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|image= [[File:ArchangelMichael.jpg|350px]][[File:Adam-Michael.jpg|350px]]
 
|image= [[File:ArchangelMichael.jpg|350px]][[File:Adam-Michael.jpg|350px]]
 
|name= Michael  
 
|name= Michael  
|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]])
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|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]], [[15.19 Inherit the Earth|15.19]])
|dates= Pre-creation
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|dates= Pre-creation – 2020 (killed by [[Chuck]])
 
|location= Earth
 
|location= Earth
 
|occupation= [[Archangel]]   
 
|occupation= [[Archangel]]   
|episodes= [[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]<br>[[5.22 Swan Song]]<br>[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]
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|episodes= [[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]<br>[[5.22 Swan Song]]<br>[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]<br>[[15.19 Inherit the Earth]]
 
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{{Quotation
 
{{Quotation
 
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|text= Lucifer defied our Father, and he betrayed me, but still, I don't want this any more than you would want to kill Sam. You know, my brother... I practically raised him. I took care of him in a way most people could never understand, and I still love him. But I am going to kill him, because it is right, and I have to.
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|text= God lied to me. I gave everything for him. I loved him. Why? I'm not even the only Michael.
 
|author= Michael
 
|author= Michael
|source= [[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]
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|source= [[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]
 
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After the creation of [[Heaven]], its [[angel]]s, and Earth, God commanded all of the celestial beings to bow before mankind, asking them to love humans more than himself. Lucifer questioned this order, insisting that they are "flawed, murderous beings."<ref name="five04">[[5.04 The End]]</ref> Lucifer then sought out his older brother, Michael, for support, but Michael refused to listen. After Lucifer created the first demon, [[Lilith]], Michael would be the one to cast Lucifer out of Heaven into [[Hell]]. At some point, God left Heaven and Michael assumed command of the angels, running Heaven and Earth for a millennia.  
 
After the creation of [[Heaven]], its [[angel]]s, and Earth, God commanded all of the celestial beings to bow before mankind, asking them to love humans more than himself. Lucifer questioned this order, insisting that they are "flawed, murderous beings."<ref name="five04">[[5.04 The End]]</ref> Lucifer then sought out his older brother, Michael, for support, but Michael refused to listen. After Lucifer created the first demon, [[Lilith]], Michael would be the one to cast Lucifer out of Heaven into [[Hell]]. At some point, God left Heaven and Michael assumed command of the angels, running Heaven and Earth for a millennia.  
  
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. 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.
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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.
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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 his consent, but when Dean killed Zachariah after Michael had been called down from Heaven, it forced Michael to take over Adam's body. After Lucifer gains control over Sam's vessel, Michael meets him in [[Stull Cemetery]] to fight, but they get interrupted by Dean. Castiel manages to banish Michael using a holy fire molotov coctail, giving Dean the time he needed to reach out to Sam and convince him to fight back. Sam manages to take back control of his vessel and use the [[Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse#The_Rings|Horsemen's Rings]] to open the Cage, but when Michael intervenes, the archangel is pulled into the Cage along with Sam, Lucifer, and Adam, stopping the Apocalypse.
  
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>
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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>
 
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>
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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. It's revealed that [[Chuck]] and Lucifer were lying about his mental state as he retains his sanity after a decade in the Cage. 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>
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After God wipes out all life on Earth aside from the Winchesters and [[Jack]], Michael returns and agrees to help against his father. However, Michael is angered by the [[resurrection]] of [[Lucifer]] by God with Lucifer claiming that he is their Father's new favorite. Though Michael finally gets the chance to kill his brother, the archangel reverts back into being the Good Son and betrays the Winchesters in an attempt to become God's Favorite once again. Angered by Michael's earlier betrayal, God obliterates the archangel, but both are unaware that the Winchesters anticipated Michael's betrayal and used him to lure God into a trap.<ref name="fifteen19">[[15.19 Inherit the Earth]]</ref>
  
 
==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
 
===Personality===
 
===Personality===
Michael sees himself as a good and loyal son to his father, and that matters most to him. He professes love for [[Lucifer]], his younger brother, but insists that he is only serving his father by destroying his brother. He seems to think himself magnanimous when he promises to leave [[Dean]] whole and not catatonic, after serving as a [[vessel]].
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Michael sees himself as a good and loyal son to his father, and that matters most to him. Despite his love for Lucifer, Michael insists that he is only serving his father by destroying his brother. He seems to think himself magnanimous when he promises to leave [[Dean]] whole and not catatonic, after serving as a [[vessel]] and by erasing John and Mary Winchester's memories of their ordeal with Anna.<ref name="five13" />
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His insistence that his actions only serve [[God]] is not entirely true, as he blames Lucifer for the loss of their father, and is angry with him. He also becomes furious with anyone who interferes with his destiny, including [[Anna Milton]] and Dean at [[Stull Cemetery]]. When Lucifer suggested that they refuse to fight and "walk off the chessboard" Michael considered abandoning his destiny for a moment, before staying steadfast in his resolve to fight Lucifer. It is this stubborn insistence on fulfilling his story as written that lead him into imprisonment in [[Lucifer's Cage|the Cage]].<ref name="five13" /><ref name="five22" />
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Michael's relationship with Lucifer is stated to mirror that of Sam and Dean's. While talking with Dean, Michael professes love for Lucifer, even after all that his brother has done, having raised his younger sibling much like Dean raised Sam and even admits that killing Lucifer would be hard for him.<ref name="five13" /> Despite his anger at Lucifer, when they meet again in Stull Cemetery, Michael admits to being genuinely glad to see his brother again in a softer moment before he and Lucifer prepare to engage in battle. The formerly close relationship between the two can be seen by Lucifer's furious reaction to Castiel's subsequent attack on Michael with holy fire.<ref name="five22" /> However, despite this, at some point Michael created the [[Lance of Michael]], a weapon he intended to kill Lucifer slowly and painfully.<ref name="twelve12">[[12.12 Stuck in the Middle (With You)]]</ref> After his escape from Hell, Michael only truly snaps when Castiel accuses Lucifer of being the smarter of the two archangels for knowing that God can't be trusted, using Lucifer against Michael. This results in Michael, who had previously remained relatively calm despite his anger and frustration, physically attacking his younger brother.<ref name="fifteen08" />
  
