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Gods In Supernatural
Before we get down to brass tacks, some ground rules. No slaughtering each other. Curb your wrath. Oh, and uh, keep your hands off the local virgins. We're, trying to keep a low profile here.
Gods In Supernatural
"Your story. Not ours. Westerners, I swear. The sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on earth? You pillage and you butcher in your God's name. But you're not the only religion, and he's not the only God. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong."
come from a variety of religions all over the world. The God of the Abrahamic religions is the father of the angels
and the major deity in Supernatural
, which is heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian tradition. However, there are many other gods who appear through the series. Some may be referred to as pagan gods from the polytheistic traditions of Europe and North Africa, who no longer have the same amount of tribute and sacrifices they once had, causing them to turn to alternative methods of finding sustenance and worship. Others are gods of religions which are not of the Abrahamic tradition, and still have many worshipers today including Indian and traditional folk religions.
Tropes about Supernatural gods in general:
- All Myths Are True: In the photo above, Mercury sits between Baron Samedi and Baldur.
- Complete Immortality: Including being among The Ageless and having Nigh-Invulnerability.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Most Gods need human sacrifices for power. While some accept praise and tributes, many prefer flesh and blood. They aren't very happy if they've fallen out of style and have had to turn to other methods to maintain themselves.
- Homage: Many of the gods and their thirst for blood are reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's works, especially American Gods.
- I'm a Humanitarian: One of the unsettling traits of many of the gods, although there are exceptions.
- Jerkass Gods: Most, but not all the gods, in Supernatural.
- Kill the God: What most hunters attempt to do, due to the tendency of gods to cause human death and suffering.
- Physical God: Although they have remarkable powers they still can be killed, and Death confirms that one day he will reap God.
- We Are Everywhere: Kali claims there are billions of them and we have seen them pose as news reporters, kind old octogenarians, hotel concierges, and cooks.
Portrayed by Rob Benedict
Dean: If there's a god, what the hell is he waiting for, huh? Genocide? Monsters roaming the earth? The freaking apocalypse? At what point does he lift a damn finger and help the poor bastards that are stuck down here?
Castiel: The Lord —
- All-Powerful Bystander
- Big Good: On the rare occassions He does appear, it is as this.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He created creatures like the leviathan and Lucifer with the implication that He knew how they'd turn out, left His angels to run things, and refuses to intervene to stop bad things from happening. This is because He's a big fan of free will, so He just sits back and gives little nudges in the right direction.
- Of course, he still intervenes from time to time to ensure the outcome he wants...so how much he allows for free will is questionable.
- Deus ex Machina/Divine Intervention: It's revealed in "Dark Side of the Moon" that He was the one who rescued Sam and Dean, sped Sam through demon blood withdrawl, and resurrected Castiel in "Sympathy for the Devil".
- Disappeared Dad
- Et Tu, Lucifer?: God felt deeply hurt and betrayed when his favourite son, Lucifer rebelled and disobeyed him when he (Lucifer) refused to follow his orders and love humans and humanity more than him. Because of Lucifer's disobedience and rebellion, God asked his eldest and most loyal son, Michael (also Lucifer's older brother) to cast Lucifer out of Heaven and into Hell, making Lucifer a Fallen Angel. God felt even more hurt and betrayed by Lucifer when Lucifer twisted a human soul and created the very first demon, Lillith, just to spite God for casting him out of Heaven. As a punishment for what Lucifer did, God created a cage solely for Lucifer (known as Lucifer's Cage), which he sealed with 600 seals, in which only 66 of those seals needed to be broken in order for Lucifer to be released. It is implied that after Lucifer rebelled against God, God was completely miserable and left Heaven, which also implies that God felt deeply hurt and betrayed that his most precious and beloved child and his favourite son (Lucifer) rebelled and disobeyed him.
- Flip Flop of God: Whether or not He was Chuck all along. He was initially, but then Eric Kripke left and Sera Gamble said that it was up to the viewer to decide.
