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Gods In Supernatural
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."- Kali in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
Tropes about Supernatural gods in general:
- All Myths Are True: In the photo above, Mercury sits between Baron Samedi and Baldur.
- 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. Averted with the Abrahamic God, Who does not need worship and is portrayed as something completely different from the others.
- What sets them apart from most other versions of this trope is that all of the worship is the world in of itself is worthless to them. Same with consuming humans. They require both a human to be ritualistically murdered specifically devoted to them and then to eat said human to maintain or increase their power.
- 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, of them look down on humans.
- 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.
- 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.
PrimordialsThe primordial entities are beings that have existed since before the universe even began. Generally, they are the most powerful beings in existence (or non existence in the case of the cosmic entity that presides over The Empty). As such they tend to be virtually omnipotent and omniscient.
The Big G
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—Dean: If you say "works in mysterious ways," so help me, I will kick your ass!
- Abusive Parents: To Lucifer and Michael. The former he caged and abandoned in solitary confinement in the suffering pit of Hell to avoid having to face his own role in Lucifer's fall. The latter was left mentally traumatized due to the Apocalypse and left in the same cage.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Even after being revealed to be God, he maintains his Chuck form. Considering his true form seems to be a mass of living light, it's understandable.
- All-Powerful Bystander: God is more powerful than everything else in the series except perhaps Amara, making him The Omnipotent. He was well-aware of the Apocalypse, monsters on Earth, the danger posed by Lucifer, civil wars in Heaven, the threat of the Leviathans, screwed-up afterlife, etc. Except for saving the Winchesters and resurrecting Castiel, he mostly stayed on the sidelines. He justifies it by saying he was very hands-on in the early days and it turned out badly, and implies that the consequences of regular intervention from him would make the world a lot worse.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: From Amara's perspective. She found His naivety and idealistic nature rather irritating to deal with.
- Berserk Button: Call God a "coward" and he will show you why everyone fears his wrath. Metatron learned this the hard way in "Don't Call Me Shurley."
- Bi the Way: Chuck reveals he has had a few girlfriends and boyfriends during his time away.
- Big Good: On the rare occasions He does appear, it's as this.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Averted. God follows a good/evil morality, but is disappointed when his creations tend to choose evil.
- Cain and Abel: It's revealed in Season 11's "Our Little World" that God is the brother of Amara. He is the Abel (the good sibling) to Amara's Cain (the bad sibling). God betrayed His sister so that He could create the universe and also because Amara proved to be highly dangerous and amoral. Also, because she had already destroyed several universes he had previously created. Topping it all of is that according to Death(who was not around at the time according to anyone other than himself, and is contradicted by both God and Amara), Amara is the older sibling.
- Cosmic Keystone: He and his sister Amara are both this. If one dies, the other and all creation goes with them.
- Disappeared Dad: To the angels, also known to be His "children."
- 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 withdrawal, and resurrected Castiel in "Sympathy for the Devil."
- Eldritch Abomination: A benevolent version, but he's older than time itself and created the universe and the angels who are this trope themselves. His true form, as revealed in the Season 11 finale, is a living mass of light, just like his sister is a living mass of darkness.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Lucifer is his favorite above all angels, but that wasn't what drove him to leave Heaven; it was a disappointment with Creation in general.
- Fantastic Racism: Only humans get a chance at Heaven. A member of any other species, regardless of how good they are or try to be (e.g. Madison, Lenore) winds up in Purgatory after death, to hunt or be hunted for all eternity.
- The Ghost: Subverted. Though He doesn't appear as a presence of divine might (that might kill everyone present), it has been confirmed, after much teasing in and out of universe, that he actually came to Earth in the form of Chuck Shurley, indicating why he can be alive in Season 10 even though a new prophet had come in the form of Kevin Tran.
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: God Himself is clearly disinterested in the genocidal plans of the angels or pretty much anything that has occurred in the last few thousand years if not before that; Metatron confirmed he has a tendency to be wrathful and somewhat sexist. Lucifer, of course, is evil and wants to destroy humanity.
- God Is Dead: In Season 5, Raphael informs Castiel that the reason the latter cannot find God is because He is dead. However, Death telling Dean that God will eventually die at the end of time by his hand, reveals that God isn't dead yet. Death is wrong(or perhaps lying, as he apparently lied about Amara being older than God and about his own age relative to God). Not about God being alive, but about Death killing him. Death has preceded God.
- God in Human Form: In the Season 5 finale, Chuck is implied to be the much-mentioned missing God. This would later be confirmed.
- God Is Flawed: A big part of his character is that, for all of his power and knowledge, God has his flaws. He apparently didn't intend the fall of either Lucifer or mankind, and His failure to prevent them led Him to abandon Heaven. He previously created the Leviathans only to realize He made a mistake in making them too powerful and dangerous, locking them up in Purgatory to protect the rest of Creation.
