|Occupation|| Guardian of Eden (Originally)|
Angelic "Pacemaker" of Sam Winchester (Formerly)
Lieutenant of Metatron
|Affiliation:|| Host of Heaven (Originally)|
The Winchester Family (Formerly)
Sam Winchester (Temporary Vessel)
Unidentified Man (Current Vessel)
|Family|| God (Creator/Father)|
|Portrayed by:|| Tahmoh Penikett (Possessing Vessel)|
Jared Padalecki (Possessing Sam Winchester)
- ""Was, a chump... and now I'm going to be the one that leads my kind back to Heaven, I'm going to be a Hero, but you, Demon.... for all your chatter you will always be a coward, You should be running.""
- —Gadreel explains his plans to Crowley while both inside Sam's mind
He is also arguably the main antagonist of Season 9 and an indirect catalyst for Lucifer's corruption of man, the creation of demons, God's leaving, the Apocalypse and thus the events of the entire series itself.
Gadreel was once God's most trusted angel. He was stationed at the Garden of Eden to protect it from evil. However, he failed at this task by letting the serpent in, cursing the Earth with evil, and so was dishonored. This was, in fact, the reason God left Heaven. His actions led to the chaos in the universe, the severity of which caused him to be locked in the darkest dungeon in Heaven for thousands of years, something that, according to Metatron, broke God's heart. Metatron amounted his image to "a sap" and "Heaven's longest running joke.", with Crowley calling him "the original chump." During his imprisonment, Gadreel was abused by the angel guard Thaddeus for countless centuries but also befriended fellow inmate Abner.
When Metatron tricked Castiel into using a spell to expel all angels from heaven, Gadreel was one of the angels who fell as a result.
Gadreel fell to Earth with the other angels and took a vessel, but was injured and weakened by falling. When Dean sent out a desperate prayer to any angel to help Sam, Gadreel, who was traveling by bus, heard the prayer and got back on the bus to help.
After Gadreel arrived at Dean's location, he interrupted an angel that was attempting to get Castiel's location out of Dean. However, when the angel attacked Gadreel, he was no match for him. Dean killed the angel with his own Angel Blade and Gadreel passed out.
While he is unconscious, Dean traps him in Holy Fire and demands to know what he wants as he is distrusting of angels, given what happened with the other angel. Gadreel, identifying himself as "Ezekiel", convinces Dean he wants to help and Castiel later confirms by phone that "Ezekiel" can be trusted, so Dean lets him try. However, both Gadreel and Sam are weak and he is unable to heal him right away.
Two angels arrive and Dean puts up warding to protect Sam and Gadreel as Sam can't leave without dying and manages to banish the two angels who show up. With Sam near death and unable to do anything, Gadreel offers a "bad" solution: he possesses Sam. Doing so would allow him to heal Sam from the inside while recuperating from his own injuries. After showing Dean how close Sam is to giving up, Gadreel takes on Dean's form and enters Sam's mind, convincing him to say "Yes" to him. Gadreel possesses Sam and leaves the hospital with Dean, leaving his previous vessel there with no memory of what happened.
Gadreel decides to let Sam remain in control of his body while he hides away in his mind, but warns Dean that Sam must not know until he can accept it or he will be able to eject the angel from him, especially in Gadreel's weakened state. Gadreel and Dean decide to erase Sam's memory of his near-death experience and Gadreel gives Sam back control.
When Sam is knocked out by three demons, Gadreel takes control of his body and displays what's left of his wings, and distracts them with the light it causes. Gadreel then uses the Demon-killing knife to kill them in order to avoid questions when Sam wakes up. Gadreel's presence causes Abaddon to flee and he and Dean discuss the situation with Dean admitting that he feels guilty about all the deaths that have happened as he stopped Sam from sealing up Hell. Gadreel tells Dean that he understands that he did it to save Sam and that he loves his brother a lot from being in Sam's mind and keeps Sam from knowing what happened while he was knocked out after he gives up control again, having used the knife to kill the demons so Dean could explain away their deaths.
Gadreel takes control of Sam to warn Dean that the angels are looking for Castiel and that a faction is gaining vessels and power. He also reassures Dean that Sam is feeling better and that he is successfully healing him though it is slow going. Dean grows worried about the angels chasing Castiel, but has Gadreel give back control to Sam rather than continue helping.
When Dean gets desperate to find Castiel after learning that Reapers are after him, Dean calls on Gadreel to help. Gadreel reluctantly takes control, telling Dean that he can't be running around in control, but Dean asks him to just help to find Castiel. Gadreel is unable to do so due to Castiel warding himself with a tattoo against angels, but Dean instead has him look for Reapers that are after Castiel. Gadreel is able to locate Castiel this way and gives back control to Sam.
