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Name Chronos
Ethan Snyder
Actor Jason Dohring
Dates  ???? - 2012 (killed by Sam Winchester)
Location Canton, Ohio
Occupation God of Time
Episode(s) 7.12 Time After Time


Chronos is the Greek god of time. He can travel through time by taking energy from three humans. He has wandered in time since losing his preeminence in the world. In 1944, going by the name Ethan Snyder he meets Lila Taylor in Canton, Ohio. He intended her to be his third victim, but instead fell in love with her. When he accidentally leaves her time, he kills to get the power to return to her.


Chronos appeared as a young man with a 1940's haircut and formal attire.

Powers and Abilities

  • Capable of moving through time, although ability to control this varies.
  • Can extract "time" from people to aid in his travels.
  • Can tell the future of a person who summons him.


  • Can be killed by being stabbed in the heart with a stake made of olive wood by vestal virgins and dipped in blood of an unrevealed source.


Chronos extracting "time."

7.12 Time After Time

His killings attract the notice of Sheriff Jody Mills in the modern era, who puts Sam and Dean on the case. They find him in the same house he has occupied in various decades, and track him to an alley where he kills another victim. Dean charges him, and is pulled back in time with him to 1944. Chronos evades Dean, but his killings in this year have attracted the notice of hunter Eliot Ness, who teams up with Dean. They spot Chronos meeting with Lila, and Ness watches him at her house.

Chronos reveals the future to Sam right before he dies.

Chronos catches Ness and attacks him, but the hunter manages to get away. Dean, having been given a stake carved by vestal virgins to kill Chronos, heads to the house to meet up with Ness. Together they expose Chronos's actions to Lila. The god attacks Dean, choking him.

In the present, Sam and Jody have found a spell to summon Chronos to their time and location. When the now elderly Lila reveals that she witnessed Chronos throttling Dean in 1944, and that the clocks stopped at 11:34 that night, Sam and Jody are able to summon Chronos while he is attacking Dean, bringing both of them to the present.

The spell Sam recites to summon Chronos is:

O Krone, parakaloumen se, thespizein hemin hronon ton mellonta.
O Kronos, we beg you, foretell the future for us

Sam stabs Chronos with the stake that came with them. Chronos, dying, tells Sam that his future is full of black ooze, covering everything.

Chronos in Lore

The name Chronos is given to a Greek philosophical personification of time. Another figure in Greek thought, Cronus, or Kronos, is the Titan, who was the father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades; and over time two became closely intertwined. In ancient Rome, the culture of origin for the vestal virgins, adopted Cronus as Saturn.