|“||In the beginning, it was just you and me, and we were family. I loved you, and I thought — I knew... that you loved me. But then you went and you made all these other things. I hated them. I hated you for needing something else, something that wasn't me. And then you locked me away, and all I could think about was making you suffer. I did. And I thought revenge would make me happy. But I was wrong. What you've made... it's beautiful. It took me a long time to see that. I know that we can't go back to the way things were. I don't want to, but I wish... I wish that we could just be a family again.||”|
The Darkness, often called by her other name Amara, is a supremely powerful primordial entity who has existed since before the beginning of time, predating both God and Death, who were of similar age. Sometime later, after her brother God came into being, he created the Archangels to fight a terrible war against her. Through the combined power of God and the Archangels, God sealed her away, not wanting to kill her, by using the Mark of Cain as both a lock and key. God revealed that he chose not to kill her in her weakened state as she needed to exist with himself so reality wouldn't be destroyed. Whilst the Archangels battled her and thus knew of her existence, she is so ancient and mysterious that the Demons and even the Angels, except for Metatron, didn't believe she existed or was locked away. However, Metatron knew about her and who she was, as he was God's scribe. Both Heaven and Hell thought it to be a "myth" or "scary bedtime story", told to keep others in line.
When Rowena used a spell from the Book of the Damned in order to free Dean of the Mark (which he gained from Cain to kill Abaddon and had been bearing it since), the Darkness was unleashed once again. While on Earth, The Darkness has taken the body of a female baby, Amara. Since regaining her power by consuming human souls, she matured and grew into a young woman in just a few months. As a young woman, she has also developed a romantic affection for Dean, and is possibly in love with him.
With Dean's help, the Darkness reconciled with her brother and departed the Earth with him, but not before leaving Dean a thank you present.
|“||Before there was light, before there was God and the Archangels, there wasn't nothing. There was the Darkness, a horribly destructive, amoral force that was beaten back by God and his Archangels in a terrible war. God locked the Darkness away where it could do no harm, and he created a Mark that would serve as both lock and key, which he entrusted to his most valued lieutenant, Lucifer. But the Mark began to exert its own will, revealed itself as a curse, and began to corrupt. Lucifer became jealous of man. God banished Lucifer to Hell. Lucifer passed the Mark to Cain, who passed the Mark to you, the proverbial finger in the dike.||”|
In Brother's Keeper, Death revealed to Dean the existence of the Darkness, which he calls "a terrible, amoral force" when Dean requested that Death remove the Mark of Cain. Death warned that God and the archangels defeated the Darkness and locked it away with the Mark acting as lock and key for its prison and the Mark must not be removed without first passing it on or the Darkness will be released.
After Rowena performed the Mark of Cain Removal Spell, the Mark was removed from Dean's arm. Shortly thereafter, lightning bolts punched holes in the ground from which the Darkness emerged and swept over the Impala as the Winchesters tried to get away. As revealed in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, her release caused such strong disturbances in Hell, that Lucifer's Cage was damaged as a side effect, which eventually allowed Lucifer to influence the outside world.
|“||We're bound, Dean. We'll always be bound. You helped me, I helped you. No matter where I am, who I am, we will always help each other.||”|
in Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
In Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire, shortly after breaking out of her prison, she spared Sam and Dean's life and in a vision, thanked Dean for freeing her. She mentioned that she already helped him and Dean helped her. Bound for eternity, they will always help each other. When Dean told her that he already knew about the Darkness from Death, she was confused as she didn't know Death nor did Death know her.
At the same time, her release caused the residents of Superior, Nebraska who encountered her smoke form to become Rabids. While Sam worked to find a cure for the Rabid infection, Dean took Jenna Nickerson and a baby named Amara who was born during the release of the Darkness to safety. Unknown to Dean, Amara had taken the baby as a vessel with baby Amara sporting the Mark of Cain on her left shoulder as the adult Amara did in Dean's vision. After Crowley returned to his vessel, his demons informed him of a disturbance in Lucifer's Cage that was believed to be a warning from Michael or Lucifer about the Darkness.
In Form and Void, following the Darkness' release, Sam continued searching for a cure for the people infected by her. His search led him to find that Holy Fire cured her victims. At the same time, Dean and Jenna Nickerson brought Amara to Jenna's grandmother's house in Cedar Raids, Iowa. After being put into a crib, Amara telekinetically moved objects in the room around, ultimately impaling blocks in the wall before Jenna and her grandmother with a demand to feed her. Jenna's religious grandmother called for an exorcist, but got the King of Hell Crowley posing as a priest. Crowley informed Dean that he could sense the being in the house, calling it powerful, old and dark.
As Jenna tried to sooth Amara, the baby ate her soul, causing the soulless Jenna to kill her grandmother. After checking on Amara and seeing the Mark of Cain on her chest, Dean realized that she's the Darkness, but he and Crowley got distracted by Jenna who revealed that Amara ate her soul. As Dean and Crowley were distracted, Amara aged into a young girl, put on some kid's clothes left in the room and departed, noticed briefly by Crowley. After Crowley killed Jenna and Dean incapacitated the demon, he went to kill Amara, only to find her gone. Crowley, intrigued by "the child who eats souls," tracked Amara down the next day and offered her a family he kidnapped to feast upon.
