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.