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God

Overview

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God, initially known as Chuck Shurley, is a powerful primordial being who created the universe and nearly everything it contains, including the human soul. Amara, his older sister, is the only entity surpassing his power, and prior to his demise, Death comparable to him in power.[2][3] Together, God and The Darkness serve as the balance in the Universe, as the dark cannot exist without the light and vice versa. If either one of them is lost or destroyed, existence itself would cease. His sister couldn’t resist destroying whatever God Created, so God created four archangels and, with them by his side, waged war against her and eventually locked her away with a mark which he entrusted to his most loved and valued angel, Lucifer. However, over time, after God created the Universe, the mark corrupted Lucifer and drew him to rebel when God created humankind. After Lucifer was bound in Hell and Gadreel was locked away in Heaven’s dungeon, God left Heaven and went into seclusion on Earth.

After thousands of years, God eventually reappeared and partially aided in the Apocalypse. After the Apocalypse was averted, he disappeared again. Six years later, when his sister was released, God was originally willing to let his creations be wiped from existence and let Amara take over. But after being convinced by both Metatron and the Winchesters, God eventually decided to help stop Amara. After being fatally injured by his sister in a failed attempt to stop her, God was then healed by her and they both departed the Earth together.

God later returned to Earth once he received Castiel‘s prayer, God revealed that he had no method in helping with Jack and opted to have them kill him instead. However, Team Free Will saw through his ploy and accused him of manipulating events, resulting in him personally killing Jack and plunging the world into chaos to punish humanity for their defiance. However, during the confrontation, he was shot by Sam with The Equalizer, leaving God in a weakened and diminished state. He has since recovered and is at full power. Unknown to God, Billie has taken the opportunity to resurrect Jack and help the young Nephilim become powerful enough to kill God.

Personality

You think you made the Archangels to bring light? No. You made them to create lesser beings; to make you large – to make you lord! It was ego! You wanted to be big!

— The Darkness
in We Happy Few

Amaradescribes her brother as being prideful and egocentric, saying he createdother thingsbecause he wanted to “be big” – although God admits this is true, he had also hoped to change her nature by showing her there could be things other than themselves, but he later deemed this as stupidity and naïveté on his part. When faced with the opportunity to reconcile withLucifer, if he’d simply apologize for locking him away, Chuck opted to put all the blame on Lucifer in front of the Winchesters to save face. However, shortly after apporting the Winchesters away, he revealed that he’d only punished Lucifer because he hated himself for what his actions had done to his favorite son and apologized.[4]After billions of years of observinghis creationsand living among them, his disappointment caused God to become somewhat cynical. He considered human nature to be toxic and was willing to let Amara destroy everything seemingly out of spite againsthumans, for fighting wars in his name and then begging him to fix everything, and generally not taking responsibility for their failures, as well asAngelsout of disappointment of their actions. He also considers his creations to be experiments and also revealed that he abandoned the angels and humanity because they’d disappointed him.[5]He later admits to Dean that it’s more than disappointment: while he’d once taken an active role in his creations’ lives, he realized that he was hindering them more than anything and he needed to let them find their own way like a parent with their child. Despite everything that’s happened since he did so, God believes he made the right decision.[6]However, following the revelation Chuck views Sam and Dean, and seemingly his creations generally, as story characters for him to manipulate and observe for his own entertainment, make it’s uncertain how much of this is his true personality and how much is a facade.

Alternate Michael suggests God creates other worlds and abandons them once they fail him in a way. While it has not been confirmed whether this is true, his dismissive reaction to Sam questioning him on it may suggest there is some truth to it, though at the same time he did seem offended when Sam appeared to believe Michael, but whether it was a faked reaction to keep his true intentions concealed remains unknown.