In The Bad Seed, after finding Amara, Crowley took her to his lair where he assigned her a demonic "nanny" and began educating her about what has happened since she was locked away. He essentially spoiled her with literally whatever she asked for so as to assure her allegiance. Amara, for the most part, proves complacent and calm, asking Crowley many questions about the world God created while she was learning but expressed a slight fear of him. She even came to call Crowley "Uncle Crowley" despite the fact that she was eons older than him. However, she dodges Crowley's questions about her own plans while conversing with a reflection of her older self in a mirror behind Crowley's back.
|“||Good, evil, Heaven, Hell, people, it all seems so unimportant.||”|
in The Bad Seed
Amara was constantly hungry for souls to consume, which Crowley at first happily and later reluctantly facilitated by feeding her random demons in deceased vessels. Amara's appetite only grew to greater levels and eventually resulted in her consuming both of her demonic nannies and her taking on an older form, much to the concern of Crowley. When Crowley tried to dissuade her from consuming more demonic souls, she became angry and demanded to be fed.
In Baby, Sam informed Dean that there was no sign of the Darkness, worrying Dean that the Darkness was still out there somewhere getting stronger. While sleeping, Sam was visited in a dream by a being taking the form of his father who warned Sam that "The Darkness is coming" and only the Winchesters could stop her. However, he refused to elaborate on how she could be stopped. Dean later learned from the Nachzehrer Deputy Donelly that he knew of the Darkness, didn't believe it could be stopped by anyone and was building an army to try to survive for as long as possible. The Winchesters were left worried by the fact that even the monsters were scared of the Darkness.
In Thin Lizzie, while investigating a series of strange murders in Fall River, Massachusetts, Dean learned from Len Fletcher that he encountered Amara outside of the Lizzie Borden Hotel and Museum. After chatting with him briefly, Amara then devoured Len's soul, which subsequently extinguished his passion for Borden altogether and robbed him of his conscience. Dean realized from Len's description and his own experience with baby Amara that Amara was growing by feeding on people's souls and that the killer was another of her soulless victims. Sydney, the killer, told the Winchesters that she met Amara outside of a bar where Amara made Sydney feel bliss before consuming her soul when Sydney called Amara an angel which Amara had found insulting. Sydney planned to offer up the Winchesters to Amara who she sensed was close by, but was killed by Len before she could harm them further. The Winchesters later left Fall River to pursue Amara, but as they drove away, Amara emerged from out of a treeline, smiled and said "bye Dean. I'll see you soon."
In Our Little World, Crowley became concerned about Amara constantly feeding on demon souls and sneaking out to feed on humans when he put restrictions upon her, particularly before he could be assured of Amara's loyalty to him. When Amara returned from feeding on the soul of Goldie Schmidtlapp, which aged Amara into a teenager, Crowley grounded her and forcefully asserted his power over Amara when she tried to leave. Amara acknowledged that Crowley was stronger "for now," but subsequently began asserting her independence by refusing to feed on the people Crowley brought her. Crowley requested time to find something he could offer her such as his protection which Amara reluctantly agreed to.
At the same time, Crowley dispatched the demon Marco to clean up Amara's "left overs" around Fall River. Marco killed Len Fletcher, but was captured by the Winchesters who learned from Marco of how Amara had been feeding on demon souls under Crowley's care to grow stronger. After killing Marco, the Winchesters managed to track down Crowley's lair and launched a raid in an attempt to kill Amara before she could grow stronger. Dean confronted Amara in her room with the demon-killing knife, but had a hard time bringing himself to even try to stab Amara before Crowley intervened. As Crowley prepared to kill Dean, Amara overpowered Crowley and caused him immense pain. In exchange for Crowley allowing Dean to leave unharmed, Amara released Crowley and prepared to leave to pursue "the oldest grudge." When Sam burst into the room and Amara flung him away, Dean turned on her with the knife, forcing Amara to pin him to a pillar with telekinesis before she left. Amara later enjoyed her freedom as she walked through the world, unopposed.
As the Winchesters went after Amara, Castiel was able to capture the Scribe of God Metatron and interrogated Metatron for what he knew about the Darkness. Metatron eventually revealed the truth: that the Darkness is God's sister who he had to lock away in order to make Creation. The information left the Winchesters disturbed while Sam's constant visions began showing him Lucifer's Cage.
In Plush, Castiel has dug up every bit of pre-Biblical lore he could find in Gaza in an attempt to find some information on the Darkness. However, half of it Sam couldn't read as it was in Aramaic while the half he could read lacked a single mention of the Darkness. At the same time, Sam has been praying to God who Sam believed was sending him the visions asking for guidance. Sam later revealed to Dean that his visions were of Lucifer's Cage and Sam believed that God wanted Sam to return to the Cage and that God might be telling him that the Cage was where the answer to defeating the Darkness lay. Dean flatly refused the idea of Sam returning to Lucifer's Cage or that the key to defeating the Darkness may be there.
In Just My Imagination, the zanna Sully revealed that he had heard rumors about the Darkness. Sam admitted that he had released the Darkness upon the world and that he was terrified by God's apparent desire for Sam to return to Lucifer's Cage to do so. Sam later tried to discuss returning to the Cage with Dean, but Dean continued to refuse the idea.
