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Demons in Supernatural
"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."
- 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.
- The Ageless: Like angels, they 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'' hitting them), or openly trying to get with them, with or without the other party's consent.
- Arch-Enemy: They fear and hate angels in about equal measure. Oddly enough, they also worship one. 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" (whose fate isn't disclosed) and now possibly Crowley (the demon Sam partially "cures" in the third Trial).
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Seems to be the way Hell operates. Demons fighting 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: If they get a line, they're most likely going to be this.
- Deal with the Devil: Crossroad 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 with Devils 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 special abilities almost especially 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.
- 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 (i.e., 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 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 demonkind 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.
- 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.
- 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 Devil's 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 Crossroad's Demon, etc) are very attractive and very nasty. Rip-your-head-off-after-sex-and-eat-it nasty.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Made of Evil: They are the twisted, tortured remnants of souls that have had their humanity burnt out of them in Hell.
- Obviously Evil: Most of them.
- 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 in the series universe only have one name.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Most low-ranking demons have black eyes, including Meg, Tom, Ruby and most of the one-shot characters. Although Abaddon also has black eyes, though, do not mistake her for a common demon.
- Hellish Pupils: Azazel and Dean's Crossroads Demon both showed these early on, but later on it was changed so that they both have completely yellow and red eyes, respectively.
- Prophet Eyes: Lilith and Alastair.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Crossroad demons. Their king, Crowley, also has them.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Azazel is the only demon known to have yellow eyes. In fact, the Winchesters refer to him almost exclusively as "the Yellow-Eyed Demon" or just "Yellow Eyes," even after learning his name.
- 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.
"The best torturers never get their hands dirty."
Meg initially serves 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 Nikki Lyn Aycox, Jared Padalecki
and Rachel Miner, Meg first appears in "Scarecrow"
- 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.
- Anti-Villain: Meg could be classified as a Type I.
- 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. Though why she doesn't have a bone to pick with the Winchesters, who had a much bigger hand in re-imprisoning Lucifer, is unclear.
- A traitor is considered worse by most people than your traditional enemy.
- And the enemy of an enemy is a friend.
- 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 the only demon 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.
- Pop Cultured Badass: She's almost as bad as Dean in this department. (Almost.) She seems to have a particular fondness for Star Wars, Ryan Seacrest and gossip magazines.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Castiel. Every time they are in the same episode or share a scene together, the sexual tension is off the charts.
- The Big Damn Kiss: With Castiel in Season 6. It's a pretty hot kiss, too.
- 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: Meg didn't understand anything about Sam's story of taking a year off from hunting.
Meg: There's one part I don't understand. You hit a dog and stopped. Why?
- 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. Crowley ends up killing Meg.
- 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.
- Fan Nickname: In the early days, Meg was called "Demon!Meg" to tell her apart from her host (who was called "Human!Meg" or "Real!Meg" for the same reason). Most of the fandom has stopped doing this because demon!Meg rose into much greater prominence than her first host and stuck around way longer, to the point that nowadays it's generally expected that when you're talking about Meg, you're talking about the demon who possessed her instead of the human herself. As with Ruby, you may also find people discussing the differences between "Blonde Meg," "Meg 1.0," or "Nikki's Meg" for the first season version of the character, "Evil!Sam" or "Meg 2.0" for the second season version of the character, and "Brunette Meg" or "Rachel's Meg" for the last incarnation.
- 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 openly admits that she's in love with Castiel. And Castiel sort of admits he has affection for her too.
- 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
- Heel-Face Turn/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.
- 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 that, just as Sam fell in love with Amelia and (temporarily) gave up hunting for her, she has fallen in love with Castiel and wants to give up demon-ing and spend her life with him, instead.
- Hot Girls Are Bitches
- I'm Not a Nurse, 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 insane 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 in "Caged Heat", and in "Goodbye, Stranger", Meg flat-tells him that she plans to have sex with him later if they both survive. It is strongly implied in "Goodbye, Stranger" that her relationship with Castiel has a hand in her kinda-sorta-High Heel-Face Turn.
- 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; by the time Crowley starts hunting down and killing everyone they've ever saved, however, they're probably wishing they'd listened to her.
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, Rumsefeld, off-screen in the Season 1 finale.
- Kill It with Fire: Castiel throws her into holy fire and walks over her to escape in "Abandon All Hope...". It hurts her like hell, but she somehow survives and returns later—in the same meatsuit, even!
