|Actor|| Jeffrey Dean Morgan (1.22)|
Frederic Lehne (2.01, 2.21, 2.22 and 6.01)
Lindsey McKeon (2.01)
Christopher B. MacCabe (4.03)
|Dates|| Makes contact with Lucifer in Maryland in 1972.|
Makes a deal with Mary Campbell to save John Winchester in 1973.
Azazel enters Sam Winchester's nursery in 1983.
Killed in 2007 by Dean Winchester.
|Location||Killed in Fossil Butte Cemetery, Wyoming|
|Occupation|| Prince of Hell|
Demon General of Hell
|Episode(s)|| 1.01 Pilot|
1.22 Devil's Trap
2.01 In My Time of Dying
2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two
4.03 In the Beginning
4.06 Yellow Fever (hallucination)
4.22 Lucifer Rising
6.01 Exile on Main St. (hallucination)
I need permission... I need to be invited, into their houses, I know, I know, the – the red tape'll drive you nuts, but in ten short years, it'll all be worth it. ‘Cause you know what I'm gonna do to your sibling? I'm gonna stand over their crib and I'm gonna bleed into their mouth. Demon blood is better than Ovaltine; vitamins, minerals – it makes you big and strong.
– Azazel, 4.03 In the Beginning
- 1 History
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Episodes
- 3.1 1.01 Pilot
- 3.2 1.09 Home
- 3.3 1.11 Scarecrow
- 3.4 1.14 Nightmare
- 3.5 1.16 Shadow
- 3.6 1.20 Dead Man's Blood
- 3.7 1.21 Salvation
- 3.8 1.22 Devil's Trap
- 3.9 2.01 In My Time of Dying
- 3.10 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown
- 3.11 2.05 Simon Said
- 3.12 2.08 Crossroad Blues
- 3.13 2.09 Croatoan
- 3.14 2.10 Hunted
- 3.15 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign
- 3.16 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
- 3.17 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two
- 3.18 3.02 The Kids Are Alright
- 3.19 3.04 Sin City
- 3.20 4.03 In the Beginning
- 3.21 4.06 Yellow Fever
- 3.22 4.22 Lucifer Rising
- 3.23 5.20 The Devil You Know
- 3.24 5.22 Swan Song
- 3.25 6.01 Exile on Main St.
- 3.26 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King
- 3.27 7.21 Reading Is Fundamental
- 3.28 8.17 Goodbye Stranger
- 3.29 12.12 Stuck in the Middle (With You)
- 4 Physical Form
- 5 Special Children
- 6 Relationship with Sam Winchester
- 7 Azazel's Children
- 8 Azazel in Mythology
- 9 Azazel in Other Media
- 10 Trivia
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Azazel is a Yellow-Eyed Demon, one of the Generals of Hell commanding the Demon armies of Hell, and seemingly the only one still active by 2007. He was the first supernatural creature and the first Demon who appeared in the series. Azazel planned to bring his army of black-eyed demons forth from Hell to unleash upon the world in preparation for the Apocalypse. The demon Casey described him as a "tyrant" who nevertheless held the demon army together; without him, the army's disciplined nature dissolved into chaos and power struggles. He referred to two particular black-eyed demons as his "children" - Meg and Tom.
Azazel became integral in Lucifer's plans to escape from his prison. Azazel kept faith in Lucifer even after other demons gave up on his return, and continued to search for him for years, eventually discovering the site where Lucifer's Cage opened and how to contact him through it. On Lucifer's instructions, he created the Special Children. It is during this mission that he encounters Mary Campbell. After killing her parents and her fiance John Winchester, he makes a Deal with her that if she'll allow him entry to her home in ten years time, he'll bring John back to life. On the night Azazel visited Sam's nursery, he killed Mary Winchester when she discovered him, and set fire to the Winchester home. These actions caused John Winchester to pursue Azazel for the rest of his life, and Sam and Dean's lives were forever altered.
After years of searching, John had started to pick up of Azazel's trail in 2005. After Dean attempted to contact John, he didn't answer him so he went to get Sam, who was studying to be a lawyer in Stanford and trying to have a normal life. Sam reluctantly agreed to help Dean find John, but they were only able to recover his journal when they looked for him in Jericho, California which led them to hunt in his place while he tries to follow Azazel's trail. They discovered that he was hunting a Woman in White named Constance Welch when he located Azazel and he sent them on another hunt in Black Water Ridge, Colorado to hunt a Wendigo when they finished the hunt in Jericho. Dean left Sam back at Stanford, only to discover that Sam's girlfriend Jessica was murdered the exact same way their mother was. In the aftermath of the fire, Sam decided to stay with Dean to find their father, hunt down Azazel, and avenge the deaths of their mother and Jessica.