By O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Amara, at last, had gained the adult form she had appeared to Dean as when she was released and set about tracking down God so as to settle her score. Scouting across the globe, she attacked and slaughtered hundreds of humans in various religious sects both to learn about his universe's rules and in an effort to draw her brother out of hiding, but was visibly and violently frustrated each and every time as God continually failed to appear or intervene in any way. Eventually, her activities drew the attention of the Winchesters yet again, who were in the midst of preparing to visit Lucifer's Cage with Crowley and Rowena. Dean traveled to her last known location, a church, and sensed her presence through their bond.
|“||He was so threatened by me, fearful that I would make a more perfect Creation than he, so he exiled me. Virtually erased me. Passed on stories that I was a threat.||”|
in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
|“|| Dean: What is it exactly that you want? When you make the world at bliss and at peace, what's in it for you?|
Amara: What I deserve.
Dean: Which is?
Amara: I was the beginning, and I will be the end. I will be all that there is.
— Amara and Dean
in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
After meeting up with Dean, Amara teleported Dean and herself to the countryside and engaged him in conversation. She attempted to explain her actions by criticizing God and his universe due to his detachment from his beloved creations, the pain they endured, and his apparent need to be worshiped and loved by all. She claimed that, if she were allowed her way, there would be no pain, no sorrow, no rules, just bliss. Her words had no effect on Dean who stubbornly accused her of seeking to become the new 'God', to which Amara replied that God was the light, and she was the dark. She also revealed she was once all that there was, and she sought to reestablish that state. Dean attempted to stab her with a silver knife but the blade shattered upon the impact. Completely unfazed by the attack, Amara derided Dean's efforts to resist and closed in on him as if to consume his soul, but instead kissed him passionately, declaring that their bond was unbreakable and that in the end, she and Dean would be together and become one.
Before Dean could reply, a small group of angels appeared out of nowhere and attacked Amara but she butchered them with ease. The entire angelic population in Heaven then took aim at her from the heavens, combined all their power as one and prepared to open fire on Amara in a last ditch effort to destroy her with a single ferocious celestial blast. Amara exchanged one last pained look with Dean before teleporting him away to safety as she prepared to meet the angelic attack head-on.
|“||I mean, Heaven brought the thunder, and it barely even scratched my paint job, but you and a shiny knife? Sure.||”|
in The Devil in the Details
In The Devil in the Details, Dean met with Castiel in order to check if the combined angel smiting took the Darkness down. The power of the blast caused supernatural fallout and Dean was unable to proceed closer to the impact area. Castiel eventually met with the angel Ambriel who was sent by Heaven to verify if Amara was killed. The whole area was clouded in Darkness and they decided to team up and search the area. Ambriel eventually found her lying unconscious on the ground. As she came closer and touched Amara, the Darkness woke up. Alarmed by his partner's scream Castiel watched in shock as the Darkness consumed Ambriel's grace and reabsorbed the Darkness around her that had escaped her vessel. Amara was amused as Castiel threatened to stab her with his angel blade. Easily overpowering Castiel, she decided to spare his life since he wasn't even worth the effort to consume his essence. She sent him back to Billie to deliver the message "I am coming."
In Hell's Angel, months later, the Darkness still felt the impact of the combined angel smiting but with the help of Rowena and a powerful spell, she was able to heal her vessel. Rowena tried to convince the Darkness of her usefulness, adding that she could provide knowledge and help her design her world. Amara then tested her healed vessel by sending a powerful blast towards Heaven, which caused a heavy disturbance there as well as lightning on Earth.
Meanwhile, Crowley teams up with the Winchesters in hopes of using the Horn of Joshua against Lucifer. Sam and Dean however, believe that the weapon used by Lucifer can destroy the Darkness. They also prepared a trap in order to give Castiel some time to either reject Lucifer or leave his vessel. With the help of Rowena, they were able to finally summon Lucifer. Lucifer asked for the Hand of God but Dean tried to reach out to Castiel with a spell. However, Lucifer quickly regained control of the vessel and running out of time, Crowley possessed Lucifer but also failed to free Castiel. As the wardings could no longer hold Lucifer, he was about to kill Sam and Dean. In this moment the Darkness blasted through the walls of the building. After a short conversation, Lucifer obtained power from the Horn and released an immense blast on Amara to no avail as she was completely unharmed.
|“||As God's favorite, his first son, you may be the one thing in all of creation that he still cares about. The one thing that could finally make him show himself, so that I could confront him and he can acknowledge the wrongs he has done me. And then he can witness the utter destruction of all his creation, before he himself is swept away.||”|
in Hell's Angel
Amara telekinetically pulled Lucifer, who was visibly shocked, to her. She released Sam and Dean from Lucifer's telekinetic grip and said to Lucifer that they need to have a chat, teleporting them both away to her lair. Pinned against the wall, Lucifer tried to convince the Darkness that they both share anger towards God and that he is willing to team up with her. Amara eventually agrees, but not quite as Lucifer hoped: she came to think that Lucifer might be the proper tool to lure out God, since Lucifer might be the one thing in all of creation, that God still cares about. She announced that her brother will watch the destruction of all of existence before his own death. Amara raised her hands and began to torture her nephew, who subsequently began to scream in agony.
