This page is a listing of characters in the Winchester family in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.

Sam and Dean's individual character folders are '''so''' large that they ''each'' had to be given their own subpage.
* Characters/SupernaturalDeanWinchester
* Characters/SupernaturalSamWinchester

The main character page for this series is [[Characters/{{Supernatural}} here]].


[[folder:The Winchesters]]
->''"All I see in our family tree is a whole lot of dead."''
-->-- '''Dean Winchester''' in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS08E12AsTimeGoesBy As Time Goes By]]" (S08, Ep12)

Most of the members of the Winchester family were involved in the supernatural. John Winchester raised his sons to be [[Characters/SupernaturalHunters hunters]], but his father and grandfather had been [[Characters/SupernaturalMenOfLetters Men of Letters]], a group of preceptors who study and collect information on the supernatural. John Winchester's wife Mary (née Campbell) came from a family of hunters, but she was determined to give her children a normal life.

The Winchester bloodline goes back to CainAndAbel, making them the Winchesters' ancestors.

!!Tropes Belonging to the Winchester-Campbells

* DemonicPossession: Both the Winchester and the Campbell bloodlines have the ability to be vessels for Archangels.
* BadassFamily: Almost everyone in the family is involved in hunting in some way, and is either a [[HunterOfMonsters badass hunter]] or BadassBookworm.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Oh boy. Between [[DealWithTheDevil demon deals]], various forms of [[AbusiveParents abusive]], [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and [[DisappearedDad missing]] [[MissingMom parents]], {{time travel}} and pretty much every member being a CosmicPlaything, this is one messed up family. See the above quote.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The Campbells are an old hunting family, while the Winchesters were Men of Letters. [[BadassBookworm Sam]] and [[GeniusBruiser Dean]] inherited the traits from both sides of the family. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Sam in "As Time Goes By."
-->'''Sam''': The Winchesters and the Campbells--the brains and the brawn.
* CainAndAbel: John's bloodline are descendants of Cain and Abel. This means that all of their descendants are able to be vessels for [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] and [[ArchangelLucifer Lucifer]]. Although when it comes to the Winchester's being vessels for Michael and Lucifer, it seems that Henry, John, Dean and Adam can all be vessels for Michael (although Dean is the [[TheChosenOne one true vessel for Michael aka The Michael Sword]]) and only Sam can be the one true vessel for Lucifer, not the other members of the Winchester bloodline.
* DealWithTheDevil: A running theme in the family. Sam, Dean, John, Mary and Samuel all have made, or attempted to make, deals with demons.
* FamilyBusiness: Saving people. Hunting things.
* GenerationXerox: Each successive generation of the Winchester-Campbells ends up repeating the mistakes of the previous generation. It's rather tragic.
* HeroicLineage: Descended from Cain and Abel. Also, the Men of Letters.
* InTheBlood: The Men of Letters legacy in the Winchester bloodline and the hunting lifestyle in the Campbell bloodline.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: The Winchesters Men of Letters lineage, which is passed down from father to son. Sam and Dean have both taken up the mantle.
* ParentalIssues: A recurring problem. It's partly due to their heavy involvement in the supernatural, putting them in constant danger and necessitating strict parenting (especially the hunter lifestyle which requires training and discipline).
* ThickerThanWater: Occasionally played with, but mostly played straight. Members of the family have routinely sacrificed for each other and are each other's [[DealWithTheDevil greatest weakness]].

[[folder:John Winchester]]
!!''John Eric Winchester''
-->'''Played By''': Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan, Matthew Cohen

->''"After your mother passed, all I saw was evil, everywhere, and all I cared about was keeping you kids alive. I wanted you prepared, ready. Except somewhere along the line, I, uh...I stopped being your father and I became your drill sergeant."''

