As a group, Angels comprise major antagonists in the horror series Supernatural. According to Lore, angels are among the oldest life forms in existence, above the soul, humans, and other supernatural creatures, but are younger than the Leviathans which were God's first creation.
The angels were made in this order - Michael, Lucifer, Raphael and Gabriel, and then the other regular angels - Seraphim next, then Cherubim, then normal Elohim angels. The angels were stationed as God's messengers, and no angel, with the exception of Michael, Lucifer, Gabriel, Raphael, Metatron and Gadreel, ever saw God. As only six angels in the entire Host had seen God, many angels doubted His existence, to the point where He became a myth.
In their true forms in Heaven, angels are as large as skyscrapers, with multiple animalistic heads, and can still speak, although their language, Enochian, is piercing and loud, so much that it can make people's brains bleed out from the sound of it.
The Archangels were allowed to see God, being the firstborn, and it was clear God had favorites among his own favorites - Lucifer was His favorite, which made him prideful as a result. Gadreel, however, was God's most trusted angel whom he assigned to protect the Garden of Eden After God created humanity, he demanded that all angels bow before humans and love them more than they do even him. Lucifer refused, declaring that humans were flawed and murderous, when really he was jealous that they replaced him as God's favorite.
So, God got Michael to throw Lucifer into Hell, but Lucifer escaped and infiltrated the Garden of Eden and caused humanity to fall. He corrupted Cain and turned him into a demon, along with Lilith, and God threw Lucifer deep into Hell's lowest Pit. God decided that Lucifer should never be freed, so He locked Hell with 600 seals, 66 needed to be broken to release the Devil. For his failure, Gadreel was locked up in Heaven's prison and tortured by the guard Thaddeus.
Afterwards, God left Heaven but not before entrusting Metatron (who would then be known as the Scribe of God) with his secrets which Metatron put on tablets. This caused Metatron to go into hiding out of fear that the archangels planned to steal God's information out of him. He fled to Earth and lived among the Native Americans.
Before the show
Angels began falling voluntarily to Earth, leaving Heaven because of its tragedies and wars. Angels were not tragic, though, and they instigated wars on Earth and fought with each other and humans. Around this time, Gabriel manifested on Earth because of the conflict Upstairs, and he announced the birth of Jesus - who in the show is possibly the human form of the angel Joshua, who is said to have been the only good angel.
Angels populated Earth throughout Jesus' time, serving him, until they were called back to Heaven by Michael at Jesus' death, and became a myth where even hunters didn't believe in them.
In the show
In the 1980s, the Archangels knew the vessels of Michael and Lucifer would be born, having manipulated the Winchester bloodline for centuries; so they made sure Sam and Dean were born by having John unite with Mary. The angels were seeking rogue angel Anna Milton who had defected to Earth, in the end they found her and Michael killed her.
Anna had been seeking to destroy Sam Winchester to prevent him becoming Lucifer's vessel and said she'd scatter his atoms across the cosmos. But Castiel said he'd kill her if she tried.
The first angel the brothers met was Gabriel, the Archangel, but they didn't know this, suspecting him to be a demi-god. Gabriel revealed his true identity when he survived numerous assassination attempts and cloned himself repeatedly. Gabriel then trapped Sam and Dean in a parallel universe and tortured them but redeemed himself when he returned them to their world, fought Lucifer, and was killed by him.
|“||Read The Bible. Angels are warriors of God. I'm a soldier||„|
|~ Castiel to Dean about the nature of Angels.|
In the year 2008, when Dean was in Hell, angels laid siege to it to get Dean and Castiel eventually dragged him out of Hell and left a handprint on Dean's arm. Castiel manifested soon on Earth, possessing a man named Jimmy Novak, and his true form burned out a medium's eyes when she looked at his true form.
Castiel was shown to be cold because he abandoned Jimmy at his time of need and didn't help his family. He almost got them killed by demons, but then returned at the last minute when Jimmy was shot, healed him, and possessed him again.
