|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]])|dates= Pre-creation
|episodes= [[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]<br>[[5.22 Swan Song]]<br>[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]
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.
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.
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>
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>
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]].
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]].
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 " />
===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.<ref name="fifteen08" />
* [[Resurrection]] – Michael can revive the deceased as he did with [[Sam Winchester]].<ref name="five13" />
* [[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.
* [[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>
** Terakinesis – Michael's mere presence in his true form can cause the earth to shake.<ref name="five18" /> 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" />
* [[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" />
* [[Smiting]] - With just a
snap of his fingers, Michael smote [[Lilith]], causing her to vanish in a flash of white light .<ref name="fifteen08" /> * Portal creation - With just a snap of his fingers, Michael opened a portal to [[Purgatory]].<ref name="fifteen08" />
* [[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.<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 > * [[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" />
[[File:MichaelKillsAnna.jpg|thumb|left|350px|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. 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.
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.
===[[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.
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.
===[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]===
===[[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.
===[[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]]===
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, Michael is now gone.
On Earth, Michael allows [[ Adam Milligan|Adam]] to have control as his [[ vessel]] enjoys a burger in a diner. Michael, manifesting as a duplicate of Adam, admits that he doesn't know what to do now with the other [[ archangels]] dead and God gone from Heaven and sees Adam 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 causes her to vanish 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, set him on fire and then helped send Michael to Hell. As Michael speculates if Castiel has come to beg forgiveness, Castiel surrounds the archangel in a ring of [[Holy Fire]]. As the Winchesters 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 in Hell. 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.
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, 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 do the right thing 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. 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 (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.
* 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 in Fandom==
* [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_michael/ SPN Michael] community on LJ
* [http://twitter.com/ChiefArchangel @ChiefArchangel] - Michael on Twitter