- The Ghost: Possibly. See Flip Flop of God above.
- God: Trope Namer.
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: God himself is clearly disinterested in the genocidal plans of the angels- in fact, he explicitly says (through an intermediary) that the Apocalypse is "not his problem" (the angels themselves seem either convinced He was dead, or disillusioned that Daddy isn't ever coming back home- they are really simply lost without Him, and the Apocalypse is really the closest thing they have to God's Will). However, it is implied that the real reason God thought it wasn't His problem is that He knew Sam and Dean would win without help (and has subtly been assisting them in small ways anyway) and that He is simply a case of God Is Flawed and is actually Chuck.
- God Is Dead: In season five, the Archangel Raphael informed Castiel that the reason Cas cannot find God is because He is dead. However, it's implied in the season five finale that Chuck is God, and therefore God is not, in fact, dead. Death does reveal that God will eventually die at the end of time by his hand.
- God in Human Form: In the season five finale, Chuck is implied to be the much-mentioned missing God.
- God Is Flawed
- God Is Good: For a long time, it's largely an open question in the series whether God is good or not. Sam and Dean both have tendencies to doubt such a position, and to have faith in it. The Season 5 finale, though, comes out largely in favor of God being good, and the major faction of angels, led by Michael may not actually represent his will. Pre-Season 6, God seemed to be more of a free-will-at-all-costs guy. A bystander, just writing it all down for future generations. He does state that he wanted everyone to realize that FAMILY is what it's all about; not power, not good, not evil... family and love. And they do. So God DOES help them by NOT stepping in, knowing they would not need him because Sam and Dean knew family was the most important thing.
- The irony of this is he did create the angels to be obedient soldiers without free will then up and abandoned his "children" without a word. And for all his talk of family deliberately set up a situation where Michael had to choose between his father and brother. Between maybe saving some of humanity by doing what he thinks "dad" wants, letting the misery on Earth continue and his brother rotting in a cage, or siding with Lucifer and letting humanity suffer. So in the end the issue of "good" is still questionable since God appears to have pushed aside the angels for humanity by giving the angels and almost impossible choice and acting like a deadbeat father.
- God Was My Co-Pilot
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: The reason Joshua gives for why God won't stop the Apocalypse.
- Grandpa God: In "Sacrifice" (S08, Ep23), Metatron describes God as "pretty much like you'd expect. Larger-than-life, gruff, bit of a sexist. But fair - eminently fair."
- Have You Seen My God?
- He-Man Woman Hater: Metatron, God's scribe, describes God as a sexist, which may explain why so few women live through a Supernatural episode.
- Humans Are Special
- Jerkass: One interpretation of him. He creates the Leviathans and locks them away for being what they are instead of removing their hunger. He creates the angels to be perfectly obedient soldiers with execution being the penalty for doubting he exists even though only the archangels ever saw him. He abandons Heaven without a word leaving Michael to try and hold everything together. He does nothing about the civil war in Heaven or the general mess his abandonment has made of things. If Lucifer and Metatron are to be believed he arranged the fall of the former and is sexist. He claims to respect free will to an extent he will not be more involved, but is willing to intervene to make sure the outcome he desires comes about.
- Jerkass Gods: It even implied that the real God (the actual creator, who does exist in the Supernatural universe) has shades of this, as its commonly pointed out, especially by Dean Winchester, that despite being all powerful and all knowing, he idly sits by letting so many horrors occur every day to innocent people and it turns out he actually abandoned his children (the angels) shortly after Lucifer's rebellion (probably because he was so deeply betrayed and hurt that his favourite son (Lucifer) rebelled and disobeyed him), leading the majority of them who were still (the equivalent of) children in the ruins of heaven. Probably also explaining why his three eldest (Lucifer doesn't count as he was already evil before this) have so many problems: Gabriel ran off and pretends to be a Pagan; Raphael is a complete uncaring jerk, who doesn't even care for his own kind; and Michael is a fanatic who is obsessed with pleasing his absent father.