Azazel had Meg following Sam and Dean while they were looking for their father who was looking for a way to kill him, frequently contacted through a demon goblet all the while. Meg wanted to retrieve the Colt to prevent Sam and Dean and John from using it against Azazel, so she made a deal with John to hand it over in exchange for sparing the lives of all of his friends and hunters associated with him. John arrives at the warehouse in Lincoln, Nebraska with a fake version of the Colt to distract Meg while Sam and Dean remained in Salvation, Iowa to try to kill Azazel with it while he was about to target another family. After Sam took a shot, Azazel teleported away while the bullet struck the wall. After Sam and Dean were able to save the Holt family from a fire caused by Azazel, he can be seen through the window watching them through the flames before disappearing.
After Meg and Tom had abducted John, Azazel had possessed him while Meg was sent to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to send the Winchesters to Sunrise Apartments in Jefferson City, Missouri. When Sam, Dean and Bobby were able to capture her and receive their father's location, Sam had exorcised her. After Sam and Dean had escaped from the apartment building with "John," Tom had ambushed them and attacked Sam repeatedly before he was killed by Dean with the Colt. After hiding in a secluded cabin, Azazel had revealed himself and started to mock them about everything he took from them. He revealed that their mom and Jessica were killed because they got in the way of his plans for Sam and all the children like him. He started to rip Dean's chest apart with his mind saying that it was revenge for Dean killing Tom and their part in exorcising Meg. Before he could kill Dean, John was able to take back control long enough for Sam to grab the Colt. Sam, unable to kill his father, shot him in the leg, paralyzing the demon for a short period of time. John wanted Sam to shoot him to kill Azazel along with him, but Sam couldn't do it, which allowed Azazel to escape. In the aftermath, a trucker demon sent by Azazel, crashes into the Impala with a semi-truck when Sam and Dean were driving away with John.
All three of them were taken to the hospital in Shiloh County in the aftermath via an emergency Helicopter. Sam and John were able to survive with a few broken bones, but Dean was in a comatose state on the brink of death. John was able to summon Azazel and make a deal to save Dean in exchange for the Colt and the final remaining bullet. Azazel saw inside John's head while he possessed him that he knew the truth about Sam and the Special Children and the endgame Azazel is planning, all the while taunting him about knowing all about his plans and keeping it from his sons. Azazel agreed to save Dean, but he stated that John still needs to "sweeten the pot" claiming that there is one thing that he wants more than the Colt; John's Soul. After the reaper, Tessa, appears to Dean trying to convince him to come with her to the afterlife, Azazel possessed her and used her powers to save Dean. After having one last talk with his sons, John gave the Colt to Azazel and allowed him to kill him to fulfill their deal.
All throughout Season 2 after John's Funeral Pyre, Sam and Dean have been working with Ellen, Jo, and Ash in Harvelle's Roadhouse to locate all the Special Children and Azazel in the process. Azazel had been rounding up all the Special Children and taking them all to Cold Oak, South Dakota and forcing them all to battle each other to the death until one is left standing. When Sam was taken to Cold Oak, he encounters some of the Special Children. They attempt to survive and escape before they are all killed, but some of them had been killed until two were left; Sam and Jake Talley. Meanwhile, Azazel had gone to Harvelle's Roadhouse to burn it to the ground along with every hunter inside, including Ash when he found something important about Azazel's plans. After Bobby and Dean arrived at Cold Oak and found Sam through a vision sent to them by Andy Gallagher, they saw Jake stab Sam in the back before running away while Bobby chased after him.
Azazel met Jake in the woods threatening to kill his family if he doesn't obey his instructions. He sent him to a railroad in southern Wyoming to meet with him. Meanwhile, Dean had made a deal with the Crossroads Demon outside of Lloyd's Bar in Greenwood, Mississippi to bring Sam back, but they make the deal on the condition that his soul is claimed in one year rather than the standard ten years. They had started putting the pieces from Ash's discovery together with a little help from Ellen, who had gone to get pretzels when the Roadhouse burned to the ground. She recovered everything from a warded safe from the basement after Ash's last call to her led her there, including a map of southern Wyoming with five marks. They discovered that each of the marks represent five abandoned frontier churches built by Samuel Colt in the 1800's along with private railway lines connecting each church into the shape of a Pentagram; a 100 square mile Devil's Trap made with pure iron and an old cowboy cemetery at the epicenter. After arriving at the railway lines, Azazel gave Jake the Colt which is the key to opening a crypt in the cemetery. At first, Jake wanted to kill him, but Azazel convinced him to obey by promising that his family will be treated like royalty if he accomplishes this task and gives into his psychic powers.
