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Characters: Supernatural The Winchesters
This page is a listing of characters in the Winchester family in Supernatural
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"All I see in our family tree is a whole lot of dead."
Most of the members of the Winchester family were involved in the supernatural. John Winchester raised his sons to be hunters, but his father and grandfather had been Men of Letters, a group of preceptors who study and collect information on the supernatural. John Winchester's wife Mary (née Campbell) came from a family of hunters, but she was determined to give her children a normal life.
The Winchester bloodline goes back to Cain and Abel
, making them the Winchesters' ancestors.
Tropes Belonging to the Winchester-Campbells
John E. Winchester (Portrayed By: Matt Cohen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
"After your mother passed, all I saw was evil, everywhere, and all I cared about was keeping you kids alive. I wanted you prepared, ready. Except somewhere along the line, I, uh...I stopped being your father and I became your drill sergeant."
Sam and Dean's father, John Eric Winchester raised them to be hunters, after his wife died, so that they'd be able to take care of themselves. John is a great hunter but a deeply flawed person and father who ends up clashing with others (particularly Sam) a great deal. He was born in 1954, and lived in Normal, Illinois, as a young child. His father, Henry Winchester, disappeared when John was 4 years old. John served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, and then returned to Lawrence, Kansas, where he met Mary Campbell, started a family, and became co-owner of a garage.
- Abusive Parents: Though much more sympathetic than most, John is still responsible for much of Dean's plethora of emotional issues, most notably his devastatingly low self-esteem and tendency to blame himself for everything that goes wrong. And John pretty much disowned Sam because Sam hated hunting and wanted to live a normal life. They were soldiers first and John never ever let them forget it.
- Gets a little less sympathetic when it's revealed that John once told an officer to "let Dean rot in prison" and left Dean simply because Dean had been caught stealing what was most likely food for his brother at 16.
- It's left unclear whether John would also occasionally beat Dean. For example, in 5x16 when Dean tells Sam what happened when John found out Dean hadn't taken proper care of his brother, he doesn't finish the sentence ("And when dad came home...") but he has an absolutely terrified face from the recollection alone. Or, again, in 9x07, 16-year-old Dean has reddish bruises on his wrists which he denies being caused by John and says that, instead, were caused by a werewolf, but the scene is ambiguous since Dean doesn't have any scratches or other signs on his arms typically associated with werewolves' attacks.
- Action Dad: John is a skilled and strong hunter who is always involved in the action.
- Action Survivor: Before John fully embraced the world of hunting.
- Aggressive Categorism: John hates all monsters and supernatural beings, especially demons.
- The Alcoholic: It has been implied in the show that John had a drinking problem and when he was drunk, he would physically lash out at Dean.
- The All-American Boy: When John was a little boy, he had model airplanes, a baseball and mitts, and a toy gun in his room.
- And Then John Became A Hunter: John embraced the hunting world after Mary's tragic death. This is ironic, considering that young!John in the flashbacks said that hunting was absolutely dangerous and ridiculous.
- Anti-Hero: Type III or Type IV.
- Arch-Nemesis: Azazel/YED. John has been hunting down the YED since his wife tragically died back in 1983.
- Archnemesis Dad: Subverted and averted in regards to Sam. Although Sam and John were not brutal enemies who sought to destroy each other at all costs, Sam never saw eye-to-eye with John growing up; therefore, their relationship was rather tension-filled and antagonistic, especially in regards to Sam's feelings towards John. Sam even admitted at one point that he had hated John.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end of season two, when John escapes Hell and his soul finds peace in Heaven.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Comes with being the patriarch of the Winchester family.
- Awesome McCoolname: John's last name is WINCHESTER, like the rifle.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He doesn't show the depths of his affection for his sons too much, but when he does, it tends to be both sweet and saddening.
- Badass: John is an experienced, tough and capable hunter.
- Bad Boss: A very mild version of this. John is very controlling of his sons; when he gives them an order, he is pretty stern about it. John seems to be more like a drill sergeant to Sam and Dean instead of a father and he even admits that himself.
- Battle Couple: With Mary.
- Beard of Sorrow: Considering all of the tragedy John has been through.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: John went from being a kind, naive and caring civilian to a cynical, jaded and corrupted individual who became surrounded by nothing but pain, tragedy and evil.
- The Berserker: John won't hesitate to throw himself into a hunt, battle, fight or mission, even if there is a very high risk that John will be killed.
- Blood Knight: John loves hunting and killing monsters. It's in his nature to be a hunter, similar to that of Dean.
- Boy Meets Girl: With Mary. Cupid and Heaven apparently orchestrated John and Mary falling in love so that they could have Sam and Dean, the vessels for Lucifer and Michael, respectively.
- Break the Cutie: John served in the Vietnam War, was killed and then brought back by Azazel to manipulate Mary and witnesses the love of his life burn to death in their baby's (Sam's) nursery, losing his wife and his home in one fell swoop.