- God Is Good: Zigzagged. God's actions or inaction cause most beings to have a negative opinion of him. When we finally meet God, it's confirmed that while he tends towards benevolent, he is deeply flawed, defaulting towards passive after eons of failure to "do things right" and being willing to abandon Creation to Amara rather than defend it.
- God Was My Copilot: The prophet Chuck is strongly implied, and later confirmed, to be God, supported by Word of God. He helps the Winchesters several times and resurrects Castiel multiple times.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: The reason Joshua gives for why God won't stop the Apocalypse. Later confirmed that he hardly intervened at all, no matter the circumstances.
- Good Is Not Nice: For a broad definition of good. While not actively malevolent, Chuck is generally a lazy jerk to everyone and contrary to other versions of this trope that may be rude, but try to help people or prevent bad things from happeneing Chuck does as little as possible. Getting him to do anything about anything is a requires tremendous effort.
- 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."
- Hates Being Alone: One of the reasons he created the universe: he and Amara were the only beings in all of existence and they were too different to be good company, resulting in him being lonely.
- Have You Seen My God?: God left Heaven a long time ago to the point that the angels have started to despair. His absence is the cause for many of the events in the series.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Metatron describes God as a sexist, which may explain why so few women live through a Supernatural episode. His statements about having had girlfriends and treating Rowena fairly well implies he grew out of it.
- Horrible Judge of Character: God gave the secrets of the universe to Metatron, who used them to try and become the new God. Though their interactions imply Metatron wasn't like that when God gave them to him. And to be fair, God only chose Metatron at random. He was the closest angel to the door.
- Humans Are Special: Believed this so much that He commanded the angels to bow to humanity. He briefly loses this belief thanks to Sam and Dean selfishly releasing Amara, but Metatron argues strongly for it and the boys convince him through their actions.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Chuck shows shades of this when confessing to Metatron, saying he created everything because he was lonely. He has spent the past several seasons away from Heaven on Earth as Chuck, posing as a human and living a normal human life.
- Invincible Hero: He is considered the most omnipotent being in the universe. He's also a Cosmic Keystone that is keeping creation in check.
- Jerkass God: Played with, as it's repeatedly pointed out that despite being all-powerful and all-knowing, God allows so many horrors to occur to innocent people. It turns out that He abandoned His children, the angels, shortly after Lucifer's rebellion leading the majority of them who were still the equivalent of children in the ruins of Heaven, probably explaining why His three other eldest children, the Archangels, have so many problems: Gabriel ran off and pretended to be a pagan; Raphael became tired of his responsibilities and wanted it all to end; and Michael was a fanatic obsessed with pleasing his absent father. When God finally shows up in person, he has no interest in taking any responsibility for the failings of his creations or saving them from Amara, believing that there's no point in postponing what he sees as inevitable.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wavers between the two. While he does care deeply for his creations, both wanting them to be good and wanting good things for them, he's become incredibly disillusioned by Amara repeatedly destroying his creations and his creations (ex. angels, humans) tending towards evil rather than good despite his efforts. This causes him to withdraw from Creation altogether until circumstances force him back into things.
- Karma Houdini: Despite the problems caused by his favoritism, neglect, and ego, including the general mess the universe is in, God never receives any real comeuppance or has to address any of this mistakes. By the end of Season 11, he reconciles with his sister who admits Creation is beautiful and can go back to ignoring the rest of the universe. The only time he came close was when he had to apologize to Lucifer for locking him away due to God being unable to admit his role in Lucifer's fall, but he still avoided having to address his problems with the other archangels, angelic host, etc.
- Lonely at the Top: Joshua thinks so. In Season 11, God reveals that this was the reason why he created life: His sister, Amara, wasn't exactly the best company, and for all their power, they were the only two beings in existence.
- Man in White: At the end of "Swan Song," when Chuck is implied to be Him.
- Neglectful Precursors: He created the universe, but is partly responsible for it being a mess. Metatron convinces him to at least get involved again, though.
- Never My Fault: [[spoiler:Refuses to take an active hand in Creation after earlier attempts either failed or made things worse; he tends to hold Creation itself, specifically living beings such as angels or humans, responsible when things went downhill.
- He admits one reason he locked Lucifer away instead of trying to rehabilitate him was his ego; he could not stand the truth of his role in Lucifer's fall. God gave him the mark which eventually corrupted Lucifer, but Chuck could not admit it to himself.
- Parental Abandonment: Sometime after Lucifer rebelled against Him, God left Heaven. Michael blames Lucifer for God leaving.
- Parental Favoritism: Towards Lucifer and then humanity, which made the former murderously jealous of the latter under the toxic influence of the Mark of Cain.
