Characters: Supernatural Demons

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    Demons in Supernatural 
1. Demon Henchmen and Knights of Hell (Black-Eyed Demons)
2. Crossroads Demons, including Crowley (Red-Eyed Demons)
3. Azazel (Yellow-Eyed Demon)
4. Lilith, the first demon, and Alastair (White-Eyed Demons)
5. Samhain, demon of All Soul's Day, (Clouded-Iris Demon)
6. Acheri Demons, child-like demons, (Clouded-Eyed Demons)

You demons. You think you're something special. But you're just spirits. Twisted, perverted, evil spirits. But, end of the day, you're nothing but ghosts with an ego.

Demons in Supernatural were created by Lucifer, who was jealous that God favored humanity over His own angels. They are created when a soul is sent to Hell, where all the humanity is stripped away by torture. Humans see a demon as a cloud of smoke or as their vessel, but angels can see the true face of a demon.

More powerful demons enjoy positions of leadership in the hierarchy of Hell, with one ruling as the King of Hell. Most demons serve Lucifer and fought for him during the Apocalypse, but after Lucifer was sent back into his Cage, Crowley took charge of Hell.
  • Abusive Parents: Even though he is the one who created them, their "father" Lucifer secretly hates them all for having originally been humans. Actually, he may even hate them more than he hates humans, as demons are the walking embodiments of the flawed, murderous aspects of humanity which Lucifer found so terrible about us in the first place, only without any of the redeeming features humans can have and ten times the evil. It's unclear if the demons are aware of his hatred for them following his exile in the Cage, but a few demons (like Crowley) were aware of it before he tried to fight Michael.
  • The Ageless: Like angels, demons can be killed but won't die of natural causes.
  • All Men Are Perverts/All Women Are Lustful: Demons in general tend to be very sexual creatures, whether it's limited to using suggestive dialogue to make their enemies squirm, hitting on them (probably while actually hitting them), or openly trying to get with them, with or without the other party's consent.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: When first introduced in "Phantom Traveler" (S01, E04), demons are portrayed as evil for evil's sake, but almost all major demons in the series turn out to have an agenda.
    Dean: I don't know, man. This isn't our normal gig. I mean, demons, they don't want anything, just death and destruction for its own sake. This is big.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: According to Ruby, most of them might not even remember that they were once humans themselves.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The Seven Deadly Sins in "The Magnificent Seven".
  • Apocalypse Cult: In Season 4, certain demons work to break the seals, start the Apocalypse and release Lucifer.
  • Arch-Enemy: They fear and hate angels in about equal measure. Oddly enough, they also worship one, since he created them. Go figure.
  • Ascended Demon: Despite demons being by and large Always Chaotic Evil, there are a few examples of redeemed demons: Ruby (except not), Meg (accidentally, but of her own will), an unnamed demon in "Clip Show" (S08, E22) (whose fate isn't disclosed), and now possibly Crowley, who Sam partially "cured" in the third Trial.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Seems to be the way Hell operates. Demons fight each other to fill empty slots in the hierarchy. Abaddon certainly thinks that that's the way it should be, except she'd like to extend this to the rest of the universe, kick the ass of every other sentient race and enslave them for a universe ruled by demons (with her as Queen, naturally).
  • At the Crossroads: Crossroads demons can be summoned at (you guessed it) crossroads, whether it's dirt or a highway intersection. As fitting the trope, one can make deals there with said demons. Summoning a crossroads demon requires that you bury a box with things like a black cat's bone, graveyard dirt and a photograph of yourself.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Demons who're higher up on the food chain in Hell are far more powerful than ordinary demons and correspondingly are that much harder to defeat.
  • Badass Army: What they were intended to be after they were released in the season two finale. However, their general was killed and the intended replacement refused to step up even after being informed of his role, so they mostly just caused havoc randomly rather than truly fighting a war. Until Lilith steps in, anyway.
  • Badass Boast: Demons are always boasting and gloating.
  • Badass In Charge: The higher-ranking demons (i.e. Azazel, Lilith, Abaddon).
  • The Baroness: Many female demons, most notably Meg and Abaddon, are Sexpots.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Every demon was once a human whose soul was tortured to the point that they lost most (if not all) of their humanity and began enjoying dishing the pain back out...unfortunately, (mostly) onto innocent humans.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The fastest way to tell a person's possessed is to have the demon inside flip their eyes black (or red, white, or yellow).
  • Black and Gray Morality: Demons tend to come across as wholly malicious and sadistic, and Dean once described them as just wanting death and destruction "for its own sake." You would think that that's all there is to it, but it has been revealed and reinforced in surprising ways that demons are more complex than that. They can love, and they do love. Lucifer's followers — including some of the scummiest demons of the whole series, like Alastair, Azazel, and Lilith—actually believe that he is their savior and the rightful ruler of the universe who will save the world. Although it could have just been her manipulating Dean, Casey seemed sincere when she espoused her disdain for the weak, sinful nature of humanity, and her belief that her kind is stronger and deserves to win. Azazel, Meg, and Tom were called a "family" with Azazel as the "father" and Meg and Tom as his "children," with some genuine sense of love and loyalty in the group. Azazel is also implied to have demons who were his "friends." The demons possessing Casey and Father Gil had been in love for centuries and were protective of each other, the Seven Deadly Sins hung out together and tried to go save one of their own when he was captured, etc. Demons have also been shown capable of loving non-demonic individuals: Lucifer loyalists' love for their "Father," Ruby's love for Sam, Meg's love for Castiel, Cain's love for Colette. All this just goes to show that Even Evil Has Loved Ones and that occasionally Love Redeems. Per Word of God, at least some demons think that they're the good guys doing the right thing. They have their own moral code and are often deeply loyal and committed to the causes they serve, even willingly sacrificing themselves when necessary.
  • Blood Magic: Demons communicate using a goblet filled with fresh human blood.
  • Break Them by Talking: A favorite hobby of many a demon.
    • Hannibal Lecture: Even after you've got them caught in a devil's trap and try to torture them, prepare for them to keep talking.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Most demons have black eyes, crossroads demons have red eyes, high-level demons have white eyes, and Azazel is the only one with yellow eyes. The color of their smoke also may occasionally match their eyes, as seen when Crowley smokes out of Linda Tran and, later, Sam Winchester and his smoke is red.
  • Consummate Liar: "Demons lie!"
  • The Corrupter: What most demons are good at. They are good at manipulating humans, especially when they are vulnerable or at their weakest, to do immoral and corruptible deeds.
  • Dark Action Girl: Most, if not all, of the female demons, most notably Meg and Abaddon.
  • Dark Is Evil: Black smoke, black eyes...
    • Light Is Not Good: A few demons like Lilith and Samhain are capable of using white light-based powers, similar to those of angels. Why they can do this is never explained.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If they get a line, they're most likely going to be this.
  • Deal with the Devil: Crossroads demons can grant wishes to humans in exchange for their souls. Usually these deals come due in ten years, at which point the poor bastard who made the deal gets torn apart by hellhounds and their soul dragged into Hell to be tortured.
    • Demons themselves made deals back when they were human, which is what landed them in Hell and got them turned them into what they are in the first place.
  • Demon Slaying:
    • Cool Gun: The Colt. Much like Ruby's Knife, it will kill any demon that is shot while within a host if the shot is a fatal one. It is more powerful, however, as it affects upper-level demons as well, even when the knife does not.
    • Cool Sword: Angel blades.
    • The Chosen One: Sam's special abilities can easily kill demons. Sam developed abilities almost exclusively tailored to hurt or kill demons. Due to training from Ruby and ingestion of demon blood, he first developed the power to pull demons out of humans. Later, the powers advanced to killing demons outright, much like the knife or the Colt, except that he could leave the possessed human alive.
      • The Chosen Many: Although unknown, it is assumed the other Special Children would have also been able to do this as well, had they survived, trained, and ingested demon blood.
    • Demon Lords and Archdevils: In Season 4, one of Lilith's minions was scared of the very real possibility that Lilith would kill her even if she didn't give anything away to Sam and Ruby, and Crowley killed all but one demon from a demon hive in Season 5, so it can be assumed that a more powerful demon is able to destroy lower-level demons. However, this could've been through the use of an unseen, unmentioned weapon.
    • Functional Magic: The Word of God tablet on demons describes a spell which can completely destroy demons.
    • Hellhounds: Hellhounds can overpower and kill demons as easily as they can kill humans.
    • Hollywood Exorcism: Exorcism will pull the demon out of its host and send it back to Hell. The hosts may or may not survive. Before Sam and Dean learned that demons could be killed by the Colt or Ruby's Knife, exorcism was the only known method used by hunters to stop demons. Reciting the exorcism backwards will force the demon back into its host. Very powerful demons (Abaddon) are immune to exorcism.
    • Holy Hand Grenade: An angel can kill a demon by touching them on the forehead with their hand; the host is also killed as a result. This power will not work for normal angels if the demon is too powerful or if the angel is cut off from Heaven. Higher-level angels, however, can kill even the most powerful of demons this way.
    • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Ruby's knife. It will kill a demon that is within a host if the wound dealt is a fatal one. Upper-level demons are immune to the killing effects of the knife, the only definitive examples being Alastair and Abaddon.
    • Kill It with Fire: Burning their earthly remains. If the bones belonging to the demon are burned, the demon will be killed much like a vengeful spirit. This can also be used to torture demons. This tactic is very difficult to use because it requires knowing the demon's human name from before it died and where they were buried, and many demons themselves can no longer remember they were ever human at all, let alone what their names were.
    • Leviathans: Leviathans find demons to be a "mutation". In one instance, one Leviathan called a demon "unimpressive". Furthermore, as Leviathans can kill angels (beings who are undoubtedly stronger), they can almost certainly overpower and kill demons, too.
    • One-Hit Kill: The Colt.
    • Our Angels Are Different: Angels are demons' biggest enemy and can easily overpower and kill them with various powers and weapons.
    • Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts can pull demons from their vessels, as shown when John Winchester's spirit grabs Azazel.
    • The Power of Blood: It's possible to turn a demon into a human again if, on sacred ground, a human injects his own "pure" blood in a demon. The blood must be given hourly for eight hours. In the last dose, the blood must be fresh and the donor must tell before the exorcism: "Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus, hanc animam redintegra, lustra, lustra."
    • Sinister Scythe: Death's Scythe. Death's Scythe can probably kill demons, as it is capable of reaping just about anything.
    • Virgin Power: The heart of a virgin can be used for a demon-killing spell, according to Ruby.
    • Weaksauce Weakness: Under some circumstances, the ingestion of large quantities of salt can force a demon to vacate its host.
      • Physical Damage: Though demons themselves cannot be harmed by conventional means, severe damage to their meatsuits (such as severed limbs) will slow them down. If a vessel accumulates too much damage (which they commonly do), the demon will be forced to abandon its meatsuit and search for a new one.
  • Demonic Possession: Meat Puppet.
  • Devil in Disguise: It may not be immediately revealed that a character is actually a demon (e.g. Meg, Ruby) or that a pre-established character has become possessed (e.g. Azazel posing as John and Samuel, Crowley posing as Linda Tran). You usually have to wait for the demon to reveal itself on purpose. Originally, it was supposed to be possible to find out who is possessed by a demon by saying "Christo," which made demons who heard it flinch and their eyes to turn black, but this was dropped after "Phantom Traveler" because the writers thought that that made it too easy for Sam and Dean to figure out who the villain was.
  • Evil Counterpart: To angels...ostensibly.
  • Evil Empire: Although Hell is ruled by a king or queen and not an emperor.
  • Evil Gloating: By far the most talkative and most sadistic of the Monsters of the Week. This tends to bite them in the ass when it gives the heroes enough time to stage a comeback.
    Dean: [to Meg] My God, you like the sound of your own voice.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Considering that demons come from Hell...
  • Evil Is Hammy: Lots of demons enjoy being Large Hams.
  • Evil Is Petty: Often.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Many demons tend to be very sarcastic and they often resort to the use of snarky comments.
  • Evil Wears Black: Most demons who pick their own clothes are seen in black or other dark colors.
  • Fallen Angels: Subverted. In the Supernatural mythos, demons are human souls who have been completely stripped of their humanity through centuries of unrelenting torture in Hell, transforming them into vengeful, malicious, evil spirits.
  • Femme Fatale: Most of the female demons, such as Meg, Ruby, Abaddon and Lilith.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: That is, until Crowley takes over as King of Hell.
  • For the Evulz: Their original description. "Demons, they don't want anything, just death and destruction for its own sake."
  • Good Hurts Evil: Holy water affects demons with a burning sensation. Plus, demons flinch at the word "Christo".
  • Hell: The home of the demons. The opposite of Heaven, which is the home of the angels.
  • Hellgate: Here called "Devil's Gates." If even one of these gates are opened on Earth by an outside force, hundreds of demons can pour out of Hell and onto Earth. In Season 8, Crowley originally plans to use Kevin to open all the Devil's Gates on Earth so that the world will be completely infested with demons, while Sam and Dean plan to use Kevin to permanently lock all the Gates. Neither succeeds.
  • Hellhounds: Giant, invisible dogs that serve demons and kill people whose contracts are up. They're even more terrifying than their masters—Crowley had to bring in his own hellhound to fend one off, and Castiel (leader of an army in Heaven and a seraph at the time, mind you) ran away from a pack of them when he has killed demons without any effort. Yikes.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Demons seem to have a penchant for leather, especially leather jackets.
  • Hot as Hell: The vast majority of female demons, even the minor, unnamed ones.
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches: Most of the female demons (Meg, Ruby, Lilith, Abaddon, Dean's Crossroads Demon, etc) are very attractive and very nasty. Rip-your-head-off-after-sex-and-eat-it nasty. Of course, the meatsuits they're wearing aren't what they really look like, and Ruby in particular is described as "one ugly bitch", but they do choose their own meatsuits.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Many demons are not fond of humans, just like Daddy Lucifer, who despises humans and seeks to destroy them.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Most demons wouldn't blink at killing members of their own species if the situation pits them against one another.
  • Infernal Bureaucracy/Demon Lords and Archdevils: The demons have a hierarchical structure with a leader and Evil Minions. The Knights of Hell are among the oldest and most powerful demons, chosen by Lucifer himself.
  • Kryptonite Factor:
    • Black Magic: Hexbags can be used to hide people from demons.
    • Blood Magic/The Power of Blood: The blood of a person who has confessed his sins hurts demons if injected into them, and enough injections can restore a demon's humanity.
    • Geometric Magic: A devil's trap is a symbol drawn in chalk, paint, etc., on a surface. A demon can walk into one, but it can't walk out unless part of the trap gets broken. While inside, the demon can't use its powers and is locked inside its host unless it is exorcised. Other sigils can also bind or otherwise affect demons, such as a particular sigil that, when carved or burnt into a demon's host, will lock that demon inside its host.
      Bobby: Hell, yeah. You get a demon in, they're trapped. Powerless. It's like a Satanic Roach Motel.
    • Holy Burns Evil: Holy water burns demons that come into contact with it like acid. It proves ineffective against high-tier demons like Azazel and Lilith.
    • Hollywood Exorcism: Magical Incantation in Latin or Enochian which can send the demon back to Hell.
    • Ring of Fire: Though not fatal to demons as it is to angels, Holy Fire can cause demons extreme and excruciating pain.
    • Seeking Sanctuary: Meg makes it clear that only minor demons are forbidden from holy ground.
    • Weaksauce Weakness: Demons cannot cross a line of salt or iron.
      • Salt: Demons are unable to cross a line of salt and can do very little to damage the line at all. They can't even open doors lined with salt if opening it would break the line. Salt can also be used to torture demons by making them ingest it or by injecting them with saltwater. It can also be put into shotgun rounds to hurt and knock back demons. However, Azazel is immune to this weakness and Crowley seemed to be less affected by rock salt shots than other demons would be.
      • Cold Iron: A demon can't touch iron without its skin burning or cross it if it is used to erect a barrier, much like salt. Ruby, Samhain and Alastair were immune to this weakness.
  • Lack of Empathy: "You hit a dog and stopped. Why?"
  • Laughably Evil: Many demons tend to have a very evil or sinister laugh.
  • The Legions of Hell: Demons serve as the henchmen and soldiers for the King of Hell.
  • Made of Evil: They are the twisted, tortured remnants of souls that have had their humanity burnt out of them in Hell.
  • Manipulative Bastard: They're very good at this.
  • Moral Sociopathy: Adhere to this kind of moral code, if any. For example, Meg's shock and outrage that Dean would renege on their deal seems genuine, as does her shock and outrage when her own "brother" and fellow demon endangers her life by using her to test out the Colt's authenticity; Azazel promises not to hurt anyone when he's paying his visits to get his end of the deal so long as nobody interferes with his business, Alastair claims that he wouldn't lie about the seals because it's a "religious thing" with him, Crowley enforces very strict rules about deals because he thinks that Hell should have "integrity," and even some minor demons — like one of Crowley's minions in "Soul Survivor" — display some sense of ethics. Speculative, but Katherine Boecher (who played Lilith in Season 4) mused that even most demons might hesitate to possess children.
  • The Nth Doctor: Many of the major demons in Supernatural have had more than one vessel.
  • Obviously Evil: Most of them.
  • One Myth to Explain Them All: Demons are behind many of the stories of evil forces causing natural and man-made disasters.
    Sam: So, every religion in every world culture has the concept of demons and demonic possession, right? I mean, Christian, Native American, Hindu, you name it.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Even the ones whose names we do learn; they all take up aliases after losing their humanity. The only demon whose real name was revealed is Crowley.
  • Only One Name: All the known demons only have one name.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Just look at the rest of this page.
  • Protective Charm: Charms or tattoos can protect against Demonic Possession.
  • Red Right Hand: Their eyes.
  • Religion of Evil: They fanatically worship Lucifer, so duh. They think that he will lead them all into Paradise, so it probably isn't evil in their eyes, though.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Not only do demons live and breathe by these sins, the sins also exist as a group of black-eyed demons. Unusually for demons, the Sins seem to get along very well and care about each other to some extent, as they will protect each other and try to save each other.
  • Stock Superpowers:
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Limited; some demons can create small earthquakes.
    • Dream Walker: At least the higher level demons are able to visit a person in their dreams.
    • Flight: Only when in their natural forms.
    • Healing Hands: Which comes at a price.
    • Immortality: Demons have an indefinitely long lifespan and an arrested aging process.
    • Invisibility: Some demons can become invisible to humans.
    • Light 'em Up: Some can cast blinding white lights.
    • Mind Manipulation: Demons are able to manipulate humans minds to their will and make them see or believe what they want them to see or believe.
    • Mind over Matter: Both Sam and Dean are often slammed across a room with this power.
    • Mind Probe: Abaddon displayed an ability like this. Presumably the other Knights had it, too.
    • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Demons tend to have the sixth sense and are able to sense things easily around them.
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: Injuries that would be fatal to humans, such as broken necks or gunshot wounds, have very little, if any, effect on demons. They can only be killed by special weapons or rituals. Unlike angels, they don't always heal their vessels. If the meatsuit receives too much damage, they simply find another human to possess, leaving their former vessel to die.
    • Playing with Fire: Some demons can generate and manipulate fire.
    • Psychic Powers: That drinking their blood can enhance in humans.
    • Psychic Radar: Demons are able detect or sense other demons or also detect and sense whenever the presence of others, including humans and other supernatural beings.
    • Reality Warper: Some demons who are especially powerful or have an immense amount of power are able to warp reality to their will. They have the ability to create, change and destroy things to their will.
    • Shock and Awe: Demons can manipulate electricity and can even generate it.
    • Simplified Spellcasting: Demons are able to cast spells with the use of the abilities, similar to that of witches and warlocks.
    • Summoning Ritual: Displayed by Samhain in particular. He could control different monsters such as ghosts and zombies.
    • Super Senses: Demons have an enhanced sense of smell and taste.
    • Super Strength: Demons possess superior physical strength compared to that of humans; capable of physically overpowering humans and most monsters. Once, a demon (the "Phantom Traveler" demon) ripped open an airplane hatch with over 2 tons of pressure at over 1,000 feet above the ground. The higher ranking the demon, the stronger it is. The highest-ranking demons can overpower low-level angels.
    • Super Toughness: Demons never tire, and do not require food, water, oxygen or sleep to sustain themselves. Sam states that they also do not get hot or cold.
    • Teleporters and Transporters: Offscreen.
    • Weather Manipulation: Some demons are able to manipulate the weather to their will.
  • Super Smoke: Demons manifest as thick clouds of smoke without hosts.
  • Sycophantic Servant: To Lucifer.
  • Tortured Monster: It is revealed in "Malleus Maleficarum" that demons are former humans who ended up in Hell for whatever reason and have been spiritually mutilated and tortured until over the years they devolved into vicious, twisted monsters lashing out at anything they come across.
  • Uh-Oh Eyes: The eyes of their hosts occasionally turn a demonic color.
  • Was Once a Man: All demons were originally human.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Remember how Sam and Dean actually struggled to even exorcise a demon in early seasons? Now they're cutting them down left and right.


