Michael (Apocalypse World)

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Name Michael
Actor Christian Keyes
Jensen Ackles
Dates Pre-Creation
Location Earth
Occupation Archangel
Episode(s) 13.02 The Rising Son
13.07 War of the Worlds
13.14 Good Intentions
13.22 Exodus
13.23 Let the Good Times Roll

History

With the Apocalypse having gone forward, Michael emerged as victor, having killed Lucifer at some point in the past over Abilene, Kansas. Having conquered the Earth, Michael has not brought paradise to the world, but continued to fight various battles and wars against humans and demons, ravaging the planet and turning it into a post-Apocalyptic wasteland.

Characteristics

Possessing an unknown man, Michael typically appears in a dark trench coat. Lucifer calls him stronger than the Michael of the main universe and he easily defeats Lucifer in a fight. In this vessel, Michael is not at full strength as he is not Michael's true vessel. In the body of Dean, Michael is stated to be stronger than he has ever been.

After gaining consent, Michael initially lent Dean access to several of his powers to fight Lucifer, particularly his teleportation, strength, and flight capabilities. After Lucifer's death and Michael taking full control of Dean's body, he changed Dean's attire to an old-fashioned suit.

Powers and abilities

Weaknesses

Episodes

13.02 The Rising Son

After Lucifer kills a squad of angels, Michael arrives, crashing to the earth like a comet. Exiting the crater, he's surprised to find Lucifer, whom Michael has killed in this world. As the two exchange words, Michael insinuates he wants to fight, and is quickly sucker punched by Lucifer. Michael is able to overpower Lucifer, taking his arm and twisting it back until it is about to break off. When Lucifer asks if Michael is going to kill him, Michael tells him he may have use for him.

Michael torturing Lucifer.

13.07 War of the Worlds

While torturing Lucifer in a dilapidated church, Michael hitches a ride on Lucifer's temporal lobe, allowing Michael to gain a glimpse of Lucifer's world. Calling it a paradise, he tells Lucifer he plans to take up residence there, and lend his guiding hand. While Lucifer mocks him, Michael reveals that he knows what Lucifer fears most -- being locked up -- telling him when he is done, he will leave Lucifer locked up in agony forever. When Lucifer insults him, Michael simply drives a metal spike into Lucifer and walks away as Lucifer screams.

Giving Lucifer a respite from his torture, Michael has his angels take him down. Michael calls him pathetic, that he thought himself a god once and is now just a shell. Lucifer corrects Michael -- he never thought himself God or a god, but he is everything that humans think he is and more. In return he calls Michael the king of a dead rock. Michael retorts that he won't be so for long, because he plans on trading up, revealing that alternate universes are nothing new, and that he and his angels have been looking into the possibilities. He brings in his prophet, Kevin Tran, who says he has assembled all the elements needed to open a rift except the key ingredient, archangel grace. Unwilling to donate his, Michael pulls out his blade and slices Lucifer's throat to siphon off most of his grace, handing it to Kevin to begin the spell.

Michael returns to the church when Kevin is ready. While the spell works and opens a new rift, in the ensuing shockwave, Lucifer is able to break free and make his escape through the portal, which closes up behind him. Incensed, Michael orders Kevin to "fix" it.

13.14 Good Intentions

Unimpressed with Zachariah's lack of progress, Michael questions if the "half-breed" is necessary. Zachariah assures Michael that Jack is the key to open a portal large enough to march an army through. But when Zachariah's methods of mental manipulation prove fruitless, Michael decides to take matters into his own hands and knocks Jack and Zachariah away and drags the unconscious Jack to Mary's cell.

After finding that Jack and Mary have escaped, Michael orders Zachariah to find them and to kill Mary, slowly, in front of Jack. He warns Zachariah not to fail him again before sending him off.

13.20 Unfinished Business

Learning that Michael has abandoned his fortress, Mary, Jack, and a handful of resistance fighters arrive at the church to search for intel. They find Kevin Tran locked in the dungeon and learn from him that Michael has moved his forces south to a place where the walls are thin between worlds, in an attempt to use the angel tablet to open a rift.

