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|name= Raphael  
 
|name= Raphael  
|actor= [[Demore Barnes]]<br>[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0710969/ Lanette Ware]
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|actor= [[Demore Barnes]] ([[5.03 Free to Be You and Me|5.03]], [[6.03 The Third Man|6.03]], & [[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King|6.20]])<br>[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0710969/ Lanette Ware] ([[6.15 The French Mistake|6.15]] & [[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much‎|6.22]])
|dates= Before humanity - 2011/12 (killed by [[Castiel]])  
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|dates= Pre-creation – 2012 (killed by [[Castiel]])  
 
|location=   
 
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|occupation= [[Archangel]]
 
|occupation= [[Archangel]]
|episodes= [[4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book]] (not seen)<br>[[4.22 Lucifer Rising]] (not seen)<br>[[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]<br>[[6.03 The Third Man]]<br>[[6.15 The French Mistake]]<br>[[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]<br>[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much‎]]
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|episodes= [[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]<br>[[6.03 The Third Man]]<br>[[6.15 The French Mistake]]<br>[[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]<br>[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much‎]]
 
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{{Quotation
 
{{Quotation
 
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|text= '''Raphael:''' We're tired. We just want it to be over. We just want... paradise.<br>
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|text= You rebelled - against God, heaven, and me. Now you will atone. We'll start by freeing Lucifer and Michael from their cage. And then we'll get our show back on the road.
'''Dean:''' So what, God dies and makes you the boss, and you think you can do whatever you want?<br>
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|author= Raphael
'''Raphael:''' Yes! And whatever we want, we get!
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|source= [[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]
|author= Raphael and [[Dean Winchester]]
 
|source= [[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]
 
 
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Raphael is one of the four [[archangels]] created by [[God]] and the youngest brother of [[Gabriel]], [[Michael]], and [[Lucifer]]. He is the only archangel who never interacted with Lucifer while on Earth in a [[vessel]]; although, as brothers, interactions between them did take place in [[Heaven]].
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==History==
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[[File:Raphael Heaven 2.jpg|350px|left|thumb|Raphael in [[Heaven]].]]
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Raphael was the third of the four [[archangels]] created by [[God]] and the youngest brother of [[Michael]] and [[Lucifer]], and the older brother of [[Gabriel]]. Raphael, his brothers, and God fought in a war against [[the Darkness]], eventually winning by having the Darkness imprisoned through a [[Mark of Cain|Mark]] and preserving [[the Cosmic Balance]]. He was the only archangel who never interacted with Lucifer while on Earth in a [[vessel]].
  
==History==
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When God created humans and asked all angels to bow down before them, Raphael was among those that did so. When Lucifer rebelled against God and Gabriel skipped out of Heaven to be on Earth, Raphael chose to side with God and Michael. However, at some point, Raphael lost faith in God and became weary of his father's duties. He also believed that God was dead and that they were living in a God-less universe.
[[File:Raphael Heaven.jpg|360px|left|thumb|Raphael in Ken Lay's [[Heaven]].]]
 
Raphael is first referenced when [[Sam ]]and [[Dean]] investigate a case where people claim [[angel]]s ordered them to kill. [[Father Reynolds]], while administering last rites to [[Father Gregory]]'s spirit, says "I call upon the [[archangel]] Raphael, master of the air, to make open the way. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit now descend, that this being might be awakened to the world beyond."<ref name="two13">[[2.13 Houses of the Holy]]</ref>
 
  
Raphael was the protector of the [[prophet]] [[Chuck Shurley]]. He supported the plan to bring on the [[Apocalypse]] so that [[Michael]] could defeat [[Lucifer]], and killed [[Castiel]] when the [[angel]] tried to stop the breaking of the last [[The 66 Seals|seal]].
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Raphael was first referenced when [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] investigated a case where people claimed [[angel]]s ordered them to kill. [[Father Reynolds]], while administering last rites to [[Father Gregory]]'s spirit, said "I call upon the [[archangel]] Raphael, master of the air, to make open the way. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit now descend, that this being might be awakened to the world beyond."<ref name="two13">[[2.13 Houses of the Holy]]</ref>
  