- Broken Pedestal: Starting in Season 2, Dean goes from thinking his dad is a superhero to showing open resentment over how John treated him.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: John is the Brooding Boy to Mary's Gentle Girl.
- Byronic Hero; John shows shades of this.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Sam did this to John on the regular, with Dean getting the occasional one as well. Averted, however, in Season 5, when Sam defends John's harsh parenting to Young!John who hadn't yet become a hunter and thought that Sam and Dean must have had an abomination of a father.
- The Chessmaster: John is quite smart and manipulative when he wants to be.
- Control Freak: John was very controlling and domineering by nature, especially towards his own sons.
- Crusading Widower: John became a widower when Mary died and spent the rest of his life hunting down her killer Azazel, training his sons into the human weapons that make such fascinating television. He died first, but his spirit helped his eldest son off the yellow-eyed bastard a season later.
- The Cynic: Became one especially after his wife Mary tragically died.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Mary's death forces John to get revenge against Azazel. He even raises his sons to become hunters in order to avenge Mary's death.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: John lived his entire life believing that his father had walked out on him. Sam and Dean learn that their grandfather had actually travelled to the future in order to keep a valuable artifact out of demonic hands and died before he could return home.
- Dark and Troubled Past: John has nothing but an angst ridden past. It pretty much started when John was killed by Azazel and Mary had traded their future son's life (Sam) in order to have John come back alive in return.
- Dark Is Not Evil: John wears a lot of darker clothing.
- Deadpan Snarker: John is capable of dry sarcasm and wit.
- Deal with the Devil: He makes one with Azazel in the Season 2 premiere to save Dean.
- Deceptive Legacy: John never told Sam about the hunting world; therefore, he lied to Sam about what he and Dean do for the first 8 years of Sam's life. He did this to protect Sam; however, this did not stop John from forcing Dean to become a hunter at the very tender age of 6.
- Demon Slayer: John hunts all supernatural beings, but his primary target are demons.
- Despair Event Horizon: John never recovered from Mary's death.
- The Determinator: First, he devotes his life to hunting down and killing Azazel, the demon responsible for Mary's death. Then, he manages to regain control of his body while Azazel's possessing him, when he sees how much pain Dean is in from Azazel torturing him. Off-screen, he allegedly spent a hundred years being tortured in Hell without accepting Alastair's offer to torture other souls.
- Disappeared Dad: Often left his children alone to go hunt, so Dean had to take on an almost parental role and help raise Sam. In fact, his absence actually kicks off the plot, as it's why Dean goes seeking Sam out at Stanford. Not to mention Adam, who John rarely saw, although in this case it's more forgivable since John didn't know he existed until Adam was 12.
- John himself has one due to Time Travel shenanigans leading to Henry vanishing mysteriously from the past and dying in the distant future in the arms of his grandchildren. John absolutely hated his father for abandoning him.
- Fantastic Racism: John despises demons, which is understandable considering that demons ruined his life and is responsible for his wife Mary dying and for his entire family suffering.
- Follow in My Footsteps: John expects both his sons to follow in the family business, and Sam really doesn't want to. It doesn't end well.
- Generation Xerox: John turned out like his father Henry in regards to their lack of good parenting skills. Henry (unintentionally) abandoned John when he was a child; John repeated the same mistake with Dean, Sam and Adam.
- Genius Bruiser: John is both smart and a capable hunter. John also comes from a legacy called the Men Of Letters, which was a Genius Book Club that his father, Henry, was a member of.
- Genre Savvy: Comes with being a hunter.
- Go Out with a Smile: The final time he sees his sons in his spirit form, he smiles at both Sam and Dean before he tells them goodbye forever. John may have been smiling but Sam and Dean (and the audience) were crying bucket loads.
- Good Is Not Nice: Though the "good" part seems to fade a little with each passing season.
- Good Is Not Soft: John may have generally good intentions, but do not mess with him. He will kick your ass big time.
- Guile Hero: John can actually be a tactical genius when he wants to be and resorts to the use of manipulation tactics in order to defeat his enemy.
- Happily Married: Played straight earlier on, but averted by Season 5, when a flashback shows John and Mary fighting badly and actually splitting up briefly when the boys were small. Dean commented that their marriage was only perfect "after Mom died." Since we also know that Heaven manipulated John and Mary's getting together to produce Sam and Dean, it's implied that they may not have been a great match and may not have gotten together if not for (unknowingly for them) angelic manipulation.
- Heroic BSOD: Has a huge one when his wife Mary unexpectedly dies.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gives up his life (and the Colt) in exchange for Dean's. Dean, however, is not grateful.
- Hunk: As young!John.
- The Hunter: John hunts supernatural creatures for a living.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Mary was tragically killed by Azazel before John could do anything about it.
