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In the supernatural series, we find out about 'The Colt', a special gun, as John Winschester puts it:

John Winchester
Back in 1835, when Halley's Comet was overhead, same night those men died at the Alamo, they say Samuel Colt made a gun. A special gun. He made it for a hunter. A man like us, only on horseback. Story goes, he made thirteen bullets. This hunter used the gun a half dozen times before he disappeared, the gun along with him... Somehow Daniel got his hands on it. They say... they say this gun can kill anything.
Supernatural Season 1, Episode 20 - Dead Man's Blood

However, Compare and Contrast with:

LUCIFER
Don't feel too bad, Sam. There's only five things in all of creation that that gun can't kill, and I just happen to be one of them. But if you give me a minute, I'm almost done.
Supernatural Season 5, Episode 10 - Abandon All Hope

Clearly one of these five is Lucifer, but it's not clear if this is him specifically (so that the apocalypse can happen?) or all archangels? If the later, does that mean that the angel knives can kill what the colt can't (Gabriel)?

The only other two I could think of is God, and Death.

Who else is on this list, and is it individuals or types of creature?

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Given that Lucifer cannot be killed by the Colt, and that he is one among five, I would gather that the simplest explanation is: All Archangels (4), plus God. However, I'm not aware of this ever being specified in canon. What the angel blades can/cannot do should probably be a separate question. It's likely that angel blades are much more specifically attuned to angels/demons than they are other creatures, similar to how holy water would work on a demon but not on a werewolf or shapeshifter. The Colt is one of few weapons which are so generally effective. –  Iszi Oct 22 '12 at 15:06
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If you start with the assumption that Lucifer is an arch-angel, then there are at least 5 of them. The 4 traditional "good-guy" archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Rafael. –  Rich Oct 22 '12 at 21:30
    
@Rich not in the catholic dogma, as Uriel is not mentioned in the Bible. –  user8252 Feb 5 '13 at 10:18
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@JBKing Lucifer doesn't lie. He said so. He's like the internet. –  Kevin Howell Feb 26 '13 at 13:47
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The URL for this question is... unfortunate. –  Beofett May 30 '13 at 18:01

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There is no definitive answer to this question in the show itself; there has not been 5 distinct beings that were shot by the gun and did not die. In particular, the gun has never been used to shoot anyone since Lucifer, so we don't know if it would kill, for example, a Leviathan. All we know for sure is that it can kill demons, vampires, hellhounds, and phoenix.

Another major part of the problem is that Lucifer's meaning isn't clear; are there five individuals or five types of creature that cannot be killed by the gun? Does God count as being *in" creation?

The basic idea here seems to be that the gun can only kill beings that are "below" its creator in the hierarchy of power. It's never clearly stated where Samuel Colt got the power to make the gun, though we know that in Season 3 onward the bullets had been made by Ruby, a demon. So, in theory, the gun shouldn't be able to kill anything strong than a demon. (As a side-note, this would also explain why an angel blade was able to kill Gabriel - he was killed by his own archangel blade, and thus not immune. It's unlikely that a standard angel's weapon could have done it.)

Some of the popular theories of who would be on this list include:

  • Archangels: this is almost certainly the group of beings that Lucifer belongs to that gives him immunity. If Lucifer's five means five individual beings, the 4 archangels probably make up 4 of those five. Note that Castiel believed that the gun would kill Lucifer, which strongly suggests that regular angels are vulnerable to it.

  • God: the obvious fifth Beatle, if that's what Lucifer means. The major flaw in this theory is nitpicking over Lucifer's words: does God really qualify as being part of creation, since he created creation? It seems self-evident that God cannot die by any means, so its questionable if Lucifer would have included him on his list.

  • Eve: Eve is stronger than any of the other supernatural creatures that she "birthed", she is unique, and she predated the angels themselves. This puts her in strong contention for being more powerful than the gun could possibly kill.

  • Death: Death claims that he's the only thing in the universe that pre-dates and will outlive God (claiming that, in the end, he would reap God as well.) If we take him at his word, that puts him above even the archangels in weight class, making it unlikely that anything could kill him.

  • The other Horsemen: mostly because they also seem to be something beyond normal demons, and their rings hold power that even Lucifer cannot break free from, putting them somewhere near Death on the immunity scale.

  • Leviathans: Mostly on the list because they are older and stronger than any other supernatural entity in the series, and because we've never seen one shot by the Colt.

