Angels in Supernatural
Angels were created by God with grace instead of a soul, as faithful servants without free will (supposedly). 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 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," and "Raphael"; on the other hand, we have "Naomi," "Joshua," "Gabriel", 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.
- Ancient Evil: All of them predate humanity, and most of them are evil.
- Angelic Abomination: Despite looking human, their true forms are so powerful and alien they'd drive humans mad or straight up kill them.
- Angelic Beauty: Played with. Castiel, Michael, Anna, Rachel, Ezekiel, and Hael are quite attractive. 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.
- Arch-Enemy: Demons.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: They are assigned as protectors of God's creations (i.e. humans) and are very powerful. The higher the angel is in the celestial hierarchy, the more powerful they are.
- Badass Army: The Host of Heaven is God's army, and they're all super-powerful warriors.
- 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.
Castiel: But today, you're my little bitch.
- Cas gets more and more of these as he spends time with the Winchesters and picks up on their habits.
- Badass Family: A very dysfunctional one, as well.
- Barrier Maiden: A stable angel population is necessary to keep Heaven together. When the population is greatly reduced, Heaven starts flickering, a sign that it's about to fall. If everyone dies, it will completely crumble, causing all ghosts contained within to flood the Earth.
- 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 the angels are expelled from Heaven in "Sacrifice"; although they still mostly function just fine (and by season 11, have returned to Heaven), it's clear that their powers are nerfed somewhat.
- Brought Down to Normal: If an angel loses its grace, he or she will become human, gaining a soul.
- 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:
- Until the season 5 finale, Michael is the ruler of Heaven, serving 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, raising the question of who's supposed to be in charge. It turns out that Naomi assumed the mantle 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, before assuming the leadership himself. Metatron is deposed in the season 9 finale and the angels begin rebuilding themselves; by season 11, most of them have returned to Heaven, albeit without a clear leader.
- Season 12 reveals that after the conception of Jack, the angels are following Joshua, the messenger of God. Then he dies and Lucifer ascends as leader in season 13, until he leaves the post in boredom. Naomi then retakes the job to direct what's left of the Host of Heaven (read: around 11 angels, though possibly not counting the reapers).
- Celestial Paragons and Archangels: The angels are broken down in strict hierarchy, with the top brass controlling the mooks. From the lowest to highest, they are organized as: cherubs, ordinary angels, seraphs, and archangels. There are also ones with unconfirmed levels, such as grigori (rogue angels), rit zien (healers), and reapers (who report directly to Death, though their classification as angels is a Retcon).
- 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 Lucifer says there are only five beings immune to it (presumably he meant the other three archangels and God), so 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. Other than angels, it can also kill many other beings, such as humans, monsters, virtually all demons (only the upper echelons, such as the Princes of Hell, are immune), and nephilims not fathered by archangels.
- Archangel Blade: Archangels seem to have their own angel blades that are more powerful than normal angel blades. They have all the powers the ordinary angel blades possess, plus the added benefit of killing archangels themselves (normal blades cannot kill archangels).
- Angel Sword: This variation of an angel blade is wielded by the Grigori class of angels. It has longer reach, but otherwise seems to be identical to an ordinary angel blade.
- Cosmic Entity: The second being created by God, they can teleport between different realms as long as they have their wings and are imbued with holy power to combat the forces of evil.
- Council of Angels: After God's departure, Heaven is ruled by the Host of Heaven, a fancy word for the entire assemblage of angels. This goes on a bit of a problem when they start fighting among themselves.
- Cuddle Bug: The cherubim. Apparently, hugging is their equivalent of a handshake, though no one except them likes it.
- Demonic 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.
- Disappeared Dad: Kind of worse when you realize their "dad" is God.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Archangels are able to create severe quakes simply by willing it.
- Dying Race: As Naomi reveals in season 13, the Apocalypse, multiple civil wars, and other related conflicts have reduced the angel population to less than a dozen. They are now less like an army and more like a squad.
- The Dutiful Son: Most of the male angels are dutiful and obedient and follow God's orders, with the exception of Lucifer of course.
- Eldritch Abomination: The true form or voice of an angel will kill (or at the least burn the eyes out of) whoever sees/hears it except the angels' true vessel. When Castiel tries to talk to Dean without a vessel, he breaks every window in a shop, fries the electronics and all Dean hears is a painful and loud white noise. Castiel later describes himself as being as tall as the Chrysler Building. This is actually similar to some Old Testament depictions of angels.Zachariah: My real form has six wings and four faces. One of which is a lion.
- Empty Shell: Acting as an Archangel's vessel leaves you like this when said Archangel leaves, like Donnie Finnerman, who is reduced to a catatonic state after Raphael leaves him. This may just be a side effect of the Archangel being careless, as Michael tries to induce Dean to agree to be his vessel by promising Dean that he would suffer no ill effects afterward (Michael is possessing John at the time, and indeed, John seems perfectly fine when he leaves.)
- Energy Beings: Their true forms are "multi-dimensional wavelengths of celestial intent".
- Evil All Along: Most of the high-ranking ones. The rest are mostly Just Following Orders.
- Fallen Angel: All of them as of the end of Season 8, thanks to Metatron. They do return to Heaven, but only after Metatron's defeat.
- Fantastic Racism: Most of the Holy Host (including some of the angels who fight on the side of good) have an extremely racist and supremacist attitude toward humans.
- The Fatalist: All angels take this view; Castiel was 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. Since demons were humans, they probably possess bodies that match their former gender (we haven't seen the angels in their true form).
- The Fettered: Well, they like to see themselves as this. But they're rather delusional like that.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Some Cherubim choose to "dress" their vessels butt-naked, much to the discomfort of anyone meeting them.
- The Fundamentalist: Many, perhaps most of them, are defined by a total and unreserved devotion to whatever cause they have at the moment. Those who have their faith shaken seem to sink into depression.
- 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.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Originally sat on their butts and did nothing because Michael said so. Things have changed since Lilith started breaking the 66 seals as part of her plan to release Lucifer.
- Good Counterpart: To demons (duh). Then again, not all, or even most, of the angels are "good". Their enmity with demons is treated less like Good vs. Evil than Socs vs. Greasers; both sides can be pretty big bastards.
- Good Is Not Nice: How they were presented in Season 4. Later on, though, we find out that you can't even consider them all that good, since they're trying to free Lucifer and end the world.
- Good Is Not Soft: Even the ones that are actually good can be rather cruel and brutal in their methods.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: They have shadowed feathery wings. Whether this is good or bad depends on the individual angel.
- Guardian Angel: Some of the angels 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.
- Healing Factor: If an angel's vessel is damaged, it will repair itself nearly instantly unless the wound was caused by angelic weaponry.
- Heaven: The home of the angels. The opposite of Hell, which is the home of the 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.
- 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.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The angels' signature attack sans their blade. Simply put, it decimates any living beings in the area. If combined together, they can even cause the equivalent of a nuclear attack, complete with a ground zero that is radioactive to any beings who come across.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Angels are easily willing to kill their own, either by choice, in battle, or when they have to.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: 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.
- 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.
- Informed Flaw: According to Anna, angels can't feel emotions; they are like marble statues and only obey orders. This description hardly fits how we actually see the angels act.
- Instant Sedation: Angels are able to render humans unconscious with a touch.
- The Juggernaut: They were freaking unstoppable until everyone figured out what their weaknesses were.
- 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.
- Knight Templar: What about 95% of the race really is. Around the 4% that are actually good have trouble getting it.
- 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. But see Evil All Along.
- Make Way for the New Villains: In Season 7, by the Leviathans.
- The Matchmaker: The Cherubim's purpose is this.
- 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 wavelengths" in their true form and can thus perceive such energies.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: All angels have a set of abilities which they regularly demonstrate, but often angels, particularly Castiel, will demonstrate a power never mentioned before or again which is convenient in the current situation. A few instances include being able to check if someone has a soul, entering a catatonic person's mind, or taking someone else's insanity into themselves.
- No Biological Sex: According to Dean, they don't have genitalia in their true forms. However, they do have preferred genders and tend to pick out humans who match that gender, though they are also willing to manifest as the opposite gender if necessary.
