|Actor|| Jeffrey Dean Morgan (1.22)|
Frederic Lehne (2.01, 2.21, 2.22 and 6.01)
Lindsey McKeon (2.01)
Christopher B. MacCabe (4.03)
|Dates|| Makes contact with Lucifer in Maryland in 1972.|
Makes a deal with Mary Campbell to save John Winchester in 1973.
Azazel enters Sam Winchester's nursery in 1983.
Killed in 2007 by Dean Winchester.
|Episode(s)|| 1.01 Pilot|
1.22 Devil's Trap
2.01 In My Time of Dying
2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two
3.02 The Kids Are Alright (mentioned)
3.04 Sin City (mentioned)
4.03 In the Beginning
4.06 Yellow Fever (hallucination)
4.22 Lucifer Rising
6.01 Exile on Main St. (hallucination)
7.21 Reading Is Fundamental (mentioned)
8.17 Goodbye Stranger (mentioned)
Azazel: You know what I'm gonna do to your sibling? I'm gonna stand over their crib and I'm gonna bleed into their mouth. Demon blood is better than Ovaltine. Vitamins, minerals, it makes you big and strong!
Dean: For what? So they can lead your discount demon army? Is that your big plan?Azazel: Please. My endgame's a hell of a lot bigger than that, kid.
Azazel is a yellow-eyed demon, and is the only one seen to date. He is also the first demon, and first supernatural being, seen in the series.
Azazel is a servant of Lucifer. On at least one occasion, Azazel has called Lucifer his "daddy," a reference to Lucifer's role in creating demons. Azazel was King of Hell during Lucifer's imprisonment, although the term was never used to describe him. However, the demon Casey did describe him as a tyrant who held the demons all together.
The only weapon described as having the power to kill Azazel is the Colt.
Azazel was integral in Lucifer's plans to escape from his his prison. On Lucifer's instructions, he created the Special Children. It is during this mission that he encounters Mary Campbell. After killing her parents and her fiance John Winchester, he makes a deal with her that if she'll allow him entry to her home in ten years time, he'll bring John back to life. On the night Azazel visited Sam's nursery, he killed Mary Winchester when she discovered him, and set fire to the Winchester home. These actions caused John Winchester to pursue Azazel for the rest of his life, and Sam and Dean's lives were forever altered.
- For the history of Azazel and the Winchesters see the Mythological Arc Timeline.
Azazel has yellow eyes, but the exact color and appearance of his eyes varies. Although at times they have most often appeared as completely yellow, at other times they've been shown to have a black pupil and even having additional, irregular black spots in the sclera. A week prior to an attack by Azazel, the geographical area has cattle deaths, electrical storms and temperature fluctuations. His presence makes clocks stop and electrical devices go haywire.
Powers and Abilities
- Can create and manipulate fire.
- Is telekinetic.
- Has the power to inflict lacerations upon humans with his mind that are severe enough to result in internal bleeding, coma, and eventually death for the afflicted human.
- Can teleport.
- Is impervious to holy water.
- Can possess humans. He also has the unique ability to possess a reaper and use its powers for himself. Outside of a host, Azazel's demon smoke form can assume a humanoid shape and act without a host, albeit temporarily.
- Has the authority to make deals.
- Can enter a human's dreams in order to communicate with that human. With a snap of his fingers, Azazel can alter the dream as he wishes or cause the human whose dream he is inside to wake up.
- Has superhuman strength.
Names this character is known by both in fandom and canon:
- The Demon (the name all the Winchesters refer to him in Season 1).
- The Yellow-Eyed Demon (Dean uses the name in Season 2).
- Azazel (Casey revealed the true name of the "Yellow-Eyed Demon" in Season 3).
- Celine Demon (a nickname used by some fans).
- Big Bad (term used by Dean in a draft script for 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown).
On November, 2nd 1983, Azazel appears by Sam's crib. Mary Winchester sees him but assumes he is her husband and he lets her go, pretending to be so. However, Mary realizes John is asleep downstaire and when she does, she returns to Sam's nursery where Azazel pins her to the ceiling, slices open her stomach and sets her on fire. John witnesses her death, but Azazel himself is gone by that time. John, Sam and Dean escape the house as it goes up in flames and John begins a quest for vengeance on Azazel that draws him into the supernatural world.
