Characters: Law Enforcement
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Law Enforcement in Supernatural
"Since when have the Feds started tracking zombie activity?"
While Sam and Dean frequently imitate law enforcement agents ranging from Park Rangers
to Homeland Security
, they also frequently find themselves in trouble with the law. Dean was first taken into custody during the Pilot
, and this will not be the last time one of the Winchesters brothers is in handcuffs. The brothers usually escape the long arm of the law fairly easily, but some law enforcement officers end up being worthy foes
or valued allies
- Agent Scully: Most of the law enforcement agents utilize mundane explanations for the deaths and other strange events which occur.
Sheriff in "Bloodlust" (S02, Ep03):
Because there's no such thing as cattle mutilation. Cow drops, leave it in the sun... Within 48 hours the bloat will split it open so clean it's just about surgical. The bodily fluids fall down into the ground and get soaked up because that's what gravity does... But hey, it could be Satan.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Usually the local police simply accept Sam and Dean as FBI Agents after they flash their fake badges.
- Demonization: Police officers tend to blame the same Acceptable Targets when something odd happens.
Sheriff Dietrich in "Monster Movie" (S04, Ep05):
Yeah you got me. I mean this killer's some kind of grade A wacko right? I mean some Satan worshiping, Anne Rice reading, Gothic, psycho, vampire wannabe.
Agent Henriksen in "Jus In Bello" (S03, Ep12):
Do you know what these guys do for kicks? Dig up graves and mutilate corpses. They're not just killers Sheriff. They're Satan-worshiping, nut-bag killers.
- Police Are Useless: It is rare that the police understand the true nature of what they are fighting.
Sam: They're just doing their job, Dean.
Dean: No, they're doing our job, only they don't know it, so they suck at it.
- Weirdness Censor: Most of the police officers just ignore the odd events or take them in stride as if it was something they see everyday.
Agent Victor Henriksen
"Well, guess what? Life sucks, get a helmet. ‘Cause everybody’s got a sob story, but not everybody becomes a killer."
FBI Special Agent Victor Henriksen is assigned to catch fugitive Dean Winchester (and later his brother Sam). He thinks they're both murderously insane, but acknowledges that they're crafty as hell and manages to get them into custody twice, the second time ending in his death shortly after learning the truth about the supernatural
. Portrayed by Charles Malik Whitfield. First appears in "Nightshifter" (S02, Ep12)
- Anti-Villain: Type IV: Jerkassery aside, Henriksen is still an honest, well-meaning FBI agent who wants to capture bad guys and save lives. He just happens to be chasing two fugitives who he thinks are murderous nutjobs.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass: All it took was a phone conversation with Dean for the Brothers Winchester to realize how screwed they were. (Though this came dangerously close to a Creator's Pet-type conversation.)
- Bald Black Leader Guy
- Brainwashed and Crazy / Came Back Wrong: Like Meg, this is how his ghost returns in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester".
- Cowboy Cop
- Cruel and Unusual Death
- A Death in the Limelight: In "Jus in Bello", Henriksen's motives are explored, he is revealed to be a genuinely good guy, and he develops a budding friendship with Dean. When he sees evidence of the supernatural firsthand, he helps Sam and Dean fight off legions of demons and it is even implied that he may become a hunter afterwards. Then Lilith shows up and slaughters everyone, Henriksen included.
- FBI Agent
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Dean and Sam.
- Forced to Watch: Lilith made him watch as she tortured everyone else in the police station to death, including flaying poor Nancy's skin off, before she finally killed him.
- Hero Antagonist
- Jerkass: Revealed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Inspector Javert
- Killed Off for Real: Very slowly and painfully by Lilith For the Evulz.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone except his partner (who calls him a"Vic") and their boss refer to him as plain, simple "Henriksen". Until he and Dean become buddies.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: To standard operating procedure in his first appearance. When a cop on a case he's about to take over says: "I'm sure you're going to say you'd like me to cooperate and...," he responds with: "I don't give a rat's ass what you do. You can go eat a doughnut and bang your wife for all I care."
- Reality Ensues: There's a brief moment in "Jus in Bello" where, after nabbing Sam and Dean, his boss gives him paperwork to fill out. Henriksen himself looks like he forgot about this part of police-work.
Special Agent Calvin Reidy
Prison Warden Deacon
"Boys, uh... I can't thank you enough for this. I know it was asking a lot but you still came through. Your daddy raised you right."
Deacon served in the Marine Corps with John Winchester
during the Vietnam War, and is now the Warden of Green River County Detention Center near Little Rock, Arkansas. He asks Dean and Sam for help when strange deaths start occurring in his prison. Portrayed by Garwin Sanford. Appears in "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19)
Sheriff Jody Mills
Sheriff Jody Mills
Portrayed by Kim Rhodes
Sergeant Miranda Bates
"Listen, kid, I don't have to do anything. And I don't take orders from the Feeb. So unless you can give me one good reason you got a couple of pretty-boy agents poking around my crime scene, I'm gonna put them in cuffs and spank your ass raw, understand? "
Sergeant Bates is a military police officer who is investigating a bus that was abandoned in front of the Naval base
in Coronado, California
with the bodies of 3 people who have fatal wounds, but the wounds appear quite old. Portrayed by Carmen Moore.
Appears in "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)
Agent Eliot Ness is listed under Hunters.
Detective James Frampton is listed under Witches.