Supernatural prophets: The lore and the inspiration

Supernatural -- "Prophet and Loss" -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Prophet and Loss" -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

In Supernatural, prophets are real. They understand and translate the Word of God. Where does their lore come from and what’s the connection to the real biblical lore.

Donatello is one of many prophets throughout and before Supernatural. The lore is distinct but not entirely original. It’s time to delve into that lore and the connection to real biblical lore.

It’s no surprise that the lore is mostly from the Bible. Prophets came about in the fourth season, starting with Chuck — well, sort of. Chuck has now been confirmed as God but there are elements from the fourth season that don’t quite add up. But which parts of the lore have come from the Bible and which parts came from other sources of inspiration?

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In Season 4, we were introduced to the first prophet on the series, Chuck. He had written the books that would later be known as the Winchester Gospels. After that, we didn’t hear much about prophets until Kevin was created.

Prophets are supposed to have archangels attached to them to protect them. They have been chosen to speak the Word of God, speaking of events to come. However, the prophet line was destroyed by Metatron so there were no more prophets after Kevin’s death, but that changed with the arrival of The Darkness.

Only one prophet can live at a time. This is where some inspiration from other popular fiction comes in. Buffy the Vampire Slayer certainly comes to mind.

Supernatural — “Holy Terror” — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Holy Terror” — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Prophets in the Bible

When it comes to biblical lore, there are many prophets mentioned. I’ll keep this brief to compare the lore to the series. Not all tend to spread what’s to come but of present. That is often left to the archangel Gabriel.

Prophets are often sent by God to speak of the present and the future. They can intercede with God for people, helping to pass messages back and share their own thoughts on people they meet. At the same time, they can speak their own words. Prophets are often sent to speak about obedience to and trust in God during times of crisis and hardship.

Naturally, the discussions can be about survival and hope, disaster and judgment, and even speaking of small communities and the world. They challenge people in power throughout the Bible, which isn’t shown in Supernatural.

While the Bible introduces the prophets, there isn’t much to explain how they are chosen. They tend to be people who have full faith in God, rather than being selected at what seems like random in Supernatural. They also know that they are prophets, rather than suddenly being thrown into the middle of things.

There is nothing about the order of prophets or that one must die for another to be called.

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What did you know about prophets? Did you get a connection to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the show’s lore? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.