Don't Call Me Shurley 14

Don't Call Me Shurley 14

God acting as a writer

Despite his sister’s claims that he encouraged religion, which she called “monuments to his ego”, God often asks people not to refer to him as “God”, and to use the moniker “Chuck” instead. He also stated that people bowing before him had always made him feel “deeply, deeply uncomfortable”. When Metatron did this upon seeing his true form, God pulled him up and asked him not to do it again since it made him uncomfortable.[5] However, God is fully aware of his nigh-omnipotence and does not hesitate to point out that he could do things most beings could not, as he simply said that he is God when Sam questioned on how he simply snapped his fingers to cancel Jack’s influence and insisted that the Equalizer could kill anything. The deity Fortuna states God created her kind, as while he was angry humanity didn’t honor him, he saw a purpose for the deities to serve as the fall guys for natural disasters.

It is also shown that despite his disappointment and cynicism, God (seemingly) truly does care for his creations deep down and it was just buried by the resentment he felt over how both humans and angels had failed him. This was proven by how he appeared to be worried about Castiel as he was about to be killed by Raphael and patted him on the shoulder to comfort him in his rebellion, resurrected Castiel on three occasions, despite what he had done, secretly helped Dean in averting the Apocalypse, and being pleased at how Marie put his book in a play. Even at his worst with everything that had happened caused by the angels, with particular disappointment towards the archangels, as evidenced when Chuck strummed faster in an irritated manner just from hearing Metatron ask him to write more on them, and humans, where he at first allowed Amara to destroy them, he appeared to show some feelings of genuine regret and sadness when Metatron confronted him for leaving even despite bitterly stating that they had disappointed him and was ultimately moved when Metatron revealed the flaws of God’s approach with a moving speech of humanity’s better traits into finally taking action in order to save an infected town from his sister. He was even willing to surrender himself to Amara so that his creations would be safe, showing a lack of concern of what would happen to him that baffled even Dean. He also comforted Dean on his background with his father but told him not to compare him to John. Even though he had bitterly resented Lucifer for his rebellion, even lashing out when Sam and Dean asked for his rescue, he still showed a level of guilt and remorse for his fall, as he sadly said Lucifer wasn’t a villain despite having been earlier irritated by Metatron’s reminder of Lucifer’s rebellion, and even appeared to have been willing to forgive him after he decided to fight alongside him, healing him of his injuries in their reunion and doing everything to talk him out of the spite he felt towards him, even eventually apologizing.

Like Death, God seems to have a taste for what Dean calls “cheap food”. He also likes taking long showers. God was described by Metatron in Sacrifice as “Larger than life, gruff, a bit of a sexist. But fair, eminently fair”. This fairness seems to be shown by how God, while willing to forgive Metatron for his offences, refused to give back Metatron’s powers. Despite mainly writing all that Sam and Dean experienced, including their thoughts even when they were thinking of negative things, God did seem to have limits to what he wanted to let know on in his books, as he chose to not let Sam’s addiction be known to prevent him from appearing unsympathetic.

He has a humorous side as when asked by Metatron as to why he hid himself, he explained that he wanted to see everything while being in plain sight and admitted he enjoyed acting as a human to fool those around him.[5]

You can fire me if you want, but sooner or later he’s gonna come back home. And you know how he is with that whole wrath thing.

— Joshua to Zachariah
in Dark Side of the Moon

Chuck angry

Chuck angry

God expressing anger

While not easy to anger, once enraged, his anger is considerably large as he can easily be cold, violent, insulting, and even somewhat sadistic, as shown by how after being outraged when Metatron called him a coward, God swiftly responded with fury, throwing him out of the bar and coldly telling him that while Metatron and the rest of the angels may consider Metatron’s position as the Scribe of God to be special, to God, Metatron was never anything special, just the closest angel to the door, and took time to show Metatron of how a town is going to be destroyed by the fog unleashed by Amara, relishing in his devastated expression. Later on, this rage is shown when Dean and Sam asked Chuck to rescue Lucifer. At which, Chuck, frustrated by their insistence, immediately expresses his bitterness of Lucifer’s disappointment. Although Metatron was actually gleeful on how he managed to make God angry and Lucifer showed no qualms in angering God; Sam and Dean, having never seen God in a rage, were visibly shocked and intimidated enough to be put to place swiftly and not talk on it anymore. His rage is well-known even though he has only been seen by a few angels, to the point that the usual petty and arrogant Zachariah was terrified enough at the prospect of God unleashing his wrath upon him to immediately back down from pursuing Sam and Dean. At first, when Sam, Dean, and Castiel called him out on manipulating their lives and defied his will, God, although clearly angry at their defiance, tried to reason with them to make them do it and offered to bring back Mary for Sam and Dean in exchange and when they persisted, God merely responded by giving them a cold smile and personally killing Jack (his own grandson) painfully, appearing to not find them worthy of unleashing his anger fully, but upon being shot by Sam with his own created gun, which did nothing but to leave a hole in his shoulder, God lost control of his anger and mercilessly declared the end for them, punishing them and the world by starting The Apocalypse again. Notably, despite their defiance of him, all three of them expressed genuine fear when God raged at them.

