Lucifer's MAJOR flaw or vice, and the very reason for his downfall.
- Pride Before a Fall: See Pride.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type B. Lucifer's basically a child who's mad with Daddy (God) for having a new baby—except in this case, the "baby" is the entire human race, the "child" is an ancient, vicious and dangerous Knight Templar who has the magical equivalent of nukes to back his hissy fit up, and his ideal solution is to Kill All Humans.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Mercury in "Hammer of the Gods":
You know, I never understood you pagans. You're all such...petty little things. Always fighting, always happy to sell out your own kind. No wonder you forfeited this planet to us. You are worse than humans. You're worse than demons. And yet you claim to be gods! ( kills Mercury) And they call me prideful.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucifer is the Red to Michael's Blue.
- Satan: Obviously. Though interestingly, only Famine and Pestilence actually refer to him as "Satan." Everyone else calls him "Lucifer" or simply "The Devil." All the angels refer to him as "Lucifer," which actually makes sense since that was his original angelic name.
- Satan Is Good: Subverted. He sincerely wants you to think this, and in his first few episodes at times, you might even be tempted to believe him, but ultimately he's an egotistical monster and was once referred to by Death himself as a child having a cosmic temper tantrum.
- Softspoken Sadist: He's very calm and cool-headed, and behaves in a gentle and polite manner. That doesn't stop him from torturing and killing to get what he wants.
- Spoiled Brat: Lucifer hates humans because God replaced his affection for Lucifer with his love for humans. Many characters consider Lucifer a child who is having a temper tantrum because he wasn't God's favorite son anymore.
- Start of Darkness: Lucifer became jealous of humans when he felt that God loved humanity more than him (it didn't help that Lucifer was God's favorite son). This was the start and the beginning of Lucifer's fall.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Lucifer plays with this. Lucifer hates humanity because God loved them more than him. As a result, Lucifer wants to annihilate the human race through the Apocalypse.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Repeatedly tries it, but it never works. Dean even says, "Don't give me any of that sympathy-for-the-devil crap."
- Talking in Your Dreams: Like all angels, Lucifer has the power to talk to people in dreams.
- Torture Technician: He took an innocent human and tortured her until she lost her humanity and became the first demon, Lilith. He also tortured Sam while he was in Hell and also after Sam escaped from Hell.
- It shouldn't be all that surprising that the Devil is skilled at torture.
- We Can Rule Together: Lucifer tries to tempt Castiel, a fellow fallen angel, into joining his cause. Castiel tells him he'd die first. And Lucifer's overall plan through the entire series was to get Sam to agree to be his vessel, and in the end, Sam says yes but only so he can trap him in an inescapable prison.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Inverted. He acts like this, and his excuse that he was cast out of Heaven simply for speaking his mind might have more than a grain of truth to it. However, it's clear as time goes on that he's very much an arrogant sociopath, and there are plenty of hints that he always regarded everything that was not angel as lower than dirt, and he's free to do whatever he wants to them.
- Xanatos Gambit: Lucifer's trying to summon Death and use him as a pawn. While Sam is trying to stop him, Lucifer says that Sam could just say "yes" and end this conflict. Either Lucifer will get Sam to be his vessel (one of his main goals) or he'll just go ahead and use Death (as well as the other Horsemen) to bring destruction on Earth.
- Yandere: "I was punished for loving God too much" and "Because I loved Him" (the reason he was cast down by God, or so he claims...).
Portrayed by Demore Barnes and Lanette Ware
Rank in Heaven: Archangel; Commander of the Host of Heaven; Leader of the Angel Loyalists.
Raphael was one of four Archangels created by God. He was the older brother of Gabriel, but still younger than Michael and Lucifer. The third-born Archangel, Raphael lived in Heaven with God and his brothers. When God created humans and asked all angels to bow down before them, Raphael was among those that did so, but when Lucifer rebelled against God and while Gabriel skipped out of Heaven and on to Earth, Raphael chose to side with God and Michael.
- Arch-Enemy: To Castiel in Season 6, with them leading opposite sides of Heaven's civil war. Though one can argue that their feud went back to Raphael's first appearance in Season 5.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the
three two top dogs in Heaven, his mere presence on Earth caused a massive thunderstorm that blacked out the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States. For a healthy dose of Fridge Horror, he was not the most powerful Archangel, so who knows what Michael is really capable of...
- Badass: He might've been a grade-A Jerkass, but the sheer level and magnitude of his powers was like no other being seen in the series, ironically looking far more impressive than Michael, the strongest Archangel in Heaven, and tying with Lucifer as the most visually powerful and impressive of the Archangels. Take, for example, "The Third Man": he completely trashed Castiel and could only be stopped by Heaven's answer to nuclear weapons...which only killed his vessel.
- Blow You Away: Father Reynolds, while administering Last Rites to Father Gregory's spirit in "Houses of the Holy," called Raphael "Master of the Air." Later, when Raphael appeared to Dean and Castiel on Earth, an incredibly powerful storm was blowing outside, and increased with intensity as the scene went on, eventually beginning to destroy the house they were standing in.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On both ends of one with Castiel in the Season 4 finale, the Season 6 episode "The Third Man," and the Season 6 finale.
