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|actor = [[Misha Collins]] {{c|as [[Castiel]]}}<br>[[Erica Cerra]] {{c|as [[Duma]]}}}}
 
|actor = [[Misha Collins]] {{c|as [[Castiel]]}}<br>[[Erica Cerra]] {{c|as [[Duma]]}}}}
 
{{Quote|The Shadow. The thing that rules [[the Empty]].|[[Naomi]]|''[[Byzantium]]''}}
 
{{Quote|The Shadow. The thing that rules [[the Empty]].|[[Naomi]]|''[[Byzantium]]''}}
'''The Shadow''' is a mysterious being who lives in and controls [[the Empty]], a place of nothingness predating [[God]], [[Death]] and [[the Darkness]].
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'''The Shadow''' was a mysterious being who lived in and controlled [[the Empty]], a place of nothingness that predated [[God]], [[Death]], and [[the Darkness]].
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
As it explained to Castiel, the Shadow controls [[the Empty]] and, that the dimension existed before [[God]] or [[the Darkness]]. When [[angels]] and [[demons]] die, they go to the Empty where they eternally slumber, allowing the Shadow to do the same. If even one of its charges is awake, the Shadow is awoken as well and left in pain until the awakened being is asleep again or removed from the Empty.
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The Shadow explained to Castiel that it controlled [[the Empty]], a dimension that existed before [[God]] and [[the Darkness]] and that was the resting place of deceased [[angels]] and [[demons]], who would slumber there for eternity. The Shadow would also slumber within the realm unless any of its charges awakened, which would cause the Shadow pain and keep it awake until the awakened being fell back to sleep or was entirely removed from the Empty.
   
 
===[[Season 13]]===
 
===[[Season 13]]===
 
[[File:CosmicEntityasCass.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The Shadow, appearing as Castiel]]
 
[[File:CosmicEntityasCass.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The Shadow, appearing as Castiel]]
In ''[[The Big Empty]]'', after the [[Seraph]] [[Castiel]] is awakened by [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack's]] [[telepathy|telepathic]] call, the Shadow is awakened. It arose in the form of a pool of dark liquid inside [[the Empty]] after Castiel walked by before taking on a vague humanoid form. The Shadow followed Castiel as he made his way through the Empty, though he sensed the Shadow 's presence and called out to it. The Shadow [[shapeshifting|took on Castiel's form]] to communicate with him directly, though it spoke with a distinct voice and accent. The Shadow identified itself as "just your friendly, neighborhood cosmic entity" and stated that it has taken on Castiel's form as its real form is too frightening.
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In ''[[The Big Empty]]'', after [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]] [[telepathy|telepathically]] awakened the [[Seraph]] [[Castiel]], the Shadow also awoke, rising as a pool of the dark liquid of the Empty before shifting into a humanoid form made of the same material. It followed Castiel through the Empty, though he sensed the Shadow's presence and called out to it. The Shadow revealed itself to Castiel and [[shapeshifting|took on his form]] to communicate with him directly. The Shadow identified itself as "just your friendly, neighborhood cosmic entity" and stated that it had copied Castiel's form due to the fact that its own true form induced complete insanity in other beings.
   
The Shadow explained to Castiel that the Empty is what existed before everything, including [[God]] and [[the Darkness|Amara]], adding that Castiel was "soaking in it." The Shadow told Castiel that every [[angel]] or [[demon]] that has ever died was in an eternal sleep inside the Empty, though but it was confused that Castiel was awake. According to the Shadow, "in all of forever", nothing has ever awakened inside the Empty as it mentioned its slumber being disturbed by his awakening. Castiel didn't know and suggested that the Winchesters must have made a deal, but the Shadow disbelieved this and stated that only it has power over the Empty with not even God having power there. The Shadow then put its hand to Castiel's forehead and [[Memory Manipulation|painfully went through his memories]] in an attempt to find out what could have woken up Castiel. Afterwards, the Shadow explained to Castiel, who remained in pain, what he did and that it wanted Castiel back to sleep. It described Castiel being awake as a trapped gnat that was loudly buzzing in its head as Castiel realized from the Shadow's description that him being awake was painful for the Shadow. This was confirmed by the Shadow, stating that if Castiel could not sleep, then the Shadow could not sleep as well.
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The Shadow explained to Castiel that the Empty was what existed before everything, even [[God]] and [[the Darkness|Amara]], and stated that Castiel was "soaking in it." It told Castiel that every [[angel]] and [[demon]] that had ever died was eternally sleeping inside the Empty and that nothing had awakened inside the Empty "in all of forever," which made it confused by Castiel's awakening and annoyed that its slumber had been disturbed. Castiel didn't know why he had awoken and suggested that the Winchesters must have made a deal, but the Shadow stated that it was the only being that had power over the Empty and that not even God had influence over it. The Shadow then put its hand to Castiel's forehead and [[Memory Manipulation|painfully went through his memories]] to find out what could have woken up Castiel. Afterward, it explained to Castiel, who remained in pain, what he did and that it wanted Castiel to go back to sleep, as it described Castiel being awake as a "trapped gnat that was loudly buzzing in its head." Castiel realized from this description that him being awake was painful for the Shadow, which the Shadow confirmed by stating that if Castiel could not sleep, then it could not sleep either.
   