- Lonely at the Top: Joshua thinks so.
- Man in White: At the end of "Swan Song", when Chuck is implied to be Him.
- Neglectful Precursors
- Parental Abandonment: Some time after Lucifer rebelled against Him, God left Heaven. Many of the angels, especially Michael, blame Lucifer for God leaving.
- Parental Favoritism: Towards Lucifer and then humanity, which made the former murderously jealous of the latter.
- Parental Neglect
- Powers That Be
- Time Abyss
Vanir (Norse God)
Vanir (Norse God)
In Norse Mythology
, the Vanir are a group of gods associated with fertility, prophecy, and wisdom. In Supernatural
an unnamed Vanir is brought by immigrants to Burkittsville, Indiana, by planting a tree, that the town terms the First Tree, in an apple orchard. Every year they sacrifice a man and woman, usually people passing through the town, to the Vanir in order to ensure the prosperity of the town.
The Trickster / Loki (Norse God)
Portrayed by Richard Speight, Jr.
"That was a trick? Hm, not bad. But you want to see a real trick?"
In myth and folklore
, The Trickster
is a god who breaks conventions or subverts the rules of the gods, usually in a non-malicious and humorous manner. An example from Norse Mythology
is Loki, a Shape Shifter
who often seems to work against the other gods, and was eventually bound by the entrails of his own son. In Norse Mythology
, Loki had many children, and was father to Hel
, and the Midgard Serpent
, and mother to his steed Sleipnir. In Supernatural
, the Trickster is able to warp reality and uses this to knock down the high and mighty in amusing ways as well as to create a hedonistic lifestyle for himself. He seems to enjoy antagonizing Sam and Dean, but usually is also trying to teach them a lesson. In "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19), we find that many other gods know him as Loki, but he is truly Archangel Gabriel
- Badass: Let's put it this way—he can bend realty, warp time, and calls Lucifer out as a whiny brat and a "great big bag of dicks" to his face.
- Black Comedy: Makes his living on this trope.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disproportionate Retribution: He delivers horrific and violent judgement on Asshole Victims. Then, in "Mystery Spot", he hurls a man into a wormhole for denying that they exist. And, you know, kills Dean a bajillionty times over in unique and dementedly amusing ways for that one time Dean tried and failed to kill him. (It has the added bonus of making Sam suffer.)
- Faking the Dead: At the end of "Tall Tales".
- Great Gazoo: He comes off as this, albeit a very dark example. The Trickster's one of the funniest characters on the show, responsible for the "Groundhog Day" Loop and Trapped in TV Land incidents, so it's kind of easy to forget he started as a Monster of the Week who murdered and traumatized his victims in ironically amusing ways, mainly for shits and giggles.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He likes to think that he does this, but he goes way too far. Ironically, also how he dies—his usual trick of creating an illusionary copy of himself to fool his would-be killer fails because in this case, his killer is the one who taught him how to do that; then, in a double-whammy, he gets his own sword rammed through his chest (after he finally decides to take action against his brother). The Trickster himself might've been impressed if it hadn't happened to him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: On average slightly more than once per episode. He appears in four episodes.
- Incoming Ham: While entering the sitcom in "Changing Channels", and his introduction in "Hammer of the Gods".
- Jerk Ass
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: Yes, the time loop was cruel. Sam and Dean constantly sacrificing themselves for the other is terrible. Sam did need to accept that he couldn't save Dean. This guy wears no gentle gloves when class is in session.
- Karma Houdini: He's an unrepentant murderer in his first two appearances and gets away clean both times. He then Heel Face Turns and all is forgiven before he's killed by Lucifer, making him one in the sense that, while he dies, he never receives any comeuppance for his previous behavior.
- Karmic Trickster: How he likes to think of himself. Cranked up to obnoxious levels.
