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|name = Deities
 
|name = Deities
|image = [[File:830px-Gods.png|250px]]
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|season = [[Season 1|1]], [[Season 3|3]], [[Season 5|5]]-[[Season 10|10]], [[Season 12|12]]-[[Season 14|14]]
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|season = [[Season 1|1]], [[Season 3|3]], [[Season 5|5]]-[[Season 10|10]], [[Season 12|12]]-[[Season 15|15]]
|occupation = Controlling their affiliated religions<br>Gaining sacrifices<br> Consuming their sacrificial victims and worshippers
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|category = Divine [[Creature]]s
|affiliation = Their own worshippers/religion<br>[[Heaven]] {{c|some of them}}
 
|category =Divine [[Creature]]s
 
 
|status = Extant
 
|status = Extant
 
|Title/Alias = Pagans<br>Pagan Gods<br>The Old Gods<br>Legion of Doom {{c|by [[Dean Winchester|Dean]]}}
 
|Title/Alias = Pagans<br>Pagan Gods<br>The Old Gods<br>Legion of Doom {{c|by [[Dean Winchester|Dean]]}}
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|occupation = Controlling their affiliated religions<br>Gaining sacrifices<br> Consuming their sacrificial victims and worshippers
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|affiliation = Their own worshippers/religion<br>[[Heaven]] {{c|some of them}}
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|family = [[God]] {{c|creator}}<br>[[Demigods]] {{c|children}}
 
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{{Quote|'''Sam:''' The thing is, with the old gods, once upon a time they were – they were just short of invincible. But they got a lot of their mojo from worshipers, from people feeding them.<br>'''Jody Mills:''' These days, not so much.<br>'''Sam:''' Right, they're not what they used to be. But they make up for lack of power with being twice as pissed and a lot more hands-on.|[[Sam Winchester|Sam]] and [[Jody Mills]]|''[[Time After Time]]''}}
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|[[God]] created the world, but you know who created us gods? You did. You humans. Sort of. When you apes first climbed down from the trees, you didn't pray to him. You prayed to the -- the sun, the womb, the rain and the stars. Well, at first, the Creator was furious. How dare you not recognize his beneficence? But soon enough, he birthed us -- [[Ra]], [[Anu]], [[Hera]], [[Mixcoatl]], all the rest. (...) To take the blame. Bad harvest? Stillborn child? Our bad. Not his. Plus, we made for epic stories. But, his ego could only handle that for so long. Now he's happy to hide behind whatever religion has the best syndication deal. While we survive on scraps in the wilderness.
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|[[Fortuna]] explains the origins of pagan gods.
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|''[[The Gamblers]]''}}
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'''Deities''' better known as '''pagan gods''', or more accurately, '''The Old Gods''' - are a race of immortal supernatural entities, with each being a prime authority in the religion or pantheon that they established or belonged to. Despite having a role in the human ancient religions and possessing free will, the plurality of them are cruel, petty, uncaring, and only concerned with themselves and their survival. Some of them are neutral or indifferent to humans, and a handful of them have even been shown to be acting in accordance to the well being of humanity (like [[Prometheus]]), but most who appeared so far were evil. Many of them were known to have a taste for [[human]] flesh and were confirmed to use humans as a food source, as well as accepting offerings like virgin sacrifices. 
   
'''Deities''' better known as '''pagan''' '''gods''', or more accurately, '''The Old Gods''' - are a race of immortal supernatural entities, with each being a prime authority in the religion or pantheon that they established or belonged to. Despite having a role in the human ancient religions and possessing free will, the plurality of them are cruel, petty, uncaring, and only concerned with themselves and their survival. Some of them are neutral or indifferent to humans, and a handful of them have even been shown to be acting in accordance to the well being of humanity (like [[Prometheus]]), but most who appeared so far were evil. Many of them were known to have a taste for [[Humans|human]] flesh and were confirmed to use humans as a food source, as well as accepting offerings like virgin sacrifices. 
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Pagan deities are also one of the less recurring supernatural creatures in ''[[Supernatural]]'' franchise.
   
Pagan deities are also one of the most recurring supernatural creatures in ''Supernatural''.
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It was revealed by [[Fortuna]] that for humans worshipping things such as the sun, womb, rain and stars infuriated God. Because of humans worshipping nature the deities were in fact creations of [[God]] himself. To take the blame for problems and tragedies on Earth and because they made for epic stories.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
At various points in time, or possibly simultaneously, the pagan gods started to appear, with their exact origins yet to be revealed. Over time, they formed their own collective pantheons and religions amongst the humans, which attracted many followers across the [[Earth]]. These deities were worshipped for centuries, and in some cases, millennia. Through the tributes they received, the deities became immensely powerful, as Sam once described them as being "just short of invincible" at their prime days.
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According to Fortuna, at some point after humanity beheld creation, they began to worship aspects of nature like the sun, the womb, the rain and the stars. This initially angered God as it prevented humans from seeing his supposed "beneficence". However, God later created the pagan deities to take blame for misfortunes of humanity, and to create stories surrounding them but grew tired of and abandoned them due to his ego. Many of the pagan gods eventually forgot the truth of their origins.
   
However, the majority of them lost at least a significant portion of their followers when the Abrahamic faiths arrived. Thus, the deities were left without worshippers, forcing them to rely on taking sacrifices by themselves, which significantly weakened many of them. Nowadays, most pagan deities are scattered across the world and surviving underground or in disguise, either by [[Pete Garfinkle|single worshippers]] and [[The Maw of Fenris|minor cults]] (like [[Moloch]], [[Vesta]] and [[Fenrir]]), or by simply murdering people to feed themselves and increase their powers ([[Veritas]], [[Calliope]] and [[Chronos]]).
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Over time, they formed their own collective pantheons and religions amongst the humans, which attracted many followers across the [[Earth]]. These deities were worshipped for centuries, and in some cases, millennia. Through the tributes they received, the deities became immensely powerful, as Sam once described them as being "just short of invincible" at their prime days.
   
It is yet to be stated how the pagan gods came into being, as the only sources on that matter seem to be each deity's own lore and mythology.
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However, the majority of them lost at least a significant portion of their followers when the Abrahamic faiths arrived. Thus, the deities were left without worshippers, forcing them to rely on taking sacrifices by themselves, which significantly weakened many of them. Nowadays, most pagan deities are scattered across the world and surviving underground or in disguise, either by [[Pete Garfinkle|single worshippers]] and [[The Maw of Fenris|minor cults]] (like [[Moloch]], [[Vesta]] and [[Fenrir]]), or by simply murdering people to feed themselves and increase their powers ([[Veritas]], [[Calliope]] and [[Chronos]])
   
The only known facts about their origins are that many are as old as the oldest civilizations of [[humans|mankind]], like [[Anansi]], [[Osiris]] and [[Cacao]], and there have been multiple generations of gods sired by other gods, like [[Artemis]] (fathered by [[Zeus]]), [[Loki]] (fathered by [[Odin]]), [[Fenrir]], [[Sleipnir]], and [[Narfi]] (fathered by [[Loki]]), [[Oliver]] (a very recent example, fathered by [[Prometheus]] with [[Hayley|a mortal woman]]) and [[Anubis]] (fathered by Osiris). According to [[Kali]], there are "''billions''" of pagan deities.
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Many are as old as the oldest civilizations of [[humans|mankind]], like [[Anansi]], [[Osiris]] and [[Cacao]], and there have been multiple generations of gods sired by other gods, like [[Artemis]] (fathered by [[Zeus]]), [[Loki]] (fathered by [[Odin]]), [[Fenrir]], [[Sleipnir]], and [[Narfi]] (fathered by [[Loki]]), [[Oliver]] (a very recent example, fathered by [[Prometheus]] with [[Hayley|a mortal woman]]) and [[Anubis]] (fathered by Osiris). According to [[Kali]], there are "''billions''" of pagan deities.
   
Outside these facts, it is unknown even if deities have a [[soul]], as, like their origins, it is also never stated to where do deities go after they die, as they are neither monsters (who go to [[Purgatory]]) nor angels or demons (who go to [[the Empty]] after their deaths).
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It is unknown if Deities have a [[soul]], it is also never stated to where do deities go after they die, as they are neither monsters (who go to [[Purgatory]]) nor angels or demons (who go to [[the Empty]] after their deaths).
   
Despite numerous deities appearing in ''Supernatural'', the most predominant deity in the show is the one that serves as the center icon of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), who is referred to simply as [[God]], whose nigh-infinite power is independent of his worshipers, a trait that his sister, [[the Darkness]], and his children, the [[Archangels]], also hold.
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Despite numerous deities appearing in ''Supernatural'', the most predominant deity in the show is the one that serves as the center icon of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam<ref name=":0">''[[Stranger in a Strange Land]]''</ref>), who is referred to simply as [[God]], whose nigh-infinite power is independent of his worshipers, a trait that his sister, [[the Darkness]], and his children, the [[Archangels]], also hold.
   
