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Primordial Entities or Cosmic Beings refer to a group of nigh- or lower-tier omnipotent beings who existed before the creation of the Universe.


All of them were older than the universe and possess immense power, ranging from at least destroying someone on a subatomic level (Raphael), altering the very fabric of reality (Gabriel), up to fully removing all of existence (The Darkness), or creating whole universes (God). Despite their immense power and agelessness, none were unkillable since even Death, God, and Amara, being called the strongest beings, could be killed under the right conditions. Death was destroyed, despite being an entity so powerful he saw humans no more powerful or important than how humans viewed bacterium. According to Billie, a former incarnation of Death, God could be killed by the Nephilim Jack once Nephilim grows strong enough. Jack later revealed that Billie was turning him into a sort of bomb that will cause God and the Darkness to cease to exist when it goes off. However, it would also kill Jack himself in the process. Like all things, even the Primordials are, to certain degrees, subject to the flow of the Natural Order.

Common Powers

All primordial beings share these powers to varying degrees.


  • Archangels - As beings created by God himself, archangels possess unimaginable levels of power.
    • Gabriel - Created a TV universe to imprison the Winchesters. He made Sam relive a day over again countless times by reversing time and ensuring Dean died each day. He was assumed to have been killed by Lucifer during the Apocalypse, but was revealed to have faked his death. He went into hiding but was captured by the fourth, and last, Prince of Hell, Asmodeus, who fed off of his grace to grow into one of the strongest demons to exist. After escaping, he easily killed Asmodeus and absconded from his responsibilities again. After killing Loki and his sons, Gabriel set aside his past as the Trickster and agreed to help the Winchesters fight Michael. Killed by the Alternate Michael while helping the Winchesters.
    • Raphael - On one occasion, he rendered all electricity on the eastern seaboard cut off and destroyed Castiel on a subatomic level. Killed by Castiel empowered by the souls of Purgatory.
    • Lucifer - Creator of the demon species. Capable of bringing about the Apocalypse. Killed by Dean Winchester while powered by Apocalypse World Michael. After being woken up in the Empty by his vessel Nick, Lucifer attempted to have Nick resurrect him, only to be foiled by Jack and returned to the Empty where Lucifer continues to reside. Lucifer is briefly resurrected by God, but is once again killed by Michael.
    • Michael - The de facto Ruler of Heaven after God left. The oldest and most powerful Archangel. Imprisoned in Lucifer's Cage. He is the only remaining Archangel of the Main Universe alive. After God chose to begin the end of the Main Universe, he opened all of the doors in Hell, including the door to the Cage, leaving Michael with a way to escape. After returning to Earth, Michael was able to effortlessly kill the first demon Lilith when she annoyed him and provided Dean and Castiel with a spell to trap God. Even while restrained by the upgraded Supernatural Handcuffs, Michael retained some of his powers including a degree of his incredible strength, terrakinesis and the ability to create a rift to Purgatory, something that even Raphael couldn't do without a powerful spell.
    • Apocalypse World Michael - An alternate reality version of Michael trying to invade the Main Universe and take it over. In a gambit to defeat Lucifer, the alternate version is reluctantly allowed into the vessel of Dean Winchester but later flees the vessel after defeating him. Alternate Michael was imprisoned in the subconscious of Dean Winchester until he broke free and was killed by Jack while using Rowena MacLeod as a vessel.
    • Apocalypse World Lucifer - An alternate reality version of Lucifer who rose from Hell and began the Apocalypse. In his reality, Lucifer was defeated and killed by Michael.
    • Apocalypse World Gabriel - An alternate reality version of Gabriel who left Heaven. If he survived the Apocalypse in his world, he was killed when God destroyed the Multiverse.
  • Death - A nigh-omnipotent being, the eldest Horsemen, and the personification of death itself. He is able to kill any being, except the Darkness, and whoever bears the Mark of Cain. He once realigned the orbit of the moon and is also capable of jail-breaking Lucifer's Cage. Killed by Dean Winchester with his own scythe. After his demise, Billie takes his place as the new Death. After Billie's death, Betty briefly takes Death's place.
  • God - The creator of almost everything that exists in the universe and the Darkness' twin brother. Created afterlife dimensions such as Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, as well as many alternate dimensions. Can transfer the Mark of Cain, and do, or create, virtually anything. Death and the Darkness are the only beings to pose any threat to God. After being shot with The Equalizer, a weapon of God's own creation, God is currently in a severely weakened and diminished state. Due to his mandatory existence, God cannot be killed without the whole universe being destroyed. However, it is believed that in his current weakened state he can be trapped as God once did to the Darkness and Michael has provided a spell that can do it. As seen in an alternate timeline, locking God away causes the cosmic balance to shift towards darkness, leading the world to become a darker place. However, Billie, the current incarnation of Death, states that the Nephilim Jack can become strong enough to kill God if he follows a plan laid out by Billie which she appears to be getting from the book detailing God's ultimate demise in Death's Reading Room. God's power is eventually absorbed by Jack, turning him into the new God and leaving the original God a mortal being.
  • The Darkness - God's twin sister. She is able to annihilate all of existence and is capable of undoing virtually anything in the universe her brother made. Stronger than God himself, she is also able to fatally wound her own brother and heal him fully without difficulty. No supernatural entity can survive her or overpower her without massive assistance such as all the archangels and God. Only God is capable of killing her and only with help. However, the Winchesters speculate that once Jack becomes powerful enough to kill God, he might be able to kill the Darkness too. Billie later confirms that they must kill both God and the Darkness to keep the Natural Order and prevent the universe from collapsing once God is gone. Amara eventually allows Chuck to absorb her. After becoming the new God, Jack states that Amara exists in harmony with him.



