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Name God (Chuck)
Actor Rob Benedict
Dates Before time, space, and everything
Location Unknown
Occupation Celestial Deity
Cosmic Embodiment of Light
Episode(s) Appears as Chuck:
4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
4.22 Lucifer Rising
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
5.04 The End
5.09 The Real Ghostbusters
5.22 Swan Song
10.05 Fan Fiction
Appears as God:
11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley
11.21 All in the Family
11.22 We Happy Few
11.23 Alpha and Omega

Okay, yeah, please. All the kneeling and stuff, it's always made me deeply, deeply uncomfortable. Just don't use the G-word okay? Just-Just call me Chuck.

Chuck Shurley, 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley

God is the deity of the Abrahamic religions, that is Judaism, Islam and Christianity, responsible for creation of the universe. An unknown period of time in the past, he abandoned Heaven, intervening in the affairs of humanity occasionally. His full potential remains unknown, but he is extremely powerful, and is thought to be omnipotent and omniscient. With his sibling Amara being the only being older and stronger than he is, alongside Death, who at one time was seen as his equal.

History

In the beginning there was only God and his sister, the Darkness. Out of loneliness, God began to create, naively believing he could show his sister a new way. But for every world he would create, the Darkness would destroy it. Knowing that destroying The Darkness would cause a fatal disruption in The Cosmic Balance, God would eventually go on to create the Archangels, and along with them would battled her in a terrible war where they finally managed to lock her away . Trusting the lock and key, the Mark, to his most trusted son, Lucifer.

With his sister locked away, God, as Metatron put it, "got down to unfettered creation". He would go on to create the first beasts, the Leviathans. However, God became concerned at their destructiveness, and locked them away in Purgatory. After banishing the Leviathans, God created Eve, the mother of all, after which he created the Angels and their classes, along with the Host of Heaven. In Season 6 Episode 19 "Mommy Dearest," Eve goes on to say that she is older than Castiel which is why she is more powerful and is able to block his powers. Soon, God would create the soul,after which he created humanity, dubbing them his most beautiful and loved creations.He then ordered all of His angels to bow before humanity and love them more than Him, but Lucifer, God's most beautiful angel, refused to bow to humanity, while the others did. The Mark God gave Lucifer had corrupted the archangel, enhancing his jealously of man, causing his fall from grace. Lucifer then sought out his older brother, Michael, for support, but Michael refused to listen. On God's command Lucifer is cast out of Heaven by Michael.

Only the archangels and Metatron have ever seen God, while the angel Joshua is the only known angel to have conversations with Him and Metatron has also been in His presence when writing the Word of God. At some point out of sheer disappointment in his creations, God left Heaven. Michael assumed command of the angels, and then ran Heaven and Earth for millennia. Both Uriel and Raphael lost faith in their maker, stating that God must be dead by now,[1][2] although most angels believe that He still exists.

Episodes

1.12 Faith

When Dean is healed by Roy Le Grange, who believes God is healing through him, although his powers are actually connected to a reaper his wife is manipulating. When Dean asks why he was saved, Roy says he was guided by the Lord because he saw in Dean's heart that he was "A young man with an important purpose. A job to do. And it isn’t finished."

2.13 Houses of the Holy

When people claim that an angel told them to kill, Sam reveals that he believes in God and that he prays. A fatalist Dean says: "There's no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence, random unpredictable evil, that comes outta nowhere, rips you to shreds." When Dean witnesses a man who attacked a woman killed in a freak accident, he wonders whether he had seen "the hand of God" at work.

4.01 Lazarus Rising

Castiel reveals that he raised Dean from Hell because "God commanded it." This may or may not have been true as God left Heaven at some point, and it seems more likely that the Host of Heaven ordered Castiel and other angels to rescue Dean. As the 66 seals are broken, Zachariah reveals that the angels plan to allow the Apocalypse to begin. When Dean asks where God is, Zachariah replies "God has left the building." However Joshua later reveals that it was God who saved Dean and Sam when Lucifer rose, by transporting them onto the plane, cleansing Sam of demon blood and resurrecting Castiel.

5.02 Good God, Y'All

After Lucifer is freed, Castiel states that aside from Michael, God is the only one strong enough to defeat Lucifer and end the Apocalypse, and so he begins a quest to find Him. Castiel thinks that while God has been absent, it was He who resurrected him and saved the boys from Lucifer. He reveals that Dean's amulet is very powerful and that it "burns hot in God's presence," and so borrows it from Dean to help in his quest.

