|“||All I did on Earth was run. I'm not running anymore.||”|
Gabriel, also known as Loki or The Trickster, was the fourth and youngest of the four archangels created by God. Despite the fact that he is the youngest of the archangels, he is still very powerful. Gabriel was very compassionate towards his family. Although he was the very first celestial to be seen on the show, he was the last archangel to be revealed.
According to Gabriel, The Apocalypse was an issue he had to cope with on a daily basis. When his older brothers, Michael and Lucifer, turned on each other and began fighting one another, he couldn't bear it, retreating to Earth as an escape. Gabriel loved both his father and brothers, but he was unable to choose sides between Michael and Lucifer, so he left Heaven and "skipped out" to Earth.
He rescued and befriended the Pagan god named Loki and soon went under "witness protection" and he began posing as the Norse trickster god himself. Gabriel described his experience at obtaining a vessel and taking on Loki's form as having a "face transplant." After that, he made quite a name for himself among other Pagan deities, and was in fact known as the famous Norse god, Loki. As Loki he killed people across the world that he deemed to be douchebags, though some he spared to spread the word, and eventually encountered Sam and Dean who foiled his plans on more than one occasion and discovered his true identity. Once Gabriel was exposed, he eventually aided Sam and Dean in stopping the Apocalypse by telling them the secret of the Cage door, but along the way was "killed" by Lucifer. After the fall of the angels, Metatron created an illusion of Gabriel in an effort to deceive Castiel. The false Gabriel claimed that he had been in hiding, but disappeared once Castiel realized the trick. Since then, both Lucifer and God have at separate times stated that they believed Gabriel to be dead.
Years later, Gabriel was revealed to still be alive by Asmodeus, who was holding him prisoner and stealing his grace to give himself more power. Gabriel was then rescued by Arthur Ketch, who delivered him to Sam and Dean at the Men of Letters bunker. It was revealed that Gabriel had once again managed to fake his death, but was ultimately captured and tortured by Asmodeus for years. After recovering and killing Asmodeus, Gabriel was informed of the transpiring events and chose to once more return to a life away from humans, angels, and demons.
Gabriel then tracked down the Deities who sold him to Asmodeus to obtain his revenge. He was tracked by the Winchesters who decided to aid him in his endeavors as he was still low on power. After killing Loki and getting his vengeance, Gabriel felt empty and decided to aid the brothers in defeating Michael to save the world.
Gabriel helped them by revealing himself to his brother Lucifer who he captured and brought to the Winchesters to power the rift. He then traveled to Apocalypse World with them to rescue his nephew Jack and Mary Winchester. On the way back to the rift, the group was confronted by Michael. Deciding to stop running like he did in the past, he chose to confront Michael but was ultimately defeated and killed by him.
|“||I skipped out of Heaven, had a face transplant, carved out my own little corner of the world. I loved my father, my brothers—love them. But watching them turn on each other? Tear at each other's throats? I couldn't bear it, okay?! So I left.||”|
At some point, Gabriel went on a stroll through the fjords where he discovered the pagan deity Loki who was bound in a cave with a snake dripping venom into his eye following a "spat" with his father Odin. Gabriel freed Loki from his chains and saved Loki's life, with them becoming friends.
When God created humans and asked all angels to bow down before them, Gabriel did so whereas Lucifer rebelled. Therefore, having grown tired of watching his brothers fight each other in Heaven, he fled to Earth thousands of years prior to the series. Gabriel loved both his father and brothers, but couldn't choose sides and ran off to the Earth to escape it. As Michael and Lucifer went to war with each other, Gabriel approached Loki for help, wanting out of Heaven. Loki agreed to help Gabriel go into "witness protection"
Gabriel then assumed Loki's appearance and the latter's role of a Pagan trickster. Gabriel then took to embracing the lifestyle of a god and meting out "just desserts" to those he felt deserved punishment. During his time on Earth he becomes a friend to some of the real Pagan deities he encounters, who know him as Loki. At some point, he had a relationship with Kali, and though they broke up he retains feelings for her.
In Tall Tales, Gabriel, posing as a janitor, lets the Winchester brothers into the office of a university professor, who apparently was killed by the ghost of a female student he had had an affair with, and who had also killed herself after being dumped by the professor 30 years ago. Gabriel tells the brothers how he was the one who found the dead professor, as well as the fact that the professor wasn't alone but rather with a young girl. He explains that he told the police but they never found her. Gabriel then explains how the professor had a tendency to bring young girls to his office and have sex with them.
After a fraternity brother, who was a horrible pledge master, was probed by Aliens and a research scientist, who tested on animals, was killed by an alligator in the sewer, Dean and Sam called Bobby for advice. After hearing about the personalities of the victims and hearing about the brothers' arguments (Sam blamed Dean for his lost laptop and Dean blamed Sam for letting the air out of the Impala's tires and potentially bending the rims), Bobby told them that they're dealing with a trickster.
Bobby explains that tricksters are immortal demi-gods that can create anything out of thin air and tend to play deadly pranks on the high and mighty. Bobby also mentions that tricksters need a diet high in sugar. Dean deduces that the janitor is the trickster, because they find candy wrappers in his locker. As they come up with this conclusion, Gabriel is seen reading a newspaper looking for more possible urban legends to bring to life.
The Winchesters, posing as electricians again, go to see Gabriel. Sam makes up an excuse to separate from Dean and Gabriel so he can search his locker and finds the newspaper filled with urban legends. Later, Gabriel spies on Dean and Sam arguing whether or not there is enough evidence to prove Gabriel is the trickster. While Sam leaves to search Gabriel's home to find more evidence, Dean stays behind to keep an eye on Gabriel. Eventually, Dean gets tired of waiting and decides to hunt Gabriel alone and finds him in a lecture hall.
However, Gabriel was waiting for him and creates two beautiful women out of thin air as a peace offering for him. He explains to Dean that he's run into hunters before and that he knows that he and his brother are hunters. Dean tells him that he can't let him keep hurting people, to which Gabriel replies that the people he hurt got what they deserved. Gabriel continues by saying that he likes Dean and Sam and doesn't want to hurt them. He suggests that Dean is free to enjoy the women he's created as long as he wants while he moves on to the next town. When Dean declines, Gabriel says that's too bad and insists that Dean shouldn't have come alone. Dean assures him he didn't and both Sam and Bobby enter the lecture hall with blood-covered wooden stakes in hand.
