Supernatural’s most prominent species—well, aside from maybe the demons—has definitely been the angels. Although they weren’t officially introduced until season four, they’ve played a huge part in the show since then, with some of the recurring characters being introduced belonging to that species.
What’s most notable about them is their sheer power. Far surpassing humans and even demons, they’re a force to be reckoned with; and what’s worrying is not all of them are good. Actually, very few of them seem to be.
Here are the most prominent angels in the series, ranked by just how powerful they proved themselves to be.
Uriel was a creature who was present when the angels were first introduced, and he didn’t seem instantly very powerful in comparison to the rest. It became clear that he was rebelling though, killing angels and blaming it on demons — so, clearly, he was a lot more powerful than some of his species.
Still, he was taken down by Anna once it was found out what he was doing, so he clearly wasn’t the be all and end all, and was mostly relying on the element of surprise to take down angels.
He's still not one to tussle with in a dark alley, though...
Naomi was a later addition to the series. She was very high up and her duty seemed to be getting rebellious angels in line — which is not an easy task to be trusted with, which suggests in its own right that she was incredibly powerful. She proved herself to be a very intimidating force and seemed to think she had what it took to take over Heaven.
She was supposedly killed but secretly survived, proving once again that she was more powerful than anyone actually suspected. Although not as high up as the archangels, and presumably not quite on their level, she’s definitely not one to be underestimated.
Balthazar was only around for a season but did a great number of things in that time (including sink the Titanic). Although he was an amusing personality, there was definitely a great strength there; after all, he stole all of Heaven’s weapons at one point and wielded them, which meant he even managed to beat Raphael in a face to face fight at points.
Despite that, it could probably be assumed that he wasn’t quite as powerful without them and Raphael could have crushed him if Balthazar hadn’t had the weapons behind him. After all, Castiel took him down pretty easily, though he certainly had the element of surprise on his side…
Boss of Castiel and Uriel at one point, Anna was a pretty high-ranking angel who fell and lost her Grace. She was determined to rebel against Heaven, but still much more focused on the greater good than the more emotional angels (such as what Castiel eventually became). She was also one of the few angels with no vessel; her body was her own.
She traveled in time, convinced Castiel to rebel, and did a whole host of other things that caused Heaven some travel. That, combined with her status before she ripped out her own Grace, is enough proof that Anna was a very powerful being before her death.
It’s just a shame she wasn’t always fighting for the right side.
Castiel is still the most prominent angel in Supernatural; he's so popular that he’s become as integral to the show as the Winchester brothers. He started out a seemingly average angel in comparison to the others, but grew enough to challenge Raphael, to even have a short stint as God. The amount of things he’s done has given him the experience to almost be on the level of the archangels.
He also has something that most angels don’t have; experience being close to humans, so more of an insight into what to do on earth than his brothers and sisters. This may not be magical angel power, but it’s pretty invaluable.
As an archangel, Gabriel is pretty up there in terms of raw power. He was first introduced as the Trickster — actually, way earlier than any of the other angels, though we didn’t know what he was back then. When he resurfaced, he was revealed to be Gabriel.
Although his tricks were seriously impressive, he didn’t seem to have the same power as his archangel brothers. Of course, this might just have been because he was unwilling to use it — Gabriel definitely wanted peace more than any of the others and didn’t seem particularly thrilled with the idea of a showdown between Michael and Lucifer.
Kind of like Cas, he cared.
Raphael was definitely one of the most brutal of the archangels. Determined to make the apocalypse happen because he thought it was destiny, he went head-to-head with Castiel and would surely have won if Cas hadn’t swallowed all those souls. After all, every time they came face to face before Castiel had sucked down the power of Purgatory, Raphael managed to send him away bruised and bleeding.
He didn’t come across as the most clever of the angels but on sheer brute strength alone, he’s earned his place near the top of this list. If he’d had a little more intelligence too, he might have been downright unstoppable.
The only non-archangel to outrank a couple of them is Metatron.
The Scribe of God, he was pretty angry at the angels after he was forced to leave Heaven and his main goal was revenge against them. Aside from the Devil himself, he was probably the most objectively villainous of the angels, even killing Dean at one point and turning him into a demon.
He did eventually team up with the Winchesters—what character in this show doesn’t switch sides at some point?—but he was killed by Amara. Which is really just good karma, in the end, after all he did.
Satan himself was one of the most powerful angels. He was once an archangel, cast into Hell for what he claimed to be petty reasons — refusing to bow to humans. This, of course, was probably just one side of the story. Lucifer was bitter, angry, and downright evil in the way he went about things. Despite trying to convince everyone he was a good guy, he was definitely sadistic and selfish.
But no one can deny that he proved his power time and time again. When he rose from the cage, he was slowly ruining the Earth, and there was said to be only one who could stop him…
The oldest archangel; the only one who could stop Lucifer. Supposedly, anyone. It turned out Sam could do that too.
Michael was supposed to be righteous and good, but he was just as scary as Lucifer himself. He was too focused on being a good son, doing all the wrong things for reasons he thought were right, and his power was downright unstoppable. Had Sam not thrown him into the cage, he and Lucifer’s fight would have destroyed at least half of the planet.
Safe to say that in terms of magical power and abilities, nothing beats the archangels. And more specifically, nothing beats Michael, except maybe God himself.