- Parental Neglect: He views his role to creation as that of a father and has pointed out repeatedly abandons his creations when things get difficult. He claims staying around and doing more would be enabling. But he barely did anything or interacted with his creations even when he was around. He walked out on the archangels and angels without a word things fell apart with Lucifer after eons of defining their existence by doing what God told them to do. He walked out on humanity after The Great Flood failed to fix things and preferred to blame everything on his creations.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's the Good Is Not Nice to Amara's Affably Evil.
- Pride: He confirms Amara's claims that one reason he created lesser beings was to feel powerful, locked away Lucifer to not have to admit his role in Lucifer's fall, and refused to acknowledge his role in the failure of Creation due to his own ego.
- Reality Warper: He's freaking God, he made reality.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Doesn't get much more this trope than literally being the antithesis of each other. He's Light and Being while Amara is Darkness and Nothingness. Where he wants to create, Amara simply destroys everything in her path.
- The Slacker: On both a cosmic and a mundane level.
- When he was around ruling Heaven it has been noted he barely did anything. He only really talked with the archangels, it took several generations of Lucifer terrorizing mankind before God had Michael imprison him, and while he claims he was deeply involved with humanity in the beginning the only confirmed action was the Great Flood. He made the claim when trying to make himself look good with several angels noting how passive he has always been. Metatron, one of the few angels to meet God claimed God could barely get pushed into dealing with humanity and given the circumstances does not appear to be lying.
- God neglected humanity for millennia, reasoning that he thought it would help humanity mature after they failed to make much progress with his frequent intervention. Even with the threat of his sister Amara on the horizon, he's passive.
- When he assumes the form of Chuck, he spends much of his time slacking off and mooching off of the Winchesters. In one scene, Dean finds him lounging around in his underwear, eating carryout Chinese food, and snarking about how much porn he watched that day.
- Story-Breaker Power: If he was more involved, there would be no plot, as the few times he has been involved makes it clear he could've completely solved any issue if he felt like it, which Dean points out. The only time he actually actively takes a role is when his sister Amara is the Big Bad and he won't be this.
- The Power of Creation: He created all of existence and everything in it. Turns out to be his biggest advantage against his sister: she's nothingness and destruction, so she can't create while he can.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Chuck has never killed anyone in the series' run, although he did cause things like the Great Flood in the distant past. Instead of killing the worst threats like Amara or Lucifer, he opted to seal them away where they could do no harm. Chuck is very much in contrast to Amara in that she casually kills and destroys, but all he does is create.
- Time Abyss: He's older than the Earth itself, making Him billions of years old. Most likely older than the universe, since He created it in the first place. Death was the only being around God's age, and neither of them can remember who is older(according to Death, anyway, who has been revealed to be bit unreliable on the subject). His sister, Amara, is the only being confirmed to be as old as him. According to Death, she's even older, but both Amara and God contradict this, claiming to be of equal age, and while Death says that he's at least almost as old as God, Amara - who is as old as God - has no idea who he is.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: God revealed that he used to be like this. Even when he was with his sister, Amara, he chose to create life because he wanted to show her something beautiful, something that could make her believe in something besides destruction. It didn't work. God even called himself stupid and naive for even trying.
Amara (The Darkness)
Amara (The Darkness)The Darkness, also known in human form as Amara, is the true embodiment of evil and the one who existed before Creation, and the main antagonist of the series. She is the older sister of God and is the oldest supernatural being in the series universe as she even precedes God and Death.
- Above Good and Evil: She finds both concepts unimportant, as well as everything else.
- Affably Evil: She is grateful to Dean for freeing her and does him no harm, as they are connected by the Mark of Cain. She eventually makes a Heel–Face Turn.
- Aloof Big Sister: Subverted. Amara is God's sister and is the elder according to Death(though she and God both claim to be of equal age) and even though it appears that she doesn't care about Him and wants to destroy Him, she actually does love Him and only did what she did because she wanted her younger brother back.
- Ancient Evil: The Darkness predates Creation itself, and is so powerful that it took God and His Archangels to even seal her away, and it's implied that even Death was incapable of killing her.
- The Anti-God: As it turns out, Amara is the opposite of God in power and basic nature, but not in morality. He is light and "being" while she is darkness and nothingness, but she is not pure evil, nor is he pure goodness. God's moral code is as a parent to his children while Amara is really just discovering her own, as there's now more than just her brother for her to see herself in relation to. Bonus points for God being male (or at least choosing to look male) while the Darkness chooses an attractive female form.
- As Long as There is Evil: There is no way to kill the Darkness completely. The only thing that stopped her was the Mark of Cain, which was created by God to help seal her away. Now that the Mark is destroyed, the Darkness has been unleashed upon the world again. The later episodes imply that, like God, she can be killed, but reality would break itself should it happen.