In Don't Call Me Shurley, Amara unleashed a deadly fog on a small town, which captured the attention of Sam and Dean. They quickly came to realize that Amara was responsible for this. Influenced by Amara, an infected police officer told Dean that God won't save them and that everything that exists will vanish forever - except Dean and Amara herself. Once the fog threatened to cloud the whole city, most people hid in the police station, including Sam and Dean. They tried to prevent the fog from penetrating the police station, but eventually failed and Sam got infected as well. In desperation, Dean demanded God's help. Due to his conversation with Metatron, God came to think that he should not abandon his creations. Dean's amulet began to glow, implicating God's presence. God erased the fog and also healed and resurrected all the people affected by the plague.
|“||You really aren't worth sparing... None of you.||”|
in All in the Family
In All in the Family, Amara continued to torture Lucifer in an attempt to force him to call out to God and sends more fog to try to draw God out, attacking the town of Lewis, Oklahoma and inadvertently turning Donatello Redfield into a Prophet. When it failed, Amara projected an image of herself and Lucifer into Dean's mind to try to get him to let God know of Lucifer's predicament and that of Castiel since Castiel was Lucifer's vessel. Amara later contacted Dean again, asking to meet with him privately.
Dean eventually agreed to meet with Amara in a forest and she asked him to become a part of her and to give up his state of being. Amara and Dean both acknowledged the feelings they have for each other, even though Dean was frightened by their affections. Dean resisted her desire for them to become one, and Amara realized that he has met with God and is now protected from her mentally. Amara realized that she had been betrayed and returns to her lair where Sam, Metatron and Donatello had rescued Lucifer. Metatron used an angel banishing sigil on Amara, but she was simply amused by his efforts. Metatron told Amara that God meant well and asks her to spare the universe. Enraged, Amara replied with a "spare this" and imploded him into nothingness.
As Sam, Lucifer and Donatello raced away in the Impala, Amara appeared in the middle of the road and stopped the car, stating that none of them deserved to be spared. As she prepared to kill them, God teleported the car to the bunker.
In We Happy Few, in search of God, Amara entered the home of Donatello and attacked him, demanding he tell her the whereabouts of God. When Donatello refused, Amara absorbs his soul and gains the knowledge. She travels to Kansas and enter the Men of Letters bunker, after having taken down the warding. She appeared on the war room table and noticed ]God's mug, which she kicked out of annoyance. She then began her search inside the bunker. She eventually entered Dean's room and found a photograph of Dean with his mother, Mary Winchester, and appeared to admire Dean's photo.
Suddenly, Rowena called to her and offers to take her to God in exchange for Amara allowing her own escape. Despite knowing it to be a trap, Amara leaves the bunker and heads to Rowena's location at a nearby abandoned power plant. Rowena urged her to go inside the power plant, but Amara informed her of what she is aware. In response, Rowena attacked her with the Diminishing Spell to no effect. Amara mused how it "tickles". She proceeded to mock Rowena for thinking one witch could harm her. Rowena argued that she was not just one witch, and resumes her attack, this time empowered by other witches. This knocked Amara to her knees, but she soon rose up and deflected the spell, knocking Rowena away and killing the other witches.
Just then, Heaven begins preparing for a combined smiting. Amara extends her arms out and screams as the blast comes for her. The blast left Amara noticeably wounded, but shortly after, Amara found herself attacked by demons in their smoke form. She struggled to swat them away, and the demons began to levitate her into the air. Crowley exited the building and joined the fray, and hit Amara in his smoke form, knocking her into a car down below.
Now beaten and battered, Amara slowly marched into the warehouse and discovered God waiting for her. They met again for the first time since her imprisonment. She attempted to attack but Lucifer impaled her from behind with his spear, injuring her further. Amara admitted defeat, saying God won and he should kill her, even if his reason for doing so may not be justifiable. Amara explained that she loved God and they were equals together, but God went off and created lesser begins such as the archangels, to boost his ego. God argued that life needed to be created and that she wouldn't let him. Though sorry for what he did, God began sealing her away again, this time using Sam as the bearer of the Mark.
|“||If you won't change, why should I?!||”|
Horrified, Amara struck back and attacked God with tentacles of darkness, yelling how she'd rather die a million times and kill him a million more before going back to her prison. Lucifer tried to protect his father and charged at her again, but Amara simply sent him flying into a pillar and ripped him out of Castiel's vessel. Dean tried to defend God too but Amara deflected him as well. God erupted in a ball of bright light and collapsed onto the floor. Amara stated that he was not dead, but dying, for she wanted him to witness to destruction of everything he created. Upon declaring her intentions, Amara departed, fully healed of her injuries. At the same time, the sun began going dark from God's state.
In Alpha and Omega, after getting her revenge, Amara traveled to a park where she noticed that she is starting to be affected by God's state as well. While there, Amara met an old lady who she talked about family with and despite how much the woman hated her son for trying to put her in a retirement home, she loved him anyway. Amara is emotionally affected by the discussion of family and upset as she reflected on what she did to her brother.