After Sam gets a vision of a woman being attacked in their old home, he and Dean return to Lawrence, believing that Azazel may be behind what is going on. Talking to psychic Missouri Mosely, Sam and Dean learn that she's not sure what killed their mother, just that it was powerful and evil. She also learns that what's attacking the house now is not Azazel but a poltergeist.
Contacting his sons, John Winchester lets them know that what killed their mother was a demon and that he is hunting it. John however refuses to let them join in the hunt for Azazel, telling them that it is too dangerous.
- "It makes no sense. I could've stopped Sam. Hell, I could've taken them both. Why let them go? (She pauses, seemingly listening to someone the audience cannot hear.) Yes. (She pauses again.) Yes. (She pauses one more time.) Yes, father."
- "I don’t think you should come. (…) Because the brothers, they’re in town, I didn't know that—(…) Yes, sir. (…) Yes, I’ll be here—waiting for you."
Sam and Dean realize that all the people who have been killed by the daevas have been people from Lawrence, Kansas and come to believe that it means that Azazel is behind it and is in town. They call their father to let him know, but when they go after Meg, they learn that it was never Azazel and it was just a trick to lure them and their father in so she could kill him. Sam and Dean manage to escape and after reuniting with their father, learn that he is hunting Azazel and trying to find a way to kill him, not just send him back to Hell. The trap Azazel and Meg set up nearly works, but three ultimately escape.
John enlists Sam and Dean's help in tracking down a gun known as the Colt and eventually reveals why: the gun is said to be able to kill anything and he believes it to be the key to finally killing Azazel.
Sam, Dean and John begin hunting for Azazel together. John reveals that until about a year before, there had been no sign of Azazel since he killed the families 22 years before, but he has now resurfaced and started going after families with infants on the night of the kid's six month birthday like he did with Sam. John has discovered demonic omens that appear in a town for the week leading up to Azazel's appearance and that these omens also appeared leading up to the deaths of Mary and Jessica. The signs point to him next appearing in Salvation, Iowa and the Winchesters head there to find and kill him.
In Salvation, Sam locates his next victims, the Holts through a vision he gets. In the vision, Azazel kills Rose Holt's mother Monica Holt. While John goes off to trade a fake gun to Meg and her "brother" Tom, Sam and Dean lie in wait outside the Holt house waiting for Azazel to arrive. Finally, he does and just like in Sam's vision, he starts to pin Monica to the ceiling and kill her when Sam bursts in and fires The Colt at him. Azazel disappears and the bullet misses. However, he sets the house on fire, but Sam, Dean and the family get out safely. Azazel can be seen in the burning nursery window watching and Sam wants to go after him, but Dean stops him as the house is burning down and its too dangerous. Before Sam can do anymore, Azazel disappears.
As his demons hold John Winchester captive, Azazel possesses him in case Sam and Dean manage to rescue him so he can get access to The Colt. Sam and Dean do rescue "John" and Azazel is able to successfully pretend to be him as he is immune to both holy water and salt lines. During the escape, Dean kills the demon Tom with the Colt.
At a secluded cabin, Azazel keeps up the act, pretending that John is proud of what Dean did and then staging an attack on the cabin and asking for the Colt to defend them. However, Dean realizes that John would be pissed, not proud and that he is possessed. Azazel tries to get Sam to help him, but Sam sides with Dean and Azazel overpowers them both when Dean hesitates to shoot, pinning them both to the wall. Azazel taunts Sam to use his psychic powers to break free and grab the Colt, but he can't. Azazel reveals to Sam that "I have plans Sammy, for you and all the children like you" and that he plans to kill Dean as he is pissed that he exorcised Meg and killed Tom who were his "daughter" and "son." As Azazel slices Dean across the chest, John manages to regain control for a moment, freeing Sam who confronts Azazel with The Colt. As he can't kill Azazel without killing John, Sam shoots Azazel in the leg, wounding him but not killing him. Weakened, Azazel loses control to John who urges Sam to kill him and Azazel with him while he can still keep Azazel inside. Sam hesitates too long and Azazel escapes as a cloud of black smoke through the cabin floor.
