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Supernatural is an American television drama/thriller series created by writer and producer Eric Kripke, and was initially broadcast by The WB. After its first season, The WB and UPN merged to form The CW, which is the current broadcaster for the show in the United States.
The show features two main characters, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, brothers who travel across the country in a black 1967 Chevrolet Impala to hunt demons, supernatural creatures, and other paranormal entities, many of them based on folklore, myths, and American urban legends. In addition, Supernatural chronicles the relationship between the brothers and their father, John Winchester, as they seek to avenge and understand the murder of their mother at the hands of the demon, Azazel.
Supernatural has featured many other recurring guests that take part in story arcs that span a portion of a season. Occasionally, the recurring guest storylines will span multiple seasons. After the death of their father in the second season, the hunter Bobby Singer becomes a father figure to Sam and Dean. As the series progresses, recurring guests appear at various times to help move the overall storyline of the show such as the demon Ruby, or the angel Castiel portrayed by Misha Collins. The series also features recurring appearances from other demons, angels, and hunters.
Hunters are men and women who spend their lives hunting supernatural creatures, generally to kill them. Most appear to have had some kind of negative encounter with the supernatural (for example a relative being killed by demons, a spouse being possessed by a demon, or a sibling being turned by a vampire), which prompts them to become hunters. While hunters, by their nature, operate 'off-the-grid' (typically hunters support themselves via credit card fraud, although some have been shown to have actual jobs, such as the Singer Salvage Yard), there are, nevertheless, hunter communities that meet and interact with each other to exchange information and stories; the Harvelle Roadhouse was one such location until it was burnt down. Typically, hunters find cases by consulting newspapers to track down information about suspicious deaths in certain areas. Some cases come about thanks to contact with people they knew before becoming hunters or contact with people they helped during previous hunts who turn to them for their expertise, or they generally have an aim of some kind, or are hunting one thing. For example, Dean and Sam, in season 1 and 2, and so on are, at the start of the show, hunting the Yellow Eyes Demon,who killed Dean and Sam's parents.
Mary Winchester, regularly portrayed by Samantha Smith but depicted by Amy Gumenick in the time-travel episodes "In the Beginning" and "The Song Remains the Same", is the wife of John Winchester and mother of Sam and Dean. She was born in 1954. Her parents, Samuel and Deanna Campbell, were hunters, and she was raised into a life of hunting. Dean, sent back in time by the angel Castiel, unknowingly brings Mary to Azazel's attention through his actions. Azazel kills her parents and then-boyfriend John Winchester (a non-hunter unaware of Mary's hunter lifestyle), after which he bargains with Mary for John's life, offering to resurrect John if she allows him to enter her house ten years later. Not knowing Azazel's intentions, she agrees, eventually marrying John, leaving the life of a hunter, and giving birth to Dean and Sam.
In the pilot episode, it is revealed that six months after Sam's birth in 1983, Mary was awakened by sounds of him crying in his crib. She discovered Azazel there - later revealed to have been feeding Sam his demonic blood - and confronted him, but was pinned to the ceiling by him and slashed across her abdomen, eventually bursting into flames. According to series creator Eric Kripke, her relation to Azazel was supposed to be addressed in the third season, but was pushed back to the fourth season due to the 2007-08 writer's strike.
In the episode "Home", her sons return to their childhood home in Lawrence, Kansas, to investigate a recurring dream Sam experiences. Mary's spirit seems to haunt the house, and a poltergeist is in the house with her. After the poltergeist pins Sam to the wall, Mary appears before Sam as a fiery figure and tells him she is sorry. Her spirit then fights with and neutralizes the poltergeist, forcing both spirits out of the home.
In "The Kids Are Alright", it is revealed that all of Mary's friends and acquaintances have been killed off in the years since her death, although the reasons for this are never explained.
It is revealed in "Dark Side of the Moon" that Mary, like her husband John and fellow Hunters Ellen and Jo Harvelle, cannot be found in Heaven or Hell, making their current whereabouts unknown.
Ash, portrayed by Chad Lindberg, is a mullet-wearing computer genius, who works and lives at Harvelle's Roadhouse with Jo and Ellen Harvelle. He attended MIT, but was kicked out for "fighting". He owns a homemade laptop, which he uses to track the paranormal, particularly Azazel, with the information John Winchester and his sons, Sam and Dean, have gathered. In the episode "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1", he calls Dean to tell him he has discovered something important, but by the time Dean arrives at the Roadhouse to talk, the Roadhouse has been burned to the ground, and Dean finds the corpse of someone wearing the same distinctive watch as Ash.
Series creator Eric Kripke stated that Ash's apparent death "had to do with how much I hated the actual Roadhouse itself rather than anyone in it." As for the character's return, Kripke replied, "Ash is a possibility." This comes to fruition in the fifth season episode "Dark Side of the Moon", in which Sam and Dean meet Ash in Heaven. Enjoying the afterlife more than his actual life, and having discovered means to infiltrate other people's Heavens and tap into the angel's communications, Ash helps the brothers hide from Zachariah.
Gordon Walker, portrayed by Sterling K. Brown, is a vampire hunter whose methods often put him at odds with the Winchester brothers. Gordon focuses on eliminating the supernatural simply because it isn't human, where the Winchesters—particularly as the series develops—are more willing to tolerate supernatural entities that are not actively killing humans. Gordon takes pleasure in considering himself a killer who freely resorts to torture, where Sam and Dean regard themselves as Hunters who only kill when they must and do nothing to their enemies that the situation doesn't force upon them.
When Gordon was 18 years old, a vampire broke into his house and abducted his sister. Gordon ran away from home, learned how to fight, hunt, and kill vampires, and tracked down the vampire who had taken his sister. He killed the vampire, and his sister, who had been turned, marking the beginning of his hatred for the undead. At some point during his career as a hunter, Gordon met John Winchester and Ellen Harvelle. Ellen described him as a skilled hunter in the sense that Hannibal Lecter is a good psychiatrist.
Gordon is introduced in the episode "Bloodlust", meeting up with Sam and Dean while hunting a nest of vampires. At first, Dean bonds with Gordon, but Gordon proves himself to be bloodthirsty and sadistic as he tortures one of the captured vampires, even though he knows these particular vampires feed off cattle blood and do not kill humans. After Gordon tries to force one of the vampires to drink Sam's blood while torturing her with dead man's blood, Dean ends up beating Gordon in a fight and leaves Gordon tied to a chair while the vampires escape.
Later, while performing an exorcism, Gordon learns about the coming demonic war, Azazel's special children, and Sam's powers. In "Hunted", he kills Scott Carey, and then tracks Sam down and tries to kill him, convinced that Sam and those like him are 'traitors' to humanity. However, Dean intervenes, and, after a scuffle, Gordon knocks Dean out, ties him up, and uses him as bait to catch Sam in a booby trap of grenades set with trip wires. Sam manages to evade the trap and knocks Gordon out. As the brothers leave the damaged house, Gordon regains consciousness and chases them, firing two pistols in their direction. The police arrive to subdue Gordon, based on an anonymous tip from Sam, and find his cache of weapons in his car.
In "Bad Day at Black Rock," Gordon is shown to be in prison, where he convinces a visiting fellow hunter to go after Sam Winchester, convinced that Sam was involved in the opening of the Devil's Trap regardless of Bobby's claims that Sam was actually trying to stop it. Gordon eventually escapes from prison and, once again, pursues the Winchester brothers in "Fresh Blood". However, he is captured and subsequently turned by a vampire. Gordon, however, turns on his sire, kills two other vampires, and then sets up a trap for the Winchester brothers, still convinced it is his duty as a hunter to rid the world of Sam Winchester. A fight ensues in a warehouse where Gordon holds a girl he has kidnapped—and turned—to use as bait, ending with Sam decapitating him with a garotte improvised out of razor wire.
According to series creator Eric Kripke, Gordon was originally going to learn about the hunter Sam killed while possessed and use it to convince more hunters to turn against Sam. This was intended to be a story arc stretching over multiple episodes. However, Sterling K. Brown was contracted for the Lifetime Television series Army Wives, and Lifetime would only allow him to return to Supernatural for two more episodes.
Samuel Campbell, portrayed by Mitch Pileggi, is the maternal grandfather of Sam and Dean Winchester and Sam Winchester's namesake. He and his wife Deanna are revealed to be hunters in the fourth season episode "In the Beginning", where Dean is transported back in time. Dean discovers that Samuel is being possessed by Azazel, and he dies when Azazel leaves his body.
In the sixth season premiere, it is revealed that Samuel was brought down from Heaven at the same time Sam was resurrected from Hell. While he claims to have no idea why he was brought back, he, Sam and the other surviving members of the Campbell family are shown to be capturing dangerous supernatural creatures behind Dean's back, instead of killing them.
Samuel, who knows the cure to vampirism, returns during a string of vampire attacks in Limestone, Illinois, after Dean has been turned into a vampire. Knowing that Sam knew about the cure, as well, he concludes that Sam wanted Dean inside the nest to locate the Alpha Vampire, though Sam denies it.
It is later revealed that Samuel was resurrected by Crowley, and working with him in an attempt to find the location of Purgatory—the afterlife for monsters—in exchange for his daughter's resurrection. After betraying the Winchesters, Dean vows to kill Samuel, his grandfather, the next time they meet.
A case he worked during his year spent hunting with Sam is seen in the episode, "Unforgiven".
In "...And Then There Were None", Samuel and Gwen encounter Sam, Dean, Rufus, and Bobby as they all investigate the same case. Sam prevents Dean from killing Samuel, feeling that he may be of some use yet. Gwen reveals that she was unaware of Samuel's betrayal but is killed by Dean, who is possessed by the Khan worm. Samuel is unapologetic when confronted by the brothers, and it is subsequently revealed that he was possessed by the Khan worm and is shot dead by Sam. However, the Khan worm is not killed and uses his body to attack the group, but is driven out of Samuel when Bobby throws him against a live wire, electrocuting him and revealing the Khan worm's weakness.
Gwen Campbell, portrayed by Jessica Heafey, is a hunter and third cousin related to Sam and Dean's mother's side of the family. When Sam re-enters Dean's life in "Exile on Main Street", he reveals that he has been back for a year and hunting with the Campbells, including Gwen. She and the others assist the brothers in defeating a Djinn. Gwen is present at the compound in "Two and a Half Men" when the brothers arrive with a baby Shapeshifter, and is overpowered, along with the others, when the Alpha Shapeshifter arrives. When hunting the Alpha Vampire in "Family Matters", she is ordered to stay behind and flush out any stragglers with Dean. She and Dean fight well together, and she covers for Dean when he disobeys orders. However, she sides with Samuel at the end of the episode when she holds the Winchesters at gunpoint, and follows him even when it is revealed that he has been working for Crowley. She is next seen in "...And Then There Were None", hunting with Samuel. While investigating a series of murders, they encounter Bobby, Rufus, Sam and Dean. Gwen tells Dean that she did not know that Samuel had betrayed them to Crowley. The creature responsible for the deaths—dubbed the Khan Worm—infects Dean, who kills Gwen.
Christian Campbell, portrayed by Corin Nemec, is a hunter, and a third cousin related to Sam and Dean's mother's side of the family. He is introduced to Dean along with the other Campbells in "Exile on Main Street" and helps Samuel trap the female Djinn. He is present in the compound in "Two and a Half Men", and it is agreed that he and his wife will raise the baby Shapeshifter despite Dean's objections. However, the Alpha Shapeshifter arrives, overpowers the hunters and takes back the baby. In "Family Matters", Christian discovers Dean investigating Samuel and the two exchange threats. Later, his neck is snapped by the Alpha Vampire. It is then revealed that he has been possessed by a demon for some time and he and others overpower and remove the Alpha. The Demon Christian is working at Crowley's prison in "Caged Heat" and tortures the Lucifer loyalist Meg for information. However, she refuses to divulge and Christian is killed by Dean using Ruby's Knife.
Rufus Turner, portrayed by Steven Williams, is semi-retired hunter who helped Bobby Singer when his wife, Karen Singer, was possessed by a demon. Rufus exorcised the demon and helped cover up Karen's death. It is Rufus who introduced Bobby to the world of the supernatural, and they hunted together for many years until a hunt went wrong in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone important to Rufus died. They became estranged after this. Fifteen years later, Rufus responds to Bobby's request for information on Bela Talbot and helps Dean locate her in "Time Is On My Side." He returns to active hunting after Lucifer rises and the Apocalypse begins.
Rufus is introduced in the third season episode "Time Is on My Side" when Bobby, who has not heard from Rufus in about 15 years, receives a phone call in which Rufus alerts him to the whereabouts of Bela Talbot. Dean visits Rufus, even though Sam opposes the idea of hunting for Bela, as they have only a couple of weeks until Dean's deal runs out. Rufus presents Dean with a manila folder on Bela, which gives Dean new and interesting details from her past.
Rufus appears off-screen in "When the Levee Breaks", when he calls Bobby with news of more of the 66 Seals being broken.
In "Good God Y'All", Rufus heads to a town he thinks is under attack from demons, based on omens of a polluted river and a falling star. He calls Ellen, Jo, and Bobby for help. When Sam and Dean arrive, he and Jo have been separated from Ellen. Jo and Rufus capture Sam, thinking he is possessed. Later, Ellen and Dean are able to help break the spell War has over them.
Bobby talks on the phone to Rufus about omens that may indicate the appearance of Death, in "The Devil You Know".
In "Weekend at Bobby's", Rufus arrives at Singer Salvage Yard to dispose of the body of an apparently dead Okami. Bobby assists him and helps him evade capture by the FBI. However, the Okami is revealed to still be alive and is subsequently dispatched by Bobby. Afterward, Rufus uses his contacts to uncover information on Crowley's life as a human and later steals a signet ring from a museum which once belonged to Crowley's son as part of Bobby's attempt to regain his soul from the demon.
Rufus investigates the same case as the Winchesters and Bobby, in "...And Then There Were None". The group later encounters Samuel and Gwen Campbell, and discover that the monster is a new breed created by Eve, the "Khan Worm." After Gwen and Samuel are killed, Rufus is stabbed by a possessed Bobby. As cremation is not undertaken in the Jewish tradition, Rufus is buried in a Jewish cemetery rather than given a Hunter's funeral pyre. Bobby pours some of Rufus' favorite drink—Johnnie Walker Blue Label—on the grave before taking a drink himself.
After becoming comatose from being shot in the head by Dick Roman, Bobby relives various memories of Sam, Dean, Karen, his family, and Rufus. Remembering Rufus has a traumatic affect on Bobby, and he reveals to Rufus that he is just a memory appearing in Bobby's comatose mind. While initially disbelieving, Rufus accompanies Bobby in a quest through the past in which Bobby confronts his worst memories to momentarily recover from his gunshot wound.
Elkins, a descendant of Samuel Colt was a hunter who lived in Manning, Colorado. He had been hunting since the '60s and specialized in vampires. Elkins was once a friend of John Winchester, but they parted on bad terms. Elkins possessed the Colt, which had been passed down through generations since his ancestor acquired it in 1861 after Dean Winchester, sent back in time, used it to kill a phoenix. Dean, when transported by the angels to 1973, steals the Colt from Elkins. However, it was again in his possession when he was killed by vampires in 2006.
Garth Fitzgerald IV, portrayed by DJ Qualls, is a hunter who generally works alone, although he has teamed up with the Winchester brothers on two occasions. Since Bobby's death and Sam and Dean's subsequent year-long absence, he has taken on Bobby's role as hunter coordinator, although he remains mobile where Bobby maintained a 'home base', carrying various cell phones around with him; he has even started wearing Bobby's hat and attempting to imitate Bobby's old phrases, although this has met with variable success. As part of this, he has started to track hunters via the GPS in their cell phones and assign them cases, something that creeps Sam out but Dean says is "very Bobby."
Based on the historical gun maker of the same name, Samuel Colt is a hunter who lived in the 19th century and the creator of the Colt—a gun that can kill almost any supernatural being; Lucifer revealed that he is one of five supernatural beings immune to its powers. Colt also designed the locked door that keeps the portal to Hell known as the Devil's Gate from opening. The Devil's Gate and the Colt gun are linked together—the gun serves as the key to the gate, allowing it to be opened by inserting the Colt's muzzle into the key hole. Colt also built a railroad of iron, in the shape of a pentagram with a church at each of the points, around the devil's gate to further ensure that it was demon-proof.
Colt was portrayed by Sam Hennings in the season six episode "Frontierland". Sam and Dean, when looking for a method of destroying Eve, come across Colt's journal which reveals that the hunter had killed a phoenix in 1861. As the ashes of a phoenix are needed to kill Eve, Castiel sends Sam and Dean back in time to retrieve them. Although Samuel is initially reluctant to assist Sam, he eventually gives him the Colt which Dean kills the phoenix with. When Sam and Dean are pulled back to the present day without the ashes, it is revealed that Colt sent a courier package 150 years ago containing the ashes, which arrives at Bobby's door. He was able to figure out how to use Sam's cell phone, which he left behind (and which Colt sent back to him), and learned the date and Bobby's address from it.
Charlie (played by Felicia Day) is an I.T. expert who formerly worked at Richard Roman Enterprises. She's a lesbian with a taste in electro pop, left politics and is a keen gamer and fangirl.
Charlies first appearance is in The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo, where Dick Roman asks Charlie to decrypt Frank Devereaux's hard drive. After more than 24 hours of constant work, she manages to open the files on it. Frank's hard drive has the folders: The Feeb, Richard Roman Enterprises, Clones, Known Facts, Monsters, Unsolved Mysteries, March of Dimes, X-Files and two folders titled Misc. research.
Charlie starts reading files describing the Leviathans and their activities, including their connection to Dick Roman. Concluding it all sounds crazy, she goes in search of her supervisor Pete, who has gone to the parking garage for a cigarette. In the parking garage, Dick Roman tells Pete that Charlie is one of the few humans who is special, who can't be fully copied by the leviathans, whereas Pete can. Charlie then watches as one of Roman's men turns into Pete and eats him - vindicating all she read in Frank's files.
Sam and Dean have tracked the location of the hard drive because it has an inbuilt GPS, and then manage to track Charlie to her apartment. They explain that they need to get the hard drive back, and when they find out about her hacking skills, ask whether she would break into Dick's emails. When she finds out that his emails are on a private server and will require her breaking into his office, Charlie is reluctant but agrees. Unbeknownst to Charlie, Bobby slips Dean's flask into her bag so he can enter the building with her. As a spirit he can only go where the flask is.
Dean and Sam are in a communication van Charlie has set up. When her nerve nearly fails her, Sam gives her a "What would Hermione Do?" pep chat. She makes it up to Dick's office, but there is a guard on patrol. Dean tells her to flirt her way past him. Charlie reveals she has no idea how to flirt with a guy, so Dean talks her through it, much to Sam's amusement.
Charlie manages to get into Dick's office and download his emails. Back at her desk she sends these, along with the contents of Frank's hard drive, to the boys. She discovers that a package is arriving for Dick at a nearby airport, and manages to send a fake email, so it appears to be arriving 30 minutes later. This allows Sam and Dean time to get to the airport and switch the package for a case with a borax bomb in it.
Meanwhile Dick has arrived at the office, and quizzes Charlie on the hard drive. She declares it is empty of any files relating to "Sam and Dean Winchester". When Roman's minions arrive with the switched package, Charlie tries to leave the building. The borax bomb explodes, but Dick is unharmed and puts the building on lockdown. As Charlie tries to escape, Bobby is able to shatter the glass on the front doors by freezing it. He then launches a frenzied attack on Dick, breaking Charlie's arm in the process. Sam and Dean arrive and manage to rescue her.
Charlie, broken arm tended to, boards a bus out of town. She tells Sam and Dean it's not the first time she's disappeared, and asks them not to contact her again.
The second appearance of Charlie is in the episode eleven of series eight LARP and the Real Girl. Charlie, now under the name Carrie, is the queen of one of four kingdoms of the LARPing game of Moondoor. When two of her subjects are killed, it draws Sam and Dean's attention and they head to Moondoor where she is sword fighting one of her "squires" and wins. Charlie panics when she sees Sam and Dean and starts packing to start a new life rather than stay with the one she has. She explains that after Dick Roman was killed and his company went bankrupt, she felt she was safe and came out of hiding with a new identity, but fears becoming a target for monsters again. After learning why Sam and Dean are there, she agrees to help them investigate the deaths and other mysterious injuries that have happened, telling Sam where he can find a computer to research a weird Celtic symbol while she and Dean (who she dresses in LARPing clothes) try to find someone who would use that symbol.