Sam, Dean and Adam's father, John raised his sons to be hunters after his wife died so that they'd be able to take care of themselves. He is a great hunter but a deeply flawed person and father who ends up clashing with others (particularly Sam) a great deal. John Eric Winchester was the only son to Henry and Millicent "Millie" Winchester in 1954, and lived in Normal, Illinois, as a young child. His father Henry disappeared when John was 4 years old. John served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, then returned to Lawrence, Kansas, where he met Mary Campbell, started a family, and became co-owner of a garage.
* AbusiveParents: Though much more sympathetic than most, John is still responsible for much of Dean's plethora of emotional issues, most notably his devastatingly low self-esteem and tendency to blame himself for everything that goes wrong. And John pretty much disowned Sam because Sam hated hunting and wanted to live a normal life. They were soldiers first and John never ever let them forget it. Gets a little less sympathetic when it's revealed that John once told an officer to "let Dean rot in prison" and left Dean simply because Dean had been caught stealing what was most likely food for his brother at 16 (and although Dean did also lose the money that John had given him for food for him and Sam while gambling, he was still ''a kid''). It's left unclear whether John would also occasionally beat Dean. For example, in "Dark Side of the Moon" when Dean tells Sam what happened when John found out that Dean hadn't taken proper care of his brother, he doesn't finish the sentence ("And when Dad came home...") but he has an absolutely terrified face from the recollection...
* ActionDad: John is a skilled and strong hunter who is always involved in the action. He was originally in the military and did not seem to show any particular interest in hunting. In fact, flashbacks suggest that John was creeped out by the hunting world when he actually discovered what Mary and her family did for a living. Young!John had even told Sam that he was disgusted that his father (John himself) had raised Sam and Dean to be hunters. This all changes when Mary dies. John embraces the hunting world as a way of revenge and coping with Mary's unexpected death.
* ActionSurvivor: Before John fully embraced the world of hunting. Although, his then-girlfriend Mary was more of an ActionGirl and GirlyBruiser was who was very experienced in fighting and hunting supernatural beings for a living, because it was part of the family business. Despite John not having any experience in regards to the hunting world, John seemed like he was still capable of defending himself. John was in the military, which suggests that he is capable of fighting when he has to since he has been a part of battle during the earlier parts of his life. Later on, after Mary had died, John becomes more of an ActionHero and ActionDad, and he becomes one of the strongest and most experienced hunters. John become so strong, experienced and knowledgable about the world of hunting, that he even trains Sam and Dean to be hunters as children. He eventually makes sure that his sons become ActionSurvivor's as children so that they can always be prepared to protect themselves when it is necessary.
* AggressiveCategorism: John hates all monsters and supernatural beings, especially demons. The biggest reason for his strong hatred of demons in particular is because of the pain and suffering that demons overall have caused his family. The demon that he loathes and hates the most is Azazel (aka The Yellow-Eyed Demon). The major reason why he hates Azazel is because he was the demon that was responsible for the death of his wife Mary and for the destruction of his family (including leaving his sons motherless for the rest of their lives, and inflicting darkness onto Sam during his babyhood and childhood, paving the way for a dark destiny or future for Sam). Because of what Azazel did to Mary and his family, John went on a revenge mission to find Azazel and kill him once and for all, which Dean ended up doing at the end of Season 2, ending John's 20+ year old mission.
* TheAlcoholic: It has been implied in the show that John had a drinking problem, although his heavy drinking is never really seen on-screen and is only strongly implied. However, his inclination to alcohlism could be believable considering Dean seems to pick up the same trait or habit as John. It could be assumed that John used alcohol or drinking as a coping mechanism for his long-term grief over losing Mary and for all of the constant family issues that he had to deal with. Dean, on the other hand, is actually seen on-screen using alcohol to cope with his problems.
* TheAllAmericanBoy: When John was a little boy, he had model airplanes, a baseball and mitts, and a toy gun in his room.
* AntiHero: [[PragmaticHero Type III]] or [[UnscrupulousHero Type IV]]; see AbusiveParents and AggressiveCategorism.
* ArchNemesis: Azazel/YED. John has been hunting down the YED since his wife tragically died back in 1983.
* ArchnemesisDad: Subverted and averted in regards to Sam. Although Sam and John were not brutal enemies who sought to destroy each other at all costs, Sam never saw eye-to-eye with John growing up; therefore, their relationship was rather tension-filled and antagonistic, especially in regards to Sam's feelings towards John. Sam even admitted at one point that he had hated John. However they managed to somewhat patch up there relationship after meeting up again. And sure enough, now that he's dead, while still quick to call him out for his mistakes, Sam does foster fond memories of his father.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end of Season 2, when John escapes Hell and his soul finds peace in Heaven.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: John's last name is WINCHESTER, like the rifle.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: He doesn't show the depths of his affection for his sons too much, but when he does, it tends to be both [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweet]] and [[TearJerker saddening]].
* BadassBaritone: John has a rather deep voice.
* BadassBeard and BadassMustache: Only when John gets older. As young!John, he is clean shaven.
* BadassInCharge: John is ThePatriarch of the Winchester family.
* BadassInDistress: Despite being a MemeticBadass InUniverse, John is often captured by bad guys or otherwise endered a DistressedDude so that Sam and Dean can go be the BigDamnHeroes who save his bacon.
* BadassLongcoat: In the anime.
* BadassNormal: John is a regular human who possesses no superhuman abilities.
* BattleCouple: Averted with him and Mary; although both were warriors, they never fought alongside each other. They were preparing to in "The Song Remains the Same" against Anna, but John gotten taken out of the battle before they could do much "fighting."
* BeardOfSorrow: Considering all of the tragedy John has been through.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: John went from being a kind, naive and caring civilian to a cynical, jaded and corrupted individual who became surrounded by nothing but pain, tragedy and evil.
* BreakTheCutie: John had his father abandon him when he was six, served in the Vietnam War, was killed and then brought back by Azazel to manipulate Mary and witnesses the love of his life burn to death in their baby's (Sam's) nursery, losing his wife and his home in one fell swoop.
* BrokenPedestal: Starting in Season 2, Dean goes from thinking his dad is a superhero to showing open resentment over how John treated him. Dean still loves, admires and respects his father, he just is no longer blinded to John's short comings.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Post-Mary's death, John became the Brooding Boy to the boys's image of her as a motherly Gentle Girl. When the couple's time together is actually shown, however, John is revealed to have been closer to a Gentle Boy.
%%* ByronicHero: John shows shades of this.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Sam did this to John on the regular, with Dean getting the occasional one as well. Averted, however, in Season 5, when Sam [[ItMakesSenseInContext defends John's harsh parenting to Young!John who hadn't yet become a hunter and thought that Sam and Dean must have had an abomination of a father.]]
* ControlFreak: John was very controlling and domineering by nature, especially towards his own sons. This initially stemmed from wanting to keep them safe, but eventually got out of control. Years later he admits to Sam that somewhere along the lines he stopped being their father and started being there drill sergeant.
* CrusadingWidower: John became a widower when Mary died and spent the rest of his life hunting down her killer Azazel, training his sons into the human weapons that make such fascinating television. He died first, but his spirit helped his eldest son off the yellow-eyed bastard a season later.
* TheCynic: Became one especially after his wife Mary tragically died.
* CynicismCatalyst: Mary's death forces John to get revenge against Azazel. He even raises his sons to become hunters in order to avenge Mary's death.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: John lived his entire life believing that his father had walked out on him. Sam and Dean learn that their grandfather had actually traveled to the future in order to keep a valuable artifact out of demonic hands and [[spoiler:died before he could return home]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: John has nothing but an angst ridden past. It wasn't too pleasant before (such as parental abandonment and having to severe in Vietnam), but it got much worse when John was killed by Azazel and Mary had traded their future son's life (Sam) in order to have John come back alive in return.
* DarkIsNotEvil: John wears a lot of darker clothing, but although flawed and somewhat immoral, he still dedicated his life to fighting evil and saving the innocent.
* DeadpanSnarker: John is capable of dry sarcasm and wit.
* DealWithTheDevil: He makes one with Azazel in the Season 2 premiere to save Dean.
* DeceptiveLegacy: John never told Sam about the hunting world; therefore, he lied to Sam about what he and Dean do for the first 8 years of Sam's life. He did this to protect Sam; however, this did not stop John from forcing Dean to become a hunter at the very tender age of 6.
* DemonSlayer: John hunts all supernatural beings, but his primary targets are demons.
* DespairEventHorizon: John never recovered from Mary's death.
* {{Determinator}}: First, he devotes his life to hunting down and killing Azazel, the demon responsible for [[TheLostLenore Mary]]'s death. Then, he manages to [[FightingFromTheInside regain control of his body while Azazel's possessing him]], when he sees how much pain Dean is in from Azazel torturing him. Off-screen, he [[VillainsNeverLie allegedly]] spent a hundred years being tortured in Hell without accepting Alastair's offer to torture other souls.
* DisappearedDad:
** Often left his children alone to go hunt, so Dean had to take on an almost parental role and help raise Sam. In fact, his absence actually kicks off the plot, as it's why Dean goes seeking Sam out at Stanford; this particular case proves to be more sympathetic however (he left Dean because he had gotten close to the creature that killed his wife and was afraid it might take his sons too if they were there). Not to mention Adam, who John rarely saw, although in this case it's more forgivable since John didn't know he existed until Adam was 12.
** John himself has one due to [[spoiler:TimeTravel shenanigans leading to Henry vanishing mysteriously from the past and dying in the distant future in the arms of his grandchildren]]. John absolutely ''hated'' his father for abandoning him.
* EscapedFromHell: Climbs out of the gates of Hell in the second season finale.
* FantasticRacism: John despises demons, which is understandable considering that demons ruined his life and are responsible for his wife Mary dying and for his entire family suffering.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: John expects both his sons to follow in the family business, and Sam really doesn't want to. It doesn't end well. Subverted slightly, as John later admits he would rather that they had their own lives, it's just that he believes it's simply not possible due to all that's happened.
* GenerationXerox: John turned out like his father Henry in regards to their lack of good parenting skills. Henry (unintentionally) abandoned John when he was a child; John repeated the same mistake with Dean, Sam and Adam.
* GeniusBruiser: John is both smart and a capable hunter. John also comes from a legacy called the Men Of Letters, which was a GeniusBookClub that his father, Henry, was a member of.
* GoOutWithASmile: The final time he sees his sons in his spirit form, he smiles at both Sam and Dean before he tells them goodbye forever. John may have been smiling but Sam and Dean (and the audience) were crying bucket loads.
* GoodIsNotNice: Though the "good" part seems to fade a little with each passing season.
* GoodIsNotSoft: John may have generally good intentions, but do not mess with him. He will kick your ass big time.
* GuileHero: John can actually be a tactical genius when he wants to be and resorts to the use of manipulation tactics in order to defeat his enemy.
