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|The Darkness / Amara|
|Family and relatives :||God (brother)|
Angels (nephews and nieces)
Mike Schneider (Amara's biological father; deceased)
Janie Schneider (Amara's biological mother; deceased)
|Notable affiliations :|| God (formerly)|
|Main Actor/Actress :||Emily Swallow|
|Other Actors/Actresses :||Gracyn Shinyei|
|First appearance :||Brother's Keeper|
Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire (Amara)
The Darkness is an unimaginably powerful, terrible, chaotic and amoral, prebiblical entity; which is actually God's sister, and the oldest known being to exist. Originally thought amongst angels and demons to be a myth, the Darkness was imprisoned by God and his archangels long ago with the Mark of Cain, due to the threat she posed to all of God's creation, destroying everything in her path. But after the Mark's removal, the Darkness was freed onto the Earth, where it has incarnated itself into human form as Amara.
As God's older sister, the Darkness is one of the very most powerful entities in all of the universe, and is the very oldest being known to exist; her level of power is considered near-infinite, and equal to if not greater than God's power. As said by Lucifer, the Darkness is equal to God in terms of raw power, but she lacks experience and mastery due to her proneness to outbursts and tantrums. It has been implied that God and the Darkness are opposing forces of existence to each-other: Amara said she is the Darkness where God is the Light, and God said that she is nothingness where he is being. (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Don't Call Me Shurley)
The Darkness seems to be a corrupting force to whatever in the universe it comes into contact with, hence why God had to imprison her for the safety of all his future creation. The Mark of Cain which kept the Darkness locked away from the universe established itself as a tool of corruption, and the first ever curse, driving its bearer/s towards negative, raving, murderous urges, and even capable of demonizing the souls of human bearers. When the Darkness was freed onto Earth, any and all humans who came into contact with its initial, pure form suffered a corrupting, "unclean in the biblical sense" mutation which drove them to rabid, murderous urges, and which they could spread onto other humans as a disease. (Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire, Form and Void) However, the Darkness's presence also has a level of blissful effect on a select few such as Dean Winchester. (O Brother Where Art Thou?)
The Darkness's destructive capabilities against God's creation are further shown in how she can consume entire spiritual beings, assimilating them into herself, to help strengthen herself. Amara can suck out and consume not only human souls and also demonized souls, (Form and Void, The Bad Seed et al.) but she can even suck out and consume the entire being of soulless spiritual entities such as angels; everything that comprises them as a being. (The Devil in the Details) The Darkness also doesn't seem to have a singular consciousness or the same experience of consciousness as most do; as Amara at one point summoned a separate projection of the Darkness's self in a mirror and they talked to each-other about their plans for revenge on God. (The Bad Seed)
When the Darkness was finally released from its imprisonment on Earth, in its purest form it initially manifested as a massive, howling, rushing black cloud which surged out over everything in its path, and had corrupting, mutation-instilling, plague-creating effects in humans who came into direct contact with it in this form (as mentioned above). (Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire) The blast of the Darkness surging free was also so immense that Lucifer's cage in Hell sustained damage from the shockwaves. (O Brother Where Art Thou?)