As the sun continued to die, Dean arrived, armed with a soul bomb to kill Amara with. Amara explained that the universe is dying with God and her along with it. Amara admitted to being conflicted on what she did to her brother to Dean who told Amara that God didn't want her dead either. Dean told Amara about his fights with Sam but how at the end of the day, he loved him anyway. After Amara mentioned she thought her revenge would feel better than it does, Dean told her it only feels good for about five minutes and urged her to find another way.
|“||I thought revenge would make me happy. But I was wrong. What you've made... it's beautiful. It took me a long time to see that.||”|
— Amara to God
in Alpha and Omega
After speaking with Dean, Amara teleported God to their location and admitted that he had created something beautiful. Amara explained that before God created the universe, it used to be just the two of them and she got jealous when he created other things. Amara told God she knows they can't go back to before, but asked to have her brother back. God and Amara forgave each other and Amara healed the damage she did to God, causing the sun to return to normal. After God removed the souls from Dean, he and Amara departed the Earth to have a "family meeting" to truly reconcile fully. Before leaving in a stream of darkness, Amara told Dean that he gave her what she need most so she will do the same for him.
|“||Dean, you gave me what I needed most. I wanna do the same for you.||”|
— Amara to Dean
in Alpha and Omega
After finding his mother resurrected, Dean explains everything that has happened since she died including the fact that Amara resurrected her. Mary is stunned by the fact that God's sister resurrected her and Dean admits that it's a lot to take in.
When confronted by the Winchesters, Castiel and Crowley, Lucifer, who survived the Darkness' attack on him, tells them that he believes that God only needed his help to defeat the Darkness. As a result, Lucifer now believes that God only apologized to get his help and abandoned Lucifer once he didn't need him to fight the Darkness anymore.
During The Rising Son, Donatello reveals to Sam and Dean how he is now soulless due to Amara's attack on him.
In Various & Sundry Villains, when Lucifer tries to get Castiel to trust him and give Lucifer some of his grace, Castiel refuses, noting that he'd trusted Lucifer when they fought the Darkness together and got betrayed.
In Lebanon, Sam and Dean tell John Winchester about the events that he has missed, including fighting the Darkness. After the timeline is altered by John's disappearance in 2003, Sam tells John that they think Mary will just fade away as the war with the Darkness never happened and thus Mary was never resurrected in that timeline.
During Peace of Mind, Donatello tells a curious Jack that Amara was the one who took his soul. Jack seemed surprised to learn of his great-aunt's actions and how they affected the prophet's morals.
In Moriah, God tells the Winchesters and Castiel that Amara has been with him on his journey and that they have been having a nice time reconnecting. God states that Amara is currently in Reno, Nevada playing keno which she's discovered a love for.
|“||I spent millions of years crammed into that cage, alone and afraid, wishing - begging - for death, because of you! (...) I'd die a million times! Murder you a million more before going back there! Tell me, if you won't change, why should I?!||”|
in We Happy Few
|“||Now, you might be a -- an all-powerful being... but I think you're human where it counts.||”|
Due to her imprisonment, Amara had no knowledge or understanding of how God's universe worked. However, after feeding on various souls and studying important points in human history, she finally came to the conclusion that her brother had "screwed up" when he made the world, saying that Heaven, Hell, good, evil, and even people seemed unimportant. When she was first released, she intended to remake the world as she saw fit: a world where nobody had to suffer, and instead lived blissfully for eternity. However, she also wanted to destroy everything that her brother had created to make him suffer.
In her younger forms, she was very impatient and easily became upset if she wasn't given what she wanted immediately, due to Crowley giving her whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. As an adult, she said she deserved to have - and be - everything. As she was the beginning, so too would she be the end.
Both Lucifer and Amara alluded to their long-term plans, but with different connotations. Lucifer stated that, unlike God, whom he describes as "a master strategist," Amara is prone to tantrums and baldness of experience.
From the moment of her release, Amara became infatuated by Dean, as he'd been the one to release her (from her point of view). She said it was destiny that she had been released, and that they would one day become one. When they met for the first time since Amara "grew up" and became an adult, she kissed him passionately, saying it was "the future" and the inevitable result of their first meeting.Eventually, it turns out that Amara was only interested in Dean because she did not want to be alone after taking revenge on God. She has even stated that she has loved God more than he could ever imagine. After getting her revenge, Amara began to lament her actions as, despite everything God did to her, she still loved her brother.
As God and his creation began to die, Amara really began to see beauty at all and admitted that along with the real reason for her actions: jealousy. Amara had been jealous of God for needing something else; something that was not her, but after he created life and made her consumed by rage. After releasing the jealousy and anger, Amara finally had what she really wanted all the time: her brother back what made her happy.
Despite her beliefs, Amara showed the ability to admit that she is wrong and to make amends as she did with God. It seemed she had built her vengeance so much that Amara never considered what would happen when she succeeded. After being confronted with the reality of what she did, she understood her mistake. She is also very grateful and resurrects Mary Winchester as a gift to Dean for helping her.
When God returns three years after the end of the war with Amara, he tells the Winchesters and Castiel that he and Amara have had a nice time reconnecting as a family. Amara has apparently developed a taste for playing keno now, showing that she has gained an enjoyment for at least some human things.
|“||God was the Light. I am the Dark.||”|
— The Darkness
in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
|“||I am Being. She's Nothingness.||”|
|“||You have to understand this about the Darkness: she is relentless. A force beyond human comprehension.||”|
The Darkness was the beginning of everything; prior to her nothing else existed. While walking among God's creation, she took the form of an adult human woman, but her true form looks like a dark cloud that corrupts living beings when they come in contact with it. Death described her as an ancient and horribly destructive amoral force while God, her younger brother, described her as "nothingness".