With Dean dying from the wound Azazel gave him and injuries sustained in a car crash caused by a demon-possessed trucker, John summons Azazel, apparently to get revenge on him for what he did. Azazel, possessing a hospital janitor, tries to trick John into leaving, but he knows its Azazel and points the Colt at him. Prepared for John to try to take revenge, Azazel brings along two other demons possessing hospital staff, but John reveals that he wants to make a deal instead. John offers Azazel the Colt and its last bullet in exchange for Azazel saving Dean's life. Azazel is surprised that John is willing to make a deal with him, but considers it as he wants the Colt, saying that while he can't save Dean, he knows someone who can and that its not a problem. He also asks if John knows what he has planned for Sam and John confirms it. Azazel decides to accept the deal, but tells John that first he has to "sweeten the pot" with something Azazel wants just as much, if not more than the Colt. John agrees on the condition that he gets to see that Dean is alright with his own eyes and Azazel possesses the reaper Tessa and uses her powers to heal Dean's injuries, but erases his memories of being nearly dead. After seeing that Dean is alright, John hands the Colt over to Azazel and dies.
When confronting his recently discovered twin brother Weber, Andy Gallagher learns that Weber found out about his existence from "The man with the yellow-eyes" in his dreams and that Azazel had told him that he had big plans for them. After everything is over, Sam and Dean learn from Ash that Weber's mother didn't die in a house fire like Sam, Max and Andy's mothers, meaning that not all of Azazel's Special Children can be tracked due to this unexpected discrepancy.
Apparently in order to test Sam's immunity to the Croatoan virus, Azazel has the town of River Grove, Oregon infected with it and Duane Tanner possessed by a demon in order to keep an eye on the progress of the outbreak. Sam and Dean come to town after Sam gets a vision of Dean killing Duane and Sam is infected by infected Nurse Pamela. Sam proves immune and the infected townspeople mysteriously disappear along with all traces of the virus, having been apparently cleaned up by demons after Sam proved immune. In order to report on the progress, Duane slits Sarge's throat and uses the goblet of blood to communicate with Azazel:
- "It's over, you'll be pleased. I don't think any more tests are necessary. (beat) The Winchester boy, definitely immune, as expected. (pause) Yes, of course. Nothing left behind."
Scott Carey, a young man with psychic powers, reveals to a psychiatrist that Azazel has been haunting his dreams, saying that there is a war coming and that people like him will be soldiers in the coming war. Sam, who begins looking for answers after finding out that John told Dean he will have to save Sam from becoming evil or kill him and another psychic named Ava Wilson learn of this from a recording of the session while hunter Gordon Walker learns from a demon he tortured and exorcised. Gordon thus begins hunting psychic kids to prevent this and kills Scott and tries to kill Sam and Ava. After Gordon is defeated, Sam and Dean check on Ava only to find her missing, her fiancé dead and sulfur, indicating that Azazel has taken her.
Azazel kidnaps all of the Special Children over a series of months and dumps them in Cold Oak, South Dakota to fight to the death. Eventually he kidnaps Sam, Jake Talley, Andy Gallagher and Lily at the same time and leaves them to have their fight while Ava Wilson, the only survivor of the previous groups of children, is also there waiting.
While Sam is asleep, Azazel, still possessing the janitor from the hospital, comes to him in his dreams to speak to him. Azazel reveals that there are other generations of Special Children and that he has set up the death match as he only needs one of the children to survive. Azazel explains that he already has his army and just needs one of the children to be the leader and that he is talking to Sam because he wants Sam to be that leader. Sam swears to kill Azazel who tells him that he killed Jessica to push Sam back into hunting and that he killed Mary because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Feeling "charitable," Azazel shows Sam what really happened the night that Mary died: Azazel dripped demon blood into baby Sam's mouth and Mary interrupted them so he killed her. To Sam's surprise, Mary recognized Azazel, but Azazel doesn't explain why and Jake wakes Sam up before anything more can happen.
