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I'm glad you made it, Sam. But the angel blade won't work, because I'm not an angel anymore. I'm your new God. A better one. So you will bow down and profess your love unto me, your Lord. Or I shall destroy you.
~ Castiel, to the Winchesters and Bobby after absorbing the souls in Purgatory, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Castiel is a character on the television series Supernatural. He was first introduced in the show's fourth season, where he became a recurring ally of Dean and Sam Winchester in their efforts to prevent the Apocalypse, and went on to become a main character in the show's fifth and sixth seasons before returning as a recurring character in Seasons 7 and 8. He became a main character again for the show's ninth and tenth seasons.

As well as their ally, Castiel is also Dean's best friend to the point where Dean considers him family. Because of this, his betrayal in Season 6 caused Dean great pain; nevertheless, Dean still forgave his friend after Castiel came to his senses.

He is portrayed by Misha Collins.

Season 6

The end of "Mommy Dearest" reveals that Castiel has some sort of arrangement with Crowley, who was believed by the Winchesters to have been killed by Castiel earlier in the season (specifically the episode "Caged Heat").

The next episode, "The Man Who Would Be King," reveals that, after returning to Heaven following Michael and Lucifer's imprisonment in Hell, Castiel, resurrected as a seraph by God, returned to Heaven, intending to take charge of the leaderless angels and teach them free will, believing it's what God wants. A few weeks later, however, Raphael summoned Castiel before him and announced his intentions to free Michael and Lucifer, re-start the Apocalypse, and finish things the way it was intended. Raphael gave Castiel a choice: Stand with him or stand against him. When Castiel refused, he was brutally attacked by the Archangel.

Castiel then came to Earth and watched, unseen, Dean, who had retired from hunting, but hesitated over asking his friend for help, remembering that Dean had sacrificed so much already (Sam, while possessed by Lucifer, willingly went to Hell, taking Michael with him). That's when Castiel was approached by Crowley, who took the angel down to Hell and proposed that he resist Raphael, which Castiel was reluctant to do as doing so would make him "the next Lucifer." Crowley persuaded Castiel, saying that God loved him and reminding the angel that God resurrected him not once, but twice. The King of Hell then suggested they team up to find Purgatory so they could use the souls there for their own agendas, and offered to give Castiel a considerable number of Hell's souls so the angel could fight back against Raphael. Castiel agreed to the arrangement, and thus started Heaven's civil war.

In the season finale "The Man Who Knew Too Much," Castiel is revealed to have murdered Eleanor Visyak in order to obtain her blood so he and Crowley can conduct the ritual to open Purgatory. To distract the Winchesters and Bobby Singer, he breaks down the psychic wall in Sam's mind, causing him to fall into a comatose state. Later, when Crowley appears in the lab with the blood needed for the opening ritual, Castiel reneges on their prior arrangement, stating he will not hand over the Purgatory souls to Crowley and claiming he is neither wicked nor stupid. Sometime after, Castiel murders Balthazar when he discovers that Balthazar told Dean and Bobby his plans.

Later, as demons begin attacking the lab, Crowley appears to Castiel, who attempts to kill him but is unable to, due to the protection of Crowley's new partner Raphael. Under pressure from both Crowley and Raphael, Castiel hands over the blood and disappears. Moments later, Crowley recites the opening ritual, but nothing happens. Castiel then appears with an empty jar, stating that, while Crowley said the right words, he lacked the necessary ingredient (the blood). Crowley then concludes that Castiel switched the blood beforehand with dog blood. Castiel then shows off his new power, filling the whole building with light.

Crowley disappears, leaving Raphael at the mercy of Castiel. Raphael pleads Castiel to spare him, pointing out that Castiel allowed Crowley to leave, but Castiel simply states he has plans for Crowley and obliterates the Archangel with a snap of his fingers (mirroring what Raphael had done to him at the end of Season 4). He then announces himself as their new God and demands that Dean, Sam, and Bobby worship him, lest he smite them.

Season 7

In the season premiere "Meet the New Boss," the Winchesters and Bobby begin to kneel before Castiel, but Castiel tells them to get up, recognizing that they're only doing so out of fear rather than love. Dean reminds Castiel of his promise to save Sam, but Castiel asserts that he promised to save Sam only if Dean agreed to stand down from stopping him, which he didn't do. When Dean asks Castiel who he is, Castiel insists he is God. Despite Dean's insistence to stop, Castiel simply tells him to be thankful for his mercy, then disappears. Castiel is next seen in Heaven, delivering a speech to unseen angels about how, if they followed Raphael, they will be punished. It is then revealed that he has killed a large number of angels; he is then seen standing in a large field filled with the bodies of slain angels.

