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"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 and only Dean's bond with Sam and Castiel's rebellion keep them from going through with it. Many seasons later an alternate universe version of Michael finally does kill Lucifer.
    • 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 finger-snap.
  • Cosmic Entity: The Archangels are said to have been in existence before the Universe was created. Gabriel at one point snarks that he's known Lucifer since the stars were being made.
  • Council of Angels: Michael, and later Raphael, serves as the leader of Heaven. In later seasons their absence leads to Heaven struggling to find leadership, leading first Naomi and then Metatron to take over.
  • 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 a 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 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.
  • Protectorate: Archangels are the guardians of the Prophets of God. Although by the 21st century, Raphael is the one who actively comes to a Prophet's defense.
  • 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 restoring the other three 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; Viceroy 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 Hellbound 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: Comes with his Just Following Orders mentality — he's not someone to cross, but he never displays the malice or Bad Boss tendencies of Lucifer. He has an almost friendly conversation with Dean when in John's body, even promising he won't burn him out as a vessel. Later, 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.
  • Age Lift: According to the Bible, Michael is younger than Lucifer.
  • 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. Subverted when he finally reappears, as he acts much as he did before the Cage. Turns out Lucifer lied about Michael going crazy.
  • 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 Baritone: Jake Abel gives him a very deep voice, especially once he gets out of the Cage.
  • Badass in Charge: Michael was the commander of the Host of Heaven, and was the strongest archangel of all.
  • Because Destiny Says So: He believes that everything in the series, good or bad, is part of his Father's plan. Causing the Apocalypse isn't even an evil decision for him — it was God's ultimate endgame, and so Michael will make it happen. He doesn't even believe in free will for himself.
  • Berserk Button: Negative comparisons to Lucifer, if his return episode is anything to go by. Trying to get him to believe Team Free Will about God being evil, Castiel snarks that Lucifer was the smarter brother in recognising this, leading Michael to try and throttle him on the spot. Near the end of season 15 Lucifer's gloating that he's back to being Chuck's favourite is enough to make him sell out the Winchesters to God so he can serve once more.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards all of his brothers, but especially Lucifer. Their final conversation makes clear that Lucifer was his favorite brother.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He was this to Lucifer, telling Dean at one point he basically raised Lucifer while God was busy with Creation.
  • Break the Haughty: The revelation that God was as evil as the Winchesters claimed, and that his Father had never really cared about him, shatters him. He's particularly appalled to find out he's not even the only Michael after seeing Castiel's memories of his Apocalypse World counterpart's rampages.
  • The Bus Came Back: After nine seasons (and an alternate universe doppelganger along the way) the real Michael finally returns in Season 15.
  • Cain and Abel: He and Lucifer spend much of Season 5 working towards a final confrontation with each other where one of them will die. Subverted in that thanks to Dean and Castiel they both end up locked in The Cage.
  • The Comically Serious: We get this gem when he meets Castiel after his return from the Cage.
    Castiel: You remember me?
    Michael: (totally deadpan) You called me assbutt and set me on fire.
  • Destructive Savior: His victory might kill Lucifer and bring about Paradise on Earth, but it'll obliterate half of mankind in doing so. In fact, this is exactly what happens in the Apocalypse World, the world where Michael wins.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's much more stoic about it than Lucifer, but it's clear that he misses his Father and seeks his return. If Apocalypse World Michael is anything to go by, one of Michael's factors in triggering the Apocalypse may have been to get his Father to come back.
  • The Dutiful Son: To God. Uses this phrase word-for-word when arguing with Adam about the Winchesters' believing God is evil. Without Adam's influence, reverts to this, selling out the Winchesters' plan to Chuck to be given one more chance to faithfully serve.
  • 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:
    • Downplayed with humans; 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. By the time of his escaping Hell, he's surprisingly seen to get along quite well with his vessel Adam, to the point of not suppressing his personality like other angels.
    • He also shares his kind's hatred of demons, referring to Lilith as a "speck of infernal bile" when he meets her in Season 15.