- In the Blood: According to Michael, Cain and Abel are John's ancestors and the paternal Winchester bloodline are Cain and Abel's descendants. John's bloodline are also able to be vessels for Michael and Lucifer. Also, the Men of Letter's club is passed down the paternal line of the Winchester bloodline, which means that Henry, John, Dean, Sam and Adam are all Men of Letters.
- Informed Ability: John is always spoken about- even by his enemies- as a legendary hunter. Yet every time the viewer sees him in Season 1, he's screwed up or somehow gotten into trouble and Sam and Dean need to save him. Partially Justified in that he said worrying about Sam and Dean's safety distracts him and gets him into trouble.
- It's All About Me: His detractors accuse him of ruining his sons' lives for his own vendetta.
- Jerkass: So very much. Even his close friends seemed to hate him.
- Jerkass Has a Point
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He snaps at Sam and Dean for doing so much as asking too many questions and has been known to take his frustrations out on them, but he genuinely wants to protect them and regrets what he's put them through.
- Knight Templar
- Knight Templar Parent: Inverted with his last words to Dean, which are orders to kill Sam if he can't save him from turning evil.
- Like Father, Like Son: John turned out a lot like his father Henry in regards to his parenting skills. Henry abandoned John when he was young, the same way that John frequently abandoned Sam and Dean.
- Also shares much in common with his son Sam in terms of personality, temperament and life experience.
- On a more superficial level with Dean. Dean used to wear John's jacket, listens to John's music, drives John's car, imagines himself as a mechanic like John was, and generally tried to emulate his father in every way when younger, but at his core had his mother's gentler personality.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: John's father Henry was a part of the Men of Letters legacy. Because he was a Winchester, the legacy was passed down to John from Henry. John's sons are also a part of the Men Of Letter's legacy, since Sam and Dean are parental descendants on the Winchester side.
- Love Hurts: Tragically lost Mary when Azazel killed her.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Word of God is that John was killed off because he already knew too much about Azazel's Evil Plan (in fact, Word of God is that John knew all of it) and he was diverting Sam and Dean from the front-lines of the battle against Hell.
- Mercy Kill: Meg suggests that he did this to a badly injured Bill Harvelle, and that guilt over doing so is why he never visited the Roadhouse again or mentioned the Harvelles to Sam and Dean.
- Mr. Fanservice: Especially young!John.
- Mr Fix It: John is a mechanical person and likes to fix cars. He also comes from a family of mechanics.
- My Greatest Failure: Not saving or being able to protect Mary and prevent her death. Also, failing to be a good father to his children, especially to Dean.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: An aversion in- and out-of-universe. John has become an increasingly unsympathetic figure with more and more emotional trauma leveled against Sam and especially Dean being seen and the multiple references to his simply abandoning both boys and moving them around constantly, more so in comparison to Bobby's becoming a better paternal figure to the boys.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: In "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2". Subverted in "Long-Distance Call"—it was a monster pretending to be him.
- The Obi-Wan: Could be seen as this to both Sam and Dean. In fact, he was more of a mentor of the hunting world to both Sam and Dean than he was a father to the both of them.
- Older and Wiser
- Overprotective Dad: John has his moments. Particularly with Sam, who he knew had been affected by the demon that had killed Mary. He passed this particular neurosis to Dean.
- Papa Wolf: Messing with his boys on his watch guarantees you a bullet in the head.
- Parental Abandonment: John faced this with his father Henry as a child. Ironically, he ended up repeating what Henry did to him to his own sons.
- Parental Issues: It's revealed in Season 8 that John had many issues with Parental Abandonment and Parental Neglect. His father Henry abandoned him when he was young, but this was because Henry had a duty to being a Man of Letters.
- Parental Neglect
- Parents as People
- The Patriarch: Of the Winchester family.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: John embraced the hunting world and expected his sons to embrace it as well.
- Redemption Equals Death: A heroic example.
- Revenge Before Reason: The major driving force behind why John began hunting. He shares this same trait with his second son Sam.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Young John is an aversion.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With Mary. His romance with her was orchestrated in order for them to have Sam and Dean, according to Cupid. It ended in tragedy when Mary died in a fire in Sam's nursery.
- The Stoic: John doesn't show that much emotion in general, but when he does, it's normally regarding his family.
- Take Up My Sword
- Tragic Hero
- Tragic Keepsake: The journal he always used to keep records and everything? It was supposed to be his Disappeared Dad's (Henry).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After he got involved in hunting.
- The Unfavorite: All of his children feel like they're this to him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: John's not a villain, but it's still depressing to see how happy and innocent he was in the teaser of the pilot before Mary died and in the episodes where his sons travel into the past.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: With Dean, although later on Dean realizes how flawed John is and loses a lot of his hero worship towards him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- What the Hell, Dad?: John trained his sons from an early age to kill the demon that murdered their mother and didn't really do much else in the way of parenting. He left parenting Sam to oldest son Dean, treating Dean more like a grown hunter than a child.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?
