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     Princes of Hell In Supernatural 

Princes of Hell in Supernatural

The Princes of Hell are the first generation of demons created by Lucifer himself after the creation of Lilith. They were originally generals of demonic armies and successors to ruler over Hell, However the Princes having lost interest in Lucifer's plans left Hell to live peacefully on Earth. These Princes are Azazel, Ramiel, Asmodeus and Dagon.

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  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Princes of Hell were the first demons turned by Lucifer after Lilith, and so they are the most powerful in the demon hierarchy. Ramiel demonstrates this by not even flinching with stabbed with the demon-killing knife or an angel blade; the former could grievously harm Alastair a white-eyed demon, and the later could probably have killed him. Not even devil's trap bullets can hold them or nullify their powers. It takes an archangel's lance that was forged to kill any demon or angel to finally put Ramiel down. Meanwhile, Dagon is capable of killing angels using raw power, something that only the archangels and primordial beings are previously thought to be capable of. They are not ones to be trifled with.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: The four Princes of Hell, first turned by Lucifer shortly after Lilith and intended to be the generals of Hell's armies. All were thought dead, but three were simply retired and in hiding. Their names are Ramiel, Asmodeus, Dagon and Azazel. They all have yellow eyes.
  • Evil Counterpart: They were deliberately created by Lucifer to be an answer to the archangels as the four mightiest warriors hell had to offer. Although that plan didn't quite go the way Lucifer wanted.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The princes of Hell didn't go in for helping Lucifer escape the cage and starting the apocalypse, probably because like Crowley, they knew they'd get the axe along with humanity.
  • Last of His Kind: By season 12 episode 19, Asmodeus is the last Prince of Hell left.
  • No-Sell: The Princes of Hell are introduced mostly to subvert the expectations of the normally Mook-level demons in that they have power greater than usual.
    • Azazel's introduction establishes the fact that holy water doesn't work on them at all, unlike all other demons it's been used on. Nor does rock salt.
    • Ramiel shrugs off Devil-Trap bullets, demon knives, and even angel blades, which are shown to be able to harm Knights of Hell.
    • Dagon's CV consists of slaughtering at least five angels. Through raw power. She also destroys the Colt for good measure.
  • Not Quite Dead: It was assumed after the deaths of Azazel, Lilith, Alastair, Abaddon and Cain that there were no senior ranking demons left in hell above crossroad demons. It turns out there are three yellow-eyed princes of hell still alive who are comfortably retired and don't care about ruling Hell or conquering Heaven, or freeing their creator, Lucifer. But they will kill anyone who comes hunting for them.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Lucifer created the four princes of Hell to be the generals of Hell's armies. Just as God created the four Archangels to be the generals of Heaven's armies.
  • Retired Monster: The yellow-eyed princes of Hell, brothers and sisters of Azazel. They stopped caring about Heaven and Hell long ago and saw Azazel as a ridiculous fanatic. Instead they prefer to live quietly and engage in their own hobbies, some of which involve the occasional cattle mutilation or murder of a local virgin girl. Although Ramiel talks about Asmodeus' "hobbies" and Dagon's "toys", so its unclear how retired they are.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Dagon is the only female of the four.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Their trademark. Before the rest of the Princes are revealed, this used to be Azazel's unique trait to the point that "the yellow-eyed demon" is what he is usually referred to before his name is revealed in season 3.
  • Stopped Caring: With the exemption of Azazel, none of them have any interest in taking over as ruler of Hell or the whatever state the world is in. They just want to be left alone.
  • World Building: More is revealed about the demon hierarchy: Yellow-eyed demons are the princes of hell, personally turned by Lucifer to be the generals of hell's demon armies. Not only were there many more than just Azazel, they're all still alive and living quiet retired lives because they don't give a damn about Hell or Heaven anymore.
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     Azazel (The Yellow-Eyed Demon) 

Azazel (The Yellow-Eyed Demon)

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Well, this is fun. I could've killed you a hundred times today, but this...this is worth the wait.