 
==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
{{Quote|Westerners, I swear. The sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on Earth? You pillage and you butcher in your god's name... but you're not the only religion, and [[God|he]]'s not the only god. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong. There are '''billions''' of us, and we were here first. If anyone deserves to end this world, it's '''me.'''|[[Kali]] to Gabriel upon learning of his identity as an Archangel}}Pagan deities often masquerade as normal [[humans]]. However, many of them have true forms that are more monstrous than human, similar to [[angels]] and [[demons]]. [[Madge Carrigan|Madge]] and [[Edward Carrigan]]'s true faces were akin to decomposing or demonic faces. [[Kali]]'s true form had blue skin, fangs, and multiple pairs of arms and hands. Some deities possess animalistic features. [[Veritas]] had a feline true form. [[Ganesh]] had the ability to turn completely into an elephant and had the head of an elephant in his true form. Still, other deities take on shapes other than beastly or humanoid forms, and others may don't even bother or need to hide their true appearance. The [[Vanir]] that [[Sam Winchester|Sam]] and [[Dean Winchester|Dean]] encountered was possessing an inanimate object in the form of a scarecrow, and was residing in or may have been his actual sacred tree, and [[Moloch]] kept his monstrous, goat-headed real form as he was already being hidden by the [[Bishop Family]].
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{{Quote|Westerners, I swear. The sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on Earth? You pillage and you butcher in your god's name... but you're not the only religion, and [[God|he]]'s not the only god. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong. There are '''billions''' of us, and we were here first. If anyone deserves to end this world, it's '''me'''.|[[Kali]] to Gabriel upon learning of his identity as an Archangel}}Pagan deities often masquerade as normal [[humans]]. However, many of them have true forms that are more monstrous than human, similar to [[angels]] and [[demons]]. [[Madge Carrigan|Madge]] and [[Edward Carrigan]]'s true faces were akin to decomposing or demonic faces. [[Kali]]'s true form had blue skin, fangs, and multiple pairs of arms and hands. Some deities possess animalistic features. [[Veritas]] had a feline true form. [[Ganesh]] had the ability to turn completely into an elephant and had the head of an elephant in his true form. Still, other deities take on shapes other than beastly or humanoid forms, and others may don't even bother or need to hide their true appearance. The [[Vanir]] that [[Sam Winchester|Sam]] and [[Dean Winchester|Dean]] encountered was possessing an inanimate object in the form of a scarecrow, and was residing in or may have been his actual sacred tree, and [[Moloch]] kept his monstrous, goat-headed real form as he was already being hidden by the [[Bishop Family]].
   
 
As pagan deities, they are mighty beings with many [[Magic|magical powers]], but there are numerous differences between them, which go from their age to their abilities. They may also hold differing stances on certain events, and they may be sectarian and be against other beliefs and religions, including rebelling against their own pantheon's beliefs like [[Prometheus]], who defied [[Zeus]] and became ''persona non grata'' among the Greek gods. Many of them are arrogant and tyrannical, and see themselves as all-powerful supreme beings.
 
As pagan deities, they are mighty beings with many [[Magic|magical powers]], but there are numerous differences between them, which go from their age to their abilities. They may also hold differing stances on certain events, and they may be sectarian and be against other beliefs and religions, including rebelling against their own pantheon's beliefs like [[Prometheus]], who defied [[Zeus]] and became ''persona non grata'' among the Greek gods. Many of them are arrogant and tyrannical, and see themselves as all-powerful supreme beings.
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Another important thing for deities is to carry out rituals and ceremonies, and many of them continue to follow pre-set ones, regardless of the number of worshipers they have left. [[Edward Carrigan|Edward]] and [[Madge Carrigan]] followed a [[Hold Nickar Sacrifice Rite|strict sacrificial ritual]] before killing their victims, and [[Cacao]] only granted his [[immortality]] [[Magic|power]] to those who performed [[Cacao Immortality Ritual|his ancient Mayan ritual]] first.
 
Another important thing for deities is to carry out rituals and ceremonies, and many of them continue to follow pre-set ones, regardless of the number of worshipers they have left. [[Edward Carrigan|Edward]] and [[Madge Carrigan]] followed a [[Hold Nickar Sacrifice Rite|strict sacrificial ritual]] before killing their victims, and [[Cacao]] only granted his [[immortality]] [[Magic|power]] to those who performed [[Cacao Immortality Ritual|his ancient Mayan ritual]] first.
   
While talking about the Norse pantheon, [[Gabriel]] stated that they were unique and called them "god-begotten monsters" and "demigods" though he ditched the latter title when explaining what he meant to the Winchesters.
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While talking about the Norse pantheon, [[Gabriel]] stated that they were unique and called them "god-begotten monsters" and "demigods", indicating that this pantheon, specifically, performed an extensive deity-monster interbreeding (which actually make sense, since in the Norse mythology there is an extremely thin and vague line between gods, giants and other monsters), though he ditched the latter title when explaining what he meant to the Winchesters.
   
 
Oddly enough, not all deities live as pagans forever, and some end up serving [[God]]'s plans to [[Humans|mankind]]. [[Atropos]] said that she and her sisters, the Fates, were given their jobs by God, and [[Oblivion]] was tasked by [[Heaven]] to erase memories of specific humans who have seen anything related to the supernatural and the [[Apocalypse]]. [[Anubis]] is another deity that works with Heaven, serving as a judge by measuring the souls of the dead on which goes to Heaven or Hell, covering for God who used to be the original judge of souls before he left Heaven.
 
Oddly enough, not all deities live as pagans forever, and some end up serving [[God]]'s plans to [[Humans|mankind]]. [[Atropos]] said that she and her sisters, the Fates, were given their jobs by God, and [[Oblivion]] was tasked by [[Heaven]] to erase memories of specific humans who have seen anything related to the supernatural and the [[Apocalypse]]. [[Anubis]] is another deity that works with Heaven, serving as a judge by measuring the souls of the dead on which goes to Heaven or Hell, covering for God who used to be the original judge of souls before he left Heaven.
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*'''Aztec'''
 
*'''Aztec'''
 
**[[Huehuecoyotl]] ([[Trickster]]) - Coyote-god {{c|tie-in books only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Huehuecoyotl]] ([[Trickster]]) - Coyote-god {{c|tie-in books only, status unknown}}.
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**[[Mixcoatl]] - God of war and the hunt {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
*'''Babylonian'''
 
*'''Babylonian'''
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**[[Anu]] - Supreme god of the sky {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Tiamat]] - Serpent-goddess of chaos {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Tiamat]] - Serpent-goddess of chaos {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
*'''Canaanite'''
 
*'''Canaanite'''
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**[[Isis]] - Goddess of magic {{c|deceased}}
 
**[[Isis]] - Goddess of magic {{c|deceased}}
 
**[[Osiris]] - God of the dead and judgment {{c|incapacitated}}.
 
**[[Osiris]] - God of the dead and judgment {{c|incapacitated}}.
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**[[Ra]] - Sun God {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
*'''[[Greek Pantheon|Greek]]'''
 
*'''[[Greek Pantheon|Greek]]'''
 
**[[Ares]] - God of war {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Ares]] - God of war {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
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**[[Harmonia]] - Goddess of harmony and concord. {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Harmonia]] - Goddess of harmony and concord. {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Hesperus]] - Personification of the Evening Star {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Hesperus]] - Personification of the Evening Star {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
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**[[Hera]] - Goddess of women, marriage, family, and childbirth {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
**[[Fates|Lachesis]] - One of the three Fates {{c|mentioned only}}.
 
**[[Fates|Lachesis]] - One of the three Fates {{c|mentioned only}}.
 
**[[Oblivion]] - Goddess of memory {{c|tie-in books only, deceased}}.
 
**[[Oblivion]] - Goddess of memory {{c|tie-in books only, deceased}}.
 
**[[Oliver]] ([[Demigods|Demigod]]) - Son of [[Prometheus]] with a [[Hayley|mortal woman]].
 
**[[Oliver]] ([[Demigods|Demigod]]) - Son of [[Prometheus]] with a [[Hayley|mortal woman]].
 
**[[Paeon]] - God of healing, newly-created deity {{c|tie-in books only, deceased}}.
 
**[[Paeon]] - God of healing, newly-created deity {{c|tie-in books only, deceased}}.
**Pan - Satyr-god of frenzy and wildlife {{c|mentioned only, unknown}}.
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**[[Pan]] - Satyr-god of frenzy and wildlife {{c|mentioned only, unknown}}.
 
**[[Plutus]] - God of greed {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Plutus]] - God of greed {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Prometheus]] (Titan) {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Prometheus]] (Titan) {{c|deceased}}.
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**[[Ganesh]] - God of new beginnings and wisdom {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Ganesh]] - God of new beginnings and wisdom {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Kali]] - Goddess of time, creation, destruction and power.
 
