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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."The ghosts of Supernatural 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.
— Tessa the Reaper to Dean, from "In My Time Of Dying" (S02, Ep01).'''
- And I Must Scream: 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 digital 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: Salt, including rock salt fired from a shotgun, will cause a ghost to flee, but they often come back angrier, iron also repels a ghost. 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
Constance Welch, a Woman in White (Sarah Shahi)
- Take me home.
- Creepy Children: Constance's children.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: When the first victim drives away from the house.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted when Constance tries to forcefully take Sam.
- Driven to Suicide: Constance Welch killed herself.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: EVP.
Peter Sweeney/Drowned Boy
Peter Sweeney, Drowned Boy (Aaron Rota)
Appears in "Dead In The Water" (S01, Ep03).
Mary Worthingtin/Bloody Mary
Mary Worthingtin, Bloody Mary (Jovanna Huguet)
- You killed them! All those people! You killed them!
- Eye Scream: She melts people's eyes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Apparently, Mary is vulnerable to her own power.
- Marionette Motion: Mary, once she's left her mirror.
- 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.
- Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.
Jacob Karns/Hook Man
Jacob Karns, Hook Man (Sean Millington)
Appears in "Hook Man" (S01, Ep07).
- Evil Smells Bad: The smell of ozone.
- The Fundamentalist: He started murdering prostitutes because he was so offended by the red light district.
- Soul Jar: His hook.
The Thing In The Closet
Mary Winchester, The Thing in the Closet (Samantha Smith)
- Dean. Sam. Iím sorry.
- 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.
- Abandoned Hospital: Site he haunts.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Ellicott died when the patients rioted, and he had been performing experiments on the patients to increase their rage.
- Kill It with Fire: This is the first time burning the bones actually ended the ghost.
- Mad Doctor: A doctor, alright. He is an insane man who hurts people.
- Mad Scientist: This guy experimented on his patients, and the experiments helped lead to his death.
Cyrus Dorian/Vengeful Spirit
Cyrus Dorian/Vengeful Spirit (Dee Jay Jackson)
Appears in "Route 666" (S01, Ep13).
- Asshole Victim: Was a racist who brutally murdered several black men before he died...and after.
- Big Badass Rig: His truck.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Static on the car radio.
- If I Can't Have You...: Attacked Martin because Cassie's mother chose to marry Martin instead of him.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The driver of the truck.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's extremely racist.
- Seeking Sanctuary: His Weaksauce Weakness.
- Serial Killer: Killed several black men while he was alive.
- Soul Jar: His truck.
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.
Dr. H. H. Holmes
Dr. H. H. Holmes (Stephen Aberle)
- You're so pretty. So beautiful.
- And I Must Scream: Dean, Sam and Jo trap H. H. Holmes' spirit in a ring of salt, in the middle of an iron barred sewer, because they could not salt his bones since they were encased in tons of concrete. To make sure that his spirit never got out, they encased the spirit in tons of concrete.
- Covered In Slime: Drips black ectoplasm on his victims.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: The flickering lights in the apartments.
- Freakier Than Fiction: H. H. Holmes (one of the United States' first recognized serial killer) really existed.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Holmes' favorite prey is beautiful, blonde girls.
- Inn of No Return: Holmes really did build a "murder motel" near the World's Fair.
- The Peeping Tom: The spirit of H. H. Holmes looking through the light switch at the first victim.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. H. H. Holmes, who really was a medical doctor.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In Real Life, Holmes did have his body sealed in cement so no one could mutilate his corpse. In this episode, Holmes' spirit is sealed in cement in a circle of salt.
Claire Becker/Death Omen
Claire Becker/Death Omen (Shannon Powell)
Appears in "The Usual Suspects" (S02, Ep07).
- Broken Record: "DANASHULPS" repeated over and over.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She is haunting the victims-to-be only to warn them about the real killer.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: The flickering lights.
- Ghostly Goals: Type A with the Unfinished Business of revealing a murderer.