- Kiss of Distraction: With Castiel in season six. Meg kissed Castiel in order to distract him and steal his angel-killing scimitar from his trench coat. It backfires when Cas spins her around and kisses back, dumbfounding not only Meg but the Winchesters as well.
- 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: Very, very, very strongly implied to be the case, thanks to Castiel.
- Manipulative Bitch
- 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. Meg is The Vamp and she certainly causes (and takes) a great deal of misery.
- 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 is 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.
- Oh Wait:
Dean: Where's our father, Meg?
Meg: You didn’t ask very nice.
(without 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 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 .
- 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.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Meg certainly feels this way in "Reading Is Fundamental" and "Goodbye Stranger". "Reformed" is putting it strongly, as she never actually displays any remorse for her past evil, but she does prove to be a valuable ally to the Winchesters and seems frustrated by their lack of trust or concern for her. Which is kind of an odd way for her to feel, considering their personal history—keep in mind that by this point, she has gleefully murdered four of their friends, sexually assaulted Sam and Jo, possessed Sam for a week to force him to do multiple evil deeds, and tried to manipulate Dean into killing Sam—and also their terrible track record with demon allies making them wary of another betrayal.
- Smug Smiler
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Supernatural Is Purple: Other then the colour black, Meg seems to like the colour 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 possibilty 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.
- Meaningful Names: 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. Moreso 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.
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.
- 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.
- Villain Decay: Meg is The Dragon and a major threat in season one, and manages to capture Sam and Dean, and later their father when he attempts to double cross her. Sam exorcises her and sends her back to Hell, but she returns in season two and possesses him. After that, she disappears. By the time she returns in season five as Lucifer's crony, the Sorting Algorithm of Evil has expanded far beyond her and the Winchesters are more focused on her boss than Meg herself. Still, she's indirectly responsible for both Bobby being crippled and the Harvelles being killed. Her true decay began in season six, when she's forced into an Enemy Mine with both of the Winchesters after Lucifer is locked up again and new King Of Hell Crowley starts exterminating all of his followers. In the following battle, Meg proceeds to be captured, tortured, rescued by Sam and Dean, and then nearly killed again when she attempts to kill a devil-trapped Crowley, who easily overpowers her and escapes. By season seven, the Winchesters seem to have forgotten she's a villain at all, and apparently don't have a problem with leaving their insane, comatose, and extremely powerful angel friend Castiel in her care when she openly states she has an ulterior motive (revenge on Crowley) in helping him. Nevertheless, she takes care of Castiel and doesn't even attempt to deceive or betray the Winchesters when he wakes up. She then decides to help them fight the Leviathans, wrecking Dean's Impala as a distraction and taking out a couple books before once again being captured by Crowley. When she reappears in season eight, she's largely turned to the good side, although she's still a Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She tries to molest Sam in "Shadow", lays a Forceful Kiss on Dean in "Sympathy for the Devil", and obviously has a thing for Castiel.
- 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".
- What Could Have Been: The writers wanted to bring Nikki Aycox back to play Meg in Season 5, but couldn't figure out a good way to justify why she'd come back in that body (which, at that point, had been dead and buried for four years in-universe) and so decided that they had to recast.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Castiel throughout season's five to eight. When Castiel and Meg have their first encounter in season five, it was very obvious to the viewer 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 front of the Winchesters no less). By that time, it is obvious that there is a mutual attraction between the two, although the two deny it. 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. In season eight, their relationship becomes more open as Meg openly admits to Castiel that she loves him and that she desires to have sex with him once the angel tablet is safe. Castiel seems 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 as well.
- 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.
"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"
- Aerith and Bob: With Azazel, his "father". While he and his "sister" Meg have normal sounding names, Azazel's name is much more unusual.
- Big Brother Instinct: Nope. He decides to test the (fake) Colt by shooting his own sister. Even Meg is shocked by this.
- Black Eyes of Evil
- 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.
- Evil Wears Black
- 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."
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Hey, It's That Guy!: He's also Cade Foster in First Wave, Professor Matt Freeman on Dawson's Creek, and Lt. Noel 'Narcho' Allison on Battlestar Galactica.
- Hunk: Tom's meat suit is pretty attractive.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers a brief but effective one to Sam in "Devil's Trap", so much so that the latter still has visible injuries for a while afterward; considering how the Winchesters' Beauty Is Never Tarnished, that's quite an achievement!
- Overlord Jr.
- Perma Stubble
- Pretty Boy
- Pretty Little Headshots: Dean kills him to save Sam from being beaten to death.