The angels were preparing to free Lucifer from Hell as was their plan all along but they were pretending to their inferior angels that they wanted the Pit sealed. So they sent Uriel and Castiel to "protect" humanity, but Uriel kept threatening to throw Dean back into Hell and curse Sam for using his Satanic powers. Castiel also told Dean that he can throw him back in Hell, as a threat.
Uriel betrayed Castiel by killing many of their siblings, as he was trying to recruit followers to free Lucifer from his cage to destroy humanity. Uriel would fight Castiel and nearly kill him but Anna saved Castiel by killing Uriel.
A powerful high tier angel, Zachariah, appeared on Earth and was directly under Michael to ensure the Apocalypse occurred, to that end he put Dean and Sam in an actual haunted building to prove to them that they are meant to be hunters.
Under Heaven's orders, Castiel freed Sam who was supposed to be detoxed of demon blood from the panic room. He also betrayed Anna who was imprisoned for desertion.
As Sam was closing in on Lilith, Zachariah abducted Dean to prevent him from stopping Sam in killing Lilith. Zachariah revealed this to Dean and didn't care how many humans die in the process but Castiel realizing this was wrong and banished Zachariah away. Castiel told Dean that Lilith was the final seal and killing her would free Lucifer before they teleported to Chuck's house.
Unfortunately, Raphael was touching down and killed Castiel who had just teleported Dean to Sam's location. Dean made it in too late as Lilith was killed and Lucifer was emerging from his imprisonment.
Zachariah appeared with several angels to collect Dean, telling him he was needed to kill Lucifer. However, when Dean refused since they allowed the Apocalypse to occur and banish them out of revenge for manipulating them.
Zachariah later appeared to the Winchesters and revealed Dean was Michael's vessel and that he need to let the Archangel possess him but Dean wouldn't say yes, Zachariah got violent and tortured the brothers by breaking Sam's legs and giving Dean cancer. Zachariah was stopped by a resurrected and rebellious Castiel and retreated after being told God is still around.
Castiel trapped Raphael, the Archangel who previously killed him and demanded God's location but was told he was dead though that was later proven to be false. Lucifer made contact with Sam to tell him that he was his vessel, which meant Michael and Lucifer would fight in the Winchester's bodies.
Zachariah later sent Dean to an alternate future where Lucifer was in charge, to coerce him to say yes to Michael but failed to properly convince him and was put under surveillance from Michael for failure.
Gabriel resurfaced and attempted to make Sam and Dean consent to end the battle faster. He trapped the Winchesters in a television world and halted Castiel's attempts to rescue or the warn the brothers of him. However, his familiarity with the angel and his feelings towards Michael and Lucifer caused them to figure out his identity as an angel. Gabriel came clean and revealed his true name as the Archangel Gabriel who fled Heaven after his brother started fighting. Gabriel was forced to release them and bring Castiel back.
After the Winchesters were killed by vengeful hunters, Zachariah chased the souls of the brothers in Heaven but Joshua, a good angel told him God ordered him to intervened on his behalf and Zachariah retreated. When Michael gave Zachariah another chance, Zachariah nearly succeeded by torturing Sam and the Winchester's half-brother Adam only to blow it after Dean provoked and killed him once Zachariah summoned Michael.
Michael took Adam, as his host, since he is technically a Winchester. With Adam, Michael gained human host and Lucifer soon possessed Sam to "have a wrestling match in his mind." Adam and Sam, as Michael and Lucifer, soon met, and were about to fight, but then Sam got his consciousness back when beating Dean who gatecrashed the fight, and Sam threw himself and Michael and Lucifer into Hell, saving the world from them.
Castiel freed Sam from Hell and Death put a wall in Sam's mind when he got his soul back.
