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Archangels in Supernatural

"Archangels are fierce. They're absolute. They're Heaven's most terrifying weapon."
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Dean: And I thought you were supposed to be impressive. All you do is black out the room. Raphael: And the Eastern Seaboard.

God created the four Archangels before the other angels, who would be more powerful than their brothers and sisters. Season 10 reveals that their first job was to seal away the Darkness. The oldest Archangel, Michael, loved his younger brother, Lucifer, the second Archangel. However, after God created humans and commanded the angels to bow before his new creation, Lucifer refused and was cast out.

After Lucifer twisted a human soul into a demon and became the leader of Hell, God ordered Michael to imprison Lucifer inside a Cage. The youngest Archangel Gabriel, who had served as God's messenger, wanted to avoid picking sides and left Heaven to avoid his brothers' dispute. Archangel Raphael continued to serve in Heaven and was the protector of the prophet Chuck Shurley.

Michael served as the leader of Heaven in God's absence. After the Apocalypse was ended and Michael was imprisoned along with Lucifer, Raphael served as Heaven's leader. This led to a civil war in Heaven between the angels loyal to Raphael and those who followed Castiel.


Tropes:

  • Ancient Evil: "The Man Who Would Be King" reveals that some of their younger brothers have been around since before the evolution of land-dwelling vertebrates. "Brother's Keeper" reveals that they were around at the beginning of Creation. This is because they were created by God to help him seal away The Darkness so she wouldn't destroy the universe.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The most powerful beings in Heaven (and, in Lucifer's case, Hell) aside from God himself. Short of major players like God, Amara, Death and each other, they're more or less unstoppable.
  • Cain and Abel:
    • Michael and Lucifer are destined to fight each other to the death.
    • Later, Lucifer kills Gabriel. Or so he thought.
  • Celestial Paragons and Archangels: They are the four most powerful angels in existence. The lower orders of angels rightfully fear them, as an archangel can easily wipe out an entire garrison with a mere fingersnap.
  • Cosmic Entity: The Archangels are said to been in existence before the Universe was created.
  • Council of Angels: Michael, and later Raphael, serves as the leader of Heaven.
  • The Dreaded: They're the most powerful beings in heaven short of God himself - demons and lower-level angels alike are terrified of them. Just the threat of Raphael arriving to protect Chuck immediately causes Lilith (the oldest, most powerful demon seen in the series) to flee.
  • Elite Four: God created exactly four Archangels who are much stronger than the rest of their brethren: Michael, Lucifer, Raphael, and Gabriel.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Michael is melancholic, Lucifer is choleric, Raphael is phlegmatic, and Gabriel is sanguine.
  • Face–Heel Turn: All of them. They used to be God's right-hand men and helpful to Creation, but for various reasons, they became villainous to varying degrees.
  • Like Father, Like Son: After all the Archangels and God were revealed in full, it's apparent each archangel takes after one of four aspects of God shown in the series. Michael took after God's Holier Than Thou and self-righteous side that makes him dogmatic and condescending to others. Lucifer took after God's vicious Manipulative Bastard and It's All About Me tendencies as well as his desire for respectful company and desire for greatness. Gabriel took after God's Humans Are Special aspect that made him desire to walk among humanity in secret and his fascination for parts of human culture and inventions as entertainment. Raphael took after God's dogmatic Tautological Templar aspect that demands unyielding submission to his ways and beliefs and wrathful response if refused. All of them together would encapsulate God's own personality.
  • Living Weapon: God created the Archangels to help him fight the Darkness and prevent her from destroying the new Universe, as their combined power is enough to weaken her so God can seal her away.
  • Not Me This Time: Their power was such that when the Knights of Hell (some of the oldest, most powerful demons in existence) were exterminated angels and Men of Letters alike assumed the archangels were responsible. Except it wasn't, it was actually their founder Cain (yes, that Cain) undergoing a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Possession Burnout: The power of an Archangel can destroy his vessel. However, when Michael and Dean finally meet, Michael promises that he'll repair him afterwards, whereas Raphael showed no such care for his vessel.
    Dean: (looking at Donnie Finnerman, who is catatonic in a hospital after serving as Raphael's vessel) So is this what I'm looking at if Michael jumps in my bones?
    Castiel: No, not at all. Michael is much more powerful. It'll be far worse for you.
  • Stronger with Age: The order in which they were created also reflects their ranking in terms of raw power, so Michael is the strongest of the four, and Gabriel the weakest.
  • Super Prototype: They were the first four angels created and are much more powerful than their younger siblings. God eventually reveals this is because the Archangels were created using primordial power that takes a long time for him to make, meaning it takes him a lot longer to make an Archangel than the normal angels. This was problematic when the second fight with the Darkness happened, as by then, Lucifer was the only Archangel in fighting shape and resurrecting Raphael or making a new Archangel would've taken more time than they had.
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     Michael 

Portrayed by Matthew Cohen and Jake Abel

First appearance:"The Song Remains the Same" (S05, Ep13).

Rank in Heaven: Archangel, Commander of the Host of Heaven.

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Michael's first vessel
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Michael's second vessel

Michael is the eldest Archangel, making him the oldest angel in Creation and one of the most powerful beings in the universe. He is the older brother of Lucifer, Raphael, and Gabriel. During the War in Heaven in the distant past, Michael banished his once-beloved brother Lucifer, who rebelled against their Father, from Heaven on God's command, later restricting him to a Cage deep in Hell bound by the 66 seals.

He was the Viceroy of Heaven in his father God's absence; as the highest-ranking Archangel, he issued the commands, which went to the higher-ranking angels to disperse down across the angelic chain. He commanded the Heavenly Host until he fell into the Cage with Lucifer.

For his Apocalypse World counterpart and tropes associated with that version of Michael, go here.


  • Affably Evil: Although arrogant, Michael is very polite and cordial towards others. He politely tells Dean that he will fail in his attempts to defy him, then promises to fix any damage that occurs to his body while he's borrowing it. He continually gives Zachariah more chances to succeed, to the point that Zachariah himself is surprised, and is even willing to share a heartfelt reunion with Lucifer before they fight.
  • And I Must Scream: His imprisonment in the Cage, especially after both Sam and then Lucifer are released ahead of him. It's said that his mind has basically turned to mush after experiencing several centuries of entombment.
  • Anti-Villain: All Michael wanted was to please his father and do what he was told he had to do and what he thought was the right thing to do. He was also somewhat motivated by Utopia Justifies the Means.
  • Badass in Charge: Michael was the commander of the Host of Heaven.
  • Because Destiny Says So: That's what he believes and he is prepared to sacrifice most of humanity to make it happen. Michael doesn't believe in free will, not even for himself, and he sees everything as part of his father's plan.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Lucifer in the fifth season, since Michael is leading the forces of Heaven, who intend to destroy part of humanity.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards all of his brothers, but especially Lucifer. It was obvious that Lucifer was his favorite brother.
  • Cain and Abel: He and Lucifer spend much of Season 5 trying to kill each other.
  • Destructive Savior: Although Michael killing and destroying Lucifer would bring Paradise to Earth, it is said that Michael would end up destroying and wiping out half the Earth and half of mankind by doing so. In fact, this is exactly what happens in the Apocalypse World, the world where Michael wins.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Michael felt deeply betrayed by his little brother Lucifer when he rebelled and disobeyed their Father, God, by not following His orders to love humans more than Him (God). As a result of Lucifer's rebellion, God asked Michael to cast his own brother out of Heaven and into Hell.
  • Fantastic Racism: Michael showcases the angelic attitude towards humans when he calls Dean a "little maggot" in the Season 5 finale, but he lacks the sheer hatred or disdain that motivates Lucifer or Raphael. He is closer to being indifferent.
  • The Fatalist: Big time. Michael believes that "you can't fight City Hall," meaning nobody can fight destiny.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Plans to destroy half the world to defeat Lucifer.
  • Honor Before Reason: His loyalty to his father has left at a point where he never questions anything his father tells him and has even denounced the idea of free will itself, believing every action is simply his father's will. This leads to him being willing to perform orders, regardless of the effects or consequences.
  • Invincible Villain: He is the most unbeatable out of all his brothers.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: It is acknowledged several times that him killing Lucifer, which will cost a few million in the crossfire, is much better than letting Lucifer wipe out all of humanity. It's also pointed out in "Dark Side of the Moon" that anyone he does kill will automatically go to Heaven, which is a very nice place.
  • Just Following Orders: What he is ultimately all about. God is missing, so in the absence of anyone telling him what to do, he goes along with the idea of other angels to kickstart the Apocalypse, since that was God's ultimate endgame.
  • Knight Templar: Works on this principle; he's okay with the fact that fighting Lucifer will kill millions, but save billions.
  • Last of His Kind: As of season 13, he is the last archangel of the main universe left.
  • Light Is Not Good: Michael is more pleasant than Lucifer, but still very much a Knight Templar.
  • Not So Different: Just like his little brother Lucifer pulls this with Sam, Michael does the same thing with Dean in "The Song Remains the Same." Well, he at least claims he will not leave Dean a mess after he is done possessing him.
  • The Paragon: In the eyes of the angels in Heaven.
  • Parental Abandonment: Michael (and Lucifer, Gabriel, Raphael, and the other angels) were abandoned by their Father, God. Michael blames Lucifer for it, but Lucifer maintains that God did it out of His own free will.
  • Parental Substitute: He claims that he raised Lucifer.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: As head of Heaven's armies (which makes up the majority of angels), he lives up to this.
  • The Reliable One: Of all the four Archangels, he is the one most loyal to his father; unfortunately, he takes this to the point of fanaticism.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: After the end of Season 5, when he's trapped in the Cage.
  • Smug Super: Somewhat. Michael is certainly arrogant and thinks he's above humans, but he is also insecure and devout to the point of fanaticism.
  • The Stoic: It's quite easy for Michael to keep his emotions at bay.
  • Take a Third Option: Michael decided he'd have to make do with Adam because Dean was out of the question. This didn't work out too well for him...
  • Tragic Villain: Michael is ultimately trying to make the best of a bad situation with holding everything together after God's abandonment and looking after humanity. Bringing about the Apocalypse is supposed to please God, destroy Lucifer and Hell; and bring about paradise for both humanity and angels, even if the cost is half the planet Earth. And, if Lucifer is to be believed, having been locked in the Cage with him for all this time, Michael has been reduced to cowering in the corner, endlessly singing show tunes and touching himself.
  • Villainous Rescue: In "The Song Remains the Same," when he kills Anna to save Mary and sends Uriel away.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Michael's relationship with God intentionally parallels Dean's with John, except he is perfectly willing to kill what used to be his favorite brother if he believes that's what Daddy wants. Simply put: Michael is this trope to the most illogical extreme.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Michael wants to kill Lucifer and destroy half the world, to do what he was led to believe was right, fulfill his father God's wishes, and save the rest of humanity from Lucifer.
  • You Monster!: In "Swan Song," Michael has this retort to Lucifer when his younger brother tries to persuade him to join him one last time.
    Michael: You are a monster, Lucifer. And I have to kill you.

