|Dates||Before time, space, and everything|
|Occupation|| Celestial Deity|
Cosmic Embodiment of Light
|Episode(s)|| Appears as Chuck:|
4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
4.22 Lucifer Rising
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
5.04 The End
5.09 The Real Ghostbusters
5.22 Swan Song
10.05 Fan Fiction
Appears as God:
11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley
11.21 All in the Family
11.22 We Happy Few
11.23 Alpha and Omega
Okay, yeah, please. All the kneeling and stuff, it's always made me deeply, deeply uncomfortable. Just don't use the G-word okay? Just-Just call me Chuck.
God is the deity of the Abrahamic religions, that is Judaism, Islam and Christianity, responsible for creation of the universe. An unknown period of time in the past, he abandoned Heaven, intervening in the affairs of humanity occasionally. His full potential remains unknown, but he is extremely powerful, and is thought to be omnipotent and omniscient. With his sibling Amara being the only being older and stronger than he is, alongside Death, who at one time was seen as his equal.
In the beginning there was only God and his sister, the Darkness. Out of loneliness, God began to create, naively believing he could show his sister a new way. But for every world he would create, the Darkness would destroy it. Knowing that destroying the Darkness would cause a fatal disruption in the Cosmic Balance, God would eventually go on to create the archangels, and along with them would battled her until they finally managed to lock her away. Trusting the lock and key, the Mark, to his most trusted son, Lucifer.
With his sister locked away, God, as Metatron put it, "got down to unfettered creation." He would go on to create the first beasts, the Leviathans. However, God became concerned at their destructiveness, and locked them away in Purgatory. Soon after He created the angels and their classes, crating the Host of Heaven. Hellhounds were created at some point to be "Creator's best friend," as Crowley put it, however their viciousness proved to be too much for God, which led to him having them all destroyed, except for one, Ramsey, who was rescued by Lucifer. Soon, God would create the soul, and would go on to gift it to humanity, dubbing them his most beautiful and loved creations. He then ordered all of His angels to bow before humanity and love them more than Him, but Lucifer, refused to bow to humanity, while the others did. The Mark began asserting its own will, becoming the first curse, causing Lucifer to become corrupted, enhancing his jealously of man snf causing his fall from grace. Lucifer then sought out his older brother, Michael, for support, but Michael refused to listen. On God's command Lucifer was cast out of Heaven by Michael.
Only the archangels have ever seen God, until God revealed himself to Metatron in season 11. The angel Joshua is the only known angel to have had conversations with Him prior to God revealing himself as Chuck Shurley to Metatron and the Winchesters. At some point out of sheer disappointment in his creations, God left Heaven, after witnessing what nature could create on it's own, he began taking a hands-off approach. Michael assumed command of the angels, and then ran Heaven and Earth for millennia. Both Uriel and Raphael lost faith in their maker, stating that God must be dead by now, although most angels believed that He still exists.
As one of the two earliest known beings in creation, along with his sister the Darkness / Amara, God is an omniscient and omnipotent being capable of feats such as healing, resurrection, teleportation... damn near anything. His only known weaknesses are his sister the Darkness, who is the only being in existence with the capability to mortally wound God. If God were to die, then their would be a shift in the Cosmic Balance which would lead to the end of all existence. It is also known that with strong enough warding, it is possible to hide oneself from even God, as evidenced by His and Amara's use of wards to stay hidden from each other; as well as Chuck being unable to sense a nearly human Gabriel, who was being held prisoner by Asmodeus.
Powers and abilities
- Apporting - With a simple snap of his fingers, God is capable of teleporting anyone or thing to a destination of his choosing, as evidenced when he saved Sam and Dean from Lucifer's release, teleporting them on a plane.
- Cleansing - God was able to cleanse Sam of his demon blood addiction, as well as the town of Hope Springs, Idaho of a rabid infection.
- Creation - When the Darkness was locked away, God was able to create the universe as well as the various realms such as Heaven, Hell, Purgatory.
- Healing - God possesses the ability to heal any type of injury.