Demons

    Meg 

Meg

The best torturers never get their hands dirty.

Meg initially served under Azazel. She appears to go off the rails in Season 2 before rejoining the cause and serving Lucifer in Season 5. Despite being bitter enemies with the Winchesters due to her having killed many of their friends, they reluctantly ally with her in later seasons for mutual benefit. Portrayed by Nicki Lyn Aycox, Jared Padalecki, and Rachel Miner, Meg first appears in "Scarecrow" (S01, E11).
  • Aerith and Bob: Meg is actually the name of the possessed girl; her actual demon's name never being mentioned. It seems that the demon eventually just adopts this as her name.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Meg becomes this in Season 8.
  • Ascended Demon: After teaming up the Winchesters, she is well on her way to becoming one of the good guys. She attributes this to her affection for Castiel, indirectly comparing it to how Sam falls in love with Amelia and quits hunting to be with her (implying that Meg has fallen in love with Castiel and is turning good to be with him). She's actually somewhat disgruntled by this change in herself and misses being completely evil, since it was simpler and being kinda good sucks in her opinion. Meg deserves some props, though: unlike a semi-cured Crowley, she is trustworthy, and unlike him, she chooses to change and go the route of redemption.
  • Avenging the Villain: She tries to accomplish this after Lucifer gets his ass locked back in Hell by gunning after Crowley.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Her relationship with Castiel. Although Meg is a demon and Castiel is an angel and they are supposed to be enemies, it is very clear and obvious that Meg has a very deep affection or soft spot for the angel.
  • Back for the Dead: Captured by Crowley's men at the end of "Survival of the Fittest," tortured for a year for the location of Lucifer's crypts, and then killed when she returns to the screen in "Goodbye, Stranger."
  • Badass: Has been known to single-handedly take down multiple hellhounds and Leviathans, and is one of the only two demons on the show to have succeeded in killing an angel.
  • Badass in Distress: Meg has been caught and tortured a few times. The most notable instance of this was when Crowley got her: it happened for over a year, without any of her "allies" (by that time, Sam, Dean and Cass) bothering to go look for her. They only rescue her because they need the information she has, and don't even know that she's the one they're rescuing at first. Considering her actions to them in the past, it's understandable why Sam and Dean might not care enough about what happens to her, and Cass was busy being brainwashed by Naomi, but Meg makes it clear that she finds it a betrayal by Sam when she finds out that he hadn't even looked for her.
  • The Baroness: Meg is of the Sexpot variation. Like most female demons, she often uses her sexuality in order to get what she wants. She also has a tendency to be rather domineering and controlling and she is also very cunning and manipulative. She had shown strong shades of this in the earlier seasons with Sam as she has tried to seduce him multiple times, much to Sam's disconcertion.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Castiel. Most of this stems from the fact that Castiel is an angel and Meg is a demon, meaning that they are from opposing species. Angels and demons are known to be enemies, therefore, this makes Castiel and Meg's relationship very unusual and odd. Because of the immediate "hatred" between the two of them because of their respective species, there is also a very strong sexual attraction there. This was taken Up to Eleven in season six when Castiel kissed Meg. From there, it seems that their relationship grew from a strong dislike to a mutual like and respect on some level. Meg even admitted in season 8 that she loved Castiel and would even give up her evil ways because of her affection for him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She befriends Sam in Season 1 in the guise of a fellow hitchhiker, before he learns she's evil.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Well, she possessed a blonde in Season 1. She goes blonde again in Season 8 from Crowley having her current host's hair dyed (apparently just to piss her off) but, by then, she isn't quite as evil.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her first incarnation, the real Meg; the demon cut off most of her hair while she was possessing her. Her third incarnation apparently gets to keep her long hair, as does her second incarnation, the very floppy-haired, very male Sam Winchester.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Castiel in Season 7 after he absorbs Sam's mental trauma.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Happened to Meg for an entire year in Season 8.
  • Cute and Psycho: Especially in the first season or first few seasons. She tones it down in the later seasons when doing a mild Heel-Face Turn.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: To Azazel in Season 1.
  • Dark Action Girl: Most of the time. She graduates to Action Girl status when working with Sam, Dean and Castiel against other evil bad guys.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the anime.
  • Defiant to the End: When Crowley is beating her and taunting her, Meg taunts him right back and tells him to take as long as he wants with her (since she's trying to keep him focused on beating her up instead of go after Sam, Dean and Castiel to get the angel tablet), even though she doesn't even have the strength to stand up on her own. The last thing she does is mock him about losing the angel tablet and stab him in the arm, which pisses him off enough to finish her off.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Implied by her attitude towards anybody she has at her mercy.
  • Disney Villain Death: The daevas she was controlling turn on her when the altar breaks and drag her kicking and screaming out a window in "Shadow," where she plunges to her death...okay, not really. Being a demon, Meg turns up again like a bad penny. It does mean that her host at the time dies when she's exorcised in "Devil's Trap."
  • The Dragon: For Azazel in Season 1 and then Lucifer in Season 5. She has quit working for Azazel and outright goes against his plans when she briefly returns in Season 2, and ends up lasts much longer than either him or Lucifer, dying towards the end of Season 8 after Azazel is killed in Season 2 and Lucifer is put out of commission in Season 5.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette/Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: When portrayed by Rachel Miner (until she dyes her hair blonde in Season 8).
  • Enemy Mine: With the Winchesters. She sometimes helps them on missions.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although she's a demon, Meg indicates that she does love Lucifer, Azazel, and possibly even some of her other demonic brethren, like Tom (which might explain why she was so shocked when he tested the Colt by shooting her). She also comes to love Castiel.
  • Evil Laugh: When Dean and Bobby try to exorcise her for a second time and fail due to the binding link she burned into her current host, and again when hellhounds are chasing down the hunters in "Abandon All Hope...".
  • Evil Versus Evil: She dedicates herself to killing fellow demon Crowley in revenge for his helping trap Lucifer and then assuming the throne of Hell for himself. This leads to a shaky alliance with the Winchesters in the sixth and seventh seasons.
  • Evil Wears Black: Meg often wears black clothing.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Don't get her wrong, she thinks John's hot and he may even live up to his reputation as a hunter, but she finds him somewhat lacking in the vertical department when she meets him face-to-face in "Salvation". Clearly, Sam set the bar too high.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In season eight. Meg's bleached blonde hair is part of the torture Crowley put her through.
    Meg: Aww. Thanks for noticing, Dean. But this wasn't my idea. It was Crowley's. And it's just another reason I want to stab him in the face.
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: Inverted with Castiel, with Meg being the Female Demon to Castiel's Male Angel.
  • Foe Romance Subtext:
    • VERY much with Castiel. In fact in season eight, Meg admits that she's in love with Castiel, though in very ambiguous terms and the writer admitted he does not believe she can feel that in the sense we'd recognize. Castiel sort of admits he has affection for her too, describing their kiss as a 'good memory'.
    • Also with Sam in the earlier seasons.
  • For the Evulz:
    Sam: You killed those two people for nothing.
    Meg: Baby, I've killed a lot more for a lot less.
  • Friendly Enemy: She becomes this to Sam, Dean, and Castiel when she starts helping them out in later seasons in the hopes that they'll return the favor and help her with Crowley. Downplayed because Sam and Dean twice plan on killing her despite their alliance, only to be foiled when she teleported away or proved that she didn't betray them, so they probably don't feel as warm and fuzzy about her as she seems to come to feel about them.
  • Gender Bender: She possesses Sam for over a week in "Born Under a Bad Sign", and makes him kill other hunters to goad Dean into killing him/her to punish both brothers for exorcising her. At the end of the episode, Dean jokes about how this means Sam had a girl inside of him for a week.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Meg is mostly accompanied with some kind of a weapon, mostly a knife.
  • Groin Attack: Christian mutilates her meatsuit's genitalia with a knife when he's torturing her in "Caged Heat".
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Meg seems to love her alcohol.
  • The Hedonist: Meg seems to enjoy pleasure and the good things in life, such as drinking, partying and sex.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Once Rachel Miner takes over the role, she keeps the same leather jacket, jeans, and biker boots ensemble for the entirety of her run. The Nicki Aycox version had a little more variation, but still displayed a definite penchant for leather jackets.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: In later seasons. She's still definitely not good by any stretch of the imagination, but she saves the day on more than one occasion, and her lack of morality is often Played for Laughs.
    Meg: Wait, hold on. There's one part I don't understand. You hit a dog and stopped; why?
    Sam: That whole story, and that's your takeaway?
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a ruthless, cunning, and bloodthirsty demon, Meg does love her "fathers" Lucifer and Azazel, and has dedicated her existence to serving them and helping them achieve their goals because she wants to go to Heaven. This doesn't mean that she's a mindless servant, however—she is so angry at Dean for double-crossing and exorcising her, sending her to undergo more suffering in Hell, that she stops caring about Azazel's plans and instead concocts a plan to get him to kill what he thinks is an evil Sam to torture him psychologically by tricking him into killing Sam while she's possessing him. Also, after meeting Castiel, Meg also starts to fall in love, giving more evidence to the fact that she can love. In "Goodbye Stranger", she basically admits as a bitter jab at both herself and Sam, that, just as Sam fell in love with Amelia and (temporarily) gave up hunting for her temporarily, but went back to it, she believed she had fallen in love with Castiel, thought she wants to give up demon-ing and spend her life with him... but in all actuality, it was doomed from the beginning, bound to end as badly as Sam and Amelia did instead. Unicorns do not exist in the Supernatural universe and are too pure to be caught by hands such as hers/theirs, and she cynically empathizes with Sam about it.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: Kind of. She never actually exhibits any remorse or makes any attempt to atone for her sins, and she seems bemused more than anything else to find herself on the same side as the heroes...but later seasons nevertheless have her allied with the Winchesters and show her in a more sympathetic light, and she ultimately sacrifices herself in holding off Crowley to allow Sam, Dean, and Castiel to get away with the angel tablet and live to fight another day.
  • I Have Many Names: She says it almost word-for-word in "Born Under a Bad Sign" when Dean asks who she is.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: She invokes it almost word-for-word when she poses as a psychiatric nurse in order to watch over a temporarily debilitated, dependent Castiel.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: As one might expect, Meg hits the bottle after being rescued from over a year of torture. She takes swigs from an open bottle of whiskey while Castiel patches her up.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Castiel. They make-out when she steals his angel blade in "Caged Heat", and in "Goodbye Stranger", Meg expresses interest in having sex with him later if they both survive. It is implied in "Goodbye Stranger" that her relationship with Castiel has a hand in her kinda-sorta-High Heel-Face Turn and appears to be reciprocated.
  • Jerkass: Often, especially in the earlier seasons.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her insistence that Crowley is a much bigger threat than the Winchesters give him credit for. They don't pay her much attention at the time, since they're busy dealing with the Leviathan. in season 8, her words ring true.
    Dean: Crowley ain't the problem this year.
    Meg: When are you gonna get it? Crowley's always the problem.
  • Kick the Dog: It's heavily implied that she killed Bobby's dog, Rumsfeld, off-screen in the Season 1 finale.
  • Kiss of Distraction: With Castiel in season six. Meg kissed Castiel in order to distract him and steal his angel blade from his trench coat. It backfires when Cas spins her around and kisses back, dumbfounding not only Meg but the Winchesters as well. (The other side of the coin of Forceful Kiss and Take-That Kiss for them.)
  • Knife Nut: Well, how else would she carve you up like a Thanksgiving turkey?
  • Limited Wardrobe: From Season 5 through Season 8. Meg might change the clothes themselves, but she sticks with the same basic ensemble—necklace, leather jacket, jeans, and spiked boots (in Season 5) or biker boots (in Season 8), all with a dark color scheme.
  • Love Redeems: A possible reading of Meg's last stand, seemingly for the "unicorn" she, like Sam, could never catch.
  • Meaningful Name: "Meg" is a nickname for Megan, a form of the name Margaret, which means "pearl." In jewel symbolism, pearls are believed to represent tears and can also symbolize sexuality.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Unusual in that, while Meg is initially introduced as an unrelenting villain, she's the only recurring demon character so far to have gained some measure of redemption.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Winchesters are shocked and horrified to realize she survived her Disney Villain Death in "Shadow"; to be fair to them, they didn't know yet that she was a demon.
    Sam: Last time I saw you, you fell out of a window.
    Meg: Yeah, no thanks to you. That really hurt my feelings, by the way.
    Sam: Just your feelings? That was a seven-story drop.
  • Not So Different: On two occasions, she points out that she's motivated by the same things that as the Winchesters, namely familial loyalty. She also mirrors Castiel in that both are formerly loyal soldiers who end up going rogue and being hunted by their own kind though in reality she's more like the loyal, gleefully corrupt Zachariah to Lucifer's Michael while Ruby is more loyal, controlled Castiel.
  • Oh Wait!:
    Dean: Where's our father, Meg?
    Meg: You didn't ask very nice.
    Dean: [not missing a beat] Where's our father, bitch?
    Meg: Jeez, you kiss your mother with that mouth? Oh, wait, I forgot—you don't.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since the demon's real name is never revealed, the characters (and fans) just call her Meg, after the girl we first see her possessing. She herself uses the alias "Meg Masters" when working as a nurse at a mental hospital to watch over Castiel. Oddly enough, even another demon calls her this in "Goodbye Stranger", suggesting that either he didn't know her name either, it had actually become her nickname even with her fellow demons, or that it is her real name.
  • Opposites Attract: With Castiel. Meg is a demon and Castiel is an angel.
  • Perky Goth: Meg's playful behavior coupled with the Gothic looks of her third host (very pale skin and very dark hair, dark clothing, and leather jackets), particularly in Season 5, wherein she is at the peak of her perkiest at the same time that Rachel Miner's skin is at its palest and her hair its blackest .
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: She's almost as bad as Dean in this department. Seems to have a particular fondness for Star Wars, Ryan Seacrest and gossip magazines.
    Meg: [upon being rescued from Crowley's torture by Sam and Dean] Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
  • Put on a Bus: A recurring nemesis in Season 1 and appearing in one episode in Season 2, she drops off the face of the planet for quite a while. The Bus Came Back in Season 5. However, she still doesn't show up too much—twice in Season 5, once in Season 6, three times in Season 7, and once in Season 8. All in all, Meg appears pretty sporadically.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Rachel Miner's worsening case of multiple sclerosis limited Meg's appearances in later seasons, as well as how much she was able to move and fight. Eventually, Meg had to be Killed Off for Real because poor Rachel wasn't healthy enough to continue playing her and the cast didn't want to replace her. Instead, Meg died on the side of good because Rachel requested it.
  • Redemption Equals Death: For a given value of "redemption"—when Crowley tells her that the Winchesters are trying to seal the gates of Hell, Meg surprisingly shrugs it off, says that as long as Crowley gets screwed it's A-okay with her, and keeps fighting him to stop him from catching the boys. They both realize that Castiel has already run off with the angel tablet before Crowley kills her in anger.
  • Smug Smiler: One of her trademarks. She often does this when she is resorting to manipulative tactics or when she has gotten her way.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: In later seasons.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Other than black, Meg seems to like purple.
  • Taking You with Me: Her logic behind allowing the Winchesters to try and close the gates of Hell is that she doesn't care about the possibility of her own death so long as Crowley dies with her.
  • Tempting Fate: Meg suggests she and Castiel should get together if they survive the assault on Lucifer's crypt, instantly dooming herself to a drawn-out and brutal death at Crowley's hand.
  • Terms of Endangerment: In Season 1 in particular, Meg uses "Sammy" (which only he lets his family call him) and "baby" (which Jessica called him) when she's talking to Sam. She also calls John "Johnny" and "John-boy", and Dean "Deano". After meeting Castiel, she starts calling the angel "Clarence".
  • Theme Naming: With Ruby as demon girls named for gemstones. Although a pearl is the birthstone for June and a ruby is for July, they can be used as alternate birthstones for each other's months, referencing how Meg and Ruby act as Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for one another and end up inverting one another despite their similarities.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Turns into this in later seasons due to being hunted by Crowley and needing allies anywhere she can get 'em—even in the form of the hunters she once had a blood feud with.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: She flat-out laughs at both Dean and Christian when they try. She also claims what Christian does to her is nothing compared to what her host has already suffered.
    Meg: This is kind of a turn-on, Dean, you hitting a girl.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Somewhat in Season 7. More so in Season 8.
  • Torture Always Works: Subverted. When Meg was tortured in season eight, she had been lying to her torturers, hoping to buy enough time for an escape.
  • Torture Technician: She apprenticed under Alastair in Hell at some point. She must've had a nasty internship, too, since she doesn't break under getting her vagina carved up with an angel sword by Christian and more than a year of torture from Crowley. She herself uses her powers to torture Crowley at one point to force him to give the Winchesters information, but after he breaks free and incapacitates her, he sneers at her technique, saying that she knows nothing of torture.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Lucifer. She refuses to believe Castiel when he tells her Crowley's theory that Lucifer hates demons as well as humans and will kill them after they help him destroy the human race. When about to kill Crowley, she dedicates his death to Lucifer, even after Lucifer has been locked up for over a year. When questioned in "Shadow" and "Reading is Fundamental", Meg claims that she's driven by the same things the Winchesters are: loyalty and love.
  • The Unfettered: Meg is so obsessed with killing Crowley that she ultimately ends up sacrificing her life so that Team Free Will might have a chance at bringing him down, even if it means she won't get to do the deed herself.
  • The Vamp: Just don't let her tie you up.
  • Villainous Rescue: She kills Crowley's demons when they're about to kill Dean in "The Born-Again Identity" and kills Hester to save Cass in "Reading is Fundamental".
    Meg: What? Someone had to.
  • Weapon of Choice: Seems to favor an angel-killing sword after stealing one from Castiel in "Caged Heat". Before that, she seemed to be particularly fond of knives.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Castiel throughout seasons five to eight. When Castiel and Meg have their first encounter in season five, it seemed to some viewers that there was some serious sexual tension between the two. This led many to believe the possibility of Castiel/Meg developing a relationship in the distant future. In season six, the sexual tension comes to a head when Castiel and Meg make out passionately in battle conditions, but never again (in front of the Winchesters no less). By that time, it is possible but not obvious despite the expectations that A Man Is Always Eager, that there is an attraction between the two, although Castiel is perturbed by the possibility of any alone time with her. In season seven, their relationship is taken to the next level when Castiel ends up in a mental hospital after absorbing Sam's hell pain, trauma and memories and Meg poses as a nurse to become Castiel's caretaker. Castiel makes it seem quite obvious that he has an affection for Meg, even though he's not himself and Meg as well as Castiel points out his Stockholm Syndrome. In season eight, their relationship becomes more open as Meg admits to Castiel that she feels for him, mostly that she desires to have sex with him once the angel tablet is safe. Castiel is interpreted by some to reciprocate Meg's affections while reminiscing about their past relationship, their flirtations and their memorable "Pizza Man" kiss. Unfortunately, the audience is left to wonder whether or not Castiel and Meg would have progressed their relationship farther or taken their relationship to the next level since Crowley kills Meg in season eight.
  • Woman in Black: Meg's default wardrobe color from Season 5 on, often paired with purple.
  • Worth Living For: Defines herself by this trope. Meg needs a cause to serve for a reason to keep going in life. She chooses to serve Azazel's cause and when that doesn't go too well for her, to serve Lucifer's. When doing that becomes impossible, she decides to serve her own cause of killing Crowley. What she plans to do after that isn't said. Maybe she would go back to trying to kill the Winchesters, maybe she would appoint herself the new Queen of Hell, or maybe she was so wrapped up in her current mission that she just didn't think that far ahead.
    Meg: Look, I'm simpler than you think. I've figured one thing out about this world–-just one, pretty much. You find a cause and you serve it; give yourself over, and it orders your life. Lucifer and Yellow Eyes–-their mission was it for me.
    Dean: So, what? We should trust you because you wanted to free Satan from Hell?
    Meg: I'm talking "cause", douchebag, as in "reason to get up in the morning". Obviously, these things shift over time. We learn, we grow. Now, for me currently, the cause is bringing down the King.

