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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, the head of the family, 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 Winchester (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.
- John Winchester (deceased): Head of the Winchester family. He is the husband of Mary. He had two sons with Mary, Dean and Sam. He had no knowledge of the supernatural world before his wife's murder. He became a hunter so he could avenge Mary. Sometime after his wife's murder, he had another son out of wedlock, Adam. He traded his life along with the Colt so Azazel would heal and resurrect Dean when he was in a catatonic state after a car crash. Later, he escaped Hell, when the gates were opened and helped his sons to defeat Azazel. After that, he dissappeared in a flash of light, and presumably went to Heaven.
- Mary Winchester (deceased): She is the wife of John and the mother of Dean and Sam. She named her two sons after her deceased parents, Samuel and Deanna. Her parents raised her as a hunter, but she gave up hunting after she met John and both her parents were killed by Azazel. She was killed by Azazel when Sam was six months old and she went into his room 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".
- Dean Winchester: He is the eldest son of John and Mary and the older brother of Sam and Adam. He is one of the three surviving members of the Winchester family. Dean was born on January 24, 1979. Mary Winchester, Dean's mother, is killed by Azazel (a.k.a. "The Yellow-Eyed Demon") when she interrupts him feeding demon blood to Sam. John, the boys' father, hands the infant Sam to Dean as the nursery burns and tells him to "Take your brother outside as fast as you can! Don’t look back! Now Dean, go!" John leaves their home in Lawrence, Kansas with Dean and Sam before Dean's fifth birthday. In an occasion when John is hunting a Shtriga in Wisconsin and leaves Sam and Dean alone in a hotel room. Dean gets bored and goes out, and comes back to find the Shtriga attacking Sammy. John returns in time to scare the Shtriga off. Dean is haunted by his failure to defend his brother. In 1991 When Dean is in sixth grade he makes his first sawed-off shotgun. Dean is left to babysit Sam (8 years old) while John is on a hunt, and Sam begins to interrogate Dean about what it is that their dad actually does. Dean responds "You know that. He sells stuff." When Sam moves on to asking about their mother, Dean gets angry and yells "Shut up! Don't you ever talk about mom! Ever!" before storming out. Upon his return, Sam reveals to Dean that he found and read their dad's journal, and demands to know if monsters are real. Dean finally resigns himself to telling Sam the truth. When Dean was 6 or 7, John takes Dean out shooting for the first time, using bottles as target practice. According to Dean, he bullseyed every one of them. Dean cites this story as one of the fonder memories of his father.
- Sam Winchester: He is the youngest son of John and Mary. He is the younger brother of Dean and the older half-brother of Adam. He is one of the three surviving members of the Winchester family. Sam was born on May 2, 1983 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the couple's second child, four years younger than his older brother Dean. When Sam was only six months old on November 2, 1983, his mother, Mary, was killed in his nursery by the demon Azazel, whom his mother walked in on while he was standing by Sam's crib, feeding him demon blood. Infant Sam is saved from the ensuing fire when his father takes him out of his crib and gives him to a four year old Dean, who then carries him outside while their father unsuccessfully tries to rescue their mother. Sam and Dean spent their childhood moving from town to town while their father hunted supernatural beings and their mother's killer. Until he turned 8 years old, Sam believed his mother had died in a car accident and his father was a traveling salesman until he found his father's journal and demanded Dean explain. Dean revealed to him the existence of the paranormal. Sam started hunting alongside his brother and father around the age of twelve. However, he began to crave a normal life without monsters when a teacher of his, unaware of the whole story, encouraged him to seek alternatives to "the family business." Dean frequently left Sam at Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie before going to hang out with girls which is possibly a cause for Sam's fear of clowns. When Sam was about 15, John and Dean left Sam alone to hunt a kitsune while Sam compiled the research for them so they could kill it properly. This is where he met Amy, who, unbeknownst to Sam, was the daughter of the kitsune John and Dean were hunting. Sam eventually learned his friend was a kitsune but decided to let her go when she had killed her own mother to save his life. Time passed and after a heated argument with his father, Sam eventually went to Stanford University thus leaving his family and their hunting crusade behind him.
- Adam Milligan: He is the youngest son of John. He is one of the three surviving members of the Winchester family. Adam was born September 29, 1990. He was conceived sometime during John's time as a hunter. He is the younger half-brother of Dean and Sam. Unlike his brothers, John did not tell him about the supernatural world. John and he did not have a strong relationship, but when John visited him they would do normal father-son activities. He and his mother were killed by ghouls that were the children of a ghoul John had killed. He never met his half-brothers and John most likely never told him about them due to the fact that Dean and Sam never knew of his existence until the ghoul disguised as Adam called them. Regardless of not being a hunter, his half-brothers gave him a hunter's funeral on the reasoning that Adam died the death of a hunter so he deserved the funeral of one. Eventually, he was brought back to life by the angels under the impression that he would be the vessel of Michael, but really bait to get Dean to say "Yes" to Michael. When this plan failed, Michael gave up on Dean and decided to use Adam as a vessel. He is still currently being possessed by Michael and alive in Lucifer's Cage.