- The Quiet One
- Silent Antagonist: You see his quote? That's the only time he talks in the entire show.
- The Stoic
- Tom The Demon: At least Meg has an excuse, since it's not her real name. Maybe it's not "Tom"'s, either?
"Well, this is fun. I could’ve killed you a hundred times today, but this... this is worth the wait."
Azazel is the King 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"
after cameoing in the pilot
- 0% Approval Rating: Even other demons—his followers included—seem happy when Azazel gets killed by Dean. The demon possessing Casey in "Sin City" is a follower of Lucifer, like Azazel, but she calls Azazel "a tyrant" and the best thing she can say about him is that he kept other demons under control.
- 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.
- Ambition Is Evil: Azazel is ruthless and manipulative and will resort to causing pain just so that he could forward his Evil Plan to release Lucifer and unleash hell upon the earth.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Winchesters, especially John.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: It is implied that Azazel is the King of Hell for the first two seasons and most likely before that.
- Awesome McCoolname: Azazel is a pretty cool name and it highly unique.
- Badass: Azazel is a powerful demon.
- 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: Azazel's hobbies seems to be taking away everything that his victim cares about to make them turn to The Dark Side.
- Card-Carrying Villain/Chaotic Evil: Azazel makes his evil and immoral intentions very known to everyone, especially the Winchesters.
- The Chessmaster: Azazel could be the Trope Codifier.
- 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, unaware that Sam is The Chosen One predetermined by destiny.
- Chronic Villainy: Azazel's evilness is persistant.
- Classic Villain: Azazel displays ambition, pride, and greed.
- Consummate Liar: Azazel is good at lying and twisting things to his benefit.
- 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.
- Crazy-Prepared: Azazel always has a back up plan.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears a lot of darker clothing to match his evil personality.
- Dark Lord: Azazel was the King Of Hell and was in control of the demons.
- Deadpan Snarker:
John: Hey. (aims the Colt at Azazel) How stupid do you think I am?
Azazel, grinning: 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.
- Despair Gambit: This was Azazel's plan throughout Sam's entire life , in an attempt to get Sam to embrace his destiny as being Lucifer's one true vessel.
- 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 this, while he's possessing her own dead father.
- The Dragon: To the Bigger Bad Ultimate Evil, Lucifer.
- 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-Eyed Demon: Although Azazel is his real name, most of the characters refer to him as the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
- 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 Counterpart: Could be seen as this to John Winchester.
- Evil Genius: Azazel is very strategic and manipulative. He had been planning the release of Lucifer for decades.
- Evil Gloating: Azazel, man, put a lid on it, yeah? 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
- Evil Is Hammy: Azazel is... not exactly subtle.
- 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 Overlord: Azazel was once the King of Hell.
- 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 Sounds Raspy
- Evil Wears Black: Often seen wearing darker clothing and colours.
- Fan Nickname: YED is a common fan-made abbreviation for the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
- 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.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Well, he is the Yellow Eyed Demon.
- The Heavy: In Seasons 1 and 2. One might argue he's this for the first five seasons or so of the show.
- Hellish Pupils: Early on. This was later dropped in favor of completely yellow eyes.
- Hot as Hell: Probably the only time Azazel has ever been attractive is when he is possessing John.
- Lack of Empathy: At times he seems to have a terrible grasp on the emotions of humans, effective Manipulative Bastardry nonwithstanding. 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.
- Monster Lord
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- No Sell: Holy water doesn't work on him at all, unlike all other demons it's been used on.
- Obviously Evil
- 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 Shot 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
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Apparently, Azazel's favorite hobby is to point out how Dean Winchester is stupid and insignificant, to his face, repeatedly and with great relish.
- Slasher Smile
- The Sociopath
- Smug Smiler
- 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
- Villainous Crush: Overlaps with Mind Game Ship. 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 favourite" of the Special Children.
- "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
- 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 who Dean first crosses paths with in "Crossroad Blues"
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, "Seeya, 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 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.
- Fan Nickname: In the style of Azazel's Fan Nicknames, there's CRD (Crossroads demon) and RED (Red-Eyed Demon) for this demon. She's also sometimes called "Dean's crossroads demon," since there are multiple crossroads demons and she mainly appears to Dean.
- 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
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears sexy brunette women wearing short, low-cut black dresses.