Raphael claims that God is dead, as this is the only explanation for the horrible things have happened on Earth over the last hundred years and God's continuing silence. Dean encourages Castiel, who still believes God's not dead, to continue his search.[3]

5.16 Dark Side of the Moon

While in Heaven, Sam and Dean seek out an angel in the Garden of Eden for information. Joshua confirms that God is on Earth, but also tells them that He no longer cares about the Apocalypse, thinking it isn't His problem. Joshua says he thinks God talks to him because he can "sympathize gardener to gardener." He also confirms that God has intervened on Sam and Dean's behalf (put them on the plane, cleared Sam of demon blood, brought back Castiel, granted them salvation in Heaven), saying that "it's more than He's intervened in a long time."[4]

5.22 Swan Song

Chuck Shurley begins writing his final book, titled "Swan Song", with an explanation of the Impala's history and significance. He is later called by Dean for the location of Lucifer and Michael's final battle, which he readily gives. Chuck finally appears dressed in white, musing on the difficulty of getting endings right. He then disappears, leading viewers to believe he may, in fact, be God. God also resurrects Castiel a second time and grants him greater powers. Later, Castiel wonders when talking to Dean if perhaps God had actually helped them more than they realize.

6.17 My Heart Will Go On

Atropos makes an assumption that God Himself decides a person's death and then passes the details on to the Fates.

6.20 The Man Who Would Be King

Castiel prays to God revealing what he has done in order to defeat Raphael and demands a sign that he is on the right path.

6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much

Castiel, after performing a ritual, and upon claiming all of the souls from Purgatory and absorbing them into his vessel, declares that humanity now has a new god: him.

7.17 The Born-Again Identity

It is revealed that God apparently resurrected Castiel for a third time with all of his powers intact but no memory despite his briefly declaring himself God.

8.21 The Great Escapist

Metatron reveals that before God left Heaven, he enlisted Metatron, a secretarial angel, to take down instructions on his various creations. When God left, the archangels despaired and then decided to take over the universe themselves, a plan Naomi seems to be following since their demise. God also may have granted Metatron special powers as his Scribe because Metatron is able to erase angel wards due to his elevated status.

Chuck reveals his true visage to Metatron.

11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley

After being transported to BG's Canteen, Metatron quickly realizes that is a construct created by God. When he finds Chuck Shurley sitting at a booth. Believing he is being punished by God, by having to spend eternity in a "crappy bar with a hack writer," and proceeds to go in on Chuck's writing. Chuck eventually reveals to Metatron that he is in fact God. As Metatron begins groveling on his knees, Chuck tells him to stop as the kneeling and being called "God" make him uncomfortable, telling Metatron to call Him Chuck. After Chuck pours a glass of whiskey for Metatron, Metatron asks Chuck what he has been up to. Chuck reveals that he started a blog on Snapchat posting pictures of cats, having traveled and dated a few people. He also explains how he was able to deactivate Dean's Amulet so they wouldn't suspect him of being God during the Apocalypse and reactivates it before putting it away. Chuck reveals that he wanted to finish his autobiography and needs Metatron's help to do it, which he accepts. After reading it, Metatron points out that it's missing a few things such as details and balance. He tells him to write for an audience of one and reveal who he really is.

Chuck explains that Nature was the closest thing that was as good as or better than himself or his sister since it knows that it's sometimes better to start from scratch. Metatron discovers that Chuck was going to let Amara destroy the universe, and tells him off about how he was never a coward when he tried to play God. Chuck reveals that he is done watching humanity's failures and wants to let Amara win. After Chuck begins to finish the last few pages of his autobiography, Metatron tells him that he is wrong about humanity because he knows that they are better than he is and understands what they are capable of in both positive and negative ways. Chuck, touched and clearly guilty at himself at losing faith in humanity, decides to help Sam and Dean deal with the Darkness. He reverses the effects of the rabid infection in Hope Springs, Idaho. He even sends Dean's amulet into Sam's jacket pocket to allow them to find him.

11.21 All in the Family

Chuck teleported Sam and Dean back into the Men of Letters Bunker along with himself to prove to them that he actually is God and even confirms it with the help of Kevin Tran. After sending Kevin's soul to Heaven, Sam talks about how he was praying to him , but was unaware if he was actually listening. Dean tells him about how humanity had been suffering for thousands of years while God did nothing. Chuck tells him that he has been helping them for ages and decided that in order to allow humanity to thrive, that he needed to take a step back and let them find their way. He also believes that despite everything, things have gotten better.