Michael appears to confront Lucifer and Gabriel.

As Jack prepares to leave to finally confront and kill Michael, Kevin reveals his betrayal, telling Mary and Jack that Michael wanted Kevin to deliver a message by killing everyone around Jack. He says Michael wanted to pass along the words, "Even if you win, you still lose," then kills himself and the resistance fighters in a magical explosion.

13.22 Exodus

As the Apocalypse World refugees make their way through the rift to safety, Michael dive bombs into the area, killing three resistance fighters. Emerging from the crater with his wings spread, he greets everyone and asks if Lucifer wants to try and fight him again. Lucifer agrees and the two exchange blasts of energy, but Michael is able to overpower Lucifer. As Lucifer lays prone on the ground, Michael notices Gabriel and is surprised to see him. As Gabriel approaches him, Michael produces an archangel blade from his sleeve and the two begin fighting each other with their blades. Blows are exchanged, until Michael is able to deflect an attack by Gabriel and stab him with his blade, killing him. As he slowly sets Gabriel's body on the ground, Sam Winchester makes his escape through the rift, leaving Lucifer behind as it closes, angering Michael.

Stuck together, Lucifer makes a deal with Michael to show him how the Winchesters performed the spell to open the rift. In exchange, Lucifer will get his son, and Michael will get everything else.

13.23 Let the Good Times Roll

Michael's vessel is severely weakened after his confrontation with Jack.

After Sam and Dean talk Jack down from killing an innocent gas station employee, Jack storms out of the store and the ground begins to shake followed by a high pitched piercing noise, signaling the arrival of an angel. Suddenly, Michael appears before Sam, Dean, and Castiel, forcing them to flee. As they reach the outside, Michael blows out the windows of the gas station convenience store, taunting Castiel to attack him. Unbeknownst to Michael, though, Dean has grabbed a container of holy oil from the trunk of the Impala and created a Molotov, which he throws it at Michael, creating a barrier between them and allowing them to escape.

Michael soon catches up to the Winchesters and arrives at the Bunker. He floats down as Sam and Dean begin shooting him in a futile gesture. Castiel attempts to attack him, but Michael easily swats him away. Throwing Sam aside, Michael grabs ahold of Dean, and begins choking him, telling Dean that he plans to purge his world of sin; he admits his past mistakes but believes the second time is the charm, and declares that Dean will be the first soul he saves. As he is attempting to kill Dean, Sam sends a prayer out to Jack, who hears it and soon arrives at the Bunker and severely injures and weakens Michael. The archangel calls out to Lucifer for help, reminding him of their deal, which causes Jack to stop and question his father. After Lucifer reveals his true nature to Jack and steals his grace, Castiel asks Michael how they can stop Lucifer. Michael tells him that they can't -- after consuming the grace of a Nephilim, Lucifer's strength is super charged and he is capable of ending the universe if he so pleases. When Dean tells Michael he beat Lucifer before, Michael reminds him that Lucifer was weaker and his "meatsuit" was stronger. Realizing they are out of options Dean offers to be his "sword", allowing Michael to take possession of him under the condition it is a one-time deal and he stays in control while they fight Lucifer.

Dean shows off Michael's wings.

As Lucifer is waiting for Jack to kill himself, he is interrupted by the arrival of Dean, who glows with an angelic light as he bares Michael's wings. Dean indicates to Sam that he is in control by greeting him with a "hiya Sammy" and he tells Lucifer that he and Michael found something in common: they both want to "gut" Lucifer. As the two begin fighting, Lucifer gains the upper hand, and attempts to smite Dean and Michael. He is thwarted when Sam throws Dean the archangel blade, allowing Dean to stab Lucifer in the heart and kill him once and for all. The celebration of Lucifer's death is cut short, however, as Michael reneges on their deal and takes control of Dean's body, thanking him for the "suit" as he teleports away.

Dressed in a dapper new outfit, Michael walks down a city street taking in his new world.

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