After he triggered the second apocalypse, he showed a rather callous side to humanity. This was seen when he smote Amara’s masseuse for no reason. It also turned out that he sent the soul of Kevin Tran to Hell, despite the latter doing nothing to deserve that. It is revealed that he only let the souls of John Winchester and Bobby Singer into heaven because he favored Sam and Dean at the time. He also asked his sister to go with him to another universe where they can start over. However, his actions were a ploy for her to heal his injury and restore his power. He was disappointed at her refusal and criticism of his treatment to the world though his attempt to get her to leave with him might’ve been genuine. After being severely weakened and diminished by Sam’s shot with The Equalizer, Amara realizes that God’s now terrified. However, she sees that he is still the petulant and narcissistic being he always was while Amara has changed, she wants nothing to do with her brother, accepting coexistence with him but not wanting to be anywhere near him while doing it. After a talk with Becky Rosen, he appears to have overcome his fear and put in writing an ending to Sam and Dean. He showed a sadistic side and thought of ways of getting to the ending. This is further seen when he banished Becky and her family not too long after revealing his status as God to her and taking pleasure in her grief, though he did show them some mercy by not just killing them.

According to Metatron’s annotated notes on the Demon Tablet, God has a secret fear that is always there and which he only shared with his favorite. Though this is believed to be Michael as Lucifer was locked away at the time the tablet was written, it may also not be given God’s numerous worlds and multiple variations of Michael.

When God attempts to cut into Sam’s shoulder and remove the thing that is tying them together, he hesitates and visibly grimaces. Sam realizes that despite his great power, God actually doesn’t like to get his hands dirty and prefers watching others do his work for him.

Characteristics

While his older sister Amara is darkness and nothingness, God represents light and being. He is one of the two fundamental components of reality itself, while the other one is his sister. If one of them dies, reality itself would cease to exist.

Physical Appearance

Dean: Little guy, squirrelly as hell?
Fortuna: Yeah, that’s him.

— Dean describing God to Fortuna
in The Gamblers

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Chuck-the-prophet

God pretending to be the prophet Chuck

God’s true visage has only been seen by a few beings, but it appears to be similar to the appearance of an angel’s grace – a blinding white light – though unlike an angel’s true form, God’s real visage has no ill-effects on humans. As seen in Alpha and Omega, he takes the appearance of a smoke of light.[7] Only his older sister, Amara has seen God,[2] as well as the Horseman Death, since they have existed alongside God from nearly the beginning of time.[3][8] Anna once mentioned that, out of all the Host of Heaven, only four of them have seen God. It is later revealed that Metatron has also seen God,[9] due to being his scribe while writing down his Word.[8] Metatron also hinted that the angel Gadreel, as God’s most trusted angel, has seen God, as Metatron said, “You were God’s most trusted. That’s why he chose you to protect the garden.” Additionally, although he does not see him, it was originally assumed that the angel Joshua talks to God, however it is later revealed to be the other way around. Joshua says that he thinks God talks to him because he (Joshua) can sympathize for God, as a fellow gardener but also because God gets lonely.

