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|actor= [[Julian Richings]]<br>[[Lisa Berry]]|dates= '''Original Death:''' Before Creation
- 2015 (killed by [[Dean Winchester]])<br>2017 ([[ Billie]] instated as new incarnation of Death)
|occupation= [[Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Horseman of the Apocalypse]]
|episodes= [[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]<br>[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]<br>[[7.01 Meet the New Boss]]<br>[[9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here]]<br>[[10.23 Brother's Keeper]]<br>[[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]<br>[[13.19 Funeralia]]
|text= To a thing like me, a thing like you, well...Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy
that’s barely out of its diapers. I’m old, Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you.
|source= [[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]
Death is one of the [[Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse]]
, referred to in the Book of Revelation as the Pale Horseman, he appears to be the most powerful and eldest of the four, older than [[Famine]], [[War]] and [[Pestilence]]. According to him, he is the only being in existence that will persist through the end of time. According to Death neither he nor [[God]] can remember which of them is older. Since [[Amara]], God's sister, claims that she doesn't know who Death is, and vice versa, it proves that God is older than the pale horseman.<ref name="eleven01">[[11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire]]</ref> Death also believes at the end of time, God himself will die, and he will then reap God.<ref name="five21">[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]</ref>
At some point in the past Death became imprisoned. He
is released by [[Lucifer]] during the [[Apocalypse]], and finds himself forced to serve the fallen [[archangel]]'s wishes.<ref name="five10">[[5.10 Abandon All Hope...]]</ref><ref name="five21" /> Though he is often unseen, Death's actions and presence have far reaching effects. On Lucifer's orders, he resurrects the dead , causes biblical storms and massive hurricanes.<ref name="five19">[[5.19 Hammer of the Gods]]</ref><ref name="five15">[[5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]</ref> Death is even ordered by Lucifer to destroy Chicago with a massive storm which will kill three million people.<ref name="five21" /> [[Dean]] encounters him in Chicago, and Death reveals that he does not serve Lucifer by choice, and is willing to give up his ring to see Lucifer re-imprisoned . He agrees not to destroy Chicago, saying he "likes their pizza."
After the defeat of Lucifer, Death
returns his attention to maintaining the natural order.<ref name="six11">[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]</ref> In spite of his own reservations about resurrecting the dead, he retrieves [[Sam]]'s soul from [[Lucifer's Cage]] and returns it to him so that the Winchesters will continue to investigate a greater threat against the balance of life and death.<ref name="six11" />
It’s funny to hear a Winchester talk about the finality of dying. This reality -– it has rules, Dean. So many rules. And one of them? Kill one incarnation of Death, like you did, the next reaper to die takes his place. So... when Castiel stabbed me in the back, turns out, I got a promotion. New job. New gear.
|source= [[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]
The original Death appeared as a very slender,
and almost skeleton-like, older man. He would approach any situation in a dry, calm demeanor, never raising his voice or revealing any emotions beyond slight annoyance. Death is initially seen as being catastrophic, but after the re-imprisonment of Lucifer, he returns to his position as the leader of the [[reapers]] as a force for balance in the natural order. Death's knowledge and age are immeasurable, and his power is immense, exceeding that of almost any other entity encountered barring [[God]] and [[the Darkness]] / [[Amara]]. Death also had a fondness for junk food; including bacon dogs, pizza, soda and fried pickle chips .
Chuck Shurley]] admits to Sam and Dean that he enjoyed the old Death better than Billie, "he was all about fried pickles and tickle porn" - claiming she involves herself too much.
===Powers and abilities===
- Death was able to summon his scythe to him.* Chronokinesis - As Death, Billie froze time around Dean's suicide and Sam's attempts to revive him so that she could speak with him. This appeared to be a localized effect as the time freeze did not affect the reaper [[Jessica (Reaper)|Jessica]] or the ghosts trapped in the same house.* Immortality - Death is exempt from all forms of pain, fatigue, age, and disease. While an incarnation of Death can be killed, the mantle of Death will move on to the next [[reaper]] to be killed, ensuring that Death will eventually be the only thing to last forever.* Nigh- Omniscience - Death has an almost absolute awareness of the universe that exceeds that of the archangels, and is only rivaled by God.* Nigh- Omnipotence - As a primordial being and being the eldest and most powerful member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Death can do almost anything that it desires, possessing a great deal of near infinite supernatural power. Death is so powerful that it is one of the few beings that can enter [[Lucifer's Cage]] without the need of the Rings of the Horsemen. Death is also powerful enough to remove and/or transfer the [[Mark of Cain]]. Death even created an eclipse by realigning the Solar System.* [[Resurrection]] - As the bringer of death, Death can resurrect all forms of life back to any state it so desires. Death could bring multiple people back to life just with his passing. However, as it violates the natural order, he almost never does, but under certain situations exceptions can be made. As Death, Billie resurrected Dean following his suicide as it was not his time to die.* Memory manipulation - Death was able to suppress Sam's horrific memories of being in Hell by placing the memories behind a temporary wall he created in his mind. * [[Teleportation]] - Death can teleport anywhere in the universe instantly. Death could even teleport into and leave Lucifer's Cage without the need of the rings.* Tactile necrokinesis - Death can instantly kill anything or anyone with a touch. After being bumped into by a man walking in the opposite direction to him, Death brushed his coat with his hand where the man had walked into him, killing him instantly. * Thermokinesis - Death caused his scythe to burn red-hot in order to make Dean drop it.* [[Weather]] manipulation - Death is able to create cataclysmic events so harsh that can wipe the Earth clean of any and all life, like he did during Noah's flood. Death was going to wipe out an entire state with massive weather anomalies on Lucifer's orders, but later decided not to do it.