Castiel went back to Heaven where the delighted angels saw he had survived the war, and Castiel tried to explain the meaning of Free Will to the angels, as he was the only angel to understand Free Will from being with humans. But because God had programmed the angels into following military orders such as smiting and cleansing, the angels were confused about what Castiel meant and obeyed Raphael's plan to free Lucifer and Michael and put the Apocalypse back on track. Some angels sided with Castiel and others with Raphael and thus a new civil war began in Heaven. Castiel resorted to peaceable methods of challenging Raphael, then soon he went to all-out war, being persuaded by Crowley, who challenged him to believing he was working for humanity's benefits.
In reality, Crowley wanted to become ruler of the Universe, and Crowley ordered Castiel to break into Purgatory, the prison of monsters, and unleash the souls there to destroy Raphael, all the while pretending Crowley was with Castiel, when he was actually with Raphael at the end. Raphael sent a frightening angel, Virgil to kill Castiel, Sam and Dean and any angel who got in his way, but Virgil was humorously trapped in a parallel Earth and his powers were removed; Virgil was imprisoned for mass murder.
However, Castiel became evil and envious of God, ironically becoming like Lucifer, the angel he had fought in the Apocalypse, and Castiel decided that if he were God, he would be better than his Father, and he smashed the wall Death put in Sam's mind, thus rendering Sam almost insane. Sam became tortured with hallucinations of Lucifer and he went mad.
Castiel absorbed the Leviathans and when the angels found out how he was going to kill Raphael who was taking over in Heaven and starting a new war, killing angels and making angels kill each other, Castiel killed all the angels who fought against him.
Castiel killed Raphael when he got the souls by blowing Raphael up. Then he returned to Heaven and killed Raphael's followers.
|“||You're supposed to be their shepherds, not their killers.||„|
An angel named Naomi appeared as Castiel's boss and she said she'd saved him from Purgatory. Metatron revealed how angry he was with her and so he killed her and banished all angels from Heaven for supposedly betraying him.
|“||Angels fighting angels has to stop somewhere. It might as well stop with me||„|
Following Metatron's defeat and imprisonment, a weakening Castiel returns to Earth while the angels form their own government. According to Metatron, under Hannah's leadership, Heaven is being run better than it has been since God left. Six weeks after Metatron's defeat, Hannah approaches Castiel for help in finding rogue angels and bringing them home. Two of these angels are Daniel and Adinawho wish to stay on Earth and live out human lives. Castiel is forced to kill Daniel to save Hannah, but abandons the mission to aid Sam in his efforts to cure Dean who is now a demon. Their trip is interrupted by Adina who attacks the severely-weakened Castiel and attempts to kill him and Hannah. Crowley saves them, taking Adina's grace and killing her. Crowley restores Castiel's health and power with Adina's grace in exchange for him helping to stop Dean for good. After helping to cure Dean, Castiel and Hannah continue on their mission of finding angels to return to Heaven, but an encounter with her vessel'shusband causes Hannah to return to Heaven permanently so that Caroline can return to her normal life.
After Dean slaughters a group of humans under the influence of theMark of Cain, Castiel enlists Ingrid's help to bring Metatron to Earth so he can be questioned in hopes of a cure. Metatron claims knowledge of the cure, but demands that he gets many things in exchange, leading to Dean torturing and nearly killing him for information. Castiel and Sam break in in time to stop him and Castiel returns Metatron to Heaven rather than continue to risk his life. Following this, Castiel takes up an effort to find a cure for Dean, mainly by locating Cain, the previous wielder of the Mark. Castiel's search for Cain leads him to find out that Cain is slaughtering his descendants and Castiel teams up with the Winchesters and Crowley to bring an end to the Father of Murder. Though Cain is so powerful that not even Castiel's holy abilities can harm him, he succeeds in helping draw Cain into a trap, allowing Dean to finally kill him.