- Not So Above It All: See the quote in Parental Abandonment. Plus, they're all really petty.
- Not So Different: From demons. They worship a disappeared lord (God/Satan) and want to bring about the end of the world so they can live with him forever in paradise. Some demons might not be all bad, a lot of angels aren't good. And Heaven has torture chambers just as effective as anything Hell has. Plus, self-righteousness.
- 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.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with three angels bearing a variation of the name "Anna": Anna Milton, Hannah, and Anael.
- Only One Name: Most, if not all, of the angels have only one name.
- Our Angels Are Different: As this long page confirms. Supernatural angels are very different from the usual fare.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reality Ensues: Since their introduction in season 4, the angels have de facto replaced demons as Mooks for the heroes to kill and prove their badassery; in the recent seasons, angel casualties are somewhere around nine times the number of demon casualties (although this is made up in large part by the offscreen casualty list caused by Metatron's banishment spell in season 8). This comes despite the fact that it has been stated very early on that angels are not infinite, and unlike humans and demons, they cannot multiply or corrupt other beings to become themselves. Also, they guard Heaven. Most of them are jerkasses, yes, but unlike demons who screw around the world for fun, the angels actually have an important work to do. Those souls just won't organize by themselves. And yet, despite the facts, everyone never bothers to stop and think when they try to kill angels, the Winchesters included. All of these culminate with the grim but realistic truth by season 13 that angels have been reduced to less than a dozen, and without them keeping Heaven's peace, the universe would fall in chaos.
- Sacred Bow and Arrows: The Cherubim are all stamped with one in their palm, to help with their matchmaking job. They can be handed to someone else.
- Shapeshifting: Lucifer was able to take multiple forms while not in a vessel, and while in a 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.
- 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. Their appearances are soundless and sudden, and when they vanish the only audio cue is a faint sound of fluttering wings.Anna: (suddenly appearing in the backseat) Hey, guys.Dean: Ah! (jerks steering wheel, but manages to get the car under control)Anna: Smooth.Dean: You ever try calling ahead?Anna: I like the element of surprise.
- The Stoic: Many of them.
- Summoning Ritual: If you know an angel's name, you can summon them.
- 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.
- Super Senses: All angels enhance their vessels' senses to superhuman levels. Angels possess an acute sense of smell to the point where they can identify people by smelling their body, bones, or 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 from miles away, and they are somehow able to locate any human on the planet and find them, unless 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, Leviathans, Death, God, the Darkness, Princes of Hell, and probably the Colt. Archangels have even fewer weaknesses, as Michael wasn't killed by Holy Fire, and their only stated weakness is Archangel Blades, although it has been established that Death's Scythe can kill anything.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: By season 13 due to their species being on the verge of collapse the remaining angels in heaven decide to ally with Lucifer when he promises to create more of their brethren and restore their wings. Unfortunately these all turn out to be lies and Lucifer has no idea how to do either.
- Time Abyss: According to Castiel, he and his brethren have existed since before sea creatures evolved to live on the land. The oldest of them all, the archangels, are old enough to have personally met with the Darkness, just before the creation of the Earth.
- 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.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Back during Season 5, the Host wanted to create Paradise at the cost of vaporizing Earth.
- Voice Changeling: Angels can perfectly mimic the voice of mortals.
- We Have Reserves: Inverted. It's established as early as season 4 by Castiel that angels are not unlimited in number. Indeed what gives the angels their strength is their pure power rather then their numbers. By season 13 a combination of an aborted apocalypse, a Civil War, the Fall, and various other incidents over the years has reduced the population of angels to a measly dozen or so leaving Heaven on the verge of collapse.
- "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. Most of them get theirs clipped after Metatron banishes them. The only ones who don't experience it are Metatron and anyone else not in Heaven at the time of the fall (like Lucifer).
- 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.
Castiel has his own page
For Lucifer, Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael see the Archangels' page.
For Jack, see the Nephilim's page.
Portrayed by Robert Wisdom and Matt Ward
First appearance: "It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester" (S04, Ep07).
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.
- Angry Black Man: His favorite sin is probably Wrath.
- Asshole Victim: A speciesist devil worshipper, he is stabbed with an angel blade by Anna midway through Season 4.
- Badass Baritone: Like many of the other male angels.
- Badass Boast: Most of his threats towards the Winchesters probably count.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Like the other male angels, Uriel wears a suit.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald, a total asshole to everyone, and a servant of Lucifer.
- Black Shirt: Secretly a Lucifer loyalist recruiting members of his own garrison for the cause.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Dean thinks he might have an even worse sense of humour than Castiel, which is really saying something. According to Cas, he's still funnier than the rest of the garrison.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a low, intimidating voice.
- 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.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Anna ultimately stabs him in the throat before he can kill Castiel.
- In the Back: Anna comes out of literally nowhere, sticking a sword through Uriel's throat before he even knows she's there.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Seems to have some good humor in him at first. But it's all a lie.
- Killed Off for Real: Anna stabs him in the throat with an angel blade in "On The Head of A Pin".
- 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 demons 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 Archangel, and so possibly also for a specific angel, is In the Blood.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: As revealed in "On the Head of a Pin."
- Smug Smiler: Especially when he's smiting.
- 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, at least until "On the Head of a Pin", where Uriel gets promoted above Cas 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
First appearance: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (S04, Ep09).
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: To be Castiel and Uriel's boss, she'd pretty much have to be this trope. Proven right when after turning back into an angel, she shows that she can kick major ass when she needs to and even becomes the first character to kill an angel onscreen. Despite a significant hit to her power and health from Time Travel that knocked Cas out cold, she manages to fight Dean and Mary on her own and seemed poised to defeat them and kill the Winchesters before being zapped off by Sam's angel-banishing sigil.
- Ambiguous Situation: Whether she is actually acting on Heaven's orders or not is a matter of debate among fans and has given rise to Epileptic Trees casting Anna as having truly escaped or convinced Heaven she was under their control to let her go, Michael as a Magnificent Bastard using Anna to set up a heroic meeting with Dean, or Naomi or another angel scheming to use Anna to kill Lucifer's vessel.
- Angel Unaware: She's actually an angel, though no one was aware of that before the reveal. Including Anna herself.
- Angelic Beauty: Anna has a very innocent and ethereal look.
- Anti-Villain: Anna definitely becomes a Type III for "The Song Remains the Same": she's trying to murder one of the main leads, and then his parents to stop them both from ever having existed, but she's doing it because she sees no other way 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 even pauses to apologize to Mary when she is about to kill her too.
- 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.
- Badass Boast: She gets two in "On the Head of a Pin":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: Maybe, maybe not. But there's still...me.
- And later, when she kills Uriel:
Castiel: Anna, whatever they sent you here to do-Anna: They didn't send me. I escaped.Castiel: No one escapes.Anna: All these centuries, and you're underestimating me now?
- Gets in one more in "The Song Remains the Same:"
- Badass Longcoat: Replaces her military jacket with a long navy coat starting in "On the Head of a Pin", which is the same episode she is solidified as a total badass. It also has the effect of making her resemble Castiel, the Badass Longcoat of Supernatural, more in design.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It's implied her Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in Season 5 is a result of her prolonged imprisonment in Heaven, which she described the previous season as having all the tortures of Hell as well as a load of self-righteousness.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is definitely one of the nicer angels, tries to help Castiel and Dean, and is vehemently against torture even on a demon like Alastair, but she is unafraid to kill when necessary and eventually turns against them to kill Sam for The Needs of the Many.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Possibly, in Season 5. At least Castiel thinks so, while Anna denies it. While Castiel was able to be snapped out of his Heaven brainwashing (where he ended up luring Anna into a trap to be brought back to Heaven) back in Season 4, he was only up there for one episode and even then, it took another two episodes to undo it. As Anna was up there for 14 episodes, he and the Winchesters didn't have enough time to try to get through to her and undo any possible brainwashing, especially as she was deadset on killing the Winchesters' parents immediately.