His insistence that his actions only serve [[God]] is not entirely true, as he blames Lucifer for the loss of their father, and is angry with him. He also becomes furious with anyone who interferes with his destiny, including [[Anna Milton]], Dean at [[Stull Cemetery]]. When Lucifer suggested that they refuse to fight and "walk off the chessboard" Michael considered abandoning his destiny for a moment, before staying steadfast in his resolve to fight Lucifer. It is this stubborn insistence on fulfilling his story as written that lead him into imprisonment in [[Lucifer's Cage|the Cage]].
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Though Michael cares about humanity in general, he was willing to potentially sacrifice half of the population of the world to defeat Lucifer like he believed God wanted. When talking to [[Zachariah]] about his final plan to get Dean to say "yes," Michael showed little care for the humans who died in the bar Zachariah was drinking in as a result of Michael appearing in his true form.<ref name="five18" /> However, after a diner full of people witnessed Michael smite Lilith, he simply erased their memories of the incident rather than take more drastic measures, showing that he is not needlessly cruel nor does he needlessly take human life if he can avoid it.<ref name="fifteen08" />
  
 
After being trapped in the Cage, Michael is stated to have gone insane by both Lucifer<ref name="eleven10" /> and God.<ref name="eleven22" /> After God's betrayal, Dean suspects both were lying and Michael is in fact shown to retain his sanity.<ref name="fifteen08" />
 
After being trapped in the Cage, Michael is stated to have gone insane by both Lucifer<ref name="eleven10" /> and God.<ref name="eleven22" /> After God's betrayal, Dean suspects both were lying and Michael is in fact shown to retain his sanity.<ref name="fifteen08" />
  
Following his escape from the Cage, Michael is left directionless and unsure of his place in the world. Having reached an agreement with his [[vessel]] [[Adam Milligan]], Michael is willing to share control with him and use Adam as a guide 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. 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" />
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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" />
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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" /> Michael is visibly upset when reporting Adam's death to the Winchesters.<ref name="fifteen19" />
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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" />
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Despite his changes for the better, Michael reverts back into being the Good Son following the resurrection of Lucifer and the discovery that God now favors his brother over Michael. Desperate to win his father's approval and to be God's Favorite once again, Michael betrays his allies, but is unaware that they accurately predicted this and used him to lure God into a trap of their own. In the end, Michael's misguided loyalty to his father comes to nothing and leads to his own demise just as it lead to his imprisonment a decade prior.<ref name="fifteen19" />
  
 
===Powers and abilities===
 
===Powers and abilities===
 
* [[Healing]] – Michael, like all angels, can heal any wounds or injuries. After being hit with a Molotov of holy oil, Michael was able to heal the injures sustained from contact with holy fire.
 
* [[Healing]] – Michael, like all angels, can heal any wounds or injuries. After being hit with a Molotov of holy oil, Michael was able to heal the injures sustained from contact with holy fire.
 
* Mental manipulation – Michael is capable of erasing specific memories from a person's mind, as he does with [[John]] and [[Mary Winchester]]. He later erased an entire diner's memories of his encounter with [[Lilith]] simply by commanding it and then snapping his fingers.<ref name="fifteen08" />
 
* Mental manipulation – Michael is capable of erasing specific memories from a person's mind, as he does with [[John]] and [[Mary Winchester]]. He later erased an entire diner's memories of his encounter with [[Lilith]] simply by commanding it and then snapping his fingers.<ref name="fifteen08" />
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* [[Portal]] creation – With just a snap of his fingers, Michael opened a portal to [[Purgatory]].<ref name="fifteen08" /> This is a feat that even his fellow archangel [[Raphael]] couldn't accomplish, requiring a powerful spell procured by [[Crowley]] instead.<ref name="six22">[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much]]</ref>
 
* [[Resurrection]] – Michael can revive the deceased as he did with [[Sam Winchester]].<ref name="five13" />
 
* [[Resurrection]] – Michael can revive the deceased as he did with [[Sam Winchester]].<ref name="five13" />
* [[Sedation]] – He can render people unconscious.  
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* [[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.
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* 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.  
 
* [[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>
 
** [[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.
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** 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" />
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* [[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 in 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" />
 
* [[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" />
* Portal creation - With just a snap of his fingers, Michael opened a portal to [[Purgatory]].<ref name="fifteen08" />
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* [[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" />
  
 
===Weaknesses===  
 
===Weaknesses===  
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* [[Angel Cuffs]] – The angel cuffs, after having been upgraded to hold the alternate [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael]], were able to contain this Michael as well. However, he retained the use of some of his powers, causing the ground to shake when distressed and opening a portal to [[Purgatory]].<ref name="fifteen08" />
 
* [[Archangel blade]] – Wielded by another archangel, the blade can kill Michael.  
 
* [[Archangel blade]] – Wielded by another archangel, the blade can kill Michael.  
 
* [[Enochian]] [[warding sigils]] – Michael is susceptible to Enochian warding.
 
* [[Enochian]] [[warding sigils]] – Michael is susceptible to Enochian warding.
 
* [[Holy fire]] – While holy fire can kill regular angels upon contact, it can only temporarily banish Michael.<ref name="five22" /> The Winchesters and Castiel were later able to trap Michael with a ring of holy fire.<ref name="fifteen08" />
 
* [[Holy fire]] – While holy fire can kill regular angels upon contact, it can only temporarily banish Michael.<ref name="five22" /> The Winchesters and Castiel were later able to trap Michael with a ring of holy fire.<ref name="fifteen08" />
* [[Ma'lak Box]] - Can contain any [[archangel]] no matter how powerful.<ref name="fourteen11">[[14.11 Damaged Goods]]</ref>
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* [[Ma'lak Box]] Can contain any [[archangel]] no matter how powerful.<ref name="fourteen11">[[14.11 Damaged Goods]]</ref>
* [[Angel Cuffs]] - The angel cuffs, after having been upgraded to hold the alternate [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael]], were able to contain this Michael as well. However, he retained the use of some of his powers, causing the ground to shake when distressed and opening a portal to [[Purgatory]].<ref name="fifteen08" />
 
  
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
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[[File:MichaelKillsAnna.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Michael kills [[Anna]].]]
 
[[File:MichaelKillsAnna.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Michael kills [[Anna]].]]
 
===[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]===
 
===[[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.
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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 and preventing the Apocalypse from starting. 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's not his only vessel as he can use others from Dean's bloodline. He also tells Dean his need of the [[Apocalypse]] and having a final battle. Michael tells him that his relationship with Lucifer mirrored Dean's relationship with Sam, and while he doesn't want to kill his brother, he will because he believes it to be justice. Michael believes that he is a good son who has to do what his father tells him to do because he believes it to be an absolute in any situation.
  