Following Dean's condition worsening, Sam and Castiel decide to force Metatron to help, but Hannah refuses to let Castiel into Heaven to get him, knowing Metatron will want his freedom in exchange which can't happen. Teaming up with Bobby Singer, they raid Heaven and break Metatron out. Castiel removes Metatron's grace, rendering him human and he admits that he actually doesn't know of a cure which Castiel can tell is the truth. To stop Sam shooting him, Metatron confesses that there is some of Castiel's grace left and offers to lead him to it. Metatron leads Castiel to his grace in a library, fighting an angry Cupidalong the way. However, while they search the books for the grace, Metatron reveals his true plan is to retrieve the grace and the demon tablet and escape. He stuns Castiel and retrieves the tablet, but flees when he sees that Castiel has found his grace. Castiel takes in his grace, regaining his full power and status as a Seraphim, though his wings remain broken. However, he and Sam keep Metatron's escape with the demon tablet from Dean despite worrying about what Metatron can do with the tablet and his freedom.
After getting a call that his vessel's daughter is in the hospital, Castiel discovers that some of the Grigori, long thought wiped-out, have survived and are now feeding off of human souls. Castiel and the Winchesters come into conflict with the Grigori Tamiel who had kidnapped Jimmy Novak's wife, Amelia and had been feeding on her soul for two years. Castiel is able to rescue Amelia, but she is beyond his ability to heal and she sacrifices herself to save her daughter Claire. In the fight that follows, Claire kills Tamiel with his own angel sword, but there are other Grigori out there.
Following the encounter with Tamiel, Castiel continues his efforts to save Dean from the Mark of Cain. He acts as a guard for Charlie Bradbury and Rowena as they attempt to translate the Book of the Damned to use it to save Dean. Charlie eventually escapes to get away from Rowena, but is killed by Eldon Frankenstein. Following her death, Dean goes on a revenge rampage and Castiel attempts and fails to stop him. After decoding theBook of the Damned, Castiel calls on Crowley to help gather the necessary ingredients and watches as Rowena successfully removes the Mark of Cain from Dean's arm. However, unknown to them, the Mark's removal unleashes the Darkness, a primordial evil that took God and his Archangels to beat. After the Mark is removed, Rowena escapes and puts Castiel under a spell that makes him attack Crowley.
Under the influence of Rowena's spell, Castiel attacks Crowley who escapes by smoking out. Still under the effects of the spell, Castiel travels to the portal to Heaven for help only to find it gone. Learning of the Darkness' release, Castiel prays to his siblings for help and Efram and Jonah respond and lead him to a warehouse, explaining that the angels moved the portal after Metatron's escape. However, they have no intention of taking Castiel to Heaven and instead chain him up. They torture him repeatedly for information on Metatron, refusing to believe Castiel when he correctly informs them that Metatron tricked him and escaped. Finally, Hannah arrives and puts a stop to the torture, but is unable to heal Castiel or break Rowena's spell. Hannah informs Castiel that the alarms in Heaven have gone off for an unknown reason and Castiel informs her of the escape of the Darkness. Hannah asks him about the Winchesters location and Castiel realizes the whole thing is a trick in hopes of getting information out of him. Hannah explains that since he helped Metatron escape, most of the angels hate Castiel now and she is working under orders from the new democracy in charge of Heaven to find out what he knows.
When Castiel refuses to cooperate, Efram and Jonah attempt to use a device similar to the one Crowley used to hack Samandriel and Gadreel to hack Castiel's brain. As Hannah distracts the other angels with her objections, Castiel falls back under the influence of Rowena's spell and breaks free, killing Jonah in self-defense. An angry Efram murders Hannah for her interference before Castiel kills him too. Castiel later travels to the Bunker to enlist Sam and Dean's help. The angels later meet on Earth, aware that Amara plans to take over Heaven. They figure that their leaders won't do anything, so they have to spread the word that they unite and move against the Darkness. When three angels call on Amara to surrender they warn that each and every angel in the sky is ready to smite her with one blow. After Amara kills the angels a blast of Heavenly light smashes down.
Afterwards, the angels send one of their own named Ambriel down to Earth to make sure that Amara is dead. One the way, she meets Castiel and the two work together. She explains that unlike the other angels, she doesn't hate Castiel and that they are both expendable. As they arrive to the site where Amara was smote by the angels, Amara unfortunately recovers and consumes Ambriel and overpowers Castiel, sending him to Hell to deliver a message to Crowley and the Winchesters.