  • The Fatalist: Big time. Michael believes that "you can't fight City Hall," meaning nobody can fight destiny — not even the most powerful of the Archangels.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied Michael's personality is down to God being a far-from-perfect father and favouring Lucifer while Michael was expected to be the dutiful one.
  • Freudian Trio: Michael is the Superego to Lucifer's Ego and Gabriel's Id.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Played with: as with all angels his eyes glow bright blue when using his powers (such as when he blasts Lilith out of existence), but it's also used benignly to show the switch between Michael and Adam's personalities depending on which one needs to do the talking.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He plans to fulfill the Apocalypse, kill Lucifer and bring about Paradise on Earth. That it's going to destroy a good chunk of Earth's population is a minor detail to him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Plans to destroy half the world to defeat Lucifer.
  • Honor Before Reason: His loyalty to his father has left him 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. Even after he's freed from the Cage, he still believes wholeheartedly in God, and it's only seeing Castiel's memories of God's manipulating them all since the beginning that changes his mind.
  • Invincible Villain: Even among the incredibly powerful archangels he's universally acknowledged as being the strongest. It takes a perfect storm of circumstances — Dean interfering, Castiel going rogue from Heaven, Sam's personality resurfacing to suppress Lucifer — before being stuck in the Cage.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: God kills him just before his final confrontation with the Winchesters, being unwilling to forgive his prior collaboration with Sam and Dean.
  • 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.
  • Manchild: The daddy's boy to Lucifer's rebellious delinquent. Whereas Lucifer tries to get God to pay him attention by smashing all of God's toys, Michael is devoted to following all of Dad's orders and carrying out his wishes. He's an eons-old cosmic being, and ultimately he's a Dean Winchester who never outgrew desperately seeking his father's approval.
  • 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 Paladin: Regards himself as such. The truth is a bit more complex, as he's willing to let a good chunk of Earth's population be killed off to get rid of Lucifer and usher in Paradise.
  • 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. Turns out Lucifer was right, and God never gave a shit about either of them.
  • 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. Eventually gets out in Season 15 after God opens the doors of Hell.
  • Sharing a Body: Uniquely among angels/archangels — who normally suppress their vessel's personalities — Michael and his vessel Adam are both active in Adam's body, with the two having an arrangement that sees both personalities able to voluntarily surface when they need to.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Lucifer. Michael 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.
  • 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.
  • Split Personality: It's revealed that, during those years of being trapped with Adam in Hell, he and Michael formed an "understanding" and agreed to share Adam's body, taking turns to become the dominant personality.
  • The Stoic: It's quite easy for Michael to keep his emotions at bay.
  • Super Prototype: As the first and most powerful of God's creations, Michael is this to the Angels in general and the Archangels in particular.
  • 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...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When he returns in Season 15, he's still very much haughty and convinced in his Father's superiority — but he's achieved a sort of peace with his vessel, Adam, letting him indulge in junk food briefly when returned to Earth, and being willing to listen to Adam's viewpoint on their situation.
  • Tragic Villain: Michael is ultimately trying to make the best of a bad situation by 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 humans 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 (though this turns out to be lies, as Michael is actually still sane). Eventually, Michael also learns that all of the above was for naught: God never cared about him, only his effect on the Winchesters. As Castiel puts it, he's just a bit player in a far larger story.
  • 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. Unfortunately, God turns out not to have cared a jot about him, only his role in the Winchesters' story; Michael's pretty thoroughly crushed when he discovers the truth of this. Even his last desperate attempt to win God's favor by betraying the Winchesters just wins him God's spite and wrath regardless.
  • 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 Can't Fight Fate: He preaches this in Season 5, believing everything and everyone including himself are nothing more than pawns and pieces in God's grand story.
  • 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 Mark Pellegrino (primary), Bellamy Young, Adrianne Palicki, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Rick Springfield, David Chisum

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

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

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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.


  • Ax-Crazy: When his blood is up, he becomes a bit too eager for everyone else's. Taken Up to Eleven in the Season 13 finale, where he goes completely insane when Jack finally sees Lucifer for the monster he is and disowns him. In response Lucifer steals Jack's Grace and decides to destroy the Universe.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Even by angel standards, Lucifer is very much this. He despises humans for supplanting him as God's favourite creations and seeks to wipe them out in the Apocalypse. He also loathes his own creations, demons, for being created from the very humans he hates so much — even if he was the one who created them. He also takes the time to personally slaughter the Pagan Gods, despising them for their small-mindedness and willingness to sell each other out.
