|Occupation||One of the Three Fates|
|Episode(s)||6.17 My Heart Will Go On|
Atropos is one of the Fates, three sisters who ensure that each person meets the end that is predetermined for them. She has two sisters who are "bigger in every sense of the word." Her job was to ensure people met the fate assigned to them by God. Since Sam and Dean broke away from their own fates and stopped the Apocalypse, free will now rules over destiny, and she no longer works to ensure that fate is met.
Powers and abilities
- Foresight – Atropos could see the intended fates of all. This allows her to control and manipulate the fate of all humans
- Chronokinesis – She is able to stop time, predict events, selectively manipulate the flow of time, which she uses to assist her in manipulating events to bring about people's deaths.
- Super strength – Atropos (and her sisters) appear to be strong enough that even angels fear direct confrontation with them.
- Teleportation – Atropos is able to appear anywhere in existence she pleases, making her one of the rare none angelic entities that has access to Heaven at will.
- Book of Fate – Atropos carries a book that documents human fate, with a bookmark comprised of golden life threads.
Atropos' work is first shown at the beginning of the episode, as she moves various objects into place, ensuring that her target is killed, although she herself is not shown. She soon makes a physical appearance, stopping time, and rummaging through a woman's bag, removing her keys and again triggering a series of events that lead to her death. When Sam and Dean come after her, she seems to foresee this, and attempts to kill them, although Castiel saves them by a minute amount. She tries at least once more to kill the brothers, but is again stopped by Castiel. The two discuss how Castiel was responsible for the unsinking of the Titanic, and how she has become obsolete since the Apocalypse was averted. She threatens the brothers, and then Castiel, who threatens to kill her. She reminds him that she has two very powerful sisters, and the two agree that she will leave the brothers alone if Castiel sinks the Titanic again. Later Castiel tells Dean and Sam none of this conversation, and reinforces that Fate is "cruel and capricious."
Atropos in Lore
The idea of beings that ensure a predetermined path is followed exists in many cultures. Atropos is the name of oldest of the three Fates in Greek mythology, female deities who supervised fate rather than determined it. Atropos' job was to cut the Thread of Life for each mortal. Her sisters were Clotho, who spun the Thread of Life, and Lachesis, who measured how long the Golden Thread would be.