     Lucifer 

Portrayed by Bellamy Young, Adrianne Palicki, Mark Pellegrino, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Rick Springfield, David Chisum

First appearance: "Lucifer Rising" (S04, Ep22).

Rank in Heaven: Archangel; God's Favorite Son; Fallen Angel.

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Lucifer's first vessel
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Lucifer's true vessel
"Okay, let's face it Cassandra, the truths I say hurt 'cause they're hard to swallow so people call them lies. Go figure."

The most pivotal angel in existence who changed the entire fate of Heaven, Lucifer, also known as "The Devil" and/or "Satan," is a fallen Archangel. He was God's favorite son and is known to be the most beautiful angel ever as well as Heaven's most beloved angel. He is the ruler of Hell and creator of demons, seen by them as a father figure.

As the second-created Archangel, Lucifer is the younger brother of Michael and the older brother of Raphael and Gabriel. According to Gabriel, he was God's favorite, but when God asked all angels to bow down to humanity, Lucifer refused and rebelled against God. He waged a war against God, but was banished to Hell by Michael. All of Azazel's and Lilith's actions were motivated with the goal of eventually releasing Lucifer.


  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Sam and Rowena have both seen his "true face" off-screen, and apparently he showed them specifically to torture and horrify them. While all angels are established as having forms that human minds cannot really process, the implication is that Lucifer's true form has been altered by millennia of corruption and evil and that there is actually something seriously wrong with his.
  • Ax-Crazy: When his blood is up, he becomes a bit too eager for everyone else's blood. Although Subverted for the most part otherwise.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Lucifer is the most evil of all the Archangels, and supremacist even by their standards. His end goal is to use the Apocalypse to wipe out all of humanity because they became God's favorite children instead of him. The demons are minions he created himself to be fiercely loyal to him and further his plans, but he actually despises them even more than humans and plans to kill them all afterwards. He considers the other gods besides his father abominations and murders most of them personally. The only major group he doesn't actively plan to exterminate are the monsters, but then he never has any interaction with them, and considering his opinion of God's other creations, it's likely not a positive one. Lucifer wants angels alone to rule and inhabit Creation, and tries to tempt multiple celestials to join him. Even then, he clearly considers the other Archangels to be superior to and worth more than any regular angel, and has no qualms at all about threatening or even killing any angel who gets in his way, and in later seasons it is pretty firmly established that the only entity he doesn't hold in arrogant contempt is himself.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Lucifer created the demon race, but he has no compassion for his creations despite how much they admire him. They're just Cannon Fodder that will be eradicated along with the humans.
    • He also claims that he was on the receiving end of this from God, considering he locked him up in a cage in the deepest, darkest pit of Hell just because he didn't love humans, but given that he demonstrated his contempt for humans by torturing them and turning them into demons, this was a pretty well-deserved punishment.
    • Ironically despite the above, he himself turns out to be one towards Jack when the latter finally finds out Lucifer's evil nature and turns his back on him - Lucifer quickly betrays his son out of anger despite having spent the past two seasons working to reunite with him as his only child, attacking Jack, stealing his grace for himself, hitting him, and setting him against Sam in a battle to the death; it's suggested he puts them through that specifically out of pettiness and jealousy of Sam's genuine father-son bond with Jack. When Jack protests he's Lucifer's son, Lucifer flippantly says he can always make more children, making it clear that he never truly valued Jack as a person, having only wanted power to use for whatever he wants, and an adoring devotee to stoke his ego. In other words, exactly what he accused God of wanting from the angels.
  • Aggressive Categorism: Lucifer judges and hates all humans. He also hates his own creation, demons, which makes sense.
  • The Alcoholic: Reacts to his failing as King of Heaven and being dumped by Sister Jo by fleeing and getting wasted in a bar. It's the only way Gabriel and Rowena are able to get the drop on him.
  • All According to Plan: Everything that has happened, including getting Azazel to find a special child (Sam) to be strong enough to kill Lilith so that he can be freed, has been planned by him all along. Once Lucifer was freed, he would be able to roam the earth and destroy all of humanity.
  • All Just a Dream: In Season 7, "Lucifer" tries to convince Sam that he is still in the Cage and that the life he is living is a lie. Subverted, as it's Lucifer who's the lie.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Lucifer has the well-earned reputation of being the greatest force of evil in the known universe. He still ends up captured and tortured at the hands of an even greater force of evil, the Darkness/Amara, in late Season 11.]]
  • Ambition Is Evil: His idea of a utopia involves the destruction of humanity. And it's not just humanity that he wants to destroy; Lucifer even wants to destroy demons, the very race that he created. His reasons and motivation for wanting to destroy humanity is out of jealousy because God loved humans the most out of His creations and had commanded that Lucifer and the other angels bow down before mankind and love them more than God Himself. Lucifer also wants to destroy demons because they represent the twisted and evil nature of humans, the very species he hates.
  • And I Must Scream: Lucifer was imprisoned in a specialized cage in the deepest and darkest pit of Hell. This cage was created by God as punishment for Lucifer because he had rebelled against Heaven, had disobeyed and defied God by twisting the soul of an innocent human (Lilith) to spite him, for his actions that led to the events that occurred in the Garden Of Eden and finally for corrupting and influencing Cain to become the First Murderer by having him kill his brother Abel. Lucifer was trapped in this cage for a long time until Azazel made plans to bust him out. At the end of Season 4, he was finally freed from is prison after Sam killed Lilith, the final seal of the 66 seals needed to open the cage. At the end of Season 5, he is imprisoned in the cage, along with his brother Michael, once again after Sam (who was possessed by Lucifer) threw himself and his half-brother Adam (who was possessed by Michael) into the pit. In Season 11, he's free, and in Castiel's vessel.
  • Angelic Beauty: In "On the Head of a Pin," Uriel reminisces how strong and beautiful Lucifer was in Heaven. He's notably the only angel whose celestial form is described this way.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Lucifer actually wants to turn Earth into a massive nature preserve... but he also wants to murder most of humanity and zombify most of the survivors. Many characters believe that this includes demons, who were all humans at some point; Lucifer never confirms or denies this, though he heavily implies it.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Averted; despite his anger and resentment towards Him, Lucifer still loves God. Inverted with the majority of demons not believing that he intends to eliminate his own creations.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Lucifer is the ruler of Hell, after all. Even the higher classes of demons wouldn't be a match for him; the only time one does, it's because Lucifer was already weakened by his brother Michael.
  • Asshole Victim: No tears were shed when Lucifer met his end at the hands of Dean/Michael, except the Tears of Joy from Sam, Dean and Jack.
  • Back from the Dead: He's killed with an Archangel Blade by a Michael-possessed Dean, but his vessel Nick survives, goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against those responsible for his family's deaths, then wishes for Lucifer's resurrection. Lucifer somehow manages to hear Nick's call and wakes up inside the Empty.
  • Badass Boast:
    Baldur: You think you own the planet? What gives you the right?
    Lucifer: (sticks his arm through Baldur's chest, killing him) No one gives us the right; we take it.
  • Badass Finger Snap: In the Season 5 finale, Lucifer snaps his fingers and Castiel blows up into pieces. In his subsequent reappearances from season 11 onwards he does it frequently when using his powers, most notably when he effortlessly kills an entire squad of AU Michael's angels this way in the season 13 premiere.
    • When Castiel angers Nick (Lucifer's former vessel) enough his instant response is to try this, one of the first indications of Lucifer's lingering influence.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: When he's using Sam as his vessel in the Bad Future shown in "The End." Is briefly shown to do this again during his time as King of Heaven in season 13.
  • Badass in Charge: Lucifer is the original King of Hell. Then in season 13 he manages to become king of heaven too, though it doesn't last.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Lucifer is said to be the most beautiful and perfect angel that God ever created, but Lucifer is the Big Bad and plans to bring on the end of mankind.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Lucifer went from being God's favorite son, the most beautiful angel ever created and Heaven's most beloved angel to a highly angry, hateful, vengeful and evil Fallen Angel who formerly calls Heaven his home and now resides in Hell.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Manages to finally usurp his father and brothers in season 13 by becoming King of Heaven - and immediately proves how utterly unsuited to it he is, abandoning his post after just a few episodes to wallow in alcohol and self-pity.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: "Delusions of grandeur" could very well be Lucifer's middle name. Admittedly, he is one of the most powerful beings in all creation, but his wish to destroy everything his Father made is pretty much the cosmic temper tantrum of a spoiled child.
