Archangels are the stuff of primordial creation ([[Michael]], [[Lucifer]], [[Raphael]] and [[Gabriel]]) they are the first four powerful, angelic beings created by [[God]] before other [[angels]]. They
possess immense power far surpassing that of [[demons]], lesser angels, and most other supernatural beings. [[Castiel]] describes them as "fierce and absolute."<ref name="four18">[[4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book]]</ref>
God and His archangels battled [[the Darkness]]
, where the Darkness was eventually defeated and trapped to maintain [[the Cosmic Balance]] . To serve as lock and key to the Darkness' cage, God created a [[Mark of Cain|Mark]]. It was given to Lucifer, His most trusted archangel. The Mark eventually began assert a will of its own, corrupting Lucifer, and becoming the first [[curse]]. The Mark enhanced Lucifer's anger and jealousy when God commanded the angels to bow before humanity.<ref name="ten23" />
Lucifer began arguing with his brothers, primarily Michael, who loyally followed their Father's word as law. Lucifer led an unsuccessful rebellion in [[ Heaven]], which caused him to be cast out and to [[Fallen Angels|fall from grace]]. He was subsequently imprisoned in [[Lucifer' s Cage|a Cage]] by Michael. Gabriel was in turn disgusted with his brother's behavior. He refrained from choosing sides by retreating to Earth and masquerading as the [[Trickster]], [[Loki]].<ref name=" five08">[[ 5. 08 Changing Channels]]</ref> In God's absence, Michael took over the entire [[ The Host of Heaven|Host of Heaven]] while Raphael continued his responsibilities as an archangel.
According to [[Metatron]], the archangels , in their despair decided to take over the universe themselves after God left Heaven. Metatron realized that he and the [[ Tablets|Word of God]] were needed to do so, so he fled to Earth seeking refuge for the tablets and himself. The archangels were unable to locate Metatron due to his extreme isolation from Heaven, and their plans were delayed. Metatron was also cut off from Heaven making him unaware of the archangels' fates until contact with the Winchester brothers.<ref name="eight21">[[ 8.21 The Great Escapist]] </ref> In the demon tablet, Metatron is falsely identified as an archangel.<ref name=" eight07">[[ 8. 07 A Little Slice of Kevin]]</ref>
At some point in the past, the archangels were believed to have killed all of the [[ Knights of Hell]] with [[the First Blade]]. However, it is revealed that this task was actually undertaken by [[ Cain]] .<ref name=" nine11">[[ 9. 11 First Born]]</ref>
As the plan to release Lucifer and the [[Apocalypse]] starts to come to fruition, the archangels once more begin playing a role on Earth with Raphael taking on the role of a protector of the prophet [[Chuck Shurley]]<ref name="four18" /> and later smiting a group of [[demons]] at a gas station after the release of Lucifer.<ref name="five03">[[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]</ref> Once Lucifer is free, Michael begins working through his proxy [[Zachariah]] to force Dean to consent to possession so he can have his destined battle with Lucifer.<ref name="five01">[[5.01 Sympathy for the Devil]]</ref><ref name="five04">[[5.04 The End]]</ref><ref name="five16">[[5.16 Dark Side of the Moon]]</ref><ref name="five18">[[5.18 Point of No Return]]</ref> Gabriel, as the Trickster, attempts to convince the Winchesters to "play their roles" as well.<ref name="five08" /> During the Apocalypse, Gabriel is presumably killed by Lucifer while helping the Winchesters and [[Kali]] escape, but not before giving them a way to lock Lucifer away once more. During the final confrontation between Michael and Lucifer at [[Stull Cemetery]], Sam Winchester is able to overpower Lucifer's control of his body and throw himself, Lucifer, Michael and [[Adam Milligan]] into Lucifer's Cage, leaving Raphael as the only active archangel.<ref name="five22">[[5.22 Swan Song]]</ref>
Following the imprisonment of Michael, Raphael takes command of Heaven with the intention to release Michael and Lucifer and once again begin the Apocalypse. This causes a divide in Heaven with Raphael and his loyalists against [[Castiel]] and angels loyal to him.<ref name=" six03" /> In order to defeat Raphael, Castiel forms a deal with [[ Crowley]] to gain access to all the souls of [[ Purgatory]] to gain the power he needs.<ref name=" six20" /> After betraying Crowley, Castiel takes all of the Purgatory souls for himself and uses their power to obliterate Raphael.
With the release of the Darkness, Sam begins getting visions he believes are from God telling him to go to Lucifer's Cage.<ref name="eleven02" /><ref name="eleven04" /> Using the ''[[Book of the Damned]]'' with the help of [[Rowena]], Sam is able to summon Lucifer into a smaller warded cage in Limbo where Lucifer tells Sam that he can defeat the Darkness if he is released once more upon the world in a vessel.<ref name="eleven09" /> While holding Sam captive in the cage, Lucifer tells him that he is the only archangel left capable of giving any sort of help as Raphael and Gabriel are dead and Michael has been driven insane by life in the Cage and is of no use to anyone. Though Sam refuses, Lucifer is able to secretly escape by taking Castiel as a vessel<ref name="eleven10" /> and takes control of Hell and briefly Heaven.<ref name="eleven18" /> The Winchesters are eventually able to get Lucifer and God to reconcile, but God is unable to resurrect Raphael and Gabriel in a timely manner to help against the Darkness or call upon Michael for help in his state. With only one archangel to help them, witches, demons and angels are all called upon to substitute for the missing power to defeat the Darkness. Though the Darkness is defeated, she recovers and mortally wounds God, expelling Lucifer from Castiel in the process.<ref name="eleven22" />
After God departs the Earth, Lucifer believes he has once more been abandoned by his Father and that God was just using him, causing Lucifer to decide to "break God's toys."<ref name="twelve07" /> Lucifer, possessing the President of the United States, conceives a [[Nephilim]] child with a presidential aide, [[Kelly Kline]]. The act of conception draws an immense amount of cosmic energy, which alerts Heaven and all angels. After [[Sam Winchester]] is able to eject Lucifer from [[President Jefferson Rooney]],<ref name="twelve08" /> due to Crowley's machinations, he is sent to his former vessel, [[Nick]], whose body had been repaired, upgraded and warded to act as a permanent prison for Lucifer, allowing Crowley to gain a measure of revenge.<ref name="twelve13" /> Lucifer eventually breaks free of Crowley's control,<ref name="twelve21" /> and upon seeking out his soon-to-be-born son, Lucifer is locked away in a [[Apocalypse World|post-apocalyptic alternate universe]] by the Winchesters, Castiel, and Crowley, costing the lives of Castiel and Crowley and trapping [[Mary Winchester]] with Lucifer.<ref name="twelve23" />