God tells them that the only reason he came to help them was because the Darkness was a force beyond human comprehension, and he tells them about how awful it was to always do what Amara wanted. When Sam tells him that they might need Lucifer's help, God tells them that he doesn't trust him since he could have formed an alliance with Amara. He is later seen watching a curling tournament on Dean's computer while eating chinese food when Sam and Dean come back from Lewis, Oklahoma with the latest Prophet; Professor Donatello Redfield. After meeting up with Metatron, he tells them that Chuck is going to give himself up to Amara and even shows them his autobiography which is in the form of a suicide note. Chuck is seen watching kids playing in a sandbox when Dean comes over to confront him about surrendering to Amara. Chuck tells him that he will become imprisoned and let Amara do what she wants with him in exchange for allowing Creation to continue to thrive. Chuck also tells Dean that if she tries to destroy Creation, then his chosen, like Sam and Dean, will step up and reveals that he saved Sam and Dean in 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil because they are the firewall between light and darkness.

After Sam, Donatello, and Metatron rescue Lucifer, God was able to teleport them back to the Bunker in the Impala. Lucifer sees God for the first time in millennia and remarks that he changed, God says the same thing and instantly heals the wounds he had to endure from Amara's torture.

11.22 We Happy Few

God tells Lucifer about how he healed him and to be reasonable, but he doesn't want to hear it. He believes that he came back the moment Sam and Dean called for him, but they point out that it wasn't the case and reminds him that they saved him. He tries to turn them into dust with a snap of his fingers, but God added a safeguard that would prevent him from doing that. Lucifer tells God off about how he still wouldn't apologise to him before leaving and taking refuge in Sam's Bedroom. Chuck later tells Sam and Dean that he can't apologise about imprisoning him since he doesn't feel sorry because he did it for humanity, but they remind him that the end is approaching and they need to talk.

God decides to talk to Lucifer and he tells him that he did what he had to do since the Mark corrupted him and made him into a threat to humanity. Lucifer berates him about how he betrayed him and threw him away after the Mark changed him. Sam agrees with Lucifer since all he wants is an apology and God is too concerned about being right to do so. Frustrated, Chuck teleports Sam and Dean to the crow's nest in the Bunker to continue their discussion in private. God tells him that the reason he gave Lucifer the Mark was because he was his favorite and he thought he was strong enough to bear it, but he punished him out of guilt after he saw what the Mark did to him. After finally apologising, Lucifer forgives him and they decide to focus on more important matters; the Darkness. God and Lucifer tell Sam and Dean about The Cosmic Balance being one of the reasons that Amara was imprisoned rather than destroyed. He even tells them that they would need the rest of the Archangels to have a shot against her. God tells them that Michael is in no condition to fight, and since Archangels are the stuff of primordial creation, it would take time that they don't have to bring Gabriel and Raphael back, even for him.

Sam and Dean decide to bring the angels, demons, and witches into the fight to make up for the missing Archangels. God meets them in an abandoned power plant and tell them to strike against Amara when she arrives. Shock and awe. Sam reveals that before hane, he and God talked about imprisoning Amara again by restoring the Mark of Cain onto Sam's arm since Dean can't bear it anymore due to already being tainted by its power. After she had to endure an attack by Rowena and the rest of the witches, the angels with their angel smiting, and Crowley and his demons, she barges in where she lays eyes on her brother for the first time in millions of years. As she approaches him, Lucifer stabs her with his spear and tries to finish her off, but God convinces him to back down. Chuck apologises to her for everything, but Amara doesn't want to hear it and tells him that the real reason he banished her was because he couldn't stand holding in his ego. Chuck tells her that there is a value in Creation that is greater than his ego and that the materials for Creation were there waiting to be born. Chuck apologises again before beginning the transference of the Mark from Amara's shoulder to Sam's arm, but Amara interrupts him before the transfer could be completed. She tells him that she would rather die before going back to her prison before striking God with tendrils of black smoke, terminally weakening him and causing a disruption in the Cosmic Balance. She tells them that God will fade away into nothing, but not before he watches all of Creation turn to ash.

11.23 Alpha and Omega

Chuck Is God

Well, there's only one explanation. Obviously, I'm a god. I'm definitely a god! A cruel, cruel, capricious god.

Chuck to Dean and Sam, 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book

Chuck Was God?!