After [[Lucifer]]'s release from the [[Lucifer's Cage|Cage]], Raphael descended to Earth and possessed his [[vessel]], [[Donnie Finnerman]], to end a conflict between [[angels]] and [[demons]] near a gas station in Maine. After he finished with the demons he abandoned his vessel and ascended back to [[Heaven]], leaving Donnie in a near catatonic state. [[Castiel]] and [[Dean]] lure him back to Earth and his vessel with an [[Enochian]] ritual and manage to trap him in a circle of [[holy fire]]. They interrogate him without success for information on [[God]] and his location, then Castiel and Dean leave him in the circle of flames. 
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Raphael was also the protector of the [[prophet]] [[Chuck Shurley]]. He supported the plan to bring on the [[Apocalypse]] so that Michael could defeat Lucifer, and killed [[Castiel]] when the [[angel]] tried to stop the breaking of the last [[The 66 Seals|seal]]. After Lucifer's release from [[Lucifer's Cage|the Cage]], Raphael descended to Earth and possessed his [[vessel]], [[Donnie Finnerman]], to end a conflict between [[angels]] and [[demons]] near a gas station in Maine. After he finished with the demons he abandoned his vessel and ascended back to [[Heaven]], leaving Donnie in a near catatonic state.
  
Raphael managed to escape from the circle, and following the imprisonment of [[Lucifer]] and [[Michael]] in the [[Lucifer's Cage|Cage]], he became the leader of a group of traditionalist [[angel]]s intent on restarting the [[Apocalypse]]. They are opposed by a group led by Castiel. Part of Raphael's strategy involves gathering [[angelic weapons]] missing from Heaven to strengthen his army. He encounters a setback when [[Donnie Finnerman]]'s body is destroyed by [[Balthazar]] using [[Lot's Salt]], necessitating the search for a new vessel. He next appears in an unidentified female vessel. Raphael then sends an angel named [[Virgil]] to kill Balthazar and anyone else who allied with Castiel and retrieve the angelic weapons, but Balthazar gets the weapons to Castiel, and Raphael retreats. After Castiel imbues himself with the souls of Purgatory, he snaps his fingers, killing Raphael; much like how Lucifer killed Castiel.
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Following the imprisonment of Lucifer and Michael in the Cage, Raphael became the leader of a group of traditionalist angels intent on restarting the Apocalypse, and were opposed by a group led by Castiel. Part of Raphael's strategy involved gathering the [[angelic weapons]] stolen from Heaven to strengthen his army. He encountered a setback when [[Donnie Finnerman]]'s body was destroyed by [[Balthazar]] using [[Lot's Salt]], necessitating the search for a new vessel.  
  
 
==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
 
===Personality===
 
===Personality===
Raphael is a serious, traditionally minded [[angel]] who has lost faith in [[God]] and is weary of his duties. He supports [[Michael]] and the plan to bring paradise to Earth. He has little patience with humans.
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Raphael was a serious, traditionally minded [[angel]] who has lost faith in [[God]] and was weary of his duties. He supported [[Michael]] and the plan to bring paradise to Earth. He also had little patience for humans.
  
===Powers and Abilities===
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===Powers and abilities===
* Destroy or overpower lesser [[angel]]s.<ref name="six03">[[6.03 The Third Man]]</ref><ref name="six20">[[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]</ref>
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* [[EMF|Electromagnetic interference]] – Control electricity; while manifesting, electricity arced around his vessel. His arrival on Earth blacked-out the entire Eastern seaboard.<ref name="five03" />
* Teleport himself and others to any location.<ref name="five03">[[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]</ref>
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* Protection – Raphael was able to prevent Castiel from being able to kill Crowley.<ref name="six22">[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much]]</ref>
* Use telekinesis and terrakinesis.<ref name="four22">[[4.22 Lucifer Rising]]</ref><ref name="five03" />
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* Superhuman strength – As an archangel, Raphael's strength and power far exceed that of humans and regular angels.<ref name="six03">[[6.03 The Third Man]]</ref><ref name="six20">[[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]</ref>
* Control electricity; while manifesting, electricity arced around his vessel.<ref name="five03" />
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* [[Smiting]] – Destroy structures, other beings like demons and humans, and hurt angels in the form of a blast of white light.<ref name="five03" /><ref name="six20" />
* Destroy structures, other beings like demons and humans, and hurt angels, in the form of a blast of white light.<ref name="five03" /><ref name="six20" />
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* [[Teleportation]] – Teleport himself and others to any location.<ref name="five03">[[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]</ref>
* Protect [[demon]]s from being killed by other angels<ref name="six22">[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much]]</ref>
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* [[Telekinesis]] – Raphael was a strong telekinetic.<ref name="four22">[[4.22 Lucifer Rising]]</ref><ref name="five03" />
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** Biokinesis – Raphael threatened to inflict something worse than stomach cancer on Dean.
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** Terrakinesis – Raphael's mere presence could cause the earth to shake.
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* [[Weather|Weather manipulation]] – Raphael's arrival on earth could bring about electrical storms.
  