- No Name Given
- Pretty Little Headshots: To her suprise, Sam shoots her between the eyes with the Colt in "Bedtime Stories", killing her.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Revenge by Proxy
Demon: You're gonna double-cross me? Funny how I'm the trustworthy one. You know, you renege, send me to Hell? Sooner or later, I'm gonna climb out, and skinning Evan Hudson's gonna be the first thing that I do.
- 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
Dean: How do I know you're not lying?
Demon: My word is my bond.
Dean: Oh, really?
- You Look Familiar: The demon's host in the teaser for "Crossroad Blues" previously portrayed the Girl of the Week's roommate in "Hookman".
"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 her Relationship Upgrade 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.
- Ascended Demon: 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", Ruby wishes she were evil through and through like other demons, presumably because then they wouldn't view her as scum.
- 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 when she becomes lovers with Sam between Season 3 and Season 4. After Sam becomes powerful enough to incapacitate and defeat demons with his powers, Ruby steps back from the scuffles and lets 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
- Blondes Are Bitchy: 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 her death, though, so it doesn't stick.
- Dark Counterpart: To Anna. Both are benevolent supernatural beings who betrayed the rest of their kind. Both help the Winchesters. Both sleep with one of the brothers, an episode apart. Plus, both turn evil and are promptly killed off.
- 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
- 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 Ruby died, went to Hell, and became a demon.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Dirty Coward: Alastair sees her as this. Alastair is wrong—Ruby just knows when to pick her battles and what's worth fighting for.
- Distaff Counterpart/Evil 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:
Sam: You're a demon!
Ruby: Don't be such a racist.
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.
- Fan Nickname: Fans use nicknames to differentiate between the actresses portraying her. "Blonde Ruby," "Old Ruby," and "Ruby 1.0" refer to Ruby as portrayed by her original actress, Katie Cassidy. "Brunette Ruby" (or "Dark Ruby"), "New Ruby," and "Ruby 2.0" refer to Ruby as played by Katie's replacement, Genevieve Padalecki. To a lesser extent, Anna Williams' Ruby is called "Secretary Ruby" or "Ruby 1.5" and Michelle Hewitt-Williams' Ruby is "Maid Ruby" or "Ruby 3.0".
- 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.
- Friendly Neighborhood Demon
- Friends with Benefits: With Sam in season four. They definitely had sex in flashbacks 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.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Headbutting Heroes: With Dean. They almost never get along and 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 moreso 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, and getting Sam addicted to drinking her blood to kill Lilith.
- 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.
- Honey Trap
- Hot Girls Are Bitches
- Hot Witch
- Hunter of Her Own Kind: And the rest of her kind is not happy about that.
- Incest Subtext: As far as we know, Ruby isn't a blood relative of the Winchesters (well, you could say she becomes one of Sam's), but her relationship with Sam could be argued to be psychologically incestuous considering how she and Sam see each other in a familial light. Ruby is a twisted mother figure of sorts to Sam; on her relationship with Sam in Season 4, Gen Cortese described Ruby as a Mama Bear giving birth to a child and nurturing that child. Add to that that Ruby is very similar to Dean—Sam's big brother/parental figure—in many respects and that Sam notices and acknowledges this... after he's struck up a sexual relationship with her. So, Ruby is a cross between Sam's mother and Sam's older sibling. And he's sleeping with her.
Dean: (to Sam) Right, 'cause as far as you're concerned, the Hell-bitch is practically family!
- Ironic Name: With regards to what rubies are commonly seen to symbolize. They are supposed to help your circulatory system, cure infections and 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 Cortese suspected that Ruby just loved what he could do.
- Jerkass: Usually towards Dean. Though to be fair, Dean usually starts it.
- Knife Nut
- Mama Bear: Describing how protective Ruby is of Sam, Genevieve Cortese 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.
- Mysterious Stranger: To Sam at the very beginning of season four. She began to stalk and follow Sam around wherever he went.
- 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.
- Poisonous Friend
- 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 yet 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 opportunity strikes.
- Romance on the Set: Thanks to Season 4 of Supernatural, Genevieve Cortese is now Genevieve Padalecki. Which makes the sex scene with her husband in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" weirder to watch.
- 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.
Hey. I was gonna kill myself
to help you win. I’m not gonna stand here and watch you lose.
- Sex for Solace: Seduces Sam in the wake of Dean's death, when Sam is at his lowest and most vulnerable point. Rather than this being comforting or romantic in anyway, it's a sign of how Sam 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
- 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—before any hint of her sexual history was revealed. It met with backlash and criticism in the fandom, and 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.