- Negation - God was able to render Lucifer powerless in the presence of Sam and Dean as a safeguard to prevent him from hurting them.
- Power transference - Certain objects that God has come into contact with can become imbued with his power. These items are known as a Hand of God, and are highly destructive, and so powerful that if a human were to come into contact with one they would be annihilated by it's power.
- Prayer - God, like the angels, is capable of hearing all the prayers in the world.
- Resurrection - God can bring anyone or anything back to life. Having "rebuilt" Castiel "more times than [He] can remember." However, archangels, being "the stuff of primordial creation" take more time and effort.
- Warding - While acting as the prophet Chuck Shurley, God was able to conceal himself from the angels, preventing Dean's Amulet from glowing white hot in his presence. This warding ability extended to God being able to conceal his location from his sister, Amara.
- Teleportation - God is capable of teleporting himself anywhere in existence.
While God is one of the most powerful beings in existence, he is not invulnerable as the original Death stated to Dean Winchester that one day God will die, and he will reap him too.
- The Darkness - Being God's equal, Amara is the only known being capable of mortally wounding God. However, with his death comes an imbalance in the Cosmic Balance, tipping the scales to the Darkness, can have catastrophic ramifications and render the universe into nothingness.
- Warding - With powerful enough warding, a being can hide their presence from God.
When Dean is healed by Roy Le Grange, who believed God was healing through him, when in fact his powers were actually connected to a reaper his wife is manipulating. Dean asks why he was saved, Roy tells him he was guided by the Lord because he saw in Dean's heart that he was "A young man with an important purpose. A job to do. And it isn’t finished."
When people claim that an angel told them to kill, Sam reveals that he believes in God and that he prays. A fatalist Dean says: "There's no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence, random unpredictable evil, that comes outta nowhere, rips you to shreds." When Dean witnesses a man who attacked a woman killed in a freak accident, he wonders whether he had seen "the hand of God" at work.
Castiel reveals that he raised Dean from Hell because "God commanded it." This may or may not have been true as God left Heaven at some point, and it seems more likely that the Host of Heaven ordered Castiel and other angels to rescue Dean. As the 66 seals are broken, Zachariah reveals that the angels plan to allow the Apocalypse to begin. When Dean asks where God is, Zachariah replies "God has left the building."
After Lucifer is freed, Castiel states that aside from Michael, God is the only one strong enough to defeat Lucifer and end the Apocalypse, and so he begins a quest to find Him. Castiel thinks that while God has been absent, it was He who resurrected him and saved the boys from Lucifer. He reveals that Dean's amulet is very powerful and that it "burns hot in God's presence," and so borrows it from Dean to help in his quest.
Raphael claims that God is dead, as this is the only explanation for the horrible things have happened on Earth over the last hundred years and God's continuing silence. Dean encourages Castiel, who still believes God's not dead, to continue his search.
While in Heaven, Sam and Dean seek out an angel in the Garden of Eden for information. Joshua confirms that God is on Earth, but also tells them that He no longer cares about the Apocalypse, thinking it isn't His problem. Joshua says he thinks God talks to him because he can "sympathize gardener to gardener." He also confirms that God has intervened on Sam and Dean's behalf (put them on the plane, cleared Sam of demon blood, brought back Castiel, granted them salvation in Heaven), saying that, "It's more than He's intervened in a long time."
Chuck Shurley begins writing his final book, titled "Swan Song", with an explanation of the Impala's history and significance. He is later called by Dean for the location of Lucifer and Michael's final battle, which he readily gives. Chuck finally appears dressed in white, musing on the difficulty of getting endings right. He then disappears, leading viewers to believe he may, in fact, be God. God also resurrects Castiel a second time and grants him greater powers. Later, Castiel wonders when talking to Dean if perhaps God had actually helped them more than they realize.
Atropos makes an assumption that God Himself decides a person's death and then passes the details on to the Fates.
It is revealed that God apparently resurrected Castiel for a third time with all of his powers intact but no memory despite his briefly declaring himself God.