- Large Ham: Most every time he talks. Special mention to "Changing Channels".
- Laughably Evil: If you like Black Comedy.
- Reality Warper
- The Reveal: His identity as an angel (in particular, the Archangel Gabriel) in "Changing Channels".
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Tricksters can appear as many things, but tend to take a human form.
- Smug Snake
- Stealth Mentor
- Sweet Tooth: A Trickster trait.
- Trickster Archetype: Guess why...
- Trickster Mentor: To Sam and Dean. To everyone else (and to Sam and Dean), he's just a Jerk Ass.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He put Sam through near-endless trauma in his second episode because he was genuinely trying to teach him a lesson: Sam sacrificing himself to save Dean is only going to make things worse for both.
- Wooden Stake: A Trickster can be killed if impaled with a wooden stake. An angel, however, can not.
Madge & Edward Carrigan (Hold Nickar Gods of The Winter Solstice)
Madge and Edward Carrigan, Hold Nickar Gods of the Winter Solstice (Merrilyn Gann & Spencer Garrett)
Leshii (The Master of the Forest)
Leshii, the Master of the Forest (Paris Hilton and others)
Kali (The Hindu Goddess of Eternal Energy and Death)
Kali, Hindu Goddess of Eternal Energy and Death (Rekha Sharma)
"If anyone gets to end this world, it's me. I'm sorry."
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19)
Ganesh (The Hindu God of Education and Learning)
Ganesh, Hindu God of Education and Learning (Keith Dallas)
"Kill 'em? What, so the angels can bring them back again?"
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19)
Odin (Chief Norse God and Ruler of Asgard)
Odin, Chief Norse God and Ruler of Asgard (Duncan Fraser)
"I don't know what everybody's getting so worked up about! 'Cause it's just a couple of angels having a slap fight! There's no Armageddon. Everybody knows, when the world comes to an end, the Great Serpent Jormungandr rises up, and I myself will be eaten by a big wolf!"
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19)
- Beard of Evil
- Large Ham: Despite appearing in only one episode, he apparently wants to be the Largest Ham in the series. He probably succeeded in that.
- Top God: He thinks he is this, and dismisses the apocalypse as a "slap fight between a couple of angels", since the world cannot end until the Midgard Serpent Jörmungandr rises up and he gets eaten by a giant wolf. Lucifer proves him wrong.
Baldur (Norse God of Light, Beauty, Love & Happiness)
Baldur, Norse God of Light, Beauty, Love and Happiness (Adam Croasdell)
"Now we all know why we're here. The Judeo-Christian apocalypse looms over us. I know we've all had our little disagreements in the past. The time has come to put those aside and look toward the future. Because if we don't, we won't have one."
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19)
Mercury (Roman Messenger God and a God of Sex)
Zao Shen (Chinese Folk Kitchen God)
Baron Samedi (Haitian God of Death)
Veritas (Roman God of Truth)
Veritas, Roman God of Truth (Serinda Swan)
- Driven to Suicide: Her victims. Once someone summons her to compel someone to tell the truth, they get nothing but the blunt unadulterated truth from everyone around them, like an inverse of Liar Liar. Eventually they commit suicide.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Apparently takes the bodies of the people who commit suicide as a result of hearing nothing but the ugly truth from the people around them and snacks on them. Supposedly the tongue is the best part.
- Living Lie Detector: She can tell when someone is lying to her, which should be impossible for a human. She is rather shocked when Sam manages to do it, thanks to his lack of a soul.
- Smug Snake
Atropos (One of the Three Fates)
Atropos, One of the Three Fates (Katie Walder)
- Anti-Villain: Type IV. She's just trying to do her job, which Sam, Dean, and Castiel have made considerably harder. Everyone in Heaven also considers her a joke despite the gravity of her position, which can also be attributed to Sam, Dean, and Castiel's shenanigans.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Unlike the other Pagan Gods seen in the series, Atropos and her sisters work for God and Heaven to keep the world going.