**[[Kali]] - Goddess of time, creation, destruction and power.
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**Cú Chulainn ([[Demigods|Demigod]]) - Irish hero {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
 
*'''Japanese'''
 
*'''Japanese'''
**[[Binbōgami]] - God of poverty and misery {{c|tie-in [[Supernatural The Animation|anime]] only}}.
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**[[Binbōgami]] - God of poverty and misery {{c|tie-in [[Supernatural: The Animation|anime]] only}}.
 
*'''Mayan'''
 
*'''Mayan'''
 
**[[Cacao]] - God of maize {{c|mentioned only}}.
 
**[[Cacao]] - God of maize {{c|mentioned only}}.
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**[[Vanir]]s - Gods of fertility {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Vanir]]s - Gods of fertility {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Mr. Vili|Vili]] - God of will {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Mr. Vili|Vili]] - God of will {{c|deceased}}.
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*'''[[Roman Pantheon|Roman]]'''
**Janus - God of beginnings {{c|tie-in books only}}.
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**[[Fortuna]] - Goddess of luck.
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**[[Hercules]] ([[Demigods|Demigod]]) - Roman hero {{c|mentioned only, status unknown}}.
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**[[Janus]] - God of beginnings {{c|tie-in books only}}.
 
**[[Mercury]] - God of thieves and commerce {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Mercury]] - God of thieves and commerce {{c|deceased}}.
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**[[Pax]] ([[Demigods|Demigod]]) - Son of [[Fortuna]] with a [[human|mortal]] man.
 
**[[Veritas]] - Goddess of truth {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Veritas]] - Goddess of truth {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Vesta]] - Goddess of the hearth {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Vesta]] - Goddess of the hearth {{c|deceased}}.
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**[[Edward Carrigan]] (Hold Nickar) - God of the winter solstice {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Edward Carrigan]] (Hold Nickar) - God of the winter solstice {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Madge Carrigan]] (Hold Nickar) - Goddess of the winter solstice {{c|deceased}}.
 
**[[Madge Carrigan]] (Hold Nickar) - Goddess of the winter solstice {{c|deceased}}.
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<gallery type="slideshow">
 
<gallery type="slideshow">
 
Unnamed God #1.jpg|First unnamed god seen next to [[Odin]].
 
Unnamed God #1.jpg|First unnamed god seen next to [[Odin]].
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**[[Yokoth]] - Sovereign goddess of her universe.
 
**[[Yokoth]] - Sovereign goddess of her universe.
   
==Beings considered deities==
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==Beings Considered Deities==
 
Aside from the commonly known pagan deities, there are beings that have or have had statuses, abilities and/or titles similar to those of deities:
 
Aside from the commonly known pagan deities, there are beings that have or have had statuses, abilities and/or titles similar to those of deities:
*[[God]] -  He is worshiped by the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and other monotheistic faiths, but is not a deity in the sense used for the pagan gods.
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*[[God]] - Creator of the lesser deities, also known as Allah he is worshiped by the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam<ref name=":0" />) and other monotheistic faiths, but is not a deity in the sense used for the pagan gods.
 
*[[Eve]] - The Mother of All [[Monsters]].
 
*[[Eve]] - The Mother of All [[Monsters]].
 
*[[Lucifer]] - As the creator of all [[demons]], he was regarded as a god by some of them as well by satanists, when [[Hell's Angel|arrived in]] [[Heaven]] after escape from [[Lucifer's Cage|his cage]], said that the other [[angels]] could call him [[God (Title)|God]].
 
*[[Lucifer]] - As the creator of all [[demons]], he was regarded as a god by some of them as well by satanists, when [[Hell's Angel|arrived in]] [[Heaven]] after escape from [[Lucifer's Cage|his cage]], said that the other [[angels]] could call him [[God (Title)|God]].
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*[[Samhain]] - A powerful demon, who was mistaken for a god by the ancient Celts.
 
*[[Samhain]] - A powerful demon, who was mistaken for a god by the ancient Celts.
 
*[[The Darkness]] - [[God]]'s sister and was called a goddess by the soulless [[Sydney]].
 
*[[The Darkness]] - [[God]]'s sister and was called a goddess by the soulless [[Sydney]].
*[[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Alternate Michael]] - The oldest of the [[archangels]], it is stated by [[Kevin Tran (Apocalypse World)|Kevin Tran]] that God in the [[Apocalypse World]] has left and he is the ranking deity.<ref>''[[War of the Worlds]]''</ref>
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*[[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Apocalypse World Michael]] - The oldest of the [[archangels]], it is stated by [[Kevin Tran (Apocalypse World)|Kevin Tran]] that God in the [[Apocalypse World]] has left and he is the ranking deity.<ref>''[[War of the Worlds]]''</ref>
   
 
==Powers and Abilities==
 
==Powers and Abilities==
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*'''[[Immortality]]''' - As pagan deities, they can live forever as they are immune to aging and disease. Many have been around for centuries or even millennia.
 
*'''[[Immortality]]''' - As pagan deities, they can live forever as they are immune to aging and disease. Many have been around for centuries or even millennia.
 
*'''[[Invulnerability]]''' - They are unharmed by conventional weaponry, and are immune to pain, common physical ailments, and disease. They can, however, be harmed and killed by stronger beings, including other stronger deities. Divine weaponry, i.e. weapons belonging to (and presumably made by) other pagan deities (like [[Mjölnir|Thor's hammer]] and [[Artemis' Blade|Artemis' blade]]) also seem to be effective against them to some extent. According to Sam, while they were still being worshiped, they were almost invincible. Despite having lost most of their worshippers, however, they are still almost indestructible.
 
*'''[[Invulnerability]]''' - They are unharmed by conventional weaponry, and are immune to pain, common physical ailments, and disease. They can, however, be harmed and killed by stronger beings, including other stronger deities. Divine weaponry, i.e. weapons belonging to (and presumably made by) other pagan deities (like [[Mjölnir|Thor's hammer]] and [[Artemis' Blade|Artemis' blade]]) also seem to be effective against them to some extent. According to Sam, while they were still being worshiped, they were almost invincible. Despite having lost most of their worshippers, however, they are still almost indestructible.
*'''[[Super strength]]''' - They are exceedingly strong, with even the weakest deities being able to casually overpower, maul, and lift full-grown humans.
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*'''[[Super strength]]''' - They are exceedingly strong, with the weakest deities being able to fight toe to toe with strong men like Sam and Dean, while the strongest can easily lift [[Vesta|cars]] and casually overpower, maul, throw and lift full-grown humans with one arm. Some can even overpower a [[Castiel|Seraphim]] with ease.
 
*'''[[Super stamina]]''' - Deities never tire regardless of what they go through.
 
*'''[[Super stamina]]''' - Deities never tire regardless of what they go through.
 
*'''[[Magic]]''' - Deities possess incredible magical powers and knowledge, with some being truly god-like. A deity's powers depend on the type of deity it is.
 
*'''[[Magic]]''' - Deities possess incredible magical powers and knowledge, with some being truly god-like. A deity's powers depend on the type of deity it is.
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*'''Sacrifice Empowerment''' - Pagan gods gain temporary power boost from sacrifices they recently received, more sacrifice means more power. Also some gods like Vesta, the Vanir, Chronos or Moloch need specific sacrifices to unlock some of their powers.
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*'''Omnilingualism''' - The ability to understand any language without training in it. A group of english speakers deities reunited at [[Elysian Fields Hotel]] could understand which [[Zao Shen]] speaking in Cantonese.
   
 
===Similar Powers===
 
===Similar Powers===
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*'''[[Soul Control]]''' - [[Plutus]] would be able to remove [[Linda Tran|Mrs. Tran]]'s [[soul]] from her body after she closed a deal on him.
 
*'''[[Soul Control]]''' - [[Plutus]] would be able to remove [[Linda Tran|Mrs. Tran]]'s [[soul]] from her body after she closed a deal on him.
 
*'''[[Astral Projection]]''' - The Gods [[Fenrir]], [[Narfi]] and [[Sleipnir]] each displayed an astral form of they're true faces over human form's faces. Fenrir showing a wolf face, Narfi showing a skull head, and Sleipnir showing a horses head when they became angered.
 
*'''[[Astral Projection]]''' - The Gods [[Fenrir]], [[Narfi]] and [[Sleipnir]] each displayed an astral form of they're true faces over human form's faces. Fenrir showing a wolf face, Narfi showing a skull head, and Sleipnir showing a horses head when they became angered.
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*'''[[Clairsentience]]''' - Vesta could sense when a virgin or born-again virgin broke their vows to her. 
   
