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[[File:TheCage.png|500pxthumb|right|500px|Lucifer's Cage.]] Lucifer's Cage is a prison located in [[Hell]], and was designed by [[God]] to hold [[Lucifer]] captive.
==History==
After [[Lucifer]] was banished from [[Heaven]] for defying [[God]] due to his corruption from the [[Mark of Cain]], he twisted a human [[soul]] into the [[Lilith|first demon]]. After this, God sent [[Michael]] to imprison Lucifer in the Cage which was locked with 600 mystical seals. In 1972, [[Azazel]] possessed a [[Father Lehne|priest]] at [[St. Mary's Convent]], and killed eight nuns in the chapel. This enabled him to speak to the imprisoned Lucifer, who used the [[The Nun|head nun]] as a conduit. Lucifer tells Azazel that Lilith is needed to break [[the 66 Seals]] that hold him captive in the Cage and that he needs to find a very "special child."<ref name="four22">[[4.22 Lucifer Rising]]</ref> This leads Azazel to recruit [[:Category:Special Children|select children]], including [[Sam Winchester]] and to set in motion events that subsequently lead to the breaking of the 66 Seals.  In 2008, after [[Dean]]'s return from [[Hell]], [[Castiel]] reveals that Lilith is trying to break the seals that lock the Cage in order to free Lucifer. Dean later learns that the first seal was broken when he was in Hell, and broke under torture and began torturing [[souls]] himself. Sam continues clandestine missions with [[Ruby]], developing his powers even though this involves drinking [[demon blood]], believing that killing Lilith will stop the Cage being opened. In 2009, Sam unknowingly releases Lucifer from the Cage by killing Lilith at [[St. Mary's Convent]]. Lilith is revealed to have been the last of the 66 Seals.
In 1972, As Sam and Dean attempt to find a way to stop Lucifer and the impending [[AzazelApocalypse]] possessed a , [[Father Lehne|priestGabriel]] at tells them that the [[St. Mary's ConventFour Horsemen of the Apocalypse]], and killed eight nuns in all own rings that together can reopen a portal to the chapelCage anywhere. This enabled him to speak to After collecting all the imprisoned Lucifer. rings, Sam comes up with a plan in which he will allow Lucifer tells Azazel that Lilith is needed to break [[the 66 Sealspossess]] that hold him captive in , and then force him into the Cage and that he needs to find a very "special child."<ref name="four22">The initial attempt fails, but when Lucifer confronts Michael at [[4.22 Lucifer RisingStull Cemetery]]</ref> This leads Azazel , Sam activates the rings and as the Cage opens, he manages to recruit gain enough control to force himself (and Lucifer) into the Cage. [[:Category:Special Children|select childrenMichael]], including (in possession of [[Sam WinchesterAdam]] and to set in motion events that subsequently lead 's body) tries to stop him but is dragged into the breaking of the 66 SealsCage as well.
In 2008, after [[Dean]]'s return from [[Hell]]After the averted Apocalypse, [[CastielRaphael]] reveals that Lilith is trying tried to break the seals that lock reopen the Cage in order to free release Lucifer. Dean later learns that and Michael, to continue where the first seal was broken when he angel's plans left off, but was ultimately unsuccessful due to Castiel leading a civil war in HellHeaven to stop him. During this time, and broke under torture and began torturing [[souls]] himself. Sam continues clandestine missions with [[Ruby]]is subsequently rescued from the Cage by Castiel, developing but his powers even though this involves drinking [[demon blood]], believing that killing Lilith will stop soul remained trapped in the Cage being opened.[[Image:Luciferscage.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Sam/tortured by Lucifer and Michael/Adam fall into the Cage.]]In 2009, Sam unknowingly releases Lucifer from the Cage by killing Lilith at [[St. Mary's ConventDeath]]. Lilith is revealed agrees to have been the last of the 66 Seals. As retrieve Sam 's soul, and Dean attempt returns it to find his body, setting up a way temporary "wall" in Sam's mind to stop Lucifer and the impending [[Apocalypse]], [[Gabriel]] tells them that prevent the [[Four Horsemen knowledge of the Apocalypse]] all own rings horrors that together can reopen a portal to the Cage anywhere. After collecting all the rings, Sam comes up with a plan happened in which he will allow Lucifer to [[possess]] him, and then force him into the Cage. The initial attempt fails, but when Lucifer confronts Michael at [[Stull Cemetery]], Sam activates the rings and as the Cage opens, he manages to gain enough control to force himself (and Lucifer) into the Cage. [[Michael]] (in possession of [[Adam]]'s body) tries to stop from destroying him but is dragged into the Cage as well.
After Following the averted Apocalypse, release of [[Raphaelthe Darkness]] tried , cries are heard coming from the Cage, and the demons speculate that Michael or Lucifer are trying to reopen warn them about it. Sam also starts having flashbacks or visions of his torment in the Cage . When Sam finally journeys to Hell to release confront Lucifer with [[Crowley]] and Michael[[Rowena]], to continue where he learns that the impact of the angelDarkness's plans lefy offrelease had a massive effect on Hell, but causing the Cage to become damaged. It was through those fissures Lucifer was ultimately unsuccessful due able reach out and give Sam his visions of the Cage. Lucifer is eventually able to Castiel leading a civil war escape in Heaven to stop him[[11. During this time, Sam is subsequently rescued from 10 The Devil in the Cage Details]] by taking [[Castiel, but ]] as his soul remained trapped in the Cage being tortured by Lucifer and Michael. [[Deathvessel]] agrees to retrieve Sam's soul, and returns it leaving Michael, who had become catatonic due to his bodyimprisonment, setting up a temporary "wall" in Sam's mind to prevent the knowledge of the horrors that happened alone in the Cage from destroying him.