- Disc One Final Boss: Along with Crowley in Season 6. The real Big Bad turns out to be Castiel.
- Dramatic Thunder: Always seems to be accompanied by this. Not surprising, considering his powers.
- Flat Character: Sort of. Out of all the Archangels, Raphael gets the least characterization, and no particular relationship or chemistry with any of his brothers is ever mentioned. He is also the odd man out in their Freudian Trio.
- Gender Bender: Takes on a female vessel in "The French Mistake."
- God Is Dead: He was of the belief that his father is dead. When questioned by Castiel, Raphael simply answered that if God was really alive, why wouldn't He stop the horrors of the 20th and the 21st centuries, including the coming Apocalypse?
- A God Am I: When Castiel asks Raphael how the angels can justify trying to re-start the Apocalypse, he says it's what God wants. When Castiel asks how he knows that, he says it's because it's what he wants. At the very least, he's appointed himself as the ultimate interpreter of the absent God's will, which is much the same thing, and seems to think he can boss Castiel around purely due to both his higher rank and superior power. And in the Season 6 finale, he thwarted Castiel's plan to become the new God...in order to hijack it for himself. Unfortunately for him, he got Out-Gambitted along with Crowley by Cas and killed shortly after.
- Karmic Death: Raphael killed Castiel (off-screen) by blowing him to pieces. Guess what Cass visits upon him in the Season 6 finale?
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Portrayed by Richard Speight, Jr.
"I want it to be over! I have to sit back and watch my own brothers kill each other thanks to you two! Heaven, Hell, I don't care who wins! I just want it to be over."
Gabriel was one of four Archangels created by God. He is the youngest of the Archangels seen so far, but still very powerful. Gabriel was very compassionate towards his family. When his older brothers, Michael and Lucifer, turned on each other and began fighting one another, he couldn't bear it, retreating to Earth as an escape.
- Neutral No Longer: Gabriel spent untold millennia hiding from his family, and wants nothing to do with the imminent Apocalypse (except when he tries to bully the Winchesters into accepting their roles and "getting it over with," but the Apocalypse had already been started and he was entirely convinced that nothing could stop it). After a chewing-out from Dean, Gabriel does finally decide to stand up to his family by confronting Lucifer. Though he doesn't survive, he does strike a nice blow for Team Free Will.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a truly epic one to Lucifer in "Hammer of the Gods."
- Redemption Equals Death: In his last episode, he dies trying to kill Lucifer in attempt to avenge/protect his adopted family (the pagan gods), whom Lucifer effortlessly murdered.
- Video Will: He leaves a porno for the Winchesters that has a recording of him offering a solution to lock Lucifer back up.
Spoilers! Click here to see Michael's first vessel.
Spoilers! Click here to see Michael's second vessel.
Portrayed by Matthew Cohen and Jake Abel
Rank in Heaven: Archangel, Commander of the Host of Heaven.
Michael is the eldest Archangel, making him the oldest angel in creation. He is the older brother
of Lucifer, Raphael and Gabriel. He was the Viceroy of Heaven
in his father God's absence, and is one of the most powerful beings in the universe. He commanded the Heavenly Host before he fell into the Cage with Lucifer. As the highest-ranking Archangel, he issued the commands, which went to the higher-ranking angels to disperse the orders down across the angelic chain. During the War in Heaven in the distant past, Michael banished his once-beloved younger brother Lucifer, who rebelled against their Father, from Heaven on God's command, later restricting him to a Cage deep in Hell bound by the 66 seals
- Aloof Older Brother: To Lucifer, Raphael and Gabriel.
- Anti-Villain: Type III.
- Badass: He's the first and most powerful of all the angels, exemplified by Castiel asserting that he will simply kill Lucifer if the two were to duel each other, rather than fearing the reverse outcome.
- Because Destiny Says So / You Can't Fight Fate: That's what he believes and is prepared to sacrifice the whole of humanity.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Lucifer in the fifth season, since Michael is leading the forces of Heaven, who intend to destroy part of humanity.
- Big Brother Mentor: He was this to Lucifer.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards all of his brothers, but especially Lucifer. It was obvious that Lucifer was his favorite brother.
- Big Damn Heroes / Deus ex Machina: In "The Song Remains the Same."
- Cain and Abel: With Lucifer, with Michael being the Abel (the good, dutiful son) to Lucifer's Cain (the evil, rebellious son) in terms of personalities. In terms of brother dynamics and roles, Michael is the Cain to Lucifer's Abel in the sense that Michael is the older brother meant to kill Lucifer, the younger brother, just like Cain killed his younger brother Abel.
- Destructive Savior: Although Michael killing and destroying Lucifer would bring Paradise to Earth, it is said that Michael would end up destroying and wiping out half the earth and half of mankind by doing so.