- Break the Cutie: Believed to have gone insane in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" when she tries to warn people of the Apocalypse and is committed to a mental hospital where she sits despairing and waiting for the world to end. After she is attacked by demons who want to torture her, she finds out that her parents have been murdered and finally breaks down, bursting into tears asking why this is happening to her. She becomes better when she regains her memories and finally does understand everything going on, becoming a calmer and more confident character. Alternately, remembering her infinitely-long past as an emotionless angel distanced her from the emotional duress human Anna Milton had been in.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Her parents are quickly disposed of in "I Know What You Did Last Summer", being found dead from a demonic attack in their home by Sam and Dean to ensure Anna can't go home again and explain their absence while she is on the run. She finds out about their deaths at the end of the episode and only gets a moment of respite to grieve before the next threat shows up.
- Cool Big Sis: Can be seen as this to Castiel in Season 4 with her attempts to mentor and look out for him, though it's complicated somewhat by his orders to kill her. While there is Ship Tease, angels generally regard one another as siblings and, well, it wouldn't be the first time a Relationship Writing Fumble resulted in shipping siblings on the show.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Most angels and even demons just get shot or stabbed, and keel over pretty much instantaneously. Fittingly for the victim of an entity as powerful as the Archangel Michael, Anna's is one of the most brutal deaths aired on Supernatural. She is burned alive from the inside-out, with jets of flame even erupting her mouth and eyes, rapidly disintegrating into smoldering ashes for 14 straight seconds in a room full of people, none of whom can, or would, help her, in what is clearly an extremely painful death. Its gruesomeness is emphasized by the fact that Anna is one of the few recurring characters to die screaming in agony, with most characters passing on quietly. For an angel who shouldn't be able to feel to scream like that, it must've really hurt.
- Damsel in Distress: Before she remembers she is an angel, she is pursued by demons who want to capture and torture her for information as well as by angels who want to kill her before demons can catch her and use her against them as well as for punishment for falling. When she does regain her grace, she stops being a Damsel by virtue of the fact that she is now more powerful than either faction chasing her — Castiel and Uriel know their former leader too well to even want to try to take her on at that point.
- The Determinator: Only death can stop her from trying to kill Sam even after Castiel warning her that he will kill her if she tries it. If she wasn't Brainwashed and Crazy, her strong will is likely why she was able to resist Heaven's "persuasions" for so long.
- Disappeared Dad: Manages to have this twice! Part of Anna's disillusionment and motivation for falling was that she never met, saw, or heard God herself, and spent 2,000 years away posted on Earth waiting on orders from him that never came. She feared retribution from him for falling, but later intuited that the commands angels were receiving were not from God as claimed, because she believed God would not have ordered Dean to be forced to torture Alastair, making her the first character to twig onto God's absence in Heaven. In addition to missing her heavenly father, she also lost her human father when demons killed him and her mother.
- Distaff Counterpart: Fans sometimes call Anna a female version of Castiel due to being the Token Heroic Orc of angels and their connection to Dean. Due to the limited number of angel characters that first appeared when they were introduced in Season 4 (just Cas, Uriel, Anna, and Zachariah), these similarities really stood out. According to popular fandom rumor (building off confirmation that Castiel was supposed to die mid-Season 4), Castiel was even meant to be replaced by Anna shortly after her introduction, which if true, makes their similarities make even more sense.
- Emotionless Girl: When she returns from Heaven in "The Song Remains the Same", to complement her sudden Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. She barely even winces when she gets stabbed through the heart with a crowbar and then pulls it out.
- Ethical Slut: A Preacher's Kid and ex-angel who lists sex as one of the reasons to be human and then has some in the same episode with someone she met less than a week ago,note with absolutely no qualms or guilt. Leading up to the sex scene, she also tried to help assuage Dean's trauma and guilt over Hell, and both the tenderness of the act in the scene itself and the Scar Survey she does of Castiel's handprint from when he saved Dean from Hell symbolize it successfully helping Dean recover somewhat.
- Evil Redhead: In "The Song Remains the Same", where she tries to kill John and Mary Winchester to prevent Sam from being born at all. Averted in all her previous appearances.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After escaping Heaven as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Anna's hair in her Season 5 episode is less vivid and much wilder-looking than the very deep red, straight hair she had throughout Season 4.
- Fallen Angel: Anna gave up her grace and literally fell from Heaven to become human. Because doing so constituted disobedience, the worst thing an angel can do, she has a death sentence on her head when she next meets her former subordinates and they regard her as even worse than demons. Although normally a strong-willed character who believes she is right, Anna also has some lingering guilt over falling, even voicing the thought to Dean in private that maybe she deserves to die.
- The nice, angelic supernatural Love Interest to Dean in "Heaven and Hell" compared to Ruby's pricklier, demonic supernatural Love Interest to Sam. They are both unlike other members of their species and that makes them rebels against their respective kinds. Anna seems to pick up on this similarity and feel close to Ruby as a result, going out of her way to assure Ruby she won't hurt her with almost the same words she had used to validate Ruby as an ally ("Don't worry, I'm not like the others" v "Ruby's not like other demons"). Turned on its head with The Reveal that Ruby is actually a HeelFace Mole. Anna also ends up betraying the brothers for a cause that she believes in, though she intends to kill Sam for it while Ruby's cause hinged on his survival.
- "Heaven and Hell" plays up the similarities between Dean's life and Anna's past as a soldier out on the road and away from home, always waiting for orders from a father they can't entirely understand. However, the rest of Season 4 shifts focus to the similarities and differences in Anna and Cas as angels questioning Heaven, fond of Dean, and commitment to do what is right. While he serves Heaven and is an occasion antagonist in Season 4, she is a Fallen Angel who operates as her own agent to investigate Heaven; by Season 5, both have been subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture but while Castiel eventually snapped out of it and broke his ties with Heaven to ally with the Winchesters, Anna has been left in Heaven for much longer and has become an antagonist who may be working for Heaven again, possibly even unknowingly. Like Anna, Castiel tries to convince other angels to make their own decisions, and later loses his grace, experiences life as a human and develops an appreciation for its uniquenesses, and then turns back into an angel. Visually, Anna's green military jacket she wears as a human is reminiscent of jackets Dean sometimes wears, and her navy Badass Longcoat she switches to as an angel is similar to Castiel's tan trenchcoat.
- Anna and Gabriel are both Fallen Angels who left Heaven to go to Earth. They also show signs of The Hedonist and don't want the Apocalypse. However, whereas Gabriel retains all his power and pursues Jerkasses in the name of self-righteous punishment, Anna willingly gives up all her power and becomes human to lead an ordinary life. Additionally, Gabriel doesn't want the Apocalypse because it means his brothers will kill each other, while Anna is more worried about the billions of humans who would die. Pity they don't meet before they both die - Anna killed by Michael and Gabriel killed by Lucifer for their respective attempts at stopping the Apocalypse.
- Meg's HeelFace Turn from Arch-Enemy to ally in later seasons contrasts Anna's Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. Both characters have a marked appreciation for sex and brazenly pursue it, and have significant relationships with Castiel. While Meg was straightforward about her attraction to Cas and even suggested she was in love with him, Anna's relationship with him is more ambiguous and possibly platonic.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Inverted—her regaining her grace destroyed her human body, but she liked the way she looked in it so she "called in some favors" to have it restored.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend:
- She's never mentioned again after Michael kills her. Particularly glaring as Anna was used to introduce a number of angel lore elements to the show (grace, "angel radio", the angel-banishing sigil, etc), and yet is never referenced at all when they're brought up again. Considering what happened with her, maybe she's a sore spot they all avoid talking about?
- Even before her death, she is captured by Heaven and missing for half a season but not mentioned in all this time by Castiel or the Winchesters until she returns as a villain, despite the fact that she was the only other angel on the Winchesters' side and they were desperate for any kind of help they could get. It's mitigated somewhat by Dean asking her where she's been when she finally does reappear, showing he's noticed her absence, but he still was not shown wondering this onscreen before this scene.
- Go Among Mad People: She's locked in an insane asylum for trying to warn people when she hears angels talking about the Apocalypse.
- Good Is Not Soft: Anna is compassionate, yes, but she also kills her own former soldier Uriel without remorse when it turns out he's corrupting and killing other angels for Lucifer's cause. After imprisonment in Heaven, she is even willing to kill an overall heroic character like Sam who even helped save her in the past, though even all the time she spent in Heaven isn't enough to completely erase her regret in doing so.