  • Being Evil Sucks: "Beat the Devil" and "Exodus" has him realizing that ruling Heaven and Hell is ultimately meaningless after he undergoes some serious Badass Decay, and decides that his son is his sole priority from that moment on. Doesn't stop him from victimizing and feeling sorry for himself even further, despite the fact that it was his fault all of it happened.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Amara in Season 11, until she takes the sole Big Bad spot in the season's latter stages.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble:
    • With Michael for Season 5. He is the Devil, after all. In Season 5, Lucifer is freed from his Cage and starts the Apocalypse. He wants to wipe out all humans, as well as the demons, and turn Earth into his own personal playground, considering it a last testament of God's work. On the other side of this are the forces of Heaven led by Michael. While Michael is the Lesser of Two Evils between the two, he still intends to destroy part of humanity as a "necessary sacrifice" for defeating the forces of Hell and bringing about Paradise on Earth. The Winchesters find them both despicable and strive to find another way to beat the Devil. In the end, Lucifer and Michael both get trapped in the Cage.
    • In Season 13 he's part of this again, along with Asmodeus and AU Michael. He ends up becoming the True Final Boss in the finale and proving, once again, that he is a greater evil than either of them.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Lucifer was implied to have had this towards Gabriel. (See Big Brother Mentor.)
  • Big Brother Mentor: Implied to have been one to Gabriel, as he taught Gabriel all of his "tricks."
  • Big Brother Worship: Lucifer idolized his older brother Michael, and the two were very close. In fact, Michael tells Dean in "The Song Remains the Same" that he raised Lucifer.
  • Black Sheep: Lucifer says that he always felt he was "different" from the rest of his family. The rest of his family agree- that is, Gabriel, Michael and even God himself all agree that he was a total dick.
  • Body Surf:
    • When Lucifer possessed Sam after Sam said "yes" to him in the Season 5 finale.
    • Lucifer took over Castiel's vessel after Castiel said "yes" on the condition that Lucifer defeats the Darkness.
    • Lucifer goes through a whole host of bodies during Season 12, including aging rock star Vince Vincente, several families, an archbishop, and the President of the USA, before ultimately returning to his original vessel.
  • Break the Cutie: Lucifer's presence completely destroys Sam. First, with Lucifer telling Sam that he (Sam) is and always has been his one true destined vessel in Season 5. And second, when Sam was hallucinating Lucifer to the point where Sam had a complete mental breakdown and ended up in a mental hospital in Season 7.
  • Cain and Abel: Lucifer and Michael spend most of Season 5 trying to kill each other. Eventually, so do Lucifer and Gabriel-Lucifer wins that fight.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Pulls this with Mary Winchester in season 13, but is later on the receiving end of this twice - first from the Apocalypse World's Michael, who needs his grace to break into our world, then from the Winchesters and their allies who need his grace to break back into said Apocalypse World...
  • Can't Take Criticism: This did not end well for his beloved brother, Gabriel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He seems to have become this some time between Seasons 5 and 11, as despite his previous Knight Templar attitude he admits in "The Devil in the Details" that he's "not the good guy". Of course, it is also possible that he simply dropped the act instead and was always like this.
  • A Chat with Satan:
    • Of course. No surprise. Lucifer tries to convince Sam to give him (Lucifer) his consent and say "yes" so that he could possess Sam as his true vessel. He has also tried to convince Castiel, Gabriel, and Michael to join him on his mission to destroy humanity. Of course, all four of them refuse and seek to destroy Lucifer instead.
    • In "We Happy Few," Satan finally has a chat with God about what he did and how he was punished for it.
  • Consummate Liar: This is because he believes his own lies.
  • Con Man: Lucifer is good at deceiving, manipulating, corrupting, and conning everyone.
  • The Corrupter: To everyone but mostly Sam. He tries to manipulate Sam into getting him to say "yes" to him throughout Season 5. Later it's revealed that after being used as Lucifer's vessel for years Nick, originally a good family man, has mentally devolved into a serial killer who knows what he's doing is wrong but enjoys it anyway.
  • Dark Messiah: He's viewed as a Messiah figure by many demons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lucifer is very witty and sarcastic. He has some of the best and catchiest lines of the series.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: In the Season 5 premiere, Lucifer assumes the form of Nick's dead wife to talk to him. He later does this with The Lost Lenore of Vince Vincente as well.
  • Decoy Antagonist: A recurring subplot in season 14 is his former vessel Nick's descent into evil and attempts to resurrect him from The Empty. Then, when Nick actually almost manages it, Jack easily stops it, kills Nick and sends Lucifer back. The true Big Bad of the season turns out to be God himself.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He constantly jokes about having raped Sam offscreen after Season 5, sleeps with Kelly Kline while she's unaware of his identity, and has strong Incest Subtext with Anael (who is not explicitly pointed out to be his younger sister, but all angels are siblings).
  • Despair Event Horizon: Lucifer is left a heartbroken mess after God leaves with Amara at the end of Season 11, feeling betrayed that God would "ditch" him almost immediately after the two of them finally made up. When Dean and Sam next meet him, he reveals that he no longer has any grand plans and is just causing mayhem for the hell of it as it's the only thing that he thinks will make him feel better. During his Motive Rant to the boys, he looks as if he'll start crying at any moment
    Lucifer: Don't you get it!? This is all meaningless! Heaven, Hell, this world, if it ever meant anything, that moment has passed.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: Lucifer is immensely powerful and terrifyingly dangerous, but as numerous characters point out, he is ultimately nothing but a bratty manchild throwing a temper tantrum because he isn't the favourite anymore. His reaction to God taking his powers away so he can't hurt Sam and Dean is basically to throw a tantrum and lock himself in a room playing loud rock music like a bratty child. Anael even calls him out on this telling him that, for all his talk about being betrayed, ultimately it's not God or anyone else that's making him look bad, it's his own inadequacies and his refusal to accept that fact.
  • Dimension Lord: Lucifer is the ruler of Hell. He also has many loyal demons who follow him and see him as a God and as their Father.
  • Disney Death: Although it appears that he is killed by Amara in "We Happy Few", he's still around come Season 12, meaning he was merely banished from his vessel.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After God had Michael cast Lucifer out of Heaven for rebelling and into Hell, Lucifer twisted an innocent human soul and created the first demon, Lilith, just to spite God for what he did to him. On top of it, Lucifer plans on destroying humans and Earth (God's creations) out of anger and revenge against God through the Apocalypse.
  • Dissonant Serenity: During his massacre of the Pagan Gods.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: He has sex with Kelly Kline while she's under the impression that he's her lover. Lucifer (being... well, Lucifer) doesn't give a damn.
  • The Dog Bites Back: On the receiving end. After entire seasons of screwing with Sam - including mentally torturing him, possessing him and trapping him inside his own body, driving him to near insanity and repeatedly trying to kill him and Dean - it should come as no surprise that "Sammy" makes a point of stranding a weakened Lucifer back in the Apocalypse World with no way out.
  • The Dreaded: Even while sealed, his very existence struck fear into everyone.
  • Driven by Envy: Lucifer is very jealous by nature. In fact, it's his jealousy towards humans that makes him want to destroy mankind so much.
  • Enemy Mine: The threat of Amara is so bad in season 11 he ends up allying with the Winchesters, Crowley, Rowena and Chuck to take her down. Has also been the subject of this on many occasions, given that all the main characters (and many recurring ones) have their own reasons to want him dead.
  • Entitled Bastard: Lucifer was God's favorite son and Heaven's most beloved angel. When God created humans, Lucifer threw a temper tantrum and rebelled against God because God appeared to love humans more than him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Lucifer felt betrayed by both his father, God, and his elder brother, Michael. He felt betrayed by God for loving humans more than him and felt betrayed by Michael because he wouldn't support him and stand by him against God when he needed him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Despite his apocalyptic plans, he still loves his brothers (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael). He even loved God, his Father, more than anyone and anything. Except himself.
    • His main motivation in Season 13 is to reunite with his son, Jack. This is nastily subverted in the finale where Lucifer reveals he's just interested in his powers and tries to kill Jack while saying he can make other children later.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Upon getting up-close and personal with Parallel!Michael in "War of the Worlds", it becomes clear that this version of Michael is way too Ax-Crazy and evil even by Lucifer's standards. What's more is that when Lucifer discovers that Parallel!Michael wants to invade his reality, Lucifer is willing to team up with Castiel in order to prevent Parallel!Michael from razing their reality and causing the Apocalypse part deux.
    • He's clearly very reluctant to work with Parallel!Michael after getting marooned in the Apocalypse World, gazing sorrowfully at his brother Gabriel's body after Michael had killed him. Unfortunately his desire to see his son overrides this. Horribly subverted the next episode, when he turns on Jack and steals his grace to get back to full power, a situation acknowledged by AU Michael to be far worse than anything he had planned.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Eviler counterpart to Michael. To Sam as well. Lucifer's relationship with Michael and God directly parallels Sam's relationship with Dean and John.
    • It may be Michael in practice, but he was trying to be this for God, down to his demons being perverse reflections of angels who revere and worship him. It's implied that he knows full well how far he falls short of this, and part of the reason he doesn't much care for the demons is that they remind him of that fact.
