This is for my friend Jenniffer, who has been oh so patient in letting me get this done.  A lot has been going on in the last month.  Jenniffer is my longest and one of my best online friends.  She's the only one that followed me from another fandom and I'm so thrilled to have introduced her to this show.  She's a major Castiel fan, so hopefully this gives the angel the credit he deserves.

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So, if you were a being with impressive powers over inferior beings, those powers might as well be used to their coolest advantage, right?   If one thing’s a given about our blue-eyed angel, his stealth like appearances creating a fascinating mystique to his character, one that has plenty of us either pumping our fists or just plain drooling. He’s the obedient angel that had no idea what he was in for when he was assigned to rescue from Hell a human by the name of Dean Winchester.

In this homage to this angel in a trench coat, I’m recalling all those wonderful entrances that make him so loved. 

Lazarus Rising

Yes, we’ve brought this one up countless times. Many fans have brought up the fact (including to Misha himself) that this is the greatest introduction to a new character ever. How could it not be? Dean and Bobby brazenly decide to summon whatever being it is they’re up against. The wind blows, rafters jiggle, and the doors bust wide open. Enter the stoic man in a suit and trench coat, that’s so powerful the lightbulbs bust as he walks by. He isn’t stopped by gunshots, and Ruby’s demon killing knife has no effect either. So what is he?

“I am an angel of the Lord,” he tells Dean matter-of-factly. He has the dark badass angel wings to prove it! It isn’t just the bombshell that angels are walking the earth for the first time in 2,000 years. It’s his ultimate fascination over Dean’s reaction to seeing an angel and his complete lack of faith. Castiel had no idea at that point where his relationship with Dean would take him, for humans end up being the most challenging beings he’s ever faced. He gets the perfect closing too! â€œBecause God commanded it. Because we have work for you.” Hell yeah!


 
Are You There God It’s Me Dean Winchester

Sure, this was a little less grand that his last entrance, but his quiet and sudden appearance lurking in the dark shadows of Bobby’s kitchen during Dean’s dream only deepens this mystery behind the heavenly being.   


 
In The Beginning

We were still getting used to the idea of angels, so Castiel’s quirks of coming and going in a flash is still a novelty to us when he did it numerous times in “In The Beginning.” Showing up on Dean’s bed in the teaser to zap him to 1973. Being right there when Dean turns the corner while following John out of the diner. Appearing in the passenger seat of Dean’s time warped 1979 Pinto, thus triggering the great “God Is my co-pilot line.” My favorite appearance though comes at the end, after Mary makes the deal with Azazel. Dean shares a look with Mary of devastation and the Cas appears out of nowhere, giving Dean a soul crushing look of sympathy. Then in a flash they’re both gone. It goes to show that for a tough angel, he has a heart too.


 
Death Takes A Holiday

This is my personal favorite.  Dean has exited the building and comes face to face with Alastair. His foe has a menacing grin, pleased that he has cornered his once star student. But wait, Alastair is obliterated in a flash of light. One very taken back Dean doesn’t know what to say. â€œWhat the Hell?” â€œGuess again,” that familiar voice says behind him. Wow Cas! Now that’s the way to make an entrance. Too bad that smug attitude doesn’t last for long for his Alastair plan goes very wrong. 


 
On The Head of A Pin

Duh, Dean is about to get killed by Alastair.  He's choking poor Dean and the eyes are a fluttering.  Enter a badass angel with a demon killing knife and the ability to twist it with his mind.  Oh, except it can't kill demons like Alastair.  At leave Cas managed to save Dean's life before Sam came along with his demon killing mojo and saved Cas from a return trip to Heaven. 



As an honorable mention, this isn’t exactly a surprise entrance, but it’s still really cool nonetheless. Dean awakes in the hospital after being in a coma, and guess whose there by his bedside. Castiel is just as rattled as Dean over the recent events, and his desperate “they don’t tell me anything” mirrors Dean’s distressed state of mind perfectly. 


 
The Monster at The End of This Book

Dean has had enough with Mr. Chuck Shurley and is now threatening violence to get the truth out of him. â€œLeave him alone,” says the thundering voice. Castiel’s sudden appearance only makes this weird situation weirder. Cas gets to deliver the bombshell, Chuck cannot be touched. He is a prophet of the Lord. A wha? Silly Castiel and his stunning revelations. Angels love delivering little secrets.