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.  
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While Dean tries to counter him because of his experiences with his family, Michael insists that everything he is doing isn't random. He says everything happened from John and Mary's birth, their union, and conceiving Sam and Dean is all part of a pre-ordained plan playing itself out perfectly and he knew from the beginning that the story will end when he kills Lucifer. Michael says that "free will is an illusion," and that is why he will eventually receive his consent, though he won't leave Dean in a catatonic state when he's done using him as a vessel. He plans to erase Mary and John's memories of meeting Sam and Dean, under the pretense of giving Mary the life she wants. While Dean protests against it because of her death in 1983, Michael says that Dean knew that Mary's death was inevitable whether she knows the truth or not. He then heals Sam and returns him to the present. He says he'll see Dean soon before sending him back to the future. After erasing John and Mary's memories, he dispossesses John and returns to Heaven.
  
 
===[[5.18 Point of No Return]]===
 
===[[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.
 
[[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.
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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. They told Adam that he was chosen to be Michael's vessel. While Dean is doubtful about this new revelation, Castiel says that Adam is both a member of the Winchester bloodline and Sam's brother, a possible imperfect replacement for Dean. Zachariah manages to convince Adam to take him to become Michael's vessel. However, Zachariah reveals that Michael planned to have Adam revived and trapped in the [[Green Room]] to lure Dean into the open and force him to give his consent to the archangel.
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Zachariah holds Adam as bait, and Sam and Dean make their way to Van Nuys, California to save their half-brother. After Castiel dispatches the angels, Dean makes his way to Adam, but Zachariah appears and starts torturing him and Sam. With no other choice, Dean consents to become Michael's vessel. Zachariah utters an incantation that summons Michael to their location. However, Dean says he will offer his consent on the conditions that he ensures the safety of his family and Michael promises to destroy Zachariah, believing that the angel is now expendable in the archangel's eyes. While he is distracted by Dean's threats, he impales Zachariah's head with his angel blade, killing him. Sam and Dean manage to escape before Michael descends, but Adam is trapped inside the room and vanishes with Michael. The Green Room vanishes as well, leaving Dean to see an old office in its place.
  
 
===[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]===
 
===[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]===
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===[[15.01 Back and to the Future]]===
 
===[[15.01 Back and to the Future]]===
[[Belphegor]] tells Dean that every door in Hell sprang open all at once when [[God]] started the end of the world. Dean realizes that this means [[Lucifer's Cage]] as well and asks about Michael. Belphegor tells Dean that the last he heard, Michael was still just sitting in the Cage, but suggests that if Michael got out he might hold a grudge against the Winchesters.
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[[Belphegor]] tells [[Dean]] that every door in [[Hell]] sprang open all at once when [[God]] started the end of the world. Dean realizes that this means [[Lucifer's Cage]] as well and asks about Michael. Belphegor tells Dean that the last he heard, Michael was still just sitting in the Cage, but suggests that if Michael got out he might hold a grudge against the Winchesters.
  
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[[File:Adam&Michael.png|thumb|left|350px|Adam and Michael talk in the diner.]]
 