After everyone else is killed, Jake reveals that Azazel came to him in his sleep too and that Azazel will only let one of them go or will kill them both. As a result, Jake kills Sam in order to escape himself.
As Jake Talley is the last surviving special child, Azazel comes to him in his dreams to get him to do what he wants. Jake threatens to kill Azazel, but Azazel tells him that that is not easy to do and that others have tried. Azazel proclaims that he has a "laundry list" of things he wants Jake to do for him and threatens Jake's family until he agrees.
Needing Jake to open the Devil's Gate in Wyoming to release his demon army, Azazel meets Jake in person at the edge of the giant devil's trap as he can't cross it. Azazel gives Jake directions to the cemetery where the Gate is and the key to it: the Colt. When Azazel reveals that the Colt can kill him, he threatens to shoot Azazel with it, but Azazel only mockingly pretends to be afraid and convinces Jake to do what he wants with promises of wealth and power.
After the gate is opened, Azazel enters the cemetery where he confronts Dean who is armed with the Colt. Azazel easily disarms Dean and pins him to a headstone and the resurrected Sam to a tree. Azazel mocks Dean's deal, telling him that what came back wasn't "100% pure Sam" and mocking his willingness to sacrifice himself for his family. As Azazel prepares to kill Dean with the Colt, the spirit of John Winchester escapes Hell through the Devil's Gate and pulls Azazel from the body he is possessing. Azazel quickly overpowers him, but when he reenters his body, he finds that Dean has retrieved the Colt and is ready for him. Dean shoots Azazel in the heart with the Colt, killing him. Dean later tells Azazel's body "that was for our mom."
While trapped in a basement with Dean, the demon Casey reveals the name of the Yellow-Eyed Demon: Azazel and that he was a tyrant who ruled Hell and that with him dead and Sam not taking up leadership of the demon army he released like he'd wanted, anarchy is breaking loose among the demons.
After being sent back to 1973 by Castiel, Dean learns that a demon is making deals with people for various things in exchange for permission to enter their houses in ten years and that it is Azazel as the demon is described as having yellow-eyes. In response, Dean goes after the Colt to kill Azazel in that time period in order to save his family and everyone Azazel will kill.
Possessing Dr. Brown, Azazel tells Liddy Walsh that her mother's cancer has metastasized and starts to offer her a deal when Samuel and Mary Campbell burst in. Azazel takes Mary hostage, but Dean shows up with the Colt and when Dean tries to shoot him, Azazel flees Dr. Brown's body.
Later, possessing Samuel, Azazel interrogates Dean to see what he knows under the illusion of curiosity and learns that Dean is from the future and is Samuel's grandson. When Dean reveals his plan to kill Azazel with the Colt, Azazel reveals himself. Azazel reveals that he is picking strong people to breed his own "master race" and that he needs the parents' permission to enter their homes due to "red tape." Azazel realizes that Dean is not one of his psychic kids, but that he has a sibling that is. Azazel tells him that he will bleed into Sam's mouth and that demon blood is "better than Ovaltine." To Dean's surprise, Azazel's endgame is bigger than a demon army, but he refuses to tell Dean as the angels will learn of his plans. Dean tells Azazel that he will kill him, but Azazel tells him that he won't save his mother or grandfather and makes Samuel stab himself, fatally wounding him. Azazel hears Deanna Campbell go for the Colt and snaps her neck, killing her. Azazel then leaves to go after Mary and John Winchester.
As John is about to propose to Mary, Azazel intervenes and breaks John's neck, killing him. Azazel then reveals that he has killed Mary's parents as well and offers Mary a deal: he'll resurrect John and only John if she gives him permission to enter her house in ten years, promising that if she doesn't interrupt him, she'll be fine. Devastated and desperate to not be alone, Mary agrees. As Azazel seals the deal with a kiss, Dean arrives and tries to kill him with the Colt, but Azazel flees Samuel's body, leaving Samuel dead.
In the present, Castiel explains that Azazel covered his tracks well and that what Dean learned is all they know of his plans. The whole time travel experience was for Dean to learn what the angels knew about Azazel's plans, not to stop them.