    • There's also the fact that with his Deadpan Snarker quips, knowledge of popular culture, cruel sense of humour and habit of using his powers via Badass Finger Snap he resembles an evil version of Gabriel (who has all these traits but isn't quite as dickish about them). Especially evident when he repossesses Nick as a vessel from season 12 onwards.
  • Evil Feels Good: When Jack compels him to tell the truth about Maggie (who he killed), he admits that he enjoyed crushing her skull with his bare hands.
  • Evil Genius: By the time he's released, all of the smart demons besides Crowley have died, making him the sole brain of Hell's operation.
  • Evil Has Good Taste: Lucifer is rather sophisticated, especially when he is possessing his true vessel Sam. In the Bad Future shown in "The End," Lucifer!Sam is seen wearing a pristine and crisp white suit which makes him ultra sophisticated.
  • Evil Is Bigger: When Lucifer is possessing his true vessel Sam, who is 6'4".
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold:
    Lucifer: Most people think I burn hot. It's actually quite the opposite.
  • Evil Is Petty: Gabriel himself points this out, saying that Lucifer went on a rampage when God brought home the new baby (humans) and he realized he wasn't the favorite anymore. Death also comments on this, citing him as a bratty child throwing a temper tantrum.
  • Evil Laugh: In Season 7, he tends to laugh wickedly in Sam's hallucinations of him.
  • Evil Overlord: Lucifer is the ultimate leader of Hell. That is, until he is imprisoned and Crowley ends up proclaiming himself as the King of Hell.
  • Evil Plan: Wipe out the human bastards. And the demon monsters.
  • Evil Virtues: Lucifer displays some, believe it or not.
    • Ambition: Lucifer's goals may be evil, but he has the drive to achieve them, despite how catastrophic they are.
    • Determination: Lucifer NEVER GIVES UP. Unless it involves being King of Heaven and actually taking responsibility for things.
    • Diligence: Despite being locked in a cage forever, Lucifer was still strongly at work. He still had many minions (demons) working for him in order to implement his plans. He was basically The Man Behind the Man pulling all of the strings.
    • Honesty: While he may settle for half-truths or Exact Words, Lucifer has always said that he never lies, as he told Sam about asking him for his consent to possess him and use Sam as his one true vessel. In all the series, he only outright lies two times, when he claims that he can beat Amara so Castiel would host him, despite the fact that it's a long shot, and when he claims to be able to recreate the angelic race in season 13 when truthfully he can't.
    • Love: Despite his apocalyptic and evil plans, it is pretty clear that Lucifer loves his Father (God) and his Archangel brothers (Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel). Hell (no pun intended), it was Lucifer's love for God that caused him to rebel and turn evil in the first place. Lucifer even states he loved God too much. Subverted later on when it's revealed that there's one person he loves even more: himself.
    • Patience: Lucifer is rather calm and patient. He devises a plan and lets it take its course, no matter how long it may take.
    • Valor: Lucifer will never go down without a fight.
  • Exact Words: Lucifer uses this trope to the point of obsession. Throughout his appearances, he never flat-out lies to anyone (until Season 11 at least), and will usually respond honestly if asked a direct question. What he does specialize in, however, is answering questions from "a certain point of view" or answering specifically the exact question that was posed and nothing more.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Especially when he is possessing his destined vessel, the adorkable and puppy-dog eyed Sam.
  • Fallen Angel: Lucifer is the Trope Codifier.
  • Fallen Hero: Also the Trope Codifier.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards humans, demons and Pagan gods. In fact, the only group he shows any compassion for are other angels, trying to persuade Castiel, Gabriel and Michael to join him at different points.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's always polite and soft spoken but it fails to hide his wrath, pride, and pettiness, and in later seasons he embraces the Card-Carrying Villain within.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: In his mind, everything is humanity's fault.
  • Foil: To Gabriel, Ketch, and Rowena in Season 13. They and Lucifer all receive sympathetic moments throughout the season, but unlike Lucifer, the former three are genuinely remorseful of their past sins, and make honest attempts to atone for them, while Lucifer is still unable to take fault for his own actions and continues to be a petty, spiteful, and sadistic asshole.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Poses as his backup vessel Nick's dead wife in a dream to gain permission to possess him, and assumes Jessica's appearance the first time he and Sam "meet." Does it again in season 12 with Vince Vincente's Lost Lenore Jen.
  • A God Am I: He is worshiped as a god by the demons since he is, after all, technically their Creator. In "Hell's Angel," he makes the case to the angels that God Is Evil and suggests that if they want, they can start calling him God.
  • God of Evil: His followers and creation (demons) view Lucifer this way. Lucifer is also viewed this way by mankind.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Season 4. Lilith was working on the imprisoned Lucifer's orders to bring about the Apocalypse and prepare Sam as the Archangel's destined earthly vessel. He is freed in Season 5 and steps down to Big Bad as he again walks the earth and plans humanity's extinction.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Supposedly, Lucifer was originally a good angel and the most beloved angel in heaven, only to be corrupted with anger and jealousy after receiving the Mark Of Cain, which was given to him by God to seal away The Darkness. However, God himself disputes this and says that even before receiving the Mark, Lucifer was already proud and selfish, and the Mark at best only made him worse.
    • In seasons 11 Lucifer shows signs of undergoing a Heel–Face Turn when he teams up with the boys and God to take down Amara, and he and God seems to patch things up and put aside their differences. However, when Amara proves too powerful anyway and God resolves the situation by agreeing to leave the universe with her, Lucifer feels abandoned by his father yet again and goes back to his old ways.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: In Season 1-4, Lucifer was the Greater-Scope Villain and The Man Behind the Man controlling everything that was happening while he was sealed and locked away in his Cage. His minions (demons) were doing all of his work for him throughout the seasons.
  • Hallucinations: Appears to Sam as this in the seventh season as a symptom of Sam's Hell PTSD.
  • Hate Sink: Regardless of alignment, all the major characters - Sam, Dean, Castiel, Crowley, Rowena, the surviving angels, Gabriel - loath him for many, many reasons. In fairness, he deserves pretty much all of it.
  • Hero Killer: In the Season 5 finale, Lucifer kills both Castiel and Bobby ruthlessly by bursting Castiel into bits and snapping Bobby's neck, and Sam is forced to sacrifice himself to defeat him. Also, in "The End" Future!Lucifer crushes Future!Dean's head.
  • Hero with an F in Good: In season 13 Lucifer finally gains control of Heaven and becomes the new God, and tries to actually do his job if only to show up his father. He ends up deciding that most of humanities prayers amount to childish whining and ends up murdering a pair of exorcists who turned on him when he told them he was the Devil just because he found it annoying.
  • Hidden Depths: When Lucifer finally had his heart to heart talk with God, a great many things were revealed about the both of them. Turns out that some of what Lucifer said about his actions and the later consequences were God's fault when God basically admitted that he imprisoned Lucifer for what was ultimately the former's mistake when he could have rehabilitated Lucifer by giving him what he needed, what in fact Lucifer always really wanted, and what every parent should give their children: patience, understanding, and love.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He was actually fully intent on fulfilling his deal with AU Michael, planning on leaving Earth with Jack to see the cosmos - but when he was investigating the Winchester bunker killed one of the Apocalypse World refugees who spotted him. Jack's one condition for going with him is that he resurrect her (not knowing it was Lucifer who killed her). Lucifer, eager to be with his son, complies - and she gives Sam enough information to figure out who killed her. He tells Jack this during their confrontation with AU Michael, starting a chain of events that ends in Lucifer's death.
  • Hot as Hell: Especially when Lucifer is using Sam as his vessel.
  • Hot-Blooded: In comparison to his older brother Michael, who is logical, calm, emotionless, level-headed, pragmatic, and stoic, Lucifer is much more aggressive, reckless, rebellious, hot-headed, argumentative, and opinionated. Lucifer suffers from the major sins of Pride, Envy, and Wrath, and he has a Hair-Trigger Temper when his Berserk Button is set off. Lucifer can also be rather vengeful, a Blood Knight, The Berserker, and an Ax-Crazy man who will kill mercilessly (as was seen when he brutally slaughtered the Pagan Gods). It is clear that Lucifer's hotheaded and rebellious personality (which was only amplified even more under the corruptive influence of the Mark of Cain) was what caused all of the chaos to ensue in Heaven as he was the instigator of all of the arguments and fights that took place. Also, Lucifer's rebelliousness was what caused the War in Heaven. When God and Michael did not stand by him and support him in his rebellion, Lucifer threw a giant temper tantrum according to Gabriel, indicating that Lucifer is very emotional and reckless by nature.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Tries to make this argument. But it falls flat because a majority of humans' heinousness is his fault.
  • Humiliation Conga: Season 13 is a long one of these for him. He's marooned in the Apocalypse World, effortlessly beaten by AU Michael and used as a battery for Archangel Grace, left horribly depowered as a result, and is locked away by his own creation Asmodeus (the weakest of the four Princes of Hell). Even when he spins the situation to become king of heaven he utterly screws it up, can't handle his responsibilities and flees to wallow in drink and self-pity. To top it all off he's captured by Gabriel and Rowena (two beings who he thought he'd killed), so they can help the Winchesters and Castiel rescue his son Jack and Mary - and as Rowena points out, those three are doing a better job of acting as Jack's father than he ever will. Oh, and he dies in the finale.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He'd killed plenty of angels before season 13, but there actively targets them in order to restore some of his badly-faded grace after being drained by AU Michael.