The two learn that the symbol belongs to a rival kingdom (with Charlie flirting with a "maiden" along the way) and question a prisoner from the kingdom. When questioned who Dean is, Charlie panics and calls him her handmaiden. Joined by Gerry aka Boltar the Furious, they head to question the king of that kingdom, but Dean sends Charlie away with his cell phone to find Sam so she won't get hurt. Charlie hears something following her and "defeats" one of her rivals, but is then captured by a figure in a cloak and an animal head.
Charlie awakens in a tent with the being that captured her and when she tries to escape, just ends up coming in the other entrance to the tent. Charlie panics and pleads that she just wants to go home when the figure takes off the mask to reveal a beautiful woman who Charlie is instantly smitten with. The woman explains that she is a good fairy named Gilda and that her master is forcing her to harm innocent people against her will. Gilda tells Charlie that she doesn't know her master's name and that the only way to break the spell is for a hero to destroy his spellbook.
Dean, Sam and Gerry eventually find Charlie with help from the "prisoner" and are shocked to discover Gilda and Charlie making out. Charlie is annoyed that they interrupted her but Gilda reveals that Gerry is her master. Gerry arrives and reveals that he takes the game too seriously, treating it like reality. He had been taking out his competition for the upcoming Battle of the Kingdoms so that he could win and Charlie would choose him as King. Gerry bought the spellbook off of eBay and was using Gilda to hobble his rivals, but killed two of them when they cheated at the game.
He forces Gilda to destroy Sam and Dean's guns and battles Dean as a suit of armor pins Sam. After Dean manages to knock Gerry's spellbook to the ground, Gilda tells Charlie to destroy the book and that Dean can't defeat Gerry. Charlie gets Gerry's attention, telling him that she is the one that rescues the damsel in distress then stabs the book with a knife, breaking the spell and setting Gilda free. With Gerry defeated, Dean knocks him out. Gilda shares a goodbye kiss with Charlie, then returns to her world with Gerry for punishment for him while Charlie hopefully calls after her to call her.
Charlie, Sam and Dean return to Moondoor where Charlie resumes her role as queen. Charlie decides to stop running and changing her identity and to stay and make a life for once. She tells Sam and Dean to call her if they ever need her help again and heads off to lead her kingdom in the Battle of the Kingdoms which she is aware she is likely to lose along with her crown as Gerry decimated her "army."
At the Battle of the Kingdoms, Sam and Dean join her "army" and Dean gives a rallying speech that he rips off the movie Braveheart. When Charlie questions it, Sam explains it is the only battle speech Dean knows. After Dean's speech, Charlie and her army charge into battle with the opposing kingdoms and win.
Charlie returns in "Pac-Man Fever" when, after secretly visiting her brain-dead mother, she learns of a man who's insides have been liquefied and contacts Sam and Dean with the case. As Sam is not in the best shape from the trials to close the gates of Hell, Dean decides to train Charlie to be a hunter after she proves to be an excellent shot. Charlie is nervous throughout, but helps by interviewing witnesses and distracting the coroner. After the monster is determined to be a "bastard off-shoot" of a Djinn, Charlie leaves to donate money to her mother secretly, but is captured by the coroner who is really the Djinn. The coroner poisons Charlie and places her in a nightmare. Sam and Dean find her and kill the coroner, but are unable to cure her so Dean enters her dream to free her. There, he finds Charlie trapped in a videogame she stole as a kid, recreated and gave out for free where she must endlessly protect her mother from super-soldier vampires. Dean realizes Charlie's greatest fear is losing her mother and Charlie admits she blames herself for her mother's condition and her father's death as they were on their way to pick her up from a sleepover after she called them when she got frightened and on the way got hit by a drunk driver. Dean gets Charlie to see that her mother is long gone and to let her go and when she does, she wakes up and tearfully embraces Dean. Afterwards, Charlie decides to let her mother go and has her taken off of life-support, the only thing keeping her alive, but first reads The Hobbit to her like her mother did to Charlie as a little girl.
In "Slumber Party," needing to hack an ancient computer at the Men of Letters Bunker, Dean calls Charlie to help. Charlie reveals that she has become a full-time hunter, having taken down a ghost and a teenage vampire, but she wants more magic and adventure. She hooks her IPad to the computer and starts downloading the information on the computer. She watches Game of Thrones with Sam and Dean and when they return to the computer room, they discover a web with Dorothy Gale in it, exciting Charlie. Charlie works with Dorothy to try to find a way to defeat The Wicked Witch of the West, eventually finding that poppy seed extract can stun her and creating bullets with it for them to use. When the group realizes that the Witch is after the Key to Oz, Charlie goes to Dean's room with him to search for it and jumps in front of an energy blast meant for Dean, saving him at the cost of her life. Dean has Ezekiel resurrect her and claims she was just knocked out though Dorothy tells her the truth. Its revealed that her Heaven is Christmas with her parents who are both still alive there. After learning that Dorothy is actually L. Frank Baum's daughter and that the Oz books were based on her adventures in Oz, Charlie realizes that Baum wrote the books to leave clues for Dorothy on how to deal with the Witch and based off Charlie's comment about finding "something pointy" from Oz to use on the Witch, Dorothy comes up with the idea to use the Ruby Slippers to kill her. However, the two are confronted by Sam and Dean who are under the Witch's control and they reveal the Witch plans to use the Key to Oz, which she now has, to bring her army to Earth and take over the world. Charlie breaks free and heads off to deal with the Witch while Dorothy holds off Sam and Dean. Charlie stabs the Witch in the head with the Slippers, killing her and shuts the door to Oz just in time to stop her army from coming through, foiling the Witch's plan. When Dorothy returns to Oz to continue her rebellion there, she offers Charlie the chance to join her. Charlie, excited at the prospect of finally getting the kind of adventure she wants, agrees and leaves with Dorothy for Oz, but first agrees to keep her resurrection a secret from Sam as long as Dean explains what really happened later.
The following characters are angels of God, making them extremely powerful spiritual beings. Merely perceiving their true form - even psychically - typically results in blindness, as the appearance of their natural "visage" is overwhelming; it is capable of burning an individual's eyes from their sockets, although certain "special people" are able to withstand their true appearances and voices (which sounds like a high-pitched ringing). An angel's wings can be seen through their shadows. Angels are immortal and can heal from any wound they receive as well as being unaffected by disease, but they can be harmed by more powerful beings (e.g. Castiel was harmed by the demon Alastair). However, they can be killed by archangels and the sword of an angel, which can be used by anyone. Upon an angel's death, an enormous release of energy ensues and light which seemingly burns the mark of the angel's wings into the ground.
Enochian sigils and symbols written in blood can be used to repel or banish them from a place temporarily. Enochian magic can also be used to render humans invisible to angelic senses requiring them to use only their vessel's dull human senses to locate their target. There is also at least one incantation which can banish an angel back to Heaven which even demons can use.
Because their true appearances cannot be safely perceived by humans and because they are spirits with no physical being, they often take on humans as vessels in order to exist in and interact with the physical world, though only with the hosts' consent. Angels require a particular vessel to reach their full potential, people being "chosen" to be their hosts or "true vessels". Vessels run in blood lines, and although only one person can be a "true" vessel, others in a particular bloodline have potential to be temporary vessels without suffering any ill affects. With archangels, the vessel suffers debilitating consequences for holding such a powerful being, leaving them brain dead or worse. The only exception to this is Michael, who in "The Song Remains the Same" tells Dean his father John will be "better than new" when he leaves his body and that Dean would receive no damage when he was done "wearing" him. If an archangel possesses someone who is not a "true" vessel or a blood-relative of one, the vessel will slowly decompose and eventually burst into flames, as shown with Lucifer. This process can be slowed by consuming large quantities of demon blood.
While in possession of human hosts, angels have shown a wide range of powers. In addition to telekinesis and superhuman strength, they possess the ability to kill or exorcise most demons simply by touching their palm to the forehead of the hosts, and can cause instant unconsciousness in humans through a similar action. They can heal humans or their wounds just by touching them. In addition to being able to vanish and materialize from thin air, they can also bend time and teleport themselves and others through time. However, although they can change events of time, said changed events will have the same results as the original timeline, as they cannot change destiny. More powerful angels have been shown to even be able to raise the dead, manipulate reality, and create solid things out of thin air. Angels who are cut off from Heaven gradually lose most of their abilities, although the archangels Gabriel and Lucifer appeared to remain unaffected. This may be true of all high-ranking angels as Castiel retained all of his powers the second time he was cut off, even in Purgatory, though the experience weakened him for a time.
Angels can become essentially human, but doing so is the most serious crime of Heaven. By removing his or her 'Grace', which is a very painful process, the angel falls to Earth from Heaven and is then born to human parents. All abilities and memories of his or her angelic life are suppressed, although small amounts can be recalled instinctively in times of need, with full memory recovery requiring methods such as hypnosis. When the Grace is first removed, it also falls to Earth. In Anna Milton's case, her Grace caused the formation of a giant oak tree. If the fallen angel retrieves his or her Grace, he or she will be restored to angelic form.
Most angels are portrayed as emotionless, arrogant, authoritarian beings with a complete disdain and contempt for humanity. However, they consider themselves family, each being brothers and sisters and refer to God as their Father. However, most angels have not actually met God. The angels do not act with God's permission, as He is said to have disappeared and left the angels to protect humanity in His place. Indeed, only four angels have seen God; the keeper of 'The Garden' Joshua speaks with God, or mostly He speaks to him, but has never actually seen Him in person. Joshua claims God is on Earth, hiding from others and is indifferent to the actions of His angels or the Apocalypse.
Creator Eric Kripke originally did not want angels to be featured in the series, believing God worked through hunters rather than angels. However, with so many demonic villains, he and the writers changed their minds when they realized that the show needed angels to create a "cosmic battle". As Kripke put it, "We had the empire, but we didn't really have the rebellion." They had always wanted to have a storyline with a few central characters but having massive battles in the background, comparable to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, and the addition of angels allowed for this. Kripke has found that it has opened up many new storylines.
Lucifer, portrayed by Mark Pellegrino and Jared Padalecki, is the second oldest archangel, the first fallen angel, in the fifth season of the series. From his prison in hell, he orchestrated events not only seen in seasons one through four, but decades prior, to eventually lead to his release by breaking the 66 seals. In the episode Sin City, he was described as the 'father' and god of the demons, the one who gave them their form and purpose. Azazel reinforced this by referring to him as "My Father" while possessing a priest before slaughtering a convent of nuns. However, in Abandon All Hope..., it is shown that he views demons with contempt and only sees them as his cannon fodder and will destroy them once he has eliminated humanity.
In the episode The End, he states his fall was the result of refusing God's decree to love humans more than him. As a result, God had Michael cast him into hell. Ruby also reveals in When the Levee Breaks in defiance to God, he turned Lilith into the first demon. Both Death and Gabriel have compared Lucifer's hatred of humans to "one big temper tantrum!" because God favored humans over him, his most beloved angel. Lucifer does not like how humans have changed the planet from its original state, and hopes to purify it. He is also very critical of humans, mostly in how they blame him for their own mistakes, wrongdoings, flaws and failures. Creator Eric Kripke has jokingly compared him to a "raging psychotic" version of environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., with "unlimited power".
Due to his angelic and spiritual nature, Lucifer needs a human vessel in order to interact directly with the physical world. Lucifer seeks out a man named Nick, whose wife and baby had recently been murdered. Tormenting Nick about the tragedy, he casts illusions such as a baby crying and blood pouring from the crib, eventually appearing to Nick in the form of his late wife Sarah. Openly admitting his identity to Nick, he tries to gain sympathy by telling Nick he was punished for loving God too much. He then convinces Nick to be his vessel by promising to get vengeance against God for allowing his family to be murdered. However, Lucifer later reveals to Sam that he is the true intended vessel. By Abandon All Hope... it is shown Nick's body, being a temporary vessel and not his "true" vessel, is incapable of containing Lucifer's immense power and is beginning to wear down; revealed in Two Minutes to Midnight he has to consume gallons of demon blood to keep his vessel from combusting. He forms a ritual to summon Death and when the Winchesters, Harvelles and Castiel arrive, he traps Castiel in holy oil, and sends Meg after the others. After being ambushed by the brothers he is shot with the Colt but survives; he then reveals his status as one of five things in creation immune to the Colt; while the brothers escape with Castiel's help, he manages to summon Death and bind him under his control.
During a convention of pagan gods in Hammer of the Gods, Lucifer is made aware of the brothers' location by Mercury, who betrays the rest of them. Slaughtering all the gods, he approaches the brothers and is stalled by Kali until Gabriel arrives. Gabriel provides safe passage for Kali and the brothers, and confronts Lucifer about his ultimate reason for rebellion, claiming that he rebelled not because he recognized that humans were flawed, but because he was no longer their father's favorite son. Lucifer questions Gabriel's loyalties, who states through his experiences with humans, despite their flaws, strive to do their best. Ultimately, Lucifer kills Gabriel with his own sword when Gabriel's attempt to catch Lucifer off-guard with a duplicate fails, but he is clearly saddened.
Having acquired all four rings of the Horseman (which can trap Lucifer back in his prison), Sam and Dean enter Lucifer's hideout, planning to trap him when Sam agrees to be his vessel; this completely fails, as Lucifer is too powerful to fight. Lucifer brings forward four demons, who had been part of Azazel's surveillance of Sam since his youth and kills them all in a way of "letting off steam" and acquiring Sam's trust. Following that, he confronts Michael in a graveyard, attempting to convince him not to fight, reasoning there was no real purpose; Michael refuses. Dean interrupts, while Castiel dissipates Michael, an act Lucifer took unkindly to, and kills him. He starts to pummel Dean and when Bobby attempts to use the Colt to stop him he is killed as well. However, Sam then sees a toy army man in an ashtray of the Impala, a remnant from his youth, and regains control. Sam reopens the hole, and jumps in, taking Michael with him.
Lucifer returns in season seven as part of Sam's hallucinations, caused by the memories of his time in the cage. Lucifer tells Sam that the world he has been in for the last year is not real and Sam is still in the cage, a new form of torture which Lucifer prides himself on as being his best yet. Sam confronts Lucifer and asks him why he doesn't end this dream world to which Lucifer responds by saying that he will only end it when Sam can't take it anymore. Lucifer later changes into Dean and tricks Sam into leaving Bobby's house. Once at the destination, he reveals himself to prove he can control Sam's "dream", although Lucifer is proven to be a hallucination when Dean tells Sam how to figure out what is real. Despite being proven to be a hallucination, he informs Sam that he's not going anywhere. Lucifer tortures Sam by depriving him of sleep by repeatedly waking him up and later making food look like maggots in an attempt to kill him. Although Sam initially manages to ignore the hallucination, it becomes worse when Sam acknowledges Lucifer's advice when trying to get information about Dean's whereabouts, giving the hallucination additional strength. Castiel, found to be alive, tries to rebuild Sam's mental wall, but fails as it's completely gone. In order to save Sam and atone for what he's done, Castiel transfers the problem to himself, leaving him haunted by Lucifer and stuck in a mental hospital. In "Reading is Fundamental," when Castiel comes out of his catatonic state, Sam asks him about seeing Lucifer. Castiel explains that he did at first, but Lucifer eventually disappeared. Castiel believes that Lucifer was simply a projection of Sam's own torment from his time in Hell and that projection disappeared as the torment was no longer in Sam's mind.
In the season eight episode "Goodbye Stranger," its revealed that Lucifer had a series of crypts around the United States and possibly the world containing his most precious artifacts. The locations were only known to Lucifer himself and his most trusted followers, such as Azazel. Among the items in his crypts, in an angel-proofed box, was the angel Word of God tablet. Eventually Sam, Dean and Castiel locate the right crypt with the help of Meg who knows from her time with Azazel and get the angel tablet.
A homage to John Milton's Paradise Lost, Lucifer will be portrayed as "gentle, almost sympathetic". Kripke reasoned, "He was essentially betrayed, so in some ways he can be viewed sympathetically ... if we can make the angels dicks, Lucifer can be sympathetic." Kripke further characterized him as a "Devil who has doubt" and "a lot of affection for God and the angels", and who "speaks really tenderly and gently and...doesn't lie".
Pellegrino was the second choice to play the angel Castiel, losing the role to Misha Collins.
Michael is the oldest and most powerful Archangel, featured in the fifth season of Supernatural. In the premiere of the fifth season Zachariah reveals the angels' plan is for Michael to use Dean as his vessel and kill Lucifer once and for all. However, Dean needs to give his consent to be the vessel. Michael refers to Lucifer as his younger brother and when Lucifer refused God's command to bow before humanity, he turned to Michael for support, but was refused. On God's command, Michael cast Lucifer into Hell.
Michael first appears when Sam, Dean and Castiel have traveled back to 1978 to stop Anna from killing John and Mary in order to prevent Sam's birth, and thus his use as Lucifer's vessel.
When the angels develop a new plan to lure Dean into consenting in "Point of No Return", the angels bring back Adam, John Winchester's third son, under the pretense that he can be Michael's new vessel, but this is merely a ruse to get Dean to say yes. Zachariah tortures Sam and Adam until Dean consents. Zachariah then summons Michael from Heaven, but Dean changes his mind, kills Zachariah and attempts to escape. Adam is inadvertently locked inside while Michael descends, and the room and Adam disappear. In "Two Minutes to Midnight", Castiel confirmed that now Michael is taking Adam as his vessel.
During the episode "Swan Song", Michael appears with Adam as his vessel in order to fight Lucifer, but gets interrupted by Dean, Bobby and Castiel, who delay him by sending him away with holy fire. In a couple of minutes he returns to see Sam, who has taken control over Lucifer, ready to jump in the pit, and tries to stop him, claiming his destiny is to fight his brother. As Sam denies, Michael makes a final desperate effort to hold him, but is swept along by Sam and they fall into the abyss together. Castiel believes that he and Lucifer tortured Sam's soul in the cage until it was removed by Death.
Gabriel (also referred to as The Trickster and Loki) is an archangel portrayed by Richard Speight, Jr. Having grown tired of watching his brothers fight each other in Heaven, he fled to Earth thousands of years prior to the series, assuming the role of a Pagan trickster. For his first appearance in the second season episode "Tall Tales", the writers decided not to put their own spin on trickster lore—as is usually done with other villains—keeping the "deadly sense of humor" and decision to go after the "high and mighty to bring them down a notch", with Gabriel causing several violent urban legends to come to life on a college campus and punish those residing there. Sam and Dean Winchester investigate and eventually figure out his identity, though the Trickster is waiting for them and offers a peaceful resolution so long as they let him leave to terrorize another town. The Winchesters refuse and attack him with the help of fellow hunter Bobby Singer, and the Trickster fakes his own death.
He later reappears in "Mystery Spot", trapping Sam in a seemingly infinite time loop, where Dean continually dies in increasingly strange ways. After a countless number of repeats, Sam eventually realizes a trickster must be at work, and manages to locate the culprit. He threatens their tormentor with a blood covered stake, causing the Trickster to reveal himself and agree to break the loop. When Sam considers killing him regardless, the Trickster starts sending him and Dean to the next day. Dean once again dies however, and there is no loop to revive him this time. Throughout the next several months, Sam becomes a far colder and more calculated person as he attempts to track down the Trickster, killing whatever threat he can along the way. Eventually, it is the Trickster who calls the younger Winchester to him, where he tries to drive in a point: the two brothers continually sacrificing themselves for one another would bring no good, and when people die, they just have to learn to accept it and live with it. However the Trickster gives Sam what he wants, lamenting the whole situation had become boring months ago for him anyway.
In the episode "Changing Channels", Dean and Sam become trapped in a TV world, where they are a part of variations of real TV shows. Eventually, Dean (with help from Castiel) realizes the Trickster is in fact a much more powerful creature than they thought, and they trap him in a burning circle of holy oil. The Trickster applauds them, reveals that he is in fact the archangel Gabriel and tells them the reason he trapped them is because he wanted both of them to say yes to becoming Michael's and Lucifer's vessels so the Apocalypse can finally end, as he cannot handle seeing the fighting between his brothers anymore. Gabriel tells them they were always meant to fight each other because the lives of the brothers mirror the lives of Michael and Lucifer. Dean and Sam still refuse, but before they leave, Dean frees Gabriel from his trap and accuses him of giving up because he's simply too afraid to stand up to his own family. Gabriel is left behind, wondering what to do next.