At Fossil Butte Cemetery, Jake was delayed by Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Ellen. He was shocked when he saw Sam believing that he killed him after he severed his spine when he stabbed him in the back at Cold Oak and he was horrified to see him standing there. Jake was able to use his newfound psychic abilities to make Ellen turn her gun on her own head and threatening that he will make her fire if they don't drop their weapons. After they agreed, Jake used the Colt to open the mausoleum, but Sam shot Jake four times in the back. As Jake was begging Sam not to kill him, Sam shot him three more times before finally killing him, but as Dean retrieves the Colt from the lock which had shifted to the shape of a pentagram, the doors had opened unleashing hundreds of demons upon the world. It was revealed that the crypt in the cemetery was a Devil's Gate; a gateway to Hell. When the gates were opened, the Devil's trap surrounding the gate had been broken, allowing Azazel to enter the cemetery. As Bobby, Ellen, and Sam attempted to shut the gates, Dean realized that the last bullet is still in the chamber before he was attacked by Azazel. Sam came to stop Azazel from killing Dean, but he was psychically pushed onto a tree and pinned in place. Azazel started to insult Dean about him bringing Sam back from the dead and hinted that Sam came back from the dead different to mess with his head and stating that "what's dead should stay dead" as well as teasing him about the lengths he would go to for his family. Azazel was just about to use the Colt to kill Dean, but John's spirit had escaped from Hell via the Devil's Gate and wrestled against Azazel by ripping him out of his Meatsuit. John's distraction gave Dean enough time to take the Colt back and aim it at Azazel as he was returning to his vessel after throwing John off of him. Azazel stared at Dean in horror as he used the final bullet in the chamber to shoot Azazel in the heart. After one last fearful look at Dean, he started to light up orange as he was dying and his yellow eyes displayed a pair of skulls before finally fading away. After Ellen and Bobby were able to shut the gate before any more demons and spirits can exit the Portal, they witnessed John's spirit who had been staring at Azazel's dead body. After having a final moment with his sons, his spirit had finally passed on to the afterlife as Azazel was finally killed, fulfilling their life long hunt for revenge for Mary's death. Despite his death, his demon army was released along with Lilith and Bobby, Ellen, Sam and Dean decided to put a stop to the over 200 demons that escaped.
Over the course of Season 3 through Season 5 after Azazel's demon army was unleashed upon the world, Sam and Dean had been able to discover his true plans for opening the Devil's Gate and they were able to thwart the plans to bring forth the Apocalypse with the help of Castiel and Crowley and all the other hunters working on their side.
- For the history of Azazel and the Winchesters see the Mythological Arc Timeline.
Azazel has yellow irises and white sclerae, but usually does not have visible pupils (though he is clearly depicted as having black pupils when he is possessing John). The irises are shown to include cloudy tints of yellow and gray, with lighting affecting how they appear in different instances. A week prior to an attack by Azazel, the geographical area has cattle deaths, electrical storms, and temperature fluctuations. His presence makes clocks stop and electrical devices go haywire.
Powers and Abilities
- Has the power to inflict lacerations upon humans with his mind that are severe enough to result in fatal internal bleeding for the afflicted human.
- Impervious to holy water.
- Can influence his surroundings to affect electrical lights and the wind at will.
- Can possess reapers.
- Has the authority to make deals.
- Superhuman strength and durability.
This list contains the following names this character is known by both in fandom and canon:
- The Demon (The name all the Winchesters refer to him in season 1.)
- The Yellow-Eyed Demon (Dean uses the name in season 2.)
- Yellow Eyes (Casey refers to one of the Winchesters' nicknames for Azazel.)
- Azazel (Casey revealed the true name of the "Yellow-Eyed Demon" in season 3.)
On November, 2nd 1983, Azazel appears by Sam's crib. Mary Winchester sees him but assumes he is her husband and he lets her go, pretending to be so. However, Mary realizes John is asleep downstairs and returns to Sam's nursery, where Azazel pins her to the ceiling, slices open her stomach. and sets her on fire. John witnesses her death, but Azazel himself is gone by that time. John, Sam and Dean escape the house as it goes up in flames and John begins a quest for vengeance on Azazel that draws him into the supernatural world.
After Sam gets a vision of a woman being attacked in their old home, he and Dean return to Lawrence, believing that Azazel may be behind what is going on. Talking to psychic Missouri Mosely, Sam and Dean learn that she's not sure what killed their mother, just that it was powerful and evil. She also learns that what's attacking the house now is not Azazel but a poltergeist.
Contacting his sons, John Winchester lets them know that what killed their mother was a demon and that he is hunting it. John however refuses to let them join in the hunt for Azazel, telling them that it is too dangerous.
- "It makes no sense. I could've stopped Sam. Hell, I could've taken them both. Why let them go? (She pauses, seemingly listening to someone the audience cannot hear.) Yes. (She pauses again.) Yes. (She pauses one more time.) Yes, father."
- "I don’t think you should come. (…) Because the brothers, they’re in town, I didn't know that—(…) Yes, sir. (…) Yes, I’ll be here—waiting for you."