Mary Winchester née Campbell
Mary Winchester (Portrayed By: Samantha Smith, Amy Gumenick)
"Dean... Sam... I'm sorry."
Mary is the wife of John, and mother of Dean and Sam. She was born on December 5, 1954, to Deanna and Samuel Campbell. Mary's parents raised her as a hunter, but she gave up hunting after she met John and both her parents were killed by Azazel. She herself was killed by Azazel on November 2, 1983, when Sam was six months old and she went into his nursery to check on him and witnessed Azazel feeding baby Sam his demon blood. She never told John about the supernatural world or her former life as a hunter. Dean and Sam didn't learn about her hunter origins until Castiel sent Dean back in time, where he met younger versions of John and Mary in "In the Beginning."
- Action Girl: Mary was a hunter when she was younger.
- Action Girlfriend: While John was still a sweet, kind and innocent person who was a military soldier and came from a family of mechanics, Mary was busy kicking monster ass as a hunter.
- Action Mom: Subverted. Mary had already quit the hunting life when she became a mom.
- Adorkable: As young!Mary, she definitely had her adorable and lovable moments.
- Badass: Mary is an Action Girl who comes from a Badass Family of hunters.
- Badass Adorable: As younger!Mary, she had her cute moments.
- Badass Boast: Threaten those she loves, and Mary will put you in your place using both words and action.
- Badass Normal: Mary is a normal human yet she was an Action Girl who kicked ass.
- Heartbroken Badass: Has dealt with heartache and tragedy in regards to her relationship with John.
- Pregnant Badass: In "The Song Remains the Same", she was pregnant with Dean yet still put up a better fight against an angel than either John or Dean.
- Retired Badass: Mary gave up the hunting lifestyle after she married John.
- Battle Couple: With John.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Mary is shown to be a good, kind and caring individual.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mary is a nice lady most of the time, but don't mess with her. She is not to be underestimated.
- Boy Meets Girl: With John. Apparently, Cupid and Heaven had a hand in John and Mary getting together so that she could give birth to Sam and Dean.
- Break the Cutie: A big part of her tragic backstory.
- Broken Bird: From growing up in a life she hates (the hunting world), to having Azazel murder both of her parents, to having Azazel kill John only for Mary to have to make a deal and sell her future son's life (Sam) away in return of bringing John back from the dead and eventually suffering a very tragic fate, when Azazel kills her by pinning her up to the celling and slitting her stomach open in her own son's nursery, Mary's life being considered tragic is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Mary's tragic life and fate ended up extending to her husband and her sons.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Mary was the Gentle Girl to John's Brooding Boy.
- Cessation of Existence: Implied to be what happened to her after her Heroic Sacrifice in "Home".
- Highly doubtful considering that Death claims that the human soul can never be destroyed, even by him and he's just as powerful as God. Mary's sacrifice likely had the same effect as burning the bones would have, she moved on to Heaven.
- Child Soldier: Mary was raised as a hunter growing up.
- The Cutie: As young!Mary. She was very lovable.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Mary's unexpected and tragic death caused her husband (John) and her sons (Dean and Sam) to become hunters to avenge her death.
- Daddy's Girl: Her father Samuel was very protective over her, to the point of falling into Knight Templar Parent territory.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Oh dear.
- Deadpan Snarker: Primarily in the flashbacks.
- Deal with the Devil: Azazel manipulated her into making one to save John, as revealed in "In the Beginning". Her deal, though, didn't cost her her soul-it allowed Azazel to feed his blood to Sam ten years later. Obviously, he didn't tell Mary that part.
- Death by Origin Story: Mary's death was the major motivator for John, Dean and later on, Sam, to begin hunting.
- Death Glare: When time-traveling Dean and Sam come knocking on former hunter Mary's door, she gives them quite a deadly glare.
- The Determinator: Mary wasn't the type to give up on wanting something. Something that Mary had always craved was to get away from the hunting life in which she was raised in and to live a normal life. Mary managed to get her wish, albeit with a tragic price and fate.
- Disposable Woman: Mary is already deceased prior to the Pilot episode.
- Doomed by Canon: This was expected since according to a flashback in season four, Mary had basically sold her soul, her life and her son (Sam) to Azazel all so she could bring John back from the dead and live the normal life that she had craved. A decade after she made that deal, it was game over for Mary.
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- Girly Bruiser: When Mary was younger. She was feminine but also knew how to kick ass and take names when she had to. She was involved in the rather male-dominated line of work of hunting for basically her whole life.
- Girly Girl: Although Mary was a hunter, she was really feminine and girly.
- Good Is Not Soft: Mary is a nice girl but she can kick ass and should not be underestimated.