- The Dutiful Son: To God.
- Et Tu, Lucifer?: Michael felt deeply betrayed by his little brother Lucifer when he rebelled and disobeyed their Father, God, by not following his orders to love humans more than him (God). As a result of Lucifer's rebellion, God asked Michael to cast his own brother out of Heaven and into Hell.
- Fantastic Racism: Michael showcases the angelic attitude to humans when he calls Dean a "little maggot" in the Season 5 finale.
- The Fatalist: Big time. Michael believes that "you can't fight City Hall," meaning nobody can fight destiny.
- Freudian Trio: Michael is the Superego to Lucifer's Ego and Gabriel's Id.
- Good Is Not Nice: Michael went straight into Affably Evil territory due to his obsession with fighting and killing Lucifer. He still promises Dean not to leave him a total mess the way humans are left after Archangels leave their bodies.
- Jerkass: "The Song Remains the Same" gives some hints that he is notably less so than most of his Archangel brethren.
- However, he calls Dean a "maggot" in "Swan Song."
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Michael is the Noble to Lucifer's Roguish.
- Not So Different: Just like his little brother Lucifer pulls this with Sam, Michael does the same thing with Dean in 5.13. Well, he at least claims he will not leave Dean a mess after he is done possessing him.
- Take a Third Option: Michael decided he'd have to make do with Adam because Dean was out of the question. This didn't work out too well for him...
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Michael's relationship with God intentionally parallels Dean's with John, except he is perfectly willing to kill what used to be his favorite brother if he believes that's what Daddy wants. Simply put: Michael is this trope to the most illogical extreme.
Portrayed by Roger Aaron Brown
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
"Look, fire me if you want. Sooner or later, He's going to come back home, and you know how He is with that whole wrath thing."
Joshua is an angel who tends Heaven's garden. He is also the one angel who has kept in contact with God in His absence, and he announces that God will not intervene in the Apocalypse.
- Almighty Janitor: Joshua has a lot of authority for a simple gardener.
- Badass Pacifist: Okay, so Joshua interrupts Zachariah before he can do anymore harm to the Winchesters. Does he do anything violent? Nope. He just calmly tells Zachariah that God will come home and He won't be happy ("You know how He is with that whole wrath thing"). Zachariah wisely hauls ass.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Dean and Sam from Zachariah and his two henchmen in "Dark Side of the Moon."
- Mister Exposition: He explains to the Winchesters that God is on Earth and aware of the Apocalypse but doesn't care.
- Meaningful Name: Joshua comes from the same root as Jesus, and while he doesn't exactly seem to be The Messiah, he does show more compassion than most of the other angel characters.
- Mouth Of God: He states to the Winchesters that God talks directly to him, and he relays God's message for the boys to them.
- Willfully Weak: Has accepted being in an inferior position to Zachariah, but will only let that go so far.
Portrayed by Sebastian Roche
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
"Sorry, you have me confused with the other angel. You know, the one in the dirty trenchcoat who's in love with you? I...don't care."
A former ally of Castiel's. His response to the averted Apocalypse was to grab a bunch of valuable weapons, fake his own death and live it up on Earth while Heaven descended into civil war. When the war comes to Earth, he ends up on Team Cas—then Team Winchester when he decides Castiel's endgame is too risky
- Heel-Face Turn: Starts helping Castiel out with the civil war in Heaven sometime after "The Third Man." Then turns completely Face in the last two episodes of Season 6 when he allies with the Winchesters to stop Crowley and Castiel from opening Purgatory. And pays for it.
- I Owe You My Life: The reason Castiel freed him and let him escape in "The Third Man."
- In the Back: Castiel kills him from behind with an angel sword in the Season 6 finale.
- The Nicknamer: He refers to Castiel as "Cassie" and Raphael as "Raffy."
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Gabriel; they share the same personality and they instigate the weirder plots and situations Sam and Dean find themselves in ("The French Mistake," anyone?). They're even killed in the same manner—a Heel-Face Turn followed by getting betrayed and stabbed by their own brother.
- Villainous Rescue: He saves Castiel from Raphael with Lot's salt in "The Third Man."
- We Used to Be Friends: Castiel feels quite betrayed to see what his old friend has become. Works both ways when Balthazar decides that what Castiel is doing doesn't sit right with him.
Portrayed by Carlos Sanz
Rank in Heaven: Keeper of Heaven's weapons
Weapons keeper of Heaven and one of Raphael's top hitmen, sent to find Balthazar and the key to his stolen weapons cache. Balthazar uses the Winchesters as decoys and throws them into a parallel universe where they're all fictional characters. Virgil follows, but is horrified to discover a world with no magic.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Last time he was seen, he was still trapped powerless in the alternate world Balthazar sent Sam and Dean to, likely in prison for multiple murders.
Portrayed by Sonya Salomaa
Rank in Heaven: Castiel's lieutenant.
"But you beat the Archangels, Castiel. God brought you back. He chose you, Cass...to lead us."