=== Former Powers ===
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===Former Powers===
* '''[[Omnipotence|Mid-Tier Nigh-Omnipotence]]''' -  While they were still worshipped, deities possessed a tremendous amount of near-unlimited powers and were next to invincible. However, as the pagans have lost most of their followers the deities' overall power is tremendously reduced.
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*'''[[Omnipotence|Lower Tier Nigh-Omnipotence]]''' -  While they were still worshipped, deities possessed a tremendous amount of near-unlimited powers and were next to invincible. However, as the pagans have lost most of their followers the deities' overall power is tremendously reduced.
 
== Skills ==
 
* '''Omnilingualism - '''The ability to understand any language without training in it. A group of english speakers deities reunited at [[Elysian Fields Hotel]] could understand which [[Zao Shen]] speaking in Cantonese.
 
   
 
==Weaknesses==
 
==Weaknesses==
 
Though they are powerful beings, deities can be killed by a variety of methods:
 
Though they are powerful beings, deities can be killed by a variety of methods:
 
*'''Specific Rituals''' - [[Leshi]], [[Veritas]], and the [[Vanir]] could be killed by a specific ritual assigned to them. [[Osiris]] could be incapacitated (but not killed) by a [[Shofar|Ram's Horn]].
 
*'''Specific Rituals''' - [[Leshi]], [[Veritas]], and the [[Vanir]] could be killed by a specific ritual assigned to them. [[Osiris]] could be incapacitated (but not killed) by a [[Shofar|Ram's Horn]].
**'''Burning Anubis' body''' {{c|non-canon}} - In the non-canon novel ''[[Supernatural: Children of Anubis]]'', [[Anubis (Children of Anubis)|Anubis]] could be killed by burning his body.
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**'''[[Fire]]''' {{c|non-canon}} - In the non-canon novel ''[[Supernatural: Children of Anubis]]'', [[Anubis (Children of Anubis)|Anubis]] could be killed by burning his body.
 
**'''Wooden [[Stake]]s''' - Many deities are also vulnerable to certain types wooden stakes, which must usually be dipped in certain kinds of [[blood]] ([[Tricksters]], [[Chronos]], [[Zao Shen]], [[Veritas]], [[Plutus]], [[Vesta]], [[Calliope]]). The stakes were often made from trees that are common to the homeland or nation of the deity. [[Zeus]] was vulnerable to a wooden stake made of a tree struck by lightning.
 
**'''Wooden [[Stake]]s''' - Many deities are also vulnerable to certain types wooden stakes, which must usually be dipped in certain kinds of [[blood]] ([[Tricksters]], [[Chronos]], [[Zao Shen]], [[Veritas]], [[Plutus]], [[Vesta]], [[Calliope]]). The stakes were often made from trees that are common to the homeland or nation of the deity. [[Zeus]] was vulnerable to a wooden stake made of a tree struck by lightning.
 
**'''[[Gabriel's swords]]''' - Four wooden swords created by the [[archangel]] [[Gabriel]] to kill [[Fenrir]], [[Narfi]], [[Sleipnir]] and [[Loki]]. They appear to be a sword version of the stakes generally used by [[hunter]]s to kill deities with each sword created to kill a specific deity.
 
**'''[[Gabriel's swords]]''' - Four wooden swords created by the [[archangel]] [[Gabriel]] to kill [[Fenrir]], [[Narfi]], [[Sleipnir]] and [[Loki]]. They appear to be a sword version of the stakes generally used by [[hunter]]s to kill deities with each sword created to kill a specific deity.
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**'''[[Fate-Killing Blade]]''' - One of the [[Heaven's Weapons]], [[Balthazar]] tried to kill one of the fates, [[Atropos]] with it.
 
**'''[[Fate-Killing Blade]]''' - One of the [[Heaven's Weapons]], [[Balthazar]] tried to kill one of the fates, [[Atropos]] with it.
 
**'''[[Artemis' Blade]]''' - [[Artemis]] was tasked with killing the Titan, [[Prometheus]]. She tried to kill him with this blade but it was knocked out of her hand, thanks to Prometheus' combat skills. Prometheus got hold of it and threatened Artemis with it.
 
**'''[[Artemis' Blade]]''' - [[Artemis]] was tasked with killing the Titan, [[Prometheus]]. She tried to kill him with this blade but it was knocked out of her hand, thanks to Prometheus' combat skills. Prometheus got hold of it and threatened Artemis with it.
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**'''[[Angel Blades]]''' - [[Fortuna]] stated that her [[demigods|demigod]] son [[Pax]] probably could be killed with an angel blade since he had a human father.
 
**'''Non-Canon''' - Divine weapons from official, but non-canonical sources of the ''[[Supernatural]]'' franchise.
 
**'''Non-Canon''' - Divine weapons from official, but non-canonical sources of the ''[[Supernatural]]'' franchise.
 
***'''[[Paeon's caduceus|Paeon's Caduceus]]''' - Can harm and kill gods like [[Paeon]] himself.
 
***'''[[Paeon's caduceus|Paeon's Caduceus]]''' - Can harm and kill gods like [[Paeon]] himself.
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*'''[[The Colt]]''' - As seen with [[Moloch]], the Colt can kill deities.
 
*'''[[The Colt]]''' - As seen with [[Moloch]], the Colt can kill deities.
 
*'''Higher Deities''' - Chief Gods like [[Odin]] and [[Zeus]] could easily overpower their children and specific types of deities like [[Tricksters]] and Titans, [[Kali]] almost killed [[Mercury]] suffocated with her [[biokinesis]].
 
*'''Higher Deities''' - Chief Gods like [[Odin]] and [[Zeus]] could easily overpower their children and specific types of deities like [[Tricksters]] and Titans, [[Kali]] almost killed [[Mercury]] suffocated with her [[biokinesis]].
*'''[[Archangels]]''' - [[Lucifer]], an [[Archangel]], was able to easily overpower and slaughter many high-level deities, as well as [[Power Negation|nullifying]] their powers. [[Gabriel]] claimed that at full power, was easily capable of killing [[Loki]] and his sons. Even while weakened, Gabriel still proved able to (eventually) overpower them.
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*'''[[Archangels]]''' - [[Lucifer]], an [[Archangel]], was able to easily overpower and slaughter many high-level deities, as well as [[Power Negation|nullifying]] their powers. [[Gabriel]] claimed that at full power, he was easily capable of killing [[Loki]] and his sons. Even while weakened, Gabriel still proved capable of overpowering Loki's children but was unable to defeat Loki himself.
 
*'''Lack of Tributes''' - Pagans get a lot of their [[:Category:Power|power]] from tributes and sacrifices, so a lack of it can reduce the deities' overall power.
 
*'''Lack of Tributes''' - Pagans get a lot of their [[:Category:Power|power]] from tributes and sacrifices, so a lack of it can reduce the deities' overall power.
   
 
==Types of Deities==
 
==Types of Deities==
 
As well as standard deities, there are also subspecies of deities, who fall into these categories:
 
As well as standard deities, there are also subspecies of deities, who fall into these categories:
*'''[[Tricksters]]''' - A special type of demi-deity and supposedly quite powerful, these beings are common in many cultures and thrive on creating mischief and mayhem. They have the power to make objects materialize out of thin air and can remove them just as quickly. To kill a Trickster, one must obtain a stake dipped in the blood of its victim and plunge it into the creature's heart. Famous Tricksters include [[Loki]] of the Scandinavian pantheon and Anansi of West African myths.
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*'''[[Tricksters]]''' - A special type of deity and supposedly quite powerful, these beings are common in many cultures and thrive on creating mischief and mayhem. They have the power to make objects materialize out of thin air and can remove them just as quickly. To kill a Trickster, one must obtain a stake dipped in the blood of its victim and plunge it into the creature's heart. Famous Tricksters include [[Loki]] of the Scandinavian pantheon and Anansi of West African myths.
*'''[[Vanir]]s''' - the Vanir are Norse deities of fertility and prosperity; they offer these boons to lands or people in exchange for sacrifices.
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*'''[[Vanir]]''' - The Vanir are Norse deities of fertility and prosperity; they offer these boons to lands or people in exchange for sacrifices.
 
*'''Hold Nickar''' - Pagan deities of the winter, who grant mild weather in exchange for sacrifices. [[Madge Carrigan|Madge]] and [[Edward Carrigan]] were both of this particular type of deity.
 
*'''Hold Nickar''' - Pagan deities of the winter, who grant mild weather in exchange for sacrifices. [[Madge Carrigan|Madge]] and [[Edward Carrigan]] were both of this particular type of deity.
 
*'''Chief Gods''' - Chief gods are the deities that are (or at least were) the leaders and rulers of their own pantheon. Due to this, they are (at least among) the most powerful of all deities, often possessing rare and incredible powers. Odin from the Norse gods, Cacao of the Mayan and Zeus from the Greek have all appeared on the show. 
 