     Daeva 

Daeva

Daevas in Zoroastrianism were false or rejected gods, but in Supernatural they are demons of darkness, which are savage and animal-like, but can be controlled with rituals. Meg summons daevas to commit murders in Chicago, Illinois, as a trap to lure out John Winchester. Appear in "Shadow" (S01, E16).

    Tom 

Tom

It's a fake!

Like Meg, Tom is one of Azazel's minions/children. He is brought in to help Meg during the demons' hunt for the Colt, which has the power to kill them. Portrayed by Sebastian Spence, Tom first appears in "Salvation" (S01, E21).
  • Break The Fake: With the fake Colt. See above.
  • Co-Dragons: With Meg to Azazel.
  • Dynamic Entry: Tom captures John by coming out of nowhere, telekinetically slamming him into a wall, and pinning him there. He later gets the jump on the reunited Winchester boys by ambushing them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Surprisingly averted, considering how playful most demons are. Meg even lampshades the difference when she tells John, "He's not nearly as much fun as I am."

     Azazel (The Yellow-Eyed Demon) 

Azazel (The Yellow-Eyed Demon)

Spoilers! Click here to see Azazel in his second vessel. 
Spoilers! Click here to see Azazel in his third vessel. 

Well, this is fun. I could've killed you a hundred times today, but this...this is worth the wait.

Azazel is the General of Hell, and the reason the Winchesters became hunters. He plans to use his psychic "special children" to release and host Lucifer. Portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Fredric Lehne, Lindsey McKeon, Christopher B. MacCabe, Mitch Pileggi, and Rob LaBelle, Azazel first appears in "Devil's Trap" (S01, E22) after cameoing in the pilot and "Salvation" (S01, E21).
  • 0% Approval Rating: Even other demons—his own soldiers—seem happy when Azazel gets killed by Dean. The demon possessing Casey in "Sin City" is a follower of Lucifer, like Azazel, but calls Azazel "a tyrant" and the best thing she can say about him is that he kept other demons under control. Even Meg, his beloved "daughter," doesn't care to seek revenge against the Winchesters after it happens, and refers to him dispassionately as "Yellow Eyes" instead of "Father" after it happens.
  • Aerith and Bob: With his "children", Meg and Tom.
  • All According to Plan: Azazel's plan was to create a group of Special Children, whom he would then use to release and host Lucifer.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Winchesters, especially John.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Azazel is the General of Hell up until his death. If higher-ranking demons (i.e. Lilith) couldn't hold the position in Hell, he could well have been the King of Hell, too, for the first two seasons and for some time before that.
  • Badass Grandpa: While possessing Samuel. Azazel himself is implied to be thousands of years old.
  • Badass In Charge: Azazel is said to have held demons together. While he was explicitly named as the General of Hell in supplementary materials, it is quite likely that he was the King of Hell, too, since he was the most powerful demon free on Earth at the time that we know of. (Well, Cain was there, too, but he obviously wasn't King.)
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In Dr. Brown in "In the Beginning", in contrast to the jacket-shirt-jeans-and-boots way he usually ends up dressed in meatsuits.
  • Baddie Flattery: The reasons he lists for wanting Sam to win the psychic children "competition".
    Azazel: You're tough, you're smart, you're well-trained—thanks to your daddy. Sam...Sammy...you're my favorite.
  • Bald of Evil: In Samuel's body.
  • Beard of Evil: In John's body.
  • Big Bad: For Seasons 1 and 2.
  • Break the Cutie: He spends over half his screen-time doing this. Seriously. Go check.
  • The Chessmaster: Arguably the best in the entire series, Azazel's plans ran over several decades, and they were so good, that even his own death was little more than a temporary set back.
  • The Chooser of The One: He chose a variety of possible candidates before narrowing it down to the one who would release Lucifer and become his vessel; he seems to be totally unaware of the fact that Sam is The Chosen One predetermined by destiny.
  • Classic Villain: Azazel displays ambition, pride, and greed.
  • Co-Dragons: With Lilith for Lucifer.
  • The Corrupter: Arranged for his psychic kids to be manipulated by demons their entire lives, so that by Season 2, they're ready for him to swoop in and start whispering in their ears. He succeeds in turning Ansem and Ava and Jake evil, drove Scott to seek therapy, and tried his damnedest to corrupt Sam too. Right before Azazel gets killed, he's thrilled to see Sam gun down a pleading Jake in cold blood.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He rips on everyone, really. Just don't make it too easy for him.
    John: Hey. [aims the Colt at Azazel] How stupid do you think I am?
    Azazel: [grins] You really want an honest answer to that?
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: A very high-ranking demon, his existence alone kept other demons from targeting Sam even though, judging by Pride, they hated the idea of having to serve a human one day.
  • Despair Gambit: Azazel's approach is to take away everything that his victims care about and take advantage of their emotional states to manipulate them into giving him what he wants.
  • Dirty Old Man: He has a reputation as a Memetic Molester in fandom with good reason. Not only does he give off ridiculously uncomfortable vibes every time he's in a scene with someone, he tells Dean (Mary's son, mind you!) that he'd love to have sex with Mary and soon after manipulates her into kissing him. All while he's possessing her own dead father.
  • The Dragon: Kripke revealed in an interview that he was actually working for Lilith all along. They both turned out to be acting as Dragons for Lucifer.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Although Azazel was the Big Bad for seasons one and two, it turns out that he was just Lucifer's servant. Also, as mentioned above, he was secretly working for Lilith.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's the only demon who seems to give a damn about his kin; the rest of his kind kill or torture each other without blinking. He also has "Well Done, Son!" Guy vibes with Lucifer in the "Lucifer Rising" flashbacks.
  • Everyone Calls Him Yellow Eyes: Although Azazel is his real name, most of the characters refer to him as "Yellow Eyes" or "The Yellow-Eyed Demon." This even includes other demons. To be fair, they probably only do it because they know that the Winchesters think of him as such and not as "Azazel."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Despite having a family of his own that he apparently cares about, he doesn't seem to grasp that murdering Sam's mother and his girlfriend, then torturing his brother to the brink of death in front of him, and then killing his father and taking his soul to Hell, and then actually being completely nonchalant about all of it, might not be the best way to convince Sam to do what he wants.
    Sam: You ruined my life. You killed everyone I love.
    Azazel: The cost of doing business, I'm afraid.
  • Evil Genius: Azazel's very strategic and manipulative, having planned the release of Lucifer for decades.
  • Evil Gloating: He even takes too long to finish Dean off because he's too busy having fun messing with Dean; John intervenes, which allows Dean to grab the Colt and kill a very shocked Azazel.
  • Evil Is Easy: He lures Jake, formerly a remorseful man who was Forced Into Evil by Azazel and hates him for it, to The Dark Side by painting a picture of the bleak future Jake—who must be considered a deserter because he disappeared from his army camp—will have it if he tries to go back to having a normal life, and of the bright, fruitful future and all its opportunities that will open for the Talleys if Jake agrees to do Azazel a few more favors. The next time we see Jake, he's Drunk on the Dark Side and loving it.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's one of the, er, less-restrained demons.
  • Evil Laugh: No matter the meatsuit, Azazel's got himself a creepy little chuckle.
  • Evil Mentor: To his "Special Children".
  • Evil Old Folks: Azazel possessed all older men, notably Samuel (Mary's father) and John.
  • Evil Plan: Azazel's plan was to choose kids born during the year 1983, bleed in the children's mouths by feeding them demon blood so that they would eventually develop special and various demonic abilities when they come of age, and eventually, Azazel would narrow it down to one "Special Child" whom he would mentor and manipulate into releasing Lucifer and becoming his vessel. Sam is The Chosen One.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: While possessing John.
  • Evil Wears Black: Often seen wearing darker clothing and colors.
  • For the Evulz: Most of Azazel's actions actually have a point to them in that they further his goals in some way. Unlike Lilith, for example, he's never shown taking time off from freeing Lucifer to torture people for the hell of it. The way he goes about doing stuff, however, comes off as unnecessarily cruel, like tearing Dean down mentally before killing him. The way he kills the mothers of the special children is also completely over-the-top sadism: rather than doing something quick like slitting their throats when they catch him in their babies' nurseries, he uses telekinesis to slam them into a wall, slowly drag them up to the ceiling, and pin them over their babies' cribs, at which point he slices their bellies open while they're terrified and confused. He lets them live only long enough for their husbands to run in and see them in that state before he burns the poor women alive in front of their husbands.
  • Four-Star Badass: There's some confusion as to what role Azazel actually played in Hell's hierarchy, but The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean states that he and his fellow yellow-eyed demons are the Generals of Hell, which explains why Azazel refers to the demons he unleashed as "my army" and why his special children were expected to be his successors as demon army generals. Azazel may have been the last yellow-eyed general or one of the last (or maybe there just weren't that many to begin with), seeing as how none appeared ready to step in and take his place when he died. Incidentally, while Azazel was a demon general, his Arch-Enemy, John Winchester, was a Marine Corporal.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Well, he is the Yellow Eyed Demon.
  • The Heavy: In Seasons 1 and 2.
  • Hellish Pupils: Early on. This was later dropped in favor of completely yellow eyes.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It takes quite a while for his entire plan to be revealed. It's revealed bit by bit over the course of four full seasons, and even then, we're left with quite a few details missing that must have been important, like why he was making other generations of special children, even up to the current day.
  • Hot as Hell: Probably the only time Azazel has ever been attractive was when he was possessing John.
  • Lack of Empathy: At times he seems to have a terrible grasp on the emotions of humans, effective Manipulative Bastardry notwithstanding. When Sam and Mary rage at him for killing their loved ones, Azazel actually seems taken aback.
  • Laughably Evil: Though many fans consider him among the most evil demons (if not the most evil), they also consider him highly entertaining because he never fails to mock the heroes.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Has been in both positions.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Successful to Magnificent Bastard levels. And, being the evil little sadist he is, he really, really enjoys it. One of his actors has even described him as "getting off" on bending people to his will.
  • No Sell: Holy water doesn't work on him at all, unlike all other demons it's been used on. Nor does rock salt.
  • Obviously Evil: From his very first appearance.
  • Oh, Crap: When he sees that Dean has the Colt and a clear shot.
  • Oh Wait!: When he asks Dean how he'd feel if Azazel killed his family. Dean is not amused, and uses it shortly afterward in an Ironic Echo. Then Azazel is not amused—only he shows it by almost killing Dean.
  • One-Hit Kill: Dean visits this upon him via the Colt. Azazel's plan keeps right on working, anyways.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He is only referred to as "the Yellow-Eyed Demon" or some variation during the two seasons he appears. We only discover his real name from a third party four episodes after his death. Even knowing his real name, most of the characters still refer to him as "Yellow Eyes."
  • Papa Wolf: When Dean throws one of Azazel's taunts back in his face by mocking the death of his son and the exorcism of his daughter, Azazel responds by beginning to slowly and painfully torture Dean to death. When John offers Azazel the kill-anything Colt in exchange for Dean's life, Azazel comes close to rejecting the offer just to keep punishing the Winchesters, and it takes John giving up his own soul to persuade him otherwise.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He calls Mary and a nun "sluts."
  • Psychotic Smirk/Slasher Smile: Of the Jack Nicolson variety.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Azazel's favorite hobby is to call Dean stupid and insignificant to his face, repeatedly and with great relish.
  • Smug Smiler: Oh so much.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His trademark. Just the mention of "Yellow Eyes" or "yellow-eyed demon" around people makes them really scared. Notable in that he's the only yellow-eyed demon on the show so far.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He regularly uses Sam's nickname "Sammy" and also called Mary "sweetie-pie" and "doll."
  • They Were Holding You Back: Azazel's reason for killing Mary and Jessica was because he felt that they got in the way of his plans for Sam.
  • Tranquil Fury: The only time he gets well and truly pissed off, he goes silent and stares emotionlessly at the guy who pushed his Berserk Button (who is, of course, Dean) as he calmly rips him to shreds.
  • The Unfettered: Finding out that the person he is interrogating has travelled back in time, is working with angels and will one day kill him? His only response is to decide not to tell him about his plans and enquire if he has a sibling.
  • Villainous Crush: It's clear that Azazel has a thing for Mary. He's impressed by her fighting spirit, calls her his favorite, and says that, even though he's not going to create the special children by "mating" with humans, he wouldn't mind "making an exception" for Mary. He even spares her the first time she pokes her head into Sam's nursery, only killing her when she runs back in to stop him. He seems to regret killing her and calls it "bad luck." Since Azazel is a demon who murders her parents and boyfriend and later kills her, all as part of his scheme to use her sons to unleash Lucifer by corrupting her youngest and killing her eldest, it's one-sided, though they did kiss at one point.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: In Sam. Azazel has proclaimed Sam as "his favorite" of the Special Children.
  • Visionary Villain: He certainly has the "clear goal" and "good execution" parts down pat, considering the amount of work he put into putting his big plan together and how well he hid it from the heroes. It's implied in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2" (and sort of confirmed via a statement on Lilith by Ben Edlund) that he fully expects his plan to change the world for the better. At least, he fully expects himself and anyone who helps him to reap the benefits.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Evidently had this with Lucifer. His whole program was geared toward getting Hell open to free Lilith so she could bust out Lucifer, in both cases using the 'very special child' Lucifer told him to procure; i.e. Sam. He in turn encouraged this from his own 'children,' such as the demon known as Meg.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: One of the most intelligent beings in the entire supernatural universe, he kept everyone guessing right up until it was to late do anything.
  • You Got Spunk: He says it word-for-word to Mary in "In the Beginning".