- Small Name, Big Ego: "I am awesome!"
- Smug Smiler
- 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. Ironically, Meg is now ripping off of Ruby.
- Theme Naming: With Meg as demon girls named for gemstones.
- Meaningful Names: 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
- Token Heroic Orc
- Trademark Favorite Food: Here's a test. Sample some of her lines...
Ruby: These (Sam's French fries) are amazing. It's like deep-fried crack! Try some.
You know what sounds good? French fries. I'm starving. I just escaped Hell
, I deserve a treat.
... and you tell me what her favorite food is.
- Treacherous Advisor
- Tsundere: Type A. Sam is her soft spot.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: She feels justified in carrying out her Evil Plan because she believes that Lucifer will reward her and Sam for their loyalty. She knew that Sam would hate her once he found out what she was using him for, but hoped he'd come around to her way of looking at things eventually.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend
- 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: Except Dean doesn't care, and stabs her to death.
"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 and starts breaking 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"
- The Antichrist: A gender-inverted version. She actually does kind of fit the bill as a demonic version of Jesus, especially considered how she sacrifices herself to "save" her kind by letting Sam kill her—in a manner that resembles crucifixion, no less! More in line with The Antichrist's personal goals, however, Lilith also 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. Likewise, Lilith isn't too fond of Sam even before she meets him, and takes great pleasure in his pain.
- 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 other demons until everyone falls in line.
- Badass: She's LILITH, the very first demon ever created.
- The Baroness: A creepy, sadistic demoness in all forms she comes in, Lilith is a blend of a Sexpot and Rosa Klebb—when wearing older meatsuits, she has sex appeal and gets vampy with Sam, but she's also The Dreaded and the Big Bad even Dean is terrified of.
- Barrier Maiden: She is the final seal keeping Lucifer in Hell. Too bad nobody tells Sam until after he kills her.
- Big Bad: For seasons three and four.
- Blondes are Evil
- 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/Enfante Terrible: When possessing little girls. She switches to attractive adult women in season four after announcing she likes being "all grown-up and pretty."
- Cute and Psycho
- Dark Messiah: In addition to being The Antichrist (see above), Lilith may possibly also be 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." Interesting, considering how Sam himself takes a turn down that road in the same 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
- 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.)
- The Heavy: During the third and fourth seasons.
- Hot Girls Are Bitches: In adult hosts.
- I Let You Win: Not only did 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.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Surprisingly averted, if we go by her character quote.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Monster Progenitor:
Sam: That was Lilith?
- 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
- Prophet Eyes
- Psychopathic Womanchild
- 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: 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.
- 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/Don Harding (Don McManus)
- All Hallows' Eve: The inspiration for it in the Supernatural universe.
- Badass: His response to finding out Sam is immune to his powers and can exercise him is to try charge straight at him.
- Brought Down to Badass: When Samhain realizes that Sam is immune to his powers, he fights the Winchester 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
- The Danza: Don Harding is played by Don McManus.
- The Dreaded: A holiday was created to appease him.
- Evil 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: Needed to bring him to Earth and can only be performed once every 600 years.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Killed the witch who summoned her 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.
"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 Ralston, 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 while kicking Dean's ass.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: He's a white-eyed archdemon, although Lillith outranks him.
- 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
- 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, his second student 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.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Meaningful Name: "Alastor" is the name of a demon in Christian mythology.
- 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 run away with their tails between their legs... 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 with Ruby's knife... in the heart... 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
- 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.
- 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: Alistair implies he had a hand in the creation of the extermination camps in Nazi Germany.
"I've sold sin to saints for centuries."
Crowley is the King of the Crossroads and later of Hell itself
. Out of pure self-interest, he helps the Winchesters defeat worse evils than himself several times, before they become more trouble than they're worth and he starts trying to kill them. Portrayed by Mark Sheppard
and Lauren Tom
, Crowley first appears in "Abandon All Hope..."
- Actor Allusion: Crowley refers to hell as the mother ship. Mark Sheppard, who plays Crowley, has been on many science fiction shows including Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), and Firefly. This may also be a Continuity Nod, as the future prophet Krista accused Crowley of teleporting them to the mother ship in "A Little Slice Of Kevin" (S08, Ep07).
- Arch-Enemy: To Meg, who is willing to go so far as work with the Winchesters, with whom she has had 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) and he thinks that torturing her is the height of entertainment, so he probably isn't too fond of her. His Arch-Enemy is Castiel after the latter goes back on their deal and double-crosses him.