 
===Weaknesses===  
 
===Weaknesses===  
* [[Holy fire]] can bind Raphael to a fixed location.<ref name="five03" />
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* [[Archangel blade]] – Wielded by another archangel, the blade could have killed Raphael.
* An [[Angel Sword|archangel sword]] can kill Raphael.  
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* [[Enochian]] [[Warding Sigils|warding]] – With proper warding, anyone could hide their presence or location from Raphael.
* [[Angelic Weapons|Weapons of Heaven]] can harm and possibly kill Raphael. One of the weapons [[Lot's Salt]], turned Raphael's [[vessel]] into a pile of salt, destroying it.<ref name="six03" />
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* [[Holy fire]] Raphael could be trapped within a circle of holy fire.<ref name="five03" />
* Other [[archangel]]s can harm and kill Raphael.
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* [[Souls]] – When used in vast quantities, souls can harm Raphael to a serious degree. When Castiel took in all the souls from [[Purgatory]], he was able to smite Raphael with a snap of his fingers, atomizing his brother.<ref name="six20" /><ref name="six22" />
* [[Souls]], when used in vast quantities, can harm Rapahel to a serious degree.<ref name="six20" /><ref name="six22" />
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* [[Angelic Weapons|Weapons of Heaven]] One of the weapons [[Lot's Salt]], turned Raphael's [[vessel]] into a pile of salt, destroying it.<ref name="six03" />
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* [[Ma'lak Box]] - Capable of containing even the most powerful [[archangel]].<ref name="fourteen11">[[14.11 Damaged Goods]]</ref>
  
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
[[File:RaphaelManifests.jpg|400px|right|thumb|Raphael manifesting in his [[vessel]] on Earth.]]
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[[File:RaphaelManifests.jpg|350px|right|thumb|Raphael manifesting in his [[vessel]] on Earth.]]
 
===[[4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book]]===
 
===[[4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book]]===
 
Raphael prepares to attack when [[Lilith]] is in [[Chuck]]'s presence, shaking the room until Lilith flees.  
 
Raphael prepares to attack when [[Lilith]] is in [[Chuck]]'s presence, shaking the room until Lilith flees.  
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They interrogate him to learn [[God]]'s location. Raphael tells Dean and Castiel that God is dead, and that the Heavenly hosts are tired of waiting with duties to fulfill and no guidelines. They want to bring forth paradise on Earth. Raphael brings about a storm that shatters the windows of the house. Castiel does not believe Raphael's assertion about God, and demands to know how he was resurrected, if not by God. Raphael suggests that it was Lucifer, because he needs all the rebellious angels that he can find. Castiel and Dean then leave Raphael, who warns the other angel not to leave him there, because he will catch up with him one day. Castiel replies, "Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch!"
 
They interrogate him to learn [[God]]'s location. Raphael tells Dean and Castiel that God is dead, and that the Heavenly hosts are tired of waiting with duties to fulfill and no guidelines. They want to bring forth paradise on Earth. Raphael brings about a storm that shatters the windows of the house. Castiel does not believe Raphael's assertion about God, and demands to know how he was resurrected, if not by God. Raphael suggests that it was Lucifer, because he needs all the rebellious angels that he can find. Castiel and Dean then leave Raphael, who warns the other angel not to leave him there, because he will catch up with him one day. Castiel replies, "Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch!"
  
[[File:RaphaelLotsSalt.jpg|left|thumb|360px|Raphael's [[vessel]] is destroyed.]]
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[[File:RaphaelLotsSalt.jpg|left|thumb|350px|Raphael's [[vessel]] is destroyed.]]
 
