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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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|name= [[War]]<br>[[Famine]]<br>[[Pestilence]]<br>[[Death]]
|actor=[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0920038/ Titus Welliver]<br>[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0652903/ James Otis]<br>[[Matt Frewer]]<br>[[Julian Richings]]
The Horsemen are powerful, immortal beings that act as instruments of chaos and destruction during the [[Apocalypse]], which is triggered by [[Lucifer]]'s release. [[War]], [[Famine]], and [[Pestilence]] are loyal to Lucifer's plans, whereas [[Death]] serves Lucifer's agenda only while he is bound to him by a spell.<ref name="five21">[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]</ref> Each Horseman appears human, and drives a car that reflects the color of his horse as described in lore. Each possesses a different ring that is somehow tied to their powers, and their rings prove integral in ending the [[Apocalypse]].
The Horsemen's origin remains unclear and has yet to be presented in [[Canon]]. Their actual ages remain unknown, however Death is the oldest Horseman as he existed during the origin creation of timethe universe. War refers to the other Horsemen as his siblings, yet their relationship to each other is somewhat unclear. Pestilence professes allegiance to War and Famine, and is distressed that both fell into an impaired state due to the actions of Sam and Dean, so much so that he disobeyed Lucifer's commands and tormented them.
In ''[[Supernatural]]'', War is the first Horseman to appear, Famine was the second, Pestilence was the third, and Death was the final Horseman to appear. Their abilities vary, but all appear capable of causing widespread destruction in one form or another.<ref name="five02">[[5.02 Good God, Y'All]]</ref><ref name="five19">[[5.19 Hammer of the Gods]]</ref><ref name="five21" /> They read human thoughts and emotions.<ref name="five02" /><ref name="five14">[[5.14 My Bloody Valentine]]</ref> The Horsemen can teleport themselves,<ref name="five21" /> move objects telekinetically,<ref name="five14" /> and be invisible to humans when they choose to be. Sam's powers do not work on the Horsemen, though they can have an indirect impact.<ref name="five14" /> In addition to these powers, they each possess unique abilities that coincide with their apocalyptic roles. War can alter human perception, making people see enemies where there are none. Famine can affect people's urges and addictions. Pestilence can create and manipulate deadly diseases in humans. Death has full control over life and death itself, and is able to kill with a touch or dramatic event. War, Famine and Pestilence cannot fully manage and maintain their powers or their roles in the Apocalypse without their rings. [[Ruby's Knife]] can damage War, Famine and Pestilence enough to remove their rings, though as yet nothing has been shown to kill them.
In addition to these powers, they each possess unique abilities that coincide with their apocalyptic roles. War can alter human perception, making people see enemies where there are none. Famine can affect people's urges and addictions. Pestilence can create and manipulate deadly diseases in humans. Death has full control over life and death itself, and is able to kill with a touch or dramatic event. War, Famine and Pestilence cannot fully manage and maintain their powers or their roles in the Apocalypse without their rings. [[Ruby's knife]] can damage War, Famine and Pestilence enough to remove their rings, though as yet nothing has been shown to kill them.
==The Horsemen==
===[[Death]]===
Death, also known as the Pale Horseman, is affiliated with Famine, War and Pestilence, although he is far more powerful than them. Death wears a ring with a white stone; unlike his brothers, Death's powers do not come from his ring. Death can kill by creating massive storms, tsunamis and hurricanes, or by using a simple gesture. Death can also resurrect dead people. According to Bobby, Death has been kept restrained prior to the Apocalypse, and the last time Death was free, "Noah was building a boat.". Death is released from his cage in [[5.10 Abandon All Hope...]] by Lucifer's spell. Death acts under Lucifer's direction for most of Season 5season five, but resents the [[archangel]]'s control over him. He willingly gives his ring to Dean to stop the Apocalypse. After Lucifer's defeat, Death remains free, possibly directing the [[reaper]]s. It is he that eventually returns Sam's [[soul]].