===[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]===
 
===[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]===
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From the [[Tablets#Demon Tablet|demon tablet]], the Winchesters learn that [[God]] has a secret fear that he only shared with his favorite which they realize means Michael. Though both God and [[Lucifer]] claimed Michael to be insane, Dean suspects they might have been lying and the Winchesters and [[Castiel]] travel into [[Hell]] to search for Michael. However, they quickly learn that Michael is nowhere to be found in Hell.
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On Earth, Michael allows [[Adam Milligan|Adam]] to have control as his [[vessel]] enjoys a burger in a diner. Michael, manifesting as an identical duplicate of Adam, admits that he doesn't know what to do now with the other [[archangels]] dead and God is gone from [[Heaven]]. He tells Adam he sees him as his guide in the new world and the two commiserate over having difficult families. As they discuss what to do next, [[Lilith]] arrives looking for Michael on God's orders. Instantly taking control, Michael is skeptical of the demon's claims and intentions and smites her in a flash of white light when she insists. Noticing that the entire diner witnessed his actions, Michael erases their memories with a snap of his fingers.
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After getting rid of Lilith, Michael begins bouncing all over the globe, finally ending up in Cairo, Egypt with [[prophet]] [[Donatello Redfield]] sensing his movements. Castiel reaches out to Michael through [[prayer]], asking for him to come, acknowledging their past and the greater war that is taking place against God. Michael agrees to meet with Castiel in a factory, but is less than pleased to see his brother, as Castiel called him assbut and set him on fire before helping send Michael to Hell. As Michael speculates if Castiel has come to beg forgiveness, Castiel surrounds the archangel in a ring of [[holy fire]]. The Winchesters soon enter with the [[angel cuffs]], Michael angrily demands to know what Castiel has done.
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Taken back to the [[Men of Letters Bunker]] in handcuffs, Michael calls their actions stupid and starts to comment on how [[Sam]] looks compared to the last time Michael saw him in the Cage. Sam cuts Michael off and insists that they need his help. Michael is incredulous that they want him to trust them when Castiel doomed him to Hell and Dean let Lucifer walk free while Adam was trapped. Sam explains that with what they do, they have gotten too used to losing people and with Adam they said goodbye because they thought they had to but were wrong. Michael then returns control to Adam, surprising the Winchesters that Michael lets Adam have control. Adam explains that he and Michael reached an agreement in the Cage where they only had each other.
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Michael quickly retakes control and demands to know why he is there. Sam and Dean explain that they need his help because God is back and while Michael thinks God will bring paradise. Dean tells him that paradise is boring, and God only wants to be entertained meaning they are all his puppets, especially Michael. Michael refuses to listen, claiming that they are lying and returns control to Adam who states that Michael isn't listening. Alone, Adam attempts to convince Michael that the Winchesters might be right, pointing out that while he doesn't forgive them, they always try to be on the right side and maybe Michael doesn't know his father as well as he thinks. Adam finally gets Michael to admit that he won't consider the truth as it would mean that Michael -- the good son, the favorite -- doubts his father which is against everything Michael has been and believed in his whole life. Adam questions if Michael really still believes that after God abandoned him in Lucifer's Cage.
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When Castiel returns, Michael has retaken control and refuses to betray his father and everything he believes in. Castiel tells the archangel that he never really liked him, even when he was just another angel. Castiel always thought Michael to be too haughty and "to paraphrase a friend, you had an entire oak tree shoved up your ass." Castiel now pities Michael as he was never God's favorite but just a tiny part of God's story and figures that at least Lucifer knew that God couldn't be trusted. Enraged, Michael attacks Castiel who shows the archangel his memories of God's betrayal, the fight with [[the Darkness]], the murder of [[Jack]] and the [[Apocalypse World]] [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael]].
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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.
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===[[15.19 Inherit the Earth]]===
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Jack leads the Winchesters to a church after sensing another presence. In the church, they find Michael who expresses surprise that they survived. Michael explains that when the Rapture first began, he took refuge in the church, St. Michael's. Michael is sure that Chuck knows he took their side against his father and so avoided using any powers that might attract God's attention. Michael sadly reveals that Adam died with the rest of humanity and wonders how the Winchesters and Jack survived. Dean explains that God thought it would hilarious to watch the three of them on an empty planet and so spared the Winchesters and Jack.
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Noticing the open Bibles, Sam asks if Michael has been doing some reading and the archangel explains that he never spent much time on Earth and so he was curious about the perception of God and Heaven. Michael comments on how the believers amazingly loved God and have for thousands of years. Michael notes that his efforts were more effective than he had hoped, explaining that when God left Heaven, Michael was certain of his return so the archangel made sure that all of the other angels and [[Prophet]]s burnished his image on Earth, "the all-knowing and all-seeing and all-caring God." Michael huffs a laugh when Dean calls him "Daddy's boy" and Jack asks what Michael intends to do know that he's seen what his father has done. Michael just looks down and Dean reminds him that they reached out to Michael only to have the archangel ignore them. "That was then, this is now. Tell me what you need me to do," states Michael.
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The Winchesters and Jack leads Michael back to the bunker where they unveil [[Chuck's Death Book]] for the archangel. Dean explains that the book is about God and how to kill them, but Sam adds that as far as they know, only [[Death]] can open it. Sam expresses hope that Michael can also open the book and with his eyes and hand glowing, Michael attempts to open the book. However, even Michael can't get the book open.
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Later, Michael enters the main room, shocked to find a [[resurrection|resurrected]] [[Lucifer]] there playing with a stack of cards. Lucifer knocks over the cards and Michael demands if the Winchesters are seriously thinking about trusting his brother. Dean states that they aren't exactly trusting Lucifer and Lucifer insists that he gets his brother's bitterness since Michael got no better from God than Lucifer despite everything that Michael did for their father. Michael insists that he did what he did because it was the right thing to do and not to gain their father's love. Lucifer tells Michael that God had no love to give, not to him, not to Michael and not to humanity and asks if he sees that now.
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The conversation is interrupted by Betty who informs them that she has opened the book and all that they want is in there and she knows how God ends. As Betty begins to read the book, Lucifer snaps his fingers and turns her to ash, pulling the book to him with [[telekinesis]]. Lucifer then reveals that he's actually working for God and that he's "sort of the new favorite now" and taunts Michael. Lucifer flings the charging Winchesters with telekinesis and teleports away from the enraged Michael's charge. The two fling energy blasts at each other with Lucifer dodging Michael's blast and knocking his brother to the ground. Lucifer offers Jack the chance to join him and God on the winning team, stating that its Jack's only chance as Jack is not strong enough to fight him now. Lucifer realizes that someone's behind him and turns around to find Michael. His eyes glowing red, Lucifer taunts his brother that Michael never learns. Michael stabs Lucifer with an [[archangel blade]], killing him once again. This time, Lucifer blasts into ashes instead of leaving behind remains. Michael then thanks Sam for giving him the archangel blade to kill his brother with.
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Dean later finds Michael in the kitchen and asks after the archangel's state. Michael admits that he's a bit winded, having not been in a battle like that in several centuries. Dean tells Michael that he's glad that Michael was there and that Chuck is getting desperate, knowing that something is up and wouldn't take the chance of showing up personally. Michael acknowledges this and is stunned that his father resurrected Lucifer and didn't even reach out to Michael. Dean questions if Michael wanted Chuck to reach out to him and Michael insists that he didn't and that Chuck obviously knows the Death book could be lethal to him, but its useless without Death to read it. Dean tells Michael that its at least open now and Sam recognized some of the symbols and writing as being some form of Enochian. As such, Sam is going to try to use the ''[[Book of the Damned]]'' to try to figure out the End.
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Later, Michael enters the library where Dean and Jack are researching with a book and asks if Sam is making any progress. Dean tells Michael that he hopes so since Sam has been busy for a long time and Sam enters. Sam tells the group that he thinks he was able to piece together the spell from the ''Book of the Damned'' that can help them which must be done in a particular place at an exact angle from the sun and it will release an unstoppable force that will find Chuck and finish him.
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[[File:Michael-Death.png|thumb|right|350px|Michael is killed by [[Chuck]].]]
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The group travels to the location at a lakeside where Sam performs the spell, sending blue light into the sky that then vanishes. As the Winchesters wonder what went wrong, Chuck appears behind the group and tosses Sam, Dean and Jack aside with telekinesis. Michael and God greet each other for the first time in millennia and Chuck thanks Michael for the heads-up about the Winchesters' plans and Michael states that it has always been his destiny to serve his father. However, Chuck tells Michael that its a bit too late for that and that the archangel had sided with the Winchesters before and Chuck can't forgive that. Michael desperately tries to defend his actions, but Chuck orders him to save it. Extending his hand at the archangel, God causes Michael to glow from the inside before exploding in a wave of energy.
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After rendering God powerless, the Winchesters reveal that they came up with a plan to use Michael to get at God after seeing how angry Michael was at God using Lucifer to get to the book. As a result, they realized that Michael was desperate to be God's favorite again. In addition, the plan to turn Jack into a bomb to kill Chuck had turned Jack into a sort of power vacuum. When Michael and Lucifer fought and Michael killed Lucifer, Jack absorbed the power coming off of them and was charged up greatly as a result. In addition, Jack absorbed the power given off by Michael's death which, combined with the power given off by God beating on the Winchesters, made Jack unstoppable and capable of taking God's power from him.
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
* Michael is the only [[angel]] to not appear in a [[vessel]] specifically introduced as the angel. All other angels shown have appeared in vessels that were introduced specifically as the angel rather than the vessel; [[Castiel]]'s vessel [[Jimmy Novak]] is the only vessel to be specifically named, and while [[Nick]] and [[Donnie Finnerman]] initially appeared as themselves, they were immediately selected as [[Lucifer]] and [[Raphael]]'s vessels. By contrast, Michael has only been shown when using [[John Winchester]] and [[Adam Milligan]] as vessels, both of whom had appeared before Michael was even introduced as a character.
 