Later, Castiel confronts a preacher for hypocrisy and causes him to choke to death before his congregation, then claims to the churchgoers that he is God. As he leaves the church, he hears a strange voice call his name and appears weak for a moment. As Castiel leaves, a stained-glass painting is seen to have been turned into a portrait of Castiel. Later, to show he's not truly evil, Castiel heals an honest blind man; however, by this point, his vessel is seriously decaying.

Seeking a way to stop Castiel, the Winchesters and Bobby summon and bind Death, him being the only being (aside from the real God and perhaps Michael and Lucifer) more powerful than Castiel. Sensing this, Castiel arrives and prepares to kill the three of them for conspiring against him, but as Death is now bound to them, he is unable to do so. Death then reveals himself to be unimpressed by Castiel's self-declared divinity and enhanced powers, then warns him that Castiel is actually in danger as, when he absorbed all the Purgatory souls, he also took in the Leviathans, destructive beings who are now eating him from the inside. Castiel dismisses these claims and even threatens to kill Death; as such, Dean orders Death to kill him. However, Castiel breaks the spell, then quickly disappears.

Castiel then goes to confront a corrupt politician who committed her acts in God's name; however, he loses control. When he wakes up later on, he finds he has killed everyone present. Realizing Death is right and that he is now barely in control, Castiel returns to his friends for help. The others agree and go ahead with the ritual to send the souls and the Leviathans back to Purgatory. Now back to his senses, Castiel promises to make up for what he has done. The ritual, however, succeeds in sending back the Purgatory souls, but not the Leviathans, who proceed to complete killing Castiel and steal his vessel, which quickly explodes from the pressure of all the beings.

However, Castiel is later resurrected by God, but left without his memories until he meets up with Dean months later (in the episode "The Born-Again Identity"), and Dean manages to remind him who he really is.