* HappilyMarried: Played straight earlier on, but averted by Season 5, when a flashback shows John and Mary fighting badly and actually splitting up briefly when Dean was small. Dean commented that their marriage was only perfect "after Mom died." Since we also know that Heaven manipulated John and Mary's getting together to produce Sam and Dean, it's implied that they may not have been a great match and may not have gotten together if not for (unknowingly for them) angelic manipulation. On the other hand they did seem pretty happy together before Dean was born and they did clearly manage to patch it up enough to have another son, so who knows.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: John embraced the hunting world after Mary's tragic death. This is ironic, considering that young!John in the flashbacks said that hunting was absolutely dangerous and ridiculous.
* HeartbrokenBadass: John has faced much tragedy, pain and loss, starting with the unexpected death of his wife Mary.
* HeroicBSOD: Had a huge one when his wife Mary unexpectedly died.
* HeroicSacrifice: Gives up his life [[FriendOrIdolDecision (and the Colt)]] in exchange for Dean's. Dean, however, is ''not'' grateful.
* HotBlooded: John is passionate, aggressive, hot headed and reckless at times. He also has a HairTriggerTemper and also has UnstoppableRage. It seems that both his sons inherited John's temperament.
* {{Hunk}}: As young!John.
* HunterOfMonsters: John hunts supernatural creatures for a living.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Mary was tragically killed by Azazel before John could do anything about it.
* TheIdealist: Even after getting shipped off to war, he was this, which Mary loved about him. After her death and his getting entrenched in hunting, however, he is anything but.
* InTheBlood: According to Michael, Cain and Abel are John's ancestors and the paternal Winchester bloodline are Cain and Abel's descendants. John's bloodline are also able to be vessels for Michael and Lucifer. Also, the Men of Letters club is passed down through the paternal line of the Winchester bloodline, which means that Henry, John, Dean, Sam and Adam are all Men of Letters.
* InformedAbility: John is always spoken about-even by his enemies-as a legendary hunter, yet the several times that the viewer sees him in Season 1, he's screwed up or somehow gotten into trouble and Sam and Dean need to save him. Partially Justified in that he has said that worrying about Sam and Dean's safety distracts him and gets him into trouble, and more often than not him getting captured isn't out of lack of skill but rather simply being too outmatched, and even then he always went down fighting.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His detractors accuse him of ruining his sons' lives for his own vendetta.
* {{Jerkass}}: So very much. Even several of his close friends had fallings out (one occasion with Bobby led to Bobby threatening to shoot him if he ever came back, though he had forgiven him by 2005) and disliked at least parts of him.
%%* JerkassHasAPoint
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He snaps at Sam and Dean for doing so much as asking too many questions and has been known to take his frustrations out on them, but he genuinely wants to protect them and regrets what he's put them through. Likewise, as much as he was after revenge, he did dedicate a lot of his life to saving and protecting innocents.
* KilledOffForReal: Though he came back from the dead once before, when he made a DealWithTheDevil in "In My Time of Dying", he died for real.
* KnightTemplar: John can be very ruthless especially when it is something that he believes is the right thing to do.
* KnightTemplarParent: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with his last words, in which he warns Dean that Dean will have to kill Sam if he can't save him from turning evil.
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
** John believed that Henry abandoned him when he was young; he himself frequently abandoned Sam and Dean.
** Dean used to wear John's jacket, listens to John's music, drives John's car, imagines himself as a mechanic like John was, and generally tried to emulate his father in every way when younger, but by Season 4 began thinking that Sam was more like their dad than he ever was. In a deleted scene from "As Time Goes By", Sam and John are again compared by Henry. They ''do'' share some noticeable personality traits and life experiences...
* LineageComesFromTheFather: John's father Henry was a part of the Men of Letters legacy. Because he was a Winchester, the legacy was passed down to John from Henry. John's sons are also a part of the Men Of Letters legacy, since Sam and Dean are parental descendants on the Winchester side.
* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler: To Mary, after her resurrection. While she tries to look composed, she eventually breaks down after a while and temporarily keeps a distance with her children, a fact that the British Men of Letters gleefully exploit. She has mostly moved on by the end of season 12, although it is clear that her longing will not go away completely.]]
* LoveHurts: Tragically lost Mary when Azazel killed her.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: WordOfGod is that John was killed off because [[HeKnowsTooMuch he already knew too much]] about Azazel's EvilPlan (in fact, WordOfGod is that John knew ''all of it'') and he was diverting Sam and Dean from the front-lines of the battle against {{Hell}}.
* MercyKill: Meg suggests that he did this to a badly injured Bill Harvelle, and that guilt over doing so is why he never visited the Roadhouse again or mentioned the Harvelles to Sam and Dean.
* MrFanservice: Especially young!John. Not that older John doesn't also count.
* MrFixIt: John is a mechanical person and likes to fix cars. He also comes from a family of mechanics.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not saving or being able to protect Mary and prevent her death. Also, failing to be a good father to his children, especially to Dean; he dedicates his last moments on earth to tell Dean he's sorry for not being a better father to him.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: An [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in- and out-of-universe. John has become an increasingly unsympathetic figure with more and more emotional trauma leveled against Sam and especially Dean being seen and the multiple references to his simply abandoning both boys and moving them around constantly, more so in comparison to Bobby's becoming a better paternal figure to the boys.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: In "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2". Subverted in "Long-Distance Call"--it was a monster pretending to be him.
* OlderAndWiser: When we meet John in Season 1, its clear he's changed from he was when the boys are growing up. While still possessing several of his flaws, he nevertheless acknowledges that he has made mistakes during his life and tries to move past them. Both sides of John are notably different to the man he was when in his twenties (as shown in Seasons 4 and 5).
* OlderThanTheyLook: He was 51 in season 1, while his actor was 39, so he had to be (unconvincingly) aged up. It's inverted in the flashbacks in "Pilot", which used the same actor playing 29 years old John.
* OverprotectiveDad: John has his moments. Particularly with Sam, who he knew had been affected by the demon that had killed Mary. He passed this particular neurosis to Dean.
* PapaWolf: Messing with his boys on his watch guarantees you a bullet in the head.
* ParentalAbandonment: John faced this with his father Henry as a child. Ironically, he ended up repeating what Henry did to him to his own sons.
* ParentalIssues: It's revealed in Season 8 that John had many issues with ParentalAbandonment and ParentalNeglect. His father Henry abandoned him when he was young, but this was because Henry had a duty to being a Man of Letters.
* ParentalNeglect: When Sam and Dean were growing up, often John focused more on being a hunter to his sons than being a father. As an older man he admits he regrets this and it occurred out of not dealing with his own problems and his desire to keep them safe progressing out of control.
* ParentsAsPeople: While he clearly loved his sons, and was very protective of them, John wasn't the best father; he made mistakes, had trouble dealing with own problems and brought a lot of it on his sons. As an older man he reveals he regrets many of the bad choices he's made, but then still repeats several of his mistakes.
* ThePatriarch: Of the Winchester family.
* PlayingGertrude: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born 1966) as John with Jensen Ackles (born 1978) as his son. It was often joked about during season 1, when Morgan was also starring in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', that his fiancee in that series and his son in ''Supernatural'' are the same age.
* PopCulturedBadass: John loves classic rock and loves a variety of different classic rock bands. Dean seemed to pick up the same trait.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: John embraced the hunting world and expected his sons to embrace it as well.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: A heroic example. After being totally emotionally unavailable throughout his sons' lives, he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save Dean's life.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The major driving force behind why John began hunting. He shares this same trait with his second son Sam.
* ShellShockedVeteran: [[TheCutie Young John]] is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. His older self not so much.
* StarcrossedLovers: With Mary. His romance with her was orchestrated in order for them to have Sam and Dean, according to Cupid. It ended in tragedy when Mary died in a fire in Sam's nursery.
* TheStoic: John doesn't show that much emotion in general, but when he does, it's normally regarding his family.
%%* TakeUpMySword
* TragicHero: John's life was one long display of pain and misery; nearly every good thing he had was taken away from him, and many of the skills that made him a great hunter severely damaged his life and relationship with his sons.
* TragicKeepsake: The journal he always used to keep records and everything? It was supposed to be his DisappearedDad's (Henry).
* TraumaCongaLine: Every one of his appearances puts him through the ringer. In pilot alone, his house burns down, his wife dies before his eyes, his understanding of the world is destroyed, and he has two sons (one of whom is an infant) to look after.
* TookALevelInJerkass: After he got involved in hunting. It appears that the tragedy got to him as he got older, and was unable to deal with his problems it led to him getting worse. Only an example In-Universe, as the change happened prior to the show.
* TookALevelInKindness: See OlderAndWiser. While still possessing many of the same flaws as before, it is clear by the first season that John's grown from the man he was when Sam and Dean were children, and has come to realise and feel guilty for many of mistakes he made during that time. Its best demonstrated in "Salvation" when he gets called out by Dean and his response is to admit that Dean's right and tell he's sorry.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: John seemed to have picked up or inherited the ParentalNeglect and ParentalAbandonment trait from his own father before him, Henry Winchester. Henry and John were both committed to their missions. Henry was a legacy and committed to being a Man of Letters while John was committed to being a hunter and killing monsters. This led to both of them abandoning their children. The difference between the two however is that Henry accidentally abandoned John because he got stuck in TimeTravel while John chose to abandon his children. The funny thing is that like his son Sam, who resented him for being a bad father and abandoning Dean and him as children, John also strongly resented and hated Henry for essentially doing the same thing by abandoning him as a child.
* TheUnfavorite: ''All'' of his children feel like they're this to him.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: John's not a villain, but it's still depressing to see how happy and innocent he was in the teaser of the pilot before Mary died and in the episodes where his sons travel into the past.
* WellDoneSonGuy: With Dean, [[CharacterDevelopment although later on Dean realizes how flawed John is and loses a lot of his hero worship towards him]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Everything John did through his entire life, he did with good intentions, but it often didn't work out.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Due to hunting John was often away for several days (occasionally weeks), when Sam was eight he even missed being there for his sons on Christmas.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: An inverse of his present day case, John in 1973 was 19, so technically still a teen. His actor was 25 and, though a PrettyBoy, did not look like a teen. Averted in "The Song Remains the Same", where they are roughly the same age.