 
{{Quote|If you can't sleep, '''I''' can't sleep. Yeah? And I like sleep. I '''need''' sleep.|The Shadow to Castiel|''[[The Big Empty]]''}}
 
{{Quote|If you can't sleep, '''I''' can't sleep. Yeah? And I like sleep. I '''need''' sleep.|The Shadow to Castiel|''[[The Big Empty]]''}}
The Shadow insisted that it likes and needs sleep, causing Castiel to suggest that it get rid of him by sending Castiel back to [[Earth]]. The Shadow instead suggested that it throw Castiel so deep into the Empty that he could not bother it anymore, but Castiel recognized that the Shadow was bluffing. Castiel challenged that the Shadow's plan would not work as the Shadow would have already done it. The Shadow acknowledged that Castiel was right, but refused to send him back, telling Castiel that "it's not part of the deal." The Shadow stated that it has gone through all of Castiel's mind and knew everything there is about him and claimed that there was nothing back on Earth for Castiel. The Shadow grasped Castiel's head and painfully showed Castiel visions of [[Sacrifice|his grace being stolen]] by [[Metatron]], [[All Along the Watchtower|his death at the hands of]] [[Lucifer]], the [[Escape of the Leviathans]] and [[Meet the New Boss|Castiel returning the]] [[soul]]s to [[Purgatory]]. The Shadow struck down Castiel, attempting to convince Castiel he was worthless so he would return to sleep. However, Castiel refused the entity's demands and declared that no matter what the Shadow does, he will fight it for eternity if he was not released. The Shadow angrily denied Castiel's demands as Castiel continued to demand for his release from the realm, staring down the Shadow while making his statement.
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The Shadow insisted that it liked and needed sleep, and Castiel suggested that it should get rid of him by sending him back to [[Earth]]. In retort, the Shadow suggested that it throw Castiel so deep into the Empty that he could not bother it anymore, but Castiel recognized that the Shadow was bluffing. Castiel challenged that the Shadow's plan would not work or else the Shadow would have already done it. Acknowledging that Castiel was right, the Shadow still refused to send Castiel back and told him that it wasn't "part of the deal." It stated that it had gone through all of Castiel's mind and knew everything there was about him, and it claimed that there was nothing for Castiel back on Earth. It grasped Castiel's head and painfully showed Castiel visions of [[Sacrifice|his grace being stolen]] by [[Metatron]], [[All Along the Watchtower|his death at the hands of]] [[Lucifer]], the [[Escape of the Leviathans]], and [[Meet the New Boss|him returning the]] [[soul|souls]] to [[Purgatory]]. After striking Castiel down, the Shadow attempted to convince him that he was worthless, and so he should return to sleep. However, Castiel refused the Shadow's demands and declared that no matter what the Shadow did, he would fight it for eternity until he was released. The Shadow angrily denied Castiel's demands as Castiel continued to demand his release from the realm, staring down the Shadow while making his statement.
   
Castiel later awakened in a meadow on Earth and realized that the Shadow has complied and [[resurrection|resurrected]] him as Castiel demanded.
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Castiel later awakened in a meadow on Earth and realized that the Shadow has complied with his demands and had [[resurrection|resurrected]] him.
   
In ''[[Tombstone]]'', the resurrected Castiel tells the Winchesters that he annoyed an "ancient cosmic being" so much that it sent him back.
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In ''[[Tombstone]]'', the resurrected Castiel tells the Winchesters that he "annoyed an ancient cosmic being so much that it sent him back."
   
 
===[[Season 14]]===
 
===[[Season 14]]===
 
[[File:The Shadow invading Heaven.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|The Shadow, invading Heaven.]]
 
