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Zachariah

Zachariah

Let me tell you something. I was on the fast track once. Employee of the month, every month, forever. I would walk these halls and people would AVERT THEIR EYES! I HAD RESPECT! And then they assigned me...you. Now look at me. I can't close the deal on a couple of flannel-wearing maggots? Everybody's laughing at me...and they're right to do it. So! Say "yes", don't say "yes"; I'm still going to take it out of your asses. It's personal now, boys, and the last person in the history of Creation you want as your enemy...is me. And I'll tell you why: Lucifer may be strong, but I'm...petty. I'm going to be the angel on your shoulder for the rest of eternity.
~ To Dean and Sam, "Dark Side of the Moon"

Zachariah is a character appearing on the CW television series, Supernatural. First appearing in the show's fourth season, he goes on to serve as the tertiary antagonist in the fifth season. A seraph (a higher-level angel in the show's universe), Zachariah is Castiel's superior as well as Michael's second-in-command.

He is portrayed by Kurt Fuller, who also played Jack Hardemeyer in Ghostbusters II.

History

Season 4

Zachariah first appears in "It's a Terrible Life", in which Dean and Sam Winchester's memories of their lives as hunters and of supernatural creatures are erased, and they are given new memories. Dean becomes Dean Smith, an executive working at Sandover Bridge & Iron, while Sam becomes Sam Wesson, a technician in the company's tech support department. Zachariah himself adopts the guise of Mr. Adler, Dean's boss.

After Dean and Sam team up to battle and defeat the ghost of P.T. Sandover, and Dean announces that he's going to resign from Sandover, Zachariah expresses satisfaction with his choice and restores his memories, reveals his own true identity as an angel and Castiel's superior, and explains what happened: He removed Dean's memories and put him in a haunted building to show him that being a hunter is in his blood, not something he was forced into by his father or God, thus restoring Dean's resolve to stop Lilith from breaking the 66 Seals.

In the final scene of the next episode "The Monster At the End of This Book", Zachariah appears after Chuck Shurley, a Prophet of the Lord who has been writing the Winchesters' adventures as a series of books, has a vision. Chuck moves to call Dean and tell him about his vision, but Zachariah advises against it, saying he needs to keep the Winchesters in the dark about what's coming. When Chuck asks him what he's supposed to do, Zachariah simply tells him to write.

In "Lucifer Rising", after Dean is abducted and put in the angels' "green room", Zachariah appears and informs him that all of the 66 Seals have fallen, save for one that can only be broken by Lilith. Dean later learns that Zachariah and the rest of the angels never intended to stop the Apocalypse, which they actually want to happen so Michael can defeat Lucifer and his demons, and bring Paradise to Earth, albeit at the cost of half of humanity being eliminated in the coming conflict.

When Dean asks him what God has to say about all of this, Zachariah replies that "God has left the building" and leaves. Later, when Castiel appears in the room and uses his own blood to draw an angel-banishing sigil on the wall of the green room, Zachariah appears and demands to know what Castiel's doing, only for Castiel to activate the sigil and banish Zachariah from the room, buying himself time to tell Dean that Lilith herself is the final seal and that her death will free Lucifer from Hell.

Season 5

In the season premiere "Sympathy for the Devil", Zachariah (accompanied by two angels) appears in Chuck's kitchen after the Winchesters arrive. He informs the brothers that Lucifer, like any angel, needs a human vessel to inhabit on Earth, and tries to get Dean to join him in defeating him, but Dean uses an angel-banishing sigil to send Zachariah and his fellow angels away, mostly out of revenge for Castiel's death at the hands of Raphael.

Later, the Winchesters receive word that Michael's sword, which they believe can kill Lucifer and thus end the Apocalypse, is at their father John's old lockup; they go there, only to find Zachariah already there with two other angels. Zachariah then reveals that Dean is Michael's sword or, in other words, Michael's chosen vessel for the Apocalypse. When Dean refuses to give his consent to Michael, Zachariah proceeds to torture both Dean (by giving him stage-four stomach cancer) and Sam (by breaking his legs and then taking away his lungs) to get Dean to yield, but Dean remains strong in his will.