Gabriel realizes that the fight Dean and Sam had before was staged and compliments them for tricking him. Gabriel then creates a chainsaw killer to fight Sam and Bobby while Dean is forced to fight the two beautiful women, who have now been granted super-human strength. When Gabriel's attention is drawn, Dean is able to stab him with a blood-covered wooden stake, destroying his creations and seemingly killing him. The Winchester brothers and Bobby quickly leave so no one sees them with Gabriel's corpse. After they're gone, Gabriel's corpse fades away. It is shown that what Dean stabbed was actually a duplicate and that the real Gabriel was very much alive.
In Mystery Spot, Gabriel traps Sam in a seemingly infinite time loop, where Dean continually dies in increasingly strange ways (once by Sam's own hand), with Sam continually failing to save him. After a countless number of repeats, Sam eventually realizes that a trickster must be at work, and manages to locate the culprit. He threatens their tormentor with a blood covered stake, causing Gabriel to reveal himself, revealing that he survived their previous encounter, and agrees to break the loop. However, when Sam then considers killing him anyway, Gabriel supposedly stops the loop. This, however, proves to be false. Dean once again dies, but this time there is no loop to revive him. Throughout the next several months, Sam becomes a far colder and more calculating person as he attempts to track down Gabriel, killing whatever threat he can along the way.
Eventually, it is Gabriel who calls the younger Winchester to him, where he tries to drive in a point: that the two brothers continually sacrificing themselves for one another would bring no good, and when people die, they just have to learn to accept it and live with it. He says that "this is what it will be like without Dean." Nonetheless, Sam pleads with him to turn back time so that he can save Dean. Gabriel comments that it's like talking to a brick wall and snaps his fingers, reversing time to the Wednesday when Dean died for good.
In Changing Channels, the brothers investigate the death of a man in Wellington, Ohio who apparently was killed by the Incredible Hulk. After the brothers learned that the man who died was well known for a having a bad temper and Sam found several candy wrappers at the crime scene, they deduce that the Trickster was responsible for the man's death. Realizing that the Trickster was one of the most powerful beings they ever met, Sam convinces Dean that they should ask for his help. Gabriel then sends a fake distress call to the brothers' police scanner to lure them to an abandoned warehouse.
When the brothers enter the warehouse, Gabriel transports them into Dr. Sexy M.D., a television show that Dean watches. After the brothers are confronted by the show's main character, Dr. Sexy, Dean was able to figure out that he was the Trickster in disguise due to the lack of cowboy boots, so Gabriel transforms back into his original form. Gabriel deduces that they came to ask for his help and clean up their mess.
Sam asks for him to just hear them out, to which Gabriel agrees, saying that if they survive "the game" for the next 24 hours then they can talk. Gabriel then teleports away, not answering Dean's question as to what the rules to the game are. Castiel arrives and attempts to get the brothers out of Gabriel's television world, but is teleported away from the Winchester brothers by Gabriel in attempt to hide his identity. The brothers eventually realize that "the game" is to play their roles.
A battered Castiel manages to escape from Gabriel and teleports to the brothers again. Castiel then tells the brothers that the Trickster is much more powerful than it should be and that Loki may not actually be a trickster. Before he can continue, Gabriel arrives and telekinetically throws Castiel into a wall, strapping his mouth to hide his identity. Gabriel jovially greets his brother as he teleports him away. This act along with his familiarity with Castiel was a sign of his true identity.
Dean then tells Gabriel that they get it and that "the game" is playing their roles. Gabriel corrects him and states that that's only half the game. He continues and says the other half is for the brothers to play their roles as the vessels of Michael and Lucifer. Sam tells Gabriel that if they say "Yes" then the world will end.
Gabriel responds saying that it's their fault and that they started the Apocalypse and there is no stopping it so they might as well get it over with. Dean asks Gabriel whose side he's on, Heaven or Hell. Gabriel answers that he's on neither side and that he doesn't side with Michael or Lucifer.
Dean doesn't believe him and tells him that he's a bitch for one of them. Gabriel becomes angered and pins him against the wall and tells him to never presume what he is. He then tells the brothers that they will accept the roles destiny has chosen for them or he will keep them in his television world forever.
Gabriel snaps his fingers and transports the brothers into a cop show. Dean stabs a man, who displayed traits of the Trickster, with a blood covered wooden stake. A cop then begins to laugh and reveals himself to be Gabriel in disguise telling Dean he got the wrong one. Dean asks him, "Did we?" as Sam surprises Gabriel by stabbing him from behind with a wooden stake. It seems that Gabriel was killed as the television world disappears and the brothers are back in the real world.
The next day, the Winchester brothers realize the Trickster is not dead and they are still in his television world since Sam is now the Impala, complete with Nightrider lights. Driving along, they realize that Gabriel is not actually a Trickster and are able to put together a few clues and realizes what he really is. Dean then yells out to Gabriel that they give up before Gabriel teleports to them. Dean refuses to say "Yes" until Sam is normal to which Gabriel complies and turns Sam human again with a snap of his fingers.
The brothers question why the stake didn't kill him, as Gabriel tries to lie but Dean doesn't believe it and has Sam set fire to a circle of holy oil that Gabriel was standing in the middle of. Dean then accuses Gabriel of being an angel, due to the stake not working. Gabriel tries to deny this, but it's no use due to his inability to step outside of the circle which Dean dares him to step out, so he teleports the three of them out of the television world.
Gabriel congratulates them and asks the brothers how they figured it out, as they explained what gave him away was how he easily overpowered Castiel and the way he talked about Michael and Lucifer. Dean says that no one gets that angry unless they're talking about their family as Sam asks who he really is. The brothers are not very surprised when he reveals his true identity as the Archangel Gabriel. Gabriel explains to the brothers that he left Heaven and went into "witness protection," becoming a trickster. He explains to Dean and Sam that he loves his father and brothers, but he couldn't take them fighting each other so he left. Sam then tells him to help them stop the Apocalypse, but Gabriel replies that it can't be stopped. He goes on saying that because of them he has to watch his brothers kill each other and he just wants the Apocalypse to be over with and couldn't care less whether Heaven or Hell wins. Gabriel continues saying that what humans call "The Apocalypse" was "Sunday Dinner" for him with his family and that the Apocalypse isn't about a war but about two brothers who loved each other and betrayed each other. He then states that Sam and Dean should be able to relate. The Winchesters are confused by this statement so Gabriel explains Michael, like Dean, is "the big brother" whose "loyal to an absent father" and Lucifer, like Sam, is "the little brother" who's "rebellious to daddy's plan."