  • Immune to Bullets: Including the Colt, which had been able to kill anything else until it was used against him. When Dean shoots Nick!Lucifer with it, he's knocked out for a few seconds(just long enough for a Hope Spot), but then gets back up, complaining that being shot by the Colt actually hurt. He then goes on to say that only four other beings in all of creation would be immune to it, presumably meaning the other three ArchAngels and God. Although Bobby knows it won't work, lacking any other option in the Season 5 finale he uses the Colt on Lucifer again. This time, since it's Sam!Lucifer(the true vessel), literally all it does is get his attention.
  • Ironic Hell: As of the end of Season 12, Lucifer has been trapped along with Mary in an Alternate Universe where the Apocalypse came to pass. And considering that causing the Apocalypse was his greatest desire, it's ironic that he is sealed in along with it.
  • An Ice Person: As a possible nod to Dante's Inferno, Lucifer "burns cold" and can control ice.
  • Irrational Hatred: Towards humans and humanity.
  • It's All About Me: How dare God show any attention to the hairless, murderous apes rather than to someone perfect and wonderful like Lucifer.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: This is how he is defeated while possessing Sam, courtesy of Dean.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Does this throughout Season 7 to Sam.
  • Invincible Villain: Obviously, he is an archangel after all. Outside of God, Michael, the Darkness and possibly Death, nothing can even really hurt him let alone kill him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Very much so, to the point that he's the biggest example in the entire series.
  • Joker Immunity: He's been consigned to the Cage multiple times, been torn out his vessel by Amara, had his new vessel physically fall apart on him, been marooned in the Apocalypse Universe (twice) and actually killed by Michael in Dean's body - and none of it has ever managed to keep him down for good.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Especially towards Sam in Season 7. Lucifer tortures Sam repeatedly to the point where Sam ends up suffering a serious mental and psychological breakdown and ends up in a mental asylum.
    • After Jack makes him confess to killing Maggie, he turns on him and steals his grace. His next move is to coldly tell Jack he had his chance, and try and get him and Sam to kill each other in a Sadistic Choice. Moreover, when Jack protests he's Lucifer's son, the Devil just coldly tells him he'll make more.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Did this to Dean in the Season 5 finale. As if one or two punches wasn't enough, Lucifer repeatedly beats Dean to a bloody pulp while wearing Dean's brother Sam. If that isn't utter cruelty, then what is?
  • Kill All Humans: His goal is to wipe out humanity.
  • Kill the God: Lucifer kills a number of Pagan Gods in "Hammer of the Gods".
  • Knight Templar: Lucifer viewed humans as murderous apes who ruined planet Earth, which he referred to as God's last perfect masterpiece. His Humans Are the Real Monsters belief, as well as his self-centered and self-righteous personality, cause him to rebel against God and turn a human into a demon (Lilith) to prove his point about the evil inherent in them.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Well, little brother since he's younger, but he's this to his version of Michael.
    Lucifer to Castiel in 5.22: No one dicks with Michael BUT ME.
  • Lack of Empathy: It's All About Me when you're Lucifer.
  • Large and in Charge: When Lucifer is possessing his one true vessel, Sam (who is 6'4").
  • Laughably Evil: In Season 7, as a hallucination. His relentless sadistic mental torture of Sam is as darkly funny as it can get. When he returns in Nick's body is Season 12 he's notably like this for real, being much quippier and more Faux Affably Evil compared to his Season 5 run.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: Despite being locked away in his Cage, with a little bit of help, Lucifer can still pass on orders to his demon followers and arrange for the breaking of the seals.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • "I'm an angel. My name is Lucifer." Like the other angels, he uses the same flash of light to travel and inhabit his vessel, in contrast to the demons, who are black smoke.
    • Also when possessing Sam in the future, he wears a white suit.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He's an egocentric jackass that views everything else in Creation as his to do with what he pleases, and is prone to childish tantrums when things don't go his way. At the end of season 14 it turns out he shares these traits with his not-so-benign dad God.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Though he had enough sense to change out of his vessel's PJs, he wears the same costume in all his appearances. Wedding ring included.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: In an uncharacteristic moment of honesty, confesses to Anael that he wants to find his son Jack - but is actually scared to in case he turns out to be no better than his own father, God, was for him.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Lucifer claims that his love for God is what made him become the representation of evil that he is. Lucifer loved God more than anything, but God seemed to show more love for humanity than he did for Lucifer, so Lucifer got jealous and rebelled as a result. Because of Lucifer's jealousy towards God's love for humanity, Lucifer has made it his #1 goal to destroy humanity at any cost. Subverted when his brothers point out that it's himself he really loves more than anything and his plan to destroy the world is nothing more than an egotistical temper tantrum against their dad.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In "Abandon All Hope...", after being shot in the head by the Colt, the series' until-then kill-everything weapon, Lucifer crumples to the ground...before taking a deep breath and staring back up at Dean.
    Lucifer: Owwww!!! (stands back up) Where did you get that?
  • The Man Behind the Man: Azazel, Ruby, and Lilith were working for him.
  • Man in White: When he's possessing Sam in the Bad Future visited by Dean in "The End."
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: When he's possessing Sam in "The End," Lucifer is seen wearing a white pristine suit.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Lucifer uses Nick's pain of losing his family to gain control of him.
    • In "Repo Man," it turns out that he's been appearing to Sam throughout the entire season. Finally, he uses Sam's concern for a missing Dean to his advantage, at which point Sam stops ignoring Lucifer. At the end of the episode, Lucifer states that now Sam can't make him go away.
  • Meaningful Name: Lucifer means "light-bringer," "bringer of light," or "light-bearer." Which is kind of ironic considering that Lucifer is, you know, Satan aka the Prince of Darkness. Season 10 reveals that the name wasn't originally ironic at all and that he was at the head of the army God led against the Darkness. He was the original bearer of the Mark of Cain, and it wasn't until after he came to bear the Mark that the Mark corrupted him and he became evil.
  • Mind Screw: Claims to be pulling one on Sam in the Season 7 premiere. It is soon established to not be true and Sam really did escape Hell.
  • More Than Mind Control: Used this to successfully gain control of Nick in the Season 5 premiere and, in "Abandon All Hope...", he attempted (but ultimately failed) to recruit Castiel.
    (In "Sympathy for the Devil"):
    Lucifer: This is your choice... You people misunderstand me. You call me "Satan" and "the Devil," but do you know my crime? I loved God too much. And for that, he betrayed me—punished me. Just as he's punished you. After all, how could God stand idly by while that man broke into your home and butchered your family in their beds? There are only two rational answers, Nick—either he's sadistic, or he simply doesn't care. You're angry. You have every right to be angry. I am angry, too. That's why I want to find him, hold him accountable for his actions. Just because he created us doesn't mean he can toy with us like playthings.
    Nick: If I help you...can you bring back my family?
    Lucifer: I'm sorry. I can't. But I can give you the next best thing. God did this to you, Nick. And I can give you justice. Peace.
    (In "Abandon All Hope..."):
    Lucifer: Castiel. I don't understand why you're fighting me, of all the angels. I rebelled, I was cast out. You rebelled, you were cast out. Almost all of Heaven wants to see me dead, and if they succeed, guess what? You're their new public enemy number one. We're on the same side, like it or not, so why not just serve your own best interests? Which in this case just happen to be mine?
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Lucifer," "Satan," "the Devil," "the Morning Star." He practically started this trope before it was cool.
  • Narcissist: Lucifer's major reason for rebelling was because he was pissed that he wasn't God's favorite anymore.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Lucifer sees himself as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. He's constantly saying how wrong it is that he was a faithful servant of his father, and his only crime was to not bow down before humans, and with how imperfect they are, you can hardly blame him. Then in "Hammer of the Gods," his younger brother Gabriel reveals the truth: He wasn't forced to bow down before humans; it was the fact that God loved him most of all before transferring his affection to humans. In retaliation, Lucifer twisted a human soul into a demon, trying to get his father to admit they were horrible creations and destroy them, thus getting to be front and center again. Death even refers to him as a bratty child having a temper tantrum. Lucifer gets called out on it again in the Season 5 finale, when Lucifer is about to have his climactic showdown with Michael. He tries to talk Michael out of it by saying that God controls everything, and thus he forced Lucifer to be the Devil, so it's not his fault; Michael promptly says that he hasn't changed a bit and he's still blaming everyone but himself for what he did.