- Hearing Voices: Those of other angels, starting the same day Castiel saved Dean from Hell. All angels have it, but the line had gone silent for Anna until September 2008.
- The Hedonist: She's implied to be one by her conversation with Dean about why being human trumps being angel. Considering who she's talking to, it could've just been her joking around or trying to get him to agree with her. She goes on to stress that what she really values about being human is all the emotions they get to feel, good and bad.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted. Notice how she starts putting the moves on Dean when she thinks she's going to die?
- 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. It's not entirely clear if this was entirely psychological or a side-effect of losing her grace. While Castiel does not demonstrate any developing amnesia when he turns human in Season 9, he was only human for part of a year whereas Anna had been human for several years before she began losing her memories. On the other hand, Anna repressing them only after being taken to a child psychiatrist might suggest that she began repressing the memories in therapy to become more of a normal child for her worried parents.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She prefers life as a normal human girl to that of an angel warrior and general, and wishes she doesn't have to get her grace back.
- Interspecies Romance: Paralleling human Sam and demon Ruby having sex in the proceeding episode, the angel Anna has a small romance with human Dean and they hook up in "Heaven and Hell" after a few heart-to-hearts. Though Anna was technically human at the time and she doesn't show romantic or sexual interest in Dean again after turning back into an angel, backing up Anna's claim that angels cannot feel love or lust in their natural state. Poor Dean.
- Intrepid Reporter: It was mentioned she was majoring in journalism as a college student, before she was sent to the mental institution, making Anna Dean's second journalist Love Interest (after Cassie Robinson). According to this meta analysis, the trope can also be applied to Anna's apparent investigation into Heaven's doings in Season 4.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: Many aspects of her story resemble Joan of Arc's, starting with their namesnote . Anna is a seemingly ordinary girl until she starts hearing angels and their talk of the Apocalypse, which ultimately leads to her taking a level in badass and becoming an Action Girl in the war between angels and demons. Also in line with the trope, she opposes a powerful commanding force and acts against them, resenting Heaven's methods of controlling angels and suspicious of what they tell them. She tries to convince others of her words - humans about the Apocalypse, Castiel about Heaven being untrustworthy - but is dismissed. Sentenced to die by her own people for heresy, she is burned alive.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In Season 5, she tries to stop the end of the world and save the lives of billions of people by murdering a good person and then his entire family.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Anna was pretty well-liked by most fans up until her abrupt return to kill Sam - and then his and Dean's parents, to wipe both brothers from history - which turned much of the fanbase firmly against her. When Michael arrived to administer her a Cruel and Unusual Death, he was generally cheered, even though he then tried to manipulate Dean into saying yes. It helped fan appreciation that it was a really cool-looking death, even if it wasn't too pleasant for Anna to experience.
- Kill It with Fire: Burned to ashes in "The Song Remains the Same", courtesy of Michael.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Song Remains the Same".
- MacGuffin Super Person: To Hell. Learning that Anna has been accurately warning people about The End of the World as We Know It with their battles against angels, Alastair and other demons are sent to hunt her down and capture her alive to use her ability to hear angels - by committing Cold-Blooded Torture on her to make her talk. She loses this status by turning back into a fully powered angel who can't feel pain but can fight back if they try to catch her.Ruby: A flesh-and-blood angel that you can question, torture, that bleeds. Sister, you're the Stanley Cup.
- 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.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Amy Milton was likely infertile and it was said she couldn't get pregnant... until suddenly she did with Anna, after Anna ripped out her grace and fell to Earth. Amy didn't know about that part but she knew enough to know it was a miracle.
- 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 his friend.
- Neurodiversity Is Supernatural: Anna hears voices and is diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia, the religious overtones of her delusions and hallucinations attributed to her being a Preacher's Kid. She is even diagnosed in her early 20's, which is around the same age real-life schizophrenia typically manifests. In her childhood, she also needed to be taken to a child psychiatrist due to Freak Outs that her "real" dad (later revealed to be God) was going to kill her. Sam and Dean realize everything she is saying is actually eerily accurate and she really is somehow hearing angels. It is soon explained that she is herself an angel who has turned human and whose remaining Psychic Powers make her appear mentally ill to Muggles.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: If she really did escape from Heaven's jail, which no other angel has done and which Castiel believes is impossible. Anna doesn't elaborate on how she might have done it.
- Oh, Crap!: One of the few times she shows actual fear is when she hears John call her name and turns around to see Michael. As in, leader of the Heavenly Host wanting to kill her that she has turned on and is working against, the angel planning to possess one of the sons she is trying to erase from history, Michael.
- Preacher's Kid: Reborn as a human to a church deacon and his wife as an Angelic type. While she might've had some interests her parents might've disapproved of, her psychiatrist describes her to the Winchesters as someone well-liked with lots of friends, good grades, and a promising future.
- Redhead In Green: A redhead who wears a green jacket in her first two episodes, which is arguably her Iconic Outfit though she spent her next four episodes in the blue coat. Fan art at least seems to depict her in the green jacket more often, maybe because of the complementary colors with her hair.
- Rescue Romance: Is overjoyed to meet Dean because she has overheard the angels saying he might be the only one who can save the world, and gets closest to him out of her three protectors. Assuming their plan will fail and she'll die the next day, she goes out of her way to thank him for at least trying to save her, then tries to bed him for her last night on Earth. He doesn't take much convincing.
- Sacrificial Lion: An established badass and implied high-ranking angel, Anna is effortlessly killed in one touch by the Archangel Michael in an Establishing Character Moment to back up claims by other characters of how unbelievably powerful he is and why a big cosmic fight between him and Lucifer would not be ideal.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: In addition to her canonical Interspecies Romance with Dean, Anna and Castiel's interactions have romantic subtext and their actors even posited the possibility of a past - or potential past - romance between them. Yuri Fans also interpret Anna's overt friendliness to Ruby as an indicator of attraction. All three ships have been thoroughly sunk as of Ruby's death in "Lucifer Rising" and Anna's Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and death in "The Song Remains the Same".
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: She can (mostly) only run and hide in her first two episodes, but regaining her grace does her badassery wonders.
- 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 Cas is 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.
- Worf Had the Flu: The reason why she didn't just kill the Winchesters family immediately and ultimately had to recruit Uriel for help to do the deed was that her power was severely drained from Time Travel and she was still suffering its side-effects. If Heaven was not helping her, she was also likely low on power even before that because fallen angels are cut off from Heaven's powers. If she had more juice, she likely would've finished them all off right there in the garage. Note that Memetic Badass Castiel pulled the same trick as Anna and was actually rendered unconscious as a result for almost the entire duration of the episode.note
- You Can't Go Home Again: In her backstory, she was ordered to stay at her post on Earth despite being homesick for Heaven. Ended up falling to Earth and becoming an abomination in need of execution in the Host's eyes, meaning she cannot return to her original home, and then her human parents were killed, meaning she no longer has a human home either.
Portrayed by Kurt Fuller
First appearance: "It's a Terrible Life" (S04, Ep17).
Rank in Heaven: Seraph, Michael's lieutenant.
- Asshole Victim: Killed by Dean in "Point of No Return."
- Badass Boast: "In Heaven, I have six wings and four faces, one of which is a lion."
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Zachariah started the suit trend.
- Bald of Evil: Dean even made fun of it. Zachariah's rather frightening retort points out it's just a vision that the Winchesters' minds can actually process. In Heaven, his true form is a gigantic, six-winged angel with four heads...one of which is a lion.
- Dark Is Evil: He likes his black suits.
- Deadpan Snarker: Prone to it. Probably his best one is from "Dark Side of the Moon":Zachariah: (to Sam and Dean) Wow. Running from angels. On foot. In Heaven. With out-of-the-box thinking like that, I'm surprised you boys haven't stopped the Apocalypse already.
- Dirty Old Man: Calls Mary a "MILF" in front of Sam and Dean, and even feels her up.