After Castiel is killed by the Reaper and Dean kills the Reaper, Gadreel once again takes control of Sam and resurrects Castiel. Dean covers it up by claiming that Sam got knocked out and then he made a deal with the Reaper not to kill her if she brought Castiel back and then killed her anyway.
At the Men of Letters base, Gadreel takes control and tells Dean that Castiel must leave because angels are after him and while the base is protected, they can't withstand an incursion. Gadreel tells Dean that if Castiel isn't sent away he will have to leave Sam and flee which would lead to Sam's death. With no other choice, Dean tells Castiel he has to leave.
When Charlie Bradbury is killed by the Wicked Witch, Dean calls out to Gadreel as soon as Sam enters the room and he takes control. Dean asks for help with Charlie, but Gadreel tells him that Charlie is dead and he can't keep using his powers to help as it weakens him and he is only back at half-strength. He tells Dean he can either bring Charlie back or help with the Witch and Dean has him resurrect Charlie. Dean then tells Sam and Charlie that they got knocked out by the Witch but he drove her off. However Sam becomes suspicious as he heard Dean call for a "Zeke" but Dean tried to say that Sam was out of it.
After Chef Leo slashes Sam's neck, seriously wounding him, Gadreel takes control for a moment to heal the wound and erase Sam's memory of it. As a result, Chef Leo tries to eat Sam to heal his own cancer.
When Dean prepares to tell Sam about Gadreel, the angel quickly takes possession of Sam and tells Dean that Sam is not ready to know the truth, but also promises that he will not be in Sam much longer.
He again promises Dean he won't be in Sam much longer. He is not happy when Castiel comes back and asks Dean to get rid of him. While at a bar, he goes outside to get some air where he is met by Metatron who tells him he know who he really is. Metatron tells him that he wants to bring back Heaven to it's former glory and wants him to be his second in command so that he can redeem himself for his failure saying that he used to be God's most trusted. After many secret meeting with Metatron he accepts the offer, Metatron is glad and gives him a piece of paper with a name on it telling him to kill said person. Gadreel says that's not who he is but Metatron says it must be done.
Meanwhile, Dean has figured out the truth from Castiel and asks Kevin to help him find a way to cancel the angel out so that he can tell Sam the truth. They find special sigils and paint them in the storeroom. Dean brings "Sam" to the room and activates the spell and tells him the truth, he gets really upsets and starts to leave Dean tries to stop him but Sam punches him out.
"Sam" approaches Kevin and proceeds to smite the prophet. Dean witnesses this in horror and tries to aid, but "Sam" telekinetically pins him to a pillar. Gadreel reveals that he was in possession of Sam's body the whole time they talked and that he tampered with the spell so that it was Sam's spirit that was expelled, not his. After revealing the truth to Dean, Gadreel pulls out the paper Metatron gave him and placed it on Kevin's body, revealing the name written on the paper to be Kevin's. Gadreel then proceeds to leave the bunker with the angel and demon tablets.
In order to get around, Gadreel stole the Impala while trapping Sam in a fantasy world in his mind so that he would be unaware of what was going on and couldn't expel him, but would be unharmed. Following Metatron's orders, Gadreel tracks down Thaddeus. Gadreel refuses Thaddeus' apologies from their time in Heaven and kills him with his own angel blade. Gadreel meets with Metatron in a bar where he is surprised to find his original vessel working as a bartender. Gadreel turns over the angel and demon tablets and confirms Kevin and Thaddeus' deaths, but not Dean's, saying that Metatron didn't order him to kill Dean. Metatron orders him to kill another man named Alexander Sarver to prove his loyalty and Gadreel is angry that he must kill again, but Metatron yells at him to stop questioning his orders.
Traveling to Sommerset, Pennsylvania, Gadreel is surprised to find that Sarver is actually the vessel of his friend Abner and hesitates in killing him. Meeting with Abner when his family is gone, Gadreel learns that he has taken on the role of his vessel, taking care of the Sarver family and taking up his job, happier with his life as a human than of an angel. Abner is horrified to learn that Gadreel killed Thaddeus. Gadreel then slits Abner's throat, killing him. While cleaning up, Gadreel is approached by Dean who he knocks out when he tries to kill him. However, while Gadreel is distracted, Castiel knocks him out.