[[folder:Mary Winchester née Campbell]]

!!''Mary Sandra Winchester (nee Campbell)''
-->'''Played By''': Samantha Smith, Amy Gumenick

->''"Dean... Sam... I'm sorry."''

Mary is the wife of John Winchester and mother of Dean and Sam Winchester. Mary Sandra Campbell is the only child born to Deanna and Samuel Campbell on December 5,1954. Mary's parents raised her as a hunter, but she gave up hunting after she met John and both her parents were killed by Azazel. She herself was killed by Azazel on November 2, 1983, when Sam was six months old and she went into his nursery to check on him and witnessed Azazel feeding baby Sam his demon blood. She never told John about the supernatural world or her former life as a hunter. Dean and Sam didn't learn about her hunter origins until Castiel sent Dean back in time, where he met younger versions of John and Mary in "In the Beginning."
* ActionGirl: Comes with being a hunter. [[spoiler: Also, despite 10 years of not utilizing them, and a further 33 years of being dead, she still retains those hunter reflexes, as Dean finds out during their reunion badly.]]
* ActionGirlfriend: While John was still a sweet, kind, and innocent person who was a military soldier and came from a family of mechanics, Mary was busy kicking monster ass as a hunter.
* ActionMom: Averted at first, since Mary had already quit the hunting life when she became a mom. [[spoiler:However, this is played straight when she is resurrected in Season 11 and proceeds to kick ass with her grownup children, now that there's no more masquerade to hold.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: The Darkness brings her back as thanks for Dean in helping her at the end of Season 11. It is very, very unexpected, even those who have grown to accept the show's cheap outlook of death, since Mary has never been brought to life before, unlike her husband and sons.]]
* BadassNormal: Mary was a normal human, yet she was an ActionGirl who kicked ass.
* BattleCouple: Averted with her and John; although both were warriors, they never fought alongside each other. They were preparing to in "The Song Remains the Same" against Anna, but John got taken out of the battle before they could do much "fighting."
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Mary is shown to be a good, kind and caring individual.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mary is a nice lady most of the time, but don't mess with her. She is not to be underestimated.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: By Toni, who uses her guilt, her longing for family and John, and others. In this state, she kills many American hunters and almost kills Jody before Dean is able to [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight talk her out of it]].]]
* BreakTheCutie: A big part of her tragic backstory.
* BrokenBird:
** From growing up in a life she hates (the hunting world), to having Azazel murder both of her parents, to having Azazel kill John only for Mary to have to make a deal and sell her future son's life (Sam) away in return of bringing John back from the dead and eventually suffering a very tragic fate when Azazel kills her by pinning her up to the ceiling and slitting her stomach open in her own son's nursery, Mary's life being considered tragic is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Mary's tragic life and fate ended up extending to her husband and her sons. [[spoiler: This is somewhat relieved when she is resurrected in Season 11, though that doesn't mean her second life is all rainbows either, being a Winchester and all.]]
** Her Apocalypse World counterpart is just as broken, if not more. [[spoiler: Because she didn't make the deal with Azazel, she lived to the age of 53 uninterrupted, but John wasn't there for her, and by extension Dean and Sam. Neither were her parents, as they were not part of the deal that Azazel offered. She never moved on all the way to her death.]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: After Mary's death, John became the Brooding Boy to the boys' image of her as a motherly Gentle Girl. When the couple's time together is actually shown, however, John is revealed to have been closer to a Gentle Boy, while Mary is too goal-oriented and fierce to be labeled simply a Brooding Girl or a Gentle one.
* ChildSoldier: Mary was raised as a hunter growing up.
* TheCutie: As young!Mary. She was very lovable.
* CynicismCatalyst: Mary's unexpected and tragic death caused John, Dean, and Sam to become hunters to avenge her death.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: See BrokenBird.
* DeadpanSnarker: Primarily in the flashbacks. [[spoiler: Played to it full glory when we see her post-resurrection.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Azazel manipulated her into making one to save John, as revealed in "In the Beginning". Her deal, though, didn't cost her her soul-it allowed Azazel to feed his blood to Sam ten years later. Obviously, he didn't tell [[MamaBear Mary]] that part.
* DeathByOriginStory: Mary's death was the major motivator for John, Dean and later on, Sam, to begin hunting.
* DeathGlare: When time-traveling Dean and Sam come knocking on former hunter Mary's door, she gives them quite a deadly glare.It is very obvious where Sam gets his annoyed expression from.
* TheDeterminator: Mary wasn't the type to give up on wanting something. Something that Mary had always craved was to get away from the hunting life in which she was raised in and to live a normal life. Mary managed to get her wish, albeit with a tragic price and fate.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: She punches Lucifer with Enochian brass knuckles, enough said. As she says herself, she has always wanted to punch the Devil. And she does it again in "Exodus", as a way to say hello. In both times, she manages to survive his wrath.]]
* DisposableWoman: Mary is already deceased prior to the Pilot episode. [[spoiler: Which just makes her resurrection in Season 11 all the more surprising.]]
* DoomedByCanon: This was expected since according to a flashback in Season 4, Mary had basically sold her soul, her life, and her son (Sam) to Azazel all so she could bring John back from the dead and live the normal life that she had craved. A decade after she made that deal, it was game over for Mary.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: At least John did. Dean also thought his own mom was hot when she was younger.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: [[spoiler:When Mary is brought back to life in Season 11, she does not know how any of the technology works and struggles to relate to her now adult children.]]
* ForWantOfANail: As the Winchester brothers are the main protagonists, the world and its plot would have gone to an ''extremely'' different direction if Mary did not accept Azazel's offer in 1973. [[spoiler: A big part of season 13 in fact dedicates its time exploring what would happen if that option was taken by Mary]].
* GirlyBruiser: When Mary was younger. She was feminine but also knew how to kick ass and take names when she had to. She was involved in the rather male-dominated line of work of hunting for basically her whole life.
* GirlyGirl: Although Mary was a hunter, she was really feminine and girly.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Mary was a nice girl but she could kick ass and was not to be underestimated.
* GuardianEntity: After her death, her spirit [[UnfinishedBusiness stays behind in her old house]] and becomes this.
* TheGwenStacy: Mary was tragically killed at the hands of Azazel aka Yellow Eyed Demon.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Mary was a good-hearted, kind and caring woman.
* HappilyMarried: Played straight earlier on, but averted by Season 5, when a flashback shows John and Mary fighting badly and actually splitting up briefly when Dean was small. Dean commented that their marriage was only perfect "after Mom died." Since we also know that Heaven manipulated John and Mary's getting together to produce Sam and Dean, it's implied that they may not have been a great match and may not have gotten together if not for (unknowingly for them) angelic manipulation. On the other hand, they did seem pretty happy together before Dean was born and they did clearly manage to patch it up enough to have another son, so who knows.
* HeroicSacrifice: Her spirit destroys itself in "Home" to banish the poltergeist attacking people in her old house.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: She takes news of John's death hard following her resurrection and takes the wrong help from the wrong people, shunning her sons in favor of the BigBad. Her role in season 12 is to show her attempts to properly move on and thus become a DeterminedWidow.]]
* HiddenDepths: Although Mary was brought up as a hunter, it is discovered that she actually hated hunting and wanted to live a normal, apple pie life. She ironically shares this trait in common with her youngest son, Sam.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler: Thanks to her still unstable state, she decides to cooperate with the British Men of Letters, which has been shown thus far as a KnightTemplar who can't tolerate a single breach of law and has absolutely no mercy. She's even charmed into sleeping with Ketch for the sake of it. By the time she's questioning her involvement, it's already too late, and Ketch orders Toni to turn her into his puppet.]]
* HotBlooded: Not as much as John (who has serious anger issues) but Mary is very feisty, spunky and opinionated. Not to mention she is a BloodKnight and an ActionGirl. Azazel even commented on Mary's feistiness, saying that "she had spunk " and because of it, Mary was his favorite. Both of her sons seem to have picked up this hotheaded impulsive trait from her.
* HunterOfMonsters: Mary was brought up in the hunting life and was therefore a hunter herself.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler: Half a year with the Resistance members in the Apocalypse World have made her reluctant to leave when Dean and Sam come to rescue her. This gives Sam an idea to [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind evacuate everyone]].]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Like her youngest son Sam, Mary hated hunting and wanted to have a safe, happy, apple pie life. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Well, she got one... for a while.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler: Dean subjects her to this in "Who We Are" to break her out of the mental wall built by brainwashing, with a fuzzy/tearjerking speech about how he would not ignore and instead accept her flaws. It works.]]
* TheIdealist: Very much like her youngest son Sam, she was very much an idealistic and naive person who desired normal.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Along with her HairOfGold.