[[File:The Shadow invading Heaven.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|The Shadow, invading Heaven.]]
In ''[[Byzantium]]'', following the death of the [[Nephilim]] [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]], the Shadow invades [[Heaven]] to get Jack's [[soul]], believing him to belong to the Empty because of the boy's angel side by possessing and incapacitating all of the angels. The Shadow easily defeated all defenses put up and chased Jack when he emerged from his Heaven but he managed to elude it. Jack later told [[Kelly Kline]] of what is after him and she hides him from it.
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In ''[[Byzantium]]'', following the death of the [[Nephilim]] [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]], the Shadow invaded [[Heaven]] by possessing and incapacitating all of the angels in an attempt to get Jack's [[soul]], believing that he belonged to the Empty due to his angelic side. The Shadow easily defeated all of Heaven's defenses and chased after Jack when he emerged from his Heaven, but Jack managed to elude it. After entering [[Kelly Kline]]'s Heaven, Jack told her of what was after him, and she hides him.
   
 
When [[Castiel]] entered Heaven in search of Jack's soul, the Shadow, possessing the angel [[Duma]], accompanied Castiel in his search. The Shadow overwhelmed and possessed [[Naomi]] when she reminded Castiel of it and tried to convince him to help them turn Jack over to it.
 
When [[Castiel]] entered Heaven in search of Jack's soul, the Shadow, possessing the angel [[Duma]], accompanied Castiel in his search. The Shadow overwhelmed and possessed [[Naomi]] when she reminded Castiel of it and tried to convince him to help them turn Jack over to it.
   
 
[[File:Duma Possessed.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The angel Duma possessed by the Shadow.]]
 
[[File:Duma Possessed.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The angel Duma possessed by the Shadow.]]
As Castiel met with Jack and [[Kelly Kline]], he told them of the Shadow and its intentions. The Shadow overheard their plans to resurrect Jack, before it revealed itself and attacked in an effort to take Jack to [[the Empty]], easily defeating Castiel and Kelly's attempts to protect Jack. Recognizing that the Shadow wanted to get back at him, Castiel offered to trade himself to it for Jack immediately, pointing out that otherwise, it would have to wait years, perhaps eons for Castiel to die again. The Shadow accepted Castiel's deal, but decided to wait until Castiel was truly happy to collect on it since it wanted his end to be painful. After making the deal, the Shadow left Heaven and returned to the Empty, restoring the angels back to normal.
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As Castiel met with Jack and [[Kelly Kline]], he told them of the Shadow and its intentions. The Shadow overheard their plans to resurrect Jack, before it revealed itself and attacked in an effort to take Jack to [[the Empty]], easily defeating Castiel and Kelly's attempts to protect Jack. Recognizing that the Shadow wanted to get back at him, Castiel immediately offered to trade himself to it for Jack, pointing out that otherwise, it would have to wait years, perhaps eons for Castiel to die again. The Shadow accepted Castiel's deal but decided to wait until Castiel was truly happy to collect on it since it wanted his end to be painful. After making the deal, the Shadow left Heaven and returned to the Empty, restoring the angels back to normal.
   
In ''[[Moriah]]'', after Jack is killed by [[God]], he awakens in the Empty where Jack is greeted by the Shadow who takes the form of a viscous black humanoid figure. Using a circular motion with its hands, the Shadow forms a smile on its face. When [[Billie]] appears to talk to Jack, the Shadow stands by, watching and smiling.
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In ''[[Moriah]]'', after [[God]] kills him, Jack awakens in the Empty, where he is greeted by the Shadow in its viscous black humanoid form. The Shadow uses a circular motion with its hands to form a smile on its face. When [[Billie]] appears to talk to Jack, the Shadow stands by, watching and smiling.
   
 
==Personality==
 
==Personality==
{{Quote|I'm just your friendly neighborhood Cosmic Entity.|The Shadow to Castiel|''[[The Big Empty]]''}}In its first appearance, The Shadow was shown to utilize highly cynical sarcasm when meeting individuals, as shown with his meeting with Castiel. It showed frustration at its failures to break his spirit in an attempt to get him to give up on wanting to live again to get him to return to his slumber. 
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{{Quote|I'm just your friendly neighborhood Cosmic Entity.|The Shadow to Castiel|''[[The Big Empty]]''}}
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In its first appearance, the Shadow was shown to utilize highly cynical sarcasm when talking to others, as when he met with Castiel. It showed frustration at its failure to break Castiel's spirit and make him give up on living again. 
   