After Lucifer posseses Castiel and escapes his Cage, He goes to a park where he is spotted by a angel stationed there. Recognizing the Devil, the angel follows him as he takes a walk and Lucifer tries to offer him his help in defeating the Amara, even calling the angel "brother" but the angel coldly retorts that Lucifer is no brother of his, and he refuses and tries to kill him which ends in the Devil snapping his fingers, killing the angel and causing him to explode.
Lucifer tastes the angelic blood of his brother and muses over how pleasant it tastes. Eventually, Lucifer comes to meet God, who, to everybody's surprise, was the "prophet" Chuck Shurley all along. Lucifer is initially angry at God but is surprised when God eventually forgives His wayward son.
Afterwards, Lucifer visits Heaven with the intent on recruiting angels to end the threat of the Darkness, but the angels are still arrogant, sanctimonious fanatical pricks, and they refuse to listen to Lucifer, insulting him multiple times by calling him "The Serpent" and "The Deceiver." Lucifer, furious with what he has to do to make the angels see sense, (that he really is here to help) says that it really was due to angelic propaganda that he was cast as Satan in the first place. Lucifer points out the flaws in humanity - among them the Salem Witch Trails, the Third Reich, (pointing out the fact that one of the angels has possessed a man wearing a Nazi trench coat) and the World Trade Center Attacks as proof of humankind's evils, and says that he would make the world much better, if he can defeat the Darkness. Initially frightened and angry, with a strong belief in destiny, (one angel says that God must've cast Lucifer down for a reason) the angels are too terrified of the Darkness to outsmart the Devil.
Lucifer later says "What happens in Heaven, stays in Heaven" referring to the angels and everything divine.
Lucifer returns to Heaven weeks later, fully healed and intent on gaining their help. The angels all gather around him armed with angel blades, showing hostility, so Lucifer switches places with Castiel, in hopes that they would listen to him. The angels disregard Castiel also, but Castiel insists that they all have their part in this war, and for Castiel, it's being Lucifer's vessel. The angels also wanted God to personally tell them after learning he was on Earth the whole time. Castiel tells them this was to come in due time but encourages them to help God fight the Darkness, if they so choose, which they finally agree to.
During the battle, Rowena and the witches launch the first attack, weakening Amara's vessel. Once complete, the angels create another combined smite and launch it against Amara, thus weakening her further. Their attack is followed up by the demons' own assault. However, the battle ends in Amara's favor with God left dying on the floor and Lucifer expelled from his vessel. Convinced the world is now beyond saving, the angels lock up Heaven and choose not to grant any further assistance, as Castiel soon finds out.
The Angels are mostly vacant, We learn that in 1901, a group of angels, including Castiel, went to a house to destroy a Nephilim. The leader of the angels, Ishim, was lying to them. The alleged 'Nephilim' was a little human girl. The mother of the girl, Lily Sunder, hunted down that group of angels, killing several before the truth came out and Castiel finished it for her. Other than that, the angels have been heard over angel radio after the archangel, Lucifer, got Kelly Kline pregnant.
The main goal of the angels is to get rid of the unborn child, and two angels have already attempted to execute Kelly, only to be stopped by Dagon. The angel Joshua has also decided to take charge of Heaven during the course of this mission, and according to the angel Kelvin, if Castiel helps, he will be forgiven by their siblings and accepted back into Heaven.
The mission led by Joshua is a failure and all the angels that partook in it (aside from castiel who abandoned the mission anyway upon realizing the child is not a threat) are killed by dagon.
After Jack's birth, three angels: Conrad, Lily and Miriam who are seeking to use Jack's almost limitless power for themselves attempt to capture him. The three of them are hindered in their quest by the winchesters with Conrad and Lily banished and Miriam killed by Sam.
Lucifer kills many angels in Apocalypse World before he is confronted by an Alternate version of Michael who is the ruler of the world after killing Lucifer. Michael learns of the other world and defeats Lucifer in battle and captures him.