- Henry Winchester (deceased): He is John's father and a Man of Letters, which was a Winchester legacy which should have been passed down to John and then Dean and Sam. He time travels from 1958 in Normal, Illinois, looking for his son and is devastated to find John dead and that John thought he had abandoned him as a child.
- Samuel Campbell (deceased): He is the husband of Deanna. He is the father of Mary and father-in-law of John. He is Dean and Sam's maternal grandfather. His grandson, Sam, was named after him. Deanna and he were both hunters and raised Mary to be one as well. He was killed by Azazel. He was brought back to life along with Sam at the end of fifth season by Crowley, who is forcing him to look for purgatory. He tries to sell Sam and Dean out to Crowley. Sam kills him when Samuel becomes possesed by the Khan Worm.
- Deanna Campbell (deceased): She is the wife of Samuel. She is the mother of Mary and mother-in-law of John. She is the 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. She was killed by Azazel.
- Christian Campbell (deceased): He is Sam and Dean's third cousin. He is a calm and skilled Hunter working with Samuel Campbell. He is revealed to be possessed in "Family Matters". Dean stabs him with Ruby's Knife, killing both him and the demon.
- Gwen Campbell (deceased): She is Sam and Dean's third cousin. She is 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 that is friendly to Sam and Dean. Dean kills her when he is possessed by the Khan Worm.
- Mark Campbell (deceased): He is Sam and Dean's distant cousin. He is a Hunter working with Samuel Campbell. The Alpha Shapeshifter snaps his neck.
- Emma (Winchester, deceased): Dean's daughter with an Amazon, Lydia. She was killed by her uncle Sam while attempting to carry out the ritualistic killing of her father.
- Great-Grandfather Winchester: He is not given a name, but we know that he was a Man of Letters as his father (great-great-gradfather Winchester) had been. We also know his son, Henry Winchester, was considered a legacy in this organization.
- Unnamed Uncle/Brother: Either Mary's brother or uncle. Unknown if he a hunter or not, or if he is alive. Also unknown if he had any children. He had a grave stone placed for Mary Winchester in Greenville, Illinois.
- Cain and Abel (deceased): It was revealed by the Archangel Michael that through the Winchester bloodline, Sam, Dean, and John are descendants of Cain and Abel, making John a temporary vessel and Dean his true vessel. Futhermore, since Adam is John's biological son, Cain and Abel are his ancestors as well.
Tropes Belonging to the Winchester-Campbells
John 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 from childhood to be hunters 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. Portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Matthew Cohen, John first appears in the pilot
- 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 petty 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.
- 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 his sons.
- 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 aka Yellow Eyed Demon. 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 and 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
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- 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 and 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 Evil: When Azazel/YED possesses John at the end of season one.
- Beard of Sorrow: Considering all of the tragedy John has been through.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: John went from being a kind, naive, 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.
- Berserk Button: Hurt or harm any of his family and loved ones, and John will hunt you down and get revenge. And he won't stop either. He seems to share the trait of wanting revenge with his son, Sam.
- 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.
- 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) nursery, losing his wife and his home in one fell swoop.
- Broken Pedestal: Starting in season two, 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.
- 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 in the same way. And he spent the rest of his life hunting down her killer, including training his sons into the human weapons that make such fascinating television. He died first, but his spirit helped his eldest son off the 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/YED. He even raises his sons to become hunters in order to avenge Mary's death.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You
- 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 and therefore, 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 recovers from Mary's death.
- The Determinator: First, he devotes his life to hunting down and killing 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 twelve.
- 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 abandoned John when he was a child and John repeated the same mistake with Dean, Sam and Adam.
- Genius Bruiser
- Genre Savvy
- Go Out with a Smile
- Good Is Not Nice: Though the "good" part seems to fade a little with each passing season.
- Good Is Not Soft
- Guile Hero
- 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.
- Hot Dad
- Hunk: As young!John.
- The Hunter: John hunts supernatural creatures for a living.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Mary was tragically killed by the YED 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.
- 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.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: John's father, Henry, who was a Winchester, 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 ancestors on the Winchester side.
- 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 Sam.
- 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, moreso 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.
- Papa Wolf: Messing with his boys on his watch guarantees you a bullet in the head.
- Parental Abandonment
- Parental Issues: It's revealed in season eight, 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: A heroic example.
- Revenge Before Reason: The major driving force behind why John began hunting. 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
- 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."
- Action Fashionista: Mary seemed to like clothing and fashion and she was an Action Girl.
- Action Girl: Well, 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: Even though she had quit hunting by the time Sam and Dean were born, Mary could still kick ass due to her past as a hunter.
- Arch-Enemy: Azazel aka Yellow Eyed Demon. He is responsible for her death after all.
- Badass: Mary was born into a family of badass and capable hunters.
- Badass Adorable: As younger!Mary, she had her cute moments.
- Badass Damsel/Damsel Out Of Distress: Mary is strongly capable of kicking ass and taking names. She's a hunter after all.
- Badass Family: Mary's entire family, the Campbells, are hunters.
- Badass in Distress: When Mary was killed by Azazel by having her stomach slit open and being pinned up on the ceiling and set on fire.