 
The Rapture

Dean is…fishing??? Okay. He’s tranquil, content, everything is beautiful and oh this must be a dream. Too bad, I’d love to see that for real. This time, Castiel’s sneaky entrance isn’t so stoic and commanding. Our favorite angel is suddenly next to him and he’s freaked.  Something bad is about to happen and Cas needs Dean. Aww! 




 
When The Levee Breaks

For once, it’s Sam Winchester that gets the stealth visit of this baffling angel. Sam awakes in the panic room to find he’s still handcuffed to the cot. Not good! Then to his shock (and ours) the handcuffs snap open, and the panic room door slowly opens. Sam doesn’t know what’s going on, but he’s not about to look at gift horse in the mouth. He’s gone. Thanks to one savvy director (thanks Robert Singer), Sam may not see what’s happening, but we do from the POV of the stairs. Castiel is there under them. What are you doing Cas? This can’t be good. Oh, that’s right, it wasn’t. 


 
Lucifer Rising

Dean is stuck in the green room and is finally giving into the temptation of the cheeseburgers from Delaware. Suddenly he’s, Cas appears out of nowhere, grabs him from behind, and pushes him against the wall.  Castiel covers Dean’s mouth, pulls out the knife, and somehow Dean trusts him. Good thing, for the knife helps Cas get the blood he needs from his arm to draw the angel banishing symbol, zap Zachariah, and get them the flock out of there. Wow, that’s a way to defy Heaven and fall from grace. 




Sympathy For The Devil

Another “best entrance ever.” Cas only gets a few minutes in this one, but WOW! Dean is choking up blood from stage 4 lung cancer and Sam is on the floor dying because he has no lungs. Things look pretty dire for our heroes, right? One flash of golden light later, one bad ass angel in a trench coat is killing Zach’s two handlers. A bad ass angel that was exploded to smithereens by an archangel at the end of last season. Yep, he’s definitely had a rough few days and is on the edge. I won’t even go into the chills I get when he sternly orders Zachariah to “put these two back together.”  


 
Free To Be You and Me

Castiel’s stealth entrances get a little more impossible when he tagged Sam and Dean’s ribs with Enochian symbols, making it impossible for any angel or demon to find them. Sadly, that means Cas too. Luckily, Bobby is able to tell Cas where to find Dean this time. Dean, freshly parted from Sam, is cleaning off the blood from his jacket after his fresh vampire kill. Dean looks at himself in the mirror, looks down to the jacket, looks back and up and there’s Castiel! Needles to say, it startles him. Cas stays in real close, making Dean uncomfortable. â€œCas we talked about this. Personal space.” Oops, Cas must have forgot.
 

 
The End

This rivals the greatness of “Lazarus Rising.” Dean has been sprung from his three day nightmare in the future, especially rattled over seeing that Lucifer was “wearing his brother to the prom.” Zachariah still has him though, but Dean still refuses to say yes even after seeing that bleak future. Zachariah really threatens harm and then boom, Dean’s gone. Cut to Dean on the street corner, and there’s Castiel with a slight smile. â€œWe had an appointment.” Dean is so glad he kept it. He is also glad this isn’t the hippie Cas either that went mortal. â€œDon’t ever change.”  


 
Changing Channels

These are not personal best moments for the poor angel, but his sudden appearances really enhanced the wild pacing of this landmark episode. While Sam is reeling in agony over finding out the hard way what “Nutcracker” is all about, Castiel storms into the game show, finding out exactly why the Winchesters are missing. â€œMistah Tricksta does not like pretty boy angels.” He’s gone before he can save Sam and Dean.



The second entrance is even better! Castiel walks right into the “Supernatural” sitcom, opening the motel room door abruptly to the canned cheers of the crowd. He this time at least gets to warn them that this thing is too powerful to be a Trickster before the man shows up and proves his power trumps a lower order angel. Oh, and he knows him too. Wow, this is getting interesting.


 
Abandon All Hope 

Okay, again, not so much an entrance than a cool trick that adds to the mystique. Jo and Ellen arrive at their destination with Castiel sitting in the back seat. They get out, Cas doesn’t. Jo taps on the window, wondering if Castiel has ever heard of a door handle.  Suddenly Castiel is behind her on the sidewalk.  "Of course I have."  Angels and their fun.


 
The Song Remains The Same

Anna arrives at the warehouse hoping to see Sam and Dean, but exploding light bulbs is the clue that someone else has come. She has a good idea of who’s behind her by the time the fireworks have stopped. One camera swipe later, Cas is right behind her where she suspected.   He’s looking pretty glum too. I think it’s all that angel guilt. 