Gabriel asks the brothers if they ever wondered why he was so interested in them. He answers that it was because the two were born to be the vessels of Michael and Lucifer and that all the angels knew that they were going to fight and that one will kill the other. Dean says that won't happen, but Gabriel apologizes and says it will. Gabriel soon asks what will happen now as Dean tells Gabriel to bring Castiel back, threatening to kill him by pouring holy oil on him and setting him on fire, to which Gabriel complies and brings Castiel back with a snap of his fingers. A roughed up Castiel tensely greets Gabriel, revealing that he too figured out Gabriel's true identity. Gabriel greets his brother and sarcastically asks him how the search for Dad is going as Castiel gets annoyed. The three begin to leave and Gabriel asks if they plan on leaving him trapped forever. Dean turns around and says no, explaining that they don't screw with people the way he does. Dean goes on and says the Apocalypse isn't about an ultimate match between his brothers or a destiny that can't be stopped, it's about him being too afraid to stand up to his family. Dean then hits the warehouse's fire alarm, activating the sprinkler system and extinguishing the burning Holy Oil. The three then leave Gabriel.
In Hammer of the Gods, Gabriel comes to save Dean and Sam after they are captured by a group of Pagan deities. Before Dean and Sam say his name, Gabriel uses his powers to take away their voices. The Norse god, Baldur, asks Gabriel, who he knows as the Norse god Loki, why he's here. Gabriel answers that he's come to talk about the Apocalypse and how they can't stop it. Before he goes on, he teleports Dean and Sam back to their room telling them that the "adults" need to talk.
Shortly, Gabriel joins the brothers, interrupting their planning on what to do about the situation. Dean immediately accuses Gabriel of being behind the predicament that he and Sam are in. Gabriel corrects him and states that he's here to save them. He explains that the Pagan deities are either going to use the brothers as bait or kill them. Dean notes how ironic it is that a couple of months ago Gabriel was trying to force him and Sam to "play their roles." Gabriel replies saying that Michael and Lucifer are still going to fight, simply not tonight and not here. Dean then asks Gabriel why he cares. Gabriel reveals to the brothers that he and Kali, the Hindu goddess, had a "thing." Sam asks Gabriel if the Pagan deities have a chance against Lucifer, wondering if this was their best chance to kill Lucifer. Gabriel tells him that they stand no chance against him and that Lucifer's "gonna turn them into finger-paint". Gabriel then explains that he can't teleport the brothers out since Kali has their blood and performed a binding spell, which essentially puts them on a leash. However, Gabriel plans on seducing her and stealing their blood from Kali. Dean then tells Gabriel that they have to save the guests and employees that the Pagan deities plan on feeding on as sacrifices. But Gabriel tells Dean to forget them since it'll be hard enough to break he and Sam out. Dean, remembering that the other deities referred to him as Loki, threatens to expose Gabriel's true identity to them if he doesn't help the others. Gabriel, having no choice, reluctantly agrees.
Gabriel then teleports to Kali and attempts to retrieve the blood of the Winchester brothers. He tries to seduce Kali but he is quickly turned down by her. It is revealed that Kali was the one who invited him to the gathering of the Pagan deities, hoping that he would take the situation seriously. He tells Kali that he is taking this seriously and tells her that if she and the other Pagan deities fight they will die. Kali asks how he's such an expert. He tells her that he's tangled with angels before. He then begs her not to fight, but Kali says that she has to. Gabriel responds saying that he had to try and asks Kali if she still loves him. Kali says no, but then pulls him in to kiss him. As they kiss, Gabriel attempts to take the brothers' blood, but is interrupted when Kali scratches him and takes some of his blood. She reveals to him that she knows that he is the Archangel Gabriel and now that she has his blood he is bound to her forever.
Gabriel is then taken to the meeting room and soon joined by the captured Winchester brothers. Kali takes Gabriel's archangel blade and reveals his identity to the Pagans but Kali accuses of him of being a spy, but he corrects her and says that he is a "run-away." He then says that even though he lied about his identity, that doesn't mean he's wrong about them losing to Lucifer. He tells her and the other deities that he's "skipped ahead" and seen how this ends. Kali then lectures him about how arrogant angels are for thinking that they can just "rip the planet apart" and how his Father isn't the only god. She then says there are billions of pagan Deities and that they were here first and if anyone is going to destroy the world, it's her. Kali apologizes and then stabs Gabriel with his own blade, "killing" him.
Afterwards, Dean makes a truce with the Pagan deities and escorts the captured employees and guests out of the hotel. In the parking lot, Dean finds Gabriel is alive and well hiding in the backseat of the Impala. Gabriel tells him that the sword was a fake and that the body was something he made from a can of Diet Orange Slice. Gabriel then tells Dean to grab their blood because Kali seems to like him meaning he can get close to her, then, once he does, he'll be able to teleport him and Sam out. Dean refuses and asks for Gabriel's real Archangel Blade then tells Gabriel that he should actually help them kill Lucifer. Gabriel asks Dean if he's serious, unable to believe that he would team up with a bunch of "monsters." Dean replies saying this is the best idea he has for taking out Lucifer. Gabriel sarcastically tells Dean good luck, that he's leaving, and that it's not his problem if the Pagan deities want to commit suicide. Dean tells Gabriel that he knows he's lying and that he does actually care about the Pagan deities like they were his actual family. Gabriel tells Dean that he can't kill his own brother to which Dean asks him, "Can't or won't?" before he leaves. Dean later reveals to Kali and the Pagans of Gabriel's survival and his deceit.
Later, after Lucifer has killed all the Pagan deities except Kali, Gabriel teleports next to the Winchester brothers, who are taking cover while Lucifer and Kali fight. Gabriel hands Dean a DVD telling him to guard it with his life. He then uses telekinesis to throw Lucifer into the hallway, stopping him from killing Kali. He tells Dean and Sam to get Kali out of here, leaving him to take on Lucifer alone.