- Berserk Button: Her expression when Lucifer tells her that she'll never be God because she can't create makes it clear she doesn't like being told her brother is better than she is.
- Big Bad: Of Season 11, and the whole series. The Darkness is the most deadly and dangerous villain that the show has ever had.
- Cain and Abel: She's the Cain to God's Abel, being His older(according to Death) sister. See His example for details.
- Character Development: Goes from her revenge-driven goal to eliminate the entire universe(including herself!) to abandoning her revenge and instead leave the world for good, reconciling with her brother.
- Complete Immortality: Goes beyond that even. She predates creation and life; in other words, she can't die because she was never alive to begin with. Ultimately subverted, as it's implied she can be killed, but it might not end well if she was.
- The Corruption: The Mark of Cain, which she was sealed by, corrupted Dean, Cain, and Lucifer.
- Cosmic Keystone: She and God are this. If one dies, the other and all creation goes with them.
- Dark Is Evil: Certainly seems that way. Ultimately subverted.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Ultimately, she's not so much inherently evil, she's just furious with her brother. Once Dean talks her down, she makes a Heel–Face Turn and departs happily with God to reconcile.
- The Dreaded: It seems that even Michael and Lucifer are afraid of her!
- Driven by Envy: Ultimately, the reason she destroyed all of God's previous worlds and is trying to destroy the current one is because she was jealous that God wanted something other than her. She ultimately admits this and decides creation is beautiful, so she reconciles with God.
- Eldritch Abomination: Debuts as a formless mass of darkness.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deep down, the Darkness still loves her brother, God. She realizes how utterly meaningless her revenge is at the end, something that Dean manages to make her admit.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- Can't seem to comprehend the idea God created existence and imprisoned her for any benevolent reason, believing he did both out of fear she'd create a more perfect creation than him. In actuality, he wanted to create the universe to convince her to be better and try to make something better than themselves, but she just kept destroying everything he tried to make.
- She also can't understand why Dean doesn't want to join her and sees God's creation as worth saving.
- Subverted, however, after she realizes that she will enjoy her revenge for maybe 5 minutes before regretting it, and admits that God's intention to make creations so they wouldn't be alone isn't as selfish as she thought.
- Evil Counterpart: To God. Interestingly enough, Dean is linked or tied to the Darkness while Sam seems to be tied or linked to God. The Darkness seems to be helping Dean while God is helping Sam, in a complete reversal of their respective "sides" in Season 5. It might be worth noting that while Sam was linked to Lucifer, his name does mean "Light Bringer", and God isn't exactly the most moral being, so Sam is still linked to a godlike, light-based, amoral(ish) being.
- Eviler Than Thou: Is such a massive threat that Lucifer ultimately forms an Enemy Mine with God and the Winchesters to combat her after she tortures him, and ultimately everyone, Angel, Demon, Witch, Reaper, and others are against her.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: At first, Crowley tried to make an alliance with her. Now he is VERY afraid of her constant hunger for souls.
- Rowena also allies herself briefly with her to take revenge against Lucifer. That alliance lasts for maybe several hours before Rowena backs down.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: She's the Oblivion, more or less every other living villain in the series is the Evil.
- Fantastic Racism: She hates all of creation and everything that goes with it. It is revealed that when God first tried to create worlds, she always destroys. God hoped that she would change her mind, but seeing that it'll never happen he's forced to seal her in the Mark. Ultimately subverted, as she admits she's come to see it as beautiful and was angry that God needed more than just her to be happy. She eventually grows out of this.
- God of Evil: She's the true embodiment of chaos, evil, nihilism, and pretty much everything bad.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Mark of Cain, by which the Darkness was sealed, corrupted Lucifer. In other words, she is responsible for almost all of the major strife (Lucifer creating demons, God leaving angels to "guard" Earth, demons doing as demons do, the Apocalypse, etc.) in the series.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Her rage when Lucifer suggests she's inferior to God because she can't create while he can (and gave her many chances to do so during which she only destroyed everything he tried to make) implies, despite her attempts to convince others God was jealous of what she could create, she actually envies HIM for his ability to create. She ultimately admits that the thing she's most jealous of, however, was creation itself, as she hated the idea her brother needed something other than her to be happy.
- Heel–Face Turn: Realizes that revenge against God and His creations just isn't worth it at the last minute. She decides to leave the world alongside her brother for good, and even leaves a surprise for Dean in return for his contribution.
- Humanoid Abomination: She appears to Dean as a beautiful human woman. Or girl, or teenager.
- Invincible Villain: It IS possible to kill her, but all the reality will be destroyed.