- Guardian Entity: After her death, her spirit stays behind in her old house and becomes this.
- The Gwen Stacy: Mary is tragically killed at the hands of Azazel aka Yellow Eyed Demon.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mary was a good hearted, kind and caring woman.
- Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me: Her spirit destroys itself in "Home" to banish the poltergeist attacking people in her old house.
- Hidden Depths: Although Mary was brought up as a hunter, it is discovered that she actually hated hunting and wanted to live a normal, apple pie life. She ironically shares this trait in common with her youngest son, Sam.
- The Hunter: Mary was brought up in the hunting life and was therefore a hunter herself.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Like Sam, Mary hated hunting and wanted to have a safe, happy, apple pie life. Well, she got one... for a while.
- The Idealist: She was this before her life turned into a tragedy. Ironically, she shared this same mentality as her youngest son Sam.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Along with her Hair of Gold.
- In the Blood: Her entire family are hunters and Mary was raised a hunter. The Campbells are known to be the Brawn to the Winchester's Brains.
- Kill It with Fire
Not!Mary: The worst was the smell. The pain, well, what can you say about your skin bubbling off? But the smell was so… You know, for a second I thought I’d left a pot roast burning in the oven. But… it was my meat.
- Knight of Cerebus: When she showed up in Season 1's "Home", everything started going downhill.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In "The Song Remains the Same", a past version of Mary learned about what will happen to her and her family, but before she can act on it, her memories were erased by Michael.
- Light Is Good: Mary is often seen wearing white clothing.
- Like Mother, Like Son: Mary desired a normal life in the exact same way that Sam, her youngest son, has always desired a normal life. Mary and Sam also both hate hunting and wanted nothing to do with it. Also, Mary's relationship with her father Samuel parallels Sam's relationship with his father John regarding hunting.
- Dean inherited Mary's gentler, more nurturing temperament, taking care of both Sam and John as a child.
- The Lost Lenore: To John. After she died, John's life was never the same again.
- Love Hurts: Azazel had killed John back in '73 and Mary made a deal with Azazel to bring him back from the dead. Unfortunately for Mary, she was completely unaware of the fact that she had sold her future son, Sam's life (as well as her own) to Azazel all so that she could have John back.
- Mama Bear: "You get out of my house... and let go of my son."
- Missing Mom: To Sam and Dean. She was killed when Sam was six months old and Dean four years old.
- Morality Pet/Morality Chain: To her husband John and to her father Samuel.
- Nice Girl: Very much so.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Her ghost intervenes and saves her sons from the poltergeist haunting their old home.
- Official Couple: With John.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents, Samuel and Deanna, are killed at the hands of Azazel.
- Plucky Girl/The Pollyanna: Before her life became tragic. She seemed to be very optimistic and idealistic by nature, similar to that of her son Sam.
- Posthumous Character
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Spirit Advisor: To Sam in 4x21, although it was a hallucination of Mary that Sam was seeing.
- Stacy's Mom: Dean himself makes note of how attractive his mother was in "In the Beginning."
- Starcrossed Lovers: With John.
- Trauma Conga Line: Oh dear. Mary has endured so much pain, loss and tragedy in her life.
- Violently Protective Wife: Mary was not happy when Anna tried to kill John (along with Mary herself) to erase her sons' existence. Viewers got to see a nice fight between Anna and an angel-blade-wielding Mary.
- Walking Spoiler
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Just like her youngest son, Sam.
- Widow Woman: She is of the wonderful widow type in "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20).
- Woman in White: In all of her scenes, she is seen wearing a white nightgown. It is the same nightgown that she was killed in.
- Woman On Fire
- Wreathed in Flames: As a ghost, this was how she first appeared to people, before she appeared to Sam and Dean and briefly reverted to pre-cooked self.
Samuel Campbell (Portrayed By: Mitch Pileggi)
"I don't trust other hunters, Dean. Don't want their help, don't want them around my family."
Samuel is the husband of Deanna, father of Mary, father-in-law of John and the maternal grandfather of Dean and Sam. His grandson Sam was named after him. Samuel and Deanna were both hunters, and raised Mary to be one as well. Samuel was killed by Azazel (who possessed him temporarily). He was brought back to life along with Sam at the end of fifth season by Crowley, who forced him to look for Purgatory
. He tried to sell Sam and Dean out to Crowley. Sam killed him when Samuel became possessed by the Khan Worm.
- Action Dad/Action Grandpa: Samuel hunts for a living.
- Anti-Villain: Type II in Season 6; he is working with Crowley, but only to get Mary Back from the Dead.
Samuel: You know, the one difference between us: you know how to live without her.
Dean: Look, I know how you feel—
Samuel: No, you don't. She's my daughter, and she's dead, and I can do something about it.
- Back from the Dead: He's brought back by Crowley in Season 6. For a while, anyway.