- Expy: Of the thing that kills people elaborately in Final Destination series.
- Good Is Not Nice: Maybe. See Jerk Ass.
- Hot Librarian: After catching a glimpse of her, Sam describes Atropos as "like a librarian."
Dean: Your kind of librarian or my kind of librarian?
Sam: Well, she was wearing clothes, if that's what you mean.
- Jerk Ass: Takes undue pleasure in killing the people on her list. Notice the smug smile on her face after each successful kill.
- It's possible that the smugness comes from knowing who she's killing, specifically the fifty-thousand or so souls that Castiel produced by having Balthazar save the Titanic. It was basically Castiel's fault that she was laughed out of Heaven following the halting of the Apocalypse and, as a result, the discrediting of "fate" as a whole concept.
- Nerd Glasses
- You Can't Fight Fate: Pretty literally. Technically, you can kill her (stab her in the heart with a special stabbing implement, same drill as with most of the gods), but as she tells Castiel that she's easily the weakest of the three Fates and if they kill her, her sisters will kill Sam and Dean.
Osiris (Egyptian King of the Afterlife)
Osiris, Egyptian King of the Afterlife (Faran Tahir)
- Affably Evil: Compliments Sam for being a good lawyer. Then threatens to kill him if he doesn't shut up.
- Bald of Evil
- Drowning My Sorrows: Don't do this around him. It's how he finds his victims.
- Guilt Complex: He targets those who have one.
- Humanity on Trial: His hobby.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He is one of the easiest gods to beat. All you have to do is not feel guilty.
- Then again, he chooses his victims very, very well. If he drags you to his courtroom, it's because he knows you've got a skeleton in your closet that you can't let go.
- And while he's easy enough to dispatch with a stab to the heart from a certain sort of thing (a running trend among the gods), it's stated that there's no known way to actually kill him. Putting him down for a few hundred years is literally the best that anyone has ever managed.
- The Necromancer: Can summon the spirits of people you've wronged to kill you.
Chronos (Greek God of Time)
Chronos, Greek God of Time (Jason Dohring)
- Alas, Poor Villain / Anti-Villain: While many Gods are shown to practice human sacrifice, he needs to in order to counteract his Power Incontinence and his sole motivation for doing so is to remain with the women he loves.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Arguably worse off than any of the other old gods seen by his episode. The others grow weaker with time, and while Chronos seems to share that, he gets one additional problem: the below mentioned Power Incontinence. He doesn't lose the ability to travel through time, or need to kill people just so he can do it. He doesn't want to travel through time anymore, but his powers kick in periodically despite his wishes. Killing people gives him the one-shot ability to control where in time he lands.
- Morality Pet: Lila Taylor, the girl for whom he steals time and go back to in 1940s for.
- Power Incontinence: He can't control his time travel ability unless he kills three people to focus it.
Plutus (Greek God of Greed and Wealth)
Plutus, Greek God of Greed and Wealth (Gerard Plunkett)
Mr. Vili (Norse God)
Mr. Vili, Norse God (Alex Diakun)
- Karmic Death: Sam kills him with Mjolnir to avenge his murder of a virgin he killed to pay for it.
- Nice Hat
Prometheus/Shane (Greek Titan)
Prometheus/Shane, Greek Titan
Portrayed by John Reardon
"All I know is all I do is die, so if you want to shoot me, shoot me. Just promise me you finish the job, 'cause I can't take this anymore."
