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Today is Misha Collins' 37th birthday.  Happy birthday, Misha!  So, in order to help him celebrate, I've put together a list of the Top 11 Castiel Moments.  Because nothing says "birthday" like a list!

This was pretty difficult to put together, actually, because Castiel's awesome pretty much all the time.  How do you choose just 10 moments as the best ones?  You don't!  You put in 11 and then a bonus one and rules be damed! Inevitably, there's something amazing I've missed anyway, so I'm counting on all of you to tell me so in the comments section.  Let's get this started, shall we?

Bonus: Future!Cass follows Dean to the bitter end in "The End"

I put this one in as a bonus because Future!Cass wasn't technically real, so I didn't want to judge his actions against what real Cass has done.  But I couldn't leave him out, either, because Future!Cass was such a fascinating glimpse into what could happen if he fell for good.  He was cynical, bitter, high.  He laughed and had sex and was pretty much the complete opposite of everything we had seen from Castiel so far, except for the fact that he still fought for Dean.  He didn't like the plan and probably knew that he was going to his death, but he went anyway, because Dean asked him to.  And that more than anything showed that underneath it all, he was still Cass.

11. Meg is a convenient escape plan in "Abandon All Hope"

This was such a badass moment.  Getting stuck in a ring of holy oil by Lucifer is pretty much on the bottom of any angel's to-do list, but Cass manages to keep his cool and work a bolt free from some heavy-looking overhead duct work.  Now all that's left is to wait for a monologuing demon to step into the right position and wham!  Meg is a great character, but I love seeing her get some comeuppance here as Cass just lets her burn as he literally walks over her.  Awesome.

10. Switching the sacrifice blood in "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Boy, I did not see this one coming.  I really didn't know what Cass was going to do or how the whole purgatory thing was going to play out. But when Raphael and Crowley went through their ritual and nothing happened, only to find out that Cass had pulled a fast one and switched out the blood they needed, that was stellar.  Who knew Cass had it in him to be so crafty?  I think even Crowley was impressed.  Of course, the whole thing pretty much backfired and Cass got soul-hungry and is a god now or whatever, but still, that moment where he revealed the blood switch was excellent.

9. Agent Castiel, FBI in "Free to Be You And Me"


Not all attempts to make Cass the comic relief work, but for my money, this was one of the most successful efforts.  Poor angel.  He was really trying to do his best and be an FBI Agent, but he just had no idea what to do.  From the upside-down badge to the overly loud whispering about demons, he just really didn't get it.  But he was so earnest in the attempt that it ended up being really sweet anyway.  And damn funny.


Far Away Eyes
# Far Away Eyes 2011-08-20 23:07
Awesome list. And so true. I was so unsure of what to make of our resident nerd Angel when they introduced him. I had NO idea what or where the story was going with him, but before I knew it, I had taken him into the fold of the show and can't imagine anyone other than Misha playing him.

With the new promo floating about, I am left wondering what will happen next. Is it September 23 yet?
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:39
Thanks! I loved Castiel from the start and have really enjoyed watching him progress. I just hope he gets some redemption. I'm nervous!
# Kate 2011-08-20 23:23
Thank you! All these moments make me hope more than ever that Cas is saved, redeemed and put right back where he belongs: alongside Dean in Team Free Will. Happy birthday Misha… he is such a wonderful ambassador for the show, and has given us so many great moments. Hopefully he'll give us many more. :-)
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:39
Me too! They can't just let him go, right? RIGHT?!?!?!?! ;-)
# Jasminka 2011-08-21 06:38
Ah... Castiel... What a fascinating character! Thank you for this awesome list, Flamey!
I would have had similar difficulties finding his best ten moments! But I'm sure, Castiel would approve. There are sweet and badass moments here. Complexity. Just as complex as the character.

And - how can you not love Misha?! I would love to sit down with the man and just talk for hours, pick his brilliant brain for a little while.

Happy Birthday from the bottom of my heart!

Love, Jas
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:41
You're welcome, dear! It was hard to narrow it down, but someone has to make the tough choices.

It's impossible not to love Misha. I think they're doing scientific tests to try and figure out why.
# Karen 2011-08-21 09:56
Happy Birthday Misha!

Hi Ardeospina
Totally agree with all your choices, especially your #1.
One of my many favourite moments is #6. I just love that scene and Dean telling him “Don’t ever change”
To add to the list I also loved in ‘Lucifer Rising’ how Castiel stood ground with Chuck, willing to hold off the Archangel that was coming while Dean tried to stop Sam.
And in “In The Beginning” when Dean realised he was too late to stop Mary from making the deal with Yellow-eyes. They way Castiel put his hand on Dean’s shoulder and the compassion in his face, it gets to me every time.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Misha/Castiel.
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:42
Hey, Karen! I definitely contemplated those moments, especially standing his ground against the archangels. They're both excellent choices. I probably should have made a runner-up list! Those would have been on there for sure.
# Sylvie 2011-08-21 11:50
First of all, Happy Birthday to Misha!

I love every moment of Castiel. Your #1 is my all time favourite. I think I actually exclaimed with joy when I saw his angel wings for the first time. The whole mythology surrounding angels makes me giddy with happiness. I love everything about them, good angels, fallen angels, badass angels, you name it, I'm there! So, when TPTB decided to introduce Castiel into the show, I was elated to say the least. My favourite Castiel episode would be "The Man That Would Be King", it's filled with such sadness and Misha played it so beautifully. I've said it before and I will say it again, Ben Edlund is a genius.