In 1972 at St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland, Azazel possesses a priest. Pretending to be the priest, Azazel starts to give mass and then reveals that he has been searching for his father for years and after nearly giving up hope, finally located the door to his Cage in the convent. He then slaughters all of the nuns in the convent and is able to speak to Lucifer through the body of one. Lucifer tells him that to free him, Azazel must free Lilith from Hell as she can break the 66 Seals and that he must find a very special child.
Researching the convent after finding out that Lilith is going there to break the last seal, Sam finds out that the priest was arrested for the murders of the nun and told everyone that he was possessed by a demon that did it and that the demon was Azazel. Sam and Ruby take this as a good sign that they are looking in the right place.
While searching for Pestilence, with Crowley's help the Winchesters capture Brady, an old college friend of Sam who Azazel had possessed by a demon during Sam's sophomore year to keep an eye on him. Brady admits that it was him and not Azazel that killed Jessica Moore, though he did kill her on Azazel's orders in order to push Sam back into hunting.
While possessing Sam, Lucifer brings in the demons Azazel has been having watch over him for his entire life which includes his prom date and a teacher and a friend. Lucifer refers to them as "Azazel's Gang," the demons he had been using to manipulate Sam his whole life. Lucifer proceeds to kill them to give Sam some revenge and to try to convince him over to his way of thinking.
While under the influence of djinn poison, Dean hallucinates Azazel. Azazel claims that he was "shaken loose" by the Apocalypse and resurrected, comparing it to how God brought Castiel back, and starts to strangle Dean. But before Dean dies, he is saved by Sam who injects him with an antidote to the poison and explains that it was all just a hallucination and that Azazel wasn't really there.
Later, while once again under the influence of djinn poison, Dean hallucinates that Azazel kills Lisa Braeden in the same way that he did his mother and Jessica and infects her son Ben Braeden with demon blood like he did Sam.
After being caught in a devil's trap after leaving to kill two demons, Meg reveals that what she does is commit herself to causes and stick with them. Originally this was Azazel and Lucifer's cause to bring about the Apocalypse, but now its about killing Crowley.
Having learned of the angel tablet, Crowley begins searching for it and discovers that it is in one of Lucifer's Crypts. Only demons that were close confidants of Lucifer, such as Azazel know where they are. In the past, Azazel visited the crypts with Meg who thus also knew and was used by Crowley to search for the right crypt and the angel tablet.
- 1.22 Devil's Trap: possesses John Winchester played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan
- 2.01 In My Time of Dying: possesses Tessa played by Lindsey McKeon
- 2.01 In My Time of Dying, 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One, 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two and 6.01 Exile on Main St.: possesses a janitor played by Frederic Lehne
- 4.03 In the Beginning: possesses Dr. Brown played by Christopher MacCabe & Samuel Campbell played by Mitch Pileggi
- 4.22 Lucifer Rising: possesses Father Lehne played by Rob LaBelle
I have plans Sammy, plans for you and all the children like you...
– Azazel, 1.22 Devil's Trap
- Andrew (Andy) Gallagher
- Ansem "Weber" Weems
- Ava Wilson
- Jake Talley
- Max Miller
- Sam Winchester
- Scott Carey
Relationship with Sam Winchester
- A link between Sam’s powers and the YED is first suspected by the boys in 1.14 Nightmare, when Sam discovers that Max Miller’s mother dies the same way Mary Winchester did.
- Sam: I mean, either telekinesis or premonitions, we both had abilities, you know? Maybe it was after us for some reason.
- In 1.22 Devil's Trap, the YED reveals that he killed Mary and Jess because they got in the way of his "plans…"
- Azazel: My plans for you, Sammy. You... and all the children like you.
- John knows “the truth” about Sam and the other children like him.
- Sam meets two other people with powers, Andy and his evil twin Ansem. Ansem reveals that a man “with yellow eyes” has visited in his dreams and revealed he has big plans for the Special Children. In this episode, Sam and Dean also discover that not all Special Children had their mother die in a fire when they were six months old.
