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==Michael's True Vessel==
According to [[Zachariah]], Dean is the "Sword of Michael," meaning that Dean is Michael's true vessel. His brother Sam is [[Lucifer]]'s true vessel. The [[archangel]] [[Gabriel]] states that the Winchester brothers were always destined to be vessels, partially because of their bloodline, and partially because their relationship parallels that of Michael and Lucifer.<ref name="five08">[[5.08 Changing Channels]]</ref> Michael himself tells Dean that his line goes all the way back to Cain and Abel, thus explaining why Dean is destined to kill Sam.<ref name="five13">[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]</ref>
'''Gabriel:''' Why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father. And Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of daddy's plan. You were born to this, boys. It's your destiny. It was always you. As it is in heaven, so it must be on Earth. One brother has to kill the other.</blockquote>
Dean consents to being Michael's vessel in [[5.18 Point of No Return]]; as Michael begins to appear, Dean reneges and kills [[Zachariah]]. He tells Sam that he changed his mind because he didn't want to let him down. Their half-brother [[Adam Milligan]] is taken as the vessel instead.
In [[13.23 Let the Good Times Roll]] Dean consents to being Michael's vessel in order to battle Lucifer. He demands that he remain in control, but after Lucifer is Killed, Michael reneges on their deal and takes over.