Gabriel returns in "Hammer of the Gods", attending the summit of pagan gods under the guise of Loki; however, he intends to rescue the brothers as their plan to lure Lucifer would easily fail, and Lucifer would slaughter them all. As he intends to prevent Kali, an old flame, from suffering a bloody fate, he tries to get them out; but he tells them he cannot rescue the pagan's hostages as it would be too difficult. However, later he is forced to comply; the rescue attempt results in the brothers' capture once again. Kali (who is keeping the brothers from leaving as their spilled blood binds them to her) reveals she, along with the other gods, knew of his identity for a while. Kali takes his sword and stabs him with it apparently killing him, but Gabriel appears to Dean and reveals the sword was a fake and suggests Dean should seduce Kali so they can escape. Lucifer show up at the hotel, slaughtering most of the gods. Gabriel is then forced to step in, allowing Kali and the brothers to leave. Gabriel confronts his brother about loyalties and their past, but ultimately fails and is killed by his own blade. He later reveals, through a modified porn movie, Lucifer can be recaptured in his previous prison, with the four rings of the Horsemen.
Zachariah, portrayed by Kurt Fuller, is a Seraphim and Castiel's superior. After Dean tells Castiel saving the world is too much for him, Zachariah teaches Dean a lesson by giving him and his brother new, separate lives with no memories of their previous one, the two now unrelated individuals who just happen to work in the same office. Despite this, the brothers find one another and team up to deal with a haunting. This experience proves to Dean he is a hunter in his heart. Realizing the chance to make a difference is something most people never get, Dean embraces his role.
In The Monster at the End of the Book, Zachariah contacts Chuck after the latter has an unknown but dark prophecy concerning the Winchesters, warning Chuck against alerting the brothers. When Lilith nears breaking the final seal in "Lucifer Rising", Zachariah and Castiel imprison Dean in an idyllic room in order to keep him safe. After repeated questioning by Dean, Zachariah admits Heaven is allowing the demons to break the seals. Confident in their ability to defeat the forces of Hell once Lucifer is unleashed, they see this as a means of finally attaining Paradise, with Dean being kept in reserve as their warrior after Lucifer escapes. Although Castiel betrays Zachariah and banishes him to rescue Dean, they are unable to stop Lucifer escaping.
When Lucifer is freed, Zachariah attempts to convince Dean to become the vessel of the Archangel Michael, going as far as torturing Sam and Dean by inflicting various diseases on them until Dean says 'Yes'. However, Zachariah is shocked when Castiel, who had been killed by the Archangel Raphael, appears. To Zachariah's horror, Castiel hints at his belief that God has been interfering. Castiel then orders him away after healing the Winchesters, and Zachariah acquiesces. In "The End", he reappears to Dean- locating Dean through a street preacher as Castiel has branded Sam and Dean with Enochian sigils that prevent Zachariah from easily finding the brothers- and drags him to a dark future, where Sam has become Lucifer's vessel five years into the Apocalypse. Zachariah tries to convince Dean to take his role as Michael's vessel as the Future Dean had refused in the past, but this backfires; Dean instead joins up with Sam again in order not to let his brother lose his way, with Castiel rescuing Dean from Zachariah after they return to the present. In "Dark Side of the Moon", Zachariah pursues the Winchester brothers when they die and enter Heaven. He plans to torture Dean whether or not he accepts to be Michael's vessel, but the timely intervention of Joshua- the only angel who speaks directly to God- prevents Zachariah from doing so.
In "Point of No Return", the angels resurrect Sam and Dean's half-brother Adam (from the season four episode "Jump the Shark"), under the false pretense he will take Dean's place as Michael's vessel. It is later revealed Adam is an unsuspecting bait to lure Dean Winchester to Zachariah. Dean is forced to agree to being Michael's vessel when Zachariah tortures Sam and Adam and tells him to summon the archangel. Just as Michael starts to descend, Dean mentions his conditions for being the vessel, the first of which is Zachariah must die by Michael's hands. Zachariah insults Dean and tells him Michael will never kill him. However, he makes the mistake of getting too close to Dean and Dean stabs him through the head with an angel sword, killing him.
Anna Milton, portrayed by Julie McNiven, is a fallen angel reborn on Earth. She gained the ability to hear the conversations of angels after Dean's resurrection, and because of the voices, she was involuntarily committed to a mental institution with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Demons have a great interest in her because of this, so Ruby alerts Sam and Dean Winchester, who find and rescue her. However, Castiel and Uriel appear and explain they have to kill her. The brothers try unsuccessfully to hold them off, but Anna creates a powerful magic spell sending the angels "far away". Anna claims to have no knowledge of how she knew how to do it. Under hypnosis administered by Pamela Barnes, Anna remembers she is a fallen angel, having become human because her existence as an angel was dismal due to a lack of emotions and free will. She implies when she was an angel, she was somewhat the "boss" of Castiel and Uriel. After falling, she was born to human parents, with her angelic memories suppressed. Anna attempts, with the Winchesters and Ruby, to recover her Grace so she will be safe from both sides. Unfortunately, her Grace had already been taken by Uriel. Later, she forgives Dean for his actions in Hell, and then they share an intimate night in the Impala. In the morning, Dean reveals to the angels their location, and Ruby does the same for the demons, as they hope to pit the two groups against each other. In the confusion of the fight between the angels and the demons, Anna is able to grab back her Grace from Uriel. It flows into her body, emitting a bright light, and she vanishes from the room.
She makes a return in "On the Head of a Pin" with her human form, having "called in favors" to have her human body restored in order to use it as a host. According to Castiel, she is still wanted dead by the angels despite having become one again. She tries to convince Castiel forcing Dean to torture Alastair is wrong, but he blows her off as he states it is "God's Will". She shows up again after he calls to her for advice as he is having doubts for the first time, but then she vanishes, telling Castiel he has to learn to think for himself. She shows up to save him from Uriel, after learning of his betrayal, killing him by stabbing him through the neck from behind with his own angel sword. She later informs the Winchesters that Castiel was recalled to Heaven for discipline. Later when Castiel frees Sam from the Demon Panic Room, she angrily confronts him on his actions. Castiel then has two angels take her away. A year later, an enraged Anna escapes from Heaven on a self-proclaimed mission to execute John and Mary Winchester in 1978 and prevent Sam's birth. She faces the Winchester brothers and Castiel in a battle across time. She kills Sam and tries to kill Mary, but Michael arrives, using John as his vessel and he incinerates her. Michael erases John and Mary's memories of her actions and resurrects Sam.
Uriel, portrayed by Robert Wisdom, is an angel in the same garrison as Castiel. He is termed a "specialist", and is brought in to prevent one of the 66 seals from being broken. He is a much more aggressive angel than Castiel, and they often argue about their orders; despite this the two are shown to be close. Uriel seemingly has no patience with humans, placing no great value on human lives, and describing humans with disgust as "mud monkeys". At one point, he urges Castiel to kill an entire town in order to prevent the seals from being broken. He refers to the demon Ruby as a "stain". Uriel frequently clashes with Dean and Sam, and threatens to kill them on several occasions.
He goes with Castiel to kill Anna Milton, a fallen angel who used to be their angelic superior. It is revealed he has Anna's Grace, which would restore her to her angelic form. Much to his chagrin, she manages to get it back from him and returns to her true form before he can follow through with his mission. He is later revealed to be angry that God places humans above angels; he supports Lucifer, and has been killing angels who refused to join him in freeing Lucifer. When Castiel refuses to join him, the two battle, but Anna eventually saves Castiel by killing Uriel with his own angel sword.
When Anna goes back to kill John and Mary Winchester, thus preventing Sam's birth and Lucifer using him as a vessel, she recruits the angel Uriel (played by Matt Ward) of that time to assist her, getting his assistance by telling him it will be the Winchesters who kill him, when it was actually her. He helps her fight the Winchesters, but leaves when a furious Michael arrives and kills Anna. Michael promises him punishment once he returns to Heaven.
Raphael, portrayed by Demore Barnes and Lanette Ware, is one of four Archangels created by God. He was specifically assigned the task of protecting the Prophet Chuck Shurley.
Raphael appears to protect Chuck twice, in "The Monster at the End of the Book", when he is in the presence of Lilith, and in "Lucifer Rising", where he kills Castiel as he and Dean attempt to prevent Lucifer's rise.
He appears with a vessel in "Free to be Me and You", when summoned and is subsequently trapped by Dean and a resurrected Castiel. Raphael refuses to cooperate when they demand to know the location of God and he speculates that God is dead. The duo leave Raphael trapped, despite warnings that he would hunt Castiel down when he escapes.
Following the prevention of the Apocalypse, Heaven is in "Civil War" and Raphael and his supporters (who wish to free Michael and Lucifer once more) oppose Castiel and his followers, who are eventually revealed to desire free will, opposing Raphael's idea (as shared by Michael and formerly Gabriel) of unavoidable destiny. He appears in "The Third Man", hunting for the missing Weapons of Heaven, which unbeknownst to him were stolen by a presumed dead angel, and clashing with Castiel and the Winchesters. His vessel is destroyed by the rebellious angel Balthazar, who prior to this, not only feigned his death during the war in Heaven but was the thief who stole the Weapons of Heaven, saving Castiel and keeping Raphael off his trail as Raphael was forced to search for a new vessel.
In "The French Mistake", Raphael sends the angel hitman Virgil after Castiel's allies, including the Winchesters. Balthazar transports the brothers to an alternate universe with a key to where the Weapons are stored and Virgil follows. This is revealed to have been a ploy by Balthazar and Castiel, allowing the latter time to retrieve the Weapons and Castiel forces Raphael, with a new vessel, to flee.
In "The Man Who Would Be King", it is revealed through flashbacks how Raphael and Castiel became enemies. After the Apocalypse was prevented, Castiel returned to heaven and attempted to explain the concept of free will to the other angels, many looking to him for answers because he was resurrected by God. Raphael believed that the Apocalypse kept the angels in line and informed Castiel of his intention to release Lucifer and Michael from the cage, giving Castiel the ultimatum to submit or die. Castiel then, having forged a deal with the demon Crowley, initiated a civil war in Heaven.
In the season six finale, "The Man Who Knew Too Much", Castiel reneges on his deal with Crowley, who turns to Raphael. Crowley agrees to open Purgatory for Raphael in exchange for his safety. However their ritual fails whilst Castiel opens Purgatory for himself. Castiel appears, now more powerful than ever, and obliterates Raphael with a snap of his fingers.
Balthazar, portrayed by Sebastian Roché, is an Angel of Heaven who fought alongside Castiel during the last angelic war. Believed dead, this was merely a cover as he left Heaven, taking a number of the weapons with him ("I stole a lot of things"), and in his own words, to Castiel, "My advice? Grab something valuable and fake your own death." Since faking his own death, he has been on Earth enjoying a rather hedonistic lifestyle.
In "The Third Man", the Winchesters discover that three corrupt cops were murdered by the young brother of one of their victims in possession of The Staff of Moses. Balthazar is revealed to have sold it to the boy in return for his soul. During a conflict with Raphael and his henchmen, Balthazar destroys the archangel's vessel with Lot's Salt. Dean then traps Balthazar in a ring of Holy Fire and forces him to give up the boy's soul. They want to get more from him, but Castiel releases him because he owes him his life.
Sam uses an Enochian ritual to summon Balthazar, in "Appointment in Samarra". Sam asks him if there is any way to keep a soul out of its body. Balthazar informs him of a ritual that involves him defiling his vessel, his reason for helping Sam being that he would find it useful to have Sam in his debt. He tells Sam that he would need the blood of his father (that needn't come from the "father of your blood"), prompting Sam to try to kill Bobby before he is subdued, Dean and Death managing to recover Sam's soul.
Balthazar transports Sam and Dean to an alternate universe, in "The French Mistake", to evade the angelic hit man Virgil and gives them a key which he claims opens where the Weapons he stole from Heaven are stored. This is revealed to have been a ploy by Balthazar and Castiel to allow the latter to retrieve the Weapons from their true location while Raphael was distracted.
A suspicious alias used by Bathazar in 1912 leads to the brothers summoning Balthazar in "My Heart Will Go On", who claims he had saved the Titanic simply because he detested the movie and subsequent eponymous song. However, upon confrontation with Fate, Atropos reveals she knows Balthazar's direct subordination to Castiel; the saving of the Titanic was to provide additional souls (described as "minting money") to fund their side in the civil war. Castiel pulls out of the plan to kill Aphosis once she threatens the Winchesters, stopping Balthazar from killing her.
When the Winchesters reveal that Castiel is in league with Crowley, in "Let It Bleed", Balthazar agrees to assist the brothers and act as a double agent. He then transports Sam and Dean to where Lisa and Ben are being held captive.
In "The Man Who Knew too Much", Balthazar begins to have second thoughts about betraying Castiel, but ultimately continues to assist the brothers. He informs Dean and Bobby of where the ritual to open the gate to Purgatory will take place. Castiel summons Balthazar and reveals that he is aware of his actions, Balthazar is then killed by Castiel.
Samandriel, aka "Alfie", portrayed by Tyler Johnston, is an angel who seems to hold humanity in higher regard than most angels and appears to hold Castiel in great regard as well. He appears at Plutus' auction in "What's Up, Tiger Mommy?" to bid for the demon Word of God tablet, taking the vessel of a young man named Alfie. He asks Dean about Castiel and is noticeably saddened that Castiel didn't make it out of Purgatory. Samandriel indicates that he supports Castiel and tells Dean that he thinks Castiel's problem is he has too much heart. Samandriel bids for the Word of God, but loses. After Mrs. Tran wins by bidding her soul, Samandriel approaches her to offer angelic protection to Kevin, but she refuses which he respects.
In "A Little Slice of Kevin," Samandriel has been captured by Crowley who tortures him for the names of all future Prophets with an angel sword. Samandriel breaks under the torture and tells him all the names, but Crowley is not satisfied until Samandriel reveals that the next generation of Prophets haven't been born yet and thus there are no more. Crowley stops the torture without urgency and orders Samandriel put "on ice" for future torture, believing he can get more out of him.
In "Torn and Frayed," Samandriel manages to push a spike out of his head that is blocking his connection to the other angels and sends a distress signal to Naomi. However, the demon Viggor discovers him and replaces the spike and starts torturing him again using headgear that puts a lot of spikes into Samandriel's head. The spikes cause Samandriel to revert to "factory settings" and he starts speaking in Enochian, in his distress speaking through a bush that catches fire. Viggor summons Crowley who tortures Samandriel personally to see what he can get from him when he's at "factory settings." As Sam, Dean and Castiel launch a rescue, Samandriel starts talking about the Word of God tablets and just before they manage to break into the room, Samandriel reveals that there is an angel tablet. As Sam and Dean kill Viggor and another demon, Castiel removes the headgear from Samandriel, returning him to normal and takes him outside. Fearful of what he has revealed, Samandriel begs Castiel not to take him back to Heaven and warns Castiel that "they" are controlling them both. Before Samandriel can elaborate, Naomi orders Castiel to kill him for being a traitor. With no other choice, Castiel stabs Samandriel with his angel sword, killing him. Naomi has Castiel take Samandriel's body to Heaven so she can determine just how much he broke and explains that he is a traitor as he revealed the existence of the angel tablet which any angel would die to protect as it could cause great harm if it fell into demon hands.
Naomi, portrayed by Amanda Tapping, is a mysterious angel who commands a garrison in an area of Heaven previously unknown to Castiel. She was responsible for rescuing Castiel from Purgatory; although it took several angels to do so, and many of them died in the effort. He was subsequently returned to the Winchesters. She has since revealed that she has the ability to call him to her to 'check in' about the Winchesters' current progress in the search for the Word of God tablet and erase his memory of these check-ins after the fact. When Castiel chooses to return to Heaven to make up for his previous actions, Naomi forbids him from doing so, though she seems sympathetic to his desire to make up for his mistakes. Naomi tells Castiel that by following orders he is making up for what he has done and asks him what he wants to do when he is unsure of what to do next. This causes him to consider his options fully for the first time. Naomi later sends Castiel to rescue Samandriel after getting a distress call from him, but after learning that he has revealed the existence of the angel Word of God tablet, she orders Castiel to kill Samandriel which he has no choice but to do. Naomi calls Castiel a hero for it and reveals that the existence of that tablet is something that any angel, including herself would die to protect as it could cause great harm if it falls into demon hands. She then has Castiel bring Samandriel's vessel back to Heaven so she can determine just how much he broke, but draws the Winchesters' suspicions that Castiel is being controlled in the process. Castiel also remembers her having him tied down to a chair and approaching his eye with a mysterious instrument while he screams. In "Goodbye Stranger," Naomi has apparently indoctrinated Castiel completely to her control as he is now completely ruthless and has killed thousands of Dean copies for her to prove it. Naomi sends him to get the angel tablet before Crowley can and has him lie to the Winchesters about what he is doing and kill a demon before she can tell them the truth. Though she allows Meg to remain alive, Naomi orders Castiel to kill Dean once he retrieves the tablet. However, Castiel manages to fight her control and pick up the angel tablet which breaks her connection with Castiel and her control over him. After Castiel disappears with the tablet, Naomi meets with Crowley who its indicated she has had a sexual relationship with and she tells him that Castiel is doing what he is meant to do: protect the tablet, even if it means protecting it from her. She refuses the offer of a deal from Crowley and is later shown getting a report on how the angels have failed to locate Castiel and the tablet. In "Taxi Driver," Naomi appears to Dean at Garth's houseboat and tries to convince him that she is on his side. Naomi claims that she was just meeting with Castiel periodically and that he misinterpreted her orders and tried to kill Dean as a result of mental instability. Dean doesn't trust her, but she tells him that Sam was traveling to Hell through Purgatory before leaving. Later, when Crowley prevents Sam from releasing Bobby's soul into Heaven, Naomi intervenes to stop him. He tries to convince her not to, claiming they will seal up both Hell and Heaven, but Naomi tells him that she hopes he gets locked up and she will figure out the rest before trying to smite him when he calls her a bureaucrat. Crowley flees and Naomi frees Bobby from Crowley's trap, letting him go to Heaven and tells Sam and Dean she wants the same thing they do: Hell sealed. In "The Great Escapist," Naomi and her angels manage to capture Castiel and interrogate him about the location of the angel tablet. Naomi reveals that Castiel has taken part in many atrocities, but she has wiped the memory of them from him. Before Naomi can do much, Crowley shows up with a gun that can kill angels and she is forced to flee when he fires at her. Metatron reveals that she is just one of many faction leaders in "Clip Show," not the ruler of Heaven as previously believed. In "Sacrifice," Naomi captures Metatron and tortures him to learn what he is up to. Horrified by what it is, Naomi rushes to Earth to warn Dean and Castiel: Metatron is not trying to close the gates of Heaven, he is trying to permanently expel all angels in revenge for his own expulsion. Naomi expresses remorse for her actions and that of the other angels, saying that angels are meant to protect humanity and they have lost sight of that somewhere along the way. She warns Dean that if Sam completes the trials, he will die and offers to hear Castiel out if he truly wishes to return to Heaven. Naomi leaves and when Kevin can't confirm her story with the angel tablet, Castiel refuses to believe her, though Dean does. Castiel travels to Naomi's office in Heaven only to find that Metatron has killed her by impaling her in the head with her own torture spike. Metatron confirms that Naomi was telling the truth.
Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) is the angel who wrote the Word of God tablets. According to the demon tablet, he is an Archangel, but Metatron himself claims to be an angel from the secretarial division who was enlisted by God to write the tablets before he left Heaven. When God left and the Archangels decided to take over everything, Metatron left Heaven and hid on Earth, cutting himself off completely to protect himself and the tablets as he figures that the Archangels will need him for their plans. On Earth, Metatron lived among a Native American tribe known as The Two Rivers who he gifted with immortality in exchange for stories and books. Metatron became enamored by human stories and even though he read as much as an angel is capable of, he isn't able to read every story in the thousands of years he is on Earth.
Sam and Dean first learn of Metatron when they uncover the Leviathan Word of God tablet and Castiel reveals Metatron wrote them. At the time, Dean considers looking for him for help with the Leviathans. Later, Kevin Tran finds a personal note Metatron left on the demon tablet revealing that there is a compendium of tablets. While trying to find the third trial to close Hell, Sam and Dean track down Metatron and confront him. Metatron initially refuses to help, but after they reveal the story of Kevin Tran, Metatron rescues him from Crowley and heals him. Metatron now knows what is going on in Heaven and the world and agrees to help and along with Kevin, reveals the third trial: curing a demon. He also suggests to Dean that closing Hell may not be the best idea, telling him he needs to consider the impact it will have on the world. Metatron later approaches Castiel to seek his help in dealing with the problems in Heaven. Heaven has degenerated into all out war between various factions and Metatron wants to seal it up. As the Scribe of God, he knows the three trials without the angel tablet, but wants Castiel to do them. The two set out to complete the first trial which is to kill a Nephilim and cut out their heart. Though Castiel hesitates, when the Nephilim overpowers both himself and Metatron, he kills her from behind while she is distracted with Metatron. In "Sacrifice," Metatron reveals that the second trial is to get the bow of a Cupid and as he works with Castiel to get it, he is captured by Naomi. Metatron recognizes Naomi as the angel that was supposed to "debrief" him for the Archangels after God left, in reality to get his secrets from his mind. Suspicious of why Metatron has suddenly come out of hiding, Naomi tortures him for information and is shocked to learn that he actually intends to expel all angels from Heaven (except, presumably, himself) as revenge for his own expulsion. Naomi rushes off to warn Dean and Castiel, but while she is gone, Metatron breaks free and kills Naomi when she returns. He captures Castiel and takes his Grace as the final component needed for his spell then sends him to Earth to live a human life after asking Castiel to find him and tell him about it when he one day dies. Metatron's plan works and all angels are expelled from Heaven.