- It's All About Me: Seems completely incapable of thinking about anyone but herself. She constantly tries to blame God for everything despite his own attempts to get through to her BEFORE sealing her away, passing off his loneliness as 'wanting a fan club' and accusing him of being jealous of her when all indications point to it being the other way around.
- Karma Houdini: Yeah sure, she reconciles with God, chooses to leave the world with Him, and even brings back Mary as thanks, but has anyone ever thought of the people whom she killed, people whose souls she consumed to grow? But then, this is the Darkness whom we're talking about...
- Leaking Can of Evil: The Mark of Cain tends to exert a poisonous, corrupting influence on those who bear it, something which Lucifer, Cain, and Dean suffer the brunt of.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Tends to just march into any situation she feels the need to enter and tank whatever's thrown at her. As Lucifer said, she's powerful but immature and reckless. This backfires on her when she's finally confronted with the army of witches, angels, and demons God and the Winchesters had assembled.
- Moral Myopia: Is furious with her brother for betraying and sealing her away...despite the fact he'd tried to convince her they didn't need to be alone and could make something more than just the two of them, but she just kept destroying every world he tried to make. She constantly blames God for the people she keeps killing trying to draw Him out so she could kill him.
- Morality Pet: Dean. In the entire eleventh season, never once does she has any evil thoughts about him, and at the end, she is convinced to abandon her revenge thanks to Dean's wordings.
- Never My Fault: Acts like God betrayed and wronged her because he feared she'd make something better than he could. Turns out that's exactly the problem: God would've LIKED that, as he WANTED for her to become better. But all she ever did was destroy the worlds he created until he realized she was a lost cause and had to seal her away.
- No Cure for Evil: It is explicitly stated that Amara has no ability to create, only to destroy. When she critically wounds God, everything begins to die because he is no longer serving as a power source and Amara is powerless to stop the decay. Her attempts only speed up the rotting destruction, which we see when she touches flowers that instantly turn black and die. This jars her out of her villainous tunnel vision and she takes God off to recover so the world can get better.
- No-Sell: Might as well be the reigning champion of this trope in the series. She resists the smite of the entire Host of Heaven (essentially being stabbed with hundreds of thousands of angel blades) with only the destruction of her vessel as a consequence. And then she blocks Lucifer's attack like it's an everyday thing. Ultimately subverted when God and the Winchesters throw an entire army of angels, demons, and witches at her, as she's eventually overwhelmed.
- Not So Invincible After All: It takes a lot to do it, but she can be weakened and hurt. First time around it took all four Archangels to weaken her, the second time it took Lucifer and an army of witches, demons, and Angels attacking her in mass.
- Not So Stoic
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to destroy all Creation, including God, which would kill her too. Bonus points for the fact that she has destroyed an unspecified number of pervious universes. Grows out of this with Character Development.
- Overnight Age-Up: Amara ages from newborn to adult woman over the course of a few episodes.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: She's the Affably Evil to God's Good Is Not Nice.
- Primordial Chaos: What it seems to be made of, as the force that existed before Creation.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Reality-Breaking Paradox: God implies that the Darkness can be killed, but doing so would tear reality apart, taking Him and His creations along with it. And vice versa.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: A meta-physical can to which the lock and seal was the Mark of Cain. Once the seal is gone, the Darkness wastes no time in breaking out of her prison.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Appears as a mass of black that sweeps across the landscape once her seal is broken.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The Darkness may have power on par with God, but she is prone to being Literal-Minded and childish.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Doesn't get much further apart than being complete opposite concepts. She's darkness and nothingness while her brother God is light and being. She destroys everything while he wants to CREATE everything.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Darkness.
- Spoiled Brat
- Static Character: Not now, but we find out this is why God imprisoned her: he tried to get her to become better, but all she ever did was destroy the worlds he created to try and inspire her to become better without changing at all. Subverted in the end, as she FINALLY gets to love creation and rocociles with God.
- Stronger Sibling: Zigzagged. God needs help to overpower her, and she seems to have more sheer power, but Lucifer ultimately concludes that this isn't the case because Amara, being Nothingness and Darkness, is incapable of creating anything while God CAN. Restoring life seems to be under her control, though, if bringing back Mary is anything to go by.
- The Stoic
- Taking You with Me: This is the only way she can possibly kill her brother: God and Amara are two sides of the same coin and if one dies the other does too.
- Time Abyss: This thing was existence before the Archangels came along, meaning it predates Creation. She even wonders who Death is when Dean mentions him, meaning she has no concept of Death or dying AT ALL! According the Death(though not herself or her brother) she even predates God.
- The Power of the Void: Being the Anthropomorphic Personification of Nothingness, she has this power. Which means while she's extremely powerful, God can create while she can only destroy, meaning unlike him she can't create anything to help her. At the end of season 11, though, she is able to heal God and bring back Mary Winchester, hinting that she might have power over life other than destroying them, after all.