After its initial burst free, the Darkness incarnated herself in some way through a human baby (afterwards named Amara) that was born within the affected area at the time when the Darkness was freed. In her human form as Amara, the Darkness fastened her aging process by consuming souls (both human and demon), and would go through phases in which she leapt from one physical age to another several years more mature: after feeding on one soul, Amara transformed from an infant into a little girl, (Form and Void) and she later phased from that to a preteen, (The Bad Seed) then to a teenager, (Our Little World) and finally into a full adult form. (O Brother Where Art Thou? onwards)
The Darkness is so powerful that it originally took God and the four archangels combined to successfully beat her back and imprison her, and even then it apparently took a long "terrible war" before they succeeded. (Brother's Keeper) So far, every attempt to try and actually destroy the Darkness or at least neutralise Amara has failed: she expectably and obviously cannot be killed by any weaponry, and even a blast of power from a Hand of God has not even so much as harmed or fazed, let alone killed, her. (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Hell's Angel) It is believed that probably, the Darkness truly cannot be destroyed at all; that it is an amortal force, which is beyond destruction as it was never alive to begin with. (Into the Mystic)
However, while the Darkness cannot be destroyed, it can be weakened and/or beaten back through various methods. God and the archangels' combined effort was enough to beat the Darkness back, and then put her "on ice" when God created a Mark that kept the Darkness imprisoned where it could do no harm. (Brother's Keeper et al.) When the Darkness was finally freed many eons later, she was much, much weaker than she had been due to her long imprisonment. As Amara, rapidly developing and maturing through consuming souls, she was initially weaker than and could be overpowered by demons, but she grew stronger and stronger as she matured further; by her teenage stage, she could telekinetically completely overpower and torture demons with ease. (Our Little World)
Once she finally reached her adult stage of full maturity, Amara showed herself to have a Godlike level of immense power. She performed feats such as summoning lightning storms over her whereabouts and directing bolts of lightning to strike down specific people, as well as turning running water to blood. (O Brother Where Art Thou?) One of her most frighteningly powerful feats was when Amara, as a way of testing how far she had recovered, sent out a blast of Darkness in the form of a scream which shook both Heaven and Earth themselves; shaking the Earth and being visible as unnatural black thunderheads moving throughout the sky, and causing Heaven to shudder and surging through its halls. (Hell's Angel)
Since reaching her adult stage, Amara can also psychokinetically overpower all angels, to whom her strength is clearly many times far, far superior. As well as being unstoppably resilient to angels' fullest powers, she at one point telekinetically overpowered three angels and killed them in various different ways: killing one angel in its vessel with her psychokinesis alone, telekineticaly forcing another angel's own blade in its hand through its skull, and disintegrating another angel with but a swipe of one hand. (O Brother Where Art Thou?) Amara has also very easily overpowered Lucifer, and has powerfully psychokinetically tortured him. (Hell's Angel)
While a mass smiting from Heaven on Amara failed to kill her, it did still weaken her and have an impact on her: the combined celestial blast directed on Amara caused the Darkness's essence to be partially displaced and disrupted, some of its essence separating from Amara's physical body into the atmosphere of the area (manifesting as a shadowy shroud which blocked daylight out), and it left Amara initially unconscious. However, Amara reconstituted her displaced essence and made an acceptable level of recovery upon consuming an angel's being. (The Devil in the Details) Amara apparently later needed repairing spellwork from Rowena to fully heal herself again. (Hell's Angel)
Although certain aspects of her behaviour changed with her age as she rapidly matured from infanthood, Amara's overall personality and intentions have remained the same. Having being imprisoned since before the beginning of creation for eons, Amara, while unimaginably powerful, is inexperienced, childlike and naive, and there is much she has yet to learn about the universe. Her long imprisonment and recent freedom also means that the universe itself and everything around her is all new to her, and she tends to approach and respond to all these new things with a highly childlike interest and demeanour. Unlike God, who is believed to be very experienced, wise and intelligent; it would seem that Amara has been mentally, emotionally and intellectually stunted due to her long imprisonment.
Amara lacks compunctions against slaughtering humans in her efforts to get God's attention, though she is still slightly apologetic afterwards, and she has no moral objections whatsoever against consuming her victims' souls; however, she seems to simply lack a proper moral compass rather than hold any personal malice towards humans. True to Death's description of the Darkness as an "amoral" force, Amara seems to be a being which is fundamentally in opposition to what is understood as good in the universe, but is not a creature of evil or malevolence per se.
Amara's primary personal drive after being freed is getting payback on God for turning on and locking her away. She has shown that she harbours a lot of deep pain, anger, resentment, betrayal and revenge towards her brother, the first kin she'd ever known, and tends to speak of him with spite, contempt, trash-talk and bitterness. Amara has shown a great, childlike obsession with getting God's attention and getting him to see what she's doing to his beloved creation and give her his attention. Amara also believes that her brother was paranoid and jealous that she would be better than he; she seems to deem everything that her brother did was out of paranoia, jealousy or spite towards her, and fails to see beyond her own heartache and family issues; not dissimilarly to Lucifer's own relationship with God.