  • Abusive Parents: On both ends of this trope.
    • He was on the receiving end from God, who had him locked away in Hell for his turning a human into the first demon. While this sounds like Lucifer's typical Never My Fault ranting, in Season 11, God admits this was partial to avoid confronting his own role in Lucifer's downfall, giving him some credibility. And we later find out that God has been the Greater-Scope Villain behind everything that's happened to the Winchesters for his amusement — including their encounters with Lucifer, giving this trope far more credence than you'd expect.
    • On the flip side, he hates his own creations, demons, and Crowley at least firmly believes the Apocalypse would see Lucifer wiping them out as well if he won. Even more horribly true with Jack: while Lucifer makes an effort to bond with him, the moment Jack confronts him over Maggie's murder Lucifer turns on him out of spite at being rejected again, stealing his grace and forcing him to fight Sam to the death out of sadism.
  • 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 can get the drop on him.
  • All According to Plan: Everything that happened in Seasons 1-4, including getting Azazel to find a special child (Sam) to be strong enough to kill Lilith so that he can be freed, was planned by him all along. Once Lucifer was freed, he would be able to roam the earth and destroy all of humanity. Played doubly straight, as it's also all according to Michael's plan in freeing Lucifer so the Apocalypse can start...
  • 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. Happens again in Season 13, where he encounters an Alternate Universe version of his brother Michael, who proves to be far worse than him and ends up stealing his grace to gain access to our universe.
  • Ambiguous Start of Darkness: See "Hazy Feel Turn". While he always had a prideful streak, it's not clear if Lucifer is a Fallen Hero or was simply always a bad apple who became worse. His propensity for arguing he's a Tragic Villain and differing factors introduced, along with Chuck's spotty parenting makes it hard to tell.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Among the archangels, he was the one who refused to accept his place when God was still around. His belief he was superior to humanity led to him being trapped in Hell and fuelled his subsequent plans to annihilate humanity during the Apocalypse.
  • And I Must Scream: At the start of his story arc, he's trapped in a special prison in Hell — the Cage. The most heavily guarded part of Hell, he's isolated from every other demon and angel, and it's implied he suffers torments daily. His fear of it is such that when he's captured and tortured by AU Michael, his alternate brother sneers that he'll leave him locked up, alone and in agony just like he was in the Cage.
  • 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 are no match for him; the only time one is, 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: Ultimately subverted. 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. However, Jack kills Nick just before Lucifer can be fully brought back, and he is subsequently sent back to the Empty.
    • Back for the Dead: Makes one final appearance near the end of season 15, after Chuck releases him from the Empty to get God's book. After he betrays the Winchesters, he's killed by Michael via archangel blade to the gut.
  • Bad Boss: He can be charming with demons who have faith in him when he wants to be, but he has absolutely no qualms about killing his own demons to aid his goals. Whenever he successfully takes over control of Hell (or later Heaven), he tends to softly or not-so-softly cow his underlings into submission with a reminder that it's important to make him happy.
    "What? They're just demons!"
  • 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." He 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. Ironically, he would later end up taking over Heaven outright with the consent of the other angels, and at the very end of the series, after it is revealed that God Is Evil, he becomes his father's favorite again. His beauty is still a thing of the past because Evil Makes You Ugly—his true form, when summoned from the Empty, is decrepit and rotten.
  • 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 names. 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 — something a bemused Death makes explicit.
  • 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, as well as realising how it's left him isolated from his surviving brother Gabriel, and decides that his son is his sole priority from that moment on. It doesn't stop him from victimizing and feeling sorry for himself even further, even though it was his fault all of it happened.
