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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" />
[[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,
shows a similar lack of patience for the Winchesters
===Powers and abilities===
* [[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.
===[[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==