Lucifer can't believe Gabriel is doing this over a girl, especially a disgusting Pagan goddess. Gabriel tells Lucifer that he is his brother and that he still loves him. But then he lectures Lucifer on how he can play victim all he wants, but they both know that "Dad" loved him best, and when God created humanity he couldn't handle it and he went on a temper tantrum and that now it was time for him to grow up. Lucifer believes that Gabriel is doing this for Michael, but Gabriel states that if Michael were here he would "shiv his ass too". Lucifer then insults him by calling him disloyal, but Gabriel states that he is loyal, to humanity. He then tells Lucifer that their Dad was right and that humans are better than angels, they may be flawed but they try to do better and forgive. Lucifer asks his brother to not make him kill him, but Gabriel tells Lucifer that no one makes them do anything. Gabriel tries to kill Lucifer by having him talk to a copy while the real Gabriel is behind Lucifer. However, Lucifer turns around and stabs his brother with his own blade. The copy disappears and Lucifer calls it "amateur hocus-pocus" reminding his little brother that he learned all his tricks from him. Gabriel allegedly dies with his older brother looking down on his corpse, weeping softly.
Later, Dean and Sam view what Gabriel gave Dean before they left. It at first seems like a regular pornographic DVD, but then they see Gabriel is in the video. In the video, Gabriel explains that if the brothers are watching this that means that he died and failed to kill Lucifer. Gabriel goes on to say that he was their only shot at killing Lucifer, but the brothers can still trap him. He explains that the cage that they freed Lucifer from is still there and that can use it to imprison him again. Gabriel then explains that the cage has four keys and that not even Lucifer knows this, but the keys are the rings of the The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Gabriel then tells Dean that he was right and that he was afraid to stand up to his brothers, but that's no longer the case. The brothers then stop the video and go on their way.
Capture and Betrayal
However, Gabriel deceived Lucifer by creating a copy that Lucifer believed to be the real him with the true Gabriel watching the scene from afar.
Following his faked death at the Elysian Fields Hotel, Gabriel approached the Shaman Sergei for a cloaking spell and supplied him with his grace as payment. He later met with Loki and his three sons Fenrir, Narfi and Sleipnir to help him hide once again. Though the four originally agreed, Loki and his sons betrayed Gabriel, bound him and sold him to the Prince of Hell Asmodeus in revenge for the death of Odin at the hands of Lucifer, something that Loki blamed on Gabriel.
Held captive, Gabriel was subjected to torture by Asmodeus who would routinely steal his grace to fuel himself in order to obtain more powers.
In Meta Fiction, Metatron creates an illusion of Gabriel, who makes his presence known to Castiel through Casa Erotica 14, eventually manifesting in his motel room, asking him for help against Metatron. When Cass asked how he was alive, "Gabriel" replied, "You can't take the trick out of the Trickster." He said he was in and cast out of "the safest place in the universe -- Heaven."
When they decide to stop at a Gas-N-Sip, a group of Metatron loyalists quickly descend upon them. Before they can enter the gas station, "Gabriel" tells Castiel that he still has some of his Archangel mojo left, and will hold them off so Cass can make his escape. However Castiel realizes that the whole thing is an illusion, by the fact that he had ripped his coat earlier, but in the Gas-N-Sip there was no hole. "Gabriel" pleads with Cass to hear Metatron out, that he is really trying to help him. However, he isn't able to specify how, as he only skimmed through his parts of script. Before "Gabriel" leaves, Cass asks him if he's really dead, but only gets an eyebrow wiggle from the illusion before he disappears. Metatron later comments on how well "Gabriel", being the Trickster, played out his part.
While trying to convince Sam to say "Yes" in The Devil in the Details, Lucifer mentioned that both Gabriel and Raphael were dead while Michael was insane, leaving him as the only useful archangel. When discussing how to defeat the Darkness in We Happy Few, God tells the Winchesters that it's beyond his power to resurrect Gabriel or Raphael in time to fight the Darkness, as he didn't have the time to bring back beings of primordial creation.
In Devil's Bargain, after Arthur Ketch fails to kill Lucifer, the Prince of Hell Asmodeus reveals that he has gotten his hands on an Archangel Blade. When Arthur questions the fact that the weapon can only be used by an archangel, Asmodeus leads Arthur to a cell in Crowley's old lair and introduces Arthur to a battered Gabriel whose mouth is sewn shut, still alive and now Asmodeus' prisoner.
In Scoobynatural, after getting sent to the Scooby-Doo Universe, the Winchesters remember how Gabriel previously did something to them and briefly wonder if he's responsible. However, they remember that he's "dead" and dismiss the idea.
In The Thing, Gabriel is shown to be kept in Lucifer's old cage in the throne room of Crowley's old lair. Arthur witnesses Gabriel, who now sports a fearful and nervous personality, having some of his grace extracted by Asmodeus who injects himself with it to power up. Gabriel witnesses the interactions between Arthur and Asmodeus and appears terrified at Asmodeus' beating of Arthur.
Following the beating, Arthur decides to flee Asmodeus' lair and rescue Gabriel in the process. Arthur steals the archangel blade and releases Gabriel from his cage, but Gabriel is so frightened that he resists Arthur's attempts at rescue and has to be dragged out with Arthur lamenting that Gabriel's lack of wings makes the rescue harder than it needs to be.
When the Winchesters return to the Men of Letters bunker, Arthur makes his presence known and reveals the battered Gabriel to them, to Sam and Dean's shock as they had believed Gabriel dead. Seeing his state, Dean asks what Arthur did to him as the latter explains Gabriel's captivity by Asmodeus until Arthur rescued him and states they need an archangel for the spell. When Sam admits that they need Gabriel's grace for a ritual, Gabriel cringes away in fear until Arthur soothes him and instead supplies the Winchesters with some of the grace Asmodeus had already extracted.
Later, Sam cuts the stitches holding Gabriel's mouth shut and asks Gabriel what happened to him. Before Gabriel can respond, Dean interrupts with the intention to travel to Apocalypse World immediately. Once the rift is open, Dean and Arthur pass through, leaving Sam and Gabriel alone in the bunker.
During Bring 'em Back Alive, Gabriel's condition remains the same as he is tended to by Castiel and Sam who both wonder if he'll truly be alright after he refuses his own grace or to talk. Castiel tries his best to bring him to his senses but believed it was in vain. Gabriel soon recites his story in Enochian Language and it tells Sam and Castiel how he faked his death by creating a duplicate which Lucifer stabbed into. Gabriel then went into hiding and lived a life freed of being tethered to Heaven and humans before he was kidnapped by Asmodeus who would steal his grace. This display caused them to see he is still in his right mind but may not trust them enough to talk.