- Haunted Technology: The printer and fax that repeatedly print "DANASHULPS". The computer which shows this same phrase again and again on the monitor.
- Portent of Doom: She is a Death Omen, who appears to people before they are murdered. In addition, the same rope bruises she has appear on the person who is going to be murdered.
Maggie Thompson (Conchita Campbell)
- We can have lots of tea parties. Forever and ever and ever.
- 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.
- 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.
- Light Is Not Good: Appears in blinding light.
- Mistaken for Afterlife: He believes he is an angel instead of a spirit who has not moved on.
- Obviously Evil: His grave is the only one covered by wormwood in the church crypt.
- Posthumous Character: His violent death on the church steps occurred before the episode starts, but leads to further deaths at his direction and the Winchester involvement.
- Redemption Quest: Promises redemption to the people he chooses, who have made mistakes or fallen on hard times.
- Screen Shake: Before his arrival.
- Unfinished Business: Did not receive Last Rites.
Jonah Greely (Winston Rekert)
- My wife is gone. All I got left's hurting you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Unlike most ghosts, she doesn't have any interest in killing anybody.
- 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 (1984).
- 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
William Beard (Gerry Rousseau)
William (Billy) Beard was an electrician who died in an accident in 1966 on a movie set at Stage 9 at Warner Bros. Studio. Appears in "Hollywood Babylon" (S02, Ep18).
- Alliterative Name: Billy Beard.
- Ankle Drag: How he pulls his victims into the fan.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: The manner of his own death, and the method he employs.
- The Dog Bites Back: Once Walter destroys the talisman and frees the spirits from his control, they tear Walter apart.
- Face-Revealing Turn: Billy Beard is introduced when Jay Wiley is trying to find his way off the dark set, he sees a man turned away. Jay approaches and calls to the man, who turns around to show that the man has a horrific wound through his skull and face with his left eye missing, lacerations across his face, and a crooked smile.
- Facial Horror: The make-up department outdid themselves.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: His ghost bears the horrific scars from his death.
- Motion Blur: Before he disappears.
Nurse Delores Glockner
Nurse Delores Glockner (Andee Frizzell)
- You let those two go.
- All Crimes Are Equal: She takes deadly vengeance on anyone seen as guilty, no matter what the crime is.
- Battleaxe Nurse: She was reported to have it in for convicts and be responsible for a rash of apparent heart attacks.
- Clint Squint: She narrows her eyes before attacking.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Causes flashing lights and static on the security feed.
- Ghostly Chill: Her breath is visible when she attacks Dean, and others have visible breath when she is near.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: She is wearing a soiled old-fashioned nurse outfit with an apron.
- Kill It with Fire: Dean and Sam dig up her remains at Green Valley Cemetery and salt and burn her.
- Mind over Matter: She throws Dean against the wall and Deacon across the bathroom.
- Monochrome Apparition: She has gray skin, hair, and clothes.
- Monster Delay: We only see parts of the ghost, a gray blur passing by Randall's cell, Messy Hair, and finally the eyes. Until The Reveal.
- Prophet Eyes: She has extremely blood shot eyes with dilated enlarged blood vessels and a gray iris with clouded lens.
- Psychic Surgery: She reaches into her victim's chest, and squeezes his heart.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Escapes from the windowless solitary cell opened by the workers using a blowtorch and crowbar.
- Stopped Clock: When she appears.
- Tap on the Head: Her head was bashed in during a prison riot.
See Other Humans
Timmy's Mother (Alika Autran)Mother of Timmy, an innocent shy kid at a foster home. She dies trying to protect him from a car accident. After he prays for her to return, she returns as a vengeful spirit protecting Timmy from whatever she perceives as a threat to him.Appears in "Bad Boys" (S09, Ep07).
- Disproportionate Retribution: Like other vengeful spirits, she cannot think straight. So she cannot differentiate between a legitimate threat to Timmy or just somebody trying to discipline the boy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Timmy's Mom had sacrificed herself to save Timmy from a car accident.