* Michael is the only [[angel]] to not appear in a [[vessel]] specifically introduced as the angel. All other angels shown have appeared in vessels that were introduced specifically as the angel rather than the vessel; [[Castiel]]'s vessel [[Jimmy Novak]] is the only vessel to be specifically named, and while [[Nick]] and [[Donnie Finnerman]] initially appeared as themselves, they were immediately selected as [[Lucifer]] and [[Raphael]]'s vessels. By contrast, Michael has only been shown when using [[John Winchester]] and [[Adam Milligan]] as vessels, both of whom had appeared before Michael was even introduced as a character.
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*When Michael speaks through a vessel, his voice is noticeably deeper than that of his vessel. This is best seen in [[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]] when Michael responds to Adam off-screen with a deeper voice than the one Adam just used despite Michael appearing as an identical duplicate of Adam.
  
 
==See also==
 
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==Michael in Fandom==
 
==Michael in Fandom==
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* [[Adam/Michael]]
 
* [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_michael/ SPN Michael] community on LJ
 
* [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_michael/ SPN Michael] community on LJ
 
* [http://twitter.com/ChiefArchangel @ChiefArchangel] - Michael on Twitter
 
* [http://twitter.com/ChiefArchangel @ChiefArchangel] - Michael on Twitter

Latest revision as of 05:20, 20 November 2020


ArchangelMichael.jpgAdam-Michael.jpg
Name Michael
Actor Matthew Cohen (5.13)
Jake Abel (5.22, 15.08, 15.19)
Dates Pre-creation – 2020 (killed by Chuck)
Location Earth
Occupation Archangel
Episode(s) 5.13 The Song Remains the Same
5.22 Swan Song
15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven
15.19 Inherit the Earth

God lied to me. I gave everything for him. I loved him. Why? I'm not even the only Michael.

– Michael, 15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven

History

God created Michael, the first archangel, the eldest of four brothers: Lucifer (whom he had a close bond with), Raphael and Gabriel. Michael, along with God and the rest of his fellow archangels would imprison the Darkness to maintain the Cosmic Balance.[1]

After the creation of Heaven, its angels, and Earth, God commanded all of the celestial beings to bow before mankind, asking them to love humans more than himself. Lucifer questioned this order, insisting that they are "flawed, murderous beings."[2] Lucifer then sought out his older brother, Michael, for support, but Michael refused to listen. After Lucifer created the first demon, Lilith, Michael would be the one to cast Lucifer out of Heaven into Hell. At some point, God left Heaven and Michael assumed command of the angels, running Heaven and Earth for a millennia.

When demons 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.[3] 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 his consent, but when Dean killed Zachariah after Michael had been called down from Heaven, it forced Michael to take over Adam's body. After Lucifer gains control over Sam's vessel, Michael meets him in Stull Cemetery to fight, but they get interrupted by Dean. Castiel manages to banish Michael using a holy fire molotov coctail, giving Dean the time he needed to reach out to Sam and convince him to fight back. Sam manages to take back control of his vessel and use the Horsemen's Rings to open the Cage, but when Michael intervenes, the archangel is pulled into the Cage along with Sam, Lucifer, and Adam, stopping the Apocalypse.

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.[4][5]

When God decides to end the world in retaliation for the Winchester's defiance,[6] 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.[7]

Though Michael originally didn't take the opportunity to escape when God opened the door to Lucifer's Cage,[7] he later escapes from the Cage and Hell, still in the body of Adam Milligan. It's revealed that Chuck and Lucifer were lying about his mental state as he retains his sanity after a decade in the Cage. 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 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.[3]

After God wipes out all life on Earth aside from the Winchesters and Jack, Michael returns and agrees to help against his father. However, Michael is angered by the resurrection of Lucifer by God with Lucifer claiming that he is their Father's new favorite. Though Michael finally gets the chance to kill his brother, the archangel reverts back into being the Good Son and betrays the Winchesters in an attempt to become God's Favorite once again. Angered by Michael's earlier betrayal, God obliterates the archangel, but both are unaware that the Winchesters anticipated Michael's betrayal and used him to lure God into a trap.[8]

Characteristics

Personality

Michael sees himself as a good and loyal son to his father, and that matters most to him. Despite his love for Lucifer, Michael insists that he is only serving his father by destroying his brother. He seems to think himself magnanimous when he promises to leave Dean whole and not catatonic, after serving as a vessel and by erasing John and Mary Winchester's memories of their ordeal with Anna.[9]

His insistence that his actions only serve God is not entirely true, as he blames Lucifer for the loss of their father, and is angry with him. He also becomes furious with anyone who interferes with his destiny, including Anna Milton and Dean at Stull Cemetery. When Lucifer suggested that they refuse to fight and "walk off the chessboard" Michael considered abandoning his destiny for a moment, before staying steadfast in his resolve to fight Lucifer. It is this stubborn insistence on fulfilling his story as written that lead him into imprisonment in the Cage.[9][1]

Michael's relationship with Lucifer is stated to mirror that of Sam and Dean's. While talking with Dean, Michael professes love for Lucifer, even after all that his brother has done, having raised his younger sibling much like Dean raised Sam and even admits that killing Lucifer would be hard for him.[9] Despite his anger at Lucifer, when they meet again in Stull Cemetery, Michael admits to being genuinely glad to see his brother again in a softer moment before he and Lucifer prepare to engage in battle. The formerly close relationship between the two can be seen by Lucifer's furious reaction to Castiel's subsequent attack on Michael with holy fire.[1] However, despite this, at some point Michael created the Lance of Michael, a weapon he intended to kill Lucifer slowly and painfully.[10] After his escape from Hell, Michael only truly snaps when Castiel accuses Lucifer of being the smarter of the two archangels for knowing that God can't be trusted, using Lucifer against Michael. This results in Michael, who had previously remained relatively calm despite his anger and frustration, physically attacking his younger brother.[3]

Though Michael cares about humanity in general, he was willing to potentially sacrifice half of the population of the world to defeat Lucifer like he believed God wanted. When talking to Zachariah about his final plan to get Dean to say "yes," Michael showed little care for the humans who died in the bar Zachariah was drinking in as a result of Michael appearing in his true form.[11] However, after a diner full of people witnessed Michael smite Lilith, he simply erased their memories of the incident rather than take more drastic measures, showing that he is not needlessly cruel nor does he needlessly take human life if he can avoid it.[3]

After being trapped in the Cage, Michael is stated to have gone insane by both Lucifer[4] and God.[5] After God's betrayal, Dean suspects both were lying and Michael is in fact shown to retain his sanity.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3] Michael is visibly upset when reporting Adam's death to the Winchesters.[8]

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.[3]