===[[6.03 The Third Man]]===
 
===[[6.03 The Third Man]]===
 
[[Sam]] and [[Dean]] investigate the deaths of three cops which mirror Egyptian plagues. Dean has summons Castiel, and they discover that a [[Aaron Birch|boy]] has been using part of the [[Staff of Moses]]. Castiel later tells Sam and Dean that [[Heaven]] has been thrown into chaos without [[Michael]], with [[angel]]s going rogue, celestial killings, and the theft of their weapons. He also warns them that Raphael is back and trying to gain all of Heaven's weapons so that he can win the civil war against Castiel, then release Lucifer and Michael, putting the apocalypse back on track. When asked why, Castiel simply calls Raphael a "traditionalist" who wants "to end the story the way it was written." A soldier of Raphael attacks Castiel, then returns to his leader.
 
[[Sam]] and [[Dean]] investigate the deaths of three cops which mirror Egyptian plagues. Dean has summons Castiel, and they discover that a [[Aaron Birch|boy]] has been using part of the [[Staff of Moses]]. Castiel later tells Sam and Dean that [[Heaven]] has been thrown into chaos without [[Michael]], with [[angel]]s going rogue, celestial killings, and the theft of their weapons. He also warns them that Raphael is back and trying to gain all of Heaven's weapons so that he can win the civil war against Castiel, then release Lucifer and Michael, putting the apocalypse back on track. When asked why, Castiel simply calls Raphael a "traditionalist" who wants "to end the story the way it was written." A soldier of Raphael attacks Castiel, then returns to his leader.
  
Raphael and his soldiers track down [[Balthazar]], the [[angel]] who stole the weapons and sold part of the [[Staff of Moses]], looking for the other weapons. [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] banish one of Raphael's soldiers with the [[angel banishing sigil]] and [[Castiel]] kills one with an [[angel sword]]. Raphael then appears behind Castiel and attacks him mercilessly. Just as Raphael is about to kill Castiel, Balthazar appears and turns Raphael's vessel into a pillar of salt using [[Lot's Salt]], forcing Raphael to look for a new vessel.
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Raphael and his soldiers track down [[Balthazar]], the [[angel]] who stole the weapons and sold part of the [[Staff of Moses]], looking for the other weapons. [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] banish one of Raphael's soldiers with the [[angel banishing sigil]] and [[Castiel]] kills one with an [[angel blade]]. Raphael then appears behind Castiel and attacks him mercilessly. Just as Raphael is about to kill Castiel, Balthazar appears and turns Raphael's vessel into a pillar of salt using [[Lot's Salt]], forcing Raphael to look for a new vessel.
 
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===[[6.15 The French Mistake]]===
 
===[[6.15 The French Mistake]]===
[[File:Raphael new vessel.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Raphael's new female vessel.]]
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[[File:Raphael new vessel.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Raphael's new female vessel.]]
 
[[Sam]] and [[Dean]] are given a key by [[Balthazar]] that supposedly opens the repository containing [[Heaven]]'s weapons and are transported to an alternate reality to protect them from Raphael, who has started to hunt them down. Raphael sends [[Virgil]] after them. When the Winchesters are transported back to their universe, they are greeted by Raphael in a new female vessel. Balthazar then appears and tells Raphael that the key given to Sam and Dean was a decoy. [[Castiel]], now in possession of [[Heaven]]'s weapons, also appears and threatens Raphael, who disappears.
 
[[Sam]] and [[Dean]] are given a key by [[Balthazar]] that supposedly opens the repository containing [[Heaven]]'s weapons and are transported to an alternate reality to protect them from Raphael, who has started to hunt them down. Raphael sends [[Virgil]] after them. When the Winchesters are transported back to their universe, they are greeted by Raphael in a new female vessel. Balthazar then appears and tells Raphael that the key given to Sam and Dean was a decoy. [[Castiel]], now in possession of [[Heaven]]'s weapons, also appears and threatens Raphael, who disappears.
  