When this didn't work, it attacked him out of frustration and called him worthless, which proved unsuccessful. The Shadow was very angry at Castiel's defiant attitude but finally complied in annoyance, to resurrect Castiel to be able to return to its slumber. This shows that the Shadow is somewhat impatient.
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When its attempts at making Castiel fall asleep failed, the Shadow attacked him out of frustration and called him worthless, which also proved unsuccessful. The Shadow was angered at Castiel's defiance but finally complied in annoyance, showing that the Shadow is somewhat impatient.
   
 
{{Quote|I want [[Castiel|you]] to suffer.|The Shadow to Castiel in ''[[Byzantium]]''}}
 
{{Quote|I want [[Castiel|you]] to suffer.|The Shadow to Castiel in ''[[Byzantium]]''}}
   
During its [[Invasion of Heaven|attack on Heaven]], more about the Shadow is revealed. The Shadow is shown to be impulsive, mentally unstable, possessive, invasive, vindictive and sadistic. It views angels' and demon's essences as its material possessions, and is wiling to go to great lengths to claim them. It targeted Castiel's nephew [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]] at least partly for this reason. Naomi also worded this by stating that the Shadow considered Jack as its property, or because of his indirect role in waking it. Its impatience and mentally unstable psychology is shown when it aggressively reacts to Castiel interrupting it.
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During its [[Invasion of Heaven|attack on Heaven]], the Shadow was shown to be impulsive, mentally unstable, possessive, invasive, vindictive, and sadistic. It viewed angels' and demon's essences as its material possessions and was willing to go to great lengths to claim them, which is partly why it targeted [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]]. Naomi believed that the Shadow also wanted Jack partly because of his indirect role in waking it. It showed its impatience and mental instability when it aggressively reacted to Castiel interrupting it.
   
It is also proven to be relentless in its goals as seen when it invaded Heaven and violently attacked the remaining angels in an effort to claim Jack and according to [[Naomi]], threatened that Heaven would fall if they do not hand Jack over to it.
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Its attack on Heaven also proved its relentlessness in its goals. Additionally, according to [[Naomi]], the Shadow threatened that Heaven would fall if they did not hand Jack over to it.
   
The Shadow's sadism was proven when after Castiel offered himself in Jack's place: the Shadow quickly accepted the bargain, but it chose to wait until Castiel was truly happy to collect on their deal in order to make him suffer to complete its [[revenge|vengeance]].
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The Shadow accepted Castiel's offer to take him instead of Jack, but it sadistically chose to wait until Castiel was truly happy to collect on their deal in order to make him suffer to complete its [[revenge|vengeance]].
   
