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Men of Letters in Supernatural
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."- Henry Winchester in "As Time Goes By" (S08, Ep12)
- Abstract Scale: The Men of Letters have a rating system used for demonic possession where The Exorcist would have been a Class 2 Infernal Event and the scale goes up to at least a Class 5.
- Anti-Magic: The bunker is described as "the safest place on earth, warded against any evil ever created."
- Art Deco: The bunker is decorated in this style.
- Badass Bookworm: The Men of Letters in general.
- The Big Board: The main room of the bunker has a map of the United States on the wall which is marked with every city Sam and Dean have visited. The table has a map of the world, which can display lights when a supernatural event (like falling angels) is detected. The table typically has protractors and red and black disks sitting on it.
- Brains and Brawn: The Men of Letters work with hunters, but many seem to have contempt for hunters as Dumb Muscle.
- Character Name Alias: "Albert Magnus" is the name members use when going incognito. Albertus Magnus was a 13th-century German bishop and philosopher who argued for the coexistence of science and religion, and is the patron saint of natural scientists and mentor of Thomas Aquinas.
- Cool Key: In order to enter the Men of Letters bunker, you need a key which is decorated with the Aquarian Star. This key is kept in a wooden box which is also engraved with the Aquarian Star. Henry Winchester traveled through time from 1958 to 2013 to keep this key safe from Abaddon.
- Creature-Hunter Organization: They work with hunters to battle supernatural creatures.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: While women may be initiated as Men of Letters, Dorothy Baum seemed to consider sexist attitudes to be the norm for Men of Letters in 1935. Charlie Bradbury lampshades the exclusionary name.Sam: Let us introduce you to the Men of Letters.Charlie: Holy awesome! Too bad they got wiped out. Though that is what they get for the sexist name.
- Elaborate Underground Base: In 1935, the Men of Letters started to use a secret Bunker located in Lebanon, Kansas.
- Geometric Magic: The symbol of the group is the Aquarian Star. The Aquarian Star is a unicursal hexagram or Star of Solomon, which was also used in Thelema, a spiritual philosophy or religion created by Aleister Crowley.
- The location of the bunker for the Men of Letters is Lebanon, Kansas. This is the geographic center of the United States and an important location in Neil Gaiman's American Gods because of its "negative sacredness."
- Jerry Wanek, the show's production designer, said that the bunker's War Room was inspired by The War Room in Dr. Strangelove.
- In the Blood: Membership in the Men of Letters is a legacy passed down through families.
- In-Series Nickname: Dean refers to the bunker as the Batcave.
- Lockdown: If a major supernatural event is detected by the computer in the bunker, it can seal off the bunker, which occurred to Kevin after the angels fell.
- Magical Library: The Men of Letters' bunker holds "every object, scroll, spell ever collected for thousands of years under one roof."
- Magitek: The bunker has a computer installed in 1951 that fills a room full of blinking lights and dials and has a magical power source.
- Not So Extinct: The Men of Letters were thought to be wiped out when Abaddon slaughtered almost all of the members in 1958 in Normal, Illinois.
- Oh Look, More Rooms!: Besides the War Room surrounded by a balcony and the library, the bunker also has a kitchen, bedrooms, firing range, shower, archives, dungeon and garage. The dungeon is accessed by pulling apart rows of files in room 7b. Room 28, level 2 is a laboratory.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass: Initiation into the Men of Letters depends on passing through different levels. Each level is associated with specific skills and knowledge.
- Ragnarok-Proofing: When Sam and Dean enter the bunker, the electricity and water are still on. Everything is in working order despite the bunker being abandoned since 1958.
- Secret Legacy: Sam and Dean never learned about their legacy as Winchesters, as Henry Winchester disappeared before he could tell his son John Winchester.
- The War Room: The door to the bunker opens to a balcony surrounding a large circular room with maps, a wall of gauges and a conference table. The room contains a ham radio, telegraph and switchboard. There is also a collection of weapons.
- "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."
- 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."
- 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!!!"
- Killed Off for Real: Along with Abaddon, when Dean stabs them both with the First Blade.
- 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."
- 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."
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When the Wicked Witch possesses him.
- Jumped at the Call: Excited about the adventure he believes he will have working at the bunker.
- Killed Off for Real: James Haggerty killed him while he was possessed.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He wants to play a role in fighting evil without yet understanding what that may mean.
- Voice of the Legion: When possessed by the Wicked Witch.
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."
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Or in this instance, L. Frank Baum was a Man of Letters with a daughter named Dorothy. In Real Life, L. Frank Baum had 4 sons, but no daughters. Dorothy Gale was the name of his niece who died in infancy.
- A True Story In My Universe: While his daughter's adventures were Darker and Edgier than those in the Land of Oz books, these books are still roughly based on her actual adventure instead of a work of fantasy.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: His daughter felt he was more invested in his work as a Man of Letters than in his role as her father.
Cuthbert SinclairCuthbert Sinclair is a magic user who was initiated into the Men of Letters and was responsible for warding it. He was ejected for a variety of offenses (including building a security curse that drove all effected to commit suicide, that was so effective it caused two other members to die trying to stop it) 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).
- Asshole Victim: Killed by Dean with the First Blade at the end of his debut episode.
- 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.
- Evil Sorcerer: Perhaps the straightest use of this trope this show has ever done. Called a "Master of Spells" although possessing no innate power, his knowledge was great he effectively claimed to have "a spell for every situation".
- Faux Affably Evil: Sinclair is superficially charming and amiable, but really cares about nothing except what he can acquire.
- Killed Off for Real: Dean cuts his head off with the First Blade in "Blade Runners".
- Off with His Head!: How Dean kills him.
- Older Than They Look: 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.
- Wicked Cultured: His surroundings and demeanour conjurer this effect. Really the guy has good taste.
Clive DillonClive Dillon was the first Man of Letters to venture to Oz. While there he was captured by a group of witches who performed a ritual that split him into good and evil selves. The evil self remained in Oz and became the Wizard. Fellow Man of Letters L. Frank Baum rescued the good self. Many years later Sam and Charlie track him down while trying to reverse the same spell on Charlie that was cast on him. Portrayed by Duncan Fraser. Appears in "There's No Place Like Home" (S10, Ep 11).
- Bad Liar: His stammering attempts to deny that he's Clive Dillon and that Oz is real crumble after a few seconds in front of Sam and Charlie.
- Enemy Without: The Wizard is this to him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Averted since he and the Wizard have exactly the same scars, as a result of the spell binding the physical condition of the two sides even as they separate.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He shoots himself in the chest because the Wizard will be drawn to him if he's mortally injured. He later allows Charlie to shoot him in the head so that both he and the Wizard will die.
- Killed Off for Real: Charlie shoots him in the head in his debut episode.