|Dates||Before Humanity - 2010 (Deceased; killed by Dean)|
|Episode(s)|| 4.17 It's A Terrible Life|
4.18 The Monster At The End Of This Book
4.22 Lucifer Rising
5.01 Sympathy For The Devil
5.04 The End
5.16 Dark Side Of The Moon
5.18 Point of No Return
In Heaven I have six wings and four faces, one of which is a lion.
– Zachariah, 5.16 Dark Side Of The Moon
- 1 History
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Characteristics
- 4 Trivia
- 5 References
In 4.17 It's A Terrible Life, Zachariah subsequently places Dean and Sam Winchester into a line of work without their memories. Zachariah acts as Dean's manager and employer who is affiliated with the company. Near the end of the episode, however, he reveals himself as being a direct superior of Castiel. He explains that Dean has always destined to be a hunter and is needed to do something special, and that he has been deployed because of the situation with Uriel in 4.16 On The Head Of A Pin and claims that he is here to make sure that the seals don't break.
Later in 4.18 The Monster At The End Of This Book, after the confrontation between Lilith and Sam and the intervention of an Archangel on Chuck's behalf, Zachariah appears before Chuck Shurley and tells him to continue writing, and warns him not to alert Sam and Dean, and that the angels will revive him if he commits suicide.
In 4.22 Lucifer Rising, Dean is taken by the angels to a safe structure where he is held and monitored by Castiel and Zachariah. Dean eventually figures out that Zachariah has been in favor of the breaking of The 66 Seals that bind Lucifer to Hell all along. After pleading and begging for help, Castiel helps Dean by temporarily banishing Zachariah and teleporting Dean to stop Sam from killing Lilith, as her death is the last seal.
Zachariah places Sam and Dean Winchester into jobs with Sandover Iron and Engineering, without their real memories, to show Dean that being a hunter is who he is and who he was always meant to be.
I'm hardly another one, Dean. I'm Castiel's superior. Believe me, I had no interest in popping down here into one of these smelly things.*Zachariah indicates his vessel* But after the unfortunate situation with Uriel, I felt it necessary to pay a visit. Get my ducks in a row.
– Zachariah, 4.17 It's A Terrible Life
Following Sam's confrontation with Lilith and the arrival of Chuck's archangel, Zachariah appears to Chuck Shurley after he has another vision. While it is not revealed what Chuck saw, he wants to warn Sam and Dean, but Zachariah tells him not to. Chuck threatens to kill himself, but Zachariah says they will only bring him back to life. In despair, Chuck asks what he should do. Zachariah replies "Do what you always do. Write."
Zachariah and Castiel hold Dean hostage in preparation for the Apocalypse. When Dean confronts Zachariah, he finally admits that they don't want to stop Lilith from breaking the last seal, which will free Lucifer. The upper cast of angels wants the Apocalypse to begin in order to defeat Hell and bring about paradise on Earth. Zachariah also reveals that Dean's role will be to kill Lucifer after the Apocalypse happens.
Later, Castiel tries to help Dean escape in an effort to stop Sam killing Lilith, and unknowingly breaking the final seal. Zachariah arrives to stop him, but Castiel uses a sigil drawn in his own blood to send Zachariah away.
Zachariah arrives at Chuck's house with two other angels in an attempt to force Dean to come with them. However, he and the other angels are sent away as Dean has drawn the Angel Banishing Sigil in preparation for the angels' arrival. Zachariah and his associates then show up at John's Lock-up. The angel attempts to force Dean into giving permission to the archangel Michael to use him as a vessel in the fight against Lucifer. Dean refuses, so Zachariah proceeds to torment him and Sam until Dean changes his mind. However, Castiel appears and dispatches the other angels with an Angel Killing Sword. Zachariah heals Sam and Dean, then flees.
With Sam and Dean hidden by the Enochian Sigils engraved on their ribs by Castiel, Zachariah employs fringe Christian groups to track down Dean. He sends him to 2014 to see the consequences of his refusal to become Michael's vessel. It is not clear whether this future is "true" or in some way altered by Zachariah in an effort to influence Dean's decision. Dean sees the devastation wrought by the Croatoan virus, the effect of the Apocalypse on himself, Castiel and others, and most importantly finds out that Sam has consented to be Lucifer's vessel. Following a disastrous encounter between Future!Dean and Lucifer, Zachariah brings Dean back to 2009. When Dean still refuses to be a vessel, Zachariah prepares to take him captive, but Castiel teleports Dean away in time.
When Sam and Dean are killed, Castiel warns them that Zachariah is looking for them in Heaven so that he can send them back to Earth and they can be made to consent to Michael and Lucifer. After searching for the brothers in the memories they relive in Heaven, Zachariah finds and traps them in a forest, but they are saved by Ash. When Ash gives them a secret path to the Garden, they wind up in another memory of Dean's and Zachariah appears. Zachariah begins tormenting the brothers with an altered version of their mother to make them give in. Joshua then appears and tells Zachariah to release the brothers or risk God's wrath. Zachariah then departs.
Zachariah is seen drinking at a bar and talking to a man named Stuart. He discusses his failure at work (consenting Sam and Dean)and his firing. Zachariah's boss, Michael, appears, burning out the eyes of Stuart and the bartender in doing so. He gives Zachariah one more chance to consent Dean; Zachariah is overjoyed to accept and leaves the bar singing "When the Saints Go Marching In". The plan involves resurrecting Sam and Dean's half-brother Adam to either act as Michael's vessel or force Dean's consent. Adam's resurrection is interrupted by Castiel, who brings Adam to the Winchesters and hides him from the angels.
Later, Zachariah appears to Adam in a dream talking about their plan and how he cannot trust the Winchesters. Adam gives up his location and disappears with Zachariah. Castiel leads Sam and Dean to the Green Room where Zachariah has hidden Adam. It is located in an abandon muffler factory in Van Nuys, California. While in the Green Room with Adam, Zachariah reveals the truth about why they brought back Adam and how they are expecting Dean to come and consent. Meanwhile, Castiel enters the factory and clears the way for Sam and Dean by killing one angel and banishing four others (along with himself). Sam and Dean enter the shed containing the Green Room and Zachariah overpowers them. Zachariah then tortures Sam and Adam until Dean says 'Yes'. Thrilled, Zachariah calls Michael to come down to his vessel, Dean. Dean then manipulates Zachariah, telling him that Michael cannot enter Dean's body unless he can guarantee the safety of his loved ones and until Zachariah is dead. Angry, Zachariah grabs hold of Dean, telling him Michael will do no such thing, but Dean says "I would", produces a hidden Angel Killing Sword and uses it to dispatch Zachariah.
Powers and Abilities
- Inflict grave harm on humans with his powers, including giving diseases, breaking bones and removing lungs.
- Manipulate a human's memories, either by removing them completely or by adding false ones.
- Bend time.
- Teleport himself and other people to any location on Earth. He can overpower humans without visible effort.
- Move objects with his mind.
- Implant false prophecy into a prophet's mind.
- Revive the dead.
- Zachariah's description of his true form to Dean and Sam Winchester fits the description of a Seraph or a Chayot.
- Based on his manipulation of the Winchester Brothers' memory, Zachariah may be a reference to the Angel Zachriel, an angel who rules over memory. (Source of Zachriel: "Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels", ISBN-13: 978-0029070529)
- Kurt Fuller, the actor who plays Zachariah, also appeared in the 1989 Ghostbusters II. Supernatural has made several references to the Ghostbusters movies.