Following the season five finale, there was much debate amongst fans to whether Chuck was in fact God, and whether he had been so all along. While consensus was with Chuck as the Divine being - many fans started substituting Chuck's name for God's in expressions such as "Chuck be praised?" "Oh My Chuck - OMC" and "Thank Chuck" - not all agreed. Writer and Producer Sera Gamble on the God debate refused to either confirm or deny the speculation: "Don't ask me to squish the God debate! How many TV shows can say their fans are talking about THAT stuff?"

Chuck as a writer is the creator of the story of Sam and Dean Winchester in the form of the Supernatural books. He says when confronted with the real Sam and Dean that he "is a god," for all that he puts them through in the books happens in real life. This is explained by Castiel as Chuck being a prophet of God. Castiel says the Supernatural books will become known as the Winchester Gospels.

The metaphor in this episode is of the writer as creator. Chuck's pseudonym is Carver Edlund, a reference to Supernatural writers Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund. The character is an avatar for Eric Kripke himself (Source) and is used to comment on the text and process of writing with reference to specific past episodes of the show. This metaphor would also hold then is God, the creator, was also the writer. We have a trinity here - Chuck Shurley, Eric Kripke and God.

Sam and Dean find out from the angel Joshua that God is on Earth.[4]

In 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil, Chuck says that he can feel the angels' presence in his house, which is not a power of the prophet and may be due to his being God.

In the finale there is further foreshadowing of Chuck's possible identity: When Dean calls Chuck, Chuck answers the phone "Mistress Magda," and we briefly see a newspaper ad for a blonde women in a bikini named "Miss Magda" on Chuck's desk before he puts his glass on it. This may be a reference to Mary Magdalene who Jesus, the physical incarnation of God, healed of demons. She then become a follower of his, and an early Christian leader. Chuck, after narrating the events that take place, finally appears dressed in white musing on the difficulty of getting endings right. He then disappears - Chuck, it seems, is God.

Fans arguing against Chuck's divinity point primarily to the fact that Dean's amulet, which Castiel says will "burn hot" in God's presence does not react when Dean and Chuck meet face to face in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, 4.22 Lucifer Rising, and 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil. However, Joshua tells Sam and Dean in Heaven "Magic amulet or not, you won't be able to find him."

Other arguments include the failure of others to recognize God's true self, including Raphael, the archangel assigned to protect Chuck. In 5.03 Free to Be You and Me, he tells Dean and Castiel that God is "dead" and they are living in a "godless universe." Castiel is also ignorant of Chuck's true identity. He held off Raphael at Chuck's house while Dean went after Sam in 4.22 Lucifer Rising, and met Chuck several times. Another argument that supports Chuck being God is, the angels (Castiel and others) have said that there can only be one prophet at a single time. The only time one person can no longer be a prophet is if they die. If Kevin becomes a prophet, then Chuck must be dead. Although in Fan Fiction, he pops up and is alive. Now how can a prophet be alive if there was a prophet (Kevin) after him. The only explanation is that Chuck is in fact God. Although, another argument (confusing), is how can an Angel become a God if it's only power. Chuck, God, is still alive, so how did Castiel become "The New God." Even if Castiel did become in fact God while Chuck was still alive, how did he lose to the Levianthans? Wouldn't the angel who is on the same level as God be in control of the Levianthans, if God (Chuck) was the one who made them and locked them away. It just doesn't really make sense. And Castiel did in fact become something else because the Angel Blade in the Season 6 Finale to the Season 7 Premiere, he is stabbed with an angel blade by Sam and does not even bleed. So if Castiel lost to the Levianthans and did not even become an actual God or even on the same level what did he become? He clearly became more powerful than angels since he is not even phased by an angel blade. So the question is, what did he become? Levianthans are not as powerful as God(Chuck) so how did Castiel lose to them. Death mentioned that Castiel looked more like a "mutated angel" to him. The only explanation was that Castiel declared himself to be the new God, but in actuality was "a mutated angel" as Death declared. Hence, the inability to be affected by an Angel Blade or to completely control the Leviathans when his power was heightened by the souls in Purgatory.

In episode 10.05 Fan Fiction Chuck appears at the end of the episode, once again raising the question whether or not he is God.

In 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley, Chuck returns and reveals to Metatron that he actually is God.

God in Lore

God is the English name used to refer to the monotheistic definition of the deity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (where it is referred to as Allah). He (as it is usually gendered as male) varies greatly in nature between cultures, religions and sects from benign to wrathful. He is held to be the creator of all things including humans, and to be all powerful.

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