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|actor= [[Julian Richings]]<br>[[Lisa Berry]]|dates= '''Original Death:''' Before Creation – 2015 (killed by [[Dean Winchester]])<br>2017 ([[
Billie]] instated as new incarnation of Death)
|occupation= [[Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Horseman of the Apocalypse]]
|episodes= [[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]<br>[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]<br>[[7.01 Meet the New Boss]]<br>[[9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here]]<br>[[10.23 Brother's Keeper]]<br>[[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]<br>[[13.19 Funeralia]]
Death is one of the [[Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse]]. Referred to in the Book of Revelation as the Pale Horseman,
he appears to be the most powerful and eldest of the four, older than [[Famine]], [[War]], and [[Pestilence]]. According to him, he is the only being in existence that will persist through the end of time. According to Death neither he nor [[God]] can remember which of them is older. Since [[Amara]], God's sister, claims that she doesn't know who Death is, and vice versa, it proves that God is older than the pale horseman.<ref name="eleven01">[[11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire]]</ref> Death also believes at the end of time, God himself will die, and he will then reap God.<ref name="five21">[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]</ref>
At some point in the past Death became imprisoned. He
is released by [[Lucifer]] during the [[Apocalypse]], and finds himself forced to serve the fallen [[archangel]]'s wishes.<ref name="five10">[[5.10 Abandon All Hope...]]</ref><ref name="five21" /> Though he is often unseen, Death's actions and presence have far reaching effects. On Lucifer's orders, he resurrects the dead and causes biblical storms and massive hurricanes.<ref name="five19">[[5.19 Hammer of the Gods]]</ref><ref name="five15">[[5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]</ref> Death is even ordered by Lucifer to destroy Chicago with a massive storm which will kill three million people.<ref name="five21" /> [[Dean]] encounters him in Chicago, and Death reveals that he does not serve Lucifer by choice, and is willing to give up his ring to see Lucifer re-imprisoned . He agrees not to destroy Chicago, saying he "likes their pizza."
After the defeat of Lucifer, Death
returns his attention to maintaining the natural order.<ref name="six11">[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]</ref> In spite of his own reservations about resurrecting the dead, he retrieves [[Sam]]'s soul from [[Lucifer's Cage]] and returns it to him so that the Winchesters will continue to investigate a greater threat against the balance of life and death.<ref name="six11" />
It’s funny to hear a Winchester talk about the finality of dying. This reality -– it has rules, Dean. So many rules. And one of them? Kill one incarnation of Death, like you did, the next reaper to die takes his place. So... when Castiel stabbed me in the back, turns out, I got a promotion. New job. New gear.
|source= [[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]
[[Chuck Shurley]] admits to Sam and Dean that He enjoyed the old Death better than Billie because "he was all about fried pickles and tickle porn," claiming that she involves herself too much.<ref>[[14.20 Moriah]]</ref> Billie later directly intervenes in the war against [[God]] by protecting [[Jack]] in [[the Empty]] after his death and then by resurrecting him with a plan that will allow Jack to become strong enough to kill God Himself -- something that violates both of her biggest rules in massive ways.<ref name="fifteen11">[[15.11 The Gamblers]]</ref>
===Powers and abilities===
Despite rivaling [[God]]'s power, even Death has a few weaknesses and can even be killed
, though only by one method: Death's own scythe.
* [[Death's Scythe]] – Death can be killed by its own scythe.* [[Spells #Death_2|Spells]] – Death can be effectively bound. God kept the original Death imprisoned beneath the Earth for thousands of years for unknown reasons. [[Dean]] and [[Sam]] were able to use a spell given to them by [[Crowley]] to bind him in an attempt to get him to kill [[Godstiel|Castiel]], who had dubbed himself the new "God."
Death owns a scythe purportedly capable of reaping any being, including [[angels]], [[demons]], and [[reaper]]s.<ref name="four15">[[4.15 Death Takes a Holiday]]</ref><ref name="five21" /> It is the only known weapon capable of killing Death himself.
===[[13.05 Advanced Thanatology]]===
]] has [[Sam]] temporarily induce death on him, his reaper [[Jessica (Reaper)|Jessica]] realizes who he is and reports that Dean Winchester is in the Veil. When Sam's attempt to revive Dean fails, Dean is surprised by the sight of Billie, who reveals that after [[Castiel]] killed her, she became the new Death, explaining that when Death dies, the first reaper to be killed after him will take up his mantle. Telling Dean they need to talk, Billie teleports herself and Dean to a place she refers to as her "reading room." She tells Dean that she has heard that he and Sam have been jumping universes and questions him how that is possible. Dean tells her that as Death she should know, but Billie replies that this information eludes her, much to her annoyance. Realizing Dean has the upper hand, he strikes a deal: in exchange for the information, Billie must release the souls trapped in Meadows' home. Billie agrees to the terms and has Jessica usher the souls out of [[the Veil]]. Curious as to why he didn't ask her to revive him, Dean tells her he figured it was a moot point and was prepared to die. Billie tells him he has changed and no longer has the same bravado of a man that has died multiple times. Dean explains that after his recent failings, he is prepared to die if it is his time. Billie, however, shows Dean a shelf with notebooks dedicated to him, and the various ways that he may die based on his choices in life. she tells Dean that now is not his time, and that with her taking on the mantle of Death, she sees the big picture, and much to her chagrin, she finds that he and Sam are important and that they have work to do and that's all he needs to know. When Dean attempts to ask her about Mary, Billie sends him away, resurrecting him.
After sending Dean away, Billie begins reading from one of the many notebooks on Dean's shelf. Dean tells Sam about his encounter with Death. Sam is confused as Dean killed Death, leading Dean to explain that Billie is now the replacement of the Death that Dean had killed.
[[Chuck]] says that he hates Billie, who He feels "sticks her scythe in where it doesn't belong,
: preferring the old Death who was "all about fried chips and tickle porn."
==Death in Lore==
* The fact that Death is always eating when he is making a deal can be a reference to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_drive death drive], from Freudian psychoanalytic theory about the two conflicting central desires which guide humans. While eating, although there is the life drive since the point of feeding is to keep alive, there is also the death drive, because it is necessary to destroy the food before ingesting, an aggressive element.
* In ''[[Supernatural: Carved in Flesh]]'', [[Hel]], the Norse goddess of Death and primary antagonist, calls herself "Death's little sister." Whether this is true or not remains unknown. Though, as creator [[Eric Kripke]] has stated, tie-in novels/comics should not be considered canon.
* [[Julian Richings]] played Death again in the 2011 short film ''Dave vs. Death''. This Death uses the prototypical "robe and scythe" appearance at first, before he switches to a black suit much like the Supernatural version, since he considers it "less theatrical." A man named David Kane, recently deceased, bargains for his life by playing a game of chess against Death, and one of his loved ones will die for every chess piece he loses. The end reveals that Kane tricked Death into killing people who were all plotting against him behind his back. Death is annoyed that David cheated, so he starts the game over again, but doesn't resurrect the people he already claimed in Kane's stead. It can be seen on the short films website [http://www.bravofact.com/2013/02/14/dave-vs-death-2011/ BravoFact.com.]