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* In order to get out of a remote federal prison where they are being held for attempted assassination of the president, Dean and Sam must die. Dean asks [[Billie]] the reaper to let him and Sam die and come back one more time, and then she could take a Winchester for good. Being temporarily dead allows them to be transported to another room, and they sneak out once [[Billie]] brings them back.<ref name="twelve09">[[12.09 First Blood]]</ref>
* Dean dies after he injects himself with something that stops his heart in order to speak to the ghosts who are haunting a house. Sam injects him with a syringe full of another substance that is supposed to restart his heart, but it doesn't work. [[Billie]] shows up, and she brings him back, after a conversation in which she reveals that it is not his time to die yet.<ref name="thirteen05">[[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]</ref>
* In a nightmare Sam has, Dean's neck is telekinetically snapped by a Sam who had given into the demon blood.<ref name="fifteen04">[[15.04 Atomic Monsters]]</ref> Like the rest of [[Chuck's Endings]], this is revealed to be an alternate reality Dean.<ref name="fifteen09">[[15.09 The Trap]]</ref>* In another nightmare that Sam has, Dean tries to kill a [[Lucifer]]-possessed Sam with [[the Colt]] only to fail and have the archangel burn him alive.<ref name="fifteen05">[[15.05 Proverbs 17:3]]</ref> Like the rest of [[Chuck's Endings]], this is revealed to be an alternate reality Dean.<ref name="fifteen09" />
==Michael's True Vessel==
* In [[13.23 Let the Good Times Roll]] Dean consents to being [[Apocalypse World]] [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael]]'s vessel in order to battle Lucifer. He demands that he remain in control, but after Lucifer is killed, Michael reneges on their deal and takes over Dean's body. Michael suppresses Dean, but Dean fights back and Michael leaves him after about a month's time.<ref>[[14.02 Gods and Monsters]]</ref> Before leaving, however, he leaves the "door" to Dean's mind open, which enables him to remotely see what Dean does and provides a way for Michael to later re-occupy Dean's vessel without his consent again.<ref>[[14.09 The Spear]]</ref> This time, he creates an illusion in which Dean is happy ([[Rocky's Bar]]) to stop him from fighting back. Sam and Castiel enter Dean's subconscious, and help him repress and contain Michael within his mind.<ref>[[14.10 Nihilism]]</ref> After being knocked unconscious by the [[gorgon]] [[Noah Ophis]], Michael is able to escape Dean's mind and possess [[Rowena]], but he is exorcised and destroyed by [[Jack Kline]].<ref>[[14.14 Ouroboros]]</ref>
*Following the return of the original Michael in [[15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven]], the archangel shows no further interest in Dean as a vessel and is instead content with using the body of Adam with whom Michael has reached an agreement
and shares control with.