    • Seen again in season 13 after becoming King of Heaven when he goes off on a spectacular rant to Jo, blaming humans and angels alike for not being worthy of his guidance, despite his utter unsuitability as leader.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Lucifer thinks raising Death and keeping him on a leash will help him. Mistake.
  • Not Quite Dead: In "Unhuman Nature," Nick prays for Lucifer to come back and repossess him. Somehow, this causes Lucifer, who is in the Empty, to wake up!
  • No-Sell:
    • In "Abandon All Hope...," after Lucifer gets shot by Dean using the Colt, it looks like it's all over, but then Lucifer opens his eyes, draws in a breath, and stands back up.
    • He gets another good one in "Hammer of the Gods," when he gets immolated completely by Kali, but when the flames dissipate, he's still standing in the same spot, looking almost bored.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He's very touchy-feely with a terrified Sam when he teleports him into the Cage in Season 11.
  • Not So Different: Invokes this trope with Sam in "Abandon All Hope...":
    Lucifer to Sam: I was a son, a brother—like you. I had an older brother whom I loved, idolized. And one day I went to him and begged him to stand with me. But Michael turned on me. Called me a "freak," a "monster." And he beat me down. All because I was different. All because I had a mind of my own. Tell me, Sam—any of this sound familiar?
    • And finally played straight with Lucifer being not so different from the Winchesters in earlier seasons as of "Exodus", where he makes a deal with AU Michael so that he can see his son again, in a parallel to how the Winchesters would make deals with their enemies in order to keep their loved ones safe, regardless of the potentially catastrophic side-effects. Heavily subverted in practice - the moment Jack realises he'd murdered one of his friends, Lucifer turns on him and regards him as his son no longer, where the Winchesters treasure family above all.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Subverted in "Abandon All Hope...". Dean shoots him with the Colt, a gun that can supposedly kill anything, and he falls to the ground...only to get back a few seconds later, proving he really is invincible.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: In War of the Worlds, he talks about his gripes with God, mentioning God's "self-righteous narcissism" and "my way or the highway" attitude. Both of those descriptions apply to Lucifer as well.
  • Obviously Evil: He's the Devil. Comes with the territory. For starters, Lucifer has red glowing eyes, whereas other angels have blue. There is also the case when he is killed in "Let the Good Times Roll". Other angels let out white and blue Throat Light. Lucifer's is white and red, with fiery elements forming a horn-like shape out of his eyes. Also, it is extremely over-the-top when compared to others (compare Gabriel's death just an episode earlier); the blade registers the fatal wound somewhat late, and Lucifer audibly screams throughout the killing. It is almost like Chuck has specifically created Lucifer so anyone who kills the son of a bitch would relish at the end of it.
  • Odd Name Out: All of Lucifer's brothers' names (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael) are of Hebrew origin and end with "el," which means "god" in Hebrew. Lucifer's name, on the other hand, is of Latin origin.
  • Offing the Annoyance: What Lucifer plans on doing to humanity.
  • Offing the Offspring:
    • He is the creator of demons, who look up to him as their beloved father, but he secretly despises them as the epitome of everything he hates in humans and plans to exterminate them all as soon as they have outlived their usefulness. Crowley is the only one who recognizes this and even Castiel mentions this to Meg in Season 5, much to Meg's shock and denial.
    • He doesn't do it himself, but sets it up when he pits his own son Jack against Sam in a fight to the death in a Sadistic Choice out of anger that Jack rejected him. With Jack depowered and Sam easily twice Jack's size and physical strength, Jack would've died quickly if Sam weren't a hero and attached to Jack. As it was, Jack was on the verge of killing himself to spare Sam anyway with Lucifer making no attempt to intervene.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He's visibly terrified when Amara completely no-sells the Horn of Joshua.
    • More humorously has a moment of this when he escapes back to our world and attempts to kill a pair of irritating women who sass him - only to find his powers don't work. They mistake him for a homeless drunk as a result.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • He starts to become this as of Season 12's "Rock Never Dies," since he feels that even after how he helped deal with Amara, he still was not allowed back into Heaven alongside him to regain his position.
    • After stealing Jack's grace and getting a monumental power-up, AU Michael notes that Lucifer is now strong enough to kill everything in the universe if he wants to.
  • One-Man Army: Lucifer took down a group of pagan gods with little to no effort. And on top of it, he tricked and seemingly killed his own brother Gabriel. Not to mention what Lucifer planned to do during the Apocalypse.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After Castiel banishes Michael, Lucifer angrily states that "nobody dicks with Michael but me."
  • Papa Wolf: Determined to find and be with Jack at all costs. Subverted when Jack rejects him after finding out his true nature and Lucifer predictably lashes out in a petty, violent manner against his own supposedly-beloved son. Turns out Lucifer is less a loving father and more loving Jack's massive power.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Before rebelling against God and becoming a Fallen Angel, Lucifer was God's favorite son and Heaven's most beloved angel. However, he rebelled when he was replaced as the favorite by God's newest creation, humans.
  • Parental Favoritism: Lucifer was God's favorite child.
  • Physical God:
    • The demons revere Lucifer as a god because he created them. After he gets released in Season 5, Meg directly describes the Archangel in these terms to Castiel.
    Meg: Lucifer is the father of our race. Our creator. Your God may be a deadbeat, but mine...mine walks the earth.
    • Played with a little with Lucifer himself - he's one of the most powerful characters in the series, and recognizes the usefulness of such blind obedience, but still regards himself first and foremost as God's son.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Lucifer plays the victim card with both Sam and Dean on different occasions, and he tries to get them to feel sorry for him and to understand his point of view about why he rebelled against God and wants to destroy humanity. See Sympathy for the Devil.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: When made aware of Gabriel's relationship with the Pagan God Kali, sneeringly notes "I hope you didn't catch anything." After Season 5, he cracks plenty of crude "jokes" implying that he raped Sam in the Cage, with Sam visibly terrified of him and trying to maintain composure.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: From season 11 onwards he's shown to be remarkably in-tune with a variety of modern TV shows and films.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When Sam is killed by feral vampires in the Apocalypse World in Season 13 Lucifer resurrects him, not out of any feeling towards him, but because he's savvy enough to realise if he wants to see his son in a camp surrounded by his biggest enemies he's going to need some sort of peace offering so they don't immediately try to kill him.
  • President Evil: In Season 12's "LOTUS," he possesses Jefferson Rooney, the President of the United States, until Sam sends him back to his Cage in Hell. Well, he would have, until Crowley screwed it all up.
  • Pride: Lucifer's major vice.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Lucifer's own pride was instrumental in his downfall; he was too proud to serve humanity like God wanted so he got kicked out.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Lucifer's basically a child who's mad with Daddy (God) for having a new baby—except in this case, the "baby" is the entire human race, the "child" is an ancient, vicious, and dangerous Knight Templar who has the magical equivalent of nukes to back his hissy fit up, and his ideal solution is to Kill All Humans.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Classic Lucifer.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • To Mercury in "Hammer of the Gods":
      Lucifer: You know, I never understood you pagans. You're all such...petty little things. Always fighting, always happy to sell out your own kind. No wonder you forfeited this planet to us. You are worse than humans. You're worse than demons. And yet you claim to be gods! ( kills Mercury) And they call me prideful.
    • To Sam while taking him into his own memories in "The Devil In The Details":
      Lucifer: This is the worst thing you've ever done.
      Past!Sam: So they never told you he was killed in action?
      Sam: Really?
      Lucifer: After the Leviathans, when your brother was trapped in Purgatory, you here—with a girl and a dog. You didn't even bother trying to find him.
      Sam: Y'know what—not that I have to defend myself to you, but Dean and I promised we wouldn't look for each other.
      Lucifer: Right. And if he never came back, you'd be fine. But he did, so you're not. Whatever happened to the Sam Winchester who was bold, decisive, and ready to sacrifice for the greater good?
      Sam: Right here.
      Lucifer: Aaand so why did you let Dean talk you out of closing the Gates of Hell? 'Cause the old Sam never would have done that. Not ever.
      Sam: I did it—
      Lucifer No, wait, wait, wait, here's my personal favorite, is you doing every stupid thing you could to cure the Mark, even after you knew it would go bad.
      Sam: My brother was DYING!
      Lucifer: Yes, and you'd do ANYTHING to save him and he'd do ANYTHING to save you, and THAT IS THE PROBLEM, because of THIS! You're so overcome by guilt that you can't STAND to lose Dean again and he could NEVER lose you, and so instead of choosing the world, you choose each other, no matter how many innocent people die!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unlike any other angel or archangel in the series (whose eyes normally glow a vibrant blue), Lucifer's eyes glow an angry red when he's emotional or using his powers.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: In the first half of Season 12, his vessel is Vince Vincente, a human rock star.
  • Satan: Obviously. Though interestingly, only Famine and Pestilence actually refer to him as "Satan." Everyone else calls him "Lucifer" or simply "The Devil." All the angels refer to him as "Lucifer," which actually makes sense since that was his original angelic name.