Sam and Dean realize that all the people who have been killed by the daevas have been people from Lawrence, Kansas and come to believe that it means that Azazel is behind it and is in town. They call their father to let him know, but when they go after Meg, they learn that it was never Azazel and it was just a trick to lure them and their father in so she could kill him. Sam and Dean manage to escape and after reuniting with their father, learn that he is hunting Azazel and trying to find a way to kill him, not just send him back to Hell. The trap Azazel and Meg set up nearly works, but three ultimately escape.
John enlists Sam and Dean's help in tracking down a gun known as the Colt and eventually reveals why: the gun is said to be able to kill anything and he believes it to be the key to finally killing Azazel.
Knowing the Winchesters have the Colt now, Azazel sends Meg to kill their friends in order to draw them out and force them to give up the gun. Meanwhile, Sam, Dean, and John begin hunting for Azazel together. John reveals that until about a year before, there had been no sign of Azazel since he killed the families 22 years before, but he has now resurfaced and started going after families with infants on the night of the kid's six month birthday like he did with Sam. John has discovered demonic omens that appear in a town for the week leading up to Azazel's appearance and that these omens also appeared leading up to the deaths of Mary and Jessica. The signs point to him next appearing in Salvation, Iowa, so the Winchesters head there to find and kill Azazel.
In Salvation, Sam locates Azazel's next victims, the Holts, through a vision he gets. In the vision, Azazel kills Rose Holt's mother Monica Holt. While John goes off to trade a fake gun to Meg and Tom, Sam and Dean lie in wait outside the Holt house waiting for Azazel to arrive. Finally, he does; just like in Sam's vision, he starts to pin Monica to the ceiling and kill her, when Sam bursts in and fires the Colt at him. Azazel seemingly vanishes and the bullet misses. The demon still sets the house on fire, but Sam, Dean, and the family get out safely. Afterward, they see Azazel watching them from the burning nursery window. Sam wants to go after him again, but Dean stops him, as the house is burning down and it's too dangerous, and Azazel soon disappears.
Azazel sends Meg to get the Colt from Sam and Dean, but she is exorcised with the help of Bobby Singer. With two of his demons holding John Winchester captive, Azazel possesses the hunter in case Sam and Dean manage to rescue him, so he can get access to the Colt. Sam and Dean do rescue "John"; Azazel is able to successfully pretend to be him, as he is immune to the holy water Sam tests him with. During the escape, the demon Tom attacks Sam and Dean kills him with the Colt in front of Azazel.
At the secluded cabin Sam and Dean take "John" to, Azazel keeps up the act, pretending that John is proud of what Dean did and then staging an attack on the cabin and asking for the Colt to defend them. However, Dean realizes that John would be pissed, not proud and that he is possessed. Azazel tries to get Sam to help him, but Sam sides with Dean and Azazel overpowers them both when Dean hesitates to shoot, pinning them both to the wall. Azazel taunts Sam to use his psychic powers to break free and grab the Colt, but he can't. Azazel reveals to Sam that "I have plans, Sammy, for you and all the children like you" and that he plans to kill Dean for his own version of "justice," angry about Dean's having killed Tom and under the impression that Dean had also exorcised Meg, who were his "boy" and "daughter," respectively. As Azazel starts to tear Dean apart with his mind, John manages to regain control for a moment, freeing Sam, who confronts Azazel with The Colt. Azazel quickly reminds Sam that if he shoots him, he will kill John, too; Sam shoots him in the leg instead, wounding but not killing both Azazel and John. Weakened, Azazel again loses control to John, who urges Sam to kill him and Azazel while he can still keep the demon inside. However, Sam hesitates too long and Azazel soon manages to escape both John's body and the Winchesters, last being seen sinking through the cabin floor as demon smoke.
With Dean dying from the wounds Azazel gave him and injuries sustained in a car crash caused by a demon-possessed trucker, John summons Azazel, apparently to get revenge on him for what he did. Azazel, possessing a hospital janitor, tries to trick John into leaving, but he knows it's Azazel and points the Colt at him. Prepared for John to try to take revenge, Azazel has brought along two other demons possessing hospital staff, but John reveals that he wants to make a deal instead. John offers Azazel the Colt and its last bullet in exchange for Azazel saving Dean's life. Azazel is surprised that John is willing to make a deal with him. Although Azazel wants Dean dead for what he has done to his children, he doesn't believe that Dean or Sam are actually any threat to him, and so considers the deal, as he wants the Colt badly. He asks if John knows what he has planned for Sam and John confirms it; the demon guesses that Sam himself doesn't know, and John's reaction confirms it. Azazel decides to accept the deal, but tells John that first he has to "sweeten the pot" with something Azazel wants just as much, if not more than, the Colt. John agrees on the condition that he gets to see that Dean is all right with his own eyes, as he doesn't trust that Azazel would fulfill his part of the deal. As he is unable to save Dean's life on his own power, Azazel has to possess the hospital reaper, Tessa, and use her powers to heal Dean's injuries and erase Dean's memories of his out-of-body experience. After seeing that Dean is all right, and passing on a warning to Dean in one last attempt to stop Azazel's plans, John hands the Colt over to Azazel. John's dead body is later found by Sam.