Azazel is the General of Hell, and the reason the Winchesters became hunters. He plans to use his psychic "special children" to release and host Lucifer. Portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Fredric Lehne, Lindsey McKeon, Christopher B. MacCabe, Mitch Pileggi, and Rob LaBelle, Azazel first appears in "Devil's Trap" (S01, E22) after cameoing in the pilot and "Salvation" (S01, E21).


  • 0% Approval Rating: Even other demons—his own soldiers—seem happy when Azazel gets killed by Dean. The demon possessing Casey in "Sin City" is a follower of Lucifer, like Azazel, but calls Azazel "a tyrant" and the best thing she can say about him is that he kept other demons under control. Even Meg, his beloved "daughter," doesn't care to seek revenge against the Winchesters after it happens, and refers to him dispassionately as "Yellow Eyes" instead of "Father".
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Azazel intends that the strongest of the Special Children shall lead his army in the Apocalypse.
  • Aerith and Bob: With his "children", Meg and Tom.
  • All According to Plan: Azazel's plan was to create a group of Special Children, whom he would then use to release and host Lucifer.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Winchesters, especially John.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Azazel is the General of Hell up until his death and, being one of the oldest demons in existence, is very powerful indeed.
  • Badass in Charge: Azazel is said to have held demons together and is named as the General of Hell in the supplementary materials. Season 12 outright confirms that he is the first ruler of Hell; as Lucifer is imprisoned soon after his fall and Azazel being the only one of his designated successors who remain loyal to him, he took charge by default.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In Dr. Brown in "In the Beginning", in contrast to the jacket-shirt-jeans-and-boots way he usually ends up dressed in meatsuits.
  • Baddie Flattery: The reasons he lists for wanting Sam to win the psychic children "competition".
    Azazel: You're tough, you're smart, you're well-trained—thanks to your daddy. Sam...Sammy...you're my favorite.
  • Bald of Evil: In Samuel's body.
  • Beard of Evil: In John's body.
  • Big Bad: In seasons 1 and 2, he's the main villain and biggest threat currently out there, and the one who caused the central conflict both of the seasons (by killing Mary and kidnapping John) and the myth arc (by turning Sam into a psychic).
  • Blood Magic: The Yellow-Eyed Demon's blood transformed the Special Children when he fed it to them as infants. It also appears that when a demon takes a vessel, the vessel's blood takes on the demon's magical properties, as the Yellow-Eyed Demon is shown cutting his vessel's wrist to feed baby Sam.
  • Break the Cutie: He spends over half his screen-time doing this. Seriously. Go check.
  • The Chessmaster: Arguably the best in the entire series, Azazel's plans ran over several decades, and they were so good, that even his own death was little more than a temporary set back.
  • The Chooser of The One: He chose a variety of possible candidates before narrowing it down to the one who would release Lucifer and become his vessel; he seems to be totally unaware of the fact that Sam is The Chosen One predetermined by destiny.
  • Classic Villain: Azazel displays ambition, pride, and greed.
  • Co-Dragons: With Lilith for Lucifer.
  • The Corrupter/Corrupt the Cutie: Arranged for his psychic kids to be manipulated by demons their entire lives, so that by Season 2, they're ready for him to swoop in and start whispering in their ears. He succeeds in turning Ansem and Ava and Jake evil, drove Scott to seek therapy, and tried his damnedest to corrupt Sam too. Right before Azazel gets killed, he's thrilled to see Sam gun down a pleading Jake in cold blood.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He rips on everyone, really. Just don't make it too easy for him.
    John: Hey. [aims the Colt at Azazel] How stupid do you think I am?
    Azazel: [grins] You really want an honest answer to that?
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: A very high-ranking demon, his existence alone kept other demons from targeting Sam even though, judging by Pride, they hated the idea of having to serve a human one day. Later revealed to be a Prince of Hell, one of the oldest and most powerful demons, meant to rule Hell after Lucifer.
  • Despair Gambit: Azazel's approach is to take away everything that his victims care about and take advantage of their emotional states to manipulate them into giving him what he wants.
  • Dirty Old Man: He has a reputation as a Memetic Molester in fandom with good reason. Not only does he give off ridiculously uncomfortable vibes every time he's in a scene with someone, he tells Dean (Mary's son, mind you!) that he'd love to have sex with Mary and soon after manipulates her into kissing him. All while he's possessing her own dead father.
  • The Dragon: For Lilith. Word of God (Eric Kripke) revealed in an interview that he was actually working for Lilith all along. They both turned out to be acting as Co-Dragons for Lucifer.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Although Azazel was the Big Bad for seasons one and two, it turns out that he was just Lucifer's servant. Also, as mentioned above, he was secretly working for Lilith.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's the only demon who seems to give a damn about his kin; the rest of his kind kill or torture each other without blinking. He also has "Well Done, Son!" Guy vibes with Lucifer in the "Lucifer Rising" flashbacks.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Although Azazel is his real name, most of the characters refer to him as "Yellow Eyes" or "The Yellow-Eyed Demon", including other demons. To be fair, they probably only do it because they know that the Winchesters think of him as such and not as "Azazel."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Despite having a family of his own that he apparently cares about, he doesn't seem to grasp that murdering Sam's mother and his girlfriend, then torturing his brother to the brink of death in front of him, and then killing his father and taking his soul to Hell, and then actually being completely nonchalant about all of it, might not be the best way to convince Sam to do what he wants.