Gadreel is taken to an abandoned warehouse where he is chained up and interrogated by Dean who demands to know who he is and why he betrayed him when he had trusted the angel and fought with him. Gadreel tries to comfort him by telling him that Sam is safely locked away in his mind with no idea of what is happening, but threatens to tear his body apart if they try to expel him. After Castiel confirms that Gadreel healed most of Sam's injuries and he should be able to finish the job once Gadreel is gone, Dean sets Crowley on him to use his spikes to break into Gadreel's base coding to try to draw out Sam's mind. After hours, Crowley succeeds in activating Gadreel's "factory settings" and they learn who he is leaving Cas furious because of all the trouble he caused. However, Gadreel retakes control saying he has withstood much worse torture and can wait forever. Desperate, Dean asks Cas to possess Sam too to wake him up, but as Castiel would need Sam's permission, Crowley offers to do it instead in exchange for his freedom and with no choice, Dean agrees and has Castiel remove Sam's anti-possession tattoo despite Gadreel's warnings.
In Sam's mind, Gadreel, in the form of his original vessel, confronts Sam and Crowley after Sam learns the truth. Gadreel is angered when Crowley calls him the "original chump," saying he isn't anymore and tells Crowley to run. Instead, Crowley fights him to no avail and Sam attacks. Gadreel initially has the upper hand, but Sam manages to overpower him, finally expelling him. Expelled from Sam, Gadreel returns to the bar where Metatron is waiting in his natural form and gains permission from his original vessel once more. Gadreel possesses the man again and Metatron realizes the Winchesters once again interfered in their plans.
It is revealed that a side effect of Gadreel's healing of Sam caused some of his grace to remain behind. Castiel tried to extract it from Sam to find Gadreel but the effects caused Sam to revert back to his pre-Gadreel state and started having flashbacks and was forced to stop so Sam wouldn't die, thus the amount of Grace they had was not enough to track him.
Gadreel was once God's most trusted and reliable angel. He was well-meaning and benign. However, after his failure to prevent evil from infecting the Earth, Gadreel was dishonored.
In his initial appearance, Gadreel imitated what he interpreted as Ezekiel's personality; the stereotypical interpretation of an angel, as he was humble and polite as opposed to being arrogant and condescending like many other angels. He claimed to see angels as beings of compassion, not wrath. He speaks with a calm, soothing voice and was extremely pacifistic, but would engage in violence if necessary. When Dean informs Castiel of "Ezekiel's" appearance, Castiel calls him a good soldier and believes he can be trusted, Castiel also implies they're friends. Gadreel also proves to be quite intelligent, using the demon killing knife instead of smiting the three demons, so Sam wouldn't be suspicious of their deaths. He also seems somewhat annoyed at being called Zeke. Despite his apparent compassion, he has a self-preservation instinct, which shows when he gives Dean an ultimatum: send Castiel away, or he will leave Sam, killing him, to save himself from Bartholomew. Despite this and his weakened state, he is compassionate to a fault, shown when he resurrects Castiel and Charlie despite knowing it will weaken him because Dean was distraught by their deaths.
After his true identity is revealed, his personality shifts significantly. It is revealed that he took possession of Sam both for healing purposes, and to hide from Bartholomew and Malachi, but also to make amends for his past mistakes and failures. Despite the stigma he received in Heaven, Gadreel does have some inherent benevolence. When Metatron tasked him to smite Kevin Tran, Gadreel stated that killing the innocent was not who he was. Despite this, Gadreel did as he was told, smiting Kevin, and showing great remorse in doing so. He also imprisoned Sam in a fantasy world rather than harming him as he could have and tried to comfort Dean with this. Despite his conscience, Gadreel did have a vindictive side, killing his former torturer Thaddeus gleefully and claiming he would tear Sam's body apart if Dean tried to expel him. However, despite this threat, he didn't actually do so out of either arrogance or once again his conscience. He also now sees himself as a hero who will lead Heaven back to its former glory.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
Gadreel possesses the common powers of an angel. According to him, he was severely injured when he fell, which left him considerably drained and weakened, as seen when he was easily bested by another fallen angel. However, after regaining a portion of his original strength, he was capable of fighting off and defeating three demons in physically powerful human hosts.
- Immortality - Gadreel is thousands of years old. He was present at the Garden of Eden and, according to Castiel, has been imprisoned since the beginning of time, making him around 10,000 years old.
- Super Strength - After his fall, Gadreel retained just enough of his original strength to sufficiently overpower three low-level black-eyed demons at once; as shown when he single-handedly shoved one away with above-average force. However, in his weakened state at that time, he was no match for another fallen angel. His strength is gradually returning, though he was barely back to half-strength during the events of Slumber Party, though he implied that he was strong enough to help defeat the Wicked Witch. As of Holy Terror, his strength is almost completely restored. Despite this, he was overpowered by Castiel who is able to knock him out with one punch when he was caught off guard.