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[[Image:Raphael in Lore.Jpg|200px|right|thumb|Saint Raphael the Archangel by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo]]
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===[[11.10 The Devil in the Details]]===
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When trying to convince Sam to consent to possession once more, [[Lucifer]] tells him that he is the only archangel capable of helping him as [[Gabriel]] and Raphael are dead and [[Michael]] has gone insane from his time in [[the Cage]] and [[God]] was still MIA.
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===[[11.22 We Happy Few]]===
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When the Winchesters, [[Chuck]] and [[Lucifer]] try to formulate a plan of attack against [[Amara]], the suggestion of bringing in the other [[archangels]] is shot down by [[God]], who claims that [[Michael]] is in no condition to fight and that it is out of His power to bring back Gabriel and Raphael, as archangels are made of pure primordial creation, and to resurrect them would take time that they do not have.
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[[Image:Raphael in Lore.Jpg|150px|right|thumb|Saint Raphael the Archangel by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo]]
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==Trivia==
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*Raphael is the only [[archangel]] whose counterpart in [[Apocalypse World]] isn't mentioned or even referenced in passing. Though the fate of [[Gabriel]]'s counterpart is unknown, he is referenced by [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael's]] reaction to seeing Gabriel in [[13.22 Exodus]].
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*Raphael is the only archangel not to appear in some form in the series penultimate episode [[15.19 Inherit the Earth]]: Michael and Lucifer both appear in person while Gabriel appears in the flashback sequence at the end.
  
 
==Raphael in Lore==
 
==Raphael in Lore==
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_%28archangel%29 Raphael's] name means "[[God]] Heals." In multiple interpretations, including the Book of Enoch, Raphael was responsible for binding [[Azazel]] to a clear, deserted landscape. He was also mentioned in the Book of Tobit, although he was never mentioned in the Holy Bible. In the Tobit, Raphael healed Tobit of his blindness and delivered Tobit's daughter, Sarah, from Asmodeus.  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_%28archangel%29 Raphael's] name means "[[God]] Heals." In multiple interpretations, including the Book of Enoch, Raphael was responsible for binding [[Azazel]] to a clear, deserted landscape. He was also mentioned in the Book of Tobit, although he was never mentioned in the Holy Bible. In the Tobit, Raphael healed Tobit of his blindness and delivered Tobit's daughter, Sarah, from [[Asmodeus]].  
  
 
In Islam, Raphael is the [[archangel]] who sounds the start of Judgment Day. To Roman Catholics, Raphael (venerated as Saint Raphael) is the patron saint of doctors, medical workers and travelers.  
 
In Islam, Raphael is the [[archangel]] who sounds the start of Judgment Day. To Roman Catholics, Raphael (venerated as Saint Raphael) is the patron saint of doctors, medical workers and travelers.  
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Raphael Heaven.jpgRaphael6.jpg
Name Raphael
Actor Demore Barnes (5.03, 6.03, & 6.20)
Lanette Ware (6.15 & 6.22)
Dates Pre-creation – 2012 (killed by Castiel)
Location
Occupation Archangel
Episode(s) 5.03 Free to Be You and Me
6.03 The Third Man
6.15 The French Mistake
6.20 The Man Who Would Be King
6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much‎

You rebelled - against God, heaven, and me. Now you will atone. We'll start by freeing Lucifer and Michael from their cage. And then we'll get our show back on the road.

– Raphael, 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King

History

Raphael in Heaven.

Raphael was the third of the four archangels created by God and the youngest brother of Michael and Lucifer, and the older brother of Gabriel. Raphael, his brothers, and God fought in a war against the Darkness, eventually winning by having the Darkness imprisoned through a Mark and preserving the Cosmic Balance. He was the only archangel who never interacted with Lucifer while on Earth in a vessel.

When God created humans and asked all angels to bow down before them, Raphael was among those that did so. When Lucifer rebelled against God and Gabriel skipped out of Heaven to be on Earth, Raphael chose to side with God and Michael. However, at some point, Raphael lost faith in God and became weary of his father's duties. He also believed that God was dead and that they were living in a God-less universe.

Raphael was first referenced when Sam and Dean investigated a case where people claimed angels ordered them to kill. Father Reynolds, while administering last rites to Father Gregory's spirit, said "I call upon the archangel Raphael, master of the air, to make open the way. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit now descend, that this being might be awakened to the world beyond."[1]

Raphael was also the protector of the prophet Chuck Shurley. He supported the plan to bring on the Apocalypse so that Michael could defeat Lucifer, and killed Castiel when the angel tried to stop the breaking of the last seal. After Lucifer's release from the Cage, Raphael descended to Earth and possessed his vessel, Donnie Finnerman, to end a conflict between angels and demons near a gas station in Maine. After he finished with the demons he abandoned his vessel and ascended back to Heaven, leaving Donnie in a near catatonic state.