*'''Chief Gods''' - Chief gods are the deities that are (or at least were) the leaders and rulers of their own pantheon. Due to this, they are (at least among) the most powerful of all deities, often possessing rare and incredible powers. Odin from the Norse gods, Cacao of the Mayan and Zeus from the Greek have all appeared on the show. 
 
*'''Titans''' - Described as "''proto-gods''" or "''gods before the gods''"; known in mythology for their raw power and immense strength.
 
*'''Titans''' - Described as "''proto-gods''" or "''gods before the gods''"; known in mythology for their raw power and immense strength.
*'''[[Demigods]]''' - Despite not being deities properly speaking, the original [[Amazons]], as well as [[Oliver]], are both born from deities and are, in this sense, demi-gods and demi-goddesses. The Amazons were conceived by Ares and Harmonia (both deities), and were human at their creation who became monsters when they made a deal with Harmonia to become stronger and survive extinction. Oliver, on the other hand, who is the son of a Titan with a mortal woman, was human as well as he had shown no sign of god-hood (except for the daily resurrection as a result of a curse he was suffering). Not all deities' children are human, as [[Artemis]] is clearly stated as a goddess and daughter of [[Zeus]], and the children of [[Loki]] ([[Sleipnir]], [[Narfi]], and [[Fenrir]]), despite Gabriel's ambiguous descriptions about what they are, surely were also far from being human.
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*'''[[Demigods]]''' - Despite not being deities properly speaking, the original [[Amazons]], as well as [[Oliver]], are both born from deities and are, in this sense, demigods and demigoddesses. The Amazons were conceived by Ares and Harmonia (both deities), and were human at their creation who became monsters when they made a deal with Harmonia to become stronger and survive extinction. Oliver, on the other hand, who is the son of a Titan with a mortal woman, was human as well as he had shown no sign of godhood except for the daily resurrection as a result of a curse he was suffering though as he was a young child, it is unclear if he would develop powers of his own as he grew older. Not all deities' children are human, as [[Artemis]] is clearly stated as a goddess and daughter of [[Zeus]], and the children of [[Loki]] ([[Sleipnir]], [[Narfi]], and [[Fenrir]]), despite Gabriel's ambiguous descriptions about what they are, surely were also far from being human. On the other hand, [[Pax]], a demigod born to [[Fortuna]] and a human, showed no special powers of his own and Fortuna indicated he could be easily killed. In addition, [[Noah Ophis]] revealed that his species, [[gorgon]]s, were demigods rather than monsters, confirming that not all demigods are human and that they can in fact be a species rather than an individual.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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**''[[I Believe the Children Are Our Future]]'' {{c|mentioned only}}
 
**''[[I Believe the Children Are Our Future]]'' {{c|mentioned only}}
 
**''[[Changing Channels]]'' {{c|[[Tricksters]], mentioned only}}
 
**''[[Changing Channels]]'' {{c|[[Tricksters]], mentioned only}}
**''[[Hammer of the Gods ]]'' {{c|[[Kali]], [[Odin]], [[Baldur]], [[Baron Samedi]], [[Mercury]], [[Ganesh]], [[Zao Shen]] [[Isis]], and two other unnamed gods; [[Loki]] and Jörmungandr, mentioned only}}
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**''[[Hammer of the Gods]]'' {{c|[[Kali]], [[Odin]], [[Baldur]], [[Baron Samedi]], [[Mercury]], [[Ganesh]], [[Zao Shen]] [[Isis]], and two other unnamed gods; [[Loki]] and Jörmungandr, mentioned only}}
 
*[[Season 6]]
 
*[[Season 6]]
 
**''[[You Can't Handle The Truth]]'' {{c|[[Veritas]]}}
 
**''[[You Can't Handle The Truth]]'' {{c|[[Veritas]]}}
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**''[[What's Up, Tiger Mommy?]]'' {{c|[[Plutus]], [[Beau (Deity)|Beau]] and [[Mr. Vili|Vili]]}}
 
**''[[What's Up, Tiger Mommy?]]'' {{c|[[Plutus]], [[Beau (Deity)|Beau]] and [[Mr. Vili|Vili]]}}
 
**''[[Heartache]]'' {{c|[[Cacao]], mentioned only}}
 
**''[[Heartache]]'' {{c|[[Cacao]], mentioned only}}
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**''[[Trial and Error]]'' {{c|[[Hercules]], mentioned only}}
 
**''[[Remember the Titans]]'' {{c|[[Prometheus]], [[Artemis]] and [[Zeus]]}}
 
**''[[Remember the Titans]]'' {{c|[[Prometheus]], [[Artemis]] and [[Zeus]]}}
 
*[[Season 9]]
 
*[[Season 9]]
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*[[Season 14]]
 
*[[Season 14]]
 
**[[Byzantium]] {{c|[[Anubis]]; [[Osiris]], mentioned only}}
 
**[[Byzantium]] {{c|[[Anubis]]; [[Osiris]], mentioned only}}
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*[[Season 15]]
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**''[[The Heroes' Journey]]'' {{c|mentioned only}}
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**''[[The Gamblers]]'' {{c|[[Fortuna]] and [[Pax]]; [[Ra]], [[Anu]], [[Hera]], [[Mixcoatl]], [[Hercules]] and Cú Chulainn mentioned only}}
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===Non-Canon===
 
===Non-Canon===
 
*''[[Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting]]'' {{c|[[Anansi]] and [[Oblivion]]}}
 
*''[[Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting]]'' {{c|[[Anansi]] and [[Oblivion]]}}
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*As confirmed in the last ''Salute to Supernatural for Season 6'', deities are one of few supernatural species that do not go to [[Purgatory]] if they are killed. It would mean that they are not monsters or related to [[Eve]], which make their origin even more mysterious.
 
*As confirmed in the last ''Salute to Supernatural for Season 6'', deities are one of few supernatural species that do not go to [[Purgatory]] if they are killed. It would mean that they are not monsters or related to [[Eve]], which make their origin even more mysterious.
 
**[[Chronos]] and [[Gorgon]] [[Noah Ophis]] refused to be called "[[monster]]s", which sustains this information.<sup><ref>''[[Time After Time]]''</ref><ref>''[[Ouroboros]]''</ref></sup>
 
**[[Chronos]] and [[Gorgon]] [[Noah Ophis]] refused to be called "[[monster]]s", which sustains this information.<sup><ref>''[[Time After Time]]''</ref><ref>''[[Ouroboros]]''</ref></sup>
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**In ''[[A Very Supernatural Christmas]]'', [[Madge Carrigan]] implies that deities are not monsters.<sup><ref>"All of a sudden, (...) we're being hunted down ''like'' common monsters." - ''[[A Very Supernatural Christmas]]''</ref></sup>
 
**It is also unknown where they are sent after death.
 
**It is also unknown where they are sent after death.
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**In ''[[The Gamblers]]'' is finally revealed by [[Fortuna]] that the deities were created by [[God]], after the [[humans]] had evolved and started to pray to the "sun, the womb, the rain, and the stars".<sup><ref>''[[The Gamblers]]''
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*In ''Supernatural'', it has been confirmed that the deities' powers do not come from worship. What separates the strength of individual deities is unknown. However, Sam states that deities at least gain more power when given tributes, sacrifices, or offerings. Chronos also stated that he required three sacrifices in order to control when and where he lands in time. It is shown that he can take sacrifices from any human, not just ones who willingly worshiped him, in order to focus his time travel abilities.
 
*In ''Supernatural'', it has been confirmed that the deities' powers do not come from worship. What separates the strength of individual deities is unknown. However, Sam states that deities at least gain more power when given tributes, sacrifices, or offerings. Chronos also stated that he required three sacrifices in order to control when and where he lands in time. It is shown that he can take sacrifices from any human, not just ones who willingly worshiped him, in order to focus his time travel abilities.
 
*In the novel ''[[Supernatural: Coyote's Kiss]]'', Castiel says that the angels made a deal with the pagan deities in which the angels promised to stay out of the deities' business as long as they did not intervene in the Apocalypse. This is directly contradicted in the [[Season 5]] episode ''[[Hammer of the Gods]]''. However, these may be a faction of Pagan Gods who disagreed with the deal or decided to break it.
 
*In the novel ''[[Supernatural: Coyote's Kiss]]'', Castiel says that the angels made a deal with the pagan deities in which the angels promised to stay out of the deities' business as long as they did not intervene in the Apocalypse. This is directly contradicted in the [[Season 5]] episode ''[[Hammer of the Gods]]''. However, these may be a faction of Pagan Gods who disagreed with the deal or decided to break it.
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*The Vanir was the first deity to appear in the show.
 
*The Vanir was the first deity to appear in the show.
 
*[[Edward Carrigan|Edward]] and [[Madge Carrigan]], [[Vesta]] and some other deities mention [[Jesus Christ]] by name when blaming the responsible for taking over their followers and lowering their sacrifices.
 