- 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.
- Badass: He's the King of Hell after all.
- 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 fears A Fate Worse Than Death is the alternative from Crowley.
- Beard of Evil: Sports one in Seasons 7 and 8.
- Biggus Dickus: Implied to be the reason why Crowley sold his soul.
Crowley: Just trying to hit double digits.
- Big Bad: For Season 8. He also worked with Cass as part of a Big Bad Duumvirate in Season 6.
- 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 and he's since become the show's most recurring and recognizable antagonist.
- 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 does seem to exhibit Ambition, Dilligence, Honesty, Loyalty, Patience (in the past), and Responsibility).
- Catch Phrase: "Hello, boys."
- Lampshaded in the Season 8 finale, when Abaddon arrives to Crowleys rescue call she enters with the line "Hello boys", Crowleys response, a slightly dissapointed sounding "That's my line".
- The Chessmaster: Due to his manipulations in the Season 7 finale, Dick Roman is killed, Meg is dragged back to Hell, and Castiel pays for betraying him as he ends up in Purgatory along 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.
- The Corrupter: To Castiel, though this ultimately comes back to bite him in the ass in the Season 6 finale.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: When Castiel tells him not to worry about the Winchesters, Crowley's almost 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 Season 8. He still makes witticisms from time to time, but his nastiness has gone up a million fold.
- Defector from Decadence
- Depraved Bisexual: He has a son, and flirts with men and women alike.
- Disc One Final Boss: It's suggested that he's Season 6's Big Bad, but 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: All the time. Since he makes them in a castful of (pretty) male characters, it cranks up the Foe Ho Yay.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Apparently, all the 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 for a while when on the run from Lucifer.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may twist the wording of a deal to his benefit, 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.)
- Evil Brit: His meatsuit might be one. Also, Crowley himself is/was a Scot, so he himself was a Brit.
- Crowley throws out a couple of terms more often heard in the U.K. After Crowley tears the tablet from Castiel's belly, Crowley covered in Castiels blood smiles and says, "Oh, you're a pip, you are." Pip could also be meant as a reference to the protagonist of Great Expectations. Later, when he realizes that Kevin has seen through his masquerade, Crowley calls Kevin a "little prat", and he says he has "deals and plans up the jacksie".
- Evil Counterpart: In a sense, to the Trickster/Gabriel. He is a demon while the other is an angel. Both are Affably Evil. Both are the fifth season's Ensemble Darkhorses. Both help Dean and Sam. Both resigned from their job in Hell and Heaven. And finally, neither of them want the Apocalypse to happen.
- He's also this to Castiel, in that neither wants the Apocalypse to happen, both help the Winchesters, and both get cast out from their respective groups based on the previous two facts. Both Crowley and Castiel also try to introduced a new way of doing things to demons and angels, respectively, only to be met with opposition.
- One could make a decent argument that Crowley is the demonic Balthazar, as both make deals with humans for their souls, both are traitors with disdain for their own kind and are perfectly willing to work with the enemy to further their own agenda. Both faked their deaths in season six and allied themselves with Castiel against heaven, both are opportunistic, practical and know when to run from trouble, but will eventually stand their ground rather than cower. Both have expensive tastes (the same shooting location was used for both their mansions) and will invariably help themselves to your liquor upon being summoned, both love them some innuendo and Balthazar has been known to crib lines from Crowley like, "Hello, boys."
- 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 (albeit temporarily) to 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 nice 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.
- Dilligence: 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 especially 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 at heart 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 dark, specifically 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.
- Faux Affably Evil: He was Affably Evil for the better part of Seasons 5-7, but by the end of Season 7 after the Leviathans had been defeated, he pulled no more friendly stuff anymore and became an eviler bastard then he ever once was. By Season 8, he would be joking around whilst torturing the Prophet Kevin Tran and those next in line, angels, his own men, and the Winchesters.
- Crowley is presented as an Affably Evil Noble Demon in series five, but season six reveals that he's more Faux Affably Evil, as he starts getting more and more into torture. He's obsessed with bargains (as befits his "king of the crossroads" status) but will take on any persona which will get the job done.
- Flaming Devil
- 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 yoyoing 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 yoyo again.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Abaddon (who has time-travelled from 1958) mocks Crowley "the salesman", only to be completely shocked to find out that he's now the King of Hell.