Despite his changes for the better, Michael reverts back into being the Good Son following the resurrection of Lucifer and the discovery that God now favors his brother over Michael. Desperate to win his father's approval and to be God's Favorite once again, Michael betrays his allies, but is unaware that they accurately predicted this and used him to lure God into a trap of their own. In the end, Michael's misguided loyalty to his father comes to nothing and leads to his own demise just as it lead to his imprisonment a decade prior.[8]

Powers and abilities

  • Healing – Michael, like all angels, can heal any wounds or injuries. After being hit with a Molotov of holy oil, Michael was able to heal the injures sustained from contact with holy fire.
  • Mental manipulation – Michael is capable of erasing specific memories from a person's mind, as he does with John and Mary Winchester. He later erased an entire diner's memories of his encounter with Lilith simply by commanding it and then snapping his fingers.[3]
  • Portal creation – With just a snap of his fingers, Michael opened a portal to Purgatory.[3] This is a feat that even his fellow archangel Raphael couldn't accomplish, requiring a powerful spell procured by Crowley instead.[12]
  • Resurrection – Michael can revive the deceased as he did with Sam Winchester.[9]
  • Sedation – He can render people unconscious.
  • Super strength – It is presumed like Lucifer, he can over-power pagan gods and lesser angels with little or no effort. Even while restrained by the angel cuffs, Michael was able to effortlessly overpower and strangle Castiel.[3]
  • Telekinesis – Michael was able to close the door to the Green Room when Adam attempted to escape.
    • Pyrokinesis – Michael can incinerate lesser angels by touching them, as he did with Anna Milton.[9]
    • Terakinesis – Michael's mere presence in his true form can cause the earth to shake.[11] When distressed by the revelation of God's betrayal, Michael caused the Bunker to shake, even while bound by the angel cuffs.[3]
  • Teleportation – Michael can teleport himself and groups of people, and is capable of banishing angels with a snap of his fingers.[9] After his escape from Hell, Michael was able to bounce all over the globe in a matter of seconds before settling in Cairo.[3]
  • Time travel – Michael can travel through time and transport others, such as Sam and Dean Winchester from 1978 back to their present in 2010.[9]
  • 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.[3]

Weaknesses

  • Angel Cuffs – The angel cuffs, after having been upgraded to hold the alternate Michael, were able to contain this Michael as well. However, he retained the use of some of his powers, causing the ground to shake when distressed and opening a portal to Purgatory.[3]
  • Archangel blade – Wielded by another archangel, the blade can kill Michael.
  • Enochian warding sigils – Michael is susceptible to Enochian warding.
  • Holy fire – While holy fire can kill regular angels upon contact, it can only temporarily banish Michael.[1] The Winchesters and Castiel were later able to trap Michael with a ring of holy fire.[3]
  • Ma'lak Box – Can contain any archangel no matter how powerful.[13]

Episodes

2.13 Houses of the Holy

Sam notices a painting of Michael by killing Lucifer by the renaissance painter Raphael in the Church they visit.

Father Reynolds: That's right. The archangel Michael, with the flaming sword. The fighter of demons, holy force against evil.
Sam: So they're not really the Hallmark card version that everybody thinks? They're fierce, right? Vigilant?
Father Reynolds: Well, I like to think of them as more loving than wrathful; but yes, a lot of Scripture paints angels as God's warriors. "An angel of the Lord appeared to them, the glory of the Lord shone down upon them, and they were terrified." Luke. Two nine.

Zachariah talks to Dean about his destiny.

4.22 Lucifer Rising

Michael's name is never mentioned, but while Zachariah is informing Dean of his true purpose he is looking at an illustration of Michael in a painting in the Green Room.

5.01 Sympathy for the Devil

Upon Lucifer's rising from the Cage, Zachariah reveals to Dean that the angel's plan is for Michael to use Dean as his vessel and kill Lucifer once and for all. However, Dean needs to give his consent to be the vessel. Dean refuses and Zachariah tries to torture the consent out of him before a resurrected Castiel intervenes.

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 and preventing the Apocalypse from starting. 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's not his only vessel as he can use others from Dean's bloodline. He also tells Dean his need of the Apocalypse and having a final battle. Michael tells him that his relationship with Lucifer mirrored Dean's relationship with Sam, and while he doesn't want to kill his brother, he will because he believes it to be justice. Michael believes that he is a good son who has to do what his father tells him to do because he believes it to be an absolute in any situation.

While Dean tries to counter him because of his experiences with his family, Michael insists that everything he is doing isn't random. He says everything happened from John and Mary's birth, their union, and conceiving Sam and Dean is all part of a pre-ordained plan playing itself out perfectly and he knew from the beginning that the story will end when he kills Lucifer. Michael says that "free will is an illusion," and that is why he will eventually receive his consent, though he won't leave Dean in a catatonic state when he's done using him as a vessel. He plans to erase Mary and John's memories of meeting Sam and Dean, under the pretense of giving Mary the life she wants. While Dean protests against it because of her death in 1983, Michael says that Dean knew that Mary's death was inevitable whether she knows the truth or not. He then heals Sam and returns him to the present. He says he'll see Dean soon before sending him back to the future. After erasing John and Mary's memories, he dispossesses John and returns to Heaven.

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. They told Adam that he was chosen to be Michael's vessel. While Dean is doubtful about this new revelation, Castiel says that Adam is both a member of the Winchester bloodline and Sam's brother, a possible imperfect replacement for Dean. Zachariah manages to convince Adam to take him to become Michael's vessel. However, Zachariah reveals that Michael planned to have Adam revived and trapped in the Green Room to lure Dean into the open and force him to give his consent to the archangel.

Zachariah holds Adam as bait, and Sam and Dean make their way to Van Nuys, California to save their half-brother. After Castiel dispatches the angels, Dean makes his way to Adam, but Zachariah appears and starts torturing him and Sam. With no other choice, Dean consents to become Michael's vessel. Zachariah utters an incantation that summons Michael to their location. However, Dean says he will offer his consent on the conditions that he ensures the safety of his family and Michael promises to destroy Zachariah, believing that the angel is now expendable in the archangel's eyes. While he is distracted by Dean's threats, he impales Zachariah's head with his angel blade, killing him. Sam and Dean manage to escape before Michael descends, but Adam is trapped inside the room and vanishes with Michael. The Green Room vanishes as well, leaving Dean to see an old office in its place.

5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight

Castiel tells Sam and Bobby that Michael is currently using Adam as his vessel.

Michael burns in holy oil.