 
==Powers and Abilities==
 
==Powers and Abilities==
{{Quote|I'm the only one that has any pull [[The Empty|here]]. Not [[Heaven]], not [[Hell]], not [[God|G-O-D]] himself.|The Shadow to Castiel|''[[The Big Empty]]''}}Being the supreme ruler of [[the Empty]], the Shadow possesses immeasurable supernatural power, allowing it to do almost anything it wishes within its own realm.
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{{Quote|I'm the only one that has any pull [[The Empty|here]]. Not [[Heaven]], not [[Hell]], not [[God|G-O-D]] himself.|The Shadow to Castiel|''[[The Big Empty]]''}}Being the supreme ruler of [[the Empty]], the Shadow possessed immeasurable supernatural power, allowing it to do almost anything it wished within its own realm.
*'''Nigh-[[Omnipotence]] (At least within the Empty)''' - The Shadow has the power to do practically anything and has complete control over [[the Empty]]. The Shadow claims that not even [[God]] has strings on the Empty and all within it. However, the Shadow lacks the ability to force something that has awakened in the Empty back to sleep and must either convince them to return to sleep on their own or expel them.
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*'''Nigh-[[Omnipotence]] (at least within the Empty)''' - The Shadow had control over [[the Empty]], and claimed that not even [[God]] had any influence on the Empty or anything residing within it. However, if something residing within the Empty awoke, the Shadow could not force it back to sleep.
*'''Nigh-[[Omniscience]] '''- The Shadow has a certain level of cosmic awareness: it knows about the world and what happened before its creation, as it knew about [[The Darkness]] and her human name. Despite this, even it couldn't figure out why Castiel had awoke in what it considers ''all of forever''. It was also able to detect [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack's]] death and knew to find his soul in Heaven. While possessing Duma, the Shadow was able to perfectly mimic her behavorial mannerisms and personality. Even Castiel didn't notice that Duma was possessed, until the Shadow revealed itself.
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*'''Nigh-[[Omniscience]] '''- The Shadow had a certain level of cosmic awareness, and it knew about the earth and the time before its creation, as well as [[The Darkness]] and her human name. Despite this, it could not understand how Castiel had awoken, as nothing in the Empty had awoken in what it considered "all of forever". It was also able to detect [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack's]] death and knew to find his soul in Heaven. While possessing Duma, the Shadow perfectly mimicked her mannerisms and personality, even tricking the angel Castiel.
*'''[[Shapeshifting]]''' - Due to its terrifying true form, the Shadow takes on the form of the being it is speaking to, though it speaks with a distinct voice instead of mimicking the being's voice. In [[The Empty]], it changed from its true form to Castiel's visage when speaking to him and before pursuing him, it changed from a puddle of black ooze and took on a vague humanoid form to walk around The Empty. When possessing [[Duma]], the Shadow briefly altered the appearance of her face to that of it's true face before reverting back to Duma's appearance
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*'''[[Shapeshifting]]''' - To avoid the madness-inducing effects of its true form, the Shadow would assume the body of the being it was speaking to. In [[The Empty]], it changed from a puddle of black ooze into a humanoid form of the same material to walk around, and while speaking to Castiel, it imitated his visage. While possessing [[Duma]], the Shadow briefly altered her face to that of its own before reverting it back. 
*'''[[Invulnerability]]''' - It cannot be killed or harmed by any known weapon.
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*'''[[Invulnerability]]''' - The Shadow couldn't be killed or harmed by any known weapon.
*'''[[Immortality]]''' - It has been around for a very long time, since at least before [[angels]], and is immune to aging and disease.
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*'''[[Immortality]]''' - The Shadow had been around since before the creation of the [[angels]], and it was immune to aging and disease.
*'''[[Super Strength]]''' - The Shadow was able to effortlessly overpower and beat [[Castiel]]. When it attacked [[Heaven]], the Shadow effortlessly defeated all of the remaining angels. The Shadow was also able to overpower Castiel and Kelly, and strangled Jack to the point that he was briefly unconscious with no effort.
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*'''[[Super Strength]]''' - The Shadow could effortlessly overpower and beat [[Castiel]]. When it attacked [[Heaven]], the Shadow effortlessly defeated all of the remaining angels. The Shadow also overpowered Castiel and Kelly and strangled Jack to the point that he was briefly unconscious, all with seemingly no effort.
 
*'''[[Telepathy]]''' - In order to learn more about [[Castiel]], the Shadow painfully dug through his memories. The Shadow later used this power to show him some of his most painful memories in an effort to convince Castiel that he was worthless and should go back to sleep.
 
*'''[[Telepathy]]''' - In order to learn more about [[Castiel]], the Shadow painfully dug through his memories. The Shadow later used this power to show him some of his most painful memories in an effort to convince Castiel that he was worthless and should go back to sleep.
 
*'''[[Resurrection]]''' - The Shadow was able to resurrect [[Castiel]], returning him to [[Earth]] in the process.
 
*'''[[Resurrection]]''' - The Shadow was able to resurrect [[Castiel]], returning him to [[Earth]] in the process.
*'''[[Reality Warping]]''' - The Shadow is able to create matter out of nothing as it fully rebuilt [[Jimmy Novak|Castiel's vessel]], which was previously burned and destroyed with no visible damage leftover. When it attacked [[Heaven]], the Shadow broke open all of the gates, even the ones sealed by [[Metatron]]'s [[Expelling Angels|unbreakable spell]].
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*'''[[Reality Warping]]''' - The Shadow could create matter out of nothing, as it fully rebuilt [[Jimmy Novak|Castiel's vessel]] with no visible damage leftover from its previous burning and destruction. When the Shadow attacked [[Heaven]], it broke open all of the gates, including those sealed by [[Metatron]]'s [[Expelling Angels|unbreakable spell]].
*'''[[Possession]]''' - While in [[Heaven]], the Shadow was able to possess all of the surviving angels, essentially consuming them as seen with [[Naomi]] and [[Duma]] and turning the angels into its [[vessels]]. When the Shadow left their bodies, Duma at least had no memory of the experience but the angels were left otherwise unharmed.
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*'''[[Possession]]''' - While in [[Heaven]], the Shadow was able to possess all of the surviving angels and use them as [[vessels]], as seen with [[Naomi]] and [[Duma]], the latter of whom retained no memory of the experience. After the Shadow left the angels, they remained unharmed.
 
*'''[[Telekinesis]]''' - The Shadow was able to stop [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]] by raising its hand towards him.
 