- Broken Pedestal: She does not take Castiel's plan to open Purgatory and absorb its souls very well.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Castiel kills her with an angel blade when she tries to kill him after discovering his plan to open Purgatory.
- Jerkass: To the Winchesters and Bobby, to the point where Castiel has to interrupt and dismiss her when she starts a bitchy rant about how inferior humans are.
- The Lancer: To Castiel during the civil war in Heaven.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Sam and Dean for calling upon Castiel when they need help but never taking into account the things he has to do in Heaven.
Dean: Look, I don't know who you think you are...
Rachel: I'm his friend.
Sam: What, you think we're not?
Rachel: I think you call him when you need something. We're fighting a war.
- She later calls out Castiel for his plan to absorb the souls of Purgatory in order to defeat Raphael and become the new God.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Castiel kills her with an angel sword when she tries to kill him after discovering his plan to open Purgatory.
Portrayed by: Emily Holmes
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
Portrayed by: Adrian McMorran
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
- Nice Angel: He's easily one of the nicest angels encountered in the series. His big smile and happy expression upon seeing Castiel alive show more emotion in one scene than most of his brethren have in entire episodes.
- Number Two: To Hester. He takes over command of the garrison after she dies.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inias is the Blue to Hester's Red.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He isn't seen with the other angels who take Kevin Tran to his home and then get killed by Edgar, and Castiel later states that all the angels in his garrison have either died or gone into hiding, leaving Inias' fate unclear.
Portrayed by: Tyler Johnston
Rank in Heaven: Naomi's footsoldier
"We protect the word of God."
- Accidental Misnaming: Dean calls Samandriel "Alfie," the name on his vessel's name tag, and it seems to stick. The obvious nickname ("Sam") was already in use.
Rank in Heaven: Lieutenant to the Archangels; Purveyor of Heaven and Head of Intelligence.
"You will report in to me regularly, and you will never remember having done so."
- Berserk Button: She's not fond of the "bureaucrat" title. When Crowley calls her one, she nearly smites him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She didn't exactly come out smelling like roses in her first two episodes (what with having Cass spy on the Winchesters for her and giving him orders without letting him remember it happening), but she seemed benevolent enough until she orders Cas to kill Samandriel, whom she views as a traitor for having inadvertently revealed the existence of the angel tablet to Crowley under torture.
- Brainwashing For The Greater Good: In Season 8, Naomi manipulates Cas' memory and brainwashes him into following her orders through what appears to be the angelic version of a lobotomy, and it is implied that she has done this to him repeatedly without him remembering it, as well as to any other angel who toes the company line. For her part, Naomi seems to genuinely believe that brainwashing Castiel and turning him against the Winchesters is for his own good.
Castiel: What have you done to me, Naomi?
Naomi: What have I done to you?! Do you have any idea what it's like out there? There's blood everywhere, and it's on your hands. After everything you did—to us, to Heaven—I fixed you, Castiel. I fixed you!
- Cassandra Truth: Castiel refuses to believe anything she says after being freed from her control. This comes back to bite him once Metatron reveals his true colors.
- Dating Catwoman / Interspecies Romance: It's implied in "Goodbye Stranger" that she once had a thing with Crowley, even though they're on opposing sides.
- Good Counterpart: To Zachariah. Sort of.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's trying to protect the Heavenly Host and hold them together during the chaos caused by the failed Apocalypse, the civil war and then Godstiel by doing whatever she feels is in their best interest, which unfortunately happens to include quite a lot of Dirty Business.
- Heel Realization: She eventually realizes how far she has fallen from her duty as a guardian of humanity, which leads to a...
- Heel Face Door Slam: In "Sacrifice."
- However, we've seen that, when angels die burns in the shape of wings appear. As no such mark appeared, it is entirely possible Naomi is still alive and on earth like all the other angels.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Amanda Tapping also plays Sam Carter on Stargate SG-1 and Dr. Helen Magnus on Sanctuary.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Metatron kills her with the angel-drill...thing that she used to Mind Probe and brainwash angels.
- The Man Behind the Man: Spends roughly the first three quarters of Season 8 controlling Castiel and is therefore responsible for his shadier actions; however, the Winchesters aren't even aware of her existence until "Goodbye Stranger."
- Manipulative Bastard: Feels like one due to her position as the one in charge of Mind Raping and brainwashing other angels. When she meets Dean in "Taxi Driver," she reveals herself to be a skilled manipulator on her own merits when she spins her more abhorrent actions in her favor by claiming that she didn't order Castiel to kill him and Castiel just misinterpreted her as having ordered him to kill Dean due to his being mentally unstable, and taking advantage of Dean's abandonment issues by insinuating that the loyalty and love he has for Cas is not returned.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, Castiel considers her to have crossed it after she has the patrons of an entire restaurant slaughtered and the sole survivor blinded and Mind Raped so that she can only repeat, "You have to stop," all to give Cas a Heroic BSOD long enough to catch him. When it succeeds, Naomi kills said survivor in the same way you might swat a fly.