After Castiel suddenly appears and kills Zachariah's fellow angels, a shocked Zachariah asks how Castiel is alive, to which Castiel implies that God was responsible for his resurrection, causing Zachariah to state it's not possible. Castiel then orders Zachariah to heal the Winchesters and leave, telling his former superior he "won't ask twice." Zachariah complies.

In "The End", Zachariah sends Dean to the year 2014, where Lucifer has unleashed the Croatoan virus and turned Earth into a zombie-infested wasteland with few human survivors. As Dean drives toward Bobby Singer's house, Zachariah appears in the passenger seat of the car that Dean is driving and explains he wants Dean to see how everything will turn out if he continues to refuse to submit to Michael, then disappears.

Near the end of the episode, Zachariah appears after Dean's conversation with Lucifer and transports him back to the present, where he tries to persuade Dean to give in to Michael and thus prevent the future that Dean just experienced from ever coming to pass. Dean, after a moment's thought, refuses, enraging Zachariah, who advances on Dean, only for Dean to be transported to safety by Castiel.

In "Dark Side of the Moon", after Dean and Sam are killed and go to Heaven, they are spotted by angels and flee. Zachariah appears and taunts the Winchesters, who take off running, only for Zachariah to demonstrate he has the upper hand on them, eventually cornering the brothers. Unfortunately for Zachariah, a distraction provided by Ash, a deceased acquaintance of the Winchesters, allows the Winchesters to elude him for the moment.

Later, Zachariah corners Dean and Sam, who are apprehended by two other angels, and taunts them by fondling a facsimile of their deceased mother Mary before causing the duplicate to disappear. He then makes it clear that he's out for vengeance against the Winchesters for making him look foolish to his fellow angels, delivering a few punches to Dean as he rants about how he used to be respected and feared in Heaven. Fortunately, an angel named Joshua, Heaven's gardener, interrupts and insists that God has requested to speak with the Winchesters personally. When Zachariah refuses, Joshua tells him that God is going to return home someday and won't like what He sees, prompting Zachariah to leave with his two associates.

In "Point of No Return", Zachariah is in a bar drinking a glass of alcohol. He makes small conversation with a man and laments about how he failed to secure Dean's consent for Michael. A moment later, Michael himself manifests on Earth without a human vessel, causing a massive earthquake and killing everyone in the bar. Zachariah expects that Michael has arrived to smite him for his failure to get Dean's permission, but is overjoyed when it turns out Michael is giving him a second chance and promises Michael he will not fail this time.

Zachariah resurrects Adam Milligan, Dean and Sam's half-brother, ostensibly so Michael can use him as his vessel instead of Dean. As it turns out, Zachariah really brought Adam back to life so he could use the younger boy to draw Dean into a trap. He whisks Adam away from Bobby's house and takes him to the "green room", where he admits the truth to Adam. When Adam protests, Zachariah causes him to cough up blood.

Later, when Dean and Sam arrive to rescue their half-brother, Zachariah appears and tortures both Sam and Adam to force Dean to finally consent to Michael. Happy that Dean has finally said "yes" to Michael, Zachariah summons Michael, who begins to descend. When Dean mentions he has a list of demands, Zachariah allows him to make said demands, and Dean remarks he'll submit to Michael only if Michael agrees to smite Zachariah. Zachariah angrily insists Michael won't kill him because he's too valuable. Dean then takes out an angel blade and stabs Zachariah in the neck with it, killing him.