 
My Bloody Valentine

Dean has mastered the summoning of Castiel by cell phone, and the joke from “The End” still holds true. There is irony in getting hold of God’s messenger on a cell phone.   He calls, and before the conversation is even finished Cas is staring him down.  "I'm there now."  "Yeah, I get that," Dean replies right in front of him. â€œI’m going to hang up now.” Ha!



Honorable mention, and oh so funny, Castiel appearing in the passenger seat of the Impala while Dean is staking out the hospital.  He arrives with a cheeseburger and a smile.  "These make me so happy."  If you're happy Cas, so are we.


 

99 Problems

Even when inebriated, Cas still knows how to surprise a Winchester. This time it’s Sam. Sam is alone in the room reading. The shot shows no one in the kitchen while Sam puts his book in his bag and grabs another one. When it moves back to the kitchen, guess who? He’s in a snippy mood though, telling Sam that he got his message but finds the sound of his voice grating.  Sam asks if he's drunk and at first denies, but then says yes when he's staggering.  I guess angels don’t make happy drunks.


 

Point of No Return

The hits keep on coming. This time, he’s playing henchman. Dean has run off with intentions of saying yes to Michael but Sam is a bit more clever than he thinks. Sam surprises him in the motel room but challenges baby brother to stop him. Sure, he may have gotten past his brother, but the stakes are high and Sam is smart enough to bring help. Enter one pissed off angel with those magic fingers.



Speaking of pissed off angel, Dean learns the hard way what happens when you trick one of these beings and then try to escape. Cas appears out of nowhere before Dean can succeed in reaching other angels and delivers one hell of a beating. Dean was right, don’t piss off the nerd angels. 


 

Castiel is known for his exits too...


How About...The Grand Exits?
 

So how many times has Castiel not only appeared when unexpected, but just left as well? It’s definitely been with deep ire to both Sam and Dean, but if he can’t use his angel powers to frustrate as well, what good is having them?

In The Beginning

 

Dean wants to know what’s going on. Castiel gives him the same line he did earlier, "You have to stop it."  Of course being the vague angel he is, "it" is never defined.  Before Dean can get an answer, Cas disappears.  "Are you allergic to straight answers you son of a bitch?" 
 
On The Head of A Pin
 
This is my favorite, even if it really involves two angels. Castiel and Uriel are there waiting for Dean, and Sam just happens to be with him. They’ve come from Pamela’s funeral and Dean’s especially not in a good place. Once Dean’s told that he has no choice in coming with them, they all disappear, leaving one very frustrated Sam behind. â€œDammit!” is all he can muster. Man, I really wish they could use harsher language.


 
 
I Believe The Children are Our Future
 

Again with Sam. After the brothers call him about this boy, Castiel knows this is the anti-Christ. Castiel wants to kill him, Sam refuses to let that happen. After the two share some choice words and an intense stare down, Castiel in a sense show’s his superiority by flying off in a flash. More Sam frustration, which for some reason makes me happy. It’s even better knowing that Cas goes to confront the boy and gets turned into an action figure.   Then both Sam and Dean play with him! Ah, these little touches that make me really happy.


Sympathy For The Devil

Remember that really cool entrance? Castiel is gone just as fast, but first not without tagging the boys with some new rib carvings. Sam asks if he was really dead and gets a yes, but doesn’t get another answer because Castiel is not in the mood to answer unknown questions. 


Dark Side of The Moon

Castiel has just found out about the conversation with Joshua, right down to the God won’t get involved part. Naturally, he’s not taking it well. After a brief moment of denial that’s gently smacked down by Sam, he curses God. Sam wants to help but Castiel is gone in a flash. So much for taking bad news well. 


Point of No Return

THE best exit, period!  Castiel has nothing left to lose.  He needs to take on five angels by himself, clear them out so Sam and Dean can rescue Adam.  How is he going to do that?  The things box cutters can do!  He takes out one angel but is surrounded by the other four.  No, who knew that an angel banishing symbol drawn and touched on the chest could teleport five angels at once!  Plus we finally get to see him bare chested.  Awesome!  But wait, Cas is gone too.  Noooooo!!!!



 
There you have it.  Which Castiel entrance is your favorite?  Was there anything I missed?  Come on and discuss since this angel is in sore need of some love.