- In 2.09 Croatoan, Sam is infected with a demon virus. This is revealed to have been an experiment engineered by the YED, when Duane Tanner contacts him on a blood goblet to report:
- Duane: I don't think any more tests will be necessary... The Winchester boy, definitely immune as expected.
- The Yellow-Eyed Demon appears to Sam in a dream, and states that his plan is for the children with special powers to fight amongst themselves until the strongest is left to lead the demon army. He tells Sam that he, with his leadership qualities and hunter training, is his favorite. In the same dream, YED admits to killing Jessica so Sam would go back to hunting. He then shows Sam a vision of what happened the night Mary died. Sam sees that YED fed drops of his blood to baby Sam, and that Mary knew the Demon. Sam does not tell Dean about this.
- YED says to Dean "How certain are you that what you brought back, is 100% pure Sam?" implying that might have been something done to alter Sam during his resurrection. At the end of this episode, Azazel is killed by Dean.
At this point, Sam's visions and other powers go dormant. During season three, they seem to have disappeared entirely; Sam states that he has had no other visions. However, in subsequent seasons, still more details about the powers and Sam's fate come to light.
- In 4.01 Lazarus Rising, Sam is shown exorcising demons with his powers, and comments to Ruby that he no longer has headaches when using them.
- In 4.03 In the Beginning, Castiel takes Dean back in time, where Dean encounters Azazel making deals with the future parents of Special Children. Azazel makes a deal with Mary for entry into her house in ten years time. He reveals to Dean that he will bleed into the mouths of the children, and that his plans are bigger than building a demon army.
- a flashback shows Lucifer ordering Azazel to find a "very special child" after Azazel asks how to open the cage.
- Azazel ordered Jess' death, the order was carried out by a friend of Sam's who had been possessed, Brady. Brady had been sent to keep tabs on Sam at Stanford, and in fact introduced Sam to Jess with the goal of using her to force Sam back into hunting.
- Lucifer shows Sam that many of the people he encountered as he grew up were possessed, and had been sent to observe him, like Brady.
The Demon's Children
Two black-eyed demons have been referred to as Azazel's children: Meg, who appears in seasons one, two, five, six, seven and eight; and Tom, who appears in season one. They assist him in keeping track of Sam, and in trying to acquire the Colt from John Winchester.
- Meg refers to Azazel as "father" when communicating using the goblet of blood.
- Azazel affirms the connection, calling Meg his daughter and Tom his "boy."
- They leave traces of sulfur behind.
- They are impervious to hallowed ground ("That may work in the minor league, but not with me" - Meg in 1.21 Salvation), but not to holy water.
- They can be exorcised; Meg is exorcised twice.
- Both Meg and Tom are restricted by the salt barrier.
Azazel in Mythology
The name Azazel first appears in the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 16:8) - it can mean "God strengthens", but also "impudent to God."
In the Book of Enoch, Azazel was described as one of the leaders of the Grigori, fallen angels who married and had children with human women.
He is said to be the principal standard-bearer of the infernal armies, and ranks quite high in the ranks of Hell's Hierarchy. He is mentioned as a fallen angel in John Milton's Paradise Lost.
In Modern Hebrew, '"lekh l'Azazel" (לך לעזאזל) is the equivalent of the English curse "go to Hell".'
In lore Azazel is known for creating acts of chaos and mischief. This information was retrieved from the Extended-Scenes on Season 4 DVD of Supernatural.
Azazel in Other Media
In 2003, Marvel Comics employed Azazel as a demonic mutant formerly imprisoned in another dimension in the distant past, intentionally impregnating powerful mutants in the world to open up a permanent portal and release his supporters. This is not unlike Supernatural's depiction, and predates the show by a year or so.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 3.04 Sin City
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.01 In My Time of Dying
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.03 In the Beginning
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.22 Lucifer Rising
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 1.22 Devil's Trap
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two
- ↑ 1.01 Pilot
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 1.21 Salvation
- ↑ 2.08 Crossroad Blues
- ↑ 2.05 Simon Said
- ↑ 5.20 The Devil You Know
- ↑ 5.22 Swan Song
- ↑ 1.11 Scarecrow
- ↑ Wikipedia
- ↑ Marvel Comics