  • Berserk Button: Being abandoned by his family; whether it's Michael rejecting his pleas to stop fighting, God refusing to confront his role in Lucifer's fall or Jack turning on him after killing Maggie, this always provokes him to new excesses of evil.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 5. He is the Devil after all. After being freed from his Cage, Lucifer plans on exterminating humanity and even the demons who revere him as a deity, and turn the earth into his own personal playground, causing mass loss of life across the world. While Michael is also a threat to the world, Lucifer is easily the more evil and dangerous of the two and his treated as the ultimate evil of the season.
  • Big Bad Ensemble:
    • With the British Men of Letters, lead by Doctor Hess, in Season 12. While the British Men of Letters try to subjugate the American Hunters and later try to have them exterminated on Hess' orders when they prove to be too troublesome to deal with, Lucifer is wreaking havoc across the world for the hell of it, and later sires a Nephilim child which has catastrophic potential, and is completely unrelated from the British Men of Letters. After the British Men of Letters are taken care of, and Doctor Hess is killed, Lucifer serves as the Final Boss.
    • With Alternate Michael in Season 13. While Michael desires to invade the main Universe, even stealing some of Lucifer's Grace to do so, Lucifer searches for his son to harness his power. When the Winchesters use Lucifer as a means to open a portal to the Apocalypse World, Lucifer returns to there and tries to manipulate Jack to his side only for him to see his true nature. Lucifer than goes completely Ax-Crazy and steals Jack's powers for himself and becomes the True Final Boss of the season, proving himself to be far more evil and dangerous than Michael could ever hope to be.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: As hard as it is to believe, the Devil himself falls victim to this trope in Season 11 when The Darkness/Amara is let loose upon the world. While Lucifer is certainly a powerful and threatening villain, he is completely in over his head when he seriously thinks he can take on the series' resident Anti-God and win. Amara would later put him in his place.
  • 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: He's taken numerous vessels throughout the series — Nick most frequently, Sam, Castiel and Vince Vincente most notably. He also goes through numerous vessels in early Season 12 because none of them are strong enough to contain him except for The President of the United States.
  • 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.
  • Bring It: When Michael tells him he's a monster and that it's his duty to kill him, a visibly angry Lucifer snaps back he'd like to see him try.
  • Cain and Abel: Lucifer and Michael spend most of Season 5 building towards a final battle that will see one of them dead. Eventually, Lucifer goes head-to-head with his younger brother Gabriel, too — Lucifer wins that fight. Or so it seems.
  • 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. Only Gabriel's skill at misdirection allowed him to survive that one.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Chessmaster: Played with: it looks like he orchestrated everything involving Azazel and Lilith in Seasons 1-4 to aid his own escape from the Cage — but we find out later Michael and a sizeable faction in Heaven were secretly aiding him so the Apocalypse could happen and Michael could kill him for good.
  • Cold Ham: His initial method of delivery. He later graduated to a more Laughably Evil way of speaking (especially when possessing Castiel) but became this again when possessing Vince Vincente.
  • Consummate Liar: This is because he believes his own lies.
  • Con Man: Lucifer is good at deceiving, manipulating, corrupting, and conning everyone.
  • Cornered Rattle Snake: Lucifer is a narcissist in the extreme so he values himself above anything else. This also means that he is wary of going into any situation where he is in danger (given how powerful he is, this happens rarely) and will act submissive towards a superior opponent. If pushed, he will fight back with everything he has such as his battle with Jack leading him to take Jack's grace and AU Michael in spite of AU michael's superior power.
  • The Corrupter: To everyone but mainly Sam. He tries to manipulate Sam into getting him to say "yes" to him throughout Season 5, and at one stage reveals the extent to which he's manipulated everything in Sam's life. 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.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Coward: Zigzagged in that while Lucifer will face a superior opponent when his life is in danger, he'll usually retreat when it looks like he could be truly hurt and will cower before a definitively superior opponent that isn't intending to kill him. Most of the time this doesn't come up because Lucifer is usually stronger than 99.99999% of everything in existence but this in fact exacerbates his cowardice because he's almost never had to fight at a disadvantage or serious disadvantage and usually doesn't know how to react in those situations.
  • 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: His attempts to bring about the Apocalypse to destroy humanity are basically a large-scale temper tantrum that his Father not only loved them more than him, but ordered him to love them more.