- Badass: Samuel is a very tough, strong, and experienced hunter.
- Badass Bookworm: Has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, like the cures for djinn poison and vampirism, by virtue of having been born into a long line of hunters who took notes.
- Badass Grandpa: He may be Sam and Dean's grandfather but that don't stop him from kicking ass.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have any superhuman abilities yet can still kick major ass. He's an experienced hunter after all.
- Bald of Awesome: It becomes a Bald of Evil when he's possessed and also when he pulls a Face-Heel Turn in Season 6.
- Battle Couple: With Deanna. They were both hunters.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Deanna's Gentle Girl.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh so much. Samuel could qualify as the king of snark and sarcasm.
- Deal with the Devil: Turns out he made one with Crowley to bring Mary back if Samuel could get Purgatory's location out of the monsters he captured. Nothing ever comes out of it, since Samuel dies (again) in "And Then There Were None".
- Even Jerkass Has Standards: "You're a hell of a hunter, Sam, but... the truth is, sometimes you scare me."
- Fish out of Temporal Water: "'Soccer mom', huh? Well, I'll have to look that up on the 'intranet'."
- Forced Into Evil: He grudgingly does what Crowley tells him to out of desperation to have his daughter, Mary returned to him.
- Grand Theft Me: His possession by Azazel and the Khan worm in both of the episodes where he dies.
- In the Blood: Samuel was a hunter and he raised his daughter Mary to be one as well. Mary, on the other hand, hated the hunting life and wanted to escape. Ironically, Mary's attitude and relationship with Samuel parallel her future son, Sam's attitude towards hunting and his relationship with John.
- Jerkass: Boy howdy.
- Jerkass Has a Point
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk
- Killed Off for Real
- Knight Templar
- Knight Templar Parent
- The Mole: In season six.
- Morality Chain: His wife, Deanna and his daughter, Mary.
- Name's the Same: With Sam Winchester (duh) and Samuel Colt.
- Overprotective Dad: He sure didn't approve of his daughter's taste in men (i.e. John).
- The Patriarch: Of the Campbell family.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Thicker Than Water: To Samuel, not so much. When he tries to pull this excuse on Sam and Dean, they tell him exactly how full of crap he is. And yet, he does have a point, having met Dean once before he died (the first time), got possessed by Azazel, and forced to kill himself and his wife, all because of Dean's attempt to intervene and change the past. Samuel spent a year hunting with a soulless, amoral version of Sam whose cold-blooded actions apparently disturbed Samuel, if "Live Free or Twihard" and the flashbacks in "Unforgiven" are an indication. Even so, Samuel apparently did care about his grandsons since he did make attempts to help them in Season 6 as long as it didn't interfere with his deal with Crowley like when he gave Dean the cure for vampirism. When it came down to it, though, he loved Mary, his daughter, more than he was willing to help Dean and Sam, grandsons he barely knew and were admittedly kind of dickish themselves at that point.
Deanna Campbell (Portrayed By: Allison Hossack)
Deanna was the wife of Samuel, mother of Mary, mother-in-law of John and maternal grandmother of Dean and Sam. Her grandson Dean was named after her. She and Samuel were both hunters and raised Mary to be one as well. Deanna was killed by Azazel.
- Action Mom: She was involved in the hunting life after all along with her husband Samuel and her daughter Mary.
- Battle Couple: With Samuel.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Samuel's Brooding Boy. With her dead, a resurrected Samuel goes Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
- Chef of Iron: In one scene, Deanna multitasks whipping up a fruit salad and also discussing a case with Samuel and Dean.
- Neck Snap: After throwing her with telekinesis, Azazel stalks up to her and breaks her neck with his own hands. Excuse me, with her husband's own hands.
- One-Shot Character: Unlike her husband, Deanna only appeared in one episode and was mentioned only once more.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Adam Milligan (Portrayed By: Jake Abel)
Adam is the youngest son of John Winchester and the younger half brother of Sam and Dean Winchester.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To both Sam and Dean.
- Back for the Dead: Adam is brought back from the dead, only for him to end up locked in Lucifer's cage in Hell for eternity.
- Back from the Dead: Well, he IS a Winchester. It's what they do.
- Birds of a Feather: Adam seemed to have a very similar life to his older half brother Sam before Sam embraced hunting.
- Break the Cutie
- Butt Monkey: Even being half a Winchester gets the kid killed and sent to Hell.
- Cain and Abel and Seth: After over twenty years, Sam and Dean find out that Adam is their paternal half-brother. Their father had Adam several years after their mother died, whom he kept from the hunter's life to protect him. The brothers immediately argue about whether to train him or to spare him from their life. It turns out he's already been killed in revenge against their father, and they've been dealing with a ghoul.