    Dean's Crossroads Demon 

Dean's Crossroads Demon

You're gonna make me an offer? That's adorable.

A crossroads demon whom Dean first crosses paths with in "Crossroad Blues" (S02, E08) when he tries to free one of her clients from his contract; he ends up making an ill-fated deal with her himself at the end of the season. She is portrayed by Christie Laing, Jeannette Sousa, Ona Grauer, and Sandra McCoy.
  • At the Crossroads: Appears at crossroads, where she makes deals with anyone dumb or desperate enough to summon her and give her their souls. You know. Seeing as how she's a crossroads demon and all. This particular crossroads demon is never seen outside of a crossroads, though she can leave at any time—it's mentioned that, after she made a deal with George Darrow, she followed him back to Lloyd's Bar and made deals with unsuspecting bar patrons there.
  • Casting Gag: Her last actress was engaged to Sam's actor. They have a scene together in which he shoots her dead. Sometime after, they broke off the engagement. Oops?
  • Cruel Mercy: In a fit of rage, she threatens to rip Dean limb from limb, but then decides to spare his life upon realizing that he is a Death Seeker. Instead, she gives him a cruel Breaking Lecture, closing it with, "See ya, Dean. I wish you a nice, long life."
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: In "Crossroads Blues", Dean coerces her into tearing up Evan Hudson's contract. Bet you Crowley wasn't too happy with her losing a sale.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Sam and Dean refer to her as "the crossroads demon" for the first three seasons, before finding out that they are more where she came from.
  • Evil Is Petty: Dean tricks her beneath a devil's trap and gets her to break a deal. In revenge, she exploits his guilt over his father's death by detailing to him how John is suffering in Hell because of him. Still holding a grudge against him may be the reason why she's so damn smug over Sam's death and messes with Dean by rejecting his initial offers of a deal before she gives him only one year in the second season finale.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even though she is a sadistic, vindictive little demon, she treats the Winchesters in an almost unfailingly friendly manner that belies what she's saying. One must always be nice to possible customers after all.
  • Hellish Pupils: In her first host. As was done with Azazel, her eyes were changed to being a solid red color—as soon as her second host, in fact.
  • Hot as Hell: She seems to pick out attractive brunettes to possess to tempt her potential clients.
  • Little Black Dress: What she wears most of the time.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wears sexy brunette women wearing short, low-cut black dresses.
  • No Name Given: She's just "The Crossroads Demon."
  • Pretty Little Headshots: To her surprise, Sam shoots her between the eyes with the Colt in "Bedtime Stories", killing her.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Standard for crossroads demons.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When Dean forces her to relinquish her hold on a man's soul, she sees that he is thinking of exorcising her anyway and tells him that if he does, she's going to crawl out of Hell, find the man he just saved, and skin him alive in revenge. Dean ends up standing down and letting her go, as promised, to protect the man.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: A variation; the demon taunts Dean about his father being tortured in Hell for him.
  • Villains Never Lie: She tells Dean that she is bound by her word when she makes deals. It is implied that that is because there some sort of magical rule that all demons have to adhere to when they make deals, rather than because she feels obligated to be honest with her customers.
  • Woman in White: When she made Robert Johnson's deal.
  • You Look Familiar: The demon's host in the teaser for "Crossroad Blues" previously portrayed the Girl of the Week's roommate in "Hookman".

     Acheri Demon 

Acheri Demon

In the folklore of India, Acheri is the spirit of a child who come down from the mountains at night, bringing illness to others. In Supernatural, an Acheri demon in the form of a little girl is used in the battle between the Special Children in Cold Oak, South Dakota, which was engineered by the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Portrayed by Hannah Dubois. Appears in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, E21).
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: When she transforms into demonic form.
  • Blondes Are Evil: The Acheri demon has long blonde hair with a lace ribbon in her hair.
  • Creepy Child: The Acheri demon appears as a little girl.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: When she transforms into demonic form.
  • Enfant Terrible: A demon who appears as a child.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Develops sharp teeth before she attacks.
  • Ghost Town: Appears in the abandoned western city of Cold Oak.
  • Giggling Villain: She never speaks but has an innocent child-like giggle.
  • Nightmare Face: Before the Acheri demon attacks, her skin becomes blotchy and gray with dark circles around her eyes. Her eyes become gray and clouded, and she has a mouthful of sharp fangs.
  • Not a Zombie: When Jake sees the blonde little girl all alone in the ghost town, he initially tries to help her, thinking she is lost and telling her not to be afraid. She lures him into the schoolroom and attacks him.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Acheri demon differs from other demons we have seen in that it seems to take the form of a child, but this form disappears when it dissolves into black smoke suggesting this is not a vessel but a transformation which they likely undergo to trick humans.
  • Prophet Eyes: When she transforms into demonic form.
  • Summon Magic: Ava Wilson, one of the Special Children, learns how to summon and control the Acheri demon using her psychic abilities.
  • Writing Lines: The Acheri demon has filled the chalkboard in the one room schoolhouse with the line “I will not kill” written over and over again. She does not seem to have learned her lesson.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has a freckled face.

    Ruby 

Ruby

On the bright side, I'll be there with you...that little fallen angel on your shoulder.