Sam and Dean have John's research on Azazel, including the omens that appear when he is active, which is what John had used to track the demon. They lend these notes to Ash to use in tracking Azazel; by the end of the episode, Ash has finished setting up a tracking system that will alert them if it detects signs of activity from Azazel anywhere in the country.
When confronting his recently discovered twin brother Weber, Andy Gallagher learns that Weber found out about his existence from "the man with the yellow eyes" in his dreams and that Azazel had told him that he had big plans for them. After everything is over, Sam and Dean learn from Ash that Weber's mother didn't die in a house fire like Sam, Max and Andy's mothers, meaning that not all of Azazel's Special Children can be tracked due to this unexpected discrepancy.
Dean learns from a crossroads demon of his father's deal with Azazel. It is revealed that John had had to sell Azazel his life and soul in addition to the Colt and its last original bullet. As a result of the deal and his death, John's soul is now in Hell and suffering enormously at the hands of demons.
To test Sam's immunity to the Croatoan virus, Azazel has the town of River Grove, Oregon infected with the disease and Duane Tanner possessed by a demon in order to keep an eye on the progress of the outbreak. Sam and Dean come to town after Sam gets a vision of Dean killing Duane. Sam is eventually infected by Nurse Pamela, but proves immune. The infected townspeople mysteriously disappear along with all traces of the virus, having been apparently cleaned up by demons after Sam proved immune. In order to report on the progress, Duane slits Sarge's throat and uses the goblet of blood to communicate with Azazel:
- "It's over, you'll be pleased. I don't think any more tests are necessary. (beat) The Winchester boy, definitely immune, as expected. (pause) Yes, of course. Nothing left behind."
Scott Carey, a young man with psychic powers, has pictures of yellow eyes papering his closet. He reveals to a psychiatrist that Azazel has been haunting his dreams and saying that there is a war coming and that people like Scott will be soldiers in the coming war. Sam - who has begun looking for answers after finding out that John told Dean he will have to save Sam from becoming evil or kill him in order to foil Azazel's plan - and another psychic named Ava Wilson learn of Azazel's claims from a recording of the session, while hunter Gordon Walker learns from a demon he tortured and exorcised. Gordon thus begins hunting psychic kids to prevent this, killing Scott and trying to kill Sam and Ava. After Gordon is defeated, Sam and Dean check on Ava, only to find her missing, her fiancé dead, and sulfur at the window, indicating that either Azazel or one of his minions has taken her.
After learning that a demon (Meg) is possessing Sam, Dean believes she is doing so under Azazel's orders, but she reveals that she doesn't care about his plans anymore and only wants revenge for her exorcism.
Azazel has been kidnapping all of the Special Children over a series of months and dumping them in Cold Oak, South Dakota to fight to the death. Eventually he kidnaps Sam, Jake Talley, Andy Gallagher and Lily at the same time and leaves them to have their fight while Ava Wilson, the only survivor of the previous groups of children, is there waiting.
While Sam is asleep, Azazel, back in the body of the janitor from the hospital, comes to him in his dreams to speak to him. Azazel reveals that there are other generations of Special Children and that he has set up the death match as he only needs one of the children to survive. He explains that he already has his army and just needs one of the children to be the leader; he is talking to Sam because he wants Sam, his "favorite," to be that leader, as he thinks that Sam has the traits that would make him a good leader (namely, intelligence, skills, and training). Sam swears to kill Azazel, who indulgently encourages him to keep trying once he wakes up and wins the contest. Azazel tells Sam that he killed Jessica to push Sam back into hunting to keep honing his "gifts" and that he killed Mary only because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Feeling "charitable," Azazel shows Sam what really happened the night that Mary died: Azazel dripped demon blood into baby Sam's mouth, and Mary had interrupted them, so he killed her. To Sam's surprise, Mary recognized Azazel in the nursery before he killed her, but the present version of Azazel doesn't explain why. He uses his powers to make Sam wake up from the dream they're in so that Sam doesn't have to see Mary die.
After everyone else is killed, Jake reveals that Azazel came to him in his sleep, too, and that the demon will only let one of them go or else kill them both. Jake kills Sam in order to escape himself so that he can find and kill Azazel to avenge all of the Special Children.
As Jake Talley is the last surviving special child, Azazel comes to him in his dreams to get him to do what he wants, though he admits that Jake isn't the child he had expected or even wanted to win. Jake threatens to kill Azazel, but he tells Jake that that is not easy to do and that others have tried. Azazel tells Jake that he has a "laundry list" of things he wants Jake to do for him, and threatens Jake's family to make Jake comply. Needing Jake to open the Devil's Gate in Wyoming to release his demon army, Azazel meets him in person at the edge of the giant devil's trap as he can't cross it. He gives Jake directions to Fossil Butte Cemetery where the Gate is and the key to it: the Colt. When Azazel reveals that the Colt can kill him, Jake is about to shoot him with it, but Azazel only mockingly pretends to be afraid before convincing Jake to do what he wants with promises of luxury and power. Jake becomes corrupted by his powers and his eyes gleam yellow at one point, further demonstrating his connection to Azazel.