- Badass Normal: Mary was a regular human who didn't have any powers but she could still kick major ass.
- Heartbroken Badass: Mary has endured much loss, pain and tragedy in her life.
- Pregnant Badass: In 5x13, Mary confessed that she was pregnant to Sam and Dean back in 1978, shortly before she went on to kick Anna's ass.
- Battle Couple: With John.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Mary is shown to be a good, kind and caring individual.
- Berserk Button: Messing with her family, especially her sons, is a really bad idea.
- 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 they could give birth to Sam and Dean.
- Break the Cutie: A big part of her tragic backstory.
- Broken Bird: Before Mary had her sons, she had a rather troubled and tragic life.
- 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".
- Child Soldier: Mary was raised as a hunter growing up.
- The Cutie: Especially when she was younger. Mary had such a childlike quality and innocence about her.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- 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
- Death Glare: When time-traveling Dean and Sam come knocking on former hunter Mary's door, she gives them quite a deadly glare.
- Despair Event Horizon: Mary in the flashbacks becomes extremely distraught when she discovers that Azazel killed her parents, Samuel and Deanna and then kills John right in front of her. After all of this, Mary ends up basically selling her life and her second son, Sam to Azazel because she is so overwhelmed with trauma, shock and grief. It ends up haunting her for the rest of her life until her life is taken. Poor Mary.
- The Determinator
- Disposable Woman
- Doomed by Canon
- Doom Magnet: Because of Mary's life as a hunter, she always attracted much pain, tragedy and darkness. Mary's fate was sealed when she made a deal with Azazel to bring John back to life.
- Genre Savvy: Comes with being born in a hunter's family and being a hunter herself.
- 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
- Heroic BSOD: Has a huge one as young!Mary when she discovers that Azazel/YED killed her parents and also kills John right in front of her. This causes Mary to basically sell her soul and life to Azazel as well as the life of her second son, Sam.
- Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me: Her spirit destroys itself in "Home" to banish the poltergeist attacking people in her old house.
- Hot Mom: Dean himself notes this in "In the Beginning."
- The Hunter: Mary used to hunt for a living.
- The Idealist: Just like her youngest son, Sam.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: To match Mary's Hair of Gold, Heart 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.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Like Sam, Mary hated hunting and wanted to have a safe, happy life. Well, she got one... for a while.
- In the Blood: Mary comes from a family of hunters.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
- 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.
- Kill the Cutie
- 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
- Like Mother, Like Son: Mary desired a normal life in the exact same way that Sam has always desired a normal life. Mary and Sam also both hate hunting and wanted nothing to do with it.
- The Lost Lenore: To John.
- Mama Bear: "You get out of my house, and let go of my son."
- Missing Mom: To Sam and Dean.
- Morality Pet: To her husband John and to her father Samuel.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Her ghost intervenes and saves her sons from the poltergeist haunting their old home.
- Parental Abandonment: Especially for Sam. Sam never knew Mary due to the fact that Mary was tragically killed when Sam was only six months old.
- Plucky Girl/The Pollyanna: Especially when Mary was younger. She was very hopeful and optimistic, despite the tragedy that she went through later on.
- Posthumous Character
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Spirit Advisor: To Sam in 4x21, although it was a hallucination of Mary that Sam was seeing.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With John. Her romance with John was orchestrated by the angels so that they would give birth to Sam and Dean. It ended in tragedy when Mary was tragically killed in a fire in Sam's nursery.
- 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.
- Woman in White
- 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."
- Action Dad/Action Grandpa
- Anti-Hero —> Anti-Villain: Type 2 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.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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.
- Genre Savvy
- Genius Bruiser
- Grand Theft Me: His possession by Azazel and the Khan worm in both of the episodes where he dies.
- The Hunter
- In the Blood
- Jerkass: Boy howdy.
- Jerkass Has a Point
- Killed Off for Real
- Knight Templar
- Knight Templar Parent
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Mole: In season six.
- Morality Chain: His wife and daughter.
- 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.
- 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 intefer 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)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
Gwen Campbell (Portrayed By: Jessica Heafey)
Mark Campbell (Portrayed By: David Paetkau)
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."
- Action Dad: Henry was a Man of Letters.
- 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
- 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 8 afterward from an injury she dealt him when he was getting close enough to do the deed.
- Captain Obvious: After telling Sam and Dean Abaddon is a demon, they ask Henry where she came from, and 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 not only is his son dead, but he died hating him. Then he dies too.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Sam and Dean's arms.
- Disappeared Dad: To John.
- 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
- Gentleman and a Scholar
- Good Parents: Unfortunately, John never found out or knew about it.
- Guile Hero
- Hot Dad
- 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 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 HW on the inner cover.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass
- Parental Abandonment
- 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.
- Self-Made Man
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- The Smart Guy
- Soul Power: Henry uses this to make the blood sigil work.
- Standard '50s Father
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot
- Vomiting Man Of Letters: The aforementioned Vomit Indiscretion Shot by Henry after a narrow escape from Abaddon. It illustrates how inexperienced he is with hunter-type activities, despite all his knowledge; it also highlights how frightening Abaddon is.