- The Dragon: Zachariah takes his orders directly from Michael, the Well-Intentioned Extremist leader of Heaven.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Even though he follows Michael's orders, Zachariah wants to get his respect back.
- Evil Is Petty: He says it himself in "Dark Side of the Moon":Lucifer may be strong, but I'm... petty.
- Fantastic Racism: Derides humans as "maggots" and "smelly things."
- Faux Affably Evil: Even after his intent to start the Apocalypse is revealed, he still puts on a pretense of being a Well-Intentioned Extremist who only wants to destroy half the world to bring paradise to the other half. In reality, though, he doesn't give a damn about Earth, God, or anyone besides himself. When Dean tries to get him to sacrifice himself for the cause, he immediately drops the act.
- Jerkass: Oh, goodness. He delights in using his position to be a prick to everyone he can.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Great, another angel who wants to dick around with the Winchesters... oh, he gives Dean some helpful advice to accept his mission to save the world. But no, he's really Evil All Along and a smug, genocidal careerist.
- Kick the Dog: Tortured both Sam and Adam in order to get Dean to say "yes" to Michael.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: See Kick the Dog.
- Killed Off for Real: Dean stabs him through the lower jaw with an angel blade in "Point of No Return."
- 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.
- Smug Smiler: Comes with the corporate ooze he admits.
- Smug Snake: The man's a Slime Ball. Through and through.
- 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.
Portrayed by Roger Aaron Brown, Paul Barton
First appearance: "Dark Side of the Moon" (S05, Ep16)
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.
- Back for the Dead: After seven seasons of absence, he shows up in Season 12 Episode 19... just to get killed by Dagon. To be fair, normal angels are no match for Princes of Hell.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Dean and Sam from Zachariah and his two henchmen in "Dark Side of the Moon."
- Cool Old Guy: His appearance is of an elderly man, and then he forces his superior and all around more powerful angel Zachariah to back down and flee.
- Deus ex Machina: In "Dark Side of the Moon."
- Killed Off for Real: While discussing about giving Kelly protection, Dagon unceremoniously kills him.
- 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 a Messianic Archetype, 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.
- You Are in Command Now: He is put in charge of the Heavenly Host to deal with Lucifer's son. Naomi succeeds him after his death.
Portrayed by Sebastian Roché
First appearance: "The Third Man" (S06, Ep03).
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.
- Bargain with Heaven: In "The Third Man," he sold pieces of the Staff of Moses to humans in exchange for their souls.
- Deadpan Snarker: Going with his flamboyant personality.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: "Tell Raphael he can bite me."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not so much evil as a big, fat Jerkass. But he gets horrified when he realizes that Castiel has been working with Crowley and decides to try and stop him. It doesn't work.
- Faking the Dead: How he escaped from Heaven and the other angels.
- The Hedonist: After getting out, he lives an extravagant life style.
- HeelFace 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Castiel kills him with an angel blade in the S6 finale.
- The Nicknamer: He refers to Castiel as "Cassie" and Raphael as "Raffy."
- Redemption Equals Death: Turning to Sam and Dean's side, cause he's afraid of the damage the souls will do, not just to Cas but the world, leads to Castiel murdering him.
- Screw Destiny: Not just the present and future, either. Just because he hated that movie with Leonardo Di Caprio. (Though it turns out that he really did it on Castiel's orders.)
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Dean and Cas, or at least seems to think that Cas has feelings for Dean. See his character quote (to be fair, he might just be making a point about Castiel's allegiances in his usual snarky fashion—after all, he makes similarly snide remarks about Cass being Sam's boyfriend and Dean stealing kisses from Sam).
- 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 HeelFace 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
First appearance: "The French Mistake" (S06, Ep15).
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.
- Ballistic Discount: Sort of; we see him rifle-butt the cashier, then actually shoot the next random guy to walk in.
- Brought Down to Normal: It's unclear what happened to his grace, but in the magic-free universe, Virgil couldn't access any of his angel powers.Makes you nothing but a dick!
- The Brute: For Raphael.
- The Determinator: Dogs his quarry across dimensions and makes up for the loss of his powers with heavy artillery.
- The Stoic: The only time he shows any emotion is when he finds out he's no longer an angel in the alternative world, his response? Engage in hand-to-hand.
- 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
First appearance: "Frontierland" (S06, Ep18).
Rank in Heaven: Castiel's lieutenant.
- "But you beat the Archangels, Castiel. God brought you back. He chose you, Cass...to lead us."
A friend of Castiel who became one of his first followers and lieutenant during the war in Heaven.
- Action Girl: Tough enough to wound Cas in a fight despite him being a more powerful angel
- Broken Pedestal: She does not take Castiel's plan to open Purgatory and absorb its souls very well.
- 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.
- Killed Off for Real: By her superior.
- The Lancer: To Castiel during the civil war in Heaven.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
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 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.
- 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
First appearance: "Reading Is Fundamental" (S07, Ep21)
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
A angel who took over the garrison following the civil war. She leads a group of angels who seek to isolate and protect Kevin after he becomes a prophet.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans and demons.
- Hot-Blooded: Hester is rather quick-tempered.
- In the Back: By Meg using an angel blade. Sorry, Hester.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Castiel is really responsible of all the mess that happened in Heaven.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Meg.
- The Leader: Of Castiel's garrison after the civil war in Heaven.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hester is the Red to Inias' Blue.
- Sanity Slippage: It's heavily implied that the events of the Apocalypse, the civil war in Heaven, and Castiel's angel massacre and short stint as the new God have unhinged her.
Portrayed by: Adrian McMorran
First appearance: "Reading Is Fundamental" (S07, Ep21)
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
- Nice Guy: 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.
- 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.
- You Are in Command Now: Inias takes command of his garrison after Hester is killed by Meg.
Portrayed by: Tyler Johnston
First appearance: "What's Up Tiger Mommy?" (S08, Ep02)
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.
- Break the Cutie: By Crowley.
- Burger Fool: Samandriel had to take the nearest vessel to get to the auction in "What's Up Tiger Mommy?" on time and ended up as teenage Alfie in his Wiener Hut outfit.
- Distressed Dude: Spends almost all of his second appearance imprisoned and tortured by Crowley.
- Heroic Willpower: Believe it or not, but Samandriel was able to endure weeks of torture without giving up.
- His Name Is...: Castiel kills him before he can reveal how they are being controlled.
- Kill the Cutie: Murdered by Castiel who is under Naomi's control in "Torn and Frayed".
- Killed Off for Real: Castiel is brainwashed by Naomi to kill him.
- Moe: Practically invoked by Dean when he finds out Alfie had been Crowley-napped.Dean: So, who snatched Heaven's most adorable angel?
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: "Torn and Frayed's" main plot was the boys trying to save him from Crowley. When the Winchesters and Castiel finally succeed, Cas is given orders to kill him from the one who'd told him to rescue Samandriel in the first place!
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Still believes after all the damage Castiel caused that he was only trying to make things better.
Portrayed by: Amanda Tapping
First appearance: "A Little Slice Of Kevin" (S08, Ep07).
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."
- Affably Evil: Despite being a Knight Templar, Naomi is perfectly cordial and well-mannered. You know what they say about flies and honey.
- The Atoner: By season 13, she has moved past her hunger for power and dedicates her time to fix Heaven and prevent the souls inhabiting it from crashing down on Earth.
- Badass in Charge: She was the lieutenant to the Archangels.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Her standard attire.
- Berserk Button: She's not fond of the "bureaucrat" title. When Crowley calls her one, she nearly smites him.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Crowley in Season 8.
- Big Brother Is Watching You: She is head of Heaven's intelligence.
- Big Good: She becomes one in season 13. Gabriel is dead and Lucifer deserts his post (and later dies as well), so Heaven's leadership is up to her (although she might soon get a challenge from Alternate!Michael).
- 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 ordered Cas to kill Samandriel, whom she viewed 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.
- Faking the Dead: When Metatron stabs her with the angel drill, Naomi has the few angels she trusts spread the word that she dies while she slowly recuperates, a process that takes about five years.
- HeelFace Turn: Does this in the season 8 finale, upon learning Metatron's plans and how far she has gone in her quest for power.