Although she's a demon, Ruby wants to help the Winchesters kill Lilith for her own reasons. By Season 4, she's won Sam over, and trains him to master his Psychic Powers. Portrayed by Katie Cassidy, Genevieve Cortese, Anna Williams, and Michelle Hewitt-Williams, Ruby first appears in the third season premiere.
  • Action Girl: According to Dean after she saves Sam in "The Magnificent Seven", she fights even better than Sam. Press releases about her in Season 3 also described her as a better hunter than either of the Winchesters. Of course, being a demon probably helps.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Besides her canon relationship with Sam in Season 4, "Malleus Maleficarum" hints that Ruby had been her female Evil Mentor's lover in addition to being her servant. After that episode aired, some fans thought that Ruby was a lesbian, since it was before she got involved with Sam.
  • Ambiguously Evil: In-Universe, whether she's really on the good guys' side or not is a huge matter of debate for two seasons. The fanbase responded with a resounding "Nope!" Turns out, they (and Dean) were right on the money in that she was up to no good, but it seems as though Ruby didn't realize that she was dooming the world instead of saving it.
  • Ascended Demon: Is introduced as the first one in the series, due to her remembering what it's like to be human. Similar to Meg's sentiments in "Goodbye Stranger" (S08, E17), Ruby wishes she were evil through and through like other demons, presumably because then they wouldn't view her as scum. With the reveal of her real motivation, it's not clear if Ruby meant any of it.
  • Badass: Would you expect any less of a cunning, demonic Action Girl who makes charging in to slice throats with a demon-killing knife and rescuing the heroes a day's work?
  • Battle Couple: Averted with her and Sam. After he becomes powerful enough to incapacitate and defeat demons with his powers on his own, Ruby begins stepping back from the scuffles and letting him do all the work while she observes. She's probably letting him get in as much practice as possible before they go to kill Lilith.
  • Berserk Button: Calling her a bitch, skank, slut, whore, whatever, really gets on her nerves, which is probably why Dean and the other demons keep doing it. Being a Manipulative Bitch and The Chessmaster, she also gets pissed off when people don't do as she expects, interfere with her plans, or do something she considers incredibly stupid instead of going with her suggestions. Finally, don't hit her unless you're too powerful for her to hit back. Since Dean has a habit of doing all of the above, Dean is not Ruby's favorite person.
  • Big Bad Girlfriend: For Sam. He helps Dean kill her when he finds out that she's been playing him all along.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: As with all demons, and she proves to be just as bad.
  • Blondes Are Evil: In Season 3 and briefly in two Season 4 flashbacks (of Ruby wearing a different blonde).
  • Bond Breaker: Despite what she says in "Lazarus Rising" about not wanting to get between Sam and Dean, they argue over her constantly, which eventually leads to a gigantic rift between the brothers in the last half of Season 4 that lasts well into Season 5.
  • Category Traitor: Surprisingly enough, Ruby's rampant slaughter of other demons, her working partnership with the Winchesters, and her ongoing rebellion against Lilith, don't win her any brownie points with The Legions of Hell. Alastair in particular seems to think that she doesn't even deserve to be called a demon anymore because of her protecting Anna (an angel) in "Heaven and Hell".
  • The Chessmaster: Her Season 3 actress, Katie Cassidy, describes her this way, saying that Ruby is completely in control of her situation and being about ten steps ahead of everybody else. Shows it retroactively when it is revealed in "Lucifer Rising" that she has been manipulating the Winchesters the entire time. Her plan is to gain Sam's trust, convince him to start drinking her blood, and trick him into killing Barrier Maiden Lilith. She accomplishes all of this within two years despite him knowing that she is a demon who is manipulating him and withholding information from him. She has him wrapped around her little finger so tightly that he even picks her over his own brother. Made better upon rewatch when you get to go back to earlier episodes and watch Ruby deal with Winchester-induced complications with full knowledge of that little tidbit. Ruby is Supernatural's reigning champ of Xanatos Speed Chess.
  • Chickification: Fell prey to this in season four. Not only did she not take part in as many fights as she did previously, the confrontations she got involved in usually involved either angels and/or Alastair, who wildly out-classed her. Possibly, with their arrival on Earth, Ruby was keeping her ass out of the line of fire?
  • Consummate Liar: Dean crowns her the "Miss Universe of Lying Skanks" at one point.
  • The Corrupter: In seasons three and four, Ruby encourages Sam to do more and more morally dubious things in order to win the war against Lilith and her demons. Partially because of this, and partially because he Came Back Wrong, Sam does, which concerns his brother. Sam bounces back to his normal self (mostly) after Ruby's death, though, so it doesn't stick.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A demon and not a particularly nice person, but one who is completely committed to helping Sam defeat Lilith and one who does seem to have some capacity for softness and affection.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On levels comparable to Dean.
  • Deal with the Devil: How she got to be the way that she is—Ruby sold her soul to a demon to learn witchcraft as a human and served that demon until she (Ruby) died, went to Hell, and became a demon herself.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Sam, possibly as early as late Season 3. While still pretty bitchy from time to time, she is markedly more gentle and considerate towards him in Season 4 than she was the previous season. It could have been a deliberate choice on Ruby's part to switch up her manipulation tactics when she saw that her old act just wasn't cutting it and that sympathy would go a lot further in making a connection a shattered Sam, but at least some of it does appear to be genuine, as she does become attached to him.
  • Dirty Coward: Alastair sees her as this. Alastair is wrong—Ruby just knows when to pick her battles and what's worth fighting for (although considering this is Alastair its probably just an insult or a difference in perspective).
  • Distaff Counterpart: For Dean, though neither of them would ever see it or admit it. Sam recognizes this; in fact, his recognizing it is part of why he started trusting Ruby in Season 4.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She is obviously embarrassed by having her past as a human tortured into a demon in Hell revealed to the Winchesters in "Malleus Maleficarum". When they keep looking over at her, she glares at them, black eyes and all. "Go."
  • Dynamic Entry: Ruby's favorite way to show up for a fight. She does it to kill the Seven Deadly Sins in her first episode, she does it to shove Dean up against a fence in "No Rest for the Wicked", and she does it to Sam and then to Lilith's Mooks in flashbacks in "I Know What You Did Last Summer". She must've taught Sam her ways, 'cause he does it to Lilith's chef in "Lucifer Rising". Ruby was so proud.
  • Everything Is Racist:
    • She claims to be offended when someone expresses hatred for her for being a demon. Overlaps with Hypocritical Humor.
      Sam: You're a demon!
      Ruby: Don't be such a racist.
    • Which gets a Continuity Nod in "Heaven and Hell":
      Dean: [about Bobby's panic room] Iron walls drenched in salt. Demons can't even touch the joint.
      Ruby: Which I find racist, by the way.
      Dean: Write your congressman.
  • Fake Defector: She plays it straight in "Malleus Maleficarum" and "Heaven and Hell". In the former, she pretends that she has just brought the Winchesters to her Evil Mentor as a gift so that she can serve her old master again, but is really just trying to get close enough to kill her. In the latter, she seems to be selling Anna out to Alastair for the protection of herself, Sam, and Dean, but it turns out to be her doing her part in Sam's plan. Ultimately, though, Ruby turns out to be an inversion with the revelation that she is a Heel Face Mole.
  • Femme Fatale: Although it doesn't seem to be her preferred tactic, Ruby has been known to make use of her sexuality. She does it in "Malleus Maleficarum" to lure her Evil Mentor into a false sense of security. She does it again in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and possible other episodes in order to strengthen her connection to Sam.
  • Friends with Benefits: "Friends" is a bit hasty—more like Partners/Trainer-Trainee/Drug Dealer-Addict with Benefits. Whatever you want to call them, Ruby and Sam definitely had sex in a flashback in "I Know What You Did Last Summer", they are highly implied to do it again off-screen in "Lazarus Rising" and "When the Levee Breaks", and it's possible that they're still hooking up any other time Sam sneaks off to meet Ruby. Though Ruby fell in love with Sam, Sam didn't seem to think that he and Ruby were actually a couple, since he slept with Cara in "Sex and Violence". There's no telling how Ruby would've reacted to that piece of information...
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Oh, yes. Ruby might have something of an anger issue. Wouldn't be surprising since she's, you know, a demon.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Dean. They almost never get along. If, by some miracle, they do, it's gone by next episode.
  • Heel Face Mole: Although Ruby claims to be helping them because she wants to protect humans, she is actually working for Lilith and Lucifer, and stringing the Winchesters along the whole time to groom Sam into breaking the final seal to free Lucifer. Well, she succeeds, but for some reason the brothers get pissed and stab her to death right as Lucifer rises.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Even more than Meg, her fellow leather jacket-enthusiast. Ruby has only been seen without a leather jacket in one episode. One. In Season 3, she favored pleather jackets in blue or gray, whereas in Season 4 she stuck with one particular black leather biker jacket.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Her ideas for plans tend to go like killing a virgin and cutting out her heart to save everyone else or getting Sam addicted to drinking her blood to kill Lilith. Initially justified because she's a demon fresh outta Hell, then completely justified when it turns out that she's a Heel Face Mole.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in "Jus in Bello". When she finds out that the Colt has been stolen, Ruby (grudgingly) decides to cast a spell to kill all demons in the surrounding area so that the humans being attacked will be saved. Since Ruby will be in the blast-zone, however, the spell will also kill Ruby. She is only stopped from doing it because she needs to kill Nancy to work the spell, which the boys won't let her do. Although Sam and Dean manage to escape via other means, Lilith arrives and brutally slaughters everyone afterwards and it is left implied that they should have just gone with Ruby's plan.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Was viewed as such by Dean and a portion of the fanbase due to their suspicions that Ruby was not the well-intentioned Token Heroic Orc that she appeared to be. It was suggested (In-Universe and out) that she might be an old follower of Azazel's trying to carry on his work and corrupt Sam, that she might be working with Lilith, etc., etc. Subverted when more light is shed on her motivations, revealing that she really is just different from other demons and wants humans to win the war against demons, and then Double Subverted when her REAL motivations are revealed at the end of "Lucifer Rising".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She gets killed by the demon-killing knife she gave the brothers.
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches: Or at least Coma Girl and the unnamed blonde she wears are hot. Ruby herself is described as "one ugly bitch" by Dean when he can see her real face beneath her host's. Anna starts to flip out when she gets a look at Ruby; she acts like she's looking at a Humanoid Abomination, and she probably is.
  • Hot Witch: Her main talent lies in her remembering how to work witchcraft from her Plague days. She gets to be a Hot Witch because of her hot hosts. See above trope for more.
  • Hunter of Her Own Kind: And the rest of her kind are not happy about that.
  • Iconic Item: Her knife. Which is actually a Kurdish knife. See, it's not even hers and we're still calling it that!
  • Ironic Name: With regards to what rubies are commonly seen to symbolize. They are supposed to help your circulatory system, cure infections, flush out toxins, and promote happier thoughts. This is, uh...not the case with our dear little Ruby.
  • It Meant Something to Me: As was implied in "Lucifer Rising" and confirmed by Eric Kripke and her Season 4 actress, Ruby really did come to care about Sam, despite her using him. Whether she genuinely loved him or not is debatable; Genevieve Padalecki suspected that Ruby just loved what Sam could do. Eric Kripke believed that Ruby honestly thought that she was doing what was best for him.
  • Jerkass: Usually towards Dean. Though to be fair, Dean usually starts it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On occasion, Ruby has been known to drop the attitude and Pet the Dog, like when she tries to comfort Sam about his big fight with Dean.
  • Knife Nut: Her Weapon of Choice, the famous demon-killing knife. Season 8 implies that it's one of the famed demon-killing knifes made by ancient Kurds. There's not telling how she got ahold of it, but she hates losing it. By Season 4, however, Sam and Dean are the ones who have it and Ruby seems cool with it, so long as they don't lose it.
  • Mama Bear: Describing how protective Ruby is of Sam, Genevieve Padalecki directly compares them to a mother bear and her cub. Notice how Ruby stabs a demon in the throat with her knife just for laughing at Sam for failing in a vulnerable moment? Yeah, don't mess with her Sammy.
    • Knight Templar Parent: Considering how far Ruby goes to protect Sam and do what she thinks is best for him...
  • Manipulative Bitch: Self-admitted. It comes with the "being a demon" thing.
  • Meaningful Name: The ruby color of blood, referencing both her nature as a vicious Action Girl and also how she feeds Sam her blood and gets him hooked on it.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The ending of "Malleus Maleficarum" reveals that the reason Ruby wants humans to win is because, although she wishes she were, she isn't like other demons—she remembers what being human is like. Supposedly.
  • Mysterious Stranger: At the very beginning of season three. She began to follow Sam around wherever he went, killed demons in a spectacular fashion in a way none of the hunters thought was possible, and virtually nothing was known about her. The mystery of who she was only lasted up until the very ending of the second episode when she revealed that she was a demon who wanted to help Sam, and very beginning of the third episode, where her name was finally revealed (to those who hadn't already read the spoilers on her name).
  • Poisonous Friend: To Sam.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Hits it in the third season finale after Dean interrupts her while she's talking to Sam, punches her, tricks her under a devil's trap, and steals her knife for the confrontation with Lilith.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Was around back when the Black Death was all the rage in Europe in the 14th century. And Alastair says that she's one of the younger demons. Geez.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: No matter what Ruby does for them, the Winchesters refuse to accept the possibility of a good demon (which Ruby finds racist, by the way). Sam eventually comes around, but (except for temporarily warming up to her for about one episode per season) Dean thinks that Ruby is bad news and tries to kill her whenever the opportunity arises. It turns out that Dean was right about her being up to something. The second they find out, they immediately kill her.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Briefly.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She prefers to just leave the police station rather than stay and fight in "Jus in Bello" because she thinks that the brothers are doomed for not taking her up on that Heroic Sacrifice she offered.
    Ruby: Hey. I was gonna kill myself to help you win. I'm not gonna stand here and watch you lose.
  • Sex for Solace: Kisses Sam when he is at his lowest and most vulnerable point in the wake of Dean's death, to prove to him that he still has her, at least. He tries to put some distance between them and rebukes her, but she keeps pushing it until he gives in, kisses her back (rather desperately), and has violent, desperate, hair-pulling sex with her. Rather than this showing two people coming together for comfort, it just goes to show how Sam has hit rock-bottom after Dean died; Sera Gamble even compared it to self-mutilating and calling it getting dressed for the prom.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Sam, whether she's played by Katie Cassidy or Genevieve Cortese.
  • Shadow Archetype: Ruby represents Sam's dark side and use of his Ambiguously Evil Psychic Powers.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: She came into the series in Season 3 as an ally of the Winchesters' with potential ulterior motives, continued as such into Season 4, appeared regularly in both seasons to advise and aid them, and earned some degree of their trust before the fourth season finale revealed her to be a double-agent on Lilith's payroll who was only using them to start the Apocalypse and free Lucifer.
  • Slut Shaming: She gets it hard In-Universe. Other demons use gendered slurs to demean her, as does Dean; he did it near-constantly whenever he and Ruby met in the third season. Dean is more toned down in the fourth season, whereas other demons keep laying down the slurs on Ruby. They're evil, though, so it makes sense that they'd be misogynistic.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: She is first seen stalking Sam in "The Magnificent Seven". Lucky for him, that means that she's around to save him from the Seven Deadly Sins in the big climax. He figures out that she's been following him and calls her out on it in "The Kids Are Alright". Only later on does she start to like him, but at she's not shown stalking him anymore after her first two episodes—not that doesn't mean she doesn't keep doing it. It'd certainly explain how she knows to turn up whenever he and Dean are in danger from demons.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her character could be summed up as "Meg plus Heel-Face Turn," which caused some speculation that she really was Meg in disguise, conning the boys for some nefarious purpose. It was possibly lampshaded in "Sympathy for the Devil" when Dean confuses Meg for Ruby despite having personally killed the latter only one episode ago. Revealed in the official third season companion guide to be deliberate when Eric Kripke even explained that the writers were trying to recreate the magic they made with Meg when they invented Ruby. Ironically, Meg ended up ripping off of Ruby, bringing things full-circle.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: While working with Sam on strengthening his powers (or possibly before, who knows with her?), Ruby falls in love with him. He doesn't seem to return her feelings, though he does trust her and allow himself to have an intimate little relationship with her.
  • Theme Naming: With Meg as demon girls named for gemstones. Although a pearl is the birthstone for June and a ruby is for July, they can be used as alternate birthstones for each other's months, referencing how Meg and Ruby act as Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for one another and end up inverting one another despite their similarities.
  • Token Evil Teammate: This trope to a T. The writers envisioned her as being a much more violent, ruthless killer than the boys, lacking their moral compass, and it shows in Ruby's deadly pragmatism in reaching her goals, bringing her into conflict with the brothers even when the have the same goals but are outraged by Ruby's methods.
  • Token Heroic Orc: A subversion: Ruby claims to be one as her reason for helping Sam and fighting the demon army she was supposed to be a part of, saying that she is different from other demons because she remembers what being human was like, but it is eventually revealed that she was working towards the Evil Plan of the first five seasons all along by getting Sam to give into his dark side and break the last seal.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Ruby comes off as nicer (read: less bitchy) in season four.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Here's a test. Sample some of her lines and tell me what her favorite food is.
    Ruby: These [French fries] are amazing. It's like deep-fried crack! Try some.
    Ruby: You know what sounds good? French fries. I'm starving. I just escaped Hell, I deserve a treat.
  • Traitor Shot: Her evil little smirk as Sam's drinking her blood in "On the Head of the Pin" tipped off many fans to the fact that she was up to no good, six episodes before it was revealed that she's a double-agent for Lilith and (by extension) Lucifer.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Spends the part between Seasons and Season Four teaching and advising Sam, all with the plan to use him to kill Lilith and free Lucifer.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Sam is her soft spot, though even he gets attitude from her.
  • The Unfettered: She wants Lucifer free of his Cage so that he will reward her and her beloved Sammy, and she's so convinced that it's what's best that she does it all without flinching or questioning herself once, despite all the crap her mission throws in her way. Come Hell or high water, nothing—not the demons trying to torture and kill her, not Dean's constant distrust and attempts to kill her, not even what her beloved Sammy will think when he finds out—will stop her.
  • Waif-Fu: Ruby uses martial arts a lot more than she does telekinesis or any of her other nifty demon powers. It's justified in her case since she's a superpowered demon, which would make her more than capable of taking a punch and throwing it back.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Downplayed. Ruby doesn't pack as much power as other demons, especially when compared to the likes of Lilith and Alastair, but she's crafty and knowledgeable enough to make up for it. Having that special little demon-killing knife (not to mention the luck of the Devil) also helps.
    • Subverted because she can walk on hallowed ground (which Meg said stronger demons can do) and may or may not be immune to iron (she doesn't start burning when getting beaten with a fireplace poker), both of which suggest that Ruby is a pretty powerful demon in her own right. It's not clear if she comes off as weak due to The Worf Effect (supernatural beings, especially other demons, do tend to do worse in fights as the brothers' allies than as their enemies) or if she is consciously holding back to make herself seem less of a threat in the Winchesters' eyes and make them more comfortable with having her around.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "I Know What You Did Last Summer", Sam calls her out on the fact that, for a self-proclaimed Noble Demon, she's still possessing people against their will (which led to the death of her Season 3 host). She apparently listens to him and chooses to possess a comatose girl just after she dies.
  • Woman in Black: Her Season 4 incarnation almost exclusively wears black.
  • You Are Too Late: Her last words, which she says to Dean when he shows up to stop Sam from breaking the final seal. Except Dean hates Ruby so much that he doesn't care, and stabs her to death anyway.

     Lilith 

Lilith

Nobody scream, okay? Screaming makes me mad.