- Not So Stoic: Normally calm and in control, she definitely shows signs of losing her cool in "Torn and Frayed" and "Goodbye Stranger" when Castiel hesitates to kill Samandriel and defies her by refusing to kill Dean. She seems to become a lot more frustrated and frazzled after that.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She doesn't do evil for evil's sake, but she'll jump over the Moral Event Horizon without blinking if it'll help her achieve her goals.
- Redemption Equals Death: When she finds out Metatron's Evil Plan, she is badly shaken and goes to Dean and Cas to try to warn them; having realized the error of her ways, she also offers an olive branch to Castiel, telling him that she will start listening to him if he is willing to talk to her. When she returns to Heaven, Metatron kills her.
- Smug Smiler: It's even in the photo! Though she isn't on par with Zachariah. She surpasses him.
- Torture Technician: Has been implied to have tortured Castiel both physically and psychologically since pulling him out of Purgatory.
- Villainous Rescue: She saves Castiel from Purgatory to use him for her own purposes.
- In "Taxi Driver," she intervenes to scare Crowley off and send Bobby's soul up to Heaven to help the Winchesters complete the second trial to seal Hell.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She might be doing some pretty abhorrent things, but it's not that she wants to do them; she just goes with what sounds like the most logical course of action for preserving Heaven, no matter how many angels she has to brainwash or people she has to have killed.
Castiel: What did I just do?
Naomi: You killed a traitor.
Castiel: Samandriel...was good. And I was trying to atone for—
Naomi: Samandriel was broken. He revealed the existence of what I would die to protect—what any of us would die to protect.
Portrayed by Josh Kalender.
Rank in Heaven: Naomi's assistant.
"You soldiers, down in the garrison, at least they let you believe the lie. Upstairs, working for Naomi, working in Intelligence, we had no option but to live in the dirt. She never reset me completely. I always knew too much, I had to...I had to do my job."
An angel who worked under Naomi in the intelligence department of Heaven, but is actually a double agent for Crowley
- Broken Angel: Due to Naomi brainwashing him over and over again. Ironically, this is what causes him to betray her.
- Eye Scream: Castiel kills Ion by shoving a bullet made from a melted-down angel-blade through Ion's eye.
- Manchurian Agent: While Ion was never reset completely due to his job in intelligence, he admits he was brainwashed so many times he does not know what the mission is anymore.
- The Mole: While working for Naomi, he was actually on Crowley's payroll, giving the King of Hell information and eventually doing his bidding.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Crowley shoots Ion in the arm with a bullet made from an angel blade.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His vessel wears a well-fitted gray suit and tie.
- Straw Nihilist: Ion tells Castiel, "Nothing matters." Castiel replies, "You are so wrong, brother. It all matters."
Portrayed by Nelson Leis.
Rank in Heaven: Naomi's assistant.
Esper works under Naomi's direction in Heaven's Intelligence division.
Portrayed by Curtis Armstrong.
Rank in Heaven: Celestial administration; Scribe of God; Sole occupant.
"When you create stories, you become gods of tiny, intricate dimensions unto themselves."
Metatron worked in the secretarial pool of Heaven until God chose him as His Scribe. God had Metatron create tablets with instructions on His creations. After God disappeared, the Archangels started scheming to take over the universe, and Metatron realized they would need the Word of God and him to do this. He decided to flee from Heaven and live with the Two Rivers Tribe in Colorado, asking that the tribe give him stories as tribute. Metatron remained isolated from the events of Heaven, Hell and the world, until Sam and Dean visit him attempting to find out what the third trial is to close the gates of hell. As it turns out, going to him leads to something else entirely.
- Actor Allusion: You might say that his plan is...the revenge of a nerd.
- Almighty Janitor: Describes himself as just a "pencil-pusher" type normal angel until God picked him to be His scribe, but by the end of Season 8, he's one of the biggest threats in the series thanks to his machinations, knowledge and damage level. Justified as God told him some major secrets which he used to his advantage.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Metatron had withdrawn from the world, Heaven and Hell to the point that he had not heard about the events of the Apocalypse, but now he is back in the game.
- Badass Beard —> Beard of Evil: Appears to be a Badass Beard at first, before his true colors are shown.
- Badass Bookworm: Metatron really just wanted to sit around and read the stories, and is also extremely smart as well. That won't stop him from using a double-barrel shotgun on a couple of people he believed to be intruders.
- Beware the Nice Ones: For the most part, Metatron comes across as an affable guy who simply wants to be left alone to read books. Then he literally razes Heaven as revenge for the Archangels pissing him off.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Even though Crowley have been the biggest threat throughout Season 8, but after Metatron reveals his true colors and also kills Naomi, he's a much more bigger threat in the season finale.
- He seems to be this with Bartholomew, Malachi and Abaddon for Season 9.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Kevin from Crowley using his angelic powers.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Archangels scheming forced him to flee Heaven. So what does he do? Condemn all the other angels to fall from grace, even though the ones he fled from are either dead or sealed away.
