WARNING! Contains spoilers for the series up to Season 10! Some other spoilers may be unmarked!
Gods In Supernatural
- "Your story. Not ours. Westerners, I swear—the sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on Earth? You pillage and you butcher in your God's name. But you're not the only religion, and he's not the only God. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong."- Kali in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
The Gods of Supernatural come from a variety of religions all over the world. Most of them share certain characteristics, such as feeding on humans to survive and do not go to Purgatory upon death like monsters nor do they go to Heaven or Hell. It has not yet been explained where they come from or how they fit in with the larger world. The God of the Abrahamic religions is an entirely different being. He is far more powerful without relying on worship, the father of the angels, and the major deity in Supernatural, which is heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian tradition.
However, there are many other gods who appear through the series. Some may be referred to as pagan gods from the polytheistic traditions of Europe and North Africa, who no longer have the same amount of tribute and sacrifices they once had, causing them to turn to alternative methods of finding sustenance and worship. Others are gods of religions which are not of the Abrahamic tradition, and still have many worshipers today, including Indian and traditional folk religions.
Tropes about Supernatural gods in general:
- All Myths Are True: In the photo above, Mercury sits between Baron Samedi and Baldur.
- Break the Haughty: Happens whenever they appear in the show. Being gods, even in weakened in the current modern era, makes them very arrogant. Then, by the end of the show they usually wind up dead and often, with at least a few seconds to realize their screwed before the end.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Most gods need human sacrifices for power. While some accept praise and tributes, many prefer flesh and blood. They aren't very happy if they've fallen out of style and have had to turn to other methods to maintain themselves. Averted with the Abrahamic God, Who does not need worship and is portrayed as something completely different from the others. What sets them apart from most other versions of this trope is that all of the worship is the world in of itself is worthless to them. Same with consuming humans. They require both a human to be ritualistically murdered specifically devoted to them and then to eat said human to maintain or increase their power.
- Homage: Many of the gods and their thirst for blood are reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's works, especially American Gods.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: At their height with massive levels of worshipers and sacrifices, Dean said they were nigh-invincible. Nowadays they have to go out to personally get their sacrifices, are forced to blend in with humans, and even mortals(hunters) can kill them with enough preparation. It's something of a sore spot for them.
- I'm a Humanitarian: One of the unsettling traits of many of the gods, although there are exceptions.
- Jerkass Gods: Most, but not all, of them look down on humans.
- Kill the God: What most hunters attempt to do, due to the tendency of gods to cause human death and suffering.
- The Old Gods: The Primordials are even older than the normal gods and precede the creation of the universe itself.
- Our Gods Are Different: As revealed in "The Gamblers", the pagan gods are inferior creations of the "Abrahamic" God as a source of entertainment and to take the blame whenever something bad happened to the world, until he had enough fun and hid behind Judeo-Christianity.
- Physical God: Although they have remarkable powers, they still can be killed.
- We Are Everywhere: Kali claims there are billions of them and we have seen them pose as news reporters, kind old octogenarians, hotel concierges, and cooks.
PrimordialsThe primordial entities are beings that have existed since before the universe even began. Generally, they are the most powerful beings in existence (or nonexistence in the case of the cosmic entity that presides over The Empty). As such, they tend to be virtually omnipotent and omniscient.
Note that because there are so many spoiler-y things associated with the primordial beings, all spoilers are unmarked. There is simply no way to discuss them without revealing much of the plot, especially in the later seasons.
Portrayed by Rob Benedict and Keith Szarabajka
The creator of the universe Himself. He's absent for most of the series and actively avoids the numerous potential world-ending conflicts caused by His Angels and other forces, until He reveals that He's been disguising Himself as the prophet Chuck Shurley. He is the younger brother of Amara as well.
- Above Good and Evil: While Chuck doesn't state this as being his belief, he definitely seems to have this viewpoint. All of existence is nothing more than his entertainment. While he may have started out creation for purely altruistic reasons, it has since become clear that he doesn't value anyone or anything beyond how much they can amuse him. While he isn't actively malicious by making the universe a living hell, he does start most of the conflicts for his own amusement. This is most likely because he can always create more universes and people and ultimately everyone and everything is expendable to him.
- Abusive Parents: To Lucifer and Michael. The former He caged and abandoned in solitary confinement in Hell to avoid facing His own role in Lucifer's fall, while the latter was left mentally traumatized due to the Apocalypse and trapped in the same cage along with Lucifer.
- All-Powerful Bystander: God is more powerful than everything else in the series except perhaps Amara. He was well aware of the Apocalypse, monsters on Earth, the danger posed by Lucifer, the civil wars in Heaven, the threat of the Leviathans, screwed-up afterlife, etc. Except for saving the Winchesters and resurrecting Castiel, He mostly stayed on the sidelines. He justifies it by saying He was very hands-on in the early days of Creation and it turned out badly, and implies that regular intervention from Him would make things a lot worse. This turns out to be a lie. All of creation is nothing more than God's entertainment. All of the conflicts make watching more interesting. It may well be that every action God ever took was simply to further his own amusement.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: From Amara's perspective. She found His naivety and idealistic nature rather irritating to deal with. Though the two of them claim to be of equal age.
- Audience Surrogate: A villainous example, with some shades of Author Avatar. It is revealed that everyone and the universe itself is nothing more than his entertainment like a TV show, and he follows the character's suffering for his "It Amused Me" mentality. Sound familiar?
- Archnemesis Dad: Towards his grandson Jack, whom he personally murders after Dean refuses to pull the trigger.
- Berserk Button: Call God a "coward" and He will show you why everyone fears His wrath. Metatron learned this the hard way in "Don't Call Me Shurley." Also, despite creating and allowing free will, hates it when people defy him.
- Big Bad: Becomes this for Season 15 due to his actions in "Moriah", when he decides to cause an Apocalypse Wow and destroy the world because of the Winchesters trying to kill him in defiance.
- Big Good: On the rare occasions He does appear, it's as this... until He shows Himself to be the overall Greater-Scope Villain in "Moriah" and the Big Bad of Season 15.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Averted. God follows a good/evil morality, but is disappointed when His creations tend to choose evil. Of course, later it is revealed that everyone and the universe itself is nothing more than his entertainment. Which means that, while he defined his creation along the lines of good and evil, he himself is actually Above Good and Evil.
- Cain and Abel: It's revealed in Season 11's "Our Little World" that God is the brother of Amara. He is the Abel (the good sibling) to Amara's Cain (the bad sibling). God betrayed His sister so that He could create the universe and also because Amara proved to be highly dangerous and amoral. Also, because she had already destroyed several universes He had previously created. Topping it all of is that, according to Death (who was not around at the time according to anyone other than himself, and is contradicted on the matter by both God and Amara), Amara is the older sibling.
- Control Freak: In spite giving his creations free will, Chuck claims that he was very hands-on in the early days though these days he seems to have taken a very hands-off approach. Subverted to hell. Chuck has never stopped influencing the universe and only does it more subtly now. He claims that all of existence is his entertainment like a TV show. It's likely that all of the conflicts from the Leviathans rising to Jack being born were down to his subtle manipulations. Tellingly, it's when Sam and Dean not only defy him but also attack him that he decides to end the world.
- Cosmic Keystone: He and His sister Amara are both this. If one dies, the other and all of Creation goes with them.
- Dimensional Traveler: God can freely travel between different universes, since he created all of them. One side-effect of being shot by Sam with the Equalizer means that he's trapped in this dimension so long as his essence is linked to Sam through their shared wound.
- Disappeared Dad: To the angels, also known to be His "children." To drive the knife in further, he never really left Creation to begin with, he's just observing them all while masking his true nature.
- Divine Intervention: It's revealed in "Dark Side of the Moon" that He was the one who rescued Sam and Dean, sped Sam through demon blood withdrawal, and resurrected Castiel in "Sympathy for the Devil." After The Reveal in Season 14, it can be said every twists and turns in this series is His intervention after all.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Pissing off God (or trying to kill Him) is a very bad idea, as the Winchesters find out in "Moriah" and decides to cause an Apocalypse Wow in retaliation.
- Eldritch Abomination: A benevolent version, but He's older than time itself and created the universe and the angels who are this trope themselves. His true form, as revealed in the Season 11 finale, is a living mass of light, just like His sister is a living mass of darkness.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Lucifer is His favorite above all angels, but that wasn't what drove Him to leave Heaven; it was a disappointment with Creation in general.
- Evil All Along: While evil is pushing it, "Moriah" reveals He isn't quite as benevolent as He originally seemed and is a bit of a Jerkass God who views all of Creation as His entertainment, and when the Winchesters defy Him, He ends up triggering the Apocalypse Wow in retaliation. He goes even further off the deep end after that, and starts to personally terrorize and murder his creations for his amusement.