An angel portrayed by Tahmoh Penikett and Jared Padalecki who answers Dean's prayer for someone to save Sam. Gadreel was once God's most trusted angel, assigned to guard the Garden of Eden but disgraced when the Serpent got in. Gadreel was locked up in Heaven's deepest dungeon but was released when he, along with all angels, fell to Earth. Wanting to make up for his past, Gadreel takes on the identity and personality of an angel named Ezekiel who died in the Fall who is the opposite of who he is. Unlike the angel that shows up first, Gadreel is truly willing to help and is nearly killed before Dean saves him for his trouble. Castiel recognizes the name Ezekiel when Dean mentions him saying Ezekiel is a good soldier and someone who could help. Gadreel convinces Dean to let him try, but Sam is very weak and Gadriel is not much better from falling to Earth. When two more angels show up, Dean defends Gadreel and Sam, but Gadriel fails to heal him. Gadreel proposes a solution: if he possesses Sam, he could heal him from the inside while recuperating from his own injuries. After Dean learns that Sam is close to giving up, he agrees and Gadreel takes on Dean's form in Sam's mind to get him to say Yes. Ezekiel's original vessel is left at the hospital with no memory of what happened while Ezekiel tells Dean that he will let Sam keep control of his body as he works in the background but that its best that Sam not know he is there as if he is rejected, especially in his weakened state, Sam could eject him and then die. Gadreel and Dean decide to erase the whole thing from Sam's memory and Gadreel lets Sam take control, none the wiser. Later, when Sam is knocked out and in danger of being killed by three demons, Gadreel takes control and displays his wings to distract them then kills them with Ruby's knife. His appearance saves Dean as well as Abaddon flees when she realizes an angel is nearby. Gadreel explains what he did to Dean, telling him he used the knife rather than his powers so Dean could explain away the demons' deaths to Sam. After discussing Dean's guilt about the fact that demons are still lose in the world, Gadriel once again returns control to Sam who believes that when he was knocked out, Dean took out the demons. Gadreel later takes control again to tell Dean that he is slowly but successfully healing Sam and that an angel faction is taking on vessels and actively searching for Castiel for revenge. Dean later calls on him to locate Castiel by searching for Reapers hunting for him. After Castiel is killed by one such Reaper, Gadreel resurrects him, but later warns Dean that Castiel must leave. Gadreel explains that it is too dangerous for Castiel to be around as angels are searching for him and the group can't survive a full incursion. Gadreel is so worried that he tells Dean he will leave Sam and flee if Castiel stays. As this would condemn Sam to death, Dean has no choice but to tell Castiel to go. After Charlie is killed, Dean calls on Gadreel to save her. Gadreel explains that he can't keep using his powers as it weakens him and he is only back to half-strength, meaning he will have to stay in Sam longer than either of them would like. He tells Dean he can either bring Charlie back or help with the Wicked Witch and Dean chooses to have him bring Charlie back. Gadreel resurrects Charlie and Dean explains it away as both Sam and Charlie being knocked out by the Witch. Charlie later discovers the truth about her death, but agrees to keep it a secret. After Sam is mortally wounded by Chef Leo, Gadreel takes control for a moment and heals Sam's wound, but also erases all memory of it, leaving Sam confused when Leo demands to know how he healed.
Demons in the series are generally portrayed as cruel and sadistic, often taking pleasure in causing humans pain. They are also, as series creator Eric Kripke deems them, "erudite and sophisticated". While the "tyrant" Azazel commanded the demons in the first two seasons, demons as a whole became the villains of the third season. At times their culture has been compared to normal humans, with the third-season episode "Sin City" introducing their religious side. They believe in their own higher power—Lucifer. Though many demons came to lose faith, they followed the fallen angel upon his release from Hell in the fifth season.
Inspirations for these types of demons have come from numerous sources, such as the devil-on-your-shoulder concept used in the episode "Sin City". The writers often try to base the demons off of actual aspects of history, as is done in "Malleus Maleficarum" by having the demon Tammi turn a group of women into witches. An encyclopedia on demons is used for research, with Binsfield's Classification of Demons inspiring "The Magnificent Seven"'s storyline of seven demons being the physical embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins.
The writers originally intended for demons to not rely on human hosts, but rather exist "halfway between spirits and corporeal creatures". However, the demon featured in "Phantom Traveler" demonstrated the ability to possess people—this quality and its other characteristics were chosen without foresight solely to fit with the episode's storyline—and the writers opted to maintain it as an element of all demons. Kripke feels this added an interesting aspect to the storylines, as the viewers "never quite know who the bad guy is". Another source of debate for the writers stemmed from the demons' eye color, which is based on a demon's place in the hierarchy. The writers prefer to limit unique colors to only the "big, big, bad guys". Writer Sera Gamble noted, "If every time we had a demon that was powerful we gave them a different eye color, pretty soon it'd be like, 'The Chartreuse-Eyed Demon is coming for us!'" During production of the second season, Kripke viewed the horror film I Walked with a Zombie, and found one of the creatures having all-white eyes to be "really disturbing". The writers considered changing the eye color of regular demons to white, but eventually decided against it. However, Kripke later used the idea when Lilith and other high-level demons were introduced.
The appearance of demons' true forms have become more complex as the series has progressed. Originally depicted as small, thin streams of black smoke, they now appear as large, thick smoke clouds. When in large groups, the clouds have electricity pulsing throughout them. The visual effects department based the demons' shape off of that of a snake, giving it a "predatorial" and "intelligent" look. Visual effects supervisor Ivan Hayden finds demon smoke to be one of the hardest visual effects in the series.
As demons, the following characters come in varying forms due to their ability to enter the bodies of humans, either living or dead, and gain full control. Most often their eyes can appear black as a sign of possession, with some variations being red, yellow, or white. Demons are revealed to be human souls who have been corrupted by their time in Hell. Salting and burning the bones of the human body demons had while they were human can kill a demon. Other methods of killing include the Colt gun, Ruby's demon-killing knife, angel powers and an angel sword.
One of a more powerful class of demons, her eyes appear white, not black, in a human host. Lilith is introduced in the final moments of "Jus in Bello", appearing as a little girl portrayed by Rachel Pattee, searching for the Winchesters. She then proceeds to torture everyone in the station for 45 minutes, eventually destroying the station in a massive explosion. After it is later revealed by Bela Talbot that Lilith holds Dean's contract, Sam and Dean track her down in New Harmony, Indiana, where she is on "shore leave". For fun, she has taken over the body of another little girl, portrayed by Sierra McCormick, and is holding the girl's family hostage, forcing them to act as if she is their daughter. After stealing Ruby's demon-killing knife, Sam and Dean head there and manage to get into the house. However, Lilith secretly expels Ruby, who followed Sam and Dean there, and takes over her host. Dean figures out the truth too late, and Lilith holds Sam at bay as a hellhound kills Dean. Lilith then tries to kill Sam, but finds she is powerless against him. As Sam goes to kill her with Ruby's knife, Lilith flees from the host and escapes.
It is later revealed to Dean by the angel Castiel that Lilith is trying to release Lucifer. To break one of the 66 seals to free him, she casts a powerful spell in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester" to cause the Rising of the Witnesses, souls of those who had died violent deaths as a result of the supernatural, who then attack the hunters who could not save them. Lilith returns in "The Monster at the End Of This Book", possessing a dental hygienist's body portrayed by Katherine Boecher. Having learned she is destined to die in the Apocalypse, she tries to persuade Sam into making a deal with her to stop breaking the seals and to allow things to go back to the way they were before. Sam feigns agreement and then tries to kill her with Ruby's knife, but he fails. Dean and the prophet Chuck show up just in time, and, after being warned the Archangel protecting Chuck is coming to destroy her, Lilith flees. In "Lucifer Rising", Castiel reveals to Dean killing Lilith is the final seal. Dean attempts to stop Sam, who believes killing Lilith will prevent Lucifer's release, but Ruby and Lilith herself goad Sam into going through with it. After her death, blood pouring from Lilith's mouth forms the gateway for Lucifer. It's revealed that Ruby has secretly been working for Lilith all along to prepare Sam for that moment and that only Lilith knew the truth of her allegiance.
According to series creator Eric Kripke, Lilith is "a combination of all myths concerning Lilith." Noting the mythological Lilith's two main roles appear to be "destroyer of children and seducer of men," Kripke also stated the show would explore those two roles. In addition, Kripke stated Lilith is higher in the demonic hierarchy than Azazel, and "you don't get much higher than her until you start digging into Lucifer territory." This is addressed in the fourth season episode "When the Levee Breaks", where it is revealed by Ruby that Lilith is "Lucifer's First", the first human transformed into a demon by Lucifer as a punishment to God, who apparently holds humans in a higher regard than His angels.
The demon possessing Meg Masters, portrayed by Nicki Aycox, first appears in "Scarecrow", briefly meeting Sam while hitchhiking. The two meet again at a bus station, and Meg claims to be heading for California to get away from her family. She encourages Sam to be angry at Dean. After Sam leaves to help Dean, Meg kills a man in a van and "makes a call" to her father by slitting the man's throat and draining his blood into a silver bowl.
Returning in the episode "Shadow," the demon meets Sam once again—this time in a bar in Chicago, where she quickly sows dissent between Sam and Dean. They decide to meet up later. However, Sam follows her to a warehouse where he finds her talking to something in a mystical fashion, and he tells Dean what he saw. They arrive at the conclusion she was the one who summoned the Daeva (the evil of that episode) and she might have been talking with Azazel. Meg captures the brothers and reveals they have fallen for a trap designed to ensnare their father. However, the brothers manage to break free and destroy Meg's altar, thereby freeing the Daevas, which throw Meg out of a seven-story window to her apparent death. To the Winchesters' surprise, she quickly recovers and uses an amulet to regain control of the Daevas, which she sends after them. However, they manage to escape the attack.
She later resurfaces once again at a church, being immune to hallowed ground since she is beyond the "minor leagues," and kills long-time Winchester ally Pastor Jim Murphy. She later calls John, and, while on the phone, kills a friend of his. She threatens to kill more of his friends if he does not deliver the Colt to her. John agrees to the deal, but gives her and her demonic brother, Tom, a fake gun. Tom shoots Meg, which reveals the gun is a fake, so they take John hostage. Both furious and anxious to obtain the Colt, she goes to Bobby Singer's auto shop, where she confronts Dean, Sam, and Bobby. After breaking in, however, she unknowingly walks into a Key of Solomon, a magical circle trapping any demon who enters. They perform an exorcism on her, and she is sent to Hell.
However, the demon manages to escape Hell, and in "Born Under a Bad Sign" takes possession of Sam's body. Not caring any longer about the grand war, she is looking for revenge for the pain and suffering she was put through in Hell after Dean and Sam sent her there. While possessing Sam, she makes Dean think Sam has become evil, trying to goad Dean into killing Sam. She taunts Jo about her feelings for Dean, sows dissent between Jo and the Winchesters, tries to kill Bobby, and successfully kills at least one other hunter. However, the demon is once again trapped inside the Key of Solomon symbol at Bobby's house, and Bobby and Dean attempt another exorcism. However, having "picked up a few tricks" in Hell, she has locked herself inside Sam's body with a "binding mark" carved into Sam's arm. She begins chanting a spell during the exorcism, showing no signs of the pain she suffered before. The ground shakes violently, and the Key of Solomon is broken. The demon attacks Dean, but Bobby burns off the binding mark, expelling her from Sam's body. She escapes through the fireplace.
After the demon's disappearance, creator Eric Kripke repeatedly asked the writers what she was up to. Considering her "a really formidable adversary" for the Winchesters, Kripke wrote her into the fifth season premiere, "Sympathy for the Devil". In this appearance, she is played by Rachel Miner. She has one of her minions possess Bobby, who works with the brothers to try to find the sword the Archangel Michael used to banish Lucifer to Hell. After Dean believes that he has discovered the sword's location, she and her minions attack him. Sam arrives and saves Dean, forcing the demon to flee her host body. She returns in "Abandon All Hope...", and sends a pack of hellhounds after Sam, Dean, Ellen, and Jo to prevent them from stopping Lucifer from summoning Death; the attack ends in the deaths of Ellen and Jo. The demon is seen working by Lucifer's side, holding Castiel captive until he escapes by pushing her onto the burning circle and releasing him.
The demon returns once again, making her first sixth season appearance in the episode "Caged Heat," where she and the brothers decide to work together to kill Crowley due to the fact she is a Lucifer loyalist. She ends up staying loyal to the cause until the end, when after killing Crowley, she vanishes, realizing the brothers would end up killing her anyway now that the job was done.
The demon returns in "The Born-Again Identity" where, after Dean loses Ruby's Knife and is cornered by demons, she kills one with the knife and forces the other one to flee. Not wanting Crowley to get his hands on Castiel, she forms an alliance to protect him and save Sam agreeing not to tell Castiel who he really is, though she makes allusions to it all the time. After finding the hospital entrance blocked by demons, she pushes Dean to tell Castiel who he really is as he's the only one with the power to take them all out. Meg is later seen taking a job at the hospital under the name of "Meg Masters," presumably to protect Castiel and keep an eye on him as she's now the only demon that knows he's alive. In the next episode, Dean calls her for an update on Castiel and she reveals that he's still in the same condition.
After Castiel wakes up, Meg calls the Winchesters to come and see him, but warns them that he's not entirely sane anymore. After Castiel isn't much help, Meg plans to flee with him, figuring that after how she took care of him, he'd trust her more. When two angels arrive and plan to kill her, she slices one across the palm with an angel blade, later explaining that she got it as "a lot of angels died this year" and while at a gas station, spots two demons, but keeps it to herself. After letting Castiel know where they are, she sneaks out when they reach Rufus' Cabin and meets up with the demons. After initially appearing to betray the Winchesters, she kills the two demons with Ruby's Knife after confirming they didn't let anyone else know and is angered to walk into a Devil's Trap upon returning to the cabin. After Castiel confirms that there is the blood of other demons on the knife, she gets the Winchesters to let her go by explaining that what she does is commit herself to causes: originally it was Azazel and Lucifer's cause, but now it's stopping Crowley who she warns is always waiting for the chance to become the next major threat. Unfortunately her actions expose their location to the angels and when the angel Hester goes to kill Castiel, Meg kills her instead, commenting that someone had to do it. Meg disappears afterwards and Castiel believes she is now laying low.
Meg returns in the season 7 finale "Survival of the Fittest". While trying to head as far away from the conflict between the brothers and the Leviathans, Castiel appears and forcibly transports her back to the brothers' hideout. Though annoyed she is dragged back into the conflict, Meg reluctantly helps the Winchesters and Castiel for her own survival. While Crowley appears to give the Winchesters a vial of his blood, he tells Meg that he plans to take her home to Hell and roast her till she's a 'jerky', but lets Castiel have custody of her first. Meg later explains that due to Castiel being temporarily possessed by the Leviathans, he can tell them apart and could help them find the real Dick Roman. During the assault on Dick Roman at Sucrocorp, Meg drives the newly restored Impala as a distraction and crashes it through Surcrocorp's front gate and sign, dispatching multiple Leviathans with Borax and decapitation while allowing Sam, Dean and Castiel to sneak in. After wiping out the guards, Meg is about to leave when she is attacked by Crowley's demon henchmen, who tell her that the king of Hell will see her now.
In "Goodbye Stranger," Meg is being used by Crowley to locate Lucifer's Crypts in order to find the angel tablet as she knows where they are from her time with Azazel. After learning of her location from a captured demon, Sam, Dean and Castiel rescue her. Meg reveals what she knows to them, including the location of the correct crypt. When the group goes to the crypt, Meg stays outside with Sam to demon-proof and guard the building and questions him about his desire to leave the life which she is aware of because of her brief possession of him. Sam explains how he did leave for a year and while Meg initially makes fun of him for it, she is sympathetic to his having someone he loved change him, indicating that she knows how that is as well. When two demons attack, Meg kills one with an angel sword and ends up facing off against Crowley himself to buy Sam and Dean the time they need. Crowley tries to convince Meg to betray the Winchesters, telling her their plans, but she supports them anyway despite the fact that it will cause her to be locked in Hell as well. Meg proves to be no match for Crowley, but holds him off long enough for Sam, Dean and Castiel to escape, Castiel with the tablet. Meg taunts Crowley about the escape then stabs him in the shoulder with her sword, slightly injuring him. Enraged, Crowley stabs Meg with an angel sword of his own, killing her.
Alastair, portrayed by Mark Rolston in the first two appearances and by Christopher Heyerdahl in the latter three, is the white-eyed head torturer of souls which come into Hell; he is described by Ruby as "Picasso with a razor". When Dean was sent to Hell, he was tortured by Alastair every day. Alastair would then offer to take Dean off the torture rack in exchange for Dean agreeing to torture new souls. Dean refused for about three months (equivalent to thirty years in Hell), but gave in for the last month.
Alastair eventually leaves Hell, and attempts to capture Anna Milton, a fallen angel who can hear the conversations of other angels. Sam and Dean interfere and, although Alastair is shown to be highly resistant to Sam's abilities and to Ruby's demon-killing knife, the brothers escape with Anna. Alastair is later tricked into capturing Ruby, whom he then tortures to get her to "reveal" where Anna is. When he goes to collect her, he is stopped by Castiel and Uriel. Alastair and his demon minions face off against the angels, and he proves to be more powerful. However, Alastair vanishes in the flash generated by Anna being restored to her angelic true form. It's later revealed that while Alastair himself survived, his host was vaporized. However, he returns in "Death Takes a Holiday" in a new body, kidnapping Reapers in order to break another seal. Hiding in a funeral home, he uses sigils to prevent angels from getting in and stopping him. He faces off against Sam and Dean, but traps them as they are astral projections and are thus vulnerable to the weaknesses of ghosts. While he kills one of the Reapers, Alastair sends a demon to kill the boys unconscious bodies. The Winchesters manage to use their ghostly powers to break the trap holding the Reapers after he kills one and escape, but his demon mortally wounds Pamela Barnes before she can return the brothers to their bodies, though Sam returns in time to exorcise it. Alastair tries to get revenge on Dean, but in doing so comes out into the open and is captured by Castiel. Tortured for information by Dean on Castiel's orders in "On The Head Of A Pin" to find information about a string of angel murders, he refuses to break, merely mockingly informing Dean of his role in the Apocalypse due to him breaking the first Seal while trapped in Hell. Escaping from the Devil's Trap with assistance from Uriel - who set up a leaky pipe in such a position that it would wash away a part of the Trap - he attempts to kill Dean and send Castiel back to Heaven, but Sam stops him. Using his abilities, Sam tortures Alastair for the information about the angel slayings, learning the demon has no knowledge about who is doing it, and eventually kills Alastair after he taunts him to exorcise him if he can. In "When the Levee Breaks," Alastair appears to Sam as a hallucination caused by withdrawal from demon blood.
Unlike most demons, whose eyes appear black in a human host, the Crossroads Demon's eyes appear red. While multiple Crossroads Demons make appearances throughout the series, the one seen most often first appears to Dean when he tries to save a condemned man's life in "Crossroad Blues". It takes on the form of a beautiful young woman, portrayed by Jeannette Sousa, and taunts him with remarks about his father's last moments, and how he too made a deal with a demon. Dean manages to trick the demon into walking into a Devil's Trap, and offers to trade the demon its freedom if it lets the man go. When the demon hesitates, Dean begins an exorcism ritual, causing the demon to yield and break the contract. It kisses Dean to seal the deal, and departs from the woman's body. The demon returns again in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2", now in possession of a woman portrayed by Ona Grauer, having been summoned by Dean to resurrect Sam. It refuses at first, but finally bargains Dean down to restoring Sam's life in exchange for collecting Dean's soul in one year. It also adds stipulations, telling Dean if he tries to do anything to get out of the deal, Sam will die instantly. It makes another appearance in "Bedtime Stories", now portrayed by Sandra McCoy. Sam calls upon it and then threatens it with the Colt, demanding it break its deal with Dean in exchange for its life. It claims it does not hold the contract, being just an employee with a boss - later revealed to be Lilith - to answer to. Out of frustration, Sam shoots and kills the demon. In "Taxi Driver" the Winchesters lure and trap a Crossroads Demon portrayed by Doron Bell Jr. Under coercion by holy water, he reveals that there are "rogue reapers" who can help to break innocent souls out of hell. He then demands to be killed before Crowley takes revenge on him.
