- "Our Father, who art in... Heaven. Hallow be thy name. Thy kingdom come, blah, blah, blah. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from... evil. Truer words never spoken, sisters. But sometimes it seems as if it's difficult to know the Creator. Sometimes I feel, in a very literal sense, that I have been wandering the desert for years. Looking for our Father. Well, not our Father, my Father. See, he's in jail. Your Dad put him there. I almost gave up hope. But, ye of little faith, because I finally found him - or at least, you know, a spot where his cage door opens. It's right here. In a damn convent, for God's sake! Life is funny. [...] Then again, I suppose it makes sense. Folks forget my Daddy is an angel, after all. Or was. I mean, I suppose some dumb bastard stood here, felt a jolt of his holy juice and thought, 'I'm gonna build me a nun factory!' You know? It's the right idea. Wrong angel!'"
- ―Azazel to nuns at St. Mary's Convent in 1972 after finding Lucifer's cage.[src]
Azazel was a powerful, elite-ranking demon, and the sworn enemy of the Winchester family for killing Mary Winchester. He was called the Yellow-Eyed Demon (or Yellow-Eyes, or simply the Demon, before his real name became known), because he uniquely possessed swirling bright yellow demon-eyes. Azazel was a very close confidant and faithful servant of Lucifer, and was responsible for executing the secret master plan that led to the Apocalypse. Azazel was killed by the Winchesters in 2007, but his actions continued to influence events for years to come.
Nothing is known about Azazel's life as a human, nor is it known when and how he died, and why his soul went to Hell were it was mutilated and corrupted to become a demon. However, as a demon, after Lucifer's imprisonment within the cage, Azazel served as the demons' tyrannical leader who held them all together. (Sin City)
Azazel was one of the most loyal followers and confidants of Lucifer, (Lucifer Rising) due to which he knew the locations of each and every one of Lucifer's crypts on Earth. (Goodbye Stranger) Among his closer demon followers such as Tom and Meg for whom he had affection, Azazel considered them his demonic children. (Devil's Trap) Azazel also took Meg to see each of Lucifer's crypts circa the 19th - early 20th century. (Goodbye Stranger)
In the 20th century, Azazel was wandering the Earth alone, searching for the door to Lucifer's cage in hopes of freeing his master. Azazel implied that a majority of this search for the cage took place in the desert. In 1972, Azazel finally found the sealed door to Lucifer's cage, which St. Mary's Convent was built above. (Lucifer Rising)
To make contact with Lucifer in the cage, Azazel possessed the convent priest Father Dominic Lehne and then massacred the convent's nuns, allowing Lucifer to whisper through the cage door to Azazel by using one of the nuns' corpses as a mouthpiece. Lucifer instructed Azazel to release Lilith from Hell so that she could break the seals that kept Lucifer imprisoned in his cage, and to accomplish this by finding "a very special child." (Lucifer Rising)
Finding the special childrenEdit
After this, Azazel came up with a complex master plan on how to release Lucifer and start the Apocalypse: he would turn multiple babies into demonic special children, one generation of which would be activated in their later years, and find the strongest special child and have that child go to open a devil's gate in southern Wyoming (which neither Azazel nor any other demon could themselves open due to an iron devil trap protecting the gate) to free Lilith from Hell. (Season 2) Lilith would subsequently break 65 of Lucifer's seals, and the stronger special child would then break the final seal and free Lucifer by killing Lilith. (Season 4)
By the following year, Azazel began making deals with young women and future mothers, to grant them a wish in exchange for being allowed into their homes in exactly ten years to turn their infant children into special children for Azazel's master plan. (In the Beginning) As part of the deal, no harm would come to the mother if Azazel was not bothered at the ten-year deadline, but if they interrupted his conversion of their babies into special children, he would kill them (usually by telekinetically pinning them to the bedroom ceiling, slitting their abdomens open and setting them on fire). (Season 1, Season 2, In the Beginning)
In 1973, Azazel visited Lawrence, Kansas to make deals with future mothers there to turn their future children into special children, where he was hunted by the Campbell family of hunters and by a future Dean Winchester from 2008. Azazel killed Deanna and Samuel Campbell and possessed the latter, then murdered Mary Campbell's boyfriend John Winchester to make a deal with Mary - resurrecting John for permission to turn one of Mary's future children into a special child for his master plan - to which Mary agreed. (In the Beginning)
After this, Azazel returned to Lawrence on 2 November, 1983, to turn Mary's six-month-old son Sam Winchester into a special child per his deal with her ten years prior. But Mary walked in on and caught Azazel turning Sam, prompting Azazel to kill Mary and burn the Winchester house down in the process. This proved in later years to be Azazel's greatest ever mistake, as John subsequently became a hunter and Azazel's sworn enemy, raising Sam and Dean as hunters as well, in Johns quest for revenge against Azazel for Mary's death. (Season 1, Season 2, Season 4)