Eventually, Sam speaks to Gabriel begging him to open up and as he tries to leave, Gabriel speaks as he slowly regains his powers. Sam and Castiel are relieved that he is back to normal. However, Gabriel becomes scared again as Asmodeus (who detected Gabriel's power) calls Sam and tells him to hand over Gabriel. Sam and Castiel try to ward off the bunker from the Prince of Hell but it was for nothing as Asmodeus and his forces invade. As demons take him away, Asmodeus tells Gabriel he has plans to torture him before he begins to inflict pain on Castiel and Sam.
Seeing this, Gabriel breaks free of his captors and heals himself, he shows off his angel wings as he ignores Asmodeus' taunts and deflects a blast from him. Gabriel then insults Asmodeus' suit and kills him by incinerating the demon, saving his friends.
Afterwards, Gabriel was caught up on everything that has transpired by Sam and Castiel, such as an alternate universe Michael trying to invade their world, his nephew Jack being sent to the Apocalypse World and was asked to help them but he declines and tells them that he will put his faith in them. Castiel begs his brother to help but he again declines, as he wanted no part in the conflict as he wished them luck and he left the bunker.
When Dean returns, he is informed of the events that occurred but was angry at the latter's refusal to help. Castiel swore to Dean that they'd find Gabriel again.
During Funeralia, the Winchesters and Castiel continue to search for Gabriel even trying to go to Rowena MacLeod for help. Castiel soon goes to Heaven where he informs Duma and the remaining angels' of Gabriel's survival and how he needs help in locating him. The angels are very surprised to learn this and converse with him on procuring him as Heaven is losing power from the so few angels remaining. Naomi states that the others thought that any archangel would do and dismisses it as "a long story," but Castiel's news about Gabriel is blessed as with his power, the angels can keep Heaven running. Without Gabriel, the angels will burn out in time, Heaven will crumble and all of the souls in Heaven will fall back to Earth. This would mean billions upon billions of ghosts would be unleashed upon the world with massive chaos and death.
When Castiel returns to Earth, Naomi accompanies him through the Heavenly Portal and she asks that if Castiel finds Gabriel to let him know about what is happening in Heaven. Naomi promises that if Castiel can't, the angels will do their duty and keep things running for as long as they can. Though Castiel promises that they will find a way to fix the problem, Naomi appears resigned to their fate, suggesting that what is happening is one of the things that simply can't be fixed and "everything ends." Naomi tells Castiel that until the situation is resolved, the Gates of Heaven are closed. Castiel leaves determine to find Gabriel.
In Unfinished Business, Gabriel tracked down the Deities that sold him to Asmodeus and decided to get his revenge for the suffering he endured. After killing Fenrir, he suffered a wound but sensed Rowena MacLeod tracking spell and deduced the Winchesters were searching for him. Gabriel decided to meet them and appeared to their motel room, he was still suffering from his wound and asked if they still had some of his grace which they deny.
Gabriel tries to leave but his wound gets to him and Sam tends to it and they questioned him but he doesn't give any answers. However, Sleipnir and Narfi arrived and demanded for Gabriel and they attacked the hunters. Gabriel still wounded hid in another part of the room but after watching Narfi strangle Sam, he grabs the stake and kills the pagan, saving him. Gabriel then threatened to do the same to Sleipnir who became terrified and fled, followed by Dean who quickly lost him.
Afterwards, the brothers once again questioned Gabriel who refused to answer but Dean handcuffed him for answers. Reluctantly, Gabriel tells them of his past with Loki and his sons who were the ones that attacked them. He revealed the tale of his life after he faked his death where he lived a life of luxury before he was kidnapped and sold to Asmodeus. Gabriel revealed his intentions to settle the score, stating killing Asmodeus wasn't enough and was insistent on finishing his task of killing Loki. The Winchesters offered him help but only if he will help them in their endeavors and he begrudgingly agreed.
Tracking down Loki at a motel, Gabriel and the Winchesters killed Sleipnir and his men. Sam soon realized Dean went after Loki alone, as Gabriel stated Loki was his and they went to stop Dean.
As they went after Dean, Loki confronted Gabriel in the hallway outside and noted that Gabriel didn't have the sword designed to kill him. Gabriel claimed that he "wanted to do this one old school" and tossed away the sword he was holding. Loki telekinetically flung Gabriel against a wall and began viciously kicking him and mocked Gabriel's inability to keep one promise and then have the audacity to ask Loki for help again. Loki continued his attack, demanding to know if Gabriel thought that he and his sons deserved to die for Gabriel's spinelessness. As Loki grabbed Gabriel again, Dean slid him the correct sword and Gabriel pinned Loki to the wall, holding the sword against his chest. Helpless to stop Gabriel, Loki mocked Gabriel for needing someone to save him again and called Gabriel a joke and a failure that stood for nothing and would eventually die for nothing. Telling Loki "you first," Gabriel drove the sword through Loki's heart, killing him.
After killing Loki, Gabriel thanked the brothers for their help even though he knew they weren't keen on it. Gabriel then decided help them in defeating Michael, as they question his change in mind which he states is because he promised. Gabriel told them he has decided to move on from his past as a Trickster now that he had his revenge and they accept his change. Sam speaks to Gabriel and asked how he really felt as he replied that he felt good about it. Though in truth, Gabriel really felt empty and believed he had nothing more to do.
Returning to the bunker, Gabriel was helped in settling in by Castiel as the brothers prepared to open the rift again once Gabriel has enough grace.
During Beat the Devil, Gabriel went to extract his grace in Dean's room but it wasn't enough. This caused the others to reconvene about the plan, Gabriel was left with Rowena and they share a banter for a while before they had sex. Their encounter is broken up by the others and they are told of a plan.
At a bar, Gabriel disguises himself as he serves Lucifer a magical spiked drink before he reveals himself and Lucifer is surprised to see him alive. Lucifer tries to punch Gabriel but he is too weakened to do so, he questions Gabriel being alive as the latter taunts him with his survival. Rowena then helps in binding and capturing Lucifer. Gabriel is confused to hear Lucifer beg for death, though knocks him out. Lucifer is used to power the rift until the others find Mary and Jack, Gabriel joins them in the journey to Apocalypse World.
