|actor= [[Matthew Cohen]] ([[5.13 The Song Remains the Same|5.13]])<br>[[Jake Abel]] ([[5.22 Swan Song|5.22]], [[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven|15.08]])|dates= Pre-creation
|episodes= [[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]<br>[[5.22 Swan Song]]<br>[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]
When [[demon]]s began making plans to free Lucifer, Michael decided to allow the seals binding Lucifer to be broken. He and a group of other angels, including Raphael and [[Zachariah]], wanted the [[Apocalypse]] to occur so that he and Lucifer could battle. Michael expected to be victorious, so as to bring about paradise. To this end, he worked with [[Lilith]] as he believed paradise would bring God back.<ref name="fifteen08" /> Lesser angels, like [[Castiel]], were not privy to the plan, and were deployed to make it look as though Heaven was fighting Lucifer's release. When Lucifer was eventually freed, in order to confront him, Michael needed his true [[vessel]], [[Dean Winchester]]. Zachariah was instructed to get Dean's permission to possess him. To Heaven's chagrin, Dean refused adamantly, and Michael was left to act through his agents. He then decided to speak with Dean in person, when the Winchester brothers were sent back to the year 1978, and used their father [[John Winchester]] as a temporary vessel.
Over time, Dean's resolve weakened, and just as he prepared to give his consent, the angels resurrected his half-brother, [[Adam Milligan]], for the purpose of fulfilling the task of being Michael's [[vessel]]. This was soon revealed to be a ploy to make Dean give
in, but when Dean killed Zachariah , after Michael had been called down from Heaven it forced Michael to take over Adam's body.
According to Lucifer, Michael was driven insane inside [[the Cage]] and he was said to be curled in a ball "singing show tunes and... touching himself." [[God]] later tells the Winchesters that they cannot call upon Michael to aid them against the Darkness as he is in no shape for a fight.<ref name="eleven10">[[11.10 The Devil in the Details]]</ref><ref name="eleven22">[[11.22 We Happy Few]]</ref>
When God decides to end the world in retaliation for the Winchester's defiance,<ref name="fourteen20">[[14.20 Moriah]]</ref> he throws open every door in [[Hell]], including the door to [[Lucifer's Cage]], giving Michael the chance to escape. According to the [[demon]] [[Belphegor]] however, Michael is still just sitting there in Lucifer's Cage even though the door is open. However, Belphegor suggests that if he gets out, Michael will want revenge for being trapped in the first place.<ref name="fifteen01">[[15.01 Back and to the Future]]</ref>
Though Michael originally didn't take the opportunity to escape when God opened the door to Lucifer's Cage,<ref name="fifteen01" /> he later escapes from the Cage and Hell, still in the body of Adam Milligan. Now sharing control with his vessel, Michael is left directionless with his brothers dead and God gone as far as he was aware. Having learned from the [[Tablets#Demon Tablet|demon tablet]] that Michael might know something that could help them beat God, the Winchesters and Castiel seek out the archangel's help. Disillusioned by everything he learns, Michael provides the spell to trap God, but refuses to stay and help further.<ref name="fifteen08">[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven ]]</ref>
Following his escape from the Cage, Michael is left directionless and unsure of his place in the world. However, he remains as stubborn as ever, refusing to accept the truth about his father. When pushed by Adam, Michael admits that if he doubts God, he feels it would be a betrayal of all that he is. Michael's refusal to hear the truth goes so far as Michael behaving like a petulant child and relinquishing control to Adam just so that he didn't have to listen to it. After seeing Castiel's memories of his father and learning that he is not the only Michael as he had believed, Michael becomes disillusioned with his father and provides the means to trap God. However, he refuses to help further, not wanting to be directly involved in fighting his father.<ref name="fifteen08" />
Due to his time in the Cage alone with [[Adam Milligan]], Michael has developed a unique relationship with his [[vessel]] for an angel. Whereas most angels and archangels in particular only view and use their vessels as tools to manifest on Earth and don't appear to think of them as anything more than that, Michael has begun actively engaging with Adam, even on Earth. Having reached an agreement with each other in the Cage where all they had was each other, Michael is willing to share control with Adam. Michael states an intention to use Adam as a guide in the changed world where they are both adrift, having been gone for so long that neither Adam nor Michael truly know what to do with themselves anymore. Michael appears to have become protective over his vessel, angry at Dean for abandoning Adam in the Cage while letting Lucifer go free and Michael and Adam even appear to have become friends. Notably, Adam is able to argue with Michael fearlessly who responds back with more sincerity than he showed with anyone else, even opening up to Adam about his fears that doubting God would mean Michael betraying everything he has been and believed in.<ref name="fifteen08" />
Like most angels, Michael has an extremely low view of demons. When encountering Lilith, whom he had previously worked with to bring about the Apocalypse, Michael is incredulous at the idea that God would send "a speck of infernal bile" to retrieve him and smites Lilith when she gets on his nerves too much.<ref name="fifteen08" />
===Powers and abilities===
* [[Resurrection]] – Michael can revive the deceased as he did with [[Sam Winchester]].<ref name="five13" />
* [[Sedation]] – He can render people unconscious.