Activating the special childrenEdit
In 2006, a generation of Azazel's special children including Sam Winchester began to activate. To try and weed out stronger special children, Azazel contacted some of the activated children in their dreams to manipulate and influence them into doing terrible things with their powers, attempting to corrupt them and turn them over to his side. (Nightmare, Simon Said, Hunted)
In the same year, after retrieving the Colt, the Winchesters went after Azazel with the intent of using the Colt to kill him. (Dead Man's Blood, Salvation, Devil's Trap) Sam and Dean tracked the demonic omens Azazel's appearances caused to Salvation, Iowa as he was about to turn Rosie Holt into one of his special children, and the brothers failed to kill Azazel but managed to stop him turning Rosie or killing the Holt family. (Salvation)
Afterwards, when Meg and Tom captured John, Azazel possessed John so that Sam and Dean unwittingly brought the demon with them when they rescued John. When Sam learned that John was under demonic possession, Azazel attacked Sam and Dean, vengeful at them for killing Tom and exorcising Meg, and began torturing Dean. However, when John began to retake control from Azazel and Sam almost shot the possessed John with the Colt, Azazel fled John's body and returned to Hell. (Devil's Trap)
The next day, when Dean was dying in hospital, John resorted to summoning Azazel, and Azazel and his demons came to the hospital basement where John was and Azazel possessed a hospital janitor (which he afterwards used as his default vessel). John intended to make a deal with Azazel to save Dean's life, to which Azazel agreed in exchange for the Colt and for John's soul with immediate effect. Azazel subsequently saved Dean by possessing Tessa (Dean's reaper) and using her to revive Dean, and John handed the Colt over to Azazel and John shortly after died and went to Hell per the deal. (In My Time of Dying)
After this, Azazel resumed his plans with the activated special children. (Simon Said, Hunted) Whenever a special child was strong and powerful enough, Azazel would send them to a death-match among the special children at Cold Oak, South Dakota to find the strongest special child. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1)
Opening the devil's gateEdit
Between late April and early May, 2007, Azazel unofficially found his strongest special child when all of the special children including Sam Winchester that he sent to Cold Oak killed each-other until only Jake Talley was left. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1) Azazel subsequently manipulated Jake (by threatening Jake's family and offering Jake and his family better lives in the new world) into going for Azazel into the iron devil's trap to the devil's gate in Wyoming, entrusting Jake with the Colt to open the gate with. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
Jake subsequently travelled to the devil's gate and opened it with the Colt, allowing hundreds of demons (including Lilith) to begin escaping through the gate from Hell en masse. The shockwave from the burst of demons from the gate also broke the iron devil's trap, allowing Azazel to enter and confront the Winchester brothers (Sam had been resurrected by Dean making a deal with a crossroads demon) at the devil's gate. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
Azazel taunted Dean over his actions, and planted Dean with fear that Sam may have come back darker and more demonic than before. Azazel then tried to kill Dean with the Colt's last remaining bullet, but was distracted when John's spirit (having escaped from Hell through the open devil's gate) pulled Azazel out of his vessel and restrained him long enough for Dean to grab the Colt. After fighting John's spirit off, Azazel repossessed his host human body, but was too late to stop Dean. Dean then shot Azazel with the Colt's last bullet, killing the demon. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
Azazel's death avenged all the death and heartache he had caused the Winchesters, and fulfilled 2008 Dean's warning to Azazel in 1973 that he would one day kill him. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2, In the Beginning)
Azazel was a very vicious and sadistic demon, who was notable by his Jack Nicholson-esque mannerisms, cruelty, and dark sense of humour. Filled with anger and vengeance over his damnation and being denied everything good in the universe, Azazel held a deep hatred for God (and for religious humans' devotion to him), and took pleasure in the suffering of others. Azazel seemed to primarily prefer psychological torture to physical, going out of his way to play with his enemies and victims by convincing them that their worst fears were true, and to gloat over his victory when it was seemingly secure, before he finally decided to kill them. However, Azazel still wasn't above physical torture when one angered him in just the right way; seen when Dean calmly taunted Azazel about having taken down Tom and Meg, which prompted Azazel to calmly biokinetically torture Dean to agony.