    Sam: You ruined my life. You killed everyone I love.
    Azazel: The cost of doing business, I'm afraid.
  • Evil Counterpart: Arguably for John. Both have dealt with a degree of Parental Abandonment regarding their respective Fathers (Azazel was abandoned by Lucifer because Lucifer was locked in the cage; John was abandoned by Henry because Henry got stuck in Time Travel). They are both dedicated to their missions (Azazel was dedicated to the Evil Plan of finding Special Children and releasing Lucifer; John was dedicated to hunting and killing Azazel). Personality-wise, Azazel and John are both very controlling by nature (many of the demons have commented that Azazel was a tyrannical leader in Hell, while Sam and Dean have referred to John as controlling and strict). Azazel hates humans and human life and enjoys inflicting pain on them, while John despises demons and monsters and enjoys hunting and killing them. Both Azazel and John are vengeful and angry (Azazel is vengeful for his eternal damnation, while John is vengeful because Azazel killed his wife and cursed his entire family for life). Both Azazel and John are fathers and had children (Meg and Tom were Azazel's "children", while Sam and Dean are John's children).
  • Evil Genius: Azazel's very strategic and manipulative, having planned the release of Lucifer for decades.
  • Evil Gloating: He even takes too long to finish Dean off because he's too busy having fun messing with Dean. John intervenes, which allows Dean to grab the Colt and kill a very shocked Azazel.
  • Evil Is Easy: He lures Jake, formerly a remorseful man who was Forced into Evil by Azazel and hates him for it, to The Dark Side by painting a picture of the bleak future Jake—who must be considered a deserter because he disappeared from his army camp—will have it if he tries to go back to having a normal life, and of the bright, fruitful future and all its opportunities that will open for the Talleys if Jake agrees to do Azazel a few more favors. The next time we see Jake, he's Drunk on the Dark Side and loving it.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's one of the, er, less-restrained demons.
  • Evil Laugh: No matter the meatsuit, Azazel's got himself a creepy little chuckle.
  • Evil Mentor: To his "Special Children". The Yellow-Eyed Demon has been manipulating the lives of the Special Children since they were infants to make them strong enough to serve his purpose
  • Evil Old Folks: Azazel possessed all older men, notably Samuel (Mary's father) and John.
  • Evil Plan: Azazel's plan was to choose kids born during the year 1983, bleed in the children's mouths by feeding them demon blood so that they would eventually develop special and various demonic abilities when they come of age, and eventually, Azazel would narrow it down to one "Special Child" whom he would mentor and manipulate into releasing Lucifer and becoming his vessel. Sam is The Chosen One.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: While possessing John.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Along with Evil Sounds Deep. It's mostly when he's possessing John.
  • Evil Wears Black: Often seen wearing darker clothing and colors.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Treats the Winchesters like old friends and frequently compliments them. While he makes occasional sincere compliments, mostly it's just to annoy them.
    How would you feel if I killed your family?. *smiling* Oh, that's right, I forgot, I did. Still. Two wrongs don't make a right.
  • For the Evulz: Most of Azazel's actions actually have a point to them in that they further his goals in some way. Unlike Lilith, for example, he's never shown taking time off from freeing Lucifer to torture people for the hell of it. The way he goes about doing stuff, however, comes off as unnecessarily cruel, like tearing Dean down mentally before killing him. The way he kills the mothers of the special children is also completely over-the-top sadism: rather than doing something quick like slitting their throats when they catch him in their babies' nurseries, he uses telekinesis to slam them into a wall, slowly drag them up to the ceiling, and pin them over their babies' cribs, at which point he slices their bellies open while they're terrified and confused. He lets them live only long enough for their husbands to run in and see them in that state before he burns the poor women alive in front of their husbands.
  • Four-Star Badass: There's some confusion as to what role Azazel actually played in Hell's hierarchy, but The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean states that he and his fellow yellow-eyed demons are the Generals of Hell, which explains why Azazel refers to the demons he unleashed as "my army" and why his special children were expected to be his successors as demon army generals. Plus, his fellow yellow-eyed demons turn out to regard the cosmic war as a lost cause, explaining why none appeared ready to step in and take his place when he died. Incidentally, while Azazel was a demon general, his Arch-Enemy, John Winchester, was a Marine Corporal.
  • Friendly Enemy: A one-sided example; he genuinely likes Sam, but Sam understandably has nothing but contempt for him.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Well, he is the Yellow Eyed Demon.
  • The Heavy: In Seasons 1 and 2.
  • Hellish Pupils: Early on. This was later dropped in favor of completely yellow eyes.
