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Archangel

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Powers and abilities
Perhaps the greatest measure of the archangels' strength is their ability to overpower other supernatural beings. [[Lucifer]], unarmed, kills a number of [[:Category:Deities|pagan gods]] with ease using his bare hands and telekinesis (or molecular combustion).<ref name="five19" /> Lesser angel have also been defeated by archangels. Gabriel banishes [[Castiel]] to another location with a snap of his fingers.<ref name="five08">[[5.08 Changing Channels]]</ref> [[Michael]] does the same to a young [[Uriel]].<ref name="five13">[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]</ref> They may resort to more violent methods to make a point. Raphael beats Castiel, and leaves him bloody in his favorite corner of Heaven when Castiel refuses to give him his allegiance.<ref name="six20">[[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]</ref> They fight again at [[Balthazar]]'s house, and once again Raphael easily overpowers Castiel, throwing him down Balthazar's staircase.<ref name="six03">[[6.03 The Third Man]]</ref> When they choose, archangels can kill without fighting. Michael incinerates [[Anna Milton]] with a simple touch when she threatens his plans.<ref name="five13" /> On separate occasions, Lucifer and Raphael both cause Castiel to explode.<ref name="five03" /><ref name="five22" /> Following his return, Lucifer commonly uses this power to kill angels and demons.<ref name="eleven11" /><ref name="eleven18" /><ref name="twelve15">[[12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell]]</ref><ref name="thirteen02">[[13.02 The Rising Son]]</ref> Archangels can also block the powers of their lower ranking brothers; Raphael prevents Castiel from using his powers on [[Crowley]].<ref name="six22">[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much]]</ref> When attacked by a lesser angel, Lucifer casually causes him to explode without even paying attention to the angel.<ref name="eleven11">[[11.11 Into the Mystic]]</ref> During a fight in close quarters with Sam, Dean, and Castiel, Lucifer is able to casually beat all three even though Castiel is armed and he is not. Notably, none of the blows any of the three land cause any harm to the archangel.<ref name="eleven10">[[11.10 The Devil in the Details]]</ref> During a confrontation with [[Asmodeus]], the last of the [[Princes of Hell]], Gabriel effortlessly deflects an energy blast from the powerful demon and incinerates him with just a gesture despite Asmodeus' high level of power, boosted by regular injections of Gabriel's [[grace]] and the fact that Gabriel himself is in a weakened state.<ref name="thirteen18">[[13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive]]</ref> However, Gabriel later admits that it took much of the power he had at the time to kill Asmodeus, leaving him more vulnerable to attacks.<ref name="thirteen20" /> Michael effortlessly obliterated [[Lilith]] despite her incredible power as the first demon which was accomplished without even laying a hand on the demon and later overpowered and strangled Castiel even while restrained by the [[Angel Cuffs]] which bound much of Michael's power.<ref name="fifteen08" />
Archangels can resurrect humans at will, even when out of contact with Heaven. Michael heals Sam completely after he was impaled with a pipe, and bled out.<ref name="five13" /> Gabriel, while posing as the Trickster, kills and resurrects Dean dozens of times in a time loop.<ref name="three11">[[3.11 Mystery Spot]]</ref> Lucifer tells Sam that if he killed himself he would resurrect him,<ref name="five03" /> and Castiel states that if Anna killed Sam that Lucifer would only resurrect him.<ref name="five13" /> After Sam was killed when a [[vampire]] ripped out his throat, Lucifer was able to resurrect him with apparent ease, having recharged his [[grace]] by feeding on the grace of several other angels.<ref name="thirteen21">[[13.21 Beat the Devil]]</ref> At the request of [[Jack]], Lucifer later resurrects [[Maggie (Apocalypse World)|Maggie]] who had, as it turned out, been killed by Lucifer.<ref name="thirteen23" />
A degree of prescience is also shown by the archangels, though they may not have a complete picture of the future. They know that Dean and Sam are the predestined vessels of Michael and Lucifer.<ref name="five08" /> Michael has a glimpse of the confrontation between Zachariah and Dean before it happens, in particular the damage inflicted on Sam and Adam.<ref name="five19" /> Lucifer predicts, correctly, that Sam will surrender to him in [[Detroit]] within a few months, but he does not see his downfall before it happens.<ref name="five10">[[5.10 Abandon All Hope...]]</ref><ref name="five22" />
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