Now, if only September 23rd could get here so that we can find out what will happen to this broken friendship. I can't wait.
# Sylvie 2011-08-21 11:52
Sorry, it's "The Man Who Would Be King". I was so excited, I miswrote.
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:43
Yes, the wings! Soooo cool. I'm glad they haven't overused them, too. That was smart. Well, probably budget-saving, but still. Smart.

And I have to agree about the brilliance of "The Man Who Would Be King." I can't wait for the DVDs so I can watch that one again and again and again.
# nancyL 2011-08-21 15:35
Castiel had the best entrance in 'Lazarus Rising'. He shows up all bad ass, none of the weapons work on him, and then the wings unfold. WOW. :D

Even Bobby didn't have a cool intro, Sam and Dean just showed up at his door. Ok, we heard that Bobby ran John off with a shotgun (probably about his 'fathering skills'), but he was just there.

Season four Cas was bad ass. Period, end of discussion. :-)

Season five, he was more comic relief because he was not at full power, but he did have his bad ass moves, especially the one from 'Swan Song'. 'The End' Cas was just sad because he was a mortal, but he still believed in Future!Dean.

Season six Cas is just a lying liar that lies. :lol: It is interesting watching season six in reruns, knowing that Cas had been lying to Sam and Dean right from his first appearance in '3rd Man'. Of course, the ending of 'Swan Song', now has to been seen in a completely different light (pun intended) :lol:

Damn, this little comment just grew, but it is still more than a month until Season Seven (Woohoo) starts, and I need something to do. :P
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:44
We need a new category for season 7 Cass! Hopefully it will be something like, "Misguided angel who became a god and then lost his powers and realized he had hurt his friends so he was extra badass and funny and helpful in an effort to make it up to them and now he's totally awesome again the end."
# MisterGlass 2011-08-21 18:10
Awesome list! All show how well the character can work. I have enjoyed watching the different sides of Castiel, and all the little moments he adds to the series.

It's hard to remove anything from this list, but if it were to be cranked up past eleven, I would have to add the moments in "The Man Who Would Be King" that take place in Cas's favorite Heaven. So touching.

And then there is "On the Head of a Pin", when Castiel opposed both Alastair and Uriel. That to me was when he first started making his own decisions, however small.

I also liked his confrontation with Anna in "The Song Remains the Same", because it showed how much humanity he had gained, and I think now shows some of what's been lost. I hope it can be recovered.
# Ardeospina 2011-08-25 18:46
Thank you! And your moments are all good choices, too. There were just so many nuggets of goodness. It could have been a top 20 or more, probably.
# Julie 2011-08-26 14:22
I am so sorry, I realised I never thanked you for this list. :oops:
But you know how much I love this as you know how much I love our `little nerdy angel`.
I really admire your restraint managing to pick so few scenes, as you say you could have just chosen every scene he was in. Ju
# Belinda 2011-08-30 06:55
To watch Cas's journey over the past few seasons has been amazing, this one little angel went from loyal soldier, to human ally, to rebel with a cause, to someone making his own decisions, to being misguided with the best intentions, and now a power hungry god-like figure. And through it all, Misha gave a brilliant performance every time that only served to elevate the performances of those around him, made them all step up their game!

Castiel's story over the seasons has honestly been one of the most amazing character growth on this show. If you think about it, Sam, Dean, and Bobby, they've all grown and changed, but not as much as Cas has done in these past few seasons. There is so much to explore with this character, he's such a goldmine, and I sure hope in Season 7, the writers will continue to integrate him into the storyline rather than send him away in a rushed goodbye, because there is a much more powerful and heart-breaking story to tell in a tale of redemption and forgiveness for Cas, and I want to see it happen!

This character has been through so much, he's risked his life, he's died for humanity's cause, and even now through all his lies and betrayals in Season 6, it was still to give humanity a surviving chance. This one little angel was fighting for the world so hard that he never noticed that in saving the world, he was losing himself in the process. Now he's become the monster that he's tried so hard to stop, I just hope that the boys will finally come through for Cas to save him, not to kill him!

It's funny how after a recent viewing of the Dark Knight movie, I found myself realizing that this one quote fits Cas perfectly, "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

I don't believe the Castiel character is done yet, there are so much potential still to be explored, and I hope the writers in Season 7 will give the character that chance, because a story of redemption will always be more powerful than a quick exit, and it would also greatly effect the lives of the boys as well to see them all struggle through this mess to find forgiveness and reunite their broken bond!

Castiel is family now, and we don't just give up on family! He may not be a Winchester by blood, but he'll always be one by heart!
# saltwatergal 2011-09-06 20:34
Beautifully written! I couldn't agree more. It's been gut wrenching watching the deterioration of the Dean and Cas friendship. Cas has become a true fallen angel just like the rest of us while proving Dean's supposition (Aquinas be damned) that there is no predeterminatio n just free will. I will be curious as to how the writers will proceed with the consequences of this act. Also I believe you are correct that a story line dealing with redemption is bound to be more powerful and one that really hasn't been deeply explored. After all this series' basic foundations rests on symbols of a Redemptive Faith a few of which we see every week-Holy water, Rosaries, Bibles and Crosses!
Personally I would hate to see Cas not be a part of Dean's eventual acknowledgement of a higher power. He seems to have been working his way toward that slowly and I felt that Cas also felt it and encouraged it. Somehow I would like to see Dean finally get there with Cas' influence. What do you think?