It is also implied that she would never change her nature; God himself tried to convince her that their creations could end up to be greater than themselves, but Amara always dismissed him and destroyed any world he created. Amara said that she only wanted solitude, whereas God wanted a "fan club", and Lucifer said she wanted nothingness. Even after being imprisoned since the dawn of time, she continued to wreak havoc upon the world as soon as she was unleashed and intended to annihilate all of existence in order to recreate the world the way she wants.
However, despite wreaking havoc, Amara did show that she could see the beauty in the world, and willingly healed her brother to prevent the universe from being destroyed.
In her human form/vessel, Amara had dark brown hair and fair skin. Her outfit gradually changed from pink to dark pink to red and then finally to black as she grew older.
As an adult, she kept her hair long and loose, and wore a black dress with a v-neck. She wore black shoes and had noticeably black nails. In terms of height, she was shorter than Dean and the same height as God's human form.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
|“||We are mightier than God.||”|
— Amara, to her younger form
in The Bad Seed
|“|| Lucifer: Yeah, first time it took the combined strength of me and my brothers to weaken Amara before Daddy-O finished her off.|
God: Even then it was close. Now with just the two of us, we'll lose.
- Immortality - The Darkness is immortal. Even the combined power of all the angels caused her no permanent harm. She was also unfazed by a Hand of God-empowered Lucifer. However it's been stated that she can die as she asked her brother God to kill her.
- Nigh-Invulnerability - Considering her ability to stand against God and his archangels, the Darkness has immense resilience to physical and supernatural attacks. God himself was only able to speculate about what might be able to kill her.
- Regeneration - Amara has shown a healing factor. When she was wounded by a massive angelic smite, she absorbed an Angel's grace and took help from Rowena in order to restore her powers. However, after being significantly weakened by a massive angelic smite, full scale demonic attack, Crowley attacking, and Lucifer's Spear, she regenerated only minutes afterward.
- Nigh-Omnipotence - Castiel describes The Darkness' power level as near infinite, and she describes herself as more powerful than God. In fact, she is so powerful that her brother couldn't defeat her without the archangels, and their combined power was barely enough to seal her away, by tricking her first. Even weakened after a combined attack from witches, demons, angels, and Lucifer, she managed to overpower and fatally wound God, as well as overpower and rip Lucifer from Castiel's body. Among the powers she showed were:
- Absorption - The Darkness is able to absorb energy attacks as seen in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Hell's Angel. She was able to absorb the combined smiting of all angels, although it weakened her to a certain degree. The attack was supposed to destroy a large area instead it only formed a crater. Later, she absorbed an attack from Lucifer with the Horn of Joshua, this time without taking any injuries.
- Angelic Exorcism - Amara was able to pull Lucifer from Castiel's body. While Lucifer survived, the exorcism left him severely weakened.
- Conjuration - She is said to be able to create a whole new reality in which everyone lives blissfully forever, but Lucifer disagrees.
- Corrupting Effect - The Darkness' presence is a corrupting force to whatever it comes in contact with. The Mark of Cain corrupted anyone who wore it, turning them into a killer. When released, those who came in contact with the pure form of the Darkness turned into a meaningless killer. Reaper Billie told Sam that he was "unclean in the biblical sense" from being infected by a Rabid. She can also speak to the Rabids, driving them insane. She often released a deadly fog which turned humans into Rabids and connected humans to her. However, Prophets are immune, as being touched by "God power" (which both Amara and God possess) merely turns regular humans into Prophets.
- Electrokinesis - She tortured Lucifer with powerful electrokinesis that burned his face.
- Empathy - The Darkness can feel and influence the emotions of humans.
- Flight - The Darkness, while disembodied, can fly in a similar manner to demons and angels without a vessel.
- Healing - After reconciling with God, Amara was able to heal the damage her nigh-omnipotent powers did to him, without any difficulty.
- Implosion - After Metatron fails to harm her with an angel banishing sigil, Amara imploded him into nothingness by surrounding him with darkness.
- Localization - Amara was able to track Rowena after she left her side.
- Mental Projection - Amara was able to project an image of herself and Lucifer into Dean's mind to pass a message to God and later to ask Dean to meet with her. She was also able to project a vision of herself in her grown form surrounded by her smoke form into Dean's mind to communicate with him after her release.
- Molecular Combustion - With a wave of her hand, the Darkness caused an angel to explode into dust.
- Pathokinesis - Amara was able to cause humans to feel blissful.
- Possession - After her release, The Darkness possessed a newborn baby, Amara.
- Power Negation - With a wave of her hand, Amara was able to negate Lucifer's hold over the Winchesters. She also was able to render Lucifer completely powerless against her with ease.
- Rapid Aging - By consuming the souls of both humans and demons, she was able to incrementally age herself until the Darkness aged from a baby into a full adult.
- Reality Warping - While she conversed with Dean, her smoke form was still expanding, causing immense winds. However, they were completely unaffected by them, indicating that she has tremendous control over the physical Universe. Her power was evident when she turned a water fountain into blood. She is able to destroy all of God's creation and even Magic itself. Prior to the creation of the current universe, she destroyed multiple worlds God created. She was also able to create matter out of nothing as she could restore Mary's body to its original state thirty years ago, in spite of it being destroyed by Azazel.
- Resurrection - As a "thank you" for Dean helping her, Amara resurrected Mary Winchester. She was able to do this with no apparent effort despite Mary being dead for over thirty years and having left no body behind.
