|Actor||Matthew Cohen, Jake Abel|
|Location||Heaven, Earth, Lucifer's Cage|
|Occupation||Archangel, Commander of the Host|
|Episode(s)|| 5.13 The Song Remains The Same (using the young John Winchester as his vessel)|
5.18 Point of No Return (his true angelic form was kept hidden during his summoning)
5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight (unseen)
5.22 Swan Song using Adam Milligan as a vessel
"I was a son, a brother, like you, a younger brother. And I had an older brother who I loved. Idolized, in fact. And one day I went to him, and I begged him to stand with me. And Michael... Michael turned on me. Called me a freak, a monster, and then he beat me down. All because I was different, 'cause I had a mind of my own." - Lucifer 5.10 Abandon All Hope
"Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father, and Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of Daddy's plan. You were born to this, boys. It's your destiny! It was always you! As it is in Heaven, so it must be on Earth. One brother has to kill the other." - Gabriel
- Michael's name means "Who is like God?"
- Michael is the one responsible for casting Lucifer into Hell
- Like all Angels, Michael requires a Vessel who must consent to his possession.
- Michael refers to Lucifer as his younger brother.
- Michael is the strongest Angel in Heaven
- Most angels hold Michael in high regard, some angels even fear Michael for his power. Anna seemed to be frightened when she saw him.
- He commands the Heavenly Host
Michael first appears when Sam, Dean and Castiel have travelled back to 1978 to stop Anna from killing John and Mary in order to prevent Sam’s birth, and thus his use as Lucifer’s Vessel.
Michael takes John Winchester as his Vessel temporarily – John consents when Michael says he can stop Anna killing Mary.
Michael sends Uriel back to Heaven, and kills Anna. He then explains to Dean that:
“Lucifer defied our Father and he betrayed me, but I don’t want this anymore than you would want to kill Sam. My brother, I raised him and looked after him in ways most people couldn’t understand, but I still love him. But I am going to kill him because it is right, and because I have to…”
Michael tells Dean that everything is pre-ordained, that “Free will is an illusion Dean, that’s why you are going to say yes.”
He then heals Sam, and returns him and Dean to the present day. He removes all memories of the events of the day from Mary and John.
Seeing no other way to defeat Lucifer and save the planet, Dean finally consents to becoming Michael's vessel when Zachariah tortures Sam and their half-brother Adam Milligan (who was resurrected as leverage for Dean). Zachariah utters an incantation that summons Michael to their location only for Dean to kill Zachariah with an Angel Knife. Sam and Dean manage to escape before Michael descends, but Adam is trapped inside the room and vanishes, presumably by Michael's hand. Adam is technically a vessel, if only a temporary one, for Michael, being of the Winchester bloodline. It is unknown if the Archangel captured Adam for this purpose.
After Lucifer joins with his true vessel, Sam, Michael appears in the Schull Graveyard 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 that they fight. Before they can do so, however; Dean arrives and demands to speak to Sam. Michael protests his presence, telling him he has no place on the field. But before he can do anything about it, Castiel hurls a Holy Oil molotov cocktail at the Archangel, forcing him to vanish for several minutes. When he returns, Sam has managed to regain control of his body and opened the gate to Lucifer's Cage. Michael demands a fight but Sam lets himself fall 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. Michael's current status is unknown, though either Lucifer or Sam (or both) are seen to have escaped somehow many weeks later, suggesting that Michael may also have found a way out.
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.
In 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.
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.
Michael in Fandom
- SPN Micahel community on LJ