Following the imprisonment of Lucifer and Michael in the Cage, Raphael became the leader of a group of traditionalist angels intent on restarting the Apocalypse, and were opposed by a group led by Castiel. Part of Raphael's strategy involved gathering the angelic weapons stolen from Heaven to strengthen his army. He encountered a setback when Donnie Finnerman's body was destroyed by Balthazar using Lot's Salt, necessitating the search for a new vessel.

Characteristics

Personality

Raphael was a serious, traditionally minded angel who has lost faith in God and was weary of his duties. He supported Michael and the plan to bring paradise to Earth. He also had little patience for humans.

Powers and abilities

  • Electromagnetic interference – Control electricity; while manifesting, electricity arced around his vessel. His arrival on Earth blacked-out the entire Eastern seaboard.[2]
  • Protection – Raphael was able to prevent Castiel from being able to kill Crowley.[3]
  • Superhuman strength – As an archangel, Raphael's strength and power far exceed that of humans and regular angels.[4][5]
  • Smiting – Destroy structures, other beings like demons and humans, and hurt angels in the form of a blast of white light.[2][5]
  • Teleportation – Teleport himself and others to any location.[2]
  • Telekinesis – Raphael was a strong telekinetic.[6][2]
    • Biokinesis – Raphael threatened to inflict something worse than stomach cancer on Dean.
    • Terrakinesis – Raphael's mere presence could cause the earth to shake.
  • Weather manipulation – Raphael's arrival on earth could bring about electrical storms.

Weaknesses

  • Archangel blade – Wielded by another archangel, the blade could have killed Raphael.
  • Enochian warding – With proper warding, anyone could hide their presence or location from Raphael.
  • Holy fire – Raphael could be trapped within a circle of holy fire.[2]
  • Souls – When used in vast quantities, souls can harm Raphael to a serious degree. When Castiel took in all the souls from Purgatory, he was able to smite Raphael with a snap of his fingers, atomizing his brother.[5][3]
  • Weapons of Heaven – One of the weapons Lot's Salt, turned Raphael's vessel into a pile of salt, destroying it.[4]
  • Ma'lak Box - Capable of containing even the most powerful archangel.[7]

Episodes

Raphael manifesting in his vessel on Earth.

4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book

Raphael prepares to attack when Lilith is in Chuck's presence, shaking the room until Lilith flees.

4.22 Lucifer Rising

Raphael obliterates Castiel and his vessel after he rebels against Heaven by banishing Zachariah and sending Dean to stop Sam from killing Lilith.

5.03 Free to Be You and Me

Raphael possessed his vessel, Donnie Finnerman, during a demon induced riot at a Pump 'n Go gas station called in Maine. The damage caused by Raphael was attributed to an explosion, and the incident was witnessed by Deputy Framingham. Raphael abandoned Donnie, who was left in a catatonic state, and returned to Heaven. Raphael returns to Earth and his vessel to confront Castiel and Dean, who attempted to summon him. He manifests in the abandoned building they are hiding in, shorting out the electricity and possibly the Eastern Seaboard. He threatens to take Dean to Michael, and to torture him, but Dean and Castiel trick him into a circle of holy oil, trapping him.

They interrogate him to learn God's location. Raphael tells Dean and Castiel that God is dead, and that the Heavenly hosts are tired of waiting with duties to fulfill and no guidelines. They want to bring forth paradise on Earth. Raphael brings about a storm that shatters the windows of the house. Castiel does not believe Raphael's assertion about God, and demands to know how he was resurrected, if not by God. Raphael suggests that it was Lucifer, because he needs all the rebellious angels that he can find. Castiel and Dean then leave Raphael, who warns the other angel not to leave him there, because he will catch up with him one day. Castiel replies, "Maybe one day. But today, you're my little bitch!"

Raphael's vessel is destroyed.