5.22 Swan Song

After Lucifer joins with his true vessel, Sam, Michael appears in Stull Cemetery outside of Lawrence, Kansas, to confront Lucifer for the final battle. Lucifer tries to convince Michael that they need not fight, but Michael is adamant that he be a "good son" to their Father, and is determined to kill his brother. Before they can begin, however, Dean arrives and demands to speak to Sam. Michael protests his presence, telling him he no longer has a place on the field. But before he can do anything about it, Castiel hurls a holy oil Molotov at the archangel, forcing him to vanish for several minutes. When Michael returns, Sam has managed to regain control of his body and has opened the gate to Lucifer's Cage. Michael demands a fight but Sam throws himself into the portal. Michael grabs hold of Sam to stop him from falling, but is dragged down into the pit along with him, the portal closing behind them.

Season 6

Subsequently, in Heaven, Raphael informs Castiel that he wants to release Lucifer and Michael so that the Apocalypse can be re-started.[14] While talking with Dean, Castiel speculates that Lucifer and Michael are probably abusing Sam's soul, as they see their imprisonment as his fault,[15] of which Balthazar makes a similar assumption.[16] Dean explains to Death -- who already knows -- that Michael, still inside Adam Milligan, also fell into the Cage, and requests that the Horseman retrieves both Sam's soul and Adam's body. Death forces him to pick one, and Dean picks Sam, leaving Adam with Michael and Lucifer.

11.10 The Devil in the Details

In order to get Sam to say yes and become his vessel again, Lucifer takes Sam on a trip through his memories. One of these includes a stop at Stull Cemetery during the big fight with Michael. Later in the holding cell, Lucifer tells Sam he's the only hope left to stop the Darkness, as Raphael and Gabriel are both dead, God is MIA and Michael as it seems hasn't taken well to his confinement as, according to Lucifer, Michael is usually just "sitting in a corner singing show tunes and... touching himself."

11.22 We Happy Few

As God, Lucifer and the Winchesters formulate a plan to take the fight to Amara. God mentions that Michael is in no state to help them in the fight.

12.17 The British Invasion

Lucifer tells Crowley that being chained up in the cell he put him in was better that being sent back to the Cage with Michael, who is still drooling, insane ("not in the fun way"), and catatonic.

13.02 The Rising Son

Upon meeting the Apocalypse World Michael, Lucifer comments that he'll buy that Michael is the counterpart of the one he left behind. However, Lucifer comments that the alternate Michael seems like a cheap knockoff of his brother "and he's a hot mess."

13.23 Let the Good Times Roll

After learning that Lucifer has become super-charged, Dean recalls Zachariah and Gabriel trying to convince him to say "yes" to Michael because of his destiny as Michael's vessel, the Michael Sword. Dean reminds the Apocalypse World Michael of this while making a deal with him to become the alternate Michael's vessel and finally kill Lucifer.

15.01 Back and to the Future

Belphegor tells Dean that every door in Hell sprang open all at once when God started the end of the world. Dean realizes that this means Lucifer's Cage as well and asks about Michael. Belphegor tells Dean that the last he heard, Michael was still just sitting in the Cage, but suggests that if Michael got out he might hold a grudge against the Winchesters.

Adam and Michael talk in the diner.

15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven

From the demon tablet, the Winchesters learn that God has a secret fear that he only shared with his favorite which they realize means Michael. Though both God and Lucifer claimed Michael to be insane, Dean suspects they might have been lying and the Winchesters and Castiel travel into Hell to search for Michael. However, they quickly learn that Michael is nowhere to be found in Hell.

On Earth, Michael allows Adam to have control as his vessel enjoys a burger in a diner. Michael, manifesting as an identical duplicate of Adam, admits that he doesn't know what to do now with the other archangels dead and God is gone from Heaven. He tells Adam he sees him as his guide in the new world and the two commiserate over having difficult families. As they discuss what to do next, Lilith arrives looking for Michael on God's orders. Instantly taking control, Michael is skeptical of the demon's claims and intentions and smites her in a flash of white light when she insists. Noticing that the entire diner witnessed his actions, Michael erases their memories with a snap of his fingers.

After getting rid of Lilith, Michael begins bouncing all over the globe, finally ending up in Cairo, Egypt with prophet Donatello Redfield sensing his movements. Castiel reaches out to Michael through prayer, asking for him to come, acknowledging their past and the greater war that is taking place against God. Michael agrees to meet with Castiel in a factory, but is less than pleased to see his brother, as Castiel called him assbut and set him on fire before helping send Michael to Hell. As Michael speculates if Castiel has come to beg forgiveness, Castiel surrounds the archangel in a ring of holy fire. The Winchesters soon enter with the angel cuffs, Michael angrily demands to know what Castiel has done.

Taken back to the Men of Letters Bunker in handcuffs, Michael calls their actions stupid and starts to comment on how Sam looks compared to the last time Michael saw him in the Cage. Sam cuts Michael off and insists that they need his help. Michael is incredulous that they want him to trust them when Castiel doomed him to Hell and Dean let Lucifer walk free while Adam was trapped. Sam explains that with what they do, they have gotten too used to losing people and with Adam they said goodbye because they thought they had to but were wrong. Michael then returns control to Adam, surprising the Winchesters that Michael lets Adam have control. Adam explains that he and Michael reached an agreement in the Cage where they only had each other.

Michael quickly retakes control and demands to know why he is there. Sam and Dean explain that they need his help because God is back and while Michael thinks God will bring paradise. Dean tells him that paradise is boring, and God only wants to be entertained meaning they are all his puppets, especially Michael. Michael refuses to listen, claiming that they are lying and returns control to Adam who states that Michael isn't listening. Alone, Adam attempts to convince Michael that the Winchesters might be right, pointing out that while he doesn't forgive them, they always try to be on the right side and maybe Michael doesn't know his father as well as he thinks. Adam finally gets Michael to admit that he won't consider the truth as it would mean that Michael -- the good son, the favorite -- doubts his father which is against everything Michael has been and believed in his whole life. Adam questions if Michael really still believes that after God abandoned him in Lucifer's Cage.

When Castiel returns, Michael has retaken control and refuses to betray his father and everything he believes in. Castiel tells the archangel that he never really liked him, even when he was just another angel. Castiel always thought Michael to be too haughty and "to paraphrase a friend, you had an entire oak tree shoved up your ass." Castiel now pities Michael as he was never God's favorite but just a tiny part of God's story and figures that at least Lucifer knew that God couldn't be trusted. Enraged, Michael attacks Castiel who shows the archangel his memories of God's betrayal, the fight with the Darkness, the murder of Jack and the Apocalypse World Michael.

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.