* InSpiteOfANail: [[spoiler: Whether she accepted Azazel's deal or not, she would eventually get killed by him.]]
* InTheBlood: Her entire family are hunters and Mary was raised a hunter. The Campbells are the Brawn to the Winchester's Brains.
* KillItWithFire:
-->'''Not!Mary:''' The worst was the smell. The pain, well, what can you say about your skin bubbling off? But the smell was so… You know, for a second I thought I’d left a pot roast burning in the oven. But… it was my meat.
* KnightOfCerebus: Though not evil, when she showed up in Season 1's "Home", everything started going downhill.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: In "The Song Remains the Same", a past version of Mary learned about what will happen to her and her family, but before she could act on it, [[YouCantFightFate her memories were erased by Michael]].
* LightIsGood: Mary is often seen wearing white clothing.
* LikeASonToMe: [[spoiler: In "Stuck in the Middle (With You)", she includes Castiel as one of her boys while lashing out at Ketch. Later, in "Unfinished Business", she explicitly calls Jack her boy, too.]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
** Mary desired safety in the form of a normal life, the same reason that Sam, her youngest son, had in wanting a normal life. Also, Mary's relationship with her father Samuel parallels Sam's relationship with his father John regarding hunting.
** In a tragic, twisted example: with his having to take care of both Sam and John as a child, Dean was effectively groomed to take Mary's position in the family as the maternal figure.
* TheLostLenore: To John. After she died, John's life was never the same again.
* LoveHurts: Azazel had killed John back in '73 and Mary made a deal with Azazel to bring him back from the dead. She didn't realize that she had sold her future son, Sam's life to Azazel all so that she could have John back, or that it would ultimately get her killed. [[spoiler: Her love for John is played up again in Season 12 by the British Men of Letters, who use it to send her to the deep end.]]
* MamaBear:
** "You get out of my house... and let go of my son."
** [[spoiler: In the Season 12 finale, she ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches Lucifer with brass knuckles]]'' to make him get away from her children.]]
* MissingMom: To Sam and Dean. She was killed when Sam was six months old and Dean four years old. [[spoiler: She's back for them in Season 12...only to become separated again in the finale when she's trapped in the alternate universe. They reunite near the end of season 13 and she may ''finally'' get back to her children for good...[[YankTheDogsChain then Michael possesses Dean]].]]
* MoralityChain: To her husband John and to her father Samuel.
* MortonsFork: The deal with Azazel to resurrect John. As season 12 reveals, no matter her decision, tragedy ensues.
** If she says yes, John is resurrected. He and Mary have two children and a happy life for 10 years. Then Azazel comes, kills Mary, and marks Sam as a Special Child and vessel for Lucifer, while Dean is in turn made a vessel for Michael. On a positive note, this allows the Apocalypse to be won by the Forces of Good because Dean and Sam's brotherly love causes the latter to TakeAThirdOption. On the flipside, [[spoiler: Mary does not see the light of the world again until 33 years later, when Dean's actions lead to her revival, but by then John is dead prematurely, rendering her sacrifice pointless, and the Winchester family is in shambles]].
** If she says no, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck hoo boy]]. [[spoiler: John stays dead and Mary lives 24 years longer. However, this means that Mary has basically screwed the world over by not begetting sons who would become potential vessels for Lucifer and Michael. As a result, another vessels are presumably designated, someone who do not have the same brotherly love as the Winchesters do. Michael kills Lucifer and becomes drunk with power, starting a war against humanity that sees the Earth becoming desolate wasteland, what remains of its human population now living in abject terror. As for Mary's fate? [[ShootTheShaggyDog Azazel eventually kills her]]]].
* NiceGirl: See HairOfGoldHeartOfGold.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: Her ghost intervenes and saves her sons from the poltergeist haunting their old home in "Home".
* OfficialCouple: With John.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:A complicated example when she is resurrected in season 11. By then, she is chronologically in her early 60s. However, she died in her late 20s so it makes since that she doesn't look like a sixty year old. However, the show used the same actress from season 1 and she is now in her mid-40s and does not look like a 20-something year old. This makes Mary both older and younger than she looks.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Both of her parents, Samuel and Deanna, were killed at the hands of Azazel.
* ParentsAsPeople: [[spoiler: In Season 12. She tries to take care of her children, but she's still dealing with the painful loss of John, her guilt of letting her family becoming screwed up, not to mention the fact that Sam and Dean are now adults. Eventually, she goes to drastic measures when she makes a deal with the British Men of Letters, which just makes things worse for everybody involved.]]
* PlayingGertrude: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]].
** Samantha Smith and Jensen Ackles are only eight years apart (and with Jared Padalecki, thirteen years apart), but Mary was killed when Dean was four, so it makes sense that their ages are not too far apart. In fact, they should be even closer; Mary was killed when she was 29, but Smith was 35 when she first appeared, while Dean was 26 in 2005 played by 27-year-old Ackles.
** The only time this is played straight is in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe What Is and What Should Never Be]]", since the Mary of that time should be 53, not 36-year-old Smith (then again, this ''is'' Dean's ideal future).
** [[spoiler: It is also justified when she is resurrected in season 11, since Mary was essentially frozen in time during the duration of her death from 1983 to 2016.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: She dies in the first episode, but due to ghosts, TimeTravel, and other shenanigans, she still makes a number of appearances. [[spoiler: She graduates from posthumous to alive permanently as of Season 11.]]
* PregnantBadass: In "The Song Remains the Same", she was pregnant with Dean but still put up a better fight against an angel than either John or Dean.
* RetiredBadass: Mary gave up the hunting lifestyle after she married John. [[spoiler: She returns to duty 43 years later (though from [[BackFromTheDead her perspective]], it has only been 10 years).]]
%%* SacrificialLamb
* SpiritAdvisor: To Sam in "When the Levee Breaks," although it was a hallucination of Mary that Sam was seeing.
* StacysMom: Dean himself makes note of how attractive his mother was in "In the Beginning."
-->"Sammy, wherever you are, Mom is a ''babe''. ({{beat}}) [[ImGoingToHellForThis I'm going to Hell]]. Again."
* StarcrossedLovers: With John.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: [[spoiler: In-universe, she is physically four years younger than Sam and eight years younger than Dean upon resurrection.]]
* TeamMom: [[spoiler: Post-resurrection, she willingly mothers not only her children, but every member of Team Free Will, including Castiel and Jack.]]
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: [[spoiler: In the Season 12 finale, Mary is trapped in the post-apocalyptic alternate universe. [[OhCrap With a pissed off Lucifer for company]].]]
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler: From season 12 onward, she always wears John's wedding ring around her neck. The only time she is shown without it is when she has sex with Ketch, something that is lampshaded.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Oh dear. Mary has endured so much pain, loss, and tragedy in her life.
* UnwantedRevival: [[spoiler:Mary implies that she was in Heaven and her version of heaven included her husband, her kids, 4-years-old and 6-months-old, and no hunting. She's not happy to be back topside and actually seems traumatized by the resurrection which pitches her headlong back into the world she made a demon deal to escape.]]
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: ''Wife'' by that point, actually. Mary was ''not'' happy when Anna tried to kill John (along with Mary herself) [[RetGone to erase her sons' existence]]. Viewers got to see a nice fight between Anna and an angel-blade-wielding Mary.
* WalkingSpoiler: Just about every one of her appearances outside of her death in the first scene of the series is a spoiler. Scenes featuring her as hallucinations, flashbacks, and the like are less spoileriffic now, but [[WhamEpisode after the season 11 finale]], forget about it.
* WidowWoman: She is of the wonderful widow type in the fantasy world the djinn constructed for Dean in [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], in which John passed away peacefully in his sleep. [[spoiler: Post-resurrection, see HerHeartWillGoOn above.]]
* WomanInWhite: In her scenes of the first some episodes afterward, she is seen wearing a white nightgown. It is the same nightgown that she was killed in. [[spoiler: It's also the nightgown that she's seen when she's resurrected.]]
* WomenAreWiser: [[spoiler: When Lucifer starts going too much touchy feely with Jack, everyone - even Gabriel - disagrees and tries to convince Jack not to listen to him, which only makes him that more curious of his father. That is, everyone except Mary, who prefers leaving them on their own, noting that Jack will learn about Lou's true nature on his own. Sure enough, he learns the ugly truth an episode later and - through his angelic lie detector - on his own.]]
* WreathedInFlames: As a ghost, this was how she first appeared to people, before she appeared to Sam and Dean and [[ThisWasHisTrueForm briefly reverted]] to [[KillItWithFire pre-cooked]] self.
* YoungerThanTheyLook:
** Samantha Smith portrayed Mary in the flashback of her death in 1983, where she was canonically 29. Smith was 35 in 2005. By extension, this applies to every appearances as a spirit/hallucination she made afterwards, since she is forever 29. Her most recent appearance in this state is "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E19MommyDearest Mommy Dearest]]", where Smith was 41. [[spoiler: This carries over when she is resurrected in season 11, since in-story she starts aging again at 29, not 46.]]
** Her 1973 incarnation is this to a lesser extent. She was 19, but Amy Gumenick was 22. Inverted when Gumenick returned in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]", where she was 23, while Mary was 25.