  • 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: His jealousy towards humans is what 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.
    • Very complex with his son, Jack, who he spends a good chunk of Season 13 trying to reunite with. It's pretty ambiguous whether he was just interested in Jack for his power all along (as he claims), or whether he was emotionally lashing out on being rejected yet again by a member of his family after Jack discovers he was Maggie's killer. When God releases him from the Empty he gives Jack one last chance to join him and "Gramps" on the winning side, but makes it clear he'll kill his son if he refuses.
  • 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 Hammy: The hallucinatory version of him Sam experiences in Season 7 is very much this, and it's a staple of both Misha Collins' take on him in Season 11 and Mark Pellegrino's portrayal of him in Seasons 12 and 13.
  • 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 Makes You Ugly: An internal example is implied; Lucifer's angelic form is specifically described as beautiful by other angels who knew him in Heaven — but in the present day 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 him; with the prophet Donatello describing Lucifer's power as dark and toxic, and he's the only angel of any kind whose eyes glow red with dark pupils instead of the normal blue-and-white. It's also worth noting, Sam and Rowena found seeing Lucifer's true form and afterwards living to be permanently traumatizing, though it's unknown if the same would happen from seeing any other archangel's true form.
    • It's not clear whether it's influenced by the Empty, but the form we see summoned by Nick is deeply off-looking, especially not long after seeing AU Michael's true form through Anael's eyes.
  • Evil Plan: Wipe out the human bastards. And the demon monsters, though they don't know that part.
  • Evil Sounds Deep:
    • Technically, when he's possessing Sam Winchester.
    • It's a subtle touch, but after he consumes Jack's Grace and becomes "supercharged" in "Let the Good Times Roll", he seems to put on a slightly deeper voice.
  • 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 three 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. The third one — lying to Jack he had no idea who Maggie's killer was — dooms him when Jack compels him to tell the truth.
    • 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 cute 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: Deconstructed over the course of Season 5. When talking to others he makes a convincing case for his actions, citing his love for God and the unworthiness of humanity. Then we see those who know him best — Gabriel and Michael — tear these excuses to shreds, calling him out for his inability to accept his own actions and the pettiness of his grudge against humans.
  • Freudian Trio: Lucifer is the Ego to Michael's Superego and Gabriel's Id.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: In Season 5, he presents himself as a Knight Templar acting as Gaia's Avenger who wants to exterminate humanity precisely because he's disgusted at all the damage they've done to the Earth, a planet which he considers "the last, perfect handiwork of God". In actuality, htis is just his own justification for the Freudian Excuse that really motivates him.
  • A God Am I: Lucifer is worshipped 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. In Season 13, he desires to reunite with his Nephilim son Jack so, in his words, they can be better gods than his own Father. When Jack refuses his offer of We Can Rule Together, he takes Jack's angel grace and plans to reshape the universe in his image.
  • God of Evil: His followers and creation (demons) view Lucifer this way. Lucifer is also viewed this way by mankind.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Was this for the first four seasons, having Azazel and Lilith constantly work to manipulate Sam into freeing him, and being the one responsible for them being evil. He was also responsible for tricking Gadreel into letting him into the Garden of Eden, leading to Gadreel's need for redemption and working for Metatron in Season 9 — as well as being intrinsically connected to the Mark of Cain, something that ends up turning Dean into a Knight of Hell in Season 10. He's also this for Nick's subplot in Season 14, as him possessing Nick left some of his corruptive influence in Nick's body, driving Nick insane and seeking to bring Lucifer back from the Empty.
  • 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 Season 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 humanity's 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: Lucifer is aggressive, reckless, rebellious, hot-headed, argumentative, and opinionated. His inability to keep his Hair-Trigger Temper and Ax-Crazy tendencies under control are a big part of why his plans often fail.
  • 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.
  • In Their Own Image: In "Let the Good Times Roll", he intends to dismantle the entire universe and remake it in his own image; in seven days, or ten at the most.
    "Remake it in my image, better than Dad ever could. I'm thinkin'... Hmmm... Fire-breathing dragons? Sassy talking robots. I might give humans another chance if they know their place and... worship me."