Metatron reveals that before God left Heaven, he enlisted Metatron, a secretarial angel, to take down instructions on his various creations. When God left, the archangels despaired and then decided to take over the universe themselves, a plan Naomi seemed to be following since their demise. God also may have granted Metatron special powers as his scribe because Metatron is able to erase angel wards due to his elevated status.
After being transported to BG's Canteen, Metatron quickly realizes that is a construct created by God. When he finds Chuck Shurley sitting at a booth. Believing he is being punished by God, by having to spend eternity in a "crappy bar with a hack writer," and proceeds to go in on Chuck's writing. Chuck eventually reveals to Metatron that he is in fact God. As Metatron begins groveling on his knees, Chuck tells him to stop as the kneeling and being called "God" make him uncomfortable, telling Metatron to call Him Chuck. After Chuck pours a glass of whiskey for Metatron, Metatron asks Chuck what he has been up to. Chuck reveals that he started a blog about cats, signed up for Snapchat, started a new series of books titled Revolution (though he doesn't think they will go anywhere) as well as having traveled and dated a few people. He also explains how he was able to deactivate Dean's amulet so they wouldn't suspect him of being God during the Apocalypse and reactivates it before putting it away. Chuck reveals that he wanted to finish his autobiography and needs Metatron's help to do it, which he accepts. After reading it, Metatron points out that it's missing a few things such as details and balance. He tells him to write for an audience of one and reveal who he really is.
Chuck explains that nature was the closest thing that was as good as or better than himself or his sister, since it knows that it's sometimes better to start from scratch. Metatron discovers that Chuck was going to let Amara destroy the universe, and tells him off about how he was never a coward when he tried to play God. Chuck reveals that he is done watching humanity's failures and wants to let Amara win. After Chuck begins to finish the last few pages of his autobiography, Metatron tells him that he is wrong about humanity because he knows that they are better than he is and understands what they are capable of in both positive and negative ways. Chuck, touched and clearly guilty himself for losing faith in humanity, decides to help Sam and Dean deal with the Darkness. He reverses the effects of the rabid infection in Hope Springs, Idaho. He even sends Dean's amulet into Sam's jacket pocket to allow them to find him.
Chuck teleported Sam and Dean back into the Men of Letters Bunker along with himself to prove to them that he actually is God and even confirms it with the help of Kevin Tran. After sending Kevin's soul to Heaven, Sam talks about how he was praying to him, but was unaware if he was actually listening. Dean tells him about how humanity had been suffering for thousands of years while God did nothing. Chuck tells him that he has been helping them for ages and decided that in order to allow humanity to thrive, that he needed to take a step back and let them find their way. He also believes that despite everything, things have gotten better.
God tells them that the only reason he came to help them was because the Darkness was a force beyond human comprehension, and he tells them about how awful it was to always do what Amara wanted. When Sam tells him that they might need Lucifer's help, God tells them that he doesn't trust him since he could have formed an alliance with Amara. He is later seen watching a curling tournament on Dean's computer while eating Chinese food when Sam and Dean come back from Lewis, Oklahoma with the latest prophet, Professor Donatello Redfield. After meeting up with Metatron, he tells them that Chuck is going to give himself up to Amara and even shows them his autobiography which is in the form of a suicide note. Chuck is seen watching kids playing in a sandbox when Dean comes over to confront him about surrendering to Amara. Chuck tells him that he will become imprisoned and let Amara do what she wants with him in exchange for allowing the universe to continue to thrive. Chuck also tells Dean that if she tries to destroy rverythinh, then his chosen, like Sam and Dean, will step up and reveals that he saved Sam and Dean because they are the firewall between light and darkness.
After Sam, Donatello, and Metatron rescue Lucifer, God was able to teleport them back to the Bunker in the Impala. Lucifer sees God for the first time in millennia and remarks that he changed, God says the same thing and instantly heals the wounds he had to endure from Amara's torture.