- Dying Like Animals: Dean basically calls him an "ostrich," complete with a "head in the ground" comparison.
- Esoteric Motifs: Metatron is identified with a symbol consisting of an octagon surrounded by a triangle inside a larger circle with three smaller circles along the sides of the triangle.
- Evil All Along: In the finale of Season 8, it turns out that Metatron, who advised the brothers on the last trial to seal Hell and was guiding Castiel in another set of trials to seal off the now-corrupt Heaven, was not as harmless as he appeared; he didn't warn the Winchesters that completing their trials would kill Sam or that the trials he was helping Castiel with were actually components of a spell to banish all angels from Heaven as petty revenge for being forced to leave Heaven centuries earlier.
- Fantastic Racism: Extremely looks down upon the Nephilim, even if they only want to live in peace and not bother anyone.
- Faux Affably Evil: Appears to be friendly and jolly at first, and would even help out one of his own Prophets, but beneath that friendly exterior lays a very bitter and vengeful being willing to cast down all angels to Walk the Earth.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Just a normal angel who wants to help like Castiel HOLY SHIT did he just take away Castiel's grace and kick every angel out of Heaven?!
- The Ghost: Metatron was mentioned and referenced once in late Season 7 and several times throughout Season 8, but doesn't actually appear until episode 21.
- The Power of Creation: Metatron is amazed by humanity's ability to create stories.
Metatron: But really...really, it was your storytelling. That is the true flower of free will. At least as you've mastered it so far. When you create stories, you become gods of tiny, intricate dimensions unto themselves. So many worlds! I have read...as much as it's possible for an angel to read, and I haven't caught up.
- Revenge Before Reason: It doesn't matter how much trouble booting all the angels from Heaven may cause, he's obsessed with revenge for the Archangels forcing him to flee Heaven.
- Screw Destiny: Unlike most angels, Metatron does not appeal to fate and celebrates free will.
Metatron: You really intend on closing the doors of Hell?
Dean: Seems like the thing to do, don't it?
Metatron: It's your choice. And that's what this has all been about, the choices your kind make.
- Special Person, Normal Name: Metatron, the Scribe of God..."Marv" to the locals.
- Took a Level in Badass: After saving Kevin.
- The Three Trials: He, after all, was the one who created them to shut down Hell. He also knows the ones that can shut down Heaven, too. In actuality, this was a lie since his real goal was to get into Heaven and not shut it down, but cast a spell that caused all angels to fall.
- True Neutral: Invoked by himself, when he intentionally cuts himself out from the whole world to avoid getting in the fight between Michael and Lucifer. He'd also rather listen to the stories as told by people and read up on mankind's greatest books. Sam and Dean call him out for it and mention to Metatron about his Prophet Kevin Tran by telling him how much hell the kid has gone through. Metatron also sees what happened with Sam and how close he was getting to the last test. When that was said and done, Metatron decides to do something about it. Of course, they find out later that this was not a good thing.
- Wham Line: Provides a great dozy of one when he mentions what the Third Trial was: to cure a demon.
Ezekiel / Gadreel
Spoilers! Click here to see Ezekiel in his other vessel.
Portrayed by: Tahmoh Penikett, Jared Padalecki
Rank In Heaven: Guardian of the Garden of Eden; Fallen Angel.
"Believe it or not, some of us still do believe in our mission. And that means we believe in Castiel...and you."
Ezekiel (revealed to be Gadreel
) is a warrior angel who was injured when he fell after Metatron cast all the angels out of Heaven. He was able to take a vessel and answers Dean's prayer to help in healing Sam. He finds that Sam is so damaged that he must possess Sam and heal him from the inside
- Angelic Beauty: Just look at him. Ezekiel is gorgeous...or at least his human vessel(s) are.
- Anti-Villain: Type III
- Antiquated Linguistics: Ezekiel tends to use old-fashioned sounding words like "entangling" and quaint phrasing like "did me no favors" which goes well with Tahmoh Penikett's soft-spoken Yukon accent. Jared copies this when he also plays Ezekiel.
- Badass: Ezekiel is a "good soldier," according to Castiel.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Implied, as Gadreel didn't enjoy killing any of his targets except for the guard who tortured him in Heaven's prison. At the very least, being tortured made him unrepentant to kill.
- The Big Guy: Ezekiel is very tall. That includes both his original vessel and Sam.
- He's of the Class 2 type.
- Body Surf: Ezekiel moves from his original vessel to Sam.
- Broken Angel: Ezekiel is weak and claims to have been injured in the fall.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The real Ezekiel died during the fall of angels. He took his identity because the latter had a good reputation.
- The Dragon: Becomes this to Metatron in "Holy Terror".
- Enemy Within: Ezekiel convinces Dean that they cannot tell Sam about the possession because Sam would eject Ezekiel and then die.
- Face-Heel Turn: In "Holy Terror."
- Fan Nickname: Some fans call him "Zeke."
- Gentle Giant: Subverted.
