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This demon, Lilith, is trying to break the 66 seals to free Lucifer from Hell. Lucifer... will bring the Apocalypse. So... smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Anna Milton, 4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer

In Supernatural, the Apocalypse is a series of disastrous events leading up to and including the end of the world. It happens more than once.

Biblical Apocalypse

Season 4

Soon after Dean's resurrection, hunters are attacked by the ghosts of people they could not save. Bobby's research uncovers an obscure translation of the Book of Revelation that lists the ghosts, or the Witnesses, as a sign of the upcoming Apocalypse. Castiel confirms that demons, under Lilith, are attempting to break the 66 Seals and free Lucifer from his prison.[1]

The Winchesters, Bobby, and angels fight to stop other seals from breaking, but they steadily lose ground. There are 600 possible seals, however, only 66 need to be broken and no one knows which ones Lilith plans on breaking.[2] They discover that the first seal was broken by Dean in Hell, when he became a torturer. Alastair explains that the first seal had to be broken before any others to get the desired end result.[3] After Dean's death at Lilith's hands, Sam gets determined to kill Lilith, who he has been told is the only being that can break the final seal, while angels tell Dean that it is he who must prevent the Apocalypse. The brothers conflicting beliefs concerning Sam's relationship to Ruby, his addiction to demon blood, and his psychic powers causes a rift between them.

It was later revealed that the higher ranking angels including Michael, Raphael and Zachariah want the Apocalypse, and hold Dean in the Green Room while Sam seeks out Lilith with Ruby. Castiel frees Dean and sends him after Sam, but Sam kills Lilith, whose death is actually the final seal. Lucifer's cage opens, and the Apocalypse begins.[4]

Season 5

Immediately, Sam and Dean hear of earthquakes and disease spreading. Zachariah confronts the brothers, and reveals that the real carnage will not start until Lucifer enters his preordained vessel.

Zachariah: Lucifer is powerful in ways that defy description. We need to strike now, hard and fast—before he finds his vessel.
Sam: His vessel? Lucifer needs a meat suit?
Zachariah: He is an angel. Them's the rules. And when he touches down, we're talking Four Horsemen, red oceans, fiery skies—

Zachariah also reveals that Dean alone cannot possibly kill Lucifer, but he tells Dean that he is Michael's vessel, and once occupied, he can defeat Lucifer.[5] Once Lucifer is defeated by Michael believes the world will end allowing him to create paradise. Sam learns later, from the Devil himself, that he is Lucifer's true vessel. Neither brother is willing to consent to serve as a vessel, postponing the final battle. Michael remains disembodied, but Lucifer finds a temporary vessel in Nick.

Demons fall in line behind Lucifer, and his plans proceed. He intends to destroy humanity, and essential to his goals are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. War is the first encountered by Sam and Dean. He causes an entire town to believe there are demons among them when there are none. Famine, a weakened but still intimidating figure, is cared for by demons at Lucifer's direction. Pestilence, again assisted by demons, devises a scheme to spread the Croatoan virus as fast as possible. Death is imprisoned when the Apocalypse begins, and Lucifer soon finds a way to set him free and force his obedience. With Death under his control, Lucifer orders still greater disruption. The Whore of Babylon also serves as an instrument of destruction and misinformation. Jesse Turner, the Antichrist, was supposed to play an important role during the destruction of Earth, but he decided to turn away from Lucifer's plans.

Sam and Dean follow omens, from forest fires to biblical storms to the dead rising, and combat what they find. Other hunters are hostile toward them because it is rumored that they are directly responsible for starting the Apocalypse. They are constantly assaulted by both angels and demons who want to force them to serve as vessels so that the final battle between Michael and Lucifer may take place; all parties involved claiming that it is their destiny. They try and fail to kill Lucifer, losing Ellen and Jo in the process. Dean, slowly worn down by the ominous warnings of others and afraid that Sam will give in, and that Lucifer will win, decides to say yes to Michael, but the efforts of Sam, Bobby, and Castiel keep him away from the archangel until he decides to keep fighting. Michael then takes Adam, Sam and Dean's half-brother, as his host.[6]

When they learn from Gabriel that Lucifer can be re-imprisoned using the rings of the Four Horsemen, Sam, Dean, and their allies do whatever is necessary to acquire the rings. Sam comes up with a plan to say yes to Lucifer, so that the archangel will enter him and he can throw himself into the pit. Team Free Will is reluctant to agree, but does so. Sam takes Lucifer in, but cannot control him. They go to the confrontation with Michael. Dean interrupts, and manages to reach Sam, who opens the portal and tips himself, Lucifer, Adam, and Michael, over the edge. The Apocalypse is stopped.[7]

Season 6

Following soon after the events of 5.22 Swan Song, a civil war breaks out in Heaven. Raphael, the leader of the traditionalists, intends to free Michael and Lucifer so that the Apocalypse will restart and the predestined end of the world can still be reached. Castiel opposes him, and is the victor.[8][9]