[[folder:Samuel Campbell]]

!!''Samuel Campbell''
-->'''Played By''': Mitch Pileggi

->''"I don't trust other hunters, Dean. Don't want their help, don't want them around my family."''

Samuel is the husband of Deanna, father of Mary, father-in-law of John and the maternal grandfather of Dean and Sam. His grandson Sam was named after him. Samuel and Deanna were both hunters, and raised Mary to be one as well. Samuel was killed by Azazel (who possessed him temporarily). He was brought back to life along with Sam at the end of fifth season by Crowley, who forced him to look for Purgatory. He tried to sell Sam and Dean out to Crowley. Sam killed him when Samuel became possessed by the Khan Worm.
* ActionDad: Samuel was Mary's father, and hunted the supernatural for a living.
* AffectionateNickname: Deanna calls him "Sam."
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Type II in Season 6; he is working with Crowley, but only to get Mary BackFromTheDead.]]
-->'''Samuel:''' You know, the one difference between us: you know how to live without her.
-->'''Dean:''' Look, I know how you feel--
-->'''Samuel:''' No, you don't. She's my daughter, and she's dead, and I can do something about it.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:In Season 6, Samuel works to help Crowley take over Purgatory and kill Sam and Dean in order to bring Mary BackFromTheDead. Consequently, nobody is particularly sad when he dies in "...And Then There Were None."]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:He's brought back by Crowley in Season 6. [[KilledOffForReal For a while, anyway.]]]]
* BadassNormal: Doesn't have any superhuman abilities yet can still kick major ass. He's an experienced hunter after all.
* BaldOfAwesome: Becomes a BaldOfEvil when he's possessed [[spoiler:and also when he pulls a FaceHeelTurn in Season 6]].
* BattleCouple: With Deanna. They were both hunters.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: The Brooding Boy to Deanna's Gentle Girl.
* DeadpanSnarker: Oh so much. Samuel could qualify as the king of snark and sarcasm.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Turns out he made one with Crowley to bring Mary back if Samuel could get Purgatory's location out of the monsters he captured. Nothing ever comes out of it, since Samuel dies (again) in "And Then There Were None".]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:"You're a hell of a hunter, Sam, but... the truth is, sometimes you scare me."]]
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: "'Soccer mom', huh? Well, I'll have to look that up on the 'intranet'."
* ForcedIntoEvil: [[spoiler:He grudgingly does what Crowley tells him to out of desperation to have his daughter, Mary returned to him.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, like the cures for djinn poison and vampirism, by virtue of having been born into a long line of hunters who took notes.
* GrandTheftMe: His possession by Azazel and the Khan worm [[spoiler:in both of the episodes where he dies]].
* InTheBlood: Samuel was a hunter and he raised his daughter Mary to be one as well. Mary, on the other hand, hated the hunting life and wanted to escape. Ironically, Mary's attitude and relationship with Samuel parallel her future son, Sam's attitude towards hunting and his relationship with John.
* {{Jerkass}}: Boy howdy. [[spoiler:Taken to the extreme when it's revealed that he made a deal with Crowley to kill Sam and Dean in order to bring Mary BackFromTheDead.]]
%%* JerkassHasAPoint
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:He came back from the dead once, but when he got lethally electrocuted in "And Then There Were None...", he died for real.]]
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Is forced to snap his wife, Deanna's neck while possessed by Azazel.
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:He considers himself fully justified in trying to kill Sam and Dean if it will bring Mary BackFromTheDead.]]
* KnightTemplarParent: He is really protective of his daughter, not wanting her to leave the family and viewing any potential love interests suspiciously.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:In Season 6, he betrays Sam and Dean and it's revealed that he was planning with Crowley to kill them the whole time.]]
* MoralityChain: His wife, Deanna and his daughter, Mary. [[spoiler:When they're both gone, he sees nothing wrong in killing his own grandchildren to bring Mary back.]]
* OldMaster: He may be Sam and Dean's grandfather but that doesn't stop him from kicking ass. He's got decades of experience over them.
* OverprotectiveDad: He sure didn't approve of his daughter's taste in men (i.e. John).
* ThePatriarch: Of the Campbell family.
%%* SacrificialLion
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: [[spoiler: Grandfather in this case. Samuel's age is not actually known, but he seems to be in his fifties at death. When he is resurrected by Crowley, he is the same age as when he died. His actor was born in 1952, which would put him just two years older than his son-in-law John, [[PlayingGertrude were the latter is portrayed by an actor of the right age]].]]
* ThickerThanWater: [[spoiler:To Samuel, not so much. When he tries to pull this excuse on Sam and Dean, they tell him exactly how full of crap he is. And yet, [[JerkassHasAPoint he does have a point]], having met Dean once before [[JerkassWoobie he died (the first time), got possessed by Azazel, and forced to kill himself and his wife]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero all because of Dean's attempt to intervene and change the past]]. Samuel spent a year hunting with a soulless, amoral version of Sam whose cold-blooded actions apparently disturbed Samuel, if "Live Free or Twihard" and the flashbacks in "Unforgiven" are an indication. Even so, Samuel apparently did care about his grandsons since he did make attempts to help them in Season 6 as long as it didn't interfere with his deal with Crowley like when he gave Dean the cure for vampirism. When it came down to it, though, he loved Mary, his daughter, more than he was willing to help Dean and Sam, grandsons he barely knew and were admittedly kind of dickish themselves at that point.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: The fact that [[spoiler:he's even in Season 6 at all]] is a spoiler.

[[folder:Deanna Campbell]]

!!''Deanna Campbell''
-->'''Played By''': Allison Hossack

Deanna was the wife of Samuel, mother of Mary, mother-in-law of John and maternal grandmother of Dean and Sam. Her grandson Dean was named after her. She and Samuel were both hunters and raised Mary to be one as well. Deanna was killed by Azazel.
* ActionMom: She was involved in the hunting life all along with her husband Samuel and her daughter Mary.
* AlmightyMom: To date Deanna is the only person to successfully tell off Mary ''and'' Samuel.
* BattleCouple: With Samuel.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: The Gentle Girl to Samuel's Brooding Boy. [[spoiler:With her and Mary dead, a resurrected Samuel goes JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope]].
* ChefOfIron: In one scene, Deanna multitasks whipping up a fruit salad and also discussing a case with Samuel and Dean.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Subverted. At first it seems that Samuel only cares about/wants to talk about Mary [[spoiler:after his resurrection]]. Then "Unforgiven" showed that not only does he talk about Deanna but thinks their life together before Mary was “great.”
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: Her first outfit on screen is made up of a pair of jeans and one of Samuel’s shirts.
* KilledOffForReal: Her neck is broken by Azazel in "The Song Remains The Same". She never comes back.
* NeckSnap: After throwing her with telekinesis, Azazel stalks up to her and breaks her neck with his own hands. Excuse us, with ''her husband''s own hands.
* OneShotCharacter: Unlike her husband, Deanna only appeared in one episode and was mentioned only once more.
* SurprisePregnancy: “Unforgiven” reveals that her getting pregnant with Mary was this.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: he died in the same episode we met her in.

[[folder: Adam Milligan]]