- FaceHeel Turn: Decides to unleash Hell and destroy the world at the end of "Moriah" after the Winchester brothers attempt to kill him.
- Fantastic Racism: Only humans get a chance at Heaven. A member of any other species, regardless of how good they are or try to be (e.g. Madison, Lenore), winds up in Purgatory after death to hunt or be hunted for all eternity.
- Final Boss: Of the series, with Him taking up the Big Bad role for the fifteenth and final season.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Even after being revealed to be God, He maintains His Chuck form. Considering His true form seems to be a mass of living light, it's understandable.
- The Ghost: Subverted. Though He doesn't appear as a presence of divine might (that might kill everyone present), it has been confirmed, after much teasing in and out of universe, that He actually came to Earth in the form of Chuck Shurley, indicating why He can be alive in Season 10 even though a new prophet had come in the form of Kevin Tran.
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: God Himself is clearly disinterested in the genocidal plans of the angels or pretty much anything that has occurred in the last few thousand years if not before that; Metatron confirmed He has a tendency to be wrathful and somewhat sexist. Lucifer, of course, is evil and wants to destroy humanity. Then in Season 14 finale, God is revealed to be Eviler Than Thou to Lucifer, as He revealed all of the troubles were of His making for an entertaining story, all but implying He let Lucifer become evil to become a compelling villain to the Winchesters, and instantly causes the Apocalypse with far more worse results than Lucifer's goals.
- God in Human Form: In the Season 5 finale, Chuck is implied to be the much-mentioned missing God. This would later be confirmed. God likes to walk among his creations and observe them closely, even being shielded from being recognized in his human form by angels.
- God Is Dead: In Season 5, Raphael informs Castiel that the reason the latter cannot find God is because He is dead. However, Death telling Dean that God will eventually die at the end of time by his hand, reveals that God isn't dead yet. However, that doesn't mean that this incarnation of Death will be the one to do it.
- God Is Displeased: One of the reasons God has chosen to withdraw and be more passive in the greater scheme of things is because, in the past, many of His creations turned out to be evil. He was far more proactive in the olden days, but that didn't tend to go well.
- God Is Evil: Many of the characters in the show have voiced having a low opinion of the almighty, ranging from humans who see him as a deadbeat dad who won't do anything to help his creations, to supernatural creatures like demons who actually believe that God is actively making the universe a terrible place. Turns out, they were right.
- God Is Flawed: A big part of His character is that, for all of His power and knowledge, God has His flaws. He apparently didn't intend the fall of either Lucifer or mankind, and His failure to prevent them led Him to abandon Heaven. He previously created the Leviathans only to realize He made a mistake in making them too powerful and dangerous before locking them up in Purgatory to protect the rest of Creation.
- God Is Good: Zigzagged. God's actions or inaction cause most beings to have a negative opinion of Him. When we finally meet God, it's confirmed that, while He tends towards benevolent, He is deeply flawed, defaulting towards passive after eons of failure to "do things right" and being willing to abandon Creation to Amara rather than defend it.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: The reason Joshua gives for why God won't stop the Apocalypse. Later confirmed that He hardly intervened at all, no matter the circumstances.
- God Was My Co Pilot: The prophet Chuck is strongly implied, and later confirmed, to be God, supported by Word of God. He helps the Winchesters several times and resurrects Castiel multiple times.
- Good Is Not Nice: For a broad definition of good. While not actively malevolent, Chuck/God is generally a lazy jerk to everyone and, contrary to other versions of this trope that may be rude but try to help people or prevent bad things from happening, He does as little as possible. Getting Him to do anything about, well, anything requires tremendous effort.
- Grandpa God: In "Sacrifice" (S08, Ep23), Metatron describes God as "pretty much like you'd expect. Larger-than-life, gruff, bit of a sexist. But fair—eminently fair."
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's revealed to be the chief architect of the Winchesters' (and rest of the world's misery) for more than 14 years in the making. Every villain in this series is just a character in God's storyline, and the random plots are revealed to be God messing around his story to get his next lead. He finally drops the act in the Season 14 finale as the Winchesters defy his setting by refusing to kill Jack, at which point he just sighs and actively becomes the Big Bad of the final season.
- Hates Being Alone: One of the reasons He created the universe. He and Amara were the only beings in all of existence and they were too different to be good company, resulting in Him being lonely.
- Have You Seen My God?: God left Heaven a long time ago to the point that the angels have started to despair. His absence is the cause for many of the events in the series.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Metatron describes God as a sexist, which may explain why so few women live through a Supernatural episode. His statements about having had girlfriends and treating Rowena fairly well implies He grew out of it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Aside from Amara, his equal and opposite, anything that can be used to hurt him was created through God's own hand. The Equalizer is the most direct example, but Leviathan Blossom can be used to trap him, and he also had to make himself mortal to create the world, because he had to write himself into the code of a finite universe.
- Horrible Judge of Character: God gave the secrets of the universe to Metatron, who later used them to try and become the new God. Though their interactions imply Metatron wasn't like that when God gave them to him. And to be fair, God only chose Metatron at random; he was the closest angel to the door.
- Humans Are Special: Believed this so much that He commanded the angels to bow to humanity. He briefly loses this belief thanks to Sam and Dean selfishly releasing Amara, but Metatron argues strongly for it and the boys convince Him through their actions.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Chuck shows shades of this when confessing to Metatron, saying He created everything because He was lonely. He has spent the past several seasons away from Heaven on Earth as Chuck, posing as a human and living a normal human life.
- Invincible Hero: He is considered the most omnipotent being in the universe. He's also a Cosmic Keystone that is keeping Creation in check.
- Invincible Villain: He also treats reality and all the suffering that occurs as his entertainment, but he can't ever be killed and even sealing him will doom all the Alternate Timelines permanently.
- It Amused Me: He ends up revealing that everything that went wrong in the Winchesters' life is for His own amusement and that they are merely playing roles in His epic story.
- Jerkass God:
- Played with, as it's repeatedly pointed out that, despite being all-powerful and all-knowing, God allows so many horrors to occur to innocent people. It turns out that He abandoned His children, the angels, in Heaven shortly after Lucifer's rebellion, which probably explains why His three other eldest children have so many problems: Gabriel ran off and pretended to be a pagan; Raphael became tired of his responsibilities and wanted it all to end; and Michael was a fanatic obsessed with pleasing his absent father. When God finally shows up in person, He has no interest in taking any responsibility for the failings of His creations or saving them from Amara, believing that there's no point in postponing what He sees as inevitable.
- And then Dean and Sam find out that He let so many horrors happen for His own entertainment. While He tries to reason with the boys at first, when Sam goes so far as to try and kill Him, this pisses Him off enough to cause an Apocalypse Wow.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wavers between the two. While He does care deeply for his creations, both wanting them to be good and wanting good things for them, he's become incredibly disillusioned by Amara repeatedly destroying his creations and his creations (ex. angels, humans) tending towards evil rather than good despite his efforts. This causes him to withdraw from Creation altogether until circumstances force him back into things.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: After The Reveal that he was the one pulling all the strings behind the lives of the Winchesters for simple entertainment value, he shows himself to be capricious, cruel, childish and sociopathic at his heart.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: It's implied that this has been going on with God for some time now. It started after he left the universe when he locked Lucifer away in his cage. He decided to make more universes through direct action or allowing parallel timelines to come into existence. Over the eons he grew bored with one creation and started on the next. By the time of the present setting, he created so many universes that he's completely lost any attachment to any of them beyond entertainment value. This is compounded when the Winchesters defy him and he decides to end things. While at first he was only apathetic to the suffering of others he begins to take enjoyment in tormenting his creations and starts to destroy the other universes apart from the prime universe while watching the deaths of untold billions with popcorn on a sofa. It's clear that in modern times, God has lost most if not all of the good intentions and idealism he once had.
- Karma Houdini: Despite the problems caused by His favoritism, neglect, and ego, including the general mess the universe is in, God never receives any real comeuppance or has to address any of His mistakes. By the end of Season 11, He reconciles with his sister who admits Creation is beautiful and can go back to ignoring the rest of the universe. The only time He came close was when He had to apologize to Lucifer for locking him away due to being unable to admit His role in Lucifer's fall, but He still avoided having to address His problems with the other Archangels, the rest of the angelic host, etc.
- Lack of Empathy: No matter how serious things get or how many people die, God rarely intervenes with Joshua's statement about Him not thinking it's his problem implying profound indifference to everything. It's actually much, much worse. All of creation is merely his entertainment and all the conflict amuses him, like watching a TV show. While Chuck isn't Sadist exactly because it's not pain that amuses him, he still only sees everyone and everything he's made as his Cosmic Plaything and the most he actually cares about anything he has made goes no further than how much a fan of a TV show likes the TV show. He has no problems at all ending a universe if it's not entertaining to him or no longer goes the way he wants it to go.