The first demon ever made, Lilith is considered the demons' Messiah. She takes over as the leader of demons in Season 3, after Azazel dies, and is the one who holds Dean's contract, as she was the Queen of the Crossroads. She breaks the sixty-six seals to free Lucifer from Hell in Season 4. Portrayed by Rachel Pattee, Sierra McCormick, Katie Cassidy, and Katherine Boecher, Lilith first appears in "Jus in Bello" (S03, E12).
  • The Antichrist: A gender-inverted version. She actually does kind of fit the bill as a demonic version of Jesus. Lilith is the first-born "daughter" of Lucifer, whom he created as a condemnation of humanity, while Jesus is the Son of God, whom He created as humanity's salvation. According to Revelation, Christ is supposed to be the one who breaks the seven seals; in Supernatural, Lilith is the demon who arranges for the sixty-six seals to be broken. She also sacrifices herself with the intention of "saving" her kind and the world by letting Sam kill her—in a manner that resembles crucifixion, no less! More in line with The Antichrist's personal goals, however, Lilith succeeds at bringing about The End of the World as We Know It. The demon in "Malleus Maleficarum" even calls Lilith demon-kind's Messiah.
  • Arch-Enemy: She becomes this to Sam during Season 4 after killing Dean by siccing the hellhound on Dean. Likewise, Lilith isn't too fond of Sam even before she meets him, and takes great pleasure in his pain.
  • Asshole Victim: Even if it kick-started the Apocalypse, it's hard to sorry for Lilith when Sam finally catches up to her and offs her, especially considering the fact that she laughed while making Sam watch Dean get ripped apart by hellhounds and Dragged Off to Hell.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: According to Kripke, she ranks even higher than Azazel. After she gets out of Hell, she proceeds to wipe out the competition for leadership of the demon army until everyone falls in line.
  • Badass Adorable: Only in her child meatsuits.
  • Badass In Charge: Lilith is the highest-ranking demon in Hell, even higher up than Azazel! In The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester, she is identified as a sort of demonic chief of staff to Lucifer, as well as ruling over the crossroads demons as the Queen of the Crossroadsnote . The official third season companion guide also reveals that she is the ruler of witches, too, which explains why the Tammi demon from "Malleus Maleficarum" that season supports her and why the sibling witches are breaking a seal to raise Samhain in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester" in the fourth season, not to mention how Tammi's disciple Ruby got to working for Lilith in the first place. With Azazel too busy being dead to be the General of Hell in command of the demon army, and his human successors either dead or (in Sam's case) unwilling to take over, Lilith squashes the in-fighting in the lower ranks for the position and establishes herself as the new general in addition to her other duties. On a last note, it's entirely speculative but very likely that she was the reigning Queen of Hell at the time in addition to all her other titles (possibly even before she got out of Hell), given that she was the most powerful and highest-ranking demon around.
  • Barrier Maiden: She is the final seal keeping Lucifer in Hell. Too bad nobody tells Sam until after he's killed her...
  • Big Bad: For Seasons 3 and 4.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Three of her four vessels have been blondes.
  • Blood Is the New Black: After killing the family dog for being "mean" to her, Lilith walks in on her meatsuit's family with hands and her white dress soaked in blood and her blood-filled shoes actually squelching. She doesn't even consider changing her clothes to go outside until her host's father timidly points it out to her.
  • Creepy Child: When possessing little girls. She switches to attractive adult women in Season 4 after announcing she likes being "all grown-up and pretty."
  • Cute and Psycho: She enjoys taking the bodies of cute little girls, but is still just as sadistic and brutal while in them.
  • Dark Messiah: In addition to being The Antichrist (see above), Lilith is also a Dark Messiah, since demons believe that releasing Lucifer will be a good thing for them]] and she calms down one of her more frightened Mooks by telling him that they are going to "save the world." Word of God has it that she is 110% convinced that she is a force for good that is setting right what is wrong in the world by starting the Apocalypse and raising Lucifer so that he can rule the universe. An interesting trope to be applied to Lilith, considering how Sam himself takes a turn down the same road in that season...
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Like most other demons, Lilith serves Lucifer, but she is much more dangerous than other demons and is the one in charge of them when arranging for Lucifer's release.
  • Eats Babies: She eats so many babies that she has her own "personal chef" who kidnaps newborns from different maternity wards for Lilith to eat.
  • Evil Laugh: In the third season finale, Lilith bursts into laughter as Dean gets torn to bits by hellhounds and his brother screams at her to stop. In the fourth season finale, she does it again, laughing mockingly at Sam for hesitating to kill her when he hears Dean calling for him. This is what gets her killed—just as she planned.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: A literal case; she enjoys using cute little girls as her vessels, although her adult vessels are equally innocent-looking.
  • The Fake Cutie: Acts like a sweet, chirpy young girl even as she's drenched in blood and snapping old men's necks.
  • For the Evulz: Lilith's idea of a vacation is to possess some poor kid, torment said kid's family until they're terrified of her and plotting to murder their own child just to escape her, and then start picking them off, one-by-one. She also spends forty-five minutes torturing half a dozen people Sam and Dean saved in "Jus in Bello" to death for fun while forcing everyone else to sit tight and watch, saving Henriksen for last because he shares Dean's desire to save people. (This took place off-screen, obviously.)
  • Four-Star Badass: She is the new General of Hell that emerges from the demonic power struggle in early Season 3, and commands Hell's army when they are fighting angels and breaking seals to start the Apocalypse.
  • The Heavy: During the third and fourth seasons.
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches: In her adult hosts.
  • I Let You Win: Not only does she let Sam win, she actually goads him into killing her when Dean shows up to save the day.
  • Kick the Dog: Most of the things she does in Season 3, including killing an actual dog.
  • Kill the Cutie: Lilith skins adorable virgin secretary Nancy alive and kills her shortly after the latter has been saved by Sam and Dean. Lilith may have two Killed Cuties under her belt, depending on whether you consider Dean a true-blue Cutie or a Fake Cutie.
  • Light Is Not Good: Lilith appears as either an adorable little girl or a lovely young lady (usually blonde), acts like a sweetheart, sometimes wears a white dress, and even wields Holy Hand Grenade powers common to angels, but don't be fooled—she's just about the baddest bitch there is.
  • Little Miss Badass: In her child hosts.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Surprisingly averted, if we go by her character quote.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manages to manipulate a doubting Sam into killing her and freeing Lucifer.
  • Monster Progenitor:
    Ruby: Demon Sunday-School story. God likes humans better than angels. Lucifer gets pissed and then he gets creative. And he twists and tempts a human soul into the very first demon as a "screw you" to God. It's what got him locked up in the first place.
    Sam: That was Lilith?
    Ruby: She's way older than she looks.
  • Mood-Swinger: Most noticeable in "No Rest for the Wicked". She goes from serene to downright cheerful to seething to icy-furious in matter of minutes. You never know what she'll do next or how she'll react or (most importantly) what's going to set her off.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: It turns out she is the final seal, so killing her frees Lucifer from the cage.
  • No Sell: Just as Sam gains immunity to her powers, she is immune to Sam's powers... until he gets really strong.
  • Obliviously Evil: According to series creator Eric Kripke, writer Ben Edlund and Lilith's actress Katherine Boecher, Lilith honestly believes that she is doing the right thing by raising Lucifer because she is convinced that he should rule the universe and that that is the way it should be—in her mind, she is taking it upon herself to "fix" everything. Presumably, she taught this exact same mindset to other members of her little Satanist group.
  • Prophet Eyes: When she shows her demon eyes.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She behaves like a spoiled, egotistical, sadistic kid. Really obvious when she actually possesses little girls to torture their families for days.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Offers one to Sam in "The Monster at the End of This Book": if he agrees to her deal and has sex with her to "sign" it, she'll stop breaking the seals and Lucifer can rot in Hell for all she cares...oh, and she gets to kill Sam and Dean. It looks like he's gonna do it, but then he tries to stab her with Ruby's knife when they're in bed together.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She's trapped in Hell until Azazel frees her on Lucifer's orders, so that she can break the seals, in the second season finale. Considering that she's the only demon capable of breaking the final seal, might not the angels have sealed her away themselves?
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her white dress in "Lucifer Rising."
  • She Is All Grown Up: Played with. She's thousands of years old, but prefers to take child vessels to torment their families. Later, she adopts an adult host. And she likes it!
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: After two (three if you count Dean's hallucination in "Yellow Fever") appearances as two different little girls, Lilith starts possessing women instead. Of course, her second and third appearances in Season 4 would be extremely uncomfortable to watch if she were appearing as a child, seeing as how she's trying to seduce Sam in one and getting killed in the other.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Gleefully provokes Sam into killing her to break the final seal when he hesitates because he hears Dean calling for him. She calls him a "freak" and a "monster," and laughs at him to purposefully push his Berserk Button. It works, and he manages to finish her off—unfortunately.
  • Take-That Kiss: Lilith greets Sam in their first face-to-face by pinning him to a wall, grabbing his face and sticking her tongue down his throat right before she makes him watch his brother get Dragged Off to Hell.
    Lilith: Your lips are soft.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Pretty much the entire demon storyline, including her death, is to release Lucifer from Hell.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Crowley, her right-hand man. At least according to Shipping Goggles-engaged Becky.
  • The Vamp: She shows signs of this trope when possessing women, kissing Sam and later trying to entice him to have sex with her. Given her Real Life counterpart's role as such in lore, it makes sense. Luckily, she isn't anywhere as sexual when possessing children.
  • Visionary Villain: The writers designed Lilith as one of these. To restore Lucifer to his rightful place as ruler of the universe and transform the current Crapsack World she lives in into Paradise, Lilith sets up the dominoes to fall just so as soon as she gets out of Hell and then spends the next couple of seasons knocking them all down. She does succeed at freeing Lucifer, but the rest of her plan falls apart, partially because Team Free Will locks Lucifer back in his Cage before he can defeat Michael and assume control of the universe and partially because Lucifer is not the righteous, benevolent, demon-loving angel Lilith apparently thinks he is...assuming that Lilith hadn't been brainwashed by him into agreeing that a Crapsack World like "The End" is a perfect world. Which isn't a stretch, since he already brainwashed her into worshiping him and wanting to sacrifice herself for him even after he tortured her for God knows how long to burn the humanity out of her and turn her into a demon.
  • Woman in Black: The vest/slacks combo she wears in "The Monster at the End of This Book."
  • Woman in White: She wears a white dress in "No Rest for the Wicked," "Yellow Fever" and (a more risque one) "Lazarus Rising."
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Manipulative Bitch Lilith invokes this trope on Sam to manipulate him into accepting her Scarpia Ultimatum.
    Lilith: Are you really so arrogant that you would put your life before the lives of six billion innocent people? Maybe it's all that demon blood pumping through your pipes. Man after my own heart.

    Samhain 

Samhain/Don Harding (Don McManus)


  • All Hallows' Eve: Samhain is the inspiration for it in the Supernatural universe.
  • Badass: His response to finding out Sam is immune to his powers and can exorcise him is to try charge straight at him.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When Samhain realizes that Sam is immune to his powers, he fights him in hand-to-hand combat. He would've won, too, if it weren't for the fact that he was not immune to Sam's abilities.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Waits for his victim to be in a narrow hallway before he unleashes his death ray. Had it been anyone but Sam, it would have worked.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: He's nearly blind, so they're very faded and clouded, but his meatsuit's eyes are blue, and he's definitely creepy.
  • The Dreaded: A holiday was created to appease him.
  • Evil Teacher: He possesses a high school shop teacher.
  • Necromancer: Part of Samhain's power is reanimating the dead.
  • The Quiet One: Most demons are quite chatty. Samhain only said a few lines after his initial summoning and didn't speak again.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Samhain is a Celtic holiday that celebrates the harvest, not a partially-blind, undead-raising demon that can only surface every six hundred years. Also, it's pronounced "sa-win", not "sam-hane".
  • Summon Magic: His specialty. The longer he is on Earth, the more monsters he creates.
  • Summoning Ritual: This is needed to bring him to Earth, and can only be performed once every 600 years.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Killed the witch who summoned him and called her a whore.
  • Villainous Valour: Lilith scampered when she realized her demon ray didn't work on Sam; Samhain charged him. When he realized Sam had a knife that could hurt him, he simply knocked it out of his hands and continued to pound him. When he realized Sam could exorcise him, he just charged him again.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Can't see very well so he can be fooled by masks. However, he is immune to iron, unlike most demons.

    Alastair 

Alastair

You can't run, Dean...not from me.

Alastair is the top torturer in Hell, where he prefers to remain for his "studies" until he's dragged out to prepare for the Apocalypse. He is responsible for the first seal breaking, as he is the one who made Dean torture other souls. Portrayed by Mark Rolston, Andrew Wheeler, and Christopher Heyerdahl, Alastair first appears in "I Know What You Did Last Summer".
  • Badass: The only demon to actually beat up an angel—namely, Castiel. Twice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often. When threatening Dean with a return trip to Hell because Dean didn't torture him well enough, he says, "We'll see you back in class, bright and early, Monday morning." Surprisingly maintaining deadpan even while kicking Dean's ass.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: His white eyes mark him as an archdemon on par with Lilith; like her, he is a demonic "chief of staff," likely a "Chief Torturer" of sorts who oversees the tortures doled out in Hell, given his field of expertise. It's ambiguous which of the two is the stronger one, as Alastair was much more susceptible to Sam's demon blood-fueled powers than Lilith was, but she seemed to think that Ruby's knife would kill her even though it didn't kill Alastair.
  • The Determinator: Alastair shows the villainous variant of Heroic Willpower when he refuses to break under the torture of angels or his former apprentice in Hell. Sam's powers prove to be too much for even him, though.
  • Evil Gloating: Runs with the stuff, and often mixes it in with "Reason You Suck" Speech, to him its just another form of torture.
  • Evil Laugh: At the idea of Dean torturing him.
  • Evil Mentor: Presumably, he was this off-screen to Meg, since he was the one who taught her how to torture people. He was explicitly this to Dean when Dean was in Hell, not only pushing Dean far enough to torture people, but also getting him to ''enjoy'' it. Thankfully, Dean seems to snap out of it as soon as he gets away from Alastair, going back to his normal heroic personality and being extremely reluctant to use anything Alastair taught him—which disappoints Alastair, as he thought that Dean had shown a great deal of potential in Hell.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Alastair loves to smile and chat up his victims as he's carving them up. He also inverts the trope in the episode "On the Head of a Pin", when he becomes Dean's torturee and spends the whole time dispensing advice, commenting on Dean's technique, or reminiscing about the good ol' days back in Hell, when he apprenticed Dean in the arts of mutilating people.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Doles out a string of them to Dean in "On the Head of a Pin", finally breaking him with the last one.
  • Hero Killer: It's really saying something when Ruby—who has already made her terror of angels plain, and with good reason—tells Sam she's more worried about what Alastair would do to her and the Winchesters if he caught them. He proves her right by spending about two-thirds of all his scenes overpowering other characters, torturing, and otherwise beating them down. His status as an immensely powerful and terrifying villain is such that when Sam's powers get strong enough to kill Alastair with minor effort, it's held up as something to really be concerned about and other characters are appropriately unnerved.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: Implied to have been involved in the Holocaust when he notes how he hasn't been on Earth since "Poland, '43".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Played with. The demon who tortured Dean for decades in Hell is himself tortured by his former victim in "On the Head of a Pin". However, it's portrayed less as just deserts than Dean skirting the edge of He Who Fights Monsters.
  • Knife Nut: An Alastair without some sharp instrument in hand is a rare Alastair indeed. He appreciates a good tool, too. When he was torturing Ruby with her own knife, he calls it "an exquisite piece" and tells her that she must tell him where she found it.
  • Meaningful Name: "Alastor" is the name of a demon in Christian mythology who is described as a exceptionally cruel "tormentor," which perfectly describes Alastair. Alastor is further described as the demonic "executioner" in charge of carrying out the sentences in Hell decreed by its ruler, which can be compared to how Queen Bitch Lilith put him in charge of torturing Dean's soul with the goal of breaking the first seal, and how it is probably at her demand that he comes topside to help her break seals and deal with angels. Finally, in Grecian mythology, "Alastor" was a spirit of wicked vengeance who would punish sons for their father's crimes if the father died before the punishment for him could be exacted, which is reminiscent of Alastair's story that he had to use Dean to break the seal when he couldn't with John. It also works nicely with the theme of revenge associated with Alastair and his fellow White Eyes Lilith, with Dean and Sam getting some measure of revenge against Alastair in "On the Head of a Pin" for his torture of Dean, and Sam's obsession throughout Season 4 with killing Lilith for revenge against her being the one who killed Dean and sent him to Hell to be tortured by Alastair in the first place.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: For his debut, he throws Sam down a flight of stair so that he can beat Dean's face in before the boys jump out a window and escape... because Alastair let them. He has a much nastier encore when he is freed from the devil's trap in "On the Head of a Pin", and this time gets very, very close to literally beating Dean to death (so much so that Dean had to be hospitalized afterward). Castiel arrives to save Dean and then Sam arrives to save Cass.
  • No Sell: He's completely immune to the angels' ability to kill demons with a touch, and also survives getting stabbed in the heart with Ruby's knife twice; he just pulls it out and goes on his jolly way. He's also immune to Sam's Psychic Powers until Sam becomes immune to his by "Death Takes a Holiday", and gets strong enough to psychically torture and then kill Alastair an episode later.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • When his powers stop working on Sam in "Death Takes a Holiday", Alastair goggles for a second before getting the hell out of there.
    • He laughs at the idea of Dean torturing him, and mocks him at the idea of using of holy water. Then he sees Dean filling a syringe with holy water...
    • Has another one when Sam tells him, "Now I can kill."
  • Poisonous Captive: In "On the Head of a Pin", while he's being interrogated by Dean and the angels.
  • Prophet Eyes: Has eerie white eyes like Lilith.
  • Psycho for Hire: Alastair is noticeably nastier than other demons. He cares more about carving people up than he does about the Apocalypse. In fact, it seems like he only (barely) tolerates going topside when he gets the chance to dick over the angels and/or because Lilith orders him to.
  • Theme Naming: With Crowley as Lilith's Co-Dragons, for Real Life occultist Aleister Crowley.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: He's Hell's greatest torturer, so trying to do a number on him is prone to backfire spectacularly. When his former "student" Dean interrogates him through a long process of Cold-Blooded Torture, after Alastair escapes, he actually berates him on the job he did, deciding to send Dean back to "class" immediately.
  • Torture Technician: Dur. "The Grand Inquisitor Downstairs," anyone?
  • Voices Are Mental: His first and third hosts share a very similar lisp-type thing that makes Alastair sound kind of like a snake.
  • We Didn't Start The Führer: Alastair implies he had a hand in the creation of the extermination camps in Nazi Germany.

