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Lucifer defied our father, and he betrayed me. But still, I don't want this any more than you would want to kill Sam. You know, my brother...I practically raised him; I took care of him in a way most people could never understand, and I still love him. But I am going to kill him because it is right and I have to.
~ Michael to Dean Winchester.

Michael is an antagonist appearing in the CW television series Supernatural, serving as the secondary antagonist in the show's fifth season.

Once again, Michael appears at Season 13, but this time, he comes from an alternate universe who seeks to conquer the main universe. However, the alternate version is more chaotic and ruthless, even controversially more powerful than the original Michael claimed by Lucifer and eventually he appears as the main antagonist in Seasons 13 and 14.

Michael is the first, and the most powerful, of the four Archangels, the older brother of Lucifer, Raphael, and Gabriel.

He was portrayed by Matthew Cohen and later Jake Abel, because of his ability to possess people. In season 13, his alternate self is portrayed by Christian Keyes and later Jensen Ackles while possessing Dean Winchester.

Biography

Backstory

Before God created the Leviathans, the first beasts, he created Michael, the first Archangel, the eldest brother of the other Archangels: Lucifer, Raphael, and Gabriel. Michael looked after Lucifer and personally raised him. He also mentioned that, while living in Heaven with God and their siblings, Michael and Lucifer were living happily together.

Before life and even the Earth itself existed, Michael and the other Archangels aided their Father in His war against The Darkness and eventually won by sealing the primordial menace away.

Sometime later, God commanded all of the angels to bow before His newest creation, humans, asking them to love them more than Himself. Though Michael obediently did so, Lucifer questioned this order, insisting that humans are flawed and murderous beings.

Lucifer then sought out Michael for support, but Michael refused to listen and therefore, under his Father's orders, cast Lucifer out of Heaven. At some point, God left Heaven and Michael assumed command of the angels, running Heaven and Earth (and possibly the entire universe) for millennia.

When demons began making plans to free Lucifer and start the Apocalypse, Michael decided to allow the 66 Seals binding Lucifer to be broken. He and a group of other angels, including Raphael and Zachariah, wanted the Apocalypse to occur so that he and Lucifer could battle. Michael expected to be victorious, so as to bring about Paradise on Earth. Lesser angels, like Castiel, were not privy to the plan and were deployed to make it look as though Heaven was fighting the Devil's release; however, those angels that did learn of their plans (again, like Castiel) were either forced to cooperate with their plans or were cast out of Heaven.

Season 5

In the season premiere "Sympathy for the Devil", Dean Winchester, one of the show's main characters, is revealed by Zachariah to be Michael's true human vessel for the war against Lucifer and his demons. Dean was shocked and adamantly rejects his destiny and responsibility as Michael's vessel, as Zachariah tried to force Dean to do so but a resurrected Castiel stops him.

Dean spends the majority of the season fighting to avoid saying "yes" to Michael (as Michael cannot possess Dean until he gives his consent) and find a less devastating solution to stopping Lucifer than Michael and Lucifer's apocalyptic battle after learning half of Earth will be destroyed.

During "The End", an alternate future that Zachariah sends Dean to, Dean encounters another version of himself who implores Dean to say "yes" as by the time he was ready the angels and presumably Michael left Earth. Lucifer (who is possessing Dean's brother Sam Winchester), asserts his claim that he was cast down by God for loving Him more than anything, Lucifer states that God had Michael cast him (Lucifer) into Hell for his rebellion. Despite seeing the horrific future, Dean still said no and instead reunited with Sam.

In "Abandon All Hope...," Lucifer reveals to Sam that he and Michael were once very close, and that he (Lucifer) looked up to his older brother. The fallen Archangel goes on to explain that when he turned to Michael and begged him to stand by him in rebelling against their Father. Michael refused, called him a "freak" and a "monster," and beat him down, pointing out a comparison between himself (Lucifer) and Sam.

During "Changing Channels", it is revealed by Gabriel that Dean and Sam are the true vessels as their relationships mirrors that of Michael and Lucifer. Dean is Michael's vessel as he is loyal to an absent father while Sam is rebellious like Lucifer.

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Michael possessing John

In "The Song Remains the Same", in the year 1978, Michael appears to Dean and Sam's father John Winchester, and persuades John to allow him to possess him in order to save John's wife Mary from Anna Milton, who has traveled back through time to kill John and Mary so that Sam won't exist and, consequently, Lucifer can't use Sam as a vessel in the present time. John consents and Michael possesses him. Michael then confronts Anna as she's about to kill Mary, she recognizes him and he kills Anna by touching his sister and reducing her body to ash.

After sending an apologetic Uriel away with a snap of his fingers, Michael knocks Mary Winchester out with a touch after assuring her John is fine. Michael then turns his attention to a stunned Dean who realizes who he is, as Michael remarks on their long needed talk as Dean demands for him to heal Sam as Michael promises too but only after they converse. Dean asked Michael how he could possess John if he was his true vessel and he explains to the hunter about the Winchester bloodline being comprised of possible vessels for Michael to use (due to being descended from Cain and Abel). He the explained how Dean can't resist what God had ordained long ago (revealing that he doesn't believe in free will, not even for himself). Michael also explains he truthfully doesn't want to kill Lucifer and still loves his little brother, but maintains that he is going to kill Lucifer because it's what God ordered and "it is right." Michael assures a sulking Dean that he won't leave him a drooling mess after being done using him. He then heals and resurrects Sam (who had earlier been mortally wounded by Anna) before sending him back to 2010. Before sending Dean back to the present, Michael promises to heal John and Mary as well as erase their memories of the event and tells him he'll see him soon.

In "Point of No Return", Michael (without taking a human vessel) appears to Zachariah in a bar on Earth, causing a massive earthquake and burning out the eyes of other patrons due to the intensity of his true angelic form. He speaks to Zachariah who prepares for death but he instead gives Zachariah (who had previously failed to get Dean's consent for Michael to inhabit his body) a second chance and gives his gleeful brother back his position.

Later, the angels resurrect Adam Milligan, Dean and Sam's half-brother who was killed by a pair of ghouls in the previous season, so Michael can use him as a vessel instead of Dean; however, this turns out to be a ruse by Zachariah to lure Dean to him.

Later on, after Dean, accompanied by Sam, comes to rescue Adam from the "green room" he's being held in, Zachariah tortures Sam and Adam until Dean finally says "yes" to Michael, at which point Zachariah summons Michael. As Michael descends from Heaven, causing the room to shake, Dean kills Zachariah and he and Sam try to escape with Adam; unfortunately, Adam gets trapped in the green room as Michael finally arrives. When Dean manages to get back inside the green room, Michael and Adam are both gone.

In "Two Minutes to Midnight," Castiel confirms to Sam that Michael has taken Adam as an alternative vessel.

In the following episode, the season finale "Swan Song," Lucifer (possessing his chosen vessel Sam) is confronted by Michael in Stull Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas. The two Archangels greet each other civilly, but when Lucifer asks Michael to walk away, Michael considers it but refuses. The two then argue, and Michael asserts that Lucifer is responsible for causing God to leave Heaven in the first place and remains adamant that he is going to obey God's orders and kill Lucifer. He also calls his little brother out on his habit of never taking responsibility for his actions and blaming everything on other people.

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Michael possessing Adam

Michael and Lucifer prepare to fight, only to be interrupted by Dean riding up in the Impala. Dean apologizes to Adam, but Michael informs him "Adam isn't home right now" and angrily says Dean is no longer part of the story. Castiel then appears with Bobby, calling his older brother "assbutt," and hurls a Molotov cocktail of holy fire at Michael for his manipulations of the angels. Once hit, Michael screams in pain and is temporarily banished from the scene. Moments later, Michael returns, fully recovered, as Sam (who has regained control of his body from Lucifer) opens a portal to Lucifer's cage in Hell. Michael insists to Sam that he has to fight his brother as that is his destiny, but Sam prepares to jump into the portal and re-imprison Lucifer anyway.

Michael charges forward to try and stop Sam, and gets pulled through the portal into the cage with him. The portal closes behind them seconds later, leaving Michael, Sam, Adam, and Lucifer locked away in the cage, and the Apocalypse successfully derailed.

Castiel (who was killed by Lucifer) returns and promoted by God as Seraphim heals Dean and resurrects Bobby.

Season 6

As of the end of the previous season, Michael and Lucifer remain trapped in Lucifer's cage.

In "Caged Heat", Castiel, while trying to explaining the risks of restoring Sam's soul (which had been left in the cage with the two Archangels) to his body, tells Dean that Michael and Lucifer most likely have taken their anger out on Sam's soul, and that the experience of that could leave Sam a vegetable.

In "Appointment in Samarra," while talking with Sam, Balthazar mentions that Michael and Lucifer are "hate-banging" Sam's soul in the cage. However, Sam only remembered Lucifer torturing him after he was restored, suggesting Michael may not have taken his anger out on his soul after all.

Season 11

In the season premiere "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire", Michael and Lucifer are mentioned by one of Crowley's demons as screaming loud enough in Lucifer's Cage for all of Hell to hear after the Darkness' release. While in Lucifer's cage, Lucifer reveals to Sam that being in the cage has caused Michael to go insane and that he would spend most of his time in a corner singing slow tunes and touching himself.

Because of this, God who returned stated Michael couldn't help the Winchesters fight the Darkness in his present state.

Season 13

In The Rising Son, an alternate reality version of Michael is introduced. With the Apocalypse having gone forward, Michael emerged as victor, having killed Lucifer at some point in the past over Abilene, Kansas. Having conquered the Earth, Michael has not brought paradise to the world, but continued to fight various battles and wars against humans and demons, ravaging the planet and turning it into a post-Apocalyptic wasteland. Michael then shows up in front of Lucifer and Mary Winchester from the main reality after Lucifer effortlessly kills a group of angels who try to smite him and do not believe he is Lucifer.

He correctly identifies him as Lucifer as the latter realizes who he is and is shocked by it. Michael questioned how it was possible for him to be Lucifer, before he is told that he and Mary are from another reality. Lucifer tells him he doesn't resemble his Michael who was a drooling mess when he left him and mockingly said he is just a "cheap knockoff". Unfazed, Michael returns the taunt by mocking him of his Lucifer’s fate, with the intent to do so again. Amused, Lucifer attacks Michael but he proves to be no match for Michael.

Michael decides to spare Lucifer for an unspecified purpose, saying he "needs him".

During War of Worlds, Lucifer escapes to the main reality and tells Castiel the Alternate Michael is much stronger than the original Michael. Lucifer feels this warrants them working together, despite their past differences.

In Various & Sundry Villains, Lucifer later mentions him again while telling a skeptical Castiel that the Alternate Michael is like their world's Michael. He elaborates that once his brother settles on something, he does it no matter who has to die. Castiel then asks how long they have until his counterpart arrives if Lucifer was correct, as the latter states not long enough.

Powers and Abilities

  • Lower Tier Nigh-Omnipotence: As the oldest Archangel and the first angel in general that God ever created, Michael has a tremendously vast supply of supernatural power that is almost unlimited, making him the most powerful celestial being that God created. He made Anna burn from the inside out to death and sent Uriel back to Heaven with a snap of his fingers. By placing two fingers on Sam's forehead, Michael brought him back to life while also, at the same time, heal his wounds and sent him back to the future all at once. It was also suggested that if Michael got his chance to battle Lucifer, their fight alone would destroy a large portion of Earth. He was also capable of creating a weapon called the Lance of Michael that can kill demons and angels, including Archangels, as evidenced with Lucifer. The only beings more powerful than Michael are God, Death, Jack, and the Darkness.
    • White Light: Michael can generate an overwhelming white light that is capable of obliterating anything from other living things to entire cities and buildings. With this power, he can destroy a large part of the Earth.
    • Angelic Possession: Michael requires a vessel to act on Earth, and he must have the vessel's permission. His power can only be contained by someone descended from Cain and Abel. Dean Winchester is his true vessel.
    • Telepathy: Michael is able to read the thoughts of humans.
    • Empathy: Michael is able to read the emotions of humans.
    • Regeneration: If his vessel becomes damaged in any way, he is able to heal it instantly and completely. For instance, his vessel Adam was set ablaze by Holy Fire, but upon his return minutes later, he didn't have a scratch either on his skin or even his clothing.
    • Apporting: Michael could send angels back to Heaven with a simple snap of his fingers, as he did with the angel Uriel.
    • Supernatural Strength: Being the oldest, strongest, and most powerful Archangel, the physical strength that Michael endows his vessel with is immense. His immense strength and powers are only somewhat rivaled by Lucifer's own, as the demon who was possessing Bobby at the time called Michael the "toughest son of a bitch they got."
    • Superhuman Stamina: As an Archangel, Michael's stamina is incalculable and, even when in a vessel, needs nothing to maintain strength, to strive or operate, as he is self-sufficient.
    • Weather Manipulation: Michael's control over the weather exceeds even his own brothers. Upon arriving on Earth to John Winchester, he caused sudden severe winds.
    • Chronokinesis: Michael has complete control over time. He sent Sam and Dean from the past to the present with ease.
    • Telekinesis: Michael is a powerful telekinetic, able to move and control objects with his mind effortlessly; he was even able to move objects in areas where he hadn't fully arrived in. He demonstrated this when he closed and locked the door to the beautiful room when Adam tried to escape it.
    • Healing: Michael can easily heal others of any injury, wound and disease.
    • Resurrection: Michael can resurrect humans with ease.
    • Mental Manipulation: Michael can erase, restore, alter and fabricate the memories and perception of a human.
    • Sedation: Just like an average angel, Michael can sedate humans by touching their forehead.
    • Teleportation: Michael can travel from one place to another instantly, without occupying the space in between. He can also take people with him, in the blink of an eye. Although he can travel virtually anywhere in existence, he is unable to leave Lucifer's Cage once the door is closed, as it was designed to hold an Archangel.
    • Pyrokinesis: Michael can generate and manipulate fire. When he used this ability to kill Anna, it destroyed the angel and the vessel, turning the latter into nothing but ash.
    • Thermokinesis: He made the door knob to the beautiful room extremely hot to prevent Dean from being able to open it and save Adam.
    • Precognition: Michael can see into the future, but not the full picture.
    • Supernatural Perception: Michael can sense and see things even if they're naturally invisible.
    • Terrakinesis: Michael is able to cause powerful earthquakes by thought or presence alone.
  • Nigh-Omniscience: Like his brothers, Michael has a deep understanding of many things, due to him being older than the universe itself.
  • Immortality: As the eldest archangel, Michael has an infinitely long lifespan. He is the first angel and has existed before the universe itself, making him well over 13.8 billion years old. The excessive passing of time does not degrade his vessel, like with all celestial beings. His vessel is unaffected by diseases and toxins. He does not tire, and does not require food, water, oxygen, or sleep to sustain his vessel.
    • Invulnerability: Michael cannot be killed by any conventional weapon. Even Holy Fire was only able to banish him for a short time.
    • Immunity: Michael was resilient to Holy Fire, although he still found it agonizing, damaging and being able to banish him; but unlike other angels, it couldn't kill him.

Quotes

And you think you know better than my father? One unimportant little man. What makes you think you get to choose?
~ Michael, to Dean after he resists his destiny as Michael's chosen vessel.
You know how I know? Think of a million random acts of chance that let John and Mary be born, to meet, to fall in love, to have the two of you. Think of the million random choices that you make, and yet how each and every one of them brings you closer to your destiny. Do you know why that is? Because it's not random; it's not chance. It's a plan that is playing itself out perfectly. Free will's an illusion, Dean. That's why you're going to say yes.
~ Michael, to Dean.
Oh, buck up! It could be worse. You know, unlike my brothers, I won't leave you a drooling mess when I'm done wearing you.
~ Michael, to Dean who despairs over his destiny as the former's chosen vessel.
You can't fight city hall.
~ Michael, to Dean, before sending him and Sam back to 2010.
I'm sorry. I-I can't do that. I'm a good son, and I have my orders.
~ Michael, to Lucifer.
You know, you haven't changed a bit, little brother. Always blaming everybody but yourself. We were together. We were happy. But you betrayed me, all of us, and you made our Father leave.
~ Michael, to Lucifer.
You're a monster, Lucifer. And I have to kill you.
~ Michael, to Lucifer, before they start to fight.
You're no longer the vessel, Dean. You got no right to be here. [...] Adam isn't home right now. [...] You little maggot! You are no longer a part of this story!
~ Michael to Dean when he interrupts his confrontation with Lucifer.
Sam! It's not gonna end this way! I have to fight my brother, Sam! Here and now! It's my destiny!
~ Michael, to Sam before he falls into Lucifer's cage.

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Trivia

  • The ending of season 5, with Michael, Lucifer, Sam and Adam fall into Lucifer's Cage, is rather like the ending of Rapture Palooza, where the Beast and God fall into the pool and are electrocuted. Bringing down both forces of good and evil is a theme in both Supernatural and Rapture Palooza.
  • When Zachariah shows Dean a painting of Michael, he is shown in the Catholic style of a blond man in Roman armor, however Michael (and all angels) look incredibly different to this in the show. Angels are said to be the height of tower blocks with three faces, one of which is human and the others animals. This is one reason they possess people to walk the Earth because their true forms are unbearable to humans.
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