- Light Is Not Good: His true form is a mass of light of celestial intent, and he's definitely not good, if not totally evil. Guess whom the Angels got their example from.
- Lonely at the Top: Joshua thinks so. In Season 11, God reveals that this was the reason why He created life: His sister, Amara, wasn't exactly the best company, and for all their power, they were the only two beings in existence at that time.
- Mad God: Many have expressed the opinion that given all of the supernatural horror and evil going on, God might not be all there. Their reasoning being that if God loved the universe and His creations so much, why allow monsters to run around killing people and supernatural evil to move freely through the world. The answer is because it's more entertaining that way. Chuck does love his creations...the way you love a favorite TV show. The universe exists only for his amusement and while he is not Sadist, in that he enjoys pain, he does create all of the problems that lead to conflict because it amuses him. Turns out, God is less of a father figure and more of a Loony Fan.
- The Man Behind the Man: Literally every Big Bad before him was in some way a puppet for him to craft his story.
- Neglectful Precursors: He created the universe, but is partly responsible for it being a mess. Metatron convinces Him to at least get involved again, though.
- Never My Fault:
- He refuses to take an active hand in Creation after earlier attempts either failed or made things worse; He tends to hold Creation itself, specifically living beings such as angels or humans, responsible when things went downhill.
- He admits one reason He locked Lucifer away instead of trying to rehabilitate him was His ego; He could not stand the truth of His role in Lucifer's fall. He gave Lucifer the mark which eventually corrupted Lucifer, but could not admit it to Himself.
- Not Quite the Almighty: Zig-zagged; He is God, however Amara is the Stronger Sibling. At least initially, as they eventually proven to be equal in power. However He still doesn't have any claim over the Shadow, who's older than either of them.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He proceeds to destroy the entire Multiverse aside from the "prime universe" (so far) when he reasons that they're distractions from his main goal to make the Winchesters play along with his perfect ending.
- Parental Abandonment: Sometime after Lucifer rebelled against Him, God left Heaven. Michael blames Lucifer for God leaving.
- Parental Favoritism: Towards Lucifer and then humanity, which made the former murderously jealous of the latter under the toxic influence of the Mark of Cain.
- Parental Neglect: He views his role to Creation as that of a father and abandons His creations when things get difficult. He claims staying around and doing more would be enabling. But He barely did anything or interacted with His creations even when He was around. He walked out on the Archangels and the rest of the angels without a word after things fell apart with Lucifer. He walked out on humanity after The Great Flood failed to fix things and preferred to blame everything on His creations.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's the Good Is Not Nice to Amara's Affably Evil. Turned around once he is revealed as the villain of Season 15, where he is the polite villain to this to the Winchesters and Castiel's rude heroes.
- The Power of Creation: He created the universe and everything in it. Turns out to be His biggest advantage against Amara; Amara is nothingness and destruction, so she can't create while He can.
- Pride: He confirms Amara's claims that one reason He created lesser beings was to feel powerful, locked away Lucifer to not have to admit His role in Lucifer's fall, and refused to acknowledge His role in the failure of Creation due to His own ego.
- The Problem with Fighting Death: He is set to be the Big Bad of the fifteenth and final season, but it's going to be a difficult to impossible battle considering: God is Nigh Invulnerable and can never die, even if you somehow do manage to kill Him then all of creation goes along with him. So no matter what the outcome, humanity is screwed either way.
- Reality Warper: He's freaking God; he made reality.
- Sarcastic Confession: 'Oh I'm God all right, a cruel, cruel, capricious God...'
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Doesn't get much more this trope than literally being the antithesis of each other. He's light and being while Amara is darkness and nothingness. Where He wants to create, Amara simply destroys everything in her path.
- The Slacker: On both a cosmic and a mundane level.
- When He was around and ruling Heaven, it has been noted He barely did anything. He only really talked with the Archangels, it took several generations of Lucifer terrorizing mankind before God had Michael imprison him, and while He claims He was deeply involved with humanity in the beginning, the only confirmed action was the Great Flood. He made the claim when trying to make Himself look good with several angels noting how passive He has always been. Metatron, one of the few angels to meet God, claimed God could barely get pushed into dealing with humanity and given the circumstances does not appear to be lying.
- God neglected humanity for millennia, reasoning that He thought it would help humanity mature after they failed to make much progress with His frequent intervention. Even with the threat of His sister Amara on the horizon, He's passive.
- When He assumes the form of Chuck, He spends much of His time slacking off and mooching off of the Winchesters. In one scene, Dean finds Him lounging around in His underwear, eating carryout Chinese food, and snarking about how much porn He watched that day.
- Subverted, as he wasn't definitely slacking around, he was actively making the world hell to make his story more interesting.
- Soul Jar: It's revealed that the entire world is actually Chuck's. When he created the universe, he had to pour his essence into its make-up so it would continue functioning in his absence. However, in the process he made himself mortal as everything dies someday, even the universe.
- The Soulless: He created souls, but does not have a soul Himself. He also claims that inventing/creating souls made Him feel nauseous.
- Story-Breaker Power: If He was more involved, there would be no plot, as the few times He has been involved makes it clear He could've completely solved any issue if He felt like it, which Dean points out. The only time He actually actively takes a role is when His sister Amara is the Big Bad and He won't be this.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Chuck/God has never killed anyone in the series' run, although He did cause things like the Great Flood in the distant past. Instead of killing the worst threats like Amara or Lucifer, He opted to seal them away where they could do no harm. He is very much in contrast to Amara in that she casually kills and destroys, but all He does is create. Subverted massively when he reveals his true motives, tears open Hell out of spite so that every damned soul escapes and wreaks havoc, then goes on a murder spree across creation.
- Time Abyss: He's older than the Earth itself, making Him billions of years old. Most likely older than the universe, since He created it in the first place. Death was the only being around God's age, and neither of them can remember who is older (according to Death, anyway, who has been revealed to be bit unreliable on the subject). His sister, Amara, is the only being confirmed to be as old as Him. According to Death, she's even older, but both Amara and God contradict this, claiming to be of equal age, and while Death says that he's at least almost as old as God, Amara (who is at least as old as God) has no idea who he is.
- Top God: In a series full of Physical Gods, He is THE GOD, Jehovah Himself.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: God revealed that He used to be like this. Even when He was with his sister, Amara, He chose to create life because He wanted to show her something beautiful, something that could make her believe in something besides destruction. It didn't work. God even called Himself stupid and naive for even trying. It probably was the root cause for His FaceHeel Turn as he grew apathetic for his creations slowly.
- Walking Spoiler: His true role as the Greater-Scope Villain of the series and the Big Bad of the Final Season makes him this.
- Writer on Board: Chuck is literally revealed to be the architect of the show, as He didn't end the Winchesters' story for his own amusement, as well as not making it boring. It's also revealed each villain and monster was handpicked by God to prove a challenge for them to grow, the fall of Castiel, the rise of Leviathans, the Mark of Cain issues, and even Jack's birth was planned by Him. He even gives the boys literal Plot Armor (yes, it's mentioned as actually existing) and not their companions, which is why Anyone Can Die in droves. And the actual troubles in the show is chalked up to God being a hack as a writer and struggling to maximize the entertainment value. God quits being this as the Winchesters deviated from His original plan to let Dean kill Jack for sentimental value, which Dean refused to.
Amara (The Darkness)
Portrayed by Emily Swallow, Gracyn Shinyei, Yasmine Lily Elle Ball, Samantha Isler
The Darkness, also known in human form as Amara, is the true embodiment of evil and the one who existed before Creation, and the main antagonist of the series. She is the older sister of God and is the oldest supernatural being in the series universe as she even precedes God and Death.
- Above Good and Evil: She finds both concepts unimportant, as well as everything else.
- Affably Evil: She is grateful to Dean for freeing her and does him no harm, as they are connected by the Mark of Cain. She eventually makes a HeelFace Turn.
- Aloof Big Sister:
- Subverted. Amara is God's sister and is the elder according to Death (though she and God both claim to be of equal age) and even though it appears that she doesn't care about Him and wants to destroy Him, she actually does love Him and only did what she did because she wanted her younger brother back.
- A justified reason in season 15: she refuses Chuck's plea to help him restore himself after he got struck by the Equalizer, telling him that he will have to fix the mess that he was responsible for causing by himself.
- Ancient Evil: The Darkness predates Creation itself, and is so powerful that it took God and His Archangels to seal her away.
- The Anti-God: As it turns out, Amara is the opposite of God in power and basic nature, but not in morality. He is light and "being" while she is darkness and nothingness, but she is not pure evil, nor is he pure goodness. God's moral code is as a parent to his children while Amara is really just discovering her own, as there's now more than just her brother for her to see herself in relation to. Bonus points for God being (a rather average) male (or at least choosing to look male) while the Darkness chooses an attractive female form.