During this time, Gabriel is asked of his future plans once they return to Earth and he tells him that he got revenge, had sex with a witch, and humiliated his brother. He is then told by Castiel of Heaven's state and how it may need him to maintain its state. He is reluctant since he once abandoned it but Castiel reassures him.
The group come across humans who they save from vampires and are told that Jack and Mary are at a camp which is where they are headed and there is a shortcut but vampires are there, Gabriel wanted to avoid it but Castiel tells him it is the best way.
Traveling through a tunnel, they deal with swarms of vampires where they lose Floyd and Sam.
Very soon, they find an area with warding which halts Castiel until Gabriel gets rid of it before they are found by armed humans led by Mary who takes them to the camp and they find Jack. When Jack becomes distraught at Sam's fate and asks why they didn't revive him, Gabriel tells his nephew that they aren't strong enough to resurrect Sam before the latter arrives with Lucifer.
In Exodus, Gabriel is surprised to see Lucifer and doesn't know what to do when Dean tells him to kill Lucifer with the Archangel Blades. As Lucifer is talking to the others and Jack leaves upset as Gabriel goes after him but doesn't find him though Jack returns to talk.
While telling Jack about the family, Lucifer points Gabriel out to Jack who mentions they met. The two get properly acquainted and when Lucifer mentions God being tough on them, Gabriel spoke up and told Lucifer that he excuses his evil deeds by playing the victim. He angrily walks off from his brother and nephew, who was seen pondering on his words.
As the human resistance evacuated from camp, Gabriel went ahead to scout for threats. After they made it to the run, Gabriel appeared while being chased by a squad of angels. He and the others prepared for a fight but Lucifer easily killed them, revealing the cuffs had no effect.
At night, Gabriel stands guard with Lucifer who he notes wants to talk with his son. He soon argues with Lucifer who he compares to a cancer that God felt he had to cut out by throwing it into the Cage to protect humanity from. The confrontation leaves Lucifer emotional and he visibly sheds tears.
As he helps Sam and Dean with evacuating the humans from Apocalypse World, he was surprised Dean let Lucifer drive the bus as Dean tells him Cass is watching him. Gabriel stands back with the Winchesters and Lucifer as the humans through the rift however, the Alternate Michael appeared. Gabriel was shocked by the latter's appearance and watched as Lucifer stepped forward to attack him and was easily tossed aside. Gabriel was recognized by Michael who was surprised to see him. Wanting to redeem himself for retreating in the past, Gabriel told Sam and Dean to retreat as he engaged Michael who readied an Archangel Blades as Gabriel armed himself. The two fought and were seemingly even before Michael managed to kill Gabriel with an archangel blade. Gabriel's lifeless body collapsed and horrified the brothers who retreated to their world as the rift closed.
Castiel was informed of Gabriel's demise and was saddened before the Winchesters told him his brother died a noble death since he helped them escape.
In Let the Good Times Roll, Dean has a flashback to Gabriel explaining to him eight years before that it was his destiny to be the vessel of Michael while contemplating saying "yes" to the alternate Michael in order to stop Lucifer once and for all.
During Unhuman Nature, it is revealed Gabriel gave some of his grace to a shaman in exchange for concealing himself in Monte Carlo. Gabriel's archangel grace was soon used to recharge that of his nephew but its effects had an adverse affect on Jack who was already doing poorly.
In Ouroboros, his death was avenged when Jack killed Michael.
|“||I want it to be over! I have to sit back and watch my own brothers kill each other, thanks to you two! Heaven, Hell -- I don't care who wins! I just want it to be over!||”|
— Gabriel in Changing Channels
Acting as a demi-god, Gabriel behaves in a mischievous manner, enjoys toying with his victims, humans he believes should be brought down a notch. He embraces a hedonistic lifestyle, including the "sweet tooth" for which that type of demi-deity was known. Even after revealing himself to be an Archangel, he still used misdirection to achieve his goals and to protect himself. He was often sarcastic. Gabriel's manner was the most human of any of the angels so far, perhaps because of his long sojourn on Earth. He holds humans in high regard, despite their many faults, something the other Archangels did not, not even Michael.
Nothing is known of his vessel, though the Pagan deities' familiarity with it indicates Gabriel had possessed him for a long time, possibly centuries. During his masquerade, Gabriel formed a relationship with Kali and continued to have a soft spot for her as he risked and nearly lost his life for her.
Despite how ever long Gabriel had been running and hiding from his father and siblings, he still confesses concern for lesser angels, as he was willing to implore Castiel to lead them against Metatron, and still has love for his archangel brethren, including Lucifer, as he mentioned that he still loved both them and God. When he met his nephew, he casually greeted him and gave him a warning about his father as he knew that Lucifer being around him would be trouble.
However, because he couldn't bear with the fighting going on in Heaven between Michael and Lucifer, and because it had happened again during the Apocalypse, Gabriel just wanted the fighting to stop. Although he didn't care if either Heaven or Hell would win, he didn't want any part in the fight and all he wanted was for it to be over. However, after re-gaining his faith in humans, he eventually sided with them as he came to the aid of the Winchesters after Lucifer attacked.
Eight years after his supposed death and having spent an unknown time as the prisoner of the Prince of Hell Asmodeus, Gabriel's personality has greatly changed. Gabriel is shown to be greatly fearful and is terrified by any sign of aggression around him, cringing away in fear any time someone comes close to him. Gabriel is now so terrified that he resisted Arthur Ketch's rescue of him. Notably, Gabriel cringed in fear when Sam mentioned needing his grace, something that Asmodeus had been stealing from him in order to power up.
After Sam begged him, Gabriel spoke and his old personality was revealed to still be intact. While he still got scared of Asmodeus' voice, when he saw what the latter was doing to his friend and brother he overcame it and stood his ground at Asmodeus' taunts before he killed him on the spot after insulting him. Afterwards, he continued to show reluctance in getting involved in the situation of Lucifer and an alternate Michael even after hearing his new nephew was in another world with the threat.
Once he left the Winchesters, Gabriel tracked down all those who contributed to his suffering and was determined to make them suffer as he had. After killing Loki, Gabriel was unsatisfied as he realized he now had nothing but an empty feeling. Gabriel then decided to move on from his past as a Trickster and help the Winchesters.