- Heel Realization: She eventually realizes how far she has fallen from her duty as a guardian of humanity, which leads to a HeelFace Turn in "Sacrifice."
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Metatron stabs her with the angel-drill... thing that she used to Mind Probe and brainwash angels.
- Interspecies Romance: It's implied in "Goodbye Stranger" that she once had a thing with Crowley, even though they're on opposing sides.
- Locked into Strangeness: The angel drill seems to have taken a toll on her grace. When she appears in season 13, her brown hair has turned platinum blonde.
- 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.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Going with her business look. She no longer sports this in season 13.
- Redemption Equals Affliction: 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, she gets attacked by Metatron and is left paralyzed for years.
- Smug Smiler: It's even in the photo! Though she isn't on par with Zachariah. She surpasses him.
- Terms of Endangerment: Trades these with Crowley (they are implied to be former lovers).
- 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.
First appearance: "The Great Escapist" (S08, Ep21).
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.
- Killed Off for Real: By Castiel.
- 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.
First appearance: "The Great Escapist" (S08, Ep21).
Rank in Heaven: Naomi's assistant.
Esper works under Naomi's direction in Heaven's Intelligence division.
- Instant Death Bullet: Shot through the neck by Crowley with a bullet made from a melted-down angel blade.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Punches Castiel in the face during Naomi's interrogation.
- Killed Off for Real: By Crowley.
- Mook: Works for Naomi.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His vessel wears a well-fitted gray suit and tie.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Always appears with Ion until Crowley kills him.
Portrayed by Curtis Armstrong.
First appearance: "The Great Escapist" (S08, Ep21).
Rank in Heaven: Celestial administration; Scribe of God.
- "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 the Word, tablets with instructions on His creations. After God disappeared and the Archangels started scheming to take over the universe, Metatron realized they would need the Word of God, and therefore him, to do this, so he fled from Heaven and lived 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.
- All According to Plan: Dean finding him and trying to fight him. In the Season 9 finale, there's even at least one moment during their fight in which he could easily snap Dean's neck, but he pauses and puts his head back into a more natural position. Instead, he waits until he has the angel blade ready and stabs him with it. It only makes sense later when he shows Castiel the blood-soaked blade to rub in he hit him where it hurts most.
- Almighty Janitor: Describes himself as just a "pencil-pusher" type normal angel until God picked him to be His scribe, but he becomes 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 uses 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. Not that that's a good thing.
- 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. That won't stop him from using a double-barrel shotgun on a couple of people he believed to be intruders.
- Big Bad: He seemed to be part of a Big-Bad Ensemble with Bartholomew, Malachi, and Abaddon for Season 9. After the three have been killed off at different points throughout the season, he becomes the sole Big Bad.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Crowley and Naomi in Season 8, but we only find out in the last episode.
- Bookworm: He really loves books, so much so that he had them delivered by the dozen and exchanged in enhanced life spans for regular stories.
- Broken Pedestal: He is thoroughly disappointed when he learns that God does not care about what will happen to His creations (humans included); whether they will be destroyed by the Darkness or not doesn't matter as long as His autobiography gets done. Then God reveals that He chose Metatron as His scribe solely because the latter was closest to the door.
- Brought Down to Badass: While he gets turned into a human by Cas he manages to dope him into believing he's far more defenceless then he seems, manages to bind Cas with seals, and manages to escape scot-free with the Demon Tablet.
- Brought Down to Normal: In "Inside Man," Castiel removes Metatron's grace, making him human.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The beginning of "Meta Fiction" in which he explains his plan while looking directly at the camera. Subverted in that he's really addressing a bound-and-gagged Castiel.
- Break Them by Talking: He does this to Castiel in the Season 9 finale, making sure he also tells him why his motives aren't really all that noble in the meanwhile. Unfortunately for him (or not), this same speech contains the Engineered Public Confession staged by Castiel that the latter uses to defeat him.
- The Chessmaster: At times, he shows this. He successfully got Cas to raise an army, then forced several other angels to become suicide bombers, just so he could improve his popularity and steal Cas' followers by incriminating him for the attacks.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has got this gift.
- 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.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Mocks God when he learns that he latter has been backing away from all the troubles that humans have to face. It seems that his experience as a human has made him see them different, after all.
- 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To Chuck Shurley (a.k.a. God Himself). Metatron and Chuck are both writers. Chuck simply wrote everything he saw down, without any expectation of a reward; Metatron wrote his "story" with the expressly-stated intent to make himself not only the "hero" but a god.
- And then inverted later when God reveals that His "without any expectation of a reward" means that He doesn't care what will happen to the everyone and everything, including humans. Which means that He doesn't care if the story ends with a Happy Ending, a Bittersweet Ending, a Downer Ending, or a Shoot the Shaggy Dog kind. Meanwhile, Metatron, who at least wants something enjoyable to come out of this mess of a story, is understandably disappointed when he learns that everyone's, good or bad efforts will boil down to nothing at the end.
- Exposition Beam: He forces a few millennium worth of stories into Castiel's head so he will understand his (and everyone else's) references to human culture.
- Fantastic Racism: 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 God's 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 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 "The Great Escapist."
- A God Am I: His goal in Season 9. Castiel even states he's trying to play God.
- Hannibal Lecture: In "Meta Fiction," when he's speaking to Castiel.
- Healing Hands: Starts using this in his plan to get mankind to worship him by playing Jesus.
- HeelFace Turn: He eventually joins Winchesters' fight against Darkness, and dies buying them time to flee.
- Hero Killer: Killed Dean Winchester temporarily, and the murderer of Kevin Tran was acting on his orders.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Lets Sam and Donatello get outside the Darkness' hideout with Lucifer. He gets obliterated by the Darkness for his trouble.
- Hidden Villain: In Season 8.
- Humans Are Special: Metatron is amazed by the inventiveness of humans and has presumably spent millennia listening to their stories and reading books.
- He actually says this almost word-for-word to convince God to take His responsibility as the Creator and combat the Darkness. It works!
- Irony: Metatron's angel-banishing spell ended up freeing Gadreel from his prison, and he even brags to Gadreel in "Holy Terror" that he was the one who freed him from his dungeon. In the Season 9 finale, Metatron ends up imprisoned in the same dungeon he had freed Gadreel from with his spell.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murder of Naomi by giving her a Karmic Death in the Season 8 finale.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets smote by the Darkness for letting Lucifer out.
- Laughably Evil: He can be pretty hilarious sometimes in a nerdy sort of way. But then the Evil side takes over...
- Mad Artist: He sees himself as a great epic novelist, with all the people he manipulates or kills as characters there to advance his plot.
- Manipulative Bastard: Played Castiel like a fiddle to do what he wants in late Season 8 and manipulates Gadreel over to his side in Season 9.
- 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: His experience of being turned mortal has made him see that humans are suffering from becoming the Cosmic Plaything of every higher beings that can overpower them. When he meets with God in episode 11x20, he flat-out states that humans are God's perfect creation, ever. And so he decides to personally assist the Winchesters against the Darkness, which leads to his death when he fends off the Darkness in time for Sam and company to escape.
- 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After being apprehended by the angels in the Season 9 finale.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Though a minor angel and not even a warrior, Metatron really has a big ego; he holds himself up as a successor to God and claims he is better cause he doesn't publish the first draft.
- Smug Snake: Very smart and cunning, but not smart enough as the Season 9 finale showed us.
- Special Person, Normal Name: Metatron, the Scribe of God... "Marv" to the locals.
- Took a Level in Badass: After saving Kevin. He takes several after getting his hands on the Angel Tablet and using it to augment his powers to godlike.
- 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 Kevin 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.
- Villainous Rescue: He saves Kevin from Crowley using his angelic powers.
- Visionary Villain: Metatron wants to replace Yahweh because he believes god screwed over humanity and genuinely feels that he's the right divine being to replace god. He even describes himself as wanting to give humans a brand they can believe in.
- Wham Line: Provides a great dozy of one when he mentions what the Third Trial was: to cure a demon.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Gadreel about reshaping Heaven together. He accepts.