- Berserk Button: Her expression when Lucifer tells her that she'll never be God because she can't create makes it clear she doesn't like being told her brother is better than she is.
- Big Bad: Of Season 11. The Darkness is the most deadly and dangerous villain that the show has ever had up until then. Upon being freed from the Mark of Cain, The Darkness feeds on human souls to grow stronger and plans on destroying the universe to get revenge on God for imprisoning her. Interestingly, she's the only Big Bad to make a HeelFace Turn by the end of the season she was the main villain of.
- Cain and Abel: She's the Cain to God's Abel, being his older sister, according to Death.
- Casting a Shadow: One of the few people in all of live-action media to have this power. Her name is The Darkness and her true form is a mass of darkness. Oddly enough, she only ever uses this power a few times in her appearances.
- Character Development: Goes from her revenge-driven goal to eliminate the entire universe(including herself!) to abandoning her revenge and instead leave the world for good, reconciling with her brother.
- The Corruption: The Mark of Cain, which she was sealed by, corrupted Dean, Cain, and Lucifer.
- Cosmic Keystone: She and God are this. If one dies, the other and all creation goes with them.
- Dark Is Evil: Certainly seems that way. Ultimately subverted.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's not so much inherently evil, she's just furious with her brother. Once Dean talks her down, she makes a HeelFace Turn and departs happily with God to reconcile.
- Demonization: Since she eventually makes a HeelFace Turn and God is revealed to be evil, her status as a monstrous, irredeemable evil who must be sealed away has shades of this. After all, the only witnesses to the supposedly horrible things Amara did that led to her imprisonment are God (who is an Unreliable Narrator and something of a sexist) and Amara herself (who has no one to back her side of the story, since she was Unpersoned). It calls into question whether her who-knows-how-long imprisonment was really that necessary, as Dean manages to redeem her.
- Destroyer Deity: She contrasts God's nature as the source of all creation by being the embodiment of destruction. She's not really evil, just envious of the attention that God lavishes on the universe and its inhabitants.
- The Dreaded: It seems that even Michael and Lucifer are afraid of her!
- Driven by Envy: The reason she destroyed all of God's previous worlds and is trying to destroy the current one is because she was jealous that God wanted something other than her. She ultimately admits this and decides creation is beautiful, so she reconciles with God.
- Eldritch Abomination: Debuts as a formless mass of darkness.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deep down, the Darkness still loves her brother, God. She realizes how utterly meaningless her revenge is at the end, something that Dean manages to make her admit.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- Can't seem to comprehend the idea God created existence and imprisoned her for any benevolent reason, believing he did both out of fear she'd create a more perfect creation than him. In actuality, he wanted to create the universe to convince her to be better and try to make something better than themselves, but she just kept destroying everything he tried to make.
- She also can't understand why Dean doesn't want to join her and sees God's creation as worth saving.
- Subverted, however, after she realizes that she will enjoy her revenge for maybe 5 minutes before regretting it, and admits that God's intention to make creations so they wouldn't be alone isn't as selfish as she thought.
- Evil Counterpart: To God. Interestingly enough, Dean is linked or tied to the Darkness while Sam seems to be tied or linked to God. The Darkness seems to be helping Dean while God is helping Sam, in a complete reversal of their respective "sides" in Season 5. It might be worth noting that while Sam was linked to Lucifer, his name does mean "Light Bringer", and God isn't exactly the most moral being, so Sam is still linked to a godlike, light-based, amoral(ish) being.
- Eviler Than Thou: Is such a massive threat that Lucifer ultimately forms an Enemy Mine with God and the Winchesters to combat her after she tortures him, and ultimately everyone, Angel, Demon, Witch, Reaper, and others are against her.
- Evil Is Not a Toy:
- At first, Crowley tried to make an alliance with her. Now he is VERY afraid of her constant hunger for souls.
- Rowena also allies herself briefly with her to take revenge against Lucifer. That alliance lasts for maybe several hours before Rowena backs down.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: She's the Oblivion, more or less every other living villain in the series is the Evil.
- Fantastic Racism: She hates all of creation and everything that goes with it. It is revealed that when God first tried to create worlds, she always destroys. God hoped that she would change her mind, but seeing that it'll never happen he's forced to seal her in the Mark. Ultimately subverted, as she admits she's come to see it as beautiful and was angry that God needed more than just her to be happy. She eventually grows out of this.
- God of Evil: She's the true embodiment of chaos, evil, nihilism, and pretty much everything bad. Subverted though in that she turns out to be Not Evil, Just Misunderstood.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Mark of Cain, by which the Darkness was sealed, corrupted Lucifer. In other words, she is responsible for almost all of the major strife (Lucifer creating demons, God leaving angels to "guard" Earth, demons doing as demons do, the Apocalypse, etc.) in the series.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Her rage when Lucifer suggests she's inferior to God because she can't create while he can (and gave her many chances to do so during which she only destroyed everything he tried to make) implies, despite her attempts to convince others God was jealous of what she could create, she actually envies HIM for his ability to create. She ultimately admits that the thing she's most jealous of, however, was creation itself, as she hated the idea her brother needed something other than her to be happy.
- HeelFace Turn: Realizes that revenge against God and His creations just isn't worth it at the last minute. She decides to leave the world alongside her brother for good, and even leaves a surprise for Dean in return for his contribution.
- Humanoid Abomination: She appears to Dean as a beautiful human woman. Or girl, or teenager.
- Invincible Villain: It IS possible to kill her, but all the reality will be destroyed.
- It's All About Me: Seems completely incapable of thinking about anyone but herself. She constantly tries to blame God for everything despite his own attempts to get through to her BEFORE sealing her away, passing off his loneliness as 'wanting a fan club' and accusing him of being jealous of her when all indications point to it being the other way around.
- Karma Houdini: She gets reformed at the end of season 11 and is not punished for a year worth of deaths and misery she inflicted on the world.
- Leaking Can of Evil: The Mark of Cain tends to exert a poisonous, corrupting influence on those who bear it, something which Lucifer, Cain, and Dean suffer the brunt of.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Tends to just march into any situation she feels the need to enter and tank whatever's thrown at her. As Lucifer said, she's powerful but immature and reckless. This backfires on her when she's finally confronted with the army of witches, angels, and demons God and the Winchesters had assembled.
- Living Shadow: Her default form is a giant terrifying cloud of shade.
- Morality Pet: Dean. In the entire eleventh season, never once does she have any evil thoughts about him, and at the end, she is convinced to abandon her revenge thanks to Dean's words.
- Moral Myopia: Is furious with her brother for betraying and sealing her away...despite the fact he'd tried to convince her they didn't need to be alone and could make something more than just the two of them, but she just kept destroying every world he tried to make. She constantly blames God for the people she keeps killing trying to draw Him out so she could kill him.
- Never My Fault: Acts like God betrayed and wronged her because he feared she'd make something better than he could. Turns out that's exactly the problem: God would've LIKED that, as he WANTED for her to become better. But all she ever did was destroy the worlds he created until he realized she was a lost cause and had to seal her away.
- No Cure for Evil: It is explicitly stated that Amara has no ability to create, only to destroy. When she critically wounds God, everything begins to die because he is no longer serving as a power source and Amara is powerless to stop the decay. Her attempts only speed up the rotting destruction, which we see when she touches flowers that instantly turn black and die. This jars her out of her villainous tunnel vision and she takes God off to recover so the world can get better.
- No-Sell: Might as well be the reigning champion of this trope in the series. She resists the smite of the entire Host of Heaven (essentially being stabbed with hundreds of thousands of angel blades) with only the destruction of her vessel as a consequence. Eventually, however, a combined force of angels, demons, and witches manage to weaken her to a certain extent, though she is still able to mortally wound God.
- Not So Invincible After All: It takes a lot to do it, but she can be weakened and hurt. First time around it took all four Archangels to weaken her, the second time it took Lucifer and an army of witches, demons, and Angels attacking her in mass. However, even in her weakened state she is still able to deal a massive injury to God.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to destroy all Creation, including God, which would kill her too. Bonus points for the fact that she has destroyed an unspecified number of previous universes. Grows out of this with Character Development.
- Overnight Age-Up: Amara ages from newborn to adult woman over the course of a few episodes.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: She's the Affably Evil to God's Good Is Not Nice.
- The Power of the Void: Being the Anthropomorphic Personification of Nothingness, she has this power. Which means while she's extremely powerful, God can create while she can only destroy, meaning unlike him she can't create anything to help her. At the end of season 11, though, she is able to heal God and bring back Mary Winchester, hinting that she might have power over life other than destroying them, after all.
- Primordial Chaos: What it seems to be made of, as the force that existed before Creation. It later turns out that she's more God's Evil Counterpart, as she must destroy everything he creates.