After the gate is opened, demons break the devil's trap surrounding the cemetery and Azazel is at last able to enter the cemetery himself. There, he confronts Dean, who is armed with the Colt. Azazel easily disarms Dean and pins him to a headstone and the resurrected Sam to a tree. He taunts Dean about his deal, thanking him for bringing Sam back into play so that he can use him instead of Jake and mocking Dean's willingness to sacrifice himself for his family. Relishing the kind-hearted Sam's cold-blooded murder of Jake, Azazel cryptically hints that what came back wasn't "100% pure Sam." As the demon prepares to kill Dean with the Colt, the spirit of John Winchester escapes Hell through the Devil's Gate and pulls Azazel from the body he is possessing. Azazel fends off the attack from John's ghost, but when he reenters his body and goes to attack John, he realizes that Dean has retrieved the Colt and is about to shoot him. Dean shoots Azazel in the heart with the Colt, killing him.
With Azazel's death, John's ghost finds his peace and crosses over after sharing a moment with his sons. Dean and Sam stand over the body Azazel had died in, both a little taken aback at having finally fulfilled the mission their father had raised them for. While Sam doesn't know what to say, Dean does, proclaiming, "That was for our mom, you son of a bitch."
While trapped in a basement with Dean, the demon Casey tells him Azazel's name and that he had been a "tyrant" in charge of the demon army he had Jake release. She explains that, with Azazel dead and Sam not taking up leadership of the army like Azazel had wanted, anarchy is breaking loose among the demons.
After being sent back to 1973 by Castiel, Dean learns that a demon is making deals with people for various things in exchange for permission to enter their houses in ten years. He realizes that it is Azazel, as the demon is described as having yellow eyes. In response, Dean goes after the Colt to kill Azazel in that time period in order to save his family and everyone Azazel will kill.
Possessing Dr. Brown, Azazel tells Liddy Walsh that her mother's cancer has metastasized, and starts to offer her a deal when a trio of hunters arrive and attack him; first, Samuel Campbell bursts in and shoots him. Azazel telekinetically disarms and then pins Samuel down, but when he goes to kill Samuel, he is next distracted by Mary Campbell, whose determination and ferocity get his appreciation. Finally, when Dean shows up with the Colt, Azazel, stunned by the Colt's sudden appearance, initially tries to use Mary as a human shield; when she escapes and Dean is about to shoot him, Azazel is forced to flee Dr. Brown's body to escape with his life. After Dean and Mary leave, Azazel returns to the room to possess Samuel, then interrogates Dean to see what he knows under the illusion of curiosity, learning that Dean is from the future and is Samuel's grandson through Mary.
When Dean reveals his plan to kill Azazel with the Colt, the demon reveals himself and incapacitates Dean before the latter can react. He explains that he is picking "ideal breeders" for his own "master race" and that "red tape" forces him to get the future parents' permission to enter their homes and feed their children demon blood in ten years. Having been impressed by her in their fight, he reveals that he has chosen Mary as one of these parents, calling her his "favorite". He can tell that Dean is not one of his psychic kids, but figures out that he has a sibling who is, and concludes that "it all worked out." To Dean's surprise, Azazel's endgame is much bigger than wanting one of the children to lead his demon army, but Azazel refuses to tell Dean what it is because he has figured out that Dean must have been sent by angels, and he doesn't want them to learn of his plan. Dean tells Azazel that he is the one who will kill him one day in the future. Enraged by the news, Azazel makes Samuel stab himself, fatally wounding him, just to spite Dean. He hears Deanna Campbell cry out at her husband's injury, and kills her by breaking her neck with his bare hands while she is trying to reach the Colt. He then leaves to go after Mary.
As John Winchester is about to propose to Mary, Azazel interrupts by bodily dragging Mary out of the car. When John tries to intervene to help Mary, Azazel breaks his neck to kill him as well, and then reveals to a shocked Mary that he, the demon from earlier, has killed her parents, too, and is now possessing her father's corpse. He offers Mary a deal: he'll resurrect John (but not her parents) if she gives him permission to enter her house in ten years, promising that if she doesn't interrupt him, no one will be harmed. Devastated and desperate to not be alone, Mary agrees. As Azazel seals the deal with a kiss, Dean arrives and tries to kill him with the Colt, but Azazel flees Samuel's body, leaving Samuel dead.
In the present, Castiel explains that Azazel covered his tracks well and that what Dean learned is all they know of his plans. The whole time travel experience was for Dean to learn what the angels knew about Azazel's plans, not to stop them.