!!''Adam Milligan''
-->'''Played By''': Jake Abel

Adam is the youngest son of John Winchester and the younger half brother of Sam and Dean Winchester.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To both Sam and Dean.
* BackForTheDead: Adam is brought back from the dead, only for him to end up locked in Lucifer's cage in Hell for eternity.
* BackFromTheDead: Well, he IS a Winchester. It's what they do.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Adam seemed to have a very similar life to his older half-brother Sam before Sam embraced hunting.
* BreakTheCutie: He and his mother were horribly murdered, then he was resurrected and tricked into being part of the apocalypse, then ended up in hell, where he still is.
* ButtMonkey: Even being half a Winchester gets the kid killed and sent to Hell.
* CainAndAbelAndSeth: After over twenty years, Sam and Dean find out that Adam is their paternal half-brother. Their father had Adam several years after their mother died, whom he kept from the hunter's life to protect him. The brothers immediately argue about whether to train him or to spare him from their life. It turns out he's already been killed in revenge against their father, and they've been dealing with a ghoul. When Adam eventually makes another appearance in Season 5 as himself, after he's been brought back from the dead as bait or a possible alternative for Michael, he doesn't get along with either of the brothers that never knew about him. In Season 6, when Dean's given the option to either save Sam's soul from eternal torment in Lucifer's cage or rescue Adam's from the same place, Dean unsurprisingly doesn't even hesitate in choosing Sam.
* ChekhovsGunman: We met him briefly in Season 4. He turns out to be a lot more important later on.
* TheChewToy: See ButtMonkey.
* DeadAllAlong: In "Jump the Shark," the "Adam" the Winchesters meet is a [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ghoul]] using his form. How did he get into that form? By ''eating'' the real Adam.
* DeadpanSnarker:
--->'''Sam''': You may not believe it, but Dad *was* trying to protect you.
--->'''Adam''': Well, I guess the monster that ate me didn't get that memo.
* DeusAngstMachina: For someone who appeared in only three episodes, Adam has had a '''ridiculous''' amount of horrific things happen to him in each one. He's [[ImAHumanitarian eaten alive]] by [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ghouls]], pulled out of {{Heaven}}, [[BackFromTheDead brought back from the dead]], forced to [[BuriedAlive claw his way out of his own grave]], told (falsely) that he is TheChosenOne, kidnapped, held hostage against [[BigBrotherInstinct Dean]], [[BloodFromTheMouth tortured]], [[BigDamnHeroes rescued]] (only '''NOT'''), [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by an [[ArchangelMichael archangel]], [[KillItWithFire incinerated]], ''disintegrated'', regenerated and, finally, dragged into the worst possible pit of {{Hell}} alongside Lucifer and Michael. And is ''still there''. Note that Adam was an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary College Student]] prior to this and that the only reason '''any''' of it happened to him is because he is a vessel for Michael.
* DistressedDude: In both Seasons 4 and 5. In neither case is he saved.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Ultimately, Adam ends up locked in Hell with {{Satan}} and Satan's big brother, [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] with no hope of escape, seeing as how any of the characters who ''could'' free him either don't care about him or are dead. And to make matters worse, as of Season 13 he's STILL THERE. He's spent 600 years in hell with Lucifer and Michael, and a further 360 years with Michael only, as his bunkmates. Now, we know how much the Winchesters care about family.
* InTheBlood: Adam is a descendant of Cain and Abel due to being John's son. Therefore, like Sam and Dean, he is able to be the vessel for Michael.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Zachariah warned Adam that Sam and Dean would always save each other before ever taking a second glance at him. Zachariah was trying to sway Adam towards working with the angels as opposed to with the brothers, but he was quite prescient on this point: Adam failed to make it out of the angelic confrontation later in the episode because Dean was hauling Sam out first, Dean actively chose to rescue Sam's soul out of Hell while leaving Adam in there (he could only choose one), and neither brother seems particularly bothered by the fact that Adam is ''still'' in Hell with Michael and Lucifer.
* LongLostRelative: To Sam and Dean. He is their paternal half-brother. They all share the same father, John Winchester.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Prior to being killed in "Jump the Shark".
* PrettyBoy: Being a Winchester most certainly grants a win in the genetic lottery.
* RefusedByTheCall: Yeah, poor Adam was willing but he was just bait to lure Dean in.
* ThickerThanWater: Averted with Adam, notable because ''all'' the Winchesters generally subscribe to a "family is everything" mindset. But Sam and Dean are complete strangers to him, he resents them for having the father he never had ([[AbusiveParents such as]] [[KnightTemplar he was]]), Zachariah has warned Adam about Sam and Dean's crazy co-dependency issues, and overall, Adam wants precisely nothing to do with the Winchesters' "dewy-eyed bromance." Though he does just start to warm up to Dean before Michael gets to him. On the other hand, he's apparently quite loyal to his mother, and Michael's big selling point for using Adam as a vessel was that Adam would be able to see her again.
* TheSmartGuy: Adam is a pre-med student.
* TheUnchosenOne: Unintentionally. By saying "Yes" to Michael and being the vessel in Dean's place, he effectively proves that Michael's speech to Dean in "The Song Remains The Same" about how [[ScrewDestiny Destiny cannot be screwed]] was basically Michael talking out of his ass.
* TheUnfavorite: Dean spends the first half of Season 6 trying to get Sam's soul back, because it's left in the cage with Michael and Lucifer after Castiel removed Sam's mind and body almost immediately. When Dean first makes his deal with Death to get Sam's soul back, he tries to get Adam out as well. Death, however, refuses and forces Dean to choose between the two; Dean chooses Sam.
* WalkingSpoiler: He is related to Sam and Dean through John. Expect this whenever he shows up.

[[folder:Christian Campbell]]
-->'''Played By''': Corin Nemec

Christian is Sam and Dean's third cousin. He is a calm and skilled hunter working with Samuel Campbell. Christian is revealed to be possessed in "Family Matters." In "Caged Heat," Dean stabs him with Ruby's Knife, killing both him and the demon.
* AlliterativeName: '''C'''hristian '''C'''ampbell
%%* DeadAllAlong
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:We never meet the ''real'' Christian Campbell, who had been possessed by a demon for a year when he is introduced.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Rude and antagonistic in all of his appearances.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In "Caged Heat."]]
-->'''Christian:''' What are you laughing at?
-->''[[spoiler:{'''Dean''' kills '''Christian''' with Ruby's knife.}'']]
-->[[spoiler:'''Meg:''' Dean Winchester's behind you, meatsack.]]
* LongLostRelative: To Dean and Sam.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:For Crowley.]]
* TortureTechnician: Although, according to Meg, he isn't very good at it.

[[folder:Gwen Campbell]]
-->'''Played By''': Jessica Heafey

->''"Just, uh, get sick of getting left behind. Think it's probably 'cause I remind him of his daughter or something."''

Gwen is Sam and Dean's maternal third cousin, and a hunter working with Samuel Campbell. She tells Dean that she had no idea Samuel sold them out to Crowley, and is the only Campbell who is friendly to Sam and Dean. Dean kills her when he is possessed by the Khan Worm. Appears in [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E01ExileOnMainSt "Exile on Main Street" (S06, E01)]], [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E02TwoAndAHalfMen "Two And A Half Men" (S06, E02)]], [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E07FamilyMatters "Family Matters" (S06, E07)]], and [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E16AndThenThereWasNone "...And Then There Were None" (S06, E16)]].
* ActionGirl: She was raised to be a hunter and is always willing and able to be part of the fights.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Like all of the Campbell's, she is cold and dismissive of Dean. She get's a little better though.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:She is killed by a possessed Dean in this manner.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Shot in the head by the Khan Worm in "...And Then There Were None"]].
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Samuel may have [[SarcasmMode forgotten to mention a few details to her]]...
* LongLostRelative: She is Sam and Dean's third cousin.
* StayInTheKitchen: Gwen is NOT pleased when told to stay behind and guard with Dean.
* YouRemindMeOfX: [[InvertedTrope Gwen believes she reminds Samuel of his daughter Mary]], which is why he tries to keep her out of the line of fire.

[[folder:Mark Campbell]]
-->'''Played By''': David Paetkau

Mark is Sam and Dean's distant cousin. He is a hunter working with Samuel Campbell. The Alpha Shapeshifter snaps his neck in "Two and a Half Men."
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:The Alpha Shifter snaps his neck in his second appearance.]]
* LongLostRelative: He is a cousin of Sam and Dean.
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How the Alpha Shapeshifter kills him.]]
* TheQuietOne: Says less than ten words in both episodes he appears. Immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Dean.
%%* SacrificialLamb
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Two appearances before the Alpha Shifter kills him, and he barely talks in either.]]

[[folder: Emma]]
-->'''Played By''': Alexia Fast

Emma is an [[Characters/SupernaturalMonstersAndSupernaturalBeings Amazon]] and Dean's daughter, conceived during a one-night stand Dean had with her mother Lydia. Lydia, being an Amazon herself, became pregnant and gave birth to Emma within 24 hours following her night with Dean. Emma grew from a newborn to a toddler to a teenager within a short amount of time. She was killed by her uncle Sam while attempting to carry out the ritualistic killing of her father.
* AntagonisticOffspring: Well, she ''was'' sent to kill her dad.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Brainwashed by the Amazons into trying to kill Dean.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Product of a Amazon and a human.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Inverted; her dad is human and her mom is an Amazon.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Fatally shot by Sam to protect Dean.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: She is Dean's daughter.
* OneShotCharacter: She only appears in one episode [[spoiler:before being killed by Sam.]]
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RapidAging: She becomes a teenager within a few days of her birth.
* TykeBomb: Only a teenager and already trying to commit murder.
%%* UhOhEyes
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:She is only in one episode.]]

