"Look, all I know is, I was not groped 由 an angel."
“I’m an 天使 of the Lord.”

This single line uttered in Lazarus Rising was an 不可思议的 one and had 粉丝 questioning on whether Castiel, the person claiming to have pulled Dean from Hell, really was an 天使 或者 if it was some horrible trick. But it’s quickly dismissed.

“This is your problem, Dean. 你 have no faith.”

Lightning flashes, engulfing the room and on Castiel’s back great shadowy wings appear, stretching off into the distance. The light goes out and the image disappears. It was the truth. It’s an angel. The 问题 then begin.

Over the centuries there have been many interpretation of what 天使 are. The dictionary defines 天使 as: “a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant 或者 messenger of God, conventionally represented as being of human form with wings and possessing great kindness and virtue.”

Personally, I’ve always thought of 天使 as pure human beings with white, fluffy wings and a golden halo around their heads, that spend their time aiding people in need. Part of me still likes this idea, but after seeing Kripke’s version, I have no trouble in saying that I like his vision of them better.

His 天使 are powerful, knowledgeable and most definitely self-righteous. Their abilities are many; superhuman strength, able to transport themselves and humans through 太空 and time, can appear without warning, exorcise demons with a touch, see things outside of human perception, unaffected 由 plagues and disease, can harm 或者 resurrect humans, can 移动 objects telekinetically, implant visions and, of course, rescues humans from Hell.

But, of course, his 天使 aren’t perfect. They have their vulnerabilities too; a flaming 圈, 圈子 of Holy Oil can be used to trap them, can be banished from an area when a hand is placed on sigils, death can come from an 天使 Killing Sword, Jesse – a Cambion – has the power to transform 天使 into toys! And he could potentially destroy the Host of Heaven and Enochian sigils and be used to hide a human’s location from all angels.

“Look, all I know is I was not groped 由 an angel.”

But despite all of those, there are a range of characters that represent 天使 and not all of them are good either as expected. The main 天使 seen throughout the 显示 is Castiel. He rescued Dean from Hell and as a result of his interactions with Dean, begins to develop empathy for humans. At one point he is forcibly removed from his vessel, Jimmy Novak, and dragged back to Heaven. But ultimately, he disobeys and helps Dean escape from the other 天使 in order to stop Sam from freeing Lucifer. He is then killed but soon resurrected 由 God. He embarks on a mission to find God in order to stop Lucifer. After Lucifer is back into the cage when Sam jumps in, Castiel returns to Heaven to help restore order.

But, of course, it wouldn’t be the same without other 天使 too; the archangels: Michael, Lucifer, Gabriel and Raphael and others, including: Zachariah, Uriel, Anna, Joshua, Balthazar and numerous henchmen.

But despite all that’s happened and all the 天使 that have come and gone, they still continue to be a big presence in the 显示 since first being seen in season four. Even before 天使 were a part of it all, it was a great 显示 but since their addition, I believe 邪恶力量 has grown, evolved and changed for the better.
The archangel, Raphael.