For other details on Death see [[Death's Scythe]] and [[Death's Cadillac]].
Each of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse wears a single ring. The color of Famine, Pestilence and Death's rings respectively match that of their cars. The Horsemen, except for Death, can focus their core abilities via these rings, and losing their rings has a serious impact on their ability to function. According to [[Brady]], while they are still alive, War and Famine are in a debilitated state after their rings are taken, and even getting the rings back to them would not soon make them active. Pestilence also appears ineffective after the loss of his ring. Death, on the other hand, seems unfazed by giving Dean his ring, suggesting that the ring is not essential to his nature. Death is likely more powerful than the other Horsemen, having been present since the beginning of time itself, and being one of the only constants in the Universe.
War wears a simple gold ring, which is the only ring without a colored stone. His ring allows him to affect the perception of humans. Sam and Dean get War's ring after cutting off his finger using Ruby's Knifeknife.<ref name="five02" /> Famine wears a ring that is silver, engraved, and has a black stone. His ring affects human urges (lust, hunger, and addictions). Sam and Dean get Famine's ring after Sam exorcises demons out of Famine's body.<ref name="five14" /> Pestilence wears a ring with a green stone.<ref name="five19" /> He uses the ring to trigger any diseases in his victims. Sam and Dean get the ring after [[Castiel]] cuts off Pestilence's finger using Ruby's Knifeknife.<ref name="five21" /> Death wears a ring with a white stone. Death's powers are not completely derived from his ring.
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The rings have another function, which is first revealed in a hidden message recorded on a ''[[Casa Erotica]] '' DVD by [[Gabriel]] just prior to his death.<ref name="five19" /> The message explains how Sam and Dean can trap Lucifer in [[Lucifer's Cage]]. The keys to the cage are the rings worn by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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Sam allows Lucifer to possess him, and Dean uses the four rings to open a portal to Lucifer's Cage. The first time, Sam is unable to overpower Lucifer. However, the second time, in [[Stull Cemetery]], Sam manages to regain some control and throw himself and Lucifer into the cage. While trying to stop him, [[Michael]], using [[Adam]] as a vessel, is also trapped.
The fate of War, Famine, and Pestilence's rings following the final confrontation with Lucifer has yet to be revealed. Death's ring is known to have been buried on the grounds of [[Singer Salvage Yard]], until, at Death's request, Dean uses the ring to act as Death for 24 hours. In return, Death will raise Sam's soul from the cageLucifer's Cage.<ref name="six11">[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]</ref> While Dean doesn't keep his side of the [[deal]], Death does return Sam's soul. , and Dean returns the ring to Death.<ref name="six11" />
===The Briefcases===
===The Cars===
Each Horseman owns a car and uses it to travel to locations around Earth. Each car symbolizes a horse and mirrors the color of its owners steed in lore. See [[War's Mustang]], [[Famine's Car]], [[Pestilence's Car]], and [[Death's Cadillac]].
==Appearances==
===[[5.02 Good God, Y'All]]===
[[War ]] causes havoc in a town when he convinces the townspeople that some of them are being possessed by demons[[demon]]s, when in fact none are. He is banished when Sam and Dean remove a ring from him that seems related to his power.
===[[5.10 Abandon All Hope...]]===
Lucifer undertakes a ritual to release the most fearsome Horseman, [[Death]]. It involves killing all the women and children in a town, and then the men, who are possessed by demons, sacrifice themselves. He then performs an invocation. Death rises, but is not seen.
===[[5.14 My Bloody Valentine]]===
[[Famine ]] arrives in town and causes everyone's cravings to turn rabid. People start killing each other and themselves. He infects [[Sam]], who craves demon blood, and Castiel, whose vessel had a fondness for red meat, but [[Dean]] is unaffected. Famine says this is because Dean is already "dead inside.". Famine is stopped when, after consuming demons that Sam had exorcised from their hosts, Sam exorcises those demons from his body. The brothers take his ring.
