Season 5, Episode 6
I Believe The Children Are Our Future
Sam and Dean are called to investigate a series of Deadly Pranks
and discover that a boy named Jesse is inadvertently warping reality
to fit his beliefs about the world. Castiel appears and informs the brothers that Jesse is an Anti Christ
and insists that they kill him, but they opt to tell him the truth and he vanishes, leaving only a note saying that he wishes to keep his family safe.
For this episode = 1 human and 1 demon.
For the series so far = At least 321 humans (of which 5 were witches), at least 83 demons, 28 ghosts, 11 vampires, 6 changelings, 4 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 3 zombies, 4 angels, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 dog, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rougarou, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, and 1 wendigo.
- Anti Anti Christ
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: The owner of a magic/prank shop says that kids these days are only interested in their iPhones and kissing vampire movies. That episode of the show was sponsored by the first ''Cirque Du Freak'' movie.
- A Date With Hairy Palms: Dean. Well, probably every episode, but in this one, it's ..."confirmed."
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Garth later claims to have killed the Tooth Fairy.
- Jerkass Has a Point
Jesse: My parents love me.
Possessed!Julia: Do they? Is that why they leave you alone all day? Because they love you too much? These people-these imposters-they told you that the tooth fairy was real, and that your toys could hurt you, and a hundred other things that aren't true. They love you so much, they made your whole life a lie.
- Lies to Children: Used with horrifying effect, almost to the point of Deconstruction. A child's belief in those lies causes them to come true and the discovery that they are lies nearly causes the child to turn evil.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The demon that possesses Julia twice is Jesse's, erm, "parent". It tries to get him to turn on humanity and join Lucifer.
- Mood Whiplash: When Cas sits on the Whoopee Cushion.
- Muggle Foster Parents
- Oblivious Adoption
- Parental Neglect: While Jesse's parents do love him and he loves them back, they are only briefly shown onscreen and it is clear that Jesse is used to taking care of himself.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Jesse, who has the ability to destroy the Host of Heaven.
- Plot Parallel: Jesse's life and role as the Anti Christ mirrors Sam's journey.
- Reality Warper: Jesse.
- Take a Third Option: Rather than choose to fight on the side of the demons or the Winchesters, Jesse chooses to move to Australia and avoid the Apocalypse altogether.
- The Tooth Hurts: A father has all of his teeth pulled out by the Tooth Fairy
- Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: In the opening, Jimmy promises to go to bed if the babysitter lets him touch her boobs.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Jesse warps himself to Australia and is never mentioned again. Justified in that he's trying to hide but still.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Childish beliefs aside, Jesse is rather mature for his age. It might have something to do with his mostly-absent parents.
- Whole Plot Reference: To Good Omens