*'''[[Telekinesis]]''' - The Shadow was able to stop [[Jack Kline (Nephilim)|Jack]] by raising its hand towards him.
*'''[[Flight]]''' - After leaving Duma's [[Vessel]], the Shadow's true form flew into an air vent in a house within Kelly's Heaven before returning to The Empty.
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*'''[[Flight]]''' - After leaving Duma's [[Vessel]], the Shadow's true form flew into an air vent in a house within Kelly's Heaven before it returned to The Empty.
   
 
==Weaknesses==
 
==Weaknesses==
Although it is the ruler of [[the Empty]], it has a few weaknesses as well.
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Although it was the ruler of [[the Empty]], the Shadow still had a few weaknesses.
*'''Awakening of The Empty Inhabitants''' - As long as the inhabitants of the Empty sleep, so does The Shadow itself. However, if even a single inhabitant is awake, it also wakes up the Shadow from its sleep. Furthermore, having waking inhabitants in the Empty causes it pain.
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*'''Awakening of The Empty's Inhabitants''' - The Shadow could only remain asleep as long as all of the inhabitants of the Empty were asleep. If even a single inhabitant awoke, so would the Shadow, who would feel pain from the inhabitant.
*'''Sleep Deprivation''' - Being in deep slumber since before all existence, the Shadow can be severely disturbed if it cannot rest. Castiel claimed, while he cannot beat the Shadow, he can stay awake to lay pressure to it.
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*'''Sleep Deprivation''' - The Shadow had been in a deep slumber since before all of existence, and so it would become severely disturbed when it could not rest. Castiel claimed that while he couldn't beat the Shadow, he could stay awake to pressure it.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*The Shadow claimed that its true form induces complete insanity, even to angels.
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*The Shadow claimed that its true form induced complete insanity, even to angels.
*The Shadow had stated God has no power over [[The Empty]] but the latter has been able to resurrect Castiel multiple times. This brings up the question as to how he did so in the past.
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*Although the Shadow stated that God held no power over [[The Empty]], God managed to resurrect Castiel several times.
*The Shadow's state of eternal sleep and maddening appearance shares similarlies to two beings in Lovecraft Horror Stories, specifically Azathoth and the Nameless Mist. Azathoth represents the Entity's madness-inducing state, eternal sleep, and existing outside creation. The Nameless Mist represents the initial appearance of the Entity.
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*The Shadow's state of eternal sleep and maddening appearance shares similarities to two beings in Lovecraft Horror Stories, specifically Azathoth and the Nameless Mist. Azathoth represents the Entity's madness-inducing state, eternal sleep, and existing outside creation. The Nameless Mist represents the initial appearance of the Entity.
*The Shadow also bears a strong resemblance to Chaos, a primordial deity of void and nothingness in Greek mythology, which was described as a dark void predating the creation of the universe and the cosmos.
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**The Shadow also bears a strong resemblance to Chaos, a primordial deity of void and nothingness in Greek mythology, which was described as a dark void predating the creation of the universe and the cosmos.
 
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The Shadow. The thing that rules the Empty.

The Shadow was a mysterious being who lived in and controlled the Empty, a place of nothingness that predated God, Death, and the Darkness.

History

Background

The Shadow explained to Castiel that it controlled the Empty, a dimension that existed before God and the Darkness and that was the resting place of deceased angels and demons, who would slumber there for eternity. The Shadow would also slumber within the realm unless any of its charges awakened, which would cause the Shadow pain and keep it awake until the awakened being fell back to sleep or was entirely removed from the Empty.

Season 13

CosmicEntityasCass

The Shadow, appearing as Castiel

In The Big Empty, after Jack telepathically awakened the Seraph Castiel, the Shadow also awoke, rising as a pool of the dark liquid of the Empty before shifting into a humanoid form made of the same material. It followed Castiel through the Empty, though he sensed the Shadow's presence and called out to it. The Shadow revealed itself to Castiel and took on his form to communicate with him directly. The Shadow identified itself as "just your friendly, neighborhood cosmic entity" and stated that it had copied Castiel's form due to the fact that its own true form induced complete insanity in other beings.