  • 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: His defining characteristic. Several characters point out that his motivation is the cosmic equivalent of a former favourite child throwing a tantrum for not getting his way after 'Daddy' made it clear he loved the 'new baby' more. Because after all, 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 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".
  • Killed Off for Real: After a long, long history of false starts, he's finally killed by Michael with an archangel blade just before the boys' final confrontation with God.
  • 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. However, over time he starts to develop into more of a Card-Carrying Villain as he openly embraces nihilistic sadism.
  • 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. But just when you are laughing at his quips, he shows his true colors by doing something heinous.
  • 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.
    • The same applies after Lucifer dies. Like all angels, he still technically "exists" in the Empty, sleeping forever. His vessel Nick manages to wake him up and contact him with the help of some Lucifer-loyalist demons.
  • 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.
  • Like a God to Me: He is revered as a deity by the demons as he created them.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Though he had enough sense to change out of his vessel's PJs, he wears the same costume in all his appearances in Season 5. 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. Unfortunately, he's right.
  • 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 of Wealth and Taste: When he's possessing Sam in "The End," Lucifer is seen wearing a pristine white 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?
    • Ironically, Lucifer himself is a victim of this. His being branded with the Mark of Cain played a role in his corruption and eventual fall. However, God states that Lucifer was always prideful and never liked humans, and the Mark's influence just brought it out and made him more of what he already was.
  • 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:
    • One of his defining character traits. 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. His brothers have a different view, with both Gabriel and Michael calling him out for both throwing his toys out the pram over his Father loving his new creations (humans) more than him, and for his constantly blaming God for forcing him to be the Devil. Though that last has more substance now we know that God has only ever really cared about Lucifer in relation to the Winchesters.
    • 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.
  • 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 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!
  • 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.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims he's doing what he does because he's proving Humans Are the Real Monsters and that God was wrong to favor them and not put them down, but he's really just a cosmic juvenile delinquent who hates the fact humans replaced him as his daddy's favorite.
  • 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," shortly before obliterating him.
  • Overarching Villain: He initially only appeared in Season 5, but was nevertheless The Man Behind the Man to all the previous major villains. And even after his defeat, he continued to hold this role: The events of Season 6 were caused by the angel Raphael wanting to free Lucifer once again (and Michael) and thus restart the Apocalypse. In Season 7, an imprint of him tormented Sam (and later Castiel) for several episodes. In Season 8, his crypts come into play, as it's revealed he had hidden powerful artifacts in them, and the existence of these artifacts (the angel tablet in particular) fuels the plot for the rest of the season. In addition, Abaddon is introduced, who is a Knight of Hell created by Lucifer himself, and trained by Cain, who himself had made a deal with Lucifer (and later became a demon) to save his brother. In Season 9, we find out that Gadreel was tricked by Lucifer, allowing him into the Garden of Eden, causing Gadreel to be so filled with guilt that he's easily manipulated by one of Season 9's main antagonists, Metatron. (The other antagonist being the previously mentioned Abaddon.) In Season 10, it's revealed that Lucifer originally possessed the Mark of Cain, which caused him to become spiteful towards humanity, before giving the Mark to Cain as part of their deal. The Mark itself is the main driving force of the season. In Season 11, he finally fully returns, manipulating Sam and Castiel into freeing him, leading to him possessing Castiel for half the season, in order to team up against the Darkness. And in Season 12, he returns to his antagonist role, causing havoc for the fun of it and siring a Nephilhim. This continues into Season 13, where he takes advantage of the pending threat of the Alternate Universe version of Michael invading the main reality to try and trick everyone into trusting and obeying him and in the finale goes full Omnicidal Maniac, planning to wipe out the universe, before Dean manages to finally kill him. Even then, his influence is still felt in Season 14 as Lucifer's former vessel Nick spends the entire season trying to bring the dead Lucifer back from the eternal void outside reality, only to be stopped at the last second by Jack.
  • 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, claiming to have only been interested in him for his power (though it's implied he's also distraught at being rejected b yet another member of his family as well).
  • 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, something acknowledged by Gabriel AND Michael.
  • 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.