- Wicked Cultured: Down to his love of reading he is very well read, able to casually quote Samuel Johnson. His office in Heaven certainly qualifies him.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: It's unclear if he's being honest, but he tells Castiel in "Meta Fiction" that he sees himself as a hero and wants to get Castiel to become the villain.
- Wrote the Book: Literally, thanks to writing down all the stuff in the tablets.Dean: How did you get past Crowley's angel-warding?Metatron: I'm the Scribe of God. I erased it.
Portrayed by: Tahmoh Penikett, Jared Padalecki
First appearance: "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S9, Ep01)
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 to Earth 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: He believes in having some honor, even against enemies.
- Antiquated Linguistics: He 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 plays Ezekiel.
- The Atoner: Still feels the guilt for failing back in Eden, which Metatron happily manipulates.
- Badass Baritone: Much like a few of the other male angels.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Implied, as Gadreel didn't enjoy killing any of his targets except for Thaddeus, the guard who tortured him in Heaven's dungeon. 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.
- 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. Gadreel 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.
- Gentle Giant: Appears as this when possessing Sam. Subverted after he switches to Metatron's team and murders Kevin.
- Glowing Eyes: When Ezekiel possesses Sam, his eyes glow blue.
- 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.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: His allegiance is all over the place. He starts out as the guardian of the Garden of Eden, then lets Lucifer into the Garden and is punished for his crime. After his unexpected release, he tries to atone by helping Dean save Sam, only to be convinced by the conniving Metatron to join his new army. Later on, he joins the Winchesters again, but the vengeful Dean is having none of it. Gadreel eventually helps Castiel infiltrate Heaven, but fails and commits suicide in a final act of atonement.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Ezekiel (or his human vessel) wears a black leather jacket.
- Hero Killer: He killed Kevin Tran with the Angelic Touch.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Gadreel believed that Metatron would bring the angels back to Heaven. It takes him the entire season to realize that Metatron is a douche who sacrifices his own minions.
- Hunk: Ezekiel's vessels (with one of them being Sam) are pretty darn attractive.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: Convincingly pretends to be Sam in "Holy Terror."
- 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 his 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 trick Sam to accept their plan.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Kills Abner, his former friend, on Metatron's orders.
- Killed Off for Real: Sacrifices himself to break Castiel out of his prison.
- 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." Ezekiel is possessing Sam in order to heal and strengthen him after he was 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 led him to be locked a dungeon in Heaven.
- Nerves of Steel: Able to take extreme torture which broke other angels, as shown in "Road Trip".
- No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: One of the unnamed angels in "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" 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 viewers spot Tahmoh Penikett getting off the bus, they realize he will have more than a small part.
- Noble Demon: Believes in having honor and doesn't like subterfuge even against sworn enemies. Castiel believes he can make Gadreel see Metatron for what he is due to this very trope.
- 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 Equals Death: In the Season 9 finale, Gadreel sacrifices himself so Castiel can get free and stop Metatron.
- Redemption Quest: A villainous example. Gadreel 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 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.
- The Stoic: Rarely shows any emotion, and commonly speaks in a monotone fashion.
- Symbiotic Possession: Ezekiel possesses Sam in order to heal both Sam and himself, but Sam is unaware of this.
- Technopath: In Sam's hospital room, 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.
- Walking Spoiler: His possession of Sam, and his true nature qualifies him.
- Willing Channeler: Ezekiel poses as Dean to get Sam's permission.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks that by working with Metatron, he's become The Lancer (and The Atoner) trying to fix the world. Castiel helps him see the truth, and he becomes The Atoner for real.
Portrayed by: Grace Phipps
First appearance: "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S9, Ep01)
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.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her vessel's appearance, and her desire to get away from the other Angels qualifies her.
- Angelic Beauty: Yes, Hael is very pretty.
- Been There, Shaped History: Hael built the Grand Canyon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Hael is killed when she is stabbed by Castiel by her own angel blade.
- 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.
- 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
First appearance: "I'm No Angel" (S9, Ep03)
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.
- Asshole Victim: Castiel kills him in his second appearance.
- Badass Boast: One of his subordinates is clearly nervous about pursuing Castiel, calling him "a madman and very dangerous." Bartholomew tells her, "No, I'm the one who's dangerous!"
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Nice enough that he takes the time to wipe off blood and other bits of a woman who couldn't contain an angel.
- Blatant Lies: "God has personally assured me that He is highly pleased with your work. He prepareth a special reward for helping to populate a true Heaven on Earth." You mean the same God whose absence has driven the plot from Season 4 onwards?
- Disc-One Final Boss: He seems to be part of a Big-Bad Ensemble in Season 9 until Castiel kills him in self-defense in "Captives."
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Does not appreciate being called "Bart."
- Envy: Though smug, Bartholomew reveals he is in fact envious of Castiel, due to when they fought together against Raphael, Castiel strategy succeeded when his worries failed. Its implied its partially down to Envy he is evil.
- Evil Former Friend: He used to be Castiel's friend, and the two even fought together in heaven's civil war, however Bartholomew became envious at Cas's ability and success compared to his failure. Never the less, upon there first meeting since the fall Bartholomew tried to recruit Cas to his side, and restore there friendship with him in the dominant role.
- Faux Affably Evil: Has a polite and kind façade which he uses when he wants to gain something, but is truly very cold and uncaring inside.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Untrustworthy kind, showing his cold inner nature.
- Jerkass: Is entirely unbothered 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Castiel.
- Klingon Promotion: Bartholomew has taken over Naomi's faction after Metatron iced her in the Season 8 finale. Maurice the Reaper calls him her protégé and "an up-and-comer."
- The Man Behind the Man: To Reverend Boyle.
- Manipulative Bastard: Easily manipulates Reverend Boyle into providing his followers with Vessels and keeps him going after he see's that some people can't hold Angels and it kills them.
- Mean Boss: Quick to blame his two underling angels for Castiel's continuing evasion of capture.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Bartholomew is certainly arrogant, even refusing to negotiate with his rival angel leaders and dismissing Malachi as a thug.
- Smug Snake: For all his ego, he really isn't anything special and can't live up to his mentor.
Portrayed by: Ashton Holmes
First appearance: "Heaven Can't Wait" (S9, Ep06)
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: His horrible actions are motivated by a genuine desire to end the suffering on Earth rather than actual malice.
- Combat Medic: His specific job, as that what his class of angels are for.
- 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 overzealous-ness is partly attributable to unfamiliarity with human emotions.
- Killed Off for Real: Castiel kills him with an angel blade.
- Psycho Supporter: To Castiel. Not that he'll let that stop him from killing the now-human Cas out of pity.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely believes that he is helping people, due to the fact he is not used to human emotions and average human sadness is the equivalent of an angel being fatally wounded and left in agonizing pain.
Portrayed by: Stephen Taylor
First appearance: "Holy Terror" (S9, Ep09)
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 with Bartholomew's.
- Asshole Victim: Killed offscreen by Gadreel after his first episode.
- Ax-Crazy: His own follower acknowledges he's unstable and crazy, hence why he tries to switch teams.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: 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...
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He has no problem with this, either.
- Killed Offscreen: By Gadreel, as stated in "King of the Damned."
Portrayed by: Dan Payne
First appearance: "Road Trip" (S9, Ep 10)
Rank In Heaven: Prisoner
Abner was a prisoner in Heaven for 700 years, during which he befriended Gadreel and was tortured by the guards, including Thaddeus. Upon falling to Earth after Metatron works his angel-banishing spell, 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, who was abusive to his family.
- 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.
- Killed Off for Real
- Sacrificial Lamb: Gadreel kills him shortly after we meet him.
Portrayed by: Wesley MacInnes
First appearance: "Road Trip" (S9, Ep 10)
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.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: On Abner, which he claims was "just for fun."
- Jerkass: Both in Heaven and on Earth.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Even though most people don't like Gadreel, Thaddeus was enough of an asshole he's clearly better off dead.
- Killed Off for Real
- Teen Idol: His vessel is a parody of Justin Bieber.
Portrayed by: Erica Carroll, Lee Majdoub
First appearance: "Meta Fiction" (S9, Ep18)
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
A angel who fell to Earth after Metatron banished all angels from Heaven, she eventually met Castiel and worked with him to return the angels to Heaven and defeat Metatron.
