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Name Chronos
Ethan Snider
Actor Jason Dohring
Dates  ???? – 2012 (killed by Sam Winchester)
Location Canton, Ohio
Occupation God of Time
Episode(s) 7.12 Time After Time


Chronos is the Greek God of Time. He can travel through time by taking energy from three humans. He has wandered in time since losing his pre-eminence in the world. In 1944, going by the name Ethan Snider he meets Lila Taylor in Canton, Ohio. He intended her to be his third victim, but instead fell in love with her. When he accidentally leaves her time, he kills to get the power to return to her.


Powers and abilities

  • Foresight – When summoned, Chronos could be compelled to tell the summoner their future.
  • Life force consumption – Chronos could extract "time" from people to aid in his travels, three "sacrifices" allowed him to control his time travel abilities.
  • Time travel – Chronos was capable of moving through time, although ability to control this varied. At the height of his worship, with a steady stream of sacrifices, Chronos could choose when and where he appeared. When he fell out of favor with humanity, it caused him to lose control and forced him to wander through time.
  • Super strength and durability – Chronos could easily overpower any humans. He was invulnerable to most harm, and able to take multiple bullets to the back without reacting.


  • Olive branch – Stabbing Chronos in the heart with a stake made of a 1,000-year-old olive branch carved by vestal virgins and dipped in the blood of an unrevealed source is fatal.


Chronos extracting "time."

7.12 Time After Time

His killings attract the notice of Sheriff Jody Mills in the modern era, who puts Sam and Dean on the case. They find him in the same house he has occupied in various decades, and track him to an alley where he kills another victim. Dean charges him, and is pulled back in time with him to 1944. Chronos evades Dean, but his killings in this year have attracted the notice of hunter Eliot Ness, who teams up with Dean. They spot Chronos meeting with Lila, and Ness watches him at her house.

Chronos reveals the future to Sam right before he dies.

Chronos catches Ness and attacks him, but the hunter manages to get away. Dean, having been given a stake carved by vestal virgins to kill Chronos, heads to the house to meet up with Ness. Together they expose Chronos's actions to Lila. The god attacks Dean, choking him.

In the present, Sam and Jody have found a spell to summon Chronos to their time and location. When the now elderly Lila reveals that she witnessed Chronos throttling Dean in 1944, and that the clocks stopped at 11:34 that night, Sam and Jody are able to summon Chronos while he is attacking Dean, bringing both of them to the present.

The spell Sam recites to summon Chronos is:

O Krone, parakaloumen se, thespizein hemin kronon ton mellonta.
O Kronos, we beg you, foretell the future for us.

Sam stabs Chronos with the stake that came with them. Chronos, dying, tells Sam that their future is covered with "thick black ooze". He tells it's everywhere and they're everywhere. He laughs and says "Enjoy Oblivion" before falling to the ground, dead.

Chronos in Lore

The name Chronos is given to a Greek philosophical personification of time. Another figure in Greek thought, Cronus, or Kronos, is the Titan, who was the father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades; and over time two became closely intertwined. In ancient Rome, the culture of origin for the vestal virgins, adopted Cronus as Saturn.