  • Power-Up Food: He goes on a vampiric spree draining and consuming other Angels' Grace during Season 13 to replenish his own Grace after it's drained (twice). And then he consumes Jack's Grace as a Super Serum.
  • 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: Try pride before THE Fall. Lucifer's own pride was instrumental in his downfall; he was too proud to serve humanity like God wanted, so God had Michael throw him out of Heaven into Hell.
  • 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 ultimately 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!
    • He's also on the receiving end of this on several occasions, with those delivered by Michael and Gabriel visibly upsetting him.
  • 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.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Lucifer loves to play the victim and has a serious case of Never My Fault. He claims that it was God's fault he is the way he is for giving him the Mark of Cain which twisted his already dim veiw of humans into outright hatred and then sending him to hell to languish. Thing is that he isn't wrong but in his views about personal responsibility as he and others merely believe God was indirectly responsible though possessing the largest culpability. It turns out that Chuck did intend for Lucifer to rebel and become an enemy of humanity but because it would amuse and entertain him. Lucifer was nothing more than a character in his favorite drama as every story needs an antagonist. So while Lucifer is still a Psychopathic Man Child blaiming others, he has no clue that he really is correct about his accusations, though not to the reasons he believes.
  • 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 the Cage in a hidden segment of 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. When the Winchesters finally manage to kill him, it seems like he's gone for good... until he wakes up in the Empty. However, Jack interupts the ritual to bring him back from the void.
  • 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.
  • Smug Super: He's one of the most powerful beings in all of existence, and his ego is as big as Jupiter.
  • The Sociopath: While introduced with having humanizing characteristics and redeeming traits, and being played as Tragic Villain, this is ultimately Lucifer's true nature. Lucifer has many characteristics of a classic sociopath including: Inability to empathize, manipulative and charismatic, monstrously high opinion of himself, throwing childish temper tantrums when things don't go his way, and absolute refusal to admit any wrong doing. Gabriel even says to him that he is incapable of feeling love and empathy and only cares about being feared, being worshipped, or both.
  • 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.
  • Straw Nihilist: Initially, he was more of a Visionary Villain with grand plans to wipe out humanity and turn the Earth into his own personal garden, as he considered it "God's last masterpiece". When he actually meets with God again before "Dad" leaves creation with Amara, he goes through the Despair Event Horizon. Lucifer concludes that everything was meaningless all along, and continues causing destruction purely out of spite and boredom.
  • Super Serum: Consuming the Grace of Jack, who as a Nephilim sired by an archangel is naturally even more powerful than any archangel, renders Lucifer "super-charged" and even more of a Physical God than he already is, with the capacity to destroy the entire universe if he were to put his mind to it.
"Let the Good Times Roll":
  • 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.
  • Technicolor Death: He goes out in a rather spectacular fashion even compared to his brothers, with fire blasting out of his eyes and mouth, and the entire room cast in blazing light before dropping down dead. Presumably, it's because he was super-charged on Grace at the time of his death.
  • 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: He unquestionably a monster, but he does have elements of this.
    • While things obviously went horribly between them, Season 11 strongly implies that if Chuck had faced up to his responsibilities as a father and shown Lucifer a bit more patience and understannding instead of kicking him out of Heaven, things could have been very different.
    • Then there's his lashing out at the world because his Father abandoned him without a second thought AGAIN in Season 12, this time in favour of his "aunt", Amara]].
    • And the kicker: for all the verbal teardowns he's received about his belief that God was to blame for everything that went wrong in his life, he's proven at least partially right, with the final seasons showing God manipulated everything — including Lucifer — to make the story of the Winchesters more interesting for him.
  • 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 Seasons 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 Magitek 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.
  • Villain in a White Suit: When he's possessing Sam in the Bad Future visited by Dean in "The End", he's wearing a notably white suit.
  • Villain Protagonist: Season 13 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 Alternate Michael. And he finally takes over the sole Big Bad role when he steals Jack's grace, forcing an Enemy Mine between Dean and Alternate 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 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • He spends Season 5 up until the finale not touching one pretty hair on Dean's head, supposedly to show Sam he's a good guy, but when Dean and the rest of Team Free Will crash Lucifer and Michael's big battle before it begins and molotov Michael, Lucifer in tranquil fury completely flips his shit on all of them.