     Crowley 

Crowley

I've sold sin to saints for centuries.

Crowley is the King of the Crossroads and later of all of Hell. He's wholly self-interested, is fond of team-ups, and, unlike other species in play, doesn't seem to care if he's on the side of humans, angels, or demons, as long as he personally benefits. Portrayed by Mark Sheppard and Lauren Tom. Crowley first appears in "Abandon All Hope..." (S05, E10).
  • Abusive Parents: He had been one to his son, Gavin, when he was still human. We later learn that his own mother, Rowena, to him when he was a child.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Meg, who is willing to go so far as work with the Winchesters, with whom she has a long-standing feud, to get at him. Crowley doesn't seem to return the feeling quite as strongly, but he does want to capture her (as the leader and, later, the last of the Lucifer loyalists). His Arch-Enemy is Castiel after the latter goes back on their deal and double-crosses him. Abaddon filled that role for a while, too.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To his son, Gavin, whom Crowley fathered back when he was human. They hate each other: Crowley suggests that Bobby torture Gavin's ghost while Gavin rats Crowley out, which allows Bobby to get his soul back. The relationship becomes better in Season 9 though.
  • Badass: He's the King of Hell after all. Authority Equals Asskicking is one of the perks of the job.
  • Bad Boss: Seems to treat his "employees" with about the same amount of respect as his enemies and has no qualms about killing them for relatively minor errors. A crossroads demon captured by the Winchesters in "Taxi Driver" actually makes them swear to kill him in return for information, as he knows A Fate Worse Than Death is the alternative from Crowley.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports one from Season 7 onwards.
  • Big Bad: One of the bads of Season 8. He also worked with Castiel as part of a Big Bad Duumvirate in Season 6.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied to be the reason why Crowley sold his soul.
    Crowley: Just trying to hit double digits.
  • Breakout Villain: He was originally just a minor character aiding the Winchesters against Lucifer in what Eric Kripke intended to be the final season. After it continued beyond that, he was popular enough to come back, eventually getting promoted to regular status.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Makes no pretense of who or what he is from the word "go". In "Taxi Driver", he admits that he has absolutely no virtues, especially patience (although, going through the list, he seems to exhibit Ambition, Diligence, Honesty, Loyalty, Patience (in the past), and Responsibility).
  • Catch Phrase: "Hello, boys." Lampshaded in the Season 8 finale, when Abaddon arrives to Crowley's rescue call and enters with the line "Hello, boys". Crowley's response? A slightly disappointed-sounding "That's my line."
  • The Chessmaster: Due to his manipulations in the Season 7 finale, Dick Roman is killed, the prophet's in demon custody, Meg is dragged back to Hell, and Castiel pays for betraying him, ending up in Purgatory with Dean.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After Crowley took over Hell, he made an endless line consisting of millions of people the standard punishment. No agonizing torture like what Dean experienced during his time there, and instead of Fire and Brimstone Hell we get what looks like a long hallway that contains a line that requires people who reach the front to go all the way to the back of the line again. His reasoning was that many people who get sent to Hell are masochists that are Too Kinky to Torture, but nobody likes waiting in line.
  • Cooperation Gambit: Crowley tries to team up with just about every character on the show.
  • The Corrupter: Crowley's main strength isn't in baiting heroes with lies and manipulation, but in offering them power right when they feel the most powerless. He was the corrupter to Castiel in season 6, to Dean in season 9, and to a lesser extent, Bobby in season 5.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: When Castiel tells him not to worry about the Winchesters, Crowley's outraged and spits out a list of super-powered heavyweights that said the same thing about them, all of whom are either dead or locked away at the Winchesters' hands. All by two human boys who "shouldn't have been any trouble for them".
    Crowley: Am I the only game piece on the board who doesn't underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!
  • Darker and Edgier: In the first episode of season 8, we watch Crowley pull his usual, smarmy "Mr. Nice Guy" routine as he spends an entire year trying to cajole Kevin into helping him, only to get screwed to the rafters for it. In his last scene of the episode, he takes the gloves off, and his nastiness snowballs for the rest of the season.
  • Disc One Final Boss: It's suggested that he's Season 6's Big Bad, but Castiel burns his bones in "Caged Heat". Turns out they were working together. However, in the last few minutes of the season, he gets ousted from the position by Castiel.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The entire reason he helps the Winchesters take Dick Roman and the Leviathans down is because he was irked that Roman snubbed and insulted him.
  • Double Entendre: He's quite prone to spouting these out.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Apparently, demons call him "Lucky the Leprechaun" behind his back because of his original name which, as Bobby points out, is Scottish, not Irish.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Winchesters. On more than one occasion. And once he commits to a cause, he will do whatever it takes to see it through. He even takes on the role of the Heroic Comedic Sociopath on occasion.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son, Gavin MacLeod, who Crowley—thanks to the Third Trial—now cares about enough to screw the space time continuum. He endangered the current timeline to save Gavin's life, and then stepped aside to let him live it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may exploit loopholes, but he never breaks a deal, as he explains to a minor crossroads demon who had been killing "clients" ahead of schedule. Though this looks more like worry about scaring off future "clients" than actual standards.
    Crowley: This isn't Wall Street; this is Hell! We have a little something called integrity!
    • He's disgusted when he learns that one of his demons has started a "sex-for-your-soul" ring on his behalf.
  • Evil Brit: Crowley has a very English accent, despite being a Scottish demon from around the 1700s wearing a literary agent from New York.
  • Evil Gloating: When is Crowley not bragging or gloating?
  • Evil Is Petty: Make sure you mind your manners around this guy. If you do something that pisses him off, he will get you back for it, as cruelly as he can.
  • Evil Versus Evil: If there's a being more evil than him out there, there's a good chance he'll team up with the Winchesters or their allies (temporarily) to help take them down.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Part of the reason he repeatedly teams up with the Winchesters to avert various groups attempting to bring about the Apocalypse. Even after becoming King of Hell, Crowley genuinely enjoys the world and prefers it remain as it is. If keeping the human race alive so they can sell their souls to him happens to increase his overall power...well, that's just one of the perks of the job!
  • Evil Virtues: Crowley, self-admittedly evil, states that he has no virtues. He's wrong, though, since he exhibits:
    • Ambition: He has played a centuries-long game to ascend to becoming the King of Hell, started the quest for unlocking the souls of Purgatory, and has other goals for the demons far into the future.
    • Diligence: While he delegates a lot of tasks to his underlings, he has no reservations about doing the hard work himself if he has to or if he finds them incompetent for the job.
    • Honesty: He demands that his demons keep their words about the deals they make with mortals and not break the contract by killing the humans years ahead of schedule, although this has as much to do with maintaining "consumer confidence" as with having integrity. However, "Trial and Error" suggests he might have only adopted this philosophy recently, as none of the people who sold their souls to him in 2003 were apparently aware of the 10-year deadline.
    • Loyalty: He is not prone to a Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, and doesn't betray those he makes alliances with. He calls out Castiel for doing just that in the sixth season finale.
    • Patience: As stated above, for centuries he's been ascending in the demonic hierarchy and waiting until enough of his superiors had died out that he could assume command of Hell himself. In the series he's decidedly less patient (and even admits so), but that's only due to the Winchesters working at such a fast rate that their actions require immediate responses.
      Crowley: Patience isn't one of my virtues. Well, I don’t have any virtues, but, if I did, I'm certain that patience wouldn't be one.
    • Responsibility: He is in command of all of Hell's forces, and fights for the demons' interests as well as his own. Examples include helping in locking up Lucifer again so he can't wipe out the demons and trying to prevent Sam and Dean from closing the Gates of Hell.
  • Evil Wears Black: Crowley is mostly seen wearing black clothing.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Subverted in "Meet the New Boss". He's fully willing to face death, but Castiel doesn't want to kill him.
  • Faking the Dead: In Season 6, after Castiel "kills" him in "Caged Heat". As it turns out, they're actually working together, and staged the whole thing.
  • Flaming Devil: One of Crowley's traits that appeals to fans. Maybe because there aren't enough LGBT icons on TV, or maybe because he's one of the only characters who "appreciates" the boys as much as the fans do.
  • Friendly Enemy: Played with, especially at the end of Season 5. Ultimately he's still a demon who crawled his way to the position of King Of Hell without the angelic power someone like Lucifer had to back him up, so the Winchesters know damn well not to trust him. But he's honest with them (most of the time) and he doesn't play the mind tricks that Lucifer or Ruby did. In Season 6, Crowley began averting this in his ruthless quest to find purgatory. The yo-yo-ing continues with a snap-back in season 7, as Crowley vitally helps the good guys save the world twice. But in season 8, he's pitted against the Winchesters for the same mega weapon and, in his desperation, he begins raining literal hell on the boys. There seems to be another painful snap-back at the beginning of season 9, though, to the point where there's a slender chance Crowley might be on a new path. But, knowing him, he'll probably just yo-yo again.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Abaddon (who time-traveled from 1958) mocks Crowley "the salesman", only to be completely shocked to learn that he's now the King of Hell.
  • Gotta Kill Em All: He spends a couple of episodes of season 8 going after and killing people that Sam and Dean have saved to get them to stand down from closing the gates of hell.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: When he's on the Winchesters' side, the indiscriminate killing he does as the Token Evil Teammate is often played for laughs.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Said verbatim as he's experiencing more emotions during his demon cure.
  • Informed Ability: In "Taxi Driver", he claims that he doesn't have any virtues whatsoever. Going through the Evil Virtues list, he hits nearly every one.
  • It's All About Me: Crowley is Crowley's first priority: he's most concerned with preserving his life, and building up his assets and power.
  • Jerkass: Would you expect anything less from the ruler of Hell?
  • Kick the Dog: Comes with the territory of being the King of Hell, but torturing Kevin, torturing Samandriel, and killing Tommy, Sarah and Jenny pissed the fandom off till Tuesday.
  • Laughably Evil: For an evil, sociopathic monster, he's rather fun to watch.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Intent on a posh, professional image, Crowley is always seen in black-on-black suits that he's very fussy about. (The only exception to date saw him in private, and he spent half the episode in his jammies.)
  • Lonely at the Top: It's heavily implied long before he was put through the third trial that Crowley is a lonesome devil, especially considering all of Hell turned on him the moment he started helping the Winchesters, and remains unpopular, even as a king.
    Crowley: It's always your friends, isn't it, in the end? We try to change, we try to improve ourselves. It's always our friends who gotta claw into our sides and hold us back.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Crowley actively tries to live up to this trope, and will complain when he is forced to except less.
  • The Napoleon: Crowley is one of the best live-action examples of this trope, mostly because the Winchesters skew the height curve and make him look downright tiny. But he looks and acts enough like Napoleon for it to seem intentional.
  • Nice to the Waiter: While Crowley treats his own underlings like crap, in one episode, he berates Dean for being a bad customer at a cafe while their waitress watches in silent agreement.
    "Are you serious? You take this girl's table, her time, you spread out like an overgrown teenager, and for what? What's the tip on a single cup of Joe? A nickel?"
  • The Nicknamer: Crowley likes to give people nicknames, like calling Sam and Dean "Moose" and "Squirrel", respectively.
  • Noble Demon: Sort of. Crowley is out for himself, which means he'll do terrible, horrible things, but not For the Evulz and will just as quickly do very good things if it suits his needs. He also prides himself on keeping his bargains—holding up his end and never taking souls before they're due.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Crowley was never really ''harmless', but because he was so much fun and his wrath was frequently directed at characters the audience didn't care about, most fans forgot that he wasn't a nice guy. But whenever the Winchesters opposed him, (hunting him in season 6 and trying to close the gates of hell in 8) suddenly all that menace was pointed at the boys and wasn't so fun anymore.
  • Number of the Beast: It's his telephone number.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: After the Badass Fingersnap, it's Crowley favorite power. You can't kill what you can't catch.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He wasn't always "Crowley". In life, his name was Fergus MacLeod.
  • Only Sane Employee: He seems to think of himself as this, as far as Hell is concerned. Especially since promoting himself to King of Hell and finding out that trying to show demons a new way of doing things...doesn't work.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: The Winchesters created a power vacuum by killing or defeating all of hell's top brass — Crowley filled it and became the King of Hell.
  • Out-Gambitted:
    • By Castiel in the Season 6 finale.
    • Happens again in the season 8 finale, this time by Sam and Dean.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In "Two Minutes to Midnight", Crowley reveals that he added an additional clause to Bobby's contract: regaining the use of his legs. It may have just been pragmatism on his part, but he gets a sincere thanks from Bobby.
    • In "Road Trip," Crowley makes a deal for his freedom with Dean to sneak into Sam's head and alert him to the angel that's possessing him, in hopes Sam will expel him. He knows the angel can and will kill him, so his plan is to flee before that happens. But when the angel catches up to them, Crowley stays to defend Sam and takes a nasty beating for it.
  • Playing Both Sides: Does this to the Winchesters and the Leviathans in the Season 7 finale and to Abaddon in "King of the Damned".
  • Post Modern Magic: Crowley, in one of many moments of Dangerously Genre Savvy, melts down ancient blades capable of killing angels to make angel-killing bullets for his guns.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Is nice to the heroes when he needs them, and when they're against him, he's vicious to them. See also Even Evil Has Standards above.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He watches Casablanca and reads Little Women under the influence of human blood.
    • He also watches Girls and Wicked and that's pre-trials. Gets a taste for girly drinks with tiny umbrellas.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Dresses in all black, while his demonic eyes and smoke are red, due to being a crossroads demon.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "The Man Who Knew Too Much", he quips "Exit stage Crowley" and disappears, following Castiel absorbing all the souls of Purgatory and becoming the new God.
  • Shout-Out: Crowley's name references either Aleister Crowley the occultist or AJ Crowley (formerly Crawly) of Good Omens.
  • Smug Snake: Crowley is truly brilliant, and when he really tries he's well on Magnificent Bastard levels, the trouble is even though he knows not underestimate his opponents, he's simply so arrogant that he still does and he falls into this. However he quickly takes the first wake up call he gets and will jump out of it.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Constantly.
  • Suddenly Shouting: He does this a lot when he gets ticked off.
  • Tears of Remorse: In "Sacrifice." As of the beginning of season 10, he's the only demon we've ever seen do this.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Rather fond of calling people "darling". He's also done "sweetie", "kitten", "handsome", etc.
  • Theme Naming: With Alastair, named after the English occultist Aleister Crowley.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Whenever it's in his best interest, you can count on Crowley to be the Winchesters' "Plan C".
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Self-proclaimed.
  • Torture Technician: Season 6 shows him looking for Purgatory's location by strapping monsters down and carving them up until (and after) they talk. He indulges in it again in Season 8, this time managing to crack the angel Samandriel and the prophets.
  • The Unfettered: As demons are lemming-like mooks who love to jump on bandwagons (like freeing Lucifer), heroes complicate situations with their inability to prioritize (see Dean being unwilling to kill a few night watchmen to save the world), and angels are rigid, being unfettered works to Crowley's advantage. But as a crossroads demon, he's the least likely recurring character to break a deal or backstab someone.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Lilith, the Queen of Hell. At least according to Shipping Goggles-engaged Becky. He may have a thing for royalty.
  • Wicked Cultured: Crowley loves and embraces finer tastes, he takes the host of a man who owned a massive house, he makes a note of refusing to drink anything but a specific drink, aged at least thirty years.
  • Villainous Fashion Sense: While Crowley is actually one of the least evil demons the Winchesters have ever tangled withnote , he's certainly the most evilly-dressed. Where Lucifer himself opts for jeans and a T-shirt, Crowley enjoys dressing like he's here to kill James Bond. He loves his suits.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yes. It turned out that his mother, Rowena, sired him at solstice winter orgy, so he didn't know his father, she later abandoned at the age of 8, tried to sell him for three pigs....
  • Would Hit a Girl: Delivers an especially brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Meg in "Goodbye Stranger", and implies that he would be happy to continue doing so for eternity before he loses his temper and kills her instead. He also spends over a year torturing her offscreen, and in the season 8 premiere he snaps Channing's neck simply because Kevin pisses him off. Also made a female Jinn very scared—chivalry isn't his thing.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to slaughter a nursery full of infant shapeshifters to make their alpha talk (he doesn't, so who knows if Crowley made good on his threat), and later bakes baby uvula muffins for Dick when he's trying to get on the Leviathans "good" side.
  • You Are in Command Now: Following Lucifer's re-imprisonment in Hell, Crowley gets promoted/promotes himself to the new King of Hell.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Crowley enters an Enemy Mine with the Winchesters in Season 5 because he believed Lucifer would pull this trope on the demons if he survived the Apocalypse. And it's strongly implied that he was right.