Following In 2020, God opens every doorway in Hell to unleash the release souls of [[the Darkness]]damned into the world, cries are heard coming from the including Lucifer's Cage. Eventually, and the demons speculate that Michael or Lucifer are trying is revealed to warn them about it. Sam also starts having flashbacks or visions of have maintained his torment in the Cage. When Sam finally journey's to Hell to confront Lucifer with [[Crowley]] sanity and [[Rowena]], he learns that the impact of the Darkness' release had a massive effect on Hell, causing escaped from the Cage to become damaged. It alongside Adam when it was through those fissures Lucifer was able reach out and give Sam his visions of the Cageopened, leaving it empty.
==Characteristics==
===[[4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester]]===
Castiel explains to Dean that if Lucifer ascends to from the Cage, [[Hell]] and chaos will follow his presence on Earth. He later elaborates by saying that all of creation will literally experience Hell if[Lucifer roams Earth.]
===[[4.16 On the Head of a Pin]]===
Castiel and Uriel ask Dean to torture [[Alastair]] to find out who is murdering angels. In the process, Alastair revels that it was Dean who broke the first seal of Lucifer's Cage.
[[File:Lucifer's Cage Opening.jpg|right|350px400px|thumb|The mouth of [[Lucifer]]'s Cage begins to open.]]
===[[4.22 Lucifer Rising]]===
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Sam and Dean get the final two rings after [[Castiel]] cuts off [[Pestilence]]'s finger using [[Ruby's knife]] and [[Death]] gives his ring to Dean in exchange for his promise to do whatever it took to free him from Lucifer's control, ensuring that Sam would jump into the Cage as soon as he consented to possession by Lucifer. Death also instructs Dean on how the rings work to open the cage, although the explanation is not shown in this episode. Dean is later shown working with all four rings on a table. They join together to form a triangular shape with [[War]]'s ring in the center and the other three rings surrounding it. When Bobby asks him about Death teaching him how the rings work, Dean responds, "Yeah, it's nuts."
[[Image:Luciferscage.jpg|400px|right|thumb|Sam/Lucifer and Michael/Adam fall into the Cage.]]
===[[5.22 Swan Song]]===
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Dean finally agrees to support Sam's plan though he has deep misgivings telling him, "Your Hell is gonna make my tour look like Graceland." Sam primes himself by drinking [[demon blood]] and then they confront Lucifer. Lucifer knows of their plan, but Sam says "yes" anyway. As Lucifer takes him over, Dean uses the ring and an incantation to open the "door" to the cage. However Lucifer is in control, and he easily closes it.
Later, in [[Stull Cemetery]], Lucifer faces [[Michael]] who appears using [[Adam Milligan]] as a [[vessel]]. Lucifer tries to dissuade Michael from the fight, blaming their conflict on [[God]], and suggesting they walk away. Michael counters that he must carry out God's orders, and that it's his destiny to kill Lucifer, who is evil. Just then Dean arrives in the [[Impala]], Def Leppard's "Rock of Ages" blaring. Dean tries to talk to Sam, inside Lucifer, but Michael tells him it's not his fight anymore. Castiel arrives and throws a Molotov cocktail made with [[holy oil]] at Michael, causing him to vanish temporarily. Lucifer turns and blows Castiel up with a snap of his fingers. Then, as Bobby begins shooting him, he snaps his Bobby's neck.
Lucifer starts to beat Dean, taunting him, saying he will kill him slowly and make Sam feel it. Dean doesn't resist, just telling Sam he won't leave him. As he Lucifer goes to land another blow, he glances at the Impala, and suddenly all Sam's memories of life with Dean rush at him, allowing Sam to take control over Lucifer. He tosses the Horsemen's rings to the ground, and recites the incantation to open the Cage. He and Dean look at each other one last time, but as Sam goes to throw himself in, Michael reappears. Michael tries to stop him, but Sam drags him into the chasm too, and it shuts.
===[[6.01 Exile on Main St.]]===
===[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]===
Dean has himself purposefully "killed" under medical supervision, so he can plead with [[Death]] to rescue Sam and [[Adam]] from the Cage. Death agrees to rescue only one of them -- Dean chooses Sam. Death makes a wager with Dean, that if he will wear Death's ring for one day, and perform his duties, then Death will rescue Sam's soul. he He tells Dean that he will be able to contain the part of Sam that will be damaged from his time trapped with Michael and Lucifer behind a "wall" in Sam's mind, although he can't guarantee how long this will maintain. Although Dean fails to wear the ring for a day, Death agrees to retrieve Sam's soul, which he returns to Sam.
===[[6.13 Unforgiven]]===
Sam starts remembering a portion of events that happened when he lacked a soul. After Sam and [[Dean]] resolve the murders, Sam falls onto the floor, shaking uncontrollably, where he recalls some of the torture he endured in Hell by [[Lucifer]], where he is seen covered in flames.[[File:SamInHell.png|350px400px|right|thumb|[[Sam Winchester]] in Lucifer's Cage.]]
===[[6.14 Mannequin 3: The Reckoning]]===
===[[11.14 The Vessel]]===
Sam and Dean still believed that Lucifer is still in the cage until he reveals himself to be possessing Castiel.
===[[11.18 Hell's Angel]]===
Crowley offers to give Sam and Dean the [[Horn of Joshua]] in exchange for exorcising Lucifer from Castiel's vessel and sending him back to the cage, but Sam says that the cage is damn near impenetrable as it took Rowena and a spell from the ''Book of the Damned'' to summon him and inadvertently release him. Even though he tells the Winchesters that Rowena was killed and that she hid the book, Crowley is adamant in sending him back to the cage. They say that Lucifer may be their only hope in killing the Darkness if he has the Horn of Joshua.
===[[11.21 All in the Family]]===
Chuck tells Sam and Dean that he doesn't trust that Lucifer would help them against [[Amara]] because of his time imprisoned in the cage. Later, when Lucifer and Chuck agree to talk, Lucifer accuses him of throwing him into the cage because of what the Mark did to him, but Chuck says that he did what he had to do to keep mankind safe. When Chuck asks him what he would have done, Lucifer says it doesn't matter as he still forsook him, despite being his son.
 