Gabriel completely showed that he had overcame any cowardice he had, as he bravely insulted Lucifer for his actions which led to God locking him in the cage, despite knowing that even when they were both weakened, Lucifer still surpassed him. He also selflessly confronted the far more powerful Michael in order to buy the Winchester's time to escape, despite knowing Michael will certainly defeat and kill him, an act that cost him his life.
Powers and Abilities
Despite being the youngest Archangel created by God, Gabriel was one of the oldest and most powerful beings in existence being endowed with considerable power. He originally appeared to the Winchester brothers as a Trickster. Before they knew he was an Archangel, Sam called him "one of the most powerful creatures we've ever met." Both Castiel and Sam have said that Gabriel was much more powerful than a Trickster, too powerful to be one in fact. Due to his diminished grace, Gabriel was weaker, though still very powerful. Even in his weakened state, he was powerful enough to kill a Prince of Hell effortlessly. However, doing this in his weakened state, along with teleporting out of the Men of Letters Bunker afterwards, caused Gabriel to drain his Grace. Gabriel was also able to put up some resistance against the Alternate Michael before he was killed.
- Lower Tier Nigh-Omnipotence - Being the youngest archangel, Gabriel possessed an unbelievable amount of power, enough that he could create entire pocket universes with their own timeline and add in timelines to the universe with just a thought. However, he is significantly weaker than Lucifer and Michael.
- Angelic Possession - Gabriel requires a vessel while on Earth. He needs the vessel's consent. Bloodline requirements, if any, for Gabriel's vessels are unknown.
- Apporting - Gabriel was able to casually send Castiel away, and brought him back again just as easily. Gabriel also sent Sam and Dean back to their room with a snap of his fingers.
- Astral projection - Gabriel was able to display his wings in a display of power.
- Biokinesis - With a hand gesture, he was able to prevent Sam and Dean from speaking.
- Chronokinesis - Gabriel can travel forwards or backwards through time. He can also put others in time loops. He was able to send Sam back to the day Dean died "permanently" with just a snap of his fingers, apparently rewinding time to do so.
- Clairsentience - Even when weakened by a lack of grace, he was able to psychically detect Rowena's tracking spell.
- Deflection - When attacked by Asmodeus with an energy blast, he was able to redirect the blast away from him.
- Electrokinesis - Despite being weakened by a lack of grace, Gabriel was able to turn the lights off and on with a snap of his fingers effortlessly.
- Pyrokinesis - Gabriel was able to light two candles with just a thought. Gabriel was later able to kill the Prince of Hell Asmodeus by incinerating him with a gesture.
- Reality Warping - Gabriel is remarkably talented with this power and can accomplish just about anything with it, and it is his trademark as well as his most utilized ability. He can warp reality, whether it be by making objects or living beings appear out of thin air, or by reshaping objects into something else entirely, or by creating unreal dimensions and large time loops. He also once turned Sam Winchester into the Impala. He easily fooled the most powerful of pagan deities, created a fake Archangel blade - which he said he created from a can of Diet Orange Slice - that Kali "killed" him with. None of them knew it was a trick and believed Gabriel was, in fact, dead after Kali stabbed him.
- Conjuration - Gabriel can create anything out of thin air, whether it be people, creatures, beings, or objects.
- Self-Duplication - Gabriel can create another duplicate of himself to deceive others, as he did a few times with the Winchesters, and once with a group Pagan Deities. Even his brother, who, according to himself, taught Gabriel everything he knows, was completely sure, when he killed one of these duplicates, that he actually killed Gabriel.
- Power Granting - Gabriel was able to grant the beautiful women he created for Dean superhuman strength. He was also able to grant Dean the temporary ability to speak Japanese.
- Regeneration - Gabriel was able to instantly heal all of his injuries.
- Shapeshifting - Gabriel can change his vessel's appearance at will. Gabriel disguised himself as Dr. Sexy when he trapped Sam and Dean in his conjured TV world. When he confronted Lucifer in a bar Gabriel disguised himself as a bartender to get close to him, and Lucifer hasn't even identified him as an angel.
- Supernatural Concealment - After leaving Heaven, Gabriel lived among the pagans for sometime while successfully hiding his status as an angel. He later managed to fake his death at Lucifer's hands. His concealment is so powerful that even his father God believed him to be dead for the following eight years.
- Super Senses - Gabriel was able to hear Sam and Dean "fighting" down below from a closed window many floors up, and on another occasion, while he was walking away from the restaurant, he heard that Sam had found him out and threw him back to Tuesday again.
- Super Strength - Although the youngest archangel, Gabriel endows his vessel with dramatically increased superior strength and can exert tremendous amounts of physical force. He can overpower and kill any humans, deities, lesser angels, demons, monsters, and spirits. When Dean confronted Gabriel by grabbing him against a wall, he almost broke Dean's arm with one hand, even though he was restraining himself. He overpowered and almost choked Dean unconscious on one occasion, still restraining himself. Even while weakened, Gabriel still was easily strong enough to overpower and toss several demons off him with great force. When fighting the alternate Michael, the one blow Gabriel landed was able to stagger Michael briefly and visibly caused him a moment of pain, although he was no match for Michael and was quickly overpowered and killed. The only confirmed beings to surpass his overwhelming strength were his Archangel brothers, God, Death, and The Darkness.
- Telekinesis - Gabriel can impart kinetic energy on matter with his mind. Castiel, although being a powerful celestial, was no match for his much older brother. Gabriel slammed him into walls, duct taped his mouth and played around with Cass like he was nothing using telekinesis. This further proved that the power of ordinary angels could not even compare with the immense powers of the four Archangels. He even managed to use his telekinesis to throw his older brother Lucifer across a room with considerable force, although Lucifer was caught off guard at the time and quickly recovered.
- Telepathy - Gabriel is able to read the thoughts and memories of humans and monsters.
- Empathy - Gabriel is able to read the emotions of humans and monsters.
- Teleportation - Gabriel can travel from one place to another, instantaneously, without occupying the space in between and even take others with him. Even after Metatron's Spell, Gabriel retained this ability as he was able to leave the bunker in an instant.
