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Ghosts In Supernatural
Ghosts In Supernatural
How do you think angry spirits are born? They can't let go and they can't move on. And you're about to become one. The same thing you hunt.
are disembodied spirits, which for whatever reason
remain attached to a place or object
after death. These spirits can be repelled by salt or iron
, but are eliminated
by salting and burning
their remains or occasionally by dealing with unfinished business
- And I Must Scream/Barred from the Afterlife: Some ghosts were evil in life, but even good spirits who remain as ghosts become twisted by a desire for vengeance.
- Animate Dead: The spirits of the dead can be summoned by a Necromancer who may be a human practicing Black Magic like Walter Dixon or Jimmy Tomorrow or a demon like Lilith or Samhain.
- Ectoplasm: A rare phenomena only produced by powerful angry spirits. Most is a black tar-like substance, such as seen in "No Exit" (S02, Ep06), "After School Special" (S04, Ep13), and "There Will Be Blood" (S07, Ep22). However, spectres secrete green ectoplasm as seen in "Southern Comfort" (S08, Ep06).
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Ghosts cause flashing lights, appear on film or digiital photography, and produce electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). They can be detected with an electromagnetic fields (EMF) meter.
- Ghostly Chill: Ghosts can drop the temperature resulting in frosted over windows and visible breath.
- Haunted Fetter: Usually the remains of the body that the ghost had binds the ghost to this world.
- Intangibility: The default state of a ghost, who can only learn to affect objects in the world by entering a calm Zen-like state or tapping into explosive rage.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: Most of the ghosts in Supernatural appear as they did at the time of their death, with many sporting ghastly lethal wounds.
- Kryptonite Factor:
- Weaksauce Weakness: Salt, including rock salt fired from a shotgun, will cause a ghost to flee, but they often come back angrier.
- Cold Iron: Iron repels a ghost.
- Kill It with Fire: Ghosts are eliminated, presumably moving on to heaven or hell, when their remains or the objects their souls are attached to are salted and burnt. This means Sam and Dean do a lot of digging.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Different types of ghosts exist in the Supernatural Universe.
- Buruburu: Born of a person's fear after dying in a terrifying manner. They can then infect others with their fear, and this infection is known as ghost sickness. Can be eliminated by being "scared to rest". Appears in "Yellow Fever" (S04, Ep06).
- Death Omen: Appears to someone before they die. This may be a human ghost who tries to warn others of the danger they are in such as Claire Becker in "The Usual Suspects" (S02, Ep07) and Kate Fox in "The Mentalists" (S07, Ep07). It may also be an object such as a Ghost Ship like the Espírito Santo in "Red Sky At Morning" (S03, Ep06).
- Poltergeist: Make noises such as scratching and move objects. They are often malevolent as seen in "Home" (S01, Ep09).
- Spectre: A powerful vengeful spirit which secretes green ectoplasm. Seen in "Southern Comfort" (S08, Ep06).
- Woman in White: A Woman Scorned who kills her children and often haunts rivers or lakes where she drowned herself. She may flag down cars asking for a ride. The most famous example would be La Llorona or Weeping Woman. Appears in the Pilot (S01, Ep01). The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons and Ghouls also mentions John Winchester ran into one outside Durant, Oklahoma in 1991, and he believed it was the same kind of spirit that the Irish know as bean sidhe.
- The Problem with Fighting Death: One can become a ghost by refusing to accompany a Reaper after death.
- Soul Jar: Sometimes a ghost remains even though its body was cremated or salted and burned because the spirit remains attached to an object. This object may be anything, such as a doll, a penny, and even a kidney.
- Unfinished Business: Ghostly Goals may include vengeance or not being able to leave someone they love.
Constance Welch/Woman In White
Peter Sweeney/Drowned Boy
Mary Worthingtin/Bloody Mary
Mary Worthingtin, Bloody Mary (Jovanna Huguet)
You killed them! All those people! You killed them!
Appears in "Bloody Mary" (S01, Ep05)
- Mirror Scare: Surprisingly, Mary is not tied to the specific mirror she was summoned with. She moves to whatever reflective surface her intended victim is looking at.
Jacob Karns/Hook Man
The Thing In The Closet
Mary Winchester, The Thing in the Closet (Samantha Smith)
Dean. Sam. I’m sorry.
