Gabriel (Supernatural)

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Character
Name: Gabriel, Loki, The Trickster
Occupation: Angel of the Lord, Trickster God
Relationships: Lucifer, Michael, Castiel, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Kali
Fandom: Supernatural
Other: played by the actor Richard Speight Jr.
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Gabriel is a recurring character on Supernatural. Despite not appearing in very many episodes, Gabriel is one of the most popular SPN characters, after the brothers and Castiel.

Canon Background

Gabriel is the youngest of the four archangels (the others are Raphael, Lucifer, and Michael).

Gabriel first appears as an unnamed Trickster, a class of pagan demigods, in the season 2 episode "Tall Tales"[1] and the season 3 episode "Mystery Spot".[2] He is revealed to be an archangel in the season 5 episode "Changing Channels".[3] He dies in season five, after only four appearances.

He is brought back briefly as an illusion created by Metatron in the season 9 episode "Meta Fiction".

In Season 13, Gabriel returns for five episodes. He travels to the Apocalypse World with the Winchester brothers to rescue his nephew, Jack. It appears that Gabriel is killed during a confrontation with his brother Michael.

In Fandom

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Archangel: Gabriel was the first angel that was ever introduced, and once it was revealed that the reoccurring Trickster character was, in fact, an archangel, the fandom latched on and a lot of interesting Meta started to go around. Due to Gabriel's tendency to mess with the boys and his attempts to teach them lessons whenever he encounters them, many fans decided that Gabriel as a character was worth exploring.
  • Trickster: some fans prefer Gabriel in his trickster persona, and will focus on that, ignoring, or playing down, the later revelations about he angelic identity
  • Actor Popularity: Despite his lack of screentime, Gabriel is a popular character in the Supernatural fandom. This is in part due to actor appeal, with Richard Speight Jr. often appearing at cons. It may also be due to the popularity of ships featuring Gabriel.
  • Gabriel Lives: before Gabriel's return to the series, many fics had Gabriel not die in season 5, or he was resurrected somehow, or that he had faked his death (this being the explanation that was later used in canon)
  • Return to the Series: When Gabriel returned in Season 13, there was a rise in fics featuring him, including fix it fics.
  • Chaos Agent: Gabriel can be portrayed as an agent of chaos in fanworks, he can be easily understood as an explanation for very strange and unusual circumstances that other characters find themselves in

Common Pairings

Gabriel's most popular pairing is with Sam (Sabriel), which is the third most popular slash pairing in the Supernatural fandom overall according to the AO3 rankings in 2019.[4] Some of Gabriel's more minor slash pairings are with Dean (Debriel), or his angelic siblings, including Castiel (Cabriel), Lucifer (Lubriel) and Balthazar, the OT4 pairing of Castiel/Gabriel/Dean/Sam (Team Free Love) is also common.

Het pairings featuring Gabriel are rare, the two most common being with Kali or Rowena, with whom he had canonical relationships. Readerfic and the pairing of Gabriel with Original Female Characters can also be found.

Challenges

Example Fanworks

Fan Art

Fanfiction

Fan Vids

Meta

Art Gallery

Archives and Links

Resources

References

  1. ^ Super-Wiki's Tall Tales page has more details.
  2. ^ Super-Wiki's Mystery Spot page has many more details.
  3. ^ Super-Wiki's Changing Channel's page has more details.
  4. ^ As of 5 February 2019, Dean/Castiel had 78008 works, Sam/Dean had 26050 works, and Sam/Gabriel had 12267 works. See the filters on the Supernatural works page.