- Reality-Breaking Paradox: God implies that the Darkness can be killed, but doing so would tear reality apart, taking Him and His creations along with it. And vice versa.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Raising Hell", she sees through Chuck's BS when he invites her for a "vacation" and leaves without helping him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: A meta-physical can to which the lock and seal was the Mark of Cain. Once the seal is gone, the Darkness wastes no time in breaking out of her prison.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Appears as a mass of black that sweeps across the landscape once her seal is broken.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Doesn't get much further apart than being complete opposite concepts. She's darkness and nothingness while her brother God is light and being. She destroys everything while he wants to CREATE everything.
- Skilled, but Naïve:
- The Darkness may have power on par with God, but she is prone to being Literal-Minded and childish.
- She grows out of this eventually, however. In Season 15, Amara correctly deduces that Chuck is trying to get into her good books by inviting her to a vacation, when all he wants is for her to heal him. She promptly leaves after saying "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Darkness.
- Static Character: Not now, but we find out this is why God imprisoned her: he tried to get her to become better, but all she ever did was destroy the worlds he created to try and inspire her to become better without changing at all. Subverted in the end, as she FINALLY gets to love creation and rocociles with God.
- Stronger Sibling: Zigzagged, eventually played straight. God needs help to overpower her, and she seems to have more sheer power, but Lucifer concludes that this isn't the case because Amara, being Nothingness and Darkness, is incapable of creating anything while God can. However, this is Lucifer we're talking about, it's not the first time we see him lie. Also, at the end of season 11, Amara manages to bring back a person who has been dead for 33 years (and one who didn't leave a body behind), so she must have at least some control over creation.
- Taking You with Me: This is the only way she can possibly kill her brother: God and Amara are two sides of the same coin and if one dies the other does too.
- Time Abyss: This thing was existence before the Archangels came along, meaning it predates Creation. She even wonders who Death is when Dean mentions him, meaning she has no concept of Death or dying AT ALL! According the Death, she actually predates God.
- Time-Shifted Actor: While Emily Swallow is the Darkness' primary actor, since she spends the first half of season 11 still in developing phase, her actor shifts many times. As a young girl, she is portrayed by Gracyn Shinyei. Yasmine Lily-Elle Ball portrays her adolescent phase. Finally, Samantha Isler portrays her teenage phase.
- Touched by Vorlons: As a divine being on par with God, her Fog of Doom doesn't harm potential prophets, but activates them, giving them a connection to her.
- Unperson: Unlike the case with Lucifer, after he locked Amara away, God erased all evidences that his sister ever existed. Other than God, the only beings who know about her are the Archangels (who helped God seal her away and were sworn to secrecy), Death (either because his knowledge is that vast, or God told him to ensure he never reaped the bearer of the Mark) and Metatron (after He let it slip "between cups").
- Unskilled, but Strong: Stated almost word-to-word by Lucifer. She holds a raw power as great and possibly even more than God, but she's so confident of herself that she usually doesn't have time to plan, instead working her things Leeroy Jenkins-style. In addition, she doesn't really understand the inner workings of God's Creation, and doesn't know enough to predict it, which blindsides her a bit. The fact that her power activates potential prophets is unknown to her, originally.
- Villainous Glutton: Just as ravenous as the Leviathans, thought not as reckless as them. She eats people's souls in an etiquette manner.
- Yandere: For her younger brother, God. She reacted violently and angrily when God created other worlds and the Universe. She was jealous of God's creations because she had felt that God wanted something more than she could offer as His sister. In other words, she wanted to destroy God's creations because she felt like they were destroying her relationship with her brother. She just wanted her brother back more than anything else and she was willing to destroy anything that stood her way of it. Interestingly enough, Amara's obsession with being with her brother mirrors Dean's obsessive love for Sam and that they would both do anything for their younger siblings.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Amara literally feeds on human souls for sustenance, denying the victim an afterlife, gaining all their knowledge and storing them within her being. She first manifests as a helpless baby until she consumes her first human soul, rendering the victim like Sam was when his soul was still trapped in Lucifer's cage, while Amara ages rapidly into a young girl.
The oldest of the four horsemen and a being that embodies the force of death for all life. He is almost as old as God and has power nearly a match. For more information of this character look under the reapers section linked here.
The first beings God ever created and the most powerful of all angels. Older than the universe, they helped God lock away The Darkness so the universe could be made. While not explicitly primordials (all of the primordials spontaneously came into existence as the need for them arose) they are primordial beings and stated by God as being made of "The stuff of primordial creation". Essentially, they are constructed to be like primordials and posses low-level (compared to being like God or Amara) Reality Warping power. For more information, check the character section on archangels linked here.
Portrayed By: Misha Collins, Erica Cerra, Rachel Miner
- The Shadow: Before God and Amara, creation, destruction, Heaven, Hell, your precious little Earth, what was there?
The Shadow: Yes. That's right. Nothing. Nothing but empty and you are soaking in it. Angels and demons, you all come here when you die (...) sleeping an endless, peaceful sleep.
The mysterious ruler of the Empty.
- Always a Bigger Fish: It probably is the biggest fish as it's older than either God or Amara and controls (and maybe is) the void that universe(s) reside in. Not even God or Amara have power over it or what goes on in the Empty.
- Bad Black Barf: The Empty as a whole is made up of this. When the Shadow invades Heaven in "Byzantium", it takes the form of the same black barf, which visually makes it similar to the Leviathans.
- Cosmic Entity: It even introduces itself as "your friendly neighborhood cosmic entity". Indeed, it seems to be the embodiment of the cosmos itself. Or rather non-cosmos, since it is actually pure nothingness.
- Don't Wake the Sleeper: It makes it pretty clear that it can't handle and doesn't like being awake. In this instance it probably refers to being aware of its surroundings and what's going on. Suffice it to way, Castiel learned the hard way that waking this guy is not a good idea.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Shadow tells Castiel that its true form would drive him insane. To highlight this: keep in mind Castiel is an angel and thus a lower tier Eldritch Abomination himself.
- Evil Gloating: When Jack is killed and wakes up in the Empty, the Shadow appears just to mock him.
- Evil Takes a Nap: The Shadow, the embodiment of Primordial Chaos and the personification of the Empty, has only one desire: to sleep peacefully. It develops a deep antipathy for Castiel after the angel wakes up in the Empty, something no entity has ever done before.
- Genius Loci:
- Possibly. At the very least it's the personification of The Empty and may simply be The Empty's way of communicating with lesser beings. It has been asleep forever until now when Cas wakes up, inadvertently waking the Empty up too. It claims to be a cosmic force like God and Amara, and is extremely unhappy about being woken up.
- Naomi explicitly mentions that the Shadow is "the ruler of the Empty", which likely means that the two are separate things.
- Castiel still sees the entity and the place as one. When he returns to the Empty and recognizes the Shadow, Castiel says "You are the Empty".
- Heavy Sleeper: Apparently, it's been asleep since forever before there even was anything else that could be awake. It's a bad idea to wake it because it doesn't like it at all. In Season 15, it forms an alliance with Billie so she can kill God. In return, Billie will ensure that the Shadow can sleep soundly again.
- Humble Goal: In a weird way. In Season 15, it is revealed that the Shadow agreed to work together with Billie to resurrect Jack in return for it to be able to sleep sound, never to be disturbed by anyone again.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: While God is a "he" and the Darkness is a "she", no character has referred to the Shadow with gendered pronouns, instead always resorting to "it".
- The Nothing After Death: The Empty is this: it is where angels, demons and anything else without a soul goes when it dies. Once there, the dead creature simply sleeps a dreamless sleep for eternity. The Shadow also claims that anything that comes to it after death like angels and demons can never leave or be brought back to life, even by God or Amara. It turns out the Empty itself can send creatures back to the world of the living if they wake up from their eternal slumber and annoy it enough. It never had to do it before though, since nothing could wake a dead angel or demon while in its domain... until Jack was born.
- Outside-Context Problem: From its perspective, Castiel is this as no one since the beginning of forever has ever woken up in The Empty.
- Power of the Void: It is the ruler and perhaps personification of the empty darkness that God and Amara came from.
- Primordial Chaos: The Empty was the nothing before all Creation, and the Shadow is a very chaotic entity.
- Reality Warper: While it most likely has strength levels that match or exceed beings like God or Amara, it's unclear what the breadth of its capabilities are. At the least is can breach dimensions, reading minds, possession, overwhelming others through sheer force, and construct bodies while bringing things back from the dead like Castiel.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Like the Darkness, the ruler of the Empty is the Shadow.