- Gotta Kill Em All: He spends a few episodes of season 8 going after and killing several people that Sam and Dean have saved, gloating to the brothers that the knowledge that those people are still alive and safe is the only thing that keeps them going through their hunting business, and once they're gone, they'll have nothing left to live for.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Mark Sheppard had to appear at one point, after all.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Said verbatim.
- I Love the Dead: After Linda punches him, he announces that "defiling her corpse" has just moved up in his to-do list.
- 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. Think the demonic version of Bela and you've got the gist of it.
- Jerkass —> Jerk with a Heart of Jerk —> Jerkass Façade —> Jerkass Has a Point
- Kick the Dog: Comes with the territory of being the Devil but torturing Kevin, torturing Samandriel and killing Tommy, Sarah and Jenny are easily his most heinous deeds on the show yet.
- Laughably Evil: Even when he is an evil, sociopathic monster, he is still fun to watch.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Nicknamer: Crowley likes to give people nicknames, like calling Sam and Dean "Moose and Squirrel".
- 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 a harmless villain, but because he spent a lot of his screen time teaming up with the heroes and being deliciously snarky and cool, most fans forgot that he was... y'know, evil. Then Season 8 rolled around, Crowley had no reason to buddy up to the Winchesters anymore, and skipped right over the Moral Event Horizon in- and out-of-universe.
- Number of the Beast: It's his telephone number.
- 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.
- Well, now he's the Only Sane Employer. And, considering what his industry is, this is probably true.
- Out-Gambitted: By Castiel in the Season 6 finale.
- Happens again in the season 8 finale.
- 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.
- Playing Both Sides: Does this to the Winchesters and the Leviathans in the Season 7 finale.
- Post Modern Magic: Crowley in one of many moment 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.
- 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.
- Sarcastic Clapping
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!/Villain Exit Stage Left: 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.
- Smug Snake
- Stealth Hi/Bye
- Suddenly Shouting: He does this a lot when he gets ticked off.
- Theme Naming: With Alastair.
- Shout-Out: Crowley's name references either the surname of Aleister the occultist, or AJ (formerly Crawly) of Good Omens.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's introduced as this in season five, and still ends up in Enemy Mine situations in the following two. He stops batting for Team Free Will altogether in Season 8.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 8, we see a side of Crowley more suited to the "King of Hell" title.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 won the apocalypse. And it's strongly implied that he was right.
"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.
- Actor Allusion: When Abadon screams in anger, it causes thunder and lightning. Her actress played "Black Canary" on Smallville, a superhero who incapacitates her foes with her sonic shriek.
- Almighty Janitor: Subverted. 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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass In Charge: As of "Heaven Can't Wait", she seems to have succeeded in making herself the new Queen of Hell.
- The Baroness: Abaddon could be seen as a combination of the Sexpot and Rosa Klebb types.
- 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: Seems to be this with Malachi, Metatron, and Bartholomew of Season 9.
- Black Eyes of Evil
- 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 presumably with her host 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
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: Abaddon is one (perhaps the last) of the Knights of Hell, the first fallen, first born demons hand-picked by Lucifer. The Knights of Hell are very pure and strong.
- 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
- Evil Laugh
- 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
- 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 trap 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 trap-paralyzed 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).
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Alaina Huffman also plays Master Sergeant Tamara Johansen in Stargate Universe and Dinah Lance aka Black Canary in Smallville.
- If I Can't Have You: She killed Cain's wife Colette after she failed to get him back.
- Implacable Woman: In "As Time Goes By". Not so much in other episodes, where she shows up, gets scared/beaten, and runs away.
- 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.) But even once she steals an outfit off a punk girl she murders, she retains an air of dignity and grace.
- 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 Bitch: Comes with being a demon.
- Meaningful Name: Abaddon means "destroyer" in Hebrew.
- Ms. Fanservice
- 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, while he is all tied up mind you.
- 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 be extinct. Clearly, they missed one. Which is a serious problem as they can only be killed by archangels, which are all either dead or trapped in Hell.
- Last Of Her Kind: Abaddon is probably the last Knight of Hell left in existence.
- 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
- 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.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Once Abaddon's head is reattached to the torso, her eyes open and she starts threatening the Winchester brothers.
Abaddon: And I owe you both so, so much. I can't wait to tear out those pretty green eyes.
Sam: Good luck with that.
Dean: We figured kitty didn't need her claws.
Abaddon: Then I'll stump you to death. It'll be swell.