Despite rivaling [[God]]'s power, even Death has a few weaknesses and can even be killed
, though only by one method: Death's own scythe.
* [[Death's Scythe]]
- Death can be killed by its own scythe.* [[Spells #Death_2|Spells]] - Death can be effectively bound. God kept the original Death imprisoned beneath the Earth for thousands of years for unknown reasons. [[Dean]] and [[Sam]] were able to use a spell given to them by [[Crowley]] to bind him in an attempt to get him to kill [[Godstiel|Castiel]], who had dubbed himself the new "God."
As a Horseman, Death drives a pale 1959 Cadillac Coupe
Deville with a California license plate that reads BUH*BYE.
Death owns a scythe purportedly capable of reaping any being, including [[angels]], [[demons]] and [[reaper]]s.<ref name="four15">[[4.15 Death Takes a Holiday]]</ref><ref name="five21" /> It is the only known weapon capable of killing Death himself.
===[[5.10 Abandon All Hope...]]===
[[Lucifer]] undertakes a ritual to release Death. He chooses the town of Carthage, Missouri which was the site of a terrible battle during the Civil War known as the Battle of Hellhole. The ritual requires the killing all the women and children in the town, who are then buried in a mass grave. [[Lucifer]] then performs an invocation, and commands the [[demon]] possessed townsmen to sacrifice themselves "to complete this tribute." They do so, and Death rises, casting a shadow across Lucifer.
===[[5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]===
Death arrives in [[Bobby]]'s hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and proceeds to revive some of the dead in the local cemetery, including Bobby's wife [[Karen Singer|Karen]]. While unseen in this episode, his presence is heralded by fierce lighting storms. Those who are revived by Death appear normal at first, but after five days, the revived devolve into stereotypical [[zombies]], developing a craving for human flesh after a high fever.
Before dying a second time, Karen says that Death told her that the entire incident was organized to attack Bobby, as he is one of the few remaining elements keeping Sam from saying "yes" to act as Lucifer's vessel. Karen describes Death as "so thin - like a skeleton."
===[[5.20 The Devil You Know]]===
Sam, Dean and Bobby are hunting Death and Pestilence.
Bobby is talking on the phone with [[Rufus Turner]] discussing possible omens for locating Death when [[Crowley]] appears in his home. Crowley tells Bobby he can help them find Death, but he needs to make a [[deal]] for Bobby's soul to pull it off. Bobby is resistant to the idea, but Crowley assures him that it will be temporary and that he will give Bobby back his soul after it's done.
Death stops in a pizzeria for lunch, killing everyone inside (this may have been unintentional, with the deaths a consequence of being near him). He is found by [[Dean]], who attempts to sneak up on him with [[Death's scythe]]. However, the scythe begins to burn hot in proximity to Death, forcing Dean to drop it and alerting the Horseman to his presence. Rather than act hostile toward Dean like the other Horsemen, Death thanks him for returning the Scythe to him before asking Dean to join him at the table and eat some of the pizza. Death then reveals that he has been waiting for a long time to talk with Dean.
When Dean asks him how old he is, Death admits he can't really remember anymore and guesses he is as old or older than [[God]]
himself, but neither can remember anymore. He surmises that he has been alive since life itself began and someday he will even reap God. Death states that God is a living being like any other and someday he too will die; its just the way things work. Dean comments that this is "above his pay grade," and Death agrees.
Death explains that [[Lucifer]], whom he describes as "a bratty child having a tantrum," has him bound by a spell and is using him in creating Apocalyptic chaos, and prevented him from going to Dean. Death offers his ring to Dean, on the condition that Dean must do everything in his power to assure that Lucifer is put back in his [[Lucifer's Cage|Cage]], even sacrificing [[Sam]]. Dean reluctantly agrees, and Death warns him to hold true to his word by saying he can't cheat Death. He then gives Dean instructions on how to operate the rings that combine to form a key that can allow him to open the Cage from anywhere on the planet.