Appears in "Home" (S01, Ep09)
- Mama Bear: Could not summon the power to fight the poltergeist until it tried to kill Sam.
Dr. Sanford Ellicott
Dr. Sanford Ellicott (Norman Armour)
Don't be afraid. I'm going to make you all better.
Appears in "Asylum" (S01, Ep10)
Cyrus Dorian/Vengeful Spirit
Melanie Merchant (Jodelle Micha Ferland)
Appears in "Provenance" (S01, Ep19)
- Ax-Crazy: Killed her own family before killing the Merchants.
- Creepy Changing Painting: The painting of the Merchant family she haunts. She appears and disappears from it, as does the razor, the picture in the corner changes, and Isaiah's head points in different directions.
- Dangerously Close Shave: She uses her adopted father's straight razor as her weapon.
- Nightmare Face: Look at the picture for a good example.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed her original family and the family that adopted her.
- The Sociopath: She killed her own family and the Merchant family and attacks Sam with an utterly emotionless face
- Soul Jar: Her doll with her hair.
Dr. H. H. Holmes
Claire Becker/Death Omen
Maggie Thompson (Conchita Campbell)
We can have lots of tea parties. Forever and ever and ever.
Appears in "Playthings" (S02, Ep11)
- Creepy Child: Maggie engages in a lot of Troubling Unchildlike Behavior including trying to drown a young girl, murdering 4 people, and saying "son of a bitch".
- Dark Magical Girl: She just wants a friend to play with "forever and ever and ever".
- Enfante Terrible: Despite Maggie's golden ringlets and innocent face, she occasions a lot of evil.
- Hell Hotel: Maggie can not leave the Pierpont Inn, which has been sold and is to be torn down.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Rose uses five-points and Hoodoo to control Maggie, until Rose suffers a stroke.
- Imaginary Enemy: Maggie is mistaken for Tyler's imaginary friend.
- Lonely Doll Girl: She has a large doll collection, including a doll which strongly resembles her.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Maggie and Tyler wear identical black jumpers, white shirts with Peter Pan collars, and red cardigans.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Maggie is self-centered and willing to murder to get what she wants. Her younger sister, Rose, gives her own life to protect others from Maggie.
- Undead Child: Maggie became a vengeful spirit after drowning in the swimming pool.
- Voodoo Doll: Maggie uses the dolls in the dollhouse replica of the Pierpont Inn to kill people.
- Would Hurt a Child: She attempts to drown Tyler.
Father Thomas Gregory
Father Thomas Gregory (David Monahan)
I received the Word of God. He spoke to me, told me to smite the wicked. I'm carrying out his will.
Appears in "Houses Of The Holy" (S02, Ep13)
- Asshole Victim: He goes after a serial murderer, child molester, and rapist.
- Divine Intervention: He believes he is an angel in answer to Father Reynold's prayers.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: The flickering lights and the television turning back on on its own.
- A God Am I: He believes he is an angel who knows God's word.
- Jumped at the Call: Those he contacts are eager to do what he asks, even though he asks them to kill a stranger.
Jonah Greely (Winston Rekert)
My wife is gone. All I got left's hurting you.
Jonah Greely was a farmer off Route 41 near Nevada City, California, who was run over by Molly McNamara in 1992. His death lead his wife, Marion Greely, to commit suicide. Every year he tortures someone to punish them for what happened to him. Appears in "Roadkill" (S02, Ep16)
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Uses his bloodied fingernails to slice open Molly's skin.
- Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: The variation where the ghost appears in front of a moving car.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He was a loving husband, who became lost in a desire for revenge when his death causes his wife's suicide.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: He has a thing for playing "The House of the Rising Sun" on the radio. He can also talk over the radio and kill the Impala's engine.
- Face-Revealing Turn: When Molly enters the hunting shed, Jonah has his back turned towards her. He turns around to reveal his fatal abdominal wound. Blood then pours from his mouth and his face transforms into that of a decayed corpse.
- Finally Found the Body: He owned 1000 acres of land, making it difficult to find where his wife buried his body. Sam realizes he is buried under a tree in front of his hunting shed after Sam sees a photo of the shed without the tree taken weeks before Jonah's death.