6.03 The Third Man

Sam and Dean investigate the deaths of three cops which mirror Egyptian plagues. Dean has summons Castiel, and they discover that a boy has been using part of the Staff of Moses. Castiel later tells Sam and Dean that Heaven has been thrown into chaos without Michael, with angels going rogue, celestial killings, and the theft of their weapons. He also warns them that Raphael is back and trying to gain all of Heaven's weapons so that he can win the civil war against Castiel, then release Lucifer and Michael, putting the apocalypse back on track. When asked why, Castiel simply calls Raphael a "traditionalist" who wants "to end the story the way it was written." A soldier of Raphael attacks Castiel, then returns to his leader.

Raphael and his soldiers track down Balthazar, the angel who stole the weapons and sold part of the Staff of Moses, looking for the other weapons. Sam and Dean banish one of Raphael's soldiers with the angel banishing sigil and Castiel kills one with an angel blade. Raphael then appears behind Castiel and attacks him mercilessly. Just as Raphael is about to kill Castiel, Balthazar appears and turns Raphael's vessel into a pillar of salt using Lot's Salt, forcing Raphael to look for a new vessel.

6.15 The French Mistake

Raphael's new female vessel.

Sam and Dean are given a key by Balthazar that supposedly opens the repository containing Heaven's weapons and are transported to an alternate reality to protect them from Raphael, who has started to hunt them down. Raphael sends Virgil after them. When the Winchesters are transported back to their universe, they are greeted by Raphael in a new female vessel. Balthazar then appears and tells Raphael that the key given to Sam and Dean was a decoy. Castiel, now in possession of Heaven's weapons, also appears and threatens Raphael, who disappears.

6.20 The Man Who Would Be King

In flashback, Castiel remembers his first encounter with Raphael after the Apocalypse was averted. Raphael is ensconced in a palatial house - apparently part of the Heaven of disgraced Enron executive Ken Lay.

Raphael informs Castiel he will call an assembly of the Host of Heaven, at which he will ask Castiel to pledge his allegiance to Raphael. He announces that he will proceed to free Michael and Lucifer from the Cage and resume their Apocalyptic battle.

After Castiel makes his deal with Crowley, he returns to Heaven, and with the power of an extra 50,000 souls obtained from Hell is able to make his first stand against Raphael.

6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much

Raphael forms an alliance with Crowley after Castiel has betrayed Crowley in their search for Purgatory. Castiel, who is outnumbered, is forced to give them the blood of a creature from Purgatory which is required to obtain all the souls from it. When the spell fails, Castiel returns revealing the blood was fake and that he has the souls and their power. With his power, he obliterates Raphael with the snap of his fingers.

Raphael is killed by Castiel, with a snap of his fingers.

11.10 The Devil in the Details

When trying to convince Sam to consent to possession once more, Lucifer tells him that he is the only archangel capable of helping him as Gabriel and Raphael are dead and Michael has gone insane from his time in the Cage and God was still MIA.

11.22 We Happy Few

When the Winchesters, Chuck and Lucifer try to formulate a plan of attack against Amara, the suggestion of bringing in the other archangels is shot down by God, who claims that Michael is in no condition to fight and that it is out of His power to bring back Gabriel and Raphael, as archangels are made of pure primordial creation, and to resurrect them would take time that they do not have.

Saint Raphael the Archangel by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Trivia

  • Raphael is the only archangel whose counterpart in Apocalypse World isn't mentioned or even referenced in passing. Though the fate of Gabriel's counterpart is unknown, he is referenced by Michael's reaction to seeing Gabriel in 13.22 Exodus.
  • Raphael is the only archangel not to appear in some form in the series penultimate episode 15.19 Inherit the Earth: Michael and Lucifer both appear in person while Gabriel appears in the flashback sequence at the end.

Raphael in Lore

Raphael's name means "God Heals." In multiple interpretations, including the Book of Enoch, Raphael was responsible for binding Azazel to a clear, deserted landscape. He was also mentioned in the Book of Tobit, although he was never mentioned in the Holy Bible. In the Tobit, Raphael healed Tobit of his blindness and delivered Tobit's daughter, Sarah, from Asmodeus.

In Islam, Raphael is the archangel who sounds the start of Judgment Day. To Roman Catholics, Raphael (venerated as Saint Raphael) is the patron saint of doctors, medical workers and travelers.

See also

Raphael in Fandom

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