A high-ranking Crossroads demon (portrayed by Mark Sheppard), he is said to be only second to Lilith. Originally a Scotsman named Fergus MacLeod, he became a demon sometime after his death during the 17th century. He is first mentioned by Becky, who informs the brothers Crowley, not Lilith, took the Colt from Bela. He first appears during "Abandon All Hope" sealing a deal with the executive of a failing bank to bail it out. While being tracked by Castiel, who locates his angel-protected mansion. The brothers break in with the help of Jo, but are captured by Crowley's henchmen and fail to trap him in a Devil's Trap. However, he uses the Colt and kills his two underlings, informing the brothers he too wants Lucifer dead and spreads information about the Colt for them to find it. He realizes that after Lucifer is done destroying humanity he would eradicate demons. He gives the Colt to the brothers, and disappears, knowing he would be hunted for betraying Lucifer.
Later appearing during "The Devil You Know", he comes to the brothers as the Colt failed; having been tracking them through a magical coin, he overhears their plan to trap Lucifer with the Horsemen rings. Being on the run from demons, he offers his assistance in tracking the last two Horsemen, through their handler Brady. Sending Dean to lure Brady downstairs, they capture him. Unable to initially break Brady, Crowley goes to a known demon nest and massacres them; leaving one alive to spread the word Brady had turned against Lucifer. While successful, the demons also plant a similar tracking coin and locate their position. A hell-hound is sent after Brady, and Crowley brings his own (bigger) hellhound which battles the other and allows the brothers and two demons to escape. Brady, now a fugitive, provides the position of the Horseman Pestilence. Crowley then appears to Bobby, offering him a deal; his soul (which he will return once Lucifer is imprisoned), for Death's location.
He returns after the brothers and Castiel secure Pestilence; he admits that he wanted Bobby's soul to prevent the brothers from killing him after they stop Lucifer but restores Bobby's legs as goodwill. He reveals the final game plan for Lucifer; the promised swine flu vaccine, shipping out nationwide, is in fact the Croatoan virus, intent on infecting the country. While Castiel, Sam and Bobby take out a premature exportation, Dean and Crowley attempt to locate Death, finding him in a pizzeria.
After the demise of Lucifer, Bobby calls upon Crowley to secure the return of his soul but Crowley refuses, allowing Bobby to have ten years of life before he takes his soul. Since the downfall of Lucifer, the demons now look upon Crowley as their leader becoming The King of Hell, though Crowley finds their pragmatism and self-serving ways frustrating. Bobby, after many days of research, calls upon Crowley again, but this time with a better plan; having summoned the ghost of Crowley's son, who, hating his father as his father hated him, quickly revealed the location of Crowley's burial grounds. With Crowley held in a Devil's Trap, Dean and Sam hold the bones hostage and Crowley is forced to relieve Bobby of his contract. At the climax of "Family Matters" Crowley returns with a squad of demons, including one possessing Christian Campbell, to recapture the Alpha Vampire. He reveals that he resurrected Sam and Samuel Campbell as an investment for locating Purgatory, though he left Sam's soul in the cage as a bargaining chip. His claim about Sam's resurrection is later revealed to be false, having been orchestrated by Castiel for Dean, but he was unable to restore his soul. He later returns to Sam and Dean in the next episode, raising awareness to them of a possible Alpha Werewolf. He is later believed to have been killed by Castiel after revealing he cannot retrieve Sam's soul from the pit.
At the end of "Mommy Dearest", it is revealed that Crowley is still alive and continuing to carry out his previous torture experiments in order to find Purgatory, which contains many powerful souls. Furthermore, he is seen to be working with Castiel.
In "The Man Who Would Be King", it is revealed through flashback that Crowley approached Castiel, following the Apocalypse being averted, with a proposal that they join forces to locate Purgatory, in order to plunder it for the souls there. Crowley offers that will split the souls 50/50. He seals the deal by giving Castiel 50,000 souls from Hell. In present time, Crowley is angry that Castiel did not stop the Winchesters killing Eve, who was their key to locating Purgatory. Crowley argues that Sam and Dean should be killed, but Castiel forbids it.
When Sam, Dean and Bobby get a lead on a demon close to Crowley, Castiel kills him and the demons with him. Crowley sends more demons after Sam, Dean and Bobby but Castiel kills them. When Castiel's betrayal is revealed, the Winchesters trap Castiel in a ring of Holy Oil fire and demand the truth. Crowley sends a horde of demons, and the boys and Bobby are forced to flee. Crowley arrives and releases Castiel.
Crowley kidnaps Ben and Lisa in "Let It Bleed", in an attempt to make Dean stand down. He and Castiel then kidnap Elanor Visyak and torture her for information on how to access Purgatory and take her blood, as she is a being from Purgatory and her blood is necessary for the ritual. Castiel then reneges on his deal with Crowley, refusing to give him the souls. The demon then forms an allegiance with Raphael, agreeing to open the gates of Purgatory for the angel in exchange for his safety. When their ritual fails and Castiel arrives, more powerful than ever after accessing the souls from Purgatory, Crowley is allowed to live - as Castiel has "plans for him".
Crowley is hiding away in an angel-proof trailer when Castiel finds him. As he braces for Castiel to kill him, Castiel tells Crowley that he needs the demon to go back to being the king of Hell for balance. With no other option, Crowley accepts. He is later summoned by Sam, Dean and Bobby, and they ask him about how to bind Death. He doesn't tell them due to his new boss, but secretly sends them the ritual. When the Leviathans are released into the world, Crowley attempts to strike an alliance with the leader, Dick Roman; however, Roman is dismissive and belligerent to Crowley's offer. Consequently, Crowley holds off any demons from attacking the Winchesters in an effort to have them defeat the Leviathans. When a Crossroads Demon is making deals and then having his minion Jackson kill the people to collect their souls early, Crowley arrives after the Winchesters kill Jackson and are about to kill the Crossroads Demon. Crowley makes a deal with them: he will release the people the demon made deals with in exchange for the demon, saying what he was doing goes against everything a Crossroads Demon stands for. The Winchesters agree and Crowley takes the demon away for punishment. Due to the Winchesters' lack of progress in stopping the Leviathans, he rescinds the truce and interferes with Dean's attempt to save Sam from his Lucifer-induced insomnia. According to the Meg Masters demon, Crowley is simply biding his time for all the other major threats to be gone so he can step up to be the next one.
In "There Will Be Blood," Sam and Dean summon Crowley after learning that in order to defeat the Leviathans, they need the blood of the Ruler of Fallen Humanity which is Crowley. Crowley agrees to give them his blood after learning the reason they need it, but demands they get the other ingredients they need for their weapon first as he's worried about the blood falling into the wrong hands and being used against him. Crowley reveals that the Alpha Vampire is still alive and they can get another of the ingredients from him and as he leaves, burns the location into the table. Dick Roman later summons Crowley into a Devil's Trap, telling him they have a lot to talk about, presumably so the Winchesters can't summon him and get his blood as Dick knows they need it. In "Survival of the Fittest," Dick offers Crowley Canada in exchange for him leaving everywhere else alone and giving the Winchesters the wrong blood. After coming up with a lengthy contract, Crowley agrees. He later travels to the cabin where Sam and Dean are staying and is shocked to see Castiel and the demon Meg there. However, after realizing that Castiel is now insane, he puts off his feud with him until he regains his mind and lets Meg stay as Castiel is fond of her and he's needed to defeat Dick Roman. Crowley gives Sam and Dean a vial of his real blood, explaining his deal with Dick to them and letting them know that Castiel could be a major help in defeating Dick. After Dean kills Dick and he and Castiel get dragged to Purgatory, Crowley shows up and kidnaps Kevin, telling Sam that what happened to Dean and Castiel can sometimes happen when using what Crowley refers to as "God weapons." Crowley now plans to take over from Dick as a major threat and informs Sam that with Dick dead, the Leviathans are now disorganized and he should focus on preventing the rise of a new leader. He also has an army of demons ready to attack the remaining Leviathans in the building now that Dick is dead and finish the job.
In season eight, Crowley has discovered another Word of God tablet that will allow him to re-open the gates of Hell, but the Winchesters and Kevin have learned that the tablet also contains a ritual that would permanently seal the gates of Hell and cut off all demons from Earth. Although Crowley fails to recapture Kevin, he later manages to capture potential future prophets by torturing an angel named Samandriel who he has somehow captured, intending to kill Kevin and force the new prophet to translate the tablet for him. The return of Castiel from Purgatory allows the Winchesters to rescue the prophets, Castiel breaking the tablet in half so that he retains one part of it while Crowley flees with the other. Crowley is later summoned by the demon Viggor who he has set to torture Samandriel after Samandriel starts speaking in Enochian after the torture taps into his "operating system" and reverts him to "factory settings." Crowley personally takes over the torture, continuing even as the Winchesters and Castiel attack his base to rescue Samandriel. Just before the Winchesters break in, Samandriel reveals the existence of an angel Word of God tablet. Crowley flees with this knowledge as they enter, abandoning Viggor and Samandriel to the Winchesters. In "Goodbye Stranger," Crowley has been searching for the angel tablet in Lucifer's Crypts by torturing the locations out of Meg. After getting a call from a demon that Meg has been rescued by the Winchesters and Castiel and that everyone else is dead, Crowley kills the demon and goes after the crypt himself. Finding Sam and Meg, Crowley faces off against Meg who stays to buy Sam, Dean and Castiel the time they need. Crowley tries to convince Meg to turn on the Winchesters as they are trying to seal all demons in Hell and kill him, but she is sold on the idea as he will be dead and they fight. Crowley overpowers Meg, but they spot Sam and Dean escaping and realize that Castiel is in the wind with the tablet. Taunting him about this, Meg stabs Crowley in the shoulder with an angel sword. Enraged, Crowley stabs Meg with an angel sword of his own, killing her. Crowley checks the crypt where he meets with Naomi who it is indicated he had a sexual relationship with in the past. Naomi tells him that Castiel is doing what he is supposed to do: protect the angel tablet from all threats, apparently even if that means her. Crowley starts to offer her a deal, but Naomi disappears in the middle, annoying him as that's what he usually does. In "Taxi Driver," Crowley learns from one of his minions that rogue Reaper Ajay is taking Sam to Hell and interrogates him about it. After learning everything, Crowley kills Ajay with an angel sword so he can't bring Sam back. Putting everything together along with the fact that he apparently has the half of the demon tablet that is useless, Crowley realizes that Sam and Dean are trying to close the Gates of Hell and follows Dean to the 100-mile Wilderness in Maine where he blocks Bobby's soul from traveling to Heaven, intending to take it back to Hell. Crowley stops Sam and Dean from interfering, but Naomi steps in and scares him off before releasing Bobby to Heaven. Kevin Tran is shown later painting demon warding symbols on the inside of the boat he lives in, he hears Crowley in his head telling him he has found him. The windows explode inwards and Crowley tells Kevin he found him via torturing Linda Tran, Kevin's mother, and when she didn't break, taking the information from her phone after killing her. The Winchesters arrive later to the boat to find it devoid of Kevin and his research. In "The Great Escapist," Crowley has Kevin trapped in an illusion of Garth's houseboat and uses two demons pretending to be Sam and Dean to trick Kevin into translating his half of the demon tablet. After learning from the angel Ion where Castiel is, Crowley attacks the angels there, killing one with a gun loaded with bullets made of a melted-down angel sword and forces Naomi to retreat. Crowley shoots Castiel and retrieves the angel tablet from where he has realized it is: inside of Castiel, but leaves when he learns that Kevin has figured out the truth. Crowley confronts Kevin who refuses to reveal more than the fact that Crowley has no idea the power he could've gotten from the demon tablet. Not caring as he has the angel tablet and many deals in the works that will somehow get him power, Crowley strangles Kevin, but he is rescued by the angel Metatron who leaves Crowley's face burned. Unknown to him, Kevin took with him Crowley's half of the demon tablet. In "Clip Show," Crowley begins killing people that Sam and Dean have saved, using the Supernatural books to learn who they are in order to force Sam and Dean to surrender the tablet and give up the trials by threatening to undo all of the good they have done over the years. He also uses spells to do the job as he wants to keep his demons away from Sam and Dean in case they need one for the third trial. In "Sacrifice," Crowley goes on a date with Jody Mills and starts killing her when Sam and Dean contact him. He demands their surrender, an end to the trials and the demon tablet in exchange and they finally agree on the condition that he trade the angel tablet. Meeting at Bobby's old salvage yard, Crowley pulls out a long contract after they each show each other their tablet, but Dean demands to examine it first. Dean finds it satisfactory, but suddenly puts handcuffs on Crowley with a Devil's Trap painted on them, capturing him. Sam and Dean take Crowley to an abandoned church where Sam starts the ritual to cure him of being a demon as the third trial. After biting Sam, Crowley uses his blood to call for help and Abaddon shows up, but she wants to take over Hell herself and Crowley is helpless to stop her. Luckily, Sam manages to force Abaddon to flee and gets back to work. As time goes on, Crowley starts showing human emotion, saying he just wants to be loved and wondering how he can even begin to ask forgiveness. He willingly goes along with the cure, but before Sam can finish, Dean arrives and reveals completing the trial will kill Sam and gets him to stop. When Sam collapses, he and Dean leave Crowley, still bound by the Devil's Trap and Crowley watches as all the angels fall to Earth.
In "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," Dean has imprisoned Crowley in the Impala's trunk for safe keeping. When he's desperate to save Sam, he decides to turn to Crowley for help, asking him to knock on the trunk to say he's still alive. Crowley doesn't at first, but eventually does. However, before Dean can do any more, he's interrupted by a hostile angel. In "Devil May Care," a captive Crowley is imprisoned in the Men of Letters' bunker's basement where Sam and Dean demand the names of all the demons on Earth and lock him away in the dark when he refuses. When Kevin enters the next room, Crowley taunts him, causing Kevin to beat him with a sledgehammer. Crowley then claims that he never killed Kevin's mother and that he will lead Kevin to her if he frees him, saying also that the Winchesters are just using him. Kevin doesn't release him and when Sam and Dean return, Crowley gives them the names of two demons and offers a deal for the rest: if the Winchesters help him with what he wants, he will give them everything they want. He also tells them about Kevin and Sam goes to check on the names while Dean goes to stop Kevin from leaving. In "Slumber Party," Sam and Dean try to get more demon names out of him to no avail. He is later approached by the Wicked Witch of the West for information on the location of the Key to Oz and he tells her to look in the kitchen, later telling Sam and Dean this in exchange for being allowed to stretch his legs. After the threat is over, Sam ties him up again and leaves him a paper and crayon to give them more names. In "Heaven Can't Wait," needing help translating Elamite cuneiform, Sam and Kevin approach Crowley who agrees on the condition he be allowed to call Abaddon first. After proving he can read the writing, Crowley calls Abaddon and is outraged to learn that she is going back on all his deals and collecting the souls early, warning her that Hell won't work in such a chaotic state. After Abaddon hangs up, Crowley keeps up his end of the deal and tells Sam and Kevin that the writing says the spell is irreversible. He is later seen injecting himself with Kevin's blood for an unknown reason.
Abaddon is an incredibly powerful demon that is described as a Knight of Hell, one of the very first demons ever created. In "As Time Goes By," possessing Josie Sands, Abaddon infiltrates the Men of Letters and kills all but one of the elders named Larry Ganem who survives blinded and Henry Winchester who escapes through time with a mysterious box Abaddon is after. Abaddon follows Henry through time and overpowers him, Sam and Dean until Dean tries to kill her with Ruby's demon-killing knife. Abaddon proves to be unable to be killed by it, but it allows the three to escape. Returning to the former Men of Letters headquarters, Abaddon learns from the memory of a comic book store clerk where Sam and Dean are going next and kills her, stealing her outfit. Abaddon tracks down Larry Ganem and possesses his wife, listening to him explain that the box holds the key to the "supernatural motherload" and then kills him and his wife and takes Sam hostage to force Dean to turn over Henry and the box. In the confrontation that follows, Abaddon mortally wounds Henry, but not before he shoots a bullet engraved with a Devil's Trap into her mouth, binding her powers and binding her to Josie's body. Sam and Dean then cut her up and bury her in cement to forever entomb her. In "Clip Show," needing a demon to cure to do the third trial to close the gates of Hell, Sam and Dean sew Abaddon back together to use her, but leave her hands off so she's weaker and the bullet in. Abaddon reveals that she is the one who killed the priest who found a way to cure demons and learned from him about the Men of Letters and Josie Sands which led to her attack on them, but a phone call from Crowley interrupts them. Abaddon is amused at first as she knew Crowley as just a "salesman" and is shocked and furious to learn that he is now the King of Hell. While Sam and Dean are busy talking to him outside, Abaddon is able to control one of her cut-off hands to reach into her mouth and pull out the bullet, allowing her to escape. In "Sacrifice," when Crowley calls for help, Abaddon shows up and throws Sam around and then out a window. Abaddon is not there to save him however. She is furious that he is now the King of Hell and wants to take over herself. Before she can kill the helpless Crowley, Sam douses her in Holy Fire, causing Abaddon extreme pain and forcing her to abandon Josie's body and flee the scene.
In "Devil May Care," Abaddon has a demon loyal to her perform a ritual that restores Josie's body for her to possess once more. Abaddon gathers four demons to explain her plan to take Hell and Earth by force and exorcises one when she doesn't agree with her. Capturing two hunters, Abaddon lures the Winchesters into a trap and confronts Dean, telling him if he tells her where to find Crowley she will kill him quickly and if he doesn't, she will possess him and force him to watch her commit many atrocities. However, the angel Ezekiel reveals himself nearby to her minion demons and fearing the angel, Abaddon flees. In "Heaven Can't Wait," Crowley uses a goblet of blood to call Abaddon who reveals that she is reshaping Hell to be more chaotic and that she is going back on all of Crowley's deals and collecting all of the souls early, doubling the load of souls in Hell. Crowley warns her that this will make Hell too chaotic and that she will burn, but, amused Abaddon tells him to "bring it on" and hangs up on him.
Leviathans were first introduced as another primary "creation" of God—already including humans, angels, and demons—during the season premiere of Season 7. According to Death, the Leviathans were among God's earliest creations but were sealed in Purgatory because they were a threat to His other creations. Castiel accidentally absorbs them, along with the souls in Purgatory, during his attempted apotheosis, and the Leviathans free themselves. Once free, they organize a hierarchy with the Leviathan possessing the businessman Richard "Dick" Roman as the leader, though Crowley claims that this being has always been their leader.
The Leviathans are portrayed as virtually indestructible, voracious, and stronger than demons and low-level angels. They can shape-shift into humans, but to do so, they must use traces of their DNA. Leviathans not only replicate the corporeal form of a human, but also their memories and skills. They also have the ability to punch into an angel, killing it. Leviathans' weaknesses include magic and borax and decapitation, though none of these are lethal. One way for a Leviathan to die is for it to be eaten by a Leviathan. They can commit suicide by eating themselves. Late in season seven, the characters find a tablet containing the "Word of God" that reveals a Leviathan can be killed by using "a bone of a righteous mortal washed in the blood of the three fallen." When this happens in the season finale, the Leviathan liquefies and explodes. Killing Roman, the only Leviathan leader that there has ever been, severely weakens the Leviathans as they are now directionless. According to Crowley, they will now be regular monsters, albeit ones that are much harder to kill.
In season seven, the Leviathans, led by Roman, plan to turn humankind into a farmed, Leviathan food source. They intend to do so through chemically decreasing their intelligence via food adulterants and curing their diseases, including cancer. The Winchesters put a stop to this during the season finale, with Dean and Castiel killing Roman, which, as a side consequence, sends them to Purgatory. The remaining Leviathans are apparently slaughtered by Crowley and his demon army. By season 8 the next year, all the Leviathans influence appears to have disappeared from the Earth.
Not all Leviathans may have escaped from Purgatory through Castiel as four were seen there during Dean and Castiel's time in the realm, attacking them. Castiel indicates that there are even more and states that they are relentlessly hunting him. One of his last memories before escaping Purgatory is of Leviathans chasing him. This could also be explained by the fact that, being monsters, when they die they return to purgatory.