The Shadow explained to Castiel that the Empty was what existed before everything, even God and Amara, and stated that Castiel was "soaking in it." It told Castiel that every angel and demon that had ever died was eternally sleeping inside the Empty and that nothing had awakened inside the Empty "in all of forever," which made it confused by Castiel's awakening and annoyed that its slumber had been disturbed. Castiel didn't know why he had awoken and suggested that the Winchesters must have made a deal, but the Shadow stated that it was the only being that had power over the Empty and that not even God had influence over it. The Shadow then put its hand to Castiel's forehead and painfully went through his memories to find out what could have woken up Castiel. Afterward, it explained to Castiel, who remained in pain, what he did and that it wanted Castiel to go back to sleep, as it described Castiel being awake as a "trapped gnat that was loudly buzzing in its head." Castiel realized from this description that him being awake was painful for the Shadow, which the Shadow confirmed by stating that if Castiel could not sleep, then it could not sleep either.

If you can't sleep, I can't sleep. Yeah? And I like sleep. I need sleep.
— The Shadow to Castiel
in The Big Empty

The Shadow insisted that it liked and needed sleep, and Castiel suggested that it should get rid of him by sending him back to Earth. In retort, the Shadow suggested that it throw Castiel so deep into the Empty that he could not bother it anymore, but Castiel recognized that the Shadow was bluffing. Castiel challenged that the Shadow's plan would not work or else the Shadow would have already done it. Acknowledging that Castiel was right, the Shadow still refused to send Castiel back and told him that it wasn't "part of the deal." It stated that it had gone through all of Castiel's mind and knew everything there was about him, and it claimed that there was nothing for Castiel back on Earth. It grasped Castiel's head and painfully showed Castiel visions of his grace being stolen by Metatron, his death at the hands of Lucifer, the Escape of the Leviathans, and him returning the souls to Purgatory. After striking Castiel down, the Shadow attempted to convince him that he was worthless, and so he should return to sleep. However, Castiel refused the Shadow's demands and declared that no matter what the Shadow did, he would fight it for eternity until he was released. The Shadow angrily denied Castiel's demands as Castiel continued to demand his release from the realm, staring down the Shadow while making his statement.

Castiel later awakened in a meadow on Earth and realized that the Shadow has complied with his demands and had resurrected him.

In Tombstone, the resurrected Castiel tells the Winchesters that he "annoyed an ancient cosmic being so much that it sent him back."

Season 14

The Shadow invading Heaven

The Shadow, invading Heaven.

In Byzantium, following the death of the Nephilim Jack, the Shadow invaded Heaven by possessing and incapacitating all of the angels in an attempt to get Jack's soul, believing that he belonged to the Empty due to his angelic side. The Shadow easily defeated all of Heaven's defenses and chased after Jack when he emerged from his Heaven, but Jack managed to elude it. After entering Kelly Kline's Heaven, Jack told her of what was after him, and she hides him.

When Castiel entered Heaven in search of Jack's soul, the Shadow, possessing the angel Duma, accompanied Castiel in his search. The Shadow overwhelmed and possessed Naomi when she reminded Castiel of it and tried to convince him to help them turn Jack over to it.

Duma Possessed

The angel Duma possessed by the Shadow.

As Castiel met with Jack and Kelly Kline, he told them of the Shadow and its intentions. The Shadow overheard their plans to resurrect Jack, before it revealed itself and attacked in an effort to take Jack to the Empty, easily defeating Castiel and Kelly's attempts to protect Jack. Recognizing that the Shadow wanted to get back at him, Castiel immediately offered to trade himself to it for Jack, pointing out that otherwise, it would have to wait years, perhaps eons for Castiel to die again. The Shadow accepted Castiel's deal but decided to wait until Castiel was truly happy to collect on it since it wanted his end to be painful. After making the deal, the Shadow left Heaven and returned to the Empty, restoring the angels back to normal.

In Moriah, after God kills him, Jack awakens in the Empty, where he is greeted by the Shadow in its viscous black humanoid form. The Shadow uses a circular motion with its hands to form a smile on its face. When Billie appears to talk to Jack, the Shadow stands by, watching and smiling.

Personality

I'm just your friendly neighborhood Cosmic Entity.
— The Shadow to Castiel
in The Big Empty

In its first appearance, the Shadow was shown to utilize highly cynical sarcasm when talking to others, as when he met with Castiel. It showed frustration at its failure to break Castiel's spirit and make him give up on living again. 

When its attempts at making Castiel fall asleep failed, the Shadow attacked him out of frustration and called him worthless, which also proved unsuccessful. The Shadow was angered at Castiel's defiance but finally complied in annoyance, showing that the Shadow is somewhat impatient.

I want you to suffer.
— The Shadow to Castiel in Byzantium

During its attack on Heaven, the Shadow was shown to be impulsive, mentally unstable, possessive, invasive, vindictive, and sadistic. It viewed angels' and demon's essences as its material possessions and was willing to go to great lengths to claim them, which is partly why it targeted Jack. Naomi believed that the Shadow also wanted Jack partly because of his indirect role in waking it. It showed its impatience and mental instability when it aggressively reacted to Castiel interrupting it.