God tells Lucifer about how he healed him and to be reasonable, but he doesn't want to hear it. He believes that He came back the moment Sam and Dean called for him, but they point out that it wasn't the case and reminds him that they saved him. He tries to turn them into dust with a snap of his fingers, but God added a safeguard that would prevent him from doing that. Lucifer tells God off about how he still wouldn't apologize to him before leaving and taking refuge in Sam's bedroom. Chuck later tells Sam and Dean that he can't apologize about imprisoning him since he doesn't feel sorry because He did it for humanity, but they remind Him that the end is approaching and they need to talk.
God decides to talk to Lucifer and He tells him that He did what He had to do since the Mark corrupted him and made him into a threat to humanity. Lucifer berates him about how He betrayed him and threw him away after the Mark changed him. Sam agrees with Lucifer since all he wants is an apology and God is too concerned about being right to do so. Frustrated, Chuck teleports Sam and Dean to the crow's nest in the Bunker to continue their discussion in private. God tells Lucifer that the reason He gave him the Mark was because He was His favorite and He thought he was strong enough to bear it, but He punished him out of guilt after He saw what the Mark did to him. After finally apologizing, Lucifer forgives him and they decide to focus on more important matters: the Darkness. God and Lucifer tell Sam and Dean about the Cosmic Balance being one of the reasons that Amara was imprisoned rather than destroyed. He tells them that they would need the rest of the archangels to have a shot against her. God tells them that Michael is in no condition to fight, and since archangels are the stuff of primordial creation, it would take time that they don't have to bring Gabriel and Raphael back, even for him.
Sam and Dean decide to bring angels, demons, and witches into the fight to make up for the missing archangels. God meets them in an abandoned power plant and tell them to strike against Amara when she arrives. Shock and awe. Sam reveals that, he and God talked about imprisoning Amara again by restoring the Mark of Cain onto Sam's arm since Dean can't bear it anymore due to already being tainted by its power. After she had to endure an attack by Rowena and the rest of the witches, the angels with their angel smiting, and Crowley and his demon horde, she barges in where she lays eyes on her brother for the first time in eons. As she approaches him, Lucifer stabs her with his spear and tries to finish her off, but God convinces him to back down. Chuck apologies to her for everything, but Amara doesn't want to hear it and tells Him that the real reason he banished her was because He couldn't stand holding in his ego. Chuck tells her that there is a value in creation that is greater than his ego and that the materials for creation were there waiting to be born. Chuck apologizes again before beginning the transference of the Mark from Amara's shoulder to Sam's arm, but Amara interrupts him before the transfer could be completed and rips Lucifer out of Castiel before he could stop her. She tells God that she would rather die before going back to her prison before striking Him with tendrils of black smoke, terminally weakening him and causing a disruption in the Cosmic Balance. She tells them that God will fade away into nothing, but not before he watches all of creation turn to ash.
After leaving the power plant, they discover that the sun is dying because God is dying. God, weakened by Amara's attack, tells them that she is the only one who can save him and that the disruption in the Cosmic Balance will destroy everything. He teleports everyone back to the Bunker where everyone almost seems to have given up, though God appears to be forming a bond with Rowena, discussing parenthood. Sam berates everyone about doing nothing while the universe slowly dies and decides that since they can no longer imprison her, they have to kill her. God reveals that the Darkness has one weakness; light. The amount of light it would take to destroy her would be 10,000 supernovas in one strike. Castiel tells them that the energy in souls is equal to 100 suns. Rowena believes that with enough souls, she can build a bomb that should destroy her. Sam and Dean head over to Waverly Hills Sanitarium to collect the souls of vengeful spirits, but they are followed back to the Bunker by Billie. She decides to help them get all the souls they need by raiding the Veil. After collecting a few hundred thousand souls into a crystal, Rowena channels that energy into Dean since he is the only one with a personal connection to Amara to get close enough to her. They all visit Mary's grave in Greensville, Illinois before sending Dean to Amara, who is located in a park watching the sun die. God tells them that despite everything, Amara is still his sister. After saying goodbye to everyone, God sends Dean to Amara.