*[[Edward Carrigan|Edward]] and [[Madge Carrigan]], [[Vesta]] and some other deities mention [[Jesus Christ]] by name when blaming the responsible for taking over their followers and lowering their sacrifices.
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*Rowena lived in "The Aradia Apts".<sup><ref>''[[Golden Time]]''</ref></sup> Aradia is an Italian deity worshiped by witches in Tuscany.
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Chronos.jpg|Chronos|link=Chronos
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Goddess of luck Fortuna.jpg|Fortuna|link=Fortuna
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Glythur.jpg|Glythur|link=Glythur
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Isis3.png|Isis|link=Isis
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Mercury Hammer of the gods.jpg|Mercury|link=Mercury
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==References==
 
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God created the world, but you know who created us gods? You did. You humans. Sort of. When you apes first climbed down from the trees, you didn't pray to him. You prayed to the -- the sun, the womb, the rain and the stars. Well, at first, the Creator was furious. How dare you not recognize his beneficence? But soon enough, he birthed us -- Ra, Anu, Hera, Mixcoatl, all the rest. (...) To take the blame. Bad harvest? Stillborn child? Our bad. Not his. Plus, we made for epic stories. But, his ego could only handle that for so long. Now he's happy to hide behind whatever religion has the best syndication deal. While we survive on scraps in the wilderness.
Fortuna explains the origins of pagan gods.
in The Gamblers

Deities better known as pagan gods, or more accurately, The Old Gods - are a race of immortal supernatural entities, with each being a prime authority in the religion or pantheon that they established or belonged to. Despite having a role in the human ancient religions and possessing free will, the plurality of them are cruel, petty, uncaring, and only concerned with themselves and their survival. Some of them are neutral or indifferent to humans, and a handful of them have even been shown to be acting in accordance to the well being of humanity (like Prometheus), but most who appeared so far were evil. Many of them were known to have a taste for human flesh and were confirmed to use humans as a food source, as well as accepting offerings like virgin sacrifices. 

Pagan deities are also one of the less recurring supernatural creatures in Supernatural franchise.

It was revealed by Fortuna that for humans worshipping things such as the sun, womb, rain and stars infuriated God. Because of humans worshipping nature the deities were in fact creations of God himself. To take the blame for problems and tragedies on Earth and because they made for epic stories.

HistoryEdit

According to Fortuna, at some point after humanity beheld creation, they began to worship aspects of nature like the sun, the womb, the rain and the stars. This initially angered God as it prevented humans from seeing his supposed "beneficence". However, God later created the pagan deities to take blame for misfortunes of humanity, and to create stories surrounding them but grew tired of and abandoned them due to his ego. Many of the pagan gods eventually forgot the truth of their origins.

Over time, they formed their own collective pantheons and religions amongst the humans, which attracted many followers across the Earth. These deities were worshipped for centuries, and in some cases, millennia. Through the tributes they received, the deities became immensely powerful, as Sam once described them as being "just short of invincible" at their prime days.

However, the majority of them lost at least a significant portion of their followers when the Abrahamic faiths arrived. Thus, the deities were left without worshippers, forcing them to rely on taking sacrifices by themselves, which significantly weakened many of them. Nowadays, most pagan deities are scattered across the world and surviving underground or in disguise, either by single worshippers and minor cults (like Moloch, Vesta and Fenrir), or by simply murdering people to feed themselves and increase their powers (Veritas, Calliope and Chronos)

Many are as old as the oldest civilizations of mankind, like Anansi, Osiris and Cacao, and there have been multiple generations of gods sired by other gods, like Artemis (fathered by Zeus), Loki (fathered by Odin), Fenrir, Sleipnir, and Narfi (fathered by Loki), Oliver (a very recent example, fathered by Prometheus with a mortal woman) and Anubis (fathered by Osiris). According to Kali, there are "billions" of pagan deities.

It is unknown if Deities have a soul, it is also never stated to where do deities go after they die, as they are neither monsters (who go to Purgatory) nor angels or demons (who go to the Empty after their deaths).

Despite numerous deities appearing in Supernatural, the most predominant deity in the show is the one that serves as the center icon of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam[1]), who is referred to simply as God, whose nigh-infinite power is independent of his worshipers, a trait that his sister, the Darkness, and his children, the Archangels, also hold.

CharacteristicsEdit

Westerners, I swear. The sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on Earth? You pillage and you butcher in your god's name... but you're not the only religion, and he's not the only god. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong. There are billions of us, and we were here first. If anyone deserves to end this world, it's me.
Kali to Gabriel upon learning of his identity as an Archangel
Pagan deities often masquerade as normal humans. However, many of them have true forms that are more monstrous than human, similar to angels and demons. Madge and Edward Carrigan's true faces were akin to decomposing or demonic faces. Kali's true form had blue skin, fangs, and multiple pairs of arms and hands. Some deities possess animalistic features. Veritas had a feline true form. Ganesh had the ability to turn completely into an elephant and had the head of an elephant in his true form. Still, other deities take on shapes other than beastly or humanoid forms, and others may don't even bother or need to hide their true appearance. The Vanir that Sam and Dean encountered was possessing an inanimate object in the form of a scarecrow, and was residing in or may have been his actual sacred tree, and Moloch kept his monstrous, goat-headed real form as he was already being hidden by the Bishop Family.

As pagan deities, they are mighty beings with many magical powers, but there are numerous differences between them, which go from their age to their abilities. They may also hold differing stances on certain events, and they may be sectarian and be against other beliefs and religions, including rebelling against their own pantheon's beliefs like Prometheus, who defied Zeus and became persona non grata among the Greek gods. Many of them are arrogant and tyrannical, and see themselves as all-powerful supreme beings.

The majority of them also look down on humans, seeing them as only food, subjects, entertainment or sacrifices to boost their magical powers (like Chronos' time travel ability). Some even openly attack humans simply for their own amusement and have shown sadistic pleasure in harming, torturing, and killing humans (like Osiris and Zeus). Besides Prometheus and Anubis, no deity so far has ever shown any opposition to harming, killing or manipulating humans.

Many deities have preferences for virgins, as was the case with Vesta, Mr. Vili, and some of the deities that convened with Kali.

They also don't hold much loyalty to each other (except for perhaps other deities from the same pantheon) and seem to have as much hostility toward each other as they do with humans. Normally, a deity's main interest is looking after themselves, and some have been known to betray other deities as soon as they received a better offer. Because of a trivial grudge against Kali, Mercury called up Lucifer and tried to sell the Winchesters and the other deities at the Elysian Fields Hotel in exchange for mercy, but Lucifer outwardly shows his profound disgust for pagan gods, pointing their hubris and their total lack of loyalty to one another, calling them petty and worse than humans or demons. Lucifer then snaps Mercury's neck, killing him and almost every other deity in the hotel with ease. Likewise, Baldur congratulates many deities for being able to put aside their differences when they meet to discuss the Apocalypse.

Another important thing for deities is to carry out rituals and ceremonies, and many of them continue to follow pre-set ones, regardless of the number of worshipers they have left. Edward and Madge Carrigan followed a strict sacrificial ritual before killing their victims, and Cacao only granted his immortality power to those who performed his ancient Mayan ritual first.

While talking about the Norse pantheon, Gabriel stated that they were unique and called them "god-begotten monsters" and "demigods", indicating that this pantheon, specifically, performed an extensive deity-monster interbreeding (which actually make sense, since in the Norse mythology there is an extremely thin and vague line between gods, giants and other monsters), though he ditched the latter title when explaining what he meant to the Winchesters.

Oddly enough, not all deities live as pagans forever, and some end up serving God's plans to mankind. Atropos said that she and her sisters, the Fates, were given their jobs by God, and Oblivion was tasked by Heaven to erase memories of specific humans who have seen anything related to the supernatural and the Apocalypse. Anubis is another deity that works with Heaven, serving as a judge by measuring the souls of the dead on which goes to Heaven or Hell, covering for God who used to be the original judge of souls before he left Heaven.