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, Ep02)
. Portrayed by Kayvon Kelly and Jesse Hutch.
- Beard of Evil: He could use a shave when in the mechanic meat suit.
- 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".
. 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 Omundsen. Appeared in "First Born" (S09, Ep11)
- 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.
- Badass: The episode he appeared in showcased this in full glory during the teaser and the last scene. Smites scores of demons without a scratch on him. Also, it is he and not the Archangels who slaughtered the Knights of Hell.
- Badass Beard: Sports an awesome one.
- Retired Badass: Has retired prior to present day and lives as a beekeeper as a promise to his dead wife.
- Cain and Abel: Obviously.
- The Dreaded: For Crowley of all people. Turns Crowley is scared of him but not so much as he showed.
- Heel-Face Turn/Love Redeems: Fell in love with Collette and turned on the Knights of Hell.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife, Collette for him.
- Not So Different: From Dean. He respects Dean's bravery and even gives him his mark.
- Take Me Instead: He offered himself to Lucifer to save his brother.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He promised to his wife that he won't kill again. He broke that promise to save Dean and Crowley.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Jesse is a cross between this and Creepy Child. However, Jesse only crosses over into Creepy Child territory due to the fact that he is the Anti Christ destined to destroy the Host of Heaven.
- Adorkable: Jesse is the epitome of adorable, so much that he crosses over into Moe territory.
- Anti Anti Christ
- The Antichrist
- Apocalypse Maiden: Jesse is meant to destroy the Host of Heaven and bring on the end of the world and much chaos and mass destruction.
- Badass: Jesse's the Anti Christ.
- Badass Adorable: Jesse may look innocent and adorable, but he is very deadly, powerful and dangerous. Don't get on his bad side.
- Future Badass: Destined to be the all powerful Anti Christ meant to destroy the entire Host of Heaven.
- Birds of a Feather: With Sam. Sam saw a lot of himself in Jesse.
- Child Prodigy
- Children Are Innocent: Yes, Jesse is the Anti Christ, but he was completely naive 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 loveable, but the fact that he is the Anti Christ 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 Anti Christ, 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 loveable - 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 Anti Christ, 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 Anti Christ.
- Expy: Jesse shares a lot of similarities with Sam. Jesse is like a mini-version of Sam.
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-Human and Half-Demon, of course.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- Holy Child: Sought after by both Hell and Heaven, demons and angels because he is the Anti Christ, similar to Sam throughout his life.
- Human Mom Non Human Dad: Jesse's mother is human while his father is a demon.
- Humanoid Abomination: Jesse is half human and half demon, plus he's the Anti-Christ.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: His Puppy-Dog Eyes make his eyes look even more innocent.
- Innocence Lost: If Jesse embraced his destiny as the Anti-Christ, it would be assumed that Jesse would lose his innocence and become a monster.
- Innocent Prodigy
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Jesse wants nothing to do with the apocalypse business so he takes off and leaves his adopted family.
- Killer Rabbit: Sweet, adorable, cute, loveable…and the Anti Christ.
- Little Mister Badass
- Mouthy Kid: Jesse is rather sarcastic and snarky and he says exactly what he wants to say.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Not So Different: Sam tries this with Jesse in order to prevent him from making the wrong decisions and choices and to not embrace his destiny of darkness. It works.
- Oblivious Adoption
- Parental Abandonment: See Parental Neglect.
- Parental Neglect: While Jesse's parents do love him and he loves them back, they are only briefly shown onscreen and it is clear that Jesse is used to taking care of himself.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Jesse has the ability to destroy the Host of Heaven.
- Plot Parallel: Jesse's life and role as the Anti Christ mirrors Sam Winchester and his journey.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Seems to share this trait or characteristic in common with Sam.
- Reality Warper: When Lucifer has a physical presence on Earth, this is what his powers manifest as. He makes everything he believes come true for miles in every direction. Without even trying or knowing he's doing it. Which is bad news since he's still young enough to believe in kid stories like the Tooth Fairy.
- The Runaway
- Screw Destiny: Jesse wants absolutely nothing to do with angels, demons or the Apocalypse.
- Take a Third Option: Rather than choose to fight on the side of the demons or the Winchesters, Jesse chooses to move to Australia and avoid the Apocalypse altogether.
- The End of the World as We Know It
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Jesse warps himself to Australia and is never mentioned again. Justified in that he's trying to hide, but still.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Childish beliefs aside, Jesse is rather mature for his age. It might have something to do with his mostly-absent parents.