God and everyone else wait in a bar called "The Lazy Shag" for Dean to finish off the Darkness. Dean tells her about how God doesn't want her dead and that despite everything, she needs her brother, just like he needs Sam. Dean tells her to put aside her hatred for Him and ask herself what she really wants. She summoned God when Sam went to get him water and tells him about how she hated Him for wanting something else that wasn't her. She finally realizes that what God made is beautiful and tells him that she wants them to be a family again. Chuck says that He wants the same thing and the hold hands, and their combined power restored the sun. Amara heals Chuck of all his wounds and they decided to have a family meeting. God takes the bomb out of Dean and tells him that Earth will be fine as long as it has him and Sam. Amara thanks Dean for giving her what she needed most and telling her that she wants to do the same for him. Both God and Amara ascend to the heavens, and disappear in columns of intertwined light and darkness.
Chuck Is God
Well, there's only one explanation. Obviously, I'm a god. I'm definitely a god! A cruel, cruel, capricious god.
Following the season five finale, there was much debate amongst fans to whether Chuck was in fact God, and whether he had been so all along. While consensus was with Chuck as the Divine being - many fans started substituting Chuck's name for God's in expressions such as "Chuck be praised?" "Oh My Chuck - OMC" and "Thank Chuck" - not all agreed. Writer and Producer Sera Gamble on the God debate refused to either confirm or deny the speculation: "Don't ask me to squish the God debate! How many TV shows can say their fans are talking about THAT stuff?"
Chuck as a writer is the creator of the story of Sam and Dean Winchester in the form of the Supernatural books. He says when confronted with the real Sam and Dean that he "is a god," for all that he puts them through in the books happens in real life. This is explained by Castiel as Chuck being a prophet of God. Castiel says the Supernatural books will become known as the Winchester Gospels.
The metaphor in this episode is of the writer as creator. Chuck's pseudonym is Carver Edlund, a reference to Supernatural writers Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund. The character is an avatar for Eric Kripke himself (Source) and is used to comment on the text and process of writing with reference to specific past episodes of the show. This metaphor would also hold then is God, the creator, was also the writer. We have a trinity here -- Chuck Shurley, Eric Kripke and God.
In 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil, Chuck says that he can feel the angels' presence in his house, which is not a power of the prophet and may be due to his being God.
In the finale there is further foreshadowing of Chuck's possible identity: When Dean calls Chuck, Chuck answers the phone "Mistress Magda," and we briefly see a newspaper ad for a blonde women in a bikini named "Miss Magda" on Chuck's desk before he puts his glass on it. This may be a reference to Mary Magdalene who Jesus, the physical incarnation of God, healed of demons. She then become a follower of his, and an early Christian leader. Chuck, after narrating the events that take place, finally appears dressed in white musing on the difficulty of getting endings right. He then disappears - Chuck, it seems, is God.
Fans arguing against Chuck's divinity point primarily to the fact that Dean's amulet, which Castiel says will "burn hot" in God's presence does not react when Dean and Chuck meet face to face in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, 4.22 Lucifer Rising, and 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil. However, Joshua tells Sam and Dean in Heaven "Magic amulet or not, you won't be able to find him."
Other arguments included the failure of others to recognize God's true self, including Raphael, the archangel assigned to protect Chuck. In 5.03 Free to Be You and Me, he tells Dean and Castiel that God is "dead" and they are living in a "godless universe." Castiel is also ignorant of Chuck's true identity. He held off Raphael at Chuck's house while Dean went after Sam in 4.22 Lucifer Rising, and met Chuck several times. Another argument that supports Chuck being God is, the angels (Castiel and others) have said that there can only be one prophet at a single time. The only time one person can no longer be a prophet is if they die. If Kevin becomes a prophet, then Chuck must be dead. Although in "Fan Fiction", he pops up and is alive. Now how can a prophet be alive if there was a prophet (Kevin) after him. The only explanation is that Chuck is in fact God.
In episode 10.05 Fan Fiction Chuck appears at the end of the episode, once again raising the question whether or not he is God.
God in Lore
God is the English name used to refer to the monotheistic definition of the deity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (where it is referred to as Allah). He (as it is usually gendered as male) varies greatly in nature between cultures, religions and sects from benign to wrathful. He is held to be the creator of all things including humans, and to be all powerful.