- Regeneration - Gadreel heals his vessel's wounds, even mortal ones, in moments. Using this power, he can heal a vessel of damage even to the subatomic level while at the same time healing himself. However, in his weakened state this takes time though he is slowly making progress. A serious neck wound required him to take complete control to heal, but he was able to do it in seconds. After months of possessing Sam, Gadreel had managed to mostly heal him from the damage the Trials had done to him before being expelled to the point that Castiel would be able to finish the job over time.
- Healing - Gadreel can cure the bodily wounds and illnesses suffered by others, even those of a supernatural origin. However, in his weakened state if the person he is healing is weak as he is, he is not able to do this. When he resurrected Castiel, he healed his wound and the ones he got from torture.
- Electronic Manipulation - Gadreel caused the alarms on a machine connected to Sam to turn off with just a wave of his hand.
- Smiting - He killed Kevin in the same way he would a demon, by touching his forehead.
- Telekinesis - Gadreel was able to pin Dean to a wall with just a wave of his hand and keep him there without any apparent concentration. He released Dean by simply walking away. He later threw Dean across a room with just a wave of his hand with enough force to knock him out.
- Teleportation - As an angel Gadreel would have been able to teleport to anywhere on Earth. However since his wings were destroyed Gadreel can no longer use this power.
- Memory Manipulation - Gadreel erased Sam's memory that they met in his mind and also that he gave Gadreel permission to possess his body.
- Angelic Possession - As an angel, Gadreel needs a willing living human vessel to physically exist on Earth. If the vessel chooses, they can expel him. As of right now, Gadreel is back to possessing his original vessel after being expelled by Sam Winchester.
- Flight - While disembodied, Gadreel can fly.
- Telepathy - Gadreel can tap into "angel radio" as well as read the minds of humans, but only with physical contact. By placing a hand on two persons, he can let the first person listen to the thoughts of the second.
- Astral Projection - Gadreel is able to display the remains of his wings, causing a massive flash of white light.
- Super Senses - Gadreel is able to find a warded Castiel by locating a Reaper who is holding him captive. Like the other angels, he can hear humans prayers and can sense their location.
- Resurrection - Gadreel is able to bring those who have died back to life, or at least those who have been dead for a short period of time. So far, he has demonstrated this ability on Castiel and Charlie Bradbury.
- Superhuman Endurance - Gadreel is able to recover quickly from torture that broke Samandriel, saying that he has withstood much worse and can for a very long time.
Gadreel possesses the standard weaknesses of an angel.
- Angel Banishing Sigil - An Angel Banishing Sigil could banish him.
- Enochian Sigils - Certain Enochian Sigils can weaken him and keep him from finding people.
- Angel Exiling Spell - Metatron's spell cast Gadreel to Earth.
- Angel Suppressing Sigil - An Enochian sigil could effectively knock him out for a period of time and keep him from knowing what's going on.
- Holy Fire - Dean imprisoned Gadreel in a circle of holy fire during their first meeting.
- Vessel Expulsion - If his vessel is aware of his presence and wants him gone, they can expel him.
- Season 9
- Gadreel is listed as one of the chiefs in the fallen Grigori of angels. This is depicted in the second section of the "Book of Enoch"; "Parables". He is said to have been responsible for teaching man warfare. This contradicts the first section of Enoch, which claims that Azazel was responsible for doing this
- Gadreel's angelic shadow form can be seen behind Sam on the barn in the Season 9 poster.
- Although other angels like Hael have lost their wings after the fall (which is shown when Castiel killed her and the usual print of the burned wings did not appear), Gadreel still has wings, though they are quite damaged.
- Gadreel is not to be confused with Gadriel, who is a completely different angel. Gadreel was the angel in charge of protecting the Garden of Eden from evil, while Gadriel was not.
- Gadreel, along with Lucifer, is arguably the most significant antagonist in the series as his letting Lucifer into the garden, he caused the corruption of man, Lucifer's imprisonment in Hell, the departure of God, the creation of all demon kind including Lilith and the Apocolypse itself. All these events would also cause the various angel power struggles in seasons 6 to 8. Though most these actions were caused by Lucifer, Gadreel is responsible for letting it happen.
- Gadreel is the second angel to possess Sam Winchester a trait ironically shared with Lucifer the one he was protecting the garden against.