Its attack on Heaven also proved its relentlessness in its goals. Additionally, according to Naomi, the Shadow threatened that Heaven would fall if they did not hand Jack over to it.

The Shadow accepted Castiel's offer to take him instead of Jack, but it sadistically chose to wait until Castiel was truly happy to collect on their deal in order to make him suffer to complete its vengeance.

Powers and Abilities

I'm the only one that has any pull here. Not Heaven, not Hell, not G-O-D himself.
— The Shadow to Castiel
in The Big Empty
Being the supreme ruler of the Empty, the Shadow possessed immeasurable supernatural power, allowing it to do almost anything it wished within its own realm.
  • Nigh-Omnipotence (at least within the Empty) - The Shadow had control over the Empty, and claimed that not even God had any influence on the Empty or anything residing within it. However, if something residing within the Empty awoke, the Shadow could not force it back to sleep.
  • Nigh-Omniscience - The Shadow had a certain level of cosmic awareness, and it knew about the earth and the time before its creation, as well as The Darkness and her human name. Despite this, it could not understand how Castiel had awoken, as nothing in the Empty had awoken in what it considered "all of forever". It was also able to detect Jack's death and knew to find his soul in Heaven. While possessing Duma, the Shadow perfectly mimicked her mannerisms and personality, even tricking the angel Castiel.
  • Shapeshifting - To avoid the madness-inducing effects of its true form, the Shadow would assume the body of the being it was speaking to. In The Empty, it changed from a puddle of black ooze into a humanoid form of the same material to walk around, and while speaking to Castiel, it imitated his visage. While possessing Duma, the Shadow briefly altered her face to that of its own before reverting it back. 
  • Invulnerability - The Shadow couldn't be killed or harmed by any known weapon.
  • Immortality - The Shadow had been around since before the creation of the angels, and it was immune to aging and disease.
  • Super Strength - The Shadow could effortlessly overpower and beat Castiel. When it attacked Heaven, the Shadow effortlessly defeated all of the remaining angels. The Shadow also overpowered Castiel and Kelly and strangled Jack to the point that he was briefly unconscious, all with seemingly no effort.
  • Telepathy - In order to learn more about Castiel, the Shadow painfully dug through his memories. The Shadow later used this power to show him some of his most painful memories in an effort to convince Castiel that he was worthless and should go back to sleep.
  • Resurrection - The Shadow was able to resurrect Castiel, returning him to Earth in the process.
  • Reality Warping - The Shadow could create matter out of nothing, as it fully rebuilt Castiel's vessel with no visible damage leftover from its previous burning and destruction. When the Shadow attacked Heaven, it broke open all of the gates, including those sealed by Metatron's unbreakable spell.
  • Possession - While in Heaven, the Shadow was able to possess all of the surviving angels and use them as vessels, as seen with Naomi and Duma, the latter of whom retained no memory of the experience. After the Shadow left the angels, they remained unharmed.
  • Telekinesis - The Shadow was able to stop Jack by raising its hand towards him.
  • Flight - After leaving Duma's Vessel, the Shadow's true form flew into an air vent in a house within Kelly's Heaven before it returned to The Empty.

Weaknesses

Although it was the ruler of the Empty, the Shadow still had a few weaknesses.

  • Awakening of The Empty's Inhabitants - The Shadow could only remain asleep as long as all of the inhabitants of the Empty were asleep. If even a single inhabitant awoke, so would the Shadow, who would feel pain from the inhabitant.
  • Sleep Deprivation - The Shadow had been in a deep slumber since before all of existence, and so it would become severely disturbed when it could not rest. Castiel claimed that while he couldn't beat the Shadow, he could stay awake to pressure it.

Appearances

Trivia

  • The Shadow claimed that its true form induced complete insanity, even to angels.
  • Although the Shadow stated that God held no power over The Empty, God managed to resurrect Castiel several times.
  • The Shadow's state of eternal sleep and maddening appearance shares similarities to two beings in Lovecraft Horror Stories, specifically Azathoth and the Nameless Mist. Azathoth represents the Entity's madness-inducing state, eternal sleep, and existing outside creation. The Nameless Mist represents the initial appearance of the Entity.
    • The Shadow also bears a strong resemblance to Chaos, a primordial deity of void and nothingness in Greek mythology, which was described as a dark void predating the creation of the universe and the cosmos.
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