- Weaksauce Weakness:
- Subverted regarding its scope of authority. At first, it seems that the Empty only has absolute rule within the Empty and cannot influence how things are run in God's domains (Earth, Heaven, Hell). "Byzantium" shoots this down hard when it attacks Heaven and causes considerable chaos. However, while that's certainly an inter-dimensional threat it's unclear how much it can affect physical reality beyond using sheer force and power. Aside from breaching dimensions, possessing people, and overwhelming most anyone, it's never shown explicitly warping reality or affecting things like time or matter.
- The Shadow cannot force someone who is awake inside the Empty to sleep. This is how Castiel beats it and forces it to send him back to earth. Basically it was like the ending of Doctor Strange with Castiel acting the part of Strange and the Shadow being Dormammu.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Whenever it is awake and taking on an anthropomorphic shape, the Shadow exhibits all sorts of nervous tics and a disorganized manner of speaking that betray its origins in Primordial Chaos.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form:
- The Shadow appears to Castiel as a mirror of himself, verbally invoking this.
- The black goo might have been its true form, however. It appears that way when it is traveling across Heaven without a vessel in "Byzantium".
Vanir (Norse God)
Appears in "Scarecrow" (S01, Ep11).
In Norse Mythology, the Vanir are a group of gods associated with fertility, prophecy, and wisdom. In Supernatural, an unnamed Vanir is brought by immigrants to Burkittsville, Indiana, by planting a tree that the town terms the "First Tree" in an apple orchard. Every year, the townspeople sacrifice a man and a woman, usually people passing through the town, to the Vanir in order to ensure the prosperity of the town.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Cars and cell phones stop working, and Dean's EMF detector starts beeping as you approach the orchard where the Vanir lives.
- Garden of Evil: The apple orchard where the Vanir lives.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Vanir protects the town in return for sacrifices.
- Homage: The portrayal of an old god transplanted to America and still requiring bloody sacrifices recalls Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
- Human Sacrifice: A man and woman must be sacrificed each year to the Vanir.
- Kill It with Fire: Burning the First Tree kills it.
- Scary Scarecrows: The body of one of the previous victims is displayed like a scarecrow and the Vanir inhabits the body.
The Trickster / Loki (Norse God)
Portrayed by Richard Speight Jr
Appears in "Tall Tales" (S02, Ep15), "Mystery Spot" (S03, Ep11), "Changing Channels" (S05, Ep08), "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19), and "Unfinished Business" (S13, Ep20).
- "That was a trick? Hm, not bad. But you want to see a real trick?"
In myth and folklore, The Trickster is a god who breaks conventions or defies the rules of the gods, usually in a non-malicious and humorous manner. An example from Norse Mythology is Loki, a Shapeshifter who often seems to work against the other gods, and was eventually bound by the entrails of his own son. In Norse Mythology, Loki had many children, and was father to Hel, Fenrir, and the Midgard Serpent, and mother to his steed, Sleipnir. In Supernatural, the Trickster is able to warp reality and uses this to knock down the high and mighty in amusing ways, as well as to create a hedonistic lifestyle for himself. He enjoys antagonizing Sam and Dean, but usually is also trying to teach them a lesson.In "Changing Channels" (S05, Ep08), we find that he is truly Gabriel, who apparently killed the original Trickster/Loki and assumed his identity when he abandoned Heaven. Or so we are led to believe. Gabriel actually made a deal with the real Loki to assume his identity, who is still around after the Apocalypse.
- Ax-Crazy: The original Loki.
- Badass Baritone: In comparison to Gabriel, the actual Loki speaks much more like this.
- Badass Boast: "They call me Gabriel." It's the way he says it, almost as if saying, "You have no idea who you're messing with." His cold, steely smile really helps the badass factor.
- Black Comedy: Makes his living on this trope. He finds killing people in gruesome ways to be absolutely hilarious.
- The Dandy: The original Loki dresses in much flashier clothing than Gabriel, who impersonated him.
- Deal with the Devil: Gabriel with the original Loki. Gabriel promised Loki to masquerade as him as an escape from the conflicts within Heaven, and had to promise Loki that he wouldn't get involved in it at all.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He delivers horrific and violent judgment on Asshole Victims. Then, in "Mystery Spot," he hurls a man into a wormhole for denying that they exist. And, you know, kills Dean a bajillionty times over in unique and dementedly amusing ways for that one time Dean tried and failed to kill him. (It has the added bonus of making Sam suffer.) The original Loki does this to Gabriel, by selling him to Asmodeus and causing him to undergo years of torture because he blames Gabriel for Odin's death. Even though it was Lucifer's fault.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The actual Loki loves his father Odin, even if Odin was an asshole, and is livid that Gabriel killed his sons in vengeance for selling him to Asmodeus.
- Faking the Dead: He stages his death at the end of "Tall Tales" by letting the Winchesters kill a projection of him and escapes unharmed. He does a similar thing in "Changing Channels" halfway through to mess with them by letting them think they escaped his pocket universe.
- Great Gazoo: He comes off as a very dark example. The Trickster's one of the funniest characters on the show, responsible for the "Groundhog Day" Loop and Trapped in TV Land incidents, so it's kind of easy to forget that he started as a Monster of the Week who murdered and traumatized his victims in ironically amusing ways, mainly for shits and giggles.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He likes to think that he does this, but he goes way too far. Ironically, this is also how he dies—his usual trick of creating an illusionary copy of himself to fool his would-be killer fails because, in this case, his killer is the one who taught him how to do that; then, in a double-whammy, he gets his own sword rammed through his chest (after he finally decides to take action against his brother). The Trickster himself might've been impressed if it hadn't happened to him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: On average slightly more than once per episode. He appears in four episodes.
- Incoming Ham: While entering the sitcom in "Changing Channels" and his introduction in "Hammer of the Gods."
- Jerkass Has a Point: Yes, the time loop was cruel. Sam and Dean constantly sacrificing themselves for the other is terrible. Sam did need to accept that he couldn't save Dean. This guy wears no gentle gloves when class is in session.
- Karma Houdini: He's an unrepentant murderer in his first two appearances and gets away clean both times. He then Heel Face Turns and all is forgiven before he's killed by Lucifer, making him one in the sense that, while he dies, he never receives any comeuppance for his previous behavior. Subverted, as Gabriel is later sold by real Loki's sons to Asmodeus shortly after faking his death, and endures years of torture in the process. Gabriel later extracts his revenge on the original Loki much later.
- Karmic Trickster: How he likes to think of himself. It's cranked up to obnoxious levels.
- Large Ham: Most every time he talks. Special mention to "Changing Channels."
- Laughably Evil: If you like Black Comedy.
- Reality Warper: Can create any object he likes and erase it from existence just as easily. If the Victim of the Week seems to have been killed by something that even Sam and Dean think is impossible, there's a good chance he's behind it.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The real Loki gives one of these to Gabriel at the end of "Unfinished Business", which is what influences Gabriel to join forces with Team Free Will against Alternate!Michael.
- Redemption Equals Death: Killed by Lucifer after he sides with humanity instead of trying to bring about the destined Apocalypse.
- The Reveal:
- His identity as an angel (in particular, the Archangel Gabriel) in "Changing Channels."
- Gabriel was actually masquerading as Loki, and the real one is still alive.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Tricksters can appear as many things, but tend to take a human form.
- Stealth Mentor: To Dean and Sam.
- Sweet Tooth: A Trickster trait.
- Trickster Archetype: The Norse one and others.
- Trickster Mentor: To Sam and Dean. To everyone else (and to Sam and Dean), he's just a Jerkass.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He put Sam through near-endless trauma in his second episode because he was genuinely trying to teach him a lesson: Sam sacrificing himself to save Dean is only going to make things worse for both. Averted with the actual Loki.
- Wooden Stake: A Trickster can be killed if impaled with a wooden stake. An angel, however, cannot. This later happens to the original Loki.
Odin, Chief Norse God and Ruler of Asgard (Duncan Fraser)
- "I don't know what everybody's getting so worked up about! 'Cause it's just a couple of angels having a slap fight! There's no Armageddon. Everybody knows, when the world comes to an end, the Great Serpent Jormungandr rises up, and I myself will be eaten by a big wolf!"
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Beard of Evil: Odin has a beard to go along with his evilness.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Averted, being Odin he should be missing one eye, but both his eyes are perfectly functional.
- Large Ham: Despite appearing in only one episode, he apparently wants to be the Largest Ham in the series. He probably succeeded in that.
- Top God: He thinks he is this and dismisses the Apocalypse as a "slap fight between a couple of angels" since the world cannot end until the Midgard Serpent Jörmungandr rises up and he gets eaten by a giant wolf. Lucifer proves him wrong.
- Though a later episode has a cult of werewolves who fervently hope for the Norse Mythology apocalypse. Dean even mentions Odin when explaining the lore, but Sam and Dean never think to mention that they have seen Odin killed and that might conceivably be a flaw in the werewolves' beliefs.
