Castiel from "Supernatural"
Last, and certainly not least, we have the angel who is, arguably, the most popular angel ever to appear on the screen—Castiel from the television series, “Supernatural”.
“Supernatural” follows the road-trip adventures of the Winchester brothers as they make their way across the United States in their 1967 Chevrolet Impala. For the first few seasons, the world Sam and Dean Winchester’s inhabit seems to be made up of nothing but horrors, of monsters and demons and otherworldly entities that feed on, torment, and plague humanity. It is an uncaring world steeped in the darkness.
But then something happens. In a dilapidated shed, Dean Winchester meets a man whose presence causes light bulbs to explode, the walls to rattle, and the very earth to quake. Immune to shotgun blasts, knife blades, and magical symbols, he steps right up to Dean and announces himself in what was one of the most goose bump-producing lines of a series that had yet to acknowledge the existence of heaven.
“I am an angel of the Lord.”
Over the course of the show, Castiel became, perhaps, the most beloved angel every portrayed, thanks to actor Misha Collins’s masterful acting. Collins takes Castiel from the angel’s impersonal, all-powerful beginnings, through the journey of learning what it means to be a human, and on to the adorable figure who likes to wrap himself up in blankets and watch Netflix.
When “Supernatural” draws to a close, the show’s millions of viewers are going to miss Cas’s gravelly-voiced power, his hilarious misuses of pop-culture references, and his surprisingly human naiveté and vulnerability.
More than anything, Cas just tries as hard as he can to be a friend to Sam and Dean, and to somehow help them overcome the increasingly difficult circumstances they find themselves in. Although he fails—sometimes miserably—we can’t help but keep loving him when he misquotes a reference or starts doling out overly-powerful angel hugs.
Here’s to Castiel, the greatest of his kind.