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You rebelled...against God, Heaven, and me. Now you will atone. We'll start by freeing Lucifer and Michael from their cage, and then we'll get our show back on the road.
~ Raphael, to Castiel, "The Man Who Would Be King"

Raphael is a villain appearing in the TV series Supernatural. He is a minor antagonist in Seasons 4 and 5 and one of the main antagonists in Season 6, along with Crowley and Castiel.

He was played by Demore Barnes in the episodes "Free to Be You and Me," "The Third Man," and "The Man Who Would Be King," and by Lanette Ware in "The French Mistake" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much", who also portrayed Tobias Budge in another TV show, Hannibal.


Raphael was an Archangel, alongside Michael, Lucifer, and Gabriel. He was created, along with his three brothers, for the sole purpose of defeating the Darkness, God's own sister. Raphael, along with Michael, Lucifer, and Gabriel, fought back with their father against their aunt and imprisoned her. He later ran Heaven alongside God and the other Archangels, and was often engaged in discussions of the upcoming Apocalypse, which to the Archangels, became "Sunday dinner," as Gabriel later remarked to the Winchesters.

In Season 5, it is revealed that Raphael was the Archangel protecting the prophet Chuck Shurley and thus the one responsible for smiting Castiel when he attempted to help Dean Winchester prevent Sam Winchester from killing Lilith and thereby thwarting the angels' plans to set off the Apocalypse.

In "Free to Be You and Me," Castiel believes that Raphael knows where God (Who disappeared from Heaven long ago) is, so he and Dean track Raphael to a town and later trap him in a ring of holy fire inside an abandoned house. When Castiel demands to know where God is, Raphael asserts that God is dead. Castiel refuses to believe him, and he and Dean leave the Archangel in the ring of holy fire. Raphael warns Castiel that he will find him, but Castiel replies "Maybe one day, but today, you're my little bitch."

Raphael somehow manages to escape (off-screen), and takes over as one of the main antagonists in Season 6, following the Apocalypse being stopped by the Winchesters and Castiel being sent to preach free will and truth to the angels. Raphael summons Castiel before him and tells him of his plans to free Michael and Lucifer from Hell so he can re-start the Apocalypse, and orders Castiel to tell his followers to side with him. When Castiel refuses, Raphael blasts him, telling him he will either join him or die. This forces Castiel to make an alliance with Crowley, now the King of Hell. Crowley gives Castiel fifty thousand souls from Hell to empower Castiel; with it, Castiel and his followers declare war on Raphael.

In "The Third Man," Raphael later comes to Earth, searching for Heaven's weapons, which the angel Balthazar stole. He confronts Castiel and casually beats the angel up, stretching out the beating to hurt him more before finally trying to kill him. However, Balthazar intervenes, turning Lot's Salt on the Archangel, reducing his human vessel to salt and banishing him back to Heaven.

In "The French Mistake," Raphael sends Virgil, the weapons keeper of Heaven, to regain Heaven's weapons, believing Castiel had given them to Sam and Dean for safekeeping. By the end of the episode, Raphael, now occupying a female vessel, confronts the brothers after they return from an alternate universe, only for Balthazar to interrupt. He prepares to kill Balthazar, only for Castiel to arrive and reveal he has all the weapons under his power, forcing Raphael to flee.

In "The Man Who Knew Too Much," following Castiel betraying Crowley over gaining the millions of souls from Purgatory, Crowley makes a deal with Raphael, who arrives protecting Crowley from Castiel's wrath and scares Castiel off. However, Castiel tricks him (again) by swapping the blood needed to open Purgatory for dog's blood, meaning Crowley and Raphael's spell fails while Castiel absorbs all the souls. With his now much-greater powers, Castiel destroys Raphael in same way the Archangel had originally destroyed him.

Season 11

God Himself mentions Raphael, commenting that He could resurrect the two deceased Archangels (Gabriel and Raphael) to fight the Darkness, but this would take far too long because the Archangels are beings of cosmic power and if God tried, the Darkness would have taken over Creation before God was even done.


It is a testament to my unending mercy that I don't smite you here and now.
~ Raphael, to Dean, "Free to Be You and Me"
Surely you remember Zachariah giving you stomach cancer. [...] Yes, well, he doesn't have anything close to my imagination.
~ Raphael, to Dean, "Free to Be You and Me"
There's no other explanation. [God]'s gone for good. [...] Do you remember the twentieth century? Think the twenty-first is going any better? You think God would have let any of that happen if He were alive?
~ Raphael asserting to Castiel that God is dead, "Free to Be You and Me"
Who ran off and disappeared? Who left no instructions and a world to run? [...] This is funny to you? You're living in a godless universe. [...] We're tired. We just want it to be over. We just want...Paradise. [...] And whatever we want, we get!
~ Raphael, to a laughing and mocking Dean, "Free to Be You and Me"
You came. I appreciate the courage that takes.
~ Raphael, to Castiel when he meets with him in Heaven, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Of course it does. It's God's will. [...] Because it's what I want.
~ Raphael, to Castiel, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Are you sure? You know better than anyone, Castiel. They're soldiers. They weren't built for freedom; they were built to follow.
~ Raphael, to Castiel opposing his plan to re-start the Apocalypse, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Tomorrow you kneel, Castiel, or you and anyone with you dies.
~ Raphael to Castiel, after attacking Castiel and leaving him badly injured, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Castiel, you really think I would let you open that door? Take in that much power? If anyone is going to be the new God, it's me.
~ Raphael, to Castiel after forming an alliance with Crowley, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Castiel, please. You let the demon go, but not your own brother?
~ Raphael's last words before being smited by Castiel, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"


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