Baldur, Norse God of Light, Beauty, Love and Happiness (Adam Croasdell)
- "Now we all know why we're here. The Judeo-Christian Apocalypse looms over us. I know we've all had our little disagreements in the past. The time has come to put those aside and look toward the future. Because if we don't, we won't have one."
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
Mr. Vili, Norse God (Alex Diakun)
Kali, Hindu Goddess of Eternal Energy and Death (Rekha Sharma)
- "If anyone gets to end this world, it's me. I'm sorry."
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Adaptational Wimp: In Hindu Mythology, Kali is the Death Incarnate, Berserker Persona of the Demon Slaying, Warrior Goddess Durga, who in turn was the martial incarnation of the Goddess Shakti, the feminine aspect of the Supreme Being. In here, she's barely stronger than her Pagan brethren and only lasts marginally longer in a fight against Lucifer before getting knocked on her ass, and getting saved by Gabriel.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Hindu Myth, Kali, despite being the goddess of death was just the berserker mode of Durga, a benevolent warrior goddess, who is charged with protecting creation and maintaining peace. In Supernatural, Kali's only concern gears towards maintaining her position of being on the upper end the supernatural food chain along with the other Pagan Gods, who see humans as no more than a food.
- Celibate Hero: Inverted.
- God Couple: With Baldur and formerly Loki, aka the Archangel Gabriel.
- Hot God: Kali was very beautiful.
- Ice Queen: Ironic considering what she can do.
- New Old Flame: To Gabriel.
- Playing with Fire: Demonstrated the ability to generate fire.
- The Power of Blood: Can bind even Archangels once she has some of their blood.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Kali wears a red dress and black skirt.
- Sole Survivor: The only deity who survives the massacre by Lucifer in "Hammer of the Gods."
- Weak, but Skilled
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The sole god to survive her episode, she is last seen escaping with the Winchesters, but is never so much as referenced afterward.
- She probably got as far from Earth as possible, due to the events of "Hammer of the Gods" making her realize the apocalypse was alot more destructive than simply a "slap fight between angels"
Ganesh, Hindu God of Education and Learning (Keith Dallas)
- "Kill 'em? What, so the angels can bring them back again?"
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Adaptational Villainy: The original Ganesh is one of the most benevolent and beloved deities of the Hindu pantheon. Here, he is an antagonistic being who likes to devour humans.
- Berserk Button: Really hates being called an elephant.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His real form is an elephant.
Mercury, Roman Messenger God, and a God of Sex (John Emmet Tracy)
- "Pantry's full."
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Faux Affably Evil: Pretends to be kind and is quite genial to the customers he intends to eat later. However, he sells out his own kind on a whim.
- The Mole: For Lucifer.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Sells out his fellow gods to Lucifer who promptly give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech before killing him.
- Super Speed: Part of his power set, which he uses to take blood samples of Dean and Sam before they even notice the cuts.
Veritas/Ashley Frank, Roman Godess of Truth
Portrayed by Serinda Swan
Appears in "You Can't Handle The Truth" (S06, E06).
- "The tongue... is the tastiest part. It's where the lies roll off."
In Classical Mythology, Veritas, the daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue, wore white and was so elusive that she hid in the bottom of a holy well. While in Roman Mythology Veritas is the embodiment of one of the principle virtues, in Supernatural she is an evil goddess who uses brutal honesty to kill those who ask aloud for the truth and then consumes their bodies as her tribute. She especially enjoys eating the tongues of her victims. Her desire for worship has lead her to assume the role of a broadcast journalist in Calumet City, Illinois, named Ashley Frank.
- Brutal Honesty: Once one invokes Veritas they received the unvarnished truth.
- Coincidental Broadcast: When Dean is in the bar where he asks for the "freaking truth", the TV is playing Frank Talk with Ashley Frank discussing the truth about your layaway living room in the background.
- Driven to Suicide: Her victims. Once someone summons her to compel someone to tell the truth, they get nothing but the blunt, unadulterated truth from everyone around them, like an inverse of Liar Liar. Eventually they commit suicide.
- Eye of Newt: Veritas can be summoned with a cat skull, grains of paradise seed, and devil's shoestring.
- Faux Affably Evil
- I'm a Humanitarian: Apparently takes the bodies of the people who commit suicide as a result of hearing nothing but the ugly truth from the people around them and snacks on them. Supposedly the tongue is the best part.
- Living Lie Detector: She can tell when someone is lying to her, which should be impossible for a human. She is rather shocked when Sam manages to do it, thanks to his lack of a soul.
- Secret Identity: Veritas poses as a not so mild mannered reporter, Ashley Frank.
- Summon Magic: Corey summoned Veritas in order to find out if her boyfriend was having an affair.
- Truth Serums: Those around someone who has invoked Veritas not only cannot lie but seem intent on confessing their darkest and most embarrassing secrets. After the confession, they often wonder aloud why they said what they just said.
- You Look Familiar: Serinda Swan, who plays Veritas, previously played a hospital receptionist in "Salvation" (S01, E21).
Atropos, One of the Three Fates (Katie Walder)
- Anti-Villain: She's just trying to do her job, which Sam, Dean and Castiel have made considerably harder. Everyone in Heaven also considers her a joke despite the gravity of her position, which can also be attributed to Sam, Dean and Castiel's shenanigans.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Unlike the other Pagan Gods seen in the series, Atropos and her sisters work for God and Heaven to keep the world going.
- Expy: Of the thing that kills people elaborately in the Final Destination series.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even though she is on the side of good and strictly following the natural orders, she is still brash and condescendingly rude to those she speaks to.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She has a pretty formidable temper that should not be tangled with.
- Hot Librarian: After catching a glimpse of her, Sam describes Atropos as "like a librarian."Dean: Your kind of librarian or my kind of librarian?Sam: Well, she was wearing clothes, if that's what you mean.
- Jerkass: Takes undue pleasure in killing the people on her list. Notice the smug smile on her face after each successful kill.
- It's possible that the smugness comes from knowing who she's killing, specifically the fifty-thousand or so souls that Castiel produced by having Balthazar save the Titanic. It was basically Castiel's fault that she was laughed out of Heaven following the halting of the Apocalypse and, as a result, the discrediting of "fate" as a whole concept.
- Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair.
- Stronger Sibling: Invoked: she reminds Castiel that her two older sisters are much stronger than she is, and if she were killed they'd be very mad.
- You Can't Fight Fate / Screw Destiny: On a literal level you can technically, you can kill her (stab her in the heart with a special stabbing implement, same drill as with most of the gods), but as she tells Castiel that she's easily the weakest of the three Fates and if they kill her, her sisters will kill Sam and Dean. Moreover she can decide when your existence is over (unless you've got a powerful entity watching out for you). On the other hand she and her sisters aren't omnipotent or absolute as in Atropos's own words, "Then came the day of the big prize fight and you and your idiots decided to throw out the book!" basically leaving Atropos in the dark about what to do next. This implies that the sisters only have power so long as everyone is following the "plan", but this can apparently be derailed when free will in introduced. Ultimately, it seems that they can only influence events on a general level but the details are beyond their grasp.
Chronos, Greek God of Time (Jason Dohring)
- Alas, Poor Villain: While many gods are shown to practice human sacrifice, Chronos needs to in order to counteract his Power Incontinence and his sole motivation for doing so is to remain with the woman he loves.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Worse off than any of the other old gods seen by his episode. The others grow weaker with time, and while Chronos seems to share that, he gets one additional problem: the below-mentioned Power Incontinence. He doesn't lose the ability to travel through time, or need to kill people just so he can do it. He doesn't want to travel through time anymore, but his powers kick in periodically despite his wishes. Killing people gives him the one-shot ability to control where in time he lands.
- Morality Pet: Lila Taylor, the girl for whom he steals time and go back to in 1940s.
- Power Incontinence: He can't control his time travel ability unless he kills three people to focus it.
Plutus, Greek God of Greed and Wealth (Gerard Plunkett)
Prometheus/Shane, Greek Titan
Portrayed by John Reardon
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "All I know is all I do is die, so if you want to shoot me, shoot me. Just promise me you finish the job, 'cause I can't take this anymore."
Prometheus is a proto-god, a Titan. In Classical Mythology, he was a son of the Titan Iapetus by Clymene, one of the Oceanids. He was brother to Menoetius, Atlas and Epimetheus. He is credited with shaping man from clay and stealing fire from the gods for humans to use, which allowed humans to create civilization and technology. Zeus punishes him for this theft by chaining him to a rock on the side of a mountain and sending Zeus's eagle to eat Prometheus' liver everyday.