Azazel also liked to bend others to his will, and especially enjoyed corrupting humans to the dark side or tempting or tormenting them; Azazel was known to have favoured Sam out of all his special children, and it is believed that his reasons for this were because Sam was the most good-hearted of them and therefore Azazel's most desirable for corrupting. Azazel also, unusually for a demon, did not kill unnecessarily most of the time, but he didn't hold any regard for human life either and was fine with mass slaughter.
Azazel was also self-assured and smug of his own power, to the point that he would several times endanger himself simply to make a point, and often found it funny and nothing serious when someone posed a great threat to him. Despite his arrogance, Azazel could be more wary and cautious when dealing with powerful foes such as angels, and would very thoroughly and effectively cover up his tracks and the truth about his ultimate plans; shown by how greatly and thoroughly and heavily he covered up his master plan's secret endgame to release Lucifer. Azazel was also very intelligent, cunning and manipulative, and would take maximum advantage of any opportunity he could; and he could quickly modify and update his plans in response to newly-arisen and previously-unforeseen circumstances.
Azazel was very strongly and deeply loyal to Lucifer as well, and considered the demons that had given up on Lucifer to be "dickless heathens;" creating a strong and complex 37-year master plan in his devotion to freeing Lucifer, even when most demons had given up on releasing Lucifer from the cage. Azazel also at times showed an affectionate side for those he considered his family; religiously viewing Lucifer as his Father, and considering his closest demon followers like Tom and Meg his children, and with the latter two displaying revenge at Dean after he killed Tom and exorcised Meg.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Azazel was a very powerful demon, far stronger than regular grunts, though still subservient to white-eyed demons such as Lilith. Missouri Moseley, without knowing who or what he was, noted from examining a house he'd briefly walked in many years before that Azazel was a force of "real evil." Indeed, Azazel was so terribly dark and strong a spiritual entity that his visit to the Winchesters' house all those years ago left a negative imprint on the house which attracted a vicious poltergeist. (Home)
Azazel possessed all of the standard and mid-tier demonic abilities, plus more amplified and advanced demonic powers and immunity to some demonic weaknesses due to his very high power and rank in Hell's hierarchy. Like other demons, Azazel manifested on the physical plane by possessing human bodies, but he was once also shown to be able to possess reapers as well. (In My Time of Dying) Azazel also enhanced his vessels' stamina and senses to superhuman levels, and could differentiate his special children from normal humans with a smell. (In the Beginning)
Azazel possessed telekinesis with which to move and restrain other beings and objects with his mind, and he seemed to be much more skilled at this ability than average-level demons and could telekinetically restrain multiple targets at once. (Devil's Trap, All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2, In the Beginning) Azazel could also manipulate humans' anatomy to induce deadly internal bleeding and intense pain, (Devil's Trap) and he could iconically generate and manipulate large, powerful bursts of fire. Azazel could teleport very swiftly between anywhere on Earth and in Hell as well. Azazel was able to enter and manipulate others' dreams and minds, visiting and communicating to his special children in their dreams when they slept, (Simon Said, Hunted, All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1) and altering and erasing people's memories. (In My Time of Dying)
Through a demonic deal, Azazel was capable of repairing fatal injuries (In My Time of Dying) and even resurrecting dead humans; and unlike lower-level demons, Azazel did not require ownership of a human's soul through the deal to accomplish this, (In the Beginning) although he was still bound by the rules of the deal and could still only resurrect the dead via a deal. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
It is also known that whenever Azazel surfaced on the earthly plane, his appearance caused several demonic omens in the local area. These omens included electronic disruptions, electrical storms, crop failures, temperature flunctuations and mass cattle deaths.