[[File:DeathBound.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Death is bound by [[Sam]], [[Dean]] and [[Bobby]].]]
During their stand-off, Death confronts [[Castiel]] about his deteriorating state and comparing his current celestial form to a "mutated angel." Death tells him that it is because he absorbed other creatures from Purgatory, creatures older than souls, that he can't contain. Death then explains that long before [[God]] created [[angel|angels]] and man,
he created the first beasts ; the [[Leviathans]]. Death stated that he personally found them entertaining, but [[God]] locked them away in [[Purgatory]] because they threatened to tear apart the world, and now these Leviathans are within Castiel. Death warns that Castiel is just a thin membrane between the old ones and their world.
Castiel scoffs at Death's warnings and threatens to kill him, and Death ignores his threats, telling him that he isn't a God. Dean orders Death to kill Castiel, but Castiel breaks the bonds tying Death to their will and then flees. Instead of turning on them, Death goes on to eat
he pickle chips and declares that Castiel's arrogance is annoying and decides to help them yet again. He tells Dean that the Leviathans Castiel absorbed can be returned to Purgatory : they just have to return to the place where they first confronted Castiel as a "God," open another door to Purgatory, and convince him to give up his new power.
In order to open the door to Purgatory, Death agrees to create another lunar eclipse at 3:59 AM on Sunday just before dawn. Death threatens them by stating that if they try to bind him again, they would die before they start. He compliments them on the pickle chips before he leaves.
===[[7.10 Death's Door]]===
After [[Bobby Singer|Bobby]]
has been shot by [[Dick Roman]], he has slipped into a coma and is slowly dying. A [[Bobby's Reaper|reaper]] enters his mind to carry his soul over to the afterlife. Bobby travels further into his own mind to escape him. When talking to a mental projection of [[Rufus Turner|Rufus]], he mentions that the only thing that could permanently stop the reaper from claiming him is Death, the [[reaper]]'s boss. Bobby says however that they wouldn't want him to get involved, presumably since Death would most likely see Bobby's impending death as a part of the natural order to be maintained and would therefore claim him immediately.
===[[9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here]]===
===[[10.23 Brother's Keeper]]===
Deciding that he can't fight the influence of the [[Mark of Cain]] anymore, [[Dean]] sets
-up shop in an empty bar where he proceeds to summon Death, believing he's the only thing powerful enough to kill him. When Death arrives, Dean offers him some Mexican food that he prepared himself, which Death gladly dines on. As Dean makes his case to Death to kill him, Death tells him that the Mark won't allow for that, but tells him he can remove the Mark, but Dean must first give it to someone else before he will. Death explains that the Mark was created by [[God]] to bind [[the Darkness]], an ancient evil that existed before life or even the Earth. If the Mark is removed without being passed on, the Darkness will be released. The Mark initially belonged to [[Lucifer]] who was corrupted by it, which led to his fall and it being passed it onto [[Cain]] who passed it onto Dean. When Dean refuses to pass the Mark on, Death offers him another option: Death can transport him so far away he's no longer a threat to anyone, but he demands Dean kill [[Sam]] in exchange so Sam won't try to get him back.
[[File:Death of Death.png|thumb|right|350px|Death is stuck down by [[Dean Winchester]].]]
Dean calls Sam and gives him his location
, when he arrives, Death waits idly as the two brothers confront and fight each other, until Sam finally acquiesces and allows Dean to kill him for the greater good. A defeated Sam remains kneeling at his brother's feet , when Death approaches and hands Dean [[Death's Scythe|his scythe]]. As Dean is hesitating delivering the death blow to Sam, Death tells him to do it, or he will. As Dean tells Sam he is sorry, he takes the scythe and swings it over Sam's head, turning around and driving the blade into the side of Death, killing him. Death and his scythe crumble to ashes. However, Death's warning comes to pass when [[Rowena]] removes the Mark and the Darkness is released.
===[[11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire]]===
===[[11.02 Form and Void]]===
The [[reaper]] [[Billie]] mentions to [[Sam]] that Death found his and [[Dean]]'s constant resurrections humorous, but with his demise there is now only one rule in the universe -- "What lives, dies
." And that for their part in his death, whichever reaper comes to claim their [[soul]]s when they die, Sam and Dean won't be going to [[Heaven]] or [[Hell]], but be thrown into [[the Empty]], where they can never return from.