- Ghostly Chill: He frosts over the glass pane in a door, and the words "SHE'S MINE" appears in the frost.
- Kill It with Fire: Sam salts and burns his bones.
- Mind over Matter: Able to toss Dean against a wall with a gesture of his hand.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: He wrote a note to his wife on a post it note which said, "Marion, I love you XXX OOO more as I write this than I did last night when we spoke with deep and tender love. Jonah."
Molly McNamara (Tricia Helfer)
Stop! Stop! You have to help me.
Molly McNamara was driving to Lake Tahoe with her husband, David, on February 22, 1992, their 5th wedding anniversary, when she strikes Jonah Greely with her car and kills him. She also dies in the accident, but despite being cremated appears each year on the anniversary of the accident only to be tortured by the spirit of Jonah. Appears in "Roadkill" (S02, Ep16)
- Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt has a tendency to ride up, especially when Jonah is torturing her while she dangles from a hook with her hands above her head.
- Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: The variation where the ghost appears in front of a moving car.
- Cue the Sun: The sun rises as Molly realizes she must move on and face her new fate.
- Dead All Along: Molly does not know she is dead.
- Disappears into Light: She transforms into yellow light after coming to terms with her unfinished business.
- Unfinished Business: She is bound to the earth by her concern for her husband.
Elise Drummond (Morgan Brayton)
Elise Drummond (born on March 24, 1900) set off for Hollywood
in 1918 to find stardom. She had an affair with a studio executive
, who fired her when she got too old. Destitute, she hanged herself on Stage 9 at Warner Bros. Studio
on January 15, 1932. Appears in "Hollywood Babylon" (S02, Ep18)
- Animate Dead: Her spirit is being controlled by Walter Dixon, and she is forced to murder against her will.
- Casting Couch: She has an affair with a studio exec.
- Driven to Suicide: She hanged herself after being dumped by the studio executive.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: She produces EVP on the movie's sound recording, and Dean has "electromagnetic readings up the wazoo".
- Former Child Star: The news article Sam finds, titled "Suicide Stuns Hollywood: Elise Drummond Hangs From Studio Rafters", details that Elise arrived in Hollywood in 1918, working as a child actor before finding stardom.
- Glory Days: The article Sam found says she starred in a dozen movies, was nominated for an Academy Award, and was enjoying tremendous publicity from her last blockbuster.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has rope marks around her neck, which the network executive, Brad Redding, is worried will not read on camera.
- Horrible Hollywood: Her story fills the stereotypes of sexual exploitation and violence.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: Her ghost has a '30s style wave in her hair and has rope burns around her neck.
- Kill It with Fire: Dean and Sam unearth her coffin in Hollywood Forever Cemetery and salt and burn her body.
- Monochrome Apparition: Her spirit is entirely gray, which is appropriate since she was a starlet from the '30s. This is lampshaded by Brad Redding, the network executive, who believes she is an actor in bodypaint.
- Motion Blur: Before she taps Brad on the shoulder.
- Pretty in Mink: Her mummified body is wearing a mink stole.
- Sexy Coat Flashing: She drops her robe and then gestures for Brad Redding to follow her.
- She's Got Legs: When she walks up the steps to the scaffolding while naked, the camera zooms in on her legs and bare feet.
- Shout-Out: Her name recalls Alice Drummond, who played Nurse Jackson in Dark Shadows and Alice, the librarian scared by a ghost in the opening scene of Ghostbusters.
- Spooky Photographs: Her image appears on the dailies from Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning.
- Starving Artist: She is destitute after being fired from the studio.
- The Voiceless: She never utters a word, communicating only with gestures.
- Woman Scorned: She killed herself after she was dumped by an adulterous network executive in the '30s. Brad Redding, a married network executive, is hanged by her ghost.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Sam says Elise Drummond was fired after the studio exec "uses her up". Although she is still quite attractive, she was considered to be too old to act in film.
William (Billy) Beard
Nurse Delores Glockner
Nurse Delores Glockner (Andee Frizzell)
You let those two go.
She was born in 1934, worked as a nurse, and died in Green River County Detention Center near Little Rock, Arkansas in 1976 during an inmate uprising. Once her spirit was released when the old cell block was opened up in 2007, she starts exacting revenge on those she sees as guilty. Appears in "Folsom City Blues" (S02, Ep19)