  • Satan is Good: Subverted. He sincerely wants you to think this, and in his first few episodes at times, you might even be tempted to believe him, but ultimately he's an egotistical monster and was once referred to by Death himself as a child having a cosmic temper tantrum.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the fourth season, Lucifer is imprisoned in Hell and Lilith is out trying to release him...guess how that turns out. Eventually, the Winchesters manage to stick Lucifer back in. He gets out again in Season 11, then is sent back in Season 12, then gets free yet again...only to then be trapped in an Alternate Universe in the Season 12 finale. He eventually gets out of that, only to get stuck there again at the end of Season 13... which doesn't last very long, since he already learned the spell required to get back. Whoops.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: When Lucifer is possessing Sam in the Bad Future shown in "The End," he's seen wearing a nice white suit. When he becomes King of Heaven and actually makes an effort to act like it, he's shown in a dark business suit.
  • Smug Smiler: He knows more than you and shows it with that grin.
  • Softspoken Sadist: He's very calm and cool-headed, and behaves in a gentle and polite manner. That doesn't stop him from torturing and killing to get what he wants.
  • Spoiled Brat: Lucifer hates humans because God transferred his affection from him to humanity. Many characters consider Lucifer a child who is having a temper tantrum because he isn't God's favorite son anymore.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Repeatedly tries it, but it never works. Dean even tells him, "Don't give me any of that sympathy-for-the-devil crap." More tragically, his vessel Nick is eventually so broken by all the suffering that Lucifer has inflicted on him that he actively yearns for Lucifer to possess him again.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Like all angels, Lucifer has the power to talk to people in dreams.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: His main vessel is a deceptively ordinary man named Nick.
  • Torture Technician: He took an innocent human and tortured her until she lost her humanity and became the first demon, Lilith. He also tortured Sam while he was in Hell and also after Sam escaped from Hell. It shouldn't be all that surprising that the Devil is skilled at torture.
  • Tragic Villain: While Lucifer paints himself as the fallen hero he is, without question, the bad guy. That said, based on what Chuck(God) said, Lucifer wasn't always twisted. While he may have felt a bit of envy and disdain towards humans, Chuck implies that it wouldn't have been nearly as bad if the Mark that sealed Amara hadn't exacerbated and magnified his negative qualities. During his time with his father even more so than when he expresses interest around his son, Lucifer was much calmer and more mellow. It's heavily implied that if Chuck just stuck around and put some effort into being a good dad, He would have been able to fix Lucifer. As it is, being imprisoned for so long seriously twisted Lucifer far beyond what he has been when he corrupted the first human. Yet even more tragically, even at that stage there were some signs of hope for him during his therapy session with Chuck. Lucifer could have Taken A Level In Kindness if Chuck didn't up and left(again) following his sister Amara.
  • Tranquil Fury: Usually when he becomes infuriated.
  • Troll: Sam's hallucination of him psychologically tortures Sam just for kicks, and the real deal isn't all that different when he returns in Season 11.
  • Ultimate Evil: Isn't seen until Season 5.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Offs the two demons who free him from Crowley's dungeon in season 12, seemingly For the Evulz.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Even after AU Michael steals part of his grace, he can briefly regain his abilities when truly furious - enough to spring him and Castiel from Asmodeus's jail and overpower Rowena's spells.
  • Villain Decay: Throughout Season 4 and 5, Lucifer is treated as the most dangerous evil unstoppable force in the universe, requiring a Heroic Sacrifice by Sam just to put him back in his cage in Hell. By Season 12, Lucifer almost gets re-sealed back in the cage like it was nothing, courtesy of Magitech from the British Men of Letters (and the only reason that he didn't get sent back is because Crowley intervened). It seems he's averting this by season's end - escaping from Crowley's control, reassuming his mantle as King of Hell and immediately trying to kill the heroes - but see the Humiliation Conga entry for how things have gone for him in Season 13...
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Lucifer's speech to Michael about God making him the Devil and setting up the Apocalypse as some sort of test sounds like his usual excuses...except Chuck's monologue at the end establishes it was all a test slanted in favor of humans.
    • His speech to Sam in "The Devil in the Details" calls him out on many of the legitimately morally questionable actions he and Dean have committed, including choosing to destroy the Mark, even after finding out it was the Darkness' lock and key.
    • Lucifer repeatedly claims he was unjustly imprisoned and decries mankind's murderous nature. Come Season 11, Lucifer is proven to be at least partially correct. God confirms Lucifer was abandoned in Hell so God would not have to admit his own role in the latter's fall. God has also come around to agree that human nature is toxic though he changes enough on the last part to still help humanity.
    • All his claims about God look a lot less self-serving with The Reveal God's been the Greater-Scope Villain behind everything that's happened between him and the Winchesters, primarily because it entertained him.
  • Villainous Incest: With Anael in Season 13. She dumps him.
  • Villain Protagonist: S13 turns him into this, as he is one of the main characters, but is trying to find a way to return to his native reality rather than cause trouble, and comes into conflict with an alternate and more evil version of Michael. Subverted for the rest of the season, when his tendency towards Big Bad behaviour even when substantially depowered makes him part of a Big-Bad Ensemble with AU Michael and Asmodeus. And he finally takes over the sole Big Bad role when he steals Jack's grace, forcing an Enemy Mine between Dean and AU Michael to stop him.
  • Villains Never Lie: Played With. He claims that "Contrary to popular belief, I don't lie. I don't need to.", but this itself is likely a lie, and while he does seem to prefer telling the truth From a Certain Point of View, he has in fact told any number of fibs throughout the show.
    • When meeting Nick, he claims that he's unable to bring his family back from the dead; later that same episode, he tells Sam that if he commits suicide to escape becoming a vessel, he- Lucifer- will just bring Sam back from the dead. While it's possible there is some special circumstance that prevents him from saving the life of Nicks' family, the reality is that even lesser angels have shown the capacity to bring people back from the afterlife even when they are in Hell, so this was probably just a lie. This may be simply that he can intercept freshly dead souls and steal them from their reapers, but cannot actually invade heaven to steal souls already interred there. Nick's family are said to be decent people, and his child was a baby. It's likely they're already under heaven's protection.
    • Most demons are under the impression that he will create some sort of utopia / dystopia for them to live in and rule over after he defeats Michael and conquers Heaven and Earth; in reality he intends to Kill ’Em All as he views demons as the true evil form of humans he holds in such contempt. It's not clear if he himself ever told them otherwise, but he certainly allowed them to believe he was on their side in order to manipulate them further.
    • He frequently portrays himself as the victim of unjust treatment on the part of God, claiming that his only crimes were loving God too much and recognising the inherent evilness of humanity. Characters like God, Gabriel, Death and others who all knew him from back then however all say he's full of it and he was just an egotistical prick throwing a childish temper-tantrum because he wasn't Gods' favourite anymore, and he tends to downplay or omit all of the terrible things he did whenever he spins his version of events, such as abducting humans like Lilith to torture them into becoming the first demons.
    • In season 13, where he promises the surviving angels he can both create new angels and restore the surviving ones' wings. He's lying on both counts, and later admits he's as clueless as everyone else.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: Whenever Lucifer takes on a new vessel and is thus portrayed by a different actor, they usually attempt to replicate Mark Pellegrino's speaking style and attitude. The only major exceptions are when Sam became the vessel and when he possesses Vince (in both cases coming across as far more serious and devoid of humour).
  • We Can Rule Together: Lucifer tries to tempt Castiel, a fellow fallen angel, into joining his cause. Castiel tells him he'd die first. And Lucifer's overall plan through the entire series was to get Sam to agree to be his vessel, and in the end, Sam says yes but only so he can trap him in the Cage once again.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Inverted. He acts like this, and his excuse that he was cast out of Heaven simply for speaking his mind might have more than a grain of truth to it. However, it's clear as time goes on that he's very much an arrogant Psychopathic Manchild, and there are plenty of hints that he always regarded everything that was not angel as lower than dirt, and he's free to do whatever he wants to them.
  • The Worf Effect: He's effortlessly beaten into submission by Apocalyspe World Michael, to show how dangerous he is.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Lucifer's trying to summon Death and use him as a pawn. While Sam is trying to stop him, Lucifer says that Sam could just say "yes" and end this conflict. Either Lucifer will get Sam to be his vessel (one of his main goals) or he'll just go ahead and use Death (as well as the other Horsemen) to bring destruction on Earth.
  • Yandere: "I was punished for loving God too much" and "Because I loved Him" (the reason he was cast down by God, or so he claims...).
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In season 5 his ultimate nemesis in kickstarting the Apocalypse looks to be his brother Michael possessing the body of Dean Winchester, just as Lucifer possesses Sam. 8 seasons later he's finally killed by Michael (albeit an AU version) in Dean's body.

