Season 3, Episode 8
A Very Supernatural Christmas
In this Christmas-themed episode, Sam and Dean encounter a twisted couple of pagan gods that share a craving for human meat. Flashbacks follow the Winchesters during Christmas 16 years ago when Sam first learned that the supernatural existed
and that his father hunted it.
For this episode = 3 humans and 2 gods.
For the series so far = At least 218 humans, 17 ghosts, 12 demons, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.
- Affably Evil: Despite the whole eating people thing, Pagan Gods genuinely get along with their neighbors, playing bridge and assimilating, as they call it, into modern society.
- An Asskicking Christmas: Dean and Sam spend Christmas fighting pagan gods.
- Anyone Can Die:
- Body count this episode = 3 humans and 2 gods.
- Although Infant Immortality is observed, which really should have tipped off the fact that the monster of the week was not Krampus.
- Bad Santa: Sam originally thinks that the killings are caused by some kind of "anti-Claus".
- Berserk Button: Mentioning Mary Winchester is one for young Dean.
- Blatant Lies: "I was just testing you."
- Broken Masquerade: Sam finds John's diary and learns that monsters are real.
- Christmas Episode: Duh.
- Christmas Song: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is used as the BGM.
- Convenience Store Gift Shopping: Justified as their Christmas was thrown together at the last minute and a convenience store/gas station was pretty much the only place open on Christmas Eve!
- Creepy Basement: Filled with chopped up dead humans, bloody knives and power saws.
- Death of the Old Gods: The pagan gods reflect on how they used to have numerous followers and sacrifices until Christianity came along.
- Do They Know It's Christmas Time?: Justified in that it's to be Dean's last Christmas, and he wants to make the most of it.
- Evil Old Folks
- Faux Affably Evil: Some of the gods' affability is a mask, as shown when they step on the fruitcake a neighbor offered.
- Fingore: Shown onscreen even!
- Evil Smoking: The old man smokes a pipe.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In-universe, the Pagan gods frown upon swearing and suggest to an irate Dean that he use "fudge" when he wants to swear.
- Hijacked by Jesus: In-Universe and Discussed as Sam and the Pagan Gods mention how Christianity appropriated pagan customs like winter solstice celebrations and transformed them into Christan holidays (Christmas).
- Humanoid Abomination/Physical God
- Leaving Food For Santa: The evil Santa is seen eating cookies that have been left out.
- Mall Santa: The Winchesters investigate a drunken, pot-smoking, porn watching Mall Santa.
- Memento MacGuffin: Dean's necklace (originally meant for John) was given to him by Sam 16 years earlier.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Sam and Dean get some funny looks as two adult men walking into a fake Santa's workshop. Sam makes it worse by saying "We only came here to watch".
- Parental Abandonment: John is out on a hunt and doesn't show up for Christmas.
- Rustproof Blood
- The Krampus: Mentioned by Sam when researching evil Santa.
- The Tooth Hurts: Subverted, as Dean is about to get his tooth pulled out, the doorbell rings.
- Unholy Matrimony
- Wooden Stake: The pagan gods can be killed with evergreen stakes.