- Sedation - With a wave of her hand, Amara was able to knock Lucifer out.
- Smiting - Just by raising her hand, the Darkness was able to kill an angel with a similar effect to an angel blade.
- Spell Deflection - While she was briefly affected by the Diminishing Spell, Amara was able to quickly overcome and deflect the spell back at Rowena and the other four witches, killing all but Rowena instantly.
- Soul and Grace Consumption - After she was released, the Darkness started devouring human souls in order to heal herself and restore her former power. In her human form, she ate Deputy Jenna Nickerson's soul which made her grow into a little girl and later a preteen girl. She has since consumed many souls (including demon souls). It's revealed that she can also consume the grace of angels, as she consumed Ambriel's grace.
- Super Strength - The Darkness was easily able to throw a grown man with enough force to kill him. The Darkness also blocked an attack from Castiel with ease and threw him several feet away with barely touching him. When attacking God, the Darkness was able to easily strangle him one handed even after being severely weakened by a sequential attack from witches, angels and demons.
- Superhuman Endurance - She has displayed significant tolerance for extreme physical and psychological trauma. This was seen when, despite the combined massive attacks from Rowena and other Witches, Demons, Angels and Lucifer, she was still able to move and walk up to God.
- Supernatural Concealment - While God could hide himself from Amara, she also was able to hide herself from God. However, Donatello was able to sense her presence.
- Telekinesis - In the form of Amara, the Darkness displayed telekinesis. She forced an angel to kill himself with his angel blade and even overpowered God and Lucifer at the same time.
- Teleportation - Amara used this power in various occasions and could even teleport into the Bunker, a heavily warded location with ease. She could teleport herself alone or with others like she did with Lucifer who was possessing Castiel's vessel.
- Umbrakinesis - As the Darkness, she has the ability to summon and control clouds of darkness for various purposes. Amara was able to use this to create tentacles of darkness to attack and fatally wound God to the point that only she could heal him and not even The Book of the Damned could do anything to help God. On another occasion, Amara gathered all of the darkness surrounding her into her being and fired it into Heaven in the form of a shockwave as a demonstration of her power.
- Weather Manipulation - As The Darkness expanded on Earth, she caused powerful winds. She also created a deadly storm with her mind that burned people to charred skeletons. When Amara fired a shockwave of darkness into Heaven, storm clouds formed on Earth with lightning flashing throughout them violently.
- Nigh-Omniscience - Although she is still learning about the Universe that God made while she was locked away, she was immediately able to speak the English language.
- Mandatory Existence - Amara's existence is necessary and provides balance to reality. As God put it, "Light needs Dark", and "Dark needs Light". If she were to be killed, reality itself would end. However, it was said that if both God and the Darkness were to die, a new balance would be established.
Despite her immense power, even The Darkness has weaknesses and can be sealed away or even killed. However, it takes extreme levels of combined power, as even a Hand of God used by Lucifer, which is capable of hurting Archangels, caused her no harm when used alone. Castiel once described her as seemingly impossible to destroy. Her brother God is the only being powerful enough to kill Amara, though not on his own, but he chooses not to as he says that the Darkness (Amara) and the Light (God) must both exist for the Universe to maintain balance, if either God or The Darkness cease to exist, the other also ceases together with reality itself. Thus, God opted to seal her away.
Harming and BanishingEdit
- Combined forces of powerful beings - The combined strength of God and the Archangels was strong enough to bind the Darkness and seal her with a lock, albeit barely. An attack by an army of demons, in smoke form, after an attack by witches and a mass-smite by angels somewhat weakened Amara.
- The Mark of Cain - The Mark of Cain was the "lock" to the prison that held the Darkness back. As long as someone bore the Mark, the Darkness would remain sealed. Amara has displayed a great fear of the mark of Cain, claiming that she would rather finally die than be imprisoned by that Mark.
- Diminishing Spell - This spell was able weaken the Darkness to some degree and left burns on her face and right shoulder.
- Lucifer's Spear - After a combined attack of angels, witches and demons it was capable of harming her vessel to the point of her admitting defeat.
- Archangels - While a single archangel cannot harm Amara, the four archangels together can weaken her enough for God to be able to trap her.
- Witchcraft - Although being one of the more powerful beings in existence, Amara remains affected by magic, as Rowena could cast the Dark Medic Spell to heal her.
|“|| Castiel: She does seem impossible to destroy.|
Sam: Is she, Chuck?
God: The Darkness might - might - have a weakness: Light.
Sam: How much light are we talking about?
God: I don't know. 10,000 suns set to supernova?
- God - God is able to kill the Darkness, though he needs help to weaken her first.
- Light (possibly) - According to God, a massive amount of light equivalent to 10,000 suns going supernova at once could potentially destroy the Darkness.
- Mandatory Existence Compromised - If God were to be killed, the imbalance would result in the annihilation of everything that exists, including the Darkness.