15.19 Inherit the Earth

Jack leads the Winchesters to a church after sensing another presence. In the church, they find Michael who expresses surprise that they survived. Michael explains that when the Rapture first began, he took refuge in the church, St. Michael's. Michael is sure that Chuck knows he took their side against his father and so avoided using any powers that might attract God's attention. Michael sadly reveals that Adam died with the rest of humanity and wonders how the Winchesters and Jack survived. Dean explains that God thought it would hilarious to watch the three of them on an empty planet and so spared the Winchesters and Jack.

Noticing the open Bibles, Sam asks if Michael has been doing some reading and the archangel explains that he never spent much time on Earth and so he was curious about the perception of God and Heaven. Michael comments on how the believers amazingly loved God and have for thousands of years. Michael notes that his efforts were more effective than he had hoped, explaining that when God left Heaven, Michael was certain of his return so the archangel made sure that all of the other angels and Prophets burnished his image on Earth, "the all-knowing and all-seeing and all-caring God." Michael huffs a laugh when Dean calls him "Daddy's boy" and Jack asks what Michael intends to do know that he's seen what his father has done. Michael just looks down and Dean reminds him that they reached out to Michael only to have the archangel ignore them. "That was then, this is now. Tell me what you need me to do," states Michael.

The Winchesters and Jack leads Michael back to the bunker where they unveil Chuck's Death Book for the archangel. Dean explains that the book is about God and how to kill them, but Sam adds that as far as they know, only Death can open it. Sam expresses hope that Michael can also open the book and with his eyes and hand glowing, Michael attempts to open the book. However, even Michael can't get the book open.

Later, Michael enters the main room, shocked to find a resurrected Lucifer there playing with a stack of cards. Lucifer knocks over the cards and Michael demands if the Winchesters are seriously thinking about trusting his brother. Dean states that they aren't exactly trusting Lucifer and Lucifer insists that he gets his brother's bitterness since Michael got no better from God than Lucifer despite everything that Michael did for their father. Michael insists that he did what he did because it was the right thing to do and not to gain their father's love. Lucifer tells Michael that God had no love to give, not to him, not to Michael and not to humanity and asks if he sees that now.

The conversation is interrupted by Betty who informs them that she has opened the book and all that they want is in there and she knows how God ends. As Betty begins to read the book, Lucifer snaps his fingers and turns her to ash, pulling the book to him with telekinesis. Lucifer then reveals that he's actually working for God and that he's "sort of the new favorite now" and taunts Michael. Lucifer flings the charging Winchesters with telekinesis and teleports away from the enraged Michael's charge. The two fling energy blasts at each other with Lucifer dodging Michael's blast and knocking his brother to the ground. Lucifer offers Jack the chance to join him and God on the winning team, stating that its Jack's only chance as Jack is not strong enough to fight him now. Lucifer realizes that someone's behind him and turns around to find Michael. His eyes glowing red, Lucifer taunts his brother that Michael never learns. Michael stabs Lucifer with an archangel blade, killing him once again. This time, Lucifer blasts into ashes instead of leaving behind remains. Michael then thanks Sam for giving him the archangel blade to kill his brother with.

Dean later finds Michael in the kitchen and asks after the archangel's state. Michael admits that he's a bit winded, having not been in a battle like that in several centuries. Dean tells Michael that he's glad that Michael was there and that Chuck is getting desperate, knowing that something is up and wouldn't take the chance of showing up personally. Michael acknowledges this and is stunned that his father resurrected Lucifer and didn't even reach out to Michael. Dean questions if Michael wanted Chuck to reach out to him and Michael insists that he didn't and that Chuck obviously knows the Death book could be lethal to him, but its useless without Death to read it. Dean tells Michael that its at least open now and Sam recognized some of the symbols and writing as being some form of Enochian. As such, Sam is going to try to use the Book of the Damned to try to figure out the End.

Later, Michael enters the library where Dean and Jack are researching with a book and asks if Sam is making any progress. Dean tells Michael that he hopes so since Sam has been busy for a long time and Sam enters. Sam tells the group that he thinks he was able to piece together the spell from the Book of the Damned that can help them which must be done in a particular place at an exact angle from the sun and it will release an unstoppable force that will find Chuck and finish him.

Michael is killed by Chuck.

The group travels to the location at a lakeside where Sam performs the spell, sending blue light into the sky that then vanishes. As the Winchesters wonder what went wrong, Chuck appears behind the group and tosses Sam, Dean and Jack aside with telekinesis. Michael and God greet each other for the first time in millennia and Chuck thanks Michael for the heads-up about the Winchesters' plans and Michael states that it has always been his destiny to serve his father. However, Chuck tells Michael that its a bit too late for that and that the archangel had sided with the Winchesters before and Chuck can't forgive that. Michael desperately tries to defend his actions, but Chuck orders him to save it. Extending his hand at the archangel, God causes Michael to glow from the inside before exploding in a wave of energy.

After rendering God powerless, the Winchesters reveal that they came up with a plan to use Michael to get at God after seeing how angry Michael was at God using Lucifer to get to the book. As a result, they realized that Michael was desperate to be God's favorite again. In addition, the plan to turn Jack into a bomb to kill Chuck had turned Jack into a sort of power vacuum. When Michael and Lucifer fought and Michael killed Lucifer, Jack absorbed the power coming off of them and was charged up greatly as a result. In addition, Jack absorbed the power given off by Michael's death which, combined with the power given off by God beating on the Winchesters, made Jack unstoppable and capable of taking God's power from him.

Trivia

  • Michael is the only angel to not appear in a vessel specifically introduced as the angel. All other angels shown have appeared in vessels that were introduced specifically as the angel rather than the vessel; Castiel's vessel Jimmy Novak is the only vessel to be specifically named, and while Nick and Donnie Finnerman initially appeared as themselves, they were immediately selected as Lucifer and Raphael's vessels. By contrast, Michael has only been shown when using John Winchester and Adam Milligan as vessels, both of whom had appeared before Michael was even introduced as a character.
  • When Michael speaks through a vessel, his voice is noticeably deeper than that of his vessel. This is best seen in 15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven when Michael responds to Adam off-screen with a deeper voice than the one Adam just used despite Michael appearing as an identical duplicate of Adam.

See also

Michael in Art and Lore

Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. He is most well known as a leader of the armies of God against Lucifer.

When Zachariah tells Dean his destiny is to kill Lucifer he stands in front of a painting of the archangel Michael killing Lucifer. The painting is Saint Michel terrassant le Dragon by 15th century Flemish painter Josse Lieferinxe. The Feast of Saint Michael, or Michaelmas, is traditionally celebrated on September 29th. This is, coincidentally, the birthday of his alternate vessel, Adam Milligan.

Michael in Fandom

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