- Nigh-Omniscience - Gabriel possesses an immense amount of knowledge of the universe. He was fully aware of Castiel searching for God despite nobody telling him of the latter's efforts. He even possesses knowledge on his older brother's Cage, and how to open it. Gabriel is also insanely smart, having succeeded on faking his death more than once. On one occasion, he tricked a big group of Pagan Deities into thinking he had been murdered by Kali, only to appear again in time to save the latter from Lucifer's wrath.
- Immortality - Gabriel has an indefinitely long lifespan, having existed long before the creation of the universe. He is unaffected by disease, toxins or time and does not require food, water, oxygen, or sleep.
- Swordsmanship - Gabriel displayed great swordsmanship profiency, showing impressive moves with a sword, fighting sporadically and swiftly. He even held off Michael from the Apocalypse World in a sword fight but eventually proved no match for him.
Although he is an archangel, thus making him remarkably strong and very powerful, as a celestial being, Gabriel is still susceptible to the angelic weaknesses that even archangels possess.
Harming, Misleading or Trapping
- Lucifer's Cage - This cell can hold any angel, including Gabriel, without any internal means of escape.
- Enochian Sigils - Gabriel cannot locate someone if they are warded by enochian sigils. An Enochian sigil on a bag was able to bind him for Loki, Fenrir, Narfi and Sleipnir to capture Gabriel.
- Blood spell - Kali was able to control Gabriel by using his blood for a spell, but she couldn't block his powers and abilities.
- Holy Fire - Gabriel can be trapped in a loop of holy fire. On one occasion when Gabriel got trapped inside a circle of holy fire by the Winchesters, he managed to undo the fake television scenario they were in and put them back in the real world, but without crossing the flames. So, Gabriel can still use some of his powers while inside the circle - the restrictions to his power displaying, in these conditions, are unknown, though.
- Grace Removal - Like any other angel, Gabriel can have his grace removed, which would render him human.
- Low Grace - While his grace is low and recharging, Gabriel is particularly vulnerable. Fenrir was able to cause Gabriel enough harm that he required time to heal and was left weakened for awhile. Loki easily defeated him and he only killed the Trickster with aid from Sam and Dean. Lucifer also was not afraid of Gabriel when Dean ordered him to kill him, saying that he was too weak to challenge him. In this state, Gabriel can't use much of his powers and his physical strength is weakened as well.
- Supernatural Handcuffs - At least while his grace is low, Gabriel can be bound by the handcuffs.
- Archangels - Gabriel, as the youngest Archangel, can be overpowered by his older Archangel siblings. Lucifer was able to casually overpower and supposedly kill Gabriel with his own blade. Michael from the Apocalypse World later easily defeated Gabriel and killed him.
- Primordial Entities - God, Death and the Darkness can kill Gabriel effortlessly.
- Archangel Blades - He was thought to be killed by his own archangel blade by Lucifer. Alternate Michael killed him with one.
- Castiel and Gabriel - Gabriel's relationship with his younger brother Castiel.
- Lucifer and Gabriel - Gabriel's relationship with his older brother Lucifer.
- The Winchesters and Gabriel - Gabriel's relationship with the hunters Sam and Dean.
- God and Gabriel - Gabriel's relationship with his father God.
- Jack and Gabriel - Gabriel's relationship with his nephew Jack.
- Lucifer: Brother, don't make me do this.
- Gabriel: No one makes us do anything.
- Shut your cakehole. You don't know anything about my family. I love my father, my brothers. Love them. But watching them turn on each other? Tear at each other's throats? I couldn't bear it! Okay? So I left. And now it's happening all over again.
- Gabriel: Lucifer, you're my brother. And I love you. But you are a great big bag of dicks.
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Season 4
- The Monster at the End of This Book (referenced only)
- Season 5
- Season 6
- You Can't Handle The Truth (mentioned only)
- Season 8
- The Great Escapist (mentioned only)
- Season 9
- Meta Fiction (as an illusion)
- Season 11
- Season 13
- Season 14
- His aiding the Winchesters to stop the Apocalypse is ironic, since in Norse mythology Loki is the one responsible for starting Ragnarok, the Norse Apocalypse. Loki's role is similar to Lucifer and it results in the death of most of the major Norse deities. Its later shown that Gabriel and Loki are separate entities though Gabriel has assumed Loki's identity.
- In popular culture, it is said that Gabriel shall blow the trumpet blast that initiates the end of time. Ironically, Gabriel is the only archangel to help the Winchesters stop the Apocalypse.
- He is the first archangel to appear, although it wasn't revealed until Season 5.
- Gabriel is the only archangel who has only used one vessel on-screen.
- Gabriel is the only archangel to have neither been a Ruler of Heaven or Hell.
- According to Richard Speight Jr., Gabriel's wings are blue.
- Gabriel is also the only archangel never to become a main or secondary antagonist in any season though he acts as an antagonist in Season 2, Season 3 and Season 5.
- Despite his mischievous behaviors and deeds, he is the only archangel to show that he cares for humanity as he is willing to go against Michael and Lucifer.
- In All in the Family, God displays the same tendency as Gabriel to snap his fingers while using his powers. Michael does the same in The Song Remains the Same when banishing Uriel while Lucifer displays the same tendency when using his powers following his escape in Season 11, particularly when using Molecular Combustion.
- Although the youngest archangel, he was the first to fake his own death and the first one to be introduced.
- Gabriel was the first primordial entity to appear on the show.
- His reason for leaving Heaven was similar to his father, as both were disgusted by the actions of their family and left while assuming new identities.
- Gabriel is the only archangel to ever refer to himself as such.
- Gabriel is the fourth recurring character to travel to another reality. The others being Claire Novak, Kaia Nieves, and Arthur Ketch.
- He is the second archangel to be killed, first being Raphael.
- Gabriel's death is similar to Crowley as both protected the Winchesters from an Archangel and died trying. Both died in Apocalypse World and their actions to keep the respective Archangel in the realm failed.
- Gabriel's story shows that the Gabriel seen in Meta Fiction was in fact an illusion generated by Metatron since though Gabriel was alive at the time, he was the prisoner of Asmodeus since Loki's family sold him to Asmodeus during the Apocalypse. A further clue is that the actual Gabriel retains his wings and full powers while the illusionary Gabriel was in a weakened state and relied on human transportation like the other angels.
- According to Islamic Quran, Gabrial is the archangel that gave the word of God to the alleged prophet Mohammed. In the Bible, he is the archangel that acts as a messenger to Daniel, the Virgin Mary and the parents of John the Baptist.