[[folder:Henry Winchester]]

!!''Henry Winchester''
-->'''Played By''': Gil [=McKinney=]

->''"I'm sorry I judged you two so harshly for being hunters. I should've known better. You're also Winchesters. As long as we're alive, there's always hope."''
* ActionDad: Henry was a Man of Letters. He was a very intelligent man who could and the paternal grandfather of Sam and Dean (and Adam).
* ActionSurvivor: Henry is not a skilled fighter, warrior and hunter like his son John or his grandsons Sam and Dean but he can still defend himself when he has to. He seemed to hold his own against Abaddon and even Dean had commented that for someone who was not a hunter and had no skill or experience when it comes to hunting and fighting, Henry had shown he was a capable fighter. Henry was forced to fend for himself; after all, he was facing Abaddon, one of the most powerful demons ever.
* TheAtoner: When sent to the present through TimeTravel, Henry is determined to go back to the son that he abandoned because he felt guilty after reading his sons journal. He feels that if he went back, he could fix things with his son and also the possible outcome of the events of the future. [[spoiler:He ends up sacrificing himself to Abaddon to save Sam and tragically dies.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Henry's last name is ''Winchester'', like the rifle.
* BadassBookworm: Henry was a Man of Letters and was highly knowledgeable, intelligent, well-spoken, and well-read.
* BadassNormal: He's completely human and has no abilities whatsoever but he's pretty badass in his own right. After all Henry is a Man of Letters and is TheSmartGuy and a BadassBookworm, someone who uses his brains and his intelligence over his strength. Ironically his grandson Sam shares the same qualities, only Sam did have powers in the beginning (although Sam's powers do end up going away eventually).
* BadassInANiceSuit: Henry dressed rather sophisticatedly. Guess it's a requirement of being a Man of Letters.
* BadassPacifist: Henry is a Man of Letters and is only used to experiences of a literary nature. He is not a warrior or a skilled fighter by any means. However, he found a way to temporarily defeat Abaddon without resorting to the use of violence. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Henry, it ended up costing him his life.]] Still, the bravery that Henry showed in facing Abaddon was nothing short of admirable and this was even noted by his grandson Dean.
* BadPresent: From Henry's perspective. [[spoiler:His son and mentors are dead]], the legacy of the Men of Letters seems lost, and his son grew up alone and believed himself abandoned by his father.
* {{Bookworm}}: Comes with being a BadassBookworm and a Man Of Letters. His grandson Sam seems to share the same trait or quality.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Henry shoots Abaddon, a Knight of Hell only killable by Archangels, in the head with a bullet engraved with a devil's trap, thus preventing her from ever escaping her host, using her powers or even moving her body. He dies shortly afterward from an injury she dealt him when he was getting close enough to do the deed.]]
* CaptainObvious: After telling Sam and Dean that Abaddon is a demon and they ask Henry where she came from, he replies, "She's from Hell."
* ChekhovsGun: Henry's pin with the Star of Aquarius, which John asks him about.
* ChekhovsSkill[=/=]EscapeArtist: Henry's ability to escape handcuffs.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Which is a JustifiedTrope, considering Henry is from 1958.
* CoolOldGuy: SubvertedTrope. Technically speaking Henry is supposed to be an old man, but TimeTravel messed that up, so he has the appearance of a young man in his 30s. Lucky for Henry, time travel also kept him physically attractive as well as youthful.
* CrazyPrepared: He carved a devil's trap into a bullet. Nice!
* CulturedBadass: Well, Henry ''is'' a Man Of Letters.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: It doesn't get much better than being thrown through time. Tragically, he's unable to go back and learns that [[spoiler:not only is his son dead, but he died ''hating'' him. Then he dies too]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Every bit as sarcastic as John, Sam, Dean and Adam. Seems to be a Winchester personality trait. Only difference is that Henry comes off as very polite and sophisticated when delivering snark and sarcasm. See GentlemanSnarker.
-->'''Henry:''' "2013. Guess the Mayans were wrong."
* {{Determinator}}: Henry is very persistent and determined when he wants something. It seems to be a Winchester trait or quality.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Dies in his grandsons' Sam and Dean's arms.]]
* DisappearedDad: To John. Ironically, John ended up abandoning his sons as well.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Unlike Abaddon, Henry is very out of his league in 2013.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: Henry expected his son John to follow the Winchester legacy of being a Man of Letters. Henry seemed to advocate the legacy to his grandsons Sam and Dean.
* GenerationXerox: It seems as though John followed in Henry's footsteps in regards to their parenting skills. Both Henry and John had issues with ParentalAbandonment (Henry with John and John with both Sam and Dean).
* GeniusBookClub: Part of the Men Of Letters club.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Henry was a Man Of Letters, which means that he was a bookworm and intelligent.
* GentlemanSnarker: He's very much the DeadpanSnarker that his grandsons Sam and Dean are yet he's way more polite and sophisticated in how he comes across even when being snarky and sarcastic.
* GoodParents: Henry took John to see ''Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy'' and it scared the boy enough that his father bought him a music box that plays, "As Time Goes By" to calm him down. John loved it so much that he would sometimes whistle the tune as an adult. Henry even kept a picture they took together in his wallet. Unfortunately, John grew up believing Henry abandoned him, rendering their relationship moot.
* GuileHero: Henry is very smart and strategic.
* HeartbrokenBadass: His wife is most likely dead and he's tragically ripped away from his young son John, who grew up to think that he abandoned him and ended up resenting him because of it. Henry was also stuck in TimeTravel for decades and even when he does enter the present times, life doesn't get better for him. He meets his grandsons only to be [[spoiler:found by Abaddon and killed when he sacrifices himself and ends up dying.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He dies so Abaddon can be defeated.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: He really wanted to be a member of the Men of Letters and is very proud at being accepted.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:He is killed by Abaddon and dies at the end of his debut episode. He hasn't appeared since.]]
* KnightTemplarParent: Henry tries to change the past, knowing full-well it could have unforeseen consequences for the future, because he can't bear to let his son suffer and die as he did in this future.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Josie Sands, though the latter was actually in love with him.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: ParentalAbandonment seems to run in the Winchester genes. Henry abandoned John when he was a child and John repeated Henry's mistake with Sam and Dean.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: Henry was a Man of Letters and, therefore, the legacy was passed down from him to his son John and also to John's children, Sam and Dean. Henry's father and grandfather were also Man of Letters, proving that the Men of Letters legacy was in the Winchester men's lineage.
* LongLostRelative: Henry is John's long lost father and Sam, Dean and Adam's grandfather.
* MementoMacGuffin: John's journal is revealed to be a keepsake from Henry's with the initials "H.W." on the inner cover.
* MrFanservice: Yeah, model good looks is definitely an inheritance in the Winchester family. For three generations at least.
* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: He's a Man of Letters, which is an exclusive club.
* OverprotectiveDad[=/=]PapaWolf: Despite his issues with ParentalNeglect and ParentalAbandonment in regards to John it is still evident that he was very protective of John and loved him. Besides, him abandoning John was something that was not his fault and was out of his control due to time travel. John seemed to have picked up the overprotective father trait from Henry (not to mention the ParentalAbandonment trait as well).
* ParentalAbandonment: Unintentionally abandoned John when he was a child. John ended up picking up the same trait.
* ThePatriarch: Technically, Henry is ''the'' actual patriarch of the Winchester family, as he is the oldest known Winchester and was John's father.
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: He's a Man of Letters.
* PurpleProse: Henry's dialogue often sounds like something we would expect from ComicBook/CaptainPatriotic in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.
* SecretLegacy: Henry was a member of a secret book club called the Men Of Letters.
* SelfMadeMan: He's a Man of Letters and it was a legacy that as passed down to him through his paternal side of the family.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:He dies defeating Abaddon, only for her to be brought back to life towards the end of Season 8.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Had intended to time travel back to 1958 because he could not bear what happened to his son John in the future after reading his journal.
* TheSmartGuy: Highly intelligent, scholarly, a bookworm and a Man Of Letters. His grandson Sam seems to share the same quality as him.
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler:As he is dying in his grandson Sam's arms after being stabbed by Abaddon, Henry tells both Sam and Dean that he was sorry for being so judgmental about them for being hunters. He says that he may not have known his son John as a man but seeing and knowing how his grandsons turned out, he would be proud and is proud of John. He also said that Sam and Dean are Winchesters and as long as they are alive, there is always hope.]]
* SoulPower: Henry uses this to make the blood sigil work.
* StandardFiftiesFather: Justified, since he ''is'' from 1958. Apart from the long coat and fedora, the first thing we see him do is check up on his sleeping son.
* TheStrategist: Along with being TheSmartGuy and a BadassBookworm Henry is very brilliant strategically. As a Man of Letters, he takes what hunters give him and finds ways of defeating the enemy. His son John and his grandsons Dean, Sam, and Adam are all strategic like him.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With his grandson, Sam. Their resemblance is actually quite strong.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: It's understandable considering that Henry is from TheFifties. His son is not only much older than he is, but [[spoiler:already deceased (though not of old age) by the time Henry shows up from the time portal.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Very much like his son John and his grandson Sam. In fact there is a StrongFamilyResemblance between Henry and Sam which is a dead giveaway that they are related.
* TeamDad: Henry is ThePatriarch of the Winchester family as he is the father of John as well as grandfather to Sam, Dean and Adam.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: After riding in the Impala with Dean and Sam, Henry is so overwhelmed by a combination of being time travelled into the future, being confronted by Abaddon, and not understanding adventures that are not of a literary nature that he ends up puking his guts out.
* VomitingCop: The aforementioned VomitIndiscretionShot by Henry after a narrow escape from Abaddon illustrates how inexperienced he is with hunter-type activities, despite all his knowledge; it also highlights how frightening Abaddon is.