Quotes

I'm hardly another one, Dean. I'm Castiel's superior. Believe me, I had no interest in popping down here into one of these smelly things. But after the unfortunate situation with Uriel, I felt it necessary to pay a visit. Get my ducks in a row. [...] Starting with your attitude.
~ To Dean, revealing his true identity, "It's a Terrible Life"
To prove to you that the path you're on is truly in your blood. You're a hunter. Not because your dad made you, not because God called you back from Hell, but because it is what you are. And you love it. You'll find your way to it in the dark every single time and you're miserable without it. Dean, let's be real here. You're good at this. You'll be successful. You will stop it.
~ To Dean, "It's a Terrible Life"
You'll do everything you're destined to do. All of it. But I know, I know--you're not strong enough. You're scared. You got daddy issues. You can't do it. Right?
~ To Dean, "It's a Terrible Life"
All I'm saying is it's how you look at it. Most folks live and die without moving anything more than the dirt it takes to bury them. You get to change things. [...] Save people, maybe even the world. All the while you drive a classic car and fornicate with women. This isn't a curse; it's a gift. So for God's sakes, Dean, quit whining about it. Look around. There are plenty of fates worse than yours. So are you with me? You wanna go steam yourself another latte? Or are you ready to stand up and be who you really are?
~ To Dean, "It's a Terrible Life"
I'm Zachariah. You may know me from your work.
~ To Chuck, "The Monster at the End of This Book"
I wouldn't advise it. People shouldn't know too much about their own destiny. You try...and I'll stop you.
~ To Chuck, "The Monster at the End of This Book"
Don't be melodramatic, Chuck. We'd only bring you back to life.
~ To Chuck after he says he's going to kill himself, "The Monster at the End of This Book"
What you always do. Write.
~ To Chuck, "The Monster at the End of This Book"
Call it a green room. We're closing in on the grand finale here. We want to keep you safe before showtime. [...] Try a burger. They're your favorite. From that seaside shack in Delaware. You were eleven, I think. [...] No? How about Ginger from Season Two of Gilligan's Island? You do have a thing for her, don't you? [...] We'll throw in Mary Ann for free.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
You think sarcasm's appropriate, do you? Considering...you started all this?
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
Because you swore your obedience. So obey.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
Quit hurling feces like a howler monkey, would you? It's unbecoming.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
Nope. Never did. The end is nigh. The Apocalypse is coming, kiddo, to a theater near you.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
Our grunts on the ground--we couldn't just tell them the whole truth. We'd have a full-scale rebellion on our hands. I mean, think about it. Would we really let 65 seals get broken unless senior management wanted it that way?
~ To Dean, revealing the angels' true plans to allow the Apocalypse to happen, "Lucifer Rising"
Why not? The Apocalypse? Poor name, bad marketing--puts people off. When all it is is Ali/Foreman. On a...slightly larger scale. And we like our chances. When our side wins, and we will, it's paradise on Earth. Now, what's not to like about that?
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
Well...you can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs. In this case...truckloads of eggs, but you get the picture. Look...it happens. This isn't the first planetary enema we've delivered.
~ To Dean when questioned about the human casualties of the Apocalypse, "Lucifer Rising"
Uh, no, Dean. Probably shouldn't try to bash my skull in with that thing. Wouldn't end up too pleasant for you.
~ To Dean, who contemplates attacking him, "Lucifer Rising"
Sam, Sam, Sam. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Forget about him, would you? You have larger concerns. Why do you think I'm confiding in you? You're still vital, Dean. We weren't lying about your destiny. Just...omitted a few pertinent details. But nothing's changed. You are chosen. You will stop it. Just...not Lilith, or the Apocalypse. That's all.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
You're going to stop Lucifer. You're our own little Russell Crowe, complete with surly attitude. And when it's over...and when you've won...your rewards will be...unimaginable. Peace, happiness...two virgins and seventy sluts. Trust me--one day, we'll look back on this and laugh.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
God? God has left the building.
~ To Dean, "Lucifer Rising"
Maybe we let it happen. We didn't start anything. Right, Sammy?
~ To Dean and Sam, "Sympathy for the Devil"