When God wanted to physically communicate with Sam and Dean, he took the form of a human and assumed the role of a prophet named Chuck Shurley.[3] Chuck’s appearance is that of a man in his late 30s to his early or mid-40s, with a beard and messy hair. He has light blue eyes and is rather short in height. God considers this form “a gift”, and describes it as “super cute”. When Dean described God to Fortuna, she recognized him, suggesting that God has used this form for millennia.[10]

Confirmed Creations

  • Archangels
  • Mark of Cain
  • The Universe
  • Heaven
  • Leviathans
  • Purgatory
  • Angels
  • Earth
  • Hellhounds
  • Humans
  • Souls
  • The Word of God
  • Hell
  • Lucifer’s Cage
  • God’s Bar

God created the universe and nearly everything that resides in it. These include:

Realms

  • Unknown Worlds – God created other worlds before creating the universe.
  • Heaven – God’s divine domain, for noble and righteous souls, as well as angels.
  • The Universe – Some time after God imprisoned the Darkness, God created The Universe.
    • Earth – God’s very last masterpiece, according to Lucifer.
  • Alternate Universes – God has not created just one, but several universes, so many, that he has lost count.[11]
  • Purgatory – God’s prison for monsters, specifically the Leviathans.
  • Hell – God’s prison for evil souls, demons, Lucifer and other dangerous creatures.

Creatures/Beings

  • Archangels – The first and greatest of all celestial beings, their power and formation is from primordial creation.
  • Deities – The pagan gods of human mythology who God created to take the blame when things went wrong and because they made for epic stories.
  • Leviathans – The first and most rancorous beasts.
  • Angels – Collectively all celestials under this title that aren’t archangels. The soldiers of God.
  • Hellhounds – Intended to be “Creator’s best friend” but proved too vicious. God intended to exterminate them until Lucifer rescued one.
  • Humans – God’s most beloved creations.
  • Souls – When God created humans he gave them a spiritual essence or a soul, which are also powerful energies that makes humans unique.

Other

  • The Word of God – God ordered Metatron to write down the Angel, Leviathan, and Demon tablets as instructions for his creations.
  • Purgatory portal – A portal created by God to act as an escape hatch for any humans trapped in Purgatory.[13]
  • God’s Bar – The safest place in all of creation, and God’s hiding place from The Darkness.
  • Mark of Cain (debatable) – The lock and the key to The Darkness’ prison, which became the very first curse. However, the Darkness claims to be the “Original Mark”, indicating the Mark may wasn’t created by God, rather has always been a part of the Darkness which was transformed by God into a seal of sort to lock her away.
  • The Equalizer (destroyed) – A gun created by God to kill Jack Kline which has the same effect on the user as it does the being who is shot.[14] It’s revealed that the gun is powerful enough to cause serious harm to God himself with only a shoulder wound.[15] The Equalizer was later destroyed by Lilith at God’s request.[16]
  • Rupture to Hell (sealed) – A tear or rupture in the Earth leading into Hell intended to release all of the souls and demons of Hell upon the world. Created after the Winchesters refused to kill Jack[14] and located in Harlan, Kansas.[11] The rupture was described as not quite a portal, rather a tear in the fabric of the Universe, which connects earth and Hell, as if “God stamped his foot and Hell ripped open”. The rupture was sealed by Sam, Dean and witch Rowena MacLeod using the Sanetur Acre Vulnus spell.[17]

Appearances

Though not physically seen until Season 4 and not officially revealed until Season 11, God is one of the most recurring primordial entities in the series, next to Lucifer. Additionally, upon the appearances on angels in season 4, God has been mentioned many times.