- Touched by Vorlons: As a divine being on par with God, her Fog of Doom doesn't harm potential prophets, but activates them, giving them a connection to her.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Stated almost word-to-word by Lucifer. She holds a raw power as great and possibly even more than God, but she's so confident of herself that she usually doesn't have time to plan, instead working her things Leeroy Jenkins-style. In addition, she doesn't really understand the inner workings of God's Creation, and doesn't know enough to predict it, which blindsides her a bit. The fact that her power activates potential prophets is unknown to her, originally.
- Villainous Glutton: Just as ravenous as the Leviathans, thought not as reckless as them. She eats people's souls in an etiquette manner.
- Yandere: For her younger brother, God. She reacted violently and angrily when God created other worlds and the Universe. She was jealous of God's creations because she had felt that God wanted something more than she could offer as His sister. In other words, she wanted to destroy God's creations because she felt like they were destroying her relationship with her brother. She just wanted her brother back more than anything else and she was willing to destroy anything that stood her way of it. Interestingly enough, Amara's obsession with being with her brother mirrors Dean's obsessive love for Sam and that they would both do anything for their younger siblings.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Amara literally feeds on human souls for sustenance, denying the victim an afterlife, gaining all their knowledge and storing them within her being. She first manifests as a helpless baby until she consumes her first human soul, rendering the victim like Sam was when his soul was still trapped in Lucifer's cage, while Amara ages rapidly into a young girl.
- Walking Spoiler: EVERYTHING about it spoils the ending of Season 10.
Nameless Cosmic Entity (The Empty)
Nameless Cosmic Entity (The Empty)
- Cosmic Entity: Before God and Amara, creation, destruction, Heaven, Hell, your precious little Earth, what was there?
Cosmic Entity: Yes. That's right. Nothing. Nothing but empty and you are soaking in it. Angels and demons, you all come here when you die (...) sleeping an endless, peaceful sleep.
- Always a Bigger Fish: He probably is the biggest fish as he's older than either God or Amara and controls (and maybe is) the void that universe(s) reside in. Not even God or Amara have power over him or what goes on in the Empty.
- Cosmic Entity: He even introduces himself as "your friendly neighborhood cosmic entity". Indeed, he seems to be the embodiment of the cosmos itself. Or rather non-cosmos, since he is actually pure nothingness.
- Don't Wake the Sleeper: He makes it pretty clear that he can't handle and doesn't like being awake. In this instance it probably refers to being aware of his surroundings and what's going on. Suffice it to way, Castiel learned the hard way that waking this guy is not a good idea.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Cosmic Entity tells Castiel that his true form would drive him insane. To highlight this: keep in mind Castiel is an angel and thus a lower tier Eldritch Abomination himself.
- Genius Loci: Possibly. At the very least it's the personification of The Empty and may simply be The Empty's way of communicating with lesser beings. It has been asleep forever until now when Cas wakes up, inadvertently waking the Big Empty up too. It claims to be a cosmic force like God and Amara, and is extremely unhappy about being woken up.
- Heavy Sleeper: Apparently, he's been asleep since forever before there even was anything else that could be awake. It's a bad idea to wake him because he doesn't like it at all.
- The Nothing After Death: The Big Empty is this: it(he) is where angels, demons and anything else without a soul goes when it dies. Once there, the dead creature simply sleeps a dreamless sleep for eternity. He also claims that anything that comes to him after death like angels and demons can never leave or be brought back to life, even by God or Amara. It turns out the Big Empty himself can send creatures back to the world of the living if they wake up from their eternal slumber and annoy him enough. He never had to do it before though, since nothing could wake a dead angel or demon while in his domain... until Jack was born.
- Outside-Context Problem: From his perspective, Castiel is this as no one since the beginning of forever has ever woken up in The Empty.
- Power of the Void: He is the ruler and perhaps personification of the empty darkness that God and Amara came from.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Entity is all-powerful even to exceeding God and Amara BUT only within(without?) The Empty. He has no power over nor can he affect things in any other dimension or place. Further, while he can't stand being awake and when someone is awake in The Empty it wakes him up and keeps him awake, he cannot force them to go back to sleep. It seems he cannot affect things that exist directly (he can overpower anyone or anything within the empty) can only control the nothingness of The Empty. This is also how Castiel beats him and forces him to send him back to earth. Basically it was like the ending of Dr. Strange with Castiel acting the part of Strange and the entity being Dormammu.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The Cosmic Entity appears to Castiel as a mirror of himself, verbally invoking this.