* Super strength – It is presumed like [[Lucifer]], he can over-power pagan gods and lesser [[angel]]s with little or no effort. Even while restrained by the [[
Angel Cuffs]], Michael was able to effortlessly overpower and strangle Castiel.<ref name="fifteen08" />
* [[Telekinesis]] – Michael was able to close the door to the [[Green Room]] when [[Adam]] attempted to escape.
** [[Pyrokinesis]] – Michael can incinerate lesser [[angel]]s by touching them, as he did with [[Anna Milton]].<ref name="five13">[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]</ref>
** Terakinesis – Michael's mere presence in his true form can cause the earth to shake.<ref name="five18">[[5.18 Point of No Return]]</ref> When distressed by the revelation of God's betrayal, Michael caused the
bunker to shake, even while bound by the [[ Angel Cuffs]].<ref name="fifteen08" />* [[Teleportation]] – Michael can teleport himself and groups of people, and is capable of banishing angels with a snap of his fingers.<ref name="five13" /> After his escape from Hell, Michael was able to bounce all over the globe in a matter of seconds before settling on Cairo.<ref name="fifteen08" />
* [[Time travel]] – Michael can travel through time and transport others, such as Sam and [[Dean Winchester]] from 1978 back to their present in 2010.<ref name="five13" />
* [[Smiting]] - With just a flash of his eyes, Michael smote [[Lilith]], who along with being the first demon was one of the most powerful, causing her to vanish in a flash of white light and leave behind a pile of ashes.<ref name="fifteen08" />
[[File:MichaelKillsAnna.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Michael kills [[Anna]].]]
===[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]===
Michael first manifests when [[Sam]], Dean and Castiel have traveled back to 1978 to stop [[Anna Milton]] from killing [[John]] and [[Mary Winchester]] in order to prevent Sam’s birth, and thus his use as Lucifer’s vessel. Michael comes to John while Anna is attacking, and John consents when Michael says he can stop Anna from killing Mary. Michael incinerates Anna with a touch, and banishes [[Uriel]] back to [[Heaven]], and sends Mary to sleep. Alone with Dean, Michael explains that while Dean is his true vessel, he can use others from Dean's bloodline.
Michael also tells Dean his view of the [[Apocalypse]], and the need to have a final battle.
Before departing, Michael insists that everything is pre-ordained , including the need for Dean to serve as a vessel. He says that Dean has no choice, that "free will is an illusion," and that is why he will eventually consent. He then heals Sam , and returns the brothers to the present. He removes all memories of the events of the day from Mary and John.
===[[5.18 Point of No Return]]===
[[Zachariah]] has been dismissed from his position and is drinking in a bar, awaiting his destruction, when Michael makes contact. The brilliance and sound of the [[archangel]] kills the bar patrons and Michael offers Zachariah a last chance to secure Dean as a vessel.
Meanwhile, seeing no other way to defeat Lucifer and save the planet, Dean is prepared to consent to becoming Michael's vessel when it is discovered that his half-brother [[Adam Milligan]] has been resurrected.
The [[ angel]] s hold Adam as bait, and Sam and Dean attempt to rescue him. Zachariah tortures Sam and Adam in front of Dean, and Dean tells Zachariah he will consent on one condition. Zachariah utters an incantation that summons Michael to their location, Dean kills the distracted Zachariah with an [[angel blade ]]. Sam and Dean manage to escape before Michael descends, but Adam is trapped inside the room and vanishes with Michael. Adam is technically a vessel, if only a temporary one, for Michael, being of the Winchester bloodline.
===[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]===
Disillusioned, Michael later causes the Bunker to shake and agrees to help. Michael provides Dean and Castiel with the [[spell]] that can lock God away, but it requires a [[Leviathan Blossom]] which only grows in [[Purgatory]]. With a snap of his fingers, Michael opens a twelve hour [[portal]], but refuses to come with them and help further. Dean removes the handcuffs and at Dean's request, Michael returns control to Adam so that Dean can apologize to his brother before Adam and Michael depart.
==Michael in Fandom==
* [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_michael/ SPN Michael] community on LJ
* [http://twitter.com/ChiefArchangel @ChiefArchangel] - Michael on Twitter