Dick Roman (played by James Patrick Stuart) is a billionaire businessman and the secret leader of the Leviathans, having murdered the real Richard Roman shortly after they were unknowingly released by Castiel (Misha Collins). He is shown to have a hatred of demons that exceeds even his feelings about humanity, rejecting the demon Crowley's (Mark Sheppard) offer to join forces with him and telling the current leader of Hell that he might very well wipe his kind from the Earth.
Later on, Dick visits an experimental facility run by a leviathan impersonation of one Dr. Gaines (Cameron Bancroft), disappointed by the newspaper articles stemming from the drugs used, and makes him eat himself. With his henchmen capturing Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), Dick personally attends to him and attempts to stop the Winchesters' rescue attempt, fatally wounding Bobby on their escape.
Roman is later revealed to be after something from archaeological digs and assigns a young woman named Charlie (Felicia Day) to break Frank Devereaux's (Kevin McNally) hard drive. Unknown to him, she cracks it and learns the truth about him and the rest of the Leviathans and teams up with the Winchesters to erase the drive and find out his plans. He finds Charlie working and has her check the drive for anything about himself or the Winchesters, but she doesn't find anything, and he is called away because a Leviathan has arrived with the item he was looking for. Instead, it turns out the Winchesters switched it with a Borax bomb that explodes in his face. He realizes Charlie betrayed him and orders the building locked down, then goes after Charlie. The Winchesters break in with the help of Bobby's ghost and Bobby knocks him down, allowing them to escape with Charlie. Furious with the Leviathan's failure, Roman eats him. Roman later has Edgar kidnap Kevin Tran and threatens his family to get him to translate the Word of God tablet. After Edgar fails to kill the Alpha Vampire, Roman summons Crowley into a Devil's Trap and tells him they have a lot to talk about.
Roman knows that the Winchester brothers are planning to get Crowley's blood for the Leviathan-killing weapon next, so he makes a deal with Crowley: the demons get a free rein with humans in the world, excluding America, which is the place where the Leviathans are currently targeting for its abundant food source. Crowley agrees but makes Roman go through an exceedingly long list of clauses for the deal to go through. While holding a summit with the rest of the high-ranking Leviathans, Roman has several decoys of himself arranged to prevent assassination. He also starts work on poisoning coffee creamers to kill all skinny people in the world. Despite knowing they're coming and all of his precautions, Sam and Dean manage to get into Sucrocorp and Dean and Castiel ambush him, decapitating his scientist. Dick taunts them about being unable to tell if he's really Dick Roman, but Castiel is able to due to Dick's time in his body. Dick throws Castiel across the room before Dean stabs him in the heart with the Leviathan-killing weapon, but it has no effect on Dick and he pulls out and breaks the bone in half. While taunting Dean over his failure, Dean reveals it was a trick, and, as Castiel holds Dick's head in place, Dean stabs Dick through the neck with the other half of the bone. As he dies, Dick emits energy waves and laughs before exploding into black goo. As a side effect of his death, Dean and Castiel are pulled to Purgatory with his soul.
Edgar (played by Benito Martinez) is the first Leviathan introduced in the series, taking the form of a demolitions expert and working under orders from "the Leader" - which will be later revealed to be Dick Roman - sent to lead in those feeding indiscriminately and to kill Sam, Dean and Bobby when they interfered on his plans. After observing the new system for feeding developed at Sioux Falls General, he torches Bobby's house and confronts the Winchesters, breaking Dean's leg and knocking Sam unconscious. Dean crushes him with a car from Bobby's scrapyard, but he is later revealed to have been unharmed and continues to pursue the Winchesters and Bobby.
After that, Edgar still worked underground under Dick's order, supervising Sucrocorp project. When the clay tablet that contained the Word of God was stolen by the Winchesters. Dick ordered Edgar to stop them, so he took the form of the detective Collins (played by Eric Floyd) and searched for Kevin Tran, the teenager prophet destined to keep the word. After two Angels return Kevin to his mother's house, Edgar easily kills the two. He later helps Dick force Kevin Tran to translate the Word of God for them and tries to kill the Alpha Vampire. However, Sam decapitates him while he's distracted and as a result of his betrayal, the Alpha gives Sam and Dean his blood for the weapon they are creating. Edgar is left to the Alpha with a warning to keep his head away from the rest of his body.
Dr. J. Gaines (played by Cameron Bancroft) is a Leviathan using the surgeon's form, although his original form was taken from a young girl named Annie. Under orders from Edgar, he killed the real Dr. Gaines and took his identity. Gaines is responsible setting up a system of feeding on patients at Sioux Falls General, thereby reining in the Leviathans' indiscriminate feeding. Gaines also appears to be the one responsible for conducting the experiments on Sucrocorp, modifying food to make humans docile, dumb and hungry.
Gaines is "bibbed", a form of punishment where he was forced to eat himself alive in a bib under Richard Roman's orders, since his experiments attracted the attention of the media.
Chet (played by Sean Owen Roberts) is a Leviathan stationed at a credit card company. When a flagged alias that was registered by the Winchesters was used, Chet begins to hunt the Winchesters down, tracking them to their hotel room in Prosperity, Indiana. While he easily dominated the brothers, a witch that the Winchesters helped disabled Chet and allowed them to escape. Using copious amounts of chains, the brothers took Chet to Bobby Singers to determine his weakness.
While the brothers attempted to stop a pair of Leviathan doppelgangers, Bobby attempted to find a way to kill or hurt Chet. Nothing worked, until a Borax cleaning product used by Sheriff Jody Mills upstairs dripped from the ceiling; the chemical was significantly more painful and corrosive than anything else used, which Bobby affirmed to be the most effective countermeasure to Leviathans, in tandem with decapitation as long as the head was kept away from the body. Ultimately Bobby decapitated Chet who had at that time assumed Bobby's own form to taunt him and had Sheriff Jody Mills drop his head into a river while he encased Chet's body in concrete.
Castiel refers to prophets as mouthpieces and conduits for the inspired word. Every prophet should have an Archangel "tethered to them." Any presence of danger will cause intervention from his or her Archangel, as when Raphael protects Chuck from the demon Lilith. By the time Kevin is revealed as a prophet, the archangels Gabriel and Raphael are dead, and the archangels Michael and Lucifer are trapped in the Cage. This makes it possible for Crowley to kidnap him. Castiel claims that Leah—who turns out to be the Whore of Babylon—is not a prophet because he knows every prophet's name. Later he reveals that all angels instinctively know the names of the prophets past, present, and future in the current generation. He also tells Sam and Dean that there cannot be more than one prophet at a time, so while Kevin is the prophet, Chuck is assumed dead and other living prophets are not active.
There are seven prophets other than Kevin Tran in the current generation of prophets: Luigi Ponzi, Justin Hunt, Aaron Webber, Maria, Dennis Adams, Krista, and Sven. The next generation has not been born yet. Crowley tortures Samandiriel for their names and has them kidnapped by his demons. Dennis is injured by Crowley in a fit of pique and Krista is killed too demonstrate to Kevin how expendable they are to him, but the others are rescued by Sam, Dean, and Castiel. According to Sam, they have nothing in common: they are from different places and are all different ages. They are even of different religions.
Chuck Shurley, also known by the pseudonym Carver Edlund, and portrayed by Rob Benedict, is an author of a marginalized book series Supernatural, which recounts everything the Winchester brothers have experienced during the show's run. After confronting him about his seemingly omniscient knowledge of their escapades, it is revealed by the angel Castiel that he is a Prophet of the Lord, and his works will become new gospels. He is also protected by an archangel powerful enough to force even Lilith to flee from its presence. Between the fourth season finale "Lucifer Rising" and the fifth season premiere "Sympathy for the Devil", he witnesses the death of Castiel at the hands of the archangel Raphael. Being the author of the Supernatural series, he attends the first Supernatural convention Sam and Dean were tricked into attending; when it turns out the hotel is actually haunted, he is forced to occupy the guests and the hotel staff while the Winchesters and a pair of cos-players destroys the ghosts. When the hotel manager leaves and breaks the salt line, he dissipates the ghost with an iron post, while unintentionally gaining the affections of Becky.
Periodically during "Swan Song", Chuck is narrating about the history of the Impala, his script having the same name as the episode. He informs Dean of the final battlefield between Michael and Lucifer, despite the angels wishing him not to know. At its conclusion, while ending the narration, Chuck smiles and disappears into thin air, leading some to question whether he is merely a prophet that is no longer needed or is actually God.
Kevin, portrayed by Osric Chau, is a Prophet of the Lord who is chosen to interpret the Word of God after Sam and Dean break it out of the slab of stone its trapped in. He is in advanced placement and is preparing for college when he is struck by lightning and chosen. Kevin is driven to drive his mother's car to the mental institution where Castiel is and where Sam and Dean have taken the Word. He steals the Word, but Sam and Meg catch him. Castiel reveals that Kevin is a Prophet and he's able to read the tablet which talks about the Leviathans and when it breaks, he is able to put it back together.
After two angels arrive to take him away and are driven away by Dean, they take him to Rufus' Cabin where they set him to work on translating the tablet. The angels return, but after Meg kills one to save Castiel, the others allow Kevin to finish the translation before taking him home. Kevin reunites with his mother, but they discover to their horror that the detective investigating his disappearance is the Leviathan Edgar in disguise. Edgar kills the two angels accompanying Kevin and takes him and his mother prisoner.
Dick Roman later uses Kevin's mother to force Kevin to translate the tablet for him. After the Leviathans bring in a girl named Polly, Kevin manages to escape the room he's trapped in and learns of Dick's plan to poison coffee creamers to kill all the skinny people in the world, but is captured by Dick's assistant Susan before he can escape. During Sam, Dean and Castiel's break-in of Sucrocorp, Sam finds and rescues Kevin who reveals Dick's new plan to him and insists they need to blow up Dick's laboratory.
In the lab, they find Dean and Castiel killing Dick and Kevin is shocked when Dean and Castiel disappear when Dick explodes. Kevin nervously tells Sam they have to leave because more Leviathans will be coming, but Crowley shows up and reveals he has it taken care of and kidnaps Kevin as a prize. It's later revealed that he wants Kevin in order to translate another Word of God tablet so he can learn how to open all the gates of Hell and release every demon in existence upon the world. Kevin tricks Crowley and escapes, going on the run for a year before Sam and Dean catch up to him. Kevin reveals that he has learned that it is possible to seal the gates of Hell forever and banish all demons from the Earth from the tablet and Sam and Dean decide to do so with his help.
However, Crowley catches up with them and although they escape thanks to Kevin's quick thinking, Crowley murders his girlfriend in revenge. Kevin later convinces Sam and Dean to take him to see his mom who is surrounded by demons. After they rescue her, Mrs. Tran joins them in closing the gates of Hell, but they find the tablet stolen and being sold at an auction. Kevin's mom wins the auction by bidding her soul, but Crowley possesses her and gets away with the tablet. In the struggle, Dean tries to kill Crowley even though he is possessing Kevin's mother and in doing so, loses Kevin's trust. This along with the fact that Crowley warned him that the Winchesters have a habit of using people up and disposing of them when they no longer need them, causes Kevin to flee with his mother.
He spends the next several episodes on the run from both Crowley and the Winchesters, but after his mother hires a witch to get the ingredients needed for the spell he used to kill the demons and escape, Crowley captures and tortures him to force him to translate the tablet. Sam, Dean and Castiel, who are alerted to his situation when Mrs. Tran calls them for help, arrive and rescue Kevin and get half of the tablet, but Crowley gets the other half and Kevin loses a finger, though Castiel is able to regrow it. They then call in Garth to look after the Trans and he takes them to his houseboat where Kevin works on translating the half of the tablet he has to no avail. Dean and Castiel later go to Kevin for help in preparing more demon bombs in order to rescue the angel Samandriel.
Kevin is now so focused on translating the tablet that he has somewhat let himself go and has a very disheveled appearance. He has also sent his own mother away so he can work in solitude, explaining to Dean that he can't enjoy the world he is trying to save until it is saved. Though he doesn't believe its possible to get the ingredients needed for the bomb as they are very rare, he gives them the list and Castiel is able to get them. It is shown in "Trial and Error" that Kevin lets himself go completely while he focuses on translating the tablet, believing that closing the gates of Hell will be the only only way he can go back to a normal life. Eventually, after weeks of non-stop work, he cracks the instructions and calls Sam and Dean to let them know. Kevin learns that in order to close the gates, someone must complete three trials and recite an Enochian spell after each one. Kevin has only cracked the first trial which is to kill a hellhound and bathe in its blood. Despite Sam's advice to slow down, Kevin begins taking (and its indicated overdoing) stimulants to keep awake and eventually calls Sam and Dean to inform them that he has learned that a hellhound (which is naturally invisible) can be seen through an object scorched with Holy Fire such as a pair of glasses, giving them a way to see the hellhound so they can kill it. In "Taxi Driver," Kevin is under so much stress that he is hallucinating Crowley in his head and that Crowley is mentally torturing him. Panicked, he calls Sam and Dean and hides, but has also deciphered the second trial: Sam must rescue an innocent soul from Hell and release it into Heaven. After Sam leaves to rescue Bobby Singer's soul from Hell, Dean stays with Kevin, trying to calm him down. Kevin is so freaked out he hides in a closet and later hides his half of the tablet somewhere, believing it will take the pressure off of him. After Dean leaves, Kevin demon-proofs Garth's houseboat even more, but Crowley shows up and reveals he killed Kevin's mother and got his location from her smartphone. When Sam and Dean return they find the boat deserted. In "The Great Escapist," Kevin is trapped in an illusion of Garth's houseboat and is tricked into translating Crowley's half of the demon tablet by demons pretending to be Sam and Dean. At the same time, a prerecorded message Kevin prepared is sent to Sam and Dean with his notes on the tablet. While Sam and Dean aren't able to figure out the trial from them, they eventually lead them to Metatron, the angelic scribe who wrote the Word of God. Eventually Kevin realizes the truth as the demons are too polite and sends them into a trap. Crowley confronts him and Kevin refuses to reveal more than the fact that Crowley has no idea the power he could've gotten from his half of the demon tablet and that he won't break. Not caring as he has the angel tablet, Crowley strangles Kevin who is rescued by Metatron. Metatron takes Kevin back to the hotel where he lives and heals him and Kevin reveals that he has Crowley's half of the demon tablet with him. With that half of the tablet, Kevin has learned the third trial: cure a demon. Kevin is left confused as to who Metatron is when Metatron reveals knowledge of the third trial as well. After Sam and Dean pretend to make a deal with Crowley to stop him killing people they've saved, Kevin digs up the first half of the demon tablet and reunites the two halves, giving the tablet to Sam and Dean who send him to the Men of Letters bunker for safety. When Dean and Castiel need to know the third trial to close the gates of Heaven, they take the angel tablet to Kevin who is distraught as he believed that it would be over once he was done with the demon tablet, causing an angry Castiel to yell at him that he is a Prophet until he dies. After completing the second trial, Dean calls Kevin who tells him that while he has found trials on the angel tablet, he doesn't see anything that matches what they have done. When Naomi shows up to tell Dean and Castiel that Metatron is really trying to expel all angels from Heaven, Kevin listens, but is unable to confirm what she has said. He later tries to leave the bunker, but stops when alarms start going off, signaling the fall of all angels to Earth.
After the angels fall, Kevin is left trapped in the bunker as it locks down and he panics, nearly shooting Dean with a crossbow when he arrives. Kevin is not happy to see that the Winchesters have Crowley captive and have not killed him and is put to work trying to find a way to reverse Metatron's spell using the angel tablet. When Dean calls Kevin to get him to confirm their cover at a military base, Kevin is able to succeed by hacking into the person he is talking to's computer and blackmailing them. He later gets a call from Abaddon and passes on her message to Sam and Dean and at their request, looks through the archives for a way to kill a Knight of Hell. Crowley, who is in a dungeon in the next room, taunts Kevin, causing Kevin to beat him with a sledgehammer. Crowley then claims that he never killed Kevin's mother and will lead Kevin to her if he releases him and that the Winchesters are just using him. While Kevin doesn't release Crowley, he decides to leave and look for his mother but is stopped by Dean who convinces him that his mother is as good as dead even if she is still alive and that the Winchesters consider him family and would die to protect him if need be. In the episode 9x09 "Holy Terror" Kevin Tran is killed by the angel, Gadreel.
Victor Henricksen, played by Charles Malik Whitfield, is an FBI agent who had been after the Winchesters since the bank 'robbery' in "Nightshifter". He believes the Winchesters are serial killers responsible for the deaths they have tried to prevent in various towns. He continues to pursue them when, in "Jus in Bello", he finally captures them and holds them in a small town jail, waiting for the FBI to send a helicopter to transport them to a prison. But, the whole small town is possessed by demons and they crash the helicopter. Finally believing in the supernatural, Henricksen agrees to the Winchesters help him, the deputy and a jail worker keep the demons outside. Dean then comes up with a plan. They let all of the demons inside the jail and keep them there. They then play a recorded exorcism of Sam over the intercoms and all the demons are sent back to Hell. Henricksen decides to let the Winchesters go, telling them he will tell the FBI they were in the helicopter when it crashed. After the brothers leave, a little girl comes into the jail, looking for Sam and Dean. After she is told they are not here and is asked her name, she responds "Lilith". Lilith, as it is later learned, tortures everyone in the jail, later blowing it up. Henricksen makes another appearance in season four's "Are You There, God? It's Me...Dean Winchester". Lilith is breaking the 66 Seals to free Lucifer, and one of them is the Rising of the Witnesses. Sam, Dean, and Bobby meet the ghosts of people they could not save, including Henricksen, who tells them what happened after they left the jail at the end of "Jus in Bello". The ghosts terrorize the trio until they are put to rest.
Meg Masters, portrayed by Nicki Aycox, was born in Andover, Massachusetts, and she attended a local college. Walking alone one night, she was taken over by a demon. After it is exorcised from her, the true Meg reveals before she dies the demon had possessed her for a year and she was awake through some of it, referring to it as a nightmare. She then feels all of the pain her body went through when the demon was possessing her, including the broken bones from her seven story fall and the gunshot wound to her abdomen. She thanks them for freeing her, even though it has cost her her life. Slowly dying, she reveals to Sam and Dean where their father is in a cryptic message. Her last word is "sunrise", directing the brothers to the Sunrise apartments, where their father is held captive by demons.
The ghost of the real Meg appears in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester" as one of the Witnesses raised by Lilith's spell to attack the hunters who failed to save them. She reveals to Dean she had a younger sister who killed herself having believed she caused her big sister's disappearance and that the way her spirit dresses is how she really looks before the demon changed her looks to suit itself. She denounces Sam for working with Ruby, a demon who possesses helpless victims just like Meg herself (Although it is later revealed that Ruby's current host, in order to prove herself to Sam, is a brain-dead coma patient whose soul had already passed on). The ghost is enraged the brothers did not figure out sooner she was a host and exorcise the demon before her body had sustained lethal damage. Her soul is eventually put to rest along with those of the other Witnesses.
The demon that possessed her, who appears several times later, is always referred to by the Winchester brothers by the name "Meg" and seems to have adopted that name for herself. While taking a job at a mental hospital in season seven's "The Born-Again Identity," the Meg demon gives her name as Meg Masters despite using a different "meatsuit" at the time.
Portrayed by Elizabeth Marleau and Carrie Ann Fleming. Karen was married to Bobby Singer. He describes her as "the love of his life." Bobby killed her when she was possessed by a demon- unaware of what was causing her to attack him and therefore unable to restrain and exorcise her- and this event propelled him into life as a hunter. Karen was revived by Death during the apocalypse as a way to hurt Bobby, as she eventually turned savage and the hunter was forced to kill his wife a second time. Karen featured predominately in Bobby's subconscious during the coma before his death.
Ronald Reznick, portrayed by Chris Gauthier, is a bank employee who witnessed a robbery committed by a co-worker in "Nightshifter". Ronald is convinced however that it was not the real co-worker who committed the crime. Ronald researches a string of related robberies, and concludes that they are committed by Mandroids. Sam and Dean, in the guise of FBI agents, take Ronald's research, and Sam tries to convince him that nothing 'unnatural' is happening, respecting his research skills but recognizing that he lacks any kind of training to cope with what they are up against. Ronald works out where the next robbery will take place, as do Sam and Dean. Ronald takes everyone in the bank hostage, and then works with the boys to uncover the shapeshifter. Ronald is killed by a SWAT sniper during the subsequent police attempt to capture the Winchesters and the robber. Lilith casts a spell that breaks a seal that holds Lucifer captive and releases the Witnesses - ghosts who died as a result of the supernatural, and return and kill those who let them die in "Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester". Ronald returns and confronts Dean about their role in his death. He is vanquished when Bobby completes his spell.