Known DeitiesEdit

  • African
    • Anansi (Trickster) - Spider-god of the Akan People (tie-in books only, status unknown).
  • Aztec
  • Babylonian
    • Anu - Supreme god of the sky (mentioned only, status unknown).
    • Tiamat - Serpent-goddess of chaos (mentioned only, status unknown).
  • Canaanite
    • Moloch - God of sacrifice and prosperity (deceased).
  • Chinese
    • Zao Shen - God of kitchen and abundance (deceased).
  • Egyptian
    • Anubis - God of the dead and judgment.
    • Anubis (non-canon) - God of the dead and judgment worshipped by the jakkals (deceased).
    • Isis - Goddess of magic (deceased)
    • Osiris - God of the dead and judgment (incapacitated).
    • Ra - Sun God (mentioned only, status unknown).
  • Greek
    • Ares - God of war (mentioned only, status unknown).
    • Artemis - Goddess of hunt and wildlife.
    • Atropos - One of the three Fates.
    • Calliope - Goddess of epics (deceased).
    • Chronos - God of time (deceased).
    • Clotho - One of the three Fates (mentioned only).
    • Harmonia - Goddess of harmony and concord. (mentioned only, status unknown).
    • Hesperus - Personification of the Evening Star (mentioned only, status unknown).
    • Hera - Goddess of women, marriage, family, and childbirth (mentioned only, status unknown).
    • Lachesis - One of the three Fates (mentioned only).
    • Oblivion - Goddess of memory (tie-in books only, deceased).
    • Oliver (Demigod) - Son of Prometheus with a mortal woman.
    • Paeon - God of healing, newly-created deity (tie-in books only, deceased).
    • Pan - Satyr-god of frenzy and wildlife (mentioned only, unknown).
    • Plutus - God of greed (deceased).
    • Prometheus (Titan) (deceased).
    • Zeus - God of the sky and thunder (deceased).
  • Haitian Voodoo
  • Hindu
    • Ganesh - God of new beginnings and wisdom (deceased).
    • Kali - Goddess of time, creation, destruction and power.
  • Irish
    • Cú Chulainn (Demigod) - Irish hero (mentioned only, status unknown).
  • Japanese
  • Mayan
    • Cacao - God of maize (mentioned only).
  • Norse
    • Baldur - God of light and purity (deceased).
    • Fenrir (Demigod) - God of wolves and werewolves (deceased).
    • Hel - Goddess of the dead (tie-in novels only).
    • Jörmungandr (Demigod) - Midgard Sepent (mentioned only).
    • Loki (Trickster) - God of mischief (deceased).
    • Narfi (Demigod) - Son of Loki (deceased).
    • Odin - God of wisdom, healing, and royalty (deceased).
    • Sleipnir (Demigod) - Son of Loki (deceased).
    • Thor - God of thunder (mentioned only, status unknown).
    • Vanirs - Gods of fertility (deceased).
    • Vili - God of will (deceased).
  • Roman
  • Romani
    • Devla - King of the Romani gods (mentioned only).
  • Slavic
    • Leshi - God of forests (deceased).
  • Teutonic
    • Edward Carrigan (Hold Nickar) - God of the winter solstice (deceased).
    • Madge Carrigan (Hold Nickar) - Goddess of the winter solstice (deceased).
  • First unnamed god seen next to Odin.
  • Second unnamed god seen next to Zao Shen.
  • Unknown
    • Two unnamed Gods from the episode Hammer of the Gods - Unknown (seen but without a speech and their name tag illegible during the entire episode, both deceased).
    • Adamantine - Newly-created deity (tie in novels only, originally a material in mythology, deceased).
    • Armament - God of war, newly-created deity (tie in novels only, deceased).
    • Beau - Right-hand of the god Plutus (deceased).
    • Blight - God of disease, newly-created deity (tie in novels only, deceased).
    • Flare - Goddess of fire, newly-created deity (tie in novels only, deceased).
    • Karrion - God of death, newly-created deity (tie in Novels only, deceased).
    • Lord of the Hunt - God of the hunt (tie-in novels only, deceased).
    • Masque - God of illusion, newly-created deity (tie-in novels only, deceased).
  • Alternate Universe
    • Glythur - Sovereign god of his universe.
    • Yokoth - Sovereign goddess of her universe.

Beings Considered DeitiesEdit

Aside from the commonly known pagan deities, there are beings that have or have had statuses, abilities and/or titles similar to those of deities:

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

As pagan deities, they are quite powerful, and some of them are powerful enough to be classified as higher beings. Unlike demons, angels, and all other supernatural species, the abilities of the deities vary between each other. Normally, it depends on each type of deity and how old and powerful they are. They also gain power through sacrifices, particularly blood and human sacrifices.

While each deity has unique magical powers, they do share certain powers and attributes. It is certain that they (or at least most of them) are more powerful than monsters, spirits and (at least most) demons. Some deities even possess powers beyond angels'.

Due to these variations, the following list is split into standard powers which they all have, similar powers, which some have, and unique powers:

Standard powersEdit

  • Immortality - As pagan deities, they can live forever as they are immune to aging and disease. Many have been around for centuries or even millennia.
  • Invulnerability - They are unharmed by conventional weaponry, and are immune to pain, common physical ailments, and disease. They can, however, be harmed and killed by stronger beings, including other stronger deities. Divine weaponry, i.e. weapons belonging to (and presumably made by) other pagan deities (like Thor's hammer and Artemis' blade) also seem to be effective against them to some extent. According to Sam, while they were still being worshiped, they were almost invincible. Despite having lost most of their worshippers, however, they are still almost indestructible.
  • Super strength - They are exceedingly strong, with the weakest deities being able to fight toe to toe with strong men like Sam and Dean, while the strongest can easily lift cars and casually overpower, maul, throw and lift full-grown humans with one arm. Some can even overpower a Seraphim with ease.
  • Super stamina - Deities never tire regardless of what they go through.
  • Magic - Deities possess incredible magical powers and knowledge, with some being truly god-like. A deity's powers depend on the type of deity it is.
  • Sacrifice Empowerment - Pagan gods gain temporary power boost from sacrifices they recently received, more sacrifice means more power. Also some gods like Vesta, the Vanir, Chronos or Moloch need specific sacrifices to unlock some of their powers.
  • Omnilingualism - The ability to understand any language without training in it. A group of english speakers deities reunited at Elysian Fields Hotel could understand which Zao Shen speaking in Cantonese.

Similar PowersEdit

  • Super Speed - Some deities, such as Leshi, Osiris, and most notably, Mercury, can move at incredible speeds.
  • Telekinesis - The ability to move objects with the power of the mind. Many deities possess this power, such as Kali, Osiris, Leshi, Beau, Veritas, Artemis and Zeus.
  • Telepathy - Many deities possess the power to read the thoughts of other beings in a variety of degrees. Leshi used this to learn whom their victims' idolized, and Osiris could feel if a person felt guilty for something just by looking at them.
  • Super Senses - Some deities, such as Leshi and Osiris, possess superhuman senses that enabled them to reflect blows and feel the presence of others, even if they are hidden.
  • Teleportation - Some of the older and more powerful deities have this power. Kali, Baldur, Osiris, Atropos, Plutus, Chronos, and Artemis have all displayed this ability.
  • Biokinesis - The ability to control a person's body, either through harm or transfiguration. Kali has been shown capable of using this power against another deity (Mercury), making him choke in his own blood. Zeus was able to strangle a person with a twist of his wrist and casually tortured Prometheus from a distance. Also, Harmonia, the mother of the original Amazons, transform them into supernatural creatures in the point to prevent them from extinction.
  • Chronokinesis - The power to manipulate time. Atropos and her sisters were able to stop time and selectively manipulate its flow. Along with her prediction of events, she uses this to assist herself in manipulating events to bring about people's deaths and fates. Chronos was able to travel through time and bring others with him. He could also manipulate the flow of time and have prescience of future events. Another type of time manipulation is the creation of time loops (where the victim will keep repeating events over and over again). This will last until the one responsible is killed or lets them out; otherwise, the time loop will not stop. Gabriel displayed this power while acting under the alias of a Trickster, however, it's unknown whether Tricksters possess the ability to create time loops as well.
  • Spell Casting - Several deities have shown the capability of casting spells and performing magic. Madge and Edward Carrigan performed rituals for their tributes. Kali's blood magic was called a blood spell by Gabriel, and Plutus had cast warding spells on his location to prevent even powerful beings like the King of Hell and angels from directly harming him.
  • Cosmic Awareness - While not a power per se, many deities have greater knowledge about mankind and the universe than other supernatural beings. Many deities, such as Atropos, Odin, Baldur, Kali, Ganesh, Chronos, Baron Samedi, and Mercury have access to incredible knowledge of events and people that many other beings have not the power to.
  • Shapeshifting - As a positive side effect of their reality warping powers, tricksters also develop amazing shapeshifting abilities. Leshi has the power to change his appearance completely, and Veritas and Ganesh also had this power to a limited degree, being able to turn themselves into a specific animal (an elephant, in the case of Ganesh) or anthropozoomorphic being (a cat-like humanoid, in the case of Veritas).
  • Possession - Vanir is able to possess the scarecrow at will, leaving or entering, depending on his will.
  • Conjuration - The power to create or to uncreate something or someone from nothing. Tricksters are known to have this ability. Calliope could manifest creatures based on plays to protect the director.
  • Reality Warping - The power to change the laws of reality and to create new laws or realities entirely. Tricksters have this power. Mercury also showed this ability, able to change the Elysian Hotel from a broken down joint into a five-star hotel. Moloch granted the wishes of Bishop Family once they fed him with blood.
  • Influence Over Vegetation - The ability to have some influence over plants and vegetation such as returning dead plants to life. Mercury may have this ability, or at least his presence induces the same effect. The Vanir were able to make harvests more bountiful.
  • Weather Manipulation - Some of the deities could control the weather, such as preventing a harsh winter, or by providing a climate well-suited for planting and harvesting. Madge and Edward Carrigan have this ability. The Vanir has displayed this ability and was shown to unleash heavy rain when angered. Zeus and Thor (as well as the latter's hammer) could manipulate thunderbolts. A group of deities was able to lure Sam and Dean to them by creating an enormous storm. 
  • Pyrokinesis - The ability to manipulate and generate fire by sheer will alone. Kali and Vesta both possess this power and been have shown using it at advanced levels - Kail uses hers like a flamethrower by channeling it through her hands, and Vesta using hers so precisely as to channel hers as a concussive force to knock others out instead of burning them.