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Actually i'd argue against the other horsemen. I believe death is the exception when it comes to them because he specifically required a ritual to trap. The other horsemen seemed to just be entities of the apocolypse, maybe even strong demons. We know that removing their rings weakened them, except for death. –  DForck42 Oct 22 '12 at 19:22
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+1 for "Fifth Beatle". –  Steam Oct 23 '12 at 1:47

God is certainly one of the beings that is immune to it even if this has not been explicitly shown to be the case. I'd also speculate that Death is, if not God's equal, then close enough that he's on the list too. If more proof is needed, I'd like to point out that when Crowley sends Dean to kill Death, he doesn't try to use the Colt for this.

Lucifer makes 3. Whether it applies to all archangels or not is uncertain, but there are too many for them to be listed individually, and the way Lucifer words it makes it sound like he's talking about named individuals and not categories.

With the Leviathans however, they are dozens or hundreds. They can't all be on the list individually, though it would seem they should still be immune to it (else they'd work hard to recover the Colt and use it to eradicate them).

The only conclusion I can reach is that this was a throw-away line that was never meant to be expanded upon.

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Lucifer clearly states that there are "5 things in all 'creation' that gun can't kill". God, Death, the Leviathan and Eve all appear to pre-date creation, since God & Death pre-date everything, and God made Eve and the Leviathan before anything else (Earth, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and the soul).

For the purposes of Lucifer's statement, I think that he was referring to all things that came after the 'creation' of the 'worlds' in the series, and that the five Archangels ( Michael, Lucifer, Raphael, Gabriel and Metatron), as the first and most powerful beings 'in creation', would be the five immune to the colt.

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but of a late follow up but... when we finally meet Metatron he denies actually being an archangel. –  Michael Edenfield May 10 '13 at 22:34
  1. Death
  2. God
  3. Archangels/OP-angels(mutated Cass) (remember that Castiel suggested using the colt, which means it must be able to kill his kind).
  4. Leviathans (In Gods word, only a stake washed in the 3 bloods of the fallen could kill them. And obviously Death too, because he is Death).
  5. Damn... good question... I think the mother of all stood among the Leviathans (Black goo, some type of leviathan spawn?) But that would merely put her in the same category. No, I think this one has yet to show itself. And since one might argue that God is not created, there might be another one missing as well.

The other thing that can't be killed by the colt is a hell hound. In the episode "Abandon All Hope" or season 5 episode 10, Dean tries to shoot a hell hound Meag sends after him but after the bullet hits, the dog isn't effected.

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Lucifer said 5 beings :

  • one is himself (an archangel)
  • another is God
  • another is Death (of the Horsemen)
  • leviathans maybe
  • and hell hounds in season 5 episode 10

Dean uses the colt against a hellhound. They didnt show whether it died or not.

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Hi Pureferret! 3 of them were sure god death and archangels cannot be killed by colt the rest 2 i discussed with my friends some of them came up with hellhounds so watched the episodes where hellhounds come and on season 5 episode 10 dean uses the colt on one of them but it was unclear if it ded or not so it is an possibility and all the lores and books and bibles there was no way listed to kill a hellhound and finally leviathans in one episode according to god stake washed in the blood of the fallen for 3 times could kill them –  NatsuDragneel May 24 '13 at 8:37
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In the more recent episodes, Hellhounds have been killed without the Colt a few times –  Izkata May 24 '13 at 10:54

If they're talking about things in creation, it probably rules out God himself.

I would probably say the five are Lucifer and the Four Horsemen, since they are aspects of the world itself. I.e to destroy War you would need to eradicate all wars. It would make sense that they could not be destroyed by the Colt.

Since Lucifer is a "modified" archangel it may make sense that Castiel when pumped up with the souls of Pergatory may have been immune as an additional sixth.

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We are talking about "The 5 beings In God's Creation that can't be killed by the COLT". So certainly we can rule out god himself.

  1. Lucifer
  2. St. Gabriel
  3. St. Michael
  4. St. Raphael
  5. Leviathans

I highly doubt Hellhounds. They are not in God's Creation since they where created by Lucifer himself.

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What is your source for this answer? –  James Jenkins May 30 '13 at 18:27

I think we are searching Supernatural episodes for answers when religious texts would work better. Normally I would list death, but death is(well) death and if the Colt could kill him it wouldn't really matter as he could choose not to reap himself, and it would appear as if it had no effect when in reality it had the desired effect to "kill" death. It would be like asking a five year old if he wanted to go to time out instead of sending him there, the kids always gonna say no.

1)Lucifer

2)God

3)Leviathan

4)Behemoth

5)Ziz

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