Pamela Barnes, portrayed by Traci Dinwiddie, is a friend of Bobby Singer. A skilled psychic, she is bold and aggressive. Bobby calls upon her assistance in discovering what pulled Dean Winchester out of Hell. She holds a seance and discovers it is a being named Castiel. In attempting to get a glimpse of Castiel, her eyes are burnt out and she becomes permanently blind. However, her psychic abilities appear to enable her to perceive her surroundings. The Winchesters again seek her assistance in finding out why Anna Milton is able to hear angels speak. She expresses an interest in "dicking over" angels because one caused the loss of her sight. She places Anna under hypnosis, which restores to Anna her memories of being an angel. She is called upon one more time by the Winchesters, to help them perform astral projections of themselves. While doing so, she is mortally wounded by a demon, but as her dying act, whispers a warning to Sam to stop using the demonic forces within him. In "Dark Side of the Moon", the Winchester brothers encounter Pamela in Heaven, who is happy residing in her own private paradise.
Jessica Lee Moore, portrayed by Adrianne Palicki, is Sam's girlfriend for two years as of the start of the series. Despite this, she is unaware of his family's strange occupation. Sam planned to ask her to marry him, but she is killed by a demon on Azazel's orders; it was revealed the demon that killed her was the friend who introduced her to Sam, in order to break Sam from his increasingly normal life. Her death then prompts Sam to join Dean on his quest to find their missing father and avenge her. In the days preceding her murder, Sam had received premonitions about it, which he ignored, believing them to be random nightmares. Afterwards, he feels much guilt he did nothing to prevent her murder. Her death is avenged when Sam kills Brady, the demon that killed her.
Adam Milligan, portrayed by Jake Abel, is a boy in his late teens and John Winchester's youngest son. In contrast to Dean and Sam, who were raised as hunters, John spent time with Adam mainly to do the normal things that hunting didn't allow him to do with Dean and Sam, such as taking him to a baseball game or buying Adam his first beer when he was fifteen. Dean and Sam were never aware they had a half-brother until Adam called them. He needed their help since his mother went missing, and so the three brothers met for the first time. After telling Adam the truth about who they were, they taught him a few things about the life of a hunter. Sam realizes too late Adam is not Adam, but actually a ghoul who eats his victims and then takes on their form. Dean finds Adam's remains in a tomb, and after defeating the ghoul, they burn his body, a traditional way of destroying a hunter's body, as Dean felt like Adam died like a hunter.
Almost a year later, Castiel witnesses the resurrection of Adam, who was brought back by Zachariah as part of Plan B; Dean refused to say yes to becoming Michael's vessel, so they took the next best thing, Adam. Although Dean and Sam try to gain Adam's trust and Castiel shields him from the other angels, Adam manages to tell Zachariah his whereabouts and he's taken away. He then discovers he was part of a trap to lure Dean to the angels so he would say yes. After Zachariah tortures Adam and Sam, Dean finally says yes and Michael is summoned by Zachariah. Dean kills Zachariah and escapes with Sam, but Adam disappears, fate unknown. Castiel later reveals Adam has been taken by Michael as his vessel. Adam returns in "Swan Song", now as Michael's vessel, to fight Lucifer. Dean, Bobby and Castiel soon interrupt Michael and Lucifer, throwing a molotov cocktail filled with holy fire at Michael, incinerating him and sending him away for the moment. When he returns to the battlefield, Sam takes back control of his body and opens the portal to Lucifer's prison, dragging Michael along as he falls in.
Dean chooses to rescue Sam rather than his half brother when Death only agrees to retrieve one of their souls from Lucifer's Cage. This means that all three brothers have been to hell, but only Adam remains there.
Lisa Braeden, portrayed by Cindy Sampson, is a woman Dean spent a weekend with circa 1999. In the third season, Dean decides to revisit Lisa while he is investigating some suspicious deaths that took place nearby. He discovers she has an eight-year-old son named Ben, who shares Dean's cocky attitude and love of classic rock. Dean becomes suspicious Ben might be his child, though he is later assured by Lisa he is not. After Ben is kidnapped by a changeling who committed the murders, Lisa becomes aware of Sam and Dean's work. After Sam and Dean rescue Ben, Lisa indicates she'd like Dean to stay for a while, but he regretfully declines. In season five Dean goes to Lisa and tells her, when he is preparing to become Michael's vessel, whenever he pictures himself in a normal happy life, it's with Lisa and Ben. He warns her there will be danger coming but he will make sure she and Ben are protected. Lisa urges him to reconsider doing whatever he's planning on doing, and urges him to stay and have a beer. However, Dean refuses and leaves.
After Sam and Dean decide to go and confront Lucifer, Sam tells Dean he cannot try to save him, and he should go and live a normal life with Lisa. After Sam is locked in Lucifer's cage he keeps his promise to Sam arriving at Lisa's house. Sensing something has happened, Lisa comforts Dean as he breaks down in her arms. In the closing moments of the episode, Dean is having dinner with Lisa and Ben as Sam watches from outside. In the sixth season, she is shown living with Dean and takes Ben to stay with Bobby when Dean must go hunting again. After the local threat had passed, Dean moved them again, but had to return once Sam needed help with a string of shapeshifter attacks. Lisa admits that she knows he can no longer be always there for them, and lets him go, as long as he could return now and then to see them. This does not last; when Dean was turned to a vampire, believing he was to be killed, he went to see Lisa and Ben, but could not control his vampiric hunger and fled, but not before striking Ben. Lisa was furious and took off with Ben. Later, she called him while he was under the influence of Veritas, she was forced to admit that she was jealous of Sam because he had returned and she wanted to be the most important person in Dean's life. She is next seen in "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning", after Ben tricks Dean into returning. However, they fail to reconcile their differences. Crowley kidnaps Lisa and Ben in an attempt to force Dean to stand down in his pursuit of the demon and Castiel. Lisa is possessed by a demon and fatally wounded during the rescue attempt by Sam and Dean. Castiel heals Lisa, and at Dean's request, wipes her and Ben's memories of Dean.
Ben Braeden is the son of Lisa Braeden, a woman Dean once spent a weekend with in August 1999, portrayed by Nicholas Elia. Lisa and Ben live in Cicero, Indiana. Though Dean suspects he is Ben's biological father, Lisa confirms that this is not so.
Dean drops in to visit Lisa in "The Kids Are Alright", while investigating a case. This is also Ben's 8th birthday. Dean meets Ben and is struck by his familiar rock-music loving, girl ogling ways, but Lisa assures Dean that he is not Ben's father. Later Dean helps Ben out in an encounter with some bullies. Although his advice, to "kick the kid in the nuts," does not get Lisa's approval, Ben hugs Dean in thanks. Later Ben is one of the children taken by a mother Changeling, and one of her offspring imitates Ben and starts feeding on Lisa. Dean and Sam rescue all the children and kill the head Changeling, destroying the imitation Ben. Dean is impressed by Ben's cool headed behavior during the rescue, having put Ben in charge of helping the other children out a window.
When Dean returns to Lisa after the showdown in Stull Cemetery, in "Swan Song", Ben is seen at the dinner table.
Dean lives with Lisa and Ben for a year, but after an attack he insists they move and is conflicted by his desire to remain with his new family, his desire to hunt and the fear that he is raising Ben as his father raised him. Eventually, Lisa lets him go in "Two and a Half Men". Dean talks to Ben on the phone in "The Third Man". After believing he is about to die after having been turned into a vampire in "Live Free or Twi-Hard", Dean returns to say goodbye. However, he struggles to control his vampiric urges and shoves Ben and flees. Ben tricks Dean into returning once more in "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning"; however, he fails to reconcile with Lisa and Dean explains to Ben that he fears that if he stayed around, Ben would end up like him. Ben is still upset and accuses Dean of abandoning his family. Ben and Lisa are kidnapped by the demon Crowley, in "Let It Bleed", in an attempt to force Dean to stand down. After they are rescued, Dean asks Castiel to wipe his and his mother's memories of him.
Edd Zeddmore and Harry Spangler, portrayed by A.J. Buckley and Travis Wester, are self-proclaimed 'professional' paranormal investigators. They are originally known as the Hell Hounds and run a website called HellHoundsLair.com. They later adopt the name Ghostfacers, as part of the pilot for their reality television show. The Winchesters first encounter them in "Hell House", and use the duo and their website to help them defeat the monster of the week. At the end of the episode Sam pulls a prank on them by posing as a Hollywood producer on the phone. When they next encounter the brothers it is when the team of Ghostfacers attempt to catch paranormal footage in a haunted house the Winchesters are investigating in the episode "Ghostfacers". Their footage is destroyed by Sam and Dean. When Zachariah robs the brothers of their memories in "Its a Terrible Life", they refer to an instructional video on the Ghostfacers website. They have something of an antagonistic relationship with Sam and Dean and ironically believe the brothers to be amateur investigators. Ed, Harry and the rest of the team also star in the Ghostfacers web series, a spoof advertisement which is seen in "Hammer of the Gods".
Jody, portrayed by Kim Rhodes, is the sheriff in Bobby's hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She originally had quite a hostile relationship with "town drunk" Bobby. However, when the town's deceased, including the sheriff's son and Bobby's wife, rise in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", this changes her perspective on him. She attempts to prevent Sam and Dean from investigating, but when her son kills her husband she works with Sam to kill the remaining zombies. In "Weekend at Bobby's", Jody shows up with an FBI agent looking for Rufus Turner. She attempts to distract the agent and later in the episode extradites Rufus so he can escape custody and assist Bobby in retrieving his soul. Jody is recovering from an appendectomy in Sioux Falls General, in "Hello, Cruel World" when the Leviathans take control. She informs Bobby and he rescues her. Jody accidentally and unintentionally aids Bobby into discovering the one thing (Sodium Borax) that brings severe harm to the Leviathans in "Slash Fiction". She also starts developing an attraction towards Bobby. She later contacts the Winchesters in "Time After Time" to warn them about supernatural killings she's gotten wind of and teams up with Sam to bring Dean back to the present. She is referred to in "There Will Be Blood" when Sam and Dean give her number to a girl named Emily who was kidnapped by vampires twelve years before, telling her to call Jody if they don't come back and that Jody would take care of her. In "Sacrifice," Jody goes on a date with what she thinks is a man named Roderick, but is actually Crowley. He reminds her of her dead son and husband and she starts crying and goes into the bathroom to calm down. Crowley casts a spell to make her start choking on her own blood and uses her fast running out time to force Sam and Dean to agree to a deal: stop the trials and exchange the demon tablet for the angel tablet. Once they agree and surrender, Crowley lets Jody live. Jody returns in "Rock and a Hard Place" where she calls Sam and Dean about a bunch of mysterious disappearances of virgins in Hartford, South Dakota. She works the case with Sam and figures out that they are dealing with Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth. Jody helps Sam figure out where the kidnapped Dean is and when they need the blood of a virgin to kill Vesta, Jody punches one in the nose to get the blood when she refuses to help. During the confrontation with Vesta, Jody uses her knowledge of the goddess' true nature to catch her off guard and tries to kill her while she is distracted. Jody fails and is non-fatally wounded thanks to Sam, but kills Vesta from behind while she is distracted talking to Sam. Sam and Jody rescue Dean and the other surviving victims and Jody, who has her arm in a sling from her injury, thanks Sam and Dean before leaving.
Becky, portrayed by Emily Perkins is a fan of the "Supernatural" series of books. Her online name is samlicker81, and she is the webmistress of morethanbrothers.net. She writes Wincest fanfiction. Carver Edlund aka Chuck Shirley contacts her to get a message to Sam and Dean in "Sympathy for the Devil". It is obvious from her reaction to the boys that she is a Sam Girl, and fixates upon him much to his dismay.
Becky Rosen "borrows" Chuck Shurley's phone, pretending to be him, and texts Sam & Dean saying he's in a life or death situation in "The Real Ghostbusters". Sam and Dean rush over after driving all night only to find out that Becky has invited them to a Supernatural Convention for Chuck's books. When real ghosts start attacking people, Chuck has to step up and help keep everyone safe while Sam and Dean and two Supernatural fanboys, Demian and Barnes, fight the ghosts. His bravery impresses Becky who immediately abandons her pursuit of Sam for a relationship with Chuck. She also tells Sam that in the book which covers the events of "Time Is on My Side", Bela gave the Colt not to Lilith but to her right hand demon, and possibly lover, Crowley.
In "Time for a Wedding!" a Crossroads Demon gives her a love potion to make Sam marry her, then betrays the demon when (as Sam warned her) he asks for her soul in exchange for making the effect permanent. According to her, Chuck broke up with her, which is presumably her reason for fixating on Sam again. During the battle at the end, she helps trap the demon, but his minion breaks him free. As the demon and his minion Jackson are about to kill the hunters, Becky retrieves Ruby's Knife and kills Jackson with it, allowing the Winchesters to overpower the Crossroads Demon whose deals are revoked by Crowley who is bemused when she recognizes him. Later, she and Sam get an annulment.
In "Slumber Party," its revealed by Charlie Bradbury that Becky posted all of Chuck's unpublished manuscripts to the Internet. When asked if they know her, Sam quickly denies it.
Frank Devereaux, portrayed by Kevin R. McNally, is an expert in counterfeit documents and in avoiding government intelligence. He was first introduced in the sixth episode of the seventh season, "Slash Fiction". It's revealed in the eleventh episode, "Adventures In Babysitting", that when he was 26, his wife and two children were killed. Sometime after that, he met Bobby Singer, who once saved his life in Port Huron. Frank lives in a run-down, electronics filled house on a little traveled street. He describes himself as 'bi-polar with delusional ideation'.
Bobby sent the Winchester to see Frank when two Leviathans begun a series of killings throughout the country, masquerading as the brothers. When Sam and Dean entered Frank's house, and he was waiting in the dark with a shotgun. He was prepared to shoot them, but because he owes Bobby he agrees to help them. At first, Frank believes that Leviathan Sam and Leviathan Dean are clones created by the government. Frank advises that the boys go into hiding, maybe even move to Cuba, but Dean says they need to go "further off the grid, but keep us on the board" so they can hunt down the Leviathans. He tells them that they need to keep a lower profile, avoid security cameras, and to get rid of their rockstar aliases, which are too easy to track. He smashes Sam's laptop, gives him a new one, and demands $5000 for it. He then takes their pictures for new IDs as Tom and John Smith and gives them a map of the towns their Leviathan doppelgangers have hit so far.
In "Adventures in Babysitting", Dean gives to Frank the numbers "45489" which Bobby wrote on Sam's hand before he died, and also asked him to research Dick Roman. Having not heard from him over a month, Dean returns to Frank's house to find it deserted. Frank suddenly appears, confronts Dean, and they both have to shed some blood to prove to the other they are not a Leviathan. Frank states that he has moved all his equipment into an R.V., feeling he was being watched after he started investigating Dick Roman. At that time, Frank seemed too much paranoid with Leviathans, even thinking that Gwyneth Paltrow is one of them. He tells Dean he has found nothing on Bobby's numbers, but when he tried combinations with adding a sixth number, he discovered that they were coordinates to a field in Wisconsin, owned by Dick Roman. Frank and Dean travel to the area and disguise themselves as phone company workers. They discover surveillance covering the area and retreat to Frank's RV to monitor it. They discover Amanda Willer, an employee of Dick Roman, surveying the site for construction. As they begun to spy the camp field, Frank challenges Dean about how he is dealing with himself on the whole situation, even telling Dean his dark past.
In the next episodes, Dean talks with Frank off-screen. In "Out with the Old", Frank talks with Dean by phone from his camper, updating Dean on the Leviathan activity worldwide. He has no record of their activity in Portland, Oregon, where Sam and Dean are currently working, but Leviathans are there all the same. Frank discovers this when Dean asks him to investigates a company behind an odd Realtor; and the company links back to Dick Roman. Sam and Dean set out to meet Frank at the end of the episode, but instead find his RV, filled with smashed electronics and blood. In "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo", it's revealed that Dick Roman took Frank's hard drive, which he gives to the IT expert Charlie to hack it. When Charlie tries to hack it, the defense system uses Frank's voice. After finally hacking it, an automatic e-mail sent to the brothers which states that if they are receiving it, it means that Frank is dead or worse. Frank has a GPS tracker on the drive and it hacks into Charlie's webcam so they know who's hacking it. While Charlie is successful, she finds out the truth about Dick Roman and the Leviathans from his files and later teams up with the Winchesters to erase the drive. Frank's final fate is still unknown, but is he is presumably dead given all the blood and that Dick Roman had his hard drive.
Linda is the Prophet Kevin's mother and is first heard when she calls him about a test he has to take. When Kevin disappears, Linda grows frantic and calls the police and is relieved when two angels return him to her. However, the detective she called in to help turns out to be the Leviathan Edgar and he kills the angels and captures her and her son. Linda is used as a hostage to force Kevin into translating the Word of God tablet for Dick Roman, but she is let go with a warning not to talk afterwards. A year later she still hasn't heard from Kevin and is unknown to her, surrounded by demons, keeping an eye on her and protecting her. At Kevin's insistence, the Winchesters rescue her and she joins them in their quest to close the gates of Hell forever. Linda proves to be strong-willed, withstanding getting an anti-possession tattoo easily while comforting Kevin (and also indicating to her son's surprise that its not her first tattoo) and later using her knowledge of tax law to intimidate a pawn shop owner into telling them what they need to know when nothing else works. At the auction, when all else fails, she bids her own soul to save Kevin, though she is warned that she will survive though she will wish she didn't. She refuses the offer of angelic protection for Kevin from Samandriel and is captured by Beau and Crowley who burn off her tattoo and Crowley possesses her to get the tablet. In the struggle that follows, Dean tries to kill her to kill Crowley and he flees her body, getting the tablet. Linda survives, but is left catatonic by the experience, though Sam and Dean believe she will recover due to her strong-willed nature. However, the incident shatters Kevin's faith in the Winchesters and he goes on the run with her. Some time later, Linda has recovered from her catatonia and looks for a way to strike back against Crowley by hiring a witch off of Craigslist to get the ingredients needed for the demon bomb. The witch brings enough ingredients for one bomb instead of all that Linda specified and betrays them to Crowley. Crowley leaves a demon behind to kill Linda as he leaves with Kevin, but Linda overpowers and captures the demon instead and calls Sam and Dean for help to rescue Kevin. She brings them the ingredients, Kevin's notes on how to build the bomb and the demon allowing them to locate Kevin and launch a rescue mission. While Linda wants to help, Sam handcuffs her to her steering wheel to keep her out of the way and out of danger. Kevin is rescued and Sam chides her for calling upon a witch for help. He and Dean call upon Garth to look after Linda and Kevin and he takes them to a houseboat he uses as a safe house. Kevin, wanting to work in solitude to translate the half of the tablet that Castiel retrieved, later sends Linda elsewhere, explaining to Dean that he can't enjoy the world he is trying to save until its saved. In "Trial and Error", Kevin reveals that while he sent Linda away, he still does talk to her on the phone, but all she does is cry. In "Taxi Driver", Crowley finds Kevin, claiming that he captured Linda and tortured her for Kevin's location. Crowley states that Linda did not break, so he killed her and got the location off of her smartphone. Later, in "Devil May Care," Crowley claims that he did not actually kill Linda and that she wishes that she was dead and promises to take Kevin to her if he releases him. Unsure whether to believe Crowley or not, Kevin doesn't free him, but decides to look for himself before being stopped by Dean who tells him that even if Linda is still alive, she is as good as dead.
Henry Winchester, portrayed by Gil McKinney, is John Winchester's father. He is a Man of Letters lived in Normal, Illinois, in year 1958. As far as Sam and Dean know, Henry ran from their father since he was still a boy, leave him with difficult childhood. In "As Time Goes By", he was preparing for final initiation into Men of Letters but interrupted after Abaddon, possessing Josie Sands, infiltrates the Men of Letters and kills all but one of the elders named Larry Ganem who survives blinded and Henry who escapes with a mysterious box Abaddon is after. Henry, after fleeing the scene, locks himself in a room and casts a spell that send him through time to Sam and Dean in their motel room, in 2013, though his intention was to go to John Winchester. Abaddon follows Henry through time portal and, since Henry seemingly doesn't know how to close the portal, mocks him that spells is never his best subject. Henry, with Winchester brothers, flee from the motel after Dean stab Abaddon and find out that Ruby's knife doesn't work on her. Henry tells Dean that only demon killing knife of the Kurd can kill demons and surprised when Dean shows him Ruby's knife which is one. At first, Henry is frustrated when he knows that his son and grandsons are hunters, viewed as ignorant and violent by Men of Letters, because John was supposed to be Man of Letters and teach Sam and Dean, legacies, Way of Letters. Henry anticipates that he might not make it back to 1958. Before he dies at the end of episode, he admits that he would be proud of a man John has become and accepts Sam and Dean as hunters and tell them that they, after all, are Winchesters and there is always hope as long as they are alive. He also entrusts the mysterious box containing the key to Men of Letters' bunker to Winchester brothers.
