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PostSubject: Gabriel a.k.a The Trickster   Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:02 pm

Gabriel

Gabriel, also referred to as "the trickster", is an archangel portrayed by Richard Speight, Jr. Having grown tired of watching his brothers fight each other in Heaven, he fled to Earth thousands of years prior to the series, assuming the role of a Pagan trickster. For his first appearance in the second season episode "Tall Tales", the writers decided not to put their own spin on trickster lore—as is usually done with other villains—keeping the "deadly sense of humor" and decision to go after the "high and mighty to bring them down a notch", with Gabriel causing several violent urban legends to come to life on a college campus and punish those residing there. Sam and Dean Winchester investigate and eventually figure out his identity, though the trickster is waiting for them and offers a peaceful resolution so long as they let him leave to terrorize another town. The Winchesters refuse and attack him with the help of fellow hunter Bobby Singer, and the trickster fakes his own death.

He later reappears in "Mystery Spot", trapping Sam in a seemingly infinite time loop, where Dean continually dies in increasingly strange ways. After a countless number of repeats, Sam eventually realizes that a trickster must be at work, and manages to locate the culprit. He threatens their tormentor with a blood covered stake, causing the trickster to reveal himself and agree to break the loop. However, when Sam then considers killing him anyways, the trickster restarts the loop. Dean once again dies, but this time there is no loop to revive him. Throughout the next several months, Sam becomes a far colder and more calculated person as he attempts to track down the trickster, killing whatever threat he can along the way. Eventually, it is the trickster who calls the younger Winchester to him, where he tries to drive in a point: that the two brothers continually sacrificing themselves for one another would bring no good, and when people die, they just have to learn to accept it and live with it. Nonetheless, Sam pleads with him to turn back time so that he can save Dean. Reluctantly, the trickster agrees, lamenting that the whole situation had become boring months ago for him anyway.

In the episode "Changing Channels", Dean and Sam become trapped in a TV world, where they a part of variations of real TV shows. This time, the brothers find out soon it's the Trickster who's behind it, but they have difficulties tracking him and killing him. Eventually, Dean, with help of Castiel, realizes the Trickster is in fact a much more powerful creature than they thought, and they trap him in a burning circle of holy oil. The Trickster applauds them, and tells them the reason he trapped them is because he wanted both of them to say yes to becoming Michael and Lucifer's vessel so that the Apocalypse can finally end. It is then that Dean confronts the trickster with his true identity, and he admits his origins. Gabriel tells them they were always meant to fight each other because the lives of the brothers mirrors the lives of Michael and Lucifer. Dean and Sam still refuse, but before they leave, Dean frees Gabriel from his trap and accuses him of giving up because he's simply too afraid to stand up to his own family. Gabriel is left behind, wondering what to do next.

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Source: wikipedia.org

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