While Dean is succumbing to the ghost sickness, he briefly hallucinates Sam telling him that he wants him back in Hell and starting to strangle him. Sam's eyes turn yellow like Azazel's. Dean assumes that Sam is possessed, but Sam says that this is entirely him - or rather, what he is turning into. After Dean is cured of ghost sickness, he is about to tell Sam about his hallucinations when he suddenly sees Sam's eyes flicker yellow, and ends up lying to him instead.
In 1972 at St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland, Azazel possesses a priest. Pretending to be the priest, Azazel starts to give mass and then reveals that he has been searching for his father for years and after nearly giving up hope, finally located the door to his Cage in the convent. He then slaughters all of the nuns in the convent and is able to speak to Lucifer through the body of one. Lucifer tells him that to free him, Azazel must free Lilith from Hell as she can break the 66 Seals and that he must find a very special child.
Researching the convent after hearing that Lilith is going there to break the last seal, Sam finds out that the priest was arrested for the murders of the nuns. The priest had told everyone that he had been possessed by a demon, who was the one actually responsible for the murders, and that he remembered that the demon's name was Azazel. As it is too much to believe that it is coincidence, Sam and Ruby take Azazel's appearance at the convent in the past as a sign that Lilith will indeed break the seal there.
While searching for Pestilence, with Crowley's help the Winchesters capture Brady, an old college friend of Sam's whom Azazel had possessed by a demon during Sam's sophomore year to keep an eye on him. Brady reveals that it was him and not Azazel who killed Jessica Moore in order to push Sam back into hunting, though he had done it on Azazel's orders.
While possessing Sam, Lucifer brings in the demons Azazel has had watch over him for his entire life, including Sam's prom date and a teacher and a friend. Lucifer refers to them as "Azazel's gang," the demons he had been using to manipulate Sam his whole life. Lucifer proceeds to kill them to give Sam some revenge and to try to convince him over to his way of thinking.
While under the influence of djinn poison, Dean hallucinates that Azazel is alive again, the one responsible for the odd things Dean has been picking up on. Azazel claims that he was "shaken loose" by the Apocalypse and resurrected, comparing it to how God brought Castiel back, and starts to strangle Dean. But before Dean dies, he is saved by Sam, who injects him with an antidote to the poison and explains that it was all just a hallucination and that Azazel wasn't really there. Later, while once again under the influence of djinn poison, Dean hallucinates that Azazel kills Lisa Braeden in the same way that he did his mother and Jessica, then infects her son Ben Braeden with demon blood like he did Sam.
Crowley mentions Azazel when listing off those who underestimated the threat the Winchesters pose and paid the price for it.
After being caught in a devil's trap after leaving to kill two demons, Meg explains that what she does is commit herself to causes and stick with them. She says that Azazel's (and then Lucifer's) cause to bring about the Apocalypse was that cause. Now that Azazel is dead and Lucifer trapped, her cause has changed to killing Crowley for revenge for Lucifer.
Having learned of the angel tablet, Crowley begins searching for it and discovers that it is in one of Lucifer's Crypts. Only demons that were close confidants of Lucifer, such as Azazel, know where they are. In the past, Azazel visited the crypts with Meg, who thus also knew and was used by Crowley to search for the right crypt and the angel tablet.
After an attack on Ramiel, Crowley explains to the Winchesters that Ramiel is one of the four Princes of Hell of which Azazel was also one. Crowley tells them that Azazel and the other Princes were the first generation of demons created by Lucifer after he created Lilith and they are generals of demonic armies.
In a flashback to after Lucifer's first defeat, Crowley approaches Ramiel to become the King of Hell since Lucifer is locked away again and Azazel and Lilith are dead. However, Ramiel tells Crowley that Azazel was a fanatic but the other Princes lost interest in Lucifer's plan a long time ago and just wish to be left alone.
- 1.22 Devil's Trap: possesses John Winchester played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan
- 2.01 In My Time of Dying: possesses Tessa played by Lindsey McKeon
- 2.01 In My Time of Dying, 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One, 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two and 6.01 Exile on Main St.: possesses a janitor played by Frederic Lehne
- 4.03 In the Beginning: possesses Dr. Brown played by Christopher MacCabe & Samuel Campbell played by Mitch Pileggi
- 4.22 Lucifer Rising: possesses Father Lehne played by Rob LaBelle
I have plans, Sammy, plans for you and all the children like you...
– Azazel, 1.22 Devil's Trap
- Andy Gallagher
- Ansem Weems / Weber
- Ava Wilson
- Jake Talley
- Max Miller
- Sam Winchester
- Scott Carey
Relationship with Sam Winchester
- A link between Sam’s powers and Azazel is first suspected by the boys in 1.14 Nightmare, when Sam discovers that Max Miller’s mother dies the same way Mary Winchester did.
- Sam: I mean, either telekinesis or premonitions, we both had abilities, you know? Maybe it was after us for some reason.