- Glowing Eyes / Icy Blue Eyes: When Ezekiel possesses Sam, his eyes glow blue.
- Good Is Not Soft: Ezekiel argues for compassion but is willing to fight his brother.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Despite being good or not, as a result of the fall or of his imprisonment in Heaven, his wings appear skeletal and singed.
- Grand Theft Me: Ezekiel possesses Sam for the first part of Season 9.
- Guardian Angel: Ezekiel argues for this role for angels, even though that seems at odds with most of the angels we have seen in Supernatural.
Ezekiel: Easy there, brother. This young man has prayed for our assistance. Are we creatures of wrath or compassion? I would argue the latter.
- Healing Hands: Ezekiel puts his hand on Sam's chest but says Sam is too weak.
- He is, however, able to resurrect Castiel in "I'm No Angel" with light glowing from his hands. The actors have joked that the process took 15 minutes and half a bottle of massage oil.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Ezekiel (or his human vessel) wears a black leather jacket.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Tahmoh Penikett also plays Jim Martin on Continuum, Paul Ballard on Dollhouse and Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined).
- Hunk: Ezekiel's vessels (with one of them being Sam) are pretty darn attractive.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He tells Dean that having killed Kevin Tran is for the best.
- Jekyll & Hyde: With Sam. Ezekiel convinces Dean that Sam cannot know about Ezekiel's presence.
Dean: So, what he does—what, is he gonna feel you inside, triaging his spleen?
Ezekiel: He will not feel me, no. There is no reason for Sam to know I'm in here at all.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Ezekiel (and Dean) enter Sam's mind to observe, and later Ezekiel returns disguised as Dean to persuade Sam to accept their plan.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Kills Abner, his former friend, on Metatron's orders.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Ezekiel erases Sam's memories of almost dying before relinquishing control of Sam's body. He also erases Sam's memories whenever he manifests control, such as when he takes out the demons, in order to maintain the ruse.
- Meaningful Name: Ezekiel is a Hebrew name which means "God strengthens." Ironically, Ezekiel is possessing Sam in order to heal and strengthen him after being near-death. Ezekiel was also a Hebrew prophet and priest who lived in exile in Babylon, and the angels have been exiled from Heaven.
- Ultimately subverted as his name is revealed not to be Ezekiel after all.
- Mission from God: Ezekiel says he and other angels still believe in Castiel and the Winchesters, presumably because God brought Castiel back to life after they opposed the Apocalypse and sent Lucifer back to the pit.
- Mr. Fanservice: Many female fans were already commenting on how hot and physically attractive Ezekiel was even before he made his debut.
- My Greatest Failure: He was God's most trusted angel and was asked to protect the Garden of Eden from Lucifer. His failure leads him to be locked a dungeon in Heaven.
- No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me: The other angel does not recognize Ezekiel, and Ezekiel seems reluctant to give him his name.
Angel: Forgive me, brother. I don't recognize you.
Ezekiel: Happy to make your re-acquaintance. After you disarm.
- Not-So-Small Role: When Genre Savvy viewers spot Tahmoh Penikett getting off the bus, they realize he will have more than a small part.
- One-Winged Angel: Despite being a Fallen Angel, he's still got some power left in him, although it takes a lot out of him.
- Post-Victory Collapse: Ezekiel suffers this, although Dean was the one responsible for the victory.
Ezekiel: I heard your prayer, and I am here to help. (his eyes close and he thuds against the ground)
- Happens again in "I'm No Angel," after he resurrects Castiel and closes up his wounds. In his current state, he's a bit prone to Power Strain Blackout.
- Questionable Consent: Sam says "yes" to Ezekiel helping him, but thinks he is saying "yes" to Dean and does not know what the help entails.
Ezekiel as Dean: Sam, listen to me. I made you a promise in that church. You and me, come whatever. Well, hell, if this ain't whatever... But you got to let me in, man. You got to let me help. There ain't no me if there ain't no you.
- Redemption Quest: A villainous example. He wants to get back in Heaven's good graces even if it means killing good people like Kevin.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A very short one, but upon being assigned to kill the angel who tortured him, Gadreel then kills him with his own blade while he's apologizing. It's not particularly sadistic or cruel, but if nothing else it's obvious that this was the only kill he enjoyed.
- Sanity Slippage: While being tortured by Crowley, it becomes clear that Gadreel truly believes Metatron's lies and thinks that he's helping save Heaven.
- Symbiotic Possession: Ezekiel possesses Sam in order to heal both Sam and himself, but Sam is unaware of this.
- Technopath: Ezekiel silences the monitor alarms by waving his hand.
- Torture Always Works: Subverted. Crowley could only force Gadreel to reveal his name before he summoned the willpower to overcome the hacking.
- Walking the Earth: Ezekiel was getting off a bus with a backpack, but when he heard Dean's prayer, he got back on the bus.
Portrayed by: Grace Phipps
Rank In Heaven: Fallen Angel
"It was a normal day, and then just...dark. And then I was just...falling. How could that happen?"