Leviathans

Season 7

After having been released from Purgatory, the leviathans plan to turn humanity into a perfect never-ending food source. To accomplish this, they started building slaughterhouses for humanity in various locations and plant an additive into the food that makes humans pliable and cause weight gain. Vamptonite also kills all other monsters that feed on humans such as vampires, werewolves and ghouls. They also created Additive 3.0, which is intended to be added in non-dairy coffee creamer that breeds out unwanted traits (naturally lean people, short people, hemophiliacs, and those with a high IQ) and kills people who have such traits. The leviathans also planned to build stem cell research facilities to cure diseases (cancer, AIDS, heart disease) so that their food supply will be disease free. Their plan is to live on Earth forever in a luxurious lifestyle while humanity is knocked off the top of the food chain and sent to live and die like cattle. The Word of God tablet on the Leviathans reveals the only way to kill them:

"Cut off the head, and the body will flounder. Waste not thy time nor your breath upon the Leviathan herd. Point thy blade at the heart of their master, for from him springs all their messages. Leviathan cannot be slain but by a bone of a righteous mortal, as light and good as the Leviathan are hungry and dark, washed in the three bloods of the fallen: a fallen angel, the ruler of fallen humanity, and the father of fallen beasts."

Dean, Sam and Castiel use this to fashion a weapon using the bone of a nun, and the blood of Castiel (a fallen angel), Crowley (ruler of fallen humanity) and the Alpha Vampire (father of fallen beasts). Dean and Castiel use the weapon on Dick Roman, their leader, but get sent to Purgatory in the process. As a result, the remaining leviathan go incognito indefinitely.

The Darkness

When the Mark of Cain was removed from Dean, it released the Darkness (aka Amara), God's sister, from her imprisonment. Amara seeks to lure God out of hiding and eventually kill him after making him watch as the world is destroyed. God (aka Chuck) has decided to let Amara destroy the world, but Metatron convinces him to save humanity. Chuck lends his help to Sam and Dean, but ends up getting mortally wounded, causing a disruption in The Cosmic Balance. When Chuck dies, all of creation will cease to exist, including Amara. Dean manages to convince Amara to put her rage aside and ask herself what she really wants. Chuck and Amara reconcile when she realizes that she wants them to be a family again. She heals Chuck of his wounds and the two leave Earth together to have a family meeting.

Apocalypse World

Apocalypse World is a version of Earth in which the forces of Heaven and Hell are fighting with humanity caught in the middle. In this world, when offered a deal by the Prince of Hell Azazel to resurrect John Winchester, Mary Campbell refused. As a result, Sam and Dean never existed and thus did not stop the Apocalypse from happening as they did in their world.

Michael

Upon arrival in the Winchesters' world, Michael begins to experiment with monsters, enhancing their abilities and making them invulnerable to conventional methods of death. After trial and error, Michael manages to refine the process. He makes deals with dozens of monsters, motivating them to kill as many hunters as possible. Soon, he tries to turn the entire town of Kansas City, Missouri to make his monster army grow in size. Michael's original plan was to bring paradise to the Earth by wiping out the humans, keeping only as many as the monsters need for slave labour and a steady food supply, but after realizing that Chuck is a writer who throws the worlds he creates away, including his own, Michael decides to burn every single world to the ground until he catches up with God and kills him. However, Michael is imprisoned in Dean's mind for a time. When he manages to escape, Michael possesses Rowena and kills the other Apocalypse World hunters before turning his attention to the Winchesters. Jack Kline manages to use Enochian magic to exorcize Michael and kill him at the cost of burning off his soul to save Sam, Dean, and Castiel.

Chuck Shurley / God

Sam, Dean, Castiel, and Jack discover that Chuck has been manipulating the Winchesters' lives as part of a sick story, even taking advantage of Dean's grief over Mary's death to trick him into killing Jack at the cost of his own life. When they no longer want any part of his story, Chuck kills Jack himself and opens a portal to Hell, releasing the billions of damned souls and unleashing a horde of zombies to kill the Winchesters and end the world.

Tradition

The term "apocalypse" is Greek in origin, and means "revelation"; the Book of Revelation is the last in the New Testament. It is a vision of the end times that relates specific milestones that correspond to the opening of seals in the book of judgment. The first four seals release the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The fifth concerns martyrs, and after the opening of the sixth seal, disasters begin. When the seventh seal is opened, lightning, earthquakes, hail and fire, the burning of trees, mass extinction, poisoned waters, and monsters plague the earth. The Whore of Babylon appears in verse 17:5, and the imprisonment and escape of Lucifer are in chapter 20.

The bible also speaks of Two Witnesses to the end of times such as Moses and Aaron. They would bring all manner of plagues to the Earth and after finishing their testimony, the Devil will make war on them and conquer them. The people would rejoice at their deaths and refuse to give them proper burials. After three-and-a-half days, they would be resurrected and strike fear into the people before ascending to Heaven.

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the Earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies.”

The Bible, Revelation 11:3-5

A discussion of the end of days or Judgment Day appears in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, though interpretations and signs vary.

The Apocalypse in Fandom

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