Characters: Supernatural Men Of Letters
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Men of Letters in Supernatural
"We're preceptors, beholders, chroniclers of all that man does not understand. We share our findings with a few trusted hunters—the very elite. They do the rest."
The Men of Letters are members of a secret organization dedicated to preserving and studying knowledge about the supernatural. Membership is a legacy which is passed down through generations in certain families, but before someone can be initiated into the order, they must prove their level of knowledge and skills.
Sam and Dean's grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were Men of Letters. John Winchester never learned about this legacy as his father disappeared when he was a child and the Men of Letters was nearly wiped out in 1958. Sam and Dean only learn about the Men of Letters when their grandfather, Henry Winchester, time-travels from 1958 to 2013 in Normal, Illinois,
in order to keep the key to the Men of Letters' bunker safe from Abaddon, a Knight of Hell who slaughtered almost all of the other Men of Letters. Sam and Dean use the bunker in Lebanon, Kansas,
as their Home Base
after obtaining the key.
"In the box is the key to every object, scroll, spell ever collected for thousands of years under one roof. It is the supernatural mother lode."
Larry Ganem was an elder who was at the initiation of Henry Winchester and Josie Sands in 1958. He was blinded by Abaddon, who had possessed Josie to slaughter the Men of Letters. Portrayed by Byron Noble and George Touliatos. Appears in "As Time Goes By" (S08, Ep 12)
- Badass Long Robe: He wears a robe during the initiation ceremony where he is brave enough to attempt to exorcise Abaddon.
- Eye Scream: Abaddon damages his eyes and leaves him blind.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Larry hands the key to Henry to keep it safe from Abaddon.
- Tears of Blood: During Abaddon's attack at the initiation ceremony.
- Voudoun: He leaves the "Haitian symbol for speaking to the dead" on the tombstone with his name as code to any Men of Letters who survived Abaddon's attack. This symbol appears to be a Veve of Baron Samedi.
"I hate nuns because I went to Catholic school and I have a lot of pent-up anger."
Josie was to be initiated into the Men of Letters at the same time as Henry Winchester
, but Abaddon
, a Knight of Hell, learned about her from Father Max Thompson, a priest trying to cure demons. Abaddon was able to possess Josie and use her identity to infiltrate and destroy the Men of Letters in 1958. Portrayed by Alaina Huffman
. First appears in "Clip Show" (S08, Ep22)
, but she was previously mentioned and her body was seen as Abaddon's meatsuit in "As Time Goes By" (S08, Ep12)
. Also appears in "Mother's Little Helper" (S09, Ep17)
- And I Must Scream: Abaddon used Josie's body to kill and torture Josie's friends and mentors in the Men of Letters. She is presumably still trapped in her body when Sam and Dean trap Abaddon and dismember Josie's body.
- Demonic Possession / Meat Puppet: Abaddon, a Knight of Hell, possesses her.
- Fate Worse than Death: She remains trapped in her body, which is possessed by Abaddon, even after Dean shoots her in the head. The brothers then dismember her body and later sew her head back on the torso, while she is still trapped inside.
- First Law of Resurrection: Abaddon could have easily come back in a new vessel, but Alaina Huffman has been popular with the viewers so Josie returns as Abaddon's vessel in "Devil May Care" (S09, E02).
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Henry tried to reach Josie and get her to fight Abaddon.
- In-Universe Camera: She makes a film in Saint Louis on March 8, 1957, of Father Thompson and Father Simon trying to cure a demon, which is placed in file 1138 in room 7b at the Men of Letters bunker. The file is listed in the records with the comment "Weird!!!"
- Kill It with Fire: Sam and Dean assumed Josie's body was destroyed when Sam burnt her with holy oil, but they Never Found the Body.
- Love Martyr: She had a unrequired love for Henry Winchester who was married and only liked her as a sister. She sacrificed herself for him.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only woman we have seen who is a member of the Men of Letters.
- Take Me Instead: She offers herself to Abaddon who was possessing Henry.
"There's nothing worse than adventure, my boy. Trust me."
One of the first Men of Letters to enter the bunker in 1935. He has a more world-weary attitude than his companion Peter Jenkins, but after Dorothy's disappearance, he works every day to find her. When he realizes the poppy's from the field in Oz can be used to stun the Wicked Witch of the West, he makes a deal with a fairy to get the poppy seeds. Portrayed by Gildart Jackson
. Appears in "Slumber Party" (S09, Ep 04)
- Benevolent Precursors: He left behind his research on the poppy seeds, which aided Charlie, Dorothy and the Winchesters in 2013.
- Fantastically Indifferent: He calls the brand new bunker a "dump" and is not interested in adventures.
- Garden of Evil: He realizes that the poppy flower seeds from the field in Oz can be used to stun the Wicked Witch.
- Knight in Sour Armor: While he is much more cynical then Peter, he keeps Dorothy's case open and continues to work on it everyday trying to find a way to help her.
- Smart People Play Chess: He plays chess with Peter Jenkins to pass time in the bunker.
- Staking the Loved One: He is forced to kill his young companion, Peter Jenkins, after Peter is possessed by the Wicked Witch.
"This...this dump is the last true beacon of light in a world gone topsy-turvy. This dump is the epicenter of-of the ultimate chess match between good and evil."
Peter Jenkins is one of the first Men of Letters to enter the bunker alongside James Haggerty in 1935. Portrayed by Andrew Jenkins
. Appears in "Slumber Party" (S09, Ep 04)
L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum
"They now came upon more and more of the big scarlet poppies, and fewer and fewer of the other flowers; and soon they found themselves in the midst of a great meadow of poppies. Now it is well-known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever. But Dorothy did not know this, nor could she get away from the bright red flowers that were everywhere about; so presently her eyes grew heavy and she felt she must sit down to rest and to sleep."
L. Frank Baum traveled to Oz as part of his duties as a Man of Letters, but his daughter, Dorothy
, stowed away on the trip. After his daughter was trapped in the Emerald City, he wrote the Land of Oz
books with clues to help Dorothy fight the many evils of Oz. First mentioned in "Slumber Party" (S09, Ep 04)
Cuthbert Sinclair is a magic user who was initiated into the Men of Letters and was responsible for warding it. He was ejected for unspecified offenses in 1956, meaning that he survived their destruction in 1958. He surreptitiously buys the First Blade from a St. Louis museum. Portrayed by Kavan Smith. Appears in "Blade Runners" (S09, Ep 16)
- Bow Ties Are Cool: He wore a bowtie.
- Collector of the Strange: Besides relics like the First Blade, he also has a "zoo" of supernatural creatures like vampires and shapeshifters, which he also uses for security.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sinclair is superficially charming and amiable, but really cares about nothing except what he can acquire.
- Off with His Head!: How Dean kills him.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's somewhere in his eighties or nineties, kept artificially youthful by magic.
- Token Evil Teammate: For the Men of Letters. His methods were deemed too extreme and he was kicked out as a result.