The Prometheus in Supernatural is freed from from the mountain during an avalanche around 2005, but continues to die everyday for a few hours and have his liver eaten by an eagle only to be resurrected and have the same events occur the next day. He met a woman, Hayley, whom he helped rescue from the avalanche, and they had a son, Oliver. Due to his repeated deaths and resurrections, Prometheus does not remember who or what he is and is called "Shane." Zeus blames Prometheus for the Greek gods losing power and continues to hunt him, while the Winchester brothers try to break the curse of dying everyday, which afflicts Prometheus as well as his son Oliver.
- Amnesiac God: He forgot his name and the fact that he is a Titan.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Avalanche, sexual intercourse, pot dealers, drunk driver, grizzly bear, Artemis and Zeus.
- Fate Worse than Death: Watching his son die everyday.
- Forgot About His Powers: He is surprised to find he has fighting skills when Artemis attacks him.
- God of Good: Prometheus is a champion of humanity, one of the few in Supernatural.
- Healing Factor: Recovers from all his injuries upon resurrecting.
- Heroic Suicide: When Prometheus gets impaled by one of Artemis's god-killing arrows, he drives it further into him (thus killing himself) so it will impale Zeus too, who is standing behind him.
- Naked First Impression: When Hayley found Shane, his clothes were torn off. When the Winchester brothers first meet him, he is only covered by a sheet in the morgue.
- Nice Guy: Probably the only nicest one in the whole series.
- Token Good Teammate: Among all the Greek Gods, he was the only one who sided with the humans.
Artemis, Greek Goddess of Hunters
Portrayed by Anna Von Hooft
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "You were once my father. Now you're someone else."
In Classical Mythology, she is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of wildlife and the hunt. The Artemis in Supernatural was tasked with hunting down Prometheus after he escaped from the mountain by her father Zeus, but Artemis was secretly in love with Prometheus and did not pursue him until a newspaper article describing him as a zombie forced her hand.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Artemis stands up to Zeus and insists he lets Prometheus and Oliver go.
- Dark Action Girl: With her black leather jacket.
- Pants, too. Either vinyl or leather. Must not be easy to move in that.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Zeus would not approve of her relationship with Prometheus.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: She does not take it well when Sam says she lost a step.Dean: Really, Sam? Trash-talking a god? Seriously?
- Even Evil Has Standards: Like most gods, has little concern for humanity, presumably eats them to maintain her power, and has served Zeus loyalty for thousands of years. Yet even she despises Zeus's torture of both Prometheus and an innocent child which turns her against him.
- High-HeelFace Turn: She is initially Daddy's Little Villain, but betrays Zeus because of her love for Prometheus.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Artemis' silver blade and arrows are able to kill immortals.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Artemis accidentally shoots Prometheus.
- Mind over Matter: Artemis throws Sam and Dean against a wall with her telekinetic powers. Twice.
- Odd Job Gods: Sam says they pray to her for courage when hunting the Gorgon or the Minotaur.
- Villain Teleportation: Sometimes she vanishes in black smoke and sometimes she just vanishes.
Portrayed by Callum Seagram Airlie
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "No. I'd like to stay."
Oliver is the son of Prometheus/Shane, a Greek Titan, and a human woman, Hayley. He was born around 2006 and raised by his mother who tried to find his father for assistance when Oliver started dying everyday only to be resurrected after a few hours. It is unclear if he has any of his father's superhuman abilities or only inherited the curse.
- Divine Parentage: Oliver is the son of a Titan.
- Dumb Struck: Oliver stopped talking after he started repeatedly dying when he turned 7. However, he does answer Sam when Sam asks Oliver if he wants to get ice cream. Oliver says he wants to stay and watch his father's body burn on the funeral pyre.
- Healing Factor: Like his father, he recovers from all his injuries upon resurrecting.
- Rescue Sex: How he was conceived.
- Resurrective Immortality: Part of the curse he inherited from his father.
- Revenge by Proxy: Zeus is delighted to find out that his curse also affects Oliver, and that Prometheus will suffer while he watches his son's deaths.
- Rite of Passage: Sam concludes that Oliver starts dying after his 7th birthday as this age marks one of the first Greek rites of manhood.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Oliver is punished because his father gave fire to humanity.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Oliver has the blonde hair and big blue eyes of his father.
Zeus, King of the Greek Gods
Portrayed by John Novak
Appears in "Remember The Titans" (S08, Ep16).
- "I must admit, I could never have conceived such a horrible fate for such a beautiful child. Just goes to show, we must all leave room for happy accidents."
In Classical Mythology, Zeus is the King or the Father of the Olympian gods. Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and in most traditions, he is married to Hera. He had many heroic and godly offspring, including Artemis. He is the god of the sky and thunder. The Zeus in Supernatural blames Prometheus and his theft of fire for the downfall of the Greek gods. He is determined to punish Prometheus and Prometheus's son Oliver for all that the Olympian gods lost.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Zeus wore a very nice suit.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Prometheus is punished by death, fulfilling Zeus' wish. But then Prometheus pushes Artemis' arrow all the way through himself and into Zeus, who was right behind him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Very charming and brutal at the same time.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Prometheus.
- Shock and Awe: Being Zeus, it kind of comes with the territory.
Osiris, Egyptian King of the Afterlife (Faran Tahir)
- Affably Evil
- Faux Affably Evil: Compliments Sam for being a good lawyer. Then threatens to kill him if he doesn't shut up.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Don't do this around him. It's how he finds his victims.
- Guilt Complex: He targets those who have one.
- Humanity on Trial: His hobby.
- The Necromancer: Can summon the spirits of people you've wronged to kill you.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He is one of the easiest gods to beat. All you have to do is not feel guilty.
- Then again, he chooses his victims very, very well. If he drags you to his courtroom, it's because he knows you've got a skeleton in your closet that you can't let go.
- And while he's easy enough to dispatch with a stab to the heart from a certain sort of thing (a running trend among the gods), it's stated that there's no known way to actually kill him. Putting him down for a few hundred years is literally the best that anyone has ever managed.
Anubis, Egyptian Guardian of the Dead (Sean Amsing)
The Egyptian God of the Dead and Osiris's son. After God left Heaven, Anubis is given the job to judge which afterlife humans will go after they die.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Like the reapers and mirroring the mythology, Anubis is very polite when he is face-to-face with the humans he is about to judge. He congratulates those who enter Heaven and offers condolences for those who enter Hell.
- Karma Meter: His abacus can measure a person's deeds. If the white beads outnumber the black ones, they enter Heaven. If it's the opposite, they enter Hell.
- Sadly Mythtaken: In-universe, he amusedly notes that humans tend to think he judges with a scale and a feather, rather than an abacus.
- Token Good Teammate: Compared to other deities seen in the show, Anubis is more humble and mellow than them, while also working with Heaven and the reapers in maintaining the natural order.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Zigzagged. Anubis states that not even God can alter the destined afterlife of a person when the time comes. It all boils down to the people themselves who have to Screw Destiny and make a difference.
Madge and Edward Carrigan, Hold Nickar Gods of the Winter Solstice (Merrilyn Gann & Spencer Garrett)
Leshii, the Master of the Forest (Paris Hilton and others)
- Off with His Head!: How Sam kills her.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While using Paris Hilton's form, she easily overpowered Dean, who's twice her size, pretty damn quickly.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Attempted to do this with Dean, but was stopped when Dean broke free and began attacking her.
Zao Shen, Chinese Folk Kitchen God (King Lau)
- "Don't mock my world turtle."
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Berserk Button: Do not mock the world turtle.
Baron Samedi, Haitian God of Death
Appears in "Hammer Of The Gods" (S05, Ep19).
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a nice suit and is one of the most badass of the gods.
Portrayed by Magda Apanowicz
Appears in "The Thing" (S13, Ep17).
A Lovecraftian-esque deity who rules over an alternate dimension with her mate, Glythur.
- Big Eater: Human food energizes her. Diego's descendants are able to bind her down by starving her since 1925, but the moment she eats even a little piece of food, her power comes back.
- Combat Tentacles
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: All the time when Sam and Dean are interacting with "Sandy Porter". It turns out that the latter is appropriately long dead, while something else is using her body.
- Eldritch Abomination: She has tentacles, enough said. It's implied that her true form is far bigger than her current vessel, as well.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She wants to find a male vessel for her mate to inhabit.
- Gone Horribly Right: Diego's cadre got their wish for a cleansed Earth, alright. They weren't informed of the gory details, though.
- Humanoid Abomination: After she possessed Sandy Porter.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: She is mother of the "Faceless Hordes". We know nothing about them as the portal to their world is closed before any of them can appear, but presumably they are of the same (tentacled) stock.
- Time Abyss: Considering that her dimension is opened by chanting a spell while wearing the Seal of Solomon, Yokoth and her family should have existed since at least the time of Solomon himself.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Glythur.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Begs Dean and Sam to free her from her confinement in the MoL's bunker in Portsmouth, using Sandy Porter's body to her advantage.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Devours Diego and his followers after bringing her over the dimensional fence and providing a suitable host body.