Prometheus is a proto-god, a Titan
. In Classical Mythology
, he was a son of the Titan Iapetus by Clymene, one of the Oceanids. He was brother to Menoetius, Atlas, and Epimetheus. He is credited with shaping man from clay and stealing fire from the gods for humans to use, which allowed humans to create civilization and technology. Zeus punishes him for this theft by chaining him to a rock on the side of a mountain and sending Zeus' eagle to eat Prometheus' liver everyday. The Prometheus in Supernatural
is freed from from the mountain during an avalanche around 2005, but continues to die everyday for a few hours and have his liver eaten by an eagle only to be resurrected and have the same events occur the next day. He met a woman, Hayley, whom he helped rescue from the avalanche, and they have a son, Oliver. Due to his repeated deaths and resurrections, Prometheus does not remember who or what he is and is called Shane. Zeus blames Prometheus for the Greek gods losing power and continues to hunt him, while the Winchester brothers try to break the curse of dying everyday, which afflicts Prometheus as well as his son Oliver.
- Amnesiac God: He forgot his name and the fact that he is a Titan.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Avalanche, sexual intercourse, pot dealers, drunk driver, grizzly bear, Artemis, and Zeus.
- Fate Worse than Death: Watching his son die everyday.
- Forgot About His Powers: He is surprised to find he has fighting skills when Artemis attacks him.
- God of Good: Prometheus is a champion of humanity, one of the few in Supernatural.
- Healing Factor: Recovers from all his injuries upon resurrecting.
- Heroic Suicide: When Prometheus gets impaled by one of Artemis's god-killing arrows, he drives it further into him (thus killing himself) so it will impale Zeus too, who is standing behind him.
- Naked First Impression: When Hayley found Shane, his clothes were torn off. When the Winchester brothers first meet him, he is only covered by a sheet in the morgue.
- Nice God
- Token Good Teammate: Among all the Greek Gods, he was the only one who sided with the humans.
Artemis (Greek Goddess of Hunters)
Artemis, Greek Goddess of Hunters
Portrayed by Anna Von Hooft
"You were once my father. Now you're someone else."
In Classical Mythology
, she is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of wildlife and the hunt. The Artemis in Supernatural
was tasked with hunting down Prometheus after he escaped from the mountain by her father Zeus, but Artemis was secretly in love with Prometheus and did not pursue him until a newspaper article describing him as a zombie forced her hand.
Portrayed by Callum Seagram Airlie
"No. I'd like to stay."
Oliver is the son of Prometheus/Shane, a Greek Titan, and a human woman, Hayley. He was born around 2006 and raised by his mother who tried to find his father for assistance when Oliver started dying everyday only to be resurrected after a few hours. It is unclear if he has any of his father's superhuman abilities or only inherited the curse.
- Cute Mute: Oliver stopped talking after he started repeatedly dying when he turned 7. However, he does answer Sam when Sam asks Oliver if he wants to get ice cream. Oliver says he wants to stay and watch his father's body burn on the funeral pyre.
- Divine Parentage: Son of a Titan.
- Healing Factor: Like his father, he recovers from all his injuries upon resurrecting.
- Rescue Sex / Out with a Bang: How he was conceived.
- Resurrective Immortality: Part of the curse he inherited from his father.
- Revenge by Proxy: Zeus is delighted to find out that his curse also affects Oliver, and that Prometheus will suffer while he watches his son's deaths.
- Rite of Passage: Sam concludes that Oliver starts dying after his 7th birthday as this age marks one of the first Greek rites of manhood
- Sins of Our Fathers: Oliver is punished because his father gave fire to humanity.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Oliver has the blonde hair and big blue eyes of his father.
Zeus (King of the Greek Gods)
Zeus, King of the Greek Gods
Portrayed by John Novak
" I must admit, I could never have conceived such a horrible fate for such a beautiful child. Just goes to show, we must all leave room for happy accidents."
In Classical Mythology
, Zeus is the King or the Father of the Olympian gods. Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and in most traditions he is married to Hera. He had many heroic and godly offspring, including Artemis. He is the god of the sky and thunder. The Zeus in Supernatural
blames Prometheus and his theft of fire for the downfall of the Greek gods. He is determined to punish Prometheus and Prometheus' son Oliver for all that the Olympian gods lost.