The Colt, being capable of killing nearly anything in creation, including demons, was capable of killing Azazel. However, when the Colt was used against Azazel, the shot would have to hit a vital part of his vessel (such as the heart or head) to kill Azazel, (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2) as a shot to the leg or a shot that only grazed Azazel's vessel would merely weaken him. (Devil's Trap)
Azazel was immune to or more resistant to most demonic weaknesses; he was able to walk on consecrated ground with ease, (Lucifer Rising) and he was even unaffected by holy water; an anti-demon weapon which has affected demons even stronger than he. (Devil's Trap) However, Azazel was unable to cross a very large devil's trap made of iron, like the one which protected the Wyoming devil's gate. Primordial beings such as God, Death, the Darkness and the Archangels can destroy him effortlessly. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
Forms taken (possession)Edit
Azazel is mentioned several times in Bible texts, and the name is generally understood as referring to 'scapegoat' and/or being the name of a demon or fallen angel. Adventists teach that Azazel was an evil spirit of the desert that was sent, on the Day of Atonement, a goat carrying all the sins of the Israelite people. Jewish lore mentions Azazel as being one of the fallen angels who sinned at the time of Genesis, and was afterwards forced to take the form of a goat-like demon as punishment. Azazel is also described in the Book of Enoch as the fallen angel who taught mankind warfare, witchcraft and corruption, and was chained down by the archangel Raphael until Judgment Day as punishment.
- Devil's Trap
- In My Time of Dying
- All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1
- All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2
- In the Beginning
- Lucifer Rising
- Exile on Main St. (illusion)
- Azazel's real name was not revealed until Sin City, and thus he was known in Season 1 and 2 by names such as the Yellow-Eyed Demon or Yellow-Eyes.
- Before Azazel's endgame to release Lucifer was revealed in Season 4, it was covered up and thought in Season 2 and 3 that Azazel's intentions behind creating the special children and opening the devil's gate were to release enough demons from Hell to war against humanity with the strongest special child as the demon army's leader.
- In the first two seasons of Supernatural and in Season 6, contact lenses were used to portray Azazel's iconic yellow eyes, while in Seasons 4, 5 and 6, special effects were used instead.
- Azazel has been portrayed by numerous actors throughout Supernatural, but all have maintained his sadistic sense of humour and Jack Nicholson-like mannerisms.
- Though never directly stated in the show, it has been suggested - based on his knowledge of Lucifer's crypts' locations and other possible hints - that Azazel was probably one of the demons who were already alive before Lucifer's imprisonment.
- Though never mentioned, it is presumed that Azazel was originally a human soul that went to Hell and became a demon there, as it was revealed in Malleus Maleficarum that this is each and every demon's origins. But there is a theory among Supernatural fans that Azazel is somehow a fallen angel. Some fans have argued against this, because the Supernatural universe's demons are Hell-mutilated human souls whereas angels are beings which lack souls and can't become demons. Fans arguing for the theory have retorted that: Azazel may have been an angel who lost his grace and became mortal, and the human soul he gained as a result could have been subsequently turned into a demon.
- In the non-canon anime adaption of Supernatural, the Yellow-Eyed Demon mentions that he was originally an angel that fell and became a demon (although the anime never gives the live-action show's origin for demons as Hell-mutilated human souls, and some fans have argued that Yellow-Eyes may have been lying given the circumstances when he said this in the anime).