Tessa is the disguise of a reaper who guides the deceased to the afterlife. She is portrayed by Lindsey McKeon.
Following the car accident in the first season finale, Dean is critically wounded and his soul leaves his body. Dean attempts to save other souls and defends himself from a reaper. The reaper then returns in the form of Tessa, posing as a coma patient. Tessa attempts to convince Dean to move on but, as he considers this, Azazel intervenes as part of his deal with John Winchester and possesses Tessa to restore Dean to life. Dean remembers none of it.
The Winchesters encounter Tessa in the season four episode "Death Takes a Holiday", when a reaper is kidnapped and people in a small town stop dying. Tessa arrives to continue the work (restoring Dean's memories of her with a kiss) and assists the brothers in their investigation until she is kidnapped by Alastair, as part of a ritual to break a seal. She agrees not to reap any souls until its over and is captured by Alastair. Dean and Sam end up trapped in spirit form, but manage to use their ghostly abilities to break the trap holding her and she frees them. Castiel captures Alastair before he can try again. She later approaches Dean to help her get a young boy named Cole to move on, which he does before she warns him that bad things are coming.
In "Appointment in Samarra", Dean summons Tessa during an out of body experience and asks her to call Death. Although she refuses, Death arrives on his own accord. Subsequently, Tessa guides Dean in his role as Death for 24 hours as part of a wager made with the Horseman in order to retrieve Sam's soul.
Death, portrayed by Julian Richings, is also known as The Grimm Reaper or the Pale Horseman; however, unlike his fellows he is not a demon nor an angel, but a more powerful kind of being, bound by Lucifer as part of the Apocalypse. Death states that he is "as old as God, maybe older". In Abandon All Hope, Lucifer performs a bloody ritual and Death is seen rising.
Death arrives in Bobby's hometown Sioux Falls, in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, and raises many deceased locals as undead (including Bobby's wife). Although the revived at first appear normal they soon revert to a feral state and must be killed. The events are revealed to have been an attempt to break Bobby, one of the few remaining elements keeping Sam from agreeing to be Lucifer's vessel.
In The Devil You Know, Bobby temporarily sells his soul to the demon Crowley in order to locate Death.
Death arrives in Chicago to start a large storm which will result in the death of 3 million in Two Minutes to Midnight. In a lengthy conversation with Dean he reveals to only be working for Lucifer due to being bound by Lucifer's spell which he wishes to break. He presents Dean with his ring, allowing the Winchesters to open Lucifer's Cage and re-imprison Lucifer.
The Horseman appeared again in Appointment in Samarra, when Dean attempts to convince him to retrieve Sam's soul from Lucifer's Cage. Death agrees to do so if Dean will act as Death for 24 hours. Although Dean fails the Horseman restores Sam's soul regardless as he feels the Winchesters are "useful". He also puts up a wall between Sam and his debilitating memories of his time in Lucifer's cage.
In season seven, when Castiel proclaims himself God, the Winchesters bind Death as part of a plan to stop him. Death takes an instant dislike to Castiel. He informs the angel that he is not God and that he is harboring something else within him, the Leviathans, and that they will soon break free. Castiel removes the Winchesters' bind and leaves. Death, of his own free will, creates another eclipse, giving Castiel a chance to return the souls to Purgatory before they destroy his vessel. Castiel succeeds in sending the souls back, but the Leviathans manage to hold on and escape into the world.
In "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," when Sam is dying, Death comes to reap him personally. He tells Sam he considers it an honor and that while he usually doesn't pass judgment, "well played my boy." Death agrees to make it so that Sam dies permanently if that's what he wants when he dies this time. However, they are interrupted by Ezekiel in the form of Dean and Death lets them talk, saying that its Sam's choice if he lives or dies. Sam ultimately chooses to live and is possessed by Ezekiel to heal the damage done to him by the Trials.
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The Reapers in Supernatural are numerous, in contrast with the lone Grim Reaper of mythology, answering only to Death. They are seen in various episodes throughout the series, coming to fetch the soul of a person when they are nearing their death. Rogue Reapers take souls and mortals in and out of Hell and Heaven for a price. One, named Ajay, aids Sam in getting into Hell through Purgatory, but is killed by Crowley with an angel sword before he can retrieve him. More rogue Reapers are hired by the angel Bartholomew to hunt Castiel after he successfully wards himself from angelic detection. One follows Sam and Dean but is captured by them. After telling them what he knows after being tortured for information, Dean kills him with an angel sword. Another one possesses a woman named April to get close to Castiel, having sex with him then torturing him with his own angel sword. However, Sam and Dean arrive after finding her thanks to Ezekiel. The Reaper kills Castiel and then flings Sam and Dean around, but is killed by Dean with an angel sword while she is distracted with Sam.
War, portrayed by Titus Welliver, is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, along with Famine, Pestilence and Death. He wears a pure gold ring, which is unique among the three rings belonging to his brothers as it lacks a gemstone. Upon Lucifer's arrival on Earth, War manifests and mimics the physical appearance of a man named Roger. War then begins his role in the apocalypse, spreading chaos and conflict. This is seen in the episode "Good God, Y'All", when the Horseman destroys the town of River Pass in Colorado by turning the residents against each other by faking demonic presence. He is eventually defeated and his ring stolen by the Winchesters, with assistance from Ellen, Jo and Rufus, when they cut off his finger. The demon Brady later reveals that War survived the encounter, but is now in a catatonic state.
Famine is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, along with War, Pestilence and Death, portrayed by James Otis. He wears a silver ring. Famine has been weakened by advances in agriculture, and is wheelchair bound. Lucifer, therefore, has sent demons to serve his needs and strengthen him. Famine is insatiable, as he embodies hunger. He can consume both human souls and demons to nourish himself. Once Famine's strength is replenished, he will then be able to march across the lands with authority, as described by Castiel. Famine can amplify his victim’s inner urges, cravings and desires, making them ravenous. Famine can also perceive a person's soul and the wants it harbors by placing one hand on his or her chest. Sam, Dean and Castiel encounter Famine in "My Bloody Valentine". Although Castiel and Sam succumb to Famine's powers- Castiel devouring burgers based on his vessel's hunger for red meat while Sam succumbs to his old addiction to demon blood-, Dean is unaffected because he is "dead inside". Sam eventually defeats Famine by using his restored powers to attack the demons whose essences Famine had just consumed, allowing the Winchesters to take his ring. Brady later reveals that although Famine survived the encounter, he is severely weakened and the return of his ring would not help his condition.
Pestilence, portrayed by Matt Frewer, is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, along with War, Famine and Death. He equates to the Green Horsemen, and wears an emerald-embedded ring. He can create and manipulate infestations, plagues, diseases and other sicknesses. Upon Lucifer's rise, Pestilence spreads Swine Flu on Earth. It is later revealed that the flu was spread in order to distribute the Croatoan Virus in the form of a 'vaccine'. Dean witnesses the effects of this when transported to the future by Zachariah- approximately 90% of the planet's population is infected. When the Winchesters track Pestilence, he is revealed to be vengeful for the defeat of War and Famine. Castiel defeats the Horseman by removing his ring and, with assistance from Crowley, the spread of the Croatoan Virus is prevented. The eventual fate of Pestilence is unknown, but it can be assumed that he survived his defeat, albeit much weakened.
Eve, portrayed by Julia Maxwell, is also known as the "Mother of All". Eve was last on Earth 10,000 years ago. She is the original propagator of the majority of supernatural beings. She has been trapped in Purgatory, where the souls of the supernatural go. Eve is released from Purgatory in "Like a Virgin" by a sacrificial ritual.
In "...And Then There Were None", Eve creates a being - referred to colloquially as the Khan Worm - that can enter a person's body through the ear and control their actions. She plants it inside a trucker, who goes on to kill his family. It then passes to one of his co-workers who kills 12 people. While investigating the murders, it infects Dean who kills his cousin Gwen, and then infects Samuel, and finally Bobby who kills Rufus while possessed. While possessing Bobby, it tells Dean and Sam that it was created by Eve, who intends for supernatural beings to take over the world.
After acquiring the ashes of a Phoenix, said to be lethal to Eve, Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel take the fight to her in "Mommy Dearest". Eve reveals that her actions are purely a response to Crowley, still alive, and his capture and torture of her children. She speculates that he is after the souls in Purgatory, and claims that she was satisfied with the natural order of humans and monsters coexisting (with occasional bloodshed on both sides) until Crowley forced her hand. Eve dies after biting Dean, who had Phoenix ash in his blood, to which Crowley takes her body for autopsy.
In "There Will Be Blood!," when the Leviathan Edgar is very dismissive towards the Alpha Vampire, he calls himself a "son of Eve," but Edgar calls the Alpha a "mutt" and Eve was "barely worth being called one of us." When Edgar calls Eve a whore, the Alpha Vampire is enraged and attacks him.
Lenore, portrayed by Amber Benson, is the leader of a group of vampires who have decided to live without feeding on humans. Instead they drink the blood of cattle. She first appears in the season 2 episode "Bloodlust", where Sam and Dean save her from the morally ambiguous hunter Gordon Walker, recognizing that she is not evil due to her choice not to feed on humans; even when Gordon tortured her and held Sam's bleeding arm over her head, Lenore resisted the temptation to drink Sam's blood.
In "Mommy Dearest", Sam and Dean ask Lenore to reveal the location of Eve. In exchange, Lenore requests that she is killed, as she has recently fed - with Eve free, Lenore can no longer resist the temptation. Although Sam and Dean are reluctant, Castiel eventually mercy-kills her to 'move things along' after she tells them where to find Eve, warning them that Eve now knows they are coming.
Portrayed by Kim Johnston Ulrich, Elanor Visyak is a creature from Purgatory who is over 900 years old. She who was released from there on March 10, 1937 by a spell performed by H.P. Lovecraft. She possessed the body of his maid, Eleanor. She has been living as a professor of medieval studies at San Francisco University. She has a romantic past with Bobby Singer.
In "Like a Virgin", at Bobby's suggestion, Dean visits Dr. Visyak to gain information about dragons and how to kill them. She has a dragon killing sword - the Sword of Brunswick (or Braunschweig) - in her basement, which is stuck in a large rock. Dean extracts it using plastic explosives, breaking the sword in the process.
While visiting Westborough, the son of Elanor, who saw his mother possessed by a creature from Purgatory in 1937, Bobby sees a photo of the woman and realizes that it is the woman he knows as Eleanor Visyak. He finds her in a cabin - one of her 'safe houses' - and tells her he knows who she really is. She confirms his suspicions, but denies that she killed H.P. Lovecraft. Bobby warns her that Castiel is looking for her. He asks for the information about how to open a door to Purgatory, but she refuses to tell him, and also rejects his offer of protection. As she leaves the cabin, Castiel appears and takes her. Bobby, Sam and Dean find Eleanor in an alley, fatally wounded. She tells them she was tortured by Crowley and then Castiel, and that she finally revealed the spell to access to Purgatory, which involves the blood of a virgin and the blood of a creature from Purgatory. Eleanor dies before she can reveal where Crowley and Castiel are.
Portrayed by Emma Grabinsky and Jewel Staite. Amy was a Kitsune who grew up travelling around with her mother. In 1998, they crossed paths with Sam Winchester in Lincoln, Nebraska. Amy killed her mother to protect Sam, with whom she had grown close. Amy re-encountered Sam years later. Sam tracked her down after she committed a series of murders. Amy then reveals that she had only committed the murders to strengthen her sick son Jacob. Given the circumstances, and their history, Sam agrees to let her go and makes Dean promise to do the same. However, Dean later returns and kills Amy. He spares her son, who vows revenge. Dean lies to Sam about Amy's fate but is plagued by guilt. The truth is eventually revealed and is a source of conflict between the brothers for a time. The name is a nod to Doctor Who.
The Alpha Vampire, portrayed by Rick Worthy is the very first member of the vampire species. He was created by Eve and spread vampirisim afterwards. When Crowley starts a hunt for Alphas to locate Purgatory, he starts sending telepathic messages to his "children" to create as many new vampires as they can. Dean sees this message when he's briefly infected with vampirisim and the Campbells are able to use it to track him down and capture him. The Alpha is tortured, but eventually breaks free, killing Christian Campbell. After a fight, Christian, who is revealed to be possessed by a demon, gets up and injects him with dead man's blood, incapacitating him. Afterwards, Crowley arrives and takes him away. The Alpha is held with all the other captured monsters in Crowley's prison, but escapes before Castiel can kill him like he does the other Alphas and monsters in the prison. The Alpha makes a deal with the Leviathans to share humanity among both species with the Leviathan substance that makes humans more docile making it easier for vampires to feed. After several of his vampires die after feeding on infected humans, the Alpha flees to his retreat at an old monastery where Sam and Dean track him down. However, Emily, a young woman he'd held prisoner for twelve years, calls him to warn him that they're coming. The Alpha captures Sam and Dean who ask for his blood, explaining that the Leviathan substance was what killed his vampires and that he'd been betrayed. The Alpha refuses to listen and after hearing that Edgar has arrived, orders the hunters locked up. The Alpha confronts Edgar who confirms Sam and Dean's story, telling him that the Leviathans intend to use the fact that so many monsters feed on humans to wipe them out. When Edgar insults Eve, the Alpha attacks him, throwing Borax in his face, but Edgar overpowers him. Before Edgar can kill the Alpha, Sam and Dean, who broke free, attack and Sam decapitates Edgar. Grateful for their actions and understanding that they have a common enemy, the Alpha gives Sam and Dean his blood without a fight and allows them to take a young boy named Alan he has captured. As they leave, warning him not to keep Edgar's head too close to his body, the Alpha taunts them that they truly want to kill him instead of leaving it for another time and promises to "see you next season."
Benny Lafitte (Ty Olsson) is a vampire who was a vampire pirate during his first lifetime until he met Andrea Kormos and fell in love with her, leaving his nest and stopping feeding on humans. He was eventually tracked down and killed by his nest mates and went to Purgatory where he spent around fifty years before Dean ended up there after killing Dick Roman. Benny saves Dean from another vampire and makes a deal with him: in exchange for Dean taking him with him, Benny will show him a portal out of Purgatory. Benny helps Dean find Castiel, warning him that traveling with an angel will get them killed, but Dean is insistent on all of them getting out. After Benny saves Castiel from Leviathans, he earns Dean's full trust and Dean carries him out of Purgatory in his arm. On Earth, Dean travels to Benny's grave and resurrects him. The two remain in touch, but stay separate until Benny goes after his nest for revenge and to protect himself from further attempts on his life. After Benny is injured, he calls Dean for help and together they take down the nest, with Benny killing his maker. However, Benny is reunited with Andrea who he learns was turned into a vampire instead of being killed. She helps him out, but to Benny's heartbreak, he learns that she has changed and wants to take over the pirating operation herself and Dean is forced to kill her to save Benny. Needing something to keep him on the straight and narrow, Benny moves to his hometown of Carencro, Louisiana where he meets and secretly looks out for his great-granddaughter Elizabeth. Rogue vampire Desmond tries to get Benny to join him, but Benny refuses and Desmond leaves a trail of bodies to try to get Benny to agree, drawing the attention of insane hunter Martin Creaser and Sam and Dean. Dean and Benny hunt down and kill Desmond, but Martin tries to kill Benny, using Elizabeth as a hostage. Benny is forced to kill him in self-defense and is left in a deteriorating situation worsened by the fact that Dean soon afterwards cuts off all contact. When Sam gets trapped in Purgatory, Dean goes to Benny for help, knowing he can get Sam out. Benny agrees, telling Dean he feels he no longer fits in on Earth. Dean kills Benny who saves Sam and Bobby Singer from vampires and leads them to the portal out. However Benny, who never intended to return to Earth, stays behind to hold off a group of vampires and allow Sam to escape. Benny is last seen being taken down and torn apart by the vampires. Benny finally gains Sam's acceptance with this self-sacrifice and Dean buries his body instead of burning it so there is a chance he could possibly come back later...
The following characters were chosen by the demon Azazel to take part in the apocalypse. It is referenced near the end of the first and second season that there are many generations of special children, but that Azazel was focused on Sam's generation. At times, he has said it was to create an army of soldiers, and at another time, he said he only needed one to serve as leader of his demons. There is evidence that he has created cohorts of these children at least three separate times. Needing permission from their parents to transform them, he made demonic deals with the parents in exchange for allowing him to enter their house (but never telling them the reason why) ten years later. Once the ten years were up, Azazel would feed his blood to the infants on the six-month anniversary of their birth. The children would develop supernatural abilities at the age of twenty-two. Those still alive years later were all brought to an abandoned town by Azazel, who ordered that they fight to the death in order to determine who would be the leader of his army.
Andrew "Andy" Gallagher, portrayed by Gabriel Tigerman, was given up for adoption as a baby, and thus never learned of the existence of a fraternal twin brother, Ansem Weems. His adoptive mother died in a house fire when he was six months old, just as Sam Winchester's mother did. When he turned twenty-two, he developed the ability to control people by suggestion, using it to attain anything that he desired. However, he used it only for minor desires, never anything sinister. He is at first only able to use this ability vocally, but later is able to do so mentally. However, his ability is useless against others of Azazel's special children.
In "Simon Said", Sam and Dean learn of Andy after Sam has a vision of a doctor receiving a phone call and then killing a man, quickly followed by committing suicide. They have Ash cross-reference the town with house fires in 1983, leading them to Andy. Sam and Dean track him down, but Andy forces Dean to tell him everything. Sam tells Andy that he believes they are connected, then quickly has another vision, this time of a woman getting a phone call and then killing herself by lighting herself on fire. When it turns out that the events depicted in the vision occurred while they were talking with Andy, the brothers realize that Andy is innocent. They investigate the death, and learn that the woman is Andy's biological mother and that the dead doctor was her obstetrician. This leads them to the discovery of the existence of Ansem Weems, who has been working at the same diner that Andy works at, and has been going by the name Webber. His brother has been killing the people who separated them at birth and anyone who could interfere with their relationship. Andy's love-interest Tracy is a manager at the restaurant, and Sam has a vision of her jumping off of a dam. They try to stop Ansem from forcing her to commit suicide, and when Ansem orders Dean to kill himself, Andy shoots and kills Ansem first. Andy later returns in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 1", having been summoned to Cold Oak by Azazel. By this point, his powers have grown so that he is able to project images into people's heads, and he manages to help Dean find their location. However, when Sam later has him and Ava seal themselves up in a house in the town, Ava kills him.
Ava Wilson, portrayed by Katharine Isabelle, is originally introduced as an engaged secretary. However, she is plagued with nightmares and visions, and, in one of those dreams, Ava sees Sam killed. She tracks him down and informs him of her dream in "Hunted". However, Sam tells her about his own abilities and the demon Azazel. Ava sticks with Sam and helps him out until they are shot at by Gordon Walker, a hunter pursuing Sam. She then returns home. However, when Sam and Dean later go to her house, they discover her fiancé dead with a slit throat, demonic sulfur by the windows, and Ava's bloody engagement ring on the floor by her bed.
Ava reappears in "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1", when she, Sam, and three other special children find themselves in the abandoned town of Cold Oak, and are told that they must fight each other. Ava is seemingly all right, but later murders Andy. Sam realizes that she is not a recent arrival like the others, but has been in the town since her disappearance and has killed all the others like themselves. Declaring herself the winner, she summons a demon to kill Sam. However, Jake appears behind her and breaks her neck.
U.S. Army member Jake Talley, portrayed by Aldis Hodge, is plucked by Azazel from Afghanistan and placed in Cold Oak to compete with Azazel's other special children in "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1". After Ava Wilson's true intentions are revealed, he kills her with his superhuman strength to protect Sam, though he later kills Sam to save himself. As the only surviving contestant, he is then congratulated by Azazel in "Part 2". The demon orders him to take the Colt to a cemetery that is inside a gigantic devil's trap—which prevents a demon from entering—in order to open the gate to Hell hidden within. Jake refuses at first, though he reluctantly gives in when Azazel threatens to kill his family.
Jake's personality then begins to become much darker as he gives in to his demonic side. This allows him to access other demonic abilities. When he is later confronted by Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Ellen, he uses mind control to force Ellen to put a gun to her head and threatens to kill her if the others do not drop their weapons. They do so, allowing Jake to unlock the gate. However, after he completes the mission, he is shot dead by Sam.