  • Gabriel was the first primordial entity the Winchester brothers encountered. Notably, Gabriel is the youngest primordial entity, while the oldest and most powerful one, the Darkness, is the last one they met.
  • Lucifer was the first primordial that the Winchesters knowingly encountered, since both Gabriel and God hid their identities from them.
  • Due to the Winchesters traveling back in time, Michael was, chronologically, the first primordial and angel to meet the Winchesters, having met them before they were born in the timeline.[1]
  • With the exception of Death, all the known Primordials are related. God and Amara are siblings and all the Archangels are God's children and The Darkness' nephews.
  • Since the introduction of Gabriel, Season 8 is the only season to not feature a Primordial Entity.
  • Season 5 featured the most Primordial Entities in a single season, with the appearances of all four Archangels, God, and Death.
  • Aside from Death, all the Primordial Beings appear to be elemental. The Darkness is the primordial darkness, God is the primordial light, and the Archangels which God called the Stuff of Primordial Creation, are spiritual entities of light, like the lesser angels, but are far more powerful with only the older primordials and Jack exceeding their power.
  • It is unknown if Death's brothers count as Primordial entities.
  • In Season 13, The Shadow is introduced and stated The Empty (its residence) has existed before everything. However, the age of the entity and whether it counts as a primordial entity is unknown. However, it possesses vast powers as it can kill angels, resurrect them, invade Heaven and overcome it's defenses, and can even possess angels. As it only has near omnipotence in the Empty, it's powers rivals primordial entities even if it isn't one.
  • Lucifer is the most recurring primordial entity. He is also the most recurring antagonistic primordial entity in the series.
  • Among the entities only Death or at least his position has a fail safe. Where as, if the Archangels die they just die, and where as Amara and God are the equilibrium that holds reality together where if they die reality dies. If Death dies, then the next reaper after him to die will inherit his position.
  • Dean Winchester has killed two Primordial Entities: Death and Lucifer.
  • Lucifer is the only one among the beings to have had a child with a human.
  • Lucifer is the only Primordial Entity to have ever been resurrected.
  • The Archangels and Death are the only known Primordial Entities with alternate universe counterparts.
  • In the non-canon resource novel Supernatural: The Men of Letters Bestiary: Winchester Family Edition, Eve and the Leviathan were listed alongside God and the Darkness in the "Primordial Entities" section.
  • God stated to Sam that if he were to be seal away the law of nature specifically dealing with monsters would take over in his absence. This differs from Amara where sealing her had no adverse effect on the universe.