  • Hero Killer: Killed a number of hunters, most notably Mary and John Winchester.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It takes quite a while for his entire plan to be revealed. It's revealed bit by bit over the course of four full seasons, and even then, we're left with quite a few details missing that must have been important, like why he was making other generations of special children, even up to the current day.
  • Hot as Hell: Probably the only time Azazel has ever been attractive was when he was possessing John.
  • Lack of Empathy: At times he seems to have a terrible grasp on the emotions of humans, effective Manipulative Bastardry notwithstanding. When Sam and Mary rage at him for killing their loved ones, Azazel actually seems taken aback.
  • Laughably Evil: Though many fans consider him among the most evil demons (if not the most evil), they also consider him highly entertaining because he never fails to mock the heroes.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Has been in both positions. He was this to Meg, and Lucifer was this to him (as was Lilith according to Word of God).
  • Manipulative Bastard: Successful to Magnificent Bastard levels. And, being the evil little sadist he is, he really, really enjoys it. One of his actors has even described him as "getting off" on bending people to his will.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Azazel" is a very demonic-sounding name, and is the name of a fallen angel in some legends.
  • Obviously Evil: From his very first appearance.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees that Dean has the Colt and a clear shot.
  • Oh Wait!: When he asks Dean how he'd feel if Azazel killed his family. Dean is not amused, and uses it shortly afterward in an Ironic Echo. Then Azazel is not amused—only he shows it by almost killing Dean.
  • One-Hit Kill: Dean visits this upon him via the Colt. Azazel's plan works anyway.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He is only referred to as "the Yellow-Eyed Demon" or some variation during the two seasons he appears. We only discover his real name from a third party four episodes after his death. Even knowing his real name, most of the characters still refer to him as "Yellow Eyes."
  • Papa Wolf: When Dean throws one of Azazel's taunts back in his face by mocking the death of his son and the exorcism of his daughter, Azazel responds by beginning to slowly and painfully torture Dean to death. When John offers Azazel the kill-anything Colt in exchange for Dean's life, Azazel comes close to rejecting the offer just to keep punishing the Winchesters, and it takes John giving up his own soul to persuade him otherwise.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He calls Mary and a nun "sluts."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Azazel's favorite hobby is to call Dean stupid and insignificant to his face, repeatedly and with great relish.
    Azazel: Anyway, thanks a bunch. I knew I kept you alive for some reason, until now anyway. I couldn't have done it without your pathetic, self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family.
  • Slasher Smile: Of the Jack Nicholson variety.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He regularly uses Sam's nickname "Sammy" and also called Mary "sweetie-pie" and "doll."
  • They Were Holding You Back: Azazel's reason for killing Mary and Jessica was because he felt that they got in the way of his plans for Sam.
  • Tranquil Fury: The only time he gets well and truly pissed off, he goes silent and stares emotionlessly at the guy who pushed his Berserk Button (who is, of course, Dean) as he calmly rips him to shreds.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lucifer. Ramiel, one of the other Princes of Hell, describes him as a fanatic who was the only one of them to continue believing in Lucifer's plans after the other Princes had lost interest.
  • The Unfettered: Finding out that the person he is interrogating has travelled back in time, is working with angels and will one day kill him? His only response is to decide not to tell him about his plans and enquire if he has a sibling.
  • Villainous Crush: It's clear that Azazel has a thing for Mary. He's impressed by her fighting spirit, calls her his favorite, and says that, even though he's not going to create the special children by "mating" with humans, he wouldn't mind "making an exception" for Mary. He even spares her the first time she pokes her head into Sam's nursery, only killing her when she runs back in to stop him. He seems to regret killing her and calls it "bad luck." Since Azazel is a demon who murders her parents and boyfriend and later kills her, all as part of his scheme to use her sons to unleash Lucifer by corrupting her youngest and killing her eldest, it's one-sided, though they did kiss at one point.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: In Sam. Azazel has proclaimed Sam as "his favorite" of the Special Children.
  • Visionary Villain: He certainly has the "clear goal" and "good execution" parts down pat, considering the amount of work he put into putting his big plan together and how well he hid it from the heroes. It's implied in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2" (and sort of confirmed via a statement on Lilith by Ben Edlund) that he fully expects his plan to change the world for the better. At least, he fully expects himself and anyone who helps him to reap the benefits.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Evidently had this with Lucifer. His whole program was geared toward getting Hell open to free Lilith so she could bust out Lucifer, in both cases using the 'very special child' Lucifer told him to procure; i.e. Sam. He in turn encouraged this from his own 'children,' such as the demon known as Meg.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: One of the most intelligent beings in the entire supernatural universe, he kept everyone guessing right up until it was too late do anything.
  • You Got Spunk: He says it word-for-word to Mary in "In the Beginning".