===[[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]===
]] has [[Sam]] temporarily induce death on him, his reaper [[Jessica (Reaper)|Jessica]] realizes who he is and reports that Dean Winchester is in the Veil. When Sam's attempt to revive Dean fails, Dean is surprised by the sight of Billie, who reveals that after [[Castiel]] killed her, she became the new Death, explaining that when Death dies, the first reaper to be killed after him will take up his mantle. Telling Dean they need to talk, Billie teleports herself and Dean to a place she refers to as her "reading room." She tells Dean that she has heard that he and Sam have been jumping universes and questions him how that is possible. Dean tells her that as Death she should know, but Billie replies that this information eludes her, much to her annoyance. Realizing Dean has the upper hand, he strikes a deal: in exchange for the information, Billie must release the souls trapped in Meadows' home. Billie agrees to the terms and has Jessica usher the souls out of [[the Veil]]. Curious as to why he didn't ask her to revive him, Dean tells her he figured it was a moot point and was prepared to die. Billie tells him he has changed and no longer has the same bravado of a man that has died multiple times. Dean explains that after his recent failings, he is prepared to die if it is his time. Billie, however, shows Dean a shelf with notebooks dedicated to him, and the various ways that he may die based on his choices in life. she tells Dean that now is not his time, and that with her taking on the mantle of Death, she sees the big picture, and much to her chagrin, she finds that he and Sam are important and that they have work to do and that's all he needs to know. When Dean attempts to ask her about Mary, Billie sends him away, resurrecting him.
After sending Dean away, Billie begins reading from one of the many notebooks on Dean's shelf. Dean tells Sam about his encounter with Death. Sam is confused as Dean killed Death leading Dean to explain that Billie is now the replacement of the Death that Dean had killed.
In attempt to gain audience with Death to resurrect [[Crowley]], Rowena begins killing people before their time along with their reapers. When she learns that Sam is destined to kill her, she attempts to summon Death to her by killing Sam. To her surprise, Billie arrives, revealing herself as Death to Rowena.
When Billie denies Rowena's request to bring back her son, telling her she does not do blackmail and encourages her to go ahead and kill Sam, telling her she is curious to see what will happen. When Rowena can't bring herself to kill Sam, Billie attempts to comfort her by telling her "some things just are… and everyone has to live with that" before departing and telling Dean she will see him soon.
In a desperate attempt to escape [[Michael's Monsters]], Sam calls upon the [[reaper]] [[Jessica (Reaper)|Jessica]]
who Billie had following the Winchesters around. However, the Reaper [[Violet]] appears instead and reveals that Billie now has her Reapers following them around in shifts. Sam attempts to convince Violet to teleport the group to safety, but she refuses due to Billie's rules. Among the chaos, [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael]] mentions that in [[Apocalypse World]], he and his angels imprisoned Death and enslaved the reapers. Despite Violet's initial refusal to lend a hand, she, Sam, [[Castiel]], [[Jack]] and Michael are suddenly teleported to [[the Bunker]].
Later, as Dean recuperates in his room, Billie appears to him. Having heard the story of the others' inexplicable escape, Dean realizes that it was in fact Billie who was responsible despite it being against the rules. Billie admits to rescuing Sam and the others, stating that she "took a calculated risk" and asks Dean not to tell anyone. Billie chides Dean for ignoring her warnings about crossing universes
which Dean feels was worth it to rescue Jack and [[Mary Winchester|their mother]]. Billie reminds Dean of his visit to [[Death's Reading Room]] and all of the notebooks showing the various ways he could die. Billie warns Dean that all of those notebooks have now changed: all but one fate has Michael escaping his prison in Dean's mind and using Dean's body to destroy the world. Billie hands Dean the notebook containing the one fate where Michael loses, shocking Dean at what it reveals must be done. Billie tells Dean that it's up to him what he will do with the information and departs, leaving Dean with the notebook.
[[Chuck]] says that he hates Billie, preferring the old Death who was "all about fried chips and tickle porn."
==Death in Lore==
* The fact that Death is always eating when he is making a deal can be a reference to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_drive death drive], from Freudian psychoanalytic theory about the two conflicting central desires which guide humans. While eating, although there is the life drive since the point of feeding is to keep alive, there is also the death drive, because it is necessary to destroy the food before ingesting, an aggressive element.
* In ''[[Supernatural: Carved in Flesh]]'', [[Hel]], the Norse goddess of Death and primary antagonist, calls herself "Death's little sister." Whether this is true or not remains unknown. Though, as creator [[Eric Kripke]] has stated, tie-in novels/comics should not be considered canon.
* [[Julian Richings]] played Death again in the 2011 short film ''Dave vs. Death''. This Death uses the prototypical "robe and scythe" appearance at first, before he switches to a black suit much like the Supernatural version, since he considers it "less theatrical." A man named David Kane, recently deceased, bargains for his life by playing a game of chess against Death, and one of his loved ones will die for every chess piece he loses. The end reveals that Kane tricked Death into killing people who were all plotting against him behind his back. Death is annoyed that David cheated, so he starts the game over again, but doesn't resurrect the people he already claimed in Kane's stead. It can be seen on the short films website [http://www.bravofact.com/2013/02/14/dave-vs-death-2011/ BravoFact.com.]
* [[Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse]]