     Raphael 

Portrayed by Demore Barnes and Lanette Ware

First appearance: "Free to Be You and Me" (S05, Ep03).

Rank in Heaven: Archangel; Commander of the Host of Heaven; Leader of the Angel Loyalists.

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Raphael was one of four Archangels created by God. He was the older brother of Gabriel, but still younger than Michael and Lucifer. Raphael lived in Heaven with God and his brothers. When God created humans and asked all angels to bow down before them, Raphael was among those that did so, but when Lucifer rebelled against God and while Gabriel skipped out of Heaven and on to Earth, Raphael chose to side with God and Michael. After both his older brothers are hurled into the Cage, Raphael assumes the mantle of the ruler of Heaven before becoming embroiled in a civil war with Castiel over Raphael's plans to reignite the Apocalypse.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Castiel in Season 6, with them leading opposite sides of Heaven's civil war. Though one can argue that their feud went back to Raphael's first appearance in Season 5, or even all the way back to Raphael vaporizing him in Season 4.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the two top dogs in Heaven, his mere presence on Earth caused a massive thunderstorm that blacked out the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States. For a healthy dose of Fridge Horror, he was not the most powerful Archangel, so who knows what Michael is really capable of...
  • Asshole Victim: To Castiel in the S6 finale. Even more so than Lucifer, as Lucifer at least had the redeeming quality of loving his angel brothers and father, while Raphael is evil through and through.
  • Badass Baritone: At least in his male vessel.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: From "The Third Man" onwards.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Raphael was part of this with Crowley, Eve and Castiel in Season 6. Castiel, however, turns out to be the true Big Bad.
  • Big Brother Bully: To Castiel. Castiel even recounts in "The Man Who Would Be King" that "my big brother knocked me into next week."
  • Black Dude Dies First: As season 13 reveals that Gabriel faked his death in season 5, that makes Raphael the first of the archangels to die.
  • Blow You Away: Father Reynolds, while administering Last Rites to Father Gregory's spirit in "Houses of the Holy," called Raphael "Master of the Air." Later, when Raphael appeared to Dean and Castiel on Earth, an incredibly powerful storm was blowing outside and increased with intensity as the scene went on, eventually beginning to destroy the house they were standing in.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On both ends of one with Castiel in the Season 4 finale, the Season 6 episode "The Third Man," and the Season 6 finale.
  • Creepy Monotone: He rarely changes his voice.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Always seems to be accompanied by this. Not surprising, considering his powers.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: How he reacts to being messed with.
  • Emotionless Girl: In his back-up female vessel.
  • Flat Character: Sort of. Out of all the Archangels, Raphael gets the least characterization, and no particular relationship or chemistry with any of his brothers is ever mentioned. He is also the odd man out in their Freudian Trio.
  • Gender Bender: Played with. He takes on a female vessel in "The French Mistake," but since angels are Energy Beings, they don't really have a gender to begin with.
  • A God Am I: When Castiel asks Raphael how the angels can justify trying to re-start the Apocalypse, he says it's what God wants. When Castiel asks how he knows that, he says it's because it's what he wants. At the very least, he's appointed himself as the ultimate interpreter of the absent God's will, which is much the same thing, and seems to think he can boss Castiel around purely due to both his higher rank and superior power. And in the Season 6 finale, he thwarted Castiel's plan to become the new God...in order to hijack it for himself. Unfortunately for him, he got Out-Gambitted along with Crowley by Cas and killed shortly after.
  • God Is Dead: He was of the belief that his father is dead. When questioned by Castiel, Raphael simply answered that if God was really alive, why wouldn't He stop the horrors of the 20th and the 21st centuries, including the coming Apocalypse?
  • Invincible Villain: He was unstoppable until Castiel annihilates him with the help of 30-40,000,000 souls from Purgatory.
  • It's All About Me: How he justifies trying to restart the Apocalypse.
    Raphael: Of course it does. It’s God’s will.
    Castiel: How can you say that?!
    Raphael: Because it’s what I want.
  • Jerkass: He doesn't much care for anything, and doesn't bother to hide it.
  • Karmic Death: Raphael killed Castiel (off-screen) by blowing him to pieces. Guess what Cass visits upon him in the Season 6 finale?
  • Killed Off for Real: By Castiel in the season 6 finale.
  • Knight Templar: Like Lucifer, he considers destroying humanity to be a just action.
  • Scary Black Man: He might not have been as physically imposing as Uriel, but in terms of demeanor, attitude, and possible danger level and the threat he was, he made Uriel look as threatening as a puppy.
  • Shock and Awe: His wings are even made of lightning!
  • The Smurfette Principle: Out of the archangels, he is the only one known to take a female vessel.
  • The Stoic: He's so aware of his awesome might that he's almost always serenely calm. Even when his first vessel gets destroyed, he barely raises his voice.
    Raphael: Do I look like I'm joking, Castiel?
    Castiel: You never look like you're joking.
  • Straw Nihilist: Starts off as this, but later graduates to an egomaniac with a God Complex.

     Gabriel (Spoilers

Portrayed by Richard Speight, Jr.

First appearance: "Tall Tales" (S02, Ep15).

Rank in Heaven: Archangel.

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"I want it to be over! I have to sit back and watch my own brothers kill each other thanks to you two! Heaven, Hell—I don't care who wins! I just want it to be over."

Gabriel was one of four Archangels created by God. He is the youngest of the Archangels, but still very powerful. Gabriel was very compassionate towards his family. When his older brothers, Michael and Lucifer, turned on each other and began fighting one another, he couldn't bear it, retreating to Earth as an escape.


  • Affably Evil: Has a friendly, playful attitude towards those who don't fit his usual profile of victims, and he and Dean admit to liking each other in his first appearance.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To, Michael, Lucifer, and Raphael.
  • Asshole Victim: Took many, and ultimately was one to Lucifer, at least that's what everyone thought.
  • Back from the Dead: He's revealed to have been alive and captured by Asmodeus in "Devil's Bargain". It turns out this is because he was never dead to begin with.
  • Badass Finger Snap: He imprisons and banishes Cas with one, and brings him back with another. It's a signature of his time as the Trickster, and he still does it in the present day.
  • Big Brother Bully: What he came off as in his scenes with Castiel. He implies Lucifer was this to him as well, noting in Season 13 "as usual, my big brother had twice my brawn, but only half my brains" when descibing tricking Lucifer into "killing" him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When driving with Castiel in "Meta Fiction", complete with Aside Glance.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Years of torture at Asmodeus' hands, as well as being wounded by Loki's son when he goes after that family mean he's a shell of his former power. Shown perfectly when he's shown running from a group of AU Michael's angels that Lucifer ends up killing with a snap of his fingers. He's still pretty badass though - he's the Trickster after all...
  • Bright Is Not Good: Sometimes he is usually shown wearing bright-colored ourfits.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very, very different character to the other archangels - as powerful as they are but with a deeply irreverent sense of humour, appreciation of pop culture and deep terror of his family falling apart. He describes himself as a screw-up - but Castiel suggests that all traditional angels have ever done to Heaven is wreck it, so maybe a screw-up is exactly what they need.
  • Cain and Abel: He and Lucifer try to kill each other in "Hammer of the Gods".
  • Character Development: Out of all the Archangels, he is the only one to grow and mature as a person (Lucifer narcissistically refuses to change, Michael is too obedient to God's word, and Raphael is a Jerkass through and through), seeing through his brothers' shit, and giving up his Trickster life near the end of Season 13 in order to fight the good fight. It may have cost him his life, but that already makes him miles better than his brothers.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's the Trickster the Winchesters dealt with in Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture Has been on the receiving end of such by Asmodeus between his Faking the Dead moment in season 5 and his reappearance in season 13 with the Prince of Hell routinely stealing his grace and physically and mentally scaring him.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Kali took Gabriel's sword and killed him with it! Oh wait, that's a fake.
    • You know how Gabriel was killed by Lucifer when he tried to distract the latter with a clone? Yeah turns out that the person Lucifer was killed was also a clone and he has been hiding on earth since then.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very quick witted and always ready when the situation presented itself.
  • A Death in the Limelight: "Hammer of the Gods" centres around Gabriel and his past, and Lucifer kills him at the end. Although season 13 reveals that he was never dead to begin with retroactively turning the episode into A Day in the Limelight episode for him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After spending years since his "death" being tortured at the hands of Asmodeus and having his grace siphoned away he eventually gets enough of it back to bring himself back up to power and show the Prince of Hell why you don't mess with an Archangel.
  • Faking the Dead: Subverted, Gabriel appears to be alive "Meta Fiction," only for it to be subverted by revealing he is a psychic creation of Metatron. Then double subverted when it turns out in season 13 that Gabriel is revealed to be alive and that, when Lucifer stabbed him, he was actually stabbing a secondary clone he created meaning that Gabriel was never dead to begin with and has been alive this whole time.
  • Laughably Evil: The ways in which he kills and tortures people are pretty hilarious.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Gabriel is an easygoing and witty divine being who adopted a weaker alias to hide from his duties, and came to experience and appreciate humanity. It is eventually revealed in Season 11 that God himself took a similar route. Also, like his father, he chose to run in "Bring 'em Back Alive".
  • Neutral No Longer:
    • Gabriel spent untold millennia hiding from his family, and wants nothing to do with the imminent Apocalypse (except when he tries to bully the Winchesters into accepting their roles and "getting it over with," but the Apocalypse had already been started and he was entirely convinced that nothing could stop it). After a chewing-out from Dean, Gabriel does finally decide to stand up to his family by confronting Lucifer. Though he seemingly dies, he does strike a nice blow for Team Free Will by providing them with a way to re-seal Lucifer.
    • After given a "Reason You Suck" Speech from Loki in "Unfinished Business", he decides to help Team Free Will.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Widely considered the funniest character on the show.
  • Reality Warper: With nothing more than a thought, he can reshape reality to fit his whims and takes a lot of pleasure doing so.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a truly epic one to Lucifer in "Hammer of the Gods". Gives his big brother another at the end of season 13, blasting his attempts to claim Humans Are the Real Monsters, pointing out they're certainly capable of a lot, but ultimately it all stems from him.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In "Hammer of the Gods", he dies trying to kill Lucifer in attempt to avenge/protect his adopted family (the pagan gods), whom Lucifer effortlessly murdered. Although this is subverted in season 13 when it is revealed that Gabriel didn't die in his confrontation with Lucifer and has been Faking the Dead and hiding on earth after the Apocalypse was aborted. And then double subverted in "Exodus", where he buys time for the Winchesters to escape the alternate world by fighting Alternate!Michael, who kills him.
  • Sad Clown: For all his joking around, tricks, and pranks, truthfully underneath it all Gabriel is a scared man who has spent millennia hiding from his family because he can't face the fact that Michael and Lucifer are going to have to have a climatic battle to the death.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Asmodeus' torture, in addition to stealing his Archangel grace, has left him a whimpering shell of whom he once was.
  • Video Wills: He leaves a porno for the Winchesters that has a recording of him offering a solution to lock Lucifer back up.
  • Walking Spoiler: If all the spoiler tags on this page are of any indication, merely talking about any of his appearances from Season 9 onwards opens up a giant can of worms.
  • White Sheep: Of the Archangels, being the only one to become genuine allies and eventual friends with Team Free Will.


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