- When Adam eventually makes another appearance in season five as himself, after he's been brought back from the dead as bait or a possible alternative for Michael, he doesn't get along with either of the brothers that never knew about him. In Season six, when Dean's given the option to either save Sam's soul from eternal torment in Lucifer's cage or rescue Adam's from the same place, Dean unsurprisingly doesn't even hesitate in choosing Sam.
- Chekhov's Gunman
- The Chew Toy: See Butt Monkey.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Everyone seems to have forgotten about him by now...
- Well, except for the fandom on tumblr. The "Except Adam. Adam's still in hell" punchlines are practically a Memetic Mutation.
- He finally gets mentioned again five years later in the show's 200th episode, where from their reactions it appears even Sam and Dean have forgotten he ever existed.
- Dead All Along: In "Jump the Shark," the "Adam" the Winchesters meet is a Ghoul using his form. How did he get into that form? By eating the real Adam.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Sam: You may not believe it, but Dad *was* trying to protect you.
Adam: Well, I guess the monster that ate me didn't get that memo.
- Deus Angst Machina: For someone who appeared in only three episodes, Adam has had a ridiculous amount of horrific things happen to him in each one. He's eaten alive by Ghouls, pulled out of Heaven, brought back from the dead, forced to claw his way out of his own grave, told (falsely) that he is The Chosen One, kidnapped, held hostage against Dean, tortured, rescued (only NOT), possessed by an archangel, incinerated, disintegrated, regenerated and, finally, dragged into the worst possible pit of Hell alongside Lucifer and Michael. And is still there. Note that Adam was an Ordinary College Student prior to this and that the only reason any of it happened to him is because he is a...
- Distressed Dude
- Fate Worse Than Death: Ultimately Adam ends up locked in Hell with Satan and Satan's big brother, Michael with no hope of escape, seeing as how any of the characters who could free him either don't care about him or are dead.
- and to make matters worse, as of season 10 he's STILL THERE. He's spent 700 years in hell with Lucifer and Michael as his bunkmates. Now we know how much the Winchesters care about family.
- In the Blood: Adam is a descendent of Cain and Abel due to being John's son. Therefore, like Sam and Dean, he is able to be the vessel for Michael.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Zachariah warned Adam that Sam and Dean would always save each other before ever taking a second glance at him. Zachariah was trying to sway Adam towards working with the angels as opposed to with the brothers, but he was quite prescient on this point: Adam failed to make it out of the angelic confrontation later in the episode because Dean was hauling Sam out first, Dean actively chose to rescue Sam's soul out of Hell while leaving Adam in there (he could only choose one) and neither brother seems particularly bothered by the possibility that Adam might still be in Hell with Michael and Lucifer.
- Long-Lost Relative: To Sam and Dean. He is their paternal half brother. They all share the same father, John Winchester.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Prior to being killed in "Jump the Shark".
- Pretty Boy
- Refused by the Call
- Thicker Than Water: Averted with Adam, notable because all the Winchesters generally subscribe to a "family is everything" mindset. But Sam and Dean are complete strangers to him, he resents them for having the father he never had (such as he was), Zachariah has warned Adam about Sam and Dean's crazy co-dependency issues, and overall, Adam wants precisely nothing to do with the Winchesters' "dewy-eyed bromance." Though he does just start to warm up to Dean before Michael gets to him.
- On the other hand, he's apparently quite loyal to his mother, and Michael's big selling point for using Adam's meatsuit was that Adam would be able to see her again.
- The Smart Guy: Adam is a pre-med student.
- The Unchosen One: Unintentionally. By saying "Yes" to Michael and being the vessel in Dean's place, he effectively proves that Michael's speech to Dean in "The Song Remains The Same" about how Destiny cannot be screwed was basically Michael talking out of his ass.
- The Unfavorite: So Dean spends the first half of Season 6 trying to get Sam's soul back, because it's left in the cage with Michael and Lucifer, after Castiel removed Sam's mind and body almost immediately. When Dean first makes his deal with Death to get Sam's soul back, he tries to get Adam out as well. Death, however, refuses and forces Dean to choose between the two; Dean chooses Sam.
- Walking Spoiler
Christian Campbell (Portrayed By: Corin Nemec)
Christian is Sam and Dean's third cousin. He is a calm and skilled hunter working with Samuel Campbell. Christian is revealed to be possessed in "Family Matters." In "Caged Heat," Dean stabs him with Ruby's Knife, killing both him and the demon.
Gwen Campbell (Portrayed By: Jessica Heafey)
Gwen is Sam and Dean's third cousin, and a hunter working with Samuel Campbell. She tells Dean that she had no idea Samuel sold them out to Crowley, and is the only Campbell who is friendly to Sam and Dean. Dean kills her when he is possessed by the Khan Worm.
Mark Campbell (Portrayed By: David Paetkau)
Mark is Sam and Dean's distant cousin. He is a hunter working with Samuel Campbell. The Alpha Shapeshifter snaps his neck in "Two and a Half Men."