- Back for the Dead: After long absence for the latter half of Season 10, she shows up in an episode of Season 11... only to get killed by her two assistants because they do not want Castiel to get her away.
- BrotherSister Incest: She starts developing feelings for Castiel, who's essentially her brother. It doesn't stop her from torturing him.
- Character Development: She starts off quite arrogant and almost fanatical towards the mission; however, due to being around Cas and interacting with humans, she becomes noticeably more humble and caring, to the point she gives up the mission to go back to Heaven so her vessel can return to her husband.
- Gender Bender: Is seen in both female and male vessels, so it can cause confusion as to whether Hannah is a she or he. Its name and the fact that Caroline Johnson seems to be her true vessel makes it likely that it's a she.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: She teeters on joining Castiel's side again, right before she dies a Karmic Death.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: She goes from being neutral, to supporting Castiel, to defecting to Metatron with the rest of Castiel's group, and then back to Castiel. In Season 11, she has two other angels torture Cas then fakes a rescue in order to learn the location of the Winchesters because she and most angels resent him for liberating Metatron.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: She asked Cas to kill Dean to prove that he's still loyal to Heaven. Cas refused.
- Karmic Death: She is killed by one of the two angels she had torture Castiel (so she could play good cop to their bad cop).
- Killed Off for Real: Is killed by her two angel assistants so she cannot speak up to Castiel.
- Knight Templar: Will do anything to lock Metatron. And when the Winchesters and Castiel try (and manage) to free him, she will hunt them down.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When she and Castiel track down a couple of rogue angels who wish to be left alone, Hannah escalates the situation by insisting that they return to Heaven against their will, which ultimately results in their deaths.
- Number Two: To Castiel after he began gathering angels to oppose Metatron.
- Pet the Dog: Caroline Johnson has the distinction as one of the very few human vessels of angels who survive through the duration of her possession. This is because Hannah gains the decency to leave her so she can live out her mortal life with her husband, as a result sparing Caroline of further endangerment, like Hannah's eventual death in season 11.
- Put on a Bus: In "Girls, Girls, Girls," she leaves her vessel so the latter can be reunited with her husband.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a powerful one to Castiel and Gadreel after their imprisonment, which convinces the latter to do a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Ship Tease: With Castiel in Season 10. They spend quite a lot of time together. It ends up going nowhere.
- Sole Survivor: Hannah is the only angel who survived an attack by Metatron. The latter reveals afterward that he did it on purpose.
Portrayed by: Nathan Mitchell
First appearance: "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" (S12, E15)
Rank in Heaven: Joshua's subordinate
A subordinate of Joshua who offers Castiel a chance at redemption.
Portrayed by: Erica Cerra
First appearance: "War of the Worlds" (S13, E07)
Rank in Heaven: Unknown
One of the less than a dozen angels left in the universe by season 13, like most of her brethren she wants to do anything to restore Heaven's glory.
- Deadpan Snarker: Casually dismisses Lucifer and Anael's problems by saying that relationship counseling is not really her area.
- Demonic Possession: In "Byzantium", the Shadow possesses her during its attempt to claim Jack. Yes, that means Dumah's vessel is briefly the host of two celestial beings, one of whom is a primordial entity.
- Drunk with Power: Takes control of Heaven towards the end of Season 14 and begins an oppressive rule, and also manipulates Jack to solidify her power base before being killed by Castiel in "Jack In The Box" for her actions.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Though her chance to defeat Lucifer in a combat is slim, she says it is worth the try.
- Lured into a Trap: She becomes a bait for Castiel so the other angels could ambush and capture him. They almost succeed if not for Lucifer's arrival.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She immediately loses her aggression and concedes to Lucifer when he claims to be able to create more angels. She is also willing to put aside her previous hostile encounter with Castiel and work with him when he breaks the news of Gabriel's survival. In either cases, this is because all she wants is to fix Heaven; it doesn't matter who she is going to deal with and how.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She savvily retreats upon being confronted by Lucifer, who is far more powerful than her.
Portrayed by: Danneel Ackles
First appearance: "Devil's Bargain" (S13, E13)
Rank in Heaven: Soul counter
An angel who used to work as a soul counter in Heaven before the Fall of the Angels. She is working as a faith healer named Sister Jo when Lucifer arrives to steal her grace before she convinces him to instead rule Heaven.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be a good-hearted faith healer, but she's really not.
- Crisis of Faith: "Game Night" reveals that she's this since her first visit to Earth. She stopped believing that God really cared about his creations when she saw his so-called perfect creations, humans, dying in the thousands everyday and decided that she doesn't need God. She set up her faith healing business so she could try her hands at being God, or rather, God as she wants Him to be. Basically, she is a less genocidal version of Metatron.
- Defector from Decadence: She had spent so many years getting ignored by the higher ups that when the angels were banished, she took it as a gift to make a name for herself. Although she temporarily returns to Heaven in season 13, by the next season she has rebelled for good and is back on Earth.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In "Bring 'em Back Alive", she gives a demeaning lecture at Lucifer and mostly manages to get away with it.
- Enemy Mine: In "Stranger in a Strange Land", the threat of Alternate Michael forces her to work with Team Free Will.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The generally immoral Anael still thinks she has heaven's best interests in mind... but teams up with Lucifer because she wants to improve how things are run there. Nevertheless, she's disgusted when Lucifer reveals that all of his promises were lies, and that he only made them so he could use Heaven's resources to search for Jack and tells him as such.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As she lampshades before the fall she was just a simple button pushier in Heaven whose ideas were constantly ignored after the fall she made a name, and a tidy profit, as renowned faith healer Sister Jo. And once she teams up with Lucifer she becomes his Number Two in Heaven.
- Healing Hands: After the Fall, she uses her powers to set up a business curing people at a cost.
- The Hedonist: Like her older brother Gabriel, as a fallen angel Anael contents herself with worldly pleasures while on Earth. Instead of sex, she prefers expensive apparel and clothing.
- Hidden Depths: Before she was Heaven's button pushier, she worked under Joshua and was considered a candidate to succeed him as God's intermediate.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Alternate Michael implies that Anael is rebelling from Heaven because she desperately wants to be loved. Since she doesn't deny this, it seems to be right.
- Manipulative Bastard: She gains her vessel by taking advantage of an innocent woman's desperation to heal her husband, and she later pulls a Wounded Gazelle Gambit with Team Free Will.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: "Game Night" reveals that the shallowness she exhibited in her previous appearances might have been all an act. She is quite perceptive of things, deducing that Castiel's search for God is probably a front to shield himself from acknowledging that Jack lost his soul. She also points out God's inherent Double Standard about his creations, which is why she decided to leave Heaven to work things out herself. And of course, it's revealed that she was once a candidate to succeed Joshua as God's intermediary, the reason why Castiel seeks her help to contact God.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When she learns that Lucifer is not capable of creating angels, she accuses him that he is a loser, not because God told everyone so, but because of his own shortcomings, and that he might as well be back in the Cage.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Stranger in a Strange Land", she visibly panics when she identifies Dean as having been possessed by Alternate Michael and tries to flee, although he stops her. This stands in direct contrast to when she calmly identifies Lucifer, an equally powerful Archangel, in "Devil's Bargain", which just speaks the extent of how terrifying Michael is to his younger siblings, even if he is from a different world.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite the fact that her sole experience in Heaven was pushing a button, she thinks she knows what's best for Heaven. The fact that she thinks Lucifer is a good choice to do so speaks volumes about her inadequacy.
- Surrounded by Idiots:
- Seems to be her opinion of Heaven's upper management as she frequently tried to express ways that the management of Heaven could by improved and was constantly ignored and told to just press her button. Unfortunately even after teaming up with Lucifer things don't get much better since he is more concerned with finding Jack and nursing his bruised ego then actually fixing Heaven.
- And as of "Stranger in a Strange Land", she is back on Earth as Sister Jo again, despite Heaven needing as much angels as it can and despite Lucifer being dead.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Lucifer, though she really just wants to run Heaven properly.
- Villainous Incest: With Lucifer (given that as they're both angels, they're also siblings).