- Season 10
- Season 11
- Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
- Form and Void
- The Bad Seed
- Baby (mentioned only)
- Thin Lizzie
- Our Little World
- Plush (mentioned only)
- Just My Imagination (mentioned only)
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- The Devil in the Details
- Into the Mystic (mentioned only)
- Don't You Forget About Me (mentioned only)
- Love Hurts (form taken by a Qareen and mentioned)
- The Vessel (mentioned only)
- Beyond the Mat (mentioned only)
- Safe House (mentioned only)
- Red Meat (mentioned only)
- Hell's Angel
- The Chitters (mentioned only)
- Don't Call Me Shurley (mentioned only)
- All in the Family
- We Happy Few
- Alpha and Omega
- Season 12
- Season 13
- Season 14
- Amara is the main antagonist of Season 11.
- Some religions have similar structure to what the Darkness is.
- The terrible battle between God and the Darkness bares some similarities with the first day of creation in Genesis (God separated the darkness from the light).
- Chaos/Nun in Greek/Egyptian mythology, which predated everything and created or from which the deities came from.
- Erebus and Nyx/Nox in Greco-Roman Mythology, Erebus being the male primordial embodiment of darkness, and Nyx/Nox being the female primordial embodiment of night/darkness.
- Amatsu-Mikaboshi in Japanese Shinto Mythology, was originally a Shinto god of the Pole Star and the primordial chaos.
- Ginnungagap from the Norse Creation Myth, was a primordial void.
- The Darkness by far is most similar to Angra Mainyu, the brother of Ahura Mazda from Zoroastrianism. He is considered the opposite of Ahura Mazda and represents elemental darkness and evil.
- The name Amara occurs in many cultures and is ascribed a variety of meanings: "eternal" (German), "unfading" (Greek), "immortal" (Sanskrit) and "bitter" (Latin). In Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia, the word amara(h) means "anger" or "run amok". In Ethiopian legends, Amara is the name for paradise.
- The Darkness's release was felt by both Michael and Lucifer from within the Cage, marking the first time since their imprisonment that both archangels have attempted to communicate with the outside world.
- Since she was sealed by and bound to the Mark of Cain, she is the true source of The First Blade's power.
- The Darkness is the fifth entity that was sealed away and later unleashed, the first being a huge number of demons, the second being Lucifer himself, third being Death and the fourth being the Leviathans.
- Like previous major antagonists (Lucifer and Leviathans), The Darkness was sealed by God and released as either an unknown or unintended consequence by the series protagonists (Dean, Sam and Castiel) in their efforts to beat other antagonists or solve a major problem at the time, such as Lilith, Raphael, and The Mark of Cain.
- After Famine and Crocotta, The Darkness is the third being in the series to consume or absorb human souls and demons for nourishment. However, unlike them, her consumption of souls is also her effort to make individuals that she likes a part of her and assimilate their traits into herself, rather than simple nourishment.
- Her release set off alarms in Heaven and Hell that, according to angels and demons, hadn't gone off in "ever".
- Monsters also became aware of the Darkness' existence, and that it was coming. Some were building armies to make a stand and buy more time to survive.
- The Darkness shares a lot of similarities with the Great Darkness from Hellblazer/Constantine, which was a major inspiration for Kripke and Supernatural. They are named similarly and both existed before God created light and was released as a form of an engulfing blanket of thick smoke. The way in which Amara was finally "defeated" is also very similar to the way the Great Darkness was "defeated".
- The Darkness shares similarities with the First Evil from the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as both existed before the Universe, both can't be killed, both will exist even after the Universe ends, and are both considered the first destructive force to exist.
- Being God's sister and only kin makes her his only direct relative, unlike all other beings in the series that are only indirectly related to him, due to being his creations.
- God and the Darkness are often described in polar terms. The Darkness has described God as the "light" and herself as the "dark". However, the difference between them is later described in more abstract terms. Whereas God is "being", the Darkness is "nothingness." Lucifer remarks that he does not believe that the Darkness can create, only destroy. This dichotomy alludes to Jean-Paul Sartre's work L'Être et le néant (lit.: "Being and Nothingness"). God later confirms this, adding that dire consequences would result if the balance was upset by one of their deaths.
- The Darkness is one of the few Supernatural main antagonists not to be killed or destroyed at the end of her story arc. She is also the only main antagonist to not be defeated.
- The Darkness is the third Big Bad to realign themselves with good during Season 11, the other two being Metatron and Rowena.
- God's relationship to Amara is similar to the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, or the belief of contradictory forces being complimentary and interdependent, balancing each other out (such as light and dark, or life and death). Their similarities are furthered in Alpha and Omega, as God and the Darkness are shown circling each other in their respective white and black smoke forms, seemingly referencing the symbol for Yin and Yang. This also supported by the fact Yang is supported as male or masculine and Yin being female or feminine.
- It is unknown what would happen if somebody used the Mark of Cain Removal Spell on her if she is already released from her prison.
- The Cosmic Entity claimed The Empty existed before The Darkness or God and that the latter has no power there. It is unknown at this time if The Cosmic Entity is also that old or what his relationship to Amara is.
- The only thing confirmed to predate the Darkness is The Empty.
- ↑ Supernatural Season 11 - Jeremy Carver Interview - Youtube
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Brother's Keeper
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Our Little World
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 We Happy Few
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The Bad Seed
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Keep Calm and Carry On
- ↑ Rock Never Dies
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Don't Call Me Shurley
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 Alpha and Omega
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Devil in the Details
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 Hell's Angel
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 All in the Family
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Form and Void
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Thin Lizzie
- ↑ Chaos - Wikipedia
- ↑ Ginnungagap - Wikipedia