===[[12.08 LOTUS]]===
After getting a [[Hyperbolic Pulse Generator]] from [[Arthur Ketch]] of the [[British Men of Letters]], the Winchesters, [[Castiel]], [[Crowley]] and [[Rowena]] team up together to return [[Lucifer]] to his cage. Using [[President Jefferson Rooney]]/Lucifer's mistress [[Kelly Kline]], the group lures Lucifer to a motel where Sam uses the Hyperbolic Pulse Generator, a device capable of expelling a [[demon]] from their [[vessel]]. The powerful pulse beats Lucifer back, as Rowena casts a spell to send Lucifer's essence back to the Cage. After exchanging words with Sam, Lucifer vacates the president's body, his essence swirls below the ceiling before going through a heating vent in the floor.
 
===[[12.13 Family Feud]]===
Crowley reveals that he perverted Rowena's spell to send his essence back to his discarded vessel [[Nick]] rather than being sent back to the cage. Crowley had a dozen of his most loyal demons study the cage at the molecular level and replicate the material used in creating the chains that bind him.
 
===[[12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell]]===
When Lucifer escapes his chains and tries to kill Crowley, he reveals that he also had the runes and spellwork from the cage carved into every molecule of his vessel, allowing him to negate Lucifer's powers and effectively torture him.
 
===[[13.02 The Rising Son]]===
[[Drexel]] says that he and the demons have been searching for Lucifer, even checking the cage, and yielding no results.
 
===[[14.20 Moriah]]===
Castiel meets with a demon to visit the cage and study it, but she is uncooperative. When [[Chuck]] gives Sam and Dean [[The Equalizer]] to kill [[Jack]], Castiel suggests throwing him in the cage until they find a way to save Jack, but Dean, who is too stubborn to care, shoots down the idea.
 
===[[15.01 Back and to the Future]]===
[[Belphegor]] tells Dean that every door in Hell sprang open all at once when [[God]] started the end of the world. Dean realizes that this means Lucifer's Cage as well and asks about [[Michael]]. Belphegor tells Dean that the last he heard, Michael was still just sitting in the Cage, but suggests that if Michael got out he might hold a grudge against the Winchesters.
 
===[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]===
After realizing that [[Michael]] might know something that could help them beat [[God]], the Winchesters and [[Castiel]] use one of [[Rowena]]'s spells to travel into Hell to talk to the [[archangel]] in the Cage. After interrupting a brawl between the three and several demons, Rowena, now the Queen of Hell, reminds them that the Cage is open and Michael could be anywhere in Hell or on Earth. However, Rowena has her demons search Hell for Michael when they impress upon her the urgency of the situation. The demons subsequently report back that Michael is gone, having escaped from both the Cage and Hell.
 
Following his escape, Michael continues to use [[Adam Milligan]], who he took out of the Cage with him, as Michael's [[vessel]] on Earth. During their years together in the Cage, Michael and Adam were able to reach an understanding since all they had was each other and now share control of Adam's body and even appear to have developed a friendship. After being captured by the Winchesters and Castiel, Michael is angry at Sam and Castiel for their roles in trapping him in the Cage and at Dean for abandoning Adam there while letting Lucifer free upon the world. Adam, while arguing with Michael, reminds the archangel that God abandoned Michael in the Cage as proof that they are right about God. Dean later apologizes to Adam for allowing Adam to get trapped in Lucifer's Cage, stating that Adam is a good man and didn't deserve that fate.
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