Michael then makes plans to invade the main world and conquer it. After Michael opens a rift using Lucifer's grace, the latter uses it to escape and returns to Earth but is depowered.
Meanwhile, Castiel unsuccessfully attempts to search for Jack, which leaves him to wonder if the angels have taken and imprisoned the nephilim. When Castiel meets with Duma to see if this is true, Duma denies this, stating that if the angels had jack he wouldn't be imprisoned but rather put to work and explains to a confused castiel that after the fall the angels numbers were greatly diminished and they are close to extinction. With God gone, they need Jack to use his powers to replenish their numbers. When Castiel points out that Jack might be reluctant to help, Duma states that Jack might not have a choice causing Castel to realize, to his horror that the angels want to enslave Jack to do their bidding. Two more angels appear and one of them congratulated Dina on delivering castiel as promised. The angel states that they have heard that castiel has influence with Jack and thus Jack will listen to him. Castiel however refuses to help the angels enslave jack.
Castiel refuses to help the angels and shoves Duma away, Duma and her henchmen start a fight with Castiel, which results in Duma holding Castiel hostage with an angel blade to his throat. Before the confrontation can go any further, Lucifer arrives and threatens to combust the angels if they don't release castiel causing Duma and her henchmen to flee back to heaven in fear, unaware that his grace has been mostly extracted.
Afterwards, Castiel hears from Lucifer that an alternate reality version of Michael wants to invade and conquer the main universe. Unfortunately, Castiel and Lucifer are soon abducted by Asmodeus who sees that Lucifer is depowered. Despite this, Lucifer warned of him Michael's impending invasion.
A group of angels then pursue Jack to replenish their numbers but their interference causes Jack to be sent to Apocalypse World and sam and Dean winchester to be briefly sent to a world called the Bad place.
Castiel and Lucifer later break out of Asmodeus' lair though Lucifer betrays him but Castiel wounds him and the Archangel escapes to refuel himself by draining the grace of the remaining angels. After attempting to steal the grace of an angel named Anael, the angel makes him a deal where he takes a portion of her grace on occasion, not taking all the grace but giving her time to recharge and promises to help him in his endeavors. When sam, Dean and castiel track him down and attempt to capture him, Anael and lucifer escape and meet with duma and three other angels at the heavenly portal. Though duma orders lucifer killed, lucifer claims that he knows how to create new angels and can even potentially restore the existing angels wings if they make him the undisputed ruler of heaven. Though reluctant, duma ultimately agrees and the angels accept lucifer as their new leader with Anael at his side. Despite his claim that he can create new angels, lucifer eventually admits to Anael that he lied and can't actually do the things he agreed. He subsequently abandoned heaven.
When Castiel returns to heaven for help, he informs his siblings that he was searching for the archangel Gabriel who is still alive, to their surprise. Castiel then tells them of the alternate Michael's invasion, that further surprises them.
Castiel is then shocked to encounter Naomi who was believed to have been killed years earlier and has taken lucifer place as ruler of heaven. Naomi explains the severity of the angels situation. At the time of their conversation, there are only nine angels in heaven including her and castiel and one or two on earth "and that's all". With less than a dozen angels still standing, Heaven is running out of power and the only hope for the angels is for castiel to find Gabriel and convince him to return to heaven as with his immense power as an archangel heaven can still be kept running. Without him, the few angels left alive will burn out trying to hold heaven together and with nothing to power it heaven will be destroyed and the billions of souls in heaven will fall back to earth causing massive chaos and death upon the world.
After informing Castiel of the situation, Naomi asks Castiel to tell Gabriel what is happening in heaven if he can find him and seals the portal until the situation is resolved one way or another. Unfortunately, Gabriel later travels to Apocalypse World where he fights and is killed by the Alternate Michael in order to buy the Winchester's time to escape him.
Alternate Michael makes it to Earth and possesses Dean after killing Lucifer and prepares a new reign of terror on Earth.