     Ramiel  

Ramiel (Jerry Trimble)

Ramiel is a Prince of Hell who, alongside Dagon and Asmodeus, left Hell to settle down on Earth. He strictly wants to be left alone and will kill anyone who disturbs the status quo. Appears in "Stuck in the Middle (With You) (S12, E12)"
  • Berserk Button: He really hate those disturbing him or trespassing on his property.
  • Chirping Crickets: Crowley introduces himself to Ramiel like his name should mean something. Ramiel responds with silence broken only by the sound of a cuckoo clock.
  • Collector of the Strange: Ramiel likes to collect extremely rare and powerful ancient weapons, probably because most of them are the only weapons that can kill him.
  • Legendary Weapon: Ramiel received two as a gift from Crowley; the first is The Lance of Michael which can smites any demon instantly and can kill any angel,(but said angel suffers slowly and painfully as it was intend for Lucifer).
  • Talk to the Fist: Ramiel knocks Crowley through the barn's wall when Crowley tries to make a new deal with him.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Ramiel actually likes to spend a lot of his time fishing.

     Dagon 

Dagon (Ali Ahn)

Dagon is a Prince of Hell who is interested in Kelly Kline's Nephilim son. She protects her from harm, be it from the angels or humans who come to hunt down the "abomination" before he is born. First appears in "Family Feud (S12, E13)"
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