Hael fell to Earth after Metatron's spell, and meets Castiel. She seems excited about visiting the Grand Canyon, which she made during her last visit to Earth, and exploring free will. She took the vessel of a young woman, who is unable to contain her, and wants to take Castiel as her new vessel
- Killed Off for Real: By Castiel.
- Meaningful Name: Hael means "angel of kindness." Ironic, considering her agenda for Castiel.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Hael does not understand why she cannot go with Castiel and says she needs his help. Castiel unsuccessfully tries to convince her she can do it herself.
- Possession Burnout: Hael's original vessel cannot contain her, and the skin of the young woman she possessed is burning away.
- Public Domain Character: Hael is the name of an angel in old texts on magic associated with King Solomon. In the Grimorium Verum, Hael and Sergulath rule the spirits Proculo, Haristum, Brulefer, Pentagnony, Aglasis, Sidragrosam, Minosom and Bucon, and Hael is assigned powers over writing and speech. In the Ars Paulina of the Lemegeton, Hael is an angel ruling the eighth degree of Aries.
- Stalker Without A Crush: Has shades of this towards Castiel.
- Title Drop: Hael comes close to saying the title of the Season 9 premiere when she says, "You were right, Castiel. With us together, I think I could learn to like it here."
- Willing Channeler: Hael begs Castiel to possess him and use him as a vessel.
Portrayed by: Adam J. Harrington
Rank In Heaven: Formerly Naomi's lieutenant, now leader of fallen angels.
Bartholomew is the leader of a secret faction of fallen angels searching for new vessels. To this end, he's made an arrangement with the Reverend Buddy Boyle, a TV minister who preaches openness to the Heavenly Host. He is also directing the search for Castiel.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Castiel with his angel-killing sword.
- Jerkass: Is entirely un-bothered when a woman who's agreed to be an angel's vessel explodes from contact.
Bartholomew: Buddy, the simple truth is, not all who are willing are designed to contain Heaven's grace. We have to expect a casualty now and then. It's a small price to pay, when you think about it.
Rev. Boyle: Like the Lamb of the Sacrifice?
Bartholomew: (smirks) Sure.
- Klingon Promotion: Bartholomew has taken over Naomi's faction after Metatron iced her. Maurice the Reaper calls him her protégé and "an up-and-comer."
- The Man Behind the Man: To Reverend Boyle.
- Mean Boss: Quick to blame his two underling angels for Castiel's continuing evasion of capture.
Portrayed by: Ashton Holmes
Rank In Heaven: Healing specialist with the Rita-Zien
Ephraim was a member of the Rita-Zien, a specialized corps of war angels who cured the wounded and ended the suffering
of those beyond help. Once banished to Earth, he starts a campaign of killing humans who are in pain and despair, starting with his meatsuit's wife.
- Anti-Villain: Type III. His horrible actions are motivated by a genuine desire to end the suffering on Earth than actual malice.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He vaporizes a man who had just hung up on a suicide hotline, then does the same to a teenage girl upset (but not suicidal) because she was publicly dumped by her boyfriend.
- Fish out of Water: Ephraim had never left Heaven before Metatron cast his banishing spell, and his overzealousness is partly attributable to unfamiliarity with human emotions.
- Psycho Supporter: To Castiel. Not that he'll let that stop him from killing the now-human Cas out of pity.
Portrayed by: Stephen Taylor
Rank in Heaven: Unknown, but referred to as "The Anarchist"
Malachi is the leader of a faction of angels seeking to rule the Heaven all of them were evicted from in the Fall. His side is in a bitter rivalry
- Big Bad Ensemble: Seems to be this with Bartholomew, Metatron and Abaddon of Season 9.
- Break Them by Talking: He has some skill in this area, and discomfits Castiel by telling him of the angels who died in the Fall. Of course if that doesn't work...
Portrayed by: Dan Payne
First appearance: "Road Trip" (S9, Ep10)
Rank In Heaven: Prisoner
Abner was a prisoner in Heaven for 700 years, during which he befriended Gadreel
and was tortured by the guards. Upon falling to Earth, he possesses an abusive husband and lives happily with the man's wife and daughter.
- Good Parents: Becomes one to the daughter of his vessel.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He considered himself a terrible angel and much better off living with a wife and kid, working nine to five in tech support.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Minor example, but he chose an abusive husband for his vessel so that he could act without feeling guilty about taking away his vessel's freedom.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Gadreel kills him shortly after we meet him.
Portrayed by: Wesley MacInnes
First appearance: "Road Trip" (S9, Ep10)
Rank In Heaven: Guard
One of the guards of Heaven who tortured Abner and Gadreel
. The latter kills him for it with his own weapon.
Portrayed by Linda Tomassone.
Rank in Heaven: Nephilim.
"I'll show you an abomination."
Jane is a waitress at a restaurant in Ojai, California. She is also the only Nephilim
on Earth. It is not explained how she came to exist, and which of her parents is an angel. She has some supernatural powers, but it is not established whether she has a soul or grace.