      • And then there's him torturing Sam in Hell immediately after his defeat, whereas he'd spend most of Season 5 trying to earn Sympathy for the Devil from Sam in particular.
    • Though he suggests he'd always had Plan B in his head as a fall-back option, in "The Devil in the Details", he completely loses his smugness and is not happy when Sam says no to being re-possessed by him after hearing his grand pitch. Then with a smile on his face, he turns to pummeling Sam senseless until he says yes.
    • His crazed binge on popularity and senseless bloodlust in the first half of Season 12, in response to God once again abandoning him after their reunion so God could re-bond with Amara, can be seen as a form of this.
    • He has probably his most intense one ever when his son Jack discovers he murdered Maggie and disowns him. After exploding with a sonic scream at Jack, he takes Jack's power for himself with the intent of remaking the entire universe in his own image, he completely disowns all ties to his family and the very idea of family as they've all brought him nothing but betrayal and pain, and he intends to make Sam and Jack try to kill each-other for his own amusement.
  • Villainous BSoD: After Anael calls him out on how aimless he is as both a father and a ruler of Heaven, Lucifer is reduced to drowning his troubles at a bar, and when Gabriel and Rowena ambush him, he even soppily invites them to kill him. Unfortunately, finding out where his son is snaps him right out of it.
  • Villainous Incest: Of the Brother–Sister Incest variety, with Anael in Season 13. She dumps him.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even when he's not onscreen, the repercussions of his actions are frequently making life hard for the Winchesters. His influence ends up driving Sam mad in Season 7. He passed the Mark of Cain onto Cain himself — who subsequently passed it onto Dean, which ends in him being turned into a murderous Knight of Hell in Season 10. And after his actual death, his influence corrupts his vessel Nick, leading him to murder his family's killers and then try to bring Lucifer himself back.
  • 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. Eight seasons later he's finally killed by Michael (albeit an AU version) in Dean's body. And season 15 finally sees the real Michael killing him off for good.

     Raphael 

Portrayed by Demore Barnes and Lanette Ware

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

Rank in Heaven: Archangel; Protector of the Prophets; 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.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Once Cas outsmarts him and absorbs the power of Purgatory's souls, Raphael desperately appeals to their kinship as angels. It doesn't work, and Castiel kills him moments later.
  • 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: For Castiel in the Season 6 finale — once Cas absorbs all of Purgatory's souls, he blows Raphael to bits with a Badass Fingersnap.
  • Badass Baritone: At least in his male vessel.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: From "The Third Man" onwards.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Crowley in the Season 6 finale, after Castiel betrays Crowley.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Raphael was part of this with Crowley and Castiel in Season 6. Raphael plans on restarting the Apocalypse which Castiel is opposed to and is willing to work with Crowley to stop.
  • 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 that doesn't benefit him and what he wants, 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.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played With. He claims ensuring the Apocalypse happens is God's will and it will bring about Paradise, but when his foes press, he doesn't bother hiding that he really just wants what he wants.
  • 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: He forms wings of lightning when he first appears, and blacks out the room...
    "...and the Eastern Seaboard!"
  • 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; Herald of God.

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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.
  • Freudian Trio: Gabriel is the Id to Michael's Superego and Lucifer's Ego.
  • The Hedonist: When he's not punishing others, he indulges himself with porn stars and candy.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Gabriel is killed when Lucifer sees through his tricks. Which Lucifer taught him. Eventually subverted when he turned out to be Faking the Dead.
  • Humans Are Flawed: The page quote of this trope is actually taken from Gabriel's speech in "Hammer of the Gods". He admits that humans are better than angels because at least humans try to better themselves and forgive one another, which is far more impressive in his eyes than anything his own kind does.
  • Invincible Villain: He was one the most untouchable beings the Winchesters ever fought against until his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Killed Off for Real: By AU Michael near the end of Season 13.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The only straight example of all the Archangels. He may have been odds with the Winchesters in the past, but you can count on his heart being in the right place when the time comes.
  • 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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