Trivia

  • Chuck hints at being a “cruel, capricious god” in his first encounter with the Winchester Family but Sam tells him that he is not a god.
  • Of the five times Castiel has died, God himself has resurrected him three times, first from being killed by Raphael, then Lucifer, then the Leviathans. He confirms this in Don’t Call Me Shurley, saying that he’s “rebuilt Castiel more times than I can count”.
  • Three of the greatest antagonists in the show – Michael, Lucifer and Metatron – have all seen God face-to-face, and have all been previously loyal followers. As of yet, Michael is the only one who hasn’t met God as Chuck.
    • However, Michael now knows of God’s masquerade through Castiel showing him.
  • According to Sam in Phantom Traveler, God’s name in Latin is “Christo”. Speaking it to a possessed person make her flinch. In truth, God in Latin is not “Christo,” but “Deus.” “Christos” would be “Christ” in first century Greek, translated from the Hebrew “Moshiach” (English: Messiah) both meaning the “Anointed One.” It was modified and changed by the Romans into the Latin “Christus” meaning Christ, or sometimes mistakenly “Chrestus,” the “Marked Man”. “Christo” could arguably work to the same effect as was depicted, literally meaning “by/in Christ” in Latin.
  • In Road Trip, it is revealed that God left Heaven due to Gadreel failing in his task to protect the Garden of Eden from evil. Later in Don’t Call Me Shurley, God says he left because he was disappointed by all of his creations.
  • God regarding his creations as experiments is alluded to by Death in season 7. When speaking of the Leviathans, Death says God was worried they’d “chomp the entire petri dish” (a petri dish is a piece of equipment most often used in fungal and bacterial biological experiments). God himself seemingly confirms this during his conversation with Metatron in Don’t Call Me Shurley, but in All in the Family, he reveals that he sees humanity at least as his children.
  • It is implied by Joshua that God will return to Heaven eventually. However, no one knows when, if at all, he will do so.
  • Although God’s appearances since his introduction in season 4 have been scarce, he has been mentioned many times, by several characters, since the beginning of the series.
  • In Don’t Call Me Shurley, it is revealed the God was in fact disguised as Chuck, a Prophet of the Lord, so he could get a “front row seat”.
  • In Don’t Call Me Shurley, God tells Metatron he is working on a new series called “Revolution,” although he doesn’t think it will catch on.
    • This is a reference to the TV series of the same name created by Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural.
  • In Don’t Call Me Shurley, it was revealed that Chuck is bisexual.
  • God told Metatron that he has no soul but inventing/creating the souls made him feel nauseous.
  • God says that he considers music and nacho cheese to be mankind’s greatest creations.
  • God has a blog about cats.
  • In All in the Family, God often uses his powers with finger movements such as snapping or waving his fingers. Metatron also referred to this sarcastically when talking about how people envision God. However, he could also use his powers without any gestures or bodily movements, such as when he sent Metatron flying through the doors of his bar just by looking at him.
  • Like Death, God has a fondness for unhealthy food.
  • At PHXCON 2016, actor Rob Benedict confirmed that there was an early draft in Season 11 where God died. “There was an early script draft this season where God died. CW stepped in and said they couldn’t kill God.”
  • God’s relationship to Amara is similar to the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, or the belief of contradictory forces being complimentary and interdependent, balancing each other out (such as light and dark, life and death, or good and evil). Their similarities are furthered in Alpha and Omega, as God and the Darkness are shown circling each other in their respective white and black smoke forms, seemingly referencing the symbol for Yin and Yang.
  • The Shadow claimed The Empty existed before even The Darkness or God and that the latter has no power there. It is unknown at this time if The Cosmic Entity is also that old or what his relationship to God is. However the Entity made no mention of Amara aside from the Empty existing before her.
  • In The Born-Again Identity, Castiel names himself Emmanuel. The name Emmanuel is a Hebrew baby name, meaning “God with us”. It is also an Old Testament name for the Messiah.
  • So far only seven angels have met God in person: The Archangels, Gadreel, Metatron, and Castiel.
  • In Nihilism, Alternate Michael suggests that God treats the multiverse as a writer does his written works (since God was a writer in the main universe); when a universe doesn’t work out, he creates a new one, and repeats this process in hopes of creating a perfect universe.
    • In Moriah, God reveals of all the versions of Sam and Dean Winchesters the main universities version was his favorite.
    • During Our Father, Who Aren’t in Heaven, the main universe Michael believes the same thing, as he didn’t know there were other Archangels.
    • Furthermore, in The Trap he revealed that the other versions of Sam and Dean in his visions had suffered more terrible fates.
  • Jack is the first character God killed on-screen.[14]
  • In Raising Hell, it is revealed that God watches Game of Thrones.
  • In Raising Hell, it is revealed that he was weakened by The Equalizer and the wound causes him to share a link with Sam.

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