- In 1.22 Devil's Trap, Azazel reveals that he killed Mary and Jess because they got in the way of his "plans…"
- Azazel: My plans for you, Sammy. You... and all the children like you.
- John knows “the truth” about Sam and the other children like him.
- Sam meets two other people with powers, Andy and his evil twin Ansem. Ansem reveals that a man “with yellow eyes” has visited in his dreams and revealed he has big plans for the Special Children. In this episode, Sam and Dean also discover that not all Special Children had their mother die in a fire when they were six months old.
- In 2.09 Croatoan, Sam is infected with a demon virus. This is revealed to have been an experiment engineered by Azazel when Duane Tanner contacts him on a blood goblet to report:
- Duane: I don't think any more tests will be necessary... The Winchester boy, definitely immune as expected.
- Azazel appears to Sam in a dream, and states that his plan is for the children with special powers to fight amongst themselves until the strongest is left to lead the demon army. He tells Sam that he, with his leadership qualities and hunter training, is his favorite. In the same dream, Azazel admits to having Jessica killed so Sam would go back to hunting. He then shows Sam a vision of what happened the night Mary died. Sam sees that Azazel fed drops of his blood to baby Sam, and that Mary knew the demon. Sam does not tell Dean about this.
- Azazel asks Dean, "How certain are you that what you brought back, is 100% pure Sam?" implying that might have been something done to alter Sam during his resurrection. At the end of this episode, Azazel is killed by Dean.
At this point, Sam's visions and other powers go dormant. During season three, they seem to have disappeared entirely; Sam states that he has had no other visions. However, in subsequent seasons, still more details about the powers and Sam's fate come to light.
- In 4.01 Lazarus Rising, Sam is shown exorcising demons with his powers, and comments to Ruby that he no longer has headaches when using them.
- In 4.03 In the Beginning, Castiel takes Dean back in time, where Dean encounters Azazel making deals with the future parents of Special Children. Azazel makes a deal with Mary for entry into her house in ten years time. He reveals to Dean that he will bleed into the mouths of the children, and that his plans are bigger than building a demon army.
- a flashback shows Lucifer ordering Azazel to find a "very special child" after Azazel asks how to open the cage.
- Azazel ordered Jess' death, the order was carried out by a friend of Sam's who had been possessed, Brady. Brady had been sent to keep tabs on Sam at Stanford, and in fact introduced Sam to Jess with the goal of using her to force Sam back into hunting.
- Lucifer shows Sam that many of the people he encountered as he grew up were possessed, and had been sent to observe him, like Brady.
Two demons have been referred to as Azazel's beloved "children": Meg, who appears in seasons one, two, five, six, seven and eight; and Tom, who appears only in season one. They assist him in keeping track of Sam, and in trying to acquire the Colt from John Winchester. Though Meg acts against Azazel's plans by trying to get Dean to kill Sam out of spite for their having exorcised her, she returns to the cause and serves Lucifer sometime after her "father's" death. It is not explained how Azazel fathered Meg and Tom, as demons do not typically reproduce, instead being created from human souls permanently corrupted from torture in Hell.
- Meg refers to Azazel as "father" when communicating using the goblet of blood.
- Azazel affirms the connection, calling Meg his "daughter" and Tom his "boy."
- They are black-eyed.
- They leave traces of sulfur behind.
- They are impervious to hallowed ground ("That may work in the minor league, but not with me" - Meg in 1.21 Salvation), but not to holy water, and can be restricted by salt barriers.
- They can be exorcised.
Azazel in Mythology
The name Azazel first appears in the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 16:8) - it can mean "God strengthens", but also "impudent to God."
In the Book of Enoch, Azazel was described as one of the leaders of the Grigori, fallen angels who married and had children with human women. He was also depicted to have been bound to a clear, deserted landscape by Raphael. This was referenced in 4.22 Lucifer Rising when Azazel mentioned that he had been "wandering the desert for years, looking for my [his] father."
He is said to be the principal standard-bearer of the infernal armies, and ranks quite high in the ranks of Hell's Hierarchy. He is mentioned as a fallen angel in John Milton's Paradise Lost.
In Modern Hebrew, '"lekh l'Azazel" (לך לעזאזל) is the equivalent of the English curse "go to Hell".'
In lore, Azazel is known for creating acts of chaos and mischief. This information was retrieved from the Extended-Scenes on Season 4 DVD of Supernatural.
Azazel in Other Media
In 2003, Marvel Comics employed Azazel as a demonic mutant formerly imprisoned in another dimension in the distant past, intentionally impregnating powerful mutants in the world to open up a permanent portal and release his supporters. This is not unlike Supernatural's depiction, and predates the show by a year or so.
- Azazel is the first demon, and indeed the first supernatural being, seen in the series.
- In the last two episodes of Season 2, Azazel's eyes often had a greenish tint along with visible pupils.
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