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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 and 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]]
[[Chuck Shurley]] admits to Sam and Dean that He enjoyed the old Death better than Billie because "he was all about fried pickles and tickle porn," claiming that she involves herself too much.<ref>[[14.20 Moriah]]</ref> Billie later directly intervenes in the war against [[God]] by protecting [[Jack]] in [[the Empty]] after his death and then by resurrecting him with a plan that will allow Jack to become strong enough to kill God Himself -- something that violates both of her biggest rules in massive ways.<ref name="fifteen11">[[15.11 The Gamblers]]</ref>
The third Death, [[Betty]], though short lived showed a similar lack of patience for the Winchesters
===Powers and abilities===
Despite rivaling [[God]]'s power, even Death has a few weaknesses and can even be killed.
* [[Archangels]] – [[Lucifer]] was able to kill the third incarnation of Death, Betty by snapping his fingers. Whether this was an ability possible by all archangels
, or a boost given to him by Chuck is unknown.
* [[Death's Scythe]] – Death can be killed by its own scythe. When Dean slashes [[Billie]] in the shoulder with the scythe, even though he wasn't aiming to kill, Dean leaves Billie mortally wounded with a festering injury.
* [[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."
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.
===[[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.
===[[15.12 Galaxy Brain]]===
Billie explains that when she became the new Death, she was introduced to the big picture as well as inheriting Death's collective knowledge and Death's Library. In the library, everyone has a book detailing how they might die, including [[God]]. Dean remembers when Death told him that he would reap God in the end back when they met in Chicago during the [[Apocalypse]] ten years ago. She explains that when [[Chuck]] created the world, He integrated Himself into the framework of the multiversal quantum construct to be able to create [[alternate universes]] and ensure that the Winchesters' world kept operating in His extended absence. She explains that
[[Team Free Will 2.0]] are the ones who will herald God's ultimate demise .
==Death in Lore==