You had a chance to stop your brother, and you couldn't. So let's not quibble over who started what. Let's just say it was all our faults and move on. 'Cause, like it or not, it's Apocalypse Now. And we're back on the same team again. You want to kill the Devil; we want you to kill the Devil. It's...synergy.
~ To Dean, "Sympathy for the Devil"
You listen to me, boy! You think you can rebel against us? As Lucifer did?
~ To Dean, "Sympathy for the Devil"
It's you, chucklehead. You're the Michael sword. What, you thought you could actually kill Lucifer? You simpering wad of insecurity and self-loathing? No. You're just a human, Dean. And not much of one.
~ To Dean, "Sympathy for the Devil"
Keep mouthing off, I'll break more than his legs. I am completely and utterly through screwing around. The war has begun. We don't have our general. That's bad. Now, Michael is going to take his vessel and lead the final charge against the adversary. You understand me?
~ To Dean, "Sympathy for the Devil"
There is no other way. There must be a battle. Michael must defeat the serpent. It is written.
~ To Dean, "Sympathy for the Devil"
"President Palin defends bombing of Houston." Certainly a buyer's market in real estate. Let's see what's happening in sports. That's right—no more sports. Congress revoked the right to group assembly. What's left of Congress, that is. Hardly a quorum, if you ask me.
~ To Dean, appearing in the passenger seat of the Impala, "The End"
Enough. Dean, enough. You saw it, right? You saw what happens. You're the only person who can prove the Devil wrong. Just say "yes." [...] The time for tricks is over. Give yourself to Michael. Say "yes" and we can strike. Before Lucifer gets to Sam. Before billions die.
~ To Dean, "The End"
Wow. Running from angels. On foot. In Heaven. With out-of-the-box thinking like that, I'm surprised you boys haven't stopped the Apocalypse already.
~ To Dean and Sam in Heaven, "Dark Side of the Moon"
Guys. What's the problem? I just want to send you back to Earth, that's all. I mean, that is, after I tear you a cosmos of new ones. You're on my turf now, boys. And by the time I through with you, you're going to be begging to say "yes."
~ To Dean and Sam as they try to evade him in Heaven, "Dark Side of the Moon"
You know, I'd say the same thing about you, Sam, but I have actually grown quite fond of your mother. Or at least the blessed memory of her. I think we're going to be logging a lot of quality time together. I've discovered she's quite the...MILF.
~ To Sam, while kissing and caressing a facsimile of Mary Winchester, "Dark Side of the Moon"
In Heaven, I have six wings and four faces, one of whom is a lion. You see this because you're...limited.
~ To Dean and Sam, "Dark Side of the Moon"
Deal of the millennium. Couldn't even get the one simple "yes" I needed. Got to nail that bottom line, right?
~ To a bar patron, "Point of No Return"
That's all they care about upstairs, ain't it? Results, results, results. They don't know. They're not down on the ground, in the mud, nose-to-nose with all you pig-filthy humans, am I right?
~ To a bar patron, "Point of No Return"
I mean, whatever happened to personal loyalty? How long have I worked for these guys? Five millennia? Six?
~ To a bar patron, "Point of No Return"
Go ahead! Get it over with. I'm ready. [...] Wait, what? Yes! Anything, of course! Just—just put me back in. You won't regret it. Thank you! Thank you!
~ To Michael after he manifests on Earth without a vessel, "Point of No Return"
Didn't we tell you about them? So you know you can't trust them, right? You know Sam and Dean Winchester are psychotically, irrationally, erotically codependent on each other, right?
~ To Adam, "Point of No Return"
Really? Trust me, kid, when the heat gets hot, they're not gonna give a flying crap about you. Hell, they'd rather save each other's sweet bacon than save the planet. They're not your family. Understand?
~ To Adam, "Point of No Return"
Look, this is never easy, but I'm afraid...we've had to terminate your position at this time. [...] Hey, don't get me wrong. You've been a hell of a sport, really. Good stuff. But the thing is, you're not so much the "chosen one" as you are...a clammy scrap of bait.
~ To Adam, revealing he was using Adam to lure Dean, "Point of No Return"
We didn't lie. We just avoided certain truths to manipulate you.
~ To Adam, "Point of No Return"
I mean, I thought I was downsized for sure. And for us, a firing...pretty damn literal. But I should have trusted the boss man. It's all playing out like he said...you, me, your hemorrhaging brothers. You're finally ready, right? You know there's no other choice. There's never been a choice.
~ To Dean, "Point of No Return"
You listen to me. You are nothing but a maggot inside a worm's ass. Do you know who I am...after I deliver you to Michael?
~ To Dean, "Point of No Return"
Michael's not gonna kill me.
~ Zachariah's last words to Dean, before Dean stabs him in the face with an angel blade, "Point of No Return"

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