Andrew Silver (Jeremy Thorsen)A high school teacher killed by a group of clueless teenagers, he starts to kill them one by one through the internet.Appears in "Halt & Catch Fire" (S10, E13).
Isabella (Catherine Michaud)The ghost of a nun who murders husbands unfaithful to their wives.Appears in "Paint It Black" (S10, E16).
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg : Begs Mathias to save her, to no avail.
- Anti-Villain: Kills husbands unfaithful to their wives, though this is swiftly dropped when she also murders a priest who performs forgiveness for said unfaithful husbands.
- Burn the Witch!: Thanks to living in 16th century Italy, when she murdered her lover, she's quickly accused of being a witch and burned at the stake.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Spooky to unfaithful husbands, that is.
- Spooky Painting: While her painting is nothing remarkable, it does store Isabella's soul.
- Taking the Veil: Her family urged her to become a nun when her lover rejected her.
- Woman Scorned: Killed her lover after she saw him making out with another woman.
Chester Johnson (Adrian McMorran)The ghost of a party performer wrongly accused of child molestation. He goes on a killing spree by possessing people who wear his belongings.Appears in "Plush" (S11, E07).
- The Determinator: Thanks to possessing several objects associated with him, he's able to manifest several times and the Winchesters have to salt and burn everything from deer mask, bunny head, clown costume, etc.
- Demonic Possession: Possessed people who wear his clown attire.
- Disney Villain Death: How he originally died.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Towards his sister Rita, who doesn't entirely believe the accusations but did nothing to prevent him from being captured and even actually provided his accusers with his location.
- Monster Clown: He was a children's party performer in life and used the associated objects to possess people and direct them to kill his murderers.
- Parental Substitute: Possibly to his nephew, who seems to have lost his father. Which just makes his death and subsequent haunting even more tragic.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: To his killers, Phil and Stan. He manages to kill both.
Hugo Moriarty (Cameron Grierson)A vengeful ghost who resides in his former home, he went insane after the death of his daughter and starved himself to death, after which he started to murder children and use their souls to strengthen him.Appears in "The Foundry" (S12, E03).
- Kill It with Fire: Sam manages to salt and burn his bones, setting himself on fire while the murdered children' souls are sent to Heaven.
- Kill It with Ice: His method of killing is to freeze his victims' hearts.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter died in a hit-and-run accident. In fact this was what caused him to go insane and barricaded himself to starve to death, transforming him into a ghost.
- Would Hurt a Child: His modus operandi is to kill children and use them to strengthen himself.
Lucas Kellinger (Christian Convery)The ghost of a boy murdered by Hugo Moriarty, who intended to use his soul and other children to power himself. This means that they cannot enter Heaven until Hugo is stopped.Appears in "The Foundry" (S12, E03).
- Died Happily Ever After: Thanks to Sam disposing of Hugo's spirit, he and the other murdered children are allowed to enter Heaven.
Fiona Duncan (Candance Woods)Gavin MacLeod's fiancee, she stowed in the Star to accompany Gavin in his voyage from Scotland to the New World. Unfortunately, when he was spirited away by Abaddon, Fiona had no protection against a bunch of rapists who then brutally raped her and caused her to transform into a vengeful ghost after the Star's shipwreck.Appears in "Family Feud" (S12, E13).
- Artifact of Death: Her locket summons her ghost if wielded by a teacher, whom she then kills.
- Freudian Excuse: Kills teachers who have her locket because her teacher had allowed her to be raped.
- Sadist Teacher: Had such a sadist one who allowed and encouraged her rapists to rape her. This becomes her M.O. later on: to kill all teachers who possesses her locket.
- Together in Death: In the original timeline, she and Gavin were this. When Abaddon kidnapped Gavin, she's left to die alone. Reversed again when Gavin returns back.
- Woman Scorned: Actually she doesn't target Gavin, but she still feels that he abandoned her in the ship nevertheless. When he goes back in time, she happily embraces him back.