Vanir (Norse God)
Appears in "Scarecrow" (S01, Ep11).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, the townspeople sacrifice a man and a woman, usually people passing through the town, to the Vanir in order to ensure the prosperity of the town.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Cars and cell phones stop working, and Dean's EMF detector starts beeping as you approach the orchard where the Vanir lives.
- Garden of Evil: The apple orchard where the Vanir lives.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Vanir protects the town in return for sacrifices.
- Homage: The portrayal of an old god transplanted to America and still requiring bloody sacrifices recalls Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
- Human Sacrifice: A man and woman must be sacrificed each year to the Vanir.
- Kill It with Fire: Burning the First Tree kills it.
- Scary Scarecrows: The body of one of the previous victims is displayed like a scarecrow and the Vanir inhabits the body.
The Trickster / Loki
The Trickster / Loki (Norse God)
Portrayed by Richard Speight, Jr.
Appears in "Tall Tales" (S02, Ep15), "Mystery Spot" (S03, Ep11), "Changing Channels" (S05, Ep08), and "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- "That was a trick? Hm, not bad. But you want to see a real trick?"
- Badass Boast: "They call me Gabriel." It's the way he says it, almost as if saying, "You have no idea who you're messing with." His cold, steely smile really helps the badass factor.
- Black Comedy: Makes his living on this trope. He finds killing people in gruesome ways to be absolutely hilarious.
- Bright Is Not Good
- Disproportionate Retribution: He delivers horrific and violent judgment 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: He stages his death at the end of "Tall Tales" by letting the Winchesters kill a projection of him and escapes unharmed. He does a similar thing in "Changing Channels" halfway through to mess with them by letting them think they escaped his pocket universe.
- Great Gazoo: He comes off as 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 that 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, this is 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."
- Jerkass 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. It's 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: Can create any object he likes and erase it from existence just as easily. If the Victim of the Week seems to have been killed by something that even Sam and Dean think is impossible, there's a good chance he's behind it.
- Redemption Equals Death: Killed by Lucifer after he sides with humanity instead of trying to bring about the destined Apocalypse.
- 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.
- Stealth Mentor: To Dean and Sam.
- Sweet Tooth: A Trickster trait.
- Trickster Archetype: The Norse one and others.
- Trickster Mentor: To Sam and Dean. To everyone else (and to Sam and Dean), he's just a Jerkass.
- 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, cannot.
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!"
- Beard of Evil: Odin has a beard to go along with his evilness.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Averted, being Odin he should be missing one eye, but both his eyes are perfectly functional.
- 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.
- Though a later episode has a cult of werewolves who fervently hope for the Norse Mythology apocalypse. Dean even mentions Odin when explaining the lore, but Sam and Dean never think to mention that they have seen Odin killed and that might conceivably be a flaw in the werewolves' beliefs.
Baldur (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."
Mr. Vili, Norse God (Alex Diakun)
Kali (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."
- Celibate Hero: Inverted.
- God Couple: With Baldur and formerly Loki, aka the Archangel Gabriel.
- Hot God: Kali was very beautiful.
- Ice Queen: Ironic considering what she can do.
- New Old Flame: To Gabriel.
- Playing with Fire: Demonstrated the ability to generate fire.
- The Power of Blood: Can bind even Archangels once she has some of their blood.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Kali wears a red dress and black skirt.
- Sole Survivor: The only deity who survives the massacre by Lucifer in "Hammer of the Gods."
- Weak, but Skilled
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The sole god to survive her episode, she is last seen escaping with the Winchesters, but is never so much as referenced afterward.
Ganesh (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?"
- Adaptational Villainy: The original Ganesh is one of the most benevolent and beloved deities of the Hindu pantheon. Here, he is an antagonistic being who likes to devour humans.
- Berserk Button: Really hates being called an elephant.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His real form is an elephant.
Mercury (Roman Messenger God and a God of Sex)
Mercury, Roman Messenger God, and a God of Sex (John Emmet Tracy)
- "Pantry's full."
- Faux Affably Evil: Pretends to be kind and is quite genial to the customers he intends to eat later. However, he sells out his own kind on a whim.
- The Mole: For Lucifer.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Sells out his fellow gods to Lucifer who promptly give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech before killing him.
- Super Speed: Part of his power set, which he uses to take blood samples of Dean and Sam before they even notice the cuts.
Veritas (Roman God of Truth)
Veritas/Ashley Frank, Roman Godess of Truth
Portrayed by Serinda Swan
Appears in "You Can't Handle The Truth" (S06, E06).
- "The tongue... is the tastiest part. It's where the lies roll off."
- Brutal Honesty: Once one invokes Veritas they received the unvarnished truth.
- Coincidental Broadcast: When Dean is in the bar where he asks for the "freaking truth", the TV is playing Frank Talk with Ashley Frank discussing the truth about your layaway living room in the background.