Amara also, just as she holds bad blood towards God for betraying and imprisoning her, is nothing short of disdainful, murderous and even outright cruel towards angels; she is more than happy to brutally, and sometimes unprovokedly, utterly destroy angels who try to stand against her, and she also seems to take pleasure in doing this and out of scaring and toying with angelkind through shows of her power. She also holds a very personal grudge against Lucifer for his role in her imprisonment, and (not dissimilarly to her contempt and hate for other angels) doesn't seem to have any love lost where her archangel nephews are concerned.
Amara has displayed a lonely and longing side to herself from God's betrayal and her eons of isolation before being freed, and has tried to justify her destructive vendetta against him similarly to how Lucifer tried to sympathetically justify his during the Apocalypse. She has also exhibited a genuine affectionate relationship towards Dean, which she herself admittedly didn't fully understand; she believed the reason she felt such a way towards Dean was because he was the very first living thing she'd seen in eons upon being freed, and the very first piece ever of God's creation that she saw.
Amara can also be very aggressive and fierce, and her wrath is a force to be reckoned. During her human form's maturation, Amara behaved as an intimidating spoiled brat towards Crowley whenever she didn't get her own way, and in her teenage stage, she immediately turned on and fiercely tortured and threatened Crowley to demand that he leave Dean unharmed and let her go. She also ruthlessly and mercilessly tortured Lucifer, both as revenge on him for God's and the archangels' war against her long ago, and to try and make God show himself at his most beloved angel's screams.
Amara seems to be a being which is incredibly powerful and feels genuinely hurt and betrayed by God and tries to justify her actions, but is ultimately just childish and petulant, rather like how Lucifer is. Lucifer noted that the Darkness's hotheaded juvenile tendencies go back to before her imprisonment and were among her main character flaws; being prone to tantrums and outbursts, which are what stopped her from learning the same talent and mastery over her power that God did.
After beginning to learn about the world God created after imprisoning her, Amara has found herself utterly appalled that her brother betrayed and imprisoned her to create a world filled with so much conflict and suffering, and it has only served to add to her spite and scorn towards her brother. She also doesn't understand humans' religious faith in a God none of them have ever even seen and their lack of questions on the subject, considering the moral lessons their faith teaches to be manipulation from her brother rather than guidance.
Also, despite her amorality, all of the universe is in danger of Amara's plans for revenge on God: as her revenge on her brother for imprisoning her to bring about creation, she intends to destroy all of the universe and then remake everything in her own image, one which is oriented more around destruction than creation.
'Rabids' were an initial byproduct of the Darkness's release: when the Darkness burst free onto the Earth in 2015, those humans who came into direct contact with its initial smoke form which rushed over the area were corrupted and mutated; creating a dark disease, spread through the blood, which drove afflicted humans towards violent, murderous urges (but left their intelligence and personality intact though not in control over their urges) before they soon died off. These 'rabids' afflicted by the Darkness in the way they were were described as "unclean, in the biblical sense." Exposure to holy fire could burn the rabid infection out of an infected person and cure them. (Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire, Form and Void)
Amara later refined and developed a much more virulent, destructive and deadly form of rabid infection, similar to the first, 'byproduct' version but intended as a weapon. This new rabid infection was spread through a supernatural mist and extremely fast-acting, and also connecting those exposed and infected to Amara's own will - she was able to have the rabid victims of this mist convey messages from her, and Dean alone was unaffected by the mist as the one part of creation that Amara had no intention of destroying. (Don't Call Me Shurley)
There are many creation myths and beliefs about both a pre-universal void or force with which everything originally began, and/or primordial deities and beings born in the beginning that represented darkness itself. Chaos in Greek mythology and Ginnungagap in Norse mythology are recorded as the primordial void which was the first thing to exist. Erebus was recorded in the former mythology as one of the first ever beings in existence, and the personification of Darkness that was born out of the aforementioned Chaos.
- Brother's Keeper
- Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
- Form and Void
- The Bad Seed
- Thin Lizzie
- Our Little World
- O Brother Where Art Thou?
- The Devil in the Details
- Hell's Angel
- All in The Family
- Many of the different meanings that the name Amara is ascribed to across different cultures seem to fittingly describe different aspects of Amara. Said meanings include: "eternal," "anger," "run amok," "unfading" and "bitter."