Unique PowersEdit

  • Supernatural Perception - The ability to see and hear things and beings that are invisible. Atropos could tell who Castiel was while he was inside his vessel. Vesta had a variation of this power and could sense the damage to Sam's body, and unknowing and indirectly referred Gadreel as the tape holding him together. Those with this power are obviously unharmed by looking upon the true form of higher beings.
  • Truth Compulsion - The ability to compel humans to speak the truth. So far, only Veritas has displayed this power. She can also curse people so that they are told only the truth by other humans.
  • Electrokinesis - The ability to manipulate and generate electrical energy. Zeus had displayed incredible proficiency with lightning and electricity, and Thor's hammer is a safe indication of his owner's power over thunderbolts as well.
  • Necromancy - The power to have control over spirits/souls. Osiris is able to control the spirits of the dead and can turn them into vengeful spirits. Baron Samedi, although never displayed, is safely presumed to have this power as well.
  • Foresight - As the God of Time, Chronos could see into the future and change events according to his will.
  • Power Granting - The Mayan god Cacao could grant others immortality (as well as heightened physical capabilities) in exchange for regular human sacrifices.
  • Cursing - Zeus cursed Prometheus to die and be revived, only to die yet again every day. The curse was so powerful it passed down to Prometheus' son Oliver, something Zeus hadn't anticipated. In the same way, he could inflict a curse, he could also lift it. However, the curse was also tied to Zeus and with his death, it was broken.
  • Apporting - Beau possessed the power to teleport others with a gesture.
  • Resurrection - While posing as a Trickster, Gabriel resurrected Dean after the latter had been dead for six months, although it is unknown if true Trickster deities also possess this power. As a result of a curse, Prometheus possessed this power and was resurrected each day after dying.
  • Blessings - Deities had the power to convey blessings of prosperity and good luck, although most of them only conveyed it after being served of their due sacrifices. Vesta required virgins, and the Vanir accepted to devour one male and one female in order to provide better crops for harvest, prosperity, and protection to those who feed and worship them. If these tributes aren't meet to appease the deities, the blessings they gave will begin to withe soon afterwards, and eventually fade off completely.
  • Soul Control - Plutus would be able to remove Mrs. Tran's soul from her body after she closed a deal on him.
  • Astral Projection - The Gods Fenrir, Narfi and Sleipnir each displayed an astral form of they're true faces over human form's faces. Fenrir showing a wolf face, Narfi showing a skull head, and Sleipnir showing a horses head when they became angered.
  • Clairsentience - Vesta could sense when a virgin or born-again virgin broke their vows to her. 

Former PowersEdit

  • Lower Tier Nigh-Omnipotence -  While they were still worshipped, deities possessed a tremendous amount of near-unlimited powers and were next to invincible. However, as the pagans have lost most of their followers the deities' overall power is tremendously reduced.

WeaknessesEdit

Though they are powerful beings, deities can be killed by a variety of methods:

Types of DeitiesEdit

As well as standard deities, there are also subspecies of deities, who fall into these categories:

  • Tricksters - A special type of deity and supposedly quite powerful, these beings are common in many cultures and thrive on creating mischief and mayhem. They have the power to make objects materialize out of thin air and can remove them just as quickly. To kill a Trickster, one must obtain a stake dipped in the blood of its victim and plunge it into the creature's heart. Famous Tricksters include Loki of the Scandinavian pantheon and Anansi of West African myths.
  • Vanir - The Vanir are Norse deities of fertility and prosperity; they offer these boons to lands or people in exchange for sacrifices.
  • Hold Nickar - Pagan deities of the winter, who grant mild weather in exchange for sacrifices. Madge and Edward Carrigan were both of this particular type of deity.
  • Chief Gods - Chief gods are the deities that are (or at least were) the leaders and rulers of their own pantheon. Due to this, they are (at least among) the most powerful of all deities, often possessing rare and incredible powers. Odin from the Norse gods, Cacao of the Mayan and Zeus from the Greek have all appeared on the show. 
  • Titans - Described as "proto-gods" or "gods before the gods"; known in mythology for their raw power and immense strength.
  • Demigods - Despite not being deities properly speaking, the original Amazons, as well as Oliver, are both born from deities and are, in this sense, demigods and demigoddesses. The Amazons were conceived by Ares and Harmonia (both deities), and were human at their creation who became monsters when they made a deal with Harmonia to become stronger and survive extinction. Oliver, on the other hand, who is the son of a Titan with a mortal woman, was human as well as he had shown no sign of godhood except for the daily resurrection as a result of a curse he was suffering though as he was a young child, it is unclear if he would develop powers of his own as he grew older. Not all deities' children are human, as Artemis is clearly stated as a goddess and daughter of Zeus, and the children of Loki (Sleipnir, Narfi, and Fenrir), despite Gabriel's ambiguous descriptions about what they are, surely were also far from being human. On the other hand, Pax, a demigod born to Fortuna and a human, showed no special powers of his own and Fortuna indicated he could be easily killed. In addition, Noah Ophis revealed that his species, gorgons, were demigods rather than monsters, confirming that not all demigods are human and that they can in fact be a species rather than an individual.

AppearancesEdit

Pagan Deities are the fifth most recurring supernatural creatures in the series, appearing in a total of 13 episodes.

Non-CanonEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Most deities so far choose to feed on human flesh as food. However, some deities such as Osiris, Chronos, and Atropos don't seem to engage in the act.
  • Despite being an archangel, Lucifer is called and viewed as a god by some demons for being their creator. Ironically, he despises pagan gods more than he does humans or demons.
  • Oliver is the first known being with a lineage from a pagan deity. Although that would classify him as a demi-god, it was not stated in the show if he indeed was. It was also not stated if his immortality was lifted along with his father's curse.
  • Zeus was the only pagan deity so far to blame his pantheon's downfall to an event other than the arrival of the Abrahamic faiths. Instead, he blamed their decline to the theft of fire by Prometheus as a gift to mankind.
  • Prometheus was described as a 'Titan' and a 'proto-god'. However, the differences between proto-gods and gods, if any, were not described nor explained. Prometheus is the only good god seen so far that only wished to help humans and shown no signs of ruling, killing, or consuming them.
  • An interesting note is that some of the deities are employed into God's plans. Atropos and her sisters, the Fates, were given their positions by God, and Oblivion was tasked to erase memories of humans who have seen anything related to the supernatural and the Apocalypse. Anubis was chosen to replace God as the judge of souls after he left Heaven.
  • As confirmed in the last Salute to Supernatural for Season 6, deities are one of few supernatural species that do not go to Purgatory if they are killed. It would mean that they are not monsters or related to Eve, which make their origin even more mysterious.
  • In Supernatural, it has been confirmed that the deities' powers do not come from worship. What separates the strength of individual deities is unknown. However, Sam states that deities at least gain more power when given tributes, sacrifices, or offerings. Chronos also stated that he required three sacrifices in order to control when and where he lands in time. It is shown that he can take sacrifices from any human, not just ones who willingly worshiped him, in order to focus his time travel abilities.
  • In the novel Supernatural: Coyote's Kiss, Castiel says that the angels made a deal with the pagan deities in which the angels promised to stay out of the deities' business as long as they did not intervene in the Apocalypse. This is directly contradicted in the Season 5 episode Hammer of the Gods. However, these may be a faction of Pagan Gods who disagreed with the deal or decided to break it.
  • Pagan deities are one of two races of supernatural beings whose individual members have not been seen for more than one episode. Most or all the deities are either killed, banished, or vanquished in the episode they appear in. This trait is shared with fairies.
  • The Colt can kill pagan deities as seen in The Memory Remains.
  • The Vanir was the first deity to appear in the show.
  • Edward and Madge Carrigan, Vesta and some other deities mention Jesus Christ by name when blaming the responsible for taking over their followers and lowering their sacrifices.
  • Rowena lived in "The Aradia Apts".[7] Aradia is an Italian deity worshiped by witches in Tuscany.

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