- 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.
- Eye of Newt: Veritas can be summoned with a cat skull, grains of paradise seed, and devil's shoestring.
- Faux Affably Evil
- 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.
- Secret Identity: Veritas poses as a not so mild mannered reporter, Ashley Frank.
- Summon Magic: Corey summoned Veritas in order to find out if her boyfriend was having an affair.
- Truth Serums: Those around someone who has invoked Veritas not only can not lie but seem intent on confessing their darkest and most embarrassing secrets. After the confession, they often wonder aloud why they said what they just said.
- You Look Familiar: Serinda Swan, who plays Veritas, previously played a hospital receptionist in "Salvation" (S01, E21).
Atropos (One of the Three Fates)
Atropos, One of the Three Fates (Katie Walder)
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- The Dreaded
- Expy: Of the thing that kills people elaborately in Final Destination series.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even though she is on the side of good and strictly following the natural orders, she is still brash and condescendingly rude to those she speaks to.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She has a pretty formidable temper that should not be tangled with.
- 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.
- Jerkass: 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.
- Knight Templar
- Leanand Mean
- Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair.
- Stronger Sibling: Invoked: she reminds Castiel that her two older sisters are much stronger than she is, and if she were killed they'd be very mad.
- You Can't Fight Fate / Screw Destiny: On a literal level you can 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. Moreover she can decide when your existence is over (unless you've got a powerful entity watching out for you). On the other hand she and her sisters aren't omnipotent or absolute as in Atropos' own words, "Then came the day of the big prize fight and you and your idiots decided to throw out the book!" basically leaving Atropos in the dark about what to do next. This implies that the sisters only have power so long as everyone is following the "plan", but this can apparently be derailed when free will in introduced. Ultimately, it seems that they can only influence events on a general level but the details are beyond their grasp.
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, Chronos needs to in order to counteract his Power Incontinence and his sole motivation for doing so is to remain with the woman 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)
Prometheus/Shane (Greek Titan)
Prometheus/Shane, Greek Titan
Portrayed by John Reardon
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "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."
- 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 Guy: Probably the only nicest one in the whole series.
- 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
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "You were once my father. Now you're someone else."
- Calling the Old Man Out: Artemis stands up to Zeus and insists he lets Prometheus and Oliver go.
- Dark Action Girl: With her black leather jacket.
- Pants, too. Either vinyl or leather. Must not be easy to move in that.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Zeus would not approve of her relationship with Prometheus.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: She does not take it well when Sam says she lost a step.Dean: Really, Sam? Trash-talking a god? Seriously?
- Even Evil Has Standards: Like most gods, has little concern for humanity, presumably eats them to maintain her power, and has served Zeus loyalty for thousands of years. Yet even she despises Zeus's torture of both Prometheus and an innocent child which turns her against him.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: She is initially Daddy's Little Villain, but betrays Zeus because of her love for Prometheus.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Artemis' silver blade and arrows are able to kill immortals.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Artemis accidentally shoots Prometheus.
- Mind over Matter: Artemis throws Sam and Dean against a wall with her telekinetic powers. Twice.
- Odd Job Gods: Sam says they pray to her for courage when hunting the Gorgon or the Minotaur.
- Villain Teleportation: Sometimes she vanishes in black smoke and sometimes she just vanishes.
Portrayed by Callum Seagram Airlie
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "No. I'd like to stay."
- Divine Parentage: Oliver is the son of a Titan.
- Dumb Struck: 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.
- 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
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "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."
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Zeus wore a very nice suit.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Prometheus is punished by death, fulfilling Zeus' wish. But then Prometheus pushes Artemis' arrow all the way through himself and into Zeus, who was right behind him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Very charming and brutal at the same time.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Prometheus.
- Shock and Awe: Being Zeus, it kind of comes with the territory.
Osiris (King of the Afterlife)
Osiris, Egyptian King of the Afterlife (Faran Tahir)
- Affably Evil/* Faux Affably Evil: Compliments Sam for being a good lawyer. Then threatens to kill him if he doesn't shut up.
- 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.
- The Necromancer: Can summon the spirits of people you've wronged to kill you.
- 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.
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)
- Off with His Head!: How Sam kills her.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While using Paris Hilton's form, she easily overpowered Dean, who's twice her size, pretty damn quickly.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Attempted to do this with Dean, but was stopped when Dean broke free and began attacking her.
Zao Shen (Chinese Folk Kitchen God)
Zao Shen, Chinese Folk Kitchen God (King Lau)
- "Don't mock my world turtle."
- Berserk Button: Do not mock the world turtle.
Baron Samedi (Haitian God of Death)
Baron Samedi, Haitian God of DeathAppears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a nice suit and is one of the most badass of the gods.