    Abaddon 

Abaddon

Why don't you be a doll and give me what I want? And I promise to kill you and your friends here quickly.

Abaddon is a Knight of Hell who was handpicked by Lucifer himself. Portrayed by Alaina Huffman.
  • Almighty Janitor: Black-eyed demons are the bottom of the ladder in terms of power and the hierarchy in Hell. Abaddon is the very, very big exception. She's one of the most powerful demons ever on the show, period.
  • And I Must Scream: She is unable to use her powers or move much at all, due to a bullet engraved with a devil's trap shot into her skull. Dean then cuts her head off, cuts her into pieces, and buries her in cement. While she isn't be dead, she is trapped for a very, very long time. Dean explicitly calls this a Fate Worse Than Death for Abaddon. When the Winchesters find out that they have to turn a demon back into a human for the third trial, they take her out and put her back together to use as their guinea pig. She seizes the opportunity to escape, of course.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: That's how she thinks it should be. When she finds out that the inferior demon Crowley is the new King of Hell, she guns after him with the intent of killing the "salesman" and taking over herself to remake Hell into the bloody place she remembers and then to bring that Hell to both Heaven and Earth, with her ruling demons, humans, and angels alike. For his money, Crowley prefers to hide and manipulate the situation so that he never has to face Abaddon, as she is almost definitely more powerful than him and he certainly can't kill her himself anyway. In the end, Crowley's brains triumph over Abaddon's brawn, and he retains the crown.
  • Badass: Even in demon terms, Abaddon is powerful. Being a knight of hell she is not only very strong and powerful, but ancient and pure demon.
  • The Baroness: Sexpot. She notably pauses one fight to express her lust for Dean. He quips that she should make up her mind whether she wants to kill him or make out with him.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Abaddon has her head chopped off and then put back together by the Winchesters, but she still manages to look attractive.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Metatron in Season 9. She is the main demon enemy whom the Winchesters must face and Metatron the angel one.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Despite being insanely powerful.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Her dress in "As Time Goes By" has her victims' blood splashed on the front. A man who sees her thinks that she's been hurt and asks if she's okay before she kills him, and a girl thinks she's cosplaying Carrie.
  • Body Horror: The Winchesters deal with her by hacking her into pieces while she's still conscious. (And possibly with Josie still trapped inside her own body.) As a result, there are prominent Frankenstein-esque stitches around her neck and wrists where her head and hands have been re-attached. That said, she still looks amazing.
  • Dark Action Girl: She realishes chances to get her hands dirty an racks up a very high body count in her first appearance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Never misses a chance to mock, and can even keep up with Dean in this regard.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Abaddon is one of the last of the Knights of Hell, the first-fallen, first-born demons hand-picked by Lucifer and turned and trained by Cain. The Knights of Hell are very pure and strong.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Offed in the antepenultimate episode before the confrontation with Metatron.
  • Eats Babies: She threatens Dean in "Devil May Care" with making him eat a newborn, which probably means that, like Lilith, this is one of Abaddon's favorite foods.
  • Elite Mooks: As a Knight of Hell, Abaddon is one of the oldest, most pure, and most powerful demons, selected by Lucifer himself. This means whoever her boss is had better be pretty freaking strong himself/herself, since if anyone weaker than Abaddon tries to give her orders, she'll beat the tar out of them and take over herself. Just ask Crowley.
  • Evil Gloating: Really can't resist gloating, such as over Dean and how she planned to steal his body.
  • Evil Redhead: The host she uses (Josie Sands) is a redhead.
  • Evil Wears Black: She's often seen wearing black clothing.
  • Femme Fatalons: Has long red fingernails that she uses to slit a man's throat in "As Time Goes By".
  • Fiery Redhead: Has the hair and has the temper to go with it.
  • First Law of Resurrection: Abaddon could have easily come back in a new vessel, but Alaina Huffman as Abaddon has been popular with the viewers.
  • Fun T-Shirt: In "As Time Goes By", Abaddon dons a black shirt with pink letters that reads "The Devil Made Me Do It"; she took it from the comic store clerk she kills.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Abaddon is very quick tempered and gets easily angered.
  • Helping Hands: A devil's trap-etched bullet stuck in Abaddon's brain keeps her from moving any body part attached to said brain. Fortunately for her (A.K.A. unfortunately for everyone else), Sam and Dean don't sew her hands back on when they put her back together, to stop her from clawing their eyes out if she somehow gets at them. Since her hands aren't attached to the devil's trap-etched bullet anymore, Abaddon is able to make them crawl over to her and dig out the bullet so that she can move the rest of herself.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: After arriving in the 21st century, Abaddon seems to take a liking to punk style clothes. She steals a girl's punk outfit (including the leather jacket) off her corpse after killing her, and after that outfit is destroyed by holy fire, she finds a similar outfit with another leather jacket.
  • Hero Killer: Cemented as this right off the bat in her first episode when she slaughters an entire organization of Watcher-esque people by herself in under two minutes. The Winchesters' response to her for most of the episode is to run away, with her chasing. In a later episode, Sam even comments on how terrifying she is, albeit to get a rise out of Crowley.
  • Hot-Blooded: You better believe it.
  • If I Can't Have You: It is implied that Abaddon had been in a relationship with her maker, Cain. After Cain found Colette and settled down with her after quitting the Knights of Hell, Abaddon kidnapped and possessed Colette. He found her, but when he refused to come back to Abaddon, she tricked him into killing Colette and having her die in his arms out of spite.
  • Implacable Woman: In "As Time Goes By", where she's a superstrong, virtually unstoppable type of demon never seen before.
  • Kick the Dog: After reading their minds for information, she kills the motel clerk and the comic book shop girl, even with the girl begging her not to hurt her, for no reason other than they had nothing else to give her and she's a bloodthirsty demon.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: For half of "As Time Goes By", she's wearing a silvery (blood-stained) evening gown, pearls, and pumps with her hair done up in an elegant bun. While she's hunting down the Winchesters and casually slaughtering everyone else she meets along the way.
  • Kill It with Fire: Like Meg, Abaddon is set aflame with holy fire. Unlike Meg, Abaddon runs out of her host rather than stay and burn.
  • Lady of War: She initially wreaks havoc in a classy evening gown (with pearls!). (She did just come from the 1950s, after all.) Even once she steals an outfit off a punk girl she murders, she retains an air of dignity and grace.
  • Last Of Her Kind: Abaddon was said to be the last Knight of Hell left in existence. As it turns out, Cain is also still around, but it seems that the forces of Hell have blacklisted him.
  • Mad Artist: Implied to be one. She calls her murders "art," and prides herself on particularly gruesome ones.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Abaddon's screaming causes thunder and lightning.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being a demon.
  • Meaningful Name: Abaddon means "destroyer" in Hebrew.
  • Meet the New Boss: Like Ruby, Abaddon inherited many of Meg's personality traits from earlier seasons and even her role as the rebellion leader and Crowley's main enemy in later ones. The major differences between Abaddon and Meg boil down to Abaddon's status as a Knight of Hell and her not allying with the heroes to undergo a High Heel-Face Turn.
  • Never Found the Body: The Winchesters thought that Abaddon's vessel, Josie Sands' body, was done for when it was burnt in holy oil and Abaddon smoked out. But, they did not keep track of what happened to the body.
  • The Nicknamer: Abaddon refers to Sam and Dean as "sunshines" and to Father Max Thompson as "Maxie".
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives a good one to Crowley in the season eight finale after capturing him.
  • No Sell: She can't be killed by Ruby's knife, although it does seem to hurt her more than it did Alastair. She also seems immune to exorcism rites.
  • Not So Extinct: The Knights of Hell are supposed to have been exterminated by archangels. Clearly, they missed one. Which is a serious problem as only archangels are supposed to be able to kill them, and all the archangels either dead or trapped in Hell. The Winchesters don't find an archangel to help them, but they do find Cain, his Mark, and the First Blade, all of which can also kill Knights.
  • The Nth Doctor: Subverted Trope. Even though Abaddon's previous vessel was assumed to be destroyed when she was doused in burning holy oil, Abaddon does not return in a new body.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Abaddon is shown to have the 'unique' ability to reads people's minds by partially possessing them. However, it's been shown that all demons can read the minds of their vessels while in possession—it's just that none of them have been as flashy as Abaddon.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: As a Knight of Hell, she is among the elite of demons, and firmly believes the strong should lead, so much so that she is disgusted when she finds out demons are being lead by a "salesman" in 2014.
  • Screaming Warrior: In "As Time Goes By", when she gets mad or impatient, she starts screaming in anger, making lightning and thunder strike.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Abaddon calls Henry "doll" and "pet".
  • Villain Ball: Being a demon, she can't resist screwing people over. In "Sacrifice", this leads to her downfall.

    Jason 

Jason

Spoilers! Click here to see Jason in his second meat suit. 
And here I thought all you Winchesters were supposed to be tough.

Jason restored Abaddon in the body of Josie Sands and follows Abaddon in her attempt to take over Hell. Appeared in "Devil May Care" (S09, E02). Portrayed by Kayvon Kelly and Jesse Hutch.
  • Beard of Evil: He could use a shave in the mechanic meatsuit.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes flash in the teaser and after he possesses his second vessel.
  • Blood Magic: He cuts his forearm and uses his blood to restore Abaddon's vessel.
  • Grease Monkey: His first vessel is wearing coveralls with a patch that says "Jack's Auto Repairs Mechanics".

    Cain 

Cain

The Cain. He is an extremely powerful demon who even scares the hell out of Crowley. Seems to possess abilities and powers far beyond even the King of Hell. Portrayed by Timothy Omundson. Appeared in "First Born" (S09, E11) and The Executioners Song (S10, E14).
  • Adaptational Heroism: He sacrificed himself to Lucifer in order to save his brother Abel who was making a deal with Lucifer. The Bible did an in-universe Historical Villain Upgrade.
  • Affably Evil: Becomes this after loosing control of his blood lust, being cordial towards his victims, polite towards Dean, having what he believed to be good intentions (its implied he was partially right), only killing those who he believe carried his cursed linage and even excepting his defeat and death with honor and dignity).
  • Badass: The episode he appeared in showcased this in full glory during the teaser and the last scene. Cain smites scores of demons without a scratch on him. Also, it was he and not the Archangels who slaughtered the Knights of Hell (save for Abaddon, of course). Not even Seraph Castiel (granted was weaker than normal at the time) can stand up to him.
  • Badass In Charge: Led and trained the knights of hell, during the massive pillages and raids for thousands of years.
  • Badass Beard: Sports an awesome one.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: He's the actual Cain from Old Testament times, having murdered Abel and become a demon afterwards.
  • Cain and Abel: Inverted. Cain did murder Abel, but he was the good brother in this case and Abel the evil one, as the latter was being seduced by Lucifer.
  • Death Seeker: Cain reveals to Dean, he's tried of his existence and gives him the mark on the promise Dean will kill when he's done with Abaddon. Following loosing the fight to Dean, he excepts this and faces death with dignity.
  • The Dreaded: For Crowley of all people. Turns out Crowley is scared of him, but not so much as he showed.
    • Turns out Crowley really is that afraid of him just look his reaction when he believes Cain wants him dead.
  • Four-Star Badass: Has this role as commander of the Knights of Hell, not to mention the strongest one.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Unlike other demons, who have to take hosts to manifest and affect the physical world, it is heavily implied that Cain's current body is his own. He is one of the oldest of the demons and also comes with unique powers, such as biokinesis and able to smite demons. And to top it off, Crowley is afraid of him.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Kills Colette accidentally as she is possessed by Abaddon, who manages to escape.
  • Last of His Kind: After Abaddon's death and Death turning back to normal, he's the last Knight of Hell.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife Colette is this for him.
  • Love Redeems: Fell in love with Colette and turned on the Knights of Hell.
  • No Sell: Castiel tries to stop him with his angelic powers and fails to even truly bother him.
  • Not So Different: From Dean. He respects Dean's bravery and even gives him his mark.
  • Offing the Offspring: In "The Executioner's Song", he plans to kill his legion of descendants, believing that his line is curse thanks to him (it's implied he's partially right).
  • Retired Badass: Retired prior to the present day and lives as a beekeeper as a promise to his dead wife.
  • Sanity Slippage: Following being forced to massacre Abaddon's army, Cain lost control of the mark's bloodlust, it had an effect on his sanity, and left him willing to wipe out one tenth of the earth's population to stop the spreading of his bloodline, which he believed was cursed.
  • Superpower Lottery: Being a very old demon as well as a Knight of Hell will give you a power boost.
  • Take Me Instead: He offered himself to Lucifer to save his brother.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He promised his wife that he wouldn't kill again. He breaks that promise to save Dean and Crowley. Unfortunately, he falls back in the influence of the mark and start killing his descendants believing his bloodline is cursed.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: After loosing control of his bloodlust, he manages to switch to this planning to wipe out his entire bloodline, believing it to be cursed (its implied to be true, as while not all of them are killers, a lot of them are) however as one of the fathers of mankind, this would lead to killing tenth of the present population.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to kill a boy named Austin because he's the son of a serial murderer, who is his descendant.

    Del 

Del

Do you know how long it's been since I've done this? I thank you for reminding me what I truly am.

Del is an employee at a Wichita rent-a-storage. Neither he nor the business are what they seem, because the storage is a dungeon for people Crowley keeps prisoner as long as they're useful, and Del is one of his guards. One of the prisoners is Linda Tran, mother of Kevin. Portrayed by James Immekus. First appeared in "Captives" (S09, E14)

     Lola 

Lola

Lola was Crowley's lover, supplying him human blood for him to inject into himself. She turns out to be spying on Crowley for Abaddon, and is killed by Crowley when he finds out. Portrayed by Rebecca Marshall. First appeared in "Blade Runners" (S09, E16).

Cambion (The Anti-Christ)

    Jesse Turner 

Jesse Turner


  • Children Are Innocent: Yes, Jesse is The Antichrist, but he was completely naïve and innocent, considering that he had no knowledge or idea that he was destined to be responsible for mass destruction.
  • Children Forced To Kill: Because it is Jesse's destiny to become the powerful Anti-Christ, it will force him to stand alongside Lucifer during the Apocalypse, helping him to destroy mankind and the entire Host of Heaven.
  • The Chosen One: To destroy the entire Host of Heaven.
  • Creepy Child: Subverted. Jesse is actually very cute, adorable, and lovable, but the fact that he is The Antichrist makes him rather scary and dangerous, considering how much destruction he is capable of causing.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Barely enough to count as a battle, but when Cas attacks him he turns him into an action figure with a thought. According to Cas, he could do the same thing to the entire Host of Heaven if he wanted to.
  • Cute Bruiser: Jesse is The Antichrist, therefore, he's extremely powerful and dangerous.
  • Cute Is Evil: Jesse is so adorable, but he is very dangerous because he's the all-powerful Anti-Christ.
  • The Cutie: OH SO MUCH.
  • Dark Messiah: Jesse IS the Anti-Christ.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jesse is rather witty and sarcastic.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Jesse is adorable and lovable—but beware, the kid is seriously dangerous considering what he's destined to become (The Anti-Christ).
  • The Dragon: Destined to be this for Lucifer as the Anti-Christ. Subverted in that Jesse doesn't embrace his destiny and wants nothing to do with the apocalypse or Lucifer's plans.
  • The Dreaded: He's The Antichrist, meaning that he is extremely dangerous and is capable of major destruction.
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted. Jesse is just an innocent kid who was completely unaware of the fact that he is dangerous and powerful because he's The Antichrist.
  • Expy: Jesse shares a lot of similarities with Sam. He's almost like a mini-Sam.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Totally normal until he learns he's the Anti-Christ. He immediately runs to Australia to avoid the Apocalypse.
  • Future Badass: Destined to be the all powerful Anti-Christ meant to destroy the entire Host of Heaven.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human and half-demon, of course.