Emma (Portrayed By: Alexia Fast)
Emma is an Amazon
and Dean's daughter, conceived during a one-night stand Dean had with her mother Lydia. Lydia, being an Amazon herself, became pregnant and gave birth to Emma within 24 hours following her night with Dean. Emma grew from a newborn to a toddler to a teenager within a short amount of time. She was killed by her uncle Sam while attempting to carry out the ritualistic killing of her father.
Henry Winchester (Portrayed By: Gil McKinney)
"I'm sorry I judged you two so harshly for being hunters. I should've known better. You're also Winchesters. As long as we're alive, there's always hope."
- Absurdly Youthful Father: It's understandable considering that Henry is from the 1950's.
- Action Dad: Henry was a Man of Letters.
- Awesome McCoolname: Henry's last name is Winchester, like the rifle.
- Badass: Henry may not have been a hunter or a fighter, but he could still fend for himself when he had to.
- Bad Present: From Henry's perspective. His son and mentors are dead. The legacy of the Men of Letters seems lost. His son grew up alone and believed himself abandoned by his father.
- Benevolent Patriarch: Technically, Henry is the actual patriarch of the Winchester family, as he is the oldest known Winchester and was John's father.
- Bookworm: Comes with being a Badass Bookworm and a Man Of Letters. His grandson Sam seems to share the same trait or quality.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Henry shoots Abaddon, a Knight of Hell only killable by Archangels, in the head with a bullet engraved with a devil's trap, thus preventing her from ever escaping her host, using her powers or even moving her body. He dies shortly afterward from an injury she dealt him when he was getting close enough to do the deed.
- Captain Obvious: After telling Sam and Dean that Abaddon is a demon and they ask Henry where she came from, he replies, "She's from Hell."
- Chekhov's Gun: Henry's pin with the Star of Aquarius, which John asks him about.
- Chekhov's Skill/Escape Artist: Henry's ability to escape handcuffs.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Which is a Justified Trope, considering Henry is from 1958.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It doesn't get much better than being thrown through time. Tragically, he's unable to go back and learns that not only is his son dead, but he died hating him. Then he dies too.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in his grandsons' Sam and Dean's arms.
- Disappeared Dad: To John. Ironically, John ended up abandoning his sons as well.
- Fish out of Temporal Water
- Follow in My Footsteps: Henry expected his son John to follow the Winchester legacy of being a Man of Letters. Henry seemed to advocate the legacy to his grandsons Sam and Dean.
- Generation Xerox: It seems as though John followed in Henry's footsteps in regards to their parenting skills. Both Henry and John had issues with Parental Abandonment (Henry with John and John with both Sam and Dean).
- Genius Book Club: Part of the Men Of Letters club.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Henry was a Man Of Letters, which man that he was a bookworm and intelligent.
- Good Parents: Unfortunately, John never found out or knew about it.
- Guile Hero: Henry is very smart and strategic.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Gil McKinney also played Dr. Paul Grady in ER and Derek Bishop in Friday Night Lights.
- Jumped at the Call
- Killed Off for Real
- Knight Templar Parent: Henry tries to change the past, knowing full-well it could have unforeseen consequences for the future, because he can't bear to let his son suffer and die as he did in this future.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Josie Sands though the latter was actually in love with him.
- Like Father, Like Son: Parental Abandonment seems to run in the Winchester genes. Henry abandoned John when he was a child and John repeated Henry's mistake with Sam and Dean.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Henry was a Man of Letters and, therefore, the legacy was passed down from him to his son John and also to John's children, Sam and Dean. Henry's father and grandfather were also Man of Letters, proving that the Men of Letters legacy was in the Winchester men's lineage.
- Memento MacGuffin: John's journal is revealed to be a keepsake from Henry's with the initials "H.W." on the inner cover.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass
- Parental Abandonment: Unintentionally abandoned John when he was a child. John ended up picking up the same trait.
- Proud Scholar Race Guy: He's a Man of Letters.
- Purple Prose: Henry's dialogue often sounds like something we would expect from Captain Patriotic in The Golden Age of Comic Books.
- Secret Legacy: Henry was a member of a secret book club called the Men Of Letters.
- Self-Made Man
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- The Smart Guy: Highly intelligent, scholarly, a bookworm and a Man Of Letters.
- Soul Power: Henry uses this to make the blood sigil work.
- Standard '50s Father
- The Strategist
- Strong Family Resemblance: With his grandson, Sam. Their resemblance is actually quite strong.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot
- Vomiting Man Of Letters: The aforementioned Vomit Indiscretion Shot by Henry after a narrow escape from Abaddon illustrates how inexperienced he is with hunter-type activities, despite all his knowledge; it also highlights how frightening Abaddon is.