You know, I've...I've been here for a very long time. And I remember many things. I remember being at a shoreline, watching a little grey fish heave itself up on the beach and an older brother saying, "Don't step on that fish, Castiel. Big plans for that fish." I remember the Tower of Babel...all thirty-seven feet of it, which I suppose was impressive at the time. And when it fell, they howled "divine wrath," but come on; dried dung can only be stacked so high. I remember Cain and Abel...David and Goliath...Sodom and Gomorrah. And, of course, I remember the most remarkable event, remarkable because it never came to pass. It was averted by two boys, an old drunk, and a fallen angel. The grand story. And we ripped up the ending and the rules...and destiny...leaving nothing but freedom and choice. Which is all well and good, except... Well, what if I've made the wrong choice? How am I supposed to know?
~ Opening lines of "The Man Who Would Be King"
And so I knew what I had to do next. Once again, I went to harrow Hell, to free Sam from Lucifer's Cage. It was nearly impossible, but I was so full of confidence, of mission. I see now that was arrogance...hubris...because, of course, I hadn't truly raised Sam--not all of him.
~ Narrating, revealing he was the one who freed Sam from Hell, "The Man Who Would Be King"
These demons would lead the Winchesters to Crowley, and Crowley would tear their hearts out. I had no choice. I did it to protect the boys. Or to protect myself. I-I don't know anymore.
~ Narrating, "The Man Who Would Be King"
I'm not ashamed to say that my big brother knocked me into next week.
~ Relating his encounter with Raphael in Heaven, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Raphael was stronger than me. I wouldn't survive a straight fight. So I went to an old friend for help. But watching him, I stopped. Everything he sacrificed, and I was about to ask him for more.
~ Narrating, "The Man Who Would Be King"
You want to make a deal? With me? I'm an angel, you ass. I don't have a soul to sell.
~ To Crowley, "The Man Who Would Be King"
I was no fool. I knew who Crowley was and what he did. But I was smarter than him, stronger. I see now that I was prideful. And in all likelihood, I was a fool.
~ Narrating his perspective, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Are you proposing that I start a civil war in Heaven? [...] You're asking me to be the next Lucifer.
~ To Crowley, "The Man Who Would Be King"
I wish I could say I was clean of pride at that moment...or the next. And so went the long road of good intentions...the road that brought me here.
~ Castiel narrating his story, "The Man Who Would Be King"
You can't, Dean. You're just a man. I'm an angel.
~ To Dean after Dean threatens to kill him if he goes ahead with his plan to open Purgatory, "The Man Who Would Be King"
So, that's everything. I believe it's what you would call a...tragedy from the human perspective. But maybe the human perspective I don't know. That's why I'm asking you, Father. One last time. Am I doing the right thing? Am I on the right path? You have to tell me. You have to give me...a sign. Give me a sign. Because if you don't...I'm gonna ju--I'm gonna do whatever I...whatever I must.
~ Talking to God, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Enough! I don't care what you think. I've tried to make you understand. You won't listen. So let me make this simple. Please, go home and let me stop Raphael. I won't ask again.
~ To the Winchesters and Bobby, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
You think I'm handing all that power to the King of Hell? I'm neither stupid nor wicked.
~ To Crowley, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Here are your options: You either flee, or you die.
~ To Crowley, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
First Sam and Dean, and now this. I'm doing my best in impossible circumstances. My friends, they abandon me, plot against me. It's difficult to understand.
~ To Balthazar, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
You said it perfectly. All you needed was this.
~ To Crowley, revealing he switched the blood needed to open Purgatory, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
You can't imagine what it's like. They're all inside me. Millions upon millions of souls.
~ To Crowley and Raphael, after taking in all the souls of Purgatory, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Now, what's the matter, Raphael? Somebody clip your wings?
~ To Raphael, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
The demon I have plans for. You, on the other hand...
~ To Raphael, before smiting him, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
So, you see, I saved you. [...] You doubted me, fought against me, but I was right all along.
~ To Dean, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
No, I'm not finished yet. Raphael had many followers, and I must punish them all severely.
~ To Dean, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
You're just saying that because I won. Because you're afraid. You're not my family, Dean. I have no family.
~ To Dean, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Stop. What's the point if you don't mean it? You fear me. Not love, not respect, just fear.
~ To the Winchesters and Bobby, "Meet the New Boss"
The Castiel you knew is gone.
~ To Dean, "Meet the New Boss"
What a brave little ant you are. You know you're powerless, you wouldn't dare move against me again. That would be pointless. So I have no need to kill you. Not now. Besides...once you were my favorite pets before you turned and bit me.
~ To Dean, "Meet the New Boss"
I'm God. And if you stay in your place, you may live in my kingdom. If you rise up, I will strike you down.
~ To Dean, "Meet the New Boss"
I hope for your sake this is the last you see me.
~ To Dean, before disappearing, "Meet the New Boss"
Understand. If you followed Raphael, if you stood against me, punishment is certain; there is nowhere to hide. The rest of you, our Father left a long time ago, and that was hard. I thought the answer was free will, but I understand now. You need a firm hand. You need a father. And I am your father now. Be obedient, children. Or this will be your fate. [...] It is a new day. On Earth, and in Heaven. Rejoice.
~ To the angels, "Meet the New Boss"
And who says you speak for God? [...] You're wrong, I am utterly indifferent to sexual orientation. On the other hand, I cannot abide hypocrites like you, Reverend. [...] Tell your flock where your genitals have been before you speak for me.
~ To a reverend, "Meet the New Boss"
And he who lies in my name shall choke on his own false tongue, and his poisonous words shall betray him.
~ Killing a reverend, "Meet the New Boss"
Hello, Crowley. You look stressed.
~ To Crowley, "Meet the New Boss"
You're a true believer. People say I'm wrathful, but I only punish liars and those who forsake me. I am a just God.
~ To a homeless, blind man, "Meet the New Boss"
Amazing. [...] I didn't want to kill you, but now... [...] You've erased any nostalgia I had for you, Dean.
~ To the Winchesters and Bobby after they bind Death so they have him kill Castiel, "Meet the New Boss"
Why? Because I dared open a door that He shut? Where is He? I did a service, taking His place. [...] I'm cleaning up one mess after another--selflessly.
~ To Death, "Meet the New Boss"
What are you, really? A flyswatter?
~ To Death, "Meet the New Boss"
I am not petty. I'm punishing a woman who causes poverty and despair in my name. I put your needs first. Don't you understand? All of you. I am a better God than my father. How can I make you understand?
~ To senate campaign workers, "Meet the New Boss"
No. I feel regret, about you and what I did to Sam. [...] If there was time, if I was strong enough, I'd--I'd fix him now. I just wanted to make amends before I die.
~ To Dean, "Meet the New Boss"
I'm sorry, Dean.
~ To Dean as Bobby opens the portal to Purgatory so Castiel can return the monster souls, "Meet the New Boss"


  • Despite the fact that he became an antagonist as explained in this page for two seasons, Castiel is similar to Tyrael from the Diablo series, as both aided their mortal ally despite the fact he also had to go against Heaven in doing so as well.


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