===[[5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]===
In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Death causes previously dead townspeople to come back to life, including [[Bobby]]'s wife, [[Karen Singer|Karen]]. These [[zombies]] then turn and attack the town, but are stopped by Sam, Dean, Bobby, and [[Sheriff Mills]]. Death sends Karen back with a warning: that because Bobby is helping Sam say '"no' " to Lucifer, Death has his eye on him. Karen describes Death as "A really thin man, almost like a skeleton," but he is not seen in this episode.
===[[5.19 Hammer of the Gods]]===
[[Pestilence ]] arrives at a small store, and enters, coughing and spreading germs and phlegm everywhere. He buys some flu medication and leaves. As he drives, his car fills with flies.
===[[5.20 The Devil You Know]]===
Sam and Dean begin the episode on the trail of Pestilence, posing as CDC agents at a hospital hit with a swine flu outbreak.
[[Crowley]] offers to help Sam and Dean find Pestilence by tracking down and cutting a deal with [[Brady]], who Crowley calls "the Horsemen's stable boy." Brady is in charge of the plan at [[Niveus Pharmaceuticals]]. He uses the [[Goblet goblet of Bloodblood]] ritual to communicate with Pestilence about the progress on the vaccine. At one point, Brady comments that War and Famine aren't dead, but they have been taken out of the game, telling Dean
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'''Brady:''' See, War and Famine, even if I could cram the rings back on their bony fingers, I doubt it would do much good. They're withered husks right now, fetal position on the floor, all thanks to you. So I don't want the rings. What I want is retribution. And I'm going to rip it right out of your ass!
Death arrives in Chicago to start the disaster. Dozens, if not hundreds, of Reapers arrive too, and are later seen by Crowley.
Death stops in a pizzeria for lunch, killing everyone inside (possibly unintentionally) and is found by Dean, who attempts to sneak up on him with Death's Scythescythe. However, the scythe begins to burn hot in Death's presence, forcing Dean to drop it and alerting the Horseman to his presence. Rather than showing hostility toward Dean, the Horseman thanks him for returning the Scythe scythe before asking Dean to join him at the table. Death then reveals that he has been waiting for a while to talk with Dean.
When Dean asks him how old he is, Death admits he can't really remember anymore and guesses he is as old or older than God himself and neither can remember anymore. He surmises that he has been alive since life itself began and someday he will even reap God, to Dean's surprise. Death just states God is a living being like any other and someday he too will die; its just the way things work.
Death explains that Lucifer, whom he describes as "a bratty child,", has him bound by a spell and is using him to create Apocalyptic chaos.
Death offers his ring to Dean on the condition that Dean must do everything in his power to assure that Lucifer is put back in his cage, even if that means sacrificing Sam. Dean reluctantly agrees, and Death warns him to hold true to his word, reminding him that he can't cheat Death. The Horseman then gives Dean the instructions on how to operate the rings, which combine to form a key-like device.
===[[6.11 Appointment in Samarra]]===
Dean tries to make a deal with Death to get Sam's soul back. Death agrees on the proviso provision that Dean wears the his ring and performs Death's duties for a day. Dean retrieves the ring from where he had buried it at Bobby's place. While Dean doesn't keep his side of the deal, Death does return Sam's soul. , and Dean returns the ring to Death. Death says he wants Dean to keep investigating Purgatory.
===[[7.01 Meet the New Boss]]===
 
==Trivia==
*Alastair refers to them as '"amigos'."
*Anna states that the Horsemen will revert back to their "day jobs" without Lucifer.<ref name="five13">[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]</ref>
*The "human soul in the briefcase" device is a reference to the urban legend of the 1994 